Category: Breaking Views

  • DEMOCRACY NOW | I Was Looking at This Convention and Then I Saw the Sky

    By Randy Gener PHILADELPHIA |  The 2016 presidential election is not about Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative policies, but about the “American experiment of self-government”– democracy itself, US President Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. “It’s not just a choice between parties or policies; the usual debates between left and right,” Obama said. “This is a more fundamental choice– about who we are as a people. “Anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end,” he said. “That’s America.” Democrats called on Americans to reject what they called the politics of fear and division of the GOP and elect Hillary Clinton during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “If you’re serious about democracy, you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. You’ve got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes WE can,’” Obama said. Source |  DEMOCRACY NOW | I Was Looking at This Convention and Then I Saw the Sky

  • JOSE LLANA | Rising from Broadway’s “King and I” to Reach a New “Altitude”

    By Randy Gener NEW YORK CITY | Did you know? Jose Llana — the alluring dynamo who recently wowed Broadway audiences as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award–winning best-musical revival of The King and I — turns 40 years old this month. So far, it looks like a royal turning point of a birthday year — actually, truth be told, a pinnacle moment in his life and career. In addition to succeeding — and bettering — the Japanese actor Ken Watanabe (who took a long pause last year from playing the title role in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical favorite), Llana so impressed his producers, his co-star Kelli O’Hara and their cast mates that they wanted him back on the boards early this spring. You could not have missed the extent of his impact on the popular show the first time around. It was deep. He turned heads. He sang, and ears perked up. Lincoln Center producers blew up images of him wearing kingly regalia on all the posters and billboards in New York City. Soon, Llana’s handsome face was plastered everywhere in town. A great example of Pinoy pride, right? Yeah, yeah. Sure. Rah-rah. But also …