Amandla Stenberg: I’m still finding my voice

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NEW YORK (AP) | Actress Amandla Stenberg was named after a 1989 Miles Davis album — a lush, African-tinged funk fusion that takes its name from the Zulu and Xhosa word for “power.”

In South Africa under apartheid, “amandla” was — and still is — a rallying cry against oppression. It’s a lot for Stenberg to live up to.

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St. Louis group apologizes for Blue Lives Matter flag in Pride parade

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – The leader of a participant in St. Louis’ annual PrideFest parade is apologizing for including a Blue Lives Matter flag on the group’s float.

Chad Carroll, co-creator of The Balloon Brigade, said the group will return two awards it won for its entry in the parade June 25. The Balloon Brigade raises money for an AIDS charity.

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1.26.17 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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If there was any great takeaway – beyond awe and admiration – from the millions of women and the people who love them marching and rallying Jan. 21 in Washington D.C., Orlando, St. Petersburg – and the state, nation and world – it was that we’re more alike than we think.

Arm in arm with those marching for equal pay and for reproductive rights were people from the Black Lives Matter movement, the Latinx movement, various environmental causes and, of course, those of us draped in rainbows hoping that our LGBTQ victories will not be tossed aside by a president with only money (and unmentionables) on his mind.

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8.11.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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“You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions.” Such is the launch of the monotonous Miranda poetry recited time and time again over the handcuffed arms of alleged criminals under the swirling bright blue and reds atop the cars of those out to convict them – sometimes rightfully, sometimes in error.

It is no secret to anyone that the lines between right and wrong blur frequently, generally aided by the vectors of pride, bravado, haste, fear and even innocence present in that singular arresting moment. The cacophony of crisis often wins over, and in recent years, we’ve seen a widening schism between freedom and authority, right and wrong – so much so that we’re lining streets, packing political offices, peacefully demonstrating or violently exploding. Black Lives Matter, #sitinforthe49, the Dream Defenders. These trying times don’t represent our first revolution – political or otherwise – but they do remind us that we ought to be looking out for each other more. We could try a little harder, listen a little more.

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In the wake of the Pulse massacre, the LGBT community inadvertently intersects with the gun-rights battle

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“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine for the 49,” was just one of the transcendent protest hymns echoing through the lobby outside the Orlando office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on July 11.

While organizers representing the full panoply of Central Florida staged their “#sitinforthe49” – a clear reference to the 49 people gunned down by a semi-automatic rifle in the early hours of June 12 – echoes of unrest from the fringes were everywhere. Members of Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, Equality Florida and Organize Now, among others, assembled peacefully, even mournfully, for a morning of conscientious objection.

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