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“If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.”

On her birthday, here is the infallible, authentic, and pioneering Queen Ava DuVernay collaborating on her many sets.

“Let Ava DuVernay tell the stories she wants to tell in the way she wants to tell them. If one of these stories just so happens to center around a man in spandex, then DuVernay has already exhibited the necessary skill and strength to make this movie, free of studio mandates, legacy liabilities, and fanboy entitlements. At this point, I’d watch her direct a drivers ed tutorial. Like the great cinematic genre-hoppers who came before her, DuVernay’s directorial print contains multitudes, and the future of cinema suddenly seems a hell of a lot brighter knowing that her inimitably unpredictable vision is a part of it.” — Matthew Eng

(Source: TribecaFilm.com)

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9x11 “First Born” // 12x12 “Stuck in the Middle (with You)”
Knight of Hell & Prince of Hell: Immunity

Just because… well… they sure used everything about Cain and the way he lived and the whole storyline as an inspiration when creating Ramiel…

Shahla Sherkat (b. 1956) is one of the pioneers of the women’s rights movement in Iran. She is a psychologist and journalist who has been outspoken about the situation of women in the country, often experiencing legal issues because of it.

She is the founder of Zanan magazine, considered the most important women’s journal published after the Iranian revolution. She often had to appear in court for publishing content deemed controversial, in areas ranging from politics to sex, and at one point even had to spend four months in prison. In 2005 she received the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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Someone take my computer

Tbh at this point, I’m just blocking all non-Jews who claim that Gal Gadot is racially middle eastern and a woman of color because frankly? It just feels like another way to ignore the impact that the holocaust has had on Jews around the world.

Gadot has spoken about her grandfather being a survivor of Auschwitz. Ethnically, she’s
Polish, Austrian, German, and Czech.

Labeling her middle eastern and therefore a woman of color specifically because she was born in the Middle East already has very troubling implications–and is the same reason that you have white South Africans claiming they don’t have white privilege, less than 30 years after the end of apartheid–but it goes deeper than that, too.

When we talk about Israel, about Palestine, we can’t pretend that Jews suddenly decided to abandon their homes and everything they knew, move en masse to a strange land. That’s… just not what happened. Jews fled for fear there was no other option for our continued existence. Jewish survivors were still being attacked when returning home after the camps were liberated.

In what way does pretending otherwise help Palestinians? In what way does pretending otherwise help Jews, either?

To pretend that Israel is just a contextless establishment–which includes pretending that race and privilege can be so easily discussed as ‘was born in this part of the world’–not only ignores the plight of Palestinians, but also serves to further an antisemitic agenda by minimizing the impact that the holocaust has had on us and is still having on us to this day.

What level of access to white privileged is had by Jews who would otherwise be considered white is something that Jews don’t even agree on. Gentiles, especially white gentiles, weighing in and speaking like they know better aren’t allies lol.

The Amazing Way the Fellowship’s Theme Grows (Part 1/?)

The Lord of the Rings soundtrack uses a lot of “leitmotifs”, or bits of music that show up lots of times and represent specific characters, places, and things (the Rohan theme, the One Ring theme, the Shire theme, etc.)

What’s really amazing, though, is how these leitmotifs grow as the films go on. As a character grows, their theme music grows with them. As a kingdom changes, its theme music subtly changes too.

One example: the way the theme music representing the Fellowship grows over the course of the films.

Originally posted by legolas-sonof-thranduil

 There’s way too much to fit one in post so I’ll spread this out over several posts (in the next days weeks) tagged #fellowshiptheme.

You know the epic music a lot of people call “the battle music” or the “Lotr theme song…?” ( DUNN DUNNNN, DA DA DUNNN!- The music that plays in the very beginning of this soundtrack)?

You might know that’s the theme music (leitmotif) that represents the Fellowship. 

According to the composer, this theme plays whenever the fellowship is bonding, or coming together to do something that none of them could have done alone.

We hear the Fellowship’s theme scores of time over the course of the trilogy, but it’s different every time, reflecting the state of the fellowship at that point in the films.

The first time we hear it is in Bag End, as the the title “The Fellowship of the Ring” shows up on-screen.It’s played slowly and softly, just an echo of what it will become: musical foreshadowing.

 You can hear it at (0:30) of this clip.

