Drive-Thru Services for the Bereaved, Hmm…This Funeral Homes Gives it a Go! (Watch)

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*Not to judge, but I guess you can justify just about?anything.?Who knew one day there would be computers? Cellphones? Drive-thru funeral services?

***Insert sound of screeching car brakes here***

Yes. You read that correctly. Please know that I am attempting to present this to you using my game face (though something inside of me wants to bust out laughing). My apologies in advance for any offense that may cause?somebody.?But a funeral home in Memphis is giving this new concept a go.

And who am I to think that’s funny?

The R. Bernard Funeral Home is housed in a building that was formerly a bank, and for some ungodly reason, they feel they absolutely must use the drive-thru window. For what for, you ask?

Ah! Here’s something: As a way for people to view their recently departed…without getting out of the car.

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El Capitan in Hollywood Presents ‘Festival of Fairytales’ Series

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*HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 14, 2017) ? In anticipation of the upcoming release of Disney?s ?Beauty and the Beast,? the latest live-action adaption of a classic animated film, the legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a series of films, FESTIVAL OF FAIRY TALES: Disney?s Live Action Adventures, from March 3 ? 12, 2017.

The Festival of Fairytales will kick off with Disney?s ?Maleficent? (2014) directed by Robert Stromberg, March 3-4, followed by Disney?s ?The Jungle Book? (2016) directed by Jon Favreau, March 5-6;? ?Pete?s Dragon? (2016) directed by David Lowery, March 7-8,? ?Cinderella? (2015) directed by Kenneth Branagh, March 9-10, and concluding with ?Alice in Wonderland?(2010) directed by Tim Burton, March 11-12.

A re-imagining of Disney's cherished film, PETE'S DRAGON is the story of a boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. Photo Credit: ? 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
A re-imagining of Disney’s cherished film, PETE’S DRAGON is the story of a boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. Photo Credit: ? 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

?Recently Disney has taken some of its most beloved stories and made them into new films for new audiences ? of which ?Beauty and the Beast? opening March 17 here at The El Capitan Theatre is the latest,? said Ed Collins, General Manager of The El Capitan Theatre.? ?Many of these new films which have been very popular with audiences and critics alike have become classics in their own right.? They have given a whole new generation a way to have a unique experience with these characters. We know that our El Capitan Guests will welcome a chance to see these films again on the big screen as they were meant to be seen and we are thrilled to present them now.?

The El Capitan Theatre is offering a special FESTIVAL OF FAIRYTALES Package; for $50 per person, guests receive a Reserved Ticket, small box of popcorn & 12 oz. fountain drink to each of the five films, tickets for this package must be reserved in advance by calling 818-845-3110.? Guests will choose show date & seats for all five films at the time of purchase.? A $20 VIP preferred ticket is also available for each film individually, which includes a VIP Preferred Seat, popcorn in a souvenir tub and 20 oz. drink. Continue reading

Burger King Offers ‘Adult Toy’ in Valentine’s Day Meal Box (Watch)

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*Happy Valentine’s Day lovers. Let’s get this day started right! Since VD fell on a weekday this year, I hope you and your significant other enjoyed an incredibly romantic weekend. So what’s in store for you guys tonight? Maybe a little flick called ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ or maybe just dinner. Are you in the mood for fast food? If your answer is affirmative Burger King has a little surprise for you.?It’s called the Adults Only Meal.

And it looks like more than fries comes with that shake. Continue reading

Introducing an Orange Alligator: the “Trumpagator!”

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*I still remember the “horse of a different color” scene in the 1939 Hollywood remake of The Wizard of Oz.?

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Remember it? ?That horse changed into several bright colors during that segment, and has prompted smiles for generations of movie lovers.

