Lorraine Devon Wilke

Lorraine Devon Wilke

Sass & sensibility in equal doses.

Devon Wilke's writing is focused on the creative arenas - film, theater, fiction, music; art - as well as politics, culture, and human interest. Visit www.lorrainedevonwilke.com for links & details.

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52 Years Ago A White Man Turned His Skin Black In 'Black Like Me ...

The notion of racial empathy was profoundly explored in 'Black Like Me,' but 50 years after MLK's 'dream,' do we really believe we'll ever truly get there?

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Proving Guns Are NOT The Only Thing To Stop A Bad Guy, One Unarmed Woman Averts School Massacre (AUDIO)

It was a day that could have been explosive, a story that could have resonated with shades of Sandy Hook and Columbine, flashed with familiar images of grieving parents, terrified children and ever-mo...

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It IS About Race: Study Finds Significant Racial Bias In ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

After the stunning verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was announced, social media, as expected, exploded. Outrage was mixed with heated rationale for the verdict and, frankly, it got ugly. Threads ...

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Another Teen Cyberbullied To Death: Has Internet Anonymity Become The Latest Weapon?

Hannah Smith, 14-years-old and one of the 60 million users of a social media question-and-answer site called Ask.fm , made the egregious error of being vulnerable, allowing herself to engage in online...

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Rape Culture In The Military: Why Is It Being Tolerated? (VIDEO)

19,000
Look at that number very closely. That’s the number of sexual assaults in the military in just one year. Amortized, that’s over 50 assaults a day. In an organization that claims to have a syste...

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‘A Revolver’ – Recently Discovered Carl Sandburg Poem Addresses Gun Lovers

Ernie Gullerud, 83, a former professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, stumbled upon a previously unpublished poem by the great Carl Sandburg, a native of Chicago who received Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry in both 1919 and 1951 (as well as another for his biography of Abraham Lincoln in 1940). Gallerud was going through a file folders of poems to input into the school’s electronic system when he uncovered this astonishing find. From the Chicago Tribune:

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Defying Stereotypes: Navy SEAL Team 6 Soldier Comes Out As Transgender In Powerful New Book

While gender transition can be fraught with emotional and societal challenges for anyone in any field, for a Navy SEAL, one of the most entrenched categories of the male identity, the conflict of dealing with gender issues while bound by both military culture and policy were particularly excruciating. Though the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ended official discrimination against gays and lesbians in the military, it did not end the ban on transgender service members, which means transgender men or women are at risk of discharge if their status is discovered. For Beck, that meant hiding not only the external trappings of her femininity (panty hose were tucked way back in the drawer), but keeping any indication of her true gender from public view. And as a SEAL, that meant maintaining a look and performance that was in keeping with the “macho” man she was… and she did.

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Buddhist Scholar Says Norquist Pledge Is Treason, Goes Viral (VIDEO)

As we veer closer to the edge and the phrase “fiscal cliff” becomes so ubiquitous even the children are getting scared, the issues of debt, tax increases, Grover oaths and budget deals are so front an...

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Fattest State In Nation Passes Bill To Prevent ‘Government Intervention’ In What And How They Eat

We Americans are a selective bunch. We pick and choose the objects of our rage and derision without much thought to logic, relying more on political proclivities to filter what gets our goat. One minu...

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Scientology Drags Out Old Playbook In Response To New Exposé (VIDEO)

There are few organizations that elicit the combustible mix of disdain, curiosity, horror and sheer confusion quite like Scientology. A “church” whose methodology hews more closely to high-priced self...

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Dating While Partisan: I’ve Got The Red, White And Blues

It was going well. After the initial online “meet,” a few texts and an exchange of photos, they were finally getting together – “just for coffee!” – they both insisted; to meet in real, live person.
H...

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‘Hero’ Or Hypocrite? Snowden Happy To Take Russian Asylum As They Invoke New Anti-Gay Law (VIDEO)

We live in ironic times; there is no debating that fact. The very week that supporters of Edward Snowden – the ‘hero’ of civil liberties – celebrate his being given asylum in Russia, that same country...

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Rejecting Walmart Strategy, Trader Joe’s Pays Employees A Living Wage And Wins

We’ve watched as places like Walmart , Papa John’s , Target , Applebee’s and other businesses continue to pay sub-par wages while claiming their only option for profit, given the economy and their bei...

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Top Ten Reasons Why Being A Woman In Politics Takes Balls

This is not a particularly new story, the “women have a harder time in (fill in the blank) industry” than men. No, issues of sexism and misogyny in the workplace are, frankly, weary memes that have been with us since time immemorial, but they do have a unique translation for women in politics. Particularly since “women in politics,” at least this country, is a relatively new phenomenon (don’t get me started on ancient matriarchal cultures), which allows for old behavioral habits to rule the roost, so to speak, at least until someone shuts that whole thing down.

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Even Charlie Brown Comments On Gun Hypocrisy (ILLUSTRATION)

Peanuts’ creator, Charles M. Schultz, once said :
“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people… Religion, Politics, and The Great Pumpkin. ”
Lucky for us, he didn’t always follo...