Tag Archive: Michael Jackson


 

Griffith Observatory

I made my annual trip to Griffith Observatory this weekend.  I saw a show that wasn’t playing on my last trip, and as usual I marveled at how big the Universe is, and how small we are, and how much we still don’t know.

I walked outside; darkness had fallen.  I looked out over Los Angeles.  My city.  My home.  And I felt…frustrated.

At this point, I was supposed to be putting the finishing touches on my rise to the Crown.  Kobe would be closing in on ring 6, and I’d be courtside with Jack, who’d be grooming me to be the next ‘Laker Fan Number One’ when he’s eventually gone.  That was the plan anyway.

But the best laid plans…

As I’m thinking this, I feel his presence.  Dressed in a dark jacket not that much different my own.  He’s sharp, but in such a public, touristy place like this, nobody really notice us.  We look at most like two extras out of a Michael Mann film; maybe people glance for a second, but then they immediately go back to their own business.

The Devil’s voice is charming and playful.  Like the voice of VD in that Chappelle skit with the puppets:

‘Why hello Malik Aziz!  Haven’t seen you in a while!’

‘Nasty muthafu…’

‘It’s not too late for you, my old friend.’

‘Not too late for what?’

‘The courtside seats.  The customized black Maserati GranTurismo Sport with gold trim.  You know, the Devil is not one to spread gossip, but you give me a year to build up your profile and status, and Beyonce might be back on the market…’

‘Uh huh.  Yeah, well, I’m not Michael anymore.’

‘Oh please!  You were posting MJ songs on Facebook three days ago!’

‘How do you know that?’

‘I’m one of your Facebook stalkers.’

‘I guess.  Anyway, not MJ.  I’m not Michael Corleone anymore.  I don’t daydream about that kind of stuff like I used to.’

‘And what do you dream about?’

‘I have visions of my woman admiring me for making peace with climbing as high up this mountain as I can without completely selling out what I stand for and what I believe in.  I see my children looking at my actions and seeing all the major decisions I made: who I married, where I lived, what I prioritized; and appreciating that it all started with love.  And hopefully no matter what I try to teach them, when it’s their time to make those life choices, they’ll start from the same place.’

We’re quiet in each other’s presence for awhile.  The moon is out tonight.

‘The world is not kind to honest men, Malik.  And this thing you’re passionate about, even less so.’

‘Man, I learned all that before I left Kansas.  I guess now I’m just really starting to accept it.  I told you, my ego is content now with who and what I attract through my natural abilities and personality.  You have nothing else to offer me.’

‘So be it.  Jedi.’

The Devil slinks away to make a deal with some other insecure, tortured soul.  This is Hollywood.  I’m pretty sure he got that done before he got to the parking lot.

I take a deep breath, and I look out over my city.

My home.

I turn my phone on and send a sarcastic text to one of my aces.

I jump back in the Matrix and like my people’s posts and updates to let them know I’m thinking about them and I’m glad they’re doing well.

I walk back down the hill to my car and put on the Easy Star.

I feel at peace.  It’s been a good night.

 

 

offthewall

No introduction needed here other than, it’s the weekend.

Enjoy!

 

 

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I’m sure I don’t have to tell you I campaigned a little harder than normal when the opportunity to be in this video came up on my radar.

And I’m only half joking when I tell you the thought crossed my mind, if I would’ve booked it… ‘You’re singing along to Mike in one of his videos.  They are characters, stories, living people who you would be equally hyped to work with, but you’re not topping this.’  Seriously.  I’m having fun, but being in a Michael Jackson video?  The word ‘retirement’ did flash through my mind for a second.

On the flip side of the coin, I also considered how long would be my ego be able to withstand the daily jokes and memes from those of you (and you know who you are) who would send me hourly clips of me jumping around and singing along and getting into a tickle fight with Timberlake.  So from that angle, that certainly would have fast forwarded me to how I imagine the last chapter of my life: living in exile, working as a bartender/DJ at Marlon Brando’s Tahitian resort under the alias ‘Davis Samuels, married to a Filipino girl and raising a couple island kids, and biding my time until some friend of a friend goes on their honeymoon and recognizes me and lets everybody back in America know I’m actually still alive and healthy and I’d made a completely new life for myself.

