Chris Tucker Live: A Review

I had the pleasure of seeing Chris Tucker live at the beautiful FOX Theatre in Detroit last night. He was hilarious! Had tons of material and was entertaining as hell. The show, surprisingly, was not a sell out but if you weren’t in attendance you really missed out.

His was the second live stand up that I’ve seen at the FOX Theatre. The first was Martin Lawrence and he didn’t put on a good show at all. He even threw in some old ass jokes for the road. Just lazy.

This was not my first time seeing Chris Tucker live. Back when I was a youngster (and so was Chris) I saw him perform at a local club here in Flint. The show was cancelled during his performance because he got into a fight with a girl who was heckling him in the audience. I remember that left a bad taste in my mouth for him and his comedy over the years but somehow by the time the first Rush Hour came out he was back in my good graces.

I still can’t believe he fought a woman, tho. To be young, crazy, high and dumb…

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Chris Tucker Re-tweeted Me! “Christmas Tucker” is in reference to a joke he tells about Michael Jackson giving him a new name. Too funny!!!

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Rest Dangerously: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela AKA Madiba

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 – 2013

Nelson-Mandela-bwI knew that we shared the same birthday and that he referred to Detroit as “Motortown”, but I had no idea he was also known by the name; Madiba. If you are as clueless as I was, the below will be a “you learn something new everyday” moment. Rest Dangerously, Mandela. Thank you.

Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Right-wing critics denounced him as a terrorist and communist sympathizer. He nevertheless gained international acclaim for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid stance, having received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”. Mandela died following a long illness on 5 December 2013 at his home in Johannesburg.

via Nelson Mandela – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Flashback: 18 hours in 1990 when Mandela Charmed Detroit

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Top Story: Get Ready Detroit! Odd Hours “Khaleesi” EP and Video Release Event

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Khaleesi is the fourth release from Detroit post-punk band Odd Hours. It comprises the Khaleesi single, music video and remixes by artists like Tunde Olaniran, Eddie Logix, Lol-lo-Lohanz, and others. The EP with audio single, remixes and video are being released on Dec. 6 at Corktown Studios in Detroit.   

The release event is an art exhibit centered around the video and EP release,  with art created for, and inspired by the song and video. These pieces include the set installation of 400 hand-cut acrylic pieces in the shape of reflective crystalline daggers, and a seven-foot tall black metal throne, which were used in the “hell” set of the video.

Visitors can also observe brand new video installations by Beste, and of course scattered Vietnamese hell money along with the new video Khaleesi. The video itself includes a speedboat ride with Beste’s 70 year old, bandana-clad grandfather, and the band throwing fifty pounds of hell money into a raging bonfire. “From the way we look on stage, to using my grandfather in our videos, we want to be dark and sexy, but also confuse you by being weird and playful,” says Beste.

The video mixes striking visuals inspired by the 90’s punk/Americana look of artist Ssion and the luxurious, cold, gothic look of the black dance scene in the 80’s movie “Legend.” The name of course is the made up name for “queen” from the HBO show Game of Thrones.

The Khaleesi music video was produced by Odd Hours and Gold House Media, directed by Kevin Eckert, with art direction from Tunde Olaniran.

The new Odd Hours music video “Khaleesi” includes:

Ritual hell-money burning

A disguised septuagenarian grandfather driving a motorboat

A petulant ruler in her golden money palace

Custom-built seven-foot black steel throne, in hell

A pure black, kilt-wearing guardian

The newest single from Odd Hours

Odd Hours is the dark, sexy and avant-garde alternative to the 4/4 dance and friendly folk-based indie pop being hoisted by mainstream and indie radio.

The video release event is at 7. p.m. on Dec. 6 at Corktown Studios, 2707 14th Street, Detroit, Michigan 48216.

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Music – The D List: Tony K – Zombie

tonykzombieEver been or seen someone drunk or high? Then chances are they are not themselves they are more like Zombies and this is what you will see in the latest offering from Detroit native Tony K. This track is featured on Tony’s mixtape titled YNOT released today.

Join Tony’s mailing list at www.tonykofficial.com to get a free copy of the mixtape!

