I’m not anti-La La Land at all. I have nothing against it, it’s a cute movie and all. I just feel like movies like Moonlight are more deserving of all of the awards that La La Land has been sweeping up this awards season.
The reason why I want Moonlight to win so bad is because of its story. To have a movie about an African-American boy struggling with his sexuality while growing up is something I thought would never happen. It’s touching and relatable because it’s something that I went through growing up and to see someone that looks like me going through what I went through during my whole childhood really strikes a chord with me. Growing up African-American and gay is difficult because the stigma of showing yourself as weak or feminine is something still looked down upon in the African-American community if you’re a boy. You have to act as masculine as you can to prove yourselves to others or else you would get teased or picked on. Barry Jenkins telling of Chiron’s story through Moonlight paints a story of millions of African American males childhoods. Not only African American males but also other males of color as well.
When you compare that to a musical about a white woman wanting to be an actress and a white man wanting to save jazz, a genre deeply rooted in African-American culture and from slavery…she just doesn’t have the range compared to Moonlight, I’m sorry.
But none of this really matters anyway because we all know that La La Land is going to sweep at the Oscars just like it did with all the other major award shows this season so
Constance Wu on Twitter: Men who sexually harass women [for an Oscar]! [Because] good acting performance matters more than humanity, human integrity! [Because] poor kid [really] needs the help!
@TheAcademy congrats on not learning from the past! Congrats on reinforcing the BTS mistreatment of women in [Hollywood]! Who cares [right]? Go Casey!
Boys! BUY [your] way out of trouble by settling out of court! Just do a good acting job, [that’s] all that matters! [Because] Art isn’t about humanity, right?
Here’s a thing I wrote during an convo w/ @PeterShinkoda about how Casey Affleck’s win will be a nod to Trump’s.
Right, he’s not running for Prez. He’s running for an award that honors a craft whose purpose is examining the dignity of the human experience & young women are deeply human. The absence of awards doesn’t diminish a great performance. That’s on the page, or screen, as it were… and the opportunity to even DO the part is a tremendous honor in and of itself. But the choices an awarding committee makes DOES increase the dignity of an award and brings light to the pursuit our craft seeks to honor. It signifies said committee’s awareness of the harmful oversights it may have unknowingly participated in the past, and the respect and dignity to learn from the past, not repeat it and not to use it as an excuse to reinforce the industry’s gross and often hidden mistreatment of women. Art doesn’t exist for the sake of awards, but awards do exist to honor all that art is trying to accomplish in life. So context matters. Because in acting, human life matters. It’s why art exists. I know it’s just an award but I guess I’m in this career, not for awards, but because the treatment of human life matters to me. So I stand the fuck up for it.
I’ve been counseled not to talk about this for career’s sake. F my career then, I’m a woman & human first. That’s what my craft is built on.
What she means:
LIN MANUEL MIRANDA WROTE A BEAUTIFUL SONG ABOUT A YOUNG WOMAN FROM A RARELY REPRESENTED HERITAGE TAKING CHARGE OF HER OWN LIFE AND JOURNEY. THE AWARD SHOW HYPED HIM UP AND WERE ALL ROOTING FOR HIM. INSTEAD THE AWARD WENT TO LA LA LAND A TRIBUTE TO LA, A MOVIE TRIBUTE TO HOLLYWOOD, JAZZ AND LA WITHOUT ANY HISPANIC OR ENOUGH BLACK REPRESENTATION. LA LA LAND IS PRETTY AND FUN AND INSPIRING BUT NOT ~BOLD~ AND NOT THE KIND WE NEED. WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THEIR HEADS. LIN MANUEL MIRANDA AND DISNEY WERE ROBBED.