So, all things considered, I guess it’s good I’m not in this video.

Enjoy!

 

 

michael-jackson-1979-Copy

You have to believe me when I tell you it’s not my intention to turn this space into another online shrine for Michael.  But over the past couple weeks, some of my newer friends have become aware of my Kryptonite, so for at least one more day we keep the party going.

The idea of an all reggae cover of Thriller (the whole album!) is brilliant; the fact that it’s pretty damn good.  Man!!!

 

1986CaptainEO7

Simply stated: another year, it’s been one of the best, and I wouldn’t be here living and loving the life without you.  Thank you!

We’re Takin’ Over!
We Have The Truth!
This Is The Mission
To See It Through

Don’t Point Your Finger!
Not Dangerous!
This Is Our Planet
You’re One Of Us

We’re Sendin’ Out
A Major Love!
And This Is Our
Message To You!
(Message To You)
The Planets Are Linin’ Up
We’re Bringin’ Brighter Days
They’re All In Line
Waitin’ For You
Can’t You See . . .?
You’re Just Another Part Of Me !

A Rather Nation
Fulfill The Truth
The Final Message
We’re Bring To You
There Is No Danger
Fulfill The Truth
So Come Together
We’re Mean Is You

We’re Sendin’ Out
A Major Love
And This Is Our
Message To You
(Message To You)
The Planets Are Linin’ Up
We’re Bringin’ Brighter Days
They’re All In Line
Waitin’ For You
So Look The Truth
You’re Just Another Part Of Me !

We’re Sendin’ Out
A Major Love
And This Is Our
Message To You
(Message To You)
The Planets Are Linin’ Up
We’re Bringin’ Brighter Days
They’re All In Line
Waitin’ For You
Can’t You See . . .?
You’re Just Another Part Of Me
Another Part Of Me . .

We’re Takin’ Over!
This Is The Truth, Baby!
Another Part Of Me!

 

mjthisisit

 

[1st Verse]
When The World Is On Your Shoulder
Gotta Straighten Up Your Act And Boogie Down
If You Can’t Hang With The Feeling
Then There Ain’t No Room For You This Part Of Town
‘Cause We’re The Party People Night And Day
Livin’ Crazy That’s The Only Way

[Chorus]
So Tonight Gotta Leave That Nine To Five Upon The Shelf
And Just Enjoy Yourself
Groove, Let The Madness In The Music Get To You
Life Ain’t So Bad At All
If You Live It Off The Wall
Life Ain’t So Bad At All (Live Life Off The Wall)
Live Your Life Off The Wall (Live It Off The Wall)

[2nd Verse]
You Can Shout Out All You Want To
‘Cause There Ain’t No Sin In Folks All Getting Loud
If You Take The Chance And Do It
Then There Ain’t No One Who’s Gonna Put You Down
‘Cause We’re The Party People Night And Day
Livin’ Crazy That’s The Only Way

[Chorus]
So Tonight Gotta Leave That Nine To Five Upon The Shelf
And Just Enjoy Yourself
C’mon And Groove, And Let The Madness In The Music Get To You
Life Ain’t So Bad At All
If You Live It Off The Wall
Life Ain’t So Bad At All (Live Life Off The Wall)
Live Your Life Off The Wall (Live It Off The Wall)

[Bridge]
Do What You Want To Do
There Ain’t No Rules It’s Up To You (Ain’t No Rules It’s All Up To You)
It’s Time To Come Alive
And Party On Right Through The Night (All Right)

[3rd Verse]
Gotta Hide Your Inhibitions
Gotta Let That Fool Loose Deep Inside Your Soul
Want To See An Exhibition
Better Do It Now Before You Get To Old
‘Cause We’re The Party People Night And Day
Livin’ Crazy That’s The Only Way

[Chorus]
So Tonight Gotta Leave That Nine To Five Upon The Shelf 
And Just Enjoy Yourself 
C’mon And Groove (Yeah) Let The Madness In The Music Get To You
Life Ain’t So Bad At All If You Live It Off The Wall
Life Ain’t So Bad At All (Live Life Off The Wall)
Live Your Life Off The Wall (Live It Off The Wall)

