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‘Transparent’ Shows TV’s First Transgender Full-Frontal Nude Scene

Before Season 4 of Transparent started production, transgender actress Alexandra Billings, who plays Maura’s friend and mentor Davina on the series, walked into the writer’s room to pitch. She said she wanted to be naked.

That, of course, is a crude simplification* of the process. Billings’ friend and Transparent co-star Trace Lysette suggested that the two of them talk to the show’s writers about their lives and experiences as transgender women, with the hope that they might incorporate them, and therefore a broader reflection of the varied transgender experience, into the show’s storylines.

*Freudian Slip


People are racist against black quarterbacks, professors claim

Imagine you’re sitting on the couch watching an NFL game with your buddies. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton rolls back and throws a perfect spiral for a touchdown. You turn to your friends and say, “Wow, he’s naturally gifted.”

It’s meant to be a compliment, but could it also be perpetuating racism? The answer is yes, according to two professors who’ve recently published studies on alleged stereotypes used to describe black and white quarterbacks.

Black is the new Global Warming – there’s money to be made.


Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Pharrell Take Knee Onstage in Protest

Following Donald Trump’s comments Friday night condemning athletes who stage protests during “The Star Spangled Banner” – as well as Trump’s rescinded White House invitation to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors – NFL players across the league locked arms, took a knee or – in the case of the Seattle Seahawks – didn’t leave the locker room while the National Anthem was performed.


Texas: First Muslim (only) sorority opens at UT-Austin

The University of Texas at Austin chapter had its first information session on Monday, during which members presented the goals for the sorority and the activities they plan to have, such as career workshops, Quran study and socials. Mu Delta Alpha founder Samira Maddox said the sorority’s goal is to help Muslim women become leaders and professionals while sticking to their Islamic values.

“We have some aspects of a traditional Greek life such as sisterhood and friendship,” Maddox said. “But our main goal is creating leaders and empowering our sisters without jeopardizing our Islamic ethics, because everything we do is reflective of Islam.”


Wynne needs to start listening to businesses

Premier Kathleen Wynne is undercutting Ontario manufacturers while attempting to promote free trade, and it couldn’t happen at a worse time.

While in Washington, D.C., to promote free trade on Sept. 14, the premier spoke about Ontario companies that do businesses in the United States, and the benefits these businesses provide to the American and state economies.

Wynne cited Leland Industries as an example of the success of NAFTA, noting the company is investing $46 million in Illinois.

The problem is … it isn’t true.

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