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Crystal and Stone Cuts

How Different Shapes Can Influence Energy Flow

By Rainy-Day-Witchcraft

This post a little spinoff from my “Explaining Crystal Healing” post, and describes how energy is directed throughout a stone based on the different, both cut and raw, shapes of gemstones. Enjoy ♡



  • Natural Point(s)⌇Best used when energy is meant to be concentrated and pointed in a specific direction. If a stone has more than one point, the energy will also tend to be directed in those multiple directions. Larger points make wonderful wands!
  • Grounded Point/Obelisk⌇Stronger version of the (natural) pointed stone, as the bottom of an obilisk-shaped crystal is flat, and allowing for a more grounded directional energy. Because these are meant to be placed standing and pointing upwards, they are best used when energy is needed to be pointed up from a flat surface.
  • Double-Terminated⌇Think of these cuts as having two poles, like the earth, moving energy in a elongated sphere around the crystal. Energy is taken in by each point and added to the ‘bubble’ of energy the crystal can work with.
  • Tumbled⌇Crystals and stones that have been tumbled (yet not quite into a perfect sphere) will have energy that softly emits in all directions, sometimes directionally varied if the stone is a little more abstractly shaped.
  • Natural/Raw⌇Energy flow with naturally shaped and formed stones, while being stronger than man-made stones, tends to be more sporadic than smoother or more even stones (unless, of course, the stone forms naturally with a smooth texture). Energy flow depends on the shape and texture of each mineral - Rough, cubed, pointed, etc.
  • Faceted/Multiple-Faced⌇Energy in and around faceted gemstones, such as those commonly used in jewelry, will be given off similarly to how a mirror or glass pane reflects/directs light; In this example, think of each face of the stone as glass, and energy as the light. This method of energy flow also applies to multiple-faced, non-pointed stones, such as some varieties of raw minerals that grow with cubed or edged faces.
  • Spherical⌇Crystal balls and spheres will give off energy in an evenly distributed way, as you expect a perfect sphere would. Spherical gemstones that are translucent and able to focus light (similarly to how a magnifying class can focus sunlight) can also direct energy in one direction if used in certain ways.
  • “Palm” Stone⌇Palm stones are similar to spherical stones in that they emit energy in a constant way, though these stones are more grounded. Because of their grounded nature and palm-like shape, these types of stones are ideal for emotional healing, grounding, or stress.
  • Worry Stone⌇Worry stones are created to, just as the name suggests, decrease or eliminate worry! These are made to work a bit differently than others; the piezoelectric energy of the stone is made to be given off as a trigger to physical touching or rubbing one’s thumb on the slightly concaved area of the stone. Besides metaphysical healing purposes, these are also made to give a person something do fiddle with in their hands to take the mind off worry.
YOI ep 9 speculation post

I feel like episode 9 of Yuri on Ice can go in a number of multiple directions at this point, so let me discuss all the different possibilities I can think of now. Let’s do this in the form of questions and potential answers.

1.       Will Maccachin die?

If yes, we could see Victor cry and Yuuri comforting him over the phone, which would also be the perfect opportunity for Victor to talk about his past and/or motives and/or plans for the future.

If yes, we could see Victor calling Yuuri and telling him everything is fine because he doesn’t want to stress him before his Free Skate, but he’s really holding back tears (which doesn’t really contribute to the plot but tells us a lot).

If no, we could see Victor calling Yuuri and excitedly announcing that it was a false alarm and that everything is fine, which is ideal because he gets to watch him skate and everyone’s favorite dog lives (but it’s also sort of anticlimactic).

Bonus: If Maccachin doesn’t die, Victor could find a last-minute flight and fly back to Moscow and make it just in time to see the end of Yuuri’s program which would be really freaking beautiful. (unrealistic as all hell but shh)

2.       How will Yuuri skate without Victor’s support?

He will do badly, because Victor’s presence always helps him do well (honestly, least likely because Yuuri is stronger than this even if he is often anxious and presented as mentally weak).

He will do well and will say something like “I don’t need Victor in order to win” (which would be heartbreaking but would also make sense in terms of his character development).

