is that what you mean by island

anonymous asked:

buck if the avengers were animals what animals would they be???? thank you

i assume you mean based on personality, and not which avengers have been turned into which animals lately.
what has happened to my life that that is even a question i have to ask??

anyway, steve would be a dog. everyone is right on the money on that one; hed be big, fluffy, loyal as hell, appetite the size of rhode island and love to play fetch. and also have the bite power to sever a mans hand if he was so inclined. you would trust him with a baby but also to eat the face off anyone who threatened that baby. well. maybe not EAT. he does have SOME standards. theoretically.

tony would be a raven. reputation associated with death, but personality of a class clown–likes pranks, messing with people, and trying new stuff. dedicated to family and intelligent as hell. chatty. tool user. did you know ravens can people-talk? if they couldnt, im sure tony would figure out how anyways.

nat would be a swan. beautiful, graceful, but at the top of the do-not-fuck-with list in most animals books. mates for life and more loyal than you would think, with a take no shit and no prisoners attitude. i have a healthy terror of swans, as does any sane human being.

clint would also be a dog, but not like steve. hed be one of those scrappy little terrier mutts that descend from a working breed that are supposed to do things like kill rats. just as loyal and smart and fun-loving as the big guys, but makes up for lack of size with pure tenacity. and so scruffy its cute.

bruce would be an elephant. smart and social, with strong emotional bonds, generally calm and compassionate, but never something you want to be standing in front of when it gets pissed. also really enjoys peanuts?

thor would be a lion. content to chill out most of the time, and more social than most cats, but also totally down to throw down on a moment’s notice. pretty smart but not somebody you ever wanna cross. majestic as anything. 

i would be a bear. likes a lot of food in large quantities, and i would love to sit in a river and let dinner fling itself into my mouth. asleep like half of the time. big and badass but generally pretty chill, and smarter than you might think. also a faster runner than you might expect (that’s not really about me, bears can just run at like 35 mph which is a thought to keep you up at night.) and if theres one thing everyone knows about bears, it is that you do not mess with what they are protecting.
also they are opposed to forest fires?? not sure what that has to do with anything, but i guess i can get behind it

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KATHERINE: So, tell me, Rory. What made you decide to apply to be our next bachelorette?
RORY: Well, it’s difficult to find love in Starlight Shores when you’re always working on a new project. I’m either in the studio or out on tour, there is no in between. But now that I have a little bit of a break in order to work on my new album, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
KATHERINE: Which brings me to my next question. In order to participate, you had to agree to live out your days on an island in the middle of the ocean with the winner. What does that mean for your career?

So Club Penguin is shutting down to be replaced by Club Penguin Island, but I don’t think anyone fully understands what this means. Do you really expect me to believe that these fun-loving penguins would willingly leave their happy arctic home to live on a tropical island unfit to sustain penguin life? No. Fuck that. Remember that Disney owns Club Penguin, therefore, it is my humble hypothesis that the original world of Club Penguin has been consumed by the darkness so all the penguins and puffles had to migrate to Destiny Islands as refugees. Now, Sora must purge the darkness from their original arctic world so they may return in safety. This will be a crucial plot point in Kingdom Hearts III.

ADVENTURE TIME: ISLANDS - Cartoon Network

Part One/Part Two, End Scene Mash Up - by Dodrio

I thought the parallel of Finn looking out to sea from the first and last parts of the Islands Miniseries did a wonderful job at portraying the wealth of emotion, growth, and new understanding Finn felt and gained from the start of his journey VS the end of his journey.

It does well to show just how much Finn has matured throughout the series, from a young and naive boy to a wiser, more aware young man.


Adventure Time is a children’s show which exemplifies what it means to truly “grow up,” that even in a world where the life of humans has come to ruin, where you sometimes feel completely and utterly alone, where real danger and real monsters are at every corner, you’re going to be okay. 

