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The President Is a !@7%$# Liar – So Says the NYT
(If You Read Between the Lines)


Working Logo for the WORD Being Revised

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Burn

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Another COVID-19 Film Fest Victim

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tribeca Film Festival Latest Casualty of COVID-19 Menace! Who’s Next?

News Media Selfie, Red Carpet INNA DE YARD

Press Statement by Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder & CEO, TRIBECA ENTERPRISES

“We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. We were determined to overcome our fear and anxiety by joining together. It is in our DNA to march forward while caring about our community, said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises.

We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26) based on the announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also supporting our friends, filmmakers and storytellers who look to Tribeca as a platform to showcase their work to audiences. We will be back to you shortly with our plans.”

Please check www.tribecafilm.com for the latest updates, ticket refund information and details about how we are moving forward.



Thursday, March 12, 2020




Five Days Ago

BREAKING NEWS:Festival Postponed Because of Coronavirus ConcernsFifth Annual Inwood Film Festival – March 14-15

Monday, March 9, 2020

Dr. Cornell West: Bernie Sanders & the Crisis of Black Leadership


Friday, March 6, 2020

2020 Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26

The 19th edition, 2020 Festival Includes: 115 films from 124 filmmakers from across 33 different countries; 95 world premieres, 2 international premieres, 4 North American premieres, 4 U.S. premieres, and 9 New York premieres and one sneak preview. This year’s program includes 19 directors returning to Tribeca with their latest projects, and 44 of the feature films have one or more women directors. The feature program was curated from 3,385 submissions, and this year’s Festival received a record 10,397 total submissions across all categories.

For those ready to gulp entire feature lineup of comedic, music-centered, political and socially-conscious films from diverse storytellers who use art to inspire positive change and community restoration, click here.
Otherwise, bite sizes Parts 1, 2 & 3 are in the works. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

CNN, NYT, Condé, WSJ, and Other Media Giants Implement Coronavirus Protocols

Major American corporate owened newsrooms, according to the Daily Beast, “are taking cues from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking reporters to stay home and severely limiting overseas travel.”
Click here for more info.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Not to Be Missed

Sunday, March 1, 2020

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Fact Sheet: Stop and Frisk’s Effect on Crime in New York City

It provides data on the effect of “stop-and-frisk” on crime in New York City, updating an earlier Brennan Center analysis. Statistically, no relationship between stop-and-frisk and crime seems apparent. New York remains safer than it was 5, 10, or 25 years ago.
Click here for more info.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

The 49th Annual New Directors/New Films March 25 to April 5 – Presented by Film at Lincoln Center & The Museum of Modern Art

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Mapping Bacurau, March 13-24

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Opening Night Film March 5 for the The 25th Rendezvous With French Cinema Is …

Film at Lincoln Center & UniFrance Announcement 25th Rendezvous with French Cinema, March 5-15

Friday, February 14, 2020

Film at Lincoln Center & Cinema TropicalNeighboring Scenes, February 14 (Today) – 18

Friday, February 14, 2020

“We Are in a Political Crisis, the Crux of Which Is That Not Enough People Believe That We Are in a Political Crisis”

Click here if you want to know more

January 16, 2020

The Future of the News Industry, According to Student Journalists

Click here for article.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 [First Story Posting of the New Year]

America’s News Media Sleepwalking into 2020?

“In the weeks after the election of Donald Trump in 2016, the American press realized it had failed. Nearly every major media outlet had spectacularly guessed wrong on the outcome, had failed to see the rise of the electorate that would elect Trump, and had not covered Trump as a serious candidate. Those sins, along with an obsession with Hillary Clinton’s emails and a wrongful dismissal of Russian involvement in the American election, pumped oxygen into the toxic political environment that helped produce the Trump presidency.”

There are signs they are gearing up to repeat their 2016 mistakes!

