Monday, October 27, 2008
Chicago police said the body of a black male child was found shortly after 7 a.m. in the rear seat of an SUV. It was later confirmed to be that of Julian King.
The SUV was found parked on the street in a neighborhood of brownstone homes and apartment buildings, and matched the one sought in an Amber Alert issued after Hudson's mother and brother were found slain Friday, police Cmdr. Wayne Gulliford said.
The plot is understood to centre on Tennessee where Martin Luther King was assassinated exactly 40 years ago.
Details of the conspiracy were contained in court records unsealed on Monday by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – America's specialist law enforcement agency.
ATF agents said they disrupted plans by white supremacists to rob a firearms store and attack a predominantly black school. According to the ATF, the men planned to go on a killing spree across the United States with Mr Obama, the Democratic nominee who is poised to become the country's first black president, as their final target.
Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville field office of the ATF said the two skinheads planned to shoot 88 black people and decapitate another 14. The numbers 88 and 14 are held to be symbolic by white supremacists and relate to nationalist leader David Lane as well as Adolf Hitler.
Details of the alleged plot emerged just before Mr Obama arrived in Pittsburgh for a campaign rally after an earlier visit to Canton, Ohio.
Advisers remained tight lipped but said there were no plans for the candidate to make any reference to the ATF's announcement.
It was not known how detailed the alleged plot was, how far advanced it was or how feasible the plan. Agents said that the two men did not identify the school by name.
"They said that would be their last, final act – that they would attempt to kill Sen Obama," said Mr Cavanaugh. "They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying."
Saturday, October 25, 2008
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death in the mother's Chicago home on Friday, according to published reports.
The Chicago Tribune Web site quoted a police source as saying the suspect in the double homicide was in custody, but a 7-year-old boy, possibly Hudson's nephew, was still missing from the house on Chicago's South Side, where the victims were found. Police did not confirm the report or the names of the victims.
The Tribune said the Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victims as Hudson's mother, Darnell Donnerson, 57, and her brother Jason Hudson, 29.
Police said neighbors reported hearing shots in the area during the morning, but the bodies were not found until midafternoon.
"A missing child was possibly abducted from the scene ... and may be in the company of William Balfour, a suspect in the double homicide investigation," police said in a statement, adding that the man was "considered armed and dangerous."
The statement listed two vehicles Balfour may be driving. It did not say who Balfour was or whether he was related to the family.
The Illinois Department of Corrections Web site lists Balfour, 27, as having been convicted of attempted murder, car theft and vehicular hijacking. He was released from prison in 2006.
Police said the child was identified as Julian King, adding they believed he was the grandson of the woman found slain. Continued >>>
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
But at times we fantasize about putting something on her that's more wow than whoa!
If you want to be part of the solution, you can enter this contest to design a dress for Mariah to wear to launch her new perfume, Lucious Pink. The only requirement is that it be pink, but knowing Mariah's love of all things butterfly, it couldn't hurt to include a few.
The winner of the contest will get to have three dresses made from his or her design -- one for Mariah to wear, one for the designer to keep, and one to be auctioned off to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. So you can do good while giving your design career a boost.To learn more, check out the site. Even if you don't want to enter, it's fun to watch the animated intro with a voice-over from Mariah explaining the contest.
Friday, October 17, 2008
The Talk Shows Jump on The "Joe The Plumber" Band Wagon!
What about Cuppa Joe?
OBAMA & McCAIN AT FUNDRAISER
McCain Has Found His True Calling...Comedian!
Even though I have been laughing at him for months!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The close-up of a bulky, nervous King was taken during a 1992 press conference days after rage and violence swept across the city following the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who were charged with violating King's civil rights. The picture was snapped just as he made his memorable plea for calm amid rioting that ultimately led to 54 deaths, more than 2,300 injuries and 12,000 arrests: “People, I just want to say — Can we all get along? Can we get along?”
In the more than 16 years since, King continues to ask himself that very same, very simple and profound question. His own path since becoming an unwitting symbol of police brutality to some and a habitual petty criminal to others has been filled with tumult.
