I ALWAYS wanted to get a Bonsai Tree. The fact a tree can be that small, beautiful and have a minimalist quality has always amazed me, now add that its FLOATING!?! MIND BLOWN!!! My dream apartment would be this from the 'Masculine Bed Room Spaces'+ a floating Bonsai Tree by the side.
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Damn bruh, this story is really sad and a reason for concern given that so many people had lottery fever recently. Dude was only 20 freaking years old...had a son and just had another new 3 week old baby...AND he just spent $4,000 on Christmas gifts for kids in his community. Humanity ain't shit.
A forklift operator who recently won a nearly half-million dollar Georgia lottery jackpot was killed overnight Thursday during a home invasion robbery, investigators confirmed.
Officials said 20-year-old Craigory Burch, Jr. died from gunshot wounds at a home on Stubbs Avenue.
Burch had won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015.
Once on scene, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents spent the overnight hours collecting evidence from the home.
Investigators said Burch's girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, was in the home at the time and ran for help.
A shotgun blast blew open the door and three masked, armed men ran in, she said.
"When they came in, he said, 'don't do it bro. Don't do it in front of my kids. Please don't do it in front of my kids and old lady. Please don't do that bro. Please don't. He said I'll give you my bank card," Hendricks recalled.
That's when Burch threw his pants to the robbers, who looked for but couldn't find his wallet.
Then they shot and killed him before running away.
Burch's mother Leslie Collins relayed an emotional message for those responsible in the killing.
"I want them to know what they took from me. They took a part of my life away from me. My child that I carried and raised for 20 years," she said.
Authorities said they were following leads and interviewing people, but they have still not named persons of interests or suspects in this case.
Friends of Burch said that he had recently used some of his winnings to buy Christmas presents for people in need.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office at 229-426-5161.
- Thread: Aunt Viv Parody
Ok...so I'm sure most know that the "blacktress" Janet Hubert who played Aunt Viv on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air called out Jada and Will Smith on their boycott of the Oscars? So watch the first video, then the second.
Some of you may know 32-year-old stand up comedian Michael Che as as staff writer and anchor on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update news segments. In addition to pulling off great comedic timing, even when improvising lines with his co-host Colin Jost, Che looks very good in a suit (I can’t lie, he’s my type of dude. If Che has a gay brother, send him my way).
As many readers already know, I’ve been very critical of black comedians in the past when it came to Homophobia. From Kevin Hart to Tracy Morgan even to The Carmichael Show star Jerrod Carmichael, black comedians often show a disdain for gay people, especially when it comes to gay people in their family or circle of friends.
This 2013 stand up comedy bit from Michael Che on homophobia and gay marriage is hilariously spot on and refreshing. Instead of showing disgust for gays, he jokes about how incomprehensible it is for anyone to be homophobic in the first place (starts around the 3:40 mark).
Props to Michael Che for taking what shouldn’t be a controversial stance in the world of black stand-up comedy: Making funny “gay jokes” that both makes fun of and supports homosexuality.
Read the whole post here.
- Thread: Marriage Is Boring
I found this article to be pretty interesting. While the article is geared towards straight people there are some universal truths. @ockydub or any other members in a long term relationship or marriage any thoughts?
"Marriage is the establishment of routine, the elimination of mystique about significant others, the mundanity of commitment. A lot of married people go out of their way to make marriage seem attractive. We tell our single homies marriage means you get to WAKE UP! EVERY DAY! NEXT TO YOUR BEST FRIEND! There is that. But most days? There are no trumpets accompanying that moment. Just morning breath.
So it is true, in a sense, that marriage is boring and unmysterious. For me, however, this is all its charm"
"Master of None" was right: Marriage is boring. | truly tafakari
- Thread: Dante's Views on Masculinity
- Thread: The Powerball Careers of 2016
In my current employment status (temporary), just came across this piece of information.
CareerBuilder Releases List of Hottest Jobs for 2016 - CareerBuilder
In addition to this piece of information, I'm curious to know what the First Job Experience was like for any in the Cypher Avenue community and what any of you learned from it.
