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Oct. 19th, 2017 04:30 am
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Posted by midcenturyjo

It may have been only existed as an installation for the Lodz Design Festival earlier this month but how amazing would it be if this hauntingly beautiful old house could retain its modern trappings, even better if I could live there. A fantastical world of peeling ceilings and tattered wallpaper as backdrop to cutting edge furniture, striking art and a jungle of indoor plants. This slightly fractured dream of a domain is by Design Alive and you can read more including sources here.

Photography by Marek Swoboda

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Posted by Phil Yu

Upcoming live action TV series based on the DC Comics title.

Looks like we have a Beast Boy! Ryan Potter has been cast in the series regular role of Beast Boy in Titans, the upcoming live-action TV series adaptation based on the popular DC Comics title.

'Titans': Ryan Potter Cast As Beast Boy In Live-Action Series For DC Digital Service

Titans follows a group of "soon-to-be superheroes from every corner of the DC Universe." Recruited by Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), this fearless band of new heroes includes Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), and of course, Garfield "Gar" Logan, aka Beast Boy.

As a child, Gar contracted a lethal disease on an African safari with his geneticist parents, only to experience some "bizarre side effects" after being treated with an experimental drug. In addition to his skin and hair turning permanently green, the wisecracking, fun-loving Beast Boy is able to transform himself into animals of any size.

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Dark & Delicious Chocolate Cake

Oct. 19th, 2017 03:00 am
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This chocolate cake is "The" chocolate cakes to end all chocolate cakes.  I always struggle with showing my chocolate bakes in a positive light.  They are incredibly difficult to photograph!  This is especially disappointing when you know what you have baked is incredibly moist and delicious!

How do other people cope with the "Chocolate" bake?  I would love to hear any suggestions you might have that would help me to take better photos.  But then again . . . 

Its all about how it tastes . . .  not how it looks and this tastes incredible. 

This has been my go-to chocolate cake for years now.  I can't remember where the original recipe came from.  I strongly suspect the back of a tin of cocoa powder . . . 

It is dense . . .  and moist . . .  and very chocolatey.  If anything it tastes even better the day after you bake it . . .  when all of that chocolate ripens and gets ooey scrummy, delish.

*Dark & Delicious Chocolate Cake*
Serves 12

Moist, dark and really delicious.  The chocolate snacking cake to end all chocolate snacking cakes! 

380g granulated sugar (2 cups)
245g plain flour (1 3/4 cup)
85g cocoa powder (3/4 cup) (Not drinking chocolate)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 tsp salt
2 large free range eggs
240ml milk (1 cup)
2 tsp vanilla
120ml vegetable oil (1/2 cup)
240ml boiling hot coffee 

For the frosting:
6 TBS butter
350g icing sugar (2 2/3 cups)
55g cocoa powder (1/2 cup) (Not drinking chocolate)
80ml milk (1/3 cup)
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 180*c/ 350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking tin and lightly dust with flour, shaking out any excess.  Set aside. 

Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, soda, and salt.  Add the eggs, milk, vanilla and vegetable oil.  Beat with an electric whisk for 2 minutes on medium speed, stopping to scrape up the sides and bottom.  Beat in the hot coffee. The mixture will be very thin. 

Pour into the prepared pan.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely in the tin, placed on a wire rack. 

Beat the butter for the frosting until fluffy.  Sift together the cocoa powder and the icing sugar.  Beat into the butter, alternately with the milk and vanilla until smooth and of spreading consistency. (You may need additional milk or sugar.  Use your own judgement)  Cut into squares to serve. 

Every time I bake this I am incredibly grateful that I have neighbors and friends that don't mind me gifting them with it.  Todd is not a fan of chocolate cake at all, and I am not supposed to be eating it at all . . .  but every now and then a gal just has to do what a gal has to do.  When the kids were growing up it was never around long enough to be a problem!  You could also bake it in layers if you wanted to, just reduce the baking time to about 25 to 30 minutes if you do.  Bon Appetit!

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Yesterday, Alex Greenberger (ARTNEWS) announced that two notable foundations in the art world are looking to help Puerto Rican artists and cultural projects. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will work with Hamilton actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda to offer a grant of $300,000 for hurricane relief. The grant will go to El Serrucho: Hurricane Maria Emergency Fund, led by Beta-Local, a San Juan-based nonprofit that supports artists and institutions on the island. Beta-Local will now create a new series of artist grants to continue work after the devastating storm.

