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soulbrotherv2:

On this date, June 14, in 1970, Cheryl Adrienne Brown wins the Miss Iowa pageant and becomes the first African American to compete in the Miss America beauty pageant.

Cheryl Brown Hollingsworth, now of Lithonia, Ga., is married and the mother of two married children. She hopes to be in Davenport for tonight’s pageant.
Thirty years ago a pretty and talented ballet dancer from Iowa set the international press spinning when she became the first-ever African-American contestant in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.
The fact that she came from a conservative Midwestern state like Iowa was doubly astounding to those who were reporting on the pageant, and she drew attention not only from newspaper and magazine writers around the world but from the security forces in Atlantic City, who were quite visible during rehearsals in Convention Hall.  [Continue reading.]

soulbrotherv2:

On this date, June 14, in 1970, Cheryl Adrienne Brown wins the Miss Iowa pageant and becomes the first African American to compete in the Miss America beauty pageant.

Cheryl Brown Hollingsworth, now of Lithonia, Ga., is married and the mother of two married children. She hopes to be in Davenport for tonight’s pageant.

Thirty years ago a pretty and talented ballet dancer from Iowa set the international press spinning when she became the first-ever African-American contestant in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

The fact that she came from a conservative Midwestern state like Iowa was doubly astounding to those who were reporting on the pageant, and she drew attention not only from newspaper and magazine writers around the world but from the security forces in Atlantic City, who were quite visible during rehearsals in Convention Hall.  [Continue reading.]

candidlycara

disneyyaddicted:

girlsbydaylight:

dance-at-bougival:

#they have the best kisses in any disney thing ever#EVER #because it’s always rapunzel grabbing him and pulling him close #which is GREAT #because her entire character arc is about her seizing the life she deserves#and reveling in every tiny magical moment #and she’s met this boy that she loves#and she’ll be DAMNED if she ever lets him go #SHE EVEN DIPS HIM #SHE DIPS HIM AND KISSES HIM #my daaaaaaarling girl #and the wedding kiss killed me DEAD because eugene’s face is so priceless #he’s still not used to it #he’s still not used to her at all #and he probably never will be 

What really kills me is, in the third gif, her little hops towards him because she is SO EXCITED to marry him and kiss him and share her life with him, she’s just going to grab onto that and hold on forever.  GET IT, RAPUNZEL.

This movie kills me. Their love for each other just makes me so overwhelmed with feels and jealousy.

Chapter Two is up! And here are some things to look forward to… 

The student council of Elrond ~ “Why don’t you do all this work; I’ll meet you in Bree.” - Gandalf ~ Everybody was kung-fu fighting! ~ “The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udûn!” ~ Boromir’s not crying – he just has something in his eye ~ #Ocean’s Eleven ~ “Forth, three hunters!”

tamorapierce

tamorapierce:

legalgalifreyan:

As a law student, I understand some of the legal issues one might try and posit. But as a law student, one of the first questions I have to ask is - what exactly is the harm done? I think authors would have a serious time showing that their brand is somehow diluted, or that funds are directed away from their books because of fan fiction. Quite the opposite, in fact, I bet.

As a published writer who knows there’s plenty of fanfic based on my work out there, I made my decisions about it early on and have never seen any reason to change them.  I won’t read fanfic, just as I won’t read manuscripts that haven’t been sold to a publisher: I’ve seen other writers get into trouble that way, so I won’t do it. If people try to get money for their fanfic, they will find themselves facing my publishers’ lawyers, which would be sad.

BUT, having written what would now be called “fanfic” back when I was a kid, long before the interwebs, I would find it chutzpah of no mean order to demand that no one write fanfic based on my work if they did it for free.  I know most writers of fanfic are just enjoying themselves without plans to move on as writers, and that’s fine by me.  I also know that plenty of them do move on from fanfic to creating their own work, thereby writing books for me to read in the future.  I wouldn’t dream of cutting off a source of more books to read.  Self-interest, c’est moi.  Nobody gets hurt.

Tamora Pierce has always been awesome about fanfiction, and it’s VERY appreciated. I’ve met her on a number of occasions (I think I’ve been to four signings and a couple of Q&As?) and several times I’ve mentioned that I write fic for her world.  And she even encouraged me.  Heck - when I asked if two random people from the same region of Tortall knew each other well, because I wanted to write a romance about them, she answered that they hadn’t, but still told me to explore it.  

In a world where authors can get very possessive of their characters and worlds, it’s wonderful to have someone generous enough to say “please feel free to play in my sandbox!” 

Thank you, Tammy. <3

Fandom Friend Application

I was tagged by both orchis and flukeoffate for this interesting meme, so here goes!!

Name: Lisa

Gender: Female 

Height: 5’3 1/2” (that half inch is crucial, you know.)

Orientation: Heterosexual, but extremely attracted to fictional females (Karrin Murphy, I’m drooling over YOU) - so maybe it’s a matter of finding the right gal to turn me? IDEK.

Age: 35. (isn’t that nearing Tumblr senior citizenship?)

Eye Color: greenish-greyish-blue. There’s no brown, so I can’t really say hazel.

Hair Color: brown

Smoking?: Nope.

Drinking?: Occasionally.

Drugs?: Not recreationally. Mainly because I hate the smell of pot.

Job: Performance Assurance Analyst (Quality Assurance) for a workers’ compensation Third Party Administrator. (sounds a lot more grown-up than it is. lol.)

Favorite Color: grey. 

Favorite Bands: The Who, Queen, Moxy Fruvous, CAKE, They Might Be Giants… do Simon & Garfunkel count as a band? 

Siblings: I have two blood siblings - older brother and older sister.  I also have four siblings-in-law, one ex-sibling-in-law, and two friends who I think of as sisters.

Tattoos?: Not yet.  I’m wary of the permanence of them, though I have several designs, should I determine that I’m not going to change my mind about them any time soon.

Favorite Book?: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I’m a sucker for nostalgia, despicable people, and the 1920s.

Perfect Date: Ack, I don’t really “do” dates. (I went on two without even knowing they were dates, even!)  But I think perfection would require tipsy karaoke at some point.

Hobbies that you might not know yet: Hmm, I’m pretty open about my hobbies… I’m a gamer, I read/write, doodle incessantly, listen to/perform music (vocal, instrumental), biting…. I would love to start hiking again.

Why should I pick you?: Because I really, really like you. And will be a big supporter/cheerleader for you. 

I’m supposed to tag some people, too.  If you want to do it and I didn’t tag you, OF COURSE, you should do it.  But I’m calling out the following awesome people: peroxidepirate​, tsukiori, ohrachelleigh, thistlerosie, thudworm!