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Much as I enjoyed myself in Colorado, I left Denver with more questions about cannabis legalization than I had when I arrived. I’m talking about this + MUCH more on IG Live TONIGHT and TOMORROW at 9pm EDT (6pm PDT). MONDAY= specifically talking w/
@lisa_lisa_creativeabout our Colorado networking trip w/ @hi.curious
TUESDAY= talking about the complications of legalization v. normalization.
BYO Cannabis- If you watch on either day, this’ll be an opportunity to consume cannabis with a community of people who won’t judge you and make you feel like a criminal. I’ll be trying out my new beautiful glass pieces c/o of my friends at @milehighpipe- mama got her first dab rig and I’m stoked to take it for a test run.
No pressure to blaze but feel free to bring your topicals, edibles, vapes, tinctures, SUM, or just your curiosity- if you’ve ever been curious about cannabis and want a safe environment for inquiry, this is the space for you. We’re not criminals. We’re taking care of our health. All cannabis use is medicinal. When we medicate, our wellness has an unmistakable positive impact on the planet. #hilda #cosplay #cannabis💋💋🌿🌿🌿 Photo by @shana__banana
Creative Direction by @lisa_lisa_creative
Floral Bikini by @bear.rose
Hair by @vivicaccoxx
Condado de Durham
Much as I enjoyed myself in Colorado, I left Denver with more questions about cannabis legalization than I had when I arrived. For example, upon arrival my thoughts were completely consumed by incarceration and record expungement. Basically, how do we use the ground swell of public support for cannabis as a tool for liberation? However, it didn’t take long for me to realize how my concerns are just the sweat on the iceberg. For example, WHY is @simplypuremj the ONLY black owned dispensary in the ENTIRE STATE OF COLORADO?? Not just Denver. In the ENTIRE state of Colorado there is only ONE black owned dispensary. In an industry that is rooted in black + brown communities and whose economic success is high key benefited by the contradiction of cannabis incarceration. It reminded me of the person who gave me shit for going to @uncleikesglassandgoods in Seattle. During one of my 1st trips to Seattle, I was so thrilled to buy legally that I was rambling on IG about it and one of y’all immediately hopped in my DMs to talk about how we need to primarily support minority owned dispensaries. I have to confess that I rolled my eyes upon receiving this feedback. I thought what many of us continue to think- isn’t some legal weed better than no weed at all? But after this trip, I really don’t think it is. We’re creating a fantasy in which white ppl fearlessly smoke weed, POC continue to be terrorized by the justice system & are unable to elbow into a now flooded economic market. And each time we silence our questions in favor of lighting a bowl, we each silently contribute to this inequity.
I’m talking about this and more this Monday AND Tuesday on IG Live at 9pm EDT (6pm PST). On Monday we’ll specifically talk about my Colorado networking trip w/
@hi.curiousand on Tuesday we’ll talk about the complications of legalization v. normalization. BYO Cannabis- If you watch on either day, this’ll be a dope opportunity to consume cannabis with a community of people who won’t judge you and make you feel like a criminal. You’re not a criminal. You’re taking care of your health. All cannabis use is medicinal.
Photo by @cdo.photofor @yogajournal
Durham, North Carolina
I’m in Colorado having the time of my life with @hi.curious and I really like these photos that
@laurenperlsteintook of me for @bustleand you know sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug but today is a good day.
@karlahirkalerslayed the fuck out of my face and my baby @laurenperlstein took this photo- link to the article is above
Huge thank you to
@barefootstudiolrfor having me! It was so nice to meet and practice with you all! We had 2 workshops and a community donation based class where proceeds went to @luciesplacear and The Van Organization. Up next is Atlanta this weekend and Seattle in two weeks! I’ve added a few more stops to my website, but where else should I visit?
I love the shit out of this @premme.us set but I kinda wish every plus size activewear line had something like it. I mean, I definitely know why they don’t. Designers, even plus size designers, act like they’re scared of fat bodies. They don’t know how to handle our jiggly bits beyond compressing and tucking them out of sight. Maybe we don’t want them out of sight. Maybe we’re cool with the jiggly bits. This is my all-time favorite kind of yoga outfit- high waisted brief and low impact bra. Especially when it comes to hot yoga, this is the dream. However, it’s the unicorn of plus size active wear- I’ve been mixing and matching underwear and bathing suits for years because hoes are afraid to make high cut shorts and briefs for fatties. Most plus size shorts are bullshit- they roll up into the sandwich of my fupa and inner thighs causing chafing like you can’t imagine. And idk if our collective excitement over the influx of brands who’ve all of a sudden decided to start hustling fat people leggings has got shit confused but making a half way decent pair of plus size leggings is truly the bare minimum.
