Remember when people were complaining that the new Smash Bros. had “too many female characters” and that Nintendo was “pandering to feminists” by flooding the roster with females?
Yeahhh no matter what anyone says, Smash is still and forever will be, a massive sausage fest.
WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: THE CARIBBEANThe magic folk of the Caribbean are nothing if not ambitious. Raising an unplottable island out of the ocean, they retreated to their paradisiacal land whereupon they built a school of magic to pass on their knowledge. Over time, the island grew crowded, and the magical community moved away, but the school remained in operation. Surrounded by a vast blue stretch of water, students must travel via large sentient sailing ships that have been magicked to operate independently (an extremely useful enchantment during the era of piracy as the ships knew to avoid danger). In the waters surrounding the school swims an unnaturally large barracuda with magical scales that can be used as wand cores, but only when it is given willingly. There are many classes dedicated to spice magic, and foreign visitors often say the school carries a distinct aroma akin to a legion of chefs who never stop cooking. Cinnamon for friendship, ginger root for courage and strength, red chillies can fight evil or cause destruction… it becomes the unofficial anthem of the students over time because the chant aids greatly during the multitude of spice-reading exams conducted throughout the school year.
I kept scrolling and scrolling hoping my fellow folk of Caribbean heritage would have gone in like the Chinese kids did, but no dice.
The food thing made my eye tic. Sigh.
ok yeah but what about the casual rivalries between students from different islands? what about the way they’d create their very own creole, mixing and matching and arguing semantics, because every island’s dialect is different and not every island’s primary standard language is english? what about the influences of their racial backgrounds coming together? because in terms of heritage, yeah there’d be a heavy european magical influence on their education, and various african influences are likely assumed, but how about the east indian and chinese magical influences, the faded and almost extinguished influence of the kalinago and taíno in the lesser antilles? is food important in the caribbean? yes unbelievably so. but so is the way every island’s culture developed. i can only speak for trinidad but the influence of our ancestors’ heritage is SO IMPORTANT beyond food. it’s in the way we speak and interact with the world, we embrace many things from our heritage, but are also so far removed from it. fourth and fifth generation descendants of asian (east and south alike) indentured labourers and even further removed for those descended from african slaves. the development of a united “caribbean” magic would have taken time. decades if not centuries, because every island is different. and beyond spice magic, imagine their herbology classes which they’re already half prepared for because hell if some auntie or another didn’t swear to them up and down this herb is good for this and that herb is good for that. and oh god MUSIC magic because music is a large part of identity too. and imagine them going home and hiding. hiding very carefully. because, again i only know anything about trinidad, some countries would be highly religious. and if pokemon is considered black magic, obeah, what would people think about real magic? so yes. i realise these all are brief blurbs, simplified by necessity, but this conjures up a simplistic idyllic tropical view and i just couldn’t keep my mouth shut.
thank youuuuuuu thank you i got stuck on our ancestor worship and our ghosts but you are so on point omg
reblogging this again just to say: if you havent seen this yet you really need to
this vine is just so excellent. the way that second guy just jumps in. the voice. the back shot and the dissonance of the FUCK OFF. this vine is a work of art.
How to make comics
My first vine
slimmeroo - is this how it works?
*picks it back up because that’s not how we handle sound equipment*
If I ever see any of you in public, the code isthat way we know we’re from tumblr without revealing anything
Last Night in Ferguson (10.21.14): A state senator was arrested (and mama may have been legally packing), one of the lead organizers, nettaaaaaaaa, was roughed up by police, and one of the main sources of footage/live feeds, Rebel Z, was detained in what seems to have been an intimidation and straight up harassment tactic. The police are out of control, and it’s only getting worse. If you think this is over, you need to look again. #staywoke #farfromover
Ferguson is still happening. Are you still paying attention?
Fun fact about American health care: if I ever need an organ transplant, I’ll somehow have to hide my autism, depression, and anxiety from the doctors, or else I’ll be disqualified under ideas about quality of…
"fuckboy" is AAVE
us white people have no business using it
it has nothing to do with the “skeleton war” meme
it is not a transphobic slur (this is an especially baffling claim)
lets stop using it for ourselves and stop relating it to skeletons ok