Concept art of Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Josh Nizzi

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TRAILER: “KITE”

Samuel L. Jackson in this live action adaptation the anime “Kite”.

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16 Things You Didn't Know About Octavia Butler ]

1. Octavia Butler was the *first* science fiction writer to receive a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.

Some of the $295,000 she received was used to buy a house for her mother and herself.

2. Designer Rachel Stewart has a line of jewelry inspired by Octavia Butler.

With necklaces called “Kindred” and “Wild Seed,” and earrings called “Lilith’s Brood,” the characters and works of Octavia Butler inspired this unique collection from Rachel Stewart.

3. There is an Octavia E. Butler Society.

Spelman College, home to the Octavia E. Butler Society, also hosted The Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts & Activism which focused on Afrofuturism, and has offered a lit course called “Butler’s Daughters: Imagining Leadership in Black Speculative Fiction.” Academia loves Octavia.

4. Octavia Butler had a form of dyslexia that was not recognized at the time.

Some of her teachers thought she was “unwilling to do the work.” However, one teacher recognized her talent and typed out her first short story submission. Today, her novel Kindred is read in high school and college classes.

5. She received her first rejection letter when she was 13.

Publishers also repeatedly rejected her first book, Kindred, until Doubleday paid her a $5,000 advance. And it became a bestseller.

6. She moved to Seattle with 300 boxes of books.

She worked on her writing there, participated in readings and writers’ conferences, and was also on the advisory board of Seattle’s Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.

7. As a young girl, she was known as “Junie.”

Perhaps short for “Junior,” her mother was also named Octavia. Although Octavia Sr. could not afford to buy her daughter many books, she brought young Octavia to the library when she was six for her first library card.

8. Octavia Butler supported herself with a myriad of jobs, including one as a potato chip inspector.

She would wake up every day at 2 a.m. to write before work.

9. Butler would pawn her possessions to make ends meet.

It’s been said that if she were low on food, she would pawn her extra typewriter. Later, she learned to pay herself a salary from her publishing advances.

10. Octavia Butler climbed Huayna Picchu (the taller of the two peaks of Machu Picchu).

Perhaps she chose Huayna Picchu due to her own impressive height: She was 6 feet tall by the time she was 15 years old.

11. The Carl Brandon Society has a scholarship in her honor.

The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund allows the recipient to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops. Butler attended Clarion West and was the only African American writer in her workshop.

12. Octavia Butler has influenced many writers and artists such as Junot Diaz, Valjeanne Jeffers, Nnedi Okorafor, and Janelle Monáe.

They cite her as a major influence in their activism and art, as she was the first African American woman to dominate the science fiction genre. Her writing highlighted social inequality, especially when it came to race and gender.

13. She was determined to be a writer.

She began making up stories when she was four, and writing when she was 10 years old.

14. She decided to write science fiction because she hated Devil Girl from Mars.

Astounded that someone was paid to write the screenplay for this low-budget sci-fi movie, she believed that she could write a better story.

15. The term “Afrofuturism” would not be coined until 46 years after her birth.

Afrofuturism, a term often associated with the works of Octavia Butler, was coined by Mark Dery in his 1993, and described in his essay “Black to the Future” as “speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and addresses African-American concerns in the context of 20th century technoculture — and more generally, African-American signification that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced future.”

16. The manuscript of Unexpected Stories was discovered by Octavia’s agent, Merrilee Heifetz.

Originally written in the early 1970s, and discovered among the author’s papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, Unexpected Stories includes the novella “A Necessary Being” and the story “Childminder,” each a posthumous gift from an amazing author.

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Twitter Campaign: These are only facts. 

Feel free to join in on this campaign to boycott the Exodus movie trailer. I’m so infuriated that it is 2014 and we are still portraying on the silver screen a falsehood of what the ancient Egyptians were! Use the hashtag #BoycottExodusMovie to join. This is honestly some fuck boy mentality honestly!

i will be boycotting this. I hope this takes off

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'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies
USA TODAY: Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as assistant Anthony Bouvier in ‘Designing Women,’ died Saturday at 67.
Photo: Danny Feld, Pearson TV via USA TODAY
 

 

'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies

USA TODAY: Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as assistant Anthony Bouvier in ‘Designing Women,’ died Saturday at 67.

Photo: Danny Feld, Pearson TV via USA TODAY

 

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- Jack Qu’emi, The Appropriation of Black Culture through White Consumption of Hip Hop, 2014 (via x09)

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Rosario Dawson Joins “Marvel’s Daredevil” for Netflix
[Press release] Marvel & Netflix are proud to announce that acclaimed actress Rosario Dawson has joined Marvel’s Daredevil, an all-new thirteen-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. 
Known for her powerful work in “Cesar Chavez”, “Kids” and the upcoming “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”, Rosario Dawson will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city. 
Dawson joins Charlie Cox (previously announced as Matt Murdock) and Vincent D’’Onofrio (previously announced as Wilson Fisk) in the critically-lauded cast of Marvel’s Daredevil. 
“Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for Marvel’s Daredevil,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.” 
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Rosario Dawson Joins “Marvel’s Daredevil” for Netflix

[Press release] Marvel & Netflix are proud to announce that acclaimed actress Rosario Dawson has joined Marvel’s Daredevil, an all-new thirteen-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. 

Known for her powerful work in “Cesar Chavez”, “Kids” and the upcoming “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”, Rosario Dawson will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city. 

Dawson joins Charlie Cox (previously announced as Matt Murdock) and Vincent D’’Onofrio (previously announced as Wilson Fisk) in the critically-lauded cast of Marvel’s Daredevil. 

“Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for Marvel’s Daredevil,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.” 

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5 MUST-OWN HIPHOP DOCUMENTARIES

Because you can’t truly respect a culture whose origins are unknown to you.

These 5 pieces of archival footage will give you a firm grasp of the 4 foundational elements of Hiphop culture

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Even though “Wild Style” isn’t actually a ‘documentary’, it is VERY good at documenting the era in which it takes place.

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R.I.P. Ruby Dee 

Actress, activist, writer, poet, and amazing human being.

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In conjunction with the ongoing World Cup competition, every day for the following month Criterion will offer a film from a different country to watch for free on Hulu. Today’s #CriterionCup feature is Brazil’s own Black Orpheus. Watch it here.

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In conjunction with the ongoing World Cup competition, every day for the following month Criterion will offer a film from a different country to watch for free on Hulu. Today’s #CriterionCup feature is Brazil’s own Black Orpheus. Watch it here.

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Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was still in critical condition but more responsive on Sunday after suffering injuries including a broken leg and nose and several broken ribs in a New Jersey highway crash.
Morgan and two other people traveling with him in a limo bus were injured in the crash with a truck that also killed comedian James McNair on Saturday. Full story here

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was still in critical condition but more responsive on Sunday after suffering injuries including a broken leg and nose and several broken ribs in a New Jersey highway crash.

Morgan and two other people traveling with him in a limo bus were injured in the crash with a truck that also killed comedian James McNair on Saturday. Full story here

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Bolaji Badejo who played the alien creature in the film Alien, England, 1978. Photographed by Eve Arnold.

Bolaji Badejo who played the alien creature in the film Alien, England, 1978. Photographed by Eve Arnold.

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