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Purple Rain Movie Poster


Hi folks,

It’s Wednesday…after a long day of traveling…I am exhausted but happy as a five-year-old at Disneyland!

With lots of effort and careful planning I was able to attend the Purple Rain panel and screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills!

Special thanks to Manuela for mentioning the event on her Facebook page back in July. After two days of waiting, I was able to purchase tickets.

Spent the next few weeks reading and watching whatever behind the scenes articles and video footage about Purple Rain I could find. I got to say, it was great to learn the story behind this Summer blockbuster.

Fast forward to Sunday, I was on the edge of my seat that in another 24 hours I’d be in Los Angeles…

7AM Monday Morning, went about with getting ready and loading up the car…12 hours until the event. After dropping my dogs off at the boarding kennel that was it, right… well about an hour into the trip it almost became a disaster because the outfit I picked out to wear had been left behind! Turned around and went back despite it costing me and my folks an opportunity of getting into town early but worth it nonetheless.

Checked into the hotel around 4pm with just enough time to grab some dinner and change outfits…

If anyone who attended saw me at all, I was the one with jeans, a t-shirt and a blue & white striped sweater.

Traffic was surprisingly good considering this was a Monday… I was born and raised in LA for a good portion of my life so heavy traffic and commuting is nothing new. Word of advice, have snacks and water in your car for this sort of thing.

A short walk through security and one flight of stairs later, I got up to the main auditorium.

The panel hadn’t started though I sadly missed the opening by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ speech and the clip of Prince’s acceptance speech at the Oscars. I did get a nice view of the stage from the back row and had brought along my binoculars which was helpful.

There was plenty of applause as Jerome Benton, Marie France, Jill Jones, Robert Cavallo, Albert Magnoli, Marcus Miller and Reggie Hudlin made their way to the stage one by one. Joseph Ruffalo who was in the audience was given an honorable mention and stood up when his name was called.
However, the audience gave a standing ovation for special guest, Appollonia Kotero!

I will admit from watching the panel it was wonderful hearing the stories of people who worked with Prince in their own words.

I found myself laughing and becoming emotional during the event. Hearing how much these people enjoyed working with Prince along with Appollonia’s heartfelt commentary really gave me an opportunity to learn more about who my cousin was in addition to hearing that those who worked with him had a great deal of love and respect for him.

As the evening went on, I noticed someone getting up from the seats a few rows away from me. He looked so familiar…then I thought… it’s Van Jones! Stepping out into the theater with my Dad and sure enough it was him, in person!  We had an opportunity to talk for a brief moment due his ride coming to pick him up in 20 minutes. It was a pleasant chat. Wasn’t able to take a picture with him but was still great.

My Dad and I ended up staying in the hallway for a few minutes after, saw Reggie Hudlin and Manuela.

I will admit talking with Manuela was just one of the highlights for me that night. I even got a photo with her…

Her exact words: “You’re the only one getting a picture tonight!”

All in all, we hit it off very well.

After the movie ended, people who attended started to leave the auditorium and head downstairs.

Snapped a photo of the Oscar statue on my way out. Got an opportunity to speak with Albert Magnoli, Marie France and Robert Cavallo. They were all wonderful.

I also met other people including Erica Gimpel, also known as Cocoa from the hit TV show Fame.

I did spot Jerome Benton and Cat Glover but missed out on speaking to them, Jill Jones, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Appollonia were nowhere to be found, from what I could see… so they likely took a different exit out of the theater.

I did mention to Robert Cavallo that I had seen his interview on 20/20 back in April… turns out the news crew spent quite a bit of time at his house with 5 cameras!

A few photos and exchange of contact information later, it was time to head outside as the theater was getting ready to close for the night.
A Prince group called The Bumpsquad had a banner set up outside the theater. Various people signed the banner which will be hung on the fence at Paisley Park this weekend. My family was able to sign it before they closed up shop. What I wrote was this:

“Thank you for bringing joy 2 my life… I ♥ you, cousin.”

Anyway… I enjoyed myself and it was great to meet the people who had known my cousin through the years. They did offer their sympathy and commended my efforts to come to the panel and screening… we enjoyed talking that evening.

After leaving, my folks and I stopped for a bite to eat before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep…nothing says LA like a Pink’s hotdog with fries and a Dr. Brown’s cream soda. Then it was lights out.


I hope those I met that night will be the start of some wonderful friendships.

I believe cousin Prince would be happy to know part of his family was in attendance for the event and met some of his longtime friends as well. I certainly will stay in touch.

This being both my first Prince and Academy event was truly special and one I will remember.

I have to say Reggie Hudlin, Marcus Miller, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and anyone else involved did an excellent job for this event.

If I missed meeting anyone else besides Jerome Benton, Appollonia Kotero, Jill Jones, Marcus Miller, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Joseph Ruffalo… I hope we cross paths again one day. The stories you shared about your time together with Prince were definitely music to my ears. I am proud to have him for a cousin and miss Prince every day and will always love him.

To those I met on Monday night: Van Jones, Manuela, Reggie Hudlin, Marie France, Albert Magnoli, Robert Cavallo, Erica Gimpel, Tamika and Laurence, I thank you for your kind words and greatly appreciate a moment of your time. Prince has a special place in everyone’s hearts, mine included.

I hope to see you all again soon.

It was a great Monday night. I couldn’t think of a happier ending to a Summer day.




See you on Friday!




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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 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,

Yes… it’s that Monday again… the day after the Oscars.

