[Arianna Huffington & Jesse Jackson and Diane von Furstenberg courtesy of guest of a guest]
First up, a happy Christmas Eve to all of these hardworking newsy entertainers this year: Instapundit; James Wolcott (Vanity Fair); John Ridley; Kausfiles (Slate); kottke.org; Left, Right and Center; The Moderate Voice; NDN Blog; The Notion (Nation); Oxdown Gazette; Pandagon; ABC; Access Hollywood; Al Jazeera; AOL News; Associated Press; BBC; Bloomberg; Boston Globe; C-SPAN; CBS; Chicago Sun-Times; Chicago Tribune; Christian Science Monitor; Center for Public Integrity; CNN; Congressional Quarterly; Daily Telegraph; Democracy Now!; Drudge Report; E! Online; Entertainment Weekly; Forbes; Fortune; Fox News; Financial Times; Globe and Mail; GlobalPost.com; GlobalVoices; Google News; Guardian; The Hill; Independent; KCRW’s Left, Right and Center; Los Angeles Times; McClatchy; Mediaite; Mosaic; Mother Jones; MSNBC; New York Daily News; New York Observer; BuzzMachine; The Corner (National Review); Crooks and Liars; Cursor; Daily Kos; Democracy Arsenal; Firedoglake; FrumForum; Jonathan Alter; Eric Alterman; Sidney Blumenthal; Eric Boehlert; Ron Brownstein; Joe Conason; David Corn; Stanley Crouch; EJ Dionne; Jon Fine; Howard Fineman; Thomas Frank; Jon Friedman; John Fund; Ellen Goodman; David Kirkpatrick; Howard Kurtz; New York Times;
I was looking today at Arianna Huffington of that blog in New York City that is quite extensive in showcasing other peoples brainy thoughts all year round. It’s really entertaining this year observing how Ari has transformed herself into the Christmas Divorcee Santa’s little helper this year of The Big Apple. She just keeps on getting better as a blogger in that uptight Ari way. I like her Christmas a lot this year. Christmas time is a time where many people get divorced. Who knows why? Stress I guess. However I like Ari’s focus, that if you focus on families entirely worse off than your own, it just might help a lot to appreciate the family that you do have. Quite wise really.
Here’s her message, shared for the City of Los Angeles too this Christmas Eve:
“Merry Christmas. I’m back from Chile (Feliz Navidad) and Brazil (Feliz Natal), and celebrating with my daughters and my ex (see HuffPost Divorce) in New York. This year’s It’s A Wonderful Life Award goes to Gregory Schauer, the unemployed man who demonstrated the true Christmas spirit by taking in a homeless woman and her three children for the holidays. Remarkably, when we contacted Greg to tell him about all the people who had written in offering to help him, he told us: “Please let them know that the best thing they can do is pass it on so to speak. Instead of sending me anything, call a shelter, sponsor a family for Christmas, give to the food pantries, spread the spirit of Christmas to as many people as they can.” So, in Greg’s honor, please go to The Goods, our online store featuring goods and services for those in need, and make a purchase in Greg’s name* (My choice was to help pay the rent of a family in need).
*Before adding your selection to your cart, click the box that indicates you want your donation to be a gift, put down Greg Schauer as the recipient, and email@example.com as the recipient’s email. We’ll make sure he gets your message.
