"Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds, and as they’ll discover, they can enjoy the best of both. From Mommy’s jazz beats to Daddy’s classical piano, we will dance with the twins through a book that explores what it is to be of mixed ancestry, proving that a child is more than the sum of their parents."
 i am Mixed, written by Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastian A. Jones, art by James C. Webster, layouts by Darrell May
love to see books about the brownbaby experience, especially for the kiddies. more please!

"Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds, and as they’ll discover, they can enjoy the best of both. From Mommy’s jazz beats to Daddy’s classical piano, we will dance with the twins through a book that explores what it is to be of mixed ancestry, proving that a child is more than the sum of their parents."

i am Mixed, written by Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastian A. Jones, art by James C. Webster, layouts by Darrell May

love to see books about the brownbaby experience, especially for the kiddies. more please!

"A public display of affection for our fifth wedding anniversary." - Joylynn Holder

a beautiful love story, from a beautiful couple. Charlie’s anniversary gift to his beautiful wife. i can’t stop saying “beautiful.”

sending tons of love to Joylynn & Charlie on their 5th wedding anniversary! and lots of brownbaby love to you too, Sylvie!

Ethnically, I’m a person of mixed race. My father’s mother was African-American. His father was from Venezuela. My mother is Irish. I see myself as a person of color who happens to be mixed with a lot of things…

 Mariah Carey, Jet magazine 1999.

happy birthday, Mariah!!! sending brownbaby blessings to you on your special day!


rosewithwords:

1,000,000 HOODIE MARCH!
1 million hoodies, 1 million signatures on change.org… show the world we are all Trayvon. 

i know i haven’t said much here about this horrible injustice. the truth, it’s been so upsetting and worry-some and infuriating and disgusting to sit back and watch that i haven’t been able to articulate thoughtful, contributing words. i’m still not so sure i can. i talk about movies and spring and post pretty pictures because it’s what i’m trying to fill my mind with. i think about Trayvon, his family, this system and i just keep coming up with anger. pure, blood-boiling anger. in the worst form, silence. i’ve signed the petitions, read the articles but i can’t comfort Trayvon’s mother, i can’t take that gun from George Zimmerman’s irresponsible hands or punish him myself, i can’t instantly change racial perceptions….and it makes me crazy. just like i know it makes so many others. 
i don’t know the answer. but i’m certain the answer isn’t more hate. i have to take my anger and disgust and turn it into dialogue. open, honest dialogue. i can’t let Trayvon’s death be completely in vain by creating more hatred and tension. i believe we have to take this opportunity to share his story, expose all people to the core issue here, and encourage open conversations. 
Trayvon was murdered at 17 for wearing a hoodie and carrying candy while being black. the man who committed that murder should face the consequences and that’s why i signed the petition (and so should you). but, there’s nothing any of us can do to bring Trayvon back and that is pretty devastating. however, i can talk about it here. i can share this story with as many people as possible. i can sign the petitions and forward them to friends, family and followers. and so can you. so, do that. choose that. honor Trayvon’s memory by committing to a better future. as difficult as it may be. Trayvon didn’t choose violence or hate, neither should we.
blessings to those of you that will be in Union Square in hoodies tonight. be peaceful and progressive. offer condolences to Trayvon’s parents and share in this opportunity for change.
“Darkness cannot drive out Darkness: only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out Hate: only Love can do that.” - MLK Jr.
r.i.p. Trayvon.

rosewithwords:

1,000,000 HOODIE MARCH!

1 million hoodies, 1 million signatures on change.org… show the world we are all Trayvon.

i know i haven’t said much here about this horrible injustice. the truth, it’s been so upsetting and worry-some and infuriating and disgusting to sit back and watch that i haven’t been able to articulate thoughtful, contributing words. i’m still not so sure i can. i talk about movies and spring and post pretty pictures because it’s what i’m trying to fill my mind with. i think about Trayvon, his family, this system and i just keep coming up with anger. pure, blood-boiling anger. in the worst form, silence. i’ve signed the petitions, read the articles but i can’t comfort Trayvon’s mother, i can’t take that gun from George Zimmerman’s irresponsible hands or punish him myself, i can’t instantly change racial perceptions….and it makes me crazy. just like i know it makes so many others.

i don’t know the answer. but i’m certain the answer isn’t more hate. i have to take my anger and disgust and turn it into dialogue. open, honest dialogue. i can’t let Trayvon’s death be completely in vain by creating more hatred and tension. i believe we have to take this opportunity to share his story, expose all people to the core issue here, and encourage open conversations.

Trayvon was murdered at 17 for wearing a hoodie and carrying candy while being black. the man who committed that murder should face the consequences and that’s why i signed the petition (and so should you). but, there’s nothing any of us can do to bring Trayvon back and that is pretty devastating. however, i can talk about it here. i can share this story with as many people as possible. i can sign the petitions and forward them to friends, family and followers. and so can you. so, do that. choose that. honor Trayvon’s memory by committing to a better future. as difficult as it may be. Trayvon didn’t choose violence or hate, neither should we.

blessings to those of you that will be in Union Square in hoodies tonight. be peaceful and progressive. offer condolences to Trayvon’s parents and share in this opportunity for change.

“Darkness cannot drive out Darkness: only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out Hate: only Love can do that.” - MLK Jr.

r.i.p. Trayvon.

soulklap:

#Salute

blackfashion:

Svante Myrick, at age 24 is the youngest mayor in history of Ithaca.

In an interview with NBC News’s Kate Snow for Rock Center, Myrick describes growing up homeless, his father a crack addict, and his mother, Leslie, worked multiple low-paying jobs to support the family. “(My mother) went above and beyond. She sacrificed everything … She saved our lives,” says Myrick.

Growing up poor helped shaped Myrick’s political beliefs — he supports local food banks and free lunch programs, stating that they were the reason his family got by.

Myrick, who is biracial, says he’s been inspired by another biracial politician: Barack Obama. “Well, if this, you know, guy with that name and those ears can do it, then a guy with this name and these ears can do it,” Myrick told Snow.

via huffingtonpost.com

(via archiegreen85)

yes, when @FABNEWYORK thoughtfully responded to our tweet i felt like the coolest brownbaby around. i still do. thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Loving Story, Fab 5 Freddy. i appreciate and agree with every word.  

and to Nancy Buirski, Grey Villet’s estate, Hope Ryden, HBO and the entire Loving Story crew: you created a wonderfully moving film. i was overwhelmed. the quiet, unwavering love and mutual respect between the Lovings was inspiring. Hope Ryden’s footage and Grey Villet’s photos were riveting, I was captivated for the entire 90 minutes. thank you for creating this beautiful film. a true American love story, that just so happened to create historical change. 

what did you guys think of the film?

"i honestly believe the key to my success as an actor and my progress as a person is the very lack of self that used to make me feel so anxious and insecure." Thandie Newton, TED Talk: “Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself” 

BRILLIANT. seriously, carve out 13 minutes of your day and watch this. there are so many moving moments in her incredibly honest and thought-provoking talk. i’m so grateful that i heard this and that i’m able to share it here. this is the epitome of what it is to “create the dialogue. be the change.”

also, she says this: “…but nature had it’s wicked way and brownbabies were born.” this brilliant, beautiful, incredibly talented woman (and one of my all-time fave actors) said “brownbabies”. i mean, that’s awesome. :)

thank you for posting this, lavidaesuncarnaval.

create the dialogue.

be the change.

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