Wedding Date; Lessons Worth Learning
In between clubbing, late mornings and a slight hang-over, I sat for Wedding Date, a movie starring Debra Messing – Grace, of Will and Grace fame. At first glance, the premise of the movie is slightly pathetic in that it gives credence to the victimized mentality that you have to save face in the wake of a heart-shattering break-up. Kate Ellis (Messing) must attend her sister’s wedding in London following being dumped by her fiancé. The catch is that the best man at the wedding is her ex. To look good to her family and friends and show her ex what he’s missing, Ellis hires an escort to accompany her to the nuptials. The escort, Nick Mercer, played by Dermot Mulroney, is the embodiment of a mature man – sexy, smart and charming. Her ploy to fool everyone back-fires and the plot twists set to change her life as she knows it and restore her faith in all that is true. Short of being preachy, the movie highlights some very real insecurity we all have and gives great lessons on how to overcome them. Maybe it was the hang-over or just my heightened emotional state this weekend, but I shed a couple of tears by the end of the flick. A definite 4 out of 5 stars as a nice evening rental on a bad TV night.
Little Debbie Needs a Big Beat-Down
Debbie McGeorge, 46, was arrested after a neighbor tipped police off that McGeorge was stashing her disabled 27-year old son in a trailer home in Pensacola, Florida. When police arrived they found the man wearing an adult diaper that was heavily soiled; sores covering his body. He was said to have been in the trailer over 16 days without any food, water or a means to change his diaper. The windows were nailed shut and the door was bolted. The man suffers from cerebral palsy. McGeorge is being held at the Escambia county jail. The man is recovering at a local hospital.
Black-Out in NYC
New Census data shows NYC is quickly losing its black population to other states with better financial prospects. There are an estimated 30,000 fewer blacks living in NYC today than there were in 2000. Moreover, NYC hasn’t seen a decrease in blacks of this magnitude since the Civil War era. Blacks who move out of the NYC area are not moving to nearby suburbs like their white counterparts, but are moving south to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Do you really care? Is it important that you live in the same community of people of your own race/culture? Do you believe it is important that you see yourself in your neighbors? Would you consider relocating to an area that had no real representation of your race?
Keep passin’ the open windows…