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Fatick, Senegal, November 1966
Mirror’s Promise (1989) - Brenda Joysmith
Essence Magazine, 1973
‘Cosmic’ Photographed by Marie Schuller for King Kong Magazine Spring/Summer 2018
This weekend, activists in Uganda - a country where homosexuality is punishable by death - held their first Pride.
This is the epitome of courage. I have no other words.
this is making me tear up holy shit
This makes me soo fucking proud most of us in places like Nigeria and Uganda especially northern Nigeria, the punishment by law is getting stoned to death if you show any signs of being gay. This makes me sad that Me and thousands of others can’t be themselves but still, this is so FUCKING beautiful I am proud of the people of my African continent!
I just want to make it clear that the photo was taken, and the first Ugandan Pride was held, in 2012. Five years later they’re still celebrating Pride. Despite the fact that they face police raids and arrests, they’ve made this an annual event.
This is heroic
Love Black Women
It’s that simple.
This is why universal programs are important. Every single kid in my school got an eye test through the school at age 10. We just had some opticians come in and take over a room for a week to test every child. Testing for shit like colourblindness too. You need to test every single kid, or some of them will get missed. They might get missed because their parents don’t have vision problems and missed the signs, they might get missed because their parents can’t afford regular opticians visits, they might get missed because their parents couldn’t afford glasses, or couldn’t afford new lenses when a kids’s prescription changed. but they’ll get missed, and that’s really, really bad.
Systemic inability to afford glasses is terrible. I forget how lucky we are here to have the NHS. I mean, my mum hated her big blue NHS glasses, but she had them. And when I got glasses age 14 you got an £80 voucher for kids frames, and then lenses were free. IDK what it’s like now what with the cuts and all, but universal access to basic healthcare is so important.
People underestimate the degree to which kids do badly in school because of vision problems. Personally, if I were helping a child who was failing, it’s one of the first things I’d check.
With wealthier kids who actually get eye exams, and have their vision corrected to 20/20, it’s visual processing problems like difficulty converging at near or processing clutter or tracking. With poorer kids, it can be all of that, or just needing glasses.
And then kids grow up thinking they’re stupid or lazy when really they just can’t see.
Many people don’t think of poor eyesight as a disability, but it is. You don’t have to be legally blind to benefit from accommodations, i e eyeglasses.
This is why it pisses me off when yt leftists say the Black Panthers breakfast program was not “revolutionary enough”. The mere act of surviving is resistance and revolutionary. When everyone wants your children dead, feeding them and ensuring their survival is resistance to the status quo. Fuck yt leftists. Y’all ain’t shit.
As a lifelong glasses wearer (22 years now) and an educator, I fucking hate these types of headlines because it’s like…omg…like…if we stop and like…provide for children’s basic needs they’ll perform better? What sort of sorcery is this?!
How fucking revolutionary that humans can reach their real potential when given the proper tools to do so.
The system is built to keep the poor, the POC, the disabled, and other marginalized groups at the bottom. It happens in so many ways; it’s quite insidious what poverty does to keep someone under your thumb.
by Jamel Shabazz
Madisin Rian photographed by Jamie Nelson for Vogue Portugal May 2018