and i think monday is the first official day of filming!

Individual Success PT1(Shawn Mendes x Reader)

I made this imagine with Fred Weasley on my Harry Potter blog, and decided to make a Shawn version with it. There will be more parts so I BEG YOU to be patient because there will be a happy ending. Don’t get fooled by the first couple sentences that Shawn ends up with Camila okay there will be more parts!!!!! Leave feedback hope u enjoy oxxxoxoxoxo


« Y/N! Y/N you look stunning! Can we get a smile?”

Y/N flashed her signature smile at the cameras, ears blocking out, out of habit, the thousands of screams of fans. It wasn’t that she didn’t appreciate her huge fanbase, but come on, she’d like to keep her eardrums intact.

She walked along the red carpet.

Shawn got out of his cab, and lent a hand out to his girlfriend.

“Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes! Hollywood’s sweetest couple! Smile!”

Shawn kissed Camila on the cheek and walked onto the carpet with her. He moved on slowly down the carpet towards the center of it.

Nearing the middle of the carpet, Y/N turned her head and spotted Shawn Mendes. Her breath hitched in her lungs.

Shawn smiled and looked in front of him. His hand fell from Camila’s waist. Standing in front of him was Y/N Y/L/N.

They locked eyes as the same memories played inside both of their heads.

-

Shawn walked into the bright small Los Angeles café, looking forward to the caffeine he was going to get.

He walked up to the cashier, who had her (hair color) hair tied up in a messy ponytail. She looked up from what looked like a script and smiled.

“Oh my god Shawn Mendes! Oh gosh, I’m so sorry I’m being totally unprofessional haha. Um what can I get you?” she smiled brightly.

Shawn smiled widely at her. Smiling looked good on her.

“Um can I get a triple shot latte?”

“Yeah sure. I’m assuming you got a big day ahead of ya?” She laughed as she started preparing his drink.

“Yeah actually, got a lot of press conferences today.” He glanced down at the pack of papers she was holding. It was indeed a script, more precisely what looked like a musical.

“Triple shot latte.” She said, placing a cup down in front of him.

“Thank you so much um-“ he looked at her nametag. “Y/N.”

“My pleasure. Shawn.” Y/N grinned.

“Um may I ask if that’s a script?”

“Oh yeah, I um have an audition for a musical in a couple weeks.”

“Wow, best of luck!”

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Y/N took a deep deep breath before walking into the audition room. The movie musical she was auditioning for was called “Summer of Love” and the character was the main love interest.

Walking in, she spotted a table of directors and, Shawn.

“U-um hi!” Y/N stuttered. What was he doing here?!

“Hi Y/N, thank you for being here today. So, you are auditioning for Shawn’s character’s love interest. Um, why don’t we turn to page 41 and read from the top?”

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“Hello Y/N, this is Amy from casting. I’m calling to tell you that you got the part! It’s a six-week shoot, we start on Monday.”

“OH MY GOD!”

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Articles read:

Shawn Mendes and new upcoming actress Y/N Y/L/N to star in musical movie “Summer of Love”

Shawn Mendes’ love interest will be played by Y/N Y/L/N, brand new actress

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Shooting the movie was amazing. Y/N and Shawn had this natural chemistry and their attraction on camera was the most natural thing ever.

After each shoot, Y/N and Shawn hung out; at times practicing their scenes, at times just watching their favourite movies together, at times going out late into the night downtown to see the lights of the tall LA buildings.

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Pictures of Y/N and Shawn surfaced on the internet, in magazines… Pictures of them laughing together, of them leaving set in sweats and a cup of coffee in hand, snapchats of them on set together goofing around.

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“Hello this is BroadwayToday.com and here we are with two absolutely talented actors both making their film debut in the musical «Summer of Love», welcome Shawn Mendes and Y/N Y/L/N!”

Y/N and Shawn sat down, Shawn put his arm around Y/N’s shoulder comfortably.

“So, this is both your first movie. Congratulations by the way! How does it feel?”

“Wow, it’s so cool. Actually when I was a kid, I wanted to become an actor so it’s really out of this world for me right now.” Shawn said.

“Ah the anticipated how do you feel question.” Y/N laughed.

Shawn chuckled, and looked at her.

“Well I moved from Canada five years ago to become an actress, and every single day had been a struggle for me. But luckily I had an amazing family and friends circle betting on me, so I kept on pushing and bam here I am!”

“Oh Y/N, I didn’t know you were from Canada!” The interviewer said.

