Monthly Archives: September 2010

process … sweetback … hiphop theater …

this is going to be a quick blog and it may have a million and one typos because i’m making myself writ it in 10 minutes! the goal is to make sure that i write one this week! i gotta flip the process … i think i have to do it this way … other wise i want to think and talk about too much … so here i go …

last week i ran into melvin van peebles. if you don’t know about him you should do the research. he’s a considered the father of blaxplotation. his 3rd film, “sweetback’s baadasss song” set things of in 1971 because if pulled $4 million despite the fact that it we so controversial due to its racially and socially charged matter that no one really knew what to do with it!

since my time is short … that’s all i have to say about that …
i’m gonna call the brother today and try to book a interview with him for www.BLACKADEMICS.com

then … i’m i’m back to work on the HIP HOP THEATER FESTIVAL NYC 2010http://www.HHTF.org

10TH NYC HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL from Hip-Hop Theater Festival on Vimeo.

check out the schedule … you can get tix online … and if you’re in ny or are coming through and are interested in volunteering let me know … weusi@hhtf.org

our first event is saturday DOUBLE TROUBLE a breakdance battle/jam … there is a $2000 prize anad the big boys are coming from far and near to get it!

and follow us on twitter @hhtf2010 #hhtf2010 and there’s a facebook page

i gotta go … i went way over time …

the end … the beginning …

SHINE

ice t … lil granny

Hey peoples …

I saw ice t perform the other night …

don’t think that this gangster rappin’ pimp turned actor would have lost a step. he’s a beast! old school! great performer! incredible control of the crowd! he pulled up in his owned (that’s not a typo) candy apple red bently sports coup w/ his wife coco … then requested fried chicken … all dark meat! and of course his management came to request a few bottles! but then … he gives the promoters/producers of the event a special gift … a bottle of something special & exclusive … ORIGINAL GANGSTER XO … his personal brand of brandy! can u say gangster!

so … he and the crew are backstage and he decides that he wants to go out solo and watch the opening acts. so, he nonchalantly goes to the back of the room and chills with his bottle in hand. but peep it … it’s a bottle of water because he doesn’t drink! such a OG move!

so that was cool …but the highlight of my weekend was time w/ grandmother and other family members … I love my grandmother like … like … like … words can’t explain. she turned 96 on the Wednesday! (yea, I have great genes!)

In recent months her health has gone downhill. nowadays this firey 4ft 9in boss of a woman doesn’t talk much. sometimes that’s hard to deal with. but then are other moments when I look into her eyes she smiles back at me. I’m reminded that she’s just getting older. she’s not in any pain. she’s said a lot more than many will ever think of saying. she doesn’t have to say a thing now, unless she wants to. i’d like to think that she understands the economy of sharing words, breaths, sounds and thoughts. she’s seen a lot. done a lot. she’s lived through and survived a lot. she has earned the privilidge to do do those things that she is comfortable doing plus, on a selfish, egotistic note, she doen’t remember a lot oh people so … I’m happy that she recognizes who I am 1/2 the time. the other day … she told me she was tired … she also said that she loved me . with that, I know she’s ok. and because of that, i’m ok.

she is the oldest. her mother, my great grand mother, (who went by big granny) looked to my lil granny to assist in raising the others … aunt betsy, uncle donald, frair brown, boy baby and uncle bobby. and now the others are taking care of her since my mother is in nc and my aount is in san jose, CA and a cousin that was adopted has a family of his own in newark, nj but … he can’t come to trenton much due to some doing in his younger years. and even though people are carring for her she’ll surprise them with her indepedence sometime. she likes to do things her way sometimes.

she’s a strong willed, god fearing woman that married my grandfather when she was young. then some 20+ years after he passed, she remarried at the age of 75 as an example to the younger women in her church not to give up on love! she inspired many during her life time and has taught many people many lessons.

