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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 July 16

Will Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967.

Will Ferrell is Born

It was on this day that comedian, impressionist, actor, producer, and writer John William "Will" Ferrell was born in Irvine, California. Long before his days on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell was making fellow student laugh in third grade by smashing his head into the wall. In his senior year in high school, Ferrell and a friend performed comedy skits over the intercom with permission from the principal. In college, he studied sports broadcasting and interned at a local television station, but apparently hated the job and after graduating, he knew that broadcasting was not for him. It wasn’t until 1991 that with the prompting of his mother that he moved to Los Angeles to “do something he liked.” He auditioned for the comedy group The Groundlings and got the job. In 1994, a producer for SNL saw one of their shows and asked Ferrell and a few others to audition. The rest is history.


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