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The Simpsons cameo on Sesame Street episode "Monster in the Mirror" is currently one of the only things missing to complete the The Simpsons Collection on Disney+

2020.09.08 16:41 Elfdemon The Simpsons cameo on Sesame Street episode "Monster in the Mirror" is currently one of the only things missing to complete the The Simpsons Collection on Disney+

Many people think that The Simpsons Collection on Disney+ is complete now that it has The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, and the two Maggie Simpson shorts all in it, however there's still a few things from The Simpsons series that are missing on Disney+ and therefore missing from The Simpsons Collection on Disney+ and that one of those things is a cameo from The Simpsons family on an episode of Sesame Street.
As many of you probably know, The Simpsons has made many references to Sesame Street over the years, but what many of you probably don't know is that The Simpsons have actually officially appeared on an episode of Sesame Street called "Monster in the Mirror." And along with the original The Simpsons shorts that were a segment on The Tracey Ullman Show, the Stark Raving Dad episode of The Simpsons (Season 3, Episode 1) and the The Simpsons DVD/Blu-ray audio commentaries, it is one of the only The Simpsons things left to be added to Disney+.
"Monster in the Mirror" is a Sesame Street song sung by Grover. In Season 22, the song was re-edited to include cameos by celebrities who had appeared on the show that year, including María Conchita Alonso, Candice Bergen, Ray Charles, Chubby Checker, Glenn Close, Tyne Daly, Geena Davis, Bo Diddley, Roger Ebert, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Kadeem Hardison, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Bo Jackson, Kid 'n Play, Robert MacNeil, Lou Diamond Phillips, Julia Roberts, Gene Siskel, Jeff Smith, Tracey Ullman, Blair Underwood, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Robin Williams and The Simpsons.
In this celebrity version of the song "Monster in the Mirror", The Simpsons replace two monsters on a wall painting, and at the end, Homer reprimands Bart (who yells "Hey, Wubba man!" to Grover). The show's voice cast are heard in the segment (Dan Castellaneta as Homer, Julie Kavner as Marge, Nancy Cartwright as Bart, and Yeardley Smith as Lisa).
But yeah, the appeal of Disney+ is that it has everything Disney in one place. Without this cameo added to Disney+, and without the original The Simpsons shorts from the Tracey Ullman Show, the Stark Raving Dad episode (Season 3, Episode 1) and the The Simpsons DVD / Blu-ray audio commentaries, that appeal is pretty much untrue. Without these few things added to Disney+, the The Simpsons Collection will technically remain incomplete. Also, The Simpsons is one of the biggest and most successful things for Disney+. It has been on Trending since Disney+'s release, so I'm sure any The Simpsons content added to Disney+ will get watched a lot. But also, a lot of stuff on Disney+ is old and dated. The appeal of Disney+ is that it has everything Disney owns in one place. Which includes those old and dated things that a lot of people probably wouldn't want to watch. But, those things will still always have their fans who do want to watch them. Especially when it comes to anything Disney. And The Simpsons is now Disney. Plus, the hardcore The Simpsons fans that have always been there would of course want an easily accessible location to watch all of The Simpsons content in one place.
And yes, the rights to this cameo most likely belong to Sesame Workshop due to them owning the rights to the episode the cameo appears on and owning the rights to the Sesame Street show as a whole, and yes, Sesame Workshop currently have all of their content on HBO Max through deals with Warner Bros., however, it is not impossible for Disney to make some type of deal to have only this cameo come to Disney+. It doesn't even have to be the full "Monster in the Mirror" episode or song, it could just be the The Simpsons cameo from the Monster in the Mirror episode/song. It could be added as a short to Disney+. It would be perfect for The Simpsons Collection that's on Disney+. And Disney has made deals with other companies to get things they don't own on Disney+ before, such as Bluey, PJ Masks, Gigantosaurus, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Miraculous World: New York – United HeroeZ, and Miraculous World: Shanghai – Lady Dragon. These are shows and movies that are and have been close to the Disney brand, so I can only see them going out of their way to make deals with companies for things that are already closely related to Disney. And The Simpsons falls under that category. I could imagine them going out of their way to get anything and everything The Simpsons on Disney+, especially since it's still being watched like crazy and is still at the top of their Trending.
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2020.06.16 09:34 finnagains Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why 'Gone With the Wind' Needs a Warning Label, Not a Ban

The Hollywood Reporter's columnist says that though such racist content is damaging, "we need a way to present art within its historical context so the works can still be available and appreciated for their achievements but not admired for their cultural failings."
I have mixed feelings on John Ridley’s well-reasoned Los Angeles Times Op-Ed article asking HBO Max to temporarily remove Gone With the Wind, which the service then did on Jun 9. On one hand, Ridley is 100 percent correct. The film glorifies the Confederacy as if they were a bunch of highly principled martyrs hunkered down in holy glory instead of an entitled mob of human-trafficking murderers, rapists and traitors trying to destroy the United States. The film also romanticizes slavery as if it was nothing more than a workplace sitcom in which all the slaves were happy baristas at the plantation’s Starbucks. On the other hand, very few movies or TV shows from the past could withstand today’s rightfully rigorous standards. Almost every one of them that pees on the stick of political correctness will come up positive for insensitivity— or worse.
The question is whether or not works of art should be censored, regardless of how offensive they are. Americans are especially sensitive to this issue because we know that the quickest way to undermine democracy is by silencing a free press, which we’ve seen the Trump Administration make their main priority, from demonizing reporters at rallies, to spreading false rumors about a journalist being a murderer, to demanding CNN retract and apologize for a poll showing Trump vastly trailing Biden. Once we start silencing voices, the only voice left will be the one echoing those in power.
However, Ridley did not call for banning Gone With the Wind. It’s clear that those who are so vigorously raging against his article haven’t actually read the whole thing. Offering an opinion on something you only skimmed or heard about is just another form of censorship because now you’re poisoning the well for others. Here’s what he actually wrote:
"Let me be real clear: I don’t believe in censorship. I don’t think Gone With the Wind should be relegated to a vault in Burbank. I would just ask, after a respectful amount of time has passed, that the film be re-introduced to the HBO Max platform along with other films that give a more broad-based and complete picture of what slavery and the Confederacy truly were. Or, perhaps it could be paired with conversations about narratives and why it’s important to have many voices sharing stories from different perspectives rather than merely those reinforcing the views of the prevailing culture."
null Read More HBO Max Removes Civil War Epic 'Gone With the Wind'
So, what he’s asking is that, given the current public heated climate of widespread protests over police brutality and systemic racism, maybe let’s hold off shoving the joys of slavery and heroes of racism in our faces.
Which brings up the crucial question of where do we draw the line. Whoopi Goldberg responded to the editorial by stating on The View that she was against pulling the film: "If you start pulling every film, you're going to have to pull ... a very long list of films." Her solution was to have a frank conversation with her children about how filmmakers in the past “weren’t as enlightened as we are now.” Meghan McCain responded by saying she would explain to her child that "this is a fantastical, completely fictionalized version of the South during this time that was wrecked with slavery.” These may be a fantastical, completely fictionalized versions of the influence of parents in a world where kids watch movies spontaneously on their phones with no one around. What about the parents who say nothing to their children, or worse, praise the film’s portrayals of history?
Most adults have been brought up on an unhealthy diet of movies and TV shows that were proudly racist, misogynistic, homophobic and xenophobic. Women were addled-headed sex objects that were especially cute when they tried to act equal to men. Gays were predators or objects of ridicule. The portrayal of Blacks was generally as subservient, drug-addicted, or perhaps worse, non-existent. (Did you know that 25 percent of cowboys were Black? Not if you watched Western movies or TV shows.) It’s disturbing to me that many of the films and TV shows I loved as a child make me wince with embarrassment at their bold cruelty and callous dismissiveness. John Wayne in two different films spanking grown women to show them their place. The Beatles song, "Run for Your Life," with the lyrics: "Catch you with another man/That’s the end of little girl." Never mind the fact that he’s creepily referring to her as "little girl," more to the point he’s threatening to kill her if she dates someone else.
Should we ban John Wayne and the Beatles? No, and no one is calling for a ban.
What we need is a way to present art within its historical context so the works can still be available and appreciated for their achievements but not admired for their cultural failings. The easiest way would be to include an introductory explanation—filmed or written—that explains that the work contains harmful racial or gender stereotypes that were acceptable at the time but which we now know are harmful. Links to further discussions and information also could be provided. That is the bare basics of what we should do to emphasize that these portrayals are no longer acceptable. To do nothing is a tacit endorsement of their destructive messages. And, like vaping, prolonged exposure causes damage to our children. We put a warning label on one, why not the other.
Art can either inform us of past follies or it can perpetuate them. Movies and TV shows that display the subjugation, humiliation, or marginalization of anyone are like the Confederate monuments: they have a place in history as both manifestations of and warnings against our ignorance. In contemporary life, they are weighty anchors pulling us down to the bottom while the rest of the world swims freely toward the future.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kareem-abdul-jabbar-why-gone-wind-needs-a-warning-label-not-a-ban-1298347
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2020.06.16 01:33 finnagains Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why 'Gone With the Wind' Needs a Warning Label, Not a Ban

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The Hollywood Reporter's columnist says that though such racist content is damaging, "we need a way to present art within its historical context so the works can still be available and appreciated for their achievements but not admired for their cultural failings."
I have mixed feelings on John Ridley’s well-reasoned Los Angeles Times Op-Ed article asking HBO Max to temporarily remove Gone With the Wind, which the service then did on Jun 9. On one hand, Ridley is 100 percent correct. The film glorifies the Confederacy as if they were a bunch of highly principled martyrs hunkered down in holy glory instead of an entitled mob of human-trafficking murderers, rapists and traitors trying to destroy the United States. The film also romanticizes slavery as if it was nothing more than a workplace sitcom in which all the slaves were happy baristas at the plantation’s Starbucks. On the other hand, very few movies or TV shows from the past could withstand today’s rightfully rigorous standards. Almost every one of them that pees on the stick of political correctness will come up positive for insensitivity— or worse.
The question is whether or not works of art should be censored, regardless of how offensive they are. Americans are especially sensitive to this issue because we know that the quickest way to undermine democracy is by silencing a free press, which we’ve seen the Trump Administration make their main priority, from demonizing reporters at rallies, to spreading false rumors about a journalist being a murderer, to demanding CNN retract and apologize for a poll showing Trump vastly trailing Biden. Once we start silencing voices, the only voice left will be the one echoing those in power.
However, Ridley did not call for banning Gone With the Wind. It’s clear that those who are so vigorously raging against his article haven’t actually read the whole thing. Offering an opinion on something you only skimmed or heard about is just another form of censorship because now you’re poisoning the well for others. Here’s what he actually wrote:
"Let me be real clear: I don’t believe in censorship. I don’t think Gone With the Wind should be relegated to a vault in Burbank. I would just ask, after a respectful amount of time has passed, that the film be re-introduced to the HBO Max platform along with other films that give a more broad-based and complete picture of what slavery and the Confederacy truly were. Or, perhaps it could be paired with conversations about narratives and why it’s important to have many voices sharing stories from different perspectives rather than merely those reinforcing the views of the prevailing culture."
null Read More HBO Max Removes Civil War Epic 'Gone With the Wind'
So, what he’s asking is that, given the current public heated climate of widespread protests over police brutality and systemic racism, maybe let’s hold off shoving the joys of slavery and heroes of racism in our faces.
Which brings up the crucial question of where do we draw the line. Whoopi Goldberg responded to the editorial by stating on The View that she was against pulling the film: "If you start pulling every film, you're going to have to pull ... a very long list of films." Her solution was to have a frank conversation with her children about how filmmakers in the past “weren’t as enlightened as we are now.” Meghan McCain responded by saying she would explain to her child that "this is a fantastical, completely fictionalized version of the South during this time that was wrecked with slavery.” These may be a fantastical, completely fictionalized versions of the influence of parents in a world where kids watch movies spontaneously on their phones with no one around. What about the parents who say nothing to their children, or worse, praise the film’s portrayals of history?
Most adults have been brought up on an unhealthy diet of movies and TV shows that were proudly racist, misogynistic, homophobic and xenophobic. Women were addled-headed sex objects that were especially cute when they tried to act equal to men. Gays were predators or objects of ridicule. The portrayal of Blacks was generally as subservient, drug-addicted, or perhaps worse, non-existent. (Did you know that 25 percent of cowboys were Black? Not if you watched Western movies or TV shows.) It’s disturbing to me that many of the films and TV shows I loved as a child make me wince with embarrassment at their bold cruelty and callous dismissiveness. John Wayne in two different films spanking grown women to show them their place. The Beatles song, "Run for Your Life," with the lyrics: "Catch you with another man/That’s the end of little girl." Never mind the fact that he’s creepily referring to her as "little girl," more to the point he’s threatening to kill her if she dates someone else.
Should we ban John Wayne and the Beatles? No, and no one is calling for a ban.
What we need is a way to present art within its historical context so the works can still be available and appreciated for their achievements but not admired for their cultural failings. The easiest way would be to include an introductory explanation—filmed or written—that explains that the work contains harmful racial or gender stereotypes that were acceptable at the time but which we now know are harmful. Links to further discussions and information also could be provided. That is the bare basics of what we should do to emphasize that these portrayals are no longer acceptable. To do nothing is a tacit endorsement of their destructive messages. And, like vaping, prolonged exposure causes damage to our children. We put a warning label on one, why not the other.
Art can either inform us of past follies or it can perpetuate them. Movies and TV shows that display the subjugation, humiliation, or marginalization of anyone are like the Confederate monuments: they have a place in history as both manifestations of and warnings against our ignorance. In contemporary life, they are weighty anchors pulling us down to the bottom while the rest of the world swims freely toward the future.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kareem-abdul-jabbar-why-gone-wind-needs-a-warning-label-not-a-ban-1298347
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2020.06.16 01:31 finnagains Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why 'Gone With the Wind' Needs a Warning Label, Not a Ban

