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Unexpected Endings

In Communication, Griot, Movies, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on March 8, 2019 at 5:12 am

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And so it is the weekend, baby.
I’m up early for the worm – I’m a shot-calling lady.

I was up late last night shooting scenes.
The FS5 is what I do. It’s my thing.

I am focusing on camera movement and lights.
I’m studying all of the greats so that I can bite.

Aye, aye, aye! I’ve got many homages to pay.
I’ve got a griot script that I need to slay.

Hey! It’s the weekend baby and I’m excited about it.
Stand the studio up and not assist the cut? I doubt it.

I am giddy to be shadowing such exciting cinematographers.
I’ve got to thank my collegiate curriculum for turning out reel cinema-ballers.

I’m all hers; New Skill can call me up anytime.
I’m guilty of always picking up the call line

because Unexpected Endings is what I find.
BIG UPS to Arizona Studios and their reel project grinds.

You never know what life will present to you when you set out on a journey…
I pray that you find new life during your life before resting on the gurney.

Go on and pray-it-back for me, too.
Today I’ve got so much stuff to do

that I could really always use a good word being put-in with the big guy.
I’m gonna also ask you to send up one more for Alex Trebek‘s quality of life.

I’m not a big JEOPARDY fan, but my mom loves it the most
and it seems pancreatic cancer has donned on the host.

If you believe in the Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, the Holy Koran and such,
then yes, send up a good word for the sick and shut-in; do it out of love.

And that is my Ms. Community plea for the week;
a knowledge-heavy weekend is what I yearn and seek.

I’ve got 2 short films to direct and reel
if I intend to keep my honors appeal.

I know that you’re with me; I know that you understand,
I’ve got some scripts to birth and some eyes to land.

Heyyy! Hold my hand. It’s been you and I since the very beginning,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, let’s script a movie. I’m up for Unexpected Endings.

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WHAT MEN WANT

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Video on February 15, 2019 at 12:22 pm


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Sometimes I sit and wonder to myself
how men think and operate within themselves.

I admit on the subject that I don’t commit to thinking too long,
and after seeing Taraji’s new film I need an Erykah Badu song

and a bag of that magical herbal tea
that she pushed on her patrons and Taraji P.

Erykah’s character also sold weed
in the back of a salon that installed weaves.

This film was easy going and fun to see.
In addition to my patronage, I brought an additional three

and we all enjoyed the theater haunt
that entertained us for 2-hours on WHAT MEN WANT.

So what do they want? You may ask.
Child, you’ll have to see the film to truly bask

in why women should not be privy to men’s passing thoughts.
None were too lewd; I’ve heard many through a faux cough

in my own life.
Though yesterday was about Tina Gordon‘s write

and co-written with Peter Hyuck and Alex Gregory too.
Taraji P. and 8 others executed the films produce.

Taraji was like Paula Patton in the way that she walked the project through.
No shade to Proud Mary, but the WHAT MEN WANT film had more juice.

Okay – the last say may contain a wee bit of shade for Proud Mary. 
It’s just that the project was strong before its final cut was miscarried.

WHAT MEN WANT
delivered on many fronts:

The storyline was good and the situations were fresh.
Did the composition and cast yield a comedic gas? Yes!

I laughed out loud often as did my plus-3 party of friends.
We laughed and nudged in the dark from beginning to end.

aldis-hodge_b-e-t.jpgEspecially at what some of the men were thinking – I’ll divvy no spoilers here.
But I will say that Taraji’s co-star Aldis Hodge is a talent our audience held dear.

I heard a few gasps when he came onto the screen.
I remember Aldis as Noah from the UNDERGROUND scene.

My, my, my, it was good to see him cast in a single father’s role
and the chemistry between him and Taraji P was relative gold.

Yes. I really liked it. erykah-badu_what-men-want.JPG
Again big ups to SISTER, the weed selling psychic.

Big ups to Tracy Morgan  who played the dad that held it down
when it was time for his son to be NBA draft-bound.
He was the no-nonsense Dad who’s prone to clown.