This is Chaka Khan appreciation. Without Chaka, we might never have heard of the (still-underrated) Rufus. We would’ve never had Kanye’s “Through The Wire.” We would’ve just missed so much. Whether you call here Yvette Marie Stevens (her birth name) or Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi (adding the Khan after marriage), the name she received when she became a member of the Black Panther Party and friends with Fred Hampton, you’d have to acknowledge that lovers of music owe her so much. 11 solo albums. Another 11 with Rufus. A career that spans more than 42 years. 10 Grammy Awards. 22 Grammy Nominations. When you look at this pictures, know that you’re looking at greatness. I mean, even after all that, she’s so bad that a 60-plus-year-old Chaka Khan looks like a lot like a 31 year old Nicki Minaj. (You’ve been told: it don’t crack.) Her beauty, her hair, the face, the energy, the presence–these things would define a mere mortal. But Chaka is no mere mortal: she is every woman, and her musical and artistic accomplishments are so great that even her beauty cannot distract you from her talent for long. She’s been quoted as saying, “I’ve always struggled so much just to appreciate myself.” That one quote explains so much. But Chaka–Yvette– and this is no substitute, but you should know: we appreciate you, for who you are and what you’ve done. Let me tell you something good: you are one of the best ever to do it. Chicago stand up. Everybody stand up.
Miley Cyrus bastardized and profited from hood culture, and when she was done, went back to her lily white lilypad. White women are always rewarded redemption regardless of the rebellious phases that they go through. They can make a “mistake” and when it’s all said and done the white community will still let them back in with open arms.
The black community is the exact opposite. Black women are not awarded the benefit of the doubt. We can’t make mistakes and rely on our community to receive us with open arms. If a black woman slips up and gets pregnant by a “thug” or goes through a “promiscuous” phase, she is damned forever. Look at Ciara. To this day, Ciara can’t breathe without the fuckboy coalition bringing up Future. Blac Chyna will always be the DC stripper, even though she is no longer a stripper and she is now a successful business woman. Karrueche’s success will always be overlooked because Chris Brown and his brigrade wont leave her be. Black women have to walk around with a scarlet letter because the black community does not believe that we are worthy of redemption.
Thats the main reason why I practice #blackgirlsolidarity. Non-black women don’t get it and they never will. Becky and Consuela and nem can twerk on stage and sing about getting higher than 100° F. Black women can not. We don’t have that privilege of going through a “phase”. We have to sit down with our hands between our thighs in fear of being ostrasized for any mistake that we make. So Miley can get the fuck on. I don’t know her…
best musical goes to a show about a lesbian.
best musical goes to a show with a mostly poc cast. none of the best actor awards go to white ppl. best revival goes to a musical about a queer black woman.
a show with one poc, no lgbt people, and a generic score wins best musical. best revival goes to a traditional show about straight white people. the revival show about gay men looses to it, as do all the actors from it.
Being a DC Superhero and Dating Tom Holland Will Include:
Bold - Tom Italic - You and Both - Someone else
You were casted as Supergirl for the new Justice League.
“You can’t tell anybody yet.”
But literally one day later, you accidentally told Tom and Harrison in a Video Call.
“You need to come with us! Marvel is so cool, okay?”“But batman is still the coolest.” “No, spiderman is.”“No supergirl is!” “Since when did you liked Supergirl?” “Since i became her! OMG NO NO i’m not her! UGH”
When DC finally decided to announce who’s the new Supergirl. Tom was literally waiting for the announcement. He literally haven’t got over it for 3 hours.
Your cast members teasing you about Tom. Especially Ezra and Jason.
“Oh come on is your baby missing you already?”“Shut up Jason!”“What’s his name again? Ah Spiderpig, oh no no spiderperson?” “Spiderman, Ezra. SPIDERMAN!”
Gal Gadot and Amy Adams being your best friends, even though you’re a lot younger than them.
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill calling you ‘child’
“Who’s this Tom Holland?”“My boyfriend, dads”“BEN! You didn’t inform me our daughter have a boyfriend!” “I didn’t know it either!”
Tom visiting you in set and everyone was staring at him surprised, because he’s working with Marvel.
Nevertheless Tom and the cast of Justice League became really good friends. Ezra literally became his best friend afterwards.
Harrison had the chance to meet Ben Affleck aka Batman, he literally fangirled over him for months.
Tom and You fighting over who’s better, DC or Marvel.
“No Captain America is better!” “Dude we have Wonder Woman who’s like both Thor and Captain America.”
But it always end up, you two having really heated make out session and sometimes sex.
You two are like Romeo and Juliet of the modern era and Hollywood.
