Yes, you should still listen to Bill Cosby

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It’s been a weird year, to say the least, for Bill Cosby.

From being called on stage by comedian Hannibal Buress as a “rapist” to dozens of women coming forward with date-rape allegations, it’s not what’s expected for an accomplished actor, comedian, and social commentator in what should be the retirement period of his life.

Amidst all the he said, she said — there still has been no proof. Nobody ever reported a crime to the police, nobody has produced any concrete evidence — all just decades-old allegations fueled by a media thirsty for coverage and lawyers like Gloria Allred even thirstier to be on the lens end of their cameras.

please lean closer into the dozen microphones, dear

A consistent campaign of negative media coverage began against Bill Cosby in 2004 when the comedian gave a rousing speech at the 50th Anniversary ceremony of the Brown v. Board of Education decision and stated the following:

Are you not paying attention, people with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn’t that a sign of something, or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got her dress all the way up to the crack…and got all kinds of needles and things going through her body. What part of Africa did this come from? (laughter). We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans, they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail. (When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength and inspiration in the meaning of those names. What’s the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting and values backing it up)?

Can anyone find any fault with what he actually said?

Of course not, because it’s actually true.

legends

Self-respect and self-determination started the Civil Rights Movement. It was a movement founded by those who were unafraid to say what’s wrong, to say “we are equal” because we are separated from you only by skin color. We have families, we have jobs, we pay taxes, we contribute to society, we respect ourselves and our communities.

Rosa Parks sat in that seat on the way back from her job, where she worked to earn an honest wage.

 

Brother King channeled his anger at an unfair childhood and society into a passion for oratory — he skipped grades in high school.

The leaders of the Civil Rights Movement were not unemployed dropouts — they were hardworking achievers who came from a line of hardworking achievers who loved and respected their country and its values.

The leaders of the Civil Rights Movement did not hate America — they worked to make it better.

They hated individuals who worked against American interests in excluding real Americans from opportunity. The fight was not for equality in outcome, it was for equality in opportunity.

When Dr. Cosby chided the African-American community for squandering that legacy, he came from a position consistent with the aims of the Civil Rights Movement.

But the Civil Rights Movement is no longer what it was.

In the past 50 years, the only voices that continue to gain oxygen are the more radical elements, those who disagreed with making America a better place and instead embraced pan-African nationalism.

Those are the same voices who roundly criticized Bill Cosby and continue to do so. As his TV wife and good friend Phylicia Rashad stated, “what you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy”.

always and forever queen

Case in point — Bill Cosby recently gave a Good Morning America interview to discuss his new Alabama education initiative.

He was asked a strange, off the wall question regarding “what he would say to child who asks him about the numerous women who have accused him of sexual assault.”

How the hell do you expect someone to answer that question? YOLO?

Here’s his response:

I am prepared to tell this young person the truth about life. I’m not sure that they will come like that. I think that many of them say, well, “You’re a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say the other.” My point is, okay, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you’re driving, you’re gonna go into water, and it looks like it might only be three inches deep, but you and your car are gonna go down. Now you wanna go here? Or you wanna be concerned about who’s giving you the message?

Allie Jones of Defamer called it “rambling”, saying he “[evaded] rape questions” and “struggled to put a coherent thought together”.

When further pressed about the allegations, Cosby responded:

I’ve been in this business 52 years. I’ve never seen anything like this. And reality is the situation. And I, I can’t speak.

In his response to the rambling question about the young person, Cosby stated that he’s an adult who has a great deal of life experience that he can offer to the young person that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand just because of some media allegations against the person delivering the message. He’s telling the young person “I’ve been here before, I know what I’m talking about”.

What’s so difficult about that?

Furthermore, when asked directly about the allegations, he remarks about how unprecedented they are and how, with all the legal problems involved, he’s been essentially forced into silence.

Put yourself in that position — people can say whatever they want about you and you literally cannot respond.

You can’t deny horrific allegations, you can’t try to reclaim your character, you can only smile and get through it. And media, the same media who has despised you for a decade and is actively taking one side against you, still finds a way to criticize you when you respond in the smallest.

Is this what the African-American community wants?

To cage and muzzle one of their brightest achievers?

Is that the path to success?

They make a portable espresso machine now I can die happy

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Espresso is something that always feels like a luxury.

