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Savoy Ballroom: “The Home Of Happy Feet”

Photo: Awning of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York.

The Savoy Ballroom (1926-1958), famously known as “the home of happy feet,” was a world renowned dance ballroom in Harlem, New York. The “world’s finest ballroom” scaled a full city block, from 140th to 141st streets on Harlem’s Lenox Avenue, and was two story’s high, it’s signature marquee stretching well over the sidewalk and nearby stores.

Founded by Moe Gale, a Jewish man, and managed by Charles Buchanan, a Black man, the Savoy from its inception was the first and only integrated dance ballrooms in the whole of New York. On the “track,” its block long dance floor, working class African-American Harlemites and wealthy whites from downtown would lindy hop, jitterbug jive, and rhumboogie the night away under the same lavish cut-glass chandelier.

Gif: 1920s Couple doing the Lindy Hop.

The Savoy Ballroom attracted the talents of jazz and bebop greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakley, Teddy Hill, Johnny Hodges and Thelonious Monk. So great was the dance scene at the Savoy Ballroom, some of the clubs most talented dancers ended up performing in theaters across the world and in feature films.

Photo: Hodges, Johnny Savoy Ballroom (Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York), Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

The drag of the Great Depression and technological advancements in radios and record players made dancing at home and at smaller and cheaper venues more popular. The Savoy closed in 1958 and demolished in 1959 to make way for the Delano Village housing development, known today as Savoy Park. A commemorative plaque was erected in the Savoy’s memory in 2002. The ceremony was attended by swing legends Frankie Manning and Norma Miller, and enthusiast from around the world.

Photo:  Plaque commemorating the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, NYC., Lukeholladay.

For all the disappointed 707 route players’.

I’ve been reading quite a few rants of Mystic Messenger players, who claimed to be disappointed and pissed off at character 707′s route. I have to admit, reading them made me more pissed off and disappointed in the people who played this otome game. And I am here to rant, just like those players but for a different purpose; to slap some comprehending into their hearts and minds.

First off, Saeyoung wasn’t meant to be a simple and uncomplicated character. He’s supposed to be the key to the whole story, which some dear players think that is “not true at all” and “bullshit”. He is a person who has more issues than the rest of RFA members. He has family problems, mental and emotional problems and a problematic life in general. Most players didn’t like that he pulled and pushed MC away but of course he would do that since he was indecisive. Like every other person, Seven wanted to have a love life and a person who could finally understand and accept him for who he was without keeping secrets and lying on a daily basis. Then again, he didn’t want to pull that special other into this big mess that could affect her and/or him too. After all, we don’t want our loved ones to get hurt emotionally or physically, right? But Seven didn’t and did understand that the games he was playing unconsciously, could hurt MC.

Saeyoung is mentally rich. He is a very smart guy who, with a snap of the fingers, can see the world with different points of view. He is bipolar. One second being happy and the other second being the most hurt human being in the world. He hides himself in a comfortable facade, making people believe he likes playing around with them and making jokes 24/7 while in reality he feels depressed and lonely. He lives a life different from normal people, in every aspect. And he doesn’t have any happiness or happy memories. But once he finds out that MC is the door to his happiness, he gets scared. Scared of leaving his comfort zone and scared of ruining such a beautiful gift.

I have yet to finish the whole game. When I started Seven’s route, I restarted just a couple of days before the party date because I wanted to play Jumin’s route first on the Deep Story. I do know what has happened to Rika and that V dies. I also know that they forgave her and most people are mad about that. BUT! If a person who seems to be the one who has changed your life for good (and for bad too in Seven’s case) turns out to be the one who you actually liked for a long period of time and suffers from severe mental problems, wouldn’t you forgive them too? I bet you would. No matter what, you would. Even if a tiny little bit, it still counts as a yes. She is, absolutely, a snake who doesn’t deserve any good in this world after what she has done… but it was V’s fault as well for being blinded by love. Like literally…

Anyway, I have yet to finish the game and more to add to my point of view but that’s all I want to say for now. Defender of Justice 707 is a game character I will always, I emphasize, always remember in my mind and heart as someone who represents me as a human being.

Nobody is the same and Saeyoung isn’t supposed to be the same as everyone.

