Archive for April, 2008

My Beautiful Wife

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2008 by Rick

As cliche as it sounds i believe my wife is, indeed, beautiful. She amazes me with her elegance, loyalty, honesty and her humility. I Praise God for her because I know I don’t deserve the treasure that she is, but I enjoy her in Him name! As I have been asleep at the blogging wheel, I want to point you to my wife, Heather, and her latest epiphany.

P.S.

Thanks for carrying baby number two for us Heather. I love you!

Rick & Heather

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Haunted

Posted in television with tags , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2008 by Rick

I am highly susceptible to good advertising as the ad gurus bank on. I don’t think this latest ad will make me spend one red cent but the jingle creeps up on me and stays throughout most of my day. Can’t wait for the “limited time” to reach its limit.

Black enough for ya?

Posted in Entertainment, Movies with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2008 by Rick

I love my brudnlaw* to death. We work together and often times he baits me into lively discussions to lighten the atmosphere after meetings. He has several fuses he periodically lights to get me going and I rarely let them fizzle out without at least a minor rumble. One of his guaranteed bulls-eyes is the ‘Kobe vs. Jordan’ contention. Let the record show that while I am a Kobe apologist, I am not foolish enough to compare Michael Jordan’s illustrious career with Bryant’s brilliant and still unfolding legacy. My brother-in-law calls Kobe NBA’s ‘Terrell Owens’ and a cancer on the league. I believe he secretly loves Kobe (nobody can live in LA for significant time and dislike Kobe). I digress. The most recent recurring barb ole bruh likes to toss is the ‘You don’t like black people’ dart. One day I expressed that I am not a Tyler Perry fan or fond of the 90’s sitcom ‘Martin’, which lead to me saying most black cinema is disappointing to me and he concluded ‘Rick doesn’t like black people.’ While nothing could be further from the truth, it is quite funny. The truth is I feel Tyler Perry capitalizes off of damaging stereotypes and slapstick humor in much of his stage and film work. He wastes no time with character development, he boasts thin plot-lines and resolves conflicts in shallow, unrealistic ways. Aside from that…Oh nevermind.

In my opinion, many, not nearly all, black filmmakers offer similar imitations of art instead of telling stories in creative ways and portraying black culture for the mosaic of experiences it is. Shout out to Spike Lee, The Hughes Brothers, Thomas Carter and John Singleton.

With that said I thought I’d list my top ten favorite black movies** in no specific order:

1.  Menace II Society

2. Malcolm X

3. The Wood

4. Love and Basketball

5. Jungle Fever

6. Get on the Bus

7. The Five Heartbeats

8. Above the Rim

9. Glory

10. Talk to Me

honorable mention: Brown Sugar, New Jack City, Friday, Hustle & Flow, Inside Man, City of God, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Catch A Fire, Do the Right Thing, The Wiz, Juice

My top ten favorite black (under-publicized) actors/actresses in alphabetical order:

Obba Babatunde, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Omar EppsVondie Curtis-Hall, Djimon Hounsou, Chi McBride, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Larenz Tate, Kerry Washington.

*slang for brother-in-law

**black movies: movies with black writers, producers, directors, lead and supporting cast, portray black culture or central characters or any combination of these elements. Don’t over think this. You know a black movie when you see one.

Judge Clarence Thomas I learned ethnic self-hatred from one of the best!

(Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas)