Did I ever tell you about the time I was backstage at Old Man Rivers and I accidentally walked into the dressing room of the all-girl rock band the Go-Gos? Whoa.
Frank Cho - Costume Sketch Humor (Mildly NSFW)
Your first Enterprise is like your first James Bond. You can appreciate the others, but your heart belongs to one and one alone.
Ships of the Line Pt. 1: The Enterprises (Pt. 2)
Wait… she got fired over her NATURAL hair or HAIR at all in the first place? what the hell is even going on?
He natural hair plus it being short
Man I’m not even going to lie when I applied for my current job I did my interviews with my hair pressed out and as soon as I was hired I started rockin my fro
^^ I got fired for this. The manager claimed that I was violating dress code daily, so I switched from tennis shoes to office shoes(9-10 hour shifts at Macy’s in flipping heels), and they still complained. So I switched from my polo shirts to blouses, they still complained. Then my mom said something that stuck to me: “when you were interviewed, your hair was straight”. So I straightened my hair and then NOTHING. I wore tennis shoes and a polo shirt, and they said /nothing/ about me violating dress code. So I essentially said fuck that and never straightened it again, so they fired me for dress code violation.
I remember this. The guy who she defended herself against on Facebook was a racist asshole.
"Emmitt Vascocu wrote, “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady.the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but still its not something myself that i think looks good on tv. what about letting someone a male have waist long hair do the news.what about that."
She had every right to say something back to him because his comments were disgusting. The network claims they fired her because she shouldn’t have personally responded to a viewer on the network’s Facebook, but her response was not rude and, for white people who perhaps don’t know it, educational. I’m glad she moved on to bigger and better things.
Lieutenant Uhura is a joy.
We called him “the Pigeon Whisperer.” It wasn’t the most original nickname, but for a guy who would spend hours sitting in a chair in the middle of an empty lot surrounded by, and often covered with, pigeons, it fit. He was by far the most friendly and most sane resident of the neighborhood flophouse the locals had been trying to shut down for years. Many of the its residents were mentally ill, but because NOLA still lacks adequate 1st world mental health facilities, they’d find shelter in places like this house at the corner of Magazine and Thalia. The owners of the house, the family of a retired judge, would collect the residents’ social security checks in exchange for room and board. Nothing shady at all about that!
I later came to learn that the Pigeon Whisperer’s actual name was Jim. After the flophouse was finally shut down — I guess it was a little over a year ago — he rented a room from someone in the Irish Channel, so I’d still often see him around the ‘hood, usually at my neighborhood coffee shop. He’d sometimes rant about the Vietnamese restaurants that have popped up nearby in the past couple of years, which led me to believe that he was a Vietnam War vet with some lingering issues/resentments. But he would almost always greet me with a smile and a pleasant demeanor and he always wanted to pet my dog.
I wanted to know his story. I often thought, “One of these days I’m going to sit down with this guy and get to know him.” But I never made the time and a few weeks ago I noticed that I hadn’t seen him around in a while. Not long after I learned that he’d recently had a massive stroke and passed away. I never did make the time to get his story, and that’s probably something I’ll always regret.
RIP Jim, aka the Pigeon Whisperer. The pigeons still come looking for him in the empty lot next door.
(Photo credit: @hunterholder)