Denzel Washington Obituary

Denzel Washington, a critically renowned actor who took on an immense range of roles in various popularly known feature films, died Tuesday night at his vacation home in Mailbu, California. He was 95.

Washington’s eldest son, John, notified reporters that Washington died surrounded by those whom he truly loved. No further information about the cause of death has been released.

Washington starred in many feature films, including  “A Carbon Copy,” “Glory,” “American Gangster” and “Flight ”— all of which helped to firmly established his lasting legacy in the film world.

He was born in Mount Vernon, New York. His father, Denzel, was a Pentecostal minister while his mother, Lennis, worked as a beautician. He was the middle of three children.

Upon graduating high school, Washington enrolled at Fordham University with the intentions of pursuing a journalism career. After involving himself in various student drama productions, his interests shifted. Following his graduation, he decided that he no longer wanted to work as a journalist. He then enrolled in the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He would star in his first feature film several years later.

In 1981, Washington made his film debut with “A Carbon Copy.” He later starred in and won a best supporting actor Oscar for “Glory” (1989).

Washington additionally received much critical acclaim for his portrayal of human rights activist Malcom X in “Malcom” (1992). He received an Oscar nomination for best actor following the film’s release.

In 2001, he earned his second Oscar for his leading role in the film “Training Day.” A year later, he directed and co-starred in his own film, “Antwone Fisher.” Washington took part in many other successful films throughout his career, including “American Gangster” in 2007, where he played Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, and “Flight” in 2012. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in “Flight.”

Washington continued to star in and direct many films throughout the remainder of his film career, even mentoring aspiring actors and actresses at the age of 90. His various roles, his distinguished stage presence and his undying appetite for film itself will never be forgotten.

Washington was not just an incredible actor, but an incredible son, father, husband and friend. He is survived by his wife, Pauletta Washington, and his two sons, John and Malcom, and two daughters, Katia and Olivia.


Light and Dance Event Story

Students from the Boston University (BU) College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and the Department of Physical Recreation, Education & Dance delivered an intriguing show Monday night that explored the relationship between light, dance and movement.

The 16th annual event, entitled “AURORA BOREALIS 16: A Festival of Light and Dance,” attracted around 150 people and was co-artistic directed by Yo-EL Cassell and Micki Taylor-Pinney.

Before the performances began, the hosts instructed the audience to completely turn off their devices so that they’d be fully engaged with the many different acts that were to come.

The first performance, a solo act, featured choreographer Derek Martinez as he aimed to understand the true power of light. He wore a mask and walked with a limp as a spotlight reigned from the center of the stage. Though initially afraid of its effects, he became accustomed to its power after implementing several approaches to turning the light on and off.


Other performances included dancers maneuvering on aerial playgrounds, aerial silks dancers and collaborative dance groups—all of which seemed to emphasize that there could be no movement without dance, and no dance without light.

Following the event’s close, a couple of attendees weighed in, expressing how pleased they were with the performances presented.

Elena Thompson, a College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) junior and aerial dancer, said that although she normally attends the annual event, she particularly enjoyed the performances the School of Theatre had to offer.

“I’m a dancer and I’m also a part of the aerial classes at BU, so I wanted to check out the performance like I always do each year,” said Thompson. “I really [liked] the School of Theatre’s performances.”

Ivy Hedberg, a College of Communication senior, said that she especially enjoyed the aerial segments of the event.

“The aerial silks were super amazing to watch,” Hedberg said. “I have a friend who’s end to them also and they’re so amazing to look at.”

The New York Times Cliches (11/30)

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The downfall of Mr. Lauer, a presence in American living rooms for more than 20 years, adds to a head-spinning string of prominent firings over sexual harassment and abuse allegations.

Cliche: Head-spinning

Britain Doubles Its Cash Offer to E.U. in Brexit Talks 

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The proposition that Britain could have its cake and eat it during Brexit, as the foreign secretary Boris Johnson once said, was always dismissed as a fiction by opponents.

