Man With No Penis Is About To Have One Built From His Arm

Andrew Wardle never had a penis, but in his new TLC documentary, he’s going to get one built from his arm.

Andrew was born with a condition called bladder exstrophy, meaning his bladder formed on the outside of his body. As a result, he never developed a penis.

In an interview with PEOPLE, the 40-year-old UK resident explains how he fell into a deep depression as a teenager. He started taking drugs and partying to escape his reality and embarrassment. “I thought I was going to end up dying from all the drugs,” Andrew admitted. “I just didn’t even care.”

It wasn’t until he was 33 years old that he heard about a surgery that could give him a fully working penis, and he’s fine with his secret now being public knowledge. “I’m at the age where I really don’t care,” he says. “Since I hit 40, I don’t care what people think or do.”

“They told me they could build a penis out of my arm,” Andrew says about the four operations he’ll soon undergo.

Doctors will get the necessary muscle and skin grafted from his right forearm to create a fully working penis. With this huge emotional weight on his shoulders, he’s lucky enough to have his girlfriend, Fedra, by his side. She was unaware of his secret when they initially started dating, but she has accepted him wholeheartedly. “She’s a really nice girl,” he says. “She’s on board 100 percent.” 

Wardle’s documentary, The Man With No Penis, airs Monday, Oct. 5 on TLC.

SOURCE: PEOPLE | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO SOURCE: TLC/Brightcove

10 Tweets From The Brothersphere

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These days the “Twitterverse” is inescapable and who can believe that just a decade ago the term “tweet” was still associated with birds. But lucky for us all, the universe created by the microblogging site can be broken down into smaller worlds, hence the concept of “Black Twitter.” Well, this week, let’s break it down even further into what I’d like to call the “Brothersphere,” which is just a way of looking at thought leadership among African-American males, particularly those who focus on achievement or progressive concepts. Consequently, here are 10 on Twitter that I thought gives us a good entry in to this small, but growing world of social media discussion among Black men.

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The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans wants you to know the story of Leonard Galmon who is on his way to Yale after rising from some precarious circumstances in his New Orleans neighborhood.

 

Larry E. Thomas, CEO of Thomas Mentorship Academy in North Carolina, feels grassroots community programs should be better funded.

 

Educational speaker and author Baruti K. Kafele is giving instructions to school leaders on how to empower Black males in the school system.

 

Ta-Nehisi Coates (pictured), whose article, “The Case for Reparations,” for The Atlantic has elicited heated debate over the topic looks three decades in to the future.

 

SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison points out that health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is fairly inexpensive for most Americans.

 

Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous challenges us to live for freedom today.

 

Dorian Burton, Harvard University education scholar and co-founder of TandemEd, a Harvard educational innovation lab focused on urban communities, touts the possibilities of turnaround for Black boys. (And check out his essay on what America’s greatest lie really is.)

 

Actor and vocalist Tyrese Gibson, whose Facebook videos have been making viral web rounds, is keeping the inspiration hammer swinging.

 

Here’s Columbia University professor Chris Emdin, who is showing students how to combine science and hip-hop, talking about giving teachers the right tools.

 

And finally, NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, a supporter of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education is offering a Flipbook on how to implement the learning philosophy.

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Controversial Toy Commercial Leads To A Lawsuit Against The Beastie Boys [VIDEO]

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There is a controversy brewing that has people talking…a lot..and according to Spin Magazine it all centers around a new toy company called the Goldie Blox toy company. Take a look at the video below to see what has people so divided about what the company is doing and the way that they’ve gone about doing it!

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The Goldie Blox toy people admit they “parodied” the song Girls by the Beastie Boys. The video shows “girl power” on an entirely different level we think all can agree on this. They also make a wonderful point..there have always been girls who weren’t in to the “pink aisle” as they call it in toy stores. Girls have often wanted to play with more cerebral toys but were told those toys were “for boys”.  Why is this? Why do we create toys that encourage boys to be doctors, scientists, engineers and mechanics but we teach girls how to make a mean cupcake and burp their babies all while looking smashing in a tierra and high heels? Are we really that shocked that we have a nation full of Kim Kardashian wannabees instead of girls who think it rocks to be smart and who flaunt their intelligence instead of their sexuality?

