he truly deserves to be nominated

I might be biased because I love Beauty and the Beast, but I believe Evermore truly deserves to be nominated for an Oscar. It made me feel so many emotions as I was watching and continues to each time I listen to it. Not many songs choke me up and bring tears to my eyes, Evermore is one of them. The lyrics are beautifully heartbreaking and Dan Stevens is incredible. He put so much emotion into it. It is honestly one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a long time.

Re: the Oscar

Okay, no one is saying Lin doesn’t deserve an Oscar. He got nominated, that is a big deal. So many songs in the past year did not get nominated, and though it sounds like cliched crap, it truly is an honour to be nominated. He is talented, he works hard, we all know that. And I love Lin so much, he’s my role model. I wanted him to win the Oscar, too guys.

But Pasek, Paul and Hurwitz also worked hard. They dedicated hours to these songs, and the academy just decided they liked this song more. Life is like that sometimes. Lin will get an Oscar, he will PEGOT, it will just take time. It’s not like the guy is quitting the business tomorrow or anything. 

But recognizing other’s talents and successes does not detract from Lin’s own. Don’t tear other artists down because the one you wanted to win might not have. It’s destructive and exhausting and it’s frustrating. 

i really, truly hope kyle maclachlan gets at least an emmy nomination for his work on twin peaks this year. like. his performance has been outstanding i can’t even begin to express how blown away i am. not just w/ evil cooper but with how he so seamlessly goes from “dougie” to cooper in a manner of seconds by doing nothing but changing his body language? i’m so amazed and proud and i hope he gets the recognition he deserves for this.

I’m so over the moon that Benedict got a TV BAFTA nomination for The Hollow Crown! I mean, we all love Sherlock, but he was just extraordinary and spectacular as Richard III. It was one of his best performances, if not the best. I was afraid this fantastic work wouldn’t be properly acknowledged, especially since he couldn’t get eligible for Emmys and Golden Globes. And it must have been so exhaustive for him to shoot all those fight scenes and all, while promoting The Imitation Game (and possibly arranging his wedding)… Yet he managed to deliver an astounding, Oscar worthy performance. I was truly blown away when I saw the series.

I’m still not expecting him to win, although a small part of me is hopeful he will (if he never won for Sherlock after five nominations, maybe he’s meant to win for THC?). But anyway I’m glad this brilliant project won’t go unrecognized.

(The only sad thing is that Sophie Okonedo didn’t get a nomination. She deserved a nod too, she was wonderful.)

Congratulations, Benedict. You truly deserve it (and much more). And good luck next month! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

anonymous asked:

people are really out here acting as if a tca was an indication of a person's talent in any way .. like please, this ain't an emmy or an oscar, it's a dumb surf board .. simmer down people?! .. on the other hand the petty side of me is laughing because harry, matt and malec are nominated for that dumb award while domino as the male lead is not .. can't get nominated for a tca, can't get nominated for anything and with his messy behaviour these past few days it's exactly what he deserves .. >:)

FJDJKSDJKSJKAJSJ oooh anon, isn’t it telling that the male lead can’t get a dumb tca nom, its truly amazing. its what he deserves. its what we deserves.

Jargot: MTV Movie Awards

“JARED LETO as THE JOKER, SUICIDE SQUAD!” Applause erupts from the crowd. It’s the MTV movie awards 2017. The nominees are being shown for ‘Best Villian’. Margot smiled over at Jared, he is eyes were closed and his hands were over his ears. He didn’t like to watch his performances, what a shame, she thought. On the giant screens, the Joker was telling Harleen he was just going to hurt her. Really, really bad.

“MARGOT ROBBIE as HARLEY QUINN, SUICIDE SQUAD!” More applause. The screens switched from the Joker to his girlfriend as Margot in makeup laughed as she killed guards. Margot had trouble watching herself as well, all she saw was Margot running around in Harley Quinn makeup, but if the fans were happy with her performance, then she was happy.
Will Smith was also nominated in the ‘Best Villian’ category, the rest of the ‘Suicide Squad’ actors clapped widely as all three of them were announced. Margot truly cherished this cast, what great friends she had made.
Jared caught her eye as Jesse Eisenberg’s name was yelled out as another nominee in the category. Margot smiled at Jared, she said, “It’ll be you, I bet.”
Jared shook his head, “No, you deserve it.” He smiled, his beautiful blue eyes holding onto hers. Margot blushed and looked away, she had broken up with her longtime boyfriend a few months ago. Over the past months of press tours, she had realized she had a bit of a crush on Jared, but what woman didn’t? His endless flirting and constant compliments didn’t help her crush. It only increased it. Margot usually had a rule, don’t sleep your fellow cast members! Especially when she was in a role like Harley Quinn, it would just confuse her to be with Jared and then have him be the Joker… why was she thinking this? They weren’t together.
“AND THE WINNER IS…” Mila Kunis, the presenter, said into the microphone, “JARED LETO as THE JOKER. ‘SUICIDE SQUAD’.”
The crowd erupted, clapping and cheering. Margot clapped and stood up as Jared hugged his brother and walked up to Margot, hugging her as well. She was shocked, but accepted the short hug. Jared walked up the steps, kissed Mila on the cheek, and walked up to the microphone.
“THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO VOTED! THANK YOU.” His voice boomed over the microphone, “I’D LIKE TO THANK DAVID AYER, ZACK AND DEBBIE SNYDER…” He continued with his thank you’s, Margot was still a bit fluster from the hug. Calm down, she thought, you’re not fifteen. “FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY HARLEY, MARGOT ROBBIE.” Margot was snapped out of her thoughts, she looked up on the stage to see Jared staring right at her, “I FEEL THAT HALF OF THIS AWARD BELONGS TO YOU BECAUSE MY JOKER WOULDN’T HAVE TURNED OUT THE WAY IT DID, IF YOU WEREN’T THE HARLEY THAT YOU WERE. SO THANK YOU.” Margot blushed again, smiling at him. “THANKS AGAIN TO THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED AND MTV!” Jared finished his speech and walked backstage.
Margot was still blushing. She didn’t think that was true, what Jared said, Jared’s a fantastic actor and he deserved the award in full.
The next category was ‘Best Transformation’. Jared and Margot were both nominated for that as well. “AND THE WINNER IS…” Channing Tatum opened the envelope, “MARGOT ROBBIE as HARLEY QUINN. ‘SUICIDE SQUAD’.”
Margot looked up in surprise, she thought Jared was going to win that one. Her friend hugged her as the crowd clapped. She embraced Channing, accepted her award, and walked up to the microphone. “WOW.” Her voice yelled out, she almost jumped at the loud noise, “I REALLY DIDN’T EXPECT THIS, I KNOW EVERYONE SAYS THAT, BUT I REALLY DIDN’T! I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE MTV FOR NOMINATING ME, THE PEOPLE THAT VOTED, DAVID AYER AND THE REST OF THE WARNER BROS. FAMILY AS WELL AS THE REST OF MY SKWAD. AND MY PUDDIN’.” She finished her speech and the crowd roared.
Channing showed her which way to go. They made their way backstage. Margot looked up to see Jared right there, smiling with his award.
“Congratulations.” Jared opened his arms and Margot gladly embraced him.
“Thank you! You too.” Margot reluctantly stepped away from the hug. Jared moved one of his hands to hold her elbow lightly, “Thanks for what you said.”
Jared’s attention was only on her, he had a way of making you feel like the only person in the room who mattered. His eyes, face, smile, spirit, his everything was so beautiful. She registered idly that the press were really trying to get them moving with taking pictures. Margot pretended she didn’t see them, she was trying her best to keep her eyes off Jared’s lips.
Margot couldn’t help herself, she was curious. Jared was still only looking at her.
“You’re welcome. I meant every word.” Jared replied.
“Puddin’ your making me blush!” Margot almost physically hit herself after her bad joke. Jared laughed.
Two men in tuxes came up to them, “Mr. Leto, Ms. Robbie we need you two to keep the line moving. Starting taking pictures, please.” Jared glared at the two men but the two winners did follow them to start taking pictures. They even took a few together, Jared wrapped his arm around her waist and they both smiled. In another photo, Jared kissed her cheek and Margot wrapped her arms around his back.
“Wow, what a lovely couple you two make!” The photographer yelled from behind his camera. The two winners smiled at each other, “Can we get one kiss on the lips?”
“Oh! We aren’t a-“ Margot tried to shake her head.
“Don’t be embarrassed!” The photographer said.
“But we aren’t-“ She continued to try and explain. She felt a warm hand grab her fingers.
“Let’s give them one.” Jared said, his eyes trapping her once again. “Is that okay, Margot? If I give you one kiss, right now?”
Margot stared at him, did she just hear those words? Or did her head make him up? Jared was beginning to pull his hand away, his eyes moved away from hers. Embarrassed. So, he had said those words. Do something, you idiot, Margot screamed at herself in her head.
She took Jared’s hand more firmly and pulled him close. Jared’s eyes blinked back to hers and she nodded, kiss me, she thought, please. Jared moved a piece of hair off her face, leaned down, and pressed his lips to hers.
A fire exploded where his lips touched hers, she used her free hand to grab his neck and pull him closer. She briefly saw a light flash behind her closed eyes as Jared kissed her, or she kissed him. She wasn’t sure, but it didn’t matter. She wondered why they hadn’t done this sooner, his tongue touched her lips and nothing else in the world mattered to her but him. In that moment, their moment.
“Beautiful picture and so much passion for two people who aren’t a couple.” The photographer sounded like breaking glass as Jared pulled away from Margot. “Two great actors, I suppose!”

