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MoonChyld’s Entertainment – New Edition Finally Tells Their Story

Director Chris Robinson with his amazing cast. 1st l-r: Elijah Kelly (Ricky), Algee Smith (Ralph), Bryshere Y. Gray (Biv) 2nd l-r: Keith Powers (Ronnie), Woody McClain (Bobby)

5 boys from Boston & 1 from Washington, D.C. like any kid, had dreams of becoming rich and famous. What they didn’t know was the trials & tribulations that would come with it. But like most things in life, it doesn’t come easy. This would be an ongoing lesson for this legendary R&B group. I say legendary because like the phoenix, they came from the ashes again and again. The BET Network presented the story of New Edition in a 3-part mini-series that began on January 24th, and was rebroadcast in mid-February and saved on many of DVRs. Each segment was 2 hours long and provided a flow so smooth that just when you’re approaching a big turning point, it’s the end and you’re left to wait for the next part to see how the moment unfolds. This has got to be the best biopic music story told to date. I say this because it was very thorough and all six members of the group were involved in the process of film.

The cast was well put together and you can tell by the finished product that with both the past & present portrayals these guys meant business. There were some familiar faces as well as some new ones and a face we all haven’t seen in a while. The story starts in the late 70’s and concludes with their performance at the BET Silver Anniversary Special. The music brings back great memories of our childhood going into our teen years. You know where you were when you heard songs like ‘Candy Girl’, ‘If It Isn’t Love’ and ‘I’m Still In Love With You’. What we didn’t know was the drama that they went through over the years. We knew some of it but not things like how shady Maurice Starr was seeing dollar signs with Ralph as a solo artist, Bobby not being the only member in the group who battled substance abuse or how it seemed that the guys were pressured to vote Bobby out of the group by a manager that was more deceitful than Pebbles was to TLC.

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These young stars brought the business as the younger versions of the iconic R&B group. Their performances were very impressive and it’s certain we will see more of them. L-R: Caleb McLaughlin (Ricky), Jahi Di’Allo Winston (Ralph), Tyler Marcel Williams (Bobby), Donte Hoagland (Mike), Myles Truitt (Ronnie)

New Edition is a group with strong aspirations to make it to musical stardom and do what they love to do – make music and perform on stage around the world; they did that and more. Many were astonished at how Ralph sounded so much like Michael Jackson with ‘Candy Girl’; some did have the belief it was him until they heard the bridge. This was the beginning of the roller coaster ride that is their career.

The Cast

Ricky “Slick” Bell (Caleb McLaughlin – past/Elijah Kelley – present)

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Ricky knew there was something special in Bobby, Mike and himself; even after Bobby’s failed attempt at the local talent show. Once their friend Ralph joined the group they began to perform in local talent shows & became a hit. After they were offered recoding contract from Maurice Starr & brought Ronnie into the group, they felt they were on their way. In keeping with his look from the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things, Caleb was definitely staying in the element of nostalgia as the 1970’s version of Mr. Bell. Elijah reminded us that not only is he a dancer (Take the Lead), he can also sing (The Wiz Live).

Mike Bivins (Dante Hoagland – past/Bryshere “Yazz the Greatest” Gray – present)

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It seems that Mike always has a mind for business; that he was the mouthpiece of the group. He was an avid basketball player as a kid but music is where he shined – especially as an executive. When he saw that the group was not getting their just due, he took matters into his own hands. Now the guys may not have thought this was the best move for the group but in the end, it proved otherwise. While Dante showed us that Mike doesn’t take anything from anyone including Maurice Starr, Bryshere was a great choice to portray the man that brought us Boyz II Men & ABC. His eagerness to learn the business and taking in the wisdom of Jheryl Busby shaped Biv to be the business man he is today.

Bobby Brown (Tyler Marcel Williams – past/Woody McCalin – present)

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Another great casting choice came in the form of Williams. As the young Brown, he reminded us – despite those that either want to disagree or are afraid to admit it to themselves – of how ahead of his time and was beyond ready to make it big. McClain (in his first acting role) would add on to what his younger counterpart started. He brought it as the bad boy of the group. Even Bobby admitted that over time he did become a hot head as the group’s success continuously risen.

Ralph “Rizz” Tresvant (Jahi Di’Allo Winston – past/Algee Smith – present)

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As the story goes, Ralph was Rick’s recommendation in being part of the group. His voice was – as the saying goes – one of wonder & surprise. So much so, Maurice Starr wondered if he could bank off Ralph as a solo artist and was surprised at the answer he received. If you were one of the many who followed their career over the years, then you know he stuck it out with the group. Jahi was the softer side who started out as shy to Algee’s portrayal as the artist known for his ‘Sensitivity’. It’s understandable for him to have felt that the weight of the group’s longevity rested on his shoulders. After all, he did unofficially become the main lead singer of the group.

Ronnie DeVoe (Myles Truitt – past/Keith Powers – present)

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Another first-time actor – Truitt – presented the innocence of Brooke Payne’s nephew. He wanted to be a part of the group but being related to Brooke wasn’t enough; he had to audition. Ronnie made sure he secured a position in the group by proving to the rest of the guys that he also had what it takes to go after something you want. Powers maintained the tone that is Ronnie’s personality as the peacekeeper and a self-proclaimed mellow fellow. This isn’t his first time acting in a musical setting; he played Dr. Dre’s brother in Straight Outta Compton.

Johnny Gill (Luke James – Black Nativity, 2-time Grammy Award Nominee)

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Johnny was a successful artist in his own right with hits like ‘Perfect Combination’ with then girlfriend Stacy Lattisaw. He was also friends with the group before the thought of joining was a topic of discussion. Two albums after Bobby was voted out of the group, Johnny was brought in – another Biv suggestion – and a new level was added to their sound. In the beginning, Ralph wasn’t too keen on the idea but in the end found that he was good for the group.

We wouldn’t have this group in our lives if it weren’t for the women who brought them into this world. These four talented women were very proud of their boys but the joy didn’t last when it came to getting the money this group has worked so hard for. Remember the check for a whopping 1.87?

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These 5 awesome ladies have not skipped on the talent we’ve known for them to have over the years. It was especially Lisa back in the game. L-R: Monica Calhoun, Sandi McCree, Lisa Nicole Carson, Yvette Nicole Brown & La La Anthony

Mae Bell – Ricky’s Mother (Lisa Nicole Carson – Ally McBealLove Jones)

It’s been some time since we saw Lisa. She brought her homegirl swag to the mother of this talented young man. It was great to see her back on screen. Hope to see more of her in the future.

