I was perusing my blog and realized that it was a little…sterile. A little detached from who I am. I want to approach my blog a little different this year, I feel it can be more personal, more tangible, and  A LOT more updated. I was going through my film from 2010 and snagged some of my most memorable moments of the year and wanted to share them with you all. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them and being in the moment.  So, bear with me as I make changes here and allow me to expose to you more of what I do.

Hope to see some of you tonight at Eso Won Books for a night with the great Ms. Nikki Giovanni…

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Spreading Her Wings

I was at a true lose for words when my niece told me yesterday that Lady Tee passed away. I still can’t wrap my head around it. Her songs remind me of my childhood. Her voice reminds me of being carefree, no worries, no concerns. Damn, the power this tiny lady had in her gift of song!
I was fortunate enough to see her perform one year at Magic’s Mid-Summer’s Night Gala but even more blessed to have been invited to her house for a party. Teena took me and my friends in a treated us like family. That’s just how she was.
I’ve told my family several times when I make my transition from this world for them to play “Deja Vu”, so today this post is my request to her.
Miss you Teena!!!

What’s Your Legacy?

Here’s one that didn’t slip by us during the American Black Film Festival.

You know how there is one project/film/movie that takes an actor to the next level of their craft? You can almost feel the transition. See the whole thing unfold all within the 95 minutes of  the movie? You walk away saying to yourself, “Damn, I didn’t expect all that from him! Mark my words, he’s about to BLOW UP!” Get ready for that from Idris Elba in this film. You have never seen him like this before. A mentally battered Black Op’s Solider with some very personal issues he is trying to resolve in a room somewhere in Brooklyn all by himself, literally. This is one of those movies you have to watch twice to notice some of the intricate details. Watching this trailer again reminded me of just how talented this man is and the creativity of the filmmaker.

This labor of love was created by Thomas Ikimi a fellow countrymen of Elba’s. Ikimi takes you where most black filmmakers don’t… a psychological action thriller whose main character is black. His topic is unfamiliar for most of  us people of color, that it actually puts a whole new twist on how you view those who are defending our country.  This film made me feel heavy and drained but it keep me wanting more all the way to the end. If that was the mission of the director, he accomplished it.

Besides, having this indie out, Elba currently has a 6 week episodic drama which airs Sunday nights on BBC America; “Luther”. He plays John Luther, a sharp, über intelligent homicide detective, on the brink of a divorce, and self-destruction. The writing is stellar (Neil Cross), the acting flawless, and the theme fresh. Prepare yourself to become addicted to this series. There is one little thing that is a bit distracting to me and it’s Elba’s hair! What in the world are they doing with it? Fauxhawk? Disheveled look? Loss of…? or maybe he has another project in the works? Whatever it is, I must look past it and focus on the prize.

Make sure you support Black Films and cop your own Legacy DVD or Blu-Ray on December 28th.

BTW: Mr. Elba serves as Executive Producer on “Legacy” and Associate Producer on “Luther”. Talk about well-rounded.

Just Because

Those who know me, know that I am silly. So this post should come as NO surprise. From the concept itself to the script and the soundtrack,  here is another brilliant and funny spoof  written by Robin Thede (the brains behind the video Every Little Step w/Mike Tyson). Wayne Brady, Affion Crockett, Chris Spencer, and some female puppets?? With a concoction of comedic talent like these, you can only imagine what you are gonna get. I wonder if Tyler Perry sees this will he think that it’s funny?  It’s hilarious!!

Someone needs to give Robin her own show.

You gotta love it…just because.

Lalah Hathaway @ BHCP Live!

Lalah Hathaway Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

First,  it was Shelia E, then it was Rashaan Patterson, and now,  Lalah Hathaway and all for FREEEEEEE!!!!! If you weren’t knowing, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza  has put together a series of free live concerts every Thursday (affectionately known as BHCP Live!) for all locals and not so local. This Thursday the stage will be graced by Donny’s baby girl, Ms. Lalah Hathaway. Make sure not to miss this one, it’s bound to be a great show. You know, if it’s free it’s what…ME!!!!

* A big SHOUT OUT  to Lalah and her team for being on, what I think to be the illest tour for this year….Prince’s “Welcome 2 America” Tour!!!!! MSG is already SOLD OUT!!!!