Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wyclef Associate John Forte pardoned by President Bush

This came from SOHH.com:

News: Wyclef Associate, John Forte, Pardoned By President Bush
Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 05:00:00 Z

Incarcerated music producer John Forte has been given a rare pardon by President George W. Bush allowing him to be released from his 14 year prison sentence beginning next month.

According to the Washington Post, the Grammy-award -winning artist is one out of the 16 people who have either received pardons or reduced sentences in the final months of the Bush Administration.

Forte was arrested after being caught in 2000 at New Jersey's Newark International Airport with 31 pounds of cocaine stashed in two briefcases. Despite being his first offense, he was later convicted of possession with intent to distribute and given a mandatory 14 year sentence at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Being released in December after seven years behind bars, Forte is still subject to five years supervised probation.

The producer's rise to fame came from his work with The Fugees, helping co-write and producing two tracks from their multi-platinum selling album, The Score. He later released his 1998 solo project, Poly Sci, with Wyclef Jean behind the boards as producer.

Forte is currently scheduled to be released on Monday, December 22.

RIP MC Breed

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Mid-West: BREAKING: MC Breed Dies At 36
Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Sat, 22 Nov 2008 20:00:00 Z

Eric Breed, the Midwest rapper known as MC Breed, was found dead today after suffering kidney failure.

According to the Detroit News, Breed's manager Darryl Morris confirmed that the rappers was found dead at a friend's home in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

In September, Breed collapsed on a basketball court. He was taken to the hospital and put on life support due to kidney failure. He was taken off life support days later.

Last spring, Breed was arrested in Flint, Michigan due to missed child support payments. The rapper was also reportedly placed behind bars and eventually released on $18,000 bail last April.

Helping the Mid-West rise to popularity within hip-hop, the Michigan-bred emcee is known for gaining notice as an independent artist with a number of early 1990's albums, including MC Breed & DFC, 20 Below, The New Breed and Funkafied.

Breed also famously collaborated with various West Coast rap stars including Too Short, Warren G and the late Tupac Shakur.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Auditions, Podcasts, and Discount Movies: The Weekend Wrap-Up


I got off work, went home and changed clothes, got my haircut, and went to Hastings for a little bit. After that, I went home.


I got off work, then I went to an audition for a movie entitled "Burn". The director was Adrian Williams, who I have known for years. He seems to want to use me in this film or this web series that he is doing.

After that, I picked up my buddy Chris Eaton and we joined the rest of the Geekland Podcast gang. I missed the Entertainment Oveload Podcast (www.fusedfilm.com), but Chris and I joined Willie Gillis, Ben Songer, and Justin Vactor for the Geekland podcast (www.geeklandpodcast.com). After that, we went to Chick-Fil-A. After that, Chris Eaton and I went to TCBY. Ummm, lowfat yogurt!! After that, I met up with my buddy Rod Pitts and he treated me to a meal at Hepzibah's. I mainly went to fellowship, I havent' hung out with Rod in a few weeks. After that, we went to Spin Street, and I bought my LAST Christmas present!! Yeeeaahhh! I may not leave my house on Black Friday. If I do, I'm not going to any stores!! Okay, maybe Hastings or Best Buy, but it'll be in the afternoon!! After that, I went to a pool hall near my house. I met up with my current coworker Jeffery "JR" Futrell, and my former coworkers Andrew "4 Staxx" Britton and Keneetha "KD" Dabney. I really can't play pool. This was my first time playing. I sucked, but it was cool. I was just tired. I left around 11 PM>


I watched the Titans lose to the Jets. Hey, it's our first loss, we'll bounce back!! Also, I went to the discount movie theater (Bartlett 10), and saw The House Bunny . It was funny and touching. I love films where the geeks overcome. Geek power!!! After that, I went home and took a nap until about 11 PM. Then, I watched some TV, then I called it a night.


I FINALLY finished watching Transporter 2. It was okay, but it was VERY unrealistic. I gave it 2.5/5 stars on flixster.com. Also, I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday. I am trying to pace myself. I have gained some weight back, so I have to be careful. Be easy, readers!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Blu-Ray, Parties, and Wrestling: The Weekend Wrap-Up


I got off work, and I went over Justin Vactor's house. I watched Casino Royaleon Blu-Ray. Wow. The colors were so bright. I almost got emotional. I felt like I had never watched TV before. We also watched videos and listened to songs on his ipod. I was telling him the samples in some of the songs he had. Good times.


I got off work, and participated in two podcasts: The Geekland Podcast (www.geeklandpodcast.com) and the Entertainment Overload Podcast (www.fusedfilm.com). Shout out to Chris Eaton, Justin Vactor, Ben Songer, Willie Gillis, and Kevin Coll. Shout out also to Jeff Pegues, who was in the store. We all ate at Buffalo Wild Wings afterwards. After that, I went over my girl Tamara's house. It was cool. I watched people play video games. Sadly, all the females were married, engaged, or in a relationship.


