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Oui Oui Oui – SHORTS TV

In Comedy, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on January 28, 2019 at 9:52 am
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I love SHORTS…

During my own personal “shutdown” (i.e., my 2.5-week & running visit with TMJ) I lean heavily on short films to keep my spirits up and my attention off of the pain. It works. Film-after-film I am enlightened, emotionally charged, humored, and alas, feeling less pain in my SCM and Masseter muscles. Endorphins counteract pain receptors.

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Being no fan of medicine (OTC or prescribed) I prefer natural and homeopathic remedies when my good health is challenged. For the chronic pains of TMJ, I prefer to administer MMJ topicals and edibles while watching original short films on DirecTV’s channel 573. It’s a winning combo if you’re trying to “be somewhere else without leaving the house.” 😉

Travel via channel 573 is the best way to go. You don’t speak multiple languages? How do you feel about subtitles? If you’re down – there are no limits to where you can kick-it.

This weekend I traveled well via these hard-hitting short films that took me far away from the tensions of TMJ. I found a few that had trailers and thought they’d be cool to share, so I started with:

WEST SIDE SWORDY:

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WEST SIDE SWORDY [2015] yields strong homage to West Side Story in the frame of their tale of two street gangs and fight choreographies that was shot in California on a $15K budget. I loved the relative scene designs, the DJ who controlled more than the music and the integration of sword dancing. This is not a West Side Story re-make, but it is strongly inspired. Director Dan Liu and crew did a fantastic job on this 9-minute short that could have easily been a “Thriller-length” music video. Drop in on their website to catch the next showing: http://www.westsideswordy.com/

I then took a journey with Abraham, the principal character in IN GOD WE TRASH. Now before you send this one to the blasphemy bin hear me out. I really took this film to be hinting at a number of our population who say and do things in the name of Christianity to cover their own shortcomings. The film’s message is conveyed in a practical and comical way;  no offense – comprehend.  It’s only 22-minutes and is subtitled. Reading is fundamental – go for it!

IN GOD WE TRASH:

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The following film was probably by far the silliest, most metaphorically visual film that I have seen in a long time. IS THIS A JOKE, (aka THIS IS A JOKE) is a fabulous comedy written by Tom Edmunds and whose Cinematographer is Luke Bryant. Laughter is a huge producer of endorphins, thus this show helped to TKO my TMJ pain easy. Here’s a teaser to a jam-packed comical pleaser:

I particularly like the way that Tom directs silliness; his vision is hilarious. To see a directors mind does little more to reveal to me the contents of his mind and Tom Edmunds mind is a colorful hoot. My TMJ didn’t stand a chance. Actually, I had to watch this film twice to catch all of the literal punches that were sewn into passing conversation. Believe it or not, on the second round I laughing harder, and reaped more of those pain-free endorphins. Yes-yes!!

It’s possible that I watched at least 20 short films this weekend to help keep my mind distracted from the taut pull of my sternocleidomastoid muscle and my masseter muscle. The pain is pass-out worthy, I just won’t give in.  Especially since there’s always  Probability & Statistics, Shorts TV, a Tens Unit, and BC Powder. 😛

There’s plenty to do than focus on TMJ’s hue. However, with all of the research I’ve done on it, I wouldn’t doubt that a future character in a future script will be battling this ailment.

The way it’s kicking my arse is a comedy, but I’m sure I could work it into a drama. STAY TUNED.

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So what have you got up for the day? I think I’m going to take it easy.
As much as I like “doing the most” – with TMJ it isn’t easy.

If you’re at the point of wondering why I keep bringing it up,
it is because it’s giving me a bear hug and the chronic pain sucks.

But I won’t lie, intense math equations help to keep me from focusing on;
and the hope of TMJ fading away is my prayerful sum,

I accessorize that with a couple of edible yum-yum’s and short film binging,
I’m Qui
Oui Oui to the reel vibes of Shorts TV and it’s assistance in my pain ending.

Watching more today because TMJ defense via endorphins is mind-bending.
Reviewing my peers’ films is what I call, “passionate time spending.”

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That SUNDAY MORNING Dancing

In Communication, Griot, Music, Self Improvement, Video, weightloss on June 25, 2017 at 9:43 am

Didn’t catch the spin cycle class this weekend? All may not be lost for burning calories if you’re going to church this morning.