Thanks for reading!!

ripplebreeze  asked:

okay, the whole scene where Jared got angry at Richard was...extraordinary (Zach deserved an emmy nomination for it but I'm not salty) (mostly) Do you think Jared has vivid memories of times he's been truly livid or was that his first time being angry?

I think he keeps his anger deeply buried, but it’s not the first time he’s unleashed it - we saw it with Bryce the Blood Boy too.
Jared rarely if ever uses this anger to defend himself, though - only people (Richard) or ideas (Pied Piper) he cares deeply about. Growing up, he probably got truly explosively angry if someone said anything bad about his birth mom - either, when she was alive, shitting on her for being a single mother (or shitting on single mothers in general) or, after her death, any untoward remarks about suicide or suicidal people.

  سورة الفاتحة بالخط المغربي

Al-Faatiha Tafsir :

1- In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful: 2- Praise be to God, is a predicate of a nominal clause, the content of which is intended to extol God [by stating that]: He possesses the praise of all creatures, or that He [alone] deserves their praise. God is a proper noun for the One truly worthy of worship; Lord of all Worlds, that is, [He is] the One Who owns all of creation: humans, jinn, angels, animals and others as well, each of which may be referred to as a ‘world’; one says ‘the world of men’, or ‘world of the jinn’ etc. This plural form with the yā’ and the nūn [sc. ‘ālamīn] is used to denote, predominantly, cognizant beings (ūlū ‘ilm). The expression [‘ālamīn] relates to [the term] ‘sign’ (‘alāma), since it is an indication of the One that created it. 3- The Compassionate, the Merciful: that is to say, the One who possesses ‘mercy’, which means to want what is good for those who deserve it. 4- Master of the Day of Judgement: that is, [the day of] requite, the Day of Resurrection. The reason for the specific mention [of the Day of Judgement] is that the mastery of none shall appear on that Day except that of God, may He be exalted, as is indicated by [God’s words] ‘Whose is the Kingdom today?’ ‘God’s’ [Q. 40:16] (if one reads it mālik [as opposed to malik], then this signifies that He has possession of the entire affair on the Day of Resurrection, or else that He is ever described by this [expression], in the same way as [He is described as] ‘Forgiver of sin’ (ghāfir al-dhanb). Thus, one can validly take it as an adjective of a definite noun). 5- You [alone] we worship, and You [alone] we ask for help: that is to say, we reserve worship for You [alone] by way of acknowledging Your Oneness (tawhīd) and so on, and we ask for [Your] assistance in worship and in other things. 6- Guide us to the straight path: that is, ‘show us the way to it’. This is substituted by: 7- the path of those whom You have favoured, with guidance (from alladhīna together with its relative clause is substituted by [ghayri l-maghdūbi ‘alayhim]) not [the path] of those against whom there is wrath, namely, the Jews, and nor of those who are astray, namely, the Christians. The subtle meaning implied by this substitution is that the guided ones are neither the Jews nor the Christians. But God knows best what is right, and to Him is the Return and the [final] Resort. May God bless our master Muhammad (s), his Family and Companions and grant them everlasting peace. Sufficient is God for us; an excellent Guardian is He. There is no power and no strength save in God, the High, the Tremendous. * تفسير Tafsir al-Jalalayn 

The Reasons Why I Love and So Proud of ASTRO

I decided to make this post because I want to put out there on why I love ASTRO so much and they have made me so incredibly proud.

When I discovered ASTRO in April of 2015 but got really into them in September of 2015 I have notice how much they had grown from doing pre debut promotions and to connect to fans to debuting and going onto reality shows, music shows to promote and show what they have been working on and going on tour after 6 months after debuting. 

They continued to grow every single day, every single comeback and to the point where they are 3 months and 13 days away of celebrating their one year anniversary has got me insanely emotional because during these past 8 months almost 9, they have given back to us so much and acknowledge our love and support and reassures us that we aren’t alone.

They have grown tremendously because of their passion for performing, they show us what they are capable of in talent, they stay true to themselves and they make sure to do everything perfect to make sure we love it and what they have done so far has proven alot of what they said since they’ve been a group.

Originally posted by moonbinny

I literally tell my sister, friends that I love ASTRO so much that they are almost my all time favourite group and they’re tied in first place with BTS but now I’m realizing that I possibly love ASTRO more than BTS but I will continue to love BTS as my main bias group and ASTRO has become my ULT Bias group.

Each member Myungjun, JinJin, Cha Eunwoo, Moonbin, Rocky and Sanha have shown us that when you continue to work hard and stay true to yourself, you’ll be able to achieve what you want to be when you are older, they have show us as an individual that its okay to be ourselves, to not fall under the same society as everyone else is becoming, they’ve shown us that through being stressed out with to make us AROHA’s happy and proud and the outcome is positive has made their progress not to waste.

During these months of being supporting and loving these 6 lovable boys, I have made a few friends through a blog to talk about ASTRO and their Rap Line Rocky and JinJin throughout being added to a group chat, I have become friends with them and able to freak out over ASTRO because my friends arent as into KPOP as I am and I wont have to suppress anymore, I have gotten to be friends with incredible people ( @parkminhyvks @sanhatation @vickylin204 @sprjngup, @phantasticlela, @wydkook, @moonbinmeow, @astro-tastic and @dontstealjiminsjams follow these incredible people).

I love MJ for being always happy, joking around, working hard in singing and dancing and he has grown so much and honestly deserves alot of recognition and I get so happy when people stan MJ, I love how at some points he just looks down with the others.

Originally posted by astrobinn

I love JinJin for being a hard working leader, rapper, dancer and know when to be serious and to be joking around, he has to take care of MJ, Eunwoo, Moonbin, Rocky and Sanha and they show him alot of respect and give him the provided attention and for continously dabbing.

Originally posted by moonbinny

I love Eunwoo for being able to balance between these crazy people, even though he is quiet but he has grown alot even though he is the visual of the group but he can sing amazingly and got to show it through special stage, debut, comeback and tries insanely hard for dancing and going on reality shoes and I love how gullible and low key savage he is xD.

Originally posted by mxnbin

I love Moonbin for being insanely hard working and going though 7 years of training to finally debut along side 5 other people, for being the dog cat of the group, for being an incredible singer and dancer and potential to rap as well, he also takes care of the members.

Originally posted by myungjun

I love Rocky for being incredibly talented (boy he can sing), he has worked insanely hard for being a trainee of 6 years and for being the most cutest, precious member that many people so far hasnt given him the recognition that he deserves, for creating his own lines in their debut album, their second and third album, for creating choreography for their songs and covers and honestly this fluff is my bias and I’m insanely proud of him that he still works hard and people need to stan him more (I know I wrote so much for him okay I just love him so much).

Originally posted by moobinthighs

I love Sanha for being the hard working maknae, he has shown that he can be serious when needed and to be carefree and just acts like the baby he is xD ( even though he gives the members a hard time) he has grown tremendously but he is still the baby we all truly love and know and glad people love this baby.

Originally posted by sugakins

To know they have released their 3rd comeback and album Autumn Story with Confession and being nominated for the Rookie Award on MAMA Awards have made me incredibly proud that they continuously work hard and they honestly and truly deserve to win the award.

