Sharing the news so YOU can pass this along. Click the link below for full details but here’s the gist:
- The debate happens this Thursday night (7/23/2015) from 8PM to 9PM and will air on Fox 25 (WFXT).
- Boston Olympics Committee Members will be going up against No Boston Olympics, the group that formed the day the idea was proposed in opposition of the Olympics coming to Boston.
- Boston won the U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics should it be chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The decision will be made in 2018.
- Earlier today, Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson announced his opposition to Boston hosting the Olympics. He expressed concern regarding who will be on the hook for paying for the Olympics.
…By the way I am OPPOSED to the Olympics coming to Boston.
See No Boston Olympics for the FACTS Boston Olympics orgranizers DON’T want you to know. In addition to that, I’m going to hit you with some more truth:
- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are two almost two dozen prominent voices in Massachusetts who oppose Boston hosting the Olympics and they have said so since March of this year.
- The Koch Brothers–the second richest family in America–promised to fully fund the Olympic games should Boston win the U.S. bid. Right before the USOC voted, Koch conveniently cut its ties with the Boston Olympic Committee.
- Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (Baker’s predecessor) was brought on board by the Boston Olympic Committee. Patrick himself has not publicly stated his position on the matter. Yet.
- The Olympics costs the host city $10 Million MINIMUM though in most cases, much more. $10 Million Boston can’t afford. Remember: We’re still paying for the Big Dig 20 years later.
- Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh is trying to get the Olympics to come to Boston no matter what while doing nothing to assure residents and taxpayers they will not be footing the bill.
- The Red Sox and the Patriots paid for all of those championship parades they had in the city, usually in advance by the team’s owner. The Boston Marathon is an international event and is funded privately. In comparison, Massachusetts Taxpayers are expected to write a blank check for the 2024 Olympics. It’s in the manual.
- Taxpayers are intentionally being left out of the conversation.
- The 2004 games in Athens bankrupted Greece.
I know I keep talking about the cost but at the end of the day, the Olympics is VERY (Read: VERY) expensive despite being just 3 weeks long. As I noted above, the general public is being kept in the dark about it. Boston also doesn’t have the infrastructure to host the Olympic games. Cost aside, construction of the necessary venues will permently displace whole communities who will in turn not be compensated. That’s exactly what happened with the 2012 London games.
Here’s the link to Fox 25’s announcement article. Enjoy:
FOX25, Boston Globe partnering for Boston 2024 Olympics debate – Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston.
That was always the plan when I made my WordPress account back in the day. As of this month, I now have six blogs:
- Serene Adventure (This One)
- Video Games
- Anime & Manga
- Fan Fiction
- Original and Non-Ficrion Literature
- Last Day Christian*
Yes, my seventh blog will be about Christianity, my worldview of it and my specific denomination, Adventism. As many of you already know, I am a Seventh Day Adventist. The Church of the Seventh Day Adventists is most known for three things: Longevity, ADRA (Adventist Disaster Relief Agency) and our “Legalistic Interpretation” of the Bible. I’ll revisit the subject in more detail another time in the new blog so I’ll leave it there.
I almost went on a tangent there as usual and got super into what I was talking about. More will come in the new blog. It shouldn’t effect my other blogs much either as far as I’m concerned. My posts will mostly be anecdotal and informative just like my video game blog is. Look forward to it. I will be able to say when it’s coming depending on certain things I’m working on over the next few weeks.
…And the funny thing is I realized it when I bought the soundtrack from a non-Disney classc, An American Tail. For those born after 1995, you probably have no memory of what I like to call the final days of children’s movie blockbusters. In plain English: Hugely popular movies geared towards younger audiences that became smash hits by fans of all ages.
I consider myself lucky to have grown up when movies like Aladdin, Home Alone, Hook and The Lion King premiered. For TOO LONG, there hasn’t really been a kid-centric movie since the late 90s that would easily have folks talking about it 20 years later. Then Frozen came on to the scene two years ago.
Let’s take a look at the hit song, Let It Go:
Not ashamed to say I bought two copies of Frozen’s soundtrack and have listened to this song over 400 times. Now, you millenials are new to the runaway hit phenomenon that is this song. It also asks the question of which is more popular: The song or the movie?
Disney did this almost every year during the 1990s starting with 1991’s The Little Mermaid. Here’s the hit song from that movie that I know parents are not ashamed to sing acapella in the family car/minivan, Under The Sea:
Samuel E. Wright voiced Sebastian, Triton’s majordomo and royal composer. Wright himself is an experienced musician. After the movie’s release, he recorded some kids’ sing-alongs. Here’s one of them:
…He’s got range to say the least! According to an interview with him, Disney approached him to offer him the role. He’s still in the business though obviously, the royalties from his work with Disney ALONE will ensure he’s set for life!
Moving on to Aladdin next. I’ll skip over Beauty & The Beast though the track Gaston (who, by the way is the movie’s bad guy BECAUSE he’s awesome in every way) has been enjoying renewed popularity due to cosplayers. That movie’s hit song Beauty & The Beast, like Aladdin’s hit song A Whole New World has two versions: The movie version and a single post-production version. Here’s the movie version:
We’ll look at three more songs before we stop. I’ll pause for a moment to remind folks the legendary Robin Williams had been tapped for this movie, contributing my personal favorite Prince Ali as well as the smash hit Never Had a Friend Like Me to the film. Disney established its dominance with this film. It was a powerhouse as a movie maker.
