Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Adore [LYRICS]

Adore is a song from Sign o' the Times, the ninth studio album by musician Prince in 1987

Baby. Girl! U look soooo good.
Until the end of time I'll be there 4 U
U own my heart and mind - I truly adore U
If God one day struck me blind
Your beauty I'd still see (U're beauty I'd still see)
Love's 2 weak 2 define - Just what U mean 2 me

From the first moment I saw U
Ooh, I knew U where the 1
That night I had 2 call U
I was rappin' till the sun came up
Tellin' U just how fine U look
In a word, U were sex
All of my cool attitude U took
My body was next - U made love 2 me
Like U where afraid Was U afraid of me?
Was I the first? Was I your every fantasy?
That's why

Until the end of time I'll be there 4 U
U own my heart and mind
I truly adore U
If God one day struck me blind
Your beauty I'd still see
Love's 2 weak 2 define
Just what U mean 2 me

When we be makin' love
I only hear the sounds
Heavenly angels cryin' up above
Tears of joy pourin' down on us
They know we need each other
They know U are my fix
I know, that U know I ain't cheatin' baby
They know this is serious
I ain't funkin' just 4 kicks, no
This condition I got is crucial, ahh crucial baby
U could say that I'm a terminal case
(U could burn up my clothes)
Smash up my ride, (well maybe not the ride)
But I got 2 have your face
All up in the place
I'd like 2 think that I'm a man with exquisite taste
(I'm a man of exquisiteness)
A hundred percent Italian silk imported Egyptian lace
Nothin' baby, I said nothin' baby could compare
(Nothin could compare) 2 your lovely face (2 u're lovely face)
Do U know what I'm sayin' 2 U this evening?
I'm tryin', tryin' 2 say
I'm just tryin' 2 say

That until, until the end of time
I'll be there 4 U
I'll be there 4 U
U own my heart, own my mind (darling u)
I truly adore U (darlin')
U don't know what you mean 2 me

Girl, (until the end of time)
Girl, (I'll be there 4 U)
Girl U, (U own my heart and mind)
'Til the end of time I'll be there 4 U
(I truly adore U)
Adore U (adore U)
Can I talk 2 U?
Tell U what U mean 2 me

Every time U wander
I'll be your eyes so U can see
I wanna show U things
That I show no other, I wanna be
More than, more than your mother
More than your brother
I wanna be (like no) like no other
If U need me, I'll never leave
I know, that U know, without U there is no me
There is no me
Without U there is no sea
There is no shore
Love is 2 weak 2 define how much I adore
U, child
U, child
The last words U hear The last words U hear
(until the end of time)
I'll be there for you, baby
(until the end of time)
Be with me darlin' til the end of time (until the end of time)
I'll give U my heart - I'll give U my mind
I'll give U my body (until the end of time)
I'll give U my time (until the end of time)
(until the end of time)
4 all time I am with U
U are with me
(until the end of time)
U are with me, U are with me

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes [LYRICS]

Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes
by TLC

Intro by Andre 3000

"Remember back in da time
When da only sign we had was picket
But now in '94 it be
This way somethin' come wicked
G-angs killin' others fo colors
Thangs that we wear fo fashion
Other brothers take it fo a reason
To be blastin'
what da kcuf is goin' on
Not soft like buttercups but
Had enough of singin' dat same song
See I stayed across da street from da projects
Took out yo momma trash and groceries
To her trunk to keep my pockets
Fat like cellulite only been to jail one week
Fo some shullbit and I pray to God I won't repeat
I shoulda pulled it when I had da chance to
No I shouldn't did dat 'cause if I did dat
Yall would not hear dat fat shit
Dat keeps you on yo tippy-
Toes like dat sellout not callin' no names
But really who's bad
I go through obstacles like a whole box of condoms
you can't forget
Where you come from"

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Liberian Girl-Why MJ frontin'?

At the end of the star studded video Michael zooms in on the camera.
Michael Jackson in the Liberian Girl video
In his defense maybe Michael was playing the camera man. LOL.
"Liberian Girl" was the ninth single to be released from Michael Jackson's 1987 album Bad. The song starts with the Swahili language phrase "Naku Penda pia, Naku Taka pia, Mpenziwe!" (I love you too, I want you too, my love!), which was sung by South African singer Letta Mbulu (although Swahili is only commonly spoken on the opposite coast of Africa). 
Directed by Jim Yukich, the video for the song featured many of Jackson's celebrity friends who wait on the set to film the music video for "Liberian Girl", only to discover he was filming them all along. As named in the closing titles, featured in the video are:
  • Beverly Johnson
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner
  • Sherman Hemsley
  • Paula Abdul
  • Carl Weathers
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Quincy Jones
  • and more

Read more about the song and the video at Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Marketing & Advertising

Not all of these may not apply to what you're marketing, but the core elements remain integral.

