I created a Spotify playlist “Womanist Mixtape” of some of my favorite songs that empower, inspire, are righteous rage, Black power, vulnerable, confident, loving, romantic/sensual/sexual, friendship, fun and more. Some are on specific topics such as domestic violence and labor, for example. This isn’t me labeling the artists; they can self-identify. These are songs that speak to Black women/femme lived experiences and the knowledge obtained from them. These are songs that make me happy, and joy is an aspect of my womanism; “wholeness of entire people…” and such.
Songs in initial playlist:
“Respect” - Aretha Franklin
“Control” - Janet Jackson
“U.N.I.T.Y.” - Queen Latifah
“Q.U.E.E.N.” - Janelle Monáe
“I’m Every Woman” - Chaka Khan
“Ladies First” - Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love
“Electric Lady” - Janelle Monáe ft. Solange
“I’m Every Woman” - Whitney Houston
“***Flawless” - Beyoncé
“Milkshake” - Kelis
“Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out” - Bessie Smith
“Alright” - Ledisi
“Closer” - Goapele
“Didn’t Cha Know” - Erykah Badu
“Work Song” - Nina Simone
“Ghetto Woman” - Janelle Monáe
“Workin’ Woman Blues” - Valerie June
“Bitch Better Have My Money” - Rihanna
“Money Money” - Lady Saw
“She Works Hard For The Money” - Donna Summer
“Lost Ones” - Lauryn Hill
“Independent Women” - Destiny’s Child
“Bossy” - Kelis
“Queen of The Pack” - Patra
“Conceited” - Remy Ma
“Run The World (Girls)” - Beyoncé
“She’s A Bitch” - Missy Elliott
“Many Moons” - Janelle Monáe
“Cold War” - Janelle Monáe
“Sally Ride” - Janelle Monáe
“Superpower” - Beyoncé
“Strange Fruit” - Nina Simone
“No More Auction Block For Me” - Sweet Honey In The Rock
“Brotha” - Angie Stone
“To Be Young, Gifted and Black” - Nina Simone
“Greatest Love of All” - Whitney Houston
“Be Real Black For Me” - Roberta Flack ft. Donny Hathaway
“Rhythm Nation” - Janet Jackson
“My People” - Erykah Badu
“Unpretty” - TLC
“Pretty Hurts” - Beyoncé
“Don’t Take It Personal” - Monica
“Love Is Blind” - Eve
“Love Don’t Love You” - En Vogue
“Single Ladies” - Beyoncé
“Ex-Factor” - Lauryn Hill
“Tyrone” - Erykah Badu
“Not Gon’ Cry” - MJB
“No Scrubs” - TLC
“Irreplaceable” - Beyoncé
“Houng Dog” - Big Mama Thornton
“You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” - Yo-Yo ft. Ice Cube
“Roxanne’s Revenge” - Roxanne Shante
“Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)” - Blu Cantrell
“My Lovin’ (Never Gonna Get It)” - En Vogue
“Why Does It Hurt So Bad” - Whitney Houston
“Sittin’ Up In My Room” - Brandy
“How Can I Ease The Pain” - Lisa Fischer
“Unbreak My Heart” - Toni Braxton
“I Care” - Beyoncé
“Deep Sea Diver” - Angel Haze
“Epiphany (I’m Leaving)” - Chrisette Michele
“Dirty Laundry” - Kelly Rowland
“Caught Out There” - Kelis
“Shotgun” - Valerie June
“What’s Love Got To Do With It” - Tina Turner
“Man Down” - Rihanna
“A Rose Is Still A Rose” - Aretha Franklin
“Golden” - Jill Scott
“I Will Survive” - Gloria Gaynor
“***Flawless” (Remix) - Beyoncé ft. Nicki Minaj
“Feeling Myself” - Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé
“Towards The Sun” - Rihanna
“Sing To The Moon” - Laura Mvula
“Diamonds” - Rihanna
“Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)” - Jazmine Sullivan
“Let’s Talk About Sex” - Salt-N-Pepa
“Oops (Oh My)” - Tweet
“Blow” - Beyoncé
“One Minute Man” - Missy Elliott ft. Ludacris
“Worker Man” - Patra
“Love Me Thru The Night” - Diana King
“Rocket” - Beyoncé
