harlem stories

queenmorganlafay  asked:

Hey, I'm sorry, I have another question for you. I was wondering, what's your take on Ross having so much control over the Avengers in cacw? Someone said that it was because they were all American except Wanda, but I don't fully buy that. After all, most of the events were taking place on foreign soil, shouldn't the reps of those countries also have had a say in how they operated, and on the consequences of them breaking the law?

Hi @queenmorganlafay

Don’t apologize. I love questions! I hope you don’t mind a long answer because I have a lot of thoughts on Thaddeus Ross.

My answer is going to be two-fold, the first being what we know as seen in the MCU thus far and what the real-life position of Secretary of State entails, and the second part what I predict they’re trying to set up with Ross given his comics history.

Firstly the position of Secretary of State should have never gone to Ross. And any sympathy I had for Marvel President Ellis left over from Iron Man 3 is now gone entirely because the position of SoS is appointed by the president and you have to wonder, given Ross’ history, what exactly Ellis was thinking in appointing Ross to that position of all people. 

What we know from Incredible Hulk about Thaddeus Ross:

He was running a human experimentation program trying to replicate Erskine’s super soldier serum. 

This project was government funded and military supported. 

Moreover we know that the accident that resulted in Bruce Banner becoming the Hulk was not the first mishap under Ross’ purview. How do we know this? From this bit of dialogue from Incredible Hulk, right here:

General Greller: Are you telling me ANOTHER one of you super soldier experiments has gone haywire?! Is there ANYTHING that came out of that program that didn’t turn into a mess?!

We also know that Ross’ idea of capturing Banner (whom had lost all humanity to Ross - Ross saw Banner as an object. More dialogue from Incredible Hulk… “No, that’s not a ‘good thing’ Major. But I don’t want Banner anyway. GODDAMNIT I WANT WHAT’S INSIDE OF HIM.”) was to create another Hulk-like being, Abomination, who was worse and who proceeded to take out half of Harlem.

So what we have established here: Ross is super invested in creating an army of super powered beings, and when I say super invested, I mean invested to the point of mania. His human experimentation program has had many mishaps, but yet the military and the US government is still somehow funding it. In the movie Incredible Hulk it was Ross’ mania to capture Bruce Banner and further his experimentation that resulted in a Brazilian town being leveled, as well as half of Harlem. Moral of the story, Ross’ has no leg to stand on to lecture anyone on collateral damage.

Since Ellis appointed Ross to Secretary of State, then I’m led to believe that Ellis, too, has some nefarious intentions. Especially as, and this is an important note that not many people discuss, the Raft was fully built and functional by the time the Accords were rolled out. 

I work in a tall office building in La Jolla, San Diego. It took a construction crew almost a year just to redo the lobby of this building. Can you imagine how long it would take to design, then build, a structure like the Raft? One that is submersible and surrounded entirely by ocean?! A project like that would take YEARS. But there it sat, fully operational, ready to imprison super powered beings. Also, were you aware that anything beyond 12 nautical miles from a country’s coast is considered international waters (…in real life anyway. Naturally in the Marvel world the oceans are under the jurisdiction of Namor, a fact of which he likes to remind everybody. Constantly.). Just things that make you go hmmmm.

Anyway, here are the powers that Ross has (that he should have never been given and the fact that he does have them is eyebrow raising) as Secretary of State:

Negotiates, interprets, and terminates treaties and agreements;

Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries;

Supervises the administration of U.S. immigration laws abroad;

Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries

Serves as the channel of communication between the Federal Government and the States on the extradition of fugitives to or from foreign countries.

Grants and issues passports to American citizens and exequaturs to foreign consuls in the United States

I’ve bolded the two we saw, with our own eyes, Ross completely abuse in CA:CW. 

Now onto where I feel the MCU might be taking Ross. In comics Ross becomes Red Hulk, he is also a member of an early incarnation of the Thunderbolts, as are two other villains who appeared in CA:CW: Crossbones and Helmut Zemo.

…it is my theory that the Thunderbolts/Masters of Evil are already in the MCU, and have been plotting behind everyone’s back, which would explain a lot of the plot holes that have been thus far unanswered. Things like: Klaw having vibranium in A:AOU (Klaw as a member of the Masters of Evil, the pre-Thuderbolts). Who hired Crossbones to be in Lagos and how he knew the Avengers were going to be sent there (set-up) at the same time that the Wakandan dignitaries were there (I do not believe that Crossbones being there with a bomb at the same time as the Wakandan dignitaries is a coincidence). The real reason the UN was blown up with both T’Chaka and T’Challa present (had T’Challa died, too, both the king and his successor would have been taken out), and why Ross ignored empirical evidence that Bucky had been framed, thus sending Tony to Siberia exactly when Zemo needed him there. All of these things, I feel, can be explained by a Thunderbolt/Masters of Evil underlying plot.