Click here for CJR article.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Costume Shop: Mannequins are used to drape or alter garments and make sure they fit actors. Picture by Laura Chavary.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot … at Hunter College

Sunday, December 23, 2019


Thursday, December 19, 2019, the Morning After an Unforgettable December 18, 2018

Trump Impeached by House for Abuse of Power, Obstruction of Congress

The House of Representatives voted late Wednesday to impeach President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, following 11 hours of debate on the floor between Democrats and Republicans. “Our founders’ vision of a republic is under threat from actions from the White House,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the vote. “It is tragic that the president’s reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice.”

Voting fell largely along party lines. The article charging abuse of power passed 230 to 197, and the article charging obstruction of Congress passed 229 to 198. Republicans were united in opposition, while four Democrats broke with their party. Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) voted against both articles of impeachment, and Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) voted against the second. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) voted “present” both times.

President Trump spent the day Wednesday at a campaign rally in Michigan, where he rallied an estimated 10,000 supporters at a sports arena in Battle Creek. He told the crowd that the vote was an attempt to “nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans,” adding that “There’s no crime. I’m the first person to ever get impeached and there’s no crime. I feel guilty. It’s impeachment lite.”

After Wednesday’s votes, Pelosi left open the possibility of delaying a procedural step that triggers a Senate trial, saying she might not name House impeachment managers and deliver the articles to the Senate unless Republicans establish a “fair” process. “So far we have not seen anything that looks fair to us,” Pelosi said. The Senate is expected to acquit Trump, as conviction and removal would require 67 votes and Democrats and their allies hold 47 seats. New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal

Monday, December 2, 2019

Picture by Maya Newell


Monday, November 25, 2019
By Gregg W. Morris

DOC NYU 2019 University Student CategoryCUNY BROOKLYN COLLEGE Shorts Reviews

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Third in a Series of Articles About Topics on Students’ Minds

By Ksenia Zevyakina

Two Savvy Students Who Learned How to Beat Those Commuter Campus Blues

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Second in a Series of Articles About Topics on Students’ Minds

By Laura Chavarry

Senior Year Doesn’t Mean Senioritis for Henry Fernberger & Cassandra Catapano

Saturday, November 16, 2019

First in a Series of Articles About Topics on Students’ Minds

By Cassandra Lynn

Gloom and Doom Reports About The Fourth Estate Can’t Dissuade Serious Student Journalists

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Support the Dreamers
If Not You, Who – If Not Now, When

Tuesday, November 11, 2019

FIRE IN PARADISE – A Riveting Doc Screened at the Mother of All Doc Festivals

Picture courtesy DOC NY


Monday, November 10, 2019

WAGING CHANGE – A Spell Binding Doc Screened at the Mother of All Doc Festivals

Are you prepared to do something about it?

DOC NYC 2019WAGING CHANGE Q&A, Video 3: Attention Audiences, Time to Get Down

Sunday, November 9, 2019

WAGING CHANGE – A Spell Binding Doc Screened at the Mother of All Doc Festivals

DOC NYC 2019WAGING CHANGE – The Q&A That Was More A Than Q – Video 2

Sunday, November 9, 2019

WAGING CHANGE – A Spell Binding Doc Screened at the Mother of All Doc Festivals

DOC NYC 2019WAGING CHANGE – The Q&A That Was More A Than Q – Video 1

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

DOC NYC, the Mother of All Documentary Film Festivals, Opens Tomorrow

FIRE IN PARADISE Screens Thursday, November 7. America’s deadliest fire in over a century. Picture courtesy DOC NY

DOC NYC Returns for 10th Anniversary Edition, November 6-15, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

BURNING CANE Q&A with Director Phillip Youman, Moderated by Erik Luers – Part 3 of 3: The Audience

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Q&A: Director Phillip Youman and Moderator Erik Leurs. Picture by Gregg W. Morris

BURNING CANE Q&A with Director Phillip Youman, Moderated by Erik Luers – Part 2 of 3: Here Comes Hurricane Harvey

Sunday, October 27, 2019

At the IFC Center in NYC. Remaining showtime today is 7:20 p.m. Remaining showtimes this week are Monday through Thursday, 1:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:10 p.m. and 7:20 p.m

BURNING CANE Q&A with Director Phillip Youman, Moderated by Erik Luers – Part 1 of 3

Saturday, October 26, 2019
BURNING CANE Q&A Today With Director Phillip Youman

BURNING CANE Q&A Snippet with Director Phillip Youman & Moderator Erik Luers: Who Influenced the Director?