“Push It” - Salt-N-Pepa
“Rain” - SWV
“Work It” - Missy Elliott
“Veins” - Jazmine Sullivan
“Last Days” - Goapele
“Kissing You” - Total
“If” - Janet Jackson
“Keep On, Keepin’ On” - MC Lyte ft. Xscape
“I’m Your Baby Tonight” - Whitney Houston
“Count On Me” - Whitney Houston ft. CeCe Winans
“What About Your Friends” - TLC
“Best Friend” - Brandy
“Best Friends” - Missy Elliott ft. Aaliyah
“That’s What Friends Are For” - Dionne Warwick ft. Gladys Knight
“Together Again” - Janet Jackson
“Next Lifetime” - Erykah Badu
“Heaven” - Beyoncé
“Open My Heart” - Yolanda Adams
“Order My Steps” - GMWA Women of Worship
“Long As I Got King Jesus” - Vickie Winans
“Black Synagogue” - Angel Haze
“What Is Love” - V. Bozeman
“A Long Walk” - Jill Scott
“Lions, Tigers & Bears” - Jazmine Sullivan
“Dangerously In Love” - Beyoncé
“Love Me Today” - Zhané
“For Real” - Amel Larrieux
“Other Side Of The Game” - Erykah Badu
“Gloomy Sunday” - Billie Holiday
“Can’t Live Without Your Love” - Janelle Monáe
“Sending My Love” - Zhané
“It’s A Pity” - Tanya Stephens
“I Wanna Be Down” - Brandy
“Yoga” - Janelle Monáe
“Escapade” - Janet Jackson
“Dance Apocalyptic” - Janelle Monáe
“Get Me Bodied” - Beyoncé
I’ve seen similar playlists in the past so I don’t seek to steal anyone’s thunder, but I cannot find them; I have too many “likes” on Tumblr to find stuff anymore. Womanists/Black feminists, feel free to reblog and write songs (below my text, as to not confuse people with what is already on the list) that you think I should add and I’ll consider; this playlist is just a start; I just made it today.
I love reading what you have to say about anything in general (dan and phil, politics, your work day [even in passing]) and idk I just wanted to say hi + ask what you have to say about their new gaming video? I loved it, they were so (insert a multitude of different positive adjectives) and Phil is such a broad thinker it's amazing. I think (im pretty sure) you loved it as well and I just wanna read your thoughts, hahaha thanks!
can you hear that? it’s the sound of me screaming because i have to rewrite the entirety of this ramble after tumblr DELETED IT THE FIRST TIME ifjaoiwejraoiejroaeir. but YES oh my god. i did love this video. a lot. there’s so, so much to talk about. grab a fkn snack mate, bc this is super long.
1. there’s been a lot of discourse about dan and phil’s interaction in this video. i received a handful of messages regarding dan’s apparently aggressive treatment of phil and one regarding the way people were apparently abusing phil in the comments under the video and calling him “stupid and untalented.” um. okay so i’ll work backwards. i have watched the video three times now. all three times i scrolled really deep into the comments. NONE of those times did i see a single comment that was insulting or demeaning to phil. where are people seeing this? i feel like this is a classic case of one or two people saying something happened and then everyone repeating it without actually checking the source. if anything, the yt comments are full of people saying firstly that phil is “too creative” for this game and has a fascinating mind, and, secondly, that he’s a full-grown man who doesn’t need the protection of his fans from dan of all people, the so-called aggressive bully in this scenario, who just so happens to also be his best friend and life partner. i definitely agree with that latter point.
