DVD Features Historic Vidal-Buckley Debates

 

Best of Enemies

DVD Review by Kam Williams

DVD Features Historic Vidal-Buckley Debates

Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. were among the most brilliant and articulate minds of their generation. The pair were also polar opposites, politically, which made the idea of hiring them to appear in a series of televised debates an absolute stroke of genius.   

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This was the brainchild of ABC-TV back in 1968, at a time when the network’s news department lagged far behind both CBS and NBC in the ratings. The plan was to have the liberal Vidal and conservative Buckley square-off during its coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions being staged that summer in Chicago and Miami Beach, respectively.

Arranging the showdown proved to be easier said than done, since the men not only hated each other politically, but personally as well. After all, Buckley saw himself as the defender of old-fashioned values and the status quo in the face of the Sixties’ counter-cultural revolution demanding equal rights for blacks, gays, women and other oppressed groups.

As expected, sparks flew during the spirited tete-a-tetes marked as much by effete Buckley’s arcane syntax as by firebrand Vidal iconoclastic comments. However, because neither participant wanted to lose, what began as sophisticated intellectual analysis eventually degenerated into an exchange of insults.

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When Vidal referred to Buckley as a “crypto-Nazi,” he lost his composure and called his opponent a “queer.” A defamation lawsuit and counter-suit ensued, and the litigation would drag on for years.

Co-directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, Best of Enemies is a fascinating documentary which revisits a seminal moment in the history of TV. For, the explosive Vidal-Buckley arguments over hot-button topics ranging from religion to sexuality served to usher in a new era in terms of discourse over the airwaves.

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Besides archival footage of the debates, the conventions and anti-war demonstrations raging right outside, the film features commentary by luminaries like Frank Rich, John McWhorter and the late Christopher Hitchens. A must-see account of the birth of passionate, television punditry.

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated  R for sexuality, nudity and profanity

Running time: 89 minutes

Distributor: Magnolia Home Entertainment

DVD Extras: Interview with directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville; over one hour of bonus interviews with commentators; and the theatrical trailer.

  

To order a copy of Best of Enemies on DVD, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B013W7LS44/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening October 30, 2015

 

OPENING THIS WEEK
                                  Kam’s Kapsules:  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun                                                               

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, Weekly Film Previews, October 30, 2015, Foreign & Independent Films, Big Budget Films
For movies opening October 30, 2015

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Our Brand Is Crisis (R for profanity and sexual references) Dirty tricks dramedy inspired by the documentary of the same name about an American political consultant (Sandra Bullock) coaxed out of retirement in 2002 to run the reelection campaign of the President of Bolivia (Joaquim de Almeida). With Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Louis Arcella and Scoot McNairy. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (R for violence, gore, sexuality, graphic nudity and pervasive profanity) Horror comedy revolving around a trio of BFF boy scouts (Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller and Joey Morgan) who join forces to save their hometown during an invasion by a horde of zombies. Cast includes David Koechner, Cloris Leachman and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

The Armor of Light (PG-13 for mature themes and brief profanity) Pro-life documentary about an anti-abortion Evangelical minister who comes to question the wisdom of his pro-gun stance in the face of the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws. Featuring commentary by Lucy McBath, the mother of an unarmed black teen shot to death at a gas station for refusing to turn down the volume on his car radio.

Bare (Unrated) Out-of-the-closet drama, set in Nevada, about a young woman (Dianna Agron) who leaves her boyfriend (Chris Zylka) for a drifter (Paz de la Huerta), drugs and a new line of work as a stripper. With Louisa Krause, Mary Price Moore and Travis Hammer.

Burnt (Unrated) Culinary dramedy about a disgraced Parisian chef’s (Bradley Cooper) attempt to restore his reputation in London with the help of an attractive assistant-turned-love interest (Sienna Miller). With Omar Sy, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson and Alicia Vikander.

Carter High (PG-13 for profanity, suggestive material and mature themes) Fact-based sports saga, set in Dallas in 1988, recounting the rise and fall of a high school football team which won the Texas state championship only to have nine players subsequently commit a string of armed robberies. Co-starring Vivica A. Fox, Charles S. Dutton, Reginald C. Hayes and Marcus M. Mauldin.

