Archive for August, 2013

Music Review: Joe-“Doubleback-Evolution of R & B”

Posted in Music on August 30, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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“They don’t make music like they used to”, is a profound statement made by most people over the age of thirty five. Most of the modern day songs flooding the airwaves seem to border on unimaginative lyrics made palpable by synthesized laced vocals and unrelenting beats that are used to hide the shortcomings of the seemingly less talented artists of today’s day and age. Does anybody make real music anymore? Well the answer to that is yes, but you have to dig among the grains of gravel to find that one hidden gem. Joe’s Doubleback-Evolution of R&B is one of those hidden gems. I was never the biggest fan of his music, albeit he has had some songs that I have enjoyed listening to, however I never entertained purchasing his entire album. But the minute I heard the album’s debut single “I’d Rather Have A Love”, I became intrigued and wanted to know what the entire album would sound like. Well, $9.99 +Tax later, I can honestly say that it was money well spent. The tone of the album speaks to the evolution of a man who realizes that true love is a viable option as opposed to living the single man’s lifestyle. Songs like “Magic City” & “Compromise” speak of a man who has left boyish things behind and has moved on to doing “grown folk” things in his life. If you love classic R&B and you are trying to set the mood for romance, Doubleback-Evolution of R&B can supply all your needs. Go pick up your copy today.

Restaurant Review: Mad For Chicken (Northern Blvd-Flushing NY)

Posted in Dining with tags , on August 29, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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As our navigational system began to have a mind of its own, we (“The Wife” and I) found ourselves circling around Queens like Akeem and Semi in Coming to America looking for McDowell’s Golden Arcs on 8507 Queens Boulevard, hoping that we would not end up watching Samuel L Jackson get “thrashed” by a mop wheeling African Ninja, while Louie Anderson washed heads of lettuce in the back. Love that movie, can’t you tell? In any or event, after a successful rerouting by our lovely computerized assistant, we finally made our way towards Northern Boulevard in search of 닭에 대한 미친, Google Translated as: “Mad For Chicken”. Northern Boulevard is a very busy section of Flushing, aligned with many Asian influenced businesses. So it is imperative that you pay real close attention to the English translations on the buildings or you may pass this establishment by accident. Upon entering this quaint place, you feel like you are dining at some sort of internet cafe, as its quiet atmosphere makes you feel as if you are only dining with the members of your party. Service was acceptable, but the food completely makes up for any shortcomings. The Crab meat Salad is off the charts good and of course you don’t go to a place named Mad For Chicken and not try the chicken. Their wings are beyond exceptional, cooked to a crispy perfection that makes you wonder what other restaurants are not doing right. Overall I highly recommend that if you are in Flushing and McDowell’s is partaking in a renovation, you should venture over to Northern Boulevard so that you too can be Mad For Chicken. Happy eating.

72 Hours of Lamar Odom

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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“Self destruction in my hand, oh Lord, so stupid minded, oh and I go crazy when I can’t find it, well I know I’m hooked my friend, to the boy who makes slaves out of men”. These lyrics were extracted from the great Marvin Gaye’s song entitled “Flyin High”. Flyin High was written as an ode to the Vietnam War Veterans who became addicted to heroin upon returning from the war. As we peruse recent articles pertaining to Lamar Odom’s apparent unknown whereabouts, in what is believed to be a 72 hour drug binge, we find ourselves revisiting the genes of addiction. For those not in the know, Lamar Odom is a native New Yorker, hailing from South Jamaica Queens. His mother died of cancer when Lamar was twelve years old and his father was addicted to heroin as well. Lamar, for the most part, was raised by his grandmother. He would then go on to star on the high school, collegiate and professional levels as a basketball player and would then gain popular fame as reality television star alongside his wife Khloe Kardashian. Yes, Lamar Odom is a success story, as he is both rich and famous, as well as an NBA Champion. Lamar was living the life and “flying high”, playing for a team (Los Angeles Lakers) who was like family to him. He playfully referred to Los Angeles as “the crib” (slang for home) as he had ingratiated himself with the fans of the Los Angeles Lakers and was adored by them as well. So the poignant question is, how did we get to 72 hours of disarray? What triggered the proverbial bullet to go astray? Perhaps this gun was loaded long before the misfiring occurred. Lets revisit the marksman.

