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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.

BLACK TV Sitcom Stuff Pt.2

In News on May 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Entertainment Weekly pressed a great read
that Qui Entertainment couldn’t refuse to transcribe & feed::

“The Rise & Fall and Rise Again of Black TV”

Entertainment Weekly — Part 2. Let’s Stay Together debuted in January to 4.4 million viewers, and Perry’s shows consistently hover near the 3 million mark. Even the competition has taken notice of The Game’s blockbuster debut: “Those numbers were wildly impressive to everybody,” says Michael Wright, TBS’ head of programming. “We’ve done really, really well with Tyler’s shows, but [The Game] surpassed even Tyler’s ratings. That premiere number should’ve made everyone think, “that’s a rating anyone would be happy to have.'”

So far, the broadcast networks have yet to act on the trend. While ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW have made progress the past few seasons when it comes to casting diverse ensembles, the selection of shows in the pipeline for this fall once again lacks series with predominantly African American (or Latino or Asian) casts. “The world on television should look like the world I see when I walk outside my door,” says Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, developing of the fall season’s strongest contenders with a black lead, ABC’s Damage Control starring Kerry Washington as PR guru. And Queen Latifah, who starred for five seasons on Fox’s Living Single, sees African-American series as a way to represent a point of view sorely missing on television: “People live in bubbles and they perpetuate racism and classism. There’s still plenty of places they can go [on TV] that are as un-diverse as they could possibly be,” says the Ladies producer. “It’s just something that’s going to be a continuing fight, to try to keep making these things happen.”

Regardless of why the networks program for black audiences, viewers are clearly hungry for these shows: Not only are the few shoes doing well, reruns of long-cancelled series like My Wife and Kids and Everybody Hates Chris still top cable charts among African-American viewers. Says Charlie Jordan Brookins, senior vice president of programming for BET: “We’re not necessarily trying to say this is the new frontier. We'[re trying to super-serve an audience who has been underserved.” Adds Malcolm-Jamal Warner, “The black viewership is important. Black shows do make money. It seems like a no brainer.

[Entertainment Weekly Columnist: Jennifer Armstrong; Additional reporting by Archana Ram and Tim Stack]

How do you feel about BLACK TV?
I rather dig
those multi-ethnic gigs
that are reflective of you and me.

Who am I,
I am Qui
and I’m duly watching BLACK TV.
Oui! Oui!
Join Me.

TBS: Are We There Yet?

In Griot, Music, Networking, TV Shows on January 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm


Gosh I’m just giddy with anticipation that ‘we’re almost there’.
I can already feel Terry Crews ‘nem in my hair. lol!

NEW EPISODES START January 12 – Wednesday night
TBS – very funny, keeps your belly tight.
That’s right!

Yep! He’s ba-aaaack!
Ice Cubes view is never whack!

Therefore I do support the journey of the ethnic familial flow
and I couldn’t resist hipping you to their upcoming episodes:

Oh No She Di-in’t
Wed. January, 12 at 10/9C
When Nick’s new field producer, Sam, turns out to be female, Suzanne is convinced she’s trying to steal her man, a suggestion Nick thinks is absurd–until Sam makes a move on Nick. Guest starring: Sandy “Pepa” Denton

Nick’s Manny-Pedi
Wed. January, 12 at 10:30/9:30C
When Suzanne crashes a night with Nick and his boys, Nick pays her back by showing up for spa treatments with Suzanne and her girlfriends. Guest starring: Toccara Jones

Gold Party
Wed. January, 19 at 10/9C
When Marilyn throws a gold party at Nick and Suzanne’s, and Nick learns Suzanne’s wedding ring isn’t real, he sets out to have a real ring made before Suzanne learns the truth, while Suzanne thinks she has lost her wedding ring forever and panics trying to replace it. Guest starring: Ice Cube

Boy Has Style
Wed. January, 19 at 10:30/9:30C
When Suzanne suspects that Lindsey‘s athletic new crush from school is gay because he has style, Nick sets out to prove that he isn’t, until he can no longer ignore the signs and helps the boy tell Lindsay the truth.

Man and the Bragging Snafu
Wed. January, 26 at 10/9C
When Nick’s colleagues at the station encourages him to send Lindsey and Kevin to a private school, Nick and Suzanne look into it, only to be misled about the process. Guest starring: Wayne Brady

Suzanne Theft Auto
Wed. January, 26 at 10:30/9:30C
When Suzanne is overly protective teaching Lindsey how to drive, Nick takes over and makes Lindsey feel confident, until she scratches Suzannes’s car and chooses to lie about it.

Despicable E
Wed. February, 02 at 10/9C
Nick attempts to have a night out with Lindsey, but when all she wants to do is follow around a young celebrity DJ who doesn’t even know her name, Nick tries to teach her how a man should really treat her. Guest starring: Michael Strahan and Lil JJ

She Got Game Night
Wed. February, 02 at 10:30/9:30C
When the Kingston-Persons decide to have a game night, all bets are off, as unlikely friends are drawn to one another when paired together for games. Guest starring: Ice Cube, David Rasche and Toccara Jones

The Valentine’s Day
Wed. February, 09 at 10/9C
Nick tries to help Kevin with his Valentine’s Day at school, but his advice backfires when Kevin gets sent home.

