Saturday, June 13, 2015

Longer time no post

So I see by the last post that it's been about 6 months since I've contributed anything to this. My apologies, but I've been trying to get through my classes and working on my poker game which, by the way, has improved greatly. Looking forward to playing in the weekly final at pureplay poker this evening. Top prize is 200 dollars. I could use it.

Watching mindless tv until I am mindless. Not much to report. A lot of the places that I was earning Bitcoin from have turned out to be empty or straight up scams. I've tried to keep up with removing these links from here and will continue to do so. So many things that promise big profits are just a lie. Be careful. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is, but you knew that already, right? Hopefully another 6 months won't go by until next post. Have been checking out a couple of shows on the Starz Network-Power and Survivor's Remorse from 50 cent and LeBron James, respectively. So far, I like them. Check them out if you haven't already.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hip Hop Hooray (Again)

So, I'm really digging the new Fox tv show, Empire, starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. As you probably know the show depicts the secrets, lies and drama involved in the music business especially when it comes to rap. I hope that this series goes well beyond the 13 episodes that Platinum (2003) from UPN ended up being.

With a cast of mostly Canadians and written, produced and directed by John Ridley, Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola, the show gave us the first true glimpse at the inner workings of record companies built from drug money and the ongoing rivalry of competing media moguls at it's grittiest and at times most fatal. Two brothers, Jackson and Grady Rhames, played superbly by Jason George and Sticky Fingaz, respectively, were in constant conflict with another outfit headed by Maxine Colt, played by N'Bushe Wright.

The two programs have one similar story point: The balancing act of keeping one's backstreet credibility while hobnobbing with the Wall Street crowd. And, of course, there's the family dynamics that add to the business stress. It might be nice to see some of the actors from Platinum show up, maybe even in the same characters. Wouldn't that be a hoot?

I did a quick google search for Platinum to see what the actors were up to. Lyric Bent, who played Lady Bryce's husband, Devon, gets a lot of work. He played the desk seargent on Rookie Blue for a bit. I believe that he is in a series entitled The Book of Negroes onscheduled to premier on BET on February 16-18.

Jason George, Jackson Rhames, pops up from time to time. I remember him from rapper Eve's sitcom from a few years back where he played her boyfriend. Wonder what she's doing now... Lady Bryce, played by Kia Goodwin, you might remember from Swimfan, the movie about a female stalker/psychopath that messes with a high school swimmer. Kia played the friend with the video camera who recorded everything, thankfully.

What I think will make Empire a true force is that Hip Hop's representatives are on the scene and involved behind them as well as in front of the cameras performing. I'm not the only one that sees the parallels between the shows. The folks at Variety picked up on it too.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Venus Irving-Prescott on Sandra Reaves Phillips

I was fortunate enough to spend a few days with Lady V, as some of her new friends like to call her. She was in good spirits and I was able to record her with my webcam as she reminisced about some of the friends she's met along her fabulous journey on this planet so far. 

Venus Irving-Prescott has traveled and performed all of the world and has an eclectic array of acquaintances and colleagues, many of whom she is still in contact with.  One of those people is a phenomenal singer/actor/entertainer, Sandra Reaves-Phillips.

You may remember Sandra Reaves-Phillips from the film about jazz great Dexter Gordon, Round Midnight or, the film about revolutionary school principal Joe Clark, Lean on Me. Perhaps you've enjoyed her performing standards or belting out the blues. If you've never experienced this force of nature you're in for a  treat. 

Follow this link that takes you to a portion of a live performance done in NYC back in2008.