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What Should CUNY Students Expect from the New Chancellor?

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 should 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 …

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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

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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

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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


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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

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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 momnt: 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
Read all about it here.

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

Real all about it here.

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.'”

Frontpage Africa – click here.

Click here for Sieh’s trail blazing.

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
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.

Click here for Malik’s article.

Government Shutdown Wasn’t a Trump Card

By Arber Rexha
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!
Click here for Arber Rexha’s article.

WOMAN AT WAR (Kona fer í stríð) Film Review

By Greggory W Morris, March 4, 2019

Sumptuous, sensual cinematography of Icelandic landscapes plus waves of an irresistible minimalistic film score await audiences in this cosmic film by Director Benedikt Erlingsson about an environmental gladiator who uses a bow and arrow to take out the high tension electrical towers of an aluminum corporation threatening to defoil her local community.

Click here for review.

Attention Trump and His Dump – Oops, Trump and His Base – Bernie Sanders to Bring It on for 2020

By Greggory W Morris, February 19, 2019

Several national morning news shows reported this date, February 19, 2019, that Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont has announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential campaign. I chose to publish – sans URL links for political donations – the email sent to me this morning by his campaign. It’s better than the garbage that showed up on the morning news shows.

I’m Running
Bernie Sanders []
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 8:43 AM
To: Greggory w Morris

Bernie Sanders
Gregg –

I am writing to let you know I have decided to run for president of the United States. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country.
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From The Nation

February 7, 2019

Read All About It

February 3, 2019

2009: The internet is killing (print) journalism. 2019: The internet is killing (internet) journalism.

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Civil Rights and Census Advocates Highlight Need to Keep the Citizenship Question Off the 2020 Census

January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, with Ethnic Media Services, hosted a telephone press briefing yesterday featuring the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, and the National Urban League to discuss the importance of the 2020 Census to communities of color and efforts to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.

[Follow-up article by Gregg W. Morris in the works.]

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Survey: What students think about expression, association, student fees, and Charlottesville

The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV

By Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon, FAIR, January 21, 2019


It’s 16° – NJ News Commons, January 21, 2019

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The Challenges of Covering a Shutdown Marked by Lies

January 7, 2019 – “Shutdowns are always tricky stories for journalists, with complex technical negotiations often hiding behind political grandstanding. This shutdown — now the third-longest in US history — is even trickier, with lies, misleading statistics, and the volatile nature of Trump’s decision-making all thrown into the mix.”
Click here for CJR article.

A Year in the Quest for News Media That Look Like America – Richard Prince’s Journal-isms®

January 4, 2019

Diversity’s Greatest Hits, 2018


By Gregg W. Morris
December 28, 2019 – Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival and made its New York City premiere at DOC NYC. Debuts Tuesday, January 8, 2019, on Digital, Cable and Satellite. This knockout of a documentary traces the evolution of the ‘hillbilly’ stereotype in media and culture by connecting it to corporate exploitation of the region’s natural resources. If you watch the trailer, you will want to see the movie.
Click here for trailer.

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS – Oscar Shortlisted Documentary

By Gregg W. Morris
December 28, 2018 – One of 15 contenders for Best Documentary Feature at 91st Academy Awards. Set in Eastern Ukraine on the front-line of the war, following the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war. The nominations to be released 22 January, 2019, and the winner to be announced at the 91st Academy Awards February 24, 2019.
Click here for the tease.

Government Shutdown Clock – December 26, 2019
Days, Hours, Minutes, Seconds

“President Trump is indeed the most scandal-marred president of our lifetimes, if not longer. At this point, though, the basic story line is clear. We didn’t learn anything new about his character in 2018. The question is how the country responds to his obviously unpresidential behavior”NYT Columnist David Leonardt, December 26, 2018.

NY City Council Acts to Secure Data From Mayor On Pay by Race, Gender

December 26, 2018 – Lawyers representing municipal unions trying to prove the city systematically discriminated against people of color and women have been stymied in the courts in recent years by the de Blasio administration’s resistance to producing ethnic, gender and salary data, citing privacy concerns. Now, with passage of legislation Dec. 20, the City Council and Speaker Corey Johnson believe they are on the verge of being able to have that demographic and compensation data provided on an annual basis, although it might require overriding a veto by Mayor de Blasio.
Click here for article in The Chief, a must-read newspaper.

December 18, 2018

2019 Predictions for Journalism – NiemanLab

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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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Will Subway Rider Anna Lushchinskaya Cop to Penal Law § 40.15?

December 15, 2018

Penal Law § 40.15
CNN and other news media report that Lushchinskaya was arrested in June for allegedly pepper spraying a man and woman, both Hispanic. She was charged with harassment, menacing with a weapon and attempted assault.
NYC Hate Crime Statute.

Mueller’s Office Takes Action On Manafort, Cohen

December 10, 2018 – Robert Mueller’s office said on Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, lied to federal investigators about his contacts with Trump administration officials and his interactions with a Russian citizen linked to Moscow’s intelligence services. According to a partly redacted court filing, he also lied about a $125,000 payment made through a political action committee to cover a debt he owed. Prosecutors also claimed he misled investigators pursuing a case unrelated to Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race. Manafort faces at least 10 years in prison as a result of two prosecutions for charges ranging from bank fraud to conspiracy to obstruct justice and is expected to be sentenced early next year.

Mueller’s office also filed a recommendation on Friday for the sentencing of Michael D. Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. In the filing recommending a prison term for Cohen, prosecutors linked Trump to the crimes Cohen had committed in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign. The court filings describe an August 2014 meeting between Trump, Cohen, and the head of a national tabloid in which they discussed buying the stories of any women who might come forward to describe sexual relationships with Trump, so the rights to those stories “could be purchased and ‘killed.’ ” The unidentified head of the tabloid, identified as “Chairman 1,” is reportedly David Pecker of the National Enquirer. Cohen also admitted, according to the court papers, to previously undisclosed attempts to forge a political relationship with Russia during the election — though, in those instances, the efforts do not appear to have come to fruition. Cohen’s sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Prosecutors have reportedly continued to scrutinize what other executives in the president’s family business may have known about those crimes, which involved hush-money payments to two women who had said they had affairs with Trump. After Cohen pleaded guilty in August to breaking campaign finance laws and other crimes, the federal prosecutors in Manhattan reportedly shifted their attention to what role, if any, Trump Organization executives played in the campaign finance violations.
New York Times. Washington Post.

the Campus

City College Student Newspaper, December 9, 2019

Special Report: The Adjunct Crisis

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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.

The WORD: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth. Graphic courtesy PEN America