VICE's new series, Minority Reports, is a close examination of race in the US, and its first episode follows Tiago, an 18-year-old white student at Georgia's Morehouse College, one of the country's historically black universities. When black students were unwelcome throughout the higher education system, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) provided safe learning spaces for African Americans, cultivating leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, and Oprah Winfrey. But while these schools have long had white students, they are increasingly recruiting outside of the black community amid financial woes.
At a time when the country's conversation around race is especially tense, Tiago's presence at Morehouse is not a simple story—while some students accept him and his desire to be a leader at the school, others aren't sure why a white man needs to be in a space historically created for black students to thrive.
VICE producer Zeke Spector talked to host Lee Adams and series producer Nicole Cone about the first episode.
You can catch The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast on Acast, Google Play, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. And sign up for our newsletter to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.
This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.
The woman who was caught on camera making racist remarks at an Alberta Denny’s in April has been reinstated at her job.
Kelly Pocha of Cranbrook, BC, was fired from the Cranbrook Dodge dealership she worked at after a video of her screaming things like “Go back to your fucking country” at three men in a Denny’s went viral.
At the time, Cranbrook Dodge issued the following statement condemning Pocha’s behavior:
“We have recently become aware of a disturbing video that involves one of our employees. We are deeply concerned about the content of this video and want all of our friends, families, colleagues, and customers to know that this behavior does not reflect the values of Cranbrook Dodge. The employee in question has been terminated and we deeply apologize for her actions.”
But, according to Postmedia, Pocha has since been rehired. She previously worked there as a controller.
It’s not clear why Pocha was brought back on at the company. VICE has left a message with the general sales manager and will update this story if he gives comment.
At the time the footage of her went viral, Pocha explained her racism by telling Lethbridge News Now she had an “off day” and was triggered that the men were speaking...
In early 2019, the L train in New York City will shut down for 15 months to repair damage caused during Hurricane Sandy. Leading up to the closure, VICE will be providing relevant updates and policy proposals, as well as profiles of community members and businesses along the affected route in a series we're calling Tunnel Vision. Read more about the project here .
A triage of shuttle buses and extended routes. Ferry service both permanent and temporary. Connections to other existing subway lines. Bikes. Scooters. Private cars. Car-shares. Ride-shares. And, of course, the original mode of transport: feet.
These are the alternatives available to the 275,000 commuters who will have to reroute their daily lives come April 2019, when the L train officially goes offline between Brooklyn and Manhattan for over a year. It is a shifting urban Rubik’s Cube, one that will compose what many are calling the biggest transit challenge New York City has ever seen. Attached are the hopes and dreams that everything will, somehow, work out. But until that day comes, nobody really knows for sure what havoc the L train shutdown will wrought—or which commute will reign supreme.
That lack of clarity was the major driving force behind “Everything But the L Train: The Williamsburg Challenge,” a recent weekend event held by the Van Alen Institute. The non-profit design organization...
Brownsville, Texas, a border town whose population is 90 percent Latino, is in the throes of a devastating HIV epidemic. Faced with a weak sex education program, stigma against homosexuality, and a low literacy around health, the city’s LGBTQ+ community is grappling with how to address the crisis. But a group of Latinx drag queens is hoping to change that, throwing regular “Drag Out HIV” balls to raise awareness about the virus in an accessible, nontraditional way.
According to Paola Ramos, the host of our new series LATIN-X, it's a critical resource for the city and its Latinx population—a genderless word used to describe anyone in the Latino community who feels like they don't fit into one identity. On the premiere, Ramos went to Brownsville for a firsthand look at how the queens behind Drag Out HIV are taking on the crisis, and to talk with local people who are living with the virus.
Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.
In the post-truth era, many are wondering how to fight the epidemic of fake news. If you're a Resistance warrior with $300 to spare, it's your lucky day: The New York Times has collaborated with the luxury Japanese brand Sacai to give you the slogan T-shirt you might not need, but definitely deserve. Or maybe the other way around? Anyways, it's $300.
The front of the $300 shirt, available for purchase at Saks Fifth Avenue, reads, "Truth. It's more important now than ever." And if that weren't explicit enough, the back of the shirt reprints some text from a 2017 ad for the Times:
The truth is hard. The truth is hidden. The truth must be pursued. The truth is hard to hear. The truth is rarely simple. The truth is rarely obvious. The truth doesn't take sides. The truth is not red or blue. The truth is necessary. The truth can't be glossed over. The truth has no agenda. The truth is hard to accept. The truth pulls no punches. The truth is worth defending. The truth requires taking a stand. The truth is more important now than ever.
