For my young ladies out there convinced they can only be “fly” in Gucci and Prada. I’m here to tell you your culture is the epitome of swag! There’s nothing wrong with wearing designer clothes and name brands just know that these brands are only “hot” because you and the people you idolize make them hot by wearing them. You could just as easily shop for dope gear created by a poc designer. They are out there and they are dope! #cultureiscool #cultureiscute #selflove #blacklove #blackstyle #blackfashion #blackpeople #blackyouth #theblackcommunity #ypoc #poc #woc #wrap #headwrap #africanprint #africanstyle #afrocentric #blackwomen #queen #fashion #swag
How could something so basic be in such short supply? Diapers are expensive—up to $100 a month—particularly for women who don’t have transportation and must rely on bodegas and local convenience stores. Some women reported spending 6 percent of their total income on paper nappies. And before you say, “Let them use cloth,” Marie Antoinette, bear in mind that diaper services are expensive, few poor women have their own washing machines, most laundromats don’t permit customers to launder dirty diapers and most daycare programs don’t allow cloth diapers. Like fresh fruit and vegetables, humanely raised meat and dairy products, and organic baby food, cloth diapers are the province of the well-off.
Despite this clear need, however, diapers are not covered by the food stamp program (SNAP) or by the Women, Infants, and Children feeding program. The government apparently finds them unnecessary, like other hygiene products (toilet paper, menstrual supplies, toothpaste, even soap), which are also, unlike food, subject to sales tax. Never mind that babies can’t choose not to pee and poo and did not select their parents. Never mind, too, that those grandmothers who are the hardest hit caregivers are performing a crucial social task—and saving the taxpayer millions—by keeping those kids out of foster care.
Food, it’s true, is even more basic than diapers. But some people believe low-income children don’t really need that either. If House Republicans have their way, 4 to 6 million SNAP recipients may soon find themselves bounced from the rolls. This, at a time when the Department of Agriculture tells us that 17.6 million households regularly go hungry, up from 12 million ten years ago. Proving yet again that there really is a difference between the parties, Republicans want to cut the food stamp budget by $40 billion over the next ten years.
To brown girls whose bodies are never enough, to those who have been disappeared in nighttimes and bleached away in daylight, remember, there are revolutions to feed, protest songs to be rung with our fullness. We are all more amazing in three dimensions. Keep the future in your hearts and love yourself for appetite. Because we are the most beautiful equations the world has ever seen.
Hey beautiful followers and any of you fine tumblr folk who may come across this note.
With just two weeks left in our fundraiser for Young people of color Inc. I wanted to put the word out again and signal boost this amazing project in the hopes of funding a holiday event for the community’s youth and implementing our very first summer institute in 2014 and hosting a general interest meet-up Spring 2014 to attract students, staff and sponsorship.
I see so many important dialogues in the tumblr-verse and so many poignant topics and causes are discussed and aided via social media these days that I am truly hoping this project can become on of them. We often get angry with one another for not being “proactive” in our own issues and helping to advance the movement and alleviate the struggle. This is me talking about it and being about it. So I hope you take the time to read this, like it, reblog it, and donate to the cause if possible. If not? Just let me know I ain’t in this by myself. Words of encouragement go a long way. I’m a punk. So what.
Below I have posted our initial campaign at the start of the company last year. We are currently trying to fund a holiday event, our general interest meet up this spring and our launch semester this summer but the more funds we collect, the more efficiently we can maneuver, plus I wanted you to see why the company and its goals are worth funding, not just the event of the moment.
Before I introduce you to the company, I’d like to introduce you to myself so you have confidence that I have crafted the methodology and beliefs of Young People of Color Inc. with an expertise only lived experiences can provide. My name is Tajh Sutton and I am the Founder and President of Young People of Color Incorporated. I am a young woman of color myself, being of Afro-Caribbean descent. I have worked in the public school system for 6 years as a tutor, peer mentor and an activity specialist in step and dance instruction for various elementary, middle and high schools.
In doing so I have learned the value of the performing arts as a creative outlet for our youth and how they can be used as a tool to instill discipline, work ethic and dedication, which can and must be applied in the classroom. I currently work as a step instructor for the Step-in-Schools Foundation. I am an Education Major at Brooklyn College with a concentration in English and a member of the Brooklyn College Student Union. Thanks to fantastic Professors and political activity I have come to truly realize the worth and dare I say, NECESSITY of a critically thinking and questioning mind as well as the confidence to turn those thoughts into ACTION. From these experiences and my belief in being the change you’d like to see in the world- Young People of Color Inc. was born!
Young People of Color Incorporated is a grassroots company based out of Brooklyn, New York that is Dedicated to the acknowledgement, advancement, and achievement of young people of color; a celebration of urban accomplishment in education, activism, writing, fashion and the performing arts- meant to improve the quality of life of all young people of color, to inform, encourage and to set a positive example while acknowledging the individuality, opinions and preferences of the large and diverse group that makes up our youth with a magnifying glass as opposed to a disapproving glance. We are not here to teach you the answers; we would like to show you how to question- using the written word, the performance arts, deep discussion and the power of the World Wide Web to encourage, inform and uplift in the hopes that young people of color will be able to make decisions that reflect well on themselves, their families, their communities and Black culture across the Diaspora.
