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Ice Cube – Mogul for the Masses (Black History Month Profile February 27, 2016

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Ice Cube

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Mogul For the Masses

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Ice Cube

By: Ms. Bobbie Jones

Was it ever in anyone’s imagination that the man who brought us the group NWA (Niggas with Attitudes) and gave us an in your face attitude because as the song BH IC 6.jpgsaid, “He was straight out of Compton,” would later grow into the giant business man and Movie Mogul  we see before us today.

           I would place a sure bet that O’Shea Jackson or as you may know him (Ice Cube) would BH IC 9.jpghave thought that years ago this type of fascinating life may have been far out of the realm of possibilities for any other young African American male born and raised in the so-called ghetto, but he is not any other male – he is Ice Cube.

            In an age where being multi-faceted pays off big time Ice Cube wears many hats.  It’s obvious that he got started as a rapper and songwriter but later added actor, producer, executive producer, movie maker and all around creative genius to his credits.

            The first time many of us saw Ice Cube on the big screen he played a character that may have not been too far from his up bringing.  Dough Boy – in the movie BH IC 23.jpgBoyz in the Hood put him on the radar and some would say the fast track to stardom.  I myself remember that movie and all it’s relevance to what life is really like in the inner city stuck with me for years and actually became a so-call cult classic in many African American homes.  In some circles all one has to do is mention that movie and it will bring back memories.  From day one whatever Ice Cube had captured in that character and on that screen he made us feel it and till this day Boyz in the Hood has endured.

            Cube is no stranger to hard work but he also knows how to combine fun, BH IC 4.jpghope, creative learning and generosity of BH IC 5.jpgspirit to many of the film projects he undertakes, just ask any of his co-stars if you ever get the chance.  If Cube thought they were funny and he saw that someone were on their “Hustle” he was first to give a comedian a chance.  Chris Tucker, Bernie Mac, Kat Williams and many other Black Comedians have Ice Cube to thank for putting them on the big screen.

            With movies like Friday which started the entire Friday franchise then along came (Next Friday) and (Friday after Next) and with those films no one could doubt that laughter had to be a big part of Ice Cubes life BH IC 7.jpgand he was determined to make it a part of ours.

Barber Shop being one of my favorite films produced by Cube Vision, Ice Cubes own Production Company not only made us all laugh but gave us a lesson in love and togetherness, the things our parents taught us and that never go out of style.

Ice Cube has also done his best to keep the franchise business going he has the Ride Along gang on his roster and it’s looking to be a hit just as everything else Ice BH IC 17.jpgCube has dabbled in. The tough talking hard hitting buddy comedy is back in action and funny is not just a word when it comes to these two… it is a way of life.  Love it !!! And, if you did not know his labor of love and a long time coming, his work and collaboration with his long-time friends Dr. Dre, and DJ Yella has created a legendary historic and epic film and one movie I think I waited my whole live to see – You know the name.  BH IC 8.jpgStraight Outta Compton”

Ice Cube does his best to stay grounded and with his wife and 4 kids to keep him on a calm yet steadily progressive path toward the future and with that in his life he can never go wrong.  Cube has come from a place many may have shunned to receive his rightful place somewhere few of us get a chance to dwell and that is – in America’s heart.  Not bad for a kid who came Straight Outta of Compton.

So, if you ever have it in your mind that geographic locations, family history or BH IC 10.jpgyour rank on the social economic level is just the end all and be all barriers to your life’s stalemate – check out those that came before you.  I say to you get a plan in place and embrace your God given gifts and talents whatever they may be, secure your faith and get about the business of doing something that can inspire those generations to come.

From the Mind  of Ice Cube check out what’s next (Clothes Line)

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Genius

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Hollywood Couldn’t Stop Him (Spike Lee) February 17, 2016

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My dear readers, Black History Month is here and I wanted to throw my opinion hat into the ring as you knew I would.  There has been much talk about black talent or the lack there of in Hollywood, well this month I just want to present you with some very find Black Talent – Behind the Camera lens as well as in front of.  And right now I give you Mr. Spike Lee.

