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Latest Flicks / Fatherhood
« on: July 14, 2021, 08:31:29 pm »
We just watched the film "Fatherhood" ... and as I was watching I thought, "Wow, it is nice to see a film positively telling the story of a Black father who raised his daughter after the post-partum death of his wife" (contrary to the "absent Black father" negative racist stereotype). I also thought, "Yeah, Black women die more frequently than White women in hospitals" so its good that it touches on that.

At the end of the film, we were surprised that, during the credits, there were not pictures of the characters in real life, as one usually sees in these heart-warming movies "based on a true story." The story was so compelling that we wanted to read more about it and did a Google search ... and discovered the "real life" family was White.  So ... here is my question:

There has to be a compelling story of a real Black father who, alone after the death of his wife, raised his child or children alone. Has to be. So why did the writers and producers have to, essentially, put "blackface" on a White family's story? Just out of laziness, as it would have taken effort write a story from scratch telling the true story of an actual Black family?  Did anyone else find this offensive to Black people?

In an ideal world, skin color would be irrelevant to most acting roles, just as hair or eye color usually is. But we don't live in an ideal world. And here, the race of the characters was relevant in its dispelling vile racist stereotypes and touching on the issue of medical inequality in health care.

Did anyone else wish that this film "based on a true story" had been based on a REAL Black father?

Vox Populi / Powerful Words on White Privilege
« on: June 02, 2020, 10:58:49 am »
When I read this on Facebook, it was like, yes. I hope white people reading it actually pause and allow the words to percolate:

Here is an example how white privilege sounds.

You keep saying, "It's horrible that an innocent black man was killed, but destroying property has to stop."

Try saying, "It's horrible that property is being destroyed, but the killing of innocent black men has to stop."

You're prioritizing the wrong part.

In The News / Free Rodney Reed
« on: November 17, 2019, 10:59:44 pm »
Rodney Reed, an innocent man, 21 years in prison, still on Death Row in Texas, was scheduled to be executed November 20th. It was stayed, with the possibility that the evidence will be reexamined.

This story is old news to most of you, one of so many, though the stay is good news. The outrageous facts of his case are described in The murder victim was likely killed by her fiance, a white police officer, jealous that she was also seeing Mr. Reed.

I participated in a gathering in support of him today in Grand Park DTLA, one of many many throughout the country. ✊

« on: February 06, 2019, 08:24:24 pm »
Amazing movie, with a powerful contempory montage at the end. When I saw the montage I uttered to myself, "Oh sh*t!" 😱

Saw it at the Museum of Tolerance. Q&A at the end with:

Kevin Willmott – Nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, Blackkklansman

Terence Blanchard – Nominated for this year’s Academy Award® for Best Original Score, Blackkklansman.

The Q&A was great. Mr. Blanchard's answer to one question was sensitive and perfect. I'll paraphrase. An elderly Jewish woman asked, "The subject of the film is so painful. How could you stand doing it, emotionally."  He answered, "This is our life. It still is." He gave what he called "small examples." Moving back to Louisiana, when he and his white employee were at his house, a white telephone installer arrived and asked where the phone should be installed. Mr. Blanchard told him. The telephone company guy ignored Blanchard and turned to the white man and asked him. Repeatedly ignoring the black home owner, until the facts were made clear as to who the man in charge was. Similarly when a white man was on Mr. Blanchard's porch asking Blanchard to use his phone, some white utility guy came and asked the white man a question about "his" house. Yes, "little examples" - the perfect way to answer the audience woman's question. And of course such "little examples" take place everywhere, every day. And this didn't even touch on "big" examples that get media attention. That was the beauty of his answer.

The movie was great. While taking place in the 1970s, Mr. Willmott explained that Spike Lee did not want this to be a "period piece" even while having fun with the 1970s. Because it isn't about the past. It has totally contemporary resonances. The montage at the end hit that point home (as it was also conveyed throughout the film). They were working from an original script written by others. Making the film more relevant. Brilliant!

