Here are the three portraits I did for Black History Month last February: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Moms Mabley, Billie Holiday. I’m hoping to do a lot more this February. Who do you want to see portraits of? Add your suggestions in the notes <3 <3 <3 I’m going to try to do them in watercolor, and I want to start with Rosa Parks, Malcom X, Grace Jones…Ilhan Omar! Idk, this is the beginning of a very long list!


Buzzfeed: “17 Black Women Who Deserve their own Biopics”

Not enough roles for black women in Hollywood? Let’s make some!

1. Thandie Newton/Alice Walker, 2. Amber Riley/Aretha Franklin, 3. Kerry Washington/Vonetta McGee, 4. Lupita Nyong'o/Grace Jones, 5. Mo'Nique/Hattie McDaniel, 6. Oprah Winfrey/Mary McLeod Bethune, 7. Regina Hall/Moms Mabley, 8. Teyonah Parris/Assata Shakur, 9. Viola Davis/Shirley Chisholm, 10. Jurnee Smollett/Eartha Kitt

Today’s Tribeca selection in honor of LGBT Pride Month is Whoopi Goldberg’s important and invigorating documentary portrait, Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You (2014), in which one bold comic icon honors another.

Moms Mabley was an unparalleled comedy pioneer who submerged her own sexuality behind a broad and brittle character that mesmerized audiences who knew nothing of this side-splitting stand-up’s true queer identity. Goldberg’s film is a deeply fascinating study of the duality between performer and persona but also a heartfelt tribute to a trailblazer who redefined what it meant to be a “funny woman,” as well as what such a woman could potentially achieve.

Moms Mabley (1894-1975) was an African-American actor and standup comedian, one of the few and most visible women in the business at the time. Billed as “The Funniest Woman in the World”, she tackled many sensitive subjects, including sexuality and racism.

She started her career in comedy when she joined a travelling vaudeville show at age 14. She became known as ‘Moms’ because she acted as a mother figure towards many comedians during the 1950s and 60s. When she was 27, she came out as a lesbian, becoming one of the first openly gay comedians.

internalorganexplosion  asked:

I need to know. You've been reblogging some gifs of some show and I'm intrigued. What is it? It includes the guy from that butterfly effect video game and I remember only liking him in particular. (Sorry if that's vague af, lol)

if by the butterfly effect video game you mean this cutie patootie

This is Rami Malek and he’s in this new and raging popular show called Mr. Robot. It’s about a hacker (Elliot) with extreme social anxiety (and what seems to be a rapidly developing case of perhaps schizophrenia, but nothing’s been confirmed) who creates you. Literally. The viewers are someone he made up to talk to in his head and he actually talks to you. It’s a incredibly mind-fucking experience. 

The show is about a construct team who decides to take down the debt system (All of america; every american, free of debt) and to pull it off, they need him. they run into problems like his drug addiction as well as another character (Who is super bisexual and very bipolar) named Tyrell Wellick.

And, cue in this fandom’s trash ship, Tyrelliot. (Which is hilarious because they barely get screentime together).

I’ve seen enough Hannibal to see where that type of content goes. Of course there is other characters, and this show, may i add has a great show of diversity other then the egyptian main actor.

Shayla Nico, the drug dealer / abusive relationship survivor

Angela Moss, the platonic best friend and depression victim

Darlene, the incredible badass with a huge plot twist

Trenton, the literal genius omfg

Romero, stubborn as a goat hacker

Mr. Robot, aka mindfuck mcfucker pants

Joanna Wellick, some kinda cold-blooded danish viking goddess idk man

Mobley, the simplest human on the entire show

Flipper, the dog Elli saved from an abusive owner

Of course there are a few other important characters, Elliot’s psychiatrist (A kind but stern black woman) and his boss (A really chill gay guy) as well as certain villains and character deaths that you’ll never see coming. 

