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March 27, 2014

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Under The Freeway - Crosson

Under The Freeway - Crosson from Brian Epps on Vimeo.

What Things May Come

What Things May Come from Sur-Ryl Entertainment on Vimeo.

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March 22, 2014

What Things May Come - Short Film

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March 21, 2014

Black Man Depressed Episodes I appear in

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March 21, 2014

Under The Freeway Crosson Monologue

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March 21, 2014

BLACK MAN DEPRESSED WEB SERIES

We all need a good laugh sometimes so be sure to check out the Funny Webseries BlackManDepressed

www.blackmandepressed.com/episodes

Episode 6 the latest episode aired Sunday March 16 and please be sure to leave your comments on the Facebook Fan Page

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You have no excuses not to see them ALL 6 are below and please share the funny with family!!!

(Episode 1) http://youtu.be/KUBw4dx1JaI
(Episode 2) http://youtu.be/xkadiP-Oec4
(Episode 3) http://youtu.be/JbnYd4cF7NE
(Episode 4) http://youtu.be/My_gXo0TdUA
(Episode 5) http://youtu.be/YOViDJKikIE
(Episode 6) http://youtu.be/9tKrHodO6ok

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March 1, 2014

2014 Black History Month Recap

Below you will find all of my Facebook Status Updates for the month of February in case you missed them

DAY 28

Good morning its #Day28 of #BlackHistoryMonth lets us focus on the man in the mirror today. To clarify I mean man in the totality of mankind not just the male species. When we look at that man in the mirror we are forced to truly see ourselves. Then let us hold that mirror up to our continued struggle.

The evidence before us suggests that the lack of unified leadership has forced us into a stalemate. The evidence before us suggests that the lack of true people centered leadership has forced us into a stalemate. The evidence before us suggests that every time there has been strong unity there has been strategic dissemination. The evidence suggests that we've been had, led astray, bamboozled into thinking that we have experienced true progress. During our days of being forced into Jim Crow, during our days of fighting for civil rights there was always an element of unity despite our differences. What happened? What lessons did we miss in the lives and murders of our leaders?

That's where the man in the mirror comes into the equation. Prayer changes things yes it does. But the operative word in that idiom is change. Change in that sentence is a verb. In elementary school we were taught verbs are words of action; therefore our prayers must be done in motion.
#FrederickDouglass said it best, "I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs". We must pray with our legs more.

Six years have passed us by with this presidency and we have yet to truthfully and consistently have a conversation about our community needs. We have less than two years left to make him face himself in the mirror. Just because he has a similar face does not mean he identifies with us. Leadership does not require previous experience but a will to serve. Leadership is not a one man working alone but teamwork. You may not possess the charisma necessary but you possess the ability to write. You may not possess the finances but you possess the ability to serve. You may not possess the ability to write but you possess the ability to teach. Let us use our strengths to build our team.

Today I may have made Black History. I may never be credited for it in the history so called history books but I am confident I inspired someone. Someone maybe inspired to go read, write, teach or give money to a real organization to improve the lives of Black people or maybe just spend their dollar with a black business. I am aware other ethnic minority groups have their own special goals but I must focus on those that mean most to me. I digress, sometimes our most important ideas or actions aren't recorded in the aforementioned books yet somehow they still remain historic. I am aware I did not lay out a step by step action plan let me say that was not the purpose for today. The action steps must come after we have a conversation to form a united front in our communities across the country. Take a look at yourself in the mirror and think about how that face will feel when 20, 30, or 50 years have passed and Jim Crow is still standing in its shadow.

DAY 27

#Day27 of #BlackHistoryMonth let us recognize #SamCooke not only was he gifted with a great voice he was gifted with a great mind and saw the bigger picture many musicians failed to see where the true wealth of the industry was hidden. Publishing! Check out some information on him and his classic song that was a pseudo anthem to the 60's Black Struggle.

http://www.songsofsamcooke.com/sar_records.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Cooke
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOYuhLNwh3A

People have pondered the true reason for his murder since that fatal day December 11, 1964.

Today #Day27 of #BlackHistoryMonth let us remember that Black History is more than the facts one can read in a book. Everyday we are walking Black History we have the opportunity and God given ability to do extraordinary things if we apply ourselves.

We don't have to be great orators to inspire, cultivate, or birth a great orator. We don't have to be a great scientist to to inspire, cultivate, or birth a great scientist. We don't have to be a great mathematician to to inspire, cultivate, or birth a great mathematician. We don't have to be a great businessman to to inspire, cultivate, or birth a great businessman.

The point is we are not just entertainers we have the mental capacities to use our minds to do astronomical things. AFRICA is proof of that. The continent is not just full of huts but mighty castles and architectural wonders that most people who do not live there will ever see unless they visit with the natives.

