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Two shows, two reviews, two painful reminders


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When I opened my morning paper, I came across two separate reviews of two very different shows: one live at the Hollywood Bowl ("Hair") and one a three-camera situation comedy on the Tee Vee Machine ("Partners"). It was striking that included in each of the reviews was a reminder of the sad state of affairs in this world. Maybe they should have reviewed "post racial America" and tragedies of war.

I was an usher at the original production of "Hair" at the Ivar Theater in Hollywood (godI'mold), and was completely and utterly swept away by that production. Anti-war protests were everywhere, bell bottom jeans were coming into fashion, and long-haired, pot-smoking, peace-loving hippies were a gentle, emerging force to reckon with. I wanted to be a part of the show, live the show, not seat audience members. It was a magical time, but also a scary one. I wore one of these proudly:

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Another focus of what seemed like perpetual protests was civil rights. One day, we dreamed, one day there would be equal rights for everyone regardless of color. In our idealistic vision, making a film like "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" would be a quaint period piece, not an expression of growing pains and hope or a demand for change.

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Those were the days, right? Sadly, those are still the days, right now as we speak.

Via L.A. Times theater critic Charles McNulty reviewing the '60s rock musical "Hair":

I worried that this co-opting of the 1960s — a criticism leveled at the musical at least since its Broadway premiere in 1968 — might be depriving a new generation of theatergoers the chance to connect to a radicalism that our own war-torn age could badly use. But the musical's tragic ending laid its punch. "Hair" is fun-loving but also serious-minded. I left humming "Let the Sunshine In" but also wondering how I could make a difference in a world once again going up in flames.

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Via L.A. Times TV critic Robert Lloyd reviewing the premier of a new sit-com starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, "Partners":

A black actor and a white actor splitting top billing in a sitcom is enough of a rarity to be noted approvingly. And there are moments that suggest that the stars will find their footing. But for the nonce they're playing attitudes more than characters, and at times they seem to be in the same show only by virtue of sharing the shot.

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Splitting top billing in a prime time half-hour comedy between a black actor and a white one should not be a Moment of Happy rarity. Especially in 2014. It should be the damned norm. Sigh.

Let the sunshine in.


This Story is Dread-full


Deborah Brown school

What is wrong with you haters? Don’t you know that schools, especially ones like the Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa Oklahoma have rules. It’s about time they’re enforced. It seems like there’s always one bad apple in the bunch who tries to take advantage of the system, violate the regulations, then make the community pay for their scofflaw attitude. It’s just not right.  And Tulsa Channel 23, a Fox affiliate has the story.

The Brown Community School was just minding its business when one of the administrative staff noticed that a seven year old student, Tiana Parker was flagrantly flaunting the school’s rules. She knows better. She’s seven years old and has been at this school for a few years.

You’d never catch a school administrator breaking the rules:

School’s policy against “faddish” hair — “such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks.” 

School PrincipalPrincipal Deborah Brown sporting a 'fro

For whatever reason, this disruptive straight-A student, Tiana Parker was just throwing the school handbook in their faces. She knowingly and intentionally broke the school's dress code. (You'd never catch a school administrator doing that). Not with inappropriate attire. She attempted to start a riot by breaking the hair-style rules. She clearly violated the institutions bylaws. Let's face it. She's a trouble maker.

We know for a fact that Tiana was fully aware of this rule because she wore dreadlocks last year and nothing happened to her. Her taunting stunt this year got her an immediate boot from the school. Good for Deborah Brown Community School. I wouldn't take any guff from some snotty-nosed, little seven year old punk kid. You've got to teach ‘em young if you’re ever going to get through to these rabble-rousers.

So what do you do when you get caught breaking the rules that are made for everyone but you? If you're a crybaby, you go to your daddy and get the press and make a big stink. And that’s exactly what these two hardened rule breakers did. Check it out:

How dare this little brat and her irresponsible hair-stylist dad unreasonably, intentionally, willfully try to embarrass a fine educational institution because they think the rules don’t apply to them. This just makes me so mad.

I say, when you allow fads into your school, the next thing you know, there are drugs, then gangs, followed by guns, and then who knows what – it could lead to the ruination of the city of Tulsa-- that starts with “T” which rhymes with “P” which stands for pool (You MUSIC MAN fans out there know what I mean.)

Join me in saying, “Bravo” to this school. They know instantly kicking a child out of class with no warning is how to build self-esteem and confident minds and sound bodies. It might be tough love, but rules are rules – and we all know that dreads are a gateway style, they’re a fad, and that’s BAD.


PAC launches to support bearded candidates


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There is such a thing as BEARD PAC. Honest.

It stands for the Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy.

Told you so.

And according to the FEC, they came out this week in support of candidates who sport beards.

The Hill:

“With the resurgence of beards in popular culture and among today’s younger generation, we believe the time is now to bring facial hair back into politics,” [PAC founder Jonathan Sessions, who sits on the Columbia, Mo., Board of Education] said in a statement.

“We haven’t had a bearded major party candidate run for president since Charles Evans Hughes ran and lost in 1916, and there has been a recent wave of retirements amongst bearded Congressmen, including David Obey and Steve LaTourette. Our hope is that we can start to reverse this disturbing trend.”   

Yes, these people find it disturbing when too many candidates' faces are hairless. So they're taking action by supporting anyone who wants to run for office, regardless of party affiliation, as long as they have enough facial hair. Hairy faces are what qualify them to hold office, per BEARD PAC.

Which eliminates most women. They wouldn't exactly be your goatee, er, go-to candidates.

My feeling is this is a flash-in-the-pan group, hair today, gone tomorrow. Unless, of course, all of this is a bald-faced lie.



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