Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

This Day in Pop Culture for August 10

Charlie Peacock was born on August 10, 1956.

Charlie Peacock is Born

Better known by his stage name, Charlie Peacock, Charles William Ashworth was born on this day in 1956 in Yuba City, California. With vocals that some have described as “intelligent, innovative and difficult to categorize,” Peacock has found success as a singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer and author. He has come alongside many Christian singers and bands including Amy Grant, The Civil Wars, Switchfoot, Russ Taff and others. His first self-titled album was released in 1986, he produced the band The Choir in 1987 and partnered with Margaret Becker in 1988. From 1990 to 1999, Peacock produced over 50 albums. In 2015, Peacock was given the title of Director of Contemporary Music and Industry Outreach at Lipscomb University’s College of Arts and Entertainment in Nashville, a role he accepted with his given name of Ashworth.

Candid Camera aired for the first time on August 10, 1948.

Smile, You’re on Candid Camera

Amazingly, the TV show Candid Camera has been on and off the air for over 60 years and has had a stint on NBC, CBS, ABC, PAX and TV Land in 2014. The show was birthed from the radio show called Candid Microphone which aired on ABC radio from 1947-1948. The TV show was famously hosted by Allen Funt (with almost as many co-stars as the series had stations) until 1992 when he became too ill to continue. Funt’s son, Peter, has carried on the tradition. The hidden camera/practical joke show format has pretty much stayed the same over the years. Never mean-spirited, the show exposes real people’s real reactions to crazy behavior and sparked many similar shows, but there can only be one Candid Camera.

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