Guardian: You told Fuse magazine that The Electric Lady was “clearly the best album that came out of 2013 from a musical standpoint”. Is there too much false humility in pop?
Janelle Monae: Oh, I meant that. And it’s still the best.
Guardian: A lot of people agreed with you. But would you have thought it anyway?
Janelle Monae: Yeah. I grew up listening to artists where the album mattered, and when I say that I mean that the musicality needed to be top, state-of-the-art, the singing had to be state-of-the-art, the packaging - everything needed to be right. And those are the rules that I play by, and I take pride in it. We worked very hard, and we put thought into it. We tried to figure out: “How can we make something that 20 years or 30 years from now, androids can be dancing to as well as humans? How can we make something that’s culturally important? How can we uplift the community and keep the community jamming at the same time?” The balancing that was able to be established, the collaborations … I mean, Erykah Badu? Esperanza Spalding, Solange Knowles, Miguel – and Prince? Nobody has Prince on their album – period. If it wasn’t my album I’d listen to it and all these features and the music and I’d be really, really jealous. I’d be like: “Damn, why didn’t I make that album?”
I’m going to make a youtube video titled
"Shit ALL men say”
and it will consist only of the phrase “But not all men say that~!!”
And then I’ll wait for men to stare at their keyboards in utter distress as they contemplate the paradox of their intense desire and desperation to inform me that not all men say that.
I will break them.
Girls&WomenToKnow: The 8-year-old Chef Taylor Moxey
What began as a way for Taylor to make extra money for a toy has evolved into a successful company out of her parents’ Miami, Florida home kitchen that is earning her big-name clients and her very own billboard. It all started with a Sunday trip to Target when Taylor asked her parents for a toy “I told her, ‘You know what? Find a way to get the money” Vernon Moxey, Taylor’s dad, told TODAY.com. “She asked, ‘Can I sell cookies?’” Moxey, who works as an etiquette consultant but says he was at one point homeless, decided to use this as a life lesson to teach Taylor about being self-sufficient. They wrote out a business agreement on a napkin and Moxey gave Taylor $40 as a loan. Taylor used that money to whip up cookies and brownies, which she then took to church that Sunday to sell after the service.
“Honestly, I didn’t think she would make $40 back,” Moxey said. Taylor ended up making more than enough to pay her dad back and cover the toy. She walked away with $175. Soon after, people from the congregation began calling Taylor asking her to bring her cookies back again. She also entered the KISS Country Midtown Miami Cornbread Competition, where, after competing against adults, she won first place a $250 prize, a billboard and a reputation as one of the town’s top bakers.
“Everything went bonkers,” Moxey said, adding that his daughter’s clients include former Miami Heat player Joel Anthony and HGTV designer Bobby Berk. “Suddenly I’m taking orders for Taylor’s Cookies and Cupcakes.” For Taylor, it seems that the business is more fun than hard work. “I think baking is mostly my passion,” she said. “You get to take your recipe and different people’s recipes and add different things to them.” She’s hoping to host a party this summer serving cupcakes with palm trees on the frosting. Taylor credits Martha Stewart among her inspirations. She not only makes the baked goods out of her parents’ kitchen, but she also creates a custom box for each customer, made with stickers, markers and other handmade decorations.
“It’s almost nostalgic,” Moxey said. “She takes time to color it, put stickers on it. People say they made them feel like a kid again.” Taylor has made nearly $10,000 so far, she donates 30 percent of her proceeds to raise dyslexia awareness, a learning disorder that her own dad has. “If you have a platform and people can hear your voice, it’s important to use it for some good,” Moxey said. Orders continue to pour in for Taylor’s confectioneries, her parents are making a strong effort to keep the business under control so Taylor can focus on being a kid. “I don’t want to take away her childhood,” Moxey said. “Every decision is cleared by us, but we allow her to make the decision.”
The intriguing science behind Bruce Lee’s one-inch punch
It’s a punch that has captivated our imagination for decades. From the distance of one-inch, Bruce Lee could break boards, knock opponents off their feet and look totally badass doing it. It’s one of the most famous — and fabled — blows in the world. Days ago, Popular Mechanics set out to solve the mystery behind it – and did.
Drawing upon both physical and neuro power, Lee’s devastating one-inch punch involved substantially more than arm strength. It was achieved through the fluid teamwork of every body part. It was his feet. It was hips and arms. It was even his brain. In several milliseconds, a spark of kinetic energy ignited in Lee’s feet and surged through his core to his limbs before its eventual release.
Can we salute to her?!?!
black mommy daughter excellence
see, these are where i have problems w/ black excellence posts just bc we dont get education to defy stereotypes, it isn’t our responsibility to and also this amazing beautiful mother and daughter will then be used as a prop to say, you have a kid young black mother, why can’t you do what she did? SHE did an amazing thing. Congratulate her. Celebrate her. Don’t use her as a prop against other Black mothers. Ever.
