Pronunciation /ˈɛmeɪ/, /ˈɛzmeɪ/ or /ˈɛzmiː/
Gender male or female
Origin French esmé (feminine esmée), "esteemed", past participle of esmer, "to esteem"
Meaning 1. French: "beloved", "esteemed" 2. Short for Esméralda
Malcolm X (1992) dir. by Spike Lee
Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) (19 May 1925 – 21 February 1965 )
Happy Birthday Brother Malcolm!
DAMN IT, BETH, ARE YOU BLATANTLY PRACTICING THE DARK ARTS IN PLAIN VIEW OF THE NEIGHBORS? DO YOU WANT TO HAVE TO MOVE AGAIN?
NO, HONEY. THIS IS JUST YOGA.
THAT’S NOT YOGA, BETH. I KNOW WHAT YOGA LOOKS LIKE.
ASHTANGA, MAYBE, OR HATHA, BUT THIS IS ADVANCED IYENGAR. MY CHAKRAS ARE WIDE OPEN OR WHATEVER.
YOU’RE LEVITATING, BETH, AND THERE ARE OBVIOUS SIGNS OF RITUAL SACRIFICE IN THE GARAGE.
SHHHHHH, HONEY. YOU’RE DISRUPTING MY CHI FLOW.
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The black man never will get anybody’s respect until he first learns to respect his own women.
Malcolm X (via specialnights)
"We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity." - Fred Hampton
Today we remember Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, who were killed on this day in 1969 by police in Chicago on an alleged weapons raid. Both worked with the NAACP when they were in high school, and Fred was active with the Black Panther Party.
They were 21 and 22 years old, respectively. They were shot in their beds in their Chicago apartment. Rest in power.
Over 50% of the American population believes it should be illegal for women to keep their own name on marriage
ILLEGAL. Not just that you “should” change your name. But that it should be ILLEGAL for you not to do so.
“Innocent tradition” my ass. No social pressure my ass.
what the fuck
The mainstream media is ripe with oversexualized images of women of color, and policy often stigmatized and shames this same group of people. Women of color and poor women are blamed for their inability to keep their legs closed and for having too many children. For marginalized groups of women, sex is not linked to pleasure and freedom; it is demonized and used as an example of all the ways in which these women lack self-control. As a result, a lot of conversation around sexual freedom discount the experience of people of color, failing to take into account how much sexual freedom is assumed to hinge on a woman’s privilege—be it because of her race, economic status, or social standing. Of course, not all women of color are sexualized in the same way. For example, while black women are considered lascivious, always consenting and out of control, Latina[s] are considered exotic or overly sensual and Asian women are considered childish and prude. These particular stereotypes are reinforced through popular culture and pornography (just Google respectively “Asian women,” “black women,” or “Latina women” and then “women” and see what comes up). The common thread here is that nonwhite women’s sexuality is seen as outside the norm of white heterosexuality. It’s therefore something to uniquely desired, manipulated, exploited or controlled.