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Black bodies have been dehumanized since our horrific introduction with European culture and white supremacy. The white gaze has despised, violated and objectified the Black female body. The narrow European (and Black) standards of beauty have to be dismantled all together. Not all Black women have big hips and big butts. Not all have small waists. This photo set, though only limited by the amount of photos that could be uploaded, attempts to broaden that standard of beauty to include Black women of all shapes and sizes. 

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i am what i was looking for in everyone 



Simple is Best

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trousers @hm

Sandals @jeffreycampbell

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"I am a feminist, and what that means to me is the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black. It means that I must undertake to love myself and respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect. It means that I must seek to cleanse myself of the hatred and contempt that surround and permeate my identity as a woman and as a Black human being in this world. It means that the achievement of self-love and self-respect will require hourly vigilance. It means that I am entering my soul in a struggle that will most certainly transform all the peoples of the earth: the movement into self-love, self-respect and self-determination is the movement now galvanizing the true majority of human beings everywhere." ~ June Jordan

Jordan, J. (1990). Where is her love? In G. Anzaldúa (Ed.) Making face, make soul: Creative and critical perspectives by women of color (pp. 174-177). San Franciso: Aunt Lute Foundation. (via sincecombahee)

happy bornday, June Jordan.

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My head has been spinning with all of the discussions and activism around diversity in children’s and YA lit lately. It has been a wild ride since February actually. The CCBC-Netdiscussion in February was centered around Multicultural Literature. I loved that Sarah Hamburg asked us what activism would look like to each of us. It made me stop and think about the many possible ways that an individual could work toward change. I responded and many others did also. Ultimately, Sarah gathered the results and they were posted on many blogs such as Crazy QuiltEdi. During that discussion, School Library Journal announced that they would be devoting an entire issue to Diversity in May. I was able to write an article from the Teacher Librarian perspective. In case you missed it, the issue is still available online and has many excellent articles.

Next up was the announcement of a BookCon panel of all stars from the kid lit world which they planned with all white men. Kelly Jensen explained it well here. The result of that particularly glaring example of ignoring diversity inspired the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign. Amazing things have been happening ever since and I am excited about the potential for change.

One of the best ways to support diverse lit is to buy it, read it, and let other people know about the amazing books you find. Above are some of the books I plan to read and talk about this summer. Do you have some books on your summer reading list? Have you read any amazing books already this summer? We’d love to hear about any that have caught your attention.

"I’m not going to ask anybody’s permission to create my art or to speak my value." Esperanza Spalding on Know This! TV. 

New Episode! Esperanza Spalding on knowledge of self, changing the world & did she say bebop dance party?

Join us for the Season 2 premiere of Know This! with Ariana on Tuesday, January 22 1:30PM ET live online from Washington, D.C. for a special post-inauguration show! In partnership with Campus Progress.

We’re excited to launch the “I Want You to Know This!” Campaign, which shines light on the things we know to be TRUE about ourselves and about our communities in the age of fake “reality” TV and scandal-driven news.

Here’s how it works:

  • Record and upload a 90-second (or less) video to YouTube sharing something you want us to know about yourself or your community to claim your voice and image with your own truth.
  • Make sure to include your first name somehow and start your sharing with the phrase “I want you to know…” (Example: Hi, my name is Ariana, and I want you to know…”)
  • Tweet a link to your video at us using the hashtag #KnowThis and tagging @knowthistv and we’ll include as many as we can on our website!

What kind of things should you let us know?

Be creative (and respectful)! Here are some possible questions you could consider answering in your video, starting with the phrase “I want you to know”:

Did you overcome something that has made you stronger and deeper in your sense of self?

Are you celebrating a milestone in achieving your dream?

Are you confronting a challenge or battling a fear?

Are you feeling like people don’t know or accept the real you and want to proudly claim who you are?

What (or who) are you proud of in your neighborhood/school/city that you don’t think gets the shine it deserves?

What’s a message or cause you believe in and want to share with others?

Check out this example from Know This! intern Sharlene Santana

Through the campaign we hope to have community representing our diverse experiences and perspectives that will speak volumes louder than those calling each other names, and spreading hate and misinformation in the media.

I hope you’ll join us in letting the world Know This!

Kickstarting Know This! Season 2—who’s got $5 on it? http://kck.st/Vjq4Xl

We’re very excited to welcome a new intern, Sharlene Santana, to the Know This! team. Get to know her through our latest “We Are the Ones” profile!

1.      What gets you most excited about waking up in the morning and living your life? What are you most passionate about? 

What gets me most excited about waking up in the morning is working on making my side projects a reality. The process keeps me going. I also get excited when I meet new people and connect with friends that share the same vision and light up when they talk about their plans to make a change. I am most passionate about helping the younger generation especially young women feel empowered and ignite their entrepreneurial spirit.

