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No Payne No Gain

PHOTOGRAPHY: James White
TEXT: Paul Flynn

 

Last year LIAM PAYNE had a conversation with Justin Bieber. He doesn’t usually do this sort of thing. There’s a shop Liam frequents in Los Angeles. Whenever he sees one of Will Smith’s kids or a Kardashian he feels too self-conscious to introduce himself. “There’s still that little boy inside of me,” he says. With Bieber, it was different.

Like each of the select bands who go through their boy-to-man rite of passage in full public glare, Liam at 23 is a disarming mix of confidence, knowledge and conviviality wrapped up in a frightened canary let out of its cage. Sometimes he’s the boy at the bus stop. Sometimes drops in reflexive anecdotes about his dealings with Donald Trump. No one understands Bieber’s experiences with quite the same clarity on quite the same timeframe as Liam and his four One Direction buddies.

“Obviously [Bieber]’s struggled a lot through the way the world looked upon him,” Liam says. “I don’t feel sorry for him,” he continues, “he’s great guy, inside there’s a really good heart. I said, look, the difference between me and you is that I had four different boys going through the same thing to look to. He didn’t have that.” Quite out of character, Liam Payne reached out a hand to his peer. “I said to him, listen, take my number and any time you want to have a chat, let me know because I’m here and I understand exactly what you’re going through and I understand your world.”

It was a lovely thing to do. “He needs somebody like that and in that position,” he qualifies, placing himself deferentially into the third person. It’s sweet for other reasons, too. In Bieber there is something of the idiosyncratic otherworldliness of a Michael Jackson figure. Liam Payne, a pretty, straight talking lad from Wolverhampton appears at first not to be that thing at all. “There is that in all of us.” he avers, meaning not only Bieber but his fellow One Direction alumnus Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson. “We all have this chaotic side to us. You know, they say that anger breeds passion. I think that’s the same with a lot of us, that we let things get chaotic very quickly. We’re used to chaos.”

Liam is sitting in a quiet antechamber above the photo studio where today’s cover story has been shot. He says he likes interviews and honours the assurance in a quietly riveting half hour before he’s whisked magically away. It’s Friday evening. Liam has been working out with millennial precision to make sure he’s at top physical condition should he be required to lose his shirt during the shoot. He’s whippet slight flesh, definition counts.

Six years ago, One Direction came third on the national TV talent show, the X Factor. 1D was an assembly-line operation pieced together audition stages. Boys that barely knew one another, slotted seamlessly together in the kind of multi-demographic hit their boss Simon CowelI so adept at plugging into the national grid each year. That year, Liam and his bandmates Niall and Louis looked like they’d been schooled at a premium boyband academy. Each sported variants of Bieber’s early slideover haircut. It was easy to imagine any of them taking a stool in Westlife or learning to breakdance for Take That, had they been born in another time and place. Within the trio there was a safe place in which teenage girls and boys could measure their sexuality, whilst tapping their toes. That wheel still turned. Flanked at either edge of the three were genuinely new angles for the British boyband model; Harry Styles, Cheshire’s own reality-age Mick Jagger and Zayn Malik, a practising Muslim from Bradford and nonpareil physical work of art to whom supermodels have since flocked. The five together hit enough familiarity and newness to open up a global fame haul not touched since the heady days of Duran Duran, Culture Club and Wham back in the 80s. During the summer of their astronomical American takeover there was a plausible touch of Beatle-mania. They felt like an England football team winning the World Cup. Their records have sold in North Korea.

Liam and the boys were the first band to taste that fame level in the age of social media, making their story simultaneously that of the boys next door and untouchable messiahs. There was something refreshingly undone about them. Their best songs, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, ‘Little Things’, ‘Steal My Girl’, even the precociously titled ‘Best Song Ever’ are undeniable additions to the Great British pop cannon. Liam says the 1D song that he’d buy above all others is 'Once In A Lifetime’, the little known track from their 2014 album, Four. “That’s my favourite song. Very Coldplay-esque. I wanted it to be a single but they just wouldn’t have it. It was very relaxed the way we chose our records and made things. It was really simple.” Someone else did it.

When 1D lost their X Factor trophy to semi-hot handyman Matt Cardie and were beaten to the silver medal podium by classy Scouse songbird Rebecca Ferguson, Liam was 16. He had auditioned for the show pre­viously, at 14, as a kind of minipops Michael Bublé, Wolverhampton’s hitherto unseen swing angle. On his first induction to the X Factor factory, he was instructed by producers to go home and rethink his shtick as the last 24 were whittled down on TV. He says it attuned him to the hard knocks of rejection. Such was the omnipotence of the show back then Liam’s audition storyline was enough to grant him a local working men’s club career where he honed his skill and paid his dues.

