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?