As part of my night routine to skim through my read-it-later app for articles I saved throughout the day, I found this gem. An interesting perspective given here and I mostly agree. Thoughts?
You Don’t Need More Free Time
By CRISTOBAL YOUNG JAN. 8, 2016
AMERICANS work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is one of quantity: We simply do not have enough free time. “If I could just get a few more hours off work each week,” you might think, “I would be happier.”
This may be true. But the situation, I believe, is more complicated than that. As I discovered in a study that I published with my colleague Chaeyoon Lim in the journal Sociological Science, it’s not just that we have a shortage of free time; it’s also that our free time, in order to be satisfying, often must align with that of our friends and loved ones. We face a problem, in other words, of coordination. Work-life balance is not something that you can solve on your own.
Our study, which drew on data from more than 500,000 respondents to the Gallup Daily Poll, examined the day-to-day fluctuations and patterns in people’s emotions, week after week. Two facts about emotional well-being emerged — one that was intuitive, the other surprising.
The intuitive finding was that people’s feelings of well-being closely tracked the workweek. As measured by things such as anxiety, stress, laughter and enjoyment, our well-being is lowest Monday through Thursday. The workweek is a slog. Well-being edges up on Friday, and really peaks on Saturday and Sunday. We are, in a real sense, living for the weekend.
The surprising finding was that this is also true of unemployed people. We found that the jobless showed almost exactly the same day-to-day pattern in emotional well-being as working people did. Their positive emotions soared on the weekend, and dropped back down again on Monday.
It seems obvious why working people cherish the weekend: It’s a respite from work. But why is the weekend also so important to the unemployed?
The key to answering this question is to recognize that not all time is equal. Time is, in many ways, what sociologists call a “network good.”
Network goods are things that derive their value from being widely shared. Take your computer: Its value depends in large measure on how many other people also have a computer. This is because you use your computer as, among other things, a communication technology: for Internet access, email, Facebook and file sharing. When everyone you know has a computer, the technology is indispensable. But if you were the only person with a computer, its value would be limited.
Free time is also a network good. The weekend derives much of its importance from the fact that so many people are off work together.
To help demonstrate this, my colleague and I conducted a second study, this time using the American Time Use Survey, which tracks how much time people spend doing various activities. We found that the weekly cycle in well-being from our previous study was mirrored in the pattern of time that people spent with family and friends — which was roughly double on weekends what it was during the week. According to our calculations, this increase of social time on the weekend accounted for roughly half the spike in weekend well-being.
Again, this was the same for the jobless. Monday to Friday offers five days when the unemployed are off work by themselves, searching job ads, doing household chores and so on. While the jobless have “free time” during the week, their friends and family still have to go to work. The weekend is when the jobless fall back into sync with society.
The weekend, then, is not just a respite from work, but also gives similar relief from unemployment. It is a time when people can get what they’ve been missing: time together.
This conclusion points to a key feature of the work-life problem: You cannot get more “weekend” simply by taking an extra day off work yourself. If we were to take more time off as individuals, we would be likely to spend that time, as the jobless do, waiting for other people to finish work. We are stuck “at work,” in a sense, by the work schedules of our family and friends.
Over the past few years, many workplaces have looked for ways to create more flexibility in individual work schedules. There is no question that doing so has many benefits. But my research suggests that a disadvantage of these efforts is that they may lead us even further from a weekend-like system of coordinated social time. They threaten, ultimately, to exacerbate the decline in civic engagement and social contact known as the “bowling alone” problem.
The solution might be found in a form of constraint: more standardization of the time for work and the time for life.
Cristobal Young is an assistant professor of sociology at Stanford University.
