Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2015/05/node/274916 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en British Photographer Don McCullin Gets a Smashing Present for His Birthday http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/don-mccullin-aperture-retrospective-book <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Without question, British photographer <a href="http://www.contactpressimages.com/photographers/mccullin/mccullin_bio.html" target="_blank">Don McCullin</a> is one of the best and most influential photojournalists of the 20th century. With his visceral frontline images, he brought intense, gut wrenching moments of combat into the homes of millions. A regular photographer for London's <em>Sunday Times Magazine</em>, McCullin's work ran in all the major magazines and newspapers. He unflinchingly showed readers exactly what was happening in the wars being fought in their names.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Don McCullin sitting for a portrait" class="image" height="466" src="/files/AP_653780560191-630.jpg" width="350"><div class="caption"><strong>Photojournalist Don McCullin CBE at the Oxford Union, Oxfordshire, Britain, 2014. </strong>Roger Askew/REX/AP</div> </div> <p>McCullin spent decades in the thick of some of the most hellish wars: from Vietnam to Biafra, Czechoslovakia, then Northern Ireland, the genocide of Brazilian Indians. He was one of the few photojournalists to cover the Khmer Rouge's take over of Cambodia (where he was badly wounded). In Uganda he was captured and held in the cell right next to where executions were taking place. He covered Beirut off and on for years. In between those wars, he didn't let up, photographing the homeless in London, the Bangladeshi monsoon of 1971 and the Consett steel works in Northern U.K. Later McCullin began shifting away from wars to photographing less damaging subjects. He made trips to India and Indonesia, photographing quieter moments.</p> <p>This retrospective, <a href="http://aperture.org/shop/don-mccullin-books" target="_blank">first published by Random House UK in 2001</a>, is being re-released to coincide with McCullin's 80th birthday on October 9th, 2015. Since this book's original publication, McCullin's still been at it&ndash;this edition is updated with newer images shot since 2001, photos that flow incongruously with the classics. The new edition includes an entire new section on African work from 2004, a handful of new photos from India. And it should be noted that McCullin covered the war in Iraq and the early days of the Syrian conflict, shooting Aleppo in 2012.</p> <p>Though it should go without saying, this is not a book for the squeamish. As with most books of war photography, there are some very graphic pictures. But it's also not just a collection of war photos and it's nothing compared to his earlier photobooks that really pulled back the curtain on the violent, bloody reality of war.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Don_McCullin_Render_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Don McCullin (Aperture, 2015) </strong>Don McCullin/Contact Press Images<br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mccullin-1.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Outside Buckingham Palace, 1960 </strong>Don McCullin/Contact Press Images<br> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mccullin-2.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Fishermen playing during their lunch break, Scarborough, Yorkshire, 1967 </strong>Don McCullin/Contact Press Images</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mccullin-3.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Vietnamese family after a grenade-attack on their bunker, Hue, 1968 </strong>Don McCullin/Contact Press Images</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mccullin-6.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>The battlefields of the Somme, France, 2000 </strong>Don McCullin/Contact Press Images</div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mccullin-7.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Consett, County Durham, 1974 </strong>Don McCullin/Contact Press Images</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Slideshows Books Human Rights International Military Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Mark Murrmann 286341 at http://www.motherjones.com Let These Awesome Transgender Kids Show You What Their Lives Are Really Like http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/born-in-the-wrong-body-documentary <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Despite the strides made by the transgender community in recent years, the lives of transgender people remain largely out of sight, even taboo, for most people.</p> <p>With all the misinformation, and often hateful noise, still present in society over the issue, <a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/born-in-the-wrong-body-season" target="_blank">one British documentary series</a> is telling the real life stories of transgender youth in hopes to shed an empathetic light on what life is actually like for people making the incredibly challenging, but brave journey.</p> <p>Take the story of 7-year-old Paddy from Leicester, England and her father, also named Paddy. The two engage in a simple, remarkable conversation about Paddy's decision to transition into a girl. Watch below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e71guE3JN04" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>But as told by Paddy's mother, Lorna, the transition hasn't exactly been easy for many family members. No matter how supportive of their children's decision, the experience for everyone involved can still be a difficult one. In the clip below, Lorna reads aloud a poem to Paddy describing a caterpillar's choice to become a butterfly to help describe her complex feelings,</p> <p>"I loved and supported still wondering why, till the day my boy said goodbye," she reads. "Sometimes I miss my caterpillar boy, but my butterfly girl fills my heart with joy."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/czXZiKSbGek" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>"My Transgender Kid" is a part of Channel 4 in Britain's <a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/born-in-the-wrong-body-season" target="_blank">"Born in the Wrong Body" series</a>, which will continue in the coming weeks with different personal stories. Next up is "Girls to Men" and it will feature 21-year-old Jamie Raines' stunning, three-year photo project in which he took a selfie everyday of his transition. That video has already catapulted to the number one viewed video on YouTube.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/93Tqo6tAPJg" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Gay Rights Sex and Gender Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:28:50 +0000 Inae Oh 286541 at http://www.motherjones.com Old White Businessman Thinks Ben Carson Would Be a "Real Black President" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/rupert-murdoch-ben-carson-obama <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This morning, medial mogul and News Corp. overlord Rupert Murdoch was forced to retreat from a tweet he sent out last night addressing his notion of who does and does not qualify as a "real black president." That tweet, which also appeared to endorse Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, looked like this:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.