198. Thinking, Marshall, Holmes/Cruise, Art, And Mary J. Blige



Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets For The Week!



1. Music…Marshall…A Young Thurgood Marshall’s Early Battles!
Mary J. Blige And Andra Day: Special Sisters In Rhythm, Blues, And Rock!
Chadwick Boseman Completes A Triple Play With 42 (Jackie Robinson),
Moving On Up (James Brown), and Marshall (Thurgood Marshall)!


Marshall, the story of Thurgood Marshall’s early years, opens in theaters throughout the world on October 12th. Chadwick Boseman stars as the young Thurgood Marshall long before Marshall’s Supreme Court days. Boseman was spectacular in 42, The Jackie Robinson story and in Moving On Up, the James Brown story. Boseman looks even better in the Marshall previews as a seemingly out of his element lawyer southern lawyer defending a black man’s attack of a white woman. We know Chadwick is going to be exceptional, once again, in this feature.


Let’s Talk Philadelphia wasn’t invited to the private Philadelphia preview of Marshall two weeks ago. Therefore, out of touch until the 12th, we are going in a different direction (think soundtrack) with our Marshall story for this issue. Every time Beyonce and Rihanna perform in Philadelphia their accolades could fill a large sized foot locker. Their performances, however, couldn’t persuade our office staff from voting Mary J. Blige Number 1 in Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Hip-Hop Soul, and Rock in our office poll. Her songs definitely define her as our office’s Queen of Love, Strength, Pain, Acceptance, and Struggle.

MJB’s music videos and their story lines are just as revealing and dynamic as her songs.
Try these three selections on Vevo and You Tube and you will be hooked:
1. Take Me As I Am…I still stay strong, you can’t pull me down!
2. I Am…No one is going to love or treat you better!
3. One…A great collaboration with U2!


Before reading the next segment, please listen to these four songs by Cassandra (Andra) Day. You will, then, share our excitement over this new music maker. Can an office have two queens?

1. Stand Up For Something
2. Rise Up
3. Only Love
4. I Want It All

In 2015 at age 30, Andra Day exploded on the music scene with her first album Rise Up. Since then, she has performed with more than twenty top recording stars and has sung in every major venue in the United States including the White House and the Democratic National Convention. Andra was discovered by Stevie Wonder after hearing cover songs and mashups (blending two songs together) she and her sister performed, recorded, and filmed in their bedroom for their You Tube channel. She was first recruited by Stevie Wonder to duet on his Coke commercials in 2015.


A whole new group of fans will now emerge after seeing Andra Day’s performance in Marshall of Stand Up For Something and on the Marshall Soundtrack where she performs the song with Common. You will see that she sounds more like Adele with her soulful longings than Adele.


2. From Rome With Love…The Best Puzzle Of The Week!
Mind Amp…ing Is A Very Good Way To Start Your Day!

Anagram It!


5,000 Palumbo Two Minute Puzzle enthusiasts set a new LinkedIn record last week. We are thanking those readers with our REALLY EASIEST puzzle this week and including it in this issue of Let’s Talk Philadelphia to add a little pop to your brain.


An anagram is a word that can be changed into another word without adding or subtracting any letter. Anagram one of the two words that follow and you will have a pair of opposites. Start your two minute timer. Good luck!


Example…Post/Go = Stop/Go
1. Finder/Foe =
2. Costly/Reef =
3. Walk/Urn =
4. Nice/Name =
5. Subtract/Dad =
6. Frown/Ring =
7. Sale/Open =
8. Owl/High =


9. Tea/Starve =
10. Spend/Vase =
11. Lane/Fat =
12. Pear/Sow =
13. Lived/Angel =
14. Work/Foal =
15. What/Freeze =
Can you write three Opposite Anagrams of your own?
That is the real challenge?


3. Movies…Best On Demand Movie Of The Week!
No! Weirdest On Demand Movie Of The Week! Miss Meadows!
Katie Holmes Teaches, Gardens, Dances, And Kills!


Since their divorce in 2012, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have appeared in over twenty movies, television shows, and acting vignettes. Their new movies American Made (Tom) and Lucky Logan (Katie) have the same action, love scenes, battles of wits, and chases (car, plane, boat) that we expect from their scripts and production companies.


We thoroughly researched five of Cruise/Holmes’s twenty movies for a lead-in for this highlight. We were going to have our readers compare Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the movie Night and Day to their two new features and movie love interests. Then, we found Katie Holmes on Netflix in the movie Miss Meadows.


Unequivocally, Miss Meadows (2014) is the strangest movie you will ever see!!!

Miss Meadows (Katie) is a school teacher that wears tap shoes, frocky 1950 dresses, and white gloves everywhere she goes in town, in her garden, or in her house. Her tap dancing is most memorable in the movie. This playful miss will warm your heart until she pulls a small gun from her small purse and becomes the town’s first and most surprising vigilante.


