April 03, 2013
February 14, 2013
Just My Opinion:: Grammy 2013 Tidbit
I watched some of the Grammy Awards on Sunday - which I didn't
watch with the
excitement that I used to. I'm not sure what it was ... but
things are ever-changing … personally, except for a very few
performances that I did catch, I found myself switching
channels most of the time.
First, congrats to Toronto's
for winning Best Rap Album. Glad too, that I caught
performance - wow! Welcome back Justin!
‘tribute’ to Bob Marley?
While I recognize that even having the genre of reggae
recognized at the Grammys is a big step for the
organization, it missed the mark overall with me. I
wanted to see the Marley brothers perform for
20 seconds. I remember asking myself, ‘did Jr. Gong perform or
did I just close my eyes.’ Or perhaps they could have featured
some authentic reggae artists - even in the members of the band
at the very least. Or how about some vintage Marley footage
playing in the background? My reasoning tells me that there are
still some copyright issues involved with the Marley family. Uh
oh, I got myself going. No turning
back now ...
Bruno Mars as the lead? I like his music but why not Sting as
the lead? Rihanna looked like the token Caribbean
person on the stage – sort of out of place. And last but not
least ... what was that choreographed dance that everyone on
stage was doing?
But I digress – basically the Awards have to please sponsors and
advertisers and the superstar factor won out. So, it was ...
good ... just not the tribute I had wished for or envisioned.
But on the positive side, there’s nothing like a Bob Marley tune
to engage the
audience. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before - all the
people with their hands up and dancing? That was the real
magical Marley moment for me at this year’s Grammys.
September 17, 2009
incident … Well I was probably like most of you.
I was watching the
on Sunday night and
witnessed this debacle live.
I think I said out loud, ‘What an asshole!” while I
look bewildered and an audience look uncomfortable.
If it had been anyone else, I would have assumed that
this was a stunt and a part of the show.
But it was Kanye … not exactly known for being
I went on
with my evening yet it was the talk of the CBFF reception on
expletives from industry folk as they made their comments – no
one found it remotely amusing.
Again, probably like many of you, I was forming a harsh
opinion of this misguided rapper and remembered many interviews
when he was arrogant to the point of nauseating.
Sadly, not once did I remember the time I briefly spoke with his
mom in Chicago in 2005 after she had given a moving and touching
talk at which her son was present and also performed, at the
NABFEME Mentor Power Luncheon… In
Celebration of the Celebrity Mom.
She of course, cast Kanye in a different light.
THEN, I saw the
show with Kanye as his guest – see the video
sincerely moved and grateful that I took the time to watch it.
To see the boy grieving his mom and to take full
accountability for his actions.
I hope that he does take the time that he requires to
sort through his loss.
Yeah, I know I’m sounding so girlie right now but am happy he
didn’t stand behind his actions.
Even the cute Taylor Swift has forgiven him.
See a related article
HERE. Now I
know that I probably wouldn't feel this way unless he did give a
few heartfelt apologies and was brave enough to do it without
going through his publicist.
So, throughout this tragic moment in music award show history, I
learned something - not to be so quick to judge someone acting
out their emotions and to tolerate 'humaness' with more empathy
And that's just my opinion ...
October 30, 2008
U.S. Presidential Election - Hype or Real Change?
I am far from an intellectual. I am not a political strategist.
I am far from being someone that could
begin to understand all the political implications of not only our Canadian
national elections but any national election. But I am a human
looking for our world to be a better place. The choices that Americans
make undoubtedly affect the world globally. Sometimes in an election
campaign, it's difficult to tell the truth from falsehoods, from knowing
what choices are right , decent and timely for a country. What would
those choices bring to our everyday life?
I even debated writing anything about the U.S. Presidential election as I
strive to emphasis Canadian stories, Canadian talent ... those Canadians
that inspire us to be better people. I didn't want to get caught up in
the U.S. hype and their political machine.