- Thread: Nice Guys
Lets have a discussion about Nice Guys. We all have some idea of what a nice guy is, for me it's someone that's kind-hearted, considerate of others, approachable, and trust worthy. Now it was mentioned in a previous thread that being a "nice guy" can be a tell for being gay and we've all heard the phrase "Nice Guys Finish Last", and women are known to be attracted to bad boys and celebrities are usually praised for their Ahole tendencies...but does all of this still apply in "gay world"? Catty behavior is a common thing I heard (and observed) in the gay community but I guess my real question is..why.... are people so attracted to individuals with bad attitudes and ignore those that treat people with decency? This goes for both romantic and platonic relationships as well.
What do think?
- Thread: jidenna
- Thread: Book Club for Black SGL Men
Post a book that is on your reading list this winter or summer. I will start with the one I am reading its titled, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South: An Oral History by E. Patrick Johnson. Its been on my reading list for quite sometime since grad school ended for me. I have picked it up and put it down over the past few months due to prior engagements. However, now that things have calmed down in life just a bit, I am going commit to reading it and its entirety. I am sure it will carry me well into the summer months, but you can read an excerpt of the book by clicking on the hyperlink above if you are trying to decide if want read the book. Peace and respect my brothers!
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- Thread: READ COMICS FOR FREE!
I got good news and bad news. I have so many comics I want to catch up on but don’t have the money to pay for them sh!ts. Than the Lordt guided my browser and I found HelloComic.com were you can read comics for FREE. That’s the good news.
The bad news is you gotta deal with some annoying redirecting ads, BUT I think I found a slight trick to avoid most of them. When you click on the page of the comic you want to read, the website will attempt to redirect you to one of their sponsors. It will do this for every 2-3 pages of the comic you're reading, again this will get very annoying (be warned). However as soon as you are finished reading one page and click the arrow to go to the next page, the second that next page looks like it is about to finish loading, click the “X” button on your web browser bar to stop the page from fully loading.This will also stop the site from redirecting you to the ad. It doesn't work all the time but does work most of the time (for me).
Man I been reading comics all night AND I got to keep my money in my pocket. They have a HUGH selection of comics from all the publishing companies.
So comic readers, if you just want the story and don't care about having the actual comic in your hands, this might work for you.
- Thread: Kickstart 2016
im subscribed to these ppl on youtube thought ill share some of there vids to help if the new year diet or change in food and mind set.
i love his dude
i was thinking about doing this no sugar challenge wanted to know if guys wanted try it with me?
This Woman Shamelessly Ogling UFC Fighters as They Disrobe Is Living Her Best Life
On Dec. 10, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada, a woman in a blue polo shirt became a hero to shameless horndogs, proponents of the objectification of men, and every shade of overlap in between. Onstage at a weigh-in before last month's UFC Fight Night, the aforementioned woman in a blue polo shirt was stationed behind the designated weigh-in spot and proceeded to un-self-consciously check out each float in the UFC beefcake parade as they undressed before her.
It was (of course) caught on camera then later edited into a supercut (of course) and (of course) set to music:
There's a lot we don't know about this woman. Who is she? Where does she come from? Why is she the only woman onstage who is fully clothed? Why is she onstage at all? Is she onstage because her job requires her to be onstage? What is her job? What are its requirements and how might one go about applying for a similar position?
In fairness, we're also missing some crucial information on the disrobing men involved: No one seems to have asked how they feel after being subjected to the eyes-only version of a tongue bath. Do they feel this interaction was consensual? Or exploitative and dehumanizing? Or do they not care, seeing as how they're about to be paid thousands of dollars to fight on television? Until this matter is resolved, let's not incorporate this woman's moves into our daily lives.
But damn, blue polo shirt lady. We're one step closer to true equal-opportunity thirst.
- Thread: No Alcohol and only WEED 2016!
No substantial evidence links marijuana to traffic accidents, domestic violence or cancer, yet pot is illegal and listed as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Meanwhile, alcohol remains legal despite the fact that it has been proven to contribute to many societal ills, including domestic violence and auto accidents.
In 2011 alone, an individual in the U.S. was arrested for marijuana use, sale or possession every 42 seconds, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Those numbers have been climbing.
