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Latest Flicks / The Avengers
« on: October 11, 2011, 07:26:42 pm »
Avengers Assemble!

Vox Populi / It's A Great Day... where?? :)
« on: October 06, 2011, 12:48:54 pm »
Pretty Indian chick South Carolina Governess, Nikki Haley, is now requiring all state workers to answer phones with this greeting,

"It's A Great Day In South Carolina. How Can I Help You?" 

Wanna have some harmless fun?

Here's a contact number to the State Mansion:  (803) 734-2100  or this one: (803) 734-2100 to see if the state employees are following orders. :)

Mind you, this is confederate territory so proceed with caution. :-[

Acting / Halle in a new Charlie's Angels series?
« on: September 18, 2011, 08:03:48 am »

I like this shot of  Halle Berry's 1970s look that I clipped from my ISPs main site.  Doesn't she look similar to Kate Jackson? :)

Technology / Steve Jobs Resigns From Apple
« on: August 24, 2011, 04:50:58 pm »
" 'Bout time!"
Steve Jobs Resigns From Apple

(Reuters) - Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.

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Technology / XBOX CAN HURT YOU?
« on: July 30, 2011, 03:08:43 pm »
How come this never happens to people who watch television for hours on end?
I hope the ESRB doesn't hear about this...

AFP - According to Yahoo Games, the family of a budding computer programmer have on Saturday launched a campaign to raise awareness about the health risks of playing online computer games after their son died following a marathon session on his Xbox.

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Feel The Funk / Phoebe Snow
« on: April 27, 2011, 04:55:49 am »
Sometimes It Snow(s) In April

Phoebe Snow

Phoebe Snow, a singer-songwriter who gained fame with a 1974 self-titled album that featured the hit single Poetry Man, has passed away. In some articles, I've read that she was 60 when she passed. Other articles claim she was 58.
According to articles online, Snow was born Phoebe Laub on July 17, 1950, in New York City and grew up in Teaneck, N.J.
As a youngster she studied piano, then switched to the guitar but I remember she that was in the league of notable pop singers like Brenda Russell, Angela Bofill, Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt.
She was also the vocalist for a few popular commercial jingles and I'll always remember her as one of the classic love song singers that you'd hear on Lite FM in New York.,0,5216521.story

Sexuality / American Legend: Angel Kelly
« on: March 28, 2011, 01:32:45 pm »
Here's an interview from 2009 w/ Angel Kelly, one of the first mainstream African American adult entertainment performers in the business talks to City Beats TV Host "Tatiana".
Ms. Kelly talks a little about how she entered  the adult film industry then and how she sees it today.  She also talks about about the differences between love and professionalism, sex and working with Tupac.

Oh, by the way,  she still looks great! :-*

Part 1

Part 2

Part 2.5

Hard Choices / Adrianne Palicki or Lynda Carter?
« on: March 19, 2011, 08:40:06 am »
New School  (Andrianne Palicki) or Old School (Lynda Carter)?

Acting / Look Who Grew Up!
« on: March 15, 2011, 08:13:13 pm »
Ladies and Gentlemen...

Bria  Murphy  (yes, THAT Murphy!)

Education / Stop Bullying...
« on: March 10, 2011, 09:08:19 am »
Another message from The White House (a.k.a. The Executive Mansion)

Washington, DC - Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention to bring together students, parents, educators, policymakers, non-profit leaders, and administration officials to address the challenges posed by bullying.
Posted by Kevin Jennings on March 10, 2011 at 06:00 AM EST

In The News / Seeking Asylum, por favor!
« on: March 07, 2011, 11:43:05 am »
Hey, I've got an extra room!

Young Mexican police chief fired after reportedly fleeing to U.S.
By Liz Goodwin
Desperately Seeking Asylum

According to Yahoo news, the Associated Press reports that 21-year-old Marisol Valles has been fired from her post as police chief of the violent town of Praxedis G. Guerrero when she didn't show up for work this morning. She is reportedly seeking asylum in the United States after receiving death threats from drug cartels. She may have difficulty making an asylum case, though, since U.S. immigration officials typically approve such request on the basis of political threats to an applicant's life or well-being, and Mexican drug violence is obviously not state-sanctioned.

