I'm in the park tomorrow, so I'll let you know how that went down on Monday.
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Saturday, November 29, 2008
I thank "E" for the making of it and the after affects. :p It took me this LONG to get back in here to talk about it that's how EFFECTIVE that stuff was. I watched him make it and knew he could be my bartender any time. Lil heavy on the lemon juice, whole lotta heavy on the Wray & Nephew Overproof... the nutmeg added version was WICKED!! IT RUM TINGS!!!!!!!!!!!
About Thanksgiving... I'm always blessed that I survive it as I'm usually on the road to somewhere. This year I had a Caribbean good time with "family" who were a lot of laughs. The total day was just gorgeous as the sun was bright in the day time and the moon was... it was cold and I had to get my dru... I mean nicely loose tail in the car. Could not have asked for better weather at all. Dinner started late but when it did get rolling, there was food everywhere from the kitchen to the dining room table. Caribbean fare such as Jerk chicken that cleared all nose hairs, Curry chicken and rice n peas along with the customary US foods such as turkey, roast beef and pork as well as sweet potato souffle, stuffing, mashed potatoes and greens. "R' made a cole slow with raisins that made me upset tat I did not get more. I'm not the biggest slaw eater but hers was RIGHT!! There was just too much food to mention. Dessert included Junior's Cheesecake (which is not my thing) and Sweet potato pie.
"E" had music going that was from all the Islands you could think of. Then he put on some line dance music. All over... We did the Cupid, ES, and BC'ed it too. I showed them the Zydeco line dance video to learn by the time I get back. (laughs) I don't know how to do it....:P No Obama shuffle as I kinda forgot it after much cups of JRP. I totally enjoyed this year's festivity more than I have in a long time. Here's what I said about last Thanksgiving and I can't even go back to read it. I know it was sad and I pray future Thanksgivings are more Thanks Living experiences than that one was.
Post me a note about your day!! Thanks for reading about mine.
Friday, November 28, 2008
That's the question I'm asking today after a lovely dinner last night that left me parking the car in quite an unusual manner. I'd take a pic but that leads to evidence which as you can tell, I'm way smarter than that. ;) How was your Thanksgiving??
Be back to add more to this later... right after I find the rum..................................
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thankful for some and not so thankful for others. I personally have a lot to be thankful for including mere life in itself. Forget food, BREATHING. Ok, wait... food next. :p Anyhow, we all know that there is some soul who will not eat and possibly not breathe today nor the calendar day known as Thanksgiving. In the event that GOD feels I am needed more elsewhere, I want to give my thanks to many, many, many, many people. GOD is thanked all day, everyday. I am appreciative of the many situations I've encountered in my life as they continue to aid in GOD's path for me.
Hope to see the many Blogsphere Bloggers I've met, irritated and/or made laugh back on Thursday and/or Friday. This is for the International people as well!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Courtesy of EURweb.com
LUENELL ON KATT WILLIAMS' ALLEGED BREAKDOWN: 'Borat' star toured with comic; says he may just need some rest.
(November 24, 2008)
*Comedian Luenell says news of fellow standup comic Katt Williams having a reported nervous breakdown is an all-too-familiar story among black, male comedic superstars.
The "Borat" actress cites Martin Lawrence, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle among famous funnymen who have suffered some sort of personal meltdown. "It seems to happen to the great minds that just sometimes may be on overload," she says.
In Williams' case, Luenell believes simple fatigue may have contributed to his reported erratic behavior.
"I know that he has a lot of people depending on him. That could be stressful," Luenell told EUR's Lee Bailey. "I know that we went on the road in 2006, and it's [now] 2008, about to be 2009, and he has barely had any relaxation, down time or time off between doing [standup] comedy, movies, television and an album. It might just be that [his camp] needs to sit him down and get [him] some rest."
A South Carolina newspaper reported last week that Williams reluctantly underwent a mental evaluation at the request of his family.
"I have not seen any strange behavior in the last few times that I saw Katt," Luenell added. "He seemed totally himself, and I dare say a little bit more relaxed and at peace than maybe toward the end of the year when he was working so much. So this, if it's true even, comes as a total surprise for me."
Luenell also said the rumor of Williams retiring following a New Year's Eve show in Detroit with Steve Harvey is just as surprising.
"That may be his last show for a while, but I don't think that he would let his fans go without any more original Katt Williams," she said. "I mean how many times has Jay-Z retired only to come back with a bigger, better, blacker and stronger album?"
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Ok, they say this Purple Doves Interviews is Unauthorized. Can't be so as Mr I-went-thru-the-entire-net-and-removed-almost-everything-me did within the last 10 or so years, a couple times over. Each time he came, he did not come alone. He brought the "C & D" crew with him. For those who have no clue what that term means, I educate you on Cease and Desist, Wiki style. So, how is it this claimed "unauthorized" material is still around for purchase... today?? Hmmmmm........ 'Secret Squirrel Productions' as is 'Petal Productions' (he LOVES flowers) in the opening and closing credits???? The Purple Man has been a long, long, life long advocate of secrecy and spontaneity if you know his controlled workings. I would not be surprised is this was one of his many attempts to continue to hold on to the very essence of himself in an assumed manner.
