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"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. 

Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy. 

"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."

Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet. 

"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."

Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.

It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.

"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."

From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.

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The Descendants (2015)
In the musical adventure comedy (due on your TV in 2015), the kingdom’s worst baddies have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost, a remote prison cut off from the world. After 20 years, Ben—the son of Belle and the Beast, and heir apparent to the throne—makes his first proclamation to free the children of the villains and offer them redemption. Thus, we meet our main quartet— Mal (Dove Cameron), Jay (Booboo Stewart), Evie (Sofia Carson) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce)—as they attend a prep school where they encounter other offspring of Disney heroes (including Mulan’s daughter Lonnie, Cinderella’s son Chad, and Dopey’s son Doug).
So here’s your view into these villainous children, Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos!

The Descendants (2015)

In the musical adventure comedy (due on your TV in 2015), the kingdom’s worst baddies have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost, a remote prison cut off from the world. After 20 years, Ben—the son of Belle and the Beast, and heir apparent to the throne—makes his first proclamation to free the children of the villains and offer them redemption. Thus, we meet our main quartet— Mal (Dove Cameron), Jay (Booboo Stewart), Evie (Sofia Carson) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce)—as they attend a prep school where they encounter other offspring of Disney heroes (including Mulan’s daughter Lonnie, Cinderella’s son Chad, and Dopey’s son Doug).

So here’s your view into these villainous children, Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos!

staff:

Seems like only last week you couldn’t customize your blog’s mobile appearance. Then all of a sudden you could. Well, that’s this crazy world for you.

Just look at these. They’re the best. You’re the best. Sorry, we’re just very giddy about all this. Amazing. That’s all.

euo:

“You remain dead for all eternity, but you’re alive only for a brief moment.”
Lilya 4-Ever (2002) dir. Lukas Moodysson

euo:

You remain dead for all eternity, but you’re alive only for a brief moment.”

Lilya 4-Ever (2002) dir. Lukas Moodysson

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twloha:

When Spider-Man asks you to write a blog, you write a blog. 
This is that. Let me explain. 
A few weeks ago, we got an email asking if we might want to be involved in the promotion of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We said we would need to see the movie. They said we could see part of it. We figured they would send a link to a video. Instead, they rented out a theater and sent two security guards.
That led to this. 
The bad guy in the new Spider-Man movie is a character called Max, played by Jamie Foxx. We are first introduced to Max when Spider-Man saves him from getting hit by a car. Max recognizes Spider-Man, and it means the world to Max when Spider-Man says his name and tells him that he matters. Max has seen himself a nobody, but Spider-Man tells him he’s a somebody.
Though we are yet to see the whole movie, we did see more of Max. The thing that really stood out to me was Max’s desire to be known. Even as he begins to become the villain, you can see that at his core, Max simply wants to matter, he wants to be significant. In a pivotal standoff with the police in Times Square, Max sees himself on the dozens of TV screens and he can’t look away. Suddenly, he matters. Suddenly, he is a somebody.
i wonder if you can relate to Max. i wonder if we all can. i believe we all desire to be known and also to be loved. i believe we all want to feel significant, to feel that we matter, to feel that we are special. i believe this stuff is central to us. It’s at the root of who we are and what we need. And because this life is hard, because things so often don’t go the way we wish or dream, we encounter pain. And when it comes to problems of pain - our struggles, fears, failures and questions, issues such as depression and addiction - how we respond is hugely important. Over and over in our lives, with actions more than words, we get to answer the question, "What do I do with my pain?" 
There are a thousand ways to cope, a thousand places to put our pain. There are healthy ways to cope - leaning on friends, having honest conversations, going to counseling or treatment, doing our best to believe better things, even something as simple as getting exercise. And there are unhealthy ways as well. For many of us, we begin to isolate so that no one can know us or love us or meet us in our questions. Instead of letting others help us fight to focus on the possibility of healing and change, we live alone staring at whatever’s broken or missing. Drugs and alcohol are a common way that people attempt to escape a reality they wish was different. It works at first, but then spins out of control, leading to addiction. We become chained to the thing we thought might make us free.   
TWLOHA exists to say that you can start again, that rescue and recovery are possible and worth fighting for. You deserve friends. You deserve love. You deserve whatever help you need. But we know that so much of this hinges on hope. If recovery is the fire that warms away our long cold pain, hope is the spark that starts the fire.  Hope gives us permission to believe a fire could come. 
So here is something meant to be a spark: 
You matter. 
Yes You. 
Your name is significant. 
Nobody can replace you. 
No one else can play your part.
You are living a story, rich with hopes and dreams and memories and we know there’s pain as well. Your story is priceless and sacred and unique. Your story is worth fighting for. Your story deserves other characters, other people invested in reminding you what’s true, reminding you you’re worth fighting for. 
And what a cool thing that we get to be a character in the stories around us. We get to tell people that they matter, that they are not alone in their questions and their pain. We get to help people fight for their dreams. 
You see, we are different but we’re also the same. We want love. We want our lives to count. We want to matter. 
You’re not a nobody. 
You’re a somebody. 
You’re living a story and you’re surrounded by stories. 
And everybody is somebody. 
Peace to You.jamie
PS: You are invited to join the conversation on Twitter. Tell us what #EverybodyIsSomebody means to you. 
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters across American starting next Friday, May 2.

