tendertough:

wandatinasky:

wandatinasky:

kushitekalkulus:

Stories that are never seen or heard of by the general population.

Jabbar Gibson is also currently serving a fifteen year bid in federal prison for cocaine possession.  i couldn’t track him down in the system, but if anybody can, it would be cool to get his mailing address out there for prisoner support reasons.

here’s Jabar’s contact info:
Jabar Gibson 29770-034
USP Pollock
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 2099
Pollock, Louisiana 71467
 
and here’s a guide to writing a prisoner letter for those who have never done so before

re-reblogging for contact info + support

tendertough:

wandatinasky:

wandatinasky:

kushitekalkulus:

Stories that are never seen or heard of by the general population.

Jabbar Gibson is also currently serving a fifteen year bid in federal prison for cocaine possession.  i couldn’t track him down in the system, but if anybody can, it would be cool to get his mailing address out there for prisoner support reasons.

here’s Jabar’s contact info:

Jabar Gibson 29770-034

USP Pollock

U.S. Penitentiary

P.O. Box 2099

Pollock, Louisiana 71467

 

and here’s a guide to writing a prisoner letter for those who have never done so before

re-reblogging for contact info + support

womensweardaily:

Christian Dior Museum to Showcase House’s Visual Heritage
Christian Dior is celebrating its visual heritage with an exhibition called “The Legendary Images: Great Photographers and Dior.” The show, scheduled to run from May 3 through Sept. 21 at the Christian Dior Museum in Granville, France, will depict the couture house’s style as seen through the lenses of 80 of the world’s most famed photographers, including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn. For More
[above: Norman Parkinson’s “Mozart dress, Spring–Summer 1950 Haute Couture collection, Verticale line” is part of the Dior exhibit. Photo by Norman Parkinson/Corbis]

womensweardaily:

Christian Dior Museum to Showcase House’s Visual Heritage

Christian Dior is celebrating its visual heritage with an exhibition called “The Legendary Images: Great Photographers and Dior.” The show, scheduled to run from May 3 through Sept. 21 at the Christian Dior Museum in Granville, France, will depict the couture house’s style as seen through the lenses of 80 of the world’s most famed photographers, including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn. For More

[above: Norman Parkinson’s “Mozart dress, Spring–Summer 1950 Haute Couture collection, Verticale line” is part of the Dior exhibit. Photo by Norman Parkinson/Corbis]

"And the advice I always give to artists who are first starting out, or maybe have been doing it for a while and feel lost, is to really focus on what you want to do. So many artists base their career path on what they see other artists doing, and having those opportunities or following that game plan. But you should always ask yourself if that’s really the artistic life you want. For me, touring all the time is a possibility, but when I tour I can’t write. So I tour a lot less than I can (and maybe should!) tour, but it works for me because I leave the space for the work I want to do: the actual writing.

There are many strategies to being a successful artist, and sometimes young artists spend so much time trying to knock off all the items on that to do list that they forget to enjoy the act of creating art. They lose site of the finish they actually want to cross.

So that would be my advice: figure out what you REALLY want out of creating art; build a life that supports THAT; work really hard; and try to honor every opportunity you are given by giving your all."
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, interviewed for Some Weird Sin (via bostonpoetryslam)

When I die, just keep playing the records.

When I die, just keep playing the records.

(Source: the-waltz-of-classic-rock)

aliilovely:

portraitsofboston:

“Hey man, take my picture!”
“I can’t do it. It’s too dark.”
“Yeah, we need some light. Let’s go over there.”
“Are you homeless?”
“Yes, I am.”
“How long have you been homeless?”
“15 years. I’ve been in Boston 8 months. Before that I was in Washington, Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Florida…”
“Why didn’t you stay in Florida? It’s so much warmer.”
“I wanted to see my family. But they don’t want to see me. They don’t understand depression. They treat me like dirt. Homeless people treat me better than my family.”
“And what happened 15 years ago? How did you end up on the streets?”
“I tried to burn myself twice. I had 30 surgeries. I was dead two times, but God brought me back. I don’t know why.”
“And why did you do it?”
“I was depressed. Why you crying?”
“Because you are a beautiful person, and my family is really messed up, and I’ve been very depressed. I think I can understand you.”
“Yes, I am a good person. And when you take people’s pictures, don’t disrespect them.”
“No, man, I won’t. I like people. That’s why I take their pictures.”
“And when you make your portfolio, don’t denigrate people. Let the pictures speak for themselves.”
“I will. Are you safe on the streets?”
“Yes, I am…And now I have $8 to buy me some food.”
“That’s all I have. Next time I see you, I will give you more.”
“No, man. It ain’t all about money. Give me a hug. And next time you see me, give me a hug again. And thanks for taking my picture.”