Some of the obvious hypocrisy inherent to marijuana prohibition is highlighted in a commercial (see below) that ran a brief stint before NASCAR audiences last month, until it was removed to preserve the “family atmosphere” of the event, according to race organizers. The ad space for the commercial was purchased by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the largest marijuana legalization advocacy group in the states, and the creators of the commercial.
The Huffington Post reported that MPP celebrated the commercial as:
“… the first time a pro-pot campaign would be seen at a major sporting event. Organizers for the Brickyard 400 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway disputed that claim, noting that the boards set to display the commercial were not technically on stadium grounds. When officials with the company that had allowed MPP to purchase air time caught wind of its pro-marijuana message, they scrambled to take it down.”
In 31 seconds, the ad points to a series of clearcut ways pot is statistically less harmful than alcohol. The commercial has received more than 944,500 YouTube hits and made the rounds on Facebook.
It begins with the line: “If you’re an adult who enjoys a good beer, there’s a similar product you might want to know about—one without all the calories or serious health problems, less toxic so it doesn’t cause hangovers or overdose deaths, and it’s not linked to violence or reckless behavior.”
That product, of course, is marijuana. MPP created the commercial in an effort to clarify some of the myths and misconceptions that taint marijuana’s reputation—misconceptions MPP says are perpetuated by the U.S. government.
On its site, MPP states,
“If you’re like most Americans, you have been led to believe that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens and adults. You have been encouraged to believe that marijuana causes lung cancer and is a ‘gateway’ to harder drugs. The government has even tried to convince you that most people who use marijuana are losers who sit around on couches all day doing nothing.”
MPP says its goal is to “wipe the slate clean” and replace fiction with facts about marijuana use. “We simply hope you will come to understand that it is far, far less harmful than what your government has told you,” the text states. The MPP website goes on to describes the common recreational uses of marijuana, which are similar to alcohol consumption patterns:
“None of this is ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ or ‘immoral.’ It is simply something that these responsible adults choose to do. And frequently, it is something they choose to do specifically instead of alcohol. And for good reason! Alcohol is more toxic, more addictive, more harmful to the body, more likely to result in injuries, and more likely to lead to interpersonal violence than marijuana.”
The page also includes the following bulleted list comparing alcohol to marijuana:
1. Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths are attributed to alcohol use alone (this figure does not include accidental deaths). On the other hand, the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana.
2. People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientist, reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect could lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands of times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a case of an individual dying from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile, according to the CDC, hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur in the United States each year.
3. The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual health-related cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more – and more significant – health problems than marijuana.
4. Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we’ve heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells.
5. Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver, and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers. If you are concerned about marijuana being associated with lung cancer, you may be interested in the results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking. Released in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that marijuana smoking was not associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked marijuana actually had lower incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug.
6. Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas marijuana has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance.
7. Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Marijuana use does not. Many people who have consumed alcohol, or know others who have consumed alcohol, would not be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the risk of serious injury. Research published in 2011 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that 36% of hospitalized assaults and 21% of all injuries are attributable to alcohol use by the injured person. Meanwhile, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that lifetime use of marijuana is rarely associated with emergency room visits. According to the British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, this is because: “Cannabis differs from alcohol … in one major respect. It does not seem to increase risk-taking behavior. This means that cannabis rarely contributes to violence either to others or to oneself, whereas alcohol use is a major factor in deliberate self-harm, domestic accidents and violence.” Interestingly enough, some research has even shown that marijuana use has been associated with a decreased risk of injury.
I missed half of the interview because articulate and handsome bae Marc Lamont Hill had a nikka distracted , but from what I heard bill Cosby's lawyer (doing some needed damage control) held her own in this interview. I don't agree with all of her rebuttals but she made some valid points.
[i sill think he guilty doe]
Dear Cypher Ave Squad Members, I need your prayers and tithes for a private jet so I can travel the globe and spread the word of official Cypher Avenue business. I do not want to be on a plane filled with demons. Find it in your heart to make this vision a reality. Be Blessed
- Thread: See there...but, yes I remember.
