My New Lab…

Very happy to tell you the pandemic hasn’t completely stopped my momentum… ‘Midnight In Kansas’ continues to impress, and I can announce myself as one of the eight writers chosen for this year’s MPAC Hollywood Screenwriting Lab. As I said at Urbanworld last summer, I hate that this country continues to make this story evergreen, […]

Chad

I’m still in a minor state of disbelief as I type this. I’m listening to an old podcast interview he did where he sounds as ‘healthy’ as I think most of us imagined him to be. In Hollywood (and politics) there’s the ‘four quadrant’ model: if someone can hit multiple demographics, that’s the recipe for […]

Making the Donuts

What month is it again? After I made the transition from ‘clinically depressed’ to ‘functionally depressed’, I’ve gotten my groove back writing. As far as working in front of the camera, Taylor Swift cut me my last check, which feels like happened in 2012 at this point… In the meantime I’ve been upgrading my at […]

Halftime

The Chiefs win the Super Bowl then Kobe then the global pandemic then a new Black Lives Matter tipping point and it goes on. I’d like one more momentum shift (come November-ish) but the first half of this year has probably taken care of me for the decade, and I know I’m not the only […]

A New Day

The way post Ramadan 2019 played out, the decision to no longer give up social media this month was made a long time ago. I don’t think any of you would accuse me of arrogance when, in our current state of affairs, I had to think about what I actually have left to give up. […]

No Time to Die

Well, I’ll start with the relatively obvious: I’ve never been happier or more at peace. Anything is possible. I’m not saying that in the optimistic way, but in the pessimistic way. A few of you have at some point read Manning Marable’s excellent breakdown of Malcolm’s life; more of you I think watched the recent […]

2019

Where to begin? I finally made it to the Playboy Jazz Festival this year. I finally made it to Strawberry Fields. I had a strong feeling that John was going to play ‘Continuum’ live at the Forum, but I was too deep in the eye of the hurricane at that moment to go to that […]

‘Hair Love’

On the off chance you haven’t seen this yet… I’ve followed Matthew for years on the Twitter so I remember when he had his Kickstarter for this. Wasn’t in a place to give like that but liked the idea. Missed seeing it on the big screen as well, but now that it’s online… My, my, […]

‘The Irishman’

Got to see this on the big screen last night. If this is presumably the last time we see these four (Marty, Pacino, DeNiro and Pesci) go into this genre that they didn’t invent but essentially defined, they’ve left us on a very pleasing note. I have a vague memories as a kid of hearing […]