Secret cinema found beneath Paris.
In September 2004, French police discovered a hidden chamber in the catacombs under Paris. It contained a full-sized movie screen, projection equipment, a bar, a pressure cooker for making couscous, a professionally installed electricity system, and at least three phone lines. Movies ranged from 1950s noir classics to recent thrillers.
When the police returned three days later, the phone and power lines had been cut and there was a note on the floor: “Do not try to find us.” (via)
SECRET, MILDLY THREATENING UNDERGROUND COUSCOUS CINEMA
I WANNA GO
LET ME JOIN YOUR KIND, UNDERGROUND MOVIE PEOPLE
nO YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS ENTIRE CINEMA WAS HIDDEN BEHIND AN UNDER CONSTRUCTION SIGN THAT LEAD TO A CHECK-IN DISK WITH A FULL CCTV HOOKUP THAT WOULD TURN ON AND RECORD ANY UNREGISTERED VISITORS. AND IF SOMEONE SNUCK IN? A TAPE OF BARKING SECURITY DOGS WOULD BEGIN TO PLAY.
BEYOND THE CRAZY FRONT DESK AND THE MOVIE THEATER, THERE WAS A STOCKED BAR AND TABLES AND CHAIRS, MEANING THAT AFTER CATCHING A FLICK IN AN ILLEGAL PARISIAN CATACOMB THEATER, YOU COULD THEN EAT COUSCOUS AND SIP A COCKTAIL NEXT DOOR. THERE WAS A PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICITY SYSTEM SET UP, AND AT LEAST 3 WORKING PHONE LINES. THIS SHIT WAS LIKE A BOND VILLAIN.
BETTER YET? IT WAS RUMORED THAT THE PLACE WAS SET UP BY THE UNDERGROUND FRENCH ART GANG UX “Urban eXperiment”, WHO NAVIGATES THROUGH THE PARISIAN UNDERGROUNDS AND ILLEGALLY RESTORES ABANDONED WORKS OF ART, ALONG WITH HOLDING FILM FESTIVALS IN THE BASEMENTS OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. THEY EVEN RELEASED A SHORT FILM ABOUT THEIR WORK RESTORING THE ICONIC PANTHEON CLOCK OVER THE COURSE OF ONE YEAR. NO ONE SUSPECTED THEIR INVOLVEMENT, UNTIL THE CLOCK BEGAN TO WORK AGAIN AFTER 60 YEARS OF RUSTING.
IF YOU DON’T THINK CATACOMBS AND THE PEOPLE WHO HANG OUT IN THEM ARE SOME OF THE COOLEST FUCKING THINGS IN THE WORLD THEN I IMPLORE YOU TO EAT SOME COUSCOUS AND RECONSIDER.
Jeantel graduates from high school thanks to Tom Joyner and other members of her “village.”
In the days after Zimmerman’s acquittal, Vereen took Jeantel on a media blitz that included a trip to New York. She was interviewed on the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
Joyner offered to pay for Jeantel’s college tuition at a historically black college of her choosing.
“I think the thing that moved me most,” Joyner says in a phone interview, “was when the attorney kept asking her questions and she kept saying, ‘You’re not listening to me.’ And it occurred to me, ‘Yeah, not only was that attorney not listening to her, but I think that none of us were listening to the Rachel Jeantels of the world.’”
Jeantel accepted Joyner’s offer, but she had missed nearly a full year of high school because of the investigation and trial, and there had already been gaps in her education. Vereen says an assessment showed Jeantel was reading and doing mathematics on a fourth-grade level. Joyner’s Dallas-based foundation, which has raised $65 million for students and historically black colleges and universities since its founding in 1998, pitched in to pay for tutors to try to catch her up.
With Joyner’s money, the village went to work. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall says she wept when she saw Jeantel on the stand, seeing her as proof of a failing school system. A Miami-Dade School Board member, Bendross-Mindingall threw herself into the cause, too. She arranged for Jeantel to be transferred to an alternative school, with smaller classes and intense staff involvement.
Jeantel’s mother, Marie Eugene, who speaks Creole and little English, silently watched the hurricane of help come into her daughter’s life. Few of Jeantel’s mentors had ever spoken with Eugene directly. At times, Jeantel herself was hardly consulted.
With Jeantel’s new school chosen for her, Vereen and Reeder, who serves as one of his consultants, organized a schedule matrix.
“It was 5 in the morning — school bus. Get up by 4. School by 7:20. Out of school 2:20. One hour or two free. By the time I get home, tutors are already there,” Jeantel says. “Three hours of tutoring. Finish homework. Then I’m out. Then on Saturday, math tutoring. A sister need help on that.”