The need for these toys and more of them from toy makers across the board truly exists. Goldie Blox has done a wonderful job of getting that message out but…there is a serious problem with the way this song for the video was created. A huge problem in fact….the song was never cleared for use by the Beastie Boys and that is a colossal no no. So much so in fact that the Goldie Blox people received word from the Beastie camp letting them know they were none too pleased.

Okay so for those who don’t see what the problem could possibly be check out the original song done in the mid to late 80′s by the Beasties below.

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Now the differences are very apparent…we get that. The Beastie Boys song is about Ad Rock wanting to hook up with a girl that liked MCA and after she turns him down she…”jocks Mike D to his dismay”! It’s clearly not the same message that was in the Goldie Blox song however…Goldie Blox has shown enormous disrespect for the Beasties and their music by not asking their permission to use the song for the dope ad that they cut. And that is NEVER OK on any basis. What makes it worse is that it is being reported that the dearly departed Beastie Boy MCA aka Adam Yauch never ever wanted his music used for commercial purposes. So much so that he allegedly wrote it into his will! Ummm uh oh! So not only did Goldie Blox jack the song, they did so against MCA’s final will and testament? Man that is all bad everything!

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To add insult to injury…Goldie Blox is now preemptively suing both the Beastie Boys and Rick Rubin as they are concerned that the Beasties are going to insist they not use the dope ad that they have created. Apparently Beastie lawyers contacted them and said,

“The Goldie Blox “Girls” Parody Video is a copyright infringement, is not a fair use, and Goldie Blox’s unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a ‘big problem’ that has a ‘very significant impact.’”

This apparently spooked the Goldie Blox people so much so that they are now headed to a California federal court in the hopes of getting an official ruling that the advertisement does fall within fair use. The suit names the Beastie Boys, producer Rick Rubin, Island Def Jam Music Group, Sony Music Publishing Group, and Universal Music Publishing as defendants.

Goldie Blox feels that its commercial featuring a parody of the Licensed to Ill track “Girls” shouldn’t qualify as copyright infringement and as of Thursday November 21, 2013 filed a lawsuit saying that the Beastie Boys recently threatened the toymakers with copyright infringement.

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The Goldie Blox complaint says,

“Goldie Blox created its parody video with specific goals to make fun of the Beastie Boys song and to further the company’s goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The Goldie Blox Girls Parody Video has gone viral on the Internet, and has been recognized by the press and the public as a parody and criticism of the original song.”

While we don’t think they needed to add the word “criticism” to that complaint…we still get where they are coming from. However the way they went about all of it is beyond messy. And after speaking to parents of daughters both young and old, showing the video to girls both the target age for Goldie Blox and young ladies a little bit older than their target demo and to Hip Hop heads who have a specific affinity for the Beastie Boys themselves, we’ve come to a few conclusions. But none more prevalent than this one…there are no good answers here! No matter what happens someone gets screwed!

It is so wack how this went down to be honest because Goldie Blox took an AMAZING MESSAGE for the empowerment of young girls everywhere and buried it in garbage when they disrespected the legacy and work of the Beastie Boys. There is just no other way to say that. They didn’t even ask permission…which is just not right. With great emphasis on the part about MCA’s last wishes. We can not stress that part enough.

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However, now that it’s out there it could help little girls around the world to find a voice that has been missing since about…oh say forever! It would be such a shame to take that away from them now. But what do we do if that voice was ascertained by ragady means? Hmmm what could be done to make this sort of work out for everyone involved?

