"The men in the room suddenly realized that they didn’t want to know her better. She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, not up close.” ― Neil Gaiman


Three covers for the viral campaign I shot for Catapult.org

Even in 2014, the rights of women and girls are severely threatened by sex trafficking, slavery, child marriage and other violations around the world. International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, continues to spread awareness and garner support — and change — for women across the globe.

Catapult, a crowdfunding site dedicated specifically to the advancement of women and girls, has released a startling new visual campaign in an attempt to make this year’s IWD “more than just a cover story.” The Cover Stories campaign features three mock magazine covers that highlight terrifyingly real human rights issues to push the conversation forward.

The magazines display the grisly names Child Bride, Good Slavekeeping and Thirteen — wordplays on the popular magazines Brides, Good Housekeeping and Seventeen, respectively.

Headlines such as "The Wedding You’ll Never Forget But Wish You Could" and "Who Needs a Childhood Anyway?" float next to the young models. The cover of Good Slavekeeping pretends to cater to the human rights violators themselves, adding another dark layer to the already serious campaign.

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About Brienne…In the books, she says she will only marry a guy that could beat her in combat.

Do you think in the series that guy exists? ( x )

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Belle Director Amma Assante explains why she wanted to tell a Jane Austen Story with a Black Protagonist

Belle will be released in the US on May 2. 

Why did you decide to go the route of the Austenesque romance to tell her story?

In so many ways, it’s a romantic love story and it’s a paternal love story as well. It’s as much about her and [her surrogate father] Lord Mansfield, and also the fact that her biological father loved her as well.

It was much more practical in those days, if you had an illegitimate child of color, you could bring them into the household but had to keep them in the servant’s quarters, and have them work with servants where they’d be safe but wouldn’t be a full part of the family. The fact that her father decided that he didn’t want her to be brought up that way and brought her to his uncle [Lord Mansfield] and said, “Love her as I would had I been here,” was important to me.

When I did the research, it surprised me how many people had left Dido money in their will — Lord Mansfield left her money in his will [and] Lady Mary, Lord Mansfield’s sister, also left Dido in her will. The reality of it, then, was that so many people clearly [and] on paper showed their love for Dido that I thought it would have been disingenuous for me to tell a story purely about her suffering and a story that wasn’t about her love.

She had great love. That she married John Davinier, that she was able to baptize all of her children with him in the same church that they married in, I found that that was very romantic and beautiful.

I also wanted to understand, or communicate to the audience, what kind of men would love Dido during this period. Lord Mansfield, who adopted her, and also John [her husband] — what would make them so brave and so courageous enough to be able to love this woman of color during that period?

If I’m honest, I wanted to show a woman of color being loved. We don’t see it that often. I wanted to change the conversation a little bit, change the dialogue a little bit — we are loved, [and] we can be loved. Dido was valuable enough to be loved, she was worthy of being loved, and she was loved. Her challenge was showing people the right way to love her in the way that she needed to be. MORE

Belle Director Amma Asante on Challenging Stereotypes About Black Directors

Switching gears a bit, how did you make that transition from acting to directing?

I had been writing and producing for quite a while in British television. I wanted to circle my screenplays around some of the things that we’ve discussed — race, gender, and class — and I wasn’t sure that TV was the right place for me to do it.

I had written my first script, A Way of Life — which, thankfully, went on to do quite well critically, and won me a BAFTA and lots of other international awards — and I was very protective of it.

One day, one of my funders at the BFI called me in and said, “Hey. I know you would really like to produce this movie, and that’s all very well, but actually we’d love you to direct it.” I sort of shrunk back into the sofa and said, “No, no. That’s not something I can do. I’m a writer. What I do is write, and this is the best thing I’ve ever written to date, and I don’t want to be the person who ruins it by trying to direct it. This movie is my baby and I’m not going to kill it!”

They were very adamant and said, “Look. You’re not going to kill your movie. We’ll send you to film school for a month” — like a month of film school, what’s that? — “And we’re going to give you some money so that you can shoot a pilot of the movie. We want you do a couple of scenes so you get used to getting behind the camera then we want you to go off and make a movie.”

It took about a month to convince me, to get the courage to accept the offer. Off I went to film school and had one-to-one training with cinematographers, other directors, and editors — I literally had one to one time with all of the heads of department that you’ve have on a real movie, then I went off and shot a pilot. Then I thought, “Wow, I really like this.” Being able to create the characters and then see it through, it felt like, this is what I was born for. 


Awesome article on the upcoming film based on the life story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a real noblewoman who lived in 1700s Scotland.


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Two more things

"We already know that Game of Thrones features a considerable amount of rape, torture, and psychological terror. It’s not an easy show to watch. From the sight of a prostitute’s body strewn up and full of arrows from Joffey’s bow to the aforementioned king forcing Sansa Stark to stare at her father’s decapitated head to a very pregnant Talisa Stark being repeatedly stabbed in the stomach, it’s consistently squeezed in a rather profound amount of violence–the majority of which is in the books. It does not make any sense to add in a random rape scene unless the show’s makers have some particular inclination towards making rape a fun little extra plot device.”