“Montreal actually.” Shawn interjected as Y/N opened her mouth to say the same answer.

“Hahaha you two seem very close!”

“I guess we are.” Y/N grinned. “We became really close of course during this entire shoot and we hung out every day actually.”

“Shawn, what do you think of Y/N?”

“Oh god, where do I start. She’s annoying, irritating-“

“Shut up!” Y/N punched him amicably.

“I’m kiddiing.” Shawn said to her. “Y/N is honestly a perfect mix of funny, kind, goofy, artistic and um… “

“And um what mister?”

“Fun.” Shawn finished.

“Well if you don’t mind me asking are you two-“

“If you’re gonna say dating, I’m going to say yes.” Y/N said. “JUST KIDDING. Oh shit, I already see the paparazzi twisting this around.”

“Yeah, maybe this wasn’t a question to joke around with, the media die for this kind of stuff.” Shawn smiled down at her.

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“Alright guys last shot of the whole movie. The kiss scene. Make it fire. Action!”

Y/N and Shawn undeniably had feelings for each other. What was a little crush turned slowly into more, and after a long six weeks, their feelings have blossomed into a beautiful love waiting to be announced.

Shawn looked into Y/N’s eyes, and took her hand in his. Y/N smiled up at him and closed her eyes as she felt his lips on hers.

And in this moment, they were not their characters, they were Y/N and Shawn and their kiss lit up fireworks in their minds.

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“Wow you look beautiful.” Shawn gushed. Y/N blushed.

“We’ve been a couple for two months and you say that to me every day, you know?”

“Well how can I not, it would be a sin not to tell you you are beautiful.”
“I love you Shawn.”

“I love you more love.”

Shawn pulled Y/N into a kiss.

“Whoa whoa whoa there tiger. Red lipstick.” Y/N smirked.

“Fuck it.” Shawn said, pulling her close again.

On their way to the premiere, he wiped the lipstick off his face.

“You know, eeeverybody thinks we’re dating.” Shawn said.

“Well we are.” Y/N giggled.

“So do you think we should just tell them and make it official?”

“I don’t see why not, since we’re not very subtle anyway.” Y/N laughed.

The two stepped out on the carpet to a round of shouts and camera flashes.

“Y/N! Y/N you look amazing! Oh and you came with Shawn!”

“Yeah actually we have a little announcement to make.” Y/N said, looking at the cameras.

Shawn was looking at her, and said:

“Yeah and that announcement is-“
He pulled Y/N into his arms and kissed her. Y/N smiled up at him.

And in that moment, each other was all existed.

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“Y/N have you seen my sweater-“

Shawn looked up to quite a sight. There y/N was, sitting in his apartment kitchen, wearing his sweater and fuzzy socks, coffee mug in one hand, book in another.

“Hmm?” She looked up.

“Nothing.” Shawn said, sitting beside her, kissing her cheek.

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Shawn’s career was flourishing and he was preparing his biggest tour yet, he was going to be on the road for a year and a half.

Y/N meanwhile, had been to numerous auditions, but hasn’t gotten a part since Summer of Love.

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“Shawn are you coming to bed baby?” Y/N hugged him from behind, as he was hunched over contracts and international concert venue information sheets.

“Hmm yeah.”

Y/N went to bed alone, waiting for his body to warm her up.

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“Hello love.” Shawn said coming back home.

On the kitchen counter was a note.

“Hey Shawn, I got three auditions in a row tonight. See ya in the morning.”

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“We never spend time together anymore!”

“Well maybe I’d see you more often if you weren’t involved in tour preparations 24/7!”

“I’d see you more often Y/N if you weren’t trying to get every movie role available in America!”

“I’m sorry if I’m ambitious and want things in life!”

“I have ambitions too!”

Y/N sat down, tears streaming down her face. Shawn flopped down onto a chair, hand going through his hair nervously.

“What’s happening to us Shawn?”

“I-I don’t know.”

“Our goals, careers they’re just. They’re driving us apart.”

“I miss how we used to be.”

“We’re still the same people, we’re just so busy you know? Anyways, I got an audition in ten minutes we’ll um we’ll talk later.”

“I’ll come with you.”

The cab ride, Shawn held Y/N’s hand. Their minds left their careers, their jobs, their schedules and just focused on this intimate moment. As they pulled up to the building however, it all came rushing back.

Y/N’s audition went well. She was borderline trying, having been rejected for every role she auditioned in the past year. This just made the casters see her natural self though, and they loved her.

