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Michael Jackson: Rich and Acquitted (2016)
A revisit of a triumph turned acrid. His legacy was as King of Horrors and to be represented mostly by white women. Was that Heather Longboobs playing MJ? 05-Dec-2018
Actress and radio performer Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, for her supporting role as Mammy in 'Gone With the Wind.'
(I didn't see a slave or a servant but a person) 03-Dec-2018
Hattie McDaniel 03-Dec-2018
Shirley Manson is the hero we need in these particularly trying times
Speaking about the state of the music industry, Manson didn’t mince her words. “[It’s] is still a hell hole,” she said. “Its whole purpose is to exploit the artist, and they’re really good at it. And that will never change.” She pointed out the hit-or-miss window of opportunity afforded artists, adding, “There is no middle class at all, it’s either all or nothing.”
The subject of exploitation then naturally led Manson and Meredith to the #MeToo movement. For Manson, the movement is actually more of a “male issue.” “What leaves me despondent is that our culture has sort of looked at the #MeToo movement as a ‘female issue,’ when it’s actually a ‘male issue,'” she explained. “This is a mess you guys made, clean it up.”
(because she/they were cool) 29-Nov-2018
Shirley Manson/Garbage 29-Nov-2018
"Rapture" is a song by the American pop/rock band Blondie from their fifth studio album, Autoamerican (1980).
In January 1981, "Rapture" was released as the second and final single from the album. The song became their fourth and last single to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for two weeks. It was the first No. 1 song in the U.S. to feature rap vocals. The song peaked at No. 4 in Australia and No. 5 in the United Kingdom.
"Rapture" is a combination of disco, funk, and hip hop with the rap section forming an extended coda. The song title "Rapture" served to indicate this element. While it was not the first single featuring rapping to be commercially successful, it was the first to top the charts. Its lyrics were especially notable for namechecking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.
(I met her for an instant and she was lovely) 28-Nov-2018
Debbie Harry/Blondie 28-Nov-2018
The camera is tricky and holds a tight grip. Edmund Kingsley is burdened with having to convey panic and desperation with a partially helmeted face. He adds to the film's accomplishments. It's important to understand the circumstances because we still repeat them today. The knowledge surprises. 24-Nov-2018
Island Hunter (2017-)
I watch sporadically to soak up relaxing panorama. I recorded the Puerto Rico episode to bask in memories and cherish my culture. We eat sandy melts, empty the streets and our favorite spice is rosemary. It was nice to see a sumptuous mofongo, platanos and such but the primaries (rice, bean, pasteles, relleno de papa, alcapurrias, empanadas) were mute. The island is being terraformed for the elite and we are being erased like the food I just mentioned.
I didn't need to see Liesel Hlista food taste. She approached many of the meals with dread. I wish someone would've tickled her off camera so we could get an almost honest reaction. 23-Nov-2018
Letting go of the “no gender” utopia
Now that the U.S. government is threatening to define gender as only male or female, we need to fight more than ever for transgender rights. But the idea there should be no gender categories and we should live in a label-free world, as some have argued, is a utopian dream.
Pioneering scholar Dennis Altman spoke for many gay and lesbian activists at the beginning of the modern queer rights movement in 1971 when he suggested the battle for acceptance of human and legal rights for gay and lesbian people had only one goal: the eradication of the need for any such rights at all.
According to Altman, categories of sexuality were a necessary evil, but in an ideal world they would be replaced by “a new human who is no longer imprisoned by limitations of sexuality and compassion….”
Cultural theorists Daniel Harris and Bert Archer continue to embrace Altman’s original utopian vision. Harris gleefully announced the death of both gay culture and straight oppression in his 1997 book, The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture:
Salvation Army slaps ‘gag order’ on employees so they don’t talk about LGBTQ issues
“If you run into a Salvation Army bell ringer this Christmas season, don’t strike up a conversation about President Trump or gay marriage,” warns FOX News host Todd Starnes is telling his audience.
