Cut the poison out of your life. No matter what - or whom - it may be.
iamajamaican:

"Trident Castle by my Grandma’s house in Port Antonio, Jamaica. I’ve always wanted to get married here #portantonio #jamaica #tridentcastle" via @marisabramwell

iamajamaican:

"Trident Castle by my Grandma’s house in Port Antonio, Jamaica. I’ve always wanted to get married here #portantonio #jamaica #tridentcastle" via @marisabramwell

For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a nebula must collapse.

So collapse.
Crumble.
This is not your destruction.

This is your birth.

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westmorelandgoddess:

iamajamaican:

Jamaican treats!? Mini Gourmet Plantain tarts, grater cakes, gizzadas, coconut drops and peanut drops! #gourmetjamaica @gourmetjamaica #jamaica #eatlocal #jamaicantreats” via By @amandamccreath

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westmorelandgoddess:

iamajamaican:

Jamaican treats!? Mini Gourmet Plantain tarts, grater cakes, gizzadas, coconut drops and peanut drops! #gourmetjamaica @gourmetjamaica #jamaica #eatlocal #jamaicantreats” via By @amandamccreath

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Interview Quotes (2011 - 2014)

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swallowtailhummingbird:

Hello Tumblr! (I am usually very shy and scared to ask for help, however I am trying to work on my self-confidence - so this is the first step)

My name is Shanice. I am 22 years old and a graduate of Stony Brook University. 

I have always tried my best to be a dedicated student, however throughout my undergraduate years, I faced a lot of difficulties that threatened to disrupt my education. Thankfully, that did not happen and I was able to graduate Cum Laude with my double-major of Psychology & Women’s Studies.

I am very interested in Health Psychology, and now have the opportunity to pursue my graduate degree in London at Brunel University!  It is a very exciting prospect for me, and would love the chance to go forward with my studies, through a more cross-cultural lens.

I have been very worried about being able to jumpstart myself on this journey. I will be working all summer, where all my wages (or as much as possible) will be put towards this cause. Despite that, I do realize that it will not be enough.

Whether it is a donation of $1, a kind word of encouragement, or a virtual hug, all help will be appreciated from the bottom of my heart :) 

Thank you :)

- Shanice (swallowtailhummingbird)

pluckyyoungdonna:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Girls&WomenToKnow:  The 8 year old Chef Taylor Moxey

What began as a way for Taylor to make extra money for a toy has evolved into a successful company out of her parents’ Miami, Florida home kitchen that is earning her big-name clients and her very own billboard. It all started with a Sunday trip to Target when Taylor asked her parents for a toy   “I told her, ‘You know what? Find a way to get the money”  Vernon Moxey, Taylor’s dad, told TODAY.com. “She asked, ‘Can I sell cookies?’”   Moxey, who works as an etiquette consultant but says he was at one point homeless, decided to use this as a life lesson to teach Taylor about being self-sufficient. They wrote out a business agreement on a napkin and Moxey gave Taylor $40 as a loan. Taylor used that money to whip up cookies and brownies, which she then took to church that Sunday to sell after the service.

“Honestly, I didn’t think she would make $40 back,” Moxey said. Taylor ended up making more than enough to pay her dad back and cover the toy. She walked away with $175.  Soon after, people from the congregation began calling Taylor asking her to bring her cookies back again. She also entered the KISS Country Midtown Miami Cornbread Competition, where, after competing against adults, she won first place a $250 prize, a billboard and a reputation as one of the town’s top bakers.

“Everything went bonkers,” Moxey said, adding that his daughter’s clients include former Miami Heat player Joel Anthony and HGTV designer Bobby Berk. “Suddenly I’m taking orders for Taylor’s Cookies and Cupcakes.” For Taylor, it seems that the business is more fun than hard work. “I think baking is mostly my passion,” she said. “You get to take your recipe and different people’s recipes and add different things to them.” She’s hoping to host a party this summer serving cupcakes with palm trees on the frosting.  Taylor credits Martha Stewart among her inspirations. She not only makes the baked goods out of her parents’ kitchen, but she also creates a custom box for each customer, made with stickers, markers and other handmade decorations.

