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Them: In Review

Posted in Movies & Television with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2021 by geniusscribbleink

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. ”-James Baldwin

I recall as a child being brought to the theatre by one of my older cousins, not having an idea of what we were actually going to see. Just the idea of going and being amongst the cooler kids was certainly enough incentive for me at the time. Brought popcorn with the monies my parents gave me. Back then you could probably get a whole bucket of popcorn for $1.00 as opposed to today’s tariff that requires at least an Amex Black Card or dancing on the pole for tips. But I digress, as the big popcorn and the big soda were both on deck; hey life is good right? Wait what movie are we watching? Amityville Horror? Never heard of it. What is that one about? Yes I would soon find out exactly what that movie was about due to the countless nightmares I would endure throughout the week to follow as I would soon realize that this was not Star Wars by any stretch of the imagination. This was a dark side that I could only wish I had training from Obi Wan on how to wheel a lightsaber to fend off the evil that lurked inside my dreams. There is no solace when living in a nightmare both visually and mentally in your waking moments, as well as in your sleep during the the cover of night. After viewing Amazon Prime’s Them, created by Little Marvin and executive produced by Lena Waithe, you get a macbre and in depth perspective of the African American living and breathing nightmare during a time of racial unrest that was accompanied by inhumane acts of degredation and inflicted violence in America. The story follows the plight of a black family named the Emorys and their migration from North Carolina to the city of Los Angeles in the 1950s. What seems like a story of promise and hope that sees the patriarch Henry Emory gain a job opportunity that can change the future of his family’s well being, you begin to realize that the old cliche of: “every new level has a new devil” is indeed true as some dreams can turn into nightmares and greener pastures can also be filled with hidden landmines that will try to impede every step you take. Them becomes a literal Pandora’s Box when the lid is lifted off and you discover what lingers in the dark corners of people’s hearts and minds. This is no cliche horror movie where you await a hockey mask and a machete to hack up innocent victims. No this horror movie is based on the horrors of truth, as it confronts and tackles the dark history that is America and the demonic actions initiated by people who saw African Americans as less than human beings. Them “goes there” and by there I mean to a place where American History Books has rarely gone as it delivers a raw nightmare that is better than any fictious serial killings by Jason Vorhees. It exposes the horror story truth about a time that once existed and to a degree still exists in this country to this very day. I posted a inquiry on my social media page asking whether someone had viewed this series. A person of African American descent stated that they saw the trailer but it seemed like a normal horror movie; to which I replied that oh its a horror movie, but its a horror movie due to the fact that its one we face or have faced on a daily basis for quite some time. I do recommend watching this series. Some scenes are tough to stomach and the story tends to drift on tangents. Its not hard to follow along but at times you find yourself getting deflated during segments only to be drawn back in at the conclusion of an episode. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 stars as its innovative and informative as well as sticking to its themed horror movie genre. Check out Them on Amazon Prime.

The Dark Man eXodus: The Book of Earl

Posted in Trending with tags , , , on April 27, 2021 by geniusscribbleink

If no pain, then no love. If no darkness, no light. If no risk, then no reward. It’s all or nothing. In this damn world, it’s all or nothing.”- Glennon Doyle Melton

I once posed a poignant question to a few of my friends when I asked: “Could you Imagine if the voice you heard inside of your head sounded like DMX? You would probably feel somewhat invincibile”. Certainly not a far fetched notion given the fact that Earl Simmons’ music gave you a layer of conviction like no other. His transparency regarding his struggles with life’s adversities, along with his vulnerable and humble submission to God, made him into somewhat of an anti-hero whose superpowers was his gravely voice and his relentless determination that was unbridled and polarizing. In a world that now often operates under the guise of a masquerade; it is extremely hard to figure out just who individuals are these days. I take great satisfaction when seeing people be unapologetically who they are despite pressures from the outside insisting that they change because the narrative sounds better and feels better for those who simply can’t stomach a strong dose of reality. Thats not to say or encourage a person or persons to behave with reckless abandonment, however it does shine a light of truth into the dark corners where reckless behavior and irresponsible choices occur. We are often reluctant to put our cards on the table for fear of being judged or vilified; but the truth of the matter is that everyone has skeletons in their closet and in some instances people have full-fledged graveyards. Matthew 7:1 speaks about judgement, forwarning that its not our place to pass judgment upon anyone. I would like to believe that Earl Simmons knew more about this scripture than most of us, as his battle with childhood demons would often interupt his prolific success time and time again. In spite of those demons there was always a moment of rebirth for him. His prayers seem to only intensify after adverse times as the “Pitbull Of The Pulpit” would some how manage to capture his congregation of fans and bring them to church with him offering not only a glimmer of hope, but also a peek into the window of redemption. I always subscribe to music for a plethora of things in my life. DMX was always that artist that gave me that adrenaline rush while reminding me that I too am unapologetic in my delivery as I let God judge my actions and not that of man nor woman. The soul of my spirit animal still lingers as it took me some time to start playing his music after hearing of his tragic passing. Hip Hop culture is a way of life for most of us who were born in the late 60s and the early 70’s, as it provided us with a reflective voice for the entire globe to listen to. And from that culture spawned our version of superheroes, who we all wanted to imitate due to the great admiration we had for people who simply looked like us, talked like us and walked like us. DMX gave us all a soundtrack to our lives, whether it was the traumatic struggles we face throughout our days or the incredible, boundless elation we feel when our energy levels are bursting like supernovas inside our souls. Yes the Dark Man’s Exodus leaves behind a family and a fandom base that will forever pine to hear that infamous growling sound that let you know that the dog was lurking and was about to getatcha. The term Exodus is derived from Greek Exosudes which translates into meaning “the road out”. “One more road to cross, one more risk to take, gotta live my life like theres on more move to make”. Rest easy solider as heaven awaits you legend. #if no pain, then no love