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I Could’ve Been The Kid In That Bullying Video. The Violence Needs To Stop

August 21st, 2020

Bullying. I revisit this subject, and this column topic, every year around this time, because every year, a new school session starts and invariably the potential for children abusing other children rises. Even this year, and maybe especially this year, due to covid-19 and the inherent pressures and stresses surrounding it, the potential for kids to lash out and hurt others is heightened. A couple years back, The Keaton bullying video went viral. It brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart. As anyone who went to junior high with me knows, I was bullied mercilessly seventh and eighth grade years.... Read More

Forget Kanye, I Am Formally Announcing My 2020 Campaign For President!

July 10th, 2020

Ok, so about 50 percent of you hate Donald Trump. And, about 50 percent of you hate Joe Biden. But, probably about 90 percent of you, whether you like his music or not, think Kanye West is pretty freaking insane. This week, Ye, as the kids like to call him, was more crazy like a fox with the brilliant public relations stunt of announcing he’s going to run for president. Never mind that he hasn’t formally filed to run, and never mind that he’s way past the deadline to do so or be on the ballot in a vast majority of states, so technically, he has no chance. The fact that he announced it at... Read More

Celebrate Prince’s Music At The Speakeasy

September 22nd, 2019

Prince lives! Or, at least a really good impersonator of him does. And of course, the Purple One’s music always lives on, and you can celebrate it at the Speakeasy in Rock Island! The hit music of PRINCE will fill The Speakeasy on Saturday, Oct. 5 as lip sync sensation Gemini takes the stage for an unforgettable evening with “Under The Purple Rain.”  Gemini will be lip syncing and dancing to all your favorite Prince songs. His costumes and dance moves are sure to remind you of the man himself!  Gemini has been portraying Prince for many years and is excited to be bringing... Read More

I Could’ve Been The Kid In That Bullying Video. The Violence Needs To Stop.

December 11th, 2017

WARNING: Contains language some may find offensive. The language is used for context and is not gratuitous, but may trigger or offend some individuals. The Keaton bullying video brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart. As anyone who went to junior high with me knows, I was bullied mercilessly seventh and eighth grade years. I was a skinny, awkward, artsy, goofy kid with messy hair who loved art, writing, Dr. Who, David Bowie, Duran Duran and all kinds of other so-called “faggot things.” I was poor and had ripped clothes and went to a rich kids’ school. I was pitifully awkward with girls... Read More

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