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I'm Alyssa,17, from Ellenwood,GA. (Read my 'about me' before following)

It all starts the first time Haruka climbs behind Sousuke onto his motorcycle, he’s lightheaded and can barely catch his breath while speeding down Tokyo’s highways and he loves it.

be-blackstar:

Damn the older I get, the finer Kyle gets. I wonder if he was an ankh nigga? He looks like he has the ankh nigga start up kit (art, jewelry, incense) but I don’t want to make assumptions. 

be-blackstar:

Damn the older I get, the finer Kyle gets. I wonder if he was an ankh nigga? He looks like he has the ankh nigga start up kit (art, jewelry, incense) but I don’t want to make assumptions. 

flying-blades:

tyrabanksinthatonehalloweenmovie:

the 90’s / early 00’s were a good time for rappers in horror movies

and they all survived

socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (10.21.14): A state senator was arrested (and mama may have been legally packing), one of the lead organizers, nettaaaaaaaa, was roughed up by police, and one of the main sources of footage/live feeds, Rebel Z, was detained in what seems to have been an intimidation and straight up harassment tactic. The police are out of control, and it’s only getting worse. If you think this is over, you need to look again. #staywoke #farfromover

Ferguson is still happening. Are you still paying attention?

Tune into Z’s UStream tonight to watch developments live. 

redbellied-piranha:

Migos is so important to me.

redbellied-piranha:

jcoleknowsbest:

dear straight people.. stop trying to vogue..  you’ll neva get your 10’s baby… 

CHOP

*Fka Twigs*

redbellied-piranha:

Y’all really think that Fall Harvest dance Fka Twigs be doing is voguing?

Mother: BUT I GAVE BIRTH TO YOU!
Me: ain't nobody tell you to do that tho

ojo-de-venado:

glitterlion:

ojo-de-venado:

i wanted to apologize bc i uncritically reblogged this yest. it’s supposed to be a play on sir mix a lots song baby got back. but when i checked out who made it it’s a person i perceive to be white. and i dont think any nonblack…

Anonymous
Do you have any advice for first year university students

lehaaz:

Yes, 

Procrastination is somewhat normal and I’m not totally against it, though just don’t lose the drive you have to do work coming in freshmen year because that will keep you sane and motivated throughout your career. 

Take advantage of every opportunity you see, and create more opportunities by approaching professors/others. If there is anything I learned in uni it’s that there is a lot hidden from students you have to seek out that info, it mean anything from getting a full-ride to paying less tuition, or getting opportunities for stuff like fellowship/grants etc. which are basically money for you to do the work you might have done otherwise anyway. 

Make it a point to get to know your professors and their work. This isn’t kissing up or for the grade, but for me, I want to know what sort of perspective/school of thought my professor comes from, I can be more into the work they teach and challenge their work if i disagree. Also, there is a somewhat selfish reason, when it comes time and you need letter of recommendations you don’t want to show up to profs and have them ask for your name. I know all of the professors in my departments and they know me (it helps bc i go to small school) even though i haven’t had classes with them. Though, I should add it’s not a one way relationship, I’ve written letter of recommendation for professors before too, way before I asked them to write for me, so it’s more of a mutual professional relationship. This is important, imo, because if you want you can also work with them on independent study projects and it’s great.

Finally, get involved in orgs/projects that are fun for you but also relate to the kinds of work you want to do. For me, 2/3 jobs I have were offered to me because the people knew me from conference committees etc. or some other project/event so there are also other opportunities if you put yourself out there. 

One more, learn how to professionally communicate/respond on time/how to sign off emails, it’s just a formality maybe but in my experience, it’s very important. 

I hope this helps :)

iguessiamhere:

A troubled past: Slavery in East Africa is a subject that is not talked about often enough.  Typically, conversations about slavery only discuss slaves that were taken to the Americas but slaves were also taken in East Africa throughout what is now Tanzania, Congo, and other modern-day countries in the region as well.  Many slaves were taken from the area around Lake Tanganyika - forced into servitude by Arab slave traders who raided villages or sometimes sold into slavery by kings,  The slaves were then forced to walk from where they were captured to Bagamoyo, on the coast.  This journey would take months and many slaves died along the way.

The slaves were often forced to carry the other valuable commodity of the region with them: ivory (see top picture) and were chained together, 50 or 100 at a time for this long forced-walk to the coast (see bottom picture).  Slavers such as the infamous Tippu Tip - who was supposedly named after the noise his gun made if you were too exhausted to walk - made a fortune off of this trade and up until the colonial period, these Arab slave traders had a big presence in the area.  Not that colonialism was any better though; it’s true slavery was used to justify slavery but was the system or forced labor where colonial subjects would pay ‘tax’ to the state through forced labor an improvement?  It’s difficult to qualify such matters but I just wanted to put things into context.

As you travel to the West of Tanzania, you can still see the effects of slavery today.  Though the Waswahili people and others who lived on the coast had a positive interaction with Islam, many on the interior very much did not because of slavery.  Thus, as you travel more and more west in Tanzania (and finally into Congo), you see less and less mosques because of this.  So, though this history was over a hundred years ago, it’s certainly not something that can - or should - be forgotten that easily.  

Pictures were taken, top to bottom, at the National Museum of Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and the Holy Ghost Mission in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.