Americans Think Race Relations Are Their Worst Point in Years, Poll Finds — TIME

Americans believe that racial discontent is at the highest point since the Obama presidency began, with 69 percent of respondents in a new poll saying race relations in the country right now are poor. The New York Times and CBS conducted the poll from Friday through Tuesday, the period directly after the killings of Alton…

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NBA stars open ESPYs urging end to profiling, gun violence — FOX 61

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James and fellow NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade opened the ESPY Awards with a plea to address racial profiling and end the nation’s spate of gun violence. They stood on stage at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday night and took turns commenting on what Anthony called “the…

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A Police Force in Britain Has Just Made Wolf-Whistling a Hate Crime — TIME

Wolf-whistling in some parts of the U.K. could now be considered a criminal offense after a police force in the English midlands said it was recognizing misogyny as a hate crime in hope of encouraging more women to report incidents including verbal assaults and the sending of unwanted phone messages. A Nottinghamshire Police statement issued…

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When in Doubt: Nerd Out!

I am a nerd.

I’ve come to the point in my life where I no longer apologize or am embarrassed by the fact that I carry emotional attachments to fictional worlds, whether by the page or the screen. I find it aggravating and condescending that others take my enjoyment in my fandoms as either an insult or unimportant.

And those that are fans of sports, athletic teams, or music artists, are able to proudly able to wear the symbols and emblems of their particular interest without derision or detriment. And yet those like myself, who connect with a book, characters, a fictional existence are assumed to be some sort of basement dwelling, dysfunctional,socially inept creatures to be patted on the head like a errant child that’s covered in something gross.

Let me tell you something about the modern member of a fandom. Some of the pilots, engineers, astronauts that cruise the skies and explore the stars grew up watching “Star Trek” and wanted to make that a world a reality. The tech, the ideals. Science fiction made fact.

Presidents, politicians, athletes growing up, running down to the corner store to pick up the newest copy of their favorite comic book. The Supermen of yesterday’s Halloween are the quarterbacks, drivers, runners of tomorrow.

The “morphin time” mascots become the martial artists of today.

That nerd you made fun of as a child that played with computers could probably rewrite your identity into the biggest criminal in history, or themselves into a digital god. The action figure carrying child becomes the Armed Forces member that fights for your existence.

A fan is a fan is a fan, whether it’s NASCAR, anime, or the Aquabats. So if you are a nerd, a geek, or a dork, flaunt it. So is everyone else: all those people rocking Bulls jerseys, NWA hats, or Monster Truck models, their fandom is not more important than yours, nor yours theirs. Fandom is universal, and historical and enduring.

Instead of focusing on the differences between them, find the common ground. It’s there. All of us are trying to find a unique truth in this world, about the world within ourselves, and the sooner we come together as fans, the faster we can make the changes that make the differences obsolete.

 

Because.

Watch Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Other Celebrities Describe 23 Ways You Could be Killed If You’re Black — TIME

Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and a group of other celebrities describe 23 ways a black person could be killed in the U.S. in a new video that urges Americans to sign a petition that calls on Congress for “radical transformation,” including funding for healthcare, education and criminal justice reform. The nearly two-dozen musicians and actors, including…

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State to enforce ‘Connecticut Grown’ law at farmers’ markets — FOX 61

HARTFORD — State agricultural officials are promising a crackdown on people falsely claiming the produce they sell at farmers’ markets is grown in state. The state Department of Agriculture has announced surprise inspections at farmers’ markets to make sure that produce labeled “Connecticut Grown” is really from Connecticut. The Connecticut Post reports that the inspections come…

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Here’s Proof That Princess Leia Can Use the Force in Star Wars — TIME

Although Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has previously stated that Princess Leia can use the Force and has just chosen not to train in it, there is still some speculation over how much natural ability the female Skywalker possesses. There have been inklings of her Force ability in the movies, like when she knew Luke…

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Listen to Regine L. Sawyer & the Blerdgurl Talk Riri Williams, James Rhodes, and Diversity in Comics with Graphic Policy Radio on Demand — Graphic Policy

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If you missed last night’s amazing discussion, catch it on demand and listen to it on the go!

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Black Lives Matter Organizers Tell How You Can Help — TIME

Two organizers in the New York City division of Black Lives Matter, Autumn Marie and Nakisha Lewis, spoke with TIME and ESSENCE on Facebook Live Tuesday about the recent police killings of black men Delrawn Small, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. They talked about how to cope during the days after the three deaths, how…

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Riding rollercoasters for a cause at Six Flags New England — FOX 61

AGAWAM, Mass.–FOX 61’s own Lorenzo Hall had quite a ride Tuesday afternoon. He took part in Six Flag New England’s “Coasters for a Cause” charity, which challenged riders to try all 12 roller coasters the park has to offer. For each trip completed, the rider could donate 12 free tickets to the charity of his…

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What Barack Obama and George W. Bush Showed Tuesday — TIME

If you only read one thing: Sometimes the worst times bring out the best in people, and on Wednesday two comforters-in-chief did just that. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, their terms each marked by moments of public mourning, delivered some of the best speeches of their times in public life at a memorial…

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Jennifer Aniston: I’m Not Pregnant; I’m Fed Up With Tabloids — CBS Connecticut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston says she’s not pregnant and she’s fed up with predatory tabloid culture that defines women by their looks and maternal status. In an essay published Tuesday in the Huffington Post, Aniston says constant paparazzi coverage contributes to a “dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance.” She…

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Philadelphia Airport Workers Announce Strike During Democratic National Convention — TIME

Employees at Philadelphia International Airport are planning to go on strike during the Democratic National Convention as part of the fight for a $15 minimum wage. Security workers, baggage handlers and cabin cleaners, who are employed by airline subcontractors, voted Tuesday to strike during the DNC, which begins July 25th in Philadelphia. Workers are organizing…

via Philadelphia Airport Workers Announce Strike During Democratic National Convention — TIME

Red Sonja Comes to Animated Comics — Graphic Policy

From Gail Simone and Walter Geovani, Red Sonja: Queen Of The Plagues gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! And now, you can see it all brought to life in this animated comic, starring Misty Lee when Red Sonja: Queen Of The Plagues 2-Disc Blu-ray+ DVD Combo Pack and DVD arrive on home […]

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Kristen Gudsnuk’s Henchgirl Gets Collected by Dark Horse — Graphic Policy

Dark Horse has announced the trade publication of the Henchgirl collection from Kristen Gudsnuk. Henchgirl is a unique series that subverts the typical superhero trope by telling the story from the perspective of a villain. Originally published by Scout Comics, Henchgirl depicts the complexities of Mary Posa’s life. The daughter of Crepe City’s most famous […]

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Legal Marijuana Linked to Fewer Opioid Prescriptions — TIME

In states where medical marijuana is legal, prescriptions for drugs for conditions where pot could serve as an alternative have dropped significantly, according to a recent report published in the journal Health Affairs One of the most stunning drops in the report was in prescriptions of painkillers, which are currently in the spotlight due to…

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