back in 1998

Black Cinema 1970-1999

This is a list I compiled based on movies I’ve either already watched or plan on watching in the near future. Please feel free to add any suggestions, recommendations, or requests for anything you’d like to see more of on this blog.

  1. Shaft (1971) 
  2. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) 
  3. Super Fly (1972)
  4. Lady Sings the Blues (1972) 
  5. Black Gunn (1972)
  6. Trick Baby (1972)
  7. Trouble Man (1972)
  8. The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)
  9. Across 110th Street (1972)
  10. Cool Breeze (1972)
  11. Black Mama White Mama (1972)
  12. The Mack (1973) 
  13. Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973)
  14. Ganja & Hess (1973)
  15. Detroit 9000 (1973)
  16. That Man Bolt (1973)
  17. Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
  18. Coffy (1973) 
  19. Black Caesar (1973) 
  20. The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
  21. Five on the Black Hand Side (1973) 
  22. Black Belt Jones (1974) 
  23. Boss Nigger (1974)
  24. TNT Jackson (1974) 
  25. Three the Hard Way (1974)
  26. Truck Turner (1974)
  27. Black Samson (1974)
  28. Willie Dynamite (1974)
  29. Cleopatra Jones (1974) 
  30. Foxy Brown (1974) 
  31. Claudine (1974) 
  32. Uptown Saturday Night (1974) 
  33. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) 
  34. Coonskin (1975)
  35. Sheba, Baby (1975)
  36. Dolemite (1975)
  37. Friday Foster (1975)
  38. Cooley High (1975) 
  39. Bucktown (1975)
  40. The Black Gestapo (1975)
  41. Mahogany (1975) 
  42. Sparkle (1976) 
  43. Black Shampoo (1976)
  44. Black Heat (1976)
  45. The Human Tornado (1976)
  46. Car Wash (1976) 
  47. Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)
  48. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
  49. The Wiz (1978) 
  50. A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich (1978) 
  51. Disco Godfather (1980)
  52. The Marva Collins Story (1981) 
  53. Wild Style (1983) 
  54. Breakin’ (1984) 
  55. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) 
  56. Beat Street (1984) 
  57. A Soldier’s Story (1984) 
  58. Purple Rain (1984) 
  59. Krush Groove (1985) 
  60. The Color Purple (1985) 
  61. Hollywood Shuffle (1987) 
  62. Raw (1987) 
  63. School Daze (1988) 
  64. Coming to America (1988) 
  65. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) 
  66. Lean On Me (1989)
  67. Polly (1989) 
  68. Glory (1989) 
  69. Do the Right Thing (1989) 
  70. Harlem Nights (1989) 
  71. Women of Brewster Place (1989) 
  72. Mo’ Better Blues (1989) 
  73. House Party (1990) 
  74. The Five Heartbeats (1991) 
  75. Jungle Fever (1991) 
  76. Strictly Business (1991) 
  77. Boyz n the Hood (1991) 
  78. New Jack City (1991) 
  79. White Men Can’t Jump (1992) 
  80. The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992) 
  81. Bebe’s Kids (1992) 
  82. Boomerang (1992) 
  83. Malcolm X (1992) 
  84. Juice (1992) 
  85. Class Act (1992) 
  86. Mo Money (1992) 
  87. What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993) 
  88. Strapped (1993) 
  89. CB4 (1993) 
  90. Sister Act II (1993) 
  91. Posse (1993) 
  92. Poetic Justice (1993) 
  93. Menace II Society (1993) 
  94. Jason’s Lyric (1994) 
  95. A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) 
  96. Blankman (1994) 
  97. Crooklyn (1994) 
  98. Tales From the Hood (1995) 
  99. Dead Presidents (1995) 
  100. Bad Boys (1995) 
  101. Panther (1995) 
  102. Friday (1995) 
  103. Waiting to Exhale (1995) 
  104. Higher Learning (1995) 
  105. Set It Off (1996) 
  106. Preacher’s Wife (1996) 
  107. Hoodlum (1997) 
  108. Rhyme & Reason (1997)
  109. Hav Plenty (1998) 
  110. The Temptations (1998) 
  111. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998) 
  112. Eve’s Bayou (1997) 
  113. Love Jones (1997) 
  114. Soul Food (1997) 
  115. Belly (1998) 
  116. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) 
  117. The Best Man (1999) 
  118. The Wood (1999) 
  119. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
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April 15th, 1998 | *NSYNC makes their first debut on MTV Live singing ‘I Want You Back’

anonymous asked:

