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|Thurs, August 19, 2010 at 2:50 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:
"Lottery Ticket" — The odds of winning the lottery are what, like, 1 in 175 million? The laughs aren't quite so hard to come by here, but they're not a safe bet, either. The feature debut from longtime music video director Erik White, which he co-wrote with Abdul Williams, starts out amiably enough, with a shaggy, shambling vibe. But it eventually devolves into a weirdly violent streak, followed by some seriously heavy-handed sentimentality. Still, the ensemble cast manages to keep things sporadically enjoyable. Rapper-actor Bow Wow is all grown up here as Kevin, a recent high school graduate who's stuck working at Foot Locker but dreams of creating his own shoe line. "Lottery Ticket" is at its strongest off the top, as Kevin tries to make his way to work at the mall one morning but keeps getting delayed by the random neighbors in his Atlanta housing project. Brandon T. Jackson has a loose, easy energy about him and gets many of the best lines. But when Kevin plays the lottery and wins the $370 million jackpot, everything changes, with people cozying up to him or trying to kill him because he's now a rich man. And because he wins over the extended July 4 weekend, he must wait three days to cash in. Loretta Devine, Naturi Naughton and Ice Cube co-star. PG-13 for sexual content, language including a drug reference, some violence and brief underage drinking. 95 minutes. Two stars out of four.
• Christy Lemire, AP Movie Critic
"Nanny McPhee Returns" — The Nanny McPhee movies may be principally for kids, but make no mistake about it: They are, quite literally, a parent's dream. Overwhelmed single parents with unruly kids are rescued by a magical nanny (Emma Thompson) who seemingly appears out of nowhere. And at no cost! For some older moviegoers escorting little ones, this premise might be impossibly alluring. And they said fans of "Avatar" were depressed when they left the theater. This sequel to 2005's "Nanny McPhee" (both penned by Thompson, adapting Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda books) largely keeps the original's formula. McPhee, a witch-looking fairy godmother of tough love, comes to the aid of a parent trying to manage a litter of kids alone (Maggie Gyllenhaal, filling Colin Firth's shoes). McPhee obviously owes much to P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins, but there's still a warm, British naturalism to the film and an old-fashioned cheerfulness uncommon to most of today's kids movies. With Rhys Ifans as a brother-in-law scoundrel, and Maggie Smith as a ditzy shopkeeper. PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements. 109 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.
• Jake Coyle, AP Entertainment Writer
"Piranha 3D" — Mere words cannot describe how awesomely gnarly this is, how hugely entertaining, and how urgently you must get yourself to the theater to see it. This is not a joke, by the way. This movie is a complete blast. To borrow a phrase from the kind of B-horror flicks to which "Piranha 3D" is such an effective homage: Run, don't walk. Like "Snakes on a Plane," which came out in the dead of summer four years ago, "Piranha 3D" knows exactly what it is and does exactly what it should do. It's about piranhas ... in 3-D. It's cleverly knowing without collapsing into parody. It makes great use of its extremely random cast, including Elisabeth Shue in an unusually bad-ass role as a sheriff, Ving Rhames as her deputy and Jerry O'Connell as a Joe Francis type. Christopher Lloyd has one great scene in full-on, crazed Christopher Lloyd mode as the resident fish expert. The second you see Eli Roth — playing the emcee at a wet T-shirt contest, no less — you know some hideous fate will befall him. And then there's Richard Dreyfuss, who make
|Thurs, August 19, 2010 at 2:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Questions over whether Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean meets the legal requirements to run for the presidency of his earthquake-ravaged homeland have stirred feverish expectation and fears that political tensions could bedevil the arduous post-quake reconstruction.
Uncertainty in the poor, volatile Caribbean state has jumped since the electoral authority postponed to Friday an announcement set for Tuesday of which candidates were qualified to run in the November 28 election. The poll will choose a successor to President Rene Preval, who cannot stand again.
Jean, a 40-year-old singer-songwriter and international celebrity who is widely popular in Haiti, figures on a list of 34 presidential contenders who include veteran politicians. His candidacy and that of several others is being challenged.
