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Archive for July 2009
I’ve decided to do a Follow Friday blog post in honor of Twitter’s Follow Friday tradition. What is Follow Friday? According to the folks at Mashable, Follow Friday is:
. . . a game in which people suggest who to follow on Twitter. It helps everyone find interesting Twitter users. You list the users you recommend following and add “#followfriday” anywhere in the Tweet so others can find it. The “#” is very important – don’t forget it!
Follow Friday is helpful to Twitter users because it provides an opportunity for
twitterers, umm, tweeters, I mean tweeple to provide word-of-mouth advertising for other tweeple. To make the best use of your Follow Friday updates tweets, you might want to tell your followers why you’re suggesting they follow another Twitter user.
I’m suggesting the following users because I find their tweets: interesting, funny, and/or informative. Please, don’t be offended if you’re not in this list. I’ll most likely suggest you next week or the week after or the week after that.
@Forces2: Jesus loves you! Everybody else thinks you’re a jerk….
@rahsheen: Police Investigate Arrest of Gay Attorney – This Gates Case Has Cops Trippin’! http://post.ly/1iZi
@Karoli: Liked “Starting to wonder why I follow @McCainBlogette. Is there any substance there? I expect more.” http://ff.im/-5XLsd
@smuttysteff: But the most important priority? Some motherfuckin’ sangria, baby!
@achura: Wish my sister were here. I need to somebody to smack me.
@wonderwillow: got caught up exploring google voice as I was closing out my windows. call widgets just made me drool. gonna have to tear myself away now…
What the hell is wrong with people?
I just read a story about a firefighter who shot a cyclist in the head “because he was angry the man was riding with his child on a busy road.”
Firefighter Charles Diez says he was upset the cyclist was bike riding with his child on a heavily traveled road . . . so he shot the cyclist (while his child was on the bike, mind you) in order to teach him a lesson. Thy cyclist was also traveling with his wife.
This kind of cyclist-hatin’ seems to be quite common. An old friend, Andrea Ratkovic – a professional cyclist and triathlete – was shot at in 2005 while she was out training.
In June 2008, a Corpus Christi man was shot while on his early morning bike ride.
Two weeks ago, a cyclist was shot while on a group ride through Highland Park in California.
On July 17, a cyclist was shot at during Tour de France.
These kinds of reports worry me when my partner heads out for a ride. She’s training for the 300 mile AIDS bike ride in Wisconsin so she spends quite a bit of time biking alone in unfamiliar areas. I can only pray she returns safely.
Tonight on SistersTalk Radio, we interviewed Vanessa Dunn, the actress who plays Georgia Drew’s girlfriend in the hit lesbian web series BJ Fletcher Private Eye.
Vanessa’s film credits include Lake of Bay, The Spark, White Day, The Eyes Have It, and Living The Life.
Hear Vanessa discuss:
*How she landed the role of Jenna Watson
*The best thing about working on BJ Fletcher
*Her fondest memory of working with Dana Puddicombe (Georgia Drew)
*Her fondest memory of working with Karim Morgan (Joe Magnum)
*The best role she’s had in her career
*The worst role she’s had in her career
*Her coming out experience and her queer identification
*The Captain Morgan ad she appears in
Mentioned on tonight’s show: In Other Words Books – one of the last last existing feminist non-profit bookstores in America.
According to the anti-gay news site OneNewsNow (owned and operated by anti-gay organization AFA), Home Depot wants to turn your children into the homosexuals of the future:
Home Depot is helping to introduce children to the homosexual lifestyle.
The Nashville Gay Pride website notes that Home Depot contributed more than $5,000 to help finance the 2009 festival. The retailer also participated by conducting children’s craft workshops at a special booth set up for them. The company has sponsored similar children’s venues at pro-homosexual events in Atlanta, Kansas City, Durham, Portland, and San Diego.
Matt Barber [who looks like a closet-case himself] of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow the home improvement store is facilitating the exposure of children to sinful behavior.
I’m guessing the folks over at AFA haven’t heard the age-old “Homo Depot” jokes yet. If they had, they would already know that Home Depot has been makin’ people (women in particular!) gay for a very long time. Ha!
The logic these anti-gay people use is laughable. Let’s try to follow it . . .
1. Home Depot sponsors a gay pride event and sets up children crafts booth
2. Children visit this booth and associate arts and crafts with homosexuality
3. Said children suddenly decide they want to be homosexuals
Hmmm . . . Ok.