Wendell Pierce as the conflicted pastor. Photo by Phillip Youmans. Courtesy of ARRAY Releasing

BURNING CANE Official Trailer – A Warmup for Several Postings/Articles in the Works

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Leadership Conference Statement on the Passing of U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings

U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings. Picture from his official website

Click here for statement.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Picture courtesy of Arbella Studios

Film ReviewEMANUEL – The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Film at Lincoln CenterNYFF Live, Remaining Dates, October 3 – 12, for Free Daily Talk Series and Free Events, 57th New York Film Festival

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Film at Lincoln Center 57th New York Film Festival Secret Screening

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Picture courtesy NYC HRC

New York City Commission on Human Rights Cracking Down on Harassment of Undocumented Immigrants


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Teaser for Larry Fessenden’s DEPRAVED – Film Review and Q&A in the Works

Sunday, September 8, 2019

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries & NY Assembly Members Wait Tables Supporting Raising Wages for New York Tipped Workers


Saturday, August 31, 2019

Vlada, exquisitely played by Actor Leon Lucev, delivering cargo on a mission laden with horrors.

Film at Lincoln CenterTHE LOAD Film Review

Monday, August 26,2019

Film Festival Winners

#NewYorkLatinoFilmFestival 2019Winners for Film & Latino Stand-Up Comedy Competition

Monday, August 26, 2019

#NewYorkLatinoFilmFestivalLONG GONE BY Red Carpet Interview of Erica Muñoz & Izzy Hau’ula

Monday, August 26, 2019

Picture by Redens Desrosiers

A Wrap Up of Sorts of the New York Latino Film Festival 2019 – Other Articles in the Works

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Accredited for the 57th NY Film Festival

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Maika Monroe & Jeffrey Donovan as Jules&Mickey. Courtesy of DDA

VILLAINS Film Review


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

#NewYorkLatinoFilmFestivalIMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS Film Review (Audiences Should Know in Advanced That the Filmmakers Want to Terrorize the Bejesus Out of Them)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

#NewYorkLatinoFilmFestivalIMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS Film Review (Audiences Should Know in Advanced That the Filmmakers Want to Terrorize the Bejesus Out of Them)

Saturday, August 10, 2019


5Ws&H Q&A With PRINCESS OF THE ROW Director Max Carlson – Part 2, Wrapping Up

Saturday, August 10, 2019

PRINCESS OF THE ROW Opens the New York Latino Film Festival, August 12 to 18

Picture courtesy of PRINCESS OF THE ROW filmmakers

5Ws&H Q&A With PRINCESS OF THE ROW Director Max Carlson – Part 1

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Twenty-Nine Main Slate Selections for 57th New York Film Festival, September 27 – October 13

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Courtesy of musicboxfilms.com


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Film at Lincoln CenterNoah Baumbach’s MARRIAGE STORY

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

57th New York Film Festival Opening Night: World Premier of Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN

PRINCESS OF THE ROW. Opening Night Film. Picture courtesy of NYLFF

New York Latino Film Festival, August 12 to 18, Kicks Off Opening Night With …

July 16, 2019

Before the Closing Night Screening of the Fantabulous THE WHITE STORM 2: DRUG LORDS (掃毒2天地對決) There Was This Audience Award Domajigger

By Gregg W. Morris

Click here for more.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Attacks Today?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

ACLU: If ICE Is at your home

ACLU Know Your Rights Warning

Know Your Rights! Read all about it here.