Love (Unrated) Romance drama revolving around an American film student (Karl Glusman), living in Paris with an unstable girlfriend (Aomi Muyock), who comes to regret inviting their attractive neighbor (Klara Kristin) to share a menage a trois. With Ugo Fox, Juan Saavedra and Aaron Pages. (In English and French with subtitles)

Making Rounds (Unrated) Healthcare documentary chronicling the old-school bedside manner of a couple of hands-on doctors making life and death decisions for cardiac patients in the critical care unit of NYC’s Mount Sinai Hospital.   

Marshland (Unrated) Crime thriller, set in Spain in 1980, revolving around a couple of big city detectives (Javier Gutierrez and Raul Arevalo) sent from Madrid to a  tiny town in the country to catch the serial killer responsible for a string of grisly murders of young women. Cast includes Maria Varod, Perico Cervantes and Jesus Ortiz. (In Spanish with subtitles)

The Wonders (Unrated) Coming-of-age dramedy, set in Tuscany, about a troubled teenager (Luis Huilca) whose arrival disrupts the idyllic home life of the  beekeepers who take him in just as a camera crew arrives to film them for a reality TV-show. With Monica Bellucci, Alba Rohrwacher, Maria Alexandra Lungu and Sam Louwyck. (In Italian, French and German with subtitles)

Source:  Baret News

Revival of Irreverent Road Trip Franchise Released on Home Video

Vacation

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Revival of Irreverent Road Trip Franchise Released on Home Video

 

National Lampoon’s Vacation is an enduring film franchise launched back in 1978 by the late John Hughes, the brains behind such Chicago-centric screen classics as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Trains, Planes & Automobiles; Home Alone; Uncle Buck; and Baby’s Day Out, to name a few. The original Vacation adventure featured the Griswold family’s very eventful road trip from the Windy City to L.A.VACATION, DVD Review, National Lampoon's Vacation, Walley World, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, comedy

This nostalgic seventh installment not only resurrects Walley World amusement park as its destination point, but has Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprising their iconic roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, respectively. However, they couple’s been reduced to a cameo appearance in favor of a plot revolving around their son Rusty’s (Ed Helms) nuclear family.

At the point of departure, we find Rusty sorely in need of a break from the rat race as an overworked pilot for a budget airline carrier. He plans to both spice up his stale marriage and spend some quality time with his sons during the drive across the country. Of course, the highway gods have other ideas in mind, as the perils laying in wait range from robbery to raw sewage.

My biggest problem with this relatively-salacious episode rests in its obsession with sexuality, and often in offensive fashion. For example, when younger son Kevin (Steele Stebbins) asks, “Dad, what’s a pedophile?” he is inappropriately informed that “It’s when a man and a boy love each other very much.” It doesn’t help that the kid subsequently encounters a “glory hole” in a rest stop bathroom ostensibly cruised by gay men.

There is also a homophobic tone cast over the entire picture, coming courtesy of Kevin’s relentless bullying of his effeminate big brother, James (Skyler Gisondo). The mean-spirited mistreatment includes teasing his sibling about having a vagina and choking him with a plastic bag. Even the boy’s father piles on periodically, like when he suggests that Kevin  scratches like a girl when he fights instead of punching. Rusty’s wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) isn’t much of a role model either, between over-imbibing in a “Chug Run” during a pit stop and ‘fessing up about having developed a bad reputation in college for showing her breasts to anybody who asked.VACATION, DVD Review, National Lampoon's Vacation, Walley World, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, comedy

From full-frontal male nudity to an F-word laced theme song, Vacation is a cringe-inducing disappointment that bears little resemblance to the original it so desperately endeavors to pay homage to.

Fair (1 star)

Rated R for brief male frontal nudity, sexuality, crude humor, mature themes and pervasive profanity

Running time: 99 minutes

Distributor: Warner Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Return to Walley World; The Griswold Odyssey; Georgia; gag reel; and deleted scenes.    

To order a copy of the Vacation Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0134BHG8A/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20%C2%A0

Source:  Baret News

Walgreens Pays $9.4 Billion for Rival Rite Aid

 

Walgreens Pays $9.4 Billion for Rival Rite Aid

By Burt Carey

Walgreens reached a deal Tuesday to buy rival pharmacy Rite Aid for $9.4 billion, combining the second and third largest companies in the
retail industry.

Walgreens, Rite Aid, pharmaceuticals, health, beauty, retail, strategy, healthcareBy agreeing to take on Rite Aid’s debt, the total deal is worth about $17.2 billion and gives Walgreens an industry-leading 17,700 stores around the world that garners more than 41 percent of the pharmacy retail market. CVS Health, the No. 1 pharmaceutical chain, controls about 58 percent of the world’s market.

