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Report finds one African American dies in extrajudicial killing every 36 hours.
No calls for gun control.Report finds one African American dies in extrajudicial killing every 36 hours. No... more
In 2006 New York City issued its unprecedented restrictions on the use of trans fats in fast food restaurants. Now the first study reporting the results of this restriction is being published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.In 2006 New York City issued its unprecedented restrictions on the use of trans fats... more
Schools that fail to stop bullying may soon give taxpayers a financial beating.
A New York judge has ruled that a 12-year-old girl who was tormented at highly rated PS 6 on the Upper East Side may have been deprived of her educational rights — and the city could be on the hook for her $40,000 annual tuition at a private school.
The landmark ruling, if upheld, could be “fiscally disastrous” for the city, one expert said, noting it opens the door to millions in claims from special-ed and even nondisabled students who want to go to private school because they are bullied.
The precedent-setting case centers on a learning-disabled girl who suffered constant abuse from classmates. They laughed when she raised her hand and refused to touch pens or paper she had handled. They also handed her a crude drawing of her that they marked with words like “ugly” and “smely.”
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/it_tease_money_IeJpUWar7YvIlWVhgKhhZM#ixzz20jU5nt1iSchools that fail to stop bullying may soon give taxpayers a financial beating. A... more
Sarasota Florida GOP Taps Donald Trump As "2012 Statesman Of The Year" After Syria's Bashar Al-Assad DeclinesLet us now praise . . .
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/07/sarasota-florida-gop-taps-donald-trump.htmlLet us now praise . . .... more
We’re told that being a prostitute will mark a woman for life. Yet after several millennia of practice, lawmakers and social reformers still struggle to identify what a sex worker looks like.
You know,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said (in a June 15 appearance on WOR’s perfectly named “The John Gambling Show”) when asked what might go wrong with a bill that could penalize taxi drivers who knowingly transport people in the sex trade, “if I were a young lady and I dressed in a ‘sporty way’ — or however you want to phrase it, and there’s nothing wrong with that — I would not want somebody thinking that I’m a prostitute.”
Has Mayor Stop-and-Frisk given pause on an issue of criminal profiling? Even the reliably hooker-baiting New York Post came out swinging against the bill, citing a protest held by women bartenders, who “aren’t hookers – they just look like they can be!” concerned that cab drivers would leave them stranded for fear of getting stung.
http://youtu.be/mnS2_1xEUfAWe’re told that being a prostitute will mark a woman for life. Yet after several... more
There are so many gems in the Mr. Media® interview archives, like this one with famed rock photographer Bob Gruen. Listen to his stories about the New York Dolls, John Lennon, The Clash and more! http://www.mrmedia.com/2008/10/bob-gruen-new-york-dolls-photographs-photographer-mr-media-interview/There are so many gems in the Mr. Media® interview archives, like this one with... more
The Mermaid Parade is an annual event that first took place at Coney Island in 1983 and has been a very popular attraction ever since. The Mermaid Parade draws a huge crowd of celebrators, who don wild and outrageous costumes, with the parade’s naughty marchers wearing sea-themed outfits that often leave little to the imagination.
This year, clad in costumes that combined seashells and glitter, scores of exuberant revelers gyrated through Coney Island on Saturday. An estimated half-million people lined the sunny streets to watch ogle Brooklyn’s version of Mardi Gras. The flamboyant marchers, many of whom wore their costumes on the subway out to Coney Island, much to the amusement of their fellow riders, walked on the boardwalk alongside colorful floats and danced to several live bands blaring out top 40 hits and old-time standards.
This piece includes colorful photographs, a naughty photo-gallery and three videos.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/those-crazy-coney-island-dayze-the-sexy-mermaid-parade/The Mermaid Parade is an annual event that first took place at Coney Island in 1983... more
America may finally be legalizing gay marriage in 2012, but the real beginning of the modern gay rights movement began in 1969 at NYC’s Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. On June 28, 1969, police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, which immediately sparked a series of violent protests. To commemorate the event, a parade is held on the last Saturday of June every year.
Relive the history of the gay rights movement: This piece includes vintage photographs and three documentary short films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/stonewall-the-proud-moment-the-closet-door-finally-opened/America may finally be legalizing gay marriage in 2012, but the real beginning of the... more
Gay Pride Month can be understood as a mutual celebration of loving feelings for others. For all of us, there are genuine needs and wishes, deep longings for human warmth, empathic responsiveness, trust, mutual recognition and creative playfulness. These are many of the ingredients that we think of when we speak of love, or the loving feelings we have for the cherished other person.
