Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Is the Gap Between the Rich and Poor Immoral?

By John D. Sutter
from The Root and CNN

It's getting harder to shock people with stats about income inequality.

Americans know they live in a two-tier country -- one where the uber-super-ultra-rich are leaving the rest of us behind; where, as Michael Moore famously put it, 400 of the richest people control the same amount of wealth as 150 million others; where, as President Obama said in a speech on Wednesday, the "average CEO has gotten a raise of nearly 40% since 2009, but the average American earns less than he or she did in 1999." "Even though our businesses are creating new jobs and have broken record profits," the president said in his prepared remarks, "nearly all the income gains of the past ten years have continued to flow to the top 1%."

1%, 2%, red percent, blue percent.

At a certain point, these numbers bounce off our foreheads.

Monday, July 29, 2013

How Not to Derail the Dialogue on Race

If we're going to have this "national conversation" again, can we set some ground rules?
By: Jenée Desmond-Harris

(The Root) -- The question for this week's column comes, loosely, from Slate's William Saletan, who asked me to throw some ideas around with him as he composed a list of tips for "how to talk constructively about racism" in the wake of white-Hispanic George Zimmerman's controversial acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed African-American teen Trayvon Martin.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Democratic unity splinters in debate over military sexual assault

by Meredith Clark, @MeredithLClark

What began as a united front by women senators to end military sexual assault is turning into a political battle of wills with Democratic lawmakers forcing colleagues to pick sides amid heated rhetoric.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri have staked out competing positions as they court allies in the Senate and within the Pentagon for separate plans aimed at halting what has become an epidemic for the military.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Bible is Not the Word of God - Part Two

I want to thank all of you who took the time to read and consider my words. As I have said in previous posts, I am not asking you to take me at my word. I would like for you to do as I did. Think on these things. Research for yourself. Pray for clarity. Ask questions. Let the truth be revealed to you as you are ready to receive it. As the Fifth Agreement states:

“Be skeptical and learn to listen - Don't believe yourself or anybody else. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear. Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind words, and you will understand the real message.”

In this entry, I’d like to respond to some of the comments and questions I received from my last post. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, you can read it here.

So let’s get into it!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Get In Line: On Being Misunderstood

There's something about me that rubs people the wrong way. I don't know what it is, or why it is. But I know that it just is. Often times, I'm getting misunderstood. I'm just being myself, chilled and relaxed, and people accuse me of having all these evil vindictive traits. However, I know for a fact that I have a mean streak. When someone pisses me off I can be particularly mean. But I choose not to be like that most of the time, because in most instances it is not even worth it. I'm learning to live and let live.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Orange is the New Black: A Netflix Original Series

I've just got over the shakes from my new addiction "Orange is the New Black" and I'm still fiending for a second season.  I had to get over the fact that the inmates of Litchfield would not be entertaining me with their disturbing yet often hilarious exploits. "Orange" is great right from the start, and it only gets better. I think it took a great leap forward in the prison genre by including a healthy dose of dark comedy. It very well could have been a disaster. "Orange is the New Black" has its share of relationships, conflict, danger, love, and betrayal. It’s addictive, funny, and moving. A story about strangers learning to live and work together has been done many times before. But it’s rarely done this intelligently. This sort of comedy isn't easy to do well, but the show's ambitions really pay off. It's far better than I dared to think was possible. It may be a little hyperbolic, but this show is among the best I've seen to date, and it is certainly the best I've seen this year.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

M3 Hangout Series: Dulani, Beau, James, and Malcolm

We recorded a Google Hangout on July 12, just one day before the Zimmerman verdict came down. We ended up talking about the trial as well as many other topics. 

We're happy to say this is our 200th post. We've come a long way and still have far to go. Much thanks to all our readers and contributors for making M3 what is is today and for your continued support and we continue to grow.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Brutal Lynx: Mail Time - Five Things I Am Not Here For

I have been getting a lot of messages. A lot of requests for a commentary on the Trayvon trial. Then a breath of fresh air... someone sent me the "5 Things I Am Not Here For" Challenge. I had to do it! So I only give you a short 5 min of what I think about the trial but then it is messy fun fuckery from there on. If you wish to skip the trial stuff I think 5 Things... starts around minute 6.

So... what 5 things are YOU not here for?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

M3 Hangout Series: Dulani, James, and Malcolm

We talk to Dulani about his piece on the Bible. His ideas were presented in a logical and well reasoned argument for looking at the Bible in a new way. It's been a few weeks since it was published, yet it's still one of the top posts. We then go off into other topics including gay perspective, masculinity, and the differences between gay and straight men.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Beau, Breeze, and Malcolm on Zimmerman's Acquittal

Much will be said about the acquittal of George Zimmerman. We recorded this video series as fast as we could manage so that we could lend our voices to the conversation. There's a lot of heat under this issue right now, but we want to focus it to a constructive end.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

George Zimmerman Acquitted: What Difference Does it Make?

