Constance Jaquay

Actor. Writer. Theatre Producer & Performance Artist exploring the many facets of what it means to be human. I’m a wild animal, untamed searching for freedom in the chaos of the jungle-seeking the calm within the storm.

“To give a body and a perfect form to your thought, this alone is what it is to be an artist.”

—   Jacques-Louis David

Who Were the Harlem Hellfighters? | The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross | PBS

The African Dodger

Because to understand the struggle of the present one must look toward history. Because Black men & women of African descent have always been treated as entertainment.

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

Because this is unacceptable! Call! Call! Call!

alexandraelle:

I wrote a piece called “The Battle” that’s in my new book. It talks about my depression and attempted suicide(s). it’s HARD to heal yourself and try and fight off demons at the same time. send your love and kindness to those struggling with depression and mental illness. I feel for humans who don’t make it through the darkness because I was once there myself. and I have to make a conscious effort not to go back there. we all don’t fight it and we all can’t beat it. have understanding and compassion for your neighbor.  get help if you’re struggling: 1 (800) 273-8255

alexandraelle:

I wrote a piece called “The Battle” that’s in my new book. It talks about my depression and attempted suicide(s). it’s HARD to heal yourself and try and fight off demons at the same time. send your love and kindness to those struggling with depression and mental illness. I feel for humans who don’t make it through the darkness because I was once there myself. and I have to make a conscious effort not to go back there. we all don’t fight it and we all can’t beat it. have understanding and compassion for your neighbor.
get help if you’re struggling: 1 (800) 273-8255

aigeoldsoul:

"How did dances on slave plantations develop into the Charleston and the Kid n’ Play? Duke University’s Thomas F. DeFrantz demonstrates three traditional African American social dances." [YouTube]

The only thing I love more than my people’s cultural history is seeing how my people’s cultural history seeps into the present/current times. Are these not Uncle Leroy-at-the-cookout dances? Are these not the moves of Soul Train dancers? Is the “Wing” not giving you TLC’s “Creep”

Because we know this to be truth

(via ladyfresh)

thegetty:

She is a young woman dressed in domestic servant attire.
One of 32 images in this album of a British merchant family in Brazil from 1844 - 1865, this is one of the earliest known photographs a black person taken in Brazil.
From an album of portraits of a British merchant family, ca. 1844-53, Charles DeForest Fredericks. Getty Research Institute.

Because our stories are interconnected 

thegetty:

She is a young woman dressed in domestic servant attire.

One of 32 images in this album of a British merchant family in Brazil from 1844 - 1865, this is one of the earliest known photographs a black person taken in Brazil.

From an album of portraits of a British merchant family, ca. 1844-53, Charles DeForest Fredericks. Getty Research Institute.

Because our stories are interconnected 

“I understand. That’s the trouble. I understand. I’ll understand all the time. All day and all night. Especially all night. I’ll understand. You don’t have to worry about that.”

—   Ernest Hemingway, Winner Take Nothing  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: larmoyante, via thatkindofwoman)

definitionpurity:

Daley Plaza. Chicago. 2014 
National Moment of Silence.

lostinurbanism:

As If I Were Lit From Within … A Sunday Kinfolk Story inspired by conversations with Assita Camara

Written by Gabrielle Octavia Rucker

Photography by Jassieuo 

Featuring Imani Amos, Xavier Tanner and Rejena J 

Because the bright bold colors somehow define the boldness & beauty of an old heritage.  

(via lostinurbanism)