For original article, see

See more information on the “El Serrucho” fund at

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Javier Morillo (The Nation) writes that the disaster has revealed our ambiguous status as citizen-strangers. Read the full version of this excellent article at The Nation:

It feels surreal, being a Puerto Rican in the United States these days. No, not because of that poll that showed that almost 50 percent of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Most of us are not surprised by that data point, and I myself am not offended by it. We are citizen-strangers. Our movement is not restricted, but we are unable to vote on the island for the president who sends us to war. Come to the states and, voilà, you can vote for president! [. . .]

It feels surreal, being a Puerto Rican in the United States these days, seeing images of the devastation of an island I grew up on and that—despite not having lived there for three decades—I still call home. Like so many of the diaspora, even those born here and who never lived on the island, we feel our fates deeply intertwined with it. [. . .]

[. . .] It feels surreal, being an “American” in the United States these days, having as a leader of the country an abuser in chief, one who not only eschews the role of “healer” during a moment of crisis but also seems to revel in shaming Puerto Ricans, in humiliating us in our hour of deep pain. Yes, he threw paper towels to a handpicked crowd at a conservative church for expat white Americans living in an expensive suburb. Yes, he downplayed the tragedy by comparing Hurricane Maria to the “real catastrophe” of Hurricane Katrina, answering affirmatively that favorite pundit question: Is this Trump’s Katrina? Sí, coño, it is, and Americans are noticing. But the spectacle of the island’s representative in Washington, DC, who refers to herself as the “Congresswoman for Puerto Rico”—Puerto Rico has no congresswoman, only a “resident commissioner,” who can’t vote in Congress—genuflecting in front of the Dear Leader as he insulted our people, added the necessary yet unbearable colonial collaborationist tinge to the President’s visit.

[. . .] What Hurricane Maria has done for us boricuas, here or there, acá o allá, is to make our reality, our surreality, a self-evident truth: We are not created equal. Many non–Puerto Ricans may not know our citizenship status, but we, the products of the US colonial venture that began with the “Spanish-American War,” cannot hide from it. The name of that war may erase us, but our bodies, our stories, cannot. This past March was the 100th Anniversary of the Jones Act of 1917, the federal law that made us into US citizens from that moment forward. Within months, Puerto Rican men were drafted to serve in World War I—but, don’t worry, we’ve been assured this was just a coincidence. [. . .]

A brief moment of lucidity: Trump slipped on his trip to the territory when he acknowledged that the calamity facing the island before Hurricane Maria—its crushing public debt—had to be “wiped out.” Puerto Rico bonds plunged as US investors, who bet big on my people’s misery, panicked. Of course, the White House quickly walked back Trump’s rare and inconvenient truth. Many of us rushed to say, Hey, wait a minute, we agree with the president! No take-backsies! But, alas, our island is governed not by brief moments of lucidity but by long-term insanity: a colonial board, established in bipartisan fashion by the comically named PROMESA bill (it promised little and has delivered less). Since its passage, the governor elected by the people is but a puppet, submitting budgets for approval to an appointed junta that includes bankers whose institutions helped create the island’s financial mess. For those unfamiliar with the not-yet-on-Broadway Wall Street Story of Puerto Rico, a synopsis of the musical Lin-Manuel Miranda has yet to write:

Act I. Wall Street banks and bond salesmen lure the Puerto Rican government into taking on $74 billion in debt, much of it likely illegally incurred (but we can’t know for sure because the junta and the conservative governor have refused to audit the debt). Municipal bonds on the island are triple-tax free so extremely attractive. Also, federal law forbids island municipalities (unlike US cities) from declaring bankruptcy. So the stage is set for a completely captive audience: the Puerto Rican masses who will have to pay up.

Act II. Vulture hedge-fund managers started speculating on this debt, buying it for pennies on the dollar and demanding repayment in full. They did the same thing in Argentina and Greece. In Wall Street alchemy, you can always squeeze blood from a stone.

Act III. Then politicians on the island and in Congress used government to create an undemocratic austerity crusade intent on destroying public assets and driving down wages, causing widespread suffering—all to pay back the banks and hedge funds. Blood from a stone.

Trump not only walked back that moment of lucidity; now he is back to playing the abusive father, threatening to abandon the island, so full of ingrates, personified by the mayor of San Juan, that very Nasty Woman. [. . .]