I’m a church going gal, from the bible belt in the south. Pentecostal principles have shaped my being since the age of twelve. I may not share brother Swaggart’s taste for hair (hair spray) or sister Tammy Faye Baker’s make-up regimen, but I do believe in the dance.

When club goers go to a club and the DJ spins the steel just right, something invokes them to dance – some more choreographed than others, but still when the mood is perfect, all dance breaks out on the dance floor. Well, the same is true of the church. When the conditions are perfect, (the word of God has gone forth and praises are high), it is not uncommon in a pentecostal church for a dance session to break out.

Enjoy the comedic dance renditions in the video. These dances do look similar to the dances I’ve seen on the pentecostal floor. It’s good to learn the names of the dances too, in the event that … ‘Go on and laugh at yourself.

Christians dance in the spirit, much like  club-goers dance to worldly music. The only difference is in the intent of music (and vibe) that moves them. Club goers yield their dance skills to worldly music and Christians yield their dance to gospel music.

Either way,  calories are burned and an exercised heart is earned.

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Good morning brothers and sisters, the gospel vibe can be enchanting,
I’m Qui
Reminding thee to stay fit – with That SUNDAY MORNING Dancing.

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Laughter Heals

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on July 13, 2015 at 6:24 am

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Let’s talk KEY & PEEL
and how a lot of their episodes keep it real.
They’re mixed in race but bear a black appeal.
Their comedy is funny and confrontational in feel.

I admire their approach;
the way upon the subjects that they broach.

Kudos el comedic Bros!
You killed it in the last episode

with the skit about the trigger happy cop
whose frayed nerves made him shoot black men a lot.

Did anyone else see this piece in humorous fashion?
The cop was ‘so gone,’ he shot his [black] police captain.

This was not a skit that made me double over and laugh
but the kind that played lightly on “real life gone bad.”

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It’s sad, but this is where we’re at.
Key & Peel are unique in this bag.

They play to their white fam then expose them to their black side.
Comedy is the bait but their intellectualism sustains the ride.

The duo is easy on the eyes and substantial on the mind
So it’s good to follow them up with Hannibal Burris’ WHY.

It’s a new show, have you seen his new place?
WHY with Hannibal Burris debuted on July 8th.

Ep1-why-w-hannibal-burris-openingIt opened up with Conan O’Brian and his side kick
in an introduction to Burris – a pretty cool schtick.

I enjoyed it and while Key & Peel keep it real, they’re silly on a sly –
If you can’t get with their style of humor, don’t give Hannibal a try.

He’s real to how he feels and his comedy is intelligent and dry.
You’ll either laugh at his lay or you’ll pass him up in stride.

Hannibal’s style walks the line. He too is a black man
whose been thrust into the hype spotlight and given a chance.

He’s also the guy who questioned and reignited the BILL COSBY RAPE allegations.
The subject was part of a stand up piece and now Bill’s under investigation.

Oh my. Comedy and its relation. I can’t say I would have chosen that route.
What kind of job security will Hannibal have, if he gained largely from ratting Bill out?

Hannibal Burris is not new. He started his journey of laugter long ago.
He really caught my eye doing a skit about “dance and the the holy ghost.”

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He comes off a little like a preachers kid.
Hannibal has very few limits and this fact is not hid.

So why then would Bill Cosby be safe? It is surely a doggy dog world.
I’m Qui
Enjoying the intellectual and comedic side of things that play to this sapeosexual girl.

Laughter is best when played off of the real.
Laughter has an awesome and great capacity to heal.
It’s good for your abs too.
Oooo!
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A Grae Day…

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News on March 13, 2015 at 12:24 pm

So, I’m out here in DC and I’m feeling South Africa. Well, more specifically, I’m feeling Jean Grae. Do you know her?

She shoots straight from the hip and in comedic fashion, life’s meanings rip! Yes. Jean Grae is a fairly physically attractive woman whose style of off-the-cuff humor is extremely attractive! I used to have a thing for CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM back in the day, on HBO. Are you sill into Larry David? I say “still” because the show was a hit from 2000 to 2011 on HBO over 8 successful seasons. The comedy was real and unparalleled to real; his exhibition of daily life is so dangerously close to my own. An honest mouth and unfiltered mind will get you in all kinds of conversation mayhiem if you let it. After seeing Larry David’s honest and comical thoughts on display, I went to work on controlling my own honest impulses. Unlike Larry David and Jean Grae, there are no camera’s following me. In fact, I am the “camera girl.” 🙂

Jean Grae is a lot like Larry David… they are a lot like me. Jean however, is seriously tilted. She kind of reminds me of Lucille Ball in the way that she get’s herself in trouble via her mouth. Quips come out as awkward and outlandish fibs and rather than back down after realizing as much, Jean continues towards finding a workable solution to “kill off” the fibs. What do I mean by “kill off?” Well, peep this episode of LIFE WITH JEANNIE at 3:40 minutes when she runs into Terry… Sweet Baby Jesus, where is Radames?:

She is hilarious and she has crafted an awesome webisode series that makes me feel quite at home with her. I feel like all we’re missing when I’m hanging with her, is a run-in with Larry David. Talk about humorous heaven. If I were a write between those too, we would be literal swingers. Yes. A 3-some. Wouldn’t you want to see…

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Today is A Grae Day and has silly meaning,
but I’m cool wit’ it — I’m rolling with Jeannie.

My life is a lot like her’s, quite fantastic but without the lies.
I looked at the entire episode archive and laughed so hard I cried.

Jeannie is a riot and her work is cut out for sure,
I’m Qui
Happy Weekend babies! Seeking a lift? Laughter’s the cure.

Don’t have a gray day, instead opt for A Grae Day
and laugh all the way.

Compliments of South Africa’s best.
Yes. Jeannie is from South Africa, she currently lives in NY.

Did you know she’s a rapper? It’s her first love. #HipHop Jam it out with me:

Reel Good Stuff

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement on January 7, 2015 at 7:14 am

film festivals 2015Yes! Yes! Now that 2015 has finally arrived,
it’s time for film festivals to come alive.

Creative producers on their best screen writes;
It’s a reel exciting time for newbies to arrive.

It’s a real exciting time for me and my own crew
We’ve had an awesome reel piece marinating in brew.

A real quick piece that’s to be spun as a short;
It’s intellectual, it’s powerful, uniting and smart.

I’ll be honest with you, the piece is crafted to tug at your heart.
Revolution is in the air; we are the markers of its start.

We could have done a drama or a quick-wit comedy thing
but relating and communicating is what makes my bell ring.

There’s some Reel Good Stuff coming down the pipeline to view,
I’m Qui
Happily humping this reel day with you.
Oooo!

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5-4-3-2…
Stay Tuned
NEW Short Film COMING SOON

That SUNDAY MORNING Dancing

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Self Improvement on February 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

Didn’t catch the spin cycle class this weekend? All may not be lost for burning calories if you’re going to church this morning.

I’m a church going gal, from the bible belt in the south. Pentecostal principles have shaped my being since the age of twelve. I may not share brother Swaggart’s taste for hair (hair spray) or sister Tammy Faye Baker’s make-up regimen, but I do believe in the dance.

When club goers go to a club and the DJ spins the steel just right, something invokes them to dance – some more choreographed than others, but still when the mood is perfect, all dance breaks out on the dance floor. Well, the same is true of the church. When the conditions are perfect, (the word of God has gone forth and praises are high), it is not uncommon in a pentecostal church for a dance session to break out.

Enjoy the comedic dance renditions in the video. These dances do look similar to the dances I’ve seen on the pentecostal floor. It’s good to learn the names of the dances too, in the event that … ‘Go on and laugh at yourself.

Christians dance in the spirit, much like  club-goers dance to worldly music. The only difference is in the intent of music (and vibe) that moves them. Club goers yield their dance skills to worldly music and Christians yield their dance to gospel music.

Either way,  calories are burned and an exercised heart is earned.

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Good morning brothers and sisters, the gospel vibe can be enchanting,
I’m Qui
Reminding thee to stay fit – with That SUNDAY MORNING Dancing.

 

FACEBOOK Tid Bits

In Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement on January 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm


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I am fortunate to have a great friends-connect on Facebook. Every week I find one or two posts on my FB news feed that makes me: laugh, think, shake my head (smh)  and sometimes even applaud out loud (aol).

