Disney: Splash Mountain joining Magic Kingdom's makeovers
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World’s theme parks haven’t reopened from the coronavirus shutdown yet, but there’s a fresh development at Magic Kingdom. Imagineers will revamp the Splash Mountain ride, changing its theme from “Song of the South” to “The Princess and the Frog,” it was announced last week.In the win-win-win category for Disney, it introduces a new attraction without starting from scratch, gives Tiana — the first Black American Disney princess — an increased presence in its flagship park, and it distances itself more from the 1946 film, which has a tainted reputation for stereotypic...
Debra-Lynn B. Hook: Antidote in times of trouble: Friday night karaoke in the living room
It’s become a weekly COVID-era pacification in our house: Every Friday night, my 30-something son, his 20-something brother and their Joni/Aretha wanna-be mother shut the living room windows so as not to disturb the neighbors.Some families do crafts and take bike rides to stave off the COVID slumps.We bring out the amp and microphone I got for Christmas one year.And for a few hours, we croon our multiple cares away, them with their signature Hozier and Vampire Weekend, me with my Whitney Houston and Carly Simon, all of us calling up family standards, Don McLean’s “Miss American Pie,” Arlo Guth...
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Commentary: Using recent graduates to strategically expand AmeriCorps will help those still in school
The Baltimore SunOur country’s systemic racism combined with inequities exacerbated by COVID-19 threaten a 15-year trend of improving educational advancements of low income and minority students. Unless we take bold action, we are on the precipice of creating a lost generation of students, without secure pathways to adult success, further increasing racial injustice and economic dislocation. A key, immediate step is to expand AmeriCorps to enable all students to receive the supports they need when schools reopen.We’ve learned that national disasters, when overlaid on existing racial inequities...
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Dust cloud from the Sahara blankets southeastern US
It is, in fact, getting dusty in here.A massive dust cloud that crossed the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert covered parts of the southeastern United States on Thursday and is expected to remain in the air into the weekend.Technically known as the Saharan Air Layer, this phenomenon happens every year, but of course this year’s is the largest in 50 years. Some experts even referred to it as the “Godzilla dust cloud.”Lake Charles, La., about halfway between Houston and New Orleans, recorded the worst air quality in the country Thursday, according to NPR. Mississippi, Alabama and other state...
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Pregnant women are at higher risk of severe COVID-19, CDC SaysWASHINGTON — Pregnant women with COVID-19 are at higher risk for being hospitalized and ending up in an intensive-care unit than women who aren’t pregnant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.The CDC is adding pregnancy to the list of health conditions that make COVID-19 patients more likely to suffer severe complications. A study by the agency found pregnant women were 5.4 times more likely to be hospitalized, 1.5 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU and 1.7 times more likely to receive mechanical ventil...
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Black homeowners pay more than 'fair share' in property taxes
A national reckoning with racism, combined with the economic damage wrought by the pandemic, is prompting some state and local officials to take a closer look at an issue that has long bedeviled Black homeowners: inflated property tax assessments.For decades, white tax assessors placed a heavier tax burden on Black residents by intentionally overvaluing their property. In the Jim Crow South, officials used property taxes to punish Black homeowners and churches that boycotted white businesses or hosted civil rights meetings.Several recent studies and investigations show that, racially motivated...
Disney to retheme Splash Mountain in Orlando and California to Princess and the Frog
Disney will retheme Splash Mountain to its only film to feature a Black princess, The Princess and the Frog.Disney announced Thursday that the ride — currently themed to a film some Disney fans say is the company’s most racist, “Song of the South” — will get a makeover at both Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.During nationwide anti-racism protests, Disney fans took to Twitter a couple of weeks ago to demand Disney revamp one of its most iconic rides and erase any ties to “Song of the South.” A Change.org petition demanding the change that garnered over 21,000 signa...
Ind. author gives new life to the man behind 'A Confederacy of Dunces'
CHICAGO — Miller Beach is a small but spirited community in Indiana. Technically it is a neighborhood of that once thriving steel city of Gary and close as it is to Chicago, only about 45 miles, it has always attracted interesting people. Among them have been some writers, the most famous being Nelson Algren.With some of the money he made from selling the movies rights to his novel, “The Man with the Golden Arm” (he hated the film), Algren bought a small cottage that was still standing the last time I drove by a few years ago. Not far away there is a Nelson Algren Museum, which features such i...
Wondering if you had COVID-19? Here's what antibody tests can tell you
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Glenn Crocker of Overland Park was looking for answers.Is it possible that he already had COVID-19 and just didn’t know it? Maybe he is the one, in some infectious but asymptomatic way, who had passed the coronavirus on to his 16-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and forced her into quarantine in her room.It was April, about a week after Elizabeth’s 16th birthday. Then a sophomore at Blue Valley North High School, she had developed the hallmark dry cough, a slight fever. The Crocker family, Glenn and his wife, Tepring, their eldest child, Ben, and Elizabeth, had all been vigilan...
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Commentary: Why Damien Chazelle's Netflix series 'The Eddy' atones for the sins 'Whiplash'
Jazz doesn’t usually fare well in dramatizations, as any number of Hollywood films attest.Bebop genius Charlie Parker emerged as a drugged-out buffoon in Clint Eastwood’s demeaning biopic “Bird” (1988); Miles Davis came across as smaller than life in Don Cheadle’s laughably plotted “Miles Ahead” (2015); Ethan Hawke’s poetic portrayal of Chet Baker could not quite save Robert Budreau’s convoluted “Born to be Blue” (2015); musical clichés overflowed in the fictional “Paris Blues” (1961); and so on.So one didn’t hold high hopes for “The Eddy,” an ambitious Netflix series about the spirit of jazz ...