Also check out these worthy bloggers too–if you get the time this Christmas: Funny or Die; George’s Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos); Gothamist; Hotline On Call (National Journal); Hullabaloo; Informed Comment; NPR; Newsweek; People; Politico; ProPublica; Radar; Reuters; Rolling Stone; The Root; Salon; San Francisco Chronicle; Slate; TIME; Times Of London; TMZ; USA Today; Vanity Fair; Wall Street Journal; Washington Independent; Washington Times; Washington Post; Yahoo! News; Youth Radio; Altercation (Media Matters); Americablog; Andrew Sullivan; BAGnewsNotes; Bloggingheads; Boing Boing; Brave New Films; BuzzFeed; Peek (Alternet); Political Animal; Political Capital (CNBC); Political Wire; Raw Story; Redstate.org; Seeing The Forest; The Swamp (Chicago Tribune); Swampland (Time); TalkLeft; Talking Points Memo; Tapped (American Prospect); Taylor Marsh; That Minority Thing; Truthdig; Think Progress; This Modern World; Washington Whispers (US News & World Report); Wonkette; The Young Turks; Roger E. Hernández; Christopher Hitchens; Rich Lowry; Dick Meyer; John Nichols; Jack Shafer; Robert Scheer; Lynn Sweet; Brian Till; George Will; Michael Wolff; PBS NewsHour.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
Zara Phillips and rugby football player Mark Tindall of the UK are engaged. Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news voted worldwide in our top ten (with bonus posts for the holidays) looks as follows. No. 1 is my favorite today with ‘heroine addict’ rumors having swirled through celebrity circles and in Hollywood the last two days. Ugh! So boring, if you live here. Yet another reminder how important it is perhaps, to be careful with our words. Congrats to the two stars pictured of the second royal wedding on the social calendar of 2011.
In the spirit of sharing, click on these bloggers in between our bonus posts and say hi. Many of them work harder than I do all year round turning on an entertainment show as website writers and or bloggers. Let’s make Christmas happen for these girls and guys too, if we can. My only claim to fame is that by virtue of location living in Hollywood means that what is on Horiwood.Com is seen as being more credible at times then these hardworking people. I think that’s fair as to survive Hollywood–you have to be ten times tougher than bloggers who don’t live here. It’s part of earning your fame cred in the City of Angels, but with it comes a thorough understanding of the ‘unspoken Hollywood rules of fame.’ It really can’t be learned any other way than living here. A tough school I am thankful to almost have graduated from. To everyone whose ever supported me here in seen and many unseen ways that I have felt, thank you so much for making a Maori’s dream that I never once grew up dreaming, but fortuitously fell into by grace of opportunity, come true. :)
For celebrity bloggers who don’t live in Hollywood, know that all opinions aired and shared have validity in a democratic society of equal people, so let’s support such bloggers too, aye if we have the time and feel like it?! Thanks team. Any celebrity blogger who does charity posts and shines a light on the defenseless, the unheard, the misrepresented, the needy, the poor–will always be a star in my book in that moment they turn their light on such people, just like us. Only creative people have this ability to influence others for the good, which is why I’m affirming their energy and efforts today as stars in the world of entertainment. Alright, on with the show then. :)
Bonus Post: Lady Gaga: AND WHY EXACTLY IS THAT HAND THERE? Operation Smile is the organization that helps out peeps born with that cleft palate situation. Click on pic, to make a dif if your smile’s fabulous and want a kid to know the same feeling. Cheers!
To give the gift of clean drinking water to make a difference to a billion people who need it, click on this pic–to not be a fruitcake stuck in the past these festive holidays.
The world’s true royalty is anyone conscious enough to make water flow. This one fact, determines the baseline flow of all human rights in this world.
Because you all rock… Love ya! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.19.10~
Kate Middleton has a lunch date with The Queen. Will & Kate charm a charity event. Royal souvenirs get the big tick. In other news, 1 billion people exist in the world today that need clean drinking water. The Water Project, seeks to make a difference in India and Africa, click on pic below to let charity flow these holidays and be a Prince or Princess too of a more civilized and modern thinking world today.
Tron: Legacy earns $43.6 million at the box office to be #1.
You too can watch a total lunar eclipse, early Tuesday.
And the rich get richer–Los Angeles Times story.
Taylor Momsen shares Sarah Palin‘s knowledge of geography.
Johnny Depp is sighted backstage at a Justin Bieber concert.
Angelina Jolie gifts Brad Pitt a “family-rock” ring for his 47th birthday.
Saturday Night Live spoofs the Kardashian sisters.