The acquisition comes as pharmacies shore up market share and compete with growing sales by online pharmacies, mail-order prescription dispensaries, health clinics and wholesale retailers such as Costco and Sam’s Club. By combining the companies, Walgreens hopes to negotiate better deals with drug manufacturers.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., will pay $9 per share for Rite Aid Corp., a 48 percent premium over Monday’s closing price of $6.08 per share. Rite Aid shares increased to $8.67 overnight, a 43 percent bump, after the Wall Street Journal reported news of the deal. By Tuesday Walgreens stock rose 6.4 percent, to $95.16 per share.

Walgreens said Rite Aid stores will continue operating under its own brand for now. It expects to save more than $1 billion from cost cuts and combined purchasing power.

“Working together, decisions will be made over time regarding the integration of the two companies, ultimately creating a fully harmonized portfolio of stores and infrastructure,” Walgreens said in a statement.

Walgreens bought European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots less than a year ago, and also owns Duane Reade stores in the United States. Walgreens is based in Deerfield, Ill. Rite Aid’s headquarters are in Camp Hill, Pa.

Anti-trust regulators are likely to give the deal close scrutiny. Walgreens has about 8,200 U.S. stores and 13,100 stores worldwide, while Rite Aid boasts of some 4,600 stores.

Industry analysts say some $427 billion has been spent on mergers in the healthcare industry in 2015, as hospitals, health insurers and drug manufacturers react to marketplace changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Consolidated companies help insulate against drug price inflation.

At the end of fiscal year 2014 in August, Walgreens reported revenues of $76.4 billion, while Rite Aid sold $26.5 billion in goods and services in the fiscal year that ended in February. CVS, which has more than 7,800 stores, had revenues of $139.4 billion in 2014. The drug-store industry has $263 billion in annual sales and collects about $10.3 billion in profit.

Walgreens was founded in 1901 by pharmacist Charles R. Walgreen Sr., when he bought the Chicago drugstore where he worked. It’s one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks. Earlier this year Rite Aid bought Envision Pharmaceutical Services, also known as EnvisionRx, for $2 billion. It’s a pharmacy-benefit management company that processes prescriptions for insurance companies and large corporations that negotiate deals with drug makers.

Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina previously served as the executive chairman of Alliance Boots before its merger with Walgreens. He assumed his new position in July.

“Today’s announcement is another step in Walgreens Boots Alliance’s global development and continues our profitable growth strategy,” Pessina said in a statement. “In both mature and newer markets across the world, our approach is to advance and broaden the delivery of retail health, well-being and beauty products and services.”

Walgreens executives are expected to discuss the deal with investors when the company’s fourth-quarter earnings are announced Wednesday morning.

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Massachusetts

 

Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Massachusetts

By Burt Carey

There’s no better way to take in all that the Thanksgiving holiday offers than to spend the weekend before turkey day where the Pilgrims landed.

Plymouth, Massachusetts dutifully refers to itself as America’s Hometown, and it celebrates Thanksgiving each year with a bevy of events to regale visitors with the Pilgrim story and other significant events in American history.

Thanksgiving-BrownscombeThe weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday occasion as well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage. For 19 years, hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have traveled to the historic Plymouth Harbor and Waterfront to experience a bounty of authentic Americana. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, soldiers, patriots, and pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth.

Beginning Nov. 20, historic tours of Plymouth and her monuments are offered to the public free of charge by Education Director Dr. Paul Jehle. That evening a free Veterans Memorial Concert will be presented to honor all who have served in our Armed Forces. Friday Night will also feature an illumination event in collaboration with the Plymouth 400.

On the morning of Nov. 21, the opening ceremony of the America’s Hometown parade symbolically portrays the faith of the Pilgrims with the
lighting of a candle and a brief explanation of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims leading up to 2020. In addition, an explanation of the historic nature of the parade is told both on the waterfront as well as in studio on a live broadcast on local cable television. As it crosses by the waterfront staging area, the parade immerses visitors with a chronological history of America as each float passes.

