I Can’t Breathe

Walk, Fly Run Productions created “I Can’t Breathe,” a magnificent and poignant video about Eric Garner’s murder by the NYPD. Thank you, Broadway actors, directors, choreographers, make-up artists, and more for producing this. Watch!

Karma by Lady Band

If you’ve never heard of Lady Band, YOU MUST! They blend vintage soul, R&B with a modern twist. I love their music. Check out “Lady, The Band.”

One of the Great Vintage Songs: Let the River Run

The lyrics to Let the River Run are so inspiring:

We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

Silver cities rise,
The morning lights
The streets that meet them,
And sirens call them on
With a song.

It’s asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

We the great and small
Stand on a star
And blaze a trail of desire
Through the dark’ning dawn.

It’s asking for the taking.
Come run with me now,
The sky is the color of blue
You’ve never even seen
In the eyes of your lover.

Oh, my heart is aching.
We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

It’s asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

We’re coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

Watch Capt. Ron Johnson’s riveting speech at Ferguson rally

Michael Brown shot at least 6 times, independent autopsy shows

Captain Ron Johnson’s speech at the Ferguson rally is so genuine and honest.

Sage Words from Dr. Cornel West

doctor cornel west

“The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.” ―Dr. Cornel West

I love this man’s work and voice with a screaming passion. If you haven’t read “Hope On A Tightrope,” check it out- such a remarkable and enlightening read.

Posthumous Breach of Confidentiality is, what, Acceptable?

robin williams

I am grappling with a statement made in an article Rolling Stone Magazine wrote, “Robin Williams Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Says.”

The quote from his wife is as follows:

“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she wrote.

Please note: Robin Williams was NOT YET READY TO SHARE PUBLICLY. Forgive me, but I take umbrage with this statement. Even though he died, I fear she is saying that Robin’s right to privacy ends.

In life and in death, I believe that everyone is entitled to their privacy. If this information was not something that Robin didn’t want to share, why the fuck was it released?

Dealing with disease, health, personal issues, whatever, is task enough. Shouldn’t the individual have the right to share it, whatever “it” is on their terms and in their own way?

Though we’ll never know if this is something he planned to share, his choice to share or not was ripped from him. To me, that’s unconscionable.

On the other hand, has her statement brought more awareness to Parkinson’s disease? Will others suffering come forth or seek help and support? If so, that’s wonderful.

What do you think?

 

New Column at Heeb Magazine

heeb magainze

Hilarious and wicked smart, Rafi Schwartz, Managing Editor at Heeb Magazine had a brilliant idea for a new column, “Is it Jewish?” Products are reviewed to unearth what religion their assignment is.

Schwartz gifted me with the opportunity to bring the column to life. The first installation can be found here. Every two weeks, a new column will be posted.

NEW installation of “Is It Jewish,” where I review Palmolive, iPhones and Peel and Seal Envelopes and determine if they’re Jewish or not. Was I right? You be the judge.

NEW installation of “Is It Jewish,” where I review the ever important Beanie Babies, the Collected Works of Beethoven and Blow-up sex dolls.

Yay.

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