I saw a little bit of a Levar Ball ingredient as his storyline did unfold.
Tracy’s character had merchandise to promote his son, including a trademarked logo.

Tracy held his weight and added cohesiveness to the script.
Every element of this film was well placed – none shot from the hip.

I’m sure I laughed through a few quips; this film is a winner and at the conclusion, I felt refreshed.
I’m Qui
and it was good to see Taraji P. Henson continue to shine and look her best.

I say as much because – we all know her as Cookie from Empire.
Empire is no comedy, therefore Taraji’s talent is just fire.

Pat & Turn’er have nothing on Paula Patton

In Communication, Griot, Movies, News, Video on December 28, 2018 at 2:22 am

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Talk about ‘walking a project through
Paula Patton is one of three Producers of TRAFFIK‘s truths.

Have you seen this relatively new 2018 film release?
I saw it on hump day and it is a beast!

It’s a Suspense/Horror piece based off of an ongoing, true scene.
It stars Paula and Omar Epps regarding a human trafficking ring.

Cali is the place where this story unfolded, resembling a romantic one,
but then certain hell rode in via Harleys & gin and killed all of the fun.

John and Brea were joined by Darrin and Mila for an impromptu date…
You’ve got to see what happened to Paula and the other three as the night grew late.

To add to my horror is the realization that this is happening in the United States.
Deon Taylor, the Writer/Director was inspired by headlines to create this screenplay.

traffik_paula-patton_omar-eppsDeon and his wife Roxanne are the other two producers of Traffik.
The film was budgeted at $4million and made $9Mil. That’s a reel hit!

Yes ma’am and yes sir! That is it!
Education and entertainment via a cinematic vent.

Please do not take my word for it – peep Paula’s Traffik
It’s riddled with edgy moments and eerie plot twists.

The title of this piece starts out introducing Pat & Turner.
If you aren’t familiar with the phrase, the aforementioned parallel will be a burner.

Pat & Turner are also known as your feet: ol’ right and ol’ left.
Paula did magnificent acting and producer-work on this tale.

With the statistics of human trafficking, I was impaled.
More than 60% are African American. We’re still for sale?

What the hell and why? If you’re stunned, then you are just like me.
Though the film laid out quite simply that it’s a million dollar industry.

This film kind of reminds me of GET OUT in the way that I was hanging on the edge – and for so long.
I recommend that you see Traffik with family and friends; its message and view is quite strong.

Pat & Turner are known for taking you from point A to point B
and Paula Patton not only walked this project through but she even acted in the piece.

Allow me to enjoy this sweet release. John Singleton and Ice Cube do it all of the time.
I just love when I get the opportunity to write about women of the same stock who are on their grind.

Women like Oprah and Queen Latifah, like Jada Pinkett-Smith and Vivica Fox.
That’s right! I’m doling out specific mentions because Black Girls Rock!

We can Write/Produce/Direct/Act, Pop & Lock! Now you know,
I’m Qui
Patting Turn’er and hoping you don’t overlook this film as a burner. Traffik is a dual show.

Entertaining + Educational

The most efficient way to go.

At The Half-way Mark

In Communication, Movies, Self Improvement on September 19, 2018 at 4:49 am

galloping-horse.gifComing around the corner like Instilled Regard
I’m learning from the best and I’m praying to the Lord.

Y’all, as much as I love school, this particular degree course is hard.
I’m not worried nor in a hurry, I’m on the hump; a reel-workhorse.

Like, I really have a choice to do anything otherwise.
I’ve got knowledge on my plate and a belly bigger than my eyes.

Today is hump day and I’m feeling right-okay.
I’m up early feeling girly, it’s my production shoot day.

I’m producing a short film and anxiety keeps me from yawning.
It’s a class assignment and I’ve titled it “Sweet Morning.”

In pursuit of a degree in Cinematography, all assignments are geared towards “the shot.”
I don’t understand it all and am enjoying the knowledge crawl; intrigued daily. I like it a lot.

