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Listen to YOU.

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on September 15, 2019 at 11:42 am

NEWS PERUSE_GossipI be listening to you, but are you listening too?
You’re talking and making points that you don’t quite follow through.

Your inner-wisdom is what I like about you.
Though sometimes it seems that you’ve never met you.

You have a gun for the sole use of shooting your own foot.
You’re as wise as the greats but sometimes walk with a crook.

What gives?” I ask of you and in turn, you ponder.
You conjure good for everyone else, but for your own well being, you wander…

You think that you are without a clue?
Stop talking to others and Listen to YOU:

Yep. Oprah knows this too – so don’t you be the last one,
I’m Qui
Listening out for WE on this Sabbath day of fun.

When it comes to #SelfPreservation, I always want some.
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CHARACTER Much

In Communication, Griot, Movies, News, Science, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on September 3, 2019 at 4:45 am

WESTWORLD encompasses the epitome of Character Creation:
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Please tell me, (especially if you’re the reader/writer type) that you have at least a mental bank of bad-arse characteristics and traits that you like your film subjects to possess. If you said you don’t – it’s likely that on the surface you do not realize that you do. Whatever your favorite movie/show is – the protagonist (star) of that show or their co-star (that keeps you glued to the scene) possesses some type of bad-arse characteristic that you like.

Me? I’m a writer. I create stories — most are inspired by life circumstances and situations. I craft them from specific highlights to broadly general, depending on what “the message” calls for. Story is told through characters. I love dissecting and creating new characters – so yes, I CHARACTER Much.

I have learned a lot from some of my favorite shows of the past – and not all were fiction. I am still learning tons about character traits from my current favorite shows like BILLIONS and SUCCESSION. Don’t even get me started on the content inside of POWER’s character bible. I’ll bet it’s intense and likely a bit shocking, but I’m up for the read.

Let’s look at some very familiar and strong characters that I admire:
Click the name of the show to learn the inner-workings of the character. Click on the actor/actresses’ name to read more about their social-media life.

LOGAN ROY (Succession) – The actor who pulls it off: Brian Cox
BOBBY AXELROD (Billions) – The actor who pulls it off: Damian Lewis
OLIVIA POPE (Scandalous) – The actor who pulls it off: Kerri Washington
ANALISE KEATING (How To Get Away with Murder)  – The actor who pulls it off: Viola Davis
TOMMY EAGAN (Power) – The actor who pulls it off: Joseph Sikora
JAMIE ST. PATRICK (Power) – The actor who pulls it off: Omari Hardwick
RILEY NORTH (Film: Peppermint – 2018) – The actor who pulls it off: Jennifer Garner
MAEVE MILLAY (Westworld) – The actor who pulls it off:  Thandie Newton
LARA CRAFT (Tomb Raiders) – The actor who pulls it off, Angelina Jolie
LORRAINE BROUGHTON (Atomic Blonde) – The actor who pulls it off: Charlize Theron
MINNY JACKSON (The Help) – The actor who pulls it off: Octavia Spencer

What characters, characteristics, and traits do you admire; which ones inspire you? Have you ever adopted any of those traits for yourself? If you have not – I wonder what adopting a new trait would look like in your life. If you have adopted a trait from a favorite character – I’m curious as to how that’s working out for you?

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I won’t lie to you, I have a little bit of all of them residing inside of me.
I CHARACTER Much for specific benefits; I CHARACTER Much for film and TV.

I rarely watch a thing without analyzing the dialogue and who’s saying it.
I rarely watch the view of any hue that’s half-hearted and not “slaying it.”

I like to learn, people. I enjoy experiencing and mirroring what moves you.
I CHARACTER Much after studying such, then I craft a comparable role in a new groove.

Award-winning compositions are proof that character traits “make the show,”
I’m Qui
Life imitates art all of the time. Does your personal character have any glow?

Find a character with spunk, style, and pizzaz then take some notes.
Let the positive traits of character inspire you to grow.

The 1st POWER Hour

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on August 26, 2019 at 11:43 am

Last night was Day 1 of STARZ’s finale season of POWER starring Omari Hardwick,
and Poncho got smoked because Tommy ain’t no ‘witch.

You get it — what I’m saying, but did you see it?
It was 9 scenes after Tommy and Ghost’s beef/riff.

