HAHAHAHA I am soooo unprepared for the semester to start. I have done absolutely nothing this summer aside from finishing my libretto and opera sketches and my 3 summer programs. That sounds like a lot but I have spent most of my summer outside of summer programs playing video games and reading books hahahaha
First of its kind in the world : Bharatanatyam (south Indian Classical Dance) on wheel Chairs
Innovation and revolution in the history of classical dances of India.
Yes! This is the time to arise and awake and see to believe - an innovation and revolution in the history of classical dances of India. Performing Bharatanatyam on wheel chairs and use of wheels in place of legs has taken years and hours of hard work and innovative methodology. In this unique performance, one can witness indomitable spirit of these differently abled artistes in each movement dance.
Today it is our privilege that the most respected classical dance form Bharatanatyam can be performed by disabled people on wheel chairs. The complete adavu (steps), jathi (combination of advus), thirmanams (sequence of pure rhythmic dance composed of adavu-jathis) are reinvented on wheels and these are performed with absolute precision. Wheel chairs have great advantage to perform many steps, to mention a few like rangakramana adavu (covering the stage), bhramari (spins), jaru adavu (sliding), with speed and precision. The spinning speed of a wheel chair is faster than an accomplished dancer’s spins! The speed on wheel chairs is about 100 kms/hr. They have excelled both in Nritta and Nritya.
- Ability Unlimited, a non-profit in India that teaches classical Indian dance adapted for wheelchair use as therapy. Besides Bharatanatyam they also have Bagwatgeeta, yoga, “miracle” (where the wheels spin up to 150-200 km/h), Sufi dance, martial arts, Durga, Ramayana, and a whole bunch of others.
I know the song “All About That Bass” is problematic because of the whole “skinny bitches” mess - I know she says she’s kidding, but it was still unnecessary IMO- as well as the mention that boys like a bit of curve “to hold at night.”
But you know what? I needed it. I need songs sung by thick girls like me bragging about how their bodies are fucking sexy. Because of this song, for the first time in a while, I see my thick as sexy. I see my thunder thighs as incredible. I feel like I could walk down the street like a queen. I feel my chub and the muscle under it and embrace it. I feel proud to be a curvy girl.
'How romantic you are, Carmilla,' I said. 'Whenever you tell me your story, it will be made up chiefly of some one great romance.'
She kissed me silently.
'I am sure, Carmilla, you have been in love; that there is, at this moment, an affair of the heart going on.'
'I have been in love with no one, and never shall,' she whispered, 'unless it should be with you.'"
Femslash February Challenge Favorite Villain/Hero Pairing: Carmilla and Laura
You are afraid to die?
Yes, everyone is.
But to die as lovers may - to die together, so that they may live together.
Literature Meme- 5/10 Prose
Carmilla, by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
I saw the very face which had visited me in my childhood at night, which remained so fixed in my memory, and on which I had for so many years so often ruminated with horror, when no one suspected of what I was thinking.
It was pretty, even beautiful; and when I first beheld it, wore the same melancholy expression.
A sweet young girl with a history of nightmares shares a castle with a less sweet (and perhaps less young) girl who has a history of causing them. Kisses are exchanged, terms of endearment are given, and blood drains away and puts the sweet girl on the brink of death, though her companion callously scorns such things. A monster must be killed and an innocent soul saved, but there are some things that can never be put right, no matter how much time passes.
Scholars have and will argue forever about how much of the homoerotic subtext was intentional. Let them. Call it what you will, but Carmilla wrapping her arms about Laura, planting kisses on her mouth and telling her that she loves her and would only ever want to marry her is good enough for me. More haunting questions remain, though- does Laura love her in return, or is she simply an innocent who is too polite to object to her friend’s caresses? And is what Carmilla feels really love, or is she a selfish predator who cares for nothing but destroying those she desires?
I don’t know, and to an extent it doesn’t matter. Carmilla is so beautifully written it breaks me into pieces, and leaves its words echoing in my head every time I read it. Perhaps if a few more filmmakers looked this way, they could find that “tortured romantic” vampire story they keep trying to turn Dracula into. But if not, I’ll always have it, and I’m all the richer for it.
Since the shooting at the Sikh Temple by Wade Page, there’s been a lot of discussion about the white supremacist subculture of which he was a part. Much of this discussion has involved the type of imagery and symbols white supremacists use to mark their dedication to their movements, to identify each other, and to advertise their politics.