Even though you’re from DC and Tom might get in trouble when he tell stories about you and him in Justice League sets, he still tell interviewers about it and always saying that it was worth it.
SPIDERMAN AND SUPERGIRL EDITS, FANFICS AND SHIP ALL OVER THE NET.
Going together in Award Shows even though sometimes you two are competing with each other.
You two might be in two different jobs, you still love each other and no one will break things off between you two.
when taylor penned better man, she showed us how she can take even the deepest of wistful, melancholic pain and transform it into words of strength and resilience, through crafting some of her most hauntingly beautiful, honest lyrics. this song captured her innate ability from the beginning to pen powerful, poetic metaphors and to illuminate vulnerable, complex emotions.
it’s inspiring to think the passion she’s forever poured into songwriting has allowed her to be the only solo writer nominated for song of the year at the cma awards, whilst simultaneously having two singles at the top of the pop charts. she’s truly an admirable and empowering force to be reckoned with. we’re all infinitely proud of you, taylor.
by all means, dislike taylor swift as much as you want but i can’t understand how people can so blindly deny how legendary she is?? like most awarded country and pop albums ever!!! 10 grammys!!! most sold out shows at the staples centre!!! only artist to have three albums sell 1m+ in the first week!!! billboard woman of the year twice!!!! 100 million certified units!!! legend!!!
issa’s being labeled a racist because of her response after being asked who she was rooting for at the emmy awards. since when did supporting/rooting for other black people (especially at a setting such as the emmy’s) become racist? i could give you a long list of what racism really is and how it has negatively impacted multiple generations , but the sentiments of issa’s response is not it. y'all ugly. oh and the “…but if a white woman would have said this…” comments are wack. this is not about a white woman. this is a remarkable black woman supporting her own. you mad?
This dress is by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior. She’s a fabulous woman… and it’s the dream party dress. I wore another one of her dresses to a party, and at the end of the night, after lots of dancing, I just sat on the floor, a bit tipsy, looking at all the incredible drawings.
I know a lot of people are trying to dissect Viktor and Yuuri and the dynamics of their coaching relationship. (It’s really hard though since there are literally no boundaries between them as student/coach, fiancés/lovers.)
But anyways: let’s talk about the single most underrated teacher/student relationship in the series.
The easy route to go with these characters is to parallel them with Yurio/Lilia. Both Lilia and Minako are celebrated dancers (they probably knew each other or of each other) and both are extraordinarily influential in their students’ skating styles. Yurio’s FSisn’t possible without Lilia’s ballet-boot-camp. We joke about how Yuuri’s dance mastery—and subsequent banquet shenanigans—is all because of Minako?
What sets him apart as a skater?
His ridiculously high PCS scores? That’s Minako’s lasting influence—she trained Yuuri as a dancer, probably made sure he was as skilled in it as he possibly could be, and as a skater he made up the score gap with his artistry. Even notoriously hard to impress Yurio is intrigued by Yuuri’s step sequences—the figure skating component more “dance-like” than anything else.
But let’s go to the Scene that Keeps on Giving
1) We get Viktor and Minako in a room together. Please people, keep imagining them talking with each other. They are in many ways, very, very similar and very, very much in awe of Yuuri. If Viktor is an unending source of romantic love, Minako is basically his second mother, and an unending source of familial love. They are both Yuuri’s eccentric teachers. They both are prodigies in their given fields.
(That pretty statue we see in Minako’s studio? That’s a Prix Benois and it’s the highest dance-award you can get. On that note…
Hell: if Minako is in her 50s, she was most probably, in-universe, The First Asian Woman to Win All her Prizes. She was probably, in-universe, The First Asian Woman to Dance Principle in X, Y, Z Ballet Company Abroad.
I know homophobia is handwaved in the Yuri on Ice universe, and to a lesser extent, racism. But Phichit and Otabek are always pointed out as trailblazers. When you see them crying or proud because they’ve done something for their country that no one else has? Minako’s been there, done that, and still hasn’t aged.
