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I was just talking with some girlfriends the other day, comparing Beyonce and Janelle Monae. This essay is interesting to read/watch. This essay doesn’t really pit the two artists against each other, but it portrays them as two sides of the same coin. However, in regards to how Beyonce and Janelle Monae present themselves, I do see them as approaching feminism from very different perspectives. For instance, Beyonce performs in leotards and thongs, while Janelle Monae sings in suits.

Another thing that stood out to me is that black women are being recognized as leading the charge of progressing feminism into the mainstream.

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

I just finished reading The Mountaintop by Katori Hall. I just happened to be reading this as the events in Ferguson, MO unfold. The parallels in MLK’s days to what is going on in 2014 in uncanny and scary. The fight continues, we must continue to hold the baton.

I just finished reading The Mountaintop by Katori Hall. I just happened to be reading this as the events in Ferguson, MO unfold. The parallels in MLK’s days to what is going on in 2014 in uncanny and scary. The fight continues, we must continue to hold the baton.

I’m sure you’ve heard about Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was gunned down by a police officer last Saturday afternoon, on August 9 in Ferguson, MO. There has been outrage and unrest in Ferguson ever since he was killed. The Ferguson police department has given us little to no information on the investigation. What the people of Ferguson, and really the people of the world, as we’ve seen international protests, are looking for is justice. Let’s face it, citizens as a whole need protection from police brutality.
There is an online petition asking President Obama to enact new federal laws that will help protect citizens from police brutality. I am one of more than 200,000 people who have already signed this petition. Let’s stand together and present a united front and stand up for our rights as citizens.
The link to the petition is below. If you haven’t already signed it, please read the petition, consider and sign it. If you have seen this petition and have already signed it, please write a personal message to your friends and family, urging them to do the same. Of course this won’t be the end of the fight, but it’s a big step in the right direction.


https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-please-enact-new-federal-laws-to-protect-citizens-from-police-violence-and-misconduct

Thanks for reading.

My apologies to those keeping track, my list is a little out of order. I read Hurt Village by Katori Hall from this book of new American plays before Ashes to Ashes.

My apologies to those keeping track, my list is a little out of order. I read Hurt Village by Katori Hall from this book of new American plays before Ashes to Ashes.

Just finished Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter on my summer play reading list. Now I’m on to The Mountaintop by Katori Hall.

Just finished Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter on my summer play reading list. Now I’m on to The Mountaintop by Katori Hall.

"To be fair, I’m not interested in anyone who talks about colorblindness. It’s both an ignorant concept (every single person sees color) and it shouldn’t be the goal. I don’t want people to not see my color. I don’t want to be oppressed and discriminated against because of it."-@beneviera http://beneviera.com/2014/07/10/ti-colorblind-iggy-azalea/

If you haven’t grown tired of looking at pictures of Chicago from the river, here’s my contribution.

oldfilmsflicker:

rottentomatoes:

Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac star in screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial debut The Two Faces Of January, based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a TrainThe Talented Mr. Ripley).

Watch the trailer here.

Oscar Isaac you babe you.

I’m so glad Oscar Isaac is getting more and more work!

My Summer of Plays

#1 Killer Joe by Tracy Letts

#2 Stick Fly by Lydia Diamond.

(inspiration to post these play covers from oldfilmsflicker)