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EVOLVE: A New Sci-Fi Series For Teens & Adults!

Friends,

I’m so very excited about this new sci-fi series on the web (You Tube) called Evolve,which is written, directed & produced by Kia Barbee (Elmhurst Entertainment). It is the story of a teen girl Donia Reyes (portrayed by Jasiah Lovell) who inherits supernatural abilities that she can’t control nor wants, as she approaches her 16th birthday. She struggles to strike a balance between what she craves & what she’s destined to become. This mini-series airs every Tuesday on YouTube  at 7:45pmEDT from June 25th – July 23rd. Please do watch the trailer & Episode I below, subscribe to the channel, become a fan on Facebook, follow on Twitter & share, share, share!

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Entertainment, Film Reviews, Pop Culture, Videos

 

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The “N” Word, The “C” Word: Selective vs Convenient Outrage

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Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

I don’t use pejoratives of any kind towards any group, but last year when I wrote the series “The Top 10 Things that Black & White People Want to Know about One Another but Won’t Ask” for CainTV , one of the blogs was about the use of the “N word“. I literally talked to thousands of white & black people about how they felt about the pejoratives used towards them (“nigger”/”cracker”) and overwhelmingly, black people were offended by the word “nigger” (some from whites only & some no matter the race – I happen to be in the latter group), while white people were not so offended by “cracker” or “honky”. In fact, less than 10% of the white people I surveyed were offended. Some even laughed at the notion that they should be quite frankly.

Looking back on those threads throughout social media, the emailed responses I received, and recorded responses from people I spoke with, it is amazing how many of the same people who said they weren’t offended a year ago, are suddenly offended & sensitive to it, in the aftermath of Paula Deen drama & in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial. It’s a glaring difference. I’ll never, ever tell anyone what should & should not offend them because that’s for each person to determine for themselves, but the difference of one year is astonishing….and very telling. If black people who are offended by Paula Deen’s use of the N word, yet not offended by intraracial use of it are demonstrating “selective outrage” (as many on the right love to point out & I would agree to an extent), then white people who were not offended by “cracker” a year ago, yet are suddenly offended now, are demonstrating “convenient outrage”. Some want to be offended, so they can feel better about disparaging Rachel Jeantel & her admission that Trayvon Martin used the term “creepy a** cracker” and defend Paula Deen’s use of the word, or give her a pass. What’s the best way to do that that with ease? Suddenly pretend to be offended by a pejorative which some could have cared less about only a year ago. As the 18 year old daughter of a friend so eloquently expressed to me:

“I’m not offended by being called a honky or a cracker because neither of those words have long and bloody histories of disgusting hatred and oppression behind them. Had they been used during some sort of inhumane torture of my people I might get mad. But they weren’t, while most racial slurs against people of color were. A POC using a name against a white person won’t do much to the white person besides hurt their feelings, if that. White people using racial slurs exhibits deep roots of xenophobia and racism, things which will continue to hinder the progression of equality until they are abolished.”

 Pejoratives used by persons outside of the acceptable use community are often frowned upon and punished severely in our society. White people can call one another “honky”or “cracker” but blacks can’t do it without the possibility of being offensive. The same is true for the N word when used by non-black persons, “spic” when used by non-Hispanics, “hymie” when used by non-Jewish persons (although I have never heard a Jewish person call another Jew a “hymie”), heterosexual use of the words “fag/faggot” – even women can call one another bitches, but if a man does it there’s hell to pay.

These are just linguistic, social etiquette nuances which we have created and allowed to flourish for so long. The only exceptions I found in my research, was familiarity with the user & that’s almost always with people under the age of 30. It’s not fair, it’s not right, I don’t like it, but to ignore this about the English language & hurl accusations of hypocrisy or “selective outrage” is simply dishonest. The bastard (spoken) English language is one of the most confusing, inconsistent & manipulated languages spoken. Our dictionaries are not the problem, we are.

Just an observation…

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in In The News, Pop Culture, Society

 

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The Oxymoron of the “Celebrity Pastor”

Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

I think that the term “celebrity pastor” is an indicator of how spiritually lost some of us are. I have received several invitations over the past year to visit someone’s church where they referred to their pastor as a “celebrity pastor”. It really turned me off personally.The church is the one place which should remain uncontaminated by pop culture but sadly, what we have been seeing is not just the influences of celebrity/pop culture on many churches, but the outright surrender to said cultures, on the part of church leadership. The body of Christ should influence and lead pop culture not be lead by it. There is no balance with too many pastors. With all of the caveats in the New Testament regarding the persecution that believers did and will face, quite frankly, popularity, to a large degree is not something that necessarily attracts me to a church. Of course, this depends on what a pastor or his church is popular for (teaching the word of God or how well the choir performs in a competition for example). The Christian church is not a club, restaurant, sports franchise, or clothing line. Spreading the gospel of Christ does not require that we must brand churches in the way the world does any of those things named.

