NOTABLE TV MOMENTS IN THE YEAR OF TRUMP

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Justin Theroux in The Leftovers, whose three seasons were the most audaciously imagined, brilliantly written and beautifully acted work Johanna Schneller has ever seen. (BEN KING/HBO) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Late Night Comedians: By doing astute takedowns of Trump, Stephen Colbert surged ahead, as did Seth Meyers. Trevor Noah found his voice. Samantha Bee stepped fully into her role as avenger of female anger. But the most interesting change, for me, was the politicization of Jimmy Kimmel, as he cited his infant son Billy’s heart problems as a plea to keep the Affordable Care Act. I knew it would be bad, but it is worse than I thought. U.S. President Donald Trump and his gang of thieves are real-life versions of Dr. Evil’s henchmen, sitting in their underground lair, rubbing their hands together as they cackle, “Let’s kill elephants!” and “Let’s make the lowest-income people pay for tax breaks for the highest!”Television in 2017 is arguably the best it’s ever been, but the things I watched that affected me the most all seemed to relate, one way or another, to what was happening in the White House and how that impacted North America’s psyche.Trump Himself: There were a couple of funny moments. Melania slapping Donald’s hand away. The Mooch. Angela Merkel shrugging after the handshake that wasn’t. Anthony Atamanuik’s eerily accurate impression on The President Show, which captures that unfillable maw of need at Trump’s core. Trump slurring “God blesh the Uni-ed Shash,” because he was too vain to take a sip of water. There was even one heartwarming moment: the December night that Alabama did not vote for alleged pedophile Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. But as the year wore on, I felt like my soul was being dragged over broken glass and I lost my sense of humour. There were so many low points, but the lowest had to be Trump’s post-Charlottesville Nazi march news conference. “On many sides” is a phrase that will live in infamy.Jimmy Kimmel is keeping the pressure on U.S. politicians, appearing on his late-night show with son Billy in his arms, writes Johanna Schneller.  (RANDY HOLMES/ABC)   Twitterlast_img read more

Gucci Mane Major Lazer Kaskade More Atop Lineup For Texas Float Fest

first_img Gucci Mane, Major Lazer & More To Play Float Fest gucci-mane-major-lazer-kaskade-more-atop-lineup-texas-float-fest Gucci Mane, Major Lazer, Kaskade & More Atop Lineup For Texas’ Float Fest News Facebook Twitter center_img Email Ice Cube, Portugal. The Man, The Flaming Lips, Big Gigantic, Grouplove, Big Boi, Jungle also among artists announced to play the July festival held on a private ranch in TexasNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 25, 2019 – 3:41 pm Billed as the, “Only festival in the world to combine the Texas tradition of floating the river and live music,” Float Fest has announced its lineup for 2019, led by Gucci Mane, Major Lazer, Ice Cube, Kaskade, Portugal. The Man, The Flaming Lips, Big Gigantic, Zeds Dead, Grouplove, Big Boi, Jungle and more.. This year’s Float Fest will move to its new home at a private ranch on the Guadalupe River in Gonzalez, Texas after being held previously on the San Marcos River.“We’re excited to bring back Float Fest for its sixth year and host some of the nation’s most talented artists to produce a unique experience in Gonzales,” said Float Fest founder Marcus Federman. “We’re thrilled to be moving to a new city and keep the tradition of our fest going. Gonzales is known as the birthplace of Texas independence and we can’t think of a better place to celebrate a festival rich in Texas traditions such as live music, floating the river, and camping.”Additional performers include G. Love & Special Sauce, Missio, St. Lucia, Houndmouth, The Floozies and more. The festival will also be partnering once again this year with local business to organize a river cleanup project. Tickets are available now, including weekend and day passes and VIP tickets, via the festival’s website.MusiCares “Concert For Recovery Honoring Macklemore” May 16 At The Novo In L.A. – Tickets Avalable Nowlast_img read more

