"y: the last man" is the most fun comic book series because it’s about a straight white guy who is completely out of his depth in a world comprised only of women, and he is in the charge of two women of color, one an unbelievably badass secret agent with total recall and the other a genius scientist and doctor who is also queer, and they’re both totally grumpy and constantly tell him to shut the fuck up, and the series hangs a thousand lampshades on the fact that any story, even a story about a billion women HAS to revolve around the one straight white man, and so much of the story just happens *around* Y and he has very limited agency - he has skills and a good heart etc but at no point is he really in charge of what’s going on - and yet the story is STILL from his perspective and several characters express frustration about this and call him out on everything he does, and his biggest skills are *escape artistry and illusionism* which if that isn’t the greatest metaphor ever I’m sorry.
"What do you do when the gang wears blue? …[T]his goes to this notion of how we frame and understand to perceive and receive the concept of terrorism. Terrorism is not something that’s done by people that are powerless and marginalized as a response to power and their marginalization. The word originates in the French revolution in direct association with the function of the State to maintain an order contrary to the interest of the people governed. That means, that all those things that were supposedly invisible… are maintained as operate realities and the social and economic order by the raw force, that is the terror of the State. That’s why the cop wears the gun on the hip. That’s why we have swat teams that have more fire power capacity than third world armies. They’re directed at us. We are maintained in order, in line by force of arms, that is to say – terror."
My name is Jamilla Okubo. I am an Kenyan-American artist from Washington, D.C. Currently residing in New York City attending Parsons the New School for Design. I am currently a rising senior at Parsons studying Integrated Fashion Design (undergraduate), with a background in Fine Arts, and a focus on textiles and fashion design.
I have been attending Parsons for three years now and I am getting ready to graduate this year as well as complete my senior thesis. I am currently $72,000 in debt to Parsons the New School for Design. For the past three years my mother has assisted me by paying the remainder of my tuition with the Parent Plus Loan. My mother has borrowed $43,000 of the Direct Parent Plus loan. I still owe $12,000 for my last (senior) year at Parsons and mother and I can no longer take out Direct Plus Loans.
I hope to be that minority student of color at Parsons, who represents the school, and inspires my younger siblings, and other minority/low-income students globally, to have the ambition and drive that I have, and not let financial issues get in the way of it.
I need $10, 787 to pay for the rest of my tuition for my last year at Parsons.
USAGE OF FUNDS:
-School Supplies (Fabric, muslin, pattern paper, designing tools, paint, canvases, lab fees, books, fieldtrip fees)
ABOUT ME & MY PURPOSE AS AN ARTIST:
As a multidisciplinary artist I am able to combine my skills and knowledge to create and express myself. My artwork mainly focuses on people of the Diaspora (people of color), whom I consider my community. I use my artistic disciplines as tools to challenge myself in ways to give back to my community, educate, and empower them as well as the rest of the world.
It is my duty to remind people of color that we have such a rich culture, and that we should love ourselves and one another. I create artwork for my community, because I believe that my purpose as an artist of color is to empower and educate my community.
My artistic discipline connects me to my community by allowing me to create artwork that my community is able to enjoy, embrace, and share with others. I not only create my artwork for myself, but what I express through the medium that I use, is a story that many in my community can relate to. When it comes to creating, I strongly believe in the fact that,
“Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images,”
A quote by Sonia Sanchez. As an artist of color coming from a low-income, single-mother household background, I am able to speak for many in my community from both my experiences growing up as well as express the beauty and hardships of my community’s culture and history. Being able to paint allows me to create for myself but also allows my work to connect to so many from my community. That is the beauty of being an artist, being able to express shared feelings and experiences with your community, where they can also can all take something from what you create.
There is so much to learn, and from that form of inspiration and influence, I create.
Portfolio Website: www.jamillaokubo.com
Shop my art prints here: http://aadatart.com/product-category/art-prints/jamilla-okubo/
SPREAD THE WORD TUMBLR FAMILY! I LOVE YALL!
*SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASEEEEE*
TUMBLR FAM. YALL ARE THE REAL MVPS.
IF I HAD ENOUGH HANDS TO MAKE A PAINTING FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND INSPIRATION. ESPECIALLY YOU BEAUTIFUL BROWN PEOPLE. COULDN’T HAVE CREATED WHAT I CREATE WITHOUT Y’ALL.
"Biology’s cruel joke goes something like this: As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Suddenly, going to bed at nine or ten o’clock at night isn’t just a drag, but close to a biological impossibility. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do not start releasing melatonin until around eleven o’clock at night and keep pumping out the hormone well past sunrise. Adults, meanwhile, have little-to-no melatonin in their bodies when they wake up. With all that melatonin surging through their bloodstream, teenagers who are forced to be awake before eight in the morning are often barely alert and want nothing more than to give in to their body’s demands and fall back asleep. Because of the shift in their circadian rhythm, asking a teenager to perform well in a classroom during the early morning is like asking him or her to fly across the country and instantly adjust to the new time zone — and then do the same thing every night, for four years."
Sleep and the teenage brain (via explore-blog)
This is why you have every right to be tired.
And, in defiance of every medical study on the subject that’s been run, they keep pushing the start time of high school earlier and earlier.
#child abuse #systematic child abuse
I used to sleep through my first period class every morning. I’m really lucky that the year I had the most trouble staying awake, I was taking creative writing with a teacher I’d made friends with: she knew it was no reflection on her and I did extra projects to make up for it.
Still, shit ain’t right.
(Source: explore-blog, via moniquill)
Tear Gas pro tips: →
- If you do not have chemical goggles, swim goggles will suffice and are easier to keep from confiscation.
- Keep a plastic baggie with a bandana/rag soaking in lemon juice or cider vinegar to take out and breathe through if you encounter tear gas
- Do not wear contact…
Petition to unplug white people from the Matrix and not invite them to the party in Zion.
This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, so she gets to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren.
Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!
this is beautiful