Blaxploitation Classic Movies


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Way Back Weds - Zoom

Truth.  I wasn't much into the Commodores back in the day but IMHO they had a few chill (as opposed to Top 40) tracks that were nice.  I've included the long play version so enjoy.

Oh yeah, I'm slowing things down because though I like uptempo music, the season calls for snuggling and all that other romantic shit.  Instead of play a bunch of things suited for the dance floor, I'm trying something new here, even though my love life is like meh, LOL.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Stop It Reelz Channel!

If you're even a somewhat regular reader, you know I took Prince's passing rather did a lot of people.  There are even some quietly protesting the latest release of new songs (or song) as well as the Paisley Park museum.  Some diehards (or his sister) say he would've wanted it this way but personally, I'm gonna pass 'cause I'm still digesting it.

Anyway, anyone with cable knows that the Reelz channel likes to do tell-alls on the deceased.  They have Elvis, Marilyn, MJ, and now they're on Prince because I guess he's more "important" than Natalie Cole, Scott Weiland, Pfife Dawg, and many others we've lost in the past year.  Like Whitney Houston and others mentioned, the more sensationalized the life, the more shows they manage to create...even if it sounds redundant after a while.

This is the pattern I've picked up on (mind you, I haven't seen every topic on every dead celebrity).  The first deals with the general facts.  It's pretty mild and talks about what most people know along with 1-2 surprises.  This was the first that aired shortly (and I mean really short) after his passing in April.  Stock photos were decent but I could tell, as this person was part of my life 36/48 years, they didn't do their homework.

Following Reelz programs deal with their intellectual property, love lives, or how they transitioned out of this planet.  That's fine I guess but the public needs to take some things into consideration besides getting facts straight.  Prince fans are a whole 'nother breed of folks.  I'm not diehard but I remember quite a bit, especially the early years so it wouldn't hurt to dig a little for people that don't know about Wax Poetics or never read Right On! back in the 70s or 80s.

So, this past Saturday Reelz debuted Purple Reign and it was less than stellar.  Though I never cared for wife #1, the mispronunciation of her name offended me, it seemed to breeze through and not say anything different than the first tribute this his life.  The worst was the few stock photos used didn't coincide with the time period...and they weren't the best!

Back to the feelings of the fans.  We did not expect this (4/21).  It's super sad to imagine it was planned but sometimes we don't know how bad our own friends or close family feels deep inside until its too late.  Moreso if this whole thing (pills) was about keeping up appearances.  I kind of felt he would live into advanced age because so many people do now, while dealing with the what comes with it.

Forgive the digression but this is to say that maybe it would be best to switch off to someone who may have been an open book about their addiction during their lifetime.  Another idea are living celebrities with money problems and lawsuits.  I know the Gladys Knight story is very interesting right now.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

90s Child Star Files Lawsuit Against Parents

Many remember Rae'Ven Kelly as a young Anna Mae Bullock (long before she became Tina Turner) in the 1993 biopic "What's Love Got to Do with It?"  These days, the married 31-year-old actress has enjoyed a career that includes "A Time to Kill", " Hannah Montana", "Preacher's Kid" and many other credits.  However, it's her personal life that has experienced turmoil in recent.

Over the summer, she and her husband experienced abuse from law enforcement.  Before this, the veteran actress and her preacher husband Sean Dinwoodie filed a $1Million dollar lawsuit against her parents on the grounds of fraud, defamation, and breach of fiduciary duty.  Courtesy of Maya Hotblaze and Courthouse News Service.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Musical Tribute to Kashif

Once again, I have no words for the loss of lives in the past 12 months.  From the famous to those looking to make change in their communities #blacklives As you can see, Kashif (who also produced under the pseudonym Michael Jones)made hits for many pop and R&B artists, including a young Whitney Houston.  If you can ever get around to seeing his episode of Unsung, this brother made an incredible transformation from hardship growing up to becoming one of music's most respected producers.  Kashif also authored one of the most honest books about being in the music industry.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wayback Wed z...New Wave Edition

 A lot of people think of Adam ant, Duran Duran and pet shop boys but no one could do New Wave jams like Black folks.  Not being racist but think in terms of vocal quality and trying to keep a certain beat while being radio-friendly.  Andre Cymone, bootsy Collins and Cameo had serious alt-soul years before fishbone and the Bus Boys.  Got my brain percolating now, so I'm gonna be digging in the month of September.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Real Story Behind Talk to Me

If you saw this incredible movie starring the underrated Don Cheadle, then you probably wondered if he was real (I know...duh, but I'm from the West Coast.  His show didn't air here).  Anyway, a Petey Greene documentary, narrated by Cheadle, debuted last month.

Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Green is available for download at Amazon and Google Play

Wayback Weds Last Call for Something Silly

Yeah, first week back in class (on-campus) and it's kicking my chunky butt royally.  So, MC Brains was on my brain.  Had a list of older stuff but this is kind of fun.  One thing about it, at least it goes back to a time when hip-hop was fun and not  - 

  • violent 
  • misogynist
  • anti-Black/Brown
  • anti-Semitic
  • wack

...and not only did the video dancers have real moves but they didn't look like a bad science experiment. *Drops mic*