Posted by: Curtis Abrams | January 24, 2011

A Website dedicated to strictly………

 

Curtis Abrams

Curtis Abrams

Over the past few months, I been brainstorming and researching on something i can do to make a “difference” to a man and a woman! A  couple whether married, divorce, homosexual, lesbian, black, white, etc. whatever. I really believe that if I can provide something of what I know to help secure a solid relationship, then why not put it on a website on my own!!!

 

So over the next few weeks, I’m going to create and put up something very special and creatively unique to suit the needs of one and many others so they can take something back with them to utilize in the near future.

And believe you me, it will put a bend on making a relationship and will keep it there maybe the whole duration.

…and yes, I’m going to send out emails, forums and an electronic magazine on the subjects at hand!!

Trust me, you will actually like this concept a lot…

The hosting site is from a Canadian group specializing to enhance and to explore out the “concept” to people worldwide.

It’s exploratory, it’s fun, it’s a learning tool, it’s no joke or no spam, and finally, it’s well entertaining!!!

I’ll keep you posted and in mind of when will I launch this incredible and really plain website!!!

In the meantime come visited my blog site to sign up and look at my daily and weekly messages, images and video footage. Anybody can come and sign in on the upper right screen or go to subscribe on the top of the blog page!!

When you sign in.. I’ll keep your email private and confidential!! no spamming whatsoever!!

Go to www.curtabrams.wordpress.com and check my blog out!!

 

Stay Tuned!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Curtis Abrams | August 24, 2010

Documentary Diary: The Secret History of the Freemasons

FREEMASONS FREEMASONS!!! WOW!!! I never wanted to know about that part of society that is controlling and becoming this powerful organization huh??

But I do know this about the Freemason: THERE IS NO LEADER!!! NO TRUE ONE LEADER!!!!  

Most would agree that Freemasonry is an organization whose members are concerned with moral and spiritual values, self-improvement, and helping their communities with charitable endeavors. Masons (synonymous with Freemasons) take oaths to be good to their Brothers in Masonry, their families, and all people. They are taught that we are part of the brotherhood of man, under the fatherhood of God.

Some of the often-used definitions are that, “Freemasonry is an organization that takes good men and makes them better,” or that it is, “A system of morality, veiled in secrecy, and illustrated by symbols.” Its principal tenets are brotherly love, relief, and truth. Its goal is the universality of mankind, with all will act towards others as we want them to act towards us, and with faith in the social, eternal, and intellectual progress of mankind.

Masonry is also sometimes called a “great quest for light and knowledge” that deals with the “intellectual, moral, and spiritual values of life.” To achieve these goals, “freedom of thought, speech, and action belongs to every man.”

Freemasonry is open to men of any race or religion who believe in a Supreme Being and who are judged to be of good reputation and character. It is the inner qualities of men — their characters — that are important, not external characteristics or indications of wealth or poverty.

While it requires candidates to express a belief in a Supreme Being, Freemasonry is not a religion or a substitute for religion, and it has no theology, dogma, or path to salvation. Each Mason follows his own faith. Altars in masonic lodges are places where the charter of the lodge and the Bible are placed. In addition to the Bible, in lodges that include men who believe in a different holy book, their “Volume of the Sacred Law” is also placed on the altar.God is often referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe, to permit men of all religions to meet and pray in a spirit of toleration.

Tolerance is basic in Freemasonry. Masons are taught to respect the beliefs and opinions of all people. “Whenever you are an enemy of bigotry or intolerance, you live the teachings of Freemasonry.”

Freemasonry teaches lessons to members using the traditions and symbols of medieval stonemasons’ guilds, and follows many of their traditions in such things as the titles of officers: Grand Master, Grand Marshal, Chaplain, Grand Pursuivant, Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Deacons, Stewards, and others.
Being “initiated” into Freemasonry means receiving the three “degrees” of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. Degrees are short ritual dramas based on the building of King Solomon’s Temple. They teach Masons, using symbolism and allegories, “build” their characters just as stonemasons built King Solomon’s Temple.

PRINCE HALL

PRINCE HALL (CENTER)

According to the Phylaxis Society, an international Masonic organization dedicated to the life of Prince Hall and Prince Hall Freemasonry, Prince Hall was an African born around 1738. He was taken into slavery and ended up in New England. He was freed by William Hall, and may have taken his last name from William’s family. Other historians argue that Prince Hall was a servant, and that William Hall documented Prince’s status as a free man.
It’s not that difficult to find out who is and who isn’t a Prince Hall Mason. Like other Masonic traditions, Prince Hall Freemasonry is able to claim notable businessmen, politicians and entertainers as members. According to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan, notable Prince Hall Masons include:

  • Jesse Jackson
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Count Basie
  • Duke Ellington
  • Al Sharpton
  • Congressman Charles Rangel
  • Nat King Cole
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Alexander Dumas
  • Alex Haley
  • Kweisi Mfume
  • Don King
  • Richard Pryor
  • Alexander Pushkin
  • Sugar Ray Robinson

Booker T. Washington

Freemasonry embraces the basic idea of allowing every man to think for himself and to expand his knowledge. Thus, Masonic lodges have been a meeting place for men of open minds, Voltaire, Mozart, and many others. For this reason, too, Masons have been specifically condemned and sometimes imprisoned, or worse, by Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Franco, and even today it is illegal to be a Mason in some countries where freedom does not prevail.

BELT BUCKLE DEATHSHED!!!! MASONIC!!!

No one knows exactly when or how Freemasonry began, but its modern form of Grand Lodges and Lodges began in 1717 in London. That was the Age of Enlightenment, when individuals started to search for truth rather than accept what others told them to think. Many in the British colonies of North America quickly joined and promoted Freemasonry, because its principles were the same as theirs. Thus, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and other Founding Fathers of the United States were Masons, and the ideals of Masonry and those of the United States are similar: freedom of speech, religion, and thought. While these concepts are taken for granted now, they were considered revolutionary when Masonry became organized and throughout the 1700’s when it was spreading quickly and widely. Masonic lodges were one of the earliest modern experiments in people governing themselves through elections, and accepting majority rule while respecting the rights of minorities.

President Barack Obama is considered a 32nd degree Prince Hall Mason. Prince Hall Masonic lodges trace back their history to Prince Hall, an African-American who set up Masonic lodges for Blacks at a time when white Masons wouldn’t allow Black members.

President Obama has never confirmed or denied being a member of a Prince Hall Masonic lodge, and no lodges have come forward to claim him as a member. Like others in the African-American community, many Prince Hall Masons supported Obama in his presidential bid, although Masonic lodges themselves generally do not make political statements.
Contrary to popular opinion, Freemasonry is not a secret society. Its aims, principles, activities, and rules are open to the public and its members are at perfect liberty to tell anyone that they are Masons and what the “Fraternity” or “Craft” does. The only secrets are the exact details of the ritual of the degrees and the opening and closing of meetings, and even these secrets have been exposed in books since the beginning of Freemasonry. Still, good Masons will not disclose these secrets because they are taught that keeping some things secret is a sign of good character.

Also contrary to popular opinion, even that of some Masons, Freemasonry is not and never has been exclusively for men. From its beginnings, there were female Masons, and today there are thousands of women in Masonic lodges for women only, and for men and women together. However, in “traditional” Masonry, that which is usually referred to in the United States and which has millions of members here, Freemasonry is considered a male-only fraternity. Even in traditional Masonry, though, there are Masonic-related organizations for women, as well as for teenage men and women, such as the Order of the Eastern Star, the Order of DeMolay, and Rainbow Girls and Job’s Daughters.

Freemasonry also includes the “Scottish Rite,” the “York Rite,” the “Shrine,” and other groups whose membership is open only to Masons. Each of these organizations has its own history, rituals and rules, titles for officers, and charities. For example, the Scottish Rite confers degrees up to the 33rd degree, and the Shrine funds a network of hospitals that provide free care to millions of children and burn victims.

