The Fifth Estate

Background

About the fifth estate : For four decades the fifth estate has been Canada’s premier investigative documentary program. Hosts Bob McKeown, Gillian Findlay and Mark Kelley continue a tradition of provocative and fearless journalism. the fifth estate brings in-depth investigations that matter to Canadians – delivering a dazzling parade of political leaders, controversial characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy.

 

Videos

  1. Russell Williams – Above Suspicion – the fifth estate
    • Participants
      • Mary Elizabeth ( Spouse )
      • Larry Jones ( Neighbor )
      • Jeff Farquhar ( College Roommate )
    • Bio
      • He piloted prime ministers and royalty and later commanded our country’s largest air force base in Trenton, Ont. Today, Colonel Russell Williams sits in a prison cell convicted of multiple charges including two murders, sexual assaults and dozens of break and enters. This unbelievable story has captured the country’s attention and left people asking the same simple questions: What really happened? Who is the man behind the headlines? To answer these questions, the team from the fifth estate conducted an exhaustive journalistic investigation over many months as they chased down a multitude of leads, knocked on countless doors and asked many difficult questions of the people who agreed to talk. In exclusive interviews with those who know him best, host Bob McKeown reveals, in intricate detail, the story of Colonel Russell Williams — career military man, respected community leader, husband and, now, convicted murderer.
        Original airdate : September 24th, 2010
    •  Videos
      • YouTube
        • Russell Williams – Above Suspicion – the fifth estate
          Published On :- 2015-Sept-5th
          Link
        • Russell Williams – The Confession – the fifth estate
          Bob McKeown deconstructs the interrogation and shocking confession of Russell Williams. From his initial denial to the full declaration of guilt, the fifth estate deciphers one of the most compelling and distressing confessions in Canadian criminal history with the help of people who know the art of interrogation better than anyone else. For many months, the fifth estate has been following the story of Russell Williams and now is able to piece it together from the early clues to the final confession.
          Published on :- 2014-Sept-5th
          Link
    • Location :-
      • Canadian Forces Base ( CFB Military Base )
        Tweed, Ontario
  2. Shafia family murders : House of Shafia (2012) – the fifth estate
    A father, a mother and a brother stand convicted of the first-degree murders of four women found drowned in a submerged car in a Kingston, Ont. canal — the so-called “honour killing” that has shocked a nation. But so many questions still remain.

    • Videos
      • YouTube
        Published on :- 2016-June-27th
        Link
  3. The Life and Death of Abdinasir Dirie (2010) – the fifth estate
    In the 1990s, Abdinasir Dirie’s parents fled civil war in Somalia for the apparent peace and safety of Canada. Years later, G Baby, as his family called him, made his own way from the rough streets of Toronto’s Jamestown Crescent neighbourhood to the oilfields of Alberta looking for riches and good fortune. There, he died and his murder remains unsolved, like so many other murders of young Somali-Canadians. The extra twist in this case: some members of his family are convinced they know who committed the crime.Hear from the family of Abdinasir Dirie as the fifth estate explores the searing pain of their struggle and peels back the layers of a story even more complicated than anyone originally expected.

    • Videos
  4. Jassi Sidhu Murder
    • Chronicle
      • 2017-09-08
        • Sept 8, 2017 : A B.C. woman and her brother, accused of masterminding the murder of her 25-year-old Jassi Sidhu, should be extradited to India to face justice, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.
    •  Videos
      • YouTube
        • Jassi Sidhu murder : Escape from Justice (2012) – The Fifth Estate
          Link
  5. Murder in Cottage Country – The Fifth Estate
    • Added On :- 2017-Sept-20th
    •  Videos
      • YouTube
        • Murder in Cottage Country – The Fifth Estate
          It’s a dark tale of people vanishing, mystery, and suspicion of murder: Nearly two decades ago in a secluded part of Ontario’s cottage country, four elderly people disappeared without a trace. Police spent years searching for bodies, clues and answers. To this day, the seniors have never been found — and no one has been held accountable for their disappearance. Now, in a joint investigation with The Walrus magazine, The Fifth Estate uncovers long-secret police documents and new details about the people who went missing, the suspects police had in their sights and clues to what may have happened.
          Published On :- 2017-Sept-15th
          Link

 

Indepth

Russell Williams

Russell Williams – Above Suspicion – the fifth estate

  • Psychology
    • Unpredictability of Human Behavior
    • Under Radar
    • Under cover of darkness
  • Timeline
    • 15 Years Old
      • January 2009
    • 2008 thru 2009
      • 34 similar breakings
    • Ottawa
      • Peculiar in nature
  • Commanding Officer at CFB Trenton
    • Qualification for position
      • Good with people
        • Good as a leader of people
      • Good with Administration
      • Good with the media
      • Good with the public
  • Breakdown
    • Suicide Attempt
    • Psychological World broken down

Russell Williams – The Confession – the fifth estate

  1.  Conversation
    • It is hard to believe this is happening
    • What are you struggling with
    • Struggling with how upset my life is right now

48 Hours

Background

Shortie and I is in a good place.