I digress the point of this post today is to remember when you look in the mirror the face you see has great ability to do something tremendously that is and will forever more be Black History even if your deeds are never recorded in textbooks to educate our children scholastically. There is much truth to the idiom "put it in a book they will never find it" think on that today. In the meantime check out this amazing website
http://www.blackbusinessnetwork.com/Home/?CFID=3821017&CFTOKEN=a868b28c6d60ca37-8491FA36-D567-0A88-6A3A92472DC2BB55

another #Day27 of #BlackHistoryMonth let us remember another city that suffered destruction because of a race riot #WilmintonNC1898 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmington_Insurrection_of_1898 let us also remember the #Wilmington10 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmington_Ten

DAY 26 “Day of Love for Black Boys”

Good morning today #Day26 of #BlackHistoryMonth I remember #TrayvonnMartin not simply just to commemorate his short life but to acknowledge all of the boys on the brink of adulthood who have been slain unjustly out of "fear" for life. So lets us remember #GeorgeStinney #EmmettTill #ScottsboroBoys #CentralPark5 #Gena6 #JordanDavis and I am fully aware that not all of the aforementioned were slain; however let us use their memories or the memories of their struggle to fuel a positive trend in our homes and communities.

My hope for today is that we use it to begin an ANNUAL focused on strengthening the brain power of Black young men. How can we do that? By remembering to annually REFUSING to buy any Skittles or Arizona products. Instead let us use that money to purchase a new book for our boys. Think of it as a "Day of Love for Black Boys".

Moreover, this very month contains one of, if not the most commercial holiday celebrated which in this case is female centered, but lets use ponder momentarily the question, who loves our male children and when? The image of the black male is consistently under attack and psychologically that is dangerous. So then let us create a counter measure by which we can fight that negative image with showing our Black male children love in the form of buying them BOOKS with POSITIVE images of themselves. But let us buy those BOOKS at BLACK BOOKSTORES so not only are we supporting our FUTURE we are supporting our PRESENT.

How are we supporting both FUTURE and PRESENT? We are building strong men for our FUTURE the way
#FrederickDouglass suggested and supporting our PRESENT by keeping business owners open and hopefully hurting those companies that supported the "defense" of #TrayvonnMartin murderer whose name I refuse to speak in the same process. What did Brother Douglass say? It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. What know what this prison industrial complex has given us thus far let us counteract that on this day. "Day of Love for Black Boys"!!!

DAY 25

#Day25 of #BlackHistoryMonth let us remember #MarcusMosiahGarvey http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Garvey and #WEBDuBois http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._E._B._Du_Bois who helped to shape the ideologies of #MalcolmX http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_x

#Day25 of #BlackHistoryMonth let us also remember #MartinLutherKing but not for the "dream" speech but for the last speech he gave.... the one that is taught in scholastic books because he deterred from his original ideologies and attempted to teach others to do the same. Take a listen for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixfwGLxRJU8 and of course more reading material.

another #Day25 #BlackHistoryMonth person to recognize is DR Umar Abdullah Johnson

DAY 24

if #NelsonMandela loved his #AfricanBrother maybe we should wonder why... we all cried and were saddened at Nelsons' death but ignored his...
#Day24 of #BlackHistoryMonth #MuammarGaddafi was a man who is quite significant in #AfricanHistory and #BlackAmericanHistory or #AfricanAmericanHistory I am only providing information for you to review so check out the links below for some information on him... by the way love him or hate him he did help the Black Panther Party and several non-black freedom fighter groups http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_Gaddafi

check out these two videos below
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJURNC0e6Ek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQxTv3nB14

more info on Gaddafi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Man-Made_River

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_of_Africa

another #Day24 #BlackHistoryPost we should remember #GeorgeStinney http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Stinney he was #EmmettTill #TrayvonnMartin #JordanDavis and many more before they "mattered" or were martyred... here is some more info on George its a short film that gives a visual representation of the cruelty he was delivered at 14 YEARS OLD!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIC-qBLDWUg

DAY 23

#Day23 #BlackHistoryMonth

Black History should not be a celebrated or read only during February so some may criticize me for posting everyday this month but someone has to. Don't worry I won't only post during February and if this annoys you go ahead and delete me but I sincerely agree with this quote.

History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.
~Malcolm X

for all of my #Filmmaker friends and #Cinephiles this should make you quite happy today another #Day23 #BlackHistoryMonth  http://originalpeople.org/lincoln-motion-picture-company/#.UwpFh4WGjFI

another #Day23 #BlackHistoryMonth fact for all of my #Gamer friends enjoy http://originalpeople.org/jerry-lawson-designer-video-game-console-rom-cartridge-microprocesor/#.UxJzEIWGjFJ

#Day23 of #BlackHistoryMonth I want to acknowledge one of the great civilizations of Ancient West Africa.... the #MaliEmpire as you were... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_Empire

DAY 22

another #Day22 of #BlackHistoryMonth one of my all time favorite poems from Langston Hughes #ITooSingAmerica http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15615

#Day22 of #BlackHistoryMonth I would like to recognize someone who is slept on in today's continued struggle... Jeff I. Johnson also known as Cousin Jeff .... http://www.jeffsnation.com/

here is a book that he wrote that I own and maybe you will soon too http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Im-Not-Made-Discovering/dp/1401925480/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393130372&sr=1-1&keywords=jeff+johnson+everything+I%27m+not

#Day22 #BlackHistoryMonth today I would like to recognize again for those who missed him.... oh and don't get me wrong I know there are FAR MORE people but this man inspires me to think about life beyond today and beyond my most intimate and immediate family.... but without further adieu #DrClaudAnderson https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Harvest-Institute/174462216083918 here are a list of his amazing literary works http://www.amazon.com/Claud-Anderson/e/B001K7VGVO

In case you miss something the books he has written are all "dated" yet his information still rings true...

