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Celebrate black history month by watching the works of these 10 history-making directors

6 to 10:

Euzhan Palcy

Best Known For: Being the first black woman to direct a movie for a major studio in 1989, bringing Marlon Brando out of retirement to act in her film A Dry White Season and directing him to an Oscar nomination.

Notable Works: Sugar Cane Alley (1983), A Dry White Season (1989)

Forthcoming: N/A

Darnell Martin

Best Known For: Being the first black American woman to direct a movie for a major studio in 1994.

Notable Works: I Like it Like That (1994), Cadillac Records (2008)

Forthcoming: N/A

Gina Prince-Bythewood

Best Known For: Her commercially successful contemporary romantic dramas. 

Notable Works: Love & Basketball (2000), Beyond the Lights (2014)

Forthcoming: I Know This Much is True, An Untamed State

Dee Rees

Best Known For: Her indie Sundance smash Pariah, her film Mudbound being the highest seller at the 2017 Sundance film festival.  

Notable Works: Pariah (2011), Bessie (2015) TV

Forthcoming: Mudbound (2017)

Angela Robinson 

Best Known For: Her campy early 00s classics like D.E.B.S. and Herbie Fully Loaded as well as having the highest box office gross for a movie directed by a black woman with Herbie Fully Loaded.

Notable Works: D.E.B.S.(2004), Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)

Forthcoming: Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)

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j'ai besoin de toi // ensnared in pillows

rose-powder pressed into the cheeks
& the neck & blood // a waiting woman

sits indomitably adorned // blushing, for days.

the 1975 - somebody else

new release from one of my favourite bands. the band have been nothing but ambitious so far with their new songs indicating a complete change in direction of their musical style. their very laid back, post-modern, electronic, over-romantic sound is really fitting well in my life. the album ‘i like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ is out on feb 26th, roll on!

The Signs As Music Periods

BAROQUE (1600 - 1750) : Capricorn, Virgo, Scorpio

CLASSICAL (1750 - 1830) : Cancer, Taurus, Aries

ROMANTIC (1830 - 1900) : Leo, Pisces, Libra

CONTEMPORARY (1900 - Now) : Aquarius, Sagittarius, Gemini

Anders Kohls (Danish painter, 1994 - )

“The Refugee Ship” (After J. M. W. Turner’s “Slave Ship”)

Oil on canvas.

Painted in solidarity with the Syrian refugees.

Facebook: Anders Kohls Art

Challenge Your Shelf March Day 12: Hardback 

When looking through my bookshelf, I realised that I don’t own all that many hardbacks - at least not ones that haven’t appeared elsewhere (x, x, x, x). This one, however, is one of my absolute favourites: Novalis’ (Friedrich von Hardenberg’s) Works.* 

Novalis is one of the more influential (though, it seems, lesser-known) German Romantics, a contemporary of both Goethe and Schiller, who, together with his friend Friedrich Schlegel, is responsible for producing some of the main theoretical and poetological works of Early Romanticism. The Romantic Golden Age, the mysterious blue flower, and the hero-poet’s path of coming into his own are all motifs that make an appearance in his works, particularly in his unfinished novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen. Novalis also wrote poetry, but since he died early at 28 years of age, a majority of his works was published posthumously by his friends Friedrich Schlegel and Ludwig Tieck. 

*I might have to get another edition at some point, though, as this one does not include his letters, diary and most of his theoretical notes. 

(And yes, that is totally the guy in my userpic on my main.) 

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Keone & Mariel Madrid :: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith (Dance Choreography) :: Urban Dance Camp

• CHOREOGRAPHY BY : Keone & Mariel Madrid
• MUSIC : “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

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Homosocial space in the eighteenth century gave birth to distinct same-sex relationships that were referred to in popular and literary culture as romantic or intimate friendships. These friendships were important to the women and men who engaged in them - often as important and long-lasting as traditional heterosexual marriages - and were an accepted, praised, and significant social institution. Alan Bray argues that these friendships were largely a product of the Enlightenment - that the ideas of egalitarianism, brotherhood, and rational love (as opposed to uncontrolled, passionate love) helped contribute to a new concept of deeply committed, emotionally passionate friendship between members of the same sex. It is possible that some of these friendships embodied similarities to our contemporary ideas of romantic and sexual relationships. In many ways they were understood as a beneficial and complementary alternative to marriage. A major function of heterosexual marriage was to regulate sexual activity that would lead to reproduction, but this new idea of friendship, for men as well as women, often provided a more enlightening, expressive outlet.
—  Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States.