Barbershop: The Next Cut
Barbershop: The Next Cut is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, it is the sequel to 2004's Barbershop 2: Back in Business and the third film in the Barbershop film series and stars an ensemble cast, including returning actors Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Deon Cole and Troy Garity, new cast members Regina Hall, Nicki Minaj, Maryum Ali, J. B. Smoove and Lamorne Morris; this is the first film in the series that Michael Ealy and Leonard Earl Howze did not reprise their roles as Ricky and Dinka respectively. The film was released on April 15, 2016. Calvin expresses his love for the city of Chicago for being his hometown and the place where he has been running his barbershop business and supporting his family; the city has been plagued by gang violence and criminal activity as of late, tensions have begun to rise in Calvin's neighborhood. Eddie comes running into the barbershop frightened because he claims to have made a comment at some thugs over their pants sagging.
Eddie gets Calvin panicked as the door starts banging, but it's just a delivery man bringing Eddie his breakfast, to Calvin's annoyance. The barbershop is now co-run by Calvin and Angie, allowing a separate section for women to work, with new recruits Bree and Draya. On the mens side are Jerrod and Rashad, new husband of Terri; the shop has a boy named Anthony Clark working there while he puts his focus on school. Rashad's son Kenny has been hanging out with Calvin's son Jalen; the boys come in one morning before school, Calvin catches Kenny trying to swipe two Snickers bars. Outside, some Gangster Disciples pull up and try to steal the boys' shoes, until the Vice Lords of that area come outside and tell the other gang to step off; the Vice Lords leader, Yummy is friendly with the boys based on the assumption that they are willing to join his gang. The men and women of the barbershop converse on the subject of modern women, with Bree arguing that good women are always losing to the "hoes" and that men complain about women having fake body parts but still lust after those same women.
Another topic of discussion is racism against black people, which Raja disagrees with on the basis that the country has a black president, to which Rashad counters that Obama has done nothing when recent cases involving murdered black youths have been all over the media. Still, Raja insists. Calvin has been talking to a smooth-talking businessman called One-Stop about taking the barbershop business from the south side to the north side to avoid the dangers in the streets. Only Calvin's wife Jennifer is aware of this, she's only considering for Jalen's sake. A regular client, enters to be taken care of by Draya, but another man, shows up having beef with Jay; the two men nearly fight in the shop until Rashad intervene. Jalen and Kenny get in trouble at school after being involved in a fight with the gang from earlier that morning. Jalen is unharmed but Kenny has a bruise under his eye; this pushes Calvin to consider putting his son in Catholic school, makes him trust Kenny less, to the point where he confronts Rashad and tells him their sons shouldn't be hanging out so much.
It gets more serious when Jennifer finds gang paraphernalia. With all the trouble going on in the neighborhood, Jimmy James announces an enclosure with heavy police presence; the members of the shop band together to organize a forum that night with the community to set up a ceasefire, along with free haircuts to anyone that passes by. Outside the shop, Terri becomes suspicious of Draya for being close to Rashad, he offers to take Draya home one evening on his way to pick up his daughter. Draya invites Rashad up to her apartment to "talk", but Rashad knows what's up if she denies it being sexual; the barbershop gang sets up for Jay and Marquis to arrive at the same time so they can get involved in the ceasefire. After a bit of tension and another near-altercation, the men agree to the ceasefire out of respect for Calvin. Over the weekend, the ceasefire commences. Jerrod and Raja put the word out on Twitter for people to come to the barbershop. A large number of people show up, things appear to be going smoothly.
