Hello! Truth be told I have no idea how you ended up here, but welcome. I only have the one blog, which means it gets filled up with a lot of unrelated things. There will be numerous fandoms, posts about privilege and oppression, and lots and lots of pretty pictures. Frequently school gets in the way and this Tumblr goes dormant, and then break comes along and I queue up a flood of posts, so don't follow if you like your dash to be somewhat regular. I'm working on plans for a hobbit hole mansion that me and my friends will live in. If you have ever thought about your own dream-home, then pretty please will you tell me about it? I don't put up pictures or much biographical information about myself, but you can call me Sakura Nicole. Despite my name I am white, and I’m sorry if I ever misled anybody on that account, it would have been completely unintentional. Oh, and even though this blog may not always be active, I will always answer my asks, so that's open if you ever need to talk to someone or rant. P.S. I do occasionally put up personal posts, usually under a read more. I would never ask anybody to not read something I put out there publicly, but if I know you in person could you at least pretend you didn't read it? Please and Thank You.
someone made a really good point in the commentary of a post once which basically boiled down to the fact that james and lily’s patronuses are complements of each other (stag / doe) as opposed to snape and lily’s (doe / doe) which just goes to show how love and obsession are not the same thing at all thank u for ur time
lilo and stitch: in 1 hr 25 min they show two sisters who have organic, natural fights that spring about from taking stress out on each other, taking grief out on each other, growing up too fast, loss, financial issues and issues with the law. show sisters overcome it with a scifi/fantasy element introduced in the series. sisters spend majority of movie together, their adventure is together and their love is proven through little acts throughout the entire series, even in how they deal with conflict, rather than spoonfed to the audience thru dramatic scenes and magic-induced conflict. dude love interest isn’t someone nani has barely known, he is a good supportive friend who takes an active role in caring for her sister. nani does not in any way prioritize any crushy feelings for him over lilo or her own priorities in life and they also never need to kiss or get a song together or have any overtly romantic stuff going on for people to see they’re special to each other.
frozen: I”’M SorRRY i FUUCKked UP SO BAdd„ I’m TRSHASH.,.„
What the fuck is this and why is it in my inbox and how did you find me
I don’t need this “you aren’t defined by your disability” bullshit because guess what, my disability is absolutely a part of who I am. That treads really close to shit like “I don’t see you as disabled” or “you’re so much more than your disability” and I’m just sitting here thinking: fuck off, stop trying to divorce myself from my disability.
this kind of thing sits reeeeeally uncomfortably. I’m sure people that say this kind of thing mean well… but here’s the thing:
- if you want to illustrate that they aren’t defined by their disability then start by saying ‘people with disabilities’ rather than ‘disabled girl’ especially not ‘THE disabled girl’ wtfffff
- People with disabilities live with them EVERY DAY, it’s as integral a part of their lives as breathing. They might not like it very much and they may have internal ableism and cognitive dissonance over it (not at all helped by institutional ableism in society), but it is as much a part of their identity as ‘lesbian’, ‘POC’, ‘female’, ‘genderqueer’ etc. To tell them it doesn’t matter, is erasure.
- Not everyone has negative attitudes toward their disability. Moreover, disability is not a dirty word or a bad thing. Most negative attitudes that people with disabilities have towards their disabilities come from a place of frustration with a disabling society ie. lack of accessibility, accommodations/allowances, and unwillingness of others to alter their patterns to accommodate them. There’s nothing wrong with being disabled.
- People with disabilities don’t need abled people to tell them that their disability is not their single defining characteristic and that there is more to them than their disability. To think that they do is straight-up patronising, kind of othering and ableist. OF COURSE THERE’S MORE TO US THAN OUR DISABILITIES! WE KNOW THIS! We’re not dense.
As a side note, I also get pissed at sentiments about how inspirational I am for being disabled. No. Stop. I’m not inspirational for living with a disability, if anyone is defining me by my disability it’s these people.
