Asides

“My Secret” Poem dedicated to Chester Bennington by Juan C. Diaz

 

My Secret

By Juan C. Diaz @Tearsofwardiaz

 

 

Shhh!

No one can know that my

Smile is a prison.

No one can know

That I still try to sew up

The huge hole from the

Thin layer of innocence

That I had discarded

At age fourteen.

No one can know

That I am the tired warrior

Going in to battle hoping

That it will be my

Last.

And if it is my last,

I hope that I am

The last cripple to

Be born on Earth.

 

 

 

This poem is dedicated to Chester Bennington.

 

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Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall

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Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

As we get set for season two of “Just Friends” the web series on YouTube, I sat down with Ally Marshall one of the creator, co/producer, and writer of the series. She teamed up with another great producer and visionary Ian Miles for this project. For those who haven’t seen the series, you can still watch it on allyswayproductions YouTube channel before season two premieres this fall. The story is about Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) and Owen (Chris Anderson) who happen to be best friends. Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) happens to be in a relationship with Jacob (Marquis Valdez). However, Amanda has feelings for Owen, but she doesn’t want to pursue a relationship with Owen. Amanda’s best friend Harper (Britani Ashanti) ponders Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) choice to be with Jacob (Marquis Valdez) over her best friend Owen (Chris Anderson). While Mya (Ronni) who happens to be an ex friends of Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) wants whatever Amanda have. The series takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first episode has over 26,632 views on YouTube. The second episode has 23,966 views. As the third pulled in 10,183, and the season finale episode ended at 7,866. Leaving it all in total of 70,000 views.  It is one the most underrated web series on YouTube and now season two should be interesting.

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I spoke to Ally Marshall the creator about her background and the web series through Facebook messenger.

Gives us the background on how you started your production company and what is the goal?

Well I went to the Art Institute and then I decided to Branch out on my own with the help of Ian miles my partner and our goal is to make great entertainment and to get a distribution deal.

Oh okay. That’s a great school. So, what was your experience at the Art Institute? What did you learn and do you apply what you learn from your experience at school to your work?

Yes I learned camera angles and editing my experience was okay. Oh and I also learned lighting and sound.

Where are y’all at right now with the production and distribution?

We are in the beginning process of shooting just friends the web series season 2.

Okay. I love that series

Thank you so much.

Your welcome. Since you brought that up. We been promoting your web series for awhile on our site. We loved it and I know our readers loved it. Tell me what was the process like doing “Just Friends” web series?

Thank you I really appreciate you promoting it on your website and I’m glad to hear that your readers loved it. The process is work but it’s worth it in the end. I write the script and work it out with Ian miles to his ideas and feedback and then we do casting and call backs and then we get started.

When you wrote the script for “Just Friends” what was Ian thought of the project when you presented it to him?

He loved the idea…we both like doing projects that people can relate to. And we both felt like people would be able to relate to what these characters are going through either through Amanda’s perspective or Owen or Jacob.

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Which brings me to the characters of the story. Episode four, we finally saw Amanda admit her feelings to Owen even though she was resenting it. Though each episode was hinting that she loves Owen. There was a particular moment where Owen broke down after she choose Jacob. Take me back to that moment and how did you feel about that part in your script. What was you’re feeling about this part and why it took Amanda so long to admit her feelings for Owen?

Yes, I remember that scene that was a very emotional scene on a very hot day hahaha anyway I felt like that was the moment when Amanda made her decision she can either choose Jacob or Owen and even though she told Owen they will still be friends in a way she was definitely choosing Jacob because if not she would have just told Jacob to back off and that Owen was her friend first before she even met Jacob. So that was a lesson right there boyfriends/girlfriends can come and go but friendships supposed to last forever. And to answer your second question about why it took Amanda so long to realize her feelings for Owen… Amanda’s feelings were tied up into Jacob for most of the season and the more she was around Jacob the more she realized that Jacob wasn’t right for her and the more that she saw Owen try to move on for instance remember episode 2 Amanda was jealous when Owen had a date… then just little things like that started to add up so once Jacob proved himself to be a player all her attentions turned to Owen especially when she saw Owen and Harper together she got jealous and suddenly Owen looked like gold to her.

As y’all set to do season two, what can fans expect in season two?

Well fans can expect to see more drama new and exciting characters and the comedy that you come to expect from Just Friends the web series.

Are y’all currently working on any other projects that we might end up seen soon?