The first step is to formulate a media plan. The purpose of media planning is to conceive, analyze, and select channels of communication that will direct advertising messages to the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
Media planning should consist of a Marketing Plan and an Advertising Plan.
The Marketing Plan should consist of marketing objectives, marketing strategy and marketing tactics.
The Advertising Plan should consist of media objectives, media strategy and selecting media. Part of the media plan is to select media vehicles, particular magazines, or broadcast programs according to how well they deliver or expose the message to the desired target audience. In order for this strategy to be effective it must have continuity. It must have a continuous schedule where it seeks a set level of exposure during the entire campaign. It must also utilize Reach and Frequency.
Reach is the total number of different people exposed at least once to an ad in a given time period. Frequency is the number of times the same person is exposed to an ad in a given time period.
A successful advertising campaign should identify a target audience, the product the communications media and the advertising message. You must understand and agree to these four elements of the advertising strategy before any creative work begins.   
Without the proper marketing strategy you face fragmentation of your message.
For a proper situation analysis it must identify the brand. It must identify the industry which includes the competition. It must identify the target segmentation, (the demographic and what they desire, what drives them behaviorally). It must also identify the key products and benefits of the brand which includes the brand advantages and differentiation. Finally it must identify the single most important message to communicate.         
I write this not as a layman observer, but as someone who as part of my degree in Mass Communication has studied Public Relations and Advertising, Principles of Advertising and Advertising Campaigns where we developed an integrated marketing plan for an existing company.

—Dankwa Brooks

Whatever You Want [LYRICS]

"Whatever You Want" is the title of a number-one R&B single by Tony! Toni! Tone!. It was the fourth and final single released from their second album, The Revival (1991). The song spent two weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and peaked at number forty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.—Wikipedia

Funny think I do whenever I sing the lyrics to Whatever You Want

"So, what makes you think I would try to run a game on you
Just as sure as my name is [DAN-KWA]
I'll be there for you and I'll...
Treat you just like a queen and give you fine things
You'll never have to worry about another in your place
Believe me when I say..."

LOL. And finally the lyrics

Whatever You Want

I don't wish you no bad luck baby
I don't wish you no strain
I only wanted to expose your life to the finer things
I offer you my company, girl
You don't need no sympathy
You just need some one who cares

Whatever you want
Girl you know I can provide
Whatever you need (when ever you need me)
Call 632-2135

Now maybe I should drive right over
Show you my new ride
Or take you shopping out on the town
Will that make you feel your best
Or go out of my way to make sure you have everything
I live to be the one who will always be there to give you

Whatever you want
Girl you know I can provide
Whatever you need (when ever you need me)
Call 632-2135

Whatever you want
Girl you know I can provide
Whatever you need (when ever you need me)
Call 632-2135

So, what makes you think I would try to run a game on you

Just as sure as my name is D'wayne
I'll be there for you and I'll...
Treat you just like a queen and give you fine things
You'll never have to worry about another in your place
Believe me when I say

Whatever you want
Girl you know I can provide
Whatever you need (when ever you need me)
Call 632-2135

Whatever you want
Girl you know I can provide
Whatever you need (when ever you need me)
Call 632-2135

Now you know I've never been the type to have
A loss for words
So I tell you these feelings I have for you
They're all so true girl
I heard someone say that love can be so blind
I'll give you your space to go
And you know I'll always be there for you

So, what makes you think I would try to run a game on you

Whatever you want
Girl you know I can provide
Whatever you need (when ever you need me)
Call 632-2135

Girl, I will be right there for you
Whenever you need me just call
Whatever you want

The Astounding Norbit

A friend of mine @ work told me she LOVES this movie not. If you ever read anything else I have written no further explanation is needed.

I'm always astounded—ASTOUNDED by the box office totals of this film. Apparently my friend @ work isn't the only one who likes this film.

For the record—
Norbit is a 2007 American comedy film, directed by Brian Robbins. It stars Eddie Murphy and Thandie Newton. The film also stars Terry Crews, Clifton Powell, Lester "Rasta" Speight, Eddie Griffin, Katt Williams, Marlon Wayans, and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

At the box office Norbit made
Domestic: $95,673,607
+ Foreign: $63,639,954
= Worldwide: $159,313,561
Source: Box Office Mojo

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Just Because You Make Great Music Videos…[RANT]

Re: A post on Facebook about bad films and my reply to someone who posted the below film

"BELLY was SO FREEKIN BAD. Some music video directors need to stick to directing music videos. Just because you can direct an exciting visual video doesn't mean you can properly convey the nuances required in a narrative film."

