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While Puerto Rico lies in shambles thanks to two separate hurricanes in as many weeks, Donald Trump spent most of the weekend railing against NFL players protesting the American flag. To say that the president doesn’t fully grasp the implications of (or meaning behind) Colin Kaepernick’s initial kneel would be an understatement, yet Trump’s insistence on driving the issue persists. And when reporters repeatedly asked Press Secretary Sarah Sanders about the matter during Monday’s press briefing, her nonsensical responses didn’t do much to clarify the debate.

Like when Sanders was asked how Kaepernick’s original protest (and protests since) can having nothing to do with race, as Trump suggested during an early morning tweet. Sanders, who apparently never said the word “race” once during the briefing, said “the focus has long since changed. And certainly the message, and what a lot has been communicated over these last several weeks — through this practice, through this protest by these players.” Or as BuzzFeed’s Tom Namako put it, Sanders gave “an absolutely gibberish answer when asked how Trump can say the NFL players kneeling is not about race.”

Sanders comments here came in the middle of an onslaught of mounting questions about the presidents remarks at an Alabama rally on Friday, and his subsequent tweets. Even so, what the press secretary said before and after her nonsense regarding the issue’s focus changing didn’t fare any better. “This isn’t about the president being against anyone. This is about the president and millions of Americans being for something. Being for honoring our flag, honoring our national anthem, and honoring the men and women who fought to defend it.”

Framed this way, Sanders — and Trump by extension — want to suggest the explosive NFL anthem protests have little to do with race and more to do with patriotism and respect. Yet the press secretary struggled to follow this logic completely when a reporter followed up on her insistence that Kaepernick and other players’ kneeling during the anthem wasn’t a protest about “police brutality, racial disparity and racial injustice.” “I think if the debate is really, for them, about police brutality,” she said, “they should probably protest the officers on the field who are protecting them instead of the American flag.” Yeah, she said that.

And if that weren’t enough, Sanders went even further and implied Trump’s calling Kaepernick a “son of a bitch” (as he did in Alabama last Friday) was within the president’s right as a defender of the American flag. “I always think it’s appropriate for the president to defend our flag, to defend the national anthem,” she said amid several interruptions. “It’s always appropriate for the president of this country to promote our flag, to promote our national anthem, and to ask people to respect it.”

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If you were expecting Gregg Popovich to have thoughts on the war between NBA players and Donald Trump that caught fire over the weekend, you won’t be disappointed. The Spurs coach took questions during the team’s media day on Monday and was asked about the president, the White House invitation that Steph Curry declined (but was later rescinded), protests by athletes, and more.

Popovich has not exactly been a fan of Trump since the reality TV star and businessman started becoming a legitimate candidate for the Republican nomination, and he is so sick of the current landscape that he started calling the situation “boring.”

Pop also went so far as to call the country “an embarrassment to the world” right now. He did have his typical wit, opening his presser by telling people to “ask me the same questions you asked me 15 years ago.”

But when it came to the big stuff, Popovich didn’t shy away from it.

The full big quote is transcribed below, as Popovich spoke unfiltered for a few minutes:

“There’s a lot involved in that when you say culture and politics and sport,” Popovich said. “People write books about that, so I would hesitate to take that on as a whole. It makes more sense to me to be more specific. I’ll just tell you what we say to our team. Each one of them has the right and the ability to say what they would like and act the way they’d like to act. They have our full support. No matter what they might want to do or not do, if it’s important to them it’s respected by us and there’s no recrimination no matter what might take place, unless it’s ridiculous egregious. There’s a line for everything. We do live in a difficult time and it doesn’t do a whole lot of go. We all know the situation and it gets beaten up every day by talking heads and it starts to get personal. I think we all know why, and we all know what the source is, where a lot of the division comes from. To dwell on that sometimes is the wrong way to go because it’s so obvious now it’s boring. The childishness, and the gratuitous fear-mongering and race-baiting has been so consistent that it’s almost expected.