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Mr. Spike Lee

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Hollywood Couldn’t Stop Him

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Mr. Spike Lee

By: Ms. Bobbie Jones

No matter how you may feel about his politics or his in your face attitude, Spike Lee, acclaimed Afro-American film maker has made it his mission to bring slightly unpopular subject matter to the big screen in order to spark discussion, and I for one love him for that.

Born Shelton Jackson Lee, to a Jazz musician father, and a mother who was a schoolteacher in 1957, the family called Atlanta Georgia home.  However,BH SL 4.jpg that would not be Lee’s home for long.  Lee soon moved to Brooklyn, New York where his entire young life would change and where he would later find the inspiration for his early film work that would put him on the map

Lee’s work totally fascinated me and virtually took over my life back in 1989 when I saw my first Spike Lee movie, “Do the Right Thing.”  I even remember the feeling I had when that movie hit the big screen.  To me it was history in the making, despite all the controversy that surrounded the movie and it’s subject matter.  It was one of the most talked about films of its time, no matter which way you felt about it.

And that was the key to Lee’s success, getting people to talk.  I had always wondered did he set out to do the controversy thing or did he just want to see topics that African Americans struggled with put before the masses. Lee wanted that, but he also wanted the dialogue that came along with such topics as a women’s sexuality and her ability to own it (She’s Gotta Have It, 1986), interracial dating (Jungle Fever, 1991) and the horrors of the college recruiting game (He Got Game, 1998).

Lee has entertained and shocked his audience, captivated and left his onlookers BH SL 8.jpgspeechless and these things can’t be said about many individuals.  His determination to be a filmmaker is awe-inspiring, I remember seeing an inter view where Lee was explaining how he had maxed out his credit cards in order to get a film project completed.  Now, did he know that gamble would pay off?  Whether he knew it or not, it did.  However, he would always face financial challenges when it came to making his films, but like a true champion – he always got them done.

He made fast friends in Hollywood, like Denzel Washington, and Ossie Davis; they BH SL K1.jpgwould take up his cause and raise money among themselves, just to see Lee’s film completed.  These actors also appeared in many of Lee’s films, often at union scale or below.  No big Hollywood checks were cut when Lee was on the set, but to be a part of a Spike Lee project, many felt it was an honor.

Some of the most inspiring workBH SL 4LG.jpg done by Lee in my opinion has been his unwavering determination in the world of documentaries.  If you have never seen 4 Little Girls I suggest that you do.  But Lee did not stop there.  When Lee wanted the world to know just how funny Black Comics can be and how much money they could generate he strapped on his camera and went on tour with the “Kings of Comedy”

Always one to be ready with a good story no matter where that story would take him.  My dear readers if it is indeed a films objective to take you to places you could not go physically then Spike Lee’s films have done that.  For and example one needs to look no further than one of my all time favorite movies and BH SL 2.jpganother great story. Malcolm X.  For many young black children growing up in the so-called ghetto – to see this story on the big screen was heaven.  The cinematography was beautiful and the journey to Mecca in the film and it’s process was an enlightenment to all whom came together to see this masterpiece. And talk about a movie that should have won an Academy Award well, Malcolm X was it !!! in my opinion.

Lee has inspired many that have come after him and there is a long list now of African American, filmmaker, writer and producers and some are all three in one, as Lee was when he first started out.  Yes, no matter what you may think of his outspoken views or his controversial ways, once Lee discovered the beautiful art of storytelling through films, like it or not, there was no stopping him, and I for one – love him for that.

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Once again Mr. Lee is calling attention to and causing Controversy…. with his latest story of the mass number of shootings and killings in one of theBH SL 9.jpg Greatest cities in the world and that my friends is the City of Chicago.  Like I said before – always ready with a good story and always ready with the truth no matter who doesn’t want to hear it.

