Cooking and Baking Courtesy of Guiding Light

Published August 24, 2016 by kitlat

So in the interest of full disclosure, I wasn’t born when the Alan-Hope-Jackie thing was happening on Guiding Light.  Heck, the only Alan Spaulding I ever knew was Ron Raines.  Chris Bernau was an interesting surprise.


I say this because when I came onto the Guiding Light Band wagon, it was nearer to their 70th anniversary (late 90s-early 00s) and while it was still a popular soap then, when I go through the past stuff, I realize that it was a huger deal than I could’ve imagined especially in the 70s and and 80s.

Today the idea that fans would eat up the recipes of a fictional character, while not crazy, isn’t the thing it was back when these Hope Bauer recipes came out in 1974.  Keep in mind, more women stayed at home and they definitely made up the majority of the audience.


Although considering how fandoms works…

Well anyway: this page is worth a visit.

Check out some of Hope Bauer’s recipes.

via Hope Bauer Cooks — Glmanny’s Blog

New Book on Lupe Velez Debunks the Myths of “Hollywood Babylon”

Published July 19, 2016 by kitlat

I must admit that I owned a copy of Anger’s book and took each word as gospel including Velez’ s death. I suppose I can be excused as I was a 14 year old kid and the internet and snopes weren’t around. Thankfully the record is set straight. More importantly I wish there was even examination of Velez’s career and what she faced in Hollywood.

cinematically insane

Ask the average person about Lupe Vélez and you’ll probably be met with a blank stare. But query those same folks as to whether or not they’ve heard of the classic film star who “drowned in the toilet,” and they’ll likely perk up with smirking recognition.

We have Kenneth Anger’s book Hollywood Babylon to thank for that.

Of course, there are other (perhaps unwitting) accomplices: The Simpsons, wherein guest John Waters joked about the store where Vélez bought her toilet in the 1997 episode Homer’s Phobia; Frasier, in which Lupe is said to have been “last seen with her head in the toilet” in the 1993 pilot; and Andy Warhol, whose 1966 film LUPE depicts the popular Mexican actress facedown in a toilet, dead.

But the apocryphal story of the tragic demise of Lupe Vélez, who took her own life with a barbiturate overdose in 1944 at the…

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We’re Here: Black Women Working in Comics

Published July 7, 2016 by kitlat

Graphic Policy

Invincible_Iron_Man_1_by_Jeff_DekalI’ve been a writer as long as I can remember. My mother recalls me sitting quietly in the living room taking construction paper, a hole puncher, yarn, crayons and writing and illustrating my ‘first’ book at 6 years old. As I grew, the stories I wrote became more thoughtful, more complex and somehow I landed in the arena of comics. Comics became my refuge at an early age; granted I’ve always read different types of books and novels, but comics stole my heart. They combined art with the written word; I was just thunderstruck by the perfection of the blending of the two. Creating characters was an ongoing practice for me, at 10 years old I was certain that Marvel or DC would want to buy my characters. My mother even called the Marvel offices for me to see if they would be willing to. Now here I am several…

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Unburying the Lost Boys, Pt. 2: the real-life horrors at the Dozier School

Published June 7, 2016 by kitlat

This reblog is more grim than a lot of things on this blog, but it is a necessary exploration. I’m often surprised at how much we handwave certain things as “it happened a long time ago” or “well that was how things were back then and you can’t just live in the past,” when in our time now it’s almost sacrilege to draw a comparison about certain incidents happening that took place at least 15 years ago.

I also think most importantly that history is made up of events and people and many times those are personal history as well.

We should all be grateful to Tananarive Due for sharing this.

Tananarive Due Writes

AUGUST 2015 UPDATE: The remains of my great-uncle, Robert Stephens, were positively identified from the Dozier School cemetery. [Read more here.] 

MARCH 2014 UPDATE: The [Rof South Florida exhumed 55 bodies from the cemetery.

In 1937, my great-uncle, Robert Stephens, was buried at the Dozier School in Marianna, Florida, with perhaps up to 100 other boys who never came home after being sentenced to the notorious reformatory. Last September, I went to Marianna with my father, husband and son to observe the beginning of exhumations at the site. I started writing this post the first week of September in 2013, and I’m only completing it in January of 2014. This was hard to write.

 This is not only a story about the past. This story illustrates why our criminal justice system—racially biased and more and more dependent upon private prisons—is itself in dire need of reform.

Dozier School dorm (present day) PHOTO: Tananarive Due Dozier School…

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A Letter To The DAYDians: My Life With Andrew Blake Laid Bare

Published February 1, 2016 by kitlat

I think the terms “Zoinks!” covers this story.

Out of Context

You’ve been hearing about me for a long time. Andy called me “Louise,” which really is my middle name. I am the woman who was accused of leaving him after seven years, taking my son “Connor” away from Andy, who loved Connor as his own. I am the girl in the painting.

It was a good photo. I wish I still had it.

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If “Harry Potter” Characters Were Cast As All Black Actors

Published January 6, 2016 by kitlat

I’ll tell you true that if many of the Harry Potter characters were Black, some of that free-range children stuff wouldn’t have happened and Mrs. Weasley wouldn’t have sent a Howler-she’d have shown up herself and embarrassed the hell out of Ron.

Dark Matters

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Actress Noma Dumezweni will be playing Hermione Granger in the stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”


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