The bar has been lowered so far that I think it’s more important to be thinking about what to do in a more organic roots-based level. Thinking about the efforts to restrict voter registration, comments that demean cultures, ethic groups, races, women, those sorts of things. What can be done from an organic way to fight that? We know how everything happens. We know where the power in the country is. We know the racism that exists. It’s gone beyond that to the point where I’m more worried about – and more confused by – the people around our president. These are intelligent people who know exactly what’s going on, who were basically very negative about his actions but now it seems it’s condoned. We saw it this weekend in his comments about people that should be fired, or people that shouldn’t be allowed to do this sort of thing. I wonder what the people think about who voted for him, where their line is, how much they can take.

Where does the morality and the decency kick in? I understand very well they didn’t like their choice, economically, a lot of people had a problem and he was the right guy at the right time to tap into that mood. People overlooked one hell of a lot to be able to pull that trigger and vote in that direction, but it was because they wanted change. They felt ignored. They actually thought something would happen that would aid them, but at what price is the question. As we see the actions over and over and over again, one wonders what is in their heads, and they’ve come to the conclusion that they had the wrong vehicle. The might have good ideas or good reasons why they wanted to go the way they went, but someone else who had a little bit more decency about how they approach other people or other groups might have served better.

That’s what I worry about in this country. I wonder about if you live where you thought you lived. I just heard a comment this morning from a NASCAR owner, and from Mr. Petty, that just blew me away. Just blew me away. The owner described the fact that he would give a Greyhound Bus ticket to anybody to leave, they’d be fired, and Mr. Petty said people who act the way we saw on Sunday should leave the country. That’s where I live. I had no idea that I lived in a country where people would actually say that sort of thing. I’m not totally naive, but I think these people have been enabled by an example that we’ve all been given. You’ve seen it in Charlottesville and on and on and on. That’s not a surprise. Get over it. What do we do to get it done? What are the grassroots to not allow this to happen again.

Our country is an embarrassment to the world.”

Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr haven’t just allowed their players to speak up, they’ve encouraged it, which has led to the league itself to encourage activism out of its players. This isn’t new; it’s just getting a lot more visibility than it had in previous situations. And players – stars especially – won’t back down, no matter how much the president keeps tweeting.

You can watch the full press conference here:

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This week in This Week In Posters, we begin with a headscratcher on many levels. This is a foreign poster for A Bad Moms Christmas, which is already a surreal concept. (Did you know that Bad Moms was actually a huge hit? I thought it was terrible until I saw Fun Mom Dinner and realized how much worse this genre could be, simply by adding Adam Levine.) And then there’s Kathryn Hahn back there. Is that even Kathryn Hahn? Process of elimination would seem to suggest so, but otherwise it looks nothing like her. Which is a shame, because she’s so mind-blowingly talented that she actually managed to shine in a Bad Moms, which puts to shame anything that Brando did.

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Here’s another one for Pixar’s Coco, which seems to have a firefly theme. Years from now, we will look back at this and The Good Dinosaur as Pixar’s “Luminescence Phase.”

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Is this a traditional Mexican creature or a Pixar invention? It seems to have a lion body, eagle feathers, wings, ram horns, and… am I missing anything? Seems a little busy is all. It’s like the Edsel of mythical creatures.

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I feel like Pixar only draws this face on characters from exotic foreign lands.

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Gotta love a poster that doesn’t even try to pretend the characters were in the same place in the original photo. Apparently this film was shot in 2007 and is only just now getting a release. To the poster’s credit, it looks exactly like a movie that’s sat on a shelf since 2007. I guess they were trying to make the inevitable food-pun burns even easier.

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So far I gather that this movie is about dominos and nothing else. If the poster is already going to be a busy montage of random stuff and people, does it really need texture too? Ugh. Anyway, I really wish the tagline for this was “WHY’S JAMES CRYIN?

