Embrace the Strange

Ask me anything   Peace, Love & Hip-Hop.
* 21yo, M, O-Town, MPLS *
Stay open to the idea that everything you have ever known is wrong.

quentintortellini:

History Parallels

1st image: 1967 Newark Riots

2nd image: 2014 Ferguson Protests

3rd image: 1964 Harlem Riots

4th image: 2014 Ferguson Protests

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poseidonsass:

Don't Shoot (Mike Brown Tribute) // The Game ft. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy and more.
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unimpressed2chainz:

question does diddy shout out ciroc vodka on that ferguson anthem song?

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ethiopienne:

"sorry i didn’t respond to your text i was disenchanted with the entire human experience," a thrilling new memoir by me

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reincarnated-as-rain:

Quotes from the Celebration of Micheal Larsen’s life
"Dear son, always remember that wherever you go and whatever you do, my love will always be with you. I knew before you were born that you were going to affect the world. I didn’t know how or with what gift, but now I do. You have given me the most joy, trouble, happiness, and pain. Now it’s time for the rest of us to step up and be the humans you know we can be. All my love, Mom." -Kathy Averill
"Mike was the closest friend I ever had. He was caring as he was brilliant, and was a true prodigy. I am honored to have been in his life and to have created with him and help spread his messages. He was a great human being and he will be missed." -Gregory Keltgen (DJ Abilities)
"My friend, my brother. I do not know who I would be without your influence in my life. You challenged me without tearing me down. You pushed and encouraged me to be a better person. You had my back even when I didn’t have my own back. Your words, thoughts, and eyedeas impacted me in ways that I probably haven’t fully realized yet. You made me laugh and cry. You made me look and question. Thank you for everything. I love you Mikey." -Sean Daley (Slug)
"I never thought that I would become best friends with the person I looked up to the most, but I did. When I first met Mike, he asked me what I was doing with my life and waited with open ears for my response. Although my answer was unclear and although I was unsure, he wasn’t and he made sure that one day I would see in myself what he could already see in me. I vividly recall his rollercoaster metaphor. He always said, ‘regardless of what labels you use to define yourself and no matter what you do with your time, you will always experience the same ride’. Micheal had more influence on me as a human being than anyone ever has and I assume ever will. He taught me how to listen to myself and to others. He taught me how to acknowledge my true desires and to face my attempts to escape. He taught me how to express myself. He pushed me, but never too hard; he was a gentle friend. He was never too busy to just be there with me when I needed him. Of all the questions I still have for him and for all the unfinished business we will never get to complete together, I know one thing. I know that he wanted everyone to hear his message and I will make sure that that happens. I love you Mike . May your love live through me." -Christopher Keller (Kristoff Krane)
"Micheal was sincerely the most inspiring and extraordinary person I have ever met in my life. His fearlessness in expressing himself so authentically in so many different ways has profoundly impacted me as both as an artist and as a person. I will always love you and miss you, Mikey, thank you so much for believing in me." -Cody Foster (Sadistik)
"Eyedea was a precious soul. We’re better artists for working with him and better people for knowing him. He added so generously to our lives and his passing leaves an empty space in our hearts. His spirit will forever be entwined in our life changing moments. Thank you, Mikey for sharing your light with us. We love you so very much and your music, insight and laughter will never leave us." -Brother Ali
"How do you sum up the career and life of a brilliant writer and musician in three sentences? I can do it in one word: Mikey." -Casey O’Brien
"Mikey was the 15-year-old kid sleeping on my couch at Scribble Jam, slaying emcees 10 years older than him. There was nothing anyone could do. I’ve never met a more supportive mother in my life than Kathy. Kathy is the shit." -Mr. Dibbs
"Mike was always himself. He taught me how to be more myself. I’ll always remember him." -Joe Horton
"Eyedea was the purest artist I have ever met. An all around amazing human being, great rapper, and a better friend." -Murs
"Mikey was an artist in constant transition. If you blinked and missed a moment of brilliance, he’d be sure to fill you in on what you missed. Now that he can’t be here to do that, we will gladly do it for him. With the heaviest of hearts." -Sage Francis
"Mikey, thank you for all the help, honesty and insane laughter. I will read every book you told me to. Thank you for the constant inspiration, whether to be the best, or destroy best as a concept. You never stopped progressing. You lived as art. You were a good friend, I miss you." -P.O.S.
"I will always remember laughing constantly whenever he was around. He had a great energy about him that didn’t allow you to take yourself too seriously, ever. If you were spazzing out about something really minor or trivial, he was the kinda dude that wouldn’t really react to it the same way. He might just start laughing or crack a joke to break the tension and make everybody else laugh. Then you would see that you were over-reacting and calm down—without him ever really telling you to calm down. I always admired that quality about him. He never got caught up in the stream, no matter how powerful it was. He always did his own thing." -Blueprint

reincarnated-as-rain:

Quotes from the Celebration of Micheal Larsen’s life

"Dear son, always remember that wherever you go and whatever you do, my love will always be with you. I knew before you were born that you were going to affect the world. I didn’t know how or with what gift, but now I do. You have given me the most joy, trouble, happiness, and pain. Now it’s time for the rest of us to step up and be the humans you know we can be. All my love, Mom." -Kathy Averill

"Mike was the closest friend I ever had. He was caring as he was brilliant, and was a true prodigy. I am honored to have been in his life and to have created with him and help spread his messages. He was a great human being and he will be missed." -Gregory Keltgen (DJ Abilities)

