Oscars shortlist includes ‘Collective' and ‘MLK/FBI'
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday unveiled its shortlists for several categories, including documentary feature, international feature, original song, original score, visual effects and makeup and hairstyling. Titles as diverse as “Tenet” (for score and visual effects), “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (for the original song “Wuhan Flu”), “Eurovision Song Contest” (for song) and “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Story” (for score, song and makeup) are in the initial mix. The Korean American film “Minari," which was controversially nominated for a foreign language Golden Globe, was not eligible in the same category for the Oscars. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross could find themselves double nominees, as both “Soul” and “Mank” were shortlisted for original score. Winners will be announced at the 93rd Oscars on Sunday, April 25, which will be telecast live on ABC.
Sam Houston State University students travel through Civil Rights on “inaugural” trip
HOUSTON – Students from Sam Houston State University are on the trip of a lifetime. For the month of January, they are traveling through different cities, learning about civil rights in some of the most monumental sites. On MLK Day the students stopped in Memphis, TN to visit the former Lorraine Motel, which was the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. As they honored Dr. King, two of the students, Victim Studies Major Ava Garrett, and Criminal Justice Major Jayelynn Bordeaux, joined us on Houston Life to speak about their experiences. Watch as they chat about lessons they learned first-hand, what touched them the most, and what they’re hoping to bring back from the trip.
Houston restauranteur honors family’s legacy of service on MLK Day
On Monday, his nonprofit organization, Lucille 1913, set out to fed 3,000 people in three Houston-area communities. “It’s just an opportunity for us to give back, give thanks and involve the community in the process,” Williams said. “We all dream about an ideal world and he also dreamed about an ideal world,” George said. His Lucille 1913 nonprofit also unveiled its second community garden in Houston’s Fifth Ward on Monday. Anyone that would like to volunteer or donate to Lucille 1913 can go to lucilles1913.org.
'MLK/FBI' probes when bureau bugged Martin Luther King Jr.
Yet only two days later, on Aug. 28, 1963, the FBI’s head of domestic intelligence, William C. Sullivan, sounded an internal alarm on King. Absolutely not.’ In some ways, you could even say we were a little bit complicit.”On one hand, “MLK/FBI” enhances the legacy of King. Not just King’s indiscretions but an explosive and controversial allegation discovered by Garrow in FBI records that King watched while a woman was sexually assaulted. “A big part of my thinking two years ago is that everyone needs to be prepared for what will be in the full transcripts and the surviving tapes," Garrow said. The FBI’s recordings of King are under court seal at the National Archives until Jan. 31, 2027.
California hospital, in midst of COVID-19 crisis, maxes out
Los Angeles continues to see hospitalizations rise day after day, setting a new record Tuesday with almost 8,000 hospitalized and more than a fifth of those in intensive care units. The San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions have been hardest hit, with no more capacity in ICUs to treat COVID-19 patients. Ambulance crews in Los Angeles County on Monday were directed to stop transporting patients they can’t resuscitate in the field. Dr. Marc Eckstein, medical director and emergency medical services commander of the LA Fire Department, said the directive recognizes that such scenarios are “all risk and no gain” at this time. The hospital has a 10-bed ICU but has expanded that level of care to three sections of the hospital and is treating 36 patients.
Five Texas GOP county leaders share racist Facebook posts, including one juxtaposing an MLK quote with a banana
Republican leaders in five Texas counties shared racist Facebook posts, some of which also floated conspiracy theories, leading Gov. The Texas Tribune became aware of Nielsen’s post after Abbott called for the resignation of the Bexar County and Nueces County chairs. Similar resignation calls came Thursday afternoon from Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. Garcia's tweet prompted U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, whose district includes Bexar County, to call for Brehm to step down immediately. State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, who represents Bexar County as well, also pressured Brehm to resign Thursday afternoon.
Historical perspective of marches, protests
HOUSTON Protests nationwide in response to the death of George Floyd have rekindled conversation and debate about the role marches play in encouraging change. It was the pressure people were enduring at every level, Dr. Kossie-Chernyshev said, highlighting the intersection of race and economic standing that further fueled frustration. Dr. Horne is author of Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising And The 1960s, a historical account of the 1965 event in Watts, California. Horne said protests following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 are the closet comparison to this past weekend with protests occurring in cities nationwide. But on the other have what that means is much difficult to control whats going on in the streets, Dr. Horne said.
Houston’s annual parades celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
HOUSTON – The nation will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with parades and events in various cities from coast to coast. What to know about 42nd annual MLK paradeDOWNTOWN MLK DAY PARADE: KPRC 2’s Sofia Ojeda is live in downtown Houston, joining in the festivities of the ‘original’ MLK day parade. The parade began at 10 a.m. in Downtown Houston, starting on Smith and Lamar streets. Houston’s MLK parade was the first held in the nation after being sanctioned by the King family in 1978. The parade featured more than 250 performance groups, including 36 marching bands and 14 parade floats from across the nation.