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https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288 Superdave Houdini : The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled...
The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.

Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon '90s and Feminism's Resurgence in Pop Music
BY Amanda Marcotte

In a heart-stopping moment during her 16-minute performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé made a bold political statement: Projecting a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie onto a gigantic, glowing screen while standing triumphantly in front of the word “feminist.” Bold, but it also felt right after a night of watching female performers dominate the telecast, often with anthems about power and liberation. Feminism is definitely having a moment in pop music.

Of course, this isn’t really the first time that it’s happened. Twenty years ago, in fact, feminism was also having a big moment in pop music. Granted, no one was flashing the word “feminist” at the VMAs—leave it to Queen B to take it to the next level—but the ’90s, particularly the early to mid-’90s, was a banner time for women in music who wanted to be more than just objects for men to ogle, and to sing about something more than just wanting the pretty boys to like you. Back then, fans could be forgiven for thinking women’s power in the music world was just going to keep growing, but by the late ’90s and early 2000s, the moment had passed and music was deep into a backlash phase.

While R&B and hip-hop were plenty male-dominated in the ’90s, there were plenty of female groups and singers who were pushing a message of female empowerment. TLC, which ousted the Supremes as the greatest selling girl group during the ’90s by selling 22 million records, burst onto the scene in 1992 with a pair of songs celebrating women’s sexual desire, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” and “Baby-Baby-Baby,” with lyrics like, “Well you want my heart and all my time / Well it won’t be there if you can’t deal with my mind.” They worked other feminist themes throughout the ’90s: “Creep,” celebrating a woman who rebels against a neglectful boyfriend by getting some on the side. “Unpretty,” a lambast against unfair beauty standards. “No Scrubs,” an anthem about self-respect on the dating market.

Salt-N-Pepa was a hip-hop trio that was nearly as popular as TLC and just as interested in songs with downright feminist lyrical content. They kicked off the decade with “Let’s Talk About Sex,” a surprisingly cheerful request for people to be a little more communicative and safer in their sexual practices. Their smash 1993 album Very Necessary featured sexual liberation anthems in “Shoop” and “None of Your Business.” The song “Whatta Man,” done with En Vogue, is an upbeat version of “No Scrubs”: A description of the sort of qualities that a woman should hold out for in a man, such as respect and, since this is Salt-N-Pepa, sexual prowess.

En Vogue had a standout hit on their own that continues to be a great feminist break-up record in “Never Gonna Get It,” a predecessor to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” in the realm of songs empowering women to tell those disrespectful ex-boyfriends where they can shove it.

Rock, which had been thoroughly male-dominated in the metal-centric late ’80s, suddenly had an explosion of female-led bands with the rise of alternative music, which had roots in overtly feminist underground genres like riot grrrl. Sonic Youth, which had been a purely underground punk band, broke into the mainstream with bassist and singer Kim Gordon singing songs about sexual harassment, eating disorders, and that favorite ’90s theme: badass women who tell crappy guys to screw off.  L7, a hard rock band from LA that sang songs denouncing sexism, also started Rock For Choice, an alternative music concert series to raise funds for abortion rights. Courtney Love’s band Hole put out the 1994 classic Live Through This, which interrogated many feminist themes about sexual violation and body image and even used the word “feminist.” Tori Amos became a massive star despite her strange voice, her piano playing, and her penchant for levels of feminist dramatics bordering on gothic. It was the ’90s and that sort of thing could make you a star.

But even when women in rock weren’t being overtly feminist, there was a sense that women were entering the world of music on their own terms. The Breeders had a massive hit with 1994’s Last Splash album, even though the sisters who led the band tended to wear little makeup and lots of flannel in their videos. Liz Phair may have seemed more personal than political, but her willingness to call out male privilege in intimate relationships read as feminist all the same. Björk was more interested in being weird than making a feminist statement, but being weird ended up being a feminist statement in and of itself.

But somehow, seemingly overnight, things changed. Even though TLC was still doing their thing in 1999, it seemed that a switch had been thrown and now the anti-feminist backlash was well underway. Gone were female-led and feminist-sympathetic bands like Nirvana and the Beastie Boys. The charts now featured the likes of Limp Bizkit, a rap-metal band whose misogyny was so overt as to be comical. Woodstock ’99 was supposed to be a peace-and-love festival like its 1969 predecessor, but the new tide of ugly masculine aggression in rock swept over it, leading to violent behavior and even a series of rapes. “Alternative” music devolved into the kind of crap you’d hear at a frat party, with nary a hint of the feminist leanings that had dominated just a few years before.   

While TLC was still hanging on in 1999, the tide was turning on the pop charts, too. Boy bands, which channel female energies away from thoughts of liberation towards safe fantasies of teenage romance, suddenly surged in popularity again.

