Mugshot Madness: Jim Jones Arrested for Drugs & Gun Possession After Leading Police on Chase Down Georgia Highway

Rapper Jim Jones was arrested in Georgia after leading police on a chase that ended with him getting popped for possession of drugs and a firearm, TMZ reports.

Cops attempted to pull over a grey Mercedes SUV Jim was riding in with three other people in Cowetta County, GA Thursday night (Jun. 21). According to police,  the grey Mercedes SUV was traveling south on I-85 and reportedly drifted into the left-hand emergency lane several times.

Instead of stopping for police, the car accelerated, which sparked a chase, the Sheriff’s Department said. The car eventually stopped after running into a deputy’s vehicle. Jones was NOT driving at the time. The “We Fly High” rapper was simply a passenger in the backseat.

Here’s exactly what happened, per the Newnan Times-Herald:

When Investigator Jeremy Wood with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office pulled up beside the SUV, the interior of the car appeared to be filled with smoke and the smell of marijuana was apparent after Wood rolled down his window, according to Chief Deputy James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

A traffic stop was conducted on the SUV at exit 35, where the driver of the SUV reportedly rolled through the stop sign at the bottom of the exit ramp before pulling over on the side of Hwy 29.

While officers were exiting their vehicle, the driver of the SUV accelerated and led police on a short chase that ended on Griffin Street near Frazier’s, where Wood pulled in front of the SUV to stop it and was intentionally struck by the driver, Yarbrough said.

The occupants of the SUV were then ordered out of the car and to place their hands on the roof.

Jones said he had told the driver of the car, , to pull over, but stated she was acting “incoherent,” according to the report.

After searching the vehicle, deputies found marijuana, 23 Oxycodone pills, Percocets, vape cartridges, THC oil, two loaded pistols and $148 cash, which Jim called “just petty cash.” According to cops, of the two guns they found, one of them was stolen.

Ana Rajnee Miles, Darnell Maurice Wright, and Jamal Rajhun Smith were arrested along with Jim Jones.

Because no one admitted to the possession of any of the items, although Jones said he had a prescription for the Oxy and Percs, everyone was arrested.

Jones, who also reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana but denied that the weed found in the car was his, told the cops that he told the driver—identified as 23-year-old Ana Rajnee Miles—to pull over, but she was acting “incoherent.”

Jim Jones, whose real name is Joseph Guillermo Jones, was charged with three felonies: possession of a stolen gun, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of narcotics. The 41-year-old rapper was also hit with a misdemeanor charge for the prescription pills not being in their original container. He was later released on $7,000 bail.

As for Jones’ friends, Miles was charged with aggravated assault, fleeing/attempting to elude police, theft by receiving stolen property, narcotics possession, marijuana possession, dangerous drugs to be kept in original container, aggressive driving and failure to maintain lane.

31-year-old Darnell Maurice Right and 32-year-old Jamal Rajhun Smith, were also charged with narcotics possession, marijuana possession and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Smith was also charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

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Michael Rosfeld: East Pittsburgh Police Officer Identified in Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen Antwon Rose

The East Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose while he ran away from cops during a traffic stop Tuesday (Jun. 19) has been identified as 30-year-old Michael Rosfeld, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Rosfeld had only been on duty in East Pittsburgh for three weeks and been sworn in just 90 minutes before the shooting. He was placed on paid leave after the shooting and has not commented. It isn’t clear if he has retained an attorney.

Authorities said Rosfeld pulled over the car Rose was in Tuesday night because it matched the description of a vehicle used just minutes earlier in a shooting in a neighboring town. As Rosfeld took the driver into custody, Rose and another not-yet-identified passenger jumped out of the car and ran.

Video footage recorded by an eyewitness shows Rosfeld shooting Rose in the back as he fled the scene. After gunshots were heard, the person recording the video gasps in shock and can be heard saying, “Why are they shooting at them? … All they did was run and they’re shooting at them?”

The teen, who lives in Rankin (a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania about 8 miles south of Pittsburgh), was taken to McKeesport Hospital via ambulance and was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m.

