Category: American Muslim


 

kenobi

A lot of thoughts about the past 12 months (I know that’s a huge understatement).  We’ll get to that next week.

We know what this weekend is.  That review is coming Sunday night.  This scene from ‘Rebels’ speaks to me alot personally and is a nice animated version of how I feel (and also why Kenobi is my doppleganger in that mythology).

Enjoy!

 

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aaron

I’ve spent today trying to think of a good anecdote about my friend Aaron that I can share leading up to the premiere of his new show ‘S.W.A.T.’ on CBS tonight.  I have plenty of course, most safe for work, of those the majority are stories either I alone know, or only a few other people know.

And that’s probably the best thing I can say about him.  He’s one of the good guys.

When we were kids, we’d call it ‘man code’ (and to be clear, we don’t have criminal secrets, but in light of how the chickens are coming to roost all over Hollywood this year, even the term man code now makes me cringe).  But we do both value a certain ‘say no more than what needs to be said’ mentality.  We’re both eldest siblings with sisters behind us, the KU and USC connection is public knowledge, so is Kansas City.  2017 has put it out there in different ways, but we’re both loyal to the religious communities we represent, even if it’s not the first thing out of our mouths. Love for black people, love for the Business while recognizing it as a business.

Here’s a story I’m not sure he knows: not all that long ago, I was dating a girl who didn’t live in L.A.  This was during the ‘social media age’ so in doing her ‘FBI profile’ deep search on who of my friends she was apathetic to meeting versus whose opinion she valued, Aaron was one of the two guys she was genuinely concerned ‘wouldn’t like her’.  That still kills me. But it speaks to a certain type of brotherhood that other people pick up on, which I can respect.

Long story short, on a personal level Aaron is one of the good guys. Professionally you can see what he’s working on starting tonight, 10/9 Central I believe.

Good luck homie!

 

 

eminem

Have to end this week with something from the catalog of the man who used his voice and platform to say what many are feeling.

Not that I ever doubted where he stood but still when I saw the cipher…

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Have a good weekend gang!

 

 

prince

We made it to another weekend.

When I hear this now, I think ‘this could be the song everyday.’

Today was just the day I decided to post it.

Have a good weekend everyone.

 

 

hugh-hefner-4-2000

I was aware I hadn’t seen him make any public appearances in years, but still felt a little sad tonight to hear about the passing of Hugh Hefner.

First, the big stuff that everyone will touch on, in one way or another.  The magazine of course, which came onto the zeitgeist at the perfect moment.  One of the great American brands; who can argue that?  Besides the magazine, there is the annual Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, there are/were Clubs, the Logo, and the Mansion.

I was still very much in the ‘new kid in town’ phase when I worked at the Playboy Mansion.  I was still in school, so this was probably my second come up from being in the ‘Mafia’.  I met Hef my first day there, have NO idea what I said to him, but he smiled and shook my hand and welcomed me to his home.  I got the private tour early on.  When I look at my dream list for Aziz Manor: the library, the screening room, the basement gym, the luxury car garage… the mental blueprint for those things didn’t come from a comic book or Neverland; it was from my experience in Holmby Hills.  I may be off on the timeline, but I want to say my Kansas buddies started referring to me as ‘Hollywood’ around this time.  But, I mean, I was a kid in my early twenties, what can I say?  Depending on who’d you ask, making it feel ‘normal’ to have a chef make your gourmet lunch from scratch everyday, or to have casual conversations with Playboy Bunnies on a regular basis, was either one of the best or worst things to happen in my formative years in La La Land.

From one Midwestern born kid to another, thanks for the memories Hef.  Icon gets thrown around a little too much for my taste, but you were the real thing.

 

 

sanctuary

RACHEL: ‘What will you do?’

BRUCE: ‘Rebuild it.  Just the way it was, brick for brick.’

ALFRED: ‘Just the way it was, sir?’

BRUCE: ‘Yeah.  Why?’

ALFRED: ‘I thought this might be a good opportunity for improving the foundations.’

BRUCE: ‘In the southeast corner…’

ALFRED: ‘Precisely sir…’

 

 

busta

Heading into a long weekend, and a memorable weekend for a number of reasons, and the Shuffle sent me one of my anthems.

To the Muslim Community, Eid Mubarak!

To the majority of you, enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

 

 

thebeatles

Fall is here, growing out my hair and my beard, writing a love scene this weekend.

And the Tube threw this in my recommendations.

Everything is in harmony at the moment.

Have a good weekend folks.

 

 

Finally back in work out rhythm. In acting rhythm. In writing rhythm. Personal life in rhythm. Inner peace level is comfortably in the ninety percent range.

Mood…

Enjoy!

 

 

sza

So this album came out during Ramadan I believe, and my people have been trying to get me to listen in for the past couple weeks.

Finally had time, and it’s nice.

Have a good weekend everyone!