I could go into my soapbox again this Sunday with another reminder of how, historically, one of the One Percent’s most effective tactics in turning working class whites against their own interest is fanning the ‘Other’ tag (which right now obviously includes Mexicans and Muslims), even though from a captalist, every day life standpoint, working class people tend to relate to each other way more than people in this country do when you bring who belong to different economic classes together (regardless of race),
I can direct you to this beautifully subversive sketch from Saturday Night Live last weekend (because I always prefer comedy/art to preaching a point). I was waiting for it, and yes, I laughed out loud when they finally got to the last joke of the sketch.
It’s the weekend!
And I will neither confirm or deny today’s video was chosen because it reminds me of my second favorite outfit we wore back in my steppin days.
Have a good one folks!
Feeling joyous and sense the weekend is approaching so really, who better than Stevie?
Every time I hear this, I feel conflicted about the gender reversal. Growing up, we called this ‘caking’ (a few of you are know are chuckling…)
Still, having said all that, I passes my remake test (has to be different enough from the original to stand on its own).
It’s no Lauryn Hill, but it’ll do.
Gordon: “I never cared who you were.”
The Batman: “And you were right.”
Gordon: “But shouldn’t the people know who saved them?”
The Batman: “A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know the world hadn’t ended.”
(Gordon realizes the civilian alter ego of the Batman.)
One of the few days in the past few years where all of us put our cynicism aside was the story of the Batkid in San Francisco. What started as a slightly outsized Make a Wish request turned into a story that took over social media and had people around the world captivated for one day.
‘Batkid Begins’ gives a pretty good behind the scenes look at how it all came to pass. The initial request from the boy (“I want to be the real Batman”) to his explanation of why the Dark Knight (like a lot of us, he was pulled into re-runs of the 60s TV show and even at that age, he caught on to maybe the single greatest appeal: he has no superpowers). How calling in favors to the Mayor’s Office and the Police Chief exploded into a city wide and then worldwide phenomenon (thank you social media). It’s still a great story. Even the cynical question of ‘the city has better things to spend money on’ was corrected by a wealthy couple who ended up footing the bill (this went down near Silicon Valley after all.)
You want to feel good about people again for a couple hours? Relive the story again through this movie.
Now streaming on Netflix.
Here’s another ‘must see’ if it’s somehow slipped through the cracks (as it had for me until this weekend…)
‘The Central Park Five’ is another great documentary by Ken Burns. This one focuses on the case of the five black and brown teenagers in New York City who were tried and convicted of assaulting and raping a young woman in Central Park. Circumstantial evidence and mainly, the coerced confessions of the kids was more than enough to send them upstate for a violent crime none of them were a part of.
As mentioned in the film, the ‘lynch mob’ mentality grabbed ahold of this case and the kids really didn’t have much of a chance. (And yes, this film is a great complement to ’13th’.) A metropolis already boiling over in tension, a young white female victim vs. five boys who were ‘wilding’, and a future Republican presidential nominee going on TV and taking out a full page ad in the New York Times calling for the death penalty. (Yep, him.)
The conscience of the person who committed the actual crime eventually led to the legal exoneration of the boys, so they were vindicated. But that part of their lives is forever ‘gone’. Not to mention the psychological trauma that obviously can never be taken away from being behind bars (for something again, you know the whole time you didn’t do.)
PBS is streaming ‘The Central Park Five’ for free on their website. If you haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet, now’s your chance.
‘Breast milk….you made my day-ay!!!!’
DON’T ACT LIKE YOU WEREN’T THINKING IT!!!
But yeah, it’s the weekend. Have a good one kids!
Working my way through BoJack Horseman this week, which brought me to this upbeat 80s classic.
Week is almost over folks.
Always the low key ones you have to watch for when you find their passion bucket.
This made me smile quite a bit…
I retweeted and what not when the news came across my various timelines, but the man who implictly named one of my shorts deserves a more proper tribute.
Rest In Peace, Rod Temperton. Your lyrics and contribution will live on.