Even more disturbingly, Britney Spears was coming out as a big star. While she has an undeniably fun vocal style and catchy songs, from the get-go her persona was offered as a rebuke to all those bold R&B singers demanding respect from men and sexual satisfaction. Instead, she was overtly sold as a submissive sexual object, dressed like a schoolgirl in her first video and photographed from above in a submissive pose on her first record. The era of singers telling loser boyfriends to shove off and demanding more from men was over. Instead, we had Spears begging for male attention with the provocative lyric, “Hit me baby, one more time.” The early ’90s had Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez boldly wearing condoms as a fashion statement. Spears, on the other hand, bragged about being a virgin to the media.

It’s hard to say how these things change, though part of it was surely a male-dominated record industry deciding to reassert dominance after years of watching audiences snatch up overtly feminist offerings. While Sarah McLachlan meant well by starting the female-only concert tour called the Lilith Fair, it likely hastened the demise of feminism in pop music by segregating women off from mainstream music and reinforcing the stereotype that “feminist music” is about singer-songwriters on acoustic guitars, even though the past few years had shown that feminists could rock out and rap and sing R&B just as well.

Is there anything to be learned from this history for Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj and Lorde and other female pop stars who are pushing an overtly feminist agenda in 2014? Maybe this time feminists will see the backlash coming and will be prepared to put up a better fight against sexist forces trying to reclaim territory on the pop charts. (I wouldn’t bet against Beyoncé in that fight.)

More importantly, this history shows that the important thing is realizing there’s power in diversity. What made the mid-’90s so cool is that women in many different genres were all pushing the same ideas about female empowerment in music, but what weakened it was that there was very little communication between women doing different things. Maybe this time women in different genres will wise up to this and present a more united front. And hey, Beyoncé gave them a banner—a big, lit-up sign that says “feminist”—to join together under.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/26/beyonc-is-our-indigo-girl-the-halcyon-90s-and-feminism-s-resurgence-in-pop-music.html
Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon ’90s and Feminism’s Resurgence in Pop Music
The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.
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https://plus.google.com/106813939706437226864 BitnikGr : Sergei Anokhin (Russian). Hero of the Soviet Union #10865 It's 7th of May, 1945. Location: the airfield...
Sergei Anokhin (Russian). Hero of the Soviet Union #10865
It's 7th of May, 1945. Location: the airfield of the Flight Research Institute in Moscow region. Test pilot Sergei Anokhin is conducting durability check tests of Yak-3 fighter. He has to do 12 max overload maneuvers in that plane. During such overloads each cell of the pilot's body get heavier by about 8 times. Anokhin forgot to turn the data recorder on during the third maneuver. He must do 13 maneuvers now. The devil's dozen justified its bad name. One wing broke off the plane during the 5th maneuver. The fighter started uncontrolled fall. There is a pilot in its cockpit and he is trying to save himself. A broken arm is hanging like a whip. The face is covered with blood. The left eye doesn't see anything. Anokhin must release the cockpit canopy, to unlock seat belts and jump out with a parachute. It's practically impossible to do all that with just one hand, but the pilot continued to search for a way out of the current situation.
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Watch the video: Hero of the USSR: Sergei Anokhin! (English subtitles)
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Sergei Anokhin (Russian). Hero of the USSR #10865 It's 7th of May, 1945. Location: the airfield of the Flight Research Institute in Moscow region. Test pilot Sergei Anokhin is conducting durability check tests of Yak-3 fighter. He has to do 12 max overload maneuvers in that plane. During such overloads each cell of the pilot's body get heavier by about 8 times. Anokhin forgot to turn the data recorder on during the third maneuver. He must do 13 maneuvers now. The devil's dozen justified its bad name. One wing broke off the plane during the 5th maneuver. The fighter started uncontrolled fall. There is a pilot in its cockpit and he is trying to save himself. A broken arm is hanging like a whip. The face is covered with blood. The left eye doesn't see anything. Anokhin must release the cockpit canopy, to unlock seat belts and jump out with a parachute. It's practically impossible to do all that with just one hand, but the pilot continued to search for a way out of the current situation...
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https://plus.google.com/109624475135670015951 Moondrop Vane : Your family had dragged you along on yet another outing... ugh. And this time it was even worse, childish...
Your family had dragged you along on yet another outing... ugh. And this time it was even worse, childish, because of some of your younger siblings. They were taking you to see a traveling circus that had recently set up in your town. Your brothers and sisters were ecstatic; they of course had only dreamed of seeing people flying through the air, breathing fire, and walking on a string a thousand feet in the air, and now they had the change to see it. The name of these traveling performers was the "Dark Wood Circus." According to descriptions from different towns and cities, they were the most mystical and spectacular circus in the land, the people there able to do things that seemed impossible.

