krislyntoself:

for the one time 

yngcreolequeen:

Black Curves. Get You Some.

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allthickwomen:

Briana Bette
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Brittaney

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We do this….
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Christina Rogers

It’s Yours - An Open Letter to the Love that Stuck

krislyntoself:

I’ve read and heard and seen a great deal of narratives about women who fall in love and don’t necessarily know themselves to be in love. I’ve never really found myself in those stories. She may be a silent, subtle, slinking thing with some women, but she awakens a roaring, boisterous fire within me.

It happens so often…

I jump, I free fall, and in a few moments, the adrenaline’s over and I’m back at the top, jumping again at the slightest of provocations. 

This cycle has played out in a recurring fashion (as cycles seem to do), though not necessarily feeling mundane, for the past nineteen years and always rather quickly and with few bruises. With you, however, I sort of got stuck midair. And when I hit the bottom, a lot was black and blue, and some was broken.

But I can’t really say that I felt it. For the past few months, I’m not really sure that I’ve felt anything towards you. That hit was reality, but the aftershock is only just now wearing away at my numbness.

I find myself in prayer for you, still.

In the pages of my prayer book, you’ll find scribbles and invocations bearing your name. I pray for you, your comings and goings, your relationship and all that’s ahead of you. I’m not yet sure if this makes me insane, but I do know that it’s ironic.

But maybe it’s all a part of the healing process, as is this letter – different strokes for different folks. That was always something I admired about you, though… your faith. There was actually a lot that I admired about you, a lot that went into my perception of you.

Your humbleness always struck me as peculiar. I never understood how someone so perfect could tiptoe around his greatness. You should know you set the standard; everyone else is measured to you. You stand (figuratively, and maybe a bit literally) as a giant in my book of life. And you’ve stood with me through a lot. But you also taught me that even perfect people, and even giants, fall.

This is a letter for you, the boy who came some time after a lot of other firsts, but still managed to make it all feel brand new. The boy that made my heart skip beats and flutter more times than I can count.

This is an apology for you, the boy who I wasn’t quite done with, but wasn’t really ready for either. The boy who taught me the value of timing and that people are worth holding on to, but not to be made into homes.

This is a reminder for you, the boy who made promises he couldn’t keep, but showed me the value of the moment. The boy who touched me, kissed me, and left his fingerprint on my heart.

This is a thank you for you, the boy who never gave up on me, but still let me go. The boy who made love real. Gave me something to feel. Listened to me. Advised me. Cared for me. Loved me.

This is for you, the boy who was my friend, my confidant, my weakness, my strength, my motivator, my supporter, my pride, my joy, my hurt, my smile, my tears.

I thought I’d be a lot of things without you, but you’re showing me, instead, I can be just fine.   

 

Georgia Teens Develop App to Document Police Abuse

krislyntoself:

This is important, support and download aug 18th! #blackkidsareawesome

To My Unborn Son: On Mike Brown, Police Brutality and the Fears of Black Motherhood

confessionsofacheapassnigga:

krislyntoself:

I am fearful. For the moment you are conceived, I can no longer protect you. For the moment your budding body begins to push against the confines of my belly, you are under attack. For the moment you come out kicking and screaming, drawing your first breath, you are at war. For no reason other…

Amazing

(via krislyntoself)

To My Unborn Son: On Mike Brown, Police Brutality and the Fears of Black Motherhood

krislyntoself:

I am fearful. For the moment you are conceived, I can no longer protect you. For the moment your budding body begins to push against the confines of my belly, you are under attack. For the moment you come out kicking and screaming, drawing your first breath, you are at war. For no reason other than the greatest gift I can give you: my Blackness.

Baby, the world you will fill does not want you. Though it needs your strength, your tenacity, your softness, your kindness, your voice, it does not want you. And this stirs up a tumultuous, turbulent wind within my soul. For I already dream about the warmth of your smile and the grace in your touch. For I already dream about the possibilities twinkling in your eye.

But I know they will try to strip you of your right to be. Where you push, they will push harder. Where you enter, they will promptly show you the exit. Where you speak, they will silence you. But you must push, you must enter, and you must speak. You must be.

