Happy Birthday Denzel Washington | December 28th, 1954
It’s simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they’re done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it’s what they see. That’s where my head is at.
I want to be remembered as someone who was sincere. Even if I made mistakes, they were made in sincerity. If I was wrong, I was wrong in sincerity. I can deal with a person who was wrong, as long as they were sincere.
happy birthday, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser!
“This is a morning my father never saw,” Jamie said, still so softly that I heard it as much through the walls of his chest, as with my ears. “The world and each day in it is a gift, mo chridhe—no matter what tomorrow may be.”
I sighed deeply and turned my head, to rest my cheek against his chest. He reached over gently and wiped my nose with a fold of his shirt.
“And as for taking stock,” he added practically, “I’ve all my teeth, none of my parts are missing, and my cock still stands up by itself in the morning. It could be worse.”
Today is a special day. It’s the birthday of two very important figures in black history. Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese American human rights activist and vocal leader in Asian American empowerment. She is notable as one of the few prominent non-black supporters of the Black Liberation Movement. It is also the birthday of Malcolm X, the famous civil rights activist.
Yuri Kochiyama and her family were rounded up by the American government and forced to live behind barbed wire during World War ll.
She participated in sit-ins and invited Freedom Riders to speak at weekly open houses in her family’s apartment.
In October of 1963, Kochiyama and her eldest son were arrested with hundreds of other people, mainly African-Americans, during a protest.
Malcolm X walked into the courthouse where activists were waiting to hear their civil disobedience charges, and he was quickly mobbed my adoring activists. Kochiyama was one of them. She felt out of place being a Japanese among blacks, but finally mustered up the courage to call out to him and say, “Can I shake your hand?”
“What for?” he demanded.
“To congratulate you for giving direction to your people,” she finally mustered.
Malcolm X smiled and extended his hand. Thus the brief friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama began.
She is pictured above, holding a recently assassinated Malcolm X as he lay dying.
Rest in Power to two very brave and extraordinary people.
where I wondered if Malcolm wasn’t just messing with Stewart about it being his 50th birthday because why wouldn’t he; this year I will wonder if the famous c*nt cake isn’t actually Sam’s idea of a joke based on what she
knows –which would be every single thing – about Malcolm’s sense
I can see how the cake might have been sent via Tom in the sense that his office authorized it/paid for it, but with the understanding that Sam would take care of the details like choosing it and adding the personalized message and making sure Malcolm knew who it was from.
“I’M NOT A DEMOCRAT, I’m not a Republican, and I don’t even consider myself an American…I’m speaking as a victim of this American system.
I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t see an American dream, I see an American nightmare…
THEY HAVE GOT A CON GAME GOING ON, a political con game and you and I are in the middle. It’s time for you and me to wake up and start looking at it like it is, and then we can deal with it like it is…”