The Hollywood Reporter's columnist says that though such racist content is damaging, "we need a way to present art within its historical context so the works can still be available and appreciated for their achievements but not admired for their cultural failings."
I have mixed feelings on John Ridley’s well-reasoned Los Angeles Times Op-Ed article asking HBO Max to temporarily remove Gone With the Wind, which the service then did on Jun 9. On one hand, Ridley is 100 percent correct. The film glorifies the Confederacy as if they were a bunch of highly principled martyrs hunkered down in holy glory instead of an entitled mob of human-trafficking murderers, rapists and traitors trying to destroy the United States. The film also romanticizes slavery as if it was nothing more than a workplace sitcom in which all the slaves were happy baristas at the plantation’s Starbucks. On the other hand, very few movies or TV shows from the past could withstand today’s rightfully rigorous standards. Almost every one of them that pees on the stick of political correctness will come up positive for insensitivity— or worse.
The question is whether or not works of art should be censored, regardless of how offensive they are. Americans are especially sensitive to this issue because we know that the quickest way to undermine democracy is by silencing a free press, which we’ve seen the Trump Administration make their main priority, from demonizing reporters at rallies, to spreading false rumors about a journalist being a murderer, to demanding CNN retract and apologize for a poll showing Trump vastly trailing Biden. Once we start silencing voices, the only voice left will be the one echoing those in power.
However, Ridley did not call for banning Gone With the Wind. It’s clear that those who are so vigorously raging against his article haven’t actually read the whole thing. Offering an opinion on something you only skimmed or heard about is just another form of censorship because now you’re poisoning the well for others. Here’s what he actually wrote:
"Let me be real clear: I don’t believe in censorship. I don’t think Gone With the Wind should be relegated to a vault in Burbank. I would just ask, after a respectful amount of time has passed, that the film be re-introduced to the HBO Max platform along with other films that give a more broad-based and complete picture of what slavery and the Confederacy truly were. Or, perhaps it could be paired with conversations about narratives and why it’s important to have many voices sharing stories from different perspectives rather than merely those reinforcing the views of the prevailing culture."
null Read More HBO Max Removes Civil War Epic 'Gone With the Wind'
So, what he’s asking is that, given the current public heated climate of widespread protests over police brutality and systemic racism, maybe let’s hold off shoving the joys of slavery and heroes of racism in our faces.
Which brings up the crucial question of where do we draw the line. Whoopi Goldberg responded to the editorial by stating on The View that she was against pulling the film: "If you start pulling every film, you're going to have to pull ... a very long list of films." Her solution was to have a frank conversation with her children about how filmmakers in the past “weren’t as enlightened as we are now.” Meghan McCain responded by saying she would explain to her child that "this is a fantastical, completely fictionalized version of the South during this time that was wrecked with slavery.” These may be a fantastical, completely fictionalized versions of the influence of parents in a world where kids watch movies spontaneously on their phones with no one around. What about the parents who say nothing to their children, or worse, praise the film’s portrayals of history?
Most adults have been brought up on an unhealthy diet of movies and TV shows that were proudly racist, misogynistic, homophobic and xenophobic. Women were addled-headed sex objects that were especially cute when they tried to act equal to men. Gays were predators or objects of ridicule. The portrayal of Blacks was generally as subservient, drug-addicted, or perhaps worse, non-existent. (Did you know that 25 percent of cowboys were Black? Not if you watched Western movies or TV shows.) It’s disturbing to me that many of the films and TV shows I loved as a child make me wince with embarrassment at their bold cruelty and callous dismissiveness. John Wayne in two different films spanking grown women to show them their place. The Beatles song, "Run for Your Life," with the lyrics: "Catch you with another man/That’s the end of little girl." Never mind the fact that he’s creepily referring to her as "little girl," more to the point he’s threatening to kill her if she dates someone else.
Should we ban John Wayne and the Beatles? No, and no one is calling for a ban.
What we need is a way to present art within its historical context so the works can still be available and appreciated for their achievements but not admired for their cultural failings. The easiest way would be to include an introductory explanation—filmed or written—that explains that the work contains harmful racial or gender stereotypes that were acceptable at the time but which we now know are harmful. Links to further discussions and information also could be provided. That is the bare basics of what we should do to emphasize that these portrayals are no longer acceptable. To do nothing is a tacit endorsement of their destructive messages. And, like vaping, prolonged exposure causes damage to our children. We put a warning label on one, why not the other.
Art can either inform us of past follies or it can perpetuate them. Movies and TV shows that display the subjugation, humiliation, or marginalization of anyone are like the Confederate monuments: they have a place in history as both manifestations of and warnings against our ignorance. In contemporary life, they are weighty anchors pulling us down to the bottom while the rest of the world swims freely toward the future.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kareem-abdul-jabbar-why-gone-wind-needs-a-warning-label-not-a-ban-1298347
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2020.05.28 15:59 capershock Advice in movies can have negative effects due to situations being unnatural.

I probably spelt unnatural wrong.
I don't mean the moral of the story, I am more referring to dialouge. Now you can obviously note the romcoms advice being in real life rather creepy like tracking someone down in order to date them or ruin thier wedding since you wouldn't be considered the good guy. However in film such as good will hunting where Robin Williams' character keeps saying the words "it's not your fault," would in real life just aggitate the person causing more aggression although in cinema it would be interesting it would not actually help the individual and would he considered just annoying.
In the movie Ghost, Whoopie Goldberg gives away four million dollars to a charity. This however being good for the charity, puts the charity at risk of being prosecuted for fraud eg or taxed by the government. It would also put them in the firing line of the bad guys. The advice to lie is also as bad as advice to tell the truth. This is because other than guilt, there is really no good reason to come clean about something meaningless such as cheating as the person can just sinply get another partner.
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2020.04.29 22:49 displacedindavis My favorite episode titles (includes The Casagrandes)

This is just my personal list of favorite titles the show has used for its episodes. I've also decided to include The Casagrandes because of how related it is.
Season 1:
Season 2:
Season 3:
Season 4:
The Casagrandes:
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2020.04.18 09:44 autobuzzfeedbot 31 Famous Couples Who Dated And Broke Up Without Us Ever Knowing They Were Together At All

  1. Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
  2. Tom Cruise and Cher
  3. Kaley Cuoco and Henry Cavill
  4. Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson
  5. Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey
  6. Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette
  7. Lizzy Caplan and Matthew Perry
  8. Courteney Cox and Michael Keaton
  9. Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling
  10. Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts
  11. Jason Segel and Michelle Williams
  12. Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift
  13. Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.
  14. Chris Pine and Zoë Kravitz
  15. Anne Hathaway and Topher Grace
  16. Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele
  17. Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz
  18. Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson
  19. Madonna and Tupac
  20. Penélope Cruz and Orlando Bloom
  21. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long
  22. Keira Knightley and Jamie Dornan
  23. Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy
  24. Wilmer Valderrama and Mandy Moore
  25. Britney Spears and Colin Farrell
  26. Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan
  27. Rihanna and Shia LaBeouf
  28. Ashley Olsen and Lance Armstrong
  29. Nick Cannon and Kim Kardashian West
  30. Aubrey Plaza and Michael Cera
  31. Last but not least, Jaden Smith and Kylie Jenner
Link to article
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2020.01.23 17:56 Kitchen_Ur_Lies Album of the Year #19: Rapsody - Eve

