Key, Peele, & the Divergence of Blacknicity

There has been a great deal of discussion on social media this week regarding Jordan Peele, writer, comedian, founder of Monkeypaw Productions, and the writer/director of the surprise hit movie, Get Out. Now admittedly, I haven’t seen the movie, nor am I likely to since horror films generally irritate me without providing either scares or…

Lost this week

Mary Tyler Moore – Ms. Moore began her career in earnest with the role of Laura Petrie in 1960s TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show. She later appeared in her own 1970s eponymous series, one of the first featuring strong, independent, single women. She was 80. Sir John Vincent Hurt – Sir John passed…

Updated 29 Dec 2016: Celebrities We Lost in 2016

Like every year, we lost a number of people in 2016 who we’ve admired throughout our lives. And, like each of those years, we’re left feeling as though more than our fair share passed away. This was especially true early in the year, when David Bowie and Alan Rickman died in January, starting an emotional…

The Timelessness of Defiance Against Oppression.

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, KBE, had been silent for most of his career. Actor, writer, director, composer, businessman, he was a one-man machine, wielding his power with grace and aplomb. His first feature-length film, The Kid (1921), was followed with a series of successful movies through the 1920s. In the 30s, when film went to…

Photo of the Day: Nick Ut, 1972

Today’s photo of the day is oddly timely, given I chose the photo yesterday, mostly at random. As shown in the caption below, it is a photo by photographer Nick Ut, of 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc, also known as “napalm girl,” as she ran, terrified and in pain, following a napalm attack by a South…

Photo of the Day: Yevgeny Khaldei, 1941

On 1 September 1941, Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Jewish Holocaust, decreed that all Jews over six years of age in the Reich, Alsace, Bohemia-Moravia and the German–annexed territory of western Poland  were to wear yellow Star of David badges on their outer clothing in public at all times. The word “Jew”…