But, on the cusp of the U.S. election next week, I feel compelled to write a
little of the journey I've
experienced while encountering the never-ending barrage of media coverage of
this upcoming U.S. election - and front and centre is
Barack Obama. Was this simply naive support for a Black
I took a little survey among some Caribbean Canadians I know personally and
whose opinions I hold in high regard. To see their excitement and
outright gushing support of Sen. Obama was almost overwhelming. These
were educated, professional and everyday people. I was moved by their
unwavering support so I had to investigate further.
The fact that Obama has even made it this far in a national race for
presidency is undeniably historical. But that wasn't enough for me.
I was hungry for a message, of an 'about-face and think outside the box'
type of approach to considering life outside the world of politics.
What turned a corner for me was seeing Barack Obama speak. About
himself, about his imperfections, about real life issues. And the
statement that "I will not be a perfect President." Raised by a single
Mom who only had contact once for a period of a month with his father, his
life personifies one that is relatable to so many. He profiles
everyday Americans with real and immediate problems.
I felt the stirrings that people in the 60s must have felt when they heard
Martin Luther King Jr. speak. A weighty comparison, I'm aware - but I
felt it. Something real with integrity. A message that would
send me running to the voting booth. It's been a long time.
I've heard it in the U.S. Presidential political candidate of Barack Obama.
Who's to say what next week's election results will bring? But I know
one thing - my vote would be for change and for the change that Obama speaks
of with accountability, direction and heartfelt conviction.
And that's just my opinion ...
February 14, 2008
Roots and Heritage
Television programming is
featuring many television shows and commercials related to Black
History Month. I've been watching
American Lives 2 last week and this week. If
you don't know, it's a
Professor Henry Louis “Skip”
Gates hosts a groundbreaking series on which he and
eight other African-American icons explored their roots via a
combination of genealogical and DNA research. It's an amazing
journey. I featured it in last week's newsletter
It made me wonder how great it would be to have that kind of
historical factual journey documented on television (not to
mention the power of PBS behind it) about our African Canadians
and to give it that global reach so we all can learn so much
more about our Canadian legacies. Perhaps there is that
documented series of which I am unaware. Feel free to
inform me ...
Or what about our fascination or our curiosity
about where we come from and how our ancestors'
decisions impact us today. Some of you were raised knowing
your long history and knowing about individual's stories and
their life stories. What a tribute and blessing.
There are even new DNA tests that can break down what heritage
is intertwined within you. American Lives even took it a step
further and broke down what parts of Africa your DNA is linked
testing is introduced during the final episode, which is when
the participants learn what per cent African, Asian, European
and Native American they are."
For myself, there is a great amount of curiosity. My late
father was adopted - and there is little known factual evidence
within our family about his ancestry. These facts probably
would not be too hard to trace given the records are probably
stored with the Children's Aid Society. I can't help but
also feel that there is a strange sense of security of not
knowing ... which one is better?
If I'm blessed enough to be around this world a little longer,
perhaps I will be brave enough to uncover those facts. I'm
sure that many of you are in the same position and I hope you
make the decision that is right for you. I think the
knowledge of our ancestry can only enhance our lives.
One thing is clear and was mentioned a few times. Even
those that were certain they knew their ancestry were surprised
to learn their documented origins. For me, it proves that
we are all one - one human race. A further thought is that
while many were not treated fairly or righteously or with
respect or dignity, somehow we are all linked.
Maya Angelou said it best in the show - 'Heritage is so complex
that we must make it simple. We have to consider ourselves
global'. How different our world would be if we truly
embraced that statement.
And that's just my opinion.
January 24, 2008
The Cost of Fame
This week is filled with so many deaths in the industry -
most recently Heath Ledger. Whether ruled suicide or not,
he was still on anti-depressants and taking sleeping pills.
So young to be experiencing these ailments. And such a
waste of talent.
It makes me wonder what price
young people with fame are paying for such "celebrity
status" - whether devised by
publicists or agreed to or not.
