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A Matter of Perception – Nili Brosh

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A Matter of Perception

Nili Brosh

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.90

Release Date: September 9, 2014

© ℗ 2014 Nili Brosh

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6-Year-Old Kicked Out of Daycare Over Black Lives Matter Shirt

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Sources: NBA plans ‘Black Lives Matter’ on courts

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Walmart Under Fire for Selling All Lives Matter T-shirt

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Meet the Inspiring Teen Whose Black Lives Matter Protest Brought In Thousands of People

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How Black Lives Matter Began: Meet the Women Whose Hashtag Turned Into a Global Movement

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How Black Lives Matter Began: Meet the Women Whose Hashtag Turned Into a Global Movement

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‘Now is the time’: John Boyega addresses protesters at London Black Lives Matter rally

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‘Now is the time’: John Boyega addresses protesters at London Black Lives Matter rally

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The Weeknd calls on music bosses to donate to Black Lives Matter causes

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A Matter of Time – Casey Cohen

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A Matter of Time

Casey Cohen

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 8.99

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Release Date: April 18, 2017


Acclaimed musician Kathryn Calder is touring the world with one of Canada’s biggest indie rock bands, The New Pornographers, when she receives devastating news: her mother, Lynn, has ALS, and a short time left to live. Kathryn learns that ALS is a progressive, paralyzing disease, with no treatment or cure. A terminal illness requiring full time care. She consequently decides to return to her childhood home, committed to being her mom's primary caregiver through the final months of her life. The foundation of Lynn and Kathryn's bond goes beyond mother and daughter—they share a love of music. Lynn, a former piano teacher, has always dreamed of seeing her daughter in the spotlight, singing her own songs. Inspired to make something beautiful amidst the grief and trauma of this long, painful goodbye, Kathryn transforms the living room of their house into a studio. With her mother in bed just down the hall and her condition worsening every day, Kathryn will fill the house with music and make a record—her first solo album—a parting gift for her biggest fan. A Matter of Time is a heart-breaking yet hopeful documentary that examines the power of love and music, and the inspiration, salvation, and possibility that occurs when these two forces intersect with the most challenging moment in a young musician's life.

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Dark Matter – Curt Morgan

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Dark Matter

Curt Morgan

Genre: Sports

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Release Date: December 24, 2019


World-renowned snowboarders Travis Rice and Elias Elhardt team up with legendary director Curt Morgan for a celebration of space and time filmed in the deep backcountry of Alaska, exclusively on location at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.

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What’s the Matter, Brik? – Brik.Liam

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What’s the Matter, Brik?

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Matter for Joy – Darris Maxie

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Matter for Joy

Darris Maxie

Genre: Instrumental

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Which preseason storylines matter? Barnwell’s verdict on 11 big ones

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A Matter of Class (Unabridged) – Mary Balogh

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A Matter of Class (Unabridged)

Mary Balogh

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 11.99

Publish Date: December 29, 2009

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Billy Joel, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia – a Documentary Film – Jim Brown

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Billy Joel, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia – a Documentary Film

Jim Brown

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 12.99

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Release Date: May 20, 2014


In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin’s invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went. For the first time A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: A Documentary presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. The brand-new 90-minute film takes a fresh look at the groundbreaking trip, painstakingly incorporating some of the documentary material from 1988, both released and unreleased. But the heart and soul of this new film comprises up-to-date interviews with nearly 20 U.S. and Russian participants, including Billy, Christie Brinkley, band musicians, crew, and many others. There is a passion and intimacy to their interviews that underscores the historical significance of what these fellow travelers all witnessed, and the warmth that the Russian people showered on them. Billy has always considered that going to Russia was the most important thing he’d ever done as a performer. The freedom and excitement of his presence permanently affected the country and played a role in the ultimate dissolution of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. This new deluxe box set A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia also includes newly commissioned essays and previously unseen photography.

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The NFL minicamp absences that actually matter, and what’s next

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HADRON Dark Matter – Stephen Arseneault

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HADRON Dark Matter

Stephen Arseneault

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Publish Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Stephen Arseneault

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


The fight for Man's survival in the galaxy begins now… Since the discovery of dark matter only weeks before, massive electromagnetic storms have been bombarding the Earth. The power grids have been up and down. Cell service, land lines, TV, radio, and even cable have had interruptions. Man is sparsely prepared for the events that are coming. In this first devastating book of the HADRON series, a small group of citizens take control of their own destinies when Earth's relatively tranquil existence is shattered by a new reality… our galaxy is a hostile, unforgiving place. Can we survive a collapsing civilization before our true enemies even arrive? Find out now by grabbing your copy of HADRON Dark Matter today!

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HADRON Dark Matter – Stephen Arseneault

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HADRON Dark Matter

Stephen Arseneault

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Publish Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Stephen Arseneault

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


The fight for Man's survival in the galaxy begins now… Since the discovery of dark matter only weeks before, massive electromagnetic storms have been bombarding the Earth. The power grids have been up and down. Cell service, land lines, TV, radio, and even cable have had interruptions. Man is sparsely prepared for the events that are coming. In this first devastating book of the HADRON series, a small group of citizens take control of their own destinies when Earth's relatively tranquil existence is shattered by a new reality… our galaxy is a hostile, unforgiving place. Can we survive a collapsing civilization before our true enemies even arrive? Find out now by grabbing your copy of HADRON Dark Matter today!

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It doesn’t matter where or who — Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets can beat you

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Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia the Concert – Billy Joel

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Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia the Concert

Billy Joel

Genre: Concert Films

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Release Date: May 20, 2014


In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin’s invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went. For the first time, A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. The newly remastered concert film, originally directed by Wayne Isham, adds seven previously unreleased songs to the original 1987 VHS release Live From Leningrad, including a bonus performance of “Pressure.” The performances have been completely remasterd from the original 35 millimeter negatives for the best audiovisual quality. Billy has always believed that going to Russia was the most important thing he’d ever done as a performer. The freedom and excitement of his presence permanently affected the country and played a role in the ultimate dissolution of the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

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Are Bert and Ernie gay? And does it matter?

A new debate about the relationship status of Sesame Street’s Ernie and Bert has taken off on social media following a statement by Mark Saltzman, the writer behind both characters, saying that he based them on his own gay relationship. Others involved in the show however say the pair are just good friends and ask, “Does it really matter?”.


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Episode 225 Scott Adams: Prediction Versus Reality and Facts Don’t Matter

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Why Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Republicans are Natural Allies (or should be)

One of the big changes in our national consciousness, thanks to President Trump, is that many of us are starting to see politics in terms of “deals.” We are also thinking about a growing economy. Compare that approach to the Obama/Bernie/Clinton worldview that is more about wealth transfer in a world of scarcity. For my purposes today, you don’t need to decide which approach is better. I only make the claim that we are more focused on the Art of the Deal than at any time in American politics. This is one of the many ways President Trump is in our heads.

