Books of The Times: In ‘The Threat,’ Andrew McCabe Issues the Latest Warning Call About Trump’s America

This memoir by the former deputy director of the F.B.I. joins a roster of recent and alarming books by high-ranking members of the United States’ justice and intelligence communities.
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Gucci Issues Apology in Wake of Blackface Accusations

MILAN – Facing accusations that a balaclava-style sweater available on its online shop and physical stores evoked blackface, Gucci issued a statement on Thursday through its Twitter account.
“We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make,” the statement read.
The black knit top is a turtleneck style covering the bottom half of the face with a cutout and giant red lips around the mouth. The item is no longer available on the brand’s online shop and the company said it was removed it from brick-and-mortar stores, as well.
“We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond,” the company remarked.

Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. Full statement below.
— gucci (@gucci) February 7, 2019

Social media users, especially on Twitter, expressed a wave of disapproval.
“Balaclava knit top by Gucci. Happy Black History Month y’all,” wrote Rashida, pointing to the annual observance in the U.S. and Canada celebrating

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Day of the Devs: GDC Edition Issues Call for Submissions

Day of the Devs is returning to the Game Developers Conference this year, and needs submissions of independent games for consideration, according to a Tuesday press release. For the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC), Day of the Devs will showcase selected indie titles on the showfloor and at the Alamo Drafthouse. Double Fine Productions and […]



Best Picture Contenders Focus on Timely Issues Like Politics, Addiction

Hollywood has long excelled at telling stories that are cut from reality, featuring topical ingredients that tie escapism to the world we inhabit. Whether it’s true stories from the past or present that help to inform our current social landscape, or wholly creative pieces of fiction that oftentimes touch upon progressive collective change, filmmakers continue […]



ComplexCon Issues Statement on Dior

LOS ANGELES — ComplexCon officials were duped into believing Dior would have a presence at the upcoming streetwear event by an agency that said it was acting on behalf of the luxury house, WWD has learned.
ComplexCon on Wednesday had announced Dior’s inclusion in the third annual festival, which is to be held Nov. 3 to 4. The deal had been viewed by ComplexCon — which melds fashion, music, food and art — as a push into luxury and a way to diversify its base of vendors exhibiting at the buzzy event. It would have underlined luxury’s continued charge into the streetwear space.
Neil Wright, ReedPop event director of ComplexCon and Agenda, issued a statement to WWD Friday morning in which he said, “Yesterday ReedPop learned that an agency that led us to believe they were representing Dior in negotiations to exhibit at ComplexCon did not have the authority to enter into agreements on behalf of the brand. We apologize to Dior for the confusion this caused and for our failure to discover the issue sooner. We are reviewing our internal policies and taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
A Dior spokeswoman said the company did not have comment on the

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Network Issues Fixed For One Last Beta

Mere days before launch, Bandai Namco has announced one last 24-hour Dragon Ball FighterZ beta for Xbox One players to dive into.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ beta on the Xbox One has had more than its fair share of problems. But hey, that’s what they’re are for. The initial beta, which ran from January 13 to 16, experienced a multitude of “network issues” which Bandai Namco acknowledged, and they followed it up with a 24-hour open beta on January 17 which promised “improvements to the experience”.

Toronto: ‘A Season in France’ Examines Immigrant Issues

A high-school teacher fleeing his war-torn African nation finds refuge in France, only to learn that the life he tries to build there is fraught with fear, uncertainty, and the traumas of the life he left behind. “A Season in France,” the new feature by acclaimed Chadian helmer Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, is a timely portrait of… Read more »



Friday the 13th: The Game Patch Fixes Various Issues

The developers behind Friday the 13th: The Game, have released a patch for PC and Xbox One.

The version 1.02 patch features a number of fixes for various in-game problems, including the infinite stamina glitch on PC and VoIP crashing on Xbox One. The full list of patch notes for PC can be found on the Steam community page, while the Xbox One notes are available on the Friday the 13th: The Game’s Facebook.

General improvements have been included in the update, with a random option added to the PC lobby, as well as small visual improvements for both versions of the game.

