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Happy Birthday, Drake !

Aubrey Drake Graham, aka superstar rapper Drake, turned 34 on Saturday! If you didn't already know I am a HUGE Drake fan, and the only correct way to honor this king is to stream all of his music — like right now! But first, I’ll tell you my ten favorite Drake songs and my favorite lyrics from each track! Enjoy! #10 "R.I.C.O" ft. Drake “Everyone home for the summer, so let's not do nothing illegal/ I go make 50 million then I give some millions to my people/ They gon' go Tony Montana and cop them some Shaq at the free throws” #9 "Marvin's Room" “I hope no one heard that/ I hope no one heard that/ ‘Cause if they did, we gonna be in some trouble” #8 "Too Good" ft. Rihanna “It feels like the only time you see me/ Is when you turn your head to the side and look at me differently” #7 "Emotionless" “They always ask, "Why let the story run if it's false?"/ You know a wise man once said nothin' at all” #6 "Teenage Fever" “This sh*t feels like teenage fever/ I'm not scared of it, she ain't either/ Why second guess? I should have stayed/ 'Cause you know what's on my mind so” #5 "Hotline Bling" “You got exactly what you asked for/ Running out of pages in your passport/ Hangin' with some girls I've never seen before” #4 "Child's Play" “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake?/ You know I love to go there” #3 Do Not Disturb “Swear I told you that I'm in this b*tch for eternity.” #2 "Can't Take A Joke" “I'm– I'm still in the studio at 6:45/ And my haters either on they way to work or they arrived/ And I gotta own the things I rap about just for my pride/ You know when it comes to pride, I can't put that sh*t aside” #1 "Know Yourself" “I was runnin' through the 6 with my woes/ You know how that should go/ You know how that should go/ You know how that should go/ Runnin' through the 6 with my woes” Love you Drake ! - xo Sanai

Pumpkin Spice Bubble Tea

Happy fall, everyone! 🍂🍁 Who remembers when I posted a recipe on "How to make your own bubble tea" back in June ?! Now I'm back with another bubble tea recipe, but this time to spice it up, we are making pumpkin spice bubble tea! Move aside pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks; there is a new drink in town. And this treat is going to take the crown for fall-inspired foods. Bubble tea is nothing new; people in Taiwan had been snacking on the dessert since the '80s. But you don't often see pumpkin spice bubble tea, and I hadn't until I came across a Tik Tok from a chef, Nick Digiovanni. This recipe is a little different from his, but it tastes even better ;) This bubble tea is super easy to make, and in this recipe, I will be using the tapioca pearls from Katie and Dustin Watts's make-it-yourself Bubble Tea Kit. You can also buy tapioca pearls from Asian Markets, Amazon, or make it from scratch! I'll be using Tazo's Classic Chai tea, but any brand will work. And of course, you have to have a trusty mason jar in hand! I ordered a mason jar from Youtuber Emma Chamberlin's new brand: Chamberlain Coffee, and it came in the mail a few days ago. It's so cute, I can tell it will already be a favorite of mine! I also picked up some new wide straws from Flying Tiger Copenhagen because I can't find my original metal straw that came in my bubble tea kit :( These straws are in fun colors, so I guess that's a plus. Ok. Let's get making this wonderful and tasty drink! *This recipe is enough for one cup of bubble tea. I used a 16.5 oz mason jar.* Ingredients ¼ cup pumpkin puree 3 ¼ cups of water (in total) Sprinkle of pumpkin spice ( to taste) ¼ cup brown sugar Simple syrup ¼ cup tapioca pearls Two chai tea bags 1 cup of milk Materials Several saucepans Coffee filters A Tea Kettle A tall glass or mason jar Wide Straw Directions For the pumpkin spice syrup Add pumpkin puree and 1/4 cup of water to a small saucepan over low heat and stir to combine. Add more water if needed (should take about 5-7 minutes). Remove mixture from heat and strain through a coffee filter. The pumpkin water might take 10-15 minutes to pass through completely. Gently use your hands to squeeze excess water from the puree. Add the pumpkin water back into your saucepan but now over medium heat, and discard the pumpkin puree. Add the pumpkin spice and the brown sugar into the pan. Cook at a low simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved (around 3 minutes). Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature. For the Simple Syrup Pour a cup of water and a cup of sugar into a saucepan and stir on medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Transfer into a bowl to cool completely, you will use it for the tapioca pearls later. For the Tapioca Pearls Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan on medium heat and pour in ¼ cup of tapioca pearls. Once the pearls start to float, cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for 5 minutes on low heat. After 5 minutes, strain the tapioca pearls and rinse with cold water. Set aside and cover with the simple syrup creation. For the Tea Add two chai tea bags to one cup of boiling water and let it steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and let the tea cool to room temperature. For the Drink Spoon in your tapioca pearls to the bottom of a tall glass or mason jar. Add a cup of milk, the tea, and the pumpkin spice syrup into a separate cup and stir vigorously. Pour it all into the tall glass with tapioca pearls at the bottom. Add ice, pop in a wide straw, and enjoy!

QUIZ : What coming-of-age movie should you watch tonight ?

Let's indulge in our youth and watch films that makes us feel infinite <3

7 Covers That Are Better Than The Original

She's not Hannah Montana anymore. Well, she hasn't been — not for a while, but I prefer rock n roll, Miley Cyrus, anyways. Last week after her iHeartRadio Music Festival cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" went viral, the former Disney star dropped her spicy rendition on all streaming services. The iHeartRadio virtual Music Festival went virtual this year and had a jammed pack schedule of artists for the two-day event. Cyrus was joined by BTS, Migos, Khalid, Alicia Keys, and more as they used the power of music to bring everyone watching at home, peace, joy, and a reminder of the dance floor days. As she belts, "Once I had a love, and it was a gas / Soon turned out had a heart of glass," in a that edgy, sexy, rock n roll rasp all rockstars have; you can't help but move uncontrollably. It screams cherry red lollipops after school, coca-cola cans, kissing red-stained lips, and messy teenage love. In comparison, Blondie's version feels much more psychedelic and wavy. Pictures of the 1970s, Volkswagen vans, green tea, beach days, and teenagers dancing under disco balls; flash through my mind. It's fair to say I like Miley's version a tad bit more than Blondie's — but lead singer, Debby Harry's vocals, are one of a kind. Many covers of popular songs surpass the original on the charts because of the new vibe and ambiance they bring. Sometimes the cover becomes so popular, and we don't even know who sung the original. It must sting for someone else's version of your work to blow up ten times more than yours. But all is fair in love, war, and — the music industry? Now I present seven covers that are better than the original! "Valerie" Cover - Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson (2007) | Original - The Zutons (2006) English indie rock band, The Zutons, wrote "Valerie" for their second studio album Tired of Hanging Around. The song's inspiration was Valerie Star, the girlfriend of The Zutons' frontman Dave McCab, Vice reports. Star allegedly caught a charge after several driving offenses in the States, almost went to jail, and couldn't move to the UK to be with him. Hence, "Why don't you come on over, Valerie?" A year later, Mark Ronson produced the cover with Amy Winehouse on the vocals, and their rendition surpassed the original to number 2 on the UK charts. There is nothing like Miss Amy's voice. "Killing Me Softly" Cover - Fugees (1996) | Original – Norman Gimbel & Lori Lieberman (1971) "Killing Me Softly" is one of the Fugees most famous works, and rightfully so, with Lauryn Hill's dreamy vocals, that bow-bow-bow, and the tunes that male your feet swerve you onto the dance floor. The song won the group the1997 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and their video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video. More than 20 years earlier, Roberta Flack's cover of "Killing me Softly" became a No. 1 hit in both the United States and Canada. The original song was written and recorded by Norman Gimbel & Lori Lieberman in 1971. Yet the Fugees' have made their version a classic within its own right. It was rare in the 90s to have a young black female at the center of a hip-hop group, but Lauryn Hill proved to girls everywhere she could do just that! "Hill chose to speak to us, we on the black girl spectrum from browned butter to burnished mahogany with our thick hair and thick lips and thick bodies.., [she was] an archetype of #BlackGirlMagic before the idea had a name and a movement," Janelle Harris writes in The Atlantic. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" Cover – Cyndi Lauper (1983) | Original – Robert Hazard (1979) The feminist power song, chart-topping, debut lead single sung by Cyndi Lauper has been a household name since its release in 1983. First written and demoed by musician Robert Hazard in 1979, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was initially sung from a male's perspective and had a completely different feel from Lauper's booming tune. Lauper found the lyrics to be misogynistic and decided to re-write them from a female perspective, making the song we all love "an anthem of female solidarity." The '80s were a tough time for women to call themselves feminists. In an interview with The Atlantic, Lauper states how she felt, "I would say, yeah, I'm a feminist, I burnt my training bra at the first demonstration. You got a problem with that?" When she first read Hazard's lyrics, it was pretty clear the "fun" he sang about stood for coerced bedroom shenanigans. Lauper re-wrote the track to show a complementary view of the female image and a push for women to own their sexuality. Writing the lyrics : "Some boys take a beautiful girl / And hide her away from the rest of the world/ I want to be the one to walk in the sun / Oh girls, they want to have fun." "It doesn't mean that girls just want to fuck," Lauper explained. "It just means that girls want to have the same damn experience that any man could have." "I Will Always Love You" Cover - Whitney Houston (1992) | Original - Dolly Parton (1974) In 1974 Dolly Parton released "I Will Always Love You," which she wrote as a farewell to her former duet partner and mentor of seven years, Porter Wagoner, after leaving his series The Porter Wagoner Show, to pursue a solo career. The song hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart twice, once upon its original release, and then again when Parton re-recorded it for her 1982 movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In 1992, Whitney Houston recorded a cover of the song for her movie debut The Bodyguard, starring alongside actor Kevin Costner. Houston's rendition spent 14 weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and won the 1994 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Dolly Parton still remembers the first time she heard Whitney Houston's astounding vocals, she explained on The Graham Norton Show: "They asked me if they could use it and I forgot about it until I was driving home and I heard this voice come on the radio. It kind of rang a bell, but it didn't hit because she was kind of talking it, and all of a sudden, it went into the 'I will always love you' bit and I had to pull over to listen to it." She continued: "It was one of the most overwhelming feelings I have ever had to hear it done so well, so beautifully, and so big. She took it and made it so much more that what it would ever have been. It was such a joy as a songwriter. I don't think I will have a bigger thrill, ever." Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston were a match made by the music gods. "Twist and Shout" Cover - The Isley Brothers and The Beatles (1962-1963) | Original - The Top Notes (1961) First recorded by The Top Notes at Atlantic Studios in February 1961, American record producer Phil Spector "supervised" the track (as it says on the disc); but he did everything wrong. The rhythm was changed, the words flipped upside down, and it pretty much stank. Co-writer Bert Berns was frustrated during the sessions because he knew the track could be so much better than it was, and he told The Top Notes boys so. Then, Berns decided to take the record to The Isley Brothers at Wand Records. When Berns first showed them the song, they hated it. After a long and stressful day at the studio, the last thing they wanted to sing was this dance song. But after long arguments with Berns, The Isley Brothers eventually caved in, and a chart-topping classic was born. A year after The Isley Brothers' cover was released, The Beatles recorded their version and put it on their debut album, Please Please Me. John Lenon sang lead, but when you have a 12-hour recording session, and on top of that, you are singing over a heavy cold, it's no wonder his voice was shredded. Thankfully, he had enough strength to power through one take of the song because his energy was spent by take two. The Beatles cover also became a huge hit, so Bert Berns didn't need The Top Notes after all. Achy Breaky Heart Cover - Billy Ray Cyrus (1992) | Original - Don Von Tress (1990) In an interview with Rolling Stones, Billy Cyrus remembers where he was when he decided the final track of his debut album, Some Tell All, would be a cover of Don Von Tress' "Achy Breaky Heart" – then titled "Don't Tell My Heart." Cyrus was in his Chevy, a stuffed-to-the-windows and ceilings Beretta. "I was pretty comfortable there. But my car had shit all over it. Well, not shit, though there was probably some of that too," he says. "There were cassette tapes and tapes, and tapes. And guitars and microphones rolling around the floor. If I needed anything, all my shit was in that car. That was my office." It was on a cassette that Cyrus first heard Von Tress's record. "I stood up and said, 'That's me! That's what I want to sound like, that's what I do, man!'" Cyrus said, standing up from his chair and thrusting his hands in the air." "Thinking back on it, it just turned me on because it moved me." Even though Some Gave All was nearly finished, Cyrus returned to the studio to record this fun, sing-along track in which its writer Von Tress says was "a gift from the ether. I saw kids dancing in my mind [when I wrote it], and I remember telling my wife that and she thought I was a little screwy." As Rolling Stones says, some people loathe it, and others love it, but the song was a huge hit. It remained at the Billboard in 1992, for five weeks. Von Tress remembers hearing a debate on NPR on whether the song has merits as a "true American folk song" and cites a "near-mythic" Bruce Springsteen cover of his tune. "Springsteen said, 'I don't care what anybody says, this is a damn good song,'" said Von Tress. Listen to Miley's papa, "Achy Breaky Heart", loud and proud! Make You Feel My Love Cover - Adele (2008) | Original - Bob Dylan (1997) Over 450 artists have covered Bob Dylan's tender modern classic, each singing "I'd go hungry/I'd go black and blue/And I'd go crawling down the avenue/No, there's nothing that I wouldn't do/To make you feel my love," in a unique way from the next. But no artist does this so effortlessly as Adele. The album Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" appeared on, Time Out of Mind, won three Grammy awards. But many critics had a problem with the ninth track, which has become the go-to tear-jerker karaoke song for millennials at the club. Rolling Stones even called it "a spare ballad undermined by greeting card lyrics." However, Adele immediately felt a connection to Dylan's lyrics. The Londoner was recording her 2008 her platinum-selling debut album, 19, when her manager first played her the song during a stormy New York afternoon. She was "bitterly upset" at her own songwriting attempts, but when she sat down a read Dylan's lyrics, she felt his words "summed up exactly what I'd been trying to say in my songs. It's about regretting not being with someone, and it's beautiful." "Make You Feel My Love" is the only cover on the album, but Adele always says it is her favorite track. All in all, it is an angelic experience that we get to hear these wonderful spins. When I started writing this post, I thought that "it must sting" for someone else's cover of your song to blow up more than yours, but I realized I was wrong. Music isn't always a competition; it is a unifying experience for each soul on the universe. It must be so rewarding and affirming for the artists who have other musicians look up to them so much and feel the same level of passion for their records that they want to give it a try and sing it for the world. It's incredible how we all can come together when we look for the beauty in each other's hearts and the tunes they carry. Music is the messenger for us all.