I picked up Chris Eaton and we went over Jeff Pegues' house and watched independent wrestling DVDs in his basement. The indie ranks have some good stuff. It was a lot of fun. Later, Chris and I went to Wendy's and ate. Chris also shared some of his life experiences and faith with me. I enjoyed his perspective on life, it was very upbeat.


God, this day started out crummy. I think I'm burnt out. God, I need a vacation. Be easy, readers.

Monday, November 10, 2008

B-day parties, comics, and Hastings: The Weekend Wrap-Up


I got off work around 2:30, ran some errands, and went to my buddy Glen Ring's b-day party. It was at the home that he shares with is lovely girlfriend Daffney. Shout out to Arnold Edwards, Dayna Hinkel, Dedrick Bullard, Hardy, his daughter Skylar (who's revovering from a car accident), and Glen's friends. I talked blogs, movies, and comics. I was good.


I FINALLY left my job on Saturday. Why do people bullcrap after you've been telling them the closing time for an hour? That pisses me off!! Anyway, I met up with Justin Vactor, Willie Gillis, and Ben Songer and we recorded the Entertainment Overload Podcast (www.eopodcast.wordpress.com) and the Geekland Podcast (www.geeklandpodcast.com). Afterwards, Ben, Willie and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings. After that, I went home. I watched a replay of the BET Hip-Hop Awards (surprisingly good) and the last episode of BET's Rap City. I was saddened to see this show go off, but it was cool that they brought back all the old hosts. I feel old. I still like hip-hop, but I am not pleased with most of the acts played on the radio, especially in my town.


I watched the Titans beat the Bears. We are 9-0, you haters!!! Later, I went to Cici's Pizza(Buffets are of the Devil). After that, I went to Hastings, a very awesome store. I bought Masked Rider the First, which was an updated retelling of the Masked Rider Saga. The Masked Rider is a Japanese superhero in the vein of Power Rangers. Yes, I am a geek. Get over it.


I am actually caught up on the DVR. Let's see how long this lasts. I am also off tomorrow because of Veteran's Day. Yay war!! Okay, that didn't sound right. Be easy, readers!!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

"Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton dies at 66

By Dan Whitcomb Dan Whitcomb – Thu Nov 6, 4:48 am ET Reuters

Best-selling U.S. author Michael Crichton, who wrote such novels as "The Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park" and created the popular TV drama "ER," has died unexpectedly of cancer at age 66, his family said on Wednesday.

Crichton, a medical doctor turned novelist and filmmaker whose books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after what his family described as a "courageous and private battle against cancer."

"Michael's talent out-scaled even his own dinosaurs of 'Jurassic Park,'" filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who directed the blockbuster movie version of that novel and its sequel, "The Lost World," said in a statement. "He was the greatest at blending science with big theatrical concepts, which is what gave credibility to dinosaurs again walking the Earth."

Spielberg added: "Michael was a gentle soul who reserved his flamboyant side for his novels. There is no one in the wings that will ever take his place."

The family statement, which was released through a publicist, called Crichton's death "unexpected" but released few other details about his passing and requested privacy.

Born in Chicago on October 23, 1942, Crichton wrote his first novels while attending Harvard Medical School. He was awarded his medical degree in 1969, the same year his first major best seller, "The Andromeda Strain," was published.


A global warming skeptic, he stirred controversy with his 2004 best-seller on the subject, "State of Fear," in which the main villains are eco-terrorists.

Most of his work reflected his medical training, including "The Andromeda Strain," a techno-thriller about scientists battling a space-borne killer microorganism.

"Andromeda" also was the first novel by Crichton to be made into a Hollywood film. He followed that success with "The Terminal Man," "The Great Train Robbery" and "Congo."

He wrote and directed the 1973 film "Westworld," starring Yul Brynner as a robot gunslinger run amok in a futuristic theme park. It was the first major Hollywood film to use computer digitized images and spawned a short-lived TV series.

But Crichton remains best known for "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World," which became two of the top-grossing films of the 1990s. He co-wrote the screenplay for "Jurassic Park" and for the 1996 tornado thriller "Twister."

Also during the 1990s he published such popular novels as "Rising Sun," "Disclosure," and "Timeline." He followed in this decade with "Prey," "State of Fear" and "Next."

His 1976 novel "Eaters of the Dead" was made into the 1999 film "The 13th Warrior."

Crichton won a number of writing and film awards and an Emmy for his work on "ER," the popular and long-running NBC television hospital drama currently in its final season.

"While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes," his family said in the statement.

"He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."