Rashad goes in the back to grab some items, Draya goes to do the same. He apologizes for misinterpreting her motives from the other night, she forgives him and tries to kiss him. Terri shows up with JD and heads into the back, she catches Rashad and Draya in the closet at the worst possible moment, leading her to believe they were hooking up. Terri storms out and Rashad follows to try and explain himself; as the shop celebrates a day of peace, Officer Terrence shows up to bring some bad news. Anthony was shot to death on his way home from the library. Devastated, Calvin gives up on the ceasefire; the tension leads to word about him moving the shop to the north side get out, which upsets Angie the most since Calvin kept it from her. Calvin goes with Eddie joining him after, he tries to assure Calvin that although Anthony's death was a terrible loss, they still may have prevented more lives from being taken. This inspires him to return to the shop and apo
Girls Trip is a 2017 American comedy film starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, from a story by the pair and Erica Rivinoja, who based the script off their own experiences with their female friends, it follows a group of four friends who go to New Orleans to attend the Essence Music Festival in order to reconnect. Girls Trip premiered at the American Black Film Festival in Miami on June 14, 2017, was theatrically released in the United States by Universal Pictures on July 21, 2017, it received positive reviews from critics, with many praising Haddish's performance, was chosen by Time magazine as one of its top ten films of 2017. It grossed $140 million worldwide, including over $100 million domestically, the first comedy of 2017 to do so, it was the first time a film by an African-American female screenwriter crossed the $100 million mark. Four best friends, the "Flossy Posse", have grown distant over the years.
When lifestyle guru Ryan Pierce, dubbed "the next Oprah", is offered an opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, she decides to bring along her friends to turn her work vacation into a girls' trip. Joining Ryan is Sasha, an ex-journalist from Time magazine who now owns a floundering gossip site and is struggling financially. While on the trip, Sasha is sent a tip that shows a picture of a black man's head kissing an Instagram model, presumed to be Ryan's husband Stewart; the friends are reluctant to tell Ryan, but when Dina spills the beans, Ryan shocks them by telling them she is aware of the situation and that they are in couple's counseling. When Dina sees Stewart at their hotel, she threatens him with a broken bottle, resulting in her getting ejected and banned from the hotel. In solidarity, all the girls leave with her, but the only hotel they are able to get is a sleazy one-star motel frequented by customers of prostitutes; the ladies go to Essence Fest where they run into Julian, another old friend, Malik, a young man who spotted Lisa earlier in the crowd.
After the concert, Ryan flirts with Julian. He gives up his suite. Meanwhile, Lisa takes Malik with her intending to have sex with him but stops as she is intimidated by the size of his penis. Ryan hosts a cooking demonstration with Stewart. A potential investor is impressed and a business meeting is set up for Ryan and Stewart with their agent, Elizabeth. However, Dina serves the women absinthe right before the meeting. At her meeting Ryan thinks the waitress is Stewart's mistress, Lisa thinks her kids are at the club with her, Dina thinks she is flying and Sasha thinks she is making out with an attractive man, a lamp; the girls pull Ryan out of the meeting, though they leave behind her agent, hallucinating, having drunk the absinthe with them. The girls decide to go to a club to dance off the absinthe where they run into Simone and her friends and have a dance off before getting in a bar fight, they are rescued by Julian, who picks them up before they can get arrested and takes them back to their hotel.
Ryan and Stewart are offered a massive deal from the chain store Best Mart, whose representative wants to hire them as spokespeople. Ryan goes out to celebrate with the girls. While there Simone shows up and tells Sasha that she is pregnant and that Stewart has stopped returning her calls, she offers to give Sasha's blog exclusive content to her affair with pictures as well. Stewart once again goes to Ryan to convince her to stay with him to finalize their deal. Simone goes public, when she does, Ryan lashes out at Sasha accusing her of being the one who leaked the pictures; the fight spills out into the relationship of all the women and they all part on bad terms. Dina and Lisa make up quickly. After Sasha decides to take down her blog, disgusted with the celebrity gossip racket and Lisa reunite with her and the three of them get together to go rescue Ryan who has decided to stay with Stewart through the scandal. Ryan denies that the picture of Stewart and Simone is real; when her friends walk into the room and Ryan sees them, she turns her speech around, revealing that Stewart has cheated on her and that she can no longer lie to herself and her public.