And the deal-making mindset, along with some lucky coincidences, has created the greatest opportunity for improvement that the African-American community has seen in decades. At the same time, Republicans have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn a larger share of the black vote in 2018 and beyond. All we are missing is the right deal. Is there a potential deal that is good for President Trump and the GOP while also being good for BLM?

Yes. And it isn’t even hard.

I’ll get to that deal after some necessary context. (It’s worth your time.)

You probably remember that candidate Trump famously asked African-American voters during the campaign “What the hell do you have to lose?” It sounded like a weak offer when I first heard it. But combined with his deal-making approach to politics, you could also see it as an invitation to pitch some ideas. The door is open.

Some of you might recall that when Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling trend in the NFL, I publicly offered to help translate any ideas he might have for improving the lives of black Americans into “Republican language” so there would be some hope of persuading the group that held the most political power. I never heard any specific suggestions from Kaepernick. But as I often say, he gets full credit as a Master Persuader for capturing our attention and holding it. He has skin in the game, he broke no laws, and he turned a back-burner issue in America into a front-burner issue. I give Kaepernick an A+ for American activism. Was Kaepernick offensive to people who love the flag and respect the police? Absolutely. That’s why we paid so much attention. But he didn’t break anything except for the way we think, and that was his objective.

As of this writing, Kaepernick only got us halfway to where he wants us to be. He lacked specific suggestions for improvement. Black Lives Matter has been similar. They get high marks for attracting attention, but they have so far been more provocative than helpful. I need to pause here to tell you that BLM has a wide range of personalities and priorities in it. On one extreme you have folks who are anti-police, anti-borders, pro-violence, and other unhelpful positions. But other chapters support the rule of law, including support for police, and are looking for practical solutions to real problems. If you dislike the extremists in BLM, consider supporting the BLM leaders who are focused on peaceful and practical solutions. That’s the mindset that gave us Martin Luther King Jr. I think that worked out for everyone.

Black Lives Matter (NY Chapter), under the leadership of Hawk Newsome, just came up with a set of suggested improvements that can — with a little negotiating — appeal to both Democrats and Republicans. If both parties like what they see, Republicans have the stronger hand because they are in power at the moment. The tie goes to the party that can make things happen. Love him or hate him, President Trump does make things happen. And he likes making deals. In other words, BLM of NY is answering President Trump’s invitation with a “What do you have to lose?” offer of their own.

If you have the time to hear my persuasive pitch of BLM-NY’s ideas on video, see them here. For the full persuasive effect, watch the video before reading the “spoilers” that follow. But this blog post can be consumed without watching the video.

I contacted Hawk Newsome to see how I could help his cause after watching a video in which he flipped a crowd of Trump-supporters from haters to friends in about five minutes. It was one of the most impressive acts of persuasion I have ever seen. Watch it here and see what I mean. This isn’t the BLM you thought you knew.

Hawk shared with me an early version of his chapter’s suggested improvements for the country. Again, I was impressed. The suggestions were beneficial to Americans in general, not just the black community, although that group might feel they have the most to gain, and perhaps they do. This was the same sort of persuasion strategy that got President Obama elected twice. Obama emphasized his policies, not his color, and that approach allowed people of every ethnicity to support him. BLM of NY figured out how to do the same thing. They offer practical suggestions that are designed to be good for people in general. I can support that.

Prior to publication of BLM-NY’s suggestions, I ran them past a prominent Republican to see what he thought. To my surprise, the prominent Republican — who shall remain nameless for now — told me BLM was thinking too small. So he offered as an alternative some bigger themes that I’ll share with you first because these are quite compatible with BLM’s priorities.

A Prominent Republican’s Vision for Improving Black Lives (because they matter):

  1. Create safer neighborhoods to attract jobs and create optimism.
  2. Fix school bureaucracies in communities where students are failing.
  3. Create apprenticeships for unskilled adults
  4. Address the opiod epidemic directly and by improving the environment.

You probably think those are good priorities. BLM agrees. And if I took it further and asked you which group thinks Charter schools are a good idea, you might be surprised to learn that the answer is “both.” On the big stuff, and on much of the small stuff too, BLM is entirely compatible with Republican ideals. When you are trying to make a deal, it helps to start with the parts upon which you agree.

Now I’ll share with you the BLM-NY list of suggestions. These ideas go directly to improving the credibility of the police. Republicans want the police to be credible too. Republicans also like good data, the rule of law, voting participation, and legal decisions that are free of bias. That’s what BLM-NY is focused on too. Here’s their list. Notice that every suggestion is useful for citizens in general, not just one ethnic group.

Ideas from Black Lives Matter – New York

  1. Prosecute and jail police that falsify reports.
  2. Police must call an ambulance if defendant complains of illness.
  3. Voting rights for people in prison
  4. Independent prosecutors for police killings of unarmed civilians.
  5. Comprehensive national database of police shootings.
  6. New York holiday for Day of Remembrance for victims of police brutality.

I’ll discuss these points in order.

Prosecute and jail police that falsify reports.

I think most Republicans would agree that a police officer who falsifies a police report must be held accountable. Republicans like the rule of law, and they like honesty. So far, BLM and Republicans are on the same page.

Police must call an ambulance if defendant complains of illness.

You might not know that people in police custody have died while begging for medical care that was not granted. I think we’d all want access to emergency medical care if we were in police custody. You might see some abuses of the system, but I think we’d all agree this one is worth discussing.

Voting rights for people in prison

I’ve never understood why prisoners lose the right to vote. Voting makes people feel part of the system. It seems like one of the few psychological influences that can nudge law-breakers toward becoming law-abiding. Realistically, only a small percentage of convicted criminals would bother to vote. The prickly part is that most would (presumably) vote Democrat. But Republicans can compete for those votes, and should. A good start would involve taking the lead in returning the vote to that class of folks.

Independent prosecutors for police killings of unarmed civilians.

Why not try independent prosecutors for police shootings of unarmed civilians? You could test it in one city or more and see how it goes. Budget-wise, I suspect we’d be better off in the long run with this sort of credibility-improving process. Perhaps you’d get less after-verdict violence. It’s worth discussing, and probably worth testing somewhere.

Comprehensive national database of police shootings.

Republicans will argue that the data does not show police are more violent with black suspects. African-Americans will tell you their lived experience says otherwise. BLM-NY offers the only sensible way forward, recommending national standards for reporting police violence against unarmed civilians. Who hates better data?

New York holiday for Day of Remembrance for victims of police brutality.

New York can decide on whether or not it wants a Day of Remembrance for victims of police brutality. I think the idea as proposed is divisive, framing the situation as one in which police are the bad guys. The point of the suggestion is to keep the problem of police violence against unarmed citizens in our thoughts, but I’m sure there’s a more productive way to do that. For example, if BLM and the GOP find a way to work together on some parts of this list, no one will forget that anytime soon. I prefer focusing on the positives.

Now consider how perfect the set-up is for a win-win deal between African-American voters and the GOP. President Trump’s biggest political problem is the perception that he’s a racist. Improving the economy and the job market doesn’t fix that problem, although it helps. But taking seriously BLM-NY’s list of suggestions — in some negotiated and improved form — would be a game-changer.

