Mark Wesley Pritchard
LGBTQ cosplayer in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 2X Cosplay Contest Winner.
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Where Do We Go From Here?
May 25, 2020: a date that millions of people will never forget. On this day exactly a year ago, on Memorial Day, to be precise, George Floyd, who was 46 at the time, died due to now former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressing his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. Despite Floyd’s constant pleas for Chauvin and from bystanders to let him breathe, Chauvin ignored them and the officers refused to intervene. Floyd’s death had sparked protests from not only around the country, but all over the world. Last month, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He’s expected to be sentenced next month. The trial of the two other former cops, accused of aiding and abetting, will take place in March of 2022.
More Thoughts About the Body Positivity Movement
One year ago, I wrote a story on Vocal about the body positivity movement and stated my personal opinions regarding this topic. The reactions to that story were mixed, but I felt that I needed to be up front and honest. Fast forward to now, I have more thoughts about the body positivity movement.
2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. We thought that this year would be amazing, but unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak was top news everywhere. I’m not going to talk about the pandemic, because I’ve talked about it in previous stories and stated my opinions. I know for a fact that people are tired of hearing about 24/7 and want to resume their normal lives again. The pandemic has taken a toll on millions of people, especially those who are currently suffering from mental illnesses. Also, because there’s rarely any positive stories in the media reported that’s not related to COVID-19. Instead, I’m going to share my three best moments from this year and a story about family. These are not in any particular order.
Pet Peeves About COVID-19
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. The one headline that has been dominating news stations and the airwaves this year is the coronavirus pandemic. You can’t go one day or one minute without hearing about it. Honestly, there’s way too much coverage about COVID-19. I understand that it’s an important story and to keep people informed about it. However, it’s not necessary to report about it 24/7 and trying to scare us. That’s why many people have been panic buying and the media keeps instilling fear towards us. It can also make some feel anxious, especially to those who have mental illnesses. Are there even any positive stories in the news to report these days? Here are my least favorite terms and phrases that have been repeatedly said during the pandemic. Don’t get me wrong. This virus is real and has claimed the lives of thousands of people in the U.S. I’m in no way downplaying the severity of it. These are the terms that I dislike the most and not in any specific order.
My Thoughts About the 2020 Election
On Saturday November 7, numerous news outlets projected that former Vice President Joe Biden won the 2020 Election by defeating incumbent President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States. He won over 74 million votes, which is a new record for the most votes, more any other president. Biden is also the oldest to win the presidency at the age of 77. He will be 78 years old when he’ll be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. In 1972, Biden was the sixth youngest senator in American history to be elected to the U.S. Senate at 29 years old. Former California Senator Kamala Harris also made history by being the first woman and the first woman of color to be chosen as Vice President.
Deadpool’s Head Review
I dedicate this review to the die-hard Deadpool fans out there. Our favorite foul-mouthed anti-hero never fails to disappoint us. Deadpool’s Head from Marvel Legends and Hasbro is the toy that’ll be worth your while and money. This was released back in late August and it first peaked my interest when PaulStarHero, a cosplayer from the UK, tried it out. It was fascinating and wanted to purchase one for myself. Two weeks later, I bought Deadpool’s Head online from Best Buy. The retail price of it was $99.99. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s not too bad for a toy that costs under $100. That is, if your wallet can afford it. With the COVID-19 pandemic still being present, you definitely need a friend who will keep you company during these stressful and trying times.
The State of Marriage Equality
With about three weeks left until Election Day, it’s important that we vote for politicians who will fight for equal rights for all people, including the LGBTQ+ community. Since coming out as gay in February 2012, supporting the rights for all gay and lesbian people was something that I was passionate about. Three years later, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that marriage equality was the law of the land. It was a historic day and victory for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community.
Sega Genesis Mini: 1 Year Later
On this day in 2019, the Sega Genesis Mini was released worldwide. It had 42 pre-installed games and I’ve beaten a couple of those games so far this year. It’s been over three months since I’ve had this game system. It’s unknown how many units the Sega Genesis Mini had sold. The two games that I’ve completed were Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master. It took me almost 30 years to beat both of those games. However, there were some amazing Sega Genesis games I wish were added on to this console, which I’ll get to towards the end of the story. Four months ago, I did do a review on Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I’m going to share my review of Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master and add it to this story.