NYAFF Closing tomorrow

“We’re still reeling from last weekend where Ryu Jun-yeol received the Screen International Rising Star Asia Award! But now as we come to an end, we must go out with a bang. Our Closing Night Film is announced and you will have the chance to catch THE WHITE STORM 2 DRUG LORDS this Sunday July 14, 9 p.m. at SVA Theatre.

Read all about it here.

Picture courtesy of NYAFF

July 13, 2019. Review by Gregg W Morris.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Brennan Center for Justice – Four Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s Census Citizenship Question Ruling

“… even if the question is taken off, the government must work to regain public trust in filling out the 2020 census.”
Read all about it here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

As Bill Paxton’s Severen Said in NEAR DARK, ‘Yoo-hoo, Mayor de Blasio …’

NYC Bike Family Mass Die-in, Washington Square Park, July 9, 2019 by Transportation Alternatives. Mass die-in to protest the killing of cyclists. Non-violent, peaceful memorial event. Drivers have killed 15 people on bikes this year, more than double the number killed this time last year.

By Gregg W. Morris

July 1, 2019

Breaking NYAFF NewsJade Leung and Michael Tong Present THE FATAL RAID 辣警霸王花 2 不義之戰 …

July 1, 2019

Picture by Brent N. Clarke

Pictures of NYAFF Opening Night, June 29

June 28, 2019

June 27, 2019

Click the Link Below If You Want Info About NYAFF Films Being Showcased This Festival

NYAFF Film Descriptions

June 27, 2019


The 18th New York Asian Film Festival Begins Today, Friday, June 28

June 27, 2019

The Leadership Conference Education Fund’s Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Blocking Addition of Untested Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund: “We applaud today’s decision to block the untested citizenship question from the 2020 Census. The decision affirms that the Supreme Court saw through the Trump administration’s deceitful attempts to weaponize the census for partisan purposes and threaten the accuracy of the decennial count. These efforts were, as the Court said, ‘contrived.’ Now the Commerce Department must move forward to ensure a fair and accurate count and stop their efforts to add this unnecessary question.

“But our work doesn’t stop here. The specter of the question has heightened fear and mistrust in communities and discouraged some from participating in the census. All hands are on deck to ensure everyone is counted.”

Full Statement Here!

June 27, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Puts Roadblock in Front of Trump Administration Census Question

Take That Donald Trump! Get Ready for the Next One!

June 22, Saturday, 2019

Left to right: Sasha Merci who plays Rita, Director Diana Peralta and Cinematographer Tim Curtin.
Picture by Michelle Peralta

BAMcinemaFest Closing Night FilmDE LO MIO Movie Review

June 20, Thursday, 2019

Film Review – Lower East Side Film FestivalSENIOR ESCORT SERVICE

June 20, Thursday, 2019

All On a Mardi Gras Day.

Lower East Side Film Festival Q&A June 10 for THIS IS AMERICA SHORTS

June 20, Thursday, 2019

Film Q&A Senior Escort Service, Lower East Side Film Festival, June 6, 2019

June 20, Thursday, 2019

Civil Rights and Immigration Rights Organizations Recently Met in a Strategizing Session for an Anticipated Malicious Undercounting of People of Color Regarding the 2020 Census

June 15, 2019

Civil Rights Advocates: Importance of All Communities Getting Counted in 2020 Census

Thursday, June 13, 2019

2019 New York Asian Film Festival, June 28 to July 14


Thursday, June 13, 2019

The 47th Dance on Camera Festival, July 12 to 15 – Film at Lincoln Center & Dance Films Association

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Another in a series of random street interviews. She wants folks to vote for Lynne Fischman Uniman in the June 25 Democratic Primary to be a city court judge.

June 6, Monday, 2019

Summer of Film at Lincoln Center, June 14 – August 9

Read all about it.


May 31, Friday, 2019

WORD Reporters Have Been Asking Student Leaders the Big Question About the New Chancellor: Is He the One?

