A Twist on Happy Ending

Originally posted on Anna Bayes:

I love happy endings, but sometimes, the “happy” in a happy ending can mean slightly differently from what you’d presume. Let’s try that twist on happy endings with this story, shall we? Enjoy! ;-)

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The obese lady focuses her charcoal pupils on mine. “Are you sure?”

I stare back, unflinching. “Yes.”

“This is only temporary; a potion this strong cannot last forever, from one week to nine days, never more. If the resistance is strong, the effects wear off quicker. Whatever he says or does are not real, it is only an illusion of what you want. Are you sure you can handle it when he snaps back to normal?”

Seven days is plenty. “Yes, I am sure.”

She toys with the beads around her wrists. “Love is meaningful only when it is free and genuine.”

I almost laugh. She has no fucking idea. “I know.”

She regards…

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Don’t Be Desensitized: Another Unarmed Black Man Being Shot In Cold Blood (Officer Lied, But Returned To Work) [Video]

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We know… EVERY-DAMN-DAY? We feel the same way.

WPTV:

Dash-cam video shows Dontrell Stephens, 20, talking on a cell phone while riding his bike on a Friday morning in September 2013. He can be seen turning onto Norma Elaine Road near Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Boulevard as PBSO deputy Adams Lin trails him.

Moments later, Stephens realizes he’s being followed. He pulls over, gets off his bike with a cell phone in his right hand and walks toward the deputy. For approximately four seconds Stephens is out of frame only to be seen again when being shot four times.

Stephens, who is black and has a criminal record for possessing cocaine, is seen running from the bullets then dropping to the ground.

Stephens was armed with nothing but a cell phone.

A short time later, an admittedly shaken Deputy Lin is heard talking to another deputy.

“He starts backing…

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102-Year-Old Harlem Renaissance Jazz Dancer Watches Herself On Film For The First Time Ever!

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102 Year Old Cotton Club Dancer Watches Herself On Film For The First Time

Get the Kleenex ready!

Via TIME Magazine:

Alice Barker, now age 102, was a chorus-line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and ’40s and danced with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

She danced in many movies, commercials and TV shows but had never seen herself on film.

With the help of Mark Cantor of Jazz Film and David Shuff, researchers managed to dig up three “soundies” — the music videos of the day — that Barker appeared in and were able to go to her nursing home and show her the incredible footage for the very first time.

“It makes me wish I could get out of this bed and do it all over again,” she says.

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Flowers from strangers touched by the video are already being…

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Update: White City Officials In Missouri Say They Didn’t Quit Because Of New Black Female Mayor

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White City Officials Quit After Black Mayor Is Elected

Why would multiple city officials in a small Missouri resign after a Black mayor is elected??

Via NBC News:

A former Missouri police chief who abruptly resigned along with five other municipal employees after the town’s first black female mayor was elected denied Wednesday that her race was a factor.

Instead, Trish Cohen told NBC News, she stepped down this month after 10 years as Parma’s top cop because she felt newly elected Mayor Tyus Byrd didn’t appear to support the police force of six officers. Cohen said she was having negative experiences with Byrd’s relatives, and claims they were posting home addresses for herself and Assistant Police Chief Rich Medley on social media — making them feel unsafe.

“We put our families’ safety before anyone else,” said Cohen, declining to elaborate what the postings entailed.

Medley, who also…

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Recommended Writer’s Resource: Twitter for Writer’s by Rayne Hall

Originally posted on Kylie Betzner:

Writers need different things from Twitter than ‘normal’ people … As a writer, you’ll use Twitter to meet colleagues, connect with readers, invite reviews, carry out research, improve your writing, develop networks, gain insight, conduct market studies, build your platform, create buzz for your stories, and sell your work.

71V+XAmii0L__UX250_ Meet Rayne Hall – Social Media Guru

Rayne Hall has one of the best platforms any writer has on Twitter – with over 50,000 genuine, engaged followers who enjoy her tweets and buy her books. There, she shares practical advice, fun ideas, step-by-strategies for success, and so much more. So what is her secret?

In her book, Twitter for Writers, she shares some of her best strategies for building a strong platform on Twitter. This book is full of practical advice for writers from creating your profile to dealing with spammers, which makes it suitable for new and aspiring authors as well as…

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Not Just Freddie Gray: 10 Years Ago Baltimore Police ‘Accidentally’ Snapped Another Man’s Spine

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Freddie Gray’s Death Compared to Dondi Johnson’s

A new report has surfaced about the spinal injury death of Freddie Gray.

10 years prior to Gray dying after his spine was somehow snapped while in police custody, another man named Dondi Johnson suffered a similar fate.

Dondi was arrested for public urination, put into a police van without a seatbelt and allegedly given a “rough ride” by authorities.

The Daily Beast reports:

Freddie Gray gave a cry of pain as the arresting officers hoisted him to his feet. Something seemed wrong with his legs as he was dragged in handcuffs to a police van.

More likely, he suffered the devastating and ultimately fatal spinal trauma after he was placed in the van.

“Something happened in that van,” Michael Davey, lawyer for the Baltimore police union, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Something like what happened in 2005 to another Baltimore…

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Native American Actors Quit Adam Sandler Western Flick Over Offensive Stereotypes

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Adam Sandler Ticks Off Native Americans With Stereotypical Script For New Film

Several Native American actors have an axe to grind with Adam Sandler.

According to NY Daily News reports:

A group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week over complaints about stereotypes, offensive names and scenes they say disrespected Native American religious practices.

Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others quit the production of the satirical Western “The Ridiculous Six” after producers ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture and the inappropriate use of props.

Anthony said the script included offensive names for Native American female characters and a scene where a Native American woman urinated while smoking a peace pipe. Another scene used chicken feathers on teepees, he said.

“Right from the get-go, it didn’t feel right. But we it…

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