something else that’s been lost in this discussion and that seems extremely relevant is that a lot of this video’s central dynamic, with dan being shocked and appalled at phil’s seemingly abysmal drawing skills and phil doing the absolute most in every drawing, felt really, really put on or exaggerated for dramatic/comedic effect. i think the very first instance of it, when phil draws his fucked up umbrella, and dan just sort of jokes about it looking like a palm tree for a while and then at the end just says like a few words about how extreme phil’s interpretation was—i think this was a super authentic interaction. but i also think they quickly gathered with the drawings that followed that it would be really funny to ham it up for the sake of comedy and that’s why phil’s drawings seemed to get intentionally more and more “creative,” so to speak, while dan’s responses got correspondingly more and more extreme and high-pitched and shriek-y until basically everyone’s eardrums were bleeding. i get why the video was grating to some people bc like,,, this shit can get tiring to watch when it seems so extra. but personally i found it very funny… especially bc of my next point.
this narrative around phil being some sort of unappreciated creative genius who was constantly being berated in this video by his callous friend and just sadly tolerated all of this abuse is not only annoying bc it infantilizes phil but also because it’s just … wrong? and overlooks two of my fav things about the video which were how supportive and ENCOURAGING dan was, even while he was trying to exaggerate his “holy shit phil how are you so bad” thing, and simultaneously, how assertive and opinionated and sassy (i hate that word but literally don’t know a better one to describe him in this vid) phil was the whole time. to the first point, i don’t think there was a single one of phil’s turns in which dan wasn’t passionately yelling saying something like ‘come on phil. you can do this’ and also giving him recommendations on how best he should draw the object to get the point. even when he was in the middle of screaming about how bad phil was, he seemed to occasionally rein it in with a compliment to balance it out. for instance, during phil’s lobster drawing, he did the whole ‘what the fuck even is that’ for a while and then immediately had to dilute it by saying something like, “okay but by the end i could totally tell they were claws.” or when phil very reasonably points out that he’s using his wrong hand which is why he’s struggling, dan immediately agrees and repeats it as if for emphasis: “they’re not using their wrong hand to be fair.” and he even calls himself out about this, with the usual “WHY AM I HELPING YOU???” i honestly read dan as wanting to go to his default mode of supporting phil and celebrating his lateral/creative thinking (reminiscent of when he did this in the impossible quiz) the whole time, but then also needing to keep the comedy going by acting so confounded by phil’s inability to draw simple objects. as mentioned however, phil does not respond in the typical amazingphil™ way to all of the taunting. whereas in 2014-15 era dapg bants, he tended to just remain docile while dan would make his ‘what the fuck are you on about’ comments regarding phil’s weird sexual innuendoes or whatever else, in this video phil was anything but docile. he was in fact quite consistent in giving his own opinionated statements/retorts. just an abbreviated list:
the bit where he names the robot bianca and dan immediately objects and phil basically goes, yes. i named it. deal with it. hoe.
when they’re looking at other people’s umbrella drawings and he goes “oh shut up. look at you with your perfect umbrellas” in the sneeriest voice known to humankind
when dan is making fun of him pretty intensely and phil actually adamantly defends himself and says, “put me under pressure, and i can’t do things.” doesn’t seem like someone who’s just submissively accepting dan’s mockery. he’s explaining why it was hard for him.
“look at arty jim down here” damn. arty jim got fuckin rekt
“how is ‘lobster’ easy ???? ? i mean what the hell,” again in the sneeriest voice i’ve heard
his absolute disgust that dan got elbow so easily, and the way he proceeds to shove dan and threatens to “elbow [him] in the face.” like damn. he fightin back
when he’s like ‘i don’t even do anything with this hand’ and flops his left hand around i s2g he is trying to sneak in a cheeky sexual innuendo and slyly allude to wanking in the way that he does best and DAN DOESNT HEAR HIM THE FIRST TIME bc he’s talking and phil just stares at him while he flops his hand around and repeats “i don’t even use this hand it’s a dead weight” and dan absolutely doesn’t take the bait. oh my god. phil intentionally trying to annoy dan with innuendoes, and checking to see if he gets it,,,, that is the shit i live for
‘all or nothing on the zebra’ cheeky laugh. damn.