Not many people seem to have been aware of how wide spread these organizations are, nor how their members usually present themselves. Therefore, I’m trying to create a complete (or as close as is possible) guide to the symbols, flags, slogans, coded messages, ways of dress, etc. that can be used to identify klansmen, neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, and other white supremacists.
If you see any errors here, please let me know and I will correct them. Please reblog with anything I might have missed, and I’ll add it to the master list. Some of comes from discussions that I have with people who’ve had social interactions with white supremacists, who’ve been attacked by neo-Nazis, or who are involved in anti-fascist activism. Other things I’ve read or heard from various sources over the last few years. In addition, I did a lot online research for this guide, and those sources are included at the end. Anything that appears in quotations comes from one of these sources.
Sometimes these symbols are tattooed onto the bodies of white supremacists. In other cases, they’re used on patches, badges, banners or flags.
Here we go:
14: This stands for the 14- slogan written by David Lane, an American white supremacist, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
18: “Adolf Hitler.” (A is the first letter of the alphabet, H is the 8th).
33/5: “Used primarily by people involved in a Klan organization. The 22 represents three times eleven, with eleven representing the eleventh letter in the alphabet, ‘K.’ The 5 stands for the 5th era of the Klan or today’s Klan.”
4R: Used by Fourth Reich Skins. The 4 and the R are often joined.
88: “Heil Hitler.” (H is the 8th letter in the alphabet).
AB: Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang that can be found throughout the US. The letter often feature in prison tattoos. The AB also likes to use tattooed shamrocks consisting of three 6’s woven together, often intricately hidden among other artwork.
American Front Symbol:
American racist skinhead group lead by David Lynch.
Aryan Nations Symbol:
Aryan Nations is associated with the Christian Identity movement. That’s the “the Old Testament was about Europeans and Jews were created by Satan and people of color are soulless ‘mud people’” folks.
BH: “Blood and Honor.” Nazi slogan. Various neo-Nazi organizations have gone by this name.
Blue flight jacket with orange lining: Part of the racist skinhead wardrobe.
Blut und Ehre: “Blood and Honor.” See BH for more information.
Black Boots with White Laces: Sign of a German neo-Nazi. These are also worn by American neo-Nazis, who favor Doc Martins. (Note that Doc Martins are also popular among Queer woman - or at least they were in the past, I might be behind the times, fashion-wise).
Black Sun/Sun Wheel:
Occult symbol, often appropriated by neo-Nazis, especially in Germany.
Boneheads: Another term for Skinheads, used in the American south.
A symbol of “strength,” the Celtic cross is often used by racists, but is also frequently seen in non-racist contexts. The “blood drop” version is used by the KKK.
Clothing labels: Thor Steinar, Consdaple, Ansgar Aryan, Troublemaker are all associated with German neo-Nazis.
Confederate Flag (Stars and Bars):
Not everyone who bears this flag is necessarily a klansman/neo-Nazi/skinhead (though it’s a good bet that anyone seen with it is a least a little racist) but it’s an old standby for white supremacists.
Crossed claw hammers:
These hammers, which resemble a pair of goose-stepping legs, are used the Hammerskins, who are based out of the United States but who’s area of operation includes Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
I’ve been told that there are some German fascist organizations who also use two crossed sledge hammers.
Used by Nazi SS then and neo-Nazis now.
Often used with the intention of intimating people of color. Can be an imagine of an noose or an actual noose. Linked to the American tradition of lynching Black folks.
HFFH:”Hammerskin forever, Forever Hammerskin.”The Hammerskins are a multinational organization of neo-Nazis who typically take as their symbol a pair of crossed hammers.
Hungarian Arrow and Cross:
First used by Hungarian fascists but today this symbol is often used by White Supremacist groups.
Imperial German Flag/Reichskriegsflagge:
There’s nothing innately racist about this flag (of which there are many variations) but it’s often used as a stand-in for the Nazi flag, especially in places where it is illegal to show a swastika. Wikipedia says that “Outside of educational, artistic or scientific contexts, selling and showing symbols of Nazi Germany, including the Reichskriegsflagge, is illegal in Germany… This covers the version used after 1935 with the swastika. The original flag used between 1871 and 1919 can be shown depending on circumstances in different states of Germany. Because members of the far right have used the imperial war flag as a symbol, its use is considered to be a ‘breach of the public order’ in seven states, and flags will be confiscated. In the other nine states, any provocative misuse of the flag can be prosecuted as an ‘Ordnungswidrigkeit’ (summary offense).”
Fairly common symbol that is only sometimes associated with whit supremacists. More brazen fascists use the version with a swastika in the center.
