“She Can’t Breathe” 2018⁣⁣

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“She Can’t Breathe” 2018⁣⁣
from ongoing series “I’m Still Black” ⁣⁣
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“I took this photo roughly two years ago, and it’s crazy to me how it relates to current events now. I had no idea the impact her gesture would have in today’s climate. I wonder if some force was reaching out to me sub-consciously trying to tell me what was coming through my photography. It’s almost creepy.”

#africandance #artistsoflanc #blackphotographersmatter #blackphotographer #717creative #girlrillavintage #imstillblack #osmynoree #shadowkeeper #roothealer #theeamazinggrace ⁣

Watching “The Chicago Tenements of 1967” Shook Me Down: Still We Must Fight

Some folks don’t know what it’s like to fight physically, let alone to protect your life and dreams. Watching the documentary was triggering to say the least. To see my peoples dreams drained from their bodies. Any gleam of possibility shattered and spat on.⁣⁣ How households couldn’t get assistance if the father was still alive or living in the home. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Oh my word, and the sweet “watermelon man” truck that road through was a childhood thing I almost forgot about!
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It’s so hard to be vulnerable and still manage to stay in struggle at times especially in a cesspool of a world so chiseled and unforgiving, but we owe it to ourselves to covet a soft space inside, even if another soul gives it us. After all being vulnerable is a beautiful gift. Comforting knowing I can delete at anytime lol!⁣

Grateful to share this way and thank you for listening. ⁣
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#afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #blacklivesmatter #blackeverythingmatters #chicagotenement #communitylove #girlrillavintage #imblackandimproud #philadelphiatenements #reparationsnow #smudgetalk #stayinthestruggle #theeamazinggrace #vulnerabilityisstrength #watermelonman #wemustfight

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Some folks don’t know what it’s like to fight physically, let alone to protect your life and dreams. Watching the documentary was triggering to say the least. To see my peoples dreams drained from their bodies. Any gleam of possibility shattered and spat on.⁣⁣ How households couldn’t get assistance if the father was still alive or living in the home. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Oh my word, and the sweet “watermelon man” truck that road through was a childhood thing I almost forgot about! ⁣⁣ It’s so hard to be vulnerable and still manage to stay in struggle at times especially in a cesspool of a world so chiseled and unforgiving, but we owe it to ourselves to covet a soft space inside. Even if another soul never gives us a soft hand. After all being vulnerable is a beautiful gift. Comforting knowing I can delete at anytime I get to feeling too mushy lol!⁣ ⁣ Grateful to share this way and thank you for listening. ⁣ ♥️✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #blacklivesmatter #blackeverythingmatters #chicagotenement #communitylove #girlrillavintage #imblackandimproud #philadelphiatenements #reparationsnow #smudgetalk #stayinthestruggle #theeamazinggrace #vulnerabilityisstrength #watermelonman #wemustfight

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What has protesting accomplished?

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List via @msreid27 on Instagram. 🙏🏾

(Fact checked links in my bio)

👉🏾Within 10 days of sustained protests:⁣⁣⁣ Minneapolis bans use of choke holds.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Charges are upgraded against Officer Chauvin, and his accomplices are arrested and charged.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Dallas adopts a “duty to intervene” rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾New Jersey’s attorney general said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾In Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a police reform work group.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Los Angeles City Council introduces motion to reduce LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging state lawmakers to enact 911 “Amy Cooper” False Accusation Bill.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾NYC Mayor announcement to defund police and to reallocate those funds to community programs and social services.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 Minneapolis City Council announced they were seeking to dismantle the city’s police department.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 New York is seeking to reform Civil Rights Law 50-a-disclosure of police personnel performance & disciplinary records⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Police brutality captured on cameras leads to near-immediate suspensions and firings of officers in several cities (i.e., Buffalo, Ft. Lauderdale).⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 Denver Colorado banned the use of chokeholds. Officers will also have to report to a supervisor any time they intentionally point a fire on at someone while on the job.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Monuments celebrating confederates are removed in (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, New Orleans, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia). ⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Mayor of Washington D.C. renamed the street outside the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Military forces begin to withdraw from D.C.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 American companies have donated millions into the advancement of black communities.⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣Not to mention…⁣⁣⁣

