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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 on Beyonce – It’s ALL a Blag

There’s been a bit of hoo-hah about Beyonce singing at the Obama inauguration, particularly with her admitting now that she mimed. Darren sent me the below before the Knowles revelations and as always he had a twist on the relavence of it all…

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Photo: 2013 Publicity Photo of multi-millionaire Pop Singer Beyoncé Knowles announcing yet another promotional deal with Pepsi.

People often wonder what will become the next threat to the survival of Humanity. Here are a few of the main possibilities…

  • World War III, featuring the Heavyweight Title Fight: America vs. China for the opportunity to become undisputed champion of the world.
  • A mutated virus, either a product of nature or a biological weapon in the form of Influenza or, more worryingly, Ebola hemorrhagic fever.



Whilst these views should be taken seriously, I think it’s much more simpler and easier to understand when assessing this simple definition:

Hypocrisy.
n.
1. the condition of a individual pretending to be something they are not, especially in the area of morals; a false presentation of belief or feeling. — hypocrite, n. — hypocritic, hypocritical, adj
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This reached ‘Mt. Everest’ levels at the second presidential inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C (USA) on Monday 21st January 2013. Specifically, the invitation of Beyoncé to sign the national anthem as the climax of this historic event.

Now, Beyoncé has signed a $50million (£30million) deal to promote Pepsi but Michelle Obama, from the very offset of her role as ‘The First Lady’, has been busy promoting Healthy Living. Erm… let’s compare & contrast shall we…


THEN…

It get’s better as everybody watching, either those estimated 800,000 in Washington or Billions watching across the world, witnessed Beyoncé deliver big-time with a traditional yet unique interpretation of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Now wait for the comment from the presenter at the end of the below performance, as it nicely goes into the final section.

But, it seems the truth at times can expose the trickery played on the masses, the best explanation coming from the over-lords of American Hollywood Gossip: TMZ.

I like the reaction of Harvey Levin (wearing the Green Polo Shirt), who is completely stunned at the slyness and front to do such a thing at such an occasion. This being the same man that founded TMZ who knows full well the levels of deception that celebrities are willing to use in self-promotion. Watching it, it felt like Levin viewed it as a step-too far.

If, such an audacious blag (Liverpool [UK] slang term meaning ‘clever con’) can be played, then what else has OR will be pulled on millions or even billions of ordinary people..!!

As for Beyoncé Knowles, her blag has not only failed but backfired on her spectacularly, as she is going to be delivering the Half-Time Show at the NFL Superbowl in New Orleans on Sunday 3rd February 2013. You see, Pepsi have been, even for their standards, going into hyperbolic-overdrive around this fact since November 2012.

The game itself sees for the 1st time; rival coaches being Brothers:

John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco 49ers).

So, due to her endorsement deal alongside the clash of the Harbaugh Brothers, this Superbowl will be the most watched in history, as even those not into sports are likely to tune in.

As Half-Time Performer, Beyoncé under contract with the NFL, will have to do at least one Press Conference in front of the world’s media. I guess some questions around her ability to perform on the big-stage are going to be asked directly to her, which will in turn lead to some awkward karma moments.

So, reader what would you rather have celebrity or integrity? This is the question that will not only decide the outcome of the Twenty first Century but possibly Humanity itself.

Additional Reading:

‘In Beyoncé Deal, Pepsi Focuses on Collaboration’ – (The New York Times Newspaper [USA], Sunday 9th December 2012)

‘Laurie David Talks Beyonce’s Pepsi Deal On HuffPost Live (VIDEO)’ – (The Huffington Post, Thursday 17th January 2013)

‘Beauty brand L’Oreal accused of ‘whitewashing’ Beyonce’ – (The Daily Mail Newspaper [UK], Friday 8th August 2008)

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Nuff said.

Prince Paul – Scion AV Ep 3: New Orleans Bounce

The latest episode of Prince Paul’s, the legendary hip-hop proudcer, Scion AV series sees him going down to New oprleans to sample the bounce scene. there’s some serious dance moves on the go in here, plus some dope transgender emcees discussing ‘sissy bounce’. Well worth a watch, especially for anyone who has fallen in love with New Orleans music via David Simon’s Treme.

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