steve roggenbuck . poet + video artist . vegan . this blog is mostly reblogs + personal stuff . i use livemylief as my creative portfolio


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bell hooks has become a hero of mine for a lot of reasons, but 1 thing i particularly love and admire about her is this: her writing consistently merges the political with the spiritual, and therefore the personal . for her there is no feminism more important than how you interact in your relationships and your family . for her feminism needs to exist in the nature of your very character . her commitment to ending domination, coercion, and exploitation is consistently applied across to alll areas of life . to me this makes her work truly visionary, and very exciting to me as a writer and an artist too, not just as an activist . i see bell hooks as a writer who has sucessfully shaped her work down to the core with intention and political integrity . as i learn more and more this year about the ways that capitalist and patriarchal ideology has tinted my worldview without my even realizing, bell hooks continues to be an inspiration and a vital resource . i just started reading this book, “all about love,” and its reminding me exactly how much i love reading this woman’s work, and how clear its transformative power is..

bell hooks has become a hero of mine for a lot of reasons, but 1 thing i particularly love and admire about her is this: her writing consistently merges the political with the spiritual, and therefore the personal . for her there is no feminism more important than how you interact in your relationships and your family . for her feminism needs to exist in the nature of your very character . her commitment to ending domination, coercion, and exploitation is consistently applied across to alll areas of life . to me this makes her work truly visionary, and very exciting to me as a writer and an artist too, not just as an activist . i see bell hooks as a writer who has sucessfully shaped her work down to the core with intention and political integrity . as i learn more and more this year about the ways that capitalist and patriarchal ideology has tinted my worldview without my even realizing, bell hooks continues to be an inspiration and a vital resource . i just started reading this book, “all about love,” and its reminding me exactly how much i love reading this woman’s work, and how clear its transformative power is..

unhistorical:

Interviewer: But the question is more, how do you get there? Do you get there by confrontation, violence?

Davis: Oh, is that the question you were asking? Yeah see, that’s another thing. When you talk about a revolution, most people think violence, without realizing that the real content of any revolutionary thrust lies in the principles and the goals that you’re striving for, not in the way you reach them. On the other hand, because of the way this society’s organized, because of the violence that exists on the surface everywhere, you have to expect that there are going to be such explosions. You have to expect things like that as reactions. If you are a black person and live in the black community all your life and walk out on the street everyday seeing white policemen surrounding you… when I was living in Los Angeles, for instance, long before the situation in L.A ever occurred, I was constantly stopped. No, the police didn’t know who I was. But I was a black women and I had a natural and they, I suppose thought I might be “militant.”

And when you live under a situation like that constantly, and then you ask me, you know, whether I approve of violence. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense at all. Whether I approve of guns.

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Some very, very good friends of mine were killed by bombs, bombs that were planted by racists. I remember, from the time I was very small, I remember the sounds of bombs exploding across the street. Our house shaking. I remember my father having to have guns at his disposal at all times, because of the fact that, at any moment, we might expect to be attacked. The man who was, at that time, in complete control of the city government, his name was Bull Connor, would often get on the radio and make statements like, “Niggers have moved into a white neighborhood. We better expect some bloodshed tonight.” And sure enough, there would be bloodshed. After the four young girls who lived, one of them lived next door to me…I was very good friends with the sister of another one. My sister was very good friends with all three of them. My mother taught one of them in her class. My mother—in fact, when the bombing occurred, one of the mothers of one of the young girls called my mother and said, “Can you take me down to the church to pick up Carol? We heard about the bombing and I don’t have my car.” And they went down and what did they find? They found limbs and heads strewn all over the place. And then, after that, in my neighborhood, all the men organized themselves into an armed patrol. They had to take their guns and patrol our community every night because they did not want that to happen again.

Angela Davis on violence and revolution (1972)

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todays sunset , i saw it from the window inside, and it seemed like just a soft cloudless gradient in the west, kinda subtle and nothing particulalry eye catching. then i walked outside and over to the river, and it was actually amazing, there were some pink clouds lit up on the opposite end of the sky, and also there was a half moon, and all of this reflecting on the water it was a good surprise . from within the house i wouldve judged this sunset to be un-remarkable but it was actually very good. here is an instagram video i took of the scene

my newest video if u havent seen it :) i have a bike helmet on

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it was overcast this evening and i was not expecting a visible sunset at all but as it got closer to that time, i did notice an orange tint to the greyness in the west of the sky, and that seemd rly cool to me, because i hadnt rly considered much that “overcast” actualy kind of happens on a sliding scale.. so maybe it was 70% or 80% overcast, enough for some orange to show

wasnt really a proper full blown sunset tonight altho it looked cool in different ways.. wish i had a better camera for the night sky.. afterward the cresent moon was real hazy in this way that looked amazing and like i never see it..

You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.

— Angela Davis - from a lecture delivered at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. February 13th, 2014. (via ninjaruski)

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i rarely use snapchat (username “steveroggenbuck”) but i think i loook cute in this heh :) also, if any of yall ever want to help with money situation, you can indeed buy a book/shirt or donate to support my videos anytime !<3 thanks to everyone who supports in any way, tho, not just financially.. and love and warmth to every one on the earth

i rarely use snapchat (username “steveroggenbuck”) but i think i loook cute in this heh :) also, if any of yall ever want to help with money situation, you can indeed buy a book/shirt or donate to support my videos anytime !<3 thanks to everyone who supports in any way, tho, not just financially.. and love and warmth to every one on the earth

so i am on this cool streak of seeing the sunset every day .. so far it is 6 days of this happening . i’ve decided im gonna try to just keep this going indefinitely, and i will post pics of most of them here, using “every sunset” tag .. this will b good for me to make sure i get outside more, and idk it just seems fun to me.. maybe not the most important thing but it wil probably improve my life ! i will probably gain a more nuanced understanding of sunsets.. one time i heard dudebutt talking abt sunsets like predicting if there would be a good sunset based on the spread of clouds in the sky before the sun went down, and probably other factors, and idk that seemd cool to me ! i will probably develop more nuanced “favorites” when it comes to sunset types, u know. for most people a sunset is just a cliche, no specificity or appreciation to detail.. i also want to learn the names of trees for this same reason, and birds.. i think there are whole worlds of interestinf shit happening around us every day, especially outdoors, but most of the culture in the world doesn’t rly encourage us to pay attention to it.. its a lost opportunity for free & healthy enjoyment, and more connection to our planet <3

note: sunset pics here are from the past 6 days, but not chronological . also todays sunset is pictured twice, becaus it was particularly good imo, and one of the previous sunsets i didnt photograph

here is a very short story i wrote… if u like it you can read two more of them in Pop Serial 5

vivelamours:

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012), Shola Lynch

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iwilleatyourenglish:

everyone has said and done problematic things in their lifetime. that’s a result of the society we live in, not necessarily a reflection of their character.

what is a reflection of their character is how they react to being informed of the negativity within their behavior and statements, and whether or not they choose to change their behavior.

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nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

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