First of all, thank you, Taylor, for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. And I often think back to the first day I met you also.
You know, I think about when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice, you know? And at the end, they say, “Oh, you’re not that bad after all.” And like, I think about it sometimes, it crosses my mind a little bit when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me. It crosses my mind a little bit. I think if I had to do it all again, I think, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank that half a bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest to the audience? If I had a daughter at the time, would I have went onstage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s
You know, this arena, tomorrow it’s going to be a different set-up. Some concert, something like that. This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone. But the affect that it had on people remained.
The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is, I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing. The perfect thing. I just sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee-Lo at the Grammys lose. Gnarls Barkley and FutureSexLoveSounds, the “SexyBack” album. And Justin, I ain’t trying to put you on blast, but I saw that man in tears, you know? And I was thinking, he deserved to win album of the year!
And this small box that we are as the entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that? Sometimes I feel like all this shit they run about beef and all that, sometimes I think I died for the artists’ opinion, for an artist to be able to have an opinion after they were successful.
I’m not no politician, bro! And look at that. Do you know how many times MTV ran that footage again? Because it got them more ratings. Do you know how many times they announced Taylor was going to give me that award because it got them more ratings? Listen to the kids, bro!
I still don’t understand awards shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life, one, sold records, sold concert tickets, to come on a carpet, and for the first time in they life, be judged on the chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser!
I don’t understand it, bruh! I don’t understand when the biggest album, when the biggest video…I’ve been conflicted bro. I just wanted people to like me more! But fuck it, bro! 2015! I will die for the art! For what I believe in! And the art ain’t always going to be polite! Y’all might be thinking right now, did he smoke something before he came out here? The answer is yes, I rolled up a lil something to knock the edge off.
I don’t know what’s going to happen tonight. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, bro. But all I can say to my artists, my fellow artists, just worry how you feel at the time. Just worry about how you feel and don’t never, you know what I’m saying…I’m confident. I believe in myself. We are the millennials, bro! This is a new mentality, we aren’t going to control our kids with brands, we aren’t going to teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We’re going to teach our kids that they can be something. We’re going to teach our kids that they can stand up for themselves. We’re going to teach our kids they can believe in themselves.
If my grandfather was here right now he would not let me back down. I don’t know what I’m finna lose after this. It don’t matter though because it ain’t about me! It’s about ideas, bro! New ideas! People with ideas, people who believe in truth!
And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.
—  Kanye West.
AAC is not a cure

This is a continuation of a series on why I think it’s important to listen to the nonverbal communication of nonverbal people. Often, parents are encouraged to not listen or to pretend not to understand, so that kids will be forced to learn AAC and use words. I think this is a mistake, for any number of reasons. The first post focused on the general importance of listening.

Another problem with this advice is that ignoring nonverbal communication discourages people from developing their nonverbal communication skills. That’s a bad idea, because nonverbal communication is a very useful skill for nonverbal people. It should be encouraged, not discouraged.

It’s valuable for several different reasons (and I assume, for many reasons I don’t know about.)

One is that AAC is not a cure, and it doesn’t make nonspeaking people just like people who can talk. Nonverbal people who have communication devices are still nonverbal. Currently existing AAC devices can’t do everything that speech can do. For instance:

  • AAC devices mostly can’t do tone. Voices usually can.
  • AAC devices can’t go everywhere. Voices usually can.
  • AAC devices can be taken away much, much more easily than voices can.
  • AAC is usually slow. That makes interrupting hard-to-impossible. Voices can usually be used to interrupt.
  • AAC is usually fairly quiet. Voices can usually yell.
  • Symbol-based devices generally don’t have anywhere close to sufficient vocabulary for emotional or physical intimacy. Voices do.
  • Many AAC devices give others a lot of control over what someone can say. Voices are usually more flexible.

