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cecillos:

itscalledfashionlookitup:

When people compare the greatness that is The Simpsons to other animated shows like Family Guy it makes me want to set myself on fire

lisa simpson is my favourite feminist icon.

lisa lionheart <3

(Source: sandandglass)

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westafricanwomen:

sancophaleague:

"Ola Orekunrin was studying to become a doctor in the UK a few years ago when her younger sister fell seriously ill while traveling in Nigeria. The 12-year-old girl, who’d gone to the West African country on holiday with relatives, needed urgent care but the nearest hospital couldn’t deal with her condition.

Orekunrin and her family immediately began looking for an air ambulance service to rapidly transport the girl, a sickle cell anemia sufferer, to a more suitable healthcare facility. They searched all across West Africa but were stunned to find out there was none in the whole region.

"The nearest one at the time was in South Africa," remembers Orekunrin. "They had a 12-hour activation time so by the time they were ready to activate, my sister was dead." (Cnn.com)

Orekunrin did the latter. Motivated by the tragic death of her sister, the young doctor decided to leave behind a high-flying job in the UK to take to the Nigerian skies and address the vital issue of urgent healthcare in Africa’s most populous country.

Flying helicopters, speaking Japanese

At 27, there isn’t much Orekunrin hasn’t achieved.

She is England’s Youngest Doctor.

Born in London, she grew up in a foster home in the charming seaside town of Lowestoft in the south-east of England.

Aged 21, Orekunrin had already graduated from the University of York as a qualified doctor. She was then awarded the MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship and moved to Japan to conduct research in the field of regenerative medicine.

After moving back to Europe the young doctor looked set for a promising career in medicine in the UK. But her desire to improve healthcare services in West Africa brought her back to her roots.

Orekunrin quit her job, sold her assets and went on to study evacuation models and air ambulance services in other developing countries before launching her ambitious venture, which enables her to combine her “deep love for medicine and Africa” with her growing passion for flying — Orekunrin is also a also a trainee helicopter pilot.” (CNN.COM)

Stand FOR SOMETHING!!!

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#sancophaleague #BlackWomen #Nigeria #Orekunrin #Doctor #Success #blackexcellence

More West African women here

The things I want on my dash.

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eb-n-flow:

dynamicafrica:

Martha Chumo, a 19-year-old self-taught programmer, was supposed to be in New York right now, honing her coding skills and mastering cutting-edge technologies in the company of fellow software enthusiasts.
Instead, she’s thousands of miles away, in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya.
A few months ago, Chumo was accepted into the summer intake of Hacker School, a U.S.-based “retreat for hackers,&#8221; where budding programmers come together for three months to write code, learn new languages and share industry insights.
Whereas the programming boot camp was free to attend, Chumo still needed to find a way to cover her trip costs and buy a new laptop. Excited and determined, the young developer turned to online crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo for funds. She set a target of $4,200 and managed to raise nearly $5,800. All she needed then was a visa to travel to the United States.
Alas, this was not to be.  As an unmarried adult who was not enrolled at university, Chumo was not eligible for a U.S. tourist visa because she couldn’t show sufficient “social ties&#8221; to Kenya to prove that she was planning to return home after attending Hacker School.*
But the U.S. consulate’s refusal only served to slightly alter the plans of this passionate coder.
"I thought if I can’t go to the hacker school, let me try to bring the school to me," says Chumo. "(Let me see) what can I do to start a school here."
Within minutes of her second visa request denial, on June 4, Chumo was calling her friends to announce that, “I’m starting a hacker school in Kenya!’
A few days later, she launched another Indiegogo campaign asking people to help her set up her own school for developers in Nairobi.
"I was so frustrated because I had applied to go to Hacker School; I got into it, I raised funds to go there, I had all these plans to read and learn for three months and then I’m not allowed to go — that’s how the idea for the school was born."
(cont. reading)
*For those who don’t know how hard the visa struggle for those of us with African passports is, this is just one of the ways that we are systematically denied opportunities. Meanwhile, tourists from many Western nations are free to visit many African countries without a visa and stay for up to 90 consecutive days in some of them.
But MAJOR props to Martha Chumo for taking up the initiative to create her own opportunities.

wow fuck US immigration policy and its closed-ass borders ‘n shit but damn that is the correct way to respond
"FINE. YOU DON’T WANT SMART PEOPLE TO COME AND HANG IN YOUR COUNTRY? THAT’S COOL IMMA START MY OWN SMART THING WHATEVER" 
seriously what a hero. 

eb-n-flow:

dynamicafrica:

Martha Chumo, a 19-year-old self-taught programmer, was supposed to be in New York right now, honing her coding skills and mastering cutting-edge technologies in the company of fellow software enthusiasts.

