"I knew you were going to shoot me; I should never have been taken alive. Tell Fidel that this failure does not mean the end of the revolution, that it will triumph elsewhere. Tell Aleida to forget this, remarry and be happy, and keep the children studying. Ask the soldiers to aim well. I know you’ve come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.” ~ Che Guevara, Last Words 


Dsquared SS15

Watch what people are defensive about; that’s when they’re more vulnerable.


New Horizons image of Jupiter and Io



Gary Foley, Aboriginal rights activist, Australia

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CultureSOUL: Black Couples c. 1980s *Hip Hop America* 

Photos by Jamel Shabazz


Alternate depiction of Black fatherhood offered by Toronto photographer and physician Zun Lee in his new book, Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood.

Black Fathers, Present and Accountable


An anxious little girl hugs her father as a shark swims overhead in an aquarium. A man feeds his baby as he keeps a mindful eye on his three other rambunctious children. A single father reveals the tattoo on his forearm that depicts him as his son’s guardian angel. A young man poses proudly with the teacher he sees as a father figure.

While these photographs depict everyday situations, they are in one sense unusual: Their subjects are black and counter mainstream media that typically depict African-American fatherhood as a wasteland of dysfunction and irresponsibility. These images appear in a groundbreaking new book, “Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood” (Ceiba), by Zun Lee, a photographer and physician based in Toronto. A reception and book signing to mark its release will take place Friday night at the Bronx Documentary Center.

[Continue reading article and view many more Zun Lee photographs.]


I’m setting myself a list and I’m setting myself right.

- i’m going to not only pass, but ace all of my classes for my last semester at uni. 
- i’m going to buy my sister a book I hope that will become a part of her. 
- i’m going to love and listen to my friends. and listen. and listen. and listen. 
- i’m going to be quieter, they won’t hear my thoughts, they can’t hear the audible battle.
- i’m going to get a job. i’m going to get two jobs. three. my body doesn’t deserve idleness. 
- i’m going to finally fuckin’ print the tee’s i’ve wanted to design for the last two years. 
- i’m going to leave my mark. literally. i can’t wait for anyone anymore. i can’t wait for him. 
- i’m going to care for my body, for my skin, for my hair, for my eyes. 
- i’m not going to restrict my art anymore. 
- i’m going to stop being lazy with my mind by relying on ostentatious metaphors. 
- i’m finally going to give it my all. i’m ready, they’re ready. 

[i’m writing this for you, yes you, sitting there three weeks into the future, cursing my barbaric optimism.
you’re going to fail. you’re going to fall, like clockwork. but that’s ok because I’m here. in this moment, and in this time, I believe in you.]

slowly. slowly. 


In Photos: The Agbogbloshie Problem.

Waste management in many African countries is a major problem.  From littering, to proper sewer and refuse disposal, air pollution and even access to clean water, the basic needs of many African citizens are ignored by those responsible for for carrying out these services. Across the leadership spectrum, from local municipalities and national governments, these failures often fall into a larger and highly disturbing trend of citizen neglect within many African countries.

Forced to  resort to their own initiatives, it’s not unsurprising to hear and see people across the continent carrying out their own form of waste management and address the health and sanitation issues in their own communities, leading to both negative and positive consequences. Although many are familiar with the West’s portrayal of Somali pirates as money-hungry gun-toting kidnappers (see: Captain Phillips), their story is much more complex than that. It begins with the dumping of toxic waste by and the looting of their seas by foreign countries, and progresses with action by local Somali’s attempting to defend their coastline. Similarly, in southeastern Nigerian where oil pollution remains a continuous health hazard and danger to the surrounding flora and fauna, bands of militant groups such as MEND took up arms against the local government and private oil companies responsible for the exploitation of their resources.

Although not as drastic, in terms of the use of arms, as the above examples, Ghana is another such country were citizens have found their own way to deal with toxic and improper disposal of waste in their communities.

Over the past several years, various images and documentaries have highlighted one area of the country in particular. In what was once a wetland and recreation area, e-waste now mars the former picturesque landscape, causing mass-scale pollution in the process. Agbogbloshie is the world’s biggest e-waste site that the around 40, 000 settlers have nicknamed ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’. Most of the ‘workers’ here are young men aged between 7-25 who sift through the e-waste in search of resellable materials, such as copper, earning around $2.50. As a result of the intense and toxic labour they engage in, many of these young men succumb to a myriad of diseases such as untreated wounds, back and joint problems, damage to their lungs and other internal organs, eye issues, chronic nausea, anorexia, respiratory problems, insomnia, and worst of all, cancer.

Even in countries like South Africa with better health infrastructure, miners face a similar dilemma where, faced with unemployment, many are exposed to hazardous conditions through their work and the lifestyle that migrant life facilitates.

With little to no access to basic and adequate healthcare, many often succumb to these illnesses. Not only does the waste have a direct impact on both the short- and long-term health of nearby residents, aesthetically, Agbogbloshie is far from a pretty site. Where small mounds and sizeable heaps of rubbish in Lagos disturb me when walking the cities hot and humid busy streets, I can only imagine how this ugly site and the government neglect psychologically affects those forced to accommodate it.

The images above are from a photographic study carried out by Kevin McElvaney and featured on Al Jazeera’s website.

What I love most about these photos is that, whether intentionally or not, McElvaney features most of the single individual photos on a make-shift ‘podium’ (resourcefulness, once again) almost as if to say that these people are above the rubbish that surrounds them. Not only in a literal sense, but in a figurative sense as well. 

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All Africa, All the Time


Palestinian children look out from their family’s house, which witnesses said was badly damaged during the recent Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City on Aug. 28, 2014. (Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/Zuma Press)


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