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It’s Wednesday and I’ve been in better moods. But I’m bringing you these five thoughts. On with the posting.

1. MLB Postseason: Baseball’s postseason is getting in its groove and the Wild Card’s are gearing up. Well the Royals advance to take on the Angels. The NL Wild Card sets off tonight as San Francisco takes on Pittsburgh. The Detroit Tigers starts their series with the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday and the St. Louis Cardinals begin their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

2. Michael Phelps Arrested For DUI: Swimming legend and Baltimore native Michael Phelps decided to drive through Fort McHenry Tunnel while on that liquor and thought it would be all good. Nope, they pulled that car over and he failed his field sobriety tests. He was charged and he ‘was deeply sorry about the arrest’. White Privilege will allow him to get a slap on the wrist.

3. New Details Emerge In The Wiz Khalifa/Amber Rose Split: It seems as if everyone has an opinion about Wiz and Amber’s split. I don’t know why they need to talk about like we really give a fuck. So apparent Wiz was caught cheating with two twin sisters. (1. Yes, they were biological. 2. That’s nasty.) Then people are like “I don’t know how Wiz could cheat on Amber. She’s so fine.” That may be true but she could have been annoying as fuck. I’m just saying. Anyway, long as their son is taken care off, that’s all that matters.

4. A ‘Tetris’ Movie Coming Soon?: *ponders* I have questions. Like seriously, there’s a script for it but I’m just trying to see what the plot is going to be about, and if you need a straight line and they drop the L, will it send you to hell?

5. Ebola Diagnosed In The U.S.: Nope, no more handshakes from me. An Ebola diagnosed patient traveled from Liberia on 9/19/14 and arrived in the U.S. on 9/20/14 and was admitted to the hospital on 9/28/14 after seeking care a few days prior. The CDC states that it’s a small chance of an outbreak in the Dallas area but if you’re from that area and you’re reading this, it’s just head nods and waves from here out.

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It’s Wednesday and I’ve been in better moods. But I’m bringing you these five thoughts. On with the posting.

1. MLB Postseason: Baseball’s postseason is getting in its groove and the Wild Card’s are gearing up. Well the Royals advance to take on the Angels. The NL Wild Card sets off tonight as San Francisco takes on Pittsburgh. The Detroit Tigers starts their series with the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday and the St. Louis Cardinals begin their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

2. Michael Phelps Arrested For DUI: Swimming legend and Baltimore native Michael Phelps decided to drive through Fort McHenry Tunnel while on that liquor and thought it would be all good. Nope, they pulled that car over and he failed his field sobriety tests. He was charged and he ‘was deeply sorry about the arrest’. White Privilege will allow him to get a slap on the wrist.

3. New Details Emerge In The Wiz Khalifa/Amber Rose Split: It seems as if everyone has an opinion about Wiz and Amber’s split. I don’t know why they need to talk about like we really give a fuck. So apparent Wiz was caught cheating with two twin sisters. (1. Yes, they were biological. 2. That’s nasty.) Then people are like “I don’t know how Wiz could cheat on Amber. She’s so fine.” That may be true but she could have been annoying as fuck. I’m just saying. Anyway, long as their son is taken care off, that’s all that matters.

4. A ‘Tetris’ Movie Coming Soon?: *ponders* I have questions. Like seriously, there’s a script for it but I’m just trying to see what the plot is going to be about, and if you need a straight line and they drop the L, will it send you to hell?

5. Ebola Diagnosed In The U.S.: Nope, no more handshakes from me. An Ebola diagnosed patient traveled from Liberia on 9/19/14 and arrived in the U.S. on 9/20/14 and was admitted to the hospital on 9/28/14 after seeking care a few days prior. The CDC states that it’s a small chance of an outbreak in the Dallas area but if you’re from that area and you’re reading this, it’s just head nods and waves from here out.