Oh and for the record he practices what he preaches check it out
http://www.waterlandfish.com/home/

What does he preach....? here is some of it and if you dislike it that's cool just walk on by... #Powernomics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCQ9gh8EcY8

DAY 21

Another #Day21 of #BlackHistoryMonth wishing #MalcolmX #ElHajjMalikElShabazz a happy birthday

Good morning, #Day21 of #BlackHistoryMonth let us remember #MadameSulTWan http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/beautiful-and-talented-madame-sul-te-wan also Nina Simone http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/nina-simone-more-voice #JackieMomsMabley http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/moms-mabley-comic-pioneer #PearlBailey http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/entertainer-pearl-bailey-was-audience-favorite #DorothyDandridge http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/entertainer-dorothy-dandridge-could-do-it-all

DAY 20

ok one last post before the day is over.... as I said in my post on Day 13 music is a legacy for Black people to cherish.... our music is loved worldwide in one way or another with that said I look forward to this documentary from 9th Wonder #HipHop deserves it.... every genre of music from the children of the diaspora has a great deal of pain or outcry built in #Day20 #BlackHistoryMonth http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/trailer-doc-the-harvard-fellow-9th-wonders-tenure-at-harvard-university-as-adjunct-professor

I have some studying to do but I did want to offer some more history #Day20 of #BlackHistoryMonth I would use as hash tag but you can read the link and learn more about it.... instead of calling someone an "uncle tom" or a "tom" this is the correct word http://destee.com/index.php?threads%2Funcle-tom-vs-sambo-quimbo.70144%2F Spike Lee made a film that dealt with the stereotypes of someone who would be guilty of the characteristics titled #Bamboozled http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215545/?ref_=nv_sr_5

#Day20 of #BlackHistoryMonth how can a group of people protect their heritage, legacy, culture....? Through language!!!! Blacks throughout the Diaspora were intentionally stripped of their language. You know how you feel when you patronize another groups place of business and they switch from English to their native tongue? Its a safe place for them but you usually find yourself annoyed. The most consistent kinship that Africans throughout the world share is music and dance. The drums when the drums come on something in our blood makes us want to move. Its one of the very few ways we can stay connected to our ancestry and one of few things that cannot be taken awake from us. So in light of all of that I wanted to share something I admire whenever I encounter Nigerians who speak #Igbo (I hope I spelled that right) I don't know that the language was never tampered with by "colonialist" considering I am not a historian but whenever I hear it I may never understand or speak it but I respect it. here is a link for a little information as always dig deeper. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igbo_people

DAY 19

#Day19 of #BlackHistoryMonth let us remember Gil Scott-Heron http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Scott-Heron here is some of his work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGaRtqrlGy8

DAY 18

#Day18 of #BlackHistoryMonth today let us recognize #BlackWallStreet or the #GreenwoodDistrictOfTulsaOklahoma http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood,_Tulsa,_Oklahoma My sincerest hope and desire is that we will once again achieve this. People will argue different cities today have this; however, if we dug a little deeper I think we would all come to the consensus that there maybe cities today that are close but they cannot hold a torch to this legacy.... yet

DAY 17

#Day17 of #BlackHistoryMonth I would also like to recognize this great King. I believe he inspired Stan Lee's creation of the Black Panther because of one of the variations of his name spelling and his military strength and intellect #ShakaKaSenzangakhona or more commonly known as #ShakaZulu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaka which is sometimes spelled #Tchaka which made me think of this http://marvel.wikia.com/T%27Chaka_%28Earth-616%29

#Day17 of #BlackHistoryMonth I would like to recognize these women #QueenAmina http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amina #QueenMakeda http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makeda

DAY 16

#Day16 of #BlackHistoryMonth let us remember that we have a legacy before the world dispersed us into many lands not just the 13 Colonies.... here are a few kingdoms to read up on... #Kush http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Kush #Songhay http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songhay_Empire #MaliEmpire http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_Empire

My mind is heavy once again. What does one say to a parent who buries their child? Much worse a parent who has the immensely heavy burden of burying a child slain in murder. A murder based solely on hatred or disdain for the color of your child's skin. I am not certain there are words in any language that can honestly speak the truth of that effectively. So then the question I most urgently need answered is two fold who will pray for the Black Boys? Who will protect them?

Initially I toyed with the idea of using the word negro instead of Black in my aforementioned question. However, after repeatedly mouthing the words Black seemed more befitting. Black is stronger than negro, negro in my opinion is dismissive of that strength. However, I was drawn to negro because of the poet in me. The word negro is used several times in Harlem Renaissance Poetry which I enjoy and I wanted to pay homage to, yet negro didn't carry the weight of this blurb the way I needed it to. I digress, again I ask who will pray for the Black Boys? I want to make it clear that I am not dismissing the effect of the diaspora on our women they are under attack as well and that topic is necessary of discussion as well but today I pray, cry for our princes.

We are told to turn the other cheek and be forgiving without questioning anyone not even God himself. Yet two men have attacked a member of our family and correct me if I am wrong but I do not recall anyone asking them why they didn't turn the other cheek when they felt wronged. In the years since this nation declared itself to be independent I have yet to see the truths held evident that all men were created equal. I will NOT forget slavery! Every other people group who was wrong by this nation or other nations in power, so called power has been compensated in some form except for Black people.

