Navy is Amazing

Holy cow, Navy is smart. Like, really smart. She’s not only the smartest Ruby we’ve seen so far, she’s one of the smartest gems we’ve met period. In “Room for Ruby” she displayed an impressively high level of cunning, emotional control, and tactical thinking:

She falls out of the sky,

Comes face to face with the jerks who threw her and her friends into space,

Quickly realizes she’ll never be able to outfight them,

And right then and there she improvises a plan to get her enemies to let their guard down so she can steal her ship back and save her squad.

And it works!

In one episode she managed to accomplish something both Peridot and Jasper failed to do in two seasons: She escaped from Earth.

I gotta say, I’m really rooting for her and I want to see her again. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a character who’s successfully proactive, and after all of the times the Crystal Gems messed with the Rubies it’s hard not to see this as justified. 

She saved herself, and now she’s going to save her friends.

She’s the hero Homeworld needs, not the hero they deserve.

i genuinely miss when the internet was open & free and i truley felt like i could TALK to people and reach them and make friends. everything is so controlled these days like facebook, IG & now even youtube. its so hard to REACH the people who genuinely connect and share like interests. i guess tumblr is the last ‘free space’ but i feel like no one really hangs here anymore. this is a vauge expression of my feelings. but i just feel sad. i just remember the good ole days when i could post cool music videos & stuff onto facebook & people could see them & leave comments and i could just DISCUSS THINGS WITH PEOPLE but now facebook wants to charge me $1,000s of dollars for PEOPLE WHO ALREADY LIKE MY PAGE to see THINGS THAT I POST TO MY PAGE THAT THEY ALREADY LIKED… like????????????????? sad sad sad. i miss the good ole days, the golden years. now i hear things like YOU NEVER POST ________ TYPES OF VIDEOS ANYMORE and i’m just like ?????????????? i did ________ type of video last week? it just tells me people who are subscribed can’t even see my content. i just don’t understand the point of this or who its benefiting- but i can say that it DOES NOT benefit content creators and it seems to not benefit subscribers either??? so i just don’t get it. just a jumble of feelings i guess. but if YOU are seeing this swamp family, just know that every day i feel like i miss you, and every day i feel like i’m being torn away from you & its not something i’m choosing.

Both Standing Rock and the infamous desert art festival (in its early pre-police days) are examples of temporary autonomous zones, which I will refer to as “TAZ,” because even if it wasn’t already an acronym, it just sounds badass.

This term, invented by anarchist philosopher and sweet-ass-name-haver Hakim Bey, refers to “temporary spaces that elude formal structures of control.” Building a TAZ can be a great protest tactic. You just pick a spot where your presence can disrupt something in need of disruption and build a town around it.

There was no strict hierarchy at Standing Rock. One of the first things we saw driving into the camp was a large series of tents set up as essentially a gigantic free closet full of winter wear for all who needed it. There were also camps, and sections of camps, dedicated to providing free coffee for all. There were camps which cooked meals with donated ingredients for everyone (we ate buffalo stew and buttered vegetables), and camps that handled recycling.

There were camps where both trained medical professionals and nonsense medical professionals were on hand to perform emergency medicine, give back rubs, and do whatever the fuck Reiki is. There was a camp of legal experts and a camp full of press liaisons. They weren’t hired for the event; they showed up, found other people with similar skills, and started doing whatever it is they did best. We considered starting a dick joke tent, but then assumed they already had one.

We did occasionally hear talk of “elders,” which got us all excited about the possibility of learning a new Dragon Shout, but it turns out they weren’t that kind of elder. One night, we heard an announcement over a bullhorn at the main fire that the elders had advised everyone to head back to their camps for the evening, since it might drop below freezing. It was advice, not an order. A liaison at a camp where U.S. Military veterans gathered to pool their skills told us they listened to advice from the elder council, “but we are here to serve the people, just as when we were deployed.”