I better stop because IM WRITING A GOD DAMN LETTER but there are many reasons why I love ASTRO and for being insanely proud of them and glad that people are giving ASTRO a chance and seeing that they have worked insanely hard.

I will forever stan ASTRO and Be an AROHA t’ill the end

Originally posted by aztro

We need to put value on and invest in real music again. We need to "respect" TRUE "artistry."

Another Grammys has come and gone.

And this year all anyone seems to be talking about is Beck winning ‘Album of the Year.’

The Beyonce fans of the world lost their chill and Kanye ran up onstage in “protest.” …Leave it to Kanye to “pull a Kanye.”

At first, I thought, 'Oh Lord, here we go again.’ But, he turned around and ran off the stage laughing. So, I thought, 'OK, he was making a joke.' 

…Lame joke, but a joke none-the-less.

And then, I woke up the next morning:

HE WASN’T JOKING?!?!

HE ACTUALLY MEANT TO RUN UP ONSTAGE…AGAIN?!?!

Then, I went online and saw tweet after tweet and blog after blog saying: “Beyonce was robbed!” “Beyonce sold millions of copies.” “Beyonce is well-known.” “Beyonce is music royalty.” “She deserved it.”

Alright, this needs to stop. 

Sit down, Kanye and lemming stans and let me educate you.

“Respect Artistry?”

Let’s be real…Michelangelo is art. Warhol is art.

To give a modern music example, what Sia does with her songs and music videos…is art.

Beyonce’s album is a dance-and-party-in-the-club album. And that’s OK. We need songs in life to rock out to and have fun with!

But, just because something sells well and is mainstream, doesn’t mean it’s better or deserves to win.

The Grammys are supposed to be about quality. 

It’s not a popularity contest.

I thought quite a few people nominated and not nominated, including Beck, deserved 'Album of the Year,’ not Beyonce. 

But, since it was Beck who won and many people seem to think he didn’t deserve to win, let’s just look at the facts concerning Beyonce and Beck’s albums.

I’ve always been under the impression that the best and truly deserving artists are the ones who tell honest stories through their music, play their own instruments, and write their own songs.

So let’s check it out…

Beyonce:

Beck:

Beck wrote AND composed ALL of his songs.

Beyonce had as many as 8 other writers on a song at once and 6 producers on a song at once helping compose her music.

Also, Beck knows how to play more than a dozen instruments, including guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, harmonica, percussion, sitar, banjo, slide guitar, twelve-string guitar, glockenspiel, vocoder, kalimba, and melodica. Beyonce, as far as I know, doesn’t play any.

Now, let’s explore the popularity of, the themes, and the visual aspects to their albums…

Beyonce:

Beyonce is more popular and mainstream than Beck. Does that automatically make her better? No. It just means that more people are willing to let radio stations and the media dictate what they listen to, what is good, and who is popular.

In my opinion, the leading reason that this Beyonce album was as big as it was was because it was a surprise. She dropped it without telling anyone, social media blew up, and it was the talk of every entertainment news site. People flocked to buy it in its first hours. It was a thrill. An excitement. An experience. Beyonce fans bought into her and her team’s marketing tactic. She didn’t want to announce it, have time pass, and people’s interest wane before it even came out.

Lyrically and thematically…

In Beyonce’s self titled album, the majority of songs discuss her sex life with Jay-Z. (“Drunk in Love,” “Partition,” “Blow,” and “Rocket”) So creative and innovative. Songs about sex. That’s never been done before…

Two of the songs discuss a kind of trouble in paradise for her and Jay-Z, with implications of cheating and a husband straying (“Jealous” and “Mine”). Which doesn’t match up consistently with all the other songs where she talks about her wild, monogamous sex life and happy marriage. These songs disturb the flow of the album. Also, here is an excerpt of the lyrics from the song “Jealous.”

I’m in my penthouse half naked, I cooked this meal for you naked, So where the hell you at?

So thoughtful and deep…

One song (“Pretty Hurts”) talks about how society’s idea of perfection is damaging, which would have sent a really great message except for the fact that Beyonce is the one singing about it. This is the same woman who photoshopped her Instagram photo to give herself an unrealistic and unhealthy thigh gap…Great role model. She has a bangin’ body! Why is she photoshopping herself?!

Another song called “Flawless” is meant to be an empowerment anthem, but just comes off as a hollow attempt at feminism and is filled with themes of materialism and narcissism. Feminism is about helping those who are oppressed and lifting up other women, not talking about how much better you are than everyone else in your song lyrics.

In her song, “Haunted” she’s talks about how people are working hard in 9 to 5 jobs just to survive, and how bored she is in big record label meetings. Life as a famous, multi-million dollar, recording artist must be so hard… 

And don’t even get me started on the disturbing section in the song “Rocket” where she calls Jay-Z “daddy,” or Beyonce and Jay-Z referencing and laughing at the idea of Ike and Tina Turner in “Drunk in Love.” Because domestic abuse is so funny…

Visually…

Beyonce’s music videos have become boring and overrated. She’s always wearing skin tight or skimpy outfits, like bikinis or leotards or lingerie. She’s always glaring sexily into the camera while gyrating about with fans blowing on her or her hair dripping wet. It’s just so cliched and overdone.

Beck:

Beck’s only mainstream hit was the 1994 classic 'Loser.’ But, he has still stayed fairly popular among the underground and indie set for the past 20 years. This newest album, 'Morning Phase,’ has sold over 300,000 copies.

Many people were saying: “Who is Beck?” “Who is this nobody who beat Beyonce?”

Even 'Who Is Beck’ was trending on Twitter for several hours.  I thought it was just a joke because many older people were making jokes that the kids today wouldn’t know who Paul McCartney, AC/DC, and LL Cool J were. But, some people were actually serious! To which I say, how can you not know who Beck is? Yes, maybe you’ve never listened to his music before. But, to never have even heard his name spoken as part of the music industry on the radio or through entertainment news media? You have to be either 11 or completely living in your own little watered down, pop-centric, auto-tuned, mainstream radio world.

Not only this, but if you don’t even know who he is or listen to his music, then how can you criticize him or say Beyonce deserved to win?

Lyrically and thematically…

Beck’s album Morning Phase has hypnotic vocals and is so sonically cohesive. The songs of the album flow one into another forming a singular, long journey. It immerses the listener into a place where Beck questions how you live in this world when the world is so messed up. The songs wallow in a deep melancholy and delve into ideas of love, beauty, and resolve, the solutions to the problems we face.

Beck’s songs are introspective and the album starts and ends full-circle with the songs 'Morning’ and 'Waking Light,’ using the metaphor of a dawning morning to represent the new day, to represent reflection on the past and how to process it, to represent one’s questioning of the stage of life you are in.  It is deeply personal, yet written in a way that is completely universal and relatable.

Visually…

Beck’s music videos always have a simple, quiet, natural feel to them. They’re metaphorical and thoughtful. No flashing lights. No choreographed dancing. No big budgets. Just a camera and a walk through nature.

So where does this leave us?

I’m not a snobby, music hipster who doesn’t listen to mainstream music. 

I also have nothing against Beyonce as a person. As you can see, I only constructively criticized and analyzed her current work. (i.e. lyrics, songs meanings, music video creative choices…etc.) I’m sure she’s very nice, although I don’t know her personally, nor do I know any celebrities, so I cannot speak for anyone’s character. 

I loved her earlier Dangerously in Love and Destiny’s Child eras. Her song Blue from her self-entitled album is very beautiful and I thought her Grammy performance of the old-school, gospel song, 'Take My Hand Precious Lord,“ was simple and stunning. Plus, Beyonce has great songs to jam to in the car or when you’re out dancing with friends. You can’t tell me you’ve never rocked out to Single Ladies while driving to work or doing laundry.

BUT, we need to be conscious of music that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Even if you’ve never heard of an artist or if you don’t personally like their music, that doesn’t mean that they didn’t create a beautiful piece of art.

So many people are blinded by their idolization of celebrities that they would follow them no matter what they do. Even if that means following them off of a cliff. (Did you know some Beyonce fans were sending death threats to Beck and starting petitions to strip him of his Grammy?! Crazy…) As a fan of something, you don’t have to ignorantly love everything that your favorite music artist says or sings. There are plenty of singers and musicians who create music that I love, but have things about them that I don’t like or particular songs I don’t enjoy. (There are things about Beck and songs of his that I don’t like.)

AND THAT’S OK.

