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Tonight, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has an extremely important episode about racial profiling. I encourage everyone to tune in and learn and to give this issue the attention that it needs. Ratings show that we care about this and want to be informed. 

You can watch live on Fox.com, and I believe Hulu also helps ratings. It airs at 8pm est and it is important. For more information on why, here is a small chunk of what I wrote about B99/the episode for a final paper in one of my political science classes: 


One question that the show runners of Brooklyn Nine-Nine struggled to answer for a long time was whether or not it would be appropriate to have an episode which discussed the racial profiling that is currently the talk of the nation. As a show with two black men playing the most prominent positions of power within a police precinct, many people have been wondering about the dichotomy that this presents. Brooklyn Nine-Nine shows a romantic notion of a police precinct in which all white male characters are aware of their privilege and, if they are not, their co-workers are quick to call them out on it. Yet this is not the case in all police precincts— something that the writers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have struggled with throughout the four seasons of the show due to the fact that “our heroes are the police, [and] it’s difficult to talk about the police in an abstract way,” said executive producer Dan Goor in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. 

The idea for the episode came about because of the unrest in the nation, and the writers pitched different ideas back-and-forth for quite a long time, but ultimately went with a situation that paralleled one which Terry Crews had been in. Crews is a former NFL player who had once been subjected to a stop-and-frisk, just as he is in this upcoming episode. In the context of the show, however, the character struggles with whether or not he should file a formal complaint that could jeopardize his career. “To a certain extent, it’s the question of: Am I blue or am I black?” Goor commented to Entertainment Weekly. The characters on the show all have to face the world of cops outside of their comfortable precinct, a conundrum that the actors and writers on the show felt that they had to tackle so that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine didn’t become a cartoon,” in the words of Terry Crews. He also points out, however, that this is just one of the reasons— and relevance in society, and making change, is another.

In the upcoming episode, Detective Jake Peralta, a white male, points out that he has done plenty of suspicious things on the street and had never been stopped by the police for it. Terry had merely been looking for his daughter’s blanket, while a flashback shows Jake sneaking in through a window wearing a Jason mask and getting away with it. (…) “As far as the show goes, it felt like there was an opportunity to make a statement. I think it’s definitely an issue that is really important [and] has been around for some time,” said writer Philip Jackson. The conscious decision to make that statement instead of shoving it under the rug is where the significance lies in this episode of television.

In 2017, black lives matter more than “all lives matter” because the lives of black American citizens are in genuine danger from the police. White citizens do not suffer from the same fears, period. This is something that frequently both stuns the country into silence and ignites it into action. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland could all still be alive today were it not for racial profiling— which the Brooklyn Nine-Nine writers know very well. Thus, the creators have given this episode to the total control of the black community of people who work on the show. It was written by a black writer; the black actors on the show had a say in the way their characters reacted to the situation; the A-plot was taken away from the main character for the first time in all four seasons and sixteen episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Those telling these stories make it clear whose story they are telling, being careful to elevate the narrative of the black creative members of the team without stomping on or overpowering their voices. 

Perhaps the most telling piece of that narrative is found within a clip of the episode that has just been released on youtube. Sergeant Terry Jeffords and Captain Raymond Holt sit in the private home of the captain and discuss whether or not Terry should report the stop and frisk to his superiors. When Captain Holt points out that Terry is “a great cop. You could become a chief or higher,” Terry’s response is simple, yet effective: “How long will it take to make change that way?”

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An insuperable abyss and Croix’s inner conflict

While episodes 19/20 showed how Akko and Diana grew closer, episode 21 hinted further at the great schism in the past between Chariot and Croix.

There are definitely parallells between Akko/Diana and Chariot/Croix. Like the vastly different personalities with one being more emotionally driven (Akko/Chariot) and one being more rational and restrained (Croix/Diana), even though the differences between Chariot and Croix seem to be less extreme than those of Akko and Diana.

Let’s just say that the parallells are not exactly ‘hidden’

However, a key difference in the parallells between Akko/Diana and Chariot/Croix is that their circumstances were different.

