Friday, September 16, 2005

Katrina Angst

Unforeseen circumstances and new opportunities have kept me and my monkey in the Dirty South for a few extra weeks. In a weird way, I am glad I was here to be witness to mayhem that ensued once rumors of an oil shortage got out. Mark my words, this is just a glimpse of things to come, so be prepared.

I am also saddened by the events following Hurricane Katrina's arrival. I am not going to go into a long trade about it, because if you have been glued to the tube like me, you're sick of hearing about it. But in short, after having my own personal disaster, I feel it does' compare to what the folks in the deep south went through. Not only did they not have neighbors to help them out, because their neighbors were in the same boat, definitely no pun intended, but the government, the stack of elected and appointed officials that are supposed to take care of you when the shit goes down, were not there when they needed them the most.

Like most, I was impressed with Kanye West's courage in denouncing this on live TV and going as far as saying, 'George Bush doesn't care about black people'. I nodded my head in agreement. If you have been paying attention the past 5 years, you would know the statement to be true. Following Kanye's Lead, The Legendary K.O. dropped a tracked entitled 'George Bush Don't Like Black People'. I first heard about the song at a BBQ last Sunday, and I was so floored by the immediacy and raw anger of it the I felt I needed to keep the ball rolling and help make the chorus a mantra for all to sing, and sing loud for Dubya and his cronies to hear.

I picked up the phone and called my friend Kris and asked to record as many newscasts as possible. I knew that timing would be essential and if I wanted to cut a video to this song, it would have to be done quickly. As always, I wish I had more time to spend on this little piece, but here it is in all it's rawness.

To viwew the clip click here and for Windows users click here.

With that off my chest, and since I am here in the ATL, check out what's happening this weekend and beyond.

The Edukators - I hope Landmark doesn't take this film down tonight, because it's a must see. If I were to make a feature film this is what it would look like. Also, I've finally seen a film that Felcia Feaster and I can agree on : )

The Seagull - Tim Haberger of the Push Push Theater is one of my heroes. He directs The Seagull, a play by Chekov, another example on why the Push Push and Co. are one of the best undiscovered secrets of this city. Through October 1 at the Push Push Theater.

Women in War - I was privy to watch the dress rehearsal of this heartbreaking and often funny take on women's roles during armed conflict. Don't fuck around and catch this one. September 17 - October 9 at Seven Stages.

Finally, Alex Rambaud, who acted in my film 'Join the Resistance: Fall in Love' and sang as part of Black Mona Lisa in 'Why I Love Shoplifting From Big Corporations' is in need of a drummer and a guitar player for his pop-punk ensemble. If you are interested email him here.

That's all folks, have a great weekend and be safe.