· Britain is wild about Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, the world's best teenage sprinter. The 17 year-old phenom just won the gold in the 100m at the World Junior Championships in Beijing
· The First Amendment is intact. For now. The Justice Department has appealed a federal judge's ruling that struck down the administration's warantless wiretapping program as an unconstitutional infringement on the right to privacy. President Bush's response: Those who agree with the federal judge "simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live."
· New York state law protects transgenders. A judge rules a black FTM transgender can move forward with a discrimination lawsuit against a five-star restaurant in Westchester County. Eric Buffong was a chef and a rising star in kitchen at Equus. After colleagues learned that he was born "Erica", Buffong says he "became a pariah in the kitchen and was swiftly fired."
· Oscar buzz is already surrounding Jennifer Hudson's performance in Dreamgirls—but as Best Supporting Actress. WTF? "It's surprising she's not a frontrunner for best actress considering Holliday beat her costar Sheryl Lee Ralph for the top acting honor at the Tonys, Producers plan to separate the film at the Oscars, demoting Hudson to supporting because Beyonce has more screen time. And, well, probably just because she's Beyonce. But how ironic considering that's exactly what Beyonce's character does to Hudson's in Dreamgirls." (via Midnight Lounge)
· The Southern Voice profiles Atlanta's ballroom culture which "is actually wonderful,” says Frank León Roberts, the activist and ballroom scenester.
"It has the distinction of being the only one that competes with New York City in terms of the quality and the size of the community. What makes Atlanta truly special is it’s so deeply saturated in a sense of Southerness."