Sadly a lot of the very people I’m closest to are guilty of this. (None of you of course, ILU all)
"I think you’re a human being"
You are right! A human being with a disability. 50 points to slytherin
Beautiful commentary, Elle <3
Hey, so I know I just took a break, but it looks like I’m going to be taking another one. Maybe until summer? Who knows?
I’ve been feeling terrible recently, and not just because I have a cold. I think I need to take a break from the internet and go back to my roots: books. It’s been too long since I last read the Harry Potter books.
If you need to reach me I have a gmail with the same username. I am always willing to listen to whatever.
The queue will run out when it runs out.
I love you all because you are all awesome. Stay safe and strong.
I am sick of a school that doesn’t use text books.
That doesn’t teach us how to study.
That mixes up science and pseudo-science and spirituality.
But dismisses all of that in favor of the humanities.
That doesn’t prepare us for anything.
An Open Letter To Portland and The World From “The Black Portlanders”
My name is Intisar Abioto. I am a photographer and explorer here in Portland. I’m writing about The Black Portlanders. Since February 2013, I’ve taken over 500 portraits of Black Americans in Portland for a photo-documentary work and blog called The Black Portlanders. The Black Portlanders has been featured in The Oregonian , Al Jazeera America,Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Skanner , Portland Mercury, The Portland Observer, and KBOO.fm among others.
The Black Portlanders has a goal of introducing the stories and dreams of Black Portlanders to the world. At this moment, I’m in the midst of a great challenge and fight to keep this project going. I am in the last hours of an Indiegogo campaign to fund the continuance of The Black Portlanders. We are raising a total of $15,000 for essential equipment, development funds, and to save a crucial crashed hard drive that holds the entire first 8 months of The Black Portlanders. Yes.
We must reach our goal by 11:59 Monday night.
“No free negro shall come, reside in, or be within this state… the legislation shall provide by penal law for the removal of all such negroes and for their exclusion from the state”
The Black Portlanders is about celebrating the presence, lives, and dreams of Black people here in Portland, Oregon… no matter what. It’s celebrating Black presence in a state where we were told we were never meant to exist and certainly not to thrive. Black people were legally written out of Oregon’s 1857 constitution:
I am a storyteller. Oregon’s founders were storytellers, too. They wrote out Oregon’s future with their ideas, words, and stories of exclusion. They wrote a story, signed it in ink, and published it throughout the world. The exclusion laws were repealed in 1926, but in 2014 — 88 years later — Oregon has a Black population of 2% and Portland has a population of 6%.. That’s the power of story.
155 years later, The Black Portlanders uses the raw tools of story — word, photography, film, and heart — to celebrate the lives of Black Portlanders, present, past, and future. We are here in the world. We are not going anywhere. We have been here and we will be here.
I’ve wandered Portland’s streets — meeting, speaking with, and photographing over 500 distinct Black Portlanders - approaching pure strangers! I’ve shown these images to Portland through The Black Portlanders blog to revive our spirits.. to show that come what may… and what might have been… we are here in the world and we are here in Oregon. I believe in us! I believe in our intrinsic value within the world. I believe in us so hard and deep!
There’s a silent haunting erasure about Oregon’s exclusionary racial history and its current reality — within Oregon and the world’s understanding of this place. Last April, I found out that the city of Portland razed N Williams Ave., Portland’s historic geographic Black community. This process occurred throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s . It took me three years after I moved to Portland and two months after I started the Black Portlanders to find out about N Williams. I read Lisa Loving’s “Portland Gentrification: The North Williams Avenue That Was — 1956.” That article blew my mind and broke my heart. It identified the hundreds of Black businesses that were lost and never replaced.
How could this be? I didn’t have to know what happened here to feel an emptiness in the heart of this city. I knew in my bones there was something wrong here. Where were the Black people? Where were their communities? Where were we on the Portland map? Today there are other streets, all changed through today’s form of exclusion: urban gentrification - Mississippi St., Alberta St., and others. Again, Portland’s already small Black population has been scattered.
