Best Picture Nominated WWII Biopic Arriving on DVD

 

Hacksaw Ridge,  DVD Review, by Kam Williams, Andrew Garfield, Pearl Harbor, Seventh-day Adventist, Mel GibsonHacksaw Ridge

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Best Picture Nominated WWII Biopic Arriving on DVD

   

Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. Devoutly religious, he followed his faith’s literal interpretation  of the 10 Commandments, including the 5th’s dictate that “Thou shalt not kill.” So, when he rushed to enlisted in the Army right after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, he did so as a Conscientious Objector.

But because he was unwilling to touch, let alone carry a weapon, Desmond was teased mercilessly by other members of his platoon. In fact, he was not only beaten to a pulp by a bully (Luke Bracey), but court-martialed for failing to complete the weapons part of basic training.

However, the military tribunal ruled in Desmond’s favor after his World War I veteran father (Hugo Weaving) showed up to testify on his behalf. Still, his fellow G.I.s remained reluctant to embrace a comrade they suspected to be a coward, since they had just been taught by hard-nosed Sergeant Howell (Vince Vaughn) that a unit was no stronger than its weakest link.

Nevertheless, Desmond was commissioned as a medic with the 307th Infantry with whom he would more than prove his mettle on the island of Okinawa in the bloodiest battle of World War II. For,  he exhibited extraordinary courage over the course of a month spent dodging bullets and bombs to attend to the wounded during the siege of Hacksaw Ridge.

Desmond would save the lives of 75 grateful soldiers, and his selfless exploits would be appreciated by both grateful buddies and the Pentagon. And the heroic medic eventually became the first Conscientious Objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

All of the above is recounted in riveting fashion in Hacksaw Ridge, a gripping biopic directed by Mel Gibson. The critically-acclaimed docudrama was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director and Lead Actor (Andrew Garfield). The action-oriented flick features very graphic battlefield tableaux reminiscent of the gory D-Day reenactments found in Saving Private Ryan (1998).

When not devoting its attention to recreating gruesome war scenes, the flashback flick  focuses on Desmond’s formative years , as well as to his whirlwind romance with Dorothy Schutte (Teresa Palmer), the pretty nurse he fell in love with at first sight and married shortly before shipping out for the Pacific Theater of Operations. The film fittingly brings down the curtain with archival newsreels and stills of the real-life Desmond and Dorothy to ensure there won’t be a dry eye in the house following the closing credits.

A moving portrait of an unorthodox war hero who contributed considerably to the effort without ever wielding a weapon against the enemy. 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for graphic violence, gruesome images and ethnic slurs

Running time: 131 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Deleted scenes, Veterans Day greeting from director Mel Gibson; and The Soul of War: Making Hacksaw Ridge documentary.

To order a copy of Hacksaw Ridge on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHZVSS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  GIG News

Six-Time Nominee Out on DVD

 

Manchester by the Sea,  DVD Review, by Kam Williams, Casey Affleck, C.J. Wilson, Kyle Chandler, Manchester by the Sea

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Six-Time Nominee Out on DVD

Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) was having a hard time hanging on to his job as a janitor in Quincy, Massachusetts, when he received word from a family friend (C.J. Wilson) that his big brother, Joe (Kyle Chandler), had just suffered a heart attack after a fall on his fishing boat. Lee immediately rushed to the hospital only to learn that his sibling had just passed away. 

Joe had been raising his son (Lucas Hedges) alone, since his long-estranged wife (Gretchen Mol) had a serious, substance abuse problem. Therefore, it now not only falls upon Lee’s shoulders to inform Patrick about the tragedy, but to serve as the grieving teen’s guardian and role model, in accordance with his brother’s last wishes.

Out of a sense of duty, Lee reluctantly moves back to his hometown, Manchester by the Sea, a place where he’d already experienced more than his share of misfortune. While subsequently trying to control a headstrong, 16 year-old, he finds himself forced to confront his demons when he crosses paths with his contrite ex-wife (Michelle Williams).

