Florida Gov. Rick Scott is apparently very thin skinned and unable to take public criticism well.
Scott, the governor of the nation’s third largest state spent actual money on a web video bashing Cara Jennings, a woman who screamed obscenities at him during an ill-fated trip to a Gainesville Starbucks earlier this week.
“You cut Medicaid so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” Jennings yelled at Scott in a video that quickly went viral. “You’re an asshole. You don’t care about working people. You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”
Now Jennings is not exactly a random person. She is a former city councilperson in Lake Worth and a longstanding activist who isn’t afraid to push the envelope.
But instead of just letting go of the awkward encounter, Gov. Man-Child decided to bring out the knives to hack at Jennings in a web video.
And it is rather incredible.
“You may have seen this video of a terribly rude woman at a coffee shop cursing and screaming at Governor Scott,” a smarmy voice over guy says at the start of the video.
For the next minute, the video tries to discredit Jennings as a “anarchist” who refused to recite the pledge of allegiance.
Seriously. He couldn’t have spent time doing anything else?
Anyway, all we could hope for is that Donald Trump will just double down and pick Scott as his running mate. They would spend half of the campaign sending out Tweets and Facebook videos attacking random people they meet at Starbucks.
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By Michelle de Carion
When Juan Torres-Falcon, a member of the ensemble cast in Kinky Boots, heard that the show was coming to Miami on their national tour this year, he knew without a doubt it was going to be a big hit.
The 6-time Tony Award-winning musical is based on the true story of a drag queen in London who helps a young shoe factory owner design red, kinky boots for crossdressers. Lola and her drag angels inspire the audience to “just be who you wanna be,” and “accept yourself and others too.”
Not only is Miami native Falcon excited to return home as a professional performer on Broadway, but he is also elated to share the message of Kinky Boots with his hometown since it is one he feels needs to be heard in the community.
During the week of the show’s run from December 8-13, Falcon and some of the other cast members participated in a talk back event with 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens. The kids went backstage to meet the cast, ask them questions, and learn choreography.
“When I was asked to do that it almost made me cry because I realized that I would have loved to go to an event like that as a young, 15-year-old queer in South Florida,” Falcon said. “I would have loved to have seen Kinky Boots in high school because art is most powerful when it reflects life, and when it makes someone feel heard. And if our community can embrace the LGBT community–especially transgender people–and the most disenfranchised, and the most forgotten by starting with our young people and empower them with love, then Miami can soar.”
Falcon says that even though Miami is such a diverse city and has evolved a lot over the years, there is still a lot of homophobia and fear of “the other” in this city.
“It’s a shame,” he said, “…because we have so much potential as a city and as an arts community with everything that’s growing—Art Basel was just last week,” Falcon said. “We have all of these amazing things in place and yet there is still a lot of fear with all that is queer and LGBT. Our neighbors to the north, Fort Lauderdale, have done a lot more work when it comes to outreach in the community and also as a culture that is not only receptive, but inclusive, to gays and especially transgender people.”
Falcon hopes that Kinky Boots touches a lot of hearts in Miami and that this is the start of the next stage of Miami’s evolution and growth. The star of Kinky Boots, J. Harrison Ghee, who plays Lola also hopes that this show opens people’s minds and makes them more accepting of others who are different.
When Ghee’s father first learned he was a professional drag queen performing in New York City, it was very difficult for him to accept his lifestyle. But now years later, Ghee is strutting his stuff on Broadway, and his family has become more understanding of who he is.
“This show has changed my life in so many ways,” Ghee said. “I grew up in a religious family. My dad’s a pastor, and him learning that I’ve been a drag queen and that I’m performing in heels and doing all of this has been hard for him. But he knows it’s a part of my job and my creative outlet, and what I do, and he respects and understands that now. My family and I have gotten so much closer together because of this show.”
Ghee was performing in his own drag show called “The Crystal Fix” at the New World Stage’s Timeout Lounge when his friends encouraged him to try out for the role of Lola because they felt the story was written for him.
Ghee started out as a swing in the show, then after being an understudy for Lola joined the national tour as the lead. The song “Not My Father’s Son” is particularly close to his heart.
