Monday, July 20, 2009
Michael (Bow wow) Vick was released from home confinement today as his 23 month sentence came to an end. Vick received 23 months for participating in a dog fighting ring. He hopes to restart his NFL career but if he can it will not be with his former team the Atlanta Falcons who released Vick from his contract in June.
Being a dog lover myself I have to say he broke the law, dogs suffered he should be punished. However as we all know (even those there are some who refuse to admit this) we have a dual legal system. Because while Michael Vick was dog fighting and will be paying for that for awhile, I saw a “Subway” commercial today with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Yes that Michael Phelps who was caught on camera smoking weed. That Michael Phelps who already had 1 DUI arrest. That Michael Phelps who clearly has broken the law a couple times and got on TV apologized and it has not seemed to slow down his career.
Sports figures, Entertainers, the rich and powerful break the law just as much as the average Joe and for the record I don’t think one mistake should kill a career. So I wish Mr. Vick all the best of luck re-igniting his career and having the staying power that Phelps has had.
Who knew I needed a blogging vacation? But the last two weeks pretty much media free seems to have done the trick. My batteries are recharged and I am feeling my stride so with that said on to blogging!
Monday, July 06, 2009
The show of shows that is the death of Michael Jackson continues as the names of those participating in the memorial service is released. While I am sure that some of these folks are genuinely saying goodbye to a friend and a fellow musician, others see this as a high note on their resume'.
Who is who? You be the judge!
Ron Boyd (family friend); Kobe Bryant; Mariah Carey; Andrae Crouch Choir; Berry Gordy; Jennifer Hudson; Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on "Britain’s Got Talent"); Magic Johnson; Martin Luther King III; Bernice A. King; John Mayer; Lionel Richie; Smokey Robinson; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Brooke Shields; Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend); Usher; and Stevie Wonder.
Nice to see some of the King kids could stop infighting long enough to participate...
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Here is another one of those stories that I don't need to rewrite I just need to post it. What i will post later on is my reply I will be sending to the police chief.
Texas Cops Celebrate Pride by Bashing Gays by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca‚ Jul. 02‚ 2009
On June 28 around 1:00 a.m., police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) agents entered the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth for what they said was a routine inspection for liquor-related violations and in the melee that followed, one man was hurt. Twenty-six-year-old Chad Gibson is still in intensive care with a serious head injury. What happened depends on who you talk to ...
Police say that patrons of the Rainbow Lounge made “sexually explicit motions” toward the officers, and one groped a cop’s crotch. Twenty people were pulled outside for questioning. Seven were arrested for allegedly being publicly intoxicated.
Patrons say that police officers were abusive and used excessive force. Todd Camp, who founded Q Cinema, Fort Worth’s LBGT film festival, told the Dallas Voice, “No one I saw appeared to be highly intoxicated, and the way they were choosing people just appeared to be random harassment. They were pretty violent in grabbing people, and one guy was shoved to the ground and handcuffed.”
“I have been in plenty of bars when the TABC checks happened, and this was not like anything I have ever seen before,” Camp added.
Lots of others confirmed what Camp said. Justin McCarty, who worked security for the bar, saw an officer throw Gibson to the ground. “It was just brutal,” he said.
Alison Egert watched officers throw Gibson against the wall and then the floor. “Here you have this gay man who looked like he weighed 100 pounds,” she said, “thrown to the floor with six cops on top of him. That’s when I started noticing that they were only arresting men, and they seemed to be targeting the smaller men.”
“The people in there were scared,” Egert said. “They were all getting out of their (police officers’) way. No one resisted arrest. They were singling out specific people, the men who seemed more effeminate. It just seems like it was a deliberate jab at the community.”
None of the eye witnesses saw any officers getting groped or being in any way sexually harassed. Even if they had been, it doesn’t justify beating a 26-year-old to the point that he’s fighting for his life.
In the aftermath of the incident, Police Chief Jeff Halstead is saying that everyone should “take a deep breath.”
A deep breath isn’t going to change the fact that Halstead and his officers have a lot of explaining to do.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca is co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italians Sailing Beyond Columbus, and editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, which has just been published by City Lights Books. His website: www.avicollimecca.com
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Mary Isobel Sugden under the stage name Mollie Sugden won over a generation as the multi hair colored senior sales staffer of Grace Brothers in the British show “Are you being served”.