By the time you and your family finally arrived at said circus, there were already people to the thousands inside the main tent and bustling outside. Before the show started you wanted to look around, hopefully take some pictures, which was your big-time hobby. So with your professional camera in hand, you gave a quick excuse to your parents and took a look around the smaller tents were the cast of the show was getting ready. The performers in the first act were already in costume, different colors, fabrics, frills and fluffs of all shapes and sizes. They wore face paints that created stars, stripes, and all kinds of circles and squares, diamonds and everything in between. Some carried drapes, others with brightly colored parasols, balancing balls, swords and knives, and scarves and cards for magic acts. One tent was filled to the brim with boxes of props, juggling clubs and ropes and hoops, even signs with buckets of paint and brushes for it. You took pictures of it all, and luckily was never seen, until he looked at you. It was a boy who seemed to be your age, maybe a year older, leaning against a tall wooden pole as he smoked a cigarette. He took it between his fingers and puffed some smoke from between his lips, and that's when you took a picture of him and he locked eyes with you. The teenager's eyes were a dull gold, and you thought that maybe he had put in contacts or something of the sort. Underneath his left eye was painted three four-point dark purple stars, which were connected to each other by two horizontal lines in between. He brushed some dark hair out of his face and let out another small cloud of smoke, then turned back to staring off in front of him as his free hand shuffled a couple playing cards, and it seemed that he must not have noticed you at all. He stayed like that for a couple more minutes, and you watched him from a hiding spot behind some boxes, until a small girl came out of a nearby tent practically bouncing on her tiny bare feet, said something to him, and then they both walked off. As he walked the man snuffed out his cigarette and threw it in a barrel, then entered the back entrance to the main tent. Taking a quick look around, you noticed not many performers were outside, and you realized that the show was starting. Hoping your family wouldn't mind you being slightly late, you hurried back to the main tent, but even so you snapped a couple more hoots on the way there.

Once you finally got back to the tent, you swiftly found your family and sat down with them, letting your little brother sit in your lap as you leaned around him to see what was going on. You had made it just in time; the ringmaster was announcing the show's name and a couple of the first performers rushed out to their positions. The circus started with balancing acts and trapeze, and the crowd watched in shocked silence as the small girl that you saw earlier walked on a tightrope high in the air with a pretty laced parasol in her hand. Of course, she made it across safely, and the show went on with people dancing on top of huge colorful balls and flipping in the air on the flying trapeze. All of them were in dazzling costumes, some with their entire faces painted to look like animals. There were real animals in the circus too, that's what came next. Trained dogs balanced on each other's backs and danced, two tigers and their tamer leaped through hoops of blazing fire. Soon came intermission, and everyone was welcomed to take a tour to the back tents that you had snuck around. Holding in an ironic laugh, you stayed behind in the under the tent and watched as the previous performers helped others set up a huge rig. The rig consisted of a large metal framed ball in the air, carefully propped by three wooden poles. It wobbled a couple times but the people in the circus didn't seem to mind, as three of them climbed up the trapeze ladder and entered the rig from a small latch door in the top. Inside this metal ball was three smaller motorcycles, and the artists got on them and waited for intermission to end. It only took a couple minutes before it did, and the crowd flooded back into the tented auditorium and into their seats as the performers on the motorcycles started their vehicles and spun circles upside and diagonal inside the metal rig as it wobbled back and forth. People gasped as the ringmaster entered once more and announced the act, and they did a couple more tricks inside that ball before performers quickly took it down and rolled it away. Now was the last act, labeled 'the best act of the night' and 'a spectacular performance by a single man' in the brochure they offered the crowd before the show.

The man you had seen smoking outside earlier walked out, not in a flashing costume like the others, but the same plain outfit he was wearing before with the stars painted under his dull golden eyes. He waved at the crowd who cheered for him and the ringmaster announced his act.* "Presenting, Gold the smoke magician!" *Again the crowd burst into whistles, yells, and claps as he took out three decks of cards and began to perform basic card tricks, but then ones you had never seen before, and the crowd watched in awe. Then he threw the all the cards behind his back, and when he stepped away and turned around, not one was to be seen. 'Gold' went on the show more magicians' tricks, making things disappear and appear in thin air. Lastly, a couple of his assistants brought him a long and decorated smoking pipe, already filled with dried weeds, which was said to be just dandelion leaves. He carefully set the pipe between his lips, then acted as if he was just going to smoke for the rest of the show, and the crowd laughed. Now, regaining his composure and breathing in, he took the pipe out of his mouth and blew a large cloud of smoke in front of him, which took the shape of a lion's head. Watchers cheered and clapped in amazement and wonder as he did the same thing again and again, creating more elaborate images like replicas of popular paintings and even humans that seemed to dance in the air. When the show was over he bowed, signaling all the other performers to come out and bow as well. Their circus had in fact been spectacular, and the roar from the watching people was almost deafening. On the way out, your family told you that you could stay in town as long as you wanted, as long as you got home by midnight. So you decided that you would take some more photos, and hopefully get another glimpse of the boy they called Gold.... for some reason he struck a particular chord with you. Maybe it wasn't so childish after all....

