Aretha Franklin – How She Influenced This White Kid In 1967 Los Angeles

photo of the wax figure of R&B legend Aretha Franklin on display at the famous Madame Tussauds' museum in London, England.

by Richard Cameron Aretha Franklin  March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018 I decided not to recap the commonly reported information regarding the broad musical and personal history of Aretha Franklin, who passed yesterday of complications related to Pancreatic cancer. Those details are easily accessible via various news reports and Wikipedia – although some will be touched upon here. Instead, my essay here, has to do with my own recollections of Ms. Franklin, how she emerged on the scene as a breakthrough entertainer in pop music and the context of…

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It’s Not Trump, But It’s Some Who Will Defend Anything To Stay Orange

By Janice Barlow   WHEN YOU TWIST UPON A STAR ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a television show. It was a show about a dysfunctional family. The mother figure was crass and vulgar, and supposedly represented much of Blue Collar America with her behavior. The father figure was more stable, but he enabled his wife because he loved her. The kids were always in some kind of mess. There were fights and laughs and “I can’t believe that!” moments; a typical comedy for the time period. Decades went by,…

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Black Cube – Donald Trump And Harvey Weinstein’s Domestic Deep State Operation

photo montage with Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and inserted the Black Cube corporate logo

by Richard Cameron   Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein have more in common than anyone realized   Donald Trump – and by extension, his media surrogates, fake news Trumpropaganda websites and his minor legion of followers, speak interminably about the nebulous “Deep State” – an alleged cabal of U.S. intelligence operatives and agencies, imagined to be marshaling efforts to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency. It might be argued that Donald Trump is his own deep state in that regard.  No one has laid more land mines to destroy his term in…

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Finding the Good – On The Road With Steve Hartman

by Oletta Branstiter Virtual Road Trip Sometimes in the evening, as I switch my TV on to tune into the local CBS news broadcast, I will be fortunate enough to catch the very end of the latest Steve Hartman – On the Road episodes. I admit: sometimes I hesitate, knowing it will leave me with a catch in my throat and a tear in my eye. But I never regret it. Steve Hartman took the wheel for On the Road when Charles Kuralt passed away from complications of Lupus in…

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The SuperHero Superpowers Of Flight Or Invisibility: Morality is All That Separates Us

video still of D.C. comics superhero Superman in flight rescuing the falling passenger cabin and fuselage of a jumbo jet.

by Tony Wyman There is a question that, on the surface, seems perfectly innocuous, but, when answered, reveals a great deal about us as individuals. Here it is: If you could have one super power, choosing between the ability to fly without an aircraft or the ability to be completely invisible at times of your choosing, which would you choose? Flight or invisibility. Pick one. To my shame, like probably half of you reading this – I took invisibility. Why this choice reveals so much is explained in one of…

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Fats Domino Heads Off In Search Of The Great Blueberry Hill In The Sky And That Ain’t A Shame

by Richard Cameron Fats Domino (1928-2017) Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., who passed late Tuesday at age 89, is one of those artists we can recognize for their contributions to the music scene that we don’t need to spend much time introducing.  His impact on pop music is imprinted on so many recordings and facets of pop culture that just mentioning one of his hits, defines the concept behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Domino remained in the footprint of New Orleans – in nearby Harvey, Louisiana; a…

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Multi Grammy Award Winning Rocker Tom Petty Dead At 66 From Cardiac Arrest

photo of Tom Petty in performance in 2010

by Richard Cameron Multi-Grammy award winning Rock musician Tom Petty, is dead. He was found unconscious in his home in Malibu and transported to nearby UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. Emergency physicians reported that in addition to his state of unconsciousness, Petty was not breathing and showed no brain activity. Cause of death was disclosed as massive cardiac arrest. Petty, 66, was born in Gainesville, Florida and began his musical legacy with a band named “Mudcrunch”, at the young age of 17. Eventually his odyssey found him establishing himself with a…

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GLADD Wants The Wonder Woman Sequel To Feature Her Bisexuality

computer generated action figure of Wonder Woman with shield deflecting bullets

By Dena Leichnitz The push to re-invent comic book superheroes and Wonder Woman The Left has continually tried to “turn” everyone gay by outing historical figures, whether there is evidence to support it or merely innuendo. Having incorporated that is a tactic in GLBTQ politics, it probably comes as no surprise that there is a concerted effort to “reboot” entertainment  icons including in the world of comics –  particularly action figures. For instance, in today’s iteration of comic books, Iron Man has gone from a straight, White male to a Black lesbian. From…

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Walter Becker, “Deacon Blues” – Co-Founder Of Super Group Steely Dan, Fades Out At 67

video still of Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker performing in concert in 2016

by Richard Cameron This is less a eulogy than a offering to a man, who although he is far from a household word among music fans, was not only there at the inception of the emergence of a musical tour de force both inspirational and incomperable, but was half of the creative apparatus that sustained Steely Dan for close to 5 decades.  Walter Becker, age 67, born in Queens, NY,  made his serotinal departure earlier today of undisclosed cause or causes at time of publication. Musical partner and friend, Donald…

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Mel Brooks’ Son, Zombies, Monsanto, Big Ag, War Games And China

Sign in front of gate - "Close Gate In Case of Zombie Outbreak"

by Richard Cameron   Recently  I enjoyed listening to Max Brooks’ interview on NPR with Fresh Air host Terry Gross.  Max is the son of comedy genius Mel Brooks and noted actress Anne Bancroft, she of the iconic Mrs. Robinson role in “The Graduate” – an Oscar winning box office smash of 1967, and the breakout role of Dustin Hoffman’s career. Max is an accomplished writer and creator in his own right – having written a popular series of books on the zombie phenomenon, including “The Zombie Survival Guide”. Brooks has…

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