This film is made for kids, is about kids and will excite them very much as they take the helm and save the universe. As an adult watching I didn’t have the connection I wanted until the kids ‘took charge’. Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) is the all knowing celestial being with two sidekicks Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) who were the ‘adult interpreters’ that were the glue to explain the ‘why’ of ‘It’ aka the evil force called “the Black Thing” out to steal the positive life force of the universe and a little kidnapping.
Happily the film’s teen hero Meg Murry (Storm Reid) grew as the film progressed as she worked through her issues with the help of her little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and Calvin (Levi Miller) are the trio stepping stones that allows Meg to finally accept herself and truly travel using the tesseract. They kept the action moving as they searched for Meg & Charles’ father (Chris Pine) while her long suffering mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is at home in the dark (classic teen hero movies rule).
I enjoyed the film because (unlike some) I am not comparing it to Black Panther but instead it comes to mind a classic Disney film that has a deliberate pace as if it’s a tree with numerous branches welcoming the viewer to climb. It had little moments that sparks imagination from the sentient flowers, to Meg standing out by wearing her hair in natural curls, my heart broke when she was in the principals office and soared when she became the warrior the trio of mysterious women kept telling her was within. Really all the kids learned about themselves and their strengths/weaknesses in every world and it wasn’t shouted instead it was whispered in your ear.
I enjoyed the film and hope every parent who brings a child uses it as a jumping point to talk about respecting people who are different, to not be a bully and take your anger/misery out on others, that being smart is cool and really to embrace whatever you are good at.
It’s a film of empathy, imagination and the magic of science …. Ava made a film that makes you feel immersed in another world of magic and what makes a family. BTW it’s love ….
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wrinkle in Time Review, André Holland, Ava DuVernay, Blerd, Cherry the Geek, Chris Pine, Deric McCabe, Fantasy, film review, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Levi Miller, Madeleine L’Engle, Michael Peña, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Rowan Blanchard, Storm Reed, Zach Galifianakis
Paley Center NY & LA are celebrating Black History Month with events for kids and adults! Visitors will be able to enjoy archived screening with Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, Lee Daniels, Cicely Tyson, and others share personal stories as they introduce historic TV moments from Julia, Soul Train, Roots, In Living Color, Scandal, Empire and many more programs. You’ll be able to see portraits of iconic talents and walk the red carpet with favorite stars! Attendees can share pictures on social with #PaleyTribute.
In Los Angeles, the monitors are on the second floor with the portraits. In New York, you can watch the full tributes in the Spielberg Gallery or go to the Library on the fourth floor to watch individual Tribute segments.
Attendees in both New York and Los Angeles will have the opportunity to watch classic and significant programs from the Paley Archive that celebrate and examine the African-American experience (see schedule below)
NY & LA:
February 5 and February 12
The Proud Family: “Party” (2002)
Penny Proud parties down in this episode of the popular animated family sitcom. (23 minutes)
The Muppet Show: Lena Horne (1976)
Legendary vocalist Lena Horne drops by for a visit with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang. (24 minutes)
Bernie Mac Show: “The Night of Terror” (2005)
Zombies, played for laughs, because that’s what happens when you combine comedian Bernie Mac and kids. (30 minutes)
Julia: “Am I, Pardon the Expression, Blacklisted?” (1968)
Groundbreaking sitcom about widowed nurse Julia Baker (Diahann Carroll) and her young son, Corey. (25 minutes)
The Richard Pryor Show: Robin Williams, Charles Fletcher (1977)
Controversial in its time, this comedy-variety show hosted by comedian Richard Pryor lasted just four episodes, due to disagreements over content with the network (NBC). (51 minutes)
In Living Color (1990)
Homey D. Clown clowns around in this installment of the influential sketch comedy show created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans. (23 minutes)
ABC Novel for Television: Roots (1977)
Premiere episode of iconic miniseries (celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year), based on Alex Haley’s book, focuses on Kunta Kinte, an African warrior who is captured by slave traders and brought to America. (37 minutes)
NY & LA:
February 19 and February 26
Sesame Street: “Big Birds Pen Pal” (2002)
Sweep the clouds away with this diversity-themed episode of the great American children’s series, still running strong in its forty-eighth year.
Justice League: “Legends Part 1” (2002)
Superhero superteam battles supervillains in alternate dimension. (22 minutes)
Justice League: “Legends Part 2” (2002)
Superheroes vs. supervillains, part two. (22 minutes)
Teen Titans: “Car Trouble” (2003)
Cyborg’s new supercar starts with T, and that stands for trouble. (22 minutes)
The Oprah Winfrey Show: “Malcolm X” (1992)
Oprah chats with director Spike Lee about his film Malcolm X, plus Malcolm’s widow and daughter. (44 minutes)
Paris: “Dead Men Don’t Kill” (1979)
Paris (James Earl Jones) tries to save a possibly innocent man on death row in this stark episode of the criminally underappreciated cop drama. (50 minutes)
Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (1995)
TV adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a family in 1930s Pittsburgh and the conflict over an antique piano, a family heirloom with great symbolic value; starring Charles Dutton, Alfre Woodard, and Courtney B. Vance. (1 hour 40 minutes)
In New York and Los Angeles, families are welcome to enjoy family screenings and craft activities that celebrate African-American history and pop culture.