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Here Gerard Butler stars in the poster for A Family Man, which I assume depicts the very first part of the movie before the terrorists kill his family and he murders everyone. But wait, why does the kid have on a sherpa jacket? That’s usually movie code for “poor.” Fine, I’ll bite, I’m going to IMDb:

A headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, battles his top rival for control of their job placement company — his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family.

Huh. So no one gets shot or blown up or anything? Lame. I would tell you the more specific synopsis, which would explain why the son looks poor, but it seems like kind of a spoiler.

 

The kid has cancer.

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I love these 1930s-style posters for Ferdinand. Also, it feels like the tagline is describing me.

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Whoa. The flower petals are bulls. I don’t know what the flower and the bee have to do with anything (is it like the bulls and the bees? like a sex metaphor? because he’s born to love?), but I love it. Little kids need more modernist expressionism in their lives.

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This looks like if Land’s End made condom ads. If never seen anything try to be Nicholas Sparks so hard. Also per IMDb:

After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind.

A decade? How old was he when he left, 10?

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Ooh, Dubai. That’s a new one. I don’t think I’ve seen their landmarks destroyed in a disaster movie before. Hmm, I wonder who financed this.

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I know Isle of Dogs (trailer here) is #problematic and all, but I am here for it. I think stop-motion might’ve been Wes Anderson’s true calling all along. Anyway, I don’t know if this poster truly captures the texture of the trailer, but it is very center framed. Which is #onbrand. They really downplayed the yellow text in this. Can’t have Wes Anderson without yellow text, I always say.

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The chimp seems like he’s placed at boob level, and is sort of posed like a breastfeeding child. Am I reading too much into this? Perhaps. It’s just that I’ve always wanted to watch Jane Goodall breastfeed a chimp.

GRR, FUTURA FONT!

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Here we have another poster for the Jigsaw movie, which is either trying to make him look like a New Guinean tribesman or the Joker. A torture porn most artsy. I can’t wait.

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I don’t know if the crocodile reads crocodile enough here.

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I honestly can’t keep straight which Noah Baumbach movies I’ve seen or haven’t seen at this point, but if this one consists entirely of Dustin Hoffman giving younger men earnest life lessons in different stately hats I will absolutely watch it.

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This a great new poster for mother!, which is rightly trying to sell the controversy. Divisiveness is its most salient feature at this point, but you wonder if that was partly the result of them selling it as a horror movie (?) the first time around. Is there even a good way to sell mother!? I’m not sure.

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Well it wouldn’t be a Takashi Miike movie without stylized swords and excessive facial scars, now would it. True story, I’m missing a screening of this right now to write this post.

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This feels like the 17th batch of posters for My Little Pony: The Movie and they seem to get more propaganda like every time. We’re two batches away from Fluttershy telling me to inform on my family.

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My mind goes blank every time I stare into the eye of the bird thing (?). This movie is trying to recruit my kids and I won’t stand for it.

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This looks like the part of Starship Troopers where they fight the bugs. That was a fascism satire. “To live is to fight” sounds like something the drill sergeant in Starship Troopers would’ve shouted. You think this one is also satire? Probably not.

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Oh hell yeah, we haven’t had a good “close-eyed headbutt” poster in a while. In a new twist, this looks like the headbutt it’s shorthand for triumph, rather than yearning. Still backlit by the sun though. No one ever close-eyed headbutts in low light.

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If ever there was a perfect example of why mismatching name text and faces is annoying, it’d be this poster. Other than that, I get the sense that this movie is really going to blow the sunglasses onto my forehead.

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I saw this the other day. The poster makes it seem like more of a horror movie than it is, like it’s The Orphan or something. Then again, I barely know how to describe this movie, let alone how to sell it. Good luck with that. “It’s totally Scandinavian!”

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I’m impressed that they found the characters outfits that were almost as busy as all the text up there.

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Cause may baaaay / you’re gonna be the one that saves maaaay / and after aaaaaalll / you’re my wonder…

Oh sorry, I misread that. Boy, they’re really burying the Woody Allen part, aren’t they? Though you can always tell by the title font. Woody Allen’s movies are more consistent in their title font than even Wes Anderson.