Thus unfolds Manchester by the Sea, a character-driven drama written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. This heartrending portrait of a working-class hero has been nominated for a half-dozen Academy Awards in the Best Picture, Director, Original Script and three acting categories.

Lee is not your typical protagonist, not by a long shot. He’s an uncharismatic underachiever with a checkered past. Yet, by the same token, it is clear that he is determined to do his best by the boy with whose care he’s been entrusted. Trouble is, Lee’s a man of few words who simply doesn’t come equipped with a sophisticated skill set.

Still, Lonergan somehow manages to explore the inscrutable everyman’s psyche in a novel way which not only makes him accessible, but likable. Credit must go to Casey Affleck, too, for his nonpareil  performance in a role where he was often forced to resort to non-verbal communication in myriad situations where words would ostensibly escape Lee.

An emotionally-engaging tale of redemption                         .

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for sexuality and pervasive profanity

Running time: 137 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Deleted scenes, a conversation with writer/director Kenneth Lonergan; and Emotional Lives: The Making of Manchester by the Sea.

To order a copy of Manchester by the Sea on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHZVKG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  GIG News

Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

 

Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

 

 Skeeter, a leader in performance fishing boats, announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Skeeter with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Freshwater Fiberglass Outboard Boat category. This year’s award is the fifteenth consecutive for Skeeter, an achievement no other fiberglass outboard fishing boat manufacturer can claim.  

“Every product we produce at Skeeter is manufactured to deliver the best possible experience on the water,” said Jeff Stone, Sr. Vice President, Skeeter Boats. “We are so grateful to our dealers, with whom we proudly share this award, and we look forward to continuing to deliver the best service to every customer.”

 

NMMA® launched its Marine Industry CSI Award Program in 2001 to provide boat and engine manufacturers with an independently-measured, cost-effective tool to help improve customer satisfaction in the boating industry. The program allows participating manufacturer companies to monitor customer satisfaction on an ongoing basis and to create benchmarks in the industry.

 

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA® member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in the United States. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy, market research and data, product quality assurance and marketing communications.

 

Skeeter Products, Inc., a Yamaha boat company and leader of performance fishing boats, is proud to support America’s fishing consumer since 1948. Skeeter is the recipient of 15 consecutive NMMA® C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index awards, and its boats are certified to meet strict U.S. Coast Guard and American Boat & Yacht Council standards.

 

For a catalog, call (800) SKEETER, or for more information visit www.skeeterboats.com. EAT. SLEEP. FISH.

 

Keep-up with Skeeter news, happenings, anglers and events by following us online at:

 

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This document contains many of Skeeter’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

See What’s New with Yamaha Outboards

 

See What’s New with Yamaha Outboards

By Craig Lamb

Getting to see shiny new boats at a boat show is a given. What’s not is getting to take a test ride, and do it in sunny, warm weather. You can do it all at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show®.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

On more than two-dozen boats you can experience Yamaha’s next generation of V6 4.2L Offshore Outboards with the digital F300, F250, F225 and the mechanical F250 and F225.

Those award winners are packed with Yamaha’s legendary reliability, which is why so many anglers won’t trust anything else in saltwater.

Another reason why you’ll find more saltwater boats powered with Yamaha, and especially the next generation of offshore outboards, is the technology defining this new breed of power.

Class leading, 4.2L big-bore design means these outboards have the fastest time-to-plane in their class. [pls confirm this is accurate and you have data to support claim] You also get class-leading displacement with the first-ever marine application of plasma-fused, sleeve-less cylinders. The result is an outboard that is the lightest in its class [is this the 300 hp only? If so, make sure accurate and have datat to support] with 19% more speed than many other competitors in the 300 h.p. class. [again, we need to make sure we have data to support claim]

Fuel economy is a big deal these days in saltwater boating, and you’ll burn less and gain more in performance with these V6s. In fact, up to 17% better long-range fuel economy. [better than what?]

 

 

At the show, you get the unique chance to see both ends of Yamaha’s performance and horsepower spectrum. Check out Yamaha’s purpose-built F350C, the 5.3L 350-horspower beast for big boats. The F350C, the world’s only V8 four-stroke outboard, is the only engine in its class to feature at five-year limited warranty, for pleasure use.