Then 1995’s The Lion King changed the game: Three years after its release, Disney was forced to change the movie’s rating from G to PG. The reason: Mufasa’s death scene and the aftermath involving Simba and Scar. That was pretty dark for Disney as they’d never done anything like that up until this movie. The other reason they changed the rating were the high-profile school shootings in America at the time (Columbine happened in 1997). The movie has a number of memorable songs but it’s the opening number that draws you in:
The Lion King was the highest-selling film in studio history until Frozen was released. It nuked all expectations when it was released. The Broadway Adaptation, which launched in 2005 for the movie’s 10-year anneversary has toured all over the world. Here’s the opening number:
Before I forget, the moment where Rafiki raises Simba atop Pride Rock is an homage to Alex Haley’s Roots. Here is the famous scene:
Oh and yes a woman is cast as Rafiki in the Broadway version. No biggie. Johnathan Taylor Thomas voiced young Simba while the legendary James Earl Jones (aka Darth Vader) voiced Mufasa. Moving on, we’re looking at another big budget film that had its teaser included in the original VHS release of The Lion King: Pocahontas.
Like The Lion King before it, Disney did its homework to be as accurate and respectful as possible to the descendants of the Native American tribe featured in the movie. I mean in terms of how they were depicted in the film and its sequel. In the movie’s teasier, Disney did something it hasn’t done since and gave audiences the movie’s lead song almost a year ahead of the movie’s theatrical release, Colors of the Wind:
…By the way, I didn’t miss an interesting message portrayed in the movie: The arrival of the Englishmen and Jamestown’s settlement heralded the beginning of the end of Native American life as they knew it. I don’t think this underlying message was intentionally put in but that message was pretty obvious. It’s more overtly done in James Cameron’s Avatar. The call to protect the unspoiled parts of our world is raised as well. America looked very different from how it does now 100 years ago.
Anyway, I say it’s about time the Disney and knew and loved as a kid made a comeback. The generation before mine has fond memories of The Sound of Music. The current generation now has Frozen. It was a movie that came in at just the right time. The musical numbers carried the movies. Thanks to Frozen, it looks like Disney is going back to its roots ^_^
Figure I put it out there.
As most folks know by now, I’m on a long-term paid leave of absence from BPS. In keeping in touch with contacts at the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) and educators at several schools in Boston, I feel my decision to move on from Education was the right call for me. In an industry that for years unfairly and systematically targets male educators–specifically educators of color–I’m more comfortable with my decision to publicly say I’m leaning toward parting ways with BPS.
While yes I’ve said many times I’m ready to move on, I never outright said I am or what my next plan is.
Now I can.
Before I talk about my next step, I do want to address some things I know some folks who follow me on Facebook have been waiting for me to say.
- I left the Mission Hill School in April because the stress I was under at the time was too much for me to handle. The combination of work-related stress as well as stress at home–the latter of which I still have to contend with–threatened to send me back to a place I’m in no rush to return to. A very dark place mentally and emotionally. Everyone deals with different types of stress differently. The key is balance. For me, there was simply too much bad stress I was dealing with.
- Some might call my departure from MHS almost a month after a former colleague quit more than a coincidence. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I won’t speak to his reasons for leaving. It’s not for me to put someone else’s businss out there without their permission and more importantly, I wouldn’t do it anyway. That said, as I said above I had my own reasons for leaving. Unlike my former classroom partner, the school community knew in advance when I was leaving. It’s just not my style to leave without saying anything personally. Call it an ego thing or chivalry if you want.
- I’d be lying if I said I don’t hold ill will toward BPS for some of the things I experienced over the last 10 years. What I will also say is I don’t think it was because of my race. I am not prepared to say what forms of discrimination I think was at play at this time because I’m still trying to figure that part out. Actually even if I did, I wouldn’t share that detail publicly until well after I’ve sought legal counsel.
- I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say recent incidents in Education involving male educators have made me more and more self-conscious of my being in the minority in an industry dominated by white females. Something the American education system failed to pay attention to during the 80s and 90s were the children/students of single mothers and the unique needs of those students. Specifically minority families. This is not the time to drive male minority educators out of schools. This is the time to bring them in and most importantly, KEEP THEM IN. This is a disproportionate problem nationwide that can no longer be ignored or “kicked to the next person in charge”.
I learned alot over the years. This much is true. I learned alot of important life lessons my two years at Mass Bay Community College failed to teach me: Experience is the Greatest Teacher one can ever have. There are ALOT of things you will never learn just sitting in a classroom and that includes grade school. Going with my final point above, I’ve gone as far as I could this year. Looking back at this year, I feel if I leave BPS, I’m leaving in a good place mentally. I gave it my best and there’s not much to be said beyond that.
The most important lesson that I learmed–and a very hard one, at that–is it’s ok to be selfish when it comes to your personal goals. Until four years ago, I was content giving up my own goals in life to just focus on working in classrooms for the next 30 years. Then I met student teeachers and high school students whose dream was to become teachers. That was when I realized I really didnt’t want to work in classrooms for the rest of my professional life. After all, my colleagues could tell at first glance I would be better suited doing something I really wanted to do. Something I was both passionate about and something where I could make better use of my unique skillset.
So I am taking steps to make that happen. For the first time since I left high school, I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do. Most importantly, its time I got started.