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Feb 15, 2019

Academy Award Controversy, with Montgomery in the Middle

The Academy has decided to take some of the awards off the broadcast (ABC 32 on Sunday February 24th), and this year a Montgomery native is up for one of them, the Film Editing Oscar. 

Barry Brown is the nominee. He's in Montgomery now shooting a film about a white civil rights protestor who was badly beaten for his mere presence among the black protestors. (Nothing the Klan hates more than a white guy on the "other side".)

 Th Academy decided the editing Oscar should be awarded while the TV audience is watching commercials. 

From The Academy:
"Four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short – were volunteered by their branches to have their nominees and winners announced by presenters, and included later in the broadcast. Time spent walking to the stage and off, will be edited out."

Give 'em an inch.....

We hope you'll watch our interview with Editing nominee Barry Brown on Saturday, 2/23/2019 at 6:30 PM or Sunday,   2/24/2019 at 9:00AM.
On the same show, Alabama State University Dean of Visual and Performing Arts Dr. Tommie Tonea Stewart.


Feb 14, 2019

GREAT question

Why Can't Opportunity Save Curiosity?

"The most obvious candidate to rescue Opportunity is the Curiosity rover, Opportunity's bigger, nuclear-powered younger sibling. Why not take some time out of Curiosity's work, and send it to see what's wrong with Opportunity and if it might be fixed? [Voyager to Mars Rover: NASA's 10 Greatest Innovations]"

The question (and answer) comes from the Live Science website. Here it is.

Feb 12, 2019

LIke Tallahassee Florida Summers? Wait a While Montgomery Alabama.

     A new interactive map compares cities now and after 60 years of Climate Change...i.e.....when your young children are preparing for retirement in 2080. 

The head author of the study published in Nature Communications is Matt Fitzpatrick. He says the map allows people to find a city that will act as a model for what your city's weather will be like in 2080, after decades of climate change. For Montgomery, it means welcome to Tallahassee Florida. For Tallahassee, it means welcome to Nacozari de GarcĂ­a, Mexico in 2080.

Montgomery is Like New York, at Least in One Way

"The city’s charter schools, which have overwhelmingly black and Hispanic student bodies, should be rewarded for creating diversity goals, according to the report.
One potentially important proposal is the creation of a chief integration officer, who would be responsible for holding schools to diversity targets and would oversee a broader integration effort."

                  From a New York Times story about a report on the re-segregation of public schools.

A member of the panel that worked on the report for a year says:

“We wanted to shift the narrative about how we measure school quality. Good schools are integrated schools.”

Feb 10, 2019

The Psychology of Space Travel

"Space exploration takes a toll on the human mind and body. Recent research shows that space missions cause the brain’s gray matter to deteriorate in a manner reminiscent of aging, but much faster. “The nature of weightlessness, ionizing radiation, and psychological isolation need to be better understood in order to make spaceflight safer for astronauts of the future when we venture off to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond,” said former Canadian astronaut Robert Thrisk at the exhibit launch. "Experience has taught me that whenever astronauts voyage to different places in space or perform new tasks, we can expect new healthcare concerns to arise,” he added in a statement. “As humans venture further into the solar system in the coming decades, the risks of space travel will multiply. This new exhibition describes the medical consequences of space travel and explains how the research of Canadian scientists is helping to make spaceflight safer."

Read the entire article in Psychology Today HERE.

Alabama Loves Religion. Except When it Doesn't

From a N.Y. Times op-ed piece about Alabama refusing to allow an Imam into the execution chamber when an Muslim prisoner was executed:

Religious liberty is inconvenient. It sometimes requires that we work together to accommodate the religious practices and needs of various groups. It creates problems for anyone looking for quick, efficient solutions to complex issues — for example, whether a state that provides Christian chaplains in the death chamber must also provide an imam.
I am not a Muslim. I am an evangelical Christian minister in Alabama. But my religious freedom — everyone’s religious freedom — took a hit when my state decided that instead of slowing down to accommodate religious difference, the execution, which is final and irrevocable, had to go on as scheduled.

Read the entire column by Alan Cross, a pastor and a missional strategist with the Montgomery Baptist Association, is the author of “When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus.”