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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Black Writers & Creators Make Big Difference On Sit Coms

The black folk on "Desperate Housewives" did not work out while the black folk on "Grey's Anatomy" are thriving. What is the difference? We believe no blacks had input at "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy" is produced by a black woman, Shonda Rhimes. Does this mean whites cannot write black parts or create real black characters? Probably not. But it probably depends on which whites are writing and creating. Just as Shonda Rhimes writes very well for the white characters in "Grey's," whites familiar with the black experience can easily write for blacks and create realistic black characters. However, blacks are more familiar with white culture than whites are with black culture. Whites just do not like crossing the tracks too much. And we have to go to work.

It is too bad that Alfre Woodard was miscast in "Desperate" and her family was not believeably woven into the structure of the show. The black doctors in "Grey's" are perfectly cast and developed. You rarely if ever have seen a black/Asian hookup on primetime TV. We're talking good character development, plot, romance and hot love scenes. So listen up Hollywood. Be careful who you put on the black tip. We do not need the cup tipping over too often as was the case in "Desperate."
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

YouTube Partners with Warner Brothers

Warner Music Group will distribute and license its copyrighted songs and videos through YouTube in a revenue-sharing deal that will inject needed capital into the young, money poor company. YouTube wants to cut similar deals with other media outlets and already has a deal with NBC to promote television this fall.

YouTube wants to remain independent even though they could probably sell the service for billions right now. YouTube and Warner will make money from the ads placed next to Warner's videos as well as other copyrighted amateur videos. YouTube developed a royalty-tracking system that detects when homemade videos are using copyrighted material and will enable Warner Music to monitor and decide whether to support videos.
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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Hollywood Celebrities Oppose Plans for LNG Facility

The Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility is being proposed by BHP Billiton, which wants to locate the terminal 15 miles off the coast of Malibu. Opponents are trying to kill the project by complaining that the terminal fails to meet federal clean air requirements. Pierce Brosnan, Barbra Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Sting and Charlize Theron and other celebrities are protesting plans to build the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility. The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing a draft air pollution permit for BHP but is still reviewing public comments and will make a decision in 2007. The Malibu City Council passed a resolution opposing the project.

AAEA supports this project. Where are these celebrities when these projects are being proposed for minority neighborhoods. Nowhere to be found. It is a good project for the residents of California. We support a similar that is proposed to be located in the middle of Long Island Sound (Broadwater). We believe this project would provide a reliable source of low-polluting natural gas. Next the celebrities will be complaining that the project represents a disproportionate impact on rich, famous people and will be calling for environmental justice.

BHP Billiton, an Australia-based company, has submitted an license application to construct a $800-million floating deep-water liquefied natural gas port terminal off the Ventura County coast. Public hearings by the Coast Guard and the California State Lands Commission will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to participate in the environmental review process, which will take into account economic, environmental, marine habitat and public safety issues. The Cabrillo Deepwater Port, which would act as a receiving point for shipments of California-bound natural gas, would be the first such floating terminal on the West Coast. Stored liquefied natural gas would be converted to vapor through a heat exchange system and transported by an undersea pipeline to existing onshore natural gas facilities. BHP has stated that the terminal would also be placed outside shipping lanes. Once the environmental review process is completed, the Coast Guard will issue a recommendation on the review to the state Department of Transportation, which will ultimately decide whether to issue an operating license to BHP.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Blacks Show Inferiority on First Episode of "Survivor"

Definitively proving that blacks are lower on the evolutionary scale, the first episode of "Survivor," showed that the black tribe could not build a boat or start a fire. Boat building is clearly a chore for the group that came down out of the trees the earliest in the Darwinian view. Thank you Mark Burnett for clearing this up for America.

The black tribe proved their inferiority by losing the first challenge. They could not figure out how to put together their "puzzle boat," but the Asian, white and Latino teams not only put their boats together first, they also rowed it out to a flame and rowed back. The 'closer-to-the-monkey' blacks then had to get rid of one of their own by sending someone from their team (a woman) to another team. Great symbolism there. The black man cannot take care of his woman so she is given to someone else.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Black Characters Dumped From "Desperate Housewives"

Although we like to see black actors working because of historical exclusions, we must admit that the addition of the Applewhites, the African American family with the nut in the basement, was not good. The interracial young lovers were hot, but probably did not play well in Kansas. And we love Afre Woodard, but she didn't seem to fit in this show. Maybe Gabriel Union or Thandie Newton would have been a better match. Anyway, we hope another black character will be cast. The Latino community is well represented. Of course, the role is pretty slutty, but hey, as the minorities say in Hollywood, "work is work."
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Monday, September 11, 2006

Freddie Stone vs Tito Jackson

They were the guitar players and vocalists for two of the greatest sibling bands of all time. Chuck Berry introduced dance to the guitar player so Freddie and Tito danced too. Their brothers were the stars of the acts, but their contributions were vital to the success and image of the bands.

So which one was the better guitar player, better looking, better dancer and better singer?
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"Caddyshack" did not need the Racist Scene

One of our favorite movies has a horribly racist scene inserted right in the middle. It is of a black man in a small boat. He 'bugs out his eyes' like they did in the early racist depiction of blacks in movies. Either the director is racist or one of the producers insisted on this intentional insult to black people. And we enjoy the movie so much. It is probably the perfect golf movie comedy. Shame, shame, shame on the racist idiot for placing this little piece of racism in an almost perfect film.
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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Pee Wee Herman Does Sly & the Family Stone

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Vivendi Universal Music Group To Buy BMG Music Group

Vivendi Universal Music Group has won the bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG's Music Publishing Group for $2.1 billion. If approved by USA and European antitrust officials it will add 1 million copyrights to Vivendi's 1 million copyrights, making them the largest music copyright holder in the world.

