Head of Household

  When I was about to get married, one of the marriage counseling things was giving this questionnaire to your aces to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.  The theory being, the people who love you unconditionally both know you the best and you know their critiques of you come from a good place. […]

‘Lemonade’

Wow.  Everyone is going to come at this from different angles.  I’ll touch on what struck the biggest chords with me. Most artists (yours truly included) like to dance that line between what you definitely know about them, and what you think you know, but really can’t prove.  So when the short started, and a […]

‘Selma’

  She did it. That’s the simple but accurate description of what Ava DuVernay has accomplished with ‘Selma’.  The (still criminally) short list of Hollywood backed films about black history, where black characters are actually the centerpiece of the story, has another worthy entry.  From the opening sequence which contrasts King’s Nobel Peace Prize winning […]

‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’

  Alright, let’s start here.  I fully acknowledge I’m WAY too invested emotionally in this one.  So I’m not going to try to tell you this is the ‘best’ of the several great Ali documentaries.  It’s easily one of my favorites though. And why?  Because THIS is the one that finally tries to go into […]

Madiba

  I won’t try to use any single quote or group of quotes to describe the man’s legacy.  I would encourage you to do your own research, learn about the man’s life, read his works and speeches to understand why today we lost one of the true ‘world leaders’ of our lifetimes. I can’t help […]

Ramadan 2013 – Community

  I just finished re-reading Manning Marable’s analysis of Malcolm X.  Marable ends with his belief that Malcolm would have denounced the 9/11 attacks as being fundamentally against everything Islam stands for, despite the claims of those who carried out the terrorism.  Marable’s thesis at the end is Malcolm should be held up as a […]

An Appreciation – Muhammad Ali

  Last weekend, there was talk that Muhammad Ali’s health was quickly fading.  The man is the definition of an icon: a great in his chosen profession with a likability and an authenticity that attracted the world.  You didn’t have to be a Muslim to pause when we thought Ali was about to expire, but […]

The Luxury of Silence/The Price of Honesty

  This is a story of passion, so let’s begin by using one of our passions as a way of easing into the story… I was watching The Matrix Revolutions the other day.  Not as bad as people remember, but as we all know, the third film in trilogies have a habit of leaving some people very […]

Halftime 2012 – ‘M’

Halftime. Michael.  Michael was the first icon of my generation.  He loved entertaining, and we loved watching him and listening to him and imitating him.  Along the way, he learned/understood the value of being enigmatic.  It’s a very ‘Hollywood’ thing to do; the myth/mystery of who you are behind closed doors becomes part of your […]