I bet you can't name all his aliases?? Don't worry, neither can I. So... we have Oprah, Bryant Gumbel and Tavis Smiley, just to name a few on this and it is still being sold on the net's #1 multi-faceted retailer. No way, would any of these people allow that to happen without some severe ramifications of P was not behind this. Sinbad is on it and where has he been l-a-t-e-l-y should/would want a cut of the oooooooooooold interview with Mayte (the "Slave's" then wife), Larry Graham and Chaka Khan as well as The Mighty Purple Prince. For those reading who are clueless about the "slave" reference up there, ask and you shall be learned. I'm not old, you're just still "wet behind the ears". If you are a supporter NOT-TO-BE-CONFUSED-WITH-'FAN'-BECAUSE-PRINCE-IS-NOT-AN-ADVOCATE-OF-THE-WORD... then GET THE DVD as I said in the review on Amazon.com. Doesn't matter if you've seen every interview on it or not. GET IT before P pulls it off the net and you regret not purchasing it while you had Di's word to tell you so. :)
Just so you know, I started "supporting" him in 78/79 and Prince is my artist for LIFE as he's "unfuckwittable". A term I created years ago on .ORG ;D
Who reads the credits on DVD's being viewed at friend's houses?? Ok, some do but who expects to see their name in them?? NOT ME!! So, while watching "It's Pimpin' Pimpin'" a few days ago and Katt does the final joke, I leave the room. I hear this 'Di, come here!!!!!!!!!" and I casually stroll back in the room. The credits were running and I'm like, "yeah, when the credits roll that means it's over". Then I hear "WAIT!!!!" while the words are scrolling, then pause... I gasp... and my inhaler was handed to me (asthmatic who can enter a room and just stop breathing for no apparent reason). So, as the cup I was holding was being grabbed and I snatched back (it was empty anyhow), I was like "WOOOOOOOOOW" and my lip was pushed upwards as I was stuck in shear shock.
And for all that at about the same time Mr. Williams was going thru his uneventful at the moment life, I can truly say I am ever blessed for this notation. Work like this lasts a long time and you know how many people out there who have ex's (wife/husband, girl/boyfriend, etc, etc etc) on material they WISH they could take back. Well, I just hope... no... pray I never do anything to make him and his staff regret this. And vice versa. :P
THANK YOU MR. WILLIAMS - Micah when I meet you, VICKI and the entire KattPack Group!!
THANK YOU DEENA MADLY!!
Deena screencapped it and sent it to me because I was not allowed to touch the owner's copy for fear I would damage it. WUTEVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
For those who are not familiar with this AWESOME and brilliantly created show, sit back and be learned. I've been an avid follower of James Lipton's (host) interviews that it lead to a purchase of Jamie Foxx's appearance there. The only segment I own as his visit touched me just that much. Lipton is an educator and an avid SUPPORTER of all the guests he interviews for the students. If I recall correctly, the show has moved from a smaller college auditorium to Pace University with resounding visuals and audio acoustics to continue to further many listener's/viewer's, within the auditorium and televised, education on an actor and life itself.
In the wake of a certain permed haired, 5'5", hysterically funny, African American, father to 8, multi-talented man whose life has been blown up more times than all blimps this year... THIS YEAR... I present Dave Chapelle's visit to 'Inside the Actor's Studio. In order to be able to remotely comprehend and present what Katt Williams is going/has gone thru, I feel this is the best perception from someone IN the business and not those attempting to distort and report. Dave's situation is just that, DAVE's but... he says some things in this interview that ALL of us can relate to, no matter your income nor you career title. Be learned...
BTW - the next time you write about Katt and/or Dave or you see an article attempting to speak about either or both of them that does NOT include words directly FROM them, feel free to link back/reference/track back to this post.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Isn't that just like D'Militant says it?!?! Onwards, here's the scoop about the event that was tonight at the Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom in NY. The event is billed as the 'Top Touring Awards' within the 5th Annual Billboard Touring Conference and here's a long winded article about it. In the meantime, I'm off to find out how that 'Eventful Fans Choice Award' is earned?!?!'....:
Springsteen, Chesney Rule Billboard Touring Awards
November 20, 2008 , 9:30 PM ET
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Kenny Chesney and Miley Cyrus were among the big winners at the fifth annual Billboard Touring Awards, held tonight (Nov. 20) at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York.
Springsteen and his band picked up the Top Tour and Top Draw awards for their Magic tour, and longtime Springsteen manager Jon Landau Management was named Top Manager.
Chesney claimed the Top Package award for the fourth time, and Miley Cyrus was named Breakthrough Act. Spice Girls rang up the Top Boxscore for their 17-show stand at the O2 Arena. Most Billboard Touring Awards are based on actual data reported to Billboard Boxscore for the period of Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008.
Among the special awards, Jonas Brothers and Burger King received the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award for their partnership on the Burning Up tour, an award determined by more than 100,000 online votes. Additionally, Widespread Panic received the first-ever Road Warrior award and the Allman Brothers Band were named Legend of Live. Walking With Dinosaurs -- the Live Experience was this year's Creative Content winner, and Bon Jovi was given the Humanitarian Award for his work with the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation.
Allman Brothers Band leader Gregg Allman saluted his late brother Duane, who died in 1971. "It happens to be today would have been his 62nd birthday and I'm sure he's looking down and this and is really proud of us," he said. "We'll keep coming back until we can't come back no more."
"We've been able for 40 years now to go out and have fun -- an unbelievable amount of fun and enjoyment and spiritual gratification," said drummer Butch Trucks. "The last few years has probably been more fun than ever. I leave the stage every night and say, I'd pay you to let me do that!"
