The winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary Thursday night was a critically acclaimed HBO documentary called “The Black List: Volume One.” The producers interviewed African American luminaries from art, government, business and sports and allowed them to tell their stories in their own words. Just in time for African American History Month, “The Black List: Volume Two” debuts Feb. 26 on HBO (see trailer below).
Image: NAACP Chairman Julian Bond looks at a 1963 portrait of himself when he was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
The following video could be mistaken for an SNL skit.
During Wednesday’s House Financial Services Committee‘s hearing on TARP accountability, Congresswoman Maxine Waters referred to the eight bank CEOs as “captains of the Universe.” There was some confusion during her grilling of the bank chiefs and a call for the California congresswoman to calm down.
Well, there’s another “dot gov.” The Obama administration created Recovery.gov so that Americans can keep track of the stimulus bill (a.k.a. the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and “see how and where their money is being spent.”
The Recovery.gov site will be functional after the bill is passed, and the site promises that an “oversight board” will update the site “as part of an unprecedented effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government.”
Okay. We’ll be watching.
If you have a Facebook account, then you already know about the latest social networking craze – “25 Random Things About Me.” The chain-letter style list has annoyed some (The Washington Post and Time) and has been defended by others (The Huffington Post). Slate is trying to track down the origins (no one, including Facebook, knows how it got started). And California Attorney General Jerry Brown’s list (yes, he’s on Facebook) reveals the following: “I was a cheerleader at St. Ignatius High School.”
As you can imagine, since each list requires the writer to tag 25 people who then make lists and tag 25 other people, the “random” list is “spreading like wildfire.” And it all coincides rather neatly with Facebook’s five-year anniversary. Hmmmm …
Can you imagine searching for a place to land a plane with double engine failure? How about explaining that your plane will likely crash into the Hudson River at any moment?
Apparently, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 has nerves of steel. The FAA released the audio tapes of Chesley Sullenberg III’s conversation with New York air traffic control just before the plane landed in the Hudson River. Sullenberg says, “We may end up in the Hudson” as if his life (and that of the others on the plane) weren’t in jeopardy. He was calm. New York air traffic control was calm. After listening to the audio, it’s no surprise that everyone lived to tell the story.
Now that Obama is in the White House and there’s no use for all of those countdown clocks, a couple of meters have popped up.
1) The Change-o-Meter, run by Slate, assigns a daily score to President Obama based on how much his “administration is changing Washington.” Highest score so far is 60. Slate gave Obama that score on the day that he signed orders to ban torture and close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2) The Obameter, run by the St. Petersburg Times‘ PolitiFact.com, keeps track of about 500 promises that Obama made during his campaign. He already broke a promise, according to PolitiFact, when he signed his first bill into law without “giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Website for five days.”
Obama said he wanted transparency. He just might be getting some help with that.
Have you been having trouble keeping track of the ever-popular stimulus package (a.k.a. the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan)?
Not to worry. The Heritage Foundation, Citizens Against Government Waste, Taxpayers for Common Sense and a bunch of other groups have created a searchable Web site (ReadTheStimulus.org) that presents the stimulus bill documents and allows visitors to leave a comment.
What do you do when you are no longer the president, the new president reverses one after another of your highly criticized policies, and a monument has been built for the man who tossed not one, but two shoes at your head in the final days of your presidency? You attend a women’s basketball game at a college near your ranch, where you receive two standing ovations.