But in the wake of this terrible election, much of my hope has rested not on what could or should happen, and not what the historical record tells us has happened, but what is happening now. There is another America rising and taking action, and it is beautiful. I’m thinking of the many stories of people standing up for the vulnerable, directly when they intervene in confrontations with haters. Or indirectly, as with the young woman I know who co-organised the creation of Neveragain.tech, a public oath people working in tech can take to refuse to create Muslim registries, turn over people’s private data, or otherwise cooperate with state persecution. … [Read more...] about Another, more beautiful America is rising. Trump will be resisted
The 40 acts they will be judging in the new all-star season of the NBC show come from across the world but only include one former America's Got Talent winner. This is Michael Grimm, who won the show a decade ago. There are winners of regional versions from Germany, Romania and even Myanmar among the line-up. … [Read more...] about ‘America’s Got Talent The Champions’ 2020 Lineup: Who is Competing This Year?
However, this pre-recording means there is no way for viewers to vote on the all-stars edition of AGT. Instead, the outcome of the show is decided by a number of "superfans" taken from all 50 states. This group is separate from the live studio audience, according to Gold Derby, who were told by an NBC spokesperson that the group "watched each show taping off-camera in a controlled environment within the show's venue," in Pasadena, California. NBC added that the group was, "not necessarily the exact same group of individuals voting for each episode, but there was some cross-over from week-to-week, similar to what you would find with any voting show." … [Read more...] about ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’: Why Viewers Can’t Vote on the New Season of ‘AGT’
"The most important thing is that we have to ensure that since people have auditioned, that they do get the chance safely to be able to compete as they normally do, and get that chance to win a million dollars, or at least appear in the final." … [Read more...] about Simon Cowell opens on future of America’s Got Talent after string of set backs
White artists were welcome, too, provided they were deemed to have soul. In 1975 Elton John, who personally requested to appear, was followed by a sketchy, skeletal David Bowie, who received an off-camera scolding from Cornelius for his sloppy lip-syncing. Cornelius had a good relationship with most artists – in a memorable 1977 episode he played basketball with Marvin Gaye, refereed by Smokey Robinson – but liked to maintain a professional distance. “He always talked about being careful about getting to know artists really well,” says Tony, “because when they need something and you can’t give it to them, you’ve lost a friend.” … [Read more...] about ‘An ad for blackness’: how Soul Train made America do the Hustle