You Might Want to Recheck your Fridge for These Racist Logos

Last week Wednesday as I drove into the doctor’s office with my mom and NPR played throughout the car speakers, I heard Brian Lehrer announce that Rice brand Uncle Ben’s would be changing its name to Ben’s Original. The company would scrap their 70- year old logo and name that has come under fire for endorsing a racist stereotype. “Ha,” I laughed. “I always knew something was off about that logo,” I told my mom. I remember sitting on my Ummi and Baba’s itchy couch as a child, and watching Uncle Ben’s commercials play on the screen in between Jeopardy ! Most of them were pretty sweet : a Black father and his son, stirring the instant rice over the stove and dancing as they added veggies and seasoning to the pot (despite going down the deep tunnel of Ad Youtube I could not find this video). Another a father and son, the claymation kind, snacked on potato chips when the father realizes “Man I need to get my son some real food,” and the next second they’re stirring Uncle Ben’s too. Almost brought tears to my eyes. However, the logo Uncle Ben’s has been promoting since the 1940s evokes servitude. The rice boxes feature a white-haired elderly Black man with a bowtie; playing into the Uncle Tom caricature : the faithful, and happily submissive servant to the all-mighty white man. Mars Incorporated owns the food company and has said that the face was originally modeled after a Chicago maitre d’ named Frank Brown. This news reminded me of the announcement made by Quaker Oats in June when they said they would be dropping their Aunt Jemima character from syrup and pancake packaging. And when the owner of Eskimo Pie said the chocolate-coated ice cream bar would have a name change as well, that same month. It seems like a cultural awareness switch has been turned on for (most) non- people of color, where they have realized their privilege and how it blinds them from everything — even what they spend their money on. Now brands are changing names, logos, CEOs, and all the above. T.V. advertisements, brands, and logos have a long history of playing into American culture and reflect society's ideals when produced. Dozens of outdated logos are drawn onto our food products, but the average civilian doesn't realize this because to them, "The box has always looked that way! Why change it ?" Well, I think it is time to examine the dark tunnel of racist Ad Icons that have tainted America for years and how this recent switch may promise a beaming light of a more inclusive future in advertising. Aunt Jemima : 1889 - 2020 "My old missus promise me . . .When she died she-d set me free . . . She lived so long her head got bald . . . She swore she would not die at all . . ." sang Aunt Jemima before the audience of a minstrel show. The white men dressed in blackface to play her would sing on about Aunt Jemima's yearnings to be set free, although she knew she would remain a slave forever. The inspiration for Aunt Jemima came from the song written by a Black performer named Billy Kersands in 1875, "Old Aunt Jemima." Aunt Jemima was first introduced in a minstrel show in the late 19th century. Minstrel shows were popular American entertainment back then, filled with skits, comedy, dancing, singing, and music. White performers acted in blackface for these shows to play the roles of Black people. Minstrel shows, depicted Black people disgustingly and negatively — they were portrayed as lazy, docile, dumb, wild, and happy-go-lucky bafoons. Aunt Jemima was shown as a Slave Mammy of the plantation South — an obese, broad grinning Black woman who is faithful to her white employers by all means. In 1889, the 'Self-Rising Pancake Flour' was born, but after one of the founders saw the Aunt Jemima character while attending a minstrel show, he was inspired to rename the product to "Aunt Jemima's" and use her image to promote his new invention. News stories on the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago described Green standing next to the world's largest flour barrel, making pancakes and telling romanticized stories about her days as a slave in the South. The real Nancy Green is on the second slide. After selling the product to the Davis Milling Company, the company hired former slave, Nancy Green, to play Aunt Jemima at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. The family Ms. Green worked for, the Walker's, were the ones who brought her to audition for the role of Aunt Jemima. In the 1930s, after Quaker Oats bought the brand, Aunt Jemima's Radio Show was formed, and the character was played by a white actress who had performed Blackface on Broadway. A 1955 ad shows Aunt Jemima surrounded by white guests on her master's plantation with a caption that reads, "Coax as long as they might, guests at Colonel Higbee's plantation never could get from Aunt Jemima the flavor secret of those wonderful pancakes." Quaker Oats has inched towards fixing the racist imagery of Aunt Jemima over the years. During the 1960's they lightened Aunt Jemima's skin and made her look skinner in ads, replaced the scarf on her head with a plaid headband in 1968, and added pearl earrings and a lace collar in 1989. They removed the Southern plantation backstory, and she no longer had a speaking role. By making her lighter and muting her voice, Aunt Jemima represented a house slave more than ever. But the decision to drop the Aunt Jemima name and change the packaging of the brand didn't come until June 17th of this year. After George Floyd, a Black man killed after being pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer, protests against police brutality and racism spread worldwide, promoting Quaker Oats's decision. [ Read more about the History of Aunt Jemima’s here ] Kristin Kroepfl, the Quaker Oats chief marketing officer, said in a statement that Wednesday, "While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough." Dominique Wilburn, the executive assistant at PepsiCo, said that Quaker Oats has considered doing away with the logo since 2016. Team members suggested changing the character's name to "Aunt J," and someone called to send Quaker Oats employees to a Southern plantation to help them understand the legacy of slavery, Ms. Wilburn said. But gaining approval from top executives at PepsiCo was difficult, partly because PepsiCo found itself in a controversy after running a commercial that showed Kendall Jenner, a white model, delivering a can of Pepsi to a police officer at a Black Lives Matter protest. PepsiCo said in a statement that there were "several workstreams" reviewing the brand in 2016 and that "due to personnel changes and shifting priorities, the workstream was eventually put on hold." Quaker Oats ended their statement by saying they would donate at least $5 million over the next five years "to create meaningful, ongoing support and engagement in the Black community." Eskimo Pie It was the invention that made inventor, Christian Kent Nelson, "rich overnight," according to a 1922 New York Times article about the dessert. "Probably no innovation of recent years designed to meet the cravings of a sweet tooth has met with such instantaneous success in New York, Chicago, and other cities," The Times article reported. Eskimo pie was America's first chocolate-covered ice cream bar. In 1920 a little boy walked into the sweet shop Nelson worked at and reached for ice cream but then changed his mind and decided to buy a chocolate bar. According to a 2017 article in Smithsonian magazine, when Nelson questioned the boy as to why he didn't buy both sweets, the child replied: "Sure I know — I want 'em both, but I only got a nickel." For weeks, Nelson worked to find the perfect method to stick melting chocolate on to freezing ice cream and saw that cocoa butter was ideal. He started selling his new invention as the 'I-Scream' Bars' which were an immediate success at the local fireman's picnic, writes archivist Maurita Baldock. After teaming up with chocolatier Russell C. Stover — the bars were changed to Eskimo Pies at Stover's request — the men agreed to sell the bars to local ice cream companies for $500 and $1000 and take a cut out of each treat sold. Eskimo Pies have been in the refrigerators to millions of American families across the world from then on. The packages of Eskimo Pie long featured a small dark-haired child in a puffy parka and mittens, sledding down a snowy hill with “M-m-melts in your mouth !” written in bright blue. Eskimo is used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people, but is used in other Arctic regions, including Siberia, Canada, and Greenland. However, in many parts of the Arctic, it is considered a derogatory term because it was used by non-Native colonizers who were racist towards the natives as they settled on their land. For a long time, it was thought that the word meant "eater of raw meat," which only further steered a negative notion of barbarism and violence towards Inuit and Yupik people. The word's exact etymology is still unclear. In 2016, linguists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks believed the name Eskimo might have come from the French word esquimaux, meaning one who nets snowshoes. Netting snowshoes is how Artic people created sustainable footwear for decades, weaving sinew from caribou or other animals across a wooden frame. However, this new record has come too late to erase the ugly past, Eskimo still has for many people. Greenland native Nina-Vivi Andersen, has her own perspective on the word Eskimo: "I don't mind to be called Eskimo — it is neutral for me. But when I saw an ice cream store in London with a name — Eskimo — it felt weird. But I feel weird to be called Inuit, too. I'm just a Greenlander."via John W. Poole/NPR On June 20, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, the company that owns the dessert, said it would be changing the product’s name and brand marketing. “We are committed to being a part of the solution on racial equality, and recognize the term is inappropriate,” said Elizabell Marquez, head of marketing for Dreyer’s, in a statement on June 20. “This move is part of a larger review to ensure our company and brands reflect our people's values.” Dryer’s said it plans to have a new name for the ice cream bars by the end of the year and would discontinue the character of the Eskimo. Miss Chiquita Miss Chiquita was first introduced to the world by Chiquita Brands in 1944, according to the company's website. The "first lady of fruit" was originally a cartoon banana drawn onto ads and the company's peel-off sticker. She wore a frilly red dress, had long tan legs, and hoisted a hat full of tropical fruits upon her head. She resembled Brazilian Hollywood icon Carmen Miranda, who reached the height of her fame during the same time Miss Chiquita was born. In 1987, Miss Chaquita was humanized, after Pink panther creator, Oscar Grillo drew the logo as the frilly and smiling woman we see in stores today. However, Chiquita brands perpetuate the stereotype that Latina Women are hypersexual, and Latin American countries are primitive and happy go lucky states filled with dancing and smiles 24/7. In an article titled, “Peeling Back the Truth on Bananas”, the sustainability non-profit, the Food Empowerment Project says Miss Chiquita is, "another way in which non-white bodies have been objectified and exploited." The organization points out how workers at banana plantations are underpaid and these large distributors have a history of using child labor on their land. The text notes how this is direct opposition to how Miss Chiquita is portrayed; “Chiquita Banana personifies a colonialist idea of the tropics as a place of simplicity and abundance, and her characterization as fun and carefree is particularly insulting considering the realities of banana production, which are anything but.” "Chiquita Banana and the Cannibals" is a blatantly racist commercial that first aired on U.S. televisions in the 1940s. The animated short shows a stereotypical version of an African man, cooking a white man over a cauldron when Miss Chiquita banana interrupts singing: "If you'd like to be refined and civilized, then your eating habits really ought to be revised," to the tune of the company's famous jingle. She then suggests a recipe for banana scallops as an alternative. "I'd like to say banana scallops taste to me like very cultured eating," the African man slurps and offers some to the white man as Chiquita winks, her "job" solved. Then the ad fades to black. CNN reported that Chiquita brands has not commented on whether or not they will change their brand's name or logo. Land O’Lakes “She was never created as a stereotype,” said Robert DesJarlait earlier this April in his op-ed in the Washington Post. His father, Patrick DesJarlait, was the Chippewa artist who created Mia — the former Land O’ Lakes mascot that most of us have recognized in our fridge for decades. Mia was originally created in 1928 by a white artist and reworked again in 1939 when Patrick DesJarlait stepped in 30 years later. As a Native American he was a rarity in the illustration business at the time, his son commented. He decided to pull from his personal view on the world and drew Mia in a real Minnesota place: The Narrows, where Upper and Lower Red Lake connect. Land O’ Lakes is based in Arden Hills, Minnesota so his drawing was a nod to the company’s beginnings as well. “He added floral designs for the Chippewa culture. It was basically a redesign. He gave her a clearer image. So he was modernizing her a bit,” said Mr. DesJarlait, who is a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe tribe in Minnesota. The new Mia had an updated attire, including Ojibwe beadwork designs on her dress. The “O” in Land O’Lakes was also brought down, making it look almost like a halo on a Byzantine religious icon. For some Mia was a symbol of a “simpler time.” But the smiling and calm Mia was out of place then and is out of place now given how horrible living conditions are for Native Americans on Reservations, the horrifying epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women across North America, the growing number of tribes losing their reservation status to Trump, and more. In Land O' Lakes home state of Minnesota, Native women make up less than 1 percent of the population, and yet, they experience murder rates at 10 times the national average. As Twin Cities PBS producer Keith Dragseth says, Mia is living proof that we live, “in a society actively wrestling with structural racism, white-centered narratives and perspectives, and cultural appropriation.” For Mr. DesJarlait, removing his father's Mia that appeared in homes around the country was bittersweet. "I've never seen Mia as a stereotype. I know my dad didn't intend to create a stereotype… [He was] trying to show more the beauty of Native women." Mr. DesJarlait has been active in the anti-mascot movement since 1991 and was commissioned to write a short book called Rethinking Stereotypes: Native American Imagery in Non-Native Art and Illustration. However, in his mind, The Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo is a real stereotype; the exaggerated features, zero cultural context, and no Native input. Whereas Mia was the opposite: a loving and more positive portrayal of Native American women, with direct Native American input. He does understand the switch but believes that Land O’ Lakes is getting rid of Mia not because they want to discard a stereotype, but rather out of discomfort with representations of Native Americans of any kind. [See here how NFL team the Washington Redskins also got rid of their team name and logo in July to discard the harmful Native American stereotype] In the original February statement announcing the change Land O,’ Lakes did not make reference that they were changing the 100-year design because of negative depictions of Native Americans. Beth Ford, the Land O’Lakes chief executive, said in the statement that as the company looked ahead to the expanding future, it recognized the need for “packaging that reflects the foundation and heart of our company culture.” “Nothing does that better than our farmer-owners whose milk is used to produce Land O’Lakes’ dairy products,” she said. Now we circle back to Ben's Original, the product that got me thinking about this topic. As well as changing the name, Mars has announced they will make a $2 million investment in culinary scholarships for aspiring Black chefs in partnership with the National Urban League and a $2.5 million investment in nutritional education programs for students in Greenville, Mississippi. In this predominantly Black city, Uncle Ben's has been produced for more than four decades. And have set a goal to increase the number of people of color in their U.S. management jobs by 40%. It is nice to see many brands take accountability for their past marketing, contributing to unfair stereotypes. Marketing still has a long way to go, so just in case you might want to recheck your fridge and see if any racist logos linger.

