FORE! or Foul? Mr. Obama!

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FORE! or Foul? Mr. Obama!
 
Sometimes when you read a headline these days you think it’s a spoof.  Something you would find in a tabloid or FOX News, or MSNBC. Here’s the headline: President Obama makes Soldiers move their wedding because he wants to play golf.
WILL SAYS ICONMr. President, There are a lot of things that you have been called in your presidency, but a Homewrecker .. Hmm! Now I know you don’t do your schedule, and you most likely are shuffled around. But I have to believe that you’re in charge of the aftermath.
Your solution for this was to call the soldiers and say sorry, thanks for being a good sport, have a nice life. That wasn’t you exact words but the basic idea. Why didn’t you just tell the soldiers “hey, have the wedding tomorrow and we will foot the bill for everything. I mean, I am pretty sure were paying for your vacation and golf anyway, why not pay for the people that put their lives on the line.

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AAFCA Founder Reflects upon Organization’s Start and Progress

Gil Robertson

The “African-American Film Critics Association” Interview

with Kam Williams

AAFCA Founder Reflects upon Organization’s Start and Progress

 

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Kam Williams: Why did you find it necessary to create the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)?

Gil Robertson: AAFCA was started to address the need to advance diversity and inclusion in cinema, both in front and behind the camera. At the time the group was formed, I was a part of a very small community of black journalists who had relative good access to film properties and the talent starring in them. It was an extremely hard network to crack, but the access proved valuable in offering us a platform as entertainment journalists. It was a very small network and those of us who were part of this network each had our grievances about the studio system. First, there was a double standard at play with regards to black talent, unless they were A-list stars, who were seldom, if ever, invited to participate in promotional activities except for “black-themed” movies. Secondly, next-generation black journalists were given a nearly impossible challenge to gain access to the elite ranks of film journalists. There was a need for advocacy on both sides of the table, and so the creation of AAFCA was essential to address these issues.

KW: How has the organization expanded over the years?
GR: It’s been a long walk, but we’ve been steady in building relationships and infrastructure. We’ve established alliances with the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild and the African-American Steering Committee at DGA. Over the years, AAFCA has been instrumental in getting our members placed on influential Voting Blocs for the NAACP Image Awards and the BET Awards. We’ve also expanded our network of partners on the film festival circuit through the creation of partnerships with film events in Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Seattle and Los Angeles.
 
KW: How did the AAFCA Awards come about?
GR: One of the most visible activities executed by film critics groups is announcing their annual year-end lists of their Top 10 films and other awards in high profile categories. From day one, AAFCA’s leadership wanted to formally present our annual awards list via a live event. In 2009, that idea came to fruition with an event held at the Ebony Theatre in LA. Since then, we’ve established the show, which now includes a full dinner, as an activity with a growing presence on the Hollywood Awards Calendar. The AAFCA Awards regularly attracts key A-list talent like Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, John Singleton, Paula Patton, Forrest Whitaker and other notable in front and through the executive ranks in Hollywood. It’s been enormously hard work, but we’re getting it done.
 
KW: What can we expect at this year’s show?
GR: The AAFCA Awards is a really great event. We call it “A Special Evening in Cinema,” because it actually is. It’s a dressy, red carpet ceremony that attracts the upper leadership ranks in Black Hollywood and also leading celebrity talent. The program for our 6th annual live event will include special honors given to icons in the film community like producer Stephanie Allain [Hustle and Flow, Something New and Dear White People] who is also the director of the LA Film Festival; producer Debra Martin Chase who is responsible for a long list of films that includes The Cheetah Diaries, Sparkle and The Preacher’s Wife. Our other honorees are Franklin Leonard who is responsible for The Black List – a key indicator for which scripts will get the greenlit to go into production; Donna Langley, the Chair of Universal Pictures; and LA Times reporter Susan King.

