Posted by: yechristian | January 27, 2016

My Thoughts on The #Oscarssowhite Controversy

I would like to say first is that I want actors/actresses to be nominated for an Academy Award based on their performance not their skin color. However, I find it odd that none of the Black actors or actresses out there in the world were not nominated for an Oscar for the second year in a row. This is the year 2016, which is more than 60 years after the Civil Rights movement started.

I haven’t had the chance to see every movie that came out this year, but I have heard a lot of feedback about Michael B. Jordan’s performance in Creed (a movie I haven’t seen yet). I am very glad that his co-star Sylvester Stallone got a supporting actor nomination. Also, I am very aware that there are very talented people of color out there, but why aren’t they getting any recognition when Oscar nomination time happened in the last two years?

Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee are boycotting the Oscars this year because there were no Black people nominated in any of the acting categories. Even Jada’s husband, Will Smith, is joining in the boycott. He was recently in a movie called Concussion. In previous years, he had been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.

I think about the young Black children who will be watching the Oscars this year. They will be wondering why no Black people were nominated. It shows a negative message to them and it’s not fair that this is happening in the year 2016.

Posted by: yechristian | December 31, 2015

End of Year Post 2014: Once Again, Black Lives Still Matter!

America now seems to be the land of the tragic killings. Reckless policemen either abusing helpless Black people so badly that it leads to suicide or killing them because they think they are brandishing a gun without even making sure it is a real gun and not a toy gun. Then, there are the terrorists that are both foreign and domestic with their mass shootings of civilians.

What happened here? We need responsible people in charge at all levels of government and public service. People of color like myself seem to look dangerous to white police officers while the really dangerous people, the terrorists, are buying tons of ammo under everyone’s noses and go after unsuspecting victims.

There has been too death in 2015. Let’s hope for more life and living in 2016.

Posted by: yechristian | December 29, 2015

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted by: yechristian | December 9, 2015

Radio Newsman Doug Limerick to Retire

I used to listen to Doug Limerick on Q107 FM in Washington, DC, where he did the morning show, Dude & Doug, with DJ Dude Walker in the early 1980s. I was in high school at the time. I also saw Doug do the weekend weatherman news on Channel 7 in DC around the same time.

In 1982, Doug left Q107 FM for ABC News Radio. Next week, Doug is retiring. His final broadcast will be on December 18.

Good Luck, Doug!

The whole article is here on allaccess.com.

Q107 FM had this TV Promo during the early 1980s

Posted by: yechristian | November 12, 2015

Starbucks Christmas Cup Controversy: Totally Stupid!

Seriously, Folks who are upset with Starbucks over their new Christmas cup, are you all totally stupid? Who cares about how they choose to decorate their cups during the Christmas holiday season? The world is not going to end! It’s not an attack against religion. Why would anyone think Starbucks was being offensive towards religion?

There worse things out there that need more attention than Starbucks. Poverty, hunger, unemployment, and tons of other serious things are out there to focus on.

Grow up, People who are upset at Starbucks!

Posted by: yechristian | October 1, 2015

President Barack Obama Frustrated By Another Mass Shooting

I feel frustrated too. So many shootings have happened over the many years since Columbine that it’s too incredible to believe, but it’s true. We are killing each other with guns.

It seems almost every other week there’s a report about a shooting. The only reason I’ve haven’t written about all of them is that it’s depressing and frustrating to comment every time they happen.

When is it all going to stop? Will it be better gun control laws? Or better mental health care?

We still don’t know what possessed the 20 year old shooter to go on this rampage at a community college in Oregon. So far, we know the shooter demanded his victims to tell him what their religion is.

Once we get all the facts, we need to find a solution to this problem.

Posted by: yechristian | August 24, 2015

WZLX’s John Laurenti Now a PD at 2 NH Radio Stations

John Laurenti, a veteran DJ at Boston’s WZLX FM, is now working as a Program Director at two New Hampshire radio stations. He officially started last Monday, August 17. The 2 radio stations are iHeart radio stations: WGIR/Manchester and WHEB/Portsmouth.

John Laurenti Named PD at WGIR and WHEB

This is the second time Laurenti has left WZLX. Back in 2005, he left WZLX for WBOS FM in Boston to do the afternoon shift for a couple of years until WBOS has another format change firing most of their air staff including Laurenti. For several weeks in 2012, he was doing the morning show with Karen Blake at WODS-FM in Boston (Oldies 103) just before it changed it’s format to AMP 103 and fired all its air staff. That’s radio biz!

Good luck in NH, John!

Posted by: yechristian | August 4, 2015

More Shootings & A Lion Named Cecil Has Been Murdered

I wonder if the United States has become the home for killers. There were two mass shootings in July: One at a recruitment office in Tennessee that killed five people and another at a movie theater in Louisiana that killed two people. Then, I hear on the news that an American dentist paid more than $50K to two poachers to lure and kill Cecil the lion who was on a wildlife preserve in Africa.

Poor Cecil was shot by an arrow, suffered for 40 hours before being shot by a gun, and then was skinned and beheaded. Very cruel thing to do! Trophy hunting is an obsolete sport in the 21st Century.

Video games are a better substitute for shooting actual people and animals, and no one gets killed. How about that?

Posted by: yechristian | August 4, 2015

July was a Busy Month For Me

I haven’t had much of a chance to post things until now on this blog. I’ve been busy with my cousin Chloe visiting me up here in Boston last month. We saw U2 at the Boston Garden. Chloe got the chance to be onstage with the band and dance with Bono, the lead singer. After Chloe flew back to Houston, I drove up to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, for some R & R.

Still, even though I spent a few days up in Maine. I did write a little bit, but not much. After all, it is summertime in New England. I did have to say something about that flag being put away in South Carolina. That’s why it’s posted just below this post.

Posted by: yechristian | August 4, 2015

Confederate Flag Has Gone Down

Last month, the Confederate flag was removed from Columbia’s state building grounds on July 10. That date was the birthday of late actor Nick Adams who played an ex-Confederate soldier who regretted fighting on the wrong side on the old TV show “The Rebel.”

Was that a coincidence?

The show only last two years from 1959 to 1961. Nick Adams passed away in February 1968 of an accidental drug overdose. MeTV has shown reruns of this show in the last few years on Saturday mornings. That’s how I became aware of this show. I wasn’t born yet when it originally aired on TV.

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