At the opposite side of the spectrum is the all-new and re-designed F25. At 126 pounds it’s the lightest and most fuel-efficient outboard in its class, two stroke or four stroke. [pls make sure it is accurate and we data to support claim] Other impressive firsts for this new outboard in a four-stroke is the new Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). Battery-less fuel injection offers class-leading acceleration and makes manual starting a very easy, one-handed process from a seated position. 

What is more, the new outboard comes packed with more features, and capability, previously only available on Yamaha’s larger models. You get a variable trolling switch that allows adjustment of engine speed to fine tune lure presentation while trolling.

The F25 is also compatible with Yamaha’s Command Link Plus® digital gauges.

If more in the mid-range outboard power range suits your needs, then two more new models will be displayed at the show. Those are the F90 and all-new F75.

The F90 and F75 are amazingly lighter, faster, quicker and better than ever before. It now leads the 90-horsepower class in torque and acceleration. [pls  make sure claim is accurate and we have data to support] That means the F90 is an even better choice for powering a wider variety of boats, and especially for inshore anglers.

The F75 features a 16-valve DOHC (Double Overhead Camshaft) design and Precision Multi-Point Fuel Injection for outstanding acceleration and efficiency. It offers many of the same advantages as the F90, in a lower horsepower, and with a standard 20-inch shaft.

The F90 and F75 are both compatible with Yamaha’s Command Link® gauges, making it easier and more efficient to monitor system functions like you can on higher horsepower range outboards.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines, and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

Now is also time to take advantage of Yamaha’s Choose Reliability sales event.  For a limited time, choose an eligible, select, new Yamaha 2.5 to 300 horsepower four-stroke outboards* and choose from either five years of warranty protection or a credit of up to $1,500 based on MSRP. Find out more details at your nearest Yamaha dealer.

 

* Offer valid from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017.  Applicable models may vary – Not applicable to new models introduced after December 1, 2016. See authorized participating Yamaha dealer for complete details.  Yamaha reserves the right to change or cancel this Promotion at any time. Other restrictions and conditions may apply. This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

For movies opening February 17, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening February 17, 2017

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK,   Kam's Kapsules,  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun,  by Kam Williams

BIG BUDGET FILMS

A Cure for Wellness (R for violence, profanity, disturbing images, graphic nudity, sexuality and a rape) Psychological thriller about a young executive (Dane DeHaan) who becomes suspicious about a health spa ‘s claims of miraculous cures when he arrives at the remote Swiss Alps retreat to pick up his supposedly ailing boss (Harry Groener). With Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth and Celia Imrie. (In English and German with subtitles)

Fist Fight (R for sexuality, nudity, drug use and pervasive profanity) Coarse comedy about a temperamental history teacher (Ice Cube) who challenges the nerdy colleague (Charlie Day) responsible for his firing to a duel after school. Cast includes Tracy Morgan, Dean Norris, Dennis Haysbert and Christina Hendricks.

The Great Wall (PG-13 for violence) Action adventure set during the Song dynasty and revolving around a soldier of fortune (Matt Damon) who defends the Great Wall of China from a swarm of invading dragons with the help of a  platoon of elite warriors. With Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe. (In English, Mandarin and Ukrainian with subtitles)

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Everybody Loves Somebody (PG-13 for sexuality and profanity) Romantic comedy about a Chicano gynecologist (Karla Souza) who lands in a love triangle when she is accompanied by a new suitor (Ben O’Toole) to a wedding in Mexico also attended by an ex-boyfriend (Jose Maria Yazpik) she hasn’t gotten over yet. With Stefanie Estes, K.C. Clyde and Tiare Scanda. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

From Nowhere (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama, set in the Bronx, highlighting the ordeals of three, undocumented high school seniors–a Muslim Guinean (J. Mallory McCree), a depressed Dominican (Octavia Chavez-Richmond) and a Peruvian class valedictorian (Raquel Castro)–living in fear of being apprehended by the authorities before being granted legal immigration status. Supporting cast includes Sydni Beaudoin, Helen Beyene and Erica Camarano. 