What Should Hunter Students Expect of the New CUNY Chancellor, Felix V. Matos Rodriguez


May 31, Friday, 2019

Ava DuVernay here. I’m a filmmaker who created and directed Selma, 13th, Queen Sugar, Wrinkle In Time and now When They See Us. When They See Us is a four-part film with a stellar cast that chronicles the case of the men commonly known as The Central Park Five. The story we tell will transport you to New York City in 1989 and follow five Black and Latino teenagers who are falsely accused, convicted and imprisoned for a rape that they did not commit.

When They See Us is a love letter to these men, whose childhoods were stolen by this harrowing case. It is also a love letter to the millions of boys and girls of color who are presumed guilty on sight. My goal is to shed light on the inequities and the bias that makes a case like this possible. We explore a travesty of justice laid bare. We chronicle a broken system fueled by politics, profit and inaction.

May 31, 2019 IFC Split Screens TV Schedule Update

IFC, Home to DOC NYC – the Largest Documentary Festival in the U.S. – Unveiled Its Final Lineup for the Third Annual Split Screens TV Festival


Back for Another Year!

May 30, 2019

Ninth Annual Lower East Side Film Festival

A Smartly Done Five Star Plus Tribeca Film Festival Debut for a Derring-do Film Director

Gene Plummer (James Smith), Elizabeth Berkely (Nomi Malone), SHOWGIRLS. © copyright United Artists, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, MGM.

By Gregg W. Morris, May 29, 2019

YOU DON’T NOMI Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Review


Photographer: Sophie Wright.

By Arber Rexha, May 29, 2019

Director Jenny Wright’s Animation, MY MOTHER’S EYES, 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Review


May 24, 2019

The Human Rights Watch 30th Anniversary Film Festival Presents Brave Cinematic Works that Challenge the Rise of Authoritarianism and Oppression, June 13-20

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center and the IFC Center

The Film That Audiences Will Want to See Again and Again – and the Story That the News Media Can’t Leave Alone

Chelsea Manning. Photo Credit Tim Travers Hawkins

By Gregg W. Morris, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

XY CHELSEA 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Review – 90 Minutes of Riveting Narrative

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Red Carpet, INNA DE YARD: THE SOUL OF JAMAICA, Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Click here and enjoy.

By Gregg W. Morris, May 12, 2019

A 3.27 Minute Look (Unedited) of a Red Carpet Money Shot in the Making

2019 Tribeca Film Festival LUCKY GRANDMA Red Carpet – Part 1, the Unedited

By Gregg W. Morris, May 12, 2019

DOG DOC – Pictures & Video (Review in the Works)

The Doc is third from the right.

2019 Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet THE DOG DOC

By Gregg W. Morris, May 12, 2019

XY CHELSEA – Pics & Video & News Updates

XY CHELSEA Red Carpet, Tribeca Film Festival 2019

2019 Tribeca Film Festival Hilights – Lots of Stats

By Gregg W. Morris, Using TFF PR,

Estimated attendance of more than 146,000 people, 618 screenings and Talks, and the Virtual Arcade and Tribeca Cinema360. This year, 40% of the feature films had one or more women directors, people of color directed 29% of the feature films and 13% of the feature films were from individuals who identify as LGBTQIA.

Read all about it here.

Award Winning SCHEME BIRDS Filmmakers, Tribeca Film Festival 2019

By Gregg W. Morris

Directors Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin interviewed several days before winning two TFF awards, Best Documentary Feature Award and Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award.

Gemma, the main focus of this award-winner. The filmmakers describe her as an amazing muse.

Read all about it here.

May 3, Thursday, 2019

What Should Hunter Students Expect from the New Chancellor?

Article in the works by WORD reporters Arber Rexha & Malik Young.
Stay tuned to these pages.

