1. portraits-of-america:

         “Everyone my age is so keen on having friends, relationships, and being in love, but I’m OK with being single. I’m not really ready to be in a relationship and give my full attention to someone—I don’t even know how to give that to myself. Before I can even think about committing to someone else and their problems, I want to fully commit to myself. Now is the time to get to know myself and what I deserve: I need to be selfish now, so I can be selfless later.”

    State College, PA

     
  2. portraits-of-america:

         “My mom died from diabetes and my dad was murdered. I’m in college, and I’m about to launch my own clothing line, as well as a non-profit organization.”
         “How were you able to succeed despite losing your parents? Did you have a grandmother or someone who helped you?”
         “Actually, I’m the one helping my grandmother. I was the type of kid who had strong ambitions—challenges drove me. I was presented with so many obstacles that I was expected to fail at everything: I wasn’t supposed to graduate from high school, I wasn’t supposed to go to college. But I never failed. No one in my family ever went to college—I’m breaking that chain.”

    Akron, OH    

     
  3. portraits-of-america:

         “I come from the slums where a lot of people don’t make it, especially African-Americans like myself. Someone has to make it, and I’m determined to be that one. I want greatness.”
         “What kind of greatness do you want to accomplish?”
         “Oh, I want to have my own school for underprivileged kids. Picture this: my last name is Gray, G-R-A-Y. It stands for ‘Greatness Revolves Around You’—that would be the name of my school.”

    Akron, OH

     
  4. upallnightogetloki:

    lastofthetimeladies:

    freshest-tittymilk:

    portraits-of-america:

         “I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’” 

    Bethlehem, PA

    Thats mildly hilarious

    HOW THE FUCK DID THE SHELTER EVEN GET A FUCKING WOLF CUB LIKE HOW SWAY?!

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  7. blacknoonajade:

    lifesentences:

    hazeleyed1:

    angelmirandac:

    lsxcrowned:

    davoncarey:

    Gotta do what I gotta do

    Davon, father my future kids too man 😩

    this is beautiful

    Yooooooo

    YES DAD! 

    Black Dad Excellence

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  8. merakitea:

    in this moment, i am outkast, collectively. 

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  9. emsfitjourney:

    fullten:

    I wanted to make I post I could link too whenever someone asks me this~

    Seriously. Even if I was hella in shape, really healthy, no one would be asking for health or work out tips from me if I was fat. Stop assuming because someone looks like what society deems as ‘healthy’ or ‘fit’ that they are, it’s a lie, they are try to sell you things and make you hate and judge strangers. Stop buying into it. 

    I LOVE THIS THANK YOU

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