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron remain besties.
Lady Gaga can’t perform in Paris, France due to crew arrests. Or, a pop star’s day off. Lol!
Burlesque has a Golden Globes controversy on their hands.
Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds may have done lunch in NYC.
Best TV actor at Golden Globes is dubbed the mostly contested category this year.
Arizona and Nevada sue Bank of America over loan modifications–Why only two States?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.12.19.10~
Here’s some top rating celebrity news items, political trending news in the US and other current events news posts rating as observed from Hollywood in the world today. Enjoy.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.14.10~
Transparency is like refined gold, it has to be earned, tested with trust. So, I like people who endeavor to display a transparent spirit as leaders who serve the best interests of all, hence this quote running on this blog: ”In my time as Prime Minister I have tried to push for greater transparency, and we are happy to have an independent body overseeing expenses and entitlements for MPs [politicians], says New Zealand’s leader from Wellywood/ Wellington,”John Key 3 News. Information is like water flow. It often doesn’t flow to the right people who need to have it. Knowledge equals power. Africa needs water. What do we do this knowledge?
Transparency is good in any sincere culture but discretion is a part of wisdom too: ‘Do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing… Be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove… A wise man conceals a matter.’
Often people who expect others to be transparent are not themselves–so good men and naturally transparent people–are forced to be wise and manage their own information about themselves, like a cultural taonga of New Zealand belonging to the collective people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Each nation is a knowledge farm of fruitful minds.
Here in America, today - Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has already worked out what her parents do and wants to follow in their footsteps already as a performer turning out a show. “Shi’Bouncy” couldn’t be happier with her baseball bat and military attire as mother Angelina Jolie, sister Zahara and Maddox go to Lee’s Art Store themselves in Manhattan, New York to shop before they imagine and create as artists. Too cute. This family is on the attack today from haters not in Jolie’s league, or, all of her children either. Love it. Maddox Jolie-Pitt has been a star longer than many people claiming to be celebs today. He was born this way. A star.
Jolie’s statement today could be–Our best art, is serving our children, to be informed by their worldview, creating their art. In any culture, isn’t that always the truth.
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news on a sad day where the much admired Elizabeth Edwards died, looks like this as voted by you today worldwide. Thanks people.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.7.10~
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom. (more…)
If you’re wealthy, you might want to skip this post. I’m kidding.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet announced The Giving Pledge a while back. It’s a charitable trust, that gives people of wealth the opportunity to be relieved of it–and act like ‘real’ people or like the majority of the world.
The trust urges wealthy citizens to give the bulk of their wealth to the trust for others in need. ABC’s Christiane Amanpour recently interviews Warren and Bill and Melinda Gates about their start up role as leaders of the trust. Ted Turner is also following suit.
This is certainly an opportunity to make a difference in the world now when it’s most needed. It also observes the principle that if you give, you get back. The rise of the billionaire philanthropist as a super hero of the world–is a miracle of the heart, I think. These guys and girls are all so admiral who are in this trust. Fearless. Rock on!
Watch these stars here for pure inspiration. Mr Buffet maintains that the current tax breaks for the rich of America have not worked for US society for a decade now. I have noticed that the people who like Warren Buffet as a celebrity are all good people, pretty much. They have fun but try and be frugal too where they can.
Not that ‘that last paragraph’ is a recommend to give half your wealth away. However, in the video link above, The Giving Pledge believe they can raise $600 billion from partners who join them to do the same thing. That’s amazing, it’s like the entire amount of the recent US draw down from the Fed.
Love it. Positive and proactive leadership.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywod California USA. 11.29.10~
In Oscars Hollywood history, the Cocoanut Grove was the venue celebrating Americans much loved art form of Hollywood’s cinema’s best awards for excellence.
From this image we see a Palm Tree as a symbol of Peace. Whether a palm is found in California, throughout The South Pacific, in Israel or Iran provides a message for us all to ponder as a symbol.
