*Apparently, that’s his story and he has stuck to it….for 40 years, I might add! A farmer in northern India claims he has been allergic to clothing since he was a young child. But what’s a man to do? He’s got to work, right? So Subal Barman got over himself a long time ago, and decided that he was not going to let his “condition” dictate his future.
The Indian farmer is now just a part of the community fabric in Rajpur village, in West Bengal, northern India. No double takes from the residents, no SMH’s or tsks…people have become accustomed to the naked farmer.
“From my childhood I could not wear clothes on my skin. It gives me a burning sensation and it’s unbearable,” Barman explains. And not only does putting clothes on his body cause excruciating pain; he can’t even sleep under bed sheets or covers! Continue reading →
*Well if this doesn’t beat all, I am at a loss for what will. Police officers generally get suspicious if you avoid eye-contact with them; but according to one man, the excuse a Dayton police officer used for tailing him before he eventually pulled him over, was because he did make direct eye contact with him.
Sheesh, talk about being damned if you do, damned if you don’t!
I’ll give you a minute to shake your head.
John Felton, who previously lived in Ohio, but has since moved to Michigan, was pulled over in front of his mom’s house. Though he was initially told by the officer that he allegedly activated his turn signal less than 100 feet before making a right turn, he suspected there was more to this because it was hard to believe he would be stopped for such a shallow technicality.
Felton probed a bit deeper, asking the officer for the real reason he was followed for several blocks and eventually pulled over.Continue reading →
*With the notable exception of infomercial star and fitness guru Shawn T, black folks don’t show up on fitness videos often, and I’m told you don’t see us leading fitness classes, either. (I don’t have first-hand knowledge of that, as the last time I was in a fitness class I was preoccupied, waiting for the lunch bell to ring.) Most instructors that I’ve seen are way too young, way too perky, and way too white to really hold my attention.
According to USA Today, a new online fitness site, AcaciaTV, is trying to change that by offering a much more diverse group of instructors. Roughly half of them are African American or Asian, and a significant number of them are over 35. Some of them even know a thing or two about a drive-thru window, and come from careers and industries far from a gym.
In other words, they have much more in common with you and me.
*When I was a kid, hanging out in metro Detroit with my maternal grandmother was always a hoot. Her very arrival at our house always caused a stir — mainly because of her chalky skin and Lucille Ball-red hair. I was born red-headed, and always loved the story of my dad, upon seeing me in the hospital nursery, asking my mother who she’d been sleeping with. I grew up hearing “Who’s the white lady with your mom?” at every school function that “Ma” attended. I later learned that all of my grandmother’s sisters married white men and “passed” for white, living their entire lives just minutes from where I grew up.
It took a few years for me to realize that red hair and freckles weren’t a part of the norm for most black folks, and that there was a perception that they were traits held only by the whitest of the white. Under normal conditions, when activated by a particular hormone, the recessive MC1R gene generates the production of black or brown pigment in hair. In cases when both parents are carriers of the MC1R and the gene is mutated or antagonized, it fails to turn the hair darker and instead leaves a typically gorgeous buildup of red pigment.
According to the BBC News, less than two percent of the world’s population are redheads. In Ireland and Scotland, the redhead count is around 10 percent. As such, the word “ginger” typically connotes visions of people with Celtic-Germanic physical features — i.e. milky white skin. However, white folks aren’t the only redheads in the world, and according to the Huffington Post, French-born, London-based photographer Michelle Marshall’s new project is documenting the many manifestations of the MC1R gene, particularly in people of African descent. Continue reading →
*The headline quotes a bearded Louisiana white man who is up in arms because a community is attempting to move forward with plans to rename a half-mile stretch of road after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The self-proclaimed ‘not racist’ man says if this plan does manifest, it will force him to reveal his “racist ways.”
In a video clip from a St. Bernard Parish council meeting posted by NOLA.com, the man states “I’ve never had a racist bone in my body. I’ve worked for a bunch of ’em, been in their houses, been in a lot of your guys’ houses,” said the bearded white man who was not identified. “But if you keep pushing me I will show you my racist ways.”
Wonder what he means by that.
He also made other disparaging comments. Like Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, can “go to hell” and “praise the Lord for (Gov.) Bobby Jindal.”
Talking Points Memo reports that someone else said if the street name was changed to reflect that of Dr. King, the road would lead to crime. Continue reading →
*You’ve probably heard. Now the “little blue pill” has a playmate: A “little pink pill.”
How does the song go? “We gonna need a soundproof room?”
Yep! Given the green light recently by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, women now have their own remedy designed to increase their sexual desire.
Many are probably thinking it’s about time! Seeing as men have had a couple of options, including Viagra, cleared by the industry’s top regulator quite some time ago.
According to the L. A. Times, the FDA’s approval of flibanserin, often known by the nickname “pink Viagra,” reverses two earlier rejections of the pill as a treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD. The decision follows a public campaign challenging the agency to close a widening gap between the number of drugs available for men’s sexual health and those available to women. Continue reading →
*“Come together. Right now. Over me.” Who knew these lyrics by the late John Lennon would come in handy over the union of two fast food rivals?
But it perfectly suits the needs of what Burger King is hoping will happen on September 21 — otherwise known as World Peace Day. The fast food giant has proposed to rival, McDonald’s, that they come together for the day andcreate a new dish.
*Who did this? With all the negative attention going around about police doing unlawful things; now it appears some secret bandit has taken it upon him or herself to leave this documentation.
The Atlanta Police Dept. is searching for the graffiti artist that chose to depict the iconic cartoon character, Elmer Fudd, all dressed up in police attire; holding his famous rifle. But its the sign that Fudd stands alongside that is causing a ruckus.
The sign reads “Negro Season” and it is painted on a building in midtown ATL. A city that was 34 percent black in 2010.