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"@#$%! she can come live with me."

In The News / The Panther is threatened
« on: March 03, 2011, 06:50:23 am »
Well, I think we ALL KNOW who is responsible for this...
The Panther May Be Considered Extinct
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press
ALLENTOWN, Pa - According to Yahoo News, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday declared the eastern cougar to be extinct, confirming a widely held belief among wildlife biologists that native populations of the big cat were wiped out by man a century ago.

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Producing / A new generation of Muslims & Hollywood
« on: February 06, 2011, 10:29:08 am »
A New Generation of Muslims & Hollywood
Article written by GILLIAN FLACCUS

Producer/writer, Khadijah Rashid

LOS ANGELES (AP)- After years of watching Muslims portrayed as terrorists in mainstream TV and movies, an advocacy group hopes to change that image by grooming a crop of aspiring Muslim screenwriters who can bring their stories - and perspective - to Hollywood.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council is hosting a series of workshops taught by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated veterans over the next month, an initiative that builds on the group's outreach for a more representative picture of Muslim-Americans on the screen.

The workshops are the natural evolution of MPAC's efforts to lobby TV networks and movie studios from the outside, and they fit into a small, but growing, movement to get more Muslim-Americans behind the cameras.

MPAC dubbed its effort the Hollywood Bureau, while Unity Productions Foundation recently started a similar project called Muslims on Screen and Television. Other nonprofit arts foundations, such as the Levantine Cultural Center and Film Independent, have joined forces by planning networking events for Muslim actors and training and mentoring young filmmakers.

"The idea is to really give Muslims an avenue to tell our stories. It's as simple as that. There's a curiosity about Islam and a curiosity about who Muslims are - and a lot of the fear that we're seeing comes from only hearing one story or these constant negative stories," said Deana Nassar, MPAC's Hollywood liaison.

At the council's first screenwriting workshop last Saturday, three dozen attendees packed into a classroom in downtown Los Angeles to hear Emmy-winning comedy writer Ed Driscoll give tips of the trade, from knowing the audience to making a script outline.

The students reflected a diversity not often seen in Hollywood's portrayal of Muslim-Americans, from a black woman who grew up in Mississippi to a stay-at-home mom to a defense attorney who dabbles in screenwriting on the side.

Khadijah Rashid, 33, said before class that her Hollywood experience included working behind the scenes on everything from reality TV to the award-winning biopic "Ray."

But Rashid said she had always felt her own story - growing up Muslim in the Deep South - was the tale she most wanted to tell. She recalled being teased as a child for her unusual last name and choking down chunks of dry cheese for lunch when the school cafeteria served pork, a forbidden food in Islam.

"I don't think it's much drama, but it's my own personal drama," said Rashid, now a single mother living in Pasadena. "I definitely want to tell my story, but I need to learn how. If I get the tools, I'll just pour it out."

With any luck, Hollywood will listen. The industry has taken more interest in telling authentic Muslim stories in recent years, said Ahmos Hassan, a Muslim-American talent manager who has been in the business for more than two decades.

"There's a demand for Muslim stories, but whether it's Muslim writers or not depends on the talent they bring to the table," Hassan, who owns Chariot Management, said during a break in the class. "They need to bring that to the industry ... and I think the industry is open to it now, more so than any time before."

MPAC has had some success working with writers and producers from the outside.

Its Hollywood Bureau was founded after Sept. 11, 2001, with a simple strategy: to make sure the portrayal of Islam on TV screens was accurate, even if it was negative. Since then, the organization has consulted on a parade of hit TV shows, including "24," "Bones," "Lie to Me," "7th Heaven," "Saving Grace" and "Aliens in America."

