When I first saw the trailer for I, Tonya, I was sitting in a theater waiting to watch Murder on the Orient Express. Marked by fast-paced, explosive music and a series of rapid-fire cuts and comedic sequences, the trailer had me hooked almost instantly. On one fateful night several months later, when I had all but forgotten about the movie, my friend Kevin convinced me to switch … Continue reading I, Tonya: The Chameleonic Biopic
On December 9, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly met to discuss the topic of genocide. Although the intention of the convention was to define genocide and apply its definition to the horrors of World War II, the definition that the convention provides is well within the scope of the horrors that have been committed on Native Americans throughout the scope of American history. Here’s … Continue reading Shenandoah Papers Chapter One: Systematic Genocide
From its trailers, it was evident that the loose biography The Greatest Showman would sacrifice historical accuracy for a powerful message and much more friendly story than the truth of P.T. Barnum’s life. The plot and dialogue, although they send a powerful message, are cliched and predictable. These are the main criticisms of the film, and while they are valid, I believe that the historical inaccuracy … Continue reading The Greatest Showman: Inaccurate but Marvelous
On the riverside of Wichita, Kansas, a seemingly unremarkable city, looms a landmark known as the Keeper of the Plains. Although the Native built statue proudly stands over the downtown area of Wichita and is often surrounded by a ring of fire, people often forget what it stands for. In a previous post, I mentioned Washington’s struggle at Valley Forge and his impossible rescue by Shenandoah, … Continue reading The Shenandoah Papers: Introduction
Despite his reputation as perhaps the best founding father throughout all of history, George Washington was all but imperfect, which would prove to become his greatest strength. Born to a wealthy family of farmers, George Washington could have lazily exercised a lavish lifestyle, inheriting his parents’ tobacco farm. However, the young Virginian had an insatiable thirst for leadership and work ethic. Washington drew strength from … Continue reading Washington: What Makes a Good Leader?
December 14, 2017 — The FCC recently voted to kill Net Neutrality, and unsurprisingly, the vote passed with 3-2 in favor of gutting it. What exactly is Net Neutrality? What comes next? Is there any hope of reviving it? On February 26, 2015, the FCC under the Obama Administration ruled in favor of Net Neutrality and modified Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and … Continue reading The FCC Voted to Kill Net Neutrality; What’s Next?
December 12, 2017 — As evident by the news articles swarming social media, Doug Jones defied the odds and won his seat in the Alabama Senate. A democrat hasn’t won the Alabama Senate race since 1992, when Richard Shelby was elected. For both chronology and amusement purposes, I found out that two of the top songs released in 1992 were Achy Breaky Heart by Billy … Continue reading What Exactly Does the Alabama Election Mean?