The Top Comedy Tour award went to Katt Williams, and the first-ever Eventful Fans' Choice Award, determined by fan voting, went to Chesney.
On the business side, the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., was again named Top Amphitheater, and House Of Blues Dallas won Top Club. Live Nation was the awards' Top Promoter, Jam Productions of Chicago Top Independent Promoter (U.S.), and 3A Entertainment Top Independent Promoter (International). Creative Artists Agency received Top Agency honors.
Madison Square Garden took home the Top Arena award for the fifth consecutive year. Other venue winners include the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., picked up its fourth Top Festival award.
The Touring Awards wrapped the fifth annual Billboard Touring Conference.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Author Unknown... right now....
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD??????
BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!
JOHN MC CAIN: My friends…that chicken crossed the road because he
recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the
chickens on the other side of the road.
HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little
chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to
ensure - right from Day One! - that every chicken in this country gets the
chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road.
We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The
chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?
COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the
satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your
definition of crossing?
AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now
against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the
chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black
DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize
that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it
goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is
help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his current
problems before adding new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is
why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken
learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going
to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not
live his life like the rest of the chickens.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but
we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can
see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was
going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when
the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad?
Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.
JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can’t you people see the
plain truth? That’s why they call it the ‘other side.’ Yes, my friends, that
chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay, too. I say
we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal
media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like ‘the other side.’
That chicken should not be crossing the road. It’s as plain and as simple as
GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road.
Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be
listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story
of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish
its lifelong dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads
together, in peace.
BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2008, which will not only cross
roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your
checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2008. This new
platform is much more stable and will never cra…#@&&^(C%……….reboot.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road
move beneath the chicken?
COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I put the word 'paperback' in the title so that you know which copy I have. Not that you care, I thought I'd just share that. So, what is 'Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African-Americans Taught Us to Laugh' about you ask? First of all, comedian Darryl 'D'Militant' Littleton took comedic history to another level in terms of information presentation. It's the history of how comedy came to life from the African American/Black perspective with insertions of every race of comedians as well. I'm about half way through the book but I can say this, it's not only comedy fact nor it is ONLY people of beautiful color facts. You can not prepare a book of this magnitude without including blackface, racism, segregation and yes, slavery. But what Darryl does is, he opens dialogue for us to be educated further on our laborious journey into how comedy may have gotten it's "flat feet", both black and white, in once closed doors. "Flat feet" is a term you'll get more understanding of as you become immersed.
I must add, I did find the book through the person I go on and on about in my blog - Katt Williams. He is quoted in it and gives it his approval as well. Sadly, (I skimmed forward) his section does not BOLD title his name and it's very little information from one of my favorite comedians of all comedians out here. I wish there was more Katt in it but Mr. L makes up for it by providing historical knowledge on so many others... I'm re-reading paragraphs just because of the shock value. If you really want to know Redd Foxx's story, what TV show spun off what, and depth about the "chitlin' circuit" in comedy terms... pick this book up. It is beyond quality coffee table reading and should be placed right there with other historical books for others to read. Once you start, you can't put it down. Yes, I had to put it down to type this but back to it I go.
Wait, I need a snack and some grape juice. (laughs)
BTW - If you click the book's title up there, Amazon.com allows you to browse through some pages. NICE!! Also, the book is being prepped for a documentary with Robert Townsend at the helm, last I read. The film is entitled, per the IMDb.com, "Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy".
Monday, November 17, 2008
Straight from The Comic's Comic Blog
If you have paid any attention to the comings and goings of Katt Williams this fall, you won't be surprised by the announcement this morning that Williams has cancelled his planned performance Thursday (Nov. 20) at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Williams was supposed to be one of the main attractions at this year's edition of The Comedy Festival, put on by TBS.
A statement from the fest: "The Comedy Festival, TBS, Concerts West/AEG and Caesars Palace apologize for the inconvenience that this causes ticketholders." If you have a ticket, you get an automatic refund if you paid by credit card. If you paid in cash, present your ticket where you bought it to get your money back. The fest organizers do not, however, claim responsibility for any travel expenses you may have made in conjunction with his performance.
EDITED on 11/18/08
Terms of Refunds
Those who purchased tickets with a credit card for the cancelled performance will be automatically refunded. Those who purchased tickets with cash may present tickets at the original point of sale for a refund.
Ticket holders will not need to redeem tickets for a refund unless purchased with cash at The Colosseum Box Office. Any cash transactions will only be refunded with the redemption of the original tickets. All credit card orders will automatically be refunded to the credit card used for purchase.
Please note that The Comedy Festival, TBS, Concerts West/AEG, Caesar Palace, and Ticketmaster are not responsible for hotel, travel or other expenses related to the cancellation of this performance.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
In a statement to Punchline Magazine and many online resources, Katt's Publicist has issued the following statement:
Punchline Magazine's post - Yesterday, we reported that comedian Katt Williams had been hospitalized to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
See story here. Williams’ publicist just released the following statement to Punchline Magazine.
Following an arduous 300 shows and an 18-month touring schedule that left him incredibly fatigued, Katt felt compelled to be with his family in an effort to deal with his stress. While doing so, he is under a doctor’s care.
As this is a private and personal matter, we hope the media will respect his family’s request for privacy.
