bent-charm:

SO I started a GoFundMe for my mom.

Share if you can, that would really be amazing.

I know she would kill me if she found out, but she’s going to get really sick if she keeps on going without any help :/

Here’s the LINK:

Basically my mom has a super rare kidney disease that causes her to…

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vivaillajams:

http://www.gofundme.com/JamillaOkuboParsoTuition

Hello,

My name is Jamilla Okubo. I am an Kenyan-American artist from Washington, D.C. Currently residing in New York City attending Parsons the New School for Design. I am currently a rising senior at Parsons studying Integrated Fashion Design (undergraduate), with a background in Fine Arts, and a focus on textiles and fashion design. 

I have been attending Parsons for three years now and I am getting ready to graduate this year as well as complete my senior thesis. I am currently $72,000 in debt to Parsons the New School for Design. For the past three years my mother has assisted me by  paying the remainder of my tuition with the Parent Plus Loan. My mother has borrowed $43,000 of the Direct Parent Plus loan. I still owe $12,000 for my last (senior) year at Parsons and mother and I can no longer take out Direct Plus Loans. 

I hope to be that minority student of color at Parsons, who represents the school, and inspires my younger siblings, and other minority/low-income students globally, to have the ambition and drive that I have, and not let financial issues get in the way of it.

As a minority student of color, I wholeheartedly appreciate and have taken full advantage of the amazing opportunities that I have received while being at Parsons, learning from amazing professors and peers.

I need $10, 787 to pay for the rest of my tuition for my last year at Parsons.

USAGE OF FUNDS:

-Tuition: $10,787
-School Supplies (Fabric, muslin, pattern paper, designing tools, paint, canvases, lab fees, books, fieldtrip fees)


My Senior Year Schedule
Fall 2014 (19 credits)
Entrepreneurship
Design, Self & Society
Futurism & Fashion
Silkscreening
Fashion, Illustration & Performance
Art After Apartheid

Winter: Strategies of Selling (course at FIT, 3 credits) 

Spring 2015 (18 credits)
Seminar Studio
Portfolio Strategies
4000 Level lecture course
Tailoring: Womenswear
Couture Design: Techniques
Fiction: Introduction


ABOUT ME & MY PURPOSE AS AN ARTIST:

 As a multidisciplinary artist I am able to combine my skills and knowledge to create and express myself. My artwork mainly focuses on people of the Diaspora (people of color), whom I consider my community. I use my artistic disciplines as tools to challenge myself in ways to give back to my community, educate, and empower them as well as the rest of the world.

It is my duty to remind people of color that we have such a rich culture, and that we should love ourselves and one another. I create artwork for my community, because I believe that my purpose as an artist of color is to empower and educate my community.

My artistic discipline connects me to my community by allowing me to create artwork that my community is able to enjoy, embrace, and share with others. I not only create my artwork for myself but what I express through the medium that I use, is a story that many in my community can relate to. When it comes to creating, I strongly believe in the fact that, 

“Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images,”

A quote by Sonia Sanchez. As an artist of color coming from a low-income, single-mother household background, I am able to speak for many in my community from both my experiences growing up as well as express the beauty and hardships of my community’s culture and history. Being able to paint allows me to create for myself but also allows my work to connect to so many from my community. That is the beauty of being an artist, being able to express shared feelings and experiences with your community, where they can also can all take something from what you create.
There is so much to learn, and from that form of inspiration and influence, I create.


RECENT INTERVIEWS:

OkayAfrica:  http://www.okayafrica.com/news/jamilla-okubo-textiles-paintings/#slide1

AADAT:  www.aadatart.com/interview-jamilla-okubo-on-her-cultural-background-creative-inspirations-and-favourite-things/

Portfolio Website www.jamillaokubo.com
Blog:  www.vivaillajams.tumblr.com
Shop my art prints here: http://aadatart.com/product-category/art-prints/jamilla-okubo/

SPREAD THE WORD TUMBLR FAMILY! I LOVE YALL!

*SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASEEEEE*  

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dynamicafrica:

vaganja:

aprill-showers:

My brand is finally here!! I make art and apparel designed to celebrate, empower, and uplift women of color from all walks of life. Please help support my movement. Tell all your friends, tell them to tell their friends!! Help me share it with the world, we deserve to take up space, and be loved and celebrated everyday!! Shop here.

Aw, hello Talen. :)

This is super cute!

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I’M GOING TO FERGUSON

thetpr:

A group of Legal Observers from Detroit, myself included, are planning a trip to Ferguson to provide desperately needed legal support for our brothers and sisters. We are raising funds to help pay for gas, food, and lodging, for 3 days and we need all of the financial support we can get. If you are willing to help, or know of anyone that is willing to help us get there, please do not hesitate to inbox me.

