In light of the horrific death of seven year old Jakelin Caal Maquin, I explore the humanity struggling to remain within the remembrance of her life reflecting on a family member with the same name, descending from similar circumstances.
Poem written over three days.
I did not vote in the 2016 election.
I am not a bad person.
I am voting in tomorrow’s election.
I am not a good person.
Continue reading “Vote and Shut Up”
In lieu of Brazil’s election of Jair Bolsonaro, it brought to my attention the rise of fascism in the 21st Century-an ideology thought to have ceased to exist in a perceptively progressive world. Then, I sat in the shower (of all places) and realized that it isn’t an outside force but just the Swiss Army knife capitalism uses to clean out all the leftover resistance born out of neo-liberalism (and the true, grassroots resistance, too). This inspired the poem.
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Disclaimer: The words displayed below are in no way the direct words or perspectives of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Almánzar (Cardi B). It is merely an opinion piece on observation of the two mentioned subjects.
For the past two years, we have seen a culture shift that most of us have felt as unprecedented. Within the battle of the sexes, hope has taken new life. In its new form, the empowerment of those on the losing side have begun a comeback. Continue reading “Fame, Social Media and the parallels of Cardi B and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”
There isn’t a moment now in my life where I am not reminded of the air, the December sun cutting the humidity in two as you walk through it. Or the rapid fire vernacular that bounces through your eardrum, creating compositions that correlate with the blaring salsa or trap music-a sign of the generational preferences. Young and old, female, male, gender-trancesending, flora and fauna-I see all of it in everything I do now. Continue reading “Puerto Rico Episode IV: A New Hope”
A good majority of the world dislikes Alex Jones and #Infowars. But there are those who have seen him unravel for a long time. An alternate two cents on the #SecondAmericanCivilWar, simplifying his obsession with #Trump, and seeing his words from a different perspective.
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bye for now,
Check that baby face out!
Happy Throwback Thursday! Oh man! Has it been this long? Has it been over 11 years since I embarked on this crazy journey that is my acting career? Looking at this strange debacle, it appears that is so!
A little back story on these awkward scenes:
Bernie is a old white man who basically befriends and mentors Eli, a up-to-no-good underprivileged teen.
I booked the gig through ActorsCircle, a network based out of Washington, DC. At the time it was 2007, I was 18 and fresh out of high school. No acting classes that weren’t high school, so basically I was very green. And it shows. Hard.
We filmed this in about two days. The premise was to get enough interest to start a web series of some sort. However given the circumstances that YouTube was still in its infancy, and none of us had any concept on how to promote in the digital age, the project halted and we never began the series. Afterwards I continued to audition which included weekly trips to New York City to meet with casting directors. I booked another lead role in a feature film in DC that was to begin filming in the fall but the budget fell apart. I moved to Los Angeles about eight months after filming, and here we are.
At the time I was very proud of this. I thought: man! I’m a real working actor! I’m well on my way to embarking on a career. I’m taking off exactly like I said, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Ya know, typical fresh-out-of-high-school-graduate mentality. Looking back, I clearly could’ve handled this way better with all the experience I have now. But with age comes wisdom, and the fact I took on this project biting off more than I could chew was a testament to my commitment in establishing a hard work ethic. It’s something I’ve carried with each project since then-if there’s one thing you can grab from this, it’s that. Passion.
Here you go. Have fun!
Maybe I can use this for my demo reel. LOL.
bye for now,
It’s about that time again to revisit my psychotic laden tirade about the most patriotic day of the year. I filmed this last year and let it roll off the tongue. Trying to state your point intelligently sometimes has to give way to letting loose. Have a taste of my insanity.
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When I was five, I found out I was black.
When I was six, I found out that black sometimes takes a back seat to life.
When I was seven, I found out those roots run deep.
The summer of 1996 ended my grade jumping saga. I had also moved across town to Arlington to continue my 2nd grade at a new school with new people and new challenges. That will be addressed in the next blog. Continue reading “v: mixed/understood pt. 3: the summer with grandma”
Last night at my serving job, I was assigned a walk in of five people.
Working at Hollywood’s most popular hotel leaves you accessible to what’s happening around Tinseltown-creating engaging environments with a high end clientele that while it would not impress everyone, would make the most aspiring artists (such as me) needing to put on a good impression.
Continue reading “Spoken Word: The Beginning”