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
"I have no more campaigns to run …"
President Obama delivered the State of the Union Address live from Capitol Hill in Washington DC tonight and listed not only the amazing progress we have made while he has been president but also outlined his plans to keep our country moving in the right direction. BUT, the moment from the SOTU that is getting all of the attention on social media is the zinger he delivered when he pointed out, very smartly, that he has no more campaigns to run because he already won both of them. Brilliant. You can watch that clip above. Then, you can click below to watch President Obama deliver the full State of the Union Address at your leisure. More »
'What I'm looking for is some kind of leadership...'
The movie Selma is going into wide release in the next couple of days, and I really cannot say enough good things about it. I ranked the movie 2nd on my list of 11 Best Movies from 2014, and I wrote a cover story on it for Paste Magazine last week. It’s an unforgettable story that really does shake up a lot of myths and misunderstandings about the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr. Oprah Winfrey plays Annie Lee Cooper (please look up that name!), and she’s also one of the film’s producers. Because the story has obvious parallels to current events in America, Winfrey was asked about Ferguson and the recent protests. Her response isn’t sitting well with a lot of folks. Click inside for more.
And why the gay rights movement has been more successful
Sometimes when I get into a discussion—online or otherwise—about the very real and powerful and systematic existence of racism in this country, I just want to throw books at people. Like, all the books I read in college, and all the books that opened my own eyes up to certain aspects of this country’s history. In lieu of throwing those books (plus, I like my books, and I need them), here’s a video I’m throwing out to the world. I almost feel bad for all those times when I relegated Jesse Williams to a mere Hottie McHotterson… almost because I’ve always made it a point to also explain that, in terms of social politics, he is also perfection. Please click inside to watch a video of him at a Ferguson protest, and get your life changed.
Posted under: #Ferguson, Jesse Williams
WWIII on the WWW?
After Sony Pictures decided this week to cancel the Xmas day theatrical release of their movie The Interview in the wake of a massive cyber-attack on the studio and after a terrorist threat was made against the film’s release, we learn that the US government has concluded that the government of North Korea is responsible for the hack. The FBI has issued a statement today formally accusing North Korea of orchestrating the cyber-attack on Sony … but have yet announced how the US government plans to retaliate — or even if they will retaliate. UPDATE: President Obama has issued an official comment, the US will retaliate accordingly. More »
"Isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach."
President Barack Obama made US history just a short time ago when he appeared on national television to announce that the United States of America is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time since 1961. Calling the US embargo of Cuba “a failure” and saying that isolation between the countries has “not worked”, President Obama says that the time has come for a new approach when it comes to relations between the two countries. Tourist travel by US citizens to Cuba is still not allowed but that should change soon as Obama has called for the re-establishment of a US embassy in Havana, Cuba in the coming months. Wow. I have to say, this is really amazing and very significant political and historic news for our country. More »
Posted under: Barack Obama, Raul Castro