Now, although he had tried to maintain a low profile, King is again willingly putting himself -- and his demons -- front and center in VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," which launches its second season Oct. 23. The series is billed as television's first examination of the rehabilitation process and features Drew Pinsky, the low-key celebrity physician who is well known for his nationally syndicated radio call-in show, "Loveline." Pinsky is head of the Department of Chemical Dependency Services at Pasadena's Las Encinas Hospital.
King said he appeared on the show to demonstrate that he has reformed and that he is not the cowering victim in the grainy videotape. Most of all, he did it to reclaim his name. "Over the years, a lot of rappers -- Lil’ Wayne, Ice Cube -- have used my name in their songs," said the 43-year-old King, who had his first drink when he was 8. "I'm a real touchstone of history.
"But they don't know me as a person. I understand the hurt, and now I'm seeking help for myself. Putting myself out there is a good way for me to overcome the addiction. I want my kids to understand me, and it was easier to show them by being on TV."
Complete story at source>>
With Proposition 8 on the November ballot, and his own bishop urging Central Valley priests to support its definition of traditional marriage, Farrow told congregants he felt obligated to break "a numbing silence" about church prejudice against homosexuals.
Then Farrow -- who had revealed that he was gay during a television interview immediately before Mass -- added a coda to his sermon.
"I know these words of truth will cost me dearly," he said. "But to withhold them . . . I would become an accomplice to a moral evil that strips gay and lesbian people not only of their civil rights but of their human dignity as well."
"Your statement contradicted the teaching of the Catholic Church and has brought scandal to your parish community as well as the whole Church," Steinbock wrote in a disciplinary letter that also admonished Farrow against "using the Internet as a means of continuing your conflict with the Church's teaching."
The priest also was stripped of his salary and benefits, and ordered to stay away from all church communities he had served.
Complete story at source>>>
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Andrew Christian Undewear Creates "Obama Man" line of underwear complete with bi-racial looking super-hero character and politcal commentary with an erotic twist.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Four years without an Eminem album wasn’t enough to dampen readers’ enthusiasm: More than 920,000 votes were cast in the bracket-style tournament, which started July 21, with Eminem ultimately triumphing over fellow No. 1 seed Jay-Z in what the magazine described as “a surprising landslide victory.”
"It's obviously an honor to have won the fans' support by being voted the best rapper alive,” Eminem said in a statement. "I don't think that there is any one rapper that is simply the best, though. Everyone who was in consideration and many others are the best at certain things, and at what they do. But since Vibe's offering the distinction, hell yeah I'll accept!"
The Detroit MC, who will turn 36 next week, has been finishing tracks for his untitled next album, which may be released before year’s end.
Matchups and results can be seen at www.vibe.com.
In 2004 A lot of Europeans wondered: Why are Americans so crazy, they keep reelecting this guy?” Well the answer is, we don’t! They keep stealing these elections!
Robert F. Kennedy Jr said "They stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004, and they’re all set up to steal it again!"
On Friday at 6pm and 10pm Eastern Time, BBC America will bust open the story of the systematic attack on US voters that could easily cost Barack Obama the White House. (Watch the promo below)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Philip Seaton, 61, of Shelby County, was in hospital for a circumcision, reports WLKY.
But when he awoke from the operation, he realised his penis had been amputated.
Surgeons at the hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, said they had to take the drastic action after discovering a life-threatening cancer.
But, in his lawsuit, Mr Seaton says he has suffered mental anguish, pain, and lost the enjoyment of life. The lawsuit was filed in Shelby County court against surgeon Dr John Patterson and anaesthetist Dr Oliver James.
Mr Seaton's lawyer Kevin George said: "Sometimes you have an emergency and you have to do this, but he could very easily closed him up and said, 'Here are your options. You have cancer,' and the family would have said, 'We want a second opinion. This is a big deal'."
Clato Mabior will be deported from Canada, but only after his sentence expires. He was given double-time credit for 30 months already spent behind bars, leaving another nine years left to serve.
The Crown had been seeking up to 24 years in prison for Mabior, who was convicted earlier this summer on six counts of aggravated sexual assault, plus additional charges of invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference, in what's believed to be the country's largest case of its kind.
