pr history

The longest-running series in The CW’s history, Supernatural started out following brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they road-tripped across the country in their 1967 Chevy Impala and hunted everything from ghosts to vampires. The show premiered on The WB in 2005 at a time when being a diehard fan meant simply tuning in to watch every week. Twitter didn’t exist, and success was measured almost exclusively by ratings. And although Supernatural has always been consistent in the viewer department, there was something else that made the series stand out. Year after year, as the stories got bigger and bolder – hunting monsters became stopping an apocalypse, defeating rogue angels became battling God’s sister – the show’s steady viewership evolved into a cult following and ultimately, a full-blown fandom. Cut to 2017, where being a diehard fan means tuning in, live-tweeting, and attending one of the more than 16 fan conventions held annually across the country. Heading into its 13th season, which premiered Oct. 12 at 8 p.m., Supernatural is leading the charge on what it means to be a “fandom” these days. Anyone can attend a convention, but when Supernatural showed up at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, it kicked off its panel with the rock band Kansas performing the show’s unofficial theme song, “Carry on Wayward Son.” Anyone can live-tweet, but when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston – the first in a strong of devastating storms – the Supernatural stars took their characters’ mission to save people and make it a reality, starting a fund to help those who were impacted by the storms. Fans rallied behind the stars as they asked for donations on Twitter and together, the #SPNFamily helped raise more than $450,000 (and counting), proving that, when it comes to Supernatural, even fandom is a family business. “This particular fandom has become a real community, and people have found a home there,” star Misha Collins says.
—  “Supernatural: Two Winchesters and a dead angel spill secrets from beyond the grave (and the season 13 set).” Entertainment Weekly, October 20/27, 2017. [print]

Sometimes I have trouble believing that a POWER RANGER is the first lgbt movie hero AND that it beat Wonder Woman by like a few months AND Diana can’t get anything because Trini and her are both females that are poc and lgbt

ruining the surprise: presents for @labodegaborinquen

He asked me to find him some PR-centric coloring books. I hit the jackpot today:

1. kids centric coloring book of la isla
2 el grito de lares coloring book
3. los tainos de boriquen coloring book
4. historia de la esclavitud negra en puerto rico
5. eugenio maria de hostos
6. origen de la bandera puertorriqueña

onyxite  asked:

what are your favourite books/ what do you recommend i read?

favourite books

  • Donna Tartt, The Secret History: It’s pretty redundant at this stage to even rec this book on Tumblr as seemingly everyone and their grandmother had read it, however I like to think things are considered as cult classics for a reason. A rich, heavy world filtered through an biased protagonist’s lens; read it to feel like a participant in a bacchanal. 

  • Daniel Handler, The Basic Eight: More teenagers with far too much time on their hands. The ‘small town setting in suburbia LA’ is written in a way that unsettles you as the book goes on, as well as the narrator’s progressive mental disintegration. (+ bonus points: by Lemony Snicket!)
  • Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita: Read it for the prose, even if nothing else. Be prepared to have your heart torn out. (also: Pale Fire afterwards)
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Possibly the most oddly fascinating collection of short stories you will ever have the pleasure of reading.  
    (favourites: Three Versions of Judas & The Garden of Forking Paths)
  • Marguerite Yourcenar, The Memoirs of Hadrian: A work of genius, the entirety quote worthy for its statements on politics and humanity; three hundred pages close to my heart. Flaubert’s statement ‘melancholy of the ancient world’ describes it aptly. (read it in its original French if possible)

  • David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas: Robert Frobisher’s chapter (starts crying)

YA recs

  • Phillip Pullman, His Dark Materials: quantum particles, parallel worlds, witches, catholic church; the good vs the good vs the good when they’re actually all not.

  • Diana Wynn Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle & subsequent books: terrifyingly witty cast of characters, strong and unexpected heroines; superb prose.

  • Alex Scarrow, Time Riders Series: Exactly what the title suggests, nothing more nothing less, but served in a satisfying way.