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Ashley and JP Up in Flames? See How the Bachelorette Couple Confronts Issues Wrecking Their Relationship

Ashley and J.P. Rosenbaum aren’t necessarily known for having fiery marital spats, but that could soon change.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Friday’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, the Bachelorette couple participates in a therapeutic exercise, acknowledging their anxieties, weaknesses and personal roadblocks, in order to move toward accepting their flaws.

Ashley admits she struggles with social anxiety and becoming overly emotional. And while J.P. owns that he doesn’t understand her neuroses, he also confesses to being frustrated that he’s “not made a priority.”

He acknowledges in a separate interview with Ashley that, “In the last year and a half ever since we had our son, it’s been all about him, but we can’t forget about us as a couple.”

After airing their relationship grievances, which are written on papers, the couple symbolically sets them all aflame so they can set themselves free once and for all.

J.P. met Ashley (née Hebert) and won her heart on The Bachelorette in 2011. They married in December 2012 and had their first child, Fordham Rhys, on Sept. 30, 2014. This past November, they welcomed daughter Essex Reese, and Rosenbaum tweeted at the time that little Essie “Already has me wrapped around her little finger. I’m in trouble!”

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars airs Fridays (9 p.m. ET) on WEtv.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Opened Up About Body Confidence Issues in a New Interview

“I’d look in the mirror after I won one Mr. Olympia after another and think, ‘How did this pile of shit win?'”

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Here’s Where Donald Trump Stands on Abortion, Gay Marriage, and More Vital Issues

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Gisele Bündchen Opens Up About Marriage Issues With Tom Brady

Just because two people appear to have no physical imperfections does not mean their marriage is picture-perfect, too. 

Such is the case for Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady, who have had a bumpy year, to say the least — dealing with divorce rumors in the midst of the New England Patriots quarterback’s involvement in Deflategate.  

On Tuesday, the 35-year-old opened up to Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” about their six-year marriage, revealing they’ve “been through a few tough times together.”

The supermodel went on to quash split rumors, explaining that they’ve gotten through trying times by leaning on one another and their loved ones. 

 ”I think that’s when you know who are your friends and who loves you. My father always said, the quality of your life depends on the quality of your relationships, and I think, no matter how challenging it was, we’ve always been supportive of one another,” Bündchen told Rose. “I think that’s the most important thing you can have in life, you know? A support system and love.”

Of course, the couple has been dealing with trying times since they began dating nine years ago and soon discovered that Brady’s ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan was pregnant with his child. 

It’s a subject the model has rarely discussed, but she called the situation a “challenging thing.”

“Here I am, you know, thinking I’m dating this guy … everything is great, and then this happens. So I felt I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “It was one of the moments like, ‘Do I just run away?’”

Of course, Bündchen didn’t run. 

“Now, eight years later, I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter bonus child,” she said,  referring to Brady and Moynahan’s 8-year-old son, while she and the NFL player have two children of their own. 

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Meanwhile, Brady previously spoke out against the rumors the couple were headed for a split in September.

“We’re in a great place, I’ll just say that,” the NFL player told  Boston radio station WEEI 93.7 FM. “I’m a lucky man. I’ve been very blessed with support from my family and certainly her, and there’s no bigger supporter that I have than her and vice versa. I’ve been very blessed to have an incredible relationship with my life partner, and I don’t think anything will ever get in the way of that.”


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The Gut Health Protocol – A Nutritional Approach To Healing SIBO, Intestinal Candida, GERD, Gastritis, and other Gut Health Issues

The Gut Health Protocol – A Nutritional Approach To Healing SIBO, Intestinal Candida, GERD, Gastritis, and other Gut Health Issues

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Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy, and Activism: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is at a critical turning point. Compelling new findings herald the potential to eventually grind the epidemic to a halt through a combination of expanded treatment coverage and new biomedical approaches to prevention. At the same time, the severe global economic downturns have negatively affected wealthy donor nations that have provided the funds and technical support for programs in the developing world. It is against this backdrop that this landmark three-volume set was developed. It provides a broad overview of the critical political issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, inspects key areas of policy and policymaking, and spotlights the most important forms of activism and community mobilization. The volumes reflect an eclectic and wide-ranging set of issues written by an international team comprising dozens of authors from nations including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Cambodia, Norway, and Qatar. The international contributors represent a variety of disciplines and bring with them a range of styles and methodological approaches appropriate to their specific topics and disciplines. An important addition to academic and public libraries, this expansive work will benefit students and other readers interested in politics, policymaking, public health, activism, and community mobilization, both in the United States and globally.

