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Russell Simmons planning ‘Occupy Wall Street’ concert

Hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons says every good movement needs a soundtrack, and he’s doing his part to bring the music to “Occupy Wall Street.” The recording magnate told former Raw Story reporter Brad Jacobson, in a piece for Billboard, that he is in the process of putting together a concert…

Bank of America hires Malcolm Gladwell to attract small business clients

Bank of America announced today that they had contracted with author and New Yorker scribe Malcolm Gladwell to headline a series of lectures designed to attract small business owners to the much-criticized bank. In his presentations, the bank said, “Borrowing from the concepts in ‘Outliers,’ Gladwell examined the unique attributes…

Republican strategist wonders if gay anchor ‘disappointed a woman’

A Republican strategist who has spoken out against same sex marriage asked one of the few openly gay news anchors Wednesday if he had ever “disappointed a woman.” During a segment about female support for presidential candidates, Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus told MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts that President Barack Obama…

Colbert: Protesters attacked police batons with their ‘soft, jabable bellies’

On Tuesday’s show, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert celebrated New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park. Bloomberg admitted Tuesday morning that the decision had been his alone. “New York City is the city where you can come and express yourself,” the mayor said. “What…

Nepal awaits first LGBT film dubbed ‘Brokeback Everest’

The tears and bloodshot eyes of a beautiful leading lady who has lost her lover are familiar to all Nepalese cinema-goers, but this time the object of her desire is another woman. In a poignant vignette on a Kathmandu film set, Kiran wanders aimlessly through traffic struggling to take in…

John Lennon peace sign sells for $150,000

LONDON — A placard reading “Bed Peace”, which was made by former Beatle John Lennon during his peace-in with wife Yoko Ono at a Canadian hotel, fetched almost £100,000 at a London auction on Tuesday. The sign, sold at Christie’s auction house, was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder for…

Police arrest reporters as press complains of media blackout at ‘Occupy Wall St.’

“Occupy Wall Street” protesters weren’t the only group who had a difficult morning thanks to NYPD’s actions in Zuccotti Park. A number of reporters complained of a media blackout from covering the morning raid. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed that several journalists were arrested by authorities. The Associated Press reported…

Colbert: ‘Piece of sh*t polling higher than Michele Bachmann’

On Monday night’s show, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert reported on allegations that one CBS analyst admitted Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann would only get a few questions during last Saturday’s debate because her low poll numbers were “nearly off the charts.” “The big news is that a woman was…

Oakland mayor’s top legal aide quits in solidarity with ‘Occupy’ protest

The chief legal adviser to Oakland mayor Jean Quan decided to resign late Sunday evening over how the city’s police have treated “Occupy Oakland” protesters. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Dan Siegel was disgusted by local authorities’ judgement on raiding the protesters’ camp near Oakland’s City Hall, calling their actions…

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