Whether you’re at a fancy coffeeshop or using one of those fancy Nespresso machines–the stuff feels, well, FANCY.

take it away Iggy

Also, it’s intimidating to make by hand. It requires finely-ground beans, special technique, costly machines, and more time than it takes for me to put the Folgers in the machine and press “on”.

Also, it’s not something you can just get anywhere. Sure, Starbucks has it, but even in the backest of woods you can still find some nasty-ass Nescafe freeze-dried grounds which some lumberjack has swirled into a poor excuse for coffee.

NESCAFE NO MORE!

They now have a portable espresso maker.

And when I mean portable, I mean you don’t even have to plug the damn thing in, it’s powered by hand.

You can take it hiking.

You can take it to the beach.

You can take it camping.

You can take it to your co-workers wedding to get through the damn thing.

And best of all it’s $39.

WANT.

The fascinating story of the real-life Rosie the Riveter

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It was an iconic photo of World War II and is a part of American history: a bandanna-wrapped woman with an assertive smirk, lifting her shirtsleeve to show her bicep, with “We Can Do It!” plastered across the top.

That was a real-life factory worker named Geraldine Doyle, who quit factory work just a couple weeks later fearing that it would damage her cello-playing hand.

Doyle didn’t know she was on a poster until someone showed it to her in “Modern Maturity” magazine in 1984.

somehow, she was more beautiful than the artistic depiction

But the poster was so famous, how could she miss it?

Actually, almost nobody knew about it.

The “Rosie the Riveter” poster we all know and love was displayed for two weeks during the war as an internal poster, one of many, to Westinghouse employees, and was little-seen or known about until the 1980s, when it was used as an icon of feminism.

Since the image has no license or copyright, its use spread, as did the myth of it as being a well-known poster during the war.

and then beyonce made it better

Doyle married and had six children soon after quitting her factory job. She passed away at the age of 86 in 2010.

Long-haul flight attendants share beauty secrets to looking fresh

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Whenever you see those pics of smiling flight attendants on those 20-odd hour flights, you think, “FAAAAYKE”.

preach elaine

Nobody looks that good after 20-ass hours on a plane.

No passengers look that good, let alone flight attendants who are on their feet, serving drinks, cleaning up vomit, serving more drinks, going through two hangover cycles and restraining crazy b*ches who mixed Ambien with Chardonnay.

this is not a real human being

They must be witches or something.

Actually, they’re just smart about their makeup and diet.

stahhhhhp you make me feel bad about myself

MAKEUP

You know how gross you feel waking up wearing last night’s makeup?

Imagine that–but on top of that, you never went to sleep.

hi, we’re perfect, kthxbi

Here are the makeup secrets that help flight attendants looking so fresh and so clean clean.

Good anti-fatigue eye serums have a tightening effect and really help to energise tired looking eyes, ready for landing.

Under-eye concealers with light reflectors are recommended and for a fresh look, apply a tinted moisturiser, rather than using powder, to infuse the skin with moisture followed by a light blusher and lip gloss.

Avoid waterproof mascara as this will dry out the lashes on-board.

It’s all about the moisture and hydration. Your skin can only take so damn much recycled air until you’re looking dried out like a leftover pastry in the Starbucks display case.

HAIR

Keeping your hair from looking frizzy, flat, matted, or otherwise like roadkill is a challenge over a long period of time.

Once on-board it’s a good habit to apply hair oil or serum to the ends of the hair to counteract this.
If brushing your hair, use a wooden hairbrush so that the aircraft’s static electricity doesn’t leave your hair standing on end!

And to maintain that look:

Cabin Crew sometimes use a pea-sized amount of hand cream or lip gloss to smooth down fly aways and control frizz, which works a treat.

FOOD

You are what you eat, which means that you’re likely a Chipotle burrito in an ill-fitting skirt.

Water based foods including fruit and vegetables are the best options for long-haul travel as well as coconut water.

Well that sounds nice and fresh.

But wait…I bet there’s a catch.

Although it’s tempting to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in-flight, caffeine and alcohol are both major causes of dehydration so we highly recommend going for a fruit juice instead.

DAMMIT.

Tempting?

damn right

I’m serving wine and coffee to people throughout the flight.

Merely “tempting” would be the walk to the terminal.

Tempting is not being a bartender who can’t drink for the majority of a day.

Anyway, it’s nice to know I look like sh*t because pretty much every aspect of my beauty routine is wrong.

Better chug some coconut water.