I’d kill to be cuddled up with her right now.
yeah good grades are cool and all but have you ever had a good night sleep
I really want to get fit for summer 2014.
Grammy-winning musician and DJ Questlove has been stopped by police between 20 and 30 times in his lifetime, he told Democracy Now! in an interview this week touching on racial profiling and stop-and-frisk policies.
The co-founder and drummer for “The Roots” and music manager on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” recounted his first encounter with police, which occurred when he was a teenager growing up in Philadelphia. In 1987, he and a friend were stopped while driving back from buying the U2 album The Joshua Tree.
“A cop stopped us, and he was holding a gun on us. There is nothing like the first time that a gun is held on you,” he said. “We’re 16, mind you, like 16, 17 years old, and I just remember the protocol, I remember my father telling me, like, ‘If you’re ever in this position, you’re to slowly keep your hands up.’…How I knew that was the protocol at that young age, I mean, it’s probably a sad commentary, but it was also a matter of survival.”
Even today, he “gets stopped all the time,” he said. He was “stopped for unknown reasons” as recently as a few weeks ago. After finishing a regular Thursday night DJ gig in Brooklyn, police officers pulled over him and his driver, shined flashlights into the car, and asked him: “Why are you sitting in the back seat like a don?” The police only released him after he showed them a copy of his new memoir, Mo’ Meta Blues.
He recalled that his “most humiliating experience” occurred after a 2010 appearance for President Obama in Orange County, California. He had pulled over to call his manager when five police cars began to surround his car. Police then made him exit his car and wait in the back of a police cruiser while they searched his car.
“The stuff I had in the trunk were some psychology books and some Scrabble games. In my head, I thought, there’s no way that they’re going to believe that that stuff belongs to me.”
The next night, he won a Grammy.
In another part of the interview, he recalled that at an airport, he was suspected for being a drug dealer because he “was walking around with a lot of cash.”
“I didn’t have a chance to deposit it,” he said. But airport officials didn’t believe him and ushered him away for questioning.
On the overall experience of being stopped, he said: “It’s the most humiliated, emasculating feeling I’ve ever had. I only feel low when that happens.”
Questlove even said that when choosing a car, he avoids anything “flashy” to prevent getting pulled over.
“How much more can I play it safe? Like, I’m already purposely taking myself out of situations because I want to avoid that. But I don’t know how much more I can suppress myself to not seem like a threat,” he said. Other prominent African American men, including former Reading Rainbow host Levar Burtonand U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have talked about the advice they feel compelled to give to their sons on avoiding police encounters.
Questlove also commented on the ruling that declared New York City’s stop and frisk policy unconstitutional and an indirect form of racial profiling.
“I was highly shocked. That’s something that just came out of left field because I too was wondering, ‘will stop and frisk just be…a way of life?’”
today this white girl asked me why my hair is so curly and i said im black and she told me to say african american
Title: Collard Greens (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Album: Oxymoron (Deluxe Edition)
- Italy: Italia
- Germany: Deutschland
- Japan: 日本 (Nihon)
- France: France (in a super cool accent)
- China: 中国 (Zhōngguó)
- England: The United Kingdom
- Russia: Россия (Rossiya)
- Canada: Canada
- America: THE GREATEST GODDAMNED COUNTRY IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD TASTE MY FREEDOM WHAT NOW ENGLAND IN YOUR FACE
When Steve Kloves (who wrote the majority of the Potter screenplays) met J.K. Rowling for the first time, he told her straight up that Hermione was his favorite character. Rowling admitted to being relieved, and who could blame her? It was more likely for Hermione to end up disrespected on screen—she wouldn’t be the first female hero to get butchered in the reels.
But this resulted in an undercutting of Ron’s entire character from the first movie. Don’t believe it? When the trio go after the Philosopher’s Stone, they face a series of tests that demand each of their skills in turn. Time likely demanded that this sequence be cut down, and so Hermione’s test—solving Professor Snape’s potion riddle—was removed entirely. To make up for this, she gets them out of the Devil’s Snare, Professor Sprout’s deadly plant. Hermione shouts to Harry and Ron to relax so the foliage will release them—but Ron continues to panic and moan (in campiest fashion possible because he’s played by a child actor and these things are always requested of them), requiring Hermione to blast the thing with a sunlight spell.
In the book, Hermione is the one who panics. She remembers what her lessons taught her—that the Devil’s Snare will recoil at fire—but balks at their lack of matches while they are being strangled to death. Ron immediately shrieks to the rescue YOU ARE A WITCH YOU HAVE A WAND YOU KNOW SPELLS WHAT ARE MATCHES.
It’s a simple change, but it makes such a marked difference in how both characters come off to an audience. Rather than a near-infant, incapable of following the clearest directions, Ron is the even-keeled nitty-gritty one. He’s a tactician, the one who will find the simplest answer to a problem provided that the situation is dire enough to ensure his clear head. Ron is good under pressure and brave to boot. He’s also hilarious.
It is easy to write this off as an actor problem; Emma Watson matured and improved much faster than her costars in terms of talent—and Steve Kloves liked her portrayal so much that he started giving her many of Ron’s important lines. During The Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black is trying to get to Peter Pettigrew (currently disguised as Scabbers the Rat), but Ron and Hermione are convinced he’s after Harry. In the book, Ron stares up defiantly from his mangled, broken leg and tells Sirius Black that if he wants Harry, he’ll have to get through his friends first.
Yeah, my leg hurts way too much, Hermione. You take this one. But say it’s from me. And in the film, it’s Hermione who boldly steps in the line of fire while Ron sobs in pain and babbles incoherently.
These rewrites not only depict Ron as an idiot coward—they also make him an outright jerk. When Professor Snape snaps at Hermione yet again for being an insufferable know-it-all, movie-Ron gives her a look and drawls, “He’s right, you know.” Wait, what?! Harry, why are you friends with this prick? Well, maybe because the Ron Weasley that J.K. Rowling put on paper was in that exact same situation, and immediately leapt to Hermione’s defense when she was being abused by a teacher—“You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?”
god fucking dammit. When i resigned I thought I left the sub team in good hands but this kid is literally shit and gets coddled by fucking everybody on this fucking team