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Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.
Brian  (via boysncroptops)

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I know this isn't new and I've said this a million times in the last few years





I have a brother. A little black boy.
In a few years, he’s gonna be a tall, brown, young man. Young and stupid and enjoying his life. Walking home through our neighborhood from the store or walking in the middle of the road or sitting in the car listening to music with his…

I keep wondering why no one sees the fact that this good young boy beat on an officer of the law and then tried to run away. How come no one talks abt that? I dnt think thts wht gd ppl are suppose to do just because your asked to get out of the road. And now to ask for justice abt or for his death ppl take to shouting “kill the police” cause like yeaaa tht helps things a whole bunch and looting stores and threatening to his fam hmm idk seems kind of counterproductive dnt you think

I dnt believe I said you were yelling at or towards anything or anyone. Nor I was I referring to you or ur fam. Commenting that’s wht I was doing, And it’s a public forum if you didn’t want ppl to comment on things perhaps not posting would be helpful. Otherwise it’s free country and heyyy freedom of speech. And look I was able to respond with out getting indignant and rude or telling you to “shut up”.

And since you want to discuss. Let’s discuss

I agree with you. The looters, they are wrong. Dead wrong. They’re just taking advantage of the situation. But that’s not what I, or the majority of the people that are angry, am concerned or angry about.

We’re talking about a 17 yr old child laying dead in the streets for HOURS after being shot in cold blood. Unarmed. Hands up. Yelling “Don’t shoot”.

But let’s pretend for a second that that’s not what happened. Let’s pretend he did get into an altercation with the officer. Let’s pretend he did try to get the cop’s gun. Mike was running away when he was shot. Away, not toward. Again, unarmed. And tell me this. In the context of that situation, when is it ok to shoot him not once but several times? Shoot until he’s dead? Explain this to me please.

So no, you’re not gonna see people talking about the looters. That’s not the problem that we’re worried about. We’re worried about the innocent people attempting to exercise their rights but are instead being attacked. We’re worried about the tear gas and the wooden bullets. We’re worried about the real bullets. I’m worried that the next Mike will be someone I know. So yeah, shut up

That’s just it… I’m not justifying killing the young kid or the amount of hours he laid the street waiting to be taken away. Nor am talking about protesting for justice.
What I said was, how can anyone seek justice for this young man by means looting, threatening ppls family or shouting about killing cops? I don’t see justice coming from any of that. Just, like I said before, seems counter
productive. You can’t beat violence with violence.

And I still don’t see how beating on someone then attempting to runaway makes you a good young person either. That’s not good.

Was the officer wrong for what he did? Yes.
Was he the young man surrendering? Yes, It sure looks it.
Is racism alive today? Yes
Our ppls civil rights being stepped on? Yes

But that’s not what I was commenting on

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