Kevin Hart and the betrayal of black LGBTQ+ people by straight black comedians

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Kevin Hart this month withdrew from hosting the 91st Academy Awards following the unearthing of past homophobic tweets and jokes. Jason Okundaye discusses the blacklash, the sense of betrayal and how for black LGBTQ+ people, it’s more than “just a joke”

Content note: This article contains uncensored homophobic slurs, links to homophobic comedy videos and discusses violence towards LGBTQ+ people.


I still remember when I first watched Tongues Untied, a documentary film which is seminal to the construction and archiving of black gay male identity. I was confronted with a scene in which Eddie Murphy performs a stand-up routine about “faggots”, taken from his 1983 comedy special ‘Delirious’. I’d always enjoyed Eddie Murphy, from slapstick comedy like The Nutty Professor, and his electric performance as Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls – until then I had been ignorant to his homophobia, and the skit shook me.

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Burglaries – Ipswich

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Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Tranmere Grove in Ipswich.  The burglary occurred sometime between 7am Friday 7 and 12 noon Saturday 8 December.

Access was gained to a rear garden, by an offender(s) climbing over a back fence.  A large rock was used to smash a rear kitchen window to gain entry to the property.  A search was made, and cash, a laptop and jewellery were stolen.  Christmas presents were removed from the property, but these were found discarded in a nearby alleyway – crime ref: 37-70946

 

A home in June Avenue was entered between 10pm Friday 7 and 7am Saturday 8 December.  Access was gained via an insecure front door.  An untidy search of the property took place and keys and a vehicle were stolen. The stolen vehicle has been recovered – crime ref: 37-70905

 

During Sunday 9 December, possibly between 2pm and 6pm when the crime was discovered, a home in Beechcroft Road was broken into.  Access to the rear of the property was by an offender(s) climbing over a garden fence.  The rear door was smashed.  The homeowner may have disturbed the intruder. It is not clear if anything was stolen – crime ref: 37-71204

 

Police are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in these areas mentioned during the times given. If you have any information, please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime references above or use the online crime reporting link – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something

 

Police are urging residents to review the security for their properties. Home security advice can be viewed via https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the linkhttp://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visitwww.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

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Sully the service dog to Seymour outside Panucci’s Pizza, Dogs as loyal companions

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It’s often quoted that a dog is man’s best friend, this is due to the loyalty and companionship between dogs and humans for over a milennia.

It would take a hard heart not to be moved by the images of Sully, George H.W.Bush’s service dog standing by his master casket.
This image of loyalty invoked memories of Greyfriars Bobby the Skye Terrier who guarded his masters grave for 14 years untill he died himself.
Now the reality of the relationship between George H.W.Bush and Sully is no Greyfriars Bobby but by all accounts they brought each other comfort in their time together and the imagery was striking.
There are many accounts of faithful dogs after their master has passed including:
Canelo in Spain who used to walk with his owner to hospital while they had dialysis, when his owner sadly died Canelo still made the trip and died outside the hospital after waiting 12 years.
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And Hachiko an Akita who is seen as a symbol of loyalty in Japan, he used to meet his master at the train station after work each day and when his master passed away Hachiko still made the trip waiting for him for nine years.
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One which really gets me is a fictional account but an excellent piece of story telling from a cartoon series.
Futurama was an animated show from Simpson’s creator Matt Groening,  it centerted around Philip J Fry who by accident finds himself frozen and re-awoke in the 31st century

When Fry takes Bender to a museum exhibit, he is shocked to find a fossilized dog on display, which he recognizes as his pet from the 20th century, Seymour. For three days he protests in front of the museum by dancing to “The Hustle” by Van McCoy, demanding they give him Seymour’s body, which proves successful. Professor Farnsworth then examines Seymour’s body, and concludes that, due to his unusually rapid fossilization, a DNA sample can be made to produce a clone, and it would even be possible to recreate Seymour’s personality and memory.

Fry begins to prepare for the dog and Bender becomes jealous. Just when the Professor is ready to clone Seymour, Bender arrives. Angry that Fry will not spend time with him, he grabs the fossil and throws it in a pit of lava, believing that destroying it will restore his friendship with Fry. Fry is furious at Bender and extremely upset at having lost Seymour. Bender realizes how Fry could love an inferior creature and apologizes for what he did. The professor explains that the fossil may not have instantly melted, as it was made of dolomite. With this in mind, Bender, claiming to be partly made from dolomite, dives into the lava and recovers the fossil.

The Professor begins the cloning process and his computer informs him that Seymour died at the age of 15, meaning he lived for twelve years after Fry was frozen. Fry has a change of heart, and aborts the cloning process, believing that Seymour must have moved on with his life, found a new owner, and forgotten about him. A flashback then shows that in the years that passed after Fry left, Seymour had faithfully obeyed Fry’s last command, which was to wait in front of Panucci’s Pizza until he returned. Seymour stays there as the years pass and in the final shot, he lies down and closes his eye

 

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Although this was fictional show it still  makes me feel emotional when recalling the episode and as a dog fan it just touched something inside of me.

