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 July 26

Rebecca St. James was born on July 26, 1977.

Rebecca St. James is Born

It was on this day in 1977 that Rebecca Jean Smallbone was born in Sydney, Australia. She began her music career in the 1980s. She and her family (mom, dad, sister and five brothers) moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991 after her father’s job relocation. It was that same year when her first studio album was released. Her albums God and Pray were both certified gold and she won a Grammy award for Pray for “Best Rock Gospel Album” in 1999. Since beginning her career, she has sold over two millions albums and has won three GMA Dove Awards as well. But James is more than a singer, songwriter and musician. She is also an author (having published nine or so books, devotionals and even one novel) and an actress (appearing in 12 different faith-based films or productions). James married Jacob Fink (former bassist for Foster the People) in 2011. She gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Gemma Elena Fink, in 2014. James is also the sister of the Joel and Luke Smallbone who formed the band, For King & Country.

The song, "The Hustle" became a #1 hit on July 26, 1975.
"The Hustle" is the #1 Song in America
Unlike other dance crazes, it was the dance, “The Hustle,” that inspired the song of the same name by Van McCoy in the 1970’s. McCoy was visiting a friend in New York who told him that a new dance had been created by the crowd that hung out at Adam’s Apple nightclub in Manhattan. After a report given from a business partner, McCoy was inspired to release the album Disco Baby which featured the song “The Hustle” which became the #1 song in America on this day in 1975. McCoy won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song. Sadly, McCoy died of a heart attack (not Boogie Fever) in 1979. 

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