The number of queer women punished in federal prison is significant. I was moved multiple times under the guise of ‘security'—the code for transferring a lesbian. Others, who were in real relationships, were often separated and sent to different prisons. Straight women, who played house and pretended to be in relationships—commonly referred to as 'gay for the stay'—rarely experienced such transfers. Prisons’ notion for what constitutes a security risk is not the “gay for the stay” girls, but queer couples and individual lesbians.

My punishment was a direct result of my being open about my lifestyle and daring to Live Out Loud in their correctional officer faces. This posture in prison, a place that has nothing to do with the free world, is a dangerous one as guards have ultimate control. Prison and prison staff remind you of this constantly, your no longer belonging to the 'free world.’

—  What It’s Like To Be A Queer Woman In Prison | Evie Litwok for Ravishly 
Women Finally Beat Floyd: Mayweather’s Misguided Ban on Journalists

The long-awaited boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has pulled sports fans, media and inquiring minds in various directions over the past few weeks leading up to the main event.

From the dissection of each boxer’s skill set to the scrutiny of their lives outside of the ring, it seems that no stone has been left unturned in feeding the public’s insatiable appetite for an event that could be worth nearly $400 million.  

In attempting to silence his critics, Mayweather and his team instead loudly reinforced the boxer’s shameful war on women.  

Michelle Beadle and Rachel Nichols have both been critical of Mayweather and his history of domestic violence.  

Nichols, whose career took off as a sideline reporter for ESPN, has become a force of nature since making the switch to Turner Sports and CNN where she famously took both Floyd Mayweather and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to task during interviews.  You know, doing what a journalist should do.

Beadle, a ESPN host and HBO Boxing reporter is about as outspoken as they come on all kinds of issues, including the domestic violence and the role it has played in the sports world. 

Just over a week ago, Beadle was a guest on my podcast in a segment about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.  At the 17:35 mark, we discussed the moral dilemma that arises when a journalist covering and often times promoting athletes, coaches or institutions that might not agree with said journalist’s personal values or ethical barometer.  

After about an hour of social media upheaval over the banning of Beadle and Nichols…

… it seems as though the Mayweather camp decided, in the vein of equal opportunity, to let male reporters in on the fun of being banned from the big fight.

USA Today Sports’ Martin Rogers was ALSO on my podcast, just a few days ago, in another segment about the fight.  Rogers has covered the lead up to this fight since the event was announced and he has been behind the scenes with both fighters.

All of Rogers’ positive and strictly-sports related coverage was seemingly thrown out the window as USA Today Sports published his exclusive interview with Josie Harris -the mother of Mayweather’s children- about her relationship with Mayweather, including the incident of domestic violence for which he served jail time.

Even retired boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya (who is no stranger to controversy) chastised Mayweather.

Naturally, all of the bad press kicked off a damage control session waged by PR maven Kelly Swanson (on retainer for Team Mayweather):

This story has the potential to turn into a battle of “he said-she said” and could take on all kinds of narratives between the time I finish typing this post and you lay eyes on it.

Leaders in their field, Beadle, Nichols and Chris Mannix would have ZERO reason to fabricate such stories. Instead, it looks like a case of vindictive censorship meant to quell negative press and shift the focus back on to the fight itself had the exact opposite effect.  

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Horrifying videos reveal the abuse inside New York’s Rikers Island jail 

Kalief Browder was 16 years old in 2010 when he arrested for an alleged robbery and sent to Rikers Island in New York City to await trial. Over the next three years — as revealed in an interview and through video obtained by the New Yorker — he would be beaten by guards, attacked by mobs of fellow inmates and left in solitary confinement for months at a time. On May 29, 2013, after 31 court dates but no trial, the city dropped its charges. Browder was on a bus home the next afternoon. If his mother had been able to make his $3,000 bail three years earlier, he would have been out in a day.

In addition to the guard violence, video shows a brutal gang beating. (Warning: Graphic)

‘It’s Racist As Hell’: Inside St. Louis County’s Predatory Night Courts

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI — In 2004, Sean Bailey recalls, he was driving through the streets of St. Louis County en route to a party, when he saw a familiar black-and-white car out of the corner of his eye. He reached for his phone to warn the friend he was following to slow down, but it was too late; the cop blared his siren and pulled up behind him. Bailey, who had a warrant stemming from a failure to appear in court for unpaid traffic tickets, felt a familiar pang of anxiety. He knew exactly what was going to happen next.

No black man has ever been tried by a jury of his peers in America. And if that is so, and I know that is so, no black man has ever received a fair trial in this country. Therefore, I’m under no illusions about the reason why many black people are in prison.
—  James Baldwin, in Rap on Race (in conversation with anthropologist Margaret Mead)

Joker: Oh, you. You just couldn’t let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You are truly incorruptible, aren’t you? Huh? You won’t kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won’t kill you because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.