It has been apparent
in recent reports
with all the rehab woes of these young starlets -
Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lohan,
Owen Wilson, Amy Winehouse - to name a
few ... that fame is not what it's cracked up to be. Is it worth the cost? Young people's lives are
being destroyed and whether they've made poor choices and/or
judgment calls, the results can be
I place partial
blame on the media and technology as
these two combined in today's
world wield a brutal
blow. The tragedy of these lives
are obvious and this is why you don't see these sort of
'celeb rehab' stories in my newsletter - there's already too
much coverage already and I would prefer to let people live
their lives and hopefully seek the help they need.
And can we blame ourselves for the tendency
to migrate towards these sort of stories? I mean, if it
didn't sell, would the stories stop? Human nature and it's
bleak curiosity - can that be repaired?
In the interim, I think that we need to
remember these people in our prayers. Yes, yes, - I have
had a guilty chuckle over some of their antics too - but
ultimately, I feel that their demise may be imminent as those
that have walked the path before them ... Marilyn Monroe, Judy
Garland, River Phoenix, John
Belushi, Freddie Prinze.
So, this week, try to bypass the tabloids and the pointless
dribble - that is someone's life. We're all flawed in our
own ways - just not normally in front of millions of interested
And that's just my opinion.
September 13, 2007
Open Letter to Cameron Bailey, Founder, Planet Africa
Have you heard the outcry from many industry
professionals in film and entertainment about the lack of
communication with respect to invitations and tickets? I have
to address this with you, Mr. Bailey, as someone who is
evidently responsible for the ticketing and invitation fiasco
with the Planet
Furthermore, I would like a response to this issue, as I am
speaking for at least 100 people that reached out to me with
requests for tickets and/or any information. Regardless of how
this situation came to be – perhaps with reasoning we are not
aware of – I still think that those excluded deserve an
explanation as to why they were left off the invite list this
Rarely have I heard such a heated discourse from those of us in
industry over one invitation. This implies that your event
is embraced and anticipated every year. It is where the Black
community and those that support the Black community can come
together and enjoy each others’ company with less schmooze than
other film festival events. It’s a party – it’s a celebration
of achievements. It is where actors, filmmakers and
festival-goers alike can come together and let their festival
Having been pegged as ‘one of the hottest parties of TIFF’ by
many, it only stands to reason that when folks that have been
invited to this event since its inception did NOT get
invited this year, it led to a massive response of anger,
resentment and disappointment. I even heard the word ‘boycott’
from someone who was obviously angered by being neglected.
Overlooked – forgotten – disrespected. All words I heard - and
personally felt as well when discussing how to find out
information and how to get a ticket for Planet Africa. No one
knew. Someone said Cameron Bailey is the only one with tickets,
another offered a phone # to call to get tickets (with no phone
call returned), another offered another name to call to get
tickets - who was out of tickets almost as soon as he received
them. I spent way too much time on the hunt for tickets – but
felt compelled to for all those in my weekly distribution and
friends that by rights of their accomplishments alone, should
have been invited yet again.
Having said that, I did attend the Planet Africa
party this year - with no ticket in hand, no way
‘in’. Since I was at another festival event that evening and
the venue, Phoenix, is close to where I live, I decided to step
to the door to see what would happen. We were not asked for
anything and told to go right in. Huh? If I’d known it
was going to be that easy, I would have told the hundred people
that asked me about tickets and the whereabouts of venue to just
But apparently, many were asked for tickets and
denied entrance if they were not ticketholders (as I had phone
messages to that effect). And these are very well-known and
respected Canadian ‘industry’ people being turned away at the
door. As I was leaving the party, an accomplished TV and film
veteran was arriving. Before I reached her to say hello, she
was stopped and asked for a ticket – it was
In any case, the party was great as usual with bumpin’ music,
happy attendees (or ‘the Chosen Ones’), open bar and celebs
alike. I just wish all those deserving were there to enjoy it
I understand that this letter could keep me off the invite list
forever but I truly am writing for those legitimate industry
folks that expressed their concern to me. On a helpful
note, I do offer my hand in getting contact information to you
for those I know that were excluded this year so as to avoid
this happening in the future.
