I finally had a moment to do a proper reflection on what’s happened this past week...
For a long time, I had this weight hanging over me for not finishing my bachelors... it was this nagging thing at the back of my mind that I was able to silence over the years as I found purpose and joy in my work... but it was only a matter of time before I knew it would bubble up again... you can only keep feelings of shame and regret (as rational or irrational as they are) subdued for so long...
As much as this past decade has been a rollercoaster of experiences and emotions (within the context of me vs. academia) I wouldn’t take any of it back because it has brought me here...
This past week I sat in a room, literally across the country, with the 2021 cohort for the Saint Mary’s MMCCU program... my cohort... and I was proud. Proud to be in that room. Proud to be amongst those peers. Proud to be part of a movement.
I’m so #nervited for what these next 3 years will bring. Thank you @vancitycu for believing in me - I’ll give my all to make you proud!
More than 2 years ago now. My first time cosplaying Neptune, the wings were literally splitting and half and I had to go to Biancas house and fix them. Iwas about to give up on the costume I always wanted to do. And wouldn't have done it if Bianca wasn't there.💕 In the article this photo goes with we speak about seeing more Black/Poc start to cosplay at cons.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/463110/ . . . [//also yes this is how basic my cosplay originally looked all other photos are a few months later at Otakon that year]
✊🏾🖤 👑🎶🎤#ArtIsAWeapon#ArethaFranklin @arethasings was a tremendously gifted, influential musical artist and a staunch social justice activist. Read @theatlantic story: www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/08/aretha-franklins-revolution/567715/
Excerpt: "Franklin’s 76 years on Earth bookended a grand arc of tumult, letdowns, progress, setbacks, terror, and hope in American history. That in itself might not be a remarkable feat so much as a reminder that all black people older than 53 have seen and lived through hell. But Aretha—and that first name is sufficient, as it was in black churches and parlors for half a century—was an architect of a movement as much as a witness to it. She toured with the actors Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier to raise money for King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967, when the organization was in dire financial straits and was attempting to embark on a Poor People’s Campaign. She was an activist who strained to keep a movement going even after King’s assassination, and who worked to support the Black Panthers and attempted to post bail to free the activist Angela Davis from jail. She loved black people. In this country, that simple fact was radical enough."
“My daddy says I don’t know what I’m doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I’m going to stick to my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people must be free. . . . Jail is hell to be in. I’m going to set her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she’s a Black woman and she wants freedom for Black people. I have the money; I got it from Black people—they’ve made me financially able to have it—and I want to use it in ways that will help our people.” - Aretha Franklin to "Jet" magazine, 1970.
One I made for @theatlantic about the Fishing Cat in Sri Lanka, which steals smaller animals from people’s homes. The article also discusses animal intelligence and their ability to adapt to urban environments. A fun one to work on as big/small cats are one of my favorite subjects. I wonder how they knew that... 🤔
#tbt Setting our ZCAM free over a field of solar panels… for the first time. Ever. #proudparents Hard to believe it’s been over a year since we collaborated with drone ops across the country to create an epic 360 series for The Atlantic! Can’t wait for our next adventure!
Let’s agree to disagree (or at least to discuss it). Zachary Wood, assistant editor at The Atlantic and author of UNCENSORED, talks about why having discussions with people with whom we disagree, is a good thing. Now part of @nextbigideaclub’s Summer Box 2018! Click on link in bio for full #NSLbites video. #nslexperts#lightbulblearning