A palm tree grows peacefully in earth’s soil, irrespective of how people draw up maps of territory. Its a very humble tree. It just grows. Its leaves offer shade in extreme heat conditions for people and camels alike. It always signifies that water is found nearby, water being a symbol of life that all growing things need to live. A palm tree’s fruit is eaten by people of Californian, people in Iran or Israel alike. A palm tree does not discriminate. It looks after people equally.
May leaders of the world (G20 Economies Summit leaders included) all have a movie date with Peace, in their hearts concerning the future direction of the world and showing mercy to others, not all that different from ourselves.
This is California’s story in the City of Angels. We are peace messengers in The City of Angels–just like a palm tree is. May the art of peace be the most glorified American art of all and bring forth its fruit in due season.
I think an emphasis on water systems watering people who don’t have it in the world with clean drinking water, would be an intelligent thing of G20 leaders to obsess on at this point in World History. With the existing wealth all G-20 Summit leaders nations have, let’s leak some water these nations way who are without.
That’s smart leadership. Instead of just “World Economy, War Economy,” as buzz words, let’s think “Water Economy” too for all people in the world. A war on lack for the least in the world is what’s needed. That’s true power, to think that way and shows respect for basic human rights in the world.
[Image - courtesy of Vanity Fair]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10~
[Image caption - Fan Sam Bellingham was lucky enough to get a photo with Beyonce as she arrived at Auckland International Airport, New Zealand].
My Maori mum, Tui of Helensville is too cute. Right on midnight (Los Angeles Time) she called me to say that she had gone with her grandchildren to see Bono (she meant U2) perform in Auckland The Supercity.
She also said that Beyonce was spotted going for lunch the next day at The Soul Cafe in Auckland City. “She’s beautiful dear,” were mom’s words.
Maori moms are so much fun. Mine is in her 70′s and can still rock it out to a humanitarian’s rock concert with her grandkids. Namely, her blackest grandchild Bradley James. Love her!
On the phone we talked about what she feels the world needs today. For once I listened. She spoke of people needing a true sense of manaaki (or hospitality from one’s spirit) that this would warm and brighten the world and make it a better place.
She was deep as well as funny as Maori and all Kiwi moms usually are. I felt her manaakitanga over the phone of a woman who has birthed her children in New Zealand, in Tonga in Fiji and travelled to India, China, Israel, America, Australia, the Phillipines as the global people-loving citizen that mom is. From New Zealand, her home–mom’s love of her big-hearted nation in the world beamed bright across New Zealand’s South Pacific Waters to my Maori-Kiwi heart here in California.
Thanks for the fun phone call mom.
And – go Sam Bellingham in New Zealand! You rock. Los Angeles sees your star Kiwi smile too. xox
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.27.10~
Anyone doing something for others in need is even more pivotal this year than any other year in US history since the 1930′s. Go J-Hud!
The Happy Hearts Fund’s mission is “to improve children’s lives through educational and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.”
I dig. Do you? If you’ve ever heard J-Hud sing live like I was fortunate enough to here in Los Angeles, the girl seriously moves octaves and mountains with a spirit of hope when she sings. Let’s hope she does for kids of the world needing her, after this performance.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~
“When they laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them out of their lands. We starved them into signing fraudulent agreements that we called treaties which we never kept. We turned them into beggars on a continent that gave life for as long as life can remember. And by any interpretation of history, however twisted, we did not do right. We were not lawful nor were we just in what we did. For them, we do not have to restore these people, we do not have to live up to some agreements, because it is given to us by virtue of our power to attack the rights of others, to take their property, to take their lives when they are trying to defend their land and liberty, and to make their virtues a crime and our own vices virtues.”–Speech for the Academy Awards protesting the treatment of American Indians, written by Brando courtesy of The New York Times.
|Marlon Brando–as photographed on the set of Missouri Breaks, 1976.|
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.21.10~
Elisabetta Canalis attended the Ripple of Hope event last night in The Big Apple. Apparently George Clooney went with her. George is always carrying folders of paperwork these days. His new look.