Vivendi will still have copyright competition for songs played on the radio from Warner/Chapell and Sony/ATV. (Bertelsmann)
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Linny Boyette: Today Show Outside Audience Star

Update: Linny Boyette Died on Sunday, October 6, 2013


Every time the camera pans the audience of the 7-10 am "Today" show on NBC, Linny is always there - - cool as ever. He has been there everyday for 12 years except for illness and is retired from the U.S. Army.
 
He is 63, was born in Jamaica and raised in New York and London. He speaks with a deep British accent. We must admit that he has taken a unique path to fame.

AAEA President Norris McDonald was in the "Today" show audience and met Linny, left. Linny is cool with his fans.
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Governator Likes Hot Blood

So what did the governor of Cal - Lee - fornia mean when he said Latinas are 'hot?' Did he mean they are hot blooded? Hot headed? Or sexy hot? Probably all of the above. Some Latinos have complained that it is insulting to be considered hot headed. Point taken. But was Arnie giving a compliment here? He seemed to be saying that he likes the 'hot-ness' of Puerto Ricans with some 'black blood' in them.

He apologized. We think it was a Hollywood stunt. It is election season and very little is left to chance. Of course Virginia Senator George Allen is reeling from a monkey comment, but otherwise these campaigns are stage managed. Are we really to believe this tape accidently caught him mouthing about 'hot' Latinas and it just happened to leak. We're not buying it black farmer. And we are sure that Maria is questioning you about your admiration of that 'hot' blood.
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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Krumping: Hip Hop Meets White Frat Beer Blast Dancing

Krumping is evidently the new dance thing. There always has to be a new dance thing for teenagers. Remember the 'Swim,' 'Watusi,' 'Twist,' 'Breaking,' 'Robot,' 'Electric Slide?' And we thought the 'Dog' had taken over. Krumping is Hip Hop dancing like a spastic clown. Reminds us of white guys ater 10 bears at a keg party. But hey, this is America and hybridization of culture has made for all types of expressions. Anyway, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Krumping

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Celebrity Fit Club & Hurricane Katrina

Celebrity Fit Club should have several shows in New Orleans and invite contestants from the evacuees. We know you noticed that many of the people, particularly some of the women, at the Superdome and the Convention Center had not missed a meal or a snack. New Orleans is known for its Cajun and Creole foods. Louisisna gumbo has nourished an obese population.

Hollywood reality could meet reality in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. They should set up shop there and invite hundreds to participate in the show. It would also be a way to help evacuees to return if they win. And allow for hundreds of winners. Maybe $100,000 prizes. Some of the people would still not be able to lose the weight. Since "Survivor" is pimping the race theme, maybe they should have their next show in the Lower Ninth Ward too. Then all those Hollywood Limosine Liberals could donate a subtantial portion of their money to multiple evacuee winners to return to New Orleans. It will be a wet day in Hell before that happens.
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Friday, September 01, 2006

"Survivor" : More on the Racial Theme

There is a fine line between celebrating your race and taking it to that perverse place Hitler chose. But whites, blacks, Asians and Latinos should be proud of their races. Humans are competitive even to the point of war. Humans are violent even to the point of murder. But perversity and evil-doing are not unique to interracial and inter-ethnic conflicts. Man and woman's inhumanity to man and woman are not limited to race or ethnicity. So racial pride does not have to be evil. As Jim Greene wrote to the New York Daily News, "Competing by race is not racist; it's the same as the Irish cheering St. Patrick's Day, Puerto Ricans cheering their parade, Harlemites cheering Harlem Week, etc."

Well we celebrate race in our organization's name. Proudly so. And we clearly state in our goals that membership is open to anyone interested in working for improvements in the black community. There is one in virtually every city in the U.S. There does appear to be some politicking going on though because the New York City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucuses are assailing "Survivor." Don't they know it makes no sense for them to condemn CBS' racial theme when they created themselves using race and ethnicity.
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MTV Video Music Awards & the U.S. Open

By Norris McDonald. I went to the awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, its Red Carpet at Rockefeller Plaza and the U.S. Open on the same day. What a great day. Watched Nadal and Serena win in Arthur Ashe Stadium, left, and Layton Hewitt in the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The facility was named the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Always wanted to attend this event in Flusing Meadows, New York.

Radio City Music Hall did not have good acoustics. Maybe it wasn't designed for amped up rock and rap music. The stars were there: Beyonce, Cristina, JLo, Paris, Pink, Missy, Shakira, Fergie, Jessica and the guy stars were there too: Nick, Justin, Will I Am, Puffy, Jay, Rev Run, Russell, and more. I stayed at the Mayfair Hotel across the street from the Ambassador Theater where Usher was starring in "Chicago."

The Red Carpet was one block away from the side entrances of Radio City Music Hall. I think this takes away fun for the fans because police barriers keep them from roaming between both places. So the people standing outside the hall do not get to see the stars enter because they take a back entrance closer to Rockefeller Plaza. It was my first time at the awards and it was great. Free food and booze off the first floor lobby. The ladies really come out for this event. Lines just to stand outside stretched for blocks. Video screens set up outside. And an opportunity to rub shoulders with luminaries. Al Gore was there too. He is clearly campaigning for the presidency.

I hate to admit it but I had not heard of the following bands that performed or were recognized at the awards: The Killers, Panic at the Disco, The Raconteurs, AFI, and All American Rejects. My 14 year old son knew them all very well though. Does this mean that I am officially old? And Hype Williams is a genius. He received the Video Vanguard Award. I hope to work with him one day.
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