we live in a generation of not being in love

We live in a generation of, not being in love, and not being together
But we sure make it feel like we’re together
Cause we’re scared to see each other with somebody else
—  Drake “Doing It Wrong”
Leave Robin alone

I am transgender (ftm) and I think I’d have to agree with my bud Rob on this one. I know for a fact that I struggled being in my own body for years when I was younger. Even when I got started on testosterone it was hard for me. Looking down and seeing that I still had female hurt. I don’t belong in a female body. That is dysphoria. Dysphoria is different for everyone. Some people don’t experience it as much as others. But for someone like me, I’ll have days where I just won’t get out of bed or go outside because of it. I respect the hell out of my dudes who wear dresses and are feminine and trans. That would take a whole hell of courage! For me at least. I hate my chest. It’s a females chest. It’s not flat like I want it to be. Not all trans* people get top surgery and/or bottom surgery, some don’t even get on hormones if they don’t want to. It all depends on who the person is and what their preferences are. But being transgender is not a choice. You have to come to terms with yourself and realize that there’s other people like you going through the same shit. Someone who identifies themselves as transgender and has no dysphoria at all (let me specify at all) is probably taking advantages of their resources. There’s actual people out there who struggle with this. There’s kids who get disowned by their parents and rejected by society. They’re constantly nagged at and misgendered. I was disowned by my father. He refused to talk to me for a year and even mentioned electroshock therapy to my mother. My parents have been divorced since I was a baby and my mother is marrying a woman in August. (Which btw I’m giving her away I’m so excited!) She has loved me throughout my transition and has been there for me when things were real tough. I am one of the lucky guys who are still living and trying to get through one step at a time. Apart of being transgender, sadly, is struggling. But one day the world will be ours and people won’t have to go through what we go through. The LGBTQ+ community has fought for years. Pride parades have been riots. People have been killed, beat, harassed, and kids kill themselves. It’s not easy. But let’s do it for the kids in the next generation and the next. For all generations to come. So they can grow up knowing they can be who they want to be and love who they want to love.
Leave Robin alone and let him have his opinion. My hormone doctor would have to agree with this fella along with me. Pece n lov 🏳️‍🌈❤️💛💚💙💜

Tupac Shakur with Chi Modu

Over the years, people have always said that my images of Tupac let them see a side of him beyond the Thug Life image, more about the human being. Before he was loved by the world, he was a young man trying to make his way in a society that is extremely cruel to the less fortunate. He made it his mission to speak for those in his community who needed to hear “keep your head up!” As I travel the globe, I’m amazed at how many people have told me that Tupac saved their lives. His words and passion inspired a generation, and these pictures that we created together help to keep that inspiration alive.

It’s always sad when people die young, but if you leave behind the kind of legacy that Tupac did, you never actually die. You remain forever in the hearts and minds of people for generations to come. I knew that about him when we first spent time together in Atlanta, Georgia back in 1994. We both knew the importance of images and we set out to do a thorough job, not knowing what the future would hold. He died two years after that meeting in Atlanta, but his words and these images are all part of his lasting legacy.

When I met him on location in Atlanta in ’94 he was quite cooperative and a really nice guy. It was a shoot for The Source magazine, and he arrived early. Tupac was the ultimate professional, and he respected my time and my skills. The public might not know that about him. They think he was just this crazy guy who had no real limits, but he completely understood who he was, and if he understood what you brought to the table, he was easy to deal with. In fact, we got along great. I think a lot of people want to buy into the ‘thug life’ image and the younger side of him, because he was still a young man. Let’s be clear, you kind of forget the ages of these folks. To be so prolific and so young, and have so much power — it’s hard to imagine

Even with all the childishness — which I believe was age appropriate in a lot of ways—when you throw power and money in there, even with all that, he had a lot of care and love for his community and for the less fortunate. He always spoke on behalf of black people who were struggling.

Even though he wrote songs that many would consider typical hip-hop party music, he also included a lot of black empowerment in his lyrics — “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” “Dear Mama” — which I believe is why women liked him. They loved him because he was real and he cared. We knew the silly side of him too, but who isn’t silly at the age of twenty five? So that never surprised me when he did the zany stuff. He was young and full of power in a world that’s biased against blacks, so what do you expect?

Normally when I would see Tupac, I would always think of him being on blast — excited and moving at a hundred miles an hour. But when I first met him he wasn’t really like that. It’s funny how everyone always thinks about Tupac and the ladies, but I never really saw him chasing women that much. He was much more focused on his mission. I think that’s what made him stand out so much from his peers. Because while everybody was partying, this man was trying to make sure he created his legacy. And so here we are decades later talking about the man as if he’s still around. I don’t think you can take lightly the fact that this is two decades later and we’re still talking about this man.

