339 posts categorized "RACE"

Nov 25 2014
#FergusonDecision Recap Comments (0)

I just want to reiterate that I think the grand jury in the Michael Brown case was wrong not to indict.

I also want to forcefully reject any comments that attempt to tell me it's wrong to have that opinion, which implies that juries are always right—they aren't. O.J. case anyone?

I do not think that it's so radical to hold the opinion that this case should have resulted in an indictment and gone to trial—the dismissal of all concerns, the decision that says nothing that happened here rose to the level of deserving a trial is insulting and feeds into the mistrust a significant percentage of the country has for the legal system.

All that said, a trial may very well have resulted in the officer being exonerated—there were plenty of witnesses and there was plenty of evidence that could have swayed a jury to decide he defended himself the best way he knew how.

Rioting and looting is not the answer, and reflects badly (and unfairly) on those who are legitimately pained by the events in this case.

If you have a different opinion, that's your right. Please don't preach to me that I don't have all the facts or don't understand how the system works or that I think Michael Brown was an angel, and I will not imply that you're a racist or that you don't have all the facts, either.

People can have all the same facts and still respectfully disagree, which is another reason why it's wrong to chastise people for disagreeing with juries' decisions in some cases—juries are just people considering facts, and there is ample evidence in the history of the U.S. that juries have been wrong, and are occasionally biased. If you agree with the decision, good for you—but don't parrot the prosecutor's talking point that no one but the grand jury has any right to have an opinion on this case, and that no one but the grand jury knows the truth.

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Nov 24 2014
No Charges For Michael Brown's Shooter; Darren Wilson Goes Scot-Free Comments (0)

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Officer Darren Wilson will face no charges for gunning down unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It took 100 days to figure out a way to gently break it to the public that Wilson's action—which was demonstrably unnecessary—did not rise to the level of a crime.

Sickening. 

B3QOsMQCAAAYmSIStatement from the Brown family

Hopefully, protesters will remain peaceful even as they get loud about making systemic changes.

I have no problem with police officers defending themselves, but I don't think this was a case where lethal force should have been on the table.

The prosecutor couldn't even be on time with the report, and then started his announcement by making it seem like people went off half-cocked without the facts. Great move: Tell people they don't know anything, then tell them the decision they don't want to hear. Oh, and a dose of blaming the media, too.

 
Need To Know: Bean There + Marion Buried + Just Cos' + Benghazi, Done That + Keep Your Eyes On These Guys' Thighs + MORE! Comments (0)

Terry-BeabBean & his vengeful young ex both wound up arrested.

*widget boy cultureIs the sex-abuse case against Obama fundraiser Terry Bean all it seems?

*widget boy cultureEx-DC Mayor Marion Berry, crackhead & gay-rights traitor, dies.

*widget boy cultureHe's getting his not-gay-no-more ass sued!

*widget boy cultureIf you read this and still defend Bill Cosby, admit it—you're pro-rape.

*widget boy cultureFormer Cosby confidante, 90, tells tales of 16-year-old models, pay-offs.

Cosby-accusersJust 7 of the 16 (so far) women who've accused Cosby of sexual impropriety

*widget boy cultureOld pal of Cosby's has new allegation.

*widget boy cultureI am not into Allison Williams as “Peter Pan”.

*widget boy cultureBomer & Manganiello, together again!

*widget boy cultureReport is out: Should Republicans move past Benghazi?

*widget boy cultureWorld's fiercest 8-year-old.

*widget boy cultureDarren Wilson met with anchors hoping to interview him.

*widget boy cultureRudy Giuliani blames black people for white cops shooting them.

*widget boy cultureJust pictures of men spreading their legs.

*widget boy cultureMaxwell Caulfield turned 55 this weekend, can still get it.

Maxwell-caulfield-michelle-pfeiffer-matt-lattanzi-grease-2-21801718-1611-1152Grease-y kid stuff

 
Nov 04 2014
Need To Know: Nebraska Cornholer + Give 'em The Business + What The Dell? + Catcall About Steve + MORE! Comments (0)

Eric-LueshenGetting the word out

*widget boy cultureOut Nebraska Cornhusker reminisces about his experiences.

*widget boy cultureWait, a business moving in to Chelsea???

*widget boy cultureDude, you're gettin' 15 dollars.

*widget boy cultureNew Hampshire GOP chair urges drowning Democrats.

*widget boy cultureI'm with Chris Rock on 1 World Trade: Never going in. Ever.

DEMOCRATSJust sayin'

*widget boy culture“Kill all black people” teacher wasn't fired! She's back.

*widget boy cultureMadonna family feud rages on.