Excuse my typos, thank you.

Ok so the lovely @florelikeaflower tagged me in this

RULES: Copy this post into a new text post, remove my answers and put in yours. When you are done, tag up to 10 people and also tag the person who tagged you… and most importantly, have fun!

a) Age: 21 
b) Biggest fear: probably ending up alone, feeling lonely idk its the feeling i hate most about my depression so yea
c) Current time: 23:30
d) Drink you last had: water
e) Every day starts with: snoozing my alarm a couple times, then hating the world and maybe a little daydreaming until i truly have to get up
f) Favorite song atm: strangers from halsey and lauren
g) Ghosts, are they real?: i believe so yes
h) Hometown: a very small seaside town with nothing special
i) In love with: love? Never heard of it idk what that is
j) Jealous of: people who have enough money to travel the world bc i want to do that but im broke
k) Killed someone: cant recall i have 
l) Last time you cried: i hoped to say just now but i havent yet and its annoying
m) Middle name: i hate mine so much but its christy
n) Number of siblings: 1 brother
o) One wish: to be happy with myself and to be able to deal with this godforsaken mental illness
p) Person you last called/texted: last person i called was my mum, the last person i texted was either mar or the pink era gc
q) Questions you are always being asked: atm what i’m going to do now that i’ve dropped out and its driving me fucking insane 
r) Reasons to smile: laying in bed when you’re tired and really comfortable, being with my friends, going to concerts, watching my favorite movies, looking at art, louis, harry and niall
s) Song last sung: slow hands bc i have been watching all these live performances of niall
t) Time you woke up: it was around 8/8:30 i think
u) Underwear color: black and my bra is soft pink
v) Verse from a song you like: What a feeling to be a king besides you somehow, my brain doesnt work and obviously this is the first one i think about 
w) Worst habit: i bite my nails, a Lot, its ugly
x) X-rays you’ve had: uhhh 3 i think, my left ankle, my right ankle and my left hand. OH and my teeth so 4 
y) Your favorite food: pizza, i cant think of anything else dont judge me 
z) Zodiac sign: capricorn

I tag: @loveloveolivia @rogueandeskimo @istealifly @littlelouies @ofrainbows @teamnouis @homemp3 @blurberrys @floralfeast @promisetweet

Backing up the 'Moriarty is a twin' theory, and looking at each brother's personality

At the end of a Study in Pink, when the cabbie is talking to Sherlock he explicitly says, “You’re just a man, but they’re so much more.” – “There’s a name…that nobody says and I’m not going to say it either.”

Was this our first clue we were dealing with two brothers?

At the swimming pool, Moriarty famously claims “I’m so changeable!” when he goes from wanting to leave John/Sherlock alone, to suddenly wanting to kill them.

Should we have taken him literally? Is it possible there were two brothers similar to the Krays?

“Janus Cars…that’s the clue” from the Great Game was another clue people have mentioned. And who was Janus? A two faced God. The Moriartys may see themselves as Gods with the same face.

So here is the idea: Two brothers.

One was fascinated by Sherlock and wanted to keep him around (the first one we met at the pool), the other despised him and wanted him dead (the one who came back in). We saw  both of them at different points throughout the show. 

Richard Brook was real, in that he was one of twin’s real identities.

Probably the one who liked the idea of keeping Sherlock around for a while. How else would he have been able to have such a full resume? Kitty wasn’t a great reporter, but she would have at least checked out his story.

People have said: Well, how could he have gotten away with being on a popular medical show? Because he actually was on one.

There are some other reasons the “Two brothers” theory makes sense.

For one thing, it gives the Moriarty brothers the time they need to carry out their heinous deeds:

Would one guy have had time to:

-date Molly and work a job in IT for a significant amount of time?

-have a moderately successful acting career

-get locked up and interrogated by Mycroft for God knows how long.

-go on trial, which usually takes several months

-go stay with Kitty for a prolonged period of time

ALL while trying to run the biggest criminal web on the planet and give advice to up and coming criminals?

Even by Moriarty’s standards it’s a bit much.

One of brothers did indeed shoot himself on the roof. I’m guessing it was the “darker” non-Richard one (well, they’re both technically evil), he wanted rid of Sherlock at all costs and may have been the most destructive and depressed one of the siblings.