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Why Couples Fight: The Top 5 Issues

I love to talk about love — even some of the darker parts of coupledom like arguments, fights and problems. After all, without the dark we wouldn’t have the light!

Most of us don’t realize that there are patterns to how we fight…and make-up if we so choose to work at it. Ask yourself:

Are you having the same fight over and over again?

Your arguments might be more common than you think. Can you relate to this awesome video?

The Science of Fighting

According to Marriage and Family counselor Dr. John Gottman, a true expert in this field, 69 percent of marriage conflicts are never solved. Yes, 69 percent!

That means that we are often having the same fight over and over again.

This is actually good news. Why? If we have similarities or patterns to our fights it means a) we are not alone and b) we can study, predict and course-correct our arguments before they explode.

Dr. John Gottman has over 40 years of research with over 3,000 married couples. He calls these unresolved issues ‘gridlocked’. Watch this video for more:

Gridlocked Issue: A common topic that comes up for a couple that cannot be resolved and typically devolves into a nasty argument.

The Top 5 Issues Couples Fight About:

What do most couples fight about? Here are the 5 most common issues:

  • Free Time

  • Money

  • Housework

  • Physical Intimacy

  • Extended Family

Fighting Solutions:

Here are some ways you can use the science of couples to help your relationship:

1. The New Mindset

How to Fight Better: I want us to shift the focus to fighting ‘better’ as opposed to fighting less. Why? Fighting better is about having discussions, not arguments. It is about respectfully hearing the other person when perpetual problems come up. It’s also a lot of pressure to try to fight less. We all want to fight less, but the point of this article is to deepen understanding and that can mean discussing more.

2. Identify Your Issues

One of the most interesting discussions I have ever had with my husband was identifying our ‘perpetual issues’. We sat down and thought about the problems and topics that have come up recently and looked for patterns. Did any of them fall into the top 5 above? Were there any common threads or underlying themes to our arguments. The answer — yes. We didn’t realize it at first, but we were basically having the same 3 arguments over and over again with different dressing.

  • Sit down with your partner (or with a journal by yourself) and review all of the arguments you have had recently or any big blow-up fights over the last few months. Try to identify the patterns under the arguments.

  • Once you have identified your patterns, clearly delineate each partner’s side of the argument. Do this in non-judgmental terms. For example, an issue could be ‘spending.’ Husband likes to treat himself to little dinners out regularly, whereas Wife likes to save up for big treats. Neither is ‘wrong’ but this way you know where you both stand.

3. Localize Don’t Globalize

One reason that little arguments can erupt so quickly is because a small disagreement can be tagged onto one of your larger arguments and immediately explode into the big fight. You already know your issues and where the other stands, so it is very important to keep small arguments compartmentalized and specific to the situation. This can help you focus on the issue and keep the discussion as just that — a discussion. Since you know you have fundamental differences on the larger argument, there is no reason to bring it into everyday discussions.

  • Try to avoid globalizing the other person or their behavior. Try not to say “You always do this” or “This is your pattern” or “You never…”

  • Don’t call up past arguments or offenses. I know it’s hard, but it will only exacerbate an issue that is gridlocked (devolving into a larger fight).

And by the way, you aren’t the only couple who fights about your issues:

4. Start with Agreement

If a gridlocked issue comes up on a daily basis and you need to approach it, start with agreement. Dr. Gottman noticed that successful couples who have been together for a long time master gentleness. They present issues in a soft way by never starting with criticism. In fact, starting with agreement is the best way to avoid an argument and start a discussion. Find something you can agree upon and start there.

  • For example, if you have family coming in for the weekend and Wife wants a hotel, but Husband wants house-guests, Wife could say, “I know we can agree that family time is important and I know we can both get a little annoyed when we are overrun with nieces and nephews. Let’s try to think of a way to make this weekend work.”

