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Books / Walter Mosley's latest
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:16:31 pm »
NPR's 'All Things Considered' hosted by Michele Martin interviews Walter Mosley as he talks about his latest novel, 'Down The River, Unto The Sea' about a Black policeman dealing with a corrupt Criminal Justice System.

Dedicated to Malcolm, Medgar & Martin

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« on: December 16, 2017, 01:14:28 pm »

By Charles Curtis   December 15, 2017 

It’s lucky that this Atlanta Hawks fan wasn’t judged on his shooting form while sinking this incredible halfcourt shot.

Because if that was a factor, he definitely wouldn’t have won $10,000 for his efforts. But let’s give him some praise — it doesn’t matter how you sink it. A half-court heave that goes in counts even if it was flung with “sidewinder” style.

"The Force is strong in my family; I have it. My mother has it and...
---my brother have it."

Earlier this week, an Atlanta  Hawks fan drained a shot from half court at Philips Arena Thursday night to win $10000.

That 'fan' is my younger brother.   8)

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Hudlin TV / THE WIZ... Live!
« on: December 02, 2015, 08:38:51 am »

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Feel The Funk / He's Somewhere Out There
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:59:58 pm »
James Horner, an American music composer who scored a tremendous number of popular Hollywood movies, too many for me to actually list,  was killed in a plane crash a few days ago. 

One of my favorite songs from his repertoire that he co-wrote from the motion picture, 'An American Tail', a story about a family of Russian mice immigrating to America in the early 20th Century, produced & directed by legendary Animator Don Bluth, was the Grammy winning, "Somewhere Out There" performed by James Ingram & Linda Ronstadt which was a bonus to a movie packed with powerhouse talent.  Check the credits if you don't believe me.

Mr. Horner's passing reminded me of a very talented college friend of mine, Levi Louis, who drew a sketch of Fieval & Tanya Mousekewitz from 'American Tail' for me while just casually talking about animated films one day on campus.

It was at this time I had learned Levi was granted internship to travel to Florida to work on Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' and eventually move on to work on the animated cult favorite, 'Bebe's Kids' produced by Reginald Hudlin & directed by Bruce W. Smith.

« on: June 01, 2015, 05:45:03 am »

Was checking out MSNBC's 'All In' hosted by Chris Hayes last Friday where his guest, Rashida Jones talks about her new film project that wowed audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival, 'Hot Girls Wanted', a documentary to be streamed on Netflix which reveals the candid life of modern amateur pornography where the only legal requirement for American females is to prove you’re over 18, and you’re in.

Books / MICHELLE OBAMA: The First Lady in Photographs
« on: March 18, 2015, 04:11:54 pm »
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla from England are in town, which reminds me of a book I picked up last week:

MICHELLE OBAMA:  The First Lady in Photographs
by Deborah Willis and Emily Bernard

A collection of beautifully edited photographs and articles of the First Lady as you probably never seen her before!

Michelle Obama is just as majestic as any member of the royal family in England and I am proud of her.

Acting / Misty Upham --- Django Actress Found Dead
« on: October 18, 2014, 09:29:50 am »
Django Actress Found Dead
The body of actress Misty Upham, 32, was found at the bottom of a steep cliff in in a densely wooded area of Auburn, Wash., on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the family confirmed.

Upham, who had appeared in “Django Unchained” among other films, was first reported missing by her father on Oct. 6, a day after she was last seen leaving her sister’s apartment on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation in Auburn.

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Health / Purple Purse
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:08:32 am »

Kerry Washington is fast becoming one of my most admired persons because she actually stands for something.
Recently, Ms. Washington was a guest on MSNBC's  'The Reid Report'  hosted by Joy Reid as a ambassador for Purple Purse, a project of The Allstate Foundation, to remind Americans of the many kinds of domestic abuse.

For example, economic abuse is the most common of all because the abuser deprives the victim of the ability to be financially independent.  The abuser has financial security and the victim doesn't.

Domestic abuse is a very, very, very serious issue and nothing to be ashamed of.

Domestic abuse affects EVERYONE in any kind of relationship: families, friends and lovers alike.

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Books / The 'Secret' US Senate Handbook
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:14:22 am »
The 'secret' U.S. Senate Handbook

Was watching my daily dosage of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show last night and Rachel discovers that USA Today has posted on their website, the extremely rare 'secret' United States Senate Handbook.

The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats.

The document has never been available to the public — until now.   

That's right!  Downloadable content easily packaged in 6 .pdf pieces. 