The political temperature is rising at a time when Haiti is struggling to recover from a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck the teeming capital and surrounding area on January 12, killing up to 300,000 people and dealing a crippling blow to the already underdeveloped economy of the poorest state in the Americas.
Here are some questions and answers about the issues and risks surrounding Friday's decision on Jean's candidacy:
WHY IS WYCLEF JEAN'S CANDIDACY UNDER SCRUTINY?
Haitian electoral law stipulates that candidates must have had five consecutive years of residency in the country. There are questions about whether Jean, who went with his family to live in New York at the age of nine and launched his music career in the United States, fulfills this requirement.
He and his lawyers argue that he does. They cite his Haitian passport, his rural family home at Lassere outside Port-au-Prince and his share in local commercial TV station Telemax. They say he has maintained a "constant presence" in Haiti since 2005, while arguing his appointment in 2007 as a roving "ambassador-at-large" for Haiti involved some inevitable absences from the country.
Jean's tax compliance situation has also come under scrutiny, both in Haiti and the United States. His lawyers say they have presented documents demonstrating his compliance in Haiti and the singer himself says he is dealing with reported problems with U.S. authorities over his U.S. income tax.
Besides these legal issues, Jean has also faced questions about whether an international celebrity with no political experience is the best person to lead a chronically poor and corrupt nation that is coming out of a devastating disaster.
He says that this international status will be an asset in securing funds and partners to help rebuild the nation.
"We are waiting patiently for the electoral council to release the results," he told Reuters Wednesday.
COULD THERE BE UNREST IF HIS CANDIDACY IS REJECTED?
Yes. Jean's presidential bid has galvanized the Haitian political scene, triggering enthusiasm among the country's restless, widely-unemployed youth, who see him as a refreshing symbol of home-grown hope, and alarm among the traditional Haitian political elite that feels threatened by him.
In the still rubble-strewn streets of the wrecked capital, slogans scrawled in Creole on the walls reading "Youth supports Youth" and "Wyclef means change" testify to the powerful political energy generated by his candidacy.
But this could turn sour and violent if the electoral council rejects his candidacy. Many may suspect powerful political and business elites had a hand in torpedoing his bi
|Thurs, August 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
On August 28, 2010, the U.S. Open will begin with Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, established in memory of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The first book for children about Ashe will be released this fall, bringing his achievements into focus for a new generation.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 19, 2010 -- On August 28, 2010, the U.S. Open will begin with Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, an annual celebration in memory of Arthur Ashe, tennis champion and humanitarian. Forty-two years after Arthur Ashe became the first African American to win the U.S. Open and seventeen years after his death from AIDS-related pneumonia, Ashe continues to inspire children to excel and to fight for their beliefs. The first book for children about Ashe will be released this fall from LEE & LOW BOOKS, bringing his life and achievements into focus for a new generation.
Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe (ISBN 978-1-60060-366-2, $19.95, 48 pages), written by Crystal Hubbard and illustrated by Kevin Belford, shares the story of Ashe’s struggle in the face of discrimination and racism, encouraging children to work hard in pursuit of their dreams. It also presents a holistic view of an early AIDS sufferer and activist, helping young readers to put the HIV/AIDS epidemic in perspective and to view HIV positive individuals as people, not statistics.
“Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. is remembered as a champion, a man who became a citizen of the world and who had a vast impact not only on sports, but on the way people treat one another,” says author Crystal Hubbard.
Hubbard herself was inspired by Ashe, whom she met twice as a young girl. She remembers him as “a man who had conquered a sport typically closed to people of color, who had walked with dignitaries and seen the world, [but who remembered a little girl with pigtails who didn’t like to play tennis.” Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe gives a human face to a great sports hero and pioneer. To learn more about this book, please visit the Lee & Low Web Site.
About: Author Crystal Hubbard has written several picture book biographies of African American sports heroes. Kevin Belford is an illustrator and fine artist.