President Obama was hugely popular among black voters, but there is a sense in the African-American community that he didn’t deliver. Democrats have no charismatic leader at the moment, and not much power at the federal level compared to the GOP. Never before has the GOP been in such a strong position to make a play for a good portion of the African-American vote. All they need to do to get the ball rolling is take BLM-NY’s suggestions seriously as a basis for a deal. And BLM-NY is making that easy by presenting practical ideas that are not race-specific.

I spoke with Hawk again yesterday and both of us had just watched the recent viral video of a police shooting of an unarmed man in a hallway as it had been recorded on the police officer’s body cam. When you see the video you can understand why the cop opened fire. The man was reportedly armed, according to the initial call to police, and refused to keep his hands where he was ordered to keep them. In this case, the body cam protected the police officer as well as the reputation of the police by showing us exactly how the tragedy unfolded. Hawk and I were left wondering if a greater focus on body cams for police would be a practical approach to building confidence between the black community and police. I don’t know the answer, but here again we see a practical idea that I assume Republicans can embrace.

And to that I say, why the hell not?

 

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Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter (Unabridged) – Scott Adams

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Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter (Unabridged)

Scott Adams

Genre: Comedy

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Publish Date: October 31, 2017

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Young Thug ft. Millie Go Lightly “Family Don’t Matter,” Stoneface ft. Rass Kass & William Cooper “4th Dimension” & More | Daily Visuals 10.20.17

If Young Thug’s proven anything it’s that you never know how he’s going to show up in his videos.

While we’ve seen him in tight jeans and dresses, for his visuals to the Millie Go Lightly assisted “Family Don’t Matter” the ATLien gets a little bit country with it and takes his talents to a farm where the horses are the only things around to ride and the barn is the club.

Back in the hood Stoneface keeps it simple but classic as he, Rass Kass and William Cooper kick it in the staircase OG style for their clip to “4th Dimension.”

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YOUNG THUG FT. MILLIE GO LIGHTLY – “FAMILY DON’T MATTER”

STONEFACE FT. RASS KASS & WILLIAM COOPER – “4TH DIMENSION”

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Anti Matter – Keir Burrows

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Anti Matter

Keir Burrows

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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Anti Matter is a sci-fi noir take on Alice in Wonderland tale. Ana, an Oxford PhD student finds herself unable to build new memories following an experiment to generate and travel through a wormhole. The story follows her increasingly desperate efforts to understand what happened, and to find out who – or what – is behind the rising horror in her life.

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No Matter What

Erin Nicholas

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: March 13, 2017

Publisher: EN Fiction, Inc.

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The best doesn’t come cheap…and this time it could cost him his heart. The Billionaire Bargains book one Handsome billionaire Adam Steele is good. Good at getting his way. If nothing else, money always works—until he realizes he can’t buy his daughter’s way out of her new wheelchair. Three private physical therapists later, he’s almost given up on Emily walking again. Then he meets Dr. Jaden Monroe. And his match. Feisty physical therapist Jaden Monroe has never met a man quite like Adam. She’s not sure if it’s his I’m-in-charge attitude or the heat in his eyes when he looks at her, but she finds herself wanting to say yes to anything he asks. Like when he asks her to help his daughter walk again. Of course, the million dollars he offers—just enough to finish the pediatric rehab wing Jaden has been working for and dreaming of—is hard to say no to as well.  But Jaden didn’t anticipate a teen whose injuries are more than physical. Or a man so passionate and devoted—and as tenacious as she is. As she and Adam fight their attraction, the only thing harder than keeping her promise will be keeping a hold on her heart. Warning: Contains heated arguments that erupt only slightly more often than hot kissing, a new perspective on kitchen appliances, and sizzling sex occurring everywhere BUT the bedroom (though they eventually make it there). ***THIS TITLE WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED. THIS IS A RERELEASE BY THE AUTHOR***

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Black Trans Lives Matter, Too

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Tragically, 2015 was the deadliest year on record for black trans and gender non conforming women with the total number of murder victims ranging from 21-25. Our average life expectancy is a paltry 35 years, less than half that of the average cisgender woman. The violence against folks like us is occurring at a rate that remains alarmingly high, and contributes to that shortened life expectancy. This unfortunate reality prompted me to join the larger #BlackLivesMatter movement, because we must declare that all black lives matter, including black trans folks.

Many of the causes of death have yet to be released, but from what is known, a majority of the black trans women lynched this year were either shot, burned, or stabbed to death while engaged in the sex trades. As I bear witness to these stories, I’ve begun contextualizing the violence against folks like us through the lens of Ida B. Wells’ A Red Record, a work of investigative journalism that tracked lynchings in the 19th and 20th century. Her legacy empowered me to utilize communication technologies like social media to lift up our stories.

In colonized lands across the globe, there is a war being waged on any black person who would dare to exist outside of the gender binary. But the struggle for our lives doesn’t begin and end with these acts of murder. The stigmatization and criminalization of trans people persisting in the law enforcement system, furthers the oppression faced by folks like us. We must continue elevating the conversation around the social and institutional violence and, in doing so, include the ways black trans people are disproportionately and uniquely affected. Also, the media often enables the stigma and discrimination already endured by trans people, by portraying us as less than human. Instead of being honorably covered when targeted by hate or malice, many outlets misgender and slander trans women of color in death, using mug shots, birth names, incorrect pronouns. Even worse, they speculate on so-called justifications for their murders – such as sex work, homelessness, and drug use, which removes the accountability from where it belongs: on anti-trans violence and oppression.

In order to know where we are going, we have to remember that from which we come; that our history predates the Transatlantic Slave Trade. My whole life was changed when I traveled to Ferguson with the Black Lives Matter freedom rides, in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s murder. Witnessing the power and resilience of queer and trans black women especially, gave me hope that this iteration of the movement for black lives would not fail to center our most vulnerable and precious members. I do believe that everyone has a role to play in creating a more just and loving world, I just wish people would stay in their own lanes. Eradicating systemic oppression should be the challenge of those who benefit from it’s bounty. In other words, ending racism is the responsibility of white folks.

After a lifetime involved in the movement, I’m convinced that instead of trying to eradicate white supremacy our main focus should be creating the kind of world we want to inhabit. We can no longer afford to hide behind the tenants of non violence and respectability, if those values do not require us to protect black trans girls at all costs. I often think about the resiliency of Eisha Love whom I affectionately named “The Girl Who Lived.” Her case was eerily similar to Cece McDonald, who was also charged with a felony crime for surviving a racist and transphobic attack. Whereas every breath a black trans person takes is an act of resistance, our primary objective should be survival by any means necessary.

