Friday, April 28, 2017

Mandisa is "Unfinished" - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Mandisa sings about being "Unfinished."

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Echo Look? Why? - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

You know those videos you see every once and awhile and you wonder if they are supposed to be joke? Below is an example. It's for the Amazon Echo Look which doesn't appear to have much of a use except to encourage people to take more selfies, which I guess could be a great thing. What's better than being self-centered? Sharing your self-centered-ness with your friends. Now, I am a fan of Amazon, but this is ridiculous. What do you think of this product?

$425 for a Pair of Dirty Jeans?

The $425 dirty jeans from Nordstrom.
Would you pay $425 for these jeans? (Nordstrom)

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How much would you pay for pair of old, dirty, worn out blue jeans? Nordstrom thinks that a tune of about $425 sounds about right. Seriously. At least you can get free shipping if you order online.

Made in Portugal, Nordstrom describes The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans as “Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty.”

Actually, what I think they meant to say was that with these jeans, you could give off the impression that you aren’t afraid of getting down and dirty without actually having to do so. Heck, at $425, you could hire your butler to roll around in your muddy backyard for you to give that same impression. Perhaps the funniest part is the washing instructions advising that owners wash cold and then line dry. Only the rich can get away with wearing dirty clothes. Ironically, the clean version of these Jeans sell for $196.

This Day in Pop Culture for April 27

Amy Grant's "Baby Baby" became a #1 song in 1991.

Oh, Baby

It was on this day and through May 10th of 1991 that Amy Grant’s song, “Baby Baby,” became a #1 hit song. Written by Grant and Keith Thomas, it was the first single released from her album, Heart in Motion. Grant became the first Christian pop singer to have a number one single in the U.S., although the song itself wouldn’t be considered a “Christian song” since it has no religious meaning to it. Though the song is a simple love song, Grant had initially had trouble writing the lyrics, but after looking into her daughter Millie’s six week-old face, she had found the inspiration she needed. The music video of the song, which was directed by D.J. Webster, was up for nomination for “Best Female Video of 1991” by MTV. A remake of the song featuring Grant and Tori Kelly was released in 2016 for the song’s 25th anniversary.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Buckle Your Seatbelts - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Buckle your seatbelts. Cars 3 is coming this summer.

This Day in Pop Culture for April 26

"The Voice" premiered on NBC on April 26, 2011.

'The Voice' is Heard for the First Time

The television singing competition reality TV series, The Voice, aired for the first time on this day in 2011. The NBC show is based on The Voice of Holland, where contestants try to get the attention of the four celebrity judges by singing to their backs. If one of more of the judges turn their chairs to face “the voice,” the contestant will join that celebrity’s team of singers. If more than one chair is turned, the contestant gets to choose which team they would like to join. After all of the teams are filled, the contestants are coached by the judges and perform live on TV where viewers vote on the best performances. Those who have served as coaches on the show include Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Shakira, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

John Ridley Directs ‘Let It Fall’ About Tensions in Los Angeles

"Let It Fall: L.A. 1982-1992
A scene from Let It Fall: L.A. 1982-1992 (ABC)

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Oscar winning writer of 12 Years a Slave and showrunner for ABC's award-winning American Crime, John Ridley presents the two-hour documentary, Let It Fall: L.A. 1982-1992 this weekend. With a partnership with Lincoln Square Productions, Let It Fall chronicles the uprising of Los Angeles beginning in 1982, a whole ten years before the Rodney King Riots.

Many tend to think that the L.A. riots that happened 25 years ago were a problem between just black citizens and white police officers, but there was a whole lot more going within Hispanic, Korean and Japanese communities too.

“Unlike many of us, there are some at the center of the Los Angeles uprising who cannot move on from the events of nearly 25 years ago,” says Ridley. “As we all still live with a number of the same issues that led to the uprising, they still live with a single event. What those individuals recall, and what they survived, urgently needs to be expressed.”

Ridley is collaborating with a team of veteran ABC News journalists, led by executive producer Jeanmarie Condon, who has won multiple DuPont, Peabody, Murrow and Emmy Awards for documentaries and in-depth coverage of current events.

“With many of the films I’ve been a part of, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to take the past and make it present,” says John Ridley. “For me, the documentary space is about allowing people who have lived history to tell their stories in their voices.”

“John is committed to seeing the humanity in everyone on all sides of this story,” says Condon. “He has a unique way of looking at questions of race and class and conscience. We are all so humbled that the participants have entrusted us with their most personal and emotional memories of this time.”

Let it Rall: L.A. 1982-1992 airs Friday, April 28 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is Pretty Cool - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Just in time for summer..."The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. It is safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. We’ve designed our first version specifically to fly over water. You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes. To learn more, visit https://kittyhawk.aero/."