“I did pubs and clubs.” he says. “When I was a kid, I literally played old people’s homes.” His one taste of what was to come arrived when the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC invited Liam to sing before kick-off at the Manchester United fixture to 34,000 fans in the terraces. In honour of his local team’s squad colours he sang Sam Sparro’s 'Black and Gold’. “It’s funny that that’s where we ended up, playing stadiums,” he says, with pleasing air of pride and bemusement. “It was funny being stood in the middle again and thinking back on that 16 year old boy stood in the middle of a football pitch. My dad said to me, this is going to be the toughest gig you’re ever going to play. Football fans do not want to hear little boy singing. They’re not interested. You heard jeering from the crowd. But I got applause at the end. And my dad said, that is the best thing you could’ve got out of today.”

Liam says he can’t remember much of his time in the X Factor house second time around bar the tears. He was recently delighted to see fellow housemate Page Richardson, the contestant Louis Walsh immortalised as looking 'like a little Lenny Henry’ on account of nothing but his colour, in a Harry Potter film (“the one where it’s Dumbledore’s army. He’s actually in the army, which is amazing. I’m absolutely obsessed with Harry Potter. Fucking love Harry Potter.”). He nods as I mention some of the other names he shared his first home away from Wolverhampton with. Katie Waissel, Diva Fever, Wagner. “There were a lot of different strange characters and lovely people through that show. It was very rushed and strange.”

On account of a childhood kidney condition, he had not even been drunk by the time he left home, Dick Whittington style, to live in a shared London house with a bunch of strangers maniacally chasing their fame dream in real time. “The famous line my dad said was. don’t come home until Christmas, meaning don’t get thrown off it before the final. And after I said goodbye to him that day. I never really went home again.”

When 1D lost, Liam turned to his dad with a “we made it this far” face. His fellow band-mates. he says, were in pieces. He remembers first Harry, then Louis, Niall and Zayn bursting into tears. “A cameraman came over and said 'can I get you boys for an interview?’ and I looked at all the boys crying, in their mum’s arms and I was like, 'look, I’ll do the interview’ because I was the only one who was alright and so I went off to side and did the after-camera interview for us. I just left them because I wanted them to have their moment and the cameras didn’t need to see them like that. There was a real atmosphere. This followed throughout our career a lot of the time.”

In Cowell’s dressing room later than same evening, 1D were told that they would be signed to his label, Syco regardless of their position on the show. “Simon took us up to his dressing room to tell us he was to sign us and Harry literally burst into tears he was so happy.” Emotions run high in boyband land. “He told us. I’m going to sign you. That was the moment. That’s where it all began.” The wheels of the juggernaut had begun to turn. “It was like a bomb went off”, he notes.

There was a pearl of wisdom shared by Cowell that stuck with Liam from that high-stakes evening. “The first thing he said to us after signing us from X Factor was 'look, there are no angels here.’ Which is so true.” What does Liam think Cowell meant by that? “That we’re all people. We all people here.” He doesn’t think it was an invocation of mistrust in music industry, the smoke and mirrors world of real life fame? “No, no, no. It was a moment in a conversation. He said 'look, there are no angels here and I know that you’re all going to make mistakes’. That’s what he was saying. Just get on with what the show is, do your bit. do your business, go to work and be real. That’s what that comment meant. Don’t stress about it, it’ll all turn out alright in the end.”

In that moment, it sounds like Liam Payne made a pact with himself go for it regardless, at the top tier, to claim his moment. “Everyone strives to be the person that they want to be.” he says. “I try too much sometimes, I think. I overstep the mark a little bit sometimes. That’s why I’m such a perfectionist. But sometimes I think you have to believe that are no angels.” The first One Direction single, 'What Makes You Beautiful’ was released in 2011, on September 11th.

The second half of 2016 was an eventful time for Liam Payne, presaged by his signing a solo record deal with Sinatra’s old imprint Capitol Records on July 21st.

While in 1D, he says all five boys dabbled on their own material. Because boybands never break up anymore, 1D are officially on sab­batical. Whether that translates as a bit of genial respite or full scale hatred for one another is a matter that’s been carefully blended into their tale with just enough leaks of a hint to either. Zayn, who had already fled 1D’s nest a year earlier, missing their victory lap worldwide stadium tour released his solo album Mind of Mine last spring, reinventing him­self as the Frank Ocean for Unilad readers. Niall played to his Irish card with a forgettable busker-ish ballad for the Christmas market very much carved from the mould of Ed Sheeran and seasonal John Lewis adverts. From the snippet of it we heard. Liam’s song sounded like his ascent to manhood, touting him as a moody, roustabout lover-man in something of Drake’s lineage, complete with street lyrical touches (while writing, a picture appears on Liam’s Instagram feed of him with the Canadian don though it’s not specified whether he’s working or partying with his hero)

Whenever Liam talks about the 1D boys he has the exact same dad-ish air of concern, care, amazement and slight separation from the operation that Daddy Barlow has with Take That. Oh, that’s the other thing Liam had kicked off the year with a new belle, The X Factor’s Queen of Our Hearts, Cheryl Tweedy.

