We come to hear the endings
of all the stories
in our anthology
of false starts:
how the girl who seemed
as hard as nails
how the athletes ran
out of races;
how under the skin
our skulls rise
to the surface
like rocks in the bed
of a drying stream.
Look! We have all
“She removes her wig, her eyelashes, her makeup, never breaking eye contact with the reflection of her natural self. It’s an intimate, powerful moment television doesn’t often show: A black woman removing all the elements white supremacy tells her she has to wear to be beautiful, successful, powerful. And let’s not forget that that wasn’t just Annalise taking it off: It was Davis, too—Davis, who remains brave in a world where a New York Times critic can get away with calling her ‘less classically beautiful.’” x
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —The immune system maintains a rich abundance of “natural killer” cells to confront microbial invaders, but as the body gains the upper hand in various infections it sometimes starts to produce even more of the cells. For three decades, scientists haven’t understood what purpose that serves. In a new paper, Brown University researchers show one: proliferation helps change the NK cells’ function from stimulating the immune response to calming it down, lest it get out of hand.
In a series of experiments now published online in the Journal of Immunology, the researchers show that the process of proliferation unlocks expression of the gene in NK cells for producing Interleukin-10(IL-10), a protein that moderates other immune system cells.
"It’s really important for regulating potentially dangerous CD8 T cell responses," said Margarite Tarrio, co-lead author of the paper and a graduate student in the lab of Brown immunology Professor Christine Biron. "If you get CD8 T cells that are hyperactivated they can cause a tremendous amount of damage."
Human Lymphocyte, 2011, by David Scharf, Los Angeles. A human “Natural Killer” lymphocyte, a type of cell that mediates the immune system. This image is from a scanning electron micrograph, with the colours taken from multiple secondary detectors in a technique invented by the photographer.
Get Away // CHVRCHES
I’ll be your guide
So you can see the other side
Then I will never let you get away
“Those previous versions of herself were so distant now that remembering them was almost like remembering other people, acquaintances, young women whom she’d known a long time ago, and she felt such compassion for them. ‘I regret nothing,’ she told her reflection in the ladies’ room mirror, and believed it.”
—Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
First time at my new part-time job as a zombie. Room for improvement on the makeup. If anyone has advice, let me know!
in which a gay cover of one of america’s most quintessential modern american love songs is a thing that exists
Rosamund Pike photographed by Nadav Kander
Hanna Liden - Ghost Town (2012)
Her 12-year-old cried when he told her what had happened and asked if he was stopped because he was black.
"Probably, yeah," she said.
"I just want to know, how long will this last?" he asked her.
That’s when she started to cry.
"For the rest of your life," she said." - Black Moms Tell White Moms About the Race Talk, in light of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, The Ethics Project invited black mothers to explain the heartbreaking reality of raising a black son in America.
Hopefully the character won’t be abruptly killed.
Two Weeks // FKA Twigs
You say you want me.
I say you’ll live without it.