If $300 seems like a paltry sum for a shirt with such a weighty message, fear not! A hoodie with the same text is also available for a neat $420.
Responses from the haters, unlike the truth, were not hidden and actually pretty obvious. Washington Post reporter Adam Taylor sarcastically pointed...
Sometimes life takes a terrible turn when you least expect it. One minute, you're just minding your own business, trying to take a photo of your new bumper sticker or whatever, and the next you're in a life or death battle with a rabid bobcat. Or you're on your way to eat some lunch and suddenly realize you're sitting in a car filled with thousands of angry bees. These things happen.
But while the rest of us might completely lose our shit when confronted with such an awful turn of events, there are a few true chillers out there in the world who somehow manage to just shrug the whole thing off and keep on trucking. On Friday, Mississippi's WTOL released a harrowing clip of one such person—a woman who managed to flip her car, send it careening into a nearby gas station, and then just crawl from the mangled husk of metal, strolling away like it was no big deal.
It was, in reality, a very big deal. Just watch:
In the video, taken from the Brandon, Mississippi, gas station's surveillance camera, the car appears to come speeding down the nearby highway, then slides off the road Tokyo Drift-style and into a grassy area. It then goes completely airborne, spinning 180 degrees like Roger Moore's car in that mediocre Bond movie.
The car finally lands upright and slides to a halt between...
This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.
A 19-year-old woman visiting her mom in a Vancouver suburb had a nightmarish two-week stint in immigration detention added to her trip after she mistakenly crossed the Canada-US border while jogging.
As first reported by CBC, Cedella Roman says on May 21 she went for a scenic run along a beach in White Rock, a mid-sized British Columbia community that borders Blaine, Washington. As the tides changed, Roman decided to veer onto a dirt path where she says two US border agents confronted her and accused her of illegally crossing the border.
The US and Canada share the longest border in the world, and at nearly 3,500 kilometers [2175 miles], most of it is unprotected and unmarked. The area Roman was jogging grabbed headlines in 2017 when anti-refugee policies in the US pushed a new stream of asylum seekers north.
Of course, as a student from France still working on her English, Roman had no idea about any of this. "I told him I had not done it on purpose, and that I didn't understand what was happening,” she told CBC, adding she didn’t encounter any signs indicating she was approaching an international border.
Instead of a fine or a warning, the border patrol officers took Roman into custody and brought her to a...
When White House reporter Olivia Nuzzi played the gut-wrenching audio of crying migrant kids separated from their parents at the border for Kirstjen Nielsen at Monday's press briefing, it wasn't clear that the Homeland Security chief could hear their wails. But on Friday, a group of protestors made sure Nielsen, the public face of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, heard it loud and clear.
According to the Huffington Post, a group of activists from the progressive organization CREDO showed up at Nielsen's townhouse in Alexandria, Virginia, early Friday morning to blare the now-infamous recording, originally obtained by ProPublica, and launched into chants like "no justice, no sleep" and "free the kids" while Nielsen was inside.
At about 8:30 AM, Nielsen left the house and headed for her car, where a group of protesters were waiting for her, chanting "shame!" at the DHS Secretary until she drove away.
"History will remember you!" one screamed at her. "History will judge you! You belong in the Hague!"
It's the second time this week Nielsen was publicly accosted by protestors, first by the DC's Democratic Socialists of America on Tuesday while she ate at, of all places, a Mexican restaurant. The day before, the DHS chief defended the administration's new immigration policy...
This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.
In a city best known for yoga, $15 juices, and inspirational Lululemon quotes, it’s almost surprising that no one tried to sell $40 hot dog water to Vancouverites before now.
“Unfiltered... keto compatible” water containing a single beef hot dog was being sold for $37.99 [$28.53 USD] at an event in Vancouver last weekend, according to multiple media reports. The water looks like it was bottled in recycled Voss bottles, based on photos posted to social media.
The troll behind Hot Dog Water, Douglas Bevans, is a performance artist and tour operator, The Canadian Press reports.
“We're helping people, empowering them to use informed decisions in their purchasing choices," Bevans told CP about his art performance. "That is the message behind this."Photo by William Jans courtesy of Douglas Bevans
“Advertising” materials posted on Bevans’s stand at the June 17 Vancouver Main Street Car Free Festival includes supposed testimonials and a lengthy buzzword-filled explanation about the product. In the “history” section, it says “Hot Dog Water, in its absurdity, hopes to encourage critical thinking related to product marketing and the significant role it can play...
