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  • Black St. Louis County Police Officer Charged With Felony Assault

    A 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department is charged with felony assault after striking a MetroLink passenger on the hand with his expandable baton following an argument

    The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Friday charged 44-year-old Dawon Gore of Ferguson with second-degree assault. He was jailed on a $3,500, cash-only bond.

    Gore is accused of using excessive force against an unnamed 24-year-old light-rail passenger in late April at the Hanley Road station in Clayton. He’s been assigned to the department’s MetroLink unit since May 2012.

    A police press release says the investigation was forwarded to prosecutor Bob McCullough in early May with a recommendation to press charges.

    Gore has been accused of using excessive force against an unnamed 24-year-old commuter. Don’t want to state the obvious here, but really? This Black man is about to be put in jail for hitting a man with his baton and Darren Wilson kills a kid and gets away with it? Our justice system is beyond corrupt.

    -Tamara El (@_SheWise_)

  • Remembering Bruce Lee On His 74th Birthday Today

    The most famous martial artist of all time and the founder of Jeet Kune Do is celebrated on what would’ve been his 74th born day

    Bruce Lee played Kato in The Green Hornet TV series that ran in 1966 and 1967. He also made guest appearances as Kato in three episodes of the Batman TV series in the sixties.

    Some of Bruce Lee’s most famous movies include The Big Boss, Fist of Fury , Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon, and The Game of Death.

    Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940 in Chinatown, San Francisco, California. He passed away on July 20, 1973 at the age of 32. If he were still alive, today would be his 74th birthday.

    R.I.P. Bruce Lee.

    -Tamara El (@_SheWise_)

  • Hood Health 101: Keeping It One Hundred With Yourself!

    This weeks Hood Health 101 deals with the importance of being honest with yourself and where you would like to be.

     

    “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder

    What stands in the way of your ability to be productive, are the lies that you tell to yourself. I know, you’re probably like huh. The truth of the matter my friends, is that we cannot get to where we want to be by trying to please others or by not listening to our personal truths. I know that this seems elementary, but many of us still do this as adults. We try to force ourselves to be happy, force ourselves to perform tasks in certain ways and then, wonder why we’re not successful. The answer is, because we lie to ourselves.  We convince ourselves that we cannot achieve certain goals or simply accept mediocrity in our choices and life goals. The problem is that lying keeps you from acknowledging what truly needs to be done and recognizing the actions that need to be taken to get things done. Now, while there are a million instances of how and why we lie to ourselves, we almost always see it affect our jobs, health, and relationships. Think about it…..

    1.       The moment you should have realized that it’s not about the money.

    The worst feeling in the world is being stuck in a dead end job or one that does not make you happy. I understand that you many feel as though happiness is not as important as paying your mortgage. Let me say though, the stress, along with other physical and psychological conditions that unhappiness in a job can cause, costs the U.S. roughly 300 billion within the U.S. alone according to Gallup. The APA states that an unhealthy workplace can increase depression and heart disease rates. To assist with this issue, the APA has even created and annual award to honor businesses that provide psychologically healthy workplaces. If you put a dollar ahead of your health and happiness, you will in time find yourself spending that very same money to acquire the health and happiness that you long for.

    2.       The moment that you should have realized that it takes proper planning.

    We all have these resolutions of health and weight loss as the New Year approaches. We think that this time will be different and that we will meet THIS goal with success. The problem is that most of us do not take the time to research healthy eating habits, develop an exercise plan, and garner support before embarking on such a task. We just blindly jump in without a plan and tell ourselves that it will be as easy as pie to achieve.  New York Times writes that 4 out of 5 individuals that make resolutions fail to keep them.  One of the keys to success in any endeavor is proper planning. Without it we are directionless and at the mercy of various situations and circumstances. We then become susceptible to being easily swayed. The value is in the plan. It enables a person to be firmly rooted on a particular path, regardless of what comes up.