The Ripple of Hope’s manifesto is: ““Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
The Awards recognize those who mentor others with good actions and is an event organized by The Mentor Network.
[Image courtesy of Splash]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.18.10~
The Valley always brings a smile. In right or wrong ways.
Here’s some images of “Native American Indian” Art, right on Ventura Blvd in The Valley, California. More specifically located at The Indian Art Center of California. A shop.
Worth sharing today as a commentary on society in general. There wasn’t a real Indian in sight. Go figure.
My always over-active brain asked the questions: Where are the real Native American Indians at, in Hollywood? And where is the Native American Indian line up of Senators in the American Senate? State Governors too?
Instead, let’s just share these pictures. Do I believe that any “Native American Indian” visual presence is better than none? Yes I do. The rest is up to US –of “the political issues” that these artworks raise awareness of, in modern society. Inclusion vs Exclusion? People in dialogue with landscape and natural resources preservation or not?
I think we need these peoples view in the world, across a lot of government policy-setting and decision-making arenas, don’t you?
By the way, I love The Valley. It can be a fun place. Known to be a little less uptight and snobby, than other parts of Los Angeles. There are a lot of nice people there too.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10~
LORD OF THE RINGS – PRINCE WILLIAM’S PRINCESS DIANNA TRIBUTE AS A SYMBOL OF HIS LOVE FOR KATE MIDDLETON
How romantic. In turning up for a photo call with the British Media – Prince William Windsor and his bride to be Kate Middleton both looked a picture of love and all things romantic pertaining to a lifelong commitment to each other and inspiring growth and well being for a Commonwealth Empire.
Their engagement ring belonged to Princess Dianna of Wales and of the ring appearing on Kate’s finger as her engagement ring, Prince William had this to say:
“It is very special to me. It was my way to make sure my mother did not miss out on today and the excitement that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
What a sweet thing to say and do. I don’t thing anyone in celebrity land can trump that. This couple are the super romantics of their generation. Needless to say, the woman that last wore this ring had one of the greatest hearts of compassion of any humanitarian of the modern world. Perhaps Kate as the wearer of this ring, will do the same in the world. But no pressure! :)
Image below of Prince William on his debut public presentation to the world, when his mother chose Waitangi of the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand to present this crown Prince to the world’s eyes.
She was a great woman who chose for her son’s presentation to be surrounded with songs, color and beauty of the Ngapuhi, Ngati Hine, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri maori tribes of New Zealand. On his presentation day to the world’s gaze, he was surrounded by the sounds of Te Reo Rangatira (or, the language of Chiefs). Below is a song, that was sung on this day, called Te Whare e Tu Nei – written by songwriter of Matauri Bay, Katerina Mataira - whose name ironically means Katherine in English. Her song’s title when translated means, This House That Stands. Diana had impeccable taste that her son seems to have inherited in his choice of a wife and a star maker of leaders of a modern world faced with new challenges, requiring a gift of wisdom to be creative towards sustainability in the world’s good future.
It’s nice to see William honor his mother by bringing her engagement ring back into play in the eyes of the world, as a homage to a woman who never saw this Kiwi-presented future King’s engagement day. It’s like full circle of their bond reclaimed in honoring Diana’s memory and his new love with Kate.
Top Image courtesy of Bauer Griffin Online. Image of Princess Diana wearing the ring as a teenager, courtesy of BER website. Image of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and baby Prince William Windsor at Waitangi, Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa/ New Zealand courtesy of New Zealand History.Net. A wooden buzzy bee Kiwi-made child’s toy was the first paparazzi photographed item, Prince William ever owned to amuse audiences worldwide. The toy that is made of wood is iconic to New Zealand. This one as featured on the cover of North & South magazine, courtesy of Buzzy Bee.Co.NZ .
