Beauty in Truth, a film by Pratibha Parmar, is a documentary about American writer and activist Alice Walker.
Predisposed to love it would be a good description of my attitude toward the film. I’m a lifelong admirer of Alice Walker. I have a tendency to finish her books and turn back to page 1 and start reading again. She’s an extraordinary soul – a beautiful soul – who has given so much to the planet. I respect her, I value her brilliance, I see so much wisdom and spiritual guidance in work. Her life is an inspiration.
Everyone should see Beauty in Truth. Everyone who is cares about American history. Everyone who cares about justice anywhere on the planet. Everyone with an interest in writing and storytelling.
Indeed, my recommendation of the film is enthusiastic and heartfelt.
Pratibha Parmar wrote, directed and produced the film. She first worked with Alice Walker after the release of Possessing the Secret of Joy, Walker’s novel about female genital mutilation. The Beauty in Truth website explains,
1993 Pratibha released her most challenging film Warrior Marks, which documented female genital mutilation at a time when the subject was taboo globally. This award-winning documentary was made in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. Parmar and Walker collaborated on the book Warrior Marks – Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women, which documented the making of the film.
Beauty in Truth documents Alice Walker’s life from her upbringing in rural Georgia to the present day. It uses interviews, conversations with Alice, quotations from her poems and books, historical video footage, news reports and video and personal images supplied by Alice Walker to create the story of a writer and activist who is known worldwide.
The particularities and struggles of Alice Walker’s life reflect with universal truth on the Civil Rights Movement, on the women’s movement, on the gay rights movement, and movements for justice all around the globe. Her struggles and the reaction of the American people to them are not just a story about her but a story about the American character. Her writing and her activism create change that affects us all.
Alice Walker has been honored as a writer with a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Color Purple as well as numerous other awards and honors for her writing and humanitarianism. This film honors the life she’s lived as a human being with an ability to understand and speak for truth and justice.
The film is available for streaming on PBS if you act soon. A screening schedule is available on the film website, and the film can be booked for showing in schools. (PBS LearningMedia provides four video-based educational components are available for teachers of grades 9-12 to download for free. University level instructors can sign up to be notified when materials for their level are available. Instructions are on the website.)
Other People’s Opinions: A Few Reactions from Twitter
I saw quite a few tweets about the film when it first aired on PBS last week. I thought you might be interested in the reactions of a few other people as well.
The show is developed by Marti Noxon, who has written some of the best TV you’ve ever seen including episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Point Pleasant, Brothers and Sisters, Glee, Private Practice, Gray’s Anatomy and more.
It’s a behind the scenes look at a reality dating show and the manipulation and drama involving in making so-called reality television.
The star will be Shiri Appleby from Girls, Chicago Fire, Life Unexpected, Roswell and many other shows.
Wouldn’t it be nice if revealing the truth behind “reality” TV would speed up its demise?
Watch all 5 of the webisodes about the group home Girls United, where the character Callie from ABCFamily’s The Fosters is living.
In the cast of girls at the Girls United home are Maia Mitchell (Callie), Daffany McGaray Clark (Daphne), Annamarie Kenoyer (Becca), Cherinda Kincherlow (Kiara), and Hayley Kiyoko (Gabi). I can’t find the name of the woman playing the adult in charge or the man who played Gabi’s father.
Lucky for me I’ve always hated Woody Allen movies. Every time I’ve been convinced to see one because “you’ll love it, I promise,” I still hated it. I cannot stand Woody Allen movies and never could.
I say that’s lucky, because I’m not conflicted about boycotting his movies now that An Open Letter from Dylan Farrow has again painted him as a complete sleaze. The people out there who do like Woody Allen movies are suffering a crises of conscience. Do they continue to support his work or do they boycott his work?
I talked about separating an entertainer’s personal life and their art in Entertainment is a gift, hating on entertainers isn’t. I stand by that, but that post doesn’t deal with the topic of criminal offenses. That post was about sending death threats to an actor because you disagree with an opinion they have about some issue.
The Woody Allen story is about an entertainer who commits a criminal act. (Like the Roman Polanski case, where a celebrity fled the country after being accused of committing a similar crime.) If Woody Allen has committed a crime, he should be dealt with in the criminal court system.
