Open Eyes


I really like this picture.  Whenever we see pics of people doing black girls hair, there is always frowning and angry faces like its such a struggle.

Here the little girl is smiling and content while her mother(??) is gently and patiently tending to her hair.

It’s nice.

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We’re not people really.  Our concerns are not America’s concerns.  We are just here for entertainment. We’re a convenient treasure trove of limitless creativity to be pillaged, watered down, and re-purposed for White audiences and the people getting rich from bastardized stereotypes and simplified caricatures of everything we bring to the table have nothing to say when shit gets really real.


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A woman kneels on the street amid tear gas during a demonstration over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Missouri.

Aug. 18, 2014

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Model Ataui Deng Missing for Nearly 2 Weeks, Police Say - Midtown - New York





Deng, whose full name is Ataui Deng Hopkins, was last seen near 251 West 48th St., where nightclubs XVI Lounge and The Attic are located, at roughly 11 p.m., according to the NYPD.

She was reported missing by her boyfriend, Grant Monohon, on Aug. 16, sources said. He told investigators that the last time he saw her, Aug. 6, she told him she wanted to sleep in a park, law enforcement sources said.

Reached at the Lower East Side apartment he apparently shared with Deng, Monohon, who told police he worked at The Attic nightclub, declined to comment. He was later seen talking to the police.

Detectives canvassed the area near Deng’s Lower East Side apartment after she was reported missing and spoke to a worker at the SX Gourmet Deli near her home who said he had served her coffee just a few days earlier, sources said.

"She was a good customer," said deli manager Karim Islam, 32. "She never complained. Never bargained or anything."

Relatives also told detectives that Deng would occassionally take off for a few days, sources said.

Deng was in the process of divorcing husband Kortney Hopkins, who’s also a model, according to court documents.

She was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and moved to San Antonio, Texas, as a teen before making her debut on the New York runways in 2008 for shows including L’Wren Scott, Proenza Schouler and Zac Posen according to New York magazine.

She is represented by Trump Model Management. She is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 110 pounds, police said.

A man who answered the phone at Trump Model Management said they were cooperating with police but could not comment on Deng’s disappearance.

A woman who answered the phone at XVI Lounge said Deng was not inside the club on Aug. 6.

A man who said he was the owner of The Attic said police had been by but, “we don’t know nothing. She was never here.”

A manager there said Monohon never worked there. Monohon’s Instagram feed is covered with photos of him, Deng and other people partying at The Attic and other nightclubs.

There are also Instagram photos of Monohon partying with several women at The Attic on the day he reported her missing.

His handle is @granttheripper.

"If anyone has seen Atuai, you have to call me or message me, please,” Monohon wrote on Facebook late Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips to the NYPD’s website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Ten days? And they live together?

Something’s not right …. 

She wanted to sleep in the park, and he just left her there alone?

Im just gonna say what we’re all thinking: that white man killed her


Some people forget that love is 
tucking you in and kissing you 
"Good night" 
no matter how young or old you are

Nikki Giovanni, Love is

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A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."


There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

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Bruce Davidson - Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-1965 (via)

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