Not yet

What do you think about the black filming industry?

I feel it’s a lot more opportunities for black filmmakers and black content and entertainment than it used to be and I’m excited to enter that world. I like to show different sides of African Americans and not all of us are gangsters like you see in a lot of films.

What would be a dream scenario in your mind?

Making it to Hollywood my own private jet haha but seriously though I’m doing this to make it I want to be up there with filmmakers like Issa Rae and Spike Lee.

I can’t wait for season two. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seen you on the big screens.

You’re welcome…thank you for the interview and for watching.

 

Season two of “Just Friends” is expected to drop this fall on their YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to their channel and watch all the drama unfold.

YouTube Channel: allyswayproductions

Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/justfriendsthewebseries

 

 

 

 

Amazon Kindle Best Sellers in African American Urban Fiction.

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Amazon Kindle Best Sellers in African American Urban Fiction

By Patrick Hill @pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine

 

Amazon is one out of many places that allow self-publishers to publish their novels on the platform. With the integration of eBooks evolving, Amazon has developed a platform for readers to read without paperback, and hardcover. The arrival of Kindle comes Kindle eBooks. Self-publishers are now using that platform to push their book sells. You can still order a paperback and hardcover of these novels.  These African American Urban fiction novels tell a tale of mischief, violence, drugs, romance, mystery, and of course murder. These interesting top five best-selling urban fictions are doing highly well on Amazon Kindle store. If you happen to own a kindle or kindle app; these books are available for you to read.

 

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Last time God spoke to Reese, he ended up fainting at Sloan’s house. It sounded like his girlfriend was going to tell him that his daughter had died, but there’s no telling. One things for sure, if God loses his child, there will be hell to pay. That said, will he and Reese be able to weather the storm of his darkest hour?

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Our Love is the Realest

Yikayla Goode and Waayil Christian have been best friends since the elementary days, never seeing one another as nothing. That is until one night they both confess their feelings for the other, which changes the course of their relationship. The two are excited about what’s to come, until a heinous crime committed, rips them apart for seemingly forever. Both feeling like their love can never be rekindled, the two go on with their lives. But what happens when they both get the chance to be together again? Will they abruptly leave the lives they’ve built separate from one another? Or will they realize that too much time has passed, too much damage is done, and that they were always better off as friends?

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Her Baby Daddy, My Bae

Keisha is young, dumb and living life looking for a baller. When she meets Cobra, a business owner and drug dealer, she immediately sees dollar signs and a ticket out of the projects. Keisha decides to trap him with a pregnancy to speed things along. Things don’t quite turn out the way she hoped and now her life is even more complicated.

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A Street Legend and His Ridah

Desire is the definition of a ride or die chick. She is loyal to her family, her friends, and definitely her man. When her loyalty to the wrong man leaves her with a broken heart and an arrest record, she swears off men and vows to focus on herself. Her new attitude is short lived once she finds herself in a forced business relationship with the rude, arrogant, and oh so sexy Chy’Rique West.

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Damages 2

After a memorable getaway with Trayon Prince, Asayi is back to living in her new reality with a broken heart. What was supposed to be a summer fling turned into a toxic love affair. With Trayon away, how will she be able to cope? Does she wait for him or run into the arms of another man?

https://www.amazon.com/Damages-2-Natavia-Stewart-ebook/dp/B071L6PDCH/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=PD7EV9CJMAWTXTQ2ZN4M

 

 

If you wish to see the whole list of top Amazon Kindle best-sellers in African American urban fiction of May; click on the link below. You happen to like these books, click on the link below them to order.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-African-American-Urban-Fiction/zgbs/digital-text/6190466011

 

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It’s cancelling season. Which T.V. Shows got cancelled?

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It’s cancelling season. Which T.V. Shows got cancelled?

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine

 

 

Summer is right around the corner. Schools are about to go on a three-month break. Senior students are about to embark on a new journey after school. Now that all of the shows you love are going off television for a break; there are some shows that won’t be back on air forever. Right around this time is where networks make decisions on extending or terminating contracts of your favorite shows. The network does an evaluation on a show through audience count and budget. Most importantly ratings. For those who do not the process, here is how it goes. A content is presented to the network for which the network can decide rather to add the content to their platform. The content is not produce by the network. A production company pays for the content and produces the content. Later, they submit an episode to the network as a demo. If the network loves the demo, they will pick up four to five episodes after review. Once those episodes are order, it is up to the viewers to determine the fate of the content. If there is a large sum of audience from one demographic area watching the show; the network evaluates the next step. If the production price is a reasonable, the network evaluates the next step. If the ratings are great and not good, the network buys additional more episodes after evaluation.