Shirley Bivins – Mike’s Mother (Yvette Nicole Brown – Community, Talking Dead)

For those who have watched Community or Talking Dead, you know she added a few elements of herself into the role. She was supportive and it shows Shirley had a trusting relationship with her son.

Carole Brown – Bobby’s Mother (Sandie McCree – The Wire, Leverage, Boomtown)

Well known as De’Londa Brice on the HBO series The Wire, Sandie brought the toughness to her portrayal as the mother of the Grammy Award winning singer. Now we know where Bobby got it from.

Patricia Tresvant – Ralph’s Mother (Monica Calhoun – The Best Man, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Trois 2: Pandora’s Box)

Monica kept it as soft as she did in The Best Man films. She presented Patricia as a very loving mother to her children. Even though it wasn’t materialized much, you can tell Mama Tresvant did the best she could for her children. What mother hasn’t right?

Flo DeVoe – Ronnie’s Mother (La La Anthony – Power, Think Like a Man 1&2, Single Ladies)

The former MTV VJ has obtained a successful career as an actress. She is the right choice for the best friend be it in a movie or television show. She deserves to have a movie with a great supporting cast.

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The movie stayed true to the content of each album cover including the above platinum selling album Home Again.

As mentioned earlier, we learned a lot from each member. Some we already knew; some we were surprised to learn over the course of the film. In the early days, Maurice Starr approached Ralph with interest in making him a solo artist but Ralph being the loyal person that he is when it comes to the group turned him down. It was either the group or nothing at all; Maurice went with the former. There was also Ricky’s battle with substance abuse. It was one that he of course won and his wife played a big part in that. He has taken his new lease on life and hasn’t looked back since. Bobby being voted out of the group looked to be a decision based on the pressure of their then manager Gary. His feelings for the R&B singer was not one of positivity. If anything, he felt quite threatened and hated the realization that he couldn’t keep him under his thumb; Bobby was hardcore honest.

Gary can easily be a combination of people who were managers of New Edition’s at the time of their second & third albums New Edition & All for Love respectively. What they didn’t know was they weren’t really signed with MCA Records while he was their manager, they were in fact signed to his production company; this allowed him to have a nice helping of the New Edition pie. Something that Biv happened to stumble upon and Jheryl Busby (Tank) explained to him. Something that can be viewed as rare in the industry, but it’s easy to see that Mr. Busby saw something more in Biv than just a music artist.

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Wood Harris made an unintentional revelation as Brooke Payne. Remember when people thought that was Jamie Foxx in the If It Isn’t Love video? That was actually their manager Brooke!

The glue that kept this group together despite the dramas and conflicting egos was their first & current manager Brooke Payne played nicely by Wood Harris (The Wire, Remember the Titans); as mentioned earlier is Ronnie DeVoe’s uncle. He gave them the tools to be the polished group they still are today. Considering how the group was being taken for granted Brooke shouldn’t have been released despite how Bobby’s mother felt.

Like many who have followed the R&B music group’s journey, the music took me back to many points in my life. Those great summers, the first crush and the first heartbreak; no pun intended. The actors portraying the members of the group did their own singing. Luke sang as powerful as Johnny did when he recorded the hits Can You Stand the Rain & My, My, My. The telling of their story brought with it details and characters such as Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; the actor portraying Jimmy Jam was on point. If I were to pick out the breakout stars in this biopic I would say it’s Caleb (young Ricky) and Woody (present Bobby).

This biopic miniseries qualifies for the phrase “a long time coming”, there’s no denying that. The beauty of this coming to fruition is that unlike The Temptations miniseries, all six members were part in the telling of their story. And it indeed was a great one. Another plus to the legacy to this group is that they are – believe it or not – living happy lives.

Where are they now?

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BBD is going strong and their most recent album, Three Stripes, is a hit.

Ricky, Mike & Ronnie – They are still going strong as the iconic trio BBD entertaining their longtime fans as well as new ones. Mike is still a mainstay as a music industry executive & Ronnie has a successful real estate agency in Atlanta – DeVoe Broker Associates. They released a new critically acclaimed album in January titled Three Stripes.

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Although it’s great that these three have come together and tour from time to time as Heads of State, one does wonder if they would ever release an album.

Bobby, Ralph & Johnny – These three crooners came together and formed the group Heads of State. They have naturally developed a following and although he has been calmer these days, Bobby still has his moments of commanding the stage. He released a memoir titled Every Little Step which chronicles the ups and downs of his life. Johnny also tours as a solo artist and continues to write music. Ralph has a radio show called Inside the Ride with Ralph on the Boston’s WZBR 1410 AM.

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L-R: Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Johnny Gill, Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown & Ricky Bell attend a ceremony honoring New Edition with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Los Angeles.

In connection to the release of this miniseries, they were presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Brooke Payne, Jam & Lewis and former BET Programming President Stephen Hill were at attendance.

The guys still tour together – yes, all six of them. The way they put on a show is like riding a bicycle; once they get on that stage it’s like no time has passed. They have shown that despite all the drama, they are men with a strong bond of brotherhood that has become stronger over the years. They know that no matter what, they can always come Home Again.

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The New Edition Story was a huge hit for the BET Network. They can thank the lifelong fans of the group for the high ratings.

That’s my opinion and everyone is entitled to one.

T. S. Jones

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MoonChyld’s Entertainment: Gilmore Girls Revival – Return to Stars Hollow

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After 8 years and a new fan base thanks to Netflix, one of our favorite stories was brought back into our lives. Lorelai, Rory and the rest of the Stars Hollow family return with a new chapter in the story of their lives in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Despite the show ending in 2007, no one skipped a beat in being the characters that we grew to know and love. It would be wonderful to see this as an ongoing series in this format, especially with the streaming program providing a home and following for other original shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black & Fuller House.

This new chapter begins with Rory returning home from London while achieving her dreams as a writer in the form of a freelance journalist who has reached a crossroads in her life. The beauty of this part in her journey of life is that she is not alone; she has her mother & BFF Lorelai in her corner. Like most of us that have experienced the ups and downs of embarking on the defining years which are the 30’s, we can certainly relate to Rory. Trying to find ones place in this world is an experience in itself; it would have been nice to have a Stars Hollow to go to. The overall wonder of A Year in the Life is that everyone was at attendance to portray the characters we enjoyed watching for 7 seasons; almost everyone. The following of some of this writer’s highlight moments of the 4-part event:

The Loss of a Family Member On & Off Screen 

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Although Richard (Edward Hermann) is gone, his presence will be greatly felt. Greatly…

The loss of the show’s patriarch Richard Gilmore who was wonderfully portrayed by Edward Herrmann was greatly felt by not only the viewers but also the cast. With the first segment – Winter – we see in a flashback the funeral services for Richard and how the grand loss made an impact on Lorelai, Rory and especially his wife Emily.