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https://plus.google.com/111906278280368053942 Amber B : Sparrow, this guy shot HRH Ferdinand, LOOK AT HIS LEFT EYE! IT'S like, nearly shut compared! Mk MK MK...
Sparrow, this guy shot HRH Ferdinand, LOOK AT HIS LEFT EYE! IT'S like, nearly shut compared! Mk MK MK MK WAAAAAY before 1945.(dr green &c.), So it is REALLY SRA! 
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First World War.com - A multimedia history of world war one
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https://plus.google.com/108694445595041235842 Walker Albane : //Update// Name: Sogiita Soulbuster Age: 17 Magic: Ice Dragon Slayer (has been growing through continuous...
//Update//
Name: Sogiita Soulbuster
Age: 17
Magic: Ice Dragon Slayer (has been growing through continuous training)
Spells: many ice based spells such as:
•Ice Dragon Claws - creates ice over his hands and feet making them like dragon claws, and allowing him to cut through things like a razor. Slashes leave a freezing after effect.
•Ice Dragon Wing Shield- he creates wings out of ice and uses them to protect himself
•Ice Dragon Wing Slash- he uses the wings from wing shield like blades and slashes at his foes
•Ice Dragon Roar- shoots a large blast of ice from his mouth
•Ice Dragon Armor- he creates a layer of armor like ice around himself
•Ice Dragon Armor Spike - forms spikes ice all over his armor
•Ice Dragon Armament- creates things such as weapons out of ice.
•Ice Dragon Amazing Punch- he charges magic energy into his fist, and it is let out as an explosive burst of ice from his fist. He can multiply it's power by putting the word super in front of amazing.
-•Ice Dragon Crystal Mirrors creates ice mirrors and makes illusions of his position
•Ice Dragon Dual Slice of Life- he takes two swords made of ice and cuts an X in his opponent's chest
•Ice Dragon Structure formation- he takes ice and forms it into a variety of things, such as a pillar or ramp
•Ice Dragon Frost Breath- much like the roar except it doesn't form the ice, it freezes the things it touches.
Abilities:
-extreme physical prowess due to gravity training, and natural ability.
-Immune to non-slayer ice magic and cold temperature
-Quickened healing, when he eats ice
-his ice can't be controlled by other people through magic and is as strong as steel during special conditions
-Master martial artist
Weapon(s): none as of yet.
Guild: Dark Lion
Rank: A Class
Affiliation: none as of yet.
Appearance:(look at the pic)
Personality: he's a bit cold hearted, and is often see as a monster. However when it comes down to it, he really comes through for his friends and those who care about him.
Likes: Winter, food, and his friends
Dislikes: Villainy
Theme song: Ai wo torimodose (hokuto musou)
Guild mark: over his left eye
Missions completed:
0 hundred year
0 ten year
0 SS Ranked
0 S Ranked
4 A ranked
1 B ranked
0 C ranked
0 D ranked
Jewels: 7350
Young terakia named freckles
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https://plus.google.com/110539931953547797741 Monique Mutsa Johnson : Today in Black History - August 28, 1955 Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted...
Today in Black History - August 28, 1955

Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by white men after he had supposedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. Till’s beaten body was found three days later. His left eye and an ear were missing, as were most of his teeth. His nose was rushed and there was a hole in his right temple. Eyewitnesses linked Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and half-brother J.W. Milam to the murder. Bryant and Milam were indicted Sep 10 for a trial on Sep 19. Both were acquitted by an all-white jury. Bryant and Milan later confessed to the killing in a magazine interview. The area was a cotton-trading center where the white Citizens Councils maintained their regional headquarters. In 2004 the US Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation into the case. In 2005 the US Senate acknowledged a share in the boy’s death.

It was the pride in seeing the dignity and bravery of Mamie Tills that touched so many hearts.   A small soft spoken lady courageously towered over those who had murdered her son and presented no justice through the legal system.  Another person to move America after this cowardly act was Emmett Till's uncle, Moses Wright.  With a threat on his life he testified for the prosecution.  The pointed at the two defendants saying, "Thar he."  Testifying against a White person by a Black person was unheard of in the Mississippi of the 1950's.  There were others who braved the danger of testifying.  Willie Reed also testified even after being threaten to say he saw nothing.  With the same dignity, many have spoken the truth behind the murder of another young Black youth, Michael Brown.  