Today is as good of a day, as any, to share a few of the interesting Facebook Tid Bits vying for time on my news feed:

ROAD RAGE
Does this ever happen to you, even though you mean well? Don’t forget to be a blessing during your moment of traffic stressing…

Laugh at yourself

Wealth Inequality In America SHOT

Knowledge. Empower

WHAT YOU THINK vs. WHAT IT IS

This pretty much speaks for itself. At 1:05, I get a rude awakening. At 1:41, he starts talking about you. At 2:24, he says a “bad” word. At 3:50, he kind of breaks my brain. At 4:50, he lets you know how broke you really are. At 5:20, he rubs it in. And at 5:50, he points out that reality isn’t close to what we think it is…

A GIVE AND TAKE

Give a little Love SHOT

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Love is free – give a little. I especially like to give it to those who act like they don’t want or need it. Have you ever met a person that refuses to shake your hand, because they want to come in for the hug? That’s me. My hugs aren’t always physical in deed, I’m also quick divvying out supportive hugs via encouragement and assistance. In fact, I’m loving on you right now in sharing this video. Will you take it? Equally as important is – Will you pass  it on?

PRODUCING vs. CONSUMING
What are you doing? Where’s your pride? What are your working hard for? Did you know it’s really NOT an ASSET if it’s on your arse? TD Jakes breaks it down in 2 minutes, check it out:

He's preaching to the choir... Right?

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There’s a lot of laughter involved here and a little bit of thinking,
Christian Road Rage is funny but Wealth Distribution is stinking.

A request to pass on more love is an easy task.
Be guilty of producing more than you consume – save more cash.

Put the money in the bank and not on your body.
Let fitness be the reason folks call you a hottie.

Get in the gym and ball on the court,
I’m Qui
Tid Bitting with thee with the Facebook sorts.

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Good to Go Network Shows

In Communication, Griot, News, TV Shows on February 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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Tomorrow the good show line up airs on ABC.
Check it out if you’re into vibing comedy:

First up to bat on Wednesday night
is SUBURGATORY and Cheryl Hines.

It’s about “A teenage girl who moves from the city to the suburbs.”
And everything sense worthy is thrown to the curb.
Her dad is single and his best friend is a DDS.
Cheryl plays “the flirtations neighbor in pursuit of man” best.

It’s family comedy in the prime of eve.
They live in the suburs… something like me.

The next show on the line up has big fam appeal
It’s MODERN FAMILY starring Ed O’Neill.
Please tell me you watch this – for it is a hoot.
Their family thing is a circus ring and the kids are really cute.

And if their multi scenario isn’t the show that moves ya,
Tune in to HAPPY ENDINGS starring Damon Wayans Jr.
Little Damon is all grown up – past his Major Payne debute.
He’s seriously funny like his dad & he’s also cute too.

Last on the line is quite the throw —
It’s ABC’s REVENGE served by Madeline Stowe.
Madeline is sexy and used to be so sweet.
Madeline is a b*tch in the Revenge series.
Check her out WEDNESDAY NIGHTS to see what I mean.

It’s always a pleasure for me to reach out and see
how many people are tube watching — like me.

Ooo Wee – I’m Qui
Watching primetime tv.

What are you watching on Hump Day?
Suburgatory @ 8:30 / 7:30pm C
Modern Family @ 8pm
Happy Endigns @ 8:30
Revenge @ 9pm
on ABC

School is back in session

In Griot, Movies, Politics, TV Shows on August 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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School is back in session
and what a blessin’

it is to have my DAY TIME hours back.
Time to myself, is a huge summer lack.

My kid is the best; Yes! The “mini me” is doing great. 🙂
She couldn’t wait for the week to start that would deliver her to grade 8.

I didn’t @ all sleep in late – I couldn’t see letting her catch the bus
When I could just rise a little earlier and chauffeur her with no fuss.
Anything for the kid…and so I did.

I’m a MONDAY LOVER & Productive Mother – who works at home with ease
Though today I opted for a PINK LADY jacket & celebrated like I was on GREASE:

I started taping AUDITIONS this morning at about 10;
I met alot of interesting characters – what a great days begin.

The PAC project is devoloping nicely – the actual script invokes ‘laughter histeria’.
Who knew Dallas was hoarding so many young “IN LIVING COLOR” fans in the area.

“MEN ON FILMS” is a gas and a lose parody of inspiration,
I’m Qui
Glad School is back in session – WORK & “me time” is my favorite vacation.