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5 mind-blowing facts about Henrietta Lacks, the black woman whose cells were stolen for science.

They can be grown indefinitely or frozen for decades. Her cell line, called HeLa, was the first immortal cell line to grow in a lab.

They were used to test the polio vaccine. And they were the first cells to be cloned. They helped develop drugs to treat leukemia and Parkinson’s disease and so much more.

Her cells were sent to space to see what would happen to human tissue in zero gravity.

That’s because they were taken from her without her consent. She died of cervical cancer at 31 years old in 1951. Before her death, cancer cells were taken from her tumor.

A book by Rebecca Skloot “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is now being turned into a movie. Oprah plays Henrietta’s daughter Deborah.

Is Henrietta Lacks finally getting the recognition she deserves?

So I know like 90% of the fandom is against black paladin Keith and like for the most part, I’m kinda iffy about it myself. But hear me out. Black paladin Keith… whose right-hand man is Lance. Lance acts as an advisor of sorts, whom Keith trusts, no questions asked. If Shiro isn’t going to listen to Lance, Keith will. Keith already knows Lance is capable and takes the mission seriously (even though he seems to take little else seriously. That’s not to say he isn’t serious, just he copes differently). They have already experienced first hand that working together yields success. And already we can see that when it gets down the nitty gritty, they fall into a harmonious efficiency, despite the air of competitiveness between them. Keith is the drive and the passion and Lance, the patience and positivity. Together they make an unstoppable force. A good team, if you will. 

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HBO has set an April 22, 2017 premiere date for its film adaptation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

any business who preys on black people’s general lack of finance and startup capital to siphon our disposable income away from helping to improve our communities while treating us like animals should have their shit burned down. but that’s just me

advocacy: have some perspective, don’t throw your own people under the bus

I’ve seen a lot of discourse lately about how Blizzard is handling Emily/Tracer wrong - how there’s no sign of it in the game, etc. etc. And there isn’t, yet. There isn’t any sign Tracer is gay in the actual game, so it’s fair comment. I’ve also seem what is pretty unfair conclusions about why this is thrown around, I’ve seen really nasty snark disguised as witty criticism., and it… leaves a bad taste in my mouth, really. 

A very close friend of mine works in an AAA studio. She’s worked in gaming for 10 years. She literally works herself to the bone trying to push social justice in games - and it’s like pushing a fucking boulder uphill forever, let me tell you. I’ve watched what this tireless advocacy is doing to her. Nevertheless, she keeps going. 

It’s because of people like my friend that Overwatch exists - people who have persistently, tirelessly, at threat to their relationships, livelihoods and careers advocated for diversity and representation in games. 

I can only imagine how fucking hard it’s been to change the culture in Blizzard into a company where they publish an AAA game that is as diverse as Overwatch. It’s because of people like my friend, allies, and other supportive people that we have Overwatch at all.

Let’s review some of the great things about the game: a variety of diverse races, ethnicities and identities - consultation was pretty fucking good for most of those. And they listen to our comments about what’s missing, too. We didn’t like that Pharah’s VA wasn’t Egyptian, so what did they do? They got an Egyptian VA living in Egypt to voice Ana. We didn’t like the lack of black characters, and they’ve promised more, and the latest new character is an Omnic created by child genius Efi who is black - and they got a black woman for Orisa’s VA.

Blizzard has handled female characters very well. We complained after they’d released their initial characters that the body type of the female characters was generic and not diverse. So what did they do? They gave us Zarya and Mei. We complained that Tracer was being objectified in one of her poses. What did they do? They changed the fucking pose. They have given us a Muslim single mum who’s 60 old, still a soldier, has sexual agency and is more than just her role as ‘Mum’. The spread of female characters isn’t 16-25 as per most games that have female protagonists, but 19-60, with the majority of them being in their 30s, and that is fucking great

And all of this is aside from the fact that Tracer - the face of the fucking game - is canon, confirmed lesbian in those words by both the devs and in ¾ of a big major comic. She’s in a healthy adult relationship. Plus, there’s more to come. We know more characters are queer, too. 

There’s probably more stuff to add, but off the top of my head - how great is this fucking game?????

Now, it’s not to say that all of this has been done perfectly - there’s always room for improvement. They always could do things better. But the tone of some of the posts I’ve read is as if none of this exists. As if Blizzard has spat in our faces, somehow, by not having Tracer have mentioned Emily in the game yet. The anger, the entitlement, the mockery. 

