Lionsgate BS Apology for ‘Gods of Egypt’

COME ON, there has been more than enough conversation about diversity in movies for Lionsgate to really think anyone buys this BS apology…

“We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.​​” 

Really???

You mean to tell me that throughout the casting, production, editing and marketing process that Lionsgate now recognizes that it’s their “responsibility”  to reflect the culture of the time period…

Whatever, they don’t care and they will continue to not care if people go to see this movie. You can count me out, and I have spent my money on some terrible movies like ‘Battleship’.

Hollywood needs to STOP whitewashing history!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

It Has Been 15-Years…..

Woke up this morning once again feeling that empty space in my heart.

Actually I feel that empty space daily, but it’s a lil extra on November 27th. And even though it has been 15-years, that pain / empty feeling has never faded.

You see it was on this day that I saw my dad alive for the last time. I woke up like I did every other morning that day getting ready for work and like previous mornings my regular routine was walking past my dad to get to the bathroom. We were never morning people so a grumble of ‘good morning’ was always sufficient, and I continued getting ready and headed out to work; and that was the last time I saw or spoke to him.

Over the years I have always thought about that moment, but never with regret. Some may wish they had a moment like that back so they could say “I love you” one last time, and I can’t lie I have thought about that as well. But at the same time, I know my dad already knew how we all felt about him.

He always said how proud he was of me and my sister and what we have become; and that’s really all I need, there was nothing left unsaid.

So while this day may bring a lil sadness, it’s ok. Everyday I see or experience things that remind me of him and what I strive to be as a man.

 

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#RIP Michael L Kanhai

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

Thank You Aziz Ansari for ‘Master of None’

Recently I was talking to a friend about Aziz Ansari‘s Netflix show ‘Master of None’ and how refreshing it is to watch “someone” else address the whole lack of minority representation in TV/movies.

For those of you not in the know ‘Master of None’ is about a 32-year old Indian-American actor (Dev) who is attempting to make his way in life in New York City.

In episode 4 ‘Indians on TV’ Aziz touches on how Indians are depicted in movies/tv. Aziz first struggles with the stereotypes and only being up for roles where the Indian is a taxi cab driver, with an over the top accent. Then he and his buddy (fellow Indian-American) try out for a buddy show and are denied when the network doesn’t believe they can put on a show with 2 Indians.

As my friend pointed out, for years now it’s always Black people talking about the stereotypical roles of minorities in film/tv.

  • Always have to be the thug?
  • Always portrayed speaking in slang?
  • Black women as sassy black friend

Now we hear the Indian perspective

  • Why do Indians always have to be cab drivers, convenient store owners, and scientist?
  • Why are Indians never depicted as love interest, especially men?
  • Why are white actors hired to play Indians instead of just hiring Indian actors?

Overall checkout ‘Master of None’ good cast and good writing….

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Hey Megyn Kelly, You Know What’s Not “Appropriate”….

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Last night Fox’s Megyn Kelly had a panel discussion concerning the video released showing the final moments of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald who was shot 16-times by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Kelly interrupted the discussion when the above image was shown as she found the protester’s behavior inappropriate. When the conversation went back to the focus of Van Dyke and why it took 13-months for an indictment; Kelly went back to the protester staring the cop down and how a cop can do his job.

Really Megyn????

You what’s not appropriate?

  • Van Dyke initially saying McDonald made movements toward him and stating he felt his life was in danger
  • Van Dyke firing 16-shots into McDonald including several shots when he was down on the ground
  • The city of Chicago (including Mayor Rahm Emanuel) fighting against the release of the video that shows McDonald never went at Van Dyke
  • The prosecutor taking 13 months to deliver an indictment in light of all the evidence

ALL OF THE ABOVE IS NOT APPROPRIATE!!!!!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

Browns Demote Johnny Manziel to 3rd String

Losing and dysfunction are the most consistent things you will see from the Cleveland Browns.

It was only a week ago when the Browns named Johnny Manziel starter for the rest of the season. And now Manziel has been demoted to 3rd string after chilling during the Browns’ bye week.

Chilling for some would be hanging out at home checking out Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones’ and chilling for others is hanging with your homies. For Manziel, chilling was hitting up Austin, Texas and partying a lil bit.

Now with Manziel’s past (including a recent incident with his girlfriend) the argument can be made that he should just stay home, but is that fair? And I ask is it fair if Manziel is doing the necessary work?

In responding to Manziel’s demotion Browns’ head coach Mike Pettine stated the following….

“Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I’m especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard…”

If Manziel has been working hard and he made it back in time for team practice AND a team charity event. Is not fair to at least see how Manziel responds this week?

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit: Yahoo & ESPN

What Exactly Is the U.S. Vetting Process for Syrian Refugees?

Ever since the Paris Attack everyone and their mother have stated their thoughts on the Syrian refugees and the possibility of refugees in their background. From Donald Trump‘s ridiculous Muslim Tracking database, Jeb Bush‘s idea of only letting in Syrian Christians, to the billion of Facebook posts comparing locking the doors to your house to protect your family and that’s how we should treat refugees.

While I can understand people on Facebook being uninformed, it beyond frustrating to hear those who should know say the dumbest things.

It’s natural to have a fear of terrorism, but we shouldn’t let our fears replace facts!

And social media is not the place to find the facts….

Before people decide that closing the borders is the only way, let’s first understand what exactly is the vetting process for refugees trying to come to the United States

How do refugees come to the United States?

Potential refugees first apply for refugee status through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the international body in charge of protecting and assisting refugees.

The UNHCR essentially decides who merits refugee status based on the parameters laid out in the 1951 Refugee Convention, which states that a refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

READ: Passport linked to terrorist complicates Syrian refugee crisis

If it’s demonstrated that the refugee in question meets the above conditions, the applicant may be referred by the UNHRC for resettlement in a third country, such as the United States, where he or she will be given legal resident status and eventually be able to apply for citizenship.

After the UNHCR refers a refugee applicant to the United States, the application is processed by a federally funded Resettlement Support Center, which gathers information about the candidate to prepare for an intensive screening process, which includes an interview, a medical evaluation and an inter-agency security screening process aimed at ensuring the refugee does not pose a threat to the United States.

The average processing time for refugee applications is 18 to 24 months, but Syrian applications can take significantly longer because of security concerns and difficulties in verifying their information.

READ: Paul Ryan calls for pause in refugee program

Once they’ve completed that part of the process, the refugee is paired with a resettlement agency in the United States to assist in his or her transition to the country. That organization provides support services, such as language and vocational training, as well as monetary assistance for housing and other necessities.

What’s the security vetting process like?

Much attention has been focused on the security vetting refugees must go through before they come to the United States, particularly after it was revealed that one of the terrorists in the Paris attacks entered Europe through a refugee processing center.

Several federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Department, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are involved in the process, which Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner recently called, “the most stringent security process for anyone entering the United States.”

READ: Donald Trump: Syrian refugees a ‘Trojan horse’

These agencies use biographical and biometric information about applicants to conduct a background check and make sure applicants really are who they say they are.

The applicant is interviewed by a DHS officer with training in this screening process as well as specialized training for Syrian and Iraqi refugee cases.

And refugees from Syria actually go through another layer of screening, called the Syria Enhanced Review process.

“With the Syrian program, we’ve benefited from our years of experience in vetting Iraqi refugee applicants,” a senior administration official recently told reporters. “And so the partnerships we have today and the security checks we have today really are more robust because of the experience that we’ve had since the beginning of large-scale Iraqi processing in 2007.”

Another senior administration official noted that the refugee screening process is constantly refined.

FACTS MATTER, and these facts fly in the face of the nonsense on social media. It’s really not that difficult to find the truth, and debating facts leads to a more productive conversation.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit: CNN

Carmelo Anthony Visits Rikers Island….

Carmelo Anthony worked hard during the offseason to get himself back on the court for the New York Knicks and he has worked just as hard off the court to promote his brand.

Part of Melo’s brand is his work with VICE SPORTS and his video series #StayMelo. In the latest installment of #StayMelo Anthony visits Rikers Island jail facility in NYC. Rikers has been in the news over the past year with a number of issues ranging from violence to corruption with the administration of the site.

Overall the judicial / prison system in the United States is in dire need of reform. This video only sheds a very small amount of light of what’s going on, and it’s not to say that Melo visiting Rikers changed anything but maybe it’s the start of something bigger.

P.S. For those of you who have missed it President Obama also visited a prison…

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit: VICE SPORTS

Panthers’ Fan Responds to Mom Upset with Cam Newton’s Dance

As discussed in an earlier post a Tennessee Mom was upset with Cam Newton celebration after a TD.

The mom, Rosemary Plorin was so upset she had to write a letter of disappointment calling Cam’s character into question.

In response to Mrs Plorin, a Panther’s fan penned his own letter

Dear Mrs. Plorin,

I’m sorry your daughter was unsatisfied by her first live NFL experience. I agree that the behavior of fans at times can be unsuitable for children, which is a shame. I forget this sometimes myself and allow the moment to get the better of me.

