Sophisticated Exuberance

On a journey to inspire and aspire before I expire. Join me as I make my way in the world.

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"It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop. - Wisdom of Confucius

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."

hbcreative:

ragoesraaaawwwrrrr:

hbcreative:

#FERGUSON

     I won’t soon forget the events that took place in #ferguson…will you?

still taking place

…yes and I’m still chronicling them

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

—Frederick Douglass (via disciplesofmalcolm)

(Source: en.wikiquote.org, via monsieurpicot)

spiritualinspiration:

10 Powerful keys to unlock your life. by TD JAKES (Taken from TD JAKES’ BOOK INSTINCT)
Key #1: You have to let go of what is past. Who wrongly defined you. Who put you in the cage. Time to run FREE in the wild!
Key #2: You have to surround yourself with other creatures of your LIKE AND people that will pull greatness & passion out of you!
Key #3: In order to survive you need a Mentor and a Role Model. Our relationships are our greatest assets.
Key #4: If you don’t let go of “it” whatever it is—it won’t let go of you.
Key #5: Look at your life and ask “what have I been given and what can I do with what I’ve been given?
Key #6: You are IT before you can become IT! Find the thing you were created to be so you can stop wasting time!
Key #7: Learn to see & LIVE on your level of gifting. You’re not created to function on a level beneath you.
Key #8: Shut your mouth sometime. And listen. Pay attention learn from the living of others.
Key #9: You have to speak back against the words of haters to keep their words from impregnating you w/ negativity!
Key #10: You have to bury your fear and expose your talent. You have to get out of your cage. And thrive in the wild!

spiritualinspiration:

10 Powerful keys to unlock your life.
by TD JAKES
(Taken from TD JAKES’ BOOK INSTINCT)

Key #1: You have to let go of what is past. Who wrongly defined you. Who put you in the cage. Time to run FREE in the wild!

Key #2: You have to surround yourself with other creatures of your LIKE AND people that will pull greatness & passion out of you!

Key #3: In order to survive you need a Mentor and a Role Model. Our relationships are our greatest assets.

Key #4: If you don’t let go of “it” whatever it is—it won’t let go of you.

Key #5: Look at your life and ask “what have I been given and what can I do with what I’ve been given?

Key #6: You are IT before you can become IT! Find the thing you were created to be so you can stop wasting time!

Key #7: Learn to see & LIVE on your level of gifting. You’re not created to function on a level beneath you.

Key #8: Shut your mouth sometime. And listen. Pay attention learn from the living of others.

Key #9: You have to speak back against the words of haters to keep their words from impregnating you w/ negativity!

Key #10: You have to bury your fear and expose your talent. You have to get out of your cage. And thrive in the wild!

peacexlovexkicks:

dopedarius:

socialflyte:

Message of the Day- Don’t let anything stop you from following your dreams.
From Jay-Z telling him he needs to stick to producing, to a almost fatal Car accident, Having his mouth wired and still recording, To his mom Passing away, to people trying to minimize his success, Kanye Has never let anyone or anything control his ambition.
Just look at this picture from 12yrs ago and imagine where music would be if He would have given up on his dreams.
Don’t ever dwell on what you don’t have, if you don’t have something at the moment, God just doesn’t think your ready, so be happy with what you have and use those tools to help you get what you need! 🙏😊

Reason I will never turn my back on him

NEVER EVER 👆

peacexlovexkicks:

dopedarius:

socialflyte:

Message of the Day- Don’t let anything stop you from following your dreams.

From Jay-Z telling him he needs to stick to producing, to a almost fatal Car accident, Having his mouth wired and still recording, To his mom Passing away, to people trying to minimize his success, Kanye Has never let anyone or anything control his ambition.

Just look at this picture from 12yrs ago and imagine where music would be if He would have given up on his dreams.

Don’t ever dwell on what you don’t have, if you don’t have something at the moment, God just doesn’t think your ready, so be happy with what you have and use those tools to help you get what you need! 🙏😊

Reason I will never turn my back on him

NEVER EVER 👆

(via vivalateeky)

Yes we did. #theredcupparty #brooklyn

Yes we did. #theredcupparty #brooklyn

It’s about that time. Headed to #theredcupparty to support my brother @lonburgundy and take part in good drinks, good people and good vibes. Let the night commence.

