Testimonial #2 - Amrit Trewn


"Honestly, I have not and will not do Northwestern University Dance Marathon because I’m not happy and celebratory like that. Life is a struggle.

This isn’t a complaint about DM per se. DM is DM, some people do it, some people don’t. Some people are happy and celebratory like that — and, I do…

Check out this blog, on which Northwestern students share their discontent concerning Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon. Some are calls for changes, some provide recommendations, while others — like my testimony — aim to give expression to insurmountable frustration.

“Revolutions can, and often have, begun with reading.”

Arundhati Roy, “The Doctor and the Saint: Ambedkar, Gandhi and the battle against caste" (reading Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste)

04-04 / 10:21 / 171 notes / reblog



American government  bringing freedom to the ” oppressed ” to save them from tyranny and to protect their human rights from being violated 

WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT Chimurenga Renaissance?! In the company of Palaceer Lazaro also from Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction (!), M1 of Dead Prez, and others…peep riZe vadZimu riZe, Tendai Maraire-Chimurenga Renaissance’s debut album with visual accompaniment filmed in Zimbabwe.

03-25 / 17:54 / 13 notes / reblog

“in somali when we see injustice we say ‘dhiiga kuma dhaqaqo?’
which translates into ‘does your blood not move?’”

Warsan Shire, water   (via thepeacefulterrorist)

“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”

Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions (via fernsandmoss)


DJ Spoko, Andre GeldenhuysBhekisenzo Cele, Spoek Mathambo.

03-23 / 12:54 / 29 notes / reblog

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Arundhati Roy (via childrenofthetao)

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”

Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living (via bookmania)



most amazing words ever spoken.

Eartha Kitt, dropping some self-love realness.

"I remember being asked a lot, by a lot of different writers, zines, and shit, like, ‘Why don’t you incorporate your race, your ethnicity, where you’ve grown up, into your music?’ I don’t identify with that shit, like, my identity is the music, everything you need to know about me is in the music: my home, it’s where I originate, it’s where I fall apart, it’s where I come to life."

- Angel Haze, “A Tribe Called Red”

03-12 / 12:09 / reblog
Title: The Doctor and The Saint: The Ambedkar-Gandhi Debate
Artist: Arundhati Roy
Played: 29 times

Arundhati Roy questions Gandhi’s status as the ‘Mahatma’ in a lecture at Jamia, regarding his longing for “imperial brotherhood” and the relation between his views race and caste.

03-08 / 16:45 / 9 notes / reblog

“There is no color line in death. In spite of each other, we die for each other—poor whites—Negros—soldiers—sons—heroes of the Purple Heart ‘for wounds received in action’…Eligible for medals, eligible for tears at death—as at departure. Eligible to shake hands tomorrow—when we grow big enough to know how to live for each other. Eligible for friendship then—not hate.”

Langston Hughes, Chicago Defender

03-04 / 16:17 / 5 notes / reblog