[Chorus]
So Tonight Gotta Leave That Nine To Five Upon The Shelf 
And Just Enjoy Yourself 
C’mon And Groove (Yeah) Let The Madness In The Music Get To You
Life Ain’t So Bad At All If You Live It Off The Wall
Life Ain’t So Bad At All (Live Life Off The Wall)
Live Your Life Off The Wall (Live It Off The Wall)

 

 

jessica-alba-gold

(Will neither confirm nor deny secretly converting to Scientology three years ago…)

(Will neither confirm nor deny having a love/hate relationship with John Mayer for being the last person to make me cry uncontrollably (at MJ’s funeral)…)

(Will neither confirm nor deny owning a pet bat who lives in my basement whose name is Bruce…)

(Will neither confirm nor deny my friends sarcastic nickname for me is WCM – the White Chick Magnet)

(Will neither confirm nor deny building a shrine to Jessica Alba…)

 

 

mirror11

Lipstick in hand
Tahitian tanned
in her painted on jeans

She dreams of fame
She changed her name
To one that fits the movie screen
She’s headed for the big time, that means

She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
It’s true, that you, may never ever have that chance again

West bound Greyhound
To tinsel town
Just to pursue her movie star dreams
She’s giving hot tricks to men
just to get in
When she was taught that that’s not clean
She’s headed for the big time, that means

She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
It’s true, that you, may never ever have that chance again (that chance again)

[Spoken words:]
She gave up her life, to follow her dreams
Left behind everything, for the movie scene
Nothing more she could want, she was determined to follow her plan
She wanted Hollywood, she wanted it bad
Now that she got her dream, she became a star
It all looked so good, but only good from afar
Imprisoned in every paparazzi’s camera, every guy wished they could
Now it’s back to reality, for Ms. Hollywood

Lipstick in hand
Tahitian tanned
in her painted on jeans

She dreams of fame
She changed her name
To one that fits the movie screen
She’s headed for the big time, that means

She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
She’s going Hollywood
She’s going Hollywood tonight
It’s true, that you, may never ever have that chance again (that chance again)

(You know it baby)
West bound Greyhound
To tinsel town
Just to pursue her movie star dreams

West bound Greyhound
To tinsel town
Just to pursue her movie star dreams

(You know it baby)
West bound Greyhound
To tinsel town
Just to pursue her movie star dreams

West bound Greyhound
To tinsel town
Just to pursue her movie star dreams

(She’s Hollywood x 10)

 

billiejean

Let’s enjoy this peace, for however long it lasts…

As I’ve been rolling over in my mind, not how, but why I’ve been enjoying this really long period of complete harmony in all phases of my life, the one word that comes to mind is: transparency.  When all this started, sheer necessity demanded that I protect myself and by extension, my dream at all costs.  And as life goes on, I’ve made allies, sure, but through words and through actions, you learn that not everyone is your friend.  And even among friends, there’s going to be some people who feel some kind of way if their perception of your life looks ‘better’ than their perception of their own lives.  So if you’re wise at all, it takes time and a little luck and a lot of trial and error to figure out who your closest allies are.

But eventually, everything does line up.  The homies man, it’s never ending trash talk, and jokes, and all kinds of brotherhood based on common interests in sports, or movies, or women.  And with the women, I would define all of my active relationships as ‘adult’ now: two way roads of communication and support, and on my end at least, asking myself ‘How do I keep her in my corner?’ and ‘What can I do to build on what we already have?’

So, yeah.  This is nice right?  So looking forward I naturally wondered, ‘What could mess this up?’  When I saw the Ali doc last week, I think I realized the answer to that question: I’m going to mess this up.  I know that phrasing is a little on the rough side, but let me explain:

 It’s the story of the (black) entertainer in America, but it is what it is.  As long as he was the big mouth amateur making people laugh, everybody was more or less on board.  When he became the status quo challenging, stand up for what he believed in World Heavyweight Champion, then the vultures came out with no mercy.  And let’s be clear, I’m not saying on my best day ever, I will be in the same league of Muhammad Ali.  What I am saying is that right now, sure, you may care when I feel compelled to talk religion or politics, but ‘the world’ doesn’t really know I exist.  So if I was truly serious, about making sure that I never leave my current state of nirvana, here are the things I should do:

Don’t stand on a stage in front of hundreds of people. Don’t stand in front of a camera in front of millions of people.  Stop writing and directing stories about the black experience in America.  Stop writing and directing stories that touch on religion.  If someone asks me to help out on an issue that does not directly impact heterosexual, middle class, African-American Muslim men who live in Los Angeles, turn to that person and say, ‘That’s too bad, but it’s not my problem.’  Close or at least never post on any social media sites.  For that matter, shut down malikaziz.com.

