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“This is American Gods, and we are all obsessed with Melissa McBride. So how much do you love her and why? And do you love her more than me? I don’t think you do.”
                                    - Bryan Fuller asks the cast of The Walking Dead at SDCC 2016


Will someone please pass me the fucking asparagus? - Lester Burnham, Interview with America’s Beautiful Vampire

anonymous asked:

CP 14 Days of Love #9: Aces/Falcs TV (or interviews)

Day #9 of @softkent‘s Valentine’s Day Fic-A-Thon

It is a bright, sunny morning in Providence and we’re here in Falconers’ Captain, Jack Zimmermann’s three-story brownstone. It’s a beautiful Colonial structure, located near a hub of small businesses. The interior is warm and inviting with American walnut wood floors and wide, comfortable furniture while modern abstract art spotted on the walls. We’ve been told that Alicia Zimmermann, philanthropist and former model, had decorated the entire house except for the kitchen, which was selected by Mr. Zimmermann’s husband, Eric Bittle. Eric Bittle is the proud owner of a small bakery, Bittle’s Bits, and creates what is possibly the best beignets I will ever taste.

Today, we join Jack Zimmermann and the Aces’ Captain, Kent Parson to discuss life, love, self-care and hockey.

INT: Hello, hello you two. How are you? How is the off-season treating you two?

Zimmermann: We’re quite well, thank you for asking. I think I’ve only gained about eleven pounds this break.

Parson: It’s been two weeks, Zimms. Nate is gonna kill you.

Zimmermann: Nah, she understands. [looks to me, mouth stuffed with beignets] You do too. I can tell you.

Parson: At least Tater makes me healthy food.

INT: Alexei Mashkov cooks?

Parson: Yeah. Well…cooks compared to me. I tend to burn water.

Zimmermann: [nods] And not for a lack from Eric either.

INT: I always assumed you boys at least know how to make breakfast food.

Parson: I can make breakfast food! It may not be edible, but I can make it. Besides, I’m getting better.

Zimmermann: [shakes his head]

INT: Alright, alright, let’s talk hockey. First, I have to say congratulations on the C, Mr. Zimmermann. It is absolutely well-deserved. Were you surprised?

Zimmermann: Thank you very much. I was very surprised. You know, being on the ice, going through drills, playing games…there’s no checklist to get the C. It’s really doing the best you can and making sure everyone around you does the same. I spend more time with the guys than I do with my husband, so really, it’s just looking out for family.

INT: Were you surprised, Mr. Parson?

Parson: Nah, I don’t think anyone but Zimms was. I always knew he’d end up at the top.

INT: You have known each other a long time. Can we talk about that for a bit, your relationship?

Parson: Of course.

INT: It seems like anyone who knows hockey knows your story, but I’m not interested in ancient history. Tell me about now and how you got here. Just a few years ago, your rivalry was legendary in hockey and yet, you’re here today under the roof, laughing and joking with each other. Tell me about that journey.

Parson: Well…it’s the result of a shitton of therapy. I could tell you that I was young and stupid, but it was more than that. I had serious trouble with anger management as a result of my, uh, colorful childhood and some leftover issues from that too. That manifested into me being a dick. I didn’t even realize it until Tater pointed it out to me.

INT: So your husband is the reason for the two of you being friends again?

Parson: This was before we started dating, but yes.

Zimmermann: And mine, to be honest. Parse and I were best friends through Juniors, yes, but it was complicated. Like he said, young and stupid. We hurt each other and after my overdose, I wasn’t exactly eager to let that happen again. When Kent came by to apologize, Eric was the one who talked me into actually listening to him. I’m glad I did.

Parson: I think once we got everything out there, it was way easier. We both knew how the other felt, we didn’t have any more questions, you know? Then came the hard part.

INT: Talking wasn’t the hardest part?

Zimmermann: Talking is hard, sure. But maintaining it, setting boundaries, redefining our friendship was harder.

Parson: It was getting rid of old habits, you know?

Zimmermann: We had to relearn each other.

Parson: Totally worth it though.