I dream a world in which all black lives matter. A world where we are not poisoned by the water and genetically modified foods. I dream a world where our black bodies are not criminalized because of sex work or HIV/AIDS. I dream a world where we have complete and total access to the entire universe without barriers or borders. I envision a world without prisons and without police. I envision a world that supplies our basic needs like, housing and medical care for all people. I dream a world centered around black women because the black woman is god and black girls are magic. The role of the black queer and trans prophets leading this struggle for liberation is to usher in a new world order full of love, beauty, compassion and empathy.

Our unique perspective of inhabiting the space between masculine and feminine further equipped us to seek truth and often overlooked perspectives. Before western concepts of gender bankrupted our social capital, we served as the mediators, the healers and the griots. It’s my hope that in the future black trans folks will be loved, respected, included, paid, healthy and free. Simply, it’s my hope that #BlackTransLivesMatter, too.

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This post is part of the “Black Future Month” series produced by The Huffington Post and Black Lives Matter Network for Black History Month. Each day in February, this series will look at one of 29 different cultural and political issues affecting Black lives, from education to criminal-justice reform. To follow the conversation on Twitter, view #BlackFutureMonth.

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Billy Joel

Genre: Concert Films

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In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin’s invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went. For the first time, A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. The newly remastered concert film, originally directed by Wayne Isham, adds seven previously unreleased songs to the original 1987 VHS release Live From Leningrad, including a bonus performance of “Pressure.” The performances have been completely remasterd from the original 35 millimeter negatives for the best audiovisual quality. Billy has always believed that going to Russia was the most important thing he’d ever done as a performer. The freedom and excitement of his presence permanently affected the country and played a role in the ultimate dissolution of the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

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Black Lives Matter, ACT UP and the Urgency of Violence and Death

There’s been lots of criticism from some progressives after Senator Bernie Sanders was shouted down by Black Lives Matters activists in Seattle recently, especially from supporters of Sanders’ presidential campaign. The basic tenor is that Sanders is a “friend” and thus protesting him is a waste of time, diverting from going after the “real” enemy. But much context is missing among the critics of Black Lives Matter, and, in one case in which a a comparison to the fiery AIDS activist group ACT UP is made, there’s a bit of unintentional historical revisionism that needs to be cleared up.

I was sitting in the crowd when former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley, was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protestors in Phoenix at Netroots Nation last month. The activists took the stage and made the point that the issue of police violence and killings of black citizens weren’t being discussed adequately by progressives and political candidates. They demanded answers from O’Malley, and, directly afterward, from Bernie Sanders. It was disruptive, loud, tense and passionate.

And the first thing that came to my mind was ACT UP, a group of which I was a part, chairing its media committee back in the late ’80s, and which engaged in similar kinds of protest and disruption, including against Democratic presidential candidates. The urgency of the protest was similar as well: People are dying, and no one in power seems to be doing anything to stop it.

That’s why I was perplexed by at least one critic of Black Lives Matter suggesting that the group could take a page from ACT UP, which is portrayed as having engaged in a more productive form of disruption. Charles Pierce, a sharp, progressive writer I’ve followed for years and who does great work, criticized Black Lives Matter on Esquire.com for protesting Sanders in Seattle — preventing him from speaking — and like many other progressive critics he called the action “stupid” and “counterproductive” since Sanders basically supports the cause, unlike GOP presidential candidates. In a follow-up post he took back the word “counterproductive” but stuck by his general criticism and used ACT UP, which transformed the response by government, media and the health care establishment to HIV, as a model of activism which Black Lives Matter should follow.

The implied message was that ACT UP was successful by only targeting obvious enemies and not offending supposed allies. But that is simply not true. ACT UP was hated, despised, ridiculed and attacked by supposed friends — including many in the gay community itself — who claimed we were hitting the “wrong” targets, including our supposed allies, similar to the criticism Black Lives Matter is receiving now. The progressive Village Voice, born in the 1960s’ rebellion, was perhaps the biggest critic of ACT UP in the early years. According to some progressive critics there and elsewhere, we were fascists or Stalinists who silenced people with angry and confrontational protests. Or we were alienating the very people we were supposed to bring in.

The same was true of the criticism of the tactics of the various offshoots of ACT UP in the early ’90s, such as Queer Nation, which focused on the violence against gays and engaged in guerrilla actions to promote queer visibility, staging kiss-ins and wheat-pasting posters around major cities which revealed the sexual orientation of closeted prominent Hollywood and political figures.

And there were virulent attacks on OutWeek magazine, another ACT UP offshoot, founded by ACT UP members, which was at the center of the so-called “outing” movement (and where I was an editor). The writer Fran Leibowitz, a darling of liberal intellectuals, said of OutWeek, “It’s damaging, it’s immoral, its McCarthyism, it’s terrorism, its cannibalism, it’s beneath contempt.”

ACT UP regularly protested that supposed friend of liberals, The New York Times, and ACT UP activists literally hijacked the set of Dan Rather’s live broadcast on the CBS Evening News, flashing a message opposing the first Iraq war and calling instead for money for AIDS research. The group disrupted trading at the New York Stock Exchange, unfurling a banner on the floor, invaded St. Patrick’s Cathedral with a civil disobedience action against the Catholic Church and shouted down Democratic presidential candidates, like Bill Clinton, getting promises from them on fighting the AIDS epidemic.

Years later, people herald ACT UP for the work it did, but they all seem to forget that in the moment there was enormous tension between the group and the larger progressive community — as well with the larger gay community — as people accused ACT UP of alienating allies by being confrontational. And that has actually been true of every protest movement for every cause: In the moment they’re criticized, while later they’re heralded. Black Lives Matter is doing exactly what it should be doing. And it is getting exactly the response it should be getting, bringing attention in every way possible to an urgent life and death issue.

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Billy Joel, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia – a Documentary Film – Jim Brown

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Billy Joel, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia – a Documentary Film

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In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin’s invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went. For the first time A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: A Documentary presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. The brand-new 90-minute film takes a fresh look at the groundbreaking trip, painstakingly incorporating some of the documentary material from 1988, both released and unreleased. But the heart and soul of this new film comprises up-to-date interviews with nearly 20 U.S. and Russian participants, including Billy, Christie Brinkley, band musicians, crew, and many others. There is a passion and intimacy to their interviews that underscores the historical significance of what these fellow travelers all witnessed, and the warmth that the Russian people showered on them. Billy has always considered that going to Russia was the most important thing he’d ever done as a performer. The freedom and excitement of his presence permanently affected the country and played a role in the ultimate dissolution of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. This new deluxe box set A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia also includes newly commissioned essays and previously unseen photography.

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Why Your Body May Be Refusing To Drop Weight No Matter What You Do

If you’ve been putting in the hard work that’s necessary to lose weight, but your attempts have just felt like an endless series of banging your head against the same wall, hear me now. You’re not crazy. Weight loss resistance is a description for an entire category of people who, due to certain physiological imbalances, are unable to lose fat through traditional methods of healthy diet and regular exercise.