When Marvin Gaye stated “the boy who makes slaves out of men”, the “boy” he is referring to in this particular instance is the narcotic or drug of choice. As I stated previously, Lamar’s father was a heroin addict. Studies show that at least 50% of addiction is attributable to genetic coding or the “addictive gene” inherited from a parent. The additional 50% of addiction is attributable to environment and personal experiences. Children of addicts are 8 times more likely to develop an addiction versus that of non addicts. The repeated abuse of drugs as a coping method can rewire the brain so that it seeks or chases the “buzz” at an even greater rate. Lamar’s drug addiction was chronicled long before this latest incident, as reported by Skip Bayless of ESPN’s First Take. Skip Bayless revealed information given to him by members of the Chicago Bulls organization, who conducted a pre-draft workout with Lamar Odom, who revealed to their resident psychologist that he smoked marijuana before and after every game. Lamar would face a suspension by the NBA for two drug violations in 2001, citing his environment or lifestyle, as well as, accessibility as reasons for his abuse. What should be noted is the fact that he grew up in an environment in which he was surrounded by crack-cocaine. Lamar would stay clean for 10 years, however it’s been speculated that certain tragic events that recently occurred in his personal life, may have triggered these current chain of events that have caused him to turn to drugs as a coping mechanism. He was also traded from his beloved Lakers, thus removing the protected walls of comfort from around him, allowing the emotional demons and narcotic nemesis to reenter his life. Such a tragic state of events, for what many have described as a great human being. I pray for his recovery.

The shadows of a day transition us from a time of light into the wee hours of darkness. What unfolds is often not visible, as it is sheltered inside the confines of a closed room. It is in these moments that we are the most transparent, as we find ourselves alone with nothing more than the flicker from a television screen and the unaddressed thoughts of a pondering mind. If this is you and there is nothing good separating you from bad, call either a friend or if you are spiritual, call on your savior or deity. Drugs of any kind are not solution, they are temporary elements of sanity that will only further increase insanity. No sense in “flyin high” when a nose dive is assured to follow. #faith

In Review: The Movie: You’re Next

Posted in Movies & Television on August 27, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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I happen to be a complete geek on many levels, especially when it comes to watching movie trailers. I tend to watch the trailers online in order to see what up and coming movies will capture my attention and convince me that forking over the money, instead of waiting for it to arrive at Redbox, is a great economic decision. Needless to say, the for the movie “You’re Next” was on my radar as a potential candidate for relinquishing the almighty dollar. Yes, like all other movie trailers, the one for You’re Next captures you with the sound-bytes, the proverbial screenshots and of course the soundtrack that seems to set the tone of what the movie could possibly be about. At first glance, I was thinking that the movie would resemble that of the 2008 horror movie “The Strangers” mixed in with 2009’s horror film “The Collector”. I don’t usually prescribe to horror movies, however, every once in a while I like to entertain some suspenseful terror that can cause popcorn to spill over and screams to erupt louder than the theater’s surround sound system. Albeit You’re Next does deliver some pulse spiking moments and starts off with menacing macabre once associated with the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it quickly turns into Friday the 13th Part 20 “Jason Attacks Mars”, as it becomes a classic tongue and cheek horror movie with bad acting and a predictable outcome. Sharni Vinson, the lead actress, is one of the few shining personas in the film, but the acting prowess of others quickly fall off the cliff after her. This is a DVD night type of movie to be reserved at Redbox $1.00 + Tax. Save your money, you will thank me later.

White Anger & The Freedom Riders

Posted in Trending with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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I was encouraged by a friend, who happens to be Caucasian, to read a book entitled “Black Like Me” written by John Howard Griffin. It is an international best seller that documents the personal journey of John Howard Griffin across the segregated south in the 1950s. John Howard Griffin, who was a Caucasian male, decided to take medication that would darken his skin and enable him to live as a person of color in the staunchly segregated states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. He would journal his accounts of living amongst the disenfranchised, shedding apathetic light upon an inhumane era of American history. This great piece of literature offers a profound perspective into a subject matter that I now refer to as tradition; you all refer to it as racism.

