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Spike Lee Relates Black Soldiers in Vietnam to African Americans Disproportionally Affected by COVID-19

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*Filmmaker and Academy Award winner Spike Lee was a guest on SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show who spoke about his new film “Da 5 Bloods” and related what happened to black soldiers in Vietnam to black people being disproportionally affected by Coronavirus.

He also shared his feelings towards ‘Agent Orange’ better known as President Trump for trying to take credit for making Juneteenth famous, and spoke about Dan Snyder refusing to change the name of Washington’s NFL team and people waking up to racism in the United States.

“The Vietnam War was the first war that was televised into American homes. I was 10 years old. It’s being talked about at the dinner table, but we’re still young enough not to be drafted, and thank God because our black butts were shipped to the front lines. At the height of the Vietnam War, African Americans were only 10% of the population in these United States of fucked up America, but we were at the height of the Vietnam War, we were a third of the fighting force…The same way that black and brown American soldiers had a higher ratio of deaths and all that stuff, is the same thing with Coronavirus.. It’s very a direct line, and that is why I think that this film has had such a connection,” said Spike Lee.

During the interview, Lee goes on to talk about Trump taking credit for making Juneteenth famous and tells Joe: “People need to wake up. This stuff we’re seeing is not new. It’s just being captured on people’s bones. And what’s amazing to me, maybe not amazing is that you would think that police would say, all right, images gone all over the world of our brother, Floyd. I’m just going to chill. Knowing what has happened, I’m going to show some restraint. But that hasn’t happened. It’s escalated. This guy, ‘Agent Orange’ taking credit. I grew up in Italian American neighborhood in Brooklyn.. So I’m going to use it an acronym (which I heard all the time) for ‘Agent Orange’ when said he needs credit. GTFOH[Get the f*** out of here]!”

He also talks about people waking up to racism in the United States and Dan Snyder refusing to change the name of Washington’s NFL team:

“The foundation of the United States of America is immoral, from the get-go. The foundation has been shaky from day one. This country was based upon the stealing of the land from native people and genocide against native people, coupled with slavery..Whenever this day comes, when we go back to supposed normalcy. What they called normal was abnormal. Because Eric Gardner and a whole bunch of people happened before. Not before Christ, before Corona. We have to fundamentally change everything top to bottom..I mean, we cannot go back to normal because normal was f’ed up.”

“Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the No Freedom League [NFL.] He should approach [Snyder] and say if the Confederate stars and bars, good ol’ boys..they could do that. You gotta do something. Can you imagine an NFL team called… Now, people don’t get mad at me. I’m just making an point…The Chicago Chinks, The Washington Wasps, The Nevada Niggas.”

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Host, Joe Madison:

What year were you born?

Spike Lee:
March 20, 1957. So I was 10 years old. So there’s a thing though, Joe, everything I’m telling you, you know, but just to put out there. The Vietnam War was the first war that was televised into American homes. It’s in American living rooms. So 57′, I was 10 years old. I was old enough to know what’s going on, but young enough not to be drafted. So I was right in the pocket, right in the pocket. My brothers, Prince, and MJ [Michael Jackson] they were born in 58′. So we knew what was going on because it was seen in TV. It’s being talked about at the dinner table, but we’re still young enough not to be drafted, and thank God because our black butts were shipped to the front lines. At the height of the Vietnam War, African Americans were only 10% of the population in these United States of fucked up America, but we were at the height of the Vietnam War, we were a third of the fighting force. So, you know what that means. And here’s the thing that people connected. The same way that black and brown American soldiers had a higher ratio of deaths and all that stuff, is the same thing with Corona. You could make a direct and you don’t have to work to do that. It’s very a direct line, and that is why I think that this film has had such a connection…Even though this film takes place in Vietnam, we’re approaching the 50th anniversary, the end of the war. The stuff that’s in this film is the very reason why people are marching all the cross God’s earth, chanting screaming, “black lives matter.” And many times there’s no black people, there’s not one black person in the crowd. And that, for me, that’s key. That our white sisters and brothers are taking to the streets saying “black lives matter.” And that goes to directly that horrific image of our brother King, George Floyd his last eight plus minutes of his life.

Host, Joe Madison:

It must drive you crazy to hear, and I’ve been using your term ‘Agent Orange’. I love it. I love it.

Spike Lee:

II credit, I didn’t come up with that. My brother Busta Rhymes came up with that. Busta Rhymes came with the ‘Agent Orange’, it wasn’t me.