The Secret History of the Freemasons is a first class documentary made by the History Channel and hosted by Oscar winner Nicholas Cage about an unprecedented inside look into one of the world’s most private mysterious secret organizations, the Freemasons. Their inner workings, secret rituals, revelations of the 33rd-degree Master Mason is also to be revealed, history, and secrets will be uncovered. Centuries old rituals are filmed for the first time ever and to be showcased as well. 

A system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols, Freemasonry is considered by some to be a sinister organisation bent on world domination. Listen to what Freemasons themselves have to say about Freemasonry, learn the meaning of some of the most popular masonic symbols, and watch a real masonic initiation ceremony! You will see that Freemasonry is not an evil organisation but a benign brotherhood intent on personal and societal development.

Watch and entitle yourself to your own image as to what you see…or think you can visualize!!!

Posted by: Curtis Abrams | August 18, 2010

Documentary Diary: Oklahoma City: What Really Happened???

April 19,1995–Where were you on that day!! What happened on that day??

Nothing special really was going on that morning, right……..until a big boom was heard around the heartland of the Western part of the United States of America and the deadliest attack in U.S. history at that time!!! 

April 19, 1995

The Oklahoma City bombing was a bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on that day by Timothy McVeigh, an American militia movement sympathizer who detonated an explosive-filled truck parked in front of the building. McVeigh’s co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, had assisted in the bomb preparation. It was the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. The bomb was estimated to have caused at least $652 million worth of damage.

Motivated by his hatred of the federal government and angered by what he perceived as its mishandling of the Waco Siege (1993) and the Ruby Ridge incident (1992), McVeigh timed his attack to coincide with the second anniversary of the deaths at Waco. Within 90 minutes of the explosion, McVeigh was stopped by Oklahoma State Trooper Charlie Hanger for driving without a license plate and arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon. Forensic evidence quickly linked McVeigh and Nichols to the attack; Nichols was arrested, and within days both were charged. Michael and Lori Fortier were later identified as accomplices. Extensive rescue efforts were undertaken by local, state, federal, and worldwide agencies in the wake of the bombing, and substantial donations were received from across the country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activated eleven of its Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, consisting of 665 rescue workers who assisted in rescue and recovery operations.

This documentary covers:

  • Overview of the OKC Bombing case created by State Representative Charles Key.
  • Takes a look at major issues regarding the cover up by the FBI and Justice Department.
  • Including: Eyewitnesses, Other Bombs found and Prior Knowledge.
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    Quotes from State representative Charles Key:

    “The laws of physics coupled with a lifetime of experience with explosives and munitions convinced a military General  that the magnitude and pattern of the damage done to the Murray building were totally inconsistent with a single truck bomb, especially one detonated outside of the building. Just as people tend to remember major historic events, Oklahomans will always remember where they were the morning of April 19th 1995.  I began to have serious questions about the government’s official explanation.

    For example, the reported size of the bomb was upgraded several times, also the many reports of explosive devices found in the building was continually discounted. Another question was about John Doe number two and how the importance and status of John Doe number two was continuously changed throughout the course of the investigation. Another reason for my questioning was the analysis done by General Benton Partin and also many other experts in areas such as chemistry, explosives, seismology, and demolition.

    At that point I began to consider how I could get the facts of this case to the American people. My first course of action was to call on the speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives to form a special committee. The purpose of that committee would be to act as an oversight committee in a function much like the mini checks and balances we have at many levels of our government. Unfortunately that request was denied by the speaker and he and the governor both were very critical of that request saying that people need to have more faith and trust in their federal government and its’ agencies.

    Frankly, that goes against what I believe in elected official’s responsibility is to its’ constituents and the American people. I began looking into alternative methods of communication. In this production and documentary, what we do is offer you eyewitnesses and experts and let you draw your own conclusion about what really took place in Oklahoma City on April 19th.”

    A variety of conspiracy theories have been proposed about the events surrounding the bombing. Some theories allege that individuals in the government, including President Bill Clinton, knew of the impending bombing and intentionally failed to act on that knowledge. Other theories focus on the possibility of additional explosives within the building and additional conspirators involved with the bombing.  Additional theories claim the bombing was done by the government to frame the militia movement or to provide the impetus for new antiterrorism legislation while using McVeigh as a scapegoat. Experts have disputed the theories and government investigations have been opened at various times to look into the theories.

    Hope you enjoy and understand why this documentary had to be made for the American public, prelude to the now deadliest attack in US soil, The attacks on September 11, 2001!! 

    Posted by: Curtis Abrams | August 5, 2010

    When there’s a Will, there’s a way!! Words of Wisdom!!

    Will Smith  

    The versatile popular actor we know simply as Will Smith has made an immediate impact on the entertainment culture.

     From his days as a Philadelphia rapper along with his childhood friend, Jeffrey Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff), to his days as a popular TV personality on the NBC hit show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, and to his amazing music/ film career from action hero to serious drama Oscar nominated acting, along with his marriage to Jada Pinkett, Will Smith someway somehow has made a lasting impression into the pop culture of entertainment. There is no one like him because he’s in a class by himself.

    And very smart and sensitive of his work might I add. I decided to blog on Big Willie Style for more so of his reasons of his long-term success in the media market in a world today where there’s a certainty of negativity and discord within the spotlight. Somewhere in this popular world of entertainment, sports, politics, and the view of self-preservation, there’s always gonna be a hungry based story of when, where, why and how of one’s story of deceit, drug addiction, deception, a bad comment, an outrage to the public, divorce, jail time, beliefs, etc. based on every move you make.

    But for some reason, Will Smith has never been on any of these categories that is mentioned above. Besides the Scientology belief that all has their opinion on, he essentially persevered through it all. Amazing man and family!!

    Wow Will, How do you do it!!

    Here is a must see video from Will Smith. It is a compilation of the many great interviews where Will discusses the mindset he has used to become extremely successful.

    “I know who I am, I know what I believe, and that’s all I need to know” — Will Smith

    We make things much harder and more complex than they need to be. We look for the newest “ray of hope” to help us decide what needs to be done in order to succeed when all it takes is a conscious decision to never become satisfied with the “status quo”.

    The principles learned from the Law of Attraction and many other sources are helpful, but in many cases we waste time and effort learning all there is about the technique instead of applying what we have learned. It doesn’t matter if you have a billion dollar idea and all you do is constantly research the plan instead of putting it into action. In order to develop the skill mastery and experience needed to succeed, we must put in the hours and hours of work necessary to achieve our goals one day at a time.

    That’s why if you noticed on Facebook that I put out the Law of Attraction YouTube video and no one really responds. I wonder why is that!! Because only a certain amount of people would really care of such element of success while others just simply stay where they are!! 

    He Also describes the book (The Alchemist) an allegorical novel by Paulo Coelho and one of my all favorite books about creativity!! 

    TRUSSTT MEEE!! when i thought at first he was an arrogant guy who wanted all the attention: After I literally watched his work, including ALI, he makes a lot of sense on what he says on this video and precisely what I implement to this moment of my life to continue to thrive in different parts of my life.

    Thank you Will Smith! Now I can live my life a lot better with your words of wisdom!!

    Posted by: Curtis Abrams | July 26, 2010

    Documentary Diary: (Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey)

    Screenshot of Game of Death, Bruce Lee is wear...
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    Now Wow, so many martial arts action movie star today and from yesterday! I mean Jackie Chan, Jason Stratum, Jet Li, Steven Segal, Chuck Norris, Cynthia Rothrock, Rampage Jackson, Jean Claude Van-Damme, JimKelly, just to name a few.

    Bruce Lee was the Einstein of the physical fight world. His Son Brandon was a promising successor, I highly recommend brandons film, “The Crow” (1993), to watch for action and the alike entertainmentof his father.

    Bruce Lee was inarguably the greatest martial arts star of his generation, and his intense on-screen charisma and astounding fighting skills make him the standard by which other martial arts heroes are measured.

    Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey is a documentary about Lee’s life, career, and untimely death, which uses rare behind-the-scenes footage to paint a portrait of both the star the world knew and the man behind the image. Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey also includes rare, recently discovered film shot for Game of Death, the project Lee was working on at the time of his death.

    Directed by John Little, this is a documentary which pays homage to the pure mayhem and fury of the myth/man Bruce Lee! Moreover, it contains the most astonishing scenes from the Game of Death. It shows the scenes how Bruce intended them, and I must say it is awesome to say the least! Whereas the original Game of Death movie almost even manages to ruin the Bruce Lee material (not to speak of the rest of the movie, which is worthless) this new material is mindblowing and real! For example, you can see the Korean Haikido masters lips move in the original Game of Death but there is no speech! Here you hear what he says, and you hear Bruce Lee’s comments and thoughts. Such as: “Give him the fatigue bombing!” and wonderful dialogue such as Karim: “You must have given up the hope of living” “On the contrary, I don’t let the thought of death bother me”, and “I hope you don’t mind that we move our man so the two of us have more time to groove!” Moreover, they call each other “baby” all the time. It is truly awesome. The rest of the biography is also good but what makes this a real classic is the remake of Game of Death.

    Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris

    This documentary marks the first time the surviving Game of Death material has been assembled according to Lee’s script notes, in an attempt to honor Lee’s ambitious intentions for the film.

    Bruce Lee: A Warriors Journey focuses on Bruce’s rise to fame in both the Martial Arts world and the film world. It explores his struggles against prejudice in Hollywood. On top of all that Bruce’s original vision for The Game of Death is revealed. His original script is uncovered. Completely different from the released version. This was going to be the film that finally focused on Bruce’s personal philosophy.

    The real gem of this documentary comes at the end. For the first time. The full thirty minutes of Bruce’s lost footage for the Game of Death is revealed and let me tell you it’s glorious to behold. These thiry minutes featuring some of the greatest martial arts I’ve ever seen on film. If there ever was any reason to think that Bruce Lee was the master it’s proven in this footage. Had he lived to finish the film it could of possibly been his masterpiece.

    If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee

    For more quotes by this famous action star click HERE!!

    Thank you John Little for being a big Bruce Lee Fan as well as I am!!

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    Posted by: Curtis Abrams | July 18, 2010

    Documentary Diary: Wake-Up Call: The New World Order

    Of course I was always curious of conspiracy theories and who really runs our lives. Who isn’t? Thats why I choose this next documentary for you to watch closely of the integral side of the free country we know as the United States of America!!

    Dollar Bill showing New World Order

    The Illuminati is the oldest term commonly used to refer to the 13 bloodline families (and their offshoots) that make up a major portion of this controlling elite. Most members of the Illuminati are also members in the highest ranks of numerous secretive and occult societies which in many cases extend straight back into the ancient world. The upper levels of the tightly compartmentalized (need-to-know-basis) Illuminati structural pyramid include planning committees and organizations that the public has little or no knowledge of.

    In conspiracy theory, the term New World Order or NWO refers to the emergence of a bureaucratic collectivist one-world government

    The common theme in conspiracy theories about a New World Order is that a powerful and secretive elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through a totalitarian world government, which would replace sovereign nation-states and put an end to international power struggles.

    For instance, on YouTube there were many video’s linking Barack Obama’s name to 666. Others had provided pictures of Obama not saluting the American Flag. Under full research analysis, most, if not all of these accusations were simply poor primary evidence and shoddy outstretched research with absolutely no credibility.

    This is a documentary compiled by John Nada. Some of the topics covered in the film are: The New World Order, Federal Reserve, Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, North American Union, The Rockefeller and Rothschild families, Freemasonry, Bohemian Grove, The Illuminati, Problem-Reaction-Solution, 9/11, war profiteering, the phony ‘War on Terrorism’, the impending ‘Big Brother Surveillance Society’, the war on civil liberties, microchipping, mind control, media control and ‘education system’ indoctrination…

    Take a look at this clip about this ” controlled manipulation” in a form of a microchip, YES MICROCHIP!! instilled in your brain!!

    Featuring: Alex Jones, David Icke, Aaron Russo, Jordan Maxwell, G. Edward Griffin, Jim Marrs, Bill Hicks, Daniel Estulin, Jim Tucker, Ted Gunderson, Anthony Hilder, Professor Steven Jones, Webster Tarpley, George Carlin, John Taylor Gatto, Charlotte Iserbyt, Dave vonKleist, Stan Monteith and others…

    Wake Up Call compiles the best clips from the most important documentaries into a single presentation that exposes the global elite’s New World Order agenda, the methods used to advance it, and why it’s so essential for us to come together as a collective and stop it. An ideal crash course for those still unaware of the monumental plight humanity faces today!

    Clips of artists alike of music and films that may have some ‘ association’ to Illumanati?? or not?? not my choice to make!!

    OH BY THE WAY IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN VIEWS AND ANALYSES OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER OR THE ILLUMANATI, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK: www.theanalysis.net to find out more than you think you now.

    AGAIN THATS www.theanalysis.net

    PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS.

    THANKS!!!

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    Posted by: Curtis Abrams | July 6, 2010

    Documentary Dairy: (Biography: Barack Obama)

     

     

    Now I love the documentary form. I mean the easiest, cheapest, most versatile way of giving a people a story to tell a story in an instant really can bring an audience to great interests. Documentary movies and T.V. shows are the central part of where we are in our existence of a culture that is

    Early Documentary Films

    The earliest form of documentary films were created by Gheorghe Marinescu in the late 19th century, as he documented science in his neurology clinic in Bucharest between 1898 and 1901. These films were the first films to show real life on film and the trend carried on, as John Grierson coined the term documentary in 1926. By this point in time, filming reality encompassed non-fictional films, including instructional films. These films were also called ‘actuality’ films.

    Functions of the film (documentary):A documentary film can be seen to function as a prophet – explorer – painter – advocate – bugler – prosecutor – observer – catalyst – guerrilla – performer – therapist – spin doctor.

    Modernized Documentary Films (1960’s-2010)

    In terms of reporting, the newsreel tradition became highly popular as it consisted of re-enacting events and news shortly after they had occurred, as part of a newscast. These types of traditions are also seen in the late 20th century and early 21st century in terms of newscasts that report accidents and crime scenes, or the documentary series 48 Hours, where re-enactments are often used to show the events.

    Following closely, was the propaganda tradition which was mostly used when trying to persuade an audience to support an idea or stand. At times, this is done through creating awareness on any given topic, but mostly done to present an idea and supporting arguments, as to why one should support this idea. This is seen during the 1960’s and 1970’s when documentaries were often used as political weapons, such as fighting capitalism and politics.

    Henrik Juel, a professor at about situations that can make a documentary a realism of a genre:

    “A film is not a mere representation, but a willed presentation of something made by someone in a specific way and for someone. The phrase “representation of reality” is utterly mistaken as a definition of documentary, because the idea of film as mirroring is a false one and a very misleading ideal. Also the term “reality” is confusing: it may have the straightforward positive connotations of facing reality and seeing things as they really are, but often enough it is interpreted by students in theoretical discussions as just filming “normally” in an “objective” way without being creative or manipulative. Just the facts…. But trying to make “a correspondence with actual facts” and “objective and neutral reproduction” the core characteristics of documentary is naïve in the sense that it has the same weaknesses as philosophical positivism. To believe that reality is made up first by objective facts and secondly by subjective or personal sentiment is to make you yourself blind and deaf to the prevailing power structures and ideologies of this world. “Let us stick to the facts and not be subjective and emotional” – that is the anxious mantra of those not wanting or daring to work for any change or a proper overview and perspective on things.”

    Truth and creativity
    This however does not mean that it is all right to disregard facts or to tell a lie in a non-fiction film. But it must be noted that the “truth” of a film can be understood in other ways. A lot of facts or statements about facts that can be verified may be present even in a fiction film. The whole story may be pure fantasy, the characters fictitious and the behavior of the actors may consist of incredible stunts – but still the film may be striving for “truth” in another sense of the word: true emotions and perhaps even to illustrate some more general truths about human life.