In the show she played Mrs. Slocombe, saleswoman in Ladies intimate apparel and was the master of the double entendre. She was a regular on the series for it’s entire 13 year run. She was 86. Wow there kind of dropping like flies aren’t they?
Karl Malden also passed away today. He was 97.
This week Spike TV is celebrating the “Force of July” by showing the Star Wars movies, old and new. Well as I was flipping channels I happen to pass by The Phantom Menace and its star character “Jar Jar binks”. I was immediately reminded of all the hoopla surrounding that character when the movie came out in 1999. What I remember the most is that George Lucas said the character, which had caused such controversy because of its buffoonery/coonish behavior, was made that was to relate to the kids in the audience. Such controversy that Jar Jar, a vitally important character in the first movie, was almost nonexistent in the following.
If you have read any movie reviews in the last two weeks this may sound very familiar as Michael Bay introduced two autobots in his summer blockbuster “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen” , who have re-ignited that very same storm of controversy about coonish/ buffoonery to close to comfort negative stereotypical behavior. And just like George Lucas, Michael Bay seemed to think that the jive talking semi illiterate characters would appeal to the kids.
I guess my question is, what kids are these gentlemen attempting to reach? I mean really think about it. Kids today with their own personal computers at age 7 and cellphones, there PS3’s and Wii’s. Kids who can bypass the parental safeguards on various machines and who live to download. Basically kids who are more technologically diversied than any other generation ever would find this form of slapstick and buffoonery funny. When you look at it like this the response that it was done for the children does not hold water.
So for any future movie makers out there, this is not the 70’s and these are not Saturday morning kiddie shows, in fact when was the last time they showed kiddie cartoons on a Saturday morning? Falling into characters with negative and racist stereotypes not the way to entertain the Children of the new millennium.
For the record…it is wrong for laws like Don’t Ask Don’t tell to exist. Anyone who wants to serve should have the right to do so. Hell discrimination on any level is clearly wrong. Having said that here are some things about being gay.
Unlike when they would not allow Negroes to serve in the military, you usually can’t tell gay people by looking at them, we don’t wear scarlet letters or have pink triangles etched onto the side of our faces. So unless you’re caught live or on film in a “situation” people generally will not know you’re a homosexual.
Lt. Dan Choi has a very impressive military resume’.
“Lt. Dan Choi, a graduate of the
As a member of the military who is fluent in Arabic, Lt. Choi's skills are especially needed at this critical time
in our nation's history. America's national security is dependent on the service of soldiers like Lt. Choi, who is ready to deploy again if his country calls on him.”
Today a military board ruled that Dan should be dismissed from the service because he came out of the closet. Let me repeat that….He came out of the closet!! On his own of his own accord, without any prompting from anyone else. Now look at his resume’ again, he went to
I have received many emails asking me to sign the petition to keep him in the service and a couple of times I thought about it, but at the end of the day Dan is on a road that he put himself on. I am all for him being a spokesman for repealing DADT, I am all for him being branded a trailblazer. But at the end of the day he did break the rules. He had spent many years in the service and he knew what would happen to him when he went on Rachel Maddow. Unpopular true but also very accurate.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
I could not write it any better so courtesy ABC news.
Judge Denny Chin said the sentence was a symbolic one for a crime that showed "extraordinary evil" and "took a staggering human toll."
Madoff, addressing the court in a dark suit, white shirt and black tie for about six minutes, said that when he started the scam, he thought he'd be able to "work my way out." He said he lives in a tormented state and expressed regret of leaving a "legacy of shame" to his family and grandchildren." Madoff said his wife Ruth will make a statement later today.
He maintained that he acted alone, saying, "How do you excuse lying to brother and sons? How do you excuse lying and deceiving a wife who stood by you for 50 years and still stands by you? There is no excuse for that and I don't ask for forgiveness."
He then faced his victims in court and said, "I'm sorry."
When the sentence was read, the courtroom broke out in applause.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
TV product pitchman Billy Mays who made such household helpers as Oxi Clean famous passed away today in his
As of yet no cause of death has been determined however Mays was onboard a US Airways flight yesterday that had some trouble when the front tires blew out during the landing at Tampa’s airport. The passengers and crew were banged up but no serious injuries had been reported.
