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On this day in music history: November 18, 1972 - “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on December 9, 1972. Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, it is the first major hit for the Philadelphia, PA vocal quintet. Lead singer Teddy Pendergrass initially joins The Blue Notes as their drummer, but is moved to the front and center of the group when Harold Melvin discovers that he can sing. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes is among the first acts signed to Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records in 1971. “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” is originally written for the Chicago based R&B group The Dells, but does not end up recording it when a deal with their record label cannot be reached. Instead, it is given to The Blue Notes and is released as their second single, becoming an immediate smash on both pop and R&B radio. The success of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” marks the beginning of a hit streak Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes have, turning Teddy Pendergrass into a star prior to launching his own solo career in 1977. British band Simply Red covers the song in 1989, taking it to number one, belatedly winning Gamble and Huff a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1990. “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

You don’t know what it’s like to have voices in your head saying that everybody hates you saying that you’re not enough saying that you don’t deserve any kind of love and support
—  Try fighting this everyday

Boy, was I wrong

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I know love now, and I’m going to prove how strong I’ve become by getting a gold medal in the Grand Prix Final!

- Yuuri Katsuki [x]

This set may have been inspired by the Bedtime Stories chat but I dedicate it to everyone.

This is easily one of my favourite scenes in the entire show. The fact that Yuuri, after years and years of feeling like he was on his own in every endeavour, was able to see that he’s had people loving and supporting him all along really hit home for me. Being able to look outside of himself and see that he’s not as alone as he convinced himself that he was is a huge step.

You hear people often say that you need to have a support network for good mental health. Well, half of truly being able to utilize said network is allowing yourself to accept that it’s there in the first place.

So I encourage everyone to take a moment and look around. See that there are people around you that love you and are willing to support you. They may be friends, family, pets, co-workers, etc. There’s no mould that people need to fit into to say “I have a real support network”. Everyone has someone that loves them.

If we can take any message away from Yuuri’s struggles and apply it to our own lives, then I encourage it to be this one:

Remember that you are loved and if you allow yourself to look, there will always be someone there who is ready and willing to support you.

Keith in the Garrison
  • Person A: man you know Keith Kogane is the most responsible person ever!
  • Person B: I heard Iverson called him a model student
  • Lance, who over heard them: yeah whatever blah blah responsible Keith blah blah
  • Keith, running up to where Hunk, Pidge and Lance are standing: listen you guys don't know me and I don't know you but I just blew up a fucking washing machine in the laundry room and I'm gonna need some help

I had the sudden urge to draw them in Elie Saab dresses (x) (x) and I JUST—-

why do they look so good they’re illegal