 The Band Still Plays On

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Stars Hollow favorite indie rock band – Hep Alien (the & now) – returns for the revival. Sebastian Bach (not included in the bottom pic) makes an appearance as well.

Lane, Zack (Todd Lowe aka Terry Bellefleur from True Blood), Brian and Gil (Skid Row’s lead singer Sebastian Bach) returned to the show and are till rockin on like they always have. Zack is still Zack and it’s beautiful to see that he & Lane’s love is still so strong. Their kids Kwan & Steve are mentioned but not seen unfortunately. Even Miss Kim shows her face and of course she hasn’t changed. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 The Loves of Rory’s Life

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Logan (Matt Czuchry), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) & Dean (Jared Padalecki) still have special places in Rory’s heart.

Logan, Jess & Dean – Oh my! These three guys have each contribute the defining character that is Rory. Each of them brought something out in Rory that combined the person she is today. As it shows in this four parter; Logan has played a big part in her life as of late. While working in London, Rory was staying with Logan and as much as we would like to have seen them as the it couple that wasn’t the case. They are just very close friends. Jess – to me – really got to the heart of who Rory is; he truly understood her vulnerability and embraced it. It seems that his character Jake from the new NBC hit show This Is Us rubbed off a little on Jesse. Dean & Rory run into each other at the local market and it seems like things are going well for him and hi family; they even share an inside joke – corn starch.

Lorelai Runs Into A few Familiar Faces 

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A Proud Mom (Laure Graham) with her two girls (Alexis Bledel – Gilmore Girls & Mae Whitman – Parenthood)

A few years after the ending of Gilmore Girls, Lauren Graham went on to being one of the stars of another hit show on NBC called Parenthood. On this show her character Sarah Braverman was part of a big family where we saw another great mother/daughter relationship she shared with Mae Whitman (Amber). Mae made a cameo on the show as a passerby in NYC as Marcy while Lorelai was visiting Rory who was working on an article: she shared a bagel with Marcy.

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Graham has a little fun with close friend Jason Ritter (top) & boyfriend Peter Krause (bottom).

The next cameos were as awesome as they were Jason Ritter & Peter Krause who were her boyfriend Mark Cyr & brother Adam Braverman on Parenthood respectively. They played park rangers who Lorelai encountered while participating in a hike reminiscent of The Wild; she was doing the book version. Fun trivia: Peter (Park Ranger #2) is Lauren’s boyfriend in real life. In my opinion she enjoyed sharing a scene with him as shown in her flirtatious dialogue. It was wonderful to see these three key actors working with her again. Showed a true testament to her as a good friend & colleague. 

 

Paris & Doyle Reunited – Not So Much 

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Liza & Danny made for one of the most memorable couples in television as Paris & Doyle.

While on hiatus from ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, Liza Weil returned to the character that made her a household name – the one and only Paris Geller. She did become the doctor a lot of us expected her to be; she is however still a success. Paris runs a fertility clinic called Dynasty Makers in New York and she does see Rory every now and then as her place is one of Rory’s places to crash. If you remember, Paris was in a relationship with the editor of Yale’s newspaper Yale Daily News – one Doyle McMaster portrayed by Danny Strong. Doyle is now a successful screenwriter in Hollywood (possible nod to Strong’s work on Game Change, The Butler & Empire) and they have children; a boy & girl. Paris was like a pair of shoes Liza slipped into and it was still a perfect fit; like no time passed. She and Doyle are still as opinionated as ever – of each other these days.

The Brigade Returns

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Robert (Nick Holmes), Colin (Alan Loayza) & Finn (Tanc Sade) join Logan in cheering up Rory.

Logan, Colin, Robert & Finn come to Rory’s rescue for it seems to be for another fun filled adventure with the Life & Death Brigade. They provided the right amount of wanting distractions that Rory needed as she was trying to figure out her next writing project. Colin was so much in the spirit of the festivities that he bought not only the table club they went to but also the quaint bed & breakfast they slept at afterwards. This writer likes Finn out of Logan’s friends; he’s such a sweetheart.

 Carole King’s Presence is Greatly Felt

 

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Award winning singer/songwriter Carole King returns & shares more of her musical gifts in the Gilmore Girls revival.

Legendary singer/songwriter Carole King reprises her role of Sophie, Star Hollow’s music store owner. She not only co-wrote the theme song to this loving show Where You Lead (it was a 1971 hit that was revamped for the show), she also sang the song with her daughter Louise Goffin for the show. During her appearance on the revival, she performed a few bars of one of her many hit songs I Feel the Earth Move on the piano. To which Taylor objects to as an addition to their town’s musical event. What does Taylor know about what good music is right?

Fun Trivia: The title of each episode – Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall – is a line taken from another one of Carole’s hit songs You’ve Got a Friend.

From the Authority to the D.A.R.

 

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Toni could pass for a relative of Hennesy’s True Blood character Rosalyn.

Carolyn Hennesy, who was also on the HBO series True Blood as Authority member Rosalyn Harris, showed up on the revival as Toni – a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) alongside Emily Gilmore. She looked like she took Rosalyn’s wardrobe and made it her own. Even Emily was annoyed by her. Now that is a moment worth seeing.  

 

The Dragonfly Inn has It’s Team Back

 

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Sookie (Melissa McCarthy), Michele (Yanic Truesdale) & Lorelai (Graham) back together again. As it was meant to be.

The Dragonfly Inn is still a successful business in Stars Hollow with Michele as the ever-blunt concierge there is never a dull moment at the B&B. There is that missing piece which is Jackson’s wife Sookie who at the beginning of the revival is at a retreat keeping her culinary skills on A-List level. We do get a wonderful surprise in the end in seeing Sookie come back to be there for her best friend.  

 

Sometimes Father Doesn’t Know Best

 

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Rory may have a stable relationship these days with her father Christopher (David Sutcliffe) but there’s always something missing.

Rory goes to visit her father, Christopher, before beginning a book project wanted to get some clarification as to why he wasn’t a significant presence in her life; leaving Lorelai to be a single mother. To put it as plainly as he could – they agreed it was in Rory’s best interest. That’s it unfortunately. Nothing more…nothing less. Many can empathize with her reaction to that. 

