123. James Brown And Chadwick Boseman

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1. Second Call For April And May Column Contributors!
What Is Better Than Free Advertising?
What Is Better Than A Larger Audience For Your Creations?

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Join our yearlong 20th Anniversary celebration of writing and creative discussion by contributing a story suggestion, book review, movie write-up, art piece, award notice, photography portfolio, game grabber, business join-up, multimedia purchase, travel tidbit, or theater ‘can’t miss’ for our Let’s Talk column.

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Your ideas and suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography on Let’s Talk over our discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We subscribe to the concept of reflected glory! Ask your friends to drop their email in the follow box in the bottom right hand corner of the opening page.

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2. Health…Women Beware!…Death Is On Your Doorstep!

For the thirtieth (30th) year in a row more women have died for heart disease than men. Five hundred women (500) die from heart disease each day. It is the number one killer of women. These disease statistics for women for some reason are a national secret. Each day women are sent home from medical facilities and centers with chest pains (from indigestion?) and other misdiagnosed maladies that really are signs of a heart attack. More women need to be aware of the danger. February’s “Heart Month” is not enough!


Print out the warning signs of a heart attack and give them out at your book club, yoga stretch, women’s rally, high school and college classes, sororities, Tupperware parties, and family dinners. The National Heart Association has a number of informative brochures you can send for or download. This is an important issue; a very important issue. Give out a helpful strategies pamphlet for what to do if any of the signs become prevalent. Everyone needs the facts and a voice on this issue.

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3. Music…James Brown…Get On Up!
The Best Songs Come From A Broken Heart!

Chadwick Boseman is the new heartthrob at our local high school and high schools across America. He has just finished starring as Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42 and as Vontae Mack, college football phenom, in Kevin Costner’s new movie Draft Day. Now, Chadwick embraces the role of James Brown in this summer’s scream and dance fest Get On Up.

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The “Godfather of Soul” died in 2006. His music has recently been highlighted across television and the Internet. It has been the background music for television’s presidential kill-festival Scandal to being featured on I Heart Radio. The extra buzz is probably part of the pre-movie advertising campaign. It is ingenious if people knew the movie was soon to be at their local theater??? Wear your foot-tapping shoes to the movie. The previews looked like you will be doing some big time tapping while in your seat or standing up in the theater aisle.

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4. Photography…The Georgia Southern University Challenge!

Georgia Southern University and Savannah’s finest have thrown the gauntlet down and we have taken up their challenge. Can we take four photos and pick a poet or philosopher’s words and match them artistically with the photo? Picking just one poet for four photographs was difficult.

We took this challenge even further in the office. Everyone had to take a famous or not so famous painting and find a poem that would match the painting’s theme. The paintings and poems were to be displayed (by office staff and invited guests) three days in a row on their ‘cubby’ hallway wall. Passer-byes will hopefully enjoy the cubicle displays.

Some staff members jumped at the challenge. Others considered this a violation of their cubicle space and the non-meddling theme of our office staff’s “cubby” wall display policy.

Here are the four photographs from Georgia and our selected philosopher’s word match. Galileo Galilei was somewhat of a stretch for this challenge, but somehow made an excellent match for these photos. “See, It Moves” as Galileo would say while being tortured by church officials.


  1. “The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”Image
  2. “The increase of known truths stimulates the investigation, establishment, and growth of the arts.”
  3. “It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.
  4. “That eye whose labors have seen such glorious results.”

5. And The Office Winners Are:

A. The Best Words…Sarah Williams…With Painting Match

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“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

B. The Best Words…Isaac Newton…With Painting Match

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“I do not know what I may appear to the world,
But to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the seashore,
And diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier seashell than ordinary,
Whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

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6. Movies…Cuban Fury…One Voice In The Wilderness!

If you are the only person in the audience for a seven o’clock movie is that a good thing for you or the movie? Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’ Dowd star in this quirky movie about salsa dancing and the comeback of a portly office worker thirty years after being a child dance star. Yes, a woman is involved! The new female office boss is the impetus for re-connecting with salsa, a dance abandoned years before because of bullying.

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Sure, you can see Draft Day, Oculus, Transcendence, or ten other monster movies this week. The real movie lover, however, will give this one a try. You can tell that ‘word of mouth’ really filled theater seats for this ‘dance fever’ epic! Forget it! “Never mind” as Rosanna Dana would say! Just go see Transcendence!

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7. Art…Berthe Morisot…An Impressionists Best Bet!

We, in Philadelphia as well as the world of art critics, have long song the praises of Philadelphia great Mary Cassatt. Another female painter from the late 1800’s that is often overlooked is Berthe Morisot. We have featured her work throughout this column for your enjoyment or to find a matching poem for her paintings.


We think this “matching painting with poem” concept would be a unique undertaking for an art museum. Next to each of an art museum’s paintings would be a classic poem that captures the paintings essence. (The art purist would say this is impossible). This is, also, a great writing activity for classrooms as they write a poem about the paintings they will see on their next museum visit. This concept will naturally help art teachers integrate art across the creative writing curriculum, too.

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8. Nashville…To Be Or Not To Be…A Last Rating’s Gasp

The Nashville (ABC Wednesday) television show’s talented performers are going on the road in April and May. They are trying to save the show and recruit new viewers. It is strange that the shows songs are best sellers all over Billboard Magazine, but the show can’t get enough viewers to put it on next year’s schedule.

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Here is what Billboard said about this last ditch effort:

“In April and May, five of the show’s stars will perform in concerts in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
ABC will broadcast on April 23 a one-hour special, “Nashville: On the Record. It was taped on March 29 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. On May 6, Big Machine Records will release the series’ fourth soundtrack.”


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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2 Responses to 123. James Brown And Chadwick Boseman

  1. Oni says:

    As a teenager, I was always on the good foot when James Brown came to the rock n’ roll shows at the Uptown Theater in Philly…his music is the soundtrack to my life. I played it for the cardio and cool down in the step classes I taught back in the 90’s. I can’t wait to see this movie. I know I’ll be dancing in the isle!!!…I have second thoughts on the Chadwick Boseman playing JB…I saw him in the movie on Jackie Robinson “42” and if it wasn’t for the subject matter I would of turned it off. I do hope he does JB justice and really show his passion for his music, woman and civil rights…the real Godfather of Soul…the good, bad & ugly.

  2. Jenny Witterick says:

    Your columns are always terrific Tom, Jenny

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