    3.       The moment you should have realized that reciprocity is essential.

    Many of our relationships lack reciprocity. The problem is that we make excuses about why it is alright to be treated in such a way. One sided relationships can have other side effects that you may not realize. The Journal of Psychosomatic Research published an article that contended that relationships that lack reciprocity are associated with poorer health. Proceedings B published an article of an experiment that contends that upstream reciprocity significantly enhances the level of selflessness within a population. The main point is that reciprocity creates happiness and fulfillment within relationships and can also increase gratitude levels. Ultimately, relationships with reciprocity can make you happier and healthier.

    If I decided to write about every lie that I or anyone else ever told themselves, I would be writing forever. The point is that honesty about our desires, capabilities, knowledge, and relationships will always ensure that we are productively and proactively achieving our goals. Without honesty, much of what we try to do will fail because lying handicaps our ability to research, plan, and execute that plan thoroughly. If things fail remember the biggest lie that we tell ourselves, is that we cannot start over again. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @NakeashaJ and on Instagram @Melanated_Beauty.

  • Tyson Chandler’s double-double lifts Mavericks over Knicks

     As he buttoned up his custom suit with a stylish hat to match, Dallas Maverick center Tyson Chandler had a big smile on face he can take to Thanksgiving Day dinner.

    The Mavs motivational leader and center had just posted season highs with 17 points and 25 rebounds, helping the Mavericks to a 109-102 victory against his former team the New York Knicks, who were missing star forward Carmelo Anthony.

    “At the beginning of the year, you always look at the calendar and mark it,” Chandler said. “After taking two tough L’s I was focused on bring energy and doing everything it took to get a win before we embark on this tough road trip. This was a game we thought we should come out and get after being flat in our last two games.”

    Tyson Chandler

    Knick guard J.R. Smith, starting with Anthony sidelined by back spasms, was 1 of 10 from the field entering the fourth quarter. Despite his struggles from the field Smith made a tying jumper with 0.9 seconds left in regulation.

    In overtime, Smith hit a tough shot to put New York up 99-97 before Dirk Nowitzki started a 9-0 run with a jumper. Chandler would put the Mavericks ahead for good when J.J. Barea knocked the ball loose from Dalembert after a rebound and Monta Ellis kept it from going out of bounds with a toss to Chandler under the basket.

    After a pedestrian first half, Nowitzki went in attack mode down the stretch scoring 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

    “We’re not playing really well right now and I think that’s very obvious and we had to find a way to steal this victory,” a relieved Nowitzki said. “For most of the night they were better than us and were playing our stuff pretty good. Offensively I looked for my shot more down the stretch, I didn’t really have my three-ball going but was able to get to my spots 17 to 16 feet in and do enough damage to help get the win and not hit the road on a three-game losing streak.”

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    Knicks rookie head coach Derek Fisher who has seen a couple of Nowitzki explosions as a player gave the future Hall of Famer a Texas size tip of the hat.

    “Dirk is going to score points no matter how you cover him and will go down as a Hall of Famer when his career is over.”

    The Knicks will finish their three-game road trip in Oklahoma City on Friday and are expect to be without Anthony as the Knicks’ medical staff has not given him a specific timetable for his return. While the Mavericks travel up north for a four-game road trip all against Eastern Conference teams.

  • Watch Salt-N-Pepa Hilarious Commercial For Geico

    Push it ! 

    The Grammy-winning performers Salt-N-Pepa known as Cheryl James and Sandra Denton just gave us another reason to love them even more.

    In a brand new commercial for Geico insurance, the Hip-Hop duo join DJ Deidra “Spinderella” Roper to help unwary consumers with their everyday activities (such as pushing a lawnmower, business doors and elevator buttons).

    “If you’re Salt-N-Pepa, you tell people to push it. It’s what you do,” the announcer shared. “If you want to save 15 percent or more on car insurance, you switch to Geico. It’s what you do.”

    The commercial is not only hilarious but it is very catchy. Watch the video above and see for yourself—before you know it, you’ll be saying “push it” too.

    The legendary duo started their career in 1986 with their debut album Hot, Cool & Vicious and now they’re pushing their career to a whole new level.