Part of being a receptive and conscious fan is being able to form your own opinion about things and criticize the things you love. If anything, I would say that those who are the best and most passionate fans have constructive criticism for their favorite shows, movies, and music.

Beyonce can’t be the winning music artist every single year. The mainstream public needs to learn to respect other artists and the work that they do.

In this era of Spotify not putting value on music as art and the public downloading, or even illegally stealing, single songs without experiencing full albums, we all need to learn to appreciate things that aren’t spoon-fed to us by corporate, music industry, marketing teams and the entertainment media. We need to support un-manufactured, true, music artists who tell their stories honestly, write their own music, and have real talent, without the likes of auto-tune.

We need to put value on and invest in real music again. We need to "respect” TRUE “artistry.”

My Epic #Prince Appreciation Post ❤️❤️❤️

Starting this off properly, Happy 56th Birthday to #Prince Rogers Nelson! Prince is the very inspiration behind every song I sing/write and he’s also responsible for much of the music I love. My obsession began during my childhood. I came out the same year as Sign ‘O’ The Times, so my parents definitely surrounded me with Prince. Everything about his artistry, his insane level of beauty and just his intense love of music fascinates me. I look at Prince as the definition of what I want to be as an artist. He’s so driven and his talent is comparable to none. There is no other artist like him in the world. On all days, and especially today, I can be heard (literally, at times) singing his praises. While I’m positive he has never seen any of my endless admiration posts, I continue because I love it. A day will not pass that I don’t thank God for Prince. Now I’m going to try to tell you why I love him so much. Do note that the songs in this post appear in alphabetical order. I could not type all of this and decide to rank it. (Just know, overall, “ADORE” is the greatest.)

1.       ADORE (Sign ‘O’ The Times, 1987) – What can be said about “ADORE” that hasn’t already been said? Hell, what can I say about ‘SOTT’ that hasn’t been said? “ADORE” is my all-time favorite song by Prince, and almost in life. (There’s a tie between this and “Love Ballad” by L.T.D.) Falling in love has never sounded so cool, yet strangely beautiful. It’s so refreshing to hear a love song that contains honest emotion, and no cliché lines. Prince manages to completely capture what I feel is how true love is supposed to be written. It’s selfless, it’s all consuming and it’s even funny. Nothing ranks higher in my book. I “ADORE” him for it. And I am still mad that he doesn’t even perform this during Sign ‘O’ The Times. That is a travesty.

2.       Alphabet St. (Lovesexy, 1988) – If Prince wasn’t so anti YouTube this would definitely be a separate video appreciation post. (His hair was LAID!) “Alphabet St.” is a really fun song to sing. The way Prince experiments with his voice and different sounds to record are never a bad thing. There’s actually rapping on this track that I don’t mind. As Prince fans, there are those questionable rap verses that either make us laugh or roll our eyes.

3.       Anna Stesia (Lovesexy, 1988) – I love when Prince talks about God in song. I think it’s some of his best work, and I think it’s just a creative way to be spiritual and secular. “Anna Stesia” is probably one of the sexiest songs I’ve ever heard about God.  Will I probably be going to hell for saying that? Eh, there’s a possibility. But it’s not a false statement. Prince makes praise sound hot. And I’m all too excited to hear the word from that perfect man’s mouth. Not only is this a well written song, the music is amazing. It’s one of those songs I could listen to throughout the day and not even care how many times it plays.

4.       Beautiful, Loved & Blessed ft. Tamar (3121, 2006) – Ha, I included another song about God. “Beautiful, Loved & Blessed” is another go-to feel good song for me. More than anything, I feel that music has the power to make you believe in something. Music is already closer to my religion than anything else in this world. I know that my faith in God doesn’t have to exist apart from my love of music, and I love that the music doesn’t get too preachy. This one also features one of many protégés, Tamar. I really dug their chemistry on songs. 3121 was an album meant to tour with, in my opinion. Prince, my love, get your ass back in the states and bring it to DC!

5.       The Beautiful Ones (Purple Rain, 1984) – I don’t know if I love this song so much because I love Purple Rain the film, or if I love it because of its brilliance. Nobody likes not being enough. Less than that, nobody likes to lose. Couple that with being completely smitten, and the other person still being apprehensive. We can’t all be Prince and have our revelations for the world to see, but we have our own bouts with it. The music is perfect for the lyrics, but of course I love the lyrics a little more. Plus, how can you not love this song’s climax? It’s everything.

6.       Billy Jack Bitch (The Gold Experience, 1995) – It’s widely speculated that Prince is an intense lover. Well on this one, he kinda confirms it, lol. Prince scorned is some of the best shit ever really. This one is not only funky, but it’s a song that I LOVE hearing. He holds nothing back. Nothing upsets me quite like people who just can’t be honest. Those people have to be cracked open just for them to tell you what they truly think or feel. And that’s a pain in my ass, bruh. Say what you mean or keep it to yourself. (By the way, did he not kill the AMA’s in 1995 with the “Purple Medley” dance routine?)

7.       Colonized Mind (LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009) – Introspective music is a big plus in my book. Prince is analyzing society as he sees it on this one. I’m mad, though. Prince was not nominated for a Grammy with this particular song. He was actually nominated for “Dreamer” from the same album. Not that it didn’t rock, but when you think of what deserved the nomination, c’mon son. “Colonized Mind” had that on lock. In my opinion, it would have secured the win for him. It’s a beautiful song, as well. His voice on this one really does it for me towards the end. Check it out if you haven’t heard it.

8.       Come (Come, 1994) – Who doesn’t love an 11 minute masterpiece about oral sex? Oh, perhaps that’s an overshare. Hell, I love this song. Come has some of the rawest instrumentation I’ve ever enjoyed. This one is a masterpiece as far as production is concerned. The lyrics are the lyrics. That’s not a bad or good thing. Sometimes this one comes on and I’m not exactly in the proper setting for it to be played. I just kinda let it rock and hope no one pays attention to what’s being said or done, lol.

9.       Controversy (Controversy, 1981) – Isn’t it funny that this record was recorded over 30 years ago and people still ask the same basic ass questions that Prince addressed? Be easy, folks. Your curiosities should be satisfied. Prince isn’t ever one to back down from a challenge, and he surely isn’t going to slow down because he’s ruffling feathers. If you have any other questions, reference the music. Otherwise, I suggest you mind your business!

10.   D.M.S.R. (1999, 1982) – “Dance, Music, Sex, Romance” aka four things that I love when done right. Prince kept it entertaining in the 80s. My man would say the most outlandish things on a song, and have us singing along with him. This is a song where you have to sing it loud if you sing it at all. I love when he’s doing the call and response portion, lol.

11.   The Dance (3121, 2006) – Prince in love is interesting, but Prince frustrated by love is a completely different monster. “The Dance” is this slow, somewhat somber, cat and mouse song. It expresses the difficulty in putting yourself out there, and only being met part of the way. What’s crazy, he admits to being further invested than his partner, but sometimes we fall victim to our own convictions. We commit to things that we should really walk away from, because we’re too caught up. It’s not supposed to be like that, but we find ourselves in that trap at some point or another.

12.   Darling Nikki (Purple Rain, 1984) – Another one of those, “if it plays in public, I just face forward and act like I’m focused on something” jams. Nikki was a super freak, though. Invited him to the crib, made him sign a waiver, and then they got busy. Wow, Nikki wasn’t fuckin’ around either. Then she smooth rolled out and left her number for him to call. Nikki is one of the baddest female characters written by Prince.

13.   Diamonds and Pearls with Rosie Gaines (Diamonds and Pearls, 1991) – God, this song is beautiful. The video is amazing too. “Diamonds and Pearls”, for the music alone, is one of the all-time greatest Prince songs.  I know people who don’t really dig New Power Generation like that, but listen to the difference in the production for songs he performed with this band. It sounds fuller. And Rosie Gaines will always be one of my favorite vocalists. I get chills whenever I hear this song. It’s crazy how I still feel so strongly about it. Earlier today I watched the video, and I got really emotional out of nowhere. Lyrically, it’s perfection. People don’t give it enough credit, in my eyes.

14.   Erotic City (B-side to “Let’s Go Crazy”, 1984) – The “funk” or “fuck” argument is the one of the main reasons I can’t stop loving this song. When I worked for a music retailer, I played a lot of Prince. One of my many rivals walked in and said, “You can’t play this in here. He says ‘fuck’.” I was playing naïve. I did my best “Noooo. He’s saying funk.” Those were some funny times. Having to explain what Prince isn’t saying so you get to keep partying is always hilarious. Plus, it does jam.