15 Quotes by the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg 👑

On Friday night, September 18th, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in her home in Washington D.C. surrounded by friends and family. The three-time cancer survivor announced she was cancer-free in January of this year, but she began facing issues again in early July when a lesion was found in a liver and died of complications with metastatic pancreas cancer on Friday according to the Supreme Court. Known to her fans as the “notorious RBG,” Bader Ginsburg was a true Brooklynite born to a working-class Jewish family. She excelled as a young student in James Madison High School; a home to other political alums like Bernie Sanders, Judy Sheidlen, and Chuck Schumer. She continued her studies at Cornell, where she met husband Martin Ginsburg and went on to Harvard Law School where she was one of eight women in her class of 500. There she argued for gender equality and eventually became the first female member of the prestigious Harvard Law Review while being a mother to her daughter Jane. She continued to advocate for women while she was director of the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union where she argued six major landmark cases on gender equality before the Supreme Court. She served on the U.S. Court of Appeals until 1993 when she was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Clinton to bring the intellect and political skills to work with the conservative members in the SCOTUS. As the country deals with the loss of a feminist icon, a woman who was the overturning vote to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, helped strike down the H.B.2 anti-abortion laws in Texas, gave women the right to enter university without discrimination; what better way to honor RBG than by using her own powerful statements. From interviews to college conversations and her mother's advice, we can all learn from these amazing quotes by Queen Ruth Bader Ginsberg. 1. "People ask me sometimes, when — when do you think it will it be enough? When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is when there are nine." - A 2015 conversation at Georgetown University Law School 2. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” - A 2009 interview with USA Today 3. "I always thought that there was nothing an antifeminist would want more than to have women only in women’s organizations, in their own little corner empathizing with each other and not touching a man’s world. If you’re going to change things, you have to be with the people who hold the levers." - A 2009 New York Times interview 4. "Just as buildings in California have a greater need to be earthquake proofed, places where there is greater racial polarization in voting have a greater need for prophylactic measures to prevent purposeful race discrimination." - Dissenting Opinion In The Court's 2013 Decision To roll back some protections from the Voting Rights Act. 5. "If I had any talent in the world, any talent that God could give me, I would be a great diva." - A 2015 conversation at Georgetown University Law School 6. "Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf. ... That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues." - A 2006 op-ed in the New York Times 7. “In my life, what I find most satisfying is that I was part of a movement that made life better, not just for women … gender discrimination is bad for everyone.” -Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2015 8. "I tell law students… if you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill—very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you." — Stanford Memorial Church, 2012 9. "So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune." — Makers interview, 2012 10. "Don't be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares advice from her mother. 11. "Someday there will be great people, great elected representatives who will say, ‘enough of this nonsense, let’s be the kind of legislature the United States should have.' I hope that day will come when I’m still alive." — RBG at Stanford Law School, 2017 12. "The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman's life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choices." — 1993 Senate Confirmation Hearings 13. I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off out necks. - RBG quoting Sarah Grimké. 14. "Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability and to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. Because I’ve gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I’ve done for which I was not paid." — On how she'd like to be remembered, MSNBC interview, 2015 15. "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." — Ginsburg told her granddaughter , Clara Spera in the days before her death. On that note, sign this petition to keep RBG's seat open until after Inauguration Day. We can not afford another judge appointed by Donal Trump — if he is willing to appoint a rapist as a Supreme Court Justice who knows what he will do with the empty seat. RBG forever. 👑

