Monday, February 29, 2016
Seinfeld Drives With Chris Rock, Colbert And Obama For Coffee
Chris Rock Just Gave a Brilliant and Brave Oscar Speech About Hollywood Racism
Chris Rock's Monologue Video: http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2016/02/chris-rock-just-gave-brilliant-and-brave-oscar-speech-about-hollywood-racism?google_editors_picks=true
In his searing opening monologue for the 88th Academy Awards—what he dubbed the "White People's Choice Awards"—comedian Chris Rock relentlessly roasted Hollywood's racism, in a year criticized for only nominating white actors.
"We want opportunity," he said. "We want black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That's it." Watch the full clip above.
It was, in fact, a year marked by stellar performances from actors of color, includingMichael B. Jordan, Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, Teyonah Parris, O'Shea Jackson,Ava DuVernay, and David Oyelowo. And Chris Rock, without pulling any punches, called the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences out on it: "If they nominated a host, I wouldn't even get this job."
He went on: "Is Hollywood racist? You damn right Hollywood's racist," Rock said. "Hollywood is sorority racist: We like you Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa."
Since its list of nominees was unveiled in January, the Academy has been criticized for its failure to nominate a single minority actor for the second year in a row. The move fueled outrage from celebrities, with some like Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith refusing to attend this year's ceremony. There was also an online campaign using the hashtag #OscarSoWhite. (One bright spot: Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, who is vying to become the first director since Joseph Mankiewicz to win best director for the second year in a row for The Revenant.)
In response to the criticism, the Academy vowed to change its membership rules to boost diversity among voters. (This could take a while: A recent Los Angeles Timesanalysis found that Oscar voters are currently 91 percent white and 77 percent male.) The film industry's diversity problem comes down to, in part, a problem with the creative pipeline, which is largely made up of white guys. Research shows film studios may be throwing away millions of dollars for their failure to embrace diversity.
It was the talk of the night, as actors took to the marathon of preshow red carpet interviews to raise awareness, not just about diversity, but about sexual assaults on college campuses and clergy sexual abuse.
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Sorry to be slow on the backswing.
It was a late night; rehearsal at Alger's, followed by the last 90 minutes of Oscars at Chuck's place.
I don't know if Danny is aware of David Duke. I doubt it but will check.
I don't know if Danny is aware of David Duke. I doubt it but will check.
Humankind's historical memory is astonishingly short and most people don't pay attention anyhow.
Twenty years ago, an Annapolis history professor said "teaching cadets about Vietnam was like teaching them the Peloponnesian Wars."
For your amusement...
"Trump Derailed By Obama Endorsement"
The Borowitz Report
Yesterday's rehearsal produced some good recordings.
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud, Loud Music: https://soundcloud.com/
mfd-rehearsal-tapes/dim- lights-thick-smoke-and-loud- loud-music-final-2-dr0000-0788
Build My World Around You: https://soundcloud.com/
mfd-rehearsal-tapes/built-my- world-around-you-final-2- dr0000-0801
Day Tripper: https://soundcloud.com/mfd-rehearsal-tapes/day-tripper-final-3-dr0000-0810 (This track was recorded after most band members had gone and my voice was ragged from overuse. Still, I think you'll see the potential.)
A number of venues have expressed interest in 19 -- mostly Spring and Summer gigs.
Still, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" and -- mirabile dictu! -- we just signed our first paying gig at Raleigh's Gizmo BrewWorks - June 10th. http://gizmobrewworks.
I'm also hoping 19 will do twice monthly dance parties on the lawn at Ixtapa. I think it'll be great for high school kids to have their "own" dance hall - under the stars too!
We start recording at Pete Kimosh's Durham studio on March 6th with a second session set for March 20th.
The four songs we'll record at the outset are "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud, Loud Music," Jumping Jack Flash," Ronnie Shellist's' "Evil Woman" and "Baby, Now That I've Found You" (by the great Alison Krauss).
In subsequent sessions, we hope to "flesh out" an album choosing the remaining songs from "Black Velvet," "Fire," "Come Together," "Somebody To Love," "Can't You See," "You Make Loving Fun," "Wagon Wheel," "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," "L'il Red Riding Hood," "Wicked Game," "Tired Of Waiting," "Time Won't Let Me," "Summertime" and a couple compositions by band leader John Newnam and his brother Dan.
If we can get Chuck to play piano we could also record our tribute version of Bowie's "Space Oddity." https://soundcloud.com/mfd-rehearsal-tapes/space-oddity-final-9-dr0000-0691
On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 3:53 PM, FV wrote:
Dear ATrump just decided to disavow Duke. Apparently someone told him who he is.
I was surprised to see 2 college students in Alabama being interviewed on MSNBC who did not know Duke. Does it surprise you? Does Danny know who he is?Love
I wasn't planning to endorse a presidential candidate in the Democratic primary. I have deep respect for both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and I planned to weigh in only on issues and policies from the sidelines.
But by last Friday, I couldn't in good conscience hold back. So I formally endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.
I'll say more about why in a minute, but first, I have a simple request. Today is the end of the quarter for Bernie Sanders. Right now, the only way we can get Big Money out of politics is by huge numbers of us contributing small money. That's why Bernie has set an exceptionally ambitious goal of raising $40 million this month beforeFEC fundraising deadline.
st among them, I believe Big Money is choking our democracy. It's perhaps the issue we must solve to move forward.
It's clear that Bernie has the passion and the track record to take on Big Money. But it's more than that. He's been leading by example—running a stunningly inspiring grassroots campaign that's unlike any other campaign in recent presidential history.
It's not powered by billionaire Super PACs but by millions of small donations from Americans. As the young people at his rallies know—and often shout back to him, joyously, during his speeches—his supporters' donations average just $27.
Bernie's building a movement by the little guy and gal, for the little guy and gal—for the people, not just the wealthiest few. His campaign has stunned the inside-the-Beltway political establishment—proving the cynics wrong.
Bernie's campaign is pointing out serious challenges in our democracy and economy, but it's fundamentally optimistic. He’s showing that we don't have to give up control of our destiny to Wall Street hedge fund managers and energy company billionaires. We, the people, can take our power back.
If we don't reverse the tide of damage wrought by decisions like Citizens United—and soon—then everything we care about achieving as a country will be out of reach. From reining in Wall Street to caring for our seniors to rebuilding our schools and crumbling infrastructure.
Time is running out—in this election year, and in the sweep of our country's history.
Bernie's campaign is happening at a crucial pivot-point in our history. Let's show up for it, together.
Thanks for all you do.