Feel free to contact me to weigh in on this issue
May 24, 2007
- Is There Hope for Us?
I saw that the opening of
Shrek the Third
(starring Canadian lad
had the largest monetary opening last week at almost US$122
million. Shrek the Third is also
the third-biggest debut ever, coming in
behind the $151.1 million haul of this month's "Spider-Man 3"
and the $135.6 million gross of last summer's "Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
I must say that I was stirred by this. Why? Because
with all the doom and gloom, gore and violent movies all trying
to outdo each other, this sentimental, funny and animated film
still rose to the top, closely followed by other films based on
It made me wonder if we all are secretly craving the simplicity
childlike humour. Now I'm not naive enough to ignore that
this is a film attended by many children who must convince their
parents or guardians to accompany them and therefore perhaps the
numbers rise but I don't really care. I prefer to think of
it as an opportunity to have hope for our future as a society -
with those of every colour and creed living amongst each other
in harmony - as in the Land of Far Far Away. I love these
impetuous, optimistic and perhaps idealistic thoughts!
And that's just my opinion.
May 10, 2007
Customer Service - Light at the End of the Tunnel?
No sooner do I complain about poor customer service
spitting all over my world than do I receive some of the most
generous and kind offerings from people in the customer service
industry - NOT the same companies that I had dealt with
Here are some places and people I've come across with
exceptional, and I mean exceptional, customer service from
various aspects of different industries:
Car #1294 - Maple Leaf Taxi
- REQUEST HIM - Kemal - 416.465.5555 - he's
unbelievable with courteous, prompt and professional service -
even those early morning runs to the airport. I use him
weekly. I can give you his direct cell # should you wish.
Neo Set Furniture Store -
they custom make furniture for you in a very cool and modern
design. This is what is special - included in the
price of your purchase is a home visit to assess your space with
their suggestions, delivery and installation of the furniture!
Furniture Bank - in buying
new furniture, I had older furniture that I wanted to donate to
some sort of shelter. They are one of the ONLY
companies now that pick up furniture - there are plenty of drop
off places but no one picks up used furniture anymore.
What happens is that you call them and leave a message - within
48 hours they will return the call, and set up a date to have
the furniture picked up. They do, however, ask for a
donation as well.
You've probably also heard the stories about the excellent
customer service at Sleep Country
Canada. Well, I'm a believer. Not only
did they give me a discounted price because I had an awful
experience with the Brick sleep warehouse, but they also are the
ones that told me both about Furniture Bank and Neo Set!
They are well versed in the world of customer service and
ensuring that their customers are well taken care of - from the
ordering stage, right to delivery and follow up. My guy
was Kirk at Sleep Country at King and Yonge!
So, there you have it. Those companies that do not
practice good customer service will feel the hit with customer
loyalty and return business. Those that do, will feel the
benefit of it - especially from me!
May 3, 2007
Customer Service - A Thing of the Past?
Having just moved, I've had to purchase some small and some big
items - both with the major inconvenience of poor customer
service. It seems that for the busy consumer that shops
online or by phone like me, they certainly have not come close
to perfecting the art of ensuring customer satisfaction.
For me, what's the point of going to the store if I cannot get
it home. Besides, online shopping often offers better
Example #1: First, I had to order some furniture.
Excited about the prospect of owning some new pieces, I wanted
to shop somewhere that I thought of as reliable. How more
reliable can you get than Sears? sigghhh Or so
I thought. I order two pieces and picked the date of
delivery online. I confirmed the order and delivery the
day before after booking 1/2 day off - because their drivers
won't call when they are on their way to your destination to
give you a heads up. OK. So I concede.
before the delivery is supposed to happen, I get a call from
Sears saying that the furniture did not arrive in their
warehouse from the manufacturer and they changed the delivery
So, not only do I not have my furniture but now they want to
change the delivery date at their discretion - more time off
work. When I called to see if they could guarantee the delivery,
they admitted they could not. Whaaaa? So, I
cancelled the order. No furniture.