Host, Joe Madison:

Alright, so ‘Agent Orange’, who now yesterday takes, and I said this the hour before, he takes credit for making Juneteenth famous. And I had a brother call in and say, “well, you gotta give him credit..”Oh, I got ’em Spike. I got him. And I said, wait a minute. So none of us get famous until white people discover your ass. That’s really what he’s saying. I always tell people, listen with the third ear, read with the third eye. So all of a sudden, we’re not famous until white folks discover you. And that’s what I finally ended up with trying to tell everybody. We ought to quit this craziness, it’s part of that cultural conditioning. You tell me what you thought.

Spike Lee:

I’ve always heard a saying ” a white man’s water is colder.” And that’s that. Here’s the thing.. I’m wearing a hat that says 1619. Our ancestors stole the mother Africa, were brought here in bondage and many of them didn’t make it through the middle passage. Through sickness, or we just jumped overboard into the Atlantic Ocean. This thing has been going on for 401 years. People need to wake up. This stuff we’re seeing is not new. It’s just being captured on people’s bones. And what’s amazing to me, maybe not amazing is that you would think that police would say, all right, images gone all over the world of our brother, Floyd. I’m just going to chill. Knowing what has happened, I’m going to show some restraint. But that hasn’t happened. It’s escalated. This guy, ‘Agent Orange’ taking credit. I grew up in Italian American neighborhood in Brooklyn. My family, the first black family to move into the neighborhood of Cobble Hill. Stone, Italian American. So I’m going to use it an acronym, which I heard all the time for ‘Agent Orange’ said he needs credit. The acronym is GTFOH. GTFOH! And I can thank my brothers, my Italian American brothers and sisters, I grew up with as a kid, they had me dying.

Spike Lee:

The foundation of the United States of America is immoral, from the get-go. The foundation has been shaky from day one. This country was based upon the stealing of the land from native people and genocide against native people, coupled with slavery. That is how this country was built. How many of us in grade school were taught that George Washington cut down the cherry tree and when asked, he said, ‘I cannot lie. I chopped down the cherry tree.’ How many of us were not taught that George Washington owned 123 slaves and many prisons after that? His whole narrative, a large part of it is a lie. They leave stuff out. That is why in “Da 5 Bloods” we have Chadwick Boseman’s character telling his fellow bloods that the first person to die for the United States of America was a black man, Crispus Attucks, in the Boston Massacre during the Revolutionary War. So this is a fact, we’ve been patriotic for this country from day one. From day one, we’ve been here 401 years and still haven’t got full citizenship. If that was the case, we wouldn’t be getting shot down in the street left and right. Here’s the thing, I know I might be all over the place, but, whenever this day comes, we go back to supposed normalcy. What they called normal was abnormal. Because Eric Gardner and a whole bunch of people happened before. Not before Christ, before Corona. We have to fundamentally change everything top to bottom. This gap that was exposed, not to the have nots, but to the haves has to be shrunk across the board. Healthcare, economics, education. I mean, we cannot go back to normal because normal was f’ed up.

Host, Joe Madison:

Alright, Snyder. I hope he’s listening. I don’t know what it’s gonna take.

Spike Lee:

Keep beating that drum.

Host, Joe Madison:

I’ll keep and I’ll keep those Jordan’s going up his butt, you know? He’s just got to, I mean, he just has to.

Spike Lee:

And you know know what? If I can make a suggestion to my brother. Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the No Freedom League [NFL.] He should approach this guy and say if the Confederate stars and bars, good ol’ boys..they could do that. You gotta do something. Can you imagine an NFL team called… Now, people don’t get mad at me. I’m just making an point…The Chicago Chinks.

Host, Joe Madison:

Thank you. It wouldn’t happen.

Spike Lee:

The Washington Wasps, The Nevada Niggas.

Host, Joe Madison:

I mean you’re right.

source: SiriusXM and “The Joe Madison Show” (weekdays from 6-10am on Urban View channel 126).

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Japan Nike Ad on Bullying, Racism Sparks Calls for Boycott [VIDEO]

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*A video ad from Nike Japan against bullying and racism has sparked calls to boycott the company. 

The ad, “Keep Moving: Yourself, the Future,” released on Nov 30, features biracial athletes and minorities of Korean descent. The commercial shows several teen girls bullied in school over their differences, but they ultimately find confidence through their athletics, namely soccer.

The video has been viewed 14.1 million times on Nike Japan’s Twitter feed and has garnered plenty of critical comments. 

Check out the ad below. 

