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7 Easy Tips For Being A Better Musician

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As musicians, we comprehend that continual practice of your instrument and its different techniques is essentiality if we want to master it. That being talked, we are regularly advised to practice, but nobody truly lets us know precisely how to do this.

For me, I, at last, realized that I don’t stay in my training will comprise of playing songs that I truly do not have to master which doesn’t challenge me completely. I name it ‘careless noodling’. I realize that I do sufficient of it, it really sabotages any sort of actual advancement I have done within the recent past. Targeted practice sessions would create a good musician if you complete it right. If you spend your time without any plan and no target in sight, you may simply be growing bad habits. So how can one structure their training such that will result in the best outcomes? Start to read on.

1. Make a plan of practice

There is a distinction between training period and play period. I would say as a teacher that numerous students have embarrassed the two. Practice is wherever you focus your endeavors on mastering what you have definite knowledge and acquiring and developing on fields you do not. This may differ for each artist and challenges we tend to face will also differ, regarding both our identity and furthermore what we need to accomplish.

Set your targets (in case you have an instructor they can assist you with this), fix how long you can practically do practice each day. Make a plan for your practice time to figure on specific fields that require improvement. A warm-up plan may be an excellent thing, particularly since the periods change and we get in winter and the different parts of body and instruments are a little on the cold aspect.

Compatible, organized practice will see you improve on your instrument a lot quicker than arbitrary practice sessions all over. Spending 30 minutes each day of the week is considerably more profitable than 3 hours one day and afterward not contacting it once more for every week just about. It is simple to just play what you have definite knowledge however this will not view you develop.

2. Maintain a practice diary

A practice diary will enable you to monitor what you wish to figure on, set targets that you are simply doing work toward, and furthermore help you to remember what you have accomplished when it gets disappointing and it realizes like you are not advancing.

3. Do work on your musicianship far from your instrument

You do not require to get your instrument in your hands to exercise. You visualize yourself when you play your instrument. Illustrate your fingers playing the wily passages you are fighting to offer yourself a clear perception of what it’s you’re attempting to perform.

You can additionally use your musical ear anyplace. Attempt to calculate chord progressions or tunes simply from your memory. Improving musical ear at each opportunity can assist each part of your melodic journey.

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4. Learn something new daily

This may affix such a lot to your capability on the instrument, normal musicianship, discipline and inspiration. It should be anything excessively complex (some of the most effective musical concepts are very easy) but by constantly learning you’ll have quite a lot more to attract upon to manifest yourself musically, be that in playing alone or with others, improvising or perhaps composing your personal songs.

5. Record yourself

It is really easy to try and do now. If you simply wish to track your concepts a phone can do exactly fine. If you wish to go to a small further company like Zoom has a variety of hand-held devices that catch far better sound than a phone can. Zoom have even cameras developed for artists which catch quality sound mixed with video. Watching yourself play may enable you to realize areas of technique which may require some development you can’t otherwise observe. In videoing myself I found one thing with my choosing technique that I required to provide some consideration as well!

The Zoom Q2N and Zoom Q8 are both values considering if you want to make videos of your training sessions. They’re also nice if you want to make videos for Youtube and Facebook.

Hearing cautiously your playing can also assist you to feel your capacities and laxness – fields of timing, feel, pitch, tone, and balance may all be assessed.

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6. Play with others

This is another important part of becoming a musician. Playing with others may be excellent expertise. If you are able to play with different musicians who are superior to you, it may assist you to be a good musician. And if you get a good musician who inspires you to develop and gives you tips on the way to do so it’s even good!

7. Have fun!

Discover the way to possess fun with everything you are doing and even within the difficult and disappointing times, you will continue onward.

You can play any kind of musical instrument like guitar, ukulele, piano etc. If you follow the above steps, you might be a better musician. Sometimes we all require some assistance to figure on fields of our performing and that is wherever a trainer can truly be of favor. What’s more, keep reconsidering those steps and refresh your targets inside every as you observe you are developing. This may keep everything new and continue challenging you to push ahead as a musician that is something you may get pleasure for a lifetime.

