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…

There is a New ‘Voice’ for 2017

Blake Shelton, Chloe Kohanski (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)


The final four contestants in NBC’s singing competition show, The Voice were Addison Agen, Red Marlow, Chloe Kohanski and Brooke Simpson, but in the end the crown sits atop Kohanski’s head.

During the Blind Auditions, Kohanski wowed the coaches with her performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” which earned her chair turns from coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton. She initially chose Team Miley but later was “stolen” by Team Shelton. Kohanski is only the third singer in Voice history to hit #1 on the iTunes singles chart three times in one season for her performances of her original song “Wish I Didn’t Love You,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Kohanski is in great company, as the previous two singers with distinction are season 3 Voice winner Cassadee Pope and season 9 winner Jordan Smith.

Born and raised in the music city of Nashville, Tenn., Kohanski was the only musician in her family and always knew she wanted to become a singer. After graduating high school, she went to college to become an English teacher but decided to join a blues band instead. After a short stint with the band, she decided to move in a new direction, embarking on a solo career that led her to auditioning for The Voice.

Kohanski has earned the grand prize of a recording contract and will also join the cast of The Voice: Neon Dreams, which premieres in the spring at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. At the first ever Voice Residency, Kohanski will join Voice season 10 winner Alisan Porter along with finalists Matt McAndrew, Matthew Schuler, Mary Sarah, Chris Mann and Michael Sanchez as they perform eight shows a week for Voice fans from around the world.

The season ended last night with an array of special guests including Bastille, Vince Gill, Billy Idol, Jessie J, Norah Jones, Bebe Rexha, Sia and Kelly Clarkson who will join the cast of judges next spring.


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