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Reasons for Everyone to Watch “Dear White People”

1. Learn how even Black people who “do everything right” and get into a top college still struggle to find their place and be truly accepted into it

2. Learn and recognize that homophobia is a problem in every community even ours

3. Learn a little bit about colorism (Coco vs Sam)

4. Learn how (yes I’ll say it) Black people can be racist and stereotype others

5. How some White people can be better allies to Black people than other Black people

6. Classism within the Black community (”good” black vs “bad” black)

7. Learn how revolutions require different avenues of protest

8. Learn why if someone calls you racist (classist, homophobic, etc.) to reflect on your own attitudes and biases

9. Learn that although we can all be “racist,” some beliefs are way more dangerous than others and should be treated as such (cracker vs nigger)

10. Just to stay woke


“Rich and layered, deep and alternatively light and tragic, it’s the show that changed, well, everything really, about how television drama was executed. It lives on even today, as we see how the protagonists of Fox Mulder the Believer and Dana Scully the Skeptic continue to influence how characters are shaped, and the way the mythology of the show allowed for primetime television to explore new roads of storytelling. It was beautiful and asked the most human of questions regarding our existence and our beliefs, but more than anything, it was a love story in every possible regard— the love for life, the love for truth, and of course, the love for each other.”

I made a little comic out of the quote that inspired me to watch The X-Files. If anyone knows who wrote it, please let me know so I can thank them.

The Awful Flower Analogy on Jane the Virgin

I am so glad that they addressed the flower analogy in this episode and just how damaging it can be.

You know I really applauded this show for exploring virginity with Jane. For so many years the sexual revolution has been defined by a woman’s right to have sex and not be judged for it. And I found it so interesting that for once a show explored a woman’s right to NOT have sex and not be judged for that. The fact that Jane was allowed to make the decision to wait for marriage and stick with it, is something that I don’t think I’ve ever seen on contemporary TV. They explored how hard it was for her to stick with that decision but also how accepting every around her was of that decision. Over the series I don’t think anyone told her she was wrong for it or that it was ridiculous to stick with it. Even the men she dated were remarkably okay with her decision. Even if they floundered at first, they all respected that choice. That was great to see on television.

That being said I’m so happy they addressed the damaging flower analogy.

When Jane was 12 years old her grandma tells her to crumple up a flower and then try to make it perfect and new again. When she can’t Alba tells her that’s what it’s like when you lose your virginity and you can’t go back.

That’s horrible. It’s an awful message and certainly not one that you should drill into the head of a preteen.

And even though Jane consciously knows better, and even though she waited until marriage like her grandma told her to, after she has sex with her husband she feels like that crumpled up flower. She feel like she’s lost something, or that she’s less special because she’s no longer a virgin. And that’s not only sad, but untrue. And having those thoughts in her head affected her ability to enjoy sex with her husband.

I am so happy that Xo came to her and explained that no longer being a virgin doesn’t mean that she’s lost something. It means that she’s gained something. By having sex with Michael she’s opening herself to explore and discover a new side of herself and also a new side of her relationship with Michael. I think what Xo said was pretty much Mother goals in terms of the sex talk.

anonymous asked:

i was wondering if you have any cute botw headcanons to share, i saw the sid///link shippers bashing zelda on my dash I need some cute stuff

*hugs anon* of course my dear! i am here to share the love. I believe that, when Link and Zelda go to explore diffrent areas in Hyrule, their conversations during the preparations for their journey,  usually go like this:

Zelda: Link… Dear. Why the BIG suitcase?

Link: Armors

Zelda: *looks at him suspiciously* All those armors for the weekend? 

Link: ¨*smirks and looks really proud of himself* I have differents looks 

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Name: Amy
Age: 18
Country: Scotland

hi, I’m Amy and I spend most of my life listening to music. I love reading (mostly fantasy but I’ll give anything a shot). I enjoy watching tv and films I hate reality tv but love everything else. I love watching ballet and, exploring and photographing Scotland.
If anyone is planning a trip to Scotland and needs any suggestions of things to do and see hit me up.
I would love to make some new friends so come chat :)

Preferences: I would prefer to talk via email most of the time because I’m a broke student!

