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It’s the summer anthem many were waiting for. In the new video for the irrepressible hip-hop song “Thunder Thighs,” women of different shapes, sizes, races and sexualities enjoy a summer day in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn — all exulting in their own bodies as they braid each other’s hair, eat ice cream and frolic in a fire hydrant’s spray.

“Thunder Thighs” is the handiwork of Miss Eaves, the alter ego of Brooklyn multimedia artist Shanthony Exum. Her work, which includes rap, photography, illustration and graphic design, centers on themes she describes as politically progressive and feminist. For Exum, “Thunder Thighs” is a case of “art reflecting reality.”

“I’ve had a curvy body for my whole life,” she says. “A lot of the things I talked about in ‘Thunder Thighs’ — such as, like, wearing mom jeans or having your thighs touch and rub together, in the summer, getting 'chub rub’ — these are things I’ve experienced my whole life.”

'Thunder Thighs’: The Summer Anthem That Celebrates Every Woman

“Sitting on the stoop is such a New York thing,” Kadir Nelson, the artist behind this week’s cover, says. He lives in Los Angeles but has fond memories of the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, from his days as a student at Pratt Institute. “Brownstones, stoops, leaves turning: that’s fall in New York, and I was also thinking about all the sweet moments I’ve had with my daughters.”

Ten Years (Part 13 - End!)

Summary: AU. When a major account is on the line at work, reader is forced to revisit some old connections at her ten year high school reunion for a chance at success. Will she let the past consume her, or will she see the future in her grasp?

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 4,380 ( I mean…)

Warnings: language, fluff, excessive sweetness

A/N: I hope you guys love the fluff. Thanks for sticking with me, and for reading, and for all your sweet messages. <3

Part: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13

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anonymous asked:

Same anon. I was thinking with the soulmate AU were they have that bond were they can feel each other before they meet but it's not completely clear. So criminal!Bucky could feel Steve being horribly sick, then after he gets the treatment he needs he gets slightly better, but then the pain and fear starts. Then Bucky finds Steve at the hands of those horrible owners the moment their hands touch when Steve's giving him a drink the bond fully forms. He just picks Steve up and carries him away.

I once read a fic that combined the BDSM ‘verse with a soulmate AU. Like Dominants were linked to their subs?

So I decided to snatch that idea and here we go. :)

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★*゚‘゚・Mirrors (2008)

these are quotes from the thriller/horror film ‘mirrors’. triggers may be present.