Adventure Time has taught children that while it may be trying sometimes, while it can hurt and be confusing, “growing up” is an inevitability - but one you should not be fearful of. It’s one that you should embrace, because its worth it for the lessons you learn, the wisdom you gain, and the love and friendship you find along the way.

Ultimately, this world is not so different from our own.


Growing up is a lot like journeying to multiple islands, each one has something of value, whether it is wisdom to gain, emotional growth, or better understanding and awareness. 

You may not always come to one on purpose, sometimes it may even seem like you’ve been thrown into a tsunami and washed out from the sea, but it’s all a part of your journey of life; And even if you don’t know your destination, know that your heart and your intuition already do, and trust them to lead you on your way.

Like Princess Bubblegum says, “If you make it to that island, you might find out some pretty heavy stuff. About the humans, and where you came from. About yourself.


Thank you, Pendleton Ward, Frederator Studios, and Cartoon Network for the blessing that is Adventure Time. 

DISCLAIMER: All rights belong to their respective owners and not me. This video is meant for non-profit educational and entertainment purposes only. I don’t own Adventure Time.

Taehyung as your Husband

Originally posted by kths

Request: Um excuse me, but may I please have Kim Taehyung as your husband please? I love your blog so much! It’s too much for me 😍😍😘🙇 Thank you for existing.

A/N: First of all thank you! I’m so happy you like our blog~ I hope you enjoy!


- so fluffy on your wedding day oml

- cried about 12 times

- which made you cry

- which made literally everyone else cry

- it was a mess of tears

- you’d honeymoon somewhere tropic like the Bahamas or Jeju Island

- getting to see his tanned skin as he runs into the water with you

- he’d carry you bridal-style for at least the first week of marriage no matter what

- “tae, i can walk y’know…”

- “just because my wifey/hubby can walk doesn’t mean they should.”  

- religiously referring to you as ‘wifey/hubby’

- idk why but i absolutely see him doing that okay

- begging you to call him ‘hubby’ too

- ugh you would be so spoiled with this boy

- breakfast in bed all the damn time

- cuddling as much as possible

- still gets all blushy and shy before asking you on a date because????? why did you even say yes the first time??????? how is he so lucky?????

- you are legitimately his world okay

- he needs you the same way we need oxygen

- despises having to be apart from you for extended periods of time

- enjoys ‘casually’ showing off your matching wedding rings

- and wedding photos

- and referring to you as ‘my wife/husband’ so everyone remembers that, in fact, you are married

- this poor boy would be so distraught if you got any amount of hate from Armys

- writes a 10-tweet-long rant about how if they support him, they should support his partner too

- has namjoon translate it so int. Armys see it too

- adopting a puppy together omg

- “this is the start of our family, y/n, i’m so proud of us.”

- sakdhslfdakhf getting to wake up to his bedhead and puffy eyes and no-makeup face every damn morning and questioning how the hell he’s even human???

- him begging you to wear his ‘vintage and specially tailored’ clothing

- which is just an old shirt with holes cut with scissors all over because why not

- honestly you’d be that married couple that still goes to the park and rolls down a grass hill like 5-year-olds

- getting questionable looks from the other couples there and not giving a shit

- because you’re so in love and just having some damn fun

- and yet in that same day you’d go home and talk about the deepest, most intellectual shit at 3 am

- because that’s just how you are

- anniversaries are a very important holiday and he never fucking forgets

- literally taking the week off of work to spent it with you

- giving you gifts everyday for the week leading up to ‘the big day’

- serenading you with a song he spent 5 months writing for you

- every. year.

- aghhhhh tae is such a pure angel and deserves the entire world

- he’d be the best damn husband to ever exist

- treat him right okay?