Ghost of New Orleans (R for violence and brief profanity) Supernatural crime thriller about a disgraced detective (Josh Lucas) who solves the mysterious murder of a beautiful cellist (Lake Bell) with the help of her ghost. With Terrence Howard, Deborah Ann Woll, Bokeem Woodbine and Sharon Leal.     

In Dubious Battle (R for violence and brief sexuality) Adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Depression era novel revolving around the efforts of a couple of activists (James Franco and Nat Wolff) to unionize fellow, California farm workers. Ensemble cast includes Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Shepherd, Ed Harris and Josh Hutcherson.

Keep Quiet (Unrated) Skeletons-in-the-closet documentary about an anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying, Hungarian politician’s stunning transformation after finding out not only that he’s Jewish but that his maternal grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor. (In English, Hungarian and German with subtitles)

Land of Mine (R for violence, profanity and grisly images) Fact-based World War II drama, nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, recounting how Denmark forced thousands of German POWs to defuse millions of land mines buried on its beaches during Nazi occupation. Co-starring Roland Moller, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard and Louis Hoffmann. (In Danish, German and English with subtitles)

Lovesong (Unrated) Homoerotic drama about a divorced mom’s (Riley Keough) attempt to revive a lesbian relationship on the eve of her BFF’s (Jena Malone) marriage to a man (Ryan Eggold). With Cary Joji Fukunaga, Juliet Fitzpatrick and Neal Huff.    

My Name Is Emily (Unrated) Road drama about an orphan (Evanna Lynch) who, on her 16th birthday, runs away from her foster home with an ardent admirer (George Webster) to search for her long-lost father (Declan Conlon) locked-up in a mental institution on the other side of Ireland. Support cast includes Michael Smiley, Martin McCann and Cathy Belton.

XX (R for violence, profanity and brief drug use) Quartet of short horror flicks, each directed by a woman and featuring a female lead. Cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Natalie Brown, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.   

Source:  GIG News

Temperamental Teacher Challenges Nerdy Colleague to Duel in Kitchen Sink Comedy

 

Fist Fight

Film Review by Kam Williams

Temperamental Teacher Challenges Nerdy Colleague to Duel in Kitchen Sink Comedy

Do you remember how, when you were growing up, if a couple of classmates came to blows on the schoolyard, they would be quickly separated to the suggestion that they settle their differences off campus at the end of the day? That was the point of departure of Three O’Clock High, a 1987 comedy about a bully with a short fuse who challenges a mild-mannered milquetoast to a duel after school.

Ostensibly inspired by that teensploitation classic, Fist Fight is a slight variation on the theme which flips the script by having a couple of teachers squaring-off instead of students. Otherwise, the basic idea remains intact.

Fist Fight,  Film Review, by Kam Williams,Three O'Clock High, Ice Cube, Charlie Day, relentlessly-profane romp

The movie co-stars Ice Cube and Charlie Day as Ron Strickland and Andy Campbell, respectively, colleagues at Roosevelt High. Intimidating history teacher Ron cuts a sharp contrast to nerdy English teacher Andy, and much of the humor revolves around their difference in temperament.

The action unfolds on the last day of.school which is when we find seniors running a muck and pulling a variety of outrageous pranks like kicking the spout off a water cooler and rocking the ineffective security guard’s (Kumail Nanjiani) golf cart while he’s still sitting in it. Despite the insanity, the faculty is doing its best to maintain decorum.

Nevertheless, Mr. Campbell’s lesson on why words matter is interrupted by the antics of class clowns. He’s able to handle the disruption far better than Mr. Strickland who proceeds to blow his cork.

Fist Fight,  Film Review, by Kam Williams,Three O'Clock High, Ice Cube, Charlie Day, relentlessly-profane romp

The plight thickens when both teachers are summoned to Principal Tyler’s (Dean Norris) office to explain why Ron chopped a disrespectful pupil’s desk in half with an ax. The upshot of the meeting is that Ron loses his job because of Andy, so he challenges him to a fight after school. Consequently, fraidy cat Campbell spends the rest of the afternoon trying to find a way to avoid the confrontation.