     

     Sherley love these two women. Follow her on twitter @sherleybee_

  • André 3000, Justin Simien, David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo Nominated For Independent Spirit Awards

    Congrats are in order for Andre 3000, Justin Simien, David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Ava DuVernay and so many more! 

    Actor Diego Luna and “Top Five” Star Rosario Dawson attended the 30th Film Independent Nominations press conference at W Hollywood on November 25, 2014 in Hollywood, California to announce the 2014  Spirit Award nominees. “Selma” was nominated for Best Picture. Ava DuVernay was nominated for Best Director. Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” was nominated for best first feature and best first screenplay.  André “3000″ Benjamin was nominated for best actor in “Jimi: All Is By My Side” and David Oyelowo was also nominated in that category for playing Dr. Martin Luther King in “Selma.” The always stellar Carmen Ejogo was nominated for best supporting actress for gracefully playing Coretta Scott King. Last, but not least another nomination that we want to highlight is Bradford Young who was nominated for  best cinematography in “Selma.”

    Here’s the complete list of the nominees for the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The awards will be given on Feb. 21.

    Best Feature

    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • Love Is Strange
    • Selma
    • Whiplash

    Best Director

    • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
    • Ava DuVernay, Selma
    • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
    • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
    • David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

    Best Screenplay

    Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes
    J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year
    Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
    Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive
    Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Love is Strange

    Best First Feature

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    Dear White People 
    Nightcrawler 
    Obvious Child 
    She’s Lost Control

    Best First Screenplay

    Desiree Akhavan, Appropriate Behavior
    Sara Colangelo, Little Accidents
    Justin Lader, The One I Love
    Anja Marquardt, She’s Lost Control
    Justin Simien, Dear White People

    John Cassavetes Award

    Blue Ruin
    It Felt Like Love
    Land Ho!
    Man From Reno
    Test

    Selma, David Oyelowo

    Best Female Lead

    Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
    Rinko Kikuchi, KumikoThe Treasure Hunter
    Julianne Moore, Still Alice
    Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
    Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

    Best Male Lead

    André Benjamin, Jimi: All Is By My Side
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
    Michael Keaton, Birdman
    John Lithgow, Love is Strange
    David Oyelowo, Selma

    Best Supporting Female

    Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
    Carmen Ejogo, Selma
    Andrea Suarez Paz, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
    Emma Stone, Birdman

    Best Supporting Male

    Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler
    Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
    Alfred Molina, Love is Strange
    Edward Norton, Birdman
    J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

    Best Cinematography

    Darius Khondji, The Immigrant
    Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
    Sean Porter, It Felt Like Love
    Lyle Vincent, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    Bradford Young, Selma

    Best Editing

    Sandra Adair, Boyhood
    Tom Cross, Whiplash
    John Gilroy, Nightcrawler
    Ron Patane, A Most Violent Year
    Adam Wingard, The Guest

    Best Documentary

    20,000 Days on Earth
    CITIZENFOUR
    Stray Dog
    The Salt of the Earth 
    Virunga

    Robert Altman Award:

    Inherent Vice

  • Blackout To Host Free Screening Of ‘Fruitvale Station,’ ’25 To Life’ & ‘Do The Right Thing’ Event

    BLACKOUT For Human Rights and AFFRM will host a free screening of “Middle of Nowhere,” “25 To Life,” and “Fruitvale Station,” in Los Angeles this Friday, November 28. 

    The screening will be held at the Downtown Independent and is free to the public. Blackout is a nationwide network of high profile artists, activists and faith leaders, who stand against human rights violations perpetrated against US citizens by public servants. The event is meant to bring awareness to the Ferguson protests as an alternative to Black Friday shopping and will be moderated by AFFRM founder and award winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

    WHERE: Downtown Independent

    251S. Main Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    WHEN: Friday, November 28

    3:00 PM FRUITVALE STATION
    5:00 PM MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
    7:00 PM 25 TO LIFE

    Check out a new clip from “25 To Life” below:

     

    In New York, a group of directors and actors will  participate in a special screenplay reading of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.” ”The free event, this Friday at 7PM will take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater. If you’re in the area, free tickets for the reading will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office one hour before the screening,” HitFix reported.