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PICS: Jussie Smollett spotted with mystery woman after romantic dinner in NYC

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Jussie Smollett has apparently joined the growing coalition of LGBT+ celebrities who renounced their homosexuality.

Jussie was seen walking arm-in-arm with a mystery woman after having a romantic dinner at the Soho Grand Restaurant in Manhattan’s Downtown area on October 2.

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Jussie and his date were spotted a day before rapper Lil Nas X appeared to renounce his homosexuality in a tweet on October 1.

Other notables who renounced their homosexuality include viral stars Antoine Dodson and Andrew Caldwell.

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Jussie came out publicly during an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2016.

“It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,” he told Ellen.

“There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.”

He added:

“My mama knows, my mama likes me a lot and yes, I take her to ‘The Sound of Music’ sing-along every single year.”

After a 2019 arrest for a hate crime hoax shook up his career, Jussie grew a beard and kept a low profile.

The 38-year-old former child actor is best known for his breakout role as Jamal Lyon on the FOX musical series Empire.

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Sticker Shock: Food Prices Hit 10-Year Peak, ‘We haven’t seen anything yet’

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Consumers are hit by grocery store sticker shock as food prices soar to record highs due to the pandemic.

A Reddit user posted the above photo of a pack of Angus ribeye steak with a sticker price of $55.59!

Consumer experts say the average family can expect to pay $200 more to put food on the table.

According to the Labor Department, wholesale prices jumped 8.3 percent from August of this year compared to August of 2020 — the biggest gain in 10 years.

Shoppers who normally don’t look at prices are shocked when their purchases are tallied at the checkout counter.

“We haven’t seen anything yet,” said SuperMarketGuru.Com editor and food industry analyst Phil Lembert.

“Prices are going to continue to go up for a good year and a half.

“The biggest increases we will see has to do with anything with animals. Whether it’s eggs or milk or pork or beef.”

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Another impending crisis is the bottleneck of cargo ships and container ships drifting off the California coast.

The ships can’t offload their cargo because there aren’t enough dock workers or truckers to transport the goods.

“We have a huge problem with a lack of truck drivers,” Lembert said. “Refrigerated transport is up about 10.4 percent in cost.

According to reports, there are more than 1,000 cargo ships waiting off the coast of California.

Many container ships are in water so deep that they can’t drop anchor. As a result, they are in danger of drifting into other ships.

“Retailers who are filling out their orders to fill their shelves are not getting what they order,” Lembert said. “It’s estimated to be anywhere between 50 and 70 percent of what they order.”

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Texas school shooter released on $75K bond, Family claims he was bullied by jealous kids because he has ‘nice things’

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The teenager who shot four people in an Arlington, Texas high school on Wednesday was released on $75,000 bond after turning himself in.

Timothy George Simpkins, 18, walked free from jail after he turned himself accompanied by his attorney on Wednesday evening.

The teenager posted bond hours after he shot up a classroom at Timberview High School on Oct. 6.

Family members say Simpkins was constantly “bullied” because he “was rich” and “had nice things.”

Cell phone video taken by another student shows a boy who looks like Simpkins covering his head with his hands while a 15-year-old boy punched him repeatedly.
 

After the fight, Simpkins reportedly retrieved a black Glock handgun from his backpack and shot the 15-year-old, who is still hospitalized.

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An Instagram photo shows Simpkins sitting in his silver Dodge Charger with a black handgun visible in the driver’s side door pocket.

Simpkins also allegedly shot 25-year-old Calvin Pettitt, a male teacher who broke up the fight. Pettitt was shot in the back. A female student who was grazed by a bullet was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

It isn’t clear why Simpkins was in the same class as a 15-year-old.

Simpkins’ family claims he was bullied by other students because he has nice things. They claim he lashed out in self-defense.

His family described Simpkins as a ‘loveable’ kid who was only trying to defend himself.
 

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Whoopi Goldberg reveals why she stopped dating men in their 20s

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Whoopi Goldberg has sworn off dating younger men after discovering one boyfriend had never heard of The Beatles.