💓 Difficult public and private conversations that are happening about race and privilege.⁣⁣⁣

💓Realizations that some white people are coming to about racism and the role of policing in this country.⁣⁣ ⁣

Fact check sources:

https://apnews.com/ce3c4c56b683ae47d26bec1045a35fb7

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/03/us/george-floyd-officers-charges/index.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/05/870414038/dallas-police-adopts-duty-to-intervene-policy-to-prevent-abuse

https://www.officer.com/command-hq/news/21140879/new-jersey-to-license-police-officers-update-useofforce-policy

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-police-accountability-group-20200530-vllpk32dznh4rewovasncz3rda-story.html%3foutputType=amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/deadline.com/2020/06/lapd-funding-city-council-reduce-operating-budget-1202950507/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/people.com/politics/new-york-gov-andrew-cuomo-backs-amy-cooper-false-reporting-bill/%3famp=true

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/07/us/new-york-city-police-funding-social-services/index.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/07/us/george-floyd-protests-sunday/index.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-new-york-lawmakers-to-pass-package-of-police-reforms-albany-20200608-dlegw6gj5ngrjlffi2dj5tp2ny-story.html%3foutputType=amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/2020/6/6/21282412/protests-viral-videos-police-violence-disciplinary-action-suspension-firing

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/denver-police-update-policies-to-ban-chokeholds-require-body-cam-use-for-swat-more-reporting-for-officers

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_Confederate_monuments_and_memorials#

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Lee_Monument_(New_Orleans,_Louisiana)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-globally/black-lives-matter-plaza-dc-mayor-viral-videos-photos-reactions-6445528/lite/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/06/07/us/politics/trump-military-troops-protests.amp.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/06/01/corporate-donations-tracker-here-are-the-companies-giving-millions-to-anti-racism-efforts/amp/

⁣⁣⁣#afrikanface #blacklivesmatter #girlrillavintage #therewillbejustice #therewillbepeace #whathasprotestingaccomplished

Yoru

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Dear ancestors, ⁣⁣
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Thanks in advance for the new car and sweet little house!⁣⁣

All my love,⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

PS: Those wondering about what Yoru means, it literally translates to, “night” in the Japanese language. Yoru is one of the strongest swords in the world. It is one of the twelve Saijo O Wazamono or “Black Sword/Blades”. In a world crumbling around us, be the strongest black sword today! 

📸♥️🙏🏾 Kimyatta Williams ⁣
🎨 One dope app ⁣

#afrikanface #africandiaspora #abundancecall #ancestorsprovide #blacksword #blackwomenbelike #conjurewoman #girlrillavintage #girlrillavintagedotme #imsunflowerssista #loveisessential #manifestandmaintain #mendewoman #merlica #mindfullnessmeditation #orisa #rememberyourroots #2020aintoveryet #sankofa #shadowkeepersandroothealers #speakitintoexistence #strongesrswordintheworld #theeamazinggrace #yoruba #yoru #westafrican

Black daddy soul

Ancestor. Amiri Baraka. Thank you. This nudge. This invitation. This feeling. This LP. This gentle movement. Cheers! Yours. Experimental. Wildly staccato. I want to write in your likeness with my gift. My twist. 🙏🏾 for the heart beat. ⁣For remembering us that you knew would be born.  Ashe-O

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

#afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #ashe #artisawayoflivinganddying #blackisbeautiful #blackdaddysoul #comebackpharoa #girlrillavintage #imamuamiribaraka #itsnationtime #letmebe #love #movefreely #poetryisnotdead #shadowkeepersandroothealers #spokenwords #whowillsurviveamerica

Don’t be silent about your pain

I sent this to a male acquaintance last night:

It might sound petty, yet I don’t have the patience to deal with your unwanted advances. My “NO” is enough. As women we are taught to be nice and chalk it up when men are being annoying, disrespectful, and pushy for fear of our safety. I don’t want to be nice to you anymore. I don’t care how successful you are, I’m simply not interested. Please respect that.