 

Emily’s Mourning Period

 

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There was definitely a collective shock to see Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) in jeans. Jeans!!!

Those of us that have felt the loss of a loved one can understand the many emotions that Emily Gilmore was going through after losing her husband Richard. But what we didn’t expect was to see the family matriarch in jeans – ever. You knew then that Emily was at a loss; Lorelai expressed our shock & surprise at the sight of Emily in her jeans.  

 

Mother & Daughter Make a Breakthrough

 

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While on her trip, Lorelai came to grips with the loss of her father and called the one person who felt the loss as much as she…her mother.

After the funeral services, a few of Richard’s friends shared stories with Emily about her husband. However, when it got the Lorelai she was at a loss for words. While on her trip, Lorelai had a moment of clarity and called her mother and shared a heartfelt moment she had as a teenager with her father. This was a major step in their relationship for sure and this writer could be happier. 

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this Stars Hallow resident… 

Kirk…Kirk…Kirk…

 

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Kirk & his pet pig Petal. Who else but Kirk would own a pig right?

Kirk is still at it being the eccentric yet loveable guy that is continuously trying to create a business for himself and he’s still running the town’s movie theater.

 

 

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Get your favorite snacks, coffee, turn on Netflix & enjoy!!

These moments and so much more were wonderful to see and it was just as great to revisit. Gilmore Girls: A Year in The Life gave those that followed the show some closure & answers to many inquiries of what everyone is up to since Rory left to be a commentator for the Barack Obama campaign. To see this installment to the series showed that they were more than a group consisting of a cast, crew, writer, producers, songwriters, music supervisors and directors; they were a family. A beautiful family from a small & quaint Connecticut town where the best cup of coffee is served by a man name Luke.

 

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And those last 4 words – OMG!! You must see it for yourself to find out…if you haven’t already.

That’s my opinion & everyone is entitled to one.

T. S. Jones

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Prince: The Loss of a Musical Prodigy

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Prince in 1979 during a photo shoot for his self titled album Prince.

In 1979, a 21-year-old musician with ambitions of sharing his gift with the world came into my life with a deep v neck shirt, jeans and hair that he whipped around on beat. I Wanna Be Your Lover was my first Prince song and video like so many in my generation; I have been a fan ever since. But it was 5 years later when I became a “friend” to Prince.

It has been over 6 months since Prince Rogers Nelson was found unresponsive in his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The Minneapolis native was in Atlanta, Georgia performing his classic and current music prior to this devastating moment. It was an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois where concerns from not only his family and close friends but also his “friends” around the world. A day or so after returning home, he left this world for the afterworld. His cause of death was being investigated at that time & the conspiracy theories are overflowing. Ultimately, it was reported that he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

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Prince and Morris Day have been close friends since high school. They made some of the best music together.

Prince, born on June 7, 1958, knew at a young age that his life was meant to be in music and he set forth on making that dream a reality. He was remembered by those closest to him – and knowing Prince that had to be a small circle – as a true perfectionist, a visionary and a musical genius. He was a self-taught musician, with the exception of brass instruments Prince spent his early days in the music room of his high school and played the piano (the television theme song to Batman was his first song), drums and guitar. This caught the ear of a fellow musicians and friends like Morris Day & Andre Cymone, thus the beginning of greatness.

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2 of Prince’s greatest musical creations – The Revolution & The Time

With Andre & Morris, these friendships lead to the early groundwork of Prince leaving a mark in the music world with his first group that would worldly be known as The Revolution & The Time respectively. His first album, For You, was released on the Warner Bros. record label with positive public responses; especially in his hometown of Minneapolis. It wasn’t until his second album – Prince – where he became more than just another music artist; he became The Artist. At the time of him being signed to the company he was given creative freedom that spanned the 80’s and early 90’s. As expressed earlier I became a “friend” of Prince’s (he didn’t like the word fan as it was short for fanatic and considered them his friends) when I went to the movie theater with my friends in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (I spent my summers there when I was a kid) to see Purple Rain on the big screen. To be an 8-year-old girl and mesmerized by his ability to not only play the piano with such grace but to also play the guitar in a way that his peers had no choice but to give him his be impressed & give him his just due; I was hooked.

From that point on I became a part of a musical movement where the next Prince album felt like a journey; there was a story to tell. He was one of those artists that used his talent as a means to express himself on a conscious level that opened our minds to what was going on in the world. If you listen carefully there was a hidden message of awareness. But don’t get it twisted, he knew how to have a good time and throw a party; the party favors were his songs.

I noticed that within 48 hours of the announcement of his death, the news markets only mentioned the early works of his music. There was so much more to him than Purple Rain & Little Red Corvette. Now although I too liked those songs, there were so many others as well that I to this day listen to. And a lot of them have not gotten much air play on the radio if at all.

Allow me to share a few with you:

Blue Light – Love Symbol

This is my favorite song on that album. This has an island vibe with the calypso sound to it.

The Morning Papers – Love Symbol

Some of the best guitar playing I’ve ever heard at that point. There was such passion in the lyrics.

When You Love Somebody – New Power Soul

This is a good song to play at a party. The horn arrangement is reminiscent to that of Earth, Wind & Fire.

 In This Bed I Scream – Emancipation

This was an ode to Wendy, Lisa & Wendy’s twin sister Susannah. You can hear in this track that he hasn’t forgotten the early days and he misses them.

 Ripopgodazippa – Crystal Ball (Box Set)

A smooth jazz vibe mixed with some soft funk. I was surprised to have heard this song in the film Showgirls.

Dolphin – The Gold Experience

For me this song was a means to raise awareness that animal cruelty is not one to be taken lightly.

These and so many more are a grand legacy that Prince has left not only for those of us that grew up listening to his music but also for the generations that have and will follow; it will show them that in the day & age of auto tuning and sampling there are still music artists that play their own instruments.

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Prince giving a grand performance during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.

There will never be someone as creative as Prince – he was a musical force. They can try their best and even come close but it will be unmatchable. I’m reminded of the Dick Clark quote “Music is the soundtrack of our lives”; Prince definitely contributed to my soundtrack of life. Thank you for sharing your gift with your friends.

Rest in Peace & Welcome to the Dawn

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Sometimes it snows in April

Sometimes I feel so bad

Sometimes I wish that life was never ending

And all good things, they say, never last

– Sometimes It Snows in April from the Parade Album (1986)

That’s my opinion & everyone is entitled to one.

T. S. Jones

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MoonChyld’s Entertainment – Captain America: Civil War

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The Avengers are a team divided. Whose side are you on?