❝ I’m sorry… I… I… I wasn’t trying to get away… ❞
❝ No, please don’t… ❞
❝ You shaved?  ❞
❝ Sorry, I’m late… Have you been waiting long? ❞
❝ You need a place to stay? ❞
❝ Anyway, you know you are always welcome to stay at our house.❞
❝ How are things going between the two of you?  ❞
❝ Do you know the Mayflower on West 38th Street?  ❞
❝  …You have reached ________. I am not available to take your call. Please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  ❞
❝ Thank God you didn’t show up any later. This place gives me the chills at night. … No electricity, and all these mirrors…   ❞
❝ You know, I live in, Brooklyn near a Jewish neighborhood, and when someone dies, they cover all the mirrors in their house.  ❞
❝ They say it’s to keep the soul of the dead from being trapped in the mirrors… ❞
❝ Believe it or not, there’s always a bit of truth in any superstition. Am I right?  ❞
❝ He was completely obsessed with these damn mirrors. He’d spend the entire night polishing them.  ❞
❝ I was wounded during a holdup… It kind of changed my perspective on things. ❞
❝ Grandpa says there are ghosts in the store… Is that true?  ❞
❝ Fuck… ❞
❝ Sometimes they make mistakes, ______. It happens…   ❞
❝ Grown-ups don’t make mistakes. Only little children do.  ❞
❝ What is that?  ❞
❝ Does he deserve his birthday present?  ❞
❝ I’m good, very good… What time will ______ be back?❞
❝ Do you want me to fix you a snack?  ❞
❝ Duh, open it stupid!  ❞
❝ _____, can I talk to you, in private?  ❞
❝ I already asked you not to drop by without calling, didn’t I?  ❞
❝ I don’t need your calls in the middle of the night. I’m better off without them.  ❞
❝  Look at yourself. You’re still carrying around so much of that anger.  ❞
❝ I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to yell at you… Things could be so different between us.  ❞
❝ I wasn’t planning on staying.   ❞
❝ What are you looking at? ❞
❝ Come on, you’ve been looking at yourself for more than half an hour. You never used to be so vain.  ❞
❝ You can’t avoid them. They’re everywhere… ❞
❝ The mirrors… In the department store, at every street corner, in the windows of every fucking building in this city. I feel like I’m not the one looking into the mirrors, but rather they’re looking at me.  ❞
❝ You need a drink.  ❞
❝ Don’t you think you’re being a little bit paranoid?  ❞
❝ Mirrors are just glass and silver, ______….  ❞
❝ I’ve just been through the craziest day here… No kidding! Your ex-colleagues came to pay us a visit…  ❞
❝ Did they mention the cause of death?  ❞
❝ Damn… What is happening to me?  ❞
❝ Are you OK? What’s happening? What are you doing here?  ❞
❝ I need you to do me a favor…  ❞
❝ I need to find out how he died…  ❞
❝ You are no longer a cop, ______. This isn’t your business anymore.  ❞
❝ …Seven years of bad luck.  ❞
❝ You’re not even allowed to be here. I could get fired for this.  ❞
❝ What is happening to you? What is all this supposed to mean?  ❞
❝ Don’t you find it strange that this mirror doesn’t reflect an exact image of reality?  ❞
❝ Look at the piece of mirror in his hand. In the reflection of the mirror it’s covered in blood, and look- in reality, it’s clean. Not a drop of blood…  ❞
❝ What if the mirrors were showing us something different?  ❞
❝ What if the mirrors were reflecting something that goes beyond reality?  ❞ 
❝ OK… This is way over my head. I don’t have time for your barfly theories.   ❞
❝ You should go home and get some rest. This guy probably just killed himself because he couldn’t live with himself anymore. It happens to thousands of people, you know…   ❞
❝ Amy called me today, she’s worried about you. What’s happening, _____? ❞
❝ I need this job, I need the money. I’m not going to sleep on your couch for the  rest of my life!  ❞
❝ He would spend hours looking at himself… ❞
❝ To look at oneself too much is a sin. A terrible sin. Do you know sir, in the Garden of Eden in order to seduce Eve, Satan did not keep the appearance of a snake… Satan reproduced the young woman’s traits in such a way that Eve would only see and listen to the image of herself… As in a mirror. ❞
❝ I’m _____ …. _____? I’m right he– …❞
❝ There… In the mirror…  ❞
❝ I think maybe I’m losing my mind.  ❞
❝ Be careful… Love you. ❞
❝ Come take a look for yourself.  ❞
❝  He won’t stop here. I know him, he won’t stop until he finds who did this to her.  ❞ 
❝ What kind of friend are you? You are using him.  ❞
❝ You have to see someone _____. You cannot stay in this situation any longer. You need help, psychological support.  ❞
❝ I don’t want to put them in any danger.  ❞
❝ I’ve got things I need to deal with.  ❞
❝ Why did you do it? WHY? WHY DID YOU HAVE TO KILL HER?
❝ What is it you want? What do you want from me? ANSWER ME! WHAT IS IT YOU WANT?!  
❝ He doesn’t want me to talk about him.  ❞
❝ He lives in the mirror in our room.  ❞
❝ Did your father talk to you about the mirrors?   ❞
❝ You know, _______, when one starts to perceive one’s own reflection as a completely separate being, one is suddenly confronted with two entirely separate egos, two entirely separate worlds that can surface at any give moment-   ❞
❝ In order to… to destroy the mirrors. Only fire can destroy a mirror, isn’t that right, _______?  ❞
❝ What made you want to destroy those mirrors, Terrence?  ❞
❝ For what reason? Why would mirrors want to kill your family?  ❞
❝ I’m doing it to protect you.  ❞
❝ Do you mind telling me what the hell you’re doing?  ❞
❝ You have to trust me _______, I’m not completely crazy… These mirrors are dangerous. At first, I thought it was only the ones at the store, but now I know they can get you anywhere.  ❞
❝ What are you doing with that gun… Put it down, BEN… PUT IT DOWN RIGHT NOW!  ❞
❝ You’re still alive, aren’t you?  ❞
❝ There’s something in the house… Something in the mirrors.   ❞
❝ Anyplace is gonna have mirrors or windows… Anything you can see your self in is dangerous. ❞
❝ I’m sorry about everything I’ve put you through… I didn’t want to…  ❞
❝ You’re not a journalist, are you? What do you want?  ❞
❝ If you don’t help me I may lose the only thing that matters to me.  ❞
❝ Tell me why are the mirrors from the old hospital so determined to find you?  ❞
❝ You’re coming with me, now.  ❞
❝ Answer! God damn it… Answer the phone… ❞
❝ Something’s wrong over there, ______ is not answering.  ❞     