The Many Covers of The New Yorker

You might have seen millennials sporting their canvas tote bag as they walk to the nearest coffee shop in Greenwich village. An elderly woman with her graying hair in a bun carrying her art supplies in the same beige tote bag. A man on the A train reading their magazine on the subway seat. I’m talking about The New Yorker of course. Whether you have seen someone with The New Yorker’s recognizable canvas tote bag (that you only get after subscribing !) on their shoulder, or have seen someone reading their weekly issue on the train, this Manhattan-centric magazine has become one of the most influential publications in the world. After its establishment in 1925, this weekly-print magazine started an online presence as well in 2007. But there is nothing like receiving the weekly issue of The New Yorker in the mail or finding it in the nearest Barnes & Noble and drooling over the bright cover of that week. Having your artwork on the cover of The New Yorker is like eating a blueberry snowcone in under a second without getting brain freeze. It seems impossible but once you’ve done it, now everyone’s eyes are on you. “It’s like scaling Everest.” admits Brooklyn-based illustrator Jack Dylan. The magazine is one of the only prints left that features drawn artwork every week on the covers instead of photographs. It isn’t surprising that some of the most iconic covers on The New Yorker address tragedy or a world shift— political, societal, or environmental — that affected the people of Manhattan and the other 7 billion people in the world that week. Others might simply be images of people at the beach, reading books on the train, or carrying a Christmas tree up the steps. From the 92 years, The New Yorker has been existence, and character Eustace Tilley reappearing on every anniversary cover of the magazine’s publication, there might be certain covers that have stood out to you. As for me, there are thirteen covers that have a special place in my heart. I am no artist but pictures do speak a thousand words and the covers of The New Yorker prove that mantra true. The stone-cold journalism, short stories, poetry, and satire wrapped up by the cover of the week serves as a timeless reminder of our nation, and the people that fill it up. Now here are thirteen legendary covers featured on The New Yorker! In 1996, artist and Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman drew a Hassidic man and Black woman embracing each other into a kiss on the cover of The New Yorker's Valentine's Day issue. The man's hoiche hat slightly tips over as he kisses the woman with blue eyeshadow and lots that resemble her lover's payot curls. The drawing stood as a commentary on the rising tensions between Jewish and Black people in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights area. Undoubtedly, Spiegelman's work received criticism from both sides of a racially divided community. Reverend Doughtery, a Black representative of Crown Heights, didn’t like that it was a white man kissing a black woman because once more “a white man was oppressing a black woman.” The Reverend then asked Spiegelman why he didn’t use a black man and a Hassidic woman over the radio. “I answered him, if I had used a black man and Hasidic woman, you’d be complaining I was once again showing the black man as a rapist and defiler of white woman.” Spiegelman acknowledged that his portrayal is "knowing naive" and that the issues between Jewish and Black people in Brooklyn's Crown Heights area "cannot be kissed away." And to the Los Angeles Times he wrote  “But once a year, perhaps, it’s permissible, even if just for a moment, to close one’s eyes, see beyond the tragic complexities of modern life, and imagine that it might really be true that ‘All you need is love. ” The Class of 2020 is like no other. They are entering an unsure world, in economic decline, and swirling in a gray haze of worry for the unknown. As they go off to college or work and find their wings to fly into adulthood it’s frightening to think about the road that lies ahead. Anita Kutz based these graduating students with such distinct personalities — eyebrow slits, pink hair, gold hoops —off of the students she teaches at her illustration workshops. “The students I teach come from a wide range of ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds, so I wanted to honor their similarities and also their differences,” she writes. “And I feel compassion for them graduating at a time when there is so much uncertainty. It can’t be easy for them.” She's right. It certainly couldn’t have been easy. But at least our personalities can still shine through, N-95 mask and all. Art editor of The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly, reflected on this cover in 2011 in an article commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, “Ten years ago, my husband, the cartoonist Art Spiegelman, our daughter, and I stood four blocks away from the second tower as we watched it collapse in excruciatingly slow motion. Later, back in my office, I felt that images were suddenly powerless to help us understand what had happened. The only appropriate solution seemed to be to publish no cover image at all—an all-black cover. Then Art suggested adding the outlines of the two towers, black on black. So from no cover came a perfect image, which conveyed something about the unbearable loss of life, the sudden absence in our skyline, the abrupt tear in the fabric of reality.” Artist Jack Hunter originally submitted this illustration to Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman’s Blown Covers project on Tumblr. The theme of that week was “The Gays” reflecting President Obama’s evolving views towards Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court's decisions on two landmark gay marriage cases that July. Bert and Ernie are cuddling on the couch and watching what seems to be the TV coverage of the court’s ruling. “While I’m certainly not the first person to speculate about Bert & Ernie’s more personal and private relationship, I thought they were well suited to represent how a lot of gay couples must have felt hearing Obama’s comments … after all, they’ve been together for almost 50 years … as “just friends” or otherwise,” Hunter writes. Fans of Sesame Street have long speculated that the two male muppets who share an apartment and bedroom were indeed partners, but Sesame Street Workshop has said that “they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” Whomever Bert and Ernie are attracted too I think we can all say this picture lives up to its name, “Moment of Joy.” It's almost like President Trump is ignoring the fact that Covid-19 exists and is pretending like nothing is happening! “We’re doing really well,” said Trump in a press conference as thousands of Americans dropped like flies each day. Crazy right? Ha. Ha. Ha. Looks like the books are feeling #used by this man in the chair. I can just imagine one of the blue books saying to the green book, "He could have had all of this and yet he chose that !" and side-eyes the cold gray laptop on the man's lap. I feel you books, I feel you. Roz Chast did a great job of capturing the neglect "old stuff" like books, CD players, and typewriters, have faced with technology taking over. The 2000s were all about the newest iPhones, social media, and discovering how these machines can make our lives a whole lot easier. Ironically The Social Network, the film about the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and his global empire, Facebook, premiered in theaters two weeks before this cover was released. Maybe Chast sat in a screening of The Social Network and came up with this fun idea. You can even buy this cover in puzzle form. I think in 1998 everyone would have killed to hear the stories told by President Bush's um ... you know. "If the Internet had existed, I think my ‘sailors’ kiss’ cover [titled ‘Don’t Ask] would have become a scandal as big as my White House fist-bump cover,” said Barry Blitt. The cover of this June 17 issue is commentary towards President Bill Clinton signing the military policy informally known as “Don’t ask Don’t tell” in 1993. This new policy would allow lesbians and gay men to enter the military if they keep their sexual orientation private. Blitt's illustration places two sailors kissing in the center of Times Square, playing off of the famous Life magazine photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a World War II sailor happily kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day. Fifteen years later “Don’t ask Don’t tell” was repealed and same-sex marriage was legalized in New York. In honor, Barry Blitt designed a cover with two brides crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to City Hall. "For some kids, the fire hydrant is the pool or the ocean."- Kadir Nelson Artist Kadir Nelson has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 2013. His artwork has a running theme of the summer season, and more than once you can spot a child holding a popsicle in his illustrations. Nelson often draws Black adults and children and captures the beauty of their Blackness. Cresting an effervescent glow on their skin. Always radiating light and warmth. Summer 2020 is different from the other summer seasons that have flown by. “I think of its effect on youngsters, for whom the season will likely involve mixed feelings,” Nelson writes. “ And it could be a very lonely summer for children (and adults) who haven’t seen their friends or family for months, because of social distancing,” he continues. Life is a flurry of worry with Covid-19, police brutality in the streets, and the protests all over the country. Nelson also illustrated the cover for the June 22, 2020 issue of The New Yorker featuring George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. In regards to how to actively fight against racism, Nelson says, “What’s most important is keeping the conversation going, around the world—whether through film, TV, literature, the visual arts, broadcasting, music, or social media… Racism affects us all. It will only be resolved if we can earnestly work together to obliterate it.” Because the ice cream truck man needs a break, too. Barry Blitt, known for his soft watercolor illustrations, combats this softness with a sad and fearful illustration of migrant children hiding under the robe of the Statue of Liberty. This cover comes shortly after the terrifying images of migrant children being forcibly separated from their parents and families at the southern border were released, sparking major outrage and disgust amongst media outlets. The outright unconcern for human beings other than himself was shown through President Trump and his administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. In their eyes taking children away from their parents and distributing them like meat amongst various detention facilities is fine. When Françoise Mouly asked Blitt how he stays on top of politics he replied, “Well, I can’t watch TV news anymore; it’s always people yelling at each other or—worse—people agreeing with each other. There’s always a background drone of outrage, it seems. Stories like this are different. The outrage and disgust are justified and real, and needs to be paid attention to.” The cover art is called "Yearning to Breathe Free," a nod to the poem held by the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus's "The New Colossus", which reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." The longing for home when you are in the car and off on a bumpy road trip is real. Maybe the little girl in this drawing is moving to a new city, she might just be off to a weekend at Lake Erie, but a feeling of summertime sadness withers in the air. Artist Adrian Tomine says he submitted a very rough sketch of this drawing to Françoise Mouly and she accepted it but explained, “that New Yorker Readers were sticklers for detail and we’d have to make sure the background was accurate.” After a considerable amount of research went on about the flow of traffic, and the view of the skyline, Tomine ended up with a background of the Kosciuszko Bridge from somewhere near Maspeth, Queens. Shortly after the cover hit the stands Tomine says The New Yorker received a letter that read, “Your July 26, 2010 cover showing a young girl going on vacation looking out the back window not safely strapped in is the height of irresponsibility. Should there be an accident the mother will not be smiling.” Ouch. Other amazing covers featured on The New Yorker : (In order from Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Adrian Tomine’s “Memorial Plaza” Adrian Tomine’s “Last Straw” Kadir Nelson’s “Say Their Names” Kara Walker’s “Toni Morrison” Grace Lynne Haynes's “Sojourner Truth, Founding Mother” Carter Goodriche’s “Everybody Who’s Anybody” Thank you, The New Yorker. I can't wait to see the covers yet to come.

the summer of my fifteenth year

⛵️⛵️⛵️ the summer of my fifteenth year ~ a poem by sanai rashid EDIT : My poem "The Summer of my fifteenth year" has been accepted to HeartBroken Zine's Issue 2 : Coming Of Age. Look for my work in their beautiful online zine in late November !! When the issue is released I will link it here <3 But you can still enjoy the summer collage I worked on ;)

What movie should you watch based on your personality type ?