Shearer Public Relations
Let's continue to pray for all those affected by this situation, especially Mr. Katt Williams, his family, his management team and others close to them.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I think Ms JJ spiritually tapped me on the shoulder as I checked in on her and she's blogging away today as well. I recently attended a Les Gemmes Inc. affair aptly named Denim & Diamonds. It was a very lovely evening event with the dress ranging from Cowboys/girls to decked out denim laced with floral and sparkly artwork and/or applique. Welcome, intros, food, prizes and then... line dancing. Of course the Ballroom stuff kicked in as the attendees ranged in age from 30 to well above. And could people DANCE. It was no stopping them but I'm sure the next day they ached. (laughs) Sweat a pouring but fun having was all it was about. Still wiggly from my Aunt Norma's All White Affair late this summer (celebrating the end of the summer and her husband's birthday), this affair also had folks line dancing - in the grass. Nice by the water looking over the dock while doing the ChaCha. Can you believe it?! So, here's a line dance website I found online.
The Video Page for Step In The Name of Life
.mp3 in route... here's the lyrics for now from the Lucky Day tune from the multi-talented music man from Jamaica, Shaggy. You can peep the tune via this link as I'm trying to make this the next song that rise up for the change that's here!!
Now whether yah come yawd or abrawd
Gottah let yah know
The world is one big yawd
So let the leaders of the world know
Back yawd a frawd
Just give thanks to the lawd
An protect we yawd
*Verse 1 - SHAGGY)
No one stops to smell the roses
There's just too much goin' on
Wish we'd only stop to notice
That the writings on the waaall
I can hear the people talkin'
They're longin' for dem olden days
We can choose the path we're walkin'
If we would only change our waaaays
We are the ones who make this world whole again
We are the ones who make it a home again
We are the ones
(Verse 2 - SHAGGY)
Easily we point the fingah
Always someone else to blame, yeaah
You can't be always be a winner
That's the nature of the gaaame
One by one we'll mek a difference
There's no effort dats too small
Let's decide to go the distance
And change the writing on the waaaalll.
Have to stand up and rise against all them to get all the way to the end (SHAGGY)
We are the ones (RikRok)
Out of one we are many, my friend, ah unity, I am onna defend (SHAGGY)
We are the ones (RR)
We are the ones we have to set the trend, you better listen to the message we send (SHAGGY)
We are the ones (RR)
It's such a waste no bodda pretend so if we make this world a home again (?!?!) (SHAGGY)
(CHORUS - 2 X's)
(CLOSE - SHAGGY says)
Gotta let'em know, nah ah mean
We dah only ones who can save the world, yah know
Save if from global warming, yah dig dat
Protect all, yah know ah mean
Remember dat deh world is one big yawd
We are dah ones baby
Been a minute since I actually sat down with some thoughts and am on rolllllllllls. I, over the last 5 months and more, have come to a weird but sad revelation. I try never to put people in pedestals no matter the relation to me, their income, their title but I had hoped to hold on to some sort of me-ness in one such person. Being an adopted child very early in life, I think you loose your sense of who you are if the process is not handled properly. By that I mean, STRONG nurturing to bring you up in a world like the 60's was and still hold on the parent/person in you. As I watch many parents (family, friends, people I don't know) struggle with their own me-ness while taking care of one or more children (even adult children), I often wonder what life was like for the people who raised me in the situation they were given. One day, they have no children (and apparently he wanted some, she didn't) to care for and the next a 9 month old is now in their lives. What was that like to see this child who could not be cared for by her parents like? I know she was cute (I'm still cute - laughs) but did they wonder if she'd be President of anything or a bum on the street? Did they discuss the necessary things like school attendance, activities, foods, etc.? How did the twin German Shepard's come to this lil girl? How did the babysitter get selected or was it that she was just across the alley and therefore convenient? When said babysitter took her and installed the lil girl in Eastern Star as Chaplain, how was that received? When the little girl was baptised by Rev. Harold Carter Sr. and friends with his son and daughter who are now ministers in their own church and these "adopted parents" did not attend church, (at least she didn't}, how was that going against their beliefs??
So many more questions exist as I struggle, yes it is a struggle, to want my own childhood experiences in photo or even in a remembering voice other than the pitiful eyes my family seems to have for me. The "oh she's been thru so much" look is sickening from those who know the stories and don't want to tell me or won't tell me, is more sickening in itself. I tried very hard to cut my ties to those looks by leaving home very early when enough was enough. I had been disrespected in every manner possible by blood relatives and others "in the know". Yes, along with the pity party with sympathy song looks was a lot of unwanted disrespect from people who had no idea what really went on during the 9 month to 15 year age gap they missed. People oddly enough do not know how to deal with that but can fix their mouths to say "you going be stupid all your life" when trying to figure out life itself having been thru all I had. WOW, this is from YOU, a blood relative. Did I try to reach out and let anyone know what I went thru? I can't recall because the anger inside was much more than anyone could comprehend. I do know my best way to deal with it was to, again, "run away". Here is is many, many years later and talks are being had and it just does not seem to have any effect. People are set in their ways and I can only feel good that my side of this wonderful life GOD gave me with all it's ups and downs has been put in the wind.
