“I was on a table, like, vulnerable, with a sonogram machine on my stomach, like I couldn’t get up. It’s an awful feeling… I feel like I was lied to, I feel like I was tricked.”
Undercover video reveals the deceitful world of fake anti-abortion “crisis centers”
7:08 pm • 22 September 2014 • 81 notes
“I was in college before I stopped trembling every time my father raised his voice. He could be shouting at a business associate over the phone and I’d be quaking in a corner somewhere. I didn’t need a psychiatrist to tell me that witnessing my father beating on my mother like she was a Mexican piñata would have a profound effect on me.”
— James Brown’s daughter Yamma in excerpt from her new memoir
6:26 pm • 22 September 2014 • 98 notes
“If we define a “black movie” simply as any movie where at least two of the lead characters are black, then some of the films that were (surprise) box office hits this year include: Ride Along, which earned $134 million domestically; Think Like a Man Too, which opened at No. 1 this summer; and About Last Night, a remake of the 1986 romantic comedy originally starring an all-white cast, which pulled in an impressive $25.6 million on opening weekend. The most unexpected success story was The Best Man Holiday, which opened at $30 million in December 2013. As NPR asked, “Why on earth would a $30 million opening for an ensemble romantic comedy with a largely African-American cast that includes some very well-liked, telegenic actors be beyond fantasy?””
— When will Hollywood realize “black” films have widespread appeal?
6:05 pm • 22 September 2014 • 114 notes
“The haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does.”
— Sorry Kindle owners, you’ll understand and remember more if you read in print
5:44 pm • 22 September 2014 • 82 notes
Artist mashes up magazine covers with classic art to killer results
Twenty-nine-year-old Filipino artist Eisen Bernardo is literally merging the classical with the modern with his project magplusart, which seamlessly combines contemporary magazine covers with classic portraits by artists like Picasso, Boticelli, Boucher and van Gogh.
The result is oddly beautiful and compelling, juxtaposing images that, despite being separated by centuries, share eerily similar aesthetics.
5:24 pm • 22 September 2014 • 350 notes
“You don’t have to take my word, or Al Gore’s word on it. You can wake up pretty much every day and listen to Mother Nature, who is screaming at us about [it],”
— John Kerry dishing the truth on climate change
5:03 pm • 22 September 2014 • 164 notes
“The shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri and the events that followed were tragic. In addition to the Ferguson case study, this fast-paced class is jam packed with the essential strategies and tactics, skills and techniques that will help you WIN WITH THE MEDIA! It is practical training, not theoretical: Take what you learn and put it to work for you on the street right away! The training is also highly entertaining: numerous video clips illustrate key points, and there is NO PowerPoint! You will learn a lot, and you’ll have fun doing it”
— St. Louis police’s “highly entertaining” Ferguson course is actually highly offensive
4:21 pm • 22 September 2014 • 170 notes
YouTube star Sam Pepper thinks sexually harassing women is a hilarious prank
When is it OK to sexually harass women on the street? When it’s for a YouTube video, of course!
That was the apparent thinking of reality-television star turned viral YouTube performer Sam Pepper, who came under fire this past weekend when his latest “prank” showed him sexually harassing women for laughs. The former Big Brother contestant, who has over 2 million YouTube subscribers, asked women on a busy street for directions while secretly grabbing their butts.
Because nothing’s funnier than touching random women without their permission and catching the whole thing on camera.
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4:01 pm • 22 September 2014 • 1,203 notes
“I’m George Takei, and I’m straight… up asking you to vote. I’m especially concerned about the future of this country, because I’m concerned about the gay people of the future. We need to ensure their good life, by registering to vote.”
— George Takei reminds us of the importance of voting in hilarious PSA
3:18 pm • 22 September 2014 • 126 notes