DU students continue demo for cancelling ties with 7 colleges

first_imgDU students continue demo for cancelling ties with 7 colleges. Photo: UNBA group of Dhaka University students put academic and administrative buildings under lock and key for the third consecutive day on Tuesday demanding an end to the university’s affiliation with seven colleges, reports UNB.The students boycotted classes and exams and locked the main entrances of Registrar, Arts, Curzon Hall, Mokarram Bhaban, Law Faculty and Business Faculty, Institute of Modern Languages, Institute of Education and Research, and Social Science buildings around 8:00am.”Our message is clear — we won’t return to classes until the university administration gives us any written assurance to cancel the affiliation of the colleges,” said Shakil Mia, one of the leaders of the demonstrators.He said the protest will continue until their demands are met.Contacted, DU proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani said to UNB, “We requested the striking students to return to classes and sit with the university administration to resolve any problem. But they rejected our proposal.”The affiliated colleges are Dhaka College, Eden Mohila College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College, Kabi Nazrul Government College, Begum Badrunnesa Government Women’s College, Mirpur Government Bangla College and Government Titumir College.Meanwhile, Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) on Monday expressed its solidarity with the students’ demand and called upon the protesting students to go back to classes, saying it will take effective measures after discussions with the university administration and education ministry after vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman returns from China.last_img read more

Performer Shares the Evolution of Black Women Through Touring Solo Show

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor. [email protected] Girl Magic might be a newer hashtag on a social media, but it’s not a new concept and the historicity of the term becomes apparent in Morgan Avery McCoy’s touring one-woman show, “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House.”  An excerpt from “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” will be featured as part of the Virginia Black History Association (VaBHMA) Gala on Feb. 23 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel.For the Newport News native and Richmond-based artist, McCoy is excited about getting an opportunity to be featured at the 19th annual VaBHMA gala, which has gained quite a lot of popularity throughout the years in her state; yet “Evolution of Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” is not a new show, but has been an evolving project due to her love of history, storytelling and informing.Morgan Avery McCoy will be performing an excerpt from “Evolution of a Black Girl” From the Salve House to the White House,” on Feb. 23 at the Virginia Black History Gala AssociationA self-described storyteller, McCoy began her professional artistry as a teenager.“I started as a historical interpreter and also as a solo performer when I was 16.  I’ve always been a historian.  I love history- specifically African American history.”As a debutante at 16, she was created a monologue, “A Tribute to a Queen,” in honor of Coretta Scott King, for her debutante ball.  That performance went so well she began gaining traction as someone who could do historic interpretations of powerful women, and from that “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” was born.“’Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,’ is a one-woman show that chronicles the history of the African American woman from the 1600s in Africa to present day,” McCoy told the AFRO in an exclusive interview.She began touring her one-woman show on the church and college circuit over three years ago particularly after legendary actor Lou Gossett Jr., took notice of her andshe was selected to take the play to 30 colleges through the Association for Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA).“I reached out to Mr. Gossett who has a foundation called the Eracism Foundation, with the whole focus of erasing racism and creating programming that would help in that regard.  And I shared with him what we were doing, how these 30 colleges wanted to bring me, at mostly predominantly White institutions, wanting to share with their students about cultural inclusion- really starting the conversation- which lines up with what he desired to do.  And Mr. Gossett was so gracious to tell me that he’d co-sponsor our travels,” McCoy said.  “He handled us getting to all those places and hotels to stay there, and it was such a blessing.  It didn’t stop there.  He was our co-sponsor for 2015, but then allowed me to be an ambassador for his foundation and also a mentor to me.”She is continuing to tour her show years later, which led her to the VaBHMA gala on Feb. 23.The artistic historian pulled from Black women throughout time as her inspiration for the one-woman show.“I portray 12 characters and we go throughout the eras and we deal with issues such as colorism, sexism, understanding your identity, third generational households, post reconstruction.  We just really address various topics within these 12 characters.  I portray Michelle Obama at the end, Madame C.J. Walker, Maggie Walker, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King- just a plethora of women who have contributed so much to our society.  And in addition to these women, I also play some fictional characters as well, but they’re based on historic truths.”McCoy seeks to motivate audiences through the stories of the women in her show.“The whole concept of the show is to show how these women were resilient, despite the obstacles that they faced, they were able to overcome those obstacles.  Their stories are just naturally inspiring, and so I want to have an opportunity to be on stage to share their stories in a creative way.  It invites an opportunity for the audience to say, ‘Man, if they achieved all this during a time where they couldn’t even vote, look at what I can do.’ So that’s really the desire- to really inspire to overcome their own personal obstacles,” McCoy explained to the AFRO.The storyteller said through all her work she hopes to, “be a voice for the voiceless, inspire the hopeless and educate the uninformed.”last_img read more

