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Portrait of soprano Veronica Tyler. Printed on front: “James J. Kriegsmann, N.Y.” Stamped on back: “Veronica Tyler, soprano.”

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So anyways I’m an honors mentor this year at my university and I got to put that I’m gay on my profile so now I have all these tiny freshman wlw emailing me questions about when they can get involved and meet other gays on campus. I’m finally getting to be a True Gay Mom.

x-i-l-verify  asked:

More of that fic idea where the Duke and Chuck both get captured and have to work together to escape, perhaps?

I was going to illustrate more of the actual happenings in the fic but it’s mostly Chuck and the Duke sitting in a cell tied up and sniping at each other SO

“Hwell fine.” The Duke rolls his eyes again and recites, almost sing-song, “—no parents, lived in a dump, ran drugs for a gang, stabbed a cop on my eighth birthday.  Are we good?”

“What happened to your parents?”

The Duke looks frankly taken aback, like the question that haunted most of Chuck’s early life never even occurred to him.  “Hell if I know,” he says, and then blinks and frowns.  “—and none of your business.”

“What kind of drugs?”

“Nothing you’ve heard of.”

“Which gang?”

“The Stars.”

Chuck has never heard of The Stars.  For a second he tries to reach out to the network and look them up, but the dampers are still in place and he can’t reach.  "And….?”

“Did whatever for whoever,” says the Duke, who has apparently decided the best way to get through the onerous process of actually genuinely talking about himself is to make every sentence as brief as possible. “Climbed the ladder until I was running errands for Germanotta, got her to make me second in command, got dirt on everybody, killed her and stepped in.”

He says it so matter-of-factly, it almost doesn’t register for a second.  Chuck stares at him, mouth hanging open, and then manages, “—wh—how?”

“Overdose.”  The Duke grins.  “Woulda gone that way anyway, eventually.  I just helped her along.”

“No, but—” Chuck is perfectly aware that people get murdered.  It’s not a hard concept, people die in Motorcity every day, but— “—how…old were you?”

“Fifteen.”

4

“The day when you’ve publicly declared where you’re going to college, this day should be as glamorous and as exciting as those athletic signing days. This day should be on TV with fireworks, and celebrities, and folks sitting around just dying to know where you’re going to college.” —The First Lady on College Signing Day

“This here little DNA bead comes from a little girl in Riverside, California, didn’t like to wash her hands. Took me three whole weeks. And this one, nice lady in Detroit, Mowtown - six days flat. And there’s this old guy in Philly - I killed him in 72 hours. Yeah, I’m getting better as I go along, baby, but the problem is I never set a record - until my man Frank that is. I’m gonna take him down in 48 hours! Get my own chapter in the medical books!”

-Thrax, “Osmosis Jones”

6

Oh my god ArtRAVE was so fucking fantastic.

We had VIP tickets so we were in row 6 and I almost peed myself.

Gaga read aloud a note that was thrown on stage - it was this guy thanking her for being so supportive for LGBT individuals and he talked about how he didn’t have someone in the spotlight like her when he came out, but his mother and sister (who were there with him tonight) were super supportive and then she found (his name was Alex) in the crowd and invited him and his mom and sister backstage after the show and I cried. It was so fucking beautiful.

Portrait of mezzo-soprano Doris Mayes. Handwritten on back: “Doris Mayes, see also clips on American houses (Germany).”

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anonymous asked:

How would a fusion between Duke and Foxy look?

Well I can’t imagine what kind of insane situation would force them to fuse, but it would certainly be one of the weirder fusion dances in the history of fusion dances.

They would be like…the epitome of the crazy royalty from books.  They’ll literally give you gold ingots for doing them a favor, but would also use those diamond claws to rip your throat out for minor percieved insults???  

They appreciate the finer things in life, like lounging on thrones and driving REALLY FAST and VENGEANCE.

Do not advise, please do not let these two fuse.

((all that gold and the diamonds and rubies took me forever LOOK AT HOW SHINY THIS MOTHERFUCKER IS))

Portrait of soprano Theresa Greene-Coleman. Printed on front: “J. Abresch, N.Y.” Stamped on back: “Theresa Greene-Coleman, soprano.”

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Portrait of soprano Alpha Brawner. Printed on front: “Alpha Brawner, soprano. Exclusive management Ludwig Lustig, 111 West 57th St., New York 19, N.Y.”

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Celebrate World Puppetry Day! (March 21)

View of dancer Pearl Primus posing with puppet. Stamped on back: “Pearl Primus. Austin Wilder, artist management, promotion. 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Associated Photos, 400 West 23 St., N.Y.C.”

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