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Outside of the audition building, on a park bench overlooking the city.

“So, what do we do Y/N?”

“I don’t know. Nothing. You’ll have to go on tour, because that’s what you love; and I’ll stay here and you know, wait for responses.”

“I’ll never forget you Y/N. I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving you. When I met you, my life was changed because of you.”

“And I will always love you Shawn. Maybe we’ll find out way back to each other.” Y/N smiled sadly.

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The camera flashes and shouts came back into Shawn and Y/N’s ears. Y/N blinked and Shawn swallowed as they both turned away from each other and smiled to the cameras.

Y/N turned her head slightly to look back at Shawn. He did the same. In their eyes there still was a hint of love that would not fade.

Y/N smiled at him, and Shawn gave her a small one back.

They weren’t with each other, but all of their other dreams had come true. Y/N was an Oscar-winning actress and Shawn had taken home his first Grammys. It just wasn’t with each other that it all happened.

PART2. Btw in ur requests take off anon so u can get a notif when i answer it 

anonymous asked:

Have you read The Metropolitan Man? I don't know what's your policy on fanfiction but it's a "realistic" take on Superman arriving in the 30s.

Haven’t read that one - looking over it briefly it seems pretty damn depressing, though I suppose that’s kind of the point. I’ll probably check it out sometime.

I’m definitely down for fanfiction, but there’s precious little with Superman I’m into - when I occasionally think of Superman fanfic I hope “cool, maybe there’s finally some cool cosmic adventure stuff in here given the comics so rarely go there, or some really insightful character observations of the kind writers too sparsely touch on!” and then it ends up being 7000 pages on a powerless high-school aged Clark’s torrid affair with Jason Todd behind Congorilla’s back or something. But keeping my eyes open, there’ve definitely been some over the years that worked for me:

* Superboy: A great little moment of growth for a young Clark Kent in a short animated comic by @jordangibson.

* All In A Day’s Work: Good chance you saw this floating around on Tumblr awhile back, this is another really great little short comic by Tom Gimlin and Marcellis Wentz, on the weight of the job.

* Superman’s Story: Opposite Number: An excellent short piece by @spectralspices based on an idea he was nice enough to bounce off me, as Superman goes up against a pair of challenges unusual even for him - one comedic, one very much not.

* Pop-Drama: Superman: I don’t know how much this really qualifies as fanfic in the traditional sense - it’s a broad story proposal by @andrewhickeywriter on an ‘end point’ for Superman - but it’s damn fun and satisfying. There’s also a follow-up article where he elaborates on a major plot point.

* Superman Lives: Another short comic, this time by Joe Otis Costello and Des Taylor, where the Superman of 1938 is beamed in a fight with Brainiac into the world of 2014, and Lois Lane naturally gets the exclusive interview with the returned hero, the story being presented in magazine format. The characterizations may or may not work for you - parts do for me, others not - but it’s an interesting exercise nonetheless, and Des Taylor’s work is absolutely gorgeous.

* @ck1blogs: Clark Kent’s reasonably infamous Twitter account. He is not good at the internet, or humans.

* @filmcriticsuperman: Less well-known than its cousin ck1, which is a shame; unlike most “Film Critic X” feeds, it’s actually…well, really good, courtesy of @charlotteofoz. It maintains the voice throughout and perfectly, and while half the feed is indeed movie reviews - always through the filter of Superman - the other half is just Superman talking about his day, and while it was coming out it was probably the best ongoing Superman material of the last several years. If starting at the beginning of the feed to get a feel for it seems too ominous, worth it though it may be, a good sample would be the more traditional short story she did connected to it, a Superman Halloween spooktacular by the name of Yellowfire.

* Kosmograd Blues: A short story by The Quantum Thief and Invisible Planets author Hannu Rajaniemi focused on a Russian Superman analog, it’s a beautifully written, somber story of a superman who’s long since lost what made his own life worthwhile, but knows he still has a job to do. This was to be one part of a series of superhero short stories set in a larger world he had built - he wrote a little more about the details of it once - but to my knowledge this was all that ever came out of it.

* Kahlil: An ongoing webcomic by Kumail Rizvi in which the last son of Krypton landed in Karachi; it’s been awhile since I last checked in on it, but I recall it being very good, with some spectacular artwork making the few moments thus far of super-ness really pop.

