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          Essays by Audre Lorde that I can’t shake off :

  • The Erotic as Power


  • The Uses of Anger


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Digital Collage of Audre Lorde by Elise R. Peterson

  • The Combahee River Collective Statement
    They were a  Black feminist lesbian organization active in Boston from 1974 to 1980.
    The Collective was instrumental in highlighting that the white feminist movement was not addressing their particular needs.They are perhaps best known for developing the Combahee River Collective Statement, a key document in the history of contemporary Black feminism and the development of the concepts of identity as used among political organizers and social theorists.”


  • “Third World Women”, “Women of Color”, and “Minority Women” : An African/Black Analysis of our Identities

    This is an article from a really great book called
    Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought. It was included in the BLM Canadian Syllabus!


  • An Unsettled Feminist Discourse by Notisha Massaquoi

  • Mapping the Margins by Kimberle Crenshaw
    We all know about the term intersectionality and crucial it is to moving forward. You may have heard that this cool femme named Kimberle Crenshaw coined the term. Here’s a really great, extensive paper she wrote about it.

  • A poem from Morgan Parker’s newest book of poetry entitled There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce (I want this book SO bad!!)
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  • Staggerlee Wonders by James Baldwin (a poem from Jimmy’s Blues)


    Fun fact: I made a little zine with an excerpt from this poem  (where he talks about time and history and photos I took at a devastatingly beautiful place called Cape Coast Castle in Ghana. I have a few extra ones kicking around and would be glad to send you one if you give me your address. Just let me know :)
  • One of my favourite poems from a wonderful book called salt. by nayyirah waheed:




that your

needs and desires



come at the expense of another's

life energy.

it is being honest


you have been spoiled

by a machine


is not feeding you freedom




the milk of pain.

- the release

She includes a reading list at the end of every photos series worth skimming through.