Monday, December 20, 2010

Would YOU Speak Up?
After a long night of work on Friday night, I walked in the door and sat down to eat a belated supper while my parents watched TV. The show they were watching was ABC’s What Would You Do? I had seen this show many times before, but this one caught my attention. The situation they were staging at the time I walked in had to do with a crying child in a car. They purposely made sure it was hot outside, then placed an extremely realistic baby doll inside a locked car, with no windows cracked. The low percentage of people who actually stopped had me completely flabbergasted. So many simply walked by—and it was not because they didn’t hear the cries of the child, because many people looked back multiple times.
The situation shared above is one of the more subtle, when compared to others. For example, another that was showed that night involved a pair of actors (the parents) and their children going out to dinner. The controversial aspect? The parents were of the same gender—either two men, or two women. Others in on the act were the waiter and the rest of the restaurant management, who threatened to kick the family out of the restaurant Again, the number of bystanders who intervened was low.
It surprises me that so many people don’t have the courage to speak up when something needs to be said. I do agree that in some situations, it is no one else’s business to interrupt, for instance, the situation of a son confessing his sexuality to his mother. However, when a person see’s a crying child trapped in a car, I completely do not understand how they can just walk away without even notifying the police, at the least. People in this world need to SPEAK UP!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ahhh, the rock n' roll Hall of Fame...

Neil Diamond, now a member of the rock and roll Hall of Fame

As of Tuesday, the 2011 class of Cleveland Hall has been revealed. Among those accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper band, Dr. John, Darlene Love, and Tom Waits. Love, who had already been nominated three times prior, stated that the induction “still hasn’t hit her yet.” Alice Cooper’s name had been mentioned previously, but this was the first that the band was actually nominated for the hall. Both Cooper and Diamond made it clear that they were not sitting around waiting with anxiety. Their views were based on the fact that they would wait for their time to come.
However, obviously not all who are nominated receive such an honor. Those who will have to try yet another time include LL Cool J, J. Geil’s Band, the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer and, surprisingly, Bon Jovi.
The Inductions ceremony will be held on March 14th in New York City, with Bruce Springstein and the E Street Band’s Van Zandt most likely doing the honors.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Slam Dunk for Slim Shady

This has been a pretty successful year for rapper Eminem. To top it all off, he has recieved ten grammy nominations, which exceeds the number for any other artist this year. Among his nominations are Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year, for his newest album titled Recovery. Some give half of the credit for Eminem's success to Rhianna. Why? Five of the ten nominations recieved were for the song Love the Way You Lie which features Rhianna. The artists running against Eminem for album of the year include Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, Lady Gaga's Fame Monster, and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. Nominations for other categories also featured other big artists this year. The Grammy awards premier on Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at 8 o'clock on CBS.