 

These shows had a great run while there on air. However, they did not have a consistent audience to keep it alive. Some were too expensive to move forward whereas ratings were low to continue moving forward. As I predicted about the Get Down show on Netflix. The show was too expensive and the director abandon the show. The direction of the show was too difficult to move forward with. Even though, the show had good reviews, and draw in some fans. However, the fate of the show rested on the director, and the storyline. When we look back at these shows, you have to wonder where did these shows failed. Rosewood was a show that follow before Empire on Fox. The show grew in the time line of Empire.  What cause this show and Sleepy Hollow to fall was the new time slot. Fridays were the perfect slot for shows and now has become a graveyard for shows. Rosewood and Sleepy Hollow both got cancelled on the Friday time slot. The network move both shows from it’s original time slot to a different time slot which is why it was difficult for these shows to remain on the network.

 

These are the shows that are cancelled reported from Variety.

  • Scream Queens
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Rosewood
  • Pitch
  • Son of Zorn
  • Making History
  • APB
  • Last Man Standing
  • Time After Time
  • Conviction
  • American Crime
  • Secrets and Lies
  • Imaginary Mary
  • Dr. Ken
  • The Real O’Neals
  • The Catch
  • Chicago Justice
  • Emerald City
  • Powerless
  • The Blacklist: Redemption
  • Sweet/Vicious
  • Frequency
  • No Tomorrow
  • Outsiders
  • The Odd Couple
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
  • The Great Indoors
  • 2 Broke Girls
  • Doubt
  • Pure Genius
  • Eyewitness
  • Girl Meets World
  • Incorporated
  • The Knick
  • Man Seeking Woman
  • Baby Daddy
  • The Get Down

 

These are your shows that got the pink slip from their respective network. Some may come as a shocker while some lack the audience as the rest. Check out the article on Variety and let me know what you think about these shows. Leave a comment and discuss it.

 

Article Reference link:

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/canceled-tv-shows-2017-1202422996/

What you need to know about Firefly Music Festival. Starts June 15 – 18

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What you need to know about Firefly Music Festival. Starts June 15 – 18

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine

 

 

Like Coachella, Firefly Music Festival provides the same thrill as it’s competition. However, Coachella has been around for a while and you can find mostly every Kardashian attending the event. Coachella is California Spring attraction while Firefly is Delaware Summer attraction. Firefly Music Festival which is produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice was first held on July 20 – 22, in Dover, Delaware of 2012. Which is where this event will be held at yet again. A lot of great artist have grace the festival in the past five years. This festival has increasingly grown with people coming from all states including California. It is one Delaware’s largest summer attractions. Before you make up jokes about my home state of Delaware, you have to check out Firefly Music Festival three-day lineup.

 

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THURSDAY

GLASS ANIMALS    KALEO         O.A.R.           GRYFFIN     EDEN K.FLAY        MAGGIE ROGERS        ANNA LUNOE        CRYWOLF   ELOHIM       PARDISON FONTAINE      WIN AND WOO  YOUNG BOMBS     DEAD MAN FALL  WILDERADO          SALT CATHEDRAL

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 FRIDAY

TWENTY-ONE PILOTS       FLUME         WEEZER       MIIKE SNOW          FRANZ FERDINAND            AFI    OK GO          BANKS         BENNY BENASSI   LIL DICKY    BOB MOSES MATOMA            STICK FIGURE        NF      BIG WILD    ALAN WALKER     JUDAH & THE LION          SOFI TUKKER          MISSIO          MEG MAC    SIR THE BAPTIST   QUINN XCII JAMES TW   KAIYDO        SHAED         DREAMERS ALEX WILEY          AYOKAY      FOREIGN AIR         KLANGSTOF THE SOUVENIRS   CLUBHOUSE

