If Latin America had not been pillaged by the U.S. capital since its independence, millions of desperate workers would not now be coming here in such numbers to reclaim a share of that wealth; and if the United States is today the world’s richest nation, it is in part because of the sweat and blood of the copper workers of Chile, the tin miners of Bolivia, the fruit pickers of Guatemala and Honduras, the cane cutters of Cuba, the oil workers of Venezuela and Mexico, the pharmaceutical workers of Puerto Rico, the ranch hands of Costa Rica and Argentina, the West Indians who died building the Panama Canal, and the Panamanians who maintained it.

Juan Gonzalez - Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America (via anything-for-selenas)

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James Brown | The Payback

i hate that it took me a year to hear this.

I don’t understand people who are so completely obsessed with the “new.” new new new. I don’t care if it’s new. I don’t care if it’s entirely original. I care if I enjoy it. I care if I can get something out of it. that’s not to say i’m some sort of ahistorical amnesiac, but history/life repeats and it’s worth representing, representing until we completely understand it and have the ability move along… or at least i think so.

The black Victorians: astonishing portraits unseen for 120 years

From the African Choir posing like Vogue models to an Abyssinian prince adopted by an explorer, a new exhibition spotlights the first black people ever photographed in Britain

currently sick, sneezing through fred wiseman’s filmography… i wasn’t ready for summer to end and uniqlo flannel is too thin; it was 80 degrees about a week ago.


John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner performing ‘Alabama’.

Coltrane wrote the song after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing by the klu klux klan that killed Addie Mae Collins who was 14, Cynthia Wesley who was 14, Carole Robertson who was 14 and Denise McNair who was 11. The attack happened today (September 15th), 1963.

2 Black boys were also murdered by whites on that day in Birmingham. Their names are Virgil Ware who was 13 and Justin Robinson who was 16. Remember them as well.

and on that note, please share this: ‘Sister of 16th Street Church bombing victim pleads for help finding her sister’s lost grave.’ [link]

"I’m still not satisfied," Rudolph said. "When we went to exhume Addie to put her in a mausoleum, we couldn’t find her remains."

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saving and storing away tickets, photographs, stubs, coins, thoughts, memories like ammunition for a war foreshadowed by how happy you’ve been. “this can’t last forever,” surely everyone knows that. no sign of rust yet but it all rusts and steel wool can’t solve all your problems. the wind blows hard enough and even the strongest tree loses a branch or two. liberation via passion and remembrance; a war worth dying for. look at all those scars and calluses, you won’t make the same mistakes twice will you? remember the good times! these opaque monsters can’t navigate the storm inside you, no matter how hard they try.

slow down. there’s a serene comfort now, the storm will be one worth enduring, but for now… take it easy.