An eyewitness told WTAE-TV that she saw the whole thing go down from her porch. She said she saw officers approaching the vehicle with their guns drawn, and when the officers handcuffed the driver, that’s when the two passengers opened their doors and took off running. She then heard shots fired.

The shooting occurred in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a borough with about 2,000 residents in Allegheny County that is about 15 minutes outside the city of Pittsburgh. According to police, the incident began with another shooting in neighboring North Braddock. The 22-year-old male who was shot in the shooting police were initially responding to was taken to the hospital and survived.

Police said Officer Rosfeld fired three shots and Rose was hit three times. Allegheny County Police Department Superintendent Coleman McDonough said he “briefly saw” the video footage of the shooting.

“It’s important, however it has to be taken in the context of the entire investigation,” he said. “It’s a snapshot in time and while important, it will be factored into the larger totality of the investigation.”

McDonough added, “I understand in today’s atmosphere any time a young man is killed there’s cause for outrage in some areas. However, I would urge people to give us time to conduct an objective investigation, to gather facts. As you know, social media is so prolific now, some of the initial postings on social media that came out directly after this incident were inaccurate and inflammatory. So I would urge that people in the community give us a chance to conduct an investigation and I guarantee that’s what they will get from the Allegheny Police.”

McDonough said there are rare times when shooting someone in the back can be justified.

“It’s very complex, there are a lot of dynamics. There is something called a reactionary gap between the time a human perceives a threat and is able to act on it,” he explained. “Things happen, people turn around and things. I’m not saying that any of that applies to this situation because it’s too early and we can’t make judgments. Ultimately, our findings will go to the district attorney and he will make that judgment whether or not this was a justified use of force by a police officer.”

The investigation into Rose’s shooting is ongoing. Police said two firearms were found in the car Rose ran from, but authorities have said they didn’t find a gun near Rose or on his person after he was shot.

Bystanders said Rose was not armed and had his back to officers when he was gunned down. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. did say that the teen had an empty handgun clip in his pocket though.

McDonough said the officer was conducting a “felony traffic stop” and ordered the driver out and had him “prone” on the ground. He said the officer also gave a command to the other occupants in the vehicle and that’s when they took off running. McDonough said he believes police gave Rose a verbal order before the shots were fired.

McDonough said he was confident the vehicle officers pulled over was the one used in the shooting. He said it matched the description given by eyewitnesses and had damage to the back window that was possibly caused by gunshots returned by the shooting victim during the first incident.

The driver of the vehicle was released after being interviewed by detectives and was not charged. The driver told police he worked as a jitney, an unlicensed cab driver, and was working in that role Tuesday night, according to the Post-Gazette. Police confirmed the driver had worked as a jitney in the past.

The other man who ran from the vehicle was not apprehended, and police are asking him to turn himself in “so that he can give a comprehensive description of what occurred.”

Rose’s shooting death at the hands of police has sparked outrage in the community and all over the United States. A rally was held in East Pittsburgh Wednesday amid a heavy rain shower.

Attorney Fred Rabner, who is representing Antwon’s family, said the teen’s death is a tragedy “whose narrative has sickeningly become all too familiar — a young black man shot by an over-zealous, poorly trained, police officer.” Rabner continued, “The facts, while limited, have already revealed that this is yet another senseless act of violence where a police officer sworn to uphold the law and protect its citizens, shoots a child indiscriminately and cowardly in the back.”

Antwon did not have a criminal record and, before Tuesday, had no involvement with the police. “We shouldn’t have to add that he had no past criminal involvement, but in this climate we have to stress the same to all the police brutality apologists,” Mr. Rabner said. “We owe it to him to ensure his death was not in vain and that he and his family receive the justice they rightfully deserve.”

Mr. Rabner, who represented Leon Ford, a man who was shot and paralyzed by Pittsburgh police in 2012 said Antwon having an empty clip in his pocket, or the fact that police found two firearms inside the car he was in, doesn’t matter. “None of [that] would play into the evaluation as to whether this was a reasonable action by the police officer, or a good shoot,” he said. “He is running away, empty-handed, and he is shot in the back. Period.”

