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Dailymotion – PIXELS by PATRICK JEAN. – une vidéo Art et Création

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Les Miserables

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All of my life I wanted to read Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables.  I had always heard that it was considered one of the greatest novels ever written.  I purposely avoided any movie version as I felt that it would not live up to the book as so many movies have failed to do.  See any John Grisham novel turned to film and I validate my argument.  So I was pleasantly surprised to catch the musical version on Broadway in 1998.  Visual cliff notes with music as an added bonus if you will.  I learned several years later that a film version with Uma Thurman and Liam Neeson had been made and when I finally saw it, I considered it to be well done.

This was the second musical that I had attended.  The first show, “The Capeman” was a dreadful affair starring Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades.  It almost made me swear that I’d never go to another show as long as I lived.  As awful as “The Capeman” was “Les Miserables” was brilliant.  It fueld my desire to completely absorb as much of Broadway as I possibly could.  In my four years on Broadway I saw every musical and drama that hit the stage with the exception of “Cats.”  Somehow the idea of watching grown people in cat costumes just didn’t appeal to me.

There are two dynamics to any musical on Broadyway, the libretto and the sets.  While “Les Miserables” did not have the visuals as say “The Lion King” the book and the score were fantastic.  Truth be told, admitting to like show tunes is kind of like prancing down Broadway in a Snuggie.  But I must confess that I own the CD’s to both of the aforementioned shows.  Good music is good music whatever the genre.

So in the spirit of my time on Broadway and my love of the arts of any kind, I would like to share with you the closing number of “Les Miserables.”  It is a number that I will always remember like “This is The Moment” from “Jekyll and Hyde” and “The Circle of Life” from the Lion King.”  Without further ado, I give you “One Day More!”  The one good thing about Broadway is that everybody comes back to life for the finale…

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The Elegant Pisser!

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One of my favorite movements and pieces of art from the modern art era is the DaDa movement which began in 1917 and lasted until the mid twenties.  The piece in particular is The Fountain pictured above by Marcel Duchamp.  It’s introduction into the art world changed art forever.  It is generally considered to be the first “ready-made” pieces of art.  This particular medium uses objects that have a non-art function.  Duchamp’s entry into the Society of Independent Artists was rejected and caused an international uproar.

The DaDa movement was started because of the endless poverty, death and destruction of World War I.  If you look closely enough at the photograph you will see the German word “Armut” which translates to poverty.  What makes this piece of art memorable if not famous, it was voted the most influential piece of art of the twentieth century.  And I couldn’t agree more.

One of my favorite movements and pieces of art from the modern art era is the DaDa movement which began in 1917 and lasted until the mid twenties.  The piece in particular is The Fountain pictured above by Marcel Duchamp.  It’s introduction into the art world changed art forever.  It is generally considered to be the first “ready-made” pieces of art.  This particular medium uses objects that have a non-art function.  Duchamp’s entry into the Society of Independent Artists was rejected and caused an international uproar.

The DaDa movement was started because of the endless poverty, death, and destruction of World War I.  If you look closely enough at the photograph you will see the German word “Armut” which translates to poverty.  What makes this piece of art memorable if not famous, it was voted as the most influential piece of art of the twentieth century.  And I couldn’t agree more.  The double entendre is so obvious that if you have to ask then you really don’t have a clue.

The reason that I am talking about this now is that we have come full circle.  We are at the point where poverty and war have made a great comeback.  It’s DaDa all over again.  Poverty is rampant across the globe and we are engaged in two wars, not counting the unofficial one in Pakistan.  When are we as human beings going to learn that killing one another is not the way to proceed in life?  Personally, I’ve always thought that the world was a big enough place where we could leave each other alone.  I can only dream of the day that President Obama bring out troops home.  I think that if people across the globe want to be free that they take measures into their own hands.

In my modern art history class, the professor commented that my essay on this subject was the best rough draft that he’d ever read in thirty-five years of teaching.  I hope to pull the essay off of my dead ex-commuter’s hard drive.  If life imitates art then I am glad that Duchamp only found a urinal.  If he had found a toilet, the indictment would have been inherently worse…

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta!

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Can someone please tell me what the hell is going on with this show?  I didn’t even realize that this was a show on television at all until I saw a bunch of quiz answers being posted on Facebook asking which housewife of Atlanta are you?  All I could think about was that Facebook was propagating another worthless quiz to waste people’s time.  I really don’t know anything about this show but I watched three minutes on Hulu and had to turn it off.

Never in my life in the span of three minutes have I ever seen a group of self indulgent, narcissistic, and shallow women in my life.  This reality based trash in no better than As The World Turns, The Middle Aged and Beautiful become Bold and Restless while straying from the Guiding Light. You can take the girl out of the ghetto but you never can take the ghetto out of the girl.  Which proves my old adage that you have to be born with class, it cannot be purchased.  The producers of the show could save themselves a vast amount of money if they just consolidated the entire production into an Atlanta public housing complex.

This misnomered reality show is an insult to the working women/housewives that conduct themselves in a manner that demands respect.  While the dialogue may be unscripted the situational encounters the ladies find themselves in is.  Which begs to the popularity of this show among African-American women.  The question is, do you find your lives so mundane that The Housewives of Atlanta provides some form of escapism from the daily grind or do you just find it entertaining television?

Whatever the case may be, I am not here to cast judgment on anyone.  This is a free society and everyone is entitled to watch what they want to.  It’s just that in my humble opinion, none of these ladies would be or are portrayed in a positive light.  If that were the case, I guess that viewership would cease to exist.  So in that context, what does that say about ourselves?  We need to control our own images and not in the Tyler Perry sense.  I’d rather watch The Color Purple.  Fat Chance that is going to happen.  Here’s a novel suggestion, pick up a book!

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Michael Jackson vs. Sammy Davis Jr.

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There is a debate going on on Facebook between myself and Thomas Mitchell Sr. who is widely known throughout the FAMU community.  The question is specifically “Who is the best all around entertainer, Michael Jackson or Sammy Davis Jr?  Mr. Mitchell cedes that Michael was the better entertainer but that Sammy was the best all around based on the fact that Sammy was a dancer, singer, actor, comedian, and played three musical instruments.

I countered that physical talents cannot be the only parameters to answer his question.  You have to take into account business acumen and the use of technology as well.  Michael Jackson owned his body of work and will continue to generate income after his death.  Sammy Davis died broke.  The poll is open for two weeks from today.

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The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

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‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony this life
Trying to make ends meet, you’re a slave to the money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah
No change, I can’t change, I can’t change, I can’t change,
but I’m here in my mold , I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold, no, no, no, no, no

Well, I’ve never prayed,
But tonight I’m on my knees, yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind , I feel free now
But the airwaves are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now

No change, I can’t change, I can’t change, I can’t change,
but I’m here in my mold , I am here with my mold
And I’m a million different people from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold, no, no, no, no, no

(Well have you ever been down?)
(I can’t change, I can’t change…)
(Ooooohhhhh…)

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony this life
Trying to make ends meet, trying to find some money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah
You know I can’t change, I can’t change, I can’t change,
but I’m here in my mold, I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold, no,no,no,no,no
I can’t change my mold, no,no,no,no,no
I can’t change my mold, no,no,no,no,no

(It justs sex and violence melody and silence)
(It justs sex and violence melody and silence)
(I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down)
(It justs sex and violence melody and silence)
(I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down)
(Been down)
(Ever been down)
(Ever been down)(Lalalalalalaaaaaaaa…)
(Ever been down)
(Ever been down)
(Have you ever been down?)
(Have you ever been down?)
(Have you ever been down?)

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