    Lacking a good definition of its essence, it could be an idea to look at the etymology and history of the term. The word documentary has its root in the Latin word “docere” which meant to teach or instruct. We also know the more modern and common phrase that something is “a document” (e.g. an important piece of paper presented in court) and we may ask someone “to document” his identity or statements.

     

    Throughout the following decades, documentary films began taking on traditions within the realm of film. It can be argued that this is because resources became readily available, technology within the field expanded and advanced, and there was a higher demand to document and film everything from movies to news.

     Narrative Terms

    These are possible strategies for the narrative form of that documentary set-up:: 

    Intentions of the filmmaker: enthusiasm and commitment, the filmmaker wants to explore, to probe and to show us something important or otherwise overlooked; devoted to a cause or to people, trying to make a difference (not just making money, having fun or exposing herself).

    Subject matter, themes or content: something of importance and relevance; historical, social or natural phenomena; persons and places of significance. (Note, however, that modern TV-audiences seem to find significance in what critics may call rather trivial “everyday documentaries”

    Expectations of the (general) audience: authenticity, insight, disclosure, something about real people and problems, learning something.

    Target groups (implied): general public (public service), or segments with a more specialized interest and knowledge on the subject in question.

    Ethics: we expect truthfulness, not lies or distortion, even when the film is committed to high ideals and values. Propaganda is over the line (difficult to define too, my provocative suggestion is: “propaganda is a documentary made by my enemy”). The documentary may be engaged and enthusiastic, but should be open about its preferences, sympathies and presuppositions. “Neutrality” or “objectivity” should be understood as problematic, but a well-balanced view is welcomed. The film may reflect its own intervening and perhaps ethically problematic role in relation to participants and general context. Carefulness, but also boldness in addressing tabooed subjects.

    Communicative function: to inform, discuss, engage, enlighten, intervene, explore, express, disturb and commit – more so than to merely entertain, amuse, distract, conform or confirm (e.g. a religious or political community).

    Labeling: sponsors, critics, distributors, professionals, scholars, curators, librarians, editors of TV- and film-programs would characterize this as a documentary.

    Popular, lay opinion, everyday language: films received and talked about in accordance with the tradition, similar to other so-called documentaries or non-fiction films.

    Context of actual use: education, public service (as image or part of an obligation for the distributor), debate forum, campaigns, discussions and pastime entertainment (e.g. in the cabin on an airplane flight).

    Style and form: often realism, perhaps with a reportage-like style, interviews, a rough style, lighting and settings and sound appear natural and not carefully controlled (contrary to smooth and slick lighting, camera movements, montage and continuity of classic Hollywood style). Often an argumentative, exploring or investigative attitude, often thematic more than dramatic.

    Relation to major genres and art: it is not fiction, it can be seen as belonging to one of the main genres of rhetoric: judicial, epideictic or political. It may be highly artistic and poetic, but seems more like art with a purpose than art for art’s own sake. Epics, lyrics and drama seem to serve the didactic aspect.

    Recordings: on location, authentic settings and props, real-time, real sound, no actors or acting, but actual people (or animals, in nature documentaries) being themselves. Drama and narrative appear not imposed on the scenes, but emerging from the actual (pro-filmic) events.

    Editing: the rhetorical structure appears to be more important than ordinary dramatic continuity; the rate of manipulation and rearrangement of picture and sound seems low. A voice-over commentary or text-streaming is more likely than extensive use of non-diegetic music. The mixing of heterogeneous material (e.g. recordings from a different time or location) is accounted for.

    Context of viewing or distribution: e.g. the Discovery Channel, educational TV, TV-slots or festivals announced as documentary, educational institutions, films shown within organizations and companies.

    Importance and evaluation: In terms of context and communicative qualities, the film makes a considerable contribution towards a better world…

    Throughout e very week, I’m gonna pick out selections of documentary films that i totally agree that you sit down and watch. I mean really watch these films as they are told by great storytellers as well as crafted by the finest film directors of yesterday and today and maybe tomorrow’s vision. The context, the quality, the content and the vision plot makes a small feature film just as exciting as a full length motion picture with colossal differences.

    Every week I’m going to post on WordPress a film for you to see and then I would like for you to post a comment after you watch it to tell me is there any difference in what you see on the big screen as opposed to small.

    THIS WEEK::::This cable-television biography about the life of Illinois senator Barack Obama was made before he began campaigning to be the Democratic party’s candidate for the 2008 presidential race. Still, the program suggests Obama has one or another kind of profound, American destiny as a mixed-race activist who never comfortably fit into one or another group, and had to look deep into his own roots to understand his identity.

    Biography: Barack Obama

    Biography: President Barack Obama

    The son of a white American mother and black Kenyan father, Obama was abandoned by the latter when he returned to his native country to work for its improvement. Raised by his mother–whom Obama credits with teaching him many of his values – and his grandmother, Obama lived in Hawaii as a child but moved to Indonesia for a few years when his mom remarried. There, Obama saw cyclical poverty and the underlying factors that perpetuate it before returning to Hawaii. Interviews with childhood friends and his sister describe Obama’s restlessness before attending Harvard law school and propelling himself into a life of public service and community activism.

    Often accused of lacking enough political experience to qualify him for the White House, Obama comes across in this show as a visionary and experienced consensus-builder who can reach across opposing points of view.

    A must see piece of documentary by the producers of A&E!!

    ENJOY and leave comments!!

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    Posted by: Curtis Abrams | June 17, 2010

    Tupac Shakur: 39 and still alive and well

     

    Tupac Amaru Shakur!! What more can I say about the controversial, now legendary innovator music artist of gansta rap that everybody already know!! He forever changed the face of what hip-hop music stood for and made a cultural impact on society somewhere around the world as well as the US!! Afeni, you should be proud of your son here! He is a remembered icon of the black consciousness movement, an icon of all that wants to become poets, artists and rappers and of course whether many people black or white like this man’s demeanor or not, he has been and will always cement himself as a  national treasure for his extraordinary talent. 

     

    Today marks the 39 year of Tupac Shakur’s birth. Fans around the world today will bump his music loud and remember the man who was so much more than just a rapper. Tupac was without a doubt one of the greatest artists ever yet his talent stretched into many other areas including acting.  

    “Tupac was never the best rapper in terms of flow or lyrics,” says Mark Anthony Neal, an author and associate professor of black popular culture in Duke University’s African and African-American studies program. “But what enabled him to transcend everybody else in the room was that he had a sense of performance. When Tupac was onstage, in the broad sense, he always knew how to live up to the hype of the crowd — even if it was being wheeled out of the hospital the first time he was shot. He had that flair for the dramatic, which speaks to his real talent: as an actor.” 

    Tupac stands as the highest selling rap/hip-hop artist of all-time as listed in the Guinness Book of Records having sold 67 million albums worldwide (mostly posthumously), with 37 million copies in the US alone. He is consistently ranked by peers, fans, music critics and executives in the music industry as the greatest rapper of all time, a hip-hop legend. Representing the ‘Thug Life’ image, Tupac presented a strong sense of hatred and prejudice to his surroundings, growing up with violence and standing for the justice of not only racism in America but the economic struggle of urban politics as presented throughout his musical career. As well as painting this vivid picture, he carried a very real sense of living his every word and persona of the misdirected passion of the ghetto. Shaped by a history of proud Black Panther role models in his upbringing, Tupac’s legacy is immortalized eternally through his extensive catalogue of classic albums still releasing 14 years after his death. 

