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It’s the weekend.  Going romance over lust this to kick this one off.

Have a good one!

jackie

Before Michael and Jackie, it wasn’t just James Brown. It was this man.

Enjoy!

mahvin

Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have-nots
Money, we make it
‘Fore we see it, you’ll take it

Oh, make you wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life

This ain’t livin’, this ain’t livin’
No, no baby, this ain’t livin’
No, no, no, no

Inflation, no chance
To increase finance
Bills pile up, sky high
Send that boy off to die

Oh, make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life, oh baby

Hang ups, let downs
Bad breaks, set backs
Natural fact is
Honey, that I can’t pay my taxes

Oh, make me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Yea, it makes me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands

Crime is increasing
Trigger happy policing
Panic is spreading
God knows where, where we’re heading

Oh, they don’t understand
Make me wanna holler
They don’t understand

God bless you
And Lord keep you
And may you live, live, live a good life

God bless you
Lord keep you
And may you live, live, live a long long sweet life
Don’t let the things get you down
Hold your hands, baby, walk around

Say God bless you
And I’ll keep you
I’m praying a prayer for each and everyone of you
Heaven bless you
Heaven keep you

tonibasil

Let’s get back into the music with a little silliness. Got busted singing along to this in the car during the birthday week.

Don’t ask.  Just enjoy!

thurgoodmarshall02

Paying it forward for one of my brothers today…

What’s happened in the past couple of years has affected all of us who care about ‘justice’ in different ways.  My friend Kareem Ali happens to have a formal education in law, and he’s using that knowledge for a higher purpose.

The Urban Legal Education Group is a project he’s started to ‘teach them young’ (as we old people like to say).

You can learn all about his mission (and contact him and his copatriots) here:

http://www.uleg.us/

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(cutting and pasting this opening from yesterday; if you already read it you can skip ahead to the backstory…)

The family and friends don’t get to see the millions of middle steps in between ‘here’ and ‘There’ so today’s posts are for you…

Here’s the ‘why': NBC and the American Black Film Festival run a competition called ‘the Star Project’ where the non movie stars among us can audition for the network as an opportunity to get to ‘There’.  Seven monologues to pick from, you (should) pick the two that you have the most connection to.

Now I will take a page out of Denzel’s book and say I’m not really inclined to go over everything I research to go from being myself to whoever I’m trying to be ‘in the moment’.  But for entertainment’s sake as much as anything else, here’s a little backstory to give you some context of what you’re watching:

In this episode of ‘Scandal’, I’m introduced as Jay Hawkes, a lobbyist for the ‘Leave No Child Behind’ Initiative.  Olivia and I had one of those perfect ‘four day’ relationships at a regional Black Student Union conference as teenagers, but we were teenagers going to different colleges and we lost touch (since we’re of the generation that didn’t grow up with social media), and haven’t really thought about each other in years.  So as she’s strolling the halls working on the Case of the Week, she has one of those ‘Wait, how do I know that voice?’ and she turns around to see…

Enjoy! And have a good weekend!

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The family and friends don’t get to see the millions of middle steps in between ‘here’ and ‘There’ so today and tomorrow’s posts are for you…

Here’s the ‘why': NBC and the American Black Film Festival run a competition called ‘the Star Project’ where the non movie stars among us can audition for the network as an opportunity to get to ‘There’.  Seven monologues to pick from, you (should) pick the two that you have the most connection to.

Now I will take a page out of Denzel’s book and say I’m not really inclined to go over everything I research to go from being myself to whoever I’m trying to be ‘in the moment’.  But for entertainment’s sake as much as anything else, here’s a little backstory to give you some context of what you’re watching:

True Detective Season 3: Set in Chicago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the pretty boy womanizer with a bad attitude who always gets his man (even if it’s not always by the book.).  I step out of my comfort zone to play Detective Cole Langston: a philosophical, outside the box thinking, always calm type who’s hard to categorize.  The woman in between us is my on again off again girlfriend played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, because she’s a great actress…

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Yep, that’s the only reason…

Anyway, a simple, gang related homicide on the South Side should be open and shut.  But, because we’re a little too good at our jobs, me and HitRecordJoe uncover a conspiracy that goes all the way up to the mayor of Chicago (played by character actor extraordinaire John Doman).  The Mayor calls in a favor to his buddy the Chief of Police (Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons) to shut down the case, but of course we don’t play by the rules.

