Friday, March 8, 2013

SIX DEGREES OF SEPERATION BLOGSix degrees of separation: What does a convicted con, an Orthodox Jewish couple and their unborn child,a murdered stick-up kid from the 80’s, a rap artist and the borough of Brooklyn have in common?
Ex con, Julio Acevedo, charged with criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident, plowed his car, into a livery cab carrying newly married Orthodox Jewish couple Nachman and Raizel Glauber and their unborn baby, killing all three. Acevedo has a rap sheet that includes being charged with the shooting death of his best friend, street thug Kelvin Martin, nicknamed 50 Cent, back in the 80’s, a name which Platinum-selling rapper Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent, uses as his stage moniker. All this, occurring in the great borough of Brooklyn, New York…just sayin’. ♦

And speaking of Fiddy…
Rapper 50 Cent talks about the influence that secret societies have over the music industry and how certain artists are not allowed to make their own kind of music if it goes against the industry giants wishes, a subject I’ve written about in a past blog on Ezkool. ♦

bill_clintonOld Bill’s got more sides than a polygon. Did you know pilgrims, that our former president Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages? Yep! Clinton said that at the time he was under a lot of pressure from Republicans who he believed were trying to block his re-election as POTUS for a second term by posturing him outside the mainstream attitude surrounding gay marriage at the time. Hmmm…I think having the Monica Lewinsky sucked outta you in the Oval Office after winning the election might have been a bit detrimental to keeping your post, maybe? But that’s neither here nor there, because Mr.Clinton is now urging the Supreme Court to overturn the bill, because he believes that it was and is, in fact unconstitutional. He says this about that,
“As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution. Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time. In no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction. Washington, as a result, was swirling with all manner of possible responses, some quite draconian.”
A mouthful (no pun intended).
To be fair Clinton has done more than any previous president to court the gay community and promote gay rights and for the last intervening years has tried to distance himself from the law, culminating in his lending his support to a measure legalizing same-sex marriage in New York in 2011 alongside President Barack Obama. Not only is Bill Clinton a polygon but he’s a polygon, shaped like a cat who always seems to land on his feet. ♦

fear of a black republicanThe film,Fear Of A Black Republican’ is based on the simple premise of whether or not  the Republican Party really wants to include more African-Americans in its coffles. ‘Fear’ is the brainchild of indie filmmaker Kevin J. Williams, and in it he takes a non-partisan journey over four years and two presidential elections in an attempt to answer the question of why there are so few Black Republicans and what, if anything, is the GOP doing to court and keep them. Looks like lots of interesting vignettes and quotables!
“Before I started shooting, I was just a voter wondering why things weren’t getting better after each election. Picking up my camera changed everything for me. My intention with this film is to find out if our political system supports the decaying of Urban America, what that means and what if anything can be done about it. Journeying across the country and spending time with an important, but misunderstood segment of our society – Black Republicans, revealed a reality and an experience few will ever see. As race, politics, human nature and history all clash in this film, I know that as the Director, I am only opening the book on this subject matter and its implications for America.” – Kevin J. Williams, Director
Btw, Kevin– he’s a white dude. Yes…real interesting indeed! ♦

Later pilgrims…


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Amy Conton is a freelance writer and graphic designer living in New York, USA.


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