1. El Chavo del Ocho 

When it comes to Mexican television there is one show that is so iconic that it’s unquestionably become a national treasure. In fact this show has been so treasured and adored in Latin America that it is still broadcast today, 44 years after it first appeared on the air in 1971. While other programming at the time focused on the melodramatic lives of the wealthy and fortunate in Mexico, El Chavo del Ocho was able to bring light and humor to a way of life that was an underrepresented reality for the majority of Mexicans. The show was able to face poverty, hunger, and homelessness face-on while still remaining incredibly humorous, uplifting and inspirational. The cultural of impact of El Chavo has left it’s mark on Latin culture though characters that are instantly recognizable anywhere they make appearances and it’s catch-phrases becoming a part of everyday vernacular. More importantly, El Chavo has surprisingly been able to bridge the gap between generations, allowing abuelitas and nietos to enjoy the show generation after generation. Even today the humor remains poignant, the characters remain lovable and the program remains a cultural bond amongst all Latin Americans. 

2. La India María

While the majority of Mexicans on television have always been (and sadly, most still are) depicted as well-to-do, light-skinned, beautiful people, La India María challenged the norms by creating a character of an everyday indigenous woman and making her a star. La India María’s films and television show took head-on important issues that Mexico’s indigenous population has had to endure over the years. The situational humor frequently featured silly slap-stick comedy while still shedding light on racial discrimination and classism in society. Finding honest depictions of relatable characters on television can be an enthralling and liberating experience for minorities that are often left out of mass media. La India María gave a voice to the native populations of Mexico and has continued to do so throughout the years. María Elena Velasco first portrayed La India María in 1972 and continued to do so up until her passing in 2015.

3. María la del Barrio

Of course, any exploration into Mexican television should include at least one telenovela and there’s no better example than María la del Barrio. Words cannot even begin to express how much there is to love about this novela. The plot is completely outrageous and the acting is atrocious, yet it’s impossible not to be captivated by the sheer hilarity of it all. What starts as a simple (though cliché) story of a poor girl from the streets falling in love with a wealthy douchebag quickly spirals out of control into a tale of debauchery, revenge, and murder. Thalia’s acting as María is so unbelievably bad that it’s really hard to understand what propelled her to stardom in the first place. But the real star of the novela is Itatí Cantoral portraying the deliciously evil Soraya Montenegro. Her hatred of María and desire for revenge is one of the main plot drivers of the novela and leads to some of the most riveting scenes ever captured on film. The infamous ‘Maldita Lisiada’ scene has found new life on the internet and is once again bewitching and perplexing new and old fans alike.

First world problems
  • Me: * uses internet for YouTube and Netflix *
  • Brother: * uses internet for online gaming on his pc and Xbox, Nintendo switch, and other concoles. Also his Surface Pro and laptop are also connected *
  • Brother: You're taking up the internet.
MashReads Podcast: 'Glee' star Chris Colfer talks about his new novel 'Stranger than Fanfiction'
A book about the powerful connection between characters and the fans who love them.
By Aliza Weinberger

There’s a powerful connection between characters and the fans who love them.

Anyone who scribbled Harry Potter fanfiction or dissected the latest teen drama with their friends knows. And the line between actor and character is often completely muddled for viewers that live far beyond the realities of Hollywood.

But what if those same fans were stuck on a road trip with the object of their obsessions? That’s the idea behind the most recent book from Glee star and bestselling author Chris Colfer, Stranger than Fanfiction.

Colfer is best known in the literary world for his popular middle grade series The Land of Stories. In his latest novel, Colfer explores the world of television fandom and the trials and tribulations of teenagers on the brink of major life changes.

Stranger than Fanfiction follows four best friends who’ve bonded over nearly a decade of watching their favorite sci-fi show. As the group embarks on an end-of-high-school road trip, they impulsively invite the star of said show. When he actually shows up to join them, all five begin a journey full of misadventures, mayhem, and secrets revealed.

