Bad Reporter, Good Reporter

Call me a sentimental old git, but I am of the opinion that when a man dies, people should remember basic things about him, like, his age. I’m astounded that my random survey of 20 news agencies found that 90% of those reporting Stephen Furst’s death got his age wrong. This might seem like a…

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…