It’s about that time. Headed to #theredcupparty to support my brother @lonburgundy and take part in good drinks, good people and good vibes. Let the night commence.

blvcknvy:

They made ​​fun of your name and you have changed your name.
They made ​​fun of your clothes and you changed clothes.
They made ​​fun of your hair and you have straightened your hair.
They made ​​fun of your skin and you bought skin brighteners. 
They made ​​fun of your languages ​​and you have adopted their own.
They made ​​fun of your religion and you have embraced theirs.
Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?
Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? to the extent that you bleach to be like the white man.
Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?
Who taught you to hate the top of your head to the soles of your feet?
Who taught you to hate your being? to hate the land of your ancestors, to hate the race you belong to, such a point that you do not want to be next to each other.
When will we realize? When will humanity?

blvcknvy:

They made ​​fun of your name and you have changed your name.

They made ​​fun of your clothes and you changed clothes.

They made ​​fun of your hair and you have straightened your hair.

They made ​​fun of your skin and you bought skin brighteners. 

They made ​​fun of your languages ​​and you have adopted their own.

They made ​​fun of your religion and you have embraced theirs.

Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?

Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? to the extent that you bleach to be like the white man.

Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?

Who taught you to hate the top of your head to the soles of your feet?

Who taught you to hate your being? to hate the land of your ancestors, to hate the race you belong to, such a point that you do not want to be next to each other.

When will we realize? When will humanity?

(via ninavonteese)

alivesoul:

Welcome to Passive, New York
As Andy Henriquez, a 19 year old from Washington Heights lay in his cell dying from a tear in his aorta, an artery that supplies blood to the heart, he asked a guard if he could call his mother just to say goodbye. For days he suffered in pain barely able to breathe as the blood made its way down to his groin. He request was denied. His fellow inmates knew something was wrong. They screamed and kicked doors in a failed bid to get Andy some help.  A doctor who visited him earlier that day prescribed him hand cream and wrote the prescription in the wrong name.
Hours later he was found dead on the floor of his cell.
This happened in April of last year, New Yorkers are just hearing about it today because a suit has been filed by the lawyer of Mr. Henriquez’s family.
In this last year I have been thinking about some things….
I have thought about the death of Eric Garner and the muted outrage that followed.
I have thought about all the black men who were set up by Detective Louis Scarcella from Brooklyn, who have languished in jail for years and are just now having their cases reviewed after it was discovered Scarcella was crooked and the silence that followed.
I have thought about how everyone just accepts that Stop and Frisk is a thing of the past and that the rights of black and brown men here in New York City are not still being violated.
I have thought about how slick it was for our Mayor to parade his black family in front of the cameras to get elected and how New Yorkers have yet to check him for basically being Bloomberg 2.0.
I have thought about those who live in the projects whose stewards, NYCHA, last year said they had a surplus of money to fix them and are now saying this year they have no money.
I have thought about how “affordable housing” here means you must make damn near 100k, yet no one seems to believe that this city hates its poor.
I have thought about the fact that this city has the highest rates of workplace discrimination lawsuits in the country, yet no one wants to address racism in the workplace.
I have thought about how gentrification of this city has made many neighborhoods I once loved and enjoyed unrecognizable and in my view turned its residents into the quietest, softest, most passive lot of New Yorkers I have ever experienced in my lifetime here.
Who the fuck are you people?
There will be very little outrage over Mr. Henriquez’s death. This lot of New Yorkers would be more outraged if you kicked a cat than if you choked a young black man to death or allowed one to internally bleed to death on the floor of a jail cell.

alivesoul:

Welcome to Passive, New York

As Andy Henriquez, a 19 year old from Washington Heights lay in his cell dying from a tear in his aorta, an artery that supplies blood to the heart, he asked a guard if he could call his mother just to say goodbye. For days he suffered in pain barely able to breathe as the blood made its way down to his groin. He request was denied. His fellow inmates knew something was wrong. They screamed and kicked doors in a failed bid to get Andy some help.

A doctor who visited him earlier that day prescribed him hand cream and wrote the prescription in the wrong name.

Hours later he was found dead on the floor of his cell.

This happened in April of last year, New Yorkers are just hearing about it today because a suit has been filed by the lawyer of Mr. Henriquez’s family.

In this last year I have been thinking about some things….

I have thought about the death of Eric Garner and the muted outrage that followed.