Of the many lessons she modeled for me, there are a few that I’ll always remember a little more than others. Things like how there is honor and repsect in working hard … and that you never have to give up on love. that’s a choice that you make and even with that choice, love will never foresake you. love is always there. And most importantly, that believing in thing that are beyond our logic is not only ok, but it healthy and a critical tool for a healthy state of mind and survival. Ok … this is sounding like a obituary when it’s really a happy b-day statement for my lil granny … I love you.

and that’s all I got to say about that!

in fact … I’m trying to say less so that all I’m gonna say at all!

life is a beautiful thing … don’t take if for granted …

shine

music … hip-hop theater … turning 40 … ego … more good music …

for real … i wanna start this with one of the greats from the indie music scene … DC’s own kokayi … http://qn5.com/blog/entry/audio-kokayi-roxtar-single/

oh yea … and i’m working on the ny HIP HOP THEATER FESTIVAL http://www.HHTF.org *** [if you are interested in volunteering hit me at weusi@hhtf.org] …

now … i turned 40 a few days ago.

so … over 300 ppl shared public digital b-day love to me via facebook. that’s a lot of people! it’s humbling. I know these people and they took 30 seconds to say happy birthday … to me. some of them are close enough to me to know that I didn’t really celebrate birthdays for years. not mine, or other peoples. I still don’t celebrate my own. I call my parents & thank them, say prayers for friends, family, angels and ancestors that helped me through another year … and I keep it moving.

I know … some people are reading this and saying “he used to throw himself a b-day party!”. but the truth of the matter is that there was gonna be a JUST BCUS party and since it happened the same weekend as my b-day we tagged it on as a promotional tool. I didn’t care either way. I just wanted to have a succesful party. but that’s not what this blog is about … this is really about the perception of humility.

so then I read an article in fast company magazine about a dude that was “the” advertising and marketing “it” dude. he/his team made people by all kinds of stuff they didn’t like, need or want cool to the world. he had some exsesttential conflict within himself and moved the majority of his team to boulder, co for a zen like transition. dude had this thing going on where he was giving keys to his cottage to people that he felt had conquered fear. they could go there and be free of fear and create as their heart and soul desired! it was hella-hella cool, but … then the interviewer asked a few of his peoples from his past about him. they touched on how the dude left out the story of how he used to treat his employees before the move. some said he was a monster and a hella manipulative cat. the interviewer called dude back and asked him about it. dude just says something like …”that was the old me and i’m sorry that people feel that way. i’m not ashamed or sorry for that. i understand that was the past. i like everybody. the lowest you can get ids that i barley like you. but that just means i don’t deal with you. for me to dislike you would take too much of my energy.” that makes sense to me … let it go and the beat goes on … if you have a problem with it that’s your issue not mine. i did my thing int terms of coming to terms and reconciling with the wrong doings. right?

is someone showing humility when people acknowledge their b-day. more than often I would say no. it’s them realizing that they just got a bunch of attention and that it would be arrogant for them to say how much they like the attention. it’s like being passive agressive. but … the answer to if it’s true humility rest in the minds of the individuals being acknowledged. so answering the question for someone else is futile.

So … all that to say … thank you for all the love … i’m sorry to anyone that i offended, disrespected and did wrong in the past … i’m working on removing the ego … and i’m preparing for something big … (fear be gone! thank you @exittheapple)

and if you read this … you might like this …
*** NOTE*** these song are not representative of where i am emotionally right now … they’re just tunes i like!

it’s just a funny song … but it’s emotionally powered and great musical arrangements!

for real …
THANK YOU ALL FOR THE B-DAY LOVE … I’VE LEARNED A LOT FROM MANY OF YOU OVER THE PAST YEAR(S) …

I’LL MAKE YOU ALL PROUD THIS DECADE … (wait until i write about turning 50!)

shine

ps … if you really read this let me know … my blog counter says 200,000 ppl look at this … i don’t believe it!