born 1907

Happy Birthday to my favorite petit Mafioso, Chuuya~ (*≧∇≦)ノ<※*・:*:`♪ I don’t drink but I’m knocking back a glass of grape juice for you, buddy~ 🍷

Did you know? The real Nakahara Chuuya was born in 1907 so this would have been his 110th birthday! 🎩💖📖

Celeb Women In The Signs

#internationalwomensday has passed, but there’s no reason it can’t be a woman-themed month, a woman-themed year, or a woman-themed life. In spirit, here are some cool celeb women born under each of our signs, plus I gave each sign a woman-positive quote I feel fits each of you zodiac sisters well. 

Aries: Selena (singer, born April 16, 1971), Maya Angelou (historical author, born April 4, 1928), Lady Gaga (singer, born March 28, 1986) 

“I’m tough, i’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” -Madonna

Taurus: Adele (singer, born May 5, 1988), Tina Fey (actress, born May 18, 1970), Grace Jones (caribbean star, born May 19, 1948), Nina Garcia (fashion journalist, born May 3, 1965)

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become it’s soul.” -Coretta Scott King  

Gemini: Lauryn Hill (singer, born May 26, 1975), Heidi Klum (fashion designer, born June 1, 1973), Angelina Jolie (actress, born June 4,1975), Marilyn Monroe (actress, born June 1, 1926)

“Freedom, by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders”- Diane Nash

Cancer: Malala Yousafzai (nobel prize winner, born July 12, 1997), Frida Kahlo (painter, born July 6, 1907), Meryl Streep (actress, born June 22, 1949) (Wow! Lots of cool women are Cancers!!!)

“This is what my soul is telling me: Be peaceful and love everyone.” -Malala Yousafzai

Leo: Jennifer Lawrence (actress, born August 15, 1990), Jennifer Lopez (singer, born July 24, 1969), J.K. Rowling (author, born July 31, 1965), Halle Berry (actress, born August 14, 1966)

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”-Eleanor Roosevelt 

Virgo: Mother Teresa (charity founder, born August 26, 1910), Amy Poehler (actress born September 16, 1971), Taraji P. Henson (born September 11, 1970), Beyonce (singer, born September 4, 1981)

“If you’re in a movement and not following a woman of color, you’re following the wrong movement”- Linda Sarsour

Libra: Serena Williams (tennis player, September 26, 1981), Gwen Stefani (singer, born October 3, 1969), Margaret Thatcher (only female prime minister of the UK, born October 13, 1925), Lilly Singh (youtube star, born September 26, 1988)

“Apparently it’s better to be a corporation today than to be a woman in front of the supreme court.” -Cecil Richards 

Scorpio: Kathy Griffin (comedian, born November 4, 1960), Allyson Felix (olympic track and field medalist, born November 18, 1985), Marie Curie (first woman to win a nobel prize, born November 7, 1867), Scarlett Johansson (actress, born November 22, 1984)

“The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.”- Gloria Steinem

Sagittarius: Sojourner Truth (historian, born December 1, 1797), Shirley Chisholm (first black woman to run in politics, born November 30, 1924), Britney Spears (singer, born December 2, 1981), Cicely Tyson (actress, born December 18,1924)

“Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back.” -Nora Ephron

Capricorn: Aaliyah (singer, born January 16, 1979), Betty White (comedian, born January 17, 1922), Michelle Obama (former first lady, born January 17, 1964)

“Men: their rights, and nothing more. Women: their rights, and nothing less.”-Susan B. Anthony

Aquarius: Jennifer Aniston (actress, born February 11, 1969), Ellen DeGeneres (comedian, born January 16, 1956), Oprah Winfrey (host, born January 19, 1954), Rosa Parks (civil rights activist, born February 4, 1913)

“Words actually matter. They’re significant, they can transform and open up our imagination for others.”- Opal Tometi

Pisces: Rihanna (singer, born February 20, 1988), Eva Longoria (actress, born March 15, 1979), Queen Latifa (actress, born March 18, 1970), 

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything evolves, everything flies and goes away.” -Frida Kahlo


Jews of Early Bollywood

1. Azurie was an actress and dancer who was popular in the 1930s and 40s. She was the first dancer to gain popularity in Hindi films. She was born to an Indian mother and German father in Bangalore in 1907. It is believed that her debut film was Nadira (1934), and her last film released in India was Bahana (1942), before she migrated to Pakistan, where she starred in films such as Jhoomar (1959). She died in August 1998 in Pakistan.