Sometimes appears with another symbol in place of the swastika.
Norse/Runic Symbols (Life Rune, Ordin’s Rune, Valknot, Wolfsangel, etc):
Many of these runes were appropriated by the Nazis, and are still used by neo-Nazis today. HOWEVER, many non-racist groups, such as pagans, also use these symbols.
ORION: “Our Race is Our Nation.” KKK slogan, often appears on banners.
RAHOWA: “Racial Holy War.” “The expression “Racial Holy War,” signifies the battle that white supremacists believe will pit the white race against minorities and Jews and lead to Aryan rule over the world.”
ROA: “Race over all.” Neo-Nazi slogan, especially Volksfront.
Rock Against Communism:
Far-right music genre. Anti-Communist rhetoric is involved, but the main focus is racism, nationalism, anti-Semitism, and so on.
A shaven head is the most obvious sign of a skin-head. However, it should be noted that not all skin-heads are neo-Nazis/white supremacist; the skin-head look originated in punk and mod communities in the United Kingdom in the 1960s. It was later appropriated by white nationalist movements, including “the National Front, British Movement, Rock Against Communism and in the late eighties Blood and Honor. Because of this, the mainstream media began to label the whole skinhead identity as neo-Nazi. This new white power skinhead movement then spread to other countries, including the United States.”
SHARP (Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice), which is based out of the US, is one anti-racist skinhead organization. ARA (Anti-Racist Action) is another.
SS Lightening Bolt Runes:
Symbol of Himmler’s special police.
Sturmabteilung (SA/Brownshirts) Symbol:
Most commonly used in countries where the swastika is banned, but occasionally seen in the US.
“A triskelion or triskele is a motif consisting of three interlocked spirals, or three bent human legs, or any similar symbol with three protrusions and a threefold rotational symmetry” (wiki). This is an ancient symbol that is often used by neopagans. However, far Right extremists have recently appropriated it, especially in Germany.
Unsere Ehre Heisst Treue: “Our Honor is Loyalty.” SS slogan, often seen on neo-Nazi banners as well as for tattoos.
Symbol for California-based White Aryan Resistance, but commonly used by many skinheads.
White Power/Aryan Power Fist:
One of those that you have to be careful about. A clenched fist is also a common Leftist symbol, but is normally rendered in black or red.
Can also appear-knuckles first, with the word “Skin” written across the fingers. The word “skin” is also tattooed across the fingers of racist skin-heads.
WPWW: “White Pride World Wide.” Commonly used as a greeting, especially online.
There’s also a call-and-response to see if you’re down for their cause. They say, “Zigga zigga zigga,” and your expected response is, “Kill a fucking nigga.” So if someone comes up to you and says that, probably they’re a Nazi and think you look like you could be one too.
i’ve seen a lot of these without knowing what they meant :-/
if someone ever said zigga to me i’d have previously assumed they were singing the spice girls
This looks spot on.
The only thing I’d add is that “88” for “Heil Hitler” is really popular for usernames of white supremacists, but “88” is also a super lucky number in China, so a lot of Chinese people have it in names too, and are completely unaware there’s any Nazi connotation.Message! Cus shit is is getting real and lots of ppl are gonna need this info.
know your white supremacists
there’s also a tendency for some neo-nazi groups to use Thor’s Hammer as a symbol, though i imagine a lot of its use for that will fade out with the popularity of certain films and such
Robin Williams narrates Peter and the Wolf with a youth symphony on Dec. 12, 1993. Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle
Ataui Has Been Found
her friend Chef Roble has confirmed it via his instagram. She’s safe and sound
The inspiring story of ballerina Michaela DePrince in her own words
By SADIE WHITELOCKS
An 18-year-old ballerina who was orphaned in war-torn Sierra Leone at the age of three, fulfilled a childhood dream on Wednesday night as she played the lead in Swan Lake at the Lincoln Center.
Michaela DePrince took to the stage at the prestigious New York venue and performed an excerpt from the ballet, which saw her embody the evil Black Swan.
While it marked a milestone in her dance career, the determined teenager told CBS: ‘I feel like I’ve come a long way, but there’s so much more that I need to do. [Continue reading.]
I FUCKING LOVE MICHAELA DEPRINCE
Melissa Masi for Kiyonna
38C bust, 33 inch waist, 44 inch hips
at Kiyonna (via curveappeal affiliates)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 2x09 - “Cased Up” (November 11, 1991)
still accurate tho
23 years and nothing’s changed
IT’S HERE IT’S HERE IT’S HERE IT’S HERE.