Cover reveal for Ascension. It’s gorgeous and I couldn’t be happier with it. I hope you love it too!
Art by Scott Grimando, cover design by Sherin Nicole.
“Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he’s a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego … and Alana can’t keep her eyes off her. But there’s little time for romance: Nova’s in danger and someone will do anything-even destroying planets-to get their hands on her.”
Shake dancers. Shimmy dancers. Hoochie-coochie girls. Exotics. Savages.
The history of burlesque is full of women (and some men) of color. And yet today, few remember these stars. Most history books barely mention them, even in passing. People old enough to remember going to burlesque shows in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s don’t remember them. It seems as if minority performers simply did not exist.
But at one time, the pages of burlesque and pin-up magazines were full of performers of color. Black, Asian, Latina, South Pacific Islander, and Native American dancers were very much a part of burlesque history, and not just as chorus girls for white headliners. They were integral players in the history of burlesque. Among the first to shamelessly bump and grind, performers of color left an indelible mark on burlesque history. Many achieved enough fame to work on the Minsky circuit, earn $1000 or more a week, insure their bodies, tour the US and Europe, and work with (and date) prominent entertainers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sammy Davis Jr., and Little Richard. These performers not only existed but, in many cases, they thrived.
Great article written by Burlesque Lovely, Chicava HoneyChild To visit: The Burlesque Hall of Fame is located inside Emergency Arts, at the corner of Fremont 6th Streets in historic Downtown Las Vegas. Address: 520 Fremont Street, #120 Las Vegas, NV 89101
(info via Black Pinup Models Facebook page)
Laura Selenzi by Kelly Lynn Martell
Ladies, you wear this in the vegetable sexshun of the grocery, and GUARANTEED…I’ll stare at you, debate on whether or not to ask you for your number, then run away without number or vegetables.
Sh•t is only 21.99 USD
If this was made in plus sizes, I’d even pay all the frakkin’ taxes it would cost me to buy this and get it shipped over here!!
I love how potato in French is pomme de terre, which pretty much means “earth apple.”
like what stupid frenchman saw this:
and said “zis petite légume looks like a, how you say, APPLE! hmmm… but it grows in ze earth… HON HON HON! MAIS OUI! C’EST UNE…
“They be like, ‘Ooh, she’s serving face.’”
earl grey dark chocolate cupcakes
Nerd bakery ideas?