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Get ready to wail about the swift passage of time, because The Princess Bride is officially 30 years old. It’s safe to say that many have grown to love the pirates, sword fights, resurrection, and the quest for The Six-Fingered Man, considering how often your best friends still shout “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” However, despite all of the snarky quips and revenge quests, it’s ultimately a movie about love. Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Cary Elwes) fight like hell for their love to survive, melting even the coldest viewer’s hearts in the process.

If you need help believing in love again, let these moments from The Princess Bride guide you.

“As you wish.” — Westley

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As we all know, what he really meant was “I love you.” The love between Westley and Buttercup was the kind that sneaks up on you when you aren’t expecting it, but really Buttercup should have seen this coming. Farmboy or not, no one is that thrilled to shine your saddle unless they worship the ground you walk on. When Buttercup realizes who the Dread Pirate Roberts actually is as he shouts out this line later in the film while rolling down a hill into the Fire Swamp, she and the viewers are reminded that love is not so easily thrown aside.

“Is this a kissing book?” — The Grandson

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Yes, Fred Savage, it is. But as most people will tell you, The Princess Bride is so much more than a kissing movie. Still, while listening to his Grandfather read him the story, the boy realizes that the kissing stuff isn’t all that bad.

“This is true love. You think this happens every day?” — Westley

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Before being apparently lost at sea, Westley seems pretty certain that his love for Buttercup and her love for him will last forever. While they certainly had a few bumps along the way — evil princes, pirate kings, killer rodents, the usual stuff — this fairy tale had a happy ending. While the impediments to love may be a bit more mundane in the real world, they are still worth conquering.

“Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice M.L.T., a mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean, and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky. I love that.” — Miracle Max

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While the main focus of The Princess Bride is on the young and beautiful lovers, there is also love of a harsher and more hilarious kind with Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) and Valerie (Carol Kane). These two have been performing miracles side by side for decades, and while they may bicker continuously, you can tell that they’re in it for the long haul. Honestly, if you’ve been married that long and still find them as appealing as your favorite sandwich, you’re probably in good shape.

“There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.” — Westley

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While the serious declarations of love are all well and good, there’s something to be said about having fun with your significant other. Yeah yeah, you’ll love them until the end of time, but acknowledging the attributes that get you going is important too. Westley may have been a bit indisposed at the moment — coming back from the mostly dead has a bit of a recovery time — but Buttercup quickly picked up on what he was laying down.

“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv. ” — The Impressive Clergyman

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The silly accent and the over-the-top sentiment are the perfect combination, making this an insanely quotable line, but the idea that you should “tweasure your wuv” is nothing to laugh at. Buttercup and Westley fought princes, shrieking eels, and death itself to prove how much they cherished each other, so you may want to take some notes while watching.

“Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” — Westley

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Scoff at the idea that “true love conquers all” all you want, but love really is the greatest and scariest adventure that any of us can go on. It may not look like it does in the movies, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Hopefully, you won’t have to become a pirate, get trapped in quicksand, or agree to marry a homicidal maniac along the way.

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You know that feeling, you sit down after a long day, put your feet up, and chug some milk. Wiping the back of your hand across your mouth to erase your milk mustache, you think “Gee, I wish this was carbonated.” No. No one has ever done that. But, UK dairy company Arla doesn’t care because they are launching a “sparkling fruit and milk” drink in the UK, Singapore, and the UAE before they foist it on the rest of the globe. God as their witness, you will like fizzy milk.

Dairy companies the world over are scrambling for ways to maintain a place of prominence in the market because alternatives like soy milk and nut milks are asserting themselves. According to Grocer magazine, between 2014 and 2015, the sales of milk fell by roughly £240m which is also a hell of a lot of dollars. Dairy farmers are not feeling confident, but Arla, a company owned by 12,500 farmers, seems unfazed. They have promised to triple their profit from milk based drinks by 2020. Hopefully, they have something else planned, because fizzy fruit milk is questionable.