KW: What else is going with the organization?
GR: We are always looking for new opportunities to expand AAFCA’s footprint in the marketplace. The AAFCA Screening Series was recently launched, conducting film screenings across America. More and more studios have also begun to license the AAFCA Seal of Approval, which is a quality indicator for black consumers. Probably the thing the organization is most proud is the AAFCA Student Internship Program that recently completed its 2nd year at Clark Atlanta University and will launch in the fall 2015 at Howard University, Northwestern and a still undetermined college in Southern California. We have a few more projects expected to start in 2015 that will be finalized in the coming months.
KW: What are your plans for AAFCA in the future?
GR: Television definitely. We are very close to finalizing a partnership with a producing partner to televise the AAFCA Awards. We are also very interested in creating other special programs for TV audiences. The sky is literally the limit as far as opportunity and we plan to take it all the way.

For more information about the African American Film Critics Association, visit www.aafca.com

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

Upper Ousel Falls Trail

Ousel Falls is a very inspiring morning hike. This hike is a very easy walk, one the whole family can do in comfort. Pack breakfast or a do a picnic lunch. The east fork of the Gallatin is also a great place to catch west slope Cutthroat as well. The trail is 1.7 miles round trip. If you are looking for a enjoyable and scenic trail to run on this is it.

 

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Original Source: RoadTrek TV

Top Ten DVD List for December 30, 2014

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

 

 

medical-simulation-top-10-400Top Ten DVD List for December 30, 2014

 

The Equalizer

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NX6WZIS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Honey

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MIA0FPK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

American Experience: Ripley, Believe It or Not

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00P9UVCW6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

APP

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00JDVT8L4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Dance-Off

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NNZSMDQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking: Season One

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00O9ZSHNY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Banshee: The Complete Second Season

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IV3FLO8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Tusk

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NX8RSOM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NW6KW16/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Elsa & Fred

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00N1JQ3XU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The NFL’s Dosey Doe

The NFL’s Dosey Doe

~ Amy Lignor 

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If the San Diego Chargers lose, the Baltimore Ravens go into the post-season; if they both lose, yada, yada, yada. Seattle can clip home field advantage with a win over the Rams and a non-tie between Green Bay and Detroit. The Steelers need to hit the Bengals hard if they’re going in, as well as winning their division. The Packers and Detroit need to face-off in Green Bay (which was the best game on TV), to find out who wins that division… Boy there was a whole heck of a lot of watching TV this weekend when it came to the NFL, and most games relied on someone else winning. It was a real ‘Brother Helping Brother’ situation, aye?

 

Well…here’s a rundown on what games and what issues most football lovers even cared about.

 

Redskins did go out with a ‘duh’, much like the way they played the whole year. Adding fuel to the fire of people looking at the experts and screaming: “How ‘Bout Dem Boys!” Yes, they proved everyone wrong and let everyone know that they cannot lose on the road. However…Green Bay is a whole new world in the freezing cold temps, especially with a QB who seems to be on a mission to win this year, so the Cowboys have a long way to go. Although many fans are crossing their fingers and hoping it is the Cowboys who meet Seattle in Seattle, because they knocked their lights out there once this season, and it would be great to see them do it again.

 

Ravens are now ordering up the fruit baskets to send to the Kansas City Chiefs locker room. Why is that? Because this weekend the Kansas City bro helped them more than they could possibly imagine, slamming the Chargers and allowing the Ravens to gain the wild card seat.

 

The Packers win. Not only do they win, but boy did they do it with as much drama as humanly possible. Rodgers made sure that the world knew that no calf, and no idiot stepping on his leg with his cleats when he was down, was going to stop him from being the best in the world’s eyes – or, at least in the eyes of the major Green Bay fans. (If he’s not the MVP of the league this year…it will be incredibly wrong).

 

The NFC West was a huge disappointment. The Arizona Cardinals worked their behinds off this year going through major adversity to hold their heads high and knock down teams that should have beaten them. Unfortunately, Seattle came alive and got their bullying ways back and ended up clinching the division by taking down the Rams. With that, they receive home field advantage and a week off. This was the only division that seemed like highway-robbery had occurred. This is a team that looked like they had been partying too much from their Super Bowl win last year when this season first began and yet, here they are again. And it won’t be a surprise when this competition leans away from major players who play the game with style and class to a screaming match at some point. Just remember, the headlines are now in the Seattle locker room where “Thanks for askin” is being said over and over. People defend this guy, even though they called Kap of the 49ers almost treasonous because he said less than 150 words during an interview. Give fans a break, will ya?