What can one say about Captain America: Civil War? One can say that is was amazingly fantastic!! Marvel’s newest installment in their cinematic universe was an action packed All Star Game; if comic book heroes were to battle on the court. Their battles however are in arenas around the world – we call them movie theaters. And the price of admission is so worth it.

This film tells the story of the consequences and repercussions that The Avengers have to endure after the events that occurred in Lagos, Nigeria as well as what we witnessed in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The government wants to initiate an act called the Sokovia Accords which allows the U. N. to dictate when and where The Avengers are needed. This doesn’t bode well with Cap but Tony, feeling guilty about the creation of Ultron, believes it’s the right thing to do; thus developing opposing sides in the team. Along with the opposing arguments of this initiative, the Black Panther makes his film debut.

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Chadwick Boseman brings it as the King of Wakanda and it’s warrior The Black Panther.

Played nicely by Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up), T’Challa comes into his own as The Black Panther after witnessing a devastating loss. The film debut of this character comes out very strong with his vibranium suit; this is the same metal that is used to make Captain America’s shield and Bucky’s arm. All but Chris Hemsworth’s Thor & Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk returned to the project (Thor is back at Asgard – Thor: Ragnarok – due to the vision he got in Avengers: Age of Ultron & Hulk has been somewhat under the radar since last seen in the Quinjet). Despite the absence of these two heroes, Civil War still packs a punch that is beyond entertaining.

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Vision expresses his feelings for Wanda aka Scarlet Witch. She does take notice but it’s a slow development. Time will tell how long this will grow.

Elizabeth Olson as the Scarlet Witch is astonishing. She gives her movements when using her magic a form of grace and strength. You can see the brewing connection between her & Vision. There is room to develop that more but this film isn’t the platform for it. I’m confident that we will see this relationship grow more and it will be a factor in something major for a few future projects (hint, hint).

It’s a mix of action, drama and comedy that certainly makes for a great movie. There of course were moments that stood out for me as I am sure they stood out of other moviegoers:

The Unusual Connection Between T’Challa & Bucky Barnes

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After a couple of blows, T’Challa & Bucky have a moment surprise when his ring (T’Challa) connects with his arm (Bucky).

Their first fight brings a mutual shock upon the connection of his ring and Bucky’s arm that he obtained in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Could it be a counter reaction of their respective metals? Or is there something more to that? Bucky’s arm is made of durable alloys whereas T’Challa’s ring & Panther suit are made of vibranium.

The Revelation of The Black Panther

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The Black Panther uses his retractable vibranium claws to clutch onto Cap’s best friend Bucky; he is determined indeed.

Hell bent on capturing Cap’s best buddy, he has a sleek black suit made of vibranium that not only has retracting claws but is completely bulletproof. His skill as a fighter is one of impressiveness. So much so that he joined Tony Stark’s his team but he had his own agenda – getting The Winter soldier for himself. He is definitely a formidable warrior.

Not Your Everyday Pretty Girls

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Agents Natasha & Sharon show Bucky they’ve earned their place in S.H.E.I.L.D. & can seriously kick some butt!!

Natasha (Black Widow) & Sharon Carter (Former S.H.E.I.L.D. Agent now working for the CIA) took their shots at Bucky when he broke out of confinement at the CIA. We already knew of Scarlett’s combat skills from way back in Iron Man 2 but what some may not remember is Emily’s combat fighting from when she was on the hit ABC series Revenge; she’s definitely kept it up.

The Bromance Moment

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Even in an action packed comic book film there is room for some humor. And what better moment than this, right?

When Sharon (Agent Peggy Carter’s niece) met up with Cap (having Sam & Bucky waiting in a VW Beetle) to get their gear needed for the upcoming fight against Iron Man and his crew, they said their goodbyes and kissed. It was at that moment that he didn’t take note that his best buds were looking on; that was until he looked over at them and they give him the “that’s my dawg” approval nod; a really nice lighthearted moment.

A Hero Can Still Be A Fan

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Scott Lang aka Ant-Man is beside himself at meeting the first Avenger – Captain America.

When Hawkeye rounds up Cap’s team it’s revealed that one of them is Scott Lang aka Ant-Man. When it finally registers in his head that he is in the presence of Steve Rogers, he instantly became a big kid. Being starry eyed and consistently shaking his hand added to the humor of his character. He did play a ‘big’ role in the fight for sure.

Vision Has Got Style

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Vision has adapted well with living among humans. So much so he would be a model for several designers based on his attire for this blockbuster movie.

Outside of his superhero attire, Vision blends in with the human world by looking like a model who stepped out of a J. Crew catalogue. You’ve gotta admit though, that sweater does bring out the color of his face more.

A New Spider-Man with A Classic Vibe

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It would be safe to say that this version of Spider-Man was impressively taken from John Romita Sr.’s creation from 1966. Very nicely done.

Tom Holland is the newest web slinger who is younger than both the Toby Maguire & Andrew Garfield versions. He brings more of an inquisitive and fresh intelligence to Peter Parker thus making this his own. His suit is reminiscent of the early days of the comic book series – especially the eyes. He was a great asset to Tony Stark’s team and yet kept the qualities of a high school teenager intact. Even he gave Cap his props.

This was a rightfully highly anticipated movie that had so much to off for an array of fans of each character – old and new. And in the grand tradition of Marvel Films where the character or characters were brainchilds of its former president & chairman, Stan Lee makes an appearance.

There are so many moments in the film that I would love to speak on but I don’t want to give too much away for those that have yet to see this movie. With this movie and the upcoming features X:Men: Apocalypse (May 27th) & Dr. Strange (November 4th) it is easy feel that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reign supreme and keep their dominating position against the DC Extended Universe – yes, that is the real name for their films.  The next chapter for this ensemble cast will be The Avengers: Infinity War Part I & II (releasing in 2018 & 2019 respectively).  This film is definitely a great start to a movie going summer. I even plan on seeing this second for a time Memorial Day weekend – after I check out the new X-Men movie in a couple of weeks.

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This is one hardcore film for the hardcore comic book aficionado. A definite must see & an awesome start to lots of movie watching during the Spring/Summer seasons.

That’s my opinion & everyone is entitled to one.

T. S. Jones

 

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MoonChyld’s Entertainment -Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Who do you think would win? #TeamBatman v #TeamSuperman

I am confident that there’s a fair amount of people who have seen Ben Affleck as The Caped Crusader in the recently released film Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and was rather surprised by the performance; I was one of them.

