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She Goes To Work: Two New Agent Carter Promos Surface!

agent carter posterWe’ve got one week without a new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Marvel gives us the gift of TWO action-packed thirty second previews of their next series, Agent Carter. This eight-part miniseries will star Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter and will take up S.H.I.E.L.D.’s spot Tuesdays at 9 while it goes on hiatus. For those two months, I’ll be reviewing every episode of Peggy Carter, so I’m also here to do a short analysis of our two new sneak peaks! Spoilers begin now!

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The Gal-lery: Pablita Velarde.

Born Tse Tsan in 1918 in New Mexico on the Santa Clara Pueblo, Pablita Velarde was not only the first female student to be admitted to the Santa Fe Indian School and the first Pueblo woman to be published (The award-winning Old Father Story Teller, in 1959), she won awards and accolades (both national and international) over her long career as one of America’s most culturally significant artists of the past century.

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Pablita Velarde. Source.

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Thankful for a Voice

It’s the time of year to be thankful for what we have.  Despite the fact that tomorrow we’ll be counting our blessings, there will still be so many things out there that we take for granted.  As a woman, I may still  not really be able to claim true equality, but I certainly enjoy far more freedom than the majority of women throughout the world.

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Dalin’s Simulcast Corner: “Voice Actor Wishlist” Edition

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Much of the time, me and my friends like to have the odd conversation here and there about a certain kind of talent. To me, as much as I adore the glamourous stars of stage and screen, there is something specifically about voice actors that really strike a cord with me. And as such, I feel it is time to discuss something I’ve always wanted to bring up here in this column: Actors I’d like to see work in Anime! From some that have worked in the genre before, to others that have never stepped foot, here is a list of fantastic actors you may (or may not) know, that need to get their Anime on – like right now!

*Keep in mind, this is only for English Language Versions. If you’re a hater of dubs, this might not be the post for you. 

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No Indictment for Darren Wilson

At 8:24pm Central time today, prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury’s decision that there will be no trial for Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old black boy Michael Brown in August. Although this decision comes as no surprise, it is deeply disheartening to all those who hoped for justice for Mike Brown’s life.

Mike Brown’s family has released the following statement:

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A list of locations and times for peaceful protests and vigils around the country may be found at the Ferguson National Response Network tumblr. More information may be found at Slate and NPR.

Update 10:20pm EST: An open letter from Ferguson protestors may be read in full here.

Update 10:38pm EST: There are reports of tear gas and flash bangs being used on protestors again.

Update 10:54pm EST: Here is a list of resources to help understand and think critically about the events of Ferguson.

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I, Bella: Elementary Takes On AI

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Spoilers, my dear Watson!

Last week, Elementary decided to take a futuristic turn and center a murder mystery around a piece of AI software. True to form, they wrapped up the episode with many more questions than answers. Was Bella capable of original thought? Did Sherlock make the right choice in allowing Isaac Pyke to go free? Is Sherlock ever going to give Bella back, or just use her as a sounding board from here on out? Most importantly, did Clyde ever make it back to Joan??
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Cinderella is Not a Damsel in Distress and I’ve Got 5 Books to Prove It.

imageDisney released a trailer last week for their new live action Cinderella movie more or less based on their animated version. Yes, it looks beautiful. But plot wise, is it anything new? It honestly looks part like Disney’s animated film and part Ever After. The only thing about this movie that looked exciting to me is Helena Bonham Carter as Cindy’s Fairy God Mother. Who wouldn’t want that?!?!

Cinderella has proven to me time and again to be a really tough cookie in books, and I have no idea why this hasn’t translated to screen yet. Think about it: she lost both her parents and had to care for three selfish women for years. Not only would this give her crazy physical strength, it would also give her the toughest skin and patience to deal with anything. There are five books that I love way more than any film version of Cinderella (or t.v. OUAT, you did depressing things with your untapped well of Cinderella plot) I’ve seen.

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The Flash/Arrow Recap: Bullies and Stalkers

This week on The Flash, Barry faced off against someone from his past, and on Arrow, Oliver dealt with a stalker, and his own repressed feelings for Felicity. Next week I believe there will be no new Arrow because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but there will be an episode of The Flash, so look for my recap of that next weekend, back on my usual Saturday schedule. But first, my thoughts on this last week’s episodes!

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Yesterday’s mourning.

If you have a taste for the macabre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire is a little polished gem of jet for those with perhaps a bleaker mindset, but also for those who simply possess an interest in the history of costume and fashion.

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Mid-19th-century mourning (and half-mourning) attire from Death Becomes Her.

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Woe Be Mockingjay: A Reminder of Why I Love Katniss

Last night I saw Mockingjay Part 1: The beginning of the end. I walked out of the theater feeling like I had been shredded from the inside. This was a very emotional read for me, and the film was no different.

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Yes, I cried. I am a hardcore sap, especially when it comes to characters I’ve been with for years. When the book, Mockingjay first came out, I hated it, and part of me hated the movie too. I felt that there was too much confusion, the romance didn’t go the way it should have (this is not a commentary on Peeta v. Gale, I’m talking about how the story unfolds), and what upset me more than anything else was that no one protected Katniss.

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