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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.

POWER Plays and Executions

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on July 22, 2016 at 6:54 am

Power S3 2016There’s a whole lot of POWER
During that Sunday prime time hour
that’s broadcast on STARZ.
Situations, bizarre.

They’re back at it again. It is now Season 3
Watching this – is where, you want to be.

 

Are you watching?
Alliances are dropping.
Jaws are wide open
And Tommy is hopin’
He can MUSCLE the game together.
Ghost or no Ghost – it’s all about that cheddar.

Yep! Lobos is alive & well and is doing just fine,
He’s back to moving weight and Ghosts life is on the line.

By the end of Episode 1, amidst POWER, all was going to hell —
power-tv-seriesThat’s when Ghost rose up and placed a call to Tommy’s cell.

This episode seems to have awaken Ghost, and with that – out goes last seasons change.
Discard the namesake of the episode 1, which was then appropriately titled: Call Me James.

The POWER is mine today – it’s Friday and my energy is claiming this one to be a FUN DAY,
I’m Qui
Saying Oui-Oui — I’ll see you post the second hour of POWER on next Sunday.

Let your hair down and go out to play.
The POWER is yours on this awesome day.

It’s over now! We’re done!

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, TV Shows on August 19, 2015 at 6:09 am

PlumQui-2015cropI knew this day was coming and as much as I prepared myself for it, week after week, when it finally did happen… well, I’d be lying if I said I was ready. I have been on the edge for weeks now thinking about POWER‘s seasonal fade-to-black and I knew that LOVE & HIP HOP [Atlanta] would be following their lead. Yes, I knew it all had to end at some point, I watched intensely with bated breath.

POWER chose to execute rather than rebuke therefore Kanan found himself in a cellophane situation. He and Ghost were going at it in a tussle, Kanan had a gun, he dropped it. The two beef sided brothers went at it and broke up the surrounding decorum in the process. A body slam maneuver was executed and the men landed hemselves in a floor scuffle. Ghost picked up a dagger shaped piece of glass and slid it into Kanans side. He collapsed; eyes closed. Ghost then took  jug of gasoline and dowsed the premises around Kanan and lit the place on fire as he exited the door.

Yep-yep! That was it and it was cold. Karan got what was coming to him, however before the credits could run the fire investigation revealed there was no body found on the premises. Ghost is unaware of this fact. Who has the POWER now?

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Kelenna and her Manager/Hubby Tony

LOVE & HIP HOP [Atlanta] was pretty serious. Kaleena is getting the help that she needs and Tony is back in the managers seat of her career. Margeaux told Nikko that the person that she is currently in a relationship is a woman.  A couple of episodes ago we witnessed Margeaux tell Nikko and his mother that she wanted a divorce. Nikko’s mom asked her was she seeing someone else – Margeaux positively affirmed. Afterwards, mother, son and the viewing public were left to assume with whom? At least now we can appropriately direct her affections for her new love to the pronoun “she.” Nikko asked her if she were gay or bisexual now? His wife responded, “I love from the inside out.”  Well said Margeaux.

Jessica Dime finished up her performance that Mimi arranged for her shortly thereafter she ended her career with MF Management and told Mimi and Stevie J to ‘f@#k off’ right before she exited the scene kicking and screaming.

Do whaaaaaat?

Yes. She did and Stevie J called it “stripper behavior,” after Jessica said more than once (to Stevie J), “I fight N#%%#’s too.” But she wasn’t fighting Joseline – remember when Dime came to see Jos’ at the studio? She chunked her clutch bag, but she wasn’t really stepping to fight.

Speaking of Joseline, the end didn’t look good for her this season. She and Stevie J closed this one out on the rocks. Stevie asked Mimi to consider moving her and their daughter to LA with him. Well not “with him” as in the same home, but he did ask her to relocate and no – I do not think he talked this idea over with Jos prior, but Karlie tried to give her a heads up…

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L-R: Karlie Redd & Joseline Hernandez of LHHA

After Joseline’s GAYBORHOOD performance Karlie went backstage with roses and congratulations for Joce’. She told Joce’ that she had run into Mimi and Jos face turned sour. Karlie then dropped the 411 about Mimi saying that Stevie asked her to move to LA. Joseline responded by kicking Karlie out of the dressing room and hitting her in the forehead with the very flowers she bought for Joseline. The 2-women almost went tit-for-tat, but security was quick.

