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Who’s Leading Whom

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement, TV Shows on May 13, 2019 at 12:54 am

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There are two shows, from two different networks that I want to talk about this morning that are consistent with their message of love and evolution; though the title of either series gives no clue to the obvious convey:

The Last O.G. and S.W.A.T.

First up, The LAST O.G., Season 2 – Episode 5 “Sound of Da Police

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The LAST O.G.: Tray, Shay, and Josh

In this episode of blended family love – 

Shazad learns to drive via a 2-father hug.

What I mean by that is, Shazad’s mother, Shay is married to a white guy named Josh.
Though Shazad’s melanin is like his mom’s; evidence of DNA wrought.

Shazad is brown.
Josh taught him how to drive around town

when they were stopped by a policeman in traffic.
It was a bogus stop and Josh wasn’t having it.

Ever so assertively he expressed his concern of a mistaken stop,
and averted being ticketed by the duck-duck-goose cop.

While still on the side of the road, Josh explained to Shazad
that the police mean well on most of their traffic stops

and how sometimes you just have to be forthright and inquire,
and how the police are rarely there to provoke transit ire.

Shahzad received the information well,
and couldn’t wait to tell
Tray, (his bio dad) that he’s been on a driving spell.

On a subsequent driving lessons day, the clock was on Tray’s watch,
Shahzad was driving the same vehicle and by the police, they were stopped.

Things didn’t go as well as they did for Shazad when Josh was in the car;
The black men were asked to get out of the car… revealing America’s scar.

Shahzad wasn’t alarmed but remained calm and cool,
and spoke respectfully to the officer like Josh taught him to

and still
harassment by the traffic officer is real.

I appreciate the narrative/reality feel.
Writing is an art; reflections can be uphill.

The LAST O.G. episodes keep it real in scripted thought,
much like Hondo ‘nem in the remake of S.W.A.T.

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Chris, Hondo, Deacon, and Street

Season 2, Episode 20 –
Diversity scripts? S.W.A.T. has plenty.

Let’s talk about dating, let’s talk about love.
Let’s hit on the topic of Polyamorous.

Chris is the only female on the S.W.A.T. team to date;
she was single until a few episodes back, now her status is on delay
because her heart is in a triad; polyamorous play.

Kira is her girlfriend and Kira’s fiance is her beau.
What is it about a triad relationship that we, the public, do not know?

Traditional relationships have been between a woman and a man
and productively speaking, the two hail in ‘ the life creation’ plan.

That’s it! But does it truly and absolutely mean —
that if you don’t love the opposite sex that you can’t love gleam?

S.W.A.T. is taking the conversation head-on
and scripting-in reasons that Chris won’t be living alone.

In episode 20 the writers give us plenty to hear and see,
and by the end of the episode, Chris is lip-locked with Street.

What does it all mean? Well, I don’t really know,
but CBS is doing it’s best to expose you via the show.

Love is love and we need to take a look
at how society is divvying it. What about the good book?

I’m not clergy, but I am an avid reader.
I respect God above all and love is my internal measure meter.

My measure of love does not allow me to side-eye and judge folk.
We are all God’s creation; check in with Him to really ‘be woke.

The world is judgemental to you? Please do not cast that onto others in kind.
The good book is what it is — check in with God for clarity and peace of mind.

Don’t look for clarity from your brother or peer.
No need to walk the Earth being partial to fear.

I don’t have a lot of the necessary-life-answers on hand,
but I am a child of God and recognize you to be in the band.

Stand up and make beautiful music and watch a show or two on diversity,
I’m Qui
Good morning dear watcher, the weather is getting hotter, stay in and watch T.V.

It looks like Art is Leading Reality.

Around the way

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Video on April 28, 2016 at 5:36 am

I actually prefer to reside in a New York state of mind
for therein I have run into some “treasure finds.”

Beyond the confines of shop walls and niche stores
it is the heart of the people that I most adore.

We’ll start our adventure off Around the way
near the corner of Madison and Stuyvesant for a little play:

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April 19, 2016 — Vikram was in the foreground doing his thing on set while Jimmy & Chris held down the background on an adjacent block – near the viewing tent.

Jimmy and Chris were not a part of the film crew, kraft services, car services or even the sound crew. Jimmy and Chris live in Brooklyn off of Madison. This is their hood and they knew everyone.

