Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Best Of Bobby Light

There is a guy I know named Bobby Light. Here is a little compilation of some of his best moments. Sorry for the quality. It was made with a cell phone camera.

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I think he's pretty funny, but that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Simplicity

In my continuing quest to find universal truths and understand myself & others better; I came across a phrase that made things very plain to me. It is simple, but yet profoundly inclusive. You could stay superficial with it or you could delve into its symbolism or unconscious meaning. Here it is:

"Everybody Poops"


Deep, huh? But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

The Desiderata Week #18

"Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness."


Give me your thoughts and opinions on what I feel is a life changing piece of literature. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Skillz Speaks



I've never heard truer conversation about hip-hop and the industry, in my life; but that's just my opinon though, and who the hell am I?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Desiderata Week #17

"But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings."


Give me your thoughts and opinions on what I feel is a life changing piece of literature. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Patron Saint of Convenient Stores

At around 9:43pm, I set out to take a little stroll. As I walked, I thought about the cliche scenes in movies where a person is sitting alone in a church to find a little peace and solitude. I decided to try it. Who couldn't use a little peace and solitude to get their mind right and pull their thoughts together? I walked up to the church and was shocked to find that the doors were locked. Light were on, but nobody home. I was at a loss. Dejected, I tried three other churches and was met with the same end. All of them were locked. I suppose that if I were in dire straits and banged on the doors, someone would've come to my assistance; but I didn't do that. I just walked to an old abandon bridge and put some thoughts together there. Now that I'm here, I just can't get that one question out of my head, "Why were the church's doors locked?" I can't think of a good reason. Do churches close? If so, what are their hours and why isn't it posted on the front door? Were they afraid of a break-in? Who would do such a thing? And if that person is out there, isn't that church the best place for that person? Shouldn't there be someone there ready to help the poor misguided soul that is attempting to harm or deface a church? I'm not one for Organized Religion, but I've been around those who are, and I believe them when they say that their church is a house of God. But maybe I put too much into that belief? Maybe I'm the misguided one for believing the church should be a testament to the availability of God's unchanging hand and its faith, when faced with adversity, danger, and inconvenience. To show you how naive I am; I thought the reverend or pastor or whatever, lived at the church. Literally. I figured he was on call 24-7. I just assumed that was the life he chose.

Although I don't put much stock in Holy Books and Holy Places; it was a weird feeling to know that there isn't a vigilant watchman ready to adjust your walk with the Lord if need be. At any hour. Night or day. I came away with the same feeling that I had from a time I'd chosen to walk to a local 7-11, to get a cherry Slurpee. Only to find that it was closed. The feelings were almost identical. All I kept thinking was, "7-11 doesn't close???" and "There better be a damn good reason that this 7-11 is closed!!!" I was mad for a while, but I calmed down when I remembered how over-priced things were in there and how I could make my own Slurpee with crushed up Popsicles and Kool-aid. Sometimes a unfulfilled expectation leads to providence and innovation. Maybe God wanted me to enjoy the wonderful cool evening and not be couped up inside. If you ask me, I think he was just showing me that I was on the right path and didn't need a detour. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Desiderata Week #16

"Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune."


Give me your thoughts and opinions on what I feel is a life changing piece of literature. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Tyler Perry


I know this will probably offend the millions and millions of single, black, church-going, women who are loyal fans of his but it must be said. What does Mr. Perry have against black men? I have watched his movies and his stage plays and I believe I have them down to a simple formula.


The Men:


The "Bad One"- He will be pure "evil", misogynistic, materialistic and/or sexual deviants.


The "Good One"- He will be a good man who was on the right track until he lost it all, or got on to the wrong track. He is on his way back to "doin' right"; but he is constantly dogged by his reputation, and/or the repercussions of his checkered past and/or poor decision making. The most important part of the "good man" is; all the bad things that happened to him were of his own doing. out of selfishness or greed.


The men in Mr. Perry's movies have no natural instinct or urges to exhibit "positive" behavior until adversity has humbled them. They are "bad", for no apparent reason, until made "good". He couldn't do the Barrack Obama story because he isn't an ex-con, former gang member, thug-ass nigga, or backslider.


The Women:


They are always strong, positive, sensible, and amazingly maternal and willing to sacrifice any and every for their family. They are also always the star, motivating factors, and focal point of the films. They are offered every benefit of the doubt, and if they do have a fault or short coming, they are provided with a wonderful back story to explain why it is so.


If a woman doesn't fall into this cater gory, she is a minimal side character, or a comedic caricatures.


I don't mind that Mr. Perry does this. I actually find his movies very entertaining. But ever since The Color Purple was made a film( a movie the had absolutely no positive Black men); I believe that there has been a market for films that showcase Black women rising above despite the Black men in their lives. I know..... I know..... Many of you are saying, " But there really are Black men like that" or "You just don't understand what it's like to be a Black woman in the world today". Imagine if he wrote the opposite. Imagine if every woman in his film were no good? Imagine the public backlash. I am in no way saying that Mr. Perry should stop making films or stop making the kind of films that he does. I'm merely saying that he seems to be benefiting off of a media system that emasculates Black men and morally assassinates and ousts the Black man as the Patriarchal figurehead of the Black family. Maybe I'm reading too much into the films. Maybe I don't know enough about Mr. Perry's personal story. Maybe I'm just a hater. Maybe...

Or maybe we are being introduced to the Year 2000 minstrel show. Maybe Flavor of Love was too overt. Maybe this is just subtle enough to win us over.


And I haven't even mentioned the Organized Religion that he peppers in to his flicks to make sure we feel, at least a little, inadequate. I'm sorry if it seems like I'm hating on a fellow Black man, but I'm not. I wish Mr. Perry and all of those involved with his movement continued financial, spiritual, and creative success. I love seeing my brothers and sisters doing good; but my point of view; as a black man is, "something in the milk ain't clean". I still got love and respect for Mr. Tyler Perry, but that's just my opinion though; and who the hell am I?
 
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