“Michael Vic was convicted of killing a dog, and he did three years in jail, but then you got a guy named Zimmerman who can shoot an African-American child and he walks free.” - Former DC homicide detective Rod Wheeler

I was in a car riding to a friend's house to play cards when the conversation about the trial came up. My friend is white, so I was interested to hear his perspective on on the George Zimmerman trial. When he asked why the fascination with one dead kid when there were more than fifty shootings last weekend I answered  it was the 911 calls. On a deeper level it has to do with identification.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

On What Works: Thoughts about Constructive Disagreements

I woke up this morning pretty excited and exhausted. The night before, I was up till about five a.m., talking with Beau, Dulani, and James in a Google Hangout. I'm downloading the video now which came out to about three hours. The thing is we went on talking for at least four more hours, knowing that it wasn't being recorded. The point that occurred to me this morning was we'd do this even if we weren't blogging simply because we want to engage in these types of conversations. A lot of metaphorical topics came up as well as favorite movies and characters. We talked about news and politics, love and relationships, and just cracked a few jokes and cut up here and there. When it came down to it, that is exactly why M3 works and it's what I want our readers to enjoy.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Nerd Bear Peview: Curse of Chucky

HE'S BACK! The deviant killing doll has made his return to the big screen, and not where they left off in the Child's Play trilogy, but as a remake. I was overjoyed to hear that they have decided to give Chucky a new realistic look, and before fans get at me, I know that they didn't have the same technology in the past films as they do today, but over the years, they stayed with the same concept and look even in The Seed of Chucky. Now that the director (Don Mancini) and his crew have chosen a more child-like look for Chucky, it gives him a new dimension that couldn't be shown well in the last few movies. Don't get me wrong. I still have my Child's Play movies; they are classics and have developed a cult following, but it was just nice to see a bolder aspect added to the Chucky franchise.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

M3 & Brutal Lynx : Single & Same Sex Parents... It really does take a village.

Single parents and same sex parents face the same issue. What happens when your child is of the opposite gender? Can a man teach a girl how to be a woman?

And I have a piece of dust on my eyebrow and I am so not redoing this video because of it.

- Lynx

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hangout Series: Comebacks and Stereotypes

There are ebbs and flows to the series. Sometimes there are glut of topics to talk about. At other times, there seems to be little that inspires a conversation. Realeasing one video a day wasn't going to keep up. Some of the videos are losing their immediacy. So while these topics are still on people's minds we're releasing one from two different hangouts. Thanks to Jabari for joining us again and check out the YouTube channel for more in the series. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Meet the Monogamish


Why do most people assume that all nonmonogamous relationships are destined to fail? Because we only hear about the ones that do. If a three-way or an affair was a factor in a divorce or breakup, we hear all about it. But we rarely hear from happy couples who aren't monogamous, because they don't want to be perceived as dangerous sex maniacs who are destined to divorce.

This state of affairs—couples who experimented with nonmonogamy and wound up divorced won't shut up; couples who experimented with nonmonogamy and are still together won't speak up—allowing smug and insecure monogamists to run around insisting that there's no such thing as happy, stable monogamish couples.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Brutal Lynx : The Mail is Here! #2

More viewer/reader questions answered!

And what the fuck is up with social media beef? It was entertaining for a while but it gets old. It's the internet, it's not that critical.

Follow me on Tumblr and Ask Lynx anything!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Brutal Lynx: The Mail Is Here!

Hi Guys!

I want to thank those who submitted questions via my tumblr from the Male Media Mind. This is the first episode of "The Mail Is Here!" in which I answer a few questions for you guys.

Why is the sky blue? Why are str8 people fashionably challenged? Why is Kelly Rolands bottom lip taking over the world? Love, relationships, life, advice... bring em on!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Paula Deen Problem: What's in a Word?

Now before you roll your eyes at yet another Paula Deen article that has been inundating the internet and airwaves this past week, hear me out. Paula Deen went and did it, I mean she really done it. First she went all scalawag on us and traded all that delicious grease and fat all southerners love in their cooking for some healthier alternatives. No doubt from the influences of shocked and dismayed Yankee neighbors and infiltrators among us. She couldn't just stop there though. She had to go and really show her ass by doing the unthinkable. She actually told the TRUTH about her usage of racial slurs and epithets about African-Americans, Jews, and other groups, including her alleged rampant usage of the dreaded “n-word.”

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Real Men Stretch: Rethinking Masculine Social Norms

Royce Reed
There is much to say about our culture and society regarding the issue of masculinity. As a whole, we live in a time and place where a male doing things we deem as "feminine" are universally condemned. Here, in the great United States of America, we train our boys to be hard and unattached to their emotions. When we begin to look men in the arts, specifically dance or ballet, why do we assume a guy is soft or gay? Years ago, it was gay for a man to be a hair dresser. I remember knowing 9.5 times out of 10 that a man interested in women's hair was gay (lol). Although it’s very interesting how trends change, it's usually after people complain and fight against stereotyping, the more we see it around us. When we're out looking to confirm our assumptions, we usually succeed. Then we are usually forced to conform to societal norms or we just don't see it as a big deal anymore. But no matter what form it comes in, society seems to have a narrow definition of what man is. If we rebel against this definition, we can expect the loudest voices to be those of the most ignorant.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Conglomerate by Breeze Vincinz

This is a poem I wrote awhile back when I was going through an intense hatred of most things capitalistic. I unfortunately was one of an immense group of people whose employment was affected due to the events of 9/11. Though the word "recession" would later have much more dramatic overtones during the Obama administration, for those who can remember, we were facing some pretty rough fiscal times with Dubya and when the Twin Towers fell along with the economy... and despite popular belief, Los Angeles was hit pretty hard by that ripple as I (and just about everybody I knew at the time) was scrambling to find alternative income streams as well as make some type of sense of it all.