Following the parade on Saturday, and during the day on Sunday, a feast of historic education awaits all who visit the waterfront:

  • The New England Food Festival – come sample cuisines from around the region while listening to period music and cast your vote for Plimoth_Plantation_FenceNew England’s best. The New England Food Festival features the very best soups, chowders, desserts, party foods, entrees and décor in the region. Food festival tickets can be purchased on site: adults $12; children under 12, $7; and children under 5 get in for free.
  • Colonial crafters demonstrate trades – from blacksmithing to weaving and other crafts that illustrate earlier time periods of American history.
  • Living historians tell historic stories – from Pilgrims who interpret the various monuments and are waiting to discuss life in the 1600s, to soldiers in the American Revolution and later wars, stories that bring history alive await all on the waterfront.
  • Saturday Concert – On Saturday night a Drum and Bugle Corps reunion features the best of patriotic music from the post-World War II era. An explanation of some aspect of the history of Drum and Bugle Corps takes place during the evening, as well as an explanation of each unit and their unique accomplishments. Memorial Hall is filled with those who gather to hear their favorite Corps that demonstrates loyalty and commitment to American values.

The Waterfront in Plymouth is one of the most historic locations in America. Millions of tourists come to see the Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower
II, which grace the shores of the Plymouth waterfront.

Everything gets under way Friday, Nov. 20 with the first concert, a patriotic affair that honors those who have served in any branch of the United States military. Premier units of national significance and notoriety are invited and the concert is free. It is patriotic, moving, and involves entertainment, drama, music, color and honor guards, as well as special recognition for all veterans.

The concert takes place at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, from 7-10 p.m.

Tickets ($27) are required for Saturday’s concert. To purchase tickets for this concert, click here or call the office at 508-746-1818.

A host of hotels and other accommodations are available locally. Go online to http://www.usathanksgiving.com/index.php for all of your arrangements.

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Mets Add Juan Uribe to World Series Roster

 

Mets Add Juan Uribe to World Series Roster

By Burt Carey

The New York Mets added veteran journeyman utility infielder Juan Uribe to their roster for Game 1 of the World Series matchup against the Kansas City Royals.

“I can walk through the locker room, I can’t find anybody that’s got two World Series rings except him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of Uribe, New York Mets, Juan Uribe, World Series Roster, Major League Baseballwho collected world championship rings with the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and the San Francisco Giants in 2010. “He brings that guy who’s been on this stage and has not been affected by it. Yes, he hasn’t played in three weeks … but he’s still got two World Series rings. I know when he walks up there, he has a feel for what he has to do to get a hit.

“When (Kansas City manager) Ned (Yost) has to look at the bottom of the lineup card and sees Juan Uribe’s name, I know that gets his attention.”

The World Series began Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The 36-year-old Uribe was traded to the Mets by the Atlanta Braves along with Kelly Johnson earlier this season. In addition to the White Sox and Giants, he’s also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. He replaced rookie infielder Matt Reynolds on the roster. Reynolds did not play in either the National League Division Series or the National League Championship Series, but was called up to take the roster spot of shortstop Ruben Tejada, who suffered a broken leg in the NLDS against the Dodgers.

“In the clubhouse, he’s exactly what you guys have all heard about,” Collins said. “He’s funny. He’s upbeat. He never has a bad day. He’s great with the Latin players. He’s tremendous with the American players. We thought that was going to be a big benefit to have somebody who’s been here and has that personality to keep everything a little looser. Everybody thinks this is a pressure-packed, tension thing. We need somebody to loosen it up a little bit, and he’s one of those guys.”

Uribe had been out of action since Sept. 25 due to an injury he aggravated while pinch hitting in Cincinnati. He’d originally suffered cartilage damage in his chest diving for a ground ball a week earlier.

Collins said he watched the veteran infielder take live batting practice for three consecutive days, followed by a full workout Monday, before adding him to the roster Tuesday. In 44 games for the Mets this year, he’s batting .219, with six home runs and 20 RBIs. Earlier in the season with the Braves, Uribe had posted a .285 batting average in 46 games.

The Mets have Wilmer Flores starting at shortstop. Uribe’s addition leaves the club without a natural shortstop to back up Flores, although Johnson could play shortstop if needed. Collins used Johnson as the Mets designated hitter in Game 1.

Collins based his decision on Uribe’s apparent health and his experience. “He’s not going to be intimidated by the surroundings, by the situation, so we think it’s a pretty big move,” Collins said. “I think he’s 100 percent physically. Due to the fact that he hasn’t played in a while is an issue, but in the coaches’ meeting, we talked about this scenario and just think he’s, with his experience, a better fit.”

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

From Career to Cosby, Beverly Bares It All!