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Flint’s Gay Pride In The Park Music Spotlight: Odd Hours

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Tim and Natasha of Odd Hours

Natasha and Tim of Odd Hours are some talented mofos (besides music). Tim is responsible for the photography of my book, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down. Natasha is the director of Tunde Olaniran’s bad ass music video, Cobra; which I have a role in 😉 Their  trashy art rock group, Odd Hours, will be performing live Saturday, June 29th during Flint’s Pride In The Park celebration. I got their take on Gay Pride and Gay Icons. Check it out…

What does Gay Pride mean to you?

NATASHA: For me, Gay Pride highlights and helps expand equality for everyone and hopefully reinforces the beautiful breakdown of ugly gender stereotypes. I hope that one day all people will realize that our bodies are only here for us to walk around in- they have nothing to do with our minds, hearts, or souls.

TIM: Really, I think it boils down to lending a sense of normalcy to a lifestyle that can be seen as ‘alternative’ to some. I think Gay Pride is the first thing that has to happen on the way to losing that ‘alternative lifestyle’ label, among others.

Name a Gay icon that influences you!

NATASHA: I love how powerful and absolutely terrifying Grace Jones is. Whatever wave she’s floating on is where I want to be when I’m on stage — super focused and strong. She inspires me to push myself past my comfort zone when it comes to fashion and my body.

Who is your gay/lesbian celebrity crush?

NATASHA: I don’t have celeb crushes. I only have crushes on people I can kiss in real life.

TIM: Do you mean they are gay/ lesbian, or a crush I have on a gay or lesbian person? Closest I can think of is Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia. Hilarious, and badass singer/ guitarist, and also adorable.

What’s the oddest thing about Odd Hours as a band?

NATASHA: It’s odd that we can transition so nicely from our organized professional day lives to a dirty, sweaty, sexy mess that we become on stage — but I guess being organized is sexy too.

TIM: This is completely true. I’ve gone directly from reporting on a school board meeting for my job as a reporter with shirt, tie and everything, to throwing my clothes off, and setting up on stage for a show an hour later.

Besides music, how do you express your art and creativity?

NATASHA:  I’m a video artist. Images are just as important in my life as sound. I teach video production and animation and I also co-own a video production company, called Gold House.

TIM: I’m a photographer, writer and I also do documentary work. I did a documentary in Benghazi, Libya. Now I’m working on one from Appalachia, and the Michigan State Police.

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Odd Hours (OH) is a four-piece post-punk rock band based in Detroit. Formed in 2010, OH has played major Detroit festivals and released two EPs, which can be heard on oddhoursmusic.com. The OH line-up has been fleshed out with the addition of Clint Stuart on bass guitar, and Randy Hanley Jr. on drums. Leading the band are Natasha Beste on vocals and keyboard, and Tim Jagielo on guitar.

(The drummer in the video is Hakeem Ouhammou. He filled in for two shows while Hanley began to learn the songs.)

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Flint Positive Spotlight: Author Rajah E. Smart Releases “Black Rain”

Is Black Rain biographical?
 
No…Black Rain was developed from a real life incident in Detroit between two young professionals: one being a Black male and a White female. The story caught my attention because they were involved in a car collision, and were robbed while waiting almost two hours for the police. Two individuals that would not likely even talk to one another if not for the event, gave me the idea to produce “Black Rain.” They both cited being with one another helped lessen the stress. However, I did utilize some aspects of my life for this book, but not extensively. The story involves two people just trying to learn how to break through cultural bias to be friends.
 
Is that your wife on the cover?
Good catch…yes, that is my wife. She was waiting while the photographer took pictures of the actual model for the cover. The photographer snapped that photo of my wife and it just caught my attention. I decided to go with the photo.
 
Will you be doing any signing events in Flint?
 
I do not have anything currently arranged. However, I need to contact Deanna Ziots for the author forum. I’m sure you know her. She contacted me a month or so ago and I have not had the opportunity to connect with her.
 

