When I read the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, I do think of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. I also think of Penny Proud, London Chanel and Candra Keels. But I also think of Andre and the two other young queer people of color who been murdered in Pittsburgh in the past two years.
This is in no way a murder mystery. It's more of a lesson that people and circumstances are not always what they seem, especially Roger, who is too often mistaken for a 'half-wit."
What I appreciate about Irrational Man, Woody Allen's latest effort, are the unexplored moments, or better put, the places I explored after suitable reflection.
Allen was responding to a question about his research process, specifically about the murders he's portrayed in his films. In his newest, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a college professor in an existential crisis; he comes to believe that killing another person may snap him out of it.
I lose energy when I am in a crowd of people. It's almost like my light switch goes off and my ability to interact with people just shuts down. My switch flipped off about an hour before the show was over. I'm sorry, I mean about an hour before the murder was solved.
Sasha Arango's THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES is like no other book you will read this summer. It is a mystery that is never concluded; a character study that is never fully formed. It is a book without heroes - just villains and inept individuals.
In Norway, 31-year-old Rubirosa Irgens has admitted to killing her husband, Helge Ove Irgens, a former driving instructor 30 years her senior. She knocked him off by sneaking a smoldering portable barbecue into the bedroom as he slept, leaving it there to poison him with carbon monoxide.
At the service the rabbi had nailed it. None of us should have been there. And I shouldn't have been standing in the middle of the police vehicular evidence lot.
No portrait in any house had ever shocked me more. I recently drove through Mississippi, and stopped in a town known for its extensive pre-Civil War architecture.
Mother Emanuel AME Church, famous for being the Church of Denmark Vesey, and one of the oldest churches in South Carolina, is now infamous for the Peculiar Institution of racially motivated hate crimes. Nine souls murdered for the eternal crime of being Black.
Nadine Collier delivered powerful words of forgiveness at Dylann Roof's televised bond hearing for his June 17, 2015 massacre of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Her mother, Ethel Lance, was one of the victims.
National security officials and politicians have been pounding home the message that the "greatest threat" to Americans is an extreme and brutal jihadist movement thousands of miles away and the videos and social media messages its followers produce that make it seem close at hand.
Today, our national numbness is wrapped in a Confederate flag. The young man who killed nine members of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night was an old-school racist.
I think a lot today about Utoya, as the headlines report about Charleston. Very different disasters, very different criminal acts, so convenient in an open society. Where one has so much opportunity to harm, and far less urgency to do good. Where hospitality is practiced, and sanctuary a distant dream.
Speak up, act up, demand change, teach our youth to be kind and empathetic, yet strong enough to be allies to those who fight on a daily basis things they don't have to endure. Do it all to exhaustion... and then do it some more.
Kurt Cobain's raspy vocals seemed to bellow from the depths of some bottomless lamentful chasm. His music was sodden with a kind of relatable torment, and at times adorned with a beautiful mourning so honest and distinctive that it could never be replicated.