  • Stephanie Oaks, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly: cults, prophets, southern gothic towns and a interracial relationship! satisfyingly sinister.
  • J.C. Carleson, Placebo Junkies: Literally Inception on drugs, no kidding.
  • Megan Abbot, Dare Me: I tagged it “teenage girls”, “ethically questionable” and “brilliant writing broke my heart” on Goodreads, which probably is the best coherent summary I would ever be able to give.
  • Rachel Allen, The Revenge Playbook: 4 girls that stand up against misogyny- against their school’s football team, no less. lots of sweet sisterly bonding and truly fun.
  • V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic: glorious glorious prose, intricate steampunk, multiple parallel Londons; weird, colourful and unexpected.
  • Alice Pung, Laurinda: If you’re an Asian that has parents with very high expectations living in a country as a first or second generation immigrant, this novel will speak to you on a personal level. 

  • Holly Black, The Darkest Part of The Forest: sibling bonding, gay boys, a serial kisser, otherworldly creatures and perfectly sinister world building.

history recs (ancient rome trash alert)

  • Tom Hamilton, Rubicon - The Last Years of the Roman Republic
  • Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel
  • Karl Galinsky, The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus
  • Amanda Claridge, Rome - An Oxford Archaeological Guide
  • Martin Goodman, Rome & Jerusalem - The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
  • Anthony Everitt, Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome
  • Caroline Alexander, The War that Killed Achilles 
  • Thorsten Opper, Hadrian: Empire and Conflict
  • Noah Charney, The Art of Forgery

Happy birthday, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg!

January 24th, 1874 - June 8th, 1938

Schomburg, also known as Arthur Schomburg, was a Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist in the United States who researched and raised awareness of the great contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Americans have made to society. He was an important intellectual figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Over the years, he collected literature, art, slave narratives, and other materials of African history, which was purchased to become the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, named in his honor, at the New York Public Library (NYPL) branch in Harlem.

Schomburg was born in the town of Santurce, Puerto Rico (now part of San Juan) to María Josefa, a freeborn black midwife from St. Croix, and Carlos Féderico Schomburg, a merchant of German heritage.

While Schomburg was in grade school, one of his teachers claimed that blacks had no history, heroes or accomplishments. Inspired to prove the teacher wrong, Schomburg determined that he would find and document the accomplishments of Africans on their own continent and in the diaspora, including Afro-Latinos, such as Jose Campeche, and later Afro-Americans. Schomburg was educated at San Juan's Instituto Popular, where he learned commercial printing. At St. Thomas College in the Danish-ruled Virgin Islands, he studied Negro Literature.

Schomburg immigrated to New York on April 17, 1891, and settled in the Harlem section of Manhattan. He continued his studies to untangle the African thread of history in the fabric of the Americas. After experiencing racial discrimination in the US, he began calling himself “Afroborinqueño” which means “Afro-Puerto Rican”. He became a member of the “Revolutionary Committee of Puerto Rico” and became an active advocate of Puerto Rico’s and Cuba‘s independence from Spain.

In 1896, Schomburg began teaching Spanish in New York. From 1901 to 1906 Schomburg was employed as messenger and clerk in the law firm of Pryor, Mellis and Harris, New York City. In 1906, he began working for theBankers Trust Company. Later, he became a supervisor of the Caribbean and Latin American Mail Section, and held that until he left in 1929.

While supporting himself and his family, Schomburg began his intellectual work of writing about Caribbean and African-American history. His first known article, “Is Hayti Decadent?”, was published in 1904 in The Unique Advertiser. In 1909 he wrote Placido, a Cuban Martyr, a short pamphlet about the poet and independence fighter Gabriel de la Concepción Valdéz.

More Information on Schomburg


In celebration of Black History Month, Cameron Boyce discusses the heroic journey of his grandmother, Jo Ann Boyce, and her involvement in the Clinton 12.

An Unconventional Recycling

Project Runway
Season 16, Episode 2

The Challenge: Team Challenge/Unconventional Challenge - the designers must create a high fashion look out of recyclable materials, as part of a cohesive mini-collection created by their team.

