Toronto Mayor Rob Ford comes to Bieber's Defense
Last night Justin Bieber was arrested and booked for the second time in under a week when he turned himself in to Toronto police on charges that he physically assaulted a limo driver last month (AFTER he was arrested last week in Miami Beach, FL for criminal driving charges). Today we learn that the White House will have to formally consider and answer a petition that has been signed by over 100,000 people demanding that Bieber be deported from the United States. Whenever a petition reaches a certain threshold of signatures, it must formally consider and answer publicly … so, anytime now, the White House will be forced to weigh in publicly on calls for Bieber‘s deportation. It’s not all bad news for JB tho, troubled trainwreck Toronto mayor Rob Ford has publicly offered his support for The Biebs … so there’s that. OY! More »
Posted under: Justin Bieber, Rob Ford
The World According To Phil Robertson (And, Sadly, Many Others)
I was totally trying to ignore this story and pretend that it didn’t exist, but one of my Facebook friends had a quote from Phil Robertson‘s controversial GQ interview as her status and I got duped into reading it. So, Phil Robertson of the popular A&E show Duck Dynasty has been suspended indefinitely from the series, following homophobic comments he made in the GQ piece. What’s interesting is that very few people (aside from my Facebook friends) are addressing the ridiculous and offensive things he said about black people, so I’m here to address both. Click inside for more.
Decriminalizing The Femme Body, One Nipple At A Time...
Last month Miley Cyrus gave an interview to BBC‘s Newsbeet and proclaimed herself one of the biggest feminists in the world. Well. I’m not about to get into that because it’s difficult to tell a self proclaimed feminist that nothing she’s done over the past year has especially resembled any kind of feminism anywhere (plus, you could argue against that theory); I’ll just say that it’s nice when people embrace the word. And now Miley‘s joining another so-called feminist movement: The ‘Free The Nipple’ campaign. LOL… click inside for more!
Posted under: Miley Cyrus
The 14th State in the US to Legalize Same-Sex Marraige
Last last month we learned that a judge in New Jersey ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and, as such, ruled that New Jersey MUST allow same-sex marriages to be legalized in the state. Almost immediately, Republican governor Chris Christie vowed to fight the ruling to strip away the right for same-sex couples to marry in NJ … not that it mattered because at the stroke of midnight last night, same-sex marriages became legal in the state of New Jersey. There are now 14 states in the US that have legalized same-sex marriage — which is more than the 13 original colonies (eventually states) in the United States of America. Let Freedom Ring! More »
Posted under: Same-Sex Marriage
"... for Humanity's sake"
As you may have gathered from the world news of late, the US government is considering military action against the country of Syria in response to evidence that the Syrian government has been using chemical weapons against their own people. As it stands now, President Obama is asking Congress to approve military action against Syria, which — if approved — could happen within days. Madonna has decided to offer her opinion on the possibility of a US military strike against Syria and she has made her feelings known on her official Instagram profile. More »
Posted under: Madonna
The Carters Lend Their Support To A Worthy Cause
Earlier this week Trayvon Martin‘s parents spoke out for the first time since their son’s murderer was acquitted in one of the biggest trials of the past few years. Many celebrities and artists have been coming forward to show their support of Trayvon and his parents, and to voice their opinions about the role of race and racial politics in the case. Beyoncé and Jay Z attended the Justice For Trayvon rally in NYC yesterday, and Bey‘s also been taking to social media to share photos expressing her desire to be involved in the ongoing fight for real justice for the slain teenager. Check out the gallery to see Mr. and Mrs. Carter with Trayvon‘s parents, Al Sharpton, and the many others who came out to support the cause.
[Photo Credits: Getty/INF/I Am Beyonce]
'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.
[Photo Credit: Wenn]
'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 »