But, I don’t know if it is sanctimony, “sacrimony“, scarcity, or scaredness that has me feeling this way.

 

Video

Here are some courtesy of 48 Hours wishing they could do it over again!

 

  1. Michael Tardio, Christopher Monson, Mark Yagalla
    • Participants:-
      • Michael Tardio
      • Christopher Monson
      • Mark Yagalla, Wall Street Investment Advisor
      • Sandy Bentley
      • Andrew Blankstein, LA Times Crime Reporter
      • Linda Kim, “Jewelry Connoisseur
      • Michael Jacobs, “Go Between”
    •  Show
      • Playing With Fire
        Link
        Published On :- 2017-July-17th
      • 48 Hours Mystery Extra Interview – Mark Yagalla on Ponzi Schemes
        Link
    • Location : Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. Forrest Hayes, Alix Tichelman
    • Participants
      • Tim Hayes
      • Alix Tichelman
      • Dean Riopelle
      • Michael Daly,
    • Video
      • Kiss of Death and the Google Exec
        Published On:- 2016-Sept-8th
        Link
      • Alix Tichelman pleads guilty, sentenced to 6 years in jail
        Tichelman smiled in court after receiving the sentence. She also apologized to Forrest Timothy Hayes’ wife and five children for his death.
        Published On:- 2015-May-19th
        Link
    • Story
      • 48 Hours
        • KISS OF DEATH AND THE GOOGLE EXEC
          Link
      • EXCLUSIVE: Police reveal Google executive had ‘other liaisons,’ including previous hook-ups with call girl ‘who poisoned him with heroin’ and is now linked to a second overdose death in Georgia
        Link
    • Location :-
      • Santa Cruz, CA
      • Meeting Arrangement, Las Vegas, NV
  3. Brian Randone & Felicia Tang
    • Participant
      • Felicia Tang
    •  Video
      • Dateline NBC 2017 The Preacher’s Passion
        Uploaded On :- 2017-Feb-6th
        Link
    • Story
      • Wikipedia
      • Actress Suzanne Davis: Accused Model Killer Brian Lee Randone is a Drunk and Woman-Hater
        Link
    • Date
      • Passing :- 2009
  4. 48 Hours Mystery Blood And Money 2016
    • Participants
      • Andrew Kissel
      • Robert Kissel
      • Nancy Kissel ( Nancy Keeshin – Wife of Robert Kissel)
      • Carlos Trujillo ( Driver )
      • Leonard Trujillo ( Charles’ cousin )
    •  Video
      • YouTube – Video
        Link
    • Story
      • Kissel driver pleads guilty to attempted murder
        Link
      • Milkshake Murders
        Link
  5. Jocelyn Earnest, Wesley Earnest
    • Video
    • Story
      • Murdering Jocelyn Earnest: A Circumstantial Case
        Link
      • Former Chesapeake assistant principal gets life for killing wife
        Link
    • Location
      • Pine Bluff, Virginia
  6. Theresa Parker, Sam Parker
    • Participants
      • Theresa Parker
      • Sam Parker
    •  Video
      • Dateline Mystery 2017 The Secret
        Link
  7. Lesa Buchanan & Dr. Christ Koulis
    • Participants
      • Lesa Buchanan
      • Dr. Christ Koulis ( Lesa’s Boyfriend )
      • Jessie ( Lesa’s Daughter )
    • Video
      • Youtube
        • Dateline 48 Hours Mystery Addicted to Love 2016 New HD Dateline mysteries full episodes
          Link
  8. Lauren Meanza, Adriane Insogna, Leslie Mazzara
    • Participants
      • Lauren Meanza
      • Adriane Insogna
      • Leslie Mazzara
    •  Videos
      • YouTube
        • Dateline Mystery August 2017 Nightmare In Napa ( NEW STORY )
          Published  On :- 2017-August-17th
          Link
      • CBS
        • NIGHTMARE IN NAPA
          Link
    • Story
      • A surprising killer is unmasked in a double homicide
        Link
      • Copple admits guilt in double murder
        Link
    • Added On :- 2017-August-23rd
  9. Retha Stratton, Susan Davis
    • Participants
      • Retha Stratton
      • Rona Stratton Smith
      • Lisa Gabbert
      • Susan Davis
      • Laura Barnard
      • Wesley Wayne Miller
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • Dateline Mystery : NEW STORY In August 2017 – Please WATCH!
          Published On :- 2017-August-24th
          Link
    • Stories
      • 48 Hours Dangerous Reunion 03.10.07
        Link
  10. Redemption Song on ID
    • Video
      • YouTube
        • The Murder of Natalie Antonetti
          Published On :- 2017-July-20th
          Link
  11. Ryan Poston, Shayna Hubers
    • Video
      • CBS
        • Ryan Poston Murder Part 1: Breaking Point
          Link
        • Ryan Poston Murder Part 2: Obsessed
          Link
        • Murder suspect talks and talks and talks
          Link
    • Met on Facebook
  12. Lauren Dunne Astley
    • Video
      • CBS
        • Lauren Astley remembered
          Malcolm Astley and Mary Dunne share memories of their only daughter, Lauren – who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in a case of breakup violence.
          Published On :- October 25, 2013, 10:14 AM
          Link
      • YouTube
        • Published On :- 2017-May-2nd
          Link
  13. Bill McLaughlin, Nanette Johnston, Eric Naposki
    • Participants
      • Bill McLaughlin
      • Nanette Johnston
      • Eric Naposki
    • Date
      • Date Incident Occurred :- Dec 15th, 1994
    •  Videos
      • YouTube
        • Dateline NBC 2016 Mystery
          • Show Title :- Murder in the OC
            Published On :- 2017-Jan-1st
            Link
    • Location :- Newport Beach, CA
  14. Allen Blackthorne, Sheila Bellush
    • Participants
      • Allen Blackthorne
      • Sheila Bellush
    •  Videos
      • ( Misplaced )
        Link
    • Date
      • Incident Date :- Nov 7th,1997
    •  Locations
      • San Antonio, Tex
      • Florida
  15. Heidt Family
    • Participants
      • Philip Heidt ( Patriarch )
      • Linda Heidt ( Matriarch )
      • Carey heidt ( Husband )
        • Robin Heidt ( Carey’s Wife )
        • Craig Heidt  ( Carey’s Older Brother)
        • Chris Heidt  ( Carey’s Brother)
    • Video
      • YouTube
        • ( Misplaced )
          Published :- 2017-July-12th
          Link
    •  Story
      • 48 Hours Mystery: Family Affair
        Published On :- 2012-July-13th
        Link
      • Craig Heidt gets two consecutive life sentences
        Link
      • Robin Heidt accused of threatening new boyfriend’s ex
        Link
    • Added On :- 2017-Sept-15th
  16. Col. Russell Williams
    • Col. Russell Williams was a top military commander trusted to fly the queen. Susan Spencer uncovers his secret life of stolen lingerie, sexual assault and murder.
    •  Participants
      • Col. Russell Williams
      • Jessica Lloyd
    • Video
      • YouTube
        • Name, Rank, Serial Rapist
          Published :- 2017-May-3rd
          Link
    •  Story
      • Russell Williams (criminal) – Wikipedia
        Published On :- 2012-July-13th
        Link
    • Author
      • Tim Appleby
        • A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Chilling Crimes of Colonel Russell Williams
    • Location
      • Tweed, Canada
    • Added On :- 2017-Sept-15th
  17. Lita Sullivan
    • Participants
      • Lita Sullivan
      • James Sullivan ( Jim Sullivan )
      • Sheila Ross
      • Belinda
    •  Videos
      • 48 Hours
      • Youtube
        • Dateline Mystery : A Tale of Love (HOT) – TRUE STORY SEPTEMBER 2017 ★ Please WATCH!
        • Channel :- dateline Mysteries TV
          Published on :- 2017-August-21st
          Link
    • Location:-
      • Atlanta, GA
      • Macon, GA
      • Palm Beach, FL