You get the picture.  In a really fucked up, sad, one sentence summary: if I am truly not willing to give away any of this peace of mind I’ve worked my whole life to have, if I want to remain almost completely critic proof, then right here, right now, I have to shut down pretty much every single thing that defines me as ‘Malik Aziz’.  And yes, if I dwell on that statement for too long, that really, really depresses me.

Of course I can’t do that, and I won’t.  I’ve never been more confident in what I believe to be the purpose of my life, and I will use all of my intelligence to analyze, all of my compassion to help the world around me, all of my creative skills to entertain, and all of my professional ambition to climb the ladder and fulfill that purpose.  I haven’t worked this hard to like the man I see when I look in the mirror every morning, to choose any other course of action.

So…let’s enjoy this peace while it lasts.

If I start naming names, I will inevitably slight someone, which is no good.  But if you’ve made it this far and you’re still reading this, then I’m going to assume you have made some type of contribution to the life of Malik Aziz, and for that I thank you.

Now, let’s have some fun, shall we?  The reason for today’s post is this is the beginning of ‘Lik Week 2014′, so with that said…

ASSEMBLE YOUR CREW AND PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR A WEEK OF MICHAEL JACKSON SONGS!!!!

[1st Verse]
Looking Out
Across The Night-Time
The City Winks A Sleepless Eye
Hear Her Voice
Shake My Window
Sweet Seducing Sighs

[2nd Verse]
Get Me Out
Into The Night-Time
Four Walls Won’t Hold Me Tonight
If This Town
Is Just An Apple
Then Let Me Take A Bite

[Chorus]
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way

[3rd Verse]
Reaching Out
To Touch A Stranger
Electric Eyes Are Ev’rywhere
See That Girl
She Knows I’m Watching
She Likes The Way I Stare

[Chorus]
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
I Like Livin’ This Way
I Like Lovin’ This Way

[4th Verse]
Looking Out
Across The Morning
The City’s Heart Begins To Beat
Reaching Out
I Touch Her Shoulder
I’m Dreaming Of The Street

[Chorus]
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
If They Say -
Why, Why, Tell ‘Em That Is Human Nature
Why, Why, Does He Do Me That Way
I Like Livin’ This Way
[Repeat Chorus - Ad-Lib/Fade-Out]

 

rashida-jones-1

A few years later, the feature length script for Lady In My Life is done.  Have I written my ‘Annie Hall’?  Am I entering my ‘Woody in his prime’ stage of my acting/writing life?  We will see, we will see.

My deadline for getting this done story written has been mostly self-imposed.  One thing I can definitely say though: being a capital a ‘Actor’ the past couple of years has GREATLY improved my craft as a writer.  My comedic timing is sharper, my sense for my own sense of humor and which parts of my silliness people respond to is much greater.  Most important I think, working with other actors really sharpened my sense for character and different types of comedic characters can fill out a story.  And hopefully as I continue to develop this story (as I slowly start to put my Producer hat back on), both the heart of the story and the silliness of it will tighten up.

My fondness for Rashida duly noted, I’m looking at an impressive list of actresses who, both as a writer and actor, I think could elevate and bring their own ideas into my story and make it better.  Some are names you all know (which the Producer agrees with in terms of financing), some names my fellow film nerds know (which the Writer agrees with in terms of comedy) and some names only I’m thinking of (as the Actor who knows other people on my level who are ‘ready’ to be ‘overnight successes’ in the right role on the right project). The Producer/Development Executive is saying not to publicize that list though.  As far as guys go though, since (like the short) this is a Kansas City based love story, I think it would be cool to try to get Paul (Rudd) or Jason (Sudeikis) to cameo as the story’s villain/foil.

So I’ll see what the feedback is while I focus on other things for a minute.  I already told a few people close to me, that like the short, this feels like the One I have to take all the way to the end.  I’m excited.

Have a good weekend!

 

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