On a sunny weekday afternoon, chef Bonnie Morales leads me past the Q subway line in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. We are going shopping for Russian food.

Morales owns Kachka, a restaurant in Portland, Ore., that serves food from the former Soviet Union. It’s one of the most popular places to eat in one of the hottest food cities in the country.

Now, Morales has a new cookbook — also called Kachka. Its publication inspired this jaunt to Little Odessa, the kind of neighborhood where the child of Eastern European immigrants feels at home.

Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

Photo: Leela Cyd/Courtesy of Flatiron Books

The man of her dreams (Brooklyn nine nine x Supernatural)

For @weirdgirlwohoo I hope you’ll like it!!

Thanks to @mac-and-cheeseburgerqueen for the beta

Request: I was wondering if you could do a crossover with those two that Sam and dean and their younger sister travel to Brooklyn for a case and meet the 99. The sister and Jake used to be together but her brothers don’t know that

Main characters: Sam Winchester x sister, Dean Winchester x sister, Jake Peralta x ex/ love interest

9,3K words

“My brothers and I we’re like men in black. Except we wear flannel. Men in flannel, if you will. And we hunt monsters, not aliens… but you get the point.”

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Flashes of the Future (Part 5)

Summary: James has a tendency to be mischievous… inside and outside of the bedroom.   

Pairing: James Buchanan Barnes x Reader

Words: 2116

Warnings: some good ole’ fashioned 18+ smut. Make sure you’re 18+!

A/N: See both the Masterlist and Series Masterlist for more information.

Originally posted by ididntchoosethislife

Chapter 5: A Flash of Adulthood

Having a daughter was something [YN] had always dreamed of, but once it finally happened she was definitely not prepared. It had only been a year into their marriage, and she had grown accustomed to the domestic role she had taken on. She admitted that at times she felt a bit bored, but she had made a lot of new friends in her new Brooklyn neighborhood. There were plenty of other women who were in a much too familiar situation, so she quickly bonded with them when they had time on their hands and their husbands were away at work. After Alex that changed a little bit. Life became a bit more unexpected, with all the sleepless nights from a crying baby and a lustful husband, but even then she eventually fell back into routine. Her daughter might have required around the clock attention, but she slept a lot. During those quiet periods [Y/N] finally found time to continue her household chores, and if she was lucky she found a moment in which she could quiet her mind. But when Alex was in her arms and looked back at her with her big and inquisitive eyes, [Y/N] knew that her daughter made all the hard and tedious work in the world worth her while.