Racism is the belief that a group/race is inherently superior due to the makeup of another’s racial composition or ethnicity. I believe that it is safe to say that from this mindset is where many of our stereotypical references were forged. These unfounded beliefs or uneducated analysis are bored from the perspective of the so called superior empowered. We can note supremacism and realize that this theory breathes, bleeds and believes on the foundation of entitlement and a caste system. Although the word supremacism is categorically divvied into other areas such as sexuality and religion, neither have had the historical impact in America like that of racial supremacy. We have seen The Nation of Islam, The Black Panther Party and The Black Hebrew Israelites, adopt concepts of supremacy for what is believe to be as a counteractive measure. One may ask, what were they trying to counteract? The answer: White Supremacy.

White Supremacy is a politically driven premise, whose ideological stance is the belief that the white race, above all other non white ethnicities, should reign dominant socially, politically, historically and industrially within the confines of society. This ideology was dominant in the United States prior to the Civil War, as we would see the ownership of Africans as chattel slavery. The Civil War would would forge out of the opposing of slavery and its expansion into the western territories by the Republican Party led by Abraham Lincoln. This opposition by the Lincoln led party would be challenged by several states looking to preserve their cotton based economy, as they would attempt secession from the United States and form what is known as the Confederate States of America. So in retrospect, the Civil War, from the South or Confederate States perspective, was really about economics and the preservation of their way of life. We all know that the Civil War would result in a victory by the North, as America would see the Reconstruction Era take place in an effort to reestablish the South back to normalcy. What is to be noted is the fact that albeit the war had been fought and won by the North, White Supremacy would remain in existence for many decades to follow, as Africans or blacks, would remain disenfranchised well into the twentieth century. It would be in 1967 (only 46 years removed mind you) that interracial marriage alone would be declared constitutional by all states. As I piggy back off of the movie, Lee Daniel’s-The Butler, I became enamored with the concepts of anger and resentment. We saw the Freedom Riders, who were a group of civil rights activists made up of multiracial members (including Caucasians), ride buses into segregated areas of the south in an attempt to execute and uphold the court rulings of Irene Morgan v The Commonwealth of Virginia and Boynton v Virginia, that disallowed the practice of racial segregation in public venues. Of course the Freedom Riders would be met with unrelenting venom and violence, as they would go into venues that still practiced segregation and demand (non violently) to be served. We saw Freedom Rider type practices initiated in North Carolina at the famed FW Woolworth historical lunch counter sit in. The plight of the Freedom Riders would revolutionize the Civil Rights movement, but would also ignite a nucleonic festering of hardened racism that would cause a permanent lesion in the side of humanity in America. White Supremacy, albeit doctored to be just about slavery, was really about a way of life. It was the inherited pride of a self anointed “supreme being” who sought preservation of what was believed to be entitlement from birth. So what caused the implosion of anger and resentment that we now call racism? Is it an issue of color or is it an issue of what the skin color represents, which is a loss of power? The footnotes suggest that blacks were mere cattle on the plantation. So to modernize, it is like your household pet taking control of your house. If this was to happen, what would you say about the said animal? Would you try to rationalize its thinking or would you resent, denounce and continue to remind them of where their place used to be? Is it not in this loss of power that bigotry, racial profiling, stereotyping and crimes of hate are born from? If you take a kid’s toy away while he or she is playing with it, is crying not sure to ensue? Perhaps the answer to racism is that there is no answer, as it appears to be an inherited, psychological coding much like DNA. Maybe it is here that we can start to get a greater understanding of how anger has and continues to fuel the traditions of racism and why it may never go away. Education holds the key, however, what is written on the hearts of man/woman is extremely hard to erase. Yet, we move forward as change is always inevitable.

Anger is an unrelenting weapon of choice, whose rage has proved to be both elastic and durable. It is in the root of anger that we can also find what others value, as anger is a result and not the cause. As we examine this world in which we exist, we realize that anger has transitioned and evolved into a level yet to be defined. What is in our nature, whether supremacy or other genetic coding, is not easy to reconstruct. I hope and pray that blogs like this encourage ideas and conversations of solutions. God knows, we need it.

