alexander davis

Representation matters: my six favourite black female fictional lawyers.

  • Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
  • Maxine Shaw (Living Single)
  • Joan Clayton (Girlfriends)
  • Jessica Pearson (Suits)
  • Olivia Pope (Scandal)
  • Annalise Keating (How to Get Away With Murder)
Did these people [in academia who claim that they are not exposed to disabled people] realize that when they encountered the work of Rosa Luxemburg (who limped), Antonio Gramsci (a crippled, dwarfed hunchback), John Milton (blind), Alexander Pope (dwarfed hunchback), George Gordon Brown (club foot), [Jorge] Luis Borges, James Joyce, and James Thurber (all blind), Harriet Martineau (deaf), Toulouse-Lautrec (spinal deformity), Frida Kahlo (osteomyelitis), Virginia Woolf (lupus), they were meeting people with disabilities? Do filmgoers realize when they watch the films of James Ford, Raoul Walsh, André de Toth, Nicholas Ray, Tay Garnett and William Wyler that these directors were all physically impaired? Why is it when one looks these figures in dictionaries of biography or encyclopedias that their physical disabilities are usually not mentioned – unless the disability is seen as related to creativity, as in the case of the blind bard Milton or the deaf Beethoven? There is an ableist notion at work here that anyone who creates a canonical work must be physically able. Likewise, why do we not know that Helen Keller was a socialist, a member of the Wobblies, the International Workers of the World, and an advocate of free love? We assume that our ‘official’ mascots of disability are nothing else but their disability.
—  Lennard J. Davis, Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body

I want a tv show about badass lgbt+ ladies starring Lana Parrilla, Bridget Regan, Hayley Atwell, Meghan Ory, Tatiana Maslany, Jamie Chung, Sasha Alexander, Chyler Leigh, Jessica Capshaw, Jennifer Morrison, Floriana Lima, Katie McGrath, Viola Davis, Bellamy Young, Kerry Washington, Lucy Liu… You know what, this list is getting pretty long so lemme just say that i want all of our lovely ladies in one big show where they’re all gonna be gay af. 

dreamyunicorngirl  asked:

Hello my dear? I've just started reading Gaston Leroux's novel for the first time and I am really enjoying this Phantom. Ramin has been my favourite Phantom for a very long time, I have a list with Phantoms I like, but he definitely was on the top. But now after seeing his performance again (rewatched some footage) I wonder what other phans think. So who's phantom do you think is the truest to Gaston Leroux's novel. Unfortunately I can't think of anyone myself.

Oh, that’s cool! There aren’t necessarily an ALW stage Phantom embodying Leroux!Phantom to the full. But there are definitely Phantoms who has some of that unpolished feel, and an interesting contrast in their voice which embodies both the angelic quality and the roughness described in Leroux:

  • Marcus Lovett (in his West End run! He had highlighed the whole Leroux novel to add details from it into the performance, and he was particularly concerned with how the Phantom had probably had studied male opera singers + Raoul in detail to try and get a grasp of how a man should behave. So he deliberately echoed Raoul and Piangi for some scenes)
  • Ethan Freeman (he actually does some details described in the book, like kissing the hem of Christine’s dress)
  • Peter Karrie (especially his more manneristic tendencies)
  • Anthony Crivello (also very manneristic, and very rough)
  • Mikael Samuelson (the way he just totally did his own thing and owned the stage gives me vibes of the grandeur of Leroux!Phantom)
  • Flemming Enevold (ditto)
  • Ernst Dieter Suttheimer
  • Alexander Goebel
  • Scott Davies