Krillin/Android 18 –
Message Note: We got two requests for Kril18 with message, and we’re going to do both! I wrote this one and Megan is gonna write the other one.
“I don’t think
your brother realizes I’m with you right now.”
18 sent a
glance towards Krillin before returning her attention to the mirror she stood
in front of, critically eying the dress she had held up to her body. “Why would
you think that?” she asked as she shook her head and hung the dress back up on
the rack. “Where else would you be?”
Off the coast of La Noscea, 2nd Sun of the 2nd Astral Moon of the year
1549 during the Sixth Astral Era (Making him 28, almost 29)
Pleasures: Trashy romance novels. His drinking isn’t a guilty feeling.
know the name) Fear of dying without accomplishing anything.
They Would Be Famous For: Being a fearless airship captain, flying into anything
Have They / Would They Gotten Arrested For: Rezaria has yet to be arrested for
smuggling, but he has been detained a few times. He could be arrested for
piracy if there isn’t a statute of limitations on that. His arrests are usually
due to public intoxication, but that’s just a night in the drunk tank.
OC You Ship Them With: He used to be shipped with Lunae Lux, but she left him. He has waited several months for her to come back, but he has
started to lose faith.
Most Likely To Murder Them: At the moment, a rival sky pirate named Tallion.
Rez loves to read stories about adventures and heroes, imagining himself to be
Favorite Book Cliche: “They lived happily after all” While he loves adventures and hero
stories, he hates the idea that you can just say this phrase and be left with
the imagination that nothing else in their lives mattered and they just lived
Rezaria holds no power of his own, holding no ability to use magic. He can
manipulate the aether in crystals, but that is the extent of it. In some
storylines, I had Rez have the Echo, but I worry that makes him over-powered,
though I only give him the basics of being un-temperable. Talents, Rez is extremely
acrobatic and has incredibly fast reflexes.
Someone Might Love Them: While he doesn’t see himself, he is tender-hearted, loving so many
and open to them. He tries to cover this up
though, due to his upbringing. He is loyal to his loved ones, willing to lay
down his life for them.
Someone Might Hate Them: He
can be very grating on the nerves and his accent makes it difficult to
understand him at times. He drinks too much and often solicits
prostitutes(though this is because he can’t sleep alone). He also lies about
everything, but it’s more about making his stories sound grander than they are.
This is a difficult question. He changes through his experiences, what he sees
and what he feels.
You Love Them:
Because he is my character, and in a way, my child. I sit there and watch
him as he goes through each heartache, drinks another bottle, digs himself a
deeper hole. He never gives up though, his life is his own and he will always hold
it, never letting another control it again. He will never stand to see another
feel the lashes, never let someone place a hand on someone who says no. He isn’t
strong, but what he has he will use to make others more powerful.
My 1989 Ultimate Wish And Hope is that New Romantics won’t be made into a “story” music video like Blank Space, Bad Blood, etc. No. It will be a video like Fearless, Sparks Fly and Red. It will be an intricate, beautiful collaboration of the tours and performances from the 1989 World Tour. That is what I hope for. But thinking about it again. Maybe it is a “story” music video. Because this era is our new beginning and the start of a new dream. Just think about this concept and tell me if you agree.
Not Your Grandfather’s Black Freedom Movement: An Interview with BYP100’s Charlene Carruthers
The 30-year-old radical black queer feminist who’s Rahm Emanuel’s worst nightmare
We do not believe that [Rahm Emanuel and Anita Alvarez] have the capacity to be in positions where they have decision-making power over so many lives. They’ve demonstrated over and over again that they are not effective at making good decisions when it comes to our lives.
