The Importance of Now

Hey there Music Movie family!  How has 2013 been treating you so far?  Did anyone watch the Grammys or BET Honors earlier this month?  How about the Oscars last Sunday night?  I managed to catch all three, and a few of the other award shows, although this month has been extremely hectic for me.  In addition to travelling out-of-town to finish up a book edit,  I loss a very dear friend, and learned of the deaths of two others, earlier this month.  Coping with the deaths of loved ones is something we all must face at some point and, while it seems quite tragic when they leave at a young age or without warning, is a reminder of the precious importance of now.  What are those things in life you are passionate about but keep putting on the back burner?  What is that one thing you want to do but haven’t yet stepped out on faith to attain?

blackfilmavatar-300x300Local filmmaker, Reelblack founder, and friend Mike D. (Philly Boy and Ladies and Gentleman, Jordan Rock)  recently stepped out on faith and started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds towards completion of a feature-length documentary on the state of African-American film called Black Film Now.   Let me further clarify – Black Film Now will be the FIRST full length documentary on this subject, and will include rare interview footage including chats with Spike Lee, Kimberly Elise, Kevin Hart,  Kerry Washington, Lee Daniels, Ava Duvernay, and Haile Gerima just to name a few.  I’m excited for Mike and the making of this film and I encourage everyone reading to share and support this campaign.  You can watch the video below and go to http://www.indiegogo.com/blackfilmnow  to donate.  Every amount counts, and for just $10 your name will be added to the end credits as a thank you for your support.   How cool is that?  There are 13 days left in the Indiegogo campaign, but after that you can check my blog roll (to the right) and click on the Reelblack link to get info on how to support.

Although it’s hard to understand the losses, I’m grateful for the reminder that I must appreciate now more.  Thank you Mike D. for being a current example of the power of now, and for the passion you exude to bring good Black film to the masses.  To Bridgette and her family, and to the memory of Karen and my dear friend Shelice, I simply say God is still in control.

Until next thought family, Thomasena

Love, Peace and Soul – 25th Annual Soul Train Awards (11/25/12)

Hey there Music Movie family!!!!  How was everyone’s Thanksgiving holiday?  I had a beautiful time celebrating with my family this year, and I feel 20 lbs heavier right now! 🙂  And since the awards season has started (the CMA’s earlier this month & the AMA’s last week ushered it in), I’ll get plenty of chances to dance and work some of those extra, extra plates off ;).

My first opportunity is up tomorrow with BET’s airing of the 25th annual Soul Train Awards at 8pm (EST).  This year’s event will include performances from newbies like Elle Varner, Leah Labelle, and Marcus Canty; but I’m really looking forward to the New Edition tribute because I intend to dance all the way through!  Also looking forward to seeing some of my faves perform like Fantasia, Raphael Saadiq, Anthony Hamilton, and of course Stevie Wonder. Last, but certainly not least, I’m anticipating the special tribute for the late, great Don Cornelius.  Heck, I’m ready for the whole show. 😉  The great thing about it airing on the BET network is if you can’t watch tomorrow it will be repeated various times, so don’t fret.

And speaking of repeats, airing next Saturday 12/1 on the BBC channel is Spike Lee’s documentary, which pays homage to the late Michael Jackson, Bad 25.  Now anyone who knows me personally wouldn’t believe this, but I missed it on Thanksgiving night!  I knew the start time, and was preparing to watch, but became preoccupied with friends, good conversation, and only caught the beginning of the special.  I will view it next week, and trust I’ll own the doc once it’s out on DVD so don’t judge me ;).  I’m an MJJ fan for life!

Alright, that’s it for me family.  Leave a comment below about your favorite performance from this year’s Soul Train Awards or let me know your thoughts about Bad 25. Until next thought family, Thomasena