Things about Beyond Birthday that we don’t talk much about but should
-He drives a stolen car. -Invited Naomi to dinner (and was rejected) once. -Went through a 13 year old girl’s panty drawer -Crawled on all fours. On a crime scene floor. Where there was still blood. -Used make-up -Crushed a 13 year old girl’s eyeballs -“an aggressive top” –Cleaned the entire scene but the blood -Undressed and dressed Believe Bridesmaid -Ate an entire jar of jam in less than 5 minutes. -Wakes up at 6AM -Really knows his roman numerals -Took a severed arm with him -“Read” and entire lengthy book in under ten minutes -Had his jar of jam in his victim’s fridge -Aggressively beat Backyard’s arm with a hammer -Mathematical genius -Convinced His victim’s relatives to allow him permission to investigate his own case -Likes Akazukin Chacha -Knows each of Akazukin Chacha’s volume’s page numbers -Crawled from underneath a bed -Literally stood outside the bathroom door and commented on why he didn’t hear the toilet flush, creep -Was referred to as some kind of creepy pedophile -Casually walked around with his own crossword puzzle -Do you even know how much time and strength it takes to cut off a limb? -And strangle a grown man? -Claimed Quarter Queen ‘looked better’ after death. (Ref to the glasses) -Laughs to himself -Cracks his neck and walks with his neck craned awkwardly to the side -High possibility that he might have killed in the past -Isn’t maniacal whilst killing his victims, is actually only interested in experimenting
I work at Chickfila. Every Tuesday is “Kid’s Night,” and we do some sort of craft, like make trees out of pipe cleaners, or glue tissue paper to a person outline. Today, it was paint flowers with celery stalks. It was also the first night I was asked to lead it.
I adored watching the kids paint flowers and stems and the different designs they swirled into the background. But most of all, I liked talking to them. Little kids say the darndest things. Maddie, 11, said her favorite color was sea green and she wanted an accent wall in her bedroom because she saw it in a Lowe’s commercial for painter’s tape. Kennedy, 8, said she likes doing cannonballs because she sinks all the way to the bottom of the pool. Christopher didn’t say anything, but he did make all the flower stamps into smiling people.
I asked every single one what their name was, what their favorite color was, and what grade they were going into.
But you know what every single one of them going into third grade said when I asked if they were excited for school? Every single one?
“I used to be.”
I used to be.
They have only had three years of school, but now they aren’t excited.
“Why aren’t you excited now?”
They all stopped painting, brows furrowing, before they looked up and gave me a sheepish smile.
“I’m scared about the STAAR test.”
THIS IS WHAT STANDARDIZED TESTING DOES TO OUR CHILDREN. IT TERRIFIES THEM. IT SUCKS THE LIFE OUT OF SCHOOL. IT DISGUSTS ME.
EIGHT YEAR OLDS ARE SCARED ABOUT A TEST. SCARED. SCARED ENOUGH TO NOT BE AT ALL EXCITED ABOUT GOING INTO THE THIRD GRADE.
IF YOU DON’T THINK THIS IS A PROBLEM, GET TF OUT MY FACE.
By Gryffindor, the bravest were Prized far beyond the rest; For Ravenclaw, the cleverest Would always be the best; For Hufflepuff, hardworkers were Most worthy of admission; And power-hungry Slytherin Loved those of great ambition.
“What’s wrong with Scott.” You asked as you cornered Stiles, who was about to rush after the Alpha, who was storming through the school as if
someone had angered him beyond reason.
“Urm, it’s complicated.” He muttered and Lydia glanced over
“You can tell us Stiles, we might be able to help, he isn’t acting
like himself.” She pointed out and Stiles nodded, taking a deep breath as he
gave Scott one last glance.
“I think he might be in… heat?” Stiles muttered and your
mouth dropped open until Lydia put her finger under your chin to close it.
“So, that’s why he threw Liam away from Malia this morning?” She asked and Stiles nodded. “And also, why he’s been avoiding (Y/N) … makes sense
he’d be most drawn to the member of the pack who needs the most protection.”
“Hey!” You huffed and they both gave you a matching look.
“You are the weakest, you’re human.” Stiles pointed out.
“You’re also close with Scott but you’re close with other
male werewolves, Liam, Brett, Derek and Isaac.” Lydia pointed out and Stiles
took another turn.
“So basically, he’s probably finding it really difficult to
be around you because he’s um… like I said possibly in heat.” Stiles muttered.