That said, I believe you are mistaken about Cam Newton. First, I’m having trouble understanding why his dancing offended you and your daughter but that of the cheerleaders was OK?

I’m sorry that you had such trouble explaining Cam’s dancing to your child. Football is a tough game and scoring touchdowns is really hard in the NFL. So, when a player scores, a little elation and celebration is justified. The NFL is also purely entertainment. You should look elsewhere for role models for your daughter. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

Cam knows he is a role model to thousands of kids, and he plays that role pretty well. Perhaps you didn’t notice his tradition of handing scored footballs to children? Or, you chose to leave that out of your letter because it was contrary to your argument. The face on those children emits pure joy. That’s because of Cam Newton.

You don’t live in Charlotte so I’ll forgive your lack of knowledge about Cam’s off-field work and I’d like to enlighten you here. In early October, the neighbors of a young boy suffering from terminal cancer threw him a Halloween block party because doctors weren’t sure he’d make it to the end of the month. The young boy was a huge Auburn and Panther fan. Cam heard this and showed up with an ice cream truck and spent hours with the boy. No press, no cameras, just Cam being Cam.

Finally, I’d like to tell you about my role model. My role model is 6-year-old Braylon Beam. He also suffers from cancer. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, he has decided to fight the horrors of cancer with dancing. He’s danced on Ellen. He’s danced at Panthers games. He’s danced with his idol, Cam Newton, when he was made honorary coach this season. I’m not arguing that Cam is perfect, who is? But if Cam’s dancing is good enough for Braylon, then it’s good enough for me.

Nuff said!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

Tennessee Mom Upset with Cam Newton Celebration

The talk of sports world outside of the New England Patriots remaining undefeated, was Cam Newton dabbing on the Tennessee Titans

Cam’s celebration upset not only the Titans but also a mom who was in attendance with her 9-year old daughter, and she expressed her thoughts in an ‘Open Letter’ to Cam and sent it over to the Charlotte Observer

Dear Mr. Newton,

Congratulations on your win in Nashville today. Our team played well, but yours played better. Kudos to the Panthers organization.

That game happened to be my nine year old daughter’s first live NFL experience. … Because of where we sat, we had a close up view of your conduct in the fourth quarter. The chest puffs. The pelvic thrusts. The arrogant struts and the “in your face” taunting of both the Titans’ players and fans. We saw it all.

I refuse to believe you don’t realize you are a role model. You are paid millions of dollars every week to play hard and be a leader. In the off season you’re expected to make appearances, support charities, and inspire young kids to pursue your sport and all sports. With everything the NFL has gone through in recent years, I’m confident they have advised that you are, by virtue of your position and career choice, a role model.

My daughter sensed the change immediately – and started asking questions. Won’t he get in trouble for doing that? Is he trying to make people mad? Do you think he knows he looks like a spoiled brat?

I didn’t have great answers for her, and honestly, in an effort to minimize your negative impact and what was otherwise a really fun day, I redirected her attention to the cheerleaders and mascot.

I could tell she was still thinking about it as we boarded a shuttle back to our car. “I guess he doesn’t have kids or a Mom at home watching the game,” she added.

I don’t know about your family life Mr. Newton, but I think I’m safe in saying thousands of kids watch you every week. You have amazing talent and an incredible platform to be a role model for them. Unfortunately, what you modeled for them today was egotism, arrogance and poor sportsmanship.

Is that what your coaches and mentors modeled for you, Mr. Newton?

1st off what’s the deal with the Panther’s home town paper even giving this lady the spotlight to get at Cam like that? SMH, but I will get back to that in a moment.

Then what’s the deal with this mother writing about not knowing what to say to her daughter about Cam’s celebration???

GTFOH…

If you are having a hard time talking to your daughter about a football game and a player celebrating his accomplishments, what are you going to do when it’s time to talk about the ‘The Birds and the Bees’?

But let’s not get it twisted, this is about a woman and a child who are Titans’ fans and are upset their team lost. She doesn’t really care about sportsmanship. I have watched Titans’s game (I know sad) and there are plenty of defensive players gyrating after sacks. I may have missed something but I doubt there are Open Letters for those guys, hmmmmm….

Now getting back to the Charlotte Observer, what’s the deal? You have watched Cam play for 5 seasons, and watched this dude play hurt for your team and currently led your team to a 9-0 record. Defend your QB!!!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!