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First draft done. Producer hat going on thinking of how to make this happen. The director is planning a comeback.

Been put back into my creative wheelhouse. Happy.

A mood, defined by a song that never fails to put a smile on my face.

Is this the most, straight up ‘pop’ hit Luther ever had? Probably.




Still a catchy pop song.  And I always thought the concept behind this video is brilliant.

Before Beyonce or Britney Spears or Ariana Grande (or whoever the kids dream about these days), we had Janet.

When she steady gives the camera ‘the Look’…

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It’s the weekend.  We made it.

Let’s start this one with young, ‘healthy’ (as we call it where I’m from) Janet Jackson.




Made it through another week.

Let’s start this weekend with (in my opinion) one of Teddy Riley’s best remixes (which is saying a LOT).

Enjoy! See you on the other side.


Thought my mind would want a break in between finishing my first pilot and moving on to writing the feature.

Nope!  When the creative juices are flowing, gotta let em flow.

Wrote my first fight sequence to this, haven’t seen it used in anything yet.




Every girl I knew growing up loved this video and memorized the choreography.

I loved this video too.

(And when I say I loved this video, I mean dat ass…)

Hmm…I hope my exhaustion doesn’t mean my inner monologue is seeping out.

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Alright gang, we’ve been pretty heavy the past couple days, let’s mix the music back in (with a smile on my face).





Yesterday we gave Britney her due, so today let’s pay tribute to one of (if not the main) pop star before her who had it.

Looking back now, this video is still something.  Seemingly every girl I knew had this dance routine memorized at some point.  And as far as the guys go…well, I don’t have the exact number, but between the lyrics to this song and the video that took it to the next level, I feel comfortably saying somewhere between 90 and 100 million young black boys took a dramatic leap forward in their coming of age when they saw/heard this:



Ah.  I was all hyped to talk about this one when I knew it would be today’s song (I wrote my first ‘action fight sequence’ to this), but now I just feel melancholy.  Hopefully it has the opposite effect on you going into the weekend.  Enjoy!


Still one of the most beloved of all shows about black families, Good Times still stands for good and bad reasons as a benchmark for black television.  On to the tale of the tape…

Relevance:  The story of the Evans family, struggling to make ends meet in the projects of Chicago.  Nuff said.

Legacy:  The first sitcom about an African-American family.  There were other TV shows with black lead characters who had families, but this is the first one where the family was the star.  Let’s also add in this was the beginning of Janet Jackson’s acting career.  And um, how do I say this?  Oh yes…DY-NO-MITE!!!

Craft:  I’ll be the first one to admit not remembering this, but an old girlfriend bought the Season 1 DVDs, and let me tell you something: before ‘Dynomite’ took off, this show was really about something.  Michael started off as a Black Panther wannabe; that’s one example that sticks out in my mind.  And I don’t think anyone would deny that Esther Rolle and John Amos were both true black actors.

Crossover‘Temporary laid off!’  ‘Easy Credit Rip Off!’  Sorry, had to get that out of my system.  Well, as noted, J.J. became the star of the show.  You can call it ego or you can call it standing up for the culture, but both John Amos and Esther Rolle complained publicly about the ‘directon’ of J.J. as his character gained steam.  Not by coincidence, both of their characters would be written out of the show.  Which leads of course to…


Some recent television greatness is coming when the countdown continues…