*Author Solomon Northup’s harrowing book “12 Years A Slave,” and the Oscar-nominated film it inspired, will be added to the high school curriculum later this year, thanks in part to a campaign spearheaded by Montel Williams, reports the New York Times.
The National School Boards Association announced that the work will be sent to public high schools across the United States through a partnership between the federation of schools boards, New Regency, Penguin Books, and the film’s producers. The film will be accompanied in classrooms by the original 1853 memoir that inspired the movie and a study guide.
Individual school districts will decide whether or not to incorporate it in their curricula.
TV veteran Williams is funding the distribution of the film.
Talk-show host Montel Williams is 57 today
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
We can say “Peace on Earth.” We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be. – Betty Shabazz
July 3: Talk-show host Montel Williams is 57.
July 3, 1953: Harry Belafonte was shown with actress Janet Leigh and film star Tony Curtis on the cover of Ebony magazine. It was the first time a black person and two Caucasians were seen together on a U.S. magazine cover. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*Montel Williams appeared on the Dr. Mehmet Oz show recently and opened wide about his emotional past.
He admitted dealing with an emotional eating disorder after going through a double mastectomy at the age of 19.
Unfortunately it was the wrong procedure. His torn pectoralis muscle was misdiagnosed as male breast cancer.
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As a result, he suffered through clinical depression and used eating as his way out.
“People have heard me talk about this on air,” he says, referring to previous discussion he’s had in the media about his mastectomy and bouts with clinical depression. “It’s been recently diagnosed as emotional liability, which means that I can’t control my ups and downs … and when I feel that way, and I’m at home, I sneak food,” Williams said.
In 1999, Williams was then diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative autoimmune disease that again thwart him into extreme mood swings and even now he deals with emotional eating.
Hmm, er, cynics would say Montel’s eating issues are caused by the munchies he gets from smoking all that medical marijuana.
*Montel Williams isn’t someone most folks associate with political opinions.
But recently on the Piers Morgan show, he went at it with his thoughts about Rush Limbaugh and his opinions about Republicans.
Williams protested that the conservative political party is out of line when it comes to terms of war and sending “our children to die.” he also spoke out against rush Limbaugh’s vilification of law student Sandra Fluke.
“I don’t know if there’s an apology that is great enough,” Williams told Morgan in response to a question about Limbaugh’s comments that Sandra Fluke, a law student, was “a slut and a prostitute.” “I have three daughters,” Williams explained, and while he would attack people for their politics, “I am never going after a person’s soul- that was someone’s child, how dare you?”
He was so appalled by the audacity a person of his stature and popularity to say what he did, particularly in public at a time like this during presidential campaigning.
Check out the full interview below:
*Former TV talk show host Montel Williams is trying to open medical marijuana facilities in Washington DC, reports NBC Washington.
The TV personality has applied for two cultivation center licenses on Queen’s Chapel Road, and met with about 150 residents from the neighborhood to plead his case. Neighbors told him they’re worried about crime and the site’s location directly across the street from a strip club.
Williams said his organization plans to refurbish the warehouse, and that will actually help the neighborhood.
“A building that was burned out could be a flagship facility that actually brings some revenue into Ward 5,” Williams said.
The former television host is also applying for a license to dispense medical marijuana at another site in the city. He became a vocal advocate for the drug after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Williams says it gives him relief from his pain.
Montel Williams speaks during a news conference in support of legislation that would make Maryland the 16th state to legalize medical marijuana at the House Office Building on January 24, 2011 in Annapolis
*Former talk show host Montel Williams, a longtime supporter of medical marijuana use, has opened a pharmacy in California to dispense the drug for pain relief and medicinal purposes.
Medicinal marijuana is legal in California, and Williams, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, has now launched the Albatin Wellness Cooperative in Sacramento to provide patients with access to the drug.
The process is strictly regulated and Williams hopes the new center will help lower the stigma of medical marijuana use.
“We’ve been caught up in culture surrounding medical marijuana that’s 20 years old,” he tells The Sacramento Bee. “While adhering to every single state law, we want to provide safe access for patients and really medicalize this. Patients should be put first… I want this to be someplace your mother and father could see themselves walk into.”