Starnes says employees “have been told to stop posting their opinions about gay marriage, abortion or anything political on social media because it might reflect poorly on the organization.”
The far right pundit says he has leaked copies of internal memos from the home office to staffers instructing them to keep mum about controversial topics.
The religious charity has come under fire in the United States over the past decade for their atrocious record on LGBT rights. To attempt to stem the ongoing outrage over the group’s previous stances on LGBT issues, they started a public relations campaign to deny that they are anti-LGBT while never acknowledging their history.
The NRA denies the reality of gun violence. Doctors like me know it all too well.
Last week, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a set of guidelines by the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians (ACP) addressing the problem of firearm-related injuries and death from a public health perspective.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) quickly rebuked the journal — and physicians in general — on Twitter, saying: “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.”
As a gun rights advocacy group, the NRA’s sharp critique was entirely expected. But the eruption from my physician colleagues on social media was startling. Responding to the NRA’s central point — that doctors should “stay in their lane” on the topic of guns — medical professionals created a viral hashtag, #ThisISMyLane (also #ThisISOurLane), sharing vivid stories of their clinical experiences with gunshot wound victims, arguing that, despite what the NRA might believe, the issue falls unavoidably into the laps of medical practitioners.
How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy
What social power does music have? Where does that power come from?
Mariachi musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez found out the hard way—first through discrimination, ridicule and professional blackballing among their musician peers, then via the challenging path of advocating for the acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the mariachi world.
Why racist politics appeals to white women, explained by American history
“What is wrong with white women?” Moira Donegan asked at the Guardian after last week’s midterm elections.
“Why do half of them so consistently vote for Republicans, even as the Republican party morphs into a monstrously ugly organization that is increasingly indistinguishable from a hate group?”
Questions about white women’s allegiances came to the fore again this week, when news broke that a white woman senator facing a runoff in Mississippi had made a joke on the campaign trail about attending a “public hanging.”
Progressives sometimes expect white women, as a group, to support the interests of people of color of all genders — after all, women know what discrimination feels like.
“Most of us continue to see white women through the lens of gender,” explained Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, a history professor at UC Berkeley and the author of the forthcoming book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South. “This allows for us to be optimistic about the possibility that their gendered oppression will allow for them to find common cause with other dispossessed groups.”
But that common cause has been elusive.
Jewish group says K-Pop band BTS should apologize over Nazi-style hats
Korean boy band BTS have been criticized by a Jewish human rights group for posing in headgear featuring a Nazi-style symbol.
In a statement posted on its website, the Simon Wiesenthal Center alleged that the popular K-pop group had posed in hats displaying the Death's-Head symbol of the SS -- the organization that oversaw the Nazi concentration camps.
Noting that the group were dropped last week from a planned Japanese TV appearance after one of its members wore a T-shirt that appeared to celebrate the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki, the center's associate dean and director of global social action, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, said that the group owed both the "people of Japan and the victims of the Nazism an apology."
Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Mastermind, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the comic-book mastermind who helped create some of pop culture’s most enduring and popular characters—including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, and more—has died at the age of 95, TMZ reported Monday. The Marvel founder had suffered from ill health over the past year or so, including pneumonia; according to The Hollywood Reporter, he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Open Season - Joseph Salvat
Chozin Baptized by Fire
What I thought the election would generate. A unified declaration. 09-Nov-2018
TRUMP LAWYER RUDY GIULIANI TAKES MYSTERY TRIPS TO RUSSIA, ARMENIA AND UKRAINE: REPORT
Giuliani had defended his business relationships, claiming that he had "friends all over the world."
"This is not a new thing for me," he told the Times. "When you become the mayor, you become interested in foreign policy. When I left, my major work was legal and security around the world."
During his trip to Armenia, Giuliani tweeted messages of support for Trump, claiming that "people here in Armenia think President Trump has once again restored America's leadership position."
"Many ARMENIANS want me to tell Americans that they love President Trump's dedication to making America Great Again," Giuliani said. "This will lead the world to peace and respect for human achievement and freedom."