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Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:16 pm
by MinnesotaMyron
A multitude of musical "M"s.

In January Eminem (Marshall Mathers) released his new album "Music to Be Murdered By".

Coming at the end of March, "The Mike and Micky Show", a companion album to the current tour by the surviving members of the Monkees.

And in February, Mandy Moore's first album in 11 years, the frustratingly M-less title "Silver Linings".

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:08 pm
by Ironhorse
Popular Netflix show with video game adaptation: The Witcher

Viral song from show: Toss A Coin to Your Witcher

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:22 pm
by econgator
Ironhorse wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:08 pm
Popular Netflix show with video game adaptation: The Witcher
The games and Netflix series were adapted from the books.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:57 pm
by cinemaniax7
Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star and future NBA Hall of Famer, has died in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles County suburb of Calabasas. A five-time NBA champion with the Lakers, Bryant was recently passed by LeBron James for third on the list of all-time NBA scoring leaders.

Edit by mod: Kobe's 13-year old daughter Gianna was also killed in that crash, as well as 7 others.

Watch the Oscar-winning 2017 animated short Dear Basketball, based on Kobe Bryant's retirement letter and directed and animated by the great Glen Keane:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... e=emb_logo

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:45 pm
by teapot37
Billie Eilish has a huge night at the 62nd Grammy Awards, winning Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (a songwriter's award) for "Bad Guy", and Best New Artist. (The album also won two engineering Grammies for her brother, Finneas O'Connell.)

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:26 am
by MinnesotaMyron
teapot37 wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:45 pm
Billie Eilish has a huge night at the 62nd Grammy Awards, winning Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (a songwriter's award) for "Bad Guy", and Best New Artist. (The album also won two engineering Grammies for her brother, Finneas O'Connell.)
Per the official Grammys website, these are the 2020 awards, even though it's pretty much music from last year.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:17 am
by seaborgium
teapot37 wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:45 pm
Billie Eilish has a huge night at the 62nd Grammy Awards, winning Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (a songwriter's award) for "Bad Guy", and Best New Artist. (The album also won two engineering Grammies for her brother, Finneas O'Connell.)
That makes her only the second artist ever to win Best New Artist and Song, Record, and Album of the Year in a single ceremony, after Christopher Cross in 1981.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:23 am
by BigDaddyMatty
seaborgium wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:17 am
teapot37 wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:45 pm
Billie Eilish has a huge night at the 62nd Grammy Awards, winning Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (a songwriter's award) for "Bad Guy", and Best New Artist. (The album also won two engineering Grammies for her brother, Finneas O'Connell.)
That makes her only the second artist ever to win Best New Artist and Song, Record, and Album of the Year in a single ceremony, after Christopher Cross in 1981.
One of them wrote and recorded the quintessential yacht rock hit, "Sailing." The other's middle name (one of them; she has three) is Pirate.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:21 pm
by cinemaniax7
At the age of 18, Billie Eilish is the youngest solo artist to win the Grammy for Best Album, eclipsing Taylor Swift. I mention this only because Taylor Swift is a J! darling, having been mentioned at least 64 times in clues or correct responses since 2008.

Also, Michelle Obama became the second First Lady, after Hillary Clinton, to win a Grammy, winning for the audio book of her memoir Becoming in the Best Spoken Word Album category. Jimmy Carter is still the most decorated political figure, having won three Grammy awards.

Film composer John Williams took home his 25th Grammy, winning Best Instrumental Composition for his “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite.” Hungarian-born British orchestral and operatic conductor George Solti is still the all-time leader with 31 Grammy wins.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:19 pm
by morbeedo
Graphic Novel Wins Newbery Medal for the First Time

The writer and illustrator Jerry Craft won this year’s John Newbery Medal for “New Kid,” the first graphic novel to receive the prize for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

“New Kid” is about a 12-year-old boy named Jordan who lives in New York City’s Washington Heights and dreams of going to art school, but his parents instead enroll him in a prestigious private school where he is one of the few students of color.

“The Undefeated,” written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. An ode to African-American life and accomplishments, it includes references to slavery, the civil rights movements and black heroes such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and others.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:44 pm
by Robert K S
cinemaniax7 wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:57 pm
Bryant was recently passed by LeBron James for third on the list of all-time NBA scoring leaders.
Worth noting that it happened the very day before Kobe died, and Kobe's last tweet congratulated Lebron.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:25 pm
by MinnesotaMyron
"American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins has been chosen as the latest entry in Oprah's Book Club. The novel, about a Mexican woman who flees to the U.S. with her son, has been criticized as cultural appropriation.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:45 pm
by davey
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:25 pm
"American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins has been chosen as the latest entry in Oprah's Book Club. The novel, about a Mexican woman who flees to the U.S. with her son, has been criticized as cultural appropriation.
More like "eviscerated." And now her book tour has been canceled, because of threats.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:19 am
by econgator
Author Mary Higgins Clark dies at 92.

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/boo ... 2-n1128136

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:52 pm
by MarkBarrett
Meghan Trainor album: Treat Yourself

Erik Larson book: The Splendid and the Vile - Churchill & 1940

Riverdale spin-off on the CW: Katy Keene starring Lucy Hale

HBO 6-part true crime: McMillions - McDonald's & Monopoly game scam

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:15 pm
by xxaaaxx
Kansas City Chiefs def. San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to win Super Bowl LIV. It's their first championship since Super Bowl IV in 1970, and the first title for KC head coach Andy Reid.

KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:32 am
by 1stlvlthinker
xxaaaxx wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:15 pm
Kansas City Chiefs def. San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to win Super Bowl LIV. It's their first championship since Super Bowl IV in 1970, and the first title for KC head coach Andy Reid.

KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP.
And just to clarify, the Chiefs represent Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas City, Kansas.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:07 am
by xxaaaxx
Catching up on weekend tennis...

Australian Open:
Novak Djokovic def. Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the men's singles title, his 8th Aussie title and 17th Grand Slam, 3rd all-time behind Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (19).

Sofia Kenin def. Garbiñe Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to win the women's singles title, her first Grand Slam title.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:15 am
by ParrotRob
1stlvlthinker wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:32 am
xxaaaxx wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:15 pm
Kansas City Chiefs def. San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to win Super Bowl LIV. It's their first championship since Super Bowl IV in 1970, and the first title for KC head coach Andy Reid.

KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP.
And just to clarify, the Chiefs represent Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas City, Kansas.
Says who? Yeah, they play in Missouri, but I'm petty sure they "represent" the entire metro area across both states.
Edit: just now saw the President's Kansas post which clearly prompted this post, but just because he's only half right doesn't mean we should only be the other half right.

Re: 2020 Current Events Study Guide

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:10 pm
by MarkBarrett
Movie follow-up to Suicide Squad: Birds of Prey (My instinct is to look at the longer title name, stars & character names for a J! clue and noting that it's in the DC Universe)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_Prey_(2020_film)

XFL trying again: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XFL_(2020)#Teams (Linking to teams as something that could be helpful for LL or Think Differently perhaps more than J!)

Diane Keaton memoir: Brother & Sister

If you have IQ points to spare to lose then read this about teen slang: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/par ... 456251001/