african-american directors series/film fatales #23 / oscar run: 13th (ava duvernay, 2016)
the killer (john woo, 1989)

what i've been reading

2017 is shaping up to be a watershed year for public protest, including many musical expressions of dissent. On the progressive side, the strongest of these messages are coming from within communities of resistance, as they always have. Voices lifted in the moment of protest, sometimes individual but often communal, resonate through history. They may belong to famous individuals, but it's not in the nature of the pop that Lady Gaga has made her métier to cultivate them.

-- Ann Powers, “Should Anyone Expect Pop Stars to Lead the Resistance?

Also discussed at the closed-door conference meeting was how to engage Democratic constituents to ensure they feel they're being heard.

-- Rachael Bade, “Republicans Fear for Their Safety as Obamacare Protests Grow

There is a monumental desire on behalf of the majority of the media, not just the pollsters, the majority of the media to attack a duly elected President in the second week of his term ... That's how unhealthy the situation is and until the media understands how wrong that attitude is, and how it hurts their credibility, we are going to continue to say, 'fake news.'

-- Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to Trump

The pure essence of any revelation can be obtained not only in the core of the examination but in the rigorous application of these principles that we do so cherish even though we go our separate ways.

-- Professor Irwin Corey, the World's Foremost Authority


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