"Count to 137. 1 cop shot 49 times, reloading twice. Count to 49."
Last night I was about to finish my Netflix excursion into the French film Girlhood when I saw that there was protesting in Cleveland over the horrifying, disheartening verdict in the case against Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo. In a world where 13 cops can fire 137 bullets at an unarmed couple in a car—and one of those officers, Brelo, can stand on the roof of the car, in which the victims were already dead or dying, and fire 15 shots into the windshield—I’m not sure why there’s still confusion about the existence of systematic racism, sanctioned by the law. So, as always, I’m thankful that a handful of celebrities like Jesse Williams are publicly voicing their disgust and disappointment. Click inside for more.
"Why I'm Torching the Color Line"
Right away, Michael B. Jordan‘s essay for Entertainment Weekly both excited and disappointed me. The disappointment was not in Jordan, or in the words he used, but was in response to the phrase “the color line,” which first came into use during the late 1800s and was popularized by Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. DuBois. It’s 2015 and Michael B. Jordan is very appropriately using a phrase that a runaway slave turned intellectual and abolitionist used in his writings and speeches. That alone is infuriating, and points to the fact that, sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Click inside for more.
TIDAL x Prince x 3RDEYEGIRL
So last night I was checking Instagram and Twitter for updates about or photos from Prince‘s concert in Baltimore. I didn’t see anything because I’d mixed the days up, so I was really excited to find out this morning that TIDAL will be streaming the event live for FREE tonight, which is really amazing. For many people, it feels like the Baltimore Uprising has died down, because much of the media has moved on. So I’m hoping this news will remind people that there are still plenty protests happening in the city, and the Uprising continues. Click inside for more!
Meet little Zain Rajani!
Please excuse me whilst I fight off the teensy wave of baby fever currently trying to make its way into my orbit. NO SHANNON. NO MORE BABIES. Okay, so this is huge, and I’m going to try to break it down as best I can—without any real, in-depth knowledge of stem cells (I’m on Wikipedia now, trying my best). Basically, a baby was recently born using a new technology that resulted in him being born. For years when we heard the words “stem cell,” they were almost always followed by the word “controversy” or “debate.” I’m not sure how much that’s changed, but I know it’s really hard to think of controversy when you watch this video of 22 day-old Zain Rajani. Click inside for more!
'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,' FTW!
I’m not sure if I believe in love at first sight, but I will never forget the first time I watched Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I was doing dishes and looking for something on HBO, and was sort of like, “Ah, let’s try this out.” Within seconds I was looking around, asking the entire world why they hadn’t told me about this guy. And I’d been meaning to catch up on some episodes when I saw that his Baltimore clip was going around. ICYMI, you have to watch. It’s amazing how prevalent racism in this country is—and how ridiculous it all is when you really look at it. Click inside for more.
"Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion."
All day Trent and I have had our eyes glued to Hillary Clinton‘s official Twitter account, as we heard reports on Friday that the big announcement would be made on social media. And it finally happened. About a half-hour ago, Clinton confirmed in a new video clip that, indeed, she is running for President of the United States of America. And in reality, this news has been something many people have been waiting for, since rumors surface following the launch of her new wesbite back in 2013. This automatically makes Clinton the Democratic Party frontrunner for the US Presidency. HUGE news. Check out the video above to get a sense of what Hillary Clinton‘s campaign will look like (she’s not shying away from some big issues, including marriage equality), and click inside for more!
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"It's important, for symbolic reasons"
If you ever want to have any kind of real faith in politicians, the justice system, or the President of the United States, you probably shouldn’t watch this year’s Oscar-winner for Best Documentary Feature, Citizenfour. I watched it last night, and it was terrifying and powerful, and mostly terrifying. So I was prepared to read Chelsea Clinton‘s new interview—in which she speaks about the possibility of a woman president (but probably not just any woman)—with some eye-rolling because all politicians everywhere frighten me. However, she used a really important word that I’m going to focus on, because I think it makes perfect sense in the case of American politics: “symbolic.” Click inside for more.
The announcement will reportedly be made on social media first
Way back in February of 2013, First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched an official website that seemed to be the first official sign that she was planning a bid for the US presidency. Today, all this time later, we are hearing that Clinton is planning to formally announce her presidential campaign this weekend. The Associated Press is reporting today that sources claim she will announce her presidential bid first on social media this Sunday to be followed by more traditional means afterwards when she visits cities around the country on the campaign trail. If true, Hillary Clinton will immediately become the Democratic Party frontrunner for the US Presidency. More »
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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.