One of Mr. Mabior's victims was a 15-year-old girl, who repeatedly broke down in tears as she described being raped by Mr. Mabior after he lured her from a temporary Child and Family Services "shelter" inside a downtown Winnipeg hotel with the promise of drugs and alcohol. She was 12 years old at the time of the assault.
Mr. Mabior was arrested in early 2006 after an unprecedented public warning by police and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority that prompted several young women to come forward -- many of them teenage runaways. Police in Brandon, Man., Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and London, Ont., were also notified about Mabior, since he lived in each city after immigrating to Canada from Sudan in 2000.
Striking at the heart of discriminatory traditions in America, the court — in language that often rose above the legal landscape into realms of social justice for a new century — recalled that laws in the not-so-distant past barred interracial marriages, excluded women from occupations and official duties, and relegated blacks to separate but supposedly equal public facilities.
“Like these once prevalent views, our conventional understanding of marriage must yield to a more contemporary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitutional protection,” Justice Richard N. Palmer wrote for the majority in a 4-to-3 decision that explored the nature of homosexual identity, the history of societal views toward homosexuality and the limits of gay political power compared with that of blacks and women.
“Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same-sex partner of their choice,” Justice Palmer declared. “To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others.”
The ruling was groundbreaking in various respects. In addition to establishing Connecticut as the third state to sanction same-sex marriage, it was the first state high court ruling to hold that civil union statutes specifically violated the equal protection clause of a state constitution. The Massachusetts high court held in 2004 that same-sex marriages were legal, while California’s court decision in May related to domestic partnerships and not the more broadly defined civil unions.
Complete story at source>>>
But what happens if, rightly or wrongly, you run afoul of the queen of talk?
A defamation lawsuit filed last week by Nomvuyo Mzamane, the former headmistress of Winfrey's school for girls in South Africa, alleges that Winfrey turned against her when a staff member at the academy, dorm matron Tiny Virginia Makopo, was accused of physically and sexually abusing students.
Makopo has pleaded not guilty.According to the lawsuit, filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Winfrey made public statements implying — falsely — that Mzamane knew of the abuse allegations and participated in a coverup.
"My client was never told of any physical or sexual abuse," said Mzamane's lawyer, Tim McGowan. "Had she been, she would have gotten rid of that person in, like, five seconds."
A spokeswoman for Winfrey declined to comment, saying that Winfrey had not been served with the lawsuit.
After losing her job in December 2007, Mzamane, 39, a former vice principal at the prestigious Germantown Friends Lower School in Philadelphia, tried to get another job in this country, Britain or Morocco, all without success, according to her lawyer.
Brookland Media filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court. Lil' Kim's lawyer, Londell McMillan, says Brookland sued "to leverage their own position" in the contract dispute.
The lawsuit says Brookland contracted with Lil' Kim this year and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on recordings, equipment and advance payments.
Court papers say the rapper later tried to change the contract and refused to continue recording unless Brookland agreed. The papers say she had recorded only a few tracks toward a new album by the beginning of September.
Brookland wants the court to declare the contract valid and bar Lil' Kim from recording for another company. Source>>>
McCain's white supporters are calling Barrack everything from Arab to Nigger, creating the kind of political environment that causes asassinations to occur.
The closer Obama gets to the white house...the more afraid racist white people get. And while I don't believe that John McCain is a hateful racist person, I do believe that he has a sense of entitlement regarding becoming president because he is a white man who is a war hero.
And just moments ago we learned that Palin abused her power (yet didn't break the law) as governor when she terminated a government official in Alaska.
Well Barrack, not only will you have to be twice as good to become president, but with this race based hate going around, you will have to be twice as careful too.
I liked it so much that I wore it all night and by the end of the night, many people were asking me where did I get it. I told them that my dear friend Jeff made it.
The thing that I like about the t-shirt besides the design is the fact that it only has one word printed on it... PRESIDENT...and it really looked good with the black blazer that I was sporting at the club.
To purchase your President Obama T-Shirt, you can contact Jeff by clicking here.