How Standing Rock Gave Us Tactics For The New Millennium

;; important psa to new rpers from an old dog

my littles, if you are new to rping and you find yourself in some “drama” or just watching the  “drama” unfurl on your dash and one party boldly announces, “i will tell everyone to block you and they will” or anything to the effect that if they say something people will follow, then that’s someone you need to stay far away from or at least put space between. anyone that declares that statement boldly and proudly is telling you, without care, that they like to control their friends/partners and who they play with. there really is no grey zone within that statement. please be cautious when it comes to your partner’s behavior and if you ever feel uncomfortable around your partner, trust your gut. it’s usually always right.

all ur fave tropes IN SPACE

  • coffeeshop au In Space - set at a coffeeshop in a space station, lots of interesting people coming and going along with the regulars who live/work at the station. OR set on a space ship, providing for the crew as they travel
  • mr & mrs smith au In Space - spies operating in different star systems didn’t realize they were married!
  • enclosed in a tight space In Space - after some catastrophe, ur faves have to get off the ship but there’s only one escape pod left! they have to squeeze in together!
  • huddling together for warmth In Space - environmental controls are failing and we need to share body heat. alternatively, the cooling systems have failed and now the power systems are cooking us, it’s getting so hot in here take off all ur clothes
  • fake dating/married In Space - this mission is long-term so they only wanted couples and we both want to go, so want to use the buddy system?


They​ ​had​ ​been​ ​out​ ​in​ ​space​ ​for​ ​months​ ​and​ ​it​ ​was​ ​only​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​when​ ​Allura​ ​would​ ​raise​ ​the​ ​alarm​ ​testing​ ​their​ ​speed.​ ​An alarm​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​blue​ ​wasn't​ ​unusual​ ​but​ ​it​ ​was​ ​still​ ​a​ ​shock.​ ​Which​ ​was​ ​why​ ​the​ ​Paladins​ ​were​ ​now​ ​in​ ​the​ ​control​ ​room​ ​in​ ​their​ ​pajamas​ ​all except​ ​for​ ​Lance​ ​who​ ​compared​ ​to​ ​the​ ​first​ ​run​ ​was​ ​in​ ​full​ ​Armor​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​go.​ ​“Allura​ ​what’s​ ​going​ ​on?”​ ​she​ ​raises​ ​an​ ​eyebrow​ ​at​ ​Shiro​ ​“​ ​I should​ ​be​ ​asking​ ​you​ ​that.​ ​What​ ​happened​ ​yesterday​ ​was​ ​unacceptable​ ​after​ ​forming​ ​Voltron​ ​for​ ​so​ ​long​ ​why​ ​couldn’t​ ​you​ ​now?”​ ​None​ ​of​ ​them answered​ ​surreptitiously​ ​glancing​ ​at​ ​Lance​ ​who​ ​was​ ​standing​ ​tense.​ ​

Allura​ ​notices,​ ​she​ ​always​ ​does,​ ​“Lance​ ​what​ ​did​ ​you​ ​do”​ ​He​ ​looked​ ​up​ ​at her​ ​shocked​ ​“Me?”​ ​​ ​“I​ ​mean​ ​it’s​ ​obvious​ ​everyone’s​ ​looking​ ​at​ ​you​ ​what​ ​did​ ​you​ ​do?’​ ​His​ ​heart​ ​sunk​ ​he​ ​was​ ​trying​ ​so​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​be​ ​good​ ​“I​ ​didn’t do​ ​anything​ ​I’ve​ ​been​ ​good…”​ ​His​ ​voice​ ​breaks​ ​and​ ​he​ ​quickly​ ​glances​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Alphas​ ​neither​ ​of​ ​them​ ​give​ ​him​ ​any​ ​confirmation​ ​that​ ​he​ ​has been.​ ​Pidge​ ​and​ ​Hunk​ ​fidget​ ​“He​ ​didn’t​ ​do​ ​anything​ ​Princess,​ ​he’s​ ​been​ ​good​ ​ol’​ ​Lance.​ ​If​ ​anything​ ​it's​ ​Shiro​ ​and​ ​Keith.”​ ​Keith​ ​gives​ ​the Yellow​ ​Paladin​ ​a​ ​sharp​ ​look​ ​“Me?​ ​I’ve​ ​done​ ​nothing”​ ​