He will do his best to skate as well as he can to show Victor (and the world) that his teaching hasn’t been lost on him that he believes in himself and he will say something like “I will let my feelings reach Victor even if he is all the way in Japan.” (basically Victor will be the focal point of his performance, but his personal growth will also be shown through it).

Bonus: Yuuri’s performance will also affect Victor in some way.

3.       How will Yakov/Lilia/Yurio treat Yuuri?

Coldly, but they’ll keep him and Yuuri will find a way to deal with his stress.

Yuuri will end up growing closer to Yurio and understanding him better (and vice versa).

Yakov will explain Victor’s backstory (which would be ideal because it’s been 8 episodes and he’s still a Goddamn mystery).

Bonus: They will somehow be supportive of him.

4.       How will the podium look?

Hell if I know!

My bets are JJ Leroy, Yuuri, Yurio or Yuuri, Yurio, JJ Leroy (because Victor’s coaching methods have to be proved superior to Yakov and Lilia’s so I’m afraid Yurio can’t be above Yuuri).

Those are just my thoughts though!

If you have any more questions and/or potential answers, please tell me so that we can expand this post!

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@bi-puns is proud to announce our own magazine: Bidings, run bi the Bad Bi Bureau [Link to Magazine]. A permanent link to this magazine and its future issues can be found at bi-puns.tumblr.com/bidingsmagazine. [Link]

What is Bidings Magazine? It is a magazine designed to be filled with bi puns, bi community related art, articles, and information. It is associated specifically with this blog and with my other bi blog, @pinkpurplebluepride.

Here are some of the articles you can find in Issue #1: Bioqueers In Space:

  • Bioqueer Base Birections
  • 4 Bi Pride Crafts You Can Make at Home
  • Zero-Gravity Birling Tournament and Rules
  • 5 Hot New Tracks Added to our biTunes Playlist
  • 10 Ways to Crush Biphobia

Note: this is not a scheduled magazine that releases issues regularly. This is something I would like to continue every now and then when I have time. Please consider reblogging if you enjoy it and feel free to tell bi people you know about it if they might like it.

Congrats to the WOY crew on getting 3 Annie Award nominations for 2 AMAZING episodes!

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children

Wander Over Yonder - Episode: My Fair Hatey

Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Wander Over Yonder - Episode: The Night Out - Character Designer: Benjamin Balistreri, Character: multiple characters

Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Wander Over Yonder - Episode: My Fair Hatey - Director: Dave Thomas, Director: Eddie Trigueros, Director: Justin Nichols

170213 BTS Gets Sentimental In 'Spring Day' Video: Watch

Korean boy band BTS released their latest single “Spring Day” on Sunday (Feb. 12). It is one of four new songs featured on You Never Walk Alone, the reissue of last year’s record-breaking Wings.

The melancholic “Spring Day” jumps genres as an alt hip-hop song infused with rock instrumentals and EDM synths. While there are rap breaks –as is typical of the band’s hip hop oriented style– “Spring Day” follows last year’s “Save Me” and 2015’s “I Need You” with its effusive, dreamy vocals and yearning lyrics; the song’s chorus is largely made up of “I want to see you” repeated multiple times.

The video, directed by frequent BTS collaborator Lumpens (YongSeok Choi), reflects the album’s title and transmutes “Spring Day” from a love song into an ode dedicated to the dead. It begins with V stepping onto train tracks and facing an oncoming train, then shows a variety of contrasting bright and muted scenes featuring BTS’ members as they spend time with one another. (Plus there’s a random mountain of laundry that they spend some time chilling on.) “Spring Day” ends with the septet walking together, but a subtle camera shot reveals that Jimin is the only person actually physically there.

Impressively enough, the music video racked up nearly 10 million views within 24 hours of its release.

“Spring Day” is a dual single from You Never Walk Alone, along with the provocative “Not Today.” A more rambunctious track than its counterpart, “Not Today” is a self-proclaimed power anthem for “all the underdogs in the world.”