“That’s stupid, he’s a guy why would he be in heat.” You
“Reproducing would expand the pack faster, allows the Alpha
to mark a mate without actually turning said mate into a werewolf and it’d give
the alpha a chance to have some time with the betas and… strengthen their pack
bond?” Lydia offered and you made a grossed-out noise.
“Rhetorical question Lydia, anyway I’ll just ask Scott what’s
wrong and prove you both wrong.” You hummed.
“I don’t think you should.” Stiles muttered but you’d
already ducked out of the corridor to where Scott had vanished.
“Scott?” You called and followed the low continues growl to
a bathroom tucked away at the end of the corridor. “Scott, why’re you naked!”
You squeaked and grabbed at his jeans, hoping if you handed them to him he’d
get dressed as you tried not to look.
“I was too hot.” He mumbled roughly and moaned when you put
a hand on his forehead.
“Maybe I should ask if I can give you a lift to the hospital…
you can’t exactly ride your bike.” You mumbled, your eyes widening as he slowly
slid your hand down his neck and across his stomach, letting you pull away before he
could go any lower.
170216 Why BTS' 'Spring Day' Is the Perfect Move for the K-Pop Boy Band -- Both Artistically & Professionally
If there’s a K-pop act that is navigating the global music scene best, BTS is arguably the top choice. Since their 2013 debut, the boy band has broken records on the Billboard 200 – becoming the Korean act to land the most albums on the chart and net the biggest first-week opening – in addition to being a constant presence on charts like Billboard’s Social 50, World Albums and World Digital Song Sales tallies. Yet, it’s only with their latest release “Spring Day” that a BTS single seems most likely to break the group into new chart territory and that’s thanks to smart artistic and professional decisions.
Undoubtedly, BTS has found the major enthusiasm for their LPs thanks to the deeper social and personal topics the band discusses with past album tracks touching on bullying, mental health and the dark sides of adolescence. Meanwhile, past singles like “Run” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears” and their accompanying videos stood out for exploring deep devotion, but ultimately only explored that one topic. “Spring Day” takes things a step farther by getting more into the journey one takes during a tough time or break up.
On the single, the members sing and rap about an internal winter inside them due to missing someone and, at first, there does not seem to be an end to the heartache – likely a commentary on depression and mental health, topics the band had discussed in past album tracks and mixtapes. Yet by the end of “Spring Day,” there is a change and the boys describe how there is a light and warmness that inevitably comes with Jungkook declaring, “No darkness, no season, is forever.”
The guys are still pining for their lost love, but they aren’t staying in a one-track mindset. Instead, they use the weather and seasonal metaphors to describe how things get better – a lesson many of their young fans can find comfort in when dealing with relationships, or school, friends, family, their careers or beyond. While it’s all done over hard-hitting beats, buttery vocals and punchy rap verses – as one would expect from any BTS release – it’s this newfound maturity and enlightenment that makes the single stand out so much.
Not only was “Spring Day” a smart artistic move, but it was extremely savvy for BTS and their Korean label BigHit Entertainment to focus on one single for the repackaged deluxe version of their hit album Wings titled You Never Walk Alone.
Wings already broke – and continues to break – multiple chart records, including when it became the first K-pop album to spend multiple weeks on the Billboard 200 and also as it celebrates a remarkable 18th week on World Albums this week. By leading a re-ignited excitement over You Never Walk Alone with one single, fans are more than ever collectively focused on this one song.
That focus was seen when “Spring Day” flew into the the Top 10 of the Top Overall Songs chart on U.S. iTunes after its release on Sunday and remained high even as tracks from the 2017 Grammys began racing up the rankings. No K-pop group has sent a song as high on the iTunes singles chart, with only PSY being the other Korean act to land a song as high when “Gangnam Style” topped the ranking in 2012. A tweet from BigHit’s CEO Bang Sihyuk even commented on the accomplishment on Twitter.
The hype for “Spring Day” is particularly high in America as the band gears up for three arena concerts in America, a major indication of the fans ready to support, buy, stream and watch the music video for this single and not be as distracted by a full-length album’s worth of material. (Though, one should not disregard the new tracks including ultra-fierce “Not Today,” the long-awaited thumper “Outro: Wings,” or the introspective “A Supplemental Story: You Never Walk Alone.”)