Mr. Rabner said under the law, “it’s what the officer knew at the time, first of all. Second of all, whether the action was taken to protect his safety and interest or others’ safety or interest. There was no risk at all to the officer.”

According to WPXI-TV, Rose attended Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh and was a rising senior.

“The Woodland Hills School District acknowledges the gun violence that occurred recently within the neighborhoods that our district serves,” Licia Lentz, the school district’s Assistant Superintendent said in a statement. “We are urging the communities to help us call a ceasefire to end this gun violence to keep our community safe for our children … Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and the entire Woodland Hills Community.”

School District Superintendent Al Johnson told the New York Times that Rose “was an excellent student” who had been taking Advanced Placement classes. Along with Antwon’s death, Johnson said, “we’ve lost four students to gun violence.”

S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing Antwon’s family said in a statement Wednesday night: “We know very little about the circumstances surrounding his death at this early stage. We must emphasize that rumors of him being involved in a separate shooting are unsubstantiated. We know that he was not armed at the time he was shot down, that he posed no immediate threat to anyone, and that, significantly, the driver of the vehicle he occupied was released from police custody.”

Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh said in his own statement, “This is a devastating situation and I am saddened for Antwon Rose and his family.”

Gisele Barreto Fetterman, wife of Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman, wrote on Facebook that Antwon helped volunteer at the Free Store, an organization she created that helps provide goods to people in need. She said when he was 14, “and only a few weeks into summer vacation,” he asked about volunteering at the Free Store and he “was scheduled to return this summer.” She added, “His life was just starting, he was part of a wonderful family and he was SO LOVED by so many and he didn’t deserve this.”

Mrs. Fetterman spoke to the NY Times about Antwon’s politeness when he would stop by to help on Saturday mornings. “He would always call me Ms. G or Ma’am,” she said. Fetterman told KDKA-TV Antwon “was a funny, goofy kid who loved chasing children around the store.”

Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby wrote on Facebook: “He volunteered for me as well. He prepared excel spreadsheets and scheduled for our Movies in the Park on Friday’s. My heart is broken.”

Rose once worked during the summer at a children’s gymnastics and fitness center in Pittsburgh, its owner, Kimberly Eads Ransom, wrote on Facebook Wednesday. She said the photo of him circulating on social media, showing him smiling next to a little girl, was taken in her gym when he worked there.

“He was fantastic and I have nothing but great things to say about him,” she wrote. “He showed up in a 3 piece suit to his job interview in the middle of July heat in a gym. We loved him. The kids loved him. He was valued and we won’t forget him.”

 

18-year-old Raemon Prunty, a childhood friend of Antwon’s who also volunteered at the Free Store, said the last time he spoke to him was three days ago. Prunty said that as a young black male, he, too, would have done the same thing Antwon did. “If I was in Antwon’s shoes, I would have ran,” he said. “It’s out of fear.”

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WATCH: XXXTentacion’s Alleged Killer Dedrick Williams Charged With Murder in 1st Court Appearance, Denied Bond

Dedrick D. Williams, the man accused of murdering XXXTentacion, appeared in court Thursday afternoon (Jun. 21) to answer to the charges he’s facing in the rapper’s shooting death.

The video footage from court shows Williams going before the judge at the Broward County Courthouse and he was formally charged with 1 count of first-degree murder and 1 count of grand theft auto.

Apparently, Williams has retained the services of a public defender, who said that there has been no witnesses or testimony in the case, and all the courts had to arrest him was a probable cause affidavit.

But the judge made it clear that based on the court docs, she found probable cause and “proof of guilt to be evident or the presumption great,” so she chose to hold him without bond in regards to the murder charge.

Williams was also hit with a probation violation stemming from a 2014 case and will appear in court Monday (Jun. 25) for that.

As we previously reported, Williams—an 11-time felon—was arrested Wednesday night in South Florida after a police chase (he had also stolen a car, hence the grand theft auto charge). His criminal record includes arrests for cocaine possession, weapons possession, domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm and grand theft auto.