For full article, see

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The title of the short article by Eye Candy and photo gallery from AFROPUNK is “This Editorial Aims to Raise Representation for Caribbean Black Creatives.” It would have been interesting to get more information on the “ongoing project” mentioned below, but, for now, we can enjoy this fantastic series of photos by Ciaran Christopher, with styling and creative direction by Ramario Chevoy. AFROPUNK explains:

Shot by lifestyle and editorial photographer Ciaran Christopher in collaboration with creative director and stylist Ramario Chevoy, the photo series down below is part of an ongoing project that focuses on Caribbean creatives who are under and misrepresented within their industries. “I want people to know that we are here and our voices and beauty should be heard and seen and I do imagine hopefully there is more of us out there but we need the representation we deserve,” Chevoy tells AFROPUNK.

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“. . . The truth was hidden in a Dominican town.” Emily Codik writes about exploring her family roots in Sosúa, in the Dominican Republic. Searching through the archives at Sosúa’s Jewish Museum, she discovered many interesting details to better frame her family’s history in the Caribbean country. Here are excerpts; read the full article at The Washington Post:


The night before Kristallnacht — the infamous date in November 1938 when synagogues burned across Germany and the Nazis arrested tens of thousands of Jews — my father’s family escaped from Berlin and fled to one of the few places in the world willing to take in Jewish refugees. They settled in Sosua, a remote beach town on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, whose dictator, Rafael Trujillo, had offered Jews safety for a promise to develop the land.

This is the story I heard countless times. “It was paradise,” my 89-year-old Aunt Hella would say, weaving my family’s heritage into a little-known part of Holocaust history. But the story never entirely made sense.

As it was told to me, a small Caribbean country saved my family at a time when more powerful nations such as the United States and Britain refused to do the same. In return, the Jews transformed a jungle coastline into a peaceful settlement with a hospital and a school. My grandfather, a salesman by trade, became the village baker. Hundreds of others — accountants, nurses, tailors — learned to ride horses and clear roads. [. . .]

One main reason Sosua fell apart, several refugees said in interviews, was simple. It wasn’t only the backbreaking agricultural work, the infighting, the culture shock or the desire to find a better life in the States.

“There were very, very few girls,” refugee Ruth Kohn, 90, now living in Springfield, Va., told me. Single men had trouble finding marriageable partners in Sosua, giving them even less reason to stay. In 1942, according to the JDC, among a population of 472 were 158 single men and 38 single women.

The settlement association had looked for young men with an agricultural background who could develop the land, and women were less likely to leave Europe on their own. Trujillo also sought out men, hoping that the wave of immigrants from Europe would intermarry with Dominicans and “whiten” his nation’s people.

Settlers had to ask the administration for permission any time they wanted to leave Sosua, and the nearest major town was hours away by horseback or about an hour by car, making romance between Dominicans and Jews difficult. These conditions helped spawn cases of adultery in the small community, constantly witnessed and whispered about. “You never knew in the morning when you woke up which young man had slept with a married woman,” Kohn said.

But it wasn’t only single men sleeping with married women. The settlers gossiped about both husbands and wives engaging in affairs, Joe Benjamin told me, and the Columbia University analysis mentioned a “sexual turpitude” that had resulted in cases of syphilis.

It made me think of a short passage in “Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosua,” one of the few books published about the town, that now made a lot more sense. In the 255-page book, a few paragraphs, easily overlooked, mentioned these dalliances: In 1942, doctors “warned men to stay away from bordellos and unknown women and, assuming their advice would be ignored, to use condoms.”

The bordellos in question were in Charamicos, a poor neighborhood on the south end of the beach. The refugees had populated El Batey on the north end, and those looking for sex would discreetly venture south. Today’s sex industry is completely different, employing women from across the Dominican Republic and Haiti, who take spins around town and on the beach looking for clients.

“Everything is just much more visible,” said Denise Brennan, a Georgetown University professor who wrote the book “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” about Sosua’s sex industry. Still, it was the Jews — not the tourists blamed for Sosua’s demise — who first visited prostitutes. But that part of the story had been conveniently lost in the retelling. [. . .]

[This story was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.]

For full article, see

World of Dance comes to the Caribbean

Oct. 19th, 2017 01:28 am
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A report from Loop News Barbados.

From 2018, NBC’s World of Dance may feature some Caribbean dancers.

Thanks to a new company, Lequay Edge, the dance reality series will expand its reach into the Caribbean as part of its global search for the best dancers.

Lequay Edge, a newly formed Trinidad and Tobago-based company, holds the franchise for T&T and Jamaica.

Kyle Lequay and Hans Romany, owners of the company, told Loop in an exclusive interview, that their main focus is on marrying sports entertainment and tourism and the World of Dance brand fits in with that.

“Hans has a background is in production and mine is in sports marketing. We were looking for projects that are unique, out of the box and has global appeal and while we were in discussions about a cheerleading event the opportunity to get involved with World of Dance fell into our laps and we were invited to Los Angeles to meet with the President and founder David Gonzales. He is excited about expanding the World of Dance brand throughout the world,” said Lequay.

