Balcony celebrations bursting out nightly throughout San Diego
SAN DIEGO — At 7:59 p.m. Monday, the intersection of State and Beech streets in Little Italy was eerily quiet, save for the gentle drumming of a light rainfall. Then, at the stroke of 8, it began.Whoops of joy, clanging cowbells, loud music, bursts of firecrackers, whistles, gongs and singing poured down from the balconies and apartment windows above. By 8:02 p.m., it was over.Every night for the past week or so, San Diegans have begun embracing an evening ritual that started in Europe in mid-March, then spread to the U.S. a week later. Originally launched in northern Italy to thank the exhaus...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Historians throw shade at colorism conflict in Netflix's 'Self Made' Madam C.J. Walker series
Through much of the 20th century, generations of young black girls heard snippets of the legend of Madam C.J. Walker as they sat beside kitchen stoves on Saturday nights, getting their hair straightened with a hot comb in preparation for Sunday morning church.Walker, who died in 1919 as America’s first female self-made millionaire, built a vast fortune on “Wonderful Hair Grower” and other products for black women. But sometimes the tales got tangled. One of those handed down from mothers to daughters credited her, erroneously, with the invention of the hot comb — embellishing a larger-than-lif...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Karen Carpenter's song had a little wisdom for our current end-of-the-world moment
“Why does the sun go on shining?,” sang Karen Carpenter, eons ago. “Why does the sea rush to shore? Don’t they know it’s the end of the world, ‘cause you don’t love me anymore.”That mournful love ballad, penned by the late Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee, is a beautiful song with one crystalline idea. When we’re suffering personal trauma, we often peer out at the world continuing unabated around us and feel a profound sense of alienation from its quotidian rhythms. Our world just fell apart due to a break-up, maybe, or a major health crisis, or a bereavement, and yet everything beyond ourselves rem...
Auto review: Toyota's Sequoia warhorse is aging well
The Toyota Sequoia is aptly named. It’s yuge.Pre-COVID economy, Mrs. Payne and I went out one Saturday night for dinner and a movie. But the 6-foot-9 1/2 tall Sequoia wouldn’t fit in the theater’s adjacent parking garage. Height limit: 6-foot-5.I tried another nearby garage. Height limit: 6-foot-3. Hmmm. I finally found parallel street parking nearby. The end space, naturally — you don’t think I was gonna try to park this 17-foot cruise-liner between two cars, did you? I’d need a tug boat.If we still had kids in the house, I suppose we’d go to the movies in shopping malls where sprawling lot p...
The Detroit News
Sony to invest $400 mil. in Chinese online entertainment platformer Bilibili
TOKYO, NNA – Sony Corp. will invest $400 million in Chinese online entertainment platform operator Bilibili Inc. in a bid to further expand its entertainment business through collaboration in the world’s most populous nation.Sony Corporation of America, its 100% subsidiary, has sealed a deal to acquire a 4.98 percent outstanding share in the Shanghai-based, Nasdaq-listed online entertainment giant, Sony said in a statement on Friday.With the massive cash investment, the Japanese electronics-to-entertainment business group is gearing up to promote its entertainment contents, such as animation a...
NNA Business News
My worst moment: 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' star Essie Davis on the perils of being nude on stage
For three seasons Essie Davis played the glamorous title character in the 1920s-set Australian TV series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”. Though originally broadcast in America on public television and available on Netflix (where it became a cult favorite) the series has since moved to the streaming service Acorn TV, which specializes in programming from the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and more. Acorn is also where the new movie based on the series is premiering, called “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.”Davis said she welcomed the opportunity to return to the world of this amateur, ...
This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly
Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, April 4, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2019 NPD Group.(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2019, PWxyz LLC.)HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Texas Outlaw” by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle (Little, Brown) Last week: —2. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) Last week: 33. “The Boy from the Woods” by Harlan Coben (Grand Central) Last week: 14. “Valentine” by Elizabeth Wetmor...
Tribune News Service
This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly
Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, April 4, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2020 NPD Group.(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2020, PWxyz LLC.)HARDCOVER FICTION1. Texas Outlaw. Patterson/Bourelle. Little, Brown2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. Charlie Mackesy. HarperOne3. The Boy from the Woods. Harlan Coben. Grand Central4. Valentine. Elizabeth Wetmore. Harper5. American Dirt. Jeanine Cummins. Flatiron6. Devoted. Dean Koontz...
Tribune News Service
W. Kamau Bell on high black COVID-19 death rate: 'People don't tend to care'
As African-Americans continue to be infected with, and die from, the coronavirus at an alarming rate, Bay Area comedian and TV personality W. Kamau Bell is trying to do something about it.Along with civil rights leader Pastor Michael McBride, Bell has launched a campaign called “Masks for the People,” intended to supply masks and hand sanitizer to communities of color. Their efforts have already received support from Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, “Black Panther” director (and Oakland native) Ryan Coogler and other activists.Recent surveys have found that black Americans are dying at ...
The Mercury News
Aretha Franklin's dear friend, Willie Wilkerson, dies of coronavirus
DETROIT — Aretha Franklin’s former romantic partner and longtime escort Willie Wilkerson died Wednesday of COVID-19 virus.Wilkerson, 72, died at Ascension Providence Hospital in Rochester (formerly Crittenton). He had been living in Southfield and was admitted to the hospital March 30, family members said.Wilkerson was a retired Detroit firefighter who met Franklin in the late 1980s when he had a front-row seat at one of her concerts.He was “hooting and hollering — he’s an outgoing guy — and she started a conversation with him,” said Reginald Amos, a retired deputy chief with the Detroit Fire ...
Detroit Free Press