Authorities believe there are at least two others involved in XXX’s murder, and according to TMZ, there are two other arrest arrests that have been signed by a judge. The two suspects haven’t been taken into custody yet, but they could be arrested before the end of the week.

XXXTentacion was gunned down Monday afternoon (Jun. 18) in broad daylight as he sat in his car after leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida, which is not too far from where he lives.

The shooting happened in front of several witnesses, who reported seeing “masked men” fleeing the scene. X was reportedly shot in the neck and died instantly.

A Louis Vuitton bag was stolen from the scene and police have yet to determine if the men accused of XXXTentacion’s murder had any personal ties to the entertainer.

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Mugshot Madness: XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Dedrick D. Williams Arrested

The man accused of murdering XXXTentacion has been arrested.

TMZ first broke the news that 22-year-old Dedrick D. Williams was taken into custody by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday (Jun. 20) and was booked for first-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of XXXTentacion.

During a vigil in South Florida Wednesday night, X’s mother reportedly told family and friends she had gotten word from police that they had XXX’s alleged murder in custody.

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Someone at the vigil mentioned that there was a chase on highway I-95, which ended with cops arresting Williams for X’s murder.

Williams was arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license, violating his probation, and, of course, allegedly murdering XXXTentacion. His charges include first-degree murder and grand theft auto. He’s currently being held in Broward County’s main jail facility with no bond for his murder charge, though his driving without a license charge has a $25 bail.

You can see Williams’ charges in detail via his arrest report below:

According to the Miami Herald, Williams was in the middle of serving five years probation on four counts of grand theft auto when he was arrested Wednesday.

TMZ reports Williams, who has at least 11 felonies on his record, has been arrested before for crimes including cocaine possession, weapons possession, domestic violence, and aggravated assault with a firearm. During an incident in 2014, he allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head.

According to an Instagram profile with the username “_tattoomanchucky” that appears to belong to Williams, he is a tattoo artist. Coincidentally, a June 5th post is captioned: “Thank God I ain’t dead or behind bars.”

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His most recent post was around 1 p.m. EST Wednesday afternoon, not too long before his arrest.

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XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday afternoon (Jun. 18) as he sat in his car after leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

The shooting happened in broad daylight in front of several witnesses, who reported seeing at least two masked men fleeing the scene. Eyewitnesses said the rapper was shot in the neck and died instantly.

No word yet on whether police know who the other men involved in the shooting are.

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No, XXXTentacion Is NOT Faking His Death to Promote An Album Called “No Pulse”

XXXTentacion’s tragic shooting death has unsurprisingly led to a renewed interest in his music. As is the norm when any popular artist dies, their fans rush to buy their music, and in more recent times, their streaming numbers instantly shoot up.

In XXXTentacion’s case, his Amazon album sales have skyrocketed more than 700,000%, his “SAD!” single rose to the top of iTunes’ top songs chart, beating out Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s new single “Apes**t,” and his ? album (which features the song “SAD!”) climbed to No. 3 overall on the iTunes charts. “SAD!” also leapt to No. 2 on Spotify’s U.S. chart, and it’s likely that his albums ? and 17 will see a jump on the Billboard 200 chart as well.

The renewed interest in XXX’s music has also led to a number conspiracy theories about his rumored third album, with many fans believing that the rapper didn’t actually die, but faked his death to promote an album called No Pulse, which isn’t really as crazy as it sounds, considering the stunts XXXTentacion has pulled in the past.

The No Pulse album promo theory, which has been perpetuated heavily on social media (especially Twitter), points to things like XXX’s face tattoo not being visible in the crime scene video, and the lack of blood on his body or on/in the car, as clues that he’s actually still alive and simply faking his death. But those are just conspiracy theories, as XXXTentacion’s death has been extensively documented and was confirmed multiple times by Florida officials.

Also, the below photo shows blood on the seat’s headrest after his body was removed:

And this photo shows that the man in the video, did, in fact have tattoos on his face, but the angle/lighting obscured them:

As for the reports that he was planning to release an album called No Pulse, those are completely false as well, as there is no evidence that he was working on an album with that title. As a matter of fact, that title completely contradicts the album title that XXX had been teasing months before his death: Skins.

