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Classic Motion Picture Review – ‘J.D.’s Revenge’ [1976]

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Liverpool [UK], up until 1986, was still the classical Dock/Port in the transportation of goods as well as people. To compare, its local rival Manchester had an established Airport but was only a quarter of its current 2013 size, and also the price of a Plane Ticket was expensive due to lack of competition within the commercial airline sector.

One of the benefits was obtaining things from all over the world as childhood Birthday & Christmas Presents, especially Action Figures from far places…

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Whilst I didn’t own that exact action figure I had a number from the same range from Japan and, before you Tweet, they where finally given away to my local Oxfam (UK national chain Charity Shop) once this life-changing moment arrived on my radar…

Due to the overt racism on British 1970’s & 1980’s Television (it still is but only shows up during moments of major national tension) many people got their entertainment via VHS Tapes (the Great-Grandparent of Blu-ray) creating a compilation of African-American Television. Along with similar films this tended to be uplifting rather than humiliating. The media as a whole, even now in the allegedly more liberal era of the early 21st Century, has problems dealing with the following subject. Yet people have been doing this since the beginning of humanity…

The greatest impact those mentioned American VHS compilations had on me was a Horror-Gangster Film

J. D.’s Revenge

The Film, released in 1976 and based in New Orleans, tells the fictional story of a African-American University Student studying Law (a new concept to my 8 year old self in 1985) that gets possessed, after participating as an audience member in a hypnosis act whilst on a night-out in a cabaret club.

Normally in Cinema possession occurs by a demonic force, yet what makes this unique is that it’s done by a restless soul of a murdered Gangster. The genius angle of the Film is the Gangster – ‘J.D Walker’ – died in 1942, and due to the rapid socio-economic changes, especially in America, this might as well be 84 years rather than the actual 34 time difference. Everything had suddenly progressed, from Women’s Rights to Music.

I remember my Dad, talking about ‘J.D Revenge’ for about two weeks to everybody. So, on a School-night in the early hours when everybody was sleeping I went downstairs put the VHS in & put my Dad’s Headphone’s into the front of Television. What I discovered was & still is a classic with plenty of memorable quotes. ‘J.D Revenge’ totally changed the way I saw Black people & for the better as the ending is uplifting.

The Film nails this point in a superb manner with J.D being amazed & surprised at this new world. Praise should go to Glynn Turman for a memorable performance playing two polar opposites, the type of young man who every mother would love her daughter to marry & a foul-mouth ultra-cool street villain.

George Lucas was that impressed with Turman that he was his first Choice to play a certain ‘Han Solo’, yet due to racism in Hollywood & Western Society funding would have NEVER been given as Carrie Fisher was lined-up to play the role of ‘Princess Leia’. Even in 2013, non-White Actors in American Cinema are portrayed as either the side-kick or equal, rarely the hero-lead of a Film. Before anybody mentions Will Smith, in my opinion he’s the Hollywood version of Barack Obama – simply all hype with zero substance. Smith is the kind of Black Man that White People like due to him having no edge when he’s interviewed – you know what you’ll get. Certainly this doesn’t apply to say Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington or the considerably older Morgan Freeman.

It’s possible those in control, yet always in the shadows of the Anglo-American Economic-Political-War Machine, might consider Will Smith as American President thus the perfect marriage of Langley, Virginia to Hollyweird, California. Will Smith has that much clout in Hollywood he can make a vanity project (his Son is the Co-Star) costing $130million yet Zombizoids programmed to worship corporate celebrity will go to the Cinema for this…

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Will Smith speaking in that ultra-serious manner is as believable as Real Madrid announcing Tony Pulis as their new Manager. Things can still have high quality with very little or no expense, something Will Smith could do with understanding:

Feel free to leave a comment below or send a tweet directly to the star of
‘J.D Revenge’ Glynn Turman with the hashtag #GJBlog

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Darren steps to Young Money

Young Money might very soon become NO Money.

As Summer turns in Autumn or as they say in America ‘The Fall‘, it seems the latter might occur to the Young Money Empire that’s headlined by the following…

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It started with Drake deciding that it would be perfectly fine to produce & include himself in various out-takes along with unfinished tracks that he purchased by the deceased R&B Legend – Aaliyah.

This lead to a Public Statement from the Family of Aaliyah distancing themselves from this posthumous album in some manner due to Drake not asking for their blessing:

Rolling Stone – ‘Aaliyah’s Family Not Involved With New Drake-Led Album Project’.

Über Hip-Hop Record Producer & Genius Timberland along with Missy Elliott as well-known friends with Aaliyah instantly made it known that they wanted nothing to do with Drake’s project.

As murmuring of unhappiness where being directed towards Canada’s best Rapper his Label Colleague & Boss made perhaps one of the biggest Own-Goals in Hip-Hop History…

This dis from the same Lil Wayne that made the colab with Jay-Z ironically called…
‘Hello Brooklyn 2.0’.

To distance yourself from the major entertainment market & Media Hub that’s New York City would cause a reaction yet it even became Political…

It must be noted that when big-time Rappers have spoken negativity towards major American Cities the results have been lethal & tragic..!!

Then the final part of this comedy of errors came from the most Plastic & even being more *surreal than anybody on the Young Money stable – Nicki Minaj.

In, this American Election Year that sees it’s 1st African-American President looking for a 2nd Term guess what she ‘spits’ (appropriate word) on wax. Please be warned, you’ll have to rewind this to believe she actually thought this was cool…

For an African-American Celebrity especially in Popular Music to declare opposition towards President Obama in support for his rival to The White House – Mitt Romney is on-par with thinking it’s clever to wear a Man Utd Home Shirt in the Liverpool end of a Football (Soccer) Stadium.

It will be interesting to see if any maturity along with business skills return at Young Money due to their Summer of total madness that might possibly become a very harsh winter, never to possibly recover?

Ohhh… this is why I used the Asterisk (*) in the above article was in relation to this…

Lil Wayne ponders on his influence within Culture & History compared to a certain Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple..!!

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