Finish Your Damn Script is not just a wonderful screenwriting course, it’s a movement. Check out my recent conversation with the founder Brooks Elms and listen to this filmmaker, producer and creative as we discuss getting “unstuck” and why teaching your kids to play poker is not always a good idea.
Being bullied didn’t make me hate learning, it made me hate schools and the rampant and unchecked fascism that dictated everything from what we wore to what we could watch on TV. All of the policing changed when Roots hit the air. All the white teachers and administrators sanctioned the consumption of this epic without… Read More »
White Supremacy has to be the greatest invention mankind has ever created. I made the decision years ago to be more powerful than this invention, remain vigilant and “awake” and stay away from self defeating paranoia. My commitment to uprooting its seductive powers is based on relentless decolonization. My obsession with the collection and use… Read More »
Recently, I have been obsessed with images from the Civil Rights Movement. I want to be reminded of how vile human beings could be and the possibility of change. I want to remind myself that this group of brave soldiers (individuals) faced death, vicious dogs and racist violent cops willing to murder and annihilate children… Read More »
More than a year ago, another young black male life was snuffed out. While there was a great deal of hand wringing,tears and sadness, not a whole lot was done. Laws were not reexamined and destroyed with new ones taking their place. A murderer walked free and we all collectively shook or heads at the… Read More »
While I was amazed by all of the hullabaloo surrounding Ms. Dean’s admission of using the “N” word, I am not shocked. When I began reading her biography seven years ago, there was something that was not being addressed. It was clear that she had a very complicated relationship with the black community and those… Read More »
When I started my stand up comedy career over a decade ago, I often highlighted police brutality and the way things were mishandled during the Amadou Diallo murder case. While I was a good story teller, highlighting the Diallo case created a couple of very predictable responses : groans (which basically meant don’t bring this… Read More »
One of the most effective ways to ensure that racism stays intact and continues to thrive and reinvent itself is through crushing dreams and severely limiting individuals ability to imagine.
Wetbacks was the name used by my favorite uncle to describe Mexicans regardless of their immigration status.