Let’s put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a $25 bill!
Nobody would get bumped from a bill – Because we don’t currently have a $25 bill. This was my original rationale. Now of course with the Treasury’s announcement that Harriet Tubman will bump Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill, the point is moot.
It would be a reminder of how Black folks built the land of the free while in chains – This country sucked its wealth from the sweat on slaves’ backs (after they conveniently murdered the Native Americans and pushed them off their land; but that’s a point for another article). But the Confederacy used the image of slaves on its currency to promote its belief in their so-called “right” to subjugate human beings, so I don’t want to use such an image. I’d love to have an engraving of a Black Civil War regiment (and maybe I’ll add that to the back). But, rightly or wrongly, Martin Luther King Jr.’s image has come to stand for the entire 1960s Civil Rights Era that was pivotal to expanding African Americans’ access to justice and economic opportunity. So King it is.
It’s a strong statement that the income inequality HAS to go – King stood for equal rights for all men – Black, white and everyone in between. Wall Street stands for anything but. Forcing folks to handle cash that has the face of a Black man whose legacy is as great and iconic as any face on Mt. Rushmore would go a long way toward driving that point home.
He is an authentic Founding Father – Okay you can argue the point, but to ME the 1960s Civil Rights Movement was a third (albeit incomplete) revolution after the second revolution of the Civil War that ended slavery. That makes King a modern-era Founding Father to me.
He has a Federal holiday named for him, a statue near the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and a national historic site in Atlanta, GA – What more does he need? The $25 King bill would put the icing on the cake. No, he never held public office, but neither did Martha Washington and she was on a silver certificate ages ago. Come on, let’s complete the trifecta and make it official
Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio atwww.tlheard.weebly.com.
Phila. Independent Film Awards founder Floyd Marshall (photo, left) with film blog Tinsel & Tine editor-in-chief Le Anne Lindsay – Photo: Terri L. Heard
The countdown to the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards has begun! To get the word out, awards founder and Gazelle Films LLC producer-screenwriter Floyd Marshall checked in with Tinsel & Tine blog Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay at the International Café in International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Awards for Best Picture, Director, Lead and Supporting Actors will be presented May 22, 6 pm at International House. BET “Comic View” comedian TuRae Gordon (“Soul Comedy” standup show at Warmdaddy’s weekly) and actress Alice Wills (“Luv Don’t Live Here Anymore”) host. UK celebrity journalist and activist Jenni Steele (“Keeping It Real With Steele” and “Steele Got It” on Juice radio) will co-host from the red carpet.Get your tickets online today through Eventbrite! And check in with Tinsel & Tine later next week to read Le Anne’s write-up of her interview with Floyd.
Actor-comedian Jordan Peele and rapper Method Man stopped by Le Cat Café in Brewerytown (2713 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130) to do press and promo for the upcoming film, “Keanu,” which opens April 29. Look for my write-up on Tinsel & Tine around April 25.
“Keanu” is the action-packed adventure of two average Joes braving LA gangs to rescue a stolen kitten, Keanu. It’s a hilarious take off of the Keanu Reeves action thriller “John Wick” in which Reeves played it straight as a man seeking vengeance for the death of his puppy.
Le Cat Café is a recently opened cat adoption service. Patrons can come in and get to know multiple felines before deciding which one to adopt. Activities include cats and mats yoga and cat Pilates. They are open Tuesday – Thursday, 12 noon to 6 pm; Friday – Saturday, 12-7 pm; and Sunday 12-6 pm. Call 267-800-PURR (7877) for more information.
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Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.