About The Company: LEE & LOW BOOKS is an independent children’s publisher focusing on diversity. It is the company’s mission to meet the need for stories that all children can identify with and enjoy.
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|Thurs, August 19, 2010 at 12:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
4th Annual Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival takes place October 7 - 9, 2010.
Norfolk, VA (PRWEB) August 19, 2010 -- The organizers of the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival (MABFF) have announced a final call for submissions for the 2010 festival. The premiere African-American short film festival returns for its fourth year from October 7 - 9, 2010 with three days of screenings and workshops at the historic Crispus Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia. During the three-day festival, veteran TV and film stars Ted Lange ("The Love Boat", "That's My Mama", and "Friday Foster" with Pam Grier), Judy Pace ("Cotton Comes To Harlem", "Brian's Song", Spike Lee’s "Sucker Free City") and Beverly Todd ("Crash", "The Bucket List", "Lean on Me") will attend as celebrity guests and will each be honored with MABFF's Living Legend Award.
As in previous years, the MABFF is accepting entries in the categories of Short Film, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, and Student Film. This year, the festival is also introducing exciting new categories, including a Screenplay Competition, an Original TV Pilot Competition, and a Web Series Competition. Submission forms and general requirements for all categories can be downloaded online at www.mabff.org or www.withoutabox.com.
The festival will kick off on Thursday, October 7th with a selection of opening day screenings and workshops followed by an Opening Night Ceremony Gala hosted by Beverly Todd and Judy Pace.
Beginning on Thursday, October 7th, Emmy-winning producer/LAWEBFEST founder Michael Ajakwe, Jr. will conduct a two-day Web Series Workshop with informative sessions on Writing, Producing, Marketing and Monetizing Your Web Series.
As part of the festival program, members from the Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS) will join MABFF in hosting a three-day TV and screenwriting workshop and will also judge the festival’s screenplay and Original TV Pilot competitions. On Thursday, October 7th, OBS will conduct an Intensive half-day TV Writing Workshop followed by an Intensive half-day Screenwriting Workshop on Friday, October 8th. On Saturday, October 9th, the workshop will culminate with a special screening of "For Love of Amy", veteran actor Ted Lange's feature film directorial debut. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with both Lange and the film’s screenwriter/producer/star, Vincent Alston, who will share how he raised the money to complete his first feature film. During the award ceremony later that evening, the two filmmakers will be presented with MABFF’s inaugural Outstanding First Film Award for their achievement.
On Friday, October 8th, celebrity honorees Ted Lange, Judy Pace, and Beverly Todd will join award-winning filmmaker Monty Ross (Spike Lee's "Malcolm X", "Do the Right Thing", "Mo' Better Blues", "School Daze") and Michael Ajakwe, Jr. ("Martin", "Soul Food", "Sister, Sister", "Eve", "Love That Girl", "Talk Soup", "Entertainment Tonight") for ''Black Hollywood Then and Now,'' a blue ribbon panel of industry veterans discussing the state of Black Hollywood and how it has evolved over the last forty years.
Closing night festivities on October 9th will feature finalist screenings of the short film and web series competitions, culminating with the MABFF Award Ceremony at which winners for the various festival competitions will be announced along with the recognition and presentation of awards to this year's distinguished VIP honorees.
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|Wed, August 18, 2010 at 11:55 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK – While the death of hip-hop has been a matter of debate in recent years, the demise of the star female emcee had been all but accepted.
There had always been at least one female rap act to contrast hip-hop's defining male edge, from Queen Latifah to Lil Kim to Missy Elliott to Lauryn Hill. But in the past few years, women rappers were mere blips on the scene, and the occasional hit only underscored how weak the field had become.
Nicki Minaj, the in-your-face, highly animated sex kitten and protege of rap prince Lil Wayne, has not only emerged as hip-hop's leading female, she's outdoing her male counterparts, too.
The 26-year-old Minaj has yet to release an official studio album, but she's saturating all facets of hip-hop, from radio to mixtapes to magazines.