So, I tried to ease the pain by ordering a skin care line.
No problem - lots of 'freebies' with promises of a two day
delivery. Two weeks later, no skin care line. When I
called, they said it was back-ordered but if I changed my order,
they promised me the two day delivery again. So, I change
the order. One month later, no skin care line. So, I
cancelled the order with attitude from the person on the other
end of the phone no less.
Moving on. IKEA - the store I love to hate. I can't
go in that store but hey, how difficult could it be to shop
online? I made the order fairly painlessly. But no
email confirmation, no quote on delivery, no nothing. What about
delivery and how much is it? I was told it's $129 for
delivery. But if I cancel my online order and order by
phone, it would be faster. How much faster? Well,
probably less than ... two weeks! Whaaa? But the
happy ending is that the furniture arrived (only a four hour
time frame) five days later. Alas, the light at the end of
the tunnel? No, another disadvantage of shopping online -
the stuff is too small for what I need! (siggh)
It is apparent that customer service almost everywhere is
lacking today - regardless of whether you pay top dollar or not.
Here's my tip: it doesn't take much to go that extra mile when
providing a service. It creates loyalty and that you're
getting what you pay for.
And that's just my opinion.
February 15, 2007
- Music Lover? Guilty!
I just love me some Ellen! No, not that way.
I've only caught a handful of
episodes of the Ellen DeGeneres Show
but I have to admire this woman who has not only defeated the
odds by coming back after coming 'out' but who is still such a
fan of music and the expression of it. There's nothing
that renews my love for my involvement in this industry, even
though it's remote, than seeing a fan just embrace music.
Ellen often speaks on the power of music and the fact that she
dedicates a portion of her show just to have people dance
is more evidence of her love and attachment to it - it's just
OK, so many of the audience members often remind me of people
that I've witnessed
gyrating and convulsing to some sort of beat on the dance floor
which I've rolled my eyes at, I must admit that I can see now
that they're just having a good time and letting the music move
them. Isn't that what music is supposed to do?
Perhaps I'm less of a cynic and accept the expressions of a fan.
Have you noticed Ellen's inclination towards soul music
(Aretha's her favourite) and even hip hop? At the pre-Grammys,
sshe bought Luda a doo rag and said that hip hop artist Nelly is
one of the sweetest guys she knows. This week on her 'Ellen
at the Grammys' show, she had Nelly Furtado on and it was
great to see some Canadian talent on a U.S. national stage
having a good time and doing us proud.
Even Beyonce (sigggh!) credits Ellen with getting her through
her performance at the Grammys as she saw Ellen singing the
words and dancing in her chair in her eye line while performing.
That's powerful stuff.
And that's just my opinion.
January 25, 2007
Beyonce - Don't Believe the Hype?
Ahhh, the marketing machine.
fans - don't take offence! But am I the only one that feels if they hear
"Irreplaceable" one more time - or any
tune for that matter - that they will go insane?? And what kills me is that I used to like Beyonce (not a
huge fan but I liked her). Certainly a beautiful girl. But
this over-saturation of her career - acting, singing, music
videos, TV appearances has made me anxious to tune her out -
completely. It's not a personal attack - just a probe into
questions about marketing techniques and that 'more' is not
And it's funny you know? I probably
wouldn't be mentioning this at all if every time I turned on a
radio or TV, I see her ... "dreamgirl"ed out ... or "to the left'ing'" ... or
in a magazine with yet another article or beauty
Plus, this disenchantment with Beyonce does make me want
to lend an ear to rumours or hearsay of being jealous and
even snarky about
popularity in Dreamgirls. With quotes like, “I mean," said
Knowles, "I wish I could've gained 20 pounds and played
Effie.”!* Whaaaa? Nothing is being taken from you - besides,
everyone likes the underdog. Not as much is expected from them
so when they excel, they're noticed. And in this case, given
Golden Globes and Oscar noms! (smile)
OK, so Beyonce has denied the rumours that there was jealousy …
and that she took the part to prove that she could act. Maybe
she did … but I also think that she’s surprised (aka shocked)
by audience reaction to
– and that brings on some sour grapes. After all, "I'm already a
star. I already have nine Grammys. Everyone knows I can sing."