 

The Houston Texans had hopes. They no longer have them. The Philadelphia Eagles as well as the New York Giants came out and played like banshees yesterday against each other, with the Eagles coming out with the win. Unfortunately, for both it was too little too late, but they certainly let everyone know that there’s always next year.
And, yes, those Dallas Cowboys are wearing smiles on their faces. They have a new Big Three in the Big D and they played their hearts out. Surprisingly, all three stayed in a game they really didn’t need to win far after they had already beaten the Redskins. If one of them had gotten hurt – if Murray’s already messed up hand or Romo’s already messed up back had been destroyed – Jerryworld would have been really unhappy. BUT…they are all just fine and heading into the post-season as the hottest ticket out there.

 

Detroit, seeing as that they lost the division to Green Bay yesterday, are the ones headed to that hot Big D. So The D & D Play in the Big D…and the way it looks right now, unless Romo decides ‘I’ve gone far enough this year,’ the Dallas Cowboys will be seeing more of this post-season.

 

In the AFC? Patriots lost…and it didn’t matter one iota. Already clinching the division, a bye, and home field, yesterday’s game was basically a no-need. They have some time off to heal, get ready, and – for AFC fans – because they look like the only AFC team that could beat the Packers or Seattle in the Super Bowl, giving the world an actual interesting Super Bowl which we haven’t had for a long time, a chance to gear up and win the AFC Championship in order to head to the Super Bowl.

 

Bucs lose, getting the number one overall pick in next year’s draft.

 

And when it comes to coaching, what a mess. The Jets (no surprise) have fired Rex Ryan, their coach AND their GM, perhaps they will become a baseball team?

 

Most idiotic move? Jim Harbaugh set a high bar in San Fran in only 4 seasons. Why he’s leaving is anyone’s guess. Losing Harbaugh in the 49ers organization, with all that he has achieved, seems about as dumb as possible. And Harbaugh going to a college team? That, again, seems ridiculous considering there are pro football teams desperate for a coach of his caliber: Oakland, Jets, and the list goes on. Coaching in college? For the Michigan Wolverines? Well, there is a lot of money involved then, because for Harbaugh he’s certainly not taking a step back just for the challenge of it all.

 

Oh…Denver, you ask? Well, of course, their game really didn’t matter either. Denver knows they will go through Brady and the Patriots if everything goes according to plan. So even though they will have a game first, they need to prepare for what most fans see as the AFC Championship game.

 

So people…grab your partner, dosey doe, because…HERE WE GO!

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Dah Media… If it doesn’t bleed it doesn’t lead!

 

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Dah Media… If it doesn’t bleed it doesn’t lead!

 

I don’t mean to be a Pollyanna, but I think between social media and the media we don’t get the same happy endings as we used to get.
Leaving our need for information up to the news people has caused this 24 – 7 news cycle, Which is WILL SAYS ICONjust really two minutes of rape, pillage, and plunder, in a loop.
I work in news & I known it’s all about selling tickets. “film at 11” has been replaced by; you might wanna turn away from this footage, as it is quite graphic. But we’ll posted it on our website so your kids can see it!
Maybe there should be a law that says that the media can not report the news unless it’s true. Maybe that’s the problem; the media is where we turn to get our facts.
I remember the days when we would take our family to the races. We would pay the gate fee and sit and watch the race. We would admire the skill and mastery of the drivers and then at the end we would cheer the driver that crossed the finish line. These days, we pay the ticket price, sit down and watch the race.  If within ten minutes someone doesn’t crash, burn and die, we want our money back.
This need for quick gratification at other people expenses has gone to new heights. The other day I walking on my block with my family. I saw a bit of smoke coming from a house, so we rush to see what was wrong. There, I saw a man in front of this house, and he was shooting footage from his iPhone. I asked the man “are you the person that lives here;”  he said “no, I’m the next door neighbor.” As the owner of the house came out I said, “everything alright”,  and he said ” yes, just a little grease fire, but it’s under control.”  Here’s the sad part; I found out that the man shooting the video has been this gentleman’s neighbor for the past six years, and they’ve never once introduced themselves to each other.  The neighbor pruely came over to shoot a Youtube video to post and hopefully become a viral superstar.
So when you see headlines that say; Plane most likely at the bottom of the sea. Buyer beware and don’t believe everything you read in the papers. Especially if you are one of the family members waiting at the airport for the news.

