New Randy Rainbow Video-Just BE BEST! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Though the First Lady Of The United States is not an elected position, she has a platform that few have, especially when it comes to activism. Most, if not all First Ladies have used their positions to shine the light on an issue that they feel is important to them.

Be Best is the cause taken up by Melania Trump, our current First Lady. The focus of this organization is to ensure that all American children grow physically, emotionally and socially healthy. One of the main goals of Be Best is to ensure that our young people use social media in a way that is productive, positive and healthy. The irony of this goal is that her husband uses social media as a bully pulpit to spread lies, half-truths and to make himself look good at the expense of the country.

This is the subject of Randy Rainbow’s new video, “Just BE BEST! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”, uses Be Our Guest from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast to show how utterly hypocritical this idea is.

 

Thank you, Randy Rainbow. You have given something to laugh about and something to think about.

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Thoughts On The Resignation Of Nikki Haley

Last week, former South Carolina Governor and current UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that as of the end of this year, she would be resigning as UN Ambassador.

The thing that strikes me about Ms. Haley is that unlike other former members of you know whose administration, she was not picked because of business connections or partisan politics. She appears to be mature, thoughtful, professional and honestly working for the American people.

She has also supported Israel in a way that feels authentic and non-partisan. When Israel has been accused of defending herself against hostile neighbors and the UN has blamed Israel for human rights violations, Ms. Haley stood up for Israel.  She understands that America and Israel have a lot in common and must use that common ground to secure Democracy and security for future generations.

Only time will tell who replaces Ms. Haley and how that relationship changes with the rest of the world But I hope that you know who will choose someone as wisely as he did when he chose Ms. Haley to represent the United States in the UN.

 

 

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Lynzy Lab Hits The Nail On The Head

After the circus that was the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, you know who made the following comments:

“It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,”

I could lecture from here to eternity about the reality of the world we live in when it comes to who has the power in this world and who does not have the power. But instead of getting on my soapbox, I will let Lynzy Lab sing about it instead.

The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. We have a problem in our culture. Women are undervalued and often seen as sexual objects without brains, ambitions or abilities. This brilliant song  shines a light on the problem and allows all of us to start on the difficult journey of fixing the problem.

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Pride Book Review

For over 200 years, the unexpected courtship and hate turned to love relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has thrilled readers.

Ibi Zoboi is one of the newest writers to update Pride and Prejudice to the modern era. This year, she published Pride, set in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick.

Zuri Benitez has lived in Bushwick her entire life. The second of five daughters of Afro-Caribbean parents, Zuri is proud of her neighborhood, her family and her heritage. But her neighborhood is changing. The Darcys have just moved across the street from Zuri and her family.  They have purchased and renovated what was a rundown building and have two teenage sons. Zuri’s elder sister, Janae starts dating Ainsley Darcy, but Zuri develops an immediate dislike for Darius Darcy. Will they ever get along and find common ground or are they destined to hate each other?

I really and truly enjoyed this book. It still felt like Pride and Prejudice, but felt modern at the same time. Though the book is set in modern-day Bushwick, I could still hear Jane’s voice as a writer. When adapting Pride and Prejudice or any other classic novel for the modern era, some writers are unable to keep of the voice of the original writer while adapting the story and the characters. Ms. Zoboi is able to balance the world of her characters with the narratives and characters that Jane Austen fans know and love.

I absolutely recommend it.

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Tea with the Dames Movie Review

There is nothing like getting together with old friends. Especially, if you have been friends for multiple decades.

The new movie, Tea with the Dames, directed by Roger Michell, is a conversation between four of the greatest living actresses in modern Hollywood. In the film, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright, and Dame Eileen Atkins discuss life, love, career, family and everything in between.

What I loved about this documentary is that these women not just pretending to be friends for the sake of the camera. This is not another role where they pretend to be someone else and have pretend relationships with their co-stars. They have a real emotional bond and years of friendship that easily comes across the screen. In addition to the interviews with the film’s subjects, the documentary also includes archival footage from their past work, images from their personal life and images of roles they have played in the past.

I absolutely recommend it.

Tea with the Dames is presently in theaters. 

 

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Flashback Friday-Tristan + Isolde (2006)

The story of forbidden love is akin to catnip for many writers. The question is, can the writer or writers create a story that stands out from the pack?

