All posts by MPC

Freelance Writer / Editor, based in Sacramento CA.

Boy’s Born With It: Maybelline’s First Male Face

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You better werk, Manny Gutierrez!

*I’m not quite sure what “it” is, as I never quite “got” Maybelline’s iconic “Maybe she’s born with it” tagline, but whatever “it” is, male beauty vlogger Manny Gutierrez has clearly got it.  He’s just been hired as Maybelline’s first male face.  

Maybe “it” is the nerve to be exactly who you are in the face of people who will say all kinds of things about you while you’re doing it.  Or maybe “it” is simply the ability to rock mascara et al with the best of the ladies.  I’ve not seen a guy flaunt full-on makeup — without changing gender expression, which is different than gender identity — so well since Boy George of Culture Club fame.   

Just looking around this coffee shop where I’m parked this morning, Gutierrez is putting everyone up in here — male and female — to absolute shame.   Continue reading

MacBook Pro Saves Life During Florida Airport Shooting

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*Who needs a flak jacket when you have a laptop?

I just bought a new MacBook Pro with the TouchBar.

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Oh yes, I did.  LOVE IT.  But I was experiencing a little buyer’s remorse — you pay a premium for Apple’s toys, after all — as I flipped on the news for the first time one day late last week, and heard that a MacBook Pro’s had saved a man’s life.  

I’m keeping mine.  And as soon as I’m done working today, I’m going to buy a new backpack for it.  Keep reading, and you’ll understand all of that!  Continue reading

TNT Film Review: Hidden Figures Is The Year’s Best Movie

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*I’m tempted to tell you that the exceptional new Hidden Figures is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Since 2017 is just out of the gate, that comment might be seen as more than a little glib.

So I’ll go out on a limb and say this: Hidden Figures is the best movie I WILL see this year.

Usually, period pieces that are based on history don’t hold my attention, largely because we already know how the movie’s going to turn out. (We KNEW the Titanic was iceberg-bound and doomed, right? So who really cares about Leo DiCaprio’s “I’m the king of the world!” moment?)

With the story behind Hidden Figures, we already know that Neil Armstrong helps America win the space race, and that he walked on the moon eight years later. What most of us didn’t know was that a group of black women — “Colored Computers” they were called — were largely responsible for getting him there. Told from their perspective, THIS period piece kept me, literally, on the edge of my seat through the film’s final act. Continue reading

Family Adds Baby To Transplant List at 10:15am. At 10:55am, A Match

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*One of my former in-laws used to talk about needing to know someone who knew how “to get a prayer through” to God.  After reading about the McCabe family of Chicago, you’ll agree that they’re on that list of folks!

Five-month old Daniel McCabe had been fighting a rare liver disorder since he was born.  Just before Christmas, things got so dire that doctors placed him on a waiting list for a new liver, and prepared the family for a wait of several weeks, if not months.  (The average wait for a liver is 86 days for kids and up to 149 days for adults.)

Paperwork was processed and little Daniel went on the donor request list at 10:15am one recent morning.  At 10:55am a doctor received word that a donor match had been identified and that Daniel’s new liver was on the way.

The infant had successful surgery the following evening and is now recuperating.

“I was just speechless,” mom Melody McCabe said.

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Family Blames FaceTime for Fatal Crash, Death of Five-Year Old

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*I’m filing this one in my new GMFB file:  Give Me (a) Break.  (I’ll let you fill in the “F” for yourself, just in case there are children in the room.) 

Five-year old Moriah Modisette was killed and her father was seriously injured when another driver, Garrett Willhelm slammed into their car at 65 mph on a Texas highway in 2014, according to her family.  Willhelm was chatting away on a FaceTime video chat at the time of the crash.  FaceTime was still running as rescue workers removed Moriah’s lifeless body and her dad from the demolished car.

Instead of holding Willhelm liable, the family has gone after Apple, according to Fortune.com, as it’s their FaceTime program that runs on their mobile platforms.  The family claims the company has failed to install a “lock out” feature on FaceTime, thereby preventing drivers from using the app while on the road.  The family’s lawsuit alleges that Apple was granted a patent to install the feature earlier in 2014, and the feature could have prevented the catastrophic crash. Continue reading

Denzel Disappears and Davis Delivers In New Film “Fences”

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*A lot has been written and said about Viola Davis’ stunning performance in the Denzel Washington-directed Fences. Her name is being mentioned as a potential Oscar contender.

Every word you read about Davis’ Oscar prospects is absolutely true. The actress is incendiary on screen, forcing you to feel every emotion her character displays as she manages the ups and downs of a life that may not have been lived to its fullest.

It’s been a long time since I saw a movie theatre crowd applaud after a performance. In Fences, Davis delivers a crying, knee-buckling, nose-running monologue that’s not to be missed. It left every woman cheering midway, and earned an ovation from the entire audience after Davis was done. Continue reading

UW-Madison Stands By Their “Problem Of Whiteness” Course

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(Black) Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with no fucks left to give.

*I have never been prouder to be an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Starting next semester, students in Damon Sajnani’s class, “The Problem Of Whiteness,” will discuss the problems caused by white people.  The course’s published description is a hoot.

“Have you ever wondered what it really means to be white?” the description reads.  “If you’re like most people, the answer is probably ‘no.’  But here is your chance!  Critical Whiteness Studies aims to understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy.”

The course explores how white people “consciously and unconsciously perpetuate institutional racism.”

Now hear me:  the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public university.  Only 2% of their current student body identifies as African American and more than 75% are white.  (That, sadly, hasn’t changed in the decades since I was there.)  And they are hosting a class on the problems caused by white folks.  I love it.   Continue reading

Uh-oh! Whipped Cream Shortage This Christmas

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*Consider it a Christmas catastrophe!

Due to a fatal explosion of a Florida nitrous oxide plant in August, there is a shortage of whipped cream cans used by brands like Reddi-wip.  

Nitrous oxide is the force behind the power of those glorious cans that annual help top off my sweet potato pie.  Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide also is used by hospitals and dentists.  After the explosion, Airgas (the gas’ biggest supplier) had to shut down production “indefinitely.” Continue reading