5 FALL MOVIES THAT CAN’T BE MISSED
With the cold weather and crazy headlines dealing with the Presidential Election, movies are the perfect escape!
- “LOVING” — NOVEMBER 4
Starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton: The film follows the courtship and marriage of Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man. They are arrested and sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958, because their interracial marriage violates the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. Exiled to Washington DC, they sue the state of Virginia in a series of proceedings leading to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, which holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.
- “KIDNAP” — DECEMBER 2
Starring Halle Berry: A single mother named Karla McCoy lives a perfect life with her young son Frankie (Sage Correa). One day, upon entering a local park, Karla sees her son suddenly being abducted out of the blue by a kidnapper. To save Frankie from being taken, Karla goes out on a mission to demand people in the city to help rescue her son
- “COLLATERAL BEAUTY” — DECEMBER 16
Starring Will Smith: When a successful brilliant New York advertising executive Howard Inlet falls into depression after the loss of his daughter and begins to escape from life entirely, he starts writing letters to things, such as love, time and death, and when his friends discover this, they encounter three mysterious people by having them personifying each elements from Howard’s letters in order to get him to let go of the past.
- “HIDDEN FIGURES” — DECEMBER 25
Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae: The film recounts the story of the African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who helped NASA catch up in the Space Race. Using their calculations, John Glenn became the first American astronaut to make a complete orbit of the Earth.
- “FENCES” — DECEMBER 25
Starring Denzel Washington and Viola David: Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former Negro league baseball player, now working as a waste collector, struggles to provide for his family and come to terms with the events of his life.
SIXERS APOLOGIZE TO SEVYN STREETER
This past Wednesday (Oct 26th) at the Sixers home opener, Singer/Songwriter Sevyn Street was prevented from performing the national anthem because she was wearing a “We Matter” Jersey. After Sevyn posted what happened, social media went crazy! Sixers finally replied with an apology today.
The Sixers released a statement Friday which said:
“We are sorry that this happened. After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing. We apologize to her, and in an effort to move the conversation forward, we have reached out to offer her an opportunity to return and perform at a game of her choice. We are waiting to hear back.”
POSSIBLE SEPTA STRIKE DAYS AWAY
If a deal cannot be reached by Monday night (Oct. 31), workers will walk off the job starting Nov.1. Not only will the strike affect everyday life for commuters but it could hurt Election day numbers on Tuesday Nov. 8.
Local groups are organizing back up plans to make sure everyone gets to the polls.
“We are encouraging all our churches to make their church vehicles available to get people to the polls. We are encouraging ride sharing and any possible way to get as many people to the polls as possible,” said the Rev. Jay Broadnax, president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.
If a strike were to happen city buses, subways and trolleys will stop running.
Regional Rail and PATCO will not be affected.
SEPTA released a contingency plan on Wednesday in the event union workers go on strike.
If there is a strike, one of the city’s biggest employers, the University of Pennsylvania, announced it plans to expand its existing campus shuttle system to connect with still operating SEPTA suburban lines at 69th Street and PATCO stations in Center City, in an effort get workers to work and back home.
By: Tiffanie Stanard, Host/Producer @Philly_Speaks @TiffanieStanard