I don’t care about your Zodiac sign, what’s your MBTI personality type ?! Move over Geminis, Leos, and Scorpios and tell me whether your an Advocate, Debater or Consul! For those of you who aren’t veterans to personality quizzes, MBTI stands for Myers- Briggs Type Indicator, a trusted personality test that sorts test-takers into one of 16 personality types. The types are written in a code that uses letters to represent each category : (Mind) Introverted or Extroverted, (Energy) Observant or Intuitive, (Nature) Thinking or Feeling, (Tactics) Judging and Prospecting. Each personality type is usually given a nickname that embodies their aura — for example, INTJs are also known as “Architects.” After I discovered my type in April I was obsessed with everything in the realm of Myers Briggs Type Indicator because the test read me so well and my type embodied exactly who I was, it was insane. As one user of the test, Emma, said, “I was honestly shocked how accurate it was. I teared up a bit because it was like a person who was looking inside my mind and telling me what they saw.” I even got my friends hooked on finding out which one of the 16 personalities they were. Naturally, I wanted to also find out what celebrities or fictional characters shared my type through the Personality Database. I have Atticus Finch, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Al Pacino, Grandma Tala, and Joe from You on the INFJ side. Tests like these turn you inside out and can lead you to make new decisions, now that you know just what type of person you are. Whether that’s ditching your job as a lawyer or trying to figure out what movie to watch this week, your personality type can tell it all. Without further ado, here are the ideal movies perfect for everyone on the personality type of rainbow. INFJ - Advocate INFJs are soft-spoken, sensitive beings in touch with their emotions, and while idealistic when passionate about something they will fight tirelessly for that cause. Her by Spike Jonze is the perfect movie for INFJS because it tells a sci-fi romance between Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and a new operating system Samantha in a tender-hearted way that explores the great and confusing emotions of love. INFJs are also creative thinkers that like to challenge others' perceptions of the world, which is why Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly is their cup of tea. A demonic rabbit named Frank tells teenager Donnie that the world will end in 28 days on a fall 1988 night. This dark thriller leaves Donnie and the viewers to question whether Donnie is living in a parallel universe, suffering from mental illness or if the apocalypse is truly near … Other suggestions: Spirited Away and Inception INFP - Mediator INFPs are even more idealistic then INFJs and look for that sprinkle of good in every person they meet, place they roam, and being they touch. Mediators are genuine and are led by the purity of their intent rather than the possible reward which is a testament to the strong feelings they pour into everything they do. (500) Days of Summer stars INFP, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young greeting card writer in Los Angeles who falls head over heels for his new co-worker Summer (Zoet Deschanel). But when Summer dumps him unexpectedly this hopeless romantic reflects on their 500 days together to figure out what went wrong. Call Me By Your Name features 17-year-old Elio, another INFP, who falls in love with Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father during this summer of 1983. Under the sun-drenched sky in Elio’s villa in Lombardy, Italy the two fall in love and dwindle in a facade of what could have been. Other suggestions: Garden State, Lord of the Rings Trilogy ENFJ - Protagonist ENFJs are natural-born leaders full of passion, charisma, and leadership. They aren’t afraid to speak up for what is right and enjoy guiding others to work to improve themselves and their community through acts of kindness and power. ENFJs would love Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino, the 1994 multi-stranded crime movie featuring hitmen Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames); his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), and more. It is a classic film that is powerful, gory, and maybe even a little inspiring. Disney’s 2016 animated hit, Zootopia is also a great bet for ENFJs since the star of the movie, Judy Hopps, is clearly of the protagonist type. After Judy becomes the first rabbit to join the police force of the mammal metropolis, Zootopia, she quickly learns how hard it will be to gain respect so she jumps at the opportunity to solve a missing person case. This means she will have to work with Nick Wilde, a sly fox who makes her job a headache but teaches her a thing or two. Other suggestions: Legally Blonde and Braveheart ENFP - Campaigner ENFPs are fiercely independent individuals who crave creativity and freedom and need to know they can choose their paths in life and would never be caught in a boring role. ENFPs are emotional souls, seeing the world as a puzzle field with compassion, love, and pain so as 16personalties says, “when they step on someone's toes, they both feel it.” ENFPs would connect to The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michel Gondry because of its theme of self-exploration toppled with caring for one another. After a painful breakup, Clementine (Kate Winslet) undergoes a procedure to erase all memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carey.) When Joel learns what Clementine did he too signs up for the same procedure but amid the erasure, he wonders if erasing this woman he used to love is worth it. ENFPs would also enjoy Kung Fu Panda, a story about the laziest panda there ever was, Po, who trains to be a kung fu master to save his city from the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung. Other suggestions: Rapunzel and Breakfast at Tiffany’s INTJ - Architect INTJs are an intelligent bunch who believe nothing is impossible if you put enough hard work and intellect into what you do. But because of this they may seem insensitive and tend to be arrogant about their abilities, not waiting for others to catch up behind them or ever landing a helping hand. The Social Network by David Fincher is a great fit for these groups since it is based on real-life INTJ, Mark Zuckerberg, and stars Jessie Eisenberg as the computer genius and Harvard undergrad who launched Facebook, starting a social media revolution in 2004. Six years into being the youngest billionaire ever, Zuckerberg faces legal and personal issues from his former partner (Andrew Garfield) and other Harvard students who claim he stole their idea. The Prestige by Christopher Nolan will also appeal to INTJs with its twisted fantasy and cunning characters. In 1800s England two former partners — now rival magicians — feud after one performs the ultimate magic trick, teleportation. Starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as the rivals, this film explores how far we are willing to go to come out on top no matter who we hurt. Other Suggestions: No Country For Old Men, The Silence of the Lambs and Memento INTP - Logician INTPs are just like INFJs but a more creative and relaxed. They tend to share thoughts that aren't fully developed, using other people as soundboards to debate with themselves and their mind is a cobweb of ideas that even their closest friends might not understand. American Beauty by Sam Mendes will appeal to INTPs. Telesales operative Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is depressed with his life and craves for something exciting to happen, something to live for. When his teenage daughter brings home her new schoolmate Angela (Mena Suvari) he is aroused and determined to live his life according to his rules. But all the while the life of his daughter and wife are crumbling around him, but everyone is too busy self-loathing to notice each other’s world is falling apart. The ending of this film will be something INTPs ponder for days as they examine what it means to live the American Dream. Good Will Hunting written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck is another great choice. Genius Will (Matt Damon) chooses to ignore his brilliance and ironically enough works as a janitor at MIT solving leftover math problems on the chalkboard. When he gets into trouble with a police officer, therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), tries to help him sort out his problems and show him his full potential. Other suggestions: Groundhog Day and Slumdog Millionaire ENTJ - Commander ENTJs love a good challenge and will use their relentless drive and determination to achieve anything they set their mind too. Because of their extraverted side, they will likely push those around them to follow their path, leading to miraculous results. The Departed by Martin Scorcese would be great for ENTJs. It tells the story of a South Boston cop, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) who goes undercover to expose the organization of the gang leader Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). At the same time, police investigator Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) infiltrates his department and reports their activities to his boss Mr. Frank Costello. When both organizations learn they have a mole in their department, Billy and Collin have to figure out each other’s identities to save their lives. ENTJs will also like Léon: The Professional. After 12-year-old Mathilda’s (Natalie Portman) family is murdered by DEA agents, her next-door neighbor and hitman Léon (Jean Reno) takes her in and the two plot for revenge against the men who took her family’s life. Other suggestions: The Founder and The Usual Suspects ENTP - Debater ENTPs are the ultimate devil’s advocates, questioning people’s beliefs and arguing with them not always to reach a deeper purpose but because sometimes it’s just fun. ENTPs are great debaters and while they are respected for their vision and passion they tend to struggle to use these qualities to form deep lasting relationships. The Devil’s Advocate by Taylor Hartford would appeal to ENTPs based on the name alone. Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves), an aspiring defense lawyer from Florida, accepts a job in a high ranking New York law firm from the head of the firm, legal shark John Milton (Al Pacino). After the move, Lomax’s wife (Charlize Theron) experiences several frightening and other-worldly experiences that lead Kevin to question the true intentions of his new boss. Fight Club by David Fincher features ENTP Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), that this type will be sure to love. A depressed man (Edward Norton) who suffers from insomnia and goes to random support groups for "fun", meets strange soap salesman Tyler Durden, and moves into his squalor after his perfect apartment is ruined. The two bond quickly and start an underground fight club at a bar for men fed up with their mundane lives. Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), another support group hopper, starts to attract the attention of Tyler, and the lines between what is real and what is not quickly become blurred. Other suggestions: Taxi Driver and Fight Club ISTJ - Logistician ISTJs prefer to work alone where they can achieve their goals without any distractions. However, they tend to be in the center because their coworkers and friends often rely on their outward stability and security they provide. INTJs will connect to WALL-E by Andrew Staton, which tells the story of WALL-E, the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days picking up trash and garbage on the desolate planet he has been on for 700 years, growing lonelier by the minute. So when EVE, a robot sent back to Earth for a scanning mission, comes along the two embark on a journey across the galaxies that will change the world forever. Another favorite ISTJs will be sure to love is The Matrix by the Wachowski sisters. Neo (Keanu Reeves) is led into an underground world by stranger Trinity who leads him to Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). Morpheus seems to be the only one who can answer Neo’s question — What is the Matrix ?, but Neo will go to dangerous lengths to uncover the truth. Other suggestions: The Shawshank Redemption and Se7en ISFJ - Defenders ISFJs don’t like to be in the spotlight but their friends and families love them because they are kind people who go above and beyond for what they believe in. ISFJs will connect to The King’s Speech by Tom Hopper. After his father dies and brother flees the role, England's Prince Albert (Colin Firth) must ascend the throne as King George VI, but his speech impediment troubles his image as a leader. Knowing that England needs a strong and confident leader to communicate effectively towards them, his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to help him overcome his stutter. Lionel helps through odd measures but the two grow an incredible friendship as confidence beacons upon the King. Beautiful Boy from A24 is another great choice. It tells the story of father David Sheff (Steve Carell) trying to help his teenage son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) overcome his meth addiction as it threatens to ruin their family, their relationship, and most importantly himself. Other suggestions: Mama Mia and The Lion King ESTJ - Executives The Harry Potter movies will be great for ESTJs since two main characters, Hermoine and Professor McGonal fall into their group. Just like the nickname implies, ESTJs love bringing people together and organizing community events but can fail to realize that not everyone shares the same feelings as them. Hermoine is a stubborn one but is always by her best friend Harry’s side as he navigates through wizarding school at Hogwarts. Another ESTJ pops up in Mean Girls, Miss Regina George. After teenager Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) moves from Africa to the suburbs Illinois, she makes her way into the most popular clique of the school, “The Plastics” led by Regina. But soon Cady realizes why her new shallow group of friends got their name in the oh too high school type of way. Other suggestions : Princess and the Frog and Spirited Away ESFJ - Consuls The popular ones of the group, Consuls are the quarterbacks and cheerleaders in high school and take the spotlight wherever they go with their kindness. Valentine’s Day will be a great match, featuring an A list cast (Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Swift) in the interconnected story of Los Angeles residents trying to navigate the highs and lows of February 14th. Fun fact castmates, Jennifer Garner and Taylor Swift are both ESFJs in real life! The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants will be another favorite featuring real-life ESFJ Blake Lively. Four best friends, Bridget (Blake Lively), Carmen (America Ferrera), Lena (Alexis Bledel), and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), will be in different parts of the world for a few months so they decide to send their love by mailing a pair of jeans that magically fit them all back and forth as the summer looms on. Other suggestions: Enchanted and Shrek ISTP - Virtuoso ISTPs are hands-on people, using their impulsive energy to help their friends and family — as long as they don’t get in their way. They will find a lot of similarities between themselves and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem makes sure its 12 districts never rebel again by holding an annual Hunger Games — where each district selects two tributes (one boy and one girl) to fight against the other district tributes on national television. Every citizen has to watch as the tributes fight to the death and until one remains. When District 12 citizen Katniss Everdeen volunteers to replace her sister as a tribute, she has no idea what she’s going into but her bow and arrow and hunting skills will get her farther than she thinks. ISTPs will also enjoy Snatch, the 2001 crime comedy by Guy Ritchie about several men trying to get a hand on a stolen diamond under the gray London sky. Featuring some of Hollywood’s stars, Snatch has so many plot twists and will constantly keep viewers on their feet as if they are looking for the stolen diamond too! Other suggestions: Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby ISFP - Adventurers ISFPs love to live in the moment, using their charming personalities to wander down many roads of life and bring their friends along too. However, they do need time to recharge and be alone, but don’t confuse this as them being idle and lazy — they are always whipping up something. The Rocky Series will appeal to ISFPs because an ISFP light shines through the main character, a small-time boxer from Philadelphia, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Throughout the six movies, Rocky faces the highs and lows of being a boxing machine with his feisty trainer Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), by his side and wife Adrian (Talia Shire), keeping him humble. Little Miss Sunshine is another great choice as it tells the story of the Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano), and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- who “put the fun back in dysfunctional” when they pile into a VW bus and head to California to support daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her hopes to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. Along the winding route of the interstate, the family’s patience is stretched, pulled, and snaps into two but they learn what it really means to be a Hoover and to love the family you’re stuck with. Other suggestions: Florida Project and Ramona and Beezus ESTP - Entrepreneur As the name implies, ESTPs are likely to be the business moguls of the world (unfortunately it comes to no surprise that our current president is one), and they are energetic, blunt, and love to be in the center of attention. They take the motto “You only live once” very seriously, because what is life without a little drama and risk? The Wolf of Wall Street is the best choice for ESTPs featuring loud and brash Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). After joining a Wall Street brokerage firm in 1987, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont, in the 1990s. With his trusted buddy (Jonah Hill) and a group of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune while still in his 20s and is sucked into a life filled with sex, drugs, and thrills. But little does he know the SEC and the FBI are closing in on his empire of success. Jonah Hill makes another appearance in Superbad, where is character Seth is as ESTP as it gets. Seth and his life long best friend Evan (Michael Cera) navigate their last weeks of high school and realize how little fun they’ve ruly had in what is supposed to be the best time of their lives. Out of the blue, they get invited to a gigantic house party and along with their nerdy friend — or should I say Mclovin — they spend the entire day trying to score enough alcohol for the party and get two girls drunk enough to kick-start their sex lives before they go off to college. Other suggestions: Psycho and Back to the Future ESFP - Entertainers Marilyn Monroe, Jamie Foxx, Justin Biber, Miley Cyrus are all ESFPs and it makes sense because they are all entertainers! ESFPs are very bold and leap at opportunities whenever they can. Generous with their time and energy, these are the types of people that will help you with your goals in life as long as you listen to them talk for hours about what they love too! Someone Great will be great (😉) for ESFPS. After being dumped by her long term boyfriend (Lakeith Stanfield), music journalist (Gina Rodriquez) recruits her best friends on one last night out in New York City before she moves to San Francisco. The musical movie, Hairspray features ESFP Tracy Turnblad, a dance-loving teen in 1960s Baltimore who auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an icon overnight, for her funk, pizzaz, and optimistic grooves much to Amber, the current Corny’s dance queen, dismay. As she brings a new direction to the show, falls in love and her confidence blooms with each step, Tracy has one more thing she has to do — bring racial integration to the show. Other suggestions : The Great Gatsby and This Is Spinal Tap Now get to watching and let me know in the comments what your personality type is !

We don't care about your policies honey, what’s in your closet?