- i can’t omg


-Admin Yeonie

that road trip headcanon no one asked for

just because i can’t get it out of my head

  • nico and will taking a two-week trip the summer before college, because “seriously, will, this is your last chance to have fun before you die in pre med”
  • they buy a truck that looks like it’s gonna break down before they leave long island, but with a little help from leo (under careful supervision) it should be good for a few weeks
  • will keeps panicking a week in advance, what if the car breaks down, what if they get in an accident, what if monsters attack
  • nico’s getting sick of it
  • “for gods’ sake, solace, it’s almost like you never had any spontaneous fun in your life and i know you have i mean seriously last night was awesome
  • will tries to pack too much despite of nico’s insistence that “only the things you can fit in one duffel bag, will, everything else is unnecessary”
  • “but i can’t fit the first aid kit in here nico”
  • fine we’ll take that but you can leave the bluetooth speaker leo already fixed the radio”
  • and then they’re off, and thirty minutes on the road nico is laughing because he feels so free
  • driving on an open road, windows down and the radio blasting cheesy road trip songs, and nico is wearing one of will’s flannels bc that guy just has so many
  • and will’s grinning like crazy, bc this is awesome and they have no destination, just the road and enough gas money for a few weeks and a worn out tent as a last minute option for a road side motel
  • by the end of the first week they have pretty much decided they’re not going to college at all
  • “i could live like this, will. i could grow old on the road, sleeping under the open sky”
  • “that’s not the sky, nico, that’s the ceiling. and you’re going to college with me because there’s no way i’m moving to the dorms, and i need someone to share the rent with”
  • “is this you asking me to move in with you? ever the romantic, solace”
  • and truth is, nico is actually a terrible driver, so will does most of the driving unless there are no other drivers in sight
  • nico doesn’t mind that much, bc then he can focus on making the corniest playlists for them and reading a map that’s terribly outdated and still lack the newest highways
  • they end up in a tiny town somewhere in arizona and they have no idea how bc the last time they checked they were camping in a national forest in colorado???
  • but the people are nice and make some really good apple pies, and they end up spending a few days bc will wants to learn the recipe
  • when they leave the town they have so much apples with them that nico has half a mind to throw them at will’s stupid grinning face
  • (he kisses him instead)
  • the first monster attacks them when they are already in tennessee on their way back
  • it’s stupid, really; they should have known better that to take in a hitchhiker in the middle of no where
  • of course it ends up being a freaking cyclops
  • but all’s well that ends well, and only a little bandages and a sip of unicorn draught is needed
  • “and a kiss, nico, i need a kiss to make me feel better”
  • “you’re not even the one with a bleeding clash in their arm, will”
  • they spend their last night on the road parked on a hill in maryland, lying in the back of the truck under a dozen blankets and watching the stars
  • and it’s so freaking romantic that even nico can’t deny it, and if they end up cuddling and making out he definitely blames the scenery
  • and sweet home alabama is playing faintly on the radio and they both smell like sweat bc they haven’t had a shower in two days and there are soda stains on will’s shirt but nico thinks it’s absolutely perfect
  • (but gods forbid he ever tells that to will)
dog asks!!

golden retriever: what are your best qualities?
german shepherd: what is something new you’ve tried lately?
bulldog: what is your earliest childhood memory?
beagle: what is your favorite book?
yorkshire terrier: what is the meaning behind your url?
poodle: what is your favorite food?
rottweiler: what are your plans for tomorrow?
boxer: what do you love about your closest friend?
siberian husky: what is the last thing you laughed at?
dachshund: what is your morning routine like?
great dane: what are some of your favorite stores?
shih tzu: if you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
welsh corgi: how many languages can you speak?
pomeranian: where is somewhere that you’d like to travel?
boston terrier: what is your middle name?
mastiff: what is the last song that you listened to?
cocker spaniel: what is the nicest compliment that you’ve ever received?
chihuahua: what is your idea of the perfect day?
maltese: what is your greatest talent?
pug: what is your favorite movie?

Ooh, I’ll bet it’s almost time for the gang to make an appearance.

Establishing shot of hang gliders… promising!