Hey! I watched the Truman Show a few months ago and I was wondering if you could tell me what the message of it was because I still don't know??

boy oh boy i could write a 50-page essay on this but it’s 12:27 a.m. so for now i’ll give you this

the “139″ on truman’s sailboat refers to psalm 139

cristoph’s deliberate pause between “i am the creator” and “of a television show” is meant to show you that he believes he is god. and, like, he basically IS god to truman. he controls his entire life.

now the real question of the truman show: is it saying that god actually DOESN’T have any control over our lives (as evidenced by truman’s line, “you never had a camera in my head”), OR is it saying that people (like cristoph) can’t play god because only god is god?

i prefer the first interpretation - that the truman show is an allegory for humans living under god’s control and that god doesn’t actually have full control over humans - but considering how deeply christian jim carrey is, i believe the second interpretation is what’s intended as the message of the movie. that people can’t play god. 

there could also be a third, jonah-like message to the movie that you can’t run away from god. that you can’t just pack up and move to fiji to escape your divine destiny. 

this movie has christian undertones and overtones and regular tones, lemme tell u

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So about USA channels ad on a movie marathon exclusively showcasing Women.

But the only Black Women featured film is of a Black Man dressed in a stereotypical drag of a Black Women. This meets their quota of a Women of Color featured film.

What is this trash!!!!??? #Heated 

Here is a list of Movies/Docs with Black Women leads:

4 Little Girls (1997)

Alex Haley’s Queen (1993) 

American Violet (2009)

Anna Lucasta (1958) 

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) 

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beloved (1998) 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) - Starring Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm
The Bodyguard (1992) 

Boarding House Blues (1948) 

Carmen Jones (1954) 

Claudine (1974) 

Cleopatra Jones (1973) 

Coffy (1973) 

Colombiana (2011)

The Color Purple (1985) 

Crooklyn (1994)

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Dreamgirls (2006) 

Eve’s Bayou (1997) 

Feast Of All Saints (2001)

I Will Follow (2011)

The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

Lackawanna Blues (2005) 

Mama Flora’s Family (1998) 

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Pariah (2011) 

Poetic Justice (1993)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) 

The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

Set It Off (1996) 

Sister Act/Sister Act 2 (1992/1993)

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Something New (2006) 

Soul Food (1997) 

Sparkle (1976) 

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

What’s Love Got To Do With It? (1993) 

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) 

The Wiz (1978) - Starring Diana Ross

A Woman Called Moses (1978)

Yelling to the Sky (2011) 

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Lila & Eve (2015)

Love & Basketball (2000)

Brown Sugar (2002)

Love Jones (1997)

Two Can Play That Game (I don’t like the centering of getting a man but whatever)

-Notice the lack of Sci Fi films. There is a lack of black sci fi films in general, but especially black sci fi films written, directed, and acted by black women. We need to work on that.

Here is films with Black Women in 2016/2017:

Fences (2016)

Black Panther

Hidden Figures 

Danai Gurira in All Eyez On You

Queen of Katwe 

Southside With You

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Misty Copeland Biopic

Viola Davis in Harriet Tubman Biopic

Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in Confirmation

Regina Hall in ‘When the Bough Breaks’

Ruth Negga in 'Loving’ ( Unsure about this one..gonna keep my eye on it)

Add to the list.

Here is a list of Films centering Women of Color & Produced By Women of Color/Directed By Them Too:

“35 Shots of Rum” by
Claire Denis (2008)

“A Different Image” by
Alile Sharon Larkin (1982)

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at
Night” by Ana Lily Amirpour (2014)

“Advantageous” by
Jennifer Phang (2015)

“Ala Modalaindi” by
Nandini Bv Reddy (2011)

“All About You” by
Christine Swanson (2001)

“Alma’s Rainbow” by
Ayoka Chenzira (1994)

“Appropriate Behavior”
by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

“B For Boy” by Chika
Anadu (2013)

“Bande de Filles/Girlhood”
by Céline Sciamma (2014)

“Belle” by Amma Asante
(2013)

“Bend it Like Beckham”
by Gurinder Chadha (2002)

“Bessie” by Dee Rees
(2015)

“Beyond the Lights” by
Gina Prince-Bythewood (2014)

“Bhaji on the Beach” by
Gurinder Chadha (1993)