This piece includes a number of photographs, a music video, the 1984 Academy Award winning documentary film about Harvey Milk and a photo-gallery.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/gay-pride-month-celebrating-loving-feelings-for-others/Gay Pride Month can be understood as a mutual celebration of loving feelings for... more
“Amar” is the acclaimed nine-minute documentary short film directed by English documentary filmmaker Andrew Hinton for Pilgrim Films, which won The Satyajit Ray Foundation 2011 Short Film Competition Award and The Best Documentary Award at The 2012 Vimeo Festival +Awards.
“Amar” is an observational documentary that follows the day of a 14 year-old Indian boy from a teeming slum in India, who is at the top of his class in school and who also fantasizes of someday becoming a professional cricketer. In addition, Amar happens to be his family’s main breadwinner, working two jobs six-and-a-half days a week. On its surface, the film is presented as a quiet celebration of the human spirit, of a boy whose tenacity and quiet resolve carry him through every day.
But on a deeper level, Amar presents the sad and haunting echoes found in earlier seminal works, such as: Alan Sillitoe’s “Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner,” Carson McCullers’ “The Ballad of the Sad Café” and Truman Capote’s “Other Voices, Other Rooms.” Beneath the film’s face of optimism lurks a deep well of solitude, a life that is always surrounded, yet always alone.
This piece includes a number of photographs, as well as the award-winning, haunting documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/amar-always-surrounded-always-alone/“Amar” is the acclaimed nine-minute documentary short film directed by... more
Voices from the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk in New York City on Father's Day, June 17, 2012. All Things Harlem spoke to a diverse group about the march and the NYPD's policy of stop and frisk.
Silentmarchnyc - Called, "Civil Rights, Faith, Labor and Community groups together for a silent march against NYC’s “Stop and Frisk” Policy! On Father’s Day, to stand together to show that New Yorkers refuse to let our children be victimized by racial profiling."
Get more video coverage of the event, along with exclusive stop and frisk footage at www.allthingsharlem.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgSuYi0aYuAVoices from the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk in New York City on Father's... more
“Limbo” is the new documentary short film directed by Eliot Rausch, created in association with Phos Pictures, which had its World Premier in New York City earlier this week. Previously, Rausch won the Best Documentary Award and the Grand Prize at the 2010 Vimeo Festival + Awards, for his short film “Last Minutes with Oden.” After winning the 25K Grand Prize Grant from the Vimeo Awards, Director Eliot Rausch partnered with Producer Mark Schwartz and the Dreamers of Los Angeles to create “Limbo.”
The emotionally moving 19-minute documentary short film exposes the lives of three undocumented students, who are living in Los Angeles without legal status. Without ever before having touched a camera, the students were gifted with a small video camera and provided with a half-day of training. They were asked to film everyday for three months. Through their lens, this is a story from the hearts and mouths of the undocumented.
This piece includes color photographs, as well as the poignant, emotionally moving documentary short film, “Limbo.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/limbo-a-story-from-the-hearts-and-mouths-of-undocumented-young-people/“Limbo” is the new documentary short film directed by Eliot Rausch,... more
On the heels of the announcement by New York Governor Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly of their support for ending the practice of arresting individuals for possessing small amounts of marijuana in public view, a major coalition of local and national organizations is launching a massive effort in the final weeks of the legislative session to win reform.
Today, the coalition, which includes ColorOfChange, released an online advocacy campaign featuring powerful video testimonials from people who have been illegally searched and falsely charged for marijuana possession in New York City. Through email and social media outreach, the campaign is expected to reach an audience of hundreds of thousands in New York and beyond. At the conclusion of the video will be a petition to members of the New York State Legislature – including state senators and Senate President Dean Skelos — demanding that they support bi-partisan legislation, S.5187 (Grisanti) / A.7620 (Jeffries), that would standardize penalties for marijuana possession, ending tens of thousands of racially biased and unlawful arrests for marijuana possession every year.
http://www.eurweb.com/2012/06/nypds-costly-marijuana-possession-arrests-must-come-to-a-stop/On the heels of the announcement by New York Governor Cuomo, New York City Mayor... more
Flight records show new information on Travolta scandal
http://www.examiner.com/node/47079446/friends_familyFlight records show new information on Travolta scandal... more
An iconic portrait of Elvis Presley by pop artist Andy Warhol went for $37 Million when it hit the auction block tonight at Sotheby’s. The life-size 1963 painting, “Double Elvis (Ferus Type),” epitomizes Warhol’s obsessions with fame, stardom and the public image, according to Sotheby’s. Previously estimated to sell for $30 million to $50 million, it was included in the auction house’s May 9th sale of post-war and contemporary art.
