honestly, i’m so proud of sf9. not only did they go through a competition against their fellow friends and trainees on the road to debut, they’ve worked so hard to perfect dances and singing and came in to gain a fanbase so quickly. they’re all very kind and down to earth boys, with a strong bond. all of them are charismatic and loveable, and even if taeyang is center every member grabs your attention.

they came in here as rookies and stole the hearts of fantasies all over the world, hitting #1 on Chinese charts with their title songs, and landing #6 on billboards WORLD ALBUMS chart. and still, they make efforts to connect to us, making funny videos on twitter, cute little dance practices for the specific season, behind the scenes videos for all their major events, and frequent interactive vapps. they’re such a loveable and loving group.

on top of that, they’re all multitalented. all of them are beautiful, all of them are dancers, all of them are vocalists. dawon is amazing at variety and mcing, rowoon incredible at modeling, youngbin’s leadership impeccable. they’re more than just a dance group.

and to fantasies, who are so hard working and accepting, all of us here with lots of love for the boys.

tldr; name a more iconic duo than sf9 and fantasies. i’ll wait.


The Commander stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerely, benevolence, courage and strictness.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America

Badass Black Women History Month:
Celebrating 28 Black Women Who Said,
“Fuck it, I’ll Do It!”

Day 27: Ella Baker
One Of The Most Important Leaders Of The 20th Century

Ella Baker was a civil rights and human rights activist born in Virginia. She moved to North Carolina as a child and grew up listening to the stories of her grandmother, who had been born into slavery. Her grandmother would recount stories of slave revolts and violent whippings. These stories would guide Ella for the rest of her life.

After graduating college, Ella moved to New York City to escape the oppressive society of the South. While there, she worked as an editorial staff member of the American West Indian News before moving to the Negro National News. She was heavily influenced by the Harlem Renaissance that surrounded her. In 1938, she began her long association with the NAACP. She was eventually hired as a secretary in 1940. She was skilled at recruiting members and raising money, so it was no surprise when she was named director of branches in 1943, making her the highest-ranking woman in the organization. 

Ella, however, didn’t believe in abusing her power. She believed in egalitarian ideals and demanded that the organization decentralize its leadership structure and to aid activist campaigns at a local level. Baker believed that the strength of an organization grew from the bottom up and not the top down. This would be the main reason Ella would face difficulties within the Civil Rights Movement. Ella saw figures like MLK as mere orators rather than democratic crusaders. She believed that the best leaders were among the people and practiced “participatory democracy”

Pretty much, Ella was too much of an anti-elitism badass for groups like the NAACP and SCLC. She believed in a more collectivist model of leadership, rather than making herself the hero. She questioned the gender hierarchy of the Civil Rights Movement and the black community. She once claimed that “the movement made Martin, and not Martin the movement” and often said that MLK had “heavy feet of clay” that delayed progress. Ella Baker was a goddamn real one.

Ella would go on to teach and would influence future leaders like Stokely Carmichael, Diane Nash, and Julian Bond. Even into her older age, Ella still wouldn’t slow down as she helped aid the more radical black power movement of the 1960s and accepted armed self-defense among black people. She would go on to fight for the release of Angela Davis, the Puerto Rican independence movement and spoke out against apartheid in South Africa. 

“You didn’t see me on television, you didn’t see news stories about me. The kind of role that I tried to play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organization might come. My theory is, strong people don’t need strong leaders.” - Ella Baker

It’s good to be bad

What does it mean to be a “bad girl?” That was the question that inspired illustrator Ann Shen to create her debut book Bad Girls Throughout History. Having grown up as the quintessential “good girl,” Shen struggled with how young men, when outspoken, were perceived as leaders and mavericks, while the same behavior exhibited in women put them in the bad category. She decided to tackle this misconception and reclaim the term “bad girl,” flipping it on its head to embody all the awesome things women have done throughout the ages to pave the way for a better world.

What resulted was the original Bad Girls Throughout History, a 12-page zine that Shen created and sold herself. The response was so positive that she created a second volume, and then ultimately expanded the collection to the 100 women featured in the book today.

In honor of the launch of this dynamic and beautifully illustrated book, we chatted with Shen to learn more about five of her favorite women from the book.

Harriet Tubman

One of the greatest, most selfless, and courageous humans to ever grace this earth, Harriet Tubman is easily my favorite Bad Girl. She escaped the abusive horrors of slavery (a law and accepted norm at the time) to then turn around and risk her own safety to help hundreds of others to freedom. Tubman was, among being a nurse, scout, and spy during the Civil War, the first American woman to lead an armed assault—resulting in the liberation of over 750 slaves. At the end of her life, she donated her estate to open a care facility for elderly African-Americans. She was the one person whose life story made me break down in an ugly cry when doing research for all her endurance, resilience, and grace. Harriet gives me such hope for humanity.

Mae West

Impossible to forget, Mae West was a living goddess whose star is a permanent fixture in Hollywood history. She wrote all her own legendary one-liners and was in control of her own sex symbol status. In fact, she created it! Becoming a bona-fide movie star at the age of 40, West is an enduring symbol that women can be whatever they please at whatever age they please. I love her for her incredible wit—one of my favorite lines from her is: “Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.”