We can alter the path of our future and present right now, every day. Someone thought up a state with no Black people. No Black children. No Black women. No Black men. Can you believe that? And they first used their thought to make it so.
What are we going to think up?
What are we going to create in this time? What story are we going to tell that the future will feel. How powerful is your imagination RIGHT NOW to create it? How powerful is our action?
My name is Intisar Abioto. I am putting my heart and arts down on the table. I am throwing down everything I can to support the lives and dreams of all people through this work. You see, we can’t exclude a people and yet be whole. I’m giving my time, my photographic art, my voice, my money.. to this story of Black Portlanders and of Portland. You see WE are happening right now. It’s our time to tell a new story. Can’t you feel that?
I need your help! Will you contribute your money, equipment, resources, and contacts to the development of The Black Portlanders? Whatever you can give, please give. I am using my art to shake the foundations of this city.. through story! Will you help me?
Here’s how you can help right now.
1. Contribute! The Black Portlanders has until Monday evening at 11:59 PM PST to reach $15,000. You can contribute on Indiegogo. Anything! $1…. $50.. $100…. $1000… $2000…. $5000.. matters ! Please give today!
2. Forward this! open letter to all of your contacts! PLEASE. I need everyone to read this. Portland. Salem. Eugene. Your mother. Your father. The governor. The president. Forward! through your social media channels. Email it. Can we get everyone contributing something?
3. Contribute equipment and actual things. I’ve raised enough to purchase a camera. These are the other things I need to craft the story.
NEW hard drives to store The Black Portlanders photographs, film, interviews, and media….
Hard Drive Recovery — $875 as quoted at Happy Hamster Repair on MLK. This will save the first 8 months of The Black Portlanders work. 400+ portraits. 200 yet unreleased.
Tascom or Zoom H4N Audio Recorder to record audio interviews..
Sennheiser EW 100 ENG G3 Wireless Mic System
Canon 580 EX or 430 EX flash unit
Lightroom and/or Photoshop Subscription
FinalCut Pro or Adobe Premiere Subscription
CF Cards, A Battery Grip, Tripod..etc.
Some added things:
I would love some Canon Prime L series lenses to work with or some Leica lenses. Maybe you have some lenses hanging out in your house or studio that you are not using? I envision beautiful imagery and colors that image Black Portlanders.. Don’t you?
Let’s tell a new tale of Portland. What will The Black Portlanders images mean in 50-100 years and who’ll need these images? The Oregon Historical Society will - Artists, students, historians will all need these images, but most importantly a child, a community of children born in 2015 or 2054 or 2213 will! An Oregon of inclusion will need these images to inspire their path. But right now The Black Portlanders needs Portland ..and the world to make it happen.
There is no categorization on the earth’s surface. We are all connected here. The progression of Mississippi affects Oregon, Oregon affects Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka affects Djibouti and on and on… until there is a ripple in the new 72+ planets discovered by NA SA. When one group is excluded or included, we all feel the effects.. wherever we are. This is not a work about Portland. This is a work about the world. This is one story of the world told through the images of Black Portlanders.
Our top reward on the Indiegogo? For $5000, I am offering the very first Black Portlanders Book printed to one person, organization, or company. This will be a completely custom-made, artist signed book in an exclusive limited edition print of one. For your immense contribution you’ll own not only the first book of The Black Portlanders, but the first book ever published by explorer, artist, and photographer Intisar Abioto. That’s me! It will be worth much more later! Who’s taking it?
I’m doing all I can. Will you? Please forward this, contribute, and give at
Thank you all so much. I will see you at 11:59 PM on Monday night.
In the meantime, check The Black Portlanders out below in the first teaser for upcoming documentary Whitelandia. That’s me talking at the beginning. Black Portlanders images are also featured. Coming Fall 2014..! http://vimeo.com/88500912
Intisar S. Abioto
Photographer-Explorer at The Black Portlanders..
Intisar Abioto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweet us: @blackportlander
Personal site: intisarabioto.com
I had a funny(ish) post about being sick, but I’m too such to write it out. Also, DST sucks.