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 SATURDAY

THE WEEKND          CHANCE THE RAPPER     BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND            KESHA         GALANTIS    CAPITAL CITIES    THE NAKED AND FAMOUS         T-PAIN          DJ JAZZY JEFF            WALE           CASHMERE CAT    DAYA           FRANCIS & THE LIGHTS  SLUSHII       THE WHITE PANDA        BISHOP BRIGGS    LEWIS DEL MAR    MUNA           MAGIC GIANT        BARNS COURTNEY           RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE     SUNFLOWER BEAN          HANDSOME GHOST           KEVIN GARRETT   STEVE JAMES         TAYLOR BENNETT            ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N.          GOODY GRACE     MONDO COZMO    CHAOS CHAOS            CVBZ

 

 

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SUNDAY

MUSE THE SHINS  THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS      DILLON FRANCIS  PHANTOGRAM      BUSTA RHYMES     BLEACHERS           MISTERWIVES        SNAKEHIPS THE STRUMBELLAS            NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE          ILLENIUM   WAKA FLOCKA FLAME            HAMILTON LEITHAUSER SIR SLY        JACOB BANKS       JONAS BLUE           ARIZONA            888     SECRET WEAPONS           NAWAS        ROZES          SAINT WKND           LAWRENCE

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Firefly Music Festival begins June 15 through 18. You can purchase tickets including camping and hotel packages at their website.  Go to www.fireflyfestival.com and you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Fireflyfestival.

 

Pictures are from Firefly Music Festival website.

Box Office Top Ten Movies

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Box Office Top Ten Movies

 

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine

 

 

 

Even though summer has not arrived, that still doesn’t stop theaters from being crowded. Hey, it’s the box office top ten movies from May 19th to the 21st.  Some of the movies that are on this list has been around since last month. Even so, some have deliver while the rest on the list were so and so. The thing about these movies is that companies spend $100 million dollars on production as well as marketing these films. Just think how much you would do with that type of money. You can finally tell your boss to go, well you get my point. You can finally retire and live your dream of lavish and luxury. You can finally pay back your college loans. You can even start your own production company. However, you would imagine how much of that you would have to pay back in interest giving the fact, they are loans. If a movie doesn’t do well domestically, and internationally; investors won’t fund your next project. We have seen the industry flood money into films such as Suicide Squad which was a terrible film only to have a successful soundtrack to save it. Not to mention Gods of Egypt for which it was a complete disaster might I say.

 

In this list, you will not only know about an Alien Covenant. The fact that they are Guardians of the Galaxy. Everything is just everything. Someone was snatched.  That a wimpy kid wrote a diary about a long haul. The story of King Arthurs legendary sword. That our fate is within our furious circle.  A baby run your company.  A beautiful woman hook up with a beast.  A Latin teaches you how to be a Latin Lover which is actually the title of the movie. I am not making that up.  This is all from Box Office Mojo and IMDB website which is my source for all box office information. So,here are your box office top ten movies of the weekend.

 

  1. Alien Covenant
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol: 2
  3. Everything, Everything
  4. Snatched
  5. Diary of a wimpy kid: The Long Haul
  6. King Arthur: Legend of the sword
  7. The fate of the furious
  8. The Boss Baby
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. How to be a Latin lover

 

You can catch all these movies in theatres today. Check your local box office for ticket price. Look out for the next article on the top ten movies for the summer.

 

Interview with All Def Poet Moody Black

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Interview with All Def Poet Moody Black

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine

If you have not heard of Moody Black, you will soon enough. Rather you never heard of his poems or heard him speak; Moody is on a different level. Moody Black a South Carolina native, a visionary, an artist, an actor, a story teller, and photographer is art. To be feature on All Def Poetry giving the history of the platform from the days of Def Poetry Jam where Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, David Banner, Alicia Keys, and more have grace their presence to the platform.  A platform where poets have come through and made a name for themselves. Moody Black performance itself has grace 2,167 views with 197 likes on All Def Poetry YouTube channel. The comments have been all but positive about “In the Field” performance.  His performance can be seen on Neon Renaissance Magazine video section and also on All Def Poetry YouTube Channel.

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So, I got a chance to chat with him over twitter to talk about his performances and issues of today. It was an honor and privilege to sit down with someone who will one day be highly recognize in conversations of great artist and poet. In the conversation, I had with Moody Black, I wanted to know a bit about him. Particularly what made him get involve with poetry. He said to me “my mom, she was a single parent. She would work during the day. Then, take college courses at night. She would bring her literature books home.” He continues “having to know Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes was a rite of passage.” He later explains what made him finally write poetry. “My mom had this book my father got her for their first anniversary (before the divorce) entitled “This Time Called Life” by Walter Rinder. It had poems about being young and free. That really pushed me to write.”  It was that point his desire for poetry grew.