He was the brother who genuinely was bat**** crazy. Richard Brook  is (somewhat) more calmer and saner, probably because he spent more time in the real world. (If we compare the Moriarty twins to Mycroft/Sherlock, he’s the Mycroft of the pair).

The Richard Brook twin is still out there and has been in hiding for the last couple of years.

What made him emerge from hiding? The news that Sherlock was about to go on a suicide mission. Yes, several years on and he still wants to have his fun with Sherlock and isn’t OK with him dying…just yet.

What a time to be alive.

It’s their ability to pull you in. That sort of magic they have when all the elements of the medium come together. Voice acting, visuals, scoring, and stories, when done as right as these shows do ‘em, can create unbelievable experiences.

And what I find so fantastic is just how many cartoons today actually do craft their own worlds and invite you in. They’re not all perfect or even complex, but these are the shows that really make a case for why cartoons are an art form.

While I could do a top 10 here, I’d rather just geek out over what makes each one unique, because in a lot of ways it’s hard to compare them. So instead, it’s probably easier to divide these badboys up by the genre they best portray. 

Now, that doesn’t mean these shows only have one feel to them – in fact a lot of them could qualify for multiple genres – but for simplicity’s sake, let’s do one per show. You’ll see what I mean.


Regular Show

Alright, so not all episodes are action-oriented. Not even a majority. Why put in under the action heading, then?

Well, while a lot of the show deals with the everyday happenings of the park and its crew, RS is undeniably a product of the 80s (and 90s sometimes, too, but mostly the 80s). It’s pretty glorious. Not only do a lot of references to the decade pop up, but a lot of the stories are structured like 80s movies, with very clear goals and stakes. They can build up tension really well in a short amount of time because we know what’s going to happen if Mordo and Rigby don’t win the day. So, even when nothing spectacular is going on, it can still feel like there’s something to lose. 

Star v.s the Forces of Evil

This was the hardest one to place. It actually does three things equally well and in pretty much equal proportion: sci-fi, slice-of-life, and of course, action. That said, I went with action for one reason: whenever it does go full-on butt-kicking mode, it kicks serious ass.

This is like if Hotel Transylvania had fighting scenes. The comedy in the show is top-notch, and I always have fun with it, but I so enjoy the idea that a comedy/slice-of-life show like this could also be a magical girl show. That high-octane pace with cross-dimensional battles? It’s the best of both worlds!


Steven Universe

Now here’s sci-fi done right. The use the big concepts like aliens and intergalactic warfare to tell very simple, yet profoundly meaningful stories. 

Overall, Steven Universe has a very emotional story to tell, and it talks about it all with respect and dignity, but also a tenderness. It’s friggin’ fantastic.

On top of that, the art style – from the flexible character models to the gorgeous colour scheme – sets such a wonderstuck tone for it all. That, combined with the techno/piano background music, gives the show an elegance you might not expect at first glance. It’s heartbreaking, yet soothing. Beautiful, yet light. Just a wonderful world to be a part of.

Wander Over Yonder

This is contender for the most beautifully animated show on television. I have to admit I haven’t personally gotten far into WOY (mostly just because I tend to look for continuing stories in the cartoons I watch nowadays), but the kid in me who used to stay up all night to watch the whole saturday morning line-up on Canada’s equivalents of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network is screaming with joy.

No matter what age group is enjoying it, I’m so glad a show that’s animated like this can exist for kids. The comedy shines with the fast pace of the movements, the expressions are glorious, the colours are so nice to look at, the character models are cute and interesting, and I’ve always said you could stop the show at any point in any episode and get an amazing screen-shot. It’s just a blast to watch.

What can I say? This is a show that deserves the fandom it has and then some, it’s too freaking beautiful. But, beauty aside, what tone does it set with all this splendor? Well, the show’s largely about space exploration – never stopping anywhere for too long and rarely (if ever) returning to the same location twice. The universe feels neverending, and the lovable excitement Wander brings to this already energetic show give its young target audience a feeling of true space-adventure. There’s always another horizon on another planet to find, and awesome life-forms to meet there.


Adventure Time

An obvious pick, but a well-deserved one.