X first revealed plans to release Skins back in April when he posted a photo of yellow construction tape on Instagram with a caption that read “skins ‘the album’ coming soon.” The photo received more than 500,000 likes, but X took it down shortly after. A few weeks later, he provided fans with an update on the album by posting a message on his IG story that read: “I’m just getting started, next album will be done very soon.”

Some of X’s fans have pointed out that witnesses said X had “no pulse” after he was shot, speculating that this was a clue to the title of the rumored album.

One user wrote: “He’s not dead. He has an album coming out in the next few days/week called ‘no pulse’. It’s to promote the album & to prove that no one cares about people until they’re dead.”

A user replied to that tweet, saying: “Sis they’re not going to go through all this trouble and they’re not going to make millions of people cry to just prove something. he’s dead.”

The original user replied: “Yeah [I know] that but he probably would have already come out to say it was just a test and also if u record an album or song before u die then the record label u were signed with can release it that’s probably what they’re doing.”

Take a look at more fan theories below:

Fans also pointed to a video of XXXTentacion claiming to “still be alive,” but that clip was from 2017 after it was rumored that he committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree, which turned out to be a publicity stunt to promote his new video at the time.

The conspiracy theories have no doubt caused a lot of confusion online.

In addition to confirmation from Broward County, Florida officials, X’s manager released a statement confirming his death. “On June 18, 2018, Jahseh Onfroy—known worldwide as XXXTentacion—tragically passed away from a gunshot wound in Deerfield, Florida,” the statement reads. “It is with great sadness that the news is confirmed in this official statement by his team—manager Solomon Sobande, EMPIRE, Bob Celestin, Esq. and AKW PR. In deference of his family , friends and loved ones and in light of further investigation, we ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”

The statement continued: “XXXTentacion touched the lives of millions around the globe and will forever reside in the hearts of countless fans who listened to his music, attended his concerts, and felt the glow of his uncontainable, undeniable, and unique spirit. News about memorial services to be issued forthcoming.”

Diplo took to Instagram to pay tribute to the rapper right after his death and revealed that he and Skrillex were planning on helping produce Skins. “He texted me this weekend, it was one of his goals to get me & Skrillex to finish his next album … I Invited him to LA this week. I was wondering if he was gonna come.”

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It isn’t clear whether or not Skins was finished (or close to being finished) at the time of XXXTentacion’s death, or whether the album will ever see the light of day, but it’s very possible that even if it isn’t officially released, select tracks will be either leaked online or released by his label.

An unfinished version of the song “BAD!” was posted on YouTube a few months ago, and it’s believed to be one of the last songs XXX worked on before he was killed. It’s also rumored to have been on the tracklist for Skins.

XXXTentacion was gunned down as he left a motorcycle dealership on the afternoon of June 18th, 2018. Police are still looking for two suspects who they believe fled the scene in a dark SUV.

Witnesses told cops a Louis Vuitton bag was stolen from the rapper’s car, sparking the theory from police that his shooting was the result of a robbery. Authorities are offering a $3,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

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XXXTentacion’s Last Photo: Rapper Pictured at RIVA Motorsports Right Before He Was Shot & Killed

The last known photo of XXXTentacion was taken while he was shopping for a new motorcycle at RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield, Florida just moments before he was shot and killed Monday afternoon (Jun. 18).

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, XXXTentacion (real name: Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) was pulling out of Motorsports’ parking lot when he was gunned down in his BMW. The rapper was reportedly looking at motorcycles at the bike shop, which is located just a few minutes away from his home.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Dept. said in a statement that XXXTentacion “was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach shortly before 4 p.m. when he was approached by two armed suspects.” The statement continued:

“At least one of the suspects fired a gun striking Onfroy. Both of the suspects fled in a dark-color SUV. Investigators say it appears to be a possible robbery. Onfroy was transported to Broward Health North where he was pronounced dead. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to contact BSO homicide detectives Walt Foster or John Curcio at 954-321-4210. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardscrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.”

