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Books / Terry Crews' MANHOOD gives props to Reggie Hudlin!
« on: June 11, 2014, 04:46:00 pm »
Even when I had the chance to work with Reginald Hudlin, who’d become like a mentor to me after seeing my film, Young Boys, Inc., I couldn’t relax. He put me in a movie called Serving Sara, starring Matthew Perry. Because this was my first job acting for Reginald, and he was my friend and my mentor, I pulled him aside, literally, after every scene.
“How was that?”
“How was that?”
“How was that?”
Finally, he wasn’t playing anymore. “Terry, if I said ‘cut,’ it was good,” he said, sounding irritated.
I suddenly got how much I’d been bugging him. I hadn’t meant to, but I didn’t believe he was telling me the truth when he said I was good. Part of being such an extreme perfectionist was that I never trusted any compliment I was given, and I was always fishing for more. If two people said I did a good job, then I needed five people to say I was good. It could go on to infinity. And, ultimately, it was a losing game. I doubted everything I did. I wanted to be good so badly that I went over my lines until I was delirious. On top of that, I was such a pleaser that I would never make any suggestions to a director or question anything I was told. Even if I wasn’t qualified to do a stunt, I did it. I felt like my job was to do whatever I was told, no matter how crazy. “Whatever you tell me, I’ll do,” I said.

- Terry Crews (2014-05-20T00:00:00+00:00). Manhood (Kindle Locations 2657-2662). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Latest Flicks / East St. Louis documentary needs your help
« on: May 29, 2014, 06:50:57 pm »
“The Other Side of Grace” is a feature length documentary that charts the rise and decline of the most dangerous city in America—East St. Louis, Illinois. With a murder rate 17 times the national average, the tiny township’s reputation for racial unrest, violent crime and environmental degradation makes urban renewal all but impossible.

Poverty is pervasive here, the desolation complete.

Not exactly where you think of when you think of "the streets", but by all accounts, ESL is an absolute motherf*cker. Hope they get the funds they need.

Luniz - I got five on it *original*

Feel The Funk / HEF musicians - who plays what?
« on: December 25, 2013, 12:05:21 am »
I'm a decent drummer, an adequate bassist and a terrible guitarist. I know Lion is a one-man band. Does anybody else play anything?

Feel The Funk / Aziz Ansari on R. Kelly
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:44:31 pm »
"Who can top that sh*t? Who can top that sh*t?"

Aziz Ansari - R. Kelly

Education / A public school teacher breaks down the FACTS
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:26:22 am »
(from a comment posted in a Yahoo! story)

Fact: I am a public school teacher with a salary of $38,000

Fact: I have a Bachelor's Degree with 3 separate endorsements (about $35,000 bill) (side note: many school districts - including mine - are now requiring Master's degrees to teach.)

Fact: I am certified in three subject areas and therefore highly qualified, as required by NCLB (about $600 bill)

Fact: I work in my building about 200 calendar days per year, 7.5 hours per day (includes 30 min. lunch, which I work through) for 37.5 minimum at school per week.

Fact: I work at home or after hours in the school at least an additional 20 hours per week.(up to 57.5 hours per week)

Fact: I answer phone calls, email, and texts from parents and coworkers/admin. in the evenings and on weekends.

Fact: After taxes, union dues, medical, dental, and life insurance for my family, I clear about $400 per week.

Fact: Divide $400 by 57.5 and I earn just under $7.00 per hour (take home) for my calendar school year. This does not take into account the summer weeks........

Fact: My "nine weeks off" during summer include me creating new materials, taking classes, attending seminars, writing new curriculum, tutoring (for free), mentoring new teachers, redesigning report card formats, attending professional development, managing classroom materials, shopping for used books, shopping for used furniture, shopping for cheap school supplies, shopping for prizes for well behaved students, researching research-based lesson plans,being on a committee to choose new books, being on a committee to plan new enrichment activities, being on a committee to boost the reading program, math program, science program, or social studies program, tending the school garden, making home visits for at-risk students, contacting new students to welcome them to the new school year....

Fact: I love my job - but thank God my husband has no college education, is a skilled tradesman, works about 35 hours per week, gets a company car, and STILL earns more than me. If he didn't, my kids would qualify for free lunches at school and I would qualify for food stamps.

Fact: If local, state, and federal government disrespects teachers in this way, how can we expect parents and students to respect teachers at all?

Fact: At some point, I will burn out and leave the's just a matter of time....I'm doing my best to put the kids first.....they really are why I teach!

General Discussion / The Best of Black Twitter
« on: August 27, 2013, 10:07:17 am »
Beginning with #ABCReports

General Discussion / DMX FREEDOM WATCH (a*k*a "Is DMX in jail today?")
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:06:11 am »

The ultimate [act] that would be the taboo, to show how bad some villain is, was to have somebody being raped, you know? I don’t really think it matters. It’s the same as, like, a decapitation. It’s just a horrible act to show that somebody’s a bad guy.

Which is why male characters are raped at such an alarming rate as female cha...wait. Sooooo sick of rape being used as a plot device to show one of two things:

1) a bad guy is really back, and/or
2) a woman has endured terrible sh*t to get where she is today


Feel The Funk / Eye of the...pit bull? Workout songs
« on: June 16, 2013, 02:04:36 pm »
Must-haves when I go out on a run or when I'm in the gym.

Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nothing To f*ck With - Wu Tang Clan

Method Man - Judgement Day

Missy Elliott - She's A B**ch [Video]

Puff Daddy- Come With Me

(See also: Songs you're ashamed to admit you love)

MC Lyte - Ruffneck

Feel The Funk / Your life soundtrack
« on: June 14, 2013, 07:51:14 am »
Mine kind of goes back and forth, but the first two are staples.

My life anthem:

Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing

100% me. Strangely self-aware and unapologetically foolhardy.

TLC - Damaged



These two are at the top of the list, thanks to my ex.

Kina - Girl From the Gutter

Bill Withers - I Don't Want You On My Mind

Scheduled to play on August 10 (when I graduate)

Lady Gaga - So Happy I Could Die - OFFICIAL The Fame Monster Version + Lyrics [HQ]

Education / If colleges were honest
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:05:57 pm »
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Grad School Scam

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