LaLa was pleasantly curvaceous and strapped in her scenes.
Her son, Cash has grown up; he curses now – and everything…

Agent Saxe is running around thinking that Ghost killed AUSA Angela Valdez.
Tommy put one in her chest while trying to put one in Ghost’s head.

You read what I said. It happened on POWER.
I sat on the edge of my seat for the entire Hour.

32-minutes in and Tommy pulls a gun on Poncho
because he said Tommy “ain’t shit without Ghost.”
Woah.

Poncho got smoked.
The 1st POWER Hour wasn’t no joke.

Let Poncho be a lesson to the lot of us
that the rest of the finale season of POWER may be ruthless and rough.

The creative writers of this narrative series have guts. I’m watching and nail-biting.
Still, I stay tuned because the power of the write is stimuli/exciting.

Proctor showed up on the scene just to get inside of Federal crosshairs.
Tasha told Ghost that she wants a divorce; she’s done with being a pair.

AUSA Angela Valdez and her sister.

Angela Valdez’s sister gave Ghost a piece of her mind.
He offered to pay for her funeral and the gesture was met ‘unkind.

Angela’s sister is now working with Agent Saxe
in a move to avenge Angela; to get Ghost back.

Tasha kept calling Terry Silver’s cell phone with certain thoughts in her head
like this is the only way to hear his voice– her gut feeling says “he’s dead.”

And I think that her gut right.
LaKeisha threw a gun into the bay in the middle of the night.
See what I mean about “written delights?”
She was fulfilling Tommy’s request; helping to protect his life.

He killed Angela with that gun.
Yes! The 1st POWER Hour was so much fun.

10-minutes to the 60-minute mark and Ghosts sits in a parked SUV loading another firearm.
A great deal of ART IMITATING LIFE is seen in this episode; a reflection of peril and alarm.

Tarik found a noir way to connect with Ghost over the phone
channeling his own pain of loss since Kanan’s gone.

Perhaps it was all “theatrics.” Crazy stuff.
Such a POWERful ride is bound to be rough.

Popping collars and pulling cuffs – I’m glad that this season is alive and well,
I’m Qui
Tommy and Jason saw the bullets Ghost’s unleashed and vow to send him to hell.

The 1st POWER Hour was no walk in the park.
At the end of Episode 1, Ghost is single and in the dark.

A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, News, TV Shows, Video on August 19, 2019 at 5:36 am

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Oh, snap! What’cha know – what’ cha know?
HBO is on fire with A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW.

We’re only 3 episodes in and I relate a hundred percent.
Issa Rae and Robin Thede create dough for the rent.

Binge-watching new episodes is how yesterday was spent.
Episode 4 airs on Wednesday; I’ll be watching with friends.

Get in where you fit in; be a social vulture.
If you have no black gf’s drop in on the culture.

It’s raw, it’s real and I like it very much.
I appreciate the cast for showcasing ‘the smooth & the rough:’

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The topics aren’t easy, yet they are comedy sketched.
They yield to thought and laughter; covertness – nixed. 😛

HBO’s new feminine view,
is one that you should cozy up to.

Black Lady’s are fun and confrontational; they wear hair bonnets and are rarely known to flake-up.
Some are also synonymous with “beat faces;” a flawless necessary – is her MAC and NARS make-up:

It’s a breakout show — sharing views you didn’t know.
A Black Lady Sketch Show is full of varieté that’s good-to-go.

Check it out, yo! I’ve got it on lock,
I’m Qui
A Black Woman with a 3-piece: Braun, Talent, and Hocks.

I think EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Issa Rae and Robin Thede ROCK!

Be like  HIP HOP and Don’t Stop!

TUESDAY is a MOVES-DAY

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Self Improvement, TV Shows on August 13, 2019 at 12:15 am
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Hit it!

Ah! Where to begin? There is so much to go through —
the day is early and I’ve much to tend to.

I’ve got a script to create, at least the bones of it.
The concept is strong; I nailed the film’s pitch.

It’s an all-encompassing piece – you know I have an itch,
for pulling us all-together and securing our stitch.

So this project is easily classified as a feel-good piece.
It’s dramatic and suspenseful during its short-timed release.

When it comes to scripting new roads – I’m a no limit beast.
The film topic is a well-thought fit, about the commonalities of WE.

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and them and him; we’re America’s teeth

and we don’t have TMJDwe don’t self-grind.
In the trenches of diversity, we find commonality and we bind.

