*One hundred years ago, blackface and other offensive media representations of African Americans were not only common, but celebrated. Few cultural moments encapsulate this more fully than D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” (1915), a notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly reimagining of history.
“Birth of a Movement,” a new film now streaming on PBS, tells the story of William Monroe Trotter, an African-American newspaper editor and activist, who, along with the then newly-formed NAACP, waged a battle against the film. Together, we unleashed a conflict that still rages today about race relations, representation, and the power of Hollywood. Continue reading →
*One of my greatest surprises after moving to the west coast seven years ago was the discovery of Six Flags amusement parks. I grew up just a stone?s throw from the midwest?s Cedar Point, which is widely known as the roller coast capital of the world. I still cherish the memories of my annual treks there as a kid, and didn?t imagine being close a park that could match the thrills I?d experienced at Cedar Point.
Then, I found Six Flags.
The one in my neck of the woods, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, was always a thrill, but got better in recent years with the addition of rides like Superman Ultimate Flight (which is the first ride I hit when I enter the park!) and The Joker, a new hybrid coaster that repurposed the foundation of one of the park?s old wooden out-and-backs and turned it into a scream machine that left me hoarse for the balance of my day there last summer.
During THAT ride, I had to suppress my repeated “F*** me!” screams, as there were small, impressionable children aboard. ?(I can?t wait to ride it again!) Continue reading →
*Whew! Videos like the one below (scroll down) which shows a young woman, Kourtney Jorge, and her ex-boyfriend, Leonard Long III, talking through problems of infidelity make some of us happy that we are not currently in a relationship. I mean really, who needs the hassle? But the fact that the video has Twitter buzzing (it immediately went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets almost immediately) also reveals our innate attraction to other peoples’ drama.
The hashtag #Hurtbae is now official.
The six-minute-44-second video titled, Why They Cheated: Two Exes Confront Each Other About Infidelity,?was done for the website, The Scene, and while the ex-boyfriend remains composed and shows no sense of remorse, the woman is, of course, just the opposite:
…emotional and pitiful looking throughout.
The two are sitting opposite each other as the words on the screen bring the words being spoken in confession by the male read:
“I did everything.”
The woman, obviously a glutton for punishment, asks for further clarification:
*I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I can take another Trump announcement, pronouncement, or tweet! ?Yesterday, I needed a break from the dismal news cycle, so I snuck into a showing of the hysterical new The Lego Batman Movie. Even a die-hard Superman fan like me loved it.
Maybe that?s because the Man of Steel himself has a role in the movie, and provides a fairly significant plot point to the action-packed romp, during which Batman struggles with?
Yes, I am. I was drawn into the story from the first few frames. ?I howled with laughter during the flick, which has lots of action and humor that will appeal to the little ones, along with many jokes that will go right over their heads while leaving you in stitches.
Will Arnett, who provides the voice of the most vain Caped Crusader we’ve ever seen on screen (“…I get up at 4:30am and pump iron until my pecs are just sick!”), may well be my favorite cinematic Batman. Continue reading →
*Well if this turns out to actually be true, it gives new meaning to wonders never cease to amaze! According to?a 2014 news article from Sports Business Daily, Mike?Ilitch, the founder of the Little Caesar’s pizza chain, came to Miss Parks’ rescue following a 1994 burglary in her apartment which caused concerns about her safety. Continue reading →
*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.
*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.
?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 →