So be it fiction or fact you can’t dispute the bond between man and hound
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Home Office failed to fulfill its duty of care to members of the Windrush generation

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A Report from the National Audit Office , has found that the Home Office failed to protect the needs of the Windrush generation when it designed and implemented its immigration policies https://www.nao.org.uk/report/handling-of-the-windrush-situation/

 

The Home Office failed to fulfill its duty of care to members of the Windrush generation, which led to serious consequences for the people affected

 

The Home Office had a duty of care to ensure that people’s rights and entitlements were recognised  the report shows that the Department had not adequately considered that duty in the way that it introduced immigration policy.

 

In its implementation of the policy with few checks and balances and targets for enforcement action, we do not consider, once again, that the Home Office adequately prioritised the protection of those who suffered distress and damage through being wrongly penalised, and to whom they owed a duty of care. Instead it operated a target‑driven environment for its enforcement teams

 

It is clear that the Home office received warnings of the fact that people, including in one case an employee of the House of Commons, were being wrongly caught up in the enforcement and compliant environment sanction regimes it was responsible for, but this did not have the effect of stimulating inquiry, or timely action.

 

While the Home office is now moving to identify affected individuals, and to compensate them. This is positive. However, it is still showing a lack of curiosity about individuals who may have been affected, and who are not of Caribbean heritage, on the basis that this would be a ‘disproportionate effort’. In the circumstances, The report finds this surprising. It is clear that the Home Office implementation of the policy, now resulting in a belated and costly exercise in seeking information and paying compensation, to say nothing of the reputational damage involved, was not value for money.

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Distraction thefts – Ipswich

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Police are warning people to be vigilant after a number of distraction thefts in supermarket car parks in Ipswich in the past few weeks.

 

Offenders typically target older lone females, watching them enter their PIN in the supermarket, following them to the car park and stealing their purse by distracting them while they load their shopping into the car.

 

To reduce the risk of being a victim of this crime:

 

– Use your hand or purse to cover the key pad when you enter your PIN.

– If someone is too close when you enter your PIN or use the ATM, abandon the transaction until they have moved away.

– Never store your PIN with your credit or debit card.

– Always put your cards back into your purse and then into a zipped handbag before you leave the till or ATM.

– Carry your handbag over your body, with the zip facing inwards.

– Keep your handbag with you while you unload the car and return the trolley.

– Be suspicious if anyone tries to distract you while you unload your shopping (for example by claiming you have damage to your car or by asking directions).

– Please make family, friends and neighbours aware of this advice.

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the linkhttp://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visitwww.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

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Burglaries – Ipswich

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The following is from Suffolk  Police Connect.

Police are asking residents to be vigilant & report any suspicious activity following four burglaries in Ipswich over the last few days.

 

Between 11.45am Thursday 22nd and 6.40pm Friday 23rd November entry was forced to a property in Henley Road.  An implement from the shed was used to smash a rear window. Once inside the property an untidy search was made and a small amount of cash was stolen (ref 37/67838).

 

During Friday 23rd November between 9.30am and 6.40pm a home on Tower Mill Road was burgled.  A paving slab from the rear garden was used to smash the kitchen window to gain entry.  An untidy search was made, and clothing, cash, mobile phone, Ipad and tablet were stolen (ref 37/67835).

 

An attempt was made to gain entry to a property in Mornington Avenue between 3.15pm and 9pm on Friday 23rd November.  A brick from the rear garden was thrown at the rear door smashing the brick and damaging the door.  No entry was gained.  Tools from an insecure shed were used to lift a garden slab. (ref 37/67910).

 

A home on Norwich Road was entered between 8.15am Friday 23 and 11.15am Saturday 24 November.  Entry was gained by smashing a ground floor single pane window.  A search was made and a large TV was stolen. (ref 37/67969)

 

If you have information about any of these burglaries, please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting the relevant crime reference or use the online crime reporting link –http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something.

 

Police are urging residents to report any unusual/suspicious activity or vehicles to police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

 

For information on improving security for your home, including ensuring garden tools and sheds are secure, please visit the Suffolk Police webpage here –http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the linkhttp://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visitwww.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

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Media Diversified enters a new era with appointment of Editor in Chief, Marcus Daniel

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Media Diversified enters a new era with appointment of new Editor in Chief, Marcus Daniel

Media Diversified, the non-profit media organisation that aims to bring voices of colour to the foreground in media, today announces the appointment of a new editor in chief, Marcus Daniel.

Marcus is a longtime supporter and contributor to Media Diversified. One of his essays was featured in the Diversified Media book “From the Lines of Dissent” and he joined a Media Diversified panel to discuss his work. He has been a contributor and editor for The Queerness, and has also written for SoSoGay and IndyVoices on LGBT issues and the glory of Whitney Houston.

Of Afro-Bajan and English heritage, and a descendant of the Windrush generation, he is passionate about equality and diversity in all areas of life. He hails from the hills of Lancashire, and now lives in…

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