What a nice day. What a quiet afternoon. So peaceful! Everyone in the Smith household is just having a nice, relaxing day, and yet, there’s something missing. What could possible be missing from this picture???
“RICK!” There it is. A distressed grandson rushing into the garage and desperately shouting his grandfather’s name. That right there. That’s what was missing. So glad everything’s back to normal here.
“Rick, quick, do-d-do you know anything about acting? A-And being good at it? Oh man, Rick, J-Jessica, she- sh-she got the lead part in this play at-a-at school a-and there’s a kiss scene, Rick! There’s a kissing scene, I-I need that part, Rick!”
Don’t be pressured into believing that you have to live every single experience possible in order to feel fulfilled. We all have different priorities and passions when it comes to what we want to do with our lives.
In the world that we live in— purity and innocence are the true strengths. It is strength to live in a world like this and remain pure of heart, it is strength to live in a world like this and retain innocence. These are things that the world wants to take away from you, that experiences tend to alter and attempt to redefine. The wild ones aren’t the defiled ones— the wild ones are the pure ones, the innocent ones. It takes a true wildness to retain these things through the fire and through the storms. It takes a real wildness to remain in the wild— not contorted and maligned by circumstance and experiences. And it takes power to stand up and to choose what experiences we allow to take root or to even come into our lives.
There is a tendency to demand perfection even at the cost of effect. “The Color Purple” was rightly criticized for Spielberg’s postcard landscapes, his broad characterizations and the convolutions of his plot. But what he made was a movie of great mass appeal with a powerful truth at its center.
When a movie character is really working, we become that character. That’s what the movies offer: Escapism into lives other than our own. I am not female, I am not black, I am not Celie, but for a time during “The Color Purple,” my mind deceives me that I am all of those things, and as I empathize with her struggle and victory I learn something about what it must have been like to be her.
Celie is a great powerful movie character, played with astonishing grace and tenderness, and to feel her story is to be blessed with her humanity. Have we all felt ugly? Have we all been afraid to smile? Have we all lost precious things in our lives? Have we dared to dream? Celie endures and prevails, and so hope lives. If it touches you deeply enough, it’s not just only a movie.
Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” essay on The Color Purple (1985)
Sadly, not everyone will be there for Night 1 … but all of us will be there for Night 2. We would flip if you wanted to meet us! We can’t wait to finally meet each other, and it’s all because of you! Your music brought us together and we chat on GroupMe every day. We talk about everything from what is going on in our personal lives all the way to what you are up to and the tour.
the 5h fandom is fucked up though. they 5h girls are supposedly body positive and feminists and they want to support everyone yet their fans go and fat shame our fandom and talk shit about us without even knowing who we are or what goes on in our lives simply because they’re mad because they didn’t win. they say we cheated and that it was rigged but that’s not possible and if they would’ve won, yeah we would’ve been sad but we would’ve congratulated them and all they do is call 5sos ugly or fat or bring up really personal stuff about their lives and it pisses me off so much. coming from a person who has personally dealt with self harm and having their father leave even if it was a an extremely young age, when a person makes a joke about it, it isn’t okay. naturally people play it off like its nothing but on the inside it kill you because you know what that’s like. ashton is one of the most amazing people out there and i would go to the end of the earth to make sure he’s happy. this shit is fucked up and it needs to stop now.
We realize that this more we want is a lie. We want phone calls. We want to see a face we love absent of the blue dim of a phone screen. We want slowness. We want simplicity. We want a life that does not need the validation of likes, favorites, comments, upvotes. We may not know yet that we want this, but we do. We want connection, true connection. We want a love that builds, not a love that gets discarded for the next hit. We want to come home to people. We want to lay down our heads at the end of our lives and know we lived well, we lived the fuck out of our lives. This is what we want even if we don’t know it yet.
This is a post my dear friend, actress Trace Lysette posted on Facebook last month. I needed to share this to show what some of trans folks experience trying to live our lives and our truth.
July 31 at 11:36am ·
I recently attempted to acquire some footage for my acting reel from a film I shot a couple years ago. I shot this film before I was out to the world as trans. I was hesitant to post the response from the producer but I want the world to know what kind of transphobic attitudes still exist.
Me: “Hey, hope all is well. I am trying to put my acting reel together and I never got the final copy of ”….“. Do you have a high quality link I can provide to my reel editor so we can pull some of it? I’m in LA now and the rough edit I have is back in NYC.”
Producer: “Trace I don’t have a link available for the film which at this point is void as per your posts it was all a lie a plot of deception. Congratulations I was fooled from day 1 and because of that I have compromised my judgement and the integrity of my film and those who were involved. I have spent large sums of Time, Money and Resources based on a deception and the sad thing is I am sure you don’t feel any accountability as all you had to say to me is once again self centered and about you. I guess that’s how it’s always been. Once again congrats you sure made a fool out of me, continued success and I commend your honesty although way too late to matter now. For the record I won’t be releasing the film and I do not give you permission to use any of it as it was all a fraud!”
My womanhood is not a fraud, I am a human being who deserves safety and respect at the very least. This type of thinking and mindset that has been engraved into the mind of society is the same kind of thinking that leads to violence against my trans brothers and sisters. It is the same mindset that allows people to disrespect and abuse us verbally and physically. Calling my womanhood a fraud is an act of violence.
N.W.A. founder and music mogul Dr. Dre responded to renewed criticisms of his past treatment of women in the wake of the success of the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” in a statement to the New York Times published today. Dr. Dre didn’t name the women who have come forward to speak about abuse at his hands — journalist Dee Barnes, a singer and Dre’s former girlfriend Michel’le and rapper Tairrie B — instead issuing a blanket apology to “the women I’ve hurt.”