"Is it 1942 or is it 1492?"

Borderlandia, Tejas

When Black women try to establish themselves within the white world, there’s a cruel irony they often have to face. It’s okay if white people make use of Black English to spice up their phrases and seem “cool,” but if Black women want to be respected and taken seriously, they need to adhere carefully to Standard English in “white” settings. Although psycholinguists have established that Black English is a respectable and viable dialect, numerous women say that they are routinely diminished, discounted, or distrusted simply because of what they say and how they say it.

—Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Shifting  (via ellesugars)

(Source: wretchedoftheearth, via fuckyeahwomenprotesting)

as a writer, if someone falls in love with my work, i know they have fallen in love with my mind. having no idea what my face looks like, they chose my mind. art may be the only space a woman can be whole without being seen.

—nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

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One study had people sit in front of an array of objects, then grab and manipulate a specific sequence of objects, as directed by a computer voice. Sometimes the computer voice said things like, “Move the box.” Other times it added a filler word, saying, “Move the, uh, box.” The task wasn’t complex, and people had no trouble following the directions. Still, they were quicker to follow directions that involved objects they hadn’t yet manipulated when their instructions included an “uh.” To listeners, “uh” indicates that something new, which requires more mental processing on the part of the speaker, is about to be introduced. This helped the study participants put themselves in the right mindset of choosing from the as-yet unfamiliar objects. So even a word that’s no more than a grunt is helpful. Which is good, because all languages have verbal filler. American Sign Language has a sign for “um,” and most languages have some monosyllable that has no meaning but indicates a pause

Every language needs its, like, filler words (via aminatou)

This is probably one reason it can be so hard to digest a lot of academic and straight-news writing. And, uh, therefore a helpful writing tip.

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Time to write a script to insert filler words into academic papers. “Subject B was a member of, like, the control group.”

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Interesting. I’ll keep that in mind next time I’m training.

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People say that I explain things in ways other people can easily understand when I talk. I’m starting to wonder if this has something to do with it - I use a hell of a lot of filler words/syllables.

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It always bothers me when people act like using fillers is “bad”, and that a person’s speech is better if they can minimize their use of them.

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The Other Me

In Lak’ech Tu eres mi otro yo (You are my other me)

Si te hago daño a ti (If I do harm to you)

Me hago daño a mi (I do harm to myself)

Si te amo y te respeto (If I love and respect you)

Me amo y me respeto yo (I love and respect myself)

Luis Valdez- The Other Me  (via hellorora)

from Pensamiento Serpentino

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i saw
three little black boys
lying in a grave yard
i couldn’t tell
if they were playing
or practicing.

—baba lukata, rehearsal. (via djphatrick)

(Source: black-poetry, via djphatrick)

what i never
from my mother
was that
just because someone desires you
not mean they value you.
desire is the kind of thing that
eats you
leaves you starving.

—The Color of Low Self Esteem (Nayyirah Waheed)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via iknowitaintright)

must go on a
through someone.
to find their emotions.
if they keep them
their feet.
behind their waist.
under their eyes.
you will spend
hungry and seeking.
is not
this is work.
you are in a maze.
they built themselves this way
you never stay or leave.
they never leave or stay.

confusion/ those who value locks above all else, will always cause you pain, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

i hope this is not me D:

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