She's costarred on songs with Lil Wayne, Drake, Usher, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Diddy, among many others. She's also set to appear on Kanye West's upcoming CD. With her collaborations, she's landed 10 songs on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart, including three in the Top 10; and Minaj's had eight overall tunes on the Hot 100.
Her current single, the Annie Lennox-sampled "Your Love," is spending its seventh week on top of the rap charts; it's the first time a female act, as the lead artist, has topped that chart since Lil Kim did in 2003. And "Your Love" is steadily climbing elsewhere, peaking at No. 5 and No. 14 on the R&B and Hot 100 charts, respectively.
"I think since Nicki came out there's going to be a lot of new girls coming out," producer-rapper Pharrell said. "There's always one that paves the way and opens the door (and) I think she reopened the door to hip-hop for females."
Minaj, whose real name is Onika Maraj, was born in Trinidad, but grew up in Queens, N.Y. Lil Wayne discovered Minaj and signed her to his Cash Money imprint last year. She's released three mixtapes and performs with the rap group Young Money, which includes Lil Wayne and Drake. The group's 2009 album, the gold-selling "We Are Young Money," has produced two Top 10 singles on the pop charts.
"Now that you have somebody that has pretty much her own style and does her own thing, people are gravitating toward it, so I think that makes her stick out 'cause she's so different," said Ludacris, who had Minaj rap on his hit "My Chick Bad."
Minaj's style is one that is playful, youthful and wild. She wears multicolored wigs, sings and raps in various accents and boasts about her sexuality, even playing up bisexuality, though she's said in a recent Vibe interview that she doesn't date or sleep with women. (Minaj's rep said the rapper would not be interviewed for this article because it was not solely about her.)
Like Minaj, a lot of female rappers reached their height in the mid 1990s to early 2000s as part of a hip-hop posse.
Junior M.A.F.I.A introduced Lil Kim, the multiplatinum diva who flaunted her sex appeal on the mic and in her music videos. Jay-Z introduced Foxy Brown, a feisty, skilled rapper who battled Lil Kim for rap's top female spot in the 90s. And Ruff Ryders, led by DMX, brought forth Eve.
50 Cent said the decline of those kind of posses has limited new female talent.
"There's not as many female rappers because there's not as many emerging crews," 50 Cent explained. "When those new crews come up, there's a potential for a female artist when the head of that crew sees the idea of bringing someone to speak from a female perspective."
Lil Kim and Foxy Brown both have seen their careers wane after criminal charges led to time behin
|Wed, August 18, 2010 at 8:18 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Haiti's electoral board decided to push back to August 20 its release of a final list of presidential candidates, a statement released Tuesday said, leaving in doubt for now whether hip-hop star Wyclef Jean can run.
"Due to questions posed regarding some candidates, ... the electoral board has decided to delay until August 20 the release of its final list of presidential candidates," the board said in a statement.
The council had pledged to release the list by Tuesday ahead of the November 28 elections for a successor to President Rene Preval, as Haiti struggles to revover from a devastating January 12 earthquake.
Several of the candidates including Grammy-winning hip-hop star Jean have had their presidential eligibility requirements questioned at the electoral body.
Jean is one of 34 Haitians who have lined up to run for the presidency, a measure of the office's powerful allure despite the widespread misery and seemingly insurmountable problems worsened by a January 12 earthquake that leveled the capital.
The vote is the first since the earthquake, which killed at least 250,000 people and left 1.5 million without homes. The winner will replace Preval, who is prohibited from seeking another term.
Pierre Thibolt, communications director of the provisional election council, earlier had told AFP the list would be released on Tuesday.
Security barricades had gone up around the council's headquarters in Petionville, a Port-au-Prince suburb, amid rumors that the council will eliminate some of the presidential hopefuls, possibly including Jean.
The Grammy-winning former Fugees frontman has little experience in politics but casts his insurgent bid as a chance to save a country brought to its knees by poverty, mismanagement and the earthquake.
But he faces challenges on whether he meets residency requirements after having lived in the United States for years, and about taxes he owes there.
Actor Sean Penn, who runs a tent camp for the homeless in Haiti, and others have accused Jean of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars he raised after the earthquake for a charity he ran.
In a report Tuesday, the New York Times spotlighted a history of poor financial management at Jean's Yele Haiti charity, including a 250,000-dollar payment it made to a television station that the singer and a cousin had recently acquired.
In a statement, Jean acknowledged "missteps" at the charity before the earthquake but called claims that 250,000 dollars were misappropriated an "outright falsity" circulated by disgruntled former employees.
"Unhappy former employees, old rumors and long negated claims are simply distractions at this crucial juncture, when my advisers and I need total focus on the Haitian situation," he said.
His supporters have brushed aside the other concerns raised with the election council.
"We have proved that Mr. Jean had residency in Haiti where he is also a majority shareholder in a television station. The financial statements in the United States cannot be dealt with in Haiti," said Joel Petit-Homme, one of Jean's lawyers.
"The electoral office of disputes has already decided in our favor and now no political influence can stop Mr. Jean from seeking Haiti's presidency," he added.
Jean arrived back in Haiti on Saturday, and toured Haiti's south before arriving Monday in his stronghold, Croix des Bouquet, near the capital, where aides s
|Tue, August 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK - Soul and R&B singer Erykah Badu has paid a fine and will serve six months probation for stripping off her clothes to film a music video in Dallas, Texas, at the site where former President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a city official said on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old music star had been charged with disorderly conduct in April over her nude video shoot in Dealey Plaza for her single "Window Seat," from her latest album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh).
Badu agreed with prosecutors in her hometown of Dallas to serve probation that will end February 11, and she paid a $500 fine late last week, a spokesman for the city of Dallas said.
In "Window Seat," Badu sheds all her clothes throughout the course of the song as she walks and runs through the plaza. At the end, a gunshot rings out and she collapses to the ground naked, as blue blood spills out to form the word "groupthink."
Kennedy was shot in November 1963 as his motorcade passed Dealey Plaza in the city's downtown.
|Tue, August 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK - Rap star Jay-Z came first in a list of the richest rappers in 2010, earning more than double that of runner-up Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter took in $63 million in personal income between June 2009 and June 2010, according to Forbes.com.
Diddy took in $30 million, followed by Senegalese-American rapper Aliuane "Akon" Thiam at $21 million.
Despite beginning a jail sentence in March for weapons charges, New Orleans-born rapper Dwayne "Lil Wayne"Carter came in fourth, earning $20 million, ahead of California rap icon Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, who took in $17 million.
Almost all stars at the top of the list all share a common strategy - diversification.
The top-earning rappers pulled in cash from alcohol sponsorships, clothing lines, nightclub properties and film appearances, in addition to concert tours and record sales.
Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 nightclub chain. Diddy promotes Ciroc vodka and appeared in the feature film Get Him to the Greek. Dr. Dre and Lil Wayne have record labels. Akon appeared in a Pepsi World Cup ad campaign.
The real money isn't in record sales, said Zack O'Malley Greenburg, a Forbes writer who compiled the list.
"Eminem tied at number 14, even though he's sold more records than any artist since 2000," Greenburg said.
Eminem earned $8 million this year, despite the release of his album Recovery which sold 741,000 copies in the first week of sales.
"It's pretty shocking to see him so low down on the list," said Greenburg. "Compared to his peers, he doesn't really do much outside of music."
Rappers have responded to the current era of the digital download, when record sales don't reach the numbers they used to.
"Artists don't put out albums anymore, they put out single hits, so they have reasons to tour. Hits and tours make you relevant, and they get you sponsorships, and earn you money from merchandise," said Greenburg, who is the author of a forthcoming business-focused biography of Jay-Z.
Greenburg looked at male recording artists who primarily produced rap or hip-hop, and estimated their earnings from record sales, song downloads, touring, film and TV appearances, endorsements and other sources.
The full list can be found on http://www.forbes.com/hiphop
|Mon, August 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
DARMSTADT, Germany - A German singer facing accusations that she infected a man with the virus that causes AIDS acknowledged in court Monday that she had unprotected sex despite knowing she was HIV-positive.