15.   Forever In My Life (Sign ‘O’ The Times, 1987) – If you’ve done your research, you know Sign ‘O’ The Times is my favorite album by Prince. “Forever In My Life” is so simple and another honestly written love song. It’s nothing over the top, but just coming to a point where you feel good saying you need someone and you see them in your future. Love it.

16.   Fury (3121, 2006) – This is a modern Prince jam that I love. “Fury” is some more of that big, funky, scorned music. Resentment is what it is. As intense as love can be, finding out that the feeling isn’t reciprocated, or not as freely given, is enough to make somebody not like your ass. And when you feel slighted you don’t take it in stride. You need a way to get it off your chest. Unleashing that fury isn’t always the best way, but it gets the job done.

17.   Gett Off (Diamonds and Pearls, 1991) – Purple people are freaks, but we’re proud to be freaks. “Gett Off” is the shit. From the moment you hear the beginning, you know it’s about to get real. Prince hits the nail on the head with this. “How can I put this in a way so as not to offend or unnerve”. Keep your prudish ways away from this man because they do not stand a chance. I don’t even mind Prince rapping on this one. It kinda makes the song.

18.   The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999) – I’m just a sucker for a beautiful love song. Originality in songs about love is not a problem for Prince. Cliché writing makes me want to punch people in the face. Because if you’re not going to express your true feelings in a way that is unique to the love you’re in, why bother writing at all? The way he writes about love has me yearning to feel it for myself. I know that’s a little weird, but it’s true. I either want to write love songs because of the brilliance of his love songs, or I want the love he’s describing so wonderfully.

19.   I Can’t Make U Love Me (Emancipation, 1996) – I love Prince covers. (That’s not to be confused with me loving songs by Prince covered by other artists. They can stop.) Prince changed the soundscape of this song. He turned it into this sexy slow jam. It’s less sad than I normally hear it. Still the sentiment isn’t lost. You want to be wanted, and when that person doesn’t want you like you want them, a piece of them seems better than none. Again, we’re not taught love as a formula or something that has a certain outcome. We’re learning it as we go.  All we can do is offer the most honest interpretation of love we know. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes… Well, it doesn’t.

20.   I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man (Sign ‘O’ The Times, 1987) – There’s that album I can’t stay away from again, lol. Prince tells a story about a heartbroken girl, looking to forget about the hurt with him. Now Prince surprised me with his decision not to indulge, but I understand. She’s looking to replace that man, and Prince isn’t really trying to fill that spot. Going back to the concert film, Prince was adorable performing this one.

21.   I Hate U (The Gold Experience, 1995) – Why am I attracted to music like this? I’m emotional as hell in terms of the music I enjoy. If I can’t play a song that perfectly describes my mood, it hasn’t been written. This is the greatest piece of Prince scorned. The Gold Experience has some gems. “I Hate U” is the finished product of “Why U Wanna Treat Me So Bad” if you ask me. Taking my love for you for granted will definitely lead to me hating you. Ignoring how I feel about you and purposely trying to hurt me will also make me hate you. She stepped out on him, and he was PISSED! And it only hurt so much because he really loved her. Of course this is just how I interpret these lyrics. Not saying this is gospel.

22.   I Wanna Be Your Lover (Prince, 1979) – Again, if this were a video appreciation post, HIS HAIR WAS LAID! This is a just a cute number stating that he wants to be it for you. Who doesn’t want to hear that? He’s volunteering to be everything. Now if Prince ever wanted to extend that offer my way, I wouldn’t hesitate to say yaaaaaaassssssss. Because I already love him, it would be easier than breathing.

23.   I’m Yours (For You, 1978) – Finally, some debut album Prince. The guitar solo on this joint is INSANE! Testing out his skills as an engineer, you hear Prince doing quite a number on this track. Prince goes from 0 to 60 in record timing on some songs. He’s never really tentative about love. It’s either this immediate life changing thing, or it’s heartbreaking and devastating. The good thing is, you always get something dope out of it.

24.   If I Was Your Girlfriend (Sign ‘O’ the Times, 1987) – Camille was out there killing it. This is another great love song. You want to be this in love. I’m an intense person; this type of love wouldn’t bother me. I’m probably not always going to be up for this, but I will find it extremely endearing.  Friendship can only strengthen any love you feel. The best part of this song is how desperately he wants her to confide in him the way she does her girlfriends. And the end is especially entertaining. If at all possible, avoid listening to the short version of this song. Always play the album version.

25.   Joy In Repetition (Graffiti Bridge, 1990) – I was singing this one last week. Lawd, the beauty of this one is unreal. Graffiti Bridge as a film is not my favorite thing, but the soundtrack is epic. “Joy In Repetition” is such a good groove. I love the way it’s paced. The buildup is smooth. Prince allows this story to unfold very well. I’m in love with the way he sings this song. ”Up on the mic repeating two words, over and over again…” I feel this song on me as it plays. Incredible track.

26.   Just As Long As We’re Together (For You, 1978) – This is my favorite song on For You. He’s such a love-struck dork on it. And it’s really sweet. I sing this one and I automatically start grinning like a fool. You can’t play this song and not fall in love with it. He’s so giving on this one too. If you’re like me, you just love how it plays because it’s such a fun record.

27.   Letitgo (Come, 1992) – Funk is in full effect. All I’m going to say about this: YOU CAN’T TELL ME HE DOESN’T KILL THIS. Prince hits the nail on the head with this one. Not only is this a cold groove, but it stands out as the only record that sounds like this on Come. It’s hard hitting, funky, and full of energy. People sleep on this album, but he took some risks that really worked in his favor on here.

28.   Love (3121, 2006) – Majority of these songs are either love songs, or they’re just discussing love. Love is another modern era Prince jam. It’s about trying to make peace in a relationship where one party is a little less willing to compromise. You can’t set ridiculous terms and expect someone not to object to more than a few of them. In order to love, you have to be willing to give. If it’s just a bunch of arguments and pointless sacrifices, you’re better off alone.

29.   Love Sign ft. Nona Gaye (1-800 New Funk, 1994) – Prince was stone cold pimpin’ in this stage. (By the way, shout outs to Ice Cube for directing this music video.) Nona Gaye is assisting on this one. Prince has a very simple message, make some love and let your problems fall. I support this just because I’m not a person who gets all into fights and needless conflict. The most confrontation you get from me is a debate. And even then, it’s probably not that serious. Make love, y’all.

30.   The Marrying Kind (Musicology, 2004) – This joint is MEAN! It’s also short. Prince is just out there scooping up chicks fresh off their breakups. And he’s doing it masterfully too. He told baby girl that he warned her man that she was worth marrying. Now, that’s an easy way to look good in her eyes, but I’m still judging my baby for that move. She is fragile, and he’s out there putting the moves on her. I dig it because it jams so hard, though.

31.   A Million Days (Musicology, 2004) – Loneliness in Prince’s music is explored in ways you wouldn’t believe. For someone who has had his share of women, you see how that isn’t exactly the most rewarding feat in the long run. Not being able to tell the only person you want to talk to how you feel sucks. Hell, not seeing that person, knowing whether they’re alright or just knowing they still care enough to come around is some crushing shit to experience. And that’s not to say that they don’t have their reasons, but it still doesn’t make it hurt less.

32.   The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (The Gold Experience, 1995) – Prince in love is everything. He’s pretty much always everything if you ask me. But this one is really sweet. And have you seen the video? Oh my God, it’s so beautiful. I know, when would you see the video, but if you can find it, sit down and watch it. I love music videos and this one if definitely worth the watch.

33.   My Name is Prince (O(+>, 1994) – “In the beginning, God made the sea, but on the 7th day, he made ME”. No lies were told. I’m not okay with Prince rapping all the time. But I am here for Prince’s love of Prince. Hell, I share that love, lol. This song is HILARIOUS! And even the video cracks me up. Prince was out there getting down. NPG was out there acting a fool too. I can dig it, though.

34.   New Power Generation (Graffiti Bridge, 1990) – Bruh, this song goes hard. I know I talk about everything like that’s my jam, but trust me. THIS IS MY JAM! As soon as this song starts on my iPod, I get my life. Yet another time where I must point out his hair being laid. God, Prince has some incredible hair. I’d hate it if I didn’t absolutely love it. I didn’t even mind him having a beard. So you know it’s real. You gotta get up and shake something when this comes on. And there’s a good message in here too.

