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Barnali, the timid but justice-driven leader of the Mahou Shoujo Draconic team, created by xekstrin!

This is my interpretation of her dragon form. Although xekstrin said that the “bat wing” dragons just had their wings connected to their forearms, I couldn’t get the image of a bat-like dragon out of my head, and this is the result. She turned out a little more bat than dragon, I think, but I’m quite satisfied with it!

Bonus:

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She can totally open jars.

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Man only escapes from the laws of this world in lightning flashes. Instants when everything stands still, instants of contemplation, of pure intuition, of mental void, of acceptance of the moral void. It is through such instants that he is capable of the supernatural.

~Simone Weil (Gravity and Grace, 1952)

1 philosophy quote, 7 film moments 

Tagging: my fellow cinema bloggers, and anyone else who has seven cohesive -screencapped moments in their archives to share.

Why Black Lives Matter to South Asians Too

Martin Luther King Jr. famously credited the strategies of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian leader who led the decades-long movement against British rule. But the history between Black people and Indians, or desis, doesn’t begin or end there — and one Berkeley-based couple would be pleased to explain how. 

The work of Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee, married for nearly 12 years, has touched nearly every issue you can think of: climate change, greening urban spaces (Ghosh’s day job), LGBT rights, caste. Some of their most powerful projects though are pure non-ideological narrative. Chatterjee, a software engineer, built a website, Black Desi Secret History, that records surprising dialogues between South Asians and Blacks across the centuries. They also run a Radical South Asian History walking tour in Berkeley (next one: July 16) that is famous among a sect of desis.

I called the two up to ask what their — my — community means in the face of #BlackLivesMatter. After all, our history includes both moments of solidarity and moments of betrayal: In 1923, an Indian man claimed to be white before the Supreme Court, and even Gandhi demanded to be treated as white during his South African days. The pair’s answer, boiled down? “Think globally, act locally.” And obviously, they told me some great stories.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

OZY: Were you activists before becoming community historians? How do the roles inform each other?

Ghosh: Definitely an activist first. But being an activist without knowing our community’s history makes you feel like an outsider within the South Asian community. Desi activists are one person at a wedding, another when protesting in the streets. History gave me a feeling of standing on the shoulders of giants.

Chatterjee: I was an activist before too. I grew up in the Bay Area. (Barnali grew up in India.) And a lot of uncles in my community had stories — just a little bit, but enough. People 100 years ago did these things. Just knowing that made a difference. When people talk about history with a capital H, we think it happened a long time back. But it was going on in the ’60s and ’70s.

OZY: What historical tales caused your aha! moments?

AC: In 2000, before 9/11, I read this book called The Karma of Brown Folk by Vijay Prashad. There’s this picture of women wearing saris and brown paper masks holding signs saying things like “Long Live the Revolution.” It was taken in the 1940s! I thought, someone who looked like my mother could have been wearing her sari and a revolution mask. It was this exciting mystery to uncover. Later, I met the person who took that photo, a student organizer at Berkeley in the ’70s, documenting the movement of Indian students protesting the Emergency back in India. And they got the idea of those masks from Iranian students. They were sharing tactics.

BG: I was in the library at Berkeley, and these images of Punjabi-Mexicans in the early 1900s caught my eye. I didn’t know there were desis in California so early. This was an amazing sort of cross-cultural relationship.

OZY: That’s just one example of early globalization bringing together unusual communities.

BG: The 1965 immigration act undid a ban on Asian-American immigrants. We don’t often think about who was responsible. We think the government saw our merit and let us in. But the civil rights movement impacted the immigration act. Our existence in this country is a direct result of African-Americans fighting for the rights of not only themselves, but ours as well. We owe a debt to African-Americans.

AC: Class is also important. I grew up in a sheltered, suburban, largely white community. For many South Asians, that’s not the case. The Punjabi-Mexicans were unable to get rights; many married Mexican women, building this rich hybrid community. There were also poor communities of primarily Muslim East Bengalis, who moved as far down as Texas from the northeast, a generation of folks marrying into Black or Puerto Rican families. There’s one story of a Bangladeshi man married to a Black woman, living with his mother-in-law, the daughter of slaves. 

OZY: How does this translate into your ideas about #BlackLivesMatter?

AC: Take Asians for Black Lives and groups trying to do the work of ally-ship in ways that are grounded in who we are. We don’t have to delete our South Asian-American identities or our struggles to be allies. 

BG: We’ve been trying to own up to the fact that there is anti-Blackness. It’s really important that we accept that we participate in oppression in the system that makes it dangerous to be a Black person. Asians for Black Lives did an intervention during Chinese New Year in San Francisco. Interventions don’t have to be big. In the 1930s, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was traveling on a train in the South. The conductor said she couldn’t sit there. She refused to move. She realized, oh, wait, she’s not Black, she’s something else. Then he comes back and says, “Oh, you can actually sit here.” Her response is, “No, I am a colored person.” Her solidarity was with African-Americans.

AC: It’s sometimes hard to see yourself in big stories with big heroes. We’re interested in everyday people who’ve made critical choices at the right time. 

OZY: Amid a landscape of loud ideology, how can activists or laypeople inform their beliefs by sharing stories, data or otherwise?

AC: A lot of our walking tour has come from irritating-to-read academic books. It’s unreasonable to ask everyone to read those. We find ways to tell them in ways that are easier to digest, using storytelling, visuals and the desi tradition of street theater. People feel they’re just listening to a story.

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SUMMARY OF THAT NIGHT

cece/charles was sent to Radley because Mr. D thought her being transgender was a mental disorder

Mr. D never went to visit Cece but Mrs. D would visit

Bethaney was in Radley too and friends with Cece

Mrs. C was going up onto the roof and Cece didn’t want to be caught in a dress.

Bethany pushed Mrs. C to save her

NIGHT AT THE BARN

Bethany found out Mr. D and her mom were having an affair

Bethany snuck out of Radley to go find Mrs. D and hurt her

Cece snuck out to stop Bethany

Bethany was wearing the yellow shirt and so was Ali

All of the 5 main girls were having a sleepover in the barn

Ali met a lot of people previously suspected to be A

Ali was on the front lawn and her mom was inside by the window

Cece saw Ali and thought she was Bethany so she hit her with the rock

Ali was unconscious but they thought she was dead so Mrs. D buried her to protect Cece

Mona saw Bethany in the woods and thought it was Ali

Mona hit Bethany with a shovel because she wanted revenge on Ali

Melissa saw Bethany on the ground, thought it was Ali and assumed Spencer hit her

Melissa buried Bethany thinking she was saving Spencer.

Mrs. Grunwald pulled Ali out of the ground.

Ali walked until she ran into Mona

Mona thought she killed Ali so she needed Ali out of town

Mona helped heal her head wound and then helped send her out of town to hide

At this point Mona had already been threatening Ali as A

Cece went back to Radley and Ali went missingSara either was always working for cece or had been working for cece for a few months.

Sara had been captured around that time and been held in the dollhouse for quite a while we think


I’m still confused as to the details about Sara, when she joined the A team as redcoat, and why. If you understand it please send the info to my ask box and i will add as much as spossible