I have a new awakening on how sad people are in their lives that they can't or won't come to grips with it. They pass it on over to "I never had any role models in my life..." or "that's just how s/he is". WHATEVER... and that's why generations are so muffed up now because of people who can accept a high paying way out of reach to them but when high paying was barely heard of, yet can't/won't accept challenge right in front of their faces everyday. I had a all new view of how perceptions didn't meet the expected expectations from "their" long time view. In other words, a lot of pots calling the kettle black when said pot was blacker. Hmmmppph... I am so glad GOD gave me this to my face full force and now my perceptions of life and the things I've gone thru to live it have forever been changed. I know longer look at the adoption the way "I thought it was because that's what I was told". I can now accept but never appreciate it the way I used to. I realized that people will liiiiiiiie to put themselves off from any wrong doings and/or your possibly future feelings about them. And whenever I find out you lie to me, you can never, ever lie and me not know it again. Trust is and has been broken for life. I may forgive because I'm well in my spirituality like that, but forgetting is a whole 'nother story. I know they should both be put in the box when given UP to GOD. Yes, I do know and I'm still working on that like all things surrounding on my life.
Forever changed, forever grateful for change way prior to Obama.
The above photo was captured by me while viewing Alice Walker's video of 'Open Letter To Barack Obama'. It looks very awkward what EXITING First Lady Laura Bush is doing next to ENTERING First Lady Michelle Obama. View the whole thing and tell me.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Comic's Comic Blog
November 09, 2008
So, that happened. What a weird, wild 30 hours for Katt Williams in New York City last week. It began on Wednesday afternoon, when NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien taped its show and never heard from Williams, a scheduled guest for that night's program. His people told me the next day that Williams, traveling by tour bus, simply got stuck in traffic and never made it into Manhattan in time.
Williams and his entourage did arrive later that night, and sometime in the 2 a.m. hour, NYPD searched a car (allegedly lacking a license plate) traveling with said tour bus, found a handgun in the car, and arrested the entire entourage, including Williams. A source close to Williams tried to assure me that he had been detained on charges of "Pimpin." Ha! Either way, the comedian didn't make bail until 18 hours later, and hurried over to Carnegie Hall, arriving at 8:36 p.m. Considering his stand-up concert was supposed to start at 8 p.m., theater staff and the New York Comedy Festival people were more than a bit anxious awaiting his arrival, and started the show late, plus had opener Wil Sylvince pad his time onstage. Williams emerged to applause at 9:09 p.m. and promptly filled us all in on at least some of the details. He first asked for patience. "I just got out of jail 35 minutes ago," he said. "I had 15 n!&&ers with me. They took us all in!" He also quipped that he didn't rush over just to cash a paycheck, as he'd been paid in advance. After a few more thoughts about the discomforts of incarceration, Williams launched into his regularly scheduled routines, talking about what Barack Obama's presidency means to black Americans, a lengthy historical retrospective on the pilgrims, the great American melting pot, and the beginnings of slavery. If blacks had begged for reparations before, Williams wasn't asking on this night. "This week was the greatest gift you ever gave us, period," he said. He also took a few moments to discuss his dislike of Sarah Palin, and after delivering an hour of material, Williams closed with another five minutes of rapping. Very impressive stuff for a guy who had not gotten a wink of sleep the entire day and barely a minute to decompress from 18 hours in jail! Even Chris Rock, in attendance, was smiling as he left Carnegie Hall. After the show, Williams seemed to be in good spirits as he wound down a very eventful day and night with other comedians at the festival's official afterparty at Carolines.
If any publicity is good publicity, then this is as good a time as any to remind you that Williams has a new DVD out on Tuesday, It's Pimpin', Pimpin'.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I know it's beginning to read like that but I want answers. I am so struck by the turn of events I'm in disbelief, dismay and some other 'D' words not coming to mind right now. Please feel free to chip in a few D words but... please be nice.
On my quest to try to reason with what's happened, I stumbled upon 2 excellent writing sources who happen to be have comedy in their portfolio as well. With permission granted for the one article secured, I present Mandy Stadtmiller's viewpoint that NO OTHER sources has tapped into as deeply and as professionally as she has. I found one other article that comes close and I'm off to secure permission for it as well. Here's Mandy Stadtmiller's write-up of the Carnegie Hall events, at least:
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Have been going to a lot of NYCF events and coverage is in writing and videos.
By far, the craziest night was Thursday with Katt Williams who played Carnegie Hall just 35 minutes after posting a quarter-million dollars bail for gun charges.
Gotta say, I really dug what I saw of his set, and it was exhilarating to see such a raw performance that was equal parts anger and inspiration, exuberance and hilarity.
At the end of the night, as I told Page Six, he threw off almost all his clothes to a thrilled audience and then went through Carnegie taking pictures with fans wearing only his jeans, undershirt and socks. When I, like the obnoxious reporter I am, held up my voice recorder to him and asked what do you want people to know about your arrest as he climbed across rows of seats to reach ever more fans, he said, "That I'm free. And thank you."
One person in the audience waiting to get a picture with him said, "I feel like Election Day all over again." Another said, "Everybody's on a high from Obama. But he needs to take a break. Go to Africa, pull a Dave Chappelle for a little while."
Outside the back stage door as Chris Rock, looking handsome and dapper as ever in a newsboy cap, emerged (and practically sprinted from me), said, "I thought it was a really good show."