Mary Blair

One of the most influential artists in Disney studio’s (and my own personal work’s) history, Mary Blair was a brazen artist who had a unique vision and fierce design sense to back it up. I love that in a time where women were relegated to ink and paint jobs, Mary was bold enough to march into Walt Disney’s office and demand she be on the South America trip with other (mostly male) visual development artists, a move that would change her artistic work and the visual direction of Disney studios.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Now that I know where she came from—being one of the nine women in her class at Harvard Law School, supporting her cancer-stricken husband and young daughter while in school—to become the badass judge that she is, I’m even more grateful that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of our Supreme Court Justices. We are truly blessed to be living in a time where we can witness Ginsburg delivering fiery dissents as a model of leadership and intelligence.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer was one of the most surprising and delightful women I researched for this book. Knowing she was a leader in the field of sex therapy, with her frank yet coy style of discussing a wide range of sexual topics, I was surprised to find out that she was also an orphan survivor of the Holocaust and a trained Israeli sniper. There’s so much more to her story, which you’ll read in the book, but she’s a living testament to the saying “good things come in small packages”—she’s a diminutive 4’7”!

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For more of the baddest women out there, check out Bad Girls Throughout History here today.

cle-guy  asked:

What makes Sansa the political heir to anyone? Why does the series require any type of heir to begin with?

Well, “heir” in the sense of who’s going to be rebuilding the world post-Dawn, and I think that’s Sansa, Arya, and Bran because they spend the second act as apprentices, which is a very next-generation-of-leaders thing to be doing in the second act. (As opposed to Jon and Dany, who spend the second act growing increasingly disgusted with what leadership demands of them, and increasingly unable to be happy or indeed stable within its confines.) 

Sansa’s training specifically is in politics, which builds on the fall-into-knowledge she went through in AGOT (gradually learning to see through the patriarchy-propaganda of Good Kings/Queens/Princes/Knights), the growth she went through as a character during her captivity (especially in saving Dontos and Lancel, contrasting herself with Joffrey and Cersei as rulers), and how she makes a place for herself within the exclusive domain of Vale nobility (running the Eyrie household, getting Sweetrobin down the mountain, conquering the entire goddamn social circle in her released TWOW chapter). 

And as I said in the post in question, I see definite parallels with Ned. He too spent formative years in the Vale, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his relationship with teenage Robert was similar in tone to that between Sansa and Myranda. Ned too places an emphasis on running a household as a model for leadership. Ned too has a fall into knowledge throughout AGOT, one which ends with his death as Sansa watches, and I think it’s no accident that GRRM has set Sansa up to bring down Littlefinger, who betrayed Ned to the Lannisters before killing him by proxy. Robb set out to avenge Ned, but failed; Sansa delivers Littlefinger’s downfall because she’s Ned’s true heir. 

Between those parallels and the aforementioned emphasis throughout her story on political revelation and education, I think GRRM is preparing Sansa to sit Ned’s chair at series’ end. IMO Bran is being set up to rule Winterfell as its metaphysical guardian from the heart tree, the crypts, and the local wildlife, as foreshadowed by his self-conception as Winterfell’s master “in a way even Robb would never know.” 

ravenonthewall  asked:

Oh! Could you please elaborate on Eddard's job as hand and his misunderstandings thereof?

I’m basically just summarizing @racefortheironthrone​’s argument here; I highly recommend his chapter-by-chapter analysis of Ned’s arc (which you can find here) and his stand-alone essay on Jon Arryn and Ned as Hands (see here).

Ned conceived of the Hand purely as a personal advisor to the King, “first among equals” in the Small Council. This is inaccurate; the Hand is the second-most powerful person in the realm, possessed of significant institutional power, including over said council. Ned doesn’t have to trust Janos Slynt, for example–he can fire him and replace him with Jory Cassel. Speaking of Jory, there’s no reason Ned couldn’t have equipped him with an official summons to deliver to Ser Hugh, instead of just having Jory ask Hugh to come. 

Now, why does Ned misunderstand his job? In part, it’s because of his friendship with Robert; their bond is so intimate that Ned has difficulty conceiving of their relationship as institutional. But it’s also because Ned is so invested in the Northern model of leadership: “the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword,” and so on. That’s an admirable model in many respects, and fits the Stark in Winterfell, but it simply doesn’t apply to the Hand of the King. 

I am firmly convinced that this, more than “honor gets you killed,” is the primary lesson GRRM meant for us to draw from Ned’s Handship. Why? Look how GRRM follows it up in ACOK: with a Hand who knows very well how to handle institutional power, starting with firing Janos Slynt. 

jadelclemens  asked:

Did you/are you going to vote in the primaries/election, AWW?

Ah ha! Somebody finally asked the million dollar question! As critical as I am of voting, and I am hella critical of it because it is almost comically insufficient for political change (see this article and this article), I still plan to vote Sanders in the primaries. He is not a savior, and I don’t support “leadership” models like a republic, but as Chomsky put it: “Small differences in a system of great power can have enormous consequences.” Now the other radicals will hate me. Meh.

Can we have just have a huuuuuuuuuuuugggggggeeeeeee standing ovation for Larissa & Sasha Chmerkovskiy? 

Their boys are kind, intelligent, funny, humble, driven, successful human beings. They are honorable gentlemen - who seek to pay it forward. And while some of that might come from within, a lot of those qualities comes from how they were raised. 

And this is why I think we should all applaud Mama & Papa C. 

What they have been able to do is raise 2 honorable & respectful men. That is not easy. For some, having to work so young would birth feelings of resentment & bitterness - & Maks feels anything but. It is a testament to how his parents raised him, the love in that household - that he holds his parents in such high esteem. The fact that Val (I think there was a gifset on this interview somewhere) publicly states that the person he most wants to be like is his father - I don’t believe people understand the importance of that. We live in a society in which young people don’t look up to their parents for guidance, for leadership, for role models - they look to celebrities. I think the fact that these 2 - both Val & Maks - hold their parents to such high esteem, still look to their parents for guidance - is absolutely beautiful. 

So big up to you, Mama & Papa C. Your sons are incredible people, & thanks for sharing them w/ the world.