The group’s second studio album, Wings became the best-selling and highest-charting K-pop album ever when it appeared on the Billboard 200 at No. 26 for two weeks in October 2016. With the release of its updated version You Never Walk Alone, BTS rose to the top of the US iTunes chart as “Spring Day” took the No. 8 spot swiftly after its release. According to a tweet from Bang Sihyuk, the CEO of BTS’ agency Big Hit Entertainment, it is the first time a K-pop group appeared in the top 10 of the US iTunes song chart; Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was the first Korean song to top the chart back in 2012.

Watch the video for “Spring Day” here.

©billboard

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Tfw you’re watching a video and you see Jungkook looking vaguely in Jimin’s direction and you think ‘haha, I bet he’s looking at Jimin’ but you can’t prove it because he’s not in the shot and then you watch another video and he’s staring directly at him and you just think, ‘oh’

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I started all three of these designs today… I cut out the stencil for the stars and gotten all the glass I need…today I practiced foiling and soldering and learned I need a strong wire for the 3-d glass flowers and I made my outline for the rose. I am truly a Gemini I need to pick one design and stick with it…I just wanna get as much knowledge as I can from my G-ma before she heads back to Canada in April

INFP Moments #23

Your sense of time does not work the same as others. You’ll think you’ll do something at a certain time, only for several hours to pass, or you think that only a week has passed when it’s been several months. More often than not unless you’re always looking at a calendar to remind you, you even get the days confused, either thinking it’s Wednesday when it’s Friday or vice versa. As such time doesn’t seem to move one direction, but multiple and you’re never quite sure where in that time frame you constantly are.

Dating someone with anxiety entails:

-them saying sorry at least five times a day
-promising doesn’t come easy
-them not wanting to order food themselves
-them asking you the same question about fifteen times
- telling them it’s okay and that they’ll be okay
-them being nervous for seemingly simple tasks
-making phone calls for them
-texts as soon as you leave
-sweaty palms
-repeating directions multiple times but then realizing they really don’t want to go alone so you go with them
-answering the same question multiple times
-constant reassurance
-them always being early never late
-directions can never be clear enough
-checking to make sure something is done correctly multiple times over and over again
-them constantly freaking out
-and anxiety attacks

This is my experience and what I need add what you want.

So, rewatching Leverage, and here is a thought:

None of the team’s heists, except a couple of very specific episodes, could ever really be pulled off with three people.  The average con by the fine team at Leverage Incorporated has so many moving parts that they’ll often enough recruit even more somewhat-unwitting help from other people peripherally involved in the case.  Having five people on a team lets them grift from multiple directions and still save somebody to work from the background, lets them come from multiple angles, and means they’ve usually got backup somewhere.

So I’m thinking about Parker, Elliot, and Hardison, post-S5, and what I’m thinking is, their problem won’t be a lack of skill.  Sophie and then secondarily Nate are very much the primary grifters for the crew, but the trio have all got some solid-enough skill there.  Their problem is going to be a lack of bodies.

They’ll try a couple of jobs just the three of them, I’m sure, but after the first or second time that somebody almost gets seriously hurt because Eliot is on the other side of the city doing what ordinarily would have been Sophie’s job, it’s very clear: they need help.

It doesn’t need to be a full partner on the team, of course.  They can just add one or two people to be, like, employees for a bit.  Probationary crew members.  Parker’s all pleased about getting to boss people around.  Eliot Does Not Trust these new people.

So obviously there’s a revolving door of one-off helpers for a while, but what I’m thinking actually happens is, a couple of months in, they’re working a job with yet another really annoying temp, and they discover halfway through that somebody else is working the mark from the opposite angle.  Then they discover that it’s the mark’s fifteen-year-old adopted-for-publicity’s-sake foster kid and said foster kid’s seventeen-year-old sister.

Foster kid does not really enjoy being a poster child for the mark’s Goodness and Kindness Towards Humanity, but they do enjoy the cash.  The two girls have been playing marks since they were eight and ten.  The younger one has a great eye for details, quick fingers, and pulls off ‘sad unfortunate waif’ fantastically well.  The older one fights like a back-alley street brawler who’s won every fight she’s ever taken on the dirty way, and reads people like only a grifter who’s been working since near-birth could.  Before this job, this mark, it’s been a dozen different homes and schemes, mostly successful, in three different states.  The hope is to rip the mark off for enough cash and prizes to flee the whole Pacific Northwest and set themselves up for good.  However you do that.  How do you do that?