Arla clearly doesn’t remember Coca-Cola’s Vio. Time magazine literally named it one of the top 10 worst beverage ideas and one of the 50 worst inventions. But, the company called it a “vibrancy drink” so they were asking for Vio to get its ass kicked on the playground. When a copywriter for Coca-Cola tells you a drink tastes “like a birthday party for a polar bear,” they don’t have anything nice to actually say about the taste. Vio didn’t make it long, though the brand still exists in India. Asia and the Middle East are more open to carbonated dairy.

But, maybe Arla’s efforts will change the face of milk consumption in the UK. Could happen. Though, based on Twitter, it won’t.

h/t The Telegraph

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Reese Bland calls himself a visual documentarian. Since childhood, he has been gathering the stories and experiences of his community on film. Nowadays, that means followers can see black-owned apparel vendors at street fairs, black girl magic at music festivals, and black activists at a variety of rallies and protests, among other narratives.

In the everyday black experience, Bland finds beauty and power. His work tells stories, drawing the viewer into the joy of the subjects. Looking at them, you realize that they run counter to the images of black people that the media and popular culture often present. These are fully realized people, living rounded, complex lives. It’s clear that Bland is invested in these subjects on an artistic level, as well as on a personal one. He not only sees people, he sees moments.

We spoke with Bland, about his art. In measured tones, he explained the motivation behind much of his work, made his audience clear, and broke down his philosophy. Plus, he offered some solid advice about taking killer candid photographs.

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You attended 17 different schools. That’s pretty extraordinary in comparison to the average person. Tell us a little bit about your upbringing.

Yeah, that all stems from being a military brat. We moved fairly often and sometimes it wasn’t necessarily out of the area. But, we ended up moving out of the school district one time by moving across the street from the school that I was going to, on accident. We actually tried to move closer to the school, but we ended up moving out of that school, so I went to that school. But most of that ended up being from my dad was in the Army for 23 years so, we had to move from place to place.

Home is still Pittsburgh, though.

Do you continue moving pretty frequently or are you opposed to that entirely now?

I mean, I’m not opposed to anything in particular. I’ve been in DC for 10 years now. D.C. is a good spot to be right now, but I wouldn’t be opposed to moving somewhere else if the opportunity came up.

Did growing up as an Army brat have an impact on your work?

Definitely. A lot of people ask me when I started to take photos, how long have I been doing photography. And so I kind of you know, “Are you asking me how long have I been taking pictures?” And that’s usually the question. And then I’m like, “Well, since I was like seven or eight.” I got one of those old — what was it? — Kodak Slim 110 cameras, film camera and sometimes panoramic shots. But, I filled those up with pictures of friends, pictures of places that we were living, and that would happen whenever we’d move. So, when I got to middle school I had like photo albums full of pictures.

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Wow. And, do you still document everything through photography?

For the most part, yeah. I’m not without my camera for a long period of time. Every once in a while, I’ll leave it at home. But, even if I’m not shooting sometimes it’s with me.

I’m curious: Are you an introvert?

People have been throwing around the term ambivert at this point and I think that more describes people, describes me, in fact. I can be really introverted. You know, I was the shy person who was forced out of being shy by the amount of people that I had to get to know. You move from one school to the next, you have a whole new set of people to try to interact with.

If your camera is always with you are you fully engaged in the moments that you’re a part of when you’re recording them, or do you feel like the lens keeps you apart from those moments?

I think that’s actually the most interesting question. I am part of a lot of moments. I’ll be the camera; I’ll be the photographer that you’ll see, whether it’s a party or it’s some conference and they have some music playing. And although I’m taking photos, I’m also dancing at the same time. You know, that’s gotten me quite a few looks like, “Aren’t you supposed to be taking pictures?”