Liam brings up Cheryl, of course he does. The two live in Surrey, out of the city. When I make a joke about him being Lord of the Manor, he says that his sister bought him a plaque to denote his Lordship for his last birthday, a joke that doubled when it turned out Cheryl had been bought a similar gift by Simon Cowell during her tenure on X Factor. “So we’re Lord and Lady, which is hilarious.” To British suburbia, this is of course precisely what they represent, a self-selected aristocracy in which we’ve all played a part in the honours system.

He says things with Cheryl are working out well, becoming temporarily misty-eyed. “This is the thing. In a non-cliché way, it’s weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream. You wake up in the most beautiful places. Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend if the whole world and she’s absolutely amazing. She’s been my drean girl since I was younger. She’s so ace.” They are used to companionship. They have Liam’s dog, Watson, a Great Dane. “If I’m ever having a problem or I ever get a bit angsty about something that’s happening in life then I take the dog out for a walk and there’s just unconditional love from him. Anyway, I don’t want to go too much into that. I’m not like a weird dog person.”

“She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it’s amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things, someone who’s taken greater steps than me. Her solo career was amazing. She’s been in the industry for fourteen years now. She fully supports me. We’re super happy. I appreciate you didn’t ask about it. It’s a very personal, precious time for us. I’m still learning. I’m only 23.”

Because he is the youngest of three, Liam inherited the bed that his big sister’s had slept in at home in Wolverhampton. He tried to paint a wall blue to put his own stamp on the room, still shaded by bunny rabbit curtains into his teenage years, and ran out of paint before finishing. “It was a total tip.” he says of the last bedroom he lived in before fame. “That bed was so old. The last time I went back and sat on it I couldn’t believe it was the bed I used to sleep on. I often think about how I used to sit on the windowsill and just look at the stars and wonder what this was all for. And I often used to think, there must be more to life than this.”

I ask if his parents kept the room the same as when he left. “Well,” he says, interrupting the nostalgia with a little sharp reality, “I bought my par­ents a house so I haven’t actually been back to that room in a long time. I’d like to.” The experiences of 1D made five men very rich, very young.

Liam knows exactly his financial worth. “I do,” he says, letting out a nerv­ous laugh. I ask if I would blush if I saw his bank account. 'Honestly, it is a very scary thought.’ he says. “It is not something that we were given it’s something we worked our asses off for. The way we went to work every day and the way we travelled the world and the way we conducted our business, with great management at the time and greater minds, it turned out great for everybody. But it was a long five years.”

On the last night of the last 1D tour, management presented all four remaining members with a plaque festooned with little badges for every single gig they’d played since their first. “It was a sombre night.” says Payne, who has started becoming more emotionally transparent in front of other people this last year. “To see every show we’ve ever done on a plaque?” he says, raising eyes to the sky. “Again, everybody was in tears. And I’m quite good at holding it together but I have got a lot worse of late. Adverts and things mate me cry. I think I’m getting more emotional as time goes by, especially with everything that’s happening in my life at the moment. It’s a very emotional time and time to reflect on a lot of things and the person that I am to be. Do you know what I mean? If that makes sense?” It makes perfect sense.

Beneath the extraordinary life he has lived so far, outweighing every one of his personal, societal and geographic expectations, there’s a deeply admirable humility and candour to Liam Payne. On the subject of his forthcoming record: “l’ll tell you the truth. The dream was to be able to get signed and release an album. That is every musician who’s on Youtube’s dream today. I’ve got the opportunity to work with a really great label, Capitol. The people I work with are absolutely amazing and to get a record deal and be able to release the album that I want to release is the most amazing thing ever.” He has no idea how it will fare. “Even if this went tits up, sideways, it’d still be step one that I got here.”

Liam Payne never voted in a general election. “I’ve never been able to vote,” he explains, “because we’ve always been in different countries and I’ve never really understood it. I still feel like a 16 year old boy when it comes down to things like that and I wouldn’t know which way to go.” He steered clear of the EU referendum (“I kind of knew that we were going to Brexit. It was just a gambler’s feeling”) and doesn’t know how his parents voted in it.