Summary

There is a lot of people looking for love and soulmates out there.

Each of us has a responsibility to do periodic inventory and see what we allow and keep in our lives.

Just being alert and aware of the various seasons of life and see where things fit and what things are meant for which season.

Which ones to starve off, which ones to pray out, and which ones to seek intercessory prayers on.

Need is not weak” – Concussion the Movie.

Help

Help ! ( Adam Blai )

Link

  1. Confession
    • Remove relationship with sins
  2. Living within God’s commandments
    • Understanding Urge
    • And getting to the roots
  3. Pray for closeness to God
    • Pray for grace to pray more
    • Pray for grace to come and stay closer to God
  4. Clergy Help
    • Submission
      • Deliverance – Oh God please help me out ( Deprecatory prayer )
    • Confrontation

Quotes

  1. Forrest Hayes, Alix Tichelman
    • TV Show
      • Sold out a detective
      • Cheapskate
    • USA Today
      • Google exec’s sordid death fodder for ’48 Hours’
        • Turns out having a head for technology doesn’t preclude having a dark side
        • Hayes led a double life, but he’s taking a lot of his secrets to his grave,” says CBS reporter Maureen Maher
        • As for lessons learned about the world of tech, Maher adds only that “from what we heard and saw, it’s not uncommon for people in that high-stress profession to have outlets. And in some cases, you have a lot of money and have no idea how to be social.” ( Link )

Listening

Listening to Kenny Rogers, The Gambler

Music :- Link
Lyrics :- Link

Wale, J Cole, No I.D. AND Friendship

Introduction

Spent most of yesterday locked into my laptop trying to learn something new.

Never far from YouTube or Gossip Columns.

One of the click baits I clicked on is ‘Jay-Z Opens Up About Alleged Feud With Kanye West and Reveals “What Really Hurt” Him‘.

In the segment he brought up “No I.D.”, Ernest Dion Wilson.

 

Lyrics

Nas, J. Cole, No I.D.