Prince William is like every Kiwi’s little brother in a sense of those who watched his parents marry in 1981. Myself, being just one of many, now blogging about this momentus day in his life from California. Surreal stuff. To visit Waitangi for yourself – a right of passage for all people in the U.K who have followed the royals for years, go here to discover more on how to do that. It’s the region where I grew up.
U2 IS PERFORMING IN NEW ZEALAND – THE VIEW OF THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS FROM LITTLE RUSSIA, WEST HOLLYWOOD – 11.13.10
Only Love wins.
Photographs of the Hollywood Hills, the local Russia Delhi in front of where I live in Little Russia that serves up the best caviar in West Hollywood, Angelina Jolie‘s latest billboard 30 yards from home and the open street view of fair Santa Monica Blvd today.
As I upload these pictures to share with you all, I’m reminded that super rockers U2 are performing live in New Zealand soon.
She really wants to go and see Bono, The Edge and the lads live. Gorgeous Maori – Kiwi mums, they’re always too much fun!Where fun is, that’s where they can be found. Fun people need to be recharged with fun too. Mom knows where it’s at! Go Mom! :)
Here’s U2 performing live at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena California in an epic performance. Hollywood is still raving about it today.
Amazing Grace & Where The Streets Have No Name. Up! Liberty looks, feels and sounds like this today. Loving it from these Irish rockers here in Hollywood today. Bring it on!
[Jimi Hendrix Hollywood star, Walk of Fame, complete with Adventurous Maori motif jewelry, Hollywood Blvd California--especially for all kids of Auckland The Supercity, New Zealand and California who want to express themselves on the guitar. Hendrix's music mastery is legendary status music. Avoid all the other stuff, just learn his music. Hot! LOUDER PEOPLE! Skilfully on ten guitars, even. Why not?! Now that's a fine plan!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.13.10~
A different view: Photoshopped Aubergine featuring the letters, A & B.
If you blog from Hollywood “A” will always stand for Angeles, Angel (a messenger), or, Angelina (Jolie) – a second generation proven Hollywood star and cultural, global treasure of America.
“B” in Hollywood’s current celebrity star system, will always stand for Brad (Pitt)- champion celebrity supporter of the New Orleans Saints football team, who wear a Super Bowl ring. “B” stands for Barack (President Obama, husband of FLOTUS Michelle Obama) and Bill (Clinton) husband of the current US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton or (more current) Canada‘s teen entertainer, Bieber (Justin) or a returning Kawana (Governor) of California, Jerry Brown too.
Of these names listed – American culture is spun, millions of dollars, time, energy, resources, hours and hours and hours of global attention and effort are spent printing, distributing, broadcasting, (watching, viewing, emulating, discussing at office water coolers) any inkling of a sighting or a key message from any one of these names.
As celebrities of entertainment, politics, music, arts and culture – they form a multi-billion dollar industry that generates around them each day. AB people, leading the world – in a metaphor of a (solar) star system, or the particles of an atom. They are the oracles, of a Super Power’s discourse. The artillery (signifiers elect by popular free-choice vote) of a super power’s dominance and culture–imploring the key message of: ‘emulate US’ worldwide. They’re fun people. Fun sells. As celebrities of US culture, I like them all. More often than not, they always bring a smile.
“B” also equals whose got the ball. B is also about what you do for others when you have the ball.
You’re an A-List star in Hollywood when you do A-List worthy things with the ball you hold in your hands for others. Angelina Jolie perhaps sums this up the best, on her humanitarian missions for the UN, to people of the world most needing advocacy. AB is a blood type (like any other, O type for example is too) –the signifier of human life globally–symbolizing the movement of a pulse for the good, across the globe, for people.
Practically speaking though, if you’re from New Zealand and you’re a rugby football enthusiast, AB stands for All Blacks and of them and what they have achieved in sports and what AB’s culture has inspired for human rights records of the World (cf: Nelson Mandela‘s story and human rights, apartheid advocacy via Maori New Zealanders and Kiwis in the documentary films of artist, Merata Mita, one of the most significant filmic artists in the world of all time, who held, focused or directed a camera, in often zero budget filming conditions–yet in a Queenly manner, like Angelina Jolie is now as a debut director, seeing beyond color bars into the heart of genocidal, raping tendencies as a filmic theme)–is only the stuff Hollywood legends are written of and made of. Hence that very long sentence. Sorry ’bout that.