twloha:

When Spider-Man asks you to write a blog, you write a blog. 

This is that. Let me explain. 

A few weeks ago, we got an email asking if we might want to be involved in the promotion of The Amazing Spider-Man 2We said we would need to see the movie. They said we could see part of it. We figured they would send a link to a video. Instead, they rented out a theater and sent two security guards.

That led to this. 

The bad guy in the new Spider-Man movie is a character called Max, played by Jamie Foxx. We are first introduced to Max when Spider-Man saves him from getting hit by a car. Max recognizes Spider-Man, and it means the world to Max when Spider-Man says his name and tells him that he matters. Max has seen himself a nobody, but Spider-Man tells him he’s a somebody.

Though we are yet to see the whole movie, we did see more of Max. The thing that really stood out to me was Max’s desire to be known. Even as he begins to become the villain, you can see that at his core, Max simply wants to matter, he wants to be significant. In a pivotal standoff with the police in Times Square, Max sees himself on the dozens of TV screens and he can’t look away. Suddenly, he matters. Suddenly, he is a somebody.

i wonder if you can relate to Max. i wonder if we all can. i believe we all desire to be known and also to be loved. i believe we all want to feel significant, to feel that we matter, to feel that we are special. i believe this stuff is central to us. It’s at the root of who we are and what we need. And because this life is hard, because things so often don’t go the way we wish or dream, we encounter pain. And when it comes to problems of pain - our struggles, fears, failures and questions, issues such as depression and addiction - how we respond is hugely important. Over and over in our lives, with actions more than words, we get to answer the question, "What do I do with my pain?" 

There are a thousand ways to cope, a thousand places to put our pain. There are healthy ways to cope - leaning on friends, having honest conversations, going to counseling or treatment, doing our best to believe better things, even something as simple as getting exercise. And there are unhealthy ways as well. For many of us, we begin to isolate so that no one can know us or love us or meet us in our questions. Instead of letting others help us fight to focus on the possibility of healing and change, we live alone staring at whatever’s broken or missing. Drugs and alcohol are a common way that people attempt to escape a reality they wish was different. It works at first, but then spins out of control, leading to addiction. We become chained to the thing we thought might make us free.   

TWLOHA exists to say that you can start again, that rescue and recovery are possible and worth fighting for. You deserve friends. You deserve love. You deserve whatever help you need. But we know that so much of this hinges on hope. If recovery is the fire that warms away our long cold pain, hope is the spark that starts the fire.  Hope gives us permission to believe a fire could come. 

So here is something meant to be a spark: 

You matter. 

Yes You. 

Your name is significant. 

Nobody can replace you. 

No one else can play your part.

You are living a story, rich with hopes and dreams and memories and we know there’s pain as well. Your story is priceless and sacred and unique. Your story is worth fighting for. Your story deserves other characters, other people invested in reminding you what’s true, reminding you you’re worth fighting for. 

And what a cool thing that we get to be a character in the stories around us. We get to tell people that they matter, that they are not alone in their questions and their pain. We get to help people fight for their dreams. 

You see, we are different but we’re also the same. We want love. We want our lives to count. We want to matter. 

