1. africaisdonesuffering:

    diasporic back pain

    burden after burden rest on your mother’s shoulders. last night she cried herself to sleep because her only son came home so drunk he pissed himself on his way upstairs. in his eyes she once saw the remnants of what she left back home. those eyes that ran in the family; pride and beauty almond shaped and brown. now she carries sorrow and the sight of him reminds her of her own failures. in a land of opportunity she sought refuge, not knowing her seed would grow in a pool of contempt towards her so called backwardness; her reluctance to assimilate into a world that sees them both as foreigners.

    every morning she wakes up with a broom in left hand and regrets on her right. years ago she would’ve never imagined herself like this, scrubbing others’ floors, but it’s what keeps them alive. puts food on the table, sends money back home. sometimes it keeps her mind away from being in a constant state of worry that would’ve eaten her alive. where she’s from there’s no such thing as depression. so she breaks her back to keep her heart from breaking, programming herself to stay busy so she doesn’t sit down and contemplate her lonely life. (read more)

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  2. speranzayaamal:

    Bedouin henna designs.

    Amazing tattoos.

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  3. // understand and always remember that you will never be granted something that’s not written for you

    xmona:

    Know that you will receive what He has assigned to you at the proper moment and time. [Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani]

    Thousands of people are chasing what you’re chasing and only those that He has written that for receives those pursuits. It always work out though, Alhamdulilah, because something 100 times better undoubtedly comes to you later in life that you start wondering why you wanted those initial things when Allah SWT wrote something more beautiful for you. 

     

  4. "The violence we teach our sons in teaching them to Be Men is the same that keeps us up at night worrying about our daughters."
    — 

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    yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.

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  5. "

    He said,
    ‘You can’t be a poet, you’re too tender.
    You’d never be able to stand the blows
    it takes to tell another’s story.’
    He paused.
    ‘And besides that,
    you don’t have a poet’s touch.
    You burn me. You scratch me.
    You leave gaping holes in me whenever you look at me.
    You’re not soft enough to be a poet.
    The noise in your head has to be turned down first.’

    I yawned. Looked out the window.
    Considered tenderly pushing him out of it.
    ‘So, what can a mess like me be?’

    'Well,' he began steadily, like this was
    the introduction to some grand speech
    he had practiced in the mirror,
    ‘Lucky for you I love you too much to let you go,
    so even with your flaws,
    you can be mine.’

    I waited for the punchline. It didn’t come.
    He had his hands outstretched towards me,
    waiting for me to take them and laugh with him
    about my flaws all the way back to his place.

    This was it. My fairytale.
    Prince charming was a wolf in a secondhand suit,
    licking his fangs at me in a rundown diner.
    And here I realized, as I excused myself to
    ‘powder my nose’, and then slipped out the
    side door, my worn slippers hitting the concrete
    faster than ever before, that perhaps I am not a
    damsel in distress, looking to be saved.
    Maybe I am the villain. The obstacle.
    Maybe every prince has been taught to save me from myself.
    Or maybe, just maybe,
    I am not a character that has been written before.
    Maybe no woman has. We are too multi-faceted, too real.
    We have circling wants that cannot be shoved into two hours
    and have a happy ending slapped on them.
    Maybe the stories are not telling enough.

    Maybe it’s up to me.

    "
    — 

    I Woke Up With This Poem In My Head | Lora Mathis  (via lora-mathis)

    happy international women’s day! make sure to include ALL women and not make your definition of womanhood exclusionary. anyone who identifies as female, regardless of race, biological sex, or sexuality is a woman that deserves to be celebrated. 

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  6. ninkiminaj:

    i was watching a documentary on black hawk down and i had to make a gif of this lmaoo

     

  7. somaliperspective:

    Futo weyn, lugay, indho yare…..

    Y’all need to read this! 

     
  8. gonewithseptember:

    Dinnertime :)

     
  9. singithigh:

    "To all the women who silently made history"

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  10. hello2017:

    i damn near threw my laptop out the window when i saw this wtfffffff that thing looks like a god damned jinni

    (Source: saxariir)