One of the main things that holds our
society together is trusting one another. We, as humans, rely on other
humans to follow established rules and do their “jobs,” whether it’s a
surgeon, a pilot, a cop or a politician (go ahead, giggle).
As a judge for this year’s Black Reel
Awards, I am screening the shorts and features up for
consideration, and at the conclusion of each new film I catch myself
swelling with real pride because, through these independently produced
films, I feel like the reflection I’ve been seeking sharpens as the
frames settle into place.
Can women be funny? It’s a question so
brain-numbingly idiotic that it’s best left ignored, but that’s
difficult when multiple facets of the media — from pop culture bloggers
to comedians on Twitter — recycle the “debate” over and over again.
SATURDAY NOV. 24: The best way to increase public safety is
to get things that imperil it off the street … and then auction them
off to the public so they’ll be back on the streets. That’s the
bulletproof rationale the Kentucky State Police are employing by selling
confiscated firearms to gun dealers.
Celebrity gourmand Anthony Bourdain was asked by a reader
during a live chat on Gawker.com to validate the quality of Cincinnati
chili; he responded that it was not good but could be “enjoyable when
stoned.” CINCINNATI -2
With tax hikes and spending cuts known
as the “fiscal cliff” on the horizon and a Congress that has been
unwilling to meet under the mistletoe to decide how they will rear the
2013 New Year’s Budget-Baby, it seems that we as citizens need to
provide our elected officials an example of how to kiss and make up this
Even those who don’t believe in the Bible as a source and guide from a
higher power would be willing to concede that the stories of Christ’s
social mission speak to a degree of efficiency and
discipline that could be a model, especially in today’s world.
MONDAY NOV. 19: Justin Bieber won artist of the year at the AMA awards last night,
leading readers of things everywhere to become less jaded by all the
publications that run “Signs of the Apocalypse” blurbs within them.
Asking the beautiful, shiny revelers occupying the part
of Vine Street comprising Gateway Quarter to recall and meditate on the
April 2001 riots, curfews and economic boycotts that erupted after
then-police officer Stephen Roach shot and killed Timothy Thomas on
Republic Street is impossible.
While living situations in our twenties are often
characterized by constant human interaction, there comes a time when circumstance will
send us diving head-first into a life living alone, which, at times,
feels like a behind-the-scenes look into the life of Tom Hanks’
character in Castaway.