Now it makes sense that a literal human country might not ever really be able to have a day off, but if Romano is not getting a lunch break every day I think he seriously needs to contact his union representative
For Inna Modja (@innamodjaofficiel ), music and art are more than just a career or hobby — they’re her calling to bring a moment, however brief, of happiness and hope into the world. With that in mind, the 31-year-old singer and her friend Marco Conti Sikic, a photographer and director, started the street art project #wingsforfreedom, in which they paint angelic bird wings on walls and photograph people standing in front of them as if they’re ready to fly.
“The idea was, for a few minutes, let them dream,” Inna — pronounced “ee-nah” — says of the photos, which were taken throughout Africa, and in Paris right after the terrorist attacks in November. “In those areas of the world, hope is the most important thing. You need hope to have the strength to keep on going.” Soon, they’ll take the project on the road to Brazil, as well as Calais, France, where they’re teaching art and music to orphaned refugees from the Middle East.
Inna is so selfless about her charity work that when Instagram @music first calls her at her home in Paris, she asks if it’s OK to call back in five minutes, then profusely apologizes for the slight delay. The reason for the hold up? She had to work on a speech for the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. It’s a personal cause to Inna, having been a victim of the horrific practice as a child at the hands of an older family member. The event marked her second time at the UN, after she performed there last year with Juanes and Cody Simpson, and came the day before her first proper concert in the United States at New York’s Standard Hotel.
Musically, Inna’s style is the perfect fit for such a global event. Growing up in the northern Saharan part of Mali, she heard the country’s traditional music, as well as ‘60s soul, Metallica, Boyz II Men, Barbra Streisand and many more. “Blues music takes its root in Malian music. That’s why I love American music, because it has a lot alignment with our traditional music.” On her third album, 2015’s Motel Bamako, which was inspired by her trips around the world, she raps in the Malian language of Bambara over a blend of soul, electronic and R&B music.
“I define myself as a desert girl. We are nomads. For me, traveling is a lot in my culture.” Recently, she spent time in Mexico, seeing Mayan ruins and learning about the country’s relationship with mezcal and tequila in Zihuatanejo. As a photographer, she likes to capture the local flavors and architecture, as opposed to just the tourist sites. “It helps me see the world on a bigger scale, so what I’m talking about in my music gets richer because I get to meet another culture, another street.”
Tragically, being a northern desert girl is virtually impossible back in Mali. She still visits the country, but not in the area where she was raised. For the past several years, Islamic terrorists have held that part of the country and banned all forms of entertainment, from singing to soccer.
“Especially as a female musician, talking about the crisis in Mali and doing a song called ‘Tombouctou’ about what’s going on there, it’s really difficult. There are some parts in the country where I wouldn’t go because my life would be in danger. For them, I shouldn’t be doing music, I shouldn’t be not wearing a veil. But I’m a musician. I have to spread the message.“
HERE ARE A COUPLE, I HAVE MORE BUT THESE R PRETTY NICE
lena’s a lil touch starved tbh and by a lil i mean a lot like she has zero friends in national city and had a scant few in metropolis thanks to the shit that went down (and honestly even before that??? her friends were the children of her parents’ business associates and were obligatory, weren’t particularly all that affectionate towards one another) and her parents weren’t warm and fuzzy (an Understatement) and honestly??? lex was probably the last person to hug her, like an honest to god hug where he held her tight enough that a few of the little broken bits started to stick back together and then he sort of bulldozed her all over again so THANKS FOR THAT LEX
this is a very long way of saying that kara is a cuddler and when she notices the way lena panics a lil at first before melting and seems to be physically pained when they separate, when she notices how tense lena is all the time, how she quite literally deflates, shrinks, relaxes when kara hugs her, she starts doing it more. she clues in on this even before they date and instigates friendly hand holding and hugs whenever they see each other, sits close enough that their shoulders will brush, little things like that and when they start dating its just cuddle central ok like lena doesn’t seem to realize it, not at first at least, but kara makes a concerted effort to make sure that they see each other at least a couple times a week, even if only for a little bit, even just for a quick coffee break where’s she’s sure to press up close to lena on the couch or hold her hand or hook her foot around lena’s ankle just for some point of contact and doNT LOOK AT ME
they just……..are constantly touching. and then it sort of expands naturally and kara’s family welcomes lena into the fold and they’re all relatively physically demonstrative people and lena learns to be so, learns that apparently she thrives when she isnt deprived of affection (who’d’ve thought)