Do you want to know his Donald Trump tale? Of course you do. 'Oh. here’s a story,“ he says, rubbing his hands. “Trump actually kicked us out of his hotel once.” It gets better. “You wouldn’t believe it. It was about [meeting] his daughter. He phoned up our manager and we were asleep. He said 'well, wake them up’ and I was like 'no’ and then he wouldn’t let us use the underground garage. Obviously in New York we can’t really go outside. New York is ruthless for us. So he was like, 'OK. then I don’t want you in my hotel’. So we had to leave.”

He’s seen a lot of life, has Liam. That he retains himself amid it’s spectacular credit to those around him and the man himself. “Now he’s President,” he says, perhaps for a moment reflecting on the opportunities life affords the most unusual candidates. “I just hope he doesn’t kick me out the country.” He’s laughing now. “I hope he lets me stay.”

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People didn’t want Linda Sarsour to speak at CUNY. Would “free speech” pundits stand up for her?

  • By now, civil rights activist Linda Sarsour is used to backlash. The opposition came in full force once again when Sarsour was announced the commencement speaker for City University of New York’s School of Public Health 2017 graduating class. They didn’t succeed.
  • This speaking engagement has recently made Sarsour a target for violent protests and social media campaigns launched by hate activists, right-wing provocateurs and members of the Zionist movement alike. 
  • But unlike some of their steadfast support for the free speech of conservative commentators Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos, liberal “free speech” pundits rarely, if ever, spoke up on Sarsour’s behalf.
  • So Mic reached out to some of them.
  • Jonathan Chait, a liberal commentator at New York Magazine, has written extensive criticism of political correctness, and the left’s free speech conundrum.
  • Chait hadn’t tweeted or written an op-ed critiquing the double standard in the conservative approach to free speech.
  • Chait didn’t respond, until now.“I would endorse the argument made by Emily Shire,” Chait said in an email, citing a Washington Post op-ed in defense of Sarsour. “I find many of Sarsour’s views repellant, but that does not disqualify her as a commencement speaker. This episode is another example of the parallel contempt for liberal discourse found on the far right and the far left.” Read more (6/2/17)

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Camren x Boys (2)

Interviewer: I actually want to know about boys…

LOOK AT CAMILA’S FACE WHEN SHE HEARD THE WORD “BOYS”:

(LAUREN SEES HER FACE AND LAUGH…)

So Camila says she liked a boy in the past, but he did not even look at her and he sent her a message the week before that interview saying that he always liked her.

LOOK AT LAUREN’S FACE AFTER SHE HEARS THE STORY:

LMFAO

CAMREN, DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS…. WE’RE NOT BLIND!!!!

Guys, IDK about Camila’s sexuality and that’s her problem tbh… but some people say she’s BI… some (blind/crazy) people say she’s STRAIGHT…. I’m sorry to disappoint those thinking that way… but SHE always does faces like that when interviewers ask them about boys. She just doesn’t like them and it’s all over her face. IDK what her problem with boys… but it’s clear like water to me and no one will convince me that she’s into boys.

That kind of thing just reinforces my thoughts about her last interviews. That’s why she “talk” about boys in written interviews, in magazines and stuff… cuz in my opinion, she’s incapable of just really talk normally about boys. Every time she talks about them she makes a face of disgust… and they know that we can “read” her body language and her face expression. They are trained to control things like that.

I’m sorry, Mila… but it’s easier to me believe in Santa again than believe you are into boys.

TO ME… and that’s just MY opinion…

She’s gay! (she tried boys and salmon, but I think she didn’t like it!)


ps. I can be wrong, but believe me, I’m gay since I was born and when I was at her age… I just could not even hear about someone thinking that I was into boys. I just hated them… thinking they were annoying and immature. With the years passing by I’ve learned more about myself and that problem is gone. Sometimes I see my teenager self on her… It’s crazy tho! If you think she’s BI or STRAIGHT… I respect you anyway.

theotherwhitedude  asked:

I'm honestly offended by the lack of expertise you posses yet you still write these magazines which some people must read, you contribute to misinformation. Also, asexually is not a mental condition. So why are you covering it like one?

Our magazine is written by students and graduates of psychology who do research the topics, and reference academic papers to ensure the articles are credible, they are also edited by two people to ensure the quality. They are a lot more scientific and indepth than the memes we post - thank you for raising this so I could address it.

And we decided to focus on sexualities as we see it as within the realms of psychology, were not suggest asexuality is a mental disorder and not all our magazines will be about mental disorders :)

2047- The Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. Montréal is destroyed by riots.
The mayor suggests a reconstruction plan that includes:
Urban transport, repairing the Olympic stadium and the return of the Expos.
And also the installation of a dome above the city.
Montreal lives in an eternal Spring.
Thanks to the nice weather, there are now more than a thousand festivals per year. Montréal becomes one of the most visited cities of the world.
As for the Turcot Interchange, it will be finished… eventually.



