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Welcome To Velvetpark Mate

After almost nine months of planning, with the last six slogging away elbow deep in code, the highly anticipated Phase II is here — Velvetpark Mate! ...

Glee Viewing Party: Ep 9 & 10

We have been a little behind the curve on posting Glee. Here are episodes 9 —"Wheels", and 10 — "Ballad".   ...

The Kel Word: Brandi Carlile's "Give Up the Ghost"

I originally heard about Brandi Carlile from a DJ friend years ago when she first emerged. ...

Hump Day: Me and My Weave

Spring was rearing its ugly head. I was not prepared. Winter’s doughy paws had deftly jacked me up a pants size (or two). ...

Gustavo Dudamel Brings Art and Soul to L.A.

Gustavo Dudamel has wrapped up his first month as the new conductor and musical director of the Los Angele's Philharmonic. He is the newest star in Hollywood. ...

Precious: Not a Ghetto Freak Show

The buzz is at a fever pitch for this movie and for good reason. ...

Porn or No Porn?

Naked French maids with whips and chains; librarians caressing the Lesbian Sex Book; drunken college girls gone wild for each other — does any of this turn women on? ...

Jayne Lynch Talks to Terry Gross About Coming Out and Being Sue Sylvester

Before Sue Sylvester, before Joyce Wishnia, Jane Lynch was known for her brilliant roles in the Christopher Guest movies, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and a Mighty Wind. ...

Happy Birthday k.d. lang

k.d. lang turns 47 today. Happy birthday hot stuff! I thought she'd never be hotter than she was in the infamous Vanity Fair cover with Cindy Crawford in 1993: ...

Bea Arthur Leaves $300,000 to LGBT Youths

Today the Estate of Golden Girls Star and legendary actor, Bea Arthur bequeathed a monetary gift to the Ali Forney Center of $300,000. ...

California is for Donuts

As I adjust to my new life in Los Angeles, there is a lot to get use to. Traffic. Never ending sunshine. Celebrities roaming the streets like free-range chickens. More traffic. ...

Children don’t ruin women’s careers — husbands do, Harvard study finds
nationalpost.com
December 19, 2014

About 40 percent of Gen X and boomer women said their spouses’ careers took priority over theirs, while only about 20 percent of them had planned on their careers taking a back seat. Compare that with the men: ...

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The Woman at the Center of the C.I.A.'s Torture Report
newyorker.com
December 19, 2014

NBC News has pieced together a remarkable story revealing that a single C.I.A. officer appears to have been a source of years’ worth of terrible judgment.

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10 Most Upsetting Moments in The Interview
Vulture
December 19, 2014

It's not just blowing up Kim Jong-un's face.

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When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens
huffingtonpost.com
December 18, 2014

The antidote to racism partly lies in empathy, or the willingness to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, as the saying goes. But scientists from universities across Europe are taking the maxim one step further, providing people an opport...

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3 Women Report Assaults While Trying To Use Ride-Sharing Services In Boston « CBS Boston
boston.cbslocal.com
December 18, 2014

Three women told Boston Police they were indecently assaulted over the weekend after getting into cars that they believed were part of a ride-share service they had contacted.

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Why Is the FBI Still Chasing Black Panther Assata Shakur?
VICE
December 18, 2014

After 40 years in hiding, Tupac's godmother a prominent female member of the Black Panthers, is on the most wanted list as the subject of a nationwide manhunt after she was named the prime suspect of New York City police officers in the early 70s

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U.S. Must Defend U.S. Culture From North Korea
NYMag
December 18, 2014

How to think about an absurd but serious threat.

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Obama To Hunt Assata Shakur
allblackmedia.com
December 18, 2014

his killer, Joanne Chesimard, still roams freely in Cuba. Chesimard is currently listed by the FBI as the number one most wanted terrorist and has been ...

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The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
The Daily Beast
December 17, 2014

Thank the Sony hackers for this much: They’ve laid bare the very essence of Hollywood hypocrisy.

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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt: A Tiny, Dapper Businessperson
The Cut
December 17, 2014

Here's suave and cool child Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, dressing for the job she wants, which is a real job.

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Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
The Daily Beast
December 17, 2014

The director of the powerful Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma sat down with Marlow Stern to discuss the film, as well as race in America and Hollywood.

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Mom Calls C-SPAN to Yell At Her Arguing Pundit Sons
jezebel.com/
December 17, 2014

Oh my Lord, shut it down, here is the greatest moment in the history of C-SPAN: A (very Southern) mama called into one of their shows to yell at the guests. Not because she disagrees, but because the guests are brothers and both her sons and she is sick and tired of their shit.

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Vatican Concludes Six-Year Investigation of American Nuns 
jezebel
December 16, 2014

In 2008, under then-pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican launched a broad investigation into the quality of life of American nuns, a move that, to a lot of those nuns, looked like it was meant to forcefully nudge them back in line.

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UPenn President Criticized For Joining Protesters' 'Die-In'
Huffpo
December 16, 2014

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann has upset members of her own university police department over her joining a brief die-in demonstration with students.

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EXCLUSIVE: New York Mag's Boy Genius Investor Made It All Up
New York Observer
December 16, 2014

In an Observer interview, Mohammed Islam, said to have investment returns of $72 million as a hs senior, admits he invented the whole story

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Angela Davis: ‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’
Guardian
December 15, 2014

There is so much history of this racist violence that simply to bring one person to justice is not going to disturb the whole racist edifice.

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Sony lawyer tells media to destroy material stolen by hackers
Money CNN
December 15, 2014

As it tries to recover from a devastating cyber attack, Sony Pictures is asking news organizations, including CNN, to stop examining and publicizing the corporate secrets that hackers have made public.

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In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee
NPR
December 15, 2014

People in the LGBT community often have a hard time getting appropriate health care. But the problems aren't unique to them. Doesn't everyone want to have a doctor call them by their preferred name?

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Laude murder case a test for court system taking on LGBT case—groups
GMA News Online
December 15, 2014

The murder case of transgender woman Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude is a case test on how the Philippine justice system would respond to crimes against the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

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