We’re just throwing this suggestion out there…but maybe…the Beastie Boys could be cut in to the products revenue stream somehow and made whole through giving back to them what they feel the use of the song in the video is worth. This could be in lieu of a lawsuit against Goldie Blox which is a company that hasn’t had time to make any money yet and that would surely go under if the Beasties sue them.  This in conjunction with giving a percentage of sales to some sort of childhood cancer research foundation or maybe even starting one in honor of MCA could be a classy way to show appreciation for his legacy and continue to insure it is RESPECTED and not violated.

This would go a long way to alleviate the shade that is being thrown at Goldie Blox right now for the shade that many perceive that Goldie Blox have thrown at the Beastie Boys.

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Let’s be clear the Beasties are a legendary, iconic, forever important and significant Hip Hop group who are beloved worldwide. Their fans are not going to take to this kindly if they feel the group got screwed. Thus cutting out a huge portion of potential sales for Goldie Blox anyway. So it would be best for them to do right by the group and try to catch more flies with sugar instead of vinegar. They didn’t ask for permission to do what they did…no matter how dope the message is for little girls…it gets lost in the messiness of the way the business was ultimately conducted. We want them to teach our girls to play smarter…but we need them to remember how to play fair. That’s all.

We wish all parties the best in this situation.

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Finally! The Flying Car has arrived! [Video]

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Reports are saying the flying car might be available as early as 2015! I wonder how much this would cost?! I’m thinking It would probably start in the million dollar range! I mean think about it, you are buying a car & a plane! Yeah Jay-z & Beyonce will probably be the first in hip hop to have them because their money is longggggg!!!

 

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Wu-Tang’s GZA Using Hip-Hop To Teach Science In Schools

Gary Grice, aka The GZA is known by many as The Genius of the Wu-Tang Clan, despite ending his formal education in the 10th grade.  While his lyrical contributions have proven him more than worthy of the title, he’s gone the extra mile to distinguish himself as a mind to be reckoned with.

According to The NY Times, GZA is teaming up with a Columbia University professor to make the sciences more appealing to school students using Hip-Hop. After doing research at M.I.T.  for his upcoming album, “Dark Matter,” GZA met Dr. Christopher Emdin on a radio show and realized they had a shared desire to bridge the worlds of science and hip-hop.

Next month, the two men, along with the popular hip-hop lyrics Web site Rap Genius, will announce a pilot project to use hip-hop to teach science in 10 New York City public schools. The pilot is small, but its architects’ goals are not modest. Dr. Emdin, who has written a book called “Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation,” hopes to change the way city teachers relate to minority students, drawing not just on hip-hop’s rhymes, but also on its social practices and values.

The pilot program will use interactive learning via rhyme ciphers as one of the tools to engage students, illicit feedback and reinforce principles.

“It was always about crafting the best rhyme in the most articulate, witty or smart way,” GZA said. “For us, it was always about educating the listener.”

READ MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM HERE.

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The National Weather Service issues A “No Nonsense” Warning

This comes from The National Weather Service:

SOME IMPORTANT NOTES…

1. IF YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO EVACUATE A COASTAL LOCATION BY STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, PLEASE DO SO.

2. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT TO EVACUATE, AND YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO RODE OUT THE ’62 STORM ON THE BARRIER ISLANDS, ASK THEM IF THEY COULD DO IT AGAIN.

3. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT, THINK ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES, THINK ABOUT THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WHO WILL BE UNABLE TO REACH YOU WHEN YOU MAKE THE PANICKED PHONE CALL TO BE RESCUED, THINK ABOUT THE RESCUE/RECOVERY TEAMS WHO WILL RESCUE YOU IF YOU ARE INJURED OR RECOVER YOUR REMAINS IF YOU DO NOT SURVIVE.

4. SANDY IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM. THERE WILL BE MAJOR PROPERTY DAMAGE, INJURIES ARE PROBABLY UNAVOIDABLE, BUT THE GOAL IS ZERO FATALITIES.

5. IF YOU THINK THE STORM IS OVER-HYPED AND EXAGGERATED, PLEASE ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION.

WE WISH EVERYONE IN HARMS WAY ALL THE BEST. STAY SAFE!