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It looks like the parties–and hallucinations–in Denver, Colorado are about to be a bit more lit! Denver residents have now voted to decriminalize shrooms (mushrooms, especially ones with hallucinogenic properties), becoming the first American city to do so!

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The ballot measure was projected to fail Tuesday night with “no” votes holding a solid lead in early returns; but on Wednesday afternoon, the final unofficial results showed that the he initiative had passed by a narrow 1.12 percent margin, with 89,320 votes in favor of Initiative 301 and 87,341 were against it.

It’s important to note that these numbers remain unofficial, as the Denver Elections Division will continue to collect military and overseas ballots; however, the Denver Post points out that these votes rarely make a difference because there are typically arrive in small numbers. The results will be certified on May 16. 

Initiative 301, led by Decriminalize Denver, will effectively decriminalize the use or possession of psychedelic mushrooms by people 21 and older. Though it doesn’t legalize the psilocybin, which is illegal on both state and federal levels, the measure prohibits Denver from using resources to impose criminal penalties against adults who are caught with psilocybin—the active hallucinogenic chemical found in magic mushrooms. 

“It’s been one hell of a 21-and-a-half hours,” Initiative 301 campaign manager Kevin Matthews told the Post. “If these results hold, this is an example of the absurd comedy of the great metaphor. Against all odds, we prevailed. This is what happens when a small team of dedicated and passionate people unite under a single idea to create change.”

Those in favor of psilocybin decriminalization argue that hallucinogen has been used for thousands of years, and may be beneficial to those who suffer from substance addiction and/or mental health issues.

“Our victory here is a clear signal to the rest of the country that we’re ready for a broader conversation around psilocybin and its potential benefits,” Matthews said. “[…] We’re looking forward to creating a positive relationship with city officials. We have the resources ready to make sure the Justice Department, the (district attorney’s) office and the Denver Police Department have the education they need to implement this in a way that’s fair.”

Denver, in particular, the western regions of the country seem to be decriminalizing recreational drugs left and right, notably marijuana. We are wondering when the North and South are going to catch up!

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Freedom, GA! 19 Black Families Purchase 97 Acres Of Georgia Land for Safe Community

They have often said that owning land is having power. That still rings true in 2020, as nineteen Black families have combined their resources to purchase nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia.

The families have named the land, Freedom, Georgia, in hopes of creating a safe haven and community.

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They have often said that owning land is having power. That still rings true in 2020, as nineteen Black families have combined their resources to purchase nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia.

The families have named the land, Freedom, Georgia, in hopes of creating a safe haven and community.

via TMZ

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[VIDEOS] TRAGIC! Atlanta’s “Unofficial” Black Gay Pride Rife w/ Fights & Their Viral Videos!

Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride was one of summer’s hottest spots, marking the end of summer and the beginning of fall festivities. However, due to COVID-19, the official Black Gay Pride was officially canceled. However, that did not stop the city’s nightlife as independent club promoters and planners took up the slack with a string of events throughout the city in gay friendly bars, lounges, clubs, and some restaurants.

Unfortunately, this “unofficial” Atlanta Black Gay Pride was rife with violence with multiple fights throughout the weekend at popular Black Gay spots like the Marquette Lounge, Bulldogs Bar, Piedmont Park, and Believe Bar & Lounge!

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Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride was one of summer’s hottest spots, marking the end of summer and the beginning of fall festivities. However, due to COVID-19, the official Black Gay Pride was officially canceled. However, that did not stop the city’s nightlife as independent club promoters and planners took up the slack with a string of events throughout the city in gay friendly bars, lounges, clubs, and some restaurants.

Unfortunately, this “unofficial” Atlanta Black Gay Pride was rife with violence with multiple fights throughout the weekend at popular Black Gay spots like the Marquette Lounge, Bulldogs Bar, Piedmont Park, and Believe Bar & Lounge!

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Many of these fights were recorded by spectators and involved dozens of young and primarily Black Gay Men, who in turn posted the videos of social media. The reaction to these aforementioned videos has been largely an outcry denouncing the entire piecemailed event and feeling that there was no “pride” to be held in the gathering. Some have even called for there to a formal council to oversee future official and ORGANIZED Black Gay Prides in Atlanta.

Check out a few of these fights below:

We really hate to see there was so much violence this weekend. Black and gay people are among the most oppressed people on the planet, and to see them fight so much is just disheartening. More than ever before the Black LGBT community should be banding together.

Personally, we feel it was highly irresponsible for them to have an event of any kind during this pandemic. Lives are in danger. We remember years ago Freaknik went to similarly awry and was eventually and permanently done away with. Guys, let’s do better!

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Black Gamers Denounce Marvel Video Game for “Whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm

Representation and diversity are more important than ever in today’s political and social climate. Systemic racism still pervades every aspect of our society and that includes our entertainment.

In fact, the Marvel Comics based video game, “Marvel Future Fight,” is being accused of “whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm, giving her much lighter skin and more Caucasian features including thinner nose and lips.

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Representation and diversity are more important than ever in today’s political and social climate. Systemic racism still pervades every aspect of our society and that includes our entertainment.

In fact, the Marvel Comics based video game, “Marvel Future Fight,” is being accused of “whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm, giving her much lighter skin and more Caucasian features including thinner nose and lips.

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Some fans are even saying she resembles actress Charlize Theron instead of the Black superhero the world knows her as. Storm, in the comics, is of African and African-American descent, hailing from Kenya. The character naturally and traditionally has blue eyes and white hair, passed down from all of her female ancestors.

This is not the first time Storm’s complexion and features have been met with criticism. Earlier this year in the comics, issues of colorism arose when she was shown as light skinned and with altered features making her barely recognizable. Also, both of her live action actresses, Halle Berry and Alexandria Shipp, have been lighter skinned Black women causing controversy.

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Storm is arguably the most popular Black superhero on the planet, having risen to prominence in 1975 in Giant-Size X-Men. There, she and a host of new, multicultural X-Men rescued the original X-Men–Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman–from a living island known as Krakoa. Since then at various times she has served as a leader of the team and even became the Queen of Wakanda when she married Black Panther.

We are open to different interpretations of Storm, but to alter her complexion or ethnicity is problematic. There still are not nearly as many superheroes of color in mainstream media and her role as a dark-skinned and powerful Black woman makes her character all the more necessary.

Marvel Future Fight has yet to respond to the gamers’ outrage, we will keep you posted as this story continues to unfold.

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