No Time To Die – Trailer #1 Thoughts

Back in 2015, I devoted pretty much half a year of my life to covering the Bond films for The Mary Sue (except the last one, somehow). I made that franchise my life and it was, for the most part aside from how I didn’t get paid to do any of it, pretty awesome. My […]

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Black Thanksgiving Rules

I’m not a huge celebrator of Thanksgiving, but I wanted to put this article here as a PSA for those of you who take it seriously. I don’t give a lot of weight to this holiday, because I appreciate my life every day, but apparently, some people need reminding, and they also need rules for how to behave during it.

I plan to spend this holiday at my little sister’s house, eating the staple holiday foods, and wrangling  with her three kids, as any good auntie would. I take my auntie duties very seriously, and that includes teaching them stuff they’re probably not supposed to learn, and being too permissive.

This article covers everything from plate fixing order, to proper topics of conversation, and the responses, to who gets what leftovers, and what food should have been served in  the first place.

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The 2019 Rules and Revisions For Black Thanksgiving

*Macaroni & Cheese: Aside from the above rules, there must also be someone present to regulate the size of macaroni scoops so you won’t run out of the “good” macaroni. Mac & cheese should be served in descending order from best to worst because anyone who is late doesn’t deserve top-level, auntie macaroni.

*Late people: If you miss the pre-meal prayer, you’re late.

*People who didn’t bring anything: You don’t get to eat until everyone has fixed their plate.

This is one of the biggest sources of conflict at black gatherings. For the 122nd year in a row, we want to reiterate that no plate can be fixed until everyone has eaten seconds, at which time, main menu items are up for grabs. However, when it comes to desserts, you are only allowed to take one piece of pie, which can only be fixed no more than five minutes before your departure.

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Go forth, my brothers and sisters, and holiday correctly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YouTube Makes Me Happy

Here’s a short list of videos on YouTube that I keep returning to over and over again. I never get tired of visiting these channels, and have watched some of these videos multiple times. YouTube consists of more than obnoxious gamers, horrifying news updates, and cat videos, and these are the ones that make me happy.

In this day and age, we all have a deep need to find our little happinesses wherever we can, and there’s no shame in that. Little moments of joy give us a reason to keep living, to keep fighting, to keep moving forward. Lets start off this Monday, this week with a small bit of joy!

I love these videos by DSharp! I also really like this song, and I’ve played it so much in the car, that my mom knows the lyrics. I saw his first one on Tumblr doing his rendition of Beyoncé’s Apeshit, which was a lot of fun. He has an interesting talent of making unexceptional pop songs sound sweet and beautiful.

Check out all his other videos on the Tube.

 

 

 

 The idea of a grown-ass man being called a “bedbug”, just made me ugly laugh all Summer long, and I’m not quite sure why that is. I never get tired of this stupid story, and every time I hear it, I can’t stop laughing.

Maybe the word “bedbug” is just funny?

Nah! It’s definitely because it’s a grown man being called one. Yeah, that’s definitely it.

 

 

 

 Every time I watch this video it’s just a laugh riot. That little fella has definitely got some moves on him.

 https://youtu.be/ZvNfn1CBoSs

 

 

 

 Check out New Father Chronicles. These videos are hilarious, there’s about three years of him doing interviews with his two daughters, who are two and five. Don’t worry, there’s translations of their babytalk. The daughters of La Guardia Cross are extremely cute and deeply funny, and I love watching his weekly interactions with them. He’s such a great father, even though he made T-shirts and Hoodies out of the image of his baby girl falling out of his office chair. I feel bad for laughing at this, but I really would love to have that Hoodie (in blue.)

 

 

 

 

 

 I am not a fan of Drake, exactly, but I do occasionally like a song or two. I love this video because I’m totally little girl crushing on at least half the women featured in it, like Trace Ellis-Ross, Misty Copeland, Tiffany Haddish, and Letitia Wright!