In his track “Let Nas Down“, J. Cole spoke about No I.D. upping the ante …

Dion called me when it dropped, sounded sad but sincere
Told me Nas heard your single and he hate that …
Said, “You the one, yo, why you make that …?”

 

J. Cole & Wale

In his track “False Prophet”  on the second verse, J. Cole spoke about his good friend, Wale.

I got a homie, he a rapper and he wanna win bad
He want the fame, the acclaim, the respect that’s been had
By all the legends, so every time I see him, he stressin’
Talkin’ ’bout, niggas don’t fuck with him, the shit is depressin’
And I know he so bitter he can’t see his own blessings
Goddamn, nigga, you too blind to see you got fans, nigga
And a platform to make a classic rap song
To change a nigga life, but you too anxious livin’ life
Always worried ’bout the critics who ain’t ever fuckin’ did it
I write what’s in my heart, don’t give a fuck who fuckin’ with it
But in a sense I can relate, the need to be great
Turns into an obsession and keeps a nigga up late
Writin’ words, hopin’ people observe the dedication
That stirs in you constantly, but intentions get blurred

 

Wale’s Response

I’m on my way to Raleigh so grateful for that inspiration
I’ll see you at the game bro
Ralph

 

One way too aggressive nemesis, and these never-ending spells with bipolar depression all, the while progressing
Maybe I mind my business and count my blessings
Be a living testament, a walking embodiment for
Everybody that’s been endlessly tested
And maybe resent the sentiment that they rarely respected
Maybe I mind my business and count my blessings

 

I’m just gonna get my black ass in this booth, cut loose so I can buy papaya juice for my beautiful black baby
And I love you Zyla, but if this game kills your father
Know we started off as a passenger, put some passion in it
And some non-passive aggressiveness

 

Just know he toured the world with Ross and gave him his first platinum plaque that he ain’t even had to adlib, rap or even talk on
Nah this Folarin with the art of sad song that TT wrote and bad girl RiRi

 

While I watch these discount niggas buy their way in with their lay-away effort
And lay waste to the very game I did my best in

 

Battling my label
One way too aggressive nemesis, and these never-ending spells with bipolar depression all, the while progressing
Maybe I mind my business and count my blessings
Be a living testament, a walking embodiment for
Everybody that’s been endlessly tested
And maybe resent the sentiment that they rarely respected
Maybe I mind my business and count my blessings
Everyday is groundhog’s day
So what you say I anticipate, cause I heard it forever and ever and ever

 

Ain’t no way in hell the devil gon’ stop my endeavors, yes
Forever underrated ’til Undertaker makes his presence
And as we know, the utmost praise for those who cannot feel it

 

So maybe I mind my business and provide for my Zyla, her mama and my niggas
And one day buy a house for Big I, Emilola, Roberto, Diane and Jordan
So they can enjoy the journey I’ve endured that’ll probably kill me

 

I mind my business
I mind my business
Nigga mind your business
And in this dark time, if we don’t find a reason to smile
We ain’t never gon’ shine nigga

 

J. Cole & Cozz

Look, I never admit it, tryna get my brother acquitted
Yo’ tell the judge I be happy to pay him off if he’s with it
My flesh and blood, hauled off to the cell
I search for heaven as I see him getting lost in this hell
Headed for coffin or jail, to never try is the ultimate fail
But love is wanting more for someone than they want for themselves
Deep, I guess I love a lot
Because the more I do my thang the more I feel the guilt and shame that my brother’s not
Reminisce as we was kids screaming “Fuck a cop”
Guess he took it serious, for me that shit was just for props

 

Videos

  1. Wale
    • Letter Ft. John Mayer
      • YouTube
        Published On :- 2009-oct-26th
        Link
    • Groundhog Day
      • YouTube
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-2nd
        Link
    • Family Affair
      • “Family Affair” is a music video by Wale that is featured on the upcoming “Inside A Change” Soundtrack. 
      • YouTube
        • Link
          Published On :- 2017-May-26th

Jay Z

The Podcast is title “RAP RADAR / EPISODE 10 – JAY-Z PART 1”.

And, here are some links to the podcast.

  1. jay-z-kanye-west-444-tidal-rap-radar-podcast-interview
    link

 

Summary

Words come in so many different ways.

Some are public, while others are private.

With time we learn whether they are to hold us back.

Or whether they are to encourage us.

Prayerfully don’t mistake words to “Grow On” with ones “To Miss“.

Letting Cole have the last words…

But love is wanting more for someone than they want for themselves

 

References

  1. J. Cole
    • J. Cole – Let Nas Down
      • Lyrics
    • False Prophets
      • Lyrics
        • Google Play Music
          Link
  2. Wale
    • GroundHog Day
      •  Lyrics
        • Genius
          • Groundhog Day (Poem)
            Genius – Poem
            Link
          • Groundhog Day
            Link
        • Google Play
          Link
  3. J Cole & Wale
    • Wale and J. Cole Hang Out at a Basketball Game Together
      Link

Nas

Introduction

Years ago a good friend told me most programmers are writers.

People Blog because someone inspired them.

People sing and rhyme cause they seen someone do it before them.

