Saturday, March 10, 2012


Nigeria’s Nollywood is the third largest film industry worldwide right behind Hollywood in the US and India’s Bollywood. Its filmmakers have mastered the art of producing entertaining popular media with low production costs and high revenue gains. According to Black Enterprise, Nollywood produces more than 2000 moves each year and brings in $250 million in profit. But exactly how does Nollywood work?
As with Tyler Perry’s films, Nollywood filmmakers can produce a film for around $15,000. In return, they often see 10 times that amount in profit. Nollywood started in the late 1980s, and has since been producing movies that display the everyday life and dilemmas of Africans covering religious to moral, romantic and political themes.
With an increasing number of African American actors jumping on board, Nollywood has been able to reach an even greater audience, and has fans from across Africa, the Caribbean and the United States. But Nollywood offers the black community more than just a means of entertainment.
“Nollywood films allow Black people to shine,” Ebbe Bassey, the Bronx-born, Nigeria-raised actress said to Black Enterprise. “[Unlike in Hollywood], we’re not being killed at the end of the first scene. We’re not gangbanging or on drugs,” she says. “We can be doctors, lawyers and whatever else we want to be. Nollywood films allow Black people to choose roles that fully express their humanity.” read more

Mitt Romney: Wanna Be Panderer And Chief -- B-Movie Star

Look mom, he's at it again!

Yes the serial panderer, down south trying to get some votes, in B-Movie form, is showing his true nature once more:

Meet the new Mitt Romney — the grit eatin’, critter stompin’, country music lovin’,y’all sayin’ presidential candidate.

It’s been a quick makeover, one that’s probably not going to stick around beyond Tuesday’s primaries in Mississippi and Alabama. But it’s been fun to watch the transformation, rolled out during a two-day, three-rally swing that look an awful lot like every other campaign event the ex-Massachusetts governor has had in recent months — save his conversion into an “unofficial Southerner.” source

He's not done yet. It get's worse: 

On cue, Romney kept the Southern shtick going Thursday morning at a town hall-style rally in Jackson, Miss. Standing next to Gov. Phil Bryant, a recent endorser who’s from one of the most conservative counties in the state, Romney opened with a local salute.

“The governor said I had to say it right: Mornin’ y’all. Good to be with you,” Romney bantered. “I got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits. I’ll tell you! Delicious.” source

The man of a thousand faces -- as Gil Scott Heron famously quipped about Ron Reagan:

Lon Chaney, our man of a thousand faces - no match for Ron. Doug Henning does the make-up - special effects from Grecian Formula 16 and Crazy Glue. Transportation furnished by the David Rockefeller of Remote Control Company. Their slogan is, “Why wait for 1984? You can panic now...and avoid the rush.”

But, oh yeah, I remember. In this year that we have now declared the year from Shogun to Reagan, I remember what I said about Reagan, I meant it. Acted like an actor. Hollyweird. Acted like a liberal. Acted like General Franco when he acted like governor of California, then he acted like a Republican. Then he acted like somebody was going to vote for him for president. And now we act like 26% of the registered voters is actually a mandate. We're all actors in this I suppose. 

A theme song for saber-rallying and selling wars door-to-door. Remember, we're looking for the closest thing we can find to John Wayne. Clichés abound like kangaroos – courtesy of some spaced out Marlin Perkins, a Reagan contemporary. Clichés like, “itchy trigger finger” and “tall in the saddle” and “riding off or on into the sunset.” Clichés like, “Get off of my planet by sundown!” More so than clichés like, “he died with his boots on.” Marine tough the man is. Bogart tough the man is. Cagney tough the man is. Hollywood tough the man is. Cheap stick tough. And Bonzo's substantial. The ultimate in synthetic selling: A Madison Avenue masterpiece – a miracle – a cotton-candy politician…Presto! Macho!

This, the most bizzarrest of bizarre GOP primary, is a B-Movie -- of the horror genre. It's 2012 and the names, faces, stars and co-stars have changed but the game remains the same: 


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Detroit 300:hunting down baby killers

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) -- Detroit 300, the well-known crime fighting community organization, announced its plans to hunt down the killers of children in the city of Detroit. In the wake of the recent murder of 9-month-old Delric 'Miller IV, the group intends to target local hot spots where area gangs hang out as well.

"We don't care what gang, crew or clique you claim. When you kill babies in this city, you are our enemy. There is nothing to talk about," says The Detroit 300 president and founder Raphael B. Johnson. "We are not going to host prayer gatherings for you or hold a candlelight vigil for your transgressions against the community. We are going to hunt you down and bring you to justice."

The group plans to take a proactive approach to the senseless violence in the city by going directly into the most crime ridden neighborhoods as identified by Detroit Police crime analysis reports. This initiative, called One Hour of Power is geared to "show a commanding presence, encouraging hope and cooperation from citizens and shutting down crime."

Angelo B. Henderson, vice-president of The Detroit 300 and Newstalk AM 1200 and 99.9 FM radio personality says, "We understand the street code where people are reluctant to give information to the police. Well, we aren't the police, so just give us the information and we'll take it from there." read more

Muhammad Ali:Quote of the Week

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

Muhammad Ali

Monday, March 5, 2012

News Flash: Allen Iverson Ain't Broke

AI listened to financial advise
Last Thursday I wrote:

Last week I was astonished (well maybe not astonished) to learn about Allen Iverson's financial woes. Apparently, AI has squandered his loot and we are talking about a major grip - conservatively, about atleast 154 million dollars in NBA salary alone (not counting his endorsements).

Apparently, AI may have foolishly squandered a big chunk of his loot, but he is not in the poor house. Read on compliments of NBA insider Peter Vecsey:

However, hold the bankruptcy proceedings. He is far from insolvent, at least in the real world, if not in harmony with his “nothing in moderation’’ lifestyle. Someone who cared a great deal for Iverson and grasped the extent of his habits, loyalties and generosity protected him to some degree from financial ruination, at 36, at any rate.

A person with a firm grip on the situation informs me Iverson has an account worth $32 million, a principal he is prohibited from touching until 55. In the meantime, it feeds him $1 million annually.

At 45, Iverson is eligible to start drawing on an NBA pension that maxes out at 10 years of active duty, or take whatever’s there as lump sum. He will be entitled roughly to $8,000 per month ($800 per x 10).

If at all possible, Iverson will issue a restraining order against himself until he’s 62 or so. At that time, I’m told, his lump sum will be between $1.5 million and $1.8 million, or he can elect to take monthly checks of approximately $14,000 per. read entire article

Bubba Chuck, I am gratified regarding this news, but I still implore you to give Magic Johnson, Junior Bridgeman or Jamal Mashburn a call.

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