When shooting outside in Arizona – it’s hot and my eyes do burn from the sweat.
I often feel like I’m in a hot and dry sauna, but I haven’t lost any pounds yet. crazy-smileyface

And hey! That’s okay. I haven’t gained any pounds either.
I’m out in the sun even when the day is high and young,
to learn from the best – I am eager.

At the half-way mark, I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve got my camera and my drive.
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, let’s hump on this shot list and give this script new life.

When your truth is too true

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on September 12, 2018 at 4:11 am

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FACT: The title of this piece was provided by a person who was self-evaluating. And no, the person was not me.

Brutally honest folks who mean well should consider the following information before each honest delivery:

“Truth and honesty without compassion is brutality.”

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I suppose I should know,
I’m an honesty-wielding Leo.

Yessir, and yes ma’am, -I’m confessing to you kinfolk:
with retrospection and honesty, I can impale another’s throat.

I often preface  though, “the following won’t be pretty, but it is honest reality…”
Often times the receiver is their best amen choir & believer – and may get mad at me.

Everybody wants honesty but not as it pertains to what they (themselves) do.
Right?
I cannot nourish your plight and recommend A FEW GOOD MEN for movie night –
because “you can’t handle the truth.”

I dig ol’ Bader Ginsburg, Ruth and McKinnon, Kate of SNL.
When it comes to lasting impersonations, Kate brings the judicial hail.

Still, I’ve always known that my most honest deliveries could use a little more tact.
I thank my mom for my compassionate heart and my dad for holding nothing back.

I am indeed Redd’s daughter; I am honest and I preface – please do not take offense.
I’m Qui
‘loving the honest quote that I heard on TV. I’m working on me and the quote makes good sense.

What show was I watching? Well, now that’s a good question.
This show is the best yo, it’s called MARRIED TO MEDICINE.

The truth and honesty quote is stronger than an espresso brew.
If you’re not a sugar-coater of truth, does this quote at all apply to you?

FYI

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Self Improvement on July 23, 2018 at 4:45 am
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FYI: Pt. 2 is pretty quick too

I’m here for you because you mean something to me.
When I appreciate an early vibe I say, “Good morning to thee.”

Much respect to your spirit at the crack of dawn.
I prayed for you last night before getting my sleep on.

What did you do last night? Did you have any fun at all?
I did indeed; good fun yields to sleep. I slept hard without stall.

Good morning, dear Monday. It’s good to see you nigh.
The weekend was good to me; ooo-oui! A little F.Y.I.

I didn’t watch MSNBC like I did last weekend’s way.
I did take it easy, adhere to feeling breezy;
and let my hair down to play.

I did go to see the Equalizer 2. Denzel piques on performance in disguise.
I dug the Equalizer’s special set of skills that invoked the bad guys to die.

It was the same ol’ Robert McCall from way back when.
Still a distinguished gentleman, tho with a little more melanin.

The film was an entertaining win; I had a good time.
Homework and school is my schedule’s rule,
still, I keep an open tab for you on my mind.

How have you been? Did you put forth any good or naught efforts? Did you at least try?
I’m Qui
Waking up to this begin with ease and encouraging you to do the same via this F.Y.I.

 

Tuesday’s Timings

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on July 3, 2018 at 9:24 am

2 Cats at the moviesGood morning, good morning. How art thou today?
June 21st birthed Summer; let’s go out to play.

I’m duly on break from my collegiate affair
and confess that I’m rarely without a movie in my hair.

Not a man’s fingers or an offspring humdinger but hear me when I speak,
I have been averaging for the last 3-months about 3 movies a week.

Yes-yes! Ol’ AMC Theaters is getting a pretty fair cut.
I used to court Harkins until I joined AMC Stubs.

Yeah. It’s just a loyalty click with a roped-line appeal
and their awesome full body recliners have an “at home” feel.

Anywho, between me and you, I’m likely going to see another movie today.
I’ve seen AVENGERS, SUPERFLY, DEAD POOL, UNCLE DREW and a few more via satellite play.

