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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 May 9

"Speed Racer" sped into theaters on May 9, 2008.

“Speed Racer” the Movie Arrives in Theaters

Many men and women have found memories of watching Speed Racer, 1960’s Japanese television series, even though many are disappointed when re-visiting the episodes. Still, Warner Bros. thought it would be a great idea to do a live action movie of the show. On this day in 2008, the big-budget movie came to the big screen with a great cast (Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox), great special effects, loud music, lots of color and…well, that’s about it. The movie suffered from a lack of a plot and what plot they had was too convoluted to understand. The movie did poorly with critics and fans alike. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film at 39% “rotten.” Store shelves contained Mach 5 merchandise for a lot longer than planned and talk of a sequel became just that. Still, the movie has a great version of the Speed Racer song during the ending credits.

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