Artist: Rapsody Album: Eve

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Background by Kitchen_Ur_Lies
Marlanna Evans, better known as Rapsody, is a 36-year-old rapper from North Carolina primarily known for her affiliation and work with local producer 9th Wonder. After meeting her in 2004 while rapping with one of her earlier groups, Kooley High, he would sign her to his label in 2008. This led to the release of her debut mixtape, Return of the B-Girl in 2010, which would spark her collaborative work with artists such as DJ Premier and Mac Miller. Her sassy yet nimble delivery on this project gives her the versatility to deliver choppy and hard-hitting bars on Win while also making heads spin with her souled-out onslaught on Blankin’ Out. The project would bode well for her budding career, drawing early comparisons to female emcees of Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte. However, this qualifier of best female emcee would be the very item she’d like to eliminate from her name in rap conversations, as she aimed to be one of the greatest emcees, full stop. She would go on to progress her rhyme patterns into rooted life experiences on her second mixtape, Thank H.E.R. Now. With a much more fleshed out tracklisting, she was able to score collaborations with the likes of Big K.R.I.T., Raekwon, and her second song with Mac Miller, whom she joined on his Incredibly Dope Tour in 2011. Rapsody’s early work would open her circles to fellow newly acclaimed acts, including Kendrick Lamar, planting the seeds for collabs in the years to come.
2012 saw the long awaited release of her debut album, The Idea of Beautiful. Advancing her potential seen on previous releases, Rapsody weaves an auditory essay on the essence of beauty. The light boom bap and catch up presence throughout the album lays as a canvas for the poetry that unfolds, with highlights such as Roundtable Discussion and NonFiction. Dotted across the project is singer Nomsa Mazwai, who is showcased on the cover art and lent Rapsody the inspiration for the title and message of the album. The matured yet idealistic insight on the definition of beauty is something that is no stranger to her work and life experience. This project could be looked at as the kindling for something like Eve, which tackles the balance between being confident in her work and comfortable in her skin, and invoking that same stride into her peers and fellow black women.
Dropping two more projects in the coming years with She Got Game and the Beauty and the Beast EP, her time came to speak on themes and principles of beauty by securing one of two featured rap verses on what is considered the peak of 2010s hip hop, To Pimp A Butterfly. No stranger to working with Kendrick, her contribution on Complexion (A Zulu Love) illuminates the systematic issues associated with colorism when defining beauty. Normalized beauty standards have taken aim at minimizing features from black people, including brown eyes and dark skin. She raps about feeling the need to cover her body in bleach cream at age eight to closer align herself with the arbitrary standards, then finally enforcing her dark side like a young George Lucas. This placement on such a celebrated work led to great interest in Rapsody’s career leading up to that point, and the imminent future. Eyes were set and glued on her upcoming projects, including a signing to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation by 2016. The first project to come during her Roc Nation career was Crown, a succinct yet remarkable entry in her discography coming in at a low 10 tracks, with highlights Gonna Miss You and OooWee.
Two years of careful crafting culminated in the consecutive Laila’s Wisdom, a purist panorama of the worldview for black women today. Paying homage to her grandmother Laila, Rapsody weaves together the topics of Southern life, police brutality, love, and blackness into one of her most acclaimed efforts to date. Accents of funk, R&B, and jazz find their presence necessary to tie the themes she tackles with such grace. A soulful intro into Laila’s Wisdom aims to give the listener the Power to understand her message. The features assembled to fill their place in Rapsody’s message cannot be understated, managing to bring out a patois Kendrick Lamar and a standout Black Thought verse. Busta Rhymes who made an appearance on You Should Know praised this as the best album he’s heard from a female MC period, but the best in the last 10 years. Receiving a storm of acclaim from several publications, Rapsody managed to receive nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song at the 60th Annual Grammys, though losing to DAMN and HUMBLE.
Coming off the heels of such a monumental moment in her career, Rapsody furthered her attempts to scrub the qualifier of “female” to her name when listing great MCs. Besides sharpening her pen with guest appearances on projects such as 9th’s Jamla Is The Squad II, an epiphany shaped the vision behind her forthcoming project. While being profiled for Oxford American, interviewer and poet L. Lamar Wilson played Nina Simone and Roberta Flack to stage the interview. What came about was the realization that Rapsody was the very extension of these fellow North Carolina artists and more. That same night, it inspired her to create a song which would later flourish into the concept for an entire album; celebrating the work and lives of black women. The timing of this project coincides at a time where the discussion is being had about what it means to be a black woman in America, and at a time where Rapsody has grasped her abilities as a lyricist and performer to convey her story in all its glory, through pain, power, and pride.
Review by Kitchen_Ur_Lies
Clocking in at just over an hour with 16 tracks, Rapsody lays the foundation for the listener to become grounded in her perspective. Generations of black women act as conduits for Rapsody’s ideas to be illustrated, with each being celebrated in their own respective right. 9th Wonder handles executive and sometimes literal production on this project, brimming each track with lush instrumentation and vocal samples that paint gusts of color for her words to represent. Some of these samples are incredibly high profile in stature, yet never manage to take away from the focal point herself, Rapsody. And while the album and its cover takes focus on Rapsody, it guides you to her through the tribulations of those that came before her.
Anthemic in essence while uplifting in execution, the album commences the celebration with Nina. Nina Simone was quintessential blues singer and civil rights activist of her time. What Rapsody decided to take from her was the ability to reflect on herself and the times, as she quoted from Simone, “An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times.” Simone exemplified this herself by releasing Mississippi Goddam, a protest to the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that claimed the lives of four black girls. This blacklisted Simone from the industry, but she prospered in empowerment nonetheless. Rapsody utilizes this track as a foundation for her own reflection within the industry. Simone’s rendition of Strange Fruit acts as a chilling canvas for Rapsody to lay down the facts. “Emit light, rap, or Emmett Till / I drew a line without showing my body, that’s a skill.” As a rapper in her lane attempting to bring light to atrocities and oppression, she feels her options are to rap on these subjects or get killed like Emmett Till, an innocent 14 year old who was lynched by grown men after a false accusation by a white woman. Rapsody has earned her placement in rap without giving in to sex appeal as well, because she wants her raps to speak for themselves, and this formula is what has brought her so far. Rapsody leaves the outro over the haunting instrumental for poet Reyna Biddy to shed light on her own perspective as a black woman, citing her pain, her feeling like prey, and how she won’t be defeated. This resilience and firing back acts as a graceful segue into the next track with Cleo.
Setting off the tone for Cleo we have Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight to let us know Rapsody is in the building and isn’t holding anything back. If you weren’t aware, Cleo is Queen Latifah’s character in the 1996 movie Set It Off. The tomboyish yet “no-holds-barred” properties that she exudes in this role are invoked in Rapsody. She knows her place and isn’t afraid to say it, “wonder how a bunch of sheep can have an opinion on a GOAT / dressed too tomboy, rap too lyrical.” The way she dresses should have no effect on how people view her craft, yet it still finds its way as criticism she receives and attempts to take away from her status as a GOAT. One thing Cleo wasn’t afraid of doing was sending shots, and neither is Rapsody after being brought down by someone some may look up to in the rap community. Charlamagne Tha God took to Twitter to claim Rapsody is an elite MC and better than 98% of living rappers, not long before Rap Radar co-host B. Dot claimed he was full of shit for such a statement. Not only is Rapsody handily capable of that claim and very deserving, but she effortlessly addresses this here without mentioning his name, since he can’t seem to keep her name out of his mouth. In fact, she keeps it to “I don't take time to address opinions that ain't 9th, Dre, or Jay-Z / Only rap radars I need are them and the streets.” This short list of just three collaborators is already noteworthy, all of whom look up to her as a great MC. And it’s not just her own people that want to cut her confidence short, it’s the very people who could help her distribute her music. “White men run this, they don’t want this kind of passion / A black woman story they don’t want this kind of rapping / What good is a black woman to them? / Raped us in slavery, they raping us again.” I mean fuck, it’s a crying shame I can’t just post the lyrics to this entire song because Rapsody took the time to make every line meaningful and tie in with the theme of never backing down on what you believe in. This track is such an easy listen because of the bounce in the bass with Phil Collins echoing in and out, 9th fading in and out for the chorus, and Rapsody reminding us she’s still getting the money, money, money.
Aaliyah is an ode to the 90’s R&B queen who exemplified another pillar of Rapsody’s character, feeling like a tomboy and being comfortable with that. For as attractive as anybody finds Aaliyah, it seemed tomboyish yet acceptable for her to model for Tommy Hilfiger. “When Aaliyah was alive / It was cool to be a tomboy, Tommy boy fly.” Rapsody feels she can’t get the same treatment as she’s been told she needs to sell herself (her body) more than she does now. She disagrees, stating, “Femininity comes in different ways, and this is my form of being a female. The way I dress is feminine in my way, so I call it tomboy femininity because that's what I saw in Aaliyah.” Her own form of femininity shouldn’t be subject to judgment by anyone else, as nobody can tell her how much of a woman she is, especially when she makes her whole image towards music speaking the loudest volumes about her persona. She does describe this beat as sexy though, which I find it to be too, so it was only frustrating for me when I spent about an hour during the release night trying to find the Aaliyah song this samples. I was shocked to find it’s actually a Sabrina Claudio sample, given Aaliyah has so many dope tracks to choose from. This doesn’t stop Rapsody from giving her more nods within her own track, stating she’s “More than a woman, real enough to rock the boat.” Oprah marks the first feature she enlists on the project with Virginia rapper Leikeli47. The first North American black multi-billionaire, known almost purely by mononym, serves as the most convenient conduit to illustrate the urge to get checks. Eric G pieces together a bouncy and riveting instrumental, letting the words circulate in a catchy tune. This is just a fun track in all seriousness, but Reyna makes another appearance at the end to remind her oppressors who told her that she wouldn’t have shit, that she’ll frighten them with what she has now. Whoopi offers a chance for a sister to act up, as Goldberg did in Sister Act. The cooing Watermelon Man sample brings that playful sassiness to life with just the beat. “Angela Bassett / Blow the whole car up, I ain’t even gassin’” just like Bassett blowing up her husband’s car in Waiting To Exhale. Rapsody’s temper isn’t to be tested, and she has no problem tapping into her ratchet. A multifaceted woman, she can play into this aggressive bag whenever she feels. And this album definitely won’t let that stop, with the next track being no exception.
Serena is as energetic as Serena Williams is on the actual tennis court, owing that in part to the infectious Uncle Luke sample of Don’t Stop. There’s not a doubt in my mind that Eric G must’ve had a blast spamming the MPC key with the “don’t stop” that rings throughout this anthem. “You the captain of your own ship, young blood / A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Rapsody cites how Serena and her sister Venus came up in the tennis world at a time when black people weren’t always welcome in said arena, with these rough waters acting as the catalyst for their high level of play they currently occupy. Momentum is the path to greatness along such a murky path, and it’s why certain people who come from nothing know to strike when the iron is still hot, as you gotta “get it while the going good.” Prospering through treacherous trails is something Rapsody evokes from those before her, citing “We gon' save them all, Nat Turner, Tubman / For the hate you give, still thugging / That's Shakur life, Giovanni wrote it.” Freedom fighters Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman physically pulled slaves out of their harsh environments to the free world, but the type of slavery perpetuated today is in keeping black people left to the bottom through mass incarceration, darkness being antonymous to beauty, among other racial injustices. All of this hatred sowed so deep in the infant from birth is the inspiration for the tattoo THUG LIFE across Tupac’s chest, meaning “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody.” This persecution on the elements of a black person from the outside, namely their skin serve as a segue to the next track with Tyra. As Rapsody states, “self love is a radical act, when beauty is in the eye of the oppressor.” A black woman reaching her level in the modeling and fashion industry is something to behold, as a compliment to her preaching of self-love and acceptance of woman in all shapes, sizes, and skin shades. The Bjork sample weaves these rhymes together so soulfully, and seamlessly into the next track with Maya. Maya Angelou is undoubtedly on the Mount Rushmore of black women for Rapsody. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Angelou is a monumental landmark in American poetry and champion in the black community, working with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, in addition to becoming the first female poet to speak at a presidential inauguration. Sampling Green Eyes by Erykah Badu, this paints a soulful palette in the mind of the listener, perfectly readied for the poetry that befalls on their ears not too long after. “I can’t be a bird in no cage,” as Angelou once said, but Rapsody flies high with her words throughout this track. Running back to that theme, “Told me, just like old Morgan, free man / A caged bird sings a song for freedom.” This harkens back to Morgan Freeman’s critically acclaimed film Shawshank Redemption where he played a man molded by the prison complex that sought the life of freedom, just as a caged bird. The song is beautiful in execution and reminds us to “stay moving forward, don’t waste your soul” just as it closes with Erykah’s gorgeous vocals.
Rapsody is someone who can’t be fenced in, but fencing is ironically the eventual inspiration of the next track in Ibtihaj. Enlisting D’Angelo and GZA, the latter of whom made the classic Liquid Swords which is sampled in this track, 9th decided that since it was this track that was flipped, they may as well name it after the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab during the Olympics while representing the US as a bronze medalist fencer. Rapsody’s verse is exceptional and features shout outs to early 90s hip hop in Gang Starr, Flavor Unit, and Lady of Rage. The true ode to the early 90s is GZA’s standout verse, refurbishing some of his old lines into “a lot of rap is weak, low frequency in the tweeters / very inaudible, clock radio speakers / quietly whispering in a world of WikiLeakers.” He transforms those old lines to connect with today’s world, and passes the torch to Rapsody, who lives out the meaning of “an emcee should electrify, beautify, strive to / empower, inspire, transform a worldview.” Myrlie Evers is the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who Nina Simone famously sung about with Missisippi Goddam as mentioned earlier. Mereba joins Rapsody to sing so beautifully “Take, don’t take, my love away.” While Myrlie lost her husband, she continued his work and eventually became an NAACP chairwoman, not allowing his assassination to take her love away. I should also take this time to highlight Mereba who released an incredible project in The Jungle Is The Only Way Out who mehlibu so eloquently wrote about as well. Reyna Biddy, who’s already appeared across the project at several points, finally gets her own moment with an articulate poem about the black woman’s body and spirit in Reyna’s Interlude.
Michelle pays respects to the Harvard Law School and Princeton graduate that became the first African American First Lady. Rapsody subverts expectations by using this track to hypothetically show what happens when she gains the world but must lose her soul. The Obamas faced scrutiny from conservative media throughout their tenure for a “lack of class” for frivolous things such as wearing tan suits. The different set of standards that came with being First Lady didn’t mean that Michelle had to lose her values. Rapsody herself stated “You can be a girl from Chicago, who likes to dance and be a real black woman who goes to house parties, and still be a first lady. I wanted to showcase the side of Michelle Obama, like, 'I'm a first lady but I ain't lose my blackness. Don't get it twisted.' You hear it in the hook, with Elle Varner singing, 'ladies first.' That's me playing with wordplay again: We can go from being first ladies to a First Lady.” Ebony. One of the first ladies to become a successful dark-skinned supermodel, Iman broke barriers for those to come after her, such as Tyra Banks. Accepting yourself inside your skin, whether physical or metaphorical, is another essential pillar to Rapsody’s ideology, coming a long way from placing bleach cream all over her skin at age eight to face her insecurities. She brings along with her SiR and J.I.D. to ensure that black men are included in the convo of loving black women and themselves.
What better time to mention queens than the great mononym Hatshepsut, the longest reigning woman pharaoh of Egypt? What better time to bring on Queen Latifah to the project? Hatshepsut acts as a fierce anthem for black woman, recognizing the importance to a queen to every king and vice versa. Rapsody likens herself to Coretta King and Winnie Mandela while reminding us that unity is necessary. Queen Latifah wastes no time to describe what being a queen means to her, being there to love and raise a king, knowing when to be Cleo or Gandhi to protect those you love, and having pride stronger than lions. All queens are shout out by her to have their own throne, spot, and crown along their path to success that she’s went through herself. We have another Black Reign to water and nourish the crop, just as we get drowned out by the melodic piano that riffs throughout the track. Sojourner originally appeared on Jamla Is The Squad II, but fits just right into this album with thematic elements to help articulate truths. Afeni marks the closure of this project, attempting to bring closure on the pain that black women feel when black men aren’t taking their perspective to light. She finally samples the Tupac standout Keep Ya Head Up to bring all of the stories and concepts to a whole. Inspired by the general twitter sentiment that black men feel black women criticize them for every action, Rapsody aims to start a conversation with them that they should empathize with them, for Tupac famously said “we all came from a woman/ I wonder why we take from our women / do we hate our women?” This disdain must come to a stop, and both sides have their own grievances that have led to the bitterness. Black women are to be cherished and have been one of the most marginalized groups in America, having to fight alongside civil rights movements both for race relations, and feminist equality. Grace and emotion are evoked from this track, and they’ve touched me as the most heartfelt song found on the whole album.
Favorite Lyrics
Got my middle finger up like Pac after attempted murder
Failed to kill me, it's still me, woke up singing Shirley Murdock
As we lay these edges down, brown women, we so perfect
Went from field nigga to still nigga, being cropped out the picture
  • Nina
They gon make a sister act up, Angela Bassett
Blow the whole car up, I ain't even gassin'
I'ma go worldwide, I'ma go NASA
Yeah the arm strong, you can get it if you askin'
They gon make me go tap into my ratchet
I'ma go Left Eye when I get the matches
  • Whoopi
Black life we still going
They mad we still flowing
Black joy, euphoria
We wanna smile like gloria
That's Hov mama, word to my mama
  • Serena
I'm here for a different cause, we seldom receive applause
Never reeive awards if we ain't modelling something name
Fendi, Gucci, Dior, women like me ignored
But it's aight, though, outsiders never change what's in store
  • Tyra
Discussion Questions
  • How does this stack up with the rest of her discography, did she surpass Laila's Wisdom?
  • Does Rapsody deserve more credit as a strict emcee and not just as a female? And if not, what does she have to do to prove herself?
  • Is there a collaboration she didn't have on here that you'd like to see in the future?
  • Rapsody encapsulated the emotions and sentiments of black women on certain parts of their character that are attacked such as looks and attitude, did she resonate that through her music so that any perspective could understand those troubles?
  • 9th Wonder was still very involved with this project but gave Eric G a ton of production on the tracks here, would you like to see her lock in with 9th for an entire project again or another dream producer?
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2020.01.14 05:57 lifecountercheck Andrew Yang associations for new Yang supporters

