midgardproblems

It’s not obedience. It’s respect.

I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.

—Olivia Cole - Lucy: Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People on the Big Screen (via noely-g)

K n o w your place. A c c e p t your place. Be a shoe.

She removes her wig, her eyelashes, her makeup, never breaking eye contact with the reflection of her natural self. It’s an intimate, powerful moment television doesn’t often show: A black woman removing all the elements white supremacy tells her she has to wear to be beautiful, successful, powerful. And let’s not forget that that wasn’t just Annalise taking it off: It was Davis, too—Davis, who remains brave in a world where a New York Times critic can get away with calling her ‘less classically beautiful.’x

 magicallydelicious618:

1. Always post the rules
2. Answer the Questions and write ten new ones
3. Tag people

lol Jess your first three questions are about music no one was surprised ever

1) Current musical obsession? Is there any one song or album or band that you just can’t stop listening to right now?

Escape Artist by Zoë Keating (she’s an incredible one-woman cinematic cello orchestra)

2) Favorite song lyric?

Shake me and hear the filament rattle / Awake and save me from this bit of the battle / My pride is like an ember in my chest that sets my blood to burning / So you’ll forgive me if a tongue is in the cheek I’m turning / Hurts me just to think of one more curtsy for the king / These knees don’t bend easy please receive me on my feet [Veteran - Dessa]

3) Favorite musical instrument and why? Doesn’t have to be one you play.

Viola. In high school my choir teacher told me that my singing voice had the quality of a viola. 

4) Okay that’s enough about music. Question you hate getting asked more than anything? Why?

"What are you planning on doing in theatre?" 

I don’t know why I always feel a speck of shame when I tell people I want to act. Might be the whole immigrant child thing. Might be the whole self-doubt thing.

5) Question you wish people would ask you more often? (And answer?)

"What’s on your mind?"

Real talk for a second. When I was in high school my mom warned me not to talk about myself too much. Every since, I’ve been afraid that talking about myself was selfish or uninteresting to the people I’m talking to. A genuine “What’s on your mind?” always catches me off guard. But I appreciate it. I really do.

6) I just handed you $20 million. After paying off all your loans, what’s the first thing you buy?

A fellowship program that supports young Actors of Color I’m a hundred percent serious and I’m a hundred percent working on it. 

7) One thing you absolutely could not live without? Can be object, person, type of food, etc.

I don’t know. I have so many good things in my life that I’m terrified of losing any of it.

8) Of the five senses, which would be the one you are least willing to give up/would have the hardest time losing? Why?

Sight. I could possibly live without taste, touch, and smell. Even without hearing, with sight I can still read. So much I love, I love through ways of seeing. 

9) Something that you wish you could do but can’t/don’t know how?

Dance.

10) You’re allowed to guest star for three episodes on your favorite TV show. What show would it be and what would your character be like?

Um Elementary I would play Lucy Liu’s younger sister duh.

Tagging: lisaforspiderman, thisisradionowhere, stardust-rain, midgardproblemsteslawasrobbed

1) Patronus?

2) Pipe dream?

3) Current anxiety?

4) Current goal?

5) Current state of your heart?

6) Current state of your mind?

7) Something you want to learn how to do?

8) Something you’re proud of?

9) A good memory?

10) A secret that you don’t want to be a secret?

11) Bonus: Your favorite thing about yourself?

inspirationalmandarin:

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inspirationalmandarin:

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reapereverdeen:

*heavy breathing* 

reapereverdeen:

*heavy breathing* 

‘Dear White People's Naomi Ko on Avoiding the Asian Representation Trap and Being a Millennial of Color

cmykaffir:

3 Ways to Speak English.

Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”

princeburrito:

yeah she’s cute and all but is her feminism intersectional?

potterswheeezy:

Hogwarts House Fashion + Slytherin

Roberto Cavalli Black Snake Strap Back Gown

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Protesters occupy St. Louis University.

Early morning, Monday, October 13th

siobhanfinneran:

Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Production Photos) - Credit [x]

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