{ Prelude }

Tondy: I do love an unconventional challenge, but this seems pretty early for one. This should be very interesting.  

Bolo: I kind of love that they’ve combined two already difficult challenges into one for this episode, and again, hitting the ground running!

{ The Workroom }

Tondy: I think the designers are slightly thrown by having new models! Shawn is having a meltdown and she seems totally lost! Tim seems to be concerned about cohesion with all of the teams. As he leaves, he says that he is worried!

Bolo: Despite the extra challenge, the workroom wasn’t nearly as hectic as I’d expected. Shawn, however, was more thrown off by having a “curvy” model than by the materials she had to work with.

{ The Runway }

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Margarita

Tondy: This is an OK look, it’s not my favorite. The materials look like they were from recycled, and the design is lacking for me. Score: 2.5

Bolo: It’s all right, but I don’t get the roll on the back at all. Is she carrying a telescope in there? Score: 2.75 

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Kentaro

Tondy: I thought this little dress was adorable, but I wish he hadn’t added the 6-pack rings. They didn’t do anything for this design. Still, I do love the dress. Score: 4.25

Bolo: I actually really loved the 6-pack rings, and I loved the sheen created by the clear plastic overdress. Score: 4.5

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Deyonte

Tondy: This was just OK. Again, I don’t think the design rose above the materials. I liked the back better than the front. Score: 3.0

Bolo: I thought this was a really cool look–“paper-shredder chic” if you will. That he managed trumpet sleeves with this material is a miracle! Score: 4.25

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Kudzanai

Tondy: I liked this, but he should have stopped before he added the clear plastic cape. I thought the top looked a little too stiff. Overall a good design. Score: 4.0

Bolo: I agree–I think this would have been better without the outerwear. Still, really well done and goes well with the last look. Score: 4.0

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Michael

Tondy: Another design that I would have liked better without the clear plastic. I guess they were using clear plastic to show cohesiveness. It didn’t work. I did like the decorations on the front. Score: 4.0

Bolo: I have to say that, once again, I really like the use of the rings here. I just can’t decide if I like that with the confetti collar Score: 3.75

Team Tsunami ~ Sentell

Tondy: I get where he was going, but this looks like it was made out of green plastic trash bags. Oh, wait, it was. I did not like this one at all. Score: 2.5

Bolo: He definitely wasn’t able to elevate the materials to something more expensive looking, but the asymmetry is nicely done. Score: 2.75

Team Tsunami ~ Samantha

Tondy: I liked this one a lot. I think she actually transformed the trash bags into a pretty cool top. The belt, like the one that Sentell’s model wore, looks great here. Score: 4.0

Bolo: That top really turned out amazing, and the belt definitely looks better with this look. I’m ambivalent about the skirt, but overall the look is great! Score: 4.0

Team Tsunami ~ Amy

Tondy: I like the skirt a lot, but I don’t care for the leather-look cape. It just, again, looks like “Hey, let’s add a little more recycling to this outfit, whether it goes or not!!!” However, the lace-up back was cool. Score: 4.0

Bolo: I actually really like the cape on its own, especially the back. I’m just not sure it goes well with the skirt, which is cool in its own right, but unfortunately still looks like recyclable materials to me. Score: 3.75

Team Tsunami ~ Shawn

Tondy: This turned out better than I thought it would. I liked the belt and the top, and the back was nice. It was flattering on the model, too. Score: 4.0

Bolo: For all her whinging, this did turn out reasonably well. Despite her inexperience designing for average-sized women, she used color blocking in a way that made the look even more flattering. Score: 4.0

Team Tsunami ~ Claire

Tondy: This was just so-so for me. I get where she was going, but I don’t think it got there. It was not very flattering on the model, and it was another one that did not transform the material at all. Score: 3.5

Bolo: I *kind of* like the asymmetry of the skirt and the way it hitches up to show the clear underskirt–although she did something similar last week. The fit of the top could have been better. Score: 3.5

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Batani

Tondy: I loved this dress. It really did look high-end. It had it all: flattering, well-made, material transformed!!! Score: 4.5

