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In Honor of Halle Berry

 



Invite says, 'Dinner at Eight'

 

 

 

The X-Men, a comic book series featuring a very different sort of super hero group, made its debut simultaneously with The Avengers in September 1963. Stan Lee* [Sun 6° Capricorn 12', Mercury 18° Capricorn 38'] had originally wanted to call the team of teenagers The Mutants, but Martin Goodman felt the name might baffle young readers, so Lee came up with X-Men, which had a nice hint of the unknown about it.

 



Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters
1407 Graymalkin Lane - Salem's Center
Westchester County, New York

 

The leader of the team was Professor Xavier, a wheelchair-bound telepath who ran a school for gifted youngsters who were all secretly mutants. Feared by ordinary people, The X-Men were nonetheless in training to protect humanity from a gang of evil mutants headed by the sinister Magneto [aka Magnus and Erik Lehnsherr]. Magneto had master forger George Odekirk create the identity of Sinte gypsy "Erik Lehnsherr" for him so he could escape his pursuers. He can shape and manipulate magnetic fields that exist naturally or artificially.

Splintered teams Developments forced Professor Xavier back to a wheelchair when he was attacked by anti-mutant students at a rally. Then the X-Men adapted to their new challenge and formulated a double team strategy - a BLUE team and a GOLD team.

Cyclops led the BLUE team (Wolverine, Jubilee, Psylocke, Beast, Gambit, and Rogue). Storn led the GOLD unit (members included Colossus, Iceman, Jean Grey, Archangel, and later Bishop) with Banshee and Forge in reserve. It was in these later years that the X-Men faced some of thier greatest threats: Magneto (leading a band of followers who believe he's The Second Coming), the Phalanx, Mr.Sinister, Stryfe's Legacy Virus, and more recently, Onslaught (The Professor's evil-side), Bastion and his Prime Sentinals, and Cerebro, their own mutant-detecting device in animated mode.

 

 

 

X-KABOBS

Ingredients

4 small boiling onions
1 medium yellow summer squash or 1 medium zucchini
1 cup button shrmx, peeled, stems removed
   cut into 1" chunks
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
dash pepper
corn on the cob, cooked in milk, cut into sections
1 sweet red or yellow pepper
   cut into 1 1/4" squares

Directions

Cook corn on the cob in milk, in a large double boiler, until tender. In medium saucepan, cook onions, uncovered, in boiling salted water for ten minutes. Add squash chunks, return to boiling. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer; drain vegetables.

For marinade, in bowl combine oil, vinegar, garlic salt, oragano, thyme, and pepper. Add corn, onion, shrmx, squash, and pepper squares. Cover and marinade 6 to 8 hours or overnight in refrigerator, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserve marinade.

Ask Wolverine to fan his claws so you can load the veggies on and Cyclops can cook them. If you are away from Xavier's Academy kitchen, try this alternate method.

On four 8-inch skewers, alternately thread corn, onions, button, squash, and pepper pieces. Place kabobs on rack of unheated broiler pan. Broil 7 - 8 minutes. Brush with a little of the reserved marinade. Turn, broil kabobs for 5 - 6 minutes longer or till brown, brushing occasionally with remaining marinade.
Makes several servings.

 


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Real name: Ororo Munroe aka Storm

Other aliases: (current) None, (former--in Kenya and Tanzania) "Beautiful Windrider"

Flight speed: Subsonic (when propelled by winds). Storm has the powers of a weather goddess and can manipulate the weather cycle and other elements in a variety of ways (including using wind to give her flight).

Fighting skills: Excellent hand-to-hand combatant, trained by Wolverine

Special skills and abilities: Extraordinary ability at picking locks, excellent markswoman with handguns

Known superhuman powers: Storm has the psionic ability to control the weather over limited areas. She can fly by creating winds strong enough to support her weight. Storm has limited immunity to extreme heat and cold.

Special limitations: Storm's psionic powers over the weather are affected by her emotions; hence, if she does not maintain control of her emotions, a fit of rage might induce a destructive storm. Also, Storm suffers from severe claustrophobia.

Other accessories: Storm carries lock picks.

Storm now leads the new pared-down team (Wolverine, Marrow, Gambit [Remy LeBeau], Rogue, Shadowcat, Colossus, and Nighcrawler), and they have started searching for Professor X, who disappeared after Onslaught.

Storm's formidable powers include atmospheric construction and deconstruction, as well as her ability to summon thunder and lightning. She is a priestess, descended from an elite tribe of white haired, blue-eyed people in Africa, yet many of her skills resemble those of Indra, patron weather god of India. Her mother, N'Dare, was the princess of a tribe in Kenya. She married the American photojournalist David Munroe and moved with him to Manhattan, where Ororo was born.