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Klaine one-shot - “The Life You Think You Deserve” (Rated PG13)

Blaine is making a huge change in his life. He’s starting by going to Kurt, a man with a specific talent that will help him move on. (5274 words)

Notes (or, in this case, petty commentary. Read if you want, or skip to the warnings down below): This is the re-write that I was actually the most excited about because it’s kind of a huge f-u to everyone in the K*urtbastian fandom who’s ever sh*t on my work. When I wrote this, it was a character study. But it actually got torn apart by two fandom writers - one K*urtbastian and one multishipper. One of them even made a post on tumblr about how I don’t write Sebastian, I write badboy Blaine and pass him off as Sebastian, and this fic was the focus of that. Well, I thought this one was touching and brilliant, and hopefully, now that I’ve changed it, it will get the love I think it deserves! (See what I did there? I … well, never mind.)

Warnings for mention of self-harm scars, mention of blood, and mention of Blaine being married to Quinn.

Skank Kurt. Closeted Blaine.

Read on AO3.

Blaine paces outside the run-down, red-bricked, residential loft that he had to bribe a taxi cab driver to take him to. He can honestly say that he has never feared for his life before tonight, so he can chalk this up as a first on his list of life experiences. He runs his hands up and down his arms while he tries to decide whether he will push the buzzer for the door or not. No matter what happens, he came here willingly, so he has no one to blame but himself.

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Being In A Relationship With Steve Rogers Would Go A Little Something Like.....

In honor of Steve Rogers Incredibly patriotic birthday I’ve decided to move a few things up on the que so I hope you enjoy it!:D


In The Beginning…

~ Steve admiring you from afar because he’s scared to get too close to you in fear of you saying no, or worse you saying yes and getting hurt because of him.

~ Natasha convincing him to suck it up and be a man before someone else snatches you up.

~ Steve bringing you a bouquet of your favorite flowers and stumbling over the words he has written down on the inside of his hand the whole time he’s trying to ask you out on a date. 

~ He picks you up for your first date on his motorcycle and takes you to the park where he’s set up a picnic with all your favorite foods.

~ At the end of the night he carves y’all’s initials into the tree you’re sitting under and places a light kiss to your forehead as he whispers how happy he is he finally asked you out.

~ Steve takes it nice and slow and you date for about five months before you can’t take it anymore and you’re the one who finally asks if he wants to be exclusive. 

As A New Couple….

~ Steve hesitates to introduce you to all of the Avengers because he knows how they can be and he really doesn’t want them to scare you off.

~ There’s not a lot of PDA in crowded places because Steve likes to keep an eye out for danger, but he will hold your hand and every so often when you’re someplace with only a handful of people he’ll pull you in for a surprise kiss

~ Steve doesn’t exactly get jealous when other guys try to talk to you, but if someone so much as brushes against your shoulder he freaks out and you have to stop him from causing an unnecessary altercation. 

~ Bucky and Sam treat you like their little sister which puts Steve at some ease while he’s away on missions.

~ Everyone hating to be around you guys because you’re just so cute together with Steve wrapping his arms around you and whispering into your ear as you laugh loudly and you guys sharing a quick kiss

~ Steve always calling you whenever you’re apart because he misses your voice (and he just can’t stand texting)

~After dating for about a year and three months Steve finally asks you if you want to move in together

As An Established Couple Who Lives Together…

~ You rent a small house in Brooklyn together near the neighborhood Steve grew up in

~ You guys end up with a ‘guard’ dog who actually just lays around in front of the couch all the time

~ Sam and Bucky constantly fight over who gets the spare bedroom, so you and Steve end up putting in a bunk bed to make them shut up. Now you just hear fighting over who gets the top bunk. 

~ You guys go out every Saturday and go grocery shopping at all the little markets around the city

~ Whenever you get into a fight Steve makes you talk it out immediately and then apologizes by taking a nice long bath together. 

~ Since he’s an early riser you usually wake up to a shirtless Steve making you breakfast 

~ Whenever one of you comes home the other one likes to hide somewhere in the house and surprise the other one which usually leads to some intense tickle fights

~ You have frequent movie nights under a big pillow fort that takes up most of your apartment and usually gets knocked down by Steve standing up too fast, your dog tripping over a stray blanket, or you guys getting too distracted by your make out session to realize you were out of room. 

