Heaven bless them all. Today we remember and honor all those who died in the service of our country. We are grateful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for democracy...so we could be free.
Ironically, today we also remember those who were killed and those who lost all their belongings simply because they were Black Americans here in the Land of the Free. The Tulsa race massacre that occurred in a prosperous African American community of Tulsa, Oklahoma took place 100 years ago today. An estimated 300 citizens were killed in the racist attack. I never, ever heard or read about this American tragedy when I was in school. I first heard about it in 1999 when I was working on a local cable TV show in New York City.
Tonight at 10p Eastern time, Gayle King will host TULSA 1921: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY on CBS.
For a movie to rent on Memorial Day, I have a recommendation for you. Ben Foster doesn't get the publicity that actors like Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio and Channing Tatum get. Nonetheless, Foster is an exceptional actor whose work is always worth watching. He delivered one of his best performances in 2009 indie film, THE MESSENGER.
Ben Foster movingly played a heartsore, troubled veteran back from combat. He's now assigned the task of notifying people of the death of their loved ones in battle. One war widow, played by Samantha Morton, touches his troubled heart. Woody Harrelson co-stars. Click on the link to see a trailer: 👇