She was a little girl, about six years old. Her dark eyes and dark hair and a smirk of a smile gave her the look of a character on a Disney Channel show. She was smart, so smart. I was taken in by her instantly.
I came to know her through her mother, a wondering-if-she’s-homeless thin, drug-addicted, mentally ill white woman with dishwater blonde hair in baggy pants and an oversized white T-shirt. She was reserved and barely answered any questions the only time we spoke, though seemed eager to please me when she did, like a daughter would a father.
When I first met them, the six-year-old took her place on the carpeted floor across from her mother, who was sitting cross-legged in a small play area. Mom pulled out Burger King bags and kid-sized packets of nuggets and chocolate milk. She spread out a few toys from Dollar General. Her daughter reacted as though she had been invited to a Christmas party in Heaven.
The cute six-year-old told a corny joke and they laughed. Loud. She ate the funny-shaped chicken nuggets and told another corny joke. They laughed again. She sipped from her chocolate milk box and made a funny noise with her mouth, chocolate milk exploding through her nose. The belly-rocking laughter erupted again. It went on that way for maybe an hour. In the middle of it, I had...
This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.
As sexual minorities go, consensual nonmonogamy is the equivalent of playing a video game on the easiest difficulty level.
If you’re cis and hetero, you probably won't experience much in the way of workplace discrimination. You probably won't have to worry about renting an apartment, getting a job, or whether you're allowed to serve in the military. Unless you're feeling masochistic, you probably won't have to come out to your parents. Not to say discrimination doesn't happen, but other than it shutting down 90 percent of Tinder interactions, or making the occasional first date very uncomfortable, it doesn't come with anywhere near the same challenges as those experienced by the generations of activists who have built the Pride movement and modern LGBTQ communities.
All of this has left many wondering if we should be included in Pride celebrations, or whether being an ally is enough. Given that the bulk of the "mainstream poly community" are white, cis, and heterosexual (gay nonmonogamy is often considered its own thing), could pushing for inclusion and acceptance be considered a distraction from the sexual minorities who suffer more systemic oppression? I'm not the only one asking those questions; with Pride Month in full swing, there's no shortage of disagreements (many of them online—surprise, surprise) within the LGBTQ community itself about who qualifies for inclusion, and who doesn't.
The dating scene is pretty rough for conservatives in DC right now. It turns out that most millennials in the nation's capital aren't into people who support a racist, corrupt demagogue. Unsurprisingly, the people who willingly work for Trump are struggling to find love, too. But it looks like Trump staffers have discovered a new dating plan that comes right from their boss's playbook—blatantly lying.
According to a new report from Politico, former and current millennial Trump staffers get so much shit when they bring up their jobs to potential suitors, many avoid copping to their White House gig for as long as possible.
While under normal circumstances, you could expect young White House officials to work their job titles into conversations at the earliest opportunity, the Trump crew has learned to use the types of dodges more commonly deployed by employees of the CIA. “I’ll just say I work for the federal government,” says a White House aide. After some conversations at bars on U Street and the Hill turned south when his Trump ties came up, one since-departed staffer has learned to reveal his White House past only as a last resort. “Even now, people have to ask five or six times before I say, ‘Yeah, I worked there,’” he says.
Or, when pressed, some will just make up a completely fictional career for themselves.
When being vague doesn’t cut it, staffers can always straight-up...
When you think of the crisis at the border, the photo of a young, migrant girl crying as her mother is frisked by a Border Patrol agent is probably the first image that comes to mind. Partly because it's gut-wrenching, and partly because it's everywhere: the cover of TIME, the banner of that $18-million Facebook fundraiser, and the front page of the New York Times. But according to the Washington Post, the girl who's become a symbol of family separation at the border was never actually taken away from her mom.
The nearly two-year-old girl's father, Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, told the Post she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, were taken to a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, together. According to Getty photographer John Moore, the two had fled Honduras and trekked for weeks until they reached the Rio Grande, boarded a raft, and washed up on American soil near McAllen. That's when Border Patrol agents detained them, and Moore captured the now-iconic image.
According to Varela, the girl's mother had taken her to the States without telling him, and there was no way for the two parents to communicate. Varela told Reuters he figured they had gone to America together, but it wasn't until the photo of his daughter went viral that he knew for sure. Now, given the brutal conditions immigrants face when they're detained at the border—especially for the more...