Good Bless & Good Luck !!

 

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Hey, Mr. Carter – Where you Been ? February 1, 2016

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Hey, Mr. Carter

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Where You Been ?

By: Ms. Bobbie Jones 

My dear readers, with this being an election year, I hope you didn’t think I would let it go without a small tribute. Now, I for one have never been one for politics but I am one for a good story, and with that being said I wanna take you on a journey that will appear from time to time in my blog.  This will appear as a special series and it will be entitled – Who is your Favorite President?

Now, the way this works is I will present my readers with the biographies of 4 different presidents. These are my favorite Presidents and as you read along and enjoy my story and the journey I want you to comment and tell me what you think or who your fav. President happens to be.  You can also tell me what you think the best traits of the President you just read about are and do your best to keep it upbeat and fun and let’s enjoy.

As the title suggest I am choosing to write about former President Mr. Jimmy Carter. I want to touch on three traits of Mr. Carter and those would be his Courage, second his strength and most importantly his faith.

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Mr. Carter

Mr. Carter was born on October 1, 1924, in Plains, GA and from such humble beginnings who could have imagined that he would become the 39th president of these here United States, but he did and I am sure Mr. Carter must have believed he was made for Cart 31it.  Jimmy must have gotten his work ethic from his hard working father, James Earl Carter Sr. For, you see his father was a peanut farmer who not only ran a farm but a warehouse and general store. Bessie Lillian Carter, his mother, a registered nurse is where he got his wisdom and kind, gently nature, and these two traits would most often be used in and out of public office.

Mr. Carter grew up in the rural South and during his time growing up witness many horrible injustices and indignities place upon the parents of his young playmates. Who were these young playmates and their parents?   They were the poor, disenfranchised and weary with the scars of racism.  Yes, they were the poor Black population of the rural South.  There would be many sights and sound of the South that the young Carter would encounter but none more powerful than Cart 38the outright injustice of his black friends, playmates and their parents.  Jimmy would carry these memories with him throughout his life but they would not just sit dormant, you see Jimmy had a plan and all the bigots in the state of Georgia would soon learn of this plan but for now Jimmy had a life to live.

 

Mr. Carter would later become a naval man putting those hard working skills he learned Cart 32from his dad to good use.  Discipline and determination to be good at all his task would set him apart, sure he only stood 5 feet 9 but what he lacked in stature he more than made up for in hard work, graduating in the top 10 percent from his Naval ROTC program in 1946. Jimmy not only had a budding naval career he also had a blushing new bride.  Jimmy married his wife Rosalynn who world remain by his side through it all and he would come to rely on and respect her quiet strength.

 

Southern Politics on the Horizon

After Jimmy’s stint in the Navy he came home to his beautiful growing family and to a beautiful state Hawaii. Although, this would not be long lived, soon Jimmy would get word of his father’s death and almost without a second thought Jimmy was off to home, Plains, Georgia to take over the family farm and take care of his mother, all to Rosalynn’s dismay. Thank God eventually Rosalynn Carter came around because the family needed her full, engaging presence for it was about to get busy around the Carter household.

Courage

In the 1950’s Plains, Ga. was no better than it was in the 20’s 30’s or 40’s but the laws of the land were a changing and Mr. Carter would be there to see to it that now, his southern black friends would gain the dignities they deserved.

Public office did not come easy … but Jimmy had some success on the township and local levels but soon he wouldCart 34 set his sights on the Governorship of Georgia, which would prove to be a tall task, but Jimmy was undeterred. Although, Jimmy had been threatened by the White Citizen Council or the Ku Klux Klan because he refused to join the hateful group, and it did not help that he was the only white man in Plains to do so, now that took courage.

One may ask, how could Carter do this and put himself and his family in harm’s way? Well, you see Carter operated under a different law and that was God’s law.  For, you see no matter how many fake man-made laws exist, when you know deep inside you that something is not right you do everything within your power to make it right for you know God is watching, and Jimmy knew the Lord is always watching.  Carter knew treating God’s children (African Americans) unfairly was wrong and wrong in the worst way Carter set out to right those wrongs with God’s help.