(*Links to soundtrack:
OST:his piece isn’t on the OST soundtrack. 
Complete Recordings: The Shire)

But the second time we hear the Fellowship Theme, and the FIRST time it’s actually applied to the characters– is in this scene (at  0:30 of this clip)

*OST soundtrack: The Treason of Isengard.
Complete Recordings: Three is Company

Sam hesitates. “One more step, and It’ll be the farthest away from home that I’ve ever been.”  Frodo walks by his side, gently encourages him, and they journey on together. We hear the Fellowship theme for the second time.

 The composer (Howard Shore) could have easily debuted the Fellowship theme at the Council of Elrond, when the Fellowship is actually formed. Or when the Fellowship sets out from Rivendell. Or during the huge battle in Moria.

 But instead, as Howard Shore wrote in his book on the soundtrack, the theme music begins where the Fellowship itself does…It begins here. 

The  love and heroism that will bind the Fellowship and save Middle-Earth isn’t born in a world-shaking battle, but in a small moment of friendship.

TL;DR: 

The Fellowship’s theme music, like the Fellowship itself, doesn’t begin in moments of epic flashy heroism….but in lil humble hobbit-y scenes in the Shire.

(to request a soundtrack to be written about, reblog this linked post.
Posts in the series are tagged #fellowshiptheme. All my soundtrack posts are tagged #lotrsoundtrackfacts)

Amal Clooney (b. 1978) is a Lebanese-British lawyer and activist, specializing in human rights and international law. She has had a number of high-profile cases, especially as part of her work for the United Nations.

In addition to lectures she held at various higher education institutions across the globe, she was also a faculty member at Columbia’s Law School Human Rights Institute. She has created the Amal Clooney Scholarship, which sends one Lebanese female student every year to study at the United World College in Armenia.

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Ibrahim (Bambi) is the first OCs that I decided I have go as far as drawing his extended family. Just because I want to see what those people would look like, they’re a mixture of Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle East

Kareem (father-deceased) born in Shibam, Yemen. He is mixed of Romanian and predominantly Arabic heritage.  
Tagel (mother- deceased) born in Arava Valley of southern Israel. Tagel is of Yemenite Jewish descent.
Salem (eldest child) and Ibrahim (middle child)  both were born in Louisiana

Quick Eric Harris Trivia

Eric’s middle name: David
Eric was born in Wichita, Kansas
Eric loved dogs, his was named Sparky. Sparky was a Yorkie and died a year after Eric
Eric wrote a letter to ID software with ideas for DooM 3 (im sure his would have been a better game)
Eric’s favorite body part on a women was her legs
His favorite soda was Mountain Dew
He was born on the 9th of April, star sign Aries
He drove an automatic
His favorite sport was soccer.
His dream car was a Hummer.
His favorite season was summer.
His favorite day of the week was Friday.
Eric bought the letters for natural selection at hobby lobby
He loved pepperoni and green pepper pizza
Eric was born with a congenial leg problem that required numerous doctor’s visits when he was a baby.
Eric smoked kamel reds

Keep it  going with your own trivia guys  and girls!

  • other nioh players: changes stances constantly, in the middle of combos, combine strategies flawlessly, may actually be real samurai
  • me: i was born in middle stance and i'll die in middle stance
the historicity of queerness in black sails, pt. 1

Hello, Tumblr! Let’s talk about pirates, queer stuff, and historical accuracy

There’s been renewed talk in certain spaces this week about queer narratives in historical drama. This has been spurred almost entirely by the series finale of Black Sails, which made the (distressingly) controversial decision to end its four-year run by giving its queer protagonists a largely happy ending.

If any show currently airing was going to take such a leap, it was always going to be Black Sails, which from the outset possessed a keen interest in exploring queer narratives. This was seen–correctly–as being something almost unheard of among historical dramas: a genre whose queer characters, if any, are relegated to the status of minor character or tragic subplot. But why is this, and why did Black Sails provoke some ire for heading in the opposite direction? There is an easy answer; an assumption lurking in the undertow of many an irate Facebook or Reddit comment: queer people in the 18th century didn’t get happy endings, did they?

This is part of a bigger question: There were no gay people then, right? In other words, characters can’t be openly gay in the show, because they killed men for that, didn’t they, and isn’t this supposed to be a ‘historical’ drama? So: how accurate is the queerness in Black Sails? Let’s take a look at some history.