The 65-year-old Sister Act star discussed her May-December relationships on The View on Wednesday. She explained why she stopped hanging out with youngsters.

“Let me tell you why I stopped doing lots of things with younger folks,” she said.

“I went out with a younger dude and he said, ‘I can’t believe this… I did not know that Paul McCartney had another band’. And you kind of go, ‘The Beatles? You’ve never heard of The Beatles?’

“You have to know when you’re going younger, there’s a lot of information that you have to impart. And sometimes it’s tiring.”

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The Ghost star said she won’t completely rule out dating men in their 30 or 40s, because she often finds them more attractive – and they know who The Beatles are.

“You’re like, ‘Yeah, you’re younger, but you look good!’. So you never know. It depends on my mood. It’s about the person.

“Sometimes you meet somebody who is younger than you and… look, it would be perfect if everybody was well-matched and well put together, but they’re not. And you find it where you find it, and it may last a long time or it may not.”

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Gabrielle Union dressed up as Janet Jackson to audition for ‘The Matrix’

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Gabrielle Union dressed up as Janet Jackson to audition for a part in The Matrix – only to discover the real singer was also trying out for the role.

Gabrielle copied the “Control” singer’s clothes, hair, and even her trademark mole, to give her an edge over the other hopefuls. But she was stunned when the real Janet Jackson walked in and sat down opposite her.

Gabrielle recalled her awkward encounter with the music icon, according to WENN.com.

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“Everyone and their mother was auditioning for The Matrix,” she told The Late Late Show With James Corden.

“I went to audition (and) I needed to feel like the most powerful, beautiful and amazing woman in the world, so of course, I wanted to channel Janet Jackson,” she said.

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“I go to Extensions Plus, which is, like, the Mecca of (hair) weaves. I wanted to get the good hair, the Janet hair, from the weave emporium. I literally find the exact outfit from her album cover. I draw in the damn mole. I fully committed. I play Janet the whole time, waiting for the audition, in there early. No one’s going to stop me… (and) in walks Janet Jackson.

“The same audition, and I’m cosplaying as Janet, with a weird drawn-on mole. Neither of us got it. I think we canceled each other out.”

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When the two stars crossed paths later at a Miami, Florida nightclub, Gabrielle wasn’t sure she wanted to meet the singer after their embarrassing audition moment.

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However, the singer’s then-boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, told her Janet wanted to say hello, and the starstruck actress burst into tears.

“I’m bawling in the club, snot bubbles, the whole thing… but now she knows I’m a weirdo,” Gabrielle recalled.

“I don’t know what’s about to happen, and I get there, and she jumps up and gives me a hug and says, ‘I’m so proud of you…!’ Now we’re friends.”

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The Lifelike Misogyny of Scream’s Stu Macher

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At the beginning of Wes Craven’s Scream, we meet Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore). Casey is an attractive, flirty teenage girl who is home alone and getting ready to watch a scary movie; in short, she is quintessential slasher bait. Her only potential saving grace — given that slasher films tend to let their most famous actresses last the longest — is the fact that she is played by ‘80s child superstar Drew Barrymore. But Scream is dedicated to subverting slasher tropes, and so Casey’s star casting does not end up helping her. Instead, a peculiar, bordering-on-flirty phone call from a gravelly-voiced stranger ultimately leads to the brutal slaughter of both Casey and her football player boyfriend Steve Orth (Kevin Patrick Walls) within the first 10 minutes of the film.

Scream’s opening scene is a concise distillation of the postmodern, tongue-in-cheek slasher trope subversions that have made the film so iconic. In the same way that we can instantly see where Casey both matches and then subverts our expectations of slasher film characters, we can easily place most of Scream’s teens into their traditional roles. Our protagonist Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is our sweet, smart, chaste Final Girl. Sidney’s dreamy boyfriend-turned-psychopath Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) is our Slasher. Sidney’s best friend Tatum Riley (Rose McGowan) is beautiful, sassy, and sexually active, and thus at high risk of being a Slasher Victim. Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), a film nerd with a puppy-dog crush on Sidney, is our Nice Guy Virgin.

