@BrentForays @Nick Delmacy threw rocks at the political hornet's nest with their threads. We need something to divert our attention and "cool us down."
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- Thread: Anti-Politics Cool Down
- Thread: Gordon Exclusive: Nick Delmacy
- Thread: If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans
- Thread: Worst Roommate I Ever Had
JERKED OFF IN MY BED, REPEATEDLY
I used to live in an apartment in Boston with this other dude. One day, I headed for my bedroom after coming home, and as I reached for the knob, the door flew open by itself. Standing before me was my roommate, wearing only a skimpy pair of shorts and glistening with sweat.
He immediately started word vomiting about how his laptop was broken, and he needed to check his email. "All right," I said, as he retreated to his room.
Later that night, when I realized that Safari was open (which I would never use, because I'm not a noob) I checked my browser history. Right there in the history were a ton of videos from CreamPie.com or something like that. Being the Veronica Mars that I am, I found an app that turns your webcam into a security camera. The app detected motion and would start to snap photos from the webcam when someone was in front of the computer.
The next night, I ended up crashing with a friend and didn't return home until late the next day. When I got home, I checked the folder on my computer where photos would appear if motion was detected and... BAM. There was a folder full of pictures of this dude jacking off. With my computer. On my bed.
I didn't know what to do with this information right away, so I didn't say anything until a month later, when he picked a fight with me over something stupid. The fight snowballed into this crazy argument and finally, I just said, "AT LEAST I DIDN'T JERK OFF WITH YOUR COMPUTER ON YOUR BED!"
He kind of froze and told me I was crazy for "making up" something like that, so I told him, "Uh, dude, I have pictures of you doing that." I've never seen someone go silent faster. — Stephen, 29
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- Thread: Mixed Race in Japan.
I remember the Tiger Mandingo case being EVERYWHERE but the media has been relatively quiet on this…I wonder why?
Gay adult film star Mike Dozer (aka Christopher Steele) has been sentenced to at least an additional 8 years in prison for having illicit sex with a 14-year-old boy and failing to disclose to the boy that he is HIV positive.
Dozer was previously sentenced to 17.5 years in prison by federal authorities for raping that boy, who reportedly had inappropriate contact with 6 other adult males. Dozer met the boy using gay geosocial app Jack’d.
Dozer’s second sentencing was the result of a state investigation into Dozer’s contact with the underage boy. His state sentence will run consecutively to his federal sentence. He could face up to an additional 16 years in state prison following his stint in the federal penitentiary system.
“I would suggest the display of unusual cruelty in this case is very significant and is outrageous, frankly,” Montgomery County Judge Thomas P. Rogers said Thursday as he considered the punishment for Christopher Steele, also known as adult entertainment performer Mike Dozer. “It was so reckless, so outrageous … that it goes beyond all bounds of human decency.”
Rogers sentenced Steele, 35, formerly of the 700 block of Kilgor Court, Newark, Del., to eight to 16 years in state prison on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child less than 16 and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person in connection with his contact with a 14-year-old Limerick boy he met on the social networking cell phone app Jack’d between May and October 2013. […]
“Reckless, selfish, lacking empathy, and dangerous, these are the words that describe this defendant. This defendant took advantage of this child, took advantage of his age and took advantage of his vulnerability,” argued Assistant District Attorney Sophia Polites, who sought a lengthy prison term against Steele. “He engaged in some of the most egregious and heinous behaviors. He is deceitful. Simply put, he is a dangerous individual.”
Dozer’s defense attorney argued against Dozer’s sentencing running consecutively to his federal sentencing. But the judge was unswayed.
“This was a set of poor decisions by Mr. Steele. As egregious as this conduct is I would not want to see Mr. Steele warehoused,” argued [defense lawyer George Griffith Jr.], adding Steele had no prior criminal record. […]
“My intent was not to put the family and victim through the stress,” said Steele, adding he was under medical treatment at the time and believed his risk of transmitting the disease was “zero.” “I did get a false sense of security with that. It was a poor decision on my behalf and a false sense of security I felt because I was on the medication. I’m not saying what I did was right. It was wrong.”
Steele added when he learned he was HIV positive, “it hit me like a ton of bricks.”
Steele implied one of his poor choices was getting involved in the adult entertainment industry.
“Once I took that turn, my life went downhill. That led to my demise,” Steele told the judge.
The judge said Steele’s comments were all about himself and supported presentence evaluations that characterized Steele as being narcissistic, having a sense of entitlement and a grandiose attitude.
The judge also deemed Dozer a “sexually violent predator” based on testimony from Dr. Jennifer Hahn, a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board. Hahn classified Dozer as exhibiting anti-social and narcissistic personality disorders. She testified, “He seems to require that admiration and comes across as grandiose. He certainly shows the need to be the center of attention.” She added, “He uses his physical appearance to draw attention to himself.”
Being classified as a sexually violent predator will have significant ramifications for Dozer:
Those classified as predators face more stringent restrictions under state law, including mandatory counseling, community notification about their living arrangements once they are released from prison and a lifetime requirement to report their addresses to state police.
The boy in the case was ultimately found to be HIV negative despite his contact with Dozer. The boy’s parents were in court for the sentencing and appeared tearful at times, according to The Mercury News. The DA argued that Dozer caused the boy and his family “extreme stress” while they waited for his test results.
- Thread: New Gym Member Lingers By Free Weights For Several Seconds Before Returning To Elliptical Machine
EAGAN, MN—After tentatively approaching the extensive rack of dumbbells located along the gym’s wall, new LA Fitness member Brian Vinje was seen lingering in the vicinity of the free weights for several seconds Thursday before returning to the elliptical machine on which he had previously been exercising, onlookers reported. According to accounts, Vinje took roughly eight seconds to peruse the wide selection of weights, lightly touching the grip of a 20-pound dumbbell for a moment, before retreating a short distance and briefly pretending to become occupied by a poster of human musculature on the wall. While reportedly pausing to cast a furtive glance around the room, Vinje is said to have made fleeting eye contact with another gym-goer seated on a nearby bench, causing him, by all accounts, to abruptly jerk his gaze back to the rack and to scan it as if searching for a specific desired weight. At press time, Vinje was seen with his eyes focused downward as he once again engaged the default settings on the elliptical trainer.
New Gym Member Lingers By Free Weights For Several Seconds Before Returning To Elliptical Machine
- Thread: OBAMA Out! Drops Mic!
'Obama Out': See President's Scathing Correspondents' Dinner Speech
Barack Obama mocked everybody - especially Donald Trump - in his eighth and final White House Correspondents' Dinner speech.
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Barack Obama attended his eighth and final White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night in Washington, D.C., and the president made sure to go out with a bang by delivering a biting 20-minute speech that ragged everyone from the media and Congress to presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. "Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it's anyone's guess who she will be," Obama joked about his possible successor.
The president took special aim at Republican frontrunner Trump throughout his speech, even though Trump didn't attend the dinner. "It is surprising: You've got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras — and he says no," Obama said. "Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home, eating a Trump steak, tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doing?"
Obama continued, "There's one area where Donald's experience could be invaluable, and that's closing Guantanamo. Because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground." Obama previously blasted Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner – an event attended by the mogul – but Trump's absence deprived attendees of a sequel.
Unlike Clinton and Trump, Bernie Sanders was present to take some ribbing from the president. "Bernie, you look like a million bucks," Obama said. "Or to put it in terms you understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each."
Obama ended his final Correspondents Dinner as president by telling his audience, "And with that, I just have two more words to say: Obama out." He then unleashed an emphatic and resounding mic drop.
The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore, who replaced Stephen Colbert in Comedy Central's post-Daily Show slot, served as the dinner's host and introduced himself as "a black man who replaced a white man who pretended to be a TV newscaster… so yeah, in that way Lester Holt and I have a lot in common," a slam on former NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams.