Am I right?
Well yeah… that’s the way I composed my scripted write.

Another cool thing that I’ve done while in compose
is to script-collaborate with another peer for a longer reel-roll.

In working with another student I can add time on the run of our scripted truths.
So, instead of the short being a total of 5 minutes, we can have 10 via Part 1 & Part 2.

You see what I’m doing here?
Enjoying school; applying gamification over fear.

Why not? I prefer to play all of the time.
I’m doing it right now via this griot rhyme.

Ha-ha! Rise and shine. I’m on one today,
I’m Qui
Glad to start things up with thee on this opportunistic Tuesday.

Go forth with purpose – commit to working the groove.
Make a plan, follow-through, go strong in doing you – conquer the task and bust a move!

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PS – We haven’t had a NEWS PERUSE in a while
and while today isn’t the day for it I want to talk about SIMONE BILE.
Ooo child!
She is one outstanding and dynamic gymnastic warrior princess.
Her physical capacity is tops, though her inner-woman view is best!
She’s graceful
on the balance beam as well as getting things off of her chest.

Goodness in the Morning

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on August 5, 2019 at 4:23 am
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You and I…

I have had some of the best sex as of late
and the global tube doesn’t run amuck all day.

Though when it is on I’m tuned in to the creative view
of BIG LITTLE LIES and N0S4A2.

Did you watch them? Their level of composition raises the bar.
You can binge-watch each of the seasons if you have DVR.

You really should.
The word “majestic” isn’t limited to Redwoods.

Goodness is about us. It is morning and we’re all awake.
We have an incredible opportunity; each day is a give & take.

Take that – take that,” is what P Diddy would say.
Rise to goodness this morning – invoke a good lay.

Shall you partake?
If I pass the flower will you taste?
Hey-ey!

It’s peaking Summertime, I’m on my grind, I’m bright-eyed with no yawning.
I’m pretty stoked about the good to be had on a Monday morning.

I’m also thinking about the stresses that the world is trying to impose.
I’m not accepting your bad choices; go and clean your nose.

The human heart is strong regardless of skin melanin and race.
The human heart is fragile and thrives on love, not hate.

Love is that good-good that I’m waking up to this morning.
Love is that feel good that lays the groundwork for a new dawning.

Wake up to something good. Wake up to something new.
Wake up to the pleasant change that is facilitated by YOU.

What do you want to do today?
First things first, rise and pray.

Second on the agenda: Do good.
Where to start? In your hood.

Start laying compassion thickly; please begin in your home.
Pray that God fills you with the fruits of the spirit from your soles to your dome.

Your family will take notice and catch on.
Your household is your kingdom; course-correct Rome

one home at a time.
Speak well over your fam’ before heading out to your grind.

Time is of the essence, we all have it; let trials be understood.
I’m Qui
Good morning Monday, I’m fond of you and your capacity for good.

Let compassion be strong like raw and natural wood.
Wake-up and make some good-good.

A MoveMe vs A Movie

In Movies, Networking, News, TV Shows, Video on July 22, 2019 at 5:07 am

FilmProjector_ReelTapeWhat’s the difference between a #MoveMe and a #Movie?
Everything.

Just because both are excellent examples of #ReelScience and are entertaining – they are not the same.

Over the last 15-days I have patronized DIRECTV OnDemand and CINEMA services more than I have AMC and I must say my couch gives those theater recliners comfy-competition. Don’t get me wrong, I have lost no love for patronizing the movie theater – in fact, it’s just the opposite, between my homework and career, I have very little time for movie date nights or afternoon solo-movie outings.  Thank God for satellite and streaming services. The two movies that have inspired me did so equally; though they affected me differently. One is a #MoveMe and one is a #Movie:

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Let’s talk about FAST COLOR first. Do you know Julia Hart?
I didn’t before this film and I love our introductory start.

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Click HERE to see Trailer

FAST COLOR is about three generations of women within one family who have a relative supernatural gift that has global healing effects. Bo, (short for Bonnie) the matriarch and is portrayed by Lorraine Toussaint and her gift is being able to transform solids into atom-sized particles and manipulate them. Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrays Ruth, the only child of Bo who bears strong signs of checkered waywardness and self-inflicted hurdles from the past that are on a straight trajectory to the future  – unless something changes. Saniyya Sidney portrays Lila; she is the only beloved

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grandchild of Bo’s and the daughter of Ruth. This film is not a feel-good-family feature in the beginning. To be fair, the opening of the film canvases what looks like a mother/young daughter bond processing before sharp transitional glitches propel the footage into a scene of chaos only including a young girl.