And then there’s Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard). Stu certainly has some classic slasher film character traits: he’s the comic relief, he’s a teenager who parties and has sex, and he’s part of our Final Girl’s friend group. But there’s also a lot about Stu that doesn’t fit as neatly into the preconceived roles and tropes often found in slasher films. Where every other teenager in Scream is easily placed within their prescribed roles, Stu begins the film as just a goofy teenage boy.

Comparative to his friends, Stu has the least pressing life issues. Sidney is trying to cope with the upcoming anniversary of her mother Maureen’s murder, Billy is recovering from his mom’s sudden abandonment a few years before, Tatum is trying her best to care for her fragile friend, and Randy is often preoccupied with his crush on Sidney. Stu, on the other hand, is mostly unassuming. He likes hanging out with his friends and his girlfriend, he likes cracking jokes, and that’s about all there is to him for most of the film.

But within Stu’s average, unassuming characterization rests something disturbing and realistic. In probably the most notorious twist of the film, both Maureen Prescott’s murder and Ghostface’s terrorization of the town are revealed to be the result of Billy and Stu’s team efforts. Stu is our unexpected second slasher. While Billy kills for the pretty traditional slasher film motivation of being a spurned psychopath, Stu seems inspired to kill by his misogynistic ideology and a destructive obsession with masculinity and male approval. He stands out as a strikingly realistic character in the otherwise tropey, eccentric teenage slasher-film gang that he is surrounded by, with motivations stemming from violent, gendered ideals that are not just relegated to the surreal world of slasher horror films, but very much a part of our reality.

Even before we know that Stu is one of the killers, we are reminded again and again of his infatuation with the notion of masculinity and being perceived as a man by others. When the friend group muses over lunch about who may have murdered Casey and Steve, Stu declares, “Casey and Steve were completely hollowed out, and the fact is it takes a man to do something like that.” It’s a strange point to insist upon, especially when you are close to successfully getting away with these murders, but Stu seems unable to resist making a prideful reference to his own strength and physical capability.

Stu also frequently insists upon reminding his peers of his sexual activity, and he’s often helped in this regard by his equally braggadocious girlfriend Tatum. When Randy asks where Stu was at the time of the killings, Tatum pridefully pipes up, “Stu was with me last night.” Stu grins, “Yeah, I was.” When Randy, who occasionally provides Scream with some self-aware narration due to his film buff status, describes the “rules” of slasher films later on, he says that the biggest mistake one can make is having sex. To this, Stu shouts from the back of the room, “I’d be a dead man!” He is insistent — almost embarrassingly so — on reminding his peers that he is a man who has sex. He even seems to highlight his masculine stature in his physical affections with Tatum: when the two walk home with Sidney after school has been canceled, Stu throws Tatum over his shoulder, spanks her, and allows her much smaller frame to twist and turn in his arms. Even in physical movement, Stu seems infatuated with his own relative strength and size.

Where Stu tries to emphasize his masculinity, he also often speaks to his female counterparts in a way that reiterates their gendered differences. After school is canceled following the ongoing murders and scares, Stu skips up to Sidney and offers her a flower. “Darlin’, I don’t know what you did, Sidney, but on behalf of the student body, we all say thank you,” he coos. At his house party later on, he turns to Tatum and asks, in a very adolescent attempt at playing the man of the house, “Grab me another beer, would ya?” And when the party ultimately turns into a slasher bloodbath and Sidney is no longer sure who to trust, Stu pleads with her by repeatedly calling her “baby” in an attempt to earn her trust. “He killed my Tatum,” Stu whimpers, trying to pass the blame onto Randy. “Sidney, baby, please give me that gun.” Tiny little gendered, unearned affections and hints at Stu’s possessiveness and objectification of the women in his life (“baby”, “darlin’”, “my Tatum”) are littered throughout the film long before his ongoing violence toward women is revealed.

