I co-sign this movement
This is weird. I’ve been obsessing over Amber Rose a bit via her Instagram posts, but I’m actually finding myself aligned with her on an idealogical level and it’s a little bizarre. In just a few key Instagram posts, she took down entertainment articles that fat-shamed her, slut-shamed her friend Blac Chyna, and announced the release of her forthcoming book. So. Yeah. I think I’m in love or something. Click inside for more.
"The 'LOL' is redundant when you have the 'HAHA'"
President Obama paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and agreed to do a round of Jimmy‘s trademark Mean Tweets bit. As you may know, Jimmy routinely has celebs on his show read aloud mean tweets that people post on Twitter. Last night, it was Obama‘s turn to read aloud some of the mean tweets that have been posted about him. Honestly, this bit could’ve been much funnier if they had used more scathing tweets but the safe tweets the selected for the president to read in his calm manner kinda deflates the bit from its usual hilarity. Still, I think it’s really fun to see President Obama have fun like this so … check out the video above and see what you think.
Because there is LOTS to discuss
Last night, another amazing episode of The Good Wife aired, and I woke up still thinking about how much I enjoyed the very strange, very honest “Mind’s Eye.” The episode was like a Virginia Woolf fan’s erotic dream (yeah, I said it), and there are about a million reasons to watch it, and experience the unfolding of Alicia Florrick‘s thought processes. But one subject the show took on, as it has been doing a lot recently, is atheism. A proud and forthcoming atheist, Alicia Florrick has never seemed to struggle with her lack of faith in a higher power. But after her break down last week, and another awkward situation this week, she finds herself in need of faith—even though it’s not her own. Click inside for more!
"What could be more American than what happened in this place?"
President Barack Obama and his family, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, were on hand for the 50th anniversary of the Selma march in Selma, AL yesterday. Not only did the first family march on the very same streets, on the very same bridge that the civil rights heroes did 50 years ago this weekend but President Obama delivered a speech so powerful that it will surely be remembered as one of his greatest speeches ever and will likely be remembered by History as one of the greatest speeches delivered by a US president. President Obama‘s entire speech is available for viewing in the embed above and the transcript of his speech is available below. If you have the time to watch/read, I urge you to do so. If you don’t have the time, I implore you to spare even a small bit of time to watch/read. More »
"It systematically was biased against African-Americans"
Thursday night, the Ferguson-inspired Scandal episode had everyone and their mama talking. Just last night my BFF and I were still rehashing the events of the episode—and lamenting about what we felt went wrong. In my recap I talked about my immense disappointment in the fairytale ending, and PITNBrs ella and Karen both brought up excellent points about how the episode vilified one cop as opposed to the entire police force, and/or the greater systems that play a part in all of this. One thing that I did think about, is the fact that an episode on a show as huge as Scandal can—at least—keep the dialogue about these issues going. And it aired at the right time—just as the Department of Justice is releasing its report on corruption and racism in the Ferguson Police Department. Click inside for more.
Smart, Hilarious, and NSFW
Yesterday I took a much-needed afternoon off and decided to stream Aziz Ansari‘s latest Netflix special, Live At Madison Square Garden. Oh. My. Gawd. I SO wish they had a clip of my favorite bit, in which Ansari brilliantly and hilariously describes some of the major differences between the experiences of men and women in this country. It was so awesome, and so feminist. I’ve been re-watching a bunch of the Louis C.K. standup specials that are also on Netflix (because yes, I’ve been in need of some serious laughs lately), and it’s always so great to see how my favorite comedians take on these issues. Ansari also addresses relationships and opens up (as only he can) about his life before and after his current relationship with Courtney McBroom. Peep the NSFW video above to hear him thank his parents for struggling, so he didn’t have to. Then please rearrange your life to watch this show today.
Season 4, Episode 14
I just finished watching Thursday night’s Scandal, and I’m in a glass case of emotion. I feel almost literally torn over “The Lawn Chair” and the messages it sent out about America and the justice system. It was SO good, and I also have to admit that I’m incredibly disappointed in the final moments of the show. The “happy ending” made me think of another show that’s known for ripping stories straight from the headlines—Law & Order: SVU. But what’s great about SVU is how often the writers are willing to end an episode on a devastating note. They don’t always win; the bad guys don’t always get arrested, and some victims do not find closure. I love that about SVU, and I honestly wish Scandal had gone that route last night. Click inside for more.
'All we wanted was a chance to talk/'stead we only got outlined in chalk'
D’Angelo took to the Saturday Night Live stage last night, and delivered a powerful performance of his song The Charade. Backed up by the Vanguard band, the singer and musician donned a hoodie while band members wore “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” shirts. Peep the video above to see the The Charade performance, and click inside for their performance of Really Love. Aside for the political message, invoking the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Eric Garner, these performances just sound so beautiful. We see a lot of pop stars perform live, but there’s just nothing like seeing an incredible talent like D’Angelo take the stage.
"Why would the law treat [gays] differently?"
A week ago today, we learned that the US Supreme Court has decided to take up the case that will determine — once and for all — the legality of same-sex marriage here in the United States. In an interview at the White House with You Tube star GloZell Green, President Obama expressed his desire for the Supreme Court to come “to the right decision” and legalize same-sex marriage in our country. President Obama has spoken openly about his support for marriage equality in the past, so his comments in the interview embedded above aren’t a big surprise … but it’s still nice to hear our president endorse the equal treatment of all US citizens when it comes to marriage equality. The full interview is 47 minutes long but you can skip to the 23:40 mark of the video to hear Obama‘s comments on the upcoming Supreme Court decision.
"im a young man and to me the world is a pretty messed up place"
One Direction‘s Liam Payne got to thinking (and lots of drinking) last night and came to the conclusion that he really wants to use his immense fame for the betterment of mankind. Liam came to this conclusion last night and decided to share his ample thoughts with his followers on Twitter. Payne‘s desire to be a humanitarian was much to large to be contained by Twitter‘s 140 character limit, so his missive had to be shared on Twitlonger. Deep thoughts, indeed. Today, after he sobered up, Liam posted on Twitter again acknowledging that his lofty message was brought about by mixing “whisky with political films” so it’s unclear if his goals to help save the world will be realized or not. Click below to read Liam’s tweets and see just how inspirational he can been when he is piss drunk. More »
Posted under: Liam Payne