March 10, 2014
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March 7, 2014
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A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are:
Will you see “12 Years A Slave” now?
It just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It just came out on DVD. Please see it. I’ll even spring for the popcorn.
You see, I keep encountering folks, mostly African-American, who have decided that they won’t — or can’t — see this movie. Some say they don’t want to be made angry. Others say they don’t want to be traumatized.
I don’t blame them for respecting the power of this film. “12 Years,” based on the 1853 memoir of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, is the most realistic and unsparing depiction of that evil institution ever put on film. This is not “Gone With the Wind.” This is not even “Roots.” This film will scar you. It will change you. So it is only natural that a person have trepidation about seeing it.
But I remain convinced there is something invaluable to be found in doing so.
As a nation, we have never quite dealt with our African-American history — the unremitting terrorism, the ongoing violations of human rights, the maiming of human spirit. Even when we say we deal with it, we don’t. As historian Ray Arsenault once put it, Americans prefer “mythic conceptions of what they think happened.”
There is good reason for this. Stripped of “mythic conceptions,” presented in its unvarnished, un-Disneyfied, unsugared truth, African-American history tends to make African-American people feel resentment, pain or just humiliation for some poor brother grinning and shuffling his feet and saying “yassuh boss” back in the dreadful long ago. These are unpleasant emotions.
And that same history tends to make white people feel put upon, ashamed or guilty — another set of unpleasant emotions. A few years ago, I watched a documentary on the lynching of Emmett Till in the company of a white college student. This young man, born almost 40 years after Till’s murder, said he felt so personally “embarrassed” he wanted to peel off his skin.
I felt for him. I feel for all of us who struggle with facing this history.
But I can’t see where not facing it has helped us surmount it. To the contrary, it is lodged like a bone in the throat, sits astride virtually every aspect of our American lives, ever present even if unspoken. Ignoring it has not made it go away.
Indeed, ignoring it has only emboldened mythmakers to reshape it for their own purposes, rewrite our story for political advantage.
Camille’s Note: Are the 4 questions below “Yes”, “No”, “I don’t know” or “I’m confused” for the majority of U.S. citizens? Mr. Pitts challenges everyone to research the facts.
Did you know the Founding Fathers “worked tirelessly” to end slavery?
Did you know the Civil War was fought over tariffs?
Did you know conservatives freed the slaves?
Did you know they passed the Civil Rights Act?
These and other imbecilic lies circulate freely now while those of us — black and white — stand passively by and watch it happen.
I, for one, have had enough of that. It is disrespectful — a sin against our forebears. I persist in the belief that if reconciliation is truly what black and white Americans seek in this great chimera called “race,” then the pathway to that lies not in going around, but together, through that which brings us heartache and sorrow and makes us weep. If we could ever get to the other side of anger and humiliation, reach the far shore of embarrassment and guilt, what might we then find? Who might we then become?
This country has never truly committed to finding an answer to that question. “12 Years A Slave” provides an excellent place to start.
March 5, 2014
Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Leonard Pitts Jr. is an American commentator, journalist and novelist. He is a nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He was originally hired by the Miami Herald to critique music, but within a few years he received his own column in which he dealt extensively with race, politics, and culture. He lives in Bowie, Maryland. He has won awards for his writing from the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and was first nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, eventually claiming the honor in 2004.
Pitts is a bestselling author. His first book, Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood was published in 2006. Pitts’s first novel, Before I Forget was released in March 2009, and earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The novel centers on a faded soul singer whose early-onset Alzheimer’s compels him to reconnect with his father and son. Pitts’s third book, Forward from This Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2008 was published in August 2009. It is a selection of Pitts’s columns from the Miami Herald.
Pitts gained national recognition for his widely circulated column of September 12, 2001, “From here we’ll go forward” in which he described the toughness of the American spirit in the face of the September 11 attacks.
