Tuesday, November 30, 2010

5 Minute Blogs: Computer Love

 Zapp and Roger were ahead of their time. This song was released in 1985. 1985!!!! You know what else came out in 1985? The movie "Weird Science". Now what baffles me is this use of the internet to meet women in 1985. I had no clue what a computer was until I was like 16 years old. I mean I saw computers, but I didn't know what "internet" was until what...1998 when I went to college. And I lost my mind.

The first thing I discovered that I could do on the computer was play spades. I wasted many days and nights playing epic spades battles on Yahoo! I became a fan of "double blind" suicide games. If you don't know, suicide is when someone on each hand goes "nil". Double blind means you bid nil without even seeing your hand. This was serious business on Yahoo! I mean games could go on for hours especially once they introduced ladders and rankings. Lord...I loved it.

Now serious business is finding love on the internet. It baffles me how popular dating websites have become in the past few years. When I listen to "Computer Love" I am like hol up...how were they talking and dating back then? There were webcams in the 1980s? E-Harmony? I mean how did this work? I am now convinced Zapp and Roger went to the future (which is now) and sent the song back to past (1985). How else could they accurately describe and convey how many people feel now? I sometimes find myself seeing a fly ass guy on the internet and I start humming "I want to love you baby".

But I am a punk. I am not going to holla at anyone on the computer. I feel like that's my last resort. All these people I know personally, I can't connect with one of them and fall in love? Apparently not. But I'll be damned if I spend money on the computer to meet someone. (Shout out to Branden: You my computer love tho...Let me upgrade you).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Never Stop, Never Giving Up...

Earlier this week I tweeted "Seriously, living is the hardest thing I've ever had to do". This was met with various replies, inboxes, and text messages. Apparently this statement is very depressing. Subsequent to this statement, I talked to a few friends and I repeated this statement to one in particular.

He says "What is hard about life?"

I say "Everything. Life is not easy." Because to me it's not. It never has been. I never woke up and thought "Wow, life is so easy and grand! This is so awesome." He proceeds to make some type of analogy to a single cell germ and I can't.com but somehow the friction that is our converstation leaves me fulfilled enough to know that while we don't see eye to eye, we can somehow inspire each other.

Most of the time I wake up feeling the struggle. Life is a struggle. I have said this forever. Or maybe I should say this: My life is a struggle. I am not trying to make it harder than it is...I just have accepted the fact that if I want to win, I do have to "Go Hard or Go Home" all the time. I pride myself in going through what I've been through and still being alive. A weaker person would have killed theirselves by now.

Despite my somewhat bleek outlook on life...I love it more than anything. It's a blessing to wake up. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my life. I worked hard for what I have. And I will continue to work hard. I am a realist. My life is not a fairy tale...and I dont' know the ending.

suffice to say...all I can do is continue to pray for the best and work my ass off until my destiny is fulfilled.

Author's Note: Yeah this is a love song. But it's a feel good song. When I feel down, this is what I play.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Movies You Should See: "For Colored Girls...

Who Considered Suicide When Is Enuf"

When I first heard about this movie, I was excited! I am not one of those people who dislike Tyler Perry. I think the man is extra as hell and does 10 times too much in many of his movies, but there are a few films by him that I thoroughly enjoyed. Those films just happen to be the non-Medea films (except "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" which I liked a lot despite the wife's need to get back at a cripple man). For Colored Girls is a non-Medea film, I was sure I would enjoy it.

For those who haven't read the book (a collection of 20 poems) or seen the play, For Colored Girls gives poetic insight on the lives of several different women of color. The women, from various places across the US, are represented by the colors of the rainbow, except one (the lady in brown) and throughout the play they are telling their individual story through poetic prose.

I think Tyler Perry did an excellent job sticking to the essence of the book. Of course, he added his own touch and switched up the story line to make it relevant for today (to get writer's credit too of course). The story is set in Harlem, present day with Phylicia Rashad playing the apartment manager who is watching the story unravel. Perry chose the right people and the right poems for this play. One has to thank God that Mariah Carey dropped out and Thandi filled in. She was perfect in the role of the "Lady in Orange". She exuded a sensuality and cool attitude that Mariah could not pull off.

