Category: Inspirations


 

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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!

 

 

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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.

 

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Stepping up a decade from yesterday to bring you into the 80s and one of the most iconic music videos of all time.  Last song for awhile so tried not to be too esoteric today.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Never a bad day to go straight soul.  Debatably more iconic than the title song of the soundtrack it came off of.

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Enjoy!

 

 

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Spotify continued its candidacy for ‘Favorite Addition to My Routine’ in the past couple years when it threw this one at me this morning.

Was having flashbacks to Pizza Shuttle Sprites, Perkins after the set, and days swiftly passed.  Specific references to a specific moment in the Life.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Bob Kane created Batman.  We know this because we’ve seen his name in the ‘Created By’ credit for more than 70 years now.

Bill Finger is the person who, among other things, came up with the idea of the Bat logo on the chest.  And wearing a cowl instead of a domino mask.  And Bruce Wayne.  And Gotham City. And the Joker. And the blue and black color scheme. And ‘the Dark Knight’.

All of which begs the question…

HOW IN THE BLUE HELL IS BILL FINGER ONLY RECENTLY GETTING HIS DUE?!?

The Hulu documentary ‘Batman and Bill’ is the most comprehensive single piece that tries to rectify this creative wrong.  The short version of this story is classic Hollywood: Bob Kane was connected to the publishers and personality wise much more driven by celebrity and public validation.  Bill Finger (as the second paragraph alone illustrates) was more the ‘creative genius’ type, more interested in craft and ideas than notoriety.

Marc Tyler Nobleman is pun intended, the hero this story deserves.  I won’t ruin all the details of the journey for you; I will warn you that on a human level that has nothing to do with comics, you’ll feel a level of pity, disgust, and contempt at how the lives of Bill Finger and Bob Kane played out as Batman became one of the most iconic characters in the world.  Thankfully, ‘Batman and Bill’ ends on a happy note.  With a level of sarcasm, I’ll say it ends with one of the best parts of ‘Batman v Superman’…

The hardcore fans will find it; if you like documentaries and ‘behind the scenes’ stories, it’s excellent in that regard as well.

 

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The weekend!

Sun is out, mood is good.  Today we give in to lust.

Have a good one gang!

 

 

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Never had any desire to go to Coachella…

But now feel like I need to scalp my way into the next Hans Zimmer show…

Enjoy (cause you know I am…)

 

 

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No music yet, this one is mainly for the family and friends who couldn’t make it to Commerce.

A short video has been put together featuring Aaron & I talking a little ‘Trojan War’ along with some of the student athletes we met at the Texas A&M Commerce talking about their own experiences as student athletes.

It’s nicely edited together (while also reminding me to hold my diction a little better when I’m not in full Actor mode).

Enjoy!

 

 

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This will be a long one folks, prepare yourselves…

(exhaling…)

OK first, let me name check everything in this season I want to give props to, but for the sake of some brevity, I won’t expand upon: Bobby Cannavale, Cedric the Entertainer, the cinematography (my God, my God…), the taking its sweet time payoff of the ‘BFFs’ joke, the first date connection, run out of steam by the second date courtship, and the one joke I have to ruin for you because (at the time) I thought my respect/envy meter wouldn’t get any higher…

Episode 3 opener (the Religion episode).  Dev eats bacon as ‘Only God Can Judge Me’ plays on the soundtrack.  You know I was laughing and yelling ‘Why didn’t I think of that one?’ to myself for a good ten minutes…

Now the three big ones…

New York City remains my favorite city; I get real ‘Fuck You Money’, I feel like I still need to live there for at least a year.  But I had a signature trip there in my 20s: fast girls, stretch limo riding thru Times Square, going to Junior’s for cheesecake.  In my 30s, I had a signature ‘adult’ trip: going to the Met for the opera, hitting up a jazz club at 2 in the morning, hanging with a grown woman.  So I say that to say ‘New York I Love You’ was everything I know of the city from personal experiences, and my images of it as an outsider.  The Latin doorman with his own culture, the brothers who I’m not sure if they’re West Indian or African: the Gotham I know (with all due respect to Louie and Seinfeld, two other shows I love but from different points of view).

‘Thanksgiving’.  Lena Waithe did that man.  I’ve spoken from time to time on my own experiences as a ‘double minority’, and while I’m not gay, I found myself nodding ALOT watching this episode.  Recognizing your path is going to be different than your parents before you get out from under their roof.  Finding the right time to express that externally.  And most likely because it’s where I’m at on the life cycle, but Angela Bassett’s initial frustration being less about sexuality than it being about the black parent ‘I don’t want my child to have to go through life taking on more struggle when they already have to deal with being black.’ WOOO BOY.  By the way, if you can get Angela Bassett to play your mom and Kim Whitley to play your smart mouthed aunt, of course you get those two to play those roles!  Well done Lena, well done.

Last January, the Chiefs lost to the Steelers in the playoffs because they blew way too many golden opportunities.  I had to turn the TV off for a good hour and go for a walk.  So it’s been a good few months since I’ve felt that level of frustration/jealousy, before today. ‘Amarsi Un Po.’  Those who know me best, or who can draw a common thread through the shorts I’ve done, know I’ve always wanted to modernize ‘Last Tango in Paris’, and take the creep factor out of it.  Well, this motherfucker Aziz Ansari did it, and I don’t know if my best take on the same story would measure up.  From the opening shot, gorgeous views of NYC. The cute European girl with the obvious chemistry while still having the ‘ain’t no way in hell this is going to end well’ vibe hanging over the story the whole time.  The bittersweet ending.  I’m still in admiration while saying ‘Dammit’ under my breath…

So yes, loved the first season, but they stepped up big time in Season 2.  Well worth the time commitment.