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"The whole reason for refining sugar is to make it white. Even the idea of becoming “refined” seems to dovetail with the Western way of dealing with the world." -Kara Walker
© Alexandra Bell 2014

"The whole reason for refining sugar is to make it white. Even the idea of becoming “refined” seems to dovetail with the Western way of dealing with the world." -Kara Walker

© Alexandra Bell 2014

Went to this last night! Kara Walker talk with Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad. Abumrad gives a methodical interview with some very introspective questions but I found his pacing a bit difficult.

blackcontemporaryart:

Jamal Cyrus, Eroding Witness 7a, 2014, laser cut papyrus, 25 x 17 inches

blackcontemporaryart:

Jamal CyrusEroding Witness 7a, 2014, laser cut papyrus, 25 x 17 inches

“Let it all end, let this year, let all the small things in it end, let all the small people in it leave. They are not worth the time of your heart, the strength of your nostalgia, the shade of your language. Don’t you see? You were made for the white might of ocean, you were made to meet night with daring, you were made for tall, unventured mountains. You were made to rejoice in yourself – not for small things like happy endings or dinners in low-lit restaurants or fancy hotel suites. You were, in fact, made for the ending itself: in it are all the innumerable beginnings you were never brave enough to see.

“You were made for the beginning, to always begin, to never stop beginning. You are boundless, infinite, and those who limit you, who give your love boundary or affront, let them end, too. You were made to know what was ahead of you, what is yet to come, the superb possibilities of fate. Every time something ends, it frees you. Be free of all ending, of this year, this time. That is my blessing for you, for myself, for all the shining hours ahead of the both of us.”
Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
  • 2014 resolution:

    don't fuck it up

For a black writer in this country to be born into the English language is to realize that the assumptions on which the language operate are his enemy.
James Baldwin
The secret is to know what you want and behave in ways that get you there.

A Dollar a Day, for Only 20 Years, Modern Love Column, New York Times
I WANT TO BE SO FUCKING DOPE THAT IT OFFENDS PEOPLE…I WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL A LITTLE DISRESPECTED WHEN I SHOW UP
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