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Feel Good Mondays: Legendary Artist Stevie Wonder Announces, “I will no longer perform in Florida, or any state where Stand Your Ground exists.”

Hanauer_Mark_091_Stevie_Wonder_91In light of the Trayvon Martin verdict, artist Stevie Wonder, known for refusing to perform in states where social and civil injustice has occurred, made an announcement while performing in Quebec City, in Ontario, Canada that he will no longer perform in Florida, or any where else he finds out has the Stand Your Ground law on its books.

Bravo!

From a fan’s Youtube page:

While performing in Quebec City on July 14th 2013, Stevie Wonder reacts to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial that followed the shooting of Trayvon Martin. He declares he will not perform in Florida as long as the Stand-your-ground law isn’t revoked there, or anywhere else in the world with such a law. This is a personal video.

Must See Movie: Freaks (1932)

Tremendous movie we discovered while watching a documentary last night called “American Grindhouse.” ABSOLUTELY fantastic film from 1932 about a band of “misfits” and “outcasts” born with a varied degree of medical deformities – working as side show performers in a circus. The movie had many up in arms about the casting of real people with these deformities in the movie, however we saw nothing but empathy from the director. The movie was SO well written, so beautifully captured… it was EVERYTHING I could have desired. Although my children were born without physical abnormalities, having a child with a developmental disability, this movie reached out to me in such a beautiful manner.

-Sinn

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Looking for Parisian and British Sex Workers for Interviews!

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This mural reads: “86% of all sex workers are mothers.”

I will be visiting Paris 28 October – 31 October, and London 1 November – 3 November!

I am looking to interview sex workers who are also parents about their experiences raising children and working in the sex industry simultaneously for an upcoming book on sex work and parenting titled, “Madonna and Whore: Real Stories on Sex Work & Parenting slated for a summer 2014 release. Seeking a range of sex workers to interview; men and women who have worked as porn stars, dominatrices, brothel workers, call girls/ rent boys, sex toy store employees, street walkers, models, web cam performers and pornographers. Also, seeking adult children of sex workers who are interested in sharing their stories as well. Allies of sex workers are welcome to share this post and have others contact me.

As a sex worker with 20 years in the sex industry, I want to share the good, bad, beautiful and ugly stories of sex work and parenting to humanize those of us whose labour serve a greater cause, providing for our families. Interested in all sorts of stories including those of balance, co-parenting, having “the talk” about work, discrimination, child custody, education, entering into sex work, pregnancy, 2nd generation sex workers or any number of other topics you think you would like to share are welcome! This will be the first ever anthology of its kind.

PLEASE share this post wherever you deem fit.

all the best,

Sinnamon Love

Sinnamon Love is a retired adult film star, fetish model and dominatrix currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a radio host, sex educator and writer who frequently appears on HuffPostLive. Her most recent published works can be found on GuernicaMag.com and in The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure & 50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey. Contact Love at SinnamonLove.com for more information on her current projects.

Feel Good Mondays: Legendary Hip Hop Artist Kurtis Blow Performs “The Breaks” at BB Kings’ Salute to Hip Hop

Kurtis Blow may be 54 years old, but this past Saturday at BB Kings, he showed he still has what it takes to rock the crowd. With the newest incarnation of The Break City Crew as his backup dancers, Blow not only performed his hit single, “The Breaks” from his 1980 debut album, but got down on the floor and did a head spin! You can hear the entire crowd cheering along during this completely feel good moment.

One word of warning, I was standing next to the speaker so the sound is quite loud. ^_^

Enjoy!
Sinn

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Feel Good Mondays: National Bar Association Demands Justice for Trayvon Martin Zimmerman Verdict Highlights Continued Injustices in Legal System

NBAlogoAs we all know by now, Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, has already announced the Department of Justice is resuming its investigation of bringing federal charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights under limited hate crime statutes. HOWEVER, in a surprising turn of events, the National Bar Association has called for the DOJ to investigate bringing charges that George Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil “right to life,” in general. This is HUGE. I do not ever recall a time when the National Bar Association took sides in a case, no matter how high profile it is.

