a feast of saints

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Continuing the catch-up, from Christmas, I took  a little time to work on a personal interpretation of The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come smiley I love the story of A Christmas Carol so much…I’d really like to keep developing a version of my own! I’ve always loved the Victorian Christmas where warmth, joy and firelight aren’t so far from the fear of winter’s chill. In this take on the spirits- Christmas Past is the little firelight of Scrooge’s own candle, the bell that rings to signify the haunting, as flickering and insubstantial as memory. I imagine her fading and passing her lights on to Christmas Present who wears them as cowl of an advent wreath (the five candles traditionally symbolizing love, joy, peace, hope and the central flame of Christ). Present is a personified horn of plenty mixed with Saint Nicholas, a moving feast that paradoxically cannot be eaten by the starving child hidden in his robes (who will grow into the gaunt form of Christmas Yet To Come). And he is designed to evoke a decaying Christmas tree, under starlight.

I love Aldrich so much it’s not even mathematecally calculable.
Scribbles of his pre transformation form, when he was still a huge bitch, both inside and out. Sulyvahn only appears once but believe me, he’s in every one of these scenes.

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So about USA channels ad on a movie marathon exclusively showcasing Women.

But the only Black Women featured film is of a Black Man dressed in a stereotypical drag of a Black Women. This meets their quota of a Women of Color featured film.

What is this trash!!!!??? #Heated 

Here is a list of Movies/Docs with Black Women leads:

4 Little Girls (1997)

Alex Haley’s Queen (1993) 

American Violet (2009)

Anna Lucasta (1958) 

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) 

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beloved (1998) 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) - Starring Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm
The Bodyguard (1992) 

Boarding House Blues (1948) 

Carmen Jones (1954) 

Claudine (1974) 

Cleopatra Jones (1973) 

Coffy (1973) 

Colombiana (2011)

The Color Purple (1985) 

Crooklyn (1994)

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Dreamgirls (2006) 

Eve’s Bayou (1997) 

Feast Of All Saints (2001)

I Will Follow (2011)

The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

Lackawanna Blues (2005) 

Mama Flora’s Family (1998) 

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Pariah (2011) 

Poetic Justice (1993)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) 

The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

Set It Off (1996) 

Sister Act/Sister Act 2 (1992/1993)

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Something New (2006) 

Soul Food (1997) 

Sparkle (1976) 

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

What’s Love Got To Do With It? (1993) 

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) 

The Wiz (1978) - Starring Diana Ross

A Woman Called Moses (1978)

Yelling to the Sky (2011) 

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Lila & Eve (2015)

Love & Basketball (2000)

Brown Sugar (2002)

Love Jones (1997)

Two Can Play That Game (I don’t like the centering of getting a man but whatever)

-Notice the lack of Sci Fi films. There is a lack of black sci fi films in general, but especially black sci fi films written, directed, and acted by black women. We need to work on that.

Here is films with Black Women in 2016/2017:

Fences (2016)

Black Panther

Hidden Figures 

Danai Gurira in All Eyez On You

Queen of Katwe 

Southside With You

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Misty Copeland Biopic

Viola Davis in Harriet Tubman Biopic

Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in Confirmation

Regina Hall in ‘When the Bough Breaks’

Ruth Negga in 'Loving’ ( Unsure about this one..gonna keep my eye on it)

Add to the list.

Here is a list of Films centering Women of Color & Produced By Women of Color/Directed By Them Too:

“35 Shots of Rum” by
Claire Denis (2008)

“A Different Image” by
Alile Sharon Larkin (1982)

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at
Night” by Ana Lily Amirpour (2014)

“Advantageous” by
Jennifer Phang (2015)

“Ala Modalaindi” by
Nandini Bv Reddy (2011)

“All About You” by
Christine Swanson (2001)

“Alma’s Rainbow” by
Ayoka Chenzira (1994)

“Appropriate Behavior”
by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

“B For Boy” by Chika
Anadu (2013)

“Bande de Filles/Girlhood”
by Céline Sciamma (2014)

“Belle” by Amma Asante
(2013)

“Bend it Like Beckham”
by Gurinder Chadha (2002)

“Bessie” by Dee Rees
(2015)

“Beyond the Lights” by
Gina Prince-Bythewood (2014)

“Bhaji on the Beach” by
Gurinder Chadha (1993)

“Caramel” by Nadine
Labaki  (2007)

“Circumstance” by Maryam
Keshavarz (2011)

“Civil Brand” by Neema
Barnette (2002)

“Compensation” by
Zeinabu irene Davis (1999)

“Daughters of the Dust”
by Julie Dash (1991)

“Double Happiness ” by
Mina Shum (1994)

“Down in the Delta” by Maya
Angelou (1998)

“Drylongso” by Cauleen
Smith (1988)

“Earth” by Deepa Mehta
(1998)

“Elza” by Mariette
Monpierre (2011)