In a special episode of the MashReads Podcast, MashReads spoke to Colfer about his return to YA and the inspirations behind the story, from both sides of passionate fandoms.

Then, as always, we close the show with recommendations. Colfer recommends:

  • The Demonologist by Gerald Bittle, which explores the career of the famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in a documentary fashion. “The facts are scary enough by themselves,” said Colfer.
  • Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver, a collections of essays and stories about finding love and intimacy in New York. To Colfer, “It’s the gay man’s manifesto, in a way.”
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher, the first memoir by the late actress, based on her one-woman show. It’s also one of Colfer’s all-time favorite books. “Parts of that book I felt she wrote just for me”
  • Sage-ing While Age-ing by Shirley MacLaine, a book that is part memoir and part life advice from the actress. “It’s just fantastic.”

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Rick and Morty is another in a growing list of tv shows exploring modern philosophy. The episode the quote is from explores existence as a product of choice in the B story. Most of the episode is a bunch of hilarious clips of tv from other dimensions. But, at the end, the B story spells out the big point of the show with this one quote. Life is meaningless.

Morty is a fish out of water. Rick’s adventures are usually out of his ability to understand. He tries to apply 21st century Earth morality on an uncaring universe, and usually fails. He saves Fart from being tortured and executed and helps it get home. Then when Fart reveals it is going to come back with his people and eradicate all life in the universe, Morty is forced to kill it himself. The universe is never simple.

For more on the philosophy of Rick and Morty check out Wisecrack’s 8-Bit Philosophy series.

anonymous asked:

I've been told that my story has a magical/mystical/enchanted feel, but it's not really a conscious decision on my part. It works because my story is part of a world set apart from the normal human world, but every time I get told about how my writing makes someone feel, I'm just not exactly sure how I pulled it off. What are somethings that can give a person's writing that sort of feel so that I can I be more intentional about how my writing comes across?

Hello anon! It looks like you have a natural flair for tone! That’s great! 

There are a number of ways you can control tone.

1. Word Choice: Certain words tend to give off a certain idea, usually because of the connotations they have in society or past literature. For example, words like corpse, death, disaster, bloody, suggest violence and darkness. Royal, glimmer, mystical, moon, spirit, sword, suggest fantasy, and so on. Here is a pretty good post on power words. 

2. Tropes: Tropes are common themes and ideas that frequently appear within stories, and certain tropes are attributed to certain genres. Your story being set in a different world is the basis of most fiction like fantasy or sci-fi. Or mystical type tropes you see in fantasy is the inclusion of magic in the medieval-inspired worldbuilding. Try exploring TV Tropes sometime. Just because it’s fun. 

3. Setting: Again, being set in another world is a key element of fiction. If you want to include magic and technology that doesn’t exist in this world, the simple answer is to make up a new one, or create an alternate version of this world that includes those things. 

4. Voice: Your voice as a writer and the protagonist’s voice as the main character affect the way the story is told. If you character is serious, then everything they say will sound a little more serious. If they are funny, they might make a joke of things and lighten even grim occasions just a bit. Likewise, you as a writer may use a sarcastic or colloquial tone that makes your story more contemporary, or you could use lots of descriptive and poetic language to make it a little more whimsical.

A few additional tips:

- If you are aiming for a certain tone and are not sure how to achieve it, study it. If you want to write a sad scene, think of a book that has made you cry or feel very sad before, and then re-read that scene and figure out what it is about that scene that achieved that effect. Were the characters realistically heartbroken? Was it the words that were used? Was is the way it fit into the plot?

- When you are not sure how a scene feels, have someone read it without telling them what you were going for, and then see how they thought it felt. If it didn’t have the desired effect, ask what you can do to make it more {insert whatever emotion or vibe here} or what kicked them out of that feeling. 

Sounds like you’ve got a natural skill going already, but I’m glad you want to hone it! Have fun!