Cut in close… wonder what–

–GAHHHHHHH

FREDDY

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING

…I mean, wow. Even Shag and Scoob don’t seem too sure about it.

Cut to… eh? Wait, what?

Are those… are those sniper crosshairs?

Well. That accelerated quickly.

…eh? What was that flash?

Oh… it was just Velma taking a photo? Phew, that’s a lot more–

…wait, and her digital camera has only one real button, and records photos that look nothing like the scene looked when she took them?

This is gonna be a looooong couple weeks.

most likely to get stuck on an island
  • Cole: Lili. Not a doubt in my mind. I feel like she just stumbles...she stumbles into situations where she is like *Lili's voice "I'm not equipped for this!"
  • KJ: Um....Camila. You'll be driving with her and she just kinda...isn't the best...driver. I don't know, she's not a bad driver. That was mean. I don't know. That was the first person that came to mind. And I think other people might agree-what? I love her, though! I love her.
  • IT'S MEAN BUT HELLO VARCHIE HELLO BUGHEAD
Pancake Disaster || Archie A.

28. “Don’t fucking touch me!”

39. “I’d rather die, than do that/kiss you.”

45. “You look pretty hot in my shirt.”

Requested by anon


Archie Andrews. If you asked anyone around school, they’d tell you he was the star football player, was into music, a hot, cute redhead, best friends with Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones, he was definitely known as the boy next door. But most importantly, they’d tell you that he was dating me.

But what they wouldn’t say is that he’s a total dork. And the said dork was currently trying to make pancakes, and I mean trying, but wasn’t succeeding.

For starters, he got eggshells in the batter, and flower all over the counter, and I mean all over, including the floor and his shirt.

“You still don’t want my help?” I asked from the island as I watched him mix the batter, getting flower and baking powder everywhere.

“Yep! These are going to be the best pancakes you’ve ever had.” He then cough as he inhaled some of the batter.

“Okay,” I laughed, I loved him, but I wasn’t going to eat those pancakes with eggshell pieces. But I didn’t say anything as he continued trying to cook.

He finally finished mixing the batter, and then he started pouring the batter out. Lord, that was a sight.

He turned around, coming over to the island. He had flower and baking powder all in his hair and over his shirt, he gave me a toothy grin.

“See I can cook all on my own.” He bragged, proud of myself.

“You got over half the ingredients on yourself and the counter.” I said, laughing.

“I still came through, did I not?” He said, bopping my nose with his batter covered finger.

“I don’t fucking touch me!” I squealed, slapping his hand away. “And your pancakes are burning.” I said as I wipped away the batter on my nose.

“Shit!” He ran over to the stove and flipped the pancakes, as he was doing that I got up and threw away the napkin.

“Can I have a hug?” I heard Archie ask behide me.

“I’d rather die, than hug you right now.” I said as I turned around. Right as soon as I finish my sentence, Archie was wrapping his arms around me, pulling me into his chest, and I’m breathing in pancake batter.

“Archie!” I yelled, pushing away from him. “Damn it, now I’ve gotta take a shower.” I hurried away from Archie’s reach before he could do anymore damage and head to the bathroom.

“You look pretty hot in my shirt.” He said as I exit the kitchen, I shook my head, and stomped up the stairs. “I love you!”

“Sure,” I yelled down the stairs.

“I mean it!” He yelled back.

“I love you too!” I yelled as I slammed the bathroom door shut, giving into him.


This is horrible, I’m sorry

Masterlist || Prompt List

imaginarycircus replied to your photoset “The Rimroller™ is honestly the most romantic and thoughtful gift…”

I don’t think they have these cups in the US, but I’m fairly ignorant about this stuff.

Meaning no disrespect, but I echo @itsacpsideblog#you think I would just go and make a cute post about boys in love doing ice sport without RESEARCHING IT #what kind of obsessive anxiety-prone tumblr user do you think i am????

