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Copaganda: With "Cops" and "Live PD" Canceled, Is It Still Okay to Love "Law & Order"?

The shows in the Law & Order franchise spread dangerous misconceptions about police work

Amid ongoing protests against police brutality, the prominence of pro-police propaganda or "copaganda" has recently come under increasing scrutiny.

Copaganda is often called out in Internet posts that often follow closely on the heels of highly publicized police shootings or instances of brutality. Generally these posts consist of cute pictures of police dogs or videos of police officers playing basketball, dancing, or interacting with their communities in fun, positive ways.

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12 Surprising Celebrity Siblings

Not all celebrity siblings are as obvious as the Hemsworths

Celebrity siblings are the best.

When they aren't goofing around and having the same kind of fun we have with our siblings (while generally being much more attractive) they are occasionally getting into slap fights and reminding us to be glad we don't have a family reality show.

Some famous siblings like Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth, Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the Olsen twins and the Kardashians basically come as a set. Others like Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen are less obvious. Today is the day we look deeper to celebrate all the celebrity siblings we've overlooked.

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We're now several weeks into self isolation, and if you're like us, you're probably running out of movies and TV shows to binge watch.

If you've already made your way through every halfway decent show on Netflix, don't worry, HBO has got your back. The streaming service just announced that they're making much of their content free to stream in order to encourage people to stay inside. You won't need a subscription or cable login to access the offer and can stream the available series on HBO NOW and HBO GO, both on mobile and desktop.

Here is the full list of free content:

Series

Ballers

Barry

Silicon Valley

Six Feet Under

The Sopranos

Succession

True Blood

Veep

The Wire


Documentaries

The Apollo

The Case Against Adnan Syed

Elvis Presley: The Searcher

The Inventor

Jane Fonda in Five Acts

I Love You, Now Die

McMillion$

True Justice

United Skates

We Are the Dream


Movies

Arthur

Arthur 2: On the Rocks

Blinded By the Light

The Bridges of Madison County

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Empire of the Sun

Forget Paris

Happy Feet Two

Isn't It Romantic?

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Midnight Special

My Dog Skip

Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase

Pan

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Red Riding Hood

Smallfoot

Storks

Sucker Punch

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CULTURE

#ILikeBernie, and the Cluelessness of Hillary Clinton

We are all nobodies in Hillary Clinton's eyes.

In the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton dominated the endorsement race.

She had the backing of every prominent Democratic figure within moments of declaring her candidacy, while Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley made do with the scraps. For the campaign of a politician like Martin O'Malley, that was a death sentence. His term as Mayor of Baltimore was famously dramatized on HBO's The Wire in the figure of Tommy Carcetti—an idealistic politician who sacrifices his values in service of his ambitions and the political machine. A politician like that needs the support of as many establishment backers as he can get, and the fact that Hillary Clinton was taking up all the air in that exclusive room left O'Malley with about 0.5% of the Iowa Caucuses. A politician like Bernie Sanders is another story.

For Bernie Sanders, grassroots support from ordinary voters matters far more than the support of powerful elites. That was his strength in 2016 with #FeelTheBern, and it remains his strength in 2020 with #ILikeBernie, and his army of volunteers and small dollar donors. Just as in 2016, Hillary Clinton doesn't seem to know how that works, and the citizens of Twitter desperately want to teach her with a flood of scathing responses to her recent quote that "nobody likes" Bernie—including at least one from a former Clinton advisor.

Do endorsements even matter next to this kind of enthusiasm from supporters? Despite scant endorsements from traditional kingmakers and power players, Sanders' 2016 campaign won in 21 states, garnered 46% of pledged delegates, and took the race all the way to the convention. Meanwhile, in the Republican primaries, Donald Trump collected very few high-profile endorsements—and almost no newspaper endorsements—while easily besting his opponents in state after state.

Comparisons of Sanders to Trump are never far from the lips of many mainstream pundits, and while much of that tendency is built on a faulty "horseshoe" theory of politics (that the "far-left" and the far-right of the political spectrum bend toward each other), there is a kernel of truth hidden in there. Both Sanders and Trump built their political successes on a perception of authenticity. That's what made their fans so passionate, despite the lack of institutional support. But while Donald Trump is an erratic, unprincipled con-man who built that perception primarily on the basis of his shameless embrace of racist and sexist rhetoric—"he tells it like it is"—Bernie Sanders is seen as authentic because he's been consistently fighting for the same causes, with the same uncompromising vigor, for four decades.