“Caramel” by Nadine
Labaki  (2007)

“Circumstance” by Maryam
Keshavarz (2011)

“Civil Brand” by Neema
Barnette (2002)

“Compensation” by
Zeinabu irene Davis (1999)

“Daughters of the Dust”
by Julie Dash (1991)

“Double Happiness ” by
Mina Shum (1994)

“Down in the Delta” by Maya
Angelou (1998)

“Drylongso” by Cauleen
Smith (1988)

“Earth” by Deepa Mehta
(1998)

“Elza” by Mariette
Monpierre (2011)

“Endless Dreams” by
Susan Youssef (2009

“Eve’s Bayou” by Kasi
Lemmons (1997)

“Fire” by Deepa Mehta
(1996)

“Frida” by Julie Taymor
(2002)

“Girl in Progress” by
Patricia Riggen (2012)

“Girlfight” by Karyn
Kusama (2000)

“Habibi Rasak Kharban”
by Susan Youssef (2011)

“Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad
Nemizanand (Hush! Girls Don’t Scream)” by Pouran Derahkandeh (2013)

“Honeytrap” by Rebecca
Johnson (2014)

“I Like It Like That” by
Darnell Martin (1994)

“I Will Follow” by Ava
DuVernay (2010

“In Between Days” by
So-yong Kim (2006)

“Introducing Dorothy
Dandridge” by Martha Coolidge (1999)

“It’s a Wonderful
Afterlife” by Gurinder Chadha (2010)

“Jumpin Jack Flash” by
Penny Marshall (1986)

“Just Another Girl on the
IRT” by Leslie Harris (1992)

“Just Wright” by Sanaa
Hamri (2010)

“Kama Sutra” by Mira
Nair (1996)

“Losing Ground” by
Kathleen Collins (1982)

“Love & Basketball”
by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000)

“Luck by Chance” by Zoya
Akhtar (2009)

“Mi Vida Loca” by
Allison Anders (1993)

“Middle of Nowhere” by
Ava DuVernay (2012)

“Mississippi Damned” by
Tina Mabry (2009)

“Mississippi Masala” by
Mira Nair (1991)

“Mixing Nia” by Alison
Swan (1998)

“Monsoon Wedding” by Mira
Nair (2001)

“Mosquita y Mari” by
Aurora Guerrero (2012)

“Na-moo-eobs-neun san
(Treeless Mountain)” by So-yong Kim (2008)

“Night Catches Us” by
Tanya Hamilton (2010)

“Pariah” by Dee Rees
(2011)

“Picture Bride” by Kayo
Hatta (1994)

“Rain” by Maria Govan (2008)

“Real Women Have Curves”
by Patricia Cardoso (2002)

“Saving Face” by Alice
Wu (2004)

“Second Coming” by
Debbie Tucker Green (2014)

“Something Necessary” by
Judy Kibinge (2013)

“Something New” by Sanaa
Hamri (2006)

“Still the Water” by
Naomi Kawase  (2014)

“Stranger Inside” by
Cheryl Dunye (2001)

“Sugar Cane Alley/Black Shack
Alley” by Euzhan Palcy (1983)

“The Kite” by Randa
Chahal Sabag (2003)

“The Rich Man’s Wife” by
Amy Holden Jones (1996)

“The Secret Life of
Bees” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2008)

“The Silence of the
Palace” by Moufida Tlatli (1994)

“The Watermelon Woman”
by Cheryl Dunye (1996)

“The Women of Brewster
Place” by Donna Deitch (1989)

“Their Eyes Were Watching
God” by Darnell Martin (2005)

“Things We Lost in the
Fire” by Susanne Bier  (2007)

“Wadjda” by Haifaa
Al-Mansour (2012)

“Water” by Deepa Mehta
(2005)

“Whale Rider” by Niki
Caro  (2002)

“What’s Cooking?” by
Gurinder Chadha (2000)

“Where Do We Go Now?” by
Nadine Labaki  (2011)

“Whitney” by Angela Bassett
(2015)

“Woman Thou Art Loosed: On
The 7th Day” by Neema Barnette (2012)

“Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down
Girl” by Joan Chen (1998)

“Yelling to the Sky” by
Victoria Mahoney (2011)

“Young and Wild” by
Marialy Rivas (2012)

Here is a short SCI FI film Produced by a Black Woman, and Main Character is a Black Woman: 

PUMZI :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR7l_B86Fc

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“Everything, every word, every thought that you know is wrong! Aku…Aku is the one that has laid waste to the beauty of this world. He has destroyed mother nature. Where do you think we are? Aku has unleashed these monstrosities upon our world and they feed off his carnage. Believe what you may, but if you open your eyes and let go of the hate, you [Ashi] will see the truth.”

