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Come rain or come more rain, the Oscars‘ red carpet show will go on, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences insisted on Friday night.
We all love music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora but how good are they for the artists who make our favorite music? The Guardian reports that cellist Zoë Keating, who releases all her recordings independently, has released numbers showing how much money she made from various sources over the past year and music streaming revenues are a paltry portion of her total income.
Charlie Sheen and fiancée Brett Rossi won’t be walking down the aisle so quickly because the adult film star is still married to another man, his rep confirmed.
Ford’s legendary Mustang is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary today. The Mustang was launched in 1964 and is one of those car’s that completely encompasses American culture and of course, the rise of Ford.
Of course, in celebrating 50 years of Mustang, some interesting anecdotes and stories are bound to come out of the woodworks. One such story, is this one; the first Mustang ever sold – to a 22-year old (female) teacher from Illinois.
Gail Wise had just finished college in 1964, and had landed herself a job as a Grade 3 teacher. To get to and from work, Gail had to buy a car and with the help of her parents, set out to their local Ford dealership.
Here Gail’s life was about to change forever. The car salesman showing Gail and her parents around, couldn’t control his excitement about a new Ford model they have in a back room. The Mustang was only supposed to go sale in two days time, on April 17th. However, the enthusiastic salesman showed Gail the Mustang and she fell in love.
Needless to say, she bought the car on the spot, for $ 3,400 on April 15th 1964.
As the years went on, Gail kept her Mustang. It wasn’t until she met her husband that she wanted to sell it. However, her husband decided to keep the car and it subsequently stood in their garage for 27 years!
When the couple retired, they decided to have the beloved Mustang re-done. Everything from the inside to the outside was restored to mint condition.
The story is very touching and inspiring and a perfect way to describe the profoundness that is the Ford Mustang.
Check out the video on Gail’s story below:
There have been numerous Twitter messages supporting Michael Sam since his announcement that he is gay, but honestly, does that surprise you?
No NFL player (you’d hope) would be dumb enough to criticize Sam in that type of public forum for his sexual preference. They’d become a huge story – ask 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, whose anti-gay statements before last year’s Super Bowl made him a household name for a few days. But how do NFL players feel about it privately? That might be more complicated.
ESPN did a poll of 51 anonymous NFL players about the issue. ESPN chose to use a very positive headline (“86 percent OK with gay teammate”) when the answers to all four questions showed a bit more uncertainty, albeit in a fairly small sample size.
Of the 51 players, 44 responded “false” to the statement “A player’s sexual orientation matters to you.” There’s your 86 percent. But to the statement “An openly gay player would be comfortable in an NFL locker room,” only 25 responded “true.” There were 21 who responded false and five that had no answer. So only 49 percent believe Sam or any other gay player would be comfortable in an NFL locker room. The headline easily could have been “Less than half of players believe gay teammate would be accepted in NFL locker room.”
The other questions asked by ESPN involved if they would shower with a gay teammate (39 true and 12 false … which seems odd considering that 44 said sexual preference doesn’t matter at all) and that 32 of 51 heard a teammate or coach use a homophobic slur in the past season. The latter should clear up as teams meet with players, and through commissioner Roger Goodell’s attempt at a behavior policy for the locker room. And just like nobody is going on Twitter to criticize Michael Sam, you’d think that no teammate of Sam’s or another gay player would risk alienating a teammate or gaining the bad publicity that would come with being hostile toward another player based on sexual orientation.
The best guess is whatever team drafts Sam will be one with the leadership to let all the players know that intolerance will not be accepted. And even for those players who disagree with Sam’s sexual preference, they are unlikely to risk their reputations and careers to make him uncomfortable in the locker room. But as the ESPN poll shows, there are still a lot of issues that need to be sorted through.
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