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Messages - Reginald Hudlin

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« on: February 17, 2018, 07:52:10 am »
Kirk Tyler was the first Superman, I think.

Marlon Brando the Godfather.

Odd questions.

« on: February 16, 2018, 12:16:04 pm »
Interviews of me with Vulture, MTV News, a Barnes & Noble podcast and the Washington Post two times!  Check it out! 

Feel The Funk / Re: Quincy Jones:THE INTERVIEW
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:44:30 pm »
It really felt like a man felt no need to hold back on anything.

Sports Talk / Re: Jason Whitlock is at it again
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:52:12 pm »
Met her...both of them, at the Image Awards.  Cool people.

Latest Flicks / Re: SOLO: A Star Wars Story
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:50:37 pm »
I'm in. But I was before I saw it. But moreso now.

Hudlin's Huddle / New nominations, new deals and new TV show
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:57:30 pm »
Check out all the new information on the main page of the site!

Latest Flicks / Re: Ant-Man and the Wasp (Teaser Trailer)
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:28:05 pm »
I feel you on the time issues, but man if I could binge on a bunch of Marvel movies back to eating a whole chocolate cake.

Also...yeah, loving this trailer.

Latest Flicks / Re: The First Purge
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:26:25 am »
great article!

« on: January 29, 2018, 06:07:50 am »
A powerful look at the very wealthy. Great acting, jaw dropping cinematography, great 70s look and storytelling.  Michelle Williams!  And Christopher Plummer!  Wow.

Latest Flicks / THE SHAPE OF WATER
« on: January 29, 2018, 06:06:25 am »
Amazing look at 50's monster movies with a fresh eye.  Who is really the monster? It ain't the guy with scales.  Also, the story is told from the bottom up, from the POV of the janitorial staff.  It also acknowledges the racism and homophobia of the time.  Also very frank about sex, period.  And incredible production design and cinematography.  Del Toro keeps finding amazing new ground to cover within his own genre. 

Latest Flicks / I, TONYA
« on: January 29, 2018, 06:03:34 am »
Amazing movie!  Depictions of poor white people are very rare on film and television.  This film is brutally honest.  It also has incredible style.  Very GOODFELLAS in its approach.

Vox Populi / Jay Z vs Trump
« on: January 28, 2018, 03:19:30 pm »
Jay Z/Trump

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3:09 PM (9 minutes ago)

to me
What kind of crazy f*cked-up world do we live in where a rapper has more gravitas and self-control than the President of the United States?

One in which the culture is driven by African-Americans and elder white people want to jet back to a past that never even existed in the first place.

Donald Trump is sowing the seeds of discontent. He's speaking to his base. The same people he addressed when the football players took a knee. Forget that Trump couldn't understand that it wasn't about the flag but the rights of African-Americans, the "Wall Street Journal" scraped the data and found out that the protests had nothing to do with the reduction in NFL viewing. Proving that Trump's base...just cannot stop watching football.

And they just cannot stop listening to hip-hop and watching the NBA.

Trump's 71, he missed the memo. It's hip-hop that dominates, it's the NBA that is growing in leaps and bounds. But you'd expect this from a doofus who does not read and gets all his information from the biased Fox News.

That's right you right wing nitwits, I'm slinging it straight. If you don't think Fox is biased, that's all you watch. And if you don't read the "New York Times" I feel sorry for you. Forget the politics, it's the number one news/information-gathering organization in America. Most of what you know comes from it. Come on, you're surfing the web and you have to rely on the NYT to break the story of fake followers? Even Hilary Rosen, the grand dame of the RIAA? But that's the world we live in, where "team players" denigrate all that they do not agree with delineating the rest as fake when the truth is anything but.

And the truth is life is a struggle. Especially for African-Americans.

As for Trump's tweet about African-American employment rates... That does not include all the black men in jail, those out of the workforce entirely, never mind the big drop was under Obama. Talk about fake news. Why is it no one can go beneath the surface.

And the fascinating thing is Jay Z doesn't shirk controversy, he's willing to lay it on the line, his truth, when too many other musicians are worried about pissing off a potential audience member. Hell, this makes me feel even BETTER about Jay Z, he's not only an entertainer, but a man of meaning! We need more beacons, we need more truth. And right now you get it most in hip-hop. Sure, there's glorification of rich lifestyles and drugs, but there's also explications of depression and romance and's all there, but Trump isn't listening.

But his kids are.

Hell, let's get Barron's playlist. Ivanka's. His sons Uday and Qusay.

This is the greatest fight of our lifetime. It encompasses so much.

First and foremost, globalization. It's here. Own it. Yes, too many people have been left behind in the march forward, but we cannot turn back, it will only be to the individual's detriment.

Second, income inequality. We've been lionizing the rich for far too long, as the job-creators, as know-it-alls when the truth is they're just rich. Who is looking out for the rest of us? Used to be the Democrats, then it wasn't, and that's how they lost power. There's more of us than them.

Third, privacy and individual rights. By time Trump and his cronies get through bringing down the press and the FBI their legion will believe in nothing but their own bizarre rhetoric, trusting no one in the process.

But never forget, the most trusted people in the world are entertainers.

That's why corporations tie up with them for endorsements. Sure, Bob Dole did a deal with Viagra, but politicians are rarely used in commercials, because no one believes them, no one follows them, no one wants to be like them.

But they want to be like Jay Z.

You become a legend when  you're more than an entertainer, when you stand for something, when people believe in you. Olivia Newton-John had a string of hits, but she ain't no legend, Jay Z is.

And it's funny to watch this movie. One in which the older generation, mostly white folk, denigrate hip-hop and their progeny are addicted to the sound and the story.

That's where they get the news.

And Jay Z just dropped a bomb on Trump.

And the President responded with a whimper, he doesn't even know what the war is about.

It's about you and me folks. Fighting for the right for everybody to live a full and happy life with dreams.

The old white people want to keep you down.

But the African-Americans want to lift you up. After centuries of oppression they still maintain their optimism.

And if that ain't an inspiration, I don't know what is.

"Jay Z thinks Trump is 'in pain.' The President responded by bragging about helping black people.":

Besides being a pretty good entertaining movie I think Blade has the distinction of people not knowing it was a movie based on a Marvel comic book character. I lot of people and probably most went to see Wesley Snipes in action. My sons wife just found out this past February that Blade was a Marvel character.  I think she was like 5 or 6 when it cam out.
Good point. 

Vox Populi / Re: The secret to understanding Kamala Harris
« on: January 21, 2018, 09:26:34 pm »
GREAT article!!!

Vox Populi / Re: Women's March
« on: January 21, 2018, 09:20:52 pm »
I attended the march in Los Angeles.  Very inspiring.  Glad I brought my family.  Great for the kids and the grown ups. 

I didn't stay for all six hours of speeches and performances but what I saw was great. 

The question is can these progressive women make any headway in converting the 53% that voted for Trump?

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