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slapmytitties:

These three emojis pretty much sums up how I feel all the time tbh

slapmytitties:

These three emojis pretty much sums up how I feel all the time tbh

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"No, you are not GOING natural darling, you are returning to it. Welcome back to divinity."

Something I overheard whilst in my mother’s hair salon (via rhythmms)

Divinity. YES.

(via lovelyandbrown)

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prriisscceellaa:

invisiblelad:

blackinasia:

Source: Truths You Won’t Believe

Debunking more lies and racist misinformation about black men. Stop the ignorance and start to question why these myths exist in the first place, if not to demonize black men and promote the image of us as inherently criminal and violent and incapable of being educated. 

Thank you.

Preach.🔥🙌 Society has it all wrong. You do have the good ones who has move forward with there life.

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I don’t even want friends. I just need a beach and a book and I’m good.

THIS. IS. ME.

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andthentherewasx:

djmadda-hiphop:

Common x Nas

Greatness

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karinasmiles:

huggablehemmo:

mistersailor:

IS THIS REAL

LIFE OR IS THIS FANTASY

!!!

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gardezvotrecalme:

readytolift:

radicalmuscle:

fertile-mind-seeks-water:

imdemetrialynn:

Will & Jada Smith in Hawaii for vacation.

Yes!

Jada though.

They are so crazy attractive, especially together

Goals

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cocoshanellexo:

northwestfashionstyle:

Perfection!

She is the shit

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to the twelve year old me.

lovelyandbrown:

rhyythms:

lovelyandbrown:

thirteen years from now,

your hair will still be nappy. so put down the relaxer.

your skin will still be dark. so put down the bleaching cream.

your booty will still be big. so stop the crash diets. 

.

because

you are

walking down the street with

a big fro

deep brown skin

and an ass-shaking strut.

and, sista,

you’ve never been more

beautiful.

i want to frame this and hang it on a wall. I just want this with me all the time

:))))

😢🙌

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@Anonymous "Hi there. I'm a 16 year old black girl who has started to become more insecure. I've been bullied at school & I'm the exact opposite of western beauty ideals which majority of people follow. I'm very dark skinned with a wide broad nose, big cheekbones & big round eyes. I have started to feel worthless. I've noticed girls with dark skin are usually considered conventionally beautiful if they have thin nose and lips like Kerry Washington & East Africans. Please tell me how I can live a happy life."

lovelyandbrown:

ashotofchoklit:

lovelyandbrown:

lovelyandbrown:

Hi sweetheart.

I have thought long and hard before I answered this question, which is why it’s been sitting in my inbox for the past two days. Don’t think I’ve been ignoring you. I just prayed that I could find the words to be of help to you.

First things first: fuck Western beauty ideals. With MUCH disrespect.

And I know. That is HARD. Because it is EVERYWHERE. We are encapsulated by images of societally deemed ‘perfection’ that look far from us. I’m not lily white with blonde hair, blue eyes and a size 2. But in every ad in Vogue, the women are just that. It sucks. It’s bizarre to feel like your beauty is some sort of ‘trend’ to society. At first, white skin was clearly in. Then, lighter skinned black models became acceptable. And now, darker skinned models are ‘acceptable’ but still not booked as often, and still not used for high fashion campaigns. And even still, those girls are rail thin and don’t look like most of us. Steps are being made, but they are slow. So.

That’s why we have to take care of ourselves, sista.

Let me tell you a few things. That wide broad nose you have, is the indelible trait that you are a descendant from royalty. Your lineage is so resilient that through slavery and ships, through famine and warfare, you still have the regal bearings of your ancestors from hundreds of years ago. You are discernible as a dignified woman whose beauty is a precious gift passed down from illustrious, imperial Mother Africa many moons ago. Your broad nose notifies us all of your nobility. So hold it up high.

Your cheekbones? Do you know how many white women are paying hundreds and thousands of dollars for big cheekbones like yours? Girl, let me tell you. Those big cheekbones are God’s way of letting us all know he spent a little more time on you. He arched and sculpted and molded you until He was satisfied that when you smiled, your prominently placed cheekbones reflected light and glistened. I have big cheekbones and I love them. Every man I have ever dated has loved them. They are queenly and womanly. They add depth to my face. I can create a look of desire by sucking them in. I can create an impish look by grinning widely, sending them shooting up to kiss my eyelashes. Little sista, trust me. Big cheekbones, are one of the most beautiful attributes you can have as a woman. And even if those silly 16 year old boys aren’t telling you that now, by the time you’re my age, 9 years from now, you’ll have some man beating down your door, just to see you smile. 

