Blackpink’s “뚜두뚜두 DDU-DU DDU-DU” Music Video Review

Congratulations to BLACKPINK for getting 100 million views on Youtube for their video DDU-DU DDU-DU!

I’ve been listening to a lot of Kpop and I haven’t updated my blog in quite a while, so I thought I’d write something new. Blackpink released a new video a week ago called DDU-DU DDU-DU.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, in short, it is a female empowerment type song. Visually the video is beautiful to look at. It has a catchy beat and some surprisingly beautiful scenes.

One where Rose is swinging on a chandelier.

Another where Jennie is dressed in a flowy, multicolored gown with a fennec and tiara. Her outfits in the video are enviable.

Yet another scene of Jisoo with pretty pink hair, walking on the red carpet. Another where she is dressed in black and wearing diamonds, walking with an umbrella in the rain. Her vocals on this song are lit!

Not only that, but Lisa’s rap is on-point!

In my opinion the video has stunning visuals and a beautiful and catchy sound!
I hope you see the video if you haven’t yet and congratulations to the girls for getting 100 million views in less than 2 weeks. I’m so proud of them! If you’ve seen the video let me know what you think down below in the comments. If you haven’t let me know what you’re excited to see. As always, take care and be well =)

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Hello to all my lovely readers!

Whoo! I’ve been gone a while, and life has certainly thrown me some curve balls.  I’m reconsidering the direction my blog will be taking this year, so please be patient as I will be moving things around like links, posts, and menus. I will post a short life update something this week for those who are curious.   Thank you for reading.  I hope you have a lovely day.

xoxo

 

 

Harry Potter’s Race Problem Masterlist

Lots of discussion has been happening online about the problem of Harry Potter, the books and movies, 20 years later.  That of race.  Out of all the characters in Harry Potter portrayed in the movies, less than 20% of them are people of color.  In one case, Lavender Brown is cited to have been black in first two movies, and white in the films.

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The above is an excel sheet I drew up to get a visual of the problem for myself.  Please @ me on Twitter if you’d like to be added to this spreadsheet on Google.

So, there’s a large and obvious gap in the number of POC (people of color) portrayed versus the inordinate number of white people portrayed in the movies.  This is problematic in a number of ways:

  1. erasure
  2. lack of representation
  3. false picture of what the world (and wizarding world) is like race-wise

This is a long and complex topic, one I cannot possibly discuss and do it justice on this blog.  However, many people have written about it, and I wanted to share those posts for those who are interested in reading more about it.

This post will be updated as more is written or found on this topic, so you may bookmark it and refer back to it later if you need.  If you have any race-related Harry Potter posts, articles, or blogs you’ve read, please leave them in the comments below or @ me on Twitter.

My Fave is Problematic – Harry Potter

https://www.thefandomentals.com/my-fave-is-problematic-harry-potter/

 

Harry Potter and the Invisible People of Color

http://shawnstruck.blogspot.com/2015/08/harry-potter-and-invisible-people-of.html

 

About that White as a Default Thing

http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2015/10/21/about-that-white-as-default-thing/

 

If White Characters Were Described Like People of Color

https://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/if-white-characters-were-described-like-people-of-color-in-l?utm_term=.foN3R0Pe6#.jiRdwYvRB

On Reddit: Racial Representation in Harry Potter

On Tumblr:

Pottercolours – http://pottercolours.tumblr.com/

Please feel free to add articles or blog posts you’ve found down in the comments sections.

 

 

A Diverse Eid – an Eid Mubarak Message

Every Eid the rich diversity in my community excites and amazes me. The morning I attend Eid prayers I get to see people from every cultural background possible, including old friends and new acquaintances. The diversity of this culture makes me proud and blessed to be Muslim.

I love spending time with friends and family on Eid, that’s definitely one of the high points of this holiday. But also, every year I get excited to see how my Muslim friends and their families will express themselves in their outfits. Clothes for me, is a way to express myself and my personality. So my outfits change every year. Sometimes I wear traditional Pakistani clothes, the shalvaar camise, other times I wear dresses, and still there are Eids where I have worn pants, or abayas.

I enjoy seeing people’s dresses. Some people wear traditional clothes from their or their family’s cultures, Pakistani, Bengali, Indian, African, Moroccan, Palestinian or Egyptian to name a few. While others wear skirts, pants, or dresses. Each outfit is a way to express their Muslimness in whatever way they choose. Their smiles and hugs express the joy of the spiritual journey of Ramadan and of the celebration of Eid.

