omfg the news that just emerged about the missing model ataui deng is fucking sketchy??? like apparently her boyfriend claims that ataui went to sleep in a park like 10 days ago and he waited for 5+ days to report the missing case to the NYPD wtf and he just posted an image on instagram like
he also posts guns and misogynist shit like these
i am so concerned about ataui right now praying that she is safe and sound
I am tired of listening to people tell me that “the system is falling apart.” The system is not falling apart. The system is functioning the way it was intended to function. Normally the political order functions more discreetly and complicated so that you cannot view any of its abuse so quickly and transparently. Right now you are seeing its brutal mechanism in the open, that’s all. This is a reality for those who are not rich/white or both.
75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South.
Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.