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Happy 27th Birthday, Jennifer Shrader Lawrence! (August 15th, 1990)
↳ My opinion is: You can have millions of dollars and a dream career, but if you’re not willing to stand up for what you believe, or if you see wrongdoing and don’t talk about it, then you have nothing. It’s the opposite of ‘Shut up and act!’ If you have a voice, use it. I don’t want to go into the grave just being like, ‘Well, I introduced the world to the Hunger Games movies and I bought a house on Coldwater! Goodnight!’ For me, it’s worth the criticism. The more criticism I get, the more the conversation is happening. 

Born on the 5th of August, 1990, Asha Jacquilla Degree grew up to be a quiet and shy young girl. She was a good student at Fallston Elementary School in Shelby, North Carolina, and enjoyed playing basketball. She was somewhat isolated from the outside world; her parents forbid the internet and TV and were god-fearing church goers. Asha was an extremely timid little girl, in fact, she was wary of almost everything.

At approximately 8PM on the 13th of February, 2000, 9-year-old Asha went to bed. When Asha’s father, Harold, returned from work at approximately 12AM, he checked on his children who were fast asleep. He checked once again at 2:30AM and saw them both fast asleep once again. She slept in the same bedroom as her brother who later recalled that he heard noises in the early morning hours but just assumed it was Asha turning and tossing in her sleep. However, in reality, Asha was actually packing her book bag with clothing and personal items. She then crept out of the house in the dead of the night.

At around 3:45 - 4:15AM, two drivers saw her walking along Highway 18. Another witness saw her and turned his car around to ask her what she was doing. A young child out on her own at that time of the night certainly wasn’t normal. Especially considering the weather was so grim - it was windy and the rain was lashing down. When he went to approach her, she darted off into the woods. This was the last time Asha was ever seen. When her mother, Iquilla, went to wake the children up for school at around 6:30AM, she found her missing. Police dogs were unable to pick up any scent from Asha. That was potentially because the heavy rain had washed away any scent of her. When the news of her disappearance broke, the three drivers who had spotted her walking along the road came forward to relay what they had seen. There was absolutely no sign of Asha until two days later, when candy wrappers, a pencil, and a Mickey Mouse hair bow were found in a shed in the woods where Asha was spotted running into. They were identified as her belongings by her parents.

Investigators announced that they believed she had left her home on her own accord. They later announced that they theorised she had been abducted along the way. This grim theory was even more believable when Asha’s bookbag was unearthed during a construction project along Highway 18. It had been wrapped in a plastic bag and then buried. In 2013, Asha’s mother took to the media to express her disgruntlement that Asha’s case didn’t garner much media attention. She believed it was because Asha was African American: “Missing white children get more attention. I don’t understand why,” she said.

The leads eventually dwindled to a standstill until 2016 when the FBI announced that there was a new lead. Asha may have been spotted climbing into an early 1970s green Lincoln Continental Mark IV or a Ford Thunderbird. The case currently remains open and these leads are being investigated.

KUWAIT. Burgan burning oil fields. 1991. U.S. Marines. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq took place on August 2nd 1990. It was followed by the Allied intervention under operation Desert Storm. The Allies finally liberated Kuwait on February 27th 1991, after 7 months of occupation and 5 weeks of war.

Photograph: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

“The first time I saw him was at the video auditions for Star Wars and I knew he was going to be a star – someone on the order of Bogart and Tracy. I mean, you look at Harrison and you listen, he looks like he’s carrying a gun, even if he isn’t. I think he has qualities that disappeared into the pioneer West. You know that saying, ‘An actress is a little bit more than a woman; an actor is a little bit less than a man’? Well, that’s except if it’s Harrison Ford. He’s this incredibly attractive male animal, in every sense of the word. This carpenter stud.” – Carrie Fisher, Vanity Fair, August 1990

I’m happy to meet people, give autographs, shake hands and say ‘Thank you.’ I wouldn’t have a job if people weren’t going to see my movies. It’s just… if I’m on an airplane and I have no makeup on, I don’t want to take a selfie that’s going to end up on E!

Happy 27th Birthday,
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence!
(August 15th, 1990).
A REVELATION

GUYS NAH OKAY SO ON THE 9TH OF AUGUST 1990 BILL SKARSGÅRD WAS BORN. THEN ON THE 18TH OF NOVEMBER 1990 THE ORIGINAL ‘IT’ MOVIE (CHAPTER 1) WAS RELEASED. 27 YEARS LATER IN 2017 THE ADAPTATION OF THE ORIGINAL IS RELEASED, WITH BILL PLAYING PENNYWISE. GUYS. 18 (OF NOV) PLUS 9 (OF AUG) EQUALS 27. BILL HAS 2 PARENTS AND 7 SIBLINGS. THAT’S 27. GUYS.