The speech is a massive success and when the women reunite after the show, Ryan apologizes to Sasha. Ryan's agent tells Ryan that the deal with Best Mart is still on but with her alone. Ryan decides to take Sasha with her as her business partner the way they planned to be years ago. A series of events shows the girls reunited and Ryan beginning a relationship with Julian. Various musicians and authors make cameos as themselves, including Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, Faith Evans, Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Dennis, MC Lyte, New Edition, Estelle, Sean Combs, Carla Hall, Sunny Hostin, William Levy, Doug E. Fresh, Mannie Fresh, Lalah Hathaway, Mase, Ava DuVernay, Lorraine Toussaint, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Terry McMillan, Iyanla Vanzant. In February 2014, Universal announced that director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Will Packer would collaborate on a film tentatively titled Girls Trip, with South Park writer Erica Rivinoja att
Undercover Brother is a 2002 American action comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Eddie Griffin; the screenplay is by Michael McCullers and co-executive producer John Ridley, who created the original Internet animation characters. It spoofs blaxploitation films of the 1970s as well as a number of other films, most notably the James Bond franchise, it stars former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Kattan and comedian Dave Chappelle as well as Aunjanue Ellis, Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Billy Dee Williams, features a cameo by James Brown. The film begins with a back story of how African-American culture's popularity with the American public began to decline in the 1980s, when style and originality began to lose appeal in the public eye due to the persistent efforts of "The Man", a powerful Caucasian man in control of a secret organization that seeks to undermine the African-American community as well as the cultures of other minorities; the Man is infuriated that Gen. Warren Boutwell, a United States Army general based on Colin Powell, is considering running for president, his lackey Mr. Feather informs him of a mind-control drug which The Man uses to make Boutwell abort his plans and instead open a fried chicken franchise.
The B. R. O. T. H. E. R. H. O. O. D. A secret organization that battles The Man's influence, determines The Man is behind Boutwell's change of heart, recruits a freelance agent named Undercover Brother to aid them. Undercover Brother joins B. R. O. T. H. E. R. H. O. O. D. Which is made up of the Chief, Conspiracy Brother, Smart Brother, Sistah Girl, Lance, an intern, the only white man in the organization due to affirmative action. Undercover Brother goes undercover as a new employee at a cigarette company owned by The Man, where Mr. Feather discovers his identity, he deploys a secret weapon that he calls "Black Man's Kryptonite", an attractive assassin named White She-Devil. Posing as another new employee and Undercover Brother start dating, she begins to make him do stereotypical "white" things, such as buying corduroy and khaki clothes, singing karaoke, adopting a silly set of euphemisms. Meanwhile, The Man distributes his mind-control drug through Boutwell's fried chicken, infecting other black celebrities and making them act white.
Concerned with Undercover Brother's unusual behavior, Sistah Girl attacks White She-Devil and convinces Undercover Brother to return to the fight. White-She-Devil turns on her own henchmen to save the two, revealing she has fallen in love with Undercover Brother, they return to the B. R. O. T. H. E. R. H. O. O. D. Where Smart Brother questions White She-Devil about The Man and Lance is made part of the group when he declares his desire to abolish bigotry after watching Roots; the group heads to an awards gala. Mr. Feather takes him to The Man's base. B. R. O. T. H. E. R. H. O. O. D. Secures an antidote for the mind control drug and follows via a transmitter placed on Brown, infiltrating the base posing as a cleaning crew, to rescue Brown and a mysterious "Candidate" that The Man plans to use to land a crushing blow to African-American culture. Mr. Feather prepares to administer the drug to Brown and present him as a trophy to The Man, Brown reveals himself as Undercover Brother in disguise. Mr. Feather sends his henchmen after B.
R. O. T. H. E. R. H. O. O. D. Who discover the Candidate is Boutwell, is ordered by Mr. Feather to kill Undercover Brother. In the fighting, Conspiracy Brother accidentally begins the building's self-destruct sequence; the B. R. O. T. H. E. R. H. O. O. D. Cures Boutwell and evacuate him from the building while Undercover Brother chases Mr. Feather to the roof; the Man's helicopter leaves, The Man abandoning Mr. Feather for failing him. Mr. Feather jumps onto the helicopter's landing gear as it flies away, Undercover Brother uses his afro picks to impale Mr. Feather in the buttocks, causing him to fall into the ocean, where he is eaten by a shark. However, The Man escapes. Undercover Brother survives the building's self-destruction by leaping off the building and using his wide pants legs as parachutes, he and Sistah Girl leave the island, the world at peace. Eddie Griffin as Undercover Brother/Anton Jackson Chris Kattan as Mr. Feather Denise Richards as White She-Devil/Penelope Snow Aunjanue Ellis as Sistah Girl Dave Chappelle as Conspiracy Brother Chi McBride as The Chief Neil Patrick Harris as Lance the Intern Gary Anthony Williams as Smart Brother Billy Dee Williams as Gen. Warren Boutwell Jack Noseworthy as Mr. Elias J.