So in the last episode, we find the last body, we ‘catch’ the killer and solve the case (in theory, the lawyers have to figure out what holds up in court).  And after everything we’ve been through, HitRecordJoe is waiting for me to say something.  Am I angry? Devastated? Has my spirit been broken?

And I hit him with this before the final credits roll.

Enjoy!

Mick-Foley

I’m not as interested in ‘the product’ as I was when I was younger, but still, for the hardcore wrestling fans among you.  This is an incredible chance at a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Mick Foley has been running his WrestleMania raffle for a few years now, but this year the winning package is incredible: in the suite for WrestleMania, Ring of Honor tickets, meet and greet with good old J.R., four star hotel stays…that’s like 10 WrestleMania trips in one.  And a $10 buy in gets you a chance.

All the details are at the site below.  Someone is about to win a trip of a lifetime, and for a charitable cause.

https://rainn.org/WrestlemaniaRaffle2015

drunkmcnulty

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I know some of you had more fun than others.

And if you’re going out tonight to have your fun, hey, you only live once. Get drunk if that’s your thing.

But seriously, don’t get ‘McNulty drunk’…

I’ve heard the word ‘Uber’ thrown around a lot when Friday night comes around. That sounds like a good way to go.

Enjoy!

BabyAziz

I don’t assume anymore when I fall asleep that God is going to wake me up.  That single train of thought is why I’ve shifted to making a more conscious effort into leaving all of my interactions with positive karma (or at worst, if I’m indifferent about you, I’ll just leave you to live your life in whatever way you see fit.)  And before I get any concerned texts or phone calls, don’t worry, the doctor says I’m in perfect health.

What?  OK, fine, fine…maybe not ‘perfect’ health…

Anyway…

I can see now that I’ve never lived a day of my life without love.  Just my opinion, but I think you’re much less likely to be phony (or stay phony) in your personal relationships and in life when you know in your heart it’s not necessary.  The challenge of love should be finding and figuring out the people who love you as you are, not being in a position of asking yourself ‘Am I worthy of being loved?’  (You are.)

I am relieved (and grateful) now to see that my allies realize I’m of no use to them or anyone else without the space to be my true self.  I like that the Persian brother at the gas station says ‘Malik Aziz!’ when he sees me walk through the door.  I like that I can share a ‘Fight Club’ style nod with the brother in the ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirt.  I’m appreciative that when people hear me compliment Emma Stone or Jessica Alba or Natalie Portman, that doesn’t mean I somehow think less of Kerry Washington or Jill Scott or Lupita Nyongo.  On a more personal level, it seems that people have (finally) moved off the idea that I’m this Muslim with a church girl fetish, or I’m a #prettyblackactor who only socializes with white women.  This is just my side of the story of course, but to me there’s not that much difference from my church girl exes, my white girl exes and the rest.  Mutual attraction and mutual passions create this ‘thing’, and when the romantic chapter ends, more often than not it’s bad timing or professional ambition taking priority or something of the sort.  And I’m not even making the ‘I wish my personal affairs were more complicated’ joke, because I one hundred and ten percent do not.  At this point, I am all too content to be ‘boring’ privately, and get my ‘excitement’ doing the Hollywood, movie star stuff.

I can see now it was always going to be a longer road for me to reach my endgame, but I am grateful that I stuck to my guns and get to enjoy all the payoffs for the choices I’ve made in life.  I welcome the next challenge.  I welcome Tomorrow.

Onward and Upward.

See you on the other side.

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