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"I would rather see a white male protagonist with a murderer who killed the white dudes family than see him with a Black woman"

"Black women just need to stay single and alone so I can see my two favorite white dudes fuck"

"I dont care about the rape and torture of a Black woman in the narrative…

"But the white male protagonist shouldnt be attracted to the Black woman cus THERES A WHITE WOMAN HE COULD BE WITH INSTEAD!"

"The Black woman just needs to be single because having love would ‘diminish her character.’ Wait, lemme fawn over the love octagon the white woman is getting tho"

"Oh the Black woman is being emotionally abused by the protagonist? Thats what she gets for not being a white woman."

"Black women are a threat to the ‘queer relationship’ between my two favorite white guys."

"NOT ALL OF WHITE FANDOM!"

"The black female character is just useless. She didnt do anything despite saving the world."

"I only liked the black female character when she wasnt a threat to my two white folks ship anymore"

"But Black women should have only been slaves in the Medieval times! Not Queens!"

"How dare a black guy be a knight!"

"You cant make this character Black! They are supposed to represent a UNIVERSAL group!"

"I just cant see this character as Black because the book described the character as innocent, ya know?"

"I didnt feel bad when the Black character got killed in a horrific way. But I’m not racist tho."

"Well who cares that the book said the character was black from an all black neighborhood and surrounded by black people. The best actors for the job were chosen!"

"WHY IS A MAJOR CHARACTER BLACK? IF THEY MADE A MOVIE IN AFRICA ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE EVERYONE WOULD BE MAD!"

"I WILL NEVER EVER SHIP THIS BLACK WOMAN CUS MY TWO FAVORITE WHITE BOYS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO SHOUKD BE FUCKING!"

"So what if we’ve ignored the moc main character all this time! The black woman was MEAN TO HIM AND SO SHE DESERVES TO DIE!"

"Its homophobic to have a black woman in a relationship with one of the main white male characters."

"She is lazy and never does anything and doesn’t deserve her spot"

"I dont see how the white male lead could be attracted to her black woman self. He should be with the white woman who caused the world to end, almost killed him and tortured his family. Shes a better choice."

"I used to love this Black woman when she was an emotionless Mammy to the white folks but then she started having feelings and actually had a relationship with one of the main white male characters and that’s just not how this is supposed to work"

"But why is this black woman crying when someone she cares about is dying? Ugh, she’s so whiny"

"See, the white woman was such a better role model despite doing nothing the whole time!"

"But I just see the Black woman as a sister/mentor/anything other than a woman in a sexual relationship with teh main white male character"

"But they are married despite the fact that death has already parted them and thus their wedding vows are null and void"

"I’m sorry, I just can’t accept the black female lead as a suitable love interest because black women need to be strong and independent and devoid of any sort of sexual interest okay!"

Ah, the classics.

gai1peck

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

mrjynntastic:

one of my fav scenes to be honest, cause lawd knws if they allowed black folks in the league maaaaaaan listen, alot of what ifs possiblities 

This film, “A League of Their Own” dedicates so many scenes to issues like sexism.

Yet, blink too fast and you’ll miss this short scene…the one that shows how Black women were barred from the league.

The Black woman is supposed to represent Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (who actually did try out for the league). She wasn’t allowed to play and went on to be one of the few women to play with men in the Negro League. 

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A FILM ABOUT JOHNSON AND THE OTHER WOMEN WHO PLAYED FOR THE NEGRO LEAGUE! But Hollywood …

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dentonsocialists

dentonsocialists:

From the ISO’s kick-off forum “Why You Should Join the Socialists & Change the World”.

"Starbucks baristas make about $9/hr. If they make 3 drinks for $5 each, they pay for their hour of their labor & supplies. At 5 drinks they pay for themselves & a coworker. At 10 the whole store for an hour. At peak hours they make 2-300 drinks & see none of the profits. Every drink after 3 is theft."

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Summer snow blankets Rockies from Canada to Colorado

This might make moving further south appealing. Maybe.

iquantny

How Memorizing “$19.05” Can Help You Outsmart the MTA

iquantny:

We’ve all been there.  The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile.  

"Please Swipe Again".  "Please Swipe Again".  "Insufficient Fare".

The last two words are killer.  You think to yourself “I swear I had a balance on this card”.   You go and check the card out and you see you have “$2.45”.  Yes, you need $2.50 to ride the subway, and you have $2.45 on your MetroCard.  Sure enough you miss that train all because of that nickel. 