Nadja Benaissa, 28, a member of German girl band No Angels, is charged with grievous bodily harm for allegedly infecting a partner with the virus in 2004 and also faces charges of attempted bodily harm for having unprotected sex with two other men.
"I am sorry from my heart," she said in a statement read by her lawyer to the Darmstadt administrative court. "No way did I want my partner to be infected."
The man who claims Benaissa infected him says they had a three-month relationship at the beginning of 2004, and that he got tested after Benaissa's aunt asked him in 2007 whether he was aware that the singer was HIV-positive.
In her statement, Benaissa told the court she became addicted to crack cocaine at 14 and that during her pregnancy at 16, she found out that she was HIV positive, the news agency ddp reported.
After winning a TV talent show, "Popstars," in 2000, she joined No Angels with four other young women and hid her illness from everyone for fear it would damage her career.
Of that time, the singer said in her statement, "I grew apart from everyone, even myself."
No Angels sold more than 5 million albums before breaking up in 2003.
Along with three other members from the original band, Benaissa helped reform the group in 2007. They performed to a disastrous result in the 2008 Eurovision song contest, coming in 23rd out of 25 contestants.
No Angels were heading into a concert in Frankfurt in April 2009, when Benaissa was taken into custody and kept for 10 days — a move that a German AIDS awareness group criticized as disproportionate. The Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe group argued that the question of whether her partners also carried a share of the responsibility had been neglected.
Five more sessions are scheduled in her trial. It is not clear if Benaissa will give any further testimony.
A verdict is expected Aug. 26. She could face several years in prison if found guilty, although her acknowledgment of wrongdoing is expected to result in a milder punishment
|Mon, August 16, 2010 at 10:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of the world view of the incoming freshmen class. The list for the Class of 2014:
Most students entering college for the first time this fall — members of the Class of 2014 — were born in 1992. For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Burt Parks and Tony Perkins have always been dead.
1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
2. E-mail is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
3. "Go west, young college grad," has always implied "and don't stop until you get to Asia and learn Chinese along the way."
4. Al Gore has always been animated.
5. Los Angelinos have always been trying to get along.
6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other bloodsuckers at Hemery High.
7. "Caramel macchiato" and "venti half-cafvanilla latte" have always been street corner lingo.
8. With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.
9. Had it remained operational, the villainous computer HAL could be their college classmate this fall, but they have a better chance of running into Miley Cyrus's folks on Parents' Weekend.
10. A quarter of the class has at least one immigrant parent, and the immigration debate is not a big priority unless it involves "real" aliens from another planet.
11. John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.
12. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.
13. Parents and teachers feared that Beavis and Butt-head might be the voice of a lost generation.
14. Doctor Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine.
15. Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.
16. Korean cars have always been a staple on American highways.
17. Trading Chocolate the Moose for Patti the Platypus helped build their Beanie Baby collection.
18. Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
19. They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.
20. DNA fingerprinting and maps of the human genome have always existed.
21. Woody Allen, whose heart has wanted what it wanted, has always been with Soon-Yi Previn.
22. Cross-burning has always been deemed protected speech.
23. Leasing has always allowed the folks to upgrade their tastes in cars.
24. "Cop Killer" by rapper Ice-T has never been available on a recording.
25. Jay Leno and David Letterman have always been trading insults on opposing networks.
26. Unless they found one in their grandparents' closet, they have never seen a carousel of Kodachrome slides.
27. Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
28. They've never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.
29. Reggie Jackson has always been enshrined in Cooperstown.
30. "Viewer Discretion" has always been an available warning on TV shows.
31. The first computer they probably touched was an Apple II; it is now in a museum.
32. Czechoslovakia has never existed.
33. Secondhand smoke has always been an official carcinogen.
34. "Assisted Living" has always been replacing nursing homes, while Hospice has always been an alternative to hospitals.
35. Once they got through security, going to the airport has always resembled going to th