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Grandma and Vincent

Redditor sarcasticflower's grandma was in the hospital with a broken hip, and her cat Vincent visited her every day. I can imagine the logistics involved in such a caper, as I have snuck cats into hospitals before, just not as a daily thing. But you can see from the picture that it's worth the trouble.

This is only one of many stories of the love between people and cats. You'll see cats showing their devotion to more elderly folks, prison inmates, babies, and all kinds of people in the post 38 Pictures That Prove Cats Have Hearts Of Gold at Buzzfeed.

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Stalking Cat Compilation

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You might recall the Ninja Cat video we posted a few years ago -oh my, it's been FIVE YEARS already! After that one became a viral hit, apparently a whole bunch of people decided to see if their cat would do the same. Here are some of the results that were posted to the internet, with varying results. I'm sure many of these cat people could have gotten a faithful recreation of the original stalking cat ...if they had the patience to record their cat many times over a period of time. My cats would rather come at me from behind. -via Tastefully Offensive 

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Singing the Lesbian Blues in 1920s Harlem

Filmmaker Robert Philipson studied the Harlem Renaissance of the early 20th century as part of his research for a course, and became intrigued with the hints of gay culture in the music of the era. That led him to produce two documentaries, first Take the Gay Train in 2008 and then a followup on lesbian performers, T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s. He tells us how those of the New York City blues scene differed from black Americans on the outside, who were striving to become "respectable" citizens.

The blues community, however, had no such concerns about respectability, and that’s where Philipson found the most references homosexuality. Which is why, three years after “Gay Train,” he followed up with another documentary, this time focusing exclusively on female blues singers with lesbian proclivities.

As it turns out, the blues world was the perfect realm for people who were thought of as “sexual deviants” to inhabit, as it thrived far outside the scope of the dominant white American culture in the early 20th century. In Jazz Age speakeasies, dive bars, and private parties, blue singers had the freedom to explore alternative sexuality, and on a rare occasion, they even expressed it in song.

Those songs are still available to us, in lyrics if not in recordings. And the lyrics were risky, because same-sex relations could get you jailed. Read about Gladys Bentley, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and others whose racy lyrics made them stars, at Collector's Weekly. Link


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