Still, I am fearful. For there, on the concrete, lay the lifeless body of Michael Brown – slain in broad daylight under the heat of the summer sun. And baby, I am fearful. For I know the same sun will shine on you.

My heart beats heavily for his mother. I encourage her as she summons the strength she must now show in this hour of vulnerability and transforms into the beacon of light she must be in the darkness of this space. But yet, I am fearful, for I know her tears may very well become my own.

I wish I could take this moment to reminisce on a time when Black motherhood was easy, and I wish that I could find reassurance in the stories of my foremothers. But I cannot, because the overarching darkness imposed by this world threatens to take you away from me. It always has.

Black mothers have known and continue to know the weight of birthing life into these conditions. We knew it in 1662, when law dictated the very chains of our enslavement to be inheritable. We are reminded of it when our daughters and our sons are stripped down because of the midnight blacks, chocolate browns, caramels, and high yellows we have given them. And I am reminded of it, dread at knowing it when I muse about the beauty of brown masterfully coating your limbs.

Even now, I fret about how best to prepare you to cope with the weight of this world without nullifying the virtue of your station in life. For you will know community, brotherhood, and love; but forces outside of your control threaten to nullify your very existence. Your teachers will see a man in the little body you inhabit, and law enforcement will see you as a menace, a risk.

And nothing can protect you from this, not even your mommy, though I will try, as I try now to preserve my hopefulness in this continuum of hopelessness.

But still, how do I prevent the very real dangers surrounding you from crushing and overwhelming the sanctity of your childhood? I believe there is a God, and I believe in the power of his wonders, the strength in his protection. But to see your forefathers and brothers butchered, annihilated by the very forces sworn to protect them, it leaves me anxious. And I am anxious for I know myself to not be strong enough to lose you, even now.

Am I to present these perils to you up-front and repetitively? Am I to be harsh, or gentle? Am I to tell you to take the submissive, but safe route by maintaining an almost nauseating degree of respect for law enforcement? Or am I to encourage you to assert your rights firmly? Or am I to pretend, dream that you will know this world differently than I do now?

I am nineteen, and ideally, you are years away from me. I promise that I will better grasp how to tackle this dilemma by the time you arrive. But now, still, I worry; and still, I am fearful. For the joy of the bond we will share will always be overshadowed by the gnawing truth that I have birthed you into a world in which you are out of place. I yearn for you, but yet I am discouraged, intimidated.

But still, I know that I will learn how to aid you in developing into the man you desire to be, have been called to be. Even now, I know that you are being fashioned into a purpose, destined for greatness in your own right, and even now, I know that you are loved.

And still, even now, I know that I must give you a chance, even when the rest of the world will not. 

Krislyn Domingue is a rising sophomore, Sociology & Anthropology and Comparative Women’s Studies double major at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys reading, writing, and sipping Chai Tea. Email: krislynshonte@gmail.com; Twitter: @krislynsd

Read my original post on For Harriet. 

get-up-n-go:

be-healfit:

I wrote this article on my blog, but thought it could be great to share it on Tumblr with all of you. So here it is : a HUGE list of 100% healthy smoothies! I hope it will be useful ;) 
Almond

Almond and Orange Smoothie
Elvis Smoothie
Cherry Almond Smoothie
Spiced-Banana Almond Smoothie
Almond Milk and Berry Smoothie
Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie
Apple 


Apple and bananas Smoothie
Carrot-Apple-Ginger Smoothie
Apple-Avocado-Banana-Grape Smoothie
Red Apple Smoothie
Spiced Apple Pie Smoothie (vegan, gluten free)
Apple-Oatmeal-Peanut Butter-Cinnamon Smoothie
Apple Pie in the Sky Smoothie
Apple-Avocado and Mint Smoothie

Apricots


Simple Apricot Smoothie
5 Apricots Smoothies
Apricot-Banana Smoothie
Apricot Peach Smoothie
Apricot Mango Smoothie
Oats and Apricots Smoothie
Apricot Apple Smoothie
Avocado 