One more thing to support my theory? The main prison in the comic book Civil War was not the Raft, it was Area 42 - the Negative Zone. The Raft, however, has a significant tie to the Thunderbolts. When Steve came back from the ‘dead’ and became Top Cop, he and Luke Cage decided to make the Thunderbolts a legit shot at redemption for former villains (instead of either Zemo’s or Osborn’s incarnations of it, which was anything but), so they went to the Raft to recruit and administer a test, of sorts (to gauge the sincerity of the former villains in their redemption) leaving Luke in charge of the new team.

theoliv91  asked:

I first want to say that I have enjoyed this little series immensely thus far! I'll be sad to see it go... Just curious, where did you get your inspiration for this cartoon and/or the characters Doris and Mary-Anne?

Thanks so much!  In another post I wrote about how the series, and Doris, was inspired by my love of comedic monologues and old timey schtick.  But now that the final episode is out in the world, I can talk a little more about Mary-Anne’s real life inspiration.  

As I was doing research for the series, I kept coming across all these interesting tidbits about the Harlem Renaissance.  Stories about singers like Bessie Smith and Gladys Bentley, who were fairly open about being lesbians and would headline gay speakeasies like Harry Hansberry’s Clam House.  An amazing name for a lesbian club, btw.

I just thought it was all just so fascinating and inspiring.  It’s tough to be black and a woman and queer in 2015, but these women were flaunting their stuff in the 1920s!  Very bold and brave.  So I thought it would be great if Mary-Anne could represent a person from that scene, and be a testament to that scene even existing.

For anyone interested in hearing more knowledgable people speak on the subject, check out this documentary, T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s.  America was not always the chaste, god-fearing country that some would have you believe. 

9 Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Pop Songs

If you’re listening to…

  • Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine
  • read: If I StayWhere She Went by Gayle Forman

If you’re listening to…

  • OneDirection - Story of My Life
  • read: Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

If you’re listening to…

  • New Politics - Harlem
  • read: the Scott Pilgrim series, by Bryan Lee O'Malley

If you’re listening to…

  • Passenger - Let Her Go
  • read: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

If you’re listening to…

  • Neon Trees - Sleeping With a Friend
  • read: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

If you’re listening to…

  • Icona Pop - I Love It (ft. Charli XCX)
  • read: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

If you’re listening to…

  • Ed Sheeran - Sing
  • read: Exile by Kevin Emerson

If you’re listening to…

  • Bastille - Pompeii
  • read: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

If you’re listening to…

  • Fitz and the Tantrums - The Walker
  • read: The Princess Diaries series, by Meg Cabot

Click the link to read the full article and why these songs are paired with their books!

Ratking, an up and coming hip-hop group out of Harlem, NYC, were handpicked by NIGO to feature in this lookbook shot by Ari Marcopoulos.

“Part of what I associate with adidas Originals is the image of NY rap groups wearing the sneakers in the 80’s and early 90’s, so that image was in my mind when I was designing the range” explains NIGO of the imagery, “But I wanted to see the next generation wearing the collection. RATKING are really genuine and I’m a fan of their music.”


The Dating Doyles in Uptown Swing, Downtown Doom. A swingin’ soundtrack for falling in love.

A Prayer - Madeleine Peyroux | Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington | It’s a Blue World - Ella Fitzgerald | How Long Blues - Ray Charles | The Darktown Strutter’s Ball - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra | Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well? - Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra | You Meet the Nicest People in your Dreams - Fats Waller and His Rhythm | I’m Beginning to See the Light - Ella Fitzgerald | You’ve Got Me Voodoo’d - Louis Armstrong | Between the Bars - Madeleine Peyroux | “Murder,” He Says - The Gene Krupa Orchestra featuring Anita O'Day | Exactly Like You - Nina Simone | Harlem Ghost Story - Gunhild Carling

It’s time to send the little ones to dreamland and set your radio’s dial to “spooky.” Bolt the doors, lock your windows, and steel yourself for mysterious suspense as we take you… Beyond Belief.

Meet Frank Doyle and Sadie Parker, only one of whom is the toast of the upper crust. She, a socialite bored to tears, he, a penniless cretin on the run from his life of Van Helsing-ing for the Church.

Equally miserable, they sink deep into despair, hoping there might be someone out there, waiting…

Listen here.

Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930, in Harlem, New York City) is an African-American artist, best known for her painted story quilts.
During the 1960s, Ringgold painted flat, figural compositions that focused on the racial conflicts; depicting everything from riots to cocktail parties,which resulted in her “American People” series, showing the female view of the Civil Rights Movement.The 1970s mark her move into the sculptural figures that depicted fictional slave stories as well as contemporary ones. Ringgold began quilted artworks in 1980; her first quilt being “Echoes of Harlem."She quilted her stories in order to be heard, since at the time no one would publish her autobiography."Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima?” (1983) is a quilt showing the story of Aunt Jemima as a matriarch restaurateur.Ringgold modeled her “story quilts” on the Buddhist Thangkas, lovely pictures painted on fabric and quilted or brocaded, which could then be easily rolled up and transported. She has influenced numerous modern artists, including Linda Freeman, and known some of the greatest African-American artists personally, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Betye Saar.