‘Power Rangers’ Provides The Origin Fans Deserve And Hints At Sequel

 

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The teens discover the red power coin in an abandoned area. (Credit: Google)

 

Spoilers, but not too many.

In the original television series, as some may remember, there wasn’t much back story behind who the ranger’s leader Zordon was and his relationship with their enemy Rita Repulsa. In order to further explain this, they film had to change the television’s origin to answer these questions.

In the opening of the film, the rangers are on a planet that is being destroyed. The red ranger is crawling towards the yellow ranger who then hands him her power coin. As the red ranger collects the rest of the team’s coins, a green ranger carrying a staff walks towards him. It comes to be Zordon who served as the original red ranger and Rita was the green ranger who wanted more power and betrayed her team. Now with the origin of the two, this will set up the sequel based on what they’re fighting for, the ZEO crystals.

In you’re a fan of the television series then you’ll know that the ZEO crystals lead to an extension of the franchise “Power Rangers ZEO”. The series also follows the original mighty morphing series as other teens took over as rangers. The crystals, however, don’t mean we’re going to skip over the rest of the originals.

In the post credit scene, as all the rangers are back in the detention classroom, the teacher calls for the news student Tommy Oliver, who is known as the evil green ranger in the show. With these two setups, a sequel is promised for the near future.

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The film offers enough dialogue and action to unite fans young and old as soon as the teens morph into their suits. the film could have been better if they stuck to casting actors for the roles as the show did such as RJ Cyler as Zack instead of Billy but he stands out as the scientific nerd who was put into detention for blowing up his lunch box.

Nonetheless, a fun ride that will have people looking back at the old show to get more of what could be next in future films. The origin is better instead of Rita being freed from a capsule and is sending clay-made monsters to fight. It’s a film that moviegoers must Go Go see.

Power Rangers

4 stars

Runtime: 2h 4m

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CPS Heading Towards Rough End to the 2016-17 School Year.

 

CTU President Karen Lewis at last year’s April 1 Stike. The scene can be the same if the teachers vote yes to another strike (Photo credit: WTTW)  

 

CPS teachers will prepare to vote next month for a possible one-day strike according to the Chicago Teachers Union. This comes weeks after the announcement that schools will close three weeks earlier on June 1 to save money.

There have been various suggestions to help fix the budget including a recent meeting with Gov. Rauner and Chance the Rapper.  Chance, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CTU, and other locals have expressed their dissatisfaction with the city’s budget crises regarding CPS funding. After an effort to help the budget with a $1 million donation from the Chicago rapper it won’t be enough to save the budget as talks of a strike looms.

In December 2016 Gov. Rauner vetoed a bill that would grant CPS a $215 million pension for funding as he said that tax dollars can’t continue to be wasted on bailouts. Mayor Emanuel was quoted in response to Rauner saying “The emperor wears no clothes.” The statement is in reference to the old children’s tale saying he is unsuitable for the job and has no clear plan.

In the beginning of the school year, teachers dodged a potential strike after negotiations for a better contract were met at the last minute.  But now with the removal of four furlough days, a possible one-day strike, and a three week early closing at the end of the school year could mean there will be no resolution in the near future.

If teachers vote to strike it will take place May 1.

 

‘Get Out’ Uses History Of Slave Trades To Intensify Plot.

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Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Imagine going to visit your spouse’s family only to found out that you are potential property to be sold to others. Similar to the slave trades in the 1800s, the film recreates these acts to intensify the plot as Chris Washington, Daniel Kaluuya, visits his girlfriend’s family for the weekend.
In the film, Chris happens to visit on the same weekend his girlfriend Rose, Allison Williams, parents are having visitors over. However, they’re not just any visitors as the people who arrived, all of which were white, started to analyze Washington by testing his intelligence, his body and admired how cool he was. Like the trade, slave owners would analyze the slaves by checking their body and were most likely to be purchased if they were younger. This was poked at when he was noted as being 26-years-old. Slaves were then sold to the highest bidder. Rose’s father Dean, Bradley Whitford, was leading the bid with a picture of Chris on display with the guest placing their bid using bingo cards.

We are introduced to other enslaved African Americans including the housekeeper Georgina, Betty Gabriel, and the landscaper Walter, Marcus Henderson. They seem like normal obedient workers until Chris begins to have conversations with them in which Georgina begins to tear during their encounter, and Walter running away as fast as he can. They were under hypnosis thanks to Rose’s Mother Missy, Catherine Keener, who tries to trap Washington under the same spell in an effort to get him to quit smoking.

While talking to his bidder Chris asked why did the family targeted black people? Only to receive the answer that they wanted someone strong and share a common interest. What makes the film evedownload-7n more interesting is that with this kind of plot it was released during Black History Month. In a way, it brought this part of history to modern audiences to show how black people lost their own individuality during these trades and separated from their family and friends to serve their owners.

The film itself is a suspenseful thriller that is well written and features some funny moments to make light of intense scenes. Beginning to end all the elements of the film, including the brief history lesson, makes this movie a good time.

‘Get Out’

3 ½ Stars

Runtime: 1 hr 43 min

Rating: R

The Connection With Crime and Facebook Live.

Within a week crimes involving fatal shootings were captured and displayed online via Facebook Live. The idea of broadcasting crimes or capturing murders is becoming a norm to the social media platform.