-          Jack, Samurai Jack, (Season 5, Ep. 04)

The Toonami Trending Rundown for April 8-9, 2017. Following the events of last week, it’s back to business as usual for the better cartoon show, as Jack tries to convince Ashi, the last surviving daughter of Aku, that Aku’s ways are not the righteous ones, while JoJo saves Lisa Lisa from falling to her death, and Kars undergoes a transformation putting on the stone mask and conbining it with the Red Stone and the ultraviolet beams, and Marida is found to be brainwashed by the Vist Foundation and Banagher tries to snap her out of it, among other great moments.

On Twitter, every show from Samurai Jack to Gundam Unicorn (with the exception of Sand Whale and Me) successfully trended in the US during their respective East Coast airings, and Samurai Jack briefly trended worldwide. In addition, both Samurai Jack and Dragon Ball Super would also trend on Tumblr.


This week’s feature was another set of throwback bumpers, including a promotion for Robotech which aired back in 1998, as well as a rerun of the classic reruns speech by Moltar.

The Naruto franchise has played a pivotal role in the growth of Toonami and the anime industry overall over the years, and those keeping up with the latest simulcasts might know that the next chapter to the Naruto series, Boruto has begun its run in Japan. I can’t say much about this series here due to obvious spoiler reasons, though depending on how things go, we could likely see this down the line on the better cartoon show. Of course, unlike many of the shows lately that we’ve been keeping an eye on for a potential Toonami run of their sequels, we still have several more years of Shippuden left to go, so unless they air Boruto and Shippuden at the same time (much like for DBZ), or if Shippuden is pulled in favor of airing Boruto, we could be waiting a while for this one to occur. As we’ve seen with One Piece’s cancellation among other things, things can easily change and anything can happen, so it’s pretty hard to predict what could happen regarding the future of Naruto’s Toonami presence ahead. All I can really recommend for those that want Boruto at some point is to keep supporting Toonami and Naruto overall and as with all potential shows, let Toonami know you want it. In the meantime, if you are caught up with Naruto and you wish to check out the sub now, it’s available on legal streams such as Hulu and Crunchyroll.

In Ghost in the Shell news, it was announced on Friday by Production IG & Kodansha that a new Ghost In The Shell anime is in the works. Kenji Kamiyama, who previously directed Stand Alone Complex, and Shinji Aramaki, who previously directed Appleseed, will serve as the new show’s co-directors. No further details have been released as of yet. With Stand Alone Complex being a Toonami classic along with Toonami’s good relations with Production IG, no doubt this will also be one to watch out for depending on how things go ahead.


Next week, JoJo’s will be completing the Battle Tendency story arc with a bang as Toonami will be showcasing the final two episodes from 12:30-1:30am Eastern. As this move is made in part to fast tracking the Attack on Titan season 2 dub premiere in 2 weeks, Tokyo Ghoul will have the night off to make way. In addition, next week will also showcase the finale of Super’s Battle of Gods arc while Samurai Jack will reach the halfway point of season 5, among other great moments. Until next week, we wish all those celebrating a Happy Holy Week and a blessed Passover, and we’ll see you again next week for another round of the better cartoon show.


Legend: The shows listed are ordered based on their appearance on the schedule. Show trends are listed in bold. The number next to the listed trend represents the highest it trended on the list (not counting the promoted trend), judging only by the images placed in the rundown. For the Twitter tweet counts, the listed number of tweets are also sorely based on the highest number shown based on the images on the rundown.

United States Trends:

  • #Toonami [#8]
  • #SamuraiJack [#2]
  • #DragonBallSuper [#24]
  • #DBZKai [#9]
  • #JoJosBizarreAdventure [#10]
  • #TokyoGhoul [#7]
  • #HunterXHunter [#8]
  • #GundamUnicorn [#4]

Worldwide Trends:

  • #SamuraiJack [#19]

Tweet Counts:

  • Toonami [8,147 tweets]
  • #Toonami [4,915 tweets]
  • #SamuraiJack [7,523 tweets]
  • #DragonBallSuper [4,149 tweets]
  • #DBZKai [1,848 tweets]
  • #JoJosBizarreAdventure [1,960 tweets]
  • #TokyoGhoul [2,257 tweets]
  • #HunterXHunter [1,812 tweets]

Tumblr Trends:

  • #samurai jack
  • #dragon ball super

Notes and Other Statistics:

Special thanks to @coreymbarnes and others I forgot to mention for spotting some of the trends on this list.