How did you end up in that situation any way?   It turns out the MTA has designed it that way.  Imagine how many tourists come to NYC and leave with balances that never get used.  Imagine how many people lose metro cards with those balances that never get used.  And even if it gets used on a later refill, the MTA gets to collect the cash earlier this way!  Win win for them, right?  

But now, with some simple math, you can fight back!  

First, let’s see how the MTA tricks you out of your money earlier than you might want to release it to them.

When you are buying a MetroCard, you can get a 5% bonus if your purchase is big enough.  So you get the following screen early on in the purchase process: 

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If you click the button on the left, they just got you.  Your card will have $9.45 on it, meaning you will get 3 rides and end up with $1.95.  That is a great deal for the MTA.  They get all the money from every rider who does that, and they get the interest on that until you refill again and repeat the cycle.  

Let’s say you don’t take the bait.  You click MetroCard.  Then you get this screen with three new short cuts:

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Three quick options.  But wait a minute.  One button leaves you with the same $9.45 card, and gives a remainder of $1.95 after just three uses. The next one is even more frustrating: you end up with a $19.95 card, leaving a remainder after 7 uses of $2.45!   That’s right, the nickel we were talking about earlier.  The last option does not leave you much better off.   You’ll get a $40.95 card, which leads to $0.95 on your card after you use 16 rides.  So all three buttons presented leave quite a bit of “insufficient fare” on the card. 

So how do you fight back  Well, click “Other Amounts” and type your own values: 

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and remember these three magic numbers:   $9.55, $19.05 and $38.10. That’s right. Never use the short cuts.  Just type in one of those numbers.  

Once you do, you’ll see your excess balances nearly vanish once you apply the 5% bonuses: 

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Buy a $19.00 card?  $2.45 left on card after use.  Buy a $19.05 card?  No balance left after use!  Magic.  But what if you want a $10.00 MetroCard? There is literally no way to buy one because of the 5% bonus and the fact that all payments need to be divisible by a nickel.  Your options are to pay $9.50 to get a $9.98 card after bonus, or pay $9.55 to get a $10.03 card after bonus.   Once again, you literally can’t buy a $10 metro card from a machine. 

If you absolutely don’t want any left over money, you really only have three choices of payments below $40, as seen in the table below: 

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If the pennies bother you, then maybe memorize these three numbers: $11.90, $19.05, $30.95.

So if the MTA really cares, what can they do to fix this?

Well here at I Quant NY, I’ve been hard at work coming up with a proposed software change.  After much thought, check out this before and after: 

Before:

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After:

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Not a big change you say?  Echm.  That’s right.  If they really wanted to fix the issue, they could ask “How much do you want on your MetroCard” instead of “How much do you want to pay”.  But don’t count on those changes coming to a MetroCard Vending Machine near you anytime soon, given how lucrative the current set up is.   

Which means it’s up to you.  Write down the three numbers, $9.55, $19.05 and $38.10 or pick just the one that matches your buying habits best.  You could even write it on the back of your Metrocard if you can figure out how to get ink to stay on it.  (There’s a reason they are so shiny.)

A side note: one reason that the MTA may do this is to make paying with cash easier. It would be a nightmare to dispense change if cash buyers used this technique.  But that does not explain why they can’t update the credit card only machines or all other machines if they first ask if you are using cash or credit.  And of course unlimited card buyers avoid this all together.  Also, this does not include the $1 fee associated with new metro cards. 

So in closing, Math is useful.  And luckily, you don’t have to be Einstein to outsmart the MTA.  Plus, guess what year Einstein handed in his dissertation…  You guessed it.  1905.  

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Past posts include finding and fixing the most profitable fire hydrant in NYC, showing that the Health Department is inflating grades or looking at gender and Citibike.

Ben Wellington is a Visiting Assistant Professor in The City & Regional Planning Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he focuses  on NYC Open Data.  He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from NYU.

Update (9/8/2014):

Some have pointed out that this may not be intentional.  Yes, it could be the case that even though the MTA takes in about $50 million dollars a year in unredeemed excess balances that no one ever noticed this.   I don’t have any idea where these decisions come from, so I am not in a place to point fingers with any proof.  But, intentional or not, the buttons are tricking people out of their money.  If it really is unintentional, I’d be thrilled because it won’t be long until the problem is fixed given all the attention this post has gotten.  So let’s hope all the people who say the MTA did not do this intentionally are correct.  I can think of no better way to be proven wrong. 