After a few jarring scene snippets at the opening, I figured that the writer/director was trying to piece something together for us; though for me, the pieces did not quite fit. Then ACT 2 brought it all together…literally. Fast Colors is about being able to see your purpose; previsualizing the task before you and working it out accordingly. This family’s life task would not only serve them well in becoming a tighter family unit but it actually offered a huge benefit to the world.

Their family reminded me of the possibilities within my own; I am expecting great achievements from specific family members who are not even aware that they encompass greatness. I cried at the screening of FAST COLOR because it painted a beautiful picture of hope in a time when the world needs it most. I was moved to be a more positive supporter of others who are lost or don’t exactly understand their purpose.

I literally took it to heart
and am encouraged to mimic the FAST COLOR art.

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I took a deep breath and had a cocktail
before familial hope was nearly shot to hell

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The slow beginning was rough

but it picked up quickly and took on a thicker plot at the end.
Not even I expected it and I was prompted with spoilers – by a friend.

Until ACT 2, I almost lost interest when I did not understand
the high capacity of the nightmare in the director’s hand.

My initial WHY arose when a mirrored family showed up in the protagonist family yard.
Had I known WHY I would have been more scared, but good Lord

I was immovable at the mayhem without my beloved why.
My film emotions were in place but were ‘activation’ shy.

Post the close of the movie, I had a clearer reflection of Jordan Peel‘s WHY.
Still, I feel I would have enjoyed a little more ACT 1 glue, i.e., sub-story insight.

Having said as much, this movie truly deserves all of its accolades and hype.
I enjoyed it in dimensions; Jordan Peel’s talent is quite ripe.

BOTH FILMS yielded fun and refreshing 411 that I wanted to know,
I’m Qui
One film made me jump and the other prompted me to grow.

Entertainment & Education go well in a fold.
The  d i f f e r e n c e  between
A #MoveMe vs. A #Movie
is how it  a f f e c t s  your soul.

 

THURSDAY is HER DAY

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on June 27, 2019 at 7:53 am

thursday.jpgMe and Thursdays — we go way back
like 4 new tires on a Cadillac.

It just is what it is.
I’m all about that ‘Thursday biz.’

What are you up to today?
Is everything everything? Are you feeling okay?

Did you sleep well last night? Tell me, love, did you dream?
I did and I loved it – I’m up to research what it means.

Do you ever do that? Research your dream for a dimensional reveal?
Or when you dream something vivid do you blame your last meal?

Either way, good morning goodness. I’m so glad that we’ve made it this far.
I have a shoot this morning – my favorite healing arts star.

What? You don’t know of one? You implore the help of MD’s when you’re in pain?
Please don’t limit your access to good health – call a masseuse, a therapist, a saint!
For God sake, do not lower your quality of life because of pain.

During my documentary research, I learned much about the benefit of humans moving.
This morning via movement, I am up, showing-and-proving.’ What are you doing?

Do something for thyself on this day.
No other day is promised – please have it your way.

When was the last time that you went outside and played?
Thursday’s are verse-days; express your inner-kid today.

Me? I’m due on set in a few short minutes.
Experience is mine for the making; I’m in it to win it.

I’m making egg-scramble for breakfast: sausage-egg-potato.
I’d love to feed you, as well; consume breakfast before you go.

Rise and sip this jo that I have prepared for you.
Let me bid you a productive day filled with good energy through and through.

Whether or not you have to work the weekend, get jitted up, anyway – to win,
I’m Qui
and Thursdays are my day’s to shape the week’s end. It’s always good to start it out with a friend.

I appreciate you in my morning spend.

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Oui Oui Oui – SHORTS TV

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on June 7, 2019 at 12:13 am
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I love SHORTS…

For 14 hours a day and at least 5 days a week, I am watching short films. I keep the television in my office on DirecTV’s SHORTSTV channel. It’s a way for me to feel surrounded by my peers, be entertained, educated, and inspired. It’s also a great way to stay motivated on my own scriptwriting journey. I can’t watch a movie without counting shot types and how they are composed to convey the story. It’s a science, for sure.

