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NEWS PERUSE

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on July 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

News-Peruse-July-2015What fame does to child actors has all of the charm of a maggot
Suffering from the affects la Maia Campbell calls a cop a faggot.

Why? Well I really don’t know
but I certainly used to love her in LL Cool J’s show.

It’s been a long time, yo! But her talent was mad real.
Now all I have is concern for how ‘yesterdays girl next door’ feels.

Is substance abuse in the equation? I wouldn’t be shocked if it were.
She requested to work with Iyanla Vanzant, but – [Ms. I] declined to help her.

It’s a repetitive cycle/blur and it can bring a good coach and loving fam to their knees,
Just ask the mom of yesterdays feme phenom la bella Lark Voorhies.

On the eyes she was a reel ease, but yesterday has surely gone
and with it, it has taken Larks PR team; her conversation is all wrong.

Interviewed on a couple of accounts – the media took a “throwback” gamble
and talked one on one with Lark Voorhies and all she did was ramble.

Words came out of her mouth, but they did not connect or make sense.
If this is an accurate self-representation, she may miss the gig to pay the rent.

Her mom is claiming that she is bipolar
but I question if someone slipped a psych drug in her soda.

She is clearly suffering the affects of something the FDA did not clear.
She’s responding when spoken to, but I can’t say that she’s all there.

But then there’s this other fella who’s knocking nay sayers out
Floyd Mayweather is winning the personal poverty bout.

He’s the richest celebrity on the books to date
So to all of the haters, take a “STICK IT” to the face.


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And then there’s the aftermath of the forth of July
A celebratory day when a lot of folks are maimed and some die.

This year on the 4th the dangerous firecracker vapors
were clinched too tightly by two NFL players.

CJ Wilson, a CB for the Tampa Bay Bucs
gave at least two digits up

and DE Jason Pierre-Paul
lost 60 million doing it, y’all.

The contract that Pierre-Paul was going to get
was ripped off of the table when he lost a digit.

My goodness gracious we have got to be more careful.
Don’t risk losing limbs – while entertaining & being playful.

Hind site makes it all look dumb, but I do understand
It was a slip up on respect from a couple of intelligent men.

All it takes is one bad call to lose a finger or a hand.
Please let the PYROTECHNIC professionals handle what you weren’t schooled to understand.

And the parade goes on without one or two members of the band
and then we end up on the receiving end of Venus and Serena land.

Did you see these two ladies going at it a few days ago?
Every time I see them, I’m arrested and enthralled in the show.

And even though there were born in Compton, they were trained in a Lone Star hood.
We need skilled workers like the Williams sisters to culture-reflect good.

We need less buffoonery, less of  H.K. Edgerton and his outlook of rags,
his love for the confederate flag and the slave life our ancestors had.
He sho’ makes black folks look bad.
so sad.

Thank God this country won’t stand for it and is no ally to ignorance on a mainstay scale.
May racism and divisiveness be what we ultimately shoot to hell.

The flag will reside in a museum. It really can’t leave too quick.
This country is ready to heal, and some relics will make ya sick.

I understand and I hope you do too.
It’s a new day and less issues dividing me and you.

Now we can focus on how I really feel
in light of court documents showcasing the Cosby deal.

Oh yes! I have duly been informed
that in unsealed legal documents Bill deposed an alarm.

As a part of a settlement to make old allegations go away
Bill admitted to giving drugs to women back in the day.

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Fat-albert

Hey-Hey-Hey Fat Albert! Back up and hold on,
I gave you the benefit of the doubt – and you have proved to be wrong.

You’re a lover of pudding and you made no bones about it,
but how dare you cry foul when accusations did shout it?

Uncle Bill, I still love you, but you’ve got a lot of explaining to do,
I’m Qui

Always real with thee when composing a NEWS PERUSE.

And now we are on one accord – according to collective social views.
Never mind the disconcerting – keep & utilize what you can use.

It ain’t right – but it’s Real Life RICE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Sports, TV Shows on December 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

Janay n Ray riceMatt Lauer took Janay Rice and her mother head-on in a TODAY SHOW interview on the Ray Rice domestic abuse case and my goodness. I learned so much. One of the main things that set me off beyond seeing Mr. Rice put his hands on Janay and knocking her out cold, was when, at the press conference, Ray yielded his wife the microphone saying, ‘I think Janay has something she wants to say,’ and then she apologized. That did it for me. I was both offended and humiliated for her and I felt pretty strong about Ray being a coward. I really couldn’t believe he brought his wife to the press conference because he felt like “she needed to apologize too.”