MODERATOR 1: Okay. Which designers do you prefer? SECRETARY CLINTON: What designers of clothes? MODERATOR 1: Yes. SECRETARY CLINTON: Would you ever ask a man that question? (Laughter.) (Applause.) MODERATOR 1: Probably not. Probably not. (Applause.) Just moments before this cringe conversation, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat before a group of young students and professionals in a 2010  “townterview” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. After discussing mundane questions and reassuring the audience she wasn’t afraid to be in Bishkek despite the recent explosion, she advised a young female lawyer on how to succeed in a world where sexist attitudes are a commonplace at work and in life. “If you are in the courtroom or you are presenting a case, it still is a fact - and this is not just in Kyrgyzstan, this is everywhere - that when a man walks into a courtroom it’s rare for someone to say, “Oh, look what he is wearing.” (Laughter.) But if you walk into a courtroom, or any young woman walks into a courtroom, people are going to notice,” she told the young woman. These words were spoken in the literal moment before the moderator’s sexist question and he proved her point exactly! I guess he was too busy admiring her green blazer to notice the words coming out of her mouth. The double standard regarding the clothes female politicians wear has existed in this country since the first woman of Congress, Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) assumed her role in 1917. Immediately newspapers highlighted Rankin’s personal appearance rather than her policies. In March of that year, a Washington Post headline read, “Congresswoman Rankin Real Girl; Likes Nice Gowns and Tidy Hair.” They re-assured readers that she was, “a woman who is thoroughly feminine—from her charmingly coiffed swirl of chestnut hair to the small, high, and distinctively French heels. She is given to soft and clinging gowns, and, according to her own confession, is very fond of moving pictures.” A blog post by House’s History, Art & Archives explained reporters and editors treated her the only way they knew how — as a “society page subject” rather than a woman making history. Rankin did not have an extensive legislative record due to the restrictions placed on women running for government and before this women were seen as objects — things to be gossiped about around the dinner table — not people, and certainly not people in power. But it is rather clear that most of these descriptions were subliminal messages to belittle women in politics and show their weaknesses by describing their “small heels” and “coiffed hair.” Katherine Langley, a representative for Kentucky during the 1920s to 1930s, also received snarky comments, but for her, it was that she dressed too colorfully. “She offends the squeamish by her unstinted display of gypsy colors on the floor and the conspicuousness with which she dresses her bushy blue-black hair,” one reporter wrote. Some women, like Alice Mary Robertson, the second woman in Congress, choose to stay under the radar with their looks. Perhaps they had hoped do dodge the bash of the media or simply did not want to make a fuss. Robertson said she would rather be “A humble little light that shines a long-distance across the prairies than a brilliant skyrocket that flashes in midair for a few seconds and then falls to the earth with a dull thud.” She also made it clear that “If people think that I am going to do something sensational they are mistaken. I am a conservative. I am a Christian. I am an American. I am a Republican.’” Now in 2020, in the age of social media, sexist Fox News reporters, and incel (involuntary celibates) Reddit groups, women in politics are forever scrutinized on their wardrobe picks. When a woman decides to run for office, it’s almost as if the reporter's first question might as well be “We don’t care about your policies honey, what’s in your closet?” It’s time to cut the concealed crap. Clothes are like the lottery — you never know if your look will hit the media’s jackpot Nothing is clearer than the crystal ball that shows how women are held at an unfair standard compared to men when it comes to clothes. Regardless of if you are a congresswoman, First Lady, celebrity, or a 15-year-old girl in high school, wearing what makes you happy can lead you to feel the exact opposite. The crop top you thought was cute could have you called a slut by a stranger, the pride you feel wearing the diamond earrings you worked hard to buy may melt away because someone says “she’s trying too hard,” and instead of posting that picture of you in a cute bathing suit on Instagram you worry about people commenting on your butt/ boobs or lack thereof. So you post a picture of the waves instead. “You have to celebrate fashion but also be aware of the message people are going to take away,” said Meredith Koop, Michelle Obama’s stylist for her years in the White House, in an interview with the New York Times. “Fashion can bolster communications in the best-case scenario, or be a silent partner, or actually distract.” Every woman knows what it’s like to be judged by what you wear but for women in politics, there is even more pressure to look the part. Like Koop said, for women in politics they want the clothes they wear to communicate a positive message to the people about who they are and what they stand for. You can’t come off too “feminine” because people might think your to girly to get your hands dirty and dive into real business, but you can’t be too masculine because that means you are a scary monster who eats peoples hearts and sucks their blood, and no one likes a woman like that! In November of 2018, Eddy Scarry of the notoriously conservative Washington Examiner, tweeted a picture of Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a rising Democrat from New York City, in a black coat with the caption, “that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.” Two years ago not as many people knew of the powerhouse Ms. AOC, but even then she didn’t let some misogynistic man bully her. Neither did the public. People criticized him for his comment and his implication that people who struggle can’t look nice or wear good coats. While no one knows how much the coat cost exactly, AOC has made it clear from the beginning of her political career that she wanted to fight for the people at the bottom of the totem pole because she knew what it was like to be stuck there all her life. She wasn’t afraid of being a political outsider and highlights her Bronx heritage and how she formerly worked as a bartender. “It’s time for one of us,” she boasted in her first campaign ad. Scarry later deleted the tweet because people “took it the wrong way.” He tweeted that AOC looked “well put together — ELEGANT EVEN.” Wonder why he just didn't say that then … When female politicians don’t dress nicely and appropriately to the male gaze they get crucified and when they do they also get backlash. We can’t win. After Scarry’s tweet, AOC tweeted that the reasons journalists “can’t help but obsess about my clothes,” was because “women like me aren’t supposed to run for office — or win.” And in New York swag she wrapped it up, “& that's exactly why the Bronx and Queens sent me here.” In 2011 political cartoon, cartoonist Glenn Foden made fun of Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for taking a $10,000 trip to Hawaii with Pelosi in a t-shirt and tiny bikini bottom telling the lobby man to “Take those up to her room” and “Freshen [her] drink.” Two years earlier in another political cartoon, Nancy Pelosi’s fluffy and lacey undergarment had fallen underneath her dress and has the words “Liar” printed upon it. “Your slip is showing,” the man next to her whispers. In 2008 VP pick Sarah Palin came under fire when Politico reported that the Republican National Convention has spent over $150,000 on clothes and accessories for Palin and her family. This conflicted with her image as an “average hockey mom” from Alaska and in a 2010 Vanity Fair article they reported on this story under the headline, “Sarah Palin’s Shopping Spree.” Since you are all paying such close attention, I might as well show off a message Since women are the smartest of the land (duh), ladies in politics knew the media would pay attention to what they wore and started to show messages with their garments. Last Wednesday, Hillary Clinton, Gabby Giffords, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi all wore white to show support to the women’s suffrage movement at the 2020 virtual Democratic National Convention. Last Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. But, the 19th amendment certainly did not represent all types of women, Asian women did not get the right to vote until 1952 and another 13 years would pass before all women of color would be able to. The Women’s Suffrage movement is complicated and has many unaddressed issues but it did pave the path for feminism in our country. White, purple, and gold were the official colors of the National Women’s Party and the suffragist movement. According to the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage‘s statement of purpose, the colors represented, purple for “loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause,” gold for “the color of light and life and “the torch that guides our purpose.” And white, “the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose.” In the 1900s suffragists wore white because white and black photography was the only way pictures could be visually documented. “White provided a clear and bright contrast on the front pages of newspapers, attracting the eye of readers,” said Fashionbook. Having a color as the unifying symbol instead of a specific garment gave women of any race, social, or economic standard a chance to feel safe within the movement. In 1968, Shirley Chisholm wore white as she became the first Black woman to be elected to Congress. In 2016, Hillary Clinton wore white as she accepted the Democratic nomination for president, which made her the first woman to make it past the primary election. She also wore white when she attended Donald Trump’s inauguration. “That was purposeful,” said Kelly Dittmar, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University and co-author of the book A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen’s Perspectives on Why Their Representation Matters. “She wanted people to cover that.” Earlier this year, the female members of Congress made a sartorial statement by wearing the “suffragette white” to the State of the Union address. Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) said the group continues to stand "against President Trump's backward agenda," which she says challenges "the foundation that was built by the women pioneers of this country." This act of resilience comes a long way from the 1990s when there was an “unwritten rule” that women couldn’t wear pants on the Senate floor. But the rule changed in 1993 when Carol Moseley-Braun, the first Black woman elected to Senate, wore an Armani pantsuit, unaware of the rule. “It was kind of shocking to me at the time that there would be this unwritten rule that women had to wear dresses,” Moseley-Braun said. “What century is this?” Soon everyone was wearing pants. Moseley-Braun also faced another layer of discrimination as a woman of color. She got backlash for wearing her hair in braids. “I spent a lot of time getting my hair done, and I thought I looked really nice,” she said. She later found out two women working at a McDonald’s got fired for wearing their hair in braids, “and their defense became, the United States senator is wearing her hair like this, so why can’t we?” “I’m not sorry about any of it,” she said. The default when we talk about clothing women in politics wear does not have to be misogyny. Clothes are a powerful tool for self-expression no matter who you are. Why do you think kids love picking out the first day of school outfits, it is to make a statement about who you are (this year virtual backgrounds on Zoom will have to substitute)! Unlike her colleagues at the DNC last Wednesday, Democratic Vice President Pick Kamala Harris (D-CA) chose to wear a burgundy pantsuit as she accepted her nomination. Senator Harris is of African American, Jamaican, and Indian descent, making her the first woman of color to be nominated for VP. Similar to the color of the movement, the Suffrage movement only cared about white women. By wearing burgundy, Senator Harris represents “a new era” as this New York Times article states. An era where feminism is about intersectionality and encourages the progress of every type of woman. Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, wore a gold looping necklace that said “Vote” on the Monday night of the convention. The small boutique owner, Chari Chubert, who created the necklace told CNN "I was at my office, and I just sat there as my phone was going crazy, and I started to cry.” The necklace which once cost $300 now retails at $3,000 and sales have skyrocketed after Monday night. Even accessories women in politics wear mean something. The First Lady’s outfits never go unnoticed While First Ladies themselves aren’t politicians they represent a bridge between everyday women in America and the White House in which they reside. Some First Ladies are ahead of their times, others perfectly reflect the moment in which women live in or they might lag behind with old and unpopular ideas. The clothing the First Lady wears can show relatability, be inspirational, or stir up necessary — or ridiculous — conversations. On the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Jackie Kennedy wore a “pink bouclé suit, widely reported to be Chanel (though it turned out to be a close replica of a Chanel), and a pillbox hat,” according to Teen Vogue. Although her husband had been shot and killed next to her in the Lincoln Continental they sat in, she kept her blood-spattered suit on. "Let them see what they have done," she asserted. This was an incredible sign of resilience and showed the overwhelming love Jackie had for her husband. The country looked to her for strength after their 35th president had been assassinated and a way to move forward. Michelle Obama has made fashion history with her stunning looks. For instance, her 2012 dress to the DNC, changed designer Tracy Reese’s career. Michelle had worn some of Reese’s designs before but now Reese is recognized as one of the best Black fashion designers. NPR reported that many of the items she wears sell out almost instantly, but the former First Lady’s fashion philosophy is simple. "I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That's what I always try to do," she told Vogue in 2013. Michelle Obama’s clothes have also stirred controversies that are laughable. I can’t believe they even exist. In 2009 on a trip to the Grand Canyon, she was photographed wearing shorts (it’s a vacation people !) as she stepped off the plane. “But it does American culture no favors if a first lady tries so hard to be average that she winds up looking common,” a writer of the Washington Post exclaimed about her look. She later regretted the “huge stink” it caused. In March of that year, Michelle Obama was criticized for showing her “toned triceps and biceps” in her first official photo as First Lady. People were not fans of the First Lady sporting a sleeveless dress. "Most of the complaints centered on the dress conveying a sense of informality on a serious occasion," said Chicago Tribune style reporter Wendy Donahue. It also fairly evident Michelle Obama was judged harsher than the First Ladies that came before and would come after her because she is a Black woman. The current First Lady, Melania Trump faced backlash after she wore a green cargo jacket from Zara that had the words “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?," painted on the back before flying to an immigrant shelter in Texas. Not a very smart choice when visiting children shelter hmm? Then Hillary Clinton, the “pantsuit aficionado” as her Twitter bio once read, has faced love and hate because of her go-to pantsuit look from her time as First Lady to her run for president in 2016. Timeline of Hillary Clinton’s Pantsuit Saga In the early years, Hillary wore pantsuits when she was a 26-year-old attorney working on the Watergate commission. She was one of few women working on the case but even then she didn’t succumb to society’s pressure. The year prior, the executive vice president of Revlon told women you, “can do anything you want to do, without any criticism being directed at you. If you want to wear pantsuits at the office instead of a skirt, fine." With third-wave feminism on the rise after the Anita Hill Case, women fought passionately against workplace sexual harassment and aimed to have more women in positions of power like politics. Even though Hillary wasn’t running for office, in 1992 on husband Bill Clinton’s campaign trail, she made it known she was a modern woman of her own right and not a prop for the media to toss around and forget. Women wore pins that said, “Elect Hillary’s Husband.” However, she did stir up controversy when she remarked, “I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life." She continued to dress like an attorney, symbolizing that becoming First Lady didn’t mean you had to give up your identity and shift your ideals because of your husband. Hillary was a stark contrast to former First Ladies, like Mamie Eisenhower's obsession with pink and Nancy Regan’s bedazzled attires. Her demeanor wasn’t seen as a “traditional” First Lady. Hillary knew law and politics due to her former profession, therefore she and Bill Clinton were seen as a package deal during their years in office. When the Lewinsky scandal happened in 1998, Hillary went back to pantsuits after shuffling aside in the years before to focus on her job as head of task force on national health care reform. It was a power move to show her seniority over Bill’s younger mistress, Monica Lewinsky and she didn’t care what people thought of her. In an article by Racked it states perfectly, “She might have been holding Bill's hand, but she was wearing exactly what she wanted to.” Hillary wore pantsuits whenever and wherever — including the Shakespeare in Love premiere in 1998 where she wore a black pantsuit with a gold collar next to the star of the film, Gwyneth Paltrow. Hillary’s love of pantsuits and power suits helped separate herself from her colleagues and establish herself as a badass woman. In 2000, she was elected Senator of New York, the first First Lady to do so, and shined on stage in a pale blue pantsuit. In 2009, when Hillary became Secretary of State, Bill Clinton was now holding her hand, and for the next years her pantsuits continued to make headlines. In 2011, Tim Gunn, former host of Project Runway, went on George Lopez’s show Lopez Tonight and had no problem spewing hot sexist garbage towards Hillary Clinton. "Why must she dress that way? I think she's confused about her gender!" He added, "No, I'm really serious, she wears pantsuits that are unflattering." Then he went on to talk about her "cankles." During her 2016 run for President, several websites made galleries of the rainbow of Hillary's pantsuits, and I don’t know about you but I can scroll through them for hours! Too iconic. Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits are a symbol of freedom, control, and being who you want to be. “Some people like my clothes and some people don’t. It goes with the territory,” Clinton writes. “You can’t please everybody, so you may as well wear what works for you.” On that note … She’s right, wear whatever you want because people will always have a problem with it! The problem in the way we talk about the clothes women in politics wear is a matter of inequality and rooted misogyny in the way we talk about women in general. Women still are not greeted with a welcome mat by the halls of government. There is no doubt that male politicians have fallen to critique their clothing as well. Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan has been taunted for his baggy suits,  Cathy Horyn of the New York Times compared him to “Tom Hanks in ‘Big’ when he becomes a kid again.” President Barack Obama has been known for his loyalty to blue and gray suits, but when he deviated from the theme and wore a tan suit, people were outraged. Representative Peter King (R-NY) said that his color choice showed that he did not care about foreign policy. But these “ instances are the exception, not the rule,” as the Vox article states. Reporters and media are still uncomfortable with women taking control of their bodies (take Cardi B and Megan Thee Stalion’s WAP for example ?) and fall back on their default attack method: go for her clothes. It would be unreasonable to expect a perfect utopia where no one ever talks about each other’s clothing. But equality would mean talking about women and male politician's clothing in the same regard, as one part of the puzzle of their self-image. Just two years ago, Representative-elect Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, co-wrote a proposal with Nancy Pelosi and Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) to create an exception to the House’s 181-year-old ban on hats. This new proposal now allows religious headwear, so Omar could wear a headscarf to work without fear of prosecution. “No one puts a scarf on my head but me,” she tweeted in November. “It’s my choice — one protected by the first amendment.” Omar did what she had to do for her religion, other little Muslim girls who want to be politicians one day, and to be seen as who she is. So wear those pantsuits, gold hoops, black coats, and red lipstick. People will just have to get used to it.

