…so the Israeli military warns Gaza residents of imminent bombing … with a smaller warning bombing! An amuse-boom, if you will and then at that point what are Gazans suppose to do? (x)
"When I got into the music industry a majority of female artists I’d seen were trying to regurgitate an ideal of the female image. They were trying to be almost a replica of what was popular. I just found that to be very boring and dishonest. I just wanted to be in control of my clothes. I wanted that choice. That’s the only thing that I’m saying. Women should not be marginalized. We shouldn’t play into the sexism." - Janelle Monae [x[
Once again for the people who insist on using Jane as the mascot for their respectability politricks and bullshit. Just seen some clowns trying to use her to tear down Rihanna the other day. Cut that shit out.
Tell me again how Israel is only “targeting Hamas”.
You can bet your life, your house, everything your extended family owns that no Israeli will be held accountable for the murder of these 4 innocent people.
Can you take a moment to think about how the three patients and nurse had hopes and dreams? Had families? Will you ever hear their stories? Their grief?
No, all you’ll hear about is how Israel is “defending itself”. Over and over and over again.
Photo: A Palestinian man carries a damaged wheelchair as he walks amidst the rubble of a rehabilitation centre which was bombed by Israel last night. Mohammed Salem / Reuters
Beauty is about empowering women. It is a sisterhood, not a competition. As women, we should inspire one another. Beauty is felt, it’s energy. A simple compliment, like “You look good today”, goes a long way. Achieving your #BestBeautiful has always been a fellowship, never a competition. [x]
Actually, really knowing someone doesn’t mean anything. People change.
重庆森林 (Chungking Express) (1994) director. Kar Wai Wong
Although the Quran “[a]llows a believer to abstain from fasting if he or she is far from home or involved in strenuous work,” many enslaved Muslims demonstrated transcendent piety by choosing to fast while bonded. In addition to abstaining from food and drink, enslaved Muslims held holy month prayers in slave quarters, and put together iftars - meals at sundown to break the fast - that brought observing Muslims together. These prayers and iftars violated slave codes restricting assembly of any kind.
For instance, the Virginia Slave Code of 1723 considered the assembly of five slaves as an “unlawful and tumultuous meeting”, convened to plot rebellion attempts. Every state in the south codified similar laws barring slave assemblages, which disparately impacted enslaved African Muslims observing the Holy Month.
Therefore, practicing Islam and observing Ramadan and its fundamental rituals, for enslaved Muslims in antebellum America, necessitated the violation of slave codes. This exposed them to barbaric punishment, injury, and oftentimes, even death. However, the courage to observe the holy month while bonded, and in the face of grave risk, highlights the supreme piety of many enslaved Muslims.
Ramadan was widely observed by enslaved Muslims. Yet, this history is largely ignored by Muslim American leaders and laypeople alike - and erased from the modern Muslim American narrative.