the way he’s like ‘just shut up then’ to dan as he begins drawing the zebra. because he’s not taking dan’s shit
etc etc etc
and i firmly believe phil was HOLDING BACK in this!!!! !! ! and was still at least partially constrained by/aware of the camera and his usual role as the quieter, gentler foil to dan’s hysteria and melodramatics. so like. just imagine how much more assertive he is when the camera isn’t on. i don’t think any of y’all need to be worried in any way about phil’s ability to handle everything dan dishes out bc i think he’s happily returning it in full measure.
2. on a similar but somewhat unrelated note, phil spent a lot of time in this video sitting patiently while dan went on some truly remarkable monologues and i thought it was noteworthy, mostly in that phil just couldn’t stop looking at dan in apparent adoration even while he was being a dramatic child. i felt like the staring was much less guarded than phil tends to be—he’s usually so aware of the camera and consciously tries to maintain eye contact with the audience as much as possible, but there were just a few moments in this where i was surprised by how long he let himself just watch dan.
during dan’s first ‘artsy vs. creative’ monologue:
during dan’s random ass screaming about a raccoon idek:
during dan’s second ‘artsy vs. creative’ monologue:
phil was p captivated. and these def are moments where he’s looking at dan for longer than usual, not just one-off instances of the most fleeting glances that i screenshotted for effect. i promise.
3. there were some like,,, incredible exchanges during this vid that i specifically want to analyze.
first, the ‘dabble with a robot’ bit at the beginning when dan tries to get phil to admit that he’s making an innuendo and phil won’t do it. i loved this so much. i don’t even have anything much to say other than dan is trying to kill the innocent!phil trope so hard and it’s so funny to me. also. phil was def talking about robot sex. and right after he says dabble the first time, there’s this really obvious jump cut and the immediate frame following it is THIS:
and i just NEED TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF DIRTY ROBOT SEX COMMENT THEY CUT OUT. ugh.
second: ‘i think bianca has a crush on you and she’s mistreating me.’ let’s unpack this. because at first i was just like oh so some inanimate object with a vaguely female voice is showing a potential preference or softness for dan, and phil immediately thinks that she’s crushing on him. and that’s interesting in itself because it’s a surprising leap to make, tbh, and i would never expect phil to say it. but then the second bit, ‘and she’s mistreating me,’ stated as a completely natural follow-up thought. i initially didn’t even pay any mind to this bc like ok whatever he’s whining about not getting his point. but like. think about it for a second. in what context would someone who has a crush on dan mistreat phil other than jealousy or irritation due to the fact that phil is the reason dan is romantically unavailable? like honestly??? ? a platonic interpretation of that comment doesn’t even exist. ‘x has a crush on you and they’re mistreating me’ is literally only a thing someone would say to their significant other. tbh.
