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queertrees:

geekygothgirl:

verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.
Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues
aaaand she had a pet cheetah

queertrees:

geekygothgirl:

verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.

Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues

aaaand she had a pet cheetah

WWE RAW Portland - 08-11-14

We were at RAW last night in Portland and, after seeing what was televised and what came across on screen, I thought I’d write down some notes from the live show.

Superstars Taping

Emma vs. Alicia Fox:

  • Fantastic. The crowd was really into it the whole way through.

Adam Rose vs. Fandango:

  • Crowd was way behind Fandango and Adam Rose actually got quite a few boos until the Rosebuds starting getting the crowd going for him.

RAW

Reigns vs. Rybaxel:

  • Roman Reigns is really interesting live, there are a lot of physical ticks he has that don’t come across on TV. I will say that he is definitely more of a TV wrestler, he gets the crowd going but he doesn’t have sophistication some of the other wrestlers have.
  • Ryback was constantly working the crowd throughout the match and we were eating it up.

Rollins vs. RVD:

  • RVD had some of the biggest pops of the night.
  • Rollins was really hamming it up for the crowd and I’m super impressed that it didn’t come off as over the top on screen. Rollins and Cesaro are in a league of their own when it comes to balancing playing to the crowd and playing to the cameras.

Cesaro vs. Swagger:

  • While Swagger was recovering on the outside, Cesaro was straight up dancing and doing the Ali shuffle in the ring and the crowd was really into it - some booing, some cheering. All around Cesaro was amazing at working the crowd.

Stephanie/Brie Confession Segment:

  • The crowd was bonkers for Brie pulling out the Yes Lock.

Bray Wyatt/Jericho Conversation:

  • A little boy behind me was so scared when Bray Wyatt appeared on screen that he started sobbing and his dad had to carry him out. I had no idea they were THAT scary to little ones.

AJ vs. Eva Marie (Paige interruption):

  • The crowd wasn’t too into this match but they were very much into Paige.

Heath Slater vs. Dolph Ziggler (Miz on commentary):

  • Miz came out first to mild heat, but he when he climbed on the announce table and started pantomiming to the crowd and got the crowd going very quickly.
  • Slater was out next to immediate “Slater” chants that were way louder live than translated on TV. He looked genuinely excited and his Aw-shucksy reaction got the crowd going even louder. I guess Portland in now a Heath Slater town.
  • Ziggler came out to a huge pop (unsurprisingly).
  • The camera didn’t catch it, but when Ziggler tossed his Miz t-shirt toward the announce table, he totally beaned Michael Cole - and that got a nice little pop.
  • The crowd was back and forth for both Slater and Ziggler, though Ziggler got bigger pops for all of his offense, especially against the Miz. 

Sheamus vs. Randy Orton:

  • That RKO looked even nastier live.

Hogan Birthday Celebration:

  • When the superstars were filling the stage during the break, Pat Patterson and Ziggler came out goosing each other and messing around and it was precious. 
  • I don’t know if the cameras caught Big E/Kofi/Xavier but they were standing together at the end of the stage in matching gear - so keep the hope alive. 
  • Stardust watching Hulk Hogan was more entertaining than watching Hulk Hogan. 
  • The crowd was nuts for Piper and I don’t think it seemed half as loud on TV as it was live (not too surprising since he’s not only awesome, but also local).