Why Mediation On Love And Hip-Hop Is A Joke

In writing the above subject line, I am of the realization that I am a viewer of the dumpster fire that is the Love and Hip-Hop franchise. I won’t go into the usual tirade about the show’s premise, the people that feature themselves on the show or why the franchise, or even Reality TV, is popular in the first place. I will put my short two cents in as to why mediation doesn’t work on Love and Hip Hop, nor really any reality show.

Simply put, it’s another excuse to fight.

Bianca, Dreamdoll, Brittney Taylor and MariahLynn are all sitting around with Remy Ma and Yandy Smith guiding the meeting between the parties. Things quickly go left when names get called, drinks and whatever are thrown, Remy and Yandy get mad it doesn’t work out. My question is – do these ever actually work out?

No. If episode upon episode features any of them looking to slug the other or actually fighting the other, any mediation will just be a means for them to continue to bullshit. Eventually, this franchise and others like it might allow a gun into the picture as even drinks thrown and shouting will eventually get old.

Let us pray that doesn’t happen.

Peter Capaldi’s Exit Speech From Doctor Who Shows He Had More To Give Than Stephen Moffat Could Write

I have to admit that although I semi-enjoyed “Twice Upon A Time”, Peter Capaldi’s last turn as The Doctor on Doctor Who, the real highlight is his exit speech before his regeneration. While not as uber-sad as David Tennant’s Shakespeare take on his exit back in 2008-09 during “The End Of Time” two parter or as somber as Matt Smith’s quickie regeneation, this was on the level of being just the right mix of the two.

At this point, having watched ten series of Nu Who and probably a bunch of seasons of the classic series, it’s almost impossible for the tone of the regenerations to be that much different. Still, Capaldi’s exit felt like an extension of Peter Davison’s exit back in the 80s in The Caves of Androzani; an underutilized actor finally getting to show off his chops in his final moments. Stephen Moffat, who seemingly wanted to make Capaldi’s Doctor darker, could never find the right tone for how his Doctor should be. Grumpy works for a few episodes in a show like Doctor Who and then after awhile, it becomes a bit of a mix and match – moody doctor in a wacky plotline that doesn’t allow for humor, irony or even relief from darkness.

With the exit of Stephen Moffat and Capaldi moving on just after Chris Chibnall’s takeover as producer of the show, one might wonder whether more moments like Capaldi’s exit speech would have been brought to light under another person’s creative handl; no one can say, although it is interesting that Moffat’s plans for David Tennant had he stayed would have been for the Series Five plotline to be the same as the one Matt Smith had for his first series.

Whatever your opinion is on Moffat, Capaldi and the entire last few seasons of Nu Who, this remains one of the best examples of how great Doctor Who can be when it wants to be.

Why Monique Should Have Taken The Netflix Money

I understand that there is sexism, racism and a bunch of other isms that plague alot of industries; Hollywood is obviously no different. Putting those polarizing themes into the discussion of adding a numerical value to one’s talent and things get not only complicated, but ugly. Monique, best known for “The Parkers” and her Oscar-winning role in “Precious”, is asking for a boycott against Netflix for offered $500,000 dollars for a stand-up special as opposed to the $11 million offered to Amy Schumer for her recent stand-up special.

If this was Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle or even Schumer herself stating this, this would have legs. Coming from Monique herself, who has been on a roasting spree going after Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey, the legs on her protest are wobbly at best. When you consider that her last stand special was more than a few years ago, it makes sense that Netflix would give her such a low offer.

The minute you step out of the spotlight, you run the risk of not only being forgotten, but losing your market value. Taking such a move generally isn’t wrong; Daniel Day Lewis is careful to pick his roles which is why he does so few films. The problem is that when you step out of the system, s*** on the system and then ask to be brought back in, you will start from the bottom.

Granted, she does get film work and did have a role in Almost Christmas in 2016. That film however was an ensemble and not a film in which Monique was a large part of the film’s narrative (unlike Precious). When it comes to holding her own movie, the last attempt I can recall was Phat Girlz, which didn’t go down well at the box office nor did it get well-received.

These factors, coupled with the lack of stand-up work in general as of late, would be some of the factors as to why Monique was given such a low offer and why, given she’s looking to re-enter, she should take the money. If she felt the money was too low, a better move would be to simply create your own content and sell it on VHX (such as what Black and Sexy TV does for their content).

I obviously could have this all wrong and she is in the right, but I’m not sure how boycotting Netflix will get her what she wants given that Netflix can always contact other stand-up comedians who would not only take the money, but use that to kick off her career.



Twilight Zone Narrations: Time Enough To Last – Opening, Mid And Closing Narrations

Twilight Zone Narrations: “The Lonely”, “Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” and “Nightmare As A Child”

It has been a goal of mine since the annoucement of Jordan Peele remaking The Twilight Zone to become the narrator for the new series. As a result, I have been recording opening and closing narrations from the original series on my Instagram account.  Here are a few samples:

The Lonely – Opening Narration

Monsters Are Due On Maple Street – Closing Narration

Nightmare As A Child – Opening Narration

Damn You, Facebook

Yesterday I discovered that Facebook had disabled my account once again. What tends to happen is, they want to verify who I am with a photo of me; I give them the photo and they take forever to get back to you. I understand this is a new security feature, but it f**ks with my ability to use it. More importantly, if I want to promote my work (the narrations I do for Twilight Zone) on Instagram, I have to have a Facebook page so I can convert my Instagram into a Business Profile.

So, I have another account and I have my Instagram redone. Sadly, I have to re-upload all the videos again to the IG. Most of them will be re-recorded as I recognize that alot of times I go way too fast as I’m talking.

“They Are Not Casting Yet”

So I decided to call¬†Principato-Young entertainment (which manages Jordan Peele) to find out any details about whether they were casting then narrator role yet. The assistant I got on the phone stated that they haven’t done any casting yet and they haven’t done anything at all in terms of producing the new series. In addition, since I have no agent, I couldn’t get anymore insight other than what I was told.

I recognize that the route to this path is a long shot – I have no acting experience, no voice acting experience and no classes. As also pointed out on my Instagram where I post my readings of the original Twilight Zone narrations, I also have a bit of a lisp. To be fair, Rod’s narrations are very wordy and take alot of practice. Since I only have the evenings and weekends as I have a regular full-time job, squeezing that time in can be a challenge.

I will get there. If not, I had fun trying.