Love you Jeff and thanks for being the creative being that you are!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Here is a guide to many of the business terms currently cropping up regularly, as well as some of the more exotic words coined to describe some of the social effects of the credit crunch.
A rescue mechanism for companies in severe trouble. It allows them to continue as a going concern, under supervision, effectively to try to trade out of difficulty.
A firm in administration cannot be wound up without permission from a court.
In a bear market, prices are falling and investors, anticipating losses, tend to sell. This can create a self-sustaining downward spiral.
A debt security - or more simply an IOU. The bond states when a loan must be repaid and what interest the borrower (issuer) must pay to the holder. Banks and investors buy and trade bonds.
A bull market is one in which prices are generally rising and investor confidence is high.
The term for bankruptcy protection in the US. It postpones a company's obligations to its creditors, giving it time to reorganise its debts or sell parts of the business, for example.
Commodities are products that, in their basic form, are all the same so it makes little difference from whom you buy them.
That means that they have a market price. You would be unlikely to pay more for iron ore from a particular mine, for example.
The situation created when banks hugely reduced their lending to each other because they were uncertain about how much money they had.
This in turn resulted in more expensive loans and mortgages for ordinary people.
CREDIT DEFAULT SWAP
A swap designed to transfer credit risk. The buyer of the swap makes periodic payments to the seller in return for protection in the event of a default.
A bank which owns a lot of mortgage debt could swap it, but would have to make a pay-out if those mortgages were not repaid.
Derivatives are a way of investing in a particular product or security without having to own it. The value can depend on anything from the price of coffee to interest rates or what the weather is like.
Derivatives can be used as insurance to limit the risk of a particular investment.
Credit derivatives are based on the risk of borrowers defaulting on their loans, such as mortgages.
In a business, equity is how much all of the shares put together are worth.
In a house, your equity is the amount your house is worth minus the amount of mortgage debt that is outstanding on it.
A home-made, belt-tightening version of a takeaway - think, a curry made with a jar of sauce, bag of rice and a packet of poppadoms from the supermarket.
A futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell a commodity at a predetermined date and price. It could be used to hedge or to speculate on the price of the commodity.
A private investment fund with a large, unregulated pool of capital and very experienced investors.
Hedge funds use a range of sophisticated strategies to maximise returns - including hedging, leveraging and derivatives trading.
Making an investment to reduce the risk of price fluctuations to the value of an asset.
For example, if you owned a stock and then sold a futures contract agreeing to sell your stock on a particular date at a set price. A fall in price would not harm you - but nor would you benefit from any rise.
Techniques used by drivers to get more miles to the gallon, such as coasting in neutral and keeping tyre pressure high.
Investment banks provide financial services for governments, companies or extremely rich individuals. They differ from commercial banks where you have your savings or your mortgage.
Leveraging, or gearing, means using debt to supplement investment.
The more you borrow on top of the funds (or equity) you already have, the more highly leveraged you are. Leveraging can maximise both gains and losses.
Deleveraging means reducing the amount you are borrowing.
London Inter Bank Offered Rate. The rate at which banks lend money to each other.
The liquidity of something is how easy it is to convert it into cash. Your current account, for example, is more liquid than your house.
If you needed to sell your house quickly to pay bills you would have drop the price substantially to get a sale.
For financial institutions, the sum of their loans divided by the sum of their deposits.
Currently important because using other sources to fund lending is getting more expensive.
Recording the value of an asset on a daily basis according to current market prices.
So for a futures contract, what it would be worth if realised today rather than at the specified future date. Also marked-to-market.
Refers to a situation in which the value of your house is below the amount of the mortgage that still has to be paid off.
When a company issues a statement indicating that its profits will not be as high as it had expected. Also profits warning.
Bonds are rated according to their safety from an investment standpoint - based on the ability of the company or government that has issued it to repay.
Ratings range from AAA, the safest, down to D, a company that has already defaulted.
A person who manages to look fashionable on a tight budget.
Turning something into a security. For example, taking the debt from a number of mortgages and combining them to make a financial product which can then be traded.
Banks who buy these securities receive income when the original home-buyers make their mortgage payments.
Essentially, a contract that can be assigned a value and traded. It could be a stock, bond or mortgage debt, for example.