In the present, Diana never had a chance to claim the Shiny Rod, if she would have wanted to. First of all, she only learned of its purpose after it had been reclaimed again by Akko. Second, since Shiny Chariot had gone missing, it was presumed she was still holding onto it. So Diana never had any reason to desire it. When she learned of its importance and that it would be the key to fulfil her mother’s dream, she had already accepted Akko as its rightful owner.

Akko and Diana slowly got closer to each other at the same time as Akko was unlocking the words.

In Chariot and Croix’s time, the Shiny Rod had presumably not been seen for over more than a millenia. Chariot and Croix already had knowledge of the Grand Triskelion and already had grown close before the Shiny Rod was entrusted to Chariot. They both went and pledged before the Nine Olde Witches, to see if either of them could be entrusted with the Shiny Rod, with both thinking they had a fair chance.

However, both were shocked when Chariot was chosen over Croix. Both probably expected it to be Croix who would be more likely to be chosen (at least Croix did). Croix was the more prodigous witch of the two, and clearly meant for greatness.

The thing is, Croix was never meant to be wielder of Claiomh Solais, the Shiny Rod.

Because there is one major aspect that sets Croix apart from Akko, Chariot and Diana:

Her dream is highly selfish.

Becoming the world’s greatest witch isn’t a bad aspiration in itself, but Croix didn’t want to become that by her own merits. She actively desired the Shiny Rod and the Grand Triskelion to make her the world’s greatest witch.

Of course, there may be more to her dream. Maybe she felt that she had to become the world’s greatest witch to fulfil another dream?

Regardless, in front of the Nine Olde Witches, it is decided that she should not be entrusted with the Shiny Rod. She isn’t even allowed to touch it!

*MC Hammer playing in the distance*

Lotte will clearly be the one to unlock the Grand Triskelion

This is strange, because it is not like only the one chosen by the rod can hold it. It is specifically Croix that can not touch it at all, from what we’ve seen. Even in the present day it seems like she still can’t hold it, such as when she refrains from touching it when Akko hands it over to her for analyzing.

The reason for this ties into my speculation of the Shiny Rod’s purpose:

To speculate, the Shiny Rod was probably designed to be hard to wield by traditionally taught witches. Only witches like Akko or Chariot, with strong emotional drives and pure intentions, would be able then to unlock the Grand Triskelion again. This way, the Grand Triskelion would only be unsealed by someone who genuinely cares about magic, but also doesn’t gain anything directly by restoring the world to its former, more magical state. For someone who mostly uses magic from within themselves, filling the world again with magical energy doesn’t really affect them as it would for others.

So it is seemingly not just hard for someone like Croix to use it, it is outright impossible for someone with the wrong disposition to even hold it.

Croix is the very kind of witch that the Grand Triskelion is supposed to be protected from. Because what could happen if she were to use the world reconstruction magic with her ambition to become the greatest witch? Taking her dream to its extreme, what if she became the only witch?

If she constructed the world so that she took all magic for herself and only she could control it, then she truly would become the world’s greatest witch. She has all magic in the world under her control, there is not even any competetion.

Of course, that might not be how Croix would have wanted it, but the temptation would still be there. The Nine Olde Witches didn’t want to risk that from ever happening.

She is literally ‘green eyed’. The ‘monster’ part is hopefully wrong though.

The fact that both Croix and Chariot went to pledge had some disastrous after-effects. The most important factor was that they both thought the choice could have gone either way.

After the pledge, a ‘crack’ appeared between them. In Chariot, a seed of doubt was planted. While in Croix, a seed of jealousy had started to grow.

When Akko was unlocking the Words, Diana wasn’t really actively helping Akko until they activated the fifth Word.

However, Croix was presumably helping Chariot during most of her Quest. She most likely was around when Chariot unlocked the first Word, she saw Chariot after she unlocked the third Word, she and Chariot presumably unlocked the fifth Word together and she definitely was the one that had to save Chariot from the pollen of Wagandea, leading to the sixth Word.

