When I was twelve I hated going to school. The only day I found tolerable was Wednesday. On this glorious day I got to leave school to alternatively, volunteer at the nursing home or attend religious classes. Unsurprisingly, the church’s school was not a place I grew to enjoy. My unending questions perturbed the nuns … Continue reading Music Blessings?
Unmuting tennis commentators can be as dangerous as reading trite tennis writers. Their goal is completion, match and deadline, not the museum of thought. Their prose can't be mistaken for poetry. They traffic in dreaded clichés, tropes and narratives, delivering formaldehyde to our collective sport brain. We have gone from three channels to digital boxes guaranteeing information overload. … Continue reading Clichés, Tropes and Narratives Oh My!
The Gregorian Calendar or rather the commercialization of it, reminds some and forces others, to offer gratitude, confront difficult truths or mourn mothers on the second Sunday of May. Mother's Day or guilt season, depending on your religion and culture, is upon us. We are inundated with ads reinforcing a need to purchase cards, flowers, … Continue reading Musings on Motherhood
Bud Collins is the father of tennis journalism; Sports Illustrated described him as the tennis historian and the American voice of the sport in print and on TV for decades. With his passing on March 4, 2016, it is unlikely that we will ever have a tennis journalist with his panache and skills. Let's take a … Continue reading Unmuting Tennis Commentators
We all want the light bulb moment. We want the Aha. We want the epiphany. We want to be awakened to knowledge, understandings, knowings. This is a thing of dreams. Time teaches us that epiphanies are myths, adult foolery for the meek. Critical realizations, that is our truth. It is earned in meditation, quiet, contemplative … Continue reading Critical Realizations
CBS’ Limitless is a sequel to the film which starred Bradley Cooper in 2011. The series begins several years after the film. Eddie Morra has become a senator (Bradley Cooper) and NZT is once again available in NYC. Enter Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) a shiftless man-child whose life is forever changed after he takes NZT and becomes … Continue reading Limitless: From Bland to Experimental
When the reality television boom began in earnest, I did not flock to it. I automatically equated it to fool’s gold; glittery with little value much like soap operas and novellas. The genre’s ‘unscripted’ dating, relationship and competition shows troubled me: The Real World (1992), Making the Band (2002), Bachelor Franchise (2002) The Real Housewives … Continue reading After Lemonade: #Real Relationship Goals
Television ratings have been experiencing arrhythmia. They have been irregular, rhythmless. Even ratings juggernauts Empire, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and Scandal have seen declining ratings. This is sending tv and ad executives to the ER seeking immediate fixes to avoid infarctions. Ironically, they would all be elated with tachycardia ratings; bradycardia would be … Continue reading Immimnent Death?
The void is deafening. I filled it with music. His music. I sat contemplating the impact he has had on my life. He did not compare in immediacy to Luther Vandross, who I loved the first time I heard his voice. He has not traveled the now near ---- decades with me like Soca and Salsa … Continue reading One More Reason Melissa Harris-Perry is The Public Intellectual We Need
Are Empire's creators as lost and misguided as critics believe, or are they capitalizing on social media commentary and hate viewing? Empire is many things simultaneously: prime-time soap opera, comedy, musical, mystery, family drama... Well into the second year and third season, the show has not quite gelled. It's ratings are declining. The thrill is gone. The show is becoming … Continue reading Empire’s Dilemma