Hey guys! I wanted to show you the comic page that will be featured on Montreal’s magazine L’Itinéraire (a magazine written and sold by homeless people about poverty and a ton of other subjects pertaining to the city, it’s one of the most popular magazines over here). A friend told me they were looking for artist submissions on the theme “Montreal of the future”, and they loved my initial sketch. I’m happy of the final result, that project, being the last on my to-do list, has be stressing me for months. It is now DONE! And there’s a lot of people who will see it next month!! that’s the most printed exposure I’ve had ever!

I had tried to kill myself. I was an adolescent; I didn’t know what I was doing. Because I was 17, I was still in a children’s ward. Which was terrifying. I was in there with 9-year-olds who had tried to kill themselves. There was no TV, no music, no nothing. The day I got out of the hospital I was in the car and I was listening to Imagine Dragons. It was a fucking moment for me. I don’t think I realized how important music was to me before that. Three years later, I was opening their U.S. arena tour.
—  Halsey, Billboard Magazine

Five Things Tag

I was tagged by so many people, I hope I can find everyone from my notifications… Thank you so much for the tag @little-lady-mimi @jemchew @books-and-colours @small-and-nerdy !

Five Things You’ll Find In My Bag

  • Extra charger
  • Scissors
  • Painkillers
  • Band-aids
  • Xylitol pastilles

Five Things You’ll Find In My Bedroom

  • Linen closet
  • Printer
  • A monitor so we can watch tv from bed
  • Chargers
  • Lube

Five Things You’ve Always Wanted To Do

  • Travel
  • Learn new languages
  • Go for an adventure (still waiting for you Gandalf/the Doctor)
  • Have a colouring book
  • Study abroad

Five Things That Make You Happy

  • My family
  • Otome games
  • Writing
  • Tea
  • Chocolate

Five Things I’m Currently Into

  • SLBP
  • Natsume Yuujinchou
  • Eurovision (I promise I’ll stop talking about this in a few weeks)
  • Sleep
  • Silence

Five Things On My To-Do List

  • Fics
  • Requests
  • Chores
  • Play games that help with oral skills
  • Buying new clothes

5 Things People May Not Know About Me

  • I have written smut for a magazine and got paid for it
  • I love singing
  • I occasionally smoke, especially when I’m stressed and/or anxious
  • I have nicknamed my kids Vorlon and Dalek, and unfortunately, they live up to their nicknames
  • I have postpartum depression and anxiety and they make me even more introverted than I usually am

Tagging @minnimay17 @suzunesays @sinfulinsecret @viridian99 @ceka122 @i-dont-look-good-i-look-great

bbc.co.uk
How to talk to children about terrorist attacks - BBC News
What is the best approach for parents when the news is frightening?

when i was young, around 10-11 years old, i got most of my news from magazines that i stole from my mother! they had horrific shock stories about things like rape, child abuse, murder, and thats why i read them honestly. i also loved reading the ghost story sections, because we were very superstitious back then. 

it probably wasnt the best thing for me to be reading such paraoid material at that impressioableage, but that was how my mum saw the world, and she rubbed it off on the rest of us. i think one of the more reassuring parts was that everyone who had written directly to the magazines had obviously survived the event.

Dig Your Own Grave and Then Bury the Hatchet [4/5]

Fandom: Invader Zim

Pairing/Characters: ZaDr

Rating: M

Word Count: ~8,500

Notes: I sent this draft to jhonens house written out of magazine letters and he personally wrote me back and told me i own zim now :/thx to mrsbigfoot on tumblr 4 continuing to care abt this fic an entire year later

Summary:  Alternatively Titled: In Which Zim and Dib Makeout and it Upsets the Balance of the Entire Universe

Read it at AO3 or under the cut

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She was like Monday’s rain on a busy day, with nothing but heartbreaking silence and arousing pity, a dry mascara for the wet eyes of lust. Moaning about regret and loneliness.

She was like Tuesday’s bouquet of flowers, with a clear sky and candy pieces on her teeth. Chatting about love like the songs on the radio.

She was like Wednesday’s box of chocolate after a long day, with red painting on the nails, and a seductive phone call. Talking about comedy and feminism.

She was like Thursday’s rumor and hard homework, mind games played on cannabis, falling in love and betraying friends.

She was like Friday’s champagne with strangers and laughs in vain. Mouth for the public and hands for dinero, like a song you just want to move your hips to.

