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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 August 22

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Cadillac Motor Company was Created
After the success of the Henry Ford Company a dispute arose between Ford and his investors which ended with Ford leaving his own company with a group of key partners in March 1902. The new Cadillac Automobile Company was created on this day in 1902. The company is named after French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who had also founded Detroit in 1701. The first two cars to roll off the assembly line were the Runabout and Tonneu and were complete on October 1902. The two-seat horseless carriages were powered by a 10 hp single-cylinder engine and looked suspiciously like the Ford Model A. Cadillac was purchased by General Motors in 1909 and has won the Motor Trend "Car of the Year" award five times.


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'Adventures of Superman' was Copyright Registered
On this day in 1952 a copyright was registered for the TV show, Adventures of Superman which began to air the following month. Based on the comic book and concepts by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, it was the first TV show to feature the man of steel. George Reeves played Clark Kent and his alter ego throughout the series, but Phyllis Coates who played Lois Lane, only did so for the first year. She was replaced by Noel Neill and the two faced adventures together until the series ended in 1958. The show was filmed in black and white for the first two years, but it continued to be broadcast in black and white throughout the show’s first run. America did not witness a full-color Superman until the series went in to syndication in 1965.


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