Bolo: This look is amazing! It could have come down the runway in a conventional challenge and I wouldn’t have blinked. I love the design, colors, cohesiveness, the back! All of it! This is the Batani I was excited for! Score: 4.5

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Aaron

Tondy: This is actually pretty cute. The model loves it, and it fits really well.  I love the back! Score: 4.0

Bolo: I completely agree. It’s super cute, looks good on the model, and it doesn’t necessarily look like recyclable materials. Nicely done! Score: 4.0

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Kenya

Tondy: I think this is just adorable. It fits the model beautifully, and the skirt and puffy sleeves look so cute together! Instead of being made from recycled newspaper, it looks like the fabric was specifically designed for this dress. Score: 4.5

Bolo: This is easily one of the cutest looks I’ve ever seen on Project Runway, and maybe THE cutest unconventional challenge look. I agree–it looks like a newspaper print fabric, not actual newspapers! So lovely! Score: 4.5

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Brandon

Tondy: I liked this design, and kudos to him for making the fabric. I liked the back a lot. Score: 3.75

Bolo: Brandon did a great job with this look. It’s flattering, it’s cool, the materials are transformed. I love it! Score: 4.0

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Ayana

Tondy: I thought this was gorgeous.  I am usually not fond of ribbons hanging around the skirt, but in this case, I think they really made this look. Score: 4.5

Bolo: Fringe looks are hit or miss for me, but this one is a big hit! There are a lot of things going on with this look, but it all goes together well. It’s not busy at all. The back is absolutely stunning! Score: 4.5

{ The Results }

Judges’ Winning Team: Ballin’ on a Budget
Our Winning Team: Ballin’ on a Budget

Judges’ Losing Team: Team Tsunami
Our Losing Team: Team Tsunami

Judges’ Winning Pick: Ayana
Our Winning Pick: Three-way tie: Ayana, Batani, and Kenya 

Judges’ Losing Pick: Sentell
Our Losing Pick: Tie: Margarita, Sentell

Um… Tondy? Is that two wins in a row for us?! Well, there’s a first time for everything!

{ Afterthoughts }

Tondy: Well, Bolo, this episode goes down as one of my favorites. It had it all, drama, hysteria, meltdowns, and a whole lot of throwing under the bus, but most of all, it had Ballin’ on a Budget’s designs. I truly think that this was the most cohesive team challenge in the history of PR, and it was an unconventional challenge! Amazing! 

Bolo: This really was one of the best episodes yet, and certainly the best unconventional challenge I can recall. With the exception of a couple looks on Team Tsunami, I felt like these were some of the best unconventional looks I’ve ever seen. So much of what came down the runway looked like it could be just regular high fashion. It’s super impressive and speaks to the talent of this group.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s episode! Until next week,

anonymous asked:

In the history of PR has there ever been a campaign that was so piss poor that large swathes of the fan base want nothing to do with most of the promo that is supposed to generate excitement in the days leading up to a new season premiere? How is it that not one OL's principal cast sent out to plug the show hasn't the common sense to know or at least been told (smdh you would have to tell them) that, at the very least, it's NAGL to repeatedly insult fans? Truly reprehensible behaviour.

Originally posted by multiplesofnico

Baffling, right? I can’t wrap my head around the disdain for fans. Repeated disdain. Why not just let fans be fans and focus on how to better promote the actual show? How about some exciting talking points that we have not heard for the past 6 months? 

I have also never been privy to such a convoluted PR campaign of any other shows, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. Perhaps others can chime in. However, it seems that so far the counter-intuitive move - insert denial #435967590404 regarding Sam and Cait’s relationship instead of focusing on the show - seems to keep OL, STARZ, Sam and Cait in the public eye. Gossip rags are also on a feeding frenzy of how Sam and Cait are “just friends” or “not together,” blah, blah, So, perhaps it is a strategy after all. 