 

Beverly Johnson

“The Face That Changed It All” Interview

with Kam Williams

From Career to Cosby, Beverly Bares It All!

 Beverly Johnson rose to fame in August of 1974 when she made history as the first African-American to grace on the cover of Vogue magazine. The multi-talented supermodel/actress/businesswoman/author has enjoyed an enduring career which has included writing a several books and starring in her own reality-TV series, “Beverly’s Full House.”

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Recently, she has bravely stepped forward as the highest-profile victim to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and assaulting her. Here, she talks about that incident as well as her new autobiography, “The Face That Changed It All.”

Kam Williams: Hi Beverly, thanks for another interview.

Beverly Johnson: Hi, Kam. Thanks for reviewing the book and for including a picture of me and my mother. I appreciate that. I really do. You know show she has Alzheimer’s. [Wipes away tears]

KW: No, I didn’t. I’m sorry to hear that. What interested you in writing your autobiography?

BJ: I’m not the type of girl who cries a lot, but I’m crying right now because I don’t know whether I’d written it, if my mother hadn’t developed Alzheimer’s. There are many things in the book that I know would’ve caused her a lot of pain, and I wouldn’t want to do that to her. When you think about trying to reduce a life of 60 years to 250 pages, it’s a little overwhelming.

KW: How did you go about deciding what to include?

BJ: Basically, what I did was break it up into childhood, Seventies and Eighties. I kinda bit off half of it. It was also important to me as an African-American to write this because we’ve had a very painful history, and haven’t passed our stories down, perhaps out of shame. I know that in growing I would grab onto any little anecdote my mother or grandmother might leak out by accident. I believe that we should tell our stories, because they’re important for the future generations. So, I want to make sure I leave my story, even though it isn’t all pleasant. I don’t want anyone to pass away with their song still inside them. That’s really why I decided to write my memoirs.

KW: Marcia Evans says: I love sistah Beverly Johnson! I am wondering if you have been blessed with another grandchild by your daughter, Anansa?

BJ: Yes, I have three grandchildren: 4 year-old Ava; 2 year-old David, and a 1 year-old. And I have the son I always wanted in my son-in-law, David Patterson. They’re the most remarkable parents I’ve ever known. I always tell my daughter that she’s such a better mother than I was. It’s incredible how involved they are with their kids on a day-in, day-out basis.      

KW: She says: I still frequently refer to your amazing first book “True Beauty” about the natural health regimen you lived by. I would love to see you do another reality series but with a different format than the one you had on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Perhaps you could do a beauty talk show enlightening younger folks about class and beauty.

BJ: Gee, that’s very kind of you, Marcia, although “True Beauty” was actually my second book. My first was “Beverly Johnson’s Guide to a Life of Health and Beauty.” Each of them was a labor of love. They were both ahead of their time, and it’s so great to hear that people still turn to them as references. I don’t know about a talk show, but we are working on some other TV ideas.

KW: Larry Greenberg asks: How much harder is it to achieve the American Dream now than it was when you ascended to stardom?

BJ: What a great question! I was 18 years-old back then. In the Seventies, there were many more black models than there are today, and there were a slew of successful black designers, makeup artists and hairdressers. There were even black modeling agencies which, by the way, turned me down. Nevertheless, there were so many more opportunities for African-Americans in this realm, the fashion world, back then than there are now. I don’t know if that’s because we have a closed society in the fashion bubble, while the rest of the world has laws mandating diversity and inclusion that are making a difference in Fortune 500 companies.   

KW: Teresa Emerson says: Hi Beverly, I’m anxious to read your autobiography! Were you aware of, or had you heard about, Cosby’s reputation at all before all this happened? If so, had you just dismissed it as rumors, never thinking he would do anything to you.

BJ: No, honey, I’m a very smart girl. If somebody warns me, “Don’t go around that corner because there’s a giant sinkhole you could fall into,” then I’m going to go in the other direction.” That’s just how I m by nature. I’d be like, “Thanks for pulling my coattail.” That is what is so astounding, the secrecy that was maintained not only by the people in his circle but by the press and the police. It speaks volumes about the silence in society when it comes to violence against women in general. I don’t see it as just a Cosby issue, but as a societal one that he has become the lightning rod for.   

KW: Marilyn Marshall asks: Have you forgiven Bill Cosby for what he did? Why or why not?

