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But don’t forget that memory is like salt: the right amount brings out the flavor in food, too much ruins it. If you live in the past all the time, you’ll find yourself with no present to remember.

— Paulo Coelho (via froconoclast)

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In a relationship, you need somebody who’s going to call you out, not somebody who’s going to let everything slide. You need somebody who doesn’t want to live without you, but can. Not somebody that is dependent, but somebody who is stronger with you. A relationship is two people, not one.

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this is for real, very important stuff right here

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There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

- Zora Neale Hurston

One of my favs.

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Zoom blacksubstanceng:

Golden Words. BlackSubstance
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How’s this for some inspiration?

"Swizz Beatz may have made millions of dollars already, has numerous awards and hits under his belt, and has served as Creative Director for companies like Reebok and Lotus Cars, but despite all of his success, he feels as though he was missing one thing –his education.   The producer is now enrolled in Harvard University’s Business School at the age of 35, where he is taking courses while living on campus in a small dorm room.”

On why he decided to go back to school:
I just felt like you have to keep graduating your brand. A lot of people get complacent with their success and things that they’ve done before and I just wasn’t comfortable with that because I started transitioning from producer to business owner. I would be in these rooms and, no matter how big the deal was or how good it is, people would still look at me like ‘Oh, he’s the rapper guy. He’s the rapper friend.’ I’m like, ‘We all in this meeting because of what I’m bringing to the table.’ But being that I didn’t really have any credentials to go with those different things, I didn’t feel like I was getting the respect that I deserved. So I said, ‘You know what, let me go and sharpen my pencil a little bit and really walk back in these rooms a different person and different man.’ Really invest that time into myself because I started when I was like 18. I was gone since then. And a lot of different things I would learn and do just off the cuff, but I really didn’t know the language. I didn’t feel comfortable with the language of doing business.

I feel some type of way about this guy, but….

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i wanted to write a poem that rhymes, but the revolution doesn’t lend itself to be-bopping…so i thought again and it occurred to me maybe i shouldn’t write at all, but clean my gun and check my kerosene supply. perhaps these are not poetic times at all.

nikki giovanni (via boiaesthetic)

Woo, Nikki, preach 😩😩😩

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The ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving of what you have, but in giving of who you are.

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Zoom zachthemermaid:

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  • 1.Do you want a boyfriend or girlfriend? No. 
  • 2.When did your last hug take place? Yesterday. 
  • 3.Are you a jealous person? Unusually unfazed. 
  • 4.Are you tired right now? Waiting on someone…
  • 5.Do you chew on your straws? No. That’s low class =)
  • 6.Have you ever been called a tease? Not to my face. 
  • 7.Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight? Too often.
  • 8.Do you cry easily? It usually takes a lot. 
  • 9.What should you be doing right now? About to meet up w/ someone.
  • 10.Are you a heavy sleeper? Sometimes. 
  • 11.Do you think you can last in a relationship for 6 months? I can.
  • 12.Are you mad at someone right now? Not even. 
  • 13.Do you believe in love? Fiercely. 
  • 14.What makes you laugh no matter what? Watching Martin. And usually my homeboys Mike Larry, Akeem, or BJB. 
  • 15.Who was the last person you talked to? Akeem. 
  • 16.Do you get butterflies around the person you like? Maybe, if I don’t see them often. 
  • 17.Will you get married? Am I physic? 
  • 18.When was the last time you smiled? A few minutes ago. 
  • 19.Does anyone like you? Yes. 
  • 20.Do you secretly like someone? Secretly? No. 
  • 21.Who was the first person you talked to today? Hop via text. 
  • 22.Who do you feel most comfortable talking to about anything? God. Seriously. 
  • 23.What are you NOT looking forward to? Work tomorrow. Sad, but true. 
  • 24.What ARE you looking forward to? My bday trip! Turn up!
  • 25.Has someone of the opposite sex ever told you they loved you, and meant it? I believe they meant it. 
  • 26.Suppose you see your ex kissing another person what would you do? Nothing. 
  • 27.Do you plan on moving within the next year? Perhaps. 
  • 28.Are you a forgiving person? Very. 
  • 29.How many TRUE friends do you have? Only God knows…
  • 30.Do you fall for people easily? Not at all. 
  • 31.Have you ever fallen for your ex’s best friend? Never that!
  • 32.What’s the last thing you put in your mouth? Lolol @ this question. I’m such a child. Ummm… I drank some juice. 
  • 33.Who was the last person you drove with?
  • 34.How late did you stay up last night and why? Went to sleep pretty early. I was exhausted on many levels. 
  • 35.If you could move somewhere else, would you? I’d prefer not to relocate permanently, but I’m always open to it. 
  • 36.Who was the last person you took a picture of? I don’t remember.
  • 37.Can you live a day without TV? Several. 
  • 38.When was the last time you were extremely disappointed? Yesterday.
  • 39.Three names you go by… Tau, Taha, Shabooka (smh)
  • 40.Are you currently in a relationship? I’m on sabbatical. 
  • 41.What is your all-time favorite romance movie? Love Jones and Love and Basketball immediately came to mind. I was so into those movies as a teenager. 
  • 42.Do you believe that everyone has a soul-mate? Not the way the term is commonly used. 
  • 43.What’s your current problem?….
  • 44.Have you ever had your heart broken? Nope. I maintain. 
  • 45.Your thoughts of long distance relationships? Get it how you live.
  • 46.How many kids do you want to have? I don’t answer such questions. 
  • 47.Have you ever found it hard to tell someone you like them? Not if the person asks, directly. 
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Be careful who you vent to.

Realest shit I’ve heard all morning. (via corivicious)

This! Paper has no mouth to run…

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Comparing yourself to others is an act of violence against your authentic self.

Iyanla Vanzant  (via thatkindofwoman)

True dat! 

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Zoom allthislife:

The Brown Girl’s Guide to Western Acceptance 


The Brown Girl’s Guide to Western Acceptance 

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