Source: Game of thrones obsession with rape is getting out of control


"Making the sex scene a non-consensual one removes all Cersei’s power — and if there’s one thing Game of Thrones doesn’t need, it’s another powerless woman.” 

The sexual politics of Game of Thrones just got enormously worse

aaand I am out for a couple of days…

Again, the excessive amount of things in my queue would make my absence not noticeable but just saying in case someone decides to write to me.

I just can’t watch a single picture of Jaime now, it’s just sickening to me to just see that face… no… I need time 

Hugs to all JB fans, and to all that feel the same

Why representation of POC is important, a three generation trillogy


A young black girl decided to not bleach her skin after seeing the success of Lupita Nyong’o.

Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to be an actress after seeing Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.

Whoopi Goldberg realized she could BE an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek

considering this… I sort of want Brienne to find out what happened and punish this Jaime in the same way, and maybe all the other rapists in Westeros

the lowest of seven hells …


1) No, it’s not rape in the books, not just because Cersei says “yes” and “do me now” and seems pretty into the sex after she gets over the fact that it’s next to Joff’s body, because yes, that’s all from Jaime’s perspective and maybe he’s kidding himself because he wants it so much. No, the reason I don’t see the sept scene in the books as rape is because once we are inside Cersei’s head, she NEVER thinks about the time (or times) that Jaime raped her and in fact contrasts him to Robert, who she remembers DID force himself on her many times, and thinks that the ONLY time she enjoyed sex was with Jaime. This is Cersei, who sees slights and injuries where none were intended, FFS, and she NEVER thinks that Jaime ever raped her, so … I’m not seeing that book!scene as rape. 

So the balance of the evidence, for me, is that the sept scene starts off with Cersei genuinely worried about the public nature of their tryst, but eventually she takes comfort from Jaime just as he takes comfort from her. And the breakdown of their relationship is more about the fact that while they can physically connect through sex, they don’t connect emotionally any more, and neither understands the magnitude of the other’s loss. Way to take something complicated and make it uncomplicated, show!

2) I’m sick and tired of people saying that because Jaime pushed Bran out of a window, obviously it’s in character for him to do ANY OTHER CRIME including rape. Because as awful as crippling a young child is, it doesn’t mean that you’d rape the woman you’ve loved for your whole life, especially when Jaime is continuously shown in the books as one of the few men in Westeros who not only finds rape a criminal activity - rather than the attitude of “boys will be boys” so prevalent in everyone else - BUT also empathizes with the victims of rape - Rhaella, Pia, potentially Brienne - BECAUSE OF HIS SISTER, because he had to listen to her being forced to have sex with Robert Baratheon. Stannis and Randyll Tarly also execute/geld rapists, but I have no sense that they give two shits about the victims (and in fact, Randyll Tarly says Brienne she’d be responsible for her own rape. Contrast that to Jaime, who recognizes how damaged Brienne would be by rape, and intervenes to save her even though he doesn’t really even LIKE her at that point, and had no qualms about seriously hurting her in their duel.)

3) It’s not even in character for Show!jaime, OK? Because last season he risked himself to save a virtual stranger, one whom he had recently tried to kill, from rape. Why would he do that and yet force himself on Cersei? 

4) Bringing Jaime back early to KL is basically the worst change for no reason that I have seen on the show. UGH! I know this is kind of ridiculous, but I really feel like D&D just ran over my dog. I know I’ve been chanting the mantra that “it’s not like this in the books” but  I also know that it’s highly unlikely that Martin will finish the books, which means that the ending of this story is in the hands of the very people whose understanding of my favorite character is SO VERY LACKING. (Their understanding of other characters is also hugely suspect, but I just cared more about Jaime.)

5) I actually liked a lot of the episode except for the interminable Sam/Gilly scenes. I do like them, but was it three separate conversations about how she wasn’t safe at Castle Black? (I guess it needed to be said since Cersei wasn’t safe in the Great Sept of Baelor from her own brother/lover, eh?)

6) I’m thinking of all the money I’ll save now by not subscribing to HBO next season or buying any more DVDs. How fun for me!

7) Lastly, dear followers, I am now taking a bit of a break from Tumblr and Game of Thrones fandom. I still have a bunch of posts in my queue so they’ll be going up once a day (I’ve just edited out 99% of the GoT ones, though, so … it’ll be mostly Tom Hiddleston (sorry!), cute animals, The Borgias, and some other tv things I like.) Absolutely no hard feelings for unfollowing, as I know this was masquerading as a GoT blog!


remember when jaime had his hand sliced off bc he tried to stop the bloody mummers from raping brienne?
remember when jaime ordered his men to behead one of the mountain’s men for trying to rape pia, a lowly milkmaid that jaime barely knew?
this is the same jaime that, according to d&d, would casually rape the woman he loves at their son’s funeral. amazing.

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