Pidge​ ​rounds​ ​on​ ​him all her pent up frustration​ finally exploding​“Thats’​ ​exactly​ ​it​ ​you’ve​ ​both​ ​done,​ ​nothing.​ ​And​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​you​ ​want to​ ​deny​ ​it​ ​Keith​ ​we’re​ ​a​ ​pack​ ​and​ ​what​ ​you​ ​did​ ​what​ ​you​ ​both​ ​did​ ​was​ ​super​ ​fucked.”​ ​Lance​ ​looks​ ​panicked​ ​“Don’t​ ​fight”​ ​Hes​ ​not​ ​heard​ ​the argument​ ​already​ ​escalating​ ​​ ​“As​ ​if​ ​you​ ​two​ are​ ​any​ ​better​ ​you​ ​took​ ​apart​ his ​burrow.”​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​news​ ​to​ ​Lance​ ​and​ ​he​ ​jerks​ ​looking​ ​at​ ​them.​​ ​They​ ​really​ ​didn’t​ ​want​ ​him​ ​here​ ​did​ ​they?​ ​All​ ​this​ ​time​ ​hes​ ​been​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​help​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​get​ ​things​ ​back​ ​to the​ ​way​ ​it​ ​was,​ ​was​ ​useless.​ ​He​ ​could​ ​laugh​ ​but​ ​that​ ​would​ ​just​ ​make​ ​him​ ​cry.​ ​He​ ​settles​ ​for​ ​an​ ​uneasy​ ​chuckle​ ​which​ ​is​ ​much​ ​more​ ​jarring than​ ​anything​ ​he​ ​could​ ​have​ ​done.​ ​“We​ ​need​ ​our​ ​blankets​ ​back​ ​Lance​ ​sorry​ ​we​ ​didn’t​ ​tell​ ​you.”​ ​​ ​He​ ​shakes​ ​his​ ​head​ ​and​ ​grins​ ​the​ ​fakest​ ​grin​ ​you could​ ​imagine​ ​even​ ​a​ ​baby​ ​could​ ​see​ ​that.​ ​“No​ ​sweat​ ​guys​ ​I​ ​shouldn’t​ ​have​ ​taken​ ​them​ ​in​ ​the​ ​first​ ​place.”​ ​He​ ​looks​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Princess​ ​an​ ​odd​ ​glint in​ ​his​ ​eye.​ ​“I’m​ ​sorry​ ​It​ ​is​ ​my​ ​fault,​ ​I’ll​ ​work​ ​harder​ ​I​ ​promise​ ​next​ ​fight​ ​we’ll​ ​form​ ​Voltron.”​ ​​ ​She​ ​doesn’t​ ​look​ ​convinced​ ​maybe​ ​even​ ​more confused​ ​than​ ​she​ ​was​ ​when than before​ ​the​ ​fight​ ​started.​ ​“Now​ ​if​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​mind,​ ​I’m​ ​going​ ​to​ ​catch​ ​up​ ​on​ ​my​ ​beauty​ ​sleep.​ ​You​ ​don’t​ ​get​ ​sexiest​ ​man​ ​of the​ ​year​ staying awake all the time.​ ​​ ​And​ ​hes​ ​walking​ ​out​ ​as​ ​cocky​ ​as​ ​only​ ​Lance​ ​could​ ​pull​ ​off. 


“This is your first sniping mission, correct? Guren asked me to walk you through it. So I’ll teach you, okay? First, calm down. Take a few deep breaths. Calm your body. Slowly… take control of the space. As snipers, our job is to stay calmer than anyone and kill the enemy. We back up our allies on the ground… and if things go south and we must retreat… we must kill any of our allies who fail to escape, before they can be captured and tortured." 

