if you are still stuck in your emo fase I pray for you friend but I cant wait for you anymore you are own your own there is nothing left to do your time of death was early 2007s just accept and follow the light
Just went through my old posts and I miss being skinny and taking selfies
And I like my hair when it’s a little shorter I’m realizing
And I think what bothers me the most about my weight gain is that my face is fatter
Being body positive is hard
I wish I could rewind to being a size 8, I’d tell myself to not binge on snacks to help get through midterms and finals :’(
“On July 4th of this year, [Alicia Keys] performed in Tel Aviv, Israel, in spite of urgent pleas by Palestinian and Israeli activists, human rights advocates, and nearly 16,000 petitioners from around the world, to respect the global boycott of Israel for its illegal occupation of the West Bank and apartheid policies toward Palestinians. Personal appeals from writer Alice Walker and Archbishop Desmond Tutu did nothing to dissuade Keys or her handlers from accepting the invitation. In response, she issued the following statement: “I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.”
The statement is as ridiculous and disingenuous as “My presence is charity.” How can music unify an audience when policies of occupation and apartheid exclude the vast majority of Palestinians? What good are homilies about love and peace in a land where Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are prohibited from even entering Israel, contained by a massive concrete wall, economically starved, and living under military occupation? Where thousands of Palestinians are locked away in Israeli prisons—including hundreds of minors convicted of throwing rocks at tanks and well-armed soldiers and settlers? Where Israel continues to build Jewish settlements in the West Bank, displacing Palestinians, demolishing their homes, uprooting their olive trees—all in violation of international law. Where, on more than one occasion, Palestinian mothers were forced to give birth on the side of the road or watch their severely ill children die in their arms for want of emergency care because they were held up at an Israeli checkpoint. Where the apartheid wall has turned a fifteen-minute walk to school into a two-hour ordeal for thousands of young children. For young Palestinians living in Israel who are not incarcerated, few could afford the $62.00 ticket to hear Keys. Nearly half of all Palestinians in Israel live in poverty. Most are legally excluded from residing in non-Arab communities based on their “social unsuitability,” attend severely underfunded schools, and are denied government employment.
Keys’s decision to perform was made not out of ignorance or an abiding love for Israel or a personal mission to jump-start the peace process. It was about getting paid. The Alicia Keys brand stood to lose financially and likely feared retaliation from pro-Zionist forces. Indeed, her decision to violate the boycott earned her kudos from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its allies, who in turn placed a flurry of publicity pieces praising her “courage” in the face of BDS “bullies.” But as with Shawn Carter, I don’t blame Keys personally, nor do I question her humanitarian commitments. Alicia Keys is a corporate entity driven by profits and propelled by shareholders (backers and fans). Just as Jay-Z lovers ignored Rocawear’s callous use of sweated labor, Keys’s followers have quietly supported her Israel foray. The sad truth is that 16,000 signatures is nothing against the Keys-AIPAC alliance, and most Americans see Palestine through the official lens of the Israeli government and U.S. policy.”—Robin D.G. Kelley, “Empire State of Mind” (via hagereseb)
Dr. Kelley was my favorite professor at UCLA- he is amazing. I got an A+ in his class! Imagine this article being worked out on the spot during lecture, it’s like when Kayne says “bow in the presence of greatness,” you can just feel his thought process just going and going and leaving you behind. Just incredible..
Also, saw an awful picture of myself and have new found motivation to work out
Gonna maybe start a separate fitness blog to chart my progress? Or I guess I could do it here… I will keep you all posted, Chris and I are going to get started tomorrow afternoon, after I get off work.
So I got wet feet about the for profit aspects of the company I was interviewing with (long story, but didn’t like the actual job duties) and accepted a job at Safeway instead. Working in the Starbucks.
I feel almost ashamed? I haven’t really told a lot of people yet because I feel like I should be doing “better” for myself - but when I reconsider “better,” this job will meet all my criteria. I can move out soonish, ride my bike there, guaranteed 24 hours at least per week…. I don’t know, a lot of people aren’t as lucky.