Andrew Yang associations for new Yang supporters
So i know there must be a lot of new Yang supporters since his popularity has grown. here are some things I think of when I remember why I started supporting him so fiercely in the first place. Donate a dollar or 30 minutes of your time to helping this movement PER ITEM on this list that reminds you why Yang is such a badass and why we have so much pride in representing this person.

he wants to build a super telescope so we can see more potential asteroids that may hit earth. cost like 100 million but worth
speaking of space things, he's going to tell us what he finds out about the random space junk (and probably technology) that has hit our planet over the swirling of a few billion years in almost incalculably random amounts of gravity. i mean we just basically confirmed black holes are a thing kind of recently. imagine how many gravity waves have wobbled something out of their normal orbit and into our planet's face

wants to pardon all the people locked up for low level marijuana crimes. on 4/20/2021

has the support of dave chappelle, childish gambino, elon musk, whoopi goldberg. these are good character supporters i feel

democracy dollars! 100$ use it or lose it to every voting American that can only go toward a campaign. this is going to give rise to a whole new wave of politicians and ideas we can support and it encourages involvement in the system which will improve as more of us are able to. this is just as important as the 1000$ a month!

has the only effective plan to challenge climate change. he's got a bunch of things to steer our role in the most effective direction. everyone else doesn't understand where we are along the climate change curve nearly as well

he wants to lower the voting age to 16. they're the most socially aware and educated group of teens civilization has ever seen. they're going to be here longer. if they can get a job and pay taxes, they should be able to vote.

the freedom dividend would wipe out homelessness and poverty. good luck going hungry when food and shelter is so much more accessible

every other developed country has a VAT tax, he wants to implement one and put the money it generates directly into our hands. what a fucking hero

he's obviously the smartest candidate. everyone agrees with this actually. even people that don't like him. don't you want the smartest guy making the most important decisions?

he's become the direct target of a lot of humiliation by NBC. they seriously purposefully steer try to mislead people around everything concerning andrew yang. stay aware. but it does tell us something: they're scared

"you're being fucked. let me help unfuck you" - Andrew Yang

he wants to return the right to declare war back to the congress. 19 years ago there was a policy that moved the right to declare war to the executive branch.... it should go back so we can't have some temporary leader up there able to decide for themselves what war this country gets into.

fear decreases with the security UBI would bring. all the traumas and crimes of poverty and a scarcity mindset would be diminished when the blanket of UBI frees the majority of people of many financial burdens that warp their personalities in order to deal with their situation

Yang will be the 46th president when he gets sworn in. he's also be 46 years old. hmmm

his entire campaign is forward and data driven. 75% of americans don't want a war with Iran. 57% of americans can't pay an unexpected 500$ bill. imagine all the healthcare, student loan, housing, and credit card debt the government has just let americans assume. they haven't been interested in protecting our livelihoods and the numbers show it. so much MATH I can't

he wants to compete with china's AI. if nobody competes with their sheer number of computing power and data, they'll surely control the future of AI for quite some time. we're currently very far behind but we can catch up if we start soon

He has a child on the spectrum and knows that we all need to address the various stigmas concerning atypicalness. it's the new normal
he's funny as fuck. check him out on youtube entering the New Yorker's cartoon captioning contest. and do y'all remember him saying he doesn't have to shake the money tree in the wine cave. clever boy

he's running for president right now to make UBI a possibility as soon as possible because if it isn't, more fear and more instability will run amok as corrupt "leaders" leverage more of our souls for their benefit and the benefit of their secret donors

He wants to have our taxes prefilled out. Intuit / turbotax is making money and lobbied our government into staying behind the technology so they can make a few bucks

he wants tax day to be a holiday. we should get a thank you for funding the government every year

he wants to have safe injection sites. it's worked in other countries and we have a huge problem with opioids because drug companies have gone unchecked. and unpunished. the billions they made should be seized and they should be held accountable

he wants to tax gun companies for every death they're responsible for. as it stands, gun companies actually make more money after a shooting because people fear a gun ban about to come and go buy them. isn't that sick?

how do you feel about trump? "yeah he isn't laser focused on solving the problems we need. we need to talk about something else" - basically andrew yang

he wants to outcompete private insurance but not force people out of their existing private plans. he wants to provide more affordable competitive options that will eventually squeeze private industry out of the market

jobs of the future? what jobs? are you gonna work at the pizza shop down the block like your dad did? are you somehow going to provide more value than dominos when nobody has money for your 17$ large hand tossed pizza? or you just going to .... rake leaves? work at mcdonalds? what about your kids what are they gonna do?

he's incentive based. he wants to tax and policy in ways to nudge things in a forward direction. that's the smart way to influence the system. create incentives in the right direction: FORWARD

the kids like Andrew yang the best. i phone banked the other day and remember speaking to this woman who said she likes Andrew but doesn't know much about the candidates really she just remembers her 8 year old watches a lot of youtube and sees that only Yang is concerned with the problems of the future. any unbiased kid can see right through all the bullshit and see that Yang provides the best future for them

the mindset of scarcity is scary. if you get in a car accident, fight at a bar, drop your phone, need a surgery, have to fly for an emergency, need to hire a tutor, or anything that costs at least a couple hundred bucks, you're fucked. how can you tell your crush you are going take care of them when really you can't afford to do anything and they have to make decisions for their security as well?

he wants to pay teachers more. that's a HUGE investment. the one MATH teacher making more money is gonna translate that value to hundreds of kids of the next coming years which as you can imagine bodes quite well for the economy as a whole.

he wants to remove GDP as the main measurement of our country's success. he can direct focus on other statistics immediately. just walk in day one and as president say "alright we're looking at these figures now" boom. being a real leader

he wants to forgive a large portion of school debt. the debt is unbearable and prevents graduates from contributing to the economy and welfare of our nation. they're held back by finances. here we are again

here's what you can do, youtube andrew yang, sort by upload date, join facebook groups and share personal messages about yang. phone bank it's super easy. the program calls people and when someone picks up we get to be like hey is Dennis available and just work through like 3 or 4 questions. or they hang up which happens all the time so you get plenty of chances to adapt on the fly. you can also be inventive and maybe type an unorganized post on reddit?
https://www.yangdaily10.com/daily-task/december-23
thorium reactors. unstable radioactive uranium step aside, thorium reactors are the future of nuclear energy!

make election day a holiday! ever had issues finding a time during your work day to go to the weirdly located polling place to stand in line to cast your vote?

ban robocalls. imagine how distracted and disheartened 100s of millions of people get from these intrusive scam ridden software calls. finally someone brings it up... and happens to be running for president

get rid of the penny. literally not worth the energy and money we spend maintaining this denomination. and we could have a better way to honor one of our more notable presidents than to have him on the coin even homeless folk step over.

opt into retirement accounts. you can put more in if you want to. less too.

carbon fees and making manufacturers more responsible for the waste in their packaging

"Hold future administrations accountable. We need to pass a constitutional amendment that creates a duty on the federal and state governments to be stewards for the environment"
he's the target of humiliating media bias particularly from NBC. i also find it strange that the day he was supposed to get on Rachel Maddow, the trump impeachment announcement was made like an hour before. and every time he's interviewed, they try very hard to steer him into drama and he's so not about it and i love that
he's the only candidate that has come out against circumcision.
Amazon is paying ZERO in taxes.
he has been publicly sharing his checklist of when he's consider force - Prevent a disaster / human catastrophe, get ally support, foreseeable date when they could bring troops home.

feel free to share some things you associate with Yang. especially new supporters because your perspective might entirely be just seeing his ads and performance during debates but he goes wayyy deeper than those

i've also attached how he plans to pay for the Freedom Dividend as a picture.
https://preview.redd.it/kg6oudfjcra41.jpg?width=1080&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=872d4699b2e350eeea1cea38910a8d00d4477809
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2019.10.27 07:12 Munsu9 Whoopi Goldberg

Is it weird if I ask a person who wants to date me to listen to first Whoopi Goldberg's audio book; "If he says you complete me, run!"?
It is an amazing book. It really helped me separate all the mythology around dating and take a fresh look at what dating actually is; two people taking care of each other's needs. I think it would help me and the person get on the same page.
I'm Male, 33.
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2019.10.22 21:28 YangGangHub !! ATTENTION !! We are trending #IMarchForUBI on Wed 9AM PT / 12PM ET to promote UBI, Basic Income March AND Andrew Yang's SF Rally!

!! ATTENTION !! We are trending #IMarchForUBI on Wed 9AM PT / 12PM ET to promote UBI, Basic Income March AND Andrew Yang's SF Rally!
#IMarchForUBI

Trend Details:

  • Hashtag: #IMarchForUBI
  • Trend Time: Wed, Oct 23rd @ 9AM PT / 12PM ET

Goal of #IMarchForUBI hashtag push:

  • Raise awareness about UBI and why UBI is important
  • Promote upcoming Basic Income Marches taking place this weekend Oct 26 and 27th
  • Promote Andrew Yang's Rally in SF happening after the SF Basic Income March on Oct 27th

What to post about:

  • Why you are marching (metaphorically oand physically) for UBI
  • If you are unable to join your local UBI march, help advertise your local Basic Income March and/or all Basic Marches!
  • If you are joining a local Basic Income March, what day and city are you marching in?
  • Can include details about Andrew Yang's SF Rally
  • Can include other details below

Supporters of UBI

  • Barack Obama
  • Andrew Yang
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Elon Musk
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Milton Friedman
  • Robert Reich
  • Sam Altman
  • Chris Hughes
  • Thomas Paine
  • Richard Branson
  • Julian Castro

Basic Income March Event Details

https://www.basicincomemarch.com/

What is UBI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnWsPIgl8_s

Google Drive with Flyers:

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Basic Income March & Andrew Yang Rally Locations & Dates:

*** Sunday, Oct 27th ***

San Francisco
  • 12:30 PM - Gather - Civic Center Plaza
  • 1:30 PM - Kick-Off - March Begins
  • 3:00 PM - Doors Open for Andrew Yang SF Rally
  • 4:00 PM - Andrew Yang SF Rally begins
SF Basic Income March Details -- Event Details / Facebook / Eventbrite
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*** Saturday Oct 26th ***

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Basic Income March Sponsors:

  • Gerald Huff Fund for humanity
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  • Black Lives Matter
  • National Action Network
  • Human Agency Org
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  • Basic Income NYC
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2019.09.18 02:17 enroutetothesky Cast Recording Suggestions