D. Hall as Narrator James Brown as Himself Robert Trumbull as The Man The R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto served as the headquarters for "The Man". On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 77% based on 130 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Fast-paced and filled with racial gags, Undercover Brother serves up plenty of laughs and sharp satire." On Metacritic the film received a weighted average score of 69 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle gave a positive review, stating: "The picture is crammed with shameless satire, engaging moments of pure silliness and jokes that border on the outrageous, it combines relentless energy with an aura of good nature for a formula that works." A sequel is in the works with Michael Jai White Black Reel - Best Film Song for "Undercova Brother" Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards - Best Guilty Pleasure Undercover Brother on IMDb Undercover
CinemaScore is a market research firm based in Las Vegas. It surveys film audiences to rate their viewing experiences with letter grades, reports the results, forecasts box office receipts based on the data. Ed Mintz founded CinemaScore in 1979 after disliking The Cheap Detective despite being a fan of Neil Simon, hearing another disappointed attendee wanting to hear the opinions of ordinary people instead of critics. A Yom Kippur donation card with tabs inspired the survey cards given to audience members; the company conducts surveys to audiences who have seen a film in theaters, asking them to rate the film and specifying what drew them to the film. Its results are published in Entertainment Weekly. CinemaScore conducts surveys to determine audience interest in renting films on video, breaking the demographic down by age and sex and passing along information to video companies such as Fox Video Corporation. CinemaScore pollster Dede Gilmore reported the trend in 1993, "Most movies get a B-plus.
I think. They have high expectations. They're more lenient with their grades, but as do it more and more, they get to be stronger critics". In 1993, films that were graded with an A included Scent of a Woman, A Few Good Men and Falling Down. Films graded with a B included Untamed Heart. A C-grade film for the year was Body of Evidence. CinemaScore at first reported its findings to consumers, including a newspaper column and a radio show. After 20th Century Fox approached the company in 1989, it began selling the data to studios instead. A website was launched by CinemaScore in 1999, after three years' delay in which the president sought sponsorship from magazines and video companies. Brad Peppard was president of CinemaScore Online from 1999 to 2002; the website included a database of the audiences' reactions to them. Prior to the launch, CinemaScore results had been published in Las Vegas Review-Journal and Reno Gazette-Journal. CinemaScore's expansion to the Internet included a weekly email subscription for cinephiles to keep up with reports of audience reactions.
In 1999, CinemaScore was rating 140 films a year, including 98–99% of major studio releases. For each film, employees polled 400–500 moviegoers in three of CinemaScore's 15 sites, which included the cities Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Atlanta, Tampa and Coral Springs. In the summer of 2002, CinemaScore reported that the season had the biggest collective grade since 1995. In the summer of 2000, 25 out of 32 films received either an B grade. Twenty-six of the summer of 2001's 30 films got similar grades, while 32 of the summer of 2002's 34 films got similar grades, the latter being the highest ratio in a decade. Since July 2014, CinemaScore reports its results on Twitter, from January 16, 2016, it began with Collateral Beauty to use for each of them an image with the movie poster on the left and the grade obtained on the right. Only films that open in more than 1,500 screens are polled and reported on CinemaScore's website and social media; the distributor of a film that opens in fewer screens can optionally contract with CinemaScore for a private survey, whose result would be disclosed only to the client.
CinemaScore describes itself as "the industry leader in measuring movie appeal". Thirty-five to 45 teams of CinemaScore representatives are present in 25 large cities across North America; each Friday, representatives in five randomly chosen cities give opening-day audiences a small survey card. The card asks for age, gender, a grade for the film, whether they would rent or buy the film on DVD or Blu-ray, why they chose the film. CinemaScore receives about 400 cards per film. An overall grade of A+ and F is calculated as the average of the grades given by responders. In this case, grades other than F are qualified with minus or neither; the ratings are divided by age groups. Film studios and other subscribers receive the data at about 11 p.m. Pacific Time. CinemaScore publishes letter grades to the public on social media and, although the detailed data is proprietary, the grades become shared in the media and the industry. Subsequent advertisements for ranked films cite their CinemaScore grades.