You’re not a nobody. 

You’re a somebody. 

You’re living a story and you’re surrounded by stories. 

And everybody is somebody. 

Peace to You.
jamie

PS: You are invited to join the conversation on Twitter. Tell us what #EverybodyIsSomebody means to you. 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters across American starting next Friday, May 2.

Hey! Happy Easter!

To all you Christians (and non-Christians too) out there, I just wanted to share something.
We all know the real reason behind Easter and it’s not because of the Easter Bunny and his eggs. I went to church this morning and my pastor shared a story with us:
There was a Sunday school class of 7 and 8 year old kids. Their teacher each gave them an empty plastic container on Easter and asked them to find something that represented the word ‘Alive’ as a symbol to the resurrection of the lamb of God. So the kids went out and around to look for things to put in their container.
Some found butterflies, some found flowers. So, when they came back, they put all their containers on the table for the teacher to check. When the container with butterflies opened, a kid yelled ‘That’s mine! That’s mine!” and he was applauded. Same went for the flower.
Then the teacher opened a container and realized it was empty. The teacher asked whose was it and a boy named Phillip raised his hand. Phillip was a very sick kid. The other children laughed at Phillip for handing in an empty container and the teacher also wasn’t very happy. 
Phillip defended himself by telling the teacher that he did do something. The other kids asked him, “What did you do? You did nothing.” He then told the teacher that the empty container represented the empty tomb of Jesus Christ…
Phillip later on went to be with the Lord. At his funeral, none of his friends brought him flowers at the funeral but instead they all brought empty containers.

Yeah, I hope you guys felt as I did when I heard this story. There are no words to describe Phillip. Happy Resurrection Day and God bless.

Hey! Happy Easter!

To all you Christians (and non-Christians too) out there, I just wanted to share something.

We all know the real reason behind Easter and it’s not because of the Easter Bunny and his eggs. I went to church this morning and my pastor shared a story with us:

There was a Sunday school class of 7 and 8 year old kids. Their teacher each gave them an empty plastic container on Easter and asked them to find something that represented the word ‘Alive’ as a symbol to the resurrection of the lamb of God. So the kids went out and around to look for things to put in their container.

Some found butterflies, some found flowers. So, when they came back, they put all their containers on the table for the teacher to check. When the container with butterflies opened, a kid yelled ‘That’s mine! That’s mine!” and he was applauded. Same went for the flower.

Then the teacher opened a container and realized it was empty. The teacher asked whose was it and a boy named Phillip raised his hand. Phillip was a very sick kid. The other children laughed at Phillip for handing in an empty container and the teacher also wasn’t very happy.

Phillip defended himself by telling the teacher that he did do something. The other kids asked him, “What did you do? You did nothing.” He then told the teacher that the empty container represented the empty tomb of Jesus Christ…

Phillip later on went to be with the Lord. At his funeral, none of his friends brought him flowers at the funeral but instead they all brought empty containers.

Yeah, I hope you guys felt as I did when I heard this story. There are no words to describe Phillip. Happy Resurrection Day and God bless.

Hearts For Sale @ Miyuli
The Ending Of This Story’s Not What You May Expect But Will Inspire Your Life

The kind ones never ask for anything in return and they just focus on giving. They don’t know how much the receivers appreciate for what they’ve done.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

When you give, do you associate how much you give with how much you may get back? If you focus on the result of having anything in return, you’re not truly giving. When you’re not giving and making sacrifice wholeheartedly, at the end of the day, you’ll only feel sad and unsatisfied.
Put love into giving. While you’ll be actually happier, you’ll also make a difference in this world.
Hearts for Sale | Miyuli

I love this! <3

Hearts For Sale @ Miyuli

The Ending Of This Story’s Not What You May Expect But Will Inspire Your Life

The kind ones never ask for anything in return and they just focus on giving. They don’t know how much the receivers appreciate for what they’ve done.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

When you give, do you associate how much you give with how much you may get back? If you focus on the result of having anything in return, you’re not truly giving. When you’re not giving and making sacrifice wholeheartedly, at the end of the day, you’ll only feel sad and unsatisfied.

Put love into giving. While you’ll be actually happier, you’ll also make a difference in this world.

Hearts for Sale | Miyuli

I love this! <3