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windandsalt:

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#this is not an exaggeration okay #children do say this #children do wonder why they can’t find themselves in the media #don’t fucking tell me it doesn’t matter #it matters so much #children NEED to see themselves represented #or else they grow up feeling inferior and not worthy

okay, story time: i’m a resident actor a children’s theatre company, and we just did peter pan. i was cast as peter because i’m the only one who looks young enough to play the part; but aside from looking young, i look nothing like peter pan. he’s this little white boy with reddish brown hair and i’m an arab/hispanic queer with black hair and freckles. 

our company has a really devoted following, and these kids are reeeally young. after every show, we do autographs as the characters and have to keep up the act, because to a lot of these really young kids, we are who we pretend to be on stage. that terrified me. i’ve done autograph sessions in-character before, but never as such a well-loved character. who, again, is white. i was worried about what children might say.

over the course of the production, we must have performed for close to 500 kids, between the shows we did for families and the shows we did for school field trips.

and i distinctly remember one little white girl who came up to me with a DVD copy of disney’s peter pan, and she had this adorable tinkerbell dress on, and she just stared at me wide-eyed and after a while she said “i have all your movies!!”

first of all, if you don’t think that’s the cutest thing ever, please leave.

and when i asked her what she wanted me to sign, she handed me her DVD and said “by your face.” and she points right at this little white redheaded peter pan with pointy ears who is clearly not me, as if she can’t tell the difference… or she can, and she doesn’t care. similar things happened with different children, but it never lost its charm for me. on the contrary, it really warmed my heart.

by that same token there were many children of color who were affected by seeing a brown peter pan. a lot of them (usually older children) and/or their parents ask me how i got into acting, and if i had any advice for how to get into it. it meant a lot to me that there’s this whole generation of children of color who are going to pursue the arts, because even though i live in a very diverse area, our theatre landscape is still very whitewashed.

anyway, what i’m trying to say isn’t just that representation matters, which it does. what i’m also trying to say is that one less white face in the crowd isn’t going to hurt anyone. i feel like i’ve heard time and again that white people can only identify with white characters, and the whole point of my story is that that’s obviously not true. that kind of behavior, where people only empathize with characters who look like them, has to be taught. and that kind of behavior is racism.

bolding is mine, because that last bit really knocked it out of the park for me

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kushitekalkulus:

COLLECTION OF YORUBA ORISHAS

Not to diss on Northern European mythologies but can we seriously have some fuckin’ recognition that there are religions and mythologies that are not Greek? Why the fuck did I learn about the Greeks 6 times but we never fucking talked about Africa or Central America or South America or Asia or even really the mythologies and beliefs of Native peoples of North America? 

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verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.
Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues
aaaand she had a pet cheetah

I mean, sometimes I think that humanity is a cesspit that should never have existed, but then I remember Josephine Baker existed. 

minim-calibre:

queertrees:

geekygothgirl:

verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.

Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues

aaaand she had a pet cheetah

I mean, sometimes I think that humanity is a cesspit that should never have existed, but then I remember Josephine Baker existed. 

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jadelyn:

Are you fucking kidding me? Like, no, Shakespeare wouldn’t tweet a sonnet cause 140 characters is a bit short for that. Wrong medium. But you know what he would have? A very active twitter FULL OF DICK PUNS AND YOUR MOM JOKES okay. (And probably also a blog for the sonnets and longer works, that cross-posts links to twitter anyway.)
Get out of here with that pretentious anti-technology bullshit.

He’d rock the fuck out of memes. Don’t deny it.

Exit, pursued by a doge. much run wow 

I don’t understand people who try to make Shakespeare into a pretentious thing cause he was basically an uneducated dick-joke making dude for the common masses. His historical plays are straight up fanfiction. There’s a scene in Macbeth where two guards are having a conversation as a dude pees on a wall. Get out of here with your Shakespeare snobbery.

doodlesanddiscord:

thommquackenbush:

jennlyons:

jadelyn:

Are you fucking kidding me? Like, no, Shakespeare wouldn’t tweet a sonnet cause 140 characters is a bit short for that. Wrong medium. But you know what he would have? A very active twitter FULL OF DICK PUNS AND YOUR MOM JOKES okay. (And probably also a blog for the sonnets and longer works, that cross-posts links to twitter anyway.)

Get out of here with that pretentious anti-technology bullshit.

He’d rock the fuck out of memes. Don’t deny it.

Exit, pursued by a doge.

much run wow 

I don’t understand people who try to make Shakespeare into a pretentious thing cause he was basically an uneducated dick-joke making dude for the common masses. His historical plays are straight up fanfiction. There’s a scene in Macbeth where two guards are having a conversation as a dude pees on a wall. Get out of here with your Shakespeare snobbery.