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Timely Civil Rights Saga Revisits Historic Martin Luther King March

 

 

Selma

Film Review by Kam Williams

Timely Civil Rights Saga Revisits Historic Martin Luther King March

 

I was born in the early Fifties, which means the Civil Rights Movement unfolded over the course of my formative years. And like the average black kid growing up in that tumultuous era, I can distinctly recall having a very visceral reaction to the nightly news coverage, since I had such a personal stake in the outcome of the events.

126889_galOne of the most consequential flashpoints in memory was when a trio of voting rights marches were staged in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Launched by locals with the help of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the first demonstration came to be known as Bloody Sunday because of the way the police viciously attacked the 500+ participants with teargas and billy clubs, all at the direction of a racist Sheriff named Jim Clark (Stan Houston).

Fallout from the shocking media coverage garnered the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) who agreed to get involved. And after an aborted second attempt to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the controversy blossomed into a nationwide cause célèbre with 25,000 people willing to risk their life and limb descending upon tiny Selma, including cultural icons like Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter, Paul and Mary.

Three times proved a charm as the third march went off without a hitch, although participant Viola Liuzzo (Tara Ochs), a mother of five from Detroit, was murdered by a quartet of cowardly Ku Klux Klansmen just a few hours later. A couple of other martyrs also made the ultimate sacrifice in Selma, Jimmie Lee Jackson (Keith Stanfield) and Reverend James Reeb (Jeremy Strong). Fortunately, none of them died in vain because, in August, President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signed historic voting rights legislation into law.

All of the above has been evocatively reenacted in Selma, a gut-wrenching civil rights saga directed126899_gal
by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere). The picture’s release has proven to be oh so timely, given the resurgence of political activism all across the U.S. in the wake of the failure of grand juries to indict the police officers for the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Believe it or not, this moving biopic is the first, full-length feature ever made revolving around Dr. Martin Luther King. That oversight is only apt to further enhance the film’s stock value when it goes wide in theaters right before Dr. King’s birthday and the eagerly-anticipated awards season.

An overdue tribute to a revered icon and to some unsung foot soldiers who played a critical role at a seminal moment in the courageous African-American struggle for freedom and equality.

 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, and brief profanity

Running time: 127 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

 

The Ten Best Black Books of 2014

 

The Ten Best Black Books of 2014

       ~by Kam Williams

 

 

1.         Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate41R5acpvoWL

and Survive the Criminal Justice System

by Robbin Shipp, Esq. and Nick Chiles

 

2.         An Obama’s Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures

by Mark Obama Ndesandjo

 

3.         Who We Be: The Colorization of America

by Jeff Chang

 

4.         Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black

by Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC)51C6mT304VL

Foreword by Alfre Woodard

 

5.         Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

by Misty Copeland

 

6.         One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

by Dr. Ben Carson and Candy Carson

 

7.         Finding Your Roots41wf7k8MI-L

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

 

8.         What the Word Be: Why Black English Is the King’s (James) English

by Diane Proctor Reeder

 

9.         Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year

by Tavis Smiley

with David Ritz

 

10.       Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change

by Clarence Page

 

Honorable Mention

 

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by Deborrah Cooper

 

The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice

by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson

 

Stokely: A Life

by Peniel E. Joseph

 

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

 

The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader

by Ida B. Wells

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Mia Bay51ryJryYOZL

General Editor: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

 

The Rise

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

by Sarah Lewis

 

Success through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple

by Russell Simmons

 