Billy and Stu’s motivations for killing are a little convoluted; they’re a mish-mash of ideas and inspirations. The two are partially inspired by their love of horror movies, partially inspired by Billy’s mother having left after his father cheated with Sidney’s mother, and partially inspired by Billy being a self-proclaimed psychopath. But notably, of Billy and Stu’s six successful kills, half of them are directly related to people Stu has been involved with sexually: Casey was his ex-girlfriend, Steve was Casey’s new beau, and Tatum was Stu’s current girlfriend.

Sex and murder have always been tied together in slasher films, a notion that Scream explicitly relies upon in its premise. But while sex is perhaps the most punishable act in this genre, sex does not usually occur with the slasher himself. In other slasher films — like Psycho — we often see the murderers hating themselves for the sexual thrill they feel toward women, on whom they ultimately take out their anger. In other movies, a psychotic, murderous rage might be triggered after the killer sees two people involved in a sexual act, as is the case for Halloween’s Michael Meyers. We rarely see these slashers involved in the sex acts and urges that they loathe, repress, or fear. Stu therefore stands out in the way that he enacts violence upon the women who willingly have sex with him. Just as he deems his sexual escapades as proof of his manliness, he also sees these same sexual encounters as failings on the parts of Tatum and Casey, and hypocritically and violently passes judgment and punishment on them himself. He hates the women who have sex with them because of their sexual willingness.

But the catch is that Stu doesn’t just hate the women who have sex with him. He seems to have a cruel little misogynistic reasoning for every woman that the duo attempt to or successfully kill. When Billy and Stu regale Sidney with their successful plot to kill Sidney’s mother, Stu makes a cruel little quip about Maureen’s unattractiveness: “Yeah, we put her out of her misery because, let’s face it, Sidney, your mom was no Sharon Stone.” And when Stu attempts to strangle Sidney in a last-ditch effort to keep her from escaping his and Billy’s clutches, he spits “I’ve always had a thing for ya, Sid!” at her. Perhaps more than anything, Stu wants Sidney to know, in her potential final moments, that he sees her as a sexualized being.

Stu hates the women he can have, hates the women he can’t have, hates the women he’s attracted to, and hates the women he’s not attracted to. Stu is, in this sense, an embodiment of the impossible standards of patriarchal, misogynistic systems. The only pleasure or joy he actually seems to derive from women is either through bolstering his masculinity via interactions with them or by enacting violence upon them. Most disturbingly, it seems for Stu that these events are often one and the same.

There’s also the matter of Stu’s adoration for Billy in relation to these violent urges. Some read Billy and Stu as queer-coded, while others detect a certain homoeroticism in their relationship. At a 2021 Comic Con, Lillard even doubled down on the theory himself: “Stu is super gay,” he announced to delighted cheers from the audience. Billy and Stu’s connection in plotting these complex killings, their physical, affectionate closeness as they reveal their plot to Sidney, and their general married couple-esque bickering throughout the film can absolutely support a queer reading. The genre itself justifies these readings as horror films historically have ties to queer fanbases and subtexts. But I think that Stu acting like Billy’s “little lapdog” — as Randy snippily describes him in one scene —  as well as his general interest in being perceived as a man by other men can also be read as a form of homosociality rooted in misogyny. Stu insists upon his manhood, his virility, his strength, and his general distaste for women mainly in hopes of impressing his male best friend.

It takes a bit of sifting through Stu’s character to get to this icky, sexist throughline that seems to determine most of his decisions. On first watch, it’s easy to see him as comedic-relief-turned-henchman to the ultimate slasher mastermind Billy Loomis. But Stu is tied more than anything to hating the idea of women and obsessing over the idea of manliness. Almost all of his interactions with women are ultimately invested in degrading or enacting violence upon them in order to impress Billy.