Marvel has put out some really interesting projects lately in their further attempt to shake up the status quo of their universe but I have to admit this one I did not see coming.
"Marvel Divas" follow four D list female heroes from different walks of the Marvel Universe. Patsy Walker (Hellcat) and Monica Rambeau (Currently no code name) both former Avengers have formed a out of costume friendship with former Spider Man girlfriend Felicia Hardy (Black Cat) and former New Warrior Angelica Jones (Firestar)*.
While I have only read the preview it came off as one of those internal windows tot he super world that happens between the big battles that we don't get to see. The things that put the human in Super Human.
And though I am not a huge fan of "Sex in the City" which this book has clearly taken part of it's inspiration from, there is a self depreciating humor that exist in this book which I will enjoy.
*V I know she was an Avenger but she never really fit there hence the NW reference.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Rhea Jeong's "void" turntable concept uses what would have to be incredibly strong and precise magnet control to levitate a record above its base. That little red ball on top of the vinyl is actually the needle.
We're not sure how the music would be outputted—would there be a transmitter in the red sphere? It's probably not worth worrying about that kind of minor issue as we're pretty sure the entire idea is impossible, but it's also creative and great to look at, and would almost certainly blow your parents' minds.
Practicla or not... I think it is just hot!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
You know who he is; you don’t need a history lesson from me. I am sure that many blogs will post the whole
For me when you say Michael Jackson the first thing that comes to mind is the 1984 Victory tour. As an after thought someone got me a ticket and the circumstances around me and the concert and my nuclear family at the time. But all that melted away when Mike took the stage. For three hours in my life at that time all my troubles melted away and I was just in pure music bliss. While his name and circumstances have changed in the recent past I will always appreciate the man and his talent for those three hours of my life.
At this point only TMZ is reporting that Michael is dead; all the other news outlets have him in a coma. Either way this goes this is how I choose to remember M.J., he’s “Bad”!!!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I am not gonna put a certain actor out there like that. I know my blog is small but there are so few black actors out there that I am not taking any chances especially with one I like. I will say that this actor was up for a role in the very early stages of this Transformers sequel and that they recognized that the character was an ugly black stereotype. I was at a project this actor did and the actor told this story to the audience about how Michael Bay had decided that he was done with being “Politically correct” and that people needed to get over themselves. While the part that the actor was up for did not make it into the cut of the movie it seems the attitude of Mr. Bay did.
"Jive-talking twin Transformers raise race issues
By SANDY COHEN
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" introduces some 40 new mechanized characters of all shapes, sizes and even sexes — but it's a pair of jive-talking 'bots that critics are singling out as more than just harmless comic relief.
Skids and Mudflap, twin robots disguised as compact Chevys, constantly brawl and bicker in rap-inspired street slang. They're forced to acknowledge that they can't read. One has a gold tooth.
As good guys, they fight alongside the Autobots and are intended to provide comic relief. But the traits they're ascribed raise the specter of stereotypes most notably seen when Jar Jar Binks, the clumsy, broken-English speaking alien from "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace," was criticized as a racial caricature.
Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern described Binks in 1999 as a "Rastafarian Stepin Fetchit," a reference to a black character from the 1920s and '30s that exploited negative stereotypes for comic effect. Extending that metaphor to the "Transformers" sequel was AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire, who calls Skids and Mudflap "Jar Jar Binks in car form."
And Manohla Dargis, film critic for The New York Times, takes it a step further, writing that the "Transformers" characters were given "conspicuously cartoonish, so-called black voices that indicate that minstrelsy remains as much in fashion in Hollywood as when, well, Jar Jar Binks was set loose by George Lucas."
Director Michael Bay insists that the bumbling 'bots are just good clean fun.
"We're just putting more personality in," Bay said. "I don't know if it's stereotypes — they are robots, by the way. These are the voice actors. This is kind of the direction they were taking the characters and we went with it."
TV actor Reno Wilson, who is black, voices Mudflap. Tom Kenny, the white actor behind SpongeBob SquarePants, voices Skids. Neither immediately responded to interview requests for this story.