Akko had a far wider range of people that had a part in her quest. For Chariot, it seems it was just the two of them, her and Croix.

Croix’s constant presence affected them both negatively however. There were most likely times were Croix had to save Chariot after putting herself in danger (other than the time at Wagandea) or when Croix figured out a Word more quickly than Chariot. All at same time as Chariot was slowly struggling to unlock one Word after another.

This slowly lead Chariot to think “It should have been her while Croix thought “It should have been me”. Since Croix would have had an easier time unlocking the Words, right?

She was wrong, but she couldn’t help to feel this way

This made the crack between them slowly expand as time progressed. They were still close as ever, but underlying tension was accumulating underneath them.

However, eventually this tension reached a breaking point, leading to their great schism. This breaking point is most likely related to Chariot’s failure to unlock the seventh and final Word.

I think the reason Chariot failed to unlock the final Word is directly tied to her self-doubt. A part of her thought that she didn’t deserve to unseal the Grand Triskelion, so that made it so she couldn’t unlock the last Word.

I think at this point Croix’s built up jealousy turned into pure frustration. With Chariot failing, now neither of them would be able to unseal the Grand Triskelion!

Croix turned against Chariot at the point where she needed her support the most. What started out as a small crack had turned into an insuperable abyss.

How close they were…

… and how far apart they got

There is one very important point I have to make though. While it may seem above like Croix is an unloving and uncaring person, that is not the case. Croix really wanted Chariot to succeed and genuinely believed that Chariot would unlock the Grand Triskelion. She was more than willing to sacrifice herself to save Chariot at Wagandea, despite the risk to never be able to fulfil her own dream. Even today, she still thinks that Chariot’s dream was important. Croix is a selfless person but with a selfish dream.

Her own selfish dream is in a constant conflict with, dare I say it, the love that Croix and Chariot share(d). This is what leads to her contradictory actions. She can never truly settle on either, no matter how much she tries herself. She may think she knows what she truly wants, but in fact, she has no damn idea.

I only hope that Chariot, with the help from Akko, can bridge over that insuperable abyss at last, and stop Croix from falling into her own black hole of a misaimed dream.

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'Teen Wolf' Boss on the Series Finale, That Allison Homage, and Who Almost Died
Spoiler alert: This post contains plot details from the series finale of Teen Wolf. In Teen Wolf’s final hour (and change), Scott and his pack defeated Gerard and Monroe’s army. But eve…

In Teen Wolf‘s final hour (and change), Scott and his pack defeated Gerard and Monroe’s army. But even though they won the battle for Beacon Hills, the war had only just begun, which is why the series ended with Scott and company heading out to recruit more soldiers and continue on to the next battle.

EW spoke with Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis about the finale, its many callbacks, and whether he ever considered killing any main characters.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was the inspiration behind the idea to bring in a new werewolf in the finale?

JEFF DAVIS: That was an idea I had a while ago, back around the fourth season actually. I’d always thought it would be interesting to see Scott out in the world somewhere meeting this new young kid who’s frightened and alone and basically speaking the words to him that I want the show to say to every audience member, which is if you feel like an outsider, if you feel alone, you don’t have to be. You’ll find your pack and you can be one of us. So the character of Alec, he represents our audience and the message of the show.

So is Gerard dead?
You can never tell with Gerard. He always seems to pop back up, doesn’t he?

All major characters survived for the most part. Did you ever think about killing a main character?
There was a time when I was thinking: Who do we kill, how do we make this momentous? And then you have to think: Is this a show where the series finale should have half the cast die off and blow up the show at the end? I thought to myself, I don’t want to see most of these people die, I want to see them off together again on another adventure. Even watching them walk toward us at the end, there were people I missed. There were people I would’ve liked to see with them, including Allison. I don’t think it would’ve been our show if we’d killed off half the characters. There was a moment I told Cody Christian we were going to kill his character off, and by the time we got to around episode 16 or 17, I said to him, “I can’t kill you.” [Laughs] I think he was hoping for an epic death scene.