Wilmore teased the president for how much he has visibly aged since entering the Oval Office eight years ago. "Your hair is so white, it tried to punch me at a Trump rally,” Wilmore told Obama. "The president's hair is so white it keeps saying 'All Lives Matter.' All I’m saying is that in less than eight years, Mr. President, you've busted two time-honored stereotypes: Black does crack, and apparently once you go black, it looks like we are going back. Thanks, Ben Carson."
Wilmore's speech also saw the host mentioning the recent deaths of David Bowie, Merle Haggard and Prince, "or as Hillary Clinton calls them, 'my favorite singer,' 'my favorite singer' and 'my favorite singer.'" Wilmore's comments boasted references to Beyoncé – he suggested renaming Fox News' The Kelly File as Becky With the Good Hair – as well as Sanders supporter Killer Mike.
Southside With You, a movie about the early days of Michelle and Barack Obama's relationship, premiered at Sundance earlier this year to widely positive reviews. Now, anyone who didn't get the chance to attend the exclusive film festival can get their first look the Richard Tanne-directed movie, with the release of its first trailer.
The film chronicles what is apparently Michelle and Barack's first date in Chicago. Parker Sawyers plays the future POTUS and Tika Sumpter plays a young Michelle Robinson. John Legend serves as an executive producer.
Southside With You hits theaters on August 19th.
- Thread: My Hero, Sir David Attenborough.
Ever Since i was small, I have always been fascinated with Nature and Wildlife. Growing up in Nigeria my Mom will take us to the Zoo, or I will go to the market were you could see people selling Hyenas and Chimps and you could pet them. Then one day I saw this man, on a Rice Krispses box, surrounded by Chimps, Toucan and Snakes and a short tale about the Amazon Rain Forest. That man was Sir David Attenborough, he looked so happy in the midst of these creatures. I fell in love with his work instantly. He has narrated most of the iconic to date BBC nature docs, from Planet Earth to Natures Great Events to his most recent revisit to the Great Barrier Reef after 60 years. I own most of his wonderful docs, and remastered ones in 4k. They are just breathtaking! I used to wish there was a way for him to narrate my boring Uni books, lol, with that amazing voice of his
Here he narrates Adele's Hello, Enjoy;
- Thread: Van Jones on his buddy Prince
Jones also recalled Prince’s tribute to Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, saying that the Minneapolis native supported the Black Lives Matter movement, and “had a dream for them,” which he expressed during a performance at a rally there. “He said, ‘When I come back to Baltimore, I want to stay in a hotel that you young people have created,'” he explained. “I want to go to a restaurant that you young people have created."
- Thread: Just venting...
My job is a gotdamned Mind F#$k. All these f#$kin beautiful a$$, masculine dudes I work with, and they're ALL straight. There's not ONE muthaf@#ka here I can relate to, or just talk with about "gay dude" sh!t. F@#kin' frustrating. smh
This Snoop Dogg And The Muppets Mashup Is Totally Dope
Snooping around for a video ping to your pals? Look no further than this Snoop Dogg and the Muppets mashup, which is way more joyful than a certain ABC reboot. Need proof? Poof!:
The video, made by mashup master, Adam Schleichkorn, aka Mylo the Cat, is a plush parody of Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?).” The piano-playing Muppet, Rowlf, takes on the role of Snoop Dogg, while Fozzie the Bear fills in for Dr. Dre.
Schleichkorn has had a lot of success making other hip-hop and Muppets rainbow connections in the past, including versions of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Tha Crossroads,” Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want” and Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance” all being performed by Jim Henson’s creations.
Hmmm, are those bones stole, buddy?
Most recently, on March 28, he premiered a mashup of Bert and Ernie performing a rendition of Warren G and Nate Dogg’s 1994 hip-hop hit, “Regulate.” The video went viral receiving over 1 million views on YouTube.
But Schleichkorn noticed hip-hop icon, Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion/Snoop D-O-double-G/ Snoopzilla, had also given him props for his Bert and Ernie video, he decided to honor the rapper with his latest rendition.
“I’ve been planning on doing a Snoop song for over a year,” Schleichkorn wrote on his YouTube page. “So when I saw that the Doggfather himself posted my Regulate mashup on Facebook, I freaked out for an hour, and then got to work.”
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Virginia Couple Assaults Officer They Didn't Think Was 'Real Cop': NYPD
Interesting that neither one of them was shot dead by the NYPD!!
I wonder why?
They assaulted an on duty police officer by reaching for his weapon and struck him repeatedly!!!!
By Gwynne Hogan | April 19, 2016 2:21pm
Emily Weber and Alexander Telinde, a couple from Virginia, assaulted a transit police officer who was trying to give stop them after one jumped a turnstile, according to police and prosecutors.
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EAST WILLIAMSBURG — A young Virginia couple visiting New York City attacked a transit police officer, hitting him repeatedly with his own baton and choking him with the chain attached to the shield around his neck when the officer tried to arrest one of them for turnstile jumping, prosecutors charge.
Alexander Telinde, 21, hopped a turnstile, according to police, about 11:40 p.m. on April 12 at the Morgan Avenue L train stop in East Williamsburg.
A transit police officer stopped Telinde who was with his 20-year-old girlfriend, Emily Weber, according to police and posts to social media accounts, but the couple fought back.
"You're not real cops. Those are fake badges," Weber said, according to police.
Then Telinde grabbed the officer's baton from his belt and hit him repeatedly over the head, on his right eye, left shoulder, across the lips and on both knees, authorities said.
He yanked at the officer's police shield that was dangling from his neck causing the man to choke, prosecutors said.
Weber punched the battered officer in the face and then tried to run away, officials said.
Another officer arrived on scene and helped cuff the duo, both of whom resisted arrest, according to prosecutors.
The injured officer suffered a concussion, a black eye and a lump on his head, following the attack, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors charged Telinde with assault, harassment, theft of services, menacing of a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Weber faces assault and disorderly conduct charges among others.
Weber and Telinde paid $5,000 bail each and are due back in court on Oct. 28, according to court and corrections records.
Their lawyers couldn't be reached immediately for comment. Neither responded to a request for comment on Facebook.
Watch Obama Help Steph Curry With His Jump Shot, Destroy Him In Connect Four
Nicely played, Mr. President.
04/16/2016 04:33 pm
Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors may have both had a record-breaking season, but that doesn’t mean the NBA superstar isn’t above getting a little help.
In a video released by the White House Saturday, Curry got a little assistance from President Barack Obama on his résumé, a science project and even his jump shot.
But even though he president seems like he’d be a pretty good mentor, he wasn’t above showing off a little bit for Curry. After beating him in a game of Connect Four, he mimicked one of Curry’s signature dance moves — something Obama has previously described as “clowning.”
The video was released to encourage Americans to mentor young people as part of Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper“ initiative, an effort the White House launched in 2014 to prepare youth for college and the workplace.
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Was talking to one of my homegirls today and we joked about her being near "cougar" age (she's 37). She said she would NEVER date anyone near her little brother's age (he's 26 years old). "That's just weird," she said.
Playing Devil's Advocate (like I always do), I asked her, "What if he was a 25 year old, over 6 foot tall, muscular, personal trainer with a full beard who wanted to take care of you?"
Bruh...The long pause that followed was epic.
She laughed and admitted that she would just use him for sex, nothing more.
Then she said, "Personal Trainers and Bartenders are the biggest male hoes" so she would never seriously date any of them.
Is there truth to this?
While I can see why ppl would think Personal Trainers and Bartenders are whores, most that I've met (straight and gay) actually complain about being single a lot because they say ppl are too intimidated to spit game at them.
