By Bob Strauss | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: August 8, 2019 at 12:19 pm | UPDATED: August 18, 2019 at 11:17 am If you’d lost your promising football career, your freedom, your ability to even support yourself and your reputation, you probably wouldn’t want to relive the whole, decade-long ordeal. But then, you wouldn’t be Brian Banks. “Ultimately, I made the decision to open my life up and be vulnerable in a way where I allow people into my life to see what I went through, so that they can be encouraged to want to see change in our system,” Banks, 34, said of “Brian Banks,” a film about the false accusation that led to his incarceration and eventual, hard-won exoneration. Brian Banks attends the special screening of Bleeker Street’s “Brian Banks” at Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 on July 31, 2019 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images) Aldis Hodge (left) as Brian Banks and Greg Kinnear … [Read more...] about Brian Banks’ life now movie
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September 21, 2018 By MKE Community Journal Leave a Comment Los Angeles, CA — Just in time for New York (and Harlem) Fashion week, The Africa Channel launches a 10-part digital series that asks a simple yet compelling question, “What if movie icons wore African fashion?” The answer to this provocative query can be found in each of the episodes that utilize a diverse range of models to creatively reimagine celebrity styles in Africanized versions of iconic movie wardrobes. In one of the pieces, model Elle Drane pays Africanized homage to Audrey Hepburn’s celebrated couture clothing in the film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In another, model Jordan Swain transforms into the African swag-forward version of Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne’s character in The Matrix Produced by The Africa Channel, who partnered with Vanichi Magazine, this Afro-futurism spin on Hollywood designs shines a spotlight squarely on the rich textures of the African diaspora. Designers … [Read more...] about What If Movie Icons Wore African Fashion?
ACCRA, Ghana — It had been 12 years since Rita Sarpong went home to Ghana. She’d missed siblings’ weddings, the births of nieces and nephews, even the death of her father, sacrificing time with her own family so that she could help frail, aging Americans stay at home with theirs.Almost up to the moment she boarded the plane, Sarpong was working nearly around the clock. A home health aide, she cared for a 90-year-old retired insurance agent with severe arthritis by day. Then at night, she drove from Newton to Wrentham to look after a woman in her 80s who was prone to falling. Related Links Stranger in the house That made for 104 hours a week of work that was equal parts tedious, stressful, exhausting, and essential. After she reached Logan Airport, dragging three suitcases loaded with gifts for her family — mainly used clothes from her closet — Sarpong collapsed in her seat. For the next nine hours, as food carts rolled by carrying lunch, dinner, … [Read more...] about PIPELINE FROM AFRICA: Recent immigrants do much of the low-paying, back-breaking work of caring for frail Americans at home. Back home, they’re seen as success stories.
SI LIBERMAN CORRESPONDENT Published 3:17 PM EDT Sep 14, 2018 Lee Wachtstetter, an 86-year-old Florida widow, took her daughter's advice. She sold her five bedroom Fort Lauderdale area home on 10 acres and became a permanent luxury cruise ship resident after her husband died. Mama Lee, as she's known aboard the 11-year-old Crystal Serenity, has been living on the 1,070-passenger vessel longer than most of its 655 crew members — nearly seven years. "My husband introduced me to cruising," she recalled. "Mason was a banker and real estate appraiser and taught me to love cruising. During our 50-year marriage we did 89 cruises. I've done nearly a hundred more and 15 world cruises." How many visited countries does that add up to? "I stopped counting after 100." she said. "Just say I've been to almost any country that has a port." Most interesting have been the nations in Asia, she observed, because they're so different from America. WEALTH:ASHLEY DUPRE FINDS SUCCESS AFTER SPITZER … [Read more...] about Woman pays $164K per year to live on luxury cruise ship
Emma Thompson keeps viewers awake in ‘The Children Act’ A24 The prodigious talents of Emma Thompson are once again on full display in the British film The Children Act, another of those slow, languorous literary tomes by Ian McEwan that fail to move forward on film the way they do on the printed page. Unfortunately, McEwan unwisely insists on writing his own screenplays, a big mistake that he keeps repeating despite mediocre reviews and no commercial payoff at the box office. Fortunes are not likely to be reversed with The Children Act, which adds to the author’s literary style the burden of a theatrical stoicism by stage director Richard Eyre that is irritatingly resistant to film.Equally comfortable on both stage and screen, Emma Thompson brings an added value to the mix that literally saves the film and keeps the viewer awake. THE CHILDREN ACT ★★★(3/4 stars)Directed by: Richard EyreWritten by: Ian McEwanStarring: Emma … [Read more...] about Was ‘The Children Act’ Directed by Someone Who Hates Movies?