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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 27

(Yolanda Adams)
Yolanda Adams is Born
It was on this day in 1961 in Houston, Texas that gospel singer, radio host, producer and actress, Yolanda Adams was born. She graduated from Texas Southern University to become a schoolteacher, which she did for awhile, but gave it up to become a singer. To date, she has produced 13 albums. In 2009, Billboard Magazine named her the #1 Gospel Artist of the Last Decade. In summer of 2015, she performed for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where he joined her at the end of number, but she out-danced him.


Guinness Book of World Records is Published
After the founding of The Guinness Book of Records, the first 198-page edition was bound on this day in 1955. By Christmas, it had become the top of best sellers in England. In 1956, the book became available in the U.S. and sold 70,000 copies. Today, more than 100 million copies of the book have been sold in 100 different countries and in 37 different languages. It is the world’s best-selling copyright book ever.


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