The group also has held meetings with top network executives from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, and throws a Muslim-inspired version of a Hollywood awards show each year for productions, both mainstream and independent, that advance understanding of Islam. In 2009, winners included "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Simpsons," for an episode that featured Bart befriending a Muslim boy named Bashir.

The goal is not to spoon-feed Hollywood Muslim-friendly story lines, but to increase awareness of the diversity of American Muslims and to be a resource for writers and producers, Nassar said.

"There's only a small, small number of people who are trying to drive a negative agenda. Most of the time it's innocent oversight, and they're very happy to get our take on what they're doing, to get our feedback," said Nassar, who also attended the workshop and is an entertainment lawyer by training.

That feedback has been an eye-opener and a challenge for some in the industry, where the Muslim-as-terrorist plot line has been an accepted story for years.

"When you're sitting in the writer's room, and you've got to come up with a plot line and you've got to come up with a bad guy, it's really easy to pull that out and say, `OK, Muslim terrorist,'" said T.S. Cook, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who will teach two of the four sessions. "It's a lazy man's way to villainy - and it's pretty ingrained."

Writer Roger Wolfsen, who worked on the TNT drama "Saving Grace," said MPAC consultants were invaluable when he was assigned to write a script for an episode that featured a black death-row inmate who was converting to Islam.

In the plot, the inmate Leon had a personal angel, Earl, who had been guiding him. Wolfsen's challenge was to show Leon's conversion and decide if his angel would change in appearance - or if he would continue to exist for Leon at all.

MPAC's consultants urged Wolfsen to resist making Leon's character a militant, angry black man and instead suggested that he focus on the beauty and mystery of the moment of conversion. The collaboration paid off, he said.

"Everything was my idea, but I didn't know a single detail. I didn't know how you convert; I didn't know what it means; I didn't know what an Islamic angel would say, how an Islamic angel would behave," Wolfsen recalled in a phone interview.

In the end, Wolfsen showed Leon reciting the Islamic declaration of faith in his prison cell as his angel watches.

When Leon opens his eyes, the angel is still there and greets him with a simple "Us salaamu alaykum," or "Peace be upon you" in Arabic.

The episode was one of the high points of Wolfsen's career.

"With every writer, you're always looking for new ways to provide freshness to your characters in abbreviated fashion," Wolfsen said. "You can do that, sometimes, by making somebody a believable Muslim."

Feel The Funk / Gladys Horton, Marvelettes Lead Singer passes away at 66
« on: February 03, 2011, 07:33:09 am »
Gladys Horton, Marvelettes Lead Singer, passes at 66
The pre-diva girl group, The Marvelettes!

Sherman Oaks, CA - According to site, BV Black Spin, Gladys Horton, whose powerful voice earned her group-- The Marvelettes-- the distinction of being the first girl group signed to Motown, died approximately on or about January 27, 2011 in Sherman Oaks, CA from complications related to a stroke.

Horton, who was raised by foster parents in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, formed a singing group with friends while in high school.

That group, originally called "The Casinyets" short for "can't sing yet," caught the attention of Berry Gordy's Motown studio and changed their name to the Marvelettes.

"Please Mr. Postman," featuring the 17-year-old Horton's bluesy lead vocals became Motown's first No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 when it was released in 1961.

Horton was also the lead singer on a string of later hits, including "Beechwood 4-5789" (1962) and "Too Many Fish in the Sea" (1964).

She was replaced by Wanda Young as lead singer in the group in 1965 and left the Marvelettes in 1967.

Horton had been living in California since the early 1970s

In The News / What the $#@! is happening in Arkansas?
« on: January 04, 2011, 08:49:33 am »
 Something in the air...

Thousands of dead birds picked up in Ark. town

BEEBE, Ark. (AP) - Environmental service workers finished picking up the carcasses on Sunday of about 2,000 red-winged blackbirds that fell dead from the sky in a central Arkansas town.

The commission said that New Year's Eve revelers shooting off fireworks could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

Robby King, a wildlife officer for the commission, collected about 65 dead birds, which will be sent for testing to the state Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis.

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