*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 Figuresis 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 →
*(Hollywood) During this time of gratitude, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) thanks those who have contributed to their 2016-17 Kickstarter Campaign.
As they gear up for their 24th Annual Festival, “TAKING FLIGHT” they welcome 18 phenomenal women performers who will share their stories through dance, theatre, song, spoken word and laughter. Some of these performers will come from as far away as London and Israel to be a part of this magical event.
Presently, the festival has 34 backers and it has raised $4370. ?They are $5630 away from their goal of $10,000 and they have until midnight January, 14th to accomplish this.?
It can be done!? It must be done!?Otherwise, they stand to lose all of their contributions from those who have pledged thus far.?
(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) opens its 23rd?Annual African American Film Marketplace (AAFM) and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase with a Gala Celebration ?A Great Day in Black Hollywood,? Friday, January 13, at the Harmony Gold Preview House, 7655 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046.?? This popular event honors outstanding professionals in film and will premiere over 66 short films during the 2017 S.E. Manly Film Showcase.
?The 2017 class of honorees are:Preston L. Holmes, Producer/Director, “The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement;” Lillian Benson, Film Editor, “Lifetime Achievement Award;” Darryl McCane, Filmmaker and Youth Film Instructor, the “President?s Award” and Vanessa Williams, veteran actress, “Community Service Award.”
?BHERC is pleased to award Lillian Benson with the “BHERC Lifetime Achievement Award” for her groundbreaking film work, longevity and continued contributions to the film industry.?
Lillian Benson?(Editor) is a native of New York. Her body of work as a television, video and feature film editor spans almost thirty years.? Ms. Benson is the first African-American female editor selected to be a member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), the internationally recognized honorary society of film editors, where she serves as a member on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.? Continue reading →
*Some serious marijuana activists are going all out to ensure the place of marijuana in Donald Trump’s administration. They will be handing out 4,200 joints to the people — for free — to be smoked at exactly 4-minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech.
Hot dang! Even the non-smokers will leave with a contact high!
Let’s hope Trump himself takes a toke of something before he delves into his “Inauguration Speech.” From what he’s shown us of his public speaking prowess, would that really be so bad?
Oh hell, why not just have one in-hand DURING the speech!
Let’s face it: A Barack Obama he is NOT.
You might be wondering “what’s the message here?” Especially since the generous givers are not calling this an anti-Trump stance; but a “protest.” Continue reading →
*I am still laughing at some of the “2017 Resolutions” I see people making online. Most notably this one on Facebook, from EURweb Contributor, Darlene Donloe, that reads:
My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I made a promise in 2014 and planned in 2013. **sigh**
That’s about as honest as one can get, yes? Many of us vow to become a better?self?whenever a new year rolls around. And?bless our heart I know we mean well, but how many of us who set these hefty goals can really say that we’ve accomplished them at the end of the year?
I don’t know about you, but I seem to come up short each year. No matter how I look at it: positive, grateful, the acknowledgement that “there are those worse off than I,” blah, blah, blah… it generally always comes back to: Are you satisfied with what you accomplished?
And the answer is always “No.”
Face it, some of us may be just too darn hard on ourselves, and other maybe not hard enough! I decided to dig deeper and see how we add up collectively in the whole scheme of things. And with the help of a site called?Chron.com, I learned about Statistic Brain,?another site which compiles data from academic sources. Continue reading →
*The following events are presented in connection with the play Bee-luther-hatchee, which runs at Sierra Madre Playhouse from January 13 through February 18.
Whose Stories? Who Tells Them? Is a series of five panel discussions on Writers and Diversity, presented on five consecutive Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., starting on January 19. The panels will be held at different venues (see below) and all events in the series will be free to the public.
Diane Siegel, Curator of Special Programs for Sierra Madre Playhouse, states, ?The play Bee-luther-hatchee by Thomas Gibbons is a story of writers and writing, stories that deserve to be told, and the issue of who is best to tell them.? The play provokes discussion on race, identity, and the power of writing. Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting these panels in the community to provide a broader stage for discussion of issues raised in Gibbons’ play.
Storytellers working across several genres including fiction writing, journalism, social media, drama and poetry will focus on the challenges of creating authentic voices and the danger of cultural appropriation. These issues reach beyond the theater and by holding these panels we hope to provide room for discussion that perhaps can lead to dialogue. We are at a unique time in history and discussion of these themes and the power of writing seems crucial to supporting civil discourse in a time of increasing polarization.? Continue reading →