So to quote the 2017 USA Roll up the Rim rules: “TO PLAY: Commencing on or about February 1, 2017, guests at participating Tim Hortons locations in the U.S.A. may receive one specially marked M/L/XL cup  […] Not open to residents of Rhode Island, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, Alaska, Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law.”

There’s a shitton of Timmy’s in New York, but none, alas, in Massachusetts. (Or Rhode Island, fuck Rhode Island, apparently.) I suspect Holster would put it to use on roadies, since six of the twelve teams Samwell plays against are located in New York state. And during trips home, if he ever goes to Buffalo during Roll up the Rim season.

takineko  asked:

So Moana is very sweet and cute but I felt like it was a really predictable myth/hero's quest story and it kinda made it uninteresting and extremely safe? Idk it didn't feel like they tried anything new except it was islanders.

I definitely see what you mean about it being predictable. I kind of felt the same way. I did enjoy it but it didn’t really take any surprising turns.

forbidden love

Requested: no.

warnings: a little smut

Y/N’s POV:

His lips pressed hard on mine becoming dominant. His hands glided across my bare skin as he lifted my shirt. Pan removed his lips from mine and started pressing them upon my neck searching for my weak spot. Once a silent moan escaped my lips he attacked that spot with more force allowing bliss to surge through my body.

Now I know what you’re thinking, oh just another lovey, dovey couple having sex in the middle of the woods. First off, were not a couple. My father, Captain Hook did business with Pan and we stop by the island every week. He lets me roam the island for however long he and his crew take to get the supplies, load the supplies, and do other business. Typically that’s 5-6 hours. Pan and I ran into each other one day on the island and I was immediately intrigued. I mean he’s such a hot, charming guy and he knew it, which made him even hotter. Second off, we’re not having sex. Not yet at least. We want to play it safe and not risk anything since my father doesn’t know about our relationship. Honestly we would just make out and every once in a while we’d tease each other just to spice it up a bit.

He started to slowly move his lips down my neck toward my collarbone. I tried to grind my hips and create a little friction and tease Pan a little. He chuckled into the kiss as his hand glided up my side to grab my boob outside my bra. He snaked his hand under my bra as he squeezed my boob. Then he ripped my shirt in half and moved his lips to my chest.

“Changing it up today I see.” I said with a small laugh.

“Just a little.” He chuckled huskily.

I laughed as his lips moved lower down to my stomach. He pinned me and my hands down on the ground so I wouldn’t squirm.

“Now now you have to be still love.” He chuckled taking off his shirt before coming back up to press his lips upon mine.

He slipped his tongue inside my mouth and won dominance as he explored everywhere. He started to grind his hips on mine. I spread my legs apart so there’d be more friction. I moaned into the kiss making him chuckle.

“You like that baby?” He smirked.

“Yes I do. Yes I fucking love it.” I moaned as I bit my lip.

I rolled us over quickly so I could have a little control. He sat up and wrapped his arms around my body and put his lips to my ear.

“Trying to take control? Well I’m the one who’s dominant. I’m the one who always has control over you baby.” He said as his hands went under my shirt.

He put his lips upon my collarbone and sucked and bit at the delicate skin.

“Now everyone shall know you’re mine.” He said and kissed the spot on my collarbone he had marked.

I tried to grind my hips again to create friction. Then I began to feel a bulge in his pants.

“Oh baby you make me so so hard.” He said and attacked my neck with kisses and hid hickeys in places no one would ever find.

I heard twigs snap and leaves rustle. Someone entered the clearing and stopped dead in their tracks.

“Y/N!” A familiar voice yelled.

Pan looked over my shoulder and chuckled.

“Well well, would you look at that.” He paused. “Killian Jones is here to ruin the fun.”

“What?!” I yelped.

I quickly turned around and got off Pan.

“Y/n! We are going!” My father growled.