5. Look Underneath the Argument

This is the hardest one, but the most important. Sometimes there are underlying issues beneath the gridlocked issue. I want you to think about what’s happening behind the argument. Are there value-based differences? You might actually be arguing about basic philosophical concepts like someone’s sense of self, power, freedom, care, what family means, what home means or control. Look at your gridlocked issue and ask the question “Why?” 5 times. *Be sure to get buy-in to do this from both people, so it is exploratory not antagonistic. For example:

  • Wife: I am very upset right now.

  • Man: Why?

  • Wife: I need more help around the house.

  • Man: Why do you feel that way?

  • Wife: I feel overworked and overwhelmed with the stuff that needs to be done.

  • Man: Why do you feel overwhelmed?

  • Wife: It just feels like it all lands on me at the end of the day.

  • Man: Why do you feel it all lands on you?

  • Wife: I don’t see you offering to help and that makes me frustrated.

  • Man: Why does that happen?

  • Wife: It makes me feel under-appreciated.

Ok, now they are onto something! Yes, help around the house is great, but it all boils down to feeling under appreciated. If the husband were to make the wife feel more appreciated — perhaps thanking her for what has already been done, that might be even more beneficial than helping. Combining help and gratitude could be the ultimate healer in this fight.

6. Acceptance

Knowing your issues and where you stand can help prevent you from having the argument over and over again. Agreeing to disagree and naming the issue can prevent arguments in the future. For example, I was walking a couple through this exercise and this process happened:

  • Common Issue: Vacationing with the in-laws. Husband doesn’t like to vacation with his in-laws, Wife does.

  • Localize: Trip to Hawaii over Thanksgiving

  • Agreement: We both know we need a vacation and we are due for an in-law visit.

  • Why’s: Wife learns that the reason Husband doesn’t like to vacation with the in-laws has nothing to do with them. He loves the in-laws! But he wants more couple time. “We are so busy during the work week that our vacations are the only alone time we get together.”

  • Acceptance: This is a difference in preference — it is not an attack on the in-laws or a desire not to vacation together. A possible compromise to recognize the underlying need for alone time could be to go on vacation a few days early before the in-laws arrive.

  • Success!

You want your perpetual issues to be more like the crazy uncle who shows up unannounced and less like the hidden rabid dog in the closet. In other words, the more your issue is talked about, tolerated and discussed, the easier and less trap-filled it will be.

Sometimes it feels like talking about the nitty-gritty side of romance is taboo, but I think when we explore the issues we learn and benefit. Let’s bring the light to the dark.

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Out in the Night: A Gripping Reminder of LGBTQ Issues “Beyond Caitlyn” [Spoilers]


The NJ4: Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, Patreese Johnson and Renata Hill

The initial overwhelmingly positive reaction to “newborn” Caitlyn Jenner was a worldwide watershed moment to be sure.

But Out in the Night, a POV documentary airing June 22nd on PBS, reminds us that countless others in the LGBTQ/gender non-conforming communities still face discrimination daily.

The documentary opens with a police radio call describing “officers fighting with gangs…with Bloods and Crips.”

The assailants are identified as “five female blacks” who, according to an “anonymous unverified” account may have stabbed a male victim. Subsequent media sound bites allege said victim was stabbed by a “pack of lesbians,” who attacked him “just because he was a straight man.”

The four alleged “assailants” tell a very different story in the film.

According to Renata Hill, she and friends Terrain Dandridge, Patreese Johnson and Venice Brown headed for New York to “to have fun, look at girls, be gay.”

“We thought we wouldn’t have any problems,” she adds. “We could be ourselves.”

She was wrong.

Their night on the town took a dangerous turn when a young man, Dwayne Buckle, took a liking to one of the four. In his court testimony, read by an actor in the film, Buckle said, “They looked feminine. One was slightly pretty. So I said, ‘Hi’ to her.”

But Johnson remembers him saying, “Lemme get some o’ that,” a statement she took as a playful request for a sip of soda.

Wrong again.

“He said, ‘I don’t want that,'” Johnson recalls. “He pointed at my lower area and said, ‘I want that.'”

When Johnson laughed and told him, “Mister, I’m gay,” she alleges that the man spat and threw his cigarette, yelling, “Dyke bitches! You lesbian bitches! I’ll f–k you straight!”

Hill says she and her friends began to walk away, backwards, realizing, “He was coming for us. That was clear as day.”

Surveillance camera video proves that he came for them with a vengeance, ripping a handful of dreads from Brown’s scalp and even pinning Hill down on the ground with his arm. A group of male bystanders finally intervened, wrestling Buckle roughly to the ground and berating him for fighting with women.

Despite that damning video evidence, the four women were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree with intent to use, assault in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree, gang assault in the 1st and 2nd degree, and attempted murder.

And the media went into a feeding frenzy.


One of many lurid, fear-mongering headlines

Fox News said the attack was part of a crime wave instigated by lesbian gangs called “Gays Taking Over” and “Dykes Taking Over” who were attacking and raping young girls in Philadelphia and Tennessee. On camera, New York Post reporter Laura Italiano proudly declares she still stands by her description of the women as a “seething, Sapphic, septet from Newark, New Jersey.”

“I don’t think it was a stretch to say they were out for blood,” Italiano insists.

The jury agreed. All four women were convicted. Three were sentenced to 8 years in prison. Johnson received 11 years for stabbing Buckle with a small knife. The wound was not life threatening.

Director/producer blair dorosh-walther–she prefers lowercase–believes the “NJ4” case is yet another example of prejudice and discrimination in the American legal and law enforcement systems.


Director blair dorosh-walther–she prefers lowercase–on set

“There is so much that still needs to happen,” she explained in an email exchange. “Unfortunately, I don’t think it is just a matter of changing a few laws or fixing particular parts of the criminal legal system or putting cameras on police. I think the entire system of law enforcement and the legal system need to be destroyed and reconstructed. The system is just too rooted in prejudices with no oversight. I think it is unwise to try and crawl out of a racist system inch by inch.”

dorosh-walther also had harsh words for the media.

“I believe the media vilified them because of their intersectional identities,” she said. “When I spoke with Laura Italiano, the New York Post journalist who is interviewed in Out in the Night, she repeatedly referred to the women as ‘tough.’ What makes these women ‘tough?’ That they are Black? Because they look like Black men? Because they physically fought back? Because they do not dress like you? What is it exactly that makes them ‘tough?'”

And though this story unfolded in 2006, dorosh-walther isn’t so sure our attitudes toward racial “minorities” and those who identify as LGBTQ or non-gender conforming have changed as much as we like to think.

“It is great that Caitlyn Jenner has received such a warm welcome,” she said. “Likewise Laverne Cox, who is also an activist and fights for trans civil rights constantly. My fear in lionizing individual people or even a law is that people who are not directly affected think the fight for equality or civil rights are over.”

As for the four women whose stories inspired Out in the Night, dorosh-walther hopes viewers will, “honor their unapologetic defense of who they are.”

“They were a pocket of resistance, both that night and in the courtroom when they plead [sic] not guilty,” she asserted. “They were facing 25 years, so a not-guilty plea was incredibly difficult and holds the courts accountable. They should be honored for the resistance, resilience and perseverance.”

Photo credit: Images of dorosh-walther and the “NJ4”, Lyric Cabral. New York Post headline, author screenshot.

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Critical Issues in Contemporary China

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This informative and up-to-date text takes a multidisciplinary approach in examining contemporary China. It provides students with a comprehensive analysis of a number of the social, political and economic problems that China faces as it enters the twenty-first century. The chapters cover key issues including: critical developments in Chinese politics uneven economic development privatization in China environmental problems demography and food production ethnic minorities cross-strait relations socio-cultural issues. Critical Issues in Contemporary China reflects the many recent reforms in China and will equip the undergraduate with the analytical skills they need to study the critical issues surrounding China from contending perspectives.

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Child Neglect: Practice Issues for Health and Social Care

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This book addresses the key themes in child neglect, draws on current research and practice knowledge and sets out the implications for practice. With a joint health and social work focus, this interdisciplinary book is an essential resource for all professionals working towards integrated and collaborative childcare services.

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Mark Dendy Explores Social Issues at Joe’s Pub

Pictured L-R: Dante Brown, Mei Yamanaka, Leslie Cuyjet, Abigail Levine
Floor/front: Christopher Bell; Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

The Lower East Side has always been a playground for oddballs, creative types who diverge from Manhattan’s mold. It’s a quirky neighborhood filled with idiosyncrasies and secrets stuffed in blocks and buildings. These days, south of Union Square is trending, a wonderland of bars, movie houses, and restaurants that offer a refreshing contrast to Midtown. But don’t be fooled: the Lower East Side has a legacy of hosting the mysteries that lie behind closed doors and inside our imaginations.

Mark Dendy’s NEWYORKnewyork@AstorPlace shares marrow with the LES, a skeleton that rivets freaks and geeks with nostalgia. At Joe’s Pub last week, the work was provocative, wild, and weird. Dendy is celebrated for mixing genres, incorporating spoken word into dance and crossing over from eccentric experimentation to Broadway to ballet. And what exactly was NEWYORKnewyork@AstorPlace? I have absolutely no idea, and perhaps that’s what made it so compelling.

When I told my friends that I was headed to the Public on Wednesday, May 6, they assumed that it was for Hamilton, the musical hit of the season. They were, of course, wrong; I was off to an intimate, candlelit room to watch ghosts emerge from their graves. Ghosts of New York’s bourgeoisie. Ghosts of the gay movement. Shakespeare’s ghosts. It was all haunting in its absurdity.


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Back L-R: Christopher Bell, Dante Brown, Leslie Cuyjet, Mei Yamanaka; Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

NEWYORKnewyork@AstorPlace narrated the history of the street where the Public sits in its majesty. Dendy took no precautions for political correctness, and with a fake hand job and a strip tease onstage, there were plenty of moments when the audience squirmed. He also approached difficult issues like gentrification and the AIDS epidemic in the ’80s, which didn’t make for typical mealtime pleasantry. As spectators munched on hamburgers and fries, Christopher Bell gyrated as a gay exotic dancer with the kind of fervor that harbors sexual frustration and anger brought on by fear of disease. As they sipped on a jug of beer, Abigail Levine twirled aimlessly, mocking Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” and its whitewashed sentimentality. Leslie Cuyjet ran around as a realtor, decrying artists for making New York “cool” and contributing to rising rents. Meanwhile, Danté Brown danced in a hoodie, representing racism until, with one ice-cold beat of a gunshot, he collapsed like the blow of a hammer.

Certainly, the piece felt scattered. It interfaced with so many dialogues that no one stood out for its urgency. Nevertheless, NEWYORKnewyork@AstorPlace had a strange allure. Dendy thought a lot about the current state of New York and how it differs from decades passed. He managed to infuse his movement with meaning, and few could belittle the performance as sheer entertainment. It forced the viewers to question, which is almost always good in a culture industry that so often dictates what we do unconsciously. And it was still pleasant at times because Dendy’s dancers, especially Mei Yamanaka and Bell, were intoxicating.

Would I go again? Absolutely not. It’s never nice to sit on edge, uncomfortable with the honesty of a situation. That’s what makes NEWYORKnewyork@AstorPlace important: it confounds without mercy.

I once had a philosophy professor who said that when you’re confused, it means you’re getting it. If so, Manhattanites have a lot to learn from Dendy and his stint at Joe’s Pub.


Pictured L-R: Mei Yamanaka, Abigail Levine, Leslie Cuyjet; Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

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A long time ago (in what seems like it must have been a galaxy far, far, away), it was possible for someone to be coy about “daddy issues.” In the following clip, Mary Martin performs “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” (the Cole Porter song that made her famous following her Broadway debut in 1938’s Leave It To Me!). In her autobiography (My Heart Belongs) Martin confessed that at the time she was singing that song she was clueless about the true meaning of some of Porter’s lyrics.

In 1924, the popular comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, gave birth to a character known as Daddy Warbucks. In today’s sexual marketplace, the lexicon covering daddy issues has progressed far beyond a sugar daddy (which was also the name for a popular caramel candy that was ever so sweet to lick). Many single women will refer to a man as their “baby daddy” while gay men have seemingly mastered the linguistic art of using the word “daddy” as a term of endearment, empowerment, and a literary aphrodisiac.

Over the years, the question “Who’s Your Daddy?” has taken on new meanings in popular culture. Just as there are plenty of websites devoted to women seeking sugar daddy arrangements, gay men have become expert at seeking intergenerational relationships for fun or profit.

Bottom line? Lots of people have daddy issues. How those issues are portrayed on stage and screen found two new expressions in recent productions.

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If you’ve ever gone to an optometrist to get a prescription for corrective lenses, you’re familiar with the process of sitting in a chair while someone uses a phoropter to test different lenses in order to determine which will yield the clearest images.


A patient being measured with a phoropter

I mention this because, after attending the world premiere of Christina Anderson’s new play, Pen/Man/Ship, at the Magic Theatre, I had the strangest thought. Whereas Melville’s Captain Ahab went in search of a white whale, Anderson seemed to be sailing the southern Atlantic in search of a purpose (or perhaps a porpoise). The playwright frequently offers hints about her characters in the play’s script, but fails to develop them further or explain them clearly to the audience.

In a dialogue between the playwright and Magic’s dramaturg, Dori Jacob, that is printed in the program (appropriately entitled “Finding The Anchor”), Anderson describes how the project grew out of one of Paula Vogel’s “bake off” writing projects. Although she had never been on a ship, did not know how to swim, and wasn’t exactly sure where she was going, Anderson was interested in finding an African-American theme set in the Victorian era. “I consider myself a political writer,” she explains. “The only thing I knew was that I really liked the idea of having these people of color on a ship.”

At the time she was working on P/M/S, the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin was dominating the headlines. The concepts of “Stand Your Ground” and “Tonight You Will Die” had an obvious impact on Anderson’s writing process. My guess is that a brief encounter with Herman Melville’s unfinished novella Billy Budd (in its prose, film, or operatic format) might have offered Anderson a stronger sense of shipboard life in an all-male environment.

In its current form, Pen/Man/Ship takes place in 1896 aboard a whaling ship bound from Boston to Liberia and focuses on the following four African-American characters.

  • Charles (Adrian Roberts) is an African-American surveyor who has chartered a ship and hired its crew for the long voyage to Africa. His employers are a group of businessmen who belong to the American Colonization Society and are planning to set up a penal colony in Liberia for blacks who are unruly or unhappy with life in America. Charles is a repressed soul who resents anyone challenging his authority. A devout Christian, he has prepared himself for the long transatlantic voyage by bringing on board a sizable supply of gin (which gives him almost as much solace as his Bible). A successful and educated African American, Charles considers himself as belonging to a social class far above the “beasts” who form the ship’s crew. He prefers to remain in his cabin, writing in his diary, praying, and drinking and refuses to go up on deck and mingle with the men he feels are his inferiors. Charles also resents the fact that Jacob and Ruby seem to be making friends with the sailors (who are more than happy to talk with them), which undermines his authority.
  • Jacob (Eddie Ray Jackson) is Charles’s son, who was caught in a police raid on “a brothel for fairies” and has shown up at the dock just before the ship’s departure with a strange woman who will accompany him on the long voyage. As much as his father tries to get Jacob to describe his relationship with Ruby, Jacob refuses to discuss the matter. He and Ruby spend a great deal of time together while at sea, although no one is really sure what they are doing. An amateur artist, Jacob likes to spend his spare time doing pencil sketches of the crew members (which, to say the least, flatter their masculinity). One of the sailors he has sketched is an amiable young man named Monty.


Eddie Ray Jackson as Jacob in Pen/Man/Ship
(Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

  • Ruby (Tangela Large) is a self-educated African American woman who answers to and is afraid of no man. She fled the South after it was discovered that she had been reading books belonging to her mistress. Had she not left quickly, she would have simply been another piece of “strange fruit” hanging from a tree. Ruby is determined to leave America (which has been a source of incredible shame and pain for her) and start a new life in Liberia as a free Black woman.
  • Cecil (Tyee Tilghman) is a member of the crew who plays an accordion for entertainment. He understands that he’s not like the rest of the crew and can’t comprehend why Charles has taken a liking to him. However, because Cecil’s father was an angry alcoholic, he recognizes the same symptoms in Charles’s increasingly worrisome mood swings.


