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Low-Income Asian Character In 'Power Rangers' Highlights Rarely Discussed Issue
The Asian-American and Pacific Islander population has the second fastest growing poverty rate in the U.S., behind the Hispanic community.

Ludi Lin (Zack Taylor) discusses how the common asian stereotype is broken in the new Power Rangers movie.

Diversity and Representation matter
Evelyn Turner:  I tried to help black people vote. Jeff Sessions tried to put me in jail
It would be a great step backwards if he got the job others used to expand voting rights.

In 1985, U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions indicted me, my husband, and another civil rights worker, Spencer Hogue, on false charges of election fraud for assisting elderly black citizens with absentee voting ballots.

Until the day I die, I will believe that our arrests were because of our successful political activism and were designed to intimidate black voters and dampen black voting enthusiasm. Meanwhile, Sessions declined to investigate claims of unlawful white voting…


Christine Meisner
The Freedom of, 2015–2016
installation of drawings and video

In 1954 the radio show “Music USA—The Jazz Hour” went on air for the first time. Broadcast by Voice of America radio station and produced by the U.S. Office of War Information, the show played a major role in the global expansion and reception of jazz. Promoted as the “voice of freedom” the U.S. government regarded it as an important means to reach out to the world and spread Western ideas. However, communist and socialist governments and apartheid regimes banned the program so the show could only be received illegally. While radio listeners worldwide felt the music was “played by someone, who is free,” African-American jazz musicians experienced racism and discrimination on a daily basis in their homeland.

The Freedom of sets out as an investigation into a lost chapter in radio history. Broadcasts can be recorded, stored and thus memorized but reception can’t. Sounds transmitted over the air seem to vanish into the ears and minds of unknown listeners. There is no ground to dig in, no place to examine, no object to be grasped—just ideologies, misconceptions, and promises traversing the intangible landscape of the ether. The work evokes a space in which all the properties of sound and its reception become visible. A battlefield where the impulse to “extend the area of freedom” and persistent efforts to disturb that sense of mission crisscross. It contemplates how freedom comes into being by questioning its means and meanings.

The installation represents the last part of a trilogy preceded by the drawing series Wade in the Water (2010) and the video Disquieting Nature (2012). In her long-term project the German artist Christine Meisner confronts the ideological American landscape with its notion of liberty.

anonymous asked:

what are the most interesting things or side facts you learned while getting your degree?

These weren’t necessarily learnt in my degree (largely because I studied Psych before that, and I’ve done a lot of independent research and I can’t remember when and where I learned these) but here you go:

  • The type of music you listen to affects the way you perceive the world. 
  • Spending money on others results in more happiness than spending it on yourself.
  • Phobias may be memories passed down through generations in DNA (in epigenetic changes) according to a new research. 
  • 270 scientists re-ran 100 studies published in the top psychology journals in 2008. Only half the studies could be replicated successfully. 
  • There’s a rare mental disorder in which people imagine that they are decomposing, dead or non-existent (Cotard delusion).
  • Researchers are debating whether to add Internet addiction to the list of recognised mental disorders. 
  • Psychologists have found that Internet trolls are “narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic”.
  • Paris Syndrome is a psychological disorder, mainly suffered by Japanese people, caused after realizing Paris isn’t what they expected. In other words, it is an extreme form of culture shock. 
  • The average modern high school kid has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s.
  • In addition to aches, fever and pains, painkillers can be used to alleviate psychological pain, such as social rejection.
  • Hallucinatory ‘voices’ are shaped by culture. In the U.S., the voices are harsh/threatening while those heard by schizophrenics in Africa and India tend to be more benign / playful.
  • Studies have found that even when people are hospitalised for car accidents that they have caused, they believe they are a better than average driver.
  • People imagine objects from above and tilted. For example, when asked to draw a cup, a study found that most people drew the cup in the same way.
  • Culture has a huge impact on emotional experiences.
    • There’s a big debate over the universal nature of facial expressions and whether every culture expresses emotions in the same way.
    • Some researchers argue that facial expressions don’t actually express emotions; instead they express social intentions.
  • Attitudes have a huge impact on information processing, leading to biased interpretation, information seeking, attention, and maybe even memory.
Attorney General of Guam says officials should give marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Officials in the U.S. territory of Guam should process marriage applications for same-sex couples, the territory’s attorney general announced this week. 

The decision came after a lesbian couple sued when they were barred from getting a marriage license. The director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services says that the attorney general’s decision is not binding and that officials should not actually issue marriage licenses yet, but this is clearly the first step in what’s about to be a big debate. 

Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo’s office said in a statement that the Legislature can take action or residents can hold a referendum to change the law “if it is the will of the people of Guam to make same-sex marriage legal” while the issue is reviewed.

The U.S. District Court of Guam falls under the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has ruled in favor of gay marriage. Barrett-Anderson said her directive stems from the 9th Circuit’s decision in October finding state bans on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services should treat “all same gender marriage applicants with dignity and equality under the Constitution,” the attorney general said.

