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I want to see this film.
I probably will eventually find it on Netflix or have to request it as an Interlibrary Loan book before it makes its way to me. But I am going to see it.
Just for the fact alone that is has a gorgeous AMBF couple in it, which the beautiful Teyonah Parris is a part of.
The movie was written and directed by J.P. Chan. You may remember some of his earlier work, like Digital Antiquities, which I have briefly written about in an earlier blog.
And if you go see it and you liked it, leave me a comment in the box.
I really do read them.
Today, Will and Jaden Smith joined rapper Jay Park to announce that he was chosen to sing the ending song for the new Smith SciFi movie, After Earth.
Jay Park is a former member of the KPop group, 2pm. Since leaving the group he has released several solo albums and mixtapes.
SciFi nerds, like myself, have been awaiting this movie for a while now. Although he’s just singing the song “I Like to Party” as the end credits roll and people leave the theater, this is a big opportunity for more people to hear Park’s music.
In case you missed it, there is a movement of black women taking control of their health and getting fit.
Not getting “skinny”, not changing one eating disorder (overeating/bulimia) for another (anorexia) but learning about eating better, eating healthier and making a change.
Although we don’t want to change it up too much. Being slim is ok, but black women love, love, love their curves.
Wendy Ida proves that you can be slim and curvy at the same time.
Today is her birthday and I don’t think she minds my telling everyone that she is 61 years old.
Yes, she’s 61.
No, I’m not dyslexic, she’s not 16 she’s 61.
Yeah, that 61. Three score and one.
She looks good.
She first came to my notice when I saw her on a promo for the Jeff Probst show.
I was agog. She was 60 looking half her age. And it’s not just her look; she’s also moving better than a lot of women half her age.
And she didn’t start in her 20s or 30s, she started at 43. And she holds two Guinness World records for fitness, one for burpees. I am not going to lie, I hate burpees.
Yet, I also hate being dead… so…
If you want to hear about how she extricated herself from that relationship, click here to go to Beyond Black and White.
Again, happy birthday Mrs. Ida. You are a beacon of light for many women who feel encased in darkness. Just by being you, you are showing many women that it’s never too late to escape hell and then re-start the clock. Hell, you look like you turned back the clock.
I bet you thought I’d never do one of these again. I wasn’t sure if I would since I haven’t found songs I’d like to compare.
Today, the two songs we have to juxtapose is an original and a remake. And this time when I ask “who rocks it” we have a candidate that actually does rock.
First the original: SHINee.
So SHINee comes out strong with their song Dream Girl which reminds me of the Pop-Funk dance music of the early 90s. This song was released about two months ago (19 February 2013).
Next we have the contenders: DTMG featuring Puma Shock.
DTMG took the song in a totally different direction, they threw down the guitars and rocked the song. I also love that they sang the song in the original Korean instead of Sukiyaki-ing it (yes, I made that noun into an verb. What!)
Puma Shock is a favorite of mine, as evidenced by previous blog posts.
Verdict: I can’t decide. I am a big fan of electro pop music so I like the original.
But then I also like rock music and I am so glad that these guys came correct on the song, made it their own without detracting so much from the original that you can’t tell what it was.
I am going to make this one a toss up. Because really, depending on the day I am into dance or I am into rock.
What is your POV? Leave a comment down below if you have a favorite.
I am going to set aside that Chris Brown is a man-child who is prone to throwing tantrums in green rooms when people bring up his public behavior.
I am not going to talk about how he, a child of abuse, abused his famous girlfriend and then got back with her to the dismay of nearly all his fans.
Over the last few years those things have been hashed about by better writers than myself, who know more information and follow more gossip rags than I do. If you are on Team Breezy then there’s nothing I can say to deter you.
But! I will parse his new video.
First off I’m like…. waaaaah?
We come in on a young Chinese family where the father talks about belonging to a triad (gangsters) but can’t let his daughter date a guy who is young thug.
Shot to the daughter who is wearing a dress that looks like a 21st century cheongsam.
And I ain’t gone lie, I covet that dress.
Underlying story, he’s the boy next door, how can he be a thug?
Then, Chris goes into song and dance à la Michael Jackson, “The Way You Make Me Feel“.
If you remember anything about MJ’s song and the context behind it, you will remember it comes at a time before the child sexual allegations but at the height where people were starting to feel a bit uncomfortable with his Peter Pan/asexual imp act. He was grabbing his genitals on stage but hanging out with Emmanuel Lewis and McCauley Culkin, something wasn’t right.
MJ had to change the narrative to make himself seem like a ladies man, which he accomplished by spending 4 minutes chasing after female doppelgänger Tatiana Thumbtzen then one minute to two minutes taking out his sexual angst by demolishing a car.
Yeah, that happened.
So, where MJ tried to cultivate an air of masculinity in the late 80s and early 90s by telling you he’s bad, Breezy is trying to defend his image by allaying your fears.
“It’s alright, I’m not dangerous” he sings. “When you’re mine, I’ll be generous.”
At the end of the video the father comes back to defend the Karreuche Tran look-alike. But really, I don’t think the young lady is supposed to be a stand in for Karreuche or even Rihanna. The person Brown is trying to love but keeps seeming to be taken from him is the public love. Fame is china fine: delicate, expensive, hard to obtain. In the end we have a stand-off between Team Breezy fans, Team Breezy critics who are keeping Brown away from his lady love.
So the question is, was Brown’s song and dance good enough to get back his lady love? Are you applauding it? For a minute we had fun (though we didn’t truly believe) that Michael had fun with Naomi Campbell and Iman in his early 90s music videos. He even went as far as to sell an album as dangerous, although he was singing about a woman.
By the end of the 90s things turned around a lot differently for MJ.
Maybe things are different. Maybe Brown is as innocent and innocuous as his music purports.
And if he isn’t, his fans will have good music to dance to.
I have spoken about Judith Hill before. She is a talented singer who needs to get more shine. How can a sister with this type of talent not be a household name?
If you still are unaware of this amazing young performer then you need to watch The Voice. And when you become a fan then vote, not just when she wins the competition (I have been a fan of hers for a few years now so I can’t see why she wouldn’t win this thing) but when her next album drops go out and buy it, because money talks, bs walks.
Hopefully, Usher will be watching her more closely while she’s rocking the stage, too, because how could he not remember her from the Michael Jackson memorial? Well, I guess it was a very sad day.
Here is another song off of Hill’s début album, the movie soundtrack from Red Hook Summer.
I am not sure how long this broadcast will be available, so you will want to listen to it while you can. The multitalented actress and playwright Charlayne Woodard gives a performance of her one-woman play “The Night Watcher” for Public Radio’s LA Theater Works.
The show, written by Woodard and originally performed off Broadway, is about Woodward’s life as Godmother and Aunt to many but mother to none. The stories of all the children that come into her life are poignant and sometimes sad. The New York Times review of a 2009 performance writes:
Ms. Woodard moves among the personalities in her stories with an ease born of experience, changing up the many colors in her rich voice and using her elegant limbs to add filigreed physical detail to the various portraits. Actors impersonating children is a stage convention that I tend to endure with gritted teeth and a pained smile, but Ms. Woodard does it more fluidly and naturally than most; she has a whole brood of inner children panting to get out, it would seem.
Always a Godmother, Never a Mom; the New York Times 7 Oct 2009
It’s good to see black voices are rising in entertainment media, no matter how slowly. And although Woodard tells stories about young people, the audio might not be for all listeners.