XXXTentacion’s last photo, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows the rapper wearing a gray hoodie and red shorts—the same exact thing he was wearing in the video footage that was captured by bystanders after he was shot. A caption on the photo, which was originally shared on Snapchat, read: “X in the shop.”

XXXTentacion was apparently a frequent customer of RIVA Motorsports, who describe themselves as “Florida’s largest motorcycle, scooter, dirt bike, ATV, personal watercraft, and jet boat dealer.” In a post on Twitter, RIVA said XXX “was always polite to our crew and we enjoyed every time he visited.”

A full statement from RIVA on Twitter the day after XXX’s shooting death read: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Jahseh (@xxxtentacion). We considered him part of the RIVA family and he will be deeply missed. We will close today at 5 PM in order to join in the vigil to celebrate his life and pay our respects.”

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The Handmaid’s Tale Takes on Family Separation in an Hauntingly Prescient Episode

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**SPOILER ALERT: This post discusses plot points from Season 2, Episode 10 of The Handmaid’s Tale. TW: Sexual Assault**

When Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale premiered last year, it immediately struck a chord with viewers who were facing a real-life oppressive political regime that eerily echoed the one in Gilead. Trump’s non-stop nightmare of an administration was still in its first few months, but had already made headlines with its xenophobic Muslim ban. Combined with the Republicans’ seemingly endless War on Women and reproductive justice, the fictional series about women enslaved as breeding stock was a disturbing parallel for the current political climate.

In this week’s episode “The Last Ceremony”, the series focuses on family separation in a stunningly relevant and disturbing hour of television. The separation of parents and children has been a major plot point throughout the series. The opening sequence of the pilot episode shows June and her daughter Hannah escaping into the woods before soldiers find them and forcibly separate the two. June is knocked unconscious with the butt of a rifle as Hannah is ripped from her arms. It’s an upsetting beginning that immediately sets the dark tone for the series.

Separating children from their mothers is a common practice in Gilead, where handmaids are nothing more than vessels for life. Season One followed Janine’s pregnancy and birth, after which her daughter Charlotte was renamed Angela, taken from her and given to Commander Putnam and his wife. Janine later kidnaps the baby and ends up on the edge of a bridge with Charlotte in her arms, threatening to jump. The stand-off brings armed guards, Aunts, commanders, and wives, but June is able to convince Janine to give her the baby before Janine jumps off the bridge and plunges into the frozen river.

Season Two has revolved around June’s pregnancy and its effects on the Waterford household. After a failed attempt to escape to Canada and a near miscarriage, June makes a last ditch effort to save her baby by securing promises from both Rita and Aunt Lydia to watch over her child. Their impending separation is all the more brutal when Serena Joy demands that June leaves immediately following the birth, instead of staying on to wean the infant. When June’s contractions begin, the handmaids and wives gather for the birthing ceremony, but it’s a false alarm.

Feeling humiliated by the false alarm, the Waterfords decide to”induce labor” by forcibly raping June as she screams and struggles against them. It’s a horrific and disturbing scene, and afterwards, Commander Waterford gifts June with a “surprise.” The surprise is a clandestine, ten-minute meeting with her estranged daughter Hannah at an isolated mansion.

This is the first time June has seen Hannah since their violent separation in the pilot, and their all-too-brief reunion is profoundly emotional. June is overcome with excitement to see her daughter, but Hannah (now Agnes) cycles through a flurry of emotions during the abrupt meeting. She alternates between being scared, angry, confused, and hurt by her mother’s inexplicable absence.

The scene features on a masterful performance by Elisabeth Moss, who has consistently done amazing work on the series. As Hannah screams for her mother as she is dragged away by her guards, June rushes out and finds the inner strength to comfort her estranged child. She tells Hannah that her parents will always love her, and that she has to stay safe and follow her new family.

The scene is so shockingly relevant in this current political moment, where families are being separated at the border and infants are being placed in custody. In another horrific parallel to the series, Attorney General Jeff Sessions uses Bible quotes to justify the practice, just as the ruling class of Gilead uses Christianity to justify their own hideous system.

Like Margaret Atwood wrote, “The Republic of Gilead knows no bounds. Gilead is within you.” Tragically for us all, Gilead is within us all now.