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Flint Positive Music Spotlight: Alisha LaShawn – Reflections

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Alisha LaShawn Durrett’s passion for music began when she was just a child being raised in inner city Flint, MI. Knowing that she would not be just a mere product of her environment, Durrett’s parents made sure to expose her to all that life had to offer. Due to her amazing musical talents and vocal range, singing came naturally to the ambitious adolescent. Durrett attended Flint Central High School where she participated in multiple theatrical productions and was a lead vocalist for Flint Central’s Acapella and Madrigal Choir. From a very young age, Durrett’s parents instilled godly values for her to live by. That spiritual upbringing reared Durrett to seek God’s direction in all she does. She later attended Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, MI where she received her Bachelors in Elementary Education. While at WSU, she participated in numerous musical events and activities, including WSU’s Gospel Choral. Durrett was winner of WSU’s 2006 Wayne Idol, where she had the opportunity to be the opening act for recording artist Chris Brown and T-Pain. Durrett was also requested to sing the National Anthem at a Detroit Tigers’ baseball game.

She has also been featured in more than 10 theatrical production including,  Daughters of Deception, Family Love, The Girl that Cried Love, Church Girl, Angels on Assignment and  I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Currently, ‘Ms. Durrett’ can be called just that by her 4th grade students who she loves and takes great pride in; but she has never forgotten her original passion and eagerness to please God. Durrett is an active member of Christian Tabernacle Church where she is a member of the drama, wedding, music and audio/visual ministries. She also sings in the gospel group ‘Favor’s Voice’ who recently released their first album. Alisha Lashawn Durrett is most proud of her recent accomplishment of releasing her first solo album entitled Reflections, which she wrote and co-produced. The album is a compilation of Durrett’s personal thoughts and reflections. It is an inspirational and gospel feel album that is sure to encourage the hearts of even the most grieved. Durrett continues to meditate and pray on what God has next for her.

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Janet Jackson Live: A Review

Our view of the stage after Janet left the building.

Let me start out by saying how much I hate driving to (and from) Detroit. As we got closer to the “D” there was about 30 minutes of unnecessary traffic on the highway. I say unnecessary because once we got to the end of it and started driving at a faster pace, there wasn’t an accident, construction, or anything else  in the way. Just unnecessary!

Once we got to the FOX theatre we had a hell of a time getting to the FOX parking ramp (which I had purchased a prepaid pass for), then once we got to the ramp it was full! There was also a Tigers game going on at the same time across the street at Comerica Park, so that may explain the extra traffic in the area. By the time we were directed to a parking lot with available parking, it was close to 8:30pm. The show had apparently started promptly at 8:00pm because when we got inside Janet was well into a  performance of “Control” and those that had arrived early enough were enjoying it. Guess what? I had to pee, so I made a  stop in the bathroom before we took our seats; more show missed.

However, we were not alone in our lateness because there were still tons of other people that were waiting outside to find a parking spot. I am starting to wonder if the FOX theatre has a curfew because each time that I have been there I am out by 10:00pm. Wasup with that?!

Anyway, not being able to see the show from the beginning was a major buzz kill and I never fully recovered from it and to top it off our seats were horrible! We also had to deal with a couple making multiple bathroom and drink trips. That gets on my damn nerves!

I prefer seeing Janet perform in a large stadium with costume changes and an elaborate stage show, the “Up Close and Personal” style of the #1’s tour does not compliment her at all. Also, when images and corny graphics were shown on the large screen, the top half was cut off to everyone in my area of the theatre. I also didn’t understand why images of Janet performing were not shown on the screen for those of us in the nosebleed seats. I couldn’t even make out her facial features from where we sat.

There were also songs that Janet’s band performed snippets of while she was off stage taking a break that we would of much rather seen her perform while she was on stage. It was truly disappointing and I am missing her brother and my first love, Michael Jackson even more. I want my money back!

A bad quality image of me and my daughter, Senia, after the show. Look how happy I am pretending to be. She had fun, though!

Friday, March 6th on “Ask Dangerous Lee Live”

Dangerous and HP talk to singer/actress Katerina Graham. HP steps away and Dangerous talks to hip hop group The Astro Kids, and Donna Kalman of PerfectPlaceContest.com joins us to discuss how you can win the home of your dreams. Rapper Mic Mountain and Lamont Wright of Ankh Media Group also call in. The Dangerous Item of the Week is book The Dangerous Alphabet.

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Friday, February 27th on “Ask Dangerous Lee Live”

Dangerous and HP talk to music producer Duke Williams about his work on the new Bobby Valentino CD and his past work with Mya. HP also discusses hanging out at an Oscars afterparty and the Hip Hop 101 Tour with Ludacris & Common. The Dangerous Item of the Week is novel “A Dangerous Man”.

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