Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images By the usual standards, Dr. Starla Kiser is the perfect Democratic candidate for her state House district in rural southwestern Virginia. A self-described moderate, the 35-year-old Kiser grew up on a farm in Dickenson County and graduated from tiny Ervinton High School, one of a number of coalfield high schools that have closed or been consolidated over the last decade. Kiser attended East Tennessee State University and went on to Harvard Medical School. In 2017, the Chicago-based health care start-up where she worked closed its doors, and she decided to move back home. “I was able to get medical supplies donated,” she told me in late July. “So I just took the leap. I got it all in the U-Haul and I was like, you know, I’m doing it. It felt like the right time.” From her clinic in Wise, Virginia, Kiser cares for a base of low-income patients. There’s a monthly membership fee: $35 a month for … [Read more...] about How Can Democrats Win Back Rural America?
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“I never expected this thing to go the way it’s been going so far,” marvels filmmaker Barry Jenkins, whose lyrical drama Moonlight has captivated critics and entered the awards race with real buzz—and, perhaps, a real shot at upending the usual Oscar bait fare. “So many people are seeing the film. They’re watching it. They’re feeling the characters.” He grins, a smile lighting up his face. “It’s fucking amazing.” Jenkins, 36, is approaching the tail end of a whirlwind festival tour with his tremendously wrought Moonlight, adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It began at Telluride last month before picking up momentum at an emotional Toronto Film Festival premiere, and has since inspired rapturous praise at festivals in New York, London, and Rome ahead of this week’s October 21 release. As we talk in Beverly Hills, Jenkins is days away from taking … [Read more...] about The Magic of ‘Moonlight’: To Be a Black Gay Man in America
Filmmaker Raoul Peck (Lumumba) went through 30 different titles before he zeroed in on I Am Not Your Negro, a defiant declaration illustrative of the work of influential author James Baldwin, whose unpublished letters form the foundation of this year’s most incendiary cinematic call to action. The title also serves as an acute distillation of how systemic racism has cultivated inequality for centuries across the black experience, hammered home in the film’s first few moments as Baldwin’s words ring over images from Ferguson as painfully accurate as they were 50 years ago. “The first title was Remember This House, but I realized that each time I said it I would have to explain why I chose this title and where it came from,” the Haitian-born Peck told The Daily Beast during a visit to Los Angeles from Paris, where he is based. “I Am Not Your Negro says, ‘You cannot define me. I define myself.’ This was James Baldwin’s attitude his … [Read more...] about ‘I Am Not Your Negro’: How Hollywood Failed Black America
“Sadly, it’s a Kardashian.” With four words, and on my fourth cocktail, I joined the ranks of Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, countless Real Housewives and, somewhat inexplicably, Dan Rather. I drunkenly spoke to Andy Cohen on his boozed-up carnival of a late-night talk show, Watch What Happens Live, on Sunday night. I was his “guest bartender.” For just over five years, Bravo’s scrappy, flamboyant little talk show has been broadcasting from a cramped tchotchke-adorned studio affectionately dubbed the “Bravo Clubhouse.” It began in July 2009 as a once-a-week “aftershow” for the network’s popular Real Housewives series hosted by Cohen, the man who shepherded the Ladies Who Lunch (and Flip the Tables They Ate On) franchise to zeitgeist-phenomenon status. They gabbed. They gossiped. They played kitschy games. They pounded cocktails. “We quickly realized, as we knew when we went into it, that the format works for no … [Read more...] about I Got Drunk on Bravo: My Night Bartending on ‘Watch What Happens Live’
Alicia Driskill wins WTF Talent Development Award amongst competitive pool of finalists from around the world CHICAGO (PRWEB) November 18, 2019 Women Tech Founders (WTF), a Chicago-based organization that aims to inspire and connect female technology leaders, awarded EvolveHer Founder and CEO Alicia Driskill with the Talent Development Award at their third annual Women In Tech (WIT) Awards. Driskill, who founded Chicago’s first creative working space for women, is one of 14 women who were nominated to receive awards, all of whom were selected from a talented pool of 65 finalists from eight different countries. In total, more than 3,000 ballots and over 40,000 votes were cast during the competition’s first week of voting. Winners of this year‘s awards are located throughout the country, including Chicago, New York, California, London, Boston and Kansas. Other award categories included the Ally Award, the Inspiring Innovator Award, the Investor in Women Award, and the … [Read more...] about EvolveHer Founder and CEO Alicia Driskill Wins Women Tech Founders (WTF) Talent Development Award