Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's been nearly three weeks ...

... since I posted last and I'm not even going to give you an explanation. I will say that a lot has happened since I posted last so let's get right down to it.

First off, did you all have the opportunity to catch any of the episodes of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta?" I hope so. I don't often get sucked into reality TV but this was too good to pass up.

L to R: Lisa Wu Hartwell, Deshawn Snow, Kim Zolciak, Nene Leakes and Sheree Whitfield

Ya'll, this show has everything I enjoy in a TV show - comedy, drama, a villain - you name it, it's in the show.

For those of you who don't know, this is the latest installment of Bravo's "The Real Housewives ..." series. Bravo just premiered the fourth season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and they had an installment of The Real Housewives of New York."

Much like many TV shows, there was not much, if any, representation of African Americans on Bravo's original programming. So of course when they extended the series to ATL, you know the majority of them were going to be of the African American persuasion.

Anyway, this is the best reality TV show I have seen since the second season of "The Real World." I love it and I loved the reunion show even more. I don't know who cast this show but they did an outstanding job of it.
I will so be waiting for next season because this show made Tuesday nights worth turning on the TV. It also made me thankful for my situation. So, as a treat to you for being gone so long, here's a clip from the show.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Obama - The Movie

So, last night, a friend and I were talking about the fact that there has to be a movie about President-Elect Barack Obama's life coming out.

We're not sure when, we don't know who would do it, but I thought why shouldn't I cast the movie and post it here for you guys to weigh in?

I have chosen several people who I think would fit certain parts. I am going to show you a split screen photo of the actor along with the person I want them to play and I'll give my reasons. Keep in mind that this is simply my opinion of what I would like to see and who I would like to see. The comment section is for you all to weigh in or to give your suggestions of who would make the better actor for the role. A'ight?

OK. First of all, this movie has got to be a Spike Lee Joint. Nothing would do my heart better than to see opening credits that read, "40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks" and "OBAMA" in all caps.

Barack Obama

That handsome brother on the left is Roger Guenveur Smith. I know you've seen him in several Spike Lee Joints including "Do the Right Thing," "School Daze," "Malcolm X" and others. The thing I remember him for most though is his one-man show "A Huey P. Newton Story," in which he wrote and starred. That too was directed by Spike Lee.

The man to the right of that needs no introduction as every person in the free world who has eyes can identify him. That is none other than Will Smith. We all know his work "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Ali," "Independence Day" and of course the list goes on and on.

Either of them would work because they are both phenomenal actors. Obviously, Roger Smith fits the part because he looks the part with the light skin. Will Smith also fits the part because he has the ears for it.

I think that Evan Ross should be tapped to play a young Obama. He's becoming a good actor and I think he could probably fit the part, after he's had a tan. What do you think?

Michelle Obama

Ladies and gentlemen, Gabrielle Union. *applause* I like her, she's pretty, she's confident and I think she could pull this off. I think she can be aged to show Michelle getting older.

Malia and Sasha

OK, of course there aren't many children of color on television and in movies, but I picked these two because I think they can pull off the parts.

On the left is China Anne McClain, she starred in Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls and she is perhaps best known as Jazmin on Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She is feisty and sometimes too grown for her own good, but I think she'd make a perfect Sasha, that's the baby girl who loves the camera.

The little diva on the right is Willow Smith, Will and Jada's baby. She seems to have a lot of personality with her too, but I think that she's a little older than China and I think that they would be the perfect ones to play the small roles.

Barack's Parents
I think Jane Krakowski and Djimon Hounsou would be the best actors to play his parents. When I saw the picture of Obama as a child sitting on the fence with his mother supporting his back, I immediately thought of the "Ally McBeal" actress.

I think they look a lot alike and Krakowski has that wide-eyed innocence that his mother has in all the pictures I've seen of her. And Hounsou looks like he could be the stern man Obama wrote about in his book "Dreams From My Father."
Shoot, put some Malcolm X glasses on that brother and make him put on his serious face and I'll bet he'll look like Obama Sr.
To me, Hounsou and Obama Sr., share a lot of the same facial features and they both have smiles that look like they light up the room. Now I can't tell by the picture what Obama Sr., really looks like but I know Hounsou is a gorgeous man and if Obama Sr., made Obama II, he had to be a handsome feller in his own right.

Stanley and Madelyn Dunham (Obama's grandparents)

I happen to think that Robert Duval and Sharon Gless from TV's "Cagney and Lacey" would be great as his grandparents.

Not really hearing a lot about his grandparents in the media, I am going solely on looks and acting ability. In his book, I read that his grandparents were his rock and the people he looked up to for a lot of his wisdom and well, don't they look wise to you?

Maya Soetoro-Ng (his sister)

When I saw his sister, I thought that the only person who could possibly play her is Thandie Newton. These two look so much alike and Newton is a great actress. You guys probably remember her as Terrance Howard's wife on "Crash." She also has a major role in this year's movie "W" as Condoleeza Rice. I know, she looks nothing like her, but that is neither here nor there.

Joe Biden

I think Will Ferrell will make the best Joe Biden in Hollywood. First off, I know Ferrell is a comedic actor, but Biden is one funny dude. I had the opportunity to observe him at a rally earlier this year.
He says exactly what's on his mind and I think that Ferrell is probably like that at home. Plus, they both have that same crooked smile that looks like, "I just farted."
Everyone else, I just post their names and pictures and you can tell me what you thing, OK?

Brian Dennehy as John McCain

Tina Fey or Megan Mullally as Sarah Palin

Glenn Close as Hillary Clinton

Eric Dane as Bill Clinton

Paula Newsome as Oprah Winfrey

Jeffrey Wright as Jeremiah Wright

Who did I miss and what do you think of my picks for the characters?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

America the Beautiful

It is indeed a wonderful day to be an American. It is an even better one to be a black American. I'm feeling so good, I'm downright speechless. Imagine that, Smarty Jones, speechless. Who woulda thunk it?
At any rate, enjoy the sounds of the late great Ray Charles in his rendition of "America the Beautiful." Oh how beautiful she is.