We just called it something else

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A ‘Scarlett Letter’ was just the beginning

If you , you’d be well aware of the “canceled” folks of yore. Hester Prynne. Galileo. Heck, even Caesar was ultimately cancelled by his once-close friend. For more recent discussion topics, just look no further than the hysteria of when being labeled a communist would have given you a mark that would impress even the likes of .

Et Tu, Brute?

A quick check in with most folks would reveal that every one of them could easily name their favourite canceled anti-hero. All you have to do is ask. Whether this anti-hero…


You’re looking like a hot mess and someone is trying to FaceTime you

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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

You’re in your sweats and haven’t hit the shower yet.

Makeup? Not this morning.

And yet, there it is — ringing constantly. Your iPhone. FaceTime. Your presence is requested.

, it was the unexpected drop-in that was unwelcome and feared. In today’s digital world, it’s the unsolicited video call.

Choose your poison: FaceTime, Zoom, Skype — they’re all the same. These virtual intrusions into the most intimate of spaces — our homes — are now the norm, not the exception. …


On mandatory medication after a life of little drug therapy

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“Take two Tylenols and call me in the morning…”

For most of my life, I used to look sideways at the casualness of over-the-counter drug use by society. You know: pop a couple of Tylenols here; a few Advils for a headache there. Popping pills was par for the course for most people in modern times and continues to be to this day. We hear daily about people’s various ailments; the more mundane, the more common the experience. And why wouldn’t drug makers get on the bandwagon? We know acetaminophen by its more commonly-used name: Tylenol, and ibuprofen by the more easily stated Advil. …


Interesting POV. I do still think, however, that the treatment at school was/is a form of cancellation. A decidedly powerful group determines who's in and who's out. The definition of cancelling, in my opinion.


Anything her heart desires

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Will that be brown then, or blue?” Dr. Osaka wanted to be sure he had it straight. After all, his patient, Sybil, had been vacillating between the two.

“I’ve decided on brown. ‘Brown-Eyed Girl,’ it’s a classic, you know? My mother was an aficionado of historical music from the late 20th century. It was the area of study that formed her doctoral thesis. I grew up listening to that tune which she played all the time when I was a kid.”

“Great! And the hair colour?”

Sybil paused for a moment and thought about the various choices. She’d always loved…


The reality of gender-specific harassment revealed by tactic

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Viral Tik Tok Video Teaches Women How to Avoid Unpleasant Workplace Stress

A Nashville-area small business owner has figured out a way to deal with customers who won’t take “no” for an answer. Jandra Sutton, whose TikTok video on the subject has amassed more than 1.6 million views, has brought to light a common scenario that happens to working women across sectors.

Her trick?

Referring difficult customers to her workplace assistant by the name of “Matt.” The problem is, “Matt” doesn’t exist. A figment of Sutton’s creative imagination (she is CEO of a successful , after all), this imaginary office worker seems to do the trick. …


Regé-Jean Page passed over for plum role in SyFy channel show

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Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page isn’t immune to the reality of racism

Despite his considerable popularity as the breakout star in the Netflix series , Regé-Jean Page, who plays Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings on the show, is the subject of a shocking allegation.

The that DC Entertainment and specifically, then DC chief creative officer Geoffrey Johns allegedly stated that Superman’s grandfather could not be Black.

The alleged slight of the British actor who has won the admiration and interest of fans around the world indicates that despite fame and fortune, unfair treatment due to discrimination exists.

Apparently, the decision to choose another actor for the role…


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Hollywood star says she knows at least four closeted actors who remain so due to homophobia

published in The Sunday Times, Kate Winslet revealed that she personally knows at least four well-known gay actors who remain in the closet.

“I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know — some well known, some starting out — who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles,” she said. “Now that’s f***ed up.”

Winslet, best known for her leading role in the blockbuster film “The Titanic,” is clearly frustrated with the Hollywood unwritten rule that dictates that gay…


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The details of the Chauvin trial are too much for many of us. We don’t want to hear how George Floyd was slowly killed by Derek Chauvin’s knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck. Yet, details of the trial are everywhere. There comes a time for those who have historically been on the receiving end of racism — often brutal and too often fatal — and now’s the time.

As Jolie A. Doggett so rightly said in her recent piece in , “Floyd begged for his life 27 times…He begged until he had no breath left with which to speak, and even…


And why it’s so triggering for Black people

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I can’t watch.

It’s all over the news, as it should be.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer in Minneapolis accused of killing George Floyd.

I say “accused” because that’s what all of the media outlets preface his name with, however anyone with eyes can see that there’s no question about this cop’s guilt.

He murdered George Floyd in cold blood, right in front of our eyes. He did it over a period of 9 minutes and 29 seconds, horrifyingly longer than the original 8 minutes and 46 seconds that we were shocked to have been originally told. Both lengths of…

Samantha Kemp-Jackson

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