Category: I Love L.A.


 

2017 CBS Upfront

Got sent this last night.  For those interested, a nice interview in this link with Shawn Ryan and my friend Aaron Rahsaan Thomas about the whys and whats for the upcoming reboot of ‘S.W.A.T.’ as a show on CBS.

http://www.c21media.net/screenings/C21TV/black-and-blue-matters/10651/

 

 

kendrick

The boy can flow.  The boy can flow…

 

 

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What’s up?

So I don’t have a lot of deep thoughts this Eid. The train is rolling so this will be assorted quick hits…

‘Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.’  Uploaded to Netflix right around when Ramadan started, so I didn’t say anything that weekend.  But if you haven’t seen it yet, give yourself an hour to watch it.  Funny dude coming from a point of view we still don’t see often enough.

For someone who enjoys social media, I have to say…really didn’t miss it.  I’m back, and I enjoy being plugged in.  Do I need to be plugged in 24/7/365?  Don’t feel like it anymore (this space included).  Definitely shifting more into a ‘when I have something worthwhile to say/share, I’ll do it’ mode…

Having said that, I got all the texts, memes, notifications, songs and more while I was ‘away.’  They were all appreciated.  A lot of important phone calls made the past month.  The Dark Knight persona has served me well, but in terms of the truth of my life, it’s always nice to be reminded I’m not ‘alone’.  Not at all.

The future has never looked better; I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with you in due time.

Peace!

 

 

kenobi

His birthday just passed, but Malcolm has been on my mind a lot heading into this Ramadan.  Not Spike’s dramatization of his life.  Not even Malcolm’s own dramatization, as expressed in the Autobiography.  I’m referring to the thorough breakdown provided in Manning Marable’s great book.

After he was gone, Malcolm’s legacy continues to grow internationally and it’s certainly everlasting.  But in his final days, he was all too aware the organization he gave his adult life to was trying to kill him.  The federal government had its eyes and ears on him (much closer than he probably realized).  He’s still one of the best orators and fundraisers for his cause, but in the immediate aftermath of his life, he left very little for his children financially.  At the end of the day, even the best among us are still human: what does carrying all that stress do to a man’s psyche?

God’s Plan for me to this point has played out as a series of ‘lessons learned from my heroes’: I’m more popular than I ever intended to be, but still have an extremely small inner circle, built on decades of trust and drama free bonding.  Financial stability taking priority over building a family.  The President of the United States is an overt Islamaphobe, but day by day the Resistance meets him with the checks and balances built in the system.

Hope, for the future.

Something I heard this week really struck a chord with me: You can’t be a person of faith and question God’s timing in the same breath.

As I’ve spent the past year locking back into my path, I’ve felt a lot of anger over time lost.  But I can’t have it both ways.  Human emotion shouldn’t be repressed, but at the same time, I shouldn’t let the scope of my ambition blind me to the progress that’s being made toward the endgame.  Even if I’m frustrated with the pace.

God’s timing.  Will of the Force. Trust the Process.  By whatever name you call it, I’ve improved on accepting things as they are (for now) and not as how I think they should be in my mind’s eye.  I’m still here, there’s still time.  I feel balanced in both my personal ambitions and also in doing what I can to serve the generation coming up behind me.

Good mindset to start Ramadan.

See you in June.

 

oneway

The sun is out, the weather is damn near perfect out West, and it’s the weekend.

Not much else to add here folks, roll these windows down and enjoy it while it lasts.

Good vibes to all of you. Be easy!

 

 

2pac

Many of you have watched me adjust to a life of order.  The weird days, the peaceful days, and the resentful days.  I’ve never been the hold on to anger type, really, but it’s human to look back at things you would do differently, knowing what you know now.

Today I was reminded of another cycle I’ve been breaking in real time; the place where you go from ‘intaking as much information as possible because you’re inquisitve/aware/woke’ to being overtaken by knowing so much.  Hitting the off switch, even in a time before we had all this ‘media’, is not one of the things I was taught; it’s something I’ve had to learn.  And relearn. And relearn again.

Make no mistake, I think it’s important to think about if x happens then y might happen, then z.  Obsessing over ‘z’ when x is still in play though, that’s a flaw of mine I own up to.

Getting more comfortable daily knowing when and where to hit the ‘off’ button, and turn my attention back to matters at hand.  Always a process, but the results are starting to show up.

So on that note, new week.  Track 1.  Let’s do this.

 

 

No post tomorrow, taking a daytrip shortly.  Feels like first vacation in my adult life where I’m not actually trying to ‘get away’ from anything; it’s just the right time since the summer will be full.

I’ve been trying to find the right words for where my head has been this year.  But a lot of my adjustment has been about (acting aside) not wearing my emotions on my sleeve. Not over explaining myself to people who aren’t interested in understanding. So I’ll try to keep this short.

Prayers to Isaiah Thomas and Todd Heap.  Prayers for Cleveland. A mutual friend of mine lost a close buddy this morning at 44; natural causes as far as they know at the moment.  So, more than enough reminders that we really don’t know how much time we have in total or how much time any of us have left.

So I’m appreciative to have worked until I could, in actor or meditation terminology, ‘be present’ at all times.  Lot of mistakes and bad things happen beyond my control, but I persevere.  And I enjoy life.

Wherever you’re at, or wherever you feel you’re at, I hope you can, or will eventually get to a place of peace.  If not for yourself, then to leave this world in a better place than you came into it.

Later.

 

 

frank-sinatra-1963-billboard-650

Lived to see another weekend!

Been full of joy the past couple days, in part I’m sure cause I’m squeezing in a quick vacation.  Short of blowing up the world, I’m not going to let *45 steal my joy for a couple of days.

So this is the right song choice for today.  To those who celebrate, Happy Easter.  Going to be a busy summer, see you on the other side.

 

 

jmayer

The new John Mayer single feels like a nice throwback to his best easy listening records.

But more importantly…

A dance break in the video?!?

LOL…

Enjoy…

 

 

James Brown

The weirdness of leveling up has worn off.

Found a good comfort zone in this stage of peak efficiency.

Feels like the right song choice.

Enjoy!