‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

This Day in Pop Culture for August 28

Pepsi-Cola is Named
Although created in 1893 by Caleb Bradham and under the name “Brad’s Drink,” it was renamed “Pepsi-Cola” on this day in 1898. The name comes from the root of the word “dyspepsia” and the kola nuts that were used in the recipe. Bradham’s goal was to create a fountain drink that would aid in digestion and boost energy. Up until 1903, Bradham bottled his Pepsi-Cola from his drugstore. Later, he rented a warehouse and sold 7,968 gallon of syrup. In 1904, Pepsi was sold in six-ounce bottles increasing sales up to 19,848 gallons. The drink was marketed as “Delicious and Healthful.” In 1931, the cola company entered bankruptcy. It was sold to Roy C. Megargel who then sold it to Charles Guth, a candy manufacturer, who had retail stores that also had soda fountains. His plan was to swap out the Coca-Cola served there with Pepsi. In 1936, Pepsi became available in a 12-ounce bottle which rivaled Coca-Cola which was only available in 6.5 ounce bottles but sold at the same price. During the 1940’s, the soda began to target marketing African Americans believing that they were an untapped market and instead of portaying them in a stereotypical manner, Pepsi ads treated Afican Americans with respect. However, there was some backlash from some fearing that the ads would drive away white Americans. Never settling for being the #2 selling cola, Pepsi introduced The Pepsi Challenge in 1975 encouraging people to do blind taste tests of Coke and Pepsi to see which cola they preferred. While many people who did the test were surprised by the results and some long time Coke fans began to prefer Pepsi, Coke still remained on top.

"I Have A Dream"
American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on this day in 1963. Spoken to over 250,000 people, King called for an end to racism in the U.S. and has been considered the defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. After minutes of a prepared speech, Luther improvised on the “dream” theme: “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream...”

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