Will it backfire? Who knows. There are other new/old viewers who are not affected by the Sam-Cait denial debacle. I guess we’ll see if viewership is higher for Season 3 compared to last Season’s premiere. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! I have a question. I am still pretty new to this rabbit hole. Aside from the dagger, is there anything else that fans essentially "predicted" before it happened?

this post predicted the end of elounor down to like the week 

we also predicted tmz being a major player in babygate like a month in advance  (this post is from the end of january and the custody battle broke at the end of february)

most of the stunting (prior to babygate at least) has been fairly easy to predict because they usually follow the same patterns and stunting cycles. it’s been harder to predict since babygate but not impossible.

astroturfing anons will usually give us a heads up that something is coming down the pipe too (that happened with haige 2.0 - people got anons about her for weeks and then she popped up again in her weird mainly one sided stunt with harry). it happened again with babygate but none of us wanted to believe it.

we always knew when there would be a winter girlfriend coming, for example. we also suspected eleanor might be back after like months of nothing when louis tweeted oli (his PA/friend) out of the blue and then bam a couple of days later elounor ski trip with friends

people were also able to predict douis ahead of time based on usual stunting patterns (though a lot of people didn’t want it to be true and did the whole ‘la la la i can’t hear you’ thing [not that i blame them])

they usually use stunts to promo band things to so the general fandom consensus was that the ‘birth’ would be used to promo the history music video and … that’s exactly what happened.

this is sort of related but the bears (rbb and sbb) have also predicted fandom events or at least given us a heads up.

also we can usually tell something is coming based on press cycles. so, for example, every time we get an article from one of simon’s sources (the sun, billboard, etc) talking about 1d in a negative light there’s almost always positive pushback that comes from nt later.

the most recent example would be the shitty billboard articles last week followed by the latest syndicated articles in people and entertainment weekly about how the band is definitely coming back.

Juan Antonio Corretjer (March 3, 1908 – January 19, 1985), was a poet, journalist and pro-independence political activist opposing United States rule in Puerto Rico.

Corretjer (birth name: Juan Antonio Corretjer Montes) was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, into a politically active pro-independence family. His parents were Diego Corretjer Hernández and María Brígida Montes González. His father and uncles were involved in the “Ciales Uprising” of August 13, 1898, against the United States occupation. As a lad, he would often accompany his father and uncles to political rallies. He received his primary and secondary education in his hometown. In 1920, when he was only 12 years old, Corretjer wrote his first poem “Canto a Ciales” (I sing to Ciales). In 1924, Corretjer published his first booklet of poems.

Corretjer joined the “Literary Society of Jose Gautier Benitez”, which later would be renamed the “Nationalist Youth”, while he was still in elementary school. When he was in 8th grade, he organized a student protest against the United States in his town. He was expelled from his local high school for organizing a strike to have it renamed for José de Diego. Corretjer was then sent to school in the town of Vega Baja.

In 1927, he moved to San Juan and worked as a journalist for the newspaper “La Democracia”. He later moved to the city of Ponce where he published his first two books of poetry: “Agüeybaná” (1932) and “Ulises” (1933). Throughout his life, he wrote for various newspapers and publications in Puerto Rico,Cuba and the United States.

In 1935, Corretjer travelled to Cuba and joined an anti-Batista group whose aim was to overthrow the U.S.-backed Cuban dictator. He also traveled to Haiti and to the Dominican Republic looking for international support for Puerto Rico’s independence movement.

In 1935, four Nationalists were killed by the police under the command of Colonel E. Francis Riggs. The incident became known as the Rio Piedras massacre. The following year in 1936, two members of the Cadets of the Republic, the Nationalist youth organization, Hiram Rosado and Elias Beauchamp assassinated Colonel Riggs. They were arrested and executed, without a trial, at police headquarters in San Juan.