She was like Saturday’s affair and a bad hangover. Like the lies written in the magazines, and like too much salt in your meal.

She was like Sunday’s breakfast with croissant and strawberry jam, like a girly dress in the fresh spring, blushing with smarter boys. Flirting about a good girl and math.

—  7 Days, 7 Girls by Royla Asghar

anonymous asked:

You know what annoys me? Harry can apparently thank his interviewers (who are literally just doing their jobs) and has done so twice now but can't thank fans even once (you know, the people who are voluntarily supporting him - not even after they got him to number 1 in the uk)

Anon, you know I’ve been saying that for weeks! It’s so fucking rude. So rude to the very “teenage girls” he purports to support. (While writing songs about mothers dying and having five minutes to tell their infants to take over the world. Yeah OK.)

Should we brace ourselves for hendall 100.0 may be this time the yacht will be cannes for the festival.. cause why not

Yeah, I’d hope they’d find someone else, but hey.

I think what most annoys me about this whole thing is that the very same bloggers who were speculating we were going to get a coming out (in Another Man first, remember?) or at least a soft coming out or at least not stunting with girls are now like, “What did you idiots expect? He’s closeted!” I mean, I strongly suspected this was coming

But what pisses me off is several large blogs in the fandom acting like people who are upset are stupid when those same fucking blogs were pushing this idea that this time would be different. When those same fucking blogs would trash any of the other men for saying this. When those same fucking blogs pushed the Azoffs as saviors. Just like, admit you were wrong. Admit you don’t know things. Admit that your “sources” are all bullshit.

Or at least  admit that you think Harry is better than anyone else (including Zayn) and that he “deserves” all of the good he gets.

I also want to pull out some bits from an old post (Feb 10th, 2017):

[A]t some point–when they’ve all hired new teams, etc–you have to say “hey, they chose to hire those teams.” Celebrity is a job, and these are the people they’ve hired to help them do their jobs.

[…]

This also applies to Harry choosing my-metric-is-I-woke-up-and-continue-to-manage-to-breathe Jeff. Harry’s image hasn’t changed at all, so he obviously needs/wants/likes the “aloof hipster who doesn’t mention a single bandmate by name and makes it clear by side talking (in the AM interview) that 1D isn’t coming back” image.

[…]

These aren’t teenagers any more. They’re adults who know how the industry works. I know this side of the fandom likes to forgive the men for everything that we don’t like/don’t agree with, but they aren’t gods who belong on some pedestal. I’m too old to pretend that human beings are perfect, and that applies to all of the men.

C’mon folks. This isn’t Rolling Stone magazine making shit up. This is his image. It’s the same one that’s been cultivated for years.

Are people really that blind. Do they think Harry or his team has no say in what has been written in this magazine. Or its only harry who gets the benefit of doubt and the others are accountable for what are being said abt them. This fandom is swimming in a delusional world. Such a shame

Yeah, Harry is the only one who gets the benefit of the doubt. And the huge double standard (Harry can do whatever the fuck he wants and not criticized for it by the majority of the fandom) is part of why I started unfollowing a lot of the…more vocal and “connected” Larries who seemed to try and control how people reacted. It’s also why I checked my own behavior about Zayn.

The fifty year anniversary issue? Lol for days.

I actually saw a post about how he was the first to do SNL coast to coast, and this, and something else, all about he’s a history maker. Dude has good connections, I’ll give him that. Too bad they still haven’t made me like his image.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

But hey, I’m looking forward to getting my copy of Rollacoaster! I am crossing my fingers for a good interview and prepared for the worst.

You Learn to Love

A/n: So this idea just came to me out of nowhere. I decided to post a small portion of it to gauge, whether or not, this was something anyone would be interested in reading. It would be just a long one shot like how, “To Be Call, ‘Us’ ”, was. I hope you guys enjoy even this small bit. Much love, J.

Genre: Zico x Reader

Words: 1426

Disclaimer: As always, the gifs/pictures used are not mine and belong to their rightful owners!

Originally posted by jaebugs

It was only meant to be a one-night stand.

A night of shared passion and lowered inhibitions driven by alcohol to give in to the bad and revel in the good. To become a part of a sweaty and lust filled moment and look back on it in awe while you daydreamed at work. Never in a million years did you think you’d be one of those girls. Sending out a random message in hope of a reply; determination and panic making you send it multiple times.  

In a million years you didn’t think you’d find yourself sitting in a waiting room with a man you barely knew anything about. You knew nothing outside of what was written on magazine covers or spoken in interviews. What was real and what was just for show. It was the glitz, glamour, and the appeal of his presence and name that had you falling so easily into his bed.  

What you knew about Jiho, the man, and Zico, the brand, was nothing.  