On the other side of the world, in New Zealand, at a significant time in world history as captured on film in Merata’s film, Patu! – AB’s culture helped free a Nobel Peace Prize Winning King, of South Africa. His life story of freedom, is a Kiwi story too. He’s in our hot mix. Maori and Kiwi’s freed him with advocacy also, helping give Nelson his long awaited cup of Liberty in his unique journey of a very long walk to freedom as a now celebrated South Africa icon of the world. When New Zealand play South Africa in rugby, we celebrate our part we play, in his ongoing legacy of freedom. He gave us a challenge, we responded, and that legacy to free others, will always be what we do in rugby country, Middle Earth. It’s a proven gift, a cultural taonga (inner treasure) AB Kiwi-thinkers have, carry, possess, pass on to others when needed for the world.
We instigate the play and the pass of freedom with our actions and instincts, outworked in a teamwork formation. We always have.
AB thinkers and action star-doers, are ‘Humanitarian Messangers of Sport.’ They are down-to-earth and fine Commonwealth people. Their nobility of spirit is defined by a Joe Blogg’s-appearing cloak of humility.
Like any rugby football enthusiast or ‘team work sports’ appreciating Kiwi in the world –The AB’s are our fun heroes. Gladiators of sport, whenever they appear, they symbolize fearless change in a modern world of fiercely contested challenges. New teamwork strategies in play is what they evolve as a science of sport and an art form of globally loved entertainment. They are masters at evolving the game of play and making it better.
Image: Photo-shopped Aubergine (deep purple) appearing as black. Hot image via Freaking News website.
[For a good Baba Ganoush dip recipe, enjoyed by people in the Middle East equally (regardless of geographical borders) and also with people in the Western World too, check out David Bovitz recipe. Pictures are also DB's. Recipe found here].
What’s cooking in your kitchen for the world America? Good things, I trust. Happy cooking, creating, eating, shared and diverse dining. Peace ya’ll! :)
[Below Image: 'Canterbury Kia Mau Training Rugby Ball" courtesy if Ikon Sport].
A and B are two important keys on a King or Queen’s piano’s keyboard. I am not either. I am the “C” key, of Middle Earth (eyes are needed to C), like any try-and-do-some-good Kiwi does, I try and join in too, in and around supporting our rugby footballers to excel in teamwork opportunities that get the best results on and off the field.
Our rugby players are our AB’s stars. The rest of us Kiwi’s – at best, tend to play the “Middle C” key role of Middle Earth – to entertain for a peaceful and productive future of “big hearted” purposes in the world. Baba Ganoush - with pita bread as a change from Latino-staple Corn Chips and Salsa, in this Jerry Brown latino-voted California’s elect future, of political climate change terrain of Hollywood, that I blog from. Exciting times.
Keeping it real, is having a diverse taste palate. That way, we’re more likely to consider the needs of others, with a worldview different and/or similar to our own. Mature tastes then maturing together with consideration and love for others in our stout rugby and football hearts- Baba Ganoush, why not?! You know it. Peace!
~Music, Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come in honor of Motown Artists contribution to the world for MO-vember rugby nation mugs 2010. Courage to Collaborate And Bee more awesome. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.5.10~
Kalani Jones (L) of Auckland – The Supercity poses with Lani.
The Samoan-Kiwi hottie looks like her late grandmother, Aunty Maina Werne-Jones - a lady who died in Kenya while on safari, and who had the distinction of having the second most-attended funeral in New Zealand history in 1997 of a Kiwi not born in the green paradise nation. As a woman of Samoa with Mana in The South Pacific, Maina Werne-Jones was down to earth, heavenly-minded, loving and much loved.
