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Hello Elvis followers! I’m back after two day’s in good ole Memphis, Tennessee.

This was my second time at Graceland and I have to say, from the bottom of my heart, I was deeply moved. It was even better than before! Instead of rushing through the house like I did three years ago, I took my time in each room. Overlooking the detail carefully, as the small things really pull the beauty of the house together. For good minute or so, I was all ALONE in the kitchen/jungle room area and I flushed with happiness. I felt at home.

I went on the early tour this time and there wasn’t many people. I even had a moment alone outside, overlooking the grounds and the horses in the hot southern heat. And in that moment, I felt like I was at a family members home, that’s how at ease I was at Graceland. There was a powerful feeling that followed me throughout the tour and all I could do was let go and bask in the moment.

Honestly, friends, you all need to make it to Memphis if you can. Driving around the town, down some of the same roads he went down, was SURREAL. Going to booming Beale St. was also incredible! Being in his home town and being utterly comfortable in it was truly overwhelming, folks.

So, anyway, now that I’m back home in my normal apartment and in my normal city (Shreveport) I wanted to settle down from the high and share my amazing and surreal time in Memphis and in Elvis’s fabulous home.

The Elvis fan base IS growing and I’m so proud to have been in this community for four year and growing!

I love you all.  

I just wanted to share how utterly mind-boggling it is there.

 It’s like…..home.

-Leah Deanne 

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@nextwavecinema & I had a six (6) (vi) hour phone convo on film. & part of it was about how this rise in black film is being mostly lensed by yt people: Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station, Mudbound, Black Panther), James Laxton (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight, If Beale St Could Talk), Ava Berkofsky (Insecure), Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave, Queen of Katwe), Fences (Charlotte Bruus Christensen), Many Walker (Hidden Figures)

Rachel, Ava, and James seem to be the holy trinity right now. They have a couple of profiles each on how they light black skin. & they’re even brought in conversation with names like Arthur Jafa (lmfao) and Bradford Young. & its like…congratulations yt DPs are finally doing their job for the first time in ~130 years. 

The only solace I take from this is that they’ll always be chasing HU DPs…and they’ll never lens a Daughters of the Dust or a Mother of George

Helen Ann Smith at Harlem House, Beale St, Memphis, TN, 1950s.  Ernest C. Withers—Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Ernest C. Withers Trust  (LIFE).

From the upcoming Smithsonian photo book African American Women. “We made a point of choosing images of people who aren’t famous,” says Michèle Gates Moresi, the [National Museum of African American History and Culture]’s supervisory curator of collections. “They aren’t known as leaders, but they were to their communities.”

Murphy’s Law (”Pancakes?” Pt. II)


Genre: Fluff

Word Count: 1,520

Summary: “Jungkook first date” + Part 2 of “Pancakes?”

Part I

A/N: So I merged these two because they just go together so well? Also wow you guys really liked “Pancakes?” I mean, almost 200 notes in a day? You guys are insane! I love you all so much! Hope you enjoy!

Originally posted by theking-or-thekid

You were weary of calling Jungkook at first. I mean come on, you first talked to him because he slept with your roommate. Did this really seem like a good idea? Short answer, no, which is why you didn’t call him. At first. You waited for two days, but decided “Fuck it.” He was cute, he seemed nice enough, and it would be dumb not to give it at least a try.

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Brookline - Coolidge Corner: John F. Kennedy National Historic Site by Wally Gobetz
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The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, located at 83 Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts, preserves the birthplace and early childhood home of the 35th President of the United States. In 1914 young banker Joseph P. Kennedy purchased this modest, 2-½-story residence in the Boston suburbs and moved into it with his new bride, the former Rose Fitzgerald, to start a family. Their eldest child, Joseph Jr., was born in Hull, Massachusetts, but his first three siblings, John, Rosemary and Kathleen were all born on Beals Street. Witthin a few years, the Kennedys quickly outgrew the residence and in 1921, when John was only 4 years old, they moved to a larger residence only a few blocks away, at the northeast corner of Naples and Abbotssford Roads. Since that time, the Kennedy home has had various owners. In 1961 the town of Brookline marked it with a commemorative plaque. 4 years later it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The following year, the Kennedy family purchased it for preservation as a historic site. The President’s mother, Rose, supervised restoration and refurnishing of the first two floors to their 1917 appearance, and in 1967 the family donated the residence to the Federal Government. A nine-room, clapboarded structure dating from 1907, the house has a gabled and dormered roof and a small front porch. The first floor contains a hall, living room, dining room, and kitchen. The second floor contains a hall, study, guestroom, nursery, master bedroom (where John, Rosemary and Kathleen were all born), and bath. The furnishings of these two floors are either original or other Kennedy family items, period pieces, or reproductions. The recorded voice of the President’s mother describes the significance of each room. The third floor, originally a servants’ quarters, contains an administrative office and is not open to the public. A few other structures associated with the Kennedys are within easy walking distance of the national historic site including the John’s second childhood home, where the family loved from 1921 until 1927, before moving to Riverdale in Bronx, NY. It was in this house that Mrs. Kennedy bore three more children–Eunice, Patricia, and Robert–and John spent his years from 4 to 10, during which time he first went to school, learned to love sports, and established a lifelong reading habit. Jean and Edward were born after the family moved to New York. While they lived in Brookline, the Kennedys attended St. Aidan’s Catholic Church, on Freeman Street, which has since been extensively altered. Joseph, Jr., and John were baptized there and served as altar boys. They also attended nearby Dexter School, a private, nonsectarian institution also on Freeman Street, but the school has moved to a new campus and the building in which they went to class no longer stands. Finally, on Harvard Avenue, is the public Edward Devotion School, which they attended for a short time before transferring to the Dexter School. In front of the former is the Edward Devotion House, a historic structure dating from the early 1700’s. The Brookline Historical Society operates it as a museum. National Historic Register #67000001 Explore: May 7, 2007