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Blinds wide open: Black Reality Shows

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

airing-dirty-laundry

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!!

The Future looks like…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on September 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

A VH1 PLUS MUSIC video line-up
is how my morning yawn was cut:

And just like I hoped, the sun came up most beautifully
encouraging me to paint my own day more hue’fully.

Even though the Dallas Cowboys lost yesterday
I’m no sore loser – I’m still up to play.

And so today…

I find myself busy doing script work. I have so many open ended scripts – good stock, sure, but I would feel much better, (I think), if I could close most of them up. I kind of fancy open-ended scripts. It’s a great place to tack down an idea without having to commit to the end… just yet. Often times while a script is in marinate, life steps forth with the perfect situation to write about, that I never would have thought to create in a million years. Only the future could have produced some of the fantastic endings that I have been able to construct in script. I like the future and always look forward to it.

I look to our children. They are our future. How are we shaping our future? What are we putting into the soil of the budding plants? Will our future blossom or shrivel up like a raisin in the sun? A raisin in the sun? Pardon me, I couldn’t resist the dramatic flair, but it’s the perfect segway to tilt the conversation towards something dear to my heart that I miss and would love to revive: AFTER SCHOOL SPECIALS.

After School SpecialsDo you remember them? They were after school shows, (no longer than 60 minutes in broadcast) that would present adolescent situations and teach us how to approach and handle them positively. I found them to be very necessary then and am happy to look back over my life and confirm that the after school anthology absolutely helped me through incident after incident, assuring me that I wasn’t weird but indeed life was. The shows imparted wisdom. Great scripts, great casting and great timing, but most of all, the shows imparted wisdom.

This is where I am in my script writing today. I’m masterfully shaping tomorrow. Many of you know I am largely vested in teen casting and that most of my work stars my own offspring. Besides being affordable labor she has awesome story ideas and has taken to scene framing and shooting. I’m quite excited about her growth and interest in film studies. She dropped her  photography course to do film studies. WooHoo! Qui Films has a budding ARTSY flower and we’re glad about it. Perhaps this is why I am so interested in bringing back those after school specials… I know someone special who could benefit from them.

The Future looks like whatever we show them.

Princeton Study_excerpt

[Ref Source: Princeton.edu/futureofchildren]

My teen daughter wakes up to VH1 music videos and goes to bed to reality shows. This is her first year dating, so CATFISH is her favorite show. She vows not to fall into that fishing hole, (dating by social media). Catfish isn’t an after school special, but it is serving its purpose.

The Future looks like whatever we show them and I’d like to keep the music videos, simply because music is a serious form of art expression, (as is video production), and I’d like to add to that: after school specials.

What do you think?

We need more go getters and less discouraged (involuntary) moochers,
I’m Qui
Imparting knowledge and wisdom via scripts to energize our futures.