Although I like Ben’s work as an actor, writer & director; I just wasn’t convinced that he would be able to pull of this iconic hero of Gotham. After all, there had to be a reason why there wasn’t a Daredevil 2 that the papers didn’t say. We already know that Henry Cavill portrayed the native Kryptonian very well in Man of Steel; he kept the momentum going.

Cavill’s  Man of Steel costars (Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne & Kevin Costner) reprised their roles in this epic movie which is the first chapter leading up to The Justice League that is set to be released in 2017 (Part One) and 2019 (Part Two). This film takes inspiration from Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Rises but you can see a bit of Injustice there as well.

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Jeremy Irons as the father figure & loyal friend Alfred Pennyworth. He knows Bruce better than anyone – even Bruce himself.

As per usual, Bruce is presented with more “wonderful toys” by his head of security and trusted butler Alfred played awesomely by Jeremy Irons. Another great actor added to the legacy of one Alfred Pennyworth.

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The Michigan Central has been a film site for other blockbusters like Transformers & Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.

Shot mostly in Detroit, Michigan, for someone who grew up in the metropolitan area I became very interested with how this thriving city’s character played a part in the blockbuster film; it played out very well.  In the tradition of shooting in Detroit – the Michigan Central Station made an appearance – the iconic train station was the place for the fight between the Gotham  Knight and the Smallville Steel.

Ben, to me, made Bruce Wayne his own. He added some of his personality to the character with his tone of voice and how he ever so slightly leans his head over to emphasize his point. Cavill would make Christopher Reeve proud at his turn as the being who gains his energy from the sun. He brought a more realistic tone to the legendary comic book hero. Both he and Affleck played well against each other however there were a couple of things that I felt they could have spent a little bit more time on.

Clark & Bruce’s First Meeting

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Clark meeting Brue for the first time, not knowing he’s speaking with the Knight of Gotham. But Bruce knows who Clark really is.

Although it was cool to see these two face to face and out of uniform. It would have been nice to see more interactions – something like DeNiro & Pacino in Heat.

Amazonian Princess Diana

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Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Diana/Wonder Woman stays true the inspiring legacy of this legendary hero.

It’s understandable that she was – for lack of a better word – an anchor in the leading up to not only her film but also for The Justice League. It is as great to see that it wasn’t a tease type appearance but it would have been nice to have given her more screen time. Gal Gadot was a really good Wonder Woman. Judging by what she presented in this film, Gal is going to bring box office gold in June 2017. A great addition to the super heroine’s legacy.

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Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is more dark than those we remember from the 70’s & 80’s. That’s a great acting.

Jesse Eisenberg gave a unique portrayal of Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor; he seemed more maniacal than the Luthors before him. Meaning he was more on edge – way more. Lex had an ‘Easter egg’ that the filmgoers saw on the future members of the league. If you stepped away for more than 2 minutes – you missed it.

It’s safe to say that with the success of the Marvel films, DC is stepping up in the quality of bringing their work to this medium that transports us all to different places and bring about creative inspiration. However, they do have some catching up to do. This film is part of the DC Extended Universe that between now and the next few years will be bringing many projects to the big screen:

Suicide Squad (August 2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Justice League Part One (2017)
The Flash (2018)
Aquaman (2018)
Shazam (2019)
Justice League Part Two (2019)
Cyborg (2020)
Green Lantern Corps (2020)

For the avid comic book fan, I highly recommend this movie. It tells a great story of how these two powerhouses would become ‘Superfriends’. The buzz is that we will see the Caped Crusader in Suicide Squad this summer. It would be fitting considering there is a connection he has with the members of Amanda Waller’s team.

Not really sure what people were expecting when this film came to the big screen because it seems by word of mouth that it was garbage. I for one disagree and it seems that the majority would also – the film thus far has made over 800 million at the box office. I think that says enough, don’t you?

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A Krytonian, an Amazonian and a Bat walk into a bar. They kick some butt and create The Justice League.

That’s my opinion & everyone is entitled to one.

T. S. Jones

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MoonChyld’s Entertainment – Jem & the Holograms Will Not Be As We Remembered

So this is what we - the fans of the 1980' cartoon series - are being presented? Not cool.

So this is what we – the fans of the 1980’s cartoon series – are being presented as Jem & the Holograms? Not cool.

As a child of the 80s, I sparked interest in the buzz about a Jem & the Holograms movie. I figured it would be something like Josie & the Pussycats but with a little Pizzazz. However, the trailers for the movie proved otherwise.

The movie is being presented with the Benton Sisters being teenagers & Mrs. Bailey (played by 80’s icon Molly Ringwald) is not the caretaker who works for them at the Starlight House for Girls like we remember in the series – she’s their aunt & the adoptive mother of Shana & Aja.

Here’s a further breakdown of some of the details to the film:

On this day & age of CGI and SFX - this is the best they could do for Synergy.

On this day & age of CGI and SFX – this is the best they could do for Synergy.

The real Synergy. You know this could have been a CGI image.

The real Synergy. You know this could have been a CGI image.

There is no real Synergy – in a more current trailer, Synergy is a small robot that looks like something Elroy Jetson plays with who projects home videos of when their father was alive & the Benton sisters were kids.

Here's Eric Raymond. Don't you think Billy Zane could have played this character? And well at that.

Here’s Eric Raymond. Don’t you think Billy Zane could have played this character? And well at that.

Juliette Lewis as Erica Raymond

Juliette Lewis as Erica Raymond

The name is Raymond, Erica Raymond – We will not have the luxury of seeing an actor playing the record exec we loved to hate as children – Eric Raymond. Instead they pick the talented actress Juliette Lewis to portray the head of Misfits Music – oh wait, its Starlight Enterprises.

See? Even Rio doesn't like the direction this movie is going into.

See? Even Rio doesn’t like the direction this movie is going into.

Rio is not a childhood friend of the Benton sisters; he’s the roadie for the group. They kept the element of him being Jem’s/Jerrica’s boyfriend.

We will also see Zipper who it would be safe to say is going to be working for Erica.

Samantha Newark (left) & Britta Phllips (right) brought Jem to life with their voices.

Samantha Newark (left) & Britta Phllips (right) brought Jem to life with their voices.

It was also revealed that the ladies who provided Jerrica/Jem her voice – Samantha Newark (dialogue) & Britta Phillips (singer) – will be making cameos in the film.

Creator & writer of Jem - Christy Marx - was so cheated out of this project. She's the reason why we have Jem in the first place!

Creator & writer of Jem – Christy Marx – was so cheated out of this project. She’s the reason why we have Jem in the first place!

