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for THIS colored girl who considered getting a MA when her BAs weren't enuf

So Nigeria has now supplanted South Africa as Africa’s largest economy. But I’ve not had light (electricity) for seven days, so it means nothing to me.

—A Nigerian social media user • Upon hearing that revised economic figures in the country—a revision 24 years in the making—put the country’s GDP (currently at $510 billion) far ahead of South Africa (currently at $353 billion) and other countries in the African continent. To give you an idea of how long it’s been: During the last GDP check in 1990, 300,000 landlines existed in the country. Now, there are 100 million cell phones. But that GDP level, above developed countries such as Chile, Sweden, and Belgium, belies a tough reality in the country—70 percent of the country’s population still lives in poverty. (via shortformblog)

Welp…close

(via blkitalian)

thetaoofdana:

Just got home from a charity event raising money for a very horrific disease that few people know about: Tuberous Sclerosis.  Apparently 2 people a day in the US are born with this disease each day, and they spend their lives having hundreds of thousands of seisures (you read that right), with benign tumors cropping up through their bodies.  
So many questions…
How could something this prevalent be relatively unknown?  
How would I manage if my child had this disease?
How can I imagine life through the perspective of someone afflicted?
How can I help?  
There are so many things to be thankful for, and so many worthwhile causes to support.
Stop complaining. 

Live in gratitude.  Let it change your life. 

thetaoofdana:

Just got home from a charity event raising money for a very horrific disease that few people know about: Tuberous Sclerosis.  Apparently 2 people a day in the US are born with this disease each day, and they spend their lives having hundreds of thousands of seisures (you read that right), with benign tumors cropping up through their bodies.  

So many questions…

How could something this prevalent be relatively unknown?  

How would I manage if my child had this disease?

How can I imagine life through the perspective of someone afflicted?

How can I help?  

There are so many things to be thankful for, and so many worthwhile causes to support.

Stop complaining. 

Live in gratitude.  Let it change your life. 

(via blkitalian)

dynamicafrica:

After details emerged about South African President Jacob Zuma’s over-spending spree for upgrades to his not-so-humble abode, Actuate calculated the ‘real cost’ of Nkandla.

love a good inforgraphic

dynamicafrica:

After details emerged about South African President Jacob Zuma’s over-spending spree for upgrades to his not-so-humble abode, Actuate calculated the ‘real cost’ of Nkandla.

love a good inforgraphic

You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
Remember this:
One day you will be sick.

Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl 

This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous).

 Here’s the link

(via bluebrrry)

(Source: katyuno, via blkitalian)

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