People close to Woody Allen have been telling us for years that he is a reprehensible man. Woody Allen has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Does being a famous filmmaker give him a pass for investigation for reprehensible acts? Does it exempt him from prosecution? It should not.
I have an opinion about Woody Allen movies. You surely do, too. However, success as a director isn’t a shield. It should have nothing to do with what happens to him in a case about molesting a child, should he ever actually be prosecuted for it.
There was some football game or other on TV yesterday. Must have been big because the streets were void of traffic. It didn’t affect PBS, however. You could watch last week’s Downton Abbey and this week’s Downton Abbey in one session. How could television get better than that?
So what do you think about what’s happening on Downton Abbey this season? Will Anna and Mr. Bates make it through their crisis? Will the very conservative Mr. Carson and the equally conservative Earl of Grantham transition into the modern age with grace or by fighting all the way? What’s going on with Lady Sybil – what if she’s pregnant? Will Thomas Barrow’s evil machinations ever be caught out?
And how about Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton? Don’t those two have the most delicious parts and lines and arguments?
Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a continuation of the old Carl Sagan series, COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey. The new 13-part series premieres Sunday, March 9 at 9/8c on FOX. It will also appear on the National Geographic channel.
Last night’s episode of Nashville, “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” finally showed the very long evolution of Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, in a light that makes her a more likable character.
For a long while, Juliette Barnes has been the antagonist, the bad girl we love to hate. At the same time, we’ve peered into her troubled and broken life, her drug-addicted mother, her penchant for choosing the wrong men, her desire to achieve success with her music. The way she’s dealt with all those issues hasn’t always endeared her to us.
The precipitating plot that drove this evolution of Juliette Barnes went like this. She said something that was video edited to put her in a bad light. The video went viral and her fans, her label, and everyone else turned against her. Concerts were cancelled, CD sales tanked. She was maligned by bad media.
In the midst of this media storm, she is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Her label insists that she use her moment on the stage accepting her award to apologize to everyone on the planet for being a terrible person.
Instead she writes a new song with Deacon (Charles Esten) that tells everyone on the planet they can shove it.
It’s a move that could wreck her career. As soon as she walks off the stage her label drops her. People with the power to move products decide to deny her shelf space in stores. Nevertheless, it was a great move from my point of view.
In past episodes, Juliette has struggled to be independent, to make the kind of music she wants, to direct her own life and career. She hasn’t done it well. She made a lot of bad decisions and alienated a lot of people. In all her efforts to grow up and take control of her own destiny she’s mis-stepped and manipulated in all the wrong ways.
Her statement with the song did two things. It proved her talent. It told everyone they had to take her as she is, that she had to be what she is and not something manufactured. Her refusal to cave to the demands of her label ultimately set her free. As far as picking the right man, she’s still working on that one, but a character can’t solve ALL her problems in one episode.
Her character arc can develop now in new, more positive ways.
Kudos to Hayden Panettiere for her willingness to play that character we all love to hate for two seasons. Kudos to writer Callie Khouri for the way she’s slowly moved Juliette being into a better, stronger person.
Yesterday there was an announcement in The Hollywood Reporter that the series The Fosters has an order for a 5 part web series that will focus on the group home where the character Callie is currently living.
Defiance has a full-fledged video game to complement its TV show. Some shows have less complex games that run as apps on a smart phone rather than as multiplayer games on a gaming device.
Many networks have apps that give you exclusive information on your phone or tablet that you watch while watching the show on your TV.
Most TV shows have Facebook pages where photos and video clips are posted regularly.
The show and the actors in a show may be expected to use Twitter and Instagram to communicate with fans while a show is on the air.
Some shows, Orange is the New Black for example, make extensive use of images that can be shared on Pinterest.
From the prospective of the TV show, this is all marketing, PR, outreach: the essentials of success. From the perspective of a fan, it’s a bit overwhelming. There’s so much you have to keep track of if you want to know all about your favorite show or your favorite actor. Add to that all the Tumblr blogs, or blogs like this one, that bring you even more about your favorite shows.
How much time do you spend on a 2nd screen – your computer or tablet – exploring all the media surrounding your favorite TV shows?
And, thanks for reading. I know there’s a lot out there to choose from. I appreciate your attention.
It’s “End of a Line” on Lost Girl. Everyone but Bo thinks Rainer is evil, the line between life and death is permeable, and someone we love dies. (Say it isn’t so!)
Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) are picking a movie to help distract them from the fact that Bo has locked them out over the Rainer situation, when Bo (Anna Silk) walks into the room. Bo likes zombie movies, too. Kenzi wants to know she isn’t brainwashed and that she still has a best friend. (Lauren suggested brainwashing in the last episode, too.)
To prove she isn’t brainwashed, Bo makes a speech about how things weren’t perfect with Dyson and Lauren is all buddy buddy with The Morrigan, but with Rainer, Bo finally feels like she provided something to a relationship. She and Rainer want the same things. It’s bigger than love.
Is she brainwashed? I really hope so.
Bo picks up Jerry Maguire from the videos and tells Kenzi, you complete me. Tamsin blurts out, “Hale wants Kenzi to move in with him.” Bo can’t believe Kenzi would be leaving her. Not so much fun when it happens to her.
Bo goes downstairs to gather snacks for the movie-watching party. A zombie (oops, in the Fae world they are called revenants, not zombies) staggers into the kitchen. Bo stabs him with the ever-present kitchen sword but he keeps coming.
Something slices off the revenant’s head. Who steps into the frame while resheathing her sword but Acacia (Linda Hamilton). She has a reanimated hand and an idea that the vision before her must be Bo. In a show full of awesome women, Linda Hamilton merely steps in front of the camera and the awesome goes up by about 1000%.
Tamsin shoves Acacia against a wall and says, “You’re supposed to be dead!” Seems Acacia got lucky. Massimo reattached her hand after The Wanderer’s crows cut it off. She’s a revenant hunter now. When she hears that Rainer is Bo’s “boyfriend,” she’s ready to leave but Tamsin holds her back.
Tamsin finds a Wanderer card on the revenant. Bo says Rainer left last night to go the battlefield to pay his respects to the dead. Tamsin thinks maybe he intends to reanimate them. Acacia is also skeptical. Bo finally says, “All right, get your coats,” and they head off to investigate. Tamsin tosses the revenant’s head in a plastic bag to take with them.
Vex (Paul Amos) enters Trick’s (Rick Howland) lair. Trick invited him for a talk. Trick said he had to use his blood because Rainer was always 10 steps ahead of him. He thinks Rainer is defiant, not evil. But there is real evil out there. Trick tells Vex that Vex’s father was a great hero, his best general. Vex doesn’t believe it.
Kenzi’s wiping up the bloody mess Bo left in the kitchen when there’s a knock at the door.
It’s Dimitri (Ian Matthews) the larcenous cousin we’ve heard Kenzi speak to on the phone so many times. And a woman (Linda Kash).
The woman is Kenzi’s mom.
Switch to a fabulous outdoor set where the cult of the dead hang out. If anyone has revenants (like Rainer) this where to find them. Sure enough, here comes a revenant, intent on doing something nasty to our 3 ladies.
Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) shows up, decapitates the revenant, and apologizes for being late. About time he saved someone. Everyone else has had to save him lately.
Kenzi’s family reunion involves mom cooking something, Dimitri doing something criminal on the phone, and everyone fighting and arguing about it. Normal for Kenzi’s family. Hale (K.C. Collins) comes in. Kenzi tries to chase him off.
But Hale’s not leaving. Why? Because Hale invited them!
Tamsin and Dyson team up to investigate locals. Bo and Acacia do the same. Acacia leads Bo to Harvey (Scott McCord). Harvey is a sexist ass. Just in case you didn’t pick up on that, I wanted to be sure you notice. Acacia pounds him onto a table, shows him the head in the plastic bag, and wants to know who it is. He seems to like the pain. Bo tries her succubus charms on him, which works. He’ll talk.
He pours a little blood from the head into a glass and takes a sip. Drinking blood is the only way to gain dominion over a revenant. Or to find out who currently has dominion. This taste test tells Harvey the asshole that the revenant belongs to Bo. Well, that’s surprising news.
Bo and Acacia start a shoving match, arguing over who is to blame for what. Asshole is filming the whole thing while shouting sexist asshole encouragement.
Tamsin and Dyson discuss the fact that Bo is crazy when a guy comes up talking about 3 sisters. Three magic sisters. Only one survived and she can control the dead. She is dead and alive. Tamsin considers this a lead to a woman named Laveau, so she interrupts Bo and Acacia in their rather tame cat fight. Bo smashes asshole’s camera before she goes.
