September 4, 2016 |
Amazon Studios has a "head of half hours," which is not as funny as it sounds. It's maybe too on the nose for a company that bundles a streaming video subscription with two-day shipping to describe its programming by the size of the container. Yet "half hour" is the best packaging possible for some shows, including not only Amazon series like Transparent , but also FX's Louie , HBO's Girls , and Starz's Survivor's Remorse that occasionally may leave viewers wondering whether it's OK to laugh.
July 28, 2016 |
Emma Sanders was late to the Mississippi delegation's breakfast Tuesday, almost skipped it altogether, the exhausting first night of the Democratic National Convention having taken its toll on the great-grandmother. But when she finally arrived, she was in fine spirits, ready to talk about the momentous time in Atlantic City, when she was a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate. It has been 52 years. The 1964 convention in Boardwalk Hall was the last time the Democratic Party held its national gathering in the area, and the bad reviews that came out of Atlantic City were a punch to the gut for the resort.
July 27, 2016 |
Mississippi's state flag didn't last long on Broad Street in South Philadelphia. City workers on Monday removed the red, white, and blue banner - which has the Confederate flag in the top left corner - from a lighting standard near Passyunk Avenue after dozens of protesters and some local residents asked for it to be taken down, city officials said. It had been put up about two weeks ago among a collection of state flags on South Broad. It won't be put up again, said Brian Abernathy, a deputy managing director for the city, who said, "The Confederate flag raises strong feelings in our city.
February 4, 2016
AS GOV. WOLF prepares to go back to the well (or the pit) of the legislature with a new (?) budget plan, it seems a good time to take an independent look at the state of our state. You know Wolf's view: education crisis, fiscal crisis, need new taxes to avoid a "train-wreck" crisis. You know the GOP legislature's view: Things aren't that bad, don't need new taxes, and (for real Republicans) need to cut government spending. As in most things with politicians, truth is somewhere in the middle.
January 17, 2016
Answer: Texas. Also called the Red River of the South, it begins in the Texas Panhandle and eventually empties roughly 1,360 miles away into the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers.
October 5, 2015 |
Before the advanced degrees, money, and accolades, he was just a kid growing up farming cotton with seven siblings, his mother, and his father, who was the son of an ex-slave in Mississippi. Benjamin Nero grew up just miles away in Mississippi from where teenager Emmett Till was beaten to death. Born in 1937, Nero was a high school football star who played in college and was recruited to play professionally. He remains close with childhood friend Morgan Freeman, the award-winning actor.
October 3, 2015 |
A strange current runs through Mississippi Grind , the story of two bottom-rung gamblers on a multistate binge. It's something like affectionate nostalgia. The movie floats in a bubble of old blues music and lost country songs. The gamblers themselves (Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn) literally float on riverboats, down the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans, along the way playing sidetrack-betting parlors, eating at barbecue joints, drinking in dive bars. The movie is a snapshot collage of flyover America, but also, perhaps, an homage to the soon-to-be-lost world of brick-and-mortar gambling.
September 18, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIA Attorney General Kathleen Kane was indicted on Aug. 6, but she's not stepping down. Despite being charged with perjury, official oppression, obstruction of justice, contempt of court, and calls for her resignation from the governor and newspapers all over the state, she has clung to her position like driftwood. In a scene worthy of a bad soap opera, she asked her twin sister to act as a decoy to avoid facing reporters when she appeared in court. After reviewing the evidence, a judge ordered her to stand trial on all four charges.
July 31, 2015
CALL IT A PANDEMIC of public corruption. It's gripping Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Elected leaders are probed, charged, convicted, jailed, etc. in stupendously striking succession. A stark irony? The city and state where American democracy was born is setting the national pace for illegality in office. You get the damage this causes, right? It undermines faith in government, faith in politics, faith in all elected officials. It spurs cynicism. It fuels frustration with those who fail at creating progress but succeed spectacularly at creating scandal.
May 18, 2015 |
CLARKSDALE, Miss. - In the 1930s, a mediocre young guitar player stopped at a rural Mississippi crossroads at midnight to sell his soul to the devil. In return, Satan gifted him with wondrous skill. So goes the legend of the real-life Robert Johnson, seminal bluesman - "the master" in worshipper Eric Clapton's words. Today, Johnson's name beckons from roadside markers along a magical meander called the Mississippi Blues Trail. Wending through not only the Mississippi Delta and environs but down through the decades, back more than a century to the birth of the blues, the path was trod as well by Big Joe Williams, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Muddy Waters, Charley Patton, Johnny Young, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, and so many other icons-to-be looking for a way out of the dim-lit, whisky-soaked juke joints and the destitution of the Deep South.