Me in my 20s ...what was I thinking about when they caught me in this Candid moment? I had to be like 24 or 25....feeling on top of the world but at the same time having the fear as most black men do at that age our days are numbered. We gotta live life as each day is our last cause it just might be .... Stay positive folk.... When things look bad at their worst we can always see it through..
The Carrier family circa 1920. In 1996 at the age of 28 I directed my fourth feature film ROSEWOOD. Was my toughest assignment yet... but the cast was amazing... working in Central Florida was an adventure ... snakes .. gators ..rain and mosquitoes! I did this film at the invitation of the survivors of this occurrence who then were in their late 80’s. The Rosewood massacre occurred during the winter of 1922 in Central Florida... sparked by unsubstantiated rumors a black man had assulted a white woman. The truth was there was a climate of racial and economic tension between the mostly white town of Sumner and the self sustaining black town of Rosewood. No official tally of how many black people died.
Congrats to my Lil Sista Taraji P. Henson for receiving a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This actress. Has always had so much heart and soul as a person and it shows in all the work she does ..... that’s why we love anything she does.
Happy Birthday to me! Starting out the day boat maintenance....helps me relax my mind and soul... maybe ill head south today and watch the grey whales migrate ...life is beautiful .... sending love and blessings to the world... Appreciate all the birthday love today ... I’m still sailing strong.
Mood. This album is what I play when I need reflection ....these two brothers created a masterpiece. Every song here speaks to the soul of us all across the diaspora. If you haven’t heard it give it a listen. Tell me your favorite tracks.
Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg ...one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and and all around honorable guy. I’ve learned so much from watching this mans journey as a storyteller... the films are too numerous to mention here but one of things I’ve learned from watching his work is how to evoke an emotional reponse from an audience.....fear... suspense ...excitement ... and most importantly love. Thanks Steven . Happy Birthday.
Mourning the passing of my friend Penny Marshall... she was always a very warm and loving person. Lover of all sports .. basketball... baseball... a great director and classy lady. I will always remember her holiday parties held with our friend Carrie Fisher. She brought together many with her loving heart and candor... love you Penny.