After we finished his first Source cover shoot in Atlanta, we went back to his home in Stone Mountain, GA to hang out. He called me aside and showed me his entire gun collection in his bedroom—all his AKs, banana clips, Glocks, everything. Then he moved a picture on the wall in his bedroom, revealing a bullet hole. This was from when he fired a shot in his bedroom because he was on probation and prohibited from going to the firing range. We all laughed afterwards.

We would’ve all been in our 40s together, but he never got to his 40s, he didn’t even see his 30s with us. So that’s quite a body of work and experience that he put in during his short time on this Earth.

He was one of the few stars who could cross over without compromising his roots. Tupac wasn’t going to compromise, that wasn’t him, but Versace still wanted to use him for their campaign. It’s funny when I see rappers trying to do that sort of thing. I think when you start to move in those commercial circles they make you change yourself to fit. You lose your authenticity, but Tupac wouldn’t allow that of himself. He took the streets with him wherever he went.

The portrait shots of Tupac, like the one that’s on the cover of the book, were actually done with a 4x5 camera, which is a view camera. It’s the camera where you put the curtain over your head to focus. It’s large format. It sits on a tripod, and you put the film in, come out from behind the camera, you click it, then you switch the film. Kind of like the old style cameras. At that session in Atlanta, I photographed Tupac with my 4x5 with no assistant. It was just me and his people. When you shoot using a 4x5 you’re really very close to the subject. I was no more than three or four feet from him. I’m there but the gap between us is the camera, even though I’m right there with them. When you’re that close to someone frame after frame, that’s really how they get to know you. You’re almost breathing on each other, and I’m telling him, ‘Lift your head, bring your eyes down.’ I’m giving him instructions so he can look better.

Once you spend hours with someone like that, you know them forever. I’m looking at every pore on your face. I’m on your team. In doing that first photo shoot in 4x5, I think that’s what made Tupac so comfortable with me because I was looking in his eyes, he was looking in mine at the same time, and real recognizes real. Once we got to that place we were cool. He gave me pictures he didn’t give anybody else and he said, ‘These are for you, Chi.’

Everybody knows the Thug Life Tupac, and we know that well. But they don’t know the Tupac in the quiet moments. Like that picture of him tying his bandana over his head, the profile shot. That’s an outtake. He was fixing his bandana with a cigarette in his mouth but he was relaxed enough around me where I could just photograph him.

As a result you see a picture of a much more gentle Tupac. For me gentle and soft are not the same thing. Tupac was gentle but you wouldn’t dare step to him. He was prepared to take it where it needed to go. He wasn’t afraid. That’s who he was to me, and we got along from the first time we met. We were cool, so I got access to him that no one else could get.

Tupac wanted me to shoot his album Me Against the World, he told me to get in touch with the art director in New York. By the time I went there to meet, they had already given the assignment to someone else. What’s funny is I had already taken what would later become the most iconic imagery of Tupac. So when you look at the more famous portraits of Tupac like him tying his bandanna and the Rolling Stone cover, I had already created those pictures before I went to meet the art director to discuss the album. No one knew at the time that the photos I took of him would be the images people remember and not the ones they used on the album. In a way you end up getting your justice if you wait long enough

When I set out to take these photographs I knew they were important. I wanted to make sure the images stayed within the community. I wanted to make sure the person who created them was from the community. Historically that never really happens. Most of the visuals of the greats are owned and controlled by other people. That’s tricky because then they can put their interpretation on it. But when you look at my photographs, I’m there with them. I’m one of them even though I’m an observer. I was close enough to live it and I had the skills to document and record it.

I had four sessions with him, and since we were close he let me in close. It’s friends hanging out with friends and there just happened to be a camera present. You can see the closeness and the warmth because I didn’t really look at my subjects as just celebrities. I saw them as young black guys like me. It allowed me to get closer and it allowed them to be comfortable and just be who they were. I offered no judgment. I was just there to document and make people look good.

Even though I was the creator of these images, I’ve always felt more like the caretaker of them, because he was the world’s Tupac, not just my photo subject. He burned bright when he was here and his flame continues to glow. Thank you for being the voice of the voiceless, Tupac. Rest in peace, brother.

Excerpted from Tupac Shakur: Uncategorized by Chi Modu, a 200-page hardcover book featuring over 100 powerful images of Tupac Shakur.