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As noted by Reuters, Nike Japan noted on its website:  “We have long listened to minority voices, supported and spoken for causes that fit our values. We believe sports have the power to show what a better world looks like, to bring people together and encourage action in their respective communities.”

Meanwhile, successfu mixed-race athletes such as tennis star Naomi Osaka are challenging the country’s racially homogeneous imgae.

Osaka, who was born in Japan, rose to fame after beating Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open.

Earlier this year, she surpassed Williams as the highest paid female athlete, earning $37.4 million in the past 12 months via tournament payouts and endorsement deals.

“To those outside the tennis world, Osaka is a relatively fresh face with a great backstory,” David Carter, a sports business professor at USC’s Marshall School of Business, told Forbes. “Combine that with being youthful and bicultural, two attributes that help her resonate with younger, global audiences, and the result is the emergence of a global sports marketing icon.”

As noted by Yahoo, “Osaka’s $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements is also the highest ever for a female athlete, passing the $29.7 million payday Maria Sharapova earned in 2015,” according to the report. 

“I’m really interested in seeing a young business grow and adding value to that process,” Osaka told Forbes last year. “I tasked my team with finding brands that align with my personality and my interests.”

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The Wallis Presents: The Sorting Room Sessions with Barbara Morrison Dec. 5th

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Barbara Morrison: Standing On Their Shoulders
ON DEMAND: Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8:00 PM
Tickets: https://www.thewallis.org/SR

Popular Nightclub Series Goes Virtual with Six Entertaining Programs
Produced by The Wallis Available on Demand December 5th 2020 – January 23rd 2021

*(BEVERLY HILLS) — The Sorting Room Sessions, the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts’ popular nightclub series, goes virtual with six entertaining programs, including two holiday-themed shows, featuring an array of captivating magicians and stellar pop, jazz and classical music artists. The programs are presented digitally on Saturday evenings at 8:00pm from December 5, 2020, to January 23, 2021, with single tickets and multi-show ticket packages now available. Purchase of digital concert includes 24-hour viewing access. The programs include:

Barbara Morrison: Standing On Their Shoulders

ON DEMAND: Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8:00 PM

Launching The Wallis’ virtual Sorting Room Sessions, jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison, named by NPR one of the “50 Greatest Jazz Vocalists,” displays her stunning two-and-a-half-octave range and rich, soulful, musical interpretations in Standing On Their Shoulders, a musical tribute to the iconic jazz and blues singers Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, and the songs they helped popularize. Over the course of her 61-year career, the three-time Grammy Award-nominee has performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the jazz and blues worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Etta James, Johnny Otis, Nancy Wilson, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and Keb’ Mo. In addition, Morrison has guest starred with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Louie Bellson Band, among others. Click here for tickets.

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A Night of Holiday Magic Featuring Magicians Elizabeth Messick, Michaelann Awesome, Patricia Magicia and Simone Turkington ON DEMAND: Saturday, December 12, 2020, 8:00 PM Tickets: https://www.thewallis.org/SR

A Night of Holiday Magic

Featuring Magicians Elizabeth Messick, Michaelann Awesome, Patricia Magicia and Simone Turkington

ON DEMAND: Saturday, December 12, 2020, 8:00 PM

The holiday season promises to be even more magical with this special family-friendly program featuring four LA-based magicians. Musical, funny and enchanting, these elite Magic Castle members, including Elizabeth Messick, Michaelann Awesome, Patricia Magicia and Simone Turkington, will astonish and amaze the entire family with their gift of awe-inspiring holiday-themed magic. Messick, known as “The Siren of Magic,” enchants with her vintage flair. Close-up magician and stand-up comic Awesome weaves humor and mystery into her slight-of-hand performances. French magician Magicia mesmerizes adults and children alike with her uncanny abilities. Turkington infuses the sights and sounds of the 60s into the visual, card and mentalism effects that comprise her repertoire.

Audra Mae: Songs of Joy and Peace

with Dylan Meek and special guests Darren Criss and Tracie Thoms

ON DEMAND: Saturday, December 19, 2020, 8:00 PM

Powerhouse vocalist Audra Mae, great grandniece of Judy Garland, and keyboard wizard Dylan Meek infuse the yuletide season with music from the classic holiday films. Joining them are special guests Darren Criss (Glee) and Tracie Thoms (Rent, Cold Case, The Devil Wears Prada).  NPR declares, “Audra Mae has a compelling natural sweetness to her style that simply calls for attention” and Out magazine proclaims, “Singer-songwriter Audra Mae is kicking ass across musical genres.” The show is presented in association with For The Record Live, acclaimed for its a genre-bending form of live entertainment turning the soundtracks of iconic filmmakers into thrilling immersive theatrical concerts. The Wallis has a long and successful history with For The Record Live, including the acclaimed co-productions of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE American Crime Requiem and the record-breaking hit production of Love Actually Live.