Airline defendants to pay US95 million in 911 case

first_img Thursday, November 23, 2017 NEW YORK — Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.The settlement was described in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. Developers of the new World Trade Center buildings had once demanded $3.5 billion from aviation-related companies after hijacked planes destroyed three skyscrapers among five demolished buildings on Sept. 11, 2001.Lawyers said the agreement signed last week resulted from “extensive, arms-length negotiations” by lawyers “who worked diligently for months.” The agreement also said the parties make no admissions or concessions with respect to liability for the attacks.“The court’s approval of the settlement agreement will bring to a close this hard-fought 13-year litigation on terms agreeable to the parties,” the lawyers said.Attorney Desmond T. Barry Jr., who submitted the papers to U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, declined to comment Wednesday.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDeveloper Larry Silverstein and World Trade Center Properties have collected more than $5 billion from other defendants through lawsuits. The money has aided the reconstruction of buildings on the 16-acre lower Manhattan site.Earlier settlements included $135 million paid to a financial services firm that lost two-thirds of its employees.American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the company is pleased to have reached a settlement.“We will never forget that terrible day and its lasting impact including the tragic loss of 23 members of the American Airlines family,” said Miller.United Airlines declined to comment.Bud Perrone, a spokesman for Silverstein, said the company is “pleased to have finally reached a resolution to this piece of post-9-11 litigation.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Presscenter_img Airline defendants to pay US$95 million in 9/11 case Sharelast_img read more

Opening this December Melias newest resort in Punta Cana

first_img PALMA DE MALLORCA — Melia Hotels International is set to debut a sprawling new all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana in time for the busy winter season.Costing $110 million and featuring 288 suite-style accommodations, The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is located 30 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport on the famed Playa de Bavaro. Upon completion, it will also boast seven restaurants and bars, a full-service spa, kids club, aqua adventure park and a wellness facility with gym equipment.Rooms will range from 800 to over 3,000 square feet, with suites including either one or two bedrooms, living and dining spaces, soaking tubs, walk-in showers, private balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs and outdoor living spaces. Most noteworthy of the suites are The Grand Reserve’s Swim-Up Suites featuring one or two bedrooms, direct access to an exclusive pool, lush garden areas and a solarium.Co-existing with hotel guests will be an additional 144 suites for members of Circle by Melia for a total of 432 suites in the entire building. Launched in 2016, Circle by Melia is Melia Hotels International’s vacation membership program that includes private transfers, exclusive dining experiences, spa treatments and special add-on amenities for children and couples.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJOther top selling points will be the Cigar Bar, coming this winter, The Grand Reserve Spa by Natura Bissé featuring 14 treatment rooms and a relaxation room, and Stay at One & Play at Three privileges, which include complete access to the extensive property offerings at both The Reserve and Paradisus Palma Real.“We’re eager and excited to welcome The Grand Reserve to the Melia Hotels International family later this year, said Alvaro Tejada, Senior Vice President for the Americas for Melia Hotels International.” With its unique design superior amenities and new technological advancements, The Grand Reserve is set to radically transform the way travelers experience our hotels in the Dominican Republic.”In addition to The Grand Reserve, Melia Hotels International is transforming its Meliá Caribe Tropical property into two distinct properties: Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort for adults only, and Meliá Caribe Beach resort for families, set to be completed by November 2018. Share Thursday, June 21, 2018 Posted by Tags: Melia Hotels, Punta Canacenter_img Travelweek Group Opening this December: Melia’s newest resort in Punta Cana << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more