 

Nas

Role Modeling

Not everyone is able to admit to having role models.

It is good to take note of people digging in, investing life and time to get better and hoping to change along the way.

 

Living It

From Nas’s Dad travelling to Africa, getting with Fela, and taking the name “Olu Dare“.

To Nas paying tribute to Rakim.

And, J. Cole giving it back on “Let Nas Down“.

Sharing a Birthday and producer with Amy Winehouse, he posthumously went back and collabed on a couple of things.

As he said it, we are born on the same day, her not being here don’t give me a pass.

Btw the date he shares with Amy is Sept 14. And, the producer is Salaam Remi.

Videos

  1. Nas & Rakim
    • Nas – U.B.R. (Unauthorized Biography Of Rakim)
      Music video by Nas performing U.B.R. (Unauthorized Biography Of Rakim). (C) 2004 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
      Published on :- 2015-Sept-10th
      Link
    • Nas and Rakim Interview
      Published on :- 2015-April-27th
      Link
  2. Nas & J. Cole
    • Let Nas Down
      • YouTube
        • J. Cole – Let Nas Down (Extended Remix) ft. Nas
          The transition is at 3:36 but it can’t be heard because both tracks have the same line on the hook. “Long Live The Idols” is the start of the remix.
          Published On :- 2013-June-23
          Link
    • Stay
  3. Nas & Amy
    • Nas Talks About His Relationship With Amy Winehouse [Interview]
      Nas sits down and talks about the Life is Good Album which was released in 2012 and How Amy Winehouse ended up on the song ‘Cherry Wine’.
      He talks about how the friendship between them two. R.I.P Amy Winehouse.

      • Video
        Link
      • Video
        Published On :- 2103-May-29th
        Link
    • Nas Talks Relationship with Amy Winehouse on Big Boy’s Neighborhood
      Published On :- 2012-August-2nd
      Link
    • Nas – Cherry Wine (Explicit) ft. Amy Winehouse
      Published On :- 2012-Oct-2nd
      Link
  4. Nas & Nore
    • Nore on Ending Nas Beef: First Thing He Said to Me Was ‘Sorry’
      “At the end of the day he was a friend of mines, f**k the music. When you’re friends, and you stop being friends with a person it’s just weird.”
      Published On :- 2015-May-12th

      Link

 

Lyrics

  1. Nas – Cherry Wine
  2. Nas – Unauthorized Biography of Rakim

 

Quotes

Nas and Rakim Interview

  1. If we there making songs, let us make songs about things that is important. Dude is important.
    This dude is an Alien.
    Nas about R

Nas – U.B.R. (Unauthorized Biography Of Rakim)

  1. First off, I want to Thank God
    Nuff Said
  2. The unauthorized copy. Dedication to my children, my child
    Destiny Jones. To my niece and nephews, Suree, Malik, Jabari.
    The world is yours. Acknowledgements: First off, I wanna
    Claiming his nephews and nieces as his own
  3. At sixteen, son was watching him, mesmerized
    Respect, not jocking him, was so amazing
    Modeling
  4. Clap to this
    Track from Eric B & Rakim
  5. Discography: Paid In Full, Follow The Leader, Let
    The Rhythm Hit ‘Em, Don’t Sweat The Technique.
    Tracks from Eric B & Rakim

Cherry Wine – Nas & Amy Winehouse

  1. I had to tell homes, I don’t keep a cell phone, my bad
    I drag off the L and try to silence it
    Link
  2. The noise in my head, the curse of the talented
    Nas about Mental Illness
  3. Who can be from out the hood or even work for the president
    As long as there’s no selfishness
    Yes, as long as her love for the people is deep rooted and evident
    You can be easily recruited, you’re heaven sent
    Nas about love for the people
  4. I hate when people write me hostile texts
    On account of my lifestyle’s perception
    Invade my personal life out of the question
    What are they expectin’? I be tryin’ to reply and
    They never suppose I get my quiet time in?
    Nas on need for “Quiet Time”

Abacus Federal Savings in Chinatown, New York : SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

 

MarketWatch

The story behind the only bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis

Link

After the 2008 financial crisis took millions of investment dollars from Americans, shell shocked financial advisers and briefly turned the country upside down, only one bank was indicted: Abacus Federal Savings in Chinatown, New York — the 2,531st largest bank in the U.S.

Founded by Chinese-American immigrant Thomas Sung in the 1980s, the bank has six branches in three states and primarily serves the Chinese community. Federal prosecutors indicted it in 2009 for mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy after it reported to regulators it had discovered a loan officer was laundering money there.

Rather than plead guilty, the Sungs went to court. A new documentary from Oscar-nominated “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James follows the subsequent legal battle, which plays out in the film as a David and Goliath tale of a small bank taking the fall for the financial crisis over an isolated incident with a corrupt loan officer.

“Too big to fail turns into small enough to jail, and Abacus is small enough to jail,” journalist Matt Taibbi says in the film, calling the bank “as easy a target as you could possibly pick.”