Quick Avocado Smoothie
Avocado Blueberry Smoothie
Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
Avocado Banana Kiwi Kale Smoothie
Avocado Mango Smoothie
Avocado Pear Smoothie
Strawberry Avocado Coconut Smoothie
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
Bananas
Bananas and Peanut Butter Smoothie
Bananas and Kiwi Smoothie
Bananas, strawberries and Flax Smoothie
Bananas and pears Smoothie
Bananas and Mango Shake
Bananas and peach Smoothie
Groovy Smoothie
Banana Blast II
Bananas and Orange Smoothie
Tropical Cooler Smoothie
Carribbean Health Drink
Blueberry 

Wild blueberry Soy Shake
Heavenly Blueberry Smoothie
Very Berry Blueberry Smoothie
Razzy Blue Smoothie
Lemon Berry Smoothie
Blueberry Mint Smoothie
Celery 

Celery Cilantro Smoothie
Celery and Apple Berry Delight
Banana Celery Smoothie
Carrot Celery Orange Ginger Juice
Mango Banana Pineapple Spinach Celery Smoothie
Celery Cucumber and Ginger Smoothie

Cherry 

Cherry-Bananas Smoothie
Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie
Cherry Soy Yogurt Smoothie
Cherry Peach Smoothie
Cherry Vanilla Bean Oatmeal Smoothie
Lush Cherry Coconut Smoothie

Chocolate 


Chocolate, Strawberry, Banana Milkshake
Orange Chocolate Breakfast Drink
6 Chocolate Smoothies Recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Monster Smoothie
Ultra-Chocolate Smoothie 
Healthy Chocolate Banana Shake
Cinnamon 


Cinnamon Acai Smoothie
Orange Cinnamon Smoothie
Bapple Cinnamon Smoothie
Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie
Wake Up Smoothie
Apple, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon, Oatmeal Smoothie

Citrus 

Citrus Energy-Boosting Smoothie
The Ultimate Citrus Smoothie
Citrus and Spice Smoothie (vegan and Gluten free)
Citrus Berry Smoothie
Healthy Citrus Spinach Smoothie
Tropical MangoCitrus Smoothie
Coconut 

Coconut and Banana Smoothie
5 Minute Vegan Breakfast Smoothie
Coconut Almond Smoothie
Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
Coconut Avocado Smoothie
Key Lime Coconut Smoothie
Coconut Vanilla Almond Butter Smoothie
Creamy Coconut Date Shake (vegan)

Cranberry 

Cranberry-Orange Power Smoothie
Cranberry Smoothie
Cranberry Coconut Smoothie
Cranberry Apple Smoothie
Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie
Cranberry Green Tea Smoothie
Cranberry and Raspberry Smoothie

Fig 

Fig and bananas Smoothie
Mango Banana Figs Smoothie
Vanilla Fig Smoothie
Figs Almonds and Banana Smoothie
Fig Blueberry Not so Green Green Smoothie
Fig, Oats and Banana Smoothie
Ginger 


Ginger Berry Smoothie
Oranginger Smoothie
Banana Ginger Energy Smoothie
Mango Ginger Strawberry Smoothie
Kale Ginger Smoothie
Green Ginger Apple Smoothie

Grapefruit 

Fresh Grapefruit Juice Smoothie
5 Grapefruits Smoothie Recipes
Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie
Kiwi Basil Grapefruit Anti-inflammatory Smoothie

Kale 

Kale and Banana Smoothie
Kale, Orange, Banana Smoothie
Hala Kahiki Green Smoothie
Kale Spinach and Pear Smoothie
Blueberry Kale Smoothie
Kale Sunrise Green Smoothie
Peacock Kale Smoothie
Kale Banana Chia Superfood Smoothie
Pineapple Mint green Smoothie
Kiwi 


Kinaja Smoothie
Kiwinaberry Cream Smoothie
Kiwi Sensation
Sour Smoothie
Kiwi Pineapple Smoothie
Mango Kiwi Peach Spinach Smoothie
Kiwi Fruit, Ginger, Banana Smoothie