Allow me to tie up these loose ends by saying that the we should not be shocked that any of our lives are expendable in a nation that has strategically dismissed, diminished, and destroyed our strength since since its inception. I am not shocked in the least at the most recent two verdicts that have left us all upset because they are only a microcosm of a continued legacy of breaking down a royal people. How does one destroy a nation by removing the men who would protect it. So my dear people the only way we can destroy the trojan horse that has infiltrated our unity since Virginia's ordinance of Mandatory Manumission is by unifying as a people and standing our own ground.

~Just Random Concentrated Thoughts of a Black Man

DAY 15

#Day15 of #BlackHistoryMonth the day after well you know that day... let us focus on another venture of Black Business #Blaxploitation this "genre" or "sub genre" as some circles would call this gave tinseltown the blueprint to what would come to be known as Low Budget and Ultralow Budget movies.... the blueprint still survives and thrives today.... so this day after that day be sure to watch a blaxploitation film several are on Netflix and they werent all just action films.... I will post an interview about a modern era film of that genre below and a full length film below in the comments section... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaPZ1zfpjc 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BynXfREPG8

another post for #Day15 of #BlackHistoryMonth in light of the news that a certain well liked female artist made a mockery of one of our great warriors of a human being with a music release I want to recognize female Emcees that really rocked the mic right MC Lyte Queen Latifah Ms. Lauryn Hill Erykah Badu Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes just to name a few.... there are others but these I respect most....

DAY 14

#Day14 of #BlackHistoryMonth on this day of commerce to show or spread love let us show or spread commercial love with a Black Business whether it is a local business or an eBusiness. But in the meantime these are the people I recognize today #MadamCJWalker http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madam_C._J._Walker Carol's Daughter http://www.carolsdaughter.com/ The Dock Bookshop http://www.thedockbookshop.com/ Crave Catering and Event Planning http://www.cravecateringandeventplanning.com/event-planning/ please be sure to patronize businesses in your own community who are Black Owned at least for today or in celebration of today over the weekend.

DAY 13

#Day13 of #BlackHistoryMonth I want to acknowledge #ScottJoplin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Joplin #EdwardEllington http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Ellington #WilliamBasie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Count_Basie #LouisArmstrong http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong Miles Davis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Davis Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trombone_Shorty eventually if you read the links you can figure out the connection. With out this genre of music combined with Gospel I find it hard to see the evolution of Blues into Rock and Roll into Rhythm and Blues and eventually into Hip Hop which led to Rap. They are all interconnected and all have very similar subject matters just take a listen today.

DAY 12

#Day12 of #BlackHistoryMonth I have a few names for you #FrederickDouglass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass and here are some of his quotes http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/f/frederick_douglass.html also today read up on #DickGregory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Gregory and here are some of his quotes http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/dick_gregory.html also #BookerTWashington http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T._Washington here are some of his quotes http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/b/booker_t_washington.html and Dr. Cornel West http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornel_West and here are some quotes http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/c/cornel_west.html

DAY 11

#Day11 of #BlackHistoryMonth I would like to recognize James Baldwin here is some material on the brother http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/james-baldwin/about-the-author/59/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Baldwin here are a few quotes http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/james_a_baldwin.html

DAY 10

Here is some more reading material for #BlackHistoryMonth  http://www.learnliberty.org/videos/forgotten-rebellion-black-seminoles-and-largest-slave-revolt-us-history/

More #BlackHistoryMonth reading material.... hey the things I post are just the tip of the pyramid... you could visit the central library near you and dig up way more in the books there.... http://www.pbs.org/wonders/Episodes/Epi1/1_retel1.htm http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/02/black-pharaohs/robert-draper-text.html

#Day10 of #BlacHistoryMonth I want to recognize #Imhotep who was more than the real #FatherOfMedicine yes I said it even Hippocrates said it himself... he was a student of #Imhotep here is a little info on him...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_eqt0PgtJM

because we are currently in #BlackHistoryMonth I decided to repost this... don't worry this isn't my post for the day

4 Poems dedicated to 4 Actors

1) Been reading this BOOK OF ELI to prepare for my TRAINING DAY to become the INSIDE MAN while TAKING PELHAM 123 they called me the MAN ON FIRE but I'm really a HURRICANE gave a few DEJA VU when I ran OUT OF TIME pursuing life the AMERICAN GANGSTER way listening to MO BETTA BLUES becoming a GREAT DEBATER...

2) Been STRAPPED before but it was STRICTLY BUSINESS I live in CROOKLYN so I'm always trying to avoid HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS and stay on my feet but DEAD PRESIDENTS keep calling me met a GIRL 6 she became my LOVE JONES she had another man I told her ROMEO MUST DIE his murder was a TRUE CRIME the cops only saw the EXIT WOUNDS called it a HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE the medical examiner called it a murder after he checked out GREY'S ANATOMY endured some rough weather yep a HURRICANE SEASON now I'm an UNDER SHEPHERD driving round the city in my BLUE CAPRICE because I'm NOT 4 SALE been hurt so I'm a GAME TIME DECISION ...