Now in all fairness, I think that Joseline overplayed her response to Karlie due to misplaced emotions. Before hearing Karlie’s 411 Joseline noticed the flowers and note from Stevie J., she opened the letter and began to read the first 2-lines of the letter and put it down and said something to Karlie like, ‘Un-un. I don’t want to read this right now, because Stevie ain’t here,’ and then encouraged Karlie to continue her conversation.  Naturally when Karlie dropped the bomb Joselyn was poised on the edge – ready to react like the ticking time bomb, that she can be and then BOOM! She exploded. It wasn’t a good look, but it happened and kicked Karlie out of her dressing room with he help of security.  Joseline went home alone to that evening to enjoy a mono-bubble bath and champagne for 1. Life is rough sometimes.  Meanwhile Stevie J is in route to LA. without his Puerto Rican Princess.

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What is HIP HOP without LOVE? Nikko and Stevie have at episodes point – lost theirs.
Each was a casualty of the music in part, yet both men were surprised and unprepared.

Fair or not Fair the heart loves whom and what it wants.
And Stevie was wrong for singing “the family song” and expecting Mimi to LA haunt.

This was the part that crushed Joseline’s heart and now it’s all messed up.
The Puerto Rican Princess feels hurt and dissed in her bubble lathered tub.

LHHA‘s season finale was a little bit rough,
my patience will pique on until next season, ’cause I can’t get enough.

Everybody needs somebody, Kelenna has T, Rasheed has Kirk and the ‘hustle’ keeps the ‘flow,’
but who the hell is keeping Tasha and the kids? Because Angela is laid up with Ghost.

Oh-oh-oh no. POWER had an exciting finale hour.
Kanan was Copperfield and Ghost’s thing with Tasha is going sour.

Tommy doesn’t trust Ghost either because by golly
Ghost is the one who hosted the name change and relocation of his Holly.

No. Nobody seems to be on Ghosts side.
Even Ange’ has issues that she can not hide.

She turned in her partner – on a charge that’s a lie.
For the consolation of Ghost. Jamie is the big prize.

The episode was titled: GHOST IS DEAD and the resonation of actions were heard,
I’m Qui
and I tell you what, Ghost will be dead soon enough if Kanan finds him first.

I know Kanan has his reasons,
so I’ll sit tight until next season…

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POWER Plays and Executions

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, TV Shows on August 13, 2015 at 7:10 am
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Kanan and his son, Shawn

Chess moves and POWER plays are made everyday in business and in life. There’s no better series reflecting those moves in script form, than made on the Starz series POWER. My goodness did you see Season 2 – the 8th episode? I hope that you have, because I’m serving up griot and since the episode is a few weeks old I’m yielding a broadcast of the show. Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! How much can you take?

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I thought episode 7 was tough and then 8 came along
Kanan is still singing that same ol’ tired song.

He’s in to convince associate drug dealers that Ghost is all wrong.
Kanan wants details on Shawn breaching Tasha’s betrothed thong.

POWER has the most interesting ‘going on’s’ and I try not to miss too many.
Kanan possesses a soul from hell, and as far as “details” this episode [here] has plenty:

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Click the play button to enjoy Episode 8

Episode 9 revealed to us that:

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Tommy was in jail and up for bail
for being involved in that ‘money delivery hell.’

Lobos is in NY trying to moves dollars,
but Angie conducts a bust and it all goes to sour.

Tommy was in the hotel room when the bust went down.
Tommy was decked in orange and booked downtown.

Ghost and Ange’ were still hitting it; though Fed-wise she was getting greedy,
yielding to the embrace of Ghost…  the side piece was playing “the needy.”

The writers were pretty seedy in kicking out this script
and the fact that we lost Shawn was a dysfunctional and familial trip.

His father’s name is Kanan – and Kanan assumed biblical history at familiars table
when he killed his son, Shawn in cold blood – like Cain did his brother Able.

Kanan wasn’t even coked up – this guy is just bad blood.
He killed his son like he was doing nothing wrong – Kanan is a thug.

Give the writers a big ol’ hug! They squeezed the life out of this episode,
I’m Qui
Digging P — and anticipating the seasons finale to appeal like gold.

After all “to have us hooked and waiting” is the writers ultimate goal.
To Starz and Power Producers: You got the goods, I love it. Kudos!

Ghost POWER

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, TV Shows on August 10, 2015 at 5:45 am

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I love it and I know that you have been watching.
The series is ON FIRE and I pray there’s no stopping.

I’m hooked. I’m addicted. I want it in the vein.
The writers are exciters of money, sex and drugs mane’.

It’s an accent thang’ – mane’ is my accented way of saying man 
and mane’ I’m on the edge with what Tommy‘s got planned for Ang.’

Are you watching? Curtis Jackson’s producing is juicing green.
I’d love to sit with the writers and spit about this creative thing.
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POWER has life. It is a being, it’s breathing and sometimes it causes me to hold my breath.
I’m hooked and I love it,  it’s rugged and the sound track is fresh to death.

