About GirlrillaVintage the Blog

vintage graced my bones before i ever knew what grace was. humility. mama shopped free. had us convinced that we made the clothes worth something; during a time when rocking rabbit fur and knitted hats in 4th grade could get you stomped out (schoolyard pizza lol). when all the kids had the latest (bk's, guess, reeboks, gold chains), mama glorified the ‪#‎handmedown‬, dark spots on bananas. took bleach and water to mothball and avon stink, her and the scrub-board worked it out. that's why i'm so girlrillavintage-girl real with her vintage. vintage was my first home on earth and it cost me nothing. gave me courage. taught me bout grace before i even knew who she was.

A prosperous 2020 to you all

On this day in 2013 I was 33 yrs young, slimthick, and struggling after a fuck boy breakup. Instead of sulking my life away I drove to Washington DC, rented the nicest hotel I could find and pampered my damn self. All the many ways 😉 lol!⁣

My bestie @cynmoni and I got all dolled up and found the hottest New Year’s Eve party that night and got lit! Always been resilient and always knew how to be the fun in the throws of misery.⁣

Remember, we never lose our strength, our souls although it feels that way sometimes. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. A prosperous 2020 to you all!⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace

#afrikanface #bethefun #bethepeace #blackwomenbelike #girlrillavintage #happynewyear #happynewdecade #imissthosehotpants #lovelybones #mende #newyearseve2013 #selfiecorner #throwback

Smudge Talk: Prosperous days ahead

Smudge talk. Ready to wash my face and sink into bed. I mean cause when you know, you know.  Ancestors. Always find away. They relieve as much as they can. Heavy burdens don’t last and we don’t have to carry them always, either. Experience more, feel more, then let go of the heaviness. Live in the lite. Prosperous days ahead. 💖

—TheeAmazingGrace ⁣

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#afrikan #afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #blackwomenbelike #bassandtreble #cunninglinguists #gotgele #girlrillavintage #imeverythingatonce #isaidthat #mendewoman #nofilter #ritualistic #sage #smudging #smudgetalk #theeamazinggrace #sierraleone #wearybones #westafrican

My Mamas An Ancestor

Always been super intuitive, but my intuition could’ve never prepared me for losing my mother. She was the first human being to ever break my entire soul and heal it at the same time. ⁣
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Next month marks 12 years since she’s been my ancestor. Found out from city hall that I will be installing my art exhibit at Amtrak on the very day the medical examiner called to tell me they found her. I was all shaken up about it, at first, yet realized the inherent blessing it is. How she likely helped to orchestrate the decision lol! ⁣

I will honor her legacy that day as I do everyday by continuing to build mine, instead of grieving her death. We always had a deeply spiritual bond even through the abuse and turmoil and nothing has ever been able to stop that. As we reach toward each other always. Thank you mommy! ⁣2nd 📷 Circa 1997

#afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #centeringmyblackness #dearmama #girlrillavintage #intuition #mamasgirl #mendesfamily #mymamasanancestor #ripmama #roothealers #shadowkeeperexhibit  ⁣#theeamazinggrace #unconditionallove #westphilly #westafrican

On Harriet

27170270-C65B-482F-9D95-C12BDA09205DObservation on Harriet: After seeing @harrietfilm tonight I liked how @kasi_lemmons attempted to portray mama Harriets acalades toward her revolutionary fight to freedom-something I’m most proud. I cried with joy and pride seeing her in action and imagining my ancestors in the same fight. Also, I was pleased with @cynthiaerivo performance being Nigerian west Afrikan born in England. Also, how I kept seeing @the.sleepngiant face in her face—Y’all likely kinfolk sis lol! Cause after all we all Afrikans scattered all over this place. ⁣

Aside, I do wonder how much of the movie was fact and fiction. And despite how good the freedom fight felt I left troubled. Witnessing the brutal killings of two black folks on screen while racist whites were unscathed, spared, and even comforted by the enslaved Afrikans was unsettling to me.⁣

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I wish Kasi had gone deeper or made more of a statement that wasn’t necessarily a “safe one” to appease white audiences, but one that warranted vigilante justice in retaliation for such unimaginable horror that the slave owner put her and her family through. It would’ve been REVOLUTIONARY AS PHUCK, for mama Harriet to blow his racist ass away on screen when she had the chance. To me it would’ve showed the duality of her undying love for God along with her undying desire to free our people by any means. Especially since history tells us how she wouldn’t think twice about turning her gun on our own people that got in her way, so killing a racist should’ve required no thought.

—TheeAmazingGrace

#afrikanface #aramentaross #harriet #harriettubman #harriettubmanmovie #freedomfighter #girlrillavintage #givemwlibertyorgivemedeath #kasilemmons #mytwocents #revolutionaryaction

 

Araminta Ross

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Ancestor tones. Anticipating what truth the movie will bring. Rest on mama Harriet! She reminds us, “I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.” ⁣

And we don’t have to stay disadvantaged. We grew up. 🖤⁣

#afrikanface #ancestors #aramintaross #blackhistoryisworldhistory #blacklivesmatter #blackwomenbelike #freedomfighter #girlrillavintage #givemelibertyorgivemedeath #groundbreaking #harriettubman #iconic #revolutionary #wiseowl #respectyourelders #theeamazinggrace #tubman

Power Moves

Thinking of freedom. Knowing that it’s mine. It’s me. It’s part of my power. No matter how it shows up. To be free is a gift. Internal wisdom. Children of Obatala. Coded language inside our DNA. It’s our souls song. ⁣

We have to teach ourselves to remember, divination, even when it feels dead. Our power is really only laying dormant. We all lose sight of our power sometimes. This is me returning to mine. Shout out to @tinyandbrave for sharing a dance with me to this dope ass song, Azucar by Los Hecheros, so strong last night! ❤️⁣

#afrikanface #azucar #dancetokeepfromcrying #eternalflame #freedomfighter #girlrillavintage #gift #grooving #internalprocess #locs #loshecheros #mende #merengue #mondaymood #obatala #orishas #powermoves #sierraleone #theeamazinggrace #westafrican

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Thinking of freedom. Knowing that it's mine. It’s me. It’s part of my power. No matter how it shows up. To be free is a gift. Internal wisdom. Children of Obatala. Coded language inside our DNA. It’s our souls song. ⁣ ⁣ We have to teach ourselves to remember, divination, even when it feels dead. Our power is really only laying dormant. We all lose sight of our power sometimes. This is me returning to mine. Shout out to @tinyandbrave for sharing a dance with me to this DOPE ass song, Azucar by @los_hacheros so strong last night! ❤️⁣ ⁣ #afrikanface #azucar #dancetokeepfromcrying #eternalflame #freedomfighter #girlrillavintage #gift #grooving #imeverythingatonce #internalprocess #locs #loshecheros #mende #merengue #mondaymood #obatala #orishas #powermoves #sierraleone #theeamazinggrace #westafrican

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