~ Staying up late at night in your bedroom sharing excited whispers as you both just never run out of things to say to each other and it’s when you’re getting into one of your crazy stories that Steve realizes his stomach has never hurt from laughing so hard and he’s never seen eyes sparkle like yours in the dim light streaming in through your window and he knows he will never feel a stronger sense of home than he does when he’s with you.

Which Leads To…

~ Steve breaking into the Smithsonian once again, this time to recover the simple yet elegant engagement ring he remembers his mother wearing when he was a young boy. 


Soooo I hope you guys liked it! There’s a lot of other stories in the que but I figured since it was his birthday Steve needed some extra loving!:D

FIC and PREFERENCE requests are OPEN (but moving slowly). SHIP requests are CLOSED (please guys stop sending them in. they make it harder to see the other requests and as soon as I’m caught up with the other requests I can get back to ships sooooo) 

I hope everyone had a GREAT fourth of July whther it was a national holiday or just Steve’s birthday!(: 

Life As We Know It

Bucky Barnes x Reader

Request: Bucky x reader where the reader works at a bar and bucky defends her when she is being harassed by some customers? And they start a secret friendship that *develops*?
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T
Warnings: Swearings
4,505 words

Notes: AND I’M BACK. Finally. I’m so sorry for the lack of updates and the HUGE delay on writing the requests but I’ve been really mad with my writing lately, so… Hopefully I’ll get along with all of them now! Thank you so much for the request nonnie and I’m really really sorry about the wait! It’s not my best but I hope you like it anyway. <3 Enjoy!

Bucky makes a habit out of it without even meaning to. 

He’s been back in New York for months now, living in a small but cozy apartment that Steve insisted in buying so they could be home, in the good old Brooklyn neighborhood they originally grew up. 

Life is as good as it can be for someone like him – someone volatile and dangerous and untrustworthy. But he’s got a secure roof over his head and food and his best-friend back so all he can do is assume this is good enough. 

(Even though Steve confuses and annoys him sometimes.)

(But then again, something tells him that these feelings are familiar, specially towards the scrawny blond kid he occasionally dreams about.)

The only life Bucky knew was receiving orders, kill without questioning, have ‘medical’ attention, then get frozen. He doesn’t remember his previous life – just tiny glimpses of it – so this is all new to him. 

It’s strange to think like that and Bucky often feels stupid for it because he used to be smart, he knows that, but now he finds himself in the middle of simple and mundane things and it’s like he’s discovering the entire world. 

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Anthony Ramos interview

With ticket prices upwards of $1,500 and advanced sales of $57 million last November, “Hamilton” is an official Broadway juggernaut. Helmed by certified genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical mixes rap, R&B and pop to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton’s ascent from penniless orphan to chief architect of the American financial system. The twist, if you haven’t heard, is that a person of color plays nearly every major character—including Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.
Miranda, who plays Alexander Hamilton, has said that “Hamilton” is “a story about America then, told by America now.” By casting people of color as the founders of our nation, “Hamilton” forces audiences to engage with bodies and voices that would have been categorically marginalized in colonial times.
“Hamilton” also sheds light on lesser-known figures of colonial America, including proto-abolitionist John Laurens. Laurens is played by Anthony Ramos, a 24-year-old Puerto Rican actor and singer from Brooklyn, New York. Ramos also plays Philip Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s eldest son. Here, in this edited and condensed interview, Ramos talks about making his Broadway debut in a blockbuster show and his journey from the tough Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick to The Great White Way.

What’s the significance of having performers of color tell the story of the Founding Fathers?

You ever look at a painting like, “Wow, that’s so good, but I really can’t wrap my brain around why this thing that is so obscure feels so right?” “Hamilton” is that kind of painting. No one’s ever seen anything like it, and I think it’s one of the boldest pieces of art ever to hit. It’s also honest because “Hamilton” looks like how we look like now.

