July 2012

Anna Paquin, Oscar Winner at Age 11 for Best Supporting Actress in The Piano, Turns 30 Today!

Anna Paquin's acceptance speech at The Oscars in 1994 is still one of my favorite Academy Awards acceptance speeches of all time. She was only 11 years old, but she seemed to genuinely understand and deeply feel what an honor it was to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. When I watched the clip of the ceremony again just now, which showed the other women who were nominated, it reminded me what an incredible actress Anna Paquin already was at such a young age, to win against other actresses who were already well known for being extremely talented. read more...

Norman Lear and Sherman Hemsley - When Great Minds Work Together

Who doesn't remember All in the Family or The Jeffersons? I'm grateful to have grown up with both of those shows. I grew up in a time when I could see and hear, through the character Archie Bunker, how stupid racism was. I grew up in a time when it didn't occur to me that there was anything new about seeing a Black family who "moved on up" to a "deluxe apartment in the sky" (as The Jeffersons theme song goes). Seeing a biracial couple who lived next door to The Jeffersons seemed perfectly normal to me. read more...