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This contest has no entry fee and offers cash/publication prizes.  Stories should feature diversity and be suited to young readers, from authors of diversity who have not yet had a book published. 
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These companies are owned by indigenous people making body care products, mostly from traditional ingredients.  If natural products work better for you than synthetics, check out these offerins. 
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Check out these gorgeous Queens of Africa Dolls.  They are based on different ethnic tribes representing African heritage including skin tones, hair styles, and outfits.
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This essay makes it sound like this is no longer a problem.  Well, it got quieter for a while, but I see a lot of berserk white people and terrorized black people now.  Trying to convince a crazy white person not to beat or murder blacks if they feel like is much like trying to convince a rapist not to assault women.  They don't think it's wrong; they think they're entitled to it; and they will do it if they damn well feel like it.  You can try to fix the legal system to discourage it; good luck with that.  You can kill if them if they attack you, though it means you'll usually be punished for not being a pleasing victim.  You can hope you're submissive enough to be permitted to live in shame and fear.  Well, fuck all that.  It's the fault of berserk white people and asshole rapists, not their victims.  You can't do anything to "deserve" a criminal violating you.  It's wrong.  It's a crime.  Put the blame where it belongs.  And don't think it's "over."  It won't be over until we build a society based on community and equality, not racism, sexism, and all the other isms that should be wasms.
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This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "toys" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "accepting responsibility" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and is a direct sequel to "In Dublin's Fair City."

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Here is a comparison of Lakota and European color symbolism.  It goes into greater detail, but also varies in the interpretation, compared to some others I have read.  For instance, something I've heard elsewhere in Lakota context is that red is a color of life and blue is a color of death, from references to the "red road" and "blue road," so that a warrior would not wear blue.  I think it's really interesting to compare color symbolism across cultures, or within cultures.
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Learn the seasons, days of the week, and times of day in Lakota.  I am pleased that my very small grasp of this language is growing enough for me to recognize different word roots as I see them in new contexts. :D
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Here's a Polish holiday menu.  Of those, pierogi are my favorite, and I like many kinds of them.  Some of the sweet breads are tasty too.
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"Frontera!" is an animated video which runs about twenty minutes, on the topic of Pueblo history in America and Mexico, told from an indigenous perspective.  It spans at least three languages (English, Spanish, and Tema).  It features multiple styles of art and music, sometimes serious and other times hilarious.  The story presented is much more accurate and nuanced than that typically found in history books.  This is the kind of stuff I grew up on, and I love it.
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Mall of America oppressed protesters recently.  My thoughts ...

* Yes, protests can be inconvenient and troublesome, but they are necessary  to a healthy society.  Protests happen when purely rational methods of conflict resolution have failed.  If peaceful protests are suppressed, then violent ones are the next step, and so on down the line until the problem is solved or society comes apart at the seams.  And oh, the irony of Mall of America  oppressing protesters, when freedom of assembly and petition are among the things that the founding fathers went to war to secure.

* If you are a protester targeting a commercial installation, you get the most bang for your buck from hitting them on a day they can't recover from, such as Black Friday or right before Christmas.

* If you're caught up as a bystander in a situation like this, one safe and legal option is to put down whatever you intended to purchase, and leave.  If the establishment is a luxury stop like a mall, refuse to go back.  If it's necessary like a grocery store, you can still deny them your willing support by instead supporting petitions and other actions against them.  Tell the store why they've lost your business.  In this particular case, you might want to spend your money at a black-owned business instead.  Since the only thing some people care about is money, hit them where they live by diverting your funds from them to the people you support.

* This moves Mall of America from my list of places it would be fun to visit, to my list of places I actively disrecommend.

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This poem came out of discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "usual suspects" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by a discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "face to face" square on my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, following the events of the story "Keeping Warm" and demifiction "Corporation Sues Man."

WARNING: This poem features bigotry and hateful slurs.  If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether you want to read further.

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This poem came out of the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "ritual marks and body decorations" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the Backdraft thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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For you alt-history mavens, here are 20 maps that never happened.  Feel free to use any of those as prompts in a suitable prompt call.  The high-speed rail looks a bit like an early, truncated version of the robust mass-transit system that Terramagne-America enjoys.
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Sung and played, it's very pretty.

According to my farmemory, this is a credible rendition of the court/temple style, you know, classical stuff.  The popular music was, um ... earthier.  Louder, faster, ooga-chaka stuff.

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