With an intimate view of the fight for innocence from a stoic Thomas Sung, his razor sharp daughters (all lawyers), and his fiery wife, it’s clear the film has a sympathetic eye for Abacus as it goes up against the U.S. government, frequently comparing Thomas Sung to George Bailey in his wife’s favorite film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“It seemed clear to us as filmmakers that this bank was the mirror opposite of the big banks,” director Steve James told MarketWatch in a recent interview, noting that the Sungs reported the fraud discovered at the bank themselves. “Yet they were the ones singled out, and it kind of leads one to the conclusion that this was about planting a flag and getting a trophy to be the one prosecutor, since the feds didn’t prosecute any big banks.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. argued that there was fraud widespread enough to warrant an investigation. In May 2012, he announced charges against the bank, two supervisors, and nine former employees — 184 counts including residential mortgage fraud, security fraud, conspiracy, and falsification of business records.

As the film expresses, the indictment put on trial not just the bank itself, but the reputation of Chinese immigrants and the cash culture of Chinatown. As Jill Sung, one of the daughters, notes at one point in the film, many of their members had never used a bank before. Now, with the movie’s premiere in New York on May 19 and the trial two years behind them, her focus has turned back on the bank.

“That is the hardest part, and what I focus on most, to ensure the bank can regain itself and be profitable,” Jill Sung told MarketWatch. “We are a community bank, a minority depository institution, which means we are mission-based to help our community. Any capital we get back we put back into the bank to help our community, so profitability to us is not just about dividends and shareholders — it’s about continuing to be able to do our mission and start being profitable again.”

The film is a celebration of the American dream — as well as a kind of eulogy for the community bank. Since the financial crisis, Jill Sung said not much has changed, though big banks continue to get bigger and community banks are consolidating. With scenes from George Bailey’s ‘Bailey Building and Loan’ woven among modern-day lines of neighbors and family outside Abacus throughout, the film shows something she says is central to their practice and is being lost: community.

“There are a lot of new banks that are creating digital communities, and I think it’s great — you can have a George Bailey of digital banks,” she said. “What’s more concerning is when you have big banks where there is no community, there’s no access, there is no feeling you can talk to anybody if you have a problem. The consumer suffers in the end because they get taken advantage of and have no other choices.”

Abacus was found “not guilty” on all 240 counts after months of deliberation and a hung jury.

 

Videos

Videos – Movies

  1. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Indie
    Link
  2. SinoVision English Channel Archives
    • Abacus: small enough to jail
      Abacus Federal Savings Bank is a family-run bank that has served New York’s Chinatown for over three decades. Its services include helping Chinese immigrants obtain loans for homes and small businesses and despite steady its growth, the bank was still only the 2651st largest bank in the country. Facing charges brought by Manhattan District attorney Cyrus Vance Jr, Abacus federal savings bank founder Thomas Sung and his four daughters decided to fight for justice. The legal battle was drawn out over five years and recorded by acclaimed filmmaker Steve James and made into the documentary.
      Published On :- 2017-May-18th
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  3. Film Festival
    • Wisconsin
      • Madeline Uranek (left) and Ronnie Hess (right) from Open Doors for Refugees led a post-screening discussion of “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” a 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival selection.
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  4. Director Steve James on ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL (2017) – Celluloid Dreams
    Link
  5. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
    Abacus: Small Enough To Jail at IFC Center through June 1
    http://www.salon.com/2017/05/21/abacu…
    Q&A with the Sung family moderated by Ti-Hua Chang
    Link

 

Videos – Law Case

  1. Bloomberg Law
    • Abacus Bank’s Lawyer: Fannie Mae Earned $120M Profit From Us
      Link

 

 

Hilton Als – “MOONLIGHT” UNDOES OUR EXPECTATIONS

Story Telling

Storytelling is one area we all share as humanity.

Yet it is rare that we are closed enough to reality, or in some cases things don’t turn out well or they just drag on and on, and it is impossible to claim victory or honestly package them up.

And, so it is good to return back to how Tarell Alvin McCraney & Barry Jenkins were able to emerge from their Natural Inheritance.

 

Hilton Als

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Did I ever imagine, during my anxious, closeted childhood, that I’d live long enough to see a movie like “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s brilliant, achingly alive new work about black queerness? Did any gay man who came of age, as I did, in the era of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and aids, think he’d survive to see a version of his life told onscreen with such knowledge, unpredictability, and grace? Based on a story by the gay black playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney—Jenkins himself is not gay—the film is virtuosic in part because of Jenkins’s eye and in part because of the tale it tells, which begins in nineteen-eighties Miami.

Four white Miami-Dade police officers have beaten a young black man to death and been acquitted of manslaughter, setting off riots in the city’s black enclaves—Liberty City, Overtown, and elsewhere. It’s hard for a man of color walking those sun-bleached streets not to watch his back or feel that his days are numbered. That’s how Juan (the beautiful Mahershala Ali) carries himself—defensively, warily. He’s a dope dealer, so there’s that, too. He may be a boss on the streets—his black do-rag is his crown—but he’s intelligent enough to know that he’s expendable, that real power doesn’t belong to men like him. Crack is spreading through the city like a fever. Stepping out of his car, Juan asks a cranky drug runner what’s up. (Jenkins and his ardent cinematographer, James Laxton, film the car as if it were a kind of enclosed throne.) Juan, his mouth fixed in a pout—sometimes he sucks on his tongue, as if it were a pacifier—doesn’t take his eyes off the street. He can’t afford to; this situation, any situation, could be changed in an instant by a gun or a knife.

