Always the Oviereya

"We are the miracles that God made to taste the bitter fruit of time. We are precious. And one day our suffering will turn into the wonders of the Earth."
- Ben Okri


You never know when a break will come. You never know when your past actions will come to fruition. You have to reach for it, discover your own sense of self worth. You have to pursue the dream again and again. If you put your hand out, it’s sort of a magnet. Things come to you. Once you think you’re beaten or unworthy, you lose. I can’t tell you I’ve never been bitter. I have. But bitterness absorbs energy that could be positive energy. Energy has to be channeled carefully to work for you. When I got bitter, I looked around and realized I’d never want to trade my problems for somebody else’s problems. That simple realization got me out of my moods. To get myself going again I tapped into my own strength. The strength was always the dream. I never tell my age. I have a young spirit. When I first started in show business, I was told I was far too old to be starting out. So I pretended I was 10 years younger than I really am. Another reason I don’t tell my age is that I realize how little I know. For my age, I should know more. I still have a lot to learn. But I feel worthy of my success. I deserve my success. My success has come late, but I appreciate it. I can keep my success in proper perspective. Success is liking yourself. I like myself very much. I think I would like to have me as a friend. I like me because I have friends. When I got nominated for an Oscar I got 400 telephone calls. Four hundred people called to say, ‘Good for you.’ - Margaret Avery

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According to insiders, a group of wealthy republicans are working on a new super pac campaign that would use a “extremely literate African American” to attack President Obama.

The group did have someone in mind but had to start their search over when they found out Carlton Banks was fictional.

- Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live, 19 May 2012

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“Black women as a group have never been fools. We couldn’t afford to be.”
Barbara Smith

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Color quote project for graphics class. Went with this since black is always called “evil” and “scary” and I wanted people to see something more positive for once. Still needs work but so far I like it. Critiques are more than welcome.

“Still needs work”?

“Critiques are more than welcome”??

What you talking bout, it’s perfect!

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Queen Divine Justice

Former Dora Milaje , Queen of the Jabari tribe, possible future leader of the Jabari tribe/ White Gorilla Cult.

Queen Divine Justice’s father was Damola, the tribal chieftain of the Jabari tribe of the African nation Wakanda. However, the Jabari tribe was outlawed by the nation’s king, the hero known as the Black Panther, due to the tribe giving rise to the deadly Cult of the White Gorilla. Extremists attempted to cleanse the kingdom of the tribe entirely, and Damola and his family fled to America, settling in Chicago. There, they gave birth to their only child, Ce’Athauna Asira Davin (say-athWANA a-SHEER-ah dah-VEEN). ‘Asira Davin’ is Wakandan for “the Peace of God,” believing her to be a product of the White Gorilla God and intended to bring a lasting peace to Wakanda.

Nevertheless, the extremists murdered Damola and his wife while their daughter was still an infant. When the Black Panther learned of this, he realized his fault in the crime and the potential for civil war over the issue of the infant queen. The Panther thus surrounded the girl with highly-trained Wakanda security forces in the form a kindly grandmother, friends, and associates. The girl grew up as Chanté Giovanni Brown, giving herself the nickname Queen Divine Justice, unaware of her true origin.

Years later, the Panther believed his enemy Malice might target Queen for murder. Malice was formerly one of the order of the Dora Milaje, of Wakanda tribes dedicated to the king and promoting harmony among Wakanda’s many rival tribal factions. Believing the security around Queen may prove insufficient, he ordered that Queen be recruited into the Dora Milaje herself. This would also have the added benefit of helping to stabilize the political situation surrounding the Jabari tribe. A representative of Wakanda took Queen Divine Justice to New York City to meet with the Black Panther. Along the way, she crossed paths with the monstrous Hulk as he raged through the city. Queen managed to talk him down, avoiding great potential destruction, and the Panther helped thwart the Hulk’s rampage.

During her time with the Panther and his entourage, Queen continued to learn more about her true origins, and despite her bravado, the weight of her responsibility seemed at times more than she could bear. She also met the Wakanda hero Vibraxas, and the two struck up a romantic friendship. She kept her status as a member of the order Dora Milaje a secret, as contact with such persons is strictly forbidden. Vibraxas might not only bring great shame on himself and his tribe, but a romantic affair with the Queen of the Jabari cult could de-stabilize the entire realm and plunge Wakanda into civil war. However, when the Panther’s enemy Man-Ape, would-be priest of the White Gorilla cult, kidnapped Queen Divine Justice, the truth of her status as Dora Milaje was revealed, and Vibraxas was devastated, Nevertheless, he tried to help rescue Queen, but was captured by Man-Ape as well.

Man-Ape kidnapped Queen Divine Justice in an attempt to reclaim her for her native, outlawed Jabari tribe. Man-Ape, too, believed Queen Divine Justice to be the hope of the Jabari and might help reclaim their lands, their religion, and their identity as a people. Seeing his point of view, Queen’s loyalty to the Panther grew severely tested. Eventually, the Black Panther battled the Man-Ape in the frozen tundra of the Jabari’s Crystal Forest. Queen, anxious to help the Panther and desperate for answers, urged Vibraxas to use his power to defeat Man-Ape and stop the battle. When Vibraxas activated his power, however, he was not wearing the control bands that helped regulate his power, and the energies released grew wildly out of control. The Crystal Palace was destroyed and a duplicate Black Panther, later referred to as the Happy Pants Panther, was uncovered. Man-Ape was imprisoned and the youths left the forest with the Panthers.

Later, Queen Divine Justice and Vibraxas, acting as her defender, released the Man-Ape to challenge the Black Panther, who was involved in an elaborate (and seemingly criminal) scheme against the world-conquering corporation XCON. Man-Ape confronted T’Challa but, bound to an oath not to hurt him, instead smashed the coma that was housing his duplicate, killing it. The Black Panther, distraught and filled with sleep-deprived rage, fought Vibraxas and began hallucinating with visions of the villain Magneto. During the conflict, the Black Panther mistakenly injured Queen Divine Justice due to his visions. Sobered by the realization and horror of what he had done, the Panther granted her petition to finally release her tribe from Wakanda rule as well as her obligation to the Dora Milaje. Queen Divine Justice and Vibraxas were thus left to their own future.

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No other cultural sculptures had the noses removed time and time again by those who took that area over. It ain’t some “The nose was the easiest thing to steal” bs either.

more like, we don’t want you to know how wide that nose was…

^^^My father always says that too

The majority of the Egyptian artifacts in the British Museum that include human faces have their noses removed. The few that remain are more “European” for the most part, and there is one (just one) where the nose is distinctly, undeniably, unabashedly African and is still connected to the face.

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Kathleen Cleaver on Richard Aoki and the formation of the Black Panther Party

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