35.   New Power Soul (New Power Soul, 1998) – Mid-tempo groove. I’m here for it. Why wouldn’t I love a song where you get to chant “get freaky”? Played this one a couple of days ago. Talk about getting my life. I know people were passing me like, “what the hell is she listening to?” That’s most days, though. I get really involved when I’m listening to my iPod. So when you add Prince to the mix, it’s a wrap.

36.   Nothing Compares 2 U with Rosie Gaines (The Hits + B-Sides, 1993) – Been a minute since I discussed a ballad. Prince and Rosie Gaines perform this live at an after show. That has to be incredible rewarding and very intimate to witness. I love this version of this song. Their chemistry on anything is unreal, but on this song, I believe this love story. I’m so grateful that this is the only version my mom played. Sinead is cool, but Prince is King. His version always wins. No competition.

37.   Old Friends 4 Sale (The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, 1999) – Last year Questlove made me so jealous when he said Prince performed this joint with a full horn section. I nearly shit myself just from scrolling my timeline. Prince does jazz. And he handles it with such skill. I actually love this one because it’s a little dark. It’s my “leave me alone, I’m brooding” song. There’s a pain to his voice that you never really hear on his other songs about loneliness. There’s something weird about how much I identify with this song. But I really love it.

38.   The One (New Power Soul, 1998) – The fact that this song still puts me in a trance is everything. I first heard this song as a cashier in a music store. My manager was nearly as obsessed with Prince as I am. So he had a leg up on me with the age difference and better access to music. I wasn’t hip to this album. But I soon learned. He wrote this for his then wife, but we don’t talk about that. Prince can write the hell out of a love song. I just need to keep bringing that fact up.

39.   Pop Life (Around The World In A Day, 1985) – “What’s the matter with your life?” Prince, you got a minute? Because there’s a lot wrong at the moment. On a serious note, Prince just has a quirky way of making something relatable into something you can jam to. The extended mix to this one, though. When he asks, “What the matter with your sex? Is 15 minutes your best?” Bruh, I died! He was out here giving no type of fucks.

40.   Private Joy (Controversy, 1981) – What do you think this song is about? I’m only asking because I really love it, but I know it’s not just about getting a kick out of something that no one knows about.  It’s an adorable tune, though. I love the way he laid this one down. You just have to love a man who knows how to have fun recording. Music is the sexiest thing ever, so when you combine his handsome ass and all of that talent, sheesh. He’s a walking orgasm.

41.   Purple Rain (Purple Rain, 1984) – “Purple Rain” doesn’t make this list just for being “Purple Rain”. I really do love this song. Recently it’s made me tear up whenever I watch the film. I just like the fact that the song is so emotional for Prince. Last year some awesome person put the footage of the first time he played it at First Avenue, and I watched it like my life depended on it. I got chills. It’s even cooler knowing just how much of the recorded version contains elements from that performance. I felt like everything else in the world was of no consequence, because I just watched history.

42.   Right Back Here In My Arms (Emancipation, 1996) – Emancipation was epic. They were all over Prince when he did that run. Hell, I was all over Prince during that run. Loved his goatee something fierce. Whoo lawd. He was fine. Anyway, “Right Back Here In My Arms” is one of those grooves that I put on when I’m feeling nostalgic. Again, Prince makes epic songs about loneliness. Perhaps I am confessing something with how much I enjoy songs about loneliness. I don’t even mind the rapping on this one.

43.   She’s Always In My Hair (B-Side to “Raspberry Beret”, 1985) – Can you blame anyone for always being in Prince’s hair? Oh my God, his mane is gorgeous. It frames such a beautiful face. Who wouldn’t want to be in his hair? What I love about this one is how hard he jams. That unconditional level of love someone expresses for their significant other is what I love. Everything about them does it for you. No matter whether they’re up or down, having you in their corner is enough to keep them going.

44.   Shhh (The Gold Experience, 1995) – Tevin Campbell’s version ain’t got shit on the man’s. It’s bigger, it’s badder and it’s sexier. The entire tone is set after he does that killer opener. Those drums bring it to life. Plus he has this guitar solo on it. My God. I am more in love with him with every guitar solo. Sometimes I just crank the volume on this one just to get lost in the music. By the way, Prince had his best engineering phase in the 90s. There is no debating this with me. Listen to how tight these mixes were. Give the man his props.

45.   Shoo-Bed-Ooh (New Power Soul, 1998) – Prince offers this cautionary tale to women who might be entirely too giving of themselves to the underserving. I only wish more people jammed these records from him too. Ultimately, it’s a groove, but it’s just kicking some game to people who need to learn it. Hell, I’m glad I know it by heart. Preventing myself from learning another hard lesson in the future. Thanks, P!

46.   Sign ‘O’ The Times (Sign ‘O’ The Times, 1987) – Do you want to know my favorite part of this song? “Sign of the times, mess with your mind, hurry before it’s too late. Let’s fall in love, get married, have a baby. We’ll call him Nate— If it’s a boy.” I have loved that part since I was a child. Prince was clearly trolling, but I don’t mind. He’s my heart. I’ll let him troll.

47.   Slave (Emancipation, 1996) – “Everybody keeps trying to break my heart, everybody except for me.” Prince wrote the angst filled soundtrack to my 20s. Now I was nowhere near 20 when this came out, but this was epic foreshadowing. Yaaaasssss, tell my life, boo. Seriously, though, Prince pretty much had enough of people trying him. Warner Bros. was trippin’. Media kept trying it. “Slave” always gets airtime with me.

48.   Slow Love (Sign ‘O’ The Times, 1987) – Man, I dig this one. The way he performed it during the concert film was EVERYTHING! Pretty conservative of him too. He didn’t get raw on it at all. It’s beautiful, though. My baby was over there crooning. I was here for it too. Yes I was.

49.   Somebody’s Somebody (Emancipation, 1996) – Oh, my love. This song right here is probably my favorite out of all three discs of Emancipation. It’s another groove about loneliness. Although Prince is insanely popular and in love at the time this is released, it’s still my jam. (Sidenote: The Love Symbol jacket with the Gemini sign on the arm [worn in the video] is BAD ASS! I want that coat so damn bad.) My love for this song is a combination of my being antisocial and entirely over being told I shouldn’t be single by random men, yet not being worth the effort to date. What is that shit? You just want to belong to someone. It wouldn’t be the worst thing that’s happened to me.

50.   Somewhere Here On Earth (Planet Earth, 2007) – His fashion in this video, lawd. This is my little secret admirer jam. So when I get to that point where I’m just longing for no damn reason, I remind myself that that someone is somewhere on this planet. Call it corny, whatever. And that someone most of the time is Prince, lol. I love him and that is not a secret. Why do you think I openly refer to him as my baby?

51.   Starfish and Coffee (Sign ‘O’ The Times, 1987) – This song is the absolute cutest. You can really tell he enjoyed himself writing this one when you listen to it. Funny story, I was actually being interviewed for a job, and the man considering me for the position was a HUGE Prince fan. In the middle of the interview he definitely asked me had I heard this song. Now not only is it one of my favorite songs ever, I’m always reminded of that job interview. (By the way, I did get the job. Prince fans rock.)

52.   Strange Relationship (Sign ‘O’ The Times, 1987) – I’m going to take time to really discuss my love of this song. No anecdote will accompany this one, but listen to me when I tell you, it is my SHIT. “Strange Relationship” is kinda petty, but I 100% identify with those emotions. You’re so in love with someone, that despite that love, you cannot stand seeing them too happy about something, but would never want to see them too down. You don’t treat them like crap on purpose, yet you know how to push their buttons. It’s not abusing their love for you; it’s kinda just reminding yourself that you always have them, even where you’re at your worst or being the worst. It would be horrible to face life without them, yet you know how to get rid of them when you need time alone. The title fits. Strange relationship indeed.

53.   Strollin’ (Diamonds and Pearls, (1991) – I like when Prince makes cute songs about nothing in particular because it gives me a reason to be inexplicably happy. There’s no better way for me to explain “Strollin’”. It’s honestly an insanely cute song about absolutely nothing. They’re just enjoying good weather by taking a drive. Kinda like the “Take Me With You” of Diamonds and Pearls. I love it.

54.   (There’ll Never B) Another Like Me (MPLSound, 2009) – Do I care that this is super self-indulgent and narcissistic? Nope. He’s 100% correct. There will never be another like him. Prince is one of a kind. I am always quick to say there will never be another one. People imitate and do what they feel is their best impression, but they can’t even come close. Plus, it’s a groove. I get my life to this one as well.