In 1936, Corretjer met and became friends with the nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos. He was named Secretary General of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party

On April 3, 1936, a Federal Grand Jury submitted accusations against Pedro Albizu Campos, Juan Antonio Corretjer, Luis F. Velázquez, Clemente Soto Vélez and the following members of the Cadets of the Republic: Erasmo Velázquez, Julio H. Velázquez, Rafael Ortiz Pacheco, Juan Gallardo Santiago, and Pablo Rosado Ortiz. They were charged with sedition and other violations of Title 18 of the United States Code. Title 18 of the United States Code is the criminal and penal code of the federal government of the United States. It deals with federal crimes and criminal procedure. As evidence, the prosecution referred to the creation, organization and the activities of the cadets, which the government made reference to as the “Liberting Army of Puerto Rico”. The government prosecutors stated that the military tactics which the cadets were taught was for the sole purpose of overthrowing the Government of the U.S. A jury of seven Puerto Ricans and five Americans voted 7-to-5 not guilty. However, Judge Robert A. Cooper called for a new jury, this time composed of ten Americans and two Puerto Ricans, and a guilty verdict was achieved. Corretjer was sent to “La Princesa” prison for one year in 1937, because he refused to hand over to the American authorities the Book of Acts of the Nationalists Party, as result of his political beliefs.

In 1937 a group of lawyers, including a young Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, tried in vain to defend the Nationalists, but the Boston Court of Appeals, which held appellate jurisdiction over federal matters in Puerto Rico, upheld the verdict. Albizu Campos and the other Nationalist leaders were sent to the Federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia.

On May 21, 1948, a bill (Puerto Rico’s Gag Law) was introduced before the Puerto Rican Senate which would restrain the rights of the independence and nationalist movements in the island. The Senate, which at the time was controlled by the PPD and presided over by Luis Muñoz Marín, approved the Bill. The Bill, also known as the “Ley de la Mordaza” (gag Law), made it illegal to display a Puerto Rican flag, to sing a patriotic tune, to talk of independence, and to fight for the liberation of the island. The Bill, which resembled the anti-communist Smith Law passed in the United States, was signed into law on June 10, 1948, by the U.S.-appointed governor of Puerto Rico, Jesús T. Piñero and became known as “Ley 53” (Law 53). In accordance to the new law, it would be a crime to print, publish, sell, exhibit, organize, or to help anyone organize, any society, group or assembly of people whose intentions are to paralyze or destroy the insular government. Anyone accused and found guilty of disobeying the law could be sentenced to ten years of prison, be fined $10,000 dollars (US) or both. According to Leopoldo Figueroa, a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, the law was repressive and was in violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution which guarantees Freedom of Speech. He pointed out that the law as such was a violation of the civil rights of the people of Puerto Rico.

On October 30, 1950, the Nationalists staged uprisings in the towns of PonceMayagüezNaranjitoAreciboUtuado (Utuado Uprising), San Juan (San Juan Nationalist revolt), and Jayuya (Jayuya Uprising).

Known as the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Revolts of the 1950s, the revolts were a widespread call for independence by the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, against United States Government rule over Puerto Rico. It specifically repudiated the so-called “Free Associated State” (Estado Libre Asociado) designation of Puerto Rico - a designation widely recognized as a colonial farce.

The revolts failed because of the overwhelming force used by the U.S. military, the U.S. National Guard, the FBI, the CIA, and the Puerto Rican Insular Police - all of whom were aligned against the Nationalists. This force included the machine-gunning of Nationalists all over the island, and the aerial bombing of the town of Jayuya. Hundreds of cadets and Nationalists, among them Corretjer,were arrested by mid-November 1950, and the party was never the same.

The themes and inspiration for his poems and essays were devoted to his defense of his native land. Corretjer’s epic poem “Alabanza en la Torre de Ciales” (Praise in the tower of Ciales) (1953), is considered one of the representative works of the “neocriollismo” movement and has had a strong influence on many later poe In Corretjer’s poetry the Taino is no longer an idealized figure but allegory of revolutionary legacy. In the prologue of “Yerba bruja”, Corretjer states it was not his intent to “dig up a mummy” but to bring to light “the splendor of the indigenous imagination that lives on in our own.”

His poetry spans several decades and transcended any particular literary movement. The Puerto Rican Athenaeum awarded him the honorary title of Puerto Rico National Poet.