“Well yeah, see these 30 pictures I just took in the last three minutes?” I’m probably one of the rare breeds that can actually be behind the camera but still interact with the people I’m looking at as well. You know, I don’t show up on my own Instagram feed very often but if you look at tab that says “photos of you,” sometimes I’ll go through there and see pictures people took of me while I was at the event. Yeah, so I don’t selfie very often.

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Why do you call yourself a visual documentarian?

I think it goes beyond being a photographer, beyond being a videographer. What I do is to try to capture moments rather than images. And a lot of people say that as well but, you know, in just the way in which I document people when I document, I try to grab people in the moment, and that continues throughout whether it’s a protest or a party or a conference or what have you. You know, that’s the goal, to visually document what’s going on at that moment. Sometimes it’s video, sometimes it’s photo, sometimes there’s a mix of those or graphics or some text, what have you.

Your candids and your posed shots all seem to tell amazing stories but is there a specific narrative you’re trying to forward or is it just literally what’s happening in that moment objectively? Does it vary?

Most of the time it’s what’s happening in that moment, but obviously, it’s going to be sort of my point of view, my lens. I’m capturing this. I’m involved in a lot of organizations and there are quite a few that I’m involved with that are trying to combat the narrative of angry black people. So, there’s a lot of black joy moments. You can see the hashtags #Blackboyjoy and #Blackgirlmagic. Or, there’s actually an event that happens in D.C. every Sunday. It’s kind of a gathering, a standing appointment and black space, and it’s called Black Joy Sunday, and it’s free-form as far as what’s happening, whether it’s a game night or whether it’s a day out in the park or what have you. But there are all these people interacting and that’s possibly even more so at music festivals. You know, people reacting to music and reacting to the culture around them and just celebrating being themselves. More so people celebrating being themselves than anything else.

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You just did back to back festivals, right?

Yeah, so AFROPUNK was two weeks ago and then you have ONE Musicfest just the next weekend. That’s another thing about me. I love music. So, you know, going to a festival and getting a free ticket to a festival to shoot for a music magazine website, SoulBounce is the magazine I’m shooting for, but being able to get out there and enjoy the festival in one fell swoop. You might be looking at artists and you’re shooting the artist for them, and then turn around and shoot the crowd because you like being around people.

And you like being around incredibly attractive women. They are heavily featured.

There are a lot of really attractive people.

Okay, do you do other festivals or is this relatively new. I couldn’t tell from your website.

Yeah, the website is something that is going to be changing soon to highlight more recent photos instead of separating things by categories, so that’s what I’m getting to. I kind of jettisoned it for a while, but it still exists for people who want to see the baseline. The Instagram feed is obviously going to be the most recent thing, and then, I just started doing the actual Facebook page not too long ago. That’s what’s going to start taking over as far as the recent photo dump place. And then the more curated stuff will be on the website.

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Do you have a specific audience in mind when you’re creating your art or are you creating it for the sake of doing it?

I guess with that it’s a throwback to Solange’s album saying, “This shit is for us.” So, that’s pretty much what we’re going do. It’s not even just combatting the angry black narrative; it’s combating all types of narratives. In that, you know, it’s okay to be angry. You know, you’re supposed to be angry at some point. I go to festivals, but I also go to marches and rallies. There’s definitely times you should be angry. I’m on both sides of that. Especially, I’ve been asked that question before. It’s like, “Do you feel the need to just show this side of things?” No, you show every side of things. You show the truth. Like the truth is that there are black people who are successful and we’re all having a great time, and there are this many people converging in the streets in the spirit of enjoying themselves and music. But then there’s also sometimes when we’re all converging in the streets because we have a message to get across.

Do you feel like the camera, you said that you’re capturing the truth, do you think film is the best way to do that?

I think there are several measures to do that but I think the more immediate, the more stark way to do that is through photography. It is through video. It’s just because people will, you know, they react more to an image than they will to text, especially with the way things are going. Everything is more visual now, and media has become more visceral to a lot of people at this point, whether they think it’s for them or they think it’s not for them. They’ll get their own conclusion out of it, but the presentation is there. It’s a lot more stark and a lot more hard hitting in the media to see it than have to read something, to form an opinion after that. Not to say that a text and written articles aren’t going to be impactful but it’s just the immediacy is more there.