Go Guam! This back-and-forth is stressful, but we’re clearly on the way to something good.

Little Mix cast quite the spell with their brand new single “Black Magic” out now via SYCO/Columbia Records. Hot off recently co-writing “Pretty Girls” for Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea, the foursome sound fiercer than ever. The UK quartet—Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirlwall—first started capturing the hearts of listeners stateside with 2012’s DNA before coming back in 2014 with another chart-topper Salute. Now, “Black Magic” builds on the incredible foundation they’ve architected, while adding a scintillating spark of new inspiration. The new track captures a peppiness that’s truly timeless and boundless with the potential to really catapult the girls to the top in the U.S.

Each voice sounds pristine, volleying between a soulful swag and swinging R&B panache. Everything converges on that unshakable refrain though. They’ve got what you want, and they’re really delivering it here. With bright and bristling production, it’s the perfect anthem from the four-piece.

“Black Magic” stands out because the lyrics feel more personal and cinematic than most modern pop, while retaining the requisite catchiness to light up radio airwaves. This is one you won’t be able to stop singing after just one listen. That’s the spell of “Black Magic.”

The summer begins now with Little Mix.

—  Artist Direct

Information about the Miraculous Ladybug Panel at Anime Expo 2016

Where: Anime Expo 2016 @ The Los Angeles Convention Center

When: Sunday, July 3 – 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Who: English Cast, Director, and Producers 

Description:  Miraculer fandom! Join U.S. voice actor cast, voice director, and executive producers of global #1 kids’ TV show, *Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,* for a behind-the scenes look at season one production, Bandai’s upcoming global toy line launch, and of course, our empowering girl superhero, Ladybug! The panel will have a Q&A segment!


Santa Monica Dream - Angus & Julia Stone // Little Moment - Rathborne // Clairvoyant - The Story So Far // Piano Fire - Sparklehorse // American Veins - Kingsfoil // First - Cold War Kids // Cherry - Moose Blood // Voice Memo - U.S. Royalty // In My Mind - Amanda Palmer // Breaking Up My Bones - Vinyl Theatre // Cocoon - Catfish and the Bottleman // American Candy - The Maine // Hymnals - Grizfolk // Cardiac Arrest - Bad Suns // Lua - Bright Eyes //

The chairman of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani, spoke with NPR’s Steve Inskeep in New York last week. He described the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers as “acceptable,” but not “flawless.” He faces lawmakers in Iran who are expected to raise objections to the agreement.

He pointed to provisions he considered unequal. The U.S., for example, can make sanctions snap back into place if it thinks Iran breaks the deal.

“But that is not true for us. We cannot return to the situation that we were in the past,” he said.

Larijani sees many of Iran’s concessions — like removing the core of a reactor – as permanent.

His concerns are the opposite of those voiced by American critics. U.S. skeptics worry Iran is temporarily setting back its nuclear program to get out of sanctions forever; Iranians argue they’re setting back their program for sanctions relief that may be temporary.

Larijani’s anxiety was evident in our conversation. “If something … happens in the U.S. Congress, or if there are new types of sanctions on us, then they should not expect us to go — to implement. Or if the Americans don’t stay true to their obligations on their part, they shouldn’t expect us to do it.”

His remark pointed to one of the sticky points in this agreement.

It’s designed to lift nuclear sanctions against Iran.

Iran Parliament Chief: Nuclear Deal Is ‘Acceptable,’ U.S. Interpretation Is Not

Photo: Bryan Thomas for NPR

(via Monsters and Other Silent Creatures by samarapress on Etsy)

These poems were written in response to the Wikileaks video, ‘Collateral Murder,’ which showed an Apache helicopter in Iraq opening fire on civilians, including two Iraqi journalists. This pamphlet explores the paths of war, love, trauma, desire, wanting, distance, and memories through the voices of a U.S. soldier and the lover he leaves behind.

Mai'a Williams has worked as a writer and human rights worker in Mexico, Egypt, Palestine, and east Africa.

She asks us, through this work, who are the monsters in this world and what becomes of them when they finally arrive home.



in a town too small for a walmart
papa couldn’t figure out how to stop the earth
long enough for him to inhale
never blowing out

i didn’t tell my girl of my old man screeching at the light
the air, thick like saliva, the houseflies tracing the last rites on his forehead

i wore a white suit and bare feet
mama slipped them into papa’s shoes
we sat in the black limo as it meandered to the church yard, his body hung
in a box in red dirt surrounded by bloodless thorns

i shrugged at my fate and picked up a gun
a living hero, reincarnating the dead


southern hospitality

had a black girl two towns over
fumbling naked in cars across from the church parking lot
under a white cross for six months
and then i left her for the desert

bushmaster element once you get on him, just open on him
light 'em all up you shoot i’ll talk
crazy horse dead bastards
wounded trying to crawl away
all you got to do is pick up a weapon

‘i’m pregnant’

funny what you see at night after hours looking through the target point of an apache helicopter.  

a white cross floating on the bathroom floor

‘i can’t afford to keep calling you.’
at least she had the courtesy

to shoot me down