Monday, August 19, 2013

Hot Topics: Kendrick Lamar "King of New York", Lee Thompson Young "Jett Jackson" Dead at 29, Heavy Security at Theater in Silver Spring, MD for The Butler

 Lee Thompson Young
 Good day folks. A gloomy Monday afternoon here in the District, and sadly fitting for the news that broke a few hours ago about TV star Lee Thompson Young committing suicide. He is most known for his role as the Disney star and titled show "The Famous" Jett Jackson. Many of us in our early to late 20's remember watching his show as a kid. Thompson Young was a guy who seemingly stayed out of trouble and had a bright career ahead. He played in movies including Friday Night Lights, Akeelah and the Bee and if you're a horror fan like me, you will remember him in The Hills Have Eyes 2. He was currently playing the role of Barold Barry on Rizzoli and Isles, a crime drama that airs on TNT It is sad to see another successful young black man go, especially in the form of taking his own life. This goes to prove that no matter what heights of success you reach, you never know what someone is going through. Black men tend to keep a lot of stuff  "held in" to appear strong. We need to be able to express ourselves to someone. If it cannot be family and friends then to a complete stranger. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is a start. Additionally, if you are lucky to work in the government in some capacity, most offer anonymous help through various hotlines. Call your human resources department for more information. May he rest in peace.
 Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar or K DOT for the original fans had words for Jermaine Cole, Big KRITT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler and Mac Miller. The song Control made the airwaves last week and sent the rap game into a frenzy. Some would say Kendrick Lamar called these rappers out but after letting this all sink in, it's clear he's calling out for some friendly competition to give rap the push it really needs. I believe the rap industry has not been this hype in quite a while. Kendrick Lamar is a breathe of fresh air. We have heard a few responses to Kendrick's "call out" from people such as Joe Budden but no one has been able to catch the attention like Lamar did. What is next for the self proclaimed "King of New York?" What about the people Kendrick did not mention like Lil' Wayne? (Who should have been mentioned in my opinion).
 Regal Majestic 20 & IMAX Silver Spring, MD

The Regal Majestic Cinema in Silver Spring, MD came under fire this weekend for having what was described as a heavy level of police for the screening of Lee Daniels, The Butler. A woman by the name of Jennifer Flowers took to Twitter to tweet about her experience. There was allegedly armed guards in the theater room where the movie was showing. Regal Entertainment Group responded by saying: 
"They employs security personnel to ensure the safety all of our guests and staff. When a theatre experiences sold out showings of any feature, security will assist with crowd control and guest assistance throughout the facility, including auditoriums.

This weekend our Majestic theatre experienced a tremendous guest response to the feature "Lee Daniels' The Butler" such that additional showtimes were added to meet our guests' demands.
At no time did local management receive any guest complaints or concerns about our security or staff, who worked diligently to meet all of our guests' needs."

I just have to believe this is unprecedented. I have gone to see many hit movies on opening nights and NEVER have police officers or hired security stood watch of patrons as they watched a movie. Regal deserves to give everyone there a refund for that foolishness. Unless there was a specific threat, I can't see a justifiable reason for that obnoxious amount of security.


1 comment:

Will said...

There really isn't a good reason for it. Granted, the movie has lots of racial overtones that could generate anger in some people. But not to the point of needing extra security. You know you have the right amount of security if people can come and go without really noticing or paying them any attention. When patrons feel uncomfortable, then that's when you know you've crossed the line and you have too much security.