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.
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.
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.
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
Nas & J. Cole
Let Nas Down
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
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.
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
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
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)
First off, I want to Thank God Nuff Said
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
At sixteen, son was watching him, mesmerized
Respect, not jocking him, was so amazing Modeling
Clap to this Track from Eric B & Rakim
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
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
The noise in my head, the curse of the talented Nas about Mental Illness
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
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”
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 – Movies
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Indie Link
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 Link
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. Link
Director Steve James on ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL (2017) – Celluloid Dreams Link
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.
Likely there are areas of our lives where we are a bit untrustworthy. I pray we do get to recompense.
If you want to know where a culture is headed look at the art
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
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
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.
Murder suspect convicted of trying to kill ex-boyfriend Link
19-year-old Jacksonville man convicted in 1 shooting, still another to go Link
Zachary Littleton & Samaria Watkins
Fatal Attraction Season 1 Episode 4 Shopping for Murder Link
Trial Begins: Man Allegedly Killed Girlfriend Refusing Abortion Link
Shakira dunson, Carlo Simpson Shikhira Dunson, the African-American pregnant woman who was gunned down in a domestic argument with her boyfriend, Carlo Simpson, will be the presented crime story on Fatal Attraction. Dunson was a 20-year-old single mother in Decatur, Georgia, with plans for a better life. Carlos “Carlo” Simpson is serving a double life sentence for the murder of his girlfriend and her unborn child. The Fatal Attraction documentary episode for the Shikhira Dunson case is called “Thicker Than Water.”
Season 5, Episode 14
Published On :-2017-Jan-9th Link
Shikhira Dunson, Carlo Simpson: TV One’s ‘Fatal Attraction’ — Black Pregnant Mom Gunned Down In Georgia Driveway By Abusive Boyfriend As Family Watched Link
Manny & Exondia Jaya Solado When Manny and Exondia first met, sparks immediately began to fly. It wasn’t long before the couple’s sensual romance blossomed into something more—they were soon having a baby and getting married. But only five years into their blissful union, Manny would go inexplicably missing, ripping the life of this happy couple apart at the seams. Exondia is crushed when the investigation into Manny’s disappearance reveals a sordid secret—he was having an affair. Investigators wonder if Exondia’s husband could have run off to start a new life with this other woman…but could there be a more sinister reason for Manny’s disappearance?
Housemate testifies about fight that led to Luxor dancer’s slaying Link
Location :- Las Vegas, Nevada
Brian and Elicia Hughes
Brian and Elicia Hughes seemed to have a picture perfect marriage; high school sweethearts with two daughters and a nice home in an affluent neighborhood. But when a 911 call leads to a disturbing crime, their perfect life turns up to be not so perfect.
Deputies: Murder suspect was trying to chip his way out of Pinellas jail Link
Woman, 24, found dead in Pinellas County motel Family and friends remember Destynee Burkes as “free spirited,” and sadly, memories are all they will hold onto now. Published On :- 2013-Jan-8th Link
Date Added :- 2017-June-11th
When Pre-Med student LaCoy McQueen vanishes without a trace, investigators like her boyfriend, Chris Lawing, for a suspect.
But evidence soon points in other directions and conclusive proof that she was murdered may forever elude detectives.
KADIJAH ‘KHADIJAH’ STEWART, LIONEL CARTER: TV ONE’S ‘FATAL’ HIGHLIGHTS DOMESTIC ABUSE, MURDER OF RICHMOND TEEN FOUND DEAD IN CAR IN VIRGINIA Link
Dr. George Blumenschein
Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo
Dateline Fatal Attraction: Dr. George Blumenschein Antifreeze Poisoning Andrea Canning Rep
Date Posted :- 2016-Sept-6th Link
“Fatal attraction” cancer doctor gets 10 years Link
Cancer-Fighting Giant Dr. Blumenschein Has Passed Link
Leon & Yomiko Roberts
Fatal Attraction – Season 5 Episode 15 – Death Trap
Published :- 2017-Jan-3rd Link
All in the family Nurse Kenyatae Collier-Brewer – a wife and mother of three – vanishes sans explanation. Her husband Darron immediately informs the police, who locate her abandoned vehicle and plunge into a web of deception and cover-ups.
Fatal Attraction 02×17 All in the Family
Published :- 2016-Dec-10th Link
Gay man in Chicago killed his wife for insurance payout, prosecutors say Link
Date Added :- 2017-June-16th
Nikki Mcphatter, Teddy Manning
Akilah Weaver ( Friend)
Fatal Attraction 02×17 All in the Family
Published :- 2016-Dec-10th Link
SC man sentenced to 30 years in murder of Charlotte airline worker Link
Location : Charlotte, NC & Columbia, SC
Date Added :- 2017-June-16th
Yamisha Thomas & Sylvester Davis
Jerry Wayne Foster
Edna Johnson ( Yamisha Thomas’s Mother )
Fatal Attraction – Season 3, Episode 3
Posted On : 2017-Jan-16th
UPDATE: Sylvester Davis, guilty of Yamisha Thomas’ murder, had history of domestic violence Link
Dated :- 2013-Oct-24
Sylvester Davis’ conviction upheld in slaying of Yamisha Thomas Link
Dated :- 2015-March-11th
Added On :- 2017-July-2n
Cherie Adams, Curtria Duncan, Thaddeus Ridley
Mother :- Cherie Adams
Daughter :- Curtria Duncan
Friend :- Thaddeus Ridley
Baby’s Father :- Sean Livingston
Friend :- Regina ( Daughter’s Friend )
Friend :- Gayle ( Mother’s Friend )
Friend :- Charles
Fatal Attraction – Season 6, Episode 17 – Burning Confession
Posted On :- 2017-June-28th Link
Police say man admits killing two women in fire Link
Psycho For Love: Thadeus Ridley killed his ex-girlfriend, Curtria Duncan, and her mother, Cherie Adams; Sentenced to 67 years in prison Link
Fatal Attraction – Shooting Spree Fatal Attraction 2017: When a probation officer is found dead in her own driveway, police fear that a vengeful probationer might be on the loose..
Date Posted :- 2017-July-18th Link
Will Strickland Stars on F2:Forensic Factor – “JACK”, Fall 2010