Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Supporting the arts

One question. Why aren't people supporting the arts like they use to?

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Died a Prophet yet a Slave

It was so frustrating watching Tupac Resurrection for the first time today. As I was listening to his monologue and interviews that were beautifully added to the flick, I always knew he was great at what he was; an entertainer. However, as a fellow Gemini & artist, for the first time I was able to feel his pain and hurt. This brotha was a classically trained artist early on in life yet was well aware that he had so much more to learn. He learned ballet, and musical theatre and things that your average "thug" from the streets would have never embrace in public. He was finally starting to realize that his final deal with the devil was a bad mistake. He was bailed out of jail and owed so much money to Death Row, he was literally a slave. His slave master made sure that his name was bringing DR lots of money, yet like other black entertainers such as Little Richards, Frankie Lymon & TLC he wasn't seeing a dime of the $$$$.

Tupac would have been 34 years old this year. He could have gone back to school, got his degree and have been a multidiscipline art instructor or even a college professor with the wealth of knowledge he possessed. Instead he died a prophet yet a slave at 25 years of age. What a loss to my industry.!

Friday, September 02, 2005

I couldn't have said it better my self

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:
Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.
Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?
Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!
I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?
And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!
On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.
There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.
No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!
You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.
Michael Moore


P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

Florida Atlantic Univ. accepting displaced students

Paula Behul at the University wants everyone to know that FAU is accepting student who have evacuated Louisiana, Mississippi, etc. They need only to call the registrar's office.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

9 year old son hosts fundraiser

My youngest son Raymond has decided that he wants to do a school fundraising campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Victims in the Gulf Coast. I decided to host an auction for his school cause & direct funding to Red Cross. Watch the auction and /or bid. Thank you all for your help.