After the royal wedding, notes on art, weddings and royals overlooked

I confess I didn’t watch the royal wedding. It wasn’t because I don’t like Prince Harry or his bride Meghan (Markle). It is because the concept of royalty offends the fervor in my DNA for liberty and equality. I did follow news, though, and some matters were overlooked. One of them is significant. It is because of royals that we now, in the US, consider white the official color for wedding dresses.  Continue reading “After the royal wedding, notes on art, weddings and royals overlooked”

Bradley Cooper co-stars with Gaga who insisted he sing live for film

If you’re younger than 40, you may not even know the film A Star is Born. First released in the late 1930s when color on screens was on its way to the norm rather than the exception, the original film starred actors and actresses most won’t recognize. Now the film is being remade with none other than Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper, likely to his initial dismay, learned Gaga wanted him to sing live.  Continue reading “Bradley Cooper co-stars with Gaga who insisted he sing live for film”

Are awards shows like The Oscars declining because of politics, or something else?

Early reports on ratings for The Oscars are in, and it looks like those ratings won’t be good. It’s still a bit early—numbers will certainly be adjusted.

Numbers aside, maybe it’s time to ask some questions about an event beloved by some and not-so-beloved by others. Are politics sinking viewership numbers for awards shows? Or is it something else?  Continue reading “Are awards shows like The Oscars declining because of politics, or something else?”

Dustup over Fergie’s National Anthem interpretation

Lots of tweets this morning about Fergie’s interpretation of the US National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” It’s tempting to crit a multi-Grammy winner, and many did.

I didn’t find it so off-putting. I think she pulled it off, but above all, she chose to interpret it her way. One singer’s aesthetic can be a fan’s angst, I guess. I did see some amused looks on players’ faces at the NBA All Star Fame. You can view the video at The Chicago Tribune and form your own opinion.

You can also view Tweets on the matter under the (trending) hashtag FergieNationalAnthem.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Feb. 19, 2018)

From cop to actress, Faneal Godbold is definitely ‘moving forward’

In Utero film Faneal Godbold
Faneal Godbold (right) on the set of In Utero. (Photo courtesy Faneal Godbold)

Faneal Godbold chose a career in what was once a man’s world, law enforcement. Although during her school years she had enjoyed participating in theater and drama, the real-world career path she followed as an adult was anything but glamorous.

Law enforcement was a magnet for the North Carolina native. Her father, grandfather, and uncle all worked in law enforcement. Godbold’s dad did what a lot of parents do—instructed her to “get a job so you can pay your bills.”

It’s likely Godbold’s dad didn’t envision his daughter appearing on TV, film, and commercials. How did she make the leap from law and order on the streets to justice on the big screen?  Continue reading “From cop to actress, Faneal Godbold is definitely ‘moving forward’”