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Birthday, Community, and Lesbians: maireddog: Mark Ashton died on this day, the 11th of February, in 1987. Mark was born on the 19th of May, 1960 in Oldham, but grew up in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He moved to London in 1978, where he worked in a bar in King’s Cross, in drag as a barmaid with a blonde beehive. In the 1980s, he volunteered for London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, campaigned for CND and joined the Communist Party, becoming the first gay secretary of the Young Communist League. Though Mark transformed the Party’s approach to LGBT rights, he and Mike Jackson, who he’d met through Switchboard, wanted to be active as openly gay people. They formed Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) when they collected donations for miners on strike at 1984 Gay Pride. In the evening of 1984 Pride, a miner spoke at a rally, and they were struck by the similarities between the two struggle, of LGBT rights and the Miners’ Strike. Having collected about £150, they advertised a meeting in Capital Gay. 11 people turned up and from the meeting they made a leaflet to launch LGSM - the leaflet was accepted except with an amendment to ‘one in ten miners is gay.’ As LGSM, they supported the miners as lesbian and gay people. At the second meeting, they decided to focus on one community, of the Dulais Valley, as one of the members, Hugh Williams, was from there. They then met David (Dai) Donovan, who also had thought through the similarities of their struggles and how LGSM could help. A month later, 27 lesbians and gay men, arrived at Onllwyn village in Dulais Valley. Other than some hostility (and confusion towards vegetarianism), they experienced warmth, friendship and solidarity. LGSM raised £20,000 for families of miners on strike, and based on The Sun writing that “a group of perverts” were “supporting the pits,” they organised the Pits and Perverts concert in December, 1984, headlined by Bronski Beat. The miners marched with LGSM at Gay Pride in 1985. Mark was admitted to hospital on 30th January, 1987, and died 12 days later from pneumonia, aged 26. At his memorial, there were banners from the Communist Party, Anti-Apartheid, anti-nuclear, Caribbean and community groups, as well as from LGSM. The Mark Ashton Trust was created to support individuals diagnosed with Aids; Mark is also remembered on the UK Aids Memorial Quilt and by Terrence Higgins Trust, with the Mark Ashton Red Ribbon Fund and a plaque at their London headquarters. In 2017, on what would have been his 57th birthday, he was honoured with a blue plaque above Gay’s The Word bookshop. [Images: 1. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1981. 2. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1985, wearing a LGSM t-shirt and holding a pink “Communist Party” banner with the words “pinko commie queers.” 3. Blue plaque reading: “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Mark Ashton 1960-1987. Political and Community Activist. LGSM met at Gay’s the Word bookship on this site 1984/5.”]
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Baller Alert, Elizabeth Eckford, and Memes: Today Marks The 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock, Arkansas Nine @balleralert Today Marks The 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock, Arkansas Nine- blogged by @niksofly ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's more than an honor to celebrate those who sacrificed their anonymity to serve as catalysts to promote change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On September 25, 1957, nine adolescents were caught between state and federal governments and authorities as they were attempting to desegregate Central High. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thelma Mothershed Wair, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford and Melba Pattillo Beals were escorted into Central by U.S. Army Troops per President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Met with opposition from Arkansas governor Orval Faubus who called in the National Guard, these phenomenal individuals change the trajectory of history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Greeted by segregationist mobs and opposers, these nine persevered. Today we, Baller Alert salutes the Little Rock Nine. Their sacrifice changed history and although we have a bit further to go, their selflessness has brought us thus far. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At this time BA will like to acknowledge the passing of one of the catalysts. As the Nine embark upon the 60th anniversary, one member will be with the unit in spirit. Jefferson Thomas passed on September 5, 2010 from pancreatic cancer.

Today Marks The 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock, Arkansas Nine- blogged by @niksofly ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's more than an...

