Today, I am humbled to have led a conversation on HuffPost Live about the life and passing of For Brown Girls founder Karyn Washington and what her completion of suicide highlights for us all — specifically communities of color and “strong black women” everywhere.
Grateful to Tai’sha Gooden, Terrie M. Williams and Ty Alexander for joining me and my co-host Marc Lamont Hill. Watch our segment here.
Watch this video from Cadillac. Note a few things (actor, white, rich guy, workaholic, typical cocky American, very unrealistic). This is not a parody video, they’re being completely serious.
I can’t explain it very well just please watch both of these videos okay Ford burns Cadillac so bad okay it’s so good.
"That’s the upside of giving a damn."
You better hope winter is coming, bitch. You’re gonna need it for that burn.
Ford fucking laying down the damn law.
Ha! Go Ford.
Oh my god, FORD
i generally don’t say “shots fired”
Speaking of movies, this is basically Inuit Beowulf.
It was written, produced, directed, and acted entirely by Inuit people. I think a lot of people might be interested in Medieval Inuit art and literature, and this is a pretty great example.
You can watch and download the entire trilogy here for free (but donate if you can!!!); Atanarjuat is the first film and takes place around 1000 A.D.-ish. It also won a LOT of awards. Keep in mind: it’s entirely in Inuktitut, with English subtitles.
it’s a stunning movie
I’ve now finished watching the entire trilogy, and I have to say that all three films are mind-blowingly amazing.
Make sure you have a box of tissues, though because they will leave you pretty weepy.
I’ve watched it saturday und it is absolutely fascinating to see ancient inuits through the eyes of modern inuits !
Oh, absolutely! I love how they created the script, with double-checking on the action and the dialogue, and different elders pointing out small inconsistencies like, “Oh, no, they wouldn’t have spoken to each other at that point, it was illegal back then.” I love that they tried to make it as historically accurate as possible.
Video Interviews with the cast are available too.
Additional cool thing: the company that created this trilogy, Isuma, has since transformed their website into an indigenous people’s web TV channel. So what sites like ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, ScrewAttack, and the Escapist are for geeky pursuits, IsumaTV attempting to be for indigenous creators.
^^I didn’t know that! Amazing!!
ANNIE - Official Trailer (2014)
I’m not gonna lie, I teared up a little bit when I saw the trailer.
I’m sooo excited for this… cheese fest and all!
this is so freaking adorable and yes i cried. I can’t wait.
I CAN’T WAIT
So I’ll probably get slammed for this (because, tumblr) but here goes anyway. Ask box is open, slam away.
When the original Little Orphan Annie was written, chronologically we were a lot closer to a time where there was a strong bias against Irish people. By making Annie red haired, it was implied that she was of Irish descent, and by extension, the audience would have inherently known that was part of the bias against her.
Changing Annie’s race to African American replicates this same dynamic in modern society, and that’s a big part of why so many people were upset by it. A BLACK orphan?! Nooooooo, keep her white and red haired and cute I DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH HOW THIS IS MAKING ME UNCOMFORTABLE.
Casting Annie as black in 2014 is a much more true to the original character than casting her as a caucasian red head.
While the musical may have have known this, the comic itself was written by a white Protestant from the Midwest who traced his American settler lineage back to the 17th century, and who often espoused anti-union, FDR-hating, right-wing opinions in the later years of the comic. Annie was never meant to represent Irish people or any kind of Irish oppression in the comics - in fact, some early representations of her show her as blond.
Now, if you want to argue that later musicals or movies implied an anti-Irish bias against her, that I can see, but that was never at all a part of the original comic.
Also this is in no way any kind of cry against having the amazing and precious Quvenzhanè Wallis as Annie or any of this movie, which I am looking forward to a whole lot. I wholeheartedly agree that Annie cast as a black orphan is much more in the spirit of how Annie can come to be seen, which is a small child who never gives up, despite numerous attempts to mess up her life.
Also also, while the comics eventually got to the point where the author literally killed off Daddy Warbucks by having him die of despair over the New Deal and FDR’s fourth election as president (retconning him back to life after FDR died), the musical itself involves Judge Brandeis and FDR as supporting allies to Daddy Warbucks and Annie, and the musical ends in everyone singing their joy over the New Deal. HA!
"Our friend Miche Braden returned to help us show what Guns N’ Roses "Sweet Child O’ Mine" would have sounded like if New Orleans blues legend Bessie Smith had recorded it back in the ’20s. That note at 3:58 was so powerful that the room literally shook…”
the last minute ho shit
Omg watch this
This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard. Holy crap.
This is a romance song about a girl so it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone that Bessie Smith was bisexual, one of the many (MANY) queer Black artists of the Harlem Renaissance.
This awesome video features Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2Cellos, playing their phenomenal “BaRock style” arrangement of the hard rock classic for a completely bewildered 17th century audience. The concept is wonderful, but the actual performance is astonishing.
[via Geeks are Sexy]