    Blackout member Ryan Coogler said in a statement:

    In keeping with Blackout (for Human Rights’) theme of making Friday November 28 a day of activism over consumerism, we thought that doing a screenplay reading of Spike Lee’s classic with a contemporary cast would be a great way to give people an alternative to shopping … New York is the city the whole country looks to for cultural leadership and with the recent human rights violations committed against New York citizens Eric Garner [a Staten Island resident recently chokeholed to death by a police officer] and Akai Gurley [accidentally shot by police in his Brooklyn apartment complex earlier this month], we felt that this story of how New Yorker’s viewed and treated each other 25 years ago is just as relevant now as it was then.

  • Kiki Valdes Presents ‘Riding Dualism’ Exhibition At The National Arts Club

    With his solo-exhibition debut at the National Arts Club in New York City this past Wednesday, artist Kiki Valdes brought a much-needed dose of modernity to the Club’s hallowed Marquis gallery.

     

    Kiki is bright-eyed, young, and energetic and his show is the symbolic gesture of a shift that has needed to happen at the club for some time – an appreciation for the new generation of artists that will carry the club into the future. Part of it is simply “doing business”, but most of it is simply preservation of the Club’s philosophy: to educate.

    Kiki Valdes’ art is composed of a satisfying series of surprises and contrasts. He pairs classic environments with current popular culture. If that sounds exhausting and chaotic, the work is easy on the eyes by way of a subdued, earthy color scheme and is made extraordinarily approachable through its subject matter: the cartoon. Note this: upon first look, you might feel a sense of Picasso-tendencies (often considered a cultural faux-pas to emulate) however, the only real similarity to Picasso is limited to the color scheme, which occasionally feels unabashedly lifted out of a cubist work.

    The composition of the works flirt with cubism and Picasso’s African-inspired period, but are fundamentally rooted in cartoon. But these are not airy, sketchy pieces that are dependent on a plot or opposing slides. Rather, the idea of a cartoon is completely dissected and re-imagined in Valdes’ work to accommodate his need for emotion. The brushstrokes are dark, demanding, and attractive, they drag your eye around the canvas, pushing and pulling.

    Three things create the action in the work. First, you’re thrown to the ground as the subject is thrown to the ground by the clear sense of direction dictated by these strokes. Secondly, the dense shadows indicate a closeness and immediacy – should I step out of the way? Third, the composition is centered around where action will ultimately leave the subject. If the subject is on a horse in the work, the composition is built around the subject being on the ground.

    Further, it is Valdes’ use of a classic but underused setting for his work: The American West. It is a place that is familiar and instantly recognizable, and Valdes’ distortion of it is perfectly situated between genuinely ‘western’ and barely there – this is because Valdes’ works often lack any sight-lines or horizons.

    Maybe Valdes was the perfect choice to usher in this new moment for the National Arts Club. Who else could bridge the old and the new so well?

    “Kiki Valdes: Riding Dualism” will be on view at The National Arts Club, New York from November 3-29.

    -Benjamin Schmidt

  • Mara G. Haseltine Presents Her ‘Portrait of Our Oceans in Peril’ Exhibition

    Mara Haseltine made it tremendously clear that there is a need for a scientific approach to art.

    But it is important to know that scientific art doesn’t have to come in the form of geometry or fractals or notation, algorithms or statements. For Mara, that would be too simple. That doesn’t address anything. Perhaps the greatest rift within the art community is the creation of work that serves minimal purpose beyond being pleasing to the eye versus the creation of work that provides a function. For Mara, it’s about the potential. Where can this art go? What can this art do? It’s not quite industrial design – it’s far more organic and based in nature; in fact, it acts in protest of the built world addressing it head on. But it’s not practical art either, because Mara’s art becomes a part of time and history. If it comes off as a strictly trying to make a point – chastising the viewer for existing in and supporting an unsustainable world, the viewer is missing the point. Mara’s work still has a very real physicality, and could be seen as impractical in the way it uses space, but the work came into being naturally, and can cease being natural as well. Mara’s attention to the evolutionary degree of this art makes it different. It’s sustainable art. It can be polished in a museum daily, or it can be tossed, but either way, it’ll wither gracefully and naturally.