Here are some excerpts, obvs NSFW:
"I'm going to need y'all to give me a minute if you don't mind...What a pleasure to be in Carnegie Hall....They didn't make places like this for niggers. See all this gold, this was not for niggers. Naw beautiful shit was supposed to happen in this place. You'll have to forgive me--I know I'm moving slower than my normal pace, but I just got out of jail about 35 minutes ago. [REFERRING TO ELECTION DAY] So a couple days ago I guess we all know what happened a couple days ago. I ain't never gonna be the same. They could kill Obama tonight, nothing could change. Nothing--it's already happened, motherfuckers, it's already happened. Everybody ain't happy, uh-uh, I live in an all-white neighborhood. That motherfucker was looking at me like I killed Jesus with my bare hands. That motherfucker was looking at me like I stole Christmas and sold it to Barack Hussein Obama....Barack Obama needs help, and I'm going to recommend...if he come in your jurisdiction, and you care about the nigger you might want to look out for him. 'Cause some crazy shit happened to me today. I was in fucking jail, and I was mad as shit, and I was thinking I was going to miss this, and I know you don't believe me when I say this, but I really wasn't thinking about the money. Now that's 'cause they paid me in advance. But I really needed to see you motherfuckers believe it or not...you motherfuckers are my whole team. I am alone in New York. I had 15 niggers with me yesterday. The police put them all in...I'm the only one out. In case you ain't never been to jail it's an uncomfortable rest in jail because although you tired and you wanna sleep what you sleeping on is cold so this is how you sleep. [LIES ON FLOOR UNCOMFORTABLY, THEN DOES PUSH-UPS] You can always do some push-ups. I was in there, and some crazy shit happened. Everybody in there treated me nice. Threw me off, fucked me up....So I'm in there, I'm strong, head up, lip stiff. And these motherfuckers were nice as shit to me, brought me coffee...let me call my loved ones....And there I was in jail. But I'm in New York. But I'm in jail. And I missed Conan yesterday. And then two days before that it came out in the news that I had died in a plane crash. And then I lost a loved one in my family and 10 minutes later Barack's grandma died...and then the next day...and then the next day I'm in jail. So you gotta understand I'm in jail with every emotion that I possess. I'm hurting 'cause I said I wouldn't go back to jail. And I tried to play the system, they said I couldn't carry a gun so I gave it to another nigger and then they arrest him....I was sad, and I was angry, and I was missing y'all, and...I'm still happy and proud and shit because every time I see a white person it remind me of something, 'Oh, we got a black president!'....I was just waiting to post bail...because we are in for some exciting shit in the world. Now white people I need you to understand something on behalf of niggers." [SOMEONE FROM THE AUDIENCE SHOUTS, "SAY IT!"] "See you can't say it like that anymore. You could say it like that two weeks ago. You could go, 'Say it!' But now we got a black president, we don't act like that. SAY IT! Yeah, so anyway white people I need y'all to understand that as a black people we understand the fact that racism is as fucked up for y'all as it is for us. Because no white people own slaves. Today. And so all the white people today are being penalized for some shit they didn't even do which makes them almost niggers. But now if we gonna get over racism it can't be done by acting as if it's less than what it was. It's not. It couldn't be....'Cause I'm a cold motherfucking nigger...[DURING OBAMA'S SPEECH] Black people were watching...you know we was watching waiting on a sign or some thing. We was trying to wait for the nigger sign....Did y'all--black women, did you see Michelle Obama glide across that motherfucking stage?...White people I know you don't like the word nigger. And I know you wish that I stopped saying it. Because you think I'm funnier if I don't say it--but I always think if I don't say it then it don't exist--and I need niggers to exist. For I am a nigger. I've already explained that tonight....White people did something for niggers. Let me just make something perfectly clear....If all the niggers, all the African Americans, all the colored people, all the blacks and all the Hispanics woulda voted for Obama he would've lost. I don't think you heard what I just said. If all the niggers, all the black people, all the coloreds, all the Hispanics had voted for Obama, he would've lost. The reason that he won--and when I say win I don't mean win like win. I mean win like shut the fuck up [KNOCKS OVER THE MIC] was white people. White people, we have been waiting on y'all to pay us back for a long time."
Posted November 10, 2008 | 10:15 AM (EST)
On Wednesday, with less than a day to digest the historic election of Barack Obama, another historic event occurred, albeit one that pales in comparison to the Presidential Election. For the first time in fifteen years, a scheduled guest was a no-show on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The missing guest was comedian and actor Katt Williams, who recently starred in his second HBO special, the Pimp Chronicles Part II.
Few news organizations seem to be covering this, which may very well be because they're not interested. And I admit, under normal circumstances, I make an effort to ignore gossip of all varieties (bad for the digestion). But this piece of news struck me, and I'll tell you why.
First off, I'm an avid fan of the comedic stylings of Katt Williams and Conan O'Brien and second -- I was there. Yes, I was present at the very taping of the Late Show in question -- actually my first Conan show ever -- and probably my last before he moves out to LA.
Yes, there I was at my first taping, sitting in the third row fresh-faced and expectant (read: nervous and sweating). Besides a few minor delays in procuring my tickets, the night had begun largely according to plan. Obama was headed to the White House, I was somehow seated in the third row of Late Night With Conan O'Brien, the host's monologue was hilarious, Max Weinberg and his band were spot on, and the first guest (Dennis Hopper) spoke candidly in his interview about taking many of his roles for the money. Things seemed to be in order.
But as do most things that start with drinking out of paper bags, my night ended with a loss. During a commercial break, after Hopper exited in a blaze of glory and cannon fire, one of Conan's producers sidled up to him and whispered something privately in his ear. The secret clearly surprised Conan, and a shocked expression ran over his face. His hair, however, looked perfect. After what seemed like hours, the red light returned and Conan came back on air. He then promptly admitted that Katt Williams, for reasons unknown to him, would not be appearing on the show.