* Superman vs. The Universe: A spiritual cousin to Joe Keatinge’s Strange Visitor, this is the story of an all-powerful Superman at the end of time looking back on his existence as he prepares for his last duty; the prose is stilted in places, but there are enough great ideas and emotional moments in here to make it more than worth your time.

* Repairing The World: I’ll admit some bias up front since the author’s a friend of mine, but starlightify’s DCU series of fanfics - largely centered around Superman and Batman - are a lot of fun, very funny and heartfelt. Some good samplers with Superman would be Salutation and Canidae.

* Silver Age Superman: I’ve never gotten my hands on this semi-legendary bootleg 1990 comic by Ed Pinsent and Mark Robinson, but the likes of Al Ewing and phenomenal comics critic Colin Smith have both declared this comic - starring by my understanding perhaps the most alienated version of its title character ever - among their absolute favorite Superman stories, and their word is more than good enough for me; if you see it out in the wild, I’d absolutely say pick it up. And grab a copy for me, would ya?

* Luthor’s Gift/Starwinds Howl: Bizarre as it is to list any Superman work of Elliot S! Maggin’s as fanfiction when he’s one of the characters’ most beloved writers, I suppose that is what these two stories count as given that they’ve only ever been published online and maybe in a fanzine or two to my knowledge rather than with DC’s official sanction, and they’re absolutely of a piece with his novels Last Son of Krypton and Miracle Monday. The latter is his take on how Krypto arrived on Earth; the former shows how Superman finally left Earth around the end of the 21st century the way he often hinted at in his other works.

* Tales of Smallville: Near as I can tell, I’m the only person on the face of the Earth - other than maybe Elliot Maggin, who endorsed these stories himself - who’s aware that on the site supermanthrutheages, Samuel Hawkins posted a series of 4 Superboy stories; him revealing himself to the world, his first big adventure with the Legion of Superheroes, a memorable dinner with a guest, and Martha Kent on her deathbed. On these stories, I know two things. 1. Posterity will unquestionably not validate him. It’s a handful of Silver/Bronze-Age Superboy fanfics on an out-of-the-way fansite, no one will remember them. And 2. He is a Morrison/Ennis/Maggin-tier Superman writer. If I have ever written anything in my life on Superman that you’ve agreed on, for the love of god at least read Martha’s Story, it might honestly be my favorite Superman story other than All-Star.

So along with those recommendations, I do have to throw a request on top: I vaguely recall having once read a short story somewhere online years ago about a Superman-type hero found in a field as an infant by farmers - one’s an alcoholic and one sleeps around, but they clean up their acts for the sake of the kid. He grows up to become a superhero and occasionally fights a Lex Luthorish scientist with an appropriately alliterative name who accuses him of impeding societal progress. Eventually, the hero flies off into space once everyone he knows dies, returning occasionally to Earth as he feels drawn back, to defend it, or rule it, or just wander it in obscurity; his longest and last stay is when he falls in love with a woman who he meets at a restaurant, when she’s the first in all those thousands of years to make apple pie as good as his mother’s. Eventually, he lives to the end of the universe, where he finds himself rocketing back through time and de-aging, crash-landing in a field and completing the time-loop. If anyone could point me in a direction towards it, it’d be very much appreciated; I don’t even recall if it’s any good, but I’ve been trying to find it for years and it’s the principle of the thing at this point.

anonymous asked:

What kind of couple vlogger westallen would be if they were youtuber? cannot wait for your cute headcanon~

What a lovely ask!  My computer is being fussy so I can’t read more this, but let’s do it!

Okay, so let’s take this ask a step farther: here’s what Barry and Iris were up to before they met.

Once every two weeks, Barry straps a GoPro to his head and takes it on hikes and other jaunts in the outdoors, often but not always narrating his travels like a podcast.  The most entertaining segments involve him encountering wildlife (friend and foe!).  His most popular videos are The Bear incident and a duo of same-day early morning and late evening “silent” walks, where he doesn’t say anything at all, just lets his audience listen to the nature sounds and his own breathing.  Iris loves to rewatch his climbs when she’s bored and sleepy but not yet tired.

Iris posts Mondays and Fridays with get-your-week-off-right and get-your-weekend-off-right segments, respectively.  With Wally and Linda, she creates short little vlogs demonstrating ways to live well, study smart, work hard, and leave room for brownies.  (Her favorite brownie recipe is her bio.)  Personal non-advice interludes showcase “Moving Day Pt 1!” and “Moving Day Pt 2!”, “We Got A Puppy!”, and “Flat Tires In Kentucky.”  Barry loves her personal interludes, even though her life advice videos are very entertaining courtesy of her excellent rapport with Wally and Linda.

