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 »
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"... 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 »
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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.
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'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 »
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!
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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 »