Zimmermann: [smiles] Yeah

happy flag day, y'all!

so yesterday our twitter was lit. normally it’s just two of my friends ❤️ing and retweeting our shit but yesterday, the white gays were calling us all kinds of racists. of course, the day immediately after they cried and took up all kinds of space at vigils for the many black and latinx queer and trans folks lost in the pulse shooting.

normally, i never engage on twitter cuz it just ain’t my thang. mainly because i need more than 120 characters to let a fool have it. anywho, we got tweets about how the rainbow flag is not about race. we even had a few folks ask, “where is the white stripe!?” one of those folks was a latino dude who says he was asking about the white stripe because he is not “racist.” someone told him that working to ensure that white gays have a space everywhere - even on our twitter page - makes him “not racist.”

admittedly, i was not initially sold on the new flag. but chyle, but i saw how pissed and upset white gay men and hoteps were about the black and brown stripes - i was with it. i’m petty so anything that pisses yt gays and hoteps off, ima support. lol

here is the thing tho, redefining and owning queerness on our terms has always been a fight for black and brown folks ESPECIALLY for trans, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary folks. we have always had to face resistance every and anytime we wanted to carve out a space for ourselves. for some white cis-gay, our audacity to claim space on this earth is a direct affront to their commitment to dominate all spaces. 

the new flag aims to recognize black and brown folks that continue to be marginalized within the lgbtq community and pride movement. the new flag DOES NOT cure racism. but my question is, why are we ok with waving the original rainbow flag at corporate sponsored pride events that are largely organized by white cis-gay men where cis-het performances pander to our community for coins does but fall silent when black trans women are murdered? why are folks more vocal about the black and brown stripes than they are about the violence black and brown bodies are subjected to every damn day?

don’t like the flag cuz it’s not visually appealing to you? cool. don’t wave it then. but if you are offended and appalled by the purpose and representation of the black and brown stripes, then you need ask yourself a few questions about what inclusivity really means to you beyond words that are not followed by action.

if you hate the new pride flag but have remained silent about the confederate flag, then i invite you to ask yourself a few questions. if you have remained silent as the alt-right and current administration has used the american flag to intimidate non-white americans, then i invite you to really have an honest and intentional conversation with yourself about what inclusion really means to you. you may find that while you are not racist, you may be hella anti-black. we all have our work to do. being mad at black and brown stripes is not where you start. 

that awkward moment when you invite a guy who can control plants to a bouquet event and he looks 900% down to murder a man with flowers (seriously, he has vines around his hand, that bouquet is definitely going to be the death of someone)


In today’s episode of “things that should make you fucking livid” we have the Turkish president’s guards (in the suits in the video.) attacking protesters in WASHINGTON GODDAMNED D FUCKING C while the protesters are the ones who get arrested because protect and serve, amirite? 

Here’s Phillip Defranco talking about it, and his feelings line up well with mine: 

This dictator brought his thugs to American soil (at the invitation of our corrupt as hell manchild in chief.) and let them beat up American citizens and our government is letting them get away with it.  There should be protests over this.  We should be surrounding the Turkish embassy and screaming till they can’t hear anything else.  Fuck them, fuck their president, and their authoritarian bullshit.  How dare they come here and bring this with them and do this to our people in our country? HOW DARE THEY? And that said, HOW IS THIS NOT A BIGGER DEAL???  If you were looking for a watershed moment, a match for the fire, this is it.  Our gov’t, our police force, is LETTING an authoritarian Turkish dictator’s bodyguards beat up our citizens with no punishment at all.  *Everyone* should know about this.  Everyone should be angry.  Everyone should be holding our leaders accountable for this, and I don’t care that diplomatic immunity means they can’t be tried.  They can be kicked out, they officially represent their gov’t, their gov’t can be punished.  


Also, for those who don’t like video or think I’m exaggerating, here’s an NYT article:

10 upcoming 2016 releases by and/or about POC

American Honey
Directed by: Andrea Arnold
What it’s about: A wild teenager (played by newcomer Sasha Lane) who joins in with a group of similarly crazy kids who travel around the U.S. working for a multi level marketing scheme. This is also known for being the movie that Shia Labeouf cut his hand on. If the description isn’t enough to convince you then you should be convinced to watch it by Arnold’s talent alone. She’s an Oscar winning director who’s best known for Fish Tank and two of her previous films have played at Cannes. Crossing my fingers this one makes it there too.
Release date: Undetermined as of yet but A24 says they’re dropping this in the fall (so maybe they have an Oscar push in mind?)

The Fits
Directed by:
Anna Rose Holmer
What it’s about: An 11 year old tomboy named Toni who falls in with a dance troupe while she’s supposed to be boxing at the gym. But things start to go awry when the girls in the dance troupe succumb to violent fainting fits. The film already got rave review at Venice last year and is getting positive review at Sundance.
Release date: Undetermined so far but indie distributor Oscillope bought it before its festival premiere so the good news is this will be hitting theatres in limited release in 2016. Follow @TheFitsFilm for updates.