I’m not attracted to the churches of pastors who are not just assigned this title (anyone can call a pastor this large church congregationwithout his knowledge or acceptance of it, he can’t help that) but who embrace them & build brands around themselves rather than Christ. Our Savior, Jesus Christ often stands in the shadow of the celebrity pastor rather than front & center, where He belongs.

Celebrity culture in churches also fosters what I call the “untouchable” & “irreproachable” complex we see so often these days. Meaning, no matter what a pastor does wrong, he cannot be criticized, admonished, held accountable or in some cases, prosecuted. Even in the aftermath of scandal, when there is very clear evidence or admission of guilt & in some case illegal acts, many still worship these pastors as if they are Christ returned in the flesh & refuse to acknowledge that they are no less corporeal than any other person. I’m not suggesting pastors cannot be forgiven for sin because according to Romans 3:23 “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” So, it’s not a matter of whether or not we should forgive but rather, should we continue to allow them to lead us? Should we obstruct secular punishment when the law is broken? After all, we are also commanded to obey the law, title of pastor notwithstanding. Sometimes a demotion (or punishment) is the best way to obtain the humility required for church leadership. As Christians, we must have something that separates the body of Christ from the secular world & the more pastors allow celebrity/pop culture to infiltrate & influence their churches, the more those lines are blurred. The notion of a celebrity pastor is oxymoronic at best but the only celebrity in Christian churches should be Christ himself. Think about it…

 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Pop Culture, Religion

 

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Yvette Carnell on Jamie Foxx’s “Black People are the Most Talented People In the World”

Great commentary from liberal blogger Yvette Carnell on Jamie Foxx’s recent declaration at the NAACP awards that “Black people are the most talented people in the world”:

“Jamie Foxx is a talented entertainer, and because of that, I’ll eventually get around to watching DJango Unchained. What I won’t do is join in the chorus of black people jamie foxx and daughterAmening Jamie’s“Black people are the most talented people in the world” comment.

“Black people are the most talented people in the world. I, it’s, I can’t explain it,’Foxx said at the NAACP Image Awards.‘You can’t sit in this room and not watch Gladys Knight sing and go like, “Golly, what in the world?”

I get where Foxx was trying to go, I think. Based on the context, it seems to me that Foxx was trying to express how, based on the Black  Experience, black people are more sensitive to certain impulses, and how we tend to mold and refine those increased sensitivities until they become perfect tools for our art. That’s what he meant. That’s true. But what he said was that we’re the most talented people in the world. That’s a lie.

That comment by Foxx, which takes one race, black people,  and sets it high above others,  based solely on sketchy anecdotal evidence and vague preferences, is vexing because it brings to mind other similar pronouncements made by blacks, like  how we all  ”came from kings and queens.” Truth is,  some of us come from kings and queens, while others of us derive our DNA from spear chuckers, slave traders, and common crooks. Some of us are the descendants of philosophers, mathematicians, and activists as well, but the honest truth is none of us are just one thing. We’re all descendants of  different classes  of people, with varied achievements and abilities.

Please click HERE to continue reading Yvette’s erudite commentary.

 
 

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Actor Nick Searcy, A Conservative…in Hollywood!

Friends,

Nick SearcyPlease check out the episodes of “Acting School” a new show by my friend Nick Searcy, a Peabody award winning, international film star below who stars on the hit FX show “Justified” & is also a fellow Conservative! Nick Searcy, a consistent presence in American film and television for almost twenty years, has starred in independent films as well as studio blockbuster hits, including The Ugly Truth, The Last Song, Castaway, The Fugitive, Head of State, Runaway Jury, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Blood Done Sign My Name, The Dead Girl, An American Crime, and Fried Green Tomatoes among others. On television, Nick was a series regular on five different shows: 7 DAYS, AMERICAN GOTHIC, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, RODNEY, and EASY MONEY, and has guested on many shows such as THE WEST WING, BOSTON LEGAL, and CSI. He also has shocked horror fans in the features DEADLY END, COLD STORAGE, and TIMBER FALLS. His newest release is a role in the hit MONEYBALL  from Sony Pictures, in theatres now.  He is currently filming Season 3 of the FX Network’s JUSTIFIED, portraying Chief Deputy Art Mullen.