The Imperfect Marriage

Help for Those Who Think It’s Over

by Darryl and Tracy Strawberry

 

Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story… and Why It Matters Today

by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus

 

Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy

Mother, and Still Came out Smiling (with Great Hair)

by Rosie Perez

 

The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century

Edited by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen

 

Black and White: The Way I See It

by Richard Williams

 

Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential

by Daniel Beaty

 

Story/Time: The Life of an Idea

by Bill T. Jones

 

Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America

by Sheryll Cashin

 

Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

 

The Man from Essence

by Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards

Foreword by Camille O. Cosby

 

Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival

by Wayne Pharr

 

Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou

by Maya Angelou

 

Cosby: His Life and Times

by Mark Whitaker

 

A Black Gambler’s World of Liquor, Vice and Presidential Politics: William

Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917

by Bruce L. Mouser

Foreword by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

 

The Myth of Race, The Reality of Racism

by Mahmoud El-Kati

 

Our Ancestors, Our Stories

by Harris Bailey, Jr., Bernice Alexander Bennett, Ellen LeVonne Butler, Ethel Dailey, Vincent Sheppard and Dr. Orville Vernon Burton

 

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs

by Pearl Cleage

 

Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community

by Daya Devi-Doolin

 

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

by John Hope Bryant

Foreword by Ambassador Andrew Young

 

The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American   Dream

by Brian E. Moran, Esq.

 

Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Nunez

 

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

by Charles E. Cobb, Jr.

 

America’s Music: Jazz in Newark

by Barbara Kukla

 

240 Ways to Close the Achievement Gap: Teachers Only Workbook (Vol. 2)

by M. Donnell Tenner, Joy Gay and Dr. Marti Dryk

 

Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House

by Nika C. Beamon

 

Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights

by Robin Bernstein

 

Guiou: The Other Blacks – The Afro-Jamaican Presence in Guatemala

by Gloria J. Arnold

 

Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some

by Peter Mathews

 

Pageants, Parlors & Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the 20th Century South

by Blain Roberts

 

Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir

by Toni Braxton

 

Thirty-Three Days of Praise: Seeing the Good in Cancer

by Karrie Marchbanks

 

1.         To order a copy of Justice While Black, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1932841903/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

2.         To order a copy of An Obama’s Journey, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1493007513/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

3.         To order a copy of Who We Be, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312571291/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

4.         To order a copy of Blessed Experiences, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/161117337X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

5.         To order a copy of Life in Motion, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1476737983/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

6.         To order a copy of One Nation, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595231129/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

7.         To order a copy of Finding Your Roots, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1469618001/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

8.       To order a copy of What the Word Be, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1495105059/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

9.         To order a copy of Death of a King, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0316332763/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

10.       To order a copy of Culture Worrier, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/193284192X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20
Source:  Baret News Wire

Blacktrospective 2014

 

Blacktrospective 2014

 ~by Kam Williams

 

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Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Best in Black Cinema

 

Top Ten Big Budget Black Films

 

1.                  Selma

2.                  The Equalizer

3.                  Top Five

4.                  Belle

5.                  Get on Up

6.                  Beyond The Lights

7.                  About Last Night

8.                  Think Like a Man Too

9.                  Black or White

10.              Addicted

 

 

Best Independent Black Films

 

1.                   Dear White People  

2.                   Half of a Yellow Sun

3.                   The Retrieval

4.                   From the Rough

5.                   Sucka 4 Luv

 

 

Best Black Documentaries

 

1.            The Trials of Muhammad Ali

2.             America the Beautiful 3

3.            The New Black

4.            Vanishing Pearls

5.            25 to Life

6.            Keep on Keepin’ On

7.            The Barefoot Artist

8.            Tanzania: A Journey Within

9.            I Am Ali

10.        Through a Lens Darkly

 

 

Best Actor (Lead Role)

 

1.        Denzel Washington (The Equalizer)

2.        Chris Rock (Top Five)

3.        Astro (Earth to Echo)

4.        David Oyelowo (Selma)

5.        Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up)