I’ve talked about AT’s world-building before more in depth, so I won’t go too nanners here, but with the constant addition of new characters, settings, ideas, and even animation styles, this show packs a serious punch. It’s really no wonder why it’s gotten as popular as it has.

Yup. From the simplistic, yet hilarious Adventure Time-y lingo to the epic battles with inventive monsters to the AT philosophy, Adventure Time really does feel like the imaginings of a precautious little boy. Like I said for Wander Over Yonder, an expansive world, like the land of Ooo, can really drag you into the show by force.

Avatar: The Legend of Korra

Technically, since it’s finished its run, I probably shouldn’t include Korra, but it’s recent enough to deserve a spot here. Plus, dat unbelievable animation, tho!

Like it’s predecessor Avatar: The Last Airbender, LOK takes inspiration from the more detailed art-styles of anime. So, just like anime, the budget goes into making the world look great, and making sure the battle scenes are well-animated, while keeping low costs on the movements of the characters during most normal talking scenes.

LOK used this to its every advantage. A captivating score and exciting story brought the world of benders back on screen in a satisfying way. Plus, unlike all the other shows on this list, Korra had a higher target audience: teens. That meant a lot of things, aside from the infamous love triangle of the first season. It meant they could tell darker stories, including an entire story-arch where Korra has PTSD and depression, as well as a “tasteful” yet very obvious queer canon couple at the end. Uh, spoilers, btw.

So, while the first show didn’t shy away from darker concepts, either, this one definitely felt like a mature show, while still keeping a feeling of adventure present.


Gravity Falls

Why watch other shows when you could be watching Gravity Falls? Seriously. This is the question that haunts me.

The most recent episode, Not What He Seems, was so satisfying in everything it set out to do, paced so well, littlenightwing and I absolutely couldn’t believe the run-time was only 23 minutes – it felt like a movie, and a flipping fantastic one at that.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself, clearly, because I should be talking about the enchanting mystery aspect of GF. Like Alex Hirsch, the show’s overlord, once said, it’s a cross between The Simpsons and the X-Files, with one heck of a continuing story that never stops giving us questions to wonder about and conspiracies to sniff out. It even hides codes for the viewers to follow along with, creating a theory-making community that’s just as paranoid, yet intelligent as they come. Its unbelievable how well this show sucks you in.


My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

I promise I’ll be quick. I know the fandom makes some uncomfortable, and I apologize, but the show itself is quality and deserves its praises sung, just like the others on this list.

While they’re not always on adventures, it’s almost like if Lord of the Rings had an all-female cast. It’s been called High Fantasy before, meaning it has a huge lore of history along with its fantasy setting (not mention a world filled with creatures from  all sorts of different mythologies, like Greek, Aztec, etc). When it goes big, it feels grand. When it stays small, it feels like I’m in a sleepy town like Hobbiton; with the show entering into its fifth season, it’s getting even more obvious that Equestria is definitely a land worth exploring.

Over the Garden Wall

Short, sweet, and magical: just how I like ‘em. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s only ten episodes, if you have yet to check it out, it’s a story that’s well worth your time.

This one was hard, too, because there’s a very strong mystery element all-throughout that almost made me want to switch its place on the list, but the way the story’s paced – and, I’ll admit it, the fact that Elijah Wood voices Wirt – made it pretty impossible for me to avoid the fantasy category.

The art direction in this mini-series adds so much to the atmosphere it’s stunning, as well as the gentle horns backing it up on the soundtrack. It really feels like you’re venturing into a dark forest, a strange and unknown territory that may very well be dangerous. Even horrifying. 

You’ll have to be patient with it, because it uses a fantasy pace: slow for the journey and building up to more plot-oriented parts. But, with the forest theme, and style choices from Americana folklore, this is a series that screams October, which is ironically when I’ll be screaming Over the Garden Wall from now on.


The Amazing World of Gumball

Where Gumball shines is where a kids show should shine. It’s comedy. With it’s multiple-art style approach, and wacky, out-there theme song, Gumball sure is an oddball of a show thank I’m here all wekk. I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first glance, but a few things have won me over.

First, the the characters. The two brothers and their non-conventional family are what it’s all about, and watching Darwin and Gumball bond is very sweet.

