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do not let white academia fool you into thinking that

  • the greatest authors that were and ever will be are white men
  • every great philosopher came out of europe
  • mathematics and science were at their highest point when used by white men
  • the most beautiful city in the world is paris
  • colonialism was a golden age
  • europe is the pinnacle of civilization

Sources timmmme.

Some Written Works (That Aren’t By White Dudes)

  • Iola Leroy (about a biracial Black woman in the antebelleum South) - Frances E.W. Harper, who was one of the first published Black authoresses
  • The Space Traders (a very relevant short about Black life/value in less-than-utopian America) - Derrick Bell, Black sci-fi author
  • Thiruppavai (Tamil Vaishnava verses by the 12 Alvars, or poet-saints) - Andal, the only woman among them. These are still recited in South India during Margazhi
  • The Other Side of Paradise (memoir of) - Staceyann Chin, whose identity as Black-Chinese and lesbian in Jamaica is definitely worth reading about
  • Brown Girl in the Ring (post-apocalyptic Toronto WHERE PoC survive, featuring voudoun!) - Nalo Hopkinson; check it all out
  • The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison, Black American novelist, Peace Prize winner and quality human being
  • Ninth Ward (children’s novel of Katrina through a black girl’s perspective) - Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • The Island of a Thousand Mirrors (about two families caught in the Tamil-Sinhala divide, based on her experience during the civil war) - Nayomi Munaweera, Sri Lankan author. VERY AMAZE.

Philosophers

  • Frantz Fanon, Caribbean philosopher/revolutionary who dedicated much time to decrying colonization, fighting oppression and telling white folks OFF; works include Black Skins, White Masks, Wretched of the Earth, and National Culture and the Fight for Freedom
  • En Hedu’ana, Sumerian en-priestess whose poetry composed one of the first written belief systems; also an accomplished astronomer
  • Ban Zhou, 1st-century Chinese historian, author (Lessons for Women, co-published The Book of Han)  and court advisor who advocated for domestic equality and women’s education. Her Confucian ideals were present in most written works

Playwrights

  • Zitkala-Sa, Native (Sioux) author (Old Indian LegendsAmerican Indian Stories), musician and activist who co-wrote The Sun Dance in 1913, an opera which showcased her knowledge of Ute and Sioux harmonies and composition. It was the first of its kind, featuring many indigenous performers
  • Yukio Mishima, Japanese author famous for Confessions of a Mask; also genius playwright who created Five Modern Noh Plays
  • Lorraine HansberryBlack (queer) playwright whose works SHOULD be acclaimed the world over (A Raisin in the SunThe Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window)

Mathematicians/Scientists/Innovators

  • Muhammad Musa al-Khwarizmi (origin of ‘algorithm’), 8th-century Persian scholar, creator of algebra and pioneer of the quadratic equation; one of the first to use zero as a placeholder, his research brought Hindu-Arabic numerals and decimals into the West
  • Banu Musa [Ahmad, Muhammad and Hasan], a trio of Persian brothers/mechanics/mathematicians who wrote The Book of Ingenious Devices in 850: an illustrated guide on more than 100 tools and their use (from early feedback controllers to valves and float chambers; steampunk gods, I say)
  • 15th century Korea - first “turtleboats”
  • Garrett Morgan, Black inventor credited for the first traffic signal and patented gas mask in the ‘20’s
  • Sarah E. Goode, inventor and the first Black woman to earn a U.S. patent, for the folding cabinet bed so prominent in the late 1800’s and early-mid 1900’s
  • Madam C.J. Walker, Black entrepreneur and inventor famously known for her scalp conditioners, hair growth and beauty products; first woman millionaire in America (YAAAS)
  • Mary Kenner, creative Black patenter whose contributions range from the toilet-tissue holder to the sanitary belt (thank youuu!!)
  • Marie Van Brittan Brown, Black inventor of the closed circuit TV security patent (basis for modern surveillance, traffic control)
  • Philip Emeagwali, Nigerian scientist/inventor that innovated a supercomputer for petroleum fields analysis
  • 7th century India - invention of chess
  • Gebisa Ejeta, Ethiopian geneticist/agriculturist who invented the first drought-tolerant sorghum hybrid in Sudan; is now on the  Board for International Food and Agricultural Development
  • Benjamin Banneker, Black astronomer and mathematician who made America’s first functioning clock, y’all
  • David Unaipon, famous Aboriginal preacher/inventor who provided basis for modern shears and the centrifugal motor
  • 12th century China - first magnetic compass
  • Ellen Ochoa, Chicana scientist who invented optical analysis systems and was the world’s first Latina astronaut
  • Prafulla Chandra Ray, Indian chemist and entrepreneur who made first chemical factory in the country FROM HIS HOUSE; founded Bengal Chemical and Pharmaceutical Works
  • Sandrine Mubenga, Congolese engineer working on solar-powered villages and fuel-cell hybrid car (women in STEM!)
  • Shirley Jackson, kick-ass Black physicist, inventor and president at Rensselaer Polytechnic. She can be credited for the touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, and caller ID
  • Tony Hansberry, the youngest on this list; his innovation on endo switches drastically cut the performance time for hysterectomies (open-heart surgery).