He then uttered these portentous words: "I hope he's OK. I don't know were he is. Maybe he's celebrating this momentous day, I don't know, I don't want to make any assumptions. I hope he's fine, I hope he's OK." Forced to vamp, Conan launched into a segment which featured him spinning his wedding ring on his desk for 35 seconds trying to break his previous record of 51 seconds. I kid you not, the show must go on.
As I happen to be a fan of Katt Williams, I was aware that Mr. Williams failed to show up at the BET Awards last month and that rumors had been circulating on the Internet speculating that Mr. Williams had gone down in a plane crash. So needless to say, when I learned that not even Conan O'Brien knew where Katt was on Wednesday, well, I was steamed.
So here, on The Huffington Post, I've decided to break some news: Katt Williams showed up in the lobby after the show. That's right. In fact, I took a picture with him. It turns out that early Thursday morning, Mr. Williams was busted with his 10-person entourage after cops investigated his Mercedes bus and Red Escalade (which were for some reason without license plates) and found three guns (which were reportedly in plain sight inside the vehicle).
This might be cause for a series of thoughtful musings on the vigilant nature of New York City law enforcement, but I'll save that for another day. I want to know what's up with Katt Williams, and I would like someone more qualified than myself to speculate as to what is causing Mr. Williams' sporadic and tardy behavior. Is he going to pull a Dave Chappelle? Maybe a Joaquin Phoenix? Was he "ghost-riding the whip"? I mean I know pimpin' ain't easy, but someone, please help.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
BY BARBARA ROSS and WIL CRUZ
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Updated Friday, November 7th 2008, 11:35 AM
Katt Williams Thursday night. Theodorakis/News
Katt Williams Thursday night.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You post bail.
Hip-hop comic Katt Williams spent most of Thursday in jail on weapons charges, then raced uptown to a sold-out show after being arraigned and putting up $250,000 bond.
Williams, 37, was busted with a 10-person entourage in the wee hours Thursday after cops found the California comic's Mercedes bus and red Cadillac Escalade parked on Broadway near 28th St. The Cadillac was missing a license plate and a total of three guns were in plain sight inside the vehicles, cops said.
When Williams came out of a nearby building and told cops the vehicles were his, he was handcuffed and hauled in.
Nearly 18 hours later, Williams was being sprung at 100 Centre St., as his fans, who paid up to $93.50 per ticket, formed a line outside the W. 57th St. concert hall that stretched halfway around the block.
"I'm not worried," said Bella Sheryce of Uniondale, L.I.
Downtown, Williams, wearing baggy jeans and a satin shirt, posted the bond just as he was supposed to be going on stage. He spritzed himself with cologne and jumped into a black limo. Half an hour later, it screeched to a stop near the rear stage entrance on W. 56th St. and Williams, surrounded by bodyguards, jumped out and disappeared into the hall.
Dancing his way on to stage just over an hour late, Williams turned to the audience and apologized for running late.
"I'm not moving at my usual pace," he said. "I just got out of jail 35 minutes ago."
But he said the frantic trip uptown was for his fans, not his wallet: "I wasn't thinking about the money - maybe because they paid me in advance."
Friday, November 7, 2008
Posted November 05, 10:48 PM
Happy Guy Fawkes Day, everyone! I hope everyone had a great election! Say what you want about who won - at the very least, the whole thing is OVER. Holy moses. Even me - Mr. "Hey Dude, Politics are Awesome" - was totally burnt out. Sweet Fannygazoo.
Let me tell you something about the show tonight; you are going to want to see it. Now, I know I say that a lot - in fact, I say it almost every blog. Tonight is different, and here's why: I'm well aware that many of you love our rehearsal videos on The Underground for the simple fact that you're seeing Conan improv. You're seeing Conan "raw". Unfiltered. Spontaneous. Well, tune in to the program tonight, and you will get all those things. Why? Simple:
Our second guest, comedian Katt Williams, did not show up.
That's right; for the first time in 15 years of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, A GUEST JUST DECIDED TO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT TELLING ANYONE. Unbelieveable. Inexcusable. Incredible. What a jerk.
Here's a list of a few of the people who showed up in the 15 years our show has been on the air: Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Martin Scorsese, Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray, David Letterman, Anthony Hopkins, Bette Midler, Quentin Tarantino, Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Steve Martin, Robert Duvall, U2, and President-Elect Barack Obama.
Now, Katt Williams, here's a list of people who DIDN'T show up in the 15 years our show has been on the air: KATT WILLIAMS.
Now Katt; I'm an understanding person. I get that things happen. Life can be crazy, especially the lives of celebrities who are on whirlwind promotional tours. We've had people cancel the morning they were supposed to be on. We've had people cancel the AFTERNOON they were supposed to be on. One time we weren't sure that wrestler Triple H was going to make it so we had Al Roker standing by in the green room. One time Harry Connick Jr. was stuck in traffic and sprinted 5 blocks in the rain to get to the show. We thought that former NY Giants Defensive God Michael Strahan wasn't going to make it because it was the day after he won the Super Bowl and he had been up for 48 hours... But he made it. They all made it. Every guest in two thousand six hundred and sixty seven shows either came as scheduled, or let us know beforehand that they wouldn't be able to.
You, however, did not.