Trigger warning for discussions of period-typical homophobia and a brief mention of rape. 

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anonymous asked:

I'm like highkey wondering what you look like??

Right now I look like a teen mom with too many kids (I love them though you are all precious)

If I get 500 likes on this I’ll post one, granted if the gods are in my favor and the stars are aligned correctly I’ll look halfway decent but meh

If you need some visual beforehand though just imagine a white passing (I don’t know how the fuck people think I’m white with the hair I have but o-fucking-kay) black girl with two afro poofs on the side completely done with life

Malalai Joya (b. 1978) is a former politician and human rights activist from Afghanistan. She used to be a Parliamentarian in the National Assembly of the country, but was dismissed after denouncing the presence of war criminals in the Parliament.

She began her career as a social activist by becoming director of the NGO OPAWC – the Organisation of Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities. The public condemnation of war lords and criminals attracted criticism, threats, and even assassination attempts, but also widespread admiration, as the BBC called her ‘the bravest woman in Afghanistan’.

Birth Order

The following traits and characteristics are typically observed in most families - for only, first born, second, middle of three children and youngest children. However, there are always exceptions to the rule!

Only Children

- More spoiled and indulged.

- Enjoys being the center of attention.

- May feel special, or better than, other children. May appear to be aloof.

 - Tend to be more self-centered and self-absorbed.

- Expects to be listened to, and get their own way.

 - May be less co-operative and adaptable.

 - Uses “divide and conquer” tactics to get their own way.

- Often, very driven, focused and (ultimately) successful; high achievers.

- As children, relate better to adults than peers.

First Born Children 

- Is used to being the center of attention.

- Feels they should gain superiority over others.

- Usually believes that they are right.

- Has controlling tendencies.

- Generally seeks attention through conforming to the wishes and expectations of authority figures. Is eager to please. If this doesn’t work, will be rebellious and non-conformist.

- Tends to be highly competent, focused, diligent, hard working, responsible and reliable.

-  May strive to help, and to protect the rights of, others.

-  Is  generally successful, and a high achiever.

Second Children

- May feel they are never fully recognised and appreciated.

- Are continually trying to catch up and be noticed in their own right.

- Tends to have the opposite traits to the first born in their family, and to develop abilities that are not exhibited by the first child.

- May be rebellious.

- May be less driven, more laid back and less success oriented.

- May lack self-confidence or suffer from low self-esteem.

Middle of Three Children

- Often feels that life is unfair, or feels unwanted, unnoticed and unloved.

- Feels as if they don’t really have a place in their family.

- May be seen as/ adopt the role of “problem child”.

 - Is flexible and adaptable.

- Usually has good relationship skills (are good listeners, are patient, have excellent negotiation skills, are empathic, understanding and compassionate.)

Youngest Children

- Has many of the traits of an only child.

 - Tends to feel that others are more capable and competent.

- Expects others to take the initiative, make decisions and assume responsibility.

- May not be taken seriously, and may feel as if they are never taken seriously.

- Skilled at getting others to help them, and to getting their own way.

- May struggle with feelings of inferiority.

- More laid back, light hearted, amusing and entertaining, creative and unself-conscious.

- Often affectionate and charming.

de Rolo kid thoughts HERE since this is the silly fan art blog.  The middle child, born between sets of twins, so a bit of the odd one out. She gets older, thinking herself not as pretty as her mom, or as smart as her dad, and of course her siblings were gifted as such. She likes the ravens though. Scattered around Whitestone until she requests assistance in making a formal rookery. Her father helps, aiming to let her have control of the project as much as he can.

The girl becomes, for all appearances, the formal caretaker of the ravens in Whitestone. It’s assumed she’d attach herself to one, to acquire a companion, but her relationship with the ravens never quite gets there. They are friends, coworkers. Small creatures who she knows by name and feather pattern, and who likes which seeds and scraps of jerky, and a special eye on the small number of ravens who were somehow capable of simple druid spells. She thought of asking about that last particular quirk on more than one occasion, but the sadness that would come over her mother’s face when she began dancing around the subject would always make her quietly back away. If the answer was as important as the emotional response implied, then she would know in time.