“Every night, my associate director instructs me to get close to the fire, to get close to the flame because it hits so close to home,” Ghee said. “I always say Cyndi Lauper must have had someone watching my life with some of the lyrics she chose, specifically the lyrics ‘with the strength of Sparta and the patience of Job.’ My father has a PhD in philosophy and history and is a minister, so for me to say that line every night is very emotional for me. It’s very therapeutic to be able to do this and share my story, whether the audience knows it or not.”
Ghee adds that aside from the message of love and acceptance, he hopes the audience just has fun when they see the show. They refer to the tour as “the big fab fun machine.”
“It’s a fun time, and it really is a family show that encourages you to remain open to what life has to offer,” Ghee said. “And just be who you want to be because that’s the fun of being individuals and being human, and being alive. This is about simply being who you are, staying true to that and letting that shine bright.”
Kinky Boots will return to South Florida from March 1-13, 2016 at the Broward Performing Arts Center.
To purchase tickets visit: http://browardcenter.org/events/detail/kinky-boots
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You can’t make this stuff up.
A group of people have organized on the Internet crowdfunding website GoFundMe to try to fundraise $53 million to help Kanye West get out of debt.
Yep. (God, please have these people be kidding.)
West recently revealed on Twitter that he is $53 million in the hole, and begged Mark Zuckerberg for some coin.
According to the Root, the page was organized by a man named Jeremy Piatt of Minnesota.
“Kanye West, prolific entertainer/fashion icon/celebrity/member of the Kardashian family needs our help!,” a message from Piatt says on the crowdfunding page. “Recently, Kanye let us in on his personal struggle. He is 53 million dollars in debt and it doesn’t look like he’s going to get Mark Zuckerberg’s help that he desperately needs.
“We must open our hearts and wallets for Kanye today. Sure he is personally rich and can buy furs and houses for his family, but without our help, the true genius of Kanye West can’t be realized.”
Not everyone is a big supporter of the campaign.
“I donate negative 54 million dollars,” Laurie Sanford said in the comments section of the page. “Maybe his clothing line should not have looked like the bums in Compton designed them. Wtf?? How about we raise money to feed starving children here in America?? Hmmm.. What a thought.”
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Wynwood, Wynwood, Wynwood, oh hipster community, growing in fame, apparent fortune, and broadcasting presence, online.
Meet Wynwood Radio.
This is a story of resilience, openness and community.
Started in 2009, with very little money and a group of immigrant friends, Wynwood Radio was founded in a small studio nearby Midtown.
Some people might think: “not the best time to open anything or the best area to go into.”
With the Great Recession hitting the Miami area hard and the broadcasting world being in a world of flux, four friends let both aspects aside and were determined to provide music and entertainment to a new community that they believed in.
“We got so in love with the growth of Wynwood as a community based in many types of arts that we decided to hone our own art to contribute to this community,” Vicente Solis, one of the developers of Wynwood Radio said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “Our idea was to bring people together through music, art, history, food and other things that make Wynwood so special.”
Creating this type of station was not a first for the group of content creators.
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Before submerging in the Wynwood community, Solis had worked with one of the founders of Wynwood Radio, Adrian Olivares at another online radio station in Mexico City.
Olivares believes in the power of community involvement to create a successful product.
“We witnessed all the community meetings every month and we say how security and infrastructure in the area improved as a result of the constant requests of residents and business owners,” Olivares said. “All of it brought Wynwood to its hyped stage.”
That hype is frequently associated with the gentrification of the area.
It is that gentrification process in Wynwood where some have felt discomfort.
“Maybe the process has happened a little too quick in the area,” Solis said.
While others have felt they have been given a second chance.
“All the locals that I know have gotten more job opportunities because of all the businesses that have opened there,” Olivares said.
It is that duality what makes Wynwood Radio a prime participant in the development of community.
“We have a pathway for community members to have a voice, to promote their own events as well as choose their own music to be broadcasted in the station,” Olivares said. “We all have different ways to look at Wynwood, different ways to express our talents, and that is what we want to show in our programming: diversity.”
Besides showcasing music from the 1940’s to the latest releases, Wynwood Radio also promotes community events and issues that happen in Wynwood and neighborhoods nearby.
Both Solis and Olivares emphasized the importance of community members to maintain close connection with the station, they are open to receiving music selections and program ideas from any community member to continue the development of Wynwood Radio.
For more information on Wynwood Radio, you can visit www.wynwoodradio.com
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