What’s up y’all? Here is the dirt…
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the ABFF in Miami. While there I got a chance to go to the HBO sponsored short film competition and let me tell ya…there were some AWESOME films in the competition. My personal favorite (and the winner) was The Roe Effect, written by Kiel Adrian Scott. This particular film was so DEEP and so HEAVY that I didn’t know whether to clap or cry. The young man who created the film is a BRILLIANT filmmaker and I see him doing BIG things in the industry.
Another movie I had an opportunity to see was Pastor Brown. This movie was PHENOMENAL! It was the Directorial debut of Rockmond Dunbar. Y’all may remember him from the Showtime series Soul Food. The movie which has an all star cast centers around the age old biblical tale of the prodigal son. It is a faith based tale of family and redemption. Rockmond did a FABULOUS job coming out of the gate. It is truly a must see movie.
Another good one was Robert Townsend’s documentary on black comedy titled “Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy” which should be airing on Showtime in the upcoming months. There were several films that were great but I just don’t have time to mention them all.
Now for the dirt…
Thursday night I had the opportunity to check out the festival sponsored Raheem DeVaughn concert at “LIV at the Fountainbleau.” The party was GREAT! In fact, this was the best party the entire weekend. I was in the VIP section with these chicks I met from Jersey who happened to be HELLA cool. As I scoured the party, I happened to look up and see Mike Epps. I spoke to him but he was too HIGH and DRUNK to even realize what was going on. One of the chicks asked him to take a picture with her and as soon as the cameras went up, he put on the goofy “Mike” face. Once the flash was over, he was back in his “high” zone.
Another dude I got the opportunity to chop it up with was Wood Harris. Maaaaaan, Wood is SO cool. He is SO not Hollywood. He let me know that he’s on www.eurweb.com frequently. He is really a cool cat unlike this other dude whose name I refuse to mention. This actor, we’ll call him “Prince JHerri Curl” was all in the club acting “Hollywood” like he has a show on television right now. I asked if I could take a picture of him for EUR and that fool said, “If I take a picture for you or with you, then I’ll have to do it for everybody.” AS IF A TON OF FOLKS WAS SWEATING HIM FOR A PICTURE!! Nobody recognized him but me.
Side Bar-All of you “famous” folks if you are out there, know that you can’t be acting all “Hollywood” if you ain’t worked in the last year…or two. Nuff said…
Raheem DeVaughn did his THUG THIZZLE! That boy can SANG! Yes, I said “SANG.” I didn’t get the chance to interact with him so I can’t tell you if he’s an azz or not. However, I can tell you that he puts on a real good show. Check him out in a city near you.
On Friday night, I had the opportunity to check out “Shaq and DL Hughley Present: The All Star Comedy Jam” which featured, Melanie Camarcho, LaVell Crawford, Arnez J and Earthquake at the Fillmore. The show was hilarious and they were taping for Showtime. Check your local listings for show information.
Side Bar-Can I just say that Melanie Camarcho is SO underrated. That chick is FUNNY!! Check her out in a comedy club near you.
On Saturday I had the opportunity to chop it up with Vivica Fox and Bevy Smith. Can I just say that Bevy Smith ain’t got NO talent but that heifer STAYS on television. For real, she don’t rap, sing, act or dance but she has had more television face time in the last five months than “Prince Jherri Curl” and she is SO cool. Bevy is what we call a GRINDER. She is always on her grind looking to do something else and folks cannot knock her hustle. Go’on Bevy, do ya thang!!
Side Bar-For all of you aspiring film makers get at Vivica Fox. She is looking to produce more film under her indy company. However, y’all need to come with your own funds. She can be reached here.
Okay, I wasn’t going to say anything BUT hell, I’ll make it a blind item. I had the opportunity to do a brief interview with a prominent movie director who initially cussed me out on the street. The South Central native was so aggressive and ignorant that he scared me. It wasn’t until another guy was like, “damn man” that this director changed his tone. Without going into the entire story, I will just say that I had heard rumors about him but I never believed any of it until I experienced it myself. Needless to say, I was hurt because this is one of the very few “Hollywood” dudes that I looked up to. His behavior was not only disappointing but it was disrespectful and pissed me off. A few seconds after he cussed me out, he tried to apologize without actually saying “I’m sorry.” Instead, he put his arm around me and told me that he was willing to answer my questions. At that point, the damage had already been done. To my readers, please know that most times the folks you think you love in the industry are usually the biggest azzholes. Hint: This director was once linked to a famous supermodel that has her own daytime talk show.
Side Bar-I don’t think I ever wanna meet Will or Jada Smith. Nuff said…
Lastly, I just have to tell y’all about a sista I met just passing by her hotel suite in the Ritz. This sista takes hustling to an entirely different level. Her story is so very inspiring and if ANYBODY has ever had a dream and has ever been discouraged, please listen to the interview I did with Candra Palmer of “Artyce Custom Footwear.” Candra is the OWNER of “Artyce Custom Footwear” where she designs and creates custom shoes for women. She has designed for the likes of Halle Berry and Vivica Fox, just to name a couple. To hear how this sista left a lucrative marketing job to go work retail and in a sweat shop to learn the business from the ground floor is truly remarkable. Check out the interview below. Check out her company information here.
Overall, the American Black Film Festival this year was cool. It wasn’t great, like the previous years but I blame that on the economy. In the past, Lincoln was one of their biggest sponsors. However, that was not the case this year and it was VERY evident. In order for a vehicle like this to work, people need to support the festival. If you have a chance and the funds, be sure to check them out next year.
That’s all the dirt for now. Holla back at your girl…