The causes range from thyroid malfunction to hormone imbalance, sleep deprivation to food intolerances or digestive imbalance, and more. Because there are many potential sources of the problem, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment that works for all weight loss resistant individuals. The key is to uncover your own, specific chemical imbalance or physiological “glitch” so that your doctor can target it with a treatment plan tailored to you. Until you talk to your doctor, you cannot be sure what plan is best for you, including if [The 20/20 Diet] would help you lose weight. And thanks to all the research conducted on the subject in recent years, doctors are armed with more methods for you to manage and treat the core of your problem than ever before.

Having been an athlete for my entire life, it was more than a little alarming when I found, a few years ago, that I was struggling to maintain my target, healthy weight. I was moving in what felt like slow motion across the tennis court in my afternoon games and feeling winded far too easily. The subtle signs started to add up, and despite my efforts to push myself harder physically and becoming hyperaware of my food intake, my body simply said, “Sorry, Buddy, you’re wasting your time here. Something is off.” So I pushed the medical experts for answers.

It turned out that I have metabolic syndrome, a genetic disposition that was transmitted to me from my father. The test revealed that my triglycerides were sky high, as was my blood sugar, and to top it all off, I had insulin resistance, so I was not processing sugar properly. My body was just hanging on to absolutely everything I put in it and not letting go. I simply wasn’t configured for weight loss.

The good news for me, and for you if you fit the bill, is that all of this is manageable with the right nutritional and medical plan. I got started right away working with my doctors to get my blood sugars stabilized and bring everything back into proper balance so my body would start releasing the weight again. I shudder to think where I might be now had I not jumped right on this problem, because I was unwittingly on the road to some devastating illnesses, including heart disease. Now that I’ve learned, with the help of my doctor, how to manage my body chemistry, my weight has remained in a safe range, and I am healthier overall. The very same can happen for you if you talk to your doctor.

I really want you to get this: You are not destined to be overweight or obese just because you got a raw deal in the metabolic or biochemical department. You do not have to feel trapped in your body anymore. I know you’d do anything to get out of the quicksand and onto dry land and win back control over your weight. I’m extending you a helping hand, so read carefully because it’s more than just your weight we’re talking about now; It’s your life.

If all of this is resonating with you and you have serious concerns that there could be a physiological cause for your inability to lose weight, then the first order of business is to closely examine your symptoms so that you can present them to your physician.

To get you started on your internal inspection, here is a list of some common symptoms to discuss with your medical professional, because they might indicate weight loss resistance. But, just remember, this is not an exhaustive list and if you are experiencing any physical issues that you’re worried about, you should bring them to your doctor’s attention.

  • Do you find yourself unable to lose weight, despite closely following a healthy eating plan and exercise program?

  • Has your physician diagnosed you with or medicated you for three or more of these conditions: high triglycerides (150 or higher), low HDL cholesterol (less than 50), high blood pressure, or elevated blood sugar?

  • Do you experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, or bloating two times or more per month? Or, do you notice any of these digestive symptoms or headaches after eating wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, or nut products?

  • Is your natural waist measurement (the area 1 inch above your belly button) 35 inches or more if you’re a woman, or 40 inches or more if you are a man?

  • Have you recently been experiencing disruptive sleep patterns such as waking up often during the night or finding it difficult to fall asleep, or do you sleep six or fewer hours most nights of the week?

  • Are you feeling any of these symptoms: increased sensitivity to cold, drastic changes in your body temperature, thinning hair, excessively dry skin, hoarseness, memory loss, or difficulty concentrating?

  • Have you recently been under chronic (ongoing) stress in your life? The kind of stress that you cannot seem to resolve? Take a moment here to measure your stress level on a sale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest level of stress and 1 being the lowest. Is your stress level 3 or higher?

  • Are you on any of these medications: antidepressants, diabetes medications, steroids, blood pressure medications, anti-seizure drugs, sleeping pills, birth control, or any form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

  • Do you use or abuse illicit drugs or abuse prescription medications that have not been prescribed to you?

  • Women only: Have you been told by a doctor that you are menopausal or perimenopausal, or have you ever been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome? Or are you often experiencing two or more of these symptoms: hot flashes, mood swings, tender breasts, vaginal dryness, excessive sweating, or changes in menstruation?

You cannot know with certainty if you fall into this weight loss resistance category without a medical evaluation, because everyone’s body chemistry is different. There are specific tests that can give your doctor the data needed to properly diagnose you and create a treatment plan, but the idea is to be an informed patient by asking the right questions and providing the right information when you visit your doctor.

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AMC Truly Proves Story Does Matter

“You really like those AMC shows don’t you?” a woman asked me recently. To which I said, “Yes, I do.” For AMC means it when they say story matters here. Also, it’s their compelling characters who give depth to their stories. Therefore, both story and characters matter at AMC.

Furthermore, it’s the stories that really capture us, when a character starts out good and ends up bad, or vice a versa. “That’s a bildungsroman,” another woman said to me a while ago. For if I hadn’t met her, I perhaps never would have heard of such a word. Bildungsroman, a German word, is basically about a main character in a novel going through moral and psychological growth. Like in the book and film Captains Courageous when the spoiled rich boy begins bad, to become good. Or in the Star Wars saga when Anakin Skywalker begins good, turns bad as Darth Vader, to be finally redeemed by his son Luke Skywalker in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

On good vs. bad, much has been discussed about the character Don Draper of AMC’s Mad Men, as the series finale aired last month on May 17, 2015 concluding seven seasons since 2007. Monster, bully, selfish, Don Draper, exceptionally acted by Jon Hamm, has been called all of that and more, all basically, to be left and free for anyone’s assertion. Nevertheless, faithful fans never intended to watch Mad Men every Sunday night expecting Don Draper to one day become Gandhi. Only because, it has been consistently shown to fans that there’s more to Don Draper than his vices, and about the show itself, all taking place mostly in the 1960s.

Such as, on the surface, it may appear that Don Draper is a selfish person. But is he truly a selfish person? In season 4 episode 12 titled, “Blowing Smoke,” the year is 1965. The start-up ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SCDP), formed on December 16, 1963 to evade a takeover by rival giant McCann-Erickson, is now trying to sail afloat. Lane Pryce asks the partners to each contribute a set amount of cash to stay in business. Don, Roger Sterling, and Bert Cooper to each give $ 100,000, with Lane and junior partner Pete Campbell to each give $ 50,000. Only Pete didn’t readily have $ 50,000, who afterwards said so to Don. Then Don says, “Pete, I’m doing everything I can.” Later, Pete tells Lane. The Englishman then smiles while saying, “Calm yourself. Don paid your share.” “What?” Pete replied. To which Lane added, “Perhaps, you weren’t supposed to know that.” Later on Pete sees Don across the hallway. Their eyes meet. Pete gives a grateful nod. Don also nods. Then both men walk purposefully away.

Yes, we’re in 2015. And $ 50,000 may not seem much to some. Still, $ 50,000 is a lot of money. Need proof? Just ask anyone with college loans.

