Friday, May 31, 2024

“Tennessee Three” Fiasco Highlights The Inextricable Link Between Racism And Gun Violence.

April 18, 2023 by  
Filed under Education, News, Politics, Weekly Columns

Lee and his wife, Maria, were longtime friends of two of those who lost their lives at Covenant School: substitute teacher Cynthia Peak and headmistress Katherine Koontz. Peak was expected at the governor’s mansion for dinner with Maria Lee on the day of the shooting.

It should not take a personal connection to the victims of a massacre to move a public servant to take a stand against gun violence. But now that Lee has taken the first step, he must continue the journey and the legislature should follow.

FDA’s Recent Cosmetics Reform Could Still Allow Carcinogens in Hair Relaxers on Shelves.

March 29, 2023 by  
Filed under Health, Money/Business, News, Weekly Columns

While the legal battle can last for years, the FDA can reduce customers’ justified anxieties by correcting MoCRA’s problematic inconsistencies, leveraging its newly acquired attributes to mandate improved reporting transparency, and setting clearly defined product safety substantiation standards that leave no room for disingenuous interpretation.

Film Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.

February 22, 2023 by  
Filed under Entertainment, News, Weekly Columns

In a candid interview, veteran director Martin Scorsese expressed his view of MU films: “… they seem to me to be closer to theme parks than they are to movies … I don’t think they’re cinema.”  The very thoughtful Black Panther and extremely debauched Deadpool beg to differ. But junky, formulaic MU movies like Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania make Scorsese’s case. 

Movie Review: Knock at the Cabin.

February 7, 2023 by  
Filed under Entertainment, News, Weekly Columns

The common denominator for most movies is a protagonist fighting an antagonist or evil until there is a winner. If audiences are expecting that clear distinction or a fitting, cataclysmic climax in this existential film about choosing between family or humanity, think again. The footage leads to a disappointing ending, though one not nearly as egregious as that in the source book, Paul Tremblay’s horror novel A Cabin at the End of the World.

How the likes of Al Sharpton ruined ‘Black History Week’.

February 7, 2023 by  
Filed under News, Politics, Weekly Columns

Woodson founded Negro History Week at a time Democrats were oppressing the Americans who displayed more melanin than others to the fullest extent of the laws they wrote to accomplish same. The Democrats weaponized the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) into a domestic terrorist group to oppress the former slaves, because they would not support and vote for Democrats, choosing instead to support and become Republicans. That included being elected to office as Republicans. (See page 14, “Democrats and Republicans In Their Own Words.”)

Film Review: Missing.

January 25, 2023 by  
Filed under Entertainment, News, Weekly Columns

Rarely has this generation of social media fanatics and tech heads been given their own film. This is their gift. A homage to their way of life. For all the moms and dads shaming their kids for spending too much time alone in their rooms on their devices, this is a warning. Texting and social media savvy may save your life one day. So shut the door and stay out of their business!

Joe Biden’s ESG Investment Rules Threaten Your Retirement Savings.

Bravo to Vanguard for pulling out of the ESG scam. If you’ve invested your money with BlackRock or State Street, you might want to ask why they haven’t done the same.

Movie Review: House Party.

January 17, 2023 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Music, News, Weekly Columns

Calmatic is successful with sight gags, physical pranks and the dance offs in party scenes. Though the crux of the movie takes place at LeBron’s place, the most outrageous wacky stuff comes in a sequence where Cudi takes the duo to an underground, secret-society world populated by weird Caligula-looking people. The debauchery, depravity and horrific violence on view are so funny viewers will lose their lunch, spill their drinks or gag on their weed. That’s the frustration with this update. It could have been better, tighter, funnier and even more frenzied.

Politics: Putting The Con In Conservative.

January 17, 2023 by  
Filed under News, Politics, Weekly Columns

If Santos gets a pass, Republican leaders will be telling voters just who they are and what they will stand for. Honesty is for suckers. Partisan advantage trumps decency. To gain power, Republicans are prepared to spread Trump’s Big Lie. They don’t hesitate to lie about their opponents. And Santos shows they are prepared to put forth and stand by candidates who lie about their own families, education, employment and lineage.

MLK Holiday Reflects Our Resilience.

January 11, 2023 by  
Filed under News, Politics, Weekly Columns

We must continue to sing the “Black Birthday Song” joyously because joy is a form of resistance. But we must sign it in its historical context. Whether we are singing for Big Mama or a newborn baby, we must never sing Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” without thinking about speaking about Dr. King.

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