Are there certain professions, careers and jobs that a dude can have that would make you think he's a whore, game player, or Playboy?
My answer would be yes...
Many of them gay I.T. nikkas are BOUGIE WHORES!
Whether they live in ATL, DC, Texas, etc...They hoes! LOL
They make a lot of money, they stay in the Mall buying expensive trendy clothes, and they stay on Jack'd/Grindr and they be the main ones talking about "no dark skin, no fat, no fem, no bottoms, must be this, must be that, etc." I promise you if he wear a $200-$500 belt and a tight V-Neck sweater showing off tribal chest tattoos in a gay club, he's most likely in I.T. or some kind of computer/tech related field...and he's got a HIGH AZZ BODY COUNT!
[Yes this is a generalization thread, who cares. lol]
- Thread: Twitter Explodes after ESPN Host Wears ‘Caucasians’ Shirt to Call Out Cleveland Indians Logo
Sports journalist Bomani Jones had ESPN and social media in an uproar Thursday after guest-hosting the sports network’s “Mike & Mike” show while wearing a T-shirt that brilliantly mocked the continued practice of American sports teams using ethnic groups as mascots, specifically the Cleveland Indians.
Jones wore a shirt in the style of the Cleveland Indians logo, except that the team name read “Caucasians” and replaced the Chief Wahoo mascot with a blond white guy who has a dollar sign sticking out of the back of his head.
White America predictably freaked out on Twitter to say their feelings were hurt.
It bothers me that @bomani_jones is wearing a 'Caucasian' shirt…
— Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) April 7, 2016
Nice shirt @bomani_jones wore on TV. Now, 3 people know who he is. #yawn #whoareyou
— Brian V. (@godogs44) April 7, 2016
I wanna see a white guy that works for @ESPN, wear a shirt that says "Africans" on national tv, without any repercussion.
— e (@Efrisco_) April 7, 2016
The irony is obvious, as Native Americans have to deal with offensive images of their culture being paraded about by multi-million dollar marketing teams while these white people can’t even handle one satirical shirt without pouting or lashing out with more racism.
Sources told TMZ Sports that “ESPN freaked out” and asked Jones to hide his shirt. About midway through the show, Jones had to “partially zip up the front of the front of his hoodie” to obscure the image.
Despite the usual temper tantrums, social media response was overwhelmingly supportive of Jones’s statement.
I'm a big fan of @bomani_jones for a number of reasons, this is pretty high on the list of them ????Bomani Jones’s “Caucasians” Shirt Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened Today | VSB
— Zoé S. (@ztsamudzi) April 7, 2016
@elonjames @bomani_jones "all shirts matter"
— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) April 7, 2016
But @bomani_jones highlighting our flagrant violence & hypocrisy offends my delicate constitution. #EbrojiMoments pic.twitter.com/PzdbklE3x3
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) April 7, 2016
In a later interview with ESPN host Molly Qerim, Jones joked that he wore the shirt because “it was clean.”
“I really like the shirt,” Jones said. “I think it’s funny, it’s like the Cleveland Indians shirt. Exactly the same as the Cleveland Indians shirt with just one small change. That’s it.”
Jones said that the money sign behind the Caucasian “mascot” was perhaps the most telling. “I think the money sign is very helpful, because people still buy this stuff. The reason they won’t get rid of Chief Wahoo — it’s completely indefensible — is because they can still sell stuff with it.”
“This is the same thing that goes on with the logo for the Cleveland Indians, right? So to have a problem with the logo of this would be to have a problem with the Indians. But if you’re quiet about the Indians and now you got something to say about my shirt, I think it’s time for introspection.”
- Thread: BROOKLYN'S IN THE HOUSE!!!!
The Complete List of All Things Named Brooklyn (Updated)
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As everyone in Brooklyn knows, “Brooklyn” has become far more than just a borough — it’s beer, coffee, jeans, bikes, markets, culture and so much more. As we’ve been hearing for several years now, Brooklyn is a brand.
Which is why Brownstoner is listing every Brooklyn-branded thing on earth (plus a few other iconic bits of Brooklyn culture). We’ve got the list going below. But we need your help to make it truly comprehensive.
What obscure or classic Brooklyn brands do we need to add? Leave a comment, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet to @brownstoner with your suggestions and we’ll add them here.
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Brands Named Brooklyn
Alcohol – Brooklyn Brewery
Alcohol – Brooklyn Gin
Alcohol – Jack From Brooklyn
Alcohol – Brooklyn Brewshop
Alcohol – Kings County Distillery
Alcohol – Brooklyn Spirits
Alcohol – Brooklyn Winery
Bicycles – Brooklyn Bicycle Co
Cartoons – Brooklyn Cartoons
Clothing – Brooklyn Industries
Clothing – Planet Brooklyn Academy
Clothing – My Brooklyn Baby
Clothing – Brooklyn Denim Co
Coffee – Brooklyn Roasting
Coffee – Brooklyn Beans
Community – Brooklyn Neighbors Allied for Good Growth
Community – Brooklyn Nanny Company
Community – Brooklyn Community Foundation
Culture – Brooklyn Academy of Music
Culture – Brooklyn Library
Culture – Brooklyn Museum
Culture – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Culture – Brooklyn Ballet
Culture – Brooklyn Historical Society
Culture – Brooklyn Arts Council
Culture – Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Culture – Brooklyn Film Festival
Culture – String Orchestra of Brooklyn
Culture – Brooklyn Super Hero Supply Co.
Culture – BKLYN Designs
Education – Brooklyn Brainery
Education – Brooklyn College
Education – Brooklyn Law School
Education – Brooklyn School of Inquiry
Education – Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
Entertainment – Brooklyn Bowl
Farming – Brooklyn Grange Farm
Food – The Brooklyn Kitchen
Food – Brooklyn Dehli
Food – Brooklyn Soda Works
Food – Brooklyn Bell
Food – Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters
Food – Brooklyn Brine
Food – Brooklyn Cupcake
Food – Brooklyn Wok Shop
Food – Michael’s of Brooklyn
Food – Jack from Brooklyn
Food – The Brooklyn Biscuit Company
Food – Brooklyn Crab
Food – Brooklyn Premium
Food – Brooklyn Bouillon
Food – Bklyn Larder
Food – The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.
Food – Brookly Ice Cream Factory
Food – Brooklyn Sodaworks
Food – Brooklyn Brine
Food – Brooklyn Dark
Landmarks – Brooklyn Bridge
Marketing – Brooklyn Strategies
Markets – Brooklyn Flea
Markets – Bk Bazaar
Media – Brooklyn Magazine
Media – Brooklyn Based
Media – Brooklyn Eagle
Media – The Brooklyn Paper
Media – Brooklyn Vegan
Media – Brooklyn Spaces
Running – Brooklyn Half Marathon
Movies – Brooklyn
Parks – Brooklyn Bridge Park
Parks – Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Shopping – Brooklyn Slate Co.
Sports – Brooklyn Nets
Sports – Brooklyn Islanders
Sports – Brooklyn Boulders
Sports – Brooklyn Cyclones
Sports – Brooklyn Dodgers
Sports – Brooklyn Running Company
Sports – Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club
Sports – Brooklyn Strength
Sports – Brooklyn Fishing Club
Sports – Brooklyn Bolts
Sports – Brooklyn Royal Giants
Sports – Brooklyn Americans
Tattoo – Brooklyn Tattoo
Tourism – Explore Brooklyn
Trade – Brooklyn Made
Trade – Brooklyn Eats
Trade – Brooklyn Slate Co.