3) Ran into this DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS she showed me ROSEWOOD had fun on some BOOGIE NIGHTS so I disappeared OUT OF SIGHT learned A LESSON BEFORE DYING side of the road CRASH saw a family crying bodies rotting on the ground at HOTEL RWANDA’s front door got stuck in some TRAFFIC on my way to OCEAN’s 11, 12, and 13 praying ...to God that his mercy REIGN OVER ME they calling me a TRAITOR as I sit with BROOKLYN’s FINEST...

4) Once was the FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR until I claimed my INDEPENCE DAY now I’m one of the MEN IN BLACK and that makes me an ENEMY OF STATE since I’M MADE IN AMERICA they call me a BAD BOY on my voyage to the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS I AM LEGEND in the WILD WILD WEST holding on tight to 7 POUNDS of flesh so I’m a champ with ALI written across my chest so I’m the greatest with no HITCH codename HANCOCK and I’m rich…

DAY 9

#Day9 of #BlackHistoryMonth I am recognizing #JimBrown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Brown #JackieRobinson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Robinson #ArthurAshe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_ashe #BillRussell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Russell #RobertHughes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hughes_%28basketball_coach%29 #LennyWilkins http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenny_Wilkens

DAY 8

my thoughts on a murderer being a "celeb boxer"

if they offered me the fight I would impolitely decline... I refuse to mention your name you won't gain more status on my spine... and to the idiot who signed on the blood dotted line... how much did it cost to take your soul hook, sinker, and line... that murder could have been your son but maybe you considered that... could have been your nephew really doesn't matter after you consider the central fact... you signed consent to ignore the history... and in fact agreed to continue the bloody legacy... a lamenting sorrowful legacy of swinging bodies hanging from trees... if you missed the analogy just take a brief listen to Summer Time... no the murderer didn't use a tree but the violence comes from the same heart... besides its poetic, literature is timeless so any argument you have is what makes it poetically smart....

DAY 7

#Day7 of #BlackHistoryMonth I choose #OscarMicheaux http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Micheaux

DAY 6

another person I think is worthy of mention for #BlackHistoryMonth is Michael Eric Dyson his intellect extends courageously through his prophetic and poetic prose just take a look at some of his quotes to follow in the comment section below...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Eric_Dyson  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/michael_eric_dyson.html

Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed levees and exploded the conventional wisdom about a shared American prosperity, exposing a group of people so poor they didn't have $50 for a bus ticket out of town. If we want to learn something from this disaster, the lesson ought to be: America's poor deserve better than this.
~Michael Eric Dyson

Class certainly loomed large in Katrina's aftermath. Blacks of means escaped the tragedy; blacks without them suffered and died. In reality, it is how race and class interact that made the situation for the poor so horrible on the Gulf Coast. The rigid caste system that punishes poor blacks and other minorities also targets poor whites.
~Michael Eric Dyson

because #BlackHistory is far more extensive than I could ever share I will post multiple people from here on out... at the moment my #BlackHistoryMonth person is #BobMarley  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Marley

#Day6 of #BlackHistoryMonth I would like to recognize #MarieVanBritton an inventor of something that helped the world feel safe... check out some information on her

DAY 5

#Day5 of #BlackHistoryMonth I would like to recognize #CharlesSidneyGilpin click this link to find out more about who he was  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Sidney_Gilpin

DAY 4

#Day4 of #BlackHistoryMonth and while scrolling my Facebook "feed" I see people blatantly disrespecting #BlackHistoryMonth and it saddens me. I know humor heals the soul but we need to know when to say no.

With that said my person of the day is
#DrNaimAkbar so when you have a moment today please look him up and spread knowledge along with your humor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BynXfREPG8

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070726/?ref_=nv_sr_1

DAY 3

Good morning may this 3rd day of #BlackHistoryMonth treat you well. When you get some time today please look up #DrJohnHenrikClarke he is a historian that we all should know God Bless

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henrik_Clarke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2R44RV7N5s

DAY 2

on another #BlackHistory note something lighter yet provocative http://www.hulu.com/watch/591807

Day 2 of the #BlackHistoryMonth I would like to recognize #BenjaminBanneker he built a legacy using brain power. A legacy that still stands today. We call that legacy #WashingtonDC . Let us never forget the power of of intelligent black man or woman. So please join me in celebrating him! Don't know him...? Google him!!!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Banneker

DAY 1

Today this beautiful 1st day of #BlackHistoryMonth I would like to recognize #CarterGWoodson don't know him.......? Look him up....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_G_Woodson

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/misedne.html

 

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February 28, 2014

Day 28 of Black History Month "The Man In The Mirror"

Good morning its #Day28 of #BlackHistoryMonth lets us focus on the man in the mirror today.  To clarify I mean man in the totality of mankind not just the male species.  When we look at that man in the mirror we are forced to truly see ourselves.  Then let us hold that mirror up to our continued struggle.

The evidence before us suggests that the lack of unified leadership has forced us into a stalemate.  The evidence before us suggests that the lack of true people centered leadership has forced us into a stalemate.  The evidence before us suggests that every time there has been strong unity there has been strategic dissemination.  The evidence suggests that we've been had, led astray, bamboozled into thinking that we have experienced true progress.  During our days of being forced into Jim Crow, during our days of fighting for civil rights there was always an element of unity despite our differences.  What happened?  What lessons did we miss in the lives and murders of our leaders?

