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Would You Still Love Him If He Is Gay?
Homophobia = Child Abuse 

April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. Parents/guardians are supposed to love their children. But, some 40% (~ 400,000!!!) of homeless teens in the US are LGBT. These youth were abandoned or kicked out of their homes by their families. In NYC, more than 4,000 homeless LGBT teens are left with fewer than 500 available spots in homeless shelters. "Reparative" therapies, verbal insults, etc. are also forms of child abuse and need our attention. Homophobia is a form of abuse. The hate/fear isn't healthy for children -- or their parents.

Turning your back on a child is unacceptable -- and it's a form of child abuse. Try and support the youth in your community. If you witness abuse or can help support local nonprofits that provide resources to these young people, stand up and #dosomething .

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http://www.aliforneycenter.org/get-involved/childabuse/
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There's A Killer Among Them:  #WhoKilledLucy
Soap storyline rocks the UK

Hit BBC soap, EastEnders is taking the nation by storm for its 30th anniversary. Through Friday, the soap is airing live action scenes in its episodes until a year-long murder mystery is solved: #WhoKilledLucy .

Lucy Beale was the daughter of the soap's longest running character, Ian Beale, until her body was discovered in the woods last year. The past several months have been dedicated to characters questioning whether they had any role in her murder and trying to piece together the clues to figure out who, exactly, murdered her - if she was even murdered. Was it her father, brother, partner, best friend, cousin? We'll find out tomorrow! #UKTV   #EastEnders  
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TV won't look the same in September

It's no secret that in the past 5-10 years, American television has seen a shift in its portrayals of characters and issues unlike ever before.

On-screen families are more diverse in ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, and religion.  Characters are also more prone to be more independent thinkers, capable of experiencing emotions, often different to old-age stereotypes (reinforced by religion, formerly traditional upbringing, etc.). 

But, in the past couple of years since Modern Family launched, there's been a sort of lull on mainstream network-ordered diverse casts. Well, thanks in part to Empire, the series Fox premiered last month, which has seen the best ratings network television has seen in over two decades. Empire's success comes largely from black viewers, who make up 61% of the show's viewers. Network television executives are now recognizing the success of black characters ("Scandal's" Shonda Rhimes is also to thank for this recognition).

An increasing number of stars, producers, writers, and directors have been calling for diversity in Hollywood and entertainment altogether. Just recently, the head of the largest professional actors' union expressed the sentiment that he'd find himself - the sole black individual - in an industry meeting. This is troubling - especially following reports from equal rights groups who have lambasted the industry for its still-too-outdated portrayal of diverse Americans - both behind the scenes and on-screens. Network executives, in response, have begun ordering new demos and pilots of series that will feature more diverse casts. So, this August, expect our screens to better reflect the United States - in ethnic make-up, sex, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. 

h/t +The Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-pilot-seasons-big-get-772331 
Photo: +The Huffington Post The Diversity Gap in Emmy Awards, 2012
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Commenting on marriage equality in the UK, Queen Elizabeth II said, "Isn't it wonderful?"
+The British Monarchy 
#LGBT   #MarriageEquality   #FreedomToMarry  
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EMPIRE: The Best New Series
Nielsen notes: the only primetime broadcast series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts in at least 23 years

Fox's new series, which is seen by more than 11 million viewers, has achieved what television to-date has not. While its predecessors have made huge leaps and continue to do so, Empire reflects a new era in television. As +The Guardian writes, "Audaciously honest on black issues, Lee Daniels’s family saga has won a huge audience that television had long ignored – and a big fan in the White House".

The series is not politically correct nor does it apologize for being rough around the edges. For the first time in recent years, network television broadcasts the story of a black family - powerful, gifted, and complicated in their own right. In Empire, "black issues" are treated as "issues" - not as supporting storylines or as issues independent of the "American experience." That being said, Empire appreciates the very complicated world we live in, and an America still plagued by racial and social injustice.