“Father! I’m so-”

“Don’t say a word Y/n! And you…” he growled at Pan.

Pan smirked as he leaned back with his hand holding him up. He spread his legs apart as my father glared at him.

“You stay the hell away from my daughter.” He said pointing at him.

Pan rolled his eyes and stood up.

“Now why do you think I’d do that? She is on my island and I can do what I want on my island.” He smirked.

“I’ll kill you with my bare-”

“Hand? You’ll kill me with your bare hand? And your little,” he paused and flicked the hook on his hand “hook here?”

My father pinned Pan to the tree and put his hook up to his neck.

“Father! Please don’t hurt him!” I cried out.

“Oh don’t worry love he can’t hurt me.” Pan chuckled.

“Are you sure because I can put my hook right through your neck right now.” He growled.

“Then your daughter would never forgive you and they’ll kill you.” Pan said as lost boys surrounded them.

My father looked around and slowly turned away from him as Felix pointed a sword at his chest.

“Wise choice Killian.” Felix said as Peter winked at me making me giggle and blush.

My father saw my actions and turned back toward Pan.

“Y/n, were leaving. Now. And you shall never set foot on this island again!” My father growled with his hand balled in a fist at his side.

He walked past me as I looked back at Pan. Pan walked toward me and smirked. He pressed his lips on mine gently. Soon my father realized I wasn’t following him.

“Y/n! Get over here now!” He yelled.

I pulled away quickly to go follow my father but he grabbed my hand.

“I love you.” He said. “And your father can’t keep us apart.”

I blushed and smiled.

“I love you too Peter. I have to go.”

I turned and walked away, my hand slipping out of his. The others created a path for me to leave.

Sorry this sucks… I kinda rushed it 😬😬

It’s Spring Break! You know what that means: hot coeds getting loose on the beaches of Cancún and becoming imperiled in all classic beach slasher ways: man-eating shark, school of piranhas, James Franco with dreadlocks. There are so many films about vacations gone wrong, it’s a chore to wonder if there’s even such a thing as a movie vacation gone right. Amity Island and Camp Crystal Lake are out. So what does that leave? The ship from Wall-E? Hawaii with the Brady Bunch? A road trip with famous curmudgeon Chevy Chase? On this month’s live podcast Jack O'Brien and the Cracked staff are joined by some special guest comedians to figure out what would be the best vacation to take in a fictional universe.

Cracked Podcast Live: Best Fictional Vacation

Attraction- A Peter Pan One-Shot

Title: Attraction
Request: Can you do an imagine with peter where you’re trying to explain what being pansexual means, because that sounds hilarious.
Pairing: Peter Pan x Reader
AN: This is not meant to be offensive to anyone’s sexualities. LOVE IS LOVE!

On Neverland, all the lost boys including Peter Pan were confused of why the only lost girl on the island, Y/N, had never showed interest in any of them.
Each and every one of them had tried at one point to get her to like them, but it never worked.
On night, everyone including Y/N were sitting around a fire eating dinner.
Feilx brought up the question on everyone’s minds, “Y/N do you like any of us?”
“Yea, of course. You guys are great.” Y/N responded.
“He means like are you attracted to any of them.” Peter added.
“Oh.” Y/N laughed, “Well not really.”
“How?” Peter asked.
“What are you a lesbian or something?” a lost boy laughed.
“No but I’m pansexual.” Y/N responded.
“What does that even mean?” Peter asked.
“It means I’m attracted to anyone, regardless of gender. I just like who ever I like.” Y/N explained.
“That makes no sense.” Peter laughed, “So you like guys and girls, but all the guys here just don’t cut it for you?”
“Yea.” Y/N responded, “I like guys and girls, it’s just who ever peaks my interest. Gender doesn’t matter to me.”
“That’s so odd.” Felix laughed.
“Yea, but it’s me so deal with it.” Y/N responded.