Transportation – Brooklyn Shuttle
VC – Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Watches – Brooklyn Watch Co
Iconic Brooklyn Brands Not Named Brooklyn
Pizza – Grimaldi’s
Cheesecake – Junior’s Cheesecake
Franks – Nathan’s Famous
Trade – Etsy
Art – Brooklyn Street Art
Books – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Books – The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
Cartoons – Bar Scrawl
Photography – Brooklyn Changing by Kristy Chatelain
Music – Jay Z
Music – Beastie Boys
Music – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Music – Barbra Streisand
Music – Neil Diamond
Music – Neil Sedaka
Music – Aaron Copland
Music – Max Roach
Movies – Saturday Night Fever
Movies – The Lords of Flatbush
Movies – Dog Day Afternoon
Movies – Once Upon a Time in America
Movies – Do the Right Thing
Movies – The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Movies – Crooklyn
Movies – She’s Gotta Have It
Movies – Mo’ Better Blues
Movies – The Squid and the Whale
Movies – Moonstruck
Movies – Smoke
Movies – Blue in the Face
Movies – Arsenic and Old Lace
Movies – Sophie’s Choice
Plays – Arsenic and Old Lace
Plays – Brighton Beach Memoirs
Plays – Death of a Salesman
TV – Honeymooners
TV – Welcome Back Kotter
TV – The Cosby Show
TV – Girls
TV – Brooklyn 99
TV – Broad City
TV – The Patty Duke Show
TV – The Honeymooners
Brooklyn – Wikipedia
The Brooklyn Brand Goes Global – NY Times
Brooklyn Billion Dollar Brand- CNBC
Brooklyn the Brand – Wall Street Journal
The 25 Coolest New Business in Brooklyn – Business Insider
Brooklyn Becoming Popular Baby Name (Outside New York) – Slate
The Brooklynization of the World – Conde Nast Traveler
Made in Brooklyn: the New York Borough That Became a Global Brand – The Guardian
The Doors of Brooklyn – Brownstoner
Brooklyn Museum, Pitkin Theater, Brownsville
Media Companies Based in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Things named Brooklyn that are NOT in Brooklyn
Food – Brooklyn Taco
Food – Brooklyn Chewing Gum
Food – Brooklyn Diner
Food – Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Company
Food – The Brooklyneer
People – Brooklyn Decker
People – Brooklyn Beckham
Places – Brooklyn, Mississippi
Places – Brooklyn, Portland
Places – Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Places – Brooklin, Maine
Places – Brooklyn, Maryland
Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn College
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With all of the acquaintances I've had over the years that regularly go there to "interact" with the local populace it's always funny to realize that homophobia is still the norm.
Still it's encouraging to see some slight change.
Personally, I've never not met someone from DR that didn't dabble in at least the bi side of life and if anyone has the chance to check out, do so.
Beautiful place, beautiful people that counts among them
Juan Luis Guerra
Dania Ramirez and
By ERNESTO LONDOÑO APRIL 4, 2016
Shortly after taking up his post as American ambassador to the Dominican Republic in November 2013, Wally Brewster got a bit of unsolicited advice from the Vatican’s envoy to the Caribbean nation.
“If you keep your private life behind the walls of your embassy, you’ll be O.K. here,” Nuncio Jude Thaddeus Okolo told Mr. Brewster. He meant that Mr. Brewster, to be an effective diplomat, would be wise to keep his husband, Bob Satawake, out of sight in a country where prejudice against gay people remains widespread.
The advice went unheeded. Mr. Brewster and Mr. Satawake, who have been together for nearly 28 years, have been out and proud in Santo Domingo, sparking a spirited debate that has galvanized the nation’s fledgling gay rights movement and outraged local leaders of the Catholic Church.
The attacks against Mr. Brewster, a Chicago businessman who raised money for President Obama’s re-election campaign, began just days after the White House nominated him for the post. During a news conference in June 2013, Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, the archbishop of Santo Domingo, said he was appalled that Washington would be represented by a “maricón,” a slur term for gay men. Monsignor Pablo Cedano, another senior church leader, predicted that Dominicans would make Mr. Brewster so miserable, he wouldn’t last long.
- It was an odd time for the Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic to be attacking anyone. Just weeks after that news conference, the Vatican’s ambassador to Santo Domingo was quietly recalled after superiors learned that he had been paying poor underage boys for sex. And allegations of child abuse have been made against other priests.
Mr. Brewster never contemplated backing out of the job. “We knew the warmth of the people,” he said in an interview. “We also knew this was a place where there was a lot of opportunity to make progress on human rights.”
Soon after arriving, Mr. Brewster and Mr. Satawake, who had been active in the gay rights movement in the United States, hosted a small group of Dominican activists at their residence. At the time, the very few resources gay rights groups on the island had came from H.I.V. prevention initiatives, and they didn’t have a strategy to press for legal or societal reforms.
The embassy began providing money for gay rights groups as part of the State Department’s initiative to advance equality for gay and transgender people around the world. “The arrival of this ambassador is the biggest thing that could have happened to us,” said Marlenne Bennedeck Dumont, a transgender rights activist in Santo Domingo. “We’ve seen that change is possible and have begun to find allies.”
This year, for the first time, openly gay people in the Dominican Republic are running for local office. Last month, the American Embassy helped start a L.G.B.T. chamber of commerce. Mr. Brewster’s presence has brought about a national conversation about prejudice and tolerance, said Pablo McKinney, a Dominican newspaper columnist.
“In the Dominican Republic, it’s fine to be gay as long as you don’t acknowledge it and lead a double life,” said Mr. McKinney. “I think it’s wonderful that by coming here, this man has brought this reality to the fore.”
- It was an odd time for the Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic to be attacking anyone. Just weeks after that news conference, the Vatican’s ambassador to Santo Domingo was quietly recalled after superiors learned that he had been paying poor underage boys for sex. And allegations of child abuse have been made against other priests.
“Racism is alive and well,” one researcher says.
My four going on five year old Niece is experiencing this first hand in Pre-K right now.
She's the lone black student left in her class that hasn't been removed because of behavior problems.
She was having trouble with her reading and the teacher felt that the way to handle it was to not give her the material since she wasn't ready.
I felt differently and reasoned that if she's not getting it in school, get the material and do it at home so that she could learn to become ready, fast forward a few months later and she's one of the strongest readers in her class.
Learning doesn't end at the ring of the bell, it's just if not more important to enforce it at home as it is during school hours.
Her teacher seems to have all of the patience in the world for many of the typical, behavioral or introductory learning issues the kids have as long as they look like her.
Picking up and running to a new school would have been the easy answer but my Sister listened to me and realized this is unfortunately just the beginning.
Rebecca KleinEditor, HuffPost Education
A new study found that white and black teachers had different predictions when asked about the same black student.
White teachers tend to have a lot more faith in the abilities of students who look like them, according to a new study.
The study from Johns Hopkins and American University researchers found when white and black teachers were asked about the same student, white teachers had comparatively negative predictions for their students of color.
The research was published in the journal Economics of Education Review. Conclusions are based on a data set from a 2002 longitudinal study that followed over 8,000 10th-grade students. Included in the data set was a survey where reading and math teachers were asked about the long-term capabilities of the same student. Researchers stratified survey answers by the race and gender of teachers and students.
The results are disheartening.
When asked to rank the likelihood that their students would graduate, white teachers (and other non-black educators) were 12 percentage points more likely than black teachers to say their black students wouldn’t finish high school. On the other hand, black teachers had similar estimations of both their black and white students. Non-black educators were also significantly less likely to predict that their black students would complete college.
White teachers had particularly harsh predictions for black boys. Non-black teachers thought their black male students were 5 percent less likely to graduate high school than their black female students.
The study is the first step in a larger research project to determine how teacher expectations impact student outcomes, said Johns Hopkins University economist Nicholas Papageorge, who co-authored the study. This study does not yet show causation between teacher expectations and outcomes, but it does indicate a systemic bias. He called the results “shocking and alarming.”