 

 

Have a happy week and a happy Turkeyday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging in November

Well, my blogging skills have been off this month, even though I was on point last month. I started off okay, but then I got caught up in some work, (I work full time as a librarian), and I then I got some kind of cold or flu, I’m not sure which it is, but it’s just severe enough for me to not be able to think clearly enough to write anything.

I haven’t done any reviews of Supernatural, although I have been watching it, and I have all kinds of thoughts about it. I think my best bet, as far as this show is concerned, is to go easy on myself, and just do a huge end of series review, even though I promised I’d review every episode. (Hey! I didn’t say when I’d review them! Ah-Ha! Or did I? Please don’t show me any evidence on that! Just take my word for it.)

What I have been watching are some of the shows I mentioned in my Forthcoming Series posts, like Dolemite Is My Name, on Netflix, Titans, and some old movies I’ve seen many times before.

I’ve also been greatly enjoying The Mandolorian quite a bit.

And I’m not finished talking about Horror movies and their themes, so I have some posts coming up about that, probably for Christmas, but I’m not gonna promise, because if I do, something will happen to ensure that the posts will be delayed!

My girlfriend at work has decided, for reasons known only to the hamster that lives behind her right kneecap, to become an Orphan Black fan. I’ve only ever watched a handful of episodes of that show, but she blames me for her fandom, because I was the one to get her to watch Game of Thrones. I don’t feel that was my responsibility, but if she can make a good argument for why it is, I’ll go along with it, and then see if I can tempt her into possibly watching Umbrella Academy.

I have stopped watching Castle Rock, because I kept forgetting it was on, even though this second season is especially exciting, with the introduction of Annie Wilkes, from the novel, Misery!

Well, since I still have goals, and standards, (as loose as they may be), here’s hoping I’ll be back on track next week.

TTFN!

Reader Request Week 2019 #5: Civility — Whatever

In an email, Pablo asks: Civility: A genuine plea for common understanding, or just another tool to oppress? I mean, why not both? Which is to say that one can genuinely wish for “civility” — a sort of courtly and dignified mode of discourse — without understanding all the ways that “civility” generally favors the…

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Hello!

Wow, I didn’t post anything this week, nor did I have anything queued up.

I got sick.

Actually, I’m fine. It’s just a mild head cold, but sufficient to stop me from thinking deeply enough to post anything.

We shall return to our regular programming next week, because I watched some stuff, and I have some thoughts!

Native American (And Alaskan Native) Heritage Month

This month is National American Indian Heritage Month in the US.

I know next to nothing about the various Indigenous cultures, beyond the basic stuff, like names,  places, some of the tragic history, what I’ve read in books by people like Sherman Alexie, or watched  fictional movies like Windtalkers, and documentaries like Reel Injun, so I’m going to be learning  a bunch of stuff right alongside you guys, okay.

The first thing I looked up was the word Powwow, because I didn’t really understand what that meant, which  lead me to videos on Youtube. Uhm, guys! this stuff is deeply hypnotic so watch out. I must have spent at least a couple of hours falling down the rabbit hole of watching all these dancers. (From what I gathered, its something like the Olympics for the various Indigenous Peoples, only held every year, in multiple places, and with a lot more dancing.)

 

What is Powwow?

First of all, what exactly is a Powwow, what is it’s purpose, and  why do Native Americans do it? Do Indigenous people do this all over the world? Why is this a thing?

Students from the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and community members discuss the elements of an American Indian Pow Wow, its etiquette and its importance. Pow Wows are an annual spring event at Washington University in St. Louis.

https://www.powwows.com/what-is-a-pow-wow/

 

Why is Powwow?

The reasons why Native Americans have Powwows, plus a little backstory.

 

Visit: http://www.stjo.org for more information

https://www.britannica.com/topic/powwow

Today powwows take place over a period of one to four days and often draw dancers, singers, artists, and traders from hundreds of miles away. Spectators (including non-Indians) are welcome to attend, as participants seek to share the positive aspects of their culture with outsiders. Modern powwows can be grouped into two broad divisions: “competition” (or “contest”) events and those referred to as “traditional.” 