Cliche: Have its cake and eat it

Vatican on Defensive as Pope Wraps Up Myanmar Visit

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In his last full day in Myanmar, Pope Francis sought to pivot away from politics and the disappointment  over his decision to avoid mentioning the persecuted Rohingya Muslims and to find safer ground in Catholic liturgy and inter-religious dialogue.

Cliche: Find safer ground

The New York Times Cliches (11/23)

Two ‘Acting Directors,’ and One Skeptical Judge

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At a hurriedly called and packed-to-the-gills hearing, Judge Kelly voiced his concerns, noting that the lawyers for the president could not definitively say whether Ms. English was protected from losing her job.

Tax Wrangling Aims to Sweeten Gains of Wealthy

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The Republican tax bill hurtling through congress is increasingly tilting the United States tax code to benefit wealthy Americans, as party leaders race to shore up wavering lawmakers who are requesting more help for high-earning business owners.

General Is Given Control Of Venezuelan Oil Giant

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As the government wrestles with declining production and crushing debt amid an unrelenting economic crisis, the president cast the appointment as an attack on rampant corruption that has bled Pdvsa of profits and undermined its operations.

The New York Times Cliches- 11/16

As Mugabe Recedes, a Warning Ripples in Africa

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It echoed across a continent where the notion of the “big man” leader is defined equally by the lure of power in perpetuity and the risk that, one day, the edifice will crumble under the weight of its own decay.

Cliche: Under the weight

4 More Women Accuse Moore of Misconduct 

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And so a head-spinning afternoon and evening unfolded.

Cliche: Head-spinning

Senate Defection Casts Tax Plan In Uncertainty

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Uncertainty gripped the Senate on Wednesday over efforts to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax cut after a Wisconsin Republican became the first to declare that he could not vote for the tax bill as written, and other senators expressed serious misgivings over the cost and effect on the middle class.

Cliche: Sweeping


Emma Johnson Interview Article

Emma Johnson sat in her parent’s Manhattan home, doing what she always did on Sunday afternoons—creating crafty projects like beaded bracelets. One particular Sunday afternoon, she decided to post her finished bracelet on social media.

A week later, a store in her neighborhood contacted her asking to sell two dozen of those very bracelets. From there she created a collection, entitled Em John, around bracelets, keychains, jewelry and other products.

After realizing how profitable her products were, Emma gave herself an incredibly difficult challenge.

“I set an ambitious goal for myself to pay for college and make $250,000 with this business,” Emma said.

Emma was a junior in high school then. She’s now a junior at Boston University. The 20-year-old is quite the enigma among her college counterparts, having created her own business to pay for her college tuition.

Emma currently runs Em John out of her apartment back in Manhattan. Additionally, she manages the majority of the business without a marketing team, a sales team and a publicist. However, while she’s at Boston University, her parents keep the business functioning.

“I handle designing products, coming up with ideas, marketing, assembling and all, packaging and all, handling [public relations] such as Instagram and sending products to editors, so, I really do it all,” Emma said.

Though Em John initially gained momentum around the popularity of her bracelets, she later introduced keychains to her collection. The keychains, composed of faux fur balls and plastic initials, would become successful. After sending the keychains to many different editors at magazines, the creative director at O, The Oprah Magazine took notice. Her products would be featured in the holiday issue of the magazine.

“The creative director texted me saying he wanted [keychains] in Oprah Magazine. I was like ‘Oh totally,’ so I made 300, thinking 300 keychains [is] a lot of keychains to sell, and in the first week we sold over 3,000,” Emma said.

As for that college tuition goal she created for herself years ago, it is now a reality. Emma has raised well over $250,000 and is planning on continuing her business.

“This past August I hit that goal completely, so that’s pretty exciting,” Emma said.

Emma hopes to grow her business in the coming years and potentially expand that same college tuition challenge to other qualified students.

“I want to expand on the Em John college challenge and have Em John ambassadors that [represent] Em John on their college campuses and at their high schools so that, ultimately, they keep a percentage of the sales and then they put it towards their own college challenge,” she said.

