Moshoodat Sanni, a 24-year-old make up artist, has created a wonderful photoset showcasing black beauty. Sanni told BuzzFeed News “We [black women] are all beautiful in our own forms: This project is a representation of personal beauty.” [x]
David Tennant as Romeo in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet (2000)
David Tennant on playing Romeo: What I remember particularly about Romeo and Juliet is that people expect a chocolate-box love story. I think that’s what people imagine that story is, even though they know it’s tragic and it doesn’t end happily. They’re expecting some great essay on love. I don’t think that’s what the play is. Romeo and Juliet spend remarkably little time together and, when they are on stage together, the longest chunk of time you see them interacting with each other is the balcony scene, where the very definition is that they can’t touch, they can’t be together, there’s a physical and emotional barrier between them. I think the play is about all sorts of things, but I don’t know really that it is about love. That’s one of the things that you have to get over when playing Romeo, because if you come to the play thinking, ‘I’ve come to play a great lover’, that’s not a very helpful place to start. The play is as much about society and the politics of the world they’re in as it is the meditation on love which people expect.
Photo credits include:
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, photostage.co.uk, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and more
Greek Mythology: Persephone. Queen of the Underworld, wife of Hades and goddess of Spring.
They’ve kept the truth about Persephone a secret, burying it deep below Hercules’s murdered wife and all of Zeus’s affairs.
It’s dangerous, you see,
a spark threatening to
ignite a long dead flame.
She loved her power,
the Queen of the Dead,
to forever reign
in the fires of hell.
She wore her crown
like a beacon;
a beautiful queen,
plotting against her king.
They never wanted you
to know the hunger of Persephone,
how she starved for something
other than pomegranates.
The primal thirst
that burns all women’s throats,
denied by eons of men.
Listen closely to the voice from hell, sweetheart.
“You are a queen;
don’t wait for a king.”
“I laughed when they said they were going to be generous and bestow me this wonderful privilege.”
GREAT photoset by Buzzfeed, see the full piece here
From the interview:
“I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked, and it’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age,” Bullock said.
Bullock said she worries about raising her 5-year-old son Louis in a world where woman are so easily picked apart for their imperfections.
“My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I’m trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don’t see a stop happening,” she said.” (Source)
How about Lavi and Allen volunteer for a photoshoot because one of their mutual friends (maybe Alma?) said he has a wonderful Black/White photoset idea and neither Lavi nor Allen knew how sexual this shoot would turn out :D
Allen hid behind the privacy wall, only his faint outline shown through the pink and white fabric. He’d gone back there to change into the clothes Alma had set out for he and Lavi to use. “I’m not coming out.”