Down Wind

Hattie McDaniel, pictured here with Vivien Lee, in a scene from Gone With The Wind (1939) was not allowed to attend the premiere of the film in Atlanta because of her race. In two short months, McDaniel would become the first black actor nominated and the first to win an Academy Award for her supporting …

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ChristmasTEN

Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched a lot of Christmas movies. Some good, some bad, some horrible! I realize it’s a bit sacrilegious to suggest that a Christmas movie isn’t up to snuff; but the acting in some of these films is pretty bad. One of my students asked me to watch Let It …

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Freaks?

It was often horrifying to visit my grandma’s house. Not in the sense that I didn’t want to be there. I enjoyed visiting very much. It’s where I got to see and play outside with my cousins, eat tasty food — including homemade tortillas, and learn a little Spanish. My parents, and the other adults …

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Fonzie and Flatbush

Pictured here are the Lords of Flatbush: Wimpy, Stanley, Butchey, and Chico. Miscreants — who were unaffectionately known in Brooklyn, New York, as The Lords. They stole cars, chased girls, played pool, and were – to borrow a phrase from the late Stuart Scott — as cool as the other side of the pillow. The Lords …

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