As opening-night audiences are more enthusiastic about a film than ordinary patrons, a C grade from them is - according to the Los Angeles Times - "bad news, the equivalent of a failing grade". According to Ed Mintz, "A’s are good, B’s are shaky, C’s are terrible. D’s and F’s, they shouldn’t have made the movie, or they promoted it funny and the absolute wrong crowd got into it". Horror films score lower. CinemaScore's Harold Mintz said that "An F in a horror film is equivalent to a B- in a comedy". An A+ grade from CinemaScore for a film predicts a successful box office. From 1982 to August 2011, only 52 films received the top grade, including seven Academy Award for Best Picture winners. From 2000 to February 2018, there were 44 movies with A+; as of April 5, 2018, 77 films have received A+. From 2004 to 2014, those rated A+ and A had multiples of 4.8 and 3.6 while C-rated films' total revenue was 2.5 times their opening weekend. Ed Mintz cited Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise as the "two stars, it doesn’t matter how bad the film is, they can pull up".
(DiCaprio's Shutter Island had a 3.1 revenue multiple despite a C+ grade, Cruise's Vanilla Sky had a 4 multiple with a
Georgetown University is a private research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D. C. Founded in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, Law School. Located on a hill above the Potomac River, the school's main campus is identifiable by its flagship Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Georgetown offers degree programs in forty-eight disciplines, enrolling an average of 7,500 undergraduate and 10,000 post-graduate students from more than 130 countries. Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit-affiliated institution of higher education in the United States; the Jesuits have participated in the university's academic life, both as scholars and as administrators, since 1805. The majority of Georgetown students are not Catholic. Georgetown's notable alumni include U. S. President Bill Clinton, U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, CIA Director George Tenet, King Felipe of Spain, as well as the royalty and heads of state of more than a dozen countries.
In 2015, Georgetown had 1190 alumni working as diplomats for the U. S. Foreign Service, more than any other university. In 2014, Georgetown ranked second in the nation by the average number of graduates serving in the U. S. Congress. Georgetown is a top feeder school for careers in consulting and investment banking on Wall Street. Georgetown is home to the country's largest student-run business, largest student-run financial institution, the oldest continuously running student theatre troupe, one of the oldest debating societies in the United States; the school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Hoyas and include a men's basketball team that has won a record-tying seven Big East championships, appeared in five Final Fours, won a national championship in 1984. The university has a co-ed sailing team that holds thirteen national championships and one world championship title. Jesuit settlers from England founded the Province of Maryland in 1634. However, the 1646 defeat of the Royalists in the English Civil War led to stringent laws against Roman Catholic education and the extradition of known Jesuits from the colony, including missionary Andrew White, the destruction of their school at Calverton Manor.
During most of the remainder of Maryland's colonial period, Jesuits conducted Catholic schools clandestinely. It was not until after the end of the American Revolution that plans to establish a permanent Catholic institution for education in the United States were realized; because of Benjamin Franklin's recommendation, Pope Pius VI appointed former Jesuit John Carroll as the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States though the papal suppression of the Jesuit order was still in effect. Carroll began meetings of local clergy in 1783 near Annapolis, where they orchestrated the development of a new university. On January 23, 1789, Carroll finalized the purchase of the property in Georgetown on which Dahlgren Quadrangle was built. Future Congressman William Gaston was enrolled as the school's first student on November 22, 1791, instruction began on January 2, 1792. During its early years, Georgetown College suffered from considerable financial strain; the Maryland Society of Jesus began its restoration in 1805, Jesuit affiliation, in the form of teachers and administrators, bolstered confidence in the college.
