If you missed the news about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, you must have been buried in sand. For three weeks, we have been bombarded with theories – was it terrorism? Pilot error? Something else? Now the story has evolved. Were pieces of the plane found? Is everyone dead? How do the families of the presumed dead feel? (This is a really stupid question. How does the clueless reporter asking such a question think the people feel?)
CNN may well have been called MPN – the Missing Plane Network. An evening of watching covered the same angle with a different host and guests. Some of the focus was certainly understandable, but other networks managed to find news of things going on that did not involve Flight 370. Still, the prevalent and relentless emphasis on the missing plane was excessive.
Couldn't some of the airtime granted Flight 370 have been used for equally critical matter? There were 239 people on that plane, and there were more than 300 killed in 2013. I'm not suggesting an equivalency in the two types of tragedies, but I am suggesting that the media might focus more on gun violence, its sources and possible solutions to end senseless violence. Of course, that might anger the National Rifle Association whose specious slogan – guns don't kill, people do – ignores the harm done by the proliferation of guns in our nation.
Top Ten DVD List for April 8, 2014
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
"George Gently: Series Six"
(BLACK PR WIRE) – Grammy-winning Sam Moore – best known for lending his unmistakable lead vocals to the historic soul duo Sam & Dave – hailed from Miami but found fame tied to the Memphis-based Stax Records. His latest work has him returning to Memphis to record a piece of history.
"They Killed A King," is Sam's latest musical endeavor. It was recorded at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios, where Anne Peebles and Al Green cut their hit records back in the day, during the 2014 MLK Holiday weekend. It was released officially on Friday, April 4th, the 46th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination in Memphis at the Lorraine Motel.
Moore knew and traveled with Dr. King, performing with duo partner Dave at many of Dr. King's speeches and rallies in both the north and south. "Sam and Dave" actually served as an opening act, setting the crowds up for Dr. King to take the pulpit or stage and preach his message.
At the premiere of the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" Spike Lee showed up to support the play's star, Denzel Washington, who he's previously collaborated with on four films.
Lee candidly expressed his desire for his fifth film with Washington to be a sequel to 1998's "He Got Game."
"He Got Game 2 (should be my fifth film with Washington). I hope so." Lee said. "I want to do it, Rosario (Dawson) wants to do it, Ray Allen wants to do it..."
Margarita "Maggie" Anderson wants to transform "Buy Black" from a leftover 1960s slogan to a modern economic empowerment strategy. And because she has lived it, there is no person better qualified to lead the charge.
Anderson and her family spent all of 2009 purchasing goods and services exclusively from black merchants. She is author of a book cataloguing her experience titled, "Our Black Year." She also authored an essay in the State of Black America report issued Thursday by the National Urban League titled, "Facts vs. Fiction: Buying Black as an Economic Empowerment Strategy."
Like the farmer trying to get his mule's attention, Anderson whacks us across the head in the National Urban League report with two disturbing facts.
For movies opening April 4, 2014
BIG BUDGET FILMS
"Afflicted" (R for profanity and gory violence) Horror flick revolving around a couple of BFFS (Clif Prowse and Derek Lee) whose vacation of a lifetime far from home morphs into a neverending nightmare when one becomes infected with a mysterious disease which slowly starts to consume his entire being. Co-starring Baya Rehaz.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (PG-13 for gunplay, pervasive action and intense violence) Cold War Era sequel pits the Marvel Comics superhero (Chris Evans) against a new nemesis, a Russian assassin (Sebastian Stan) wreaking havoc around Washington, DC. Cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and series creator Stan Lee.
"Dom Hemingway" (R for nudity, sexuality, violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Jude Law plays the titular character of this crime comedy as a just-paroled safe cracker who's determined to collect a bonus from his mob boss (Demian Bichir) for not snitching on him while behind bars. With Richard E. Grant, Emilia Grant and Kerry Condon.
Twenty years ago this week R&B music suffered a great loss as singer Marvin Gaye was killed by his father in April of 1984. Never has one artist had such a profound influence on R&B music and the other artists who created it.
Amazingly, when I hear Marvin's music today, it still strikes a chord. Not only with me, but with a lot of us. It's totally mind-blowing that "What's Going On" has the same meaning and impact for me as if it was written today. Although years past and time changes, things really remain the same.
News flash: the world was not perfect back in 1971. The issues of that day have not been resolved. There's still mothers crying and senseless killings all over our country. Somewhere in the world there are still senseless wars in progress as we speak. But it took a special person to be able to put those kinds of issues in the form of a song and create something that would make a person really pay attention some 30 years later.