*The out-of-control, caught on camera behaviors of many law enforcement officers have civilians wondering if it might be better to just do away with the “service” and let us take our chances with the criminals. The internet, in unison with widespread cellphone access, has successfully brought what always transpired in the dark into the light, and African American filmmakers are using their skills to put these issues on blast towards a positive solution.
Enter the documentary ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer.’
An official 2017 selection of the Pan African Film Festival, and inspired by personal experiences, director-producer AJ Ali teamed up with Oscar-winning cinematographer Errol Webber (“Music By Prudence”) on this powerful film about reconciliation and exercising the act of love. Continue reading →
*How, you may wonder, does strange sh*t like this end up on my desk? I am scratching my head as I ask this, and giving Lee Bailey the side eye. But here it is. It’s s story from 2013 that most people missed. It ain’t pretty and it’s got the nerve to be true.
Some weird ass 18-year-old white girl named Alisa Massaro always had a thing about f*cking dead dudes. Two of ’em ended up at her house, coerced by the promise of sex — but instead, were strangled by the wench and her friends — two dudes, one of ’em the 19-year-old son of a police sergeant, and some other girl.
According to police reports, Joshua Miner, her 24-year-old boyfriend, then piled the bodies of the deceased men — Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins, who were both 22 and black — together and placed a beige sheet across them so he and Massaro, could lie together on top of them and have sex.
Oh god. Must I continue? Bailey’s looking at me so I guess that means yes.Continue reading →
*And to think, somebody went to law school for this. Let me explain. When I learned that an actual judge had sentenced a man to more than TWO DECADES in jail because he stole a TV remote, my first action was to research what training a person has to go through to become a judge.
This is what I found.
Step One: Obtain an Undergraduate Degree. …
Step Two: Attend Law School and Obtain a Juris Doctor. …
Step Three: Pass the Bar and Other Exams. …
Step Four: Become Appointed or Elected to the Court. …
Step Five: Complete Judgeship Training.
So then I though, “Nah. There has got to be more to this story.”
*I’m filing this one in my new GMFB file: Give Me (a) Break. (I’ll let you fill in the “F” for yourself, just in case there are children in the room.)
Five-year old Moriah Modisette was killed and her father was seriously injured when another driver, Garrett Willhelm slammed into their car at 65 mph on a Texas highway in 2014, according to her family. Willhelm was chatting away on a FaceTime video chat at the time of the crash. FaceTime was still running as rescue workers removed Moriah’s lifeless body and her dad from the demolished car.
Instead of holding Willhelm liable, the family has gone after Apple, according to Fortune.com, as it’s their FaceTime program that runs on their mobile platforms. The family claims the company has failed to install a “lock out” feature on FaceTime, thereby preventing drivers from using the app while on the road. The family’s lawsuit alleges that Apple was granted a patent to install the feature earlier in 2014, and the feature could have prevented the catastrophic crash. Continue reading →
*Oh boy. And to think I was just apologizing to a visitor: “Too bad we can’t take you up to see the Hollywood sign,” as we traveled down the famed street in Los Angeles — with them looking at the handprints in cement in from of the old Mann’s Chinese Theater (now ‘TCL’ sumpthin’); as the children took pictures with the likes of Batman, Mickey & Minnie, Edward Scissorhands, The Joker and the man with the huge yellow snake.
I am so glad I didn’t point for them to actually lookup.
I can just hear the children now. “Mommy, THAT doesn’t spell Hollywood.”Continue reading →