The school relied on private sources of funding and the limited profits from local lands, donated to the Jesuits. To raise money for Georgetown and other schools in 1838, Maryland Jesuits conducted a mass sale of some 272 slaves to two Deep South plantations in Maringouin, Louisiana from their six in Maryland, ending their slaveholding. President James Madison signed into law Georgetown's congressional charter on March 1, 1815, creating the first federal university charter, which allowed it to confer degrees, with the first bachelor's degrees being awarded two years later. In 1844, the school received a corporate charter, under the name "The President and Directors of Georgetown College", affording the growing school additional legal rights. In response to the demand for a local option for Roman Catholic students, the Medical School was founded in 1851; the U. S. Civil War affected Georgetown as 1,141 students and alumni enlisted in one army or the other, the Union Army commandeered university buildings.
By the time of President Abraham Lincoln's May 1861 visit to campus, 1,400 troops were living in temporary quarters there. Due to the number of lives lost in the war, enrollment levels remained low until well after the war. Only seven students graduated in 1869, down from over 300 in the previous decade; when the Georgetown College Boat Club, the school's rowing team, was founded in 1876 it adopted two colors: blue, used for Union uniforms, gray, used for Confederate uniforms. These colors signified the peaceful unity among students. Subsequently, the school adopted these as its official colors. Enrollment did not recover until during the presidency of Patrick Francis Healy from 1873 to 1881. Born in Georgia as a slave by law and mixed-race by ancestry, Healy was the first head of a predominantly white American university of acknowledged African descent, he identified as Irish Catholic, like his father, was educated in Catholic schools in the United States and France. He is credited with reforming the undergraduate curriculum, lengthening the medical and law programs, creating the Alumni Association.
One of his largest undertakings was the construction of a major new building, subsequently named Healy Hall in his honor. For his work, Healy is known as the school's "second fo
Packer Collegiate Institute
The Packer Collegiate Institute is an independent college preparatory school for students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The Brooklyn Female Academy, Packer has been located at 170 Joralemon Street in the historic district of Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City since its founding in 1845. In Brooklyn Heights in 1845, a committee of landowners and merchants interested in improving the education of girls raised funds for a new school, which they called the Brooklyn Female Academy, which they located on Joralemon Street. Although the school was successful, both financially and educationally, with increasing enrollment, on January 1, 1853 the building caught fire and burned to the ground; the Academy received an offer from Harriet Putnam Packer, the widow of William S. Packer, to give $65,000 towards rebuilding the school if it were named after her late husband; the new building was designed by the Minard Lafever, a noted designer of Brooklyn churches, opened in November 1854.
The chapel is notable for having stained-glass Tiffany windows. After the Episcopal parish of St. Ann's, whose James Renwick-designed church at Livingston and Clinton street was around the corner from the school, moved into the abandoned Holy Trinity Church on Montague Street – designed by Minard Lefever – in 1969, the church was sold to the school. A modernist connecting building, including a glass atrium which can be seen from Livingston Street, was added in 2003, designed by Hugh Hardy of H3 Collaborative Architecture; until 1972 Packer was a girls school, with boys attending only kindergarten through fourth grade while girls and young women were enrolled through high school as well as a two-year junior college. The junior college program is no longer operational. A 5-year-plan completed in 2017 changed many facets of student life at Packer. A traditional 5-weekday schedule was replaced with a 7-day rotating schedule, the maximum number of classes a day changed from 6 to 5, the last class of every day was extended from 50 minutes to 90 minutes, the additional of a time of day called "community" dedicated to clubs and other activities so that each students had a lunchtime, the revamping of the advising program, among others.
In early 2018, Headmaster Bruce Dennis announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2018–2019 school year. On October 3, 2018, Packer announced that Dr. Jennifer Weyburn was selected to resume the Role of Headmaster when Dr. Bruce Dennis leaves. Many technological resources found at Packer aim to facilitate collaboration, expression and exploration; the school believes that in the hands of the faculty and students, technology could strengthen the school's learning community. Packer has a laptop program and the institution describes itself as a "laptop school where technology is woven into the curriculum at all levels." The guidelines of the program state that every student must have a laptop from fifth grade through graduation in twelfth grade. Met with much skepticism at first, Time Magazine reports the thinking behind the laptop program in detail below: The wireless Packer would be different from the old Packer. All assignments, work sheets, what-have-you would be distributed electronically.