Shinya Hiragi requested by cloudxstrife

Hear me out dudes, it's about Lusamine, Guzma, and Ultra Space

*spoilers fyi*

When Lusamine became obsessed with finding the ultra beasts it corrupted/possessed her right? Later, in Ultra Space, Guzma confronts you saying how he tried to catch an ultra beast but it possessed him, and that Lusamine, one of the very few people who recognizes his strength, is beyond reasoning with.

Here’s what I gotta say though.

Guzma was not in control of himself and was feeling true fear for the first time. Lusamine, one of the only people he looked up to, was extremely manic. Now I know the game’s PG and all so I get why they treaded lightly over this, but if you think about it, Guzma was in legit mental torture and exhaustion; while Lusamine was actively hunting him down in an environment completely unfamiliar to him.

“For those we cherish, we die in glory!”

The Lamenters. They are one of the few 21st founding chapters who know which first founding chapter they descend from. They also appear to have no geneseed defects, aside from the chapter-master, who somehow manages to control the black rage.

But they are, however, terribly unlucky. It is unknown whether or not this is an actual geneseed defect, or rather just a cruel twist of fate. Besides this, they are also one of the few Space Marine chapters which are known to avoid civillian casualties at all costs, and actually grieve over those who are lost.

The Lamenters were given an Iron Halo award by the chapter-master of the Ultramarines themselves for outstanding action during a skirmish with the Orks, but the chapter refused, seeing as they had failed to save the three million human miners on the planet.

The Lamenters are currently less than 500 marines strong and, sadly, falling.

Disabled people can’t go into space! OH YEAH?!

(* * * WARNING: Video has flashing lights that may upset seizures or migraines. * * *)

Stephen Hawking says otherwise while experiencing zero G’s in one of those zero G airplanes that simulate the environment astronauts work in while in space.

So that’s one moment of floating for a disabled man, and one giant leap for the disabled community.

And the thing with Stephen Hawking– if you didn’t know who he was and he didn’t have his speech device, most people wouldn’t even know he’s fully competent and at this current time he probably knows more about black holes than anyone ever will.

There are disgustingly ableist conspiracy theorists that say he’s some grandpa pulled out of a nursing home to be a government mouthpiece and that he’s not even controlling his speech synthesizer. Never mind that he twitches his cheek and the sensor on it manipulates his computer to do all kinds of cool stuff.

Some people just cannot fathom that a man with a disability that makes him dependent on others for everything except sharing his thoughts is capable of being competent.

Btw, I think the zero G flight took place before he was on a ventilator full-time, but I could be wrong because he had a tube coming out of his pant leg on the plane. That may have been something to keep the monitoring equipment all together, though. I do know that Stephen Hawking is currently on a vent.

But I doubt a ventilator will stop disabled people from going out into space someday. Who knows what will happen in the next fifty to a hundred years? There could be kids in wheelchairs spinning donuts on Mars!

This attitude — “who would even want to touch her butt?” or “she’s so ugly” — reflects the fact that women who speak out about being assaulted are often not taken seriously. If we can’t take Swift, a powerful woman, seriously about her assault, think about what happens to all the women who aren’t in the same position of fame and power.

It is never — for any reason, under any circumstances — acceptable to touch someone like this without their explicit consent. Being a celebrity, or having a certain body type, does not make actions like being groped okay. Fame does not negate the right to personal space and control over one’s own body.

Ultimately, it’s for the courts to decide what really happened. But no one should be blaming Taylor Swift for her own assault. That was the fault of the assailant alone.

—  MTV on how victim blaming is NOT okay

Take control of who you are
Cause ain’t nobody going to save you

Day 27 - Most epic scene ever.

A tarot card to represent the end of Knights of the Old Republic. There are a lot of super epic scenes in games, but I wanted to draw this one. 

30 day video game challenge.