When you have a moment today stop in silence and in the memory of Emmett Tills remember what those before us sacrificed.  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_wrights.html

http://www.africanglobe.net/headlines/witness-emmett-murder-dies-age-76/
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https://plus.google.com/105584052359205283780 E Walker : Today in Black History - August 28, 1955 Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted...
Today in Black History - August 28, 1955

Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by white men after he had supposedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. Till’s beaten body was found three days later. His left eye and an ear were missing, as were most of his teeth. His nose was rushed and there was a hole in his right temple. Eyewitnesses linked Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and half-brother J.W. Milam to the murder. Bryant and Milam were indicted Sep 10 for a trial on Sep 19. Both were acquitted by an all-white jury. Bryant and Milan later confessed to the killing in a magazine interview. The area was a cotton-trading center where the white Citizens Councils maintained their regional headquarters. In 2004 the US Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation into the case. In 2005 the US Senate acknowledged a share in the boy’s death.

It was the pride in seeing the dignity and bravery of Mamie Tills that touched so many hearts.   A small soft spoken lady courageously towered over those who had murdered her son and presented no justice through the legal system.  Another person to move America after this cowardly act was Emmett Till's uncle, Moses Wright.  With a threat on his life he testified for the prosecution.  The pointed at the two defendants saying, "Thar he."  Testifying against a White person by a Black person was unheard of in the Mississippi of the 1950's.  There were others who braved the danger of testifying.  Willie Reed also testified even after being threaten to say he saw nothing.  With the same dignity, many have spoken the truth behind the murder of another young Black youth, Michael Brown.  

When you have a moment today stop in silence and in the memory of Emmett Tills remember what those before us sacrificed.  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_wrights.html

http://www.africanglobe.net/headlines/witness-emmett-murder-dies-age-76/
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https://plus.google.com/105584052359205283780 E Walker : Today in Black History - August 28, 1955 Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted...
Today in Black History - August 28, 1955

Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by white men after he had supposedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. Till’s beaten body was found three days later. His left eye and an ear were missing, as were most of his teeth. His nose was rushed and there was a hole in his right temple. Eyewitnesses linked Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and half-brother J.W. Milam to the murder. Bryant and Milam were indicted Sep 10 for a trial on Sep 19. Both were acquitted by an all-white jury. Bryant and Milan later confessed to the killing in a magazine interview. The area was a cotton-trading center where the white Citizens Councils maintained their regional headquarters. In 2004 the US Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation into the case. In 2005 the US Senate acknowledged a share in the boy’s death.

It was the pride in seeing the dignity and bravery of Mamie Tills that touched so many hearts.   A small soft spoken lady courageously towered over those who had murdered her son and presented no justice through the legal system.  Another person to move America after this cowardly act was Emmett Till's uncle, Moses Wright.  With a threat on his life he testified for the prosecution.  The pointed at the two defendants saying, "Thar he."  Testifying against a White person by a Black person was unheard of in the Mississippi of the 1950's.  There were others who braved the danger of testifying.  Willie Reed also testified even after being threaten to say he saw nothing.  With the same dignity, many have spoken the truth behind the murder of another young Black youth, Michael Brown.  

When you have a moment today stop in silence and in the memory of Emmett Tills remember what those before us sacrificed.  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_wrights.html

http://www.africanglobe.net/headlines/witness-emmett-murder-dies-age-76/
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https://plus.google.com/105584052359205283780 E Walker : Today in Black History - August 28, 1955 Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted...
Today in Black History - August 28, 1955

Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by white men after he had supposedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. Till’s beaten body was found three days later. His left eye and an ear were missing, as were most of his teeth. His nose was rushed and there was a hole in his right temple. Eyewitnesses linked Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and half-brother J.W. Milam to the murder. Bryant and Milam were indicted Sep 10 for a trial on Sep 19. Both were acquitted by an all-white jury. Bryant and Milan later confessed to the killing in a magazine interview. The area was a cotton-trading center where the white Citizens Councils maintained their regional headquarters. In 2004 the US Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation into the case. In 2005 the US Senate acknowledged a share in the boy’s death.

It was the pride in seeing the dignity and bravery of Mamie Tills that touched so many hearts.   A small soft spoken lady courageously towered over those who had murdered her son and presented no justice through the legal system.  Another person to move America after this cowardly act was Emmett Till's uncle, Moses Wright.  With a threat on his life he testified for the prosecution.  The pointed at the two defendants saying, "Thar he."  Testifying against a White person by a Black person was unheard of in the Mississippi of the 1950's.  There were others who braved the danger of testifying.  Willie Reed also testified even after being threaten to say he saw nothing.  With the same dignity, many have spoken the truth behind the murder of another young Black youth, Michael Brown.  

