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5 Things to Know About Boko Haram

Originally posted on TIME:

The militant group Boko Haram has become a target of international outrage ever since it kidnapped more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls last month. A leader of the group recently boasted in a video that “I abducted your girls” and will “sell them in the market.” The United States has vowed to send a team to Nigeria to assist in their rescue, and a social media campaign is seeking to raise the pressure on world leaders to act.

Here are five things to know about Boko Haram.

It began in Nigeria’s poorest corner

Nigeria was formed as a protectorate of Great Britain, but the colonial power concentrated its resources on the coast. The country’s northern half, which extends into the Sahara, was Muslim, and so poor that in Kano, the ancient city walls are being eaten away by people stealing sand. Northerners generally feel under-represented, and Boko Haram began…

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Mount Holyoke, A College For White Men?

Chioma:

WHAT THE HELL? I can’t believe they actually arrested and took her to the police station for basically NO reason! And the whole laptop thing, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? And then white people and obviously deluded people of color would tell you to “Get over racism. it doesn’t exist anymore”. This is CLEAR evidence right here. It’s annoying me that some people are focusing on the fact that “she broke a few college rules” as opposed to the elephant in the room here; this young woman was discriminated against and treated like a criminal, because she has more melanin in her skin bc that’s apparently a crime. if you cannot see that, check yourself. DON’T @ ME.

Originally posted on The DoubleX Chromosome:

Malyszko/Mount Holyoke Photo I am a black student at Mount Holyoke College, the first of the seven sister schools, which was started because no other American colleges accepted women. Mount Holyoke women are taught to be bold, to never fear change, and to speak up against injustice… unless you’re a student of colour. 177 years later white male privilege still reigns supreme here. And it is actively reinforced by campus police.

I spent the early hours of Saturday morning at the South Hadley Police Department having been arrested at Mount Holyoke for “breach of peace.” This is how the story begins.

My boyfriend Sam came to visit me on a whim so I took my blankets and my things to an unoccupied room in the dorm where my friends and I often hang out. I have a roommate who I couldn’t kick out on such short notice so I set up the other…

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Going Back To Natural? Let’s Go!

Originally posted on The Kink And I:

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Hello lovelies!

We have come to the end of theGoing Back To Natural series. Every single day of this week has been dedicated to enlightening, encouraging and inspiring everyone considering reclaiming their kinks, going back to natural hair.

This has been an interesting week. We’ve looked at what hair is and how relaxers work, how to transition from relaxed to natural hair, creating a healthy hair regimen and choosing hair products. You can catch the entire series here.

I’m still here for you- always an email awaythekinkandi@gmail.com, but as this series comes to a close, I thought I’d say some last words:

1. Start Now.

Whether you’re transitioning, or you’re happy remaining on #teamrelaxer, I want you to be on #teamGoodHair, because good hair is healthy hair. Your healthy hair journey starts now.

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Yaya of life!

2. Be Ready.

Before you go, I’d love for you…

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That Time Beyonce’s Album Invalidated Every Criticism Of Feminism EVER

Originally posted on Global Grind:

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If you don’t know by now, you’ve been living under a rock.

Early Friday morning, Beyonce gave us all a heart attack when she released her self-titled visual masterpiece, Beyonce. And because we weren’t at all expecting it, we basically woke up in complete shock to messages like these:

And really, whose edges didn’t Beyonce snatch? She’s sexy, fun, talented. She’s a visionary — the videos are not only aesthetically pleasing, they are stories built from images. Her voice, as always, is perfection. She proves, once again, that she is the greatest of her time in overall entertainment. But there was something else about this album that caught our attention — something that wasn’t there in 2003′s Crazy in Love or critically acclaimed 4.

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What Does Love Mean?

Chioma:

this is the actual cutest thing!

Originally posted on Bankole:

I saw this beautiful piece on Tumblr and I thought I’d share it with you guys. 

*What Does Love Mean?*

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s Love. Rebecca – age 8

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5

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What I’ve learned from playing “Subway Surfers”

Chioma:

LOL LOVE THIS!

Originally posted on Ihunda's musings: Those Little Things:

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Hiiii! It’s your girl here! You guys, as stale as I am about this, I’m ashamed to admit I might be addicted to “Subway Surfers”. I started playing this game like last week and I won’t say I can’t stop (I really can’t) but I just love it! The jumping over hurdles and on moving trains! Plus getting coins! And that magnet business, dear God. All things I do not (really cannot) do in real life. *sigh. After I spent over an hour at a go playing, I knew I had to come up with something I’ve learned. I mean if it teaches you something, it’s a justified addiction, no? Okay. So here goes;

Avoid illegal business : After I’d just started playing, all the panic and hypertension from the whole adventure business was a lot, considering the fact that I really am not that much of a gamer (NOT…

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