These are just some of my personal favourites (and I tend to prefer newer, modern shows) and is in no way a comprehensive list of all the cast recordings out there. ☺️ These are also in alphabetical order, not my personal ranking of them (I love them all so don’t ask me to choose! 😛)
I tried to give a little summary of each show so sorry for the wall of text! I’m working my way down the list so check back to see any updates. 😊
For a funny/up beat Cast Recording I would recommend: - 13: Evan is an almost-13-year-old living in NYC. When his parents divorce, he moves to a quiet town and has to navigate making new friends and new ~feelings~. Super talented cast of kids (baby Ariana Grande, for those of you who are fans) and overall sweet story. By Jason Robert Brown, one of my all time favourite composers. - 21 Chump Street: based on a news story about an undercover investigation into high school drug trafficking. A mini-musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Also features Anthony Ramos (original Laurens/Philip in Hamilton) and Lindsay Mendez. - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: one of the sweetest, funniest, most heartfelt shows I’ve come across. About a “ragtag” bunch of kids who were all spelling bee champions of their district and are at the County championship. Lots of funny moments but also one of the most heartbreaking songs (The I Love You Song) ever. - Avenue Q: Princeton, a recent grad, tries to navigate “adulting” and meets an interesting cast of characters in his new neighbourhood. Some of the characters are puppets in the show (think Sesame Street) which you obviously can’t see in the cast recording but their cartoony personalities definitely come through. - Be More Chill: this is one of those silly, just-for-fun shows. Really random concept: the story of a nerd, Jeremy, who gets implanted with a supercomputer from Japan to help him become “chill”. Nothing high-brow but lots of energy to just jam out to! - Beetlejuice: this show is so funny and witty! Based on the movie, it’s about a demon, Beetlejuice, and a recently deceased couple, Barbara and Adam, and what happens when the dead interfere with the living (mainly, the lives of teenager Lydia and her family). Alex Brightman is a revelation. - Book of Mormon: if you like South Park, this is the show for you! By the same creators, it follows two young Mormon missionaries as they travel to Uganda on their mission and the shenanigans they get into. Josh Gad (Olaf!!!) and Andrew Rannells were the main characters in the OBC. - Come From Away: good mix of light and heavy, tells the story of Gander, Newfoundland and what happened on 9/11 when the US airspace closed and 38 plans got diverted to their small down. Lots of ups and downs but so uplifting in the end! - Curtains: a murder mystery whodunit (think Clue), David Hyde Pierce plays Lieutenant Frank Cioffi who is sent to investigate the ~mysterious~ death of a leading lady at a theatre. - Daddy Long Legs is based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster and tells the story of orphan Jerusha Abbott and her mysterious benefactor, who agrees to pay her college tuition, and who she dubs "Daddy Long Legs" after seeing his elongated shadow. Under the conditions of her benefactor, Jerusha sends him a letter once a month, describing her new-found experiences with life outside the orphanage. - Debbie Does Dallas: yes, it’s based on the porno. 😅 Debbie is a high school cheerleader who will do ~anything~ to get to Dallas to try out for the Dallas Cowboys cheer squad. Her fellow cheerleaders also help out. - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: based on the movie, it’s about a pair of con men who team up to work their scheme on unsuspecting women. Cast features Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow, and Sherie Rene Scott. - Finding Nemo: super sweet show written by Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, is based on the movie. Lots of fun, catchy numbers and captures the original movie very well! - Hairspray: set during the 60’s, it’s about a young girl named Tracy who is “heavier” and has to deal with that adversity while at the same time fighting for racial equality for her African-American friends. Deals with some serious issues in a lighthearted way. - Heathers: based on the 80’s movie, Veronica is an outsider that makes her way into to inner circle of the “Heathers”, the most popular girls at school. Things go awry and Veronica must make things right. - High Fidelity: Based on the Nick Hornby novel, the show is about Rob Gordon, a Brooklyn record shop owner in his thirties obsessed with making top five lists for everything, always observing rather than participating in life. When his girlfriend Laura leaves him, he goes through a painful re-evaluation of his life and lost loves (with a little help from his music) and he slowly learns that he has to grow up and let go of his self-centered view of the world before he can find real happiness. - In the Heights: semi-autobiographical, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the story is set over the course of three days, involving characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. - Legally Blonde is based on the movie so if you liked that, you’ll like the show! Elle Woods is your typical “hot blonde” so when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more “serious”, she buckles down and goes to Harvard(?!). Lots of fun, high energy numbers but also so heartfelt. (They also professionally recorded and broadcast this on MTV, which I think you can find on ProshotMusicals) - Little Shop of Horrors: zany concept: nerdy Seymour is a florist who discovers a “new and unusual” plant only to find that it’s not what it seems. Lots of different recordings to try out and they’re all great! - Little Women: set during the post-civil war era, it tells the story of March sisters, with the main focus being on Jo. It follows them from childhood into adulthood, and all the complications that follow with growing up. The 1996 movie is one of my all time favourites and this story in general has a nostalgic place in my heart. - Matilda is based on the classic Roald Dahl book and tells the story of a special girl, Matilda, and all of her misadventures. Super sweet and funny but also cuttingly heartfelt. - Mean Girls is based on the movie and I think it does a fantastic job of translating it to the stage. Cady is the daughter of two zoologists who has spent the majority of her life in Africa, being homeschooled. When she moves back to Africa, she learns the ins and outs of high school and navigates the teenage hierarchy. - Newsies is based on the newsies strike of 1899. Jack is the intrepid leader of a gang of newsies, boys who peddle the newspaper on the street. When the bigwig newspaper tycoons try to muscle more money out of them, Jack bands the newsies together and resists them. Both the original 1996 movie with Christian Bale and a proshot of the stage production are on ProshotMusicals! - Reefer Madness is a parody of an anti-marijuana PSA from 1936 and follows two high schoolers, Jimmy and Mary, and what happens when they fall victim to the evils of marijuana. There’s a movie with Kristen Bell as Mary! - School of Rock is based on the Jack Black movie. When Dewey Finn gets kicked out of his band, he becomes desperate for work and impersonate his roommate Ned and takes a substitute teaching job at a private school. When he realizes that his students are musically gifted, he forms a new band and enters them in a battle of the bands competition. - Seussical: based on a number of stories by Dr. Seuss, mainly Horton Hears a Who, the show is about Horton the Elephant and his mission to save his new friend Jojoba and the Whos, that only Horton can hear and no one else believes exist. The Cat in the Hat serves as a narrator. - Shrek: based on the Pixar movie (which is based on the book), the show is about an ogre named Shrek and his quest to regain his swamp, which has been overrun by evicted fairytale characters. It’s on ProshotMusicals and Netflix! - Sister Act: based on the Whoopi Goldberg movie, it’s about a lounge singer named Delores who has to go under cover as nun when her mob boss boyfriend wants to keep her quiet. Patina Miller is 👌🏼 perfection. - Sleeping Beauty Wakes: The show is by the band GrooveLily and is a twist on the classic fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. In this modern-day version, Rose is brought to a sleep-disorder clinic to wake her from her 900-year nap. - Something Rotten! is about two brothers who are writers during the Renaissance and how Shakespeare wasn’t all he was cracked up to be. It’s hilarious. - Striking 12: another show by GrooveLily, this is their take on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl. Goes back and forth between modern day and the fairytale. - The Producers: based on the Mel Brooks movie, it’s about two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop, therefore able to claim a loss and keep the money for themselves. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. - The Prom: When four has-been Broadway actors travel to the conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana to help a lesbian student banned from bringing her girlfriend to high school prom, what started off as a publicity stunt turns into a genuine cause and they end up forming true bonds. - The Wedding Singer: based on the Adam Sandler movie, the show is about a wedding singer, Robbie Hart, and his woes with love. He develops a relationship and crush on waitress Julia who is engaged to Glen Guglia. As their friendship deepens, they realize they’re meant for each other. High energy show, you can definitely hear and feel the 80’s influence! - [title of show]: this is truly the little show that could! A very original concept, the show is about two composers who are writing a show about two composers writing a show. Basically, it’s all very meta and you’re seeing the creative process of how the show itself got created! - Tootsie is based on the Dustin Hoffman movie. Michael is a struggling actor who gets blacklisted for being “difficult”. While helping his friend Sandy prepare for an audition, Michael hatches a plan to create an alter ego and attends the audition himself and things go awry from there. - Toxic Avenger is based on the 1984 cult classic and about nerdy Melvin Ferd and what happens to him when a group of bullies dump him in a vat of nuclear waste. Totally has that cheesy, campy 80’s vibe. - Xanadu: based on the 1980 movie, Xanadu is about muse Clio, a daughter of Zeus, and her quest to help human Sonny. Hilarious performances from Kerry Butler, Mary Testa, Jackie Hoffman and Cheyenne Jackson. - You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: based on the classic Peanuts comics! Such a sweet and endearing show, each song is a mini vignette featuring all of the classic Peanuts characters.
Throwing in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, just for fun. 😉 Written during the 2007 Writers’ Strike, it tells the story of Billy (alter-ego: Dr. Horrible) who aspires to be a super villain. Billy applies to the Evil League of Evil and the main boss, Bad Horse, challenges him to prove his chops as a villain. A love triangle between Billy, sweet girl-next-door Penny and the city’s “hero” Captain Hammer develops. Commentary! The Musical is a companion piece and also hilarious!
More serious/heavy shows: - A New Brain: loosely autobiographical, the show is about songwriter Gordon Schwinn who questions his life and his accomplishments when he goes through a neurological trauma (never specifically stated but possibly an aneurysm.) - Children of Eden (Paper Mill Playhouse): by Stephen Schwartz, the show is based on the stories of Adam and Eve/Cain and Abel (first act) and Noah (second act). Although it is based on Bible stories, doesn’t necessarily feel overly religious, in my opinion. - Dear Evan Hansen is the story of Evan Hansen and what happens when a small white lie gets out of hand. Deals with issues of anxiety, suicide and mental health. - Dogfight: based on the 1991 movie, Eddie is a marine who’s about to be deployed. He and his friends hold a “dogfight”, a cruel game to see who can bring the ugliest date. Eddie meets Rose, a shy waitress, and convinces her to come to the party with him. She finds out about the dogfight and leaves, broken-hearted. - Hadestown is unlike anything I’ve ever seen or heard before. Based on the Greek myths of Hades/Persephone and Orpheus/Eurydice, it’s hauntingly beautiful. - Hamilton: I mean, you probably know about Hamilton already but in case you don’t, it tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers (who was never president but is on the $10), and how he started as a poor orphan immigrant, struggled and fought his way up the ranks to become one of the major players in establishing the newly founded America. - Next to Normal: tells the story of Diana Goodman and her struggles with mental health and how it affects her family. Lots of ups and down, which I personally take as representative of the ups and downs of mental health. - Once on This Island: based on My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy (which was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s original telling of The Little Mermaid), this show is about Ti Moune and her unwavering love of Daniel. Their love is complicated by the fact that Ti Moune is from the darker skinned peasant class whereas Daniel is from the lighter skinned grands hommes class. Lots of joyous, rambunctious numbers but also heartbreaking moments as well. - Parade is based on the true story of the lynching of Jewish man Leo Frank in Atlanta in 1913. By Jason Robert Brown, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. - Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States during the turn of the century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia. Their lives intertwine throughout the show and intersect in surprising ways. - Rent: about a group of friends in NYC, dealing with issues of homelessness, financial strain, HIV/AIDS, and artistic fulfillment. These friends go through a lot and come together as a true family. - See What I Wanna See is based on three Japanese short stories: Kesa and Morito, In a Grove and Dragon: the Old Potter's Tale. The story is told in two acts with two prologues (a single song) before each act. The prologues tell the story of lovers Kesa and Morito, the first prologue being from Kesa’s POV and the second being from Morito’s. The first act follows a murder in Central Park in 1951 from the various perspectives of several different characters. Act two centers on a priest, wavering in his faith, who creates a hoax about a miracle. - Songs For a New World: another show by Jason Robert Brown, this is a song cycle and each song is it’s own self-contained story. There’s a wide range of emotions from comical to deeply cutting. - Spring Awakening tells the story tells the story of a group teenagers in the late 19th-century discovering their sexuality. They explore the issues of sex, domestic and sexual abuse, homosexuality, abortions, depression and suicide, largely without adult guidance which leads to further confusion and misunderstanding. - The Last 5 Years destroys me every time I listen to it but I must be a glutton for catharsis because I listen to it quite frequently. It’s a love story that takes place over the course of a five year marriage; very unique storytelling as well! My username is a line from the show. ❤️ (there’s a movie of this with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan! Check it out!) - The Wild Party: this is an interesting case where there were two shows written based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 poem, that were produced in the same year; Andrew Lippa’s off-Broadway and Michael John LaChiusa’s on Broadway. I personally prefer Lippa’s but they’re both great! The story centres on Queenie and her lover Burrs, who live a decadent life during the roaring 1920’s. They decide to have one of their parties, complete with illegal bathtub gin and the couple's colourful, eccentric and egocentric friends, but the party unfolds with more tumultuous goings-on than planned. - Waitress is based on 2007 movie and is about a woman named Jenna. Jenna works as a baker and waitress and is stuck in an abusive relationship with her husband, Earl. After she unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Jenna begins an affair with her doctor, Dr. Jim Pomatter. Looking for a escape from her troubles, she plans to enter a pie baking contest and win the grand prize in hopes of finally leaving Earl. - Wicked: the show is based on the book by Gregory Maquire and tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West before she became the Wicked Witch of the West. Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch), struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's fall from grace.
This is not to say that these shows are strictly one or the other, 100% happy or 100% serious, any good show will have both but they definitely veer one way or another.
Some classics that I also enjoy are: - Company is about Robert (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. - Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee's sister, the actress June Havoc. - Into the Woods intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family (the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel"), their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. - Les Miserables is based on Victor Hugo’s book and is what I’d consider a ~epic~ show. There’s a lot going on with intertwining storylines and crossing of paths but basically the story is of Jean Valjean, who has recently been released from prison, and his struggle to rebuild his life. It takes place over a number of years in 19th century France and along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists attempt to overthrow the government at a street barricade in Paris. - My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, which was based on the Greek myth. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phonetician, so that she may pass as a lady. - Oklahoma! is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1906, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie. I would recommend the 2019 Broadway Cast Recording in particular. - Sweeney Todd - The King and I
There are also tons of shows I haven’t listed, this is in no way a comprehensive list of all cast recordings. Try listening to a few on Spotify and see what recommendations pop up.
For something somewhat theatre related but not a cast album, Ben Platt’s album Sing To Me Instead is perfection. 😍
Check CastRecordings for the above and much more!
You could also watch proshot (videos of stage performances). These are pretty rare (for lots of reasons that are kinda too complicated to get into here) but these are just some of the shows that have been professionally captured: - Company - Daddy Long Legs - Falsettos - Hamilton - Into the Woods - Legally Blonde - Les Mis (10th and 25th anniversary concerts) - Miss Saigon (25th anniversary cast) - Newsies - Rent (final Broadway cast) - Shrek - Sunday in the Park With George - Sweeney Todd (concert cast) - The Light in the Piazza
These shows have Hollywood movie versions: - Chicago - Dreamgirls - Hairspray - Into the Woods - Les Miserables - Little Shop of Horrors - Mary Poppins - Reefer Madness - Rent - Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (featuring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as Fairy Godmother!) - Sweeney Todd - The Last Five Years - The Sound of Music
I believe you can find all these (and more!!!) on ProshotMusicals.
I also love librettos, which is basically the full script plus usually some other tidbits, like: - Hamilton: The Revolution - Wicked: The Grimmerie - RENT - In the Heights - Avenue Q
I’d also be more than happy to give you a more in-depth synopsis/recommendation of any the shows above if you’d like. Just ask! 😄
Happy listening! 😊
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2019.08.19 07:54 Sweetsmurf Phineas and Ferb: The Prideland Chronicles (Chris Ruiz inspired) - Episode 1: African Romance