</p> &mdash; Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) <a href="https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/651924724960874497">October 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The message sparked a wave of backlash on social media condemning Murdoch for inappropriately criticizing President Barack Obama&mdash;the first black president of the United States&mdash;and his work to address racial issues. In an attempt to justify his offensive remarks, he referred to a recent <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/paradox-of-the-first-black-president.html" target="_blank"><em>New York</em></a> magazine profile looking back at the president's legacy in the African American community. But, to no one's surprise except perhaps Murdoch's, the explanation did nothing to lessen the ridicule and the outrage.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch">@rupertmurdoch</a> Answer your phone. It's your communications VP.</p> &mdash; pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) <a href="https://twitter.com/pourmecoffee/status/651925481424560130">October 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch">@rupertmurdoch</a> Can you please regularly advise black Americans on which of them is "real", so they'll be free of doubt?</p> &mdash; Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) <a href="https://twitter.com/theharryshearer/status/651942101547008000">October 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Hours later, and with a heavy meditation on the space key, Murdoch apologized.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming.</p> &mdash; Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) <a href="https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/652094791602319360">October 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Looks like Murdoch, a noted Donald Trump detractor, is going to have to rethink how he attempts to advance Carson's presidential aspirations. It might also be helpful to remember who the sitting president actually is.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Media Obama Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:11:06 +0000 Inae Oh 286461 at http://www.motherjones.com People Magazine Just Made an Unprecedented Push for Gun Control Solutions http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/people-magazine-gun-control <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>People </em>magazine, one of the country's largest publications, with a circulation of more than <a href="http://www.psaresearch.com/images/TOPMAGAZINES.pdf" target="_blank">3.5 million readers</a>, just threw its weight behind the push for increased gun control by publishing contacts for every member of Congress, and urging their readers to lobby for action.</p> <p>In an editorial on Wednesday, the magazine's editorial director Jess&nbsp;Cagle explained the unprecedented decision to enter the gun debate after the latest <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/oregon-sheriff-umpqua-massacre-white-house-gun-control-newtown" target="_blank">mass shooting</a> at a community college in Oregon.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/mass-shootings-threat-assessment-shooter-fbi-columbine" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/threats_0_0_0.png"></a> <div class="caption"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/mass-shootings-threat-assessment-shooter-fbi-columbine" target="_blank"><strong>The early warning signs that could stop the next shooting rampage </strong></a></div> </div> <blockquote> <p>As President Obama said, our responses to these incidents&mdash;from politicians, from the media, from nearly everyone&mdash;have become "routine." We all ask ourselves the same questions: How could it happen again? What are we doing about gun violence in America? There are no easy answers, of course. Some argue for stricter gun laws, others say we should focus on mental health issues, some point to a culture that celebrates violence.</p> <p>But this much we know: As a country we clearly aren't doing enough, and our elected officials' conversations about solutions usually end in political spin.</p> <p>In this issue we pay tribute to the nine Oregon victims, as well as 22 other men, women and children who've lost their lives in mass shootings&mdash;incidents where a murderer has opened fire on a crowd&mdash;in the U.S. during the past 12 months.</p> </blockquote> <p>The move by <em>People</em> is remarkable considering the magazine&mdash;a staple at every newsstand and doctor's office in America&mdash;is traditionally associated with <a href="http://celebritybabies.people.com/2015/09/14/kim-kardashian-west-mortified-pregnancy-style-daughter-north-clothes/" target="_blank">celebrity gossip</a> and general <a href="http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20785838,00.html" target="_blank">human interest </a>stories that carry little risk of being offensive or overtly political, meaning its message could reach many more Americans outside the DC echo chamber, in which action on gun violence has completely stalled.</p> <p>Read <em>People</em>'s <a href="http://www.people.com/article/preventing-gun-violence-people-call-to-action-jess-cagle" target="_blank">entire announcement here.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Guns Media Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:58:18 +0000 Inae Oh 286371 at http://www.motherjones.com Bill Clinton Explains the Appeal of Donald Trump with the Perfect Backhanded Compliment http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/bill-clinton-colbert <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6lC-U5xiFjs" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Former President Bill Clinton appeared on the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lC-U5xiFjs" target="_blank"><em>Late Show </em>on Tuesday night</a>, where he was asked by host Stephen Colbert to explain the meteoric rises of both Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.</p> <p>While he was quick to tout Sanders' appeal as resonating with voter frustration that the system is "rigged against them," Clinton actually had far more to say about his former friend Trump than he did about his wife's increasingly formidable challenger from Vermont.</p> <p>"He's a master brander and he's the most interesting character out there," Clinton said of Trump. "And because he said something that overrides the ideological differences."</p> <p>"There is a macho appeal to saying, 'I'm just sick of nothing happening. I'm going to make things happen. Vote for me,'" he added.</p> <p>This is the second time Clinton has called out Trump for running a political campaign based on branding. Just last week, he hit back at Trump's insults describing his wife's tenure as secretary of state as the very "worst in history."</p> <p>"Well the thing about branding is, you don't have to be&mdash;you can be fact-free," Clinton told <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/29/politics/bill-clinton-donald-trump-fact-free/" target="_blank">CNN</a>'s Erin Burnett.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Clinton also shut down a previous report citing his influence on Trump making a run for the White House. Watch above.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Media Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:21:38 +0000 Inae Oh 286321 at http://www.motherjones.com The Feds Are Officially Investigating Hollywood's Glaring Gender Gap http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/hollywood-female-directors-discrimination-feds <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has officially launched an investigation looking into the lack of female directors working in Hollywood.</p> <p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-women-directors-discrimination-investigation-20151002-story.html" target="_blank"><em>The LA Times </em></a>reports government officials have already requested interviews from some 50 women working in the industry and will start interviews as soon as next week to ultimately determine if Hollywood is violating federal law.