Our American norm continues to confound others
The other day, for the first time ever, Trent posted something on his Facebook page that I immediately took issue with, because I knew there was no way it could be true. It was a small, square-shaped diagram that read 2015: 204 Mass Shootings in 204 Days. I saw that the source was the Washington Post and quickly looked for the article. No way there were 204 mass shootings this year. We’ve only really heard about, like 10 of them! So yeah, I was wrong. And that moment was proof of a certain denial we all have towards this issue, and proof of the fact that mass shootings are so common, we really don’t give all that much of a fuck about them anymore. So here’s another article about another celebrity speaking out against our gun laws and policies in America, even though this new wave of commentary will likely not change anything.
Posted under: Rebel Wilson
Grown Woman Status
I wish I could tell you what I did on my 18th birthday. There’s a 98% chance that I went to the movie theatre and had pizza, and thought about how awesome it was going to feel to stay out, like, 3 hours later than was typically allowed. I think for most of us, birthdays are a time to sing of ourselves and celebrate ourselves, Walt Whitman-style. But for the youngest Nobel Prize Winner, it’s a time to demand “books, not bullets” for the children of the world. I am, as always, in awe of Malala Yousafzai and today I’ll be thinking about how I can start adulting more like her. Click inside for more!
Posted under: Malala Yousafzai
It's all about Juneteenth
Oh, the 4th of July—you tricky, tricky holiday. I’ve said plenty of times before that growing up with parents who are also historians and professors of African and African-American history makes for an interesting experience. My mother, for example, was obsessed with the 4th of July fireworks and I have great memories of driving down to the Charles River (excuse me, Chaaahles Rivah) to watch them with her. And, at the same time, it was always made clear to me that this was not an Independence Day for black Americans, who were still enslaved at the time—even by some of the very writers and editors of the Declaration of Independence. So yes, yes, yesss to this statement Usher made over the weekend at the Essence Festival! Click inside for more!
Posted under: Juneteenth, Usher Raymond
OR, might she be guesting on the show?
First Daughter Malia Obama, the eldest child of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, was spotted this week hanging out on the Brooklyn, NY set of the HBO series Girls … leading many to speculate that she may be involved professionally on the show, rather than just hanging out for fun. Malia turns 17 years old this weekend and, as such, is at the right age to start her first job. Considering that she is the eldest daughter of the most powerful man on earth, it seems extremely likely that she can have any job she likes as her first job. Click below to see a photo of Malia on the Girls set and speculate along as to what she may have been doing on set. More »
Posted under: 'Girls', Malia Ann Obama
Ahead of the US Supreme Court's ruling to come this month
As the US waits with bated breath on the ruling from the US Supreme Court that will determine the legality of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, we see today that former First Lady/Senator/US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released a new campaign video for her presidential run that is focused entirely on equality and specifically on the celebration of same-sex marriage. Titled simply Equal, this new campaign video seems to make plainly evident that Clinton believes that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage when they hand down their decision this month. I am not going to jinx anything by saying anything other than the Court will issue its next ruling tomorrow and their final rulings for this term next week. Their decision on same-sex marriage will be among the rulings handed down either tomorrow or (more likely) next week. For now, I hope you will enjoy the beautiful message in this Clinton campaign video and I hope it bodes well for the news to come from the Supreme Court shortly.
PITNB's Weekly Discussion Forum
Every week we gather round the YATNB proverbial table and open up about various things—like who we’d want to play us in the movie of our lives, and enviable celebrity Twitter interactions. One of my favorite YATNB discussions is probably the one where everyone shared their most memorable concert-going experiences. You all know that I love the PITNB community, and we’ve had some really fun discussions here. Lately, I admit that it’s been difficult for me to understand some reactions to certain stories in the news and on this blog. And while I still want to talk about what happened in Charleston, South Carolina, I want to open up the conversation to a bigger question of forgiveness (which might even be more appropriate, given today’s holiday). Click inside for more.
"The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case."
Today you’re going to see headlines that say the Charleston terrorist’s racist manifesto, which someone reportedly dug up online, is shocking and vile and disgusting. There will be people reading his thoughts on Trayvon Martin and black on white crime, who’ll say, “I can’t believe people like this exist!” Or, “What a sick, monstrous, animal!” And then there’ll be myself and a few others who will argue quite the opposite. I read enough of his manifesto to understand that he is a bold, hyper version of plenty of people in America who would never walk into a church and kill 9 people, but who have similar ways of thinking, nonetheless. Click inside for more.
This Judge is a disgusting racist, so this should all go well
Here is what I recommend to anyone seeking happiness in this world. Do not read, ever. Do not make yourself aware of anything happening, ever. Don’t read the comments, don’t read the articles, and don’t follow the reporting of the Charleston terrorist attack. Because if you do, you’ll learn stuff about the Confederate flag and why it and all that it represents is still a part of the Southern culture/mentality. You’ll see headlines like THIS, to help you connect with and understand the white man and proud racist who killed nine people in a historically black church. And then you’ll find out that the judge appointed to bring justice to those nine people and their families, is the kind of guy who uses the word “nigger” in a courtroom, when he deems it appropriate. So I’m glad to see Mia Farrow and Nicki Minaj bringing attention to this horrifying news (on top of horrifying news) to their followers. Click inside for more. Or, if you want to be happy today, go back to sleep.
Posted under: Mia Farrow, Nicki Minaj