Friday, August 06, 2010

Kanye West Power Preveiw

. This kinda production money is only reserved for TV 30 second commercials around SuperBowl time or 2 hour long Tyler Perry movies. But if your gonna go big, this is the way to do it. I think it's GAW-jus, visually, it was the best one minute forty-two-seconds of my day... except when I'm looking at you Boo... you know who you are. (wink)

Monday, June 07, 2010

Inception New Posters

Warner Brothers releases new banner art that gives a few clues about the mysterious summer blockbuster
Buzz up!

Warner Brothers has been trying to keep a tight lid on "Inception," in an effort to protect some of the film's secrets before its July release. New character art released on Tuesday, however, gives away a few plot points. From the trailer, it seems that the movie centers on a team of thieves who steal ideas from people's dreams, something confirmed by the new art. Over pictures of stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, and Ellen Page are tags such as "the extractor" and "the architect." What does it all mean?


Friday, June 04, 2010

Spell Bots

All-girl, All-African American Robotics team is breaking barriers from Mari Fagel on Vimeo.

President Barack Obama has said it’s his priority to bring American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement. However, African-American students, and girls in particular, are still falling behind. According to the U.S. Department of Education, African American students are five times less likely to be college-ready in science and math than white students upon completion of high school.

Yet an all-girl, all-African-American robotics team from Spellman College in Atlanta is breaking that stereotype. The SpelBots have competed in robotics championships around the world and they’re proving that African-American women can also become computer scientists.

On Wednesday, the team visited Howard University Middle School of Math and Science in Washington as part of the first-ever National Lab Day. The nation-wide event was created to raise awareness about the importance of math and science education. The team met with the school’s brand-new all-girls robotics team to teach them a few tricks and inspire them to follow in their footsteps.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Beautiful Game

One of the biggest, most accurate videos of Soccer and its global impact ever made
Hats off to nike

Write The Future from Nalden on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


The most highly anticipated movie of the summer

Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele for Hire

TEDxTalks  May 15, 2010 — Few people would consider the ukulele a serious musical instrument. Until, that is, they hear Jake Shimabukuro play one. Jakes uncommon compositions and playing techniques defy labels and categories, and he lays down jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco and rock with equal virtuosity. Occasional tours with Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band have broadened his experience and brought his talent and charming stage presence to crowds of up to fifty thousand people. Jake has also performed on NBCs The Late Show with Conan OBrien, The Today Show, and Last Call With Carson Daly, and been featured on NPRs Morning Edition and World Café, Public Radio Internationals The World, and others. In December 2009, he performed with Bette Midler for Queen Elizabeth during a special fundraising concert in Blackpool, England.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bad Water = Death

Bad water kill more children than wars. This is a fact that UNICEF wants to bring to the attention of the mainstream with thoughtful print adds and memorable commercials

Solidarités International: Water talks from La Boite Concept on Vimeo.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bruce's Beach x blAck community in mAnhattan beAch 1910'$::

Bruce's Beach was one of the few beaches in Southern California in the early 1900s that was not off-limits to African Americans. The City of Manhattan Beach condemned Bruce's Beach and forced out the black community in the 1920's and 30's. The City Project worked with Bernard Bruce, the Bruce's grandson, to change the name of the ocean front park back to Bruce's Beach (a/k/a Bruces' or Bruce Beach). The public celebrated the name change in a ceremony at Bruce's Beach on March 31, 2007. It is important to do more than just change the name, however. Interpretive panels and public art should faithfully, completely, and accurately celebrate the proud legacy of Bruce's Beach and African-American Los Angeles.

When Manhattan Beach was incorporated in 1912, a two-block area on the ocean was set aside for African-Americans. Charles and Willa Bruce built a black beach resort there, the only resort in Southern California that allowed Blacks. Bruces’ Beach offered ocean breezes, bathhouses, outdoor sports, dining, and dancing to African-Americans who craved their fair share of Southern California’s good life.
As coastal land became more valuable and the black population in Los Angeles increased—bringing more African-Americans to Bruces’ Beach—so did white opposition to the black beach. The black beach was roped off. The KKK harassed black beachgoers.
The City of Manhattan Beach pressured black property owners to sell at prices below fair market value and prevailed in the 1920s through condemnation proceedings. Bruce's Beach and the surrounding black neighborhood were destroyed. Black beachgoers were then relegated to the blacks-only section of Santa Monica beach known as "the Inkwell." Manhattan Beach tried to lease the Bruce's Beach land to a private individual as a whites-only beach, but relented in the face of civil disobedience organized by the NAACP.
Bernard Bruce has spent his life telling people about Bruce's Beach, the beach resort that his family owned. No one believed him because they did not believe black people owned beach resorts. This is why it is important to tell the story of Bruce's Beach.
Interpretive panels and public art should faithfully, completely, and accurately tell the story of Bruce's Beach. Best practice examples of public art that celebrate civil rights, democracy, and freedom include the Great Wall of Los Angeles, Manzanar, Biddy Mason Park, and Little Tokyo.
Read the Los Angeles Times editorial and other coverage in the Los Angeles Times and Easy Reader Part I, Part II, and Part III.
The City Project has worked extensively on equal access to public places including beaches. See our work on Mapping Green Access and Equity and Robert García and Erica Flores Baltodano, Free the Beach! Public Access, Equal Justice, and the California Coast, 2 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 143 (2005).