</p> <p>"I hope they force people to change the way they do business because Hollywood is not exempt from the law," Lori Precious <a href="http://deadline.com/2015/10/female-directors-hollywood-federal-investigation-eeoc-1201568487/" target="_blank">said </a>in response to Monday's news. Precious is one of the women the EEOC requested to talk to as a part of the formal probe.</p> <p>The inquiry comes as an increasing number of women in Hollywood, both directors and actresses, come forward with personal stories alleging a disturbing pattern of discrimination, including high profile women such as Ava DuVernay and Meryl Streep. In May, the American Civil Liberties Union urged the government to formally investigate the persistant claims.</p> <p>"Blatant and extreme gender inequality in this large and important industry is shameful and unacceptable,&rdquo; director of the the ACLU Southern California Project Melissa Goodman <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/aclu-calls-investigation-lack-female-directors-hollywood" target="_blank">wrote in a press release</a> back in May. "The time has come for new solutions to this serious civil rights problem."</p> <p>Earlier this year, a staggering gender bias study found only 30.2 of all speaking characters in 2014 were played by women.</p> <p>"For every 2.3 male characters who say 'Dude,' there is just woman saying, 'Hello?!" the <em>T<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/movies/report-finds-wide-diversity-gap-among-2014s-top-grossing-films.html" target="_blank">imes</a></em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/movies/report-finds-wide-diversity-gap-among-2014s-top-grossing-films.html" target="_blank"> Manhola Dargis wrote.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Sex and Gender Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:09:00 +0000 Inae Oh 286316 at http://www.motherjones.com These Photos of Wet Dogs Are Shameless Clickbait, and You Will Click on Them http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/book-wet-dog-photos-sophie-gamand <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After moving to New York City in 2010, the French photographer <a href="http://www.sophiegamand.com/" target="_blank">Sophie Gamand</a> has made her living taking pictures of dogs&mdash;not a bad strategy in the internet era. <a href="http://www.sophiegamand.com/#/deaddogbeach/" target="_blank">Strays</a>, purse-sized pups <a href="http://www.sophiegamand.com/#/watchdog/" target="_blank">draped in jewels</a>, <a href="http://www.sophiegamand.com/#/xolotl/" target="_blank">Hairless Mexican dogs</a>, <a href="http://www.sophiegamand.com/#/flowerpower/" target="_blank">flower-bedecked pit bulls</a>, <a href="http://www.sophiegamand.com/#/shelter-dogs/" target="_blank">shelter dogs</a>, and, yes, wet ones. It's been two years since Gamand found a viral audience for her portraits of canines pulled straight from the bath, eyes full of reproach, water streaming from whiskers.</p> <p>The wet dog series won her a <a href="http://www.worldphoto.org/images/image-gallery/21098/?FromImageGalleryCategoryID=115&amp;FromImageGalleryGroupID=2" target="_blank">Sony World Photography Award</a> in 2014 and a book deal from Grand Central Publishing. <a href="http://www.sophiegamand.com/" target="_blank"><em>Wet Dog</em></a>, out October 13, is gloriously uncomplicated: It consists of 144 pages of scruffy, soaked canines and sentimental commentary on the bond between the dogs and their owners. "Elevating dog photography to the status of art," Gamand's website boasts, "these expressive portraits of our canine friends mirror our very own human emotions." You know, like the frustration of getting shampoo in your eye. Or the indignity of shower caps.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/SophieGamand-WetDog-benji-web_1.jpg" style="height: 945px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/SophieGamand-WetDog-chelsea1-web%20%281%29_0.jpg" style="height: 945px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/SophieGamand-WetDog-Diamond-web.jpg" style="height: 630px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/coco1_credit%20Sophie%20Gamand%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 630px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/SophieGamand-WetDog-Wanda-web%20%281%29_1.jpg" style="height: 420px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/britney2_credit%20Sophie%20Gamand.jpg" style="height: 630px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/chiki-baby_credit%20Sophie%20Gamand.jpg" style="height: 630px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/SophieGamand-WetDog-Pancake-and-chelsea-web_0.jpg" style="height: 806px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/pucci_credit%20Sophie%20Gamand.jpg" style="height: 630px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/WET%20DOG%201_credit%20Sophie%20Gamand%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 630px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/SophieGamand-WetDog-Marnie-web%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 945px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">Sophie Gamand</div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Photo Essays Top Stories Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:00:16 +0000 Madison Pauly 286286 at http://www.motherjones.com Silicon Valley Is Even Whiter Than You Thought http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/venture-capitalists-silicon-valley-diversity <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The funders behind Silicon Valley's hottest companies tend to look a lot like the people they invest in: white and male.</p> <p>Of the 551 senior venture capitalists<a href="#correction">*</a> <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/06/s23p-racial-gender-diversity-venture/#.hmz4mc:8Ton" target="_blank">examined</a> in a new three-month study by the tech news site the <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/introducing-the-informations-future-list" target="_blank"><em>Information</em></a> and the VC firm SocialCapital, less than 1 percent (precisely four executives) were black, and another 1.3 percent were Hispanic. Twenty percent, or 110 people, were Asian.</p> <p>While there has been considerable focus on the diversity figures of major companies such as <a href="http://www.wired.com/2015/06/facebook-diversity-2015/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/01/twitter-staff-african-american-diversity" target="_blank">Twitter</a> recently, little attention has been paid to the racial and gender makeup of the decision-makers who invest millions of dollars in tech startups, hoping they succeed.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp; <div class="caption"> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Race-and-Ethnicist-Diversity-Venture-Capitalists.jpg"><div class="caption">The Information</div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ninety-two percent of top venture capital executives are men. According to the report, that's "way worse" than the gender disparity in tech companies, where 77 percent of leadership roles are occupied by men.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Gender-Diversity-Silicon-Valley-Venture-Capitalists_1.jpg"><div class="caption">The Information</div> </div> <p>The striking numbers reinforce the narrative surrounding Silicon Valley's diversity problems, as <a href="http://fortune.com/2015/08/03/pinterest-diversity-goals/" target="_blank">companies</a> and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/tech-industry-diversity-jesse-jackson" target="_blank">civic leaders</a> alike push to improve the racial and gender balance of the companies that make the gadgets and apps we consume. Not all VCs are doing poorly&mdash;the 15-person senior investment team at Y Combinator<a href="#correction">*</a>, the well-known startup accelerator firm, has "four Asian men, a black man, three white women, and an Asian woman," according to the report. Yet the report found that a quarter of firms have an all-white management crew.