     

    Controversial birth as it gets: Born into Black Panther Power 

    Tupac was born to mother Alice Faye Williams on June 16, 1971. She named him after the last Inca Chief to be murdered by the Spanish conquistadors. The Islamic meaning of Tupac Amaru is ‘Shining Serpent’ and Shakur ‘Thankful to God’. During her 1971 pregnancy to her only son, his mother who changed her name to Afeni Shakur was standing trial as a member of the Panther 21, the group held responsible for the conspiracy to blow up two New York department stores. For this she served jail-time facing a three-year sentence whilst pregnant with him. Acting as her own attorney, she won the verdict and was released one month before Tupac’s birth. Tupac was brought up in very diverse circumstances, not unlike a lot of black youth in the ghettos he never knew his biological father leaving him confused as Afeni was married to Panther activist Lumumba Shakur at the time of her pregnancy. Afeni told ‘Pac his father was either Harlem drug dealer ‘Legs’ or another activist Billy Garland who claimed paternity but rarely undertook fatherly responsibilities. Far better choice than Legs who entered Tupac’s life at the age of 12 and stayed long enough to turn his mother into a crack addict. During this unsettled period he was raised by his stepfather, Dr. Mutulu Shakur who held very strong ties to the civil movement and Black Panther Party. A convicted felon and political prisoner he is the brother of Joanne ‘Assata Shakur’ Chesimard, a civil rights activist who in 1977 was found guilty of murdering a New Jersey state trooper. After escaping from prison two years later with the help of Mutulu who himself was listed on the FBI’s Top Ten list for aiding in the escape of his sister and the attempted robbery of a Brinks armoured van in which two police officers and a security guard were killed. His godfather was the infamous Elmer ‘Geronimo’ Pratt, a high-ranking Black Panther member who was sentenced to life in prison for the convicted murder of a school teacher during an armed robbery in Santa Monica, LA. Tupac naturally had very politically motivated role models however with almost every adult member of his family behind bars this would profoundly affect Tupac’s life. He was given the title of ‘Black Prince’ and forecast to becoming the next leader of the ‘revolution’. Being raised in the black power movement and Black Panther philosophy gave him a very confident and distrusting outlook on society. Tupac lived an impoverished childhood with his mother and half-sister Sekyiwa by Dr. Mutulu Shakur. With Afeni’s boyfriend and Pac’s early father-figure Legs on the scene Afeni found herself addicted to crack-cocaine and with her two children was living unsettled between homeless shelters and moderately priced accommodations around Brooklyn and South Bronx of New York City, Tupac found it hard to retain any standing friendships and lived through writing poetry and diary entries as encouraged by his mother to stay out of trouble as well as being educated by Panther elders. By the age of 12 Tupac was enrolled in a Harlem theatre group and subsequently cast in Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ as Travis. He was also exposed to professor Cornel West’s work as well by his mother. This interest had never left ‘Pac as he continued studying theatrical acting later as a teenager in Baltimore. Before their move in ’84 Legs was arrested on credit card fraud and died a short time after of a strong drug overdose. This eternally put young Tupac in an emotional spin. It took him three months to let out a tear and when he did he cried out, “I miss my daddy.” Afeni moved her family away from everything, out to Baltimore, Maryland. Thus the Legend of Tupac is born. 

    Young Michael Jackson and Tupac 'Heavenly Angels'

     

    A real natural talent from New York and remembered as a very gifted student by his teachers, Tupac carried an outspoken racial equality belief. He was an enthusiastic reader, reading books on eastern religions and philosophy. He had a love of literature and a strong will to learn. Tupac showed a very different side with his peers acting with bravado. It was this influence that fed Tupac with a new passion for rapping. 

     

     

    You should know the rest of this unique man’s life as we know it. 

    • Best selling records and albums
    • beginning with Digital Underground
    • Jada Pinkett’s close relation in an arts school
    • movies like “Juice and Poetic Justice 
    • run ins with the law.
    • Got shot five time being robbed.
    • convicted of Rape
    • making albums in prison
    • signing with Death Row Records
    • having a feud with another rapper, “Notorious B.I.G.” and making a video towards him called “Hit em Up”
    • East coast, West Coast rap war
    • Shot in Las Vegas along with Suge Knight
    • and of course his death, being followed with posthumous albums.

    Statue of Tupac in Baltimore, Maryland 

    Discography:

      

  • 1991 2Pacalypse Now (Gold)
  • 1993 Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (Platinum)
  • 1994 Thug Life: Thug Life Vol. 1 (with Thug Life) (Gold)
  • 1995 Me Against the World (2x Platinum)
  • 1996 All Eyez on Me (9x Platinum)
  • 1996 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (5x Platinum)
  • 1997 R U Still Down? (Remember Me) (4x Platinum)
  • 1998 2Pac’s Greatest Hits (9x Platinum)
  • 1999 Still I Rise (with Tha Outlawz) (2x Platinum)
  • 2000 The Rose that Grew from Concrete
  • 2000 The Lost Tapes: Circa 1989 on Lightyear Records
  • 2001 Until the End of Time (4x Platinum)
  • 2002 Better Dayz (3x Platinum U.S.)
  • 2003 Tupac: Resurrection (OST) (Platinum)
  • 2003 Nu-Mixx Klazzics
  • 2004 2pac Live
  • 2004 Loyal to the Game (Platinum U.S.)
  • 2005 The Rose, Vol. 2
  • 2005 Live at the House Of Blues (With the Dogg Pound)
  • Filmography:

  • 1991 Nothing But Trouble (brief appearance as self)
  • 1992 Juice (as Bishop)
  • 1993 Poetic Justice (as Lucky the postman)
  • 1994 Above the Rim (as Birdie)
  • 1996 Bullet (as Tank)
  • 1997 Gridlock’d (as Ezekiel ‘Spoon’ Whitmore)
  • 1997 Gang Related (as Detective Rodriguez)
  • 2002 Biggie & Tupac (archive footage)
  • 2003 Tupac: Resurrection (archive footage)
  • 2006 Live 2 Tell – as screenwriter (currently in pre-production)
  • Finally who can’t forget his quotes and his dynamic unforgettable poetry. Here are some of my favorites: 

    The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is dreams. 

    Life’s a wheel of fortune and it’s my chance to spin it. 

    My Mama used to tell me if u can’t find somethin to live for, you best find somethin to die for. 

    (More of his quotes, saying and all things Tupac can be found here.) 

    Happy Birthday, Tupac and party like you always do. Enjoy it and make us proud with your words whether good or bad happy or sad!!  

    “HOW LONG WILL THEY MOURN ME?”

    You can say anything about divas tha could sing and singers who can diva back!!! But in my opinion, you got to put in that category of Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, and even Jennifer Hudson. But all of them wasn’t as unique and specially had that swagger and put it together in a jazzy voice on stage and on record that spans three decaeds: The Legendary 1980’s R&B protege of Rick James, Miss Teena Marie!!

    Mary Christine Brockert, which is also known as “Lady Tee” is an American Grammy Award-nomited singer-songwriter-producer. She’d notable as one of the few successful multi-ethnic performers of R&B. Due to this reason, many people suspected her as the mix of Caucasian and Afro-American. The truth is, she’s actually the descendant of Belgian, Portuguese, Irish, Italian and Native American ancestry.

    So you make the decision, is she black or white!! She obviously looks white and sings black!!! hmmm?!?!

    Honestly, she’s one of the few Caucasian female singer who can interpreted the R&B songs with such a remarkable way! That’s why, I admired this lady very much! Enjoy this song “If I Were A Bell!” recorded live in 1992 on BET’s Video Soul with Donnie Simpson! An Instant Classic!! LIVE people!!! Amazing!!!

    Posted by: Curtis Abrams | June 11, 2010

    Don’t Just Sit There!!!

    Hey, I’m just thinking. There’ has to better, yet ultimate, idea to put into use for a healthier life. Okay, there’s the typical exercise we all must do in order to live longer, then there’s the way you supposed to eat, as well as how you rest and how you even perform sex in the bed. All of these regimes has been doled out to individuals alike for many, many years. As a result, either two things happen: you get a sense of feeling and looking good living longer or you may fall off the required course and eventually decline in failing health resulting in a quick death.

    It happens to everyone: You, Me, Mom, Dad, the little boy, the old puppy, even your 88 year old grandma has those two choices in life to decide. Yet we’re bounded by the foregoing conclusion that we could just simply do the one simple thing that’s been passed on by generation to generation to generation. And the funny thing is that no one wants to or even tries to follow this method!!