If that scenario is true, then this scenario would be true as well:
1. Christians go door-to-door talking to known homosexuals
2. Said homosexuals associate Christianity with heterosexuality
3. Said homosexuals suddenly decide they want to be heterosexuals
We all know that association with a homosexual does not turn one into a homosexual, just as association with heterosexuals does not turn one into a heterosexual.
I will be the first to admit that I’ve had reservations about dating bisexual women. People like Angelina Jolie and Ani DiFranco – identified as bisexual, but never publicly involved in a long-term relationship with a woman – are part of the reason I once preferred lesbians to bisexual women. Other lesbians avoid bisexuals because they’re afraid bisexual women only date women while they wait for Mr. Right, the white picket fence and 2.5 kids.
Jay’s interview with Drea offers a really honest view of biphobia in the gay community. My favorite part of the interview was the subject of gay marriage and bisexuality. My question for everyone: how do you feel about bisexuals who legally marry people of the opposite sex while homosexuals (in most states) still don’t have the right to marry their same-sex partner?
Jay and Drea address bisexual stereoptypes like: bisexual women just want a woman on the side while they live a public heterosexual lifestyle and bisexual women are incapable of being in a monogamous relationship. The interview also addresses the challenges Drea faced in the heterosexual community as an openly bisexual woman.
Tonight on SistersTalk Radio, we interviewed hilarious Karim Morgan, the actor who plays Joe Magnum on the popular web series BJ Fletcher: Private Eye.
We lost Karim briefly during the live broadcast, but we wouldn’t edit out the blunder for any amount of money in the world.
Some of Karim’s favorite productions are Freedom of Dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela, Little Shop of Horrors and Macbeth. His voice-over credits include Resident Evil Zero, Wonderfalls, and Puppets Who Kill.
Hear Karim discuss:
*His favorite scenes from BJ Fletcher season 1 and season 2
*Unique challenges doing a web series
*The BJ Fletcher character he resembles the most
*The BJ Fletcher character he resembles the least
*His working relationship with his co-stars
*What it’s like for Black actors in Canada
*What it’s like for Black gay actors in Canada
*His experience working on Freedom of Dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela and Wonderfalls
Tonight on SistersTalk Radio, we interviewed Dana Puddicombe, the actress who plays the loyal and lovable sidekick on the lesbian web series BJ Fletcher: Private Eye.
Dana is an actor and co-artistic director of East of Reason Theatre.
Hear Dana discuss:
*Her favorite scenes from season 1 and season 2
*Unique challenges doing a web series
*The BJ Fletcher character she resembles the most
*The BJ Fletcher character she resembles the least
*Her first lesbian kiss
*How she feels about playing the role of a lesbian
*The great working relationship she developed with the show’s creator/director/producer Regan Latimer
*Her friendship with co-star Lindy Zucker
*How powerful the internet can be for struggling filmmakers and actors
Dana has a great accent that reminds me of an American southern belle – even though she lives in Canada!
An 8-year-old Phoenix girl was raped by four boys, and according to police and the media, the parents are blaming their daughter for the attack. Since I don’t trust the police or the media, I will withhold judgement until more information is provided.
It’s clear from the video that the father is not a native English speaker. I wonder how much (if any) miscommunication came from both language barrier issues and cultural differences. The family moved to the US five years ago from West Africa.
The girl was removed from her home and placed in Child Protective Services because the police didn’t like the way the parents handled the situation.
This story is shocking and a bit difficult to comprehend. The boys range in ages between 9 and 14. It’s hard for me to accept that kids that young would be involved in something like this.
Twitter is already buzzin’ with people making smart-ass condescending remarks about immigrants and their native culture – particularly cultural norms that we don’t understand here in the morally superior United States.
Update: July 24 – 10:20am
“It’s a shame-based culture, so the crime is not as important as protecting the family name and the name of the community,” said Tony Weedor, a Liberian refugee in Littleton, Colo., and co-founder of the CenterPoint International Foundation, which helps Liberians resettle in the United States.
“I just feel so sorry for this little girl,” he said. “Some of these people will not care about the trauma she’s going through — they’re more concerned about the shame she brought on the family.”
In recent years, Liberia has made efforts to combat rape under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has sought to dispel the stigma associated with sexual assault by publicly acknowledging that she was herself the victim of attempted rape during the country’s civil war.
The girl’s healing process will be particularly difficult, said Paul Penzone of Childhelp, which aids young victims of crime. Authorities said the victim was in the care of Child Protective Services.
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