Well, THAT was a horse…in a movie. ? I wouldn’t have been smiling at the sight of this: ?a 4- to 5-foot orange alligator. ?He or she — you can’t blame anyone for not wanting to get close enough to discern the beast’s gender! — turned heads earlier this week near a pond just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. ?Residents have begun joking that it should be called a “Trumpagator.” Continue reading

Can Uber Ruin a Marriage? This Man Says ‘Yes’… He’s Headed to Divorce Court

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*I can kind of see that. A marriage hitting the rocks because of Uber. But not for the reasons this man is claiming, and further, actually suing the company over. What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on THAT courtroom wall. His lawsuit claims that since the app “lingers” … as in — doesn’t shut off after he is done driving — his wife peeped his pick up and drop off points and accused him of cheating.

Huh?

I don’t know dude. Sounds like your marriage may have been on shaky ground to begin with. But who am I?

I do, however, want to explain?my?why. I speak from experience.?Driving Uber can be very addictive. You almost feel guilty when you’re?not driving.?And when you DO go to visit people; say, on a “day off” (if you can muster up a justification to take one) you are secretly thinking, “I’m wasting time! I could be out making money!”

I know. It’s terrible. I’m not even gonna front.

But back to Mr. “Soon-to-be-single.” According to local UK media, he’s suing Uber for $45 million dollars. Continue reading

‘The Voice Of Romance’ Johnny Mathis Kicks Off Concert Tour…at 81 Years Young

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*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.”

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Obba Babatund? Stars in ERT Production of ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

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*LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2017) Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT – Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown) announced today that ERT will present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatund? (Dreamgirls/Tony nomination). Written by Clarke Peters, this exuberant, international hit musical pays tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer Louis Jordan. ?ERT?s production, directed and choreographed by Keith Young (Sammy), with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE/original Broadway production) will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the musical?s Broadway production. Performances will run May 18 ? June 11, 2017 with an official press opening on Saturday, May 20 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles, 90016.

?Ebony Repertory Theatre is very excited to present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE in the 25th Anniversary year of its Broadway debut,? said Wren T. Brown, ERT Producing Artistic Director. ??I will never forget the sheer excitement I felt while sitting in the Eugene O?Neill Theatre on Broadway in 1992 watching six wonderfully talented men and a most swinging band celebrate the music and persona of the seminal and pioneering saxophonist, singer and bandleader Louis Jordan. ?In addition, we are thrilled to have Keith Young make his Los Angeles directorial debut with this production. ?We are also honored to have the original Musical Director of the Broadway production, Abdul Hamid Royal, leading the band. And of course, we are overjoyed to have the gifted triple-threat Obba Babatund? as Nomax. Continue reading

‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer’ — The Must-See Doc for Anyone Truly Willing to Affect Change (Watch)

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*Don’t get it twisted.?”L.O.V.E.” aside, this documentary will be hard to take… at least within the first five minutes. It doesn’t necessarily get any easier throughout, but it does shift consciousness along the way, and asks that you do the same.

You may think twice about going to see, ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer.’ At least those of you who may find it hard to wrap your brain around anything that immediately brings to mind (and dare I say unites)?the words?cops?and?love?in the same sentence.

But let me put your mind at ease.

In this sense, LOVE is an acronym for?LEARN (about your community and the people in it),?Open?(your heart to the humanity within),?Volunteer?(your service and skillset where you live), and?Empower?(others to do the same).

Created by producer/director AJ Ali and Academy-award-winning cinematographer Errol Webber as director of photography, ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer’ features interviews with police officers, faith leaders, educators, activists and more. There is nothing?ordinary about this?film. It’s a documentary that doesn’t ask that you go to your nearest movie theater and check it out, then file it under the “Oh yeah, I saw that film” category as you move on with your life.?It’s?a film with a goal in mind. A film with expectations. A film that begs you to stay present (as in aware), as you move forward.

It may cause you to think of something Barack Obama said in his Final Speech as president.

“If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing.? If you?re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.? Show up.? Dive in.? Persevere.”

You want to see things change as it relates to?walking while Black?

This film will test just how bad you want that to happen. Continue reading

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