Still I Rise
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Maya Angelou, 1928 (via doubledaybooks)
it’s David Byrne’s birthday, so here is a photo of him being blonde and fabulous.
Happy Birthday, David Byrne! [14 May 1952]
"I wanted to be a secret agent and an astronaut, preferably at the same time."
"We don’t make music - it makes us."
"I’ve made money, and I’ve been ripped off. I’ve had creative freedom, and I’ve been pressured to make hits. I have dealt with diva behavior from crazy musicians, and I have seen genius records by wonderful artists get completely ignored. I love music. I always will.”
david, I love you.
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday promotion
Annie Clark - fourth St. Vincent album cover
…you can be the king, but watch the Queen conquer..
The Unbearable Lightness of Being written by Milan Kundera
Rene Magritte, photographed by Daune Michals
DID OBAMA JUST
I LIVE for April 30th so I can see all the wonderful JT gifs and photos on my dash and then Obama takes it to another level entirely. I. CAN’T. EVEN. HANDLE.
from the series, When we are all rich, Matias Costa
photograph by Jan Zimmerman
Kyle MacLachlan photographed by John Midgley, twice.
Persona directed by Ingmar Bergman (1966)
photograph by Vivian Maier (1956)
Antonio Douthit-Boyd. Photo by Richard Calmes
Hope Boykin. Photo by Richard Calmes
Linda Celeste Sims. Photo by Andrew Eccles
(All three dancers are with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre)
Coltrane’s Sound, John Coltrane (1964)
Stitt Plays Bird, Sonny Stitt (1966)
both designs by Marvin Isreal