What’s your favorite activewear brand?
This whole flow is on IGTV and the song is The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony” which still goes hard over 20 (!!!!!)* years later. *When the fuck did that happen, I ask you.
Durham County, North Carolina
#SEATTLE! I will be doing an author event at @piercecountylibrary’s University Place location! See you March 29th. Check my website to see where I’m heading next!
#adLooking at myself naked is how I learned to love my body. I was taught to hate these curves- loving them is the epitome of rebellion. When I see my rolls, scars, and stretch marks, I no longer see what the patriarchy wants me to see. I see the bloom of queendom, the crescent moon rising to her fullness, a cub becoming a lioness. @thirdlove makes the only bras that loves my curves as much as I do. I recently cleaned out my bra collection and got rid of everything but my @thirdlove bras. I love this brand so much and I couldn’t be happier to work with them. ThirdLove has always supported the empowerment of women in each and every size, but they didn’t want to be complacent. They want to push themselves to always be more inclusive and representative of every woman, every body, and every style preference.
They’ve got 78 sizes, cup sizes AA through I & band sizes 30 through 48. I’m a 40C and I’m wearing @thirdlove’s Everyday Lace T-Shirt Bra + Matching Undies in Twilight.
Photo by @flame_wolf
Creative Direction by @lisa_lisa_creative
@cadyshannon out here talkin bout did you get these pants tailored.
Bitch, I’m literally just wearing @spanx.
Shout out to @spanx for keeping my ass faux snatched since I was puttin holes in size XL @forever21 T-shirt dresses.
Wait, do you remember the days before @forever21plus? Wow, what a time to be alive and fat. What a time to have actually been 21, come to that
My Pants+ Suspenders are @uniquevintage, Top+Boots are
#tbtto visiting @letashy& @carolynkylstraat @selfmagazinebefore dipping out of the city.
Much love to my @selfmagazine fam for consistently showing the publishing world what representation should actually look like 💋💋💋
New York, New York
What authority do I have to intentionally inspire? I’m just like anyone else. I wake up, I fall down, I make mistakes. I’ve got wildly contradictory and problematic opinions. I’m vengeful and I can be quite spiteful. I’m jealous, and I allow my jealousy to cloud my judgments.
And yes, I practice yoga. I practice yoking the light and the dark in life.
And yes, I’m shamelessly fat.
But my goal is not to inspire other people. I don’t think desiring followership is in the best interest of any yoga practice, let alone mine.
But I can’t be pressed about anyone else’s yoga practice. All I can do is focus on mine. And I will never encourage anyone to look beyond themselves for the answers to life’s questions. If the fact that I don’t seek followership offends you, I might suggest that you do inquiry around why that’s the case. But if you think I’m full of shit and you’re not here for it, that’s cool. That’s your inner teacher speaking. And I respect your inner teacher. The light in me Sees, honors, respects, and loves the light in you. Be blessed. Go with love and go with God. (Honestly, I think the best way to inspire people is to mind your fucking business, drink water, get some sleep, and keep your spirit moisturized.) Song is Donny Hathaway’s “Lord Help Me”
New York, New York
Black fatties who enjoy athleticism are not here to make you feel better about yourself. If you’re following me because you’re looking for a role model, look elsewhere. Look inside yourself. You should be your role model. You should be your hero.
I have no interest in promoting positivity. Everything in life isn’t positive, nor is it meant to be. Life is composed of the light and the dark, the positive and the negative. Lose one and you’d be unable to see the other. If you want to live in a fantasy, that’s your business.
It is not my job to inspire you. That’s YOUR job.
I spend most of my life cleaning up cat shit and wearing yoga leggings so when I looked in the mirror before putting on my dress for my @thecut panel, a bitch decided to feel herself.
Tights by @eloquii, Underroos by @spanx, bra by the goat @thirdlove
New York, New York
My sun salutation jump back game is in another dimension now that I’m leap frogging my ass around the mat. Making space for my belly instead of lamenting it’s presence. Body love is really what got me here. I’ve been bored by the yoga + body positivity conversation for years at this point. But legit, without straight up body love, a bitch would not even be here. Jessamyn, how you gon do core work without respecting the whole region, fat flabs and all. Maybe it’s time to stop shading the path that got you here?
This whole flow is on IG TV. This song is by
@incubusofficialand it’s called “Privilege”. I think being #fatis one of the privileges of my yoga practice. Fatness is a truly beautiful lens through which to see the world.
Speaking of being fat, this @universalstandardbodysuit is the most perfect fat people yoga outfit I have ever put on my body. Tits, Ass, and Belly are all 100% under control.
New York, New York
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