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aigeoldsoul:

The “Queen of the Cakewalk”, Aida Overton Walker addressed Black writers/critics’ disregard for and criticism of the acting profession in a December issue of The Freeman. After first addressing the main topic at hand, she proceeded to suggest proactive steps that could prepare up-and-coming black performers for the stage. Below is an excerpt from her article:

"I have stated that we ought to strive to produce great actors and actresses; by this I do not mean that all our men and women who possess talent for the stage should commence the study of Shakespeare’s works. Already, too many of our people wish to master Shakespeare, which is really a ridiculous notion. There are characteristics and natural tendencies in our own people which make as beautiful studies for the stage as any to be found in the make-up of any other race, and perhaps far more. By carefully studying our own graces, we learn to appreciate the noble and the beautiful in ourselves, just as other people have discovered the graces and beauty in themselves from studying and acting that which is noble in them. Unless we learn the lesson of self-appreciating and practice it, we shall spend our lives imitating other people and depreciating ourselves. There is nothing equal to originality, and I think much time is lost in trying to do something that has been done and "overdone," much better than you will be able to do it."

The Freeman (Dec. 28, 1912) - Link

aigeoldsoul:

The “Queen of the Cakewalk”, Aida Overton Walker addressed Black writers/critics’ disregard for and criticism of the acting profession in a December issue of The Freeman. After first addressing the main topic at hand, she proceeded to suggest proactive steps that could prepare up-and-coming black performers for the stage. Below is an excerpt from her article:

"I have stated that we ought to strive to produce great actors and actresses; by this I do not mean that all our men and women who possess talent for the stage should commence the study of Shakespeare’s works. Already, too many of our people wish to master Shakespeare, which is really a ridiculous notion. There are characteristics and natural tendencies in our own people which make as beautiful studies for the stage as any to be found in the make-up of any other race, and perhaps far more. By carefully studying our own graces, we learn to appreciate the noble and the beautiful in ourselves, just as other people have discovered the graces and beauty in themselves from studying and acting that which is noble in them. Unless we learn the lesson of self-appreciating and practice it, we shall spend our lives imitating other people and depreciating ourselves. There is nothing equal to originality, and I think much time is lost in trying to do something that has been done and "overdone," much better than you will be able to do it."

The Freeman (Dec. 28, 1912) - Link

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msamberpriley That girl on the left was so unsure. She didn’t appreciate her chocolate skin or nappy hair. One of the very few black kids in her school, she always felt excluded and didn’t necessarily fit in. Being teased and called the “N word” more times than enough, made her want to be invisible and unseen. She thought different meant ugly. I thank God for her journey. Because that woman on the right learned to love her skin, accept and appreciate her heritage, and even grew some hips, boobs, and thunder thighs and learned to love those too 😝 I grew from an inwardly insecure girl to a very proud and confident black woman. I was NOT made for obscurity. I was created to overcome and help others know they too can overcome 😊 I am not where I want to be but I am far from what I used to be. It feels good to love me! #TransformationTuesday I know most ppl’s transformation are from big to skinny but mine kind of went in reverse 😂 sue me!
msamberpriley That girl on the left was so unsure. She didn’t appreciate her chocolate skin or nappy hair. One of the very few black kids in her school, she always felt excluded and didn’t necessarily fit in. Being teased and called the “N word” more times than enough, made her want to be invisible and unseen. She thought different meant ugly. I thank God for her journey. Because that woman on the right learned to love her skin, accept and appreciate her heritage, and even grew some hips, boobs, and thunder thighs and learned to love those too 😝 I grew from an inwardly insecure girl to a very proud and confident black woman. I was NOT made for obscurity. I was created to overcome and help others know they too can overcome 😊 I am not where I want to be but I am far from what I used to be. It feels good to love me! #TransformationTuesday I know most ppl’s transformation are from big to skinny but mine kind of went in reverse 😂 sue me!
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staff:

Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.
The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.
Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.
So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.

staff:

Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.

The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.

Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.

So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.