Mango 


Gloomy Day Smoothie
Mango Pineapple Green Smoothie
Mango Peach Smoothie
Pawpaw and Mango Punch
Basil Strawberry Mango Smoothie
Honey Mango Juice
Mango Mint Lassi with Indian Sweet Spices Smoothie
Melon 

Melon Blackberry Smoothie
Melon Lime Cooler
Cantaloupe Yogurt Smoothie
Melon Strawberry Smoothie
Triple Melon Smoothie

Mint 

Thin Mint Green Monster
Banana Mint Slush
Strawberry Mint Green Smoothie
Healthy Choc-Mint Smoothie
Cucumber Apple and Mint Cooler 

Nectarine 


Nectarine Sunshine Smoothie
Cinnamon Nectarine Smoothie
Apple Nectarine Smoothie
Lime Mango and Nectarine Smoothie
Blueberry Nectarine Smoothie
Oatmeal 

Spiced Oatmeal Smoothie
Blueberry Mapple Smoothie
Strawberry Oatmeal Chia Smoothie
Mocha Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Pomegranate Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
Ginger Berries and Oats Smoothie

Orange 

Orange Glorious
Orange Snowman
Janie’s Amazing Smoothie
Tropical Pineapple Mango and Orange Smoothie
Orange Push Up Smoothie (vegan, gluten free)
Peach Orange Smoothie

Papaya 


Papaya Surprise Smoothie
Supergirl Summer Smoothie
Banana Papaya and Spinach Smoothie
Papaya Ginger Smoothie
Papaya Ginger Mint Smoothie
Raspberry Papaya Smoothie
Peach 


Peach and Banana Smoothie
Strawberry Peach Smoothie
Ginger Peach Smoothie
Cherry Peach Smoothie
Peach Green Smoothie
Honeyed Peach and Dates Smoothie

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smoothie
Green Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
Dairy-Free Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Peanut Butter and Strawberry Smoothie
Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie
15 Healthy Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipes
Pear 


Cinnapear Smoothie
Pear-fect Smoothie
Spinach Pear Ginger Green Smoothie
Pear Ginger Cinnamon Oat Smoothie
Sweet Pear Green Smoothie

Pineapple

C-Blast Smoothie
Pineapple and Banana Smoothie
Pineapple Mango Smoothie
Pineapple Sunrise Smoothie
Tropical Tea Smoothie
Strawberry Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Pumpkin 

Apple Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Spice Protein Drink
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Smoothie
Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Pumpkin Banana Vanilla Smoothie

Raspberry 

Raspberry and Blackberry Smoothie
Raspberry Fudge Smoothie
Raspberry Mango Smoothie
Orange Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie
Blushing Apple Smoothie
Berry Kale Smoothie
Rhubarb 


Rosy Rhubarb Smoothie
5 Rhubarb Smoothie Recipes you’ll want to try
Rhubarb Strawberry Smoothie 
Rhubarb Green Smoothie
Berry Rhubarb Smoothie


Spinach 

Spinach and Strawberry Smoothie
Spinach and Kale Smoothie
Green Slime Smoothie
Green Monster Smoothie
Kid Approved Green Smoothie
Strawberry



Strawberry and beet Smoothie
Strawberry-yoghurt Smoothie
Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
Cool-Off Smoothie
Red, White and Blue Fruit Smoothie
Strawberry, Orange, Banana Smoothie
Quick Start Breakfast Drink
Strawberry-Grapefruit Smoothie
Sweet Potato 


Sweet Potato and Banana Smoothie
Better than Ice Cream Sweet Potato Smoothie
Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie
Luscious Sweet Potato and Almond Smoothie
Refreshing Sweet Potato and Peach Smoothie
Tofu 


Tofuberry Smoothie
Raspberry, Banana, Tofu Shake
Vegan Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie
Blueberry Power Smoothie
Banana Cocoa Soy Smoothie

Watermelon 


Watermelon Bliss Smoothie
Watermelon with a Hint of Mint
Pink Watermelon Smoothie
Watermelon Kiwi Smoothie
Watermelon Yogurt Mint Smoothie


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chanelofhouston:

Jeez

Thick chicks were made for cuddling.
allthickwomen:

Damaris Lopez

she’s me if I get these thighs down