A look at the film and TV Industry

I found this Entertainment Weekly post on women and sexism in the film and TV industry.  Eva – make that Civil War Movie!

I have said it before: I have long held that it is time for women to say to hell with Hollywood and look at other avenues to tell stories.  Hollywood is dying a death in double time. Netflix and HBO is where it’s at.  As Snagglepuss used to say.


Nina Simone on Shock value

Nina Simone in repose.

There’s been a lot of hoo-haa about the upcoming bio-pic and the black face used on Zoe Zeldana, the actor playing her.

I have two things to say on the matter.

One: Zoe needs to fire her management team.  The minute they were aware of the makeup job required to do the gig, her team should have told her to walk.  Even Ms. Simone would have told her that you have to control your own image.  Let the community have their say, ignore the Twitter feed,  and move on. Remember, you can be replaced.

Second.  I hate bio-pics.  As it is, the hoo-haa about the lack of representation of Black people at the 2016 Oscars meant that no one noted the documentary about Ms. Simone that was up for an Academy award.  Jada Pinkett-Smith did not bother to mention that.

As far as I am concerned, morbid as it sounds,  let the dead get the opportunity to speak for themselves.

Muhammed Ali, d. June 3rd 2016


I’m still trying to figure out where I’m going and I am not bold enough the state that I know what the truth is.  But I am brash enough to state outright that I am correct most of the time. Why? Because as Ali also said:

The man who views the world at 50
the same as he did at 20
has wasted 30 years of his life.

I have spent the past 26 years (I’m not 50 just yet) reflecting on the world and its ills.  I disagree with Muhammed Ali on one point: none of us are free to be what we want.  Nor should we be. What we should be is free FROM want. But that is not going to happen any time soon, so long as we want more than what we actually need.

You don’t have to agree with me. And I sure as heck am not going to be what anyone wants me to be.

I have better things to do with my time.

TPS Jazz or getting out of my musical rut

Got caught up in one of those FB games where you list 12 albums that made a lasting impression on you, but only 1 per band/artist. My friend Chad, who knows his stuff about music, had an interesting list with musicians I did not know.

One was John Zorn: Spy vs. Spy: The Music of Ornette Coleman.

I didn’t like John Zorn but I am intrigued by Ornette Coleman, a sax player who died last year at 85 years of age. Though Coleman I became aware that I am in a music rut.  It is time to educate myself on sounds new to me.