SPOILER ALERT - don't read further if you care about SPOILERS!!!:
I asked two questions - and the answers were:
1. The final call with David Duke was fictional. They were having some fun with that.
2. The Chief's burying the investigation at its conclusion was a local decision, not brought on federal or state pressure.

Also Mr. Willmott expained that the actual Klan target was a Gay bar, and the police stopped it long before anything happened. Also the "white officer" was not really Jewish. The female Black Student Union president was also fictional. And all that is fine, because in SUBSTANCE everything the film conveys is TRUE, composites of reality, even if various fictional elements were woven together to tell a compelling resonating story.

I liked the film a lot.

Feel The Funk / Free Your Mind and Your Ass will Follow
« on: December 29, 2018, 07:17:50 pm »


Volumes written on mysticism, spirituality, life ... and ...
George Clinton says it all in two lines! 💫

Thank you, Mr. Hudlin!


General Discussion / Slave Bible
« on: December 16, 2018, 10:31:37 am »

The so-called “Slave Bible” told of Joseph’s enslavement but left out the parts where Moses led the Israelites to freedom.  Most of the Old Testament is missing, and only about half of the New Testament remains. The Slave Bible was actually titled "Parts of the Holy Bible, selected for the use of the Negro Slaves, in the British West-India Islands."  So disgusting and revealing. Almost as if, under the layers of their self-serving rationalizations and hardened hearts, the perpetrators knew what they were doing was wrong.

Latest Flicks / Trembling Before God
« on: December 13, 2018, 10:00:32 pm »
I just watched the documentary "Trembling Before G-d," about Gay and Lesbian Orthodox Jews. So sad. Men and women not conflicted by "G-d," but agonized by Ideology - and their conflation of the two.

I could not help but think of Zhuangzi's criticism of the so-called norms of "benevolence" and "righteousness." As opposed to following the true form of your Inborn Nature.

This passage is something I "just happened" to read today, before watching the film:

"My definition of expertness has nothing to do with benevolence and righteousness; it means being expert in regard to your Virtue [inner power or vital force], that is all. My definition of expertness has nothing to do with benevolence or righteousness; it means following the true form of your inborn nature, that is all. When I speak of good hearing, I do not mean listening to others; I mean simply listening to yourself. When I speak of good eyesight, I do not mean looking at others; I mean simply looking at yourself. He who does not look at himself but looks at others, who does not get hold of himself but gets hold of others, is getting what other men have got and failing to get what he himself has got. He finds joy in what brings joy to other men, but finds no joy in what would bring joy to himself. And if he finds joy in what brings joy to other men, but finds no joy in what would bring joy to himself, then whether he is a Robber Zhi [the ultimate in greed and violence] or a Po Yi [the model of righteousness] he is equally deluded and perverse. I have a sense of shame before the Way and its Virtue, and for that reason I do not venture to raise myself up in deeds of benevolence and righteousness, or to lower myself in deluded and perverse practices."

The Complete Works of Zhuangzi, Ch.8, Webbed Toes.

These topics are connected, like threads of a Tapestry. ✨

Spirituality / Africa - Cradle of Human Spirituality
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:32:33 pm »
In South Africa I was talking with very cool ranger about spirituality. He explained that traditional medicine and spirituality are vibrant. With the belief that if a man or woman is born to be a shaman, but resists it in favor of Western goals, their life will not go well. I responded that such persons are struggling against the Flow. Banging against it. He nodded.

He also mentioned that Pentecostal churches are becoming more and more popular in South Africa. My jaw dropped! Unlike European churches, staid and formal, the Pentecostal churches in the United States originated from African slaves merging African spirituality with Christianity. Trance states, speaking in tongues, ecstatic dancing! This is all purely African. It is like a giant wheel through time, from Africa, through America, and now back to Africa. So ... what need do they have for the Christianity? Strip it away and what is left is pure Spiritual Union. Beyond form.