Can you explain more?

Lin could have written a show and had the Founding Fathers be all White men, but at the same time, the show’s about Alexander Hamilton. A lot of people didn’t know whether or not Hamilton, who grew up in the British West Indies, was half [Black]. They had no idea. So it’s only right to have the rest of the cast embody that. Daveed Diggs, who plays Thomas Jefferson, is half Jewish and half Black. Phillipa Soo,* who plays Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, is Irish and Chinese. Lin and I are Puerto Rican. Having men of color play the Founding Fathers shows that anyone could have done what they did. This is showing our public what it would have looked like if things were different.

Tell me about the two characters you play.

John Laurens was from South Carolina. His dad was a slave trader. Laurens was one of the first abolitionists. He died fighting the British in the Revolutionary War because he hadn’t received word yet that his side had won in Yorktown. The British soldiers were retreating, but he still insisted on going after these guys. He actually died after the war had already been won. He was really zealous. which was so awesome to learn about Laurens. And he and Hamilton had this incredibly close relationship. Some people think they had something going on. I don’t know. I do think Laurens loved and was passionate about Hamilton, so I try to do my best to be true to that. There isn’t really too much about Philip, so I really got to play around with that character a lot.

Besides being able to put your own spin on things, what has been your favorite thing about playing Philip?

I love his confidence but also his passion for his dad. My father wasn’t around a lot, so when I do Philip’s rap when he’s nine years old I think about how his dad wasn’t there the entire time. When my dad was around, I really did my best to show him, like, “Yo, Pops, look at what I’ve done up until this point! Check out my baseball trophies! Check out, like, this new song I just wrote!” The first line in Philip’s rap as a nine-year-old is “Daddy, daddy, look!” I had the “Daddy, daddy, look!” mentality when I was a kid. That’s how I relate to Philip.

What about Laurens?

I appreciate how he was gung-ho about everything. My whole life I’ve been so passionate about making a better life for myself, having [grown] up in a pretty rough neighborhood. Hamilton and his [crew] had been through so much at such a young age, and I really relate to that.

So what first drew you to musical theater?

I mean, it was totally an accident. In high school, baseball was, like, my thing. I was sitting in class my junior year, and there was an announcement on the loudspeaker about an audition for this show called “Sing.” I had no idea what it was. I thought, “Maybe it’s a talent show.” So I go and sing for this talent show thing and they gave me the lead role in the show. I did it, and I fell in love, man.

How did you manage to transform yourself from a baseball player to a musical theater actor?

My high school director took me up under her wing because she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. She gave me a pamphlet [about] the one school that I auditioned for, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I wasn’t even going to go to the audition because I didn’t have the money to pay the application fee. But my teacher paid for it. After I got in, the school threw me these numbers and I was like, “There’s no way. I can’t even pay for this!” So my teacher gave my name to this scholarship fund. I told them my story, about how I came from the ‘hood and how my grades, which were not that good, weren’t a reflection of me. I told them, “All I need is one shot.”

You share the stage with several Broadway vets. What has it been like to work with them?

I’m not just learning more about how to be a performer, I’m learning about how to be a better person on the daily. I learned from Lin that you don’t have to stray from who you are. I remember one time I was cracking a joke, and I said, “Aw man, Lin, you know, I talk too ghetto sometimes. I should change the way I talk.” Lin said, “Papa, you don’t have to change the way you talk. You just have to make sure people understand you.” I will never, ever forget him saying that to me. He is the biggest example of someone who has not strayed from who he is to conform to the industry. He’s a hip-hop head, but he also loves musical theater.

What advice would you give young performers—particularly those of color—just starting out in musical theater?

Be a better listener than you are a speaker. Don’t put yourself in the box that other people put you in. You have more control than you think you do. And don’t try to be more than what you are. The perfect job will come when you realize you’re enough. Be OK with the way you’ve been created.

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