Without a doubt there are people within the diaspora who consider Muslims of a different culture not “Muslim enough” or “beneath them” (an unfound belief), but it is on Eid that we gather to pray side by side, eat delicious cultural dishes, and as we celebrate we are reminded of Allah’s words that “We have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know each other.” – Surah Hujurat (49:13). Eid prayer is a reminder that as humans, we truly are created equal.

I feel so blessed to be living in a nation, like the medieval Muslim empire of Haroon Al-Rashid, where diversity is its hallmark. I have never known Eid in Pakistan, so I have nothing to compare it to. But I feel that it is such a rich and inviting experience knowing Muslims from across the globe and many different nations right here in my own country. It is one of the things that truly makes America great, and is also a wonderful experience of being Muslim. Eid is one of those days where I take great pride in being from a culture that accepts all cultures.

An Apology to the Native American Community

I wanted to write this apology as I was not aware Natives felt so strongly about the mention of Native Americans in Magic in North America, especially as theirs is not the culture I come from.

Firstly, I wanted to say thank you to all the comments from readers and especially Natives. including Dr. Adrienne Keene and Debbie Reese.  Thank you to Magadelena for replying to my question.

Some of the comments I received were aggressive and vitriolic, while others were calm and insightful.  Since hearing Native voices on my blog and watching some YouTube videos my view on this matter has changed.

JK Rowling is clearly in the wrong for using Native American culture as part of her fantasy franchise and I was wrong for agreeing with her use of Native American lore.  You are right that she should not commercialize your history.
I myself have been vilified for wrongs done to me, which is one of the reasons I started an independent blog, to state my views peacefully and find an audience for the work that is dear to my heart.  I am someone who has worked for years to preserve cultures in my own community, and I can tell this is as important to you as my culture is to me.  I cannot bear to read the words I wrote last March.  I have taken down my original post.

I would love for people to hear more friendly Native voices, especially as there are people out there who never hear from Natives as they’re not represented in the media.   I don’t want people to continue to ignore the concerns of Native Americans, as they are an already marginalized community.  Toward that end, I’ve been retweeting Native voices in my Twitter feed and contacted Natives to collaborate on sharing their stories and would be happy to work with Natives to adapt them for my blog, if they are willing.

I have not seen Fantastic Beasts the movie, nor do I plan to buy tickets.

The whole world of blogging is new to me and I hope you will forgive my ignorance in writing a defense of JK Rowling’s use of Native Americans in her History of Magic in North America writings.  I love the Harry Potter Books but in this case, I think she has misused the franchise.

NaNoWriMo 2016! 

 
 
Six months of serious planning, researching, and plotting and #Nanowrimo is finally here! Aside from a short story published on my blog, I am an unpublished author of a young adult novel people always ask me why I dont get it published. And I answer: it’s for me. I wrote a story when I was a teenager about teenagers. It’s sloppy, it’s personal, I think it’s a good read — but, really, it’s practice — it’s just for me. This year’s novel is for everyone else and anyone else who likes science fiction and fantasy with a strong dose of realism.  

This is my 3rd time participating in #Nanowrimo, each time I wrote fewer than 5000k words. This is the first year I’m confident I have a good chance of winning. On my Instagram (@HerMintGreenTypewriter) a tentative copy of my cover. The title is also tentative. Right now all I know is that it will loosely fit the story I’ve had in my mind for a few years now; in my mind the story is in 8 parts. My target goal is 136,000 words, with 85k being completed before the 30th of November. I have 12 notebooks full of notes and months of planning behind this particular book. I think I’m in a good position to win this year around. I’m also willing to allow myself the first 2 weeks of December if needed. If I meet my word count goal, I will edit and release my book as an ebook before the holidays! Wish me luck guys 🙂 

If you want to follow my writing journey and discuss writing all month, follow me on Instagram at @HerMintGreenTypewriter  

  

Why Books over Everything Else? – Mariam Books

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE! I’m back with another blog post!

I hope your summer was fantastic!  I was busy with Ramadan in June, family things over most of July,  as well as writing during Camp NaNoWriMo, so I haven’t been able to post as much as I wanted to.

This month, though, I’ve gotten back to blogging and making videos and am quite excited to be back to it all this time around.  In this blog post, I wanted to share with you my current video, called “Why Books Over Everything Else?” In the video I discuss my reasons for choosing books over electronic articles, e-books, wiki sites, screen media and summarize my debate over both print and electronic media. Please watch and let me know how you feel about books over other types of media.  =)

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