In this world, which is framed by the violence to come—because it will come—Juan sees a skinny kid running, his backpack flapping behind him. He’s being pursued by a group of boys, and he ducks into a condemned building to escape. Juan follows, entering through a blasted-out window, a symbol, perhaps, of the ruin left by the riots. Inside, in a dark, silent space, the kid stares at Juan, and Juan stares at the kid. There’s a kind of mirroring going on. Maybe Juan is looking at his past while the boy looks up at a future he didn’t know he could have. It’s a disorienting scene, not so much because of what happens as because of what doesn’t happen. Throughout the movie, Jenkins avoids what I call Negro hyperbole—the overblown clichés that are so often used to represent black American life. For instance, Juan doesn’t take that runaway kid under his wing in order to pimp him out and turn him into a drug runner; instead, he brings him home to feed him, nourish him.

Juan lives in a small, unassuming house with his soft-spoken but confident partner, Teresa (played by the singer Janelle Monáe). The couple look on as the kid eats and eats; it’s clear, though, that he’s hungry for more than food. The boy doesn’t even say his name, Chiron, until Juan nudges him: “You don’t talk much but you damn sure can eat.” The affectionate scolding makes Chiron (Alex Hibbert, a first-time actor, who couldn’t be better) sit up and take notice; it tells him that he counts. And he knows he counts even more when Juan calls him by his nickname—Little—as a way of claiming him.

“Faggot” is another name, and it’s one that Chiron hears often as he grows up. He’s an outsider at school, and at home, too. He lives in public housing with his single mother, Paula (Naomie Harris), who goes on drug binges, less to alleviate her sadness than to express her wrath—against the world and, especially, against her son, who she thinks keeps her from the world. Chiron lives for the moments when he can get away from his mother’s countless recriminations and needs, and swim in the unfamiliar waters of love with Juan and Teresa. One indelible scene shows Juan holding Chiron in his arms in a rippling blue ocean, teaching him to float—which is another way of teaching him the letting go that comes with trust, with love.