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- Thread: Hap and Leonard
I hate when I see plans for a new TV show or movie, get my hopes up and nothing comes to fruition. It’s worse when you hear the news and tell others, who also get excited and they come to you later and ask…“what ever happened to that show you told me about?” This is the reason I’ve been reluctant to share certain projects (live action Akira or Ninja Scrolls) that peck my interest with the Cypher Ave audience.
Back in 2014 I heard about possible development of a show based on the adventures of Hap and Leonard. Having never heard of the book series by author Joe Lansdale (who first introduced the duo in 1990 with Savage Season) my interest in the show was based upon reading the description of Leonard, “a Black crime fighting Vietnam vet who is also homosexual.” As not to get my hopes up (just in case the TV show may never come) I did at least want to read one of the novels.
This past summer more blurbs come out stating that the project had been greenlit, casting was in progress, shooting was to begin later in 2015 and the series would premier on Sundance channel…meh. I still needed more evidence. Well, the additional evidence is here as we get our first look at Hap and Leonard.
Leonard will be play by Michael K. Williams, better known from his breakout role as Omar in HBO’s The Wire. Set in the 1980’s, the Sundance channel will premier 6 one hour long episodes reportedly in early 2016.
Additional details on the main characters;
Leonard Pine is a gay, black Vietnam vet with serious anger issues. He was raised by his uncle who shunned him after learning he was gay. However, when his uncle passes away, he leaves his house and all his assets to Leonard. Leonard has zero tolerance for racist or anti-gay slurs. Although Hap dislikes guns, Leonard has no problem carrying or using them. Quick to anger, at times he cannot understand Hap’s aversion to violence or killing if necessary, even when provoked. His relationships are also short and tempestuous. Leonard is the much more aggressive of the two and repeatedly burned down a local crack house that used to be his new next door neighbor.
Hap Collins (played by James Purefoy) is a white working class laborer who spent time in federal prison as a young man for refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War. In his late forties, he is often haunted by the various unpleasant jobs he’s held over the years such as working at an aluminum chair factory and working the East Texas rose fields. The two now work for the former police officer turned private investigator Marvin Hanson. Hap tries his best to avoid violence and also tries his best to avoid the taking of another human life. Often lovesick, most of his relationships haven’t worked out. He is currently with his on-again-off-again girlfriend Brett Sawyer. Some of his past has been taken from Mr. Lansdale’s own past. The stories are told from Hap’s narrative point of view. Not as quick to anger as Leonard, he often finds himself attempting to talk Leonard out of committing serious violence.
Glad to see there will be a homosexual man of color on TV in 2016 (albeit for only 6 episodes) that will add to a small but growing list of non-stereotypical characters. Cypher Avenue will provide more details of actually air dates of Hap & Leonard when they become available. Props to the Sundance channel.
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- Thread: #WCW Women's Appreciation Thread
Just because we're gay men, doesn't mean we can't appreciate and celebrate a beautiful women!
lol To shake things up, post all your favorite women crushes here!
I'll start mine off with my ultimate woman crush of all time, a few of you probably saw this coming...but if I was straight and 15 years older chiiiiiiild the things I would do for this woman! YEah, yeah I'm that stereotypical gay dude, but I found it ironic that so more gay people love her too, cause I was it the dark about it. Ya'll already know its the greatest selling female artist of the 90s and beyond....The Infallible:
#nobodygreater #wcw #Ibetyourscantdoitlikemine #shellneverbeMC #neverforget
- Thread: Gay Siblings and Extended Family
The Father Figures thread got me thinking a lot about the whole Nature vs Nurture debate. I remember I thought it was interesting when African King said he had an identical twin brother who was also gay, but I completely forgot that I also have an older half brother who is also gay, but gender non-conforming, borderline trans. We didn't grow up together. Looking at my extended family, I've definitely noticed some gay and lesbian cousins on both sides. There might be something in our gene pool.
Do you have any LGBT siblings or extended family?
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