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“Talk of the Town”: Ageism, National Identity, Cultural Appropriation, and More; Plus, “Haunted Mansion” Director Justin Simien

Our panel of guests share their thoughts on trending topics in the news.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, returns to his press conference after the 81-year-old GOP leader froze at the microphones and became disoriented, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2023. McConnell went to his office for a few minutes and returned to finish speaking with reporters.


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First, we speak with film director and Houston native Justin Simien who discusses his new film Haunted Mansion, a new film adaptation based on the Walt Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Simien discusses his approach to helming a film based on a theme park ride.

(L-R): Owen Wilson as Father Kent, Rosario Dawson as Gabbie, LaKeith Stanfield as Ben, Tiffany Haddish as Harriet, and Danny DeVito as Bruce in Disney’s HAUNTED MANSION. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Haunted Mansion is available now, only in theaters.

Then, we shift to "Talk of the Town" where our panel of guests weigh in on trending headlines of the week. Today's panel consists of singer and semi-finalist on America's Got Talent Christina Wells, Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger of MyRedGlasses Roz Pactor, and writer and activist Tony Diaz.

Our guests share their thoughts on ageism amidst health concerns over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suddenly freezing during a press briefing this week, how we see ourselves as a nation in today's age of political divisiveness, cultural appropriation vs. inspiration, and more.



Justin Simien

Christina Wells

  • Singer, Actor, and Motivational Speaker
  • 2018 Semi-Finalist on "America's Got Talent"

Roz Pactor

  • Fashion and Marketing Consultant
  • Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger, "My Red Glasses"

Tony Diaz

  • Writer
  • Director of Nuestra Palabra, Latino Writers Having Their Say

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