Katie protects everyone in her neighborhood from possible thieves and predators. She is a teacher, so keeping young children like Ava Kolker safe is in her prime directive. The sheriff’s city-wide list of criminals is another one of Miss Meadows’s undertakings. Mary Kay Place, her next door neighbor tries to help, but her advice is twisted to non-understanding by Katie. James Dale, the police chief is the love interest who also takes turns trying to guide Katie. Even the twice daily phone calls to her mother Jean Smart can’t redirect this sweet vigilante. Redirect some of your time to see this movie and call out Why Me at its unexpected conclusion.


PS…Look out for the upcoming Ocean’s Eight!
Who Will Katie Holmes Kill In This One!


4. Television…The Best Cartoon/Adult Swim Network Show Of The Week! Julia Diehm Makes This Column Younger And Brighter!
Samurai Jack Will Keep Your Mind Jumping! Julia Promises!
Eight Primetime Emmy’s With More To Come!


We asked High School senior Julia Diehm for ideas that will help Let’s Talk Philadelphia appeal to a younger audience. We like Julia’s viewpoints and hope this is the first of what will be many shares by Julia.


Here are Julia’s comments and interesting viewing suggestion for all ages:

If you were in elementary school during the early 2000s, chances are you tuned in to Cartoon Network every once in a while. Unfortunately for me, I was a toddler at the time, so I wasn’t able to witness one of the greatest shows on television: Samurai Jack. But when I was old enough to watch TV, I, like many other girls, liked the Powerpuff Girls. So I was pretty confused to see a picture of Professor Utonium in a Japanese costume of some kind. Well, as it turns out, he was an entirely different character made by the same production crew. They dubbed him Samurai Jack, a young prince from feudal Japan sent to the dystopian future by an evil entity named Aku.


The show achieved many awards and much acclaim during its run, and for good reason. It blended comedy and action like no other children’s show did. Its audience was treated with intelligence, being given an impressively mature story line while keeping the innocence and family-friendly tone it should. The director, Genndy Tartatovsky, had an incredible talent to weave tales with little to no dialogue, creating an atmosphere all its own.


But the story was short lived as it was cancelled after season 4. There was no epic finale nor conclusion. The last episode was like any other. The show was on an apparent hiatus since 2005 with some rumors it was coming back. But the Samurai did not return to the small screen until 2017. With the knowledge that its audience was now grown, the show moved to Adult Swim with a new tone, complete with more violence, gore, and mature themes. From suicide to innuendos, this final season tackles it all. But don’t be fooled – the humor and ingenious storytelling are still there. It is quite rare for a beloved show to return with such success, so I highly suggest giving it a try.

PSS from Wikipedia: A remastered version of The Premiere Movie is set to receive a special theatrical release on October 16, 2017; prior to Samurai Jack: The Complete Series being released on Blu-ray and Digital HD on October 17, 2017. It contains remastered versions of the first four seasons of the Samurai Jack series.


5. Art…The Steve McKinney Story Is Just As Interesting As His Art!
Kelli McKinney Is Steve McKinney’s Biggest Fan!
Here Is Her Story! It Is A Reader’s Digest Humor In The USA Classic!


While sitting in my den one spring day, my husband, Steve, walked into the room and said, “I want to paint”! I, taking him seriously said, “which room”? No! he replied, “I want to be an artist”! As I gasped, knowing his history of hobbies, I just thought, here we go again.


I need to add that the only paint brush Steve has ever picked up was to paint the interior of our house. Not even in school did he paint, anything! Finding ourselves at the art store, Steve now has over 60 paintings, in less than two years time, and I no longer have blank walls. Being his wife and his biggest fan, I want to say, that I’m so proud of his God given talent. From abstracts to mountains, let your imagination flow, Dear Husband!

6. Art II…Jessica Klein Is A Cheerleader For The New Jersey Art Scene!
ArtWorks Trenton Is A Must For Your October/November Visiting Schedule!


Hey Tom!
My name is Jessica Klein. I’m an abstract artist from South Jersey. I’ve been painting for four years, finding success within the Trenton art scene. Some great events to lookout for are Art All Day and Art All Night! AAN is held at Roebling Wireworks Factory each year in June, this year marking its 12th Anniversary! The show is sponsored by Artworks Trenton. I’ve had the privilege of working with wonderful people, a shout out to C.A. Shofed, and have made beautiful friends in such a growing art mecca and community.


Go Trenton!


Looking back, Trenton is where I ended up, but my journey began in Delanco, New Jersey. Our hometown library here in Delanco holds its annual art show every October and is in its 4th year! This is the funnest and most enjoyable show for me because this is where I feel comfortable introducing new concepts. The Made in Delanco Show allows me to feel brave and I am so grateful to give and get support, to and from my lovely, librarian and friend, Katharina Radcliffe. Remember to stick by your local library. Thanks for reading!

All My Best,
Jessie “Overcivilized Communications” Klein


7. The 23rd Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia Continues!


This year (2017) is the 23rd Anniversary of Let’s Talk Philadelphia. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across four continents, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500+ readers subscribe to the column. 7500 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s think Let’s Talk Philadelphia plays well in Brooklyn, also.


Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, businesses, and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas should be sent to: Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send six photos with your two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Thank you!


Like the art above, your varied ideas, experiences, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching.


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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