What We Need
The Short List:
We need promotional materials, incorporation filing fees, capital to rent venues for seminars and events, and equipment for video and audio recording in order to keep YPCTV (Young People of Color TV current as well as to document our own awesomeness =)
The Long List:
Incorporating in the state of New York: $278
Trademarking the business name ‘Young People of Color Incorporated’: $149
Press Kit: $250
Literature (Flyers, Business cards & Information Pamphlets): $150
Merchandise (T-shirts & Wrist Bands): $1,380.16
2 Piece Mic Set: $50
Cam Corder: $500
Software for video editing: $1,000
This adds up to $4,907.16
That is a large number for most of us, but there is power in OUR numbers and we can raise that money by the time this campaign is up!
Note *** If for some reason, Young People of Color Incorporated should incur less financial strain than it anticipates, the remainder of our funds raised by this campaign will be safe guarded in what I like to call ‘The People’s Pocket’, meaning it will stay in the Young People of Color account once these basic needs are met and be used for purposes related ONLY to the business transactions of Young People of Color Incorporated. ***
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you cannot donate to the YPoC campaign at this time there are lots of other ways you can help the movement grow and become as powerful as we know it has the potential to be!
The easiest and quickest way to promote in the name of Young People of Color is to help us build our social network- since the internet is one of the main stays of the program and one of the key ways we intend to draw in youth. Here’s a short list of ways you can help out without spending a dime.
1. Like us on Facebook:
Use the Link below to like the Young People of Color Incorporated fb fan page and tag it in a status so your friends can see what an awesome thing you just did. Encourage them to do the same! And don’t forget to show love in the form of aWall post as well! We love hearing from supporters.
2. Follow us on Tumblr:
Use the Link below to Follow and be sure to re-blog the YPoC mission statement. The more you like and reblog YPoC posts, the more people find out about what an awesome project we’re working on, which will compel more people to get involved, and most importantly to help us fund-raise!
3. Follow us on Twitter:
Use the Link below to Follow and be sure to add us to a tweet with the hash-tag #YPoC and the twitter @YoungPplofColor
4. Blog or Make a YouTube Video about Young People of Color Inc.
Whether you get 100,000 hits a week, or 10 hits a month, any and all support is appreciated by YPoC.
5. Create your own fundraiser for Young People of Color Inc.
How easy would it be to ask your favorite Professor if you could put a link on the board at the end of class and direct your schoolmates to Young People of Color on Facebook, Tumblr or twitter? How about holding a fundraiser for a club or team you already belong to and donating some of the proceeds to YPoC? Thinking like this, the possibilities are endless, and we need all open hearts and minds to promote promote promote!
6. Create your own promotional material for Young People of Color Inc.
Do you draw? Are you a graphics designer or writer? Do you love to create? If so, creating a piece of artwork, a logo, a pamphlet, business card or flyer for Young People of Color should be a cinch! Not only will it expand your craft but it will do a huge service to a great cause. If you go this route be sure to email us so we can see. Who knows. You may become the mind behind the Young People of Color logo!
7. Submit and be featured on a Young People of Color Inc. page!
As lovers of all things youth and PoC related, we love to hear from like-minded individuals and see what’s going on with you. Yes YOU. YPoC has a genuine interest in it’s fellow man and a huge stake in the future of young people of color. We want to see your coolest outfit. Your talent show performance. Your report card. Your debate team match. Your step show. Your footage from the protest. Your cover of that new Beyonce joint. We want it all! Share your features everywhere online and be sure to mention Young People of Color!
You can submit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Young People of Color Incorporated thanks you for your time and consideration and looks forward to your support in making it’s aim to “give young people of color the tools they need to build the future they deserve” a reality.
Founder of Young People of Color Incorporated
The donation link for our current fundraiser- which ends in two weeks as of today December 3rd is below. I hope we can come together and meet our goal of $2,500 !!
Just a friendly reminder to all my Queens & Princesses out there that you are worthy of respect, love, consideration and adoration regardless of how you choose to dress.
With that said, you must also understand the message you send with certain attire. Does any behavior or outfit warrant, demand or excuse disrespect, violence or the dehumanization of our women?
But it also needs to be said that there is no need to come outside half dressed in an effort to be “bad” or receive male attention.
Grown women and young women alike have the right to do with their bodies as they please as human beings. But us ladies should really be setting an example for these babies. You can’t rant about the influence of pop culture or rap or video vixens and then post club pics wearing next to nothing.
You also cannot berate your daughter for being proud enough of her body to show it off and then commend your son for being interested in a girl dressed or behaving in a manner you wouldn’t want your daughter to exhibit.
I don’t have all the answers. And at the end of the day we can only lay the foundation for our youth’s development- we cannot control them.
What we CAN do is be the role models we claim to want to see in the media. We can lead by example. We can ask our young women, what made you want to dress that way? Instead of casting them off as “fast” and we can ask our young men “how is it you can compliment a young woman on her physical attributes one minute and disrespect that same young woman in the next breath with words such as ho? Why do you look for a girl with no clothes on and then go home and tell your sister to cover up? Don’t you know she’s someone’s sister too?”
This young woman @dreadheadd is living proof that you can be cute, sexy, swaggy, whateeeeever look it is you are going for, in a manner that is appropriate for any of occasion.
This is not an indictment of women who like to show skin either. I am not here to step on anyone’s personal liberties. But we need to understand these babies are watching and learning from US.
Fellas if you want your daughters head in the books, but you’re sneaking your teenage son condoms you too need to get your life together.
Black power means black love. Black love means black equality. Black equality means black understanding.
Lets do less judging and more critical thinking. We’re divided amongst ourselves trying to take on the world. It will never work unless we come together.
If you can read this that means you are literate.
And you have been blessed with the gift of vision.
Don’t forget to be thankful for the seemingly small things…