5 Tips for Setting Description

When it comes to describing a new setting, many great writers have hearkened it to “painting a picture,” and this is great advice. You want to inspire imagination and give the reader the cues to visualize the world you’re creating accurately. What you don’t want to do is take this advice too literally and over describe your setting in a reader-ready draft.

Bear in mind as you read these tips that these encourage succinct, economical writing. Obviously, everyone’s style is different, and some writers will include more description than others. These are simply suggestions for those who feel they’re overdoing it. 

Tip #1: Avoid Overdoing It by Overdoing It

To control how much you describe your setting, you have to know it really well. So in your first draft or in a separate document/notebook, give into your instincts to over describe your setting. Write as much as you can about it. Make a map, or a floor plan, or use design simulators to visualize the space. 

One reason we tend to over describe our characters’ surroundings is because we want to be clear of it ourselves. By doing this ahead of time, outside of your draft, you can go into your actual story with a clean slate, and it’s easier to only include setting details that are absolutely necessary. 

Tip #2: Put On Your Character’s Shoes 

Define the characters that will be present in the scene that introduces your setting for the first time. Regardless of point of view, think about what aspects of the setting these characters actually see. Imagine your are standing where your character is standing. Do they see what’s on the other side of the mountain? Do they see how messy the kitchen is when they’re in the garage? Do they see their office when they’re sitting in traffic? More than likely, no. So resist the urge to describe a setting the character can’t currently see. 

There are exceptions, particularly if you’re using setting to foreshadow or present dramatic irony, but as a general rule, try to limit the settings you’re describing to the space your character is currently occupying. This doesn’t allow for exposition, so let’s move on to…

Tip #3: Start Small and Build

When it comes to complex settings like fictional countries, planets, or even complicated political structures, well-placed exposition is key. Help your reader out by feeding them details small enough for them to swallow. Before explaining Panem as a whole, Suzanne Collins worked on establishing District 12. 

What you’re doing is giving your reader some time to make themselves at home. When you move to a new city, it’s common to start by navigating the areas surrounding your new home, especially areas that you will frequent often, and then branching out to the rest of the city. We remember things easiest when we build on existing knowledge. A reader will understand the governmental structure of your country easiest if they already have a city they’re familiar with to factor into that structure.

The scale of this will vary depending on your story. Sometimes you can cover small to large within a few pages and other times, you need a few chapters. Allow yourself some flexibility, but do your best to start small with your setting and add to it as a reader begins to get comfortable.

Tip #4: Be Economical

When a sentence will work, don’t use a paragraph. Use comparisons and character judgements to help with the description. “Her apartment looked just as he imagined an artist’s studio would look: small, dimly lit, and overflowing with unfinished paintings.” That sentence creates an image in your mind without describing the color of the walls, the number of windows, the state of the furniture, or where the kitchen is (and how the kitchen is maintained - save that description for when they eat or make food). 

Even if you disagree with that description of an artist’s apartment, you can add your own adjectives to paint a different picture. “Her apartment looked just as he imagined an artist’s studio would look: open, industrial, and lit by waves of sunlight through every large window.” Same comparison, different picture. Using an artist’s studio in your description takes advantage of a reader’s existing knowledge and it helps you paint the picture with less words. 

Tip #5: Don’t Waste a Reader’s Time

A setting is only as great as the action that occurs within it. Don’t spend time describing a setting that doesn’t house a scene where something important will eventually happen. This could be a huge, epic fight scene or a turning point for a character relationship. If you’re taking time to describe it, and a reader is taking time to read it, it better be significant. 