 

 

Remy LeBeau - Gambit

Real Name: Remy Etienne LeBeau
Point of Origin: New Orleans, Louisiana [on record]
Actor Taylor Kitsch is Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Storm sponsored Remy's admission into the X-Men, where he took the code name Gambit. He gained an equal footing with the X-Men without trouble. Over time, information about his past incarnation in the Thieves' Guild came out. He fell in love with his fellow X-Man, Rogue, blessed and cursed with the ability to absorb other mutants' thoughts and abilities through skin-on-skin contact. The feeling was mutual, but the two soulmates were condemned never to touch.

Gambit can charge objects with kinetic energy, causing them to explode. He is extremely agile and quick, and well trained in the martial arts. His thoughts are hard to control, and his voice is somewhat hypnotic. His power's true potential, though permanently excised now, is to control all manner of kinetic energy, allowing him to fire energy blasts, defy gravity and effectively exist as energy. As the adopted son of the leader of the Thieves' Guild of New Orleans, Gambit is also, needless to say, a phenomenal thief.

Gambit biography
Psycho-kinetic energy associated with the hand, wrist, and fingers - Mercury, the Line of Intuition

 

 

 

Blue food suggestions for the Beast and Nightcrawler [and Mystique, if she's invited]

 

BLEU CHEESE DIP

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
4 finely chopped green onions
2 tbs parsley
4 oz Bleu d'Auvergne or Fourme d'Ambert
garlic salt

Directions: In a medium bowl, mix, mayonnaise, sour cream, green onions, dried parsley, cheese and garlic salt (to taste). Cover and chill. Serve with blue corn chips, fresh veggies or breadsticks.

 

The Cutting Edge

It was perhaps inevitable that the most popular of Marvel’s mutants would get his own monthly comic book, and it finally happened with Wolverine #1 (November 1988). A hot seller from its first issue, Wolverine brought out a new side in writer Chris Claremont. Removed from the complicated plotting and complex emotional relationships that characterized the X-Men Wolverine’s solo adventures had a dark, gritty, hard-boiled quality that suited the menacing, enigmatic hero. ..."It’s different," says Claremont, "but it’s a different aspect of the same guy."

One of Marvel’s old masters John Buscema, provided the pencils for Wolverine, the inks were by another veteran, Al Williamson. Buscena’s first work for the company was done in 1948, and he has been working regularly for Marvel since 1966. An artist’s artist, Buscema has received offers from other companies, but he always replies, "Where were you when I needed you?"

Tough characters like Wolverine and The Punisher are in vogue, believes editor-in-chief Tom DeFalco, because it’s a way of dealing with society’s frustrations. These days, people are upset with the way the law works, upset with politicians, upset with everything. They want to see someone actively solving problems instead of just talking about them. The characters that are popular are the ones people need at the time.

- MARVEL Five Fabulous Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics

 

M A G N E T O

Real Name: UNKNOWN (Goes by Magnus, Erik Lehnshier was a fake ID)

Powers: Magneto can manipulate the earth EM field in a variety of ways, including self-propulsion, force fields, magnetic cloaking, attration, repelsion, and can manipulate objects almost at the molecular level.

File: Magnus was born in a Jewish family just before WW2. And we all know what happened in X-MEN, the first film that provides some background history of the tragic plight young Magnus faced as a boy. Although mutants develop their powers at puberty, he was unable to summon his natural gift due to the poor physical condition of the camps and abusive treatment he suffered during his formative years. The adult Magnus/Magneto vowed he would "never again" allow those who were different to be persecuted and hunted like animals if he had anything to say about it. Never again would the helpless be at the mercy of "those jackals". Never again will mutant blood be spilt before the unforgiving feet of the prejudiced humans.

Charles Xavier and Magneto go back a long way. Both exchanged their philosophic views in animated discussions and arguments about how they should use their powers. Xavier strongly supported the belief that mutants should use their gifts to ensure peace between mutants and humans. Magneto held that mutants should use the templates of our current system, rise to power, and being the next stage in human evolution, take their rightful place at the top of the power ladder as the leaders of Earth. The conflict developed by these divergent viewpoints is the storyline for the film X-MEN III.
Magneto is played by Ian McKellen.

 

 

HALLE BERRY

Halle Berry is a LEO native [Sol 21° Leo 24' deposited in 10th House of public image, reputation, business success, political activity, government, publicity, and legacy] with her social planets in her MC. Venus in exact conjunction with her radix Midheaven @ 28° Moonchild [Cancer], combines with conjunct Luna, also in her own watery sign of transfiguration @ 25°48' Moonchild. Luna is exactly square the Ascendant @ 24° Libra 24'.
scroll to star chart note about Dorothy Dandridge who had a strong Leo/Moonchild aspect as well

Halle Berry has developed her acting skill so that it will direct emotional feeling on the screen via the versatile characters she portrays in blockbuster movies. Berry was born with an 8 Destiny Path.