When you have a moment today stop in silence and in the memory of Emmett Tills remember what those before us sacrificed.  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_wrights.html

http://www.africanglobe.net/headlines/witness-emmett-murder-dies-age-76/
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https://plus.google.com/105584052359205283780 E Walker : Today in Black History - August 28, 1955 Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted...
Today in Black History - August 28, 1955

Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by white men after he had supposedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. Till’s beaten body was found three days later. His left eye and an ear were missing, as were most of his teeth. His nose was rushed and there was a hole in his right temple. Eyewitnesses linked Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and half-brother J.W. Milam to the murder. Bryant and Milam were indicted Sep 10 for a trial on Sep 19. Both were acquitted by an all-white jury. Bryant and Milan later confessed to the killing in a magazine interview. The area was a cotton-trading center where the white Citizens Councils maintained their regional headquarters. In 2004 the US Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation into the case. In 2005 the US Senate acknowledged a share in the boy’s death.

It was the pride in seeing the dignity and bravery of Mamie Tills that touched so many hearts.   A small soft spoken lady courageously towered over those who had murdered her son and presented no justice through the legal system.  Another person to move America after this cowardly act was Emmett Till's uncle, Moses Wright.  With a threat on his life he testified for the prosecution.  The pointed at the two defendants saying, "Thar he."  Testifying against a White person by a Black person was unheard of in the Mississippi of the 1950's.  There were others who braved the danger of testifying.  Willie Reed also testified even after being threaten to say he saw nothing.  With the same dignity, many have spoken the truth behind the murder of another young Black youth, Michael Brown.  

When you have a moment today stop in silence and in the memory of Emmett Tills remember what those before us sacrificed.  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_wrights.html

http://www.africanglobe.net/headlines/witness-emmett-murder-dies-age-76/
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This dog has its left eye barely open.  He is afraid of failure.
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https://plus.google.com/114209565580569313568 Chandre Smith : Som Mo ThrowBacks Feat. Left Eye (R.I.P.)....."you know what's up ....YO !"
Som Mo ThrowBacks Feat. Left Eye (R.I.P.)....."you know what's up ....YO !"
Watch the video: Donell Jones - U Know What's Up
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https://plus.google.com/103173401300392133584 Farooq Usman : for all those who have a confusion regarding that #Hijab  is in ISLAM and not #Niqab  (face veil) so...
for all those who have a confusion regarding that #Hijab  is in ISLAM and not #Niqab  (face veil) so before you spread this idea please give a read to following post (by one of our respected members) may seem lengthy but important for you all to know. 

 Hijaab in Arabic means covering or concealing. Hijaab is the name of something that is used to cover. Everything that comes between two things is hijaab.
Hijaab means everything that is used to cover something and prevent anyone from reaching it, such as curtains, door keepers and garments, etc.
Khimaar comes from the word khamr, the root meaning of which is to cover. For example, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Khammiru aaniyatakum (cover your vessels).” Everything that covers something else is called its khimaar.
But in common usage khimaar has come to be used as a name for the garment with which a woman covers her head; in some cases this does not go against the linguistic meaning of khimaar.
Some of the fuqahaa’ have defined it as that which covers the head, the temples and the neck.
The difference between the hijaab and the khimaar is that the hijaab is something which covers all of a woman’s body, whilst the khimaar in general is something with which a woman covers her head.
Niqaab is that with which a woman veils her face (tantaqib)…
The difference between hijaab and niqaab is that the hijaab is that which covers all the body, whilst niqaab is that which covers a woman’s face only.
The woman’s dress as prescribed in sharee’ah (“Islamic dress”) is that which covers her head, face and all of her body.
But the niqaab or burqa’ – which shows the eyes of the woman – has become widespread among women, and some of them do not wear it properly. Some scholars have forbidden wearing it on the grounds that it is not Islamic in origin, and because it is used improperly and people treat it as something insignificant, demonstrating negligent attitudes towards it and using new forms of niqaab which are not prescribed in Islam, widening the opening for the eyes so that the cheeks, nose and part of the forehead are also visible.
Therefore, if the woman’s niqaab or burqa’ does not show anything but the eyes, and the opening is only as big as the left eye, as was narrated from some of the salaf, then that is permissible, otherwise she should wear something which covers her face entirely.
Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
The hijaab prescribed in sharee’ah means that a woman should cover everything that it is haraam for her to show, i.e., she should cover that which it is obligatory for her to cover, first and foremost of which is the face, because it is the focus of temptation and desire.
A woman is obliged to cover her face in front of anyone who is not her mahram (blood relative to whom marriage is forbidden). From this we learn that the face is the most essential thing to be covered. There is evidence from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the views of the Sahaabah and the imams and scholars of Islam, which indicates that women are obliged to cover all of their bodies in front of those who are not their mahrams.
Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, 1/ 391, 392)
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) said:
The correct view as indicated by the evidence is that the woman’s face is ‘awrah which must be covered. It is the most tempting part of her body, because what people look at most is the face, so the face is the greatest ‘awrah of a woman. This is in addition to the shar’i evidence which states that it is obligatory to cover the face.
For example, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)…”
[al-Noor 24:31]
Drawing the veil all over the juyoob implies covering the face.
When Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked about the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies”
[al-Ahzaab 33:59] –
he covered his face, leaving only one eye showing. This indicates that what was meant by the aayah was covering the face. This was the interpretation of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) of this aayah, as narrated from him by ‘Ubaydah al-Salmaani when he asked him about it.
In the Sunnah there are many ahaadeeth, such as: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The woman in ihraam is forbidden to veil her face (wear niqaab) or to wear the burqa’.” This indicates that when women were not in ihraam, women used to cover their faces.
This does not mean that if a woman takes off her niqaab or burqa’ in the state of ihraam that she should leave her face uncovered in the presence of non-mahram men. Rather she is obliged to cover it with something other than the niqaab or burqa’, on the evidence of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: “We were with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in ihraam, and when men passed by us, we would lower the khimaar on our heads over our faces, and when they moved on we would lift it again.”
Women in ihraam and otherwise are obliged to cover their faces in front of non-mahram men, because the face is the center of beauty and it is the place that men look at… and Allaah knows best.
Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, 1/396, 397
He also said:
It is OK to cover the face with the niqaab or burqa’ which has two openings for the eyes only, because this was known at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and because of necessity. If nothing but the eyes show, this is fine, especially if this is customarily worn by women in her society.
Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, 1/399