Of course, Annoying Temp Of The Week almost blows everything and gets them all caught, and of course, upon realizing what’s up with these two teenage girls, Parker-Hardison-Elliot almost blow everything even harder, going in to save them–but then the girls in their cleverness and gratitude get in there and repay the favor by saving the whole con, taking the mark out, and getting everybody home free.  Even the annoying temp of the week.

So once that guy’s been cut loose with his pay for the job and a ‘don’t call us–we’ll call you’, you get the trio upstairs from the brew pub, surveying these two teenage girls who just bailed them out of trouble and now have nowhere left to go but back into foster care.

“Now what are we going to do with you?” Hardison asks.

“You could keep us,” suggests the younger girl, as winningly as she can.  Three professional thieves with this kind of sweet setup?  Hell yeah.

“Uh, no, we can’t,” says Elliot.

“He’s right,” Parker agrees.  “The kinds of jobs we pull are no place for amateurs.”

“That’s not what it looked like before,” points out the older kid.  She means their temp.  She’s absolutely right.

“No, what she means is, our lives are no kind of place for kids,” Elliot growls.  He knows that’s not what Parker means, but it’s what he means.  They need decent homes and a shot at a real, non-criminal life.

“How old were you when you started?” asks the older girl.  “How did you know you were going to be thieves instead of doctors or lawyers or airline pilots?”

“We could take apprentices,” Parker muses, and that’s when Hardison and Elliot drag her back into a side room for a hurried discussion.

(The words child abuse and child endangerment get hissed around a lot.  Parker, who blew up a house at age seven, does not really get it.  She does however point out that Hardison was ripping off banks and infiltrating federal databases by the time he was sixteen.

“Yes, but I had a Nana who loved me and a safe place to live and a semi-normal experience in high school, Parker,” he points out.  She shrugs.

“I had Archie,” she says.  “He’s the only family I’ve got.  If we try to send them to anywhere safe or normal, they’re just going to leave.”

“We could ask Nate and Sophie,” Elliot points out.

“Dude, Nate and Sophie just got rid of us, you think they want to go adopting a couple of teenage mini-thems?” Hardison asks.  Elliot rolls his eyes.

“I meant for advice, not to–”

“If we send them away, they’re just going to keep doing the same things,” Parker says.  “They’re going to steal, and cheat, and they’re going to get caught, because nobody ever cared enough to teach them the right way to do things.  And they’re probably going to turn out selfish and mean, because that’s what happens to people who don’t spend time around good people.  Especially thieves.  They’re not going to be safe.”

“Oh, as opposed to our safe lives of ripping off multi-national corporations and the mob?” Elliot demands.

“Look,” Hardison says.  “I’m not saying Parker’s right and I’m not saying we need them, but they did save our asses out there on this one.  They’re good.”

Elliot groans.  “Okay, we are setting some ground rules.”)

“Rule number one,” Elliot says to the girls, because he was elected most intimidating actual authority figure by a huge margin.  “You go to school.  Both of you.  That means you enroll in high school and you actually show up.  You do your homework.  Friends, extracurriculars, all that.  You start skipping classes, we will find out.”

“Rule number two, thief training,” Parker steps in.  “I can train you like my mentor trained me.  Hardison and Elliot can teach you other things.  You work hard, you get better.”

“If you want to,” Elliot adds.  “Nobody’s going to stop you if you decide you want to be a doctor or a lawyer or a professional violinist.  We’ll help you get on that road too.  And it’s okay to change your minds about it later.”

“We may use you on jobs,” Hardison says.  “When we say you’re ready.  And that means you listen to what we say out in the field, okay, all three of us, because we have a vested interest in keeping you alive and out of prison.  Parker’s the boss but we all have a decade’s worth of experience on you, not to mention we’re the people who were out taking down multinational corporations and the Italian, Russian, Irish–which mobs am I missing, guys?  Anyway, we were doing that while you was still in grade school.”