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nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

YES.

Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.

“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

stem-cell:

rosalarian:

pourquoi-nutmeg:

nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

YES.

Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.

“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

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This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.

In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion.

She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.”

American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.

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aadatart:

Artivism: Art and Political Response for Social Justice Against Racism

Young activists have taken to the streets and social media in protest. Hundreds have marched across America to demand justice for Michael Brown, a 19 year old unarmed black teen who was gunned down by a white police officer, and thousands have retweeted hashtags like #BringBackOurGirls, #DontShoot and #FreePalestine to draw attention to incidents of injustice. Although the public elects politicians, many times their outcries are not heard or addressed by their governors or congressmen but by artists, musicians, and authors.

There are many examples of contemporary black artists who are actively examining and critiquing our perception of the world through visual expression and revolutionary imagery. By referencing critical moments in history their work explores both the human condition and the process of human conditioning.

Top: Michael D’Antuono. “A tale of two hoodies”, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″. 
Middle: Hank Willis Thomas, “I AM A MAN”, (2009)
Bottom: Faith Ringgold, “The United States of Attica, 1971-1972”

Read more and see more artworks

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magnacarterholygrail:

[REGGAE AIRHORN]presented by magnacarterholygrail
reggae, dancehall, and reggaepop. because of reasons.much love to gayblackgeek for his contributions!
TRACKLISTING:

1. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam2. Tanto Metro and Devonte - Everyone Falls In Love Sometimes3. Sean Paul ft. Sasha - I’m Still In Love With You4. Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock5. Beenie Man - Sim Simma6. Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On7. Rihanna - Man Down8. Mad Cobra - Flex9. Barrington Levy - Murderer10. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Buffalo Soldier11. Beres Hammond - Tempted to Touch12. Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls13. I Wayne - One Man Can’t Satisfy Her14. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote15. Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse 16. Shaggy ft. Rikrok - It Wasn’t Me17. Beenie Man ft. Mya - Girls Dem Sugar18. Sean Paul - Temperature19. Mavado ft. Nicki Minaj - Give It All To Me20. Dawn Penn - No, No, No21. Tony Matterhorn - Dutty Wine22. Rihanna - No Love Allowed23. Elephant Man ft. Twista and the YoungBloodz - Jook Gal24. Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go25. Beenie Man - King of the Dancehall26. Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie27. Beyonce ft. Sean Paul - Baby Boy28. Barrington Levy - Living Dangerously29. Shaggy - Boombastic30. Gyptian - Hold Yuh31. Elephant Man - Pon Di River32. Sean Paul - Gimme the Light33. Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry, Be Happy34. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Three Little Birds

download it HERE!
enjoy, I love you!

I’M SO FUCKING EXCITED RIGHT NOW

belleandwhistle:

magnacarterholygrail:

[REGGAE AIRHORN]
presented by magnacarterholygrail

reggae, dancehall, and reggaepop. because of reasons.
much love to gayblackgeek for his contributions!

TRACKLISTING:

1. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
2. Tanto Metro and Devonte - Everyone Falls In Love Sometimes
3. Sean Paul ft. Sasha - I’m Still In Love With You
4. Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
5. Beenie Man - Sim Simma
6. Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On
7. Rihanna - Man Down
8. Mad Cobra - Flex
9. Barrington Levy - Murderer
10. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Buffalo Soldier
11. Beres Hammond - Tempted to Touch
12. Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls
13. I Wayne - One Man Can’t Satisfy Her
14. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote
15. Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse 
16. Shaggy ft. Rikrok - It Wasn’t Me
17. Beenie Man ft. Mya - Girls Dem Sugar
18. Sean Paul - Temperature
19. Mavado ft. Nicki Minaj - Give It All To Me
20. Dawn Penn - No, No, No
21. Tony Matterhorn - Dutty Wine
22. Rihanna - No Love Allowed
23. Elephant Man ft. Twista and the YoungBloodz - Jook Gal
24. Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go
25. Beenie Man - King of the Dancehall
26. Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie
27. Beyonce ft. Sean Paul - Baby Boy
28. Barrington Levy - Living Dangerously
29. Shaggy - Boombastic
30. Gyptian - Hold Yuh
31. Elephant Man - Pon Di River
32. Sean Paul - Gimme the Light
33. Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry, Be Happy
34. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Three Little Birds

download it HERE!

enjoy, I love you!

I’M SO FUCKING EXCITED RIGHT NOW

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