Welcome back to Tuesday's Takeaways!
This week our Top Quotes will be interspersed throughout a larger message.
Black History Month is a time to, in the words of President Gerald R. Ford, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
In doing so, we must acknowledge not only how far we have come, but how far we still have to go
we are still wondering
"When will the day arrive that we can all come together and join forces?
So that we may one day concur, people are more than their skin and more than their
We must understand that they are their hearts and souls within"
- Zoe Christie, We All Would Win
"Our generations shouldn’t be
Dodgeball where we instead dodge the bullets
From the police
Who only seem to shoot the innocents
The colored innocents, like Trayvon Martin and Stephon Clark
Who are now not only black or brown
But are stained in red"
-Alyna Valderrama, #ThisIsAmerica
no one should be shamed for their skin color
and although there are times you may feel like this:
"I return every night to walk around in peace
When no eye can see a mile away and laugh
At the darkness of my skin that takes refuge in
The beauty of stars shining on the waters."
-Beaton Galafa, Autumn
Just know that there will be a time when you will feel like this:
"My Blackness is far from skin deep
It is an essence
It is a walk, a talk
A smile, a look
It’s my fist held high
My Blackness is loud and forthright
My beauty, unfair and lovely
My Blackness is far from skin deep
It is my everything."
-Nya Archie, MY BLACKNESS IS FAR FROM SKIN DEEP
And as we celebrate this Black History Month, we will keep in mind that everyone must be guaranteed the ability and access to thrive, and that the fight to change the twisted course of history will not be over until then.
Comment below to let us know what you think of these quotes!
The reason Black History Month takes place in February is because it was originally a week-long celebration to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass (February 14) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). However, its founder, historian Carter G. Woodson also had this month in mind because of other important events that are important to Black history, such as the passing of the 15th amendment (February 3), granting black citizens the right to vote, the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (February 12), and the birthday of W. E. B. DuBois (February 23).
This year, the theme of Black History Month is migration.
Next week's theme is going to be about fairy tales!
Make sure to stay tuned! <3
-Mic and Gina
Welcome to Tuesday's Takeaways!
1. For those of you whose love is in this moment:
"Tell me, tell me how you love me,
tell me how to fall
in the seconds
in the spaces
not a breath or a moment wasted
in the quiet, quiet morning
of our curving, endless
-Sophie Shnaidman, In This Moment
2. For those of you who are in need of some self love:
"Monday morning, and I'm thinking about the flowers that grow on my windowsills,
how somebody told me that my basil plant would not grow but now it has, all because I loved it-
that the basil plant now grows on my windowsill, as well as in my heart."
-Maya Garcia, The Lung Flowers
3. For those of you whose love is unconditional:
"I love your storms
Just as much as I love your sunshine.
I love you when you're withered
Just as much as I love you when you're blooming.
So come to me in any condition
because the love I have for you has none."
-Samantha Merzel, Unconditional Love
4. For those of you who had to say goodbye this year to someone you love:
"And when we say goodbye
your taste lingers,
on our lips
in our noses
and stains the lines of our hands."
-Joshua Avin, My Dad and Modest Mouse
5. For those of you celebrating the love of friendship:
"Friendship is care, love, truth, and honesty.
A relationship so real
it becomes intangible.
The other by your side
at all times."
-Oriya Abed, Friendship
Can you relate to any of these quotes? Comment below to let us know!
And now... The 7 types of love are...
Eros, Philia, Storge, Agape, Ludus, Pragma, and Philaut!
Next week's theme is going to be in honor of Black History Month.
Make sure to stay tuned!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day this Thursday! <3
-Mic and Gina
My dreams are too big to fit onto the main road. I’m paving my own zone, unfold my destiny slow and steady
-anya supernova taking the scenic route
Stuck in the Library is proud to present Tuesday's Takeaways, a new segment on our blog!
Each week we will post 5 of our favorite quotes from past publications. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the first week's theme will be about Love, appropriately.
Make sure to stay tuned! <3
- Mic and Gina
Here are our editors' top sentence picks of our 2016 magazines. Warning: some are relatable, others are laughable or tear jerkers.
“As we prosper in life, we take in the surroundings and the moments that fill us. We’re embodied not by the experiences we create, but by the matter in which we create them- the way we understand.”
-Ellana Galinsky, As I Recall
“Fears are irrational manifestations residing in your mind- whether you want them there or not.”
-Sara Dalien, Irrational Fear
“We are just trying to weave though a space and maybe find our place.”
-Mendel Serebryanski, Movement and Motion
“I’m crushed, abandoned, and alone. Just like an autumn leaf that has fallen. I join the rest of them on the cold hard pavement. I get stomped on to see how loud I crunch under their feet. I get kicked to see how far I will go. No matter what color I am on the outside, the universe will defeat me. And that scares me so much.”
-May J, Fear of Living
“It’s not everyday you’re told you’re going to die. It’s not everyday you’re told you’re going to be someone else.”
-Algonquin Jones, The Crossing of Evan Mudder
“I’m a victim of Euphoria… That’s the reality of addiction… being a slave to deep melancholia… Soul consuming, mind crumbling… Sweet, seductive melancholia.”
-Alix Kelley, Addictions
“I’m locked inside and lodged squarely in the middle of a city of lies. A city that hides its people’s cries with car horns and twinkling streetlights, with false advertisements and blinding neon lights.”
-Dana Espinosa, Back Pain
“Reality is, people are always going to judge you no matter what. We are all art critics and we never lifted a single brush to know what it’s like.”
-Joshua Melendez, Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine
“Can anyone even hear my thoughts as they disappear?”
-Faiza Khalid, Sleep?
“I am raw honey and he is cotton candy. Sweet enough to give you cavities but laced with artificiality. I fell for the pretty packaging.”
-Nina Steinfeld, Sweet as Honey, Sugar – No, Cotton Candy
“All my life I lacked support; through my craft I build my fort.”
-Je’Jae Daniels, Untitled With No Sound
“Music plays what isn’t there, creating a moment of relief. The kind of music that allows me to either gather myself or at least redirect those thoughts.”
-Aaron Guyette, The Mirrors, They Glisten
“Flat titties make me feel pretty. Makes me want change my name to P-Diddy just so that someone would look at me twice.”
-Tracy Viergela Pierre, Deep D
“Nothing is set in stone until you’re dead and then everything is set in stone, except your corpse, which is set into the ground so the worms have better access.”
-Yaakov Bressler, Man with the Garbage Bags
“You stole the colors the world had to offer me and replaced them with a dull gray.”
-Albina Smalko, The Gift of Spring
“I’m not going to waste your time with the countless nights I spent as a kid staring over the covers into the void that was my closet.”
-Michael Raymond, About Fear