Aside from being highly entertaining, the Kung Fu movies that became popular in the early 80′s provide the watcher with lessons on life, history and most importantly on the significance of family, culture and protecting ones community for the future of its survival. Continue reading
They say, “repetition is the father of learning.” Well… the story of Avatar is a visually stunning take on a story we have read, watched an enjoyed countless times in such movies as “The Last Samurai,” “Dances with Wolves,” and many others. However as uncovered, anyone who played Mad Libs as a child can create a masterpiece of their own. Continue reading
Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery. I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better. … I am a huge basketball fan, and when I watch the games on TNT, I see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne”), and I am scratching my head. We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”
Why do today’s inner city youth sell and use drugs; exhibit savage violence and hostility toward each other; and seem utterly unsalvageable?
All of the aforementioned issues are caused by a cycle of short-sightedness due to the perception of being in “survival mode.”
We all know the old African Proverb: It takes a village to raise a child. What if the village is poorly educated, living paycheck-to-paycheck, and constantly working and/or having fun instead of giving the child much needed attention and mentorship? The answer can be seen in Chicago, Detroit, Pine Bluff, Newark, Philly, Baltimore, DC, etc. Many of these communities are a real life adaptation of “The Lord of the Flies.” The children are fighting in the streets for supremacy and the parents are either unable or unwilling to correct their child’s actions. Continue reading
Everyone loves a “rags to riches” story; combine that with our love of violence and rebellion and then sprinkle in a charismatic main character and you have the typical gangster movie. Are these fictional yet realistic stories viewed as an instructional guide on how to go for rags to riches? Is Hollywood directly or indirectly responsible the people living out this glorified fantasy world?