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Monday, February 19, 2018

BLACK HISTORY: African-American Firsts-First President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars), Cheryl Boone Isaacs, 2013

Veteran publicist Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African American to serve as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, followed the path of her pioneering sibling as a top-tier executive in the Hollywood motion picture industry.  Ashley A. Boone Jr. (1939-1994), her brother, had been the most distinguished African American working at several studios, capping his career in 1979 as president for distribution and marketing at 20th Century Fox.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts into a middle-class family of four children, Isaacs’ parents stressed academic achievement.  Her youthful ambition to become a musical comedy star was discouraged.  She graduated from Classical High School in 1967 then moved to California and earned her political science degree in 1971 at Whittier College.

Isaacs entered the film industry in 1977 as a staff publicist at Columbia Pictures working on the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  In the 1980s she promoted movies at Melvin Simon Productions directing campaigns for My Bodyguard, The Stuntman, and Love at First Sight; The Ladd Company where she worked on The Right Stuff, Once Upon a Time in America, and Police Academy; and Paramount Pictures where she rose to executive vice president for worldwide publicity.  At Paramount in the 1990s, she promoted Ghost, Forrest Gump, and Braveheart, among others. 

Trump is Deporting Longtime U.S. Residents, Ripping Families Apart according to New DHS Numbers

ADRIANA WAS STILL breastfeeding her daughter Riley, when officers came to her home in Texas and arrested her, her husband, and his brother. Adriana, who was in a different room with her children at the time, said the officers seemed to know exactly what they were after when they went into her brother-in-law’s room; they found a small amount of marijuana.

Adriana, a 23-year-old mother of two, was jailed for a month, then held in an immigration detention center for six months, and finally deported to her native Mexico. Riley, the 10-month-old weaned by force when Adriana was arrested, is a U.S. citizen and remains in Texas. “It didn’t matter to them at all,” said Adriana.

A Border Patrol Memoir Gets Caught up in the Deportation Fight

FRANCISCO CANTÚ, AUTHOR of “The Line Becomes a River,” remembers watching the heated rallies engulfing his home state of Arizona. To one side were immigration advocates, activists who demanded the migrants running for their lives through the Sonoran Desert be treated as human beings, regardless of their citizenship status. To the other, were vocal, angry crowds, carrying signs and calling for increased fortification along the divide between the U.S. and Mexico, more Border Patrol agents, and a wall between the two countries.


I FIND IT hard to write about Donald Trump.

It is not that he is a complicated subject. Quite the opposite. It is that everything about him is so painfully obvious. He is a low-rent racist, a shameless misogynist, and an unbalanced narcissist. He is an unrelenting liar and a two-bit white identity demagogue. Lest anyone forget these things, he goes out of his way each day to remind us of them.

TRAVELING TO MONTGOMERY? Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Montgomery at Chantilly Parkway

TRAVELING TO MONTGOMERY? Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Montgomery at Chantilly Parkway
Whether you’re visiting for business in Alabama’s capital city or touring the many universities in the area, the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson®, Montgomery at Chantilly Parkway is the perfect home base. With proximity to both I-85 and I-65, traveling between local attractions couldn’t be easier. Explore the rich culture of the city by visiting Alabama State University, the Montgomery Zoo and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Unwind with a dip in the heated indoor pool or re-energize with a workout in our fitness center. Stay connected with friends and family via free high-speed Internet access before a restful night’s sleep.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Founded in 1962, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. For 54 years, we’ve been providing access to affordable education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsman attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs. In that time, we have provided more than 37,000 scholarships worth nearly $110 million.