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Music in My Life

Music in My Life

I’m back to d music/–never should have left it/–but d daily grind of life hard/–music 1 of my passions/–not so much d beats/–but d stories they tell/–they make my mind swell/–light in a dark world/–words manipulated to make people feel low/–light, postive/–dark, negative, break positive flow/–what kind of crap is that/–language, distorts facts/–now, we must readjust our racks (minds), get in time wt d time/–living in hard times of nickels & dimes/–Music, real music, bout breaking out man-made confines/–lyrics of substance, elevate minds/–Jewels for The Minds.

KT
12/10/2012
9:52 am
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Melvin Van Peebles/– Writer, Painter, Playwright, Actor, Composer, Poet, Author, Astute Business Man 2/–Updated.

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Me & The Legendary Film Maker-Melvin Van Peebles-Chat after National Black Arts Festival “The Legends Celebration” in Atlanta, GA-Sept., 6, 2014–(Rialto Center For The Arts)

Melvin Van Peebles–A Wealth of Knowledge. Very Chill talking with him. Multi-talented–Writer, Painter, Playwright, Actor, Composer, Poet, Author, Astute Business Man.

His Book stays in my Backpack Most of the Time.

* Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto
(Paperback Book)
http://amzn.to/1AwBGva

* Kindle Ebook
http://amzn.to/1d2beP2

A MUST READ BOOK

The book is his journal while making his Legendary Movie:

(((Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song)))

…back in 1971. The book is a memoir, looking back at the movie making period. In the back is the script.
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At one time Melvin was homeless in France. This was right after his independent films were a big hit with the French after they were screened.

Struggle…Something about struggle & hardship, no school can compete wt. Successful people not made overnight. Instant success has no staying power. Because it is like a Mirage in the desert. It ain’t real. Melvin couldn’t get a job in Hollywood as a writer or Film Maker. They did tell him he could be a janitor.

He wrote a book of his observations as a Streetcar driver in San Francisco. He hooked up wt a Photographer and Published a book. It was only a short period later he was fired. A friend told him his book was a movie. So he started the long, hard journey into film making. Self-taught. He made a few films.

Along the same time, his marriage started falling apart. Got divorced and decided to go back to school over in Europe on his GI Bill. Before he left, a Guy stopped by his house and asked him could he show his films in film festivals. Melvin agreed to it and went on to school over in Europe. While in School, the guy showed his films along wt others across Europe.

Melvin’s Films became a big hit wt the French people. They had a big showing of his film and invited him to come. He came and was a standing ovation……Then, he fell on hard times in France. Real Hard times. At one Point he was homeless. But, his boyhood days of selling wares and various items to homeless people in Chicago served him well in these very difficult times. He had setup shop among the homeless as a little boy, selling various items to homeless people for a cheap price. Melvin had a great business mind, even as a little boy. His daddy encouraged him and told him the importance of having all kind of hustles while a boy in Chicago. Melvin always had money in his pockets, even as a little boy–hardwork and grinding to make his goals a reality……during this time, while in France, homeless, he was learning French Language and he was always sharp and picked up fast.
He learned French so well, he became a journalist. A very good French journalist. He also learned if he was a journalist, he could put in for a Film Maker’s Grant. He put in for it and got a Big Grant. Now, he was really able to make movies the way he wanted to wt The Right Equipment. He got so good at it, America was having a Film Festival in California. France sent him as their best Representative.

The Rest is History Folks. He Kicked Down the Doors of Hollywood. Now, they started in after him. He did Watermelon Man wt Hollywood. Saved the Money from That & Bill Cosby Loaned him $50,000 and Melvin made his Own Movie and Became a Multi-Millionaire.

KT
9/12/2014
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Melvin Van Peebles/– Author, Poet, Playwright, Painter, Film Maker, Astute Business Man

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* Melvin Van Peebles
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* Watch “Melvin Van Peebles: Classified History X”

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Melvin Van Peebles

Author, Poet, Playwright, Painter, Film Maker, Astute Business Man

At one time he was homeless in France. This was right after his independent films were a big hit with the French after they were screened.