    WALKING!! Just walk somewhere, anywhere so you can get that rejuvenating energy, feeling and looking great!! But my point is: why is most people worldwide is not doing that anymore. A real easy, free no-cost, short walks of life will greatly increase your chances of a greater life span.

    Walking helps build endurance, enhance muscletone, increase joint flexibility, and strengthen bones. Regular walking contributes to weight loss, which in turn helps prevent or control heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other diseases.

    Reasons for a typial walk in the park for you either young or old::

    1.Walkers Live Longer

    The Honolulu Heart Study of 8000 men found that walking just two miles a day cut the risk of death almost in half. The walkers’ risk of death was especially lower from cancer. Other studies have had similar findings – if you keep walking, you improve your chances of a longer and healthier life.

    2. Walking Helps Prevent Weight Gain

    If you add just 2000 more steps a day to your regular activities, you may never gain another pound. So says research by Dr. James O. Hill of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. To lose weight, add in more steps.

    3. You Can Walk Off Weight

    Exercise such as walking is an important part of any weight loss program. You must still watch how much you eat in order to lose weight. But walking helps you build healthy lean muscle, lose inches of fat, and pump up your metabolism. Of long-term successful weight losers, almost all maintain a program of walking or other exercise.

    4. Walking Reduces Risk of Cancer

    Study after study has shown that walking and exercise reduces your risk of breast cancer and colon cancer. Walking is also good for those undergoing cancer treatment, improving their chances of recovery and survival.

    5. Walking Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

    Heart disease and stroke are among the top killers of both men and women. You can cut your risk of both in half by walking for 30-60 minutes a day. Get your blood moving!

    6. Walking Reduces Diabetes Risk

    Get out and walk for 30 minutes a day as your minimum daily requirement for health and to prevent Type 2 diabetes. A study by the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, discovered that walking for 30 minutes a day cut diabetes risks for overweight as well as non-overweight men and women. Walking also helps maintain blood sugar balance for those with diabetes.

    7. Walking Boosts Your Brain Power

    A study of people over 60 funded by the National Council on Aging, published in the July 29, 1999 issue of Nature, found that walking 45 minutes a day at 16-minute mile pace increased the thinking skills of those over 60. The participants started at 15 minutes of walking and built up their time and speed. The result was that the same people were mentally sharper after taking up this walking program.

    8. Walking Improves Mood and Relieves Stress

    Walking and other exercise leads to the release of the body’s natural happy drugs – endorphins. Most people notice an improvement in mood. A Nov. 9, 1999 study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed that university students who walked and did other easy to moderate exercise regularly had lower stress levels than couch potatoes or those who exercised strenuously.

    9. Walking Can Prevent Erectile Dysfunction

    What better reason for men to take a brisk two mile walk each day – a reduced risk of impotence from mid-life onward.

    10. It’s Easy to Get Started Walking

    All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and to get yourself out the door or onto the treadmill. You can reap the benefits of walking from doing several shorter walks or one longer walk during the day. To get you on the right foot, this easy tutorial shows you how to walk with good posture and how to increase your walking time each day.

    I mean I can go on and on and on, but I like to live so for those of you who knows its wrong to just drive a car all the time, sit down on a desk all day, or even at family functions and cruises or playgrounds, don’t just sit there! Get up and just walk! Look my grandma is pushing 87 years old and she still walks to her church she’s been a member of for over 60 years. A half of mile—walking!! That can put you and me to shame you know!!

    I love to walk and I do—so walk with me WordPress bloggers!!

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    Posted by: Curtis Abrams | June 6, 2010

    Without a home: From the fruit to the root?

    A homeless person in America

    You know, once again I’ve come across negativity as if there’s not much of it in this world!! You do what you can to have your place in this world and then “darkness falls across the land”- by Vincent Price of Thriller Album.

    The thing I noticed about people who are considered homeless and vagabonds is that were you put in that position by no choice, or was it that you took it upon yourself and say, “The hell with the world, I’m just not gonna do anything anymore.” Now according to statistics, about 35% (say roughly between 350,000 and 7,000,000) of the US are in some way shape or form don’t have a place to live and are out in the streets trying to survive.

    Approximately 25% of homeless people does not have a job and 60% has a job; moreover, 54% of homeless people gets some money which, however, is not enough. Not all people who are unemployed are looking for jobs and although the precise figure is not available, some homeless people, who do not want to work, think that getting money without working is the best way of living.

    What can be the causes of this strange and deadly “past time?”  Several reasons:

    Alcoholism and drug abuse (chemical dependency)

    Alcoholism is also a major cause of homelessness. 50% of all homeless is a ‘single’ adult who has a drug or alcohol problem, but it is not the only cause of homelessness. Alcoholism also contributes to unemployment. For example, more than 85% of alcoholic homeless men had not been employed for at least 6 months, and neither had 79% of nonalcoholic homeless men. This means that, regardless of sex, to get a job is more difficult for alcoholic homeless people than nonalcoholic homeless people; therefore, alcoholic homeless people get money from illegal activities. many drug and alcohol abusers never become homeless, but people who are poor and addicted are clearly more tend to become homeless.

    Mental Illness
    About one-third of the single adult homeless population suffers from some kind of severe and persistent mental illness. According to the National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness, “at least a half of mentally ill homeless people are daily diagnosed with an alcohol or drug problem. But according to the Federal Task Force on Homelessness and Severe Mental Illness, “Only 5-7% of homeless persons with mental illness needs to be institutionalized”, so mental illness is not the major cause of homelessness.

    So here’s my question:

    Why do so many more men than women end up on the streets?

    1.Life on the streets, as dangerous as it is for men, is even more dangerous for women, who are far more vulnerable. While many men in trouble drift almost naturally onto the streets, women do anything they can to avoid it.

      2. there are proportionally far more private and public  shelters and services available to women.

      3. Women are accustomed to asking for help while men are not, and women make better use of available resources.

      4. Poor families in economic extremis seem to practice a form of triage. Men are released into the streets more readily, while women are kept at home even in the worst of circumstances.

      5. There are cultural and perhaps genetic factors at work. There is some evidence that men–especially in adolescence–are more aggressive and openly rebellious than women and harder to socialize. Or it may be that men are allowed to live out impulses that women are taught to suppress, and they therefore end up more often in trouble.

      Children sleeping in the streets

      More important, still, may be the question of work. Traditionally, the kinds of work associated with transient or marginal life have been reserved for men. They brought in crops, worked on ships and docks, built roads and railroads, logged and mined. Such labor granted them a place in the economy while allowing them to remain on society’s edges–an option rarely available to women save through prostitution.

      The same attitude is with us still. When men work (or when they go to war–work’s most brutal form), we grant them a right to exist. But when work is scarce, or when men are of no economic use, then they become in our eyes not only superfluous, but also a danger. We feel compelled to exile them, to drive them away to shift for themselves in more or less the same way that the Puritans, in their city on a hill, treated sinners and rebels.

      One wonders how far back such attitudes go. One thinks of the Bible and the first disobedience in the garden, when women were cursed with child-birth and men with labor–the destinies still assigned by the welfare system and our private attitudes.

      Here are some Hollywood celebrities who were once in this position:

      • Halle Berry
      • Drew Carrey
      • Jim Carrey
      • Daniel Craig
      • Eartha Kitt
      • Kelsey Grammer
      • Harry Houdini
      • David Letterman
      • Lil’ Kim
      • Dr. Phil McGraw
      • Sally Jessy Raphael
      • Joan Rivers
      • William Shatner
      • Tupac Shakur
      • Martin Sheen
      • Hiliary Swank
      • Shania Twain
      • Jean Claude Van-Damme
      • Charlie Wilson from The Gap Band
      • Kelly Clarkson

      JUST TO NAME A FEW!!!!!!

      So you tell me there’s no such thing as determination, huh! And in many ways I’m against the idea that you just give up!! Is it just the people you associate with or is it you that’s associating with that type of people. Think now!!

