I don’t think I’ve featured Jeremy Lin, who has just signed with the Charlotte Hornets and had to convince stadium security of that fact, on my site before, which is interesting, since I’ve followed his career since the beginning. So let’s rectify that! Here’s your #MOCMonday recognition, Jeremy!
A couple of weeks ago, it was Navajo Code Talker Day, and being someone who likes giving honor to those before me (and because I didn’t know there was a day dedicated to the Navajo Code-Talkers), I thought I’d make today’s MOC Monday about them.
I’m not a surfing expert, so unfortunately, I am coming to my knowledge of Duke Kahanamoku very, very late. But thanks to Google for even alerting me to Kahanamoku and his contribution to the world of sport. (Here’s a picture of the Google Doodle in case you happen to miss it today.)
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Janelle Monae. I think her message of being who you are, regardless of if others think its “weird,” is so empowering, especially to young girls of color who are afflicted by Eurocentric ideals of beauty and conventionality. Thankfully, Monae knows how to pick her proteges, since all of them express that motto of being yourself in order to lead others. Jidenna seems to embody this in spades, from his bespoke suits to his coiffed hair.
Fantastic Four might be suffering at the box office, but that won’t stop me from supporting Michael B. Jordan’s turn as The Human Torch.
I wrote on Twitter that I wouldn’t write anymore about Sleepy Hollow until the premiere of the third season, since I kinda lost my “journalist” stance on Sleepy Hollow reporting and got way too into the fandom than I would have liked, but I do want to touch on the fact that Lance Gross has joined the cast! I’m excited to see him as Abbie’s boss (I’m assuming at the FBI).
Nonso Anozie is an actor who still seems like he’s on the fringes of American television, even though he’s been in a lot of American projects. The Grey, Game of Thrones, The Bible, Son of God, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Ender’s Game, NBC’s Dracula, CBS’ Zoo, the list goes on and on. Perhaps his role in Tut will finally cement him as one of Hollywood’s brightest newcomers (and I say “newcomer” loosely, since he’s been in the game since 2006).
It’s officially Tut week! If you’ve read my review of Spike’s three-night event, then you might have read what I wrote about Kingsley’s portrayal of Tutankhamun’s adviser, Ay:
Just as much as Jogia commands the audience’s attention as the quickly-maturing boy king by imbuing Tutankhamun with outgoing bravado, Kingsley demands the audience’s attention by portraying Ay with cautious carefulness and an undercurrent of seediness masked over with paternal gentility. Ay is formidable in that respect; he does genuinely care for Tutankhamun, but he also cares for his own power more and will do what he can to secure it while, to paraphrase Tut’s sister Ankhesenamun, insulating himself from being discovered as a crafty mastermind.
You probably know Dylan Marron’s name by now. If you didn’t know it from Welcome to Night Vale, then you certainly know it from his latest project, showing how white Hollywood films are and just how little representation there is for people of color.
Donnie Yen is best known for his role in the iconic Ip Man, but now, Ip Man might be going to into outer space.