So…what’s up, white academia? Where’s the accolades for them?

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baracknobama:

  1. The must-read college survival guide! Can’t do without #1 
  2. Best College Life Hacks
  3. This must read check list will help you pick the college of your dreams
  4. How to Shave Down Your School Supply Budget
  5. Majors that won’t make you money
  6. How to do college right; this is really good info!
  7. Unique, high paying jobs that don’t require a degree. Who needs student loans?
  8. What up Class of 2014? Think you’ll survive senior year? Here are some great tips!
  9. Hilarious Textbook Hacks! LOL at the ‘Kung Fu Gland’! 
  10. The list could be a least a few pages long but here are 15 Things You’ll Miss After Graduating College

#4 has actually saved me hundreds of dollars

THESE TIPS HAVE HELPED ME SO MUCH AHHHHH

omg LOVE THIS!! everyone should read it!

nprbooks:

Today’s top book news item:

The shortlist for the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize, which “is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under,” is out. Critical favorites such as Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour and Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing share space with less well-known works: Kseniya Melnik’s Snow in May, Kei Miller’s The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, Owen Sheers’ play Mametz and Naomi Wood’s Mrs. Hemingway.

This is the first year the age limit was raised to 39 – the age at which Dylan Thomas died – rather than 30, as in previous years. “Every work on the shortlist had a champion,” chair of judges Peter Florence told The Guardian. “I think there are several really challenging pieces of writing here that would have won in any of the other years I’ve been judging, and that bear comparison with Thomas’s best work.”

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High School Reading List

Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drown by Junot Diaz

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

For descriptions, click the read more!

(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle School lists)

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7daystheory:

Staying motivated isn’t an easy task.

Why do you think motivational speakers exist? Why do you think Anthony Robbins makes millions of dollars selling his self-help books, tapes, and seminars? The truth is, you have to design your life around getting a consistent dosage of motivation. There are different ways to do this and it doesn’t just have to deal with making vision boards, putting up photos of vacation homes or the body that you want. It requires a clear understanding of the reasons why you want you want, an understanding of your internal drive.

Now, you can easily google “How To Stay Motivated” and you’ll find a ton of tips from a lot of different people. But, you know how we love to make things more convenient for you. So, here are the top 11 tips that we’ve gathered on how to stay motivated:

How To Stay Motivated 11 Quick Tips To Help You Stay Motivated in 2014 «< Read THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

slayboybunny:

the story behind this tweet was that i was crying pretty hard in the bathroom and the woman said “why are you crying baby girl?” and i didnt know what to say so i just said “im just.…. .. ..hungry” and she was like “well muffins are bogo at publix for four dollars theres nothing to cry about sweetie” and i said thank you and she said “ok… take care of yourself for me then” and left

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