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Yesterday the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice after they saw the video of what happened in that NJ casino. When we saw Rice drag his then fiancée off the elevator what did we think happened? She didn’t faint. We could assume he knocked her out, but yesterday when we saw it on the big screen we could no longer keep our collective heads in the sand. We had to acknowledge the obvious, but where do we go from here? The media will talk about the Rice saga until the numbers dip, but what are we going to do? We sit and look at the videotape with horror, but where is that horror when we watch Love and Hip Hop. We see women fighting women, women fighting men and men fighting women and we watch this while devouring popcorn. We call this entertainment. Our young people watch these shows. One of my friends said her daughter thought the Rice situation was bad but she did not find it horrifying. I also saw an 18 year old young man being interviewed last night and he said women have to learn not to disrespect their man. He felt a man was justified to get physical if he believed he was being disrespected. So we need to talk to our young people about what domestic violence really is. Most violence is not played out on the big screen. It is generally done in private. It might be happening to your neighbors or your church members. Some people on your job who are ragging on Rice today might be abusers but you will never know. It is done behind closed doors and there are no cameras. Share your thoughts.
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”
Ray Rice is now a former Baltimore Raven. He was cut today after the 2nd video of his elevator fight with his wife became public. The NFL had suspended Rice for 2 games but the Ravens decided today to terminate his contract. Was this the right decision?
We saw Ray Rice drag his fiancee off the elevator, but this morning we now see him knock her out. Did the NFL see this tape before they gave him the 2 game suspension?
If you share your fears regarding another race are you racist? If you say you are more comfortable among your own race are you a racist? Is it possible to talk about race without being branded a racist? How can we overcome if we can not talk honestly? Share your thoughts.
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Drew Carey offers 10K reward for Bay Village High School students who did the offensive ice bucket challenge
This story is unbelievable.
I am watching Iyanla Fix My Life season opener. Jay is the father of 34 children by 17 women. Listening to his parents it is obvious they were not ideal parents, but they are not the reason that this 44 year old man has 34 children by 17 women. He did it. He is responsible for his actions not his parents. This is the first of three parts. Vanzant is dealing with his pain but what about the children. They will be a part of this series, but what happens when she packs up her cameras? Will anybody be fixed or is that the point? Is this simply a sensational story exploited for ratings? Share your thoughts.
I read that you enjoyed playing your role in “No Good Deed” — this psychotic guy who tortures a family. Yeah, I have to be careful saying I enjoyed it. Here’s the thing: I just don’t get to play characters like that very often, so it was a nice change for me to play someone that twisted.
Last year, you portrayed Nelson Mandela in a movie based on his autobiography, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
I heard he gave the film and your portrayal his seal of approval.
He was very excited by it. He saw a little bit of it before he died. I mean, he’s seen himself in films played by different actors, but this film was entirely dedicated to his life story, and he was fascinated by the detail. He was quite close to the project even though he was very ill.
Did you ever meet him? No. I don’t regret much, but that’s one thing I do regret.
Since “The Wire” ended in 2008, have you made a conscious decision to avoid playing gangsters like Stringer Bell?
What kind of role do you play after someone like Stringer, you know what I mean? You play another gangster. What’s the point of that? I’ve played the gangster. I try to keep it really varied; it just makes for more of a fun and interesting career.
By now, there’s a whole younger generation that doesn’t know you as Stringer Bell. That must be satisfying. That’s true actually, yeah. The real young generation knows me from movies like “Pacific Rim.” They’ll tell me: “My dad says he knows you from ‘Stringer.’ I’ve never seen that show, but I think you’re awesome in it.”
You moved to New York early in your career because you thought there was a glass ceiling for black actors in Britain. Do you still think that’s the case?
Even when I went to America I didn’t work for four years. It wasn’t like I came to New York and it was the land of milk and honey. It was just as much of a hard graft. But there’s a lot more opportunity nowadays across the board for actors, no matter what color you are, with the Internet and small productions.
You and a group of British actors wrote an open letter to the BBC and other British broadcasters, arguing that they should better represent minorities. How have they reacted? Especially in the television industry, people know this is something of an issue. Television companies have responded in a way that seems positive. Look, you know, it’s not a law or anything — we just decided to stand up and say: “Hey, try to get more diversity on our screen in England because it’s important to the culture and the culture is very diverse. Let’s see it on TV.”
You worked the night shift at a Ford factory in Britain before you got your break in acting. Do you think it’s good for actors to have some gritty work experience to draw from? I find that a lot of actors who are good and open to challenges have lived a full life. When you walk into an audition, you have more to say for yourself because you come from the real world. It’s more enticing for directors, I think.
You also worked as a club D.J. Are you still doing that? I’m coming toward the end of another season in Ibiza. I’ve been recording my shows from Ibiza and putting them on Capital FM, which has been a massive thing for me. Capital is a big radio station in London. Next year I’m going to start putting out some music as a D.J., which is a natural step, and just have as much fun as I can with it.
Recently, a picture of your crotch went viral. What was that like? Initially it was on every entertainment channel in America. It was all over the Internet, it was trending, it was nuts. Really? Who cares? It was a mike wire.
Maybe you and Jon Hamm can form a support group.
Jon was pretty pissed that people stared at his crotch, and I can see his point, but it didn’t do me no harm. Let’s put it that way. It was kind of funny.
A lot of people say you’re their best hope for a black James Bond. Will that happen? Again, another flattering rumor.