My family is from Nigeria, and my full name is Uzoamaka, which means “The road is good.” Quick lesson: My tribe is Igbo, and you name your kid something that tells your history and hopefully predicts your future. So anyway, in grade school, because my last name started with an A, I was the first in roll call, and nobody ever knew how to pronounce it. So I went home and asked my mother if I could be called Zoe. I remember she was cooking, and in her Nigerian accent she said, “Why?” I said, “Nobody can pronounce it.” Without missing a beat, she said, “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.”

“give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” - Warsan Shire


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space witches

"we ourselves are made of star dust"
(carl sagam)

they find can understand the movements of the planets, interpret the darkest creases of the night sky. they find themselves aglow with starlight.

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S a v i n g  a  c i t y  t a k e s  a  t o l l . 

ARROW RACEBENDING | Season 3 AU | The Ladies of Arrow Save Starling City

featuring Meghan Markle as Felicity Smoak, Dania Ramirez as Laurel Lance, Dascha Polanco as Sara Lance, Naomi Scott as Thea Queen, and Hayley Kiyoko as Sin Lance

original concept: [x

#the canary lives




In addition to the five static schools of witchcraft and wizardry on the North American continent, there is another school which has catered to students for thousands of years. It has no name and no location: some years the patchwork band of longhouses, teepees, and kivas appears in the Pacific Northwest; other years it sits on the tear-stained earth of Oklahoma; some years it resides in Canada or the upper reaches of  Alaska (a bit of a challenge for students from arid desert regions). The teachers come from the Salish, the Cherokee, the Navajo, the Iroquois, the Chippewa, and hundreds of other indigenous tribes. Rather than separate into houses, the students maintain their tribal ties: there’s no small amount of friction between different nations with historic feuds. The school has a legendary reputation for record-keeping and cultural preservation; students are also at the forefront of magical innovation, constantly searching for new answers to age-old questions (such as magic use in major urban areas). Wandless magic is common, but even more common is the process of creating one’s own wand: an elaborate ceremony that varies depending on tribal origin. It is considered a great privilege to collect a wand core from a mythical beast.Every summer there are huge celebrations combining dance and magic: families travel from all over the world to join their children at the school.

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A snapshot of Asia’s cultural and ethnic diversity.

West Asia: Assyians, Azeri, Mizrahi Jews, Armenians, Kurds, Druze, Bedouin, Circassians, Georgians, Turkmen

Central Asia: Uzbek, Tajik, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uyghur, Pashtun, Hazara, Tatar, Altai, Chuvash

North Asia: Selkup, Evenk, Chukchi, Yakut, Tuvan, Buryat, Yukaghir, Khanty, Nenet, Nganasan

East Asia: Han Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Manchu, Mongolian, Ainu, Zhuang, Hui, Hmong

Southeast Asia: Khmer, Vietnamese, Karen, Thai, Lao, Cebuano, Balinese, Javanese, Ilocano, Bamar

South Asia: Punjabi, Nepali, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Jarawa, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Assamese, Rajasthani

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The magic folk of the Caribbean are nothing if not ambitious. Raising an unplottable island out of the ocean, they retreated to their paradisiacal land whereupon they built a school of magic to pass on their knowledge. Over time, the island grew crowded, and the magical community moved away, but the school remained in operation. Surrounded by a vast blue stretch of water, students must travel via large sentient sailing ships that have been magicked to operate independently (an extremely useful enchantment during the era of piracy as the ships knew to avoid danger). In the waters surrounding the school swims an unnaturally large barracuda with magical scales that can be used as wand cores, but only when it is given willingly. There are many classes dedicated to spice magic, and foreign visitors often say the school carries a distinct aroma akin to a legion of chefs who never stop cooking. Cinnamon for friendship, ginger root for courage and strength, red chillies can fight evil or cause destruction… it becomes the unofficial anthem of the students over time because the chant aids greatly during the multitude of spice-reading exams conducted throughout the school year. 
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You can be the king

but watch the queen conquer

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➝ Iris + caring about/defending/losing her shit over Barry.

Ok. So. this gifset. Here’s what I want to say about this gifset and why I love it so fucking much.

I mean, right off the bat it shows how much Iris cares about Barry. She cares so much about him! And that’s what their friendship is based on, mutual care. Her care for him tends to be manifested in 2 ways: by asking after his well being and by protecting him. And it’s the protecting part that really gets me. When they were kids she lied to her dad about him going to the prison; when Barry fell into the coma she visited him all the time and consented along with her dad to allow Wells and the STAR lab team to look after him; and she steps in between him and Joe when he’s telling Barry that what he believes is impossible and crazy and he needs to just stop being childish and face up to reality.

And that’s the moment I really want to focus on. Cause like so far I’ve talked about Iris and belief and how she represents the show’s whole thing about believing in the impossible? But the thing is, she doesn’t just represent it. She’s not just like a symbol of it. She actively defends it!

When she steps between Barry and Joe and tells her dad—the same dad to whom she capitulated and didn’t become a police officer, the same dad she loves and respects so much—when she puts out her hand and says “that’s enough!” she’s protecting Barry, but she’s also protecting the belief that Barry (and she!) have in the impossible. And that is so. Awesome. Like I don’t even have the words to articulate what it is I’m trying to get at right now, and this is just an approximation, but I hope it at least gets the shading right.

Like at the end of episode 2 we get Joe telling Barry that they can work on his dad’s case together, work to find the real culprit. But we also get Iris asking Barry, “what if what you saw was real? what if the impossible is real?” (this is an approximation of what she said, sorry!) and what I see there is Iris basically saying that she’s gathering information that could support Barry’s belief that some guy in a ball of lightening murdered his mother. And so like there is merit to Iris not yet knowing about The Flash or that Barry is The Flash beyond her exclusion and how the men in her life trying to protect her keep knowledge from her—mainly that right now she’s the only one who is really doing the whole believing thing, like believing without seeing (the people The Flash helps can’t see him!). And I think that the juxtaposition of her already having belief and going out to find information/evidence to support that belief versus her father’s confrontation with his disbelief and like dealing with the fallout of something that radically changes his world could be really compelling. I mean, idk if the show’s gonna do that, but the potential is there.

Also, this gifset shows Iris actively loving Barry! Like it shows how she’s not just the girl that he’s in love with, but that she is someone who loves him, even though that love isn’t romantic right now. I like disrupts the usual narrative of boy-loves-girl-from-afar where the woman is like this ethereal being he barely ever interacts with. And I think it works against how those stories can put the loved woman on a pedestal. She’s not just acted upon—she loves too.

ANYway, Iris West continues to be fucking awesome and her story is just SO MUCH and I cannot get enough of her and I will write about her until my dying day the end.

#IRIS IS SO PROTECTIVE OF HER BABY GIRAFFE #no but really she’s sooo protective of him you can’t tell me she didn’t spend her childhood defending him on school playgrounds #and covering for him when he messed up and patching him up when he got into fights (whilst rolling her eyes because gOD BARRY)