Category Archives: Society

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

‘Great Service, [We] Don’t Tip Black People’ Left on Receipt for Va. Waitress

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Kelly Carter

*Instead of just eating, paying and getting the phuck out, one 20-something white couple decided to write a despicable note on the receipt of the waitress they say had just provided “Great service” to them.

The note on the stained receipt read, “great service don’t tip black people.”

Now I know racism is still alive and well in these United States of America, but why do I feel like vomiting every time I see it in black and white?

Of course waitress Kelly Carter was stunned, and her boss at Anita’s New Mexico Style Cafe in Ashburn, Virginia, Tommy Tellez Sr., embarrassed.

He told WJLA: ?I?m appalled. This is so disheartening.? He says Carter is such a loyal employee and beloved by the customers.

?She has a following,? Tellez said. ?Her philosophy for customer service is way beyond the norm, and we?re really happy to have her.?

According to what Carter told WJLA, the couple acted like anyone else. They gave no indication whatsoever that they were racists. She said the woman even complimented the food. Continue reading

Danny Glover on Board As L. A. Women’s Theatre Festival Races to Reach its ‘Kickstarter Goal’ in 4 More Days!!!

"Women. What would life be without them? Well ...there would be no life without them." Danny Glover LAWTF Honorary Co-Chairperson (Twitter photo)
“Women. What would life be without them??Well …there would be no life without them.”–Danny Glover,?LAWTF Honorary Co-Chairperson (Twitter photo)

*(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.?

If you have not become a backer yet, they hope you will do so today? Continue reading

‘A Great Day in Black Hollywood’ Honors Filmmakers as 2017 BHERC Festival Opens

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(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

4,200 Joints to Be ‘Distributed’ and Smoked 4-Minutes into Trump’s Inauguration

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Marijuana buds for sale

*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?

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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

ER Rooms Report Marijuana-Related Illness is Spiking Visits (Especially in Legalized States)

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*I knew it was only a matter of time for SOME ILLNESS to come about as a result of heavy pot smoking — exacerbated by the fact that its now legal in several states. Of course it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that heavy pot users have been shown to have memory issues (and some have even become downright delusional, but that’s another story). Honestly, I don’t know if I stand 100 with the new ruling in California, whose pass came about last November. Blame it on the fact that I see way too much marijuana smoke being blown out of passing car windows; or even the fact that the guy who backed up off the freeway ramp, into my brand new car, reeked of it.

Medical marijuana is legitimate. It continues to be of great significance in alleviating debilitating pain; and even offers undeniable results where some children’s illnesses are concerned.

But just allowing any damn body to smoke weed. Out loud. Not so much.

Anyway, according to emergency room doctors, a lot of folks are flooding the ER rooms with illnesses related to severe pot smoking. Continue reading

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

Hey ‘Pastor’ Kim Burrell, With Ellen Now a ‘No Go’…The Fun May Be Just Beginning!

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*How dare she??That was my first thought after watching the video where this supposed Woman of God goes on a rant about who will get into Heaven and who won’t. That’s basically what her anti-gay ‘sermon’ was about.

I am not gay, and I’m not Christian — but let me tell you, I am still offended, and YOU, reader, should be too. It’s absolutely?disgusting?when people use what should be a platform of love and inclusion, to spout their own nasty views on how others choose to live their life.

How dare you! And shame on the ‘supporters’ of this idiocy; those who can be heard sitting in the audience heeing and hawing their support.

And Ms. Burrell, you didn’t even use good sense. You did this KNOWING you were going on the television show of one of the most beloved lesbian women of the 21st century, Ellen DeGeneres?

Girl, surely you gest. Continue reading