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An Angry World: Shooting Death of Philando Castile Marks a National Epidemic

Originally posted on The Neighborhood:
His energy ran low and he collapsed outside of the community church. Completely out of breath, Brooklyn looked up at the distinguished steeple and screamed at the top of his lungs, “Why don’t you help us! Why don’t you come back and help us!” – excerpt from An Angry World ? ? ⊕⊕⊕⊕⊕ Shooting Death of Philando Castile Marks A National Epidemic Falcon Heights Minnesota by Kendall F. Person Everything about this one was wrong, even this sentence. So many shootings of Black men in America by officers of the law who are sworn to protect and serve, occurring so often, that we now have frames of references. So openly violent, that if not for the entirety of the gripping and ultimately tragic video – the voice of the little girl, the darkness which amplified the sound, the epic breakdown of an incredibly strong woman, who held it together and broadcast her plight to the whole wide world – news of another shooting would have been garden variety and not even noticed outside of…

#ReadWomen December

Originally posted on The Fault in Our Blogs:
Greetings, everyone! So, I’ve decided to take part in #ReadWomen December. This is something I just found out about today, and am very excited about. The gist is that for a month, readers have decided to deck out their reading lists with female authors – some choosing to read female authors only for December, others vowing to include more women writers than they usually read. For more information, the twitter hashtag has been a great resource for me. So in honor of celebrating women’s voices, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books by female authors, as well as a few books on my own #ReadWomen reading list. Recommendations: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker The Glass Castle: A Memoir by…

A Time to Reflect

Originally posted on Metal and the Geek:
I know in my previous post I wrote about my reading and writing slump. That currently hasn’t changed much. See I was starting to feel like I could break it, and then Friday night happened. The attacks in Paris, shocked me deeply. Now, I realize this kind of stuff happens in other parts of the world, I pay attention, I am not clueless, but does humanity really need to have a Misery contest along with everything else? One tragedy does not trump another. Stop being clueless and asinine. I cannot, and will not speak for others, I will write here what I have been feeling the past few days. You do not have to agree, or even understand, I just finally felt the need to write something, and it needed to be more than just a book review or a book post. The reason why the Paris attack hit a little closer to home for me, was not because I live in Europe and a train ride away…

There’s Nothing Christian About Blocking Non-Christian Refugees to the US

Originally posted on Millennial:
Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article at Time. He writes: In light of the terrorist attacks on Paris Friday, some, including Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, have called on President Barack Obama to focus on accepting Christian refugees from Syria. But there’s nothing Christian about only prioritizing Christian refugees into the U.S. In fact, such an idea flies in the face of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself was an immigrant child in a strange land. When Mary and Joseph were looking for a place for Mary to give birth to Jesus, Bethlehem’s innkeepers denied the Holy Family a hotel for the night. After Jesus’s birth, Mary and Joseph fled with their refugee child to Egypt to avoid King Herod’s despotic rule. They did this even though their Judaism was a visible minority in the North African land full of indigenous and polytheistic beliefs. If ancient Egypt can make room for refugees of religious minorities, why can’t the U.S. do so today? You can read…

‘Jaws 19’ has trailer

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
As we get closer and closer to Back to the Future day (October 21st, 2015) we are looking back on what the movie Back to the Future II predicted would be around in 2015. While some of the predictions have come true, sadly one that didn’t was Jaws 19 hitting theaters falling 15 sequels short of the goal. However, while there may not actually be a Jaws 19 film, thanks to Universal, we do have a trailer for what that film and it is pretty good. Enjoy!

It’s the Future! – Wednesday 21st October, 2015.

Originally posted on razorbackwriteraus:
The movie was better than what we have now, to be honest.  No flying cars yet. Today is the day that Marty went to the future, here in Australia.

Nickelodeon’s Making You Feel Young/Old Again

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
There had been rumors that the head honchos over at Nickelodeon were conjuring something up – specifically aimed towards millennials – over this past month, and then last week, it was confirmed. Starting on October 5th, there would be a block of programming called The Splat from 10pm to 6am on Teen Nick. To kick it off, Kenan & Kel had a surprise reunion on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by revisiting their iconic Good Burger sketch (despite the fact Kel said Kenan refused to ever be seen with him again?). https://youtu.be/odQQ4jgGpFU They couldn’t have had a better way to get people excited for The Splat, which will of course be showing reruns of Kenan & Kel and All That. Not to mention repeats of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Salute Your Shorts, Rocko’s Modern Life, Legends of The Hidden Temple, and more. So for all your college kids who are already staying up late writing those papers, here’s another excuse to keep procrastinating in the early hours…

The Rise and Fall of Iggy Azalea

Originally posted on Black Millennials:
T.I. has finally parted ways?with his breakout star.?What took him so long? In 2011, when radio and television personality Charlamagne Tha God said that Iggy Azalea — then a fresh off the success of “Pussy” — was gonna be a star, I scoffed. Where he saw potential, I saw an explicit marketing ploy with little sustainability or long term success. Iggy Azalea featured on the venerable XXL Freshman cover (2012) I saw the gentrification of hip hop where white artists with some edge would be pushed before audiences before the audience pushed back. I saw cultural appropriation and cooptation, inauthenticity, and an obvious — if not desperate — attempt to turn a quick profit. While I was clear in my interpretation of the Australian born rapper, others were not. “Fancy,” her record breaking single, dominated airwaves in 2014. Clear Channel, the biggest radio outlet in the country, included her in their “On The Verge” program, an initiative designed to give emerging artists optimal exposure to some 245 million monthly listeners.…

‘Big Hero 6’ series to Share Similar Plotline as ‘Captain America’ Series? Warning: Spoilers!

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
If you haven’t heard already, there are plans to make a sequel to the comic-inspired animated film Big Hero 6, currently known as Big Hero 7 (naturally the number should increase with every sequel to come just like Ocean’s Eleven). Additionally, there’s been rumors about Tadashi being ALIVE! Yeah, Tadashi, the older brother of Hiro, the perfect role model and creator of Baymax, who supposedly died in a fire during a technology convention in the first film. Not only is he alive, but he’s rumored to be the VILLAIN of the next film, becoming the character Sunfire (who supposedly is an X-Men cross-over?!?). And of course other rumors are spreading, leading to other rumors based on rumors. But the point of this post is this: it sounds very similar to the Captain America films, and as someone who hasn’t been invested in the comics I am only capable of breaking down plot points and noting that somewhere in Marvel Studios and the Comic universe is one of potentially several…

When Will It Be Enough?

Originally posted on A Mindful Millennial:
You’ve probably heard by now that Target will put an end to the separation of boys’s and girls’ toys.  There will no longer be pink walls or blue walls to designate which toys are for “boys” and which are for “girls.” The same goes for bedding. All of this has occurred because of the complaints of a very small number. But here’s my question…why stop there? Their reasoning for continuing to keep boys and girls clothes separate is because of sizing differences. But that’s by default acknowledging that boys and girls are different. More boys like superhero action figures than girls. More girls like dolls than boys. It’s just fact. Why are we catering to a small number of parents who insist on letting their child “choose” their gender? When I was a little girl, I liked to do “boy” things, it’s true. I loved playing with Star Wars action figures but I had no problem with them being the boys’ section. But I also had no problem getting my…