2. Sulochana (Ruby Myers) was a silent film actress from the Baghdadi Jewish community of India. She was born in Pune in 1907. At the height of her career, she was the highest paid actress of her time. She worked as a telephone operator before entering the film industry. Some of her popular silent films were Typist Girl (1926), Wildcat of Bombay (1927), and Madhuri (1928). With the coming of sound, she had to take a year off to learn Hindustani (the language of the films) as she was not proficient. She made a comeback with the 1932 talkie version of Madhuri. Sulochana founded her own film production house, RubiPics in the mid-1930s. She received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1973 for her lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. By the 1980s, she was a forgotten actress and died on October 10, 1983 in Mumbai.

3. Nadira (Florence Ezekiel Nadira) was born to a Baghdadi Jewish family on December 5, 1932. She rose to fame with the 1952 film Aan, in which she played a Rajput princess. Her most memorable fims are Shree 420 (1955), Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960), Pakeezah (1971), and Julie (1975). She was a well-paid actress and one of the first Indian actresses to own a Rolls Royce. She was active in her career up until 2001, when she played in the movie Zohra Mahal. For the last part of her life, she lived alone in Mumbai, as most of her family moved to Israel. She died on February 9, 2006.

4. Pramila (Esther Victoria Abraham) was born in Calcutta to a Baghdadi Jewish family on December 30, 1916. She was the winner of the first Miss India contest in 1947. She peformed stunts in movies such as Ulti Ganga (1942) and Basant (1942). She became the first female film producer and released 16 films under Silver Productions. She also graduated from the University of Cambridge and became a teacher. She died on August 6, 2006 in Mumbai.

5. Pearl Padamsee was born in 1931 to a Jewish mother and Christian father, but she later converted to Christianity. She was the director of an English-language theatre in Mumbai, which was active from the 1950s to 90s, and she hosted after-school theatre workshops for children. She acted in films such as Khatta Meetha (1978), Junoon (1978), and Baaton Baaton Mein (1979). Her last film was in 1998, and she died on April 24, 2000.

6. Joseph David Penkar was a Bene Israel screenwriter, director, and composer. He wrote the script for the first talkie film in India, Alam Ara (1931). He subsequently joined the Imperial Film Company as a writer, and wrote the scripts for films such as Sati Sone (1932), Lal-e-Yaman (1933), and Desh Deepak (1935), all of which he composed the music for. He died in 1942. Little seems to be known about him.

7. David Abraham Cheulkar, popularly known as David, was a Bene Israel actor born in 1909. After graduating college in 1930, he struggled to find a job, and decided to join the film industry. He gained prominence with the 1942 film Naya Sansar and later acted in over 100 films, such as Boot Polish (1954), Gol Maal (1979), and Baaton Baaton Mein (1979). He won several awards, including the Padma Shri Award in 1969. He was closely associated with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), a leftist theatre company that served as the cultural wing of the Communist Party of India. He was active in his career up until his death, December 28, 1981.

8. Firoza Begum (Susan Solomon) was a Bene Israel actress. She acted in Hindi and Marathi films in the 1920s and 30s. Some of her popular films are Bewafa Qatil, Prem Veer, and Circus Girl. Little seems to be known about her. (I’m not certain that is her in the picture; it may be the Bangladeshi singer whose name was also Firoza Begum, but this picture was attached to Susan Solomon’s alias in multiple sources.)