</p> <p>As <em>Mother Jones</em> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/black-workers-google-facebook-twitter-silicon-valley-diversity" target="_blank">pointed out</a> in July, the number of African Americans employees at Twitter, Facebook, and Google combined could <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/black-workers-google-facebook-twitter-silicon-valley-diversity" target="_blank">fit on a single Airbus A830</a>. Now we know the number of black venture capitalists, at least in this study, could fit in an Uber.</p> <p>In an op-ed Tuesday titled "Bros Funding Bros: What's Wrong with Venture Capital," SocialCapital founder Chamath Palihapitiya <a href="http://www.theinformation.com/bros-funding-bros-whats-wrong-with-venture-capital" target="_blank">criticized</a> the backwards nature of the venture capitalist community and called for changes.</p> <p>"The VC world is cloistered and often afraid of change&mdash;the type of change that would serve the world better," Palihapitiya wrote. "An industry that wields the power to change lives is failing to do just that. Ultimately, fund investors will wake up to this bleak reality. We must change before this happens."</p> <p>You can check out the rest of the the<em> Information</em>'s Future List <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/introducing-the-informations-future-list" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p id="correction"><em>Correction: Following the publication of this story, Information and SocialCapital corrected several portions of <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/introducing-the-informations-future-list" target="_blank">their report</a>, including their description of the racial and gender makeup of Y Combinator's investment team. The story has been updated to reflect those changes.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Charts Race and Ethnicity Sex and Gender Tech Top Stories Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:17:23 +0000 Edwin Rios 286256 at http://www.motherjones.com "The Good Wife" Is Back. We Have to Talk About It Right Now. Stop What You Are Doing. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/good-wife-is-good-friend-youre-welcome <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The best show on network television finally returned last night, but is this <em>Good Wife</em> still <em>the Good Wife</em> we all know and love? <a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Why-Kalinda-Leaving-Good-Wife-Right-Thing-67866.html" target="_blank">Kalinda</a> and <a href="http://tvline.com/2015/05/22/the-good-wife-matthew-goode-leaving-season-7-finn/" target="_blank">Finn</a> have joined Will in that great big green room in the sky and last night's episode felt...different.</p> <p>Let's talk about it.</p> <p>Alicia's life sucks at the moment. She has no law firm. She has no male love interest. She has no friends. And where are her dumb kids anyway? She's a pariah! "I'm a pariah," she does not say as the episode begins, but she might as well have. She's whiling away her days in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_McDonald" target="_blank">Shooter </a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_McDonald" target="_blank">McGavin'</a>s bond court, fighting for pick-up cases with beleaguered unclean lawyers who probably went to a joke Ivy like Cornell unlike Alicia who went to Georgetown, which never pretended to be an Ivy in the first place. Poor good wife.</p> <p>Governor Bad Husband promised his good wife last year that he wouldn't run for president if she didn't want him to and she didn't want him to so he isn't running for president. OK? <em>Fine, Good. Whatever.</em> But then the good wife changes her mind, because Peter running for president is going to be the plot line for this season&mdash;paralleling the plot line in America these days&mdash;so she needed to get with it. Peter's chief of staff, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Cumming" target="_blank">the Russian computer hacker from <em>GoldenEye</em></a>, is very pleased with this development and he celebrates by wooing Margo Martindale, a top-flight campaign consultant, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margo_Martindale#Television" target="_blank">meth-making matriarch from the second season of <em>Justified</em></a>.</p> <p>But Margo Martindale doesn't want to be just another campaign strategist. She wants to be the campaign manager and for reasons not entirely clear, Peter goes along with this and fires Alan Cumming. The good wife's bad husband is also a bad boss.</p> <p>Meanwhile the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Czuchry" target="_blank">attractive young man</a> who used to be Alicia's rival before becoming her law partner before becoming superfluous to the main plot of the show is unhappy at the big fancy law firm that bears his name. Cary's few scenes in this episode are dedicated to him trying to be popular with the first year associates who think he's a stodgy old fart because he spends all of his time with his stodgy old fart partners in their stodgy old fart ivory tower.</p> <p>Speaking of Cary's aged old partners: Diane and the <a href="http://thegoodwife.wikia.com/wiki/David_Lee" target="_blank">lawyer who makes the divorces happen</a> are facing off against Alicia in probate court over some meaningless bullshit about a painting that is worth a lot of money. Who will get the deceased's paining? No one cares. But this does provide a nice forum for the show to do what it does best: wink at the audience and acknowledge that the show isn't really about the cases. <em>The Good Wife,</em> more than any other legal drama, doesn't want you to care about the cases. The cases are just a thing for the characters to do. The marathon of random specialists testifying about post-it notes in this probate case are a great example of that. Not even the judge cares about what the post-it scientists have to say.</p> <p>Anyway, Alicia covers for one of the <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/10/02/british-stars-jumbo-sized-role-on-the-good-wife/" target="_blank">bond court lawyers</a>&mdash;because bond court lawyers stick together&mdash; and then the bond court lawyer covers for Alicia in the probate hearing for which she's totally unprepared. Diane and Divorce Attorney are going to school her so hard but then&mdash;shocker!&mdash;the bond court lawyer is good at law and wins the case. Bond court lawyer is apparently supposed to be Alicia's new friend.</p> <p>Then Alicia hires Alan Cumming&nbsp;to be her chief of staff because the good wife is also a good friend. Alan Cumming&nbsp;tells Margo Martindale that he is going to destroy her.</p> <p>Oh also Michael J Fox wants Alicia to work with him. And I think she sort of said yes at the end. (Or did she?) It wasn't entirely clear.</p> <p>What is this show about now? It used to be about Alicia finding the courage, through crosses and losses, to become the person she wanted to be. Is it still about that? I guess we'll have to wait and see.