“What I would like to do is make teachers aware of biases,” Papageorge said on the question of whether teachers should undergo cultural competency training. “Racism is alive and well. I’m sure when people look at a black young man they have certain views, and they might not realize they have these views, and that’s really dangerous.”
The study raises questions about whether the low expectations white educators set for black students sometimes becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy — especially when the nation’s teaching force is currently overwhelmingly white and female.
“If I’m a teacher and decide that a student isn’t any good, I may be communicating that to the student,” Papageorge said in a press release. “A teacher telling a student they’re not smart will weigh heavily on how that student feels about their future and perhaps the effort they put into doing well in school.”
Rebecca Klein covers the challenges faced in school discipline, school segregation, and the achievement gap in K-12 education. In particular, she is drilling down into the programs and innovations that are trying to solve these problems. Tips? Email Rebecca.Klein@huffingtonpost.com.
- Thread: You're Beautiful...
- Thread: YouTube
So I have a Netflix account just like everyone else, but I haven't really binge watched a television series in a long time. Mostly because I actively avoid it. Once I watch a series I'm interested in, I get consumed by it and can spend hours watching it. It becomes my life. Productivity lost. YouTube channels from independent content creators are a good alternative because the videos are shorter and they're not sequential so you don't always have to watch it to find out what happens next. Plus, short 5-15 minute videos are nice study breaks. What are some of your favorite YouTube Channels? Here are some of mine:
One of my current favorites is Swoozie. He's an excellent storyteller. He has the ability to make the most mundane activities sound interesting. And he's quite attractive. I've seen a few of his videos over the years, but didn't start actively watching his channel until recently.
I love science, nerdy, intellectual shit, so anything that falls into that category, I'll probably watch. One of my favorites is Vsauce.
Crash Course is awesome as well. They have a bunch of different subjects, all of which I enjoy, but I especially love their history series.
We have talked about this for years on Cypher Ave. Because we are not a mainstream Black Queer/Fem leaning publication we've always gotten crickets. Now a Black Fem Rapper/Musician comes out with the hashtag and wouldn't you know it...it's blowing up.
Doubt anything will change. As evident in the response from a white gay person.
- Thread: Final Fantasy 15
at todays Final Fantasy XV Uncovered event Square Enix officially announced that Final Fantasy XV will launch worldwide on September 30 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I'm a big Final Fantasy so i cant wait for this game.
- Thread: MUHF#KIN' METH
- Thread: Real Talk with RuPaul
YO...even though I'm not a fan of the show, nor follower of Ru Paul; this interview is on point and telling. Even though I will never watch the show...I support this Black Man.
RuPaul was born November 17, which makes him a Scorpio — a detail he has said accounts for his observant and analytical nature during interviews. I could feel his gaze settle on me as he sat down on a gold couch at the London Hotel in New York, wearing rectangular black glasses and a suit made of thick brocade in a resplendent print of pink roses. This was not the light and effervescent RuPaul-in-drag the American public has come to know since the release of his single, “Supermodel (You Better Work),” in 1992, but rather workroom Ru: serious, sober, and slightly intimidating. During our conversation, RuPaul, 55, clapped back at critics who said RuPaul's Drag Race used transphobic language, dismissed Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle as a ripoff of his show, and explained why educating younger generations is a waste of everyone’s time. Grab your reading glasses, because the library is open.
Congratulations on the 100th episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. With the eighth season, how do you keep things fresh?
We're always inspired by the queens. And because it's like a school, we get a new crop of kids every single year — that's how it stays fresh. This year especially, it's the children's Drag Race. These are the kids who grew up watching it, and their whole drag aesthetic comes from the show. So it's an interesting shift. And we knew this would come if we stayed on the air long enough — we'd see what we produced in the public. And they're beautiful! They're smart. We have to actually work harder to stay one step ahead of them.
Has that given you a chance to take a step back and reflect on what you've created on the show?
You know, I normally don't. I only even entertain those ideas when I'm talking to someone like you, from the press, and they ask me. I'm always looking forward. I do understand we've launched the careers of 100 queens, which is really the most important part of our job.
What are some of your favorite moments?
Because the kids are so courageous and their stories are so rich, they bring such a unique story every single time. I always think about Roxxxy's story when she revealed she was abandoned at a bus stop as a 4-year-old. It's usually their stories that surprise me of how resilient and strong they are.
One of the things I love about drag is that it’s an art form about survival.
It is, because each of those kids were little boys, sometimes in small towns, who were alienated and ostracized. And even in the face of such adversity, they prevailed and shine today. So it's a story of strength. That's what the appeal is for the audience. Here are these people who have prevailed and succeeded against insurmountable odds. It's a great story for anyone who watches.
Photo: Jenny Anderson/WireImages
They often say that drag saved their lives.
Right. And I'll tell you why. Because you get to a point where if you're smart and you're sensitive, you see how this all works on this planet. It's like when Dorothy looks behind the curtain. Like, "Wait a minute. You're the wizard?" And you figure out the hoax. That this is all an illusion. There's only a few areas you can go. First, you get angry that you've been hoaxed and you get bitter. But then, take more steps beyond the bitterness and you realize, "Oh, I get it. Let's have fun with it. It's all a joke. You mean I don't have to stick with one look or one whatever? I can shape-shift? Great." That's when you can save lives because otherwise the mediocrity and the hypocrisy is so mundane, it's better to just not do it. I'm not going to say "end it all." But that's why it saves lives. Because for people who are highly sensitive and super-intelligent, it tickles the brain. It gives them something to live for. It's the irreverence. I was the same way when I was 15. I said, "Okay, I'm gonna do this life. But I'm gonna do it on my terms, and I'm never gonna join the Matrix." That's why it saves lives.
Would you say that drag saved your life?
It actually didn't save my life, it gave me a life. I don't think there is a life in the mundane 9-to-5 hypocrisy. That's not living. That's just part of the Matrix. And drag is punk rock, because it is not part of the Matrix. It is not following any rules of societal standards. Boy, girl, black, white, Catholic, Jew, Muslim. It's none of that. We shape-shift. We can do whatever we want.
Do you feel that drag can never be mainstream?
It will never be mainstream. It's the antithesis of mainstream. And listen, what you're witnessing with drag is the most mainstream it will get. But it will never be mainstream, because it is completely opposed to fitting in.
Throughout your career, have you ever felt like you are part of the mainstream?
No. You know, I've never been on Ellen or David Letterman or The Tonight Show, and there's a reason for that, which I don't want to go into, but there's a reason that I've never been thought of as someone who can go on there. Because it makes those hosts feel very, very uncomfortable, especially if we really talked. It would be the opposite of what they're used to. So am I part of the mainstream? No. People know my name, people know what I look like, but am I invited to the party? No, and there's a reason for it.
Would you want to be?
No. In fact, I made a pact with myself when I was 15 that if I was going to live this life, I'm only going to do it on my terms, and I'm only going to do it if I'm putting my middle finger up at society the whole time. So any time I've had yearnings to go, "Aw, gee, I wish I could be invited to the Emmys," I say, Ru, Ru, remember the pact you made. You never wanted to be a part of that bullshit. In fact, I'd rather have an enema than have an Emmy.
The show is clearly one of the best reality shows, so it's insane to me that you haven't been nominated.
It's not insane when you take the car apart and you really look at what the car is. You understand that it can't recognize it, because in doing so it would recognize all of the flaws in their doctrine, in their whole ideology. Drag doesn't conform. It's actually making fun of [conformity]. Now, the talk-show hosts … get it if I'm making fun of myself and if I'm a punch line for them, but not as a human being. They would have a transsexual on because a transsexual is saying, "This is who I really am. I'm real." I'm saying, "No, I'm not real. I'm actually everything and nothing at all."
That's very Buddhist.