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Af, Ass, and Bless Up: He's all smiles after being rescued @DrSmashlove As y'all get out there and date, y'all gon break up with people and realize things. Realize some real ass things that didn't occur to u before. One of these things is the realization that the person u dated - this person u loved - adored - respected - is CORNY as FUCK 😂. Corny as a bowl of corn flakes. A king size bag of corn chips. A field of corn deep in rural Indiana looking at your ex like "I will never be this corny 😢." When u realize this ladies and gents I want u to do one thing. Just one. Open Facebook. Open Instagram. Open Snap. And shade TF out of them. Call them out for being so corny. "Shout to my ex Terrence for dating a ex stripper who got three kids from three different men living at her grandma house hope that's working out for u T 😋." ACTUALLY JUST KIDDING AF DONT EVER EVER EVER DO THIS. 😂 Ok first fuck u for shaming strippers and mama's. But second, query what's the benefit? All yo girls gon be leaving like comments like "get him Susan! 😂" But what are they actually thinking? "Wow does Susan think anyone gon fuck with her now that they know she put people on blast ok Cat Lady Susan more men for the rest of us 😂." See what happened Susan is that all the corn just exited Terrence's body and entered your aura and now u the corny one. U just de-corned him when u could have left Terrence as the rightful owner of that corn bushel. So with that said keep it G. And do me a favor. Block Terrence on all forms of media - phone, IG, FB, name it. The power of the block is that it assures u that they won't try to cornily weasel they corny ass back in 🤗. And say the following: "Thank you God for letting me learn things and realize things. Please give me the strength to not be petty, and help me move onward and upward." Pettiness can be relieving in the short term but it's damning in the long term. Just believe smash on this one. Bless up ❤️😂😂😂
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Af, Bless Up, and College: Once a puppy always a puppy @DrSmashlove Now ladies always DM me like "aye smash I'm talking to this guy but he plays games, why do men play games??" Ladies lemme splain u. Let's say u taking to a dude named David. David is a sweet dude, nice lil job, y'all met off Brumble and had dinner once and then brunch that Sunday and u just sort of lazily seeing where things go. I know how u ladies do, y'all keep "insurance policy dick" on hand - it ain't the best dick u ever had but if he still single when u 32 and u still single, u gon kick shit into overdrive and cash out that insurance policy and get dat ring I SEE YOU 😉. Now David might be texting with u for a lil bit and then the text convo drops off and u totally cool about it. That's because u like David but u ain't over the moon for him. You might be some day, just not today. So if he don't text for another day or two, u all good. If anything, he's probably the one texting his homie Josh like "oh shit Kelly hasn't texted in two days, you think she still likes me fuck fuck fuck 😩." Now then let's say u talking to Terrence. U met Terrence off Coffee and Bagel or whatever that shit is called and the evening started as a respectable evening of drinks and ended with u bending over your couch shooing your cat away while I - I mean Terrence ☺️ - reorganized your internal organs. Y'all text flirted the next day but then the day after that, u ain't hear shit from Terrence. Now u texting yo girl Samantha like "FUCK APPS FUCK DATING FUCK THESE MEN PLAYING GAMES I'M GONNA JUST MOVE TO COSTA RICA WITH MY CAT I'M DONE." Baby girl. Bear in mind, he might not be playing games. It might be that u developed a thing for him, and he just clueless AF. Remember that it's grown men - at college - who bring they laundry home so they mama can do it ... that's how clueless men are 😂. He could be a fuckboy, or he might just be a little on autopilot. In a lot of cases, u think the guy is playing games because u got a thing for him, and he ain't giving u what u need. Give him a chance. If he don't fix it, part ways. Never accept less than u deserve but also keep in mind that this shit is a matter of perception. U get me! More life more romance more love in 2017. Bless up! ❤
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Birthday, Bless Up, and Blessed: Dogs in flower crowns @Dr Smashlove So my lil homegirl texted me about this clown who drove her home after her birthday party and wanted a Nobel Prize for not trying to get an invite upstairs. His text to her friend: "People like her don't appreciate a man who shows her respect. And then the next minute will be the girl who's like, wow, he wasn't just trying to fvck me, he was actually really nice lol." Men, imma tell u something that may not be intuitive. Y'all ready? Listen close. She. Don't. Owe. You. SHIIIIIIIIIT 😂. Y'all love coming up with these scenarios: "Well, she don't want me, God bless her. When she wakes up at age 40 surrounded by six cats and no man she'll wish she gave me a chance." Let me tell you three things she gonna be thinking at age 40: (1) "Wow am I sexy. 40 looks good!" (2) "Wow, my sex drive is crazy at age 40! Lemme see if smash is available to beat the brakes off this lil Punani tonight ☺️." (3) "Bees are dying at an alarming rate 🤔." Lemme tell u what she's NOT thinking: "Wow, Terrence was so kind to me for not trying to bang me. I should have married him and had his children. I am now fraught with regret. What am I to do 😢." She. Don't. Owe. You. SHIIIIIIIIIT 😍. Ya get me? Y'all should be respectful to ALL women. ALL. Not some. ALL. "What if she a hoe lol." STOP CALLING WOMEN HOES HOWBOW DAH. (See? That was a trick question 😘). Once u realize no woman owes u shit, you'll start to keep it G, not be so damn thirsty, and not come to expect anything from women. And watch how your life changes for the better. Ya get me! Bless up 🙌😂😂😂
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