Reese Bland

If somebody wanted to capture good candids, do you have any tips?

A tip for capturing a good candid. One is don’t be a guy lurking in the corner. [Laughing.] I mean, it sounds like it’s counterintuitive, but the best candids I’ve gotten are the ones where I’m actually engaged in conversation with the people that I’m taking candids of. So, at some point, I guess I’m in a room of people. I walk up to people and I talk to them and everything and maybe before I got up to that point, I shot a couple of pictures and maybe they are candids but the better candids happen after the conversation. I start off taking pictures of other people, and I excuse myself from that conversation and go to another one. But I kind of look back at that person and they’re still, they’re fully engaged now, they’re comfortable and starting to feel the camera’s there. But, they don’t realize, that I’ve already taken two or three pictures at that point.

Oh, smart.

So, it’s kind of a dance in the way that you do candids. Sometimes you take it before you’ve met the person, sometimes you’re taking them as you’re talking to that person. And, I’ve gotten good at taking photos without looking through the lens and then when I’m not looking through viewfinder; then, it’s kind of a feel for how far you’ve zoomed in and what your focus is. And, if you’ve taken some shots and seen what the light looks like, you get lucky with some of those. Sometimes you know exactly what you just shot, but at the same time, people expect that when you look at a photographer, the camera is up at their eye and they have one eye looking at you and one eye closed and the lens pointed at you and that’s how a photo is taken.

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But you don’t just take photographs. You have your foot in tons of disciplines, what are you currently working on?

Currently, I actually work. I do have a day job and that’s at a PBS station, the only black-owned PBS station in the nation right now to have Howard University, but I don’t really go into much detail about that because it doesn’t always speak to where I’m going as a person. But, that also is a part of things.

Me as a person, I’m getting a lot more into my creative spaces and the photography is a huge part of it; video is a huge part of it. But there’s also design is a huge part of it as well and art, and I’m actually, working with a friend of mine, working on a couple of t-shirts. There’s a niche that hasn’t hit quite yet and that’s t-shirts for photographers. I’m hoping to get a shipment of those in this weekend. Talking to a friend of mine, she’s actually a really great entrepreneur as well. And she’s got a lot of acclaim lately because she’s been doing a lot of work and has some of her designs on HBO through the show Insecure. She’s helping me to print a bunch of the shirts that I’m going to have available.

That’s, yeah, that’s a market that I haven’t seen addressed at all.

Exactly, you know. Hopefully, I can start being the one to bring that out.

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Can you share your philosophy as a creator?

I see life as a composition, made up of countless narratives, moments, and perspectives. Because of this, I strive to create and share positive and truthful images — especially those of everyday Black excellence.

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Despite declaring that she was “done with politics,” former Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s morning talk show debut on NBC didn’t entirely go as planned. Journalists, Will & Grace fans, and much of Twitter took her to task when she asked a fan of the returning sitcom if watching it made him “become gay, because of Will.” To make matters worse, the already awkward situation immediately turned more so when Kelly said, “I think the Will & Grace thing and the gay thing is gonna work out great.” Kelly apparently can’t escape politically rife subject matter even when she tries, like during her ELLE interview a week prior.

Titled “Megyn Kelly Doesn’t Want To Be Political,” the interview nearly went south when writer Mattie Kahn pressed the Megyn Kelly TODAY host about the recent controversy concerning ESPN’s Jemele Hill. (Kahn writes, “Kelly does not want to talk about politics or Trump — so much so that she stands up and turns toward the door when I press her on Trump’s treatment of Hill.”) As for the conversation itself, it all started when Kelly responded to Kahn’s mentioning Hill’s name by saying the ESPN anchor “got political” when she “didn’t have to.”

Do you think she shouldn’t have?

I think there’s definitely a question about whether anybody working in a news organization should take an open political position. Do you disagree with that?