Taraji P. Henson goes above and beyond in her role as Cookie Lyon, a matriarch recently released from prison, who challenges her ex-husband, the head of a major (presumably one of the largest) record labels in the United States. Her performance is absolutely captivating and brilliant. She throws her heart into this role, and it makes watching her so enjoyable.

This series also brings attention to the paradigm between gay black men and women and the black community (without the overplayed not-so-comedic stereotypes) - a difficult relationship. This storyline in the series is told gracefully and emotionally, capturing the anger, confusion, and pain.

Based off of the ventures of a music empire family, Empire is heavily influenced by Hip Hop (with Pop and R&B) music, so there's musical enjoyment for all. Only five episodes in, Fox has renewed Empire for a second season. With a gifted and respected cast, crew, and writing staff, I'm happy that Empire will be around for a while.

#EmpireonFox   #Empire
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Beautiful, compassionate statement from +The White House that everyone - Democratic or Republican - can and should agree with.
#BornPerfect  
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Appreciate the sentiment of his words?!!
BWAAAA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! 
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Republican Fight Against Abortion Stalls Confirmation of US Attorney General
GOP fight to keep abortion out of human trafficking bill and anger at the president stalls confirmation

Loretta Lynch is a well-respected, hardworking attorney with a reputation of getting stuff done. She would also be the first black female US Attorney General.

Republicans are fighting to keep an abortion bill out of human trafficking legislation - something that has absolutely nothing to do with the Justice Department or Ms. Lynch's would-be-office. But, as usual, Republicans are so obsessed with the anti-abortion lobby that that they will stall the confirmation of an individual to the president's cabinet.

#TheObstructionContinues   #ConfirmLoretta  
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And today on the garden cam..... A great tit flypast :D

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'House Of Oil' Says Keystone XL = 42,000 jobs? More like 35.0
GOP makes final pass to approve Keystone Pipeline, +The White House expected to veto in coming days

Congressional Republicans this afternoon passed a bill to approve construction of the KeystoneXL pipeline.  Republicans have staunchly defended the pipeline, claiming that its construction will produce valuable jobs for Americans.  What Republicans fail to tell Americans is that: 
(-) Americans won't be guaranteed jobs (an amendment to approve the Pipeline, on conditions that Americans would staff it, failed); 
(-) the jobs produced by the construction of the Pipeline are not longterm (these jobs may last as little as 2-3 months); 
(-) the Pipeline will create only 35 longterm jobs; 
(-) the environmental impact is not known [to anyone] as it is difficult to predict the longterm impacts that drilling into our land will have in 10, 20 or 50 years.
#KeystoneXL   #Environment   #savetheplanet  
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If you would been listening. most of the oil would go overseas.
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Happy #SafeInternetDay  (with a gift from Google!)!
 
Complete this worthy online security exercise by February 17, 2015, and you'll earn 2 GB of free Cloud Storage from Google. 
(as explained here: googledrive.blogspot.com/2015/02/safer-internet-day-2015.html)
Happy #SaferInternetDay! Let's all do our part to keep our stuff safe online: https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/safer-internet-gp
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"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again." - Quaker Proverb

Kenn is a young media professional in the Greater NYC area. He is a graduate of political science and legal studies. He's interested in communications and media production. 

He's passionate about civics education, youth empowerment and human rights. A strategist and aide to leading local, national, and international political figures, he is driven by his dream of a more compassionate and empathetic world. 

"Well, you're gonna win.... Or you're gonna lose. Either way the sun's gonna come up the next morning." Coach, Friday Night Lights

Kenn enjoys learning about cultures and individual's life experiences (a reader of biographical accounts). Google+ is a brilliant forum to broaden cultural and international understanding, and foster communication between individuals that may never have the opportunity to meet vis-a-vis. 

Oh, and please call him Kenn. ;) 


Television Series to Watch:
  • Extant, CBS*
  • The Good Wife, CBS
  • How To Get Away With Murder, ABC
  • State of Affairs, NBC*
  • Empire, NBC*
  • Transparent, Amazon Studios
  • Looking, HBO
  • Downton Abbey, PBS
*Denotes must-watch series.
**Updated 3/23/2015
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