“Endless Dreams” by
Susan Youssef (2009

“Eve’s Bayou” by Kasi
Lemmons (1997)

“Fire” by Deepa Mehta
(1996)

“Frida” by Julie Taymor
(2002)

“Girl in Progress” by
Patricia Riggen (2012)

“Girlfight” by Karyn
Kusama (2000)

“Habibi Rasak Kharban”
by Susan Youssef (2011)

“Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad
Nemizanand (Hush! Girls Don’t Scream)” by Pouran Derahkandeh (2013)

“Honeytrap” by Rebecca
Johnson (2014)

“I Like It Like That” by
Darnell Martin (1994)

“I Will Follow” by Ava
DuVernay (2010

“In Between Days” by
So-yong Kim (2006)

“Introducing Dorothy
Dandridge” by Martha Coolidge (1999)

“It’s a Wonderful
Afterlife” by Gurinder Chadha (2010)

“Jumpin Jack Flash” by
Penny Marshall (1986)

“Just Another Girl on the
IRT” by Leslie Harris (1992)

“Just Wright” by Sanaa
Hamri (2010)

“Kama Sutra” by Mira
Nair (1996)

“Losing Ground” by
Kathleen Collins (1982)

“Love & Basketball”
by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000)

“Luck by Chance” by Zoya
Akhtar (2009)

“Mi Vida Loca” by
Allison Anders (1993)

“Middle of Nowhere” by
Ava DuVernay (2012)

“Mississippi Damned” by
Tina Mabry (2009)

“Mississippi Masala” by
Mira Nair (1991)

“Mixing Nia” by Alison
Swan (1998)

“Monsoon Wedding” by Mira
Nair (2001)

“Mosquita y Mari” by
Aurora Guerrero (2012)

“Na-moo-eobs-neun san
(Treeless Mountain)” by So-yong Kim (2008)

“Night Catches Us” by
Tanya Hamilton (2010)

“Pariah” by Dee Rees
(2011)

“Picture Bride” by Kayo
Hatta (1994)

“Rain” by Maria Govan (2008)

“Real Women Have Curves”
by Patricia Cardoso (2002)

“Saving Face” by Alice
Wu (2004)

“Second Coming” by
Debbie Tucker Green (2014)

“Something Necessary” by
Judy Kibinge (2013)

“Something New” by Sanaa
Hamri (2006)

“Still the Water” by
Naomi Kawase  (2014)

“Stranger Inside” by
Cheryl Dunye (2001)

“Sugar Cane Alley/Black Shack
Alley” by Euzhan Palcy (1983)

“The Kite” by Randa
Chahal Sabag (2003)

“The Rich Man’s Wife” by
Amy Holden Jones (1996)

“The Secret Life of
Bees” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2008)

“The Silence of the
Palace” by Moufida Tlatli (1994)

“The Watermelon Woman”
by Cheryl Dunye (1996)

“The Women of Brewster
Place” by Donna Deitch (1989)

“Their Eyes Were Watching
God” by Darnell Martin (2005)

“Things We Lost in the
Fire” by Susanne Bier  (2007)

“Wadjda” by Haifaa
Al-Mansour (2012)

“Water” by Deepa Mehta
(2005)

“Whale Rider” by Niki
Caro  (2002)

“What’s Cooking?” by
Gurinder Chadha (2000)

“Where Do We Go Now?” by
Nadine Labaki  (2011)

“Whitney” by Angela Bassett
(2015)

“Woman Thou Art Loosed: On
The 7th Day” by Neema Barnette (2012)

“Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down
Girl” by Joan Chen (1998)

“Yelling to the Sky” by
Victoria Mahoney (2011)

“Young and Wild” by
Marialy Rivas (2012)

Here is a short SCI FI film Produced by a Black Woman, and Main Character is a Black Woman: 

PUMZI :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR7l_B86Fc

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Harry Potter Series: Lucy Weasley

Lucy is of Latin origin and it’s meaning is “light”. Feminine form of Lucius; vernacular form of Lucia. The feast day of Saint Lucy (fourth century), patroness of sight, is called the Festival of Light in Sweden. Lucy can also be short for Lucille.

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Saint Lucy’s Day (Dec. 13) is a major feast day in Scandinavia, with their long dark winters. Saint Lucy is called Santa Lucia in Norwegian and Sankta Lucia in Swedish, and is represented as a lady in a white dress and red sash with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Norway, Sweden, and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, girls dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung. Boys participate in the procession as well, playing different roles associated with Christmas. It is said that to vividly celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.

Samhain

Samhain (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means literally summer’s end, and is a festival holiday that is usually celebrated by pagans. This holiday also has many names such as Calan Gaeaf, Nos Cyn Calan Gaual, Oie Houney, Feast of Mongfind, Feast of the Dead, Third Harvest, The Witches’ New Year, and Celtic New Year. This festival holiday celebrates the Sabbath, and is also a time to pay your respects to your ancestors, and people that have moved on. This holiday is celebrated on the 31st of October to November 1st, but this time can actually be changed, or different depending on your spiritual tradition. This can make Samhain to some, a longer period of time in which will extend over multiple days, and may even go into early November. This is also the third and final Harvest of the year in which is the last time to get everything in before winter. During this time people will celebrate by doing rituals, honoring their ancestors, and throwing parties.

