Monthly Archives: February 2014

When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland


This may meander.

Miley Cyrus made news this week with a carnival-like stage performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that included life-size teddy bears, flesh-colored underwear, and plenty of quivering brown buttocks. Almost immediately after the performance many black women challenged Cyrus’ appropriation of black dance (“twerking”). Many white feminists defended Cyrus’ right to be a sexual woman without being slut-shamed. Yet many others wondered why Cyrus’ sad attempt at twerking was news when the U.S. is planning military action in Syria.

I immediately thought of a summer I spent at UNC Chapel Hill. My partner at the time fancied himself a revolutionary born too late for all the good protests. At a Franklin Street pub one night we were the only black couple at a happy hour. It is one of those college places where concoctions of the bar’s finest bottom shelf liquor is served in huge fishbowls…

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Netflix plans to spend $3 billion on content this year


Good news for Netflix (s NFLX) subscribers looking to burn through more movies and TV shows: The company declared in its 2013 Annual Report this week that it intends to spend close to $3 billion on content in 2014. In it, Netflix also projected that it will spend around $6.2 billion on content over the next 36 months. The company intends to finance some of these expenditures through a $400 million debt raise it officially announced Tuesday.

The new debt offering, which comes in the form of convertible notes due to be paid back by 2024, will also be used to finance a major expansion into continental Europe that Netflix has been planning for some time. Netflix hasn’t officially said where it wants to open shop on the continent, but all signs point to France and Germany as likely targets.

Netflix also plans to spend heavily on advertising in…

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Peace doves released from Pope’s window viciously attacked by seagull and large black crow


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Barenaked Ladies’ keyboardist suing in what may be the biggest art forgery case in Canadian history

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Pope John Paul II told him ‘burn my personal notes,’ but instead his secretary published them — to shock and outcry

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Methodists For Marriage Equality

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They are rebelling:

In December, the Reverend Frank Schaefer, a pastor in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was defrocked for officiating his son’s wedding. Earlier this month, the Reverend Dr. Thomas Ogletree, a retired minister and professor emeritus at Yale Divinity School, was charged for officiating his son’s wedding, and will face an ecclesiastical trial, on March 10th, in Stamford, Connecticut. Pastors often preside at the weddings of their children. But Schaefer and Ogletree married their sons to other men. …

Ecclesiastical disobedience is on the rise: in November, more than thirty United Methodist clergy jointly blessed the wedding of two men at a church in Philadelphia to show their solidarity; in December, the Seattle district superintendent married two lesbian Methodist pastors in Washington; and thousands of United Methodist clergy around the country have declared publicly that they will officiate such weddings. There are almost as many clergy now facing charges for…

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