Later that night, Peter called Y/N into his tent.
“What’s up?” Y/N asked.
“I still don’t understand you.” Peter said.
“The whole pansexual thing?” Y/N asked.
“Yea.” Peter responded.
“It’s not that hard. I like who ever I want, gender doesn’t matter.” Y/N explained again, “I think you just don’t understand because you want me to like you.”
“That’s probably true.” Peter laughed.
“You know I never said I don’t like you specifically.” Y/N giggled.
“What?” Peter asked.
“You said ‘Are you attracted to any of them.’. You were talking about the lost boys, not yourself.” Y/N said, “I never got to answer if I like you or not.”
“Well do you?” Peter smirked.
“Maybe.” Y/N said, “Yea, a little.”
Peter chuckled, “I knew it.”
“Shut up.” Y/N responded.
“Out of all the lost boys here, and all the ones in the world you like me.” Peter said, “Or should I just say out of everyone in the world? Girls and guys?”
“Yea.” Y/N laughed.
“Well I’m pretty damn lucky.” Peter smirked.
“Yea you are.” Y/N said confidentially, “I’m pretty cool.”
Peter laughed, and kissed her cheek, “You really are.”

—-

Thanks for reading!

Em

notyourlonewolf  asked:

You always have thoughtful commentary on issues surrounding racism and prejudice that I know we all (your followers) appreciate. Can you comment on how your perspective might or might not be different because of being Trini as opposed to an African American? Did you grow up experiencing less or a different kind of stigma or an experience of being the "other" even as you were aware of how the world is? Do you feel like you have a clearer view on issues of inclusion because you're not from the US?

Originally posted by samisoffthewall

Thanks so much (re: thoughtful commentary)! 😳

As far as my perspective being different…

I mean, growing up as a black man in what is considered (technically) a “third world country”, you can’t help but be aware of how “other” you truly are. (Btw - like most island natives - I absolutely hate the term “Third World” 🙄)

You know all about America and Pop culture because of TV, music, movies etc., that you’re bombarded with your whole life that most mainstream Americans are woefully unaware of.

You can name landmarks in the US just from seeing them so much on TV, but most Americans have no clue how to pinpoint my country on a map.

So to call me “other” would be an understatement, I guess.

And there’s another layer of “other” that you begin to grasp once you reach a certain level of maturity in adulthood in my position.

Like I’m essentially a black man in my mind. Because that is what I’m clearly defined as here.

But, the moment I set foot in America among African-Americans, they’d say to me (and yes this has happened IRL) “Oh, you’re not black, you’re Caribbean”. Which basically translates to “even though we may both have brown skin and similar African features, I’m still considered American and and thus above you on the totem pole”.

So i’m additionally other that way…

And then conversely, our history of blackness has a slightly different path here in Trinidad (and all the Caribbean islands really).

Like, even though there’s still an unspoken sort of segregation here in some ways… POC are by far the majority here and white folks (or what we term “white people”) are literally a tiny fraction of our population.

So as a black man, I’ve never really feared a white policeman gunning me down unarmed for racist reasons. Or had to deal with a white racist calling me the n-word r to my face in my country. Or even had to deal with systematic racism by a ruling white majority in my daily life…

That’s not to say we don’t have our racial tensions, mind you. East Indian and black people (being the two biggest ethnic groups) clash in various ways, but generally not in such systematic, violent and oppressive ways as in the States.

And so for those reasons there’s sort of a disconnect between my personal pride in my blackness as an Afro-Caribbean man, and the reality of what it is to be an African-American in modern day America.

Our entertainers, for instance, are mostly black and East Indian.

A homegrown caucasian singing star is literally an anomaly here. I can literally name all the great white music stars here on one hand (Calypso queen Denise Plummer, Calypso legend The Mighty Trini… some locals would say the Diefenthaller brothers who make up the core of popular Soca act Kes The Band are “white boys” but I’m sure they’d vehemently disagree and prefer to be referred to as “red men” lol).