Another Fall season approaches
Leaves changing colors, I’m feeling hopeless
Can’t allow my dreams to fade away
All I can do is drop to my knees and pray
Lord, please show me a sign
And give me the strength to continue my grind
Working these hours so the majority of the wages
Helps others advance to their next stages
Feeling like I’m scratching and clawing for a piece of reasoning
Wishing that I could go back to something that I believed in
No one wants to help or even check to see how you’ve maintain
Not knowing that you could be one step from dancing with cocaine
But that’s a cowards way to live
Try to make these moves being proactive instead of reactive

When listening to your favorite recording artist latest or past album, mixtapes or what not, seeing them in concert heightens the experience and furthers their legacy in our minds. Some of fans have favorites that can’t do no wrong and if you try to tell them differently, you might get cursed out. Over the weekend, Brooklyn MC/Activist Talib Kweli posted an article where he responded to an article written by Stefan Schumacher, who wrote about why he no longer loves Lauryn Hill. When I was on Twitter and I saw people talking to Talib about their experiences with seeing Lauryn Hill in concert, I figured they were just talking in regards to the recent show over in London. I was unaware of the article written by Mr. Schumacher. I understood where the writer was coming from but it was a bit brutal and Talib had every right to defend his friend and fellow recording artist.

“I used to listen to Lauryn Hill, and tap my feet” – 50 Cent from “8 Mile”

Lauryn Hill had a show here in Baltimore back in February of 2011 and I wrote a fair review of it. Now I could have allowed the stories about her tardiness to her performances deter me from spending money to attend but it was Lauryn Hill. I still listen and enjoy her previous work (No, not that MTV Unplugged album). We can’t speak for each other when it comes to how we view our favorite artists. Would I spend money to go see Lauryn Hill in concert again? Mostly likely, I won’t. I’ve already had my Lauryn Hill experience and I’m good on that.

“The great thing about making art for yourself is that if you do it well, millions of people will relate to it and embrace it. They will support you and make it possible for you to have a career and feed your family, all with your art. These are your fans, and their passion, dedication and contribution to your life are to be cherished and respected.” – Talib Kweli

Artists spend long hours in the studios trying to create their music so that they can present it to the world in the best way possible. Fans, who you artists want to take their hard earned dollars and hit Target, Best Buy, Amazon, etc to purchase these albums have a right to be entertained. And now, social media makes it more easier to voice your opinion to that artist. Good or bad, they will hear about it.

Jay Z had a show over the weekend that was streamed across the internet and I didn’t watch it. Me personally, I’m a bit burned out from seeing him perform the same tracks and I’d rather him perform some songs that he never done live. Still, fans were live tweeting the performance and singing along. Lil Kim hasn’t dropped an solo album in years and I caught a live show of hers back in 2010 and she tore it down. Kanye changes up his direction on every album and you better believe that I went to the Yeezus concert to catch the live show. Outkast had an three day #AtLast festival over the weekend and people had a great time. The point that I’m making is that regardless if our favorite artist(s) releases new music often or not, we’re going to fork over the money and go to those shows. And artists need to realize that we as fans are giving your our money, trying to schedule babysitters, requesting time off from work so that we can see you at these shows. At least be considered and put forth the best show that we deserve.

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

Director: Craig Johnson

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson & Ty Burrell

Story: Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

My Thoughts: I caught the trailer for this earlier this week and decided to check out it the theater. Bill Hader plays Milo and Kristen Wiig plays Maggie, twins who both try to off themselves on the same day. Milo’s an actor and while he’s struggling in Hollywood, he waiting tables at a restaurant. Maggie is a works as a hygienist in a dental office and she’s married to Lance (Wilson). Lance is an easy going guy that does landscaping work and he welcomes Milo into their home.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are known for their run on Saturday Night Live so seeing them roles for a less comedy/more drama role is refreshing. The movie itself is very dark as themes of suicide and an over gloomy nature sets the tone of this movie. The supporting cast of characters add elements to the main characters. Joanna Gleason plays Milo and Maggie’s mother in which they still have lingering family issues with. Ty Burrell of Modern Family plays Rich, who is an former English teacher that had a past relationship with Milo. Boyd Holbrook stars as Billy, who is Maggie’s scuba diving coach and becomes a subject of her affections.

Chemistry between Hader and Wiig doesn’t misstep here as they both tackle this dramatic role which should push them into stronger roles as they continue their careers. If you’re a fan of independent movies and family dysfunction, this is a great 90 minutes for you enjoy.


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