BJ: Oh, dear! Oh, yes! I’m not angry, I’m not bitter, I don’t want anything, and I forgive him.

KW: Felicia Haney asks: Did you worry whether going public about the Cosby episode might overshadow your many accomplishments, meaning, leave you  remembered for that instead of as the first black face to grace Vogue magazine?

BJ: I’ll tell you this much. Whenever I discuss my legacy with my daughter, I always say, “I just want one school named after me. One school. I never wanted part of it to be that I was once drugged by Bill Cosby. I don’t think anybody would want that. For me, going public all came down to my conscience and my principles. I had to go where they led me.

KW: David Roth notes that you were initially drawn to a career in law due to the huge impact the Civil Rights movement had on your life. But you instead made your mark as the first black cover model of American Vogue in 1974. Law and modeling strike me as aspirations with very little in common. One is rooted in the tangible, socially revolutionary drive for equal justice for all, and the other in a personally rewarding accomplishment based on a narrow, subjective judgment, namely, who does the fashion world consider beautiful enough for their magazine covers and catwalks, a standard that is impossible to extrapolate to the larger population of minority women. So, what turned you from the grand aspiration of broad-based cultural change to the narrower aspiration of breaking down a racial barrier in a particular industry?

BJ: That’s another great question. The answer is money. My father was making $75 a week as a steel laborer. I was floored to learn that a model made $75 an hour for standing there with her hand on her hips. For me, it was a no-brainer, since it afforded me an opportunity to help my family. I had always envisioned finishing school. But I ended up the only one in my family who didn’t finish college. Fate just has a way of intervening and showing you a viable alternative. And as far as being that person who appeared on that Vogue cover at that particular moment, I had nothing to do with it. When I’m reflecting and really connected to my higher power, I think it would have been a crime to turn my nose up at something that I really felt was a gift. I believe God gives each of us certain gifts, and you should take advantage of those gifts.

KW: Children’s book author Irene Smalls asks: Out of your many achievements, which are you most proud of?

BJ: Well, of course, motherhood. That was a defining moment in my life. You can’t get any closer to God than by giving birth to another human being. After that, the Vogue cover in 1974 because of what that meant to so many people around the world. That made me who I am today.

KW: Irene also says: You did not let the Bill Cosby incident cripple you? How did you heal from it?

BJ: I’ve always done a lot of work on myself whether in the way of therapy, a 12-Step program or self-help books. We have so many options to better ourselves and our mental health. I’m the type of person who wants to take advantage of those services, and I think I did. I also healed with the help of my spiritual connection to a higher power.

KW: Irene’s last question is: What are your thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement?

BJ: I’m all for it. I feel that it’s very important because it’s a conversation that’s taken 400 years to come to the forefront. So, we can’t ignore the powerful message that black lives do matter.

KW: AALBC.com founder Troy Johnson asks: What was the last book you read?

BJ: I just read “Model Woman,” Eileen Ford’s biography. She was an agent of mine.

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and “The Self-Made Billionaire Effect” which was a powerful read.

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I like to read a lot, about four books at a time. Usually, it’s a biography, a history book, a self-help book, and something a friend suggests.

KW: Troy also asks: Where are your “Johnson” people from? Mine are from Arkansas originally.

BJ: That’s an interesting question. My father and grandfather came from the north, from Canada.  .

KW: Was there a meaningful spiritual component to your childhood?

BJ: Yes, very much so. My mother dressed us up to go to Sunday school, although my father was a little skeptical and would make us think. He’d say things like, “Now, don’t put all your money in the collection box.”

KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet?

BJ: I’m an introvert.

KW: What was your very first job?

BJ: I worked at the YMCA has a swim instructor.

51wnp4SMtOLKW: Who loved you unconditionally during your formative years?

BJ: I My whole family. My parents and my siblings.

KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you?

BJ: A great golf score.

KW: The “Realtor to the Stars” Jimmy Bayan’s question: What’s your dream locale in Los Angeles to live?

BJ: I’m already living in my dream location in the desert.

KW: The Anthony Mackie question: Is there anything that you promised yourself you’d do if you became famous, that you still haven’t done yet?

BJ: Yes, found a scholarship to help kids go to college. My whole thing is education.

KW: Lastly, what’s in your wallet?

BJ: A JP Morgan Chase card.

KW: Thanks again for the time, Beverly, and best of luck with the book.

BJ: Thanks so much, Kam.

To order a copy of The Face That Changed It All, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1476774412/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News