lena’s never really had serious relationships, always been too busy, always hurtling towards the top too fast to keep up with the level of commitment necessary; her first and only serious girlfriend before kara was back in boarding school and it ended terribly and everyone after that was short lived, more sex than anything else, so she’s a little……unsure?? off balance??? those arent the right words, but she’s out of her depth when it comes to kara, who tells her this incredibly deeply personal thing, makes herself so vulnerable and lena has to backtrack and change her methods, her timelines, her tried and true models of relationships because holy SHIT she likes kara a lot, a lot more than she should, than she thought she could and she doesn’t??? wanna mess it up???? whatever it is, considering they haven’t really defined it like good god level the fuck up lena
she’s probably more nervous than kara is at the beginning, though she’s loathe to admit it. like she really really really likes kara, head over heels for her really and considering her track record is like The Worst at intimacy building or maintaining a relationship or being a happy person in general she’s sort of pretty sure this is going to be ruined and it’ll be her fault but lena luthor is nothing if not stubborn as hell so she takes the fear and the doubt and shoves it somewhere deep down inside of her and focuses instead on being good for kara, checking in at every point, can i touch you? is it okay if i take your shirt off? is this okay? she’s just rlly into clear boundaries to begin with, even more so with kara because she absolutely doesn’t want her to feel rushed or like lena’s impatient or something
kara’s pretty sure she’s dating a giant softie even before this and then once she figures out whats going on she’s convinced that lena luthor is actually just a mushball in v expensive shoes
(and this one isn’t specifically supercorp but it makes my heart a lil warm and happy to think abt so i feel like it should be shared)
the first pride parade after alex comes out, kara goes as supergirl and her cape is rainbow and she’s got the bi flag painted on her cheek and she takes so many selfies with all these kids that are so scared, but so relieved to see their hero is like them, one of them, will protect them and she ends up doling out a fair amount of hugs, too, because there are a lot of kids that have spent their whole lives hearing that theyre wrong, sick, broken and now theyre here, a revolution in of itself, and the city’s superhero is here too, and not just as security or support but to march with them, beside them and one girl just starts crying when she sees kara, just sobbing because shit it feels good to know that your hero is like you, feels good to know that she understands
the whole gang is there; maggie and alex are wearing a ridiculous amount of rainbows and lena’s got her own rainbow cape and winn coordinated his outfit with the bi flag and james, my sweet str8 son, knows to stay in his lane and he serves as one of photographer for it and gets hundreds of shots of kara holding these terrified, relieved kids close, holding their hands, wiping their tears, promising that they’ll be ok in the end and everyone’s sort of crying like by everyone i mean everyone at the parade because its been a hard fuckn year
kara’s heart’s is broken and remade by the end of it. she makes it a point to swing by the lgbtq youth home a couple times a month and maybe on her free time she goes back to some of the kids’ houses and picks up their stuff, glaring at their stricken (awful) parents the entire time. she gets a new phone and gives the number to only these kids, gives them free reign to pass it on to other kids that might need it; they use it for emergencies and stuff but they also use it just to talk to someone that understands and cares and thats how supergirl becomes the unofficial big sister of national city’s lgbtq teens
the closest kara has ever come to murder was when she found out that the father of one of her kids had forced her to move back in and was taking her off hrt and deadnaming her and cutting her off from her friends and generally being awful and kara literally dropped everything and ran out of work, no explanation given when she got the text and like a) got the girl out of that house and b) eventually had to be held back bc murder is technically illegal, even for supergirl
lena notices, bc of course she does, and expands l corp’s partnership with an organization that works to give these kids more protection, more rights, more options and of course they partner with supergirl who is, without fail, at every fundraiser and 5k
im sorry this turned into me crying abt supergirl becoming a beacon of hope for these very sad, often scared kids. when laws are passed that put them in jeopardy, they take to the streets and are loud and there are hundreds, thousands of them and i’d say at least half are wearing supergirl shirts, jackets, have the insignia on their signs or the tattoos on their arms and you can be damn sure that when the riot police come to tear gas them, fire on them, break it up, supergirl plants herself resolutely between these children and danger and i am incredibly emotional abt this concept ANYWAY