This holiday was also taken up by early Christians, and changed into All Saints’ Day, or All Hallows Eve to show respect for Christian saints, and martyrs during the same time as Samhain was being celebrated. Along with All Souls’ Day which is celebrated to remember the souls of the dead following the days of All Saints’ Day, or All Hallows Eve. These holidays would eventually turn into Halloween. Though Halloween got its roots from Samhain, they’re now quite different, and unique holidays from one another. Where Halloween has become a more family oriented holiday in which is more based on self expression of scary things with certain traditions, and customs depending on where you live such as trick-or-treating, and pumpkin carving. Where Samhain is more of a religious, and spiritual celebration of the dead, your ancestors, and loved ones that have passed on along with the celebration of the Sabbath, and the coming of the colder months.

There are thousands of ways that people can celebrate the holiday Samhain, but it primarily depends on your tradition, and culture. People might even make altars, light bonfires, have large feast, spend time with family, reflect on the past, or even visit burial grounds. It all really depends on you, and your tradition, and how you have come to celebrate the holiday. The Samhain season is also a good time for focusing on reflection, change, growth, endings, new beginnings, and is a time for more dark related things. It is a time of year where the energy is closer to us, and the veil is thinner making it a good time to contact the spirit world. This is also the most popular time of year for new occultist, witches, and practitioners to start practicing their craft. It is also a time where the masculine energy is slowly subsideing from the world before it returns later this spring in the holiday of Beltane. It is a very powerful time of the year for a lot of cultures, and traditions around the world, and is something worth celebrating, and honoring in your life, if you choose too.

February 1 is the feast day of St. Brigid of Kildare.  

Saint Brigid’s Cross is one of the most important symbols of Ireland, along with the shamrock and harp. According to tradition, Brigid was summoned to the bedside of a dying chieftain.  In some versions of the story, the chieftain is her father, but all versions agree that the chieftain was a pagan.  Nonetheless, the chief had Christian slaves not unlike Brigid and her mother.  They called Saint Brigid to come and share the Gospel with their master.

When Brigid arrived, the pagan chieftain was delirious with a high fever, rendering any discussion pointless.  So she sat on the rush-strewn floor and waited.  As she waited, she wove the reeds together into the shape of a cross. While Brigid was weaving, the chieftain regained his senses and began to ask her what she was doing.  She was able to tell the man of our Lord’s death and resurrection, and he was converted and requested baptism shortly before dying.

Though Saint Brigid’s Cross of woven rushes arose in a specific time, and is a symbol of a specific place, it is a powerful symbol because it speaks to the timeless message of Christ for people and all nations.   

Saint Brigid of Kildare, pray for us.

This is very late. But here you go anyway.

August 10th was the feast day of St. Lawrence, the Confirmation Saint of our local cartoonist, Tom Gould.

When the greedy Prefect of Rome demanded Lawrence deliver to him the treasures of the church, Lawrence brought forth all the poor people the church supported, and declared that THEY were the true treasures, not the expensive decorations the Prefect was expecting.

The Prefect thought this was so funny that he had Lawrence tied to an iron grill to be slowly roasted alive. Lawrence, not to be outdone, countered with his infamous final jest, “Turn me over, I’m done on this side.”

Classic Lawrence, patron saint of cooks and comedians.

February 1 is the feast day of St. Brigid of Kildare.  One of the patron saints of Ireland, Saint Brigid (sometimes spelled Brigit) of Kildare was born c. A.D. 450.  Her mother was a slave, and her father was an Irish Chieftain.  Her father was a pagan, but her mother was a Christian who had been baptized by Saint Patrick.  

Much of Saint Brigid’s life is shrouded in the murk of legend and time gone by.  But the stories show that Brigid was a holy and generous girl.  Her generosity irked her Druid father, especially when she gave his jeweled sword to a beggar and told him to sell it for food to feed his family.  

Brigid’s father tried to marry her off and get rid of her.  But at 15 she decided to take vows to become a nun.  Before she was 30 the local bishop asked her to found a convent. The convent was at Kildare; in Gaelic Kildare means “Church of the Oak.”  Oak trees were sacred to Druids, indicating that the convent had been erected on a spot where such a tree had once stood.  But now people came from all over Ireland not for pagan worship, but to learn about Christ.

A monastery was built next to the convent, and Saint Brigid also presided over a school of artisans that produced beautiful illuminated manuscripts of Scripture.  As Brigid had been a holy and generous child, Kildare became renowned for holiness and generosity throughout Ireland

Saint Brigid of Kildare, pray for us.