For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story

The Singer-Songwriter Says Artists and Fans Will Still Form Deep Bonds, but They Will Do It in New Ways

By Taylor Swift;  July 7, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years?

Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you’re reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying… it’s just coming alive.

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THE 100 - FAVORITES MEME

…because why the fuck not.  Answer the questions and tag as many people as you want! 

Originally posted by wandering-horizons

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FAVORITE CHARACTER WHO’S ALIVE: Raven. Motherfucking. Reyes.

FAVORITE DEAD CHARACTER: I miss Wells Jaha, but Luna’s a close second

FAVORITE DELINQUENT: Raven Reyes.   

FAVORITE OLDER ARKER: Abby, I guess?  Never really cared about the older generation, tbh. 

FAVORITE GROUNDER:  I think it’s a three-way tie between Luna/Lincoln/Roan. 

FAVORITE SEASON: Season One.

FAVORITE EPISODE: I liked Nevermore

FAVORITE LINE: I don’t think I have a favorite line - there are too many good ones.  “It won’t survive me.”  “You may be the Chancellor, but I’m in charge.”  “Human beings have free will - we get to decide how we should live.” “We all have a monster inside of us, and we’re all responsible for what it does when we let it out.”  

FAVORITE FIGHT SCENE: I loved Clarke’s fight with Anya in the second season.  

FAVORITE VILLAIN: I liked Anya a lot, although I also enjoyed watching Lexa.  This show is so morally gray though, how many characters exist that can say they’ve never been a villain, at any one point in the story?  

FAVORITE CANON COUPLE: Raven Reyes and happiness.  

FAVORITE FANON COUPLE: I just want Raven to find love, ok?  I don’t care who it’s with (as long as it’s not Finn or Lexa).

FAVORITE ‘KRU:  I mean I’m always rooting for Skaikru, but I guess I liked the idea of Floukru the best?    

FAVORITE HEADCANON: I love the headcanon that Clarke can hold her alcohol really well. 

FAVORITE SURPRISE PLOT-TWIST:  The big betrayal at the end of Season 2 blew my mind - I never saw it coming.  Loved getting psyched out like that!  

FAVORITE COSTUME: Luna’s.  

FAVORITE HAIRSTYLE:  I think Raven’s makes the most sense, but Bellamy’s wayward curls are far and away my favorite.  

FAVORITE SET:  Dropship.  No doubt.  The oil rig was pretty badass, too.

FAVORITE SONG: Raign’s cover of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” still makes me tear up a little, but I also think the Clexa Theme by Tree Adams is absolutely stunning.  

FAVORITE ACTOR: Bob Morley is fucking amazing.

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Tagging a bunch of my favorite 100 blogs, to get this thing started! (If you’re interested, of course)  I’d love to see people’s responses to these!  

@bllrke, @griffinnblake, @rosymamacita, @kay-emm-gee, @lukesaysbreathe, @indygoh, @spacexualkids, @winterhalcyon, @zoemonroe, @abazethe100, @rashaka, @easnadh1, @verbam, @kindclaws, @emcri, @bellamyblakesprotectionsquad2k17, @ravenreyess, @sassamyblake, @merdok1993, @chatnoirs-baton, @ponyregrets, @wellsjahasghost, @alienor-woods, @rumaan@blyedeeks, @bellarke, @the-ships-to-rule-them-all

I feel like our generation is constantly told how we’re so narcissistic because we take selfies and what not; and we obsess over social media, (even though we all don’t) but when you really think about it what do we have left but ourselves. The reality is a lot of people in our generation realise how bleak life is, you work your ass off to graduate and go to university or get a job then you go to uni for 4 years or more and supposedly end up somewhere you’ll enjoy working. But it doesn’t work out like that for everyone, and early on we realise that, well some of us. So we put our time, effort, creativity and self into obsessing over ourselves. How clear our skin is, the new makeup/outfit/book/movie/music we want to buy. How we want to look a certain way, how we take pictures and how we just live for making ourselves happy. It confuses some people, probably because they don’t love themselves that much. Ironically we’re probably the most self loving generation as in we self care, and we always give out compliments and shit, while being the most self aware of mental illnesses.

Man has lived with fear for generation after generation. He has lived with pleasure, with envy, with all the travail of loneliness, depression and confusion; and with great sorrow, with what he calls love and the everlasting fear of death. All this is his consciousness which is common to all mankind. Realize what it means: it means that you are no longer an individual. This is very hard to accept because we have been programmed, as is the computer, to think we are individuals. We have been programmed religiously to think that we have souls separate from all the others. Being programmed our brain works in the same pattern century after century.
— 

Jiddu Krishnamurti  in “The Network of Thought”

Hey y’all I need a summer pen pal!!!