In terms of the Allison references, was that an obvious choice to make her a part of this?
Yes, it was. It was absolutely necessary because she was such a momentous character in the lives of the other characters, Lydia and Scott mostly, and Argent of course. But we want to pay homage to it and a lot of a series finale is tipping your hat and giving a nod to the previous seasons.

Which you did in a huge way in that library scene…
[Laughs] Yes, yes we did. And that was one of the ideas behind it. I think it works because it’s organic, it all comes out of this creature of fear that brings out these things in you, that gets in your head. It was a way to have Scott face all of his fears in one final moment and tell this creature: You can’t beat me; I’ve conquered all these fears.

I was so excited to see Void Stiles again!
Yes! That was really fun and Dylan O’Brien was really happy to play him. I remember being on set and saying to him, “You get to play Void Stiles again,” and he was really happy about it. It’s a way of saying goodbye to these characters.

Was it the same person playing the Nogitsune?
Yep, Aaron Hendry, who also played a character called Brunski, the one who tries to kill Lydia in Eichen House. He is a phenomenal actor. And that’s his voice, by the way. That’s all him.

The moment where Theo took Gabe’s pain. Is that a step on the path to redemption for him?
Yeah, he’s on his way to redemption. He’s got a lot to pay for, murder being one of them. But when we were talking about Mason and Theo in the tunnels I remember saying, “There’s got to be a bigger moment here for Theo.” We’ve seen him trying to be a good guy. He tries to take Mason’s pain and Mason says to him, “It doesn’t work if you don’t care, you have to care.” In that moment, he cares, even for his enemy. He sees a corrupted person just like him dying.

Was the Malia-Scott kiss a purposeful callback to Stiles and Lydia’s first kiss when she helped him focus during a panic attack?
That’s entirely on purpose, that’s why Lydia says “kiss him.” She looks at Stiles and remembers [that] this is how I got Stiles to focus. It’s no magic kiss, it’s purely getting the person to concentrate on something else. It’s those little callbacks, that and Gerard whispering “mountain ash,” that makes it fun for a series finale.

Can we assume that Stiles knew about Malia and Scott? I was waiting to see if he’d react.
I think in the world of Teen Wolf, we don’t like to do love triangles and jealousy and all that. I think he’s happy that they found each other. Stiles is with Lydia now; they’re together and if Scott and Malia are right for each other, I think Stiles would be more than happy for them.

How long have you known you wanted to bring back that season 4 line to end the series?
When we came up with that line [in season 4], I pitched the writers. I said, “The last scene of the show could be Scott finding another werewolf and saying those same words: ‘You’re not a monster. You’re a werewolf, like me.‘” I love Posey’s delivery of the line. It was just perfect. That’s partially the message of the show: You’re something special. You’re not what those other people tell you you are, you’re something special and you can be with us.

This finale did feel different than most Teen Wolf finales. It was almost less conclusive…
That was very specific. We didn’t want a finale that said “the end.” We wanted it to be an “and the adventure continues…” I like imagining that they’re going off to continue the fight. I didn’t want to see an end where they all have children and they’re happy and at home. That felt anticlimactic to me.

I know you had an extended finale, but was there anything you had to cut or couldn’t work in?
There were a few things. There were a couple actors that I would’ve loved to have back, like Daniel Sharman as Isaac. I would’ve liked to have Meagan Tandy’s Braeden. I had been planning a whole plot line for Deaton, but the episode was getting too long and there was too much difficulty with his schedule, with getting him back from The Walking Dead. That’s one of my regrets. There are definitely things we couldn’t fit in. I would’ve loved to have a 90-minute finale but we got 50 minutes, which is pretty long anyway.