For the record: Belly is a 1998 film, the film directorial debut of music video director Hype Williams. Filmed in New York City as an urban drama, the film stars rappers DMX and Nas, alongside with Taral Hicks, Method Man dancehall artist Louie Rankin, R&B singer T-Boz. Besides starring in the film, Nas also narrates and collaborated with Hype Williams on the screenplay.-Wikipedia

Monday, March 12, 2012

Season-to-Date Broadcast Network Status Report

From Broadcasting & Cable Magazine
Season-to-Date Broadcast Network Status Report:

Found Footage Films Need To Stay Hidden

Sorry 'Blair Witch,' found footage films need to stay hidden
February 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM
By John Couture

Sometimes I really hate the Blair Witch. I know it's completely irrational to hate a fictional character that never even makes a single screen appearance in the 1999 movie that shares its name, but I don't care.

I hate the Blair Witch.

What I really hate about her is the overflowing abundance of found footage films that she has left in her wake. You know, those films, usually in the horror genre, that are presented in a way to make you think that the film was shot by the actors and simply found one day, blurring the lines between film and reality.

Cloverfield, the Paranormal Activity movies and this month's Chronicle are just some examples of over 50 films that you could classify in this "genre." And I get it. For horror films, it elevates the tension and suspense by thinking that anything can happen and it could be real.

But, it worked the first time. I would think that the feeling would dissipate as the proliferation of found footage films continues. I wouldn't know because I tend to stay away from found footage films as a general rule.

Next month, the dude who brought us The Hangover is taking the found footage idea to a whole new level when Project X hits theaters. For the first time, a comedy will be told through the lens of "found film." And if you've seen the trailer, you know that this is one party that definitely got out of hand.

Who knows? Maybe, this concept will actually work for comedy. Personally, I think it's just an excuse for shoddy camerawork. Or perhaps it's all a big ruse to keep Dramamine in business. All I know for sure is that it has to stop.

By many accounts, Chronicle was a pretty neat little take on the superhero myth grounded in reality. But did it have to told as found footage? Did that aspect of the movie make it more enjoyable?

I don't know, you'll have to tell me, because as I said, I try and avoid as much found footage films as possible.

June 26, 2012
I finally saw Chronicle yesterday and it further reaffirms that found footage films need to stay hidden.

Very impressive VFX (visual effects), but the story is kind of weak. I too am tired of found footage, but I saw a found footage film at the 2012 Maryland Film Festival that was pretty good called V/H/S. Read my review of V/H/S here

April 22, 2013
I finally saw Project X last weekend and it was really good! I enjoyed it and I enjoyed the camera work too! Read my full Mini Review here

Friday, March 9, 2012

My thoughts on this 15th Anniversary

Yo check this! I don't usually celebrate the date of someone's death (usually their birth) , but today was Friday AND the 15th anniversary of such an occasion so this morning I was inspired.

When Whitney Houston passed away I thought it was tragic, but seriously the passing of Biggie shocked me MORE. Tupac's death came after a weeklong suspension in ICU and a couple of surgeries, so it wasn't THAT MUCH of a surprise when he passed away.

Yeh six months later when Biggie was killed—I was shocked. I couldn't believe it. Like a Biggie lyric "it was all a dream".

So today I've been posting on Facebook & Twitter about Christopher Wallace AKA The Notorious B.I.G. for his art lives on BABY BAY BAY

Great quote about the state of diversity in film [QUOTE]

Great quote from a friend I made over on @NotherBrother Twitter account from a great podcast she co-hosts Cinema In Noir.

Cinema In Noir is a podcast featuring "Unabashed film talk from three mahogany film mavens. Hosted by Candice, Rebecca, and Kim"

The below quote is from their first podcast of 2012 titled “Movie Resolutions” (Jan 8, 2012) and it’s by Kim or as she is known on Twitter @ReelSistas
“I’m kinda over the fact that more animals have been in films than blacks, Latinos and Asians put together in leading roles. We’ve had horses, revolting monkeys, quadriplegic whales are in these starring roles and where are the black people or people of color? They have interesting lives too! So I really would like to see more of that, please! Not more of the animals, more of the people of color in films.”
Her delivery is way better in audio than it is in print and her co-hosts laughing in the background is priceless. You can listen to it at around the 36:00 min mark along with ALL of their Movie Resolutions below.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Alfre Woodard [Actor Profile]

Alfre Woodard

Quoted from her profile on IMDb

As of September 13, 2003, she now holds the record of being the most honored African American actress in Primetime Emmy history.