New CUNY Chancellor’s First Day at Work “Greetings”

CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez

Read all about it here.
[Originally published on a WORD local page Thursday, May 2, 2019]

Breaking News:
2019 Tribeca Film Festival Jury Awards Announced, 19-year-old Director Wins Top Prize

Phillip Youmans, the first African-American director to win The Founders Award, Best Narrative Feature, for Burning Cane, is the youngest director to have a feature in Tribeca. He wrote, directed, and shot the film at age 17.

Read all about it here.

May 2 Error Correction

By Gregg W. Morris
The footage for A Wardrobe Mishap? Nah! … Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Red Carpet .. was mistakenly identified May 1 as scenes from the DRIVEWAYS red carpet. It’s from CRSHD. The WORD, of course, regrets the error. New correct and corrected articles and videos are in the works.

The Tribeca Film Festival pass pass caught the photographer’s eye … despite the subsequent error

April 29, 2019

Game of Thrones Tease!!!

AFTER PARKLAND Red Carpet, Tribeca Film Festival 2019 – April 26

By Gregg W. Morris, April 27, 2019

This list of “clients” helps the news media with identification

Writes TFF’s Brian Gordon: “The horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018 continue to resonate in our lives among the reports on the emotional aftermath, the gun debates, and the inevitable social media chatter. For the survivors and parents of the fallen students, there’s also the everyday life.”
Click here for the red carpet.
Next screening is 8 p.m. May 1, Regal Cinemas, Battery Park 11-6

Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Hub Interview: What Does the “A” Mean?

By Gregg W. Morris, April 27, 2019

The Hub?

Theresa from Oakland, interviewed in the Hub, says “A” is for film enthusiast.
Read all about it here.

Stop Hate Project – Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law

April 25, 2019

Courtesy, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law

Their Stop Hate Project is on the front lines of the fight against hate.
Read all about it here.

What Should CUNY Students Expect from the New Chancellor?

April 22, 2019

Matos Rodriguez.

Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodriguez takes over the office of the CUNY Chancellor May 1. WORD reporters Arber Rexha and Malik Young were assigned to interview Queens campus student leaders for a lowdown on what CUNY students could expect.
Rexha interviewed leaders of campus media.
Young interviewed elected campus leaders.

The 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Jury Is Comprised of …

April 21, 2019

Gbenga Akinnagbe, New Documentaries Jurist.

Drake Doremus, Documentary Features Jurist.

The 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Jury Is Comprised of …

Read all about it here.

Film Society of Lincoln Center Tribute to Ester Krumbachová, Master of the Czechoslovak New Wave Cinema

April 20, 2019

Ester Krumbachová.

Scene from Daisies.

Presented in collaboration with the Czech Center New York. A 10-film series tribute, May 24 to May 29, to the multitalented, artist and her cinematic impact.
Read all about it here.

Is This, Or Is This Not, a Bad Hair Day?

Mueller Probe Was a Waste of Time and Money – No Collusion, No Obstruction, Says the President

April 19, 2019

But what do WORD reporters Arber Rexha and Malick Young say?

2019 Peabody Awards

April 15, 2019 – Sixty nominees representing the of the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2018. Nominees were selected by unanimous vote of 19 jurors from more than 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, children’s and public service programming.
Thirty winners selected from amongst these nominees will be announced beginning next week.

The following made look like cyberspace gobbledygook but … click and be surprised.


Tribeca Film Festival Celebrating Pride Day All Day, May 4

April 12, 2019 – Featuring Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Larry Kramer, Asia Kate Dillon – To Name a Few.

Asia Kate Dillon.

Angelica Ross.

Day-long, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 6, Tribeca Festival Hub at Spring Studios. Honoring 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, including one-on-one interviews with LGBTQ+ luminaries including Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Larry Kramer and guest speaker Asia Kate Dillon. The program will reflect on the impact of this seminal moment for the LGBTQ+ community and include conversations with Raul Castillo, Patti Harrison, Angelica Ross, and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Read all about it here.