I didn't come up with this shit. I studied. It is very Buddhist, and all roads lead to Zen and Buddhism. If you are a seeker and you want to know the answers, you're not the first person to go there. And you don't have to look that far for the answers. They're not encoded in this ancient scripture. It's actually right there in front of you. It's in that flower that I'm looking at right now or that tree over there or that mountain. It's all there.
What do you think of Lip Sync Battle and Jimmy Fallon?
Oh, I don't think of it. It's a poor ripoff of our show. Regular, straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember. And that's fine, because guess what? We have so much more where that comes from. Take it! That's why [my new show] Gay for Play is such a fun thing, because we've taken the best of the gay sensibility and put it all in one place. And we're showing these bitches how it's really done. But it's funny how that works, even in gay culture. There's a certain "gay shame." Gay people will accept a straight pop star over a gay pop star, or they will accept a straight version of a gay thing, because there's still so much self-loathing, you know?
They talk so much about acceptance now today and it's like, yes, but trust me — I'm old and I know this shit — it's superficial. Because as soon as the lights go out, you'll see how advanced people's thinking is. This so-called "Will & Grace acceptance" era is just people fucking posing. Things haven't changed that much. You see it in politics right now — that's the fucking truth of people. And you know, people will have you think, "Oh, we're fashion. We're gay. That's my gay over there!" It's like, no. We're still a very, very, very primitive culture.
Gayness is still treated as an accessory.
Exactly. But if we can just cut out the self-loathing, we could get really far.
There’s a sense on Drag Race that there's a way to win. With certain judges, there's a value of "fishiness" (a.k.a. looking like a real woman). Do you feel like that is counter to what drag is?
The criteria really isn't "fishiest." It's charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. And if you got it, if you look at our iconic photo from the premiere, we have a wide variety of girls and, I don't know, are any of them fishy? Being fishy isn't like a home run to win. Because we've had every type of winner, and the iconic girls who didn't win who are still super-duper-stars, they're not necessarily fishy, I would say. They're a character.
Fishiness can be a part of it.
For some, it is. It was never for me. I always did what I thought was interesting. I always just did what caught my fantasy. Looking like a woman, that was never the criteria for me. It was always to do drag. And drag is not gender-specific. Drag is just drag. It's exaggeration.
It's about playing with gender.
Oh, it's poking fun at gender. It's mocking gender is what it's doing. But taking it seriously? No. Because that's what fishy alludes to. Fishiness alludes to the look and feel of "real." For most drag queens, that's not the criteria. Because the look and feel of real is boring.
Last week on Drag Race, you eliminated both queens, Laila McQueen and Dax Exclamationpoint. This has only happened one other time in Drag Race history. What was disappointing about their Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive,” lip-sync battle?
Because Drag 101, the first song you learn to lip sync to is Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive.” And every human alive knows the words to that song, just by default, because they play it so motherfucking much. And it was like, “What the fuck? You don't know the words to ‘I Will Survive’? Then both you bitches need to go. I've heard these theories of, "Oh, they planned that." Bitch, we didn't plan that. Did you see the performance? It was absolutely awful.
You eliminated Naysha Lopez earlier this season. Why did you decide to bring her back this week?
Because she's fabulous. She had just left, and I was like, "You know what, you deserve another chance." I've seen all of the kids’ audition tapes for many years. Thorgy had auditioned every single year. And finally, this time, her audition was like, "Okay, she's ready." But why did I bring [Naysha] back? Because I wanted to. Because the show's called RuPaul's Motherfucking Drag Race. (Laughs.)
Drag has always been about playing with language and taking it apart and blurring boundaries, whereas currently the discourse on the internet is about creating demarcations within language and saying you can, or cannot, say something. What do you think about that?
It's stupid. They're dumb, and it's stupid. If I said, "Boy, I really love corn dogs!" it doesn't mean I actually love a corn dog. Because love has nothing to do with corn dogs. But it's just language. It's a state of mind. You take for granted that my intention is really to express that I enjoy them a lot and I want to eat one right now. That's what it's meant to do. But if you have an agenda and you want to take my sentence apart, you could certainly say, "Oh, my God! You love a corn dog? What do you mean by that? Do you want to marry it? Do you want to put it inside of you?" It's like, "That's not what I meant and you actually know that's not what I meant and you're only using it because you have an agenda so that you could get attention for whatever reason you have."
How then would you interpret taking out "She-Mail" from the show due to allegations of transphobia?
I don't know. You know, I didn't do that. The network did that, and you'd have to ask them why they did it, but I had nothing to do with that.
Did you feel like that was not a battle to have?
Well, the intention behind that word is a portmanteau that was meant as a way to be fun and to enjoy language. I talked earlier about the sweet, sensitive souls who find this world, when they uncover life's cruel hoax. The first stage is anger. Then bitterness. The third stage is laughter and irreverence and understanding that, "Oh! I can have fun. Don't take it too seriously. Have fun with it." So twist a phrase, curl a word, paint on a mustache. We do not stand on ceremony, and we do not take words seriously. We do take feelings seriously and intention seriously, and the intention is not to be hateful at all. But if you are trigger-happy and you're looking for a reason to reinforce your own victimhood, your own perception of yourself as a victim, you'll look for anything that will reinforce that.
How do you view drag's relationship to the trans community?
I think it's a boring topic. I don't really want to talk about that because everybody wants to ask about that. It's so topical, but they're complete opposites. We mock identity. They take identity very seriously. So it's the complete opposite ends of the scale. To a layperson, it seems very similar, but it's really not.
Right. But I mean, it is complicated, too, because …
I don't think it's complicated. Some people take identity very seriously. I don't. I choose to laugh at identity and play with it. I'll wear a suit or I'll wear a sailor's outfit. I'll dress femme. I'll dress butch queen, which is the name of my new album, by the way. I'll do whatever. All of the experiences I've learned and every ascended master you've studied will say the exact same thing: Life is not to be taken seriously. Most people are dumb as fuck. If you look at their voting habits and their eating habits, you realize people are stupid. So we could talk about stupid people or we could just stay with smart people who know how to have fun and not even focus on what dumb people do. It's not worth it. I tell you this as someone who's a smart motherfucker: Don't waste your time fooling with dumb people or trying to figure them out or trying to educate them. It doesn't work. It's a lose-lose situation.
How do you feel drag's function has changed?
The function hasn't changed. It's been the same since the beginning of time when shamans, witch doctors, or court jesters were the drags. Which is to remind culture to not take itself seriously. To remind you that you are not your shirt or your religious affiliation. You are an extension of the power that created the whole universe. You are God in drag. You are dressed up in this outfit of a body, which is temporary. You are eternal. You are forever. You are unchanged. And this is a dream you're having. So don't get to attached to it. Make love. Love people. Be sweet. Have corn dogs. Dance. Live. Love. Fuck shit up. But it's all good. You can't fuck it up because you're eternal.
There’s a discussion right now about how TV has become diversified because there are different channels, there are web shows, there are podcasts. Do you feel like there's more opportunity now than there was in the early '80s when you were coming up?
There are more opportunities because there are more avenues where you have a voice. But in saying that, everyone else has a voice too, and everyone else's voice is treated with the same levity as the next person's voice is. So there's a lot more opportunities, but the playing field is so, so crowded. You have to be very, very distinct to really get out there. And when you realize who the audience is and what their intellectual DNA is, it's almost like, Gee, do I want to be the most popular? Do I want to be someone who Betty and Joe Beer Can are not threatened by? Because they're threatened by everything.
Do you think it's true that audiences have become more niche?
