Meet Murs…

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If you haven't heard of him. He's an artist friend of mine. We met at the DNC a couple years back. Socially & politically aware. Hell of a rapper & poet as well .

Here is a moving piece by Mr. Murs that I wanted to share. "Animal Style".

Of course u are more than welcome to share your thoughts.

Warning: there are a couple graphic showings in here.

-jane

My hero of the day: Torrero Alvaro Munera

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‎”And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer – because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”

This photo shows the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of the his last fight… the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights."

Touched. Beautyful paralyzation of compassion.

Question: if man & bull found compassion for one another without even speaking why can't we, who speak the same language find more compassion for each other...
I ask myself. Prattling in my mind...

(Via Bobbi's blog)

-Jane

Closer to Metropolis.

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Visiting Sydney, Australia for the first time was mind blowing. I made my debut 3 days ago... 14 hrs ahead of East Coast USA time, so I already felt like I time traveled again.

Not only did we do 2 sold out shows @ The Sydney Opera house (the most photographed place in Australia and a place that humbled me knowing how hard we have worked to achieve something like this) but my eyes were privy to Amazing architecture , that to date, is most close to what the buildings in Metropolis look like. Unfortunately I don't have many pics , but here are a few of the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Modern Art, and with one of my fav directors Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet, and in production The Great Gatsby!) .

While this is a blessing I must acknowledge the fallen ones on this Memorial Day. Wishing my grandmother were here to hug.

Live until.

Live loud, with several doses of peace.

Jane.

P.S. we performed BaBopByeYa , u only live twice, and gold finger for the first time. Sick as hell! Arch Orchestra is the greatest live hbdsnnv. I said it. Look online, sure it's somewhere. :)

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Rutgers Spying Defendant gets 30 days in jail.

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Honestly, I am VERY surprised by this verdict.

When I first learned of the story I became sad & livid. I mean we can’t bring the victim back and this could have been prevented. His family and friends are without their loved one.

Anytime someone commits suicide it’s hard for me to fathom, so when I learned what triggered Tyler Clementi to commit suicide I became extremely sympathetic. Invested. Followed the story.

What Tyler’s roommate Dharun Ravi and friend did to him was pure WrongEvil. In my opinion. I think he knows that now .

Putting a webcam in his room without his permission, exploiting his private life without his permission online, making fun of him, calling him names, bullying and so much more is just wrong and goes against morality.

I mean where do we as humans get off thinking we are more superior than the next human being? Who in the hell told us this? When I hear of kids and adults who exemplify this behavior I have an extremely hard time sympathetizing with them…

So when i learned this young guy who was primarily responsible for Tyler’s death gets 30 days in jail I started to have mixed feelings about the verdict.

I need a hear your thoughts? What do you think should have been done? You can’t bring Tyler back, but was there are lesson that could have been taught? A lesson that could scare other humans who like to bully, tease, invade someone’s privacy, and go as far as commiting hate crimes into thinking twice about their actions?

What’s the solution.

Peace and love,

J

link to story.

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Is the Black Church guilty of spiritual hypocrisy in the same-sex marriage debate?

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Before and since President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage we at Wondaland have been talking about this subject. I REALLY want to know what you all think of this article and would love to hear your thoughts on same-sex marriage.

Happy Monday!

Love,

Jane

See the full text below from CNN writer John Blake:

(CNN) — Some people wonder if the black church will punish President Barack Obama for announcing support for same-sex marriage.

Here’s another question:

Why would the black church cite scripture to exclude gays when a similar approach to the Bible was used to enslave their ancestors?

“It’s so unfortunate,” says James Cone, one the nation’s most influential black theologians and author of “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.”

“The literal approach to scripture was used to enslave black people,” he says. “I’ve said many times in black churches that the black church is on the wrong side of history on this. It’s so sad because they were on the right side of history in their own struggle.”

Call it historical irony: Black church leaders arguing against same-sex marriage are making some of the same arguments that supporters of slavery made in the 18th and 19th centuries, some historians say. Both groups adopted a literal reading of the Bible to justify withholding basic rights from a particular group.

CNN’s Belief Blog: The faith angles behind the biggest stories

Opposition to gay rights is not the standard position of all black churches. Still, while several predominately white mainline denominations have officially accepted gays and lesbians in various forms, the vast majority of black churches still consider homosexuality a sin.

Black church leaders recently helped lead a successful drive to amend North Carolina’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The Rev. Fred Robinson, a black pastor in Charlotte, says most black churchgoers aren’t hypocrites. They take scripture, and sin, seriously.

“Black people are not confused,” Robinson says. “If you look at the scriptures that oppose homosexuality, Old and New Testament, they are clearer cut than the ones people used to justify slavery.”

Yet there are other factors beyond the Bible that shape the black church’s resistance to same-sex marriage.

“It’s more than scripture – it’s history, culture, how we were raised,” says the Rev. Tim McDonald, founder of the African American Ministers Leadership Council.

Some black church leaders are still fighting hard just to persuade straight black couples to marry. Accepting same-sex marriage when so many black households lack a husband and wife makes McDonald uneasy.

“I am not comfortable performing a wedding ceremony of the same sex,” says McDonald, an Obama supporter. “That’s just where I am.”

Some black pastors, however, embrace a literal approach to the Bible not just to exclude gays but to get rid of competition, says Edward Blum, a San Diego State University historian.

Some black pastors cite New Testament passages such as Paul’s demand that women keep silent in churches to argue against black women in the pulpit.

