In "Meeting Gorbachev," co-directors Werner Herzog and André Singer created a gripping documentary that articulates how "from such a god-forsaken place in the middle of nowhere would emerge one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century."
Perhaps the major key to what made Mikhail Gorbachev such a generational success in his political life was his being a man of the people. He never forgot his humble beginnings and that ideal drove him to the two pillars of his reign at the top of the Soviet Union: perestroika ("restructuring") or glasnost "openness/transparency in government."
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It's pretty clear now that Colin Kaepernick isn't coming back to the National Football League, as Super Bowl 2020
approaches, and we have another NFL season in the books without him, it's time to think about his legacy. His powerful impact that he made will be long-lasting. His decision to take a knee during the national anthem, as a gesture of protest against brutality and systemic racism within law enforcement, may ultimately pave the way for more football players to eventually speak out on the issues of the day while still active in their playing careers.
Former Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett
, in town this past week to do a public reading of his new children's book "Dear Black Boy,"
doesn't believe that day is here yet though.
"No, that fear is still there," Bennett responded when we put this question to him during our exclusive conversation at Open Books, a literacy non-profit in the west loop...
Current Mayor Pete Buttigieg isn't the first un-classifiable nationally relevant political figure to live and work in South Bend, Indiana. "Hesburgh," a new documentary opening at the Music Box Theatre on Saturday, chronicles the life of long-time president of the University of Notre Dame and America's most well-known priest—Rev. Theodore Hesburgh.
Colloquially known as "Father Ted," Hesburgh was a lot like "Mayor Pete," a South Bend political figure driven by faith, ideals and a motivation to do what is right above what is currently politically viable. Both men are/were complex, and that's what makes them interesting.
I often tell anybody who will listen that no matter what a stranger says to you on the street, nine times out of ten that person is just asking you for your money. It doesn't matter what they open with; in the end, they just want free money.
Now consider what an overwhelming majority of our mail (both electronic and physical) is- people asking us to buy something. With snail mail, it's all bills! Everyday when I login to my inboxes, I find that 95% of it is "news releases," or "story pitches" that don't really amount to anything except "publicize our product, and get nothing in return."
In other words, a disturbingly high percentage of our daily interaction with other human beings, across the spectrum of communication means, is "gimme, gimme, gimme" or "take, take, take." So who is actually about giving? Well, Fred Rogers certainly was when he was alive.
A new book by Skip Desjardins, entitled War, Plague, and the World Series
, revisits the month of September 1918, and all the dramatic, history-altering events that occurred in Boston during this specific month.
Exactly 100 years ago, the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox squared off in a World Series that was played a month earlier than usual due to World War I and amidst a backdrop of revolutionary changes in workers rights, women's rights and global alliances. It was also a society on the precipice of massive technological change which would bring rapid social change during the Roaring 20s...
My most loyal reader and commenter of all, my Aunt Donna said it best about POTUS 45, in response to my last column about his committing treason on live television:
“I don't want to hear or read another word of his. I'm beginning to think he's suffering from early stage dementia.”
I’m pretty much in the same place on that right now, but obviously that’s a pipe dream for the time being. However, it’s also not uncommon for the obnoxiously ubiquitous to eventually disappear from the public consciousness (remember Tonya Harding? In 1994 she was on TV every second of every day).
The rise and fall of Elvis Presley more or less coincided with American middle class prosperity. He burst onto the scene into the 1950s, quickly rose to prominence, and by the 1970s he was gone forever.
That's pretty much the same life span, and time line of the so-called American Dream- the idea of self-determination and success achieved through hard work. This idea of Elvis Presley as a general metaphor for America at large is the central thesis of Eugene Jarecki’s new film "The King," which takes Elvis’ 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America.
For most of our lifetimes, the President of the United States of America was considered the most powerful person in the world. Today that’s not the case, as the globe now belongs to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
Ever since the catch-phrase “leader of the free world” has been in common parlance, it has meant the POTUS. As it’s a phrase deeply rooted in NATO, the label no longer applies to our current President. Perhaps that honorable designation is more befitting German Chancellor Angela Merkel or United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, or maybe there is no current leader of the free world.
Let's face it- watching the news and following current events in our country today is just plain torturous. It all starts at the very top, with our Federal leadership, their lackeys and acolytes, and of course the mainstream media that plays right into their hands.
It's a very diabolical sociological cocktail, with social media the most potent and toxic ingredient of all. If you're sick and tired of hearing about who's trending online right now because of what deplorably offensive thing they said (and probably don't even actually believe his/herself) on cable news
, then you should turn the TV off, put the phone down and go see a movie instead...