Monday, April 12, 2010

Scream Blacula Scream


Sure it was over 30 years since Blacula was made, but to me he's just too cool

When I wrote Night Biters I had to find a way to put  Blacula in the story because how can you do a story about  Black Vampires

and leave out the baddest cat with an overbite?

Fart Sound

Yes its juvenile, but sure is good for a laugh

Friday, April 09, 2010

Mix Tape Wallpaper

Harper has managed to combine horror, specific
knowledge of the Bay Area’s multi-cultural
populations, hip hop and DJ cultures, in a kind of
post modern parable.
Todd Johnson

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

From Soul Train to Centric

Soul Train Award Opening Animation from BERNSTEIN & ANDRIULLI on Vimeo.
New commercial for the Centric Network
Tatiana Arocha - Don Cornelius Opener for Centric's 5 to 9 from BERNSTEIN & ANDRIULLI on Vimeo.

Bastards Of The Party

Raised in the Athens Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Cle "Bone" Sloan was four years old when his father died, and 12 when he became a member of the Bloods. Now an inactive member of the notorious gang, Sloan looks back at the history of black gangs in his city and makes a powerful call for change in modern gang culture with his insightful documentary, BASTARDS OF THE PART

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dear Mr. Antoine Fuqua, please make Night Biters into a movie

Dear Mr, Fuqua please consider
Night Biters as a future project

Your projects are gritty, filled with characters that are marginalized yet smart, resourceful

and whether you agree with it or not their own moral code

No other director can capture the many complex elements of street life as you have in film and video.

The urban purity of Gangsta Paradise, the Replacement Killers, Training Day and your current film Brooklyn's Finest are testaments to your skills

Night Biters a Tale of Urban Horror would be a departure but its clear from King Arthur that you are willing to take risks, I assure you a supernatural vampire tale with heroic teens from multi-ethnic backgrounds would pay off handsomely
Mr. Fuqua I realize this is blatant but I believe in my books and would love to see them on the big screen directed by the best

I can be contacted here

Thank you for your time


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Beauty of the Omo

On the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, the lower Omo Valley is a lost world. Far from any city and with a cruel climate, this land remains one of the wildest in Africa. This magnificently produced, two-volume publication is a superb chronicle of the Omo Valley's fast-vanishing and excruciatingly hard way of life, focusing on the fifteen or so ethnic groups who have lived there since time immemorial. Hans Silvester's photographs, as beautiful as they are fascinating, are accompanied by a text that documents the culture and daily life of the Omo tribes. 2 volumes presented in a slipcase: Volume I Customs and Ceremonies; Volume II Face and Body Decoration. 304pp, UK. THAMES & HUDSON. click here for more
Click here for Hans Silver  Facebook page

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


This trailer gives a deeper glimpse into the plot.  This time around, Tony Stark’s urban sidekick gets his own suit of armor, then they band together to fight the Russian version of themselves.  When you think about it, it’s a lot like Rocky IV.  But I’m okay with that for the following reasons:

Monday, March 08, 2010

"A" Team of Losers & Takers

This summer three action buddy movies will be on the big screen. One original, one TV and one comic adaptation. My money's on the original

The Takers
Plot A group of bank robbers find their $20 million plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective.

The A-Team
The 80's TV show gets an update Plot A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed

The Losers
Adapted from the Virtigo comic book of the same name Plot: After being betrayed and left for dead, members of a CIA black ops team root out those who targeted them for assassination.

Why I picked The Takers because whereas A-Team and Losers appear to be targeted at males who want action. The Takers is eye-candy for the ladies, I first heard about it in November of last year and the woman who mentioned it can't wait for it's release. That kind of buzz is normally a good thing. She's not the only one.  I imagine there will be many "Takers". Interesting to note that Losers and Takers both star Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Michael Jackson Radical

Producing the first video proved to be a difficult task for Jackson. State authorities unsuccessfully tried to ban the singer filming in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador (Pelorinho). Officials feared images of poverty might affect tourism and accused Jackson of exploiting the poor. Ronaldo Cezar Coelho, the state secretary for Industry, Commerce and Tourism demanded editing rights over the finished product, stating, "I don't see why we should have to facilitate films that will contribute nothing to all our efforts to rehabilitate Rio's image". Some were concerned that scenes of poverty and human rights abuses would affect their chances of hosting the Olympics in 2004. Others supported Jackson's wish to highlight the problems of the region, arguing that the government were embarrassed by their own failings. read more