third, and my personal fav: the convo after phil ‘cheats’ or pushes dan’s arm while he’s drawing the spoon. just every bit of it. the way that dan leans in on his second repeat of ‘how would you do it then.’ the way that phil completely drops his on-camera voice when he says, ‘no we’re not doing best of three, we’re doing three rounds. it’s 4-2 right now.’ it’s the most natural voice ever, as though he immediately assumes this convo won’t be left in the video. and i imagine a lot of their behind the scenes negotiation as they film for dapg, regarding how things will be scored/structured, happens like this. as in, without some sort of CUT CUT PAUSE interjection to break the filming, but rather just a noticeable shift in tone to demonstrate to each other that they’re saying something that should be cut out in editing. to me, this is just completely reaffirmed by the amount of eye contact that immediately follows phil talking about the score. here’s an amazing gifset of it, which i need all of yall to click and look at, to really get what i’m saying here. and here’s my own screenshot bc y not:
it feels like phil definitely is trying to just have a conversation with dan to figure how they should proceed but dan is still performing a bit, and hamming up his exasperation for the camera when he says, ‘best of three, that would mean i win.’ phil then catches on, drops some of his softness and his natural voice, and immediately looks back to the camera. just. such a good, revealing little exchange. and as soon as the little natural moment is broken, phil immediately defaults back into the sassiness that he’s been demonstrating the whole video by saying, ‘i’m not! i’m just having so much fun,” in like. the world’s most sarcastic voice. then dan chiming in with the requisite fond “this guy” followed by “he’s so sneaky, can you imagine playing monopoly with him?” and that’s interesting too bc it’s dan ~breaking the fourth wall~ more explicitly and talking directly to us, and specifically to this section of his audience that has been voraciously demanding they play board games. he knows he’s being cute and domestic or whatever but at the same time it seems like he’s been genuinely a bit insecure about so overtly denying the audience something they’ve been asking for for so long, which is why he keeps bringing it up and trying to justify it in various ways–by explaining that it would be boring (as he said in his live show) or that it’d end badly (as he said on twitter and now in this video).
wow. just such a good and unexpectedly thought-provoking video. i loved it and genuinely laughed a lot even though the bants were so dramatic and overdone. they were having so much fun the whole time, in my opinion, and that, coupled with their continued lower boundaries regarding on-camera mannerisms, eye contact, touching, etc. seem to be the running themes of post-baking universe dapg. excited to see how these things develop over the course of the year! and also just so excited to see that they are actually carrying forward and sticking to their perceived re-commitment to the gaming channel that happened with gamingmas. they’re really making an effort to film in advance and post way more regularly than we’ve been used to, despite “life things” that are happening. they’re working hard to show us that they care deeply about this channel still and it’s just so uplifting to see that, and to be reminded with each video that they also have so much fun together, always :’)
Young David Bowie: *is a creative musician who influences music and encourages others to make art and be themselves*
*publicly calls out MTV for ignoring POC artist*
*waves his bisexuality so intensely that he’s one of the few celebrities that the media DOESN’T actually erase his sexuality*
*tells gender norms to piss off and supports trans individuals*
Old David Bowie: *dies after long, brutal battle with cancer*
Angry tumblr slacktivists: “You know he did drugs and some people say that some groupies who he slept with were underage and despite little to no evidence, that completely dismantles any good that he could have done ever, he was a terrible person.”
I have created this blog to support all the phanartists who deserve to be recognised. I, being an artist, know how it feels when you work so hard to create something and it gets absolutely no recognition. This blog is purely dedicated to celebrating the artistic creativity of the phandom!
•Direct message me your art and I will reblog it.
•Or submit me a link to your post.
My aim is to share all your phanart with as many people as I can so I would really appreciate if you share this blog around and spread a word! Because for me to support you, I need your support too :)
Vali Myers (2 August 1930 – 12 February 2003) was an Australian visionary artist, dancer, bohemian and muse of the 1950s and 1960s in Europe and the United States. Photographer, Ed van der Elsken, made Vali the main subject of a series of photographs documenting bohemian life in postwar Paris published in the book ‘Love on the Left Bank’ in 1956. She was acquainted with many celebrities and creatives including Tennessee Williams, Salvador Dalí, Django Reinhardt, Jean Cocteau, Patti Smith, Jean Genet, Sam Shepard and many others.
@princessdan and I have decided to work together to create a new blog dedicated to appreciation and unity within the Phandom!
How it works:
Every day we make a post that shines a spotlight on a different Phan-blog. The post includes a summary of what content they post, and personal reviews written by each of us. Requests for certain blogs are always welcome - that way, more blogs can get the attention they deserve!
What are the requirements to have a shot in the spotlight?
