A twist on my favorite quote from George Santayana... The past is designed to teach us lessons on what not to do again in the future. It's when we stop believing our own intuition, that we relive the past over and over again. That's when the complaining starts, along with the could've, would've, should'ves. My advice, learn from the past, or don't complain when it repeats itself.
Happy FriYay Eve. Do something nice today, without expecting anything in return.❤
How I Got Here…… My mama walked to school everyday, 2 miles on dirt roads in Mississippi.
She said, “Sometimes it got so hot that I would get sunburned like the white folk ‘cause I am so fair skinned.” Mama would say that with pride it was as if her fair skin was a honor. She had a way of making me feel that her light skin was gifted by God and that darker skinned women were cursed. Light skinned folk were the fortunate ones .
When God was making black folks he selected the elite few to don the most precious gift he could bestow upon any human: white skin.
Our creator specifically chose them to be black but look white so they had it easier. Each time she bragged , each time she boasted about her beautiful light skin and in the same breath demeaned dark skinned women, I instinctively touched my face. When she spoke about black skin with disgust it made me feel like my darkness was tangible like it was living breathing monster.
I wanted to touch ugly.
When I touched my face after her lectures on the curse of melanin. My blackness felt hot. Was that what sunburn felt like? This heat from my blackness reminded me of the lingering after affects of a slap. Her words slapped me and left scarless wounds that ran deeper than my melanin.
#shortstories #blackwriters #blackauthors #8lacknikki #readalong #colorism #melanin #blackgirlsrock #lovetheskinyourin #partoneblacknikki #melaninqueens
#urbanbooks #urbanauthors #detroitauthors
“Nonchalant Lover” By R. Bowden
you try to lure me in with your smile
that doesn't work
you try to lure me in with your words
that doesn't work because I don't believe in words
especially the ones that leave the mouth of someone who doesn't even know me all that well
you say things like “I love you” but before I can contradict you
you cut me off and say “I'm not in love with you but I do have love for you”
then you look at me and expect me to say it back and when I don't you try and make me feel bad for not saying something that I don't mean
I apologize for not caving into lust and infatuation
I apologize for not being so quick to put my heart on display
before you allow something ignorant to come out of your mouth
no, I'm not hiding my feelings or allowing my male ego to take over
I can't help that I don't feel the same way about you
I'm not the type to fill your head with bullshit
I'm straightforward and I fight through the bush not beat around it
I have to be honest with you
I have to be honest with myself
I can't do that if I'm sugarcoating my feelings just to keep someone around who probably won't even be here tomorrow
I can't do that if I'm telling someone I just met “I love you” and I don't even know them
probably don't even know their last or middle name
I know we are living through the “fast food” generation where everything is put out and consumed so quickly to where you don't even have time to really enjoy it but just know this…
love is something I take very seriously
I don't tell just anyone that
I have done it in the past but I stopped because I hated the way I felt after I said it
ever since then I told myself not to say it unless I truly mean it and in order to do that I have to take my time getting to know you and who you truly are in the inside
that takes longer than a few days or a few weeks
my thing is I'm not going anywhere so what's the rush?
why are we rushing love?
Whether online or offline, we know you would have met a lot of amazing writers this year! Tag them below and let them know you appreciate them. We tag you all! #TheAfricanWriters #TAWCares
“You scream, I scream. This love is loud” meme✨
“I hope you find peace in the pieces you almost drowned in” -meme✨
She held you down for the longest, even when you had nothing. Remember, how she helped build you into something because you were looking in the mirror at your own reflection and you didn’t even want it? Remember when she became a step-mother for your children, as she prayed for a Russel and ended up with no Future? Maybe your power of thinking you could never lose her has corrupted your perspective of what a real queen is. Remember the days she allowed you to drive her car when you dropped her off at work, to help get you back on your feet because she was trying to uplift you out of your defeat. To sleep with her friend is more than deep or deceit. It makes you the living perception of TLC, So You Creep. If only you knew how much that queen probably prayed for your vibrations, to the point she may have battled her own dimension, just to include you in it. THIS IS JUST ME WRITING, LET ME FINISH. Was she good enough for you? If she wasn’t what you wanted the best thing you could do is sit her and down and say, “Baby, we’re through, and it’s not because of you.” See fake friends perpetuate the stigma that exclaims, “By myself, I had to win.” All because once again another friend, has slept with their friends, friend again. May one day we learn from all these hypothetical sins.🌻✍🏾
Hey, good people. I hope you had an amazing day. Im tired, but in the final push to meet end of year deadlines. How’s your progress coming? 🙂 #likeaboss
Check out my latest writing! Link in the profile!