55.   Thieves In The Temple (Graffiti Bridge, 1990) – Bruh, “Thieves In The Temple” has been my shit since Sega Genesis was poppin’. (My parents honestly played a lot of Prince when I was a child. It’s really the foundation of my completely healthy obsession with him.) This jam is real. You hear the anger at the betrayal. Prince was not here for that shit. Yung, you know when I actually realized he wasn’t wearing pants during the dance sequence in this video? I was super late. That was like 5 years ago, lol. I didn’t even care, though. This is Prince, we’re talking about. We’ve all seen his ass before.

56.   Thunder (Diamonds and Pearls, 1991) – Prince makes sexy gospel. I’m okay with going to hell for saying this. Trust me, I’ve come to terms with my deviant ways. But the fact still remains; this man has some sexy songs about God. This one is epic too. Way to open Diamonds and Pearls in incredible fashion. Album openers are really tough for some people. But since the Nude Tour accompanied this run, he needed something he could take on the road. Boy did he deliver. He sang the hell out of this. I love it,

57.   Uptown (Dirty Mind, 1980) – Baby girl tried it. My baby was minding his business when this woman stopped him. He thought this was about to turn into some action, then she went reaching and questioning about his sexuality. Prince being the bad ass motherfucker he is, set her straight real quick. He even took pity on the child for being confined to the ideals set by society. Life lessons got delivered on that track. None of that speculative shit really matters. Just live a good life and don’t worry about those things.

58.   Wasted Kisses (New Power Soul, 1998) – I call this a hindsight jam. One of my biggest pet peeves is knowing I wasted time caring about people who ultimately weren’t worth it. I figured that shit out too late, but at least I have an appropriate soundtrack whenever it happens again. Except that shit ain’t happening again on my watch. Fuck that, lol.

59.   We Can Funk with George Clinton (Graffiti Bridge, 1990) – Prince said he could rewrite the Kama Sutra “in half as many words”. Not only does that pique my curiosity, it has me volunteering for the shit. The things this man does with his voice. I don’t care what anyone says, that man turns those screams all the way out. I’m completely in love with his voice no matter what he does with it.

60.   When Doves Cry (Purple Rain, 1984) – It’s here for the epic video and because it’s the jam. Even though there’s no performance of it in Purple Rain, you don’t forget its place in that film. There’s no way you can tell me it’s not one of the biggest songs of the 80s. Hell, Purple Rain was one of the biggest events of the 80s. For anyone who thinks Prince happened under a rock, think again. Prince rivaled the sun as the brightest star during his Purple Reign. Recognize, fool.

61.   When You Were Mine (Prince, 1979) – A regret jam. Prince has a lot of feelings, clearly. My boo wasn’t winning at love in a lot of his early works. People were either using him or weren’t fully appreciating him. He clearly needed to pick better company. She was doing him dirty too. And he stayed down. Probably staring at her with adorable puppy eyes. It’s okay, boo. You don’t need her. I’m here for you. Oops. Sorry, I got caught up.

62.   The Word (3121, 2006) – One more sexy gospel song. I swear to you, it is. I don’t know what it is about this one. I just want to get closer to God when I hear it. That’s not a metaphor, but I’ve heard it used as one. Don’t ask where. There are people who—never mind. You heard nothing. But I really do dig it. Definitely used to play this on Sunday mornings when I was heading to work. Because someone had to pray for the fools I would encounter.

63.   17 Days (B-Side to “When Doves Cry”, 1984) – Last but not least, yet another jam about loneliness. I can’t stress how much I love these songs. Perhaps because I’m a loner, so I really shouldn’t be bothered by loneliness. Yet there are times when you aren’t choosing to be alone, it’s just that the people you want to be around, don’t care to come around. So you learn to deal. Eventually you want them around less. And you learn to enjoy your own company. It’s how I got over missing folks.

Well that took way longer than expected. Damn, the entire day passed while I typed this thing up. Sheesh! Take that, 25 songs. I gave you 63 this time around. This is the last time too. I’ll repost this bitch annually. Prince really does mean quite a lot to me. I honestly cannot express it in a way better than gushing. He’s exceptional. I know that I will never love an artist more. Thank you for enduring the length of this post. Let me know if you have any favorite songs I didn’t mention. I’ll be sure to check them out. I’m going to continue watching Vh1Soul because this Prince Soul Story is giving me life.

Peace, Hip Hop & Purple Rain

CONGRATS MISHA! GOOD THINGS DO HAPPEN!

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Misha Collins WON his first People’s Choice Award tonight! He won “favorite sci-fi/fantasy TV actor” award!

 

We are speechless! Misha minions are truly AMAZING!

Misha was NOT even pre-nominated by PCA, YOU got him nominated by WRITE-IN (really big deal!) and he won by YOUR COUNTLESS votes!

You made Misha really happy ;’) We can just say thank you and congrats, guys! :)

It’s time for us to believe “Good things do happen…”

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Wow. The Ruling Class was unbelievable. I applaud everyone involved, such stellar work all round! I’m super proud to call it my first theatre experience and I wish I could be greedy & live it all over again. Jamie Lloyd & James McAvoy have certainly opened up a whole new world of theatre to me! I hope we’ll be seeing more future works of theirs, they make an incredible team! As some of you know I’ve been drawing some images of James as his character in the play, Jack the 14th Earl of Gurney. Now having gained more knowledge of his complex character, rather beautifully constructed and portrayed, (I’ve never seen Peter O’Toole’s performance in the film adaption, or heard anything of Peter Barnes’s ‘The Ruling Class’ before this so I was quite clueless) I now find myself wanting to draw more to see if any new information or emotion transfers. I might set a project for before and after an experience, maybe! I am inspired!

So you truly have it all in The Ruling Class. It’ll make you laugh, make your eyes wide with terror, as well as leave you sitting dumbstruck by what is unfolding in front of you. I left the theatre feeling emotionally wrung out, but in an incredible, I just witnessed something special kind of way. What I remember most is the mixture of raw emotion in the room, not only coming from stage but reflected back from the audience, which I found incredibly interesting. I haven’t experienced anything like it. I wonder if the actors pick up on this and this helps fuel such fire in their performance. It was inspiring to see what this play challenges, where it is situated in London and how relevant it still is. Couldn’t be a better time for it in fact. It looks at class, society as a whole and makes us question our humanity, although it succeeds in not being too heavy and is balanced well with humour. Jamie has done an incredible job recreating and transforming it at such a relevant moment in time.

James truly owns the stage, his Olivier nomination is extremely well deserved. You couldn’t take your eyes of him even if you tried, he has such presence and is in possession of a very natural magnetism. The moment he appears on stage the audience seems to be completely mesmerised. Whenever he is present there is a feeling of constant anticipation. There is a certain scene where you are completely blown away, the amount of anguish and torture he can sustain in his eyes alone is remarkable and incredibly believable. It warranted sweaty clenched fists, a gasp and a quick mouthed wow turn to my sister sitting next to me. True talent can only make you feel that deeply and experience first hand what that actor is trying to show you. He’s an outstanding storyteller. I find it amazing James has the emotional and physical energy to do it daily and sometimes even twice a day! It truly feels like he is giving his all, connecting the audience with his character in a very emotionally vulnerable and powerful way. I could go on but this post is long enough as it is! I apologise for my ramble, oops!

I know some of you have asked if I was lucky enough to meet James and pass over my artwork, and the answer is YES! I was extremely lucky to catch him (big thanks to Jamie!) James is as wonderful off stage as he is on, it is a moment I’ll look back on in fondness. He is such a gentleman, we spoke a little about my drawings, he said some very kind words, he was even a little reluctant to keep them at first, seeing how much work I put into them. I also drew a really beautiful photograph I found of him and his wife Anne-Marie for his birthday next month, which he seemed to love! I think she is brilliant and inspiring, so it’s a gift to both of them. He is truly a lovely person, really down to earth and very quick and funny too! He asked my name and shook my hand, also very kind enough to sign my two prints of my drawings as well as the transcript books. I didn’t say much of what I had planned, but that’s to be expected! I’m truly terrible in those kind of situations and seem to forget the human language all together. I’m just so glad I had not only the opportunity to see his performance but also to meet him in person. He is an inspiration, I couldn’t be more happy! I heard he was wonderful to his fans and I am pleased to know first hand that this is 100% true. I hope one day I’ll meet him again along with Jamie Lloyd! :)

So I just saw Selma. And right after the movie was over, the woman behind me said, “And we’re still fighting that same fight today.” And the truth of that statement had me near tears. Selma gave me a look into the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr. that the American school system has never given me, and if you don’t know much about it, or you want to know more, please go watch it. If you don’t understand all of the fuss about Ferguson, about Eric Garner, about police brutality in general and what is happening in America right now, go see it. Go spend the $10 and educate yourself, because no matter who you are or what you think you need to see that movie, you need to understand. David Oyelowo deserves at least an Oscar nomination for that movie, and the fact that he didn’t get one angers me to no end.