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Four suspects charged with the torture of disabled male (Google)

Earlier this year, four teens were denied bail for their role in a torture of a special needs male. During their live feed, they are seen berating the victim and shouting hateful slurs and their dislike for President Donald Trump. Other acts in the stream include the suspects making the victim drink toilet water and cutting off pieces of his hair with a knife.

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Clips of the three victims in the shooting that left White and Collins dead. (Google)

Recently, documented gang member  Lazarec Collins and 2-year-old Lavontay White Jr. were fatally shot during a Facebook Live post also leaving a pregnant female in critical condition. The woman was recording the video at the time. The beginning of the video shows all three riding around the neighborhood listening to rap music while the male is wearing a hoodie and a hat displaying hand gestures minutes before the shooting.

In the Dominican Republic, radio show host Luis Manuel Medina and one other were killed while doing a facebook live post when the gunman came into the studio and opened fire.

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Scenes of Brian Fields moments before being shot (Google)

The first notable shootings include Brian Fields who was shot standing on the street corner by a food mart and the fatal shooting of Antonio Perkins later that year.

The shooting of Collins, Perkins, and Fields have been reported to be the effects of a growing trend known as “Cyber Banging“, the act of antagonizing rival gang members online. This includes posting videos of recent events, members flashing hand signs, and displaying weapons.  Members in the torture video were noted as repeating the word “gang” as they continued the assault.

Crimes that are streamed on Facebook, excluding Medina, are coming from the city of Chicago where the city has seen a spike in murder in January with nearly 299 shootings compared to 2016  with 292.

After it’s launch in August 2015, Facebook live has followed the likes of other social media streaming sites such as Periscope and YouTube but has now gained a reputation for capturing crimes in real time.

Deportation Next on President Trump’s Check List.

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Presidents Trump seems to have started a new war of his own against illegal immigrants following a course of raids around the country. According to BBC, children of immigrants have been kept at home because of the recent actions. in addition to schools, jobs and businesses were involved in the sweep. 

Most recently the sweeps occurred in Los Angeles with more than 160 arrested, mostly male, who either had a history of deportation, criminal background, or orders of removal. These areas include Oxnard, Downey, and San Bernardino which was the location of the 2015 terrorist shooting that left 16 dead. Other cities involved in the raid include Chicago, Atlanta, and New York

In a tweet by President Trump, he mentions that he is doing it as a campaign promise to rid these cities of criminals. The raid is the second publicized act that Trump has put into action following the unlawful travel ban. 

Protesters are taking to the streets to help eliminate the raids. Residents of the immigration community want to speak out about the raids but didn’t want to reveal their identity because of the fear of deportation. They argue that the president is breaking up homes and separating families.

In a 2016 report by the Washington Post, there was a total of 10.9 million immigrants living the in the United States, falling below the 11 million total from 2015.

Share Your Love, or Your Money, This Valentine’s Day

Image result for valentine's dayLove is in the air as consumers head to the stores to spend hundreds of dollars on items that are cheaper on most days. Even if you are alone this Valentine’s Day,  you still have an admirer, the big box stores.

According to Forbes, in 2016 sales for the holiday broke records with a reported $19.7 billion with most of the spending coming from men who are estimated to spend on average $133 compared to women at $62. This doesn’t include pets as owners spend an average of $26.

Single people spend around $1.8 billion for the holiday on gifts for either themselves, friends, and/or family. In total, making the holiday worth $20 billion a year.

 

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The amount of spending various by age. Consumers in 2016 ages 25 – 34 spent more on their loved ones with $234 followed by ages 35-44 with $187 and 18-24 with $148. Couples over the age of 44 spend less on Valentine’s Day with a low of $98.

 

Wonderlust.com listed Valentine’s Day as the fifth most celebrated holiday in the world and the second highest card giving holiday next to Christmas. This year, expected gifts outside of the traditional flowers and candy include clothes and gift cards for women, and smart watches and grooming kits for men.

The National Retail Federation recorded 2016 spending on the holiday the highest in 13 years.

Ten Unsung Heroes In Black History.

Every February students in schools hear the same names of African American influences and a brief excerpt of their achievements. Barack Obama, first black president; Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist; Malcolm X, activist; and Harriett Tubman, the underground railroad. Although these people have a significant role in black history, there are other unsung everyday heroes that rarely receive recognition for their contribution to history.

Below is a list of ten inventors who invented simple and groundbreaking things, most of which are in our households. This shows that black history doesn’t happen only once a year, but what we use today is a reminder that the history is presented year round.

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Lloyd P. Ray – Dustpan

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John Standard – Refridgerator

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Garrett Morgan – Traffic light/ Gas Mask

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Otis Boykin – Pacemaker

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Lonnie Johnson – Super Soaker

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Daniel H. Williams – First Successful Open Heart Surgery

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Charles Drew – The Blood Bank

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George Crum – Potato Chip

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William Pervis – Fountain Pen

 

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Patricia Bath – Laser Surgical Device

These inventors made their mark in the medical field and by created something simple that makes everyday living easier. There are more unsung heroes who deserve their place in the textbooks but in order for this to happen black history needs to be brought back in schools and not just talks of slavery. In order to move forward, one must stop and look back at those who paved the way.

Have any more inventors who haven’t received proper recognition, please list them in the comments below.

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