AND AFTER ALL OF THAT…he didn’t offer an apology, commenced to blame me for being “attractive”, and asked who this nigga was in a picture I posted 😳. LAWD LOL! I didn’t respond at all. THEN he did something new, sent a disturbing silhouette of his penis and tried convince  me that I didn’t know what I was missing. I thought, look where being “nice about this shit” has gotten me. I blocked him.

Ladies, be empowered to never tolerate exchanges like this, especially if you clearly were uncomfortable the first time. 😦🤬😫

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️💕♥️

#anythinglessthanayesisano #endrapeculture #toxicmasculinityhastostop

Spring cleaning: Understanding codependency

We often throw the words codependent or codependency around, not truly understanding what it means. Honestly, I’m a recovering codependent. I never knew that codependence is considered to be a disease like that of an addiction. ⁣

How 3 of our main institutions (churches, families, and schools) actively teach us to not form boundaries, to stay in addictive, suffering, possessive, clingy relationships. ⁣
Or normalizing duality and fused identities vs coming together as individuals. This book is awesome and teaching me new things! ⁣⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

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We often throw the words codependent or codependency around, not truly understanding what it means. Honestly, I’m a recovering codependent. I never knew that codependence is considered to be a disease like that of an addiction. ⁣ ⁣ How 3 of our main institutions (churches, families, and schools) actively teach us to not form boundaries, to stay in addictive, suffering, possessive, clingy relationships. ⁣Or normalizing duality and fused identities vs coming together as individuals. This book is awesome and teaching me new things! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #afrikanface #boundariesarehealthy #codependenceisadisease #codependencyrecovery #context #girlrillavintage #perspective #recoveringcodependent #sharingiscaring #smudgetalk #understandingcodependency #vulnerabilityisnecessary

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#afrikanface #boundariesarehealthy #codependenceisadisease #codependencyrecovery #context #girlrillavintage #perspective #recoveringcodependent #sharingiscaring #smudgetalk #understandingcodependency #vulnerabilityisnecessary

Stankass Laundry Day

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Stank ass laundry day lol! I know…I joke around about washing my stank ass laundry, yet I know the privilege it is to be able to wash my ass and my laundry. ⁣

Folks could NEVER imagine the half me, my brothers and mom survived. Sleeping in abandoned houses, bellies scraping our spines, being brutalized by predatory dick heads, mama having to sex work for money, food and shelter, shamed for being impoverished. ⁣

I don’t live this life to take any of it for granite although, I have at times. Grateful to be here to tell it, to smile while telling it, knowing I never have to go back there. Bless those in struggle for basic human necessities. Trust, life won’t always be like this. ⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace

#afrikanface #awarenessiskey #bekindtoyourself #girlrillavintage #knowyourprivilege #laundryday #lifewontalwaysbelikethis #sharingmytruth #stayinthestruggle #theeamazinggrace

1997

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Circa 1997

I was 17 yrs young and never seized to find who I was back then. We were visiting my brother David at Devereaux and learned that he was a person living with schizophrenia the paranoid type. We asked so many questions. How beautiful, David tried to answer. Our love and strength during that time mirrored each other. ⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

#afrikanface #ancestorsremember #circa1997 #familymatters #girlrillavintage #imsunflowerssista #love #memorylane #mybrotherskeeper #restinpowerlittlebrother #skinnydip #sunflower #theeamazinggrace #tbt #youthfulglow

Breaking generational curses

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Working on making friends with my fears. Alchemising a really core, foundational-vibration of myself. Those underdeveloped. Scars no longer bleeding. Those vulnerable spaces. I’m learning that so much of it is familial. From my past. In my lineage. ⁣—Breaking generational curses⁣

-TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

#afrikanface #ascending #breakinggenerationalcurses #girlrillavintage #healingblack  #healthierhabits #lifework #locslove #rooted #roothealer #theeamazinggrace