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Ariel Mercado

✨Professional Moody Gal - Art Enthusiast - Artist - Writer✨ 🇵🇷✨

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I know the girls call them “edges” now, but these will forever be “Baby Hairs.” Because when I was fourteen you were shamed for having them. Baby hairs were for girls with electronic belt buckles, white eyeliner, and the triangle center part with the swoops on the side. Baby hairs were for the girls who swore they loved Ciara and stood by her after that rumor “my cookies stay in a jar” was a euphemism for a sex change operation. Real baby hairs are for girls who ask for no vegetables in their fried rice. Respect this truly Black femme art form, consider yo’self blessed. • • • • #blackfemmeart #blackaesthetic #naturalhairstyles #blackart #includescoiffure #blackhair #highart #beauty #diy #heavenlybodies #blackgirljoy #herstory

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“Jíbaro, my pretty nigga. Sweating bullets of blood and bedbugs, Swaying slowly to the softly strummed stains of a five string guitar Remembering ancient empires Of sun gods and black spirits and things that were once So simple.” #felipeluciano • • • #afroboricua #favepoems #nuyorican #boricua

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“To name ourselves rather than be named we must first see ourselves. For some of us this will not be easy. So long unmirrored in our true selves, we may have forgotten how we look. Nevertheless, we can't theorize in a void, we must have evidence. And we—I speak only for black women here—have barely begun to articulate our life experience.” #lorraineogrady

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Hey y’all I’m building my makeup portfolio, come get a fancy makeup look and a free headshot! I’ll be beating faces all day tomorrow 7 am til late ! DM me for the address 🧡

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Performing at a fundraiser presented by @gothamcheer on Monday for LGBTQ homeless youth! @risebarnyc , show up for a good time and a good cause.• • • • Photographer: @coldankles MUA: @shesopleasant

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"The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power. The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic admiration." -Auntie Maya• • • • #JanivaEllis #MayaAngelou #newmuseum #triennial #blackgirlmagic #painting #illustration #color #nyc

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Today is the 63rd Anniversary of the attack on Congress, led by Lolita Lebron. The Anniversary of the Ponce massacre is on the 21st. Never forget that America has been perpetuating genocide on Puerto Rico since 1899. We are a territory with 2nd class citizenship, we are not Americans, we will forever be thought of as "excess population." Let the month of March be the one you learn your history, and donate your time, items, or money to the island. #boricua #lolitalebron #rafaelcancelmiranda #andresfigueroacordero #irvinfloresrodriguez #independence #puertoricannationalist #hurricanemaria

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Performing "Little Lights" tomorrow (2/23) from 7:00-10pm. • • • Location @castellaingallery 1359 Myrtle Ave Bushwick, BK Suite 2L #performanceart #localartist #theself #inheritance

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Performing "Little Lights" on Friday from 7:00-10pm. As always there will be free cocktails and good vibes. • • Location: @castellaingallery 1359 Myrtle Ave Bushwick, BK Suite 2L #performanceart #localartist #theself #diaspora #identity #inheritance

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I heard people out here censoring art, how interesting ....☕️ • • #zoeleonard #poetry #dykeforpresident

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Are you a lady, femme, them, or xi artist of color? Are you struggling with financing your artwork? Do you even know if you're doing your taxes right as a freelancer? Well this is the workshop for you! @lilithsociety Presents: "Getting Gwap and What to do with it!" We've designed a day of education (starting at 12pm, ends at 4pm) that acknowledges our unique needs and obstacles for emerging artists of color affected by classism and misogyny. We've got practical advice, in house grant writing and reviews, a carefully curated culinary experience, and gift bags. So bring a notebook and that grant you've been struggling with December 16th to the Joan Mitchell Foundation (137 W25th st. Btwn 6th and 7th Ave) ***A RSVP is necessary for this event, link in bio*** • • • • #lilithsociety #lilithsocietypresents #woc #freeworkshopsforartists #freeworkshopsnyc

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"...Prevailing conceptions of the self ignore the multiple, sometimes fractious sources of social identity constituted at the intersections of one's gender, sexual orientation, race, class, age, ethnicity, and so forth. Structural domination and subordination are thought not to penetrate the “inner citadel” of selfhood. Likewise, these conceptions deny the complexity of the dynamic, intrapsychic world of unconscious fantasies, fears, and desires, and they overlook the ways in which such materials intrude upon conscious life..." -Feminist Perspectives on the Self• • • • #TheStudioMuseum #Harlem #Fictions #femme #blackcontemporary #installation #domesticity #genevievegaignard #art

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I will be taking donations and I am willing to do pickups. Yes! I will come to your home or work or otherwise and pick up donations. I will be dropping them off with @comiteboricua in the South Bronx for #hurricanemaria relief. Any little bit helps and I will deadass go to brooklyn for a 12 count box of tampons. I will be doing this indefinitely so just hit my DM's. #PuertoRico #Boricua #borinquen #donationsneeded #NYC #nuyorican #howtohelp

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We are the inexplicable light and the hearts that are broken open. @mvdny • • • I want to thank everyone who helped make my show so very special. I want to thank my friends for their dedication, and their commitment to a program with such a tight time constraint. @lilithsociety proves that women are a natural and powerful force in the world. • • • • Also a special thank you to @Jokamundo for an amazing performance, and for being so helpful in so many unexpected ways. #supportyourfriends #supportyourlocalgirlgang #highfemme #ocean #lilithsociety #fentybeauty #diy #nyc

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We have a vision we need to share with you. Don't forget to be a witness on September 15th at 7pm. • • • Address will be posted day of on @lilithsociety page. • • • #performanceart #poetsofinstagram #nyc #lilithsociety #dreamer #liveart #supportyourlocalgirlgang #spiritsspeak #listen

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