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Dancing Outside. Summer 2019.

I've watched dancehall dancers for years. They still inspire me while I attempt to copy their dance moves.   Original Version. But watching myself dance, the truth is I don't move like the dancers that I want to emulate.    And I'm slowly coming to accept that. All due respect to the creators of the dances, this is my expression, my version, my body language.   That might rub people the wrong way; I may be doing the dances incorrectly, I'm sorry.    But I don't apologize for being me or my dance voice. I enjoy dancing to dancehall.    It's one of my joys in life. Youtube Version(different music)

Ad Astra, Dark Crystal AOR REVIEWS, Invisalign and More.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE. On this episode I review Ad Astra, Brad Pitt's latest film.    I also review Netflix's fantasy series Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.    There are spoilers for both, please be forewarned.    Correcting my teeth.   It's a journey I've recently begun by signing up for Invisalign.    I breakdown what the beginning of this journey has felt like and why I'm doing this. Finally, writer Mark Waid and artist Peter Krause put together one awesome comic series called Irredeemable.   There were two quotes in the run that really resonated with me and I share that here.

Ad Astra Movie Review (SPOILERS)

Ad Astra is a space drama which I enjoyed but wouldn’t sit through again.   What I liked; the moon pirates.   Can we get a full feature on that?   Also, the 70’s-80’s sci-fi vibe when Roy Mcbride(Pitt)was on Mars.  Especially when he was in the ‘comfort room.’   The psych evaluation tests which determine if one is fit to serve.   The soundtrack was great as well.  It gave weight to awe-inspiring visuals while in space or during a ship's launch.    Finally, the father-son themes and Pitt not choosing to go down his father's path, which seemed to be the case for a while in the story. However, I prefer Interstellar and Gravity to Ad Astra if we are comparing similar films.   Space madness is introduced in Interstellar, and it is an element in the narrative here.  It seems the longer you are in space you might become crazy.  Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones characters had shades of that, but it didn’t stop them from trying to achieve their respective missions. Overall, the fil

Beginning the Journey of Correcting my Teeth-Invisalign.

September 2019 On September 11, 2019, I began my Invisalign journey. When I was younger, I wasn’t crazy about getting braces.  The dentist had suggested them multiple times.    Most of my life, I’ve been shy when it came to girls/women, and I thought having braces would kill my confidence more so.   My best friend in high school had the metal braces, and I remember him sitting behind me in class breathing funny.  I never found myself attractive to the public, but privately I like the way I look.  Artists and painters brushstrokes are unique.  I consider all of us being the works of a unique illustrator(G-O-D, our sky buddy).  In saying this, having a big nose, going bald in my 20’s, my crooked teeth, I've come to accept.   July 2019 I learned that one’s teeth shift throughout their life, and as I’ve gotten older, it’s affected my dental health.  My biting myself(inside my mouth) happened often and severely.  Grinding my teeth when I slept, didn’t help either. This

Jillionaire's Chicken and Beer Party 2019. Brooklyn, NYC

I've been to this party for the last two years, and it's never disappointed. With these recent party videos, I've been trying to be more intentional in capturing friends and familiar faces.  Why? Because of Micro Don's passing.  Here today, gone tomorrow.  We never know how much time we have left on this planet. Events like this make me so happy to be alive. To dance amongst friends have the best of times.  Moments like these are what I feel make life worth living. When it comes to dancing at parties, I admittedly can have an ego.  I want people to follow me, all eyes on me.  When I don't get that I, sometimes, might feel less than.   It's something I'm trying to work through. I wanted to thank and give credit to DJ Fade, Dutty the French, and the gentleman behind the 15th Parish documentary for shooting this event from their point of view.  Max Glazer for a beautiful speech honoring Micro Don's memory and making us dance.  Jillionaire f