For a lot of these things, body language and movement can be a more effective way of communicating than using a speech device. For instance, putting up a hand to say “stop!” is a lot more likely to be understood quickly than using an AAC device to say the same thing.

Similarly, most symbol sets developed that touch on sexuality at all assume the main reason people need sexual vocabulary is to be able to report abuse. Most of them don’t have robust symbols for discussing sexuality and sexual desire — and most of them don’t have any symbols for emotional intimacy at all. Body language can communicate things that a system designed this way can’t.

Another reason AAC is not like speech is that people who are nonspeaking, are nonspeaking for reasons. And AAC does not make those reasons go away.

Some people are nonspeaking because words are unnatural, painful, and cognitively draining. People like that deserve to be able to communicate in ways that are natural and comfortable. And it’s important for people close to them to listen to their natural communication. Ignoring someone’s most natural communication it is a rejection of their personhood. It’s important not to do that to people.

It’s also dangerous, because someone who finds AAC cognitively difficult and draining is likely not going to be able to use it all the time. For some people, this can be especially true when it’s particularly important to communicate, or when they’re sick. If you’re responsible for someone and you only know how to listen when they use AAC, that’s dangerous. If there’s another way they communicate, it’s important to develop your ability to understand it. (Or, if you can’t, to find someone who can.)

Similarly, if someone has apraxia or other difficulties controlling their body well enough to point, their physical ability to use AAC is likely to vary. And it’s still important to listen to them when they aren’t able to use it in the ways they sometimes can.

tl;dr Access to AAC is important. It’s not the only thing that’s important, and it’s not a cure. Nonverbal people who use AAC are still nonverbal. Body language and using one’s body to communicate are also important skills. (Not everyone can learn to do this. For people who can, it’s valuable.) It is not a good idea to discourage AAC users from using body language to communicate.

I don’t like Nicki Minaj. I don’t like her music. I don’t like her. But that doesn’t matter, because what’s happening here is not about her as an artist, it’s about her as a person, it’s about her as a voice for a whole group of people, it’s about culture. I don’t have to like her to understand that what she is doing is important and deserves respect and recognition. I take my hat of to this woman who is standing up for the way people are treating each other. Respect Nicki.

5sos fam~

reblog if you like the internet 5sos fam better than the concert 5sos fam … Those bitches are crazy , one almost knocked me out at the 5sos-official concert , and she was really mean too ! But like , the online people , we are a FAMILY and we stick together and have each other’s backs !! This girl SHOVED my back multiple times ! Like girl chill , we have lawn seats 😑 what happened to being a chill family ? Ashton told us at the concert (8/30/15) that he wanted each person there to feel good .. This girl was seriously working against him for that because it actually made me feel bad (as did a few other things that night , and I can assure you , not many things really get to me very easily) . Can we please go back to the times when we respected the boys and their choices and respected EACH OTHER ?

VMA’S?

Ever notice there is never bitch talking or dissing at metal/rock awards shows towards another band or artist? And guess what, said metal/rock award shows don’t even get recognized or half the time don’t get televised. Hell the metal category of the Grammy’s are not even part of the televised event and don’t get mentioned, but guess what… still no bad talking about bands or artist. That is all….

The Buddha does not look down on living beings from on high.
He lifts them up to the same level as himself.
He teaches them that they are all equally treasure towers worthy of supreme respect.
This is the philosophy of the Lotus Sutra and Nicherin’s spirit.
It is true humanism.
—  Daisaku Ikeda - Buddhism Day By Day

Kanye West is such an inspiration to me. He is always labelled as a horrible conceited person but in all truths he is a musical genius and he has very deep opinions about the music industry. He sticks up for what he believes in and doesn’t give a fuck if people disagree. Most people would consider him a bad influence but I think he is someone we should look up to. He teaches not only the people now but the younger generation to not give up on anything and develop your own thoughts and opinions. I love and respect this man more than most artists, especially after his speech tonight. Preach Kanye 🙏🏼