I told him that I know nothing of African spirituality. In details and forms, this is true. The reverence of ancestors and slaughtering of animals. But the trance, the ecstatic dance, the substance, these I know. And so, in my past meditative vision, I viewed and identified with two black legs and feet emerging from a bed, standing on an ancient floor, to start the day's spiritual work. This was the meditation after which, totally unexpectedly, Absolute Love enveloped and permiated me in pure bliss for over two hours.

Africa is the cradle of humanity and, thus, of human spirituality. 🌍❤

Vox Populi / Black lives matter, all lives matter, stop police killings
« on: September 12, 2018, 09:03:10 pm »
When the mothers describe what happened to their sons, shot in the back (etc.), it tears your heart out. Not surprisingly, all black and brown victims.

Vox Populi / Michaelintp has "ARRIVED"
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:37:14 pm »
Tonight on social media I was called a mindless Leftist.

I have ARRIVED. 💅


Someone said, "Maybe Donald is the Messiah."

I responded, "Prophecy states the Messiah will arrive riding a White Ass. Donald is the WHITE ASS."


(I thought my comment was A-political 😂)

Feel The Funk / Alice Bag (free concert 8/30/18)
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:16:59 pm »
Alice Bag. ✊💕

Thursday 8/30 in L.A. - 7:00 - 10:00 (free)

General Discussion / What Does it Mean to be Human? Don't Ask.
« on: August 26, 2018, 09:28:00 am »
The question, “What is it to be human?” is not just narcissistic, it involves a culpable obtuseness. It is rather like asking, “What is it to be white?” It connotes unearned privileges that have been used to dominate and exploit. But we usually don’t recognize this because our narcissism is so complete.

Spirituality / Koko's Spiritual Wisdom is Pure Awareness
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:54:31 am »
Koko the gorilla shared her knowledge of God and the meaning of life with an Enlightened Awareness. Like the greatest mystics, she described her essence as God. She responded that the Feminine is the Source of Creation. She explained that the purpose of life is to tap into our goodness and be kind. We can all learn so much from her unsurpassed wisdom. ✨❤

Vox Populi / One Approach to Change - Projecting Pure Spirit
« on: July 23, 2018, 07:23:37 pm »
I am not telling or even recommending what others should do. While the Heart of our souls is One, the gauze and garments of each spirit are unique. What resonates for one may not resonate for another.  Each person is unique. Rather, the following reflects introspection. This is something I wrote several weeks ago:

Families belong together, not in cages. ❤

Projecting Pure Spirit

Touching someone who is unaware. Dissolving the gauze that smothers their Soul Essence by projecting the Light of your Spirit.

Being Goodness. Projecting empathy, compassion and love. Toward all.

Allowing them, and all others we touch, to connect to their own Soul Essence, which is One with our Soul Essence. One Spirit. One.

Awareness will cascade. As it has been. Action upon action coming from a place of pure Goodness. ✨

As described by Lau Tzu:

Tao Te Ching, Ch. 38

The highest good is not to seek to do good,
but to allow yourself to become it.
The ordinary person seeks to do good things,
and finds that they can not do them continually.

The Master does not force virtue on others,
thus she is able to accomplish her task.
The ordinary person who uses force,
will find that they accomplish nothing.

The kind person acts from the heart,
and accomplishes a multitude of things.
The righteous person acts out of pity,
yet leaves many things undone.
The moral person will act out of duty,
and when no one will respond
will roll up his sleeves and uses force.

When the Tao is forgotten, there is righteousness.
When righteousness is forgotten, there is morality.
When morality is forgotten, there is the law.
The law is the husk of faith,
and trust is the beginning of chaos.

Our basic understandings are not from the Tao
because they come from the depths of our misunderstanding.

The master abides in the fruit and not in the husk.
She dwells in the Tao,
and not with the things that hide it.
This is how she increases in wisdom.

Spirituality / Death
« on: July 22, 2018, 01:04:57 am »
Death of the Self
Think of what in you truly merits survival after death.
This is God.
That which does not merit survival after death
does not merit survival in life.
This is Ego Death.
Death of the Self is
Life Everlasting
in this Eternal Moment.
This is your Essence.

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