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medievalpoc:

penig replied to your post: “Hi, I am very impressed with your blog, and would like your input on something. I am running a Vampire game set in Hungary 1 year before the Mongolian invasion. I was wondering what other ethnicities would be present in the area?”:
To be fair here, part of the fun of historical RPGs and fantasy is to change as little as possible and watch the effect of the fantastic premise on the setting.

blackghostwaltz replied to your post: justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v…

I honestly think they’re asking a question relating to what PoC groups were living in the area at the time. Just because it has a supernatural element doesn’t mean it can’t have accuracy. As a writer, that’s one thing I strive for personally.

myirrelephantlife replied to your post: justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v…

I think they’re asking what sort of ethnicities were present in Hungary at that time. Not to be rude, but it’s a reasonable question and I’m not sure why you brushed it off. Vampires are fantasy, but the setting could still be historically accurate.

tranettew reblogged your post justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v… and added:

That’s unnecessary shade. The whole blog is about historically accurate representation of PoC in history and, ergo, it is not an excuse to be non-inclusive in media as there were PoC in Europe at different points in history. This ask is essentially what you’re trying to promote, I thought.

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iknowwhythesongbirdsings:

70sbestblackalbums:

1979 “Come Go With Me” TEDDY PENDERGRASS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaNG9dXxSPA

Teddy Pendergrass’ evolution from a member of a member of a soul group to the lead singer to a breakout sexy superstar solo act was something riveting to watch, only to watch all go up in flames after his accident. I don’t know that there’ll ever be anyone quite like Teddy again. Pure animal magnetism. RIP Teddy.

iknowwhythesongbirdsings:

70sbestblackalbums:

1979 “Come Go With Me” TEDDY PENDERGRASS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaNG9dXxSPA

Teddy Pendergrass’ evolution from a member of a member of a soul group to the lead singer to a breakout sexy superstar solo act was something riveting to watch, only to watch all go up in flames after his accident. I don’t know that there’ll ever be anyone quite like Teddy again. Pure animal magnetism. RIP Teddy.

Those we hold dear, if they are turned, they come back home and destroy those they love the most

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part IV)

And now for the side show… the STL County Council/police fail at being empathetic, and tone deaf white people are tone deaf (and white). #staywoke #farfromover

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cartoonpolitics:

"If you were a US leader, or an official of the National Security State, or a beneficiary of the private military and surveillance industries, why would you possibly want the war on terror to end ? That would be the worst thing that could happen. It’s that war that generates limitless power, impenetrable secrecy, an unquestioning citizenry, and massive profit." .. (Glenn Greenwald)

cartoonpolitics:

"If you were a US leader, or an official of the National Security State, or a beneficiary of the private military and surveillance industries, why would you possibly want the war on terror to end ? That would be the worst thing that could happen. It’s that war that generates limitless power, impenetrable secrecy, an unquestioning citizenry, and massive profit." .. (Glenn Greenwald)

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loveniaimani:

lazyexceptwhencooking:

jenniferjareaus:

I spend a lot of time feeling about as useful as Wyclef Jean on Killing Me Softly..

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innerlifemining:

Never Forget Them

Images from a candlelight vigil for Mike Brown in Boston, MA on August 22, 2014

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micdotcom:

Your toothpaste may actually be destroying your teeth 

Your toothpaste may be full of plastic.
Earlier this year, Phoenix dental hygienist Trish Walraven began noticing tiny blue dots trapped in the spaces between the teeth and gums of her patients. 
"I thought it was maybe a cleaning product, or something people were chewing," Walraven told WCYB 5 News in Virginia. "Some weeks I’ll see [it in] five or six patients."
After further investigation and consultation with colleagues, she discovered that the dots were polyethylene, a plastic used in products like garbage containers, grocery bags, bulletproof vests and even knee replacements.
Type of toothpaste to avoid

micdotcom:

Your toothpaste may actually be destroying your teeth 

Your toothpaste may be full of plastic.

Earlier this year, Phoenix dental hygienist Trish Walraven began noticing tiny blue dots trapped in the spaces between the teeth and gums of her patients. 

"I thought it was maybe a cleaning product, or something people were chewing," Walraven told WCYB 5 News in Virginia. "Some weeks I’ll see [it in] five or six patients."

After further investigation and consultation with colleagues, she discovered that the dots were polyethylene, a plastic used in products like garbage containers, grocery bags, bulletproof vests and even knee replacements.

Type of toothpaste to avoid

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dailykos:

79 years ago today, Ken Kesey was born.

dailykos:

79 years ago today, Ken Kesey was born.

pbsthisdayinhistory:

Sept. 17, 1849: Harriet Tubman Attempts to Escape From Slavery
On this day in 1849, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She escaped alongside her brothers, Ben and Henry, who forced her to turn back with them after they had second thoughts.
Tubman ran away again shortly afterward without her brothers, this time successfully, using the Underground Railroad as her escape route to the North.
The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman became undoubtedly one of its most famous “conductors.”
PBS Black Culture Connection invites you to learn 10 interesting facts about Harriet Tubman.
Photo: Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair between ca. 1860 and 1875 (Library of Congress)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

Sept. 17, 1849: Harriet Tubman Attempts to Escape From Slavery

On this day in 1849, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She escaped alongside her brothers, Ben and Henry, who forced her to turn back with them after they had second thoughts.

Tubman ran away again shortly afterward without her brothers, this time successfully, using the Underground Railroad as her escape route to the North.

The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman became undoubtedly one of its most famous “conductors.”

PBS Black Culture Connection invites you to learn 10 interesting facts about Harriet Tubman.

Photo: Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair between ca. 1860 and 1875 (Library of Congress)

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Anonymous said: Is it really bad to have only one black character? When I created her years ago for the first book in my series I didn't notice she was the only (main) black character, and it's not like she's the only POC in the story. But now even though I'm black myself people won't stop telling me how racist I am because she's the only one.

writingwithcolor:

Avoiding Tokenism: One Black Character

I understand your frustration. I wrote the Braving Diversity based on my experiences writing myself out of my own stories. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have just one [Black] character, only if you use stereotypes to tell that character’s story.

That being said, moving forward I would suggest being even more inclusive and having more diverse main characters. Having POC characters have the capability to be main characters if they are well rounded and three dimensional. I would say moving forward, put more POC characters in the starring roles. Now that you know what to do, just do it. 

~Mod Najela

You mention she’s the only main Black character, so i’m assuming there are more in the story who are just more secondary? Perhaps give one or more of the other Black characters a more prominent role or scene, even if they remain as less-significant characters. Also try the tokenism tag.

~Mod Colette