The Hidden Whitewashing in Animation

In wake of the national protests against police brutality, there has no doubt been a hyper-awareness amongst white people of acknowledging their white privilege and uptake in learning how to be an ally to their peers of color. Book clubs have started reading How to be an Anti-Racist, NPR’s podcast Code Switch which has “the fearless conversations about race you’ve been waiting for” reached no. 1 on Apple’s podcast chart, and television shows like The Office and Community have pulled out blackface scenes in their episodes. 2020 has been a year that has forced us as a society to confront issues that have been ignored for too long. No longer can we hide from the undeniable truth about the world we live in by fleeing to Sunday brunches and posting pictures of chai tea next to milk toast on Instagram. Now cooped up in the house with nothing but the news on repeat and Twitter by our sides, there is no turning a blind eye to conversations about race. In what some are calling the “Second Civil Rights Movement” there has been a push for accountability, equality, and diversity in our politics, books, language, clothes, and more recently --- our cartoons. In June, white actress and comedian, Jenny Slate, stepped down from her role as voicing Missy, a biracial teen in the Netflix hit series, Big Mouth. Since then several white voice actors have followed in her footsteps and removed themselves from their jobs as voicing characters of color. Slate’s Instagram post about her removal goes as follows, “I have come to the decision today that I can no longer play the character of Missy on the animated show Big Mouth.” She goes on to explain that her original decision to play Missy stemmed from the character having a white and Jewish mother which she shares in common. But she acknowledges that her original reasoning was “flawed” and “an example of white privilege.” With over 5,000 comments fans seem to be split on whether or not Slate’s decision was necessary. Some have praised her for stepping down filling the comments with “❤️❤️” and “Love you Jenny !”, while others have called her a “hypocrite” and believe voice acting should go “beyond” color. I even saw one comment asking why Slate has to step down if it is okay that the musical, Hamilton, can use actors of color to play white characters. Ridiculous. If your not a person a color I don’t think you get how “little things” like this have such a big impact on communities of color. Like Slate goes on to say, she was “engaging in an act of erasure of Black people.” As a Black teenager who watches Big Mouth and relates to Missy’s character, I am beyond glad that she will be recast for Season Five so we can have an accurate representation of one of the few Black characters in the show. Just hours later, the creators of the show: Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett posted a statement about Slate’s departure on the official Instagram of Big Mouth. “We are proud of the representation that Missy has offered cerebral, sensitive woman of color, and we plan to continue that representation and further grow Missy’s character as we recast a new Black actor to play her,” they wrote. I also clicked with Missy for that reason. Missy is a sensitive Black girl like myself and wasn’t solely created for diversity points, she is as dynamic as everyone else on the show with personal issues and milestones. Already Slate had paved a path because, on the same day, Frozen and The Good Place star Kristen Bell announced on Instagram that she was stepping down from her role as Molly, a biracial character on Apple TV’s Central Park. Bell expressed in the caption, “Casting a mixed-race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed-race and Black American experience. It was wrong and we, on the Central Park team, are pledging to make it right.” Signing off with, “I will commit to learning, growing, and doing my part for equality and inclusion.” In her post, Bell also attached a statement from the creative team of Central Park where the team wrote, “That the casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right --- to cast a Black or mixed-race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all of the nuance and experience of the character as we’ve drawn her.” The team also pledged to create opportunities for people of color in “all [of their] projects -- behind the mic, in the writer's room, in production, and in post-production." But as early as January, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Loren Bouchard, the creator of Central Park and hit animated show Bob’s Burger, told Variety about his decision to cast Bell as a biracial character. “Kristen needed to be Molly; we couldn’t not make her Molly,” said Bouchard. “But then we couldn’t make Molly white and we couldn’t make Kristen mixed race so we just had to go forward.” “It’s not ideal, but [Bell] is the ideal actress for that part,” Bouchard added. Executive producer and actor on the show, Josh Gad, worked with Bell on Disney’s 2014 hit Frozen and after Bouchard asked Gad who he thought would work on the show Belle was one of the first on the list. While Bell will no longer play Molly, the team said in their statement that she will continue to be on the show but in a new role. On June 26, voice actor Mike Henry said that he too would be stepping down from his role as the Black character, Cleveland Brown on The Cleveland Show and Family Guy. Henry had voiced Cleveland Brown for over 20 years and in a tweet, he explained how much of an honor it was following with, “ I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.” That same day, The Simpsons released a statement saying that “moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice nonwhite characters.” Despite the show airing for nearly 30 years come this fall, only recently has it been criticized for their poorly written stereotypical characters and lack of diversity behind the screen. In 2017, Indian American comedian Hari Kondabolu released the documentary, The Problem with Apu, criticizing the show for fostering the upsetting racist stereotypical character Apu, an Indian immigrant who runs the popular convenient store Kwik-E-Mart. The documentary features interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, and more about their experiences as being a South Asian in the entertainment industry. Whoopi Goldberg also makes an appearance and discusses how Apu’s character ties into blackface in the animation industry. Then in January of this year, Hank Azaria the former voice behind Apu said he would no longer play the role. Azaria had won many Emmys for his role as Apu and in an interview with The New York Times discussed how he drew inspiration from “The Party,” the 1968 Blake Edwards comedy that featured Petter Sellers in brownface playing an Indian actor. “There I am, joyfully basing a character on what was already considered quite upsetting,” he revealed. It is unclear whether Apu’s character will remain in the following seasons, but if so it will not be voiced by a white actor. Hiding Behind The Screen When Mickey Rooney performed yellowface and played Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Natalie Wood took the role of Puerto Rican immigrant Maria in West Side Story and several white actors did blackface in Birth of a Nation, we saw. We could see their degrading acts of people of color and how Hollywood would go too far lengths to ostracize people of color in the industry. But as we can see, in animated television shows and films, voice actors are camouflaged by the character that trot across our screen. We don’t get to see who is behind the mic in the recording booth and the theory that “anyone can play anybody” in animated projects is upheld by this. Scarlett Johanson, who has played many controversial roles including her whitewashed performance in Ghost in the Shell, believes that she should be able to play anything, even “a tree.” “I personally feel that, in an ideal world, an actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness,” Scarlett proclaimed in 2019. As of 2015, 60 percent of animation students were women but yet men make up 80 percent of the animation workforce according to  Women in Animation data. In a 2019 study done by USC Annenberg apart of their “Inclusion Initiative,” more eye-opening facts about women in animation were uncovered. Women of color only make up 1 % of film directors for animations and only 2 % for tv directors of an animated series. Out of the top 100 animated series in 2018 only 3 women of color fell under the category “Created by/Developed by,” sixteen women of color were producers compared to six being executive producers and there was no woman of color as co-executive producers. Females are almost invisible as directors in the animation world. The study also brings to light that the 4 women of color who were film/tv directors across the 120 top animated films and 100 episodes/segments of top animated tv series; were all Asian. Another Annenberg study done in 2017 showed that between the top 1,000 films from 2007 to 2016 comprised of 1, 114 directors, only 57 were Black/ African American, 34 were Asian or Asian American, and there was just one Latina working as a director in that period. This isn’t Anything New When there is little to no diversity behind the scenes of the animation series that we love, and instead production rooms are filled with cisgender white males it isn’t hard to see why our cartoons are in dying need for inclusion. The stories of people of color aren’t being told and when they are it’s often incorrect and clouded by racial stereotypes. When animation started to kick off in the early 1900s these same cisgender white men were in control and characters of color didn’t start to appear until much later. When characters of color did appear they were often portraying villainous characters --- dark-skinned with foreign accents --- or ethnic and racial stereotypes. Kids cartoons like Looney Tunes and Song of the South were no strangers to this. In Volume 3 of the “Looney Tunes Golden Collection” DVD, Whoopi Goldberg appears in the intro informing viewers that some of the cartons might have “offensive racial and ethnic stereotypes” by today's standards, but “that leaving them out would be denying history.” In Disney’s Dumbo, a group of Black actors had to voice the degrading racist minstrel caricatures of the crows that follow Dumbo throughout his journey. In 1932 shorts like “Uncle Tom and Little Eva” had slaves singing on the way to an auction.The Jim Crow Museum is a great source that brings light to many other disgusting portrayals. Black voice actors began to feel uncomfortable playing these roles and instead of Hollywood reflecting on why they felt this way and making changes, animators cut out Black characters entirely in their projects. So when Black voice actors were needed they had to play horrible and degrading roles but if they refused animators would just find a white actor to play their part or not write one at all. There was no positive way out of the vicious life people of color experienced in animation. And as we see this hasn’t changed much until now. Creating Safe Spaces for POC in Animation If we want to see a change in the animation industry not only do we have to encourage people of color to join these fields but show them that they can have actual opportunities to go far as an animator. Taylor Shaw, a New York City-based writer and producer, is already making that happen. In 2017, Shaw began working on an animated series centered around Black women in their early 20’s living in the South Side of Chicago, her hometown. She had this idea of working with a team full of dope Black women but had an immense amount of trouble finding creatives who looked like her. “It was mind-boggling that the Black women in animation that I found, they themselves were the only Black women in their entire undergraduate program at their schools or they hardly knew of another Black woman in animation,” Shaw told Vice. So she decided to launch Black Woman Animate (BWA) to bring talented Black woman and non-binary people together into a community where everyone belonged. “We are looking to build with industry partners that are going to do the work,” Shaw told Vice. “And it’s the responsibility of the industry to meet the call that we are setting forth.” Since then Shaw has created spaces digitally and in-person with Black women and non-binary animators to find support within one another. Creators hail from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and all over the country in hopes to bring equality and their stories into the animation industry. In a one-day boot camp event in LA, everyone apart of BWA listens to panels from animators, studio executives, and writers who were largely women and people of color that also shared their passion for diversifying this art form. As she says, “How [can you ] really succeed in the field when there’s no representation of yourself and if you don’t have a community?’” Voice Actors, Allegra Clark and Bill Butts have also made efforts to diversify the voice acting community and often speak out about the lack of inclusion. Bill Butts is a Black actor from Kansas, now based in Los Angeles, who has worked in popular anime such as Mobile Suit Gundam and One Punch Man. He explains that in English language animated series there tend to be more opportunities for actors of color in contrast to anime and gaming. “When it comes to anime and video games, unfortunately, the reality is that people of color are only given opportunities to read for people of color, which is extremely rare,” he told Vox. Still in anime and gaming “Black guys are monsters” he points out and falls back into stereotypical tropes. Butts and Clark are part of the Union Coalition of Dubbing Actors (CODA) where the goal is “to build a community, increase open communication among actors, provide actor-led industry education, and change the culture and impression of dubbing work.” Clark, who has voiced characters in Sailor Moon and Fortnite, also joined Animated POC & Allies (APOC), a group that helps to bring diversity to animation. Before if an actor brought up the issue of problematic casting they would “[get] either ignored, yelled at, or finally, you find yourself getting nothing for months,” according to Clark. While there is still a long way to go, creators like Shaw, Butts, and Clark are agents of change in the animation community and having white actors step down from their roles as characters of color push the righteous shift in society that has been long overdue. Last year Marvel's animated box office hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, featured an Afro-Latino Spiderman by the name of Miles Morales, instead of the traditionally white Spiderman that has persisted in the media for decades. One of the directors, Peter Ramsey, made history as being the first Black Oscar nominee for the Best Animated Feature Film category and then became the first to win when the film won the Oscar on that February night. “There’s an inherent message of diversity, acceptance, and finding strength and commonality in your difference that’s baked into the fabric of the movie,” he told GoldDerby in the fall of 2018. Disney's creation of diverse characters in the last years are also positive signs that the industry is taking notes on representing people of color. Tiana became Disney’s first Black princess after The Princess and the Frog debuted in 2009, but conversations still circulate on wether Disney truly cares about representation since Tiana was a green frog for 70 % of the movie. In Disney’s 2016 film Moana, Moana of Motunui was the first princess originating from the islands of Polynesia, and filmmakers spent five years traveling and gathering information from people in the Pacific to make the movie as accurate as possible. In 2018 Coco, won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film which starred Miguel, a young boy from Mexico during the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. There is something beautiful when people of color from all walks of life come together to bring awareness to the under-representation they face in animation, something that goes way beyond the colorful characters we see on screen. We have come a long way from Dumbo's Crows and Jenny Slate, Kristen Bell, Mike Henry, and more removing themselves from further whitewashing animation is a turn in the right direction. Racism isn’t just calling someone the n-word, telling people to “go back to their country” or threatening to call the cops on a Black man because he “harassed you” by telling you to put your dog on a leash. It is the not so little things like white actors stealing roles of characters of color and the cartoons we watched as kids enforcing racist stereotypes through the few diverse characters they do have. Everyone deserves to feel seen no matter what race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality you have. Period.

Hey it's Sanai !

Hey readers! It’s Sanai, the owner and writer of all the lovely blog posts on <3 This week I’m focused on launching an Instagram solely for the site so I can interact with you all more and grow to find new subscribers. I’m also working on creating a page dedicated to Black Lives Matter Resources, aid for the Lebanon Crisis, and other global issues that we all need to be aware of. As well as writing about them I will post links to articles that can greater inform us all on what is happening in this country and all over the world. I'm super excited to get that going. So instead of a regular post this week I’ve decided to do something short and sweet while I whip up everything I just mentioned. I want to let you guys know a little bit more about me by answering 20 fun questions like a Q&A! As always you can contact me by hitting the Contact page or by next week shoot me a DM on Instagram 💖 #1 When is your birthday? My birthday is on May 26th. Normally sandwiched in between Memorial Day weekend so I love that. Geminis wya ?? #2 Where are you from? Only the best state out of all the 50 states … New York! I love this city so much and I’m so glad I was born and raised in such an amazing place filled with all types of people, crowded subways, busy streets, fire music and of course the best pizza. It doesn't get any better than here. Have you ever met a famous person? I have met a few celebrities or influencers you can say! The first celebrity I ever met was Youtuber Bethany Mota in the fifth grade, then Youtubers Niki Demartino and Alisah Marie at the Global Citizens Festival that next year and Joey Garcefa at his book tour in 2017. Like many girls my age I was also obsessed with boys so I met a few at a meet n greet in 2016 (Tyler Brown ring a bell ?) Then last summer I met a bunch of Tik Tok Boys like LuvAnthony and Jaden Hossler at the Lights Out tour which is pretty embarrassing because they are all so gross now. Very much straight Tik Tok thirst boys. What is your favorite movie? As most of you can tell by the number of film references on my page I love watching movies! I can watch a movie a day with ease. As of right now, my favorite movie is The Big Lebowski by The Coen Brothers. Hilarious and features some of the best dialogue I have ever seen. Following close behind however would be Birdman, Brokeback Mountain, or Lady Bird. What is your comfort food? Mac n cheese for sure. What’s your opinion on reality tv shows? I actually enjoy them. From the age of eight to eleven, I watched everything on Lifetime. Dance Moms, Little Women: LA, Little Women: Atlanta, and a few shows on TLC like Project Runway and Honey Boo Boo. I don’t watch them as often now but I always tune in for Big Brother on CBS during the summer, and I did watch all of Jersey Shore on Hulu last year. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a journalist! Either for the New York Times, Boston Globe, The New Yorker, or any major publication . I’ve loved writing since I was a little girl and wrote my first short story about a Bloody Underground World ( I was a little cray). As well as being a journalist I want to publish YA novels. Writing is my calling and this blog is my manifestation of the creativity that comes with being a writer. What is your favorite book? Frankly in Love by David Yoon (my pick of the month for April 😉). I finished it right before quarantine started and it is truly the best book I have ever read. My younger sister was performing at a basketball game with her dance group and there were about 20 minutes before she went on so I was reading the book in the stands. When I tell you I started weeping right there I mean it. Frankly in Love is just that good. Do you have any siblings? I sure do! I have a sister in college, a ten-year-old brother and the youngest is my six-year-old sister. Where do you want to live when you grow up? Right here in New York City baby! Maybe Williamsburg, the whole area is gorgeous. I don’t ever see myself leaving this city except for college but if I had to choose somewhere else to live it would either be Boston or New Mexico. I know New Mexico is a weird one but my favorite show Breaking Bad inspired me to live there. I love the sandy architecture and how opposite it is from New York. But I may want to live in London for a year. I’m a sucker for tea and crumpets and I’m perfecting my British accent as we speak. Favorite quote? “Be the change you wish to see in the world” - Gandhi OR “After all these long-ass verses / I'm tired, you tired, Jesus wept” - Kanye West What do you want your last meal to be? Steak with Fettuccine Alfredo, mashed potatoes, corn, and a can of coke. Favorite Cereal? Fruit Loops! What TV show are you currently watching? I’m really bad at watching tv shows, I rarely finish them or take six months in between season two season three because I’ve lost interest. As of now, I’m mainly watching Gossip Girl and The Umbrella Academy (two episodes left!). But I also pick and choose here and there from New Girl, The Office (a re-watch), and Shameless. Are you an early bird or a night owl? A night owl FOR SURE. I’m most productive at night and I go to bed at around 3 am every night, my body has gotten used to it. I also find that I write better at night since my mind is at ease. Many of my blog posts are written at 4 am while I snack on Boom Chick a Pop and gulp water from my Hydroflask ;) Favorite Color? I’ve always been a blue kinda girl. There are so many different types of blue however so my current favorite is Teal. Biggest Pet Peeve? Gum chewers. I hate everything about gum, even writing the word gum irks me. The smell, the sound, --- ugh everything. Ironically enough many of my friends chew gum but as long as you aren't obnoxious with your chewing it’s ok. If you were to host a Sunday brunch which 12 fictional characters would you invite and why? This is a hard one, I’ll try to split it in between book characters and film/tv characters. Ok, it would go something along the lines of Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series), Michael Scott (The Office), Dionne (Clueless), Walter White (Breaking Bad), Madeline (Big Little Lies), Jo (Little Women), Lilo (Lilo & Stitch), Chris (Get Out), Elio (Call Me By Your Name), Joker (Joker), Christine ‘LadyBird’(LadyBird) and Marlon (Marlon). They are all such different types of people I’d want to talk to while eating syrup-drenched french toast and orange juice. Favorite musicians? My Spotify monthly playlist is a good round-up of everyone I’m currently listening to. But some of my favs are Drake, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Eminem, Nirvana, Tame Impala, Rhianna, Harry Styles, and SZA. What inspired you to make this blog? I had been contemplating on making a blog for some time now and like many people, quarantine gave me more time than ever so I started to bring the idea into fruition. My Uncle who is a graphic designer (and rapper, listen to his newest album here !), helped me navigate designing the website on Wix and after a couple of weeks, the site was up and running! There is so much power within words and I knew with a blog I could write whatever I please, push myself to create great pieces, and most importantly share my thoughts with the world. Owning this blog for the last five months has been a rewarding challenge. I went from writing every so often to having a strict deadline to upload a new post every Monday. My brain is constantly turning its wheels and searching any creative realm so I have a cool new blog post. I’m so happy with the work I’m putting out there and hope you all love it just as much. I hope you all had fun getting to know me a little bit more! And if you have any more questions feel free to shoot me an email or comment down below 💖

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