"My friend, my brother. I do not know who I would be without your influence in my life. You challenged me without tearing me down. You pushed and encouraged me to be a better person. You had my back even when I didn’t have my own back. Your words, thoughts, and eyedeas impacted me in ways that I probably haven’t fully realized yet. You made me laugh and cry. You made me look and question. Thank you for everything. I love you Mikey." -Sean Daley (Slug)

"I never thought that I would become best friends with the person I looked up to the most, but I did. When I first met Mike, he asked me what I was doing with my life and waited with open ears for my response. Although my answer was unclear and although I was unsure, he wasn’t and he made sure that one day I would see in myself what he could already see in me. I vividly recall his rollercoaster metaphor. He always said, ‘regardless of what labels you use to define yourself and no matter what you do with your time, you will always experience the same ride’. Micheal had more influence on me as a human being than anyone ever has and I assume ever will. He taught me how to listen to myself and to others. He taught me how to acknowledge my true desires and to face my attempts to escape. He taught me how to express myself. He pushed me, but never too hard; he was a gentle friend. He was never too busy to just be there with me when I needed him. Of all the questions I still have for him and for all the unfinished business we will never get to complete together, I know one thing. I know that he wanted everyone to hear his message and I will make sure that that happens. I love you Mike . May your love live through me." -Christopher Keller (Kristoff Krane)

"Micheal was sincerely the most inspiring and extraordinary person I have ever met in my life. His fearlessness in expressing himself so authentically in so many different ways has profoundly impacted me as both as an artist and as a person. I will always love you and miss you, Mikey, thank you so much for believing in me." -Cody Foster (Sadistik)

"Eyedea was a precious soul. We’re better artists for working with him and better people for knowing him. He added so generously to our lives and his passing leaves an empty space in our hearts. His spirit will forever be entwined in our life changing moments. Thank you, Mikey for sharing your light with us. We love you so very much and your music, insight and laughter will never leave us." -Brother Ali

"How do you sum up the career and life of a brilliant writer and musician in three sentences? I can do it in one word: Mikey." -Casey O’Brien

"Mikey was the 15-year-old kid sleeping on my couch at Scribble Jam, slaying emcees 10 years older than him. There was nothing anyone could do. I’ve never met a more supportive mother in my life than Kathy. Kathy is the shit." -Mr. Dibbs

"Mike was always himself. He taught me how to be more myself. I’ll always remember him." -Joe Horton

"Eyedea was the purest artist I have ever met. An all around amazing human being, great rapper, and a better friend." -Murs

"Mikey was an artist in constant transition. If you blinked and missed a moment of brilliance, he’d be sure to fill you in on what you missed. Now that he can’t be here to do that, we will gladly do it for him. With the heaviest of hearts." -Sage Francis

"Mikey, thank you for all the help, honesty and insane laughter. I will read every book you told me to. Thank you for the constant inspiration, whether to be the best, or destroy best as a concept. You never stopped progressing. You lived as art. You were a good friend, I miss you." -P.O.S.

"I will always remember laughing constantly whenever he was around. He had a great energy about him that didn’t allow you to take yourself too seriously, ever. If you were spazzing out about something really minor or trivial, he was the kinda dude that wouldn’t really react to it the same way. He might just start laughing or crack a joke to break the tension and make everybody else laugh. Then you would see that you were over-reacting and calm down—without him ever really telling you to calm down. I always admired that quality about him. He never got caught up in the stream, no matter how powerful it was. He always did his own thing." -Blueprint

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"I am constantly getting emails and seeing memes on Facebook, standing for the proposition that the police and the government have “no racial animus” in the murder of young Black men like Michael Brown, jr. “It’s not Black and White: It’s the Police Against the People.” Yeah, well, what people? Before there was today’s militarization of the police, [and concerns by white America], there was a long-term police occupation of the Black community in urban areas, and later came the war on drugs 30 + years ago, that was really a war on *US in Black/POC neighborhoods, and that is why we see police militarization now, along with them adopting the increasing paramilitary style to combat the Black Panther Party in the 1960’s-70’s. Most people may not know where it comes from, but trust me, we sure as hell know.

We Black people have been suffering from the police state crimes of this government from its inception. We have always been over-policed, violently repressed, and subject to summary execution in the name of law and order. We looked at the assassination of Dr. King and the destruction of the Black Panther Party in the 1960’s-70’s due to a climate of police state terror. They only call any of this fascism now when it happens to white people as well. This policing system was created by Southern Plantation owners as slave patrols hunting down Black slaves hundreds of years ago who escaped from plantations and handling the overseer duties against the slaves on the plantations themselves, and all this is based on continued oppression down to this day. We have suffered more than anyone from this police state, which puts the lie to an American democracy. Both Harriet Tubman and Fredrick Douglass spoke about this over 150 years ago, and most of white America did not want to hear it then, it took a bloody civil war, and even that did not end racism completely.

It is great that Libertarians and others on the right have organized to also raise this issue today, as well as Left-Liberals, but do not “fake the funk” that somehow in essence it is all something “new” or has just recently changed. It’s just that white America has recently noticed that even some white people are being beaten and even killed as well now, and this police state might be a threat to them somehow. But this has never just been about you, so don’t pretend you have been “fighting this all along”, and you have no right to try to get us to change our generations-long struggle to now claim that “we are all suffering” [so you Blacks should see things as we say it]. No, not yet, not now, not ever!
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Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin (via afrometaphysics)
This is akin to saying that a man cannot be a feminist.

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Nas, The World Is Yours

Nas, The World Is Yours

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"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time."
Angela Davis (via ninjaruski)

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sandandglass:

Daily Show correspondent Michael Che tries to find a safe place to report from.

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