Note: Remember the guy who made that video pointing out every Lion King reference in P&F? Well... he had a crossover idea which involves the two brothers getting adopted by Simba and Nala as seen here and here but with that being said, one such missed opportunity is Candace also be adopted by the two royal lions so... yeah, here's me revisiting that idea with Candace included in with the adoption this time!
Candace wakes up yawning to find up her cellphone ringing, she picks it up! She automatic recognizes the caller, responding with: "Hey, Jeremy! Want to go out with Princess Candace of the Pridelands?"
"What?" Jeremy responded, cluelessly on the other end.
"I mean... do you have plans? You know, to feel the love tonight?" she covered it up while referencing a certain love song.
"Well, I'm on a safari in Africa as we look at the great big pointy rock..." Jeremy tells her, Candace freaks out as she recognizes what he was referring to and hangs up on him. He decides to go and talk to the only two other human members of the Prideland royal family - Phineas and Ferb! Meanwhile, Isabella is with the Fireside Girls - or Fireside Lionesses as she like to call them on occasion (*sarcasm* I wonder why) - looking over the Pridelands.
"Look, girls! Everything the light touches is part of the kingdom... and me and Phineas will someday be king and queen!" she tells them. Suddenly, Phineas and Ferb walk in on them with Isabella looking lovestruck.
"Hey, girls! Whatcha doin?" Phineas asked, Isabella fainting as she hears it.
"Oh, cool! Look, Ferb... it's our kingdom! I can't wait to be king someday, can you?" he asked his green-haired brother who has a crush on a teenage girl whose father is technically an ocelot with Ferb himself technically being a royal lion cub. Meanwhile, a certain warthog and meerkat as watching in the background as Candace steps in asking for help!
"Look, Pumbaa! Is Phineas really that blind to the obvious?" Timon asked.
"If only there was someway we get him to notice," Pumbaa suggested. Meanwhile back with Candace and her brothers...
"Look, Jeremy in the Pridelands and don't want him to realize that I was..." Candace explained.
"Raised by royal lions, one of which was raised by a warthog and a meerkat!" Ferb finished, speaking his usual one line per day.
"Candace, they doesn't matter because they love you... hold on, wait a minute! Ferb..." the human lion prince said as he turned to his brother. At the same time, Timon turns to Pumbaa and in unison...
"I know what we going to do today... or rather tonight, we're gotta let them feel the love tonight!" Phineas and Timon said. Suddenly, Phineas' other sister - Kiara - steps in to check in on them!
"Hey, guys! You too, sister!" Kiara said.
"Hey, Kiara... where's Perry?" Phineas asked.
"I thought he was with you?" the lioness replied. Unknown to them, Perry gets up on two feet and puts on his fedora and he takes a bucket elevator up to OWCA's jungle HQ - a treehouse looking similar to the one Phineas and Ferb built in the episode "Swiss Family Phineas" except with the OWCA logo on it!
"Good morning, Agent P! How do you like our tree-HQ? I got it from a TV show about spy kids fighting adult tyranny... anyway, right this way for the morning report!" Mongram told Perry as he led him to the meeting where he meets with his former nemesis/future Professor Time - Dr Heinz Doofenshmirtz - as well as the Lion Guard. Carl and Vanessa come in and they and Monogram start to sing their own version of this song:
Vanessa: Mum is in the outlands, that's pretty bad!
Monogram: LOVE-MUFFIN seems to have assembled and are pretty mad!
Carl: There are evil plans to must put to an end because it's the Pridelands we are sworn to defend!
Trio: This is the morning report Gives you the long and the short Every grunt, roar, and snort! Not a tale we distort on the morning report!
This is the morning report! Gives you the long and the short! Every grunt, roar, and snort! Not a tale we distort on the morning report
As the music stop, Monogram pretends to cough to get their attention!
"Anyway... you must stop LOVE-MUFFIN and protect Charlene from unfriendly hyenas like the one that somehow look and sounds like Whoopi Goldberg because until the Pridelands end, Lion Guard and OWCA defend!" Monogram tells them, Perry responds with chatter with Fuli swoons over after hearing it. They then run off, cue this theme music. Meanwhile back with Phineas and Ferb, Nala is cleaning the boys' hair when in comes Isabella!
"Hey, Phineas! Hey, Ferb! Hey, Nala! I was wondering... can me and Phineas can go for a walk by the watering hole?" she asked. Nala thought back to when they used her childhood where she and Simba were attacked by hyenas and in doing so, she responded appropriately.
"By watering hole, you actually mean it?" Nala asked Isabella, feeling unsure.
"Yes, your highness," she replied confidently as she, Phineas and Ferb run off. At the watering hole, they meet up with Candace and Zazu which Candace being unhappy by Zazu's presents.
"Young mistress, Queen Nala sent me to keep an eye on your date!" Zazu told Candace. Just then, Jeremy's little sister - Suzy - comes in a chased Zazu away just as Jeremy himself arrives and notices Phineas and Ferb drinking from the watering hole.
"Candace, why are your brothers drinking water like cats?" Jeremy asked, Candace then moves Jeremy away from the watering hole as Suzy holds Zazu down.
"I beg your pardon but... let go of me, little miss!" Zazu told her. Back with the Lion Guard and OWCA agents, they meet up with Charlene!
To the tune of the "Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated" jingle: The outskirts of the Pridelands!
"Heinz, what are doing here in Africa in gender-flipped Kim Possible cosplay with you and a platypus wearing fedoras and some animals with lion-head tattoos on them?" she asked.
"First off... this is the Outlands while everything the light touches is the Pridelands, you'll be safe there!" Doof said, hoping to get her to safety until... LOVE-MUFFIN surrounds them!
"This is what happens when the Lion Guard's resident lookout take a day off!" Kion commented. Out stepped the new leader of LOVE-MUFFIN: Aloyse von Roddenstein!
"Well, well, well... if it isn't the former evil scientist Dr Heinz Doofenshmirtz, traitor and founder of the League of Villainous United Maniacally United for Frightening Investment In Naughtiness or for short..." Roddenstein explained.
"LOVE-MUFFIN? Heinz, Vanessa was right?" Charlene asked Doof.
"Yeah, that was a while ago but now is not the time... Kion, now!" he said, turning to the leader of the Lion Guard. Kion prostioned himself similar to Bolt from the Disney film of a same name but before he could let out his iconic roar, LOVE-MUFFIN puts a muzzle around Kion. Seeing this, Fuli runs off to get help where she runs into Stacy!
"Fuli, what's the sitch?" Stacy asked.
"Stacy... we need your help! Ready for an impossible mission from OWCA?" Fuli asked, Stacy nods his head in agreement and puts on a fedora.
"Trust me, Fuli... when there's danger or trouble, I'm there on the double!" Stacy tells her. Meanwhile with Phineas and Ferb, we see them reuse the table and chair from their platypus restaurant for Candace's date with Jeremy tonight as we see an identical table set up by Timon and Pumbaa for Phineas and Isabella!
"Hey, Phineas! Whatcha doin'?" Isabella asked.
"Oh, setting up Candace's date for Candace date for tonight!" Phineas told her.
"Well... I did earn my "Hunt Like a Lioness" patch!" she told him, showing them to their table just as Candace and Jeremy enter.
"The bird that Suzy caught call you..." Jeremy said before being cut off.
"Jeremy, look... a romantic table for two!" Candace pointed out with Carl and Vanessa watching in the background before getting a call from Major Monogram, they then rush out.
"Carl, Vanessa... we have a problem! It's up to you!" Monogram tells them. Cue music! Meanwhile at...
To the "Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorperated" jingle: Scar's former hideout!
"Wait, I know this! Timon and Pumbaa told me they were here when they were searching for a new home!" Bunga pointed out.
"Correct!" said Roddenstein, standing on a cliff similar to the first Lion King movie.
"So what's your plan? To steal the moon?" Doof asked.
"No... it's simple really!" said a mysterious voice.and out steps Thaddeus and Thor, Phineas and Ferb's more self-centered counterparts from the episode of the same name. To be continued in the comments...
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2019.08.12 06:13 removalbot 08-12 04:13 - 'This was in 1993, just before _Cheers_ ended (it was not the cause). He did _Becker_ after that. And, I mean, he's still on TV (_The Good Place_). / It was a Friar's Club roast, and the performance was in honor of (and parti...' by /u/Fordiman removed from /r/worldnews within 21-31min

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This was in 1993, just before Cheers ended (it was not the cause). He did Becker after that. And, I mean, he's still on TV (The Good Place).
It was a Friar's Club roast, and the performance was in honor of (and partially co-written by) Whoopie Goldberg - who he was dating at the time. It got some controversy - because, apparently, some guests did not know the balls-out nature of a Friar's Club roast - but it was far from hurting his career.
To be clear: nothing about Trump's context is exculpatory here. Just, guyinokc has a point - that being, that yes, it's possible to have non-racist blackface, based on context. It's rare - and fucking risky - but it can happen. Context does matter.
Another good example - and basically the canonical example of racism-lampooning blackface that is not itself racist - is Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder. Kinda hard to argue it hurt RDJ's career; it came out the same year as Iron Man.
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2019.08.09 05:49 TooLateHindsight King of the Hill 6x12 "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill"

King of the Hill 6x12
Premise: After not getting enough substitute teaching opportunities at Tom Landry Middle School, Peggy begins working part-time with Hank at Strickland Propane. She hates it, but while reluctantly performing trivial tasks for Hank, she runs into another former teacher, Claire, who was interviewing for a Spanish teaching position at a nearby Catholic school. When Claire said she did not get the job because only Catholic nuns are eligible, Peggy takes the reasonable course of action; She goes to the school with a falsified resume and impersonates a nun.

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Directed By: Gary McCarver and Klay Hall
Written By: Sivert Glarum, Michael Jamin, Emily Spivey, Mike Judge, and Greg Daniels
Original Date: 17 March 2002
Fun Fact: In this episode, Hank tells Peggy "At least when Whoopi Goldberg posed as a nun, she was hiding from gangsters". This is a reference to the 1992 movie Sister Act. Kathy Najimy (who voices Peggy) played Sister Mary Patrick in that movie and it's sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.
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2019.06.17 05:51 sagesaria9475 How I Got My Friend Out of Being Grounded

Long time lurker through youtube, first time poster. This is just a quickie from high school, back in 2006.

