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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 31

(Miguel Mendez) 

Harry Potter is Born
Though he is a fictional character, the star of the Harry Potter book series was born on this day in 1980 and first appeared in J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which was published in 1997. The book didn’t arrive in the United States until 1998. Hugely popular, the book spawned six sequel ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which was published in 2007. Though there are only seven books in the series, Warner Bros. produced eight Harry Potter movies from 2001 to 2011. Just when you thought the craze would finally be over, recent news stories report that two more books will be released in October of 2017 to coincide with the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book series. The two books are titled, Harry Potter: The Book of the Exhibition and Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic. The two books will focus on the different subjects taught at Hogwarts. Incidentally, Daniel Radcliffe who portrays Harry in the movies, was born on July 23, 1989.

‘The Shadow’ makes His First Appearance on Radio "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" was the opening line to The Shadow radio program spoken by actor Frank Readick Jr. The Shadow was a collection of serialized dramas originally published as pulp novels. On this day in 1930, the Shadow aired his first radio show,  which was followed by a magazine series, comic books,  comic strips, television, serials, video games, and at least five motion pictures.



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