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Eleven major foundations have pledged to spend a total of nearly $200 million for efforts to help boys and young men of color succeed, in concert with President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
The foundations said in a 12-page executive summary to a still-unreleased report that the funds are to spent over the next three years – what they hope will be the “first steps in what will be longstanding commitments from these and other funders.”
Not all 11 foundations are helping fund all the efforts.
The biggest chunk of the funds, more than $81 million, is to go toward “comprehensive reforms needed to dramatically reduce racial and ethnic disparities in, and the overall…
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When Ubisoft commissioned horror director Rob Zombie and Walking Dead artist Tony Moore to make a promotional short for Assassin’s Creed Unity, it must have known what to expect. Blood. And lots of it. Released over the weekend and premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con, the four-minute video provides a historical backdrop to the forthcoming stealth sequel, which follows a secretive assassins’ guild during the French Revolution.
And by “historical backdrop” we actually mean “blood-splattered costume horror”.
The film shows the events leading up to the revolution: the ruinous wars, the aristocrats feasting while the poor starved, the formation of the National Assembly, and then the storming of the Bastile and lots and lots of beheadings. So many beheadings. The video ends with the execution of Maximilien Robespierre (beheaded, naturalment) as an assassin – probably the game’s lead protagonist, Arno Dorian – looks on from the rooftops; a moment that recalls the E3 trailer for the game.
No doubt commissioned specifically to appeal to the Comic-Con audience, the film has provoked some controversy this week. While the Assassin’s Creed games have been based amid a series of bloody historical conflicts, from the crusades to the American war of independence, it’s certainly not a horror series. Yet here we have multiple decapitations, eyes stabbed and faces shot off – all familiar fare to fans of Rob Zombie gore-slathered movies, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.
Ubisoft has said it wanted to bring to life, “the gory details, bloody battles and terrifying events of the revolution.” It has certainly done that. And the film is a more interesting promotional concept than the standard video game trailer (lots of suspiciously high resolution “in-game” footage, some explosions, a man with a deep voice telling you to pre-order).
There’s a decent little ‘making of’ documentary online too:
This is, of course, not the first promo to intentionally contrast with the game it is advertising. Microsoft’s famed Gears of War commercial set the third-person space blaster to Gary Jules’ lugubrious cover of Mad World, while the masterful trailer for Dead Island, made this witless horror romp look like the most heartbreaking narrative video game ever made.
Certainly, as more gamers block online ads, and watch on-demand TV only, the opportunities to reach them through traditional channels are narrowing. If it’s not viral these days, it’s not hitting Gen Z. And if there’s one thing the internet likes, it’s gory movies by cult directors and artists featuring heads flying all over the shop. That and kittens.
At a time when tragedy dominates world affairs, it’s easy to despair at the path some ‘leaders’ have led us down. But if you’re worried about losing faith in humankind, despair not: we have the antidote.
Rich or poor; young or old; Australian, Chinese or Brazilian — we looked the world over and found one universal trait that truly unites us all: kindness.
Cue happy tears…
When we published this on Facebook, within days it was reproduced on numerous pages, and watched over 10 million times, uniting kind-hearted people across the world!
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Do take a moment and find some tissues, because there’s more where that came from.
Scott Johnson is a regular TakePart contributor who has headed Newsweek’s Mexico and Baghdad bureaus and is the author of The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA:
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