Five Star's 297th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Jennifer L. Armentrout

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by separating what actually matters from what does not, what it's like to experience prejudice within communities that should accept you, fear and blackness in America, the beauty of dance, the brutality of addiction and homelessness, and Jennifer L. Armentrout:

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"I've always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect."
— Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

Happy Wednesday, and happy reading!


"The Elegant Art of Not Giving a Shit" by David Cain at Raptitude:

Knowing how to not give a shit doesn’t mean you never give a shit about anything. It just means that when you give a shit, it’s voluntary. You have a reason.

"Prejudice At Pride" by Anonymous at Empathize This:

I’m sick of how bisexuality is erased in LGBT spaces. I get really nervous before any LGBT event, especially Pride. I feel incredibly sad and hopeless when gay and lesbian people call me insulting names. If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me — having been on the receiving end of hate themselves — then how will anyone else understand?

"The Parable of the Unjust Judge or: Fear of a Nigger Nation" by Ezekiel Kweku at The Toast:

I know that one day I will tell my child, if I am blessed enough to have one, that the world is afraid of them, and that the police are not to be trusted. I know that one day, that child will tell her own child the same thing. And yet, I know that I still have enough hope to want to bring children into this world, broken as it is. That is something.

"The Inner Dancer" by kat9090 at This Life, Redacted:

The running, the leaning, stretching. It brings on laughing… the kind of laughing that causes exhaustion. For a little while, my girl — who has let her drive to walk wane as her body grows, seemingly giving in to that ocean between function and desire — my girl finds her inner dancer.

"Death While Homeless: Jackie, 9/16/91 – 8/8/14" by Chris Arnade at Chris Arnade Photography:

When I first met Jackie, over two years ago I asked her what her dream is. “I want to get my GED, become a nurse, and get my kids back. I just want my kids.”

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