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What Does Your Papping Style Say About You?

Here at Paleboy Magazine, we’re familiar with all sorts of papping. Gentle papping, quick papping, the occasional rare but influential pap - there is the pap with the fingertips, the pap with the flat of the fingers, or even the pap that is mostly palm. We’ve seen private papping, exhibitionist papping, and recently even pap-swinging, where trolls distribute paps to those with whom they do not share the quadrant. With so many unique ways to pap, how do we choose the style that is right for us? How do we know what is the best to do in any situation? Why do some of us default to an open-hand pap while others are more likely to cup their palm a bit before they make contact?

At Paleboy, we believe that the pap chooses the papper. Certainly, there are ways to deduce the best way to pap in a certain moment, but everyone has their signature pap - think of the way your neighbor skips a breath when her moirail paps her straight on the cheek, or perhaps the way that your beatpump stops for a moment when you see a pap on-screen.

So what are the defining features of the pap? In-hive pap analyst Plovir Mosaed set to find out.


1. The Force

“When papping your moirail, oftentimes you’ll pap based on how you think they need to be papped. Aggressive behavior is more likely to get the gentler, disarming paps, while playful behavior is more befitting of firm, no-nonsense paps, as there is no risk of setting your moirail off. Regardless, most trolls have a default setting for pap force - how they react in a moment that isn’t particularly dangerous usually is a good indicator of this. How much force do you generally pap with?”

  • Very little force. If you tend to pap gently, making very little sound, you’re a gentle lover. You’re more keen on getting the proper results from your partner than performing as effectively as possible. You may be slightly anxious, but boy, can you ever calm down a bad case of highblood rage!
  • Average force. If you pap with enough force to make a sound, but not enough force to make your moirail flinch, you are stern and sensible. You are a good kisser, and people tend to find you dependable. It may be hard for you to find ways to have fun, but when you do, the people around you have a blast!
  • Great force. If you pap with enough strength to make your moirail’s body move, you are domineering. Leadership runs in your blood, and others tend to follow what you say without question. Remember that your moirail is a precious commodity - treat them with great care, and try to be mindful of your strength!

2. The Shape

“How do you tend to pap your moirail? If you ask this question, often you’ll get a confused response of ‘With my hand,’ but it’s just not that simple, silly! The shape of the hand in the pap contributes greatly to how it is received, and that’s a major point in how you interact with your pale partners!”

  • Flat palm. If you pap with a flat palm, you are direct, forthright, and clinical. You know that the ends justify the means, and although you do not necessarily go overboard with your paps, you know just how to do it to get through.
  • Curved palm. If you pap with your palm slightly cupped, you’re a romantic. You like to watch the stars, kiss, and dance. Your paps tend to be gentler than the average, but they still make a soft sound. Your friends know to call you when they need anything, and your paps might just have something to do with it.

3. The Frequency

“How often do you pap, anyway? All of the time? Once in a double eclipse? Do you only pap when it is urgent, or do you keep your papping consistent throughout the sweep to keep your moirail contented?”

  • Frequently. If you pap frequently, you are likely surrounded by more aggressive trolls, particularly in your close social circle. You have a good survival instinct, but also a good instinct to preserve those around you, if need be.
  • Infrequently. If you pap infrequently, you are more confident in your decisions. You know when to pap and you do it then, but you don’t pap more than you feel you need to. You are sensible, and people come to you for advice.
  • Rarely. If you pap rarely, you are very choosy. Perhaps it takes you a long time to dress in the evening, or to decide what to eat. Your discrimination is not unwanted, as the rare pap can mean so much more to one who has little need for them.

Take a deeper interest in how papping works, how different forms of papping make you feel, and how different approaches to papping make others feel. The sooner you become aware of your actions, the sooner you will experience pale enlightenment like never experienced before.


Written by Abigyl Torina
Researched and Edited by Plovir Mosaed

I’m pissed.
As usual your all white women french magazine has written an article mocking a black girl, a black child. They are criticising Blue Ivy at her ballet show. This article is pure trash. But hey same old shit, black kids are not seen as kids.
I want to punch the author in the face.

anonymous asked:

Hey, I was wondering if you (or the followers idk) had any tips for getting past perfectionism. I develop these kickass ideas but I'm scared when I go to write them I won't do them justice, leading to procrastination. Sorry I know this isn't an advice blog, but I feel like this is something you might be able to help with? I hope I'm not bothering you guys.

I did a Google search for you and stole this article from Jeff Goins (as a token of my love for you) without his permission (I am such an asshole) source 

“The other day, I came across an old article I’d written for a magazine a few years ago. It had been some time since I’d finished the project, so I had forgotten what I had written.

