Daily Archives: January 7, 2010

$100 Million More for Green Grants Out the Door



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white house gov logoIn the new video below, Labor Secretary Solis announces $100 million in green jobs training grants. These grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to prepare workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. It’s well understood how much of a win-win these investments are, providing some of the most immediate job-creation opportunities around and producing a more energy-efficient America for the long term.

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In case you missed it, see the Vice President’s memo to the President on how the foundation for a new clean energy economy has been laid during the last year. Also check out the Labor Department’s new green jobs page.

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President Obama Honors Educators in Math and Science

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white house gov logoPresident Obama honors educators who have shown excellence in teaching and mentoring students in mathematics and science at an awards ceremony at the White House. January 6, 2010.

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The Good Wife: Tattoo You

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Actors Jessica Hecht and Julianna Margulies in an episode of CBS' "The Good Wife"I’ve been wanting to write about The Good Wife for a while, but must confess that I’m a few episodes behind, due to the holidays. Thank God for DVR’s. 🙂 But this article caught my eye…and might interest you. Spoilers alert.

LATimes/Meredith Blake~~For political junkies, especially those with a liberal streak, there’s probably not a better show on TV than “The Good Wife.” The series was back with a vengeance last night, introducing the loathsome Duke Roscoe (Craig Bierko), host of a charming TV show called “Gimme Truth” and a commentator who combines the relentless bullying of Bill O’Reilly with the paranoid histrionics of Glenn Beck. It’s truly an inimitable combination, folks! As ridiculous as Duke is — and as cheesy as his flag-waving, dangling noose graphics are — he’s only slightly less so than his real-life counterparts. Don’t believe me? Just watch this. Or this.

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Want to see the character Duke Roscoe in action?..Go to the 1:58 mark in the clip

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Precious Dominates NAACP Nominations

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The Oscar hopeful gets eight nods for acting, writing and directing

Actors Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton

Actors Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton

LATimes/Susan King~~”Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” dominated the nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, earning eight nods — best film, best director for Lee Daniels, screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best actress for Gabourey Sidibe, supporting actress for Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton and supporting actor for Lenny Kravitz.

Competing with “Precious” in the best picture category are “The Blind Side,” “Invictus,” “Michael Jackson’s: This Is It” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

Joining Sidibe in the best actress category are Anika Noni Rose for her vocal performance in “The Princess and the Frog,” Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side,” Sophie Okonedo for “Skin” and Taraji P. Henson for “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself.”

Vying for best actor are Denzel Washington for “The Taking of Pelham 123,” Idris Elba for “Obsessed,” Jamie Foxx for “Law Abiding Citizen,” Morgan Freeman for “Invictus” and Quinton Aaron for “The Blind Side.”

Rounding out the supporting actress category are Alfre Woodard for “American Violet” and Zoe Saldana for “Avatar.”

In addition to Kravitz, supporting actor nominations went to Adam Rodriguez for “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” Anthony Mackie for “The Hurt Locker” and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Danny Glover for “2012.”

Joining Daniels in the directing category are F. Gary Gray for “Law Abiding Citizen,” George Tillman Jr. for “Notorious,” Scott Sanders for “Black Dynamite” and Spike Lee for “Passing Strange: The Movie.”

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An Interview with Gabourey Sidibe and Lee Daniels by Michael Ordoña

Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe

Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe

LATimes/Michael Ordoña ~~This seems like the classic overnight success story.

Gabourey Sidibe: I know, isn’t it weird?

Your first credit is an award-winning, heavily buzzed about movie. How are you setting your feet down?

GS: I’ve never been a serious person. And I don’t ever intend to be. I don’t often take stock of what room I’m in or where I am, just because it freaks me out. So, I totally have my feet off the ground.

Lee, you’ve said when you and Gabourey talked about the character in depth, she “gave you the facts.”

Lee Daniels: Gabby is way smart. Nauseatingly so. [laughs] In my head, the only room that was clean in the Jones house was her bedroom because it was her sanctuary. So I wanted her to dust under the bed; she says, “Lee. I’m a big girl. I wouldn’t be under there cleaning.” So I was like, ‘Ohhh. OK.’ She’s really smart.

How do you follow that?

GS: With agreement! [laughter]

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