Cancelling the show on the same day you're set to appear is the move of a raging A-Hole. HOWEVER, it PALES in comparison to just NOT SHOWING UP AND NOT TELLING ANYONE ABOUT IT. Not even his own people knew where he was!! There were people of his here, and they were like "we lost him". You lost him?! That's your job, dude. You're not a kindergarten teacher. You have ONE PERSON to deal with. And THAT PERSON IS AN ADULT (well, physically at least). "Keeping track of the guy" shouldn't be too difficult. Oh, if only we lived in an era where people had some sort of portable communication device, such as a portable telephone! BUT THAT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE. PORTABLE TELEPHONES ONLY EXIST IN A LAND OF FANTASY AND FAIRYTALES, WHERE UNICORNS AND HOOVEN WOOD NYMPHS DANCE IN THE FROTHY MIST OF MAKE-BELIEVE UNDER AN ORANGE HARVEST MOON THAT SINGS CAMPFIRE SONGS IN CELESTIAL HARMONY WITH ALL THE OTHER STARS AND PLANETS. Katt Williams probably has like four cellphones.
Come on, man! Even Hunter S. Thompson even made it here to do the show. HUNTER S. THOMPSON. THE DUKE. THE GUY WHO COULD BARELY SEE BECAUSE HE DID SO MANY DRUGS THAT HE WAS CONVINCED THERE WERE ALIEN SNAKES DRIPPING FROM HIS EYES. THAT GUY MADE IT TO OUR SHOW JUST FINE. Did Katt Willliams? Nope!
There is a silver lining to this story, however. It turns out that our audience actually got to see Katt Williams after all; as they were filing out of the elevators and leaving the building, Katt showed up in the lobby at 6:35 - five minutes after we were finished taping.
Looks like someone forgot to set their clocks back an hour...
(Courtesy of The Late Night Insider's Blog)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I want to know if I was the only crazy person who went in the store at 2pm and did not come out until 8 pm for a PAPER???? So, I have said paper and have been able to see the AM edition of this same paper. The AM edition was .50 plus tax in-store, home delivery was 41 and the 4-5 PM Commemorative printing was $1.50. I hear that purchases tomorrow will be $10. The paper delivery dispatch truck was from just leaving the pick-up source, stuck in traffic to down the road at... to on it's way and more in those six hours.
While in line we shared laughs, stories, chats with kids, the store personnel (fussing them out about not knowing when the paper would arrive), mints, pretzels and bottled water courtesy of the store manager. BIG UP IBIN!!!! The store personnel brought a chair out and a stool. AWWWWWWWWW, how nice. Too bad I was #7 in the line. I was about to sit down but decided to stick it out because of having over 28+ years of on foot jobs. After it's all said and done, I made my part of the newspaper purchasing history if nothing else.
Anyone else have a Commemorative paper story to tell?
To me, we have a American in the Presidential Elect position right now. He's not just "Black", he's white as well people. If that make-up consists of Jewish, Irish, and any other race known under the "white" category, so be it. DO NOT GET IT TWISTED - he's that part of their lineage too. LET US NOT FORGET WHERE HE COMES FROM AS WE CONSTANTLY REMIND US OF WHERE WE'VE BEEN.
So where has that side of his heritage gone when people are saying "we have the first African American"/"Black" in office?? HUH?? The people who raised him were not a bit more African American/Black than McShame and McFartin are. So, because his Father's seed gave him the African part of his make-up I should be like the happiest person with the rest of the world? NOT. Don't get me wrong, a big chunk of this world sees that man as "Black" I do know, but... whites are always saying that Blacks are keeping themselves down by putting "Black" the word in front of this and that and using the N-word so freely.
Here we have the chance to come correct and just BE AMERICAN and what do we do... let it slide by the wayside. I am sure I made some posts on this vast net about having the opportunity to have African American/Black in office. And then, it hit me yesterday when I came in and started watching CNN. Getting closer to the thing that many a people, black and white died for... I wondered... did we REALLY get there? People died for equality and hopefully one day laying DOWN these stereotypes and pigeon holes - I thought. WE had the very opportunity to make REAL change and it was blown. I really feel Obama should have stepped further up on that plate and put people in real perspective. I can only hope he does so while the white side of his family looks on and wonders where they fit in all of this when said and done as far as people's "terminology" is concerned.
I am part white myself... Irish and some more I'm sure. I know the pain it has caused me but can you image the pain it's causing the family that are alive to witness his success?? This is not hate people, this is me continuing to educate myself. If you have answers to my confusion, please feel free to drop them down. Maybe you can help me see something I may have missed.
With that said, if we really wanted to make HIStory and HERstory, the first Black AND female, Cynthia McKinney was an option just like Obama. We've always had a man, yes?? And how much CNN and FOX coverage did she receive. As much as my Dad watched CNN from sunrise to sunset, you'd think he'd have mentioned that. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.... Not blaming him for my lack of knowledge, I'm just saying... maybe men didn't want to mention HERstory. ;)
Here's some food for thought. GOD rest her soul, Obama's grandmother passed away the day before all of this. Remember her story of the panhandler and her fear of blacks? Hmmmm... Maybe she wasn't ready to see her grandson cheered as on as one of those she despised. Hmmmmmmmmm............
Monday, November 3, 2008
Obama's "Toot" passed away around 4-5 am US time this morning. What a bittersweet tomorrow it will be. Here's what the Senator/President-to-be said in a statement along with his sister:
"It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.
Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer."
As quoted from TPM Election Central.com