Until her win (as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for "The Practice" (1997)), she was tied with Cicely Tyson at three Primetime Emmys apiece.

She won her first Primetime Emmy in 1984 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for a three-episode guest stint on "Hill Street Blues" (1981), as the mother of a young boy accidentally killed by a police officer.

Her second Primetime Emmy came in 1986 as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series (a category which has since been split into male and female equivalents) for the "Pilot" episode of "L.A. Law" (1986) playing a woman dying of leukemia who claims to have been a victim of gang rape.

In 1997, she won her third Primetime Emmy (pictured below) for Miss Evers' Boys (1997) (TV) against stiff competition from the likes of Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing.

Check out the full IMDb profile here

JUNE 2012: I'm excited about the below news

Alfre Woodard Joins 'Twelve Years a Slave' Cast (Exclusive)
by Borys Kit-The Hollywood Reporter
June 11, 2012

Woodard joins director Steve McQueen's period movie, which also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, and Michael Fassbender.

Alfre Woodard will join the cast ofTwelve Years a Slave, the New Regency film being produced by Plan B and River Road.
The film is being directed by Steve McQueen (ShameHunger) and starsChiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt andMichael Fassbender.
Based on an autobiography written in 1853 by Solomon Northup, a free black man who became enslaved, the script tells how Northup (Ejiofor) was kidnapped and put in a slave pen, paving the way for a grueling life under numerous owners.
Woodard will play Mistress Shaw, a former slave who has risen in the Southern caste system.
Lupita Nyong'o also is joining the cast and will play a slave who is the object of both the affections and cruelty of Master Epps (Fassbender).
The Twelve Years cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch(Sherlock), Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano and Sarah Paulson.
An Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, Woodard recently co-starred on TV’s Memphis Beat and Three Rivers. Her stint on True Blood last year earned her 16th Emmy nomination. She is repped by ICM Partners, D/F Management and Stankevich/Gochman.

Movies are Not Historical Fact

My friend Sadra asked on Facebook what we REALLY thought about Red Tails. A lot of people were complaining about how it wasn't accurate to which YOU KNOW I had a reply
Having said that, NO MOVIE, narrative or documentary is going to accurately portray a historical topic 100% nor should it. If you rely on films as your sole source for history then I feel the sorriest for you.

Movies are made to ENTERTAIN & therefore certain elements shouldn't make it into the picture. Your best source for history is IN WRITING. Books and well written articles are the best source for historical content NOT a motion picture.

A film can be the impetus to seek more material and in that a movie like RED TAILS can be good.
You can read my review of Red Tails here

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Career, Right Here, Right Now

Wrote this in a response to a post on Twitter/Facebook (below) that a lot of artist friends of mine commented on.

Ok let me say this to everyone. I'm an academic. I believe in education. As some of you should know I already have my Bachelors Degree in film.

As most of you also know or should know I'm from New York. I've been trying to get into grad school in NY for film for a couple of years now ( it's way competitive). After this year though if I don't get in I might have to take "my talents to South Beach" LOL. JK on that note, but it's a school in Cali that I like.

I have made GREAT connections in Baltimore, but I have been creatively stifled for a myriad of reasons. In these last six months alone I have made some connections so good I can't even talk about them publicly, but I'm a DIRECTOR. I MUST DIRECT, I'm just waiting 4 the next right project.

I'm also not that cat to move to NY or Cali on a humble. I know you got to be "where the action is", but I'd rather be there for an actual opportunity academic or professional than just...a humble.

You must know that I'm also very spiritual. I know God has me in Baltimore right now for a reason, but I'm praying it's within his plan for me to leave. There's YOUR plan & GOD'S plan and your plan DON'T COUNT!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Common, The Official Videos

You can check out ALL the official videos from Common's new album The Dreamer/The Believer below

Friday, March 2, 2012

Scorsese on movie funding [QUOTE]

Entertainment Weekly: You were supposed to direct Hugo four years ago, but it fell through. Is it harder to get movies made these days?

SCORSESE: We had a meeting with [Warner Bros.] and I felt there was no enthusiasm on their part. I had just done a couple of pictures—The Aviator and The Departed—where we were on the same page. But if they're not gung ho about it, what are we doing here? Making a product, but I want everyone to be enthusiastic. -Entertainment Weekly November 18, 2011

Note: Hugo was eventually done at Paramount Pictures-Dankwa Brooks

Read more about Hugo at Wikipedia by clicking the poster above