They come into contact when Iris reaches out to Barry to see if he’d be interested in doing a collaboration.  “What, like an interview?” Barry types.  “More like a hiking buddy,” Iris replies.  They’re equally popular, and there’s just enough crossover between their get-fit segments that they come up in each other’s suggestions *all the time.*  They live close enough that it’s not inconvenient – Barry goes to college thirty-minutes away and takes his hikes in the nearby woods – so Wally and Iris agree to meet him on his home turf.  Wally has been asking to see if they could get the hiking guy on their channel for a while because he thinks it’d be fun, and Iris is game, which is how two weeks later Barry is grinning and shaking hands with them. 

To help break the ice, they brought Cargopants the corgi along.  After about an hour of walking, Wally switches to carrying Cargo in his day pack.  Barry gets a turn about half an hour later and it makes his life to be holding the Cargopants (c'mon, the corgi has her own Instagram; it’s a big deal!). 

The walk itself is fun to film because Barry’s hikes usually just involve the woods, but with Wally and Iris intermittently stepping into frame, it feels like a real adventure.  At a stop, Barry and Iris sit very close together on a boulder while Wally scales a tree, Cargo sitting at the base watching Uncle Wally.  And it’s then Barry decides that he really, really wants to keep these two in his life.  Iris especially.  He keeps his head still so the camera doesn’t show it when she wraps a companionable arm around his waist.

From then on, he invites them out once a month to join him.  Sometimes it’s just him and Wally, which is fine with Barry; Wally has a great kinetic humor, Parkouring his way along for one outstandingly cinematic half-hour.  Usually Wally comes if Iris does, but Wally catches a bug and Iris is still game despite the snow and, well, how could Barry say no?

Except about five minutes into the walk he realizes he doesn’t *want* to film this, and he says, “Iris?” and she pauses, turning back to look at him, arching an eyebrow inquisitively.  Removing his GoPro, he waits a moment to see how she’ll respond; when she just grins and turns back, keeps walking, he tucks the GoPro away and joins her.

They go a lot farther than any of their filmed walks, so far Barry actually starts to worry about getting back before the weather shifts, but sitting beside her for warmth at a rest is just like the first time.  Two and a half hours and an almost-sprained ankle later, they’re back at Iris’ car, breath misting in front of them.  Barry thinks ruefully that he would happily have frozen solid if it meant spending more time with Iris, and then Iris says, “You should come back to my place,” and Barry agrees.

From then on, it’s just a couple dates away from being official, and they keep it from their respective audiences for months.  They both like their methods and they both still enjoy watching each other’s videos, even apart from collabs.  Eventually the proposal happens and Iris uploads a short personal video of Barry’s hand sitting on a log before Iris’ rests on top of it, ring finger clearly adorned, no dialogue.  It’s easily one of their most popular videos.

cnn.com
First on CNN: Trump administration ending Michelle Obama's girls education program
The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.
By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer

The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.

The “Let Girls Learn” program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.While aspects of the initiative’s programming will continue, employees have been told to stop using the “Let Girls Learn” name and were told that, as a program unto itself, “Let Girls Learn” was ending.

“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” read an email sent to Peace Corps employees this week by the agency’s acting director Sheila Crowley.

“ 'Let Girls Learn’ provided a platform to showcase Peace Corps’ strength in community development, shining a bright light on the work of our Volunteers all over the world,” Crowley wrote. “We are so proud of what 'Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success.”

News of the program’s end came the same day President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, was visiting an elementary school in suburban Virginia to announce changes to another initiative spotlighted by the former first lady, healthy school lunches.

Perdue was set to unveil a rule change “providing regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program” during a visit to Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg. Like “Let Girls Learn,” improving the nutritional quality of school meals was a major focus of Obama’s during her tenure as first lady.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Perdue’s announcement would alter the nutritional makeup of school lunches nationwide, though health advocacy groups warned that backtracking could prove dangerous for children.

“Rather than altering the current path forward, we hope the agency focuses more on providing technical assistance that can help schools get across the finish line, if they haven’t done so already,“ said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.”

Let Girls Learn" was an inter-governmental initiative run primarily at the Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development. A spokesman for the Peace Corps said Monday the agency would continue its efforts toward girls’ education.

“The Peace Corps continues to prioritize girls’ education and empowerment programming,” the spokesman said. “Girls’ education and empowerment has been a hallmark of our work over the past 56 years and we look forward to continuing those efforts with our interagency partners. We remain dedicated to the passionate work of our volunteers and staff to empower and educate girls in their communities.”