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Some of my doodles I did last week since I want to post something but don’t have anything specific x.x

I’m thinking of making this a regular thing, me posting my doodles of the week on sundays…but only time can tell :’D

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'Star Trek Discovery' Star Sonequa Martin-Green Breaks Silence on Mysterious Character
Former ‘Walking Dead’ star talks details her mysterious character

Ready to learn a bit more about the lead character in Star Trek: Discovery?

We spoke to star Sonequa Martin-Green about her mysterious role for this week’s upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly. Her character, First Officer Michael Burnham (deliberately a man’s name), has been shrouded in mystery so far, with the show’s trailer hinting at a Vulcan past. Is she human? Vulcan? Martin-Green is ready to clear things up (a little).

We can tell you that Burnham is fully human (not half-Vulcan as some have speculated) and is the first human to attend the Vulcan Learning Center as a child and then the Vulcan Science Academy as a young woman. She has a close relationship with Sarek (James Frain), the father of Spock. For the past seven years, she’s been serving on the U.S.S. Shenzhou.

“I’m the first officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou that is captained by Captain Philippa Georgiou, who is played by the amazing Michelle Yeoh,” she says. “I have an inner war and it’s a journey of self discovery and finding out what it means to be alive, to be human, to be a Starfleet officer, what it means to be a hero.”

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This weeks edition of Witch Weekly.
Edition Two.
The Character and Harry Potter series goes to JK. Rowling.
This writing however along with Elladora Marigold is mine.
Belongs to me aka @fierceandbravewritings here on Tumblr aka Taylor Martin.

Ready to learn a bit more about the lead character in Star Trek: Discovery?

We spoke to star Sonequa Martin-Green about her mysterious role for this week’s upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly. Her character, First Officer Michael Burnham (deliberately a man’s name), has been shrouded in mystery so far, with the show’s trailer hinting at a Vulcan past. Is she human? Vulcan? Martin-Green is ready to clear things up (a little).

We can tell you that Burnham is fully human (not half-Vulcan as some have speculated) and is the first human to attend the Vulcan Learning Center as a child and then the Vulcan Science Academy as a young woman. She has a close relationship with Sarek (James Frain), the father of Spock. For the past seven years, she’s been serving on the U.S.S. Shenzhou.

“I’m the first officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou that is captained by Captain Philippa Georgiou, who is played by the amazing Michelle Yeoh,” she says. “I have an inner war and it’s a journey of self discovery and finding out what it means to be alive, to be human, to be a Starfleet officer, what it means to be a hero.”

The producers searched long and hard to find an actor who could pull of Burnham’s divided nature. “We read a lot of people and they either went way too robotic or and chilly or way too emotional,” says Aaron Harberts, who serves as showrunner on the series along with Gretchen J. Berg. “What’s beautiful about Sonequa’s performance is she’s capable of playing two, three, four things at once. She’s got such a great command of her craft, she’s able to be aloof but warm; logical but able to surrender her emotional side to the audience.”

Adds Martin-Green: “I have the Vulcan conflict in my life from Sarek and Amanda so there’s always going to be that inner conflict with me. But I think it’s relatable because we all have some kind of inner conflict going on — who we are versus who we present ourselves to be. There’s a lot to be discovered.”

On Monday, CBS announced Star Trek: Discovery will debut Sunday, Sept. 24 (first on CBS, then shifting to CBS All Access streaming service).

anonymous asked:

Do you have any spare time in your life to help curious learners give some lessons on art? I mean, however bad you think you are in teaching others, you can still be some aid, at least by sharing what you experience during creating art

I dont really have time to do that, im sorry…  im not an art teacher, and i feel my experiences are of little value. so instead i hope this list of resources made by others can help you more than i can:

Art Youtube Channels:

Free Online Courses on a ton of subjects (including art!)

Brushes:

Inspiration & Stories:

Archives & Free Resources:

Books:

*Drawing

*Sketching

*Animation

*Color

*“Art of” Books:


Remember, a resource post is nothing if you dont use it. You can watch videos and click links all day, but nothing replaces putting the time in to draw. You get best at what you do most. Draw the most, and you will get good at it. I promise.


good luck!!!