Epic prom mom returns with ‘Black Panther’ theme
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia mom who threw a $25,000 Dubai-themed prom for her son last year is back, this time with a “Black Panther” theme complete with an actual black panther.
Saudia Shuler tells WPVI-TV she had a contest this year where kids in her North Philadelphia neighborhood sent their report cards along with essays explaining why they deserved to have an epic prom send-off.
She had originally planned to have one winner, but she ended up picking 24.
Schuler’s celebration Wednesday had African dancers and people wearing custom costumes based on the movie. She dressed as Queen Mother Ramonda, who was played by actress Angela Bassett.
Schuler says neighbors and friends helped pitch in for the undisclosed price of the celebration, described as being in the six figures.
▶MISSISSIPPI TOWN LIFTS ITS OWN BAN ON SALE OF COLD BEER:
WATER VALLEY, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi town is ditching its ban on the sale of cold beer.
Beer has been sold in Water Valley for just over a decade, but always at room temperature. Aldermen voted unanimously this week to allow the sale of refrigerated beer.
Mississippi has a patchwork of city and county laws dealing with the sale of beer and alcohol.
The town’s Main Street Association director, Mickey Howley, tells The Oxford Eagle that Water Valley, population 3,400, is “catching up with the times.”
A new truck stop is being built near Water Valley, and Howley says that could have drained away some town revenue if aldermen had not legalized cold beer sales.
Water Valley is only five years behind nearby Oxford, which legalized cold beer sales in 2013.
▶PRIMARY CANDIDATE WINS RACE FOR POSITION HE WASN’T SEEKING:
MENDHAM, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey college professor lost his bid for U.S. Congress on Tuesday — only to learn a successful write-in campaign chose him as the Democratic nominee for mayor of the town where former Republican Gov. Chris Christie lives.
Mark Washburne says it was a nice surprise after he came up short in his congressional campaign, and adds that he’s willing to accept the nomination. NJ.com reports Mendham’s municipal attorney is currently researching election law to see if Washburne is eligible for the November ballot — noting that there’s no precedent of something like this.
Washburne would face Republican Mendham Councilwoman Christine Serrano Glassner if certified, as current Mayor Neil Henry is not running for re-election.
▶AMAZON UNVEILS NEARLY HANDS-FREE STREAMING TV DEVICE:
NEW YORK (AP) — Alexa for couch potatoes is coming: Amazon’s new streaming TV device will let users shout out when they want to turn on the TV, flip channels or search for sitcoms — all without pushing any buttons.
The Fire TV Cube is not entirely hands-free yet, however. Some apps or streaming services may require viewers to pick up the included remote to rewind or stop a show. Amazon says it’s working with those services to integrate voice commands.