Too bad, the ensuing buildup to the big showdown between the adversaries proves to be less entertaining than the promising premise. For, the two share few funny moments following the setup. Luckily, this kitchen sink comedy continues to deliver courtesy of such student stunts as hiring a mariachi band to follow the principal around the halls.

The movie marks the feature film debut of actor-turned-director Richie Keen, who also makes a cameo appearance as a computer store employee. And the support cast includes the scene-stealing Tracy Morgan whose quirky trademark mannerisms are put on full display.

Fist Fight,  Film Review, by Kam Williams,Three O'Clock High, Ice Cube, Charlie Day, relentlessly-profane romp

Note, Fist Fight is a relentlessly-profane romp which might have set a record for the use of the F-word. Since the closing tableau sets up the sequel, might I suggest that the next installment cut down on the curses and replace them with more jokes.

Good (2 stars)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, drug use and pervasive profanity

Running time: 91 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Source:  GIG News

Trump and Traditions of the Founders

 
Trump and Traditions of the Founders

By Ezrah Aharone

Maybe I should watch more CNN or MSNBC to be convinced since most Black people seemingly regard Donald Trump as some sort of abrupt political mutation who violates America’s traditions. What I see in Trump is “America’s traditional reflection in the mirror.” I see the exact same hardline and hostile government that the founders deliberately engineered with deep political and racial contradictions, where “democracy in practice” has always deviated from “democracy on paper.”

Ezrah Aharone, national security, traditional politics, Van Jones, American Ways, Guantanamo Bay, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Naturalization Act of 1790So, although Trump is new to American politics, Trump’s politics are not new to America. And while Trump’s style is unorthodox, his ideals do not run counterclockwise against tradition. After all, how do you think America became the most powerful nation in the world in record time? Certainly not by handholding or being non-militaristic like Dr. King dreamed of nationhood. Nor by safeguarding the genuine interests of Blacks, Mexicans, and Muslims at the expense of diluting the staunch Euro-centricities of America’s ideals, identity, and institutions.

Sure, it’s safer to hitchhike onto the patriotic bandwagon or pretend to not see America’s ugliness in the mirror, especially knowing your career or fame can nosedive. This keeps celebrities from “biting the racial hands that feed them.” But the power, development, and national security enjoyed by Americans did not materialize by adherence to precepts of morality or equality or nonviolence or tolerance.

Regardless of “kum-ba-ya” accounts that media commentators get paid millions to peddle, this country was forged into a “puritanical superpower” by WASP men who thought and acted in the very despotic and swashbuckling “American ways” that Trump now loosely babbles and brags openly . . . Be it impulsive comments about immigration and “bad hombre” Mexicans; or torturing Muslims with “waterboarding and a hell of a lot worse;” or military operations to “bomb the shit out of them;” or contrary to Obama’s romanticized plan to close Guantanamo Bay, Trump itches to “load it up with bad dudes.”  

On election night after Trump dethroned Democratic heir Hillary Clinton, (subsequent to manhandling 16 other average-minded Republican candidates), well-paid media personality Van Jones tearfully whimpered: “How do I explain this to my children?”

Well, as Black people who did not arrive as colonists on the Mayflower or Arabella, it’s actually quite easy . . . once you do not moralize the founders with credit they never really earned regarding equality. Then you address 3 traditional traits of Americanization.

First, explain that America ultimately became a multiethnic nation and the adopted homeland for African people – not because of the goodness of democracy – but because of the capitalist aggression and belligerent expansion of the very same US government that Trump now spearheads as a traditional throwback who the founders would be well-pleased.

Contrary to popular immigration notions, America was founded with ethnonationalist aspirations. Under George Washington the Naturalization Act of 1790 restricted citizenship to “free white person[s] . . . of good character.” And like Thomas Jefferson who detailed a 25-year scheme to send all Blacks to Africa, Abraham Lincoln sought the same in effort to transform America into a nation for “free white people everywhere.” So the Trump Doctrine to ban Muslims, build walls, and block Mexicans is neither as un-American nor unprecedented as the media purports.

