1. It was a decentish start to Welcome Week. Rite Aid gives out really obnoxious band aids now. I really enjoy my job when I’m advising students and not making bs posters. I also really enjoy friends and food and social justice. Can that just be the rest of my life please.

  2. gehayi:

    materiajunkie:

    "Curing AIDS? Shit, that’s like Cadillac making a car that lasts for 50 years. And you know they can do it, but they ain’t going to do nothing that fucking dumb. Shit, they got metal on the Space Shuttle that can go around the Moon and withstand  temperatures of up to 20,000 degrees, you mean to tell me you don’t think they can make an El Dorado with a fuckin’ bumper that don’t fall off?"

    - Chris Rock (“Bigger and Blacker”, 1999)

    Let’s see what the AIDS timeline looks like, shall we?

    1981 — AIDS first reported

    1984 — HIV is determined to be the cause of AIDS. Considering that in some cases, it’s taken hundreds of years to determine the cause of illnesses, three years doesn’t sound too bad.

    1987 — First treatment, AZT, introduced.

    1991 — AZT’s use is expanded for IV doses, earlier use and pediatric use.

    1994 — AZT cuts the risk of transmission from mother to infant by TWO-THIRDS.

    1995 — First protease inhibitors used.  Over the next few years, the death rate from HIV/AIDS drops by 67%. Let me repeat that. SIXTY-SEVEN PERCENT.

    1996 — First antiretroviral therapies (ART) introduced. As a result, the life expectancy of some HIV patients begins to approach that of uninfected people.

    2001 — First nucleotide analog approved.  Nucleotide analogs are antiviral products that keep a virus from replicating, effectively stalling the disease.

    2003 — The first fusion inhibitor is created. This class of drugs interferes with the binding, fusion and entry of an HIV virion to a human cell. By blocking this step in HIV’s replication cycle, such agents slow the progression from HIV infection to AIDS.

    2006 — The rate of transmission from mother to infant drops to less than 2%.

    2006 — The first one-pill-once-a-day treatment is approved.

    2007 — The first CCR5 co-receptor antagonist is approved. The CCR5 co-receptor is a molecule that allows HIV to enter cells. The antagonist fights the co-receptor, effectively blocking HIV’s entrance to the cells, preventing further infection.

    2011 — U.S. Health and Human Services recommends early treatment, saying, “In stark contrast to the early and mid-1980s, if a person aged 20 years is newly infected with HIV today and guideline-recommended therapy is initiated, researchers can predict by using mathematical modeling that this person will live at least an additional 50 years – that is, close to normal life expectancy.

    2012 — The U.S. death rate from AIDS has dropped more than 80%. Let me say that one again. MORE THAN EIGHTY PERCENT.

    AIDS is not what it was. I remember the way it was, and it was scary. Nowadays, people can get treatment and live with it. It’s not gone, not by a long shot…but progress has been made.

    You are treating a routine by a comedian who was speaking of AIDS in 1999—

    FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—as a statement of absolute truth. But science isn’t a comedy routine, and the world hasn’t stood still since 1999.

    Reblogged from: ethiopienne
  3. be-blackstar:

olitzterry:

I LOVE this pic!!!! Look at Viola tho…. SLAYAGE!

VIOLA! Good god!! 
Also, love how supportive all the Shondalanders are of each other. 

    be-blackstar:

    olitzterry:

    I LOVE this pic!!!! Look at Viola tho…. SLAYAGE!

    VIOLA! Good god!! 

    Also, love how supportive all the Shondalanders are of each other. 

    Reblogged from: ethiopienne
  4. deemmyspiritfled:

 
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  5. We have to create.
    It is the only thing louder than destruction.

    Andrea Gibson,

    "Yellow Bird" from The Madness Vase

    (via a-ramblinrose)

    Reblogged from: kalisherni
  6. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.
    Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  (via draculahs)
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  9. ethiopienne:

wanderingempress:

rafi-dangelo:

People magazine tried to delete this real quick, but I just wanted to let y’all know that no matter what, we’ll always be maids to some folks. 

