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 April 28

Jay Leno was born on April 28, 1950.

Jay Leno was Born

It was on this day in 1950 that a little baby with a big chin was born. Standup comedian and sometimes actor, Leno is best known for his role as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show. His first appearance on the show was back in 1977 for a comedy routine and came back frequently over the years. He took over the show’s reigns from Johnny Carson in 1992 and continued until 2009, when he starred in essentially the same show from 10:00-1:00 p.m. titled, The Jay Leno Show. Conan O’Brien had taken over the Tonight Show but was ousted just months later so that Leno could return and continue to host until February of 2014. Leno was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2014 too.


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