Aunty Maina as she was affectionately known, is still sorely missed by Auckland City, Samoa and throughout The Pacific today. Her laugh was magic. She laughed a lot, always sharing her smile and joie de vie with a rare gift of joyful encouragement.
Kalani also looks like her gorgeous momma, Judi Jones. Kalani’s dad, Derek Jones can be found here with Judi, doing their bit providing Samoan-Kiwi flava and inspiration at a transitional time for Porirua City leadership in Wellywood – Hollywood’s sister-city for 3D film making expertise.
Porirua is currently in the middle of a surprise bi-election, as the US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton has just recently touched down in Wellywood, a film making nation’s capitol city, at the time of writing from Hollywood. There’s a lot going on in New Zealand right now. It’s a hot diverse entertainment nation, destination.
At the top, of the North Island of New Zealand, Kalani lives in Auckland, The Supercity of this beautiful paradise-green nation.
[Lena Horne -great entertainer and blacklisted activist for Humanitarian Human Rights issues and causes, Hollywood Star (the Maori koru taonga version), for Kalani Jones, Hollywood Walk of Fame–photog: Horiwood.Com’s own).
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.3.10~
Duck under my umbrella says John Key and Phil Heatley.
Reports the Northern Advocate via Hollywood today: Thursday saw Prime Minister Key say this about education of teen moms:
Mr Key said “it was good to be back in a place that provided such fantastic learning opportunities for its students. Looking at your achievement board is an example of how well you are doing.”
“Everybody can be very proud of themselves,” he said.
Mr Key said the school was working incredibly well and was an important place for youngsters in the region.
“We know unless you get a good education it’s hard to get the job you want and get the opportunities you deserve,” he said.
Mr Key is proof that Chilvalry is alive and well for teen moms. In the spirit of Whangarei-Hollywood Art, here’s some right back at these two lads for their good efforts.
As most of the teen moms at He Mataariki can pick up a guitar, play it and sing beautifully as Maori and Kiwi women of talented promise, here’s some early Johnny Cash with his pals Elvis, Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins –The Million Dollar Quartet reflecting back to these multi-talented ladies–and the gentlemen who step up to the global stage to let them and their children’s global presence and contribution for The World, shine.
These two lads of Key-We land are a little bit Elvis and Johnny Cash meets Mother Teresa and Angelina Jolie, in the way that they rock n’ roll for others, as showmen and men who delight in taking fierce action, to lead for good causes.
The Million Dollar Quartet were also legendary lads who entertained.
[Top image courtesy of Northern Advocate]
[This image,yesterday - Hanoi Vietnam: LEADERS WHO LUNCH: ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsawan (R) shakes hands with Philippine President Benigno Aquino as (L-R) New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key, China's Premier Wen Jiabao, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Buphavanh look on. Getty Images].
~Hollywood Walk of Fame, In Kind. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.30.10~
Although Grazia Magazine claim Hollywood’s leading lady, Angelina Jolie is hapu (preggers) and other rumor mongering stuff to titillate the bored housewife – who cares.
Look at those sunglasses, that conjur up old school Jackie O elegance with a slight Bono rock star edge. Combined with Jolie’s humanitarian heart – now that’s a hot fashion combo going on and being worn right here as a Hollywood fashion statement. Hot.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
Rwanda has had such a tough time as a nation. Genoicide abounded. In 1994, 800,000 people were mass murdered over a 100 day period.
The people that remained, had life tough and still do. Today many children don’t yet have access to clean drinking water. Disturbing news as the human body is made up of 62% water.
My thought today in a Western World, moaning about things for ourselves, our own status, our own needs, our own wants - is this thought. It does get better, when all children of the world have clean drinking water. A basic human right and need, many of us never ever had to deal with growing up. These children do. They deal with these issues, but know no better. Yet we do.
~Black Caviar and Green Caviar unite, to make a diffrence. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.17.10~