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commerce

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!

 

 

masterofnone2

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.

 

Missy-Elliott

Made it to another weekend!

This one isn’t in the rotation all the time anymore, but every time I hear it, as soon as the beat hits, I’m like ‘Yep, this is a first ballot Hall of Famer.’

Take care of each other.  Another movie review Sunday night.

Peace!

 

 

INXS

Ran into an 80s playlist today, so you’re getting one of the most famous guitar riffs of all time for today’s song choice.

Sounds a little silly to say now, but also an innovative video at the time.

Enjoy!

 

 

scarface

Excited to hear Steve McQueen behind a 2Pac documentary.  The producers behind it have made some of the better music documentaries in recent years.  Not sure how much new information there is about Pac at this point, but I guess we’ll see.

That’s the segway to today’s song choice.

Enjoy!

 

 

the-roots

Forgot how much I liked this video, and it’s been WAY too long since this crew got a Song of the Day love.

Won’t be this summer (again), but one day I’ll make it to Philly for their picnic.  One day…

In the meantime, enjoy!

 

 

southside-you

I’m here for more biopics moving in the direction of ‘A Day in the Life’ over trying to capture a person’s whole story in 120 minutes.  ‘Southside With You’ is the better of the two features that came out about President Obama last year.

Already a big part of their mythology, the movie dramatizes the first date of Barack and Michelle, when they went to go see ‘Do the Right Thing’.  Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter both do great giving us the essence of these two people, years before they were even plotting to end up where life took them.

As I said up top, I love the day in the life approach, but the pitfall in going that route in biopics is stretching reality for the sake of dramatization.  First date, are you getting more information about this person you already have some level of interest in?  Definitely.  Are you getting their entire back stories on the first date?  Even in a movie, not very likely.  Michelle grills Barack about his dating past, he says he’s been in serious relationships with white women, but has grown weary of always feeling like the outsider.  That’s great character detail and feels very organic in a real and a movie first date.  Barack deep diving into his rocky relationship with his father?  Felt a little more forced.

As a whole though, solid date movie, and at less than 90 minutes, it moves quickly.  Streaming on Netflix, worth checking out if you didn’t catch it in the theatre.

 

d_angelo

Sticking with the soul theme this week, for now.  Specifically easy listening soul.

From his debut album, quietly my favorite track off of it.

Enjoy!

 

 

marvin-gaye

No lengthy explanation needed for this one, is there?

Sometimes you just go with one of the all time classics because it’s one of the all time classics.

Enjoy!

 

 

kennylattimore

Ramadan is very much on the radar, very slowly fitting in time for writing again.  The train is grooving along the tracks nicely.

None of those things are too directly related to today’s song choice.  Well, one thing I guess.  This one just makes me smile.

Enjoy!