There is little doubt that the Black Lives Matter era of protests will be branded as a millennial moment. But Black women are so prominent in the movement’s leadership, the era might also be characterized as a matriarchal moment. For example, in the outrage following the release of the Laquan McDonald video depicting a 17-year old being shot by a Chicago cop 16 times, four of the most prominent groups that spoke out—Black Lives Matter, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), We Charge Genocide and Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY)— were led by Black women. This gender alignment marks a stark deviation from a deep tradition of patriarchal leadership. This is not your grandfather’s black freedom movement. Charlene Carruthers, the 30-year-old national director of BYP100, makes clear that this female ascendancy, as it were, has scholarly roots in the sterling work of feminist public intellectuals such as Cathy Cohen of the University of Chicago and Barbara Ransby of the University of Illinois at Chicago. BYP100, for example, is an offshoot of the Black Youth Project, a venture launched by Cohen in 2004. A well-known theorist of Black queer feminism, Cohen’s views have strongly shaped the agenda of BYP100. In These Times sat down with Carruthers to talk about the role of BYP100 in Chicago’s anti−police-violence movement and why the group thinks it’s crucial to “fully incorporate” a Black queer feminist perspective.
How did BYP100 begin?
In 2012, a group of young Black people who were part of an advisory council for the Black Youth Project said to Cathy Cohen, “We want to have a national convening with other Black activists from across the country.” And so Cohen secured the resources, and 100 young Black folk were invited to attend a convening called the “Beyond November Movement” in 2013. What we intended was to discuss movement-building for Black liberation beyond electoral politics, in the aftermath of the election of President Barack Obama. That Saturday night, the George Zimmerman verdict was announced. We gathered in the circle and listened. There were all kinds of reactions to the “not guilty” verdict: Some people cried, some people screamed, some people left the room. And we stood in a circle processing that moment.
But you had gathered for something completely different.
Right. And I fully believe if we were not gathered that particular weekend, on that particular night, BYP100 wouldn’t exist. There were many things that happened immediately, but we all committed to going to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, in Washington, D.C. It was there that we actually drafted a mission and core value statement and began to think of ourselves as an organization.
So the Zimmerman verdict is what shaped BYP100’s focus on institutional violence and mass criminalization of Black youth?
Folks who attended that initial convening come from various parts of movements: There were artists, elected officials, folks who did LGBTQ rights organizing, gender justice organizers, folks from labor unions—all kinds of folks were in that room. It was out of that moment that we decided to focus on mass criminalization and, really at the core of it, looking at anti-Blackness and its role in the oppression of Black folks, particularly in this country, but also worldwide.
You said “anti-Blackness.” Was that an attempt to be more specific than the general term “white supremacy”?
We weren’t doing that level of analysis collectively at that particular moment. But we named anti-Blackness, white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia as the things that we needed to fight against, and recognized that many of those things contributed to the killing of Trayvon Martin.
You mention homophobia; that’s a new dimension to the Black freedom struggle. Was there any resistance?
Well, Cathy [Cohen] is known for her scholarship in both queer studies and Black feminism. And so at any convening that she was involved in, people came with that consciousness.
So Cathy’s ideological perspective is really BYP100’s guiding light.
I would say that it guides what we do in significant ways. Cathy, and other Black women and feminists, too, like Barbara Ransby, Barbara Smith, the late poet Audre Lorde, the late Ella Baker.
How are older, more established groups responding to your efforts?
There have been mixed responses. Our membership is 18 to 35, but our organizing work has always been intergenerational. We are under no perception that we can do this alone. We do believe young people’s leadership should be valued—and in many ways, prioritized—in movement building and organizing, in order to ensure that it persists. I’ve also found that many of the disagreements are along the lines of ideology and not necessarily age.
How did BYP100 get so deeply involved in this current struggle against the Chicago Police Department in response to cases like the killings of Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald?
The analysis that we have—our worldview, as a collective—and folks’ understanding of what’s at stake this particular moment: not just the lives of some hypothetical person, but our lives. The struggle against CPD is one aspect of the long-term struggle of abolishing anti-Blackness. Taking up the struggle for the sake of accountability in the killing of Black people like Laquan and Rekia is essential.
Do you have particular goals? For example, do you want the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who are accused of suppressing the Laquan McDonald video?