On the political front, I rejoiced with American POC when Barack Obama made history as the First Black POTUS… 

Originally posted by doona-baes

But, at the same time, I’m still removed from the depth of that because I grew up in a country where almost all the heads of our government (Prime Ministers, Presidents, etc) have been POC, and a great majority of them were Afro-Trinidadians tbh. Even Indo-Trinidadians (the other large ethnic group here, alongside black people) have only really been a major force in ruling politics here for about two decades now.

Our first Prime Minister once we became a free nation was a black man (Dr. Eric Williams). We’ve had several other black Prime Ministers (ANR Robinson, George ChambersPatrick Manning and our current leader, Dr. Keith Rowley), and even two East Indian PMs in more recent times (Basdeo Panday and Kamla Persad-Bissessar). The same goes for most of our present and former cabinet members, commissioners of police, brigadier generals of our army, commanders of our coast guard, etc, etc.

Originally posted by trinibreeze

Even on the subject of gender, again there is a divide.

The idea of electing a woman as President was mind boggling and historic to y’all in 2016, but in Trinidad our previous Prime Minister (before the current one) was a woman, and a WOC at that (of East Indian descent to be precise).

Then, there’s the fact that our political structure is more what you guys would call “Socialist” in nature… Our tax money pays for free health care, public schools, garbage collection, public transport (buses, ferry boats to go between Trinidad and our sister island Tobago), etc. 

Our health care alone would probably be considered lunacy to the average capitalist-minded American, since our official government website states: “Healthcare is provided free of charge to everyone in Trinidad and Tobago, including non-nationals.”

So, given being raised with free universal healthcare, you can probably understand how, for instance, America’s recent political warring over Obamacare vs TrumpCare and so on is quite literally mind-boggling for people in my country.

Originally posted by ivanv

I could go on and on but, I’m assuming you get the gist.

I would say that we Trinis feel like outsiders to many aspects of the American way of life, but at the same time, thanks to social media, TV, movies, music, pop culture on there whole, we can’t help but be plugged in to your way of life.

Originally posted by dirt-road-driveway

And then there’s the fact that major happenings in America literally affect our economy, and national security just by way of the US being such a super power.

In conclusion, I don’t think it gives me a clearer view of racism and the issue off inclusion in Hollywood, but I do think it perhaps gives me a uniquely nuanced view, if that makes any sense.

And perhaps seeing myself represented all my life in the anchors and reporters on TV news, the musicians and local actors I looked up to, as well as the local political leaders, sports stars and historic figures who were almost all POC here… Maybe that foundation helps drive my desire to see POC like myself more often and better represented in TV, films, etc?

Originally posted by giphygiff

It’s a tough topic to broach briefly on here and I hope I did a decent job in shedding some light.

Thanks again for the very smart question! Another winning ask here, @notyourlonewolf!

Originally posted by goverload

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“No-one voted to be poorer? Well, I did! I not only voted to be poorer, I also voted for the pound, the economy, industry and jobs to take a hit…..but don’t worry, the only people losing their jobs will be people on the European bandwagon. There’s no way anyone else will lose their job as a result of my vote. Which I’m so proud of I’m writing this letter, by the way. You’ll all thank me when the Global Freedom Benefits come flooding in.”

Dallas Winston Birthday Headcanons

- Nobody knew Dally`s birthday for a long time because he kept demanding it wasn`t important and to “shut the fuck up ‘bout it.” 

- He`s a brownie man not a cake man what can I say

- Johnny always gives him his gift in private so it`s more special 

- Tim gets (steals) him really expensive alcohol and Dally drinks it with Pride™

- Dally lowkey misses Coney Island, he use to spend his birthday there every year in New York 

-  He`s that one friend that INSISTS celebrating is pointless because it just means you`re getting older

- Makes unsympathetic comments like “Ya call this a gift?” but secretly highly appreciates it