I guess I think that there’s a blurring of the lines now between a political position and a sense that when the President of United States says that some neo-Nazis are “very fine people,” you get pushed into [speaking out].

I’m not going to get into defending the President. You should go back and quote him directly if you’re going to do that. I’m not going to defend him or not defend him, but that quote you just gave me was wrong.

ELLE‘s editor inserted a brief line noting that, contrary to Kelly’s claim here, Trump did in fact insist there “were very fine people on both sides” of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a bonkers press conference at Trump Tower. So Kahn pressed Kelly further, asking if Hill’s initial remark about Trump being a white supremacist was “a political statement that no one that’s in the news business, even sports news, which is a kind of journalism, should make.” The NBC broadcaster refused to comment on Hill or her comments specifically, though she did admit it was “dicey territory”:

“One of the problems of 2017 journalism is journalists are under too much pressure to pick sides. That is not a fair position in which to put them. They’re supposed to report the news. If they choose to offer a political opinion, then they should expect rollback. If they haven’t expressed a political position, there should not be pressure on them to do that. That is not the job they signed up for.”

Considering the many examples from Kelly’s Fox News past that run counter to this, per a Last Week Tonight clip aired on Sunday, her answer here isn’t totally satisfactory. So Kahn pressed further, asking Kelly to compare her experience from the other side of “Trump’s Twitter machine” to Hill’s. “Is this a general journalism interview, or this is about my show? I don’t want to give an interview as a media expert. That’s not really what I signed up to do,” Kelly exclaimed in response. “If you want to talk about the show, we can talk about the show.”

Meanwhile, Hill herself responded to Kelly’s remarks about her with an appropriate tweet. She also threw in a joke about the former Kelly File host’s viral video “[setting] the record straight on Santa.”

(Via ELLE)

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In the aftermath of this year’s London Bridge attack and President Trump’s unproductive hot takes about the act of terrorism that left seven dead, London Mayor Sadiq Khan clearly responded by saying that Britain should rescind an offer of a state visit for Trump because of his anti-Muslim views. In a new discussion with The Guardian, the London mayor takes his criticism even further. He expressed feeling “offended” by Trump’s continued bans on travelers from Muslim majority countries (while stating that he’d make an exception for a U.K. Labour politician), and he says the president is “playing [ISIS’] game” by co-opting their rhetoric about a “clash of civilizations”:

“My view was firstly ‘I’m not exceptional’ and secondly ‘Think about what you are saying.’ Because what you are saying is not dissimilar to what Daesh or so-called IS says … They say that there is a clash of civilizations, it is not possible to be a Muslim and a westerner, and the west hates us. And you are inadvertently playing their game, you are helping them.”

Khan’s comments came after the White House revised Trump’s travel ban to add countries that are not majority Muslim countries (like North Korea). He likely did so to bypass potential legal arguments that the ban is a religious-based order. The Supreme Court is set to rule on the travel ban’s overall constitutionality on October 10.

(Via The Guardian)

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LeBron James is so fed up with Donald Trump he’s not even calling him by name. Opting to go with an around the horn topic format during the Cavs’ media day on Monday, James went topic by topic, from Kyrie Irving to Trump to Dwyane Wade, asking media members to exhaust themselves on questions before moving on.

It was a savvy move from LeBron, allowing him to collect his thoughts on each individual subject rather than ping-ponging back and forth. Of course Trump was going to come up after James called him a “bum” over the weekend following the president’s tweet at Steph Curry rescinding the two-time MVP’s invitation to the White House.

James opted to call Trump “that guy,” not even giving him the respect of his own namesake before launching into a powerful statement.
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And if you were wondering whether or not James will be taking away the “bum” tweet anytime soon, you have your answer:

James has been outspoken and thoughtful on a variety of societal issues, so it’s no surprise he decided to speak out when pressed on the matter during media day. At least it keeps him from having to answer another question about Kyrie Irving or free agency.

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