Instead, she’s thousands of miles away, in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya.

A few months ago, Chumo was accepted into the summer intake of Hacker School, a U.S.-based “retreat for hackers,” where budding programmers come together for three months to write code, learn new languages and share industry insights.

Whereas the programming boot camp was free to attend, Chumo still needed to find a way to cover her trip costs and buy a new laptop. Excited and determined, the young developer turned to online crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo for funds. She set a target of $4,200 and managed to raise nearly $5,800. All she needed then was a visa to travel to the United States.

Alas, this was not to be. As an unmarried adult who was not enrolled at university, Chumo was not eligible for a U.S. tourist visa because she couldn’t show sufficient “social ties” to Kenya to prove that she was planning to return home after attending Hacker School.*

But the U.S. consulate’s refusal only served to slightly alter the plans of this passionate coder.

"I thought if I can’t go to the hacker school, let me try to bring the school to me," says Chumo. "(Let me see) what can I do to start a school here."

Within minutes of her second visa request denial, on June 4, Chumo was calling her friends to announce that, “I’m starting a hacker school in Kenya!’

A few days later, she launched another Indiegogo campaign asking people to help her set up her own school for developers in Nairobi.

"I was so frustrated because I had applied to go to Hacker School; I got into it, I raised funds to go there, I had all these plans to read and learn for three months and then I’m not allowed to go — that’s how the idea for the school was born."

(cont. reading)

*For those who don’t know how hard the visa struggle for those of us with African passports is, this is just one of the ways that we are systematically denied opportunities. Meanwhile, tourists from many Western nations are free to visit many African countries without a visa and stay for up to 90 consecutive days in some of them.

But MAJOR props to Martha Chumo for taking up the initiative to create her own opportunities.

wow fuck US immigration policy and its closed-ass borders ‘n shit but damn that is the correct way to respond

"FINE. YOU DON’T WANT SMART PEOPLE TO COME AND HANG IN YOUR COUNTRY? THAT’S COOL IMMA START MY OWN SMART THING WHATEVER" 

seriously what a hero. 

heroes girls in STEM coding queue
thedailywhat:

Do Ask, Do Tell of the Day: Navy Lt. Gary Ross (r) and his partner of 11 years, Dan Swezy, exchange vows at 12:01 AM on September 20, 2011 — the moment “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” officially became null and void.
The Arizona couple chose to tie the knot in Vermont so they could be legally united at the first possible moment after the discriminatory law’s official repeal.
[cbsnews.]

Heroes.

thedailywhat:

Do Ask, Do Tell of the Day: Navy Lt. Gary Ross (r) and his partner of 11 years, Dan Swezy, exchange vows at 12:01 AM on September 20, 2011 — the moment “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” officially became null and void.

The Arizona couple chose to tie the knot in Vermont so they could be legally united at the first possible moment after the discriminatory law’s official repeal.

[cbsnews.]

Heroes.

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thedailywhat:

Aborted Suicide Mission of the Day: Washington Post reporter Steve Hendrix recounts the story of Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney — an Air Force combat pilot who took to the skies on 9/11 in an unarmed F-16 ready to ram United 93 with her jet.

[wapo.]

Holy shit, you guys. Chills. With all the excessive coverage of 9/11 going on this week(end) this is one story that definitely needs to be told. Can you even imagine how different the post-9/11 discussions would have been if this crazy-ass kamikaze plan had worked? Holy fucking shit. Lady hero. Right here.

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I just finished Season 1 of Heroes. WHY AM I ALWAYS LATE TO THE PARTY?

thebombbag:

ryeisenberg:

heynochickflickmoments:

I’ve never watched Heroes.

I’m on season 1 episode 16. I am even later to this party. 

Oh, hey, this party gets lame real fast. Like, everyone leaves and you’re alone with the host, his mother, and his drunk girlfriend lame. 

I came to the party prepared to bail after season 1. I just needed a new show to watch. I’m gonna jump into the Dr. Who party next.

(Source: acklesaway)

heroes

I just finished Season 1 of Heroes. WHY AM I ALWAYS LATE TO THE PARTY?

heynochickflickmoments:

I’ve never watched Heroes.

I’m on season 1 episode 16. I am even later to this party. 

(Source: acklesaway)

heroes

Caught up on Merlin, now watching Heroes season 1 for the first time.

  • 7 episodes in and noooo ZQ yet? What gives?
  • I can’t stand the the two blonde girls. Cheerleader is annoying and Stripper is really annoying.
  • Milo’s hair is weird, but I’m used to it already.
  • I think I’m most impressed by the special effects so far. 
  • Hiro is like the cutest fucking thing on the planet.
  • Oh, and like a billion bonus points for all the Star Trek references in the first two episodes. 
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