Category Archives: reviews, rants & raves!!!

THE FAMILY THAT PREYS: Tyler Perry ‘s Triumphant Return to Fine Form

If you have ever been in a conversation with, or about artists, their art and sources of inspiration, you’ve probably heard the ubiquitous examples and anecdotes about the suffering artist and the powerful and unceasing catalyst of suffering, despair and hard times. If Tyler Perry is to be believed his latest production The Family That …

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A GRITTY ‘PRECIOUS’ GEM

Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is….Precious. (approved tagline for Precious) I was curious and more than mildly excited about seeing the Lionsgate Films release Precious. My curiosity was piqued by the tendency of many Jamaicans to hunger for and support comedies more than any other genre. Jamaica …

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A DISAPPOINTING MEETING – Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

I’m a wavering fan and admirer of Tyler Perry. The story of his challenging journey and personal and professional struggles he had to overcome to reach where he is today, his disarming humility and his creation and enactment of the deliciously mischievous Madea resonate with a growing number of people all over the world, including me. …

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TMI?

Boy and girl meet, they become a couple, they break up (I think) girl meets other boy, they become a couple, get married, have children (not in that particular order), separate, reunite…then separate again. Normally most of us would probably only be marginally interested in these goings-on, unless the people involved were our relatives, friend …

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VYBZ KARTEL: TEACHA OR BAD INFLUENCE?

The headlines and newscasts all led with it: Popular dancehall artist Vybz Kartel is facing charges of murder and ganja possession. Even though I’m far from being a fan, I’m disappointed, saddened…but not surprised. His ascendancy has always had the overtones of an imminent descent or downward spiral, one which has definite implications for and …

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ROOTS:2009

I watched Alex Haley’s ROOTS for the first time in February of 2009. 2 years later, I’m still caught up in the magnificence of this remarkable piece of work. What an audacious, wonderful, life-affirming gift!!! I have to say, I’m actually glad I didn’t see it when it aired in 1977, I would not have …

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CADILLAC RECORDS: WELL WORTH A LOOK & A LISTEN

Cadillac Records is a revelatory foray into the period of American music when ‘race’ records were being made, concerts were segregated and when the blues ruled, before ushering in the age of rock & roll. It shows the struggles, challenges and travails of racism, exploitation, celebrity excesses, drugs/alcohol dependency, personal pain and human frailty. It …

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Listening to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Look to You’

(written November 21, 2009) Let me start by saying that I’m a huge fan of Whitney Houston. She is one of the truly talented singers of our time, and I continue to lament her unraveling and descent. I still maintain that her first album is the best debut album I’ve ever heard. I waited for …

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