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A Passion for Giving, DMC, healthcare?

A Passion for Giving, DMC, healthcare? (photo)

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I got to poking around the internets about Run-DMC after mentioning them yesterday and found that Darryl McDaniels, the DMC in Run-DMC, is in an upcoming documentary film called “A Passion for Giving.” Normally, this would bore the shit out of me, but times are different and I think this film’s message is an important one at the crossroads we find ourselves at as a Nation.

I haven’t seen a screener, and I don’t expect any mind blowing filmmaking here but there is the promise of a decent soundtrack and cinematographer Robert Leacock’s credits include Al Pacino’s “Looking for Richard” and 1977’s legendary, “Pumping Iron.” Of course the main interest will be the doc’s exploration of people’s reasons and passions for helping others, and why that’s worthy of being a subject. Some of the people featured are Dan Aykroyd, Fran Lebowitz, Count Alexandre De Lesseps (Blue Orchid orphanage in Burma), John Sykes (VH-1’s Save the Music) and Darryl McDaniels who founded The Felix Organization. McDaniels discovered in his mid 30’s that he was adopted and founded the organization to help children who have not yet found homes of their own.

Director Robin Baker Leacock commented, “that is the coolest thing that you can do, the most fun thing that you can do, the most sexy thing that you can do – right now or ever is to help people!” There is a key sentiment in that statement that should be fleshed out. People don’t always need to be recognized for helping others, but it helps. Making it fun, sexy and cool helps even more. What if the wealthy, who like high profile charities and benefits, were given incentives for contributing to a socialized healthcare system instead of just taxed to fund it? What if it really was cool and sexy to help people, if social status and recognition were measured more in giving than in bling? And someone should structure serious tax incentives for legitimate organizations that funnel money into a new healthcare system.

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“A Passion for Giving” debuts this Fall on PBS.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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