Though in the year 1965, it helps to pause to appreciate the magnanimity of what Don Draper had done. According to dollar times dot com, in 1965, $ 50,000 had the same buying power as $ 376,301 now (bls dot gov figure is $ 375,554). Furthermore, Don also paid his share along with Pete’s, to combine at $ 150,000 then, having the same buying power as $ 1,128,904 in 2015. Also earlier in the same episode, Midge Daniels seeks Don, catching him as he just left work while in the grand lobby of New York’s Time-Life building. Don helps her out at her apartment by giving her $ 120.00 for one of her paintings, which has the same buying power as $ 903.00 in 2015. And speaking of college loans earlier, the cost of tuition at Harvard in 1965 was $ 1,760. So make no mistake, both $ 50,000 and $ 120.00 had amped-up turbo powered worth in 1965.

True, Don Draper is not a saint, for even both actor Jon Hamm and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner have been known to agree, in their own words, during countless interviews. One such interview is in GQ magazine’s April 2015 edition. For on page 171 of the article titled, “Don Draper’s Gonna Die!” by Brett Martin, lead actor Jon Hamm states, “I’m the guy who lives with the guy every day, and I’m like, ‘No, no, no, no, no,'” he says to those people who would excuse Don’s behavior. Even so, Don Draper, advertising creative director, whose real name is Richard “Dick” Whitman, is not at all the sociopath some readily claim him to be. For on Quora, titled, “Does Don Draper have some traits of a psychopath?”, Liz Mullen, sports writer, gives a sterling, thoughtful, balanced answer. The following are excerpts as she says, “He feels guilt and remorse. He feels more love for his children than Betty Draper Francis, the mother of his children. Sociopaths feel nothing.” By also mentioning his ex-wife, Ms. Mullen makes another good point in that Mad Men is not all about Don. For Roger, Bert, Pete, Harry Crane, Peggy Olson and Joan Holloway all have some culpability about them, making them all believably multi-dimensional.

Don has done bad things, but he’s no Walter White. Leading us to Walter White from AMC’s Breaking Bad that began in 2008, and concluded on September 29, 2013 after five seasons. A great show, which exceeded in every way in acting, writing, directing and cinematography.

A true bildungsroman character to the max! For in the online article titled, “Breaking Bad: How Vince Gilligan Created TV’s Greatest Anti-Hero,” by Sanjiv Bhattacharya on September 22, 2013 for Esquire, it stated that lead actor Bryan Cranston was blown away by the pilot script. Then afterwards, it states, “… when Gilligan explained that he wanted to change this chemistry teacher from good to bad. ‘My jaw just dropped. I told him, I don’t think that’s been done in the history of serious television.'” And after all was said and done, Breaking Bad would go on to win 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and well deserved every one.

Breaking Bad wasn’t monochromatic. Shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the story unfolds of a high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook, drug dealer, and killer, with wife Skyler White, acted by Anna Gunn, trying to maintain home and hearth, Breaking Bad also showcased a colorful diverse cast, like AMC’s other yet current great show, The Walking Dead. Besides Walt, Skyler, son Walt Jr., baby Holly, DEA agent brother-in-law Hank and his wife Marie (sister of Skyler), and Walt’s accomplice former student Jesse Pinkman, there are many ethnic characters such as Hank’s friend DEA agent Steven Gomez, assistant principal Carmen Molina, Krazy 8, Combo, Huell, Gus Fring, Andrea Cantillo, son Brock, Tuco, Hector and the deadly Salamanca Twins. And there’s another character, the beautifully shot desert panorama by Michael Slovis.

About Breaking Bad’s popularity, Melissa Bernstein co-exec producer on season 5’s DVD sums it up by saying, “Vince is very much about what would a real person do?” Another reason of the show’s success is that it blends humor with drama. And this leads to The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead is quality drama. For the central theme is not about the gore or survival, but about cherishing humanity. We cherish that which is elemental if it is on the verge of being lost. Lead character Rick, acted by British actor Andrew Lincoln, and his group have moved into new digs this past season 5. A walled community of spacious homes so beautiful, you’d think each could be on the cover of Architectural Digest. And it’s a show truly worthy of an Emmy.

In fact, I’ve gone as far by sending a one-page letter this past March 20, 2015 to the head of the Television Academy, Chairman Bruce Rosenblum. For within I stated, “As a fan of The Walking Dead, I implore you to please become aware of the Emmy worthiness of this AMC TV drama.” Yes the ballots are out, as mentioned recently on June 15, 2015 in USA TODAY. And Mad Men may take it all. Still, to use the words of Badger in Breaking Bad‘s series finale, he says, “Damn, man, couldn’t he [Jesse Pinkman] at least throw a brother a bone?” And so to the voters of the Television Academy, on behalf of all The Walking Dead fans, please grant the show at least an acting, writing, or a directing nomination. Long live The Walking Dead, and AMC.

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Why Your Body May Be Refusing To Drop Weight No Matter What You Do

If you’ve been putting in the hard work that’s necessary to lose weight, but your attempts have just felt like an endless series of banging your head against the same wall, hear me now. You’re not crazy. Weight loss resistance is a description for an entire category of people who, due to certain physiological imbalances, are unable to lose fat through traditional methods of healthy diet and regular exercise.

The causes range from thyroid malfunction to hormone imbalance, sleep deprivation to food intolerances or digestive imbalance, and more. Because there are many potential sources of the problem, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment that works for all weight loss resistant individuals. The key is to uncover your own, specific chemical imbalance or physiological “glitch” so that your doctor can target it with a treatment plan tailored to you. Until you talk to your doctor, you cannot be sure what plan is best for you, including if [The 20/20 Diet] would help you lose weight. And thanks to all the research conducted on the subject in recent years, doctors are armed with more methods for you to manage and treat the core of your problem than ever before.

Having been an athlete for my entire life, it was more than a little alarming when I found, a few years ago, that I was struggling to maintain my target, healthy weight. I was moving in what felt like slow motion across the tennis court in my afternoon games and feeling winded far too easily. The subtle signs started to add up, and despite my efforts to push myself harder physically and becoming hyperaware of my food intake, my body simply said, “Sorry, Buddy, you’re wasting your time here. Something is off.” So I pushed the medical experts for answers.

It turned out that I have metabolic syndrome, a genetic disposition that was transmitted to me from my father. The test revealed that my triglycerides were sky high, as was my blood sugar, and to top it all off, I had insulin resistance, so I was not processing sugar properly. My body was just hanging on to absolutely everything I put in it and not letting go. I simply wasn’t configured for weight loss.

The good news for me, and for you if you fit the bill, is that all of this is manageable with the right nutritional and medical plan. I got started right away working with my doctors to get my blood sugars stabilized and bring everything back into proper balance so my body would start releasing the weight again. I shudder to think where I might be now had I not jumped right on this problem, because I was unwittingly on the road to some devastating illnesses, including heart disease. Now that I’ve learned, with the help of my doctor, how to manage my body chemistry, my weight has remained in a safe range, and I am healthier overall. The very same can happen for you if you talk to your doctor.