For example, if you’ve got a character who is about to leave town on some great adventure, don’t spend an exorbitant amount of time describing her living space at the beginning of the novel. A character’s home can reveal a lot about their personality, but setting is not the only way to show character. Give the reader any details they need to understand the scene and then move on. 

one of my favourite facets of jake’s character is that he is so frequently injured (and seriously enough that he had to use a cane for a while in the last incident even after a significant period on crutches) yet he runs straight into situations where his lack of grace and coordination could very easily get him re-injured with such gusto

like “hell yeah i just got shot in my leg i am going to slide across this slippy surface into a confined space!!!!!”

and amy’s like “well, i was the one who shot you in the first place. you were the one who told me to shoot you. i have no control over your actions; the most i can do is try to make them slightly safer with a helmet.”

ffs he once broke his wrist petting a horse 

Feels (26CARAT Remix) KIIARA - Best to You BLOOD ORANGE - Night Sky CHVRCHES - Youth (Gryffin Remix) TROYE SIVAN - Bated Breath TINASHE - Pray You Catch Me BEYONCE - Neveralone RAURY - From Now On We Are Enemies FALL OUT BOY - Mind Games BANKS - Self Control FRANK OCEAN - Who Are You, Really? MIKKY EKKO -  Winter Everywhere SLAVES - What You Wanted HOW TO DRESS WELL - Who Do You Love (feat. Robyn) KINDNESS - Lion’s Den JHAMEEL - End Of An Era MARIANAS TRENCH - Ultralight Beam KANYE WEST - Begin Again PURITY RING

The universe is so much bigger than the ones we love. Find the fine line between autonomy and philanthropy and drag your foot across it. I promise things become so much smaller when space is the thermosphere and not the unfound planets in your head and heart.


But once Matt gets rescued and is reunited with Pidge and Shiro and hears about the amazing - but dangerous! - stuff that Team Voltron get up to he smacks Shiro’s arm like ‘Takashi I cannot believe you’ve been letting my baby sibling do all this!! >[’ and Shiro just starts laughing bc

'Omg you think I have any control over Pidge! Like, have you met them? No one has any control over that lil demon omg that’s so cute, that’s hilarious, I can’t breathe!!’

And Pidge is the background like yup

anonymous asked:

TCW has ruined me! I've been watching SyFy Channel's Killjoys (bounty hunters in space, really good show, highly recommend!). One character who is a former soldier gets a mind control device activated in his brain. He attacks his friends, trying to kill them, and then he says 'I'm a good soldier, I'm a good soldier'. I started screaming at my TV 'And good soldiers follow orders!' TCW shall haunt me forever!

Same here, Anon! I find comparisons come up often enough in my head when I’m watching shows with the similar ideas or plot.

Just the other day, I was watching Voltron and…well…uh…

The designs were feeling very familiar…

It’s the ears.

– Admin CG

*REQUEST* Taehyung Scenario - #1 “Stay the night. Please.”

To the lovely @thejadevaults <3

Feel free to send in requests guys! I do Reactions, Preferences, Fake Texts, and Scenarios! Just tell me who you want, what you want, and how you want it! <3

“Damn!” Taehyung burst out in annoyance as his fingers frantically pressed the buttons of him game controller. You smiled to yourself, having seated yourself one space away to avoid his angry flailing. Even though you’d rather be doing other things sometimes, you rather enjoy watching your impatient boyfriend play video games. You might not be such a fan of video games, but it fascinated you to no end being able to witness all the different emotions cross over Tae’s face. Ranging from exuberance to unfiltered rage, it never ceased to amaze and amuse you. So you decidedly put up with whatever annoying sounds that blared out from the tv.

               You absentmindedly checked the time on your phone and saw that you had stayed much later than you had meant to. Jumping up (scaring Taehyung in the process), you rushed around and started grabbing your stuff, hoping your roommate hadn’t locked the door at home since you forgot your keys. Taehyung still sat on the couch watching you, almost thoughtfully, until he stood and walked over to where you were rummaging in your bag. You finally looked up at him when his hands gave your shoulders a squeeze.

               “What’s wrong, jagiya?” he said in his deep voice, leaning into you a bit against the counter. You sighed.

               “I stayed too late and now I’m probably locked out of the apartment because Iforgot my stupid keys!” He rubbed your back as you vented. Your place and Taehyung’s dorms weren’t that far from each other, so you normally just walked. You knew he really didn’t like it when you walked home, especially when it was dark out, as he thought it was too long of a walk. He was quiet for a moment before you heard his smooth chuckle in your ear, tickling your sensitive skin.

