At other times, the prejudice he grew up around took more subtle forms. “Racism got brushed under the rug growing up,” he says. “Now it’s finally a time when at least my friends in certain parts of the South are actually saying, ‘No, dude, I don’t want to be around you,’ or telling people to shut up if they’re racist. When I was a kid, if someone would make a joke using the N-word, people would laugh just to not have uncomfortable silence. That doesn’t fly anymore, which is nice.” Even in recent years, though, he’s been dismayed to spot Confederate flags at the music festivals he’s played. … [Read more...] about Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed?
Jfk remembered 50 years later
2016 was a particularly rough year when it came to celebrities passing away. But just because we've entered a new year doesn't mean death has been put on hold. George Kosana, who made his feature film debut playing Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, has died at the age of 81. While his untimely demise was reported by a number of outlets today, the actor's longtime friend John Russo, who co-wrote Night of the Living Dead with George A. Romero, broke the news in a Facebook post yesterday. Here's what the writer had to say in his statement. … [Read more...] about George Kosana, Night of the Living Dead Sheriff, Passes Away at 81
I haven’t spoken with @TheEllenShow and can only speak from my own experience. She & her team have only treated me & my team w/ respect & kindness. She never pandered to celebrity which I always saw as a refreshing honesty. When things aren’t right she handles it and fixes. … [Read more...] about Jay Leno Backs Ellen DeGeneres Amid Show’s Toxic Workplace Allegations; Rachel Bloom, Ashton Kutcher and Diane Keaton Weigh In
It’s a fairly familiar tale by now: An obscure album sees reissue after decades out of print, and the artist responsible gets to enjoy some overdue recognition. But in the case of Alan Braufman — a saxophonist, flutist, and composer whose 1975 debut, Valley of Search, a potent product of New York’s so-called loft jazz scene of the Seventies, resurfaced in 2018 via a label owned by his nephew — the story has a welcome new twist. Braufman and the pianist Cooper-Moore, a key member of the Valley of Search band, reunited for some gigs when the reissue came out, and now, two years later, they’re appearing together on The Fire Still Burns, Braufman’s first new album in 25 years. The first taste of the record, “Home,” shows that it was worth the wait. … [Read more...] about Seventies Jazz Survivor Alan Braufman Shows His Fire Still Burns on ‘Home’
Simon and Burns' nonfiction book follows Gary McCullough and his ex-wife Fran Boyd, both of whom are addicted to drugs, as their 15-year-old son, DeAndre, begins taking to the streets to deal them. The HBO adaptation came on the heels of Homicide: Life on the Street, which also was based on a Simon book and collected four Emmys during its 1993-99 run on NBC. … [Read more...] about Hollywood Flashback: David Simon’s ‘Corner’ Won 3 Emmys in 2000