Since he entered politics in the early 1980s, if not long before—the image of him as a young activist being arrested during a civil rights protest in Chicago speaks volumes—Bernie Sanders has been fighting for a vision of justice that most Americans have only recently come around to. A vision that embraces issues of race, gender, and sexuality, but also of class, and of the ways that those concepts interact. And it is precisely because of that commitment that voters love him while, within the political machine, "nobody likes him."

That's what Clinton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, going on to claim of Sanders that "nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician." She was referring specifically to Sanders' role in Congress, but what she revealed is that she is still deep in denial about her 2016 loss.

While it's always important to point out that Clinton received nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump—and would have won the presidency if our electoral system wasn't holding onto a useless relic of our nation's worst historic crimes—it's still worth noting that her primary flaw as a candidate played a role in her poor performance in key states.

She was and is perceived by many voters as inauthentic. She plays the political games too well and too willingly, adjusting her public and private stances to her audience. Someone who doesn't play at all, who—in Sanders' own words—doesn't "tolerate bullsh*t terribly well," must seem like a strange creature. Her issue with him is not that he is a "career politician," but that he built that career on a foundation of grass-roots support, rather than mutual political aid within the institutions of power. Why doesn't he just play ball?

In other contexts Clinton has made it clear that she still blames Sanders for Donald Trump's victory. The fact that Bernie's firm principles threw her pliability into such stark relief may have made her flaws more visible and played a role in her failed candidacy, but her latest comments make it clear that she doesn't believe in another way for politics to work. The backroom deals and the focus-tested positions are politics to her. The idea of actually trying to build a better system—one that works for justice for all people—is "all just baloney" to her, and she feels "so bad that people got sucked into it."

We feel bad for you too, Hillary. You were a career politician too, and you may have gotten your name on more bills than Bernie Sanders—and I'm sure your fellow senators were impressed with your work—but none of us can name one. Your lack of vision, and the political strategies cemented in the 90s prevented you from pushing for the kind of change that might have been your legacy. People will remember Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All, whether or not the bill ever receives a floor vote.

Visionary change must seem like baloney to someone who had fully adapted to political stagnation. Bernie was no more responsible for you being branded "Crooked Hillary" than you were responsible for Barack Obama being labeled a Muslim. In both cases the slander was an exaggeration of the real story. And while political weaknesses are fair game, the fact that your staffers chose to distribute the image of Obama in a turban in 2008 points to the flaw in your character—in the character of the people with whom you surround yourself and in your entire approach to politics—that Sanders' biggest fans rejected in you. The flaw that Trump capitalized on with that nickname.

Obama Turban Picture

So yes, by the standards you built your career on, Bernie Sanders is a failure, and "nobody" likes him. His authenticity and his principles are incompatible with the kind of glad-handing and ass-kissing that could have won him some more endorsements. Luckily for him, there are a lot of us nobodies in the world, and we don't just exist on Twitter behind the explosion of #ILikeBernie posts that emerged in response to your interview. We vote.

So when you're asked if you would endorse in the case that he wins the nomination—that you're "not going to go there yet," it's tempting to point to your hypocrisy, but the more important point is: We don't care. We've moved on from politicians like you.

In today's most obvious news, Idris Elba is the sexiest man alive.

Elba is known for playing Russell "Stringer" Bell on The Wire, his portrayal of Norse God Heimdall in Marvel's Thor franchise, and an ass that just won't quit. This fine selection is clearly People magazines attempt to atone for giving Blake Shelton — who wouldn't even be the sexiest man in your average Applebees — the award last year.

People reports that when asked about his reaction to the award, Elba said,"I was like, 'Come on, no way. Really?' Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, 'Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.' But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure." It doesn't matter, just look at this picture.

Elba is PEOPLE's 33rd Sexiest Man Alive, a list that began with 29-year-old Mel Gibson in 1985, before he went all Charles Lindbergh.