There are hurdles BTS will need to jump over to have their single be a chart hit in America, including releasing the song two days after the charting period started on Friday and major competition from songs associated with the Grammys. But if the numbers end up in BTS’ favor and they chart a single on the Billboard Hot 100 – or even the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which counts the 25 singles just below the top 100 – it will be a major accomplishment, but not one unearned. By continuing to progress as artists, the band’s business- and chart-savvy moves only make their releases able to be that much more celebrated.
How do you brush aside hateful comments and not let them get to you? I think you have to take it with a grain of salt, because when you think about it, the internet is somewhat of a gigantic high school. It’s high school beyond high school. It never really changes, it just changes the medium. It’s as much of a lesson for us in our industry as it is for girls and kids: You have to ignore it, you have to be the bigger person and know that what you’re doing is right for you, even though it might not be for somebody else. - Nina Dobrev for FLAUNT Magazine
Okay, Tegs, I'm gonna have to ask you to explain the 'getting asked to leave preschool' thing
Preschool was a weird time for me. I was one of those horribly precocious children- I’d taught myself to read before I was three- and so while my classmates were learning their ABCs, I was reading chapter books I’d brought from home. It was honestly a total waste of time, and I acted out a lot because I was bored as hell. It was really more like day care, but understaffed- for the entire three and four year old class, there was only one teacher. Her name was Sister Ida and she would play us songs on the guitar and sing. But this wasn’t enough to mollify me; I had been SO EXCITED about school because that’s where you get to learn. The kids in books all went to school- my mom says that the summer before I started pre-school, I’d get out of bed and wake her up in the middle of the night asking if it was time to go to school. But then school turned out to be an utter disappointment. A lot of preschool is really about socialization; learning to share, learning to get along with other kids, learning not to be pushy- but I would shut down around other kids because I just wanted to read books. I’d throw a fit when my books were taken away, so Sister Ida just let me read. What else could she do? My parents didn’t want to move me up a grade because I was bad enough at talking to children my own age and they really didn’t think I’d thrive with kids older than me. I wasn’t more mature emotionally than my age cohort- I was just academically quicker, and that was a recipe for disaster if they’d bumped me up.
My parents could never get stuff done with me around, because I was always asking a million questions, so they turned to that old standby, the electronic babysitter. If I was out of books to read, I could turn on the TV; my mom just left the one in the living room tuned to the Discovery Channel. This was old school Discovery Channel, not the reality show network it is today, which meant that I was watching animal documentaries all the time.
One day, I saw a documentary about sea turtles. Specifically it was a program about the miracle of sea turtle birth- how they have so many eggs and how they don’t all make it to the sea. There was a segment on how the sea turtles find mates and how the males hang onto the females for up to twenty-four hours and how mating is violent but then she has all those eggs… I thought it was amazing. It seemed like some kind of magic trick- insert magic wand, presto change-o, baby sea turtles. I decided that I would take this in for show and tell- I would demonstrate (drumroll, please) mating.
I had these little plastic turtles that I put in my schoolbag. Show and tell came around and when it was my turn, I stood up in front of the class and said “I’m going to show you how sea turtles mate!”
Sister Ida was not fast enough to stop me. I started talking about how the sea turtles entered a mating bond and stacked the plastic turtles on top of each other and then talked about how the eggs came out of the female’s cloaca. It was upsetting to the other children because I was using big words they didn’t know and it was upsetting to the nun because I was teaching three year olds about sex. When I started talking about how the male enters the cloaca and stays there for as long as a day and how the female sea turtle tries to bite him because his claws hurt, well… they’re just lucky I didn’t have visual aids beyond those two plastic turtles because male sea turtle genitals are enormous and horrifying.
This all led to a conference with my parents where the principal explained that 1.) I wasn’t learning anything; 2.) that my boredom was actually diminishing my burgeoning social skills; 3.) and that I was introducing material that wasn’t grade appropriate to kids who didn’t understand. Really, it was the best thing for me- the principal thought that I’d be better off at the public school where they actually had resources beyond a singing nun with a guitar. So when it was time for kindergarten, that’s where I went.
This was the first clip where Jamilla actually spoke!
This was the first clip where we saw Jamilla alone without her group of friends.
This is the first clip where we see Sana and Jamilla actually interacting beyond looks in the school yard.
This is the first clip we see Sana talking to someone with the exact same experience as herself. They are both second-generation immigrants in Norway, both muslims, both girls, both wear hijab, they both want to work in medicine and they have gone to the same ungdomsskole and vidregående.