Second, as Mos Def says, you then “Add the Mathematics” of 85% of US presidents. Explain that from George Washington to John Kennedy, 35 of America’s 43 presidents (Democrats and Republicans) prior to Obama, governed-over administrations where either chattel slavery or boldfaced segregation was legislatively and violently enforced from 1776 to 1964.

Third, explain that Trump’s WASP-appeal to near-63 million voters festered within the modern-day cracks of racial indifference and immoralities that both parties and the remaining 8 presidents (Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush) left unattended. As Trump-like Republicans have inevitably emerged in consequence, Democrats have in turn allowed breeding grounds of inequalities to fester in areas of wealth, health, housing, education, unemployment, street violence, police shootings, incarceration and recidivism.

Although Black America’s present-day instabilities link largely to America’s past inhumanities, both Democratic and Republican establishments have colluded to reject Congressman John Conyer’s H.R. 40 legislation (since 1997) to merely “examine the institution and impact of slavery, and make recommendations on remedies.” Further, neither party regards Lincoln’s 13th Amendment as problematic even though it underhandedly permits slavery to exist “as a punishment for [Black] crime” . . . which fomented convict leasing of yesterday and mass incarceration today.

But now, after centuries of unending struggle, the same Democratic Party is ringleading Black people to flood the streets to condemn Trump’s presidency after mere days . . . That’s like someone conniving you to blame the ground for long-term damages after pushing you off a cliff. Although anti-Trumpness does have its relevancy, the fundamental ire of conscientious Blacks should target the Democratic establishment for its unprincipledness and derelict failure to reciprocate centuries of unselfish Black loyalty.

Comparatively, while Trump brashly swings sharp-edged swords in every direction to preserve White privilege and power, Democrats exercise a stealth version of White privilege and power through artful language, customized media, and “death by a thousand cuts” tactics. Either way, as a body politic, Black people occupy the bottom-most rungs of society . . . just as the founders traditionally devised.

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Ezrah Aharone, national security, traditional politics, Van Jones, American Ways, Guantanamo Bay, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Naturalization Act of 1790Ezrah Aharone is an adjunct associate professor of political science at Delaware State University. He is also a political and business consultant on African affairs, as well as the author of The Sovereign Psyche, Sovereign Evolution and Pawned Sovereignty. He can be reached at www.EzrahSpeaks.com.

 

 

 

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

 

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1469632535/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20The President’s Kitchen Cabinet
The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas

by Adrian Miller

University of North Carolina Press

Hardcover, $30.00

292 pages, Illustrated

ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7

Book Review by Kam Williams

“[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. [The author] brings together the names and words of 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation’s history…

A treasury of information about cooking techniques and equipment, the book includes 20 recipes for which black chefs were celebrated. Surveying the labor of enslaved people during the antebellum period and the gradual opening of employment after Emancipation, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet highlights how food-related work slowly became professionalized and the important part African-Americans played in that process.” 

— Excerpted from the Bookjacket

In 2013, Lee Daniels released The Butler, a biopic loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House for 34 years. Serving every president from Truman to Reagan, he worked his way up from pantry man to maitre d’ by the time he retired in 1986.

All the First Families’ meals have been prepared by a predominately-black staff, and that little-known legacy is the subject Adrian Miller / Photo by Tim Ryanof The President’s Kitchen Cabinet. The book was written by Adrian Miller, author of “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine.” Miller also served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton.

This new opus is a compelling combination of history and cookbook, as it is not only filled with fascinating anecdotes and photos, but includes a score of mouth-watering recipes you just might like to try out yourself. Besides the aforementioned Allen, among the dozens of White House waiters and chefs revisited here is Daisy McAfee Bonner who prepared a cheese souffle for FDR on the day he died.

Among the dishes this critic found tempting were Grilled Salmon with Farro, Hawaiian French Toast, Baked Macaroni with Cheese, and Jerk Chicken Pita Pizza. A veritable treasure trove chock full of enough top secret culinary fare to whip up a state dinner for your friends and family.

