'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
"I've heard some good ones in my time"
A few weeks ago, the tabloid newspaper The National Examiner (one of those rags you see at the checkout lane at the grocery story but never, ever buy) published a story that claims that President Barack Obama is secretly gay … and has enjoyed sex with Harry Styles of One Direction. Last night, backstage at the BBC Music Awards, Harry was quizzed about this particular rumor and he was forced to deny the claim. To be honest, there was never a millisecond that I believed this report to be true but it is so ridiculous that it has to be shared … especially since Harry Styles has officially commented on the claim. Click below to read what Harry has to say about rumors that he is President Obama‘s gay lover. More »
A Prez-Existing Condition
With only a handful of episodes left until the end of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, host Stephen Colbert is pulling out all the stops to ensure that his faux news show goes out on a high note. As such, Colbert invited President Barack Obama to appear on The Colbert Report to not only be interviewed but to take over the whole damn show. Click the embed above to watch the POTUS sitting in the big chair behind the big desk on The Colbert Report last night to deliver the LULz like the boss that he is. The president has got jokes, y’all. Have a look.
But Chrissy says she's done getting into social issues on Twitter
It’s been so incredible watching protestors take to the streets all over the world demanding justice in the name of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and the countless other victims of police killings in America. Some celebrities have taken to social media to voice their support, and I also really appreciate this new story coming out about John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. The husband and wife decided to quietly do their part by hiring food trucks that came and fed protestors at NYC protests. Click inside for more.
An epic, timely cover story for 'The Hollywood Reporter'
I don’t think this article could have come at a better time. Seriously. Chris Rock penned a brilliant (and hilarious) essay for the December cover story of The Hollywood Reporter, and I finally got the chance to read it today. The actor and comedian has been a favorite of mine for some time now, and I am so insanely excited about his new movie Top Five, I make everyone in the house quiet down when the trailer comes on TV… in spite of the fact that I’ve seen it just about every day. Tracy Morgan, Rosario Dawson, JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union (and I just realized Jay Z and Kanye West are two of the producers)—it’s going to be great. Click inside to read my 10 favorite moments from his amazing article!
Protests are happening all over the United States right now in reaction to the Darren Wilson decision. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you bore witness to my response, as I tried to share as much information as I could get my hands on, and everything I read about the case. This is one of the first times I’ve actually read and tried to process all of the statements, and notes from the trial, and I am just beyond disgusted at the things I’ve been reading. I feel like I’ve done my homework, and there’s nothing anyone can say to convince me that Darren Wilson is an innocent man who did not have probable cause to go to trial. As one MSNBC reporter put it, “With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer.” I support all protestors speaking out—and raging out—against this trend of cops killing young black men and boys. One group went so far as to shut down an entire mall in St. Louis yesterday, and I wanted to share that story. Click inside for more.
Posted under: #Ferguson