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7 Comfort Food Films for When the World Is a Dumpster Fire

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We’re halfway through the year, and 2018 shows no signs of letting up the breakneck pace of horrific news that we’ve been subjected to since November, 2016. The only thing more brutal than the horrific state of affairs is how quickly we have adapted to it. You know it’s bad when you’re watching The Handmaid’s Tale to wind down from the news. In times like these, it’s easy to feel scared, overwhelmed, anxious, and helpless. Last week, Vivian shared her top seven feel-good TV shows, and it got us all thinking about our pop culture self-care faves. Here’s my list of my top seven comfort films for when the world is a dumpster fire.

1. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

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This 1997 comedy about two awkward best friends road-tripping to their 10-year high school reunion has become a cult classic, and I’ve always loved it with a fangirlish passion. Romy and Michele features brilliantly funny leading performances from Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow, as well as brilliant supporting cameos from Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, and Camryn Manheim (you can even catch baby Justin Theroux in an early role as Clarence the Cowboy). This film is a must-see for anyone who felt left out or made fun of in high school, and its unabashed celebration of female friendship makes it as heartwarming as it is hilarious.

2. Sense and Sensibility

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While there have been countless adaptations of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Ang Lee’s 1995 award-winning film is considered the gold standard, and with good reason. The film is beautifully shot, the costumes are gorgeous, and the central performances by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet never fail to choke me up. The script, written by Thompson (who won an Oscar for her work), perfectly captures Austen’s sly and subversive humor with regards to class, marriage, and power. There’s nothing better than curling up with a blanket, a cup of tea, and this movie on DVD.

3. The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel

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If you haven’t seen 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie and its 1996 followup, A Very Brady Sequel, then you are missing out on two of the funniest, most quotable comedies from the ’90s. Both films lovingly mock the stuck-in-the-’70s family, and the now-dated ’90s setting adds a fun new layer of nostalgia. Plus, both movies are helmed by female directors (Betty Thomas and Arlene Sanford). How can you not like a series that gave us one of the most relevant GIFs of our time? If you don’t believe me, you can take it up with my husband, George Gunther Glass.

4. Tank Girl

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Tank Girl was ahead of its time. When the adaptation of the cult comic book was released in 1995, audiences didn’t know what to make of a foul-mouthed female anti-hero who drank, smoked, and slept with kangaroos. Hollywood clearly didn’t know what to do with her either, and the movie crashed and burned as a result.

But the film has gained a cult following of ’90s alt girls who swore by the Courtney Love-curated soundtrack and loved Lori Petty’s take-no-prisoners portrayal of Rebecca. This film also had a female director, Rachel Talalay, who has since gone on to direct such geek fare as Sherlock, Doctor Who, and The Flash. Besides, you have to love a comic book movie that stops halfway through for a full-on Cole Porter musical number.

5. A League of Their Own

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Yeah that’s right, two Lori Petty movies in a row. #SorryNotSorry. No feel-good movie list would be complete without Penny Marshall’s heartfelt tribute to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The film is brilliantly funny and features Geena Davis and Tom Hanks in two of their most memorable performances. Even Madonna is good in this movie, you guys; that’s how strong it is. Abbi Jacobsen is adapting the film for a new TV series on Amazon, and we honestly cannot wait.

6. Pleasantville

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Pleasantville tells the story of a pair of ’90s teens, David (Tobey Maguire) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon), who get magically transported to the fictional universe of a ’50s television sitcom. What starts as a wacky fish-out-of-water fantasy turns surprisingly relevant and socially conscious as the teens begin to change the narrative of the fictional town and bring some much needed color (literally and figuratively) to the landscape.

Pleasantville showcases stunningly beautiful special effects and stirring performances from a supporting cast that includes Joan Allen, William H. Macy, and Jeff Daniels. My favorite, however, is Don Knotts’ cameo performance as the sly but sinister television repairman.

