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Hey folks…

Last night the American Music Awards aired on ABC.

Though the show wasn’t anything to write home about, the highlight was that Purple Rain won Soundtrack of the Year, exactly 32 years after the movie was released in theaters and became a box office hit and the album sold 20 million copies. The film and album are what helped my cousin to become a household name.

But anyway, here’s a short piece I wrote that I wanted to share…grab yourself a kleenix tissue…you’re going to need it! I’ve titled this piece…

U and I…


The year 1066 is where our family history begins. The Nelson, Carmichael and Clark clans of England, Scotland and Ireland once had a seat of power, some were Chiefs and Lords, others held the title of the oldest Royal clans to rule over their homelands.  600 years later, these three families sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of a better life away from the hardships of their former home. As time went on, more and more of them left the highlands and coasts of the United Kingdom for the Eastern seaboard of America. These families eventually spread out and headed South. 100 some years ago, our ancestors crossed paths in the states of Alabama and Louisiana. Some born as slaves or children of masters. After years of hardship and long suffering, they were finally free!
Eventually they went their separate ways, some remaining in the South, the others headed North to Minnesota. Generations later, they’ve all since passed on…you came before me and I’ve missed you since you’ve been gone. For years, I knew I was different but unbeknownst to me, you were out there and felt the same way too. If only I knew, somehow, somewhere there was someone like me whose looks and personalities were nearly identical to my own.
Your uphill struggle against those who set out to break you down, gave me hope that one day I too will overcome my own battles and rise up like you did. There are those who are skeptical and doubt we are related but I see it every day as I learn more from those who knew you.

I miss you day to day, but the same blood that runs in my veins will always stay.

Though we were miles and years apart, there is no distance between loved ones and their hearts.

All these years I have walked through the streets of LA, the Bay Area, Vegas and New York City, not knowing that during any of those times, there was a chance we could meet.
This time last year, you were still here…If only I knew what I know now, I would have contacted you…somehow. As days go by, I remind myself there’s a place for you… not in a heavenly atmosphere but on a paradise Earth, whenever it gets here.

Where your journey ends, is where I hope mine begins. You set a great example that I’ll never forget. Every day I think of you as I try to keep it together, but there are moments that still get to my heart. You and I are alike in more ways than one, if only you were still here, we could talk face to face. The story of our ancestors is one I’ll gladly tell. From the coastal highlands of the United Kingdom to the cotton fields of Alabama and Louisiana and the front gate of Paisley Park; our family has come a long way. One hundred years and four generations later, the journey’s not over yet. Our family has a rich history that many have yet to know. You told stories through your music and there’s one more that is still unsung. I look forward to writing that story in memory of you and hope it will help ease the pain of missing a chance to walk with you in the Purple Rain…

Purple Rain-Best Soundtrack American Music Awards 2016.

Thanks for reading.

See you on Wednesday!


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Hi All,

And it’s Monday!

Watched the BET Awards last night and I must say, this was one of the best award shows I have seen in a long time.

However, I must confess, no words can express the mix of emotions I felt while watching in my living room. Talented people such as Jennifer Hudson and others honoring Prince with a tribute that would have no doubt brought tears to his eyes had he been in the audience. But what made watching the awards rather hard for me had to be the fact the very person being honored with a tribute is also the one whose blood runs through my veins. Prince was honored at the 2010 BET Awards and also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

But Sunday night’s program had its share of comedy, drama and highlighting what Blacks have achieved this year.

Jesse Williams’ speech was  truly inspiring. With the conflicts involving Black residents and law enforcement making headlines in recent years in addition to the lack of diversity at this year’s Academy Awards, Blacks are trying harder than ever to make changes for people of color.

As a Black person myself, I never thought I’d experience this level of adversity in my adult life.

Sadly, humanity has been divided by racial differences since ancient times. From powerful empires conquering other lands to modern day brutality and other hardships in school, the job site and daily life as a whole.

I have seen and experienced quite a few of the issues that effect people of color first hand.

But, enough of that for now.

Tracy Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson kept the night entertaining with several comedy sketches throughout the award show one of which included Anthony asking Tracy the question:

“Why are we dressed like the White people in Roots?”

The icing on the cake was the final performance by Sheila E featuring Jerome Benton from The Time and many of Prince’s former band members. Sheila E went to great lengths and poured her heart out on stage.

I found myself in tears by the end of her tribute. Prince was truly her heart and it’s certainly clear as day that Sheila E loves him.

She deserves some recognition for her hard work… Black Girls Rock Awards, anyone?

In all honesty, this year’s BET Awards was over the top!

While I have not been able to attend any of the Prince events that have been held in Los Angeles, New York City and Minneapolis, I hope something will come along in the future or that Paisley Park becomes a museum.

For anyone that was at the BET Awards or participated in the Prince tribute. Great job!

See ya on Wednesday!

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Hey folks,

With February and Black History month coming to a close I thought I’d finish out this month’s blog posts with the nominees and winners list from the NAACP Awards:



Keep an eye out for more black related stories and updates later this year.

See ya in March…

Stay Black!


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Hey folks,

Well it’s the day after the Oscars and I’ll be honest… I hope the Academy doesn’t hire Seth MacFarlene again… really, I wouldn’t want him to be hosting if I win an Oscar for one of my scripts, movies or short films one day…


Anyway, here’s the list of this years winners



I’ll admit the Academy  Awards are entertaining, but this year was… well, I wasn’t impressed. The Academy Awards are the most watched TV broadcast next to the Superbowl. Still I hope next year’s award show will be as good as the 2010 show was with Steve Martin. In other news the NAACP award winners are now online.  Will have those posted soon.


See ya on Wednesday!



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Hey folks,

Well, it’s Monday again.

Anyway… with last night’s Golden Globes and the announcement of the Oscar nominees it can only mean one thing…

Award season is open again!

Other award shows include S.A.G. Critics Choice, People’s Choice ,BAFTA, NAACP, and the Grammys leading up to The Oscars, the biggest most watched award show.

I’ll be watching that’s for sure, like I have been since 2005.

Will post my plans for Oscar night once I things sorted out.

See ya on Wednesday!

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Hey y’all it’s Friday!

As of yesterday, the Academy announced this years Oscar nominees.

I’ll admit, years ago I used to think award shows were the most boring thing on television then when my interest in writing for film and TV increased I started watching them more. Since 2005, I’ve never looked back in terms of watching award shows.

I hope a script of mine gets nominated for an award one day.

Hey, a person can dream can’t they?

All the nominees this year can be found online at oscar.go.com.

The Academy Awards airs Sunday February 2nd, so check your listings for the time. Uh, not counting the red carpet walk…

I have a few ideas in mind for what I’d like to do on Oscar night, by that I mean a nice dinner and dessert. In the meantime, there’s plenty of award shows coming up: Golden Globes, BAFTA and others.

So stay tuned for updates.

See ya on Monday!

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Hey folks,

Well it’s the day after the Emmys.

I’ll admit I used to think award shows were the most boring thing on television. No seriously, I did! but now I look forward to watching them. Why? as an aspiring writer, I check out the award nominees and watch the actual show. It’s not only entertaining, I do learn something and it’s a source of inspiration.

I’ve even written my own acceptance speeches!

One of my favorite writers, Earl Kress won Emmy awards for various animated series back in the 1990s.

A year before he passed last fall, I met him at Comic-Con 2010.

Great guy.

It takes a lot of work to write, produce and direct a show, but somebody’s gotta do it. Even the Emmys and other award shows require planning.

I’ll be doing some posts on this somewhere down the line. So stay tuned!

See ya on Wednesday!

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