Also in New York, the Paley Center’s Education department will present two workshops:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 2:00 pm
Screening and Discussion: CBS Reports: Who Speaks for Birmingham (1961)
Come see this rarely seen one hour in-depth news report which sought to let Birmingham residents, both black and white, speak on behalf of their community, then the center of international attention due to racial violence and strife.
Recommended for children ages 14 and older.
Thursday, February 23, 2017; 2:00 pm
Workshop: The Civil Rights Movement and Television
In the years between 1954 and 1965, more legislation was passed, more court decisions were rendered, and more social change was effected in the name of civil rights than ever before. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. In 1950 television was still in its infancy, but by 1960, televisions were present in 90 percent of American homes. Television provided the American public with a means to witness the struggle for civil rights nearly in real time and led a more informed society to enact social change. In this workshop participants view and discuss important television clips from the Paley Center’s civil rights archive.
Recommended for children ages 13 and older.
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Exhibits, Screenings, & Family Activities
February 2017, in Los Angeles & New York
Wednesdays to Sundays
12:00 to 5:00 pm (LA)
12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm (NY)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Paley Center for Media in LA
465 N. Beverly Drive,
at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
More info about visiting.
The Paley Center for Media in NY
25 West 52 Street
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
More info about visiting.
Posted in free, Los Angeles, Made in America, museum, Race in America Tagged with: Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Empire, In Living Color, Julia, Kerry Washington, Lee Daniels, Los Angeles, New York City, Oprah Winfrey, Paley Center, PaleyTribute, Roots, SCANDAL, Soul Train
ESSENCE AND THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENT:
“THE POWER OF OUR PRESENCE – AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS”
“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Paley Center to present the Power of Our Presence exhibit—as Essence prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Experience the magic of the red carpet as it comes to life and shines a spotlight on the most influential and pioneering women in Hollywood.”
I’m so excited and happy to celebrate Black History Month with Essence Black Women in Hollywood Award Exhibition at the Paley Center for Media (Los Angeles). It’s been ten years since Essence Magazine began to recognize accomplished and creative Black Women with their yearly Oscar Week Luncheon.
This magical exhibition will include costumes from lead female characters from their hit TV series. In the collection will be the iconic white coats worn by Kerry Washington in Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from Black-ish and a costume from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire. As well as memorabilia, photos and footage form past luncheons will be on display, re-receations of the tables capes, images of past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches and much more.
“We are so honored to partner with Essence in presenting this powerful exhibit in support of its special milestone anniversary,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “The Paley Center is proud of its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating African American achievements in television. This Essence exhibit is a signature part of our Black History Month celebration, which also includes screenings, educational activities and an onsite showcase of our own recent tribute.”
Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards has celebrated black women in front of the camera and behind the scenes since 2008. Over the years they ave honored Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and many more. This year’s event will shift from a daytime luncheon to an evening gala for the first time and will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
The Power of Our Presence exhibit will be open at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) from Wednesday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
For more information about this exhibit, please visit Essence.com or paley.me/bwih, and follow Essence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @essence, as well as the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter @PaleyCenter for more updates.
The Essence Power of our Presence exhibit is presented by AT&T and the Minority Business Development Agency.
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ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.
ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA
The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay, Black History Month, Black Women in Hollywood Award, Black-ish, Cookie Lion, Empire, Essence, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, Lynn Whitfield, Octavia Spencer, Oprah Winfrey, Paley Center for Media, Power of our Presence Exhibit, SCANDAL, Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis
Wow did you hear the story of the poor black woman was used as a guinnea pig? What an awful thing to have happen to someone who was sick with cancer and instead of helping her used her body for experimentation.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot (Author)
Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM Royce Hall Tickets from $20 (FREE for the UCLA Community)
Award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot’s astonishing first book has instigated a national dialogue over bioethics through the hauntingly presented tale of Henrietta Lacks, the poor Southern tobacco farmer and descendent of slaves who unknowingly launched a multimillion-dollar medical industry. Her cells—surreptitiously taken from her in the 1950s—were the first “immortal” human cells to be cultured and became vital to medical advances including curing polio, gene mapping and cancer treatment. Skloot’s bestselling work—10 years in the making—was selected as the 2011-12 UCLA Common Book, given to every incoming freshman and transfer student, who will read and participate in related activities as part of intellectual community-building programs. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, her debut book, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly became a New York Times best-seller. She has been featured on numerous television shows, including CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report, Fox Business News, and others. Named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick for Spring 2010 and awarded the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, The Immortal Life received widespread critical acclaim, with reviews appearing in The New Yorker, Washington Post, Science, Entertainment Weekly, People, and many others. Currently, The Immortal Life is being made into an HBO movie produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.
There will be a post show signing in the Royce West Lobby.
Posted in Books Tagged with: Colbert Report, Henrietta Lacks, Immortal Life, Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, New Yorker, Oprah Winfrey, Rebecca Skloot, The New York Times Best Seller list