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03.04.02 01:16 AM

monster's ball and blog haters

D. and I saw Monster's Ball this weekend. But I don't even want to discuss how that movie was more hype than it was actually brilliant. But I will give Halle credit. It was probably her best performance, and that is not to mention the Dorothy Dandridge story, since she played a crack head alongside Samuel L Jackson in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. As much as this movie is about race, I think it is about redemption and transformation. Both Berry's and Thornton's characters were both transformative and redemptive. I did not get this sense of white man comes to save the day as I thought I would. In some ways it seemed to even be more about transgression. As if Thornton's character was more or less trying to make up for all the wrong he had done in his life.

Been wondering if I would see Queen of the Damned, but now since reading Armond White's review in NY Press I think I might. I didn't want some evil image of the young artist to be the last image I remembered of her. But White paints a portrait that creates this villanous character, at least as played by Aaliyah, as one that is too sexy and too cute to be thought evil.

I'm also not trying to think about this one too much, but am seriously wondering what is it that makes one hate a blog. I mean really, come on folks. Some people, I know, would rather read the personal—insights from someone's daily life. And then others may want to see someone become this cultural critic on their diary pages on the Web. Sorry folks, that isn't what you will get here, I already do that in my professional life. Just click on the links for Print or Web writing on the left nav to see how I respond to media and entertainment. And I get paid for that too. So no need to repeat what I do professionally, on a personal level. This place here, is the same kind of medium to me as any other journal that I would write in. And if you don't like it, that's cool too. So hate on. But truth be told, the more you hate on my blog, the more I'm going to keep showing up in the best of the Blog Hop category. You'd probably do your self a better service if you just ignored me. Over there, it's even more about the fact that I have several votes than it is about how many folks are hating on me. Now see if your Ph.D. (that's playa' hata' degree for those of you who don't know) will actually improve your own blog, or even your life for that matter. Peace. I'm out.

BTW, if you're looking at this site in anything under IE 5 or Netscape 4.7, you should probably update your browser. You'd actually be able to view the design a lot better. And for you AOL browser users, well, I'll just leave it at that.

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