According to People, when Elba isn't ripping cable knit sweaters, "he might be deejaying in Ibiza, kickboxing in Thailand, or designing his own clothing line, not to mention planning his wedding to his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre, 29, a model, to whom he proposed in February." If you had never seen or heard of Idris Elba before reading that sentence, you would undoubtedly still get a pretty accurate portrait of the extreme level of cool/handsomeness at play here.

Take a moment for self care this evening, and spend a few minutes gazing into those, "Let me just take the trash out and then I'll make us dinner, baby" eyes.

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Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.


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"You dragged us back into the life."

Naturi Naughton produced anger, hurt, and sadness so well I wondered if this was filmed during her pregnancy. Tasha is sitting in the truck with her husband and son moments after identifying her daughter's body. Her innocent child was murdered and she's unsure why. Well, unsure until her husband tells her it's because he angered the Jiminez and Raina's death was street retribution. He sets off to get revenge and Tasha throws away the notion of going legit at the very time she was actually ready to change her life for the better. Now the mourning mother wants blood, and she wants Ghost to do it quickly and quietly because they have two children that need them. This is ironic not only because the youngest St. Patrick was sent to her room two seasons ago and only seen about twice since, but also because their son actually knows who killed Raina and is keeping the killer's identity a secret, even from his parents (as I predicted), sending Ghost on a murderous goose chase. Tasha knows Tariq is lying and notes that her husband doesn't see it because their son lies just like his punk ass daddy I mean Ghost.

What happened next is a little weird. They go into the house where Kesha greets them with a house full of people we assume they are close to. This is strange because Raina died hours ago and their house is full of people like it's a repast. If I had to guess, I'm thinking that this scene is to show the duality of the St. Patrick's, mourners and murders simultaneously. While each tries to cope with the loss, they are met with the well-intentioned but annoying phrases that people say to provide comfort, my favorites being "everything happens for a reason" and "I can't imagine losing a sibling, but especially not a twin". We know it is not long before Tariq turns to the lean, and for once, I'm not all that mad at him. Ghost has already gone to the place he goes before he commits every murder, his closet, and donned on his finest all black murder outfit. When Ghost pulls out the vest and gloves, somebody is dying. We just hope it is the right person. There's this moment when Ghost sees the Man of The Year program on the floor, picks it up, and crumbles it prophetically. I want to scream don't do it at my television but, it was his daughter, so...


Angela(Lela Loren)'s in charge.Photo Courtesy of Starz

We see Angela in her new role, she takes John Mak's case and gives it to the entire team in one fell swoop of a power move. The case seems to have a Jimenez tie (with the gold gun), so right away we know next season she will still be entwined with Ghost and sacrificing her job and her morality. Sax comes in and smugly breaks the news that Raina was killed outside of her school. He is inappropriate and insensitive, but he's also really good at making it known he doesn't agree with the fate of the case and Angela in charge. On her break Angela goes to send condolences to Ghost, tells him to let her handle it so he doesn't die, and then goes to visit Raina's real killer, Rar Ray. She asks RayRay why he was visiting Tariq at school, and Ray Ray seamlessly slipped into Officer Friendly mode, saying he was trying to scare Tariq straight. We later find out that he also told Angela he thinks Tariq killed Raina.


In the middle of this, Ghost and Tommy shoot it out with some Jiminez guys, and two important discoveries are made, Jiminez's don't kill kids and Julio was set up with Dre's assistance. They all die though because, killers. Ghost kills him before he spills the rest of Dre's plan to Tommy's dismay, but Tommy also let's it rock because his best friend's daughter is dead.Guess that marriage counseling Kanan recommended is no longer necessary.

Silver comes to see his mourning girlfriend and says he loves her. He notices Ghost is not at the house, and immediately knows that criminal workings are underway. It's in this moment that Tasha could not care less about going legit. She wants this handled swiftly in the streets according to street rules-blood in, blood out. She then tells Silver to leave. Their fairy tale is over, there is no happily ever after.


