Okay, so I said previously that it would be difficult to talk about a book that makes me “sad.” But that may not be so true after all. Upon giving the topic more thought, a recent read came to mind, one that would actually require me to spoil major plot points to give an adequate explanation as to why, when I closed the book at the end, I felt a genuine sense of loss.
However, I shall not spoil anything. Instead, I will just give you the title of the book: Platinum by Aliya S. King.
Just to give a brief overview, Platinum tells the stories of four women whose lives revolve around the hip-hop music industry. They’re wives, girlfriends, mistresses; they’re mothers, business women, and superstars. And their lives are connected in one way or another. There’s Alex Maxwell, the journalist ghostwriting the memoir of Cleopatra Wright, a video vixen who’s rocked the mic of every MC on the Billboard charts. (See what I did there?) There’s also Beth Saddlebrook, wife to fading rap star Z and mother to his unruly sons, and her best friend, platinum-selling R&B diva Kipenzi Hill. Finally, there’s Josephine Bennett, a successful fashion maven married to superproducer Ras.
Okay, y’all know there are two women on this planet that I am in absolute love with. One is a polychromatic wig-wearing rapper who likely suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The other, however, is the oh so fine, oh so talented Zöe Saldaña. Oh my …
As you (should) know, The Queen of the Thinmints, and my future wife is starring in Colombiana, an upcoming action film co-written and produced by Luc Besson, France’s answer to Michael Bay. And now, thanks to the fine folks over at Fuck Yeah Zöe Saldaña, we’ve got a look at some promotional photos taken for the film.
The photos really only show Zöe looking badass while holding a psitol but that’s good enough for me. I had a similar still from one of her previous films, The Losers, as my desktop wallpaper a while back; someone told me that a therapist would have a field day with that. Heh.
So I’m not posting all the photos that are up at FYZS. You can go there and check them out on your own. But I will post a few of my faves after the jump.
There’s a reason I chose I Don’t Want To Think About It Right Now by Livingroom Johnston as Most Underrated Book. The author is a close personal friend of mine, and he is undeniably talented. Not only is he a brilliant weaver of words, the man is a spectacular artist. His Dali-esque paintings have the power to pull you into a world both surreal and expressionistic.
We’re not here to discuss Johnston’s paintings, but I bring them up because I want you to understand how ridiculously gifted this young man is. He’s one of the very few Black writers who’ve actually taken the time to sit and speak with me and offer some type of guidance and support in my own career. (That’s a topic for later discussion.) Yet for some reason, I don’t think that many people know or recognize his literary talent.
When I was first introduced to Johnston, we talked about I Don’t Want To Think About It Right Now as well as five previous books he’d written and created—by hand. Yes, that’s right. This industrious brother wrote five books—reprinting and binding copies by himself, by hand, at Kinko’s—and sold them out of his briefcase. When approached with a publishing deal, he wrote I Don’t Want To Think … in just three days. Continue reading
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The fourth single from Black Moon‘s landmark 1993 album Enta Da Stage, which also featured classics like “Who Got Da Props?,” “How Many MC’s,” and the legendary remix to “I Got Cha Opin.”