Struggle. Something about struggle & hardship, no school can compete wt. Successful people not made overnight. Instant success has no staying power. Because it is like a Mirage in the desert. It ain’t real. Melvin Couldn’t get a job in Hollywood as a writer or Film maker. They did tell him he could be a janitor.

Melvin wrote a book of his observations as a Streetcar driver in San Francisco. He hooked up wt a Photographer and Published a book. It was only a short period later he was fired. A friend told him his book was a movie. So he started the long, hard journey into film making. Self-taught.

He made a few films. Along the same time his marriage started falling apart. Got divorced and decided to go back to school over in Europe on his GI Bill. Before he left, a Guy stopped by his house and asked him could he show his films in film festivals. Melvin agreed to it and went on to school over in Europe. While in School, the guy showed his films along wt others across Europe. Melvin’s Films became a big hit wt the French people. They had a big showing of his film and invited him to come. He came and was a standing ovation……Then he fell on hard times in France. Real Hard times. At one Point he was homeless. But, his boyhood days of selling wares and various items to homeless people in Chicago served him well in these very difficult times. He had setup shop among the homeless as a little boy, selling various items to homeless people for a cheap price.

Melvin has a great business mind, even as a little boy. His daddy encouraged him and told him the importance of having all kind of hustles while a boy in Chicago. Melvin always had money in his pockets, even as a little boy–hardwork and grinding to make his goals a reality……during this time, while in France, homeless, he was learning French Language and he was always sharp and picked up fast. He learned French so well, he became a journalist. Became a very good French journalist….he also learned if he was a journalist, he could put in for a Film Maker’s Grant. …He put in for it and got a Big Grant. Now, he was really able to make movies the way he wanted to wt The Right Equipment and all he needed to make movies….He got so good at it, America was having a Film Festival in California. France sent him as their best Representative. The rest is History Folks. He Kicked Down the Doors of Hollywood. Now, they started in after him. He did Watermelon Man wt Hollywood. Saved the Money from That & Bill Cosby Loaned him $50,000 and Melvin made his Own Movie and Became a Multi-Millionaire.

KT
9/12/2014
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“Name a Book that’s Changed Your Life”/–Push Nevahda Review’s Response

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It Depends on the subject matter really.

James Baldwin certainly sent me somewhere, a place I’m still trying to reconcile. But Cornel West’s critical essay (in he and Gates’ Future of the Race) “Black Strivings in a Twilight Civilization” had the most profound affect on my critical thinking, taught me a collection of value lessons inasmuch as how to assess black worth, love, value and commitment to the struggle, and how in fact the struggle is defined, and tantamount to other ethnic/racial ones at the international level – and the role the artist must play. The centrality of Jazz, Blues, Toni Morrison and John Coltrane’s connection to Tolstoy and other Russian artists.

Playwrights Arthur Miller, Ibsen, Albee, Hansberry spoke to my question of how to write the truth about people and places, how to pull back the layers and examine who and what we really are as human beings – Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy, “Waiting for Godot”, sent me further in existential wrestling with the question of God. Toni Morrison and August Wilson changed my life too. Eric Williams (Capitalism & Slavery), John Blassingame’s (The Slave Community),  Manning Marable, all their works are  indispensable to my understanding of how I think about history, the black predicament (then and now), and how we arrived at this present point. But Baldwin had the broadest, most human meditation on love. “The Fire Next Time” (and Albert Raboteau’s “Slave Religion”, and Charles Mann’s “1491”) answered many questions which had worried me at the moment . And there are many other books. There can never be one single book.

Push Nevahda Review

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“Silhouettes”

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Selected Letters of Langston Hughes/–Book Review

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This is a Great Book.

It gives us an inside view of Langston’s Mind, which was brilliant. It also lets us see the human side of him. The difficulties he went through in life. His hopes &  dreams. His frustrations. His anger. His diplomacy in dealing with publishers & people he seeked support from to give him time to write his books & other projects he had going on.

The book also gives us an inside view of his thought process as he communicated with his friends & other artists as they devised plans to further build their brands.

The book is a MUST READ for Langston Hughes Readers.

KT
3/1/2015
1:46 pm
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