How it works

T&T and Jamaica will be the sites for two qualifiers which anyone in the region or the world can attend to compete.

A casting call will be made via social media and applicants will be asked to submit a video of themselves. Romany explained that from the video submissions they will choose the persons to compete in the qualifiers which will take place in March for Jamaica and April for T&T.

There will be three categories: one for youth, an Open category for one to five people and an Upper category for six or more people.

Any dancer of any age and from any genre of dance is welcome to apply.

Up to three people/teams that score 80 or above will qualify for the finals in Los Angeles in July.

From those finals, which will pit dancers from around the world against each other, dancers for the televised series will be selected.

Romany said while technical skills is a priority, the judges are looking for people with heart, soul, vibes and who can elicit a good crowd response.

“They gave us the World of Dance bible so we have to adhere to the same standards as everyone else around the world,” said Romany.

Jennifer Lopez is one of the Executive Producers for the show and also a judge alongside R&B singer Ne-Yo and Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars fame.

The show is hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum and is produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina.

Showcasing the Caribbean

Since World of Dance is a reality-type series, there will be a lot of focus on the personalities of the cast and the lead up to the final casting.

To that end,  Lequay Edge has a tremendous opportunity to sell the Caribbean to an international audience.

“We are doing eight lifestyle videos showing our culture, music, backdrops of T&T and Jamaica that they will put on their platform that has over 30 million viewers,” said Lequay.

There will also be opportunities for Caribbean dancers to learn as celebrity dancers will be attending the qualifiers.

Luka and Jenalyn, the youngest Cabaret professionals in North America and WoD contestants, will be celebrity judges in Trinidad and will conduct master classes.


There will also be a secret judge but that person’s identity is under wraps for now.

An official from WoD will also be in attendance to ensure the qualifiers live up to international standards.

WoD will be launched the first week in November in Jamaica and November 15 in T&T. For more information follow the official WoD Facebook page here.

Carmona: Divali, a time of magic

Oct. 19th, 2017 01:27 am
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A report from Trinidad’s Newsday.

President Anthony Carmona and his wife Reema both visited the Divali Nagar on Monday night with Carmona saying that Divali is a time of magic.

Addressing the audience, Carmona said he often tells people that Trinis have the solution to the world’s problems because, “we still live in great harmony with each other, notwithstanding our disagreements.” He said that it is moments like these (Divali) which gives him a sense of purpose and, “a sense of what we in TT are as a people.”

“Divali is magic. Divali is about light over darkness, Divali is about despair being overtaken by hope. It is about the power of good verses evil.” This is why, Carmona said, anywhere he goes throughout the Caribbean and the world he speaks about the unity in diversity. Like Derek Walcott, he added, on receiving the Nobel Peace prize for Literature, Walcott spoke about the power of Ram Leela and the longest running street theatre in the Americas.

“This is something we see and experience every year. That epic battle where the evil king Ravan is destroyed. Where in fact we read and we experience that entire celebration when Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya and streets of this city were lit with lights to celebrate the success of good over evil and time and time again we need to remember these things,” Carmona said.

“I am asking you all to invoke the power of Mother Lakshmi, the power of Vishnu and more importantly, to appreciate that we as a people are one and no one is leaving TT to go anywhere. Whether you are a Hindu, Muslim, Catholic or Christian you have a vested interest in this place and you can make it better. Either individually or collectively,” he said.

Carmona said he and Reema look forward to attending Divali Nagar as they view this site as a holy one. One that is blessed every year. It is a site, he said, where everyone gathers to pay reverence to our art form and more importantly to the strength of Hinduism and what it has done for TT and the world.

“I have a very distinct advantage because I have lived in the bush. In other words I have lived in the country area all my life and I am able to appreciate the traditional values of Hinduism and the traditional values of many races that live in the cosmopolitan villages of South TT,” he said.

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In 2015 Bonnie Liltz murdered her disabled daughter. Liltz was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and Judge Joel Greenblatt imposed a four year sentence. Four years for murdering her daughter. I was shocked by the sentence. I was more shocked that the defense attorneys and Cook County prosecutors in Illinois agreed that Liltz should get probation. What makes the Liltz case of murder different? Liltz daughter, Courtney, had a severe disability. Liltz is back in the news because the Illinois Supreme Court has denied her request to appeal her sentence. Liltz can appeal to the Supreme Court but has of today decided to ask Governor Bruce Rainier to commute her sentence. In 2015 Liltz argued that she was dying and a four year sentence was tantamount to a death sentence. There is no question Liltz health is not good. There is also no question that her medical care in prison would be substandard (though I should add here she has not spent much time in prison appealing her case). During her short incarceration, Liltz rapidly lost weight and argued the state correctional system could not provide adequate medical care.

