I cannot explain how much I miss Season 1. That season was such art. The writing. The characters. Everything. Season 1 was what made me fall in love and take an interest in TV. I’m missing it dearly right now.
I’m totally gonna just start sticking my friends into my story whenever I need a minor OC. It was fun, plus this rando minor character suddenly had depth and was…less predictable, less of a prop and more of a person. Maybe I’ll change their names when the names don’t suit, but otherwise, I’m delighted by the idea.
Nannie Helen Burroughs was born in Orange, Virginia, in 1878 to parents who had been born into slavery. As a young woman, her widowed mother moved her to Washington, D.C., so her daughter could attended school. Nannie graduated with honors in 1896.
Sadly, after graduating from high school, she had hoped to secure a position as a teacher in Washington, D.C., but without a college degree, she was denied every position she applied for. She then moved to Philadelphia to become associate editor of The Christian Banner, a Baptist newspaper.
That same year, she helped found the National Association of Colored Women, one of the most prominent organizations formed during the Black Women’s Movement.
In 1900, she moved again. This time to Louisville. KY, where she took a position as secretary of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention. There, she advocated for the rights of women to be involved in their missionary efforts. At the time, the bulk of missionary work by black churches was directed at building schools to serve poor black communities, teaching young men and women the skills they would need to be hire-able.
In 1907, she created the National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls in Washington, D.C. (now known as the Nannie Burroughs School) – to provide vocational training for African-American girls, who did not have many educational opportunities available to them. She served as its principal until her death in 1961.
During her lifetime, she was a remarkable force for change. She worked with numerous organizations working to improve the lives of African Americans across the nation, spoke and wrote regularly on issues affecting her community, and even served on a presidential committee addressing housing issues.
She was close friends with Carter Woodson, the man who is considered the driving force behind the efforts to learn more about the roles African Americans played in history, and eventually led to the creation of Black History Month.
Luna: “I think it unwise to host another contest until Cadance has delivered her child, and while I appreciate your offer, Vale, I am hesitant in taking on a disciple. My battle shall be won by skill and feather. What’s more, young Twilight Sparkle will surely utilize Applejack in some manner… We are not all that eager to tangle with the first giant to set hoof in Equestria in well over 1200 years - let alone one infused with alicorn magic.”
I love a good time-travel story as much as the next princess, don’t get me wrong. But even as a kid, I had to accept the fact that they don’t actually make sense from a purely logical standpoint. I suppose I was an adherent to the “wings of a butterfly” line of thinking before I even knew what that was.
Still, I enjoy the fantasy of being able to go back or forward in time, and so I happily wave away those niggling thoughts about cause and effect and whatnot in favor of enjoying the story
I guess I’m not the only one, because Cayti Bourquin and Yishan Li’s latest Kickstarter project Paradox Girl takes the time-travel trope and turns it on its head, giving us a heroine who jumps around trying to fix her fixes. Or something like that.
I was fortunate to be able to chat a bit with Paradox Girl’s author Cayti Bourquin about this project and the importance of writing the stories we need to read. Paradox Girl has already met its Kickstarter goal, but you should still consider buying in. Not only will you be getting this fantastic story for yourself, but you’ll be showing the comics industry that there really is a market for more female voices!
HECATE WAS THE UNDERWORLD GODDESS OF WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY. SHRINES TO HER WERE PLACED AT CROSSROADS, WHICH WERE SACRED TO HER, AND SHE WAS PRAYED TO FOR PROTECTION FROM CURSES AND EVIL MAGIC. IN SOME DEPICTIONS, SHE WAS TRIPLE-BODIED, OR ELSE FORMED THE THIRD OF A TRIO WITH DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE.