John Oliver pretty much nails it again.

i don’t see any balances put into place with our police force. lethal enforcement is supposed to be a last resort but i understand that they need to protect themselves from a gun-toting America. militarization is a bit much though.

this has escalated more quickly than a tumblr thread.

the other half of the story learned from the debacle in ferguson is the prevalent racism in our country. just when we get comfortable and think that things are getting better, we are rudely reminded that there are gross inequalities still rampant in the minds of white america.

honestly, i was at Disneyland (the Happiest place on earth, people!) and i felt that i needed to be very careful about everything i did since people on vacation from places just like Ferguson are there with their families likely afraid that i’ll do something to them simply because i’m black.

the race card is real. and so is the fear of being prejudged as a black man.

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When it comes to tragic events like the August 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri, we have to be critical of not just what the media is reporting but also of how they’re framing the story. I wouldn’t usually rely on a celebrity to explain this type of thing, but Jesse Williams (of “Grey’s Anatomy”) totally gets it and makes some excellent comments.

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Piano, Push, Play!

PORTLAND.

i love this idea. it brings classical music performance to the masses. to the people that won’t turn to the classical music radio station (or playlist) because “what do i listen to that’ll be any good?” i hear from my many friends auditioning for Opera houses and for Orchestras that they rarely even catch the opportunity to audition. not only because of all of the potential people out there and those holding spots, but because there are less and less groups available; the money is no longer there because the younger generations don’t help fund classical and art music. as a side effect, only the wealthy can even afford to see live art music and the divide continues…

a project like this will reopen the doors and expose more people to the beautiful and intricate nature of art music, and hopefully, bring up a new generation of musicians that aren’t afraid to be technically sound in their pop music performances as well.

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