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Ben's Thoughts Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:02:17 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 286131 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Slams Republicans Who Only Discuss Mental Health to Actively Avoid Gun Control http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/john-oliver-mental-health-guns <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NGY6DqB1HX8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In the wake of Thursday's <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/shooting-reported-oregon-community-college" target="_blank">mass shooting</a> at a community college in Oregon, many Republicans were quick to dismiss renewed calls for increased gun safety measures, in favor of discussing the need for a stronger mental health care system.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Sunday, John Oliver agreed that mental health is a topic Americans need to properly address. But as he explained on the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGY6DqB1HX8" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, broaching mental health issues in the aftermath of a mass shooting is more often than not a political strategy used to simply reroute the conversation away from gun control.</p> <p>"It seems like there is nothing like a mass shooting to suddenly spark political interest in mental health," Oliver said, while featuring the talking points of Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee&mdash;all of whom steered away from discussing increased gun control legislation after the shooting in Oregon, to tout the need for better mental health programs.</p> <p>In reality, this is dangerously problematic because, as Oliver explains, "the vast majority of mentally ill people are nonviolent, and the vast majority of gun violence is committed by non-mentally-ill people."</p> <p>But if Republicans are only willing to talk about treating mentally ill people following mass shootings, so be it: Then at the "very least we owe them a fucking plan," Oliver said.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Guns Media Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:07:47 +0000 Inae Oh 286081 at http://www.motherjones.com Bikini Kill's Classic Demo Finally Reissued http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/bikini-kill-revolution-girl-style-now-demo-tape-reissue-riot-grrl <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bOCWma5vOiQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Bikini Kill<br><em>Revolution Girl Style Now</em><br> Bikini Kill Records</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/untitled-article-1438356303.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Loud, surly and thrilling, <em>Revolution Girl Style Now</em> reissues the raw 1991 demo tape by the Olympia, Washington, punk quartet widely considered to have launched the Riot Grrl scene, leading the way for a host of other women not content to stay quiet. Feral singer Kathleen Hanna mixes performance art and old-fashioned show-biz charisma in confrontational outbursts like "Daddy's L'il Girl" and "Suck My Left One," addressing feminist concerns with surges of fabulous noise. For longtime followers, this essential set offers three previously unreleased tracks, including the sludgy "Playground." Recommended for fans of Sleater-Kinney and Screaming Females, and anyone else who appreciates rock and roll at its primal best.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:00:12 +0000 Jon Young 286056 at http://www.motherjones.com The Bottle Rockets' Latest, "South Broadway Athletic Club," Is One of Their Best http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/bottle-rockets-south-broadway-athletic-club <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209930015&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Bottle Rockets<br><em>South Broadway Athletic Club</em><br> Bloodshot</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/bs227_bottlerockets_cvr_1_0.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Utterly familiar yet amazingly fresh on every album, Brian Henneman and company have made loose-jointed, empathetic roots-rock for more than two decades. <em>South Broadway Athletic Club</em> ranks among their best. Spiritual cousins of Drive-By Truckers, with less tragedy and more wry humor, this lovable St. Louis quartet honors people who don't merit headlines, including the auto worker with a bad attitude ("Chrysler"), the dude with a canine best friend ("Dog") and someone whose idea of a good time is wasting time ("Big Fat Nuthin'").</p> <p>The Bottle Rockets' nimble mix of boogie, blues, and country provides the perfect setting for Henneman's twangy everyman vocals. He's been one of pop's more underrated singers for a long time, but it's never too late to get on the bandwagon.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:00:11 +0000 Jon Young 286046 at http://www.motherjones.com Why Do I Like Reza Farazmand's Stupid Comics So Much? http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/reza-farazmand-poorly-drawn-lines-book <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="caption"> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/EARS.jpg"><div class="caption">Reza Farazmand</div> </div> </div> <p>Does a man ever grow up? Apparently not. I'm a geezer, for Chrissake, and I can't stop laughing at <em>Poorly Drawn Lines</em>. That's the popular <a href="http://poorlydrawnlines.com/comic/" target="_blank">web comic</a> by Reza Farazmand that, come October 6, you can acquire <a href="http://www.penguin.com/book/poorly-drawn-lines-by-reza-farazmand/9780147515421" target="_blank">in the form of ink rolled onto processed and flattened dead trees</a>. You know, a book.</p> <p>Farazmand's gags are, if not poorly drawn, then simply drawn. They poke fun at technology, art, metaphysics, human (and creature) foibles, and the meaning of life. For the most part, they're kind of juvenile and super jaded, kind of like <em>The Far Side</em> meets <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2010/09/interview-al-jaffee-mad-life-snappy-answers" target="_blank"><em>Mad</em> magazine</a>, except with more swearing. Naturally, my 13-year-old loves 'em. And although they're hit or miss,&nbsp;like all comics, I love 'em, too.</p> <p>The book's very first strip reads as follows:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Buffalo:</strong> Some buffalo can jump as high as 36 feet.</p> <p><strong>Man:</strong> That's not true.</p> <p><strong>Buffalo:</strong> Some buffalo are lonely and lie to gain attention.</p> <p>[<em>They pause to consider.</em>]</p> <p><strong>Buffalo:</strong> Some buffalo would be down to get a drink later, or...</p> <p><strong>Man:</strong> I have a thing tonight.</p> <p><strong>Buffalo:</strong> Okay.</p> </blockquote> <p>If I have to explain why that's funny, you don't deserve to get it. (Sorry, Mom.) But plenty of people do, judging from the strip's 650,000-plus <a href="https://www.facebook.com/poorlydrawnlines" target="_blank">Facebook fans</a>. Here are some more examples from the book:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/the-owl.jpg"><div class="caption">Reza Farazmand<br><br> &nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/beginning.jpg"><div class="caption">Reza Farazmand</div> </div> </div></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/mixed-media/2015/09/reza-farazmand-poorly-drawn-lines-book"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> Mixed Media Cartoons Books Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:00:08 +0000 Michael Mechanic 285041 at http://www.motherjones.com All 8,400 Apollo Moon Mission Photos Just Went Online. Here Are Some of Our Faves. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/every-photo-taken-apollo-moon-missions-are-now-online <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Every photo ever taken by Apollo astronauts on moon missions is <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive" target="_blank">now available online, on the Project Apollo Archive's Flickr account.