The infamous trial of Oscar Wilde took place in 1895, leading to his two-year imprisonment for committing acts of homosexuality. Likely fearing a similar fate, British gay men came up with a solution – join together, and speak in code. The gay community created Polari, a secret language that allowed them to live as they pleased without being prosecuted. For these men, a sharpy was a policeman, to trade was to have sex, and a dish was an attractive man.
Tonight I was reminded of how awful some people can be. As I was walking away from my apartment building, headed down Kentucky St., an SUV full of white males rolled down the passenger window, yelled “Stupid F**king Nigger!” and threw a cup full of ice at me.
Lauren Scrivo, like countless other Americans, suffered the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. In the chaos of the storm, she feared for her life, but as Inter Press Service of August 14, 2013 reveals, the hurricane wasn’t the most imminent threat; it was the power outage accompanying it. Scrivo lives with Muscular Dystrophy and uses a ventilator to breathe; however, without power she feared her medical equipment wouldn’t outlast the storm.
It’s pretty funny how I just wrote a post about checking food labels, and yet I didn’t follow my own advice at the grocery store just the other day. I was in the organic section at our lovely Kroger and noticed a package of spinach fettucine noodles next to some gluten-free pasta. I snagged the spinach noodles off of the shelf thinking they were GF, had a meal planned out in my head on the drive back to my house, got home and happened to check the back of the package. Naturally, staring me in the face was “CONTAINS: WHEAT” and my roommate scored yet another one of my food hand-me-downs thanks to my arch enemy, gluten.
Like any one who’s being nominated for an Emmy award this year, they had to start at the beginning…. with the line up. It’s tradition for television networks to present show lineups for the upcoming TV season. This ritual gives viewers a glimpse into features they will soon grow to love. While this article will not be presenting Loudspeaker’s fall 2014 TV lineup (mainly because we don’t have a TV network), I wanted to present some new elements coming to an Internet device near you.
For three summers when I was in middle school, I went to magic camp. I’m really fun at parties. Magic camp was hosted at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia. There were about 100 kids and we were broken into two categories: those who did stage magic and those who did close-up magic. The stage kids got all the girls…all three girls. So, naturally, I was a close-up kid.
Have you ever experienced a food baby? You know, when you look about six months pregnant after eating a big meal (and believe me, birthing your double bacon cheeseburger and onion ring love child is certainly not as rewarding as the miracle that is child birth). Well, the same thing can happen if you don’t pay attention to ingredient labels on pre-packaged foods, which I’ve learned the hard way.
In 1975, Penn and Teller were sitting in a diner contemplating their career in magic. Teller, the silent one, practiced his version of the classic Cups and Balls trick. Normally, the trick involves the illusion of balls appearing and disappearing underneath three cups but Teller was using clear water glasses, thus making it possible to see how the trick worked…
“Everyday I am surrounded by individuals who are waking up, regardless of personal circumstances, and working their absolute hardest in pursuit of their greatest selves, biggest dreams, or simply survival…”
Even though my friends sometimes refer to me as Dr. Yoolie, I’m definitely not a practitioner, nor do I play one on TV, as much as I’d like
Baby, don’t hurt me… Don’t hurt me… No more. While Haddaway’s classic single does get us dancing at the club, he does ask a very important question. And, this question gets even more complicated when someone is cheating in a relationship. Today’s episode takes a look at new research involving the monogamy gap.
This week, hundreds of runners continued the tradition of running 26.2 miles around Boston. The marathon, occurring on the historic Patriots’ Day, has been around for 118 years. It has seen its highs and lows. And last year, definitely had lows when two terrorists detonated bombs during the race. However, despite the tragedies that occured amongst the wreckage, Boston showed they were stronger than any terrorist act. Loudspeaker presents a performance that will inspire you to show your strength against the tyranny of evil.
Loudspeaker is all about livin’ life loud. But, we couldn’t accomplish that goal without you. Your stories and speeches are the lifeblood that make Loudspeaker unlike anything else out there. You help us change the world and we are eternally grateful for your support.
As a bibliophile and someone that has survived the jungle of graduate school, singling out ONE book that I think the public should read is hard. Like, really hard. However, after much consideration, the book I think the public NEEDS to read is American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Richard Heyne is DDP. No, he’s not the WWE wrestler turned yoga instructor. Richard is the guy who ‘diamond cuts’ poetry. His new video blog, Dick Does Poetry, spotlights his poetic abilities with a weekly post. We chatted with him about his approach to spoken word smack down!
Back in late 2013, the Nebraska State Athletics Association (NSAA) made a ruling to impact any vulgar, profane, or lewd acts deemed inappropriate for a high school performance. On April 2, 2014, the NSAA asked a state champion at to change his winning performance because it promoted gay rights.
This morning I taught a lecture to my students about constructing an argument. We talk about identifying a problem in the world, finding
After witnessing her aunt and grandmother suffer from the effects of ischemic stroke and ultimately their deaths, LaVasha has become passionate about being vocal in the community regarding ischemic stroke training and advocacy. She wanted to share her heartbreaking tale with you!
We love celebrating! We are happy to announce that we have reached our Kickstarter goal! Thanks to everyone who’s supporting Loudspeaker. If you’re looking at this, that means YOU!
Chandler Johnson’s elementary school librarian and friend, Rosemary Cauley gives Loudspeaker its first book for our book club. To start us off, Cauley recommends Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picouolt. Check it out!
For years, we have believed that the power of words can solve all of our problems, but that might not be the case. This episode explores how using visuals can solve problems that text and language can’t.
“The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.” Or at least, that what critic Northrop Frye
Cameron Logsdon is one-of-kind! We have had the pleasure of knowing him for many years and he still continues to surprise us. For this soundbite, we want to share with you lessons from Cameron. And, he’s going to do it using poetry!
Loudspeaker wanted to combine two of our favorite regulars (On Paper and Episodes) to create a unique interactive experience. Being “The Bigger Picture Episode” focuses on how visuals can help us better communicate, we wanted to show the visuals of the performance. Follow along with the podcast to see what Chandler Johnson is describing…
With the Sochi Olympics just around the corner, we decide to go back two years and talk about an event that happen at the Summer Olympics (London) that reminded us of a destructive and everlasting action still being used today.
“Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer of the White House, had a big block of cheese. The block of cheese was huge…. The block of cheese was two-tons, and was there for any and all who might be hungry. It was there for the voiceless, the faceless…”