Calling Writers from the African Diaspora
Promises of Freedom Book Project
You are invited to submit an autobiographical essay or creative nonfiction story for this anthology (African Immigrant Literature).
This book will focus on how Africa-born youth is impacted by immigration, American race/racial relations, Americana…
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"If you think of someone enough, you’re sure to meet them again."
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"If you want to kill yourself, kill what you don’t like. I had an old self that I killed. You can kill yourself too, but that doesn’t mean you got to stop living."
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sometimes I realize there are people on my dash heavily burdened with horrible things
and I just desperately hope that you’ll be okay, you’ll find the strength to continue and do the right thing for yourself, you’ll make it through and be happy
all of you
(Source: castielscheesecake, via neylagrace)
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Nigerians Celebrate Nelson Mandela, ‘A Source of Inspiration for People’ Everywhere
Nelson Mandela, beloved statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died on December 5, 2013. Nigerians are celebrating the powerful legacy left behind by South Africa’s first black president.
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"My grandfather died with his gaze fixed on a land imprisoned behind a fence. A land whose skin they had changed from wheat, sesame, maize, watermelons, and honeydews to tough apples. My grandfather died counting sunsets, seasons, and heartbeats on the fingers of his withered hands. He dropped like a fruit forbidden a branch to lean its age against. They destroyed his heart."
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"You may think I’m small, but I have a universe in my head."
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"Everyday, thousands of people in the United States are punished harshly simply for exercising a fundamental, constitutional right: the right to trial. This excellent report - just released by Human Rights Watch - documents how prosecutors bully people into pleading guilty by threatening them with decades behind bars or life imprisonment, even for relatively minor, non-violent offenses. Ninety-seven percent of federal drug defendants plead guilty, and they typically do so because they’re threatened with unspeakably harsh sentences if they dare take their case to trial."
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