We’re calling for the resignation of both. We do not believe that they have the capacity to be in positions where they have decision-making power over so many lives. They’ve demonstrated over and over again that they are not effective at making good decisions when it comes to our lives. We also want the Chicago Police Department, which receives nearly 40 percent of the city’s budget for public services, to be defunded, and for those dollars to be invested in quality public schools, affordable housing and job creation. And we see that happening through a participatory budgeting process.
What about electoral politics?
Electoral and civic participation is the third rung of our overall theory of social change—part of the set of tools we have to create transformative change. The other two rungs are direct action organizing and public policy advocacy.
Many of us older activists have been waiting a long time for something like this. What fired up your passion for this kind of engagement?
I grew up on the South Side of Chicago. My family could be best described as working-class. Some of my earliest experiences with power and beginning to understand the kind of world we live in were at the welfare office with my mother, or hearing my father tell stories about people he’d trained receiving promotions over him. I first got involved in activism in a real way when I went to college at Illinois Wesleyan University. At the end of my very first year I had the opportunity to go study politics in South Africa. We were there 10 years after the end of apartheid. Going to South Africa was perhaps the closest I could get to what it could look like if I was around in America in 1978. I was 18 and coming from a city that is still very segregated. That trip expanded my consciousness around what it meant to be Black on a global level or outside of Chicago, really, and got me interested in politics. I didn’t decide to be an organizer until after I finished graduate school, in 2008.
What’s next for BYP100?
BYP100 is committed to training this generation and future generations of young Black activists to organize and mobilize in order to create transformative change for all Black people. We do this work through what we call a “Black queer feminist lens” because we believe that in order to achieve liberation for all Black folks we have to be radically inclusive—not just in our analysis, but also in our practice, in how we go about leadership. We believe that a Black Freedom Movement in our lifetime is possible.
So many questions but the answers are no where to be seen.
Are you performing at the Grammys?
Are you performing Out Of The Woods at the Grammys?
Will you upload the rest of the songs you performed at the Grammy museum?
Will Nova upload the rest of the songs you performed at Nova’s Red Room?
Is Out Of The Woods the last music video of 1989?
Will you release a tour music video like you did before for each tour (Fearless, Sparks Fly and Red)?
Will New Romantics be a single? Can it please be a single?
REMEMBER WHEB TAULOR PERFORMED NEW ROMANTICS ON TOGE AND AS SOON AS IT STARTED I STARTED CRYING (was already sobbing from WTNY and the pure magic of it all) and I grabbed hannah and Jordan’s hands and danced like my life was an effortless fun-time party because this song was our song and there was yaylor singing it right in front of us and we had worked on that flipping video for months and months and listened to that song every day and had so much fun dancing in the car to it and it was everything I’d ever loved all at once and I’m listening to that song now and I’m walking on campus and I’m exhausted and stressed but just hearing the song on shuffle makes me think of that moment and how free I felt. I hope Tay releases a live version of the 1989 tour songs bc the feeling would be ever more intense! Like when I listen to Sparks Fly and think of Fearless tour or YBWM and think of standing I. The crowd wearing my lace shirt and black boots like tattoos standing with my then best friends and how there I was at 15 so lost and confused and at home at Taylor’s show!!
“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”
I ran away from a social situation
At first I thought this could be awkward but then I didn’t care because I knew I was dreaming
I felt like I had to take risks while I can
I was flying
Knowing I was dreaming
I was curious how do I make it last longer
I worry about running out of energy to fly
I fly over everything
I saw a friend
I showed her I could fly
In my dream it’s always a secret
The fact that I can fly
I’m an experienced confident flyer but
I’m worried about how people will react
Will they see me as a witch
I decided to stop caring about what people think
I flied high powerful and fearless
Also in my dream
I was in my kitchen
The ghost of Someone who died of cancer right after my mom survived kept appearing in the kitchen
It was like she was trying to tell us something
I talked to My brother and he saw her too
I think my mom saw her too
I knew it was her ghost and she was nice
But she had something to say
There’s a reason she reappears in my dreams