Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
‘…feel like I’m finna shoot my own dome with chrome to escape, zonin out cause workin workin out aint worth what I make. my lady callin, buggin, always fussin just cause we aint ballin but it’s hard because her cousins fuckin rich, cause her husband’s hustlin. and I aint fuckin touchin nothin but a mic, 5 oclock and off work ready to go home and write. but I aint got a buck to catch the bus chillin at the stop, rain fallin hard as ever and it’s soakin my socks; fuck it. kick my kicks off and took off my jacket, roll my jeans up, beat up and my headphones blastin. blazed some weed up and started laughing, while I’m splashin in puddles like muthafuck a struggle: we dancin in the rain….dont nobody wanna dance slow in the rain. so just move yo ass… just move yo ass. dont nobody wanna liberate the weight of the pain, so just move yo ass… just move yo ass.’
Our white sisters radical friends love to own pictures of us sitting at a factory machine wielding a machete in our bright bandanas holding brown yellow black red children reading books from literacy campaigns holding machine guns bayonets bombs knives Our White sisters radical friends should…
“I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion thats why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through”— LUPE FIASCO (Words I Never Said)
“Slaves…Give them freedom, but give them dope. Take away their leaders because that gives them hope. Sell them dreams of changing things like they were never King’s and Queens before.”—Big Krit (via ill-minded)
“In evading my humanity, you have done something to your own humanity. We all do this all the time, of course. One labels people. But in the doing of this, you have not described anything — you have not described me, you have only described yourself. What I think of you says more about me than it can possibly say about you.”— James Baldwin