But, at the end of every outing, Teresa and Juan show their respect by returning Chiron home. No matter how awful Paula is, she is still Chiron’s mother. This gesture is one of many that Jenkins, who, like McCraney, was raised in Liberty City, understands from the inside out. Growing up in this community, Juan and Paula were taught to care for children, their own and others’. (There are no white characters in the film, and this is a radical move on Jenkins’s part. Whites would have introduced a different dynamic to “Moonlight.” Jenkins’s story is about a self-governing black society, no matter how fractured.) But drugs have made a mess of family, or the idea of family, and Paula gets in Juan’s face when he tries to stop her from using. She has a child, sure, but how can he talk when he’s the one selling drugs? It’s a vicious cycle, in which the characters are oppressed by everything but hope. Still, Juan does hope, if only for Chiron. That he is able to pluck that feeling out of the darkness of those Miami nights makes him a classically heroic figure: he knows his limitations, he knows that life is tragic, but he is still willing to dream.About thirty minutes into the film, Chiron, sitting at Juan and Teresa’s orderly table, asks what a faggot is. At the screening I attended, the entire audience froze, as did the figures onscreen. Then Chiron asks if he himself is a faggot. There’s no music in this scene; no one cries; Juan doesn’t grab a gun and try to blow the slandering universe away. Instead, he takes the word apart, and doesn’t take Chiron apart with it. He knows that Chiron is marked for misery, and how will Juan’s heart bear it, let alone Chiron’s?“Moonlight” undoes our expectations as viewers, and as human beings, too. As we watch, another movie plays in our minds, real-life footage of the many forms of damage done to black men, which can sometimes lead them to turn that hateful madness on their own kind, passing on the poison that was their inheritance. As Juan squires his fatherless friend about, we can’t help thinking, Will he abuse him? Will it happen now? Jenkins keeps the fear but not the melodrama in his film. He builds his scenes slowly, without trite dialogue or explosions. He respects our intelligence enough to let us just sit still and watch the glorious faces of his characters as they move through time. Scene follows scene with the kind of purposefulness you find in fairy tales, or in those Dickens novels about boys made and unmade by fate.Jenkins has influences—I would guess that Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Terrence Malick, and Charles Burnett are high on the list, along with Michael Roemer’s 1964 film “Nothing But a Man,” one of the first modern black love stories to avoid buffoonery and improbability—but what really gets him going here is filmmaking itself, and the story he’s telling. Directors such as Marlon Riggs and Isaac Julien explored gay black masculinity in the nineties, but they did so in essay-films, which allowed the audience a kind of built-in distance. Of course, no one in the nineties wanted to finance films about gay black men. Twenty years later, I still don’t know how Jenkins got this flick made. But he did. And it changes everything.The film is divided into three parts, titled “Little,” “Chiron,” and “Black.”
In the second part, Chiron (played now by Ashton Sanders) is a teen-ager, thin and walking with the push, resolve, and loneliness of a character for whom Billie Holiday would have given her all in a song. Like any young person, Chiron wants to be claimed bodily but is not entirely in his body. He’s growing up without much reinforcement outside Juan and Teresa’s home. Paula’s drug addiction has escalated and so has her anger. She’s a rotten baby, flailing around, as full of bile as Terrel (Patrick DeCile, in an incredible characterization), who bullies Chiron at school. So when a classmate, Kevin (Jharrel Jerome), shows Chiron something other than hostility, it feels like a kind of fantasy. Indeed, after Kevin jokes with Chiron about a girl, he dreams about Kevin having sex with her. And it’s like a dream one night when Chiron, trusting little but wanting to trust more, approaches Kevin at the beach where Juan taught him to swim.
The light-skinned Kevin has nicknamed Chiron Black, and he asks why, wondering if it’s a put-down. Kevin, who is more comfortable in his own body, says that it’s because Chiron is black; to him, it’s not an insult. This moment of confusion—about internalized self-hatred and the affection of naming—is unlike anything that’s been put onscreen before; it shows what freedom and pain can look like, all in one frame. When the boys kiss, Chiron apologizes for it, and we wince, because who among us hasn’t wanted to apologize for his presence? Intimacy makes the world, the body, feel strange. How does it make a boy who’s been rejected because of his skin color, his sexual interests, and his sensitivity feel? Kevin says, “What have you got to be sorry for?” As he works his hand down Chiron’s shorts, the camera pulls back; this is the only moment of physical intimacy in the film, and Jenkins knows that in this study of black male closeness the point isn’t to show fucking; it’s to show the stops and starts, the hesitation, and the rush that comes when one black male body finds pleasure and something like liberation in another.
Watching Sanders play Chiron at this stage of his life is rather like seeing Montgomery Clift act for the first time, or Gloria Foster in “Nothing But a Man.” There’s no accounting for talent like this. Sanders has a conjurer’s gifts, and an intuitive understanding of how the camera works—how it can push into an actor’s face and consciousness, and how the actor can push back against the intrusion by inhabiting the reality of the moment.
But the moment of love doesn’t last. When Terrel challenges Kevin about his attachment to Chiron, Kevin beats Chiron up, and then Terrel jumps on him, too. It’s “The Lord of the Flies” all over again: whale on sensitivity before it can get to you. In a bid to protect his dream of love, Chiron shows up at school one day and, wordlessly, breaks a chair over Terrel’s back. It’s every queer kid’s revenge fantasy, but what follows is every queer kid’s reality: fight back, and you’ll pay for it; the power does not belong to you.
In the third part of the film, Chiron (gorgeously played by Trevante Rhodes) is an adult, but still looking after his mother. She’s in rehab in Atlanta, and he has fulfilled his destiny by example: like Juan, he’s a drug dealer in a do-rag. But he doesn’t have a Teresa, doesn’t have anyone. He wears his sensitivity like a shroud around his now muscular body, which looks very black in the moonlight as he lies in bed, startled to have received a phone call from Kevin after many years. Rhodes’s portrayal of the grownup Chiron feels like a natural evolution from the earlier performances. The gold fronts that his Chiron wears are just another form of armor against longing, in a mouth that yearns to taste Kevin’s once again, to relive that forbidden love, for which black men sometimes punish one another. Rarely has the world taught them not to. But at times, when no one’s looking, love happens, just the same.

 

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Likely there are areas of our lives where we are a bit untrustworthy.  I pray we do get to recompense.

 

Quotes

  1. Shanika Hadge?
    • If you want to know where a culture is headed look at the art
  2. Mahershala Ali
    • Disengaging
      • Not be communicative
      • take ownership of our experience
      • We need ourselves
      • If I take time from it, I can go back to it and not be assaulted
    • Poetr y
    • Play
      • From the margins to the Center
    • Writing a film script
    • Understanding time more
      • Do not have time to do everything
      • When you have freedom and your own room, it is difficult
      • My Dad was dying at the time
      • Our efforts is not always in alignment with the desired destination
      • I had to learn that the hard way
      • I wasted a lot of time just chasing girls
        • It was too important to me
        • I had to be about chasing me
        • Was worrying “Who is she with now, she did not call me back”
      • There is nobody here that is more important than you
      • There is a handful of people that I still keep in touch with
        • And, that is because we contribute to each other
        • They are trying to be good fathers and good husbands

 

Grats

Gratitude to Rebecca Engle, Director of Theater @ Saint Mary,  & Mahershala Ali for narrating…here

And, also to all those wanting and waiting for a good story to tell.

As I watch more of the Video, it is so obvious how much Rebecca Engle has invested in teaching and training Mahershala.

And, far more endearingly, how much she wants him to be successful not just commercially, but through the story that gets to be told through him, as well.