My name is Chelsea, I am 19, I have submitted here before and I have kept one long term friend. Mostly we just message on tumblr and I really enjoy that I have someone outside of my home life to talk to and share advice with. On the other hand though, I have always really wanted a pen pal that I could write to. 

I’m currently living in San Antonio, Tx going to college but I am originally from Harlingen, Tx which is a border land city. I love my home and I love being Mexican American but my Spanish is not that great being a “third generation immigrant” and everything. So if you know both English and Spanish it would be cool to write in either one to gain practice and experience. 

I am looking for someone preferably out of the country probably in the UK region. I know paying for postage will be a bitch but go big or go home right? I’m hoping to reach someone who is older than 16 at least but I know there’s not many people reading these. Boys? Girls? LGBTO+? Conservative? Liberal? Religious? Not Religious? I am open to all people as long as you are willing to openly respect my opinions and beliefs because I am willing to do the same with you. I will openly state that I stand as a Liberal Democrat in the political climate today. I identify as bisexual and I am a girl using she/her pronouns. 

So I love music and I love to write and I love to read YA novels about LGBTQ+ characters. I love all members of 1D together and apart. I listen to indie music more than anything but I have been recently getting into rap and R&B. My absolute fave band is Bad Suns and I love Frank Ocean. I also like to do some artsy things so maybe we could share a journal or something. I am open to all ideas. Just message me at my tumblr, drunk-writing.tumblr.com if you are interested (I swear I am not as pretentious as that url sounds). 

The claim that college education is what decides whether you’re smart or not is…..honestly so completely ignorant in a historical sense and so completely arrogant in a modern sense that it boggles my mind.

Because logically speaking, this insinuates that anyone and everyone who does NOT have a college degree is stupid and incapable of surviving or achieving anything, ever.

Except….less than a hundred years ago, the majority of people didn’t have a degree. It was even normal for kids to quit school before high school, or for them not to go to school at all. I mean, when the country was first founded, NO ONE, except the super-rich and well-connected, went to school, and certainly not what we would consider to be a proper, accredited school. And the schools only focused on the basics: reading, writing, arithmetic, and maybe a bit of American and World History and some geography. The rest was up to the kids’ parents and the kids themselves.

And gee, we can look at the results and see how well that generation did, can’t we? Those slackers only invented ways to harness electricity, constructed stable buildings and infrastructure, came up with new and more efficient ways to travel, invented air conditioning and food preservation, cured diseases, farmed an abundance of food, made enough money to fund frivolous new things like film and recording and basically built the civilization we all love to hate on but continue to live in and take for granted.

All of that, for the most part without college. How on earth could that be possible?

It’s almost as if human beings have the ability to learn relevant skills to their lives and to accidentally learn new things constantly on their own volition as an inborn trait. 🤔

we live in a generation of not being in love, and not being together,
but we sure make it feel like we’re together,
‘cause we’re scared to see each other with somebody else,
but you need someone different!
— 

doing it wrong!  

10

To the family that was created on our set, between the cast and crew, thank you for giving us the ability to make mistakes and to grow. I felt so safe in that bay window. People thought it was weird that I was excited to go to work. People thought it was weird that we really did and still do love each other. That’s a rare entity, we hold that tight. Thank you Disney for giving this show and these characters the chance to see the light of day. I know I feel very lucky to have given life to Maya hart.  MJ- without you I wouldn’t know most of what I do. I also probably would have never had 2 paint fights in my lifetime. We live in an intricate world. We can be adversaries whilst being allies. To everyone that watched our show and felt something, thank you. To everyone that grew up watching Boy Meets World and decided to give our story for a new generation a chance, thank you.  And to the little girls reading this, You can do whatever you put your mind to.  You’re gonna meet the world now, and I think you’ll love it. “There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” - Fellini

This generation has
Depression,
Self Harm Issues,
Suicide statements,
Anorexia & Bulimia,
Bullying problems,
Not to mention we are called
Unloving,
Stupid,
Ungrateful,
Worthless,
Unkind,
Negative,
Futureless,
Angry,
Untrustworthy,
Teenagers.  
Fatherless,
Motherless,
Family abusers,
Lots of ex lovers
Told we aren’t fighters,
We aren’t stronger.
We aren’t fighting.
Any freaking thing.
Cause we are all,
Pill popping,
Non stopping
Weed addicts.
Pregnant love makers,
Because we are just rule breakers,
Don’t care about living or dying,
Because we, “Just want to have fun.”
Yeah,
“That’s all we really want.”