The Invitation
Directed by: Karyn Kusama
What it’s about: A man attends a dinner party thrown by his ex-wife and her new husband and slowly suspects that they have sinister intentions towards him. The low-key thriller stars Tom Hardy look-alike Logan Marshall-Green along with Michiel Huisman and Emayatzy Corinealdi. It has a mostly white cast but Kusama remains one of the few Asian-American women to have a strong and continuous career as a film director.
Release date: March 25, 2016

Directed by: Meera Menon
What it’s about: A female wall street trader played by Anna Gunn who is mired in a world of corruption, greed and scandal. Billed as the first wall street movie centered about a woman this has a predominantly (possibly entirely?) white cast however director Meera Menon is Indian-American.
Release date: No official date yet but this was picked up by Sony Picture Classics before its official Sundance premiere.

Directed by: Jeff Nichols
What it’s about: Real life couple Mildred and Richard Loving who married when interracial marriage was still illegal in their state and became plaintiffs in Loving vs. Virgina, the court case that made interracial marriage legal within the whole of the U.S. Ruth Negga plays Mildred with Joel Edgerton as Richard.
Release date: None yet, but this will probably head to festivals sometimes this year looking for a distributor.

Miles Ahead
Directed by: Don Cheadle
What it’s about: A passion project for Cheadle the movie examines the life of Miles Davis as he is interviewed by a Rolling Stone reporter, played by Ewan McGregor, in the 1970s. This one got mixed reviews when it played at festivals but by all acounts Cheadle’s performance is awards worthy.
Release date: April 1, 2016

Directed by:
John Musker and Ron Clements
What it’s about: Ayoung woman who sets off on an adventure helped by a famed demi-God. The nice thing about this one is that not only is it about polynesians but the main vocal cast (which includes Dwayne Johnson) also are of polynesian ancestry.
Release date: November 23, 2016

The Queen of Katwe
Directed by:
Mira Nair
What it’s about: A biopic based on Ugandan prodigy Phiona Mutesi who grew up in a slum and then turned her life around after her teacher taught her how to play chess. It’s also going to be Lupita Nyong'o’s first live-action role post-Oscar and also stars David Oyelowo.
Release date: Undetermined but this is owned by Disney so it will likely get a wide release sometime this year.

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
What it’s about: A biopic on Olympian athlete Jesse Owens during his time at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany. Owens is played by relative newcomer Stephan James, and the rest of the cast includes William Hurt, Jeremy “I’m a sexist creep” Irons, and Carice van Houten.
Release date: February 19, 2016

Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Directed by: Chloe Zhao
What it’s about: Set in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation the film, about a young girl who goes looking for a father figure after her father drinks himself to death and her older brother starts making plans to leave for a better life, played at Sundance in 2015. This got great reviews but it struggled to find distribution until director Zhao announced she would self-distribute in 2016. The even better news? Indie distributor Kino Lober stepped up to give it a proper release!
Release date: March 2, 2016. Follow @songsthemovie for more info. 

“A Friendly Race: USS Constitution in the Caribbean, 1799” by Patrick O'Brien

On March 1, 1799 the USS Constitution, commanded by Captain Samuel Nicholson, encountered the HMS Santa Margarita, commanded by Captain George Parker, while on station in the Caribbean Sea.  Nicholson and Parker were acquaintances and the American captain invited the British captain to visit his ship.  Parker was rowed over to the Constitution, and although he praised the condition of Nicholson’s ship, he boasted his was still the faster.  The two captains agreed on a bet.  The two ships would race, the winner receiving a casket of Madeira from the loser.

 The race began at dawn the next day at the firing of a gun.  The two ships raced for 11 hours, and by sundown Constitution had left the Santa Margarita far behind.  Just after dark, Parker was rowed back over to the American frigate to deliver Nicholson the promised cask of wine.


Gene Kelly working on his ballet, Pas de Dieux, for the Paris Opera 1960.
Kelly was the first American to be invited to the opera house to choreograph an original ballet.

Cheered one of France’s top critics “Kelly succeeded in blowing away a half century of dust from the Paris Opera.“ He was elected a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour.

Source: Time & Life Pictures.
Time magazine Aug 11, 2015


Reclaiming Fitspo: Brenda Villa

Villa is an American water polo player. Standing at 5'4" and 174 pounds, she is the shortest member of the US women’s polo team.

Born in Los Angeles, she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She first joined a water polo team at 8 years old, following in the footsteps of her older brother. However, since her high school did not have a girls’ team, she spent those four years on the boys’ water polo team instead. This helped her to establish a competitive attitude that contributed to her becoming a 4-time 1st team All-League member, 4-time 1st team All-C.I.F. and a 4-time All-American. She was even invited onto the Junior Olympic Team when she was 16.

While Villa attended Stanford University, she played three seasons on their polo team. In her freshman year alone (2001), she scored 69 goals and was named the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Player of the Year. In 2002 she led her team with 60 goals to win the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship. She was then awarded the 2002 Peter J. Cutino Award as the top female college water polo player in the United States. She graduated in 2003 with a degree in political science.

