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The Unborn Breaks Ground For Blacks In Horror Films With Meagan Good and Idris Elba And Gets A Bit Jewish

The Unborn may have some fundamental problems like underdeveloped characters that live in insanely large houses, shallow dialogue that has supporting actress Meagan Good saying “dude” one too many times, and a contrived plot that relies on the holocaust and too much CGI, but it thankfully breaks a few of the horor film stereotypes by featuring Judaism as a device and more than one black character in a prominent role.

Megan Good plays the usual black girl best friend complete with sassy dialogue but manages to survive for at least an hour, almost a record for a horror film! When Good does bite it in full-on Exorcist style her quota is quickly filled by Idris Elba as one of the most important elements in a supernatural flick -a priest!

Sadly, Elba isn’t the saviour of the film because Catholicism takes a backset to Judaism as the force that can drive back the evil that “wants to be born,” but not since Demi Moore’s The Seventh Sign have we seen so many Jewish elements in a scare-fest. Granted the rabbi is played by a clean-shaven, payos-free (the sidecurls worn by many orthodox rabbis) Gary Oldman who comes off as more of an English professor, and the red Kabbalah strings made us cringe because of the obvious Hollywood connection, at least the film was original in it’s portrayal of race and religion.

The Unborn is currently in theaters and also stars Cloverfield‘s Odette Yustman.

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Happy Christmakwanzukkah!: A Celebration Of Black-Jewish Entertainers

Hang the stockings, light the menorah, gather around the tree and spin the dreidel!

It’s time to recognize the famous African American Jews who celebrate Hanukkah as well as Christmas—and maybe even Kwanzaa:

Lisa Bonet – the Life on Mars actress has a Jewish mother and an African American father.

Lenny Kravitz – the sexy singer boasts Jewish TV producer Sy Kravitz for a father and the late African American TV star Roxie Roker of The Jeffersons for a mother.

Sophie Okonedo – the British star of The Secret Life of Bees has a Jewish mother and a Nigerian father.

Slash – the Velvet Revolver metal head has a mother of Nigerian descent and a British Jewish father.

Rashida Jones – the former Office worker is the daughter of African American music icon Quincy Jones and Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton who is Jewish.

Rain Pryor – the daughter of African American comic legend Richard Pryor has a Jewish mother.

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Obama Nativity Figurines Gaining Popularity in Italy

Barack Obama’s popularity is reaching biblical proportions as handmade figurines of the President-elect and his wife Michelle are finding their way into Christmas nativity scenes in Italy.

The production of nativity figurines is a tradition in the southern city of Naples and in recent years the addition of celebrity figures to the holy gathering has become a fun part of that tradition.

While this year’s choice of manger additions includes U.S. Presidential election candidates Hillary Clinton and John McCain as well as French President Nicolas Sarcozy his wife Carla Bruni and the Pope, Italian craftsman Genny Di Virgilio admits, “the ones we are selling the most of are those of Barack Obama, America’s new president, along with his wife Michelle.”


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Media Religion

Mexican Playboy Magazine Features Semi-Nude Virgin Mary On Cover

The December issue of Playboy‘s Mexican edition is causing quite a stir with a semi-nude model posing as the Virgin Mary on its cover.

Draped in a simple white cloth, model Maria Florencia Onori strikes a religious pose in front of a stained glass window alongside the headline, “We adore you, Mary.”

The magazine was released just days before a Mexican festival dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe and not to mention during the month of one of the most important Christian holidays in which the birth of the Virgin Mary’s son is celebrated.

The Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises Inc. released this apology. “While Playboy Mexico never meant for the cover or images to offend anyone, we recognize that it has created offense, and we as well as Playboy Mexico offer our sincerest apologies.”

Raul Sayrols, publisher of Playboy Mexico, had this to say in another statement, “The image is not and never was intended to portray the Virgin of Guadalupe or any other religious figure. The intent was to reflect a Renaissance-like mood on the cover.”

Because nothing is hotter than half-naked biblical figures.

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: Does Obama Have A Prayer With The Evangelicals?

For better or worse, Evangelicals have enough clout to carry elections and Senator Barack Obama has kept no secrets in his attempt to court them. But is Obama’s pandering another sign that he is drifting from his liberal base–or just a wasted effort to persuade a historically republican voter block?

The answer to all these questions is an emphatic NO! Senator Obama speaks openly of his Christian faith (he is not a Muslim…for the millionth time already), and his recent appearances at the Saddleback & Compassion forums, provided thoughtful, nuanced, and deliberate answers on faith.

Obama understands when it’s appropriate to quote the Bible, has broad knowledge in religious theology, and speaks the language in Christian terms effectively.

I admired his response, in particular, to our country’s greatest moral failure: “We still don’t abide by that basic precept of Matthew…that whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me.” The truth of his statement, especially when held to our last eight years under Bush (Katrina anyone?) could not have been more clear.

But when it was McCain’s turn at Saddleback, he delivered robotic lines that fed to the cheers of the crowd. With the question, “At what point is a baby entitled to human rights?” McCain growled, “At the moment of conception.”

I find his incessant reference to the audience as “My friends” to be ingratiating and insincere, like that of a used car salesman (he’s certainly no friend of mine…especially after these comments). (READ MORE)

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Race Matters Religion

Scholars Say Americans Prefer Segregated Sundays

Some blacks as well as whites prefer segregated Sundays when it comes to attending church services, religious scholars tell CNN.

“Americans may be poised to nominate a black man to run for president, but it’s segregation as usual in U.S. churches,” the article reads. “Only about 5 percent of the nation’s churches are racially integrated, and half of them are in the process of becoming all-black or all-white.”

In the midst of the House’s recent apology to black Americans for slavery and Jim Crow laws, Blindie finds it ironic that slavery and Jim Crow, which kept churches segregated during our nation’s early history, still continue to keep blacks and white separated today.


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