Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Ain't No Stoppin Us Now...

Here we are with our Fall 2007 upgraded look and so much more to come. The past few months has been filled with so many life changing experiences and challenges that I can't even mention. However, as we count down to celebrating our 4th Anniversary in production I am anticipating more growth, audience appeal, outreach and uping the ante as Arkansas' GLBTQ online destination for news, commentary, video, podcasting and links. Ladies and Gentlemen...this is the Body Politic refreshed, recharged and On point!

DNC 08 Delegate Worshop Being Held

The Arkansas Stonewall Democrats forwarded an announcement from the Democratic Party of Arkansas concerning a Delegates Workshop being held, Saturday 9.8.07 at the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the State Captiol. I'm always prodding folks about participating and stating how important it is to participate in the process. Well, I'm not telling,... I'm just doing this time around, by registering for the workshop as well as learning the process. If all goes well, I'll be a delegate to the national convention in Denver in 08. I'll keep you posted...

A Royal Flush: Politicians come and go, but Larry Craigs recent resignation due to the "toilet incident," has spawned viewpoints a plenty including me adding my two cents in a previous post. Which sparked the interest of an intrepid reader whom shared his take on the matter while citing me about my shortcoming on the issue. Apparently he felt that I was a party to the mainstream news media's "there's blood in the water" feeding frenzy, pundit pile-on and all others who felt they needed to have there say even as the Senator bowed out gracefully. The level of dissection within the gay community has been a bit much for me but my rebuttle to that's readers charges are rather simple. Of course I don't really know what went on in that bathroom nor do most. With that said, I am clearly aware of compromising positions of this nature since I've been privy to the flash of badge in my face and the processes thereafter. Knowing the consequences of "if you play...you may have to pay...dearly," I subsequently changed my behavior and attitude about "thrill" cruising or any situation that would allow cause for entraptment. There have been many cases in Arkansas where the dilemma of entrapment snared individuals. Most notably the Lemons vs. Arkansas case which was an illfated test case to overturn the states then Sodomy Statue, the Mc Cain Mall Men's room debacle included a defendant committing suicide, parks in Conway, North Little Rock and Little Rock have all been under surveillance and I'm sure all those arrested either gay or curious "wanted the whole thing to just go away." The "He said" and the "police officer said" banter aside, personal responsibility is a pivitol point that can't be ignored whether it be myself or a U.S. Senator. I also found it quite nonsensical that my comment was offensive to the reader suggesting that Mr. Craig should've sought counsel with his ordeal. Let's face it, the justice system is rife with law miscarriages and those who don't get adequate representation. Again, I've seen this first hand as my own brother was poorly represented by a public defender who couldn't defend an empty paper bag. Our family moved to find a better lawyer. Obviously Mr. Craig a man of financial means has had no problem making that decision now, while retaining uber high profile Washington lawyer, Billy Martin, fresh from the Michael Vick fiasco. He says he wants his good name, reputation and that misguided "guilty plea" corrected. I have no doubt that a few well placed Benjamins will make a difference. And so it goes, too many angles, too many other questions to ponder and all the unknown, are factors into our ongoing "peek-a-boo, I see you" culture and obession with human foolishness. Until next time...enough said.

Taking Possession: Curators Brad Cushman and Nathan Larson will be spotlighting contemporary figurative and conceptual artworks byblack artists with the gallery presentation of Taking Possession, being presented in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Central High desegregation crisis. Featured artist include, Faith Ringgold, Robert Colescott, Whitfield Lovell, Trenton DoyleHancock, Kerry James Marshall, Deborah Roberts, Lawrence Lee, FahamuPecou Laylah Ali, Aminah Robinson, Derrick Adams, Nick Cave , KaraWalker, Larry Walker, Lorna Simpson, Annette Lawrence, Kerry JamesMarshall,Carrie Mae Weems, Keba Konte, Deborah Grant, Keith Smith,Jonathan Calm, Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi, BradleyMcCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, Howardena Pindell. I would like to highly suggest that you consider attending the Thursday September 6, 20073:30 – 4:45pm – Artist Panel Discussion, at UALR's Stella Boyle Concert Hall with Annette Lawrence, Derrick Adams, Deborah Roberts, Lawrence Lee. Afterwards at 5 – 7pm – Gallery Reception for Taking Possession, UALR Fine ArtsBuilding Then move on at 7pm – to a Screening of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, also in the StellaBoyle Concert Hall. The event is being sponsored by the UALR Art Department and Office of Campus Life. Maybe I'll see you there!

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