I really want you to get this: You are not destined to be overweight or obese just because you got a raw deal in the metabolic or biochemical department. You do not have to feel trapped in your body anymore. I know you’d do anything to get out of the quicksand and onto dry land and win back control over your weight. I’m extending you a helping hand, so read carefully because it’s more than just your weight we’re talking about now; It’s your life.

If all of this is resonating with you and you have serious concerns that there could be a physiological cause for your inability to lose weight, then the first order of business is to closely examine your symptoms so that you can present them to your physician.

To get you started on your internal inspection, here is a list of some common symptoms to discuss with your medical professional, because they might indicate weight loss resistance. But, just remember, this is not an exhaustive list and if you are experiencing any physical issues that you’re worried about, you should bring them to your doctor’s attention.

  • Do you find yourself unable to lose weight, despite closely following a healthy eating plan and exercise program?

  • Has your physician diagnosed you with or medicated you for three or more of these conditions: high triglycerides (150 or higher), low HDL cholesterol (less than 50), high blood pressure, or elevated blood sugar?

  • Do you experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, or bloating two times or more per month? Or, do you notice any of these digestive symptoms or headaches after eating wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, or nut products?

  • Is your natural waist measurement (the area 1 inch above your belly button) 35 inches or more if you’re a woman, or 40 inches or more if you are a man?

  • Have you recently been experiencing disruptive sleep patterns such as waking up often during the night or finding it difficult to fall asleep, or do you sleep six or fewer hours most nights of the week?

  • Are you feeling any of these symptoms: increased sensitivity to cold, drastic changes in your body temperature, thinning hair, excessively dry skin, hoarseness, memory loss, or difficulty concentrating?

  • Have you recently been under chronic (ongoing) stress in your life? The kind of stress that you cannot seem to resolve? Take a moment here to measure your stress level on a sale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest level of stress and 1 being the lowest. Is your stress level 3 or higher?

  • Are you on any of these medications: antidepressants, diabetes medications, steroids, blood pressure medications, anti-seizure drugs, sleeping pills, birth control, or any form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?

  • Do you use or abuse illicit drugs or abuse prescription medications that have not been prescribed to you?

  • Women only: Have you been told by a doctor that you are menopausal or perimenopausal, or have you ever been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome? Or are you often experiencing two or more of these symptoms: hot flashes, mood swings, tender breasts, vaginal dryness, excessive sweating, or changes in menstruation?

You cannot know with certainty if you fall into this weight loss resistance category without a medical evaluation, because everyone’s body chemistry is different. There are specific tests that can give your doctor the data needed to properly diagnose you and create a treatment plan, but the idea is to be an informed patient by asking the right questions and providing the right information when you visit your doctor.

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Black Lives Matter or Black Life Matters?

Black Lives Matter, But More Importantly…

Recently, the chant of black people in response to the unwarranted, unjustified and downright unacceptable deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of unlawful officers have become “Black Lives Matter.” We’ve seen the handwritten signage adorned by hands of different colors all across this country and abroad. We’ve heard the chant turn into a roar and the roar into a rant. It’s a proclamation of sorts, “Black Lives Matter.” Which they do. But I challenge us to make a change to that statement which would ultimately change who we are and who people perceive us to be.

Black lives matter, but more importantly, black “life” matters. Now before you nonchalantly attempt to dismiss my suggestive statement as if it means the same thing or that it’s so miniscule of a change that it doesn’t mean anything different at all, consider what I’m saying. Black “Life” Matters. Repeat it again, Black “Life” Matters. And yet again, Black “Life” Matters.

Black lives matter is completely different from black life matters and it provokes a different sense of responsibility. Maybe it’s just me, but when I hear “black lives matter” it sounds as if we’re trying to convince others that we should matter to them. And if we mattered to them, they’d be more thoughtful, considerate and conscious of their approach, dealings and interactions with us. They’d see us in a different perspective, a different light. “Black Lives Matter” sounds like a demonstrative response to actions by others who have denigrated the lives of black people, most of whom we don’t even know personally. The onus is purposely and intentionally shifted to someone other than who the focus should be on. “Black Lives Matter” encompasses a lot, but nothing at the same time, because it’s a broad statement with no specificity or clear inclination on exactly whose life matters. Are we only referring to the lives that’s been lost at the hands of rogue police officers? Are we talking about the lives cut short by the hands of other black people? Are we also talking about the children we abort?

If “Black Life Matters” then that would incorporate all black people, our culture, our past, present and future, our ancestors, the preservation of our history, our neighborhoods, our communities, our schools, our children, our elders, our incarcerated brothers and sisters, our people victimized by societal ills, the sick, the forgotten, “unborn” embryos, all black life, starting with one, your very own. That would allow us to address our critical issues from an individualistic, but ultimately, cohesive perspective.

You see, as my Pastor PM Smith always says, “you change the world one mind, one heart, one life, one home, one community and one nation at a time.” It’s way more deep than just the plurality and singular usage of the word when it comes to Black “Lives” Matter versus Black “Life” Matters. It’s much deeper than just a slogan or a soundbite or even a trademark that one can screen-print onto tee shirts and make a profit from selling to the people who are supposed to matter. Black “Life” Matters is an affirmation that requires you to act as if you believe it to be true. Black “Life” Matters is a personal statement and testament. And once we start to believe and exhibit truly that Black “Life” Matters we will no longer have to spend countless hours trying to convince others that our lives are valuable. #blacklifematters

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Nicolette Mason Proves Why Queer Voices Matter In Fashion

The fashion industry is quick to embrace new trends, colors and styles. But when it comes to including diverse voices and physical representations, the stylish set still fails.

PBS Digital Studios’ “First Person” series sets up conversations about gender, sexuality and queerness in our cultural landscape. In this week’s episode, “Queering Fashion,” host Kristin Russo (of Everyone Is Gay fame) talks to writer and entrepreneur Nicolette Mason, BuzzFeed beauty editor and writer Arabelle Sicardi and Rae Tutera of The Handsome Butch.

The conversation touched on many fascinating points but an interesting exchange occurred when Russo asked what the fashion industry needs to do in order to change the narrow way in which queer style is defined.

“Personally, I would love to stop seeing the centering and prioritizing of thin, white masculine-of-center, affluent bodies,” Mason said.

While Mason added that that particular group should be represented, she continued, saying, “There are so many other identities and cultures and body types and shapes and expressions that exist in the queer community and they’re so rarely put front and center.”

Sicardi and Tutera agreed, noting that androgyny doesn’t necessarily mean looking masculine or feminine, but depends on how a person chooses to define it.

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Black Panther Gun Group Leads Open Carry “Black Lives Matter” Protest Against Police Brutality!

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named after the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, led a pro-Second Amendment slash “Black Lives Matter” march through Austin toward the Texas Capitol building as the state Senate debated open carry bill.

 

 


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What Stories We Tell. Why They Matter.

