Category Archives: Society

Pianist Jim Brickman Delivers Comfort & Joy In Concert This Holiday Season

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*I caught one of pianist Jim Brickman’s recent tour stops during his 20th annual holiday show, Comfort & Joy.  That’s also the name of his most recent holiday CD.  Yes, I said “most recent.”  The man’s released seven holiday CDs over the years.  You’d think he’d tire of the genre.  After last night’s show, I hope he never does.

Don’t get it twisted: Brickman’s written lots of original songs that will be sung and played for generations, and he performed a few of them last night. But how can anyone be that freaking good at playing the piano and not consider himself first and foremost a pianist???

Brickman is this generation’s Liberace (Google him), a consummate showman and a flesh-and-blood Schroeder from the Peanuts gang who plays the piano with boyish abandon. In concert, he sweeps his fans up in a Yuletide whirlwind of holiday joy. Continue reading

Yay! Woman Displays 10,000 Rainbow Lights To Annoy Homophobic Neighbor

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*’Tis the season to be…waving your rainbow flag via 10,000 lights to annoy your homophobic neighbor.

Lexi Magnusson, 34 lives outside of Seattle, and told The Huffington Post that it all started when a new neighbor stopped by this holiday season.

“She’s Mormon and heard that we were, too,” Magnusson said.  “My guess is that she thought we were still believers, even though my husband told her we no longer attend.  I imagine she thought we still held the same belief about LGBTQ issues as the Church does.  We absolutely do not.  It’s why I left the Mormon church.”

You know what they say about making assumptions.  Ass.  You.  Me.

The neighbor told Magnusson that she had moved her family to Washington to “protect her children.”  The neighbor’s son had attended a school that allowed lesbians to attend the prom together and had school assemblies during which they taught transgender acceptance.

Poor thing.  He had to sit in an assembly — probably at a public school — and hear messages about tolerance and acceptance of other kids.  That’s not like it was back in the old days when you could bully kids and beat them up, and even leave them tied to a fence to die.  

The good ol’ days.  We really need to make America great again, don’t we?  Continue reading

TSA Agents at LAX Forced TV Host With Cancer to Remove Her Wig During ‘Horrific’ Cavity Search

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*”The 2 TSA Agents on my video went too far,” is what “The MOMS” co-founder, Denise Albert, wrote on the shows website as she described how agents from the Transportation Security Administration at LAX took her through a “horrific” and demeaning pat down on Sunday because she had medical cream in her carry on luggage.

The cream, which she has had clearance for on past flights, is related to her breast cancer treatment. Albert was diagnosed in 2015 with early stage breast cancer and  began chemo and radiation in February after having a lumpectomy.

Albert told PIX11 Morning News, where she is a frequent guest, that the agents pulled her to the side for a manual body search after they discovered she had the cream.

“I don’t know what was different this time but TSA agents aggressively attempted to do a body cavity search in public,” Albert wrote in the post. “I was TSA pre-checked and once through the scanner they asked me to take off my shoes. I explained I didn’t have socks on and that my cream is for an infection from my current treatment, including on my feet.”

Cold feet is often the result of chemo. Continue reading

So Prop 64 Passed, Recreational Weed is Now Legal in California, But at What Cost?

Buds are removed from a container at the "Oregon's Finest" medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon April 8, 2014. Over 20 Oregon cities and counties are moving to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries ahead of a May deadline, reflecting a divide between liberal Portland and more conservative rural areas wary about allowing medical weed. Portland, Oregon's largest city, already has a number of medical marijuana clinics and has not moved to ban them. Picture taken April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola (UNITED STATES - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS HEALTH) - RTR3KMHE

*As you probably already know, on November 9, 2016 a law was passed in California that made marijuana use legal. That means all persons 21 years of age and up can smoke marijuana recreationally…they don’t need to spend $65 (or the $15 to renew) for a doctor to clear them for medicinal.

Oh I see that eyebrow raising, and you subconsciously wondering, “How does this writer know these details?

Suffice it to remember: I’m a journalist. I researched it. Keep reading!

But now, with such a law passing, many Californians are saying, It’s ON now! Let the good times roll.

…and others who don’t smoke (or do so responsibly) are thinking, “Uh-oh.”

Voters may have chosen the yes vote on prop 64 that makes the drug legal under state law; but make no mistake, both medicinal and other is still illegal under federal law.

Here’s what the passage of this law (Prop 64) really means. Continue reading

App May Help Parents to Curb Climbing Teen Depression Rates

According to recent studies, the rates of teen depression continue to climb — especially among white teenaged girls. Researchers have found that nearly one in every 11 adolescents and young adults have a major depressive episode each year. What’s more, the prevalence of these episodes in adolescents increased from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. But while it’s clear that more and more teens are battling depression, the reasons aren’t quite as apparent.

Some researchers chalk it up to greater exposure to risk factors like cyberbullying. This may explain why teen girls are more vulnerable, since rates of cyberbullying have also increased more dramatically for teenaged girls than for boys. Female adolescents also use mobile texting applications more frequently; since problematic phone use has been linked to depressive moods, this may also play a part.

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Wanna Just Walk Into A Store, Take What You Want and Leave…Introducing ‘Amazon Go’ (Watch)

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*What if you could just walk into a grocery store, go to the aisle where the coffee is, grab a cannister and walk out. Or head to the chips aisle and repeat. Then leave with them all without dealing with a cashier. Not even a self-checkout. Just walk out the door.

And the best part is, when you look back no security is following you!

Thanks to online retail giant Amazon, this is no longer a hypothetical.

Introducing ‘Amazon Go’ a new way of shopping in a new kind of store. Based on app usage, you can just go into a store, scan your app and start shopping. You never have to stand in line to pay for your items because the moment you pick it up, its automatically added to your virtual cart. 

Change your mind about that box of cookies? No worries, just put it back and the charge goes away.

I’ve had dreams about this strategy. Continue reading

Kym Whitley and D. L. Hughley Partner with Special Needs Network in 4-Week Gift-Giving Campaign

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*(Los Angeles) — Special Needs Network under the direction of Areva Martin, will partner with actor D.L. Hughley and the D.L. Hughley Foundation; and Young & Hungry star, Kym Whitley, as they embark upon a 4-week journey to collect 10,000 gifts for deserving children; children with autism, and children in foster care.

Coming off of perhaps the most divisive presidential campaign in modern history, the participants hope this season of giving will encourage individuals and businesses alike to help create a new tone and focus for a deeply divided nation. Giving to others in need can be a great help in empowering one’s self, while easing fears and spreading joy.

“Too many families are frightened about their livelihoods, safety, and security in this post election America. Now more than ever, we need to rally together and show each other love and support. That’s why I’m partnering with Special Needs Network for 4 weeks of Christmas giving. It’s the perfect opportunity to spread joy in the midst of a grey and an uncertain time,” explains D.L. Hughley. Continue reading

According to the U. S. Census, Whites Will No Longer Be Majority in 35 Years

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“We’re in the midst of an epic transition,” Stephen Klineberg, Founding Director of Kinder Institute of Urban Research told Roland Martin on NewsOne. He was speaking of an America where whites will no longer be a majority.

Now before you get too excited, this won’t happen anytime soon. But then again, with the world seeming to spin with a quickness these days, 35 years may be here sooner than we realize.

Yes, we’re talking 2050. Word is there will be no one majority; but the world will be a bit browner, with multicultural and non-white people. Continue reading