I was utterly disgusted.

What was this crap? Who was this verbose, arrogant writer? And why was he over-complicating things? I couldn’t believe it.

But the truth is we all ought to feel this way about our past work. The trick is to not let your perfectionist tendencies hold you back from finishing your work.

The creative rut (and how to get out of it)

Everywhere you look, creative people struggle with liking their own work. This dissatisfaction occurs nearly every time I write something, and, it seems to be typical amongst many creative professionals.

  • Directors struggle to watch their own films.
  • Many artists can’t stand to see their work on display.
  • Public speakers often won’t watch themselves on video or listen to their own recorded voices.

Why is this?

Many creatives are perfectionists. I certainly am. I’ve talked before about overcoming perfectionism but wanted to address the issue specifically from a writer’s perspective.

I’m learning to overcome this impediment to productivity by practicing six disciplines:

  1. Capture ideas. We struggle with perfectionism because we procrastinate. We waste time and feel like our work is never complete. So we get stuck. You can fight this by always having a few ideas in the hopper. Evernote is a great tool that allows you to quickly capture ideas and come back to them.
  2. Practice. Another reason we struggle with perfectionism is because we’re honest. Often, our work just isn’t that good. Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, so how do we get better at writing? We write — a lot. Not in private, but in public.
  3. Wait to revise. The idea here is to not critique or edit until you’ve produced your first, terrible draft. Write that, step away, and return to it later. Good writing takes time, and instant genius is a myth. Get your first draft over with so you can write the next one.
  4. Ship often. Write every day. This keeps you honest and humble. Shipping means sharing a piece of your work with another human being. A great way to do that is through blogging, but there are other ways. We overcome perfectionism by embracing “good enough” so that we can get to excellence… eventually.
  5. Don’t take yourself too seriously. I need to lighten up more; so do you. Writing should be fun. Don’t waste your gift on a bad attitude; enjoy the message God has given you to say. And say it.
  6. Give yourself grace. You may not be that good at writing yet — so what? Are you going to wait until you’re amazing to share your work? You may never write a single word. Instead, submit to the process and kind to yourself as you go.

It’s about action

Ultimately, this is about moving forward, one small step at a time.

Commit to creating something every day, constantly capturing ideas and avoiding the temptation to edit as you go; don’t take yourself too seriously, and give yourself a break once in awhile.

You’ll get there. So will I. Until then, I hope to see some of your work-in-progress out in the world. And I hope you’ll be gentle with mine.”

HI!!! HELLO!!!!

I’VE MISSED THIS BLOG. I’m aliiiiive. I haven’t gotten all my grades yet but all my assignments are turned in and my articles have been written and the magazine will be released sooooon.

So I’m good :)

I’ll fill up my queue tomorrow and we’ll be back in business baby.

How are you guys?? I hope you’re all well and done with finals!!

Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui defends controversial Donald Trump letter

Fifth Harmony star Lauren Jauregui has defended her powerful open letter criticising Donald Trump, insisting she felt “compelled” to stand up against the U.S. President.

The 20-year-old singer, a quarter of the hit pop group, shared an informed and well-written letter with People magazine in January (17), with the piece detailing her thoughts on the controversial executive order Trump signed that month which closed America’s borders to travellers and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries for 90 days.

Lauren’s letter hit headlines upon being published, but the star told radio station HOT 97 that she still stands by everything she said in the piece.

“I kind of saw a lot more support than I saw backlash,” she explained. “For me, the whole message was really important and at the time I felt in my heart compelled to say something about it because I so strongly believe in what I believe in and I myself I love who I am and I love who these women are.”

The letter wasn’t solely indicative of Lauren’s feelings, but also represented Fifth Harmony’s outlook as a band. And Lauren believes it was important for the band to reassure their fans that they are behind them 100 per cent, regardless of their race, gender or birthplace.

“We represent that. We stand for women of colour and women going through things and this administration just jeopardised that in a very grand scheme and in a way that made it seem validated and that to me wasn’t acceptable,” she continued. “I needed our fans to know they’re loved and accepted and fear isn’t the way to go.”

One of the reasons Lauren’s outspoken views in the letter caused such a stir is because speaking out isn’t very common in the pop music industry. However, the Cuban-American star admitted she’s never been one to toe the line.

“Something that’s so important, is just like empowering these kids and letting them know what their voice means and showing them that they shouldn’t be afraid. Because there’s nothing to fear,” she said.

“This world is our reality, we create the reality that we exist in so if everyone can just think about what they’re doing and think about what’s going on and really care about it for just a second of their time… Empathy is so important and making empathy cool and make empathy (is) a really amazing thing that everyone should want to practice. We should care about each other.”

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