sushmita ghosal

this is a submission by Sushmita Ghosal

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history is written on concealed folds
of blood stained cloths covering
tiny hands realizing what words like
revolution, resistance, rebellion mean.
history is purple scars on skin from
trying to keep in fire refusing to settle in,
it’s whispers passed on from scared,
but certain words of mothers to
new born ears still learning to breathe free.
history is written on concrete walls
that have stood through secrets being
spilled out like wine on satin and
blood drying up on stamped papers.
history travels through rough, unworthy
hands to finally reach the ones patient
enough to understand it in all it’s uncertainty.
-s.g.
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Susmita Ghoshal is an 18 year old from India. She’s a lover of poetry, history, biology and cats. You can find her on instagram @idksush and more of her work @iknowsush.

Angelina Jolie Diagnosed With Bell’s Palsy

featured image via Vanity Fair

Angelina Jolie ( 42) revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that she had been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy,  ” a condition in which the muscles on one side of your face become weak or paralysed.  […] [affecting] one side of the face, Bell’s palsy leads one side of the face to droop or become stiff on the particular side.”

In an interview article with Vanity Fair,( click here to view Angelina’s cover story with Vanity Fair )  Jolie opened up about her ‘difficult’ divorce with her former partner of 10 years Brad Pitt, alongside insight on her current film she is working on ” First They Killed My Father”. The film is extremely personal and close to Jolie’s heart, yet has brought tension to the table due to a method used in order to cast children for the upcoming Netflix film.

It was mentioned by many sources that casting directors ” set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism [in which ] they put money on the table and asked the [children] to think of something they needed the money for, and then to snatch it away”

This method of casting in order to find children with ” raw emotion” has been deemed controversial by many different online media sources, and magazines.  Jolie was quoted by Vanity Fair regarding the casting where she mentioned, ” Srey Moch [the girl who was ultimately chosen for the part] was the only child [ who had ] started at the money for a very, very long time.  She was forced to give it back [ and became ] overwhelmed with emotion.  All these different things came flooding back”

Jolie later mentioned with a heavy heart that Srey Moch had wanted the money for the funeral of her grandfather who had recently passed.

A trailer tease for ” First They Killed My Father” can be viewed here.

 

Originally scheduled to come out Thursday, the Vanity Fair article was put on public display one day early,  leading to the break out of chaos and worry. An insider speaking to Page Six a celebrity news site mentioned, ” The company wants the magazines to promote each other’s stories that are newsworthy. However, releasing another publication’s piece prematurely ” especially a cover story ” would be considered ” a major screw-up”.

The above statement is an excerpt from a Fox News published article which can be found by clicking here.

 

chapter one: the broken girl in the coffee shop

chapter one: the broken girl in the coffee shop

she was not the type of girl to wait around after school just to watch you walk to your locker.

she would not wait around at the coffee shop after your practice just to watch you order your large strawberry flavoured water and yoghurt parfait cup.

she would not give you the answers to yesterday’s homework no matter how important that game or practice was, ” or was it a party this time?” she’d ask in an almost sarcastic tone.

she was a tough one, there was a certain stubbornness to her that you admired.

her light brown eyes had seen some of the darkest days you are yet to experience, but you loved it, you loved how she managed to get through it all.

she was not dying to get to know you, but god knows you would do anything to get to know her better.

the quiet girl who just transferred from california, was that her name? her name!  you don’t even know her name.

you started to stay after school to get a glance of her on her way to her car, backpack half open, hair a mess.  it was cute.  you thought it was cute.

after your practice at the coffee shop you would glance around hoping some day she would be sitting alone reading her favourite book, then you’d approach her right then and there and get her name.

weeks go by, she seems to have disappeared.  you see her occasionally when walking from class to class.

apparently, she has been seeing someone. someone who you know is not any good for her, but as long as she is happy right?

one night in the coffee shop you glance over at the brunette girl with light brown eyes sitting next to someone.

you hear the pain in her words as she opens her mouth, voice trembling, ” we were doing so well”

minutes go by and there she is alone.  wiping the tears off of her rosy cheeks.