Open Letter to the United States

I am still in shock: An African-American man is President of the United States. I didn't know if I would see this day in my lifetime. I am happy, but I realize that the battle is not over. We have a lot of issues that need addressing in this country. I just wish that people would calm down. I got sick of pro-Obama and pro-McCain blogs and postings on Myspace. I have dropped some people because of foolish statements like "Obama is the enemy". Grow the hell up!! Also, all the "Obama is the antichrist" talk. Again, grow the hell up!! I am sick of the foolishness. My brother told me a story of what happened at his job election night. African-American people were celebrating, and one Caucasian "girl" (stupidity takes away her adult status) said that "It doesn't matter, he'll get assassinated anyway" and "He's not even American, he's a Muslim". Obabma's a practicing Christian, this has been well documented. I, too, am concerned for Obama's life. This is not the time to voice that, however. We cannot live in fear. I think that change was needed in this country. The economy is horrible, and we I think that our time for occupying Iraq is past. I haven't seen a WMD yet. All I see is soldiers dying or, even worse, returning back home and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. A coworker told me of a friend of his who nearly killed his baby girl due to PTSD. If we are going to put our soldiers through the ugly experience of war, if we expect them to live with the weight of deaths on their conscience, then we'd better have a good reason. Their sacrifice had better not be for oil. I'm not saying it is or isn't, I'm just saying that I'm not quite sure what we are fighting for. I have hope and faith that Obama will bring about change. Everybody that's being a sore loser, like Ralph Nader, should get over it. Nader, who are you to call Obama an "Uncle Tom"?!! You have crossed the line, sir. I see you as a bitter, cynical old man who is becoming a detriment to the cause that you hold dear. Our country does not need this. Our country needs to heal. Democrat, Republican, Green Pary, whatever, let's come together and try to cure the economic and societal ills. Let's make sure that we are in Iraq for the right reasons. Let's make America the great nation that we know it can be. C'mon, people, we can do it, yes we can!! And yes, he did. Now let's work together. In the words of that classic gospel singing group The Winans, "It's time, time to make a change, we are the people who can do it". God bless America, and God bless the entire world.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Screenings, Parties, and Podcasts: The Thursday-Monday Wrapup


I went to the screening of Cruel at Studio on the Square. It was a silent, black and white horror film. It was good. I thought my death scene was cool. The 7:15 screening had more people in it, including my costar Jon "Sparky" Sparks (www.jonwsparks.blogspot.com), Monica Summerfield,and Timm Scalita. Arnita Williams attended both screenings. I attended the 9:15 screening. Shoutout to Duane Craig, Chris Byerly, and everybody else who worked on the film. Shoutout also to Morgan Fox, whose film OMG/hahaha ended its weekly run on the same night. Duane told me that he sees me as more than just comic relief and is willing to write me a lead role. I appreciated that.


I tried to go to Helloween, a special edition of Karaoke Smackdown. I started feeling sick, so I only sang one song: "Unwell" by Matchbox 20. Yes, it was irony. Shoutout to David H, Joe, Broadway, and the rest of the Karaoke Smackdown gang.


I hung out with the Entertainment Overload/Geekland podcast crew. We saw Zack and Miri Make a Prono. It was a funny, raunchy film. I like Kevin Smith's movies. I gave it a 4/5 on fixster.com. Next, came the podcasts (www.eopodcast.wordpress.com, www.geeklandpodcast.com). After that, we all went to Buffalo Wild Wings. Shoutout to Ben Songer, Willie Gilless, Chris Eaton, Justin Vactor, and Jason, a local comic book creator who hung out with us.

Next, I went to a party at the home of Arnold Edward and Dayna Hinkel. Arnold was gone for most of the party because our friend Hardy's daughter was in an accident. Arnold stayed with Hardy and Skylar at the hospital. Skylar's okay, thank God. It was cool. I ate food and chitchatted. I gave Arnold his long overdue b-day present, Shaun of the Dead on DVD. I also gave Day-Day her present because her b-day was the next day. I bought her Mona Lisa Smile on DVD. Shoutout to Glen Ring, his girlfriend Dabney, Dedrick Bullard, Jarrod, his brother, Sing, and everyone else who attended.


I pretty much stayed in the house until evening. I ate dinner at My Favorite Place restaurant. Ummm, chimichangas!!! Oh, yeah, I did watch the Titans beat the Packers in overtime. We are now 8-0, haters!! Tennessee, baby!!


Before I went to work, I was channel surfing and came across Tyra. Some 22-year old woman is auctioning off her virginity. Okay, that's just wrong and sick!! Your virginity shouldn't be for sale, you should lose it in an alcohol-induced lust fit in the backseat of a sports car like so many other women....just kidding!!! I think I REALLY need to go back to church and work on my relationship with God...the world is crazy right now. Be easy, readers!!!