Tina Tchen, who served as Obama’s chief of staff during her time in the White House, said the end of “Let Girls Learn” was a disappointment given a global recognition that educating young women could help improve conditions across developing nations.

“We felt it was important to have a branded campaign that drew attention to those issues, and we found that when we did it, we had extraordinary support,” Tchen said. “I think it’s unfortunate to not continue with the branded campaign. We think that this is an issue that has bipartisan support, it’s really not a Republican or Democratic issue.”

Tchen said the benefits of the program, which drew upon private sector support as well as government dollars, outweighed the costs. She noted that a development program launched by President George W. Bush to combat global HIV/AIDS, PEPFAR, had been maintained and expanded by the Obama administration.

“ 'Let Girls Learn’ had several years of funding already baked,” she said. “We were hopeful that given that, it could continue. But obviously elections have consequences, and nobody knows that better than we.”

After launching the initiative in 2015, Michelle Obama heavily promoted “Let Girls Learn,” including during travel abroad and at events held in Washington. CNN Films produced a documentary highlighting some of the girls participating in “Let Girls Learn” programs in Morocco and Liberia during the then-first lady’s trip there.

Obama also harnessed her popularity on social media to promote “Let Girls Learn,” and enlisted celebrities like Frida Pinto and Meryl Streep to help highlight the struggle girls in many developing countries face in regularly attending school.

In October of last year, the Obama administration attempted to reinforce “Let Girls Learn” ahead of a new administration. The White House announced $5 million in private sector commitments toward the programs administered under the “Let Girls Learn” banner, bringing the total financial pledges to more than $1 billion for programs in 50 countries.

The hope then was to underscore the success of the initiative in the hopes the next administration would continue it.

The ending of the program comes as Melania Trump begins to define her own platform as first lady. While she hasn’t formally announced an official platform, women’s empowerment and access to education for women and girls is emerging as a key area of importance for her growing East Wing.

“I continue to firmly believe that education is the most powerful way to promote and ensure women’s rights. Together we will do this not only by striving for gender parity at all levels of education, but also by showing all children, and especially boys, that it is through empathy, respect and kindness that we achieve our collective potential,“ she said in a recent speech at the State Department.

On Monday, a Trump White House spokesperson referred comment to representatives for the first lady, who declined to comment.

First daughter Ivanka Trump who serves as an adviser to the President, is focused on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, topics she’s touted on panels and in speeches.She is a self-described "Entrepreneur & advocate for the education & empowerment of women & girls,” according to her Twitter biography.

In promoting the importance of girls education, Obama regularly highlighted her own educational path, and said it was critical to her success in the private sector and later as first lady.

“Education is a very personal thing for me,” she said in October during a discussion at the Newseum with a group of girls from across the globe. “As I tell girls whenever I meet them, I wouldn’t be here, sitting here not just in this chair but in the life that I have, if it weren’t for my education.”

Tchen said Monday that the former first lady was still assessing how to promote this issue in her new life as a private citizen.“This is an issue she cares passionately about,” Tchen said. “I think it’s still early days for what she will do in her post-White House life. But this is one she’s looking at figuring out where can she be value added, where can she help with this issue.”

Happy/Together (Shalaska) - D

AN: 10, 374 words. I thought of splitting it into at least a two-parter, but it reads better as a one-shot. The title is a play on Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together, tough nothing else from the film really influences this. This is much happier. Kind of. First fic and I hope you guys like it! :)

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anonymous asked:

Sorry I'm the only one who can't buy this crap ? I have a hard time believing what they want me to believe. Maybe i'm crazy but I'm not bying it especially after bafta.