In the 2006 film, Tristan + Isolde, James Franco plays Tristan, a prince who is second in line to the British throne. Sophia Myles plays Isolde, the princess from an Irish clan who is feuding with the British. Needless to say, this is not a match that would be approved by either side. Isolde marries Marke (Rufus Sewell), but does not forget the man she loves. Will the lovers be able to build a life together or will they be fated to hide their love to survive?

The film is based on the story of a mythical, yet forbidden love between Cornish Knight and an Irish Princess. The problem with this film is that unlike another famous tale of forbidden love (Romeo and Juliet), it does not have same oomph. While it helps that Rufus Sewell’s character is the main reason that the lovers are kept apart, even he cannot save this film.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Flashback Friday-The Biggest Loser (2004-2016)

It’s not exactly a secret that obesity is becoming one of the biggest health problems in America.

Therefore, it’s not much a stretch to understand that the topic looked like a goldmine for reality television.

The Biggest Loser was on the air from 2004-2016. The format of the program was like any other competition reality show. All of the contestants at the beginning of each season were seriously overweight and/or obese. The goal of the show was not just to win the cash prize, but to lose the the most weight.

While on the outside, the premise of the show has semi-good intentions. It is a reality show, but it could, in the right light, inspire viewers to live a healthier lifestyle. However, given the accusations of extreme conditions and weight loss of the contestants, The Biggest Loser does not look that great.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage Book Review

To be related to someone famous is both a blessing and a curse. One on hand, it opens doors. But on the other hand, there is a certain expectation because of one’s famous relation.

Caroline Jane Knight is the fifth great-grandniece of Jane Austen. She is the last descendant of the Austen/Knight family (she is directly descended from Edward Austen Knight, Jane’s brother who was adopted by wealthy and childless cousins)  to reside in Chawton, the Knight family residence for centuries. In her new book, Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage, Caroline writes about what it was like to grow up in the home and the shadow of one of the world’s most respected authors.

Currently residing in Australia, Ms. Knight was not always comfortable with her heritage. But over time, she grew to accept and love that she comes from the Austen family.

I absolutely recommend it.

P.S. I recommend that you purchase the book if you can. For every book that is purchased, a small portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.

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Will & Grace Character Review: Vince D’Angelo

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series Will & Grace. Read at your own risk if you have not watched either the previous series or the new series. For the purpose of this post, I am only referring the narratives in the original series, not the reboot.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

In this series of weekly blog posts, I will examine character using the characters from Will & Grace to explore how writers can create fully dimensional, human characters that audiences and readers can relate to.

When it comes to love, fate often sends us the right person when we are not looking for them. In Will & Grace, the right person for Will Truman (Eric McCormack) is Vince D’Angelo (Bobby Cannavale). They meet when Will is giving Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) driving lessons and Vince, who is a cop, pulls them over for speeding. When Will notices that the ticket was not signed, he goes to court to have it thrown out. Vince is also in the courtroom and after exchanging names, both realize friends have been trying to set them up for a while. While Will has had other boyfriends since his breakup with Michael at the beginning of the first series, Vince is the first guy Will seriously went out with.

Despite the initial impression of the macho Italian-American New York City cop, Vince is really a softie. He is a romantic, enjoys crafting in his free time and is conscious about about making sure that his hair and skin are flawless. Though Will and Vince had their ups and downs, they eventually settled down into a happy marriage.

To sum it up: Love comes for Will Truman when he least expects it. While Vince has his imperfections like the rest of us, he is the right person for Will. When creating a love story, sometimes the writer has to let fate guide their character to their other half. It may take some time, but hopefully, the character will be able to see that this is the person they are meant to be with.

This ends my character review for Will & Grace. The new group of characters I will be reviewing is….you will have to come back next week.

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Throwback Thursday-Supernanny (2005-2011)

Anyone who has ever been a parent will tell you that it is the most difficult and rewarding job that anyone can undertake. They may also tell you that there is no manual that comes with a newborn.

Supernanny premiered in the UK in the summer of 2004. Nearly a year later, in the spring of 2005, Supernanny made it’s US television premiere. Jo Frost was the star of the show. A professional nanny by trade for nearly 30 years, Jo’s job on the show is to help parents who are struggling with the various aspects of raising their child or children.

As a viewer, the show, like many reality shows, is like car wreck on the highway. You need to focus on the road, but you still turn your head to look at the wreckage. While no one is perfect, especially as a parent, I have to question if what I am watching is real or faked for 15 minutes of fame.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

 

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