I am sick of people trying to impose ideals of beauty on people – both men and women. I am sick of adverts pretending to be about ‘real women’ only featuring white, young females that are skinny enough to have never eaten bread in their lives. I am sick of magazines screaming at me about a new celebrity having lost or gained weight. I am sick of being told that I beauty is the key to happiness. Screw these damn ideologies of beauty.
I am not bitter, quite the opposite, in fact – it saddens me that people put so much value in their beauty. It infuriates me that this society has made us judge our outer shells so harshly when it plays such little significance to the actual type of people we are.
Men’s beauty is not even discussed in mainstream media, men are either expected to be crazy…
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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) warned Wednesday that “radical Islamists” are being “trained to act like Hispanic[s]” and cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to Gohmert, who warned us of the danger of “Terror Babies,” and has more crazy theories than a UFO convention, like “Arabs are now being trained to come in and act like Hispanics when they are radical Islamists.” Gohmert claims Muslims are being trained to assimilate to Hispanic ways.
We have been found out.
For years, Muslim terrorists have been posing as Latinos. (Cue belly dancing mariachi music played by the Gipsy Kings.)
We have been preparing to take over for a long time. Super sleuth Gohmert missed many other clues, including:
-Al Qaeda is now to be referred to as Al Pastor
-We don’t watch Bin Laden videos, we watch telenovelas
-We wear colorful ponchos as burqas
I’m surprised that Gohmert has not urged Americans to stop…
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According to a new report, the Kaufman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity released by the Kaufman Foundation, immigrants were twice as likely to start businesses as native-born Americans in 2012. The number of new Latino entrepreneurs has also nearly doubled, from 10.5 percent to 19.5 percent since 1996. Here is just a sampling of some immigrant pioneers in various fields:
1. In 2012, Sofia Vergara became the highest-paid female actress on television at $19 million. But few may know that besides being a two-time Emmy-nominated actress, the immigrant from Colombia is also a very successful entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of a 16-year-old talent management company, Latin We, which made an estimated $27 million two years ago. She has a clothes line with Kmart, and just last month, she also launched The Nuevo World social network, which connects Spanish-speaking celebrities with their fans on social media. So far…
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As I have been working on the illustrations for BOOM BOOM, I have been thinking about humor in children’s book illustrations – what amused me when I was a child and what I find funny now. I’m sure there is a common thread from one to the other, but I’m not going to delve too deeply. As E. B. White said, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”
Sometimes the images act as punch lines to the text, while in others the joke is delivered on a separate plate from the words. Many are visual puns. What I see as a constant is the amount of fun the illustrator appears to be having. In the best comedy for children, I believe joy, humor and art are a trio act, with joy having the leading role. Have you ever tried…
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