I loved the characters in HTGAWM because they were relatable. Both my spouse and I share the experience of being among a handful of black students in a higher learning environment. And while that isn’t what the show is “about”, it’s important that these characters are represented because folks like to think of blackness as this very static, one dimensional thing and way of being. This too is indeed apart of the black experience, because well, we can’t all be rappers/reality stars. We are law professors and law students too!
I had already heard about the nonsense that was the NYT article, and I am not the least bit surprised by these comments from People Mag! The amount of racism that slides up into mainstream media as a “joke” is disgusting! No one expected Charlize Theron to look/act like her character in “Monster” after the film was done. No one expected Jennifer Connelly to act like an addict after she finished “Requiem for a Dream”. I could go on and on with this list. These are professional ACTORS! Once the role is done, that’s it. However, this tweet highlighted the fact that “they” think Viola’s character from “The Help”, is in fact, apart of her identity. Y’all are going to be waiting a long fucking time for her to repeat those lines because in case y’all forgot, Viola majored in theatre at Rhode Island College, graduated in 1988 and in 2002 she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the college. She also attended the Juilliard School for four years, as a member of the Drama Division’s Group 22. She’s an educated professional, not a fucking maid!

yes to most of this, and i just want to really stress that maids and other domestic workers shouldn’t be thrown under the bus in an attempt to (rightly) defend viola from racism and disrespect.
also to contextualize this tweet, people magazine reportedly told a former editor (who is now suing for racial discrimination), that she needs to “talk like everyone else [there because] she’s not at essence anymore.” they also suggested that ciara wouldn’t keep her loc extensions for her wedding because the wedding was supposed to be elegant.

    ethiopienne:

    wanderingempress:

    rafi-dangelo:

    People magazine tried to delete this real quick, but I just wanted to let y’all know that no matter what, we’ll always be maids to some folks. 

    I loved the characters in HTGAWM because they were relatable. Both my spouse and I share the experience of being among a handful of black students in a higher learning environment. And while that isn’t what the show is “about”, it’s important that these characters are represented because folks like to think of blackness as this very static, one dimensional thing and way of being. This too is indeed apart of the black experience, because well, we can’t all be rappers/reality stars. We are law professors and law students too!

    I had already heard about the nonsense that was the NYT article, and I am not the least bit surprised by these comments from People Mag! The amount of racism that slides up into mainstream media as a “joke” is disgusting! No one expected Charlize Theron to look/act like her character in “Monster” after the film was done. No one expected Jennifer Connelly to act like an addict after she finished “Requiem for a Dream”. I could go on and on with this list. These are professional ACTORS! Once the role is done, that’s it. However, this tweet highlighted the fact that “they” think Viola’s character from “The Help”, is in fact, apart of her identity. Y’all are going to be waiting a long fucking time for her to repeat those lines because in case y’all forgot, Viola majored in theatre at Rhode Island College, graduated in 1988 and in 2002 she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the college. She also attended the Juilliard School for four years, as a member of the Drama Division’s Group 22. She’s an educated professional, not a fucking maid!

    yes to most of this, and i just want to really stress that maids and other domestic workers shouldn’t be thrown under the bus in an attempt to (rightly) defend viola from racism and disrespect.

    also to contextualize this tweet, people magazine reportedly told a former editor (who is now suing for racial discrimination), that she needs to “talk like everyone else [there because] she’s not at essence anymore.” they also suggested that ciara wouldn’t keep her loc extensions for her wedding because the wedding was supposed to be elegant.

    Reblogged from: ethiopienne
  10. the-legion-of-fandoms:

    Why are we not talking about Derrick Coleman????

    • He’s been legally Deaf since he was 3 years old
    • That’s 20 years
    • He received a letter from a fan who’s also Deaf and he wrote back an inspirational reply
    • He’s the first ever Deaf offensive player in the league.
    • He’s also the first to score a touchdown
    • In order to play football, he has to watch everyone else and move when they move, wear hearing aids, and he has to read Quarterback Russell Wilson’s lips in order to know what the play is, and he still manages to do it and do it well.
    • He’s just an inspiration to me and a lot of others.
    Reblogged from: jackieeebees
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