Kenzi’s mom wants to make up. She gives Kenzi earrings. Mom confesses to all sorts of mistakes including not protecting Kenzi from her stepfather. Kenzi describes how much she suffered. Mom says she kicked out the evil stepfather.
Kenzi hugs her and says she was really worried. She did the right thing in kicking out the stepfather. Mom wants to celebrate.
Tamsin and Acacia walk and talk. “The Wanderer gets off the train and starts playing house?” Acacia asks. Tamsin says she may have given Rainer’s soul to the Blood King. She didn’t take him to Valhalla. She helped make him The Wanderer.
Acacia says they have to take him out, he is bad news. “Just because he’s boning sugar snatch doesn’t mean he’s going to leave you be.” Acacia says, “Rainer’s revenants are after you.” Tamsin looks determined, angry.
The four investigators reach Laveau’s (Marci T House) trailer. She introduces herself as a voodoo priestess. Love the outfit.
Laveau knows who everyone is. She knows all about everyone. She can wake the dead. Suddenly Acacia’s reanimated hand starts waving her sword around while Laveau laughs maniacally.
Tamsin restrains the hand. Laveau reveals that she wants the last remaining seed from the Una Mens. She wants to fight some new evil (actually, Trick mentioned it, too, in his conversation with Vex) called something that sounds like Peerapis. Dyson gives her a knockout punch to the back of the head.
(Thanks to Drinks at the Dal for being better Googlers than I am, and figuring out the word Pyrippus, which is a bat-winged, fire-breathing hell horse.)
Hale compliments Mom’s cooking. Mom says Kenzi helped and that she’s going to make Hale a good wife. Kenzi says, “Oh, my god, mom.”
That’s when Hale gets down on his knees and asks Kenzi to marry him. Before she can answer with anything more than a shocked expression, we learn that Hale promised the evil Kenzi-abusing bastard of a stepdad money for a startup and mom didn’t actually kick him out. Being a nice guy wasn’t the right choice this time, Hale. Screwed up big time.
Kenzi tells mom and Dimitri it’s time to go.
Bo and Dyson deliver Laveau to Harvey. She wakes up on his table. That’s when two things happen. 1. Bo figures out that Laveau and Harvey are working together. 2. About a million revenants start crashing their way into the room. Dyson prepares to go wolfie on them, while Laveau and Harvey hold a smootchfest in the background.
Laveau is dead, but not. Dead and alive. Dead or alive she wants the Una Mens seed. No deal, Laveau. Bo figures out that Laveau’s the chief revenant and uses her trusty knife to slice off Laveau’s head. Then, ew.
Bo drinks blood from Laveau’s severed head. Dominion, baby. She raises her arms Christ-like, says, “Be at peace,” and the ravening hoard of revenants drop placidly to the floor.
As mom walks out the door Kenzi mentions all the horrible things she did to her. Mom says, “I wouldn’t have done them if you hadn’t been so defiant.” She sounds like Trick. She tries to slap Kenzi, but Kenzi blocks it and tells her goodbye. Dimitri tells her that Hale is a good guy before he goes.
Kenzi leans against the closed door, hurt and saddened all over again by her family.
Dyson’s pouring shots as fast as his wolf arm will move, alone at the Dal. Bo sits beside him, asks him if he wants to talk about it. He says no one knows anything about Rainer. He may be after Trick. Bo tells him he has a right to be hurt.
Dyson says, I’ll always be there for you, but if this Rainer turns out to be a bad guy, I can’t help you with that. Bo doesn’t believe him. “You and I were always more than just lovers.”
“And what are we now?” Dyson asks.
Bo says she doesn’t understand the whole thing either, but she swears she wasn’t kidnapped. She says, “You can’t always choose your path.” (This from the woman who says once a week, “I will live the life I choose.”) She leaves him there drinking.
Trick and Vex are now laughing over a story about Vex’s dad and what a great guy he was. Trick’s books mysteriously straighten themselves on the shelf. Rainer’s being written back into history.
Vex prepares to leave but Trick calls after him, asking about the Una Mens seed. He thinks Vex has it.
