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Cleaning My Apartment With Steinbeck In Mind by Thomas Henry

Cleaning My Apartment With Steinbeck In Mind by Thomas Henry

I recently dedicated a day’s work to cleaning my apartment. It’s something anybody who can’t afford a maid has to do every now and then. I don’t mean a simple tidying up, either. I mean a full day’s work of cleaning like my mother used to do. I got up around 9 am (early for a day off from work) and started with laundry. I started tackling the bathroom while the first load was in the wash. I…

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Introducing Our Newest Writer - Thomas Henry

Introducing Our Newest Writer – Thomas Henry

Give a warm welcome to Thomas Henry. Joining us from Brooklyn, NY Thomas will be sharing his view points on a number of topics. We look forward to his contributions.

Thomas Henry has been reading and writing for as long as he can remember.  He received his BA in English from Pace University in New York City.  He is a writer who is primarily a poet.  His work has been published in various…

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Happy Saturday!!

To all the ladies feeling down on yourself, that includes me, here is a message for you.

Yes Girl! YES!

The ball girl catches a flying bag on the court during the US Open quarterfinal match between Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani.


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Dear Readers,

Hope all is well.

Minus The Box will be shutting down until the fall as a result posting will be disabled.

Thanks for your continued commitment. If you have any questions please send me an email at info@MinusTheBox.org. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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Can we as a black community acknowledge the mental bullying and mental abuse instill on young dark skin girls as they are growing up. can we acknowledge the bullying that goes in school by their peers and can we agree that all of these accumulate to many mental illness in dark skin women



You had me until you said the outcome is mental illness in dark skinned black women

You really don’t think depression, anxiety, self hate, and bleaching are not mental illness related? Ok.

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"Rise.  Shine.  Reach outside yourself.  Wake and discover the dreams you are capable of when you aren’t sleeping.  May they keep you up at night.  Marvel at how big they are and witness what they can become.  Grow with your ambitions.  Flex on those who doubt.  Nourish no bad seeds.  No black can’ts.  No black don’ts.  No black maybes.  You will.  Stretch so that the tension is too great-Become greater.  You do not have to dance to choreograph your next steps.  Just make sure you get your sun.  Black boys.  Black girls.  Your cage is too small to hold you forever.  Show them"

- Dexter R. Jones

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Creative Direction | Photography by: Dexter R. Jones
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Where women are treated fairly and equally you’re likely to see more stability, more democracy.

—Hillary Clinton, New York Times. (via halftheskymovement)

thesickghost asked: I am interested in the Buddhist view of depression and anxiety (you said they are viewed as diseases) but how are those diseases cured?


Through Meditation, the Dali Lama says “If every child in the world would be taught meditation, we would eliminate violence from the world within one generation.


Forrest Curran


The Haitian Revolution - A short Reading List (of Anglophone scholars)

"More than two hundred years after Haitian independence was declared on January 1, 1804, it remains a challenge to perceive the spirit that fueled the first abolition of slavery in the New World and gave rise to the second independent nation in the Americas. As recently as ten years ago, the Haitian Revolution (1789-1804), which created “Haiti” out of the ashes of French Saint Domingue, was the least understood of the three great democratic revolutions that transformed the Atlantic world in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. That is no longer true. In the decade since the 2004 bicentennial, a genuine explosion of scholarship on the Saint-Domingue revolution has profoundly enriched our memory of what Hannah Arendt, in her comparative study of the American and French revolutions, called “the revolutionary tradition and its lost treasure”. It is not clear to what extent this development has affected broader public understandings of the Haitian predicament, however."

By Professor Malick W. Ghachem for the John Carter Brown Library online exposition: “The Other Revolution: Haiti 1789-1804.”

* Much more scholarship could have been included in this list. To find more monographs and articles on the Haitian Revolution or, for a general reading list on Haiti, see here and here.

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