Only Toonami on [adult swim] on Cartoon Network.

Ash turns 20....of being 10

Ahh Ash Ketchum (サトシ Satoshi), you’re one of the first fictional characters I looked up to as a young kid. I don’t really look up to him that much now, but how can I not ignore the impact he’s done for my childhood and many others?

The anime was actually the first thing that made me a fan of the Pokémon franchise back in 1998, when I was only about 3 years old. It was thanks to the show, I got into the games and other Pokémon-related shenanigans (TCG, manga, collectables/ memorabilia, Nintendo games like Super Smash Bros.)

This is a picture of me wearing a replica of Ash Ketchum’s original hat and a Pikachu T-shirt when I was still a young kid in the late 1990s to early 2000s. This just goes to show you how much I loved the Pokémon anime as a kid, and it still means to me to this day as a person who is about to turn 22 years old this month. It’s ironic that my birthday share the same month with it’s anniversary, and it’s just 2 years apart. I basically grew up to together with Ash, and that’s how much the show means to me. For some of my new followers that haven’t seen last year’s post, it all started with the 3rd episode of the anime when Ash catches a Caterpie. I had just came home from preschool, and had to do a coloring assignment. While doing my homework with my mom, I browsed through television, and thus I stopped at Cartoon Network discovering Pokémon for the very first time. I remember laughing so much on how bugs easily creep out Misty, and I could not wait to watch the next episode after it ended with a cliffhanger whether or not if Ash caught Caterpie successfully. After that episode, I was hooked. I had a lot of old Pokémon VHS tapes I own of the Indigo League that I used to watch over and over back in the day.

Unlike most people that grew up with Ash & friends, I’m actually one of the very few who still watches the anime to this day. Even though the series is not what it used to be back then, I’m still in for the ride on Ash’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! Brock and Misty are without a doubt one of Ash’s best traveling companions, but I got a lot love for the new characters that succeeded them as well. This may not be the best anime ever with an A+ plot, but it has a special charm that you watch for fun. We all need to remember that this is just a kids program, and people just take it too seriously sometimes hating on the writing and goofiness. Heck, even some of the biggest otaku/anime fans don’t even consider this as an anime besides growing up watching the first couple of episodes of English dub, while “genwunner” fans continue to bash on the newer seasons despite not watching it because Brock and Misty weren’t in the main cast anymore. It’s a shame to see some of these irritating arguments about the series, but every person in entitled to their opinion, and with that I must respect.

All that aside, I want to thank the anime for the epic battles & cool moments Ash had with his Pokémon, the interactions he has with his friends, and who could forget the comic relief that is the Team Rocket trio XD Without this anime, this blog would not exist, and I would not have known a couple of cool people through this community. I absolutely cannot wait for what the future of this series hold with Sun & Moon, along with the latest movie coming up this year!

Happy 20th anniversary to the Pokémon (ポケモン) anime! Here’s to more years, and more moments in the future :3

Two years after

Ship: Wolfstar
Warnings: none
Thanks a lot to @marvelousmckinnon for doing the beta!

For part 2 click here!


When Sirius left his safe so-called home in June 1996 he knew it was dangerous but he knew as well that this was the only way he would feel useful again. Sitting in that house he grew up in all day would have made him go mad sooner or later. He hated it there. Accompanying the others to the Ministry of Magic was the best thing he could have done. Even when Bellatrix’ spell hit him and he fell back into the veil he thought about how right his decision was. He would go. But Harry would live. And so would Remus. From far away he could hear Harry’s scream. Sirius wasn’t dead. Remus was right about that. But he was in a place he couldn’t come back from.

It was June 1998 when Sirius feet were standing on solid ground again. He didn’t know how he managed to get out nor did he remember what had happened in the place where he had stayed for two years. He didn’t even realise time had passed. It felt like it had only been a few seconds. Holding his wand tightly he looked around. Everything looked like it had back then, as if the battle just have ended and everyone had left. What had happened? Where was everyone?

