The 23rd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival started February 5, and ends tomorrow February 16. This event is being hosted at the Baldwin-Crenshaw Shopping Plaza and it is exceptional!!! There are so many worthy films here, and trust me there is something for everyone. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Children of the Genocide, Bound: Africans vs. African Americans, The Man in 3B Directed a fan favorite, really hard go get tickets for that one, I think there’s one last showing available, tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. But the jewel in the festival, Triangle-Going to America by Sost Maezen. This story was about a group of Ethiopians, Eritreans, and other immigrants volatile journey and story getting to America. The storyline was exciting, dramatic, funny and it encompassed love. Yes, it did all of those things. And I love that we got to speak with the cast members. There are just so many, many, great films. One more day L.A. Don’t miss this!
Recently, Brian Williams a journalists made an apology to some military personnel for sensationalized a story. We all know other journalists never do that! They never shade or outright lie when they are reporting a story. (Lies!) So as the story went Brian ( like I know him ) told viewers that he was onboard a helicopter that was forced down in Iraq. Well the soldiers that were actually onboard got on him. And said no you weren’t onboard, you were on the helicopter following. Mr. Williams should have never said that, he lied. So, he apologized, to the military and to his viewers. People in the military, make mistakes, and in some cases that’s why they went to the military in the first place, for a 2nd chance. I will say that my respect for him dropped a tad. But on a scale from 1 to 10, I would still rate him a 7 as far as journalist go. The reporting he did for Hurricane Katrina, excellent, I understand, that’s now being fact checked. But, multiple stations reported Katrina, he just did the best job.
I don’t really feel there is a journalist out there that has so much integrity that they are giving us the facts straight up. Even with this knock against him, I find him to be one of the more creditable journalists. So, I’m about second chances. He made a mistake. But , Mr. Williams if you are man enough to take accountability for your actions and be better going forward, a lot of people will stand by you. SaySomethingL.A. Would you give Mr. Williams a 2nd chance?
Hell yes I was rooting for the Hawks, and I don’t know what the hell made Pete Carroll decide not to run the ball. Stupid as hell, but good game Hawks. And congrats to the Patriots on the victory anyway. And yes I’m sore loser. Say What you want L.A.
Thank you to departing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for doing the almost right thing. If you remember SaySomethinL.A. posted about this case last year. Howard Morgan was a detective assigned to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. When he was driving home from his job at 12:45 a.m. on February 21. He was driving on the wrong side of the street three Chicago Police Officers were involved they shot this man 28 times. The only witness to the crime said he never fired his weapon, his hands were behind his back when the shooting started. In addition to the 28 bullets there were several more to his van. The police photographs show Mr. Morgan’s lights were on! Morgan was found not guilty of battery and discharging a fire arm. Yet a retrial he was found guilty and sentenced to 40 years. And the prosecuting attorney a Dan Groth said he earned every bullet. Well “Thank God!” for everyone that knew this was a tragedy and spoke out. Thank you Governor Pat Quinn, even if you did wait until you were leaving office, for doing the almost RIGHT Thing. Initially I thought Govenor Quinn pardoned him, but I guess he’s not that “Stand up.” Once again, I do know there are good police officers in the world but the bad ones like Timothy Finley, John Wrigley, Eric White, and Nicolas Olsen, what awful terrible human beings. I hope you are in some way prosecuted to the fullest extent of the very laws you have violated.