I wrote about Liltz here at Bad Cripple. Link:  In 2015 and 2016 I stated murder is murder. There is no question Liltz murdered her daughter. Liltz attorney, Thomas Glasgow, has made a very public effort to portray Liltz in as favorable a light as humanly possible. This is his job. I don't like it nor do I care for the way he is trying to spin the case when stating "We're not asking for a pardon. We're not asking for her to be excused or forgiven for her crime. We're asking that she be released to receive medical treatment". This is grossly misleading when put in the larger social context. The context here is parents murdering their disabled children. Ableism can be deadly. We as a society have utterly failed to support parents who care for children with a disability. We have driven people like Liltz and others to murder their own children. Liltz is far from alone. Many parents murder their disabled children. What makes these cases heart breaking are the circumstances. Institutional care for children and adults with profound and severe disabilities is in far too many cases is abysmal. Grim reading within disability studies abounds that emphatically details our respective social failure to care for the most vulnerable among us. The historic opus, Acts of Mercy by Steven J. Taylor details the conditions of mental institutions and for religious objectors during World War II. Read Allison C. Carey On the Margins of Citizenship about intellectual disability and civil rights.  Better yet, check out ASAN website and the day of remembrance for all those children and adults killed by they parents. Link: In the last five years ASAN reports that one hundred and eighty people with a disability have been murdered by their parents.

We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the "burden" of having a disabled person in the family. If a parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats. 

Murder is of course the most extreme response to disability. As such, murderers such as Liltz appeal to the very worst of human kindness. Liltz wants sympathy--and she has and will continue to get plenty of it. The assumption here is that her daughter Courtney was a burden to care for. Liltz, I read again and again, was a kind and loving mother for decades. Sorry but I have no sympathy for parents who murder their children.  In stating this I become the bad guy. I am the hard ass that is unforgiving. I am heartless. Just as I reject a shred of sympathy for Liltz, I assert that all life has value. Courtney had the right to live. All people with a disability have the right to live. This should be a given but is not. Ableism abounds. Ableism takes many forms from flat out open hostility to subtle and insidious forms of prejudice.

I know of only one way to undermine ableism, murderers such as Liltz, and a court system that values some lives more than others. Fight back. Assert one's civil rights. Make others, typical others, feel uncomfortable.  As I have been writing I am reminded of a powerful post at Crutches and Spice entitled "Its Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant" I read a few months ago. Link:

You heard me! Fight me. I want disabled people to be unapologetically selfish. I want you to bathe in hedonism and to move with the bravado of a mediocre man explaining to a woman her own expertise. I want to see you striving to love yourselves and in the moments you cannot, being patient with yourself, and if you can’t be patient, at least be kind. I want to see your selfies, I want to see how #DisabledandCute you are. I want to see you being sexy, vulnerable and yourselves. I want to see my Quips, my crips of color, my indigenous disabled, my hijabi disabled. I want to see you all in all your glory, your good days and your bad.
I want you to be intolerant. I want you to shut down the voices that question the necessity of your existence. I want you to block the discourse that portrays you as anything less than human. I want you to use all the four-letter words you know. Shut down the devil’s advocates and speak truth to power. How long are we expected to entertain the idea of our genocide? Be intolerant of the violence that seeks to rob you of your peace, and take self-care when you feel drained.
If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept. The problem with throwing around terms like “Pre Existing Condition” is that it is prescriptive and turns real people into inconvenient numbers that need shuffling or rearranging. I don’t want you to delve into problematic person-first language. I want you to show what disability looks like—because it looks like you and it looks like me. It looks like the friends I’ve made writing for this site. It looks like the people I hope to collaborate with and to get to know. It looks like people I love. It looks like people I could lose. So when people ask you how healthcare affects you, I want you to respond with “I” and “we.” Let them know that the person before them is at risk, not some idea of a person.
When I read such powerful words I am filled with pride. My people come in all sizes and colors. We people with a disability are masters of adaptation. We are so much more than the iconic wheelchair logo. We are blind, deaf, physically and mentally impaired. We have deficits that are as varied as they are devastating. And yet like typical others we get up in the morning, kiss our loved ones, go to work, play and eat. It is almost as though we are human. Human like Courtney Liltz and one hundred and eighty other people who were murdered by their parents. I for one will not forget. I will relentlessly fight on. 
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Roumain_ Jacques COVER

A new, 2017 edition of Jacques Roumain’s Masters of the Dew [Gouveneurs de la Rosée] translated by Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook, with introduction by Michael J. Dash, is not available Caribbean Studies Press.

