like misty upham was an actress in an oscar winning film and her disappearance and death was still unpublicized and ignored by the police because she was a native american
I’m actually super stoked because I got a lot of studying done and memorized a good number of the terms I need to know! Before bed, I need to read the next ~50 or so pages of Through the Labyrinth. Then, after my 8am, I’ll keep studying and read the one chapter of Of Plants and People that we’re being tested on. If I have extra time, I might try to edit/revise my lab report, but who knows. Then we have our canoe trip and plants exam. Tomorrow night I need to finish my ecology problem set which is due by 5pm on Wednesday. Then Thursday and Friday I will work on my case study draft (ten pages due next Tuesday!) and hopefully I can dedicate Saturday and Sunday to studying for my ecology exam next Wednesday.
I’m stressed and have so much to get done but I’m proud I’m making it through!!!
Spotlight: Photographer Damion Reid and the “Beauty of the Black Woman” Project.
How do you describe what a black woman is? How do you even begin to define her?
You don’t. You leave that up to her.
As black women, as black people, we are well aware of our complexities - whether inherited or otherwise. What’s more, despite our differences being used to divide and separate us, whether through experience or heritage, history has played out in such a way that we are and will always be connected to each other in ways words cannot even begin to describe. As romantic as this may sound, and though there is so much beauty in who we are, there’s a lot of pain that we are still forced to triumph through. Despite all this, as we combat that which has manifested in our lives through both structural and internal racism, it’s so important that we look for ways to find and recreate ourselves on our terms.
Living in a world where black women have to constantly defend their existence and personally find ways to continuously reaffirm their beauty and self-worth, it’s hard not to love what Damion Reid does.
As a Communications Major, Reid was, to say the least, troubled by the negative images and stories he’d often come across of Black women and Black people in the Diaspora. In the Spring of 2002, armed with his camera and desire to show the multi-faceted reality of Black women, he began approaching women he’d see in public in an attempt to capture the “Beauty of the Black Woman.”
Ridding himself of mainstream notions of what beauty is or is supposed to look like, Reid opted to go for something deeper when approaching women, "I share a spiritual bond with Black Women. They are the only people that can understand what me a Black Male goes through. That is beauty to me. I go with my feelings. If it feels right to approach someone, I will do it."
So far, the responses Reid has received have been incredibly positive and wonderfully surprising, “Sometimes the Women are shocked that I want to photograph them. They were not used to be called beautiful, much less photographed.”
For Reid, this is a “never-ending project.” He does plan on taking things further and is currently working on a project that concerns Black men in the Diaspora.
"In the United States, access to tampons and pads for low-income women is a real problem, too: food stamps don’t cover feminine hygiene products, so some women resort to selling their food stamps in order to pay for “luxuries” like tampons. Women in prison often don’t have access to sanitary products at all, and the high cost of a product that half the population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply, well, bullshit."
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody suggest that toilet paper or paper towels in public bathrooms shouldn’t be free. We’d consider it outrageous if that very basic necessity were to be missing, or provided only for purchase.
I had too much caffeine and I just want to go to sleep but I really need to keep studying
There are now only six northern white rhinos left in the world. Suni was one of the last two breeding males in the world and no northern white rhinos are known to have survived in the wild. Consequently the species now stands at the brink of complete extinction, a sorry testament to the greed of the human race.
This is tragic news from Ol’ Pejeta conservancy in Kenya….
As they were walking back to their car, I decided to tell them I took their photo.
“You know,” the guy said, “one time I kissed her in the ocean while it was raining, and I thought that we would never have a more special kiss. But that one, right there, was even better.”
I’m stressed with schoolwork and stuff but oh so happy with life right now. I’m just in such a satisfied place and I love my friends and I’m super excited to be going home in just a little over a month. I can’t wait for next semester (except that so many friends will be abroad) and I think this year is gonna be my best one yet.