MARLEY – A Must See Documentary

Recently I’ve been on a Netflix binge. I caught up with shows like Teen Wolf, Being Human and I’ve tried watching other shows like Breaking Bad (I still can’t get through the first two episodes) and Walking Dead (I’ve decided that I’m just not going to like that show.) Searching Netflix on my Xbox, I came across a documentary which caught my eye.  I’m a huge Bob Marley fan. Along with The Doors, Bob Marley and the Wailers are, have been, and will be among my favorite bands of all time. Before watching, I thought I already knew enough about Bob Marley that this documentary couldn’t tell me. Boy, was I wrong. First, I had no idea that his father was white. I know this shouldn’t mean anything but for me, it means everything. It’s part of his identity and I could somehow relate to the how he was treated because of his race growing up. My father is Nigerian and my mother is from Missouri. Her ancestors are a mixture of black, white, and Native American but when I look in the mirror, I see black. My father used to tell me that some Nigerians from his area looked down on what they called “half breeds.” This didn’t make sense to me. For one, I considered myself black. However, because my mother wasn’t Nigerian, I was a half breed.Now, I don’t know if that attitude is the same today. I personally think that’s changed. But it was something that always stuck with me. So when the documentary talked about his white side (they even created his melanoma to his “white side” which I found really odd,) I immediately remembered the things my father told me. Besides his history, the documentary also covered    his wife and his children, and his multiple girlfriends- some who also had children. I did find it a little disturbing that his wife dealt with his girlfriends and their children by accepting them. I don’t know if I could ever do that. However, she said that their goal was getting the music out into the world and I felt like if she did confront his cheating, it would’ve jeopardized the band and the music. They did explain the Rastafarian movement, why he grew dreadlocks, and smoked marijuana. I knew that the word “Jah” was mentioned in some of his songs (Could you be Loved for example) but again, I didn’t really understand the purpose. After watching this documentary, I finally understood. I found myself singing along to some of the songs played in the documentary (one of my favorite “High Tide Low Tide” wasn’t played but I found myself humming the tune anyway) The ending was really touching. It showed people from all walks of life; from India to Japan to Jamaica to America singing Bob Marley songs, wearing clothing with Marley’s image, and Bob Marley graffiti. This was one of the best documentaries I’ve seen by far on Bob Marley. It left me thinking about his music, his message, and the life that some live. I highly recommend it for Bob Marley fans around the world and for anyone who wants to understand the man that is Bob Marley.

Get Back to The Theme, Please!

I’m delighted to see that one of my favorite T.V. shows on at the moment is back.GrimmWatching last night’s episode made me realize one thing. I’m tired of the “Juliette spell” story line. I want that story line to end so badly. I think it’s taking away from the main purpose of the show; Grimm taking down big bad baddies.However, I’m thrilled of the show’s return. Just to give a brief explanation of the show, Grimm is about a detective, Nick Burkhardt, who discovers that he’s a Grimm, a person descended from those who try to keep a certain balance between creatures (Wesens) that no other human can see, and humans themselves. He’s married to Juliette who comes under a spell, falls into a coma, and his awakened by Nick’s boss, Captain Sean Renard. By waking her up, Juliette and Captain Sean Renard start this love affair that’s out of their control. While I enjoy the show immensely and I can’t wait for next week’s episode, I hope that they resolve this Juliette spell issue as soon as possible. It’s stealing the light away from the show’s main theme. 

To Write You Have To Read

To write, you have to read. I strongly believe this strongly. I also believe that in this day and age, it’s hard to find a really good book. I’ve bought so many books just last year and I would say 95% of them I couldn’t finish. The book was either horribly written, didn’t catch my interest, or had to many errors in the writing itself to keep me focused on the plot. To write, you have to read.

Blog Spotlight

            I’m an internet whore. I love surfing the net, finding new things, new people- anything that I can read and enjoy. I thought I’d share some of the social media sites of these authors, known and unknown, on my blog from now on.            The first one I’d like to share is Anne Rice.             One of my favorite authors, Anne Rice is known for her Vampire Chronicles Novels, Mayfair Witches             She doesn’t blog (I haven’t found a blog.) However, she has a Facebook page and shares a lot of valuable information with her followers. She gives updates on her novels, what she’s reading, reviews of her novels, any tour date information, and her youtube info when she uploads a video. Several times she shares information about her son Christopher, who is also a writer.             I have to add that she doesn’t mind sharing her political views on her facebook page as well. For those who don’t want anything to do with politics, you might find yourself skipping over a few of her posts here and there.             Check out her facebook page when and if you have the chance! https://www.facebook.com/annericefanpage