Description: Masters of the Dew tells of the traditional rural life and people of Haiti, dominated by the natural world. This is a deeply powerful story of the harsh ex­istence of peasant farmers struggling in a world both beautiful and unforgiving. The tale begins with the return of Manuel, a prodigal son, to his aging parents’ homestead and the realities of subsistence agriculture in a drought-stricken region. He brings new ideas, with the potential to transform the lives of people in the community. He encounters old feuds and resistance to change but he persists, and his determination to bring the people of the village to­gether to improve their lives leads to a dramatic conclusion in this story of redemption.

From the introduction: “While the action of the novel is sited in an isolated Haitian village, Fonds Rouge is not on the margins but implicated in the warped space of a new economic order structured by global capitalism. As much as anything else, Roumain’s novel is not just about the Haitian soul but a New World space in which the modern, materialist mind could emerge. Manuel is the incarnation of a new scientific, secular conception of knowledge based on observation and not tradition. The new model of knowing that he brings to Fonds Rouge is based on pragmatism and experience.”

Jacques Roumain is a critical figure in the development of Haitian literature and culture in the 20th century. This novel, originally written in French, was translated in the 1930s by the noted Harlem Renaissance poet and author Langston Hughes and by Mercer Cook, professor and chair of Romance languages at Howard University, who also taught at the University of Haiti, in Port-au-Prince.

For more information, see

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[Many thanks to Mary Ann Gosser for bringing this item to our attention.] Tim Padgett interviews Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who visited Miami, Florida, last week and spoke with WLRN about Dominica’s devastation, his hopes for rebuilding the island as a “climate-resilient nation,” and how the Caribbean can recover after suffering two major hurricanes. Listen to the interview and read excerpts at WLRN. Padgett writes:

Since Hurricane Maria crashed through the Caribbean last month, most of the attention has focused on Puerto Rico. But smaller nearby islands were even harder hit. Especially Dominica. It was the first to feel Maria’s Category 5, 160-mph winds. They demolished the country, leaving 27 dead, 50 still missing – and the population of 71,000 still with little access to food, water and power.

[. . .] I didn’t know that geologically Dominica is the Caribbean’s youngest island. And it’s often described as the Caribbean’s most beautiful. What does it look like now compared to before?

More than 45 percent of our country is rainforests, protected national parks. That has been decimated, battered and destroyed. If you come to Dominica now you’ll see some greenery coming back. Had you been there after the hurricane, it was completely brown. There were no leaves whatsoever.

[. . .] How long do you think it will take for your island and all the smaller islands in the Caribbean to recover from Irma and Maria?

Well, what we’re doing is taking an opportunity to build back better. To build a more climate-resilient nation, the first in the world. And we’re now putting the master plan in place. It entails sustainable livelihoods. In respect to energy, moving more into renewables – geothermal, solar. And we’ll certainly be looking at the construction codes in the state of Florida, for example, because we share the hurricane path. I mean, it’s going to be a huge cost, and we will welcome all of the help we can get.

Caribbean heads of state are saying developed countries need to do more to rein in the carbon emissions that cause global warming – which scientists believe is causing stronger hurricanes.

I think so. These are real-life situations, what the Caribbean, Florida and Houston have experienced. This is not normal. We have to take concrete steps. Otherwise, we’re going to have a real international humanitarian crisis on our hands.

See full article and interview here:

For more on Tim Padgett, see

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[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] In “The Women of Bob Marley’s Close-Knit Family Circle Are Carrying the Revered Last Name to New Heights,” Tanya A. Christian (Essence) writes about the Marley family women and their various projects. She focuses on Cedella, Eden, and Selah Marley (see photo above):

[. . .] “Our father’s music is just as relevant today as it was when he was alive,” notes Cedella Marley, 50, his eldest child with wife Rita. Now the name that became synonymous with reggae and Rastafari also boasts a clothing company, coffee and beverage brands, and The House of Marley, which sells eco-friendly audio products.

Its ambassadors include granddaughters Eden, 23, and Selah, 18. This past July Cedella, an activist and entrepreneur, released her first cookbook, Cooking With Herb: 75 Recipes for the Marley Natural Lifestyle. The longtime vegetarian insists, “Whether it’s through music, food or fashion, we all share his vision and hope for peace, and want to inspire people to take the positive path.”