Art auctions have turned into freak-show casinos, spectacles where the uber-rich can act out as much in public as possible, trying to buy immortality, become a part of art history, make headlines and create big profits. They are despicable for what they do to art, for the bad magic of making mysteriously powerful things turn into numbers.
This piece includes a number of vintage photographs, two videos and a documentary about Warhol's art and life.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/another-freak-show-big-money-art-auction-warhols-double-elvis-brings-33-million/An iconic portrait of Elvis Presley by pop artist Andy Warhol went for $37 Million... more
“Before They Were Famous: Behind The Lens of William John Kennedy” is an extraordinary collection of images by the photographer William John Kennedy, which is currently on exhibition at the new gallery Site/109 in New York City. The collection presents a number of never-before-seen photographs of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana, among them Warhol’s “Marilyn Monroe” and Indiana’s “LOVE,” taken by Mr. Kennedy in the mid-60′s when they were both just emerging American artists.
The fact that these early images of the two iconic American artists happened isn’t necessarily the exciting part. It’s that the amazingly early, naïve portraits of the artists with their own works were created before they were famous. These early images sat untouched for over 50 years, until Kennedy uncovered them within his archives and decided it was time to finally print this project.
This piece includes a number of photographs, a photo-gallery and two documentary short films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/never-before-seen-photographs-of-the-young-andy-warhol/“Before They Were Famous: Behind The Lens of William John Kennedy” is an... more
Fred Hakim, last of the old-time Times Square hot-dog vendors, has died at the age of 83. Mr. Hakim’s family owned a hole-in-the-wall hot-dog counter in Times Square, which was the last of its kind when in the 1990s the city began condemning dozens of establishments like it in order to revitalize the area. The Grand Luncheonette was a seven-seat, 250-square-foot piece of Edward Hopper streetscape on West 42nd Street, which Mr. Hakim’s father had opened in 1941 and wryly named the Grand Luncheonette.
The Grand Luncheonette lived on 42nd Street for 58 years, grandly offering its greasy ambiance to the passing crowds in Times Square, proudly wrapped in shining chrome beneath the rotted marquee of the old Selwyn Theater. Mr. Hakim tried to keep the place open as a sort of living museum-like tribute to the golden age of Times Square’s hawkers, strippers and honky-tonks. But New York’s urban planners had other ideas, and after a two-year fight, he finally was evicted on Oct. 19th, 1997.
Writing about the demise of the Grand Luncheonette, a “New York Daily News” journalist pessimistically concluded: “This is bigger than 42nd Street, bigger even than the Disney Corp. This is about New York being colonized by The Gap and Banana Republic and Starbuck’s and all the rest. If new and improved Times Square is any indication, the standard for Italian cuisine will be the Olive Garden chain.”
This piece includes a number of photographs and the nostalgic, touching documentary short film, “Grand Luncheonette.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/the-grand-luncheonette-sadly-no-place-left-at-the-table-for-42nd-street-diner/Fred Hakim, last of the old-time Times Square hot-dog vendors, has died at the age of... more
An iconic portrait of Elvis Presley by pop artist Andy Warhol is poised to go for as much as $50 million when it hits the auction block in May at Sotheby’s. The life-size 1963 painting, “Double Elvis (Ferus Type),” epitomizes Warhol’s obsessions with fame, stardom and the public image, according to Sotheby’s. Estimated to sell for $30 million to $50 million, it will be included in the auction house’s May 9th sale of post-war and contemporary art.
The silver background of “Double Elvis (Ferus Type),” along with the subtle variations in tone give the serial imagery a sense of rhythmic variation that recalls the artist’s masterpiece, “200 One Dollar Bills,” completed the previous year. That work soared to nearly $44 million or four times its estimate in 2009 and achieved the highest price of any work at the fall auctions. But it was a work from Warhol’s “Death and Disaster “series that set the artist’s record, which still stands. “Green Car Crash (Green Car Burning),” also from 1963, more than doubled its estimate and sold for $71.7 million in 2007, at the height of the art market boom.
In the “Double Elvis” work, Presley is dressed as a cowboy, shooting a gun. Sotheby’s describes him in the work as “a Hollywood icon of the sixties rather than the rebellious singer who shook the world of music in the sixties.” The double in the title refers to a shadowy image of Presley in the same pose that appears next to him in the work.
This piece includes a number of vintage photographs, a video about the Elvis portrait and a documentary about Warhol's life.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/andy-warhols-cowboy-double-elvis-could-bring-50-million-at-auction/An iconic portrait of Elvis Presley by pop artist Andy Warhol is poised to go for as... more