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Fred Hampton was assassinated on December 4, 1969, while he was sleeping at his home, during a raid by the Cook County State's Attorney's office which was aided by both the Chicago Police Department and the FBI. The 21-year-old leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party was deemed a dangerous threat to the dominant racist culture who had to be eliminated. It was eventually revealed that law enforcement was helped by an informant named William O'Neal. Hampton's story deserves much more attention in our schools, particularly given the current tensions regarding the police and racism. For that reason, it's good... Read more →

 

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Oscar-winning actress Regina King has moved into the director's chair, and her first movie, One Night In Miami, is knock-out. Based on a play by Kemp Powers (and now playing on Amazon Prime Video, plus a theatrical release), the story is based on the fact that Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali (still going by Cassius Clay at the time), Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke were in all in Miami on February 25, 1964, when Clay beat Sonny Liston to become the boxing heavyweight champion of the world. The film uses that historic event to place these four icons into a cramped... Read more →

 

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Let's talk expectations: We were late to the party for the the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman movie and didn't catch it until it came out on Netflix. That was a mistake. Everything about that movie was meant to be seen in a theater. It was a big adventure, and the visuals were stunning, including star Gal Godot. However, the key part was that Godot played a bad-ass warrior who took care of business, no matter what challenges were thrown her way. Her performance of this larger-than-life superhero would have been done the most justice on a large screen. That's why... Read more →

 

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Spike Lee is back with a new movie called Da 5 Bloods, which was originally intended for the theaters but is now out on Netflix. It's the story of four black Vietnam veterans who return to the former battlefield to both reclaim the remains of their fallen leader, as well as recover a box of stolen gold bars they hid some 50 years earlier. It's an ambitious movie, and Lee seems to be trying to make one of the defining statements in the Black Lives Matter era. The final result is a powerful and thought-provoking experience. The veterans are Paul... Read more →

 

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Adam Sandler and "great movie" is not a pairing that generally comes to mind. The SNL alum was king of the the box office in the late 1990's with easy comedies like Happy Gilmore, Waterboy, and The Wedding Singer. However, he's been known for the better part of the last two decades as the king of the "Razzie Awards" with many nominations for the worst movies and performances of the year (with an occasional exception like Punch-Drunk Love and Spanglish.) With that in mind, it was intriguing to hear critics saying that he deserves an Oscar nomination for his role... Read more →

 

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Eddie Murphy is ready to close out 2019 in style. He'll be hosting Saturday Night Live in December, which will be the first time he's done that in 35 years. While we wait for that appearance, check out his new Netflix movie, Dolemite Is My Name, (out now.) Murphy plays Rudy Ray Moore, a frustrated singer and comedian who found fame as a legendary blaxploitation star (and also became known as the "godfather of rap") in the 1970's and 80's. You can debate whether or not this is a comeback role for Murphy, but there's no doubt he delivers one... Read more →

 

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These are challenging times for Van Halen fans. Eddie and Alex seem to have dropped off the radar with no return date in sight, and David Lee Roth is taking his act to Las Vegas, which is the perfect location for him. At least Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony are still good old-fashioned rock in their current band, The Circle. This crew released a conceptual album of new material called, Space Between, back in May of this year, and now there's an experimental movie by the same name to go with it. The movie is a combination of interviews with... Read more →

 

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Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? BDH, Little Buddha, and I were just talking about today's to-do list. It's nothing too crazy, so we'll finish that after we're done here. The guys say the coffee is ready, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter. (As always, if you'd like to support our coffee budget, please consider using the Clutter Amazon page for your shopping needs.) Donald Trump ordered military aid withheld to Ukraine before his phone call with the country's president to pressure Voldymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden. The facts are... Read more →

 

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Between Two Ferns, starring Zach Galifianakis, first debuted in 2012. A take-off on community access talk shows, Galifianakis has hosted some of Hollywood's biggest stars over the years (as well as leaders like Barack Obama), and he's asked them some of the rudest, dumbest, and most awkward questions of their careers. It's brilliant. The episodes are only a few minutes long and have a high tears of laughter/minute ratio. It's no accident that they've been watched so many times on the Funny or Die website. Galifianakis and company decided to expand the concept to a new Netflix film called, appropriately... Read more →

 

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Quentin Tarantino is back with his latest film, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, which is a love letter to the end of the glory days of the film industry in 1969. However, it's a tribute with a dark side. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, a television actor entering the back half of his career, and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth, Rick's stuntman and gopher. Tarantino is in fine form as he pays homage to the old movies and television shows he loves, while bringing an air of danger to the story in the form of Charles Manson... Read more →

 

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