“That’s also something to keep in mind if you try to rip us off,” Elliot adds.  “We overthrew a country.  We will find you.”

“But you’re not going to try to rip us off,” says Parker.  “Because you want this.”  She knows them.  They’re like her, like she was.  And they are probably planning on how to rip Leverage off once they learn enough–but that’s okay.  By that point, they won’t want to any more.

“We’ll work it out,” Elliot says.  “Might be a little rough going while we figure out how this is going to go, but you’re making yourselves our responsibility now.  We take those seriously.”

“So what do you say?” Hardison asks.  “Are we sitting down and creating you two some shiny new identities and paperwork saying you belong here, or do you not want to see how to do that?”

“We’re in,” the older girl jumps in before Hardison even finishes his sentence.  “We’ll do it.”

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Basically I want all the shenanigans where the team accidentally adopts a couple of baby teenage thieves badly in need of guidance and tries to train them up right.  Whatever that ends up meaning.

(None of them are actually sure.)

Week 11 It’s Not Easy Being Green - Contrast

Duty travel calls once again so early start to this weeks challenge.  

Canon EOS 70D with 24x70 f2.8L shot at 59mm

1/5sec f22 ISO100

Processed in Lightroom CC

Played with multiple light metering modes…direct noon day light made for parts of the image to be easily blown out given the darks created by the window shade.  Persistence paid off.

“Get your shoes off the furniture” didn’t translate very well, apparently.  

That’s really cool @bmrider69! Did you use a tripod with that slow shutter speed? It came out really sharp. Very nice! - RK

10 Ways I Can Spot an Aspie Girl

1. Deep, soulful eyes which perhaps dip down slightly and/or are very distinguished and large. There is someone in there with a story. There is truth.

2. An uncomfortable smile that cannot find a home which fluctuates between a chiseled, serious frown and the most amazing genuine smile, wherein the whole self and soul lights up—a childlike expression, too pure to be mistaken for anything else than authenticity.

3. Continual statements of second-guessing, checking for understanding, clarifying self, and offering out extra information in an attempt to be understood. Indications of never reaching a full conclusion, as there are limitless possibilities. Questioning self, harvesting advice, and then tossing everything out and starting anew. Having the kindling of multiple thoughts about multiple directions, all at the same time.

4. Fleeting, unnatural eye contact, that is either over-intense and attempting to linger or constantly moved about to find an object of focus. Unusual gestures whilst conversing, and seemingly never fully engaged in the speaker, unless strongly intrigued; and even then the imagination takes over and causes a drifting appearance. Unless overtaken with a special topic of interest; then all mannerisms and ways of being become forgotten, and all that exists is the spoken word.

5. Eyebrows that raise up when a smile is formed, or a distinct maneuvering of the facial features, as if to represent who they are, even when smiling, as to not distort a truth.

6. Unnatural appearing stances and movements; never quite comfortable moving in body unless preoccupied and/or in the midst of strong emotions or a special topic of interest.

7. A sweetness that isn’t outgrown entangled with an enchanting childlike nature and naiveté. Swirling within a constant flux of varying emotions, and heavily influenced by the happenings of everything and everyone.

8. An undeniable unique way of self-expression in all forms: in thought, in writing, in art. All is an extension of the greater self. Spread out with an openness lacking self-need and wanting; and instead represented by an honest soul in search of connection.

9. A flowing nature with undercurrents of stability and predictability. At first glance the person may seem unstable, but with careful observation she follows the ebbs and flows of life, much like the tides to the moon, and the flowers to seasons. She rises and falls. She opens and closes. She is a manifestation of the greater good of cosmic unity, of togetherness, of the interwoven web of us.

10. Her deep reflective state, no matter the topic or situation. The way in which intensity is brought into the room, even as a lightness of being remains. There is a quandary of sorts, an advanced duality, in which she is powerful, yet she is meek, she is substantial yet she is invisible, she is love yet she is fear. She carries the badge of courage in her heart, the white dove of humility in her hands, and everywhere she goes she is either touched or touches down, leaving a trail of fairy dust, or a slough of mud, either way, the path altered.

— 

-everydayaspergers.com

this is actually really beautiful and accurate.