7. Singin’ in the Rain

Picking a favorite film is an almost impossible task. How do you compare your favorite comedies to your favorite dramas? How can you stack up an indie darling against a feel-good summer blockbuster? Whenever I’m asking this question, I always come back to the same film. Singin’ in the Rain earns the top spot for me because it is truly joyful to watch.

The 1952 send-up of the Hollywood studio system remains delightfully smart, subversive, and funny 66 years after it came out. With incredible dancing and warm, charismatic performances from Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, this film functions like cinematic Prozac. Just try to watch it all the way through and not crack a smile at Jean Hagen’s performance; I dare you.

Did your favorite feel-good film make the list? Share yours in the comments!

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Koko, the Gorilla Who Learned Sign Language, Passes Away at 46

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If you were a kid in the ’90s, you wanted to do three things: go to Space Camp, complete the Temple Run on Legends of the Hidden Temple, and meet Koko, the sign language gorilla. Sadly, the world-famous gorilla has passed away at the age of 46, at her home at The Gorilla Foundation in the Santa Cruz mountains. The Gorilla Foundation released a statement saying, “Her impact has been profound and what she has taught us about the emotional capacity of gorillas and their cognitive abilities will continue to shape the world. She was beloved and will be deeply missed.”

Koko was born on the Fourth of July in 1971 at the San Francisco Zoo, where she was named Hanabi-ko (Japanese for “fireworks child”). The western lowland gorilla was selected as an infant by animal psychologist Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson, who developed a language research project designed to teach a modified form of American Sign Language, known as “Gorilla Sign Language” or GSL. Koko was able to master more than 1,000 signs in GSL, and reportedly understood up to 2,000 English verbal words. She quickly became world famous for her remarkable intelligence and empathy for others.

In addition to GSL, Koko showed extraordinary intelligence and aptitude, learning to play the recorder and operate a camera. Her self portrait made the cover of the National Geographic in 1978. Did Koko invent the selfie? Sure looks like it.

Koko was widely recognized in pop culture after meeting several celebrities, such as Mister Rogers, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Robin Williams. When Williams died in 2014, Koko’s handlers said she expressed sadness at the news.

Koko was also famous for her love of kittens, and for expressing grief when her kitten Ball died. The beloved gorilla inspired generations of children and adults with her compassion and playful nature, reminding us that we are not so different from our fellow mammals. Rest in Peace, Koko.

(via NPR, image: PBS)

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Things We Saw Today: MTV Is Rebooting Daria, so at Least One Good Thing Happened This Week

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MTV is reviving the holy grail of smart sarcasm, Daria, and will be updating the series instead of going back to high school.

Daria served as a beloved voice of the late ’90s (an extremely witty, caustic voice). The bookish high schooler navigated life with the help of artsy best friend Jane, bubbly sister Quinn, slacker crush Trent—and the clever, cool Jodie Landon. Now MTV has ordered Daria & Jodie, a reboot that will explore where life has taken the friends.

Buzzfeed reports:

The updated iteration of the show will be called Daria & Jodie and will be written by Grace Edwards, who worked on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Inside Amy Schumer.

The show will be based on the classic animated character, Daria Morgendorffer, and her friend, Jodie Landon, as they “take on the world” and deal with cultural issues that are relevant today.

“She is a huge fan of Daria,” MTV president Chris McCarthy told the Hollywood Reporter about Edwards. “The story she wants to tell of Daria is different, it’s about Daria and Jodie and two close friends taking on the world today and what’s happening in our culture at large.”

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the best thing that has happened to me in this week of hellish news. In addition to Daria & Jodie, MTV is looking at doubling down on the ’90s nostalgia, with plans to bring back new versions of The Real WorldMade, and maybe even Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch, and Laguna Beach.

(I’m sorry. I apologize profusely.)

(via Buzzfeed, image: MTV)

  • There are all kinds of fun reports that Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman 1984 will be making a splash at SDCC soon. Yes, please. (via Syfywire)
  • In case you missed our earlier coverage—live, from this dumpster fire of a week/presidential administration:

  • All of the big video games coming at you in summer 2018. (via Kotaku)
  • “The Frustrating Almost-Greatness of Legion.” (via Pajiba)

What’d you see today? We hope it was something good. As for me:

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