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thesoftghetto:

Operation Help or Hush. Give what you can for food and bail money.

thesoftghetto:

Operation Help or Hush. Give what you can for food and bail money.

poc-creators:

badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista:

nitanahkohe:

for all those that asked, i’m excited to announce some of my art is now available on tees, ipod cases, tote bags, stationary, & as prints! i just opened up my new store, háa’xe, (the Cheyenne word for sparkle)!

i’ll be adding more in the next couple days but these two are designs from my Plains outlaw romance series, featuring famous Plains Native couples who fought against US colonial occupation. here’s where you can read more about Mochi & Medicine Water and Red Cloud & Pretty Owl, the folks shown in these first two designs. all of my art is inspired by my heritage as a Cheyenne woman survivor of sexual violence—i’m proud to have such amazing Plains Native women to look to for strength and courage. 

please reblog and check it out! néá’eše (thanks)!

If you have money and wanna buy something cool… check this out!!

Support!!!

lora-does-things:

stars-collected:


Michael Brown was an 18 year old that was killed by a Ferguson Police Officer on Saturday, August 9th.  His family is now seeking justice for Michael’s death.  Their pursuit for justice will be lengthy and hard but with the support of the community they will get justice.  If you are willing to support Michael’s family please donate to Michael Brown’s Memorial Fund.  These funds will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf.  All funds will be given to the Michael Brown family.  We appreciate your support.

Donate here.

This is a legitimate fundraiser confirmed by the family’s lawyer’s official twitter account and multiple news sources. This family has suffered so much, please help relieve one small worry from their life.

lora-does-things:

stars-collected:

Michael Brown was an 18 year old that was killed by a Ferguson Police Officer on Saturday, August 9th.  His family is now seeking justice for Michael’s death.  Their pursuit for justice will be lengthy and hard but with the support of the community they will get justice.  If you are willing to support Michael’s family please donate to Michael Brown’s Memorial Fund.  These funds will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf.  All funds will be given to the Michael Brown family.  We appreciate your support.

This is a legitimate fundraiser confirmed by the family’s lawyer’s official twitter account and multiple news sources. This family has suffered so much, please help relieve one small worry from their life.

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scifigeneration:

SHORT FILM TRAILER: “ANCESTRY”

This is the trailer for a short film by Nerissa Williams.

This is a very interesting idea for a short. The story is in the tradition of worlds created by Octavia Butler and other authors. The idea of extraterrestrial  influence in Africa’s past is one that can have lots of spinoffs in science and speculative fiction.  

Really hope this gets done. 

Here’s more about the project:

“A Short Ancestry” is a fifteen-minute science fiction short film set in the deep bush of Ethiopia, Africa in the year 1588. The film considers the nuances of Pre-Western/Colonial oral tradition with mythological reference points. The film encourages the viewer to process the beginnings of humankind as we now know it. 

“A Short Ancestry” centers on I’ma and her greatest of great granddaughters, Netta. Together they journey through story to create a bond that is immeasurable. I’ma is an alien to the planet Earth. I’ma arrived some 10,000 years before this story takes place. When I’ma arrived the planet was just able to sustain mammal life. Her first greeters to this world were a tribe of rapidly changing Homo-Sapiens breed of mammal. After breathing a “new life” into this particular tribe, the New Breed becomes something other than the normal Homo sapiens walking the Earth. I’ma creates this new breed as a way of producing off spring to start her family that she wasn’t able to begin on her home planet. This new breed of human holds the keys to not only super human powers, but a quest of I’ma to mother a super race of beings for the good and love of the universe. 

The film revolves around rich African oral traditions and cultural family structures found in many African Diaspora cinematic films. It will be shot on the Sony F3 camera in S-log to be color corrected in post-production. The setting is untouched Eastern Africans. The smell, taste and touch of dryness, which will consist of rich ambers, deep rusts and crimson colors. Many variations of greenery and shades of browns and blacks are the color palate of the imagery. Sounds of drumming and the krar, a ten-string instrument, can be heard throughout the village of the film. The Sound track to the film will reflect deep African wild life native sounds and rhythms. 

Themes of family, birth origin, communal healer, tribe protector, mother nurturer and believer runs throughout the piece to provide for a dynamic structure of creativity and lineage of one family. I’ma gives light to the notion that humans were created by aliens as she weaves and sows different uses of her body to reveal her alien nature to the viewer.

(Source: indiegogo.com, via afrofuturistaffair)

Hi, My name is Kwyn Morrison, im 24 and for the longest ive wondered around without a purpose. I’m homescchool and went to college for a while but stopped because i didnt want to continue without a diretion in my life. Since I’ve stopped going to college, ive helped my family with babysitting, did small jobs, and did an amazing year in Americorps NCCC. 
There I realize that i want to keep helping people that when i felt in my heart in soul that i wanted to become a nurse. I started again with my small jobs and managed to make the down payment of $300 for cna classes but now with family problemsthat have arised I cant possibly earn the other $600 before August 22, So I’m asking for help, help to step forward, help to fulfill my dreams, help to help others.

janetmock:

Truth Be Told is a series by Katina Parker that will profile black queer and trans visionaries, including Staceyann Chin, B. Slade, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Patrik-Ian Polk, Mia McKenzie, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Toshi Reagon, Emil Wilbekin, Darnell Moore, Linda Villarosa, Karamo Brown and Justin Robinson.

Help make this series happen by donating and sharing this fundraising campaign!

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