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#ArtsyTuesday: Ariana Richards – Jurassic Park Meets Botticelli

arianarichardsjurrasicparkTake a trip back in time to June of 1993 when Jurassic Park was released and the young girl eating green jello in the image above screams of terror were heard in movie theaters across the world.

She no longer caters to the big screen, she now creates beautiful landscape and figure paintings so realistic that you’d swear they were photographs.

Who knew?!

Ariana Richards is her name and she has a degree in Fine Arts and Drama and her genealogy can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance with Carlo Crivelli, a contemporary of Botticelli, so the gift is in her genes.

Ariana is an award-winning artist and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and Good Morning America, just to name a few!

Her website doesn’t say just how much the investment will cost, but you can request an original oil painting to be created to your specifications. I’m sure you’ll be out of a few thousand dollars in the process but it’ll be worth it.

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Looks like Kirsten Dunst, doesn’t it? Click to see more of Ariana Richard’s online gallery!

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That time I tried to write a script about skin color

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In 2006, I tried writing a script for the first time and the following is what I came up with:

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An original script
by Dangerous Lee

July 2006 Draft

1. BLACK SCREEN: Sound of baby crying.
2. INT: Hospital Delivery Room
A beautiful black baby is born and crying. The doctor and nurses are all in shock. We then see the mother and father who are white.

MOTHER
“What is it? What’s wrong?”

The child is then turned towards the mother and father. The father looks at his wife accusingly and begins to walk away. The mother looks at child and screams.

3. Int. Hospital Room in same hospital.
Black woman has given birth to a white child and she and her husband are trying to calmly discuss the situation.

MOTHER
“It may be albino!”

FATHER
“Albino babies do not have brown hair.”

MOTHER
“Baby, I did not cheat on you, so there is no need for a DNA test but if that is what you want then go ahead and pull a Maury Povich on me!”

FATHER
(raising voice)
“I am most definitely getting a DNA test! I really don’t need one! Two black people cannot create a white baby!”

The mother starts to cry. At the same time a nurse brings in the baby for a feeding.
4. Int. Zoom to television in room

Special News Report

REPORTER
“All across the country there are reports of families giving birth to children who do not share the same skin color, but after having numerous DNA tests it shows that these children do indeed belong to them…”


I wrote this before I knew anything about Sandra Laing, a woman who comes from at least three generations of White ancestors but appears Black (of African descent). She is an example of atavism. Her family was unaware of their African roots.

I have never seen it, but a movie about her life, also titled Skin, was released in 2008.

Her true life story is freakishly similar to my fictional tale. When I wrote it I had no idea that something like this could really happen.

Nothing ever came of this script but a three-part essay series I wrote and published in 2010 called The Half Series – When Black People Look White tackles colorism and my experience with skin color and race as the mother of a “mixed” child.

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5 Reasons You Didn’t See Spike Lee’s Film – Oldboy

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  1. You’ve never heard of it. When I saw it there were only three other people in the theater!
  2. You didn’t know Spike Lee was the director or you did know and didn’t give a shit.
  3. You didn’t see Spike Lee’s interview with Oprah. Had you seen it there’s a possibility that you would of been interested. It’s what got me to the theater.
  4. You’re not a fan of Josh Brolin. I admit he was not the best choice for the lead, but he did well enough.
  5. You hate violence on the big screen. (sissy)

Oldboy is described as a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, but that description leaves out so many details. This movie has tons of twists and sick turns that will leave you mentally disturbed after watching. I describe it as a mindfuck!

Oldboy is also a remake of the 2003 South Korean film, Oldeuboi. I have not seen Oldeuboi, but since seeing Spike Lee’s version my interest in piqued. Spike’s version is catching hell from both critics and casual movie goers, but I loved it and I need to see it again to make sense of all the madness.


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Walt Disney Was A Racist, Sexist, Asshole!

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So, there’s this corny-looking movie about Walt Disney creating the Mary Poppins film called Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks as Disney coming out December 20th and I remember that there has been talk that Mr. Disney was racist among other not so nice things. I took to Google and found the video below featuring interviews with people who have worked with and for him sharing their stories, proving that he was a jerk and I also found this article that tries to debunk that he was an ass.

Of course he was a racist, sexist asshole. He was a White man living in a time when many if not most White men were racist, sexist assholes. Color me so not surprised. Disney, as a brand, has promoted many racist, sexist and asshole like themes over the years. We’ve all seen it and bought into it in one way or another. I guess you can say racism, sexism and assholism has brought us all together.


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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Cindy Chu

Name and occupation:

Cindy Chu—Actress 

What do you love most about being of Asian Heritage?

I love that I come from such a deep culture and that my parents raised us to appreciate our roots while still allowing us to branch out into our birth country, the USA.  Our family has a lot of history behind us, including being related to Zhu Yuanzhang (different spelling of the family name in English but it is the same character in Mandarin, meaning vermilion, or royal red) and I actually have met some distant cousins around the world when talking about our last names, and realized we were related to the same man from way back when. 

Tell us an interesting Asian History Fact:

Anna May Wong, the first major Chinese American actress, had to leave the USA and go to Europe in order to keep moving up in the acting world.  American cinema was too biased to allow her to grow at that time, so she went where she could make the next leap. 

Who or what inspires you most?

My grandparents and parents have all been huge inspirational figures for me.  I only have one surviving grandparent left at this time, my paternal grandmother, but I had heard all the stories of my grandparents leaving China in 1949 for Taiwan, pretty much with what they could carry on their backs.  My mom was a baby at the time, and the soldiers in her father’s squad would help carry her.  All my grandparents built their lives in Taiwan, and then my parents decided to try and make it in the USA.  My dad came here with two suitcases, one full of books, and the other clothes, and I think $600 cash in his pocket.  He managed to find some work washing dishes, and went to school and got his degree, and then spent several decades working for Chrysler.  He moved our family from Detroit to Grosse Pointe Farms so that we would have access to a great public education.  It’s amazing to me the experiences that they all had to go through in order for me to be where I am at today, and my four siblings, too. 

Something you often think to yourself that you’d like to say publicly:

Be happy, love life, enjoy the moment, and don’t be attached to material things. 

Website:

  • https://www.facebook.com/cindychuactor
  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Lily Mariye (dangerouslee.biz)
  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Dr. David Che (dangerouslee.biz)
  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Michael Soon Lee (dangerouslee.biz)
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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Lily Mariye

Name and occupation:

Lily Mariye – Writer/Director/Actor

What do you love most about being of Asian Heritage?

I like the knowledge of knowing exactly where I’m from. I like the sense of community, the pride of watching other Asian Americans break through the glass ceilings of their professions, whether they be basketball or television directing.

Tell us an interesting Asian History Fact:

Did you know that one of the original members of the Black Panthers  was Japanese American? Richard Aoki was the only Asian American officer, holding the title of Field Marshall. Did you know that Eddie Van Halen is half Chinese/Malaysian?

Who or what inspires you most?

Great films. Great Books. Great Television Shows. And the people in my life who’ve been through hell and high water, but manage to land on their feet.

Something you often think to yourself that you’d like to say publicly:

As grateful as I am for the wonderful things that have happened to me, I’m even more grateful for the obstacles that have been in my path. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

And I’m secretly addicted to the TV show, “Las Vegas Jailhouse.”  “Bring out the chair!”

Websites:

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  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Dr. David Che (dangerouslee.biz)
  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight: Michael Soon Lee (dangerouslee.biz)
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