Inference. My creative mind immediately goes to what happened before the film started and what could possibly happen after it has ended. I dabble in inference daily. It’s the stuff new creations are made of; it’s also the stuff that encourages me to stay on the path that I am pursuing. I’ve successfully completed several collegiate projects where I had to create characters and scripts for popular films and narrative series. I’ll admit that it can be tough to watch a film that you did not write, comprehend the characters, fall in love with the storyline and substories and create breath to strengthen and sustain its life — but I’m into it. Call me a script empath.

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It’s been a very long minute
since you and I have talked short films; all up in it.

So let’s begin it:


BITTER is an 11-minute film about a middle-aged man who finds himself shocked by his 21-year old daughters taste in men.
A well-seasoned rooster seems to be pecking his offspring-hen.

This is a comedy with a real gut feeling spin.
I think you’ll enjoy its ironic end.

FATIMA is a 29-minute short film
about the reality of an immigrant living in the dim.

The dim would be an “illegal status;” always over-the-shoulder looking.
For the good that Fatima was doing on her job, it resulted in police booking.

Though all could have cleared; resolved by proof of videotape
yielding one person with positional power to free or shoot to hell her fate.

That’s about all that I’m going to say about that. You should consider giving it a look.
Although revealing it could be quite healing. The ending was unexpected; I was shook.
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IMPERVIA is a work of science fiction that breaths life into an impoverished family of droids. Yes – I said droids, as in androids; think ALIEN with Sigourney Weaver, remember the android on board? Formed like so, an impoverished family of droids is sought out by the governing authority to make some pretty conclusive decisions about the family’s habitation. My good friend and novelist, Marc Abbott stars as the protagonist and head of the droid family. His character is responsible for charting a vision that will yield them a taste of freedom; a way to re-enter society functionally under a system that currently deems them not worthy:

Last but not least – in fact, this one is quite the short thrill,
Christopher T. Wood reigns in this film titled: TIME TO KILL.

Not to be confused with Samuel L Jackson’s piece, A TIME TO KILL.
This short film is comical before getting comparably real:

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Unfortunately, BITTER and TIME TO KILL are the only two
that I could find complete short film views for you.

As for FATIMA and IMPERVIA, if you want to catch them completely,
the best suggestion I have for you is to tune into SHORTS TV.

Me? I’m amped up today because it’s Friday and I’ve got script composition on my mind,
I’m Qui
and between you and me, I’m glad to know VCR’s did not take with them the power to REWIND.

Me, you and ShortsTV — we’re going to be just fine.
Us and this literary light o’ mine…

Feeling reel good about…

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on May 24, 2019 at 5:45 am
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Ida Lupino lit the path and I received a contact. #GirlPower

I’m Feeling reel good about where I am in my journey of life;
a place of contentment – no imposition of strife.

I’m good right now…
investing cash into a yielding cow:

Education.
What’s your woke relation?

Are you bettering your journey? Are you looking after your interests?
Are you self continuing education? Are you still up to doing your best?

I’m rooting for ya, and I’m feeling good about you seed sowing into self.
I’m rooting for me because I, too just want to be my very best.

Let’s go for it! What have you got up for today?
Me? I’m working on this mini-documentary and it feels like play.

I’m documenting someone that leaves me in awe of the exact words to say.
My subject is into the healing arts field and moves energy to sway

a more positive vibe in all situations.
I’m Feeling reel good about my project vibrations.

Beyond what I’m learning and how I’m feeling
I’m stoked about the portfolio that I am building.

I’m happy y’all.
With formal capacity, I exhibit some gall.

If we forfeit using learned knowledge I fear that it may fall sour,
so without further ado, “WAY TO GO GIRL POWER!”

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Director Duvernay is Queen Sugar

I’m using it.
Getting a feel for the reel world… I’m pursuing it.

I’m cruising collaboration and it feels pretty good.
I’m Feeling supported when networking in my hood.

The give & take is understood when LOCATION SCOUTING.
So my reel services are on the table when I’m out and abouting…

I appreciate all who are working with me.
Makes me feel reel good about sharing this community.

Thank you to all of the supporters of my current film project,
I’m Qui
Happy Friday to thee, today work is free – tomorrow you get a check.

The ARTS live strong because you are on deck.
Am I Feeling reel good about that? YOU rock, and you BET!