Knowles said."* Perhaps she's started to believe the hype.
And has anyone noticed that no cast
shots of DreamGirls looked relaxed or showed genuine affection.
Even their appearance on Oprah - strained! Not that it's a
requirement that they get along ...
I guess even the smartest marketing ploy cannot induce industry
that Jennifer Hudson won a Golden Globe and has an Oscar nom makes me want to
tolerate seeing DreamGirls ... and hearing Beyonce again ... for two hours ...
straight. OK …. might have to wait until it's out on DVD.
I still like the element of surprise. That I discover
that I like, that I thought I didn't, or discovering something
new or unique about an individual artist. Perhaps I'm just
older and more jaded or expect more from entertainment now.
But what do I know right? Beyonce has been holding down the #1 spot
on the Billboard charts. And good for her. I guess perhaps
younger fans that are purchasing the CDs and downloading the
tracks are the ones in control of the market. And they seem to believe
the hype of "more often equals more talented or cool" - kind of a
brainwashing of our youth, no? Well, regardless, if you have
any tips, I need a Beyonce break!
Does this make me a hater? Not sure. Certainly not
of Beyonce personally - just a brewing exhaustion of the vast marketing machine behind
her and artists in general that we get inundated with.
After all, this certainly does not apply to just Beyonce.
While I can understand the need for it, sometimes I just need
a break and hear other, just as, or more talented, artists than
those thrust at us.
And that's just my opinion.
January 11, 2007
The New Year Resolution?
Ahhh yes, the new year. New Year’s resolutions. New goals, new
new dreams, new boyfriend/girlfriend, new body. I’m not really a cynic when it comes to these
types of resolutions but I do tread carefully in what I tell myself I
want to accomplish at this time of year. Instead, I believe more
in challenging yourself regularly and not just once a year.
Rather, perhaps this time of year can remind us to check in with our
goals and ourselves.
Why is it that you can remember that last harsh thing said to
you or the latest judgement but you may hesitate to remember
when you were given kudos or praise? Unfortunately, it can be
human nature to beat ourselves up when we don’t accomplish what
we set out to do. But at the very least, let’s turn things around in our favour this year. Pat yourself on the
back more. Instead of reminding yourself what you didn’t
do, remember and keep track of the strides that you
did accomplish – little or huge. They all
With so much dread and ugliness and loss in the world, which is
always so newsworthy, we're inundated with negative images.
Let’s try to remember who our heroes are.
Those who impacted our lives in a positive way. (For
example, see related stories
in this week's newsletter.)
And how about
telling people when they’ve impacted you? I can’t tell you how
much it means to me, for example, when someone emails me a kind
word of support. Concentrate on that. I think that
way we can all become better people and ultimately, a better
And that’s just my opinion.
November 9, 2006
The Ho Hum News?
OK. So I try to watch the news every evening but ... well, have
you ever found yourself clicking to
another channel, simply because of the doom and gloom factor?
Or even the boredom factor? Sometimes the delivery of the news
makes me turn the channel - it just doesn't captivate me.
I never realized how much this influenced my attention span in
watching the news, that is, until I watched
The Hour with host,
Hello. My name is Dawn and I'm an Houraholic!
I just love this funny, intelligent, hip and captivating
coverage of the news. George doles out a sometimes irreverant
opinion during the news which is usually pretty funny and most
of the time, bang on accurate!