Veronica Recinos is one hell of a real estate agent. After posting a commercial that includes wine throwing and a cutthroat attitude like no other, she became a true internet darling. During Thursday's episode of Desus & Mero, the VICELAND hosts talked about Recinos's intense videos, as well as her very unique mother/daughter lingerie line.
You can watch the latest episode of Desus & Mero for free online now, and be sure to catch new episodes weeknights at 11 PM on VICELAND.
Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.
This article originally appeared on VICE Denmark.
My name is John Doran and I write about music. The young bucks who run VICE’s website thought it would be amusing to employ a 41-year-old man who went out for a quick drink in 1987 and woke up in 2008.
In case you were wondering or simply too lazy to use Urban Dictionary, "menk" is slang for a mentally ill or educationally subnormal person.
MENK 39: Lord I Have a Broken Heart
There’s no ignoring it anymore. I think I’m sick.
There are telltale signs. My head only has to touch the pillow and my body immediately starts jettisoning liquid. Tons have poured through my back and gallons off my scalp in the last few nights alone. I must have the cleanest pores in all of London. I’ve become a malfunctioning flesh water bomber, sucking up reservoirs of liquid during the day just to dump the entire payload the second I’m asleep. Each night, every few hours I wake up on glistening, sodden sheets, with my head throbbing, mouth gummed shut, and internal organs aching due to dehydration. In the dark, I reach down to the floor for my glass full of aqueous relief but my fingers are met only by an empty glass. Every time I get up to wet my whistle, I sluice the entire glass of tap water down in two gulps before I even get back into the bedroom.
And the night sweats...
It doesn’t look like ABC is quite ready to quit its rating bonanza Roseanne, even after the sitcom’s star sent out a series of bugged out, blatantly racist tweets. After several weeks of negotiations, the network has decided to go ahead and make a ten-episode spinoff series without Rosanne Barr.
Provisionally titled The Conners, the new sitcom will premiere in the fall and see John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman reprise their roles in a show likely centered on Gilbert’s character Darlene, the New York Times reports. In a joint statement, the remaining cast said: "We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience."
Despite creating the original show’s titular matriarch, Barr will have no creative role in the spinoff. Both ABC and production company Werner Entertainment were also adamant they did not want Barr to profit in any way from the offshoot. Barr has agreed on a settlement fee with Werner Entertainment, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a payment described by one insider as "go-away money." However, sources also told THR Barr still holds rights to her Rosanne Conner character should she ever want to pursue other revival projects.
"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from...
Tiago is a white freshman attending Morehouse College. It's the Atlanta institution where Martin Luther King, Jr., whose face is plastered on Tiago's dorm room wall, got his degree. The 18-year-old estimates he's one of three "non-traditional" students currently attending the school, and he's part of a growing trend. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are paying the bills by recruiting more non-black students.
VICE's Lee Adams visited Morehouse for the first episode of Minority Reports to see how Tiago, his peers, and the campus community are responding to the implications of this growing minority. We asked Adams why he wanted to tell this story.
VICE: What is Minority Reports about?
Lee Adams: Minority Reports is a series where we look at minority populations in places you wouldn’t expect to find them. It’s an effort to grant representation while also starting a conversation about really complicated things like race and privilege that people try to avoid. We want to address them head on.
Where did the idea for the show come from?
It came from the story in this first episode about the practice of historically black colleges and universities recruiting white and non-black students. Then we thought, “What if we did a whole show about people in places where you wouldn’t expect to find them? Where they’re existing as...
It was an April morning when my personal trainer came into my home in Irvine, California, to take a look at the treadmill I’d been planning to sell.
Then he gave me this pill, this little yellow “weight loss” pill, and a chocolate drink.
“What is this?” I asked. “There’s something blue in the drink.”
He was like, “Oh, don’t worry about it. It’s probably something in the cup…”
I don’t remember much of the next half hour, but do remember vividly what I felt next: I was undressed and in my son’s bed. I couldn’t get words out of my mouth. I felt like I was under anesthesia.
Before I knew it, my trainer had wrapped my face and head in Saran wrap and was beating me and smashing my head into the wall. He was screaming that he was going to kill me and my son, Nathaniel, who was 12 at the time but, mercifully, wasn’t in the house.
“Listen, I’ll give you sex,” I remember saying. “I’ll give you money. I’ll give you whatever you want. But please don’t kill my baby…”
I don’t know if I jumped, if I fell, if he pushed me—I have no idea—but eventually I went over my 12-foot second-floor railing. I landed in the...