An Evening with Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and Pianist Fabio Bidini

ON DEMAND: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 8:00 PM

The Wallis’ Sorting Room Sessions continues on January 9, 2021, with acclaimed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and renowned pianist Fabio Bidini heralding the New Year with a musical journey to France. The program includes Gounod’s Ave Mari, Massanet’s gloriously dramatic Méditation from the opera Thais, a sublime cornerstone of the violin repertoire, and Ravel’s exuberant jazz-inflected Sonata No.2 in G Major. Meyers has been hailed for “playing that flows from the heart” (The New York Times) and her “vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance” (Los Angeles Times). Bidini, a finalist in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has been proclaimed a “keyboard wizard (with) a beautiful tone” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) “capable of an admirable simplicity…truly touching” (The New York Times).

Richard Shelton in Sinatra: RAW

ON DEMAND: Saturday, January 16, 8:00 PM

Multi-award winning British actor and singer Richard Shelton presents a cabaret version of his riveting hit show, Sinatra: RAW, a gritty portrayal of Sinatra at his final public performance in Vegas that has attracted sell-out crowds in in the UK, London, Los Angeles and Australia, where he won “Best Solo Performance” at the Adelaide Festival. The Times (London) proclaims, “Richard Shelton’s masterful take on Ol’ Blue Eyes is a must-see.”  Warning: this performance contains strong language.

Sheléa: A Tribute to Alan & Marilyn Bergman

ON DEMAND: Saturday, January 23, 8:00 PM

From the White House, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, to the Grammy Museum and the Emmy Awards, singer/songwriter/keyboardist, Sheléa has transcended the boundaries of musical classification with her versatile and distinctive voice. On this special evening at The Wallis, Sheléa will perform songs written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, the Oscar-winning married couple whose lyrics to songs such as “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life,” “Pretty World” and “Smile” have earned them induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

San Francisco Classical Voice hails her ability “to leave audiences gobsmacked.”

Single Sorting Room Session on demand shows are $25.00 per household, for viewing on Smart TV, computer, smartphone or tablet. Multi-show series are also available at $60 for a choice of three events and $96 for all six performances. Patrons will receive a link and password on December 1, 2020. On Demand purchase includes a 24-hour window of access from 8:00 PM the evening of the performance until 7:59 PM the following day. Tickets cannot be transferred or shared. Tickets may be purchased by visiting TheWallis.org/SR, by email at [email protected] or by calling 310.746.4000 (Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm).

For Tickets: https://www.thewallis.org/SR

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The Wallis Presents: THE SORTING ROOM SESSIONS

On Demand Performances:

Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8 PM – Barbara Morrison: Standing on Their Shoulders

Saturday, December 12, 2020, 8PM –  A Night of Holiday Magic
Saturday, December 19, 2020, 8PM Audra Mae: Songs of Joy and Peace with Dylan Meek
Saturday, January 9, 2021, 8PM – Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and  Pianist Fabio Bidini
Saturday, January 16, 2021, 8PM – Richard Shelton in Sinatra: RAW
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 8PM –  Sheléa: A Tribute to Alan and Marilyn Bergman

RUN TIMES: Each on demand show runs approximately 45 minutes.

On Demand purchase includes a 24-hour window of access from 8:00 PM the evening of the performance until 7:59 PM the following day. Tickets cannot be transferred or shared.

TheWallis.org/SR 310.746.4000 (Tue.-Fri. 9:30 am – 2:30 pm) [email protected]

 

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*The following Blind Item comes Hollywood insider Enty Lawyer. Please address all inquiries and complaints to the original source.

The Pyramid: This foreign born A+/A list mostly movie actor had a pyramid built in his backyard. At first, he said it was because he loved Egyptology. That evolved into Egyptian themed parties that evolved into toga parties which evolved into orgies which evolved into a “volunteer” being mummified at the end of the party after accepting “seed” from one of them men at the party. There would be eye holes and a mouth hole, but otherwise they were unable to move. It used to last an hour and now the “volunteers” are often kept that way until morning so the “seed has time to flower.” Yeah, this evolution is just going to get worse.

Can you guess the foreign born A+/A list mostly movie actor?

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