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

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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 December 20

Elvis Presley was drafted into the army on December 20, 1957

Elvis Presley is Drafted

On this day in 1957, the hip-moving singing sensation, Elvis Presley, received his draft notice to join the U.S. Army for two years. Naturally, many fans flooded army office with letters requesting that the crooner be spared, but Elvis had no intention of backing out. After boot camp, Presley served for 18 months in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion in Friedberg, Germany and worked his way up to sergeant. Presley was seen as a role model and after receiving a vaccination shot for polio from a doctor on national TV, vaccine rates shout up from 2 to 85 percent.


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