Sometimes this show isnt for everyone, my own mom says it’s to monotone and a girl at school told me she felt it moved to slow. honestly, it just depends on your taste in TV, but honestly, i recommend the fuck out of Mr. Robot for people who enjoy on-the-edge-of-your-seat reactions and shrill screaming when an episode ends.

By the end of the first season, they’ve officially pulled everything off that they needed to, many lives are destroyed, emotion scarring is indefinite, and you’ll be pining for more. Season two, well, it’s probably gonna be a wild ride. Good luck.

Jackie Mabley

Generally considered the first female stand-up comedy superstar, she overcame much to become billed as “The Funniest Woman in the World.” She was the first woman to be featured at the Apollo. In 2013, she also was the subject of an HBO documentary by Whoopi Goldberg. From most sources she was also known as openly lesbian (and during the early 20th century no less), making her a pioneer in that regard as well, considering the time period. So how funny was she? See for yourself.

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Family Bonding - Part One

Summary: Ford wants Stan to help test his new teleporter by being his guinea pig–er, assistant. What could possibly go wrong?

Scribe and I both fell in love with @agent-jaselin​‘s adorable Stan-Mabel fusion, one thing led to another and we ended up writing a whole fic about it together. This is part one of two. You can also read it on Scribe’s Ao3 account here!

Warning: Too silly, far too silly and fluffy and cute. May cause the Fun Police to show up and arrest you for reading it.

“Just think of the scientific applications, Stanley!”

“Every time you say that, it takes five months off my life.”

Stan sat on the edge of the sofa, up in what used to be Soos’s break room, looking skeptically at the plans Ford had sketched out on the chalkboard. There were a number of equations he didn’t bother trying to puzzle out, a handful of notes and explanations, and a drawing of himself, smiling and stepping through what he assumed was supposed to represent a hole in space or time or spacetime or something like that. It wasn’t filling him with confidence.

“I dunno, something about this doesn’t feel right. Like, everything about it.” Stan said. “Why do we even need a teleporter on the Stan O’War?”

“For safety reasons, obviously!” Ford explained. “Just think of all the potential dangers out at sea. With this, if we ever find ourselves caught in a whirlpool or trapped in a storm we can’t sail our way out of, we don’t need to worry about going down with the ship. We can just step through a carefully marked doorway and end up here in the Mystery Shack, with no harm done at all!”

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Joan Rivers wasn’t the only female comedian to pave the way for female comedians.

There were others like Phyllis Diller

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Moms Mabley

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Jean Carroll

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and Betty White

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You know something else? None of these women made racist or rude remarks just for the sake of comedy. Because comedy is so much more than laughing at someone else’s appearance, ethnicity, or sexuality. 

Moms Mabley (1894-1975), Comedian

Moms Mabley, billed as ‘The Funniest Woman in the World” was a game-changer for comedy, enjoying a long career that started on the “Chitlin’ circut” and eventually lead her to making a record amounts of money and appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. She was out as a lesbian from the age of 27 and recorded over 20 comedy albums, including early “lesbian stand-up” routines. Although she initially performed in androgynous clothing, she changed her stage persona as she got older and more famous, but maintained her more subversive style (and her girlfriends) offstage.

hi, so, uh

I assume a lot of people are hailing joan rivers as a feminist icon mainly because she opened comedy up to women through her standup

but, uh, unsurprisingly she was not the first to do that

that’s moms mabley.  she was a comedian in the 20th century and was pretty much one of the few popular female comedians during that time.  she did a lot of things people were uncomfortable doing at that time, like incorporating talks about racism into her standup and such.  she was really popular

(psst she was even doing comedy before joan rivers was born)

she also inspired quite a few comedians you probably know about today like bill cosby and whoopi goldberg (whoopi even did a whole documentary on her because she was so enamored with her)

she was also a lesbian and did standup in androgynous clothing a lot of the time.  and she was african american.  makes you wonder why you’ve probably never heard of her before huh

so before you go give all the credit to joan rivers for getting women into comedy or being a feminist icon or whatever, remember moms mabley and her contributions too