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Season 2: Episode 7 aired on July 25th and I DVR’d.
I like to get a couple on the books, so I can spend 2-hours HARD.

Good Lawd! Please tell me that you’re watching? I’m gonna drop this spoil-filled review.
If you missed Season 1, STARZ got the fun – ‘gone head and catch up to Season 2.

On Episode 7 Angela went to Ghost
and professed that she wants Tommy the most.

Before she stated that, Tommy was coked up and noid,
with his gun and his intentions – he was going to make Angie a VOID.

Tasha stopped him because Ghost advised her, that he [Tommy] would be on that route
and that he shouldn’t take it. It’s the wrong ‘choice for his pick of bouts. ‘

Angie went to Scranton to find Holly. Holly is under alias as Monica Monroe.
Holly was on alert that Ang’ was coming, then connected her speaker phone to Ghost.

To whom POWER is yielded to the most, let it be known that
Ghost got game and that’s a myriad corner fact.

His bases are covered and he looks good in season two,
there’s so much tribe going on, not mention Stern and TRUTH.

Truth is the night club Ghost owned that Stern has mobbed away from him.
Stern is trying to divorce his wife at current and Ghost is making the ease of – grim.

In Episode 7 Ghost gave a ‘heads up’ to Sterns estranged wife
and told her about Ravenna Holdings and Sterns off-shore money life.

I think Ghost has found a new ally.

Tasha slept with Shawn again — you know how that went down,
but then Ghost checked Shawn for ‘phone fidgeting’ and looking like a clown.

Every time Ghost seems to catch Shawn in view
He’s on the phone and looking goofy too.

By the time Ghost get’s closer to Shawn during such,
Shawn says, “I gotta go” and then he hangs the phone up.

Ghost checked him but he doesn’t know that Shawn’s talking to Tasha.
He said ‘he doesn’t trust Shawn,’ – he has no idea about his own baby’s Moma.

Each hour of POWER is filled with drama and I just couldn’t help but series flex,
I’m Qui
and STARZ is on it, Kudos to all who put-in on THIS – I can’t wait to see what’s next!

You know, even if they all steady their own course
in the end there’s still going to be a lot of Survior’s Remorse.

Ghost has got some serious game, balls and POWER.
Will Kanan, Tommy, Lobos or Angie’s plan sour?

Blinds wide open: Black Reality Shows

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, TV Shows on June 19, 2015 at 3:49 am

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Wether you like it or not, your “family laundry” is on the line
being aired via satellite/cable, network TV and even the Vine.

Cutting UP in the ATLReal Housewives of Atlanta, and Kandi’s Ski Trip
precursor Love & Hip Hop ATL and Married to Medicine‘s schtick.

All of the aforementioned shows are channeled through my DirecTV.
I DVR them all — because they each mirror a little bit of me.

Ooo wee the view can be dirty y’all — yet entertaining, all the same.
Tv reality is a pal to me and the women sport the most amazing mane.

The main thing that gets me is how with ease black folk are airing out their laundry.
Mom always said, “keep that in the house,”; the opportunity $$ to air out – presents quandry. 🙂

But the fact that these folks are doing it and that I relate and am entertained,
kind of makes me happy that they have chosen to do the dang thang.

To bare the truth in vain. I say vain, because paydays do follow.
You act an ass for a little cash — a hundred thou ain’t hard to swallow.

I look forward to the next broadcast of each one listed.
My DVR has my back just in case my schedule causes me to miss it. 🙂

I’m loving the diversity pouring through my TV.
It reminds me there are other brown skinned go-getters out there like me.

They’re giving it up for what they want, even it it includes
airing dirty laundry and even yielding another ‘the blues.’

I’m hardly a ‘blues yeilder,’ especially not on a global scale.
I try to contain myself to ‘in-house’ — just not into ‘broadcasting my hell.’

screenplayBut I am into scripting it – the familial hell that doth cross my mind.
I’m into the scripts of Empire and Power. There’s gold in them there finds!

Have you been watching?
I had to order STARZ to continue show clocking

Power.
Fresh content with no sour.

It’s a pretty attention grabbing hour and I’m watching.
Mundane broadcasting is what the melanin revolution is blocking.

I like it and for the next broadcasts – I am excited,
I’m Qui
Inspired to continue cultivating my own — I can’t help but write it.

PS. There’s one other show that I find to be “the sweetest scripted bombs!”
Believe it or not, it comes on nick and it’s called Instant Mom.
Have you seen it? It’s a family hit!
The reflections of a new bride with instant kids.
They came along with her new spouse…
it’s what family is all about.

XO!!