March 5, 2014
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England was first diagnosed with lymphoma in December of 2012 and after receiving an “all clear” from doctors the following June, he returned to creating. Unfortunately, his cancer returned aggressively. England fought bravely for his life and a better quality-of-life for others, partnering with the Barbara Anne Karmanos Cancer Institute to hostFashion Fights Cancer, a fashion show at the Detroit Opera House. England’s show raised monies for research and patient support programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute.Fashion Fights Cancer also introduced his latest designs in the Mark England Collection.
The Detroit fashion scene will never be quite the same. Called “the bridge” by those in the industry, England brought many people together — from young aspiring designers and models who interned at the multiple retail spaces in downtown Detroit, to the many national and international celebs who counted, trusted and depended on his impeccable approach to fashion around the world.
England’s legacy will endure forever and the city of Detroit shines a little brighter because Mark England shared his talents and visions with this great metropolis.
February 16, 2014
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Many of you really liked my blog on the wedding of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson Lucas. When I mentioned a precious picture in my blog yesterday of Everest Hobson Lucas; several people asked if they could see the precious one. I’ve never seen a photo of a “Happier Sleeping” baby than that of Everest with her stuffed Star War toys.
The photo of parents George and Mellody putting on a tiny life preserver speaks volumes about the love and care of their daughter.
On Friday, August 9, 2013 “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Ariel Investments president Mellody Hobson, welcomed a daughter into the world.
Everest Hobson Lucas is the first biological child for both parents, but she’s not the only child. The newborn, who was delivered via surrogate, is a little sister to Lucas’ adopted children, Amanda, 32; Katie, 25; and Jett, 20.
For the Lucas’s wedding photos, details along with their biographies see Feb. 14th NCM Blog post below.
The Force is strong with this one!
February 14, 2014
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There were 200 invited guests including Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Quincy Jones and his daughter Rashida.
The bride wore a wedding gown by Peter Soronen and carried brightly coloured roses as her ‘something blue’. Former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley walked her down aisle, Francis Ford Coppola did a reading and journalist Bill Moyersalso a Baptist minister; officiated the ceremony.
Another Hollywood heavyweight, filmmaker and producer Steven Spielberg, is said to have given a toast, with a source revealing: ‘He joked that the Force finally had a name: Mellody!’
The Star Wars supremo was previously married to film editor Marcia Lucas from 1969 until their divorce in 1983. He has three adopted children son, Jett, was George’s best man, while his daughters, Katie and Amanda, served as bridesmaids. George’s bio below.
Director Ron Howard was also among the guests and later congratulated the happy couple via Twitter. ’George Lucas Melody Hobson wedding was joy to behold,’ he wrote. ‘Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas.’
Samuel L Jackson, who played Jedi Mace Windu in Star Wars prequels The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, also tweeted his best wishes. ’Let’s give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his bride Mellody on this, their wedding day,’ he wrote.
The reception included entertainment by Janelle Monae and Van Morrison.
Second celebration reception held in Chicago
The couple held another reception a week later in Chicago (Mellody’s home town). Among those on the guest list were former Mayor Richard Daley, gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars, Grammy award-winning singer Ne-Yo and JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon.
Prince with a 22 piece band was the featured entertainment for this outdoor celebration in Chicago’s Hyde Park. The Lucas paid for the additional city costs.
Lucas will have plenty of time to spend with his new wife. He sold his Lucasfilm production company to Disney in October 2012 for $4.05 billion – most of which he donated to educational philanthropy.
Mellody & George sit down with Oprah at Skywalker Ranch
Oprah tells Mellody and George how she found out they were dating and the couple discussed how they met and why their relationship works during a joint interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2012. Click on the brief video above.
Proud parents Mellody and George debuted their baby girl Everest Hobson Lucas delivered via surrogacy The family was photographed while preparing to go for a boat ride in Saint Barthelemy, France a couple of weeks ago. A photo of Mellody looking at George while he puts his newborn daughter Everest in a tiny infant life jacket. The only words to describe it is…it’s just precious.
The Force Be with You!
February 13, 2014
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February 11, 2014
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