week 13 || 2016

Imagine  how incredible you’d be one year from now if you stopped fantasizing about a better life and instead actively started building it.

 

Museday: Vaginas

This past weekend, I attended a yoni-themed art show, These Walls Talk, hosted by the aesthetician homie Kim of VaVaVoom at Paragon7 in Atlanta. By now, you know I thoroughly enjoy the visual arts, so I had to share some highlights with you all. And apologies in advance for not catching every artist’s name.

Some creators took this theme to heart, being very literal with their interpretations while others displayed more of an abstract or fantasy feel. That is one thing I’ve always loved about art: you can tell 100 people to draw a certain something and you will no doubt get a hundred unique responses.

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artist: Symf

And you know I love to witness Black people come together to build and share and discover and love in such a meaningful way. Real art is often overlooked and pretty much disregarded and watered down by mainstream media. But it’s important. Vaginas are important. And it’s important to keep expressing and sharing and being around those who make it their duty to glorify authentic artistry.

a few artists to follow, stalk and patronize:

Courtney Brooks

artbeets | Cake | Zipporah Joel

King Summer

Teach Us to Number Our Days

In the old neighborhood, each funeral parlor
is more elaborate than the last.
The alleys smell of cops, pistols bumping their thighs,
each chamber steeled with a slim blue bullet.

 

Low-rent balconies stacked to the sky.
A boy plays tic-tac-toe on a moon
crossed by TV antennae, dreams

 

He has swallowed a blue bean.
It takes root in his gut, sprouts
and twines upward, the vines curling
around the sockets and locking them shut.

 

And this sky, knotting like a dark tie?
The patroller, disinterested, holds all the beans.

 

August. The mums nod past, each a prickly heart on a sleeve.

© 1989 by Rita Dove

week 11 | 2016

missuniverse

We come from energy and turn back into energy.

We are all matter for only a very short time.

Make sure that when you are matter, you matter.

-unknown ❤

{photo cred: pinterest}

like it’s golden

I visited Stone Mountain Park for the first time last week. If you’re passing thru Atlanta or its many suburbs and you enjoy nature beyond The Discovery Channel, hiking/walking and beautiful views, I’d say give it a gander.

Thanks to Josie over at Mind Jo Business for re-sparking my interest in taking this trip! I will be going back since it took less than an hour to get there. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and seeing the sunset from such heights made it extra special. The mile-long hike made me feel like beast! Aaaannd the sore legs the morning after were so worth it.

 Trips don’t always include passports,  pricey hotels or touchy airport TSA; sometimes all you need is a Google search, maybe $20, a snack bag and some free time. Hope you all are exploring and getting outdoors as much as possible.

[P.S. This park is also famous for some nonsense as it still has confederate soldiers carved into the mountain and a confederate flag flying high near the start of the walk-up hike. But we can remove symbols all day, right? That won’t change the hate this nation was built on and perpetuates. That won’t change the hate in people’s hearts [or area where their hearts used to/should be]. But besides those two things, it’s a beautiful park. End rant.]