Doris Kearns Goodwin is speaking on campus tonight. I think I look acceptable enough to meet her.
Monkey have little personal need for human money. Monkey have cool rainwater to drink, abundance of fresh fruit to eat, group to forage and socialize with. Monkey one of four adult males who calls shots in group, so Monkey’s life already pretty sweet. But Monkey also member of critically endangered species, and when the last time you managed to get high-priced lobbyists and P.R. people to take star fruit for payment? Let’s face it: licensing is sweetest plum, and with Monkey Selfie now most popular image on Internet (Monkey have intern from Macaca Nigra Project checking this) Monkey and Monkey’s kind can’t afford to leave money on trees.
That’s why Monkey announcing today that with intellectual-property dispute settled, Monkey now pivoting to next phase. Monkey’s loan-out corporation immediately filing to copyright Selfie for commercial reuse in all media. Monkey and Monkey’s attorneys fully confident that copyright will be granted in timely manner and intend to protect valuable intellectual property via every legal channel available. Monkey not talking about law of the jungle here, either. Monkey talking about your human law. Because Monkey may have been born in an Indonesian lowland, but he not born in Indonesian lowland yesterday. —
A Statement from the Monkey - The New Yorker
The monkey at the center of the monkey selfie copyright debate speaks out.
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So begins the wait.
I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’ — Toni Morrison (via medievalpoc)
Can you tell I’m getting sick of AT&T?
I WANT MY LAWYER!!!!
Tonight there’s gonna be a jailbreak
Somewhere in this town
See, me and the boys don’t like it
So we’re getting up and going down
(Source: shenanaguns, via redcloud)
xenxan said: Hey, for that "Beethoven can't be black since he's German" debate, someone actually has proof about it. It has some sources too if you're interested. whitepeoplestealingculture(.) tumblr (.) com/post/96652964321/im-confused-about-what-beethoven-was-doing-in-the
I’ve already posted all of those sources on multiple occasions.
This isn’t about “proof”; how we would racially classify someone who’s been dead for centuries isn’t something that can be proven or disproven. What this is actually about is white supremacy and people like this person who say stuff like “can poc stop trying to take credit for the achievements of white people”.
I mean, if anyone had any doubts left on why an American blogger writes about European art and history, it’s that right there. White Americans have been taught that they are entitled to claim European cultural accomplishments of the past, merely by virtue of being born white. It’s very connected to a quote that struck me from this article:
The myth of the monochrome Middle Ages, in which the medieval is originary, pure, and white, transcends geographical and temporal boundaries. It is attached, through supposed biological descent, to white bodies, wherever and whenever they go, even into the apparently non-corporeal digital realms of fan-forums, television and video-games.
I have multiple messages about Beethoven right now, from people asking me to confirm one way or the other what race Beethoven would be considered today. I believe he would be considered mixed-race. That is definitely what people who knew him personally have said in primary documents that survive. But once again, this isn’t something that is subject to words like “proof”:
A last note: “German” is a nationality, not a race. The sheer amount of times that I have had to explain to people that every single human being living inside a political border isn’t going to be the same race should be shocking, but sadly, it’s probably not.
For folks interested in musicians and composers of color in European history, check out the “Music" tag.
A little bit of background re Beethoven and race.
Coat and tie season is off to an early start.
Would watch. Would maybe even invent a time machine to go back in time and watch.
(Source: stevebuscemifans, via luanneclatterbuck)