Well thanks to Matt L.’s interview, Janay has made it very clear that team management suggested the idea that she apologize and gave her the gist of what to say. football divider Fried Rice. Because this was the decision of the NFL team after seeing the full tape — the tape they originally pretended that had not seen. Now I’m thinking — the NFL and the Ravens are on that cowardly BS and advised Ray to make his second mistake, (the first being hitting Janay). #Fried

Rethinking It All. Speaking in hind site, Ray Rice was very forth right and apologetic in owning up to his part in his own life and career debacle. I can respect that. We are human, we all make mistakes. I loathed the very fiber of the idea, that Ray would suggest that his wife apologize on national television for getting (in Chris Tuckers words) “knocked the f#!k out.” It was sickening to see. I wanted to reach through that screen and knock him out, but at the risk of missing him and busting my television up, I restrained myself. 😉

With more facts coming to life, it is clear, Ray was set up for the okey-doke. Raven management apparently gave Ray the impression that if he apologized and begged for his job, he would be okay. So, he went public (with a cowards stance and wife on hand), the public stoned him, and then the NFL ultimately cut him — when they knew full well, that up until that point, they were “with and for” Ray Rice and had conveyed to him as much.

Betrayal. Yep. It happened. I loathed Ray for a cowardly press conference that he was recommended to do by The Ravens… his peeps. He thought they had his back and all he had to was… well, basically what they told him to do. How do you think Ray felt when they suspended and indefinitely cut him? I’d imagine pretty alone. He had just lost his lively hood.  Thank God he didn’t loose his wife. How much can a man take, for making an (early life) mistake?

Wisdom. We all make mistakes. We are judge nor jury. We are spectators of their life. I admit, unfortunately, I didn’t know Mr. Ray Rice, until the domestic abuse issue came up, so I wasn’t a fan or a hater of his work – and I wasn’t shy about expressing that I by no means was a fan of him hitting his wife, or having her apologize for being hit. But when a man realizes the err of his ways and then expresses the err of the ways of those that were guiding him — I call it wisdom.

It is always wise to face terminal defamation head on. Don’t think so, ask Bill Cosby and what he’s going through behind rape allegations from 13-years back.  Bill was very quite and non-public when he went through this debacle in his life. He did not face the press and say anything to the fans about it. Looking back on that situation today, I am thinking that if he had pulled a Ray Rice and talked to a younger Matt Lauer, we probably wouldn’t be talking about his yesterday today.
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I am not perfect and I’m not the one to judge.
No man is perfect and we all need a hug.

Janay isn’t as battered as much as she is perplexed,
she thought if they did what “they” said, Ray would keep his career connect.

Janay doesn’t look submissive or frail.
Janay looks like she could give a man hell.

Janay and Ray were intoxicated on the day he knocked her on her toosh.
Coke was in the car when the police pulled over 26-year old G.W. Bush.

We elected him to presidency with no terminal whimpers of the mans past.
I hope history’s record and the NFL will offer Ray Rice’s career the same gas.

Good morning baby! It’s a new day packed with promise and love.
I’m Qui
A purveyor of life, good vibes, and the most comforting hugs!

#ACTIONS and #WORDS

Go. See. Do.

In Movies, Music, News on May 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

Here’s a guide to this season’s hippest, hottest festivals as laid out by Kevin Chappell and Karen Good-Marable of Ebony Magazine. Sync your social calendaryou don’t want to miss these dates::

Let the Music Play!
What’s better than hearing great live music with the sun on your shoulder? Multiday outdoor festivals are a great opportunity to see performances by big-name artists, not to mention a chance to relax, meet interesting people and explore the local culture. Think of it as an all-inclusive vacay and a major city-revenue booster, which equal a win-win –and a good time– for all. Whether you fancy Philly hip hop, Chicago down-home blues or Jamaican dancehall, we’ve got you covered. So grab your flip-flops, your big blanket and your boo. Summer has arrived, and there’s no better time to hit a festival– or two.

Capital Jazz Fest
Washington, D.C. – Baltimore area June 1-3
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The Beats: There’s nothing quite like an outdoor concert in Chocolate City, and the CJF is a bona fide summer must. Celebrating its 20th year, the festival features more than 30 national acts on two stages (jazz and soul). In between sets, browse the Marketplace, which offers fine art and crafts, and the food court where you can sample a genuine Maryland crab cake.
Headliners: Anita Baker, George Benson, India.Aire, Charlie Wilson, Four-Play, Musiq Soulchild and Valerie Simpson who will play tribute to her late husband, Nick Ashford
Attendance: Some 30,000 people from 44 states in 2011
Price per day: $$$ $52.50-$165
Where to stay: The festival takes place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbnia, MD (28 miles from D.C. and 18 miles southwest of Baltimore). Marriott BWI Airport is the host hotel for the official “mix and mingle reception” and the “late night dance party,” but other hotels near the airport offer special festival rates.
Bonus Track: Get more information — and into the groove — at capitaljazz.com, which has its own radio station.

