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High School Reading List

Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drown by Junot Diaz

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

For descriptions, click the read more!

(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle School lists)

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Why I’m single.

imanismith:

imanismith:

Honestly, I haven’t found a guy that is mentally on my level. No one that I can sit down and converse with for hours about more than sex and rap music. No one that is willing to be selfless. No goals and no morals! Men are getting worse (younger generation). They sit around and want to smoke weed and disrespect women like it’s a lifestyle.

Bringing this back because again it’s relevant. 

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vivaillajams:

"Love You", Series of Illustrations celebrating Black Love for my artist’s book final 

Jamilla Okubo

May 2014

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tragic-beautiful:

Period Panties! Now available for preorder.

These are so good

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thechanelmuse:

Fav.

thechanelmuse:

Fav.

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one-paperdoll:

I was debating whether or not to wear this radioactive neon skirt today — I thought it might be too bright and attention-grabbing. I never like being the center of attention, so I was very close to changing just before I stepped out the door this morning. As I suspected, every single person I walked past today had a “WTF” look on their face. OH WELL. I still think it’s awesome and I don’t regret my decision at all.

You gotta just bite the bullet sometimes, have some fun, and not give a fuck what anyone thinks.

Photos by burntpixels. He’s cool. He likes cars.

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one-paperdoll:

This yellow skirt is 100% drama. And when it comes to clothes, I love drama!

Photos by burntpixels

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one-paperdoll:

This is why I was ignoring Tumblr all last week: I was in Berlin for a work trip. It was a short trip, and I’d love to go back one day. The city has good vibes, and I really like that.

Seeing as I was travelling, here are some travel essentials I always make sure to pack:

  • Big tote bag: Big enough to fit a DSLR, a light sweater and a big bottle of water. Also because I hate backpacks. Nothing says, “I’m a tourist” like a backpack.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: Obviously. You don’t want to miss out on stuff because your feet hurt.
  • Little black dress: You can wear it anywhere and never be over- or under-dressed. You can easily transition it from going on day trips to wearing it to dinner.
  • Light chambray button-up: You can wear it with anything and use it as a cover-up if you get chilly.
  • One statement necklace: Wear it on the plane. It makes a bare-bones travel outfit look a bit more special.

One more thing: I never wear crummy clothes to fly. You can be comfortable without resorting to yoga pants or sweats. On my flight to Germany, I wore a simple jersey knit dress. It was super comfortable, but more importantly, my luggage was very late to arrive, so I didn’t have the clothes I packed to wear to a business event I had to attend. Could you imagine going to a business event in sweat pants? HELLS NO. Moral of the story: Wear nice/comfortable clothes to fly in case your luggage gets lost or delayed so you won’t get stuck wearing shit.

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ipoog:

daily reminder to click a button so you can give free food to a shelter!!

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if every one of my followers did this, we could give more than 85 meals to less-fortunate animals. for free.

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Lipstick and Chanel by almostsimple featuring an africa necklaceT shirt, $6.70 / Boohoo black trousers / Gucci black heel boots, $1,115 / Chanel black leather handbag / Africa necklace / STELLA McCARTNEY plastic sunglasses
Lipstick and Chanel by almostsimple featuring an africa necklace


T shirt, $6.70 / Boohoo black trousers / Gucci black heel boots, $1,115 / Chanel black leather handbag / Africa necklace / STELLA McCARTNEY plastic sunglasses
Geek by almostsimple featuring a leather duffle bagUnisex top / H&M faux-leather pants, $42 / Converse shoes, $95 / Alexander Wang leather duffle bag, $1,220
Geek by almostsimple featuring a leather duffle bag


Unisex top / H&M faux-leather pants, $42 / Converse shoes, $95 / Alexander Wang leather duffle bag, $1,220
LES PETITS JOUEURS Andy Rainbow Love Perspex Clutch - Black   ❤ liked on Polyvore (see more black clutches)
LES PETITS JOUEURS Andy Rainbow Love Perspex Clutch - Black ❤ liked on Polyvore (see more black clutches)

one-paperdoll:

HOW TO BUILD A LEGO WARDROBE: I recently got an ask about some advice on wearing one item of clothing many different ways, so here goes!

In this photoset, there are nine different looks using just two skirts. But notice how every single top I wear with the white skirt I can also wear with the black skirt. Everything is interchangeable, just like Lego.

I spend more money on skirts than I do on dresses because skirts are infinitely more versatile: You can wear them with more things and therefore, wear them more often without looking repetitive – you get more value for your money.

These two skirts get the most use of all the skirts in my closet: their neutral colours and simple design mean they can be paired with just about anything. They can also be dressed up or down pretty easily.

When you’re shopping for tops, think about how many bottoms you own that you can wear it with and vice versa. The more combinations you can make, the more value you get from one item of clothing.

The key to making the most of your clothes is investing in good staples that can be worn in many different ways. Here are a few of my favourite basic staples that helped me build a Lego wardrobe:

  • Gingham collared shirt
  • Crisp collared white dress shirt
  • Striped long-sleeved t-shirt
  • Two denim shirts: one light washed and one dark
  • Two mid-length a-line skirts in neutral colours: one light and one dark
  • Black pumps
  • Three pairs of skinny jeans: one dark, one medium wash, and one distressed
  • A black pair of skinny pants
  • A neutral, fitted boyfriend blazer (I use my grey ones most)
  • A few bold statement necklaces will go a long way

If you have any more questions about this topic or any others, don’t be shy to ask me!

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mizzpvssy:

NO SHADE NO SHADE!!!11!!1

mizzpvssy:

NO SHADE NO SHADE!!!11!!1

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monochromaticblack:

"be stubborn about your goals but flexible about your methods." the best advice I’ve ever received.

Lesson.

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