The New York Times Cliches (11/9)

Suburban Anger At Trump Echoes Down The Ballot

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From the tax-obsessed suburbs of New York City to high-tech neighborhoods outside Seattle to the sprawling, polygon developments of Fairfax and Prince William County, Va., voters shunned Republicans up and down the ballot in off-year elections. Leaders in both parties said the elections were an unmistakable alarm bell for Republicans ahead of the 2018 campaign,…

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It seemed like a match made in media heaven. AT&T is a telecommunications giant whose reach stretches to millions of people all over the country, and Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO and Warner Bros., has content galore…

Cliche: Match made in media heaven

Disregarding Climate Change While Preparing for Disaster

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When Hurricane Irma swept through the Florida Keys in September, it brought a vivid preview of the damage that climate change could inflict on the region in the decades ahead.

Cliche: Swept through

The New York Times Cliches (11/2)

On Tax Cuts, G.O.P.’s Math Won’t Add Up

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There is a math problem at the heart of the Republican Party’s protracted introduction of a sprawling tax bill, and it grows, in part, from President Trump’s two nonnegotiable demands.

Christie’s No.2, Long in His Shadow, Struggles to Find Her Own Identity

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The policy was the first crack in a relationship that would begin to sour, according to the former members of the Christie administration, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private matters.

This Time Was Terror. What About Las Vegas?

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As a result, terrorism is often in the eye of the beholder, determined as much by the attacker as by the community, which must decide whether the attack represents a broader threat requiring a response.

BU Students Relate Earlier Death Rates for Left-Handed People to Mechanical Bias

Several students from Boston University (BU) responded to a New England Journal of Medicine published-study that compared rates of deaths and accidents among 1,000 right and left-handed people, comparing the study’s findings to what they believed to be a systematic bias to right-handed people.

Dr. Diane Halpern, a professor of psychology at California State University, and Dr. Stanley Coren, a researcher at the University of British Colombia, conducted the 2016 study, assessing death certificates and ultimately finding that left-handed people were more likely to die earlier.

Along with discovering that very few left-handed people existed among the elderly population, the researches also found that right-handed women typically lived six years longer than left-handed women, and that right-handed men typically lived 11 years longer than their left-handed counterparts.

“The results are striking in their magnitude,” said Halpern.

Halpern also commented on the environmental differences between left and right-handed people.

“Almost all engineering is geared toward the right hand and the right foot. There are many more car and other accidents among left-handers because of their environment.”

Several BU students offered their perspectives on the study, stating that its findings were the product of a systematic favoritism to right-handed people.

Grace Yang, 20, right-handed, asserted that the study’s results were logical, given that many machines are strictly designed for right-handed individuals.

“The way we do things is only catering to right-handed people, so left-handed people are already at a disadvantage when they’re going to do something,” said Grace.

Melissa Wong, 19, left-handed, found the study’s discoveries to be disturbing, but later added that there was not enough evidence to develop a solid conclusion.

“As a left-handed person, that’s just sad news. It makes me seem like I’m more likely to die compared to my right-handed counterpart,” said Melissa.

Allie Caton, 22, right-handed, said that the study’s results seemed reasonable since many machines and systems are designed to specifically accommodate right-handed people.

“Maybe there’s like weird accidents that happen because certain machines favor right-handed people,” Allie said.

Jhonatan Perea, 20, right-handed, said that despite the study’s findings, his lifestyle would ultimately be the determining factor of his death.

“I’m definitely still going to die earlier than the average male because I eat so much unhealthy food,” Perea said.


Cliches from The New York Times (10/26)

Republicans Craving Harmony On Tax Cuts, but Discord Grows 

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“But, like a crying newborn, the drafting of the bill is already costing party leaders sleep.”

Critics Give Way AS the G.O.P. Tilts To Trump’s Orbit

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“Despite the fervor of President Trump’s Republican opponents, the president’s brand of hard-edge nationalism– with its gut-level cultural appeals and hard lines on trade and immigration–is taking root within his adopted party, and those uneasy with grievance politics are either giving in or giving up the fight.”