1. thesmithian:


    Me, by my friend Kwesi Abbensetts

    [meaningful glance]


  2. colorfulcuties:

    Submitted by raychillster.tumblr.com ♥

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  3. amandaonwriting:

    A Writer’s Rule Book

    From Hunter’s Writing

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  4. navigatethestream:

    i’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the image of the black woman’s revolutionary. what it means to become an “iconic image”. what it means for that image to be reproduced, built off, improved/altered as time goes on and movements/collective discourses change.

    i’ve been…

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  8. interiorsporn:


    What Does Your Kitchen Say About You?

    Erik Klein Wolterink has spent a lot of time researching, photographing, and editing images of kitchens.

    Surprisingly, the Dutch photographer, engineer, and quasi-cartographer claims he’s not even a fan of the room.

    “I can’t cook, for example,” Wolterink said. “And I’m not really into kitchens. I’m interested in the way we live, our daily environment, what surrounds us, the everyday stuff we normally don’t see or pay attention to.”

    Wolterink became passionate about photography while attending a photography festival in Holland in 2001. (“June 6, 2001,” Wolterink recalled of the day that would change his life.) He went to art school and eventually quit his job and moved to Amsterdam, where he started to work full time as a photographer after his wife told him to “do what I wanted with my life or I wouldn’t be happy.”

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  10. annfriedman:

    In my ongoing quest for the perfect framework for understanding haters, I created The Disapproval Matrix**. (With a deep bow to its inspiration.) This is one way to separate haterade from productive feedback. Here’s how the quadrants break down:

    Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.

    Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too. 

    Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.

    Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.

    The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you. If you need to amp yourself up about it, may I suggest this #BYEHATER playlist on Spotify? You’re welcome.

    ** I presented The Disapproval Matrix to the fine folks at MoxieCon in Chicago yesterday, and they seemed to find it useful, so I figured I’d share with the class. It was originally inspired by a question my friend Channing Kennedy submitted to my #Realtalk column at the Columbia Journalism Review.