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Acting / Daniele Watts --- Suspected Of Prostitution & Arrested
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:13:49 am »
911:  DJANGO Actress Arrested By Gumshoe

Los Angeles, CA - According to nbc & Hollywood dot com, actress Daniele Watts has accused officers at the Los Angeles Police Department of brutality and racism after an incident on Thursday, September 11, 2014. The Django Unchained star and her celebrity chef husband Brian James Lucas were kissing in a car in the San Fernando Valley, when they were approached by cops after a resident called police to the scene... other words, she was RACIALLY PROFILED.

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In The News / NPR scheduled to end 'Tell Me More'
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:19:07 pm »
NPR To End 'Tell Me More'
by David Folkenflik
May 20, 2014

Washington, DC - NPR announced Tuesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program 'Tell Me More' on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.

In an interview after the news was announced, Martin sounded shaken, saying her program had exceeded expectations in terms of the number of stations carrying it and had drawn a more diverse audience to NPR.

"To be honest with you, I think we've been casualties of executive churn," Martin said. "Every CEO who has been at this network since I've been here — and how many are there now? Six? Seven? — all of them have supported this program, but none of them have stayed around long enough to institutionalize that support."

She said NPR's record with shows intended to appeal to African-American listeners speaks for itself.

But, Martin said, "clearly, it's not enough in this environment to fulfill an editorial mission. You've got to be supported across the board by every element of the organization. ... And I don't think that's always happened."

Martin admitted having "scar tissue" from her show's cancellation. But she also said she wants to hold NPR to its mission and its promises.

"We've done a lot to show what's possible here and I want to keep that going," Martin said. "I can't say you need to do better at serving these audiences and then walk away from it. I don't think that's fair."


This is the last week 'Tell Me More' hosted by Michel Martin runs its daily afternoon radio show at NPR and I firmly believe it is a little more than coincidence that this unfortunate turn of events happens just before the 2014 mid-term elections.
Looks like the ultra conservative, republican tea party types are finally getting what they want; they wanted to dismantle NPR ever since President Obama was re-elected.

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« on: July 27, 2014, 03:59:03 am »
Sounds familiar?   ;D
Heard this kind of talk before?

Dear White People

(sorry... wrong thread!)

In The News / Central Park 5 is still ALIVE!
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:11:26 am »
In Shift, New York City Is Quickly Settling Big Civil-Rights Lawsuits
JULY 24, 2014

Kevin Richardson, left, and Raymond Santana, right, two of the men known as the Central Park Five, appeared in front of supporters last week to discuss their multimillion-dollar settlement with the City of New York. Their convictions were vacated in the rape and beating of a park jogger.

N.Y. / Region -  For more than a decade, the five men whose convictions were vacated in the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger grappled with New York City for monetary damages for what they had gone through. The city fought them at every turn.

Then, six months into a new administration, the city’s Law Department agreed to a sweeping $41 million settlement with the plaintiffs. The agreement, which is expected to be filed in federal court soon, had been championed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had cited the city’s “moral obligation to respond to that injustice.”


Why is this topic important? 

Because... those 5 dudes aren't the only victims New York City has managed to badly handle court cases.

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Acting / Micheal Jace --- Charged With Murder
« on: May 23, 2014, 11:43:58 am »
'Shield' actor Michael Jace officially charged with wife's murder
by Alan Duke

Los Angeles (CNN) - Actor Michael Jace has been formally charged with one count of murder with a gun in the shooting death of his wife, the prosecutor's spokeswoman said last Thursday.

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I just realized who this actor was; He's the guy who played a Black Panther member in the movie, 'Forrest Gump' and I can remember that scene vividly between Mr. Jace & Tom Hanks!   :o

Hudlin TV / Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:37:39 pm »
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

As part of HBO's documentary series, 'Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley' directed by Whoopi Goldberg is a collection of television clips  and conversations by legendary performers Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers, Jerry Stiller and friends.  Many of them comment on what kind of impression the woman comedian[Mabley] had on their lives, their work and the entertainment world.

Unabashed & funny social commentary of the Civil Rights Movement (she personally knew Martin Luther King Jr.),  her visit to the White House when LBJ was President of the United States and what she experienced in the 1960s through the 1970s is contained in the exploration.

Did you know that Moms Mabley was also the inspiration to Mama Odie from Disney's 'The Princess & The Frog'?  (voiced by Jennifer Lewis).

The television clip that stood out to me was Ms. Mabley's appearance on the Merv Griffin Show. Merv asks her how was her trip to the South. She tells him that the people there loved her.  In fact, they loved her so much that they named her after Roy Roger's horse, Trigger.

"Here, Trigger!" 

"Hey, Trigger!"

...or least that's what she thinks they said. 

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