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Tina Fontaine, 15, was reported missing on Aug. 9. Her body was found in the Red River near the Alexander Docks at about 1:30 p.m., more than a week after she was reported missing. Fontaine, of Sagkeeng First Nation, had only been in Winnipeg for a month before her disappearance. “She’s a petite little thing — just turned 15, barely in the city for a little over a month,” O’Donovan said. “And she’s definitely been exploited and taken advantage of and murdered.” 

Fontaine was in the care of a Child and Family Services agency when she went missing, according to police. She had run away from her foster home before, including once in July of this year. Police said she was found wrapped in a bag, in “a condition she couldn’t have put herself in.”

“She’s a child. This is a child that has been murdered … Society should be horrified,” O’Donovan said. “That’s why we’re asking for people to come forward. And that’s why we’re asking for people to help us and to come forward with anything they know about this child.” Anyone with information can contact police at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

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I have been wondering what to say in the wake of Michael Brown’s murder and the community uprising that I haven’t already said or that others haven’t already said or cried or yelled. This article says what needs to be said again, and the title captures a feeling that sweeps through me but that I refuse to give in to.

As James Baldwin and MLK and Langston Hughes and Ella Baker and so many others have said throughout the many years of heartbreak, hope, and heartbreak in this country: America was not made for us, but we, together with all people of conscience, must make America what it must become. Black people built this country, died for this country, and marched for this country in an effort to save its soul. We must not give in to the insidious idea that this is a white man’s land.

The one thing that I will say that I have not said before (or said clearly enough) is this: We, in the civil rights community, need to recognize this as a wake up call. WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING IS NOT WORKING. It is often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. And so I wonder how many more times we are going to do this dance of sporadic protests, press conferences, lawsuits, demands for reform and then … repeat.

I will not pretend to have the answers, but I think we ought to ask some different questions, including: If the reform dance fails again and again, isn’t it time we consider a more radical approach?


- Michelle Alexander, author of THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS (via sonofbaldwin)


Oprah received an honorary doctorate from Harvard last week…  she earned her first degree from Tennessee State University in speech and performing arts (1976). Considering her life prior to the Oprah Winfrey Show, I’d be tearing up too if I got one of these.


Oprah received an honorary doctorate from Harvard last week…  she earned her first degree from Tennessee State University in speech and performing arts (1976). Considering her life prior to the Oprah Winfrey Show, I’d be tearing up too if I got one of these.

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"The policeman who shot down a 10-year-old in Queens
stood over the boy with his cop shoes in childish blood
and a voice said “Die you little motherfucker” and
there are tapes to prove that. At his trial
this policeman and in his own defense
“I didn’t notice the size or nothing else
only the color.” and
there are tapes to prove that, too.
Today that 37-year-old white man with 13 years of police forcing
has been set free
by 11 white men who said they were satisfied
justice had been done
and one black woman who said
“They convinced me” meaning
they had dragged her 4’10” black woman’s frame
over the hot coals of four centuries of white male approval
until she let go the first real power she ever had
and lined her own womb with cement
to make a graveyard for our children."

- Audre Lorde, “Power” (via ethiopienne)

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i’m seeing a lot of people reblogging suicide hotlines and this is just a reminder that this is a suicide help line that works like a text-based instant messenger for people who may need to talk to someone but have trouble/are uncomfortable making phone calls

NO NO NO NO please DO NOT use this service, imalive’s parent company is to write love on her arms, EXTREMELY anti-LGBTQA and corrupt as shit. please use crisischat instead and stay safe.

reblogging w/ updated info!

Okay third time I’m reblogging a crisis contact. Hopefully this one is more appropriate.

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Andre 3000

"Ok, hand over the cure and stop playing"

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"'You've got to be crazy. It's too late to be sane, too late. You've got to go full tilt bozo cause you're only given a little spark of madness and if you lose that, you're nothing.' -R. Williams"


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I love you Robin.



Important things from Igbohistory Instagram. European colonialism has, and still continues to dismantle the myriad of sophisticated social constructs upheld by so many African ethnicities, by presenting Africa as a unit by choosing to ignore the huge ocean of differences between ethnic groups, let alone countries.

Interesting fact: Many African ethnic groups, kingdoms, and states were referred to as ‘countries’ before the rise of colonial powers throughout Africa. They were okay as ‘countries’ when slaves and other goods were being traded. You’ll hear of the Ebo country, Benin Country, Whydah Country and so on when reading pre-1850 writing. If you label a kingdom or a state a ‘tribe’ this those what is described above but also implies there was no major or important political organisation. ‘Tribe’ made/makes indigenous African states and ethnic affiliations sound petty and unimportant. Imagine calling the Edo or Songhai people a tribe when their empires have wielded more power than most of the world ever has? But why would you call them countries when you’re trying to impose your own country on them?

This is so important and something I am currently working on decolonizing within myself.

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Danielle Brooks.



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Don’t believe Obama’s crocodile tears. The U.S. is just as guilty as Netanyahu.