Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Quote of the Day

"It's easy to take off your clothes and have sex. People do it all the time. But opening up your soul to someone, letting them into your spirit, thoughts, fears, future, hopes, dreams...that is being naked."

What I'm listening to



The Morning - The Weeknd
By now, we all know the type of music I favor--relaxing, chill music with mellow beats and good lyrics. Duh. With all his music having a kind of nocturnal, after-hours feel, The Weeknd does an amazing job with this on his mixtape "House of Balloons." This is one of my favorite songs from the mixtape, right next to What You Need and High For This. ;)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

What I'm listening to

Never Think - Rob Pattinson
Ever since I first heard this song on the Twilight soundtrack, I've been in love with it. I love the guitar playing, I love the lyrics. Lately, I've been feeling kind of blah, and this is nice to just listen to while I think about things. This is definitely one of those timeless songs that I'll never really get tired of hearing.

A Salute to All Gang Bangers


I was on a close friend of mine's blog (thefourthjames.tumblr.com), and came across this letter. I got angrier and angrier as I read through it, but at the same time I realized that it's true. Black on black violence is something that I'm very aware of, and very upset with. What the letter says is exactly what I've been thinking--that the black community is suppressing OURSELVES, and doing to ourselves what we fought so hard to break free from. Maybe I'm just more aware these days, but it seems like now, the violence is getting more and more out of hand. Letters like this make us look like downright fools, and it's sad because it's true. I feel like the black community is the most held back out of all the others, and for the most part, it's brought upon ourselves. We're killing each other. 

Blacks have come a very long way, but it's clear that we still have a very long way to go. I think that racism and the historic misconception that the lighter the skin, the better, has brainwashed some blacks to an unacceptable extent. It's ridiculous that kids would rather have light skin and long, straight hair, and that blacks look at other blacks with upturned noses as if they're better, and that blacks are killing other blacks for no reason. It's gotten to the point where blacks are aware of the stereotypes and the racism and the notions that we're all violent and ignorant, and are just like fuck it, we'll live up to that shit. But the goal should be to prove everyone wrong, to show the people who try and hold blacks down that we are above the negative perceptions.

I could literally go on all day about this, because it's something that really gets to me. I just hope that this letter is a wake-up call to whoever reads it, and things change. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bastard Out of Carolina

I just finished reading Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, and I loved it. When I fist started reading it, I thought that the book wouldn't be my taste and I would get through it slowly, especially since it's about 300 pages, but it was definitely a page turner and I was interested. A lot goes on in it, but basically, it's about a girl named Bone's life, and how her mother marries a man who sexually and physically abuses Bone, but her mother just can't leave him. I loved it so much because there was such a strong sense of family and togetherness during times of hardship. It's one of those books that pull you into a different world when you read it--and THAT is strong writing. The end made me want to cry--I mean, I am a crybaby lol, but still--because of the severity of Bone and her stepfather's final encounter, the way her mother handled it, and the way Bone felt about it. Bone's mother loved her, but she also loved her husband, and although she was pissed at him for what he did to her daughter, she still comforted him when he cried to her and it almost seems as if she gave in to him, even after all he did. Bone's pain and feelings of betrayal when her mom wasn't by her side in the hospital really hit home.

I don't want to tell too much of the story though, haha. I don't get as much time to sit and read as I used to, but whenever I can, I do--I love reading. I was definitely feeling this one.