The Black Elite

Here I strive to Accomplish 3 Things.

1. Highlight that which is Black Excellence
2. Explore and Resist the Institutional Oppression of this World
3. Celebrate the Black Culture in its many Manifestations.

Joshua. 20. Howard University.

I Am And Forever Shall be a Servant of the Most High God

Question Me. Upack Me. Get Into My Mind.

Stay Classy. Stay Black. Stay Positive.

I’m a few days behind but I can not talk about a Queen without acknowledging the Queen Mother. She gave me and continues to give me Life. 
She taught me to speak, to read, to love, to be unapologetically me. 
I Love You Mom 💛
You have given up so much for me, I can never repay but I pray that as you #BeQueen for my sisters, the young women in church, young mothers in yr community,  and for everyone you meet that your crown of Glory shines as bright as your love has in my life.


Lance Underwood (QT Albums on Tumblr) has undoubtedly cemented his status as a “cool dad” thanks to his fantastic recreations of music album covers featuring his two sons, Taj and Amar.

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"there is a God inside of me that I cannot give up on."
Sade Harrison (via wildsultrys0ul)

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“I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.”
― John Coltrane


Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer

Charlie Ahearn’s Film Retraces a Moment in New York Style - Video 1 / / 3

As a teenage photographer in early 80s East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Jamel Shabazz set out to document the then nascent movement of hip-hop. Through the iconic style of his MCs, neighborhood kids and gang members, the unequivocal attitude of New York’s youth was recognized as the calling card of the city’s creative renaissance. Published in 2001, Shabazz’ first book Back In The Days was celebrated as an exhilarating snapshot of the times, and his visual flair has been brought to life in a new documentary by the legendary hip-hop historian and director, Charlie Ahearn.  “On the cover of Jamel’s book were two young men on 42nd Street. They were captured posing in such strong form as a kind of respectful bulwark against all the chaos that you see around them on ‘The Deuce,’” explains Ahearn, the notable filmmaker also responsible for the classic old-school movie, Wild Style. “I immediately knew that here was an original artist for our time.” [1]

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Jimmy Fallon strikes again! Brian Williams ‘raps’ Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” on ‘The Tonight Show’

For reasons.

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Joining @brand_nubian_ in this project of Love and Affirmation. 

This woman who I affectionately call grandma is actually my next door neighbor for some 15 years. She was behind my decision to come to Howard, behind my involvement in PCUSA, behind my need to read. She taught me etiquette and uncompromising intellect. 

You are a Queen and will forever have a special place in my heart. Thank you for everything you have gifted me, continue to #BeQueen and I’ll continue to strive to be the King you’re training me to be.
☞Howard University Newsroom☜

I made it on the Howard Website y’all!

"Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan."
John Bunyan (via realworldroxrules)

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Black people police themselves so much in public


And they don’t even think about it. Don’t talk too loud, don’t make too many requests, don’t complain too forcefully about shitty service, put up with weird ass slightly racial compliments. And sometimes we joke about it like “lol! Better not do (normal human thing) cuz then people might think we’re uncivilized niggers” but it’s a painful constricting way to live. And not a type of way of living that non-Black people will understand

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Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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this is important.

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The New Executive Board of the Howard University Chapel Assistants with the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. 
It is such a privilege to lead such a diversely talented group of servant leaders into this next year of Ministry to the Howard University and DC Communities. #CA #HUChapel  (at Blackburn Center)
Post Service Selfies #ResurrectionSunday 
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