What’s disturbing about Stu is that while not many of us will unknowingly be friends with, date, or have sex with a spurned, vengeful, plotting psychopath, many of us will unknowingly be friends with, date, or have sex with someone who privately holds intensely misogynistic beliefs. A “normal” teenage boy who has been socialized to both actively pursue women as sexual objects and to hate them no matter what they do is not a concept unique to slasher films. It is a known and accepted part of our reality that there are indeed some men who enact violence upon girlfriends, women who reject them, and ex-girlfriends and their new lovers. That Stu embodies this violent misogyny places an uncomfortable realism into an otherwise postmodern, irony-heavy, and sometimes even camp-adjacent slasher film.

Stu’s motivations are not aligned with those of some horror film psychopath, but instead with misogynistic ideologies and social norms that hold immense space and power in our world. Stu’s goofy, “normal” nature is gradually peeled back throughout the film, and even when he and Billy’s plan falls apart at the end, his violent distaste for women remains partially obscured beneath his panicked, childish blubbering. He seems more pathetic than anything as he panics about getting in trouble with his parents or bleeding out. But Stu’s true, overarching beliefs are perhaps most effectively encapsulated in his final words: moments before Sidney electrocutes him to death, he snarls out an embittered, cold “bitch.” Stu is ultimately just some teenage boy holding tight to some impossible, violent ideals of masculinity and misogyny, making for a disturbing characterization that isn’t just relegated to the world of slasher films but is very much a part of our social fabric

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NBJC’s David Johns, LGBT+ Activists Call On Netflix to Pull Dave Chappelle’s Special

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Dave Chappelle‘s Netflix special The Closer has riled the LGBT+ community over his disarming jokes about transgender people “punching down” on the heteros.

NBJC’s David Johns (below left) and LGBT+ activists are calling on Netflix to pull the special off the air.

Chappelle’s 5th Netflix special in 5 years debuted on Tuesday – and has generated backlash over his perceived hatred for trans people.

“Gender is a fact,” said Chappelle, who confused gender for biological sex.

“Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact.”

But critics pointed out that he dismissed C-sections, which make up about a third of all human births.

Chappelle, 48, also noted that “trans women’s genitalia” is “not quite what it is.”

LGBT+ activists went on the war path, calling for Netflix to pull Chappelle’s special — which Netflix declined to do the previous four times.

Chappelle defended embattled rapper DaBaby whose career is in ruins after his anti-LGBT+ comments at Rolling Loud in Miami.

Chappelle compared that incident to another involving DaBaby killing a man in self-defense in a Walmart in 2018.

“In our country, you can shoot and kill a ni**a, but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings,” the comedian joked.

However, LGBT+ activists have had enough of Chappelle’s jokes at their expense.

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David Johns, executive director of civil rights group the National Black Justice Coalition, asked Netflix to pull The Closer off the air.

“It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle’s lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform,” Johns tells Deadline.com.

“With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence.

Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community.”

The LGBT+ advocacy group GLAAD Agreed.

Officials at GLAAD retweeted a post from HolyBullies, which read:

“I would suggest, Mr. Chappelle, that before you start on another one of your stupid routines about #LGBTQ people… google some names – Bayard Rustin, Monica Roberts, Barbara Jordan, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde.”

The tweet referred to late Black gay and transgender rights activists, lesbians, and bisexuals.

If LGBT+ activists had watched Chappelle’s special to the end, they would have heard him mention his close friend Daphne Dorman, a transgender comedian.
 

 
Dorman, 44, committed suicide shortly after Chappelle dropped Dorman’s name in his 2019 Netflix special Sticks and Stones.

Dorman had stuck up for Chappelle who routinely tested his transgender material on Dorman before going onstage.

“I don’t know what the trans community did for her,” Chappelle said, “but I don’t care, because I feel like she wasn’t their tribe. She was mine. She was a comedian in her soul.”

Chappelle surprised the audience by declaring he was hitting pause on LGBT+ jokes until he could be sure he and the LGBT+ community were all laughing together.

He said:

“I’m telling you, it’s done. I’m done talking about it. All I ask of your community, with all humility: Will you please stop punching down on my people?”

Despite the backlash, Chappelle’s new special has raced to the top 5 on Netflix’s list of the most popular films and series on the platform in the U.S.

