Over the past 2 weeks, prospective voters have been registering in droves. Whether inspired by celebs they admire or of their own volition, National Voter Registration Day brought in more than 800,000 new applicants. Rallying behind anti-establishment candidates, Democrats are hoping that this is the blue wave they have longed for. As we hope for the dawn of a brighter day, there’s already blood on the horizon — Republicans have been purging voter rolls under a ‘Use it or Lose it’ initiative.
In Georgia alone, 340K voters have been stricken from the records of their polling places in what has become a horrific trend of voter suppression. Facing immediate backlash from the public, lawsuits have been filed. Citing abuse of power, Brian Kemp, secretary of state of Georgia, is being sued for purposefully blocking the registrations of nearly 50K, 80 percent of whom are Black, Latino, or Asian. At the state level, Secretary of State serves as an election officer in addition to their other duties which makes Kemp’s campaign all the more distressing. His lack of integrity and approval of policies that directly target migrant minorities are reminiscent of old republican party ideas that saw the creation of Reagan’s debilitating “Law and Order” policies.
“Their registration is canceled. Not pending, not inactive – canceled. If they show up to vote on 6 November, they will not be allowed to vote.” – Greg Palast, investigative journalist
In Texas, gerrymandering tactics that target minority voters have been in effect since the repeal of a 1965 Voting Rights Act clause that served to protect the freedoms of residents. Enacted to address racial discrimination, the protection act was repealed because Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts did not believe minorities needed their votes protected and stated the act was unconstitutional. Under this lack of supervision, Texas has been legally purging voter rolls since 2013 and the success of Kemp’s assault on voter rights has only emboldened them.
State-to-state, voter suppression can look like:
1. new and strict voter id requirements
2. selective access to early voting
3. moving polling locations to further restrict access
4. deadlines for registration and absentee ballot requests
5. felon disenfranchisement
So how can we combat voter suppression? Learn if your state is among the list that allows you to register up to election day. Vote early, if possible. If transportation is your obstacle, many ride-sharing apps are offering free or discounted rides to polling places. Above all, don’t get discouraged. This is a time where even in the midst of our harsh political climate, many are banding together based on values to support one another.
Check out Vote.org to learn about your state’s voting laws and even register online.
Jason Mitchell Loses Representation and ALL Gigs Following Misconduct Allegations
As the breakout star of Straight Outta Compton, Jason Mitchell made his mark with a spot on performance as Eazy E. His indisputable talent caught the eyes of top-notch talent agencies and management. His star was rising, only to descend with equal speed. The one-time star of Showtime’s drama, The Chi, has found himself out of all jobs and prospects, lacking management, or a talent agency after allegations of “inappropriate behavior”.
Jason Mitchell was in line to star as the lead of Desperados, a Netflix film, when the news of an off-set incident made its way to the ears of producers. While the details of what happened have not been made public, the fallout of Mitchell’s actions has been swift. Since Netflix conducted an investigation into the misconduct allegation, news of the incident spread to the ears of his other employers. This led to Mitchell being dropped by his agency, his management company, Netflix, and Showtime.
Representatives for United Talent Agency, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, and Netflix production company Good Universe have all confirmed Mitchell’s unemployment. In the past, an incident occurred on the set of The Chi. There were allegations of inappropriate behavior involving Tiffany Boone, who plays Mitchell’s girlfriend on the show. While resolved, the history of Mitchell’s repeated complaints of sexual harassment have influenced future decisions. The series was recently renewed but production company Fox 21 Television Studios opted not to pick up Mitchell’s option for the third season.
Jason Mitchell has not made any comments on the matter at this time.
Snubs and Celebrations: 2019 BET Award Nominations Are in!
While the major award season has long passed, summer entertainment and music awards season is upon us. BET just announced the nominees for the 2019 awards show.
Taking place on June 23rd at the Microsoft Theater in LA, actors and musicians will find out who stands among the winners and the losers. But the network that claims “We got you” is facing some heat for neglecting to include the queer community.
When it comes to who is looking to win big, all signs point to Cardi B. The “Money” rapper has been nominated 7 times with one award being Album of the Year. Her award nominations span 5 of the 20 available categories the ceremony highlights. While she’s sure to collect some trophies, her competition is rather steep. Cardi is up against The Carters album “Everything is Love.”
For actors, the categories are few and far between, but there’s love to go around…provided you aren’t a queer actor. The critically acclaimed FX drama series Pose is good enough to snatch trophies anywhere but home. BET has not recognized any talent from the series for either best actor or actress despite Billy Porter’s renowned performance. Fans of Pose have voiced their concerns on Twitter, calling out Black Entertainment Television for not rooting for everybody Black.
The full list of nominees is available here.
Are you excited to see who leaves a winner? Tune in June 23rd to find out who shines.
And Now Our Watch Has Ended: Game of Thrones Conclusion Falls Flat
Lovers of the fantasy series Game of Thrones tuned in for the nonsensical ending Sunday night. Much to their dismay, the conclusion to the once well-crafted tale left them with more continuity errors and questions than they bargained for.
Caution: This post contains spoilers for the entire series of Game of Thrones!
Howland Reed, The Grand Maester Conspiracy, The North Remembers, Lady Stoneheart. There were so many neglected arcs in the series that led to the rushed ending fans received last night. Although some still look fondly upon the franchise as one of the most enthralling, culturally captivating shows of all time, it’s memory is forever laced not just with what it included, but with what it altered or flat out ignored.
Originally foreseen by George R.R. Martin as having a Tolkien-esque ending where all loose ends are tied, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are being roasted for the botched ending they’ve presented to a longsuffering fanbase. Appearing to have conveniently forgotten the iconic author’s grand plan, D & D stood by as plot lines and character arcs suffered from their deviation. No longer able to contain their frustrations fans have been incredibly vocal with their displeasure. Screaming in a single voice and echoing the cast’s sentiments, the Game of Thrones fandom agrees that this ending is “bullshit”.
The beginning of the series finale focused on Tyrion’s journey to uncover the fate of his siblings and Jon’s journey to convince Daenerys not to be “more of the same.” The Red Keep, thought to be in complete ruin, was still accessible to Tyrion, even as he wandered toward the underbelly of the enormous castle. A torch in hand, he dug through bricks to reach the tunnels where Jamie and Cersei lay. In what would be the first of many “What the f*ck?!” moments of the evening, Tyrion actually discovers the corpses of the star-crossed twins. Viewers watched in disappointment as he managed to stand in an area that should have been clearly collapsed, implying that if the lovers stood a few feet to the right, they might have survived the implosion. A travesty! Yet more cringe would follow as the episode unfolded.
For anxious onlookers who couldn’t wait to see what Sunday would bring, they could feast their eyes upon an accurate leak that described the events. Telegraphing Grey Worm’s descent into heartlessness as he killed enemies of “The Queen”, Jon’s eventual betrayal of Daenerys, and even character endings, it all played out just as the unnamed source said things would. No matter how much we wanted it all to be untrue, there it was in all of it’s ugliness. After 10 long years of production, after 2 long years of wait, Game of Thrones ended with democracy, SIX kingdoms, and
Bran The Broken, First of His Name ascending to rule.
The overall reception of the conclusion to the series is a solid “NOPE!”. Viewers and critics have given the episode, titled The Iron Throne, a 57% rating. As social media users continue to share the ways in which the end was unfulfilling for them, book readers are urging them to begin reading the texts. There are still two novels left in the series, giving show watchers access to a true ending and the satisfaction of complete arcs with stunning detail.
Were you disappointed with Season 8? Did you think the series finale was an epic conclusion or did it leave much to be desired?
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