a breathtaking masterpiece and a statue

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The Mystical Mind of  Christopher J. Rivera

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A glimpse inside the mind of young, California-based photographer Christopher J Rivera reveals a dark, dream-like world of fantasy. Rivera employs a really effective narrative, both written and visual, to advance his concepts. His use of Photoshop is particularly notable… he really applies it in a way that is very purposeful, and does not seem overindulgent or extraneous. Rivera is a fantastic storyteller with an already impressive body of work. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for him and how his work will evolve.


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"Mr. Kurtz has said he has turned down a half-dozen brands in the last several months that wanted pay-for-play coverage on his page. He did, however, accept one gig with a company that makes specialty iPhone cases. The company let him design cases that he would promote on Instagram. On one case, a dictionary definition is printed backward so that it will be readable when someone takes a selfie with the camera cases pointed at a mirror. The term it defines: narcissistic personality disorder."

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"If we think of the douchebag as a social identity as much as an accusation, as a subject with a distinctive persona locatable within the categories of race, class, gender and sexuality, then we find that the term carries a remarkably precise definition.
The douchebag is someone — overwhelmingly white, rich, heterosexual males — who insist upon, nay, demand their white male privilege in every possible set and setting.
The douchebag is always a white guy. But he is more than that. The douchebag is the demanding 1%, and the far more numerically significant class of white, heterosexist men who ape and aspire to be them. Wall Street guys are douchebags to be sure, but so is anyone looking to cash in on his white male privilege.
This narrowness of categorization — perhaps unique in the history of America’s rich history of racial and sexual slurs — is what makes the word douchebag such a potentially useful political tool."

Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For — Medium

This is a great, interesting, insightful, long read.

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this video keeps me young



"Breathe Dee"

This has been my favorite video for years

no, this has been MY favourite video for years

me and my friend would watch this everyday of freshman year and find new things we loved about it

am i the only person who finds this horrifying and depressing?

I want to be this excited about everything in life.

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"it’s just a phase"
i mean the moon has phases but it’s still literally always the moon. just because the moon’s doing something different today doesn’t mean it was lying about being the moon yesterday

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Successful portrayals of transgender characters include storylines beyond the fact that they are transgender. Transparent focuses not just on Maura (Tambor’s character) but on her family, which includes three selfish children who have their own internal struggles with gender and sexual identity. Laverne Cox’s role in Orange is similar in its depth: She is an adult with a wife and child from when she was biologically male, and her personal storyline centers around those relationships, rather than the fact or science of being transgender.

Orange is at its very base a show about women in a prison, and one of them happens to be transgender. Transparent is a show about a family reacting to change.

It’s important to note that there have been occasionally awareness-raising or complex portrayals of teen transgender and gender identity stories—Glee and House of Lies come to mind. What sets Orange and Transparent apart from those is that they address a population of transgender people that’s sizable and absent from the media—those who transition later in life.


"I watched a girl in a sundress kiss another girl on a park bench, and just as the sunlight spilled perfectly onto both of their hair, I thought to myself: “How bravely beautiful it is, that sometimes, the sea wants the city, even when it has been told its entire life it was meant for the shore."

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The second worst burn that Two Face has ever felt.

the comment perfected this post

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Knoxville’s Metro Pulse newspaper staff laid off

A big part of the print media in Knoxville is officially no more. At least, not in its current form.

Wednesday afternoon, the staff of the weekly Metro Pulse newspaper announced it was laid off. The free alternative weekly newspaper started in August 1991.

News of the closure quickly spread over social media as Metro Pulse tweeted at 1:17 p.m. Wednesday, “Hey! We all just got laid off! Thanks, @knoxnews and @EWScrippsCo!”

"This is entirely awful for everyone involved," said former art director Travis Gray, who worked at the paper until last week. "It is truly the end of local long form journalism in Knoxville.”

The Knoxville News Sentinel also announced on its websitethat it was laying off 23 employees, which included the Metro Pulse staff. The KNS article states, “Metro Pulse will be merged with Knoxville.com, the paper’s Friday entertainment section,” but does not say if the merger will retain the Metro Pulse name.

Metro Pulse started back on August 19, 1991, as a bi-weekly free newspaper with a focus on entertainment. In 1995 the Metro Pulse began weekly publications and became an influential part of Knoxville’s cultural and music scene.

"What Metro Pulse always did was look for things that weren’t being written about, stories that weren’t being told," said the paper’s former editor Jesse Mayshark. "Poked into dark, dusty corners and dug out a lot of interesting things about Knoxville’s history."

