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The Casting Of A White Actor As Native Hawaiian Hero Cuts Deeper Than You Think

Prominent filmmakers by now have whitewashed so many roles meant for people of color that the internet doesn’t have time to put down its digital torches and pitchforks from one film outrage before the next one goes viral.

But the latest case of cultural appropriation wades into a painful part of American history and targets a very small minority that has been struggling for decades to understand its place within the U.S.: Native Hawaiians.

When it was announced on Tuesday that Zach McGowan ― a white actor who has starred in TV hits including “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Shameless” ― was cast in the role of real-life Native Hawaiian hero Benehakaka Kanahele in the WWII-era drama “Niʻihau,” people online, Hawaiians especially, responded with anger. 

Their ire was a familiar refrain: Why must a white actor play a role meant for a person of color ― again? The announcement reminded many people of Emma Stone’s controversial casting as a part Native Hawaiian and Chinese woman in Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha.”

“In movies and television, you get everyone except us ― everyone but us portraying us,” Anne Keala Kelly, a Native Hawaiian filmmaker, told HuffPost. “It’s a total exploitation of an actual historical event about an actual Hawaiian person.”

Kelly says this issue cuts deep for Native Hawaiians who are still reeling from the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom led by a group of American businessmen in 1893 ― a controversial event that opened the door for the Hawaiian islands’ annexation and eventual statehood in 1959. 

Kelly published a documentary about these events in her 2008 film, “Noho Hewa.”

During Hawaii’s annexation and eventual path to statehood, there was an increase in Western presence in the islands that nearly wiped out Native Hawaiian culture: Hawaiian language was banned in schools, Western-owned plantations dominated the lands and, eventually, military presence increased dramatically and tourism skyrocketed.

The casting of a white man in Kanahele’s place is salt in a wound for Hawaiians who have been left feeling erased by Western influence. Kelly called it “Poly-face” ― a version of the phrase “blackface,” but directed at the indigenous people the film “Ni’ihau” portrays: Polynesians.

“It’s cultural cannibalism, it’s like someone eating you while you’re alive,” Kelly told HuffPost. “They’re erasing me, or any Hawaiian, as we’re standing here. It’s the narrative equivalent of ethnic cleansing. We’re being marginalized while we’re still here.” 

Gabriel Robertson, the director of “Ni’ihau” did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

It’s cultural cannibalism. They’re erasing me, or any Hawaiian, as we’re standing here.
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Whitewashing and cultural appropriation aside, critics also say the political timing of “Ni’ihau” puts Hawaii residents ― both native and transplants ― in a dangerous situation at a time when tensions between North Korea and the U.S. have spiked under the Trump administration.

According to early reports, the film retells the true story of a Japanese pilot who crash-landed on Ni’ihau (a private Hawaiian island where tourism is famously banned to protect the native population) during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The surviving pilot convinced two of the island’s residents of Japanese descent to defect against the U.S. The pilot and the defectors took Kanahele and his wife hostage, but were eventually killed after the Hawaiian couple fought back against their captors.

The U.S. Army awarded Kanahele, who was shot three times during the struggle, with the Medal for Merit and the Purple Heart for his heroic actions. 

Ku’ualoha Ho’omanawanui, a professor of Hawaiian literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, believes that recounting this story now could stoke anti-Asian fears and provoke more tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

The film “is particularly problematic in an age of Trumpian political warmongering with North Korea, with Hawaii as a potential nuclear target, and a potential ground zero for nuclear annihilation, especially if China gets involved,” he told HuffPost.

Indeed, North Korea has ramped up its nuclear program in an attempt to develop technology advanced enough to deliver a strike that could reach the U.S. And while most experts believe Hawaii faces no immediate threat from the Hermit Kingdom, military officials in the Pacific have renewed their focus on protecting the islands from a potential strike.

Ho’omanawanui said of the film, “This kind of careless, insensitive decision-making ― including the casting [decision] ― does not consider the real-world impacts on Native Hawaiians, Hawaii residents, and other peoples of color when we are not made visible as real people with a full range of human experiences and emotions.”

“Rather we are characters for white people to try on and mimic in their quest to fulfill their own ignorant, arrogant, incorrect fantasies about Native Hawaiians and other peoples of color.”

