February 11, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My son, "Chad," is being married in June to "Jenny," a girl his sister "Madison" introduced him to. Madison feels she should be a bridesmaid in their wedding because she introduced them. Madison had sex with Jenny's boyfriend "Axel" before she met Chad, got pregnant, and had Axel's baby. Jenny feels Madison screwed up her life, and, even though she's about to marry my son, she doesn't want to reward Madison by asking her to be in the wedding. My daughter says that if she's not in the wedding she won't attend and won't allow her son (by Axel)
January 22, 2016 |
W ILL SMITH S ays he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith , and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. "My wife's not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize ( Theron )," said Smith on ABC's "Good Morning America" yesterday. "We've discussed it, but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK. " Smith, who some thought might be nominated for "Concussion," said his decision was "deeply not about me. " "This is about children that are going to sit down and they're going to watch the show and they're not going to see themselves represented," said Smith.
November 6, 2015
IN AN ATTEMPT to intimidate and discredit director Quentin Tarantino, police organizations across the country have united in a boycott of his soon-to-be-released film, "The Hateful Eight. " Why? Because Tarantino exercised his right to free speech by attending and speaking at "Rise Up October," a massive, three-day demonstration in New York City which called for an end to police terror. Ironically, the boycott and intensive publicity of "The Hateful Eight" will only attract more moviegoers when it hits theaters on Christmas Day. As the saying goes, "there's not such thing as bad publicity.
October 30, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA police union leaders jumped on the boycott bandwagon of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, a few days after the New York and Los Angeles police unions announced a similar boycott, because Tarantino attended a rally against police brutality last weekend. "Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; he, it turns out, also hates cops," read a statement from Philly's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which represents about 6,500 officers.
July 13, 2015 |
Amid opening-day commerce at the NAACP's annual conference Saturday in Philadelphia, the group's leaders lifted a 15-year ban on tourism and economic activity in South Carolina. The decision by the board of directors, made in private at the Convention Center, came one day after that state removed the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of its Capitol, abruptly ending decades of tension surrounding the symbol. To some, the flag is a reminder of deep racial division; to others, a symbol of Southern pride and heritage.
March 17, 2015 |
TATTLE ISN'T SURE if this battle should be considered internecine or intergayscene, but Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana , whose high-end fashions were brought to the mainstream by "Sex and the City," have ticked off Sir Elton John . Sir Elton has called for a boycott of the designers after they criticized gay adoption and gay parents having children via in vitro fertilization. In an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama , D&G labeled babies born via IVF as "synthetic children.
September 3, 2014 |
Obamacare, organic soy milk, and birth control pills have proven to be a volatile mix for Eden Foods, a small, highly regarded natural foods company. Last year, the Clinton, Mich., company's owner, Michael Potter, sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, objecting to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires company health insurance plans to cover preventive medicine - including contraception. Citing his Catholic beliefs, Potter said he should not be forced to help his employees obtain birth control, or any other "lifestyle drugs" such as Viagra and hair-loss remedies.
March 13, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA It has been used with great effect to challenge those in power and bring about social change, to further the civil rights movement, to end apartheid in South Africa, and to advance the cause of the United Farm Workers in California's San Joaquin Valley. An exhibit opening Wednesday at the offices of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) titled "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism" illustrates the power of boycotts in bringing about change around the world over the last 50 years.
January 23, 2014
Douse with a tweet I was only half surprised that Philadelphia smoking rates are among the highest, having often been agitated by the smell of smoke in subway stations, school stairwells and bathrooms, and on city streets ("New fronts in tobacco fight," Jan. 10). Stronger measures can be developed by the federal government through taxation and graphic labeling, but it's also important to appeal emotionally to smokers, especially teens. Antismoking campaigns need to show the effects of secondhand smoking, not only statistics.