               “Why not just stay? It’s much too late for you to walk.” He mumbled, nuzzling into your neck. You froze for a second before turning around to face him. He must have sensed your nervousness, as he quickly added, “The guys are gone until tomorrow afternoon, so you don’t have to worry. You can take my bed and I’ll sleep on the couch if that makes you feel better. Stay the night. Please.

               It touched your heart that he was willing to give up a comfortable sleep for you just so you would be safe. You knew how important sleep was for him as an idol, and your heart swelled with the meaningfulness of his sacrifice. You two hadn’t been intimate yet, but you didn’t see the harm in sleeping in the same bed. Even though the idea let loose a thousand butterflies in your stomach, you smiled up at him and brushed some hair out of his face.

               “I don’t think it would hurt to share the bed, if we can both fit.” You said with an overly exaggerated sigh, pretending to be troubled by the idea. His signature rectangle-smile broke out across his face as his hands moved to your waist and hugged you closer to him. Enjoying the peacefulness of the moment while it lasted.

(Seeee they’re coming along a tiny bit faster now, right? ^__^ Hope you like it!!)

Turn your attention away from yourself and your own problems to the world around you, to the earth underneath your feet, to your local community, to your friends, to the strangers who live around you, to your loved ones. Discover what you can do to make that world in which you live a better place. These things are very simple actually. It could be a smile, a comforting word, offering a space for a car making a turn in front of you; it could be offering food to someone who is hungry; it can be turning off your television mind control device, and playing with your children or your pets. It could be planting a tree. The list of opportunities to affect the world that is right around you is endless, and then you will find yourself re-connecting to your local community, even as the forces that would manipulate the world try to destroy it. Do understand that there is power in simplicity.
—  The Hathors - Tom Kenyon
The Teachings of Janet

  I love what Beyoncé is doing right now, but i think since you guys love feminist ideas and empowerment of black women you should really get to know better this amazing artist.

1 - Control

  Starting with her breakthrough album, Control is all about you being the only person who gets to decide your life choices, and also ideas of woman sharing the same space in a relationship, being respected and not getting less than satisfied with what you want. ‘Nasty’ and ‘The Pleasure Principle’ are the key songs to this album.

2 - Rhythm Nation

  This one is a landmark on pop music, the first album to be open about racism and separation, the iconic video for the self-titled song is black and white because “this way everyone gets different shades of grey and no one feels separated” - said Janet and is considered to this day one of the most important videos of MTV era. The album has a powerful message, and flirts with a lot of unusual genres for a pop record like industrial and hard rock.

3 - Janet.

  Janet is her most abrasive album in terms of sexuality, her ideas here are woman embracing their sexual side without shame and themes of pride and joy living life as a black woman. The legendary 1993 rolling stone magazine cover is copied to this day as a sign of confidence, “That’s the Way Love Goes“ is stablished as her biggest hit to this day and created a formula every pop artist (spacially woman) follow in their videos.

4 - The Velvet Rope

  And last but not least Janet’s darkest and most experimental album to date, velvet rope has just like her past works a strong message but this time it’s deeper and much more personal, the album cover themes such as depression, self-esteem, homossexuality and abuse, coming from a place of confusion and sadness much of these songs has to do with dealing with yourself and what makes you feel weak, it also has confessions about abusive relationship. The big part of the albums focus on wanting to feel accepted as who you are and getting in touch with your true self. It is a pretty dark message for a pop album, specially in 1997 but the importance of it and the openess about accepting different forms of sexuality made Janet not just a pop star but a true artist, taking control of the biggest part of the album, producing and writing most of the material and being the pioneer on alternative R&B way back in the time.

  So there you go my basic introduction to one of the first feminist black woman in mainstream music. There is a lot more about this albums to talk about but i did quick resume, also sorry for my english it’s pretty lame.