So… someone made a Skyrim mod where all the dragons are replaced with Thomas the Tank Engine characters and it’s the funniest fucking thing I have ever seen. (Watch the video, you won’t regret it.)
Above, the World-Eater sits in the flaming wreckage of Helgen.
Yasuke African Samurai of the Japanese Warlord Nobunaga Oda.
“Japan is not a place one would usually associate with immigrants from Africa or the Caribbean. Yet in the late 16th century Japan’s most powerful warlord, Oda Nobunaga, had a African page named Yasuke it is belived that Yasuke was either a Makua originally from Mozambique or from somewhere in the Congo region. Yasuke was not only a cultural curiosity but also served as Nobunaga’s bodyguard and was granted the prestigious rank of Samurai.
Yasuke arrived in Japan in 1579 as the servant of the Italian Jesuit Alessandro Valignano, who had been appointed the Visitor (inspector) of the Jesuit missions in the Indies, i.e. S. and E. Asia, an extremely high position, so Yasuke must have been quite trustworthy. He accompanied Valignano when the latter came to the capital area in March 1581 and caused something of a sensation. In one event, several people were crushed to death while clamouring to get a look at him. Nobunaga heard about him and expressed a desire to see him. Suspecting the black color of his skin to be paint, Nobunaga had him strip from the waist up and made him scrub his skin.
We do not know this Yasuke’s original Makua name but the Japanese called him Yasuke (彌介), the reason for this name is unknown as it does not have a clear meaning and that it is most likely a “Japanization” of his actual name.
He was apparently 6ft 2in and would have towered over the Japanese of the day. Nobunaga first heard of Yasuke when the news reached him in 1581 of the great crush that had occurred when Valignano had brought him to Kyoto where his skin colour and height attracted a huge crowd. Nobunaga ordered the Jesuit to bring Yasuke to his court so that he could see this sensation in the flesh.
Upon seeing Yasuke, Nobunaga allegedly ordered him stripped to the waist and scrubbed believing that his skin was painted. Japanese sources described Yasuke as “looking between the age of 24 or 25, black like an ox, healthy and good looking, and possessing the strength of 10 men. Nobunaga was further intrigued by the fact that Yasuke could speak Japanese (albeit not perfectly) and ordered Valignano to leave Yasuke in his care when the Jesuit prepared to leave again.
Yasuke became a permanent fixture in Nobunaga’s retinue, his size and strength acting as a deterrent to assassination not to mention a flavour of exoticism to accompany the warlord’s other Western possessions. Apparently Nobunaga became so fond of Yasuke that rumours abounded that the slave was going to be made a Daimyo (a Japanese land-owning lord). These rumours were proven wrong, however, Yasuke was given the honour of being made a member of the samurai class, a rare honour among foreigners. “
You can read more about Yasuke here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuke
Important note: Obviously this is not a 16th century photo because there weren’t any cameras back then. The people in this photo were just stage actors who posed for this shot. Don’t you think it’s more enjoyable to read the article with an accompanying photo rather than just plain texts? That’s the reason why we included this photo.
Playing a cute little dress up now.
You know what’s amazing?
When a dress up has so many actual skin tones(and none of that ‘tan’ or ‘darker makeup’ stuff) to choose from that I can actually take a look at my own skin tone and find a matching one.
Like I understand with some games they’ll only have 3-4 skin tones that range pretty widely and I’m cool with that(dressups take a lot of time to make) but it’s refreshing to see one with.. counting.. 16 different skin tones to choose from.
And like I said they’re actual skin tones, not that thing where any skin tone that’s darker than ‘pale’ is shown to be make-up(am I making any sense when I write that?).
This is good.
(the site I play on is dolldivine.com btw… lots of dress ups, and a hearty number with widely varying skin tones, and a pretty good number with natural hair options)
God damn I did not know how much of the bs I have to put up with in every game was caused by one single character until I got rid of them early in the game and noticed none of that bad shit was happening.
I’ve been playing Long Live the Queen like no one’s business today. Gotta get all those achievements.
You only see what they want you to see, remember that.
what a powerful image
This is one of my favorite images on tumblr because the point could have gotten across just as well by itself but someone had to slap the text on it and scream “DO YOU GET IT? IT’S THE MEDIA, OKAY?”
I Used to be an adventurer like you..
From an email I received:
DSS has award funds for students who meet the following criteria:
1. Must be enrolled full-time or part-time in a undergraduate or graduate degree program at Oakland University.
2. Must be a student with a disability.
3. Must have a 2.5 minimum GPA.
As part of…
A portrait of my paternal grandmother. In 1949, she was poisoned by a White woman in town because she “sassed” her. I don’t think people realize how White Supremacy has destroyed the lives of close personal family members. Of how it affects us all on a personal, human level, institutional ideas set aside. My father grew up without a mother because of White Supremacy.