Tyee Tilghman as Cecil in Pen/Man/Ship
(Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

There are many plot points in Anderson’s script that, while qualifying as fanciful fictions, are downright ludicrous in terms of life at sea in a traditionally all-male environment.

  • What caused the captain’s sudden, unexplained death? Why wasn’t he buried at sea?
  • What makes Ruby so confident and willing to challenge authority?
  • Why would the ship’s crew turn to Ruby instead of the first mate for leadership after their captain’s death?
  • On the one night that Charles deigned to go for a walk on deck, why would he have pushed Monty overboard and stabbed himself so that he would look like a victim?
  • What are the hidden factors in the budding friendship between Charles and Cecil?


Ruby (Tangela Large) and Jacob (Eddie Roy Jackson) in a
scene from Pen/Man/Ship (Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

Because Anderson’s drama takes place on a sailing ship, it would be a cheap gag to suggest that the answers are blown in the wind. However, if one looks at her characters through a slightly different lens, some intriguing thoughts quickly present themselves as likely answers.

  • Charles has a near pathological hatred of women and was an uncaring husband as his wife lay dying (which might suggest a closeted gay man who married a woman in order to keep his sexual identity a secret). He may be guilt-ridden by the thought that something in him could have caused his son to be gay (it’s bad enough that paying Jacob’s bail cost him a pretty penny). When Charles hears Jacob talk about how friendly Monty has been — and when his son shows him the sketch he drew of Monty — it’s easy for Charles (who has been relying on a dangerous combination of gin and Jesus to pray and drink away the gay) to think of Monty as the devil. When Monty approaches him on deck (in what was most likely a friendly gesture), Charles instantly goes into “gay panic” mode.
  • Jacob is a young gay man who has lost a great deal of faith in the Bible. Although he loves his father and is extremely loyal to Charles, Jacob has learned how to stand his ground against his father’s bullying.
  • Ruby didn’t get to where she is by being helpless or depending on men for her happiness. She’s an intelligent, take-charge lesbian who sees through Charles’s delusions of grandeur and is primarily interested in getting to Liberia.
  • Cecil is the adult child of an alcoholic who is more than willing to see Charles as the father figure he never had. Charles is equally willing to see Cecil (who has expressed heterosexual tendencies) as the straight son he never had.


Eddie Ray Jackson (Jacob) and Adrian Roberts (Charles)
in a scene from Pen/Man/Ship (Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

While Angrette McCloskey’s unit set necessitated some clumsy entrances and exits, Sara Huddleston’s powerful sound design helped give a strong sense of the ship’s creaking and groaning in response to the pressures of wind and waves. Under Ryan Guzzo Purcell’s stage direction, the four actors gave exceptionally strong performances, with special kudos for Adrian Roberts as the tortured Charles and Eddie Ray Jackson has his son, Jacob.

The question which remains in my mind, however, is whether or not (due to the influence of the Trayvon Martin case while she was working Pen/Man/Ship) Christina Anderson has unwittingly written a gay play. Here’s the trailer

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The first time I saw Alec Mapa perform live (“I Remember Mapa“), I was laughing so hard I was afraid I might choke on my own snot. The energetic Filipino-American stand-up comic (a native of San Francisco) likes to describe himself as “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart.” A popular performer at fundraising events, his quickness and wit have always allowed him to shine.

Now 48, a bit pudgier, and more than a little bit humbled by the chores and responsibilities of fatherhood, Mapa stars in a new documentary that was screened at the 2014 Frameline Film Festival. Entitled Alec Mapa, Baby Daddy, it chronicles the experience of Mapa and his husband (Jamison Hebert) in adopting an African American boy named Zion from Compton, California.

As a monologue, Alec Mapa, Baby Daddy received a Bistro Award and was nominated for GLAAD and United Solo awards for best off-Broadway solo show. While there are many touching moments in the film, few are quite as hilarious as Mapa’s impression of Julie Andrews trying to sing one of Miley Cyrus’s songs. And you won’t want to miss Mapa’s description of the day his newly-adopted son called him “you big, fat, Russian lady.” Mapa/s response? “Did you just call me fat?” Here’s the trailer:

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