When she begged off the Saturday lessons because of exhaustion, the village was relentless. She was required to see a personal trainer on those days. Joyner’s foundation also paid for a psychologist, who saw Jeantel weekly at first and then once a month, ultimately diagnosing her as suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
The list of other advice, sometimes called “village teachings,” was long: Eat something green. Don’t wear stiletto heels that strap up to your knees. Think about your future. Work harder. Shut down your Facebook page. Show some gratitude.
At first, Jeantel tried to buck the control and Vereen grew frustrated with what he saw as her unwillingness to “put in the time to overcome her shortcomings.” He made it clear that if she did not get with the program, the spigot of support and occasional perks would be turned off.
A radio station gave Jeantel VIP tickets to see a Fantasia Barrino concert. A hairstylist who was a friend of Vereen’s became Jeantel’s beautician. One of her tutors, who has a friend who works for Norwegian Cruise Line, took Jeantel, who had never left the country, on a three-day trip to the Bahamas to reward her completion of a marketing project.
Joyner’s son, Tom Joyner Jr., visited and kept in regular contact with Jeantel over the phone.
“He lectured me all the time about stuff that he call ‘half-assin’,” Jeantel says, laughing now.
Vereen sees progress. Ten months ago, “her word choice was terrible. She didn’t know how to communicate or express herself clearly,” he says. “Rachel has learned to confide with adults. She has become very open now.” Still, the fretting’s not over.‘Did it work?’
When the village meets now, Jeantel has a seat at the table. Some days she wants to go to fashion school, which Joyner’s foundation will not pay for. Other days she says, with a voice of fulsome determination, “I want that college degree.” Vereen wants her to go to Florida Memorial, a small private university founded in 1879 to educate blacks in southern Florida.
Joyner won’t say how much the foundation has contributed to Jeantel’s care. “What matters is, did it work? The short answer to that is no,” Joyner says. Rachel graduated “not being motivated to get ready for the world.” Joyner wanted her college-ready — to get herself college ready. That’s what the foundation was paying for. “The educational system failed her, but here was an opportunity to do more than the system was offering her,” he says. “We took her to the water, and now the rest is up to her.” The offer remains open.
This is just the middle of the article, I didn’t copy/paste the beginning and the end.
Whatever you do, don’t read the comment section.
Nothing but filth from racists.
12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego set
The Braigo printer cost its inventor about $350, making it more affordable than other Braille printers that can retail for more than $2,000.
And because I seriously side-eye this Western journalism trend of never crediting and NAMING the actual inventors in the headlines (especially when they’re young POC)
this inventor’s name is Shubham Banerjee, and he is making his glorious design completely open source, publishing it online FREE of charge! Just remember this kid’s name before some crusty old white dude “innovates” his design and takes all the credit.
Dude I can’t even walk in a strait line
One of my favourite things is when two or more people are in motion side-by-side and they use different maneuvers to achieve the same goal.
is this the training room from lara crofts mansion
^reblogging solely for that comment
"Joshua Beckford learned to read fluently by the time he was two and a half and taught himself to touch-type on a computer before he could write using a pencil.
He can speak Japanese, practices medical surgery on a computer simulator and has completed more than 1,000 maths problems.”
Can we please reblog our children!!!
HOW THOUGH??? HOW IS THIS AMAZINGNESS POSSIBLE.
Congratulations to 16-year-old Grace Bush who will receive a college degree before receiving her high school diploma. Last Friday Bush received a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, she finished the program in 3 years with a 3.8 GPA. Bush attended Florida Atlantic University High School which gives students the opportunity to dual enroll in college course and earn credits for a higher degree. According to the Sun Sentinel. She also took class at the age of 13 at Broward College throughout the summer. Bush plans to attend FAU for her master’s degree in Public Administration. She plans to seek a law degree and hopes to one day become chief justice of the United States.
BETTER THAN YOU
you better get it gurl!
[Image: A late 1800’s photograph in sepia tones showing Mary Bowser, a Black woman wearing a dress from that period and holding a closed umbrella almost like a cane, looking straight ahead.]
Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.
This needs to be a movie. Like, now.
I’d watch this movie.
How is this not a movie?
*throws money at Hollywood*
Nandipha Mntambo - “Praça de Touros" (2008).
Shot in the now abandoned Praça de Touros arena in Maputo where black Mozambicans once fought for the entertainment of the colonial Portuguese, Mntambo rehearses the steps and takes on the persona of a professional bullfighter - a role usually reserved for men.
Where no animal is present, Mntambo dons an animal hide on her back suggesting that in the absence of an actual bull, she is both the fighter and the victim, the hunter and the hunted, both the fear and the feared in a scenario where neither occupant had agency over their being in the ring and the consequence of what lay ahead.
About the cowhide, Nandipha says, “I have used cowhide as a means to subvert expected associations with corporeal presence, femininity, sexuality and vulnerability.”
Nandipha Mntambo was born in Swaziland in 1982 but grew up in Johannesburg. She obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2007, and in 2011, she was chosen as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art .
All Africa, All the time.