There are so many reasons to love Shonda Rhimes latest hit drama on television, but these are Blindie’s top five!
1 – Billy Brown – He’s got the body of a boxer and the voice of a Marine! Seriously, he’s the voice from the Marines commercial. Before going downtown on Viola Davis in the first episode of “How To Get Away With Murder,” Mr. Brown starred in the psychotic series “Dexter,” the short-lived “Hostages,” and “Sons of Anarchy,” among other shows.
Bonus Points: He voices characters in numerous video games – “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” “Full Spectrum Warrior,” “The Matrix: Path of Neo,” among others.
2 – Alfred Enoch – He’s bi-racial, British and adorable, need we say more? Oh yeah, he’s a Hogwart student, a Gryffindor to be exact, in fact he’s starred in all of the Harry Potter films as Dean Thomas.
3 – The Straight, White Male as Minority – There are so many ethnic and homosexual, and ethnic, homosexual characters that it puts the two lone, straight, white, main characters in the minority -Asher Millstone and Sam Keating portrayed by Matt McGorry and Tom Verica, respectively. Yes, Blindie is loving that concept a lot.
4 – The Twitter Controversy -People Magazine did some live tweeting during the premiere of How To Get Away With Murder and made a huge misstep. While they were paying homage to one of Viola Davis’ well-received films, they temporarily forgot that she was portraying a maid for a deeply racist employer during segregation time in said film and used her Jim Crow educated character’s grammatically incorrect quote. Yeah, like we all wanted to be reminded that Viola Davis plays a really good segregation-era maid while we are trying to enjoy her portrayal of an educated and powerful attorney.
5 – The Twitter Apology – People Magazine eventually realized the massive faux pas and not only deleted the insensitive tweet bbut also issued an apology.
Jesse Williams talks to CNN about the shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri on Sunday. Here are a few excerpts from his on the situation:
“I think we have to talk about the narrative and make sure we’re starting at the beginning. You will find that people doing the oppressing often want to start the narrative at a convenient point,” Williams said. “This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the heat for four hours in the sweltering heat.
“I know plenty of white kids that steal stuff from convenience stores,” Williams continued in response to allegations that Brown stole cigars moments before his murder by law enforcement. “There is this idea that every time a black person does something they automatically become a thug worthy of their own death.”
“The rest of us are not treated like human beings. Period,” the actor said. “That needs to be discussed. That is the story.”
Ok so, the thriller “Cabin in the Woods” hasn’t been released yet, and we weren’t even the lucky ones that saw it at South by Southwest, but we just know that we’re gonna love it. Here are our top 5 reasons:
1. Blue-eyed beauty Jesse Williams! We went ga ga for him in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2″ and stalked him at the NYC launch of Lucky Strike. He can lure us into a cabin in the woods, anytime.
2. Sexy Brian White : We’ve followed him since his early days on the “Moesha” show to his most recent series “Men of a Certain Age.” Let’s just hope they don’t kill him off early in the film.
3. Aussie stud Chris Hemsworth : Who doesn’t love Thor…in the woods?
4. Screenwriter Joss Whedon : He also wrote “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” Need we say more?
5. Wired magazine describes the film as an R-rated metanarrative comedy about the science of horror movies. A little geeky sounding, but intriguing.
It’s been over 20 years since Magic Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV positive and changed the face of AIDS. “Because of the HIV virus I have attained,” he said. “I will have to retire from the Lakers.” But he didn’t retire from life, as he became a successful businessman, a television host, an advocate and a grandfather.
Magic and his wife Cookie talk about how difficult that day was and the events that led up to it in the documentary “The Announcement”, directed by Nelson George.
“It’s not so much what people said about him, it’s how he felt and what people did to him,” George said. “Be it people dis-inviting him to their restaurant or dealing with how [the drug] AZT affected his body. It’s an inside-out view as opposed to the things you might have heard discussed on talk radio.”
Compton, a city on the south side of Los Angeles, is a notoriously difficult place to grow up. As birthplace to many of the gangs that put “gangsta” in “gangsta rap,” the city has for decades been plagued by violence, drugs, and other crimes that make life hard for everyone—particularly young people, who are recruited and pressured to join in on all the illicit activity. In response to the allure of gangs, a number of organizations both big and small have popped up to try and keep children off the streets and out of gangs. But there’s only one doing it on horseback.
Founded in the late 1980s on a small plot of land called Richland Farms, the Compton Junior Posse is a program that, in its own words, “keeps kids on horses and off the streets.” The posse teaches equestrian skills to children of all ages in an effort to help them avoid the pitfalls of youth. In the process, it’s kept a lot of kids out of trouble and caused a lot of Angelenos to do double-takes—it’s not every day you see a cowboy riding around the streets of L.A.
Meet the Compton Junior Posse in their mini-doc above!
A study found that Black and Asian teens have the lowest rate of drug use, so why are black teens arrested for drugs nearly three times more than whites? Could it be that black teens are portrayed as drug-addled hoodlums in the media?
A study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatrysays that black and Asian teens are less likely to use drugs and alcohol than white people their age. In a survey of more than 72,000 young people conducted by Dan Blazer, a psychiatry professor at Duke Medical Center, 39 percent of white teens and 37 percent of Latinos reported having abused substances in the past year, compared to 32 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Asians. When it came to drugs alone, 20 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks, and 12 percent of Asians reported using.
Blazer called the relatively low rate of substance abuse among black juveniles “surprising”: “The public perception is that that’s not the case,” he said. Also surprised should be American police, who continue to arrest black kids for drug use at far greater rates than whites. Consider this chart from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice:
In the 1990s, the juvenile black drug arrest rate was nearly three times that of whites, and in 2008 it remained almost double. The fact is that cops bust blacks kids markedly more for a crime they commit slightly less often. This is especially unfair because petty drug offenses are how thousands of black kids per year end up in the U.S. justice system. Their criminal records then haunt many of them for the rest of their lives, ruining their employment and educational opportunities and all but forcing them to turn to more crime to stay afloat.
We’ve argued before that America’s nonsensical drug laws leave a lot to be desired when compared with those of other Western nations. But when police don’t enforce those laws evenhandedly, they go from being just nonsense to racist as well.