Nights Like This I Wish ❤
Every day I open my eyes; I thank the higher being for elevating my consciousness. Kept me focused and not focused on the nonsense. Getting my college degree only helped me navigate my conscious. The same degree I thought I needed, FOX told me to bring me and come without it, but I thank the streets of Compton for giving me that knowledge. It’s been a beauty in my struggle, and beauty in my success. Sh*t, I would never say I’m perfect, but I’ve never complained about the test. Ask anyone that knows me and their conscious could never say I’m like the rest cause anything I do they know I’m giving my best. I avoided this gang sh*t and stayed out of trouble; my only crime is that I gave you ten books and remained humble to the same people who prayed I fumbled.🌻✍🏾
DDH: Daily Dose of History.
"After being declared a grandmaster, Ashley established the Harlem Chess Center in 1999. His center closed in 2002, due to a lack of funding. In 2005, he published the book, Chess for Success, in which he explains how chess can keep kids out of trouble and focused on academics. In 2009, he published a chess guide for beginners, titled The Most Valuable Skills in Chess.”
To read more of this article, follow the link in my bio, or check out DDH on @webuyblack
Curated by @mr.ramirothewriter
Please be sure to like, comment on, and share my social media posts and articles pertaining to DDH. Thank you. #blackhistory365 #mauriceashley #blackchessplayer #blackchessgrandmaster #chess #blackpioneer #blackadvocate #Blackness #blackmen #ddh #dailydoseofhistory #4thecultureapp #anarticleadaykeepstheignoranceaway #black #blackwriter #blackwriters #blackblogger #blackbloggers #blackhistory #followme #supportblackwriters #blackwritersmatter
Calling All Authors! Celebrate Black History Month With The Atlanta African American Book Festival!
Join our 2019 Celebrating Black Authors Catalog!
In 2018 we created our Celebrating Black Authors Catalog to spread the message about black authors and their titles. The Celebrating Black Authors catalog is published in print and digital format. The catalog is published annually in February during Black History Month.
Our goal for the 2019 year is to document the stories of 1,000 authors!
The Deadline for submission is January 31st! Participating Author Benefits:
Author feature in our Celebrating Black Authors Catalog (includes photo placement and two titles of your choice)
Distribution to 15 libraries in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
Print and digital distribution via our festival bookstore.
Black History Month Author Spotlight on our social media pages.
Article space in our Celebrating Black Authors Catalog
Black History Message in our Celebrating Black Authors Catalog.
Complimentary digital 2019 Celebrating Black Authors Catalog.
Listings also available for:
Promotional opportunities available for:
Publishers and small businesses
Visit the link in our bio and click the Apps & Publications tab to join!
Swipe left to see our hometown librarians and booksellers with our 2018 catalog!
Cover design by @starvostheartist
🔥🔥📚🔥📚🔥 #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #writenow #writerslife #shelf #read #write #atlanta #writerslife #education #writer #publishers #author #authorsofig #authorsofinstagram #bookish #shelfie #booklife #books #blackauthors #blackwriters #christmas
Greetings from the classroom!
It’s the last of week of the fall 2018 semester, and it’s also the last day of my T.A. role in my designated English class. 😞 I don’t know why I’m smiling in this grainy pic because I’m actually pretty bummed.
Congrats on another successful semester, students.
Mood for the rest of the year & all 2019 👑🖤 #priscellah
🇮🇹 😍 For the pleasure of the wine connoisseur 🍷