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Prof discusses politics in Hollywood

first_imgIn a discussion ranging from Charlie Chaplin to President Barack Obama, Steven J. Ross, a professor of history at USC, delved into the intersection of politics and celebrity. Ross discussed this trend in his latest book Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics on Wednesday at the second event of the Provost’s Writers Series.Celebrity politics · History professor Steven J. Ross discusses his most recent book, Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, at the second event of the Provost’s Writers Series on Wednesday. Ross focused on the role of celebrities in American politics. – Alex Rose | Daily TrojanRoss said his interest in writing the book stemmed from his concern with the fate of democracy and its erosion in the 20th and 21st centuries.“My idea was, in order to get people to understand the politics, why not write about movie stars and through their story, tell the story of politics?” Ross said.According to Ross, movie stars have influenced the ways in which we think about politics for over 100 years. One example of this influence, Ross said, was Charlie Chaplin’s use of visual politics.“[Chaplin] can put it directly on the screen where it can be both seen and potentially acted on by millions of people,” Ross said.According to Ross, Chaplin mocked authority figures through his roles, which included police officers, judges and world leaders. Ross said because Chaplin was a movie star, audiences listened to him.Ross asserts his book differs from many previous viewpoints in that he argues Hollywood stars have had a greater impact on right-wing politics than left-wing politics.Citing President Ronald Reagan and Sen. George Murphy — both actors turned politicians — Ross said that the Republican Party was more greatly influenced by movie stars than was the Democratic Party.Ross said he believes there are flaws with celebrities running for office: They’re not always qualified, but voters won’t look completely into their platforms because they are blinded by their esteem.“In the end, Schwarzenegger’s story highlights differences between a celebrity who knows how to run for office and a politician who knows how to govern in office,” Ross said.According to Ross, as a result of celebrities in politics, voters have become more concerned with a candidate’s image and ability to communicate rather than their ideals.Regardless of whether or not Ross agreed with famous individuals taking political action, he acknowledged their power and ability to command overwhelming amounts of attention in civil movements and politics.“As Barack Obama has shown in 2008 and John Kennedy before him, politicians who become celebrities have a better chance of governing effectively than celebrities who become politicians,” Ross said.last_img read more

Excel College Inter-house Sports Hold Thursday

first_imgInvitational Relay races will be the highpoint of the Excel College Annual Inter House Sports competition as teams from top schools in Lagos battle for top prizes.The Annual sports meet holds thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Sports Ground, Shasha, Lagos.Relays teams from Whitesands School, Lekki, St. Francis Catholic School, Idimu, Ronik College, Ejigbo and Queensland College, Ago, Isolo, top the list of schools that will vie hours in the 4x100m (boys and girls) and 4x400m (junior, intermediate and senior) events.Other star events to be contested by the houses are the 100m (male and female), 200m (male and female); and the 400m for the junior, intermediate and senior categories.Also to featuring are the middle distance races-800m and 1,500m (boys and girls), Basketball, Table tennis, Volleyball and Badminton; High jump (boys and girls), Shot put ( Boys and girls).Principal of the school, Lady K.O. Oke said the 2017 edition of the annual sports meet promises to be a celebration of grassroots sports talents.“We have always placed high premium on high academic standards as well as sports talents. Every past edition of had some spectacular performances by the students. We look forward to this every academic year and it has always an exciting part of our programme,” she said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Brandon Figueroa on stepping out of his brother’s shadow with a breakthrough 2019

first_imgHe followed it up with an even better showing in August, notching a spectacular knockout of Javier Nicolas Chacon for his first successful title defense.”My goals were to at least become an interim world champion,” Figueroa told Sporting News. “I became that. I honestly didn’t believe I would be a regular champion for the WBA. But here I am, defending it. It’s an amazing feeling what I’ve accomplished in one year.” Since then, Figueroa was bumped up to WBA “Regular” champion status by the sanctioning body as he looks to defend again, facing Julio Ceja as part of the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz 2 card Saturday night.Join DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a yearSince he was a little kid growing up in Weslaco, Tex., the 22-year-old was always in the shadow of his older brother, former WBC lightweight titlist Omar Jr. Their father, Omar Sr. had always given the majority of his attention to his elder son because he felt the 29-year-old had more potential of the two. However, the tide started to shift a bit when Brandon was 15 and he stopped a Mexican pro fighter during a sparring session. That was Brandon laying the groundwork toward eventually becoming a world champ himself.”I definitely do feel like I’ve carved my own path,” Figueroa admits. “I’m grateful to my brother for paving the way for me and opening up doors. At the end of the day, I’m the one who puts in the hard work in the gym. I’m the one who puts my life on the line every time I’m in the ring. I’ve worked hard to get here. I feel like in my own way. I’m creating my journey. I just know that I’m an action-packed and fan-friendly fighter. I feel like little-by-little I’m starting to get that respect. I’m only 22, and I only have a lot to prove to myself.” Saturday’s fight is the biggest of the year for the rising star because of how quickly he ascended boxing heights and the fact that he’s on the undercard of one of the top names in the sport in Wilder. Figueroa has relied on big brother to help him navigate the waters of what’s been a hectic lead-up. Entering 2019, Brandon Figueroa had one clear goal in mind: Become a world champion. While it’s easier said than done, Figueroa accomplished the feat in April when he stopped Yonfrez Parejo to become the interim WBA super bantamweight champion.  “He helps me out in the little things like keeping me loose, not overthinking about the fight, how to handle the media interviews, which allows me to focus on going out there and giving it my all,” Figueroa said.A win over Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) would make Figueroa 4-0 for 2019 and erase any lingering doubt about him being in the shadow of his brother.”It would make it an amazing year for me,” Figueroa said. “To start off the year becoming the interim champion and then defending the title. Winning on a card like this, I deserve to be the regular champion. I have to win in spectacular fashion and look really, really well to not put any doubt in people’s minds and prove to myself that I belong here.”last_img read more