A technique used by investors who think the price of an asset, such as shares, currencies or oil contracts, will fall. They borrow the asset from another investor and then sell it in the relevant market. The aim is to buy back the asset at a lower price and return it to its owner, pocketing the difference. Also shorting.
A term popularised in World War II for flashily-dressed chancers involved in black market dealings. A fictional spiv is ladies' man Private Joe Walker in Dad's Army.
Newspaper headline writers use "spiv" as shorthand for traders who play for high stakes.
The dreaded combination of inflation and stagnation - an economy that is not growing while prices continue to rise.
Staying at home for your holiday in a bid to save money.
These carry a higher risk to the lender (and therefore tend to be at higher interest rates) because they are offered to people who have had financial problems or who have low or unpredictable incomes.
An exchange of securities between two parties. For example, if a firm in one country has a lower fixed interest rate and one in another country has a lower floating interest rate, an interest rate swap could be mutually beneficial.
To unwind a deal is to reverse it - to sell something that you have previously bought, or vice versa.
When administrators are called in to a bank, they must do the unwinding before creditors can get any money back.
Reducing the book value of an asset to reflect a fall in its market value. For example, the write-down of a company's value after a big fall in share prices.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
"I hope you lose these elections because that would be a victory for the world," Bardot wrote in an open letter to Republican John McCain's running mate in the November vote.
"By denying the responsibility of man in global warming, by advocating gun rights and making statements that are disconcertingly stupid, you are a disgrace to women and you alone represent a terrible threat, a true environmental catastrophe," wrote Bardot.
The screen icon from the 1960s, who now heads an animal rights foundation, went on to assail Palin for supporting Arctic oil exploration that could jeopardize delicate animal habitats and for dismissing measures to protect polar bears.
"This shows your total lack of responsibility, your inability to protect or simply respect animal life," Bardot wrote.
In a final salvo against Palin, the 74-year-old ex-star picked up on Palin's depiction of herself as a pitbull wearing lipstick and said she "implored" her not to compare herself to dogs.
"I know them well and I can assure you that no pitbull, no dog, nor any other animal for that matter is as dangerous as you are," Bardot wrote.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Also, there is much being said over the internet about an obscure law banning the wearing of clothing, pins, or buttons promoting a political party or candidate- DON'T DO IT! Click here to learn more.
California's deadline to register is tomorrow, Monday, October 6th.
Many people did not excercise their right to vote in the last two elections and look what happened, eight years of Bush! So register to vote now!
I was able to interview four of the cast members for the show "Real Talk" - Rodney Chester (Alex), Doug Spearman (Chance), Darryl Stephens (Noah) and Jenson Atwood (Wade) - Christian Vincent (Ricky) had to leave early. Real Talk Director and producer Ron Fulcher also got some great footage from the church event so stay tuned to Real Talk for some of that.
These guys are all very talented actors and I wish them all much success with the Noah's Arc (Jumpin The Broom) movie (Out October 24 in selected cities) and in their future endeavors.
A special thank you to Lori & Susan at the Vibe Lounge in Oakland for letting us host the fundraiser at their venue...Love you both.
See my video interview with members of the cast of Noah's Arc below or click here.
Eric Benet (singer)
Vivica Fox Boris Kodjoe (Actors)
LL Cool J (Actor & Hip Hop Legend)
Slick Rick ( Hip Hop Legend)
Ru Paul (Vocalist and Female Impersonator)
Kirk Whalum – Jazz Great!