Apparently, the ratings were dropping for newcasts and CBC
answered with The Hour. George aka Strombo also conducts
interviews while a small studio audience watches. I've seen
musical guests, political guests, sports guests - all extremely
poignant interviews. Strombo asks the tough questions without
making the guest uncomfortable. He is well prepared,
well-informed (especially on music and world politics but can
hang on any topic) and quips the occasional 'are you kidding
me?' behind a story. Not once have I turned the channel from
his show. It's on CBC at 11:00 pm - that's right - when all the
other newscasts are ... Definitely check it out - it's worth the
watch. Kudos Strombo - keep it comin'!
And that's just my opinion.
October 26, 2006
Like 50 Cent?
Not having been an avid fan of rap music for long, and specifically
rap, I found
something surprising this week. Perhaps I shouldn't be
surprised by the discovery of an articulate, intelligent man in
the rap game, but normally, rap music that I can relate to has been more of the old skool
rap - more from my generation I suppose.
50 Cent first piqued my
interest in my interview with
Shaheed Muhammad of Tribe Called Quest,
when Ali told me that he would love to sit and talk with 50 Cent
about life and his journey. This caught my attention first
because I respect Ali and the path that he has taken both
professionally and personally and second because his response
did surprise me.
But 50 Cent has more recently piqued my
interest - not from a fan perspective per se but more
because I've paid more attention to things I've watched on TV
about him - other than just the self-indulgent music videos that
I dislike so much. I finally had the time to watch
MuchVibe's interview conducted by
Ali was right - 50 Cent is quite intelligent and
A few points that he made about the music
business stood out to me. One point he repeated was that
the music business is just that - a business. If you're
not performing songs that will make sales, then you probably
shouldn't be in the business. His point was that if
artists want to make music for themselves then they should keep
the music to themselves and only play it in their homes. I
recognize that this may be perceived by some as harsh or even
untrue for some, but I found it an interesting perception -
there's no disputing that he has racked up the sales as well as
wealth, companies and notoriety. He said in one year he
did over 400 shows - with one week off in total that was not
days in any succession.
50 Cent was as personal in the interview as he could be -
admitting that he has trust issues and doesn't have many
friends. That he wishes he could spend more time with his
son. That the most appealing feature of a woman was one
that didn't have her own agenda - one that could take care of
herself and wasn't trying to advance her own career by being
with him. He was matter-of-fact in that 'I am the s**t'
kinda way but somehow it didn't turn me off but kept me tuned
in. And there were lots of times when he was half-smiling
too which you also don't see a lot in his videos and pictures.
What you saw was a hardworking artist - almost possessed with
the work and a man that I didn't completely understand but that
I actually found myself starting to ... like ... me?
I also watched Get Rich or Die Trying
(I know, so I'm a little behind in movies!).
And even though the role was not a huge stretch from who he is
in real life, his portrayal was compelling and believable.
think it means that I'll be running out to the next concert or
purchasing his latest work but it does mean that I'll give him
more of a break than I had. I had done that dangerous
human thing - categorizing and judging someone before I took the
time to take a closer look.
We can all learn from each other - even those that are quite
different from ourselves - and that's just my opinion.
October 19, 2006
There is something to be said about good music and music that
moves the soul. I just want all those music lovers out there to
remember that there are also excellent voices and performers in
theatre. For instance, do you breeze right by the
section or ignore anything that contains the word 'production'
It's a gruelling lifestyle and I think that theatre performers
are quite underestimated and underrated. Case in point -
Usher, the hardcore concert performer that gives it his all in
each concert, has been performing on Broadway in the production
'Chicago'. Now he is off indefinitely because of severe strep
throat - a sign of his body's inability to handle the gruelling
schedule. It's not a criticism as I'm sure he gave his regular
100% but there's this skill that theatre performers have that
only comes with years of training.
So, next time you're tempted to sidestep the THEATRE NEWS
section, you may just be missing something special. Just my
opinion. Check out my recap of the theatre production