After the horrific tragedy that occurred in Paris last night, a man brought his piano to one of the sites where the attacks took place to play John Lennon‘s world peace song, “Imagine.” According to the YouTube video‘s description, the pianist — who people believe is Davide Martello — pulled his piano (marked with a peace sign) by his bike to Le Bataclan, and the result was shiver-inducing. What a simple, yet powerful gesture to restore all our faith in humanity. In the wake of such a tragedy, people can make a difference with even the smallest form of compassion. Watch the beautiful video above — and make sure to have your tissues ready.
The other day I didn’t even have the energy to find out why #IStandWithAmell was trending on Twitter, on the same day that #IStandWithAhmed was. Suffice it to say I’ve had a rough week, and I felt like I could not take anymore annoyingly, disgustingly bad news. But today I saw that Arrow star Stephen Amell had to publicly apologize for his comments, and—interestingly enough—a video from a fan of his is what opened his eyes. It’s an interesting story, especially if you’ve been unable to see the bigger picture in the story about what happened to Ahmed Mohamed, so click inside for more.
It’s so hard! It’s so hard…. not to judge… the bejeezus out of these people!!!!! Aghhh! Okay. The Ashley Madison hack. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m not saying… that it all feels like the most glorious kind of poetic justice that never seems to happen, but is finally happening now. I’m just saying that it’s um interesting to see the names that are popping up. Josh Duggar was forced to admit to being a hypocrite (which is more than he said against himself when we found out he molested young girls, soooo that’s good?) and now this YouTube couple—who I never heard of until that very sketchy surprise pregnancy/miscarriage viral video—is in an awkward situation. One-half of the couple, Sam Rader, had an Ashley Madison account. Click inside for more!
First of all, I can’t tell you how long it took me to come up with the headline for this article. Like, how exactly do I explain what’s happening here? In actuality, it’s really quite a simple story, but what Kiran Gandhi did while running the London Marathon was/is such a big deal, I wasn’t sure how to frame it. And, like many of you reading this I bet, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Um, wait, what whyyyy?! was my first reaction. But upon reading Gandhi‘s blog post about the decision and her experience—and the message she wanted to send—I think I might be in love with her maybe? Click inside for more!
OMG. So, the Twitter Feud that erupted between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swiftended days ago but its effects are still being felt today. An industrious fan put together a parody video that features Nicki and Taylor going to head to head with Miley Cyrus. Raven-Symoné is randomly injected and there is a special guest appearance by Beyoncé. I know I should be packing today but I cannot stop watching this video. OMG. I have died laughing and have been resurrected … and then died all over again watching and re-watching this geniusness. I have a feeling you might enjoy it as well. Be warned, this video features colorful language but it’s worth it, I promise.
If you’re like me, you get many of your daily Facebook feels from the Humans of New York page. Recently, another photo from the page went viral, partly because Facebook deleted the picture at first. The image was later put back up and everyone is sharing and commenting on this beautiful photo with a one-sentence caption. A young, gay boy afraid of how the world would react to him, now has the support of Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and many, many others. Click inside for more! More »
Yesterday was an unforgettable day in pop culture history. I’m not ashamed to say that Lebron James’ situation had a lot to do with that. But the Rachel Dolezal story dominated my heart, mind and soul. I woke up to the first story breaking on Twitter and literally fell asleep laughing at the onslaught of #AskRachel tweets. But today, looking back on all of the different reactions I saw, I have to also admit that some of my fun was ruined–ruined– by a lot of ignorant stuff I saw. First of all friends, Caitlyn Jenner and every other member of the trans community has nothing to do with this white foolishness so leave them out of it. If you don’t know the difference between gender identity and blackface or cultural appropriation (or plain ol’ insanity), you have like 8 books to read + this post. Click inside for more! More »
There is a very strange news story making the rounds today that at first I took as a joke but has gotten stranger and stranger as more information comes to light. As I understand it, Rachel Dolezal — the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP — has been filing complaints with local police regarding racial harassment for some time now. Dolezal‘s family caught wind of her allegations and have come forward to reveal that she is a woman of “Czech, Swedish German and a touch of Native American” heritage. As president of her chapter of the NAACP, Rachel Dolezal has “presented” herself as Black. I mean, what? Dolezal was confronted on camera with questions about her ethnicity and now, well, her odd story has become a viral sensation. Click below to see photos of Dolezal that highlight the confusion over her ethnicity, read a bit about her strange story and watch video of the interview that sparked this viral controversy. More »
When you become a parent, everything doesn’t change immediately, or over night. One thing I’ve noticed is that, while the big adjustments might take time, there are some little things that seem to change almost immediately. For me, one seemingly small thing was that I couldn’t stomache certain news stories anymore. Most of the time I have to change the channel when a baby’s body is found somewhere, or when I hear about young children being abused. It’s like my body just cannot handle that reality, whereas before I would feel shocked or angry, but it wouldn’t sit with me like it does now. So it’s hard for me to write about this, but I’ve gone from wanting to ignore this story, to reading more and more about, to being disgusted and now just plain pissed off. So fine. Let’s do it. Let’s talk about the fucking Duggars.