According to IMDB – and this is truly unfair – Christy Marx, who created & wrote most of the episodes of the classic 80’s musical cartoon series, was not aware of this coming to fruition; they didn’t even let her in on the process of the movie being made. There was a lot of talk over the years about bringing Jem to the big screen and she was hopeful. So for this to happen and she wasn’t brought in on this project is an ultimate low. How are they going to bring this to a new medium and not let her in on the collaboration? C’mon now, she deserves her just due!!

And how can you have a Jem & the Holograms movie without their rival group The Misfits? Talk about missing a main element.

And how can you have a Jem & the Holograms movie without their rival group The Misfits? Talk about missing a main element.

So far there are two trailers available for this movie that is set for an October release that shows little to no real association to the cartoon we have fond memories of. And thanks to Netflix & currently the Discovery Kids Network we can relive them and share those with a new generation of kids who will enjoy the music and the message the show brought. No matter what obstacles you may face, always go after your dreams – never give up.

TheFrisky.com reported earlier this year an interview with Stefanie Scott who will be playing Jerrica’s sister Kimber and Jason Blum, who is one of the producer’s of the film. It was primarily in regards to the negative responses of the first trailer by both critics and fans of the series. Stefanie stated, “I think that they have to see the movie to understand that things that they think are missing are in there.” Whereas Blum says the live action movie is “hundred percent true to the spirit of Jem.” When you have Synergy as a mini robot it’s not.

Maybe after some time another studio will present Jem & the Holograms the right way. And with Christy Marx as part of the production team.

Maybe after some time another studio will present Jem & the Holograms the right way. And with Christy Marx as part of the production team.

This movie hasn’t been released yet and it’s already flopping. There’s nothing wrong with modernizing the concept but making them teenagers would have been more feasible as a means for flashback moments. There’s no Rockin Roadster and we won’t see Ashley, Ba Nee or the other Starlight Girls. It may make some money but it may not last long in theaters. It would be a joy to see someone else produce this story and do it right for the big screen; not to mention having Christy Marx involved in the process. At this point the only people that won’t be affected by this madness will be Molly & Juliette – having them in the movie is a huge favor. The end results will happen in October when the film hits theaters; it won’t be truly outrageous that’s for sure.

That’s my opinion and everyone is entitled to one.

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MoonChyld’s Entertainment – The Unauthorized Full House Story on Lifetime

The Lifetime Network has done it again. They have destroyed a fond 90's memory so-called biopic film.

The Lifetime Network has done it again. They have destroyed a fond 90’s memory so-called biopic film.

I have just one question for the Lifetime Network – What the hell? I recently saw his debacle of a biopic film and felt that this TV movie has taken the network 10 steps back from when the Aaliyah movie came out; resulting in now just being 2 steps ahead with the Whitney biopic.

Where does one start on this poor excuse for a biopic? How about the some of the casting and inaccuracies?

She's a cute kid but....inaccuracy #1

She’s a cute kid but….inaccuracy #1

Let’s start with the fact that Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen were only 9 months old when they got the role of Michelle Tanner – in the movie they look like they’re 4! I understand there was some sort of chronological issue but seriously? Where was the creativity in this?

They had to have been on a tight time table to cast this young lady as Candace. So wrong

They had to have been on a tight time table to cast this young lady as Candace. So wrong!

The young lady they casted as Candace Cameron was a wrong choice on so many levels. Candace herself looked much better than this girl when she was at that age. For one, her nose was never that big nor was she an awkward young lady. The only thing that was close to being accurate was the hair; that could be due to seeing the show itself.

C'mon now! This girl is supposed to be Candace?!?! Not convinced.

C’mon now! This girl is supposed to be Candace?!?! Not convinced.

They made Bob Saget look like a bubbly Looney Tunes cartoon character with a knack for dirty jokes. Considering Saget’s reputation, this guy portraying him couldn’t get a hot woman if he paid her in monopoly money. And although Dave Coulier is a talented comedian, he couldn’t be this much of a desperate buffoon; oddest shaped head ever seen.

This was a decent choice of Jodie - whew!!

This was a decent choice of Jodie – whew!!

With this actor the objective was to make sure the allure of John Stamos was maintained.

With this actor the objective was to make sure the allure of John Stamos was maintained.

And naturally the took care of the casting of Lori Loughlin. Can't mess that up.

And naturally the took care of the casting of Lori Loughlin. Can’t mess that up.

The only decency in the casting was of Jodie (because of the hair), John (again, it was the hair) & Lori (there’s no way you can mess that up). Seriously people where did you find these actors? Did you advertise your casting call on light poles in Los Angeles? And the actress that was supposed to be Paula Abdul – she didn’t come close to the dance extraordinaire

As a fan of this model/actress this writer was very disappointed at the choice of the portrayal of Rebecca Romijn. First of all to the people behind this train wreck, it’s 2015, there are much better wigs that look much more realistic that you could have given that girl. Secondly, Rebecca doesn’t have horse teeth; that’s an insult to the woman who immortalized the character Mystic in the X-Men films. It can be strongly agreed that no one could work the fully body blue that is Raven like she has.

They just jumped over so many hula hoops to get this movie on the air; it’s sad to say that the Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story was better than this. Truth be told, if you are looking for a good laugh of a good reason or am idea for shot game this movie qualifies that. Otherwise don’t expect any substance to this farce of a biopic story about one of, if not, the reason we had TGIF on ABC in the 90’s.

Now THIS is the Full House cast we know & love. Better recognize!!

Now THIS is the Full House cast we know & love. Better recognize!!

That’s my opinion & everyone is entitled to one.

T. S. Jones

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MoonChyld’s Entertainment – Straight Outta Compton & Into a Box Office Hit

One of the most controversial groups in hip hop - N.W.A. - share trials and tribulations with Straight Outta Compton. Now showing in theaters .

One of the most controversial groups in hip hop – N.W.A. – share trials and tribulations with Straight Outta Compton. Now showing in theaters .

The surviving members of N.W.A & acclaim director F. Gary Gray have given the fans of this pioneering gansta rap group a very telling story with Straight Outta Compton. The film is named after one of their first hit songs – co-written by Ice Cube, Eazy-E & MC Ren – takes us on the journey that contributed to the soundtrack of our junior high and high school years. We get to see the how this controversial rap group rose to fame with the release of Boyz-n-the-Hood, to the growth in national popularity with Straight Outta Compton and the unexpected death of Eazy-E to AIDS.

The film gives a behind the scenes look of how N.W.A. became apart of pop culture.