Jimmy has lived in Brooklyn for 28 years – he was born on Coney Island moved to North Carolina as a child, went off to the Navy as a young adult and was discharged in Brooklyn. Jimmy is a firecracker while Chris played the wingman, oftentimes serving as the “political correct translator” for his off-the-cuff neighbor Jimmy. As passerby’s would come and go, Jimmy would speak and chop-it-up with most, and then there were those few that got no love at all. Like this one guy that approached our trio with conversation in progress – as if he’d been there all day with us. He came in saying, “Yo cous[in]! What’s up? What’s going on over here [referring to the set]?” Chris began to remark that he hasn’t been long on the scene when I cut him off with a compliment to the conversation crasher, “Great smile!”  All of his teeth were perfectly aligned and properly whitened to pop against his golden complected skin. He smiled a slight Obama-like smile and said, “Thank you. You too,” and that’s when I noticed Jimmy was missing in the round. Jimmy removed himself form the conversation while I was looking at the conversation crashers grill. The crasher continued to question probe and I did my best to alleviate his inquisition. Chris and ‘the crasher’ noticed Jimmy’s disposition – the crasher attempted to pitch conversation Jimmy’s way but Jimmy was posted up on one of the antique stunt cars and unavailable for remark. The crasher got the point, gave Chris dap and kept it moving. Jimmy rejoined the click.

  • JIMMY: I don’t play that. He’s not from around here. He don’t need to come over here talking about “Hey Cuz’.” He know I’m not cool with him.

Wow. That was the first person all day, out of, say 250 (+/-), that I had seen the Cancer respond to with his pincher. Yes – Jimmy is a Cancer and his nickname is Squirky too. Ask not how I know this, I’m a writer. I inhale oxygen and exhale questions. 😀 People are interesting. I love people and since Fab and I did not get to do lunch together I leaned on my new friends to recommend a place of dine that I could walk to before I passed out of low blood sugar and Jimmy went into his monologue as to WHY he does not eat out. Sanitation issues are real – according to Jimmy and he just ‘can’t do it.’ Chris laughed it off and confirmed that ‘Jimmy doesn’t eat out at all,’ and then he led me to a spot at the corner of Halsley and Lewis. A soul food joint. Jimmy is a great babysitter, he walked me to the restaurant. Brooklynites are fantastic. I am a fan of their hospitality. The restaurant was cute in decor and smelled delicious. I ordered the fried catfish and greens – no bread. It tasted delicious. I could taste a distinct trace of lemon in the catfish batter. I loved it. I was nourished sufficiently.

IMG_2790Jimmy and Chris stayed on that adjacent corner in Brooklyn with me for about 4 hours until Fab and I jetted off to that (not so speedy) 2-hour heavy traffic car ride back to Manhattan.

April 19th was primary voting day in New York and the New Yorkers got it in. I should know, because I accompanied Fab to the poles. I don’t remember if both of the Brooklyn Brothers voted, but I do recall asking Jimmy if he had voted and he confirmed that he had. Hearing as much made me feel good.

I am aware of 2 veterans that I had known for years before I learned that THEY DO NOT VOTE. One of the veterans is from NY and the other one from OK.

Why wouldn’t you vote? What is the point? Don’t ever complain about anything if you do not vote. I still like the two (who do not know each other), but it’s rough taking them serious when they scream “CHANGE!” I wish they’d change their ways and start voting. It’s not ever asking too much to ask a person to vote for their interests in local and national elections. It made me feel good that my Brooklyn Brothers seemed to be up on political topics  – but we didn’t linger there long. I’m not a fan of just politicking it up- I just want to know that you vote. Hitting on topic with Jimmy and Chris was appropriate for two reasons: #1 it was April 19 – voting day and #2 the film that was being shot that day was about Barack Obama before he was the president of the United States – during his stint in New York. Definitely memorable worthy stuff from Around the way. 

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Jimmy and Chris are neighbors – they are as real as real could ever be.
They ‘read folks on the to and fro’ but for the most part they kicked it with me.

The more I hung out with them – our tab of relations grew thick.
I was reminded that Brooklyn is “Jus like Compton” – joint by DJ Quik.

No hood is new – they’re all like yours – just on a different coasts.
I’m a lover of geography – I’m a lover of interesting folk.

I’m a lover of good authenticity, especially when “Around the way,”
I’m Qui
Friends of Jimmy and Chris in Brooklyn. For they inspired this say.