*widget boy cultureMarvin Gaye's family winning vs. Robin Thicke/Pharrell so far.

*widget boy cultureWhitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances is here.

*widget boy cultureThis actually is Lisa Ling's first time at the (gay) rodeo.

*widget boy cultureSteve Santagati is a fucking idiot.

*widget boy cultureNo cock in 50 Shades of Grey? What's the point?

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Oct 31 2014
Need To Know: Deckerheads + Junk'd + I LOVE LOONY + Madonna's Single Soon Ready To Mingle? + Elsa Rules + MORE! Comments (0)

Shirtless-Eric-DeckerOn Decker

*widget boy culturePictures of Eric Decker will make you hard if you have a penis.

*widget boy cultureBruce Jenner's penis gets bullied on golf course, he responds with self-deprecation.

*widget boy cultureForget Jesus, Kim Kardashian thinks she's more popular than Lucy.

*widget boy cultureHow to handle yourself at a urinal.

*widget boy cultureamfAR gala brings out Diana Ross, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna & more.

*widget boy cultureDiplo claims Madonna's next album's  first single is chosen, is his.

*widget boy cultureThe ultimate Halloween costume.

*widget boy cultureHalloween music mix!

*widget boy cultureTeacher admits “killing all black people” is on her bucket list.

*widget boy cultureSen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) plays to white men in off-color remark.

*widget boy cultureMILLENNIAL HORROR STORY: Like, OMG, this is so...like...scary.

*widget boy cultureJessica Lange killing it as a former dominatrix on AHS.

Tumblr_ne8qi5AXJy1qcbk34o1_250Her name is Elsa... 

 
Oct 20 2014
Lust In Translation Comments (0)

Jeremy-Helligar

Jeremy Helligar's name will be familiar to pop culture junkies for his stints at Teen People and (Adult) People, but he's spent the last several years on a self-described “self-imposed exile” from NYC, travleing and living around the world—South America, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Jeremy-HelligarHelligar's journey is not without speedbumps, including racism (the title is a question he has heard way too often), mugging and some uncomfortable sex, the kind you pray won't happen to you but that you enjoy reading about. Also, there are good times, making this an interestingly varied read. It's not linear, it's introspective...and he does not forget to be funny.

I feel like the desire to take time off and discover one's self is a cliché...until one reaches one's thirties and forties and it all makes terrible sense. I'm completing my own memoir so it was illuminating to see how another writer in a similar situation to mine (I also worked at a teen mag, for one thing, but no, it's not true what they say about white men) approched the form.

It's out November 4 officially, but is available for pre-sale now. Check out Helligar's recent Neil Patrick Harris post for HuffPo here.

 
Oct 06 2014
American Idiot? Comments (0)

Raven

Raven-Symoné tells Oprah she's tired of being labeled as gay...or even as African-American. She's cool with being labeled an American, though.

No word on if she is fine being labeled a woman and/or a human being.

It's nice to think we have the power to live outside our societal labels, but we do not. Until it was legal, she would have been disallowed from marrying her female partner because they are gay. In many places in the country, her blackness could lead her into a lot of situations my whiteness would not. The list goes on.

I think it comes off as arrogant, like when white people claim to be color-blind. Maybe it's coming from a good place, but maybe it's also coming from a very sheltered place, a place most people never get close enough to in order to be able to make the same proclamations.

 
Oct 05 2014
Need To Know: Nick Magnet + Schock Report + T WORD Up + Ebola Trumps Friendliness + There IS A Godfre! + MORE! Comments (0)

Nick-Jonas

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas breaks out his pits in his battle for gay dollars.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay (gay?) Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) is glad it's raining men.

*widget boy cultureBoss-man Warren Buffett says he can't control his company's anti-gayness.

*widget boy cultureCheck out Laverne Cox's new show, The T Word.

*widget boy cultureWhat happens when ISIS/ISIL hits Baghdad?

*widget boy cultureMadonna helps open girls' school in Karachi.

*widget boy cultureSex and the City 3 coming?

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump sees a net positive...from Ebola.

*widget boy cultureOr focus on seeing a good movie, like Skeleton Twins.

Sanctuary

*widget boy cultureThe above may or may not make you curious to see Sanctuary (1961).

*widget boy cultureBenjamin Godfre fronts the Frontiers “Naked Issue”!

*widget boy cultureBen Affleck and Bill Maher got heated over Islam.

*widget boy cultureLesbians are suing mad over biracial baby.

*widget boy cultureWELFARE QUEEN: Rich Republican politico committed welfare fraud.

*widget boy cultureSaw & enjoyed Eternity, a comedy about the 1985 music scene. Go see it!

EternityFrom here to Eternity