Why Alysia Montano wears a flower in her hair during every race.
Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
The flower remains Montano’s trademark even though her opponents are now world-class female middle-distance runners.
"The flower to me means strength with femininity," Montano said in June after winning the 800 at the U.S. Olympic trials. "I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong."
My lawyer gives the same speech to everyone who wants to do business with me now. ‘Nicki is not one of those artists who allow her representatives to make decisions for her.’ I’m on conference calls all day with lawyers, accountants, and executives—people of power—and they treat me with respect. Because I command respect. I’m not cocky, but I deserve to know what’s going on. It’s my brand and my life. That’s my advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want—and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.
A racist exhibition is being shown in London on the 23rd to the 27th of September called “The Human Zoo”. Here’s a section written by the petition’s founder:
"This piece of work by Brett Bailey has been toured around Europe sparking protests and outrage by anti-racism campaigners. Now it is coming to London, and I’m calling on the Barbican not to display it.
I’m a Black African mother from Birmingham. I campaign and work with my community to try to breakdown the stereotypes that black people have to struggle against in society on a daily basis. I want my children to grow up in a world where the barbaric things that happened to their ancestors are a thing of the past. We have come a long way since the days of the grotesque human zoo - we should not be taking steps back now.
If Brett Bailey is trying to make a point about slavery this is not the way to do it. The irony gets lost and it’s not long before the people behind the cage begin to feel like animals trapped in a zoo. One of the actors in his piece said “How do you know we are not entertaining people the same way the human zoos did?”
Bailey himself sounds unsure as to the impact of this work. In an interview with the Guardian he says: “For all I know, I could look back at Exhibit B in 10 years and say, ‘Oh my God, I am doing exactly what they are accusing me of.”
Please join me in calling on the Barbican to withdraw the racist Exhibition “Exhibit B- The Human Zoo” from showing at the Barbican”
Please even if you live in another country please can you sign this petition and get rid of another branch of 21st century racism. Here’s the link to the petition: http://www.change.org/p/withdraw-the-racist-exhibition-exhibition-b-the-human-zoo
As Martin Luther King Jr says “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
Breddrin & sistreen please sign that petition….
Perfect timing of waves cresting.
LET ME EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS COOL:
With cameras, like eyes, the more light the better to see something. Less, the less you can see.
Now, to be able to take a photo of something moving fast, you either need to follow it at the same speed and/or have A LOT of light so that nothing ends up blurry.
This photo was taken at—I think—sunset. There is LITTLE light. Meaning HOW THE HECKA HOO WERE YOU ABLE TO TAKE A PERFECTLY DETAILED PHOTO OF A FAST MOVING FORMLESS OBJECT IN DIM LIGHT???
Those are two ways to get a crisp shot, yes, but you forgot a third.
To capture fast-moving things like that, in low lighting… you’d just need a giant lens, and set it to a giant aperture, with a fast shutter speed.
(Basically how open the ‘pupil’ of the camera is. Bigger aperture means more light can come in, meaning a better picture in low ambient light. Too much light, and the photo becomes mostly white.. Shutter speed is how fast the camera opens and shuts its ‘eye’ to capture an image. Fast shutter speed means super detailed ‘frozen in time’ shot, slower speed means it’s open longer, so you see those light trails or motion blurs).
Or, with a large aperture and a long shutter speed, you can watch the stars turn in the sky.
Expensive as hell, but larger lenses can refract a ton of light inward, so you can still have beautiful pictures at lower lighting.
People mistakenly think that it’s impossible to get clear photos like those waves in lower lighting, because they’re used to using lower-quality lenses on their cameras and smartphones.
With a big enough lens (and I mean fuckin’ huge) you could take crystal clear photos at high speeds by the light of the full moon.
Or, y’know, lantern light.
Tried loads of honey today and ended up buying a jar of rapeseed honey. Chestnut honey is so gross :p
God baby boomers are such assholes