You’re mocking probably a bunch of queer people, people of colour and women who have pushed and pushed and pushed the gaming industry for decades in order to get a game like Overwatch. You’re mocking people like my friend who has slogged her fucking guts out to get what we’ve got in the games her company produces. Can you imagine what it must be like for those people, responsible for these changes in Blizzard and in the industry, to read people bitching about the fact Tracer doesn’t say anything about Emily (yet) when they’ve pushed so fucking hard just to get what we’ve gotten? 

Do you realise how horribly ungrateful and rude that sounds? You may not be aiming your criticism at these people, but they’re among us. They read social media. They’re real people with real feelings. 

Can we please have some appreciation for just how far Overwatch has taken diversity in games? Because there’s a bunch of minority folks behind this push, mark my words. 

This post is not to discourage criticism, but please, please think of the tone of voice you give it in. Don’t be cruel or unfair. Don’t mock. Don’t be ungateful, please. 

“It’s as if Emily doesn’t even fucking exist, I wonder why that is lollllll fucking blizz” works so much better as “Hey Blizz, I love that Tracer has a girlfriend! Let’s have Tracer mention Emily in the game? :D” 

There are ways to deliver suggestions and feedback that don’t shit all over the people who’ve worked so hard to bring this game to you. Please take an extra 5 seconds to consider not sounding entitled and awful, and think about how else you could deliver this feedback so you’re not hurting the people who have worked their whole lives so you have it <3

idk this might make people uncomfortable bc i’m mad rn and haven’t bothered to sugar coat this but, yeah, i’m mad

i would have accepted eleanor’s death if 

  • they hadn’t made it about rogers and the consequences of his stupidass decisions. or at least mostly about him. of course eleanor put herself in that situation but the way they framed the whole thing was disgusting.
  • they hadn’t dropped the pregnancy bomb on us and in doing so turning the death of eleanor guthrie, boss of nassau, former pirate, ruthless woman, lover, and imperfect character but WHAT A CHARACTER, into the death of a mother and a wife whose last words were about her husband’s involvment in her death. knowing that she was pregnant while that soldier kicked her and slashed her didn’t make me FEEL for eleanor it made me simply feel sick and averted my attention from everything eleanor’s character was. she fought for nassau, for right and wrong reasons, she was one of the most unjustly hated character and they killed her twice in that scene. the pregnancy plot twist was unnecessary and served only to heighten the shock and cruelty of her death and, honestly, a sad stupid attempt to bring us to feel pity for rogers who will never know that he was going to be a father. 
  • eleanor’s greatest “relationship” was her relationship with nassau, with power and i’m not saying she didn’t have it in her to love someone, to let feelings and love deceive her and take control of her own decisions because we saw what happened in the previous seasons. but when killing such an important character, when bringing their spectacular arc to an end, you don’t reduce that character TO THAT. that was so anticlicmatic and mortifying and wrong that i have problems reconciling my idea of eleanor guthrie with this. we knew the path eleanor had decided to take could lead to her death, to her destruction, and i accepted it and was ready for it to happen. but killing her like that didn’t bring her arc to an end it literally took all the pieces of character development - be it positive or negative development - and set them on fire. yes her death had to be a tragedy but it didn’t have to destroy her entire character and make it about woodes rogers and an unborn baby. we didn’t need shock value to properly react to eleanor’s death bc her character was so so significant, relevant hell even hated by the majority that eleanor dying would have been enough.
  • eleanor was one of bs’ most important character, her actions determined so much of what has happened until now, and she deserved to die as eleanor guthrie not as eleanor fucking rogers dead mother of an unborn child

even to this day, nightmare lobsters still fuck me up, but who would have said that monster crustaceans would come haunt my ass after so long??? in my defense I want to think those who know me already knew this was gonna happen at some point, now excuse me while I hit my face against my door

Draco and Harry, at some point


Draco: Hey Potter!
Harry, lazy: What is it again, Malfoy?
Draco: I saw you and that Weasley girl making out last night.
Harry: Yeah? What about it?
Harry: Hey, her name’s Ginny!
Draco: I’m disturbed.
Harry: Huh
Draco: She looks like your mum.
Harry:
Harry: [slack-jawed]
Sirius, in the afterlife: [exhales]
James: [snickering]
Lily: [wide-eyed]
Snape:
Snape: . . .
Harry: A-are you saying that because you’re... jealous or something?
Draco:
Draco:
Draco:    h  u  h