I had a dear friend whom I'll call Friend. He was the head of the anime club and generally a fun nerd to hang out with. We still talk once in a while on facebook, though we haven't talked in person in a long time, but he's still a good dude. He's a year younger than me, so at the time of these events he was a senior and I'd just started college, having graduated that May. I was keeping up with him through the occasional weekend visits or his Xanga posts.

So it's a new school year, and being a senior, workload is piled onto Friend because you gotta get ready for college, am I right? Which means tons and tons of assignments to finish. Sure don't miss those years. Friend was struggling to get into the groove, and it got to the point where he had to pull the dreaded all-nighter to finish an essay that was due the next day. He got it done, and as far as I recall him telling the story, he didn't even miss that day of school! And yet, for some reason, apparently his parents decided that he should be punished for this behavior. I guess because they didn't want to encourage him procrastinating? If you asked me, the panic of getting an essay done on time and going through an entire day of school on absolutely no sleep is punishment enough.

The terms of his punishment were that he wasn't allowed to go to the next event he was invited to. I was furious on his behalf; he was a senior, and inevitably there would be a lot of parties that Friend would potentially have to miss and lose valuable time with friends who would be graduating in May. And then of course there was the potential of upcoming school events like Homecoming, which I never went to but for all I knew he might have a date who'd want to go. In my mind, friendship was far more important than learning whatever lesson he was supposed to learn from being grounded.

So, when I griped to my mother about this, because we like to keep up to date about how my friends are doing too, she suggested a little malicious compliance; We CREATE an event to invite him to.

It wasn't anything grand; we just looked at local theater listings for movies. Something simple and cheesy that I could tolerate watching by myself. I decided on Everyone's Hero, a cheesy animated baseball movie that starred Rob Reiner as a baseball and Whoopi Goldberg as a baseball bat. Yeah, 2006 was a weird time. Anyway, I called Friend up and invited him to go see Everyone's Hero with me. Obviously, he couldn't go because he was grounded. But, the next thing he was invited to, he could remind his mom that I invited him to go see a movie.

I've told this story to peers before and sometimes got given flack for trying to work around his parents' punishments like that. But honestly, it's pretty tame by most teenage rebellion. And besides, it's not like a lied; I DID go see Everyone's Hero even though Friend couldn't come with. If anything, I'm the one who got punished because that movie was terrible.

EDIT: edited because I misremembered the timeline a little, but the important stuff is the same.
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2019.02.15 09:40 BrawwLife Combating Anxiety With Exercise

A brief overview.
Anxiety is normal. Although anxiety can disguise itself as many different forms. Depending on the individual, the setting and the severity of the condition. It is however, something that cannot be taken lightly and effects so many people worldwide. It is often found that the view of the sufferer, is one that imagines their life as worse than the reality that they are actually surrounded by. The thought that this perception is of a psychological imbalance, is one that accommodates the condition.
You can look at anxiety as a bucket of water. With your life being the bucket and the water being your anxiety levels. Each drop of water, small or large, acts as “one of life’s stresses”, from running late for work to burning your dinner. Eventually these levels start to add up and eventually spill over, with too much water for the bucket to handle. Seemingly out of the blue, these small triggers can cause a chain reaction of symptoms.

Back in the day.

Anxiety or fear, you could say, is instilled in the human body for a highly valid reason. Dating back to caveman days our ancestors lived an extremely different life. They were forced to hunt for their food, or be hunted. Therefore evolution adapted the body in such a way to deal with all of these dangers, like being eaten by a Sabre-Tooth Tiger. It equipped us with the ability to raise our heart rate to defend better, enlarge our pupils to see more clearly and a surge of adrenaline to give us that extra boost. This is also known as the fight or flight response.
Fast forward a few million years and we find that our world now see’s little need for such responses. Unfortunately however, humans have evolved our surroundings far quicker than we have been able to evolve our own bodies. We now have no profound way in which to output these responses as we would back then. This build up of unrelieved stress, in turn, manifests itself as anxiety or other mental disorders.
It is important to note that there are many other determining factors and symptoms to anxiety. This is just one perspective.

You are not alone.

There seems to be a stigma around suffering from mental disorders as a whole. For some unknown reason people have largely rejected the fact that anxiety is a legitimate condition, one that needs to be addressed to help the millions across the world who struggle to deal with it on a daily basis. This ‘taboo’ causes those who do sadly suffer, to hide how they truly feel. Sucking it up, then trying to push through an issue that can be easily helped through sharing alone. All because of the fear of being seen as “over-dramatic”.
Here are just a few names you may find familiar to show you that anxiety does not have to stop you from becoming the person that you want to be;

The Insta role?.

There are many causes to anxiety, ones that should not be a ‘cookie cutter’ reason for any one particular individual. We mentioned the evolutionary catch up our bodies need to make above. But there is one force’s growth that we are are also struggling to deal with. That is social media. We have spoken about social media’s role many times before in previous blogs. In terms of anxiety however, it has been a key player.
We are constantly bombarded with this ‘perception’ or ‘diluted vision’ of what is the correct way to be living. It literally lives inside our pockets every single day. Whether it be sub-conscious or not, many of us have now developed a daily ritual of comparing our lives to this optical illusion within the palm of our hands. Inevitably this becomes a catalyst for a damaged self-esteem and dent in ones self-worth. This blow to a person will cause them to become demotivated and disengaged with their own lives, as they feel they are not being satisfied.

Fitness friend.

As with causes and types, the treatments for anxiety are also vast. They are also specific, once again, to each persons needs. So how then, can exercise be an ailment to anxiety. A physical act that effects the mental function, can be a concept that is hard to get your head around. Although once you take a deeper look, it really does make a lot of sense. The brain itself is directly linked to the entire body via neurotransmitters. These send important messages to the brain, whether it be positive or negative. These in turn, are directly influenced by our surroundings. Exercise produces certain ‘feel good’ chemicals and hormones such as Endorphins. An accumulation of these connections and process gets the chemicals straight to the brain, acting as medication.
Training well occasionally requires you to come out of your comfort zone and test your will power. As this test is done in a safe environment, it has a profoundly positive effect on the mind. This ‘push a little further’ mentality strengthens the mind. It breaks it down, then as the body always does, it repairs itself stronger and ready for the next hurdle. The consequence of this over a period of time, is that when something out of our control comes a long. Our minds are more than prepared to take it on. It also means that we are much better qualified to deal with the small stresses we talked about earlier on.
Here are just a handful of the many other benefits training has on mental capacity;
Exercise and movement also scratches the ancestral itch to move. It allows the body to use up all of those responses in a healthy way. Simulating the movements of our predecessors in training, allows the body to reset its levels or chemicals and hormones to a much safer level.

How to apply it.

So now that we know just how beneficial exercise can be for your anxiety. We now need to look at practical ways in which you can apply it to your life. Studies have shown that just 10 minutes of walking can produce hours of stress release. The first thing that every one can do is set clear workout goals each day. This not only sets you up for the day but also holds yourself accountable to follow through and produce. Make sure you are always prepared.
You also do not have to be over-excessive. It does not take hours upon hours per day to reap the rewards of exercise. Just 30 mins a day of aerobic work, whether it be a cycle, run, swim or walk. A nugget of treatment each day will pay dividends to your mental and physical state.

Enjoy training

Make the training enjoyable – the worst thing you can do is put yourself through something you don’t actually like. One of the best ways to do this is to find a sport that you enjoy. If you aren’t much of a sportsmen, experiment, try new options and avenues. You may just surprise yourself with the results you are given, along with the people that you might meet. There is little risk with massive rewards available.

Grab your headphones

When you are training, you can also retract your mind from your surroundings even further. By listening to music, taking up a new podcast or discovering an audio book. These all further the relaxation and recovery of your mind in a healthy way. Allowing it to wind down from the stress it is so often a slave to. You may even find that these sources of audio will push you further than you thought you could go.

Find a friend

Finally, when possible, partner up with someone to train with. Not only can they be there to help you train, try new exercises with you and motivate you through. They also go on the journey to the results you want. Having someone by your side to experience a life changing process can be priceless. It is an invaluable asset to have a buddy with you, in turn they are also gaining the reciprocal effect. You become the treatment for your friend.

Start now.

We will leave you with these startling facts that just show the paramount importance of addressing the issues of mental health in the UK alone.
16 million people suffer from anxiety everyday.
1/2 of mental illnesses start from the age of 14.
Women are 2 times more likely to develop anxiety than men.
75% of young people with mental problems do not seek treatment.

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2019.02.01 00:48 pennycenturie Am I allowed to ask you guys if I (29F) am asexual? I'll try to keep it simple.

I can only come if I'm imagining that I'm underage (9 years old - 17ish) and being molested in my sleep. I have one partner that participates in this fantasy, and I can come while he touches me.
Every once in a while, this partner hits me on the ass a lot and penetrates me with his fingers, and I get verbal - daddy stuff. The speech is cathartic. I go for daddy stuff when I have lucid dreams, too. In other lucid dreams, I molest flat-chested, young girls. (Please note: I would never, ever touch a child. I literally wouldn't get anything out of it, but more importantly, I'm just not interested in ruining a human being's life. I know how multifaceted and serious the damage is, and there's really nothing that could ever convince me to do that to someone.)
I have sex with people I don't know very well every once in a while, but am usually very bored and critical. I don't receive anything you'd call "physical pleasure" from them touching me or penetrating me, and usually what they do seems kind of cringey, like they make dumb faces or sort of flop around until they come or just have a really skewed sense of self.
I am absolutely disgusted to my core at the idea of cunnilingus. I mention in my dating bios that I can't deal with hearing about it. It absolutely horrifies me and makes me want to slice all of my skin off my body when someone brings up this sex act. Historically, when someone has tried to go down on me, or touches my clitoris with their finger when I am wet, I kick them. This wasn't always the case, but has been going on for maybe six years now.
I really like male attention but I think it's really cringey when they start talking about sex. If they say something like "I'm a very sexual person, I have a high sex drive, I'm insatiable" I think they're really pathetic and a. am pretty sure it's not true, and is just indicative of poor self awareness, and b. am revolted by the idea that they would sexualize me in the sense of applying their sexuality to my body. I like it when men like the way I look but there are just, like... thousands of them, telling me they can fuck me like no other, and it's embarrassing to read in my inbox. It's like they think that actually matters, and then they don't really offer anything else. Like, ok? You've made an ass out of yourself now. If I wanted to talk about sex, don't you think I would have brought it up? Literally every man online just can't wait to talk about it, so why would you fuck up the conversation with something that I can get anywhere?
I'm only attracted to men when they're wearing clothes that I like.
Please help, I don't know what to do. I'm exhausted by trying to find things in real life sexually appealing, and I've been heartbroken for years because I think I'm in love with someone I don't like sexually. I'm having a really hard time and I just don't know how to make this shit in my inbox stop. If I'm definitely asexual, I guess I could at least put that in my bio. It would be really hard to quit online dating because I don't have any other human contact, but at least if I know I am I can slow the tide, or whatever. Right?
[edit] Also, shit, this part's really important: Whenever someone suggests I see a sex therapist, my inner response is "why?" I recently put it like this in a thread on /BPD: "It's like if you say you don't like spaghetti, and someone is like 'but if you liked spaghetti, then you'd like spaghetti. You can take pills to make you like spaghetti, you know.' And then you're just standing there like, 'but... I like sandwiches.'"
[edit2] I should mention, too, that I don't really like cuddling, and have always hated making out. I've known I have no interest in making out since before I was first kissed, when I was like 14. I definitely like massages, and actually I've told some men that that's the only way they can get me to consent to sex is if they lull me with massage until I'm not myself/conscious anymore. That works out okay, but I feel like it's relevant that I don't want to, like, spoon, or hug, or do any kind of snuggling while watching tv or anything. I don't hate touch, but I don't really identify with folks who say they're asexual but like non-sexual touching with partners. I'm also not interested in having kids or getting married or committing to someone in a relationship. I love what Whoopi Goldberg said about marriage: "I don't want somebody in my house." But... literally if I don't entertain suitors, I will not have conversations.
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2019.01.31 03:02 pennycenturie So fucking sick of sex

