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It’s a New Day

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, Video on March 27, 2017 at 6:37 am

Yes! Yes! Good morning baby.
I’m that energetic UP EARLY lady.

I awoke at dusky and quiet 4am
when most were asleep and little (visual) mayhem.

Glad, I am, for this New Day,
a new griot spill, wit-willed informative say.

It’s Monday, it’s Monday and I’m back at it again.
I’ll shoot the landscape with my reel sharp friends.

I’ll edit a bit, with my eye-detailed tech crew
and on every free moment, I’ll check in with you.

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Me, You, Monday and the crew…

What have you got up for today?
The weekend has come and gone away.

It was fun. Did you go outside and play?
Monday is at the door with an opportunistic score,
Are you ready for another funday?

I’m up for it and I want it all.
Love is in the air and I want to take the fall.

I’ll take it to the back – like the NESTEA Plunge.
Mondays for me are fuel for “GIDDY!” I’m up to reap some!

The first thing I heard this morning inside of my monologue head space
was Pharrell’s voice from The Clipse video: “It’s a New Day!

I rose quickly and found the video to display!
Nothing could be more befitting for Monday.

Indeed, It’s a New Day and I’m so glad to be in it,
I’m Qui
Good morning fam, let me echo “Hot Damn!,” let’s go out and win it!

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Let’s Make A Movie…

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, Self Improvement on July 22, 2015 at 7:21 am

Lights, camera, action!!
Here’s information for the curious fraction:

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I love filmmaking; reeling your vision to make a statement.
Here’s how to make a movie from concept to last payment.

It costs a few coins and you’ll need more workers than the Red Cross.
However the finished and telling product is always well worth the cost.

You can make whatever you want, a movie, a winning move and/or a website.
Fear not of the darkness — knowledge will bring all things to light.

SKILLS are real and if you are in need of assistance or service — then hire.
Build trumply like old man Donald without all the foreclosures and “FIRED’s!”

Success is real and the successful rarely say “SCREW ME!”
Questionable morals get the loudest orals — so I’m just ‘gone DO ME.

Sleeping on your reel dreams will not ever serve you well,
so Let’s Make A Movie about Society: Dodging The Gates of Hell.

Let’s tell a tale about people running from “the word sheep,”
right into a trap set for the flock of “Me, myself, and the green.”

What a sheep call!
Let’s reflect their ‘prideful run with no stall.’

We’ll show them in droves packing out the joint…
thriving and rallying over empty talking points.

Let’s pull the camera out to show a bigger picture,
of a society casting all others as minorities or niggers.

In the flockers attempts to better society
they alienate and divide – inciting violence and rioting.

I like action! I’m an action junky – it moves me.
But after looking over my notes, this sounds like a horror movie:

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The flockers don’t realize they are the very sheep that they are condemning…
Let’s put the script through thousands of re-writes for a more diverse hemming.

Now mind you, this is an off-the-cuff idea, I don’t love it nor am I married to it.
Whatever your creative dreams are for you, I suggest you get real and DO IT.

Good morning dear family, I woke up with the reel on my mind,
I’m Qui
Happy to kick it with thee. You are the realist find.

Today I’ll be on my #ReelGrind, what will you be doing?
If you get a minute, put your two cents in it – THINK TANK, Let’s Make a Movie.

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Well wouldn’t you know

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

There’s never a dull moment and this weekend proved to be on point.
I stayed REEL busy, because filming footage is my joint.

My guy is an I.T. worker, formerly a robotics engineer in his field.
Last week he put his resignation in, because “the pay” ain’t covering “the bills”.
It seems being an independent contractor is loosing its financial appeal.
So he’s decided to break from his technical scheme & join me in capturing reel.

Scary indeed…the two of us: WE working together in close quarters.
He’s willfully in, and will have to toughen his grin – for I am the roughest of daughters.

He has mentioned a time or two, that my tongue is sharper than swords.
He also said, when it comes to singing praises – no other Griot flows as hard.

I am picky. It is true.
I’m craftily meticulous too.
Co-working with me – the guy from I.T.?
I hope he can make it through.
Ooo!

He will. He will. I don’t bite — unless of course he asks. 🙂
He film schooled w/me a few years back,
so I’m sure he’s up for the skilled tasks.

I’m eager to have an engineer on my team and to have him analytically full time,
but what does that say about our economical state, when I could afford his dime?

His Electrical Engineering degree is now a relic of his prosperous past.
However, an Engineers skill is something QUI FILMS can feel,
thus I anticipate us productively having a blast!

Well wouldn’t you know, life is what you make it. I’ve been enjoying it since the day I was born.
I’m Qui
Encouraging you to do what makes you happy in life – go for it – take the bull by the horns.

TBFF RED CARPET Time

In Griot, Movies, Networking, News on February 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

TBFF Red Carpet & Qui Films

This time last year I was a “first time spectator” at the 4th Annual TBFF. While I cruised the streets networking “what I want business to be” — I heard a commercial on K104 about the festivals being in progress at STUDIO MOVIE GRILL in Dallas. I called Katrinna Mathis (my best girlfriend since 8th grade) to see if she wanted to roll out with me. She was like “bet!” I scooped her up and hit I-30, to 35-N, to Woodall Rodgers, to US-75, exited Royal Lane, bought a couple of $8.00 tickets and IT WAS ON! We were in! Kat and I enjoyed it immensely. In fact, Giancarlo Esposito was the Guest last year and little did I know my mild mannered, shy consumed girlfriend had a CRUSH ON GIANCARLO since the reel of (Spike Lee’s) SCHOOL DAZE. She whispered it to me while in theater watching festival films, so…naturally after the event came to an end, I bought one of Giancarlos independent films and got in line behind other spectators to see the filmmaker, shake his hand, ask him to sign my copy of his film and to RAT OUT my girlfriend. lol!