Update2 (9/8/2014):

MTA Responds!  Read more here

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socialjusticekoolaid:

The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

My people getting it!

these people are the real heroes. not the military, not politicians, not the Hollywood actors. they risked their lives and livelihoods to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

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moniquill

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karenhealey:

moniquill:

Oh honey, that’s just how old houses are. They settle. They sometimes creak or groan, or quietly weep, or demand blood sacrifice in voices that sounds like the fluttering wings of a thousand moths. It’s just the house settling. For whatever it can get. Go back to sleep.

I am trying to sleep you fascinating menace

so am I, the house whispers, yet you infest my skin, you sweat and dream within the wooden chambers of my heart, a frail, soft jonah I did not consent to swallow, and to which god then shall you pray for release, when all my doors are gone? you fear the dark, little moth, and yet you have locked yourself within a blackness lacking even stars. I was void, but you gave me substance; and who is to say where your soul goes, when you sleep within me? who is to say I do not replace it, do not weave you into my walls and wear your borrowed shell? when daylight comes, all shadows flee but those we carry with us.

wake, then, and see what you cast. 

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ramannoodles20:

Occasionally I see things like this on my dash, and it hurts.  (I’m going to talk about the Disney part because that’s the part that affects me the most.)  The person who wrote that message at the top is clearly a white person.  They don’t understand what it’s like to go through life as a PoC woman.  Do you know how many characters I felt like I could dress up as growing up?  0.  Yeah, sure maybe I could’ve gotten away with dressing up like Jasmine, despite the fact that she was not Indian and not really an accurate representation of Middle Eastern women.  But I was not skinny enough and I didn’t feel at all comfortable wearing her princess costume.
So you know what, yeah, it’s not good enough for me when I see another Disney movie about a strong white female character.  Especially when all of the background characters are white too.  Do you really think that the rest of us didn’t exist in your countries way back when?  If so, I suggest you educate yourself by going to the medievalpoc blog, which is dedicated to PoC in European Art History.
It’s not fair for you to tell me that I should cherish another white girl main character like there aren’t any of them out there.  Why does my representation not matter to you?  I will fight to the ends of the Earth for my fellow WoCs and I to get representation.

ramannoodles20:

Occasionally I see things like this on my dash, and it hurts.  (I’m going to talk about the Disney part because that’s the part that affects me the most.)  The person who wrote that message at the top is clearly a white person.  They don’t understand what it’s like to go through life as a PoC woman.  Do you know how many characters I felt like I could dress up as growing up?  0.  Yeah, sure maybe I could’ve gotten away with dressing up like Jasmine, despite the fact that she was not Indian and not really an accurate representation of Middle Eastern women.  But I was not skinny enough and I didn’t feel at all comfortable wearing her princess costume.

So you know what, yeah, it’s not good enough for me when I see another Disney movie about a strong white female character.  Especially when all of the background characters are white too.  Do you really think that the rest of us didn’t exist in your countries way back when?  If so, I suggest you educate yourself by going to the medievalpoc blog, which is dedicated to PoC in European Art History.

It’s not fair for you to tell me that I should cherish another white girl main character like there aren’t any of them out there.  Why does my representation not matter to you?  I will fight to the ends of the Earth for my fellow WoCs and I to get representation.

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foodopia
foodopia:

Apple Pecan Pie Cronuts with Caramel Drizzle

foodopia:

Apple Pecan Pie Cronuts with Caramel Drizzle

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Policy Kings Screening Tonight in Hollywood

THE POLICY KINGS is a sizzle reel for the pilot episode of a newly proposed 1930s dramatic gangster TV series (A cross-up between THE GODFATHER, HOODLUM, and THE WIRE).
 
OVERVIEW: The Policy Kings is a proposed one hour dramatic series that chronicles the life and times of NATHANIEL“HONEY JAW” COLLINS, an African American crime boss and businessman, and ANDY GARVELLI, head of an Italian crime family. Set against the backdrop of the 30s and 40s, the series shows these two former friend’s battle over the criminal enterprises in St. Louis after the end of prohibition. It spans a decade and takes place in St. Louis and Chicago. 
TPK MANN’S CHINESE THEATRE SCREENING INFO:
Indie Night
Saturday, September 6, 2014
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
(Doors Open At 4:00 PM - The Show Usually Starts Around 6:00 PM)
Hollywood and Highland Center
Level 3 - TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Admission is Free with a 2 Drink Minimum

*Please note that the theatre has a strict 21 and up policy and they can only make exceptions for cast and crew. There is no cover for the event but there is a 2 drink minimum at the door. Non-alcoholic ($13 for 2) and alcoholic beverages ($18 for 2) are available.