Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thoughts on Shirley Temple Black and Bill Robinson

Rest in peace, Shirley Temple Black. She was such a talent (to this day, I've never seen such a young child tap dance as well she did), who brought joy to millions and lived a truly accomplished life. In the otherwise wonderful 1995 Broadway show "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," she was satirized for her dance numbers with the legendary Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in dated films such as "The Little Colonel," which I found unfair. Seeing the two of them dance together not only demonstrated racial harmony, but spoke to what was in real life a great friendship and mentorship. "The Little Princess" will live on in our hearts. 

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Beatles' 1964 Press Conference at JFK

I never tire of watching this moment when the old guard--in the form of the press corps, who looked like something out of "Mad Men"--collided with The Beatles and, intent on taking down the youthful upstarts, instead fell in love with their charm and humor. Fifty years later, I know the feeling.

Happy Birthday, Carmen Miranda!

Happy birthday, Carmen Miranda! The delightful, funny, and sexy Portuguese-born Brazilian actress who was a star of American musicals in the 1940s and 50s would have turned 105 today. Although she was looked down upon at the time by many Brazilians for her caricaturish persona, she was a true talent and her Portuguese-language recordings (featured today on KCSM's Latin Jazz show) stand the test of time. As a child raised on old musicals, I fell in love with the "lady in the tutti fruiti hat," silliness and all. In fact, she reminded me a little of another favorite from a different culture: Fanny Bryce. 

This number opens up with a long classical piano intro and ends with a big Broadway dance number, but Carmen is definitely the star of the show. 

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