〰️ Jenna Wortham 〰️ - instagram lists #feedolist

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“The number one law of abundance is making space for it, so with this new moon, I do.” — @chaninicholas

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“I sure did live in this world. Really? What have you got to show for it? Show? To who? I got my mind. And what goes on in it. Which is to say, I got me.” — Thank you for loving us so much, Toni Morrison. Image: Roger Kastel cover art for the 1980 paperback edition of ‘Sula.’

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black futures, irl

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black liberation as a national holiday, what a concept #happyemancipationdaybermuda

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🌿 chiron in taurus 🌿💚: @museummammy

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“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it.” — Mary Oliver

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todays research via the physics of blackness, michelle m wright

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LEO$ R THE HARDE$T IN THE LITTER 🦁💫🦂 thank you @angela.dimayuga & @gushofficial for giving me and my wife 2 years of opportunities to stunt & be in our hot gyal bagssssss CONGRATS WE LUH U WILL U MARRY US🔑💦💚

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Your daily reminder that our favorite apps and software and devices often harvest biometrics and sell them to government agencies to build out massive databases for surveillance. #staywokeeeee

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sick mail day

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deadlines met, bills paid, melanin popping 👽🍒🦎 hat & pic by @taraaura ✨🤸🏾‍♀️

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still pride 💦: @raquel_willis

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felt cute will delete never #happypriiiiiiiide 🥝: @js.sparro

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these are for marsha p johnson. this weekend is not possible without the activism, spirit, vision, grace and work of her and so many others. who are you honoring as we twirl into the next coupla days?

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For my latest, I wrote about the very loooooong history of the queer clurb as a safe space for expressions and experimenting and liberation. About the way the club is not bound to a location — it is ephemeral, a temporal, it can materialize anytime and everytime we gather. About how we hold space for joy and sorrow at the same time, how the two are always intertwined in our lives. ⁣ ⁣ This is one of the strangest pride months in recent memory. We have never been more visible -- and more vulnerable. Companies drench products in rainbows and sell them back to us while we live under an administration determined to roll back our civil rights and ignore the violence that threatens the most tender and fragile among us. It’s exhausting to think about what it means to feel safe when most of us aren’t even safe in our communities, in our own minds and anxieties. ⁣ ⁣ I’ve been taking great -- 𝐆𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐓, 𝐉𝐔𝐈𝐂𝐘, 𝐀𝐁𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐀𝐍𝐓 -- pleasure in grinding, dipping, twerking, popping, turning up and turning out on the dance floor to release and find freedom and acceptance and love. ⁣ Thank you for everyone who spoke to me for the piece -- including @supamakenzi @iamrimarkable @angela.dimayuga @joop_type (and my patient and tender editor @joannanikasnyc) and a SPECIAL shoutout to the Lesbian Herstory Archives who dazzled me with the depths of their incredible repository of photos, flyers and letters and convinced me that every time we gather, we are honoring our ancestors and trailblazers who made history just by showing up. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐛 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐜𝐲, 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐮𝐭𝐲. ⁣ ⁣ Photos: 1: Gush at Riis 2: Joy, at House of Yes 3. an image from “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene” by the Gerard H. Gaskin and 4. My ABSOLUTE FAVE THING, a hand drawn map of bars/houses frequented by black lesbians in Harlem in the 1930s and 1940s, by Jeanne Flash Gray. Link in stories and via @nytimes ⛓✨⛓

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“New York is a city that conditions you out of being in your body.” -- Felt so cathartic to talk to Asher Pandjiris for their new and exciting podcast “Living In This Queer Body” about my relationship to dissociation, disordered eating, collaborative healing, the power of the smallest rituals to ground out the chaos of our modern lives, bodily awareness, liberation politics, community consciousness raising, taming my anxious brain and my secret history as a cheerleader in high school. I also made recommendations for folks who are seeking creative new tools to get acquainted with breathwork, meditation, pleasure activism and moreeeeeeeeee. 🌿☀️🍬💦⛓

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daily reminderrrrr via @thefemalewarhol

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happy summer solstice from me & the incredible (and recently reissued) book “the faggots and their friends between revolutions” 🌞🌻🌼

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it’s a family afaaaaairrrrrrr

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My fave things about our SOLD OUT (!!!!) show in Chicago last night : 1. The sweetness and attentiveness of the crowd. Yawl ruled. Thank you for loving us and thank you to @chihumanities for inviting us and showing such generous hospitality. 2. My mans in the front row supplying the Raptor/Warriors updates in real-time. 3. Wesley’s sensual impressions of OG Herbal Essences commercials while we tried to diagram the origins of straight pride (fear, ego & scarcity complexes) 4. The gays who suggested we celebrate gay wrath instead of gay pride this year. A WORD! Going home satiated and nourished and HELD by our creative community 🥰🍑💫🌿🐒