That's where the man in the mirror comes into the equation.  Prayer changes things yes it does.  But the operative word in that idiom is change.  Change in that sentence is a verb.  In elementary school we were taught verbs are words of action; therefore our prayers must be done in motion.  #FrederickDouglass said it best, "I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs".   We must pray with our legs more.

Six years have passed us by with this presidency and we have yet to truthfully and consistently have a conversation about our community needs.  We have less than two years left to make him face himself in the mirror.  Just because he has a similar face does not mean he identifies with us.  Leadership does not require previous experience but a will to serve.  Leadership is not a one man working alone but teamwork.  You may not possess the charisma necessary but you possess the ability to write.  You may not possess the finances but you possess the ability to serve.  You may not possess the ability to write but you possess the ability to teach.  Let us use our strengths to build our team.

Today I may have made Black History.  I may never be credited for it in the history so called history books but I am confident I inspired someone.  Someone maybe inspired to go read, write, teach or give money to a real organization to improve the lives of Black people or maybe just spend their dollar with a black business.  I am aware other ethnic minority groups have their own special goals but I must focus on those that mean most to me.  I digress, sometimes our most important ideas or actions aren't recorded in the aforementioned books yet somehow they still remain historic.  I am aware I did not lay out a step by step action plan let me say that was not the purpose for today.  The action steps must come after we have a conversation to form a united front in our communities across the country.  Take a look at yourself in the mirror and think about how that face will feel when 20, 30, or 50 years have passed and Jim Crow is still standing in its shadow. 

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February 26, 2014

A Day of Love for Black Boys


Good morning today #Day26 of #BlackHistoryMonth I remember #TrayvonnMartin not simply just to commemorate his short life but to acknowledge all of the boys on the brink of adulthood who have been slain unjustly out of "fear" for life.  So lets us remember #GeorgeStinney #EmmettTill #ScottsboroBoys #CentralPark5  #Gena6 #JordanDavis and I am fully aware that not all of the aforementioned were slain; however let us use their memories or the memories of their struggle to fuel a positive trend in our homes and communities.

My hope for today is that we use it to begin an ANNUAL focused on strengthening the brain power of Black young men.  How can we do that?  By remembering to annually REFUSING to buy any Skittles or Arizona products.  Instead let us use that money to purchase a new book for our boys.  Think of it as a "Day of Love for Black Boys".  

Moreover, this very month contains one of, if not the most commercial holiday celebrated which in this case is female centered, but lets use ponder momentarily the question, who loves our male children and when?  The image of the black male is consistently under attack and psychologically that is dangerous.  So then let us create a counter measure by which we can fight that negative image with showing our Black male children love in the form of buying them BOOKS with POSITIVE images of themselves.  But let us buy those BOOKS at BLACK BOOKSTORES so not only are we supporting our FUTURE we are supporting our PRESENT.   

How are we supporting both FUTURE and PRESENT?  We are building strong men for our FUTURE the way #FrederickDouglass suggested and supporting our PRESENT by keeping business owners open and hopefully hurting those companies that supported the "defense" of #TrayvonnMartin murderer whose name I refuse to speak in the same process.   What did Brother Douglass say? It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.  What know what this prison industrial complex has given us thus far let us counteract that on this day. "Day of Love for Black Boys"!!!

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February 16, 2014

Who Will Pray for Black Boys

My mind is heavy once again.  What does one say to a parent who buries their child?  Much worse a parent who has the immensely heavy burden of burying a child slain in murder.  A murder based solely on hatred or disdain for the color of your child's skin.  I am not certain there are words in any language that can honestly speak the truth of that effectively.  So then the question I most urgently need answered is two fold who will pray for the Black Boys?  Who will protect them?  

Initially I toyed with the idea of using the word negro instead of Black in my aforementioned question.  However, after repeatedly mouthing the words Black seemed more befitting. Black is stronger than negro, negro in my opinion is dismissive of that strength.  However, I was drawn to negro because of the poet in me.  The word negro is used several times in Harlem Renaissance Poetry which I enjoy and I wanted to pay homage to, yet negro didn't carry the weight of this blurb the way I needed it to.  I digress, again I ask who will pray for the Black Boys?  I want to make it clear that I am not dismissing the effect of the diaspora on our women they are under attack as well and that topic is necessary of discussion as well but today I pray, cry for our princes.  

We are told to turn the other cheek and be forgiving without questioning anyone not even God himself.  Yet two men have attacked a member of our family and correct me if I am wrong but I do not recall anyone asking them why they didn't turn the other cheek when they felt wronged.  In the years since this nation declared itself to be independent I have yet to see the truths held evident that all men were created equal.  I will NOT forget slavery!  Every other people group who was wrong by this nation or other nations in power, so called power has been compensated in some form except for Black people.  

Allow me to tie up these loose ends by saying that the we should not be shocked that any of our lives are expendable in a nation that has strategically dismissed, diminished, and destroyed our strength since since its inception.  I am not shocked in the least at the most recent two verdicts that have left us all upset because they are only a microcosm of a continued legacy of breaking down a royal people.  How does one destroy a nation by removing the men who would protect it.  So my dear people the only way we can destroy the trojan horse that has infiltrated our unity since Virginia's ordinance of Mandatory Manumission is by unifying as a people and standing our own ground.

