DISCOVER IT FOR YOURSELF If you haven’t seen it yet catch Star Trek: Discovery tonight for the third episode of season two.
Last week’s episode felt like a throwback but tonight we’re supposed to get Spock!
TREVOR NOAH Talks to Howard Schultz about his 2020 Bid
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz considers a 2020 run and Mark Zuckerberg plans to merge Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
PERSONS OF INTEREST Police released a grainy image of the ‘persons of interest’ in Jussie Smollett’s attack. Chicago police are asking for help identifying these two figures, but I have my doubts about whether anyone will really know much simply from this photo. Right now, these men are just being called “persons of interest wanted for questioning” not “suspects.”
OH GUS Keep talking.
gay icon https://t.co/d1zajhAakw— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) January 31, 2019
HISTORIC LA DINER FINDS NEW RELEVANCE How did Johnnie’s Coffee Shop turn into a gathering for the political left?
The foyer of Johnie’s Coffee Shop on Wilshire and Fairfax smells like weed, musk and dog*. A beat-up piano sits next to stacks of flyers from leftist organizations, and the area is guarded, on this particular afternoon, by a brown-and-white canine with a red bandana around his neck who comes jogging up to the door, barking at unknown newcomers.
Inside, the former restaurant is plastered with political signs with slogans like “#CleanDreamAct DACA Strong,” “Healthcare is a Human Right” and “#stopcagingfamilies.” Once a pinnacle of 1950s Googie architecture, Johnie’s took on new life when it played host to a high-profile 2016 event for U.S. Senator and then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
But many Angelenos are wondering what the space is being used for now.
YOU CAN’T EVER REALLY DELETE A TWEETHoward Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who has floated an independent run at the White House, deleted a tweet Wednesday in which he praised a column that insulted other 2020 contenders said The Hill.
In the now-deleted tweet, Schultz linked to a piece that called Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “shrill” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Fauxcahontas,” a reference to her claims of Native American heritage.
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MISSIONARY POSITIONS WILL EXCITE RELIGIOUS BASE IN MISSISSIPPI The Methodist church’s debate and embracement over gay marriage could affect Mississippi politicians in election year.
This year Mississippi politicians, including many Methodist politicians, will be running for office as the issues of gay marriage and the ordination of gay ministers play out in the United Methodist Church. While the New Orleans Saints were battling last week in the NFC championship game (i.e. getting hosed) several hundred Mississippi Methodists were meeting at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson to discuss the explosive issues of gay marriage and the ordination of gay ministers.
According to the United Methodist Church Mississippi Conference web page, there are more than 165,000 Methodists in the state. There are probably more United Methodist politicians in the state than members of any other congregation except perhaps Southern Baptists. It is safe to assume Methodist politicians will be involved in the issue this election year.
HOMOPHOBIC GREEK BISHOP JAILED Greek Bishop Amvrossios has been jailed for anti-gay speech according to the Greek Reporter.
A Greek court has convicted prominent Greek Orthodox Bishop Amvrossios of violating laws against racism and abusing his office over an anti-gay blog posting.Amvrossios, Bishop of Kalavryta and Aigialeia in the southern Peloponnese region, received a seven-month sentence, suspended for three years.
Amvrossios urged readers in his 2015 posting to “spit upon” homosexuals, adding: “They are not human beings, they are rejects of nature.”
The three-judge court in the southern town of Aigio unanimously found against the bishop, who is one of the most conservative in the Greek Orthodox Church of Greece. A lower court had acquitted him, but the case was appealed. Lawyer Kleio Papandoleon, representing a group of citizens seeking legal action against the bishop, hailed Monday’s ruling, saying it set limits to “inflammatory and racist speech.”
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL Toni Harris aspires to be first female NFL player.
Toyota’s new Super Bowl commercial features a college player who wants to make NFL history. Toni Harris is a defensive back for the East Los Angeles College Huskies and in addition to playing football in high school she was the homecoming queen.
Harris will be one of the few women ever to play college football. She’s received multiple scholarship offers to four-year programs and while she still hasn’t decided among them, she’s set her sights on an even bigger goal: the NFL.
“I first developed an interest in football when I was about four – between four and six years old. People around me – they weren’t too fond of me playing football. They said that I could get hurt a lot easier playing with guys,” she said.
SAVE THE WHALES Naval sonar may cause some whales to commit suicide .Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers.
“Millions of years of evolution have turned whales into perfectly calibrated diving machines that plunge kilometres (miles) below the surface for hours at a stretch, foraging for food in the inky depths, said Raw Story.
WORLD’S BIGGEST BEAR CAVE LA bear group bought an Oklahoma City hotel that bills itself as the largest gay resort in the Southwest. The Journal Record reports Los Angeles-based Alternatives Resorts has bought the 170-room Habana Inn. Oklahoma County property records show the property sold for $2.4 million.
Alternatives Resorts spokesman Arnold Greenspan says the property will be renamed Hotel Habana and that a first phase of renovations will start in the fall. The resort has two nightclubs, a novelty store and a closed restaurant space. The hotel recently celebrated its 50th birthday and is a centerpiece of a string of businesses catering to LGBTQ clientele along a stretch of road that was part of historic Route 66 that connected travelers from Chicago to Los Angeles.
MEET ZIGGY STARDUST Johnny Flynn will portray David Bowie in Stardust biopic. It’s been announced that Johnny Flynnhas signed on to play the iconic entertainer in the upcoming biopic. The 35-year-old actor/musician joins Jena Malone and Marc Maron in the film that tracks Bowie’s rise as a superstar – starting with his first trip to American in 1971, which inspired the creation of his iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
Bowie sadly passed away in January 2016 after a battle with cancer.
Production for Stardust is set to begin in June 2019.
FLIP FLOPPING Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward from Flipping Out are taking a break .
“It was only a matter of time before Jeff Lewis is officially gay Scrooge and is holed up by his lonesome in his immaculately renovated Los Feliz mansion, and has to resort to yelling at the air or screaming at the Postmates delivery person who quickly drops his taco salad on the doorstep before running off. Because soon, there won’t be a living thing in the Los Angeles area that hasn’t completely washed their hands of Jeff Lewis and his signature asshole ways. He’ll have nobody to yell at anymore!” said Celebitchy.
HMMMMMM Things that make us go hmmm.
SNEAKER HEAD #swoon #SlaveMogutin