As always here’s this year’s winners:


Years ago, I thought the Award Shows, especially the Oscars were the most boring thing on television. Why? well, when you’re  five  the last thing you want to watch on a Sunday night are people giving a speech while holding a small golden statue. In 2005, as my interest in writing and television grew, I began paying more attention to the award shows and other aspects of TV and film.

Since then, I’ve learned different industry terms, names of my favorite studios, production companies, writers, directors, producers, actors, actresses, composers, etc…

In the long run, it made a difference since now I know who’s worked on my favorite TV shows and movies after all these years.

Although I’ve only met a very small number of people in the industry, via in person or on a social network like Facebook and Twitter. There’s several pluses and minuses. Many of these people are interested in their fans, also I’ve heard many times before if a person knows someone in the industry whether he or she is an actor/actress, producer, director or writer, it comes in handy later on. TV writer, Chad Gervich and many other people have pointed out the best thing to do is develop a relationship with the people you’re working with. Start by doing small favors, offer to buy lunch or coffee,   etc…

I’ve found when meeting certain people, I start with a brief hello and introduction. It helps to mention what you know about him or her; which is basically what television series or movie they worked on. Another thing is commenting on how much you like his or her work, whether it’s a script they wrote or their acting.

After getting a couple of words in that’s when I throw in a few things about myself and start a(often short) conversation. Then, it usually ends with taking a photo, exchanging contact information and a “Thank You”.

As a good rule of thumb,if the person I meet has an email address, facebook or twitter account, I do a follow up.  Not only does it keep the line of communication open but also shows that you appreciate him or her taking the time to talk with you one-on-one.

I’ll go into the whole meet and greet/networking topic in another post.

Getting back to the Oscars, thought I’d share a little Academy Award/Black History:

The first black actress to win an Oscar was Hattie McDaniel. She won the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for her role as ‘Mammy’ in Gone with the Wind in 1939.( Back then, African-Americans sat in the back of theater.).

Since then, many black actresses have gone on to win an Academy Award, among them are: Halle Barry(2001), Mo’Nique(2009) and now Octavia Spencer(2012).

The film, Guess Who’s Coming to dinner? won Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture in 1967. At the time, the film was considered groundbreaking because the premise was centered around interracial marriage which was a subject of controversy in the 1960s. Though it was a positive portral. Since then, the film was given a spot on AFI’s 100 movies, 100 years list. Since then, the film has become the subject of pop culture and many references have been made in TV shows and movies.

Black film director, Spike Lee’s film Do the right thing was nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 1989 and his other movie, Driving Miss Daisy, starring Morgan Freeman took home Best Picture that same year.

African-American Actor, Samuel Jackson broke the record for highest grossing film actor of all-time.

Michael Jackson, performed at the Oscars in 1973 and was given a huge round of applause at the 2010 Academy Award, Memorial tribute.

Also, if anyone thinks Viola Davis should’ve won Best Actress, I have to agree on that one.

Still, how about changing the song used for the Oscars? Don’t get me wrong, Hooray for Hollywood is a classic but there aren’t too many people who know the song. It’d be nice if this was used for a change. Hey, they used in an episode of Martin and the movie Roll Bounce, so why not?

Hollywood Swingin’- Kool & The Gang (ft Jamiroquai)

Seriously though, if my script/movie gets snubbed one year, watch out and be prepared to duck some hot grits!

(For those that live down south, you get the idea).

Found this monologue by Chris Rock from the 77th Academy Awards from the 2005/2006 movie season.


Chris Rock Oscar Monologue


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Hey folks,

I know it’s kind of late, had I known the BAFTA’s were on I’d have watched. But anyhow, Octavia Spencer won for best supporting actress. Take a gander:

Winners & Nominees


Well now all that’s left is the granddaddy of award shows… the Academy Awards!

Look for an Oscar related post the monday after the awards.

See ya then!


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Hey folks!

With the Academy Awards a couple weeks away, just thought I’d post this interesting article.

Seriously, two songs nominated for Best Original Song?

Take a look:

Why There Are Only Two Nominees for Best Original Song


Even Mary J. Blige herself wasn’t keen on her song “The Living Proof” snubbed and for good reason.

If my work got snubbed and it was something really good, I’d feel like chopped liver too.

In all honestly, five nominees in the Best Original Song category would’ve made things interesting.

Whoever coined the phrase “That’s Hollywood” obviously doesn’t know what he or she was talking about at least in this and many other cases.

I’m hoping I’ll never hear that in life.

I’ve heard of many cases where writers have sold their work and the rewrites were the exact opposite of what they had in mind though there are new ways that help writers retain their rights and have their stories told as is.

Aside from that, Make sure all Is are dotted and Ts are crossed before getting into anything.

The fine print and terms of use on websites is there for a reason.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the Oscars.

Might mix up some cupcakes or brownies for the occasions. Not quite sure yet, still up in the air.

On another note, there’s a teleconference coming up, will post how that goes.

See ya on Friday!





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Hey folks, not much to say today. I’m currently trying not to catch a cold.

Went out to Santa Monica Beach today. Took some great photos, saw 4 Western Fence Lizards, 2 squirrels and several birds. Most of which were seagulls and pigeons. Noticed a lot of ladybugs,  bees and 3 butterflies too.

Overall, it was a nice day to visit the beach and see the ocean.

Will post photos later.

As of yesterday, this year’s Academy Award nominees have been announced and here they are:


Sadly, I won’t be L.A. the whole week as originally planned.

I’ll be leaving for Vegas tomorrow and coming back to L.A. on Saturday.

Will continue to post updates as the Awards get closer.

See ya on Friday!

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