Eden Marley: From handing out prom dresses in Harlem to spearheading a girl’s empowerment project in Haiti, the young philanthropist and first child of Rohan Marley and Geraldine Khawly has made it her mission to give back through her Garden of Eden Foundation. The Hofstra University law student credits her grandfather as her inspiration to make a difference.

Cedella Marley: The promoter of peace, love and positivity is the keeper of the family empire, so it’s no wonder her résumé includes a cannabis line, four children’s books and fashion collaborations with Puma and Barneys New York. Check out her social media platforms (@cedellamarley) and you’ll see the biz guru is also the mother of three including singer–songwriter Skip Marley.

Selah Marley: Music is in her DNA, but the daughter of Bob’s son Rohan Marley and the legendary Lauryn Hill is carving out a space of her own as a fashion model. She has strutted down the catwalk for the likes of Yeezy and Chanel and starred in clothing campaigns for Rag & Bone and Beyoncé’s Ivy Park.

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“La Huella Magistral: The Majestic Impression,” curated by Nitza Tufiño, view until October 28, 2017, at Taller Boricua Gallery (1680 Lexington Avenue, New York). This exhibit features the work of artists/printmakers who are members of “Consejo Grafico” (The Graphic Council), a national Latinx organization of “Talleres,” printmaking workshops. The portfolio of prints is by selected artists, who have created original works honoring a master printmaker who has influenced him or her.

Featured artists are: Rene Arceo; Pepe Coronado; Francisco X Siqueiros; Marianne Sadowski; Kay Brown; Poli Marichal; Juan R Fuentes; Richard Xavier Serment; Ramiro Rodriguez; Joe Segura; Paul del Bosque; Sandra C Fernandez; Maceo Montoya; Lezlie Salkowitz Montoya; Malaquias Montoya; Loanda Lozano; Nitza Tufiño; Betty Cole; Eliezer Berrios; and Marcos Dimas. In addition, during this event, there will be an adjoining exhibit featuring the work from members of the Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA (DYPG) and Taller Boricua’s Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop.

[Print above by Nitza Tufiño.]

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Kittens, after a long day of opinionating, we’re turning the final call of the day over to y’all.

See, we love about 70 percent of this:

Said percentage comprises the pants, which are merely inoffensive and the coat, which is absolutely stunning. But while we would never argue for pieces that threaten to remove the spotlight from that show-stopper, we’re having a really hard time with the basic cotton undershirt. We’re all for high-lo styling, but white cotton is like the last color and textile we’d think of here. In addition, those shoes, while interesting, are also a bit awkward and also highly distracting because they’re white. Had they been gold or bronze, we’d be applauding all the harder. As it is, we’re finding that 25% of white awkwardness to be a little too hard to get over.

Thankfully, you’re here to tell us to get our heads out of our asses, darlings. Do so. Although we’d love you more if you backed us up. We’re just saying.


Elizabeth Olsen’s Super-Hi/Ultra Lo: 

IN or OUT? 



Style Credits:
Chanel Ensemble Featuring an Embroidered Coat from the Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

[Photo Credit: JOHN NACION/, INSTARImages,]

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“Bad Moms” actress Mila Kunis covers the November 2017 issue of Marie Claire magazine photographed by Kai Z Feng.



On the hurdle of making women-centric content in Hollywood: “I do sometimes come back from work like, ‘What the f*ck?’ But anger is good. It motivates us to strive to be better.”

On what motherhood has taught her: “What motherhood shows you is how selfless you can get. I’m ragged tired. Who cares? My kids are healthy, I’m happy.’”

On what she wants to teach her daughter: “What I want my daughter to learn from me is the value of hard work.”

On power versus success: “The real question is: Does power equal success? I mean, look at Trump. Trump is powerful. It doesn’t mean he’s successful, right?”

On today’s political landscape and her hope for the future: “I have hope for the future. None of this is permanent, this is a phase…and we will come out of it as a country.”



Style Credits:
Cover: Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection
Image 1: David Koma Resort 2018 Collection
Image 2: Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection

[Photo Credit: Kai Z Feng/Marie Claire Magazine,]

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We wanted to title this “Kate Hudson Fails to Maximize Her Head,” because it’s a bit more accurate, but it’s also quite a bit more questionable so we’re afraid you’re just gonna have to walk with us while we explain.


Kate Hudson attends Hearst Magazines’ Unbound Access MagFront in New York City in Maggie Marilyn.