</a> That's about 8,400 images, grouped by the roll of film they were shot on. You can finally see all the blurry images, mistakes, and unrecognized gems for yourself. The unprocessed Hasseblad photos (basically raw scans of the negatives) uploaded by the <a href="http://www.apolloarchive.com/" target="_blank">Project Apollo Archive</a> offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at the various moon missions&hellip;as well as lots and lots (and lots) of photos detailing the surface of the moon. Here's a very small taste. All photos by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive/" target="_blank"><em>NASA/The Project Apollo Archive</em></a>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21469415470_347dae8dc8_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21081274684_336bed7ef9_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21472806779_0d78eb4ac2_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21473012669_223ed42b1c_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21473304069_bb368e23b8_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21514531299_c71ac6499c_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21516663498_742c297bbf_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21517000839_886420b4f1_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21638880632_914a1928e9_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21651777526_e97b673be4_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21062653243_1b22803020_z.jpg"></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21659535595_e589d435a1_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21659724205_2712747261_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21668779731_19d53f2e7d_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21703935065_a669fe78cf_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21713172361_f0ecd20061_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21038830323_90e0c2f86c_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21669280311_fe283cae95_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21662134636_65399eaae3_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21693268821_3a960090ac_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21495634050_bf46d9c709_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21683417565_06f64cb4ea_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21058943643_87df0cf1a0_z_0.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21692965661_831ed39180_z.jpg"></div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/21668593222_8ac24a358f_z%281%29.jpg"></div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Photo Essays Top Stories Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:46:32 +0000 Mark Murrmann 286021 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch a Bear Destroy a Woman's Kayak After She Thanks Him for Not Destroying Said Kayak http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/bear-destroys-kayak <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nU5cMZymSr0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>An expression of gratitude should never be followed by a threat of pepper spray.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5cMZymSr0" target="_blank">YouTube user Mary Maley</a> learned this lesson the hard way after she encountered a black bear during a recent kayaking trip in Alaska.</p> <p>"Thank you for leaving my kayak alone!" Maley tells the bear in the video.</p> <p>As the bear saunters toward her, Maley quickly decides to abandon such pleasantries and hauls out the pepper spray, telling the animal, "I'm going to pepper-spray you in the face. That's what I'm going to do with you."</p> <p>After she does just that, the bear turns around and begins to destroy Maley's kayak, while Maley engages in an increasingly hysterical rant.</p> <p>"Bear! Bear! Why are you breaking my kayak? Why are you doing that?!" she screamed, her voice rising.</p> <p>She also points out that it's&nbsp;the end of September and the bear should be asleep. To no one's surprise, the bear seems unimpressed with her hibernation facts and continues&nbsp;playing with her boat.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:43:15 +0000 Inae Oh 285826 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Couldn't "Give Less of a Shit" About Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/10/john-oliver-colbert-donald-trump-2016 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4jP5AAA1XgQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Wednesday, John Oliver stopped by the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=71&amp;v=4jP5AAA1XgQ" target="_blank"><em>Late Show</em> with Stephen Colbert</a> to refrain from talking about the one guy America just can't seem to stop talking about&mdash;Donald Trump.</p> <p>"Do you care about him at all?" Colbert asked.</p> <p>"I couldn't give less of a shit," Oliver responded to a raucous applause from the audience. "It's physically impossible."</p> <p>He goes on to remind Colbert that it's only 2015, and while the media remains laser-focused on reporting the antics of Trump and the rest of the 2016 candidates, he plans to wait until 2016 to actually weigh in.</p> <p>"I don't care until we're in the same year as the thing I'm supposed to care about," Oliver explained.</p> <p>And as the comedian goes on to say,&nbsp;there are far greater issues outside of election-related items that warrant our discussion. Cue the next episode of <em>Last Week Tonight</em>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Film and TV Media Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:42:01 +0000 Inae Oh 285806 at http://www.motherjones.com "Black-ish" Took On the N-Word in Its Season Premiere. Next Up: Gun Control. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/next-black-ish-gun-control <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A8Y401-RfLU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Since his latest show, <em>Black-ish</em>, debuted last year, showrunner Kenya Barris hasn't been afraid of sparking debate. &nbsp;</p> <p>His weekly portrait of the Johnsons, a well-off black family in Los Angeles, already has taken on issues like the Republican Party's relationship with African Americans<strong> </strong>and <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/03/why-blackish-has-a-gay-problem.html" target="_blank">homophobia in the black community</a>. And in a memorable season premiere last Wednesday, the Johnsons&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vulture.com/2015/09/blackish-n-word-episode.html" target="_blank">embraced</a> the intergenerational <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/9/27/9403993/blackish-season-2-premiere" target="_blank">debate over the N-word</a>.</p> <p>This week, the show will face another contentious&nbsp;issue: <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/true-cost-of-gun-violence-in-america" target="_blank">gun control</a>. In an <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/kelleylcarter/black-ish-tackles-gun-control-in-this-weeks-episode" target="_blank">interview with <em>BuzzFeed</em></a> on Tuesday, Barris gave a preview of what will happen: When a neighborhood break-in occurs, Dre (Anthony Anderson) contemplates buying a gun, with wife Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) arguing against it. (Nearly half of people who own a gun say <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2013/03/12/why-own-a-gun-protection-is-now-top-reason/" target="_blank">they do so for protection</a>.)