So, yesterday I saw a satellite run of the film EXPOSED on SYFY tv,
starring The MATRIX’s Neo; ol’ Keanu Reeves.

The director of the film is credited as a man named Declan Dale,
after Gee Malik Linton filmed his vision and producers in editing shot it to hell.

Yes. It appears producers are “known for” pulling a PROUD MARY; also known as “puzzle-editing” after the shoots.
I always reference PROUD MARY to make a point about movies made at the miscalculation of loot.

It was clear to me as I sat in AMC to watch the debut of PROUD MARY,
that the acting talent was great, but none, in particular, seem to be able to carry

the films expected reputation.
Producers unintentionally invoke degradation

when they plan to reign over sequence play
after the film has been shot via the editing bay.

I remember the writers of BLAIR WITCH having been under a terrible strain,
regardless of their film concept – the producer’s financial grip was a pain.

The producers withheld crew pay just a little bit
until writers bent in creativity and yielded to their will.

The writers did bend to feed their family’s – ’tis true.
At the risk of the entertainment experience of me and you.

There was no sequel; no part two.
The film EXPOSED pull something like a Blair Witch Deux.

After hiring Linton to envision the script and film the tale
producers, in editing, rearranged the sequence of scenes;
forcing Linton to create the pseudonym: Declan Dale.

Now, why is this important? Once the artistic view is reeled who will protect her?
The vision of most scripts aren’t the writer’s dib but yielded to the director.

So unless the writer is the director and the producer too,
it is likely (and pretty darn highly) they’ll be vulnerable to the producer’s hue.

The producers have the money, honey!

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Pockets so deep they risk swallowing creativity.

The best producers are artists and writers with financial fluid.
Either way, if big money is at play…
Rearranging a director’s view? The producer will do it.

It’s how the business works. Besides, producers are mostly known
for having a good gut feeling of what the people want reeling.
Producers co-sign and finance – if a film is to be shown.

So why then did producers change up the view of EXPOSED?
The original title was DAUGHTER OF GOD, so God only knows.

The film seemed to be presented as a composition of two different stories
with Spanish subtitles and a mass request to believe in conceptual glory.

I bit on the subtitle reading and I’m a believer in glory,
regardless of the re-arrangement of scenes in editing, I still enjoyed the story.

Though I hated to hear about how Declan Dale came to be a credited pseudonym name.
I suppose the timing is perfect to get an understanding; I’m studying the science of the game.

I’m a student of film; not a day goes by that I don’t see several flicks,
I’m Qui
Timing this Tuesday with thee to be reflective of a Digital Cinematography chick.

She is me and my movie viewing log is thick.
The first film today starts at 11:30. Wouldst thou come with?
By 5pm,  the two of us could have at least 2 films in.

Vintage Kindred: SUPERFLY

In Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News on June 14, 2018 at 7:17 am

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The film dropped yesterday and I was quick to secure a movie pass.
SUPERFLY must be Shaft‘s nephew – because he kicked a lot of ass.

I’d like to think that he is kin to PROUD MARY; perhaps a nephew?
Though producers and editors really saw this project through.

The dialogue was real and the action was tight.
Superfly may even be kin to Rudy Ray’s Dolomite.

He had a no-nonsense style, Sammy Davis Jr.’s hair, and a winning smile.
He walked smooth and held no punches. Minus the cursing, he’s Samuel L.’s child.

superfly1971_gif.gifHe had a lot of structure in and around the hood.
There were chickens, strip clubs, and clip-ins;
as well as police officers up to no good.

The chickens are what steadied Super’s game.
Those chickens were cocaine.

Superfly had a mentor, his name was Scatter.
The way the cartel did him, equated to “life doesn’t matter.”

It was a reel hairy scene; in fact, there were several.
It was a non-fiction thing – so no vampires or werewolves.

tenor.gifTrevor Jackson. Who is he?
He’s the actor that played the principal lead.

Good looking and skills on poise.
I’ve seen Trevor in a few other things,
tho SUPERFLY heightens his talented noise.

Outkast’s Big Boy is in the film
He’s strong in character and keeps it real.