“It’s almost nostalgic,” Moxey said. “She takes time to color it, put stickers on it. People say they made them feel like a kid again.”  Taylor has made nearly $10,000 so far, she donates 30 percent of her proceeds to raise dyslexia awareness, a learning disorder that her own dad has. “If you have a platform and people can hear your voice, it’s important to use it for some good,” Moxey said.  Orders continue to pour in for Taylor’s confectioneries, her parents are making a strong effort to keep the business under control so Taylor can focus on being a kid. “I don’t want to take away her childhood,” Moxey said. “Every decision is cleared by us, but we allow her to make the decision.”

THIS IS AMAZING. I LOVE THIS GIRL.

I’ve been trying so hard to not be pessimistic about the future. 

To really and truly believe that things will all work out.

I try so hard, 

But I don’t know. I really don’t

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swallowtailhummingbird:

Hello Tumblr! (I am usually very shy and scared to ask for help, however I am trying to work on my self-confidence - so this is the first step)

My name is Shanice. I am 22 years old and a graduate of Stony Brook University. 

I have always tried my best to be a dedicated student, however throughout my undergraduate years, I faced a lot of difficulties that threatened to disrupt my education. Thankfully, that did not happen and I was able to graduate Cum Laude with my double-major of Psychology & Women’s Studies.

I am very interested in Health Psychology, and now have the opportunity to pursue my graduate degree in London at Brunel University!  It is a very exciting prospect for me, and would love the chance to go forward with my studies, through a more cross-cultural lens.

I have been very worried about being able to jumpstart myself on this journey. I will be working all summer, where all my wages (or as much as possible) will be put towards this cause. Despite that, I do realize that it will not be enough.

Whether it is a donation of $1, a kind word of encouragement, or a virtual hug, all help will be appreciated from the bottom of my heart :) 

Thank you :)

- Shanice (swallowtailhummingbird)

Fingers Crossed

Hoping to hear back about the decision in my scholarship application within the next two weeks.

medievalpoc:

lo-fem:

darlingmaxi:

nnekbone:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quotables...

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Love her!

[A series of quotes from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on colored squares with certain words enlarged for emphasis.

1. Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person.

2. Show a people as one thing, only one thing,over and over again, and that is what they become.

3. Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.

4. A student told me it was such a shame the Nigerian men were physical abusers like the father character in my novel. I told him that I had recently read a novel called American Psycho and that it was a shame that young americans were serial murderers.

5. I often make the mistake of thinking that something that is obvious to me is obvious to everyone else.

6. His advice to me (and he was shaking his head sadly as he spoke) was that I should never call myself a feminist because feminists are women who are unhappy because they cannot find husbands.

7. At some point I was a Happy African Feminist who does not hate men. And who likes lip gloss and wears high heels for herself and not for men.

8. About 52% of the world’s population are women. But most of the positions of power and prestige are occupied by men. The late Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai put it simply and well when she said, “The higher you go, the fewer women there are.”

9. Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye…I realized that people like me, girls with skin the color of chocolate, who’s kinky hair could not form ponytails, could also exist in literature.

10. My college roommate asked if she could listen to what she called my ‘tribal music,’ and was very disappointed when I produced my tape of Mariah Carey.]

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I’ve bolded the first three quotes because if there is anything this blog is about, that’s a pretty great summary. Thanks to lo-fem for the accessibility.And also because Chimamanda Adichie is a human tour de force.

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Video: “The Danger of a Single Story”

Click here to support Shanice's Next Chapter: London Calling! by Shan Douglas

Hello Tumblr! (I am usually very shy and scared to ask for help, however I am trying to work on my self-confidence - so this is the first step)

My name is Shanice. I am 22 years old and a graduate of Stony Brook University. 

I have always tried my best to be a dedicated student, however throughout my undergraduate years, I faced a lot of difficulties that threatened to disrupt my education. Thankfully, that did not happen and I was able to graduate Cum Laude with my double-major of Psychology & Women’s Studies.

I am very interested in Health Psychology, and now have the opportunity to pursue my graduate degree in London at Brunel University!  It is a very exciting prospect for me, and would love the chance to go forward with my studies, through a more cross-cultural lens.

I have been very worried about being able to jumpstart myself on this journey. I will be working all summer, where all my wages (or as much as possible) will be put towards this cause. Despite that, I do realize that it will not be enough.

Whether it is a donation of $1, a kind word of encouragement, or a virtual hug, all help will be appreciated from the bottom of my heart :) 

Thank you :)

- Shanice (swallowtailhummingbird)

merakiandmelaninlove:

Affirmations: You are made for this. You are capable of learning anything. You are diligent. Your smile brightens the world. You are not going to crumble. That’s for old napkins. You are fierce.

Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.