Tenth Anniversary of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

By Gregg w. Morris, April 9, 2019
Supported by the Tribeca Film Festival and the Disruptive Foundation, the awards serve as a living laboratory for advances in disruptive innovation theory and brings together the world’s most fascinating disruptors whose stories will inspire anyone with an interest in the process of innovation.
Read all about it here.

WORKING WOMAN Film Review – Part II

Review by Gregg W. Morris, April 8, 2019

Orna (Liron Ben Shlush), left. Bennie Menashe Noy, right. Orna has done so much for her husband at home and with his job and for her boss, Bennie, who is very successful because of her. Yet, Bennie’s sexual harassment, sexual violence threatens to destroy her and her family. Her husband is of little help. Can Orna survive? Picture courtesy of Courtesy Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber

Part II, relying on the filmmaker’s statement of Director Michal Aviad, completes the review of this bravura film that pushed this reviewer’s buttons for 127 minutes.
Click here for Part II.

WORKING WOMAN Film Review – Part I

April 6, 2019
Publicized as a movie about the sexual harassment of a working Israeli wife. It is directed by Michal Aviad whose film pushed this reviewer’s buttons – pushed them like few movies in recent memory. And the ending threw this reviewer, who had been gradually and inexorably pushed to the edge of his seat as if in the grip of an irresistible force, for an astonishing loop.

In the center of this telling scene of domestic bliss is Orna (Liron Ben-Shlush), center. Courtesy Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber

Click here for the review.

TRIBECA TALKS® – Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Thought Provoking Discussions

Prune Nourry

Queen Latifah

Creative Luminaries Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Guillermo Del Toro, David O. Russell, Queen Latifah, Michael J. Fox, Denis Leary, Sarah Silverman, Rashida Jones, Questlove, Jaron Lanier and more. Tribeca Games® Presents An Intimate Conversation with Norman Reedus, Legendary Game Creator Hideo Kojima. Artist Prune Nourry has spent her working life exploring issues around the human body. At the tender age of 31, she was diagnosed with breast cancer – and she started documenting her treatment and its effect on her own body, turning her medical odyssey into an epic artistic adventure and feature documentary film, Serendipity

Read all about it here.

2019 Tribeca Immersive, the Intersection of Storytelling and Technology, Debuts More Than 30 Immersive Experiences at The Virtual Arcade and Tribeca Cinema360

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Showcasing more than 30 cinematic and cutting-edge virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality experiences by top artists who push the boundaries of storytelling with technology. Encompasses two events that run the duration of the Festival, Virtual Arcade, presented by AT&T, and Tribeca Cinema360. The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 24 to May 5.

Dr. Who BBC

Arthur Ashe


Read all about it here.

2019 TRIBECA TV® and N.O.W. Lineup: April 24 – May 5

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Debuting highly-anticipated new and returning TV series and spotlight creative online storytelling work. The Tribeca TV lineup will include 16 shows made up of eight series premieres, two season premieres, one feature documentary, and five indie pilots. The N.O.W. (New Online Work) section, sponsored by HBO, will showcase 12 projects from creators using digital platforms to tell original stories in addition to special spotlight programs.
Anniversary Events – Groundbreaking Series The Simpsons, In Living Color

Images courtesy of FOX

Read all about it here.

WORKING WOMAN Preview (Review in the Works)

Opens in New York City, Wednesday, March 27 at the IFC Center; Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan
Director: Michal Laviad

Orna (Liron Ben Shlush), right, has her hands filled. Picture courtesy Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber

Orna (Liron Ben Shlush), the mother of three young children, wearing several primary care-taking-hats, decides to help her husband struggling to start his own restaurant by wearing another hat – a regular job to help with the bills. Cutting to the chase, her boss sexually harasses her even as her increasing financial success is good for the company. Increasing harassment creates a crisis for her.

“Slow Burning – builds its tension so subtly you don’t realize you’ve been holding your breath” – Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter.