Beware of stories that come in beautiful packages. Two recent nonfiction books about lesbians in Illinois tell two very different stories. One is a beautiful, hardbound book from the once-feminist publisher Seal Press (now part of a New York-based corporate publishing conglomerate). The other, published by the independent Chicago-based enterprise, Prairie Avenue Productions, is more modest — a paperback original, though available in an edition with color photos. One book tells a vibrant, overlooked story about a lesbian activist whose work shapes our world today; the other offers a closet parable and demonstrates how some people today take advantage of the labor and lives of those in the past who worked for LGBT equality.

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Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America by Terry Mutchler (Seal Press, 2014) is the story of Mutchler’s relationship with a state senator, Penny Severns. In 1993, Severns was a rising star in the state democratic party (the book belabors the parallel between Severns and another young party member, Barack Obama). She met Mutchler, who was working as a journalist covering the Illinois state house. The two fell in love, eventually living together and sharing a life that they understood to be committed and “married.” While they had this mutual understanding, they did not share the nature of their relationship with their families or anyone else. They were closeted. To the public, Mutchler was simply a devoted friend and press agent for Severns.

You can imagine how this ends: Severns is diagnosed with cancer. Treatment, struggle, treatment, struggle, death. Severns’s family, not knowing the relationship, quickly acts to exclude Mutchler from Severns’s estate and legacy. It is a sad story. I do not want to minimize the pain and anguish the situation caused Mutchler, but remember this was the mid-1990s. These two women had other options. They could have come out; many courageous gay and lesbian people came out, refusing to live their lives in the closet.

At some points in Under This Beautiful Dome, it seemed like this story was happening in the 1950s or maybe the 1980s. The fact that it was happening in the 1990s makes the book more of a farce than a tragedy. Mutchler’s talent as a journalist makes Under This Beautiful Dome a good yarn, but anyone with a political consciousness recognizes that both of these women made choices that are fundamental harmful to themselves–and to the broader LGBT community.

The fact that Severns and Mutchler hurt themselves is one thing. What galls me about this book is that after Mutchler choses to be closeted and not speak out, she writes this book in 2014 and wants to position herself as a part of the story of the achievement of marriage equality in the state of Illinois. This claim is offensive.

Particularly when Under This Beautiful Dome is considered in tandem with the wonderful biography of Vernita Gray by Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen. This delightful book, part biography, part oral history, part tribute volume to Gray, provides a rich history of the Chicago-based activist. Subtitled From Woodstork to the White House, Vernita Gray covers Gray’s early years (she was born in Chicago in 1948), her engagement in the civil rights movement, coming out as a lesbian in the 1970s (with rich anecdotes about Chicago lesbian-feminist institutions), and her activism during the last four decades of her life. Gray lived a life worth emulating. She gave to the community in numerous ways. Her death, also from cancer, affected the Chicago community tremendously.

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Baim and Keehnen provide an entertaining and highly readable account of Gray’s life. In addition to that, this book is a service to the community in at least two ways. First, it is a way of honoring and respecting the work of an out, African-American lesbians–and making that work more visible. Second, Gray’s life provides an important window into queer history, both in Chicago and in the United States during this period.

Sadly, these two books, both with life stories about lesbians in Illinois are not dueling in the marketplace. Mutchler’s unapologetic story of her own life seeks to capitalize in the advances of gay and lesbian people over the past twenty years; advances to which she did not contribute. Yet, because it is published by a New York-based publishing house, packaged in an attractive way, it gains the attention of readers–and even of the Lambda Literary Foundation which named it one of the finalists for Lesbian Memoir/Biography. Maybe that is appropriate if lesbian now means women who sit back while other women do difficult activist work and then step up when it is easy to take credit for some of it.

Baim and Keehnen’s book, on the other hand, receives less attention. Vernita Gray is the more interesting book, however. It tells the story of a woman with extraordinary integrity, a woman who lived a life that both made a difference to those around her and to the LGBT community in Chicago and nation-wide. Through Prairie Avenue Productions, Baim is increasingly telling these important and overlooked stories. She is a woman worthy of our collective admiration–and support.

Current readers should be aware of what stories are being told and packaged by New York publishing houses and engage in healthy skepticism. Looking beyond the glossies, readers can find gems like Vernita Gray. Future historians, looking for breadcrumbs to understand what was life like for lesbian and gay people in the Midwest during the 1990s, should read Vernita Gray carefully and give Under This Beautiful Dome the little regard it deserves.
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Making The Label Matter: A Record Company’s Return From Obscurity

Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.

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In Your Face: The Hidden History of Plastic Surgery and Why Looks Matter

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This well-worn phrase implies subjectivity in the assessment of facial features deemed aesthetically appealing. At the same time, we know that there are some specific attributes that most objectively “attractive” faces have in common.

These attributes are most recently described in In Your Face, a new book by Australian plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Mendelson. He lists averageness, symmetry and sexual dimorphism as attributes common to the attractive face. Recognizing these elements give us an objective way to analyze attractiveness.

Averageness
Craniofacial surgeons have long used averaged measurements drawn from large databases of facial dimensions for various population groups. These measurements guide their reconstructive procedures to normalize their patients’ features and to look more attractive.

Many studies, more recently using computer imaging techniques, have averaged the faces of various population groups. When responding to these “averaged” images, most observers deem these more attractive than the separate individuals within the pool that created the composite.

Symmetry
No face is perfectly symmetric. Most often, minor differences remain unnoticed both by the patient and the casual observer. More significant differences in the two sides of the face are, at the very least, distracting, and can be detracting.

Make-up artists and plastic surgeons have long recognized the importance of camouflaging or correcting facial asymmetries in their attempts to improve facial appearance.

Sexual dimorphism
Sexual dimorphism relates to the differences in facial features between men and women. On average, all facial measurements are greater in men than in women. In addition, the relations between those measurements differ in men and women–the ratios of how certain facial features relate to each other are a key difference between the sexes.

For example, women’s faces tend to be narrower than men’s. As a result, a strong wide chin and jaw in a man is considered masculine and attractive. A small lower jaw for a man may therefore less desirable, and may be an appropriate target for surgical enhancement.

Since the underlying facial skeleton is the fundamental determinant of facial appearance, the differences between men’s and women’s faces are obvious when male and female skulls are compared.

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Balance
Balance refers to the pleasing relation of parts. It includes averageness, symmetry and sexual dimorphism. It also recognizes that one feature may fall out of the bell shaped curve of what is average, or what might be thought most typical of one’s sex and still be attractive – if it is balanced by other facial features. Think of the prominent, almost masculine, lower jaws of many fashion models that are deemed attractive and desirable because they are balanced by prominent cheek bones.

In plastic surgery, a typical counterpoise for a prominent nose is to surgically enhance a weak chin, along with a less aggressive rhinoplasty or even skipping the nasal surgery altogether.

Of course, none of these objective attributes can serve as a substitute for feeling comfortable with your own appearance. But if you do want to make a change, understanding how all of these factors work together will help you achieve the best result–whether at the makeup counter or the plastic surgeon’s office.
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