In Review: Lee Daniels-The Butler

Posted in Movies & Television with tags , , , , on August 21, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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Rare are true movie gems that find a way to filter their way into your soul, as they tug at the strings of your emotional apathy. When a movie can educate and capture the historical pulse of a time when subhuman behavior was the standard and barbaric tendencies were the tactical devise of choice; and bring that pulse to fruition on the big screen, you have what I consider to be an Oscar caliber film. Lee Daniels-The Butler, finds a way to enter both your mind and heart, as the storyline, coupled with the brilliant acting of Oscar Winning Actor Forest Whitaker and Oscar Nominated Actress Oprah Winfrey, delivers a powerful, riveting depiction of American history that is rarely addressed and often never approached. The plethora of information is worth the price of admission alone. The brilliant performances by the entire supporting cast that included stars such as Robin Williams, John Cusak, Cuba Gooding Jr. Lenny Kravitz and Terrence Howard, simply adds cream to the top. The cinematography masterfully captures the essence of each historical event, jettisoning the audience back in time as you relive some of the most provocative times in America’s long, illustrious existence. A must see that I highly recommend for all ages. Go see The Butler; now in theaters.

The Nature of The Beast: 666

Posted in News with tags , , , on August 19, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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Revelations 13:16-17 states: “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name”. Revelation is defined as the disclosing of truth or knowledge through communication in the realm of the supernatural. The Book of Revelations reveals to us an apocalyptic summary of the Bible, detailing the intricate symbolic indicators or precursors associated with the nearing of the end of the world. One of the most well renowned devices in The Book of Revelations, is the “Mark of The Beast” or in numerology terms “666”. It is believed, as we can read in Revelations 13:16-17, that this symbol would be displayed on ones forehead or on their right hand, indicating an allegiance or following of satanic leadership. In a recent article published by Wake Up Call, we learn of a debate rustling in the state of Texas regarding the issuing of students who attend John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School of San Antonio; identification cards with R.F.I.D (radio frequency identification) chips embedded in them that would enable school officials to monitor the student’s every move in an effort to cut back on truancy. If successful, it is believed that this program will be adopted by 112 school districts throughout, totaling approximately 100,000 students. Of course this is being met with resistance, as some parents are opposed to the program referring to it as a violation of their child’s civil liberties. Also there is grave concern surrounding child predators being able to access the frequency of the R.F.I.D to know the whereabouts of the students. Students who are revolting against the program, are band from participating in certain functions/activities such as voting for homecoming king/queen and entering common areas such as the library and cafeteria. In order to participate, students must either comply or be denied access. This resolution of absolute choice with zero flexibility, exhibits the same premise detailed in Revelations 13:16-17 stating ” they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark”. Many have claimed this recent R.F.I.D student card controversy, along with the speculation that ObamaCare (albeit Republicans decades ago instituted this under the Bush regime as a fast track initiative spearheaded by John Ashcroft to do the same) would require children born in 2013 to receive microchip implants, are clear indicators of controversial “Mark of The Beast”. These are clear and precise symbols, but I resign to the thoughts to that of Charles Baudelaire (not Keyser Soze) who said “the greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist”. This quote projects the understanding by the understudy of what role the devil plays in society as a whole. If his plan was revealed then it would allow for combatants to detour his efforts. So I say this to bring forth the mindset that obvious things are too obvious. It is in the methodical or strategic ploy, in which opponents are often side swiped or caught off guard because they never saw it coming. R.F.I.Ds and ObamaCare represents the clairvoyant take, but what represents the unseen or the unrevealed? The Wizard lurking behind the curtain unleashed a bevy of conflict and mystical distractions in the land of Oz, long before his inner workings were made apparent. He would have made his impact felt abroad long before Toto would nip at his heels to put an end the treacherous tale. The Mark of The Beast has been prevalent long before these instances were recently reported. It’s mark dwells in the financial realm, communication realm, entertainment realm and religious realm. I won’t elaborate on these areas as it would turn my blog into a thesis, however, I will refer a book to you called “The Illuminati 666”. In this book, a wealth of knowledge is revealed on a multitude of levels surrounding this topic and its imprint on our modern society. To know your enemy (if he is your enemy) is to know the challenges you will face when confronted by him. It is then where you will discover the nature of the beast. #7 is perfect