A brief history of Titica in the form of her ten (so far; there’s already a teaser out for the next one) official video releases (plus one feature, with frequent collaborator Ary as the headliner). She burst onto the Angolan kuduro scene a half-dozen years ago, and her first video was uploaded to YouTube in the summer of 2011. (Her first album is also on Spotify; it’s mostly a kuduro banger-fest, without any of the experimentation she’s done since mid-2012).

Part of the fun of watching this playlist is seeing how rapidly her work has become professionalized and aestheticized in such a short amount of time; which is also a sign of just how much money is being poured into Angolan pop (along with the rest of the broader African music scene) in the 2010s. It’s a deeply exciting time to be a global popwatcher.

Titica, “Procura o Brinco” (2014)

A return to hard-as-nails kuduro after a couple years of releases testing the outer limits of her pop persona with twinkly r&b, trad semba, and duets with half Angola’s muso scene, it even comes with its own low-to-the-floor dance (the title phrase means “find the earring”). One of the most vital figures in global pop is a transwoman in Luanda; you probably won’t hear about her from the gatekeeping world-music establishment because (like most rising stars of the YouTube generation) she’s a singles artist, so there’s no incentive for a US or UK record company to issue an album assuring boring white liberals that she’s worth taking seriously.

zombinogirl:

Hey guys please signal boost this! My family member is missing left out for school October 14th and never made it there. Chicagoland area. If you’ve seen him or have any info please call the number listed! Please reblog! We want him found safe!

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borlax:

now this is what Im talkin about 

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Q

nickminichino asked:

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

A

*profound hippie voice* What makes a language foreign, maaan? Borders are fictitious, we’re all part of the human family.

I do okay with Spanish, but I’d like to get actually fluent, able to read big-boy books instead of just the stuff with pictures. Although French would help with the picture-reading.

55 Reading Questions

  • 1. Favorite childhood book?
  • 2. What are you reading right now?
  • 3. What books do you have on request at the library?
  • 4. Bad book habit?
  • 5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
  • 6. Do you have an e-reader?
  • 7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
  • 8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
  • 9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
  • 10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
  • 11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
  • 12. What is your reading comfort zone?
  • 13. Can you read on the bus?
  • 14. Favorite place to read?
  • 15. What is your policy on book lending?
  • 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
  • 17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
  • 18. Not even with text books?
  • 19. What is your favourite language to read in?
  • 20. What makes you love a book?
  • 21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
  • 22. Favorite genre?
  • 23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
  • 24. Favourite biography?
  • 25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
  • 26. Favourite cookbook?
  • 27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
  • 28. Favorite reading snack?
  • 29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
  • 30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
  • 31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
  • 32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
  • 33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
  • 34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
  • 35. Favorite Poet?
  • 36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
  • 37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
  • 38. Favorite fictional character?
  • 39. Favourite fictional villain?
  • 40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
  • 41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
  • 42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
  • 43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
  • 44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
  • 45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
  • 46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
  • 47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
  • 48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
  • 49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
  • 50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
  • 51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
  • 52. Name a book that made you angry.
  • 53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
  • 54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
  • 55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
“The canon is a grand illusion generated by the erasure of a less desirable past.”
Alex Ross on Beethoven, but really on everything.

Drawing really cool stuff—like spaceships and outfits and glorious splash pages and stuff—that just isn’t very exciting. Making something look really cool isn’t my goal. It’s more about the technical stuff and the design; the technical storytelling, the general page design, the way things move on the page. And then making things look cool is maybe the least of my concerns.

This is really what I think: that if you can tell a really good story in basic panel-by-panel motions, that’s good technical form. And then if you can make a funny story, then it’s really rewarding—and it doesn’t have to be fun or funny, you know, but a good story. If it’s just a technical exercise for you, then it’s maybe not gonna be that interesting for the reader. Maybe it is, if you’re really good. But for me it’s not that interesting. But when there’s a real story, or a purpose to that story, and then there’s really good fundamental storytelling—that can empower an artist much more than an artist thinking that he has to do Marvel-style splashes, or manga-style expression? There’s too much expression built into that that’s not from yourself. Telling someone to go basic is really, really good, and I love that.

Ryan Cecil Smith, interviewed at the Comics Journal. (via dept-of-research-and-development)

johndarnielle:

ruthhopkins:

I wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking him to revoke the 1493 Papal Bull.

Enjoy.:)


Most Holy Father,

Han (Hello). My name is Cankudutawin (Red Road Woman). I am Native American Indian, of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation). We predate the United States. Our traditional homelands are…

this is absolutely beautiful and should be widely read in my opinion

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