Arriving at Grimmauld Place he found the house empty and dusty. Nobody was here and nobody had been here for a while. At least not lived here. He could see some traces of people who had been visiting this house. But hadn’t it looked different when he left? The Order had lived here. They had brought a warmth to that place that he never felt before. Now it was cold and dark again. Where was everyone? Where did they go after the battle in the Ministry? But sooner or later they would have to come back. They just had to. Where else would they go?

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fynneyseas  asked:

I'm just imagining Suzanne and George having like, coordinating track suits in the early 2000s??? George's were probably more actually active wear, and Suzanne's probably had rhinestones across the butt. Sporty didn't necessarily preclude rhinestones across the butt, iirc? But it's great. It complies with the hc that George lives in either exercise clothes or pantsuits, and Suzanne gets to be cute and comfortable

Oh my god, this ask instantly transported me back to… 1998, it must be? The surroundings that I remember seem to be middle school. Yeah. Because I can distinctly remember a WALL of girls coming down the hallway in velour bedazzled sweatsuits.

Suzanne basically bears an unnerving resemblance to Regina George’s mom.

She’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom. She’s den mother to a generation of gay children in their little Georgia city. (And an assorted tide of hockey players who flow in and out of their house. Bitty isn’t the first one to make goodie bags for rookies.)

anonymous asked:

I saw the ghost in the shell trailer in the movie theater and no lie, me and this korean stranger girl made eye contact and we both rolled our eyes bc !!!!!!!! like cmon. Can whites get any worse. -screaming anon

i hope the movie flops so bad that it creates a time vortex that takes us back to 1998 where Constance Wu is chosen to play the female lead in The Horse Whisperer, which will be her break out role that lands her in various roles for movies such as Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and The Avengers becoming one of the most top paid female actors in the industry living the lavish life she deserves, while a lowly actress that no one has ever heard of named Scarlett Johansson occasionally subtweets her complaining about how Asians are stealing her roles.

I took this photo of my father and my little brother in Bogë, Rugovë in 2012. The place where my father is laying is the place where he was born. Under his body are the ruins of his house, of his home. The place where a new soul began to breath. It’s the home which was bombed back in 1998 while the war in Kosova. They tried to take everything from him. And they nearly did. They bombed.. burned his fathers turban ( an albanian traditional white scarf albanian men wrap around their heads). They burned the oven where his aunts used to make him “pite” full of love. They burned the stall of his sheeps and burned the qifteli (music instrument) of his uncle. They destroyed everything, except of his memories. My father STILL remembers how his father used to teach him to wrap the turban. He still smells the taste of the pite his aunt backed him after he came back home exhausted from guarding the sheeps on the fields. And even though they took his uncles qifteli, they could never take the melodies and the warmth that filled the house when he used to play the two strings. He tells us how the arome is still smell-able when he lays down here and how he looks at the mountains and sees his childhood infront his eyes… how the bomb let everything die - except his memories. 🌻 / Photo: Bogë, Rugova 2012 by me.

Black-Eyed Kids (BEKs)

If you have spent any amount of time online (especially on paranormal forums), chances are you’ve already stumbled upon at least one story about the Black-Eyed Kids, aka BEKs.

The first known mentioning of a BEK was on a paranormal e-mail list back in 1998.

Since then there have been hundreds if not thousands of reports from all over the U.S. and the world.

Now, a typical encounter with a BEK goes as such:

There is a knock on the door. Usually at some god-awful hour of the night.

When the homeowner goes to answer the door they find two children on their doorstep. These children tend to be in their early teens though there have been known sightings of BEKs much younger. In other words, these are kids that have no business being out this late at night.

Upon the homeowner opening the door, the kids immediately ask for assistance of some kind (“Can we use your phone?” “Can we use your bathroom?” etc.) But just before the owner agrees to help, they begin to get the feeling that something is amiss.

It’s then that they finally notice: the children have black eyes. SOLID black eyes.

As warning flags go up and the homeowner becomes uncomfortable, the children begin to insist on being let in. Usually around this time the homeowner shuts the door in a panic. When they finally gain the courage to open the door, the children are gone.

So who or what are these black-eyed kids?

No one really knows though there are those who believe that they may be vampires as their odd habits do seem to reflect the lore of vampires being unable to enter a house without proper invitation. 

Needless to say, BEKs are NOT something you want to find on your doorstep in the middle of the night…