Copacabana Beach: tourists are taking selfies being “bitten” by Suarez.
In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their…
Documenting the US-Mexico Border with Charles Ommanney
To see more photos from Charles’s work in Mexico and across the world, follow @charlesommanney on Instagram.
A desire to better understand the immigration debate brought photographer Charles Ommanney (@charlesommanney) to the United States’ border with Mexico.
"I flew from my home in Miami to Houston, Texas, where I bought an old Land Rover," says Charles, who then spent the next three weeks traveling 3,000 miles along the border. His journey, and the stories he heard along the way, left a powerful impression. "Many of the people found by the Border Patrol in southern Texas are arriving after traveling for weeks across difficult terrain, having given everything they have to the ‘coyotes’ that promised them a better life in the U.S. I found the spectacle of people realizing that the journey was over for them very depressing."
Through his photos and through The Fence, a forthcoming three-part documentary for MSNBC (@msnbcphoto), Charles hopes people “will see the facts and be able to make up their own minds about the complexities of this subject.”
For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
Brazilian police and protesters clash before the opening game of the World Cup, which has been marred by construction delays and political unrest.
The global reach of soccer never ceases to amaze me. I travel all over the world, sometimes to incredibly remote areas. More often than not, when I get there, somebody is kicking around a soccer ball.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Asia or Africa or Central America. Kids make a goal out of a couple of backpacks, throw out a ball and the game is on. The “ball” could be a knotted towel or a tennis ball or a tattered leather shell that’s barely holding air.
The energy of the game is the same everywhere I go. A team of men in Turkey look a lot like a swarm of schoolchildren in Guatemala as they rush toward the goal.
For me, soccer serves as a barometer. In places where things are really terrible, where kids are starving, where a hurricane has just hit, where riots are breaking out, nobody plays.
But I’ve noticed what I call the “soccer stage” of recovery.
After any natural disaster, there comes a time when people start playing soccer again. In Haiti they’re kicking balls amid the post-earthquake shacks. In Sri Lanka, they’re setting up makeshift goals on a tsunami-stripped landscape.
In the Philippines they’re playing in the streets even as typhoon debris towers behind them.
In nearly every peacekeeping mission involving France, a moment arrives when French soldiers swap their body armor for thigh-baring camouflage shorts and take to the soccer pitch. It’s a moment of progress, a sign of hope. A frivolous diversion signaling that the conflict has ratcheted down at least a little.
With the World Cup about to kick off in Brazil, I’m nostalgic for Mexico. During the last World Cup, I was living in Mexico City. The month-long competition dominated the Mexican capital. Bars hung huge signs announcing what matches they’d show and when. My kids’ school nearly shut down for much of the weeks-long competition. The teachers herded the kids into the gym to view the games on a giant TV. Kids were frantically trading playing cards trying to collect all the stars from all the national teams.
Top Photo: Soccer on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bottom Photo: Boys play in Nairobi, Kenya.
Photos by Jason Beaubien/NPR
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is now available on YouTube through Machinima. Click the link for the full list of episodes.
The live-action series is based on the popular fighting franchise and follows Ken and Ryu through their training to become Ansatsuken Master and explores the past, present and future of the relationship between the two iconic characters of the series.
The movie was funded through Kickstarter last year.
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Lemme reblog again and let you know why casting that white woman as the female lead in “Drive” was so fucking wrong and fucked up.
Director literally gave her the part because she looked like someone he would want to protect (read: innocent, delicate, helpless).
These traits were ones he literally did not consider a Latina for. He picked her specifically because he fit that damsel in distress imagine that’s been coded as white (and what’s made women of color “unrapeable”).