You are not alone, anon! Not by a long shot!
So many problems with this scenario and, as usual, it’s so easy to pick out the two conflicting narratives here that it’s hard to take this whole thing as anything other than the same old game.
The “Sam is with _____” narrative is suspect from the get go. Not just one, but two members of a private Facebook fan group just happen to be shopping in the same grocery at the exact same time as Sam and his “lovely girlfriend” have decided to shop too. In this tiny town what are the odds? The fan group is private, but yet somehow these pictures and the comments the women made about this meeting are all conveniently leaked out. And there was very obvious advance press about this. We got tweets about Sam being in town for the holiday on the day before Thanksgiving, and there have been anons in my inbox for weeks telling me that he will be in NC to spend the holiday with MM’s family. Really, Sam has made official appearances with less advance press than this one in the grocery store got. And an appearance is what it really does appear to be. It’s obvious that someone had been tipped off and, he even remembered to put on his “game” hat. Honestly, I think the only people who were surprised by that grocery sighting were the women who saw him. And just between you and me I take leave to doubt that they were surprised to see him either.
So Sam makes a public appearance to a private Facebook group in service of the “not with Cait” narrative. And, as usual, the competing “with Cait” narrative gets some air time as well. The “not with Cait” story seems to be that Sam has spent the Thanksgiving holiday cozily tucked away in MM’s hometown. But there have been holes poked in this story from even before the rest of us knew there was a story. And it seems that, as usual. Sam himself did a good bit of the poking. On Thanksgiving Sam and Cait made a show on SM of retweeting each other and of being on at the same time and that all of their posts were made in UK time. Next was an airport sighting of Sam on Friday morning in Glasgow which specifically mentioned London as being his destination. Then that evening in London a cast member seems to have “accidentally” caught an image of Sam and Cait seen through a window at a party as she shot a short video of some Christmas lights. A 5am SM session tells of an early flight out to somewhere and then silence until Monday evening when during an appearance at a grocery store in a small NC town he tells a fan that he is in town “on holiday and looking at locations for seasons 4 and 5”. So the “with Cait” narrative is of a post Thanksgiving jaunt to get an advance look at potential next season filming locations (and perhaps to get best choice in housing options in this resort area, which will be best done prior to the summer season if you want first pick)
So which version to believe? A clearly staged and prearranged “meet up” with two fans in a grocery on a Monday evening given out as a proxy for an
entire Thanksgiving holiday spent with a woman whose presence at the meeting is only alluded to by fans but who is not even pictured at this appearance. Or follow the trail of hints from Sam’s own SM that show a Thanksgiving spent in Glasgow either with Cait, or working, or a bit of both, then a departure for London on Friday morning, a party with Cait on Friday evening, and then a flight out for the states on Saturday morning. His time in the states explained to a fan in his own words as “looking around the area for seasons 4 and 5” and she did put quotes around that statement. So those are Sam’s words that he was taking the opportunity to explore the area he would be working in next year, a very odd choice of words if this was intended to be a reveal of a holiday spent with her family- sort of the same marginalizing that took place when he had to come onto her IG and then called her “nobody”. For me the “with _____.” version, as usual, rings as staged and, also as usual, Sam’s cooperation with it appears to be minimal. The “with Cait” version of events seems to be the more organic and candid, it is the version told by Sam in his own word and in his own SM and therefore for me it’s inherently the more believable one. And also it fits in much better with all the other things we have seen, and failed to see, between Sam and MM.

Its just more business as usual; a narrative imposed from outside is countered by a narrative spoken in Sam’s own words.. And we got hints from both sides long before the appearance happened clearly both sides knew what was coming- ether there was lots of prearranging done- or perhaps the footage was already in the can and only waiting for a release date??

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Troye and Connor were sat in front of a camera. Troye was moving his hair from his face whilst Connor was ensuring that the camera was straight, both were nervous as this was one of the most important videos they were ever going to make.

As Connor went to sit next to the younger boy they interlaced their fingers, which were slightly out of the camera’s sight, and breathed out seemingly more relaxed in the presence of Troye.

They were filming Connor’s video first, so he began with his usual intro,

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Fic: Friendships and Fandoms XI

[Part One] [Part Two] [Part Three] [Part Four] [Part Five] [Part Six] [Part Seven] [Part Eight] [Part Nine] [Part Ten]

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Part Eleven 

In which Gold receives some good news, Belle receives an interesting proposition, and Zelena crosses an uncrossable line…

Including cameos by our very own @emospritelet and @wizzygold!

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It was odd being back in the make-up room with Gold on Monday morning after the events of the weekend. It was not as if he had missed any filming. She had last seen him in here on Wednesday evening, and he would not have been back here until this moment even without mad dashes across the Atlantic. It was only four days since his last stint in the chair, but it seemed like so much more time had passed.

He gave her a tired smile as he came into the room and hooked his cane over the counter, settling himself in his usual chair and giving an almighty yawn.

“Morning, Belle.”

“Good morning, Gold.”