~Just Random Concentrated Thoughts of a Black Man

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December 12, 2013

Help Me Build The Brian Epps Acting Brand


FOR CAREER BUILDING RESEARCH:

I am looking to strengthen my Acting Brand going into 2014 and Beyond:

1.) Please list three words that describe me (how I come across)

2.) Please list three words that describe my personal style

3.) If you didn't know me, what age range (ie. between 18 and 24, 30-40, etc) would you think I was. Please note if your answer is based on my appearance or my actions.

I look forward to your responses! An additional note feel free to use other actors you have seen Black and Non-Black that I remind you of on "screen" and off "screen"

Leave you comments below or send me an email...!!!

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December 5, 2013

Nelsom Mandela


I know not how long God has ordained that I breathe on my Earthly journey but in whatever amount of time he sees fit to lend me I only hope that I touch on persons life in an mortal lasting way that they find true peace in an everlasting way. #NelsonMandela was given 95 years and I am confident he touched 95 people at minimum. I am humbly ask God to grant me one person per year I live. God Bless #NelsonMandela and his family for as long as they live. So much more could be said but I am not certain it needs to be!

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela

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December 5, 2013

Day 3 of 21

Currently a member of a group of industry people who are focusing on being more focused going forward here is Day 3 of my 21 day journey to a better me...

Day 3 a Brain Dump List of Goals I could have continued...once the faucet is turned on... In No Particular Order just dumped

GOALS
1. Lower my personal debt
2. Write a pilot episode for a 1 hour television series
3. Pitch the pilot to the proper networks
4. Eliminate debt for the closest family to me
5. Become increasingly accountable.
6. Visit Dominican Republic Again
7. Visit Nubia
8. See the Sphinx
9. Work with Isaiah Washington
10. Work with Elise Neal
11. Work with Bill Duke
12. Work with John Singleton
13. Work with Vanessa Bell Calloway
14. Work with Sequoia Houston
15. Work with David Orr
16. Work with Johnathon Lewis
17. Have a production premiere at the Hollywood Black Film Festival
18. Create my own film festival
19. Start a mens book club
20. Write material for Sequoia Houston
21. Write material for David Orr
22. Write material for Isaiah Washington
23. Write a comic book or graphic novel
24. Be a loving husband
25. Be a loving father
26. Develop my own superhero universe
27. Be a better example of God’s Love
28. Work with Dorian Missick
29. Work with Ya’Ke Smith
30. Work with M. Legend Brown
31. Work with Pete Chatmon
32. Read the Bible more regularly
33. Share a meal with a homeless person
34. Begin a writing club for high school students
35. Take a road trip
36. See the Audobon Auditorium
37. Work with Russ Parr
38. Work with Ryan Coogler
39. Learn 2 new monologues every 3 months
40. Write a new short film or scene bi-monthly
41. Shoot a short film or scene every 3 months
42. Visit New York
43. Revisit Philadelphia
44. Take a feature film from idea to post
45. Read another Walter Moseley Novel
46. Write a feature for Denzel to read
47. Write a feature for Don Cheadle to read
48. Work with Keith David
49. Work on my body
50. Consistently revisit my goal progress
51. Add more bricks to my goal list to build the house of my life...
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December 3, 2013

Day 2 of 21

Currently a member of a group of industry people who are focusing on being better next year here is my Day 2 journal entry... Stay Tuned

Day 2

  1. Expand on your three greatest achievements.  
  2. Expand on your three greatest mistakes or failures
  3. What did you do that led to your greatest achievements? This is not a trick question! You did something, released something, changed something, added something … you
    did something. What was it? If you know what it was, you can repeat it
    and achieve more.
  4. By the same token, what did you do that led to your greatest
    mistakes/failures? 

Good evening,

When an actor is gifted the opportunity to create a “new” character in a play its a priceless reward.  I was granted such an opportunity by participating in a Minute Monologue Mixer that I frequent.  The Playwright/Director told me she had something special for me and she couldn’t wait to see me perform and explore the material.  With that knowledge I decided that when she scheduled her auditions I would still show my face out of respect for her.  Long story short I am so privileged to have been blessed with that opportunity.  Secondly, being cast as a series regular in a web series was a nice plaque to add to my “acting wall”.  The Show Runner auditioned me months prior to shooting and I thought I perform well and was rather versatile but little did I know he felt all along I would be an asset his series and his forth coming team.  What made this accomplishment pretty special was I was tasked with being the “comedic relief”.  I respect the great comedians of our time so I took the reins of this new challenge full throttle and I am confident if the appropriate party sees it I could win a Webby; however, I digress.  Thirdly, I was called in to a few studio auditions and that felt great, to have my name on the security list at the gate felt phenomenal.  Yes I am aware they were for co-star and under 5 but progress is progress and I will take it.