6.        Michael Ealy (About Last Night) 

7.        Nate Parker (Beyond the Lights)

8.        Kevin Hart (About Last Night)

9.        Tishuan Scott (The Retrieval)

10.      Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Life of a King)

 

 

Best Actor (Supporting Role)

 

1.       Jamie Foxx (Annie)  

2.        J.B. Smoove (Top Five)

3.        Ice Cube (22 Jump Street)         

4.        Chiwetel Ejiofor (Half of a Yellow Sun)

5.        Tyler James Williams (Dear White People)

6.        Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1)     

7.        Common (Selma)

8.        Boris Kodjoe (Addicted)

9.        Terry Crews (Blended)

10.      Ashton Sanders (The Retrieval)

 

 

Best Actress (Lead Role)

 

1.        Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle)

2.        Thandie Newton (Half of a Yellow Sun)

3.        Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie)

4.        Regina Hall (About Last Night) 

5.        Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights)

6.        Joy Bryant (About Last Night)   

7.        Xavia Omega (Sucka 4 Luv)

8.        Taraji P. Henson (From the Rough)

9.        Nia Long (The Single Moms Club)

10.      Sharon Leal (Addicted)

 

 

Best Actress (Supporting Role)

 

1.        Tessa Thompson (Dear White People)

2.         Rosario Dawson (Top Five)

3.        Carmen Ejogo (Selma)

4.     Leslie Jones (Top Five)

5.        Oprah Winfrey (Selma)

6.        Anika Noni Rose (Half of a Yellow Sun)

7.        Gabrielle Union (Top Five) 

8.        Amber Stevens (22 Jump Street)

9.        Paula Patton (About Last Night)

10.      Octavia Spencer (Black or White)

 

 

Best Director (Big Budget Film)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

1.                  Ava DuVernay (Selma)

2.                  Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer)

3.                  Amma Asante (Belle)

4.                  Chris Rock (Top Five)

5.                  Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights)

6.                  Tim Story (Think Like a Man Too)

7.                  Tyler Perry (The Single Moms Club)

8.                  Tim Story (Ride Along)

9.                  Nick Cannon (School Dance)

10.              Billie Woodruff (Addicted)

           

 

Best Director (Independent Film)

 

1.                Justin Simien (Dear White People)

2.                Biyi Bandele (Half of a Yellow Sun)

3.                Pierre Bagley (From the Rough)

4.                Patrick Pierre (Sucka 4 Luv)

5.                Mark Harris (Black Coffee)

 

 

Best Director (Documentary Film)

 

1.        Darryl Roberts (America the Beautiful 3)

2.        Yoruba Richen (The New Black)

3.        Nailah Jefferson (Vanishing Pearls)

4.        Mike Brown (25 to Life)

5.       Thomas Allen Harris (Through a Lens Darkly)

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

 

 

Amazon Optimus Prime will CRUSH your small business!

 

Amazon Optimus Prime will CRUSH your small business!

So my wife is very excited that she can now get anything via Amazon prime. They can deliver to your doorstep in what seems to be 5 minutes. But I really think it’s because she’s ordering so much that the frequency is confusing her, I just wish Amazon had a box buy back program.

But it’s only going get worst, and I blame it all on the government, why you ask … DRONES! WILL SAYS ICONAmazon wants to use drones to deliver your products faster than anyone. Plus, now the government wants to use drones to make sure your kids get to school safely. What if the government and Amazon had a drone program together. I can hear the knock at the door now.

Um, Mr. Roberts, we made a little mistake. It seems as though your son was killed by one of our drones, on the way to school. Not sure how he got on the list, but the good news is here’s the package you ordered 10 minutes ago on Amazon.

I’ll tell you; I am not sure which is worst. The drones or the elimination of mom and pop small businesses. Corporate America is working on ways to make it possible for you to never leave your home. They’re working and studying on ways to get the best deals. Deals that mom and pops could never get you. Big business is turning our downtowns into ghost towns.

So next time you shop for anything, ask yourself a couple of questions:
* Am I buying local
* Am I helping my community?
* Does it help the country

Go to my website: WillSays.com