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance REVIEW

I saw the 1982 movie(on Netflix)in preparation for this series and found it lacking, which is weird because the world is so full of substance.    But as this series presents, there was more to be explored. This Netflix exclusive takes place before the movie, but I preferred Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to the film.   Fleshing out these characters, the unraveling of the story, the history of the world was wonderful.   However, I admit it didn't grab me until the 2nd episode. I was surprised at how many times I got emotional watching this.  Specifically, the parent-child relationships.    Reinforcing the power of the human voice evoking emotion, whether it would be in an animated film like 'Up' or a series made with puppets showcased here. The fantasy world first introduced back in 1982 is more realized in this show.   If you're a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you won't be disappointed.   One of the locales called 'Stone in the Wood' r


LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE Jason G and I saw It Chapter 2.    We both enjoyed it but felt the first film was superior.     Some of Jason's thoughts(THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW): -He's read the book and said this movie was too faithful to the book, comparing it to the Watchmen film.    This isn't a good thing. -Jason enjoyed the ensemble of the adult Losers' club even saying, if there were an Oscar nomination in this category, this would win. -Stephen King connected universe?    He shares some insights he's learned regarding this story being related to Mr. King's Dark Tower book. Late night movie review   My thoughts: -This film wasn't necessary.    Unless you're a completist and want to discover how the rest of the story plays out. -Is Pennywise and alien?    This wasn't explained well. -The movie does drag at points. We discuss all this and more in this episode.    Please post your comments and feedback below. It was my

Terminator Stalks Deathlok-Action Figure Drawing

In this drawing, the T-800 is stalking Deathlok, but he is ready for him.    The figures I used in this piece are the Marvel Legends, Sasquatch BAF, Deathlok figure.    The second is the Neca Terminator, Kenner Tribute, T-800, with the Power Arm. Time lapsed video of this drawing. The Alien films inspired the setting.    Those movies often take place in dark, steamy, dirty corridors of a spaceship which has been on a mission for some time.    The challenge I run into with these pieces is the lighting on the figures.    Its doesn't always fit the mood.     After loading the photo(of the action figures)into the Procreate app on the Ipad, I tend to freestyle it, pouring out whatever environment comes to me. With a little planning, I'm sure I can fix this. Here are affiliate links for both figures. Deathlok Terminator Thoughts, comments, please do so below.    

Conversations with Friends

Listen to the Podcast Here: On this episode, I have a conversation with various friends and co-workers.    These recordings are another form of photographs.    A record in time which says we were here at this date and had a conversation.    A beautiful way to remember someone, in my opinion. The first conversation is with Paula.   A co-worker in her twenties who wants to grow into the person she wants to become right now. The second is with a manager who is moving on from the current job. He shares his excitement and fear of what's to come. Thirdly, my friend Mami(yes that's her name).   We talk about a member of our small dancehall circle who passed recently passed on.  Finally, I speak with a friend who is HIV positive.    He talks to me about his life currently and the stigma which comes along with his status. Thoughts, comments, please do so below.

Irredeemable. Fantastic comic, with Memorable Quotes.

  Irredeemable is a recommended series.   The full run is available now on Comixology Unlimited.    The premise?    The story asks what if Superman became a villain and went to war with the world?    Except writer Mark Waid uses his creations to fill the roles.   Two quotes from this comic made me reflect on my own life.   -The Eleos in issue 32  'For if there is anything we learned about is that some never tire of punishing themselves.' Why are we so critical of ourselves?   Why not realize how much power we have?    Why not reinforce what we focus on, becomes our reality? Another observation, I've found that if I treat someone poorly, this is how I talk down to myself. -Modeus in issue 27 'The great and tragic paradox of the human soul,' 'is that while it constantly longs for something better, it cannot help but gravitate towards the familiar.' Why is it so hard to change?    We know what's best for us, but it r

Walshy Fire's Rum and Bass Party. Brooklyn, NY June 2019. Rest in Peace Micro Don.

Great times at Walshy Fire’s Rum and Bass party.    Brooklyn, NY June 2019.    You might see some of your favorite dancers in this video.    This is also the last time I saw Micro Don.     He’s in this video and you can see him smiling and having a wonderful time.    He pops up in at 1:24 and 2:15. Rest in peace Mr. Lopez, we miss you. Find out more about Walshy Fire, his music and his parties. Here is his  Instagram account  Listen to the Micro Don interview I did on this podcast here