To All the Little Black Girls With Big Names (Dedicated to Quvenzhane’ Wallis)
"I’m from the Ivory Coast."
“Why’d you come to America?”
He formed his hands into two imaginary guns. “Too much boom boom,” he said. “So I run.”
This seems like a wonderful guy.
"What was the saddest moment of your life?"
“It was more a collection of moments. My mother and I were homeless when I was growing up. And she was constantly trying to find us places to stay at night. We’d move from shelters, to relatives’ houses, to friends’ houses. One time we slept in a car for an entire month. It wasn’t really the being homeless that was so sad. It was seeing how helpless my mom felt on the nights when she couldn’t find us a place to stay.”
The thing I like most about this is that I don’t know whose story this is. It could have been either of them.
These two were supposedly based on a real couple, who said they wouldn’t board a life boat as long as there were younger people still aboard the ship. They both went below deck, presumably to their room, and that’s the last time they were seen.
Isador & Ida Straus
The couple had been married for 41 years at the time of the disaster. They raised six children together, and were almost inseparable. On the rare occasion that they were apart, they wrote each other every day. They even celebrated their birthdays on the same day, although they were well apart from one another. During the sinking, Titanic’s officers pleaded with the 63 year old Ida to board a lifeboat and escape the disaster, but she repeatedly refused to leave her husband. Instead, she placed her maid in a lifeboat, taking her fur coat off and handing it to the maid while saying, “I won’t need this anymore”. At one point, she was convinced to enter one of the last two lifeboats, but jumped out as her husband walked away to rejoin him.
When last seen by witnesses, they were standing on deck, holding each other in a tight embrace. Their funeral drew some 6,000 mourners at Carnegie Hall.
A monument to them still stands in a Bronx cemetery, it’s inscription reads: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.”
why wasn’t the movie about them
Daniel Radcliffe talking about his old stunt double, David Holmes, who was severely injured during a stunt on the HP films
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, an officer was interrupted by a little boy about six years old. Looking up and down at his uniform, he asked, “Are you a cop?”
“Yes,” he replied and continued writing the report.
“My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?”
“Yes, that’s right,” he told him.
“Well, then,” he said as he extended his foot towards the officer, “would you please tie my shoe?”
One of my favorite photos from 2012.
Virginia police in full riot gear showed up at a women’s rights protest at the Virginia State Capitol this weekend. Hundreds of people were protesting a new amendment that passed that Virginia House that would require women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. 31 people were arrested.