Please read the press release from the NBA below:

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC, July 14, 2013 – We are extremely disappointed by the verdict in the case of State of Florida v. George Zimmerman. As lawyers we respect the rule of law, but in this instance the Zimmerman verdict sadly highlights the continued injustices Black Americans face in the U.S. legal system.

“The verdict,” stated NBA President John E. Page “says an unarmed college-bound Black teen can be profiled, stalked, confronted and killed by an armed neighborhood watchman with hollow tip point bullets. We express our heartfelt condolences to Trayvon Martin’s family on this tragic verdict. We also say ‘Enough is Enough – It is NOT OK to kill our youth’.”

The fact is the jury delivered a not guilty verdict. The TRUTH is justice has not been served. In these most challenging of times, we are called upon to act. We must move from outrage to action. It starts today with the NBA and YOU!
“Injustice anywhere,” as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “is a threat to justice everywhere.” We have work to do to achieve justice for Trayvon Martin. As social agitators, the members of the NBA are continuing the struggle for “equal justice under the law” for Trayvon Martin. At the forefront of this struggle are NBA members Daryl Parks (Past NBA President) and Ben Crump, of the Tallahassee, Florida law firm Parks & Crump, LLC, that are representing Trayvon’s family in advocating for “equal justice under the law.” We proudly stand with them.

We urge the Department of Justice to act. The Department can still address the violation of Trayvon’s most fundamental civil right – the right to life. Upon a thorough investigation of the matter, we expect the Department to vigorously pursue all appropriate claims.

We urge all lawyers to act. Join us in Miami, Florida on Saturday, July 27 and Monday, July 29 in a CALL TO ACTION to collectively address the affront to and devaluing of civil rights of all men and women regardless of race who have been unfairly served by the justice system. We must not allow anyone to succumb to violence at the hands of vigilantes who ferment the devaluing of human life. It is now time to stand up.
ABOUT THE NBA: The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. For additional information about the National Bar Association, visit http://www.nationalbar.org

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Feel Good Mondays: Pharoahe Monch Releases “Stand Your Ground” Early in Support of Trayvon Martin

W.A.R. Media releases Pharoahe Monch’s “Stand Your Ground” originally intended track for upcoming PTSD album.

July 15th 2013 – Compelled by the Not Guilty verdict in the murder of Trayvon Martin, Pharoahe Monch has unexpectedly released “Stand Your Ground”. Produced by frequent collaborator Lee Stone, Pharoahe once again demonstrates his ability to utilize hip hop as a platform for political engagement. Monch flips the script on the use of “Stand Your Ground” the highly controversial law used to protect George Zimmerman, giving the power back to the people collectively and defensively against an unjust government system.

“Stand Your Ground” employs tempos and lyricism designed to unify the listener into responsive action. No stranger to rebel music, Pharoahe Monch’s song “Clap,”,from the W.A.R. album, shocked audiences with a video directed by Terence Nance. The clip ends with a police officer suicide pressured by the community following the officer killing a child while on duty.

Pharoahe decided to release the song in its rough version immediately after learning of the verdict. “Stand Your Ground,” originally slated to appear on Pharoahe Monch’s fall release of PTSD, provides an additional opportunity to peek inside the mental journey Monch has alluded to in P.ost T.raumatic S.tress D.isorder

Pharoahe Monch has released “Stand Your Ground” in support of the Martin family by asking people to donate to the ongoing work in repealing the Stand Your Ground laws thru the Trayvon Martin Foundation. http://www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org

In related news, Pharoahe Monch will head to Europe at month’s end as he continues touring a preview of selected songs off PTSD.
Upcoming dates are:

July 29/30th Stockholm Sweden http://www.facebook.com/lydmarlive

July 31st London, England (Jazz Café)

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F004ACD72750897?CAMEFROM= CFC_UK_MAMA_JAZZCAFE_PHAROAHE&brand=jazz_cafe

Aug 3rd Copenhagen, Denmark (Vanguard Festival)

http://vanguard-festival.com/start/