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happy pride worldwide yawl ✨🍭

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brb auditioning for the role of bette porter’s lost kid sibling in the l word reboot 📷: @chaninicholas

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because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance. — brené brown got bars 💎🔶🦋

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casual reminder via @lgbt_history & @fransquishco to celebrate yourself, revisit the archive, support orgs that support us & fight for those who need it most year round 🌈✊🏾🌿

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“softness is your gift to yourself.” — there were so many transformative learnings from a weekend at radical dharma camp about the tension between lovingkindness and structural suffering and the ways that racism interferes with our collective awakening. spent my time in absolute AWE at the depths shared by legendary black queer buddhists rev angel kyodo williams and the dynamic Dr Jasmine Syedullah, but this takeaway is resonating the most right now. here’s to softness and sweetness as portals to resilience and liberation ((and pls read radical dharma if you haven’t already!!))💫🌻✨🌵 📷 by @fariha_roisin

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my innermost self (art by @shefonnachelle, sent to me by @museummammy, of course)

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Jeremy Harris x Rihanna for T mag on the importance of failure is the key key key lesson / growth curve / surrender / takeaway for my 2019. Thank you goddesses for bestowing this wisdom on us 🍋🌊✨

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draca is definitely based on me, right

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"Moisturize, hydrate, thank your servers." - our Webbys acceptance speech may have been written in the seconds before we went on stage to accept our award, but it’s really the motto🌞💦💘

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pink is the flavor 🍧🍤🍣🍓

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“Resilience is perhaps our most beautiful, miraculous trait.’” — Emergent Strategies, by @adriennemareebrown

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the GLAMOUR my lord

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fully dilated, ready to receive all the love + light + wisdom on offer from the world 🧿🍋🍃

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number one: imma a thick bitch, i need tempo number two: i also need morning swims + lemon trees + salted air + nearby grazing sheep with tinkling iron bells + wild poppy fields + sunsets + fermented fig drinks + fresh grilled fish + a bigass reprieve from our country’s endless havoc and madness ty @lizzobeeating for the perfect soundtrack to kick off summer 2k19 and to dearheart @jaqisparro for capturing the exact moment i realized ants were crawling up my bum 🤪🇬🇷🍋🌊🥒#fukituptothetempo

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“New Yorkers have a springtime ritual unto themselves. It’s called stepping out, and it happens once the city shakes off its barrenness and thaws out.” For my latest, I worked with the talented NYT photo archivists to look at how our city honors the passage from winter to spring, and the importance of ceremony to connect us to higher order and traditions. “Spring is more than a ritual — it’s a necessary reminder that these hardships we endure are only temporary." Online now & in the paper on Sunday 🍃 Captions: 1. Samuel E. Ward and Catherine Ferrer, center, on Seventh Avenue and 131st Street. April 14, 1968. Photo by Don Hogan Charles 2. Faye Lomugdang, then 6, from Ozone Park, Queens, on Fifth Avenue in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral, on Easter Sunday. April 11, 1982. Photo by Fred R. Conrad 3. Lawrence McGhee and Gertrude Livingston in Central Park. May 22, 1973. Photo by William E. Sauro 4. At the Easter Parade. March 26, 1989. Photo by Ruby Washington 5. In Harlem. April 10, 1977. Photo by Chester Higgins Jr.

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my college was *also* destiny’s child

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in bloom 🌹 📷 by @t.squares

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a whole ass mood

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I’m so lucky to work with someone I love so much. Thanks to City Arts & Lectures for inviting Still Processing to San Francisco and thank all of YAWL for coming out and selling out a 1100+ seat auditorium! We feeeeel the loveeeee. Till next timeeee💫💫💫✨ 📷 by Juliet Gelfman-Randazzo 💐

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me, silencing my inner critics [white div, I, 2019, taravat talepasand]

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work || life, balanced ✨📷 by my beloved and og bay alien old school fam @artistvat who held me down from day 1 💐💕💦

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“Life deprived of beauty is not worthy of being called human.” — gracias a Luis Barragán for the reminder that sorcery and mystery are essential and possible in every moment of every day ✨🔮🍍🍑✨

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now forever always 📷 by @jaqisparro #amberevans #saytheirnames

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TODAY, WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE SLOPPY FUTURE HOLDS, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Brooklyn Museum, 2019

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the motto for life #tbt

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“I can’t be a singular expression of myself. There’s too many parts, too many spaces, too many manifestations, too many lines, too many curves, too many troubles, too many journeys, too many mountains, too many rivers, so many...” — words @saintrecords, image @naimagreen 🐋