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aliilovely:

portraitsofboston:

“Hey man, take my picture!”

“I can’t do it. It’s too dark.”

“Yeah, we need some light. Let’s go over there.”

“Are you homeless?”

“Yes, I am.”

“How long have you been homeless?”

“15 years. I’ve been in Boston 8 months. Before that I was in Washington, Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Florida…”

“Why didn’t you stay in Florida? It’s so much warmer.”

“I wanted to see my family. But they don’t want to see me. They don’t understand depression. They treat me like dirt. Homeless people treat me better than my family.”

“And what happened 15 years ago? How did you end up on the streets?”

“I tried to burn myself twice. I had 30 surgeries. I was dead two times, but God brought me back. I don’t know why.”

“And why did you do it?”

“I was depressed. Why you crying?”

“Because you are a beautiful person, and my family is really messed up, and I’ve been very depressed. I think I can understand you.”

“Yes, I am a good person. And when you take people’s pictures, don’t disrespect them.”

“No, man, I won’t. I like people. That’s why I take their pictures.”

“And when you make your portfolio, don’t denigrate people. Let the pictures speak for themselves.”

“I will. Are you safe on the streets?”

“Yes, I am…And now I have $8 to buy me some food.”

“That’s all I have. Next time I see you, I will give you more.”

“No, man. It ain’t all about money. Give me a hug. And next time you see me, give me a hug again. And thanks for taking my picture.”

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"The understanding of art depends […] upon one’s willingness to extend one’s humanity and one’s knowledge of human life."
Ralph Ellison (via apoetreflects)

(Source: fleursetcouronnes)

"We look too much to museums. The sun coming up in the morning is enough."
Ralph Ellison, from Shadow and Act (Random House, 1964)
spiritualinspiration:

Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Proverbs 4:25, NIV.

What are you looking at today? Not in the natural, but with your spiritual eyes. In other words, what is in the forefront of your mind and in your heart? Are you constantly dwelling on your problems or things that have happened in your past?

In the natural, you will move in the direction that your eyes are looking. In the spiritual, it works the same way. Whatever you focus your mind and heart on, you will move toward. That’s why today’s verse tells us to look straight ahead. If you are constantly dwelling on your problems or things in your past, wondering “what if,” then you will stay right where you are. But if you choose to forgive and release the past, then you can focus on what is ahead of you, and you’ll begin to move forward.

God doesn’t want you to live in the past. He wants you to keep growing and moving forward. Make the decision to meditate on His goodness and focus on His promises. Look straight ahead so you can see His blessing and move forward into the life of victory He has promised you!

Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father, today I set my focus on You. I choose to forget the past by forgiving others so that I can look straight ahead to Your promises. I ask that You direct my heart on the path of life that You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

spiritualinspiration:

Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Proverbs 4:25, NIV.

What are you looking at today? Not in the natural, but with your spiritual eyes. In other words, what is in the forefront of your mind and in your heart? Are you constantly dwelling on your problems or things that have happened in your past?

In the natural, you will move in the direction that your eyes are looking. In the spiritual, it works the same way. Whatever you focus your mind and heart on, you will move toward. That’s why today’s verse tells us to look straight ahead. If you are constantly dwelling on your problems or things in your past, wondering “what if,” then you will stay right where you are. But if you choose to forgive and release the past, then you can focus on what is ahead of you, and you’ll begin to move forward.

God doesn’t want you to live in the past. He wants you to keep growing and moving forward. Make the decision to meditate on His goodness and focus on His promises. Look straight ahead so you can see His blessing and move forward into the life of victory He has promised you!

Prayer for Today: Heavenly Father, today I set my focus on You. I choose to forget the past by forgiving others so that I can look straight ahead to Your promises. I ask that You direct my heart on the path of life that You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(Source: faithful-in-christ)

spiritualinspiration:

Muhammad Ali’s Advice To His Daughter.

An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:

“When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to.

Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.

Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.

Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”

He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

spiritualinspiration:

Muhammad Ali’s Advice To His Daughter.

An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:

“When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to.

Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.

Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.

Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”

He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (J. P. Lippincott, 1937)

(Source: proustitute)