It’s really very simple. Based on her entire previous red carpet history, we feel safe in saying that Miss Kate, bless her heart, has absolutely no sense of drama when it comes to public style. Her choices have always circled around “blandly generic,” and we can’t recall one truly memorable look on her style C.V.

But when you cut off all your hair and you want to wear dresses on red carpets, you’ve really got to bump up your drama game, both in the ensembles you pick and the ways in which you style them.

This gown is a big ol’ nothing, but if she came out with Elvira eye makeup and huge hoops, we bet she’d look amazing.

But the problem becomes more pronounced when she opts for a dress with a little more oomph:


Kate Hudson at the Golden Heart Awards in Michael Kors Collection.

A clean face, minimal jewelry and nude pumps with this? Oh, honey. You’re worse than we thought. Gold sandals, chandeliers and a lip so strong you can see it from orbit. This isn’t hard, dear.

As the daughter of Goldie Hawn, it’s possible she has absolutely no idea how to style herself when she’s not sporting a big blonde mane to fall back on.



Style Credits:
First Look: Maggie Marilyn Knit Black Top and ‘Dreamer’ Pants from the Fall 2016 Collection
Second Look: Custom Michael Kors Collection Crimson Beaded Asymmetrical Dress

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, Courtesy of Michael Kors]

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I have a narrative "thing"

Oct. 18th, 2017 06:02 pm
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For tank/DPS combos*. This grows more obvious the more I try to brainstorm this years NaNoWriMo project.

Also, if I didn't hate the mechanics/stats side of it, I would totally write litRPG. But even in my gaming, I want less fussing with stats, not MORE.

*I blame [personal profile] darthneko and I swapping to monk mains this expac. One brewmaster plus one windwalker will rip through anything, including heroic dungeons. Sadly, we can't yet duo current-content raids, or the bullshit quests that keep sending me to Emerald Nightmare would be done already.

Marvel Is Marvel exchange

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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The idea here is to organize a gift exchange designed for Marvel and its many branched runs, authors, related and unrelated fandoms. The idea is to include the X-Men side and the Avengers side and every other side that non-Marvel fans don't realize is Marvel. The idea is to include any timeline you want, any world you want, any character you want, so long as it's Marvel.


Dreamwidth Community | LiveJournal Feed | 2017 AO3 Collection | 2017 Tagset
  • Nominations: Sunday, September 24 - Saturday, October 14
  • Sign Ups: Tuesday, October 17 - Sunday, October 29
  • Assignments Out: Monday, November 6
  • Works Due: Saturday, December 9
  • Works Revealed: Sunday, December 17
  • Authors Revealed: Sunday, December 24
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During the 5th Annual Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference, held during the first week of October 2017, on Saint Lucia, trans-men and women from across the region convened to form a new Transgender Caucus Group.

This year’s CWSDC was the first time that such a representative group of transgender activists from different parts of the region were together in one location, and they made the most of the opportunity.

Activists took the initiative to hold dialogue about moving forward during two lunch-time meetings during the conference. This was initially chaired by Alexus D’Marco, the Caribbean representative of REDLACTRANS and Vice-Chair of PANCAP’s Steering Committee on Youth Advocacy. Subsequently, an interim management team guided discussions.

The new management team is tasked with reaching out to potential members among transgender activists and advocacy groups in the region, community mobilisation and education of transgender persons and the wider LGBQ+ community. The team consists of some eight persons from The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua, along with an advisor from Fiji.

The initial CWSDC-5 group was constructed to give voice to transgender persons in the region and to ensure that discussions on human rights, social equality and sexual and reproductive health are inclusive of trans-men and transwomen’s issues in the Caribbean.

“These persons now have a seat at the table of decision-making and visibility and are available for front line advocacy,” Notes D’Marco. “There is now greater visibility and unity among trans-people in Caribbean and as a group we will be moving forward, upward, onward and together as one Caribbean voice. We may all be from different Caribbean countries, but as the meetings demonstrated, our issues are all the same.”

The organisers of the CWSDC, which had as its theme, “Self-development for Community Empowerment”, are pleased that the trans-persons in attendance made use of the opportunity to connect and took the lead with the establishing of this new group.

“At the CWSDC, we made the decision a long time ago to be as inclusive as possible and are proud of these individuals for seizing the moment to create this entity which will work towards improving the lives trans-persons across the Caribbean. We expect to hear great things from them in the months ahead and will definitely continue to support their efforts,” Kenita Placide of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) said.

The CWSDC was organised and executed by ECADE, a regional human rights organisation, with support from United and Strong of Saint Lucia and UWI IGDS Cavehill this year. It hosted some 50 plus activists and presenters from 20 countries.


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