Your saying that “niqaab is an innovation” is not correct. Rather the command to observe full hijab applied to the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his daughters and the believing women. The evidence for that is the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”
[al-Ahzaab 33:59]
And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)”
[al-Noor 24:31]
The command in these two verses is general and applies to all believing women.
Al- Bukhaari narrated that ‘Aa’ishah said: “May Allaah have mercy on the first Muhaajir women. When Allaah revealed the words ‘and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)’ they tore their aprons and covered their faces with them.”
Abu Dawood (4101) narrated that Umm Salamah said: “When the words ‘to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies’ [al-Ahzaab 33:59] were revealed, the women of the Ansaar went out looking as if there were crows on their heads because of the covering.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
The Muhaajir and Ansaari women obeyed this command and covered their faces.
With regard to a man looking at the woman to whom he wishes to propose marriage, this is part of the Sunnah. Abu Dawood (1783) narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘When any one of you wants to propose marriage to a woman, if he can look at that which will motivate him to go ahead and marry her, then let him do so.’ I proposed marriage to a girl and I used to hide myself until I saw that which motivated me to go ahead and marry her, then I married her.” Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, no. 1832. In the report narrated by Ibn Maajah it says that he hid in her garden to see her.
This hadeeth indicates that the women of the Sahaabah used to cover their faces, because if it had been the custom for women to uncover their faces, there would have been no need to hide, because he would have been able to see her in any place if she had been uncovering her face.
But because it was the custom for women to cover their faces, he needed to hide. It is well known that if there are no non-mahram men around, a woman does not cover her face, such as when she is in her house or in her garden, as in this hadeeth.
I hope this would suffice, ( smile) but if there are further queries feel free to ask.
اسلام علیکم و رحمة الله و بركاته.
{Courtesy Sheikh Al Munnajid and Saad AlMaliki}
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https://plus.google.com/101291701854970784427 Charlotte McKinley : Name I was born with the name Tribulatio, meaning “Trouble”. Age I am approximately two hundred years...
Name I was born with the name Tribulatio, meaning “Trouble”.

Age I am approximately two hundred years old.

Role Before I was injured in my left eye, I was a hunter, but now, I am a spy.

Creature In the older times when I was alive, I had been named a “Leviathan”. Now they choose the more informal name, Dragon.

Colony The only place I fit in was Thunder.

Gender I am a female she-dragon.

Characteristics I’m Gruff sometimes and I am blunt. I tell the truth like it is, and I always speak my mind. Usually I can be very friendly, but sometimes I can be gloomy and sarcastic. Usually I’m mild mannered, but when I don’t get enough sleep, I can turn evil and hated. Ever since my Mama died, I’ve been distrustful of things that resemble birds. Gryffyns are fine though. I have a couple gryffyn friends.

Biography This is extremely classified. Extremely. I will tell you that I’ve been hunted down for years. Once, I almost died, my wounds were so many. But, I survived. It’ll take a whole lot more wit and courage to get my whole story out, but I will tell you that I have faced death more than 100 times. It’s that daring family trait, I guess.

Family My family was killed in action. They … we … war, you see …

Description I’m a bluey-green dragon. I have a strong tail and it can and will cause havoc. If it wasn’t attached to me, it would be the perfect weapon … if you can lift it. My teeth are approximately six inches long to twenty inches long and they have hidden cavities that can unleash poison. My scales are tough and close together, there are no gaps in between them, but they are flexible and absorb impact, therefore rendering missiles inactive. My eyes are a deep blue, and, like most dragons, I can see great distances with clarity. My talons, or claws, are razor sharp, unless you catch me in the water. I am not a water dragon.