Bay said the twins' parts "were kind of written but not really written, so the voice actors is when we started to really kind of come up with their characters."
"I purely did it for kids," the director said. "Young kids love these robots, because it makes it more accessible to them."
Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman said they followed Bay's lead in creating the twins. Still, the characters serve no real purpose in the story, and when the action gets serious, they disappear entirely, notes Tasha Robinson, associate entertainment editor at The Onion.
"They don't really have any positive effect on the film," she said. "They only exist to talk in bad ebonics, beat each other up and talk about how stupid each other is."
Hollywood has a track record of using negative stereotypes of black characters for comic relief, said Todd Boyd, a professor of popular culture at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, who has not seen the "Transformers" sequel.
"There's a history of people getting laughs at the expense of African-Americans and African-American culture," Boyd said. "These images are not completely divorced from history even though it's a new movie and even though they're robots and not humans."
American cinema also has a tendency to deal with race indirectly, said Allyson Nadia Field, an assistant professor of cinema and media studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"There's a persistent dehumanization of African-Americans throughout Hollywood that displaces issues of race onto non-human entities," said Field, who also hasn't seen the film. "It's not about skin color or robot color. It's about how their actions and language are coded racially."
If these characters weren't animated and instead played by real black actors, "then you might have to admit that it's racist," Robinson said. "But stick it into a robot's mouth, and it's just a robot, it's OK."
But if they're alien robots, she continued, "why do they talk like bad black stereotypes?"
Bay brushes off any whiff of controversy.
"Listen, you're going to have your naysayers on anything," he said. "It's like is everything going to be melba toast? It takes all forms and shapes and sizes."
Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved."
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
When M. Night first hit the scene I was really excited. He was a breath of fresh air and his stories were original. That lasted for 3 movies. Then there was a string of WTF movies starting with “The Village” and “The Happening”. So when it was announced that M. would be directing the live action remake of “Avatar The last airbender” an American anime, I was more than a little nervous. When word came out that there was an all white cast to play these Asian characters I was just scared. And even though I still have issues with the casting I have to admit the trailer kind of blew me away!
I’m calling you sissies out!
Ok I am just gonna say it, The gays are getting on my nerves. I know I know your thinking “Hey DJ are you not gay?” Yes I am but I am a gay with common sense, ah these is the difference. It seems I am also a that is not a coward gay.
So several states have decided “Hey we got some real issues going on, if two men or two women want to get married and drive each other fucking crazy who am I to deny them that?” and so many states are passing gay marriage laws or some kind of equivelant. Everybody is getting in on the fun except for
President Obama who has stated in the past he does not believe in gay marriage but he does believe in equality says yes to civil unions or same couple unions or whatever the buzz word is. Personally if it allows me to visit my sick partner in the hospital without a lot of bullshit you can call it booboo kitty fuck! Anyway we have a President who is clearly on our side, much more than the previous one, but clearly he is not moving fast enough for my fellow homosexuals. So they have decided to attack him, and they are boycotting, and doing all kinds of “cutting off your nose to spite your face” type shit.
The ziplock commercial taught is yellow and blue make green but what does yellow and pink make? What the hell do you mean there is going to be a stonewall cocktail party or whatever it is that is gay themed and the power gays that are invited are not going? How fucking crazy are you people, I mean have the poppers fried your brain cells? Excuse my racism but Damn yall is real white!
Where was all this noise and revolt and boycott of the invites to the gays from the Bush White house….oh yeah that is right, yall didn’t get invited to the White House cause nobody gave a fuck about you then. So now that someone has shown you a little attention you have decided to grow a pair? That is so gay!
So to my fellow gays, you want Gay to be the new black and really mean it, you will A) Learn a little fucking patience, people of color still catching hell across the country and the Emancipation proclamation was put into effect back in 1862. The Black Power Movement was 1966-1975 and we are still looking for a level playing field. B) Don’t attack your allies. We were in the dark for over 8 years and now you want to bite the hand that is feeding you cause the vittles are not coming fast enough?
I wish Barack would invite me to the White House, two minutes face time to make my case, Hell yeah I am going!
You crazy sissies! Gay has a long way to go for it gets black, right now it is still very yellow!