Yes, definitely, which is not necessarily a great thing. When I was in clubs in New York, I'd go out every night. I'd go to four to five, maybe six clubs a night, and at all of those clubs, there would be uptown, downtown, black, white, gay, straight, everybody was there. And it was so exciting. And there was no shame. It wasn't like this hostile tension because we were all mixed together. But as the '90s rolled in, people started branching off into their little niches, and I thought it was very indicative of what was going on in the rest of the world. And we're witnessing that in television right now. I think it's a cycle that humans go through.
What do you think changed?
This is my twisted little theory: that because more and more people became narcissistic and became self-analyzed or in therapy, their own personal issues became omnipotent, and they wanted the whole world to know, “My personal issues are important, dammit, and so I need to be around people who understand me.” Rather than the other way around, and fixing yourself from the inside out, they wanted the outside to reflect who they are. I'm working on this theory as I'm saying it, but I think the answer is in there somewhere. It has to do with the Me Generation, the narcissistic generation needing to make their environment reflect who they think they are.
How important is history for drag in general? Do you feel like there's a generational gap with these young kids coming up who don't know the original references but they know what has been based on them?
Yes, drag traditionally has been a sampling machine. We have always taken little bits to piece together a bigger story. It's almost like an encrypted message. For young gay people before the 1990s, and forever, we had to speak in code. We had to speak so that we couldn't be found out. And a lot of that came in the form of references, pictures, one-liners, a twist of phrase. And that's the tradition of the young outsider — your tribe finds you once you send out these messages. In the “Supermodel” video we've got the Diana Ross urban legend of the Brewster-Douglass Projects with the Supremes, how they met. We've got Sunset Boulevard. Mahogany was in there where she's looking in the mirror and she puts the lipstick on the mirror. It's all in there.
It's a tradition, and will young people get it? They don't have to get it as much today because it's not like this gay underground railroad where if you're found out, you'll be run out of town. They don't need to have that secret language anymore. But on Drag Race, we still put it in there because it's our duty and our tradition to behave that way. To have little wink wink, nudge nudge references that people who do know will get it.
Do you think it's important for the younger generation to learn it?
I don't know. I don't really care about them. The truth is, they're on their own. They'll figure it out. There's nothing we can do to force them to say, "Look, this is important." Humans don't learn that way. I think about New York, and I had such a fucking great time there. Do I wish young people could experience that? Yes! Yes, I do. Am I going to work it out for them? No, bitch, you're fucking on your own. Work it out for yourself.
There have been lot of LGBT narratives recently: Carol, The Danish Girl. What did you think of them?
I loved Carol. I thought it was a beautiful film. I loved the story. The Danish Girl, I couldn't see past the wigs, which were terrible. I did love that one time where he gets dressed up and looks like David Bowie. He's in a suit that has these huge wide legs, cinched waist, and he's not in women's clothes, he's in a man's suit. It is gorgeous. It's worth watching the movie for just that one shot. Anybody in that David Bowie suit, oh my God, gorgeous.
I don’t really care about [the younger generation]. The truth is, they’re on their own. They’ll figure it out.
David Bowie was a big influence on you. Did you ever get to meet him?
I did, yeah. I was at a dinner party and when I saw he was there, I had to excuse myself into the library of this swanky house. Actually, it's a house that David Geffen owns now, but it wasn't his then. I excused myself to breathe a little bit, you know? Thinking back, I guess he came in there specifically because he knew that I went in there. And he said "Hi" and shook my hand. I said, "Hi, great to see you." And we spoke for a little bit. Then I actually escaped the party and didn't sit down for dinner because I had to go downstairs and let out the screaming and crying that followed.
What does he mean for you?
I talk about the sweet, sensitive souls, the people who are my tribe, you know? And how hard it is to navigate your heart in this plane, in this linear, basic, mediocre, hypocritical world. To find those beacons of light in that darkness is such a gift. And he is that. He still is that. Through his music and his art, how he projected this image out there. And it was never cocky. Part of the rock creed is to wear black and cover up and smoke a cigarette and be exclusive. His wasn't that way. His was always open. That's why my generation of kids flocked to that. Because it was a continuation of the exploration of the '60s and '70s.
Is there anyone who interests you in pop culture right now?
The only person who interests me in pop culture right now is Judge Judy. That's it. Because of the realness — she has kept the story of mankind. There's a certain decorum and civility that keeps our society together, and it has crumbled so much in the past, really, 20 years. But when you watch her during that hour in the afternoon, she has remembered it and is saying, "No! We do it like this." And I love it! She remembers the rules of civility. Because if you've gotten to the point where you need to go to court to figure out what to do, then you've lost your right to be cocky. You need someone. You need a mediator. And she's that person.
You mentioned your upcoming game show, Gay for Play. Can you talk a little more about it?
It's a pop-culture trivia show, where contestants win over $5,000 in cash and prizes with a panel of celebrities who are there to help them answer the questions if they choose to listen to them. And it is hilarious, sexy, cheeky, irreverent. It's the gay aesthetic done by gay people. Through our show and social media, the gay vernacular has been adopted by mainstream pop culture. Every blog is now in the voice of gay culture. Sex and the City was a show that was a gay aesthetic done by straight women. That's what made it successful. And it starred New York City. So we decided to take our gay aesthetic and put it on a game show and do it the way it should be done. These other shows that rip off little bits of our show? Have at it. We've got plenty. You could try to come for us and try to do it. You could never do it the way we do it.
- Thread: BGC: Black Gay Coons
When I came across this meme of the “Gay Coon” on social media I was a bit taken aback because I hadn’t heard the term used in this capacity before concerning effeminate Black gay men.
The meme shows a picture of 1830’s Jim Crow black faced caricature next to a waifish Black fem appearing man. It looks like he is in the throws of voguing in front of a small audience of on lookers. His body positioned similar to that of the Jim Crow picture.
I have heard the term “Gay Coon” before, as spoken by some Black people (regardless of sexuality) when describing Black Gay celebrities like Don Lemon, Michael Sam or Lee Denials. I’m not saying I agree with their usage as it relates to these celebs’ point of view on certain issues but I understood the context when it was being used towards them.
With this meme, the author states:
“Be yourself and stop being their coon. Images of Black men as “Gay Coon” caricatures were popularized in the 20th century media. Even women do not naturally act this flamboyantly fem. You can be a proud same-gender-loving man without becoming a caricature of what you think will prove that you are not insecure. It is as unnatural as hyper-thug behavior. Both are expressions of insecurity. Be a secure same-gender-loving Black man, not a coon image.”
I understand and agree with the sentiments and framework. On many levels, outwardly appearances and mannerisms, homosexual male femininity surpasses female femininity. I feel what is being described here under the umbrella of “Gay Cooning” involves exaggerated hyper-effemininity, which to me are not necessarily the same things.
Coon (Zip Coon) was characterized by white performers in the 1830’s singing and dancing in black face to entertain white audiences. These performances were racially charged mockeries of stereotyped Black people of African decent living in America. These minstrel shows begin to employ actual Black people in the 1840’s. Even though these Black performers were declared “Real Coons”, (they were Black people to which the racial slur was intended) they still darkened their already dark skin and performed racist comedy routines for white and Black audiences.
As stated before I do agree with the meme that Gay Coonism was in heavy rotation in the 20th century as it is today but just like minstrel shows of the past, the Gay Coon performs and entertains for both white, Black gay and straight audiences.
Some would consider examples of Gay Cooning like the deeply stereotypical fictitious Antoine Merriweather and Blaine Edwards characters on In Living Color in the 1990’s to 2015’s Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Some would consider examples of actual real life Gay Coons, the almost “pet like” Black Gay sidekicks of female reality television personalities or the characters and personalities within Black Gay reality web series or vlogs. Even though the basis for these characters exist in everyday real Gay men, mainstream media has sold a bill of goods stating the overwhelming majority of homosexual men are effeminate. Even though over the years that have been a handful of more masculine leaning Black gay male characters represented; hetero and homosexual audiences have bought into the Gay = Feminine view of LGBT lifestyle and culture.