      Well to conclude on this touchy subject. Chris Gardner came from poverty to the goldmine with his ingenious for stock broking (for those of you don’t who he is, watch the movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith!” and even The great Tyler Perry came from sleeping in his car to one of the richest most powerful black men in America. So yes, there are success stories out there.

      So is it in your to look at him or her one day to decide to ask why or to give out to them. Because I can tell you one thing, it could very, very well be you there also. But only if you allow it!! So love us all and let’s not judge others! Would you judge me?

      I DIDN’T THINK SO!!

      Posted by: Curtis Abrams | June 3, 2010

      Hello Pride!!!

      Wow! The power of God! That’s exactly why I love faith in many times over. You know, when that best part of you figures out that you can’t be defeated or give in to any amount of pressure, then that’s where the confidence of success can take place. Let me explain to you about the elements of stress and what it can do to you.

      Building self-confidence is probably a lot easier than you think. And when we say self-confidence, we mean having the assurance to deal with problems and stressful situations without fear and insecurity; being able to handle stressful situations and to resist the pressure and dominance of excessively dominant people. Self-confidence will help you take more control over situations that are important to you.

      Most people are simply not naturally assertive. “Bully’s” and excessively dominant people were not trained to be that way – they are merely allowing their own insecurities to rule them and push them to do things in terribly harsh ways. Having self-confidence is something entirely different from being domineering. Pity the “bully” and move on.   

      We all can make a conscious decision to have a positive outlook about life. Negativity is nothing more than a bad habit. So make having a positive outlook a good habit! It is well worth the effort. You’ll not only be able to cope better, you will be all the happier for doing so. You can have control over the negative things in your life. Your life does not have to be unfair. Did u know that a positive outlook can even improve your health!

      I mean I can go on and on and discuss about the satisfaction about self confidence but just keep in mind that when you hit that state of mind you will know and feel when that pressure goes down and brings you to a calm sense of tranquility. But the most important thing is just maintaining that level for the duration. So let’s stay positive and assertive so we can try to make a difference to ourselves and the world.   

      Posted by: Curtis Abrams | June 2, 2010

      When in doubt?? Protect the South!!

      Montara Oil Spill - August 25, 2009
      Image by SkyTruth via Flickr

      Over a period of time, the sense of complacency sets in the mind when things are in order the way you want them to. Or so it seems. In other words, that’s where the beginning of things to come will pour on you in a negative way. So what do you do about it? Prepare yourself for it to come, or when it instantly appears to you, just sit there and panic like a deer on the road and not move? Of course not! You do something about it when you can! And see that’s all in the wrong right there!!! When you can, not so much when u should’ve, could’ve or even could’ve.

      Just like Hurricane Katrina in 2005. You see, no one knew when that big boy was coming and that was just the beginning of it. No preparation as well as no commitment of the levees down below the Gulf of Mexico was even thought of. Oh well, ain’t nothing gonna happen to us if it didn’t happen for that long. It was a tragedy for the public as well as the world over, just like the condition in Haiti, but again you have to ask yourself. What would’ve been done if, just if, in case I knew something was going to destroy my environment as I know it?

      Now look what we facing? The oil spill crisis!! I mean no one and i mean no one saw this coming for miles. So much that it is so down below the waters that human life can’t even go there to stop it!! That alone is frightening. As it’s more poilitcal than factual to stop that problem—-you gotta ask yourself??? Is it worth all that oil spilling over the gulf like that so the fish can die and the natural resource as we know it–water is now dirty??? Hmmmm? What could’ve been done with THIS disasters along with others that could’ve been–listen—could’ve been prevented to start with.

      All we can do is pray for the best outcome of this. But at the same token, we need to stop procrastinating about what’s to come and get prepared for the worse. Then that way our minerals, resources, the environment, the economy and finally a sense of relief over urgency can truly and definitively become complacent as we know our homeland to be.

      It’s quite simple, make a plan B in case the first thought is misconceived or proven wrong. I love my homeland too much to be prepared for anything. 

      Do you???

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      Posted by: Curtis Abrams | May 31, 2010

      I’ts not just about freedom…….

      You know, this is a special day for everyone. Not so much because it’s Memorial Day, but much so of the idea that we can just sit back and appreciate the finer things in life such as freedom, the right to choose and decide the way we want to.

       Now being a former veteran myself, I would have to admit that I’m so proud to fight and serve for my country back in 1994 in Somalia as well as a tour in Port-au-Prince, Haiti! Those were times that politics outweighed the consistencies of which we were down in those third world countries fighting for. I got shot in the elbow, just a minor graze, but nevertheless, I’m so proud of what circumstance that was caused for. That scar reminds me of how tough, and resistant the human spirit can become when times of danger.

       As far as the people who died or got killed in action, my love, peace and my blessings are for you and your families alike. Life is so precious that people ought to take a second look on the outcome of politics, war, and peace as we believe it to be!! God bless the troops as well as the veterans dead or alive, wartime or peacetime.

       So when you enjoy that BBQ chicken or pork with the bread or drinking the light beer and relaxing in the hot sun, remember one thing. It’s not just about celebrating the dead who gave us the opportunity to enjoy days as such, but the continuity and the precise maintainability to preserve and to keep the country fresh, beautiful and existent for many generations to come. I’m just proud once again to say, “I’m free and I’m so proud of enjoying it.”      

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      Posted by: Curtis Abrams | May 28, 2010

      Sharing Ideas!! A second Look!!

      You know i wonder sometimes why certain ideas are better than others that try to implement theory!! When something is planned or in hypothetical use, even though it fails at first, it will become successful eventually! And for some reason no one understands about effort that has to be made within the progress!!

       That’s why instant wins or success doesn’t work!! Though there are people that love the easy way out of a research or a jam to find results.

       Then that’s where the psychological mindset of thinking to do ‘other things’ to get away and to get ahead in which we know it’s wrong! Cheating, plagarizing, stealing and lying! Then that’s where the credibility of an idea is of question! Just a warning! Please be careful who you give your ideas to regardless of who they are how smart they seem to be!!

      Posted by: Curtis Abrams | March 22, 2010

      Workshop! A childhood dream!

      The Grimm Brothers, 1855 (right: Jacob Grimm; ...
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      Well it’s Monday the 22nd of March and I feel like talking about a particular topic that expresses a passion of my soul well as that vision of spirit. Ever since I was a child, the book or television has always been a “way out” of what’s really been happening in the world behind me.

       But as I got older in life, I made a commitment to myself to really focus on the aspects of how and why the world is as omnipresent and to research that. And believe it or not I usually find it in books. So, I was a bookworm and let me tell you, it’s an unbelievable experience that catapults you in another world outside where you’re located in front of your chair.

      I mean I read every book (children’s book at least) that you can imagine linking towards artists such as The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christen Andersen, Dr. Seuss, to name a few. Topics such as animals talking, cars with drivers, pets on adventure, magical sorcery, big red dog (you all know that one!!) and I was in nostalgia because I believed that it pretty much related to everyone in society. But yet I was still missing that value or that mean to actually seeing what I was reading. In other words, I wanted to be what I read.

      Hence, the television set. Now programming in the late 70’s going into the 80’s was so unique and popular that I actually believed and put faith in what I saw in cartoons. Keep in mind I was not in my teens yet, but flying houses, flying cars, talking rabbits, etc. was really amazing. Then a wonderful experience was beginning to induce secrete my mind forever.

      I was watching what’s called T.V. movies and suddenly it wasn’t cartoonish anymore. For the first time in my life, I seen real people on the T.V. just like I’ve seen people in the real world. And I don’t mean a conversation and playing in yards and driving cars to stores. That was real in itself. But I’ve seen what’s called action, drama, killing, struggles, crimes, all of which takes place in the world as we know it today.  Was I caught up in the emotions that was surrounding what was called real life back? Of course, I was!! very much involved? And I wanted to do something about it??

