I’ve been known to stalk a celebrity or 10, but there’s one person who I stalk on Instagram, who never, ever disappoints me. When Beyoncé is caught photoshopping, and Nicki Minaj just does too much, PITNBr Devonte Antonio can always be trusted to give the perfect dose of awesome. I lurve him, Trent lurves him, and PITNBr Samantha made a special request that we give him his own special section. So let it be written in the comments, so let it be done. Click inside for the latest Devonte Antonio Instagram vid to have me ROFLMAO.
Earlier this week I saw women on ESPN who were proudly wearing their Ray Rice jerseys, and defending the NFL player after video footage of him knocking out his now-wife Janay Rice went viral. Of course, my initial reaction was of disgust. But then I thought about it and I realized that one thing I don’t have in common with these women is that I’m not a football fan. The NFL isn’t an organization I give any effs about, and I wondered if that had an effect on my reaction, and theirs. Every time something big happens, there are often groups and corporations held responsible, and people start calling for a boycott of those organizations. But—let’s face it—many, many organizations (especially those that are for profit) are likely tied to some shady stuff. So, when is enough, enough?
If you were on Twitter last night #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft were two hashtags that were trending and a powerful conversation was, once again, being forged by social media. After the world bore witness to the horrifying video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée, now wife Janay, many people were left wondering how she could have married a man who brutally attacked her, and carelessly dragged her unconscious body off of an elevator. Women decided to take to Twitter to share experiences that explain the many reasons why a person has an excruciatingly difficult time leaving someone they love, when that someone is abusive. When you read Janay Rice‘s statement in defense of her husband, you should also read some of the stories many brave women (and some men, too) are sharing. Click inside for more.
Last night I noticed some buzz on my Twitter feed about celebrity nude photos being leaked and I was like, “Yeah, no way you’re getting me to click that link.” This morning, all I could say is, “Well, damn.” Once I saw that other legitimate celebrity news sites were reporting on it, I had to check it out. And, sure enough, there’s a whole set of nude photos of Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence floating around. She was one of a slew of celebrities targeted this weekend in a massive nude photo leak. Click inside for more.
Michael Brown was laid to rest earlier this week, after being killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. It’s so important for us to continue thinking and talking about what happened to Brown and what’s happening in America and why things like this keep happening to unarmed black men. I’m writing to update you all about a couple of Ferguson police officers who have resigned after their foul, despicable behavior went public. One cop is being dubbed ‘Officer Go F- Yourself‘ in response to a video that went viral. Click inside for more.
If you want to watch the performances from the MTV Video Music Awards, you can check ‘em out on MTV… but that’s not where the real show went down. Twitter had my ROFLMA all light long, which was great because I didn’t find the show to be hugely entertaining. I think most of lost our minds over the fact that Blue Ivy was right there on our screens… and she was glorious. Click inside for some of the best memes and Twitter reactions to the show!
First off, let me just say that there have been a lot of articles going around about how the ALS #IceBucket challenge is being done incorrectly—or, you could say, it’s veered away from its origins. It’s kind of like that game telephone, where you whisper in someone’s ear, and then they whisper your whisper in someone’s ear, and by the time it gets around a circle of people, the message is different (some people are even calling for an end to the challenge). So I say that to say, this is an adorable video, even though there’s no actual ice in this #IceBucket. But it was a funny way for Zoe Saldana to confirm that she’s totally pregnant! So click inside for more!
It happened. First, I have to give a shouts-out to my BFF in Boston Karen, who was a part of the first wave of people to do the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. I honestly did not believe she was going to do it when she first told me about it. Karen is my friend whose hair is always flawless, whose nails are always perfect, and I was like, “There’s no way.” Well, she totally did it, because she is a gangsta (the flawless kind, apparently), and I was in shock for, like, two weeks. I totally did not do it, even though she challenged me because I am so lame. But then Trent put me on blast, and I knew I had to do it, so click inside for more AND GO HERE TO DONATE!
This morning I wrote a piece about Twitter at its worst. The death of Robin Williams was and is a tragedy, and some (certainly not most) of the responses from social media are also a tragic reflection of the worst of our kind, and the worst things our technology has to offer. In light of another tragedy—the murder of Michael Brown an unarmed 18 year-old in Ferguson, Missouri by police—we can see social media at its best. A couple of years ago I interviewed the director of the Occupy Wall Street documentary #whilewewatch, and he spoke about being inspired by social media activism, which developed in direct response to the lack of real (and accurate) news coverage. I had a very similar conversation with Oscar-nominee Jehane Noujaim, who made a film about the Egyptian revolution. This happens every time there is organized protest that the authorities then turn into a “war zone.” Click inside for more. More »
You know. I wanted to have a nice, quiet Sunday afternoon with my family. I wanted to work hard, put my kids to bed early, and watch The Strain and maybe The Leftovers. That’s all I wanted. But, instead, I’m going to be raging for a little while because the casting call for women for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is SO EFFING PROBLEMATIC, I can’t even deal. Like, I cannot believe someone wrote this with a straight face in 2014. And people—likely, people of color—approved it and shared it with the world. Click inside for more.