Gay Inc Takes On Stop and Frisk, the NAACP Goes to the Stonewall Inn, and Other Signs of the "Black/Gay Divide"

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So, the promised fallout between blacks and gays continues!

Four weeks after President Obama came out for same-sex marriage, today will see one of the most significant signs of a new alliance between traditional race-based civil rights groups and the current wave of LGBT oriented civil rights groups yet. At 4:00 PM, a cadre of gay organizations (including Lambda Legal, HRC, GLAAD, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, ESPA and GMHC) will be present at the Stonewall Inn, joined by Al Sharpton and the NAACP (marking the first time we've ever gotten a press release from the venerable civil rights organization telling us to meet them at a gay bar). Together, the groups will announce a new unified front in fighting "stop and frisk," the NYPD's practice of stopping, almost exclusively, black and Latino young men.

But, wait a second...what happened to Obama's support of same-sex marriage? The National Organization for Marriage, Touré and Rev. Ruben Diaz promised it would drive a wedge between the gays and the blacks and Hispanics.

Today's event shows, as Pam Spaulding and we have tried to point out again and again and again over the past few weeks, that black homophobia is overblown hokum. It also shows that the organizations that make up "Gay Inc" are not as white-washed as their critics sometimes claim.

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Pregnant? Then Get an STD Test, for God's Sake

A lot of pregnant women don't get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. But a lot of pregnant need to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, according to just released Centers for Disease Control stats.

Out of some 1.3 million American women who had blood work during pregnancy, only 59 percent got tested for chlamydia, Reuters reports on the findings.

Obvs, when you've got a bun in the oven, your health doesn't just impact you: chlamydia, as well as other STDs, can complicate pregnancies and get transmitted to newborns.

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City Schools Blow It; Send Error-Riddled Stats To Federal Oversight Agency *UPDATED*

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From the land of the seriously hard to believe, a major statistical report by the New York city Department of Education, which oversees our public schools, to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights is so riddled with obvious errors as to be laughable.

The exhaustive report covers 2009-2010, but was released earlier this year. It gives overall and school by school data for the largest public school system in the country.

Consider: The Ed. bosses at Tweed Courthouse reported that of the 979,960 students in the system, there isn't a single one who receives free or reduced price lunch.

They claimed that of 1,530 schools, there are no charter or alternative schools in the city. And they say there was one student expelled for the entire year in the entire system, nor was a single student referred to law enforcement, or arrested in school.

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We Predict the Top 10 Stories of 2012

After compiling our list of the most-read Village Voice stories of 2011, we got to thinking about what the new year will bring. While it's impossible to accurately foresee the coming news cycle, we've used complex algorithms and web-based analytics to predict ten stories that will rock the world this year.

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Mnemonic Devices to Help You Remember That It's 2012

Once upon a time, people expressed concern come the New Year that they would forget to write the correct date on their checks. Because the only people who still use checks are con artists, there is one less thing to worry about as we ring in 2012. Still, it may be difficult to remember what year it is, and forgetting this information could be humiliating. That's why we've thought of a couple mnemonic devices to help you remember that, for the next 366 days, it will be 2012.

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Durex Ad Goes After 'Uncommunicative Condom User' Demographic

The above image (via Reddit) is an excerpt from a Durex condom print ad from India. In it, a woman coyly chews on her nails with the thought, "hmm...did he? didn't he?" floating above her head. Full image after the jump.

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Higgs Boson's Possible Discovery Announced Tuesday: How to Plan for the Paradigm Shift

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On Tuesday, scientists at Cern will reveal the latest results of their search for the elusive Higgs boson particle. Some are expecting the researchers, who have been working at the Large Hadron Collider, to announce that they have found the particle. If they have nailed down the Higgs boson, it'll basically explain why things have mass. If they don't, it means the way many physicists have been explaining the universe has been a bunch of peer-reviewed mumbo jumbo. In the Guardian, theoretical physics professor Jeff Forshaw can barely hold in his excitement: "This means that whatever happens we are going to need to dream up something new about the world."

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The Best Facts From the Washington Post's Story on Newt Gingrich's Zoo Fetish

Earlier this week, a 1954 AP brief surfaced telling the story of an eleven-year-old Newt Gingrich walking into Harrisburg, PA's City Hall and offering to "round up" some animals and start a zoo in the town. He was denied, but Gingrich's love for zoos prevailed. In fact, according to the Washington Post, Newt Gingrich loves zoos more than you have ever loved anything in your entire life.

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Narcissistic Jerk-Wads Make the Best Leaders, Study Says

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A study conducted by professors at IMD business school, Penn State, and Erlangen-Nuremberg University has led them to conclude that bosses who display narcissistic qualities often perform better than run-of-the mill executives. Frederick Allen, leadership editor of Forbes, writes that the study found "narcissism and hunger for attention lead to innovation and daring decision-making." In addition, 80% of narcissistic leaders believe that Carly Simon has written a song about them.

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Find Out Where You Fit Into Earth's 7 Billion People

The UN Population Division estimates the world's 7 billionth person will be born tomorrow. How do they know this? The UN says the number is "derived from the annual series of world population estimates obtained by interpolating the results of the 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects by assuming exponential growth within each year." Translation: Tracking chips implanted in all our brains by shampooists working hand-in-hand with the illuminati. Due to birth rates, the 7 billionth person will most likely be born in India or China. Who cares about them? Where do you fit into to this number?

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