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Takeshi Kaneshiro   ~ best described by the saying “we don’t grow older, we grow riper”

he is very handsome

THE FUUU—- that’s what he looks like now? O.o

This picture was my icon for a long ass time:

I fell hard for him in this Wuxia movie:

Man, due to Hollywood’s racism, the West loses out on some really charismatic and good looking leading men. 

Two words Sung Kang (Fast and Furious)!

Yes Gawd! I need him in more things. For real.

And don’t forget him in Returner, a ridiculous movie with a GREAT cast. He’s been one of my longest-standing guy-crushes, and his multilingualism doesn’t hurt either!

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“To provide for research into problems of flight within and outside the earth’s atmosphere, and for other purposes.” - National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958

On July 29th, 1958 — ten months after Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit — President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act. Beginning operations later that year, NASA entered the highly competitive Space Race against the Soviet Union. Culminating with the success of Apollo, the economic benefits and technological advances during NASA’s first decade were immediately felt. Since 1958, twelve astronauts have walked on the Moon, four rovers and four landers have touched down on the Martian soil, and most recently, Voyager I became the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. Perhaps the greatest achievement of this agency, however, has been the success of the International Space Station. Astronauts from various space agencies across the planet have been living and studying aboard the ISS since 2000. NASA has had a rich history, but an even more promising future awaits.

Today, on the anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Act, join us by writing Congress to express the importance of raising the minuscule NASA budget to a level that will ensure a strong future for all humanity.

Sign the petition, spread the word:
www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

Read the National Aeronautics and Space Act:
http://history.nasa.gov/spaceact.html

We Need Diverse Books Announces Incorporation as a Non-Profit and Inaugural Advisory Board

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Grassroots organization files for incorporation as a non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and welcomes its first advisory board members, authors Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon
 
New York City, NY  (July 19, 2014) More than just a hashtag, We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.  We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. Its mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.             
 
In order to accomplish its mission, We Need Diverse Books reaches out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including but not limited to publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.  “Incorporating will give us the legitimacy and standing we need to move forward with our mission,” says Lamar Giles, VP of Communications. “We have many exciting projects in the works.”
 
In addition to a Diversity Festival planned for 2016, We Need Diverse Books plans to initiate a grant program to support diverse authors, bring Diversity into the Classroom with collaborations with First Book and the National Education Association, and develop a “diversity toolkit” for librarians and booksellers.
 
Inaugural advisory board members includes Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon. “Each of these members has a history of advocating for diverse books, and is a pioneer in the field of children’s literature. They will not only increase our visibility as an organization, but light the way going forward,” said Ellen Oh, President of We Need Diverse Books.
 
On the heels of its enormously successful panel at the inaugural Book Con, the We Need Diverse Books team has been invited by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) to present the first ever diverse author signing and reception, and present panels at the Baltimore Book Festival, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), among others.

First of all, this is wonderful news!   We Need Diverse Books has done a great job of raising the awareness and level of dialogue on issues of diversity in publishing.   I’m looking forward to great things from them in the future as they use their contacts in the publishing industry and continue to apply pressure from readers to advocate for books that reflect our current diverse reality.  

However —

I have serious concerns that a group focused on diversity in publishing has no openly queer board members or staff at this time.   While several of these authors have written LGBTQ characters successfully, particularly Jacqueline Woodson, that is no substitute for the perspective of actual queer people.   LGBTQ people have a vested interest in diversity in publishing and have been part of the grassroots nature of this campaign since the beginning.  

So my questions for weneeddiversebooks are as follows:

1) Are you still adding more board members?  
2) What are you doing to recruit LGBTQ people to leadership positions in your organization?   

- Sarah 

I am not affiliated with WNDB in any official capacity, but Jacqueline Woodson is a lesbian. And she is badass! :)

Do you know how many nights I’ve spent twisting your English off my tongue? I do not take pride in your English. I want to stumble on my words. I want to speak with an accent so thick that it requires silence. I want you to struggle to understand me. Realize your English is not superior. Your English does not equate intelligence. Do not compliment me on how well I have accepted colonization. I do not want your pat on the back. I was forced to learn this language. I didn’t choose to. Your English disconnects me from my people. I am deaf to my own sacred language because of your English.
Your English has done nothing for me.
Excerpt from “You Speak Good English” by Bilphena Yahwon  (via planetfaraway)

I teach ESL, and let me tell you, sometimes I have mixed feelings about that. You can say that most of my students chose it and need it, but what about the international students from Japan and Taiwan and Korea? At least some of them would be better off (and more motivated) learning each other’s languages. What about the fact that so-called NNESTs (teachers who are English learners themselves) are often better at teaching English (because duh!) but struggle to get hired? What about the fact that even among so-called NESTs (native speaker teachers), it’s extremely rare to find black or Latin@ people? And whose English are we teaching, and why? What is “correct” and “academic” and in the books? (And why are the books so heteronormative and racist?) You get the picture.

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"It’s my first time here. I wanted to come to - you know you don’t go to Comic Con without going down on the floor and seeing it all, and so the way I came up with doing that was Spider-Man." - Daniel Radcliffe at the 2014 SDCC

Can you IMAGINE all the people who had photos with various Spider-Man cosplayers staring at their phones, trying to figure out if they got THAT Spider-Man? Ah, the ambiguity. LOVE IT.

ALSO

It’s weird how suddenly sexist things are! All the reporters with lines? Dudes. (I saw a woman in the back of a crowd scene, buuut…) All the shown pro benders? Dudes. Everyone else on the stupid anti-Equalist task force, as far as I can tell? Dudes. What is this, Star Trek? :( 

I hope it improves later.

P. S. Asami sure is pretty.

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