There was a buzzing sense of anticipation in the air; Belle could feel it, and when she had first come to the set to begin the day, Walter in security had commented on it as well. Filming for the finale was only a week away, and it seemed that everyone wanted to rush through the remainder of this week so that they could get to the dramatic double-episode that would end the series with a bang. Belle certainly couldn’t wait, but there was still another week to get through, and even though this was a time of heightened excitement, they still had a job to do, and do well. It would not do for the penultimate episode to show signs of shoddy work just because everyone was so anxious to get to the finale.

Gold gave a sigh, bringing Belle back to the present.

“What’s up?” she asked. He didn’t reply straight away; his mind was very obviously elsewhere, staring off into the middle distance as she sponged the base coat onto the back of his neck. Peering over his shoulder, she saw that he had the finale script open on his tablet, more specifically the final scene in which Stiltskin and Lacey were reunited.

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Former Ravens S Ed Reed officially retires from NFL after 12 seasons 

Ed Reed came into the NFL as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, and on Thursday he left as one.

Flanked by head coach John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and team president Dick Cass, the nine-time Pro Bowl safety formally announced his retirement after signing one final contract with the team that drafted him 24th overall in the 2002 draft.

“Home is Baltimore,” said Reed, who will be inducted into the Ravens’ ring of honor Nov. 22 against the St. Louis Rams. “This is home. Baltimore, I love the city. I love this organization. I hope I did more than I was supposed to as a Raven.”

Reed said he’s grateful because few players get a chance to leave the game with their home team.

Reed played 11 seasons in Baltimore before splitting time with Houston and the New York Jets in 2012. He did not play last season.

On signing a one-day contract with the Ravens, Reed said he tried to get three days and maybe one more year out of Newsome, but no luck.

“It’s tough, man. I’m retiring,” Reed said. “I’m not hanging my cleats up yet. I’ll still work out. When Coach [Harbaugh] first saw me, he said ‘You look like you still could go.’ I’m like, ‘Look like I still could go?’”

Reed said he made the decision to hang up his cleats on April 26th. He was reading a book, “Uneven Lies,” about African-Americans in golf, and it spoke to him.

“I just felt it in my spirit,” Reed said. “It just felt right. … I just knew it in my heart of hearts that it was time to come home to retire.”

Newsome said that in 2002, the Ravens tried to move up in the draft to take another player but couldn’t complete the trade and took Reed instead.

Asked whether coaching is in his future, Reed said: “Right now, I’m coaching flag football for 4-year-olds and 7-year-olds. It doesn’t make you want to be a coach.”

When asked to name one play from his career that stuck out most, Reed didn’t even point to a play that he made. It was an interception that former Ravens cornerback Cary Williams made against Tom Brady in the 2012 AFC championship, sealing Reed and the team’s trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

One of Reed’s plays that stuck out most to Head Coach John Harbaugh was an interception the free safety made when he shouldn’t have even been in the same zip code as the ball. Reed had studied film on the Dolphins quarterback and knew where he would throw the ball on that formation in that situation. The next day, Harbaugh asked Reed how in the world he made the pick.

“I was cheering during the game, but when we got back on Monday, I had to ask. ‘What exactly made you get that route?’” Harbaugh said. “He took me through it step-by-step. He taught me football.”

Reed, 36, holds the NFL record for career interception return yards and was voted The Associated Press 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Drafted in the first round of the 2002 draft out of the University of Miami, Reed had 64 interceptions and was used occasionally as a punt returner.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Reed’s 64 career INTs rank sixth most in NFL history, while his 1,590 INT return yards stand No. 1.
• Produced a Ravens’ franchise-record 61 INTs for 1,541 return yards and 7 TDs.
• Posted an NFL-record 107-yard return TD (vs. Phi. 11/23/08), breaking the previous long of 106, which he set vs. Cle. (11/7/04).
• Reed’s career INT return yard average of 24.8 yards ranks No. 2 in NFL history (min. 30 INTs).
• Scored 14 TDs in his career (including playoffs) and is the only player in NFL history to score return TDs off a punt return, blocked punt, INT and fumble recovery.
• Blocked 4 punts in his career, returning 3 for TDs (tied for an NFL record).
• Produced 12 multi-INT games (13 including playoffs), the most in NFL history.
• Owns 9-career postseason INTs, tying the NFL playoff record shared by Charlie Waters, Bill Simpson & Ronnie Lott.
• Finished his career with 699 total tackles, 6 sacks, 154 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries. (His 661 total tackles as a Raven rank fourth in team history.)

Next stop….Canton. Reed is eligible to be nominated for inducted in 2019. And we think it’s a done deal.