So please, go see Selma. Go remind yourself what kind of country America truly is. 

A Fairytale Beginning (3/9)

Welcome to the weekend, guys. We made it. The last few days have been really hard for many of us, myself included, and in my weariness, it took me longer than it otherwise should have to finish/edit Chapter 3. But here it finally is. I hope it can provide a little escape to those of you, like me, who are kind of looking for one right now. I look forward, as always, to hearing what you all think and to being able to focus on Chapter 4 (which will include some scenes I’ve been itching to write).

Also, an incredibly heartfelt thanks, again, to whichever of you lovely souls nominated me and my fics for seven ten (!!!) CS FanFic Awards. Your support has been outstanding, and I truly don’t deserve you. Finding out about the nominations was a bright spot for me on an otherwise dark day. Thanks for making a girl feel appreciated. XOXO

Find it on AO3.  Missed a chapter?  Get caught up here.

Summary:  Killian Jones, the notorious Captain Hook, has been on a quest to kill the Dark One and avenge the death of his first love for over one hundred fifty years. But when he crosses the Evil Queen, he’s magically transported to New York City, a strange land full of fascinating wonders, the foremost of which is Emma Swan, a cynical single mother with no time for fairy tales, real or imagined. A Captain Swan Enchanted AU.   (Captain Swan modern AU, Captain Swan Enchanted Forest AU.  Romance & Adventure.  Rated G.)

Tags as requested: @timetravelingpotatoast, @piratesails




Emma gasps as the man accompanying Henry walks boldly toward her, stepping into the beams of headlights as he crosses into the right lane of W. 40th Street.  She turns her head to see the black sedan barreling toward him, the screech of brakes cutting through the air as it swerves and skids. The man freezes as he realizes the danger, leaping just before the car reaches him, crashing sideways onto the hood, and tumbling over the passenger side.  He lands face-down on the concrete just as the vehicle finally manages to come to a halt.

“Oh my god.”  She checks for more oncoming traffic before running to his side and crouching.  “Are you okay?”

He groans, the mesmerizing grin he was giving her moments before now replaced with a look of contorted agony.  His shoulders shift as he gingerly pulls in his splayed arms and tries to push himself up with his right hand.  The motion causes him to wince, and only then does she realize that he’s wearing a hook over the end of his left arm.  An honest-to-god hook.  Like a pirate.  

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Richard Armitage has been nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Olivier Awards for his work as John Proctor in The Old Vic’s “The Crucible”.

The Crucible” is also nominated for Best Revival.

The awards ceremony is on April 12th.

Me, Him and the Bump (Nate Maloley Imagine)

Requested by omaha-magconsquadup ;Can I get an imagine with Nate. Can it be like where we are going to an award show and I’m pregnant and the interviewer asks questions like “Do u have side hoes?” Like inappropriate questions and u feel uncomfortable.

Sorry that I took awhile to post this, had quite a few unexpected this happening but I hope you like it!

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Tonight me and my boyfriend of nearly two years were attending our first music award show together for the first time. Nate was so excited, he was like a little kid on Christmas morning. He was nominated for the best outbreak artist and no words could explain how proud I was of him. He’s been working so hard for ages that he truly deserves this.

I walked down the stairs in our shared house to join Nate who was standing waiting for me at the front door.

“Y/N, you look stunning” Nate said and that made me smile. He never failed to tell me how he felt about me; it was one thing I loved about him. “How did I manage to land such a beautiful, sexy lady?” He asked and I just smirked at him.

“You’ll find out why when we get home tonight” I seductively said to him with a cheeky smirk to my face and I knew that would drive him crazy.

 

When we arrived at where the event was being held, I noticed that there was a lot of people already here - Fans, media, paparazzi, celebrities, etc. All of a suddenly I got extremely nervous. The thing is, no one, in the media anyway, knows that I’m pregnant. Nate and I decided to wait a little longer to tell people. I’m three months gone but I’m still scared to tell people. Lucky with my figure, it isn’t not noticeable that I have a slight bump. Our families and close friends know but not the media, and we were certainty not going to tell them today.

Nate took my hand as we got out the car and started to walk down the red carpet. Paparazzi were shouting things like ‘Skate over here’, 'Skate smile for the camera’. He’d stop for a couple and held me close throughout the whole thing.

Once we passed the mass amount of photographers, he was stopped by a couple interviewers. I decided to wait aside when he asked their questions so I wouldn’t distract him but I stood far enough away that I was still able tp hear where they were saying.

“How are you, Nate?” The interviewer started off. They had a little small talk to begin with but that soon changed in an instant.

“I have heard some rumors about you Nate actually..” The interviewer said. That both got me and Nate confused.

“And what are they exactly?” Nate asked intriguingly. The one good things about Nate and I’s relationship was that his fans didn’t created any unnecessary drama; they were all pretty chill about it, and I was so grateful for it.

“That you have been cheating on Y/N” The interview bluntly stated without any emotions to his words. I could tell that this got Nate angry, his fists started to clench up to the interviewers words. But both him and I knew that he wasn’t allowed to create a scene, so he stayed calm or else he would have been kicked out.

“They are stupid and silly rumors that are not true. I haven’t cheat on my beautiful girlfriend and never will.” Nate stated and that made me smile. Both because he said that he wouldn’t cheat and that he called me beautiful. But the interviewer won’t back down.

“So you don’t have any side hoes?” He asked. This was getting ridiculous. Did this guy not know I was standing like 4 feet away from them? His questions were making me feel uncomfortable and insecure. I knew that before Nate and I officially got together, he had kind of a reputation of being a fuckboy but he’s been loyal since the moment we started dating.

Nate stated the fact that he didn’t have any side chick action going on and moved on as quick as possible before he did anything stupid, e.g. punching the living daylights out of the fucker.

As we got into the building, Nate pulled me to one side so that we could speak in private. He knew that I felt uncomfortable about the questions that were being asked. I think it was worse that I was carrying his baby and hearing people ask him if he’s ever cheated on me. Not nice. Not nice one little bit.

“Hey, ignore what all the paparazzi are saying, it’s all bullshit. okay?” Nate started to say and it slightly lifted up my spirit and hope. “They don’t know what they’re saying…” He grabbed both my hands and intertwined our fingers together, “It’s you and me baby girl. Forever and always. Me, you and our baby. I promise that. Nothing will ever come between us because I love you so very much, you have no idea” Nate finished off saying and that truly made my heart skip a beat. It wasn’t until now that I truly felt like me and Nate could be a proper family.

“I love you too, Nate, and no words can describe how much you mean to me” I said to him. He smiled big at me, showing me his signature smile. He pulled me close and crashed his lips onto mine; where they’re meant to be. He was the love of my life and I wasn’t going to let a couple of rumors stand in our way. It was just going to be me, him and the bump.

My take on Sam Heughan GG snub

I was appalled when I learned that Mr. Heughan didn’t get the nom as most of the Outlander fans were hoping for. I kept repeating in my head that this is not right, there must have been a conspiracy, somebody must have put the wrong name instead of his, they must have lost their marbles for not including him , etc. Then, I came to my senses. He may have been snubbed but the true mark of a talented actor is how he brings out the best in his co-actors. That’s exactly what happened here, Sam gave his all to Outlander. Sam gave his all to Caitriona (nominated for Best Actress) and Tobias (nominated for Best Supporting Actor) while doing their scenes and he was able to bring out the gave-your-all attitude out of them (do not take this the wrong way, I am not saying that these two aren’t already great actors, they are). Sam is a very generous actor. He gives. He loves his craft. He doesn’t want to hog the limelight. He wants everybody to shine for the sake of the show. He may not get the recognition he truly deserves now but he will get there. An actor as great as Sam will only keep moving up and forward. There is no downhill from here. 👊🏼