Friday, April 06, 2007

Favs and Pet Peeves

I have been wanting to post a list of loves and hates.... but never seemed to get around to it.

All-time Favorite Movies
-In The Heat Of the Night
-A Bronx Tale
-Once Upon a Time In America
-A Raisin in the Sun
-Mississippi Burning
-Hotel Rwanda

All-time Favorite Music Artists
-Stevie Wonder
-Bob Marley
-Curtis Mayfield
-Smokey Robinson
-Miles Davis
-Marvin Gaye
-Grover Washington Jr.
-Donny Hathaway
-Boz Scaggs
-George Benson
-David Sanborn
-Herbie Hancock
-James Brown
-Gladys Knight
-Billie Holiday
-Joe Sample
-Roy Ayers
-Earth Wind and Fire
-Aretha Franklin
-Gil Scott Heron
-Chick Corea
-Bob James
-Donald Byrd

(and just about all of the 60's-70's Soul groups).

A Few Favorite Albums
-What's Going On- Marvin Gaye
-Songs In the Key of Life- Stevie Wonder
-Pieces of a Man- Gil Scott
-Kind of Blue- Miles
-Around the World in A Day- Prince

Favorite Meal(s)
-Chicken Cordon Bleu
-Sauteed Vegetables
-& a nice Salad
-I love just about any kind of Pizza...

Favorite Actors/Actresses
-Harvey Keitel
-Sydney Poitier
-James Earl Jones
-Denzel Washington
-Cicily Tyson
-Morgan Freeman
-Robert De Niro
-Halle Berry

Favorite Color

Things that I Cannot Stand

1. People driving & talking on cell phones...especially while trying to park. STOP IT PLEASE! And the biggest culprits seem to be people who can't drive to begin with.
2. All of these damn movies w/ Black men wearing dresses. WTH? I thought that this would be a temporary thing when Eddie Murphy popularized it. But now it seems to be out of control.
3. Alcohol- Don't drink it, never have, and never will. I have seen this drug destroy too many lives (literally). Particularly the lives of several people in my own family.
4. Being stereotyped because of my race. This stuff can really drive you crazy. I try not to let it control me.
5. The out of control culture of consumerism.
6. Women w/ no substance whatsoever.
7. Poisonous rap music/culture.
8. Racism....injustice.
9. The USA's Anti- Democratic Political System.

What Would Be The First Thing That I Would Do If I Won the Lottery and Became a Multi-Millionaire?

-- Have you ever seen the Dave Chappelle Show episode where Dave has the relationship with Oprah?....Well, it would be something like that when I went back to work (if I would go in at all).

Then I would buy a modest $250,000 home. Once my family was taken care of... I would put together programs to help those who are less fortunate. I might push for the rebuilding of North and West St. Louis.... where large areas appear to have been hit by an atomic bomb.

I would definitely work to start job training programs for the poor in every major city in the USA. And I would contribute funds to fight AIDS and poverty in Africa.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Angry Independent,

You have written about "Out of Control Culture of Consumerism". In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, Consumerism and Industrialization on our minds and environment. Please read.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

To read the complete article please follow either of these links :