redefiningrealness

holygoddamnshitballs:

Michael Sam Prepared For Draft, Will Be Honored At ESPYs

Michael Sam also told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America that he has heard from many closeted athletes after his coming-out.

As prospective pro football player Michael Sam awaits the NFL Draft this week, it’s been announced that he’ll receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage this summer from ESPN for coming out as gay.

Since coming out, Sam has received several messages from other players who are closeted, he told Robin Roberts in an interview aired today on Good Morning America.

“You know, on the night of my announcement — that week I had gotten so many emails, so many text messages, from college and NFL players, and other athletes in the sport industry about how courageous I was. [They] themselves are closeted homosexuals,” the former University of Missouri defensive lineman said. “So yeah, I’m not the only one. There’s a lot of us.”

Looking toward the draft, which takes place Thursday through Saturday, Sam said the coaches who are interested in picking him know his skills and should not be deterred by his sexual orientation.

“The coaches know that I’m a great football player,” he said. “Where I go, it doesn’t matter. As long as I get to play and put a jersey on my back, it’s just awesome. I’m going to be proud of where I go.”

redefiningrealness
redefiningrealness:

I was born a little boy with the name “Brandon.” I realized very early that I was not and, as soon as I turned 18, I become me: Bella DePacifico.
Janet Mock’s story hit so close to home - not just because we are trans women, but because of our shared history and the fact that we are minority women! I would like to think her, Laverne Cox, and Carmen Carrera for making it easier to be me!
I am Bella DePacifico.
I am a woman, human, lover, fighter & survivor.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.

redefiningrealness:

I was born a little boy with the name “Brandon.” I realized very early that I was not and, as soon as I turned 18, I become me: Bella DePacifico.

Janet Mock’s story hit so close to home - not just because we are trans women, but because of our shared history and the fact that we are minority women! I would like to think her, Laverne Cox, and Carmen Carrera for making it easier to be me!

I am Bella DePacifico.

I am a woman, human, lover, fighter & survivor.

I Am #RedefiningRealness.

justthinkingaboutcatsagain
la-negra-barbuda:

zuriya:

jemilyjuice:

deducecanoe:

maarnayeri:

Iraqi student Zeidoun Alkinani protesting the possession of ancient Iraqi artifacts by Germans at the Babylonian Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum of Berlin.
Prior to World War I, German archaeologists excavated large numbers of ancient artifacts across what is today Iraq and shipped them to Germany as part of a larger phenomenon of cultural pillage by European archaeologists across the Middle East that continued for decades.
In 2002, Iraqi officials asked for the return of the Gate, to no avail. A year later, the U.S. invaded the country.
via The Ajam Media Collective

Nodding. I really do wish western museums would own up to how they got their shit and give it back, make some fair or temporary trade (give us this for x years and we will give you y western art/architecture on loan too), buy it, or do replicas.
Western museums did not come across most of their collections honestly, even if it was acquired hundreds of years ago and I wish white people would own that shit. Work with world museums to rotate and share, work to give back stolen property and make reparations, instead of playing finders keepers.

well.. i wouldnt have had a chance to see this if it was in Iraq instead of Berlin. 

we’re talkin about a nation continuously pillaged and brutalized beyond the realm of imagination by the west, only to have their salvageable history stolen & this is the response you give.
amazing.

i fully support the repatriation of cultural products from oppressive, white-supremacist institutions. and we don’t care if you wouldn’t get a chance to see if it were in berlin. this wasn’t made for your consumption. deal with it.

la-negra-barbuda:

zuriya:

jemilyjuice:

deducecanoe:

maarnayeri:

Iraqi student Zeidoun Alkinani protesting the possession of ancient Iraqi artifacts by Germans at the Babylonian Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum of Berlin.

Prior to World War I, German archaeologists excavated large numbers of ancient artifacts across what is today Iraq and shipped them to Germany as part of a larger phenomenon of cultural pillage by European archaeologists across the Middle East that continued for decades.

In 2002, Iraqi officials asked for the return of the Gate, to no avail. A year later, the U.S. invaded the country.

via The Ajam Media Collective

Nodding. I really do wish western museums would own up to how they got their shit and give it back, make some fair or temporary trade (give us this for x years and we will give you y western art/architecture on loan too), buy it, or do replicas.

Western museums did not come across most of their collections honestly, even if it was acquired hundreds of years ago and I wish white people would own that shit. Work with world museums to rotate and share, work to give back stolen property and make reparations, instead of playing finders keepers.

well.. i wouldnt have had a chance to see this if it was in Iraq instead of Berlin. 

we’re talkin about a nation continuously pillaged and brutalized beyond the realm of imagination by the west, only to have their salvageable history stolen & this is the response you give.

amazing.

i fully support the repatriation of cultural products from oppressive, white-supremacist institutions. and we don’t care if you wouldn’t get a chance to see if it were in berlin. this wasn’t made for your consumption. deal with it.

redefiningrealness
redefiningrealness:

My name is Elyssa, but I like to be called Bmo (pronounced Beemo) and Leelee! I’m 16, and I’m working on my dream of being an animator. I want to bring representation for people from all walks of life to the animation industry, and spread love and acceptance. 
Unfortunately, I was born into a very tough situation, as I was born a Jehovah’s Witness. I have undergone many trials, including sexual assault, and I’m actually trying to raise awareness for the problems within the organization.
I love to support the survivors of assault and the organization that underwent similar tough experiences, and I spread hope and positivity to those I’ve met.
I am Bmo.
I am genderfluid, pansexual, black, and an artist.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.
Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!

BMO xo

redefiningrealness:

My name is Elyssa, but I like to be called Bmo (pronounced Beemo) and Leelee! I’m 16, and I’m working on my dream of being an animator. I want to bring representation for people from all walks of life to the animation industry, and spread love and acceptance. 

Unfortunately, I was born into a very tough situation, as I was born a Jehovah’s Witness. I have undergone many trials, including sexual assault, and I’m actually trying to raise awareness for the problems within the organization.

I love to support the survivors of assault and the organization that underwent similar tough experiences, and I spread hope and positivity to those I’ve met.

I am Bmo.

I am genderfluid, pansexual, black, and an artist.

I Am #RedefiningRealness.

Follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Tumblr!

BMO xo