Parent Teacher Trap
Wed. February, 09 at 10:30/9:30C
When Suzanne gets roped into a committee at Kevin’s school where the other moms are mean to her, Nick volunteers to fill in, making things awkward when the ladies love him.

Are you watching“ARE WE THERE YET”?
Wednesday nights @ 10/9pm & 10:30/9:30 on TBS.

LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL.

RALLYING for THE CAUSE

In Griot, News, Sports, TV Shows on October 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm

RALLYING from Texas

Whether it’s for education or gaining a knowledgeable lick
I dig rallying for good positive forces and of course for good politics.

Bill Folham said it best on the site of The Huffington Post
Voting for the DEMOCRATIC PARTY this midterm – will yield you the most.

Peep the HPost bullet points piece and Bills knowledge of relative facts.
He went so far as to list 10 REASONS WHY you should Vote & VOTE DEMOCRAT!

Every party has it’s political rhetoric. Every party is in search of a CONNECT.
Every party has an attentive and supportive group: I’m with Stewart vs. Glen Beck.

Oh what the heck – I’m for THE GOOD of the American people and our collective moving ahead.
We may live in different households in different states, but we’re all in the same lumpy bed.

Even the President seemed to be digging Saturdays Sanity Rally
He mentioned it here in this video to a select student body tally.
quite the winning touch in the trenches of educational ally…

HAPPINESS is another cause I get excited and jitted up to rally for–
so what on Earth has happened to my: “ARE WE THERE YET” score?

I’m excited for the relative TV series to start again.
It was a comical reflection of me and my kin.

I wish the DALLAS COWBOYS would have rallied for the cause and given their fans a good win.
The 2011 SUPERBOWL will be at the new stadium in Arlington, and the COWBOYS can’t even get in.
…to be so down – is a pride seekers sin.

The TEXAS RANGERS have the right idea and are rallying around a new begin.
New to the WORLD SERIES view – They’re on coarse to take a few wins.
I’d certainly love for them to win it all in the historical end.

The baseball game starts in an hour – please believe the countdown is on (with no pause),
I’m Qui
Pushing everything that is good – I can’t help RALLYING for THE CAUSE

WORLD SERIES UP DATE…and dismay:
Tonights finale BASEBALL SCORE was ‘Ranger Danger’ hollow.
San Francisco’s [4] to Texas’ zip [0] — was a horrible TRICK to swallow. lol! 🙂

Are We There Yet?

In Movies, TV Shows on June 3, 2010 at 1:52 am

Ice Cube and Terry Crews
CAN’T LOSE!

Terry Crews and the rest of the cast of the new TBS comedy “Are We There Yet?” have done what many thought impossible.

Since the early days of TV, it’s been accepted that it takes a week to film a sitcom episode. That thinking might change with “Are We There Yet?” filming three episodes a week.

“For years everyone in Hollywood said this kind of schedule was impossible. But we did it. I do have to admit, it’s really not as hard as you think. But it takes a lot of coordination,” Crews says. “Our thing was ‘It’s comedy. Relax.’ We aren’t doing Shakespeare.”

If you’ve seen either of the “ARE WE THERE YET” films that Ice Cube has starred in, the TBS version follows suit. NICK (Terry Crews Character) marries a single mom SUZANNA (played by Essence Atkins) of two kids. The children like Nick enough to give him a hard time every now and then, while “the married life” encroaches on his fantasy side.

No– Nick isn’t playing off on his new wife, but he certainly isn’t shy about calling out her “bed time appearance”. The wrapped and pinned down hair do that Suzanna wears to bed is a little sobering for the newlywed husband who cracked on her saying, “In the daytime you look like Halle Berry – but at bedtime you look like Tyler Perry”. lol!

Two months ago I went to a house party around the time that Erykah Badu was under scrutiny for her “Naked Grassy Knoll” video, and as stunning as her naked body was, (mother of 3 kids), there was a guy at the party that was miffed because Erykah’s hair was covered by a rising stocking cap. Erykah was just keeping it real. But because of “the stocking cap factor” – ol’ boy at the party missed the concept & deeper message of the video. Terry Crews represented “that young mans stand” with his Halle Berry/Tyler Perry crack on his wife.

It’s a sitcom show. It’s taped on a set. Kind of like the way “MY WIFE & KIDS” show looked. What’s most impressive about this project than others before it, is the unprecedented pace at which they are taping/producing the show. ICE CUBE is a genius when it comes to “not wasting time or money”. His professional antics are catchy and his progress is on going…

Are we there yet?
I’m Qui
…and I’m on my way!

Ice Cube is a great filmmaker to study. KNOWLEDGE is KEY. WE must support WE.

“ARE WE THERE YET” comes on TBS Wednesday nights @ 9/8c