A more engrossing issue I feel at the core of the discussion is the adoption and performance of exaggerated hyper-effemininity. This topic is rarely (if ever) touched upon in mainstream popular Gay media. Gay mainstream media has unapologetically unwaveringly pushed and propagandized male effemininity and exaggerated hyper-effemininity as the day-to-day, normal representation of male homosexuality.
Many gay men exhibit exaggerated hyper-effemininity but are not performing for an audience or cooning for white people. Many have been conditioned due to environment, media narratives and influences that this is how the male homosexual is to behave or conduct themselves. This is what “living in your truth” is supposed to look, sound and act like. The pontifications state that gender norms and roles are destructive negative forces that are hindrances UNLESS the gender attribute is feminine. Feminine is empowering and embracing the fem element is the correct path to living your best Gay Queer Life as it’s really intended.
Mostly all mainstream popular Gay media will examine, question, dissect, vilify, demonize, psychoanalyze and provide details on the problems with masculine, normalized maleness and hyper-masculinity within male homosexuality; however they will never collectively scrutinize the possible negative attributes of hyper-effemininity and its destructive impacts on the LGBT community.
At no point have I witnessed the authenticity or naturalness of femininity being questioned in Gay media. Yet male homosexual masculinity routinely has its usefulness and legitimacy questioned and is quickly associated with internalized homophobia, used to mask one’s true genuine gay (fem) self.
I appreciate the Facebook group Kemetic Same Gender Loving Community, who to my understanding is where this meme originates. I’d be foolish to think it would cause a shift in the Black Gay community for self-reflection or even start a large scale discussion on the topic to change the perception dynamics. I just don’t see segments of the Black Gay mainstream holding up a mirror on itself and admitting, “I’m A Hyper-Effeminate Gay Coon.”
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HAVANA — In Cuba, just having a news conference is news.
President Barack Obama jokes that he likes news conferences and wants to do more of them, and let them go on longer. That tends to be less the case at the White House than abroad, when Obama’s trying to make a point about a repressive regime by turning to the news media.
He did it in China in 2013 by giving a New York Times reporter a question to President Xi Jinping right after the government in Beijing had kicked out a reporter from the newspaper. He did it in Ethiopia last year, when he forced the journalist-jailing prime minister to stand next to him for a long news conference during which Obama talked about the country’s record on human rights and held forth on American politics.
Monday afternoon here in Havana, he did it to Raúl Castro, right in the Revolutionary Palace, letting him be pressed with questions for the first time — ever — and joining in himself. And not just that: He had to answer for the political prisoners whom the government rounds up almost daily — yet denies even exist.
Cubans watching on state television, which broadcast the whole thing live and in full, had never seen anything like this. Neither has the White House press corps. Or anyone who works at the White House.
The awkward photo that ended the event, with Obama looking like he had a limp wrist because he resisted Castro’s attempt to raise their hands together in victory as they walked out of the room, couldn’t change what had happened in what’s likely to be the most important hour of the president’s two-day trip here.
The negotiations continued until the final hours and came down to White House officials counting on Cubans watching American movies and TV. U.S. officials pressed their Cuban counterparts early Monday morning, according to one American familiar with the discussions, and leveled with them: You’ve seen how this goes. The president finishes speaking, everyone shoots a hand in the air and the president takes a question. It’ll be really embarrassing if your president is just standing there or walks out.
Just before the news conference, reporters were led in for a brief look at the bilateral meeting between the two leaders, the U.S. and Cuban flags behind them, the delegations facing each other on either side. Obama never does a great job of hiding how silly he thinks that kind of access is. Castro seemed to be picking up on that, saying through a translator as they posed for the handshake, “Make them happy.”
By the time the leaders moved into the news conference next door, it was clear it was Castro who wasn’t happy.
First he stood, eyes blinking as he listened to Obama take several questions from CNN’s Jim Acosta. Then Castro took a long drink of water and coughed theatrically as the reporter, whose father had left Cuba, turned to address the Cuban leader in Spanish. Smirking at Acosta’s pronunciation, Castro leaned into the lectern as Acosta asked him about political prisoners.
As Obama continued ticking through his answers, Castro called an aide onstage and conferred with him at length. Obama kept answering his question, but his eyes started to flit to his left.
“Excuse me —” Obama said, his disbelief immediately becoming mocking. White House officials tensed. Castro looked back at Acosta, pretending as though the later question hadn’t been for him.
“Second one was to you,” Obama said, prodding Castro along (and along the way, managing to deftly duck Acosta’s question about why he wasn’t meeting with former President Fidel Castro on this trip).
“He talked about political prisoners,” Raúl Castro said, turning back to Obama, according to the official simultaneous translation.
“Also Trump and Hillary,” Obama said.
“For him or for me?” Castro asked, looking at Acosta.
Finally, Castro relented and asked Acosta to repeat his question about political prisoners, then cut off the reporter, his right hand chopping the air.
“Give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them. Just mention names,” Castro said. “If we have those political prisoners, they will be released before the night ends.”
Obama looked on with a smile.
Castro remembered the second question, about whether he preferred Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and recovered for a moment: “Well, I cannot vote in the United States,” he said.
The bubble was popped. The reporter for Cuban state television had a question for Obama but started with one for Castro about what steps he was taking toward improving the countries’ relationship.
Castro started to answer, but stopped himself.
“You are making too many questions to me,” he said. “I think questions should be directed to President Obama.”
So Obama took another. He turned to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. He quickly answered her question about the future of the embargo, which he said is “going to end. When, I can’t be entirely be sure. But I believe it will end, and the path that we’re on will continue after my time in office.” He talked about his faith in what would come from more person-to-person contact between Cubans and Americans.
Then, playing media moderator, he passed it to Castro, who had been fiddling with papers the whole time, except for another long, theatrical drink of water.
“Now I’m done, but I think Señor Presidente, I think Andrea had a question for you,” Obama said.
He turned to Mitchell.
“He did say he was going to take one question, and I said I was going to take two,” Obama said, before pivoting to Castro. “She’s one of our most esteemed journalists in America. I’m sure she’d appreciate just a short answer.”
Doing his best impression of Dick Dastardly from the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Castro rubbed his hands together, rolling his “r”s as he said, “Andrea,” several times.
“I know that if you’ll stay here, you’ll make 500 questions. I said I was going to answer one, and I’m going to answer one and a half,” he said.
He had his answer about her human rights question prepared: “I’m going to make the question to you now,” he said.
There are “61 instruments of human rights,” Castro said, quoting a number he seemed to have invented on his own.
“What country complies with them all? Do you know how many? I know. None. None whatsoever. Some countries comply some rights, others comply with others,” Castro said, by way of defense. “Of these 61 instruments, Cuba has complied with 47 issues.”
He turned the exchange into an opportunity to beat up on the U.S. In Cuba, they think universal health care is a human right, Castro said. Every child is born in a hospital, no matter where they’re from, or who their parents are, he added. They believe education for all is a human right, he said. And finally, in a point that got Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett nodding at communications director Jen Psaki, implying the Cuban leader had a point, Castro said he thinks equal pay for women is a human right, too.
Human rights issues, he said, “should not be politicized.”
“That is not fair, it’s not correct. I’m not saying it’s not honest, it’s part of confrontations of course,” Castro concluded.
Castro checked his watch. There’s a schedule to keep to, he said, though his scheduled time with Obama was until later in the evening, when they would attend a state dinner.
But he returned to the point that had gotten under his skin a few minutes earlier.
“It’s not correct to ask me about political prisoners in general,” he said.
Then he looked toward the exit.
“I think this is enough,” Castro said. “We have concluded. Thank you for your participation.”
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