This year, we lost many of our black firsts, black female firsts, survivors of tragedies, civil rights activists, world-changers, record-making athletes and globally renowned artists. From Aretha Franklin to Craig Mack to Ntozake Shange to Nancy Wilson to Winnie Mandela, our loss was great. As we enter another year, where the fight for equality, dignity and freedom is necessary to our survival, let’s remember those who made an impact—both good and bad—and fought for us to be where we are, paved paths for us to follow or simply tried to live in their truth in an ever-hostile world, where the issue of whether black lives do matter is still a topic of debate. Denise LaSalle The R&B singer rose to fame in the late 1960s after moving to Chicago and singing with Chess Records. LaSalle is known for her hit songs “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” and “Now Run and Tell That,” among others. She died Jan. 8 at the age of 78 in Jackson, Tenn. Frankie … [Read more...] about In Memoriam: A Tribute to the Ones We Lost in 2018
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True Blood is hell bent on getting shit done this week. So hang on tight, because True Blood is about to wrap things up, and fast. Oh, also there were some ridiculous/horrifying medieval torture sex toys, because True Blood! Let's break this bitch down Pro/Con style: Pro: Sarah Newlin decides to just walk out and offer her body up to her vampire attackers because there are only two episodes after this one and it's time to move shit along. Pro: Eric drinks Sarah and is healed. Awesome Eric returns with an amazing cackle and bloody smile. Pro: And Pam's all: Pro: Thank Christ, Awesome Eric is back. Gone is the depressed, Charlie Brown Vampire; returned is the Viking Vampire big swinging dick. Pro: An additional pro goes out to Vampire Eric for not just pilfering the closet of the Hot Topic vampire, but actually wearing the entire ensemble as it was intended. He could have just put on the t-shirt, but no the shirt was layered over a long-sleeve shirt, draped with a studded vest … [Read more...] about True Blood: “Here Is A Hot Dildo On A Stick, Are You Not Entertained?”
This year's hot holiday toys are more lifelike and interactive than ever before. Fuzzy robot puppies obey voice commands, animatronic ponies take you for a ride around the block and velociraptors snap and snarl in training exercises. And they also have frequent bouts of flatulence. Or bowel movements. Because, you know... for kids. Every year I track how tech changes the toy world. This year's playthings are moving away from needing mom and dad's phone screen (thank heaven, please don't play with my $1,000 phone), instead they rely on sensors and robotics to keep kids immersed offline. With STEM toys in growing demand -- which are toys that promote learning in science, tech, engineering and math skills -- we're seeing more engaging approaches to learning that tie into the popular franchise worlds of Marvel superheroes and Harry Potter wizardry. Here are some of the notable tech toys for young kids I've encountered this year: Now playing: Watch this: Hot tech toy … [Read more...] about Hot tech toys for 2018 include robots… that poo?
Somewhere around the midway mark of his magnificent new movie, Manchester By The Sea, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan stages a small moment of wordless frustration that speaks volumes. A woman, coughing and sobbing, is being wheeled into an ambulance on a gurney. Her whole world has been shattered; this is, without question, the worst thing that’s ever happened to her. But on top of all she’s going through, a petty inconvenience asserts itself: The paramedics can’t seem to get the gurney to cooperate—it keeps getting stuck as they try to safely, gently lift it into the vehicle. The universe, Lonergan slyly suggests, will not accommodate your personal crisis. At your lowest point, it will still hit you with ordinary irritations, the small stuff you sweat when you’re not coping with the big stuff. Furthermore, the people available in your darkest hour to help you through it may not be perfect at the job. Literally or figuratively, they may have trouble with … [Read more...] about Casey Affleck has a hard homecoming in the masterful, moving