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Debbie Asrate

Now We're Mad?

Debbie Asrate | December 20, 2014 | Black Voices
The recent airing of Sorority Sisters on VH1 has many people really upset (a slight understatement). Social media lit up with emotional rants about crying and broken hearts, threats to snatch sorors up, calls for boycotts, tweets to brands... the list goes on. I get it. Kinda.
Dwight Brown

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Annie Review

Dwight Brown | December 19, 2014 | Black Voices
On the surface, there is absolutely no reason to update the classic Broadway show Annie, which was already adapted for the screen in 1982. But this multicultural cast redux adds a hip swag to the classic kid's story. This Annie is urban, emotional and fun. But far from perfect.
Daniel Penchina

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Why Won't the FDA Let Me Donate Blood?

Daniel Penchina | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
On 9/11, after the towers fell to ash, I headed toward the New York Blood Center. I faced one of the most acute moral quandaries I've yet to confront: Do I lie about my identity to help my fellow brothers and sisters, or do I stay true to myself and know that the Red Cross would, by law, dispose of my blood?
Allison Hope

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Busted: Leaked Salvation Army Document Shows It's Still Homophobic

Allison Hope | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
What's more annoying than the constant ringing of bells by Salvation Army donation-bucket volunteers during the holiday season? The organization's longstanding, outspoken homophobia, of course!
Richard J. Rosendall

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Cutting Holes in the Law

Richard J. Rosendall | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
"I'm sorry, but we don't serve your kind here." This overt discrimination is something that leading gay libertarians, who otherwise support marriage equality, think should be legal for wedding photographers, bakers, and other business owners to say to gay couples.
Sara Kavemi

Who Are We to Judge (Uganda)?

Sara Kavemi | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
What tests my patience, what troubles me beyond all else, is our propensity for pointing the finger at others while ignoring our own flaws. The truth is that the U.S. is not yet at a point where it can self-righteously condemn others for their intolerance toward LGBT people, at least not with a straight face. Someday we will get there, and we will lead by example. But not today.
Laura Bellows

A Hanukkah 'Raga': An Ecological Reflection

Laura Bellows | December 19, 2014 | Religion
Rabbi Katy Allen teaches that Hanukkah is a time to rededicate ourselves to the holy and hard work of responding to climate change. She writes that we "increase our holiness by rededicating ourselves to reducing our carbon footprint."
BloomNation

Unexpected Ways to Find Holiday Cheer

BloomNation | December 19, 2014 | HuffPost Home
Forget the holly boughs and icicle lights; this Christmas, it's all about thinking outside the (gift) box. Sure, there's nothing like a newly decorated Christmas tree to get your tinsel tingling, but there's something a little magical about the unexpected.
Jackie K. Cooper

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Annie Is Not as Bad as You Feared, But Not as Good as You Hoped

Jackie K. Cooper | December 19, 2014 | Entertainment
Annie is not as bad as you feared it would be but not as good as you hoped it would be. As long as the camera is on Wallis it is a delight but when she is not the focus the proceedings come to a halt. So keep your eyes and your interest on her and you will have a good time.
Priscilla Frank

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A Retired Elementary School Teacher Turned Her Home Into a Folksy Fine Art Mecca

Priscilla Frank | December 19, 2014 | Arts
For many years, Ramona Otto was an elementary school teacher. Full disclosure: She was my elementary school teacher. She'd often ask her students to bring in certain items for projects she was working on. Rulers, pencils and pins were often on her "treasure list."
Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Thank You, America

Bernard-Henri Lévy | December 19, 2014 | World
From the report on torture we can draw three lessons. The first is a terrible one, but the other two are encouraging. The first thing the report teaches us is that it is possible for the most prominent intelligence agency of the world's most powerful democracy to commit torture on a large scale
Peter Clothier

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ROLAND REISS: Art Review

Peter Clothier | December 19, 2014 | Arts
A good half-century after it started, Roland Reiss's career continues to surprise and delight in a new exhibition at Diane Rosenstein gallery. The last time I caught up with this artist's work, a couple of years ago, he was already painting, um... flowers.
Yaniv Aviran

Why The Hell Do I Deserve This?

Yaniv Aviran | December 19, 2014 | Impact
I don't think I would have had the time to study what I've always wanted, start my own business, travel the world, give lectures in lots of different places and publish a children's book, without knowing that the most limited thing I've got is my time here on earth.
Mike Alvear

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The Top 10 Bestselling Gay Sex Books of 2014

Mike Alvear | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
Given how obsessed gay men are with gay sex, you'd think this category would be producing more titles than an automatic profile generator on Grindr, but it isn't. If you look at my list of the top 10 most popular gay-sex books on Amazon, you'll see that only one of the books was published in 2014. The rest go as far back as 1998! Take a look.
Chris Weigant

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My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | December 19, 2014 | Politics
Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.
John Lewis

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Empathy and Kindness

John Lewis | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
At the same time, events like the ones in Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland, and the responses to them dominate the news. All of these things remind us of the truth that anytime anyone is treated less than equal because of who they are, we are diminished as people.
Don McNay

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Prayers, Facebook and Weight Loss

Don McNay | December 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
Until recently, my attitude toward prayer had been guided by President Harry S. Truman who said that "people who pray the loudest are the ones you lock your hen house from." Praying out loud was something I never did. Until Facebook came along.
Megan Smolenyak

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Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered

Megan Smolenyak | December 19, 2014 | Politics
It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's father, Joseph, left Ireland for the United States in 1849.
Jake Biondi

Reflections on My BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
Once I recognized my passion for interesting characters and continuing storylines, an idea was born: What if I created my own continuing drama that consisted mainly of gay characters? I started to ponder the idea more and more, and in June 2013 I began writing my drama focused on gay characters, BOYSTOWN.
Charlotte Robinson

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Larry Robinson Talks New Help-Yourself Book Mirror, Mirror and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | December 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
This week I talked with psychotherapist and life counselor Larry Robinson about his new book, Mirror, Mirror: Reflections of Self: 365-Day Life Journal.