Tamsin and Acacia are walking and talking again. Tamsin says Acacia’s been lying, she really showed up to sic Tamsin on Rainer, not to chase revenants. Tamsin says if it’s really The Wanderer she will do it right this time. Acacia warns her that Massimo is up to something big.
Bo paces the floor in the clubhouse as Tamsin arrives. Bo says she has questions but she can’t ignore how she feels.
A book opens to reveal a drawing of Rainer. Tamsin says, “hello” in a sexy ain’t-he-a-hunk kind of voice. Bo says, “What do you mean? It’s Rainer. It’s your boss.” Nope, that’s not Tamsin’s boss. Not any Rainer she knows.
Kenzi enters her bedroom, complimenting Hale on the bling he picked out. She sees his abs and says, “Put those away, sir.” She wants to slow things down a bit because they have so much time. All the time in the world. She climbs into the bed beside him and starts kissing him. The abs worked, after all.
Bo is downstairs, staring at the drawing of not-Rainer when Kenzi runs down the stairs, squeals, and shows Bo the ring. Bo congratulates Kenzi, wants to go upstairs and congratulate Hale, when Kenzi says, “No. No pants, no pants.”
Bo gets the funniest embarrassed expression on her face. Anna Silk really should get to be funny more often. Instead of talking to Hale she offers to go buy food and wine – and candy – for a celebration.
Tamsin finds Dyson still downing shots at the Dal. She talks about the day they met at the boxing ring and what he did to her mouth. She straddles him on his bar stool. He tries to discourage her, but she starts kissing him.
She begs, “Oh, come on. Come on,” until he finally does.
Somebody ‘splain the point of this to me. What does a Tamsin and Dyson hookup have to do with anything that’s going on?
Kenzi’s in the kitchen in her undies when Massimo (Tim Rozon) appears. She screams for Hale. Massimo grabs her.
He throws her on the floor, kicks her, talks about how she and the stupid bitch succubus just couldn’t leave it alone. He’s covered with scars or blood or something from being burned alive. (Maybe Massimo’s bloody hand was the one reaching for the Una Mens seed in the last episode.) Kenzi reaches for the sword but he gets it first. She screams for Hale again as Massimo kicks her and puts his foot on her throat. He mocks her fake fae sparkle.
Hale grabs Massimo and punches and kicks him a few times before unleashing a super-sized siren whistle on him that kills him. The whistling made Hale weak. His ears bleed. He goes deaf. He doesn’t hear Kenzi warn him.
Massimo gets up and runs a sword through Hale. Massimo brags about having the sacred twig of Zamora which bestows immortality. The twig Hale gave to Kenzi to protect her. Massimo says, “Consider us paid in full,” and leaves.
Kenzi’s on the floor with Hale, crying, scared. Hale whispers, “I love you,” and dies. Kenzi screams and cries. The camera moves up above them in one of those shots that suggest a soul ascending to heaven. Finally we see them from ceiling height. Much as I hate the idea of Hale dying, it’s a beautiful shot.
When Bo gets back Kenzi is lying on top of Hale. Kenzi says, “Massimo did this and it’s all my fault. The twig. . . . I gave it to Massimo for my powers. My stupid, stupid powers.”
“Bo, you can bring him back. The chi thing.” Bo says there isn’t enough chi. Bo takes Kenzi’s chi but it isn’t enough.
To take enough chi to bring Hale back would kill Kenzi. Bo won’t do it. Kenzi is furious – flailing – when Bo chooses her over Hale. Kenzi’s hysterical – can you blame her? To calm her down, Bo socks her with enough succubus charm to knock her out. Kenzi crumples over Hale into Bo’s lap.
Then Bo breaks into tears.
It’s so easy to get caught up in wishful thinking as a fan of this show, but I’m sure wishing that Hale will somehow be restored. Maybe enough people will show up that Bo can do the chi thing. Come on, Hale can’t die! It gives me hope that K.C. Collins was very active on Twitter during the broadcast of this episode and didn’t act like someone who was leaving.
Bo is cray-cray on the topic of Rainer.
Only two episodes left to find out what Lauren’s been up to with the Evony DNA she stole with a kiss.
Only two episodes left to learn something about The Wanderer. Or Rainer. Or if they are one in the same.
Are they going to be renewed for a 5th season? Please. Come on. Come on. Come on.