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Rachel Lindsay: ‘Sage Steele was thrilled when I didn’t pick Black man on Bachelorette’

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Rachel Lindsay, left, claims ESPN host Sage Steele was “thrilled” when she didn’t choose a Black man on ABC’s “Bachelorette.”

Lindsay made the remarks on the Higher Learning podcast with co-host, former TMZ staffer Van Lathan.

Lindsay, 36, hinted that Steele, 48, is a bourgeois biracial who is only Black when it’s convenient for her.

Lindsay, who is Black, said the incident occurred about 4 years ago when she met Steele at ESPN. She said the encounter with Steele left her feeling like she was in the Twilight Zone.

“I like Sage,” said Lindsay, adding that Steele is “problematic”.

“She’s a woman of color who had a long career in the media and I’m aspiring to this but then I’m listening to you and the first thing you say to me is how thrilled you are that I didn’t choose Black. And I’m like… who is this woman?. Since then I’ve started to learn more about how problematic she can be.”

Lindsay shared a video clip on Twitter. She captioned the video: “Y’all want to hear about the first time I met #SageSteele? #TrueStory.”

Steele was temporarily suspended from ESPN’s SportsCenter over comments she made about former President Barack Obama‘s race. She also disparaged ESPN’s parent company Disney’s vaccine mandate, calling it “sick” and “scary.”

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Singer Kelis’ Husband Diagnosed with Stage 4 Stomach Cancer

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Singer Kelis‘ husband, photographer Mike Mora is documenting his battle with stage 4 stomach cancer on his Instagram page.

Mora shared his cancer fight in a series of Instagram posts from his hospital bed. In one post he wrote that his stage 4 stomach cancer was diagnosed “just in time.”

Mora, 36, said he began experiencing back pain and a loss of appetite after moving with his family to a farm outside Los Angeles a year ago.

After seeing several specialists, Mora was diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma. He was told the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes in his back.

“This picture was taken as I was being transferred to the oncology section of UCLA Santa Monica from nearby Ronald Reagan hospital,” he captioned an Instagram post.

“This gentleman, Latin brotha, saw how weak I was. He looked back at me before leaving my room and said, ‘I’ve seen people make it out of the craziest situations, be strong brotha, you got this.’ I’ll never forget his face.”

Mora also said his doctor told him he had only 18 months to live. “They said 18 months. It’s been exactly 12,” he wrote.

He shared words of wisdom with his Instagram followers.

“You always see people post about how life is too short. How you should reach out to those you love no matter where life has taken you. It is the truth. Don’t take your time here, your time with friends, family, for granted. Shit can be over just like that!”

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Mora and Kelis were married in 2014. They have two children together – a 2-year-old daughter and a son, 6.

Kelis, 42, shares a 12-year-old son with rapper Nas. They divorced in 2010 after 5 years of marriage.
 

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Chris Rock: ‘I’m back from the dead, I had Covid’ (Video)

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Chris Rock: ‘I’m back from the dead, I had Covid’ (Video)

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Chris Rock (with his pal Dave Chappelle) made a surprise appearance at a New York jazz club to joke about his battle with COVID (watch video below).

Chris announced he had a breakthrough case of the virus last month.

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Chris stepped out in public for the first time with his daughter on Oct. 2.

Then on Tuesday, he showed up and turned a Robert Glasper residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club into an impromptu comedy set with Chappelle.

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“Yes! I’m back from the dead! I had COVID. I had motherf**king COVID. Goddamnit,” said Chris. “It wasn’t quite as hard as being black, but it was close… That’s why everyone’s trying to avoid it man.”

According to one attendee, even Glasper had no idea the two comedians would be there.

“They just showed up unannounced, and introduced [Glasper],” the insider told Page Six.

The star-studded crowd included actors Jeffrey Wright, Hill Harper and rapper Talib Kweli.

After the show, Rock and Chappelle met up with Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, and Saturday Night Live star Michael Che, to celebrate Kweli’s birthday, as well as Dave’s new Netflix special, according to Page Six.
 

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