'Our men, women, and children are not human targets'
Yesterday was a pretty sucky day in general, between the news of Cory Monteith‘s passing, and the announcement of George Zimmerman acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case. I really appreciate everyone’s comments on my post about the outcome of the case, and I’m happy to say that people everywhere (celebrities included) are speaking out about the society we live in– where an innocent young man’s life can be taken and it is not deemed a crime. We learned that Beyoncé spoke out in her own way about Zimmerman‘s acquittal, and her sister Solange also held a peaceful protest at Borough Hall in Brooklyn. Check out the gallery to see the many people who came out in support of the late Trayvon Martin.
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'Lamborghini Angels,' 'Ital (Roses),' and 'Audubon Ballroom'
It’s been a little while since we last shared new visuals from Lupe Fiasco, but today is a good day for fans of his work. In a new 13-minute video which functions as the single visual for three of his songs, (Lamborghini Angels, Ital (Roses), and Audubon Ballroom), Lupe continues to problematize the glorification of guns, drugs, and misogyny in the media (especially in some aspects of black culture). Visually, I think the video is stunning– I love the kaleidoscopic feel and how beautiful everything looks, even as it falls under his critical eye and flow. Peep the video for more! It’s Lupe! And videos like this remind me that we really need his artistic presence in music.
Obama voices support for federal same-sex marriage legislation
President Barack Obama made history earlier this year by discussing his support for same-sex marriage in his second Inauguration speech and today, he took that discussion one step further. While speaking publicly alongside Senegalese President Macky Sall in the African nation of Dakar, President Obama voiced his support for the Supreme Court rulings yesterday that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidated California’s Proposition 8, thereby granting same-sex marriage rights to more American citizens. Obama made it clear in his remarks that he is in full support of a federal law legalizing same-sex marriage for the entire country … and Senegalese President Sall took offense to those comments. Homosexuality is still a punishable criminal offense in 38 African countries — including Senegal, a fact well-known by Obama … which is why he likely chose the opportunity to make his comments. Man, I love our president so much! More »
Time To Get Your FLOTUS Stalking On
Not a lot of people can join Instagram in the morning and have 12,000 followers before lunchtime, but when you’re the First Lady of the United States, you’re kind of a big deal. Michelle Obama is on Instagram, ya’ll! I for one am excited to see what she posts, as I know she’s a favorite among the fashionistas, and she’s involved in a lot of different campaigns to promote health awareness in America. She’s already started sharing some lovely pictures from her recent family trip to West Africa, so click inside to see what the FLOTUS has been up to!
Posted under: Michelle Obama
That-Ish-Cray Of The Day
LMAOOOOoooooo. OMG. I don’t know where we are politically when official White House press conferences are taking the time to address new Jay-Z lyrics, but this is where we are, America. Yesterday, Jay-Z released a new song titled Open Letter in which he addressed (among other things) his recent trip to Cuba with Beyoncé. Please, please, please watch this video and listen to this reporter quote the lyrics (OMG, some people should never be allowed to quote Jay-Z lyrics in a public forum), and ask White House press secretary Jay Carney whether or not it was true that President Obama gave Jigga permission to go to Cuba. I just can’t with this, ya’ll. I can’t! Is she serious? Jay-Z is such a big deal now, and people are so impressed with his relationship with the President that anything he says about Obama in a song is, from this point on, taken seriously? That is awesome; at least for Jay-Z. For our political state of affairs, it’s kinda sad that these are the things they’re talking about. Madness.
Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul
Justin Timberlake, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Sam Moore and Ben Harper were guests of First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House yesterday where the musicians were praised for their participation in a workshop titled Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul. At the White House, there was a lot of talk about what these artists do. Last night, President Obama hosted a concert that featured performances by these amazing folks. Click below to see some photos from yesterday’s event at the White House, watch a video clip from last night’s concert and find out how YOU can watch the entire concert performance in full. More »
The Former Prime Minister Suffered Another Stroke
It feels a little strange to write about a political figure of whom I know very little, but I thought it important to pass along this news today. Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain, passed away today at age 87. If you’re like me, and not quite in the loop with British political history, you may know most of what you know about the political icon through Meryl Streep‘s portrayal of her in 2011′s The Iron Lady. Streep delivered an unforgettable performance (for which she won her third Academy Award), and through the performance I became a great fan of Thatcher‘s very particular approach to the male-dominated world of politics. I’m sure many today are mourning her passing. Click inside to learn more.
Posted under: Margaret Thatcher
Coincidence or ...
So, there’s a new series on The History Channel that takes stories from the Bible and dramatizes them for entertainment … the show is aptly titled The Bible. For the past few weeks, The Bible has managed to drum up big ratings for the network … but last night, it drummed up a bit of controversy as well. Last night’s episode of The Bible featured the introduction of Satan on the show and many people believe the character was made to look like President Barack Obama. Representatives from The History Channel deny that they intentionally attempted to make the Devil look like President Obama but … well, take a look at a side-by-side comparison and see what you think. More »
Posted under: Barack Obama, The Bible
I'm just as confused as you are
So, um, outlandish basketball star Dennis Rodman made his way to North Korea for a little visit and he ended up meeting and becoming bromance BFFs with the country’s undisputed and all-powerful leader Kim Jong-Un. Now, I’ve read the reports a few times to try and understand better how all of this happened and … I’m still confused. Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un are bros now … like, for serious. Click below to see the photos and read the report from ESPN to see if you can understand any of this confusing madness. More »
Oh Yes, They Did!
So, remember how First Lady Michelle Obama was the surprise Best Picture presenter at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night? Remember how her appearance on the show live via satellite from the White House caused a media sensation around the world? The story was so big that the Iranian news agency Fars even reported on her Oscars appearance … but in order to report her appearance in a way that they would deem unoffensive, they Photoshopped her dress to cover her up more. Click below to see what they did to her dress. More »