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May 31, 2013 | By Waymon Hudson, @waymonhudson and For RedEye
The wounds are fresh as I struggle to make sense of the news that the Illinois House adjourned its session Friday with no vote on marriage equality for same-sex couples. Is there a specific emotion I feel? No. It's a whirlwind of anger, shock, disappointment, shame and, oddly, determination. I have been with my husband for 12 years. And yes, he is my husband . We have traveled the winding road of relationship recognition over the years. We had a “commitment ceremony” with family when that was our only option.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four)   “Marijuana leads to homosexuality and therefore to AIDS.”   Boy, perceptions of drugs (and the gay community and disease) have changed a lot since President Reagan's drug czar made that claim. Actually, they haven't come that far. In his documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” Chicago native director Matthew Cooke becomes the latest filmmaker to show how financial incentives and inherent racial bias fuel a drug war that crowds prisons and devastates families but make limited societal progress, if any.   Eugene Jarecki's “The House I Live In” more thoroughly deconstructed the issue, and Cooke duplicates Jarecki's work by interviewing “The Wire” creator/former police reporter David Simon and Russell Simmons, who was an executive producer on “The House I Live In.” (“How To Make Money” is less impressively exec produced by “Entourage” star Adrien Grenier.)
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
As an ardent supporter of LGBT equality, I was pleased by the two recent Supreme Court decisions on California's Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act - while also being disturbed in equal measure. Because while I've long championed this civil rights revolution, let's not lie to ourselves that its warp-speed nature is more about wealth than anything else. Politicians, media elites and their economic backers all have gay friends or family members, but few of them share many beers or Thanksgivings with the working poor.
NEWS
October 8, 2013 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot: Halloween,' we sit down with those 'classic' horror movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment. Confession: Last year, RedEye staffers discussed their favorite scary moments from horror and Halloween movies. One in particular, starring Corbin Bernsen among others, generated some animated discussion in the newsroom. Until recently, I had never seen the 1995 horror anthology "Tales from the Hood," executive produced by Spike Lee and featuring four black culture-themed shorts framed by a narrative of three drug dealers trying to buy "found" drugs from a wacky storytelling funeral director.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Nikki Lynette, @nikkilynette and For RedEye
These days it seems as if world news and entertainment news are the same thing. Kanye's interactions with the paparazzi, Miley's brief but impactful infatuation with twerking, and pretty much every aspect of Rihanna's life have dominated headlines for the past year. As information has become more accessible, many entertainers have found their lives becoming an open book, whether they like it or not. Some use it to their advantage, others rage against it. Neither approach guarantees a positive response.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Yusef Williams, @lovefromthbrain and For RedEye
It's Martin Luther King Jr. season again. With the arrival of Monday's holiday honoring the civil rights icon, schoolteachers will dust off their MLK posters and fill their bulletin boards with "I Have a Dream" speech quotes. News stations will remind us of MLK's involvement in the civil rights movement, and they will do so with footage from the March on Washington in 1963. There will no doubt be a program staged in the nation's capitol in the shadow of the MLK memorial where everyone from politicians to some unknown preacher named Martin - in honor of the icon, naturally - will speak about Dr. King and his dream.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) One of the worst sins a documentary can commit is assessing a situation and saying, “If everyone could just stop caring about money, things would get so much better.” Discussing the issue of childhood obesity in a somewhat clueless vacuum, “Fed Up” says that 80 percent of the nation's schools have contracts with fast food companies - and just imagine how much healthier kids could be. In theory, that's a great call....
NEWS
July 8, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Here's basically what happened: I was at a 4 th of July party well on my way to having a great time, when I somehow found myself in an argument about Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion in health care reform with a few young doctors who I felt had totally eye-popping worldviews about access to health care for the poor. At some point in this argument this hypothetical was proposed to me: “What do you do for a living? A writer? How would you like it if the government told you you had to write some specific thing.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | Stephen Markley
So Paul Ryan--the guy who last night delivered the least factually accurate speech  in convention history--I knew him in college. OK, I didn't actually know him, and in fact didn't even attend Miami University until over a decade after the guy, but as a graduate of that school, I can tell you I knew kids exactly like him. Miami is a strange place because it is divided evenly between relatively normal middle-class (mostly white) kids, who want to go to a prestigious but relatively cheap public university, and the half that is decidedly more upper-crust, who give Oxford, Ohio's streets a flavor of BMWs that can be jarring to the uninitiated.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Roseann Teresa O'Donnell! Get your butt in here, young lady. We need to have a serious talk. Now, missy, what in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is this? Imagine my horror at reading in the Huffington Post that you're moving your talk show from Chicago to New York. I have to find out in the Tribune today that your Lakeview house sold after only one day on the market. Can you please explain that? You just moved here! In October! You've been living in Chicago for barely six months and you already want to move?
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