Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Rape

Today, renowned movie producer and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape for performing oral sex on Miriam Haley in 2006. The charge carries 5-25 years. He was also convicted of assaulting an unnamed woman as well. He was found not guilty of predatory sexual assault which carries life in prison.

The #MeToo movement is a double-edged sword. Proponents argue it holds the most powerful of men accountable for abusing women. Opponents say the movement unfairly attacks men for minor infractions like flirting with women. Fact is, both sides may have valid points, but women have been sexual victims since the beginning of time.

The #MeToo movement may have flaws, but its potential impact on how women are treated by men in society outweighs any potential flaws it has. For years, women have been oppressed, and this movement offers them a voice.

#HarveyWeinstein #metoo #miriamhaley

Feel the Bern: Capitalism v. Socialism

Bernie Sanders is the answer that both establishment Republicans and Democrats fear. During this primary season, Bernie has been winning. Most recently, he took Nevada with nearly 50 percent of voters choosing him. Still, with his so-called “socialist” views, his critics accuse of him of wanting to rob the hard working rich and give their wealth to the lazy poor. Donald Trump believes he could crush Bernie, and this is why Trump has been congratulating Bernie on winning primaries.

Donald Trump is a frustrating conundrum. Somehow, he has managed to gain the support of the poor and uneducated — even though his policies like his Tax Act make them poorer — and the wealthy who remain in his corner. When Trump’s voters who happen to be poor or uneducated see Trump, they see a man who is defiant, rude, unapologetic and bold. To them, he is “real.” In their eyes, Trump can do no wrong.

Poor, uneducated people can be taken advantage of, and Trump is doing exactly that. Trump is betting poor people fear the world Bernie wants in which every person gets what he or she deserves. The reason is, poor, uneducated people tend to vote against their own interests. Without doing proper research and reading about candidates’ ideals, poor, uneducated people who take time to vote are like a godsend to someone like Trump, who operates by telling lie after lie, because he knows his voters will eat it up without questioning him.

Bernie Sanders is the answer. Though he is a politician, he is as far removed from Corporate America as any candidate could be. He is not perfect, but he knows unchecked capitalism will eventually collapse this country and those at the bottom will suffer the greatest. Capitalism does not work for everyone. Bernie knows this, and now, voters are beginning to know this as well.

#bernie #berniesanders #nevada #trump #feelthebern

Jermaine Reed is an author from Chicago currently pursuing his Creative Writing MFA. Click this link to explore his books. 

The Audacity of Gayle King

For too many years, women have been objectified by men, raped and beaten by men and used for whatever sick purposes those men wish to use them for. Rape has been a constant stain on both past and present, but that doesn’t mean all men must be attacked by this suddenly woke culture more concerned about offending someone than letting the truth settle where it may.

In a search for nothing more significant than ratings, Gayle King attacked Lisa Leslie with loaded questions about the rape allegations against Kobe. When Lisa refused to speak ill of Kobe, Gayle pressed harder and said Lisa wouldn’t be able to see Kobe in such a negative light cast by something as gruesome as rape because Kobe was Lisa’s friend. Gayle’s line of questioning bordering on accusatory was nothing short of judgemental. Gayle is the embodiment of a movement electrified by women who lack any sense of responsibility and who blame men for their own shortcomings.

Kobe was not convicted of rape. The case was closed nearly two decades ago. This country’s judicial branch says “innocent until proven guilty.” It seems that even when a loving, charismatic man like Kobe makes something of himself, things he has not been convicted of is all America can seem to remember. Why didn’t they bring this up the years he was alive after the alleged incident?

Jermaine Reed is an author from Chicago. Buy his books here.

Tyler Perry’s “A Fall from Grace” on Netflix is Quite Possibly the Worst Movie Ever

If you’re looking for a movie with poor acting, a horrible plot and an even worse storyline, look no further than Tyler Perry’s A Fall from Grace on Netflix.


The movie stars Jasmine (Bresha Webb), a public defender known for getting plea deals for her client. She takes on the case of Grace, a churchgoing woman in her fifties accused of killing her younger husband.


The worst of the acting takes place at the beginning of this movie when Jordan (Matthew Law) who is Jasmine’s police officer husband , tries to talk a suicidal woman down from jumping out the window. He screams “no” several times, but there is no conviction in his voice. He does not display the proper emotion or tone for someone witnessing what he is at the moment.


Moreover, the most problematic aspect of this movie is that in an attempt to build suspense, the viewer is shorted on information. To fill the viewer in on some details, Grace tells her story to Jasmine, and then flashbacks unfold. This tactic bores the viewer.


In the end, the viewer finds out what actually happened to Grace’s husband and who else is involved. The action in the movie comes in around this time, but it is too little, too late.


I would give this movie two stars out of five. It is a boring waste of time with lazy writing and even lazier acting.