Students would take notes on their laptops in class take their laptops home and do their homework on them. To turn in an assignment, they would drag and drop it into the appropriate folder, where the teacher could wirelessly retrieve it. Voila: the paperless classroom. Packer has visual arts, media arts, drama, brass choir, chamber music, wind ensemble, chorus and a Middle and Upper School jazz band. Among Packer's facilities lies the Janet Clinton Performing Arts Center, which features instrumental and choral music classrooms, a dance studio and the Pratt Theater; this performance space supports theatrical productions throughout the year. Frances Julia Barnes – temperance reformer Mary C. C. Bradford – educator and suffragist Lucy Burns – suffragist Caroline Chesebro' – writer James Christensen – Musician / DJ for the hip-hop group Junk Science Elizabeth Gaffney – editor and author Virginia Granbery – painter Ethan Hawke, attended the 7th grade – actor and producer Virginia Heinlein, 1935 – wife of and co-author with Robert A. Heinlein Malcolm D. Lee, 1988 – film and television director Minnie Dessau Louis, educator Lois Lowry, 1956 – author Dorothy Marckwald, interior designer Mary White Ovington, 1890 – author, civil rights leader, co-founder and Executive Secretary of the NAACP Tyler Justus Paige, 2014 – International Sailor Dora Knowlton Ranous, editor, book reviewer Darrian Robinson, 2012 – chess player Rosanna Scotto, 1976 – television news anchor, FOX 5 News Emily Elizabeth Veeder, poet Deborah Ann Woll, 2003 – actress Mary Woronov, 1962 – member of Andy Warhol's Factory.
Lois Wilson, 1912 – Founder of Al-Anon, wife of Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Elisabeth Irwin, 1897 — Founder of Little Red Schoolhouse Packer can be seen as a set for the CW television series Gossip Girl in multiple episodes throughout the first three seasons, as both interior and exterior locations. Notes Official website
Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee; the film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s Chicago. The film stars Nick Cannon, Meagan Good, Brandon T. Jackson, Wesley Jonathan, Chi McBride, Kellita Smith, Jurnee Smollett; the name of the film is derived from the 1979 song "Bounce, Skate, Roll" by Vaughan Mason & Crew. Set in 1978 Chicago, Roll Bounce tells the story of a boy named Xavier whose mother has died, leaving him with his father and his sister, Sonya. After the local roller rink closes down, X and his friends are forced to skate in the ritzy uptown rink "Sweetwater". Tired of being disrespected by the skate rental distributor and other skaters at Sweetwater, the group enters a roller disco contest, their biggest rivals are the five-year champion and his crew, the Sweetwater Rollers. The film centers on X's training for the competition while trying to work through problems with his father and his pretty childhood friend, Naomi.
In the end, it not only comes down to gaining the respect of others, but learning to respect themselves and giving roller disco their all. Roll Bounce received mixed to positive reviews from critics, as it holds a rating of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 90 reviews; the soundtrack features Ray J, R. Kelly, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Wind & Fire, Brooke Valentine, Michelle Williams, Shorty Mack. Roll Bounce: The Album was released on September 20, 2005 by Sanctuary Urban Records Group. Other songs in the film include"Flash Light" - Parliament "Emotion" - Samantha Sang "Can You Feel the Force?" - The Real Thing "Love to Love You Baby" - Donna Summer "I'll Keep Loving You" - Carl Douglas "Barracuda" - Heart "Rock the Boat" - The Hues Corporation "Baby Hold On" - Eddie Money "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra "Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas "I'm Your Boogie Man" - KC and the Sunshine Band "Let's Roll" - Chaka Khan "Easy" - Commodores "For All We Know" - Donny Hathaway "Boogie Fever" - The Sylvers "Pick Up the Pieces" - Average White Band "Fire" - Ohio Players "He's the Greatest Dancer" - Sister Sledge "Baby Come Back" - Player film portal Roll Bounce at AllMovie Roll Bounce at Box Office Mojo Roll Bounce on IMDb Roll Bounce at Metacritic Roll Bounce at Rotten Tomatoes Roll Bounce at the TCM Movie Database