Ghost and Tasha come in to a house full of people after Raina's death.Photo Courtesy of Starz

Tommy goes to pay Dre a visit and sees him talking to an undercover cop. Unbeknownst to him, he's really seeing Dre with Raina's killer. Meanwhile Tariq is on his way to see Dre too, geeked up on lean and grief. It's here that I feel the need to talk about Kanan. Y'all know I love Kanan. Any episode he appears is a good one and here goes my murderous bae figuring out who killed Raina before anyone else, though Angela was close. While plotting on Dre, he connects the dots between her death and Tariq calling him looking for Ray Ray. He calls Tommy to let him know Ray Ray must die and to let him know that Tariq is probably looking for him. Meanwhile, Ghost is meeting up with Councilman Tate , who wants to exploit Raina's funeral to help his crooked pastor. I see I'm about to hate Larenz Tate's fine self like I hated Idris in the Wire. I also wondered how Ghost didn't punch Councilman Tate in his face when he told him that the funeral would be there, no matter what. The "Are we clear" took me out and Ghost should have taken Tate out but I guess that's for season five.

Now here comes the ascension into climax (which is also a great name for a Maxwell CD or a band, just run me my money).


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Tasha sees Tariq stole her gun and goes to the only other person she know she can count on for information, Angela. Women are really saving the day here. I'd like to point that out again. Tariq is on his own quest. He figures out that Dre is the common link between all o f the criminals, gets Ray Ray's address from Dre, and meets goes to kill him. It is here that we need to point out again Dre ain't ish. With both Ray Ray and Tariq threatening to expose him, he probably hopes they kill each other.

Now the climax. Tariq goes to kill Ray Ray, Ghost goes to stop Tariq, Tommy goes to kill Ray Ray and Tasha goes to stop Tariq. Tariq kills Ray Ray, which I'm not sad about, except now Tariq's life is really changed. He always wanted to know the truth about his family and now he knows, and is a part of their dirty lives. He freezes as his father and uncle move the body and his mom instructs him to take off his bloody clothes. When he gets home, he follows the routine his father followed so many times- burn the clothes, go in the bathroom, clean his body and nails, and throw his clothes in the black trash bag. It's at this moment he transforms into his father. All of this time I thought it was Dre who was going to follow in Ghosts footsteps, but maybe when Ghost said he was grooming Tariq to be a better him, this is what he unknowingly predicted. There's this moment where Tariq looks at the picture of him and his sisters, his family, and then into the mirror, and it parallels the first time we saw Ghost after a kill in that same bathroom.

After Tommy and Ghost dispose of the body, they are planning to go see Dre. Tommy's phone rings and he answers, and passes it to an irritated Ghost. Y'ALL. It's my muh-effin boyfriend Kanan. The gang is back and about to play teachers versus the students gang style with Dre. Dre killed Father Callahan, and Julio so it is about time he sweats a little. He's been getting cocky and we all know that pride cometh before the fall.

As happy as that final scene is, there is another scene that isn't as nice and that is Tasha meeting with Silver. She tells Silver that she killed Tariq (remember, it was her gun, and a bullet was left in the wall that Angela discovered. Silver says that he can only be her lover or her lawyer, not both. Well Silver, she just confessed to a murder so which one do you think she's choosing? Tasha whips out that checkbook.

I have some theories about Season 5 ( which will be shot in two weeks):

  • The bullet was purposely left in the wall so Tasha could take the fall. It took the heat off of the already suspect Ghost, the career criminal Tommy, and Tariq. Who would blame a stressed and grieving mother who shot her daughter's killer less than 24 hours later. Also she went to Angela before so Angela knows she was distraught and there are witnesses.
  • Dre and Councilman Tate come for Ghost and Tommy's drug status. Dre needs protection and he's not dying immediately. He and Tate already have a bond.
  • Kanan, Tommy, and Ghost are about to have the best year ever, making money hand over fist and killing whoever gets in the way
  • Angela is going to cover more of Ghost's crimes and they will start dating again.
  • They are going to send Tariq away to Connecticut because he knows too much and no good parent wants their son in the game.

Brittiany Cierra is an entertainment and travel journalist and On-Air host highlighting where culture, music, film, television, and current events intersect. When she's not writing about people, places, and things, she's speaking about, dancing on, or marketing them. Follow the journey on twitter and Instagram.