Rahsaan Patterson (Vocalist)
Regina Bell (Vocalist)
Stanley Bennett Clay (Director & Author)
John Amaechi (Gay Former NBA Player)
Maurice Jamal (Actor & Director - SKI Trip & Dirty Laundry)
Tiger Tyson (Porn Star)
World AIDS Week ( Martin Luther, Sunny Hawkins, Taleb Kwali)
Spoken Word Festival
Tim M West (Artist & Entertainer)
Latoya London (American Idol Star)
Karamo (MTV-Real World)
Dahrio Wonder (Vocalist & Entertainer)
Demarco Majors ( Gay Former ABA Player and co-star of upcoming LOGO Show)
BELASCO – (Erotic Artist)
Keith Boykin ( TV Host and Political Commentator)
Jonathan Plummer (Ex Husband Of Author Terry McMillan)http://joehawkins.blogspot.com/2007/10/evening-with-jonathan-plummer.html
DJ David Harness (West Coast House Music)
Pumpkin (Flava Of Love)
Raz B. (Former member of B2K)
According to E! Online, Thruline Entertainment Inc. says they're owed a percentage of the more than $405,000 that Manuel reportedly earned for his work as a creative consultant and photo shoot producer on "ANTN."
Saturday, October 4, 2008
"We have a verdict," said Michael Sommermeyer, spokesman for the Clark County District Court. He said it would be read after all the defendants, lawyers and prosecutors arrived at the court.
The jury reached a decision after deliberating for more than 13 hours.
Simpson, 61, and a golfing buddy, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, 54, each face five years to life in prison if convicted of kidnapping, or mandatory prison time if convicted of armed robbery. They've pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including conspiracy, coercion and assault with a deadly weapon.
Deliberations began 13 years to the day after Simpson was acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles.
The jury sent one note to the judge around 3 p.m. with what the court spokesman called a "procedural question."
Judge Jackie Glass responded with instructions to look at documents they had already been given, Sommermeyer said.
The jury of nine women and three men heard 12 days of testimony, capped by prosecutors' arguments Thursday that the Las Vegas case had its roots in the 1994 slayings.
Prosecutors alleged Simpson planned — and Stewart helped carry out — a plot to retrieve personal items that Simpson lost after squirreling them away to avoid turning them over to Goldman's family to satisfy part of a $33.5 million civil wrongful death judgment levied in 1997 by a California court.
Four men who accompanied Simpson, Stewart and a middle man to the Palace Station casino hotel for the Sept. 13, 2007, confrontation later pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution. Thomas Riccio, the man who arranged and secretly recorded the meeting, testified under immunity from prosecution Simpson's lawyer, Yale Galanter, told the jury the prosecution didn't prove Simpson was guilty in the criminal case that he said "has taken on a life of its own because of Mr. Simpson's involvement."
"Every cooperator, every person who had a gun, every person who had an ulterior motive, every person who signed a book deal, every person who got paid money — the police, the district attorney's office, is only interested in one thing: Mr. Simpson," Galanter said.
Stewart's lawyer, Brent Bryson, presented his client as the trial's forgotten man.
Since Sept. 15, the jury heard 22 often colorful witnesses — including seven of the nine people who were in the cramped hotel room. They listened to numerous replays of secret recordings made before, during and after the alleged robbery. Neither Simpson nor Stewart testified, and jurors were instructed not to consider that when judging the case.
Glass kept a tight rein on the proceedings and rejected several mistrial motions. She read 41 legal instructions to the jurors and six alternates before the panel heard closing arguments.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Surviving members of the resistance to the Nazi occupation of Italy have taken issue with "Miracle at St. Anna" ahead of the film's Italian release on Friday, distributing protest flyers and accusing Lee of distorting history.
Lee has said he wanted to set the record straight about the role played by black U.S. soldiers in the war. The film is based on a novel by James McBride and focuses on the all-black 92nd Buffalo Division which helped liberate Italy in 1944-45.
At the heart of the dispute is the film's depiction of an infamous 1944 massacre in the Tuscan town of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, where Nazi troops rounded up and killed 560 civilians.
In the film, the massacre is portrayed as a response to the actions of resistance fighters, with one of them betraying the town and colluding with the Nazis -- a version of events that has angered surviving partisans.
Lee, who is in Italy promoting the film, has responded to the criticism in his characteristically feisty manner. "I would not allow anybody to tell me how to make a film, be it a partisan or the president of the United States," Lee told a news conference in Florence on Wednesday after a preview screening, according to Italian media. "This simply shows that in Italy the wound is still open. ... It is up to Italians to come to grips with their past, not up to me or James McBride or the film," he said.
Members of the ANPI association of resistance fighters were not amused.
Continued at source>>>