      The Art of Filmmaking: Film Projector

      So, as the years  went by, I start watching movies, films, T.V. shows more and more to get a glimpse and to know that the world I used to live in is not that anymore. A lot has changed, some for the good, others for the worse. But even as a little child, I knew deep in my spirit that I can create anything I wanted to and make it believable just like those Grimm Brothers and Dr. Seuss.  And I got older, I wanted to create genre on that T.V. screen and the theatres just like the filmmakers of yesterday and today and of tomorrow.

      So I made up in my mind to venture my passion in my one chance of life that the good Lord has given me. And that passion is to write movie screenplays and make a novel so I can foster and present to the world the fruits of knowledge and tell a real story. I want to also one day make a feature film about society, life as we know it and the issues and values that we can learn from as a whole. Actually, in 2004, I did just that. Followed my dream by making a short film called, “The Bama Opportunist” in which I did write, directed and produced. And it was an amazing lesson to be learned.  This was done after I finished my film class at the University of Alabama school of Telecommunications and film department.

      So there you have it, my dream is shared to you people who reads my messages. And you know what, it’s no secret to me that I still have this childhood dream to one day accomplished.

      As I discover more and more of WordPress, I’m going to dedicate the majority of blogging towards that passion of mine which is films and writing. So you may can call this my writing and film workshop, so to speak. So very often as I blog, I’m going to touch a title of a film and its meaning towards life. I like award-winning films and the writing artifice towards making such a film.

      Finally, I believed that when you really wish and want something so bad that you’ll give up your usual for that one chance, then it will come to your possession and you will cherish it forever.

      Writing film and books!

      Producing and Directing a feature or an independent film!

      I want to chase that dream, and I’m going to run very fast to catch my dream!!

      Stay tuned WordPress!!!  

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      Posted by: Curtis Abrams | March 20, 2010

      Paul and James= Holy Saviors of their kind!

      Paul Hardcastle

      This is the first weekend’s edition of my blogging experience. Every weekend I will usually focus on two entities or/and experiences on the same blog. So much happens on weekends a lot of people don’t realize!! 

       First, I want to thank first, Mr. Paul Hardcastle for adding me to his blogroll for purposes of relationship amongst ourselves. I so much adore his jazz music in which I recommend everyone check out if you ever look him up. This is a music legend from London, England who revolutionized modern and contemporary jazz forever worldwide, even in the United States. I also share a communication with his lovely talented daughter, Miss Maxine Hardcastle, who is also a D.J. in London. Her voice is amazing as well as her looks. She’s already released a couple of songs and I’m begging for more of her talent to come. And of course, father has to have a Jr. by his side. Paul Hardcastle Jr. looks and is to believe to be equal to his predecessor father on every level. Can’t wait to see him. I’m telling you internet world: Nothing against Boney James, Najee, and even Kenny G.; you’ve never been in a Paul Hardcastle world until you hear his music. By far, the best JAZZ music I’ve ever heard (19, Rainforest, King Tut, Puerto Banus, First Light …) I can go on and on but just so you know here the man’s genius and creativity. All I got to say bout that!!  

      Then, me and my friend Melissa went on YouTube.com last night and saw clips of one legendary R&B funk master Rick James’s last appearances. You know, of course, that was at the 2004 BET Awards hosted by future Oscar winner Mo’nique. How can we not forget the passion and swagger that “Slick Rick” had along with his singing partner, another R&B icon Teena Marie, singing “Fire and Desire” in front of the live audience that was all standing. All eyes pointed at the “Superfreak” and Teena as their segments included presenting Beyonce a BET award. But of course, in “a la Rickesque” tradition, he had to put in a last word, so to speak. Obviously, someone in the backstage either didn’t  recognize him or who he was, let it be known that he DEFINITELY PROCLAIMED HIMSELF in a statement that simply read: 

      “To the lady backstage, I want to make it perfectly clear……Never mind who you thought I was, I’M RICK JAMES, BITCHHH!!!” 

      Wow, everyone was on their feet in jovial form and yelling and screaming in either laughter or in excitement. Again, all eyes were on Slick Rick for the last time, months later he passed away. 

      To describe what this R&B icon, has contribute in the music industry would take three of four blogs. Maybe more!! But all I’m going to comment about Mr. James is that your music stands the test of time for a lot of people, young and old. You truly left an indelible mark in my life as I was growing up in those back roads in Alabama in the 1970’s. He came from troubled beginnings as much as we all did. But he turned a negative integer and turned it into a very positive experience with his talent and his love to music. I guarantee somewhere in this world today, there’s a Rick James love song in someone’s music player and they’re either dancing or being intimate in a place. (Fire and Desire, Mary Jane, Glow, Moonchild, Happy, etc…) His music, as well as his passion, will live on, just like it did in the 1970’s and 80’s. 

      Rick, I love you and I miss you’re energy to make us feel good about ourselves. You live by your music!

       Paul Hardcastle and Rick James— two truly music masters of their genre!! My special blog of interest of the week!!

      Posted by: Curtis Abrams | March 20, 2010

      In Retro-Respect: I Like 1960-2000

      The 1980's in review!!

      Well bloggers, internet browsers, fans of the medium known as the internet, I watched a very interesting show on VH1 today called The best of the ’80’s. Now what’s so amazing about the show is the idea, time, preparation and formality the VH1 producers put to have the viewers relate to a time where we will never ever see again, but the memory for that era to possess in our minds a great nostalgia in which “that’s where we belonged and always will.”

      Now I’m not going to go into details on what we missed in the 1980’s such as the invention of Pac-Man, Rubix Cube, Breakdancing, Rock groups, Michael Jackson, Ronald Regan, Wacky Walkwalkers, the movie Gremlins, etc, etc,etc,. Too much in detail to engross but just the memories of the 1980’s are just breathtaking to me that I want to be in a time machine to go back there obviously. Man!!!

      And that also goes to the 1990’s because that’s where I really got my real-life experience as a boy turning to a man and boy, again, I would love to go back there as well. I’ ve see and lived experiences I never ever seen before in my life.

      Then the 2000’s arrived, a new millennium, new style, new way of life, technology, new fashions, fads and drama combined with tragedy of our nation’s soil.

      And how can we not forget the impact of the era that started it all, the 1960’s, which is a pivotal time in all our lives young and old. Civil rights, revolution, sports, entertainment, and many more. The 1970’s will also put us in a innovating time where we were just beginning to witness a major shift in daily lives, economic issues,  

      I mean really a lot has happened in my lifetime that after careful thought and brainstorming, I’ve really put a lot of thought into this idea. Starting next week, Monday rather, I’m going to dedicate a day of blogging toward a period of time and to hit a unique subject matter of that period that everyone should observe and post your comments if necessary.

      Now I may or may not start this on Monday on the 22 of March on every other day but at least twice a week, but not necessarily everyday, I’m dedicating this conscience towards the eras, the attitudes as well as anything in retrospective starting with the 1960’s. so I have to thank VH1 and all other valuable resources with this great concept that I, Curtis, would like to share with the most part of my inner circle, if not the whole internet world.

       So get in gear and get ready to get back in time with just about everything that made history. 

      I just wanna make history on the blog! That’s all!!

      Posted by: Curtis Abrams | March 19, 2010

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      Lucky to do right!!

      Just a quick thought, ever wondered why when u have a moment of trying to help someone who is in need; you feel good about it and move on but something negative or about to be unpleasant instantly occurs. It’s just one of those occurrences that one has to think–why me if I’m trying to do something right.

      I helped this gentleman up from the road where he collapsed at. I mean in the middle of a busy two-lane highway heading towards Greensboro Avenue. As soon as I helped him across the road he thanked me and we said a prayer together and he went his way. Then as soon as I turn around, a car accident happened where I was almost hit head toward the front of the white BMW. No, I didn’t get hurt, but lucky the driver that almost hit me didn’t either because the other driver who hit him hit the passenger side. In other words, At any given time, luck could be on your shoulder no matter how much good deed you do or how much money you give away or how  many lives you saved. St. Patrick’s Day came to me one day late to be lucky.

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