Second, the episode The Shell. ‘Nuff said, because oh my GOD, was that cinematic af and beautiful.

Third, screw your normality, the Amazing World of Gumball does what it wants.

Fourth, the background is done with beautiful photography, and with the cartoons to contrast it, it almost feels like we’re watching home movies.


The heart is undeniable. From the get-go, this show doesn’t let up with how charming it is, which makes sense, because pretty much the whole feel of the shows mirrors the feel of Clarence himself.

Clarence’s world is a friendly one. It’s not like things can’t go wrong- I mean they almost always do, but I don’t know, there’s something about the show that feels just as eager to include everyone and have a good time doing it as Clarence is, and let me tell you, that’s a really likable thing to do. Especially when it means including gay couples, because teaching kids about that is just rad. Rock on, little buddy.

Oh, and the simple, yet pleasing art style matches this really well, too. Like Clarence drew it himself.

Oh again, and by heart, I don’t mean heart in the way Steven Universe means heart (this is why I couldn’t make a top ten list). Because the show mirrors Clarence so much, it takes on his attitude toward the harsher realities in his life, and it’s a very innocent and comforting one.

I have to acknowledge the controversy with the creator, but only to say that the creator has been punished and doesn’t work on the show anymore. The show doesn’t support that type of behaviour, and neither do we, so everything’s good.

Phineas and Ferb

Now, this is an impressive show. Creating new worlds to explore is so imaginative and cool, but writing so many seasons of a show that’s this formulaic, and still keeping it fresh? That takes a lot of ingenuity.Almost Phineas and Ferb levels of ingenuity.

I couldn’t imagine this show as anything but a Disney Channel show. Gravity Falls is it’s own entity, which is rad, but P&F has that classic light-heartedness, that well-meaning goodness that’s just so admirable.

Phineas especially captures this Mickey Mouse-esque spirit. Ferb brings his own brilliance to the show, as do the rest of the cast, but Phineas in particular really gives the show a hopeful feel.

And you know, the art style matches the quick, clever humour with geometric shapes, and the simple colour scheme keeps with that bright atmosphere I was talking about earlier.

Uncle Grandpa

I have to admit, it’s not my personal favourite, but I didn’t want to exclude the fandom.

If I had to guess at the overall feel of a show I haven’t watched that much, (bad idea but) I’d say it’s probably just the goofiness. Maybe there’s something more I haven’t seen, which is totally possible, but that seems about right. Taking everyday problems and looking at them in the silliest, goofiest way possible. Not a bad thing.


All that said, we have so many wonderful worlds to visit today, so many adventures to have and mysteries to solve and characters to spend time with. 

I feel like we’re in some kind of cartoon renaissance- but that’d probably go to the 90s, huh? Well, then we’re in the cartoon Age of Enlightenment, where it’s the thought and care that these teams put into crafting their worlds that makes the difference. 


To Taylor taylorswift, my friends, and all those beautiful souls I have encountered in the world. I don’t know where this is going, but please read.

As I am writing this (September 30th), I am sitting in my room and I don’t know what to think. This year has been bad, I’m not sure where my head is at and I have more days than I would like to admit that life does not seem worth living anymore. I have my ups, I have my downs and I have my everything in betweens, sometimes in the period of just one day. And to say the past few weeks have been intense is an understatement. 

2 weeks ago I was accepted into the Disney Cultural Exchange Program for 2016, which means on December 19th I will be flying out of Australia, exploring the US for a few weeks and then living and working in Walt Disney World in Florida until (most likely) January 2017. I am scared, I miss people easily, I will miss my cat, I will hate being away from my friends. Also, 9 days ago I turned 20. It’s a big number and I don’t know how to feel about it, but I’m 20 and I’m alive and maybe that counts for something. A couple weeks ago I was also finally told by my doctor that I have depression and anxiety. I saw it coming and I wasn’t surprised, but it was still hard. I don’t know how to tell my family that their perfectly happy little pumpkin isn’t quite so. I don’t know how to get past the way people look at me when I don’t cover my scars. I don’t know why I am in this position. I hate it. 

