Desireé Dallagiacomo
Booking for the Spring/Fall!

Hey Tumblrers.

Guess who’s filling up her schedule for the Upcoming Spring and Fall? This lady.

Interested in having me read poems/lead workshops in your area (college/university, poetry reading, youth event, coffee shop, living room)?

Shoot me an email!

desiree@forwardarts.org

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I’ve been thinking too much. If the president isn’t willing to even say the words “black love” or “white supremacy” or “patriarchy,” he can be a black boy’s keeper, but he can’t be an honest lover of black boys. They’re trying to fix black boys on the cheap, without reckoning with white supremacy. You fix a “what.” You don’t fix a “whom.” What really needs fixing? It’s dishonest and violent to focus on black boys when black girls are catching hell from everything under the sun, and catching hell from black boys and black men. Don’t get me started. I get the restraints Obama is under. I get that his job is to lie to a nation of liars. But don’t bring black boys up on stage and lie to them in front of the world. In front of Bill O’Reilly? I hate when folks use us as props. And then they had the little brothers dressed in the same outfits. It was so shameful. I’m wondering, do you think the nation or our state has ever, or will ever, loudly and lovingly focus on the lives of black girls and black women?
Hey Mama by Kiese Laymon - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics (via shiftingself)
Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.
Cheryl Strayed
Are you performing anywhere this Sunday(aug 17) or Monday(aug18)? I am in twin from Atlanta and would love to chat/hear your poems. Thank you. Madden
Anonymous

Welp, looks like I got to this one a little late.

No, I’m not performing anywhere tonight. But if you’re ever in town again, (almost) every Tuesday night you can find me at the Eclectic Truth reading in Baton Rouge, and the first Sunday of every month you can find me at the Slam New Orleans reading at the Shadowbox!

nowinexile:

The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen. 

buttonpoetry:

Danez Smith - “Dear White America” (Rustbelt 2014)

"Black girls go missing without a whisper of where. There are no amber alerts for the amber-skinned girls."


Our first video from the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. Danez Smith is now the Rustbelt individual champion, two years running. This poem should show you why.

NECESSARY

nothingrhymeswithsasha:

The boy doesn’t always die.
The boy comes home sometimes.
The boy doesn’t always die.
The boy takes the bus.
The boy eats lunch on the porch steps.
The boy wants to be beautiful.
The boy isn’t always a spilled thing on the pavement.
The boy is late for work, sometimes.
The boy goes to the movies.
The boy wants to be beautiful.

Sasha Banks is gospel. 100% of the time.

Being white means never having to think about it.
You were incredible at NPSOAK. I was blown away by your presence, your confidence, your swagger, your words, your beauty. Well done.

Thank you. NPS Oakland was such a beautiful week. The organizers made the event flawless. It was an honor to be among such incredible poets.

Maybe you and I met? Or will meet soon? I hope so!

infinitycrush:

blatant racism + institutionalized racism + the concept of masculinity = united states police force

#preach

Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, and countless other Black men have been murdered by law enforcement and, white people, we need to talk about it.

What we can do to continue the conversation:

1. Listen to POC that we love. Just, listen. Really, really listen.

2. Engage in conversations with people we love- scary ones, challenging ones, ones rooted in love.

3. Ask People of Color how they are feeling, and listen to them. Just, listen. Ask what we can do to support.

4. White people- if you’re feeling scared/nervous to talk about Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Trayvon Martin.. Reach out to other white people for support in those conversations.

Silence doesn’t work.

Mom got married and here’s the highlight reel.

Blame, it is a funny thing, its dance-smoke around the crime scene-suddenly it dirties everyone’s skin
Desiree Dallagiacomo (via th3gr0wnupchild)

Hey, followers.

One of my dearest friends, Beck ( writtenbybeck), wrote this incredible poem and Upworthy featured it on their website !!!

Due to the high levels of visibility, people that believe they should be able to tell women how we should live in our bodies have begun shaming and attacking Beck.

Can you do me a favor? Can you listen to that incredible poem and show her some love via comments/likes/shares/messages/reblogs? Can you show Beck that we are all grateful for her brave and necessary self?

become.