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https://plus.google.com/100553498448548735388 Michael USNVet : White Marine Beaten by Black Mob in Michael Brown ‘Revenge’ Attack August 26, 2014 11:06 am  – A white...
White Marine Beaten by Black Mob in Michael Brown ‘Revenge’ Attack
August 26, 2014 11:06 am  – A white Marine was left in an induced coma after a group of black men brutally beat him as part of a revenge attack in response to the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident began at West Point Waffle House in Mississippi on Saturday morning at around 1am. With his friend Ralph Weems already inside the restaurant, David Knighten was approached outside by another diner who told him they should leave because a group of black men were “upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn’t a safe place for whites,” Knighten told the Associated Press. When Knighten entered the diner, he found 32-year-old Iraq war veteran Weems already engaged in a heated argument with the group of black men. The police were called and Knighten and Weems left and headed for a Huddle House restaurant on the way to Weems’ house. However, after apparently having been followed by a mob of 20 men, Knighten exited the restroom to find Weems surrounded. After a security guard asked everyone to leave, Knighten was blocked from getting out of the restaurant but when he was eventually able to exit he witnessed Weems down on the ground being beaten. Knighten, who served with the Air Force in Afghanistan, was also attacked, suffering broken bones in his face, a blood clot in his right eye and a cut over his left eye. While Weems was being beaten, Knighten heard “racial slurs” being yelled by the crowd. Police were called to the scene at 2am but the mob had already left. Despite the context of the argument and the yelling of racial slurs, Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the incident wasn’t being treated as a hate crime. “This does not appear to be a hate crime,” Brinkley said in the press release. “We are investigating this as an aggravated assault. It’s very early in this investigation but thus far the evidence and statements suggest that a verbal altercation turned physical and somebody got hurt.”
Weems received life threatening injuries and had to be put in a medically induced coma following brain surgery at North Mississippi Medical Center. The fact that the beating isn’t being treated as a hate crime despite it clearly having racial connotations will anger many who have expressed concerns that black on white crime is being downplayed in the name of political correctness. “To imagine how insane that statement is, just reverse “Black” and “White” in the story above, and imagine how quickly Al Sharpton and Eric Holder would be on a plane to Mississippi. This is just despicable,” writes Jason DeWitt.
http://www.infowars.com/white-marine-beaten-by-black-mob-in-michael-brown-revenge-attack/
HATE CRIME IS A HATE CRIME, this is a result of Obama & Holder's visit. Where are they on this,  more Blacks are killed by Blacks!
White Marine Beaten by Black Mob in Michael Brown ‘Revenge’ Attack
Police refuse to treat incident as a hate crime.
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https://plus.google.com/106604422952721846325 Crown King : "King of Spades"/"Spade" had been working at the "Stack of Cards Traveling Circus" for about two months...
"King of Spades"/"Spade" had been working at the "Stack of Cards Traveling Circus" for about two months now. He quickly began a must see attraction, for quite a few reasons in fact. "Spade" was a dark, mysterious, charming man with quite the spark of madness. Making him easily popular with the girls. His fortune telling as had a long streak of being correct. There was also a growing Internet rage of having a picture with him. He was like a display on his own, almost like a living doll. His natural red hair almost perfcetly sweept to the side and bright blue, seemingly unreal eyes were already the features of a perfect doll. The signature grey heart under his left eye and smaller black diamond under his right eye, drawn on with hard to smuge makeup, made him seem even more unreal. The "King of Spades" sitting at his throne, a table of his cards set out in front of him, it was almost like a drawn picture. You had heard a lot about this "Stack of Cards Traveling Circus" and you decided to see what exactly all the fuss was about. You purchased a ticket to the show, unaware that that wasn't the main reason people came. The main event was what came free with the ticket.You were directed into the main tent by a few of the acts. The show began fifteen minutes after you sat. The show was wonderful, better than an ordinary circus, but the packed tent of people seemed slightly distracted. As the show ended everyone crowded out of the exits heading to a smaller red and white vertically striped tent. You moved through the line, standing to the side, inside the tent. They man was so unreal, he barely talked until he told a fortune and when he did, his charming, slightly low, and quiet, yet loud enough to hear over the chatter, voice was enough to make a few girls blush. You take a few pictures for people who ask. The evening sky slowly becomes dark and the line shortens and shortens. As the last person walks out, "Spade" places his elbows on the table in front of him, weaves his fingers together, rests his head on his fingers then slightly turns his head to you, staring calmly.

(I will switch to first person in the comments. Female or Male. Can lead to romance if you'd like, it's preferred. Please slightly describe your character in the roleplay, and put your roleplay name when you start. I apologize that the picture isn't much like the description of the character. I've found that there aren't many anime type drawings of males with red sweept hair. NO text talk, please be descriptive. Thank you!)  
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CrazySexyComeback: Could TLC Return?
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