Big round eyes are beautiful. They tell the world you are inquisitive. Opens your soul up for business. Your face illuminates when you laugh, eyes dancing. Your eyes give away when you are disappointed, darting downward. Your eyes widen like saucers on a Sunday morning after church when you are frightened. Your eyes are descriptive. Your eyes tell your story when you don’t have the words to say anything yourself. Big round eyes, to be honest, are actually one of the most attractive traits men look for, studies have shown. So, two points for those big brown eyes, dear.

As for your dark skin. Yes, I saved the best for last.

There is nothing worthless about your dark skin. You are clothed in the allure and mystery of midnight. You are the exact shade that God intended you to be. You are the color of the earth and of ebony and mahogany woods and of my mother’s warm eyes and a cup of my favorite coffee and the sparrow who’s song wakes me up every morning  and that point in the night when the sun hasn’t quite faded into oblivion and night hasn’t quite announced its presence. You are the deep, dark brown that lovers hide in. You are the deep, dark brown that secrets are kept. You are the deep, dark brown of the earth before He said let there be light you ARE a deep, dark brown girl and if they have the audacity to bully you, a young woman of worth and value, of beauty and strength, of character and nobility, of honor and conviction, then they are too moronic, too dense, too stupid to see that you are beautiful. And not everyone is entitled to BEHOLD your beauty.

To you, I pray. I was you 9 years ago. I felt confused and ugly and sad but I promise you, little sista, you will flourish. I hope you read this and you smile. I hope you read this and you look in the mirror and you see every beautiful trait of yours. Most importantly, I hope you read this and decide, you know what, FORGET a mirror, because you don’t need a piece of glass to reflect back on the beauty that illuminates inside of you. You are 16 years old. The world is yours if you open your heart. Happiness is, more often than not, just around the corner. So, little sista, today, tonight, or whenever you read this, make the brave choice to say, “I am beautiful. I look like a queen. I feel like a queen. My happiness is mine and mine alone and I choose to dress myself, to dress my very soul, up in happiness from head to toe.”

I hope this helps. I PRAY this helps. Please, feel free to contact me again if you want to talk. I don’t know you at all, I wish I did, but I LOVE you. And I am sending you all of my well-wishes and ‘you go, girl!’ vibes from here to wherever you are.

All my love,

Ashley

still hoping, whoever this young woman was, finds this post and let’s me know she’s fine. i’ve never had a question in my inbox break me down the way this one did. i just hope she’s feeling lovely and brown, wherever she may be. and living a very, very happy life.

Jesus this made me cry I wish I had this when I was younger I love lovelyandbrown for this. For being a beacon of light to those that aren’t comfortable in their skin.

Thanks so much 💗

I absolutely love love LOVE this post & appreciate this. To @lovelyandbrown , I do hope that 16 year old girl comes across your post and it gives her the strength and hope in all that beauty she possesses, even if for a short time. She may read your post & may not even believe you. She may think you are just being kind but as you said, you were her.
I was her.
I work with young girls around her age and younger who are dealing with what she is dealing with too.
And im sure there are thousands of other girls out there who are going through or have went through what she is dealing with.

The point is: She is not alone. And it will take time to find beauty in what she sees as flawed. You speak on it & I have went through it as well. And in that I hope this supports and credits everything you have said to her. Your tribute to the brown skin Oh my! It was so well said! And the fact that its her skin being spoken about like that makes her even more special!! The brown skin is a beautiful thing, dammit! & The promises that she will grow and find self-love is the truth I hope she will one day see and hold dearly.

This post that wasnt even directed to me but has touched me in more ways than you can imagine. Thank you for reaching out to our youth like this and thank you for speaking the rarely spoken but absolutely, undeniable truth.

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ambermozo:

It’s amazing how a photograph can make you feel. I love this photo. I feel the love that they have for each other. Whether its a Mom and dad, Brother and sister or just two friends playing, I can feel something. And thats what true art and what real love is…It’s not when something looks perfect, but when it makes you feel something.

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