Those born under the 8 Destiny or Vocation excel in executive ability, especially connected with big business, institutions, and large groups. They will become good organizers in the field they choose. This is a leadership number that indicates success in a worldly or high profile role: lawyers, bankers, brokers, small investor groups and business partnerships are typical. The vibration may seek to "lift the veil" and enter scientific study, lab work, and research that concerns our modern medical underworld, such the search for the cure for AIDS, Cancer, and especially any disease that attacks children.
Thomas Jefferson was a 22-8 and both Jesus Christ and Abraham Lincoln are linked with the 8 vibration. The number 8 is associated with the idea of justice, truth, and beauty that were all once the same word, 'fair.'
go Trump VIII

 

Women with the Moon in Cancer [Moonchild]

Catwomen on the list are highlighted: Loni Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Rona Barrett, Halle Berry, Ethel Barrymore, Annie Besant, Barbara Billingsly, Linda Blair, Mary J. Blige, Emily Blunt, Pearl S. Buck, Capucine, Rosemary Clooney, Jeanne Crain, Dorothy Dandridge, Sandra Dee, Phyllis Diller, Eva Gabor, Janeane Garofalo, Olivia de Havilland, Rebecca de Mornay, Arianna Huffington, Chaka Khan, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle, Stella McCartney, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Newmar, Annie Oakley, Tatum O’Neal, Aimee Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Eleanor Parker, Jane Pauley, Lois Rodden, Clara Schumann, Connie Sellecca, Nancy Sinatra, Suzanne Somers, Mira Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Gale Storm, Marlo Thomas, Mae West, Nancy Wilson, and Sean Young

People with Star Charts that feature Double Moonchild, Sun and Moon in Moonchild - Royal Marriage w/i 8 degrees of perfect include

Women: Olivia de Havilland [Destiny 7], Courtney Love [Destiny 9]

Men: Giorgio Armani [Destiny 8], Steve Forbes [Destiny 1], Harrison Ford [Destiny 9], David Hasselhoff [Destiny 9], Roger McGuinn [Destiny 9], David Prowse [Darth Vader -Destiny 8], Jack White [The White Stripes, Destiny 11], and Billy Wilder [Destiny 8]

 

OSCAR WINNING ACTRESS HALLE BERRY HONORED

WITH 2,333rd STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Halle Berry's Star is located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Kodak Theatre, in Los Angeles, CA. - go award ceremony here

§ "This beautiful woman is a triple threat, an old fashioned bombshell and like my mom would say a good egg! By the way, Halle….thanks for wearing the orange bikini (a reference to her Bond film outfit)." -- Tom Rothman, Chairman/CEO Fox Filmed Entertainment

§ "I want to officially state that I am an emotional retard. I am so emotional ... as soon as I saw the crowds of people and friends here, I started to cry. I am going to keep this speech short because I know you don’t want another 10 minute speech!" She went on to thank, agents, lawyers and friends as well as Samuel L. Jackson who she mentioned was her first drama teacher when she did the film "Jungle Fever" with him. -- Halle Berry

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry continues to break down barriers, working hard to achieve a career most actors dream of having. She stars opposite Bruce Willis in the Sony Pictures thriller, "Perfect Stranger." Her next starring role is in the DreamWorks Picture film, "Things We Lost in the Fire." The third installment of the "X Men" series, directed by Brett Ratner, in which Berry reprised her role of ‘Storm,’ continued the franchise’s worldwide success. In 2006, she also received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her acting work in the Oprah Winfrey produced movie "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and as executive producer for the HBO telefilm "Lackawanna Blues."

Halle Berry homepage at TDN
Catwoman - the page for those dedicated to catwoman, #1 Super Vixen
also see Gladiators
Sun Signs The Good and Bad News About Your Sign
Halle Berry Biography * Film History
Silver Age of Marvel Comics

 

alternate menu: Swordfish Kabobs

Ingredients

1/1/2 pounds swordfish, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
1 14-ounce can hearts of palm, drained,
cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup ranch-style salad dressing
Salt and pepper

 

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or preheat broiler. Alternate swordfish with hearts of palm, zucchini and bell pepper on metal skewers. Brush with dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Grill until swordfish is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

4 servings

 

 

Soulful Summer

Grilled Swordfish with Cucumber-Melon Salsa

Ingredients

For the salsa:

· 2 cups peeled English cucumber, small dice (from 1 medium cucumber)
· 1 cup cantaloupe, small dice
· 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
· 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
· 4 teaspoons olive oil
· 2 teaspoons fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
· 1 teaspoon packed lemon zest
· 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
· 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
· 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the fish:

· Vegetable oil
· 6 (4- to 6-ounce) swordfish fillets (about 2 pounds)

INSTRUCTIONS

For the salsa:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large, nonreactive bowl and stir until well coated. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the fish:

1. Heat a gas or charcoal grill to high (about 400°F) or a grill pan over medium-high heat and rub the grill or grill pan with a towel dipped in oil. Coat both sides of the swordfish with oil and season all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
2. Place fish on the grill and cook, undisturbed, until dark grill marks form, about 5 minutes. Turn and grill until just cooked through and opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes more.
3. Transfer fish to individual plates, top each fillet with salsa, and serve.

Important key for great Sunday get-togethers: Fish on the grill is as summery as it gets. This recipe takes about 20 minutes, all together.

Avoid imported swordfish, which is in low supply and is usually caught by longline. Instead, go for U.S. swordfish that’s been caught by handline or harpoon. If you can’t find swordfish, try this recipe with tuna, halibut, or mahi mahi.

 

 

* Marvel revolution

In the late 1950s, DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz revived the superhero genre and experienced a significant success with its updated version of the Flash, and later with super-team the Justice League of America. In response, publisher Martin Goodman assigned Lee to create a new superhero team. Lee's wife urged him to experiment with stories he preferred, since he was planning on changing careers and had nothing to lose.

Lee acted on that advice, giving his superheroes a flawed humanity, a change from the ideal archetypes that were typically written for pre-teens. His heroes could have bad tempers, melancholy fits, vanity, greed, etc. They bickered amongst themselves, worried about paying their bills and impressing girlfriends, and even were sometimes physically ill. Before him, most superheroes were idealistically perfect people with no serious, lasting problems.

The first superhero group Lee and artist Jack Kirby created was the family of the Fantastic Four. Its immediate popularity led Lee and Marvel's illustrators to produce a cavalcade of new titles. With Kirby, Lee created the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, the Mighty Thor and the X-Men; with Bill Everett, Daredevil; and with Steve Ditko, Doctor Strange and Marvel's most successful character, Spider-Man.

Lee's favorite authors include Stephen King, H. G. Wells, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Harlan Ellison.

 

 

 

Important Notes for Dorothy Dandridge

DOB November 9, 1922, 10:35 PM in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Sun 16° Scorpio 58' and Moon in 19° Moonchild 43'
Ascendant 5° Leo 53' - Midheaven 22° Aries 24'
Mars 7° Aquarius 17' in her Seventh Department of Life is well aspected for a film actress. Dandridge has a dynamic, compelling Venus sextile Mars, that often provides close friends of both sexes. Her Mars is square her Jupiter and Mercury, compensated for by a wide Mars trine Saturn.
Destiny Path 7

Carmen Jones - Otto Preminger 1954

A spectacular production, in widescreen and color, Carmen Jones is an update of Bizet’s opera Carmen to the setting of an all-black military camp training soldiers for the Korean War. In her sultry performance as Carmen the temptress, Dorothy Dandridge became the first African American woman to be nominated by the Academy for Best Actress. Stars Harry Belafonte as an aspiring pilot Joe whom Carmen drives AWOL and astray. The supporting cast includes Brock Peters, Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll. Five years later, Preminger would film another all-black-cast opera with Porgy and Bess.

Halle Berry, also a native of Cleveland, played Dandridge in the made-for-TV movie, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe. Berry was noted for her striking resemblance to Dandridge, and for her engaging depiction of the actress’ struggle to succeed in the racially biased industry of 1950s Hollywood. Coincidentally, Berry later became the first African American to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. In her speech, Berry paid tribute to Dandridge.

Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922–September 8, 1965) was a stunning American actress with a lot of "first's" before her name. Dandridge was the first African American to be nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Actress category and the third African American to receive a nomination in any category overall (after Hattie McDaniel and Ethel Waters). During her early career, Dandridge appeared on stage at the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater as a member of the Dandridge Sisters. She was featured in the 1937 Marx Brothers feature A Day at the Races, singing a solo in the production number "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm."
In the 1950s, Dandridge was the first African American woman to appear at the Las Vegas Frontier and the Waldolf-Astoria. She broke the mold as a public figure when she became the first black woman to appear on the front cover of Life Magazine.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard.
She was placed in the Black Film Hall of Fame in 1977
Dandridge was one of the actresses considered for the film based on Cleopatra by director Rouben Mamoulian, which eventually went to Elizabeth Taylor.

 

 

Salaam * Shalom * Maluhia * Pax * Pax Cultura * Paz * Paix * Mir * Shanti
May Peace Prevail on Earth!

 

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