</p> <p>Barris said the idea behind the episode originated in the writers' room, when the creator told his team that he was trying to buy a gun, shocking his colleagues. As he <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/kelleylcarter/black-ish-tackles-gun-control-in-this-weeks-episode">told <em>BuzzFeed</em></a>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>They were blown away&hellip;[I was like,] This isn't crazy. I'm not buying a gun to kill someone. But it split the room down the middle. For me, that's always a good sign that there's a story in there.</p> <p>The notions and ideology of gun ownership has a lot socio-economic and cultural reasons behind it. We're not a political group. And we don't want to&hellip;start taking real hard stands on things that people have the right to have different opinions on. We want to have the filter of the family reflect different opinions and do it in a fun and funny way. That's what we try to do with each episode.</p> </blockquote> <p>You can catch the episode, "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Guns," tonight at 9:30 p.m. EDT/PDT on ABC.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Guns Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:40:01 +0000 Edwin Rios 285651 at http://www.motherjones.com College Athletes Just Lost Another Battle in the Fight to Get Paid http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/obannon-ncaa-appeals-court-decision <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A federal appeals court <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/01/sports/obannon-ncaa-case-court-of-appeals-ruling.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=second-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;_r=1&amp;mtrref=www.nytimes.com&amp;assetType=nyt_now" target="_blank">ruled Wednesday</a> that even though the NCAA violated antitrust law by restricting payments to athletes, the organization can keep colleges from compensating athletes beyond the cost of attending school.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/09/30/sports/document-ninth-circuit-court-of-appeals-obannon-case-ruling.html" target="_blank">78-page opinion</a> struck down a lower court injunction in <em>O'Bannon v. NCAA</em> that proposed that schools pay athletes an additional $5,000 per year in deferred compensation for using their likenesses in video games. It did, however, uphold another decision that granted schools the authority to pay for an athlete's full cost of attendance, which includes covering expenses like home visits and cellphone bills.</p> <p>The panel found that the NCAA was "not exempt from antitrust scrutiny," and that the association's rules "have been more restrictive than necessary to maintain its tradition of amateurism in support of the college sports market."</p> <p>The opinion marks a victory for the NCAA at a time when the organization faces repeated challenges regarding the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/northwestern-college-football-unionization-loss" target="_blank">rights of athletes</a>. <a href="https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/initial-ncaa-statement-regarding-o-bannon-decision" target="_blank">In a statement</a>, NCAA president Mark Emmert said: "We agree with the court that the injunction 'allowing students to be paid cash compensation of up to $5,000 per year was erroneous.' Since Aug. 1, the NCAA has allowed member schools to provide up to full cost of attendance; however, we disagree that it should be mandated by the courts."&nbsp;</p> <p>As <em>Vice Sports</em>' Kevin Trahan notes, Wednesday's decision raises another question at the heart of the debate, at least <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/09/ncaa-football-video-ea-sports-lawsuit" target="_blank">for gamers</a>: Does it allow EA Sports, and more importantly the NCAA, to cash in on a college sports video game in the future? The answer, Trahan points out, may be <a href="https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/a-federal-court-just-called-the-ncaas-video-games-bluff" target="_blank">yes</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Civil Liberties Labor Sports Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:28:25 +0000 Edwin Rios 285701 at http://www.motherjones.com Lemony Snicket Explains Why He Ponied Up $1 Million to Planned Parenthood http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/lemony-snicket-donation-planned-parenthood-daniel-handler <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Daniel Handler, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/01/lemony-snicket-daniel-handler-pirates" target="_blank">better known as Lemony Snicket</a> and the author of the <em>Series of Unfortunate Events </em>children's books, announced yesterday that he and his wife, the illustrator <a href="http://www.americanchickens.com/about/" target="_blank">Lisa Brown</a>, would donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/lisabrowndraws">@lisabrowndraws</a> &amp; I are giving 1 million dollars to <a href="https://twitter.com/PPFA">@PPFA</a>. We've been very fortunate, and good fortune should be shared with noble causes.</p> &mdash; Daniel Handler (@DanielHandler) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanielHandler/status/648468194215243776">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The women's health care provider, which has been the target of <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/04/planned-parenthood-arson-clinics" target="_blank">multiple</a> suspected arsons this summer, is currently facing potential funding cuts from Congress. We spoke to Handler and Brown about their decision to support the organization.</p> <p><strong>Mother Jones: </strong>Why did you decide to give such a large sum to Planned Parenthood?</p> <p><strong>Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown: </strong>We've been enthusiastic supporters of Planned Parenthood for a long time, and watching their recent deceitful pummelling was frankly more than we could take.</p> <p><strong>MJ: </strong>What's your connection to the organization?</p> <p><strong>DH &amp; LB: </strong>We're Americans and human beings.&nbsp; We believe in people making their own reproductive choices.&nbsp; Planned Parenthood has been essential in the lives of many, many people around us.</p> <p><strong>MJ: </strong>Why do you think your donation is needed right now?</p> <p><strong>DH &amp; LB: </strong>Arson and propaganda, not to mention the umpteenth threat of defunding, seemed to demand some counterbalancing.</p> <p><strong>MJ: </strong>Where do you think reproductive rights are headed in the US?</p> <p><strong>DH &amp; LB: </strong>Truth and justice will prevail, but we ought to make it happen sooner rather than later.</p> <p>Planned Parenthood tweeted back at the couple:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/DanielHandler">@DanielHandler</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/lisabrowndraws">@lisabrowndraws</a> Thank you so much for your support!</p> &mdash; Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) <a href="https://twitter.com/PPFA/status/648485540870926336">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Congress Health Care Reproductive Rights Sex and Gender Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:23:37 +0000 Nina Liss-Schultz 285631 at http://www.motherjones.com Trevor Noah Debuts on the "Daily Show" With Pledge to Continue "War on Bullshit" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/trevor-noah-debuts-daily-show <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0OGZMfVQROY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Last night, Trevor Noah premiered as the new host of the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OGZMfVQROY" target="_blank"><em>Daily Show</em> </a>with a fresh round of jokes about the pope's recent visit to the United States and John Boehner's surprise decision to resign as House speaker late last week.