I like the 1970’s remake; it’s taken on a 2018 appeal.
Sex, drugs, and strip clubs — the situational composition was real.

The dialogue and story-line were easy to follow; Superfly moved with intent.
Though we didn’t see much of his family or how his pre-teen years were spent.

The film does, however, take a brief look inside
of Sup’ slinging jeers in his teen years
rendering the spoils to Scatter’s car – outside.

The flow of information is live and the cast comes through easy.
Rick Ross plays a local chickens boss — his performance was breezy.

Chris Brown was in the film but he didn’t sing any hits last night.
He was in an all-white suited gang; he danced at his characters exit of life.

This is not an upbeat film; it’s action-packed and entertaining.
It doesn’t glorify drugs but reminds us of what’s remaining.

Before Oxycodone took the spotlight, folks were getting high and horrifically locked up.
Superfly stayed in the cocaine game a little while, but not long enough to get boxed up.

In that sense, his journey was a sketchy one that delivered him like many real-lifer’s, I’m sure.
Morris Day - hair.jpgSuperfly did his thing — but selling chickens isn’t a successful entrepreneur’s cure.

And his hair? Oh dear God, Trevor Jackson has duly learned
that his fly hairdo was inspired by Morris Day  – The Time crew.
Kin to Sharpton and Brown, he sports a perm.

I loved it. Superfly is a hustler and the soundtrack did not disappoint.
I’m Qui
The jams of this film were by one of its producer’s; they are FUTURE anoints.

Tomorrow Feels Like Today

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Science, Self Improvement on May 16, 2018 at 5:05 am
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The reel view.

It’s going to be a restful day for me, tomorrow.
I’ve got 60% of my homework done; no weekend-sorrow.

Tomorrow feels like it may be a winner.
I know because I call the shots and I’m no beginner.

Today feels a lot like the future; I’m calling the shots right now.
My pen is my mule; a field of creative concepts, is what I plow.

I write. I love to listen and participate in thinking outside of the box.
I’m in school for Digital Cinematography and I’m reminded of how much writers rock!

I’ve just watched an hour-long pre-recorded event and six short-films; I have a couple of analysis’ to produce.
The professor said 200-words for 1 and no less than 500 for the other. Thank God I’ve got the juice!

My grade school teachers used to remark, “If you use all of your words in one day, tomorrow the young misses will have nothing to say.”
Tomorrow Feels Like yesterday. I enjoyed exercising the gift-of-gab and still, I’ve much more to say.

Tis’ the proof of such skill in the griot-wield that spills out and over onto you.
Though only after I’ve contributed to my personal journal; logged volumes of truths.

I’m doing all of this, for tomorrow – mainly because I am truly enjoying today.
I’m Qui
Free about the gift-of-gab in me. Thank ye, for stopping by to read my say.

All the world’s a stage…
Enjoy your cues today.

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Mix It Up, Baby

In Comedy, Communication, Movies, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on March 16, 2018 at 7:20 am

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We’ve finished this week of thirds in victorious might.
My segue to getting here came to a head,  after GAME NIGHT.

That’s the name of the film that I saw last night at AMC theater.
Laughter reigned from beginning to end, as far as I can remember.

I actually tried not to laugh too boisterous or hardy
as not to miss any dialogue being transferred to a party.

I saw the late show but was safely home by the stroke of midnight.
A movie a day won’t keep the doctor away,’ but it will lend a cinematographer student insight.

game night_comradery.jpgI need all of the light on this journey, that I can bask in.
I laughed so much; Jason Bateman is touched
and Rachel McAdams comedic sense is a win.

Pappadeuxs, a little homework, and a movie – I got it all it in,
and now the excitement of another workweek finally comes to an end.

Are you ready kinfolk? Are you wearing your dancing shoes?
Life is a game that must be played,” and I don’t want to lose.

Life is full of battles – we should be careful to pick and choose,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, keep laughing and showing your teeth; be mindful to mix up your groove.

Sources:
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IMG 2:  Hopper Stone/SMPSP/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.