Holding our breaths? Uh oh.
See more Preview here.

2019 Tribeca Film Festival (April 24 to May 5) to Close with World Premiere of Danny Boyle’s YESTERDAY

Himesh Patel as Jack Malik

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – This rock-n-roll comedy follows Actor Himesh Patel’s Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose best childhood friend Ellie, played by Lily Hames, passionately supports his fading dreams of fame. However, along comes a freak bus accident – à la The Twilight Zone & a space-time continuum moment: Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … !!! … and he becomes rich-rich-rich ripping off their songs … !!! … oh no … !!! … does he lose Ellie?!?!?!

Also, for TFF’s closing night, special screenings honoring the 40th Anniversary of APOCALYPSE NOW and the 30 years since SAY ANYTHING became a cult classic. Galas Include World Premiere of BETWEEN ME AND MY MIND, featuring Phish’s Trey Anastasio with special music performance Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival World Premiere of THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE HUNGRY.

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Art of the Real, April 18-28, Sixth Annual Nonfiction Showcase

Friday, March 15, 2019 – An essential showcase for the most vital and innovative voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking. The 2019 lineup features a vibrant slate of new works by internationally acclaimed filmmakers and impressive, award-winning debuts from around the world, with two world premieres, 10 North American premieres, and six U.S. premieres.
Opening Night: North American Premiere of Frank Beauvais’s Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream
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Narrative, Documentary & Animated Selections – 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Short Films Lineup

Sixty-three diverse and engaging short films in competition and 31 world premieres, including a cross-section of international and U.S. filmmakers, curated from a record 5,131 submissions with female filmmakers directing 45 percent of the selections.

A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA: Picture by Sophia Nahli Allison

ZERO: Photographer, Adam Etherington

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FrontPage Africa’s Rodney Sieh – Hunter Alumnus & former WORD Editor – Blazing Trails

Pics, courtesy of Pa Pio.

By Gregg W. Morris, March 12, 2019
[Wikipedia: “Frontpage Africa is a Liberian daily newspaper founded in 2005 by Rodney Sieh. As of 2012, it had a circulation of 1,500. FrontPage Africa investigative daily has received international recognition for its investigative journalism, and the Christian Science Monitor called it the nation’s ‘leading investigative daily.'”

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Festival Runs April 24 – May 5

March 11, 2019 – TFF 2019 feature program includes 103 films from 124 filmmakers. The films selected in the three competition sections consist of 50 percent women directed films. There are 81 World Premieres, 3 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres, 1 U.S. Premiere and 10 New York Premieres. Also: 42 first-time filmmakers, with 19 directors returning to Tribeca with their latest projects. Forty percent of the feature films have one or more women directors, 29 percent of the feature films are directed by people of color and 13 percent of the feature films are by individuals who identify as LGBTQIA. The 2019 Festival was programmed from more than 9,295 total submissions.


Contacting the White House – The WORD’s Malik Young

By Malik Young, March 6, 2019
Second in a series of students interviewed for their opinions about President Donald Trump’s 35-day shutdown of the federal government, harming legions of U.S. government workers. The shutdown affair appears to be a brute force temper tantrum, unlike any in recent history, to force Congress to budget $5 billion for the President’s border wall.

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Government Shutdown Wasn’t a Trump Card

By Arber Rexha, March 6, 2019
WORD reporter interviews students for their opinions about the 35-day government shutdown. First in a series of articles for the CONTACT THE WHITE HOUSE PROJECT. The White House under President Barack Obama use to invite student journalists to participate in online news conferences. Why shouldn’t President Trump!
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December 18, 2018

The Rule of Law – The World Justice Project’s Four Principles

Accountability, Just Laws, Open Government, Accessible & Impartial Dispute Resolution

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WORD Classifieds


Picture published in Hunter Alumni Magazine around the time the WORD was getting started many moons ago. Undergraduate students writing for this publication have won more awards than any other publication at Hunter and CUNY with student reporters.


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