28 June 2017
Not all abusers get away. Sometimes silence is broken and exposed as the most fragile of things when someone steps forward with enough courage to end it. On July 28, 2016, police reported that 14-year-old Bresha Meadows had used her father’s gun to shoot him in the head as he slept on the couch in their family’s home. The young girl’s mother, Brandi Meadows, immediately called Bresha a “hero,” stating that her deceased husband, Jonathan Meadows, had subjected her and her children to years of torture and abuse. Brandi’s claims, though corroborated by a 2011 report and her fleeing the relationship with her three children in tow, have been contested by her deceased husband’s family. Back then, she wrote in the report, “In the 17 years of our marriage he has cut me, broke my ribs, fingers, the blood vessels in my hand, my mouth, blackened my eyes. I believe my nose was broken.” She continued, ”If he finds us, I am 100 percent sure he will kill me and the children.”
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We watched Bill Cosby fighting to hide the testimonies of dozens of women who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them while simultaneously joking to his fans that people “have to be careful about drinking around [him].” Cosby has been a prominent figure of Black fatherhood for generations through his role on The Cosby Show and producer credit for spin-off A Different World. Cosby remains a prominent figure in the news after years of litigation—which he successfully hid from public sight for decades. In the wake of his recent mistrial, the 79-year-old’s entertainment legacy has effectively overshadowed the egregious acts he is accused of.
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JON SCHWARZ: I’m interested in the history of the Democrats caving, being more and more willing to do whatever the right wants, for the past 40 years. Take the recent stories about Jared Kushner. Whatever the ultimate underlying reality there, I think it’s fair to say that if a Democratic president had appointed their son-in-law to hold a position of tremendous power in the White House – if Hillary Clinton had appointed Chelsea’s husband Marc Mezvinsky – and stories had come out in the Washington Post and New York Times about him trying to set up a back channel with Russia, he would have been out the door before the day was over.
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“By legitimizing the conduct that produces this double consciousness, this case tells everyone, white and black, guilty and innocent, that an officer can verify your legal status at any time,” Sotomayor wrote. “It says that your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights. It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged.” She said the court had ignored mountains of evidence that police routinely harass some Americans with unreasonable searches — and she warned that legitimizing those stops undermined democracy. “We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are ‘isolated,'” Sotomayor wrote. “They are the canaries in the coal mine whose deaths, civil and literal, warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere.”
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In conclusion, I am sorry to everybody who I hurt complaining about death panels in 2009, the website rollout in 2013, and the corporate deep state in 2016. My bad. But can’t we just keep all of these solutions now that the Black person who came up with them is gone? I “hope” so.
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27 June 2017
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Dina was my DJ mentor in NYC, I was about 12 here and obsessed with crate digging and making mix tapes which I'd then send to Bootsy Collins, accompanied by personal love letters to him and his diaper wearing guitar player. This shot was taken at a hip hop club in New York, shortly after I started spinning at raves and museum parties in Europe. We'd have to stack up beer crates so I could reach the decks, but I was fascinated by the art of setting different moods while watching people get their dance on. Fun times, although no wonder I had a hard time relating to kids my age back then... I'm excited to start making mix tapes again and the opportunity to share playlists with you soon!
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It seemed that his path as a professional dancer on the stage was inevitable, but, one Sunday, he and some friends visited the Gate Hill Cooperative, a haven for artists in Stony Point, N.Y. Wandering around the grounds, Berensohn eventually found himself outside the workshop of Karen Karnes, a famous potter at that time. He quietly observed her work and what he witnessed that afternoon changed the course of his life forever. The breath and energy and movement with which Karnes practiced her craft captivated him and he had a revelation about what he wanted out of life. “What happened was a desire to de-professionalize my interest in art,” Berensohn explained. “As much as I admire the technical brilliance of my colleagues, I am very interested in the behavior of art rather than the achievement of art. I see all the arts as apprenticeships for the big art of our lives.”
Posted by afterdark at 17:38
When his turn came, Berensohn boldly stepped in front of the stage and announced, “If you only give me 30 seconds, you won’t see me move because I stand still for the first three minutes.” Tudor lowered his newspaper. Berensohn explained that he used the first three minutes to listen to the music. Graham then asked about the title, and Berensohn won the panel over completely with his reply: “In Memoriam: Kathleen Ferrier.” Ferrier, an English contralto who had recently passed away, was much beloved in the arts community. Impressed that the young Berensohn would have reference to such an artist, the judges watched more than 30 seconds of his piece.
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