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President Obama at Selma…why it matters

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Today is an important day. Fifty years ago a dedicated group of people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was not an event greeted by cheers, but by jeers. It has been described as Bloody Sunday, but today things are different. No they are not perfect but they are different. We have a black president. It is hard to believe that 50 years ago blacks in Alabama blacks could not vote and now a black man leads this nation. It is also noteworthy that former President Bush was in attendance. This is a day that we all have a right to be proud of what we have done and what we are doing. Please read the linked story there are great photos from the event.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2984327/Thousands-gather-hear-Obama-historic-speech-Selma-50th-anniversary-Bloody-Sunday-march-saw-600-protesters-beaten-police.html

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Oscar Nominations do lack diversity…but what should we expect?

Yesterday the Oscar nominations were announced, and all of the actors and actresses nominated are white. David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay were both expected to be nominated but they weren’t. Was this a conspiracy or did they just truly believe others gave more powerful performances or their directing was more on point? The Academy gives the Oscars away every year they are not earned. Every year there are plenty of brilliant performances not recognized. The Academy can give their awards to whoever they choose, and this year they did not choose to recognize any people of color. What can you do if you feel this is wrong? Don’t watch the show. I saw Selma and I thought Oyelowo’s performance was brilliant, but I don’t have a vote on who gets the little gold man. So why not use the energy and the outrage for good and go out and help someone register to vote for something that really matters. #VotingMatters

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/01/15/oscar-nominations-diversity-backlash/21817111/

Why Ava Duvernay’s Selma Oscar Snub Matters

Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/01/15/why-ava-duvernays-selma-oscar-snub-matters/

Read Glenn Beck’s interesting take on Selma

Read linked story and share your thoughts.
http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/01/11/glenn-selma-is-a-movie-very-american-needs-to-see/

Selma opens up old wounds while inspiring new generations

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Today I saw Selma. Some parts are hard to watch. The police brutality leaves you speechless, but you know that it happened and we need to be reminded. The movie does not seek to canonize Dr. King. We get an opportunity to see him as a man. A man who smoked, drank and slept with other women. No these dimensions of his personality might not have been pretty but that did not stop him from being the leader the movement needed. Too often people simply don’t remember that people died for the right to vote. Young, middle-aged and old people collectively pursued what seemed impossible, but their efforts and the signature of President Johnson made it happen. You will laugh, cry and you will be inspired.