That argument is harder to make when black women’s energy and donations form the backbone of the black church, Blum says, but some still get away with it.

“The biblical literalist reading has kept male leadership in power in a church that is hugely female,” Blum says. “It keeps power in men’s hands.”

The one book that mattered

Black churches also embrace a literal reading of the scripture because of its unique history, says Blum, author of “W.E.B. DuBois, American Prophet.”

During slavery and segregation, many blacks saw the Bible as the one document they could trust. The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, state and local laws – all found some way to ignore their humanity, Blum says.

The Bible, though, was one book that told them that they weren’t slaves or three-fifths of a person, Blum says.

It said they were children of God.

“Throughout the 18th and 19th century, what document could they trust?” Blum says. “When the Bible says it’s so, it’s something that black people believed they could trust.”

Their enemies, though, used that same veneration of the Bible against them. Slaveholders had a simple but powerful argument when critics challenged them: Trust the Bible.

They cited scriptures such as Ephesians 6:5. (“Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling. …”) And they said Jesus preached against many sins, but never against slavery.

Since the Bible is infallible, and scripture sanctions slavery, it must be part of God’s order, slaveholders concluded.

“Slavery is everywhere in the Bible,” Blum says. “When Americans who were in favor of slavery defended it with the Bible, they had a treasure trove of clear biblical passages that accepted enslavement.”

Blum says abolitionists found it difficult to mount an effective counterargument. They couldn’t just say trust the Bible. They preached another approach to scriptures.

They said you couldn’t enslave people based on the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do to you. (Obama cited the Golden Rule and his Christian faith in supporting same-sex marriage).

“The abolitionist turned to the ethics and spirit of the Bible,” Blum says. “They were theological modernists before modernism.”

And what are black clergy and churchgoers today when they cite the Bible to oppose same-sex marriage?

Robinson, the North Carolina pastor, says they’re not homophobes.

“It says in the Bible that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God,” he says. “How do you explain that one away? A lot of honest Christians are not trying to hate homosexuals. They’re saying that if I take the Bible seriously, I’m not sure I can say it’s right.”

Robinson says that some opposition to homosexuality is actually based in compassion:

“If I’m concerned about your soul, I have to tell you the truth in love.”

Cone, who teaches at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, says black churchgoers opposed to same-sex marriage are instead mimicking their ancestors’ oppressors.

“I tell some people, ‘These people were against you.’ They would have lynched you. How are you going to now join them and help them lynch somebody else?’”

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/12/is-the-black-church-guilty-of-spiritual-hypocrisy-in-same-sex-marriage-debate/

Steve McQueen.

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“Cornered in his hotel room during the Toronto Film Festival, the ever-provocative Steve McQueen ruminates on free will, desire and his upcoming film Shame in Alison Chernick’s latest short. Recipient of the Camera d’Or and Fipresco prize for debut feature Hunger, McQueen has earned a reputation as one of our most prolific and challenging visual artists, winning The Turner Prize in 1999 for his short black and white film Deadpan, and representing Britain at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Co-written with Abi Morgan (Brick Lane), the director’s sophomore feature takes an unflinching look at the destructive nature of sex addiction, following Michael Fassbender’s corporate drone Brandon through a solitary routine of meaningless sexual encounters and the fallout that occurs when his equally damaged, self-harming sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay. “I wanted to discuss the theme of imprisonment in his films—in this case psychological,” reveals Chernick. “But after seeing Shame I was more focused on the collide between morality and addiction, where one ends and the other begins.”

The Confessions of Steve McQueen from Alison Chernick on Nowness.com.

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If sex is a “natural” part of life, why do some feel ashamed of the pleasure?

Things to enhance your life.

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Know about Trombone Shorty. Had the opportunity to catch him live in N.O. He is a force. Inspiring performer. Ring Master of trombone, trumpet, drums, voice, piano, and humbleness. I must use my credit card when it’s necessary. Shorty was a bandleader at the age of 6 years old so go figure… Look em’ up on wiki.

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And check these up above. Check em’ out at Walgreen’s. Amazing. There is no reason your mouth, the source of income and outcome (no pun) should have any weird stench. It gives you a neutral smell. At the club you can whisper.

These are God’s creations. And life enhancers. Both of them. Support.

Try em’ and don’t forget to tell me what u think.

Jane.

Fall to your knees.

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And thank this bald mouse. Praise his 2×2 millimeter miraculous Mouhawk! This could be yours…

This baby Christ like mouse took the time out of his busy cluttered schedule and chaotic rat race to get some tests done on the back of his neck for you (You=the millions to billions of humans who suffer from balding). This may be the cure for receding hairlines around the world. Some folks have hereditary baldness… and this could stop the family curse. How about that 9 month old bald headed baby missing hair in the back, this could stop lessen that in between stage mother’s hate. And those with cancer and lost hair could possibly finally have their locks back. That’s beautiful.

“According to a new study, Japanese scientists have found a possible cure for baldness using stem cells.

Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science successfully helped a hairless mouse grow a mohawk by regenerating hair follicles.

Scientists used follicles from a normal mouse to create a “seed” of a hair follicle,

They then implanted the newly created “seed” into the hairless mouse, and actual hair began to grow.

The report says the study demonstrates not only the potential for hair regeneration therapy and bioengineered organ replacement using adult somatic stem cells.

The baldness cure that worked on the hairless mice, however, has not yet been tested on humans, but the researchers hope to introduce the idea soon.”

Are you impressed or not? Will you be excited when this hits the market? And How do you feel about scientists testing on animals?

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