Thank you for this article Emiene. Mpumi's plans to return to her homeland to give back exemplifies the message President Obama gave at More House about a week ago. Also I am glad you mentioned the struggles of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy because Mpumi is an example of why we must continue to push forward even in the midst of challenges. I am glad Oprah didn't buckle under the scrutiny of society and the media because if she did our city would not have been graced with such a beautiful young woman as Mpumi.
What a beautiful example of authentic power!! Mpumi is an amazing young woman who will do outstanding things in her native land. Her presence in the U.S. will also have ripple effects among her peers, instructors and anyone she encounters. Congratulations beautiful!!! And thank you for choosing to attend such a fine college!!
"UNC's new football team could transform Charlotte"
Its UNC CHARLOTTE, not UNC, not UNCC.
Antique Kingdom is not an office, they tore it down. My father is Steve Highsmith, that was a sad day for our family and for Charlotte history.
Just read this article, loved it! Having no children, my only knowledge of My Little Pony comes from remembering commercials for kiddie toys when I was already too old for it back in the 80s, but I suppose now I'm going to have to check it out because in my ignorance, I would never have guessed My Little Pony was a bastion of quality characters and stories and art. Anyway, not only do I love when people expand beyond the limitations of their gender stereotypes, I love when people find love in unexpected places. I always thought comic book fandom was probably too geeky, while knowing that there might be the occasional quality find in the genre. Just last year I found myself in love with stories from anime and manga, where I never expected to find myself so deeply enthralled. My family still doesn't "get it."
I was a bit alarmed when my son suddenly started skipping past Spider-Man & watching My Little Pony instead. Then one rainy day, I sat and watched an episode with him. And another...and another. It's a pretty good show! From the minds behind Powerpuff Girls, right? Consider me a grown up fan. A "growny"?
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"The X Games broadcast in all 50 states, 175 countries and more than 380 million homes. Its international reach and recognition makes the Democratic National Convention, which broadcast in about 22 million homes its first night, seem like a church luncheon."
WOW...what a reach. Just because ESPN is available in 380 million homes doesn't mean it was watched. A simple web search shows 2012 winter X games averaged 900k homes with a peak rating of 1.4. The 2012 Summer X games had 38 million viewers...Total. That includes 29 hours of live broadcasting and countless repeats.
Thanks for pointing that out, everyone. That was my mistake, not Ailen's. Thanks for reading!
I liked this article. It covered a lot of ground. Of course, the many fans would focus on the minor mistake concerning Gilda. I would have reconnected the Gilda episode back to the brony repose to trolls and the overall love and tolerance moral concept.
If I had to point an error, it would be the pegasister term. While the term is fairly well-known in the fandom in my experience, it is not popular as a primary identity for female adult fans. As the state of the herd report shows, the term is very unpopular among female fans and many feel that brony is a gender neutral term.
I guess pegasister as a way of identifying only makes sense in how often the female minority of the fandom is forgotten, their perspective completely ignored by fans and journalists. This conflicts, however, with the modified humanism of respecting people because each one is a person. In the popular negative understand of brony moral concepts, one ought to 'love and tolerate' a person despite non-basic differences between oneself and another like religion.
Unlike Brony-M, I actually appreciate the privilege and gender Norma portion for that is another. It is a legitimate way of understanding a brony's engagement with culture and it's norms, and many fans like me enjoy exploring this aspect of the subculture.
Overall a good article, aside from one thing: Gilda is a griffon, so she is half eagle, half lion, not horse. A half eagle, half horse would be a hippogriff.
Also, one thing I might add concerning the media references bit, is that in the show the vast majority of media references are fairly subtle and underplayed.
Taking the Big Lebowski cameos as example, it was not like in, for instance, a Seltzer and Frieberg movie, where it would probably be something like "Hey look! Those guys look like the guys from the Big Lebowski! That's relevant and with the times! Laugh at that, it's funny, we swear!".
Instead, it was more along the lines of "Hey look, those ponies in the back look kinda like the guys from the Big Lebowski. Anyway, back to the story!"
Very nice article aside from the griffon gaffe and the privilege nonsense. Lucas, you don't need anyone's approval to enjoy something you like.
I'm proud of my group. Love you all and thanks for the awesome review
Lee, I don't see anywhere in the online or print version of this story where we identify you as a drug dealer, but please don't hesitate to correct me if I am wrong.
Good article, but just wanted to point out that Gilda is your typical griffon, being half eagle half lion, not horse. Other that that, good stuff!
I am featured in one the photos in this article. I am not on drugs, I am unemployed, which why I live at the Men's Shelter. Being identified as a drug user affects my chances of reuniting my family. I would just like to set the record straight. Lee Whisnant Charlotte, NC
Thanks for this article. It really opened my eyes to what's going on with the homeless situation in Charlotte, as well as the story on these housing communities. Although I wasn't sure how permanent they were meant to be - is there an implicit plan to upgrade the homeless to self-sufficiency?
@La-Trenda A Gift You are right Diva there does seem to be an epidemic of folks being exploited whether that be minorities, southerners or whomever. You are also right that we must put the media outlets on notice that we are watching and monitoring their portrayal of certain communities. Thank you for reading and sharing your perspective on this topic!
@LisaGodsPsalmist Reid We know that we have folks like that in our family and communities and we have much love for them but it becomes problematic when that becomes the predominant characterization of an entire community. Thank you soul sister for your support, encouraging words and love...smile. Thank you for reading and sharing your views on this topic!
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