Both Kelly and Ho’omanawanui are convinced that the film, which has already received mainstream attention, will once again show the masses a Westernized version of their native culture ― and they’re upset that non-Hawaiian people have taken control of a heroic narrative that belongs to a Native Hawaiian.

“There is no reason Native Hawaiians or other people of color shouldn’t be cast in this film,” Ho’omanawanui said. “Moreover, there is no reason they shouldn’t be included as writers, directors, producers and crew, and there’s equally no reason white people need to take the lead in telling this or any other story.”

As a filmmaker, Kelly thinks the only way to solve Hollywood’s problem with cultural appropriation is for prominent filmmakers and producers to first realize there is a problem. But as big-budget films that whitewash roles for minorities continue to roll out, it’s clear some filmmakers are not learning.

“It’s impossible to bridge a gap if the people in power pretend [that there is no problem] or deny that a gap exists,” she told HuffPost.

Kelly says she believes the average American audience would care about true Native Hawaiian narratives if native filmmakers were given a chance to represent their own people.

“The tough part is that most people would give a damn. Most people would care if they heard the truth. Most people do care about justice,” she said. “But they’re being entertained into not caring about it.”

And if Hollywood’s powers-that-be still aren’t convinced that the modern movie-watching audience is craving more authenticity in stories about people of color, the backlash trailing “Ni’ihau” should be proof enough.

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Poetry Hour: Roland Mouret Seeks Deeper Bonds With Clients

LONDON — It’s not often that a designer throws open the doors of his bedroom to customers, but that’s just what Roland Mouret is planning to do next year when he fully opens his Manhattan townhouse, which he sees as part shop, part apartment, part refuge.
The French-born, London-based Mouret, who celebrates two decades in business next year, has already opened the shop part of 1006 Madison Avenue, but his private apartment on the top floor is still under construction. The apartment, and its role in the business, reflects the designer’s ideas about fashion, design and retail today.
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Writing From Deeper Within: Advanced Steps in Writing Fiction and Life Stories

Writing From Deeper Within: Advanced Steps in Writing Fiction and Life Stories


Works of art move and inspire us to think in new ways. And their creation is within your reach – the techniques required to create works of art simply take time, thoughtfulness, and a willingness to experiment. This sequel to Selling''s popular Writing from Within includes a summary of his basic method which teaches you to write using the subject you know best: yourself. But Writing from Deeper Within also contains more advanced techniques that will show you how to expand your personal work into full-length plays, memoirs, screenplays, or novels.

Selling gets rid of the mystery behind creating great art, by breaking the process down into easily understood steps. He shares techniques for backstory, creating strong characters, story pacing, exposition, denouement, developing unique voices within the same story, researching and writing family histories, using visual motifs, employing subtext, and separating the author from the main characters. Whether you have been writing for years and want to continue to improve or are just starting out, Writing from Deeper Within will help you turn what ever you are writing into a work of art.
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Deeper Life Ministries Receive Tribute & Medicine Help By Charles Myrick of ACRX

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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A Deeper Darker Truth: Tom Wilson’s Journey Into The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy

A Deeper Darker Truth: Tom Wilson’s Journey Into The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy


In the late 1980s Tom Wilson a retired research and development engineer with US Steel Corporation designed a state-of-the-art image processing and computer analysis system using technology already employed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In doing so he perfected a method (based solely on hte physics of light) that could extract information from materials and images that were beyond human visual capabilities. Tom could for example detect flaws in a steel plate. This accepted methodology allowed him to serve as a consulting technical expert in criminal law cases where his image processing was accepted as hard evidence in American courts of law. For more than a decade Tom Wilson applied his computer image processing system to countless images of the Kennedy assassination. He stripped away layers of information to reveal truths that had never before been known. Some of his findings include: Shooters behind hte picket fence on the grassy knoll; Alteration of the Zapruder film; Fakery of the Oswald backyard photographs; An individual in the “sniper’s window” of the Texas School Book Depository who was nto Lee Harvey Oswald; An exit wound in the back of President Kennedy’s head (just as the doctors who attended the President at Parkland Hospital had described.); Exact location of the final and fatal head shot; Alteration of autopsy x-rays and photographs contained in the National Archives. Reading like a mesmerizing whodunit murder mystery A DEEPER DARKER TRUTH chronicles Tom Wilson’s evolving series of startling discoveries that show President Kennedy was assassinated by a group of assassins on November 22 1963.

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