The off-duty officer reportedly fired 17 shots at the 18 year old man
In August, a police officer shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and ignited a storm of nightly protests by the community who are rallying for the end of police violence against citizens. Last night, in St. Louis, MO, an off-duty police officer shot and killed an 18-year old man when he fired 17 shots at the man accused of coming at the officer “aggressively” in a gangway. Some reports maintain the victim was shot 16 times. It is absolutely horrifying to know that we live in a country where young black teenagers are seemingly routinely shot and killed by police officers who are supposed to serve and protect citizens. More »
He reportedly attacked a woman working at his dentist's office
The last time we heard big news about Charlie Sheen, he was engaged in a Twitter beef with Rihanna (obviously). I have no clue what’s going on with this guy, but some people live in a cloud smoke of drama that just comes and goes. What are you gonna do? This time, it’s a sexual battery and assault case. If any of these allegations are true, I can’t see how this will pan out well for Sheen… nor should it. Click inside for more.
Posted under: Charlie Sheen
They've explained that their town is too racist for a biracial child. So. Yeah.
There are so many huge issues at work here, but I’ll start small. Being a parent is hard, and many of the stresses that come from parenting really come from our own expectations of what our parenting experience will be like, what our children will be like, etc. When we’re pregnant, most of us find out “what we’re having” because it helps us (we think) “prepare” for the child, but in reality nothing can prepare you. Knowing a child’s sex, or thinking you know what the child will look like—none of that is helpful or relevant at 3AM. And—while it’s not the same as what this couple is “going through”—I know the feeling of mentally preparing for your child to look one way, and they come out looking like something else. My friends and I used to joke (and still do) that I definitely don’t have any black kids. One of them we lit’rally call “Spanish,” and I spent the first 6 months of his life waiting for him to darken up a bit. No. He’s still “Spanish.” So I get that babies can surprise you—hell, they can even disappoint you (but that’s only if you choose to go into parenting with certain expectations). And now that I’ve tried to identify with this couple—Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon—I’m going to go the eff off, because this story is infuriating. Click inside for more.
I’ve been trying to keep up with the ongoing reports about Ferguson, Missouri, and I’m actually pleased with this bit of news. I don’t how far this investigation will go, or what good it will ultimately do, but the feds have announced that they will launch an investigation into the Ferguson police department. I think one of the most sickening things I’ve seen since we learned that Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson cop was that video with different clips of the cops leaving Brown’s body from the middle of the street, only to eventually load it into a SUV. So yes, please do investigate the bejeezus out of this police department now. Click inside for more.
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That was fast!
Well, I was stuck in house watching French movies this weekend (not that I’m complaining), but lots of folks made it to theatres to check out the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And by “lots of folks,” I mean $65 Million worth. Which is insane. Trent gave the movie a good review, and now the rest of the world has spoken. As a result, we’ve already got news about the sequel! Click inside for more!
Channel 7 ABC news station WXYZ in Detroit used their traffic helicopter to film arial footage of the upcoming superhero film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, currently filming in the metropolitan Detroit area. As you can see in the clip above, the fictional city of Metropolis looks all messed up and stuff … clearly the fall out of a major battle … possibly between Batman and Superman. While we don’t get to see any of the actors in the film, this first look at the film set is still pretty cool. Enjoy.
Yesterday it was announced that Girls actress Allison Williams won the role of Peter Pan in NBC‘s upcoming live production of the musical, set to air in December. Last night, Allison‘s father Brian Williams was tasked with reporting the news of her casting on the NBC Nightly News and as you can see above, he did so in the CUTEST way ever. It’s a short clip, deffo worth your time :)
One person was killed and seven others have been hospitalized.
Terrible news to pass along right now. Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan is in critical condition at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital after a six-vehicle car crash in New Jersey. Morgan was riding in his limo bus, and it turned over. Authorities are saying that it looks like a the tractor-trailer may have rear-ended the bus, but they’re not sure. Many of you know that I’m a huge fan of Tracy Morgan– just the other day I was watching him during the Don Rickles tribute, and he was his usual, hilarious self. This news is just the worst, so all I can do is hope for the best. Sadly, there has already been one casualty as a result of the crash. Click inside for more.
'Why Did Chris Die?'
In an effort to keep the conversation about the UCSB shooting going, I want to share this Facebook post from documentary filmmaker Michael Moore. But before I do I want to share a comment from a recent review I wrote. I watched a film called Farmland and a reader suggested that the film might have been “merely propaganda” given the people behind it. People have, similarly, accused Michael Moore of using propaganda in his documentaries (even as he accuses the subjects of his films of the same). In a way, I think most films carry some sort of propaganda with them. Documentarians have their own agendas, and—sure—everything should be taken with a grain of salt. So, before someone accuses me of supporting propaganda, or a particular agenda, let me just acknowledge my own bias. I don’t understand the value of guns. I understand the value of rights, but I don’t understand the specific value we have placed on the right to bare arms. So yes, sure. This piece (like every piece I’ve ever written) reflects my own personal agenda. Click inside for more of that!
Don't Let This Become Yesterday's News
As I wrote the headline to this piece I cringed a little bit at the word “trending.” I am asking us to keep a social movement “trending” because that’s the language we use, but it’s a funny word for a movement. A trend is something that comes and goes, changes with the weather, with the celebrities, with whatever. It’s the thing of the moment. And so here we are to discuss another thing of the moment, which is what we do when something bad happens. Someone’s exposed for being a racist, someone kidnaps a slew of young girls, someone shoots up a movie theatre, or an elementary school, and we start a conversation that trends for a while, until something else happens. That sucks. And, I’d rather contribute to the trending conversation than say nothing, so here it is. Click inside for a discussion on #YesAllWomen and Elliot Rodger‘s Retribution. (P.S. I added that “forever” bit just now).