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21 Jul

I had the opportunity to see Inception on Saturday night and I let the movie impressed go see the flick.  For those that have no watched I’m not going to ruin it for you, however I did leave with some lasting questions/thoughts..

An idea is extremely powerful no mater what the source.

Where do dreams and reality intersect?

Good Hair

6 May

I finally got to watch Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” and it was hilarous. It is a must see!  There are definetely some take aways that left a lasting impression. My question to black women is why try so hard for such an unatural look?  Concurrently, I also swelled with a sense of admiration for how much time, energy, and money women put into the maintenance of “good hair”.  However my Nubian queens your secret is out and white women have taken to “tracks” & “weave”.   Women of all shades more power to you to becuase I would go crazy if I spent that kind of time & energy on my hair.

I have insurance …

14 Mar

Yesterday, I caught one of my favorite movies on TV & the scene captured a moment that no one should endure in America. More importantly it touched on a debate that has been going on in Washington for more than a year now, in actuality its been going on for decades.

In this scene John Archibald’s son is dying, and like most people he pays for health insurance. Yet somehow his son’s operation will not be covered by his employer sponsored plan.  A point to consider is that he is not on Medicaid (government healthcare for poor).  Yet, the life saving heart operation is deemed “elective”.  Since when is life or death elective?  No one in their right mind chooses to be sick!  It is morally reprehensible to deny coverage, especially when it makes the difference between life and death.  Which brings me to our current political debate & why at a minimum insurance reform is a necessity.

Even if Congress does not overhaul the entire health care system and expand coverage to all, the practices of health insurance companies are murderous at best.  I’m not even going to speak on the rapid inflation of health care costs & how they can justify their ridiculous cost drivers. Let me be clear…If you pay for insurance, everything should be covered.  The primary argument against reform is the car insurance analogy: you get don’t everything if you only pay for liability coverage. My rebuttal is that unlike tumors;  operating a vehicle is a choice.

Pre-existing conditions are another issue that must be addressed. As I stated earlier, no one chooses to have an illness and most are willing to pay for coverage.  So for companies to deny service because of a prior ailment is discriminatory.  Being sick does not make anyone less of a person, so they should be treated like everyone else & have accessibility to the health care coverage of choice.  This practice of exclusion and selective coverage is commonly used by insurance companies and often forces people to go broke in the event medical catastrophes.  Let’s be real how many people can pay out-of-pocket for cancer treatment?

All that being said, the most disturbing part of all this, is that politicians vote to protect these companies in name of big business & campaign donations.  Yes, healthcare does account for 20% of the US economy and insurance profits maybe squeezed. But my question to them is what is the cost of human life?  How can they sleep at night knowing people are paying for a service they’ll never get and in turn might deliver their death-blow?  This not a political argument, it a question of morality, and brings the hierarchy of our values to the forefront.

Ode to Friday

12 Mar

It’s Friday and I took a day off… I threw this in dvd player!

it's friday

This is a classic movie. Perhaps one could even argue its a “coming of age” movie as well. Chris Tucker, Ice Cube, Bernie Mac, Nia Long, & John Witherspoon delivered masterful performances. Think about all the timeless quotes  that came from that movie.  The nicknames alone provided much fodder, see “Debo”, “Smokey”, “Big Worm”, “Ms. Parka”, and need I say more.  Enjoy some of the great clips from this movie & I hope you had a good Friday.

Knuckle Puck Time…

3 Mar

Like most Americans on Sunday evening I was captivated by the hockey game between USA & Canada and I’m not a hockey fan at all.  Hell, I’ve never watched the sport on TV outside of Sports Center, but I felt patriotic & swelled with boastful cheer through the last period & OT.

Then I thought to myself, “do my minority friends even care”? How is this game being received in the black & latin communities? The answer I arrived at is a gross generalization, but they really do not care that much.  In reality… that game was epic, historic, monumental & Sid Crosby has cemented himself as a God in Canada. I’m sure we will see a movie made & Mr. Crosby now has the entire female Canadian population waiting to go half on a baby with him.

I began to think…Is the stereotype true, “black people don’t play hockey (I know there are a few outliers in the NHL)? Truthfully, it can be explained through cultural and economical rationale. How many black/hispanic kids actually have access to an ice rink or can ice skate?  This is a real chasm because everyone should relish Team USA’s accomplishments yet some don’t feel a part of that “America” or can relate.  Extremely perverse I’d say…But The Mighty Ducks sure did help in the 90’s and my “Knuckle Puck Shot” is vicious!  Leave it Disney to break cultural, ethnic, generational, athletic & socio-economic gaps!