But going back to Viktor and Minako… Just think of all that underlying tension. Minako is all “Take advantage, Yuuri” to Yuuri’s face but you can bet she’s somewhat leery of Viktor. Because she’s heard the stories. If Yuuri’s idol-worship is keeping him from realizing how creepy Viktor’s arrival is… I’m imagining the good people of Hasetsu are all… “So this Viktor guy just shows up naked, unannounced, and he says he’s teaching Yuuri.”
“Hand me another drink ji-san. He kept staring at my boy’s ass for all two hours of our ballet class.”)
Minako would probably be the first person to cut Viktor if he doesn’t make good on his coaching Yuuri promise.
2) The scene is used to establish that Yuuri is a genius of hard work.
(This distinction probably only means anything to Minako and Viktor, who most likely both worked their asses off but had the sheer talent to boost them up to living legend status.)
but: Here’s Where This Becomes The Most Enlightening Scene Ever
To unpack this:
Minako is low-key telling Viktor: “Yes, Yuuri gets anxious. It’s not just a competition thing. He’s been anxious his entire life. This is his coping mechanism.”
And then: *bam* “I usually go along with him.”
Can we just?
Imagine baby Yuuri, who probably has used up all his spoons for the day, and then there’s his teacher Minako, who notices and goes all “Okay, what do you need? You need to skate? Ok. Let’s tell your parents, I’ll go with you, and I’ll stay with you.”
No questions asked, she’s just there.
Like—she’s either dancing with him or just watching him ice skate for however long it’ll take the anxiety attack to go away.
For the entirety of his childhood, Yuuri has had this one woman support system of “You need to skate/dance right now? Kay, let me just find my coat, off we go Yuuri!” Can you imagine? How many hours? How many times a week? And she’d just go with him.
Minako is the ideal teacher: She saw what Yuuri needed and gave it to him.
Bonus: She wasn’t at the GPF where Yuuri failed. She didn’t fly into Russia for the Rostelecom Cup where he was alone for the second half. You can imagine that before Viktor arrived, Minako was the person most likely to help Yuuri during an anxiety attack.
Frederick III or the biggest “what if” of the history, was the son of Willem I of Germany and father of Willem II.
A liberal and pacifist, he believed in democracy and was ready to create a constitutional monarchy in the German empire once he reached the throne. His reign lasted only 99 days and he was succeeded by his son, who was influenced by chancellor Bismarck and hated his British mother.
Also, he was married with princess royal Victoria, the eldest daughter of queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and he looked at his wife as his equal and planned to rule as consorts.
Sadly, he developed larynx cancer and by the time he was crowned, he couldn’t speak anymore and didn’t fulfill his dream of democracy. The fewer reforms he made during his short reign, were neglected by his son and his decisions took Germany and Europe to the First World War.
Just look at him, he’s so handsome, queen Victoria believed he wouldn’t like princess Victoria because she wasn’t that pretty, but fritz (as Victoria called him) fell in love with her intellect and her ideas and he remained faithful through all their marriage, devoted to his wife. When he ascended to the throne, his first action was appoint his wife dame of the black eagle order, the highest order-award in the German empire, an honor no other woman had received.
This man omg.
Imagine: Ight so it is pretty much #confirmed at this point that Harry has a praise kink. At his concerts he fucking stands there and just gets the crowd to keep screaming for him. The little shit loves it. So here’s an imagine based on it.
Warnings: SMUT ( i feel like i went over the top on this a lil)
It’s been a tough day. It started with nerves, getting ready with Harry for an award show. Not just any award show, though, it was his first award show that he was going to alone as Harry. Not One Direction. Just Harry Styles.
Today in Black Excellence: Donald Glover, Lena Waithe and Sterling K. Brown all make history at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Glover took home two Emmy’s for his work with Atlanta. The first was “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, which he is the first Black director to win, and “Best Lead Actor in a Comedy.”
Waithe became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing. She co-wrote Master of None’s “Thanksgiving” episode, which was based on her personal experience of coming out to her family, with series co-creator and star Aziz Ansari.
Finally, Brown became the first Black actor in nearly 20 years to win “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” for his role in This Is Us.
Congrats to these three talented artists.
Photos courtesy of the Emmys/Television Academy’s Official Facebook page.