 

I ask about his first time being on stage doing poetry and what that feeling was like when he got on stage. He explains “every time seem like the first time…I was and still is nervous…hoping I don’t mess up. Hoping people receive my art.” Being on stage is not easy as it may seem when you watch many poets go on and speak from what they wrote or memorize. However, you would not think that of Moody Black “In the Field” performance. A very compelling and powerful poem about a slave taking from home to the field. It was a very intense and well receive poem. I ask him about the poem. I wanted to know what was going through his head when he performed it. “Of course, the thing is not to show that you’re nervous you know the old saying never let them see you sweat” He said. He continues by saying “I always pretend that I’m there and I act as I’m that person in the poem.I put myself in that position.” I watched the video several times and each time it was just as good the first time I saw it. I also wanted to know from him was there a message that the character in his poem was trying to bring to light. “Definitely.  Being captured altered his purpose and changed the structure of his family. And being brought to a new land was confusing. However, he was determination to be free showed our resilience as humans” he said.  I also asked him about today’s society among African Americans in regards of his character in the poem and how it relates today. “Very much so.  African-Americans really don’t have an identity or connection to a culture. A feeling of loss and confusion” He explains. It was a very interesting point he made. Giving the climate of today’s society among African Americans is troubling especially with the unemployment rate, public schools, violence, and broken communities. There aren’t many black own businesses and programs to help produce more opportunities. Instead you have seen more incarcerations and police brutalities among African Americans. I ask him what is the remedy to repair that sense of loss and connection that African Americans struggle in this time. He basically said “education is the key, just gotta keep reaching and teaching.” I made a suggestion of the days of the Harlem Renaissance to reconnect the culture and identity which he agree would be great idea. Giving the circumstances, it would take more than just revamping the Harlem Renaissance to help unify African Americans. However, art has always unify African American communities culturally.

As we about to end our discussion, I ask some questions that relates to his style of poetry. His style of poetry has elements of hip hop in it. When you watch, and hear his “In the Field” performance, you will hear Trinidad James “Gold” style of rhyme within his performance. Who cannot forget that song. I had to ask him about today’s generation hip hop and what he listen to the most. “There’s a few I’m not really into. But Hip Hop, looked all music evolves. I embrace it. With the advancement of technology, I’m able to find the music I like. Right now, I still listen to Drake, Kendrick, Killer Mike, Brother Ali, phonte from little brother, and 2 Chainz.” He said.  He mentions his musical influences as well such as Run DMC, De La, ATCQ, Outkast, Jungle Brothers. Public Enemy, and Rakim. I also wanted his thoughts on the success of black films in 2016 and rather the bar was raised from those movies going into 2017. He wasn’t overly impress with the films but he was slightly impress as he said “nothing wow-ed me yet.” He later said “the films were cool. I would like to see more biopics from black writers and directors.Not sure if any bars were raised, though.” Even though the bars were not raised from his point of view for 2017, one can only hope what would 2017 will bring for black filmmakers.

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As Moody Black gets prepared to go on the road to continue his journey, his legacy will not be defined by one moment, but through many of his accomplishments. Gracing his presences on a platform such as All Def Poetry has not only spark the rise of many opportunities that may land his way. It has allowed him to reach audiences from all over to listen to his words and visualize his message that will spark the brain. Art is Moody Black. Mood Black is art. Even though that may confuse you, you have to think where would you be without art and what would you do without art. Moody Black innovation and vision of telling a story through a book or poem invites the mind to discover the world of Moody Black. As he prepares to go on the road, you may catch him at poetry nights in your community, or guest speak at your local events. His vision is to engage and inspire the minds in search of hope. Though I never mention in the conversation where we both share the same taste of music and the times of Right On! & Word Up! Magazine. I wanted you the reader to know about Moody Black and follow him throughout his journey. For he will be someone on a major platform that will encourage others to listen, love, and learn.

You can follow him on these social media sites

https://www.instagram.com/iammoodyblack/

https://twitter.com/iammoodyblack

You can also check out his website where you can purchase his cd’s, get the scoop on his next performance, or you can book him for your event.

http://www.iammoodyblack.com/

He will also be in North Carolina this Saturday for Pemansip: out the box. The link is below to order tickets to the event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pemansip-out-the-box-tickets-33505287216?aff=es2