To order a copy of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet , visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1469632535/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  GIG News

Big Winners: Black-ish, Adele and La-La Land

 

Image Awards, Grammys & BAFTAs Recap

by Kam Williams

Awards Season Heats Up over Busy Weekend

Big Winners: Black-ish, Adele and La-La Land

The NAACP, Grammys and British Academy Awards were all handed out this weekend. The festivities kicked off with the Image Awards, a Friday and Saturday event with only the second night being televised.

Getty Images/ Jason LaVeris

The sitcom Black-ish (6) took home the most TV trophies, Beyonce (5) garnered the most in music for her concept album, “Lemonade,” while the gay empowerment drama Moonlight (4) landed the most among the movie entrants.

On Sunday, Adele (5) dominated the Grammys, winning for Album (“25), Record, Song (“Hello”) and Solo Performance of the Year. In the process, she beat out Beyonce’, who only prevailed in the  Music Video and Urban Contemporary categories.

Meanwhile, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts was staging its award ceremony across the pond. La La Land (5) continued its victory tour, adding notches to its belt in the Best Picture, Actress (Emma Stone), Director (Damien Chazelle), Original Music and Cinematography categories. 

Factoring in the results of these three shows, it’s hard to say which film has the best chance to give La La a run for its money at the Oscars. Moonlight has certainly received the second most accolades on the awards circuit, although box-office favorite Hidden Figures might be building momentum.

And you can’t count out Fences, between the highly-lauded performances of co-stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, and the pressure being put on the Academy to be more ethnically inclusive after snubbing minorities entirely a couple years in a row. The Oscars will air live on ABC-TV on Sunday, February 26th at 8:30 pm ET and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

For complete lists of the winners, visit:

NAACP Image Awards: http://www.home.naacpimageawards.net/nominees/

Grammy Awards: https://www.grammy.com/nominees

BAFTA Awards: http://awards.bafta.org/

Source:  GIG News

If You Love Water Sports

 

If You Love Water Sports, Maybe it is Time to Love What is Beneath the Surface

By Darren Shepard

I became a Certified PADI Open Water Diver at the age of 18 years old while taking a P.E. Credit in college. I have always loved the water and the idea of becoming a certified diver to take off on a few adventures made a lot of sense to me.

Actually, my first experience scuba diving was with my family on a short vacation in the Ozarks on Gerry’s Ferry lake when I was 16 years old in 1982.  I was taught about the gear and actually made a couple of shallow dives with family members to just see what it was like. I do not recommend doing this today and certification is not only necessary but required.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to take a few trips, including in the Bahamas, Jamaica and certainly several areas in Florida. In addition, I have made many fresh water dives in several larger lakes and reservoirs at the right time of year as well.  My biggest problem is with so many outdoor interest from fishing, boating, hunting and more, I never seem to have enough time to make as many dive trips as I did when I was younger.  Plus, I need to keep current with my dive logs, practice and up keep of gear.

What I do know, is my wife and I have been planning a trip for some time and the opportunity to dive again is approaching. Interesting to me, I had to reach out to PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) to get another copy of my certification so I can begin getting things in order for a trip later in the year.

In addition, my son and step daughter expressed interest in learning to scuba dive as well. I found it interesting, but with our families love of the water and outdoors it only makes sense.  Plus, at the age of 15 years old or under, PADI offers a Junior Open Water Diver Certification as well.

With so many vacation options for so many of us that love the water, what an interesting idea to make sure that our kids learn about what is beneath the surface of the water instead of just fishing in it or tubing on top of it.

Some of the most brilliant colors, fish and adventures for me have been while diving. Especially in shallow water such as in the Florida Keys, where sunlight offers the brilliance of coral colors that everyone would be in awe of during the dive.

If you love the water and so does your family, maybe checking into scuba diving is a great option for you. It certainly beats having the kids playing video games or messing with their phones all of the time. Plus, getting started is easy and this is a great time to do so in order to get everyone certified for a great summer diving vacation.

Check out PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) website for more information and a list of instructors close to you. www.padi.com

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com