I’m just so tired, of fighting.

“But you’re only fifteen.”
“Yeah and you aren’t helping.”

Because,
I am a teenager.
I am a ground breaker.
I am a world changer,
I am a life maker,
I stand for what’s right,
I am creative.
I have thoughts.
I am a human being.
Made by God,
Loved by God.
I am in this generation.
We are this worlds future,
and take it or leave it,
But we aren’t just screaming music listeners.
We have a voice.
We know what love is.

We are smart,
And we are kind,
we are loving,
we are patient,
we understand,
we listen.
We have emotions.
And we are humans too,

This generation isn’t much different from me to you.

Gonna start a new musical called Generation Y

Featuring hit songs such as:
- sorry I can’t leave home but I can’t afford a college education right now, let alone a house.
- yes, thank you for fucking up the economy.
- grandma your generation created nuclear warfare and you’re complaining about Facebook?
- you’re calling my generation non-empathetic? (1/3 of Millennials leaving their religion leave cause of homophobic teaching you homophobic bastards)
- the past was so so perfect (let’s forget about the Cold War and Civil Rights movements tho)
- text speak is ruining literature (your political policies are ruining my future)
- yes, thank you for fucking up the environment.
- your generation is trying to start another Iraq war and yet social media is the real problem here?
- spell check and google translate are not actually issues here thank you
- birth control isn’t going to encourage us to have loads of sex, what the hell dad?
- no parent has ever liked their child music in the whole of history please stop being so offended by it.
- remind me mother dear, who brought us up this way?
- baby boomers are all great and yet we still need feminism
- I would if I could but I can’t so I shan’t (go to college/get a job)
- literally every fucking problem has been caused by your generation stop blaming millenials!
- TV isn’t the problem here (it’s you)
- the media is sexist, racist and as fucked up as hell and that’s not our fault
- you lived through the whole free-love era and you’re saying my generation are huge sluts?
- we have more human rights than you ever dreamed of, bigots
- technology is not turning our brains to mush
- yeah, global warming is a thing…
- why are there no hoverboards?
- aha it’s another old white man telling me my opinions aren’t valid and I’m stupid, what a suprise!
- can we go with green power now or what?
- Generation Y the fuck are you still going on about selfies when corporations (run by baby boomers) are putting up anti-homeless spikes?
- We were raised by you so stop complaining.

Who wants to work with me here?

sabrinacarpenter: The last time I had in n out burger and didn’t eat it, I had just been cast in a show called girl meets world! Tonight I sit here and I can’t eat my in n out burger because life comes full circle.
We speak in the language of love, heartbreak, friendship, family, sadness, and laughter. Wherever we are in the world, whatever we believe in, whoever we love, we all speak that language.
We had the privilege of growing up in front of your eyes. The privilege of teaching the lessons we were learning ourselves and beyond that.
To the family that was created on our set, between the cast and crew, thank you for giving us the ability to make mistakes and to grow. I felt so safe in that bay window. People thought it was weird that I was excited to go to work. People thought it was weird that we really did and still do love each other. That’s a rare entity, we hold that tight.
Thank you Disney for giving this show and these characters the chance to see the light of day. I know I feel very lucky to have given life to Maya hart.
MJ- without you I wouldn’t know most of what I do. I also probably would have never had 2 paint fights in my lifetime.
We live in an intricate world. We can be adversaries whilst being allies. To everyone that watched our show and felt something, thank you. To everyone that grew up watching Boy Meets World and decided to give our story for a new generation a chance, thank you.
And to the little girls reading this, You can do whatever you put your mind to.
You’re gonna meet the world now, and I think you’ll love it. “There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” - Fellini

A Rough Guide to Rivalry

“You can call us Sylvia and Eric or Mom and Dad or Mr and Mrs Wilde. Whatever you’re comfortable with,” 16-year-old Judy Hopps has been in the foster care system for as long as she could remember, so when a Fox couple decides to adopt her, she cant believe her luck. That feeling is short lived, though, because of a certain Fox she now has to live with.

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So my dad woke up today being homophobic as usual but the best thing I’ve heard both my parents say so far is that they lament that my brother and I can’t relate to them bc we are living in a time where everything is so normalized (like all uppity ass boomers would say) like I just love when parents are so condescending about your own generations beliefs since it implies that their generation had the keys to society and all us millennial folks are just running around lost and forcing our beliefs onto others like you maybe we just decided we’re not going to be pieces of shit