 

How to Powwow:

Some Powwows are open to the public, while others are private, only open to members of the tribe and  family. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts for Non-Natives attending a Powwow.

 

https://www.powwows.com/pow-wow-etiquette/

Pow Wows are one of the best ways to experience Native American culture in person.  

Keep in mind that while they are open to the public, Pow Wows are culturally significant events. 

Be respectful!

 

 Dancing

There are a lot of different types of dancing at a Powwow,  many of them based on locations, and tribes. Dancing isn’t just random moves, most of it has meaning, along with the manner of dress for each style, although there is such a thing as Freestyle dancing, the manner of dress (Regalia) is still deeply personal to the participant. Here’s what to look for when watching:

 

Dance Styles and Regalia:

Rooted in tradition and ceremony, dancing is an important part of Native American culture. Hundreds of dances exist, performed by tribes across the United States. Here are a few of the most popular and well known.

Men’s Traditional

 

Men’s Grass Dance

This is the dance seen in regalia:

 

Because the regalia can sometimes be distracting for some of us, (hello!), here is a grass dancer without his regalia. There are very distinct moves and footwork involved. There are rules , so its not just random movement, which is what it can look like to someone who has never watched this before, or who is easily distracted by  bright colors.

 

Men’s Fancy Dance

 

Women’s Jingle Dress

Here’s the Women’s Jingle Dress Dance, and in the second video, done without regalia:

 

Women’s Traditional

Notice the manner of dress, and style of dance, for Traditional Women’s is much more reserved, more conservative, than for the Fancy Shawl Dance.

 

Women’s Fancy Shawl

 

 

This is one of my personal favorites, Hoop Dancing. I greatly admire this syle, because I couldn’t get anywhere near a hoop, without potentially embarrassing me, and all my ancestors,  by tripping and falling:

 

There is even a Tiny Tots version :

 

Regalia

Many of the designs and colors seen in regalia are personal to the dancer. They make their own outfits, according to their tribe’s traditional manner of dress. They also inherit some pieces, and buy a few pieces here and there, so that every form of regalia is distinct. No two are alike.

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Northern Paiute Women’s

 

Women’s Fancy Shawl – Getting Dressed

 

 

This is the United Tribes Powwow of 2019, the Grand Entrance of all the tribes participating in the event:

 

This is a Fusion of Hip Hop and Powwow dancing.  I was surprised to find that Hip Hop is such a huge deal huge on the reservations:

 

Here’s an Intertribal Powwow of some of the Canadian/Alaskan Tribes:

 

For any of my Native readers, (Hi!), any mistakes in this post are strictly my own, and if you have a correction of any kind, (or want me to add something) let me know in the comments over the next two weeks, or leave me a message on my Tumblr page.

Next time: Native Music

Under the Influence: White Lies

When you read “influencer,” do you think “white woman”? That’s not a surprise: the stereotypes originally established offline are reaffirmed on social media by the same systems.

via Under the Influence: White Lies — Longreads

An article about what an Influencer is and why this is seemingly so important, right now. This is especially relevant if you do not have an Instagram or Facebook. I don’t, and I struggled to know any of the names in this article, and I know about the “job” itself, strictly from hearing other people discuss all of the drama within it, on Tumblr.

A New Generation Reignites The Franchise in ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ – Review — GEEKS OF COLOR

The Terminator series has not been running smoothly for a long time now (to say the least). The last three entries in the saga have paved a path that have lead nowhere but downhill for the brand. Not only did poor box office and audience reception sink deeper, but multiple behind the scene fiascos reached […]

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HBO does good

HBO does good

HBO does good


— Read on freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/10/22/hbo-does-good/

And on a more serious note: There have always been Race wars. White people always won them. So anytime you hear about someone wanting a race war, or trying to start one, what they actually want is an excuse to be brave, and murder and brutalize Black, Brown, and sometimes Red bodies. Want they want is to massacre non -white People with impunity.

Look up the Tulsa Race Riots, Rosewood, The New York Draft Riots, and Black Wall Street.