you grew angry with yourself, why didn’t you comfort her? why didn’t you go and sit by her? ask her if she was okay?

these thoughts attacked your panicked mind until you got up and walked over.

there you were sitting next to the broken girl in the coffee shop.

no words were exchanged, as she placed her head in the warmth of your embrace.

she doesn’t have her car, so you’ll drive her home.

you won’t ever forget that rainy night or the dark pink and purple sky.

she lives close but you don’t mind taking her.  you hope she feels better, and not alone.

you got up and out of your chair, let her feel her emotions without having to hide them behind her grey tear stained sweatshirt.  drove her home so she’d be safe.  you offered to stay in case she didn’t want to be alone.

little do you know she’ll remember this night forever

mt

 

Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Istanbul Pride March 2017

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The largest gay pride march in a predominantly Muslim world since 2003.  Tens of thousands of individuals showing up to embrace and celebrate.  Happiness, and acceptance, a place to be free.  Istanbul’s gay and transgender pride parade has been banned twice before in past years.  This year, however, the ban could not stop activists of the LGBTQ community from taking part

Activists of the LGBTQ community gathered in Istanbul Sunday morning as an act of defiance, resistance but more importantly unification.  Large numbers of individuals showed up to defy this ban and walk together waving their flags, and banners, spreading their positive energy and passion with their colleagues and those watching.

 

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Riot officers moving to detain activists defying the ban on the Pride march.  Photo By: Emrah Gurel

 

Amongst those watching, were a great number of Turkish riot officers who would later deploy tear gas, fire rubber bullets, and arrest dozens of activists.

The riot officers used rubber bullets alongside tear gas to break up the crowd of marchers as they chanted and danced throughout the streets.  Entrances to the parade route were closed off, and police proceeded to arrest dozens of individuals taking part in the march and some individuals reporting for media.

 

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Riot officers blocking a parade entry. Specifically Istiklal Avenue a gathering spot for the activists.  Photo By: Bulent Kilic – Getty Images

These acts against the community were not and should not be tolerated and have sparked movements within many different communities around the world.  Certain organizers of the pride march in Istanbul released this statement in response to the ban, ” We are the ones who declared the revolution of love and gender identity. We are the ones who are excluded, ignored and yet resilient. […] Governors, governments, states change, we stay. These threats, bans, pressures will not stop us! ”

 

( You can find the article in which this statement was released here )

together we are stronger

who is longing the monster

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who is longing the monster

chapter 1
its calloused hands demanding more

from the broken body on the floor

 

its yellowed crooked teeth spitting out the words trapping her in a cage

only later to call her crazy in its outbursts of rage

 

its poisoned tongue wraps false images around the minds

of the joyful youth who once learned to be kind

 

the urge to prove the others wrong

is revealed through the monsters malicious song

 

the empty threats feed off of defeat

desperation the only thing it eats

 

for whoever  is longing the monster so dearly

do not let it fool you as it almost did to me, nearly.

For The Second Year Running, Gay Pride Parade Banned In Istanbul

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Turkey one of the few parts of the Middle East decriminalizing homosexuality has hosted the largest gay pride march since 2003 in a predominantly Muslim world.

With crowds of over 10,000 individuals, the annual gay and transgender pride parade has caught the eyes of many nations around the world.   Thousands of individuals who had prepared for this march scheduled to take place during the last hours of Ramadan were met by Governor Vasip Şahin’s executive ban on the parade.

Concerns of security of the people of Istanbul and those attended were the main points made when defending the ban put forth for the second time in a row on this parade.   These concerns stemmed from the march coordinator’s apparent failure to submit proper paperwork to the cities government beforehand.

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This being said, there were also many threats put forth attacking the march.  One of which coming from ultra-nationalist organization Alperen Ocakları in which they stated they would block the march themselves if no authorities would take action in banning it.

Over social media, thousands of individuals including German politician of Turkish origin Hakan Taş who is also gay mentioned, that this ban now in place for two years, ” [amounts] to a human rights violation”.

These bans have enraged many throughout the world, and have created a stronger sense of unification within the LGBTQ+ communities of not only Istanbul but many nations around the world.

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