2.      How did you discover that to be your true passion? 

By taking a leap and quitting my “job” at a Fortune 500 company to pursue something other than a desk job. After making this bold decision, life was full of experimentation through volunteer work, working part-time jobs and working at a nonprofit. It was then I realized that I was meant to lead a life of public service, help the younger generation and find freedom in working for myself.

3.      Biggie Smalls once said, “we can’t change the world, unless we change ourselves.” What’s one personal change you’re working to make or have made, and how do you think it will help you be a better change agent in the world? 

A personal change that I’m working to make is to not be so much of a perfectionist. Being somewhat of a perfectionist has its disadvantages because when you strive for perfectionism, things take longer to get right. Changing this will help me be a better change agent because I won’t have to overcomplicate things and can give more to the world instead of waiting for everything to be right. Things are not going to be perfect the first time around so it’s best you present whatever you have to the world.   

4.      What social change do you want to be a result of your work and ultimately a part of your legacy? 

I want to create a philanthropic revolution that motivates the next generation to take action and make a positive impact in their communities and at a global level. I want to be an agent of change and encourage young people to redefine their careers by utilizing their talents/skills and interests and become entrepreneurs while doing social good. 

5.      What excites you most about working with Know This! TV?

Working with Know This! TV means that I get to be a part of something refreshing and fun. What immediately attracted me to Know This! TV was the ability it has to make a positive impact and spark interesting conversations. That is exciting to me. With all of this noise we’re surrounded by in media, Know This! TV is what our generation and the next generation needs more of.  It’s amazing to be working with a TV show that offers a positive message and empowers you to make a change- all in an entertaining way. I am excited to be part of the next season and can’t wait to see what’s in store.

6.       What’s your go-to quote or song to keep you feeling motivated and empowered in pursuing your dreams? 

There are so many but if I had to pick one that keeps me motivated and empowered it would be by Mahatma Gandhi. He said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” 

Want to bring the creator & host of Know This! to your campus? Email booking@knowthis.tv for more info!

Know This! TV is excited to partner with the first ever National Voter Register Day! Are you registered? www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org

The first of a new profile series, "We Are the Ones" Wednesdays (from the popular quote “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”), meet changemaker and entrepreneur, Lisa Nicole Bell:

Lisa Nicole Bell is the personification of what happens when art and commerce collide. A passionate communicator, creative entrepreneur, and relentless solution finder, Lisa is a unique hybrid of social change agent, on air personality and behind-the-scenes powerhouse. As an award winning filmmaker, media personality, international speaker, and social entrepreneur, Lisa integrates lofty social and creative ideals with practical solutions and business models.  She currently serves as the CEO of Inspired Life Media Group where she and her team create content that moves the social and economic progress agendas forward. 

What gets you most excited about getting up in the morning and living your life? What are you most passionate about?

I’m most excited about the lives I touch through my work. When I get a note saying how my work has positively impacted someone’s life, I’m humbled, inspired, and motivated. I’m most passionate about moving the social and economic progress agendas forward.

How did you discover that to be your true passion?

Trial and error. I’ve done a lot of different things throughout my career and it seemed all over the place at times. However, in hindsight, I see that it was all leading someplace meaningful. I believe we have to experiment before we uncover our sweet spot.

Biggie Smalls once said, “we can’t change the world, unless we change ourselves.” What’s one personal change you’re working to make or have made, and how do you think it will help you be a better change agent in the world?

My personal change has been working through the discomfort of fear and uncertainty. In spite of being generally extroverted, I can be extremely introverted. I have a tendency to overthink things, and I want everything to be “right.” That cocktail of things can be paralyzing, but I push past it. I believe in my work enough to be uncomfortable while I share my gifts with the world and strive to play a bigger game.

What social change do you want to be a result of your work and ultimately a part of your legacy?

I want to create a global movement toward living well and doing good - the realization that when you are in harmony with your purpose and taking meaningful action toward that purpose, you are positioned to invest in humanity and positively impact your community and the world. I want to be a catalyst for scalable change that yields a more self-aware population. I believe that service is the rent we pay for being on the planet, and I want to inspire more people to live with that framework.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on the stage/DVD version of a book I created last year entitled The Legacy Letters which features 30 high profile women writing letters to their younger selves. I’m also in pre-production on a docuseries on young entrepreneurs. At some point, I’ll return to the pen and pad and write another book.

What’s your go-to quote or song to keep you feeling motivated and empowered in pursuing your dreams?

I am a huge Ralph Waldo Emerson fan. He said, "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." I get up every morning with that as my goal.

For more information on Lisa Nicole Bell, you can find her here:

www.lisanicolebell.com // www.fromherpen.com // www.artcommercelife.com // www.inspiredgirlsonline.com // www.twitter.com/lisanicolebell

To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge.
Nisargadatta Maharaj