Year: 2009

As many of you probably already know, Serena Williams recently posed nude for the cover of EPSN Magazine. Smiling like she’s from a cheesecake shot of old (Bettie Paige, eat your heart out). She’s pretty, she’s sexy, she’s brown and looks delicious, but naturally you can’t pose butt-booty-nekkid on the cover of a magazine without garnering a few comments. Everything from “Damn! She looks fine!” to “She is ruining black America!” Demetria L. Lucas of ESSENCE.com threw in her two-cents today, deriding those who are acting like one cheeky photo is going to bring down black womanhood.

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On Saturday President Barack Obama addressed the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, vowing to end discrimination against gay and lesbian servicemembers in the Armed Forces via the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)” policy. The policy, set up during the Clinton Administration, allows homosexuals to serve as long as they are not “out” or open about their sexuality. It was hastily set up when President Bill Clinton’s hopes of ending sexual discrimination in the military hit a wall in the early 1990s.

Attitudes have changed some since the early 1990s. While homosexuals still face discrimination, American society has become more open to the idea of gays and lesbians being open about their sexuality. And with the US in the midst of prosecuting two wars and needing every Marine, soldier and sailor they can gather, news of servicemen and women being discharged due to DADT has come at a cost.

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Like a lot of bloggers I use Google Adsense to generate some revenue and I am endlessly surprised by the high number of political ads I get that are for either Republican Party members, conservative causes or the occasional Ann Coulter book. It’s not so much that I mind (even though those Ann Coulter ads can be especially annoying just because I really, really, really hate looking at her), but I seriously question Adsense’s common sense AND I’m seriously starting to wonder … do Liberals, Progressives, Civil Rights Orgs. and Democrats not purchase Google Ads?

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By Adeshola Blue

Last night, I watched the CNN special on Jonestown and the mass murder of those people who followed the venerable Jim Jones. I had the opportunity first hand to see the “Kool-Aid”  that everyone refers to when they say that people are blindly following others. Let’s just say that after watching that documentary, I will not use that terminology again. I may never drink Kool-Aid again.

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Controversial conservative yakker Rush Limbaugh expressed interest in purchasing the St. Louis Rams last week as part of a larger group seeking to own the beleaguered team. It seems I wasn’t the only person horrified by this proposition, as several NFL players and now the head of the players’ union has come out against the notion of Limbaugh owning any part of the team.

Can’t say I blame them.

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