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WHAT ADOPTING A WHITE BABY TAUGHT ONE BLACK FAMILY Keia Jones-Baldwin never expected to be changing diapers again, she told Today. “Though the North Carolina-based therapist and her husband, Richardo Baldwin, were planning to adopt another child, they were only considering older kids.
But then, a little boy named Princeton came into their life. Born premature to a drug-addicted mother in July 2017, the baby weighed just 1 pound.
What was supposed to be a three-month stay has turned into a permanent one. Jones-Baldwin and her husband adopted Princeton last Thursday.
What makes this story somewhat unusual is that Princeton is white, while his parents are black.
SODOMY LAWS ARE STILL USED TO HARASS THE GAY COMMUNITY says LGBTQ Nation: “Among the wildly dressed marchers this year at New Orleans’ Southern Decadence parade were “100 people dressed as police officers, politicians, and preachers” protesting “Louisiana’s 214-year-old law banning ‘unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex,’ writes Nico Lang at Out.”
“Opponents say the anti-sodomy law has continued to be used to punish sex workers, particularly trans women of color,” Lang reports.
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Lawrence v. Texas that anti-sodomy laws nationwide are unconstitutional state intrusions into the private sexual activities of consenting adults that further no government interests. Furthermore, the court ruled that because sodomy laws mostly target gay and bisexual men (among other LGBTQ people), they violate the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause guaranteeing fair application of laws regardless of gender.
However, Louisiana’s law gets around this by being so vaguely worded as to be applicable to any kind of sex that prosecutors object to (and not just sodomy). Furthermore, Lang writes, “12 men were reportedly arrested under the statute in the East Baton Rouge Parish six years ago, although all charges against them were later thrown out of court.”
BAN MARVEL’S GAY KISS? You might as well ban the Sistine Chapel. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro’s attempts to censor an Avengers comic isn’t just bigoted. It ignores the fact that Christian artists pioneered same-sex snogging.
The Guardian said: The mayor was so incensed by Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, he insisted it be given a black plastic wrapper. In a video posted on Twitter, he said it was not right for children “to have early access to subjects that do not agree with their ages”. But to find fault with this kiss is not just bigoted. It shows an ignorance of the origins of same-sex kissing in art.
For it was Christian artists who pioneered the gay kiss. Long before Dmitri Vrubel portrayed Communist leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker snogging on the Berlin Wall, or Banksy stencilled his Kissing Coppers on a pub wall in Brighton, it was Catholic art that first explored the joys of men kissing men. Rather than trying to censor Marvel, maybe Crivella should turn his easily offended eyes to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. For here, at the very heart of the Catholic world, Michelangelo portrayed men kissing, nearly 500 years ago.
JANET JACKSON announced the dates of the “Rhythm Nation” Anniversary Tour according to HotNewHipHop, “Just a month after the end of her recent Metamorphosis residency in Las Vegas, Janet Jackson will be heading on the road to celebrate the 30th-anniversary of her Rhythm Nation album with a supporting tour run that boasts a fairly limited selection of dates.”
In total, the tour currently hosts 10 dates across nine stops with things kicking off on September 14th in Minnesota and concluding in November with a double feature in Honolulu on the 20th and 21st.
Tickets for the Rhythm Nation Anniversary Tour can be purchased on Janet Jackson’s official site.
THE FALLOUT OF SHARPIE GATE The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion,” The New York Times reports.
LGBTQ INFLUENCERS LAUNCH DOCUSERIES ABOUT BODY IMAGE Alec Fischer (@fischrmedia) and Ryan Sheldon (@bingeeaterconfessions), are launching a new docuseries to break the stigma on body image. “States of Perception: Body Image” will highlight 50 unique stories about body image from people in all 50 states, exploring how body image affects people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, or socio-economic status.
They want to show that body image struggles do not discriminate and affect people across ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic background, age, sexual orientation, and the LGBTQ community.
For Fischer and Sheldon, who have both publicly shared their struggles with body image and eating disorders, the digital storytelling project is an ideal platform to tear down barriers, bridge divides, and empower others to share their stories in an eye-opening and transformative dialogue about how body image affects our lives.
PICK UP SOME STOCK BOYZ Superstar shutterbug Slava Mogutin will be signing copies of his new collection Stock Boyz #risograph edition at #nyabf2019 at @momaps1 Saturday September 21, 3PM presented by @pogobooks@outerspacepress
#BLACK GIRL MAGIC “When they tell you that you’re angry or nasty, you tell them that they’re mistaken. This is me being resolute and standing firmly in my truth. And when they say you’re not beautiful, you tell them that you are the descendant of royalty. You are a queen.” Angela Bassett took us to church!! 🙌🏾#BlackGirlsRock
‘THE TESTAMENTS’ Margaret Atwood’s sequel to A Handmaids Tale hints at a brighter, less dystopian future and the 79 year-old legendary writer looks fabulous in a photo by Tim Walker.
STAR TREK celebrated its 53rd Anniversary yesterday. But a little known fact is that the series was only possible because of Starfleet Admiral Lucille Ball. If Gene Roddenberry is the father of Star Trek, Lucy is its mother. She was proud of the show and was its original champion, overruling the Desilu Board of Directors to put up the money to produce both pilots and making sure it got in front of the right people at CBS (which passed it up in favor of Lost in Space!) and NBC (which wanted to see another crack at it before they signed on with it.) If it weren’t for Lucy, we would not have had Star Trek and it would never have had a chance to become what it is today.
Ironically, CBS, which decided the first time out that Lost in Space was more what they wanted in a science fiction program, now owns Star Trek and is milking every cent it can get out of it. That’s how the Denebian slime devil turns, I guess.
EXPLAINING THE UPCOMING ISRAELI ELECTIONS On September 17, Israelis are heading to the polls to vote for the members of the 22nd Knesset, the Israeli parliament. If it seems like this only just happened, you’re not wrong. It’s been less than half a year since the last Israel election, which pitted Benny Gantz against current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This unprecedented situation of two elections in one year has many people asking who is responsible. And, it probably won’t surprise you that everyone is blaming everyone else for Israeli Elections 2019, the Sequel.
THE BROKEN POLICE SYSTEM is the topic of Hasan Minhaj’s latest episode of Patriot Act.
#ManCrushMonday is a twofer today, brothers Jordan and Zac Stenmark.