     

    Mara spends a lot of time near water, on the shore, and in the studio. The location of her studio couldn’t be better: a waterfront aerie on the 6th floor of a Brooklyn building. It’s a corner space with head-on views of the East River and Manhattan beyond. For her show, the front room was an installation for her multifaceted “La Bohème: Portrait of Our Oceans in Peril” series. In this, Mara explores the significance of plankton and other creatures, all of which are immensely important in regulating the earth’s atmosphere, plankton in particular. Her exploration of the Chilean coast revealed the reality of the plankton – a disappointing interaction of human material waste had taken place. How can an artist show this fact without being overtly activist and concerned? This is where Mara’s genius takes center-stage. Using the very problem she saw in her studies, she re-appropriates everything in her art- the color scheme of the degraded plastic, the plastic its self and its associated materials- and the plankton’s characteristic shape to create a series of strangling sculptures- emotive pieces that mix the man-made with the natural. Along with this, a preview for the film “La Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s
 Oceans” was shown. The original “La Bohème” depicted the poor young poet Rodolfo, who falls in love with
 Mimi, a young girl who is dying of consumption. In this case, Mimi is the plankton
, the sculpture ensnared in plastic. The film was co-directed by Imagine Science Films’ Alexis Gambis and features a performance by Joseph Bartning among the works. Other works in the series include “The Ravenous Ctenephores”- a sinewy, suspended piece with long tenticles. It has a magical, distant air to it. It’s Mara’s way to bring the distant mystery of the ocean to an approachable level for viewers.

     

    In the front room, where the La “Bohème” series was being shown under black light, there is a palpable sense of toxicity, darkness and uncertainty. In the back room, however, things are bit more optimistic and hopeful for the future, with warm lighting and a exploratory feel.

     

    It is in this back portion we see a delightful and encompassing selection of Mara’s works-in-progress and past work. Mara’s involvement in the Geotherapy Institute cannot be ignored. Her contributions have been large-scale, beautiful and functional works that further the concept of geotherapy – an effort to restore and repair the aquatic world. Perhaps most impressive is the Gill Reef, a massive and elegant system that ultimately will act as a filter for the ocean. Inspired by the passive, filtering nature of an oyster gill, the work will ultimately lead to a fully functioning reef where there was none. The scale of the Gill Reef is immense, and it’s not the only work the Mara has done that plays with scale. In her work, microscopic proteins and DNA strands are blown up to large-scale sculptures, it’s another way Mara shows appreciation for the little things in life – and the power of the sum of their parts.

     

    Mara’s Tintinnid Champagne Glasses are glowing, functional flutes inspired by tintinnid plankton she observed while on the sea. They usher in a slightly more playful side of Mara’s work, a little less serious, but just as sustainable and thoughtful. SARS Inhibited (2006) is a bronze sculpture that stands in the central plaza of the science city Biopolis, Singapore. It’s a delightfully sleek piece that sits in a reflecting pool and a reminder of the power of science.

     

    Mara regrettably will be leaving the Brooklyn space after spending seven years there, but will continue her ecologically invested art. You can follow here here: http://www.calamara.com

    -Benjamin Schmidt

  • Rihanna Look Alike Makes Bank Off Endorsements

    This girl made 20 grand off her reflection

    A girl named Andele Lara is a Boston student that reportedly made upwards of $20,000 because she looks just like Rihanna. According to a Gawker report, Lara has been offered large amounts of money by clothing companies asking Lara to help them promote their product. The thing about it is, Lara isn’t even trying. More than likely, the reason she decided to start monetizing her natural “talent” is because all over picture comments, Instagrammers are going on and on about how she looks just like the beloved pop star.

    Lara’s IG, which is now private, has over 30,000 followers, and despite Rihanna’s fan base feverishly attempting to stop this blasphemy, chances are she’ll still find a way to be compensated for having those Rihanna jawlines and cheekbones.

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