A compilation of all the skater cameos in Yuri!!! on Ice:

These little shoutouts to the real figure skating world amused me greatly while watching the anime, so I’ve decided to mash them all into one post:

Yuzuru Hanyu - Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2014 World Champion, four time Grand Prix Final Champion (2013-16), two-time Four Continents silver medalist (2011, 2013), four time Japanese National Champion (2013-2016), current world record holder for highest short program, free skate, and combined score. 

Stephane Lambiel - two-time World Champion (2005–2006), the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Champion (2005, 2007), and a nine-time Swiss national champion (2001–08, 2010).

Nobunari Oda -  2006 Four Continents Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final medalist (silver in 2009 and 2010; bronze in 2006 and 2013), 2008 Japanese National Champion. Now works as a professional skater and TV commentator, and also specifically requested to appear on Yuri!!! on Ice (I’m still laughing, what a dork) 

Evgeni Plushenko - four-time Olympic Medalist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 & 2010 silver), three time World Champion (2001, 2003, 2004), a seven-time European Champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012), a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion (1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), and a ten-time Russian National Champion (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012–2013)

Florent Amodio - 2011 European Champion, a four-time French National champion (2010, 2013-2015), and the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion

continued under the cut: 

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Report: Black women are working hard but ‘our country is not working for them’
Economic and social progress for black women continues, but it is constrained by challenges.
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A new report about the nation’s black women paints a familiar portrait of a group that is working hard on many levels to achieve the American Dream but is still falling short.

Black women vote at high rates, have made significant improvement in earning college degrees and are succeeding in opening their own businesses, according to “The Status of Black Women in the United States.” Yet they continue to be underrepresented in elected office, earn less than white men and women and are twice as likely as white women to be incarcerated, the report says.

Read more here. 

A triumphal arch and French architetures in Las Vegas


I felt Las Vegas was like Tobu World Square in Japan that is an architectural museum of world-famous buildings. But All of World Square’s architetures are miniature. It maybe a unique national character :-)

AMSP tour / 5 April 2017 / Sprint Center / Kansas City, USA

01. Daydreaming
02. Desert Island Disk
03. Ful Stop
04. Airbag
05. 15 Step
06. The National Anthem
07. Separator
08. All I Need
09. Street Spirit [Fade Out]
10. Bloom
11. I Might Be Wrong
12. Identikit
13. Weird Fishes / Arpeggi
14. Idioteque
15. Where I End And You Begin
16. Lucky
17. Present Tense
18. Give Up The Ghost
19. Burn the Witch
20. Reckoner
21. Fake Plastic Trees
22. Nude
encore 2
23. You And Whose Army?
24. Karma Police
encore 3
25. There There

Holding hands is a promise to one another that, for just a moment, the two of you don’t have to face the world alone.

I Am With You [ Listen ]

↳ .01 Outside → Hollywood Undead / .02 Not Alone → Red / .03 The Only Hope For Me Is You → My Chemical Romance / .04 Escape → Fireflight / .05 In My Arms → Dead By April / .06 Clarity → Zedd / .07 Illusion → VNV Nation / .08 Safe and Sound → Tiffany Alvord & Megan Nicole / .09 Owl City  → Shooting Star

Trans 13-year-old banned from returning to school as herself

Rachel Pepe is a 13-year-old transgender girl from Middletown, NJ who’s gearing up to go back to school. The problem is that because she’s legally registered with the school as male, officials say she can only return to school if she “acts” and “dresses” as male.

Thorne Middle School says they won’t accommodate Rachel’s request to use women’s restrooms or even the single-stall bathroom in the nurse’s office, and they will refuse to call her by her name. No out-of-district educational opportunities will be made available, either.

“He was going to school last year as Brian,” said Angela Peters, Rachel’s mother, adding that her child developed stress-related seizures, depression and panic attacks. “How can I send her back as Rachel? And I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again.”

Rachel remained deeply isolated from the rest of the student body but still, her mother said, the children would bully her because she was so quiet.

“She would get off the bus and just cry,” Peters said. “Then she would go to sleep for 17 or 20 hours and refuse to go back there.”

There is no reason in the universe to treat a child with such hostility and meanness. Rachel is incredibly brave for sharing her story on a national level when there’s so much hate brewing in her own community. School should be a safe place, but it so often isn’t; when a student has to fear mistreatment from teachers for being who she is, the school is failing her.