ENTP psa

Being  labeled as the sarcastic assholes of the 16 types (which may or may not be 100% true….), I thought it was necessary for me to point out that the majority of our statements aren’t actually jokes. At least, not initially. 

Our suggestions sort exist in a limbo state between factual and pure bullshit. The direction in which they swing depends solely on your reaction. That’s why we’re always pushing your limits. We wanna see how far things will go because, even though we have numerous outcomes playing out in our minds already, the only one that fascinates us the most is the one that actually happens. It could just be something we’ll never see coming.

We literally have our options open 24/7 but we never stop moving. We’re being dragged in multiple directions at once, and just a simple ‘Sure’ could mean our plans are booked for the day (not that it ever actually happens lol)

See, just yesterday I invited my friend to a dance party in the local Wallmart. Part of me is disappointed that she thought I was kidding. I wasn’t even sure what I was thinking myself, but looks like I’m still free next weekend…*sigh*

This is also the reason why we hate being doubted so much, we sort of function along the “You think I’m joking???? Watch me.” mindset. (It’s caused me to do things I regret….like ingesting 20+ packets of artificial coffee sweetener) We can take punchlines a little too far. (To be completely honest 90% of my actions are just out of spite. )

My point is: Our ridiculousness is more genuine than we make it look. Maybe give it a try sometimes. You’ll never know to what extent we’ll go to in order to see something new and exciting.

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a decade since the airing of “dalek

some deleted lines. (text from “doctor who: the shooting scripts”)

What if those who are Marked face a death that pertains to the gift they utilize the most. So when the time comes and the curtain closes, the Marked face a gruesome fate, as is custom with all things where one assumes they can control something otherworldly.

  • If Possession was widely used, it turns against them. All the thoughts and people they have once inhabited for seconds to longer return. A huge clash of thoughts, dreams, whispers, worries screaming and shouting and murmuring and singing into this maddening mess. How the user finds silence is self-explanatory. 

Keep reading

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to celebrate the debut of the new costume officially soon, i thought id finally post the concepts I went through for this costume.

a. the concept as it was originally pitched to me was far more street-level sounding. it involved a status quo change that saw jessica in a new environment and job for herself. this is what drove my early attempts. i tried to imagine her wearing something that can be seen as a costume when she is in battle, but also something that wouldn’t stick too far out if she was in a bar or an office.

b. with the second round, the idea brought back some of the superhero-ness to it. and something i wanted to bring in is that she is a spy. she works for shield. she would have access to fabrics and technology that aren’t real. so i could have some fun with what this costume could physically do. 

c. a bit more focusing on the direction now. multiple editors and voices were now involved, so i had to balance what everyone was thinking.

d. i played some more with the mask. i originally wanted them to just be lenses that grew out into a larger mask on her face. i wanted them to be a bit science-fictiony. more fun than realistic.

final. after some final notes from Joe Q, this was were the design ended up at.

Zoë Kravitz Joins HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

Zoë Kravitz is set for a co-starring role opposite Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies, HBO’s limited series from David E. Kelley.
An adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 darkly comic novel, Big Little Lies revolves around three mothers of kindergartners — Celeste (Kidman), Madeline (Witherspoon) and Jane — whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Kravitz will play Bonnie Carlson who is married to Madeline’s ex-husband. Bonnie is a spiritual yoga instructor, a sensitive soul with a strong moral compass. Also cast in the project are Laura Dern as Renata Klein and Adam Scott is Ed Mackenzie, Madeline’s husband. Shailene Woodley is finalizing a deal to play Jane.
The book was optioned by Kidman’s Blossom Films and Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard. The two actresses exec produce with Kelley, Pacific Standard’s Bruna Papandrea and Blossom Films’ Per Saar. Jean-Marc Vallée is set to direct multiple episodes.
Kravitz, co-star of the Divergent feature franchise, has been working non-stop. This year, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet was seen in the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, Mad Max: Fury Road and Dope. She is attached Black Belle and will be seen in Viena And The Fantomes and Vincent-N-Roxxy. Kravitz, who has a band, Lolawolf, is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.
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