You need to feature Phan on your blog (obviously!). That’s pretty much it! We plan to feature all kinds of content creators - whether you make phanart, write phanfictions, produce gifs or even just reblog stuff, each and every one of you deserves a shot! It doesn’t matter how many or how few followers you have, every blog deserves some love! It is preferable that the main focus of your blog is DnP or Phan, but of course this isn’t necessary.
Why are we doing this?
There are so many creators out there who pour their hearts and souls into their blogs, but don’t necessarily get all the attention they deserve. The main purpose of this blog is to support those creators and help them get their content noticed! In general, this blog is a way of celebrating creativity and unity throughout the entire Phandom! It is dedicated to each and every blog out there who shares the common interest - DnP/Phan - and feels like they have something to contribute! This is so that a stronger sense of integrity, appreciation and harmony can be created.
The Phandom is a wonderful place, filled with brilliant and diverse and creative minds, and that fact should be celebrated! We are our own society, in many ways, and that is quite a remarkable feat. Sure, not all of us get along and sometimes it can be tiring or unrewarding, but we believe that this doesn’t have to be the case.
More details to come soon! Contact us if you have any more questions:
Here’s to a period of increased unity, publicity and creativity! Remember: every blog has something different to offer, whether it be content or personality or anything really, and that is a wonderful thing that should not be ignored.
Yes I know there’s a ton of challenges already going on. But I don’t believe I have seen many quite like this, so I’m putting this challenge out to all of you anyways.
This challenge goes out NOT only to fanfic writers, but to ALL of my creative friends. New to writing? Please hop aboard. Experienced writer? Welcome! Wanna make an aesthetic? Great! Wanna make a video? Absolutely! Wanna make a graphic edit? Hell yeah! Have something else in mind? YES, come talk to me about it. I wanna see all the creativeness that is flowing through this fandom! Come one, come all. Wanna join in the fun? Read the below…
Today it’s been an entire year since the Cannibal Pub was created! An entire year since an innocent discussion on Twitter led us to open first a DM group, and then our beloved chat in which all the Fests and Challenges have been plotted. An entire year since we started planning the #SpacedogsSummer, and later the ones that would be our first Fest and Challenge: #SugarDickChallenge and #JustFuckMeUp.
A year later, we’ve held seven big fests and nine challenges. We’ve had almost SIX HUNDRED fics as contributions (only on AO3), countless astonishing arts, edits, gifsets, and even songs!!
You guys have left us dumbfounded at the response to these events and have floored and lifted us with all the love you have given both this fandom and us.
For the first time ever, we’re showing our faces (kind of!) in this AMAZING drawing by @camilleflyingrotten, chibi style!
Thank you SO much to each and every one of you who has contributed to any of the events with your creations, to everyone that has read, seen and shared our love for this fandom’s creativity, and to everyone who helped us spread the events.
Here’s to another year - and many more - of organizing events and continuing to celebrate how AMAZINGLY CREATIVE this Fannibal Family is. CHEERS!
Last night was one of the biggest nights in fashion! The annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art celebrating the creative genius of Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons entitled Art Of The In-Between. Typically, the star studded red carpet is filled with celebrities wearing the theme of the exhibition. Kawakubo’s Japanese avant-garde vision is intellectual fashion and was apparently too complicated and artistic for most of the stars. Rihanna, Maxwell and Solange dressed appropriately for the evening – and slayed. Here is my list of the other celebrities who just looked stylish and gorgeous – they WOWed me last night. EW
Today, March 17th marks the end of my 4th year in the pokeblog community and the ‘birthday’ of my first blog @asktheminees!!
I know I’ve bounced blogs many many times, gone in and out of hiatuses, breaks, and even some reboots, but I want to celebrate and thank all of those who’ve stayed with me and followed throughout the years and here’s to another year of creativity!
To celebrate, I’m giving away 18 shiny pokemon from Pokemon Sun! To learn how to enter, read below!