Today Is National Patriot Day

first_imgSarah Villegas / U.S. Navy JAMESTOWN – Today marks a solemn day to remember those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Former President George W. Bush declared the first “Patriot Day” just before September 11, 2002. That was a year after the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four planes, two of them crashed into both World Trade Center towers in New York, causing them to collapse.Another crashed into the pentagon while a fourth went down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers struggled with hijackers. On Patriot Day, you can honor their memories by volunteering, spreading kindness, and participating in remembrance vigils.Chautauqua County officials will be holding a remembrance ceremony today at noon at the County Courthouse. Viewers can watch that streamed live on the County Government’s Facebook page. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bruce Lee before ‘Be Water’: An essential viewer’s guide to his best movies and TV shows

first_imgAs “Be Water” chronicles Lee’s important rise to superstardom by smashing Asian stereotypes, there should be renewed interest in his filmography. Here’s an essential guide to immersing oneself into his work:’The Green Hornet’ (1966-67)The titular character of the action television series based on the radio drama was played by Van Williams, but Lee dominated the show as Kato, the supposed sidekick. Clad in the signature black mask and chauffeurs’ getup, Lee had his coming-out party in America thanks to sticking to his traditional Asian martial arts mastery. The unofficial brother show to “Batman” survived only one season, but Lee was on the road to lasting impact with his thrilling fight scenes.’Longstreet’ (1971)Lee also had another prominent TV role in this short-lived crime drama about the titular blind insurance investigator, played by James Franciscus. Lee played Li Tsung, a fighting instructor for Longstreet. It was a chance for Lee to display both his mastery of and philosophy associated with the Cantonese hybrid martial art of Jeet Kune Do.’The Big Boss’ (1971)Lee’s budding stardom in America waned quickly because Hollywood producers were still reluctant to give him starring roles in film and his own television series. But his career spiked again because of his still-booming presence in his native Hong Kong. Embracing his cult following, the movie was a smashing success that shot Lee into the global entertainment stratosphere.’Fist of Fury’ (1972)How popular was Lee then? He could do a second explosive movie that topped his first at the Hong Kong box office. It also was a monster hit in Japan, despite the plot of the movie being centered around Lee fighting Japanese soldiers.’The Way of the Dragon’ (1972)With Lee doing no wrong in Hong Kong as a lead, he brought his friend and fellow renowned martial artist Chuck Norris into the fold in his film debut as Colt, a villain to Lee’s character, Tang Lung. Lee once again was a big hit abroad, to the point that his star rose again in America, where there was an impending boom of martial arts movies.’Game of Death’ (incomplete, 1972)Another one of Lee’s friends and disciples, dating to his days at UCLA, was NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar, like Norris, also played a villain, “Mantis, the 5th Floor Guardian.” Lee took a break from this movie when he was offered a can’t-refuse deal to star in the first Hollywood Kung Fu-themed blockbuster, “Enter The Dragon.” Unfortunately, he died before getting the chance to go back and complete “Game of Death,” but it was still released six years later.’Enter the Dragon’ (1973)If there’s one work you absolutely must see to get the best of Lee, it would be this big-budget sensation that stands up as one of the greatest action movies ever made. Focused on the aptly named main character Lee taking on a variety of foes, the American-made movie was shot beautifully in Hong Kong and worked to break racial and cultural barriers.’Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story’ (1993)Starring Jason Scott Lee (no relation) as Bruce Lee and Lauren Holly as his wife, Linda Lee (Caldwell), this is a solid biopic based on her book about their life together. It was a critical and commercial success as a fun but poignant look at Lee’s life, also doubling as a romantic movie made for the early 1990s. ‘Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey’ (2000)Broken down in five parts, this previous Lee documentary directed by John Little focuses on interviews about Lee and features original “Game of Death” footage. It’s part an overview of Lee’s life and work with Jeet Kune Do, part in-depth rediscovery of what became Lee’s final film. Bruce Lee is the latest intriguing individual subject of an ESPN 30 for 30. “Be Water,” a documentary directed by Bao Nguyen that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, makes it cable debut on ESPN on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.For those uninitiated with Lee’s life and martial arts legend, and his groundbreaking crossover into cinematic lore before his untimely death in 1973, “Be Water” serves as a strong homage. But learning about Lee over two hours is just scratching the surface in terms of fully appreciating his short but spectacular career in movies and television.last_img read more

Music Legend Little Richard Dead At 87

first_imgNASHVILLE (AP) — Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday. He was 87.Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of Little Richard’s, told The Associated Press that Little Richard died Saturday morning. Minson said he also spoke to Little Richard’s son and brother.Minson added that the family is not releasing the cause of death.Born Richard Penniman, Little Richard was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s founding fathers who helped shatter the color line on the music charts, joining Chuck Berry and Fats Domino in bringing what was once called “race music” into the mainstream. Richard’s hyperkinetic piano playing, coupled with his howling vocals and hairdo, made him an implausible sensation — a gay, black man celebrated across America during the buttoned-down Eisenhower era.He sold more than 30 million records worldwide, and his influence on other musicians was equally staggering, from the Beatles and Otis Redding to Creedence Clearwater Revival and David Bowie. In his personal life, he wavered between raunch and religion, alternately embracing the Good Book and outrageous behavior.“Little Richard? That’s rock ‘n’ roll,” Neil Young, who heard Richard’s riffs on the radio in Canada, told biographer Jimmy McDonough. “Little Richard was great on every record.”It was 1956 when his classic “Tutti Frutti” landed like a hand grenade in the Top 40, exploding from radios and off turntables across the country. It was highlighted by Richard’s memorable call of “wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”A string of hits followed, providing the foundation of rock music: “Lucille,” “Keep A Knockin’,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Good Golly Miss Molly.” More than 40 years after the latter charted, Bruce Springsteen was still performing “Good Golly Miss Molly” live.The Beatles’ Paul McCartney imitated Richard’s signature yelps — perhaps most notably in the “Wooooo!” from the hit “She Loves You.” Ex-bandmate John Lennon covered Richard’s “Rip It Up” and “Ready Teddy” on the 1975 “Rock and Roll” album.When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1986, he was among the charter members with Elvis Presley, Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke and others.Few were quicker to acknowledge Little Richard’s seminal role than Richard himself. The flamboyant singer claimed he paved the way for Elvis, provided Mick Jagger with his stage moves and conducted vocal lessons for McCartney.last_img read more