UT journalism students who looked up to the paper as “a different publication” say this loss hurts in many ways.

"To realize that a close-to-home organization shut down with a snap of a finger," said R.J. Vogt. "A little less interesting. In fact, Knoxville is now a lot less interesting."

E.W. Scripps Co., which owns the Knoxville News Sentinel, acquired the Metro Pulse along with Knoxville Magazine in 2007.

Knoxville Magazine and Blount Today - a weekly newspaper also owned by Scripps - were closed in late 2011.

Metro Pulse employees have been told not to talk to the media about the merger or their layoffs. Doing so could potentially risk receiving their severance pay.

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Upsetting Knoxville News Sentinel/Scripps Network made the decision to kill Metro Pulse. Here’s the drama, its because of a corporate douche name Patrick Birmingham. Metro Pulse was Knoxville’s own free alt-weekly paper, serving the underrepresented citizens in the community, the local mom and pop shops, the cultural representation of the arts, and all the music entertainment being in the city. It’s a huge loss to Knoxville. I loved picking up the Metro Pulse to de-stress with a cup of coffee or tea during school nights and reading up on the next local event happening. I believe the paper had a huge impact in revitalizing Knoxville’s downtown by helping connect the locals in one place. 

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Sky high

BREAKING: 40,000 Voter-Registration Applications Submitted by Blacks and Hispanics Disappear in Ga.




It’s one thing to misplace your keys, your wallet, a receipt from Macy’s or your favorite pen, but Georgia’s secretary of state cannot account for approximately 40,000 voter-registration applications that, if processed, would enfranchise predominantly black and Hispanic Georgians.

According to an Al-Jazeera report, it’s a sentiment that the staffers at Third Sector Development are expressing. The nonprofit organization was on a mission to register as many black and Hispanic people in the state of Georgia as possible so that voter turnout for the upcoming midterm elections in November would be high. And they were successful at it, until they received word that about half of the applications they submitted for processing have gone missing in action.

“Over the last few months, the group submitted some 80,000 voter-registration forms to the Georgia secretary of state’s office—but as of last week, about half those new registrants, more than 40,000 Georgians, were still not listed on preliminary voter rolls. And there is no public record of those 40,000-plus applications, according to state Rep. Stacey Adams, a Democrat,” Al-Jazeera explained.

Georgia Secretary of State Brain Kemp explained that his office is not doing anything differently from how it usually processes applications. But some people aren’t buying his story, seeing as how he’s a Republican, and black and Hispanic people tend to vote for Democrats.

Georgia Republicans have been raising eyebrows for some time now with regard to early voting and voter-ID issues. One state Republican didn’t like how black and Hispanic voters had easy access to early-voting opportunities.

The “Republican whip of the state Senate complained that DeKalb County, Ga., was making it too easy for minorities to vote by allowing early voting in an area mall close to many predominantly African-American churches,” Think Progress reports.

Third Sector Development is not taking lightly the news that no one knows what became of its hard work to get people to register to vote. The group is going to court so that a judge can look into it.

“To that end, Third Sector Development announced yesterday that, after weeks of fruitless negotiations with the state, they were going to court to find out the status of the missing registrations—or, more to the point, the eligibility of more than 40,000 potential voters,” Al-Jazeera reports.

Read more at Al-Jazeera and Think Progress.  

Source: Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele for The Root

Woooow. You see how they do??


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BREAKING: JUSTICE FOR JORDAN DAVIS: Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Killing Jordan Davis, Plus 105 Years To Be Served Consecutively For 3 Attempted Murder Charges & Weapons Charge


Michael Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday morning for killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis in November 2012. Dunn, who murdered Davis over a dispute about loud “thug music” coming from a car the teen was sitting in, issued a halfhearted non-apology to Davis’ family before the sentencing.

"I want the Davis family to know I truly regret what happened. I’m sorry for their loss," Dunn said during his 25-second long statement. "If I could roll back time and do things differently, I would."

"I was in fear for my life and I did what I thought I had to do," he added. "Still, I am mortified I took a life, whether it was justified or not."

Judge Russell Healey obviously disagreed. “Our justice system works,” he said at the sentencing. “This case demonstrates that our justice system does work.”

Source: Taylor Berman for Gawker

How do you…

Deal with horribly phrasing sentences when speaking on the spot to a group, then you regret speaking up cause it sounded poorly structured… Then when its over and youve thought about it for anfew minutes, the better concise awesome version appears in your head later.


of Catholics 18-29 believe homosexuality should be accepted by society — and a large percentage of their grandparents agree. (via micdotcom)