As I approached the front of the line and Mr. Esposito — I initiated with “compliments to the artist” and of course I gave him my famous ‘back popping hug’, then I immediately went into, “This is Katrinna – my best girlfriend since 8th Grade, and she just told me that she has a crush on you and has had one, every since you let Tisha Campbell lick your scalp in SCHOOL DAZE (Julian – Dean Big Brother Almighty)”. His eyes widened with surprise, he laughed and said, “Oh really – so I should be hugging her!“, then he squeezed the mousy happiness out of her. It was the highlight of her month. I know it was. Awesome time. He encouraged me to enter into the festival next year and followed up with, “If you need any help or someone to look over your film – at anytime – Email me.” Great! We exchanged emails and phone numbers and I’ve been on fire every since.

I immediately came home and wrote a column entitled, “The Reel TBFF“, where I chronicled this statement:

The Texas Black Film Festival has only celebrated it’s 4th Annual this year and to be REEL honest with you — I can’t wait until next year. In fact, I’m working on submitting an exhibition or two of my own. Why not? I’m black, I live in Texas, I’m festive and I’m an aspiring filmmaker. The conditions are perfect for me to utilize my Panasonic HVX200A digital film camera, my Final Cut Pro software and my formal writing and film education.

Upon posting those words I KNEW I had to follow through.

February 7th, I received an email from the TBFF that my short film “THE CAUCUS” has been selected for screening on opening night of the TEXAS BLACK FILM FESTIVAL [Wednesday 2/23] following the RED CARPET EVENT @ 7pm. Giddy and goofy about the news I hit up Katrinna and you’d have thought she had won an Oscar — she was so excited and ‘ret to go. In fact, she asked if she could ride with me again – Of course I said yes! Kat hit me up last Tuesday to make sure we were still on & to invite me to her b’day party at The Cheesecake Factory in Arlington @ 7pm on (2/19) Friday night. While I was in route to the Parks Mall, (where the cheesecake factory is), Kat texted me and said, she’d rescheduled her b’day celebration for Sunday. –No problem. We were still on schedule for the TBFF Wednesday too.

Kat died in her sleep Saturday morning at about 6 am, the day after her birthday (2/20) — Lupus complications. So you see, today is an emotional high for me, and I remain optimistic in my purpose moving forward. Though I really hoped she and I would have made the TBFF an Annual girlfriend thing…and in someway, I guess we still will…

So here’s the part of the story where I tell you that I’m excited!
I didn’t knock the FILM FESTIVAL HUSTLE – & am glad I tried it.

I’ve read — quite a few indie filmmakers with blogs, (paralleling myself)
tout about not being able to conquer ‘the film festival’ tale.

I respectfully understand
that festival panels have a heavy task on their hands:
picking which films they will show to their captive FF fans.

Many films are submitted but only a few will be chose…
It’s a process — like Life…and so it all goes
that you have to step up to the plate many times in professional fun
to position yourself to hit a HOME RUN.

Right?
and when you do swing — hit it out of sight!
a-ight?

Well it’s HUMP DAY and Red Carpet Time is here,
I’m Qui
a “Loving the journey” She – saying “Go for your dreams w/o fear!”
A WIN ☛in Your bin☚ is seriously near.
I’m REEL’y in your corner…may we always keep it REEL.

What’s the HOLD UP

In Griot, News, TV Shows on September 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Encroachments are real, and here’s proof:

Encroaching on The CREATIVE PROCESS

My brief online research turned up very little information about encroachemnts, but boy-oh -boy are they real. Just ask any artist whose creative works have been reviewed by industry officials and ask them about the RED INKED NOTES they received in return…

Ask Dave Chappell. Surely you remember “the creative differences” he had with the producing officials he ultimately “ran away from” on Comedy Central. Remember that? The Dave Chapell Show was creative from day one. Somehow when money, producers and networks get involved, it becomes less funny and more political. WHYYY? (Screams my inner artists who whole heartedly misses the laughs the artist and creator of the show used to render us).

Can you imagine someone or some persons attempting to steer your creative process to deepen their own pockets? Demanding you to do it…even if you’re not feeling it. To me, this would surely stifle the creative process. To me, this is surely an active and live part in the careers of most successful creative persons. There’s definitely a balance that needs to be struck for the talent and the networks to make money. I’m sure it’s hard for everyone, as for me and my creativity — I’m following Oprah. Harpo Studios is a beast and very few can encroach on the giant Ms. Winfrey is. Ask ABC.

Encroaching on SACRED SPACE

While visiting someones home and they tell you to take off your shoes and make yourself comfortable do it, but don’t plant your bottom into the only lazy boy recliner in the room, for it may be their favorite chair. Afterall, there was only one such seat in their house. Trust me, they weren’t keeping it vacant waiting for your visit. Sacred space needs to be listed under common sense.

It is common sense not to stand too close to anyone, no matter how long the line is. In fact, just so you know, standing too close to me and encroaching on my sacred space could induce ‘yawn sparring’. 🙂 The next topic will tell you why…

Encroaching on RESPECT

Respect is crucial,. Please don’t forget it. In fact you demand it – so GIVE IT. Better yet, GIVE IT they way you’d like to receive it.

Encroaching on REALITY

Just because they’re dating you online – doesn’t consumate a marriage or make a relationsship exclusive. Just because The Kardashians did it in an episode, doesn’t make it possible for you to do it anywhere…and on, and on, and on. Know the difference between REEL and REALITY. The differences could make you or break you.

Encroachments are improper and boundaries shouldn’t ever be overlooked.
I’m Qui
Not literally encroaching, but paralleling education…like that of books.

KNOWLEDGE is KEY
– Get Hooked!