Unpredictable; More Like Unbearable
Jamie Foxx shocked us all when he unleashed his enormous talent on the big screen playing legendary crooner Ray Charles. His Oscar winning performance will be remembered for his outstanding acting, soulful singing voice and ability to convey raw emotion. Unfortunately, last night’s NBC special of Jamie Foxx, Unpredictable did everything to show what happens when the right person is placed on the wrong stage. I, like many of you, received the e-mail alleging NBC was not promoting the special because Foxx insisted on doing the show his way – angering the heads at the network and inciting their snub of the show. The truth looked more like Foxx muscled his way into getting a special and fell straight on his face in the process. Throughout the special there were skits depicting young Jamie growing up with his grandma, but rather than feeling a sense of warmth from his upbringing, you got the sense that granny was cold, unnecessarily stern and guilt imposing. Her side comments, shown as outspoken prayers, pale in comparison to the self-esteem shots she takes at the kid – even sniffing behind him before school and asking if he used soap when he bathed. The saving grace of the show was the line-up of sparsely scattered mega stars joining Foxx onstage. Stevie Wonder, who is the consummate professional and always sounds like his recordings, was backed-up by a disheveled and sometimes off-pitch Foxx. Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Common and Angie Stone also joined Foxx. Even experienced Blige, who sounds great in all of her live performances of late, looked at Foxx perplexed. The stage was cluttered with Pimps-Up-Hoes-Down-esque dancers who were so uncoordinated and unrehearsed one of the Hookah-look-alikes virtually knocked Foxx’s microphone stand down during one of her hoochy mama kicks. Putting the final nail in the Unpredictable coffin was Foxx’s quirky and Usher-fied wardrobe. He was a cross between Usher and Alicia Keys with Sears footwear. Note to Foxx: Stick to the big screen, take the advice of seasoned network executives and stop wielding the power of the golden statue to get your way. You’re attempt to blow-up your new release Unpredictable was just unbearable.
Farewell to the Twin Within
It’s 2006, time to get like the year – even; with ourselves that is. This year we will vow to:
Accept the truth
· About ourselves
· About others
· About our circumstances
See the glass as half full
· We will remain positive in spite of what comes our way
· We will recognize that it’s never as bad as it seems
· We will count our blessing and recognize that great health, good looks and a fairly comfortable life are nothing to complain about
Release the demons
· It’s not a cliché, you are your worst enemy
· Let go of the anger, sorrow and regrets consuming you. Forgive even the unforgivable. Don’t allow your past to overtake your future.
· Take intelligent risks
· Visualize the person you want to become and focus on becoming him/her
· Be silly, laugh-out-loud, don’t take everything so seriously
· Remember how you want to be seen and work toward putting that person out front
Jennifer Lopez is a vision of beauty, strength, determination and success at a time when women of her culture, build and talent were not recognized in Hollywood. Beyonce proved that stunning looks, hard work and an enormous voice could propel you into the hearts and homes of millions. Halle Berry exemplifies a woman who in her late thirties can put women 15 years her junior to shame with her mesmerizing physique and versatile acting chops. Of the three, whom do you believe is the greater success and why?
Keep passin’ the open windows…