As much as I plan to teach you everything I know with hopes you will be better than me, somehow you teach me so much more while you know so little, wanting me to better myself. Before I was born my father had already told my mother that “if you have this kid you will do it alone and he will one day want to know who his father is.” My whole life my dad never approached me and pretended I was a neighbor’s child while I watched him bathe his kids in the most lavish of everything. Back then I would hold my tongue when I saw my half siblings wishing I could tell them I was their brother. In my 20’s I finally approached my father and revealed myself to my half siblings against my father’s will. He made me sign a legal document saying I would never be entitled to his fortune, which made no sense- but I didn’t want that. He also didn’t want me to tell my half siblings I was their brother, but I needed to be honest with them. His last words were, “I want nothing to do with you and “my kids” will never accept you.” He was right, they never accepted me and I never spoke to him again. Since then, I’ve pushed on with my life and told myself that I would learn to love myself before I tried to love my children. That maybe my father didn’t have a father like me. A father that loved him for who he was, unless he was who he wanted him to be. This pattern would stop with me and stop with Zara. I never got to be my father’s son. Instead I took pride in my mother’s family name and history Zand, and dropped the last name that was given to me by her second husband whom also never raised me. You, my daughter, are perfect and will always be loved. I will not hide you from the world, I will celebrate that you are my child and hold that higher than anything else. I promise you that I will always be the proudest because I am your father.
Suit @hausofmilad photo @ainazgharavi
19 hours ago
If there is a will to save, you will find a way 🙌🏼. Thank you @radhikaraje for sharing this video with me. Her brother in law actually saved this baby elephant who accidentally fell into a well. He got the JCB, broke a part of the well, and saved a precious life! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 @amarjyotisinghdeo@dhenkanalpalace@yashasvinikumaridevi@meenaljhalasinghdeo ♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼
I may be away from home, but not from the things and people I love. Ear to the Wild Foundation is preparing for the final chapter of demonstrating the technology that will help save our beautiful elephants from dying. Technology is incredibly crucial in changing our life for the better, and for our planet. This is the focus of my work. Bringing technology & research from the west and resolving animal crisis in India 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳. Elephants are massive creatures, but depend on us to survive. Let’s join hands, and help. @eartothewildfdn@thesenseofsilencefoundation@seemalokh 🐘🐘🐘
1 day ago
I was about to step onto the stage and make my way into facilitating the panels for @beautyrevolution_za festival, when @fashion_friend1 held my hands first then the rest of my body with the warmest kind of embrace. My hands were shaking a little because nerves always accompany me before I do something I care about. I was about to interview women like @pridemm who is the head of PR for @foschinisa, a woman who has a mind that far exceeds anything her body can contain. My body was buzzing but Tania paused my movements until the noise disappeared in her hug and I could only hear my heartbeat after a couple of moments, she reminded me of the words that I wrote on my @foschinisa T-shirt for my affirmation. My affirmation a couple of months ago was "I AM BANZI". "Banzi" is a word in isizulu that speaks to abundance and expansion. I remembered my affirmation, smiled at her with deep appreciation and proceeded with my journey of growth.
The TFG group has been a partnership that has reminded me to enjoy my womanhood and expand effortlessly into my potential. Now I am on their @balancedlife_za June issue cover. The Feel Good issue. Hope you get a copy when your eyes land on it, as we talk about living one's truth.
Art Director: @andrea.and.amelia
Photographer: @samanthapinto_photo // @hmimages
Make up @amoribirch
Styled by: @hmstyleteam @styled_by_swartz
11 hours ago
Young people were a BIG PART of what made 2019 #SDGglobalFest a great event! 🤩
From #Germany, #Morocco, #USA and from 150 countries from around the 🌏, young Festival-goers showed us how they are taking action to achieve the #GlobalGoals 💫 by 2030 👧. They are participating in climate school strikes, using photography to show their concerns, writing comics to teach the #SDGs and creating workshops to discuss ways to achieve the necessary changes to make the world a better place.
Meet some members of the #SDGYouth! 👶👉 https://bit.ly/2JUNoZA
By our SDG storyteller @toyyibdimeji who got to know some of their stories at the #SDGglobalFest
Happiest birthday to the legendary @cher A female icon everybody adore ✨ #socialactivist#socialactivism#feminist#equalityact#women#womensupportwomen#feminism#feminist#feministquotes#humanrights#civilrights#climatechange#globalwarming#lgbtrights#genderequality#womenempowerment#strongwomen#feministquotes#feministaesthetic#activism#supportact#equalityact#globalwarmingisreal#saveourplanet#savetheearth#environment
Do you have a passion for #activism and #advocating for others? Then you should check out "Hot Water Over Raised Fists" - an immersive art-dance installation inspired by the pipeline protests at Standing Rock and the lead-water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
As #BostonDancemakersResident Jenny Oliver explains, "My hope is that my art making will add to the conversation around these issues and when people look back in 50 years they’ll understand the value of intersectional art as a vessel for education and change."
🎟 #TicketsonSaleNow for "Hot Water Over Raised Fists", buy yours now through the link in the bio! "Hot Water Over Raised Fists" premieres in the Calderwood Pavilion at BCA from June 14-15 & 22-23. 🗣 Post-show Talks: June 14, 15 & 22 after 8 pm performances.
📸 by Stefanie Belnavis
9 hours ago
let women have a choice about their bodies and start doing something that will actually help the world.. follow @timesup__ for more
9 hours ago
She organized a protest march of 80 women who trekked 350 miles to Bogotá, the capital, from La Toma to demand the removal of all illegal miners and equipment from their community. - Jo