Roots Picnic
Philadelphia/June 2-3
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The Beats: This two-day festival hosted by The Roots, Philly’s own hip-hop band, encourages, attendees to bring a blanket and a picnic basket, and just chill. Now in its fifth year, the event is held at Penn’s Landing and has been expanded from one day to two.
Headliners: Kid Cudi, Wale, DeLa Soul and Major Lazer.
Attendance: In the thousands, though the Roots Picnic feels intimate. Attendees are able to get close to the stage and interact with performers.
Price per day: $$ $50
Where to stay: Downtown Philly is a great location, but any hotel off I-95 is in proximity to the festival or one of the many local cheese-steak dives.

SpeakEasy Comedy Lounge Presents: The Well Endowed Comedy Show
Scottsdale, Phx/ June 8-9
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Comics: Avery Oliver and Jared Campbell will share the stage with
Headliner: Eric Dugar
Price per ticket: $ $7

Playboy Jazz Festival (PJF)
Los Angeles/ June 16-17
playboyjazzfestival.com
The Beats: Hugh Hefner once called jazz “the music of my dreams,” which may explain why the PJF feels so fairy dusted. Here are three reasons why: L.A. in the summertime; the Hollywood Bowl;and the legends. In its 34 years, the festival has showcased the talents of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller and Robert Glasper, just to name a few. Come hear an array of jazz standards, blues, Latin and world fusion. One again, Bill Cosby returns as the master of ceremonies, a gig he’s only missed three times since 1979.
Headliners: Ramsey Lewis, Christian McBride, Sheila E., Boney James and Robin Thicke
Attendance: 35,000 in 2011
Price per day: $$ $20-$160
Where to stay: Get a special rate at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.
Bonus Track Don’t miss the festival’s famous conga lines!

ASU Project Humanities Summer Film Series
Phoenix Metroplex / June 20th and July 17th
Phx-Soul.com

The second in a series of three films addressing the question, “Are we losing our humanity?”
The film, Human Experience, will be showing at South Mountain Community Library, Wednesday, June 20th starting at 6 p.m. The film will be followed by a discussion with ASU faculty and community scholars.
The conversation following the first screening was incredibly engaging. There are no experts here.

The series is presented in partnership with ASU Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture, ASU Emeritus College Faculty of the Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and Seek First Entertainment.
The date for the final film, Baraka, is Tuesday, July 17th. More details to follow…

Please come out and share your thoughts with us!
The event is free $0 and open to the public, refreshments will be provided.

Reggae Sumfest
Montego Bay, Jamaica July 15-21
reggaesumfest.com
The Beats: Dubbed “greatest reggae show on Earth,” Sumfest is Jamaica’s leading music festival featuring performances by the biggest artists in the genre, as well as in dancehall, hip-hop and R&B. The five-day event kicks off with Sunday’s beach party; Wednesday is Sound Clash Night; Thursday is Dancehall Night; and Friday and Saturday are both International Nights. This year promises to be particularly special since it marks both the festival’s 20th anniversary and the 50th anniversay of Jamaica’s independence.
Headliners: Damian Marley, Beenie Man, and Mavado. Drake and Rihanna were rumored to be International Night acts at press time.
Attendance: A record 45,000 in 2011. Organizers expect 60,000 this year.
Price per day: $$ $15-$225
Where to stay: Several all-inclusive Mo’Bay resorts have Sumfest travel packages, but if you plan to roam the island by day and the festival at night, you might want to go as cheap as possible on accommodations.

BLACK TV Sitcom Stuff Pt. 1

In Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on May 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Recently I read a great article in Entertainment Weekly called:

“The Rise & Fall and Rise Again of Black TV”

Such a befitting title. Isn’t it? So good, I had to re-type it for peeps that don’t receive the monthly magazine in print. READING is fundamental and KNOWLEDGE is golden::

Entertainment Weekly — Two years ago broadcast TV officially got out of the African-American sitcom business. The CW canceled the long-running Girlfriends in 2008, and the following year it yanked both Everybody Hates Chris and The Girlfriends spin off, The Game— also known as the last two successful black-eccentric shows on network television. ••►But today something is saving black TV from becoming as outmoded as Bill Cosby’s acrylic sweaters: basic cable, where scripted programming is experiencing explosive growth. In January, BET revived The Game to a record-breaking 7.7 million viewers–which is three times the audience it got on The CW and, in fact, twice the size of anything on the teen-skewing network now. (Sorry Gossip Girl.) The success of The Game and BET’s Queen Latifah produced romantic comedy Let’s Stay Together, which also premiered in January, has spurred the network to develop Reed Between the Lines, a new fall sitcom starring Girlfriends Tracy Ellis Ross and The Cosby’s Show’s Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Meanwhile, VH1 has joined up with Queen Latifah, who will be exec-producing its new dramedy Single Ladies (debuting in May 30), starring Clueless’ Stacy Dash.