The film gives a behind the scenes look of how N.W.A. became apart of pop culture.

Making his film debut, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. portrays his father Ice Cube. The performance is impressive and there were moments where you could hear his father’s tone of voice. He definitely made not only his father proud but those that remember Ice Cube when. The other standouts would have to be Jason Mitchell & Paul Giamatti who were Eazy & Jerry Heller  respectively; the two main money makers of Ruthless Records. Their scenes provided the events that lead to moments in their business relationship that we knew about through music news channels.

For those of us that grew up in the 80’s & 90’s the music brought back memories of what went on in our lives at the time the songs came out; what we felt. Believe it or not, N.W.A. was a voice of a generation of people who related to their music. They expressed the anger and frustration that many people – especially in urban communities – felt when it came to how society put a blind eye on the conditions of such neighborhoods and how law enforcement threw their authority around like nothing back then; they still do by the way.

With films like Friday, The Italian Job & Law Abiding Citizen, film/video director F. Gary Gray has help to create another cinematic culture classic.

With films like Friday, The Italian Job & Law Abiding Citizen, film/video director F. Gary Gray has gone on to create another cinematic culture classic.

You can see that F. Gary Gray has grown tremendously as a director. From music videos to his directorial film debut of Friday we could see that he was going to be a contender in Hollywood. There was no doubt in this writer’s mind that he would deliver a great cinematic vision for this iconic hip hop group. He even made a cameo in the film.

Another tone in the film was rather fitting for the current state (or better yet consistent) of how law enforcement is treating the black community. A shame that a group of black guys with no intention of violence are approached by cops who had to be waiting around the corner considering how fast they got to them. We are also reminded of the injustice of the Rodney King beating and the L. A. Riots that was the result of the acquittal of the LAPD officers who beat Mr. King.

The group from Compton, CA created such hits like F*ck Tha Police, Express Yourself and of course - Straight Outta Compton

The group from Compton, CA created such hits like F*ck Tha Police, Express Yourself and of course – Straight Outta Compton.

Naturally, it had a successful opening weekend and it seems that Hollywood somewhat underestimated its potential. On top of that there are other critics such as the public who feel this will trigger some inspiration to the point is some major cities – like Los Angeles for instance – the theaters have doubled up on security; thus showing that ignorance will continue to be a staple in our lives.

What needs to be understood is that although times have changed it still seems like Hollywood just doesn’t want to give these talented actors, writers, producers and directors their just due. They only give some of them so much.

It was refreshing to see there were times in the film that are what I consider random real to life friend moments; you have to see the movie to understand. This was a long time coming and although I’m glad to see it come to fruition; I’m saddened that Eazy-E couldn’t be there to see this story on the big screen. He may have been there in spirit but you know it would have been legendary if he were there on the red carpet with his wife Tomica Wright. The look and the feel of the film was a collective contribution to all that were involved. If you are a fan of hip hop music this is a film to see.

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The surviving members of N.W.A. (l-r) Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren & DJ Yella

That’s my opinion and everyone is entitled to one.

T. S. Jones

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MoonChyld’s Entertainment – 2014 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.

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MoonChyld’s Entertainment – Re-Casting Kyle

Courtney as the ever smart and determined Kyle McNaughton.

Courtney Banks as the ever smart and determined Kyle McNaughton.

Courtney Banks is the star, writer and creator of the hit web series Re-Casting Kyle which premiered in early 2014. Set in Los Angeles, Banks is Kyle McNaughton, the casting director who is put to the task of making programming more diverse at WHT. Although can be tough as nails when it comes to her job, she has a heart and cares for those closest to her. She is a driven and determined woman who refuses to let anyone break her down – unless it’s of course her boss Mike (Craig Stepp). She is the bigger person to tread lightly when it comes to the man who doesn’t think enough to respectfully acknowledge her by name.

Corrine (Esther Mira) & Mark (Ethan Ingle) are part of Kyle's strong team.

Corrine (Esther Mira) & Mark (Ethan Ingle) are part of Kyle’s strong team.

There are some really great moments in this show; one being the character Corrine. She is played by series of actresses – one of whom is the up & coming Esther Mira. Kyle does address it in a humorous fashion that will make the viewers laugh. Her intern Warren (Joseph Kibler) is very loyal and wants to make sure to stay on Kyle’s good side and does so by helping her out of a sticky situation or two. There is also Mark (Ethan Ingle), who was brought on to ensure diversity was enforced at the network. I sense he may have feelings for Kyle but he’s got to keep it professional; things can always change with time. And Lindsay (Shaleah Wagner), the bright eyed always upbeat associate who will back Kyle up on any decision that is good for the company as well as for her team of co-workers.

Warren (Joseph Kibler) is Kyle's true right hand. He'll do whatever it takes to make sure she looks fabulous.

Warren (Joseph Kibler) is Kyle’s true right hand. He’ll do whatever it takes to make sure she looks fabulous.

The show does take you out of the office and we see some of Kyle’s friends like D’Jmarious (Nicholas Anthony Reid), who moves in with her while looking for work; well he tries at least. Her friend Lily (Laura Owen) is a bartender who Kyle knows a fun time will be had when those two are together.

Lily knows how to have a fun time with the bestie Kyle

Lily knows how to have a fun time with the bestie Kyle

Kyle was good for Scott. Does he know that yet?

Kyle was good for Scott. Does he know that yet?

Then there’s Scott (Kyle Jones), a guy she met at her friend’s club and begins to develop feelings for. A personal favorite moment is when they go on a camping trip and Kyle was on a little trip in the car after having a brownie if you follow me. The best is when it becomes a bad one with her thinking that Scott is going to kill her; which of course is not the case. When he stops the car she runs out for her life only to realize there’s no real place to run. It’s a must see moment.

Luke thought he could succeed with Kyle's "help". She felt otherwise.

Luke thought he could succeed with Kyle’s “help”. She felt otherwise.

This show has a lot or promise and from what I can tell on YouTube and social media it continuously develops a strong following. It is easy to see that this is the beginning of a talented actress and writer who is going to venture out to open doors and I for one look forward to seeing the success come to fruition.

As far as the show – each episode is about 10 minutes long but it is well worth watching. I guarantee you will enjoy it. Looking forward to Season 2 Courtney!!

Check out the show here!!! – https://www.youtube.com/user/ReCastingKyle

This is beyond the beginning for our Kyle. And beyond the beginning for Courtney as well.

This is beyond the beginning for our Kyle. And beyond the beginning for Courtney as well.

That’s my opinion and everyone is entitled to one.

T. S. Jones

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