Monday, August 25, 2014

Navy Discharges Black Woman After She Refused To Cut Natural Hair

The Navy has discharged Jessica Sims (pictured above), a sailor for 12 years after she refused to cut her natural hair style. The decision comes after months of discussion about protocol related to black women's hair in the armed forces.

Sims, "who wears her hair in tightly twisted locks pulled back in a bun," says her record is unblemished and she received no complaints about her hair until she taught at a Navy boot camp in Illinois. Once there, she was ordered to cut her hair or wear a wig; she refused, and was written up for "serious misconduct."

"For the past couple weeks, not knowing what the Navy was going to do, if they were going to move forward with the discharge or keep me in, had me in a little limbo," Sims said in a phone interview Wednesday with USA Today. "In the back of my head, I knew that they weren't going to change, so it was more of just waiting for the date."

Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello, spokesman for the chief of naval personnel, told USA Today that Sims was discharged for "disobeying a lawful order," claiming her bun was too bulky to fit under a gas mask. Sims however, says her hairstyle didn't violate regulations and didn't believe she should have to "be told that I have to straighten my hair in order to be within what they think the regulations are, and I don't think I should have to cover it up with a wig."

Sims says she had no regrets about her decision. "I still stand by it," she told Think Progress. "I would do it again if I had to."

Death Of Handcuffed Louisiana Man Shot In Chest Ruled Suicide

 Victor White III/KLFY Screenshot

A Louisiana man who state police say shot and killed himself in March while in police custody, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, not to the back, as police had initially reported, according to an autopsy report.

The Root reports that "The shooting occurred in the backseat of a patrol car after Victor White III was arrested for drug possession, KLFY notes. White’s hands were apparently cuffed behind his back as he was transported to jail. Once there, the 22-year-old reportedly did not want to get out of the patrol car. At some point, a gun that he was allegedly hiding in his pants appeared and he shot himself in the back, according to police reports.

However, according to KATC, the first page of the autopsy report, released by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office, details how White was shot in the chest, completely contradicting earlier police reports made after the fateful night in early March.

The bullet entered the young man’s chest and pierced his left lung and his heart before exiting around his armpit, according to the autopsy, which also called White’s death a “suicide.”'

State Police Master Trooper Brooks David states the investigation into White's death is still open, according to KATC.

Random Question: True Blood's Series Finale

Did you watch True Blood's series finale? What did you think? FYI: my recap will be posted on Butlerway in the next day or so.

Monday Man Candy

FYI: This Monday Man Candy has a, shall we say, double scoop NSFW surprise after the jump. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saying Goodbye Sucks

Lest you've been living under a rock (or don't HBO or checked out on any fang-related pop culture), you probably know that True Blood, HBO's gory-raunchy-weird-maddening-violent-hilarious-campy-WTF-soap ends tonight after seven seasons. If you ain't up on recent happenings in Bon Temps, check out my recaps over at to get up to speed.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

You Must Be My Lucky Star

Madge turns 56 today.

WATCH: Neon Trees Tyler Glenn Talks Growing Up Gay and Mormon

The clip comes from Far Between, an in-the-works documentary about LGBTQIA Mormons. You can support the film by contributing to its Kickstarter campaign HERE.

WNBA Star Brittany Griner Gets Engaged To Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson

WNBA star Brittany Griner proposed to her girlfriend, Tulsa Shock player Glory Johnson, and now the two are an engaged couple.

Griner, who plays for Phoenix Mercury, posted an Instagram photo of her proposal to Johnson, writing  “"Last Night was a Night to Remember I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!"

Friday morning Johnson posted her own Instagram pic of a sleeping Griner, placing her engagement ring on her new fiance's shoulder blade. To accompany the picture, she wrote " "What I get to wake up to @brittneygriner #LoveMakesYouDoTheCraziestThings."

Congratulations to the happy couple.
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