Friday Videos: Arrested Development (music group)

I cannot believe that this is old school music but as the 2010’s arrive in the next few days, it is my hope that many aspiring musicians who come of age in the second decade of the 21st century will study this group Arrested Development who were truly a positive alternative to gangsta rap in every sense of the word. They achieved great success in the early 1990’s but unfortunately could not hold that success later that decade. In the 2000’s, they were still releasing albums and doing international tours. I also hope the 2010’s  brings a commercial comeback of this group in North America. Without further comment, I present to you my favourite tunes fromt the group, People Everyday (their rendition of Sly and The Family Stone’s Everyday People) and Revolution (from the movie soundtrack of Malcom X) both in 1992.


Intelligent Quote of the Day

 [W]hy when someone talks about the environment, mental health, domestic violence, poverty, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, quality healthcare, affordable car insurance, celebrating your culture, diversity and international issues are considered liberal talking points? What the hell is so liberal about improving your quality of life in your community and the people around you?
—The amazing and intelligent Akindele Akinyemi talking sense as always and challenging his fellow conservatives to think outside the box for a change! Kick ass Mr.A!

Give Morgan The Oscar! Two Thumbs Up for Invictus!

Me and my friend Joe, had the wonderful opportunity to see this movie this past Saturday night we enjoyed it. Morgan Freeman seemed that he was born to play former South African President Neslon Mandela.  Like Meryl Streep who brilliantly channeled the spirit of Julia Child in this past summers Julie and Julia, Morgan Freeman also brilliantly channelled the former President.  If you want to be inspired and have hope in humanity, this is a movie for you.  I remember not so long ago I responded to a Facebook poll, “Would I want a Christian as President”.   Yes, I am Canadian but I had to indulge. I did respond yes(my friends had some aggressively passionate statements) but I had something to say in addition to the poll in which I asked, “How about a President who ACTUALLY LIVES and PRACTICES the Christian life and philosophy as opposed to one who merely says and preaches it?” It was too bad that Nelson Mandela was not his 40s and can be easily shipped to  United States to be president (and change that nativist bit about strictly born in the states to qualify). As President of South Africa, here was a man who practiced what he preached and recognized that change starts from the top. In the movie you will see how President Mandella brings together white Afrikaaners and Blacks to work together in being his presidential bodyguards (a lot of tension here but all works out). He takes a pay cut in salary (Toronto City Council are you listening? Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi has his heart in the right place!) and most important of all he fights for national unity for backing up a fledging rugby team called the Springboks, led by captain Francois Pienaar (played by Matt Damon) all the way to the World Rugby Cup which was held in South Africa in which the team won against New Zealand 15-12. It also shows that President Mandela, the great philosophical and spiritual giant, as he was, did have his own problems to wrestle with which included his own family in which one the members objected to his support of a mainly white rugby team to bring unity to a country that was torn apart by apartheid but in the end this political and human calculation he originated made all South Africans feel proud of their country. Morgan Freeman richly deserves the Oscar for Best Actor in illustrating this inspirational man and his dream.