It’s just that right now things are bad. They have been bad for months and no matter how hard I try to see the light, the darkness keeps coming in. I feel so out of place. My “home” does not feel like home anymore. Last time I visited everything felt off. My childhood bedroom felt different, my house was just a house, my bed was not a safe haven anymore, I knew the streets but I felt like a stranger; the only thing that felt like home was my cat and my old dance studio, even my parents felt different. And my home where I currently live is not somewhere I feel safe or secure. The fighting is too much. The yelling makes my anxiety spike. I’ve found myself, more times that I can count, hiding on my bedroom floor having flash backs of when that was me on the other side of it. I don’t know where I belong. I don’t know if there is somewhere for me. Maybe the reason I feel so unwanted is because I really don’t belong anywhere.

At the end of last year I thought I had found my place, in this fandom. I stopped being an outsider in the fandom and got more involved. I started making friends, people started accepting me and at the start of this year that group of friends grew even more; off the internet, physically into my life, I don’t consider some of these people “internet” or “Swiftie” friends, they are my friends, and I really thought that because of that I was finally where I was meant to be. But then things changed. People turned on me. And maybe a lot of it was my fault, maybe the reason I started getting hate was because of me, people wouldn’t say those cruel things if they weren’t true. Things got bad and suddenly I was back in 12th grade; anon message after anon message, hateful word after hateful word, and finally ending up back on the bathroom floor trying to take my own life. That wasn’t how it was meant to be. I felt at home. A few of the people I’ve met because of you, Taylor, are some of the best friends I’ve ever known. But even now, I don’t feel like I belong. I struggle to feel as though I am wanted here, wanted anywhere.

All I have ever wanted is to feel free. When I am free I am happy. I feel free in a dance studio. I feel free on stage. I feel free exploring and finding pretty places. But I haven’t felt happy in a long time. I want to be truly happy. I want to laugh so hard I can’t breathe. I want to spread sunshine everywhere I go. I want to know what it feels like to be truly free. I look around me and I really do see a world of greatness. But I look in the mirror and I see nothing. I don’t feel important. I don’t see my worth. I try, I really do try hard to see it. I try to see my friends and my importance in their lives. I try to see my family and their love for me. I know it’s there, but I can’t see it, and I hate it. So to anyone who has ever put out their hand for me, thank you. To my friends who haven’t left, I will never be able to tell you how much that means to me, because I’ve seen so many friends leave and I really don’t want any of you to leave too. And to Taylor, thank you for your music and your words that stick with me every day. Hopefully I will see you in Sydney and Brisbane, if I am still around I will be saving a hug for you. 

So right now things are bad, but somehow I reached 20 and somehow I am still here, after the year I have had I really shouldn’t be. I’ve had a few fleeting moments of freedom (like in the photos you see above) and in those moments I am glad I am still here. It’s a struggle, but I’m still going. I’m not sure if I will ever be free, but I am trying and that’s all I can do, that’s all anyone can do. 

Because when the people are most unaware of their own disasters, we’re getting wrapped up in ours.
Because at 4am, while the world sleeps, our demons dance together.

And it’s such a beautiful moment that they actually start resembling angels.
And suddenly, I can’t remember why everyone calls us a tragedy.

—  Nicole Torres //Excerpt from a book I’ll never write :; her demons and mine 43
‘Lonely and Drunk’

summary: I don’t enjoy parties at the best of times, but on a night like this I never expected Ashton to be the one to smile at me from across the room

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So finally after about 20 hours of travelling i’m finally back in England, and I don’t really know if i’m happy or sad about it. Despite the fact that I was exhausted, hungry, probably smelt, been bitten alive by things that are not just mosquitoes, got arrested, the bus breaking down, cried a fair few times and threw up a lot I actually had a really great time. The teaching was brilliant, the building work was tiring but really worthwhile and all the art work that we did looked fab!! The outreach work was the most emotional, as for the past couple of years i’ve struggled with Self Harm, Depression and completely hating myself and the world, and the fact that these people in the villages were so happy that you visited them and gave them clothes and food made me really start to appreciate everything that I have and I feel like I have come back from this trip as a much better person and even though i was only out there for a short period of time i still made an impact on the lives of some of the people living in Ghana. Just roll on next year when i’m planning to go to Malawi or India and do it all again. but now back to normality I guess :’)