I have thought about all the black men who were set up by Detective Louis Scarcella from Brooklyn, who have languished in jail for years and are just now having their cases reviewed after it was discovered Scarcella was crooked and the silence that followed.

I have thought about how everyone just accepts that Stop and Frisk is a thing of the past and that the rights of black and brown men here in New York City are not still being violated.

I have thought about how slick it was for our Mayor to parade his black family in front of the cameras to get elected and how New Yorkers have yet to check him for basically being Bloomberg 2.0.

I have thought about those who live in the projects whose stewards, NYCHA, last year said they had a surplus of money to fix them and are now saying this year they have no money.

I have thought about how “affordable housing” here means you must make damn near 100k, yet no one seems to believe that this city hates its poor.

I have thought about the fact that this city has the highest rates of workplace discrimination lawsuits in the country, yet no one wants to address racism in the workplace.

I have thought about how gentrification of this city has made many neighborhoods I once loved and enjoyed unrecognizable and in my view turned its residents into the quietest, softest, most passive lot of New Yorkers I have ever experienced in my lifetime here.

Who the fuck are you people?

There will be very little outrage over Mr. Henriquez’s death. This lot of New Yorkers would be more outraged if you kicked a cat than if you choked a young black man to death or allowed one to internally bleed to death on the floor of a jail cell.

(via mytinyisabella)

bankston:

idiotmouth:

seetobe:

surfandwrite:

thesoftghetto:

niggawithablog:

locc-2dabrain:

krxs10:

why THE FUCK is no one talking about this

why isnt this on the news

we all know the reason why. stop the bullshit.

And this shit happened on May 18…MAY 8-FUCKING-TEENTH!
Story

I read the article and this honestly makes me so fucking angry. I encourage all my followers to reblog the shit out of this. Share it on your Facebook and Twitter, too.

Please spare some time for Darren Rainey. This is a horrific brutality against a human being that is being swept under the rug by most media. 

Please read this. Please. The fact that this hasn’t crossed my radar once is upsetting, and it’s the same exact entitlement and abuse of power we’re seeing in Ferguson. Read it because Darren Rainey deserves to have his story heard. Holy shit does he deserve to have his story heard.

…………………
Jesus!
Unfortunately, this sort of thing isn’t new in mental hospitals. Earlier this year I was reading a biography of outsider artist Henry Darger {Jim Elledge’s “Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist”), and it described how as a boy Darger was sent to the Illinois Asylum for Feeble-Minded Children for being a chronic masturbator (that was considered a sign of insanity a century ago), and the conditions in that institution were so horrific they prompted a state investigation. Children were frequently killed or lost limbs due to exposure to dangerous machinery, others were choked until they passed out in order to calm them down, and one girl was scalded to death in a bath tub, her screams being ignored by the staff because it was assumed that the mentally ill didn’t possess the same feelings for pain that other people did.
So apparently not much has changed.

bankston:

idiotmouth:

seetobe:

surfandwrite:

thesoftghetto:

niggawithablog:

locc-2dabrain:

krxs10:

why THE FUCK is no one talking about this

why isnt this on the news

we all know the reason why. stop the bullshit.

And this shit happened on May 18…MAY 8-FUCKING-TEENTH!

Story

I read the article and this honestly makes me so fucking angry. I encourage all my followers to reblog the shit out of this. Share it on your Facebook and Twitter, too.

Please spare some time for Darren Rainey. This is a horrific brutality against a human being that is being swept under the rug by most media. 

Please read this. Please. The fact that this hasn’t crossed my radar once is upsetting, and it’s the same exact entitlement and abuse of power we’re seeing in Ferguson. Read it because Darren Rainey deserves to have his story heard. Holy shit does he deserve to have his story heard.

…………………

Jesus!

Unfortunately, this sort of thing isn’t new in mental hospitals. Earlier this year I was reading a biography of outsider artist Henry Darger {Jim Elledge’s “Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist”), and it described how as a boy Darger was sent to the Illinois Asylum for Feeble-Minded Children for being a chronic masturbator (that was considered a sign of insanity a century ago), and the conditions in that institution were so horrific they prompted a state investigation. Children were frequently killed or lost limbs due to exposure to dangerous machinery, others were choked until they passed out in order to calm them down, and one girl was scalded to death in a bath tub, her screams being ignored by the staff because it was assumed that the mentally ill didn’t possess the same feelings for pain that other people did.

So apparently not much has changed.