We have to support our conservatives in Hollywood (the few that there are)! Nick was also on the Rush Limbaugh show today so please check that out as well! Here are both links, be sure to “like” the fanpage (1st link):

Nick Searcy, a consistent presence in American film and television for almost twenty years, has starred in independent films as well as studio blockbuster hits, including The Ugly Truth, The Last Song, Castaway, The Fugitive, Head of State, Runaway Jury, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Blood Done Sign My Name, The Dead Girl, An American Crime, and Fried Green Tomatoes among others. On television, Nick was a series regular on five different shows: 7 DAYS, AMERICAN GOTHIC, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, RODNEY, and EASY MONEY, and has guested on many shows such as THE WEST WING, BOSTON LEGAL, and CSI. He also has shocked horror fans in the features DEADLY END, COLD STORAGE, and TIMBER FALLS. His newest release is a role in the hit MONEYBALL  from Sony Pictures, in theatres now.  He is currently filming Season 3 of the FX Network’s JUSTIFIED, portraying Chief Deputy Art Mullen.

NICK SEARCY’S ACTING SCHOOL EPISODE I

NICK SEARCY ON RUSH LIMBAUGH

Everyone have a blessed, wonderful productive weekend!

-Talitha, www.theelementsbooks.com

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Politics, Pop Culture, Radio Appearances, Society, Videos

 

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McDonald’s Set to Become the Biggest Children’s Book Distributor in the UK

child readingI don’t eat McDonald’s but this is a nice move. Restaurants in the UK will begin giving out a book (or the child can choose a voucher & get a book from certain booksellers) in their Happy Meals instead of toys, making McDonald’s the largest book distributor in the UK. According to critics: “However, the UK’s Children’s Food Campaign is criticizing the campaign, calling it an “inappropriate marketing strategy at a time when there is an epidemic of childhood obesity.”

Now I’m not sure what obesity has to do with a book & if you want to fight obesity then don’t feed your children McDonald’s in the first place. McDonald’s already offers fruit in the place of french fries & Milk or juice in the place of soda, so as far as I’m concerned they’ve done their part in the fight against obesity. Currently, there are no plans to bring this “Happy Readers” program to the U.S but given the literacy rate here & low test scores when compared to other countries, this wouldn’t be such a bad move for U.S. McDonald’s restaurants.

From Jessica Ferri of Yahoo Shine:

McDonald’s branches in the United Kingdom will include a book with each Happy Meal sold as part of a promotion called “Happy Readers,” starting Wednesday.

With one book per Happy Meal in the U.K., McDonald’s estimates that they will become the largest children’s book distributor in the country, with a total of 15 million books handed out by the end of 2014.

International test shows United States falls behind in education

The initiative was inspired by data complied by Britain’s National Literacy Trust, which recently revealed that out of a group of 21,000 children, only 50 percent of them said they enjoyed reading “very much” or “a lot.”

For the next five weeks, Happy Meals in the UK will feature non-fiction books from DK Books’ Amazing World Series, with categories of Stars and Planets, Big Cats, and Oceans. Children can also redeem a voucher from their Happy Meal if they’d prefer to choose their own book at bookseller WH Smith.

“Our research tells us that there is a very clear link between book ownership and children’s future success in life, so it is very concerning that one in three children in the UK doesn’t own a book, and half of kids don’t really enjoy reading,” Jonathan Douglas, the director of the National Literacy Trust, told Britain’s Telegraph. “Initiatives like McDonald’s Happy Readers campaign play an important role in getting more books into the hands of children, and inspiring families to read together as a fun and interactive pastime.”

Children in the United States would undoubtedly benefit from the encouragement to read as well. Out of 34 countries, the U.S. is ranked 14th in reading tests, with many children reading below their grade level and only one-third of 13 year olds are daily readers. England’s ratings are even worse. They come in at 19th in international literacy tests.

15 million free books might seem like a big number, though it’s paltry compared to mega bookseller Amazon.com, which sells more than3.1 billion books a year worldwide.

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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in In The News, Pop Culture, Society

 

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“Kim K & Kanye West: A Liberal Media Celebration of Immorality”

KKSo Kim Kardashian is an unwed, (to Kanye West, the baby’s father that is, she is still married to Chris Humphries), soon to be mother, impregnated by Kanye West & the liberal media is all over it. People have emailed & messaged me asking ME what I think. Really? Does anyone even have to ask? I could care less about “Kim K” or Kanye West to be honest, but what I loathe is the way the media celebrates & glorifies this with non-stop coverage as if it’s the best situation. The only advantage they have is that they are wealthy & can financially care for the child (Note that I said financially. I doubt that either has the emotional & spiritual maturity needed to raise children). I am a Conservative Christian who believes that marriage comes first, so no, I don’t approve of anyone, including a celebrity having premarital sex & not even talking about marriage or that they should have waited. A marriage, is proven to be the best institution to raise a child & sex should be reserved for marriage IMO. Personally, I struggle but I am abstinent until the Lord gives me to another husband with whom I can righteously make love & procreate. This is just more glorification of a sinful lifestyle and a sad sign of the culture. Kim K & Kanye West are poor “role models” – pregnancy not withstanding & I will not celebrate nor glorify this pregnancy…

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:31

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Entertainment, Pop Culture, Society

 

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