</p> <p>But before diving into the news of the hour, the South African comedian used his opening monologue to thank Jon Stewart for the opportunity and promised to continue fighting his predecessor's 16-year "war on&nbsp;bullshit."</p> <p>"Jon Stewart was more than just a late-night host," Noah said. "He was often our voice, our refuge, and in many ways our political dad. It's weird, because Dad has left and now it feels like the family has a new stepdad&mdash;and he's black."</p> <p>"Thank you, John," he continued. "Thank you for believing in me. I'm not quite sure what you saw in me, but I'll work hard everyday to find it. And I'll make you not look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random&nbsp;kid from&nbsp;Africa."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:24:06 +0000 Inae Oh 285506 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Slams Fox News for Reducing Migrant Crisis to "One Single Stereotype" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/john-oliver-migrant-crisis-refugees <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/umqvYhb3wf4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umqvYhb3wf4" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, John Oliver took on the current migrant crisis in Europe to call out the troubling way some world leaders, including "noted swine fellatio enthusiast" David Cameron, and the media choose to characterize the situation.</p> <p>"When you're dealing with a mass of people that large, you really want to be a little careful with how you describe them," Oliver said.</p> <p>"Here in the US, some in the media have chosen to reduce the migrant population to one single stereotype," he adds, before showing a Fox News clip featuring the misleading caption, "Terrorists Inbound? Taking refugees could open door to jihadists."</p> <p>The segment, while continuing to illustrate the extreme racism and economic hardship refugees face when attempting to come to Europe, then turned to the story of a young, wheelchair-bound refugee, Noujain Mustafa, who learned English by watching <em>Days of Our Lives</em> for two years straight.</p> <p>Watch the segment above for the heartwarming surprise reunion Oliver managed to pull off for Mustafa.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Immigration International Media Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:00:29 +0000 Inae Oh 285396 at http://www.motherjones.com Los Lobos Comes Back With Scorching Boogie and Psychedelia http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/los-lobos-comes-back-scorching-boogie-and-psychedelia <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BwcVtoYbV-I" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Los Lobos<br><em>Gates of Gold</em><br> 429 Records<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/gates%20of%20gold.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Is there a more versatile outfit in rock? Since the '70s, the LA quintet Los Lobos has displayed a staggering stylistic range beyond the reach of most other great bands, and done everything with soulful verve. On its first album of new material in five years, the group shows its age in the best possible way, segueing effortlessly from scorching boogie to wistful psychedelia to tender Mexican folk, never straining for effect. As always, David Hidalgo tends to sing the romantic songs, while C&eacute;sar Rosas tackles the rowdier ones, but either way, Los Lobos runs like the musical equivalent of an impeccably maintained classic car. Long may they roll.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:00:14 +0000 Jon Young 285151 at http://www.motherjones.com Check out MYZICA, Nashville's Latest Darlings http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/nashville-myzica-micah-tawlks-isaaca-byrd-ep-ready-not <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="600" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/users/123965235&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>With the release of their debut EP in June, Nashville boy-girl pop duo MYZICA offers a synthy dose of sweet indie pop that sticks in your head without the bad aftertaste of bubble-gum pop. Micah Tawlks, a producer who works with the likes of Matthew Perryman Jones, and Isaaca Byrd, a bassist and backup vocalist for a range of artists, cranked out the bulk of the EP in three weeks. Since then, they have toured around Nashville and up the East Coast as MYZICA. Their highlight single, "Ready or Not" was featured in Marvel's latest "Fantastic Four" iteration.</p> <p>Byrd's silky vocals pair perfectly with such sweet lyrics as "Call it perfect timing, call it fate/ Well, I know this is right, this is love at first sight" from the track, "Wait Just a Minute." The EP is an easy listen, with the occasional '80s keyboard influence and modern melodies enhanced by background vocals in all the right places. As Byrd croons about a love interest on "Believer," MYZICA makes us want to believe.</p></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/mixed-media/2015/09/nashville-myzica-micah-tawlks-isaaca-byrd-ep-ready-not"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> Mixed Media Music Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Becca Andrews 284741 at http://www.motherjones.com Julia Holter's Hypnotic Chamber Pop http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/julia-stones-chamber-pop <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OERixQR-hxY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Julia Holter<br><em>Have You in My Wilderness</em><br> Domino</strong><br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Wilderness%20-%20Packshot_1_0.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 300px;"></div> <p>Soothing and gently unsettling at once, Julia Holter's beguiling fourth album could be the elusive music you hear in an intense but puzzling dream. The Los Angeles native's graceful chamber pop is distinguished by an appealing lightness of touch, both in the string-centric arrangements and her placid vocals, with occasional detours into Nico-like gravity. While artfully crafted lyrics abound, they never diminish the primal power of the hypnotic melodies, tending more to delicate allusion&mdash;note the recurring aquatic imagery&mdash;than literal insistence, aside from the anguished query "What did I do to make you feel so bad?" Offering different subtle pleasures with each hearing, <em>Have You in My Wilderness</em> promises to have a long shelf life.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:00:08 +0000 Jon Young 285156 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "The Claw" From Barrence Whitfield & the Savages' Under the Savage Sky http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/09/music-review-claw-barrence-whitfield-savages-under-savage-sky <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194268580&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p><strong>TRACK 3</strong></p> <p>"The Claw"<br> From Barrence Whitfield &amp; the Savages' <em>Under the Savage Sky</em><br> BLOODSHOT</p> <p><strong>Liner notes: </strong>Powered by honking sax and brutal beats on this raunchy raveup, Barrence Whitfield commands listeners to stop "flapping your jaw" and start dancing.<br><strong>Behind the music:</strong> Born Barry White&mdash;no relation to the soul legend&mdash;the Bostonite has fronted various versions of the Savages since the '70s.<br><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Greasy rock and roll, from Little Richard to the Sonics and Nick Curran.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:35:23 +0000 Jon Young 285336 at http://www.motherjones.com