Villa joined Team USA in 1998. This means that she has participated in four Olympic Games (earning one Bronze medal, two Silver and one Gold), often scoring the most goals per game for her team. She was even made team captain of the 2005 US national team, winning a silver medal at the FINA World Championship in Montreal. When considering multiple World Championships, Pan American Games and World Cups, Villa is officially the world’s most decorated athlete in women’s water polo. 

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anonymous asked:

I kissed Shawn once, I didn't know who he was. I was spending my summer in NYC (I'm not American). My friend invited me to a party and there were lots of people of the music industry etc bc her grandfather was a big musician. Anyways, he's really cool and down to earth.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this

Alright as the (self-proclaimed) Check Please Fandom Shakespeare Ho, I think it is my duty to discuss Nursey and Shakespeare.

(what no I am not using Nursey’s love of poetry as a convenient way for my theater major ass to talk about Shakespeare and other subjects of my field why would you think that noooooooooooo)

  • There are very few circumstances in which Derek Nurse is Obnoxiously American
  • In fact, it almost never happens
  • He’s not above releasing his inner pyro on the 4th, but other than that…
  •  If there’s one thing Nursey can’t stand, it’s a fucking Shakespeare Snob
  •  You know, those people who act like they’re fucking special because they read and understand it?
  •  Those people who like Shakespeare but also like that they like it?
  • (*side-eyes my fifteen-year-old self*)
  • Because let me tell you, anyone who acts like Shakespeare is for the Elites knows Fucking Nothing
  • *ahem* anyway

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The Crossdressing Fighters at Balangiga,

In 1898 military forces of the United States kicked the Spanish out of the Philippines.  While the Americans came as liberators, many Filipino’s were enraged when the United States made the Philippines a territory rather than granting the country independence.  As a result many Filipino’s revolted against the Americans, especially the rural population and the Philippines’ various native cultures.

The war in the Philippines was bloody, and American troops are noted for conducting terrible atrocities during the war.  As the bloody war dragged on, the Americans began a policy of occupying small villages across the country to deny the rebels safe haven.  When soldiers of Company C of the 9th US Infantry set up a garrison in the small town of Balangiga on the Island of Samar, things were peaceful at first.  However as time wore on the soldiers conduct degraded over time.  Things came to a head when two drunk soldiers attempted to molest a girl, only to be fended off by her two brothers.  In response the commander of Company C, Capt. Connel ordered all of the male villagers to be rounded up and detained.  143 townspeople, including small children and old men, were rounded up and detained in two small tents for two days.  In addition all bolos (machetes) were confiscated as was every family’s supply of rice, which was destroyed.

Enraged, the townspeople decided that the American’s had to go, and concocted a bold plan to kick them out.  The townspeople contacted the local Filipino resistance and asked for fighters and weapons to help out in the cause.  Since the villagers and fighters had few guns, only swords and machete’s, the plan revolved around a fiesta to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the local church parish.  The Americans were invited to the party, where the villagers got the soldiers drunk on tuba, a local made palm wine.

In the meantime all of the village’s women and children were evacuated.  So that the soldiers would not notice the absence of women, the Filipino resistance fighters cross-dressed as women, tricking the Americans into believing that nothing unusual was going on.   As the fiesta continued the Filipino’s smuggled weapons into the church in caskets, under the guise of a funeral.  When a soldier demanded to see what was in the caskets, he luckily opened one in which the corpse of a young boy was placed.  The soldier apologized profusely and didn’t check the other caskets.

The next morning the men of Company C were suffering a terrible hangover when they heard the bells balangiga chime.  On that signal, the Filipino fighters threw off their women’s clothing, armed themselves and the villagers, and stormed the army garrison.  The assault was swift and terrifying as the fighters stormed the barracks and hacked down ever American soldier in their way.  Out of Company C’s 72 men only a few dozen were able to escape.  As well the fighters captured all of the garrisons weapons and supplies.

Newspapers touted the “Massacre at Balangiga” as the worst US military defeat since the Battle of Little Bighorn.  While the villagers of Balagiga were victorious, American retribution for the attack would be swift and cruel.  The entire Island of Samar was declared a “kill and burn” zone.  Towns and villages on the Island were put to the torch, including Balangiga.  In one of the worst American war atrocities in history, in which Brigadier-General Jacob H. Smith reportedly gave orders to kill anybody capable of bearing arms over the age of ten. He would later be court martialed by personal order of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt. Officers of Company C were also court martialed for unfair treatment of the people of Balangiga.

Today the surprise attack at Balangiga is celebrated by Filipino’s as a source of national pride and patriotism.