You know, that Whitney Houston was more than just a brilliant singer. She was a damn soothsayer.
Because children ARE our future, and when I see a 12-year-old enterprising reporter named Hildy Kate Lysiak, I feel so much better about that future.
You may have heard of Hildy, who we wrote about a few years ago when, as a 9-year-old, she started the Orange Street News, in her Pennsylvania neighborhood. Hildy, whose dad is a journalist, started to get a little famous in 2016 by being the first to report on a horrible murder in her hometown, and continues to “break news” about terrible crimes committed in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Hilde is amazing, so much so that a TV series inspired by her is in the works. What brings her to our attention this week was this story in the Washington Post (and in the Orange Street News, of course) that Hilde was threatened to be put in jail by a sheriff in Arizona.
Hilde was in that state researching a story when she was, well, accosted by Marshall Joseph Patterson of Pategonia, Ariz. He threatened to jail her for not obeying his orders, and after identifying herself properly, Hilde was told “I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff,” and other not so nice things.
He also lied to her by saying that it would be illegal for her to put his name and face on the Internet (what planet does he think he’s living on?)
Hilde, God bless her, wrote up the story of her encounter with Patterson, and of course the story went national.
This young girl, at 12, is already a fantastic, dogged reporter. You go, Hilde.
Threatening to throw a 12-year-old in juvie jail? Good job, marshall. Maybe that will work in Mayberry, not in America.
**Next up today, I didn’t mention this on my Oscars recap blog on Monday because I didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle, but that Nike ad voiced by Serena Williams that ran was incredible. Sensational, heartwarming, inspirational, all the things you would want in an ad.
Now, an e-migo of mine on Twitter took the ad with many grains of salt, because he argued that Nike does so many bad things off-camera (sweatshops in other countries, has endorsees like accused sexual assaulters Kobe Bryant and Ben Roethlisberger) that it shouldn’t be given credit for beautiful filmmaking like this.
I disagree, because I can love Nike’s ads and see how they can inspire millions without condoning their awful business practices.
Curious to hear what you all think. But this ad… just magical.
**Finally today, this is more of a personal plea than a blog post item, but can I just ask John Legend and Chrissy Teigen if they’ll be my friends? I can’t tell you how much I enjoy them on social media, on TV and in music, and everywhere.
You know how there are just celebrities you see who you know would be so much fun to be friends with? Well, that’s John and Chrissy to me. He’s an amazing singer/songwriter, she’s an ex-SI Swimsuit model who is all over TV these days, on “Lip Sync Battle” and other stuff.
Two things they did this week cracked me up. First, the above video of John’s first day as a coach on “The Voice,” with Chrissy packing his lunch and his books? Freaking adorable.
There was then this hilarious photo they took to celebrate John’s birthday, with one of those “baby’s achievement” boards I see all the time as a parent with young kids. Seeing all of John’s favorites, including his lullaby and bedtime story, and how old he is in months, made me laugh out loud.
I love these two. I wish I could live next door to them.