 

Strength & Faith

Mr. Carter learned on his several journeys towards public office that things are not as they seem and when you throw in small town politics into the pot you have a simmering heap of injustice, ballot tampering & election fixing. However, Mr. Carter would take some timeout between campaigning to focus on his faith.  You see, during this time JiCart 39mmy had a long talk with his older sister who just happened to be a minister and he wanted to know how she could be so content in whatever it was she was doing and she in no uncertain terms told him it was her total faith in Jesus Christ.  Now, Mr. Carter was no stranger to the Lord but he knew something was out of alignment in his life.  Jimmy began teaching Bible study, helping to win people to the Lord and just taking his time and working for God and waiting on God’s timing.

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Once Jimmy took that step back and focused on the Lord – for you see true promotion comes for God and once God gives you something no one can ever take it away. In 1970 Mr. Carter won the election to become Governor of Georgia and beat out his Cart 33rival Carl Sanders but to do so Mr. Carter employed a little trickery.  Although, Carter was a progressive Liberal, fighting for Civil Rights.  He let the Red Necks of Georgia think that he was on their side and ran a campaign on their issues.  However, once in office he did the old switch-a-roe and went back to his policies on Civil Rights and fair and equal treatment for all.  Now, that took faith and strength for you knew after that he was in for the fight of his life.  But in Mr. Carter’s mind he knew the end would justify the means, he had to do what was right for the people of Georgia for he knew God is always watching.

 

Mr. Carter had a dream and God must have been on his side for you see Jimmy was just a onetime Governor of Georgia but he was on his way.  He declared his candidacy for the Presidency in December of 1974 and no one could stop him. It did not hurt that his clean living and honest, God fearing persona was looked upon to clean up the mess Richard Nixon and his cronies had left behind.

 

Mr. Carter & The White House

Jimmy won his bid for the White house On November 2, 1976 and it only Cart 35took him 22 months to go from a total unknown to the President of these here United States. You may not believe but when God’s hand is on something, miracles happen.

Some may say Carter’s administration was plagued with problems from the beginning but Cater was there to do Gods work and peace and justice was on his mind. Carter’s record on peace stands to this day. Mr. Carter also made sure to cut waste while in the White house and he streamlined and did away with quid pro quo.  Although he may have not understood the way Washington politics worked but stopping the corruption and making sure it did not happen on his watch was his goal along with a balanCart 36ce budget.

Peacemaker (Middle East) and Champion of those seeking Human Rights – Mr. Carter also knew that the Bible says blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God. It does not say blessed are those who go along to get along.  Yes, Mr. Carter had a long and hard fight but he was fighting for a much higher power.

Out of Office

One of the things that I have most loved about Mr. Jimmy Carter has been his total commitment to simple things and the helping of othersCart V 13 and that is in and out of office. Habitat for Humanity has been one of the organizations I have supported for the simple fact I saw Mr. Jimmy Carter on TV wheeling his hammer so when I hit college in the 80’s Habitat is where I went to build houses for my fellow man.

Putting your money where your mouth is – Walking the walk as you talk the talk. These are the things that I loved about Mr. Jimmy Carter, our 39th President. …

I like the places our former President has been I like the things he has done because he has done them in the name of God and although they may have not been conventional or proper in the eyes of men he did the things he knew were right because they were right before God !!!Cart V 18

Thank you Mr. Carter for doing what was right even when it was not “Popular”

Keep the conversation going and let me know who your favorite President is and why ?

God Bless & Good Luck.

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As this Election year gets underway I want to say and extend a very special Thanks to our current President Mr. BarCart 40ack Obama.  I thank you for being brave enough to accept such a crucial job and for doing all you can to help the American People.

Thank You !!!

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Stay tuned for All that is Black History, coming this Month. : )