Somewhat of a new comer, Tessa Thompson was excellent as the "Lady in Purple". I found her recitation of "Graduation Night" to be one of the best I have ever seen. The background setting, Tessa talking to her dance classmates, was perfect and her delivery of the poem was so seamless and smooth, I didn't even feel like she was saying a poem. She was spinning a magnificent tell. Journee Smollett originally had this role and while I love Journee, I am so glad Tessa had a chance to make this role hers.

The remainder of the cast did what they always do. Loretta (Green) always plays the woman longing for a man, but I love her rendition of "Somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff". Janet Jackson (Red) is not a great actress to me, and her monologue did not move me. She cries out of one eye only. I couldn't get past it. Kerry Washington (Blue) did not get enough shine. I wish there was more she could have done. Her story was incomplete. Anika Rose (Yellow) was beautiful; and I must give props to Perry for writing a completely original monologue for her to perform in the hospital. It was also a highlight. Whoopi's character (White) was written for the movie. I didn't understand why she was necessary. Less Whoopi more Kerry please. And to end with, Kimberly Elise (Brown) who manages to always play the woman with the fucked up life. She owns those types of roles so I can't hate.

One surprise was Macy Gray. I loved her as the abortion "doctor". I felt that she owned those 5 minutes she was on the film and brought a lot of emotion to the scene at hand. Perry also knows how to pick a delicious man to play a role! Michael Ealy...outstanding and scary. Khalil Kain...outstanding and scary too. I must give thanks for Michael Cory Davis! He's the man with the cut body and locs who gets out of the bed at the beginning. I know there is a God because men like him exist.

Overall...I loved the movie. There was some concern that Perry couldn't do this film justice because he is a man. I disagree. I think he made the play relevant for today's times and did the best that could have been done given that this is a book of poetry he had to make into a play. The only thing I really disliked: Thandi and Whoopi's simultaneous monologues.

I have to say 4 out of 5.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rock the Vote? No Thank You...

I'm not voting today.

Go ahead and judge me. It doesn't bother me at all, because regardless of what anyone says..."I'm NOT voting today." For what? Yes, I am one of those people who thinks my vote doesn't count...because in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't. First off...let's be clear: I AM a registered voter (in Maryland). I registered to vote the moment I turned 18. I was so happy, so proud. I know my ancestors are proud. Blacks (and women) fought long and hard for the right to vote. I am not naive nor ignorant to the plight of my people. I am also affliated with the democratic party, and I vote partisan. For those of you who are not up on American Government 101 that means I vote the democratic ticket ALL THE TIME. I see "Dem" and I just vote. Why? Because I am 78% confident that my views are more linked to that of a democrat than a republican, or any other random party listed on the ballot. Because of this line of thinking, voting for me is often unnecessary.

Maryland just happens to be a "blue" state, which means I don't really need to vote. I am sure Martin O'Malley will be just fine. Then again, people are wild angry with him so who knows? *pause* Okay okay...so what are you saying...I should vote because of the different referendum and proposals, etc that are placed on the ballot. Now this is true...and that's the part I feel bad about. However the biggest issue in MD is "Where should we put the slots?" and quite frankly, I don't care where they go. I don't live close to either place and probably won't ever go play those slots. What else? I don't know...that's all they talk about here. SLOTS, SLOTS, SLOTS.

Let me be honest...I am just jaded. No candidates move me, they haven't in a long time. Barack Obama did an excellent job riling up the public and now everyone who was so in love with this man take every opportunity they can to hate on him. My issue is change is NOT just about voting. It's about action. What good is your vote if you dont' go out there and become the change you want to see?

People go vote and then a few months later they are on twitter, facebook, or some message board complaining how everything is still the same or getting worse. What are you doing? Besides posting all day? Nothing. I don't vote because I don't see change. I don't see change because people aren't united. I can't expect the person I vote for to make MY life better, and that's what people want. They can't make our lives better...the only way for America to get better is through Revolution.

But ya'll aren't ready for a Revolution. Most people are comfortable with going into a room, filling in some bubbles, putting their "future" in someone else's hands and then going on about their lives. I am not that person. My life will be the same no matter who I vote for. Next year, or the year after we will be riling up again on some "if you don't vote, nothing will change" type steez.

I am over it. If you want real change, then let's start a revolution. Let's overthrow this mockery of a government and put the power back in the hands of the people. But ya'll don't want that. Suffice to say, while quite a few of my followers go out and rock the vote today, I'll be at work...or twitter.