In reality, this new generation of African-American-focused scripted TV can be traced to TBS’ success in 2007 when it acquired House of Payne from the proven brand of Tyler Perry. (Some 222 episodes later, the network recently announced it would be ending Payne but staying in the Perry business with For Better or Worse, an adaptation of his film Why Did I Get Married?) The reason for the big ratings and latest development rush is simple: pent-up demand. “I’ve had plenty of people say to me that it’s great to see something on TV that represents them”, says Jacque Edmonds-Cofer, exec producer of Let’s Stay Together”. “It’s also important for people to see that every African American woman is not a Real Housewife”. Adds VH1’s exec VP of original programming, Jeff Olde, “I think our shows should reflect the country we’re living in– go, Barack and Michelle! We’re thrilled that we have a large number of African-American women who watch us, and quite frankly, we’re always looking for new stories to tell.

Both BET and VH1 set their programming in response to direct viewer demands. BET first ran The Game in reruns, which sparked an onslaught of fans begging for the network to revive the show. VH1 initially shot Single Ladies as a TV movie, but market testing on the project garnered a “crazy ridiculous response,” Olde says. “[The marketers] SAID, ‘Not only do they want you to make this a series but the audience will actually be mad at you if they don’t see where these characters go next’.”

The ratings for the black-centric shows that have already premiered bear this out.

This concludes Part 1.and wouldn’t you know,
you don’t want to miss the conclusion — because it’s good to go…

About SIDNEY POITIER

In Griot, Movies, Networking, Self Improvement on January 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

He’s been on my mind lately, so I thought I’d “call him up”…well not exactly on the telephone, but rather I’d “call him out” online. Mr. Sidney Poitier is undoubtedly “the man” when it comes to outstanding talent, effective skill and longevity in the film industries will. Is he not the best? He made the black in black & white films POP when he starred opposite of Jamie Lee Curtis’ dad in “THE DEFIANT ONES“. Remember that?

When thinking about the contributions that Mr. Poitier has given of himself, his talent and his time, I can’t help but to sum it up to: “The measure of a man: A spiritual autobiography” by Sidney Poitier. Surely you heard about this book a few years ago (at best). It was a headliner in OPRAHS BOOK CLUB and drew a boatload of outstanding reviews. Here’s an excerpt from the book that I found immediately relative to my own jouney:

Writers of a spiritual or metaphysical persuasion often convey their message through storytelling. They illustrate their points with parables drawn from great teachers of the past, whether it be Jesus of Nazareth, or Buddha, or the latest Arabic sage or Sufi mystic—the more exotic the better. Some take this natural tendency to great lengths, writing whole books devoted to finding the deep wisdom embedded in ancient folk tales, psychologically complex stories drawn from Africa, Scandinavia, East Asia, Latin America, and many other far-flung countries. They do this, it seems, to get as far away as possible from our contemporary mindset so that we can see modern, digitized, postindustrial life as if through new eyes (or, perhaps, through very ancient, very grounded eyes).”

About Sidney Poirtier

I remember seeing old movies of him and Bill Cosby – they ran the seventies.
You couldn’t tell me back then those two weren’t the thickest of thieves.
Need a refresher? Peep these:
Comedies w/Sid P. & Bill C.

Mr. P. has always been good looking to me,
so I did a little research on his roots/biography.

Born in Miami, while his parents vacationed from the Bahamas.
He’s been an American sensation every since – headlining in the heaviest dramas.

February 20th is his upcoming birthdate
born in 1927 makes him 84 all in yo’ face.
[by 2011 calculate]

He’s got six kids and has been married twice;
still married to the second Mrs. & their offspring is nice.

Perhaps you’ve heard of their eldest daughter Anika?
If not perhaps you’ve seen the baby of the family: Ms. Tamiia?

Either way the offspring have sprung and are making names of their own
I’m Qui
Still raving about their father because I’ve got a ‘black intellect’ jones. 🙂

No – I kid you – I bring him up because the weight of his life will always be relevant.
Sidney Poitier may be born of the Bahamas but his kids are of historical icon descent.
He’s ranked right up there with Dr. Martin Luther King & ‘nem.

F.Y.I.: The Defiant Ones will be on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIE Channel [TCM] TODAY – 1.17.11 11:15a/ 12:15p [noon] CST