Archive for January 15th, 2015

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A Tweet Or Two

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@brandon_weigel: And here’s the Charmington’s staff taking a picture with President Obama.

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Oscars: A Tweet Or Two

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Scott Mendelson: Why Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ Oscar Snub Matters

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning. There will be plenty of analysis regarding good surprises and bad surprises, and I may dip my toes in later today. But the most egregious omission is the sadly not-entirely-surprising absence of Selma’s Ava DuVernay from the five contenders nominated for Best Director. To the extent that one can be “angry” about a certain filmmaker not being nominated for a major award that honors the best in filmmaking, I am angry. I am angry both because she deserved a nomination. I am angry because if the legacy of DuVernay’s Selma becomes shaped by its Oscar-season controversy, I fear that it will affect the artistic opportunities afforded to its African-American female director in a manner different than if Selma would have come under fire under the directorial lens of a white male filmmaker.

Ms. DuVernay directed one of the very best films of the year and has been lauded and celebrated accordingly for the last two months and yet she was shoved aside for at least a few contenders who were nowhere near as celebrated. There is a real chance that this terrific and towering achievement that highlights the profoundly heroic and blood-stained work of those who worked with and for Martin Luther King Jr. during the “Civil Rights Era” will be forever defined by the notion that it wasn’t nice enough to a powerful white guy in a supporting role.

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15
Jan
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden tape a Super Bowl message honoring troops and veterans, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Jan. 15, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:25: The President departs the White House

12:45: Arrives Baltimore

2:30: Meets with Democratic Senators at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference

4:20: Departs Baltimore

4:40: Arrives White House

7:0: Working dinner with British Prime Minister Cameron

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@WhiteHouse: So proud of @TommyCaldwell1 and @KJorgeson for conquering El Capitan. You remind us that anything is possible. -bo

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On This Day

Mikail Bicquet, 9, of Nevada, examines a wax figure of President-elect Obama after it was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, January 15, 2009

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On This Day: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (partially seen at left) and Sasha attend church services at Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama watches from the Red Room as Alicia Keys delivers remarks prior to a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 15, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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MoooOOOooorning!

15
Jan
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Early Bird Chat

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

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Morning everyone, I’m hearing there are lots of glitchy problems going on again with the blog, haven’t had a chance yet to look in to them, one of those weeks, but will do asap.

Happy Thursday!




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