Conversely enough my last “great” accomplishment is also a thorn in my side.  Being on the studio for an audition is grand but making it your place of work is the goal and I fell short of that.  Ok this admission is tough but truthful.  I had an audition and I was great until I got in the room I felt the weight of booking it take over my body and I was not nearly as fluid as I was capable of and that is still eating me.  Yes I was prepared!  Yes I was ready! But I felt the weight off making my family proud consume me.  That is certainly a GREAT mistake, failure, etc etc.  Secondly, I began writing what I consider and a few industry peers consider to be a worthwhile “syfy/noir” web series starring myself.  I have only written the 1st episode and have neglected to finish the next 5.  I felt a 6 episode season is decent enough to garner an audience the BBC proves that!  Nonetheless, I did not complete that and I am quite ashamed actually and I HATE admitting this but it is truly a combination of an involved and also stupid mistake.  Ok moving on.  Thirdly, I was too lazy to sit down and do something I enjoy, storytelling.  I did not want to learn a new monologue, specifically one I have wanted to learn for quite some time.  But thanks to this group I have to now.  I am annoyed at myself for admitting these things.

Because I was rather verbose and thorough in the preceding paragraphs I will combine questions 3 and 4 here.  It is certainly clear to me and I assume those of you who were kind of enough to read this longwinded confession that consistence seems to be a common thread with my successes and failures.  When I am consistently confident I am consistently courageous, ambitious, strong, resilient and ultimately successful.  Conversely however, when I am consistently allowing outside factors to dictate the balance of my life and ambitions I because lackadaisical, lethargic, uninspired, unfocused and unworthy of my own dreams.

Whew that was more than a mouthful and enough to make me upset at the man in the mirror!

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December 3, 2013

Day 1 of 21

Currently a member of a group of industry people who are focusing on being better next year here is my Day 1 journal entry... Stay Tuned

Day 1

1. Taking an inventory of what you accomplished in 2013, and where you are today.
2. Did you achieve your stated goals for 2013? If not, why not?
3. Are you satisfied with what you accomplished? If not, why not?
4. What were your three greatest achievements?
5. What were your three greatest failures or mistakes?
6. What impediments, if any, held you back?
7. What did you learn from your experiences?
8. What were your big ah-ha moments? What did you learn?

Good evening,

I can honestly say I was blessed with more auditions this year than last year so that leaves in a better place than last year; however, I am certainly not satisfied with that idea alone.

I did not accomplish goals I set forth because I allowed myself to let life dictate how I spent my time instead of balancing things. Although I am grateful for the little success I was blessed with I am certainly not satisfied; furthermore, the fact I must accept is that there truly isn’t anyone to blame but myself.

Three of my better accomplishments were performing a character in a play from scratch, meaning there were no performances preceding my performance to be compared to. Secondly, I was blessed to be a series regular on a web series. Thirdly, I had auditions for network television.

Not certain that I would say I have made “mistakes” that standout nor would I say failures; however, I would say I regret not booking the auditions I had for network television. Secondly, I regret not completing the 6 episode arch of a web-series I am rather proud of. Thirdly, I regret not learning at least one more new monologue to add to me repertoire.

The number one “impediment” I would attribute to my lack of greater successes this year is, allowing life to negatively affect my ambition, drive, and confidence.

I learned that the more and more I procrastinate for whatever reason I attribute it to the more and more I will increase my capacity to procrastinate.

Not certain that I would say I had an “ah ha” moment but I have learned to really think about the things I audition for and determine whether or not I want to be seen that way.
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November 27, 2013

Tribute to Acting Legends

hey family check out the poetry below dedicated to actors I admire... Kings of the Craft in my opinion... oh and if you know which poem belongs to the actor be sure to let me know via the comment section

1) Been reading this BOOK OF ELI to prepare for my TRAINING DAY to become the INSIDE MAN while TAKING PELHAM 123 they called me the MAN ON FIRE but I'm really a HURRICANE gave a few DEJA VU when I ran OUT OF TIME pursuing life the AMERICAN GANGSTER way listening to MO BETTA BLUES becoming a GREAT DEBATER...

2) Been STRAPPED before but it was STRICTLY BUSINESS I live in CROOKLYN so I'm always trying to avoid HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS and stay on my feet but DEAD PRESIDENTS keep calling me met a GIRL 6 she became my LOVE JONES she had another man I told her ROMEO MUST DIE his murder was a TRUE CRIME the cops only saw the EXIT WOUNDS called it a HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE the medical examiner called it a murder after he checked out GREY'S ANATOMY endured some rough weather yep a HURRICANE SEASON now I'm an UNDER SHEPHERD driving round the city in my BLUE CAPRICE because I'm NOT 4 SALE been hurt so I'm a GAME TIME DECISION ...

3) Ran into this DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS she showed me ROSEWOOD had fun on some BOOGIE NIGHTS so I disappeared OUT OF SIGHT learned A LESSON BEFORE DYING side of the road CRASH saw a family crying bodies rotting on the ground at HOTEL RWANDA’s front door got stuck in some TRAFFIC on my way to OCEAN’s 11, 12, and 13 praying ...to God that his mercy REIGN OVER ME they calling me a TRAITOR as I sit with BROOKLYN’s FINEST...

4) Once was the FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR until I claimed my INDEPENCE DAY now I’m one of the MEN IN BLACK and that makes me an ENEMY OF STATE since I’M MADE IN AMERICA they call me a BAD BOY on my voyage to the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS I AM LEGEND in the WILD WILD WEST holding on tight to 7 POUNDS of flesh so I’m a champ with ALI written across my chest so I’m the greatest with no HITCH codename HANCOCK and I’m rich…

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