9. Ramola Devi (Rachel Cohen) is most known for her role in Khazanchi (1941). She debuted in the 1937 film Calcutta After Midnight. She appeared in many films, such as Qaidi (1941), Khamoshi (1942), and Sawan Aya Re (1949). After the emergence of popular actresses such as Madhubala, Meena Kumari, and Nargis, her career was eclipsed. Her last films were Actor, Jawani Ki Aag and Stage, all released in 1951. Little seems to be known about her.

“On Baldur’s birthdays, the house was besieged by the girls of the B.D.M., the Nazi Girls’ Association, who came with flags and flutes to bring their gifts – plovers’ eggs and live geese, or once, an outsize nutcracker from Sonneberg, together with a pair of hand-knitted gloves from Saxony, one embroidered with the word ‘Heil’ and the other with ‘Hitler.’ That’s how it was. Too much of everything. No sense of proportion.” -  Henriette “Henny” von Schirach

Baldur von Schirach born May 9th, 1907

Poem of the Guilty One

by Nakahara Chuuya

The sadness of my life for having known
The bungling gardeners’ hands so early on-
Causing copious blood to rise to my head
And boil over in a seething froth.

Together with a restless heart devoid of peace,
A searching need took me out into the world.
Because of the foolishness of that endeavor,
The driving thought was locked within.

And now the battered bark of this tree
In all its misery is blown into the skies,
And this heart sinks without end into regret

While I fidget in my utter idleness,
A meek sycophant who in the end
Is a bumbling fool with claim to nothing.

Some background to the poem:

“Chuuya was born on April 29th, 1907 in a provincial southwestern town of Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi Prefecture, to a 30-year-old army doctor and his 28-year-old wife. His father’s profession would guarantee the child a decent education…His poetic abilities, or at least latent propensity, came to light a year later when his younger brother died. Chuuya penned a poem for him. Five years later, a tanka written by the boy was selected for publication in a local newspaper, and in the same year, he entered middle school. Chuuya apparently took an immediate liking to literature, and immersed himself in the study of it, though to the neglect of his other studies. His grades plummeted so severely that a home tutor was hired the next year, and his relationship with his father, who had no doubt entertained high expectations of him, deteriorated. There is evidence, however, in poems such as “A Poem for the Guilty One”, that friction existed before then. The vague reference here, to what he apparently felt was an overly strict childhood becomes concrete in “The Evening Glow”…” (Poems of the Goat, pg. 5). And I will include “The Evening Glow in a separate post.

A picture of Chuuya (age 3) with his father and mother (sorry, it was the only picture of the two together that I could find).

The Signs as Frida Kahlo's Paintings.

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was born on July 6, 1907 in “La Casa Azul” (The Blue House) in Coyoacán, on the outskirts of Mexico City.
She was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits.{She was a Cancer}.

• Aries: “My Birth” (1932).

• Taurus: “The Bride Frightened at Seeing Life Opened” (1943).

•Gemini: “The Two Fridas” (1939).

• Cancer: “My Nurse and I” (1937).

• Leo: “Sun and Life” (1947).

• Virgo: “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” (1940).

• Libra: “Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky” (1937).

• Scorpio: “Girl with Death Mask (She Plays Alone)” (1938).

• Sagittarius: “The Wounded Deer” (1946).

• Capricorn: “The Broken Column” (1944).

• Aquarius: “The Suicide of Dorothy Hale” (1938).

• Pisces: “What the Water Gave Me” (1938).

“The photos are not mine”.

Happy Birthday Frida!

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was born on July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, Mexico. Kahlo’s work is famed throughout Mexico and by feminist around the world. She ended her study of medicine to focus on her paintings. She began painting after a car accident that caused her to be immobile for three months. Her marriage to Diego Rivera was inconsistent and her health was problematic. Frida Kahlo is best known for her series of self portraits, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best”.Her paintings are described with pain as she would draw her life experiences that involved her marriage, miscarriages, and operations. Frida has created 140 paintings in her lifetime, of those are 55 self portraits. On July 13,1954, Kahlo died of pulmonary embolism and was cremated. Days before her death she wrote “I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida”