In 1963, Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Lilies of the Field. When presenting Poitier with his Oscar statuette, the actress Ann Bancroft congratulated him with a kiss on the cheek, a gesture that caused a mild scandal among the show’s most conservative audiences. Poitier accepted his award with grace and said in his speech “…it has been a long journey to this moment.” [x]





Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014

While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.

“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”

Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.

So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”

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As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves. 

this is what a hero looks like

This woman is my fucking hero.


youremygirljennay asked:

What are your thoughts on I Wanna Be Yours? (It's my favorite and I love hearing your interpretations lol)

ihatealexturner answered:

I just saw this ask now sorry to reply late.

Well i love that song, its beautiful. i love the work the monkeys did with it, its a john cooper clarke song/poem if you dind’t knew. and the monkeys borrowed it and made something really fresh and different, and it sounds amazing. they turn it into a romantic ballad and god, it sounds heavenly. i love the little details tht alex added. like the “secrets i have held in my heart, are harder to hide than i thought. maybe i just wanna be yours” god, that line kills me everything, its soo deep and honest, i had nightmares with that line for weeks. im in love with the sound of it. they already had this music when they were making the album and they decided to use the i wanna be yours lyric on it and it was such a good decision, shit. i also love how alex changed the “atlantic ocean” part for “pacific ocean” to give it his own touch, bc he lives in california now and its such a little detail but i love it so much. im in love with this song, just when they release the name of the songs and we have the first interview before the album i knew this song would destroy me into a million pieces. this are my kind of favorite arctic monkeys songs. also fun fact this is the first and only time the monkeys had used a machine drum and i think they nailed it, it gaves the song a really chill and relax feeling. and idk i jsut love the fact that the whole album is about alex being vulnerable and just wanting to have a person next to him, just to have someone to share his life. and the album ends up with a summary of all, he just want to be yours, after all the bullshit, the brokenhearts, the hook ups. at the end of the night, he just want to be with someone. the search for the soulmate, “the one”.