But I have no other way of connecting with human beings. I collapse into depression because my body can't sustain me and I know that all I need is just, like, a really good conversation, but literally the only way to do that is to talk to men on dating platforms, or someone I've met from one, go on a date, hang out, booty call, whatever.
I DON'T HAVE A SEX DRIVE. IT FUCKING DISGUSTS ME TO BE SPOKEN TO LIKE I HAVE ONE. I'M EXHAUSTED.
I don't know what to do. I realized recently that the guy I've been "in love with" (obsessed with could easily be a more apt way of putting it) isn't someone I even like sexually... I just like hanging out with him. Once upon a time it was satisfying to make him come, but he's a goddamn animal now and sucking his dick last week was one of the most miserable things I've ever done. If I resist him sexually, welp, just lost access to him entirely. And what the fuck else do I have? Oh, other dudes. Great. /s
At least there's one who also has no sex drive. That's nice. And if I could just be with him, that'd be cool. But I'm like Whoopi Goldberg when it comes to marriage: "I don't want somebody in my house."
Just fucking shoot me in the head.
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2018.11.03 07:19 OldmanRevived i saw two movies (Nobody's Fool, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms)

the first one was Nobody's Fool
in case you didn't know already, i'm not a Tiffany Haddish fan. at all. in any way whatsoever. she's about as funny as Tyler Perry, so when i saw that the two were collaborating, i was full of utter contempt.
wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by-the-book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on her feet. as these polar opposites collide, Tanya soon discovers that Danica's picture-perfect life and boyfriend may not be what they seem.
let me start off with the opening credit sequence, which has Tika Sumpter dancing strangely while getting ready for work, as she always does. during this entire sequence, it's showing little text bubbles in the corner of the screen that contain the conversations she has with her long distance boyfriend, Charlie. don't worry, nothing they say is remotely interesting. it's just full of lovey-dovey schmultz and random emojis.
Charlie apparently has bad connection at the rig he's working at, which is why he can never facetime her. oh, and at one point, she mentions that she's never seen his face. that doesn't matter, though, because his voice is so smooth and sexy that no woman can resist.
shortly after we get a glimpse of her classy workspace and lifestyle, we're introduced to Tiffany Haddish's character. in the scene where they go to pick her up from the prison, it shows her porking some random joe in the back of his truck. as she quickly lifts herself up to say hi, the man just keeps thrusting and thrusting to the point where it looks like he's raw-dogging her thighs, and i imagine that can't feel pleasurable.
anyway, we're given the typical performance from her that consists primarily of screeching, yelling, and jabbering nonsense really, really fast. and if that isn't enough, she eventually gets a job at a coffee shop. any normal, rational human being would find that the last thing this woman needs is caffeine.
the owner of the coffee shop, Frank, has an obvious crush on Danica, and the only thing in his way is the fact that she's taken by the almost unknown Charlie. if there's one character in this movie that's actually dumber than Tiffany Haddish, it's Tika Sumpter. she constantly turns Frank down because of Charlie, and then once the whole Catfish thing gets involved and she finds out that Charlie might not be a good guy after all, she starts gaining feelings for Frank. all of that leads to a sex scene, which is done so much worse than the "erotic" scenes of the Fifty Shades trilogy. i'm not even joking, it was so poorly acted and edited that the audience laughed at it.
but wait! she doesn't really love Frank! because he was previously an addict, and had a criminal record! does he still act like an addict or a criminal now? nope. she's just being super rude and arrogant. and get this: not only does she complain to her friend about that over the phone right after having sex with Frank, but she finds out that he was still in the living room, hearing every single word. yeah, no shit he gets pissed off and storms out. who wouldn't in that situation?
going back to the Catfish subplot, they try to track down who and where Charlie actually is. they eventually get led to a trailer park, where Chris Rock makes a surprise cameo as a wheelchair-bound creep with a mullet who was tricking Tika Sumpter all along. the problem here is that Tyler Perry is such a terrible writer that he can't even make good material for Chris Rock. the scene ends with a lazy piece of slapstick in which his mullet gets set on fire, and he jumps out of the chair, running over to dunk his head in a swimming pool. Tiffany Haddish responds by saying "i just witnessed a miracle!"
but oh, what's this? it turns out Charlie is a real guy. he shows up to Danica's office, and starts taking her out on a couple of dates. after the second sex scene, where Charlie is howling and yelling like a madman, Danica realizes that this guy is a total douche, and desperately tries to win Frank back.
the last section drags on for what feels like an eternity. Frank makes it clear that he shouldn't be with her, and decides to spend some alone time in this cabin that he owns. Danica drives out there, tries to deliver an emotional monologue through the window, and has no luck. then, she blasts some cheesy love song from her car and starts singing along to it in the rain. after about 5-6 minutes of this, Frank decides "what the hell" and goes out to hug her. it pans up to the sky, and brings us to a happy ending.
then it decides to do the worst possible thing that you could possibly think of in a movie like this. just when it fades to black, and you're getting up from your seat, Tiffany Haddish pops up and says "hey! what are you doing? sit yo ass back down, the movie's not over yet!"
fuck off with that bullshit. you really want me to sit through a pointless 5 minute scene of her ruining a wedding? i already wasted 2 hours sitting through this trash, just roll the credits and let me leave.
now, onto another minor detail before i wrap this up. Whoopi Goldberg stars as the mother character, and pops up a couple times as a one-note-joke stoner. i was expecting her to be the one and only highlight, but to be honest, this is her worst performance since Theodore Rex. oh yeah, that's right, i fucking went there.
i hated this movie. i hated, hated, hated this fucking movie. every single character makes you want to reach into the screen and smack them, Tyler Perry's filmmaking skills are almost fascinating in how inept they are, and most of all, it just isn't funny. not one single joke lands. it's just nonstop bitching and moaning thrown in with countless dick jokes. seriously, there are only so many times that i can see Tiffany Haddish do the blowjob hand manoeuvre. that shit was already stale in Girls Trip.
this is without a doubt one of the worst movies i've seen this year. don't waste your time, don't waste your money, and most importantly, don't waste your brain cells.

next up was The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
i didn't really know what to expect after seeing the trailers for this. it looked very similar to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, or A Wrinkle In Time, so it could turn out to be a style-over-substance mess of a movie.
young Clara (Mackenzie Foy) needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. a golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. in that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land.
i know this is getting completely shat on by audiences and critics, but i feel like the odd one out here when i say that the movie isn't completely god awful. or at least, not Tyler-Perry-shit-fest awful.
the visual style is very gorgeous. i learned from IMDB that the movie was shot in 65mm, which seemed appropriate for the grand scale of things. there are also some really stunning shots every once in a while. i loved the camera movements and the choreography in the ballroom dancing sequence that takes place early on in the film. another shot has a quartet preparing their instruments before playing music for a ballet, and it's shown in sillhouette with a calming yellow light. that seemed like a nice callback to Fantasia.
some of the supporting characters do bring a lot of charm. Morgan Freeman probably has the smallest role in the movie, but he manages to crack a smile from the audience every time he's onscreen. not to mention the funny little mouse who manages to speak in both squeaks and mannerisms. Keira Knightley also stars, playing a rather innocent and baby-voiced fairy creature with cotton candy hair named Sugar Plum. the character was a little bit intolerable at points, but it's a notch above the Young Sheldon kid from Wrinkle In Time.
there are a few well designed creatures that pop in occasionally. the one that stood out the most was the Mouse King, which was composed of a thousand mice piling together into one giant unit. that thing looked badass, and i really wish they got more use out of it instead of having it be in just one scene.
the story seems pretty innocent and by-the-rules for the most part, but i don't entirely understand what it all has to do with The Nutcracker. sure, there are one or two points that feature little dialogue and are mostly expressed by music and dance, but they don't last that long. most of it just felt like more of a fairy tale centering around these four realms. and, if i remember correctly, we only see two of them. or is it three? does the real world count as a realm in this universe? ah fuck it. most kids aren't going to care or notice, so why should i.
like i said earlier, the movie isn't entirely awful or anything, but i was mostly just zoning out and catching back up every now and again. it seemed like the type of kids movie that you've seen numerous times before, just done with a way bigger budget. the entire third act was predictable, but the performances were still shining through and will probably be enough to keep people interested.
not really much else to say about this movie. it's not good, it's not bad, it's just meh. if you have kids, this will probably serve just fine as a rental. i wouldn't call it a must-see by any means.
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2018.09.23 17:46 mranimal2 Horsin' Around/Mr. Peanbutter's House/Philbert Episode Ideas

Do you have any ideas for what episodes any of these 3 shows may have had? I'll go first:
Horsin' Around
"Sabrina's Plight"
When Sabrina turns 10, she starts acting out. The Horse takes her to a hip therapist (Special Guest Star Whoopi Goldberg) but starts getting jealous when he suspects Sabrina loves the therapist more than him. Meanwhile, Olivia helps Ethan woo the girl of his dreams.
"Small Wonder"
Olivia starts dating a dwarf (played by a before he was famous Peter Dinklage years after he already played Ethan's school bully) but gets embarrassed when her friends and even family make fun of her for it. Meanwhile, Ethan starts a tutoring business for girls only in hopes that he'll bang one of them. But it never happens.
Mr. Peanutbutter's House
"Bone-y Christmas"
Bradley throws a wild party but, after the party, Mr. Peanutbutter's precious bone, which was his very first Christmas Present, gets stolen. Bradley, Zoey, and Zelda look for it everywhere, even asking people who were at the party, but can't find it. Then a kindly couple (Special Guest Stars Whoopi Goldberg and Louie Anderson) dressed as Santa and Mrs. Clause give them a new bone and, at the very end, it's implied they really were Santa and Mrs. Clause.
"Erica's Rebellious Halloween"
Zoey tells Little Erica (a little girl who replaced Zachary in later seasons) how stupid she thinks Halloween is and it causes her and her friends to rebel by knocking down Halloween-related things. Meanwhile, Mr. Peanut Butter gets freaked out by a raven who keeps trying to sell him cable.
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2018.08.27 22:40 randomnate The Top Ten Basketball Movies Of All Times

Not included: Documentaries (apologies to Hoop Dreams and the Iverson 30 for 30), Basketball-themed anime (though for what its worth I rep Slam Dunk over Kuroko)

Dishonorable Mention: Juwanna Man, The basketball scene in Catwoman, Thunderstruck

Disqualified: BASEketball

Honorable Mention: Finding Forrester (aka black Good Will Hunting, with Connery in the Robin Williams role), The Basketball Diaries (the answer to the question "what if Requiem for a Dream was a sports movie?"), Semi-Pro (the least of the Will Ferrell sports spoofs after Ricky Bobby and Blades of Glory, but has its moments), Eddie (not actually a good movie, but "Whoopi Goldberg coaches the Knicks" is still a great pitch), Uncle Drew (yes, its basically just a two hour commercial, but its a pretty funny commercial), Air Bud

The actual top ten:

10. Glory Road: Generic, albeit based on a true story, underdog sports movie with an anti-racism twist. Surprisingly well done basketball scenes. Never once surprises the audience in any way, but solid entertainment nevertheless.

9. Blue Chips A who's who of enjoyable cameos for 80's/90's NBA fans, but Nick Nolte overacts like he's Nick Cage being attacked by bees and Shaq isn't any better here than he was in Kazaam

8. Coach Carter Stand and Deliver with a basketball twist, but Samuel L Jackson is super enjoyable in the Adama role.

7. Teen Wolf Proof that peak Michael J Fox was likable enough to make basically anything work, but loses points because even for a lycanthropy-themed 80's sports comedy, the basketball scenes are pretty shoddy (apologies to Bill Simmons)

6. Hoosiers. One of the most iconic sports movies ever and every basketball movie on this list owes at least something to it, but it also really doesn't hold up that well. The on court basketball scenes are super lame, and the emotional story beats have all become pure cliche in the years since. Good Hackman performance though.

5. Space Jam. Is Space Jam a good movie by any objective critical measure? No. Am I going to change the channel if I come across it on cable? Also no. Jordan at the peak of his powers+totally superfluous Bill Murray+Looney Tunes (and the weirdly attractive Lola Bunny) facing off with Aliens sporting the "powers" of Barkley and Muggys Bogues...Space Jam transcends normal concepts like "good" or "bad" just like Jordan transcended normal rules about who is allowed to sport a Hitler mustache

4. Above the Rim. It is fucking crazy how good Tupac is in this movie. The actual plot is mostly overwrought melodrama, but Tupac is insanely compelling in all of his scenes. Best basketball movie villain by leaps and bounds, and narrowly edges out Eminem in 8 Mile for best dramatic performance by a rapper

3. He Got Game. Ray Allen gives probably the best performance by an actual basketball player in this movie, and Denzel is obviously terrific. Probably the best pure drama on this list, and arguably a top 5 Spike Lee movie

2. Love and Basketball A great basketball movie that is also an ideal date movie, which should be impossible to pull off. Great chemistry between the leads, and the on court scenes all hold up and are totally believable. Wih its focus on everything from disparities in men's/women's sports, to its majority black cast playing mostly affluent and successful characters, to its exploration of the Euroleagues, Love and Basketball feels ahead of its time.

1. White Men Can't Jump. The only thing off about this movie is Wesley Snipes' busted jumpshot. Everything else is perfect. The cast has tremendous chemistry, the dialogue is super enjoyable, Rosie Perez is peak Rosie Perez, nearly every scene feels alive with this funky and enjoyable vibe. One of those movies that just gets more enjoyable with each rewatch.
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