Tag, just in case you’re unaware or too old to remember, is a game that’s been played for generations. It requires no equipment, so kids of any socio economic status can play. It’s fun. And it requires, perhaps, a bit of adult supervision — which is what we’ve failed to do if we’ve cancelled tag because some of the children tag too hard, which is what’s being reported.
*Back in the old days, you had to wait for summer for a cinematic summer blockbuster. Sounds reasonable, right? Well, thanks to Kong: Skull Island, summer has arrived — at the movies, at least — a few months early.
It only took 84 years for Hollywood to make a worthy successor to the original King Kong. which terrified audiences when it debuted in 1933 as one of Tinsel Town’s first “talkies.” No, I was NOT there…but I’m told theaters had to hire medical professionals to be on hand during screenings, as audiences members routinely fainted when Kong showed up on screen.
*This is one straight out of a Norman Bates film… director’s cut. A North Carolina teen called 911 to let them know that he had decapitated his own mother. According to PEOPLE, when the 18-year-old was found moments later, he was carrying a large knife in one hand; the knife authorities believe he used to allegedly kill his 35-year-old mother…and her decapitated head in the other.
Oh god. As someone who just recently visited Hollywood’s Museum of Death and noted how “desensitized” I’d become, I am now reconsidering that claim…I feel like I’m going to regurgitate the burrito I just ate. Continue reading →
“It Was A Dark And Stormy Night” is the name of the Center’s newest exhibit, outlining the history behind Snoopy’s hysterical writing career. Other attractions included Snoopy’s presentation of famous United States presidential pets — did you know that long before we met the Obama’s dogs, a pet alligator lived in the White House?? — and an exhibit that details the Peanuts gang’s devotion to health and fitness (Peppermint Patty was ahead of her time in trying to eat a healthy lunch). Continue reading →
Coleman Young was Detroit’s first black mayor, and its longest running, serving from 1974 to 1994. He was a hero in metro Detroit’s African American community when I was growing up there. Young was renowned — or infamous, depending on who described him — for not shying away from public debates, be it on the air with prominent television news anchors like the late Bill Bonds, or at town halls with prominent Republican politicians from neighboring counties, like L. Brooks Patterson.
Boy, we could use a “Coleman Young” on the national stage right now, huh?
*A few days ago, a colleague shared her perspective about music legend Johnny Mathis as he relates to current media consumers. She said she thought that today’s online readers “…are too young to know who Johnny Mathis is…”
As a lifelong Mathis fan, I was stung by those words. Could she have been right?
I swallowed hard as I took those words in, and clicked on my iTunes “Johnny Mathis” playlist. After listening to a few classics like “Misty,” “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” and “Chances Are,” I reflected on my colleague’s perspective. If she’s right, I surmised, it’s my job as a journalist to educate, to inform. And so…
Today’s Black History Month moment is brought to you by the incomparable Johnny Mathis!
At the age of 19, San Francisco’s John Royce Mathis was headed to the Olympic trials when he turned his back on his promising athletic career and accepted an offer to meet with a representative from Columbia Records.
“I was overjoyed to get out of high jumping,” Mathis laughed by phone. “It was such a pain — literally. I had a bad back like a lot of athletes do. It limited not only my performance but my livelihood for whatever other physical activities I wanted to do. So when the telegram came, it sounded too good to be true, to get an invitation to come to New York and make a record.”
*Black folk get ONE MONTH, the shortest of the twelve (But hey, we’ll take it!) to commemorate the impact our race and culture have had on the world. Our people have done a LOT to develop the many treasures that make this country what it is today. A country that everyone in the world is trying to get to and build a life for themselves and their families.
And now, thanks to the site Discover Los Angeles, we don’t have to wonder about all the events set up to help us and anyone else celebrate and learn more about Black History.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event was originally the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.
Here are some of the exciting events (and cultural institutions) participating in Black History Month events in the Los Angeles area.
Battleship Iowa (February 2017)
Located at the L.A. Waterfront in San Pedro, Battleship IOWA is presenting events and tributes throughout February to honor Black History month. There is no better place in Los Angeles to celebrate and commemorate the impact African Americans have had in the United States Navy and to this country than on the “Battleship of Presidents,” the same ship where Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, the first African American to command a Navy warship, served during his illustrious Naval career.
The Battleship IOWA Museum is featuring Celebrating the American Spirit – Battleship IOWA Salutes Black History Month, a temporary display that will be part of the ship’s tour through Feb. 28. Guests will learn about the achievements that many African Americans made in the United States Navy and service for this country. The exhibit focuses on five pioneering black servicemen: Robert Penn, a Medal of Honor recipient; Alex Haley, the first chief journalist for the Coast Guard; John Henry “Dick” Turpin, one of the first African American Chief Petty Officers in the United States Navy; Doris “Dorie” Miller, the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross; and Samuel L. Gravely. Continue reading →