Let’s face it, eating well is expensive… or it can be. Buying produce that is either organically (or biodynamically grown) is not cheap. But ingesting pesticide residue is anything but ideal.

Luckily, you can shave a few bucks off your grocery bill by growing a few of those staples from your diet. Best part, it is much easier than you think! You don’t need seeds or anything fancy. You can simply use kitchen scraps from your next meal. How great is that!

urgh wholefoods 

time to start this garden!



Black people and the police—Watch this classic Chappelle stand-up here[X]

Reblogging for later reference







April 17, 2014

Location: North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina.

In 2011, Chancellor Harold Martin announced his strategic plan for Preeminence 2020 (, which has been expressed as a goal to up graduation rates and revamp the campus of the historically Black university. In the last fifteen years or so, a struggle has arisen with students’ eligibility to graduate on time within the designated “4 Year Plan”. Graduating on time at A&T has been difficult due to a myriad of issues, majorly because of bizarre resistance from financial aid, personal issues in students’ lives which often go without being addressed, poor conditions of students’ room and board, and some amount of pushback due to administrative decisions which are not beneficial to the majority of the university’s students.

Chancellor Martin has also explicitly expressed his distaste of A&T’s history as an HBCU as well as his desire to merge A&T with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro—a predominantly white institution—in an effort to make A&T students more successful. He has stated that he wishes to, “bring the population of African American students down to [at least] 70% in order to promote diversity and higher achievement”.

A similar incident occurred around 1978—just before the 1979 rally massacre in Greensboro, North Carolina ( A&T Chancellor Lewis C. Dowdy at the time sought to turn A&T into the East Wing Campus of UNCG. Fortunately, students were able to protest to Chancellor Dowdy as well as A&T’s Board of Trustees to stop the merge.

Most students of present times do not have any sort of feeling towards Preeminence 2020 or the possibility of A&T merging into UNCG. However, you do have students who are not at all pleased, namely those in the Department of Psychology, political science majors, and students who are majoring in African history. These students have a similar argument: if A&T is to merge with UNCG, A&T will inevitably lose its history as an HBCU, taking with it all of the history that is kept sacred here. It’s bad enough that majority of Black students have no knowledge or appreciation of our heritage and history, but we do not have access to the majority of our true history, as it has been stripped away from history books over the course of time.

If you have parents who were born any time before 1960, ask them for their books and you’ll be able to see the stark contrast to then and now.

Notes of Preeminence 2020 state on A&T’s website that one of the main goals is to, “be the institution of choice for higher achieving students”, instead of the sort who are attending A&T as of current. Also, the Preeminence 2020 idea illustrates comparisons between A&T and UNCG, distinctly implying that students at UNCG are simply better. Chancellor Martin seeks to make A&T students “better” as well—which is clearly implied by the name of his “plan”.

preeminence (n., prē-‘e’me-nen(t)s”) - the fact of surpassing all others; superiority.

[by the year 2020, apparently]

Even if it means axing important classes from curriculums of certain majors, or doing away with some majors all together. For instance, the foreign language department has been heavily destroyed over the course of two years; family and consumer science is no longer a major; and the psychology department has seen changes to its curriculum that will actually end up barring students from acceptance into graduate programs in the very near future. Most of the majors in the College of Arts and Sciences turn out the so-called “best” and “most successful” students, yet receive little to no funding at all.

Historically, HBCU simply do not receive much funding from the government. If you look on a website as simple as Wikipedia, this is rather obvious. Ergo, A&T has no money to fund these programs the ways in which they need to be funded.

And yet, in the last two years, A&T has spent at least $20,000,000 or more on the construction of a skybox in the football stadium, and the New Academic Classroom Building. This building, which cost around $60,000,000, has three floors, is made almost entirely of glass, and houses offices for Academic Excellence, the Honors Program, and the International Office—along with a slew of classrooms that are rarely used. As of now, there is talk of doing away with the parking lot by the student union, only to expand the student union to an extreme degree. This entire project is said to cost around $90,539,619 ( The total amount of funds used in rebuilding a lot of the campus in the past few years has totaled out to approximately $160,838,895 (

And yet, we still have dorm halls that do not have working heat or air conditioning, we are being served food that is obviously unhealthy for us and most of us have no other option if we live on campus, and most of the academic departments have close to zero funding to aid in students’ success.

Preeminence 2020?

What’s really going on here?

Even the students know something’s not right, if these photos taken outside of the New Science Building, Bluford Library, and all over the campus grounds are anything to go by.


Save my HBCU….. Dont let him sell out my school. I came here because of history. Dont let THEM take that away from us

I love this post. Educate our Aggie Students. We have more power then they lead us to believe.

Reblog until all students know!

Sad part is we can reblog this all day and all night. Nothing will change. That guy martin will still continue with his plans. funny thing is when I tired to put students on I was told to get off my soap box, I was told I’m just angry and bitter and ignoring the so called improvement stats about retention and attrition. Like they said Aggie Pride is dead Preeminence 2020 started years ago. And for the freshman and transfer students out there welcome to UNCG East Campus. And I’ll say this too if SGA was worth a damn they would have been actively speaking out about it fucking event planners i guess that’s government tho choose your oppressor 


worst pain imaginable


Shaka King of the Zulus

  • He was born around 1787 to Senzangakhona and Nandi.
  • Shaka’s father was the ruler of a small chiefdom (the Zulus) and his mother was the daughter of an Elangeni tribe
  • He was born out of wedlock, so he spent much of his childhood with his mother until he was of age to become a warrior
  • He was often teased and humiliated by other children because he was raised without a father but claimed to be the son of a chief
  • He soon became a warrior in the Mthethwa army under Dingiswayo
  • In 1816, his father died, and Dingiswayo helped Shaka assassinate his brother and become chief of the Zulus
  • Shaka was under Dingiswayo’s control as ruler of the Zulus but was given a lot of freedom
  • In around 1818, Dingiswayo died in battle. Some say Shaka deliberately allowed him to die but there’s no evidence to back this claim up
  • After Dingiswayo died, Shaka took control of the Mthethwa and began to conquer neighboring chiefdom’s
  • When Shaka fully came into power, he began to reorganize his army in accordance with his own ideas and training
  • He did not allow his warriors to wear sandals which toughened their feet and installed discipline into the warriors
  • Shaka is known for possibly creating the buffalo horns military formation and his use of encirclement tactics
  • Shaka eventually began to amass a powerful army
  • In 1818, Shaka successful defeated the Ndwandwe
  • Shaka’s forces once again defeated the Ndwandwe in 1826
  • After 1826 he no longer had any major rivals
  • He continued to conquer neighboring chiefdom’s but often left the reigning chief in place unless the chiefdom resisted
  • His wars may have caused around a million deaths and many people were forced migrate elsewhere to get away from his rule
  • After the death of his mother in 1827, Shaka begin to exhibit odd behavior
  • He ordered that pregnant women be killed along with their husbands, milk was not allowed to be used, and around 7,000 people were killed for not grieving enough
  • Shaka was assassinated in 1828 by his half brothers and buried in an unknown location
  • He is remembered for uniting different chiefdom’s, building up the Zulu Kingdom, and his military genius

Sources: wikipedia, pinterest, sahistory, capetown guide



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