Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Do you love America? Really?

American Flag

Today is Jan 20th, 2009 and we just inaugurated the 44th President of The United States of America. Barrack Hussein Obama. It is a proud moment in not just our lives, but lives spread across the entire world. Truly it is. And the fact that this great man was sworn in as the 1st Black man to be the Head Of State, a day after Martin Luther King's holiday, is just an added bonus.

But I got some things on my chest that I need to get off. To all of those people who didn't vote for President Obama. For Fox News, who were openly biased and racist during the entire election coverage who who immediately after his inauguration tried to let us know the 'problems' in President Obama's speech, for the teachers and institutions who punish people for wearing Barack Obama T-Shirts to school And kicking kids off of school buses for saying President Obama's name this next part is for you.

When does your difference in opinion over the man who is now our leader, become disrespectful? And furthermore, unpatriotic? You pride yourselves so much on being American and how much you love America, but you ride the line of utter insolence, so much so, that you actually don't even deserve to call yourself an American. So many Americans stood by our country and our President(s) during some of the worst things in history. Wars, economic hardships, bailouts, hate crimes, civil rights, slavery and the list goes on and on. You name it, we stood by and dealt with it. But we still stood with the tag and pride of calling ourselves American. Now, we have a very qualified and important man ready to lead our nation through the bulls***t the last one dealt us, and you STILL won't give the man the respect he's due. How can YOU call yourself American. To those people, you're even more of a hypocrite than that word will allow. To those who were all about the war and keeping America safe from those terrorists; you wanted us to shut up and ride or die with the President. It was Un-American if you didn't. And now, because you're afraid of change and you're afraid of what American REALLY is (a nation of nations), you want to pout like a little bitch and continue to turn your back. Well guess what. You're a part of the problem. Not the solution, my friend. Mind you, I don't mind if you voted against the man or who you voted for. And you might have problems with him. He's not perfect by any means. But at some point you need to get on the bus or get the f*** out of the way because we don't have time to go back and teach you that the ways of the old days are long gone and change is inevitable. And you know what, whether you like it or not, Preisdent Barack Obama is YOUR president too. So shut the f*** up, pay your taxes, and for God's sake, quit being a hypocrite and respect the man in charge. Period. That, or get the f*** out.

JL

"When Black will not be asked to get back.
When Brown can stick around.
When Yellow will be mellow.
When the Red Man can get ahead, man.
And when White will embrace what's right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen. And Amen!"
'Reverend Lowery during President Barack Obama's Benedection

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

'NO!'

IN 2009...people are going to have to start telling me 'NO'. And quite frankly, I don't think you can do that. Let me explain. See, in LA, mostly everybody is dependent on someone else. An actor is dependent on a casting director. A casting director is dependent on a producer. A producer is dependent on an executive producer. An executive producer is dependent on a studio. A studio is dependent on a director. A director is dependent on a good script. A good script is dependent on a scribe. A scribe is dependent on somebody else's opinion on what's good or not. The cycle goes on and on. It's a big clusterfuck. In the midst of all of this co-dependency, hands get tied. People feel like they can't go on until they get everything else, all of their co-conspirators...I mean co-dependents lined up. So if you're in the middle of said fuck of clusterfest, you're just looking for an answer. "Did I book the job?" "Are you going to buy my script?" etc etc. But the funny thing about Hollywood, is people are VERY hesitant to actually say the word 'NO'. Because nobody wants to be that somebody that passed on that thing that ends up being a huge thing. Be it a person, project, or concept. So if they don't have an answer for you yet, or if they're in the grey area, you'll most likely get the "I'll call you back" responses. The "I'm going to have my people look at it". The I'll get back to you". And maybe even a "not right now". But that definitely ain't a 'NO'.

So, I'm going to take control of the things I can take control of. And I'm going to make people say NO to me. If that means slapping you with a new script everyday until you read it Mr. Producer dude, then get ready for a red face. I'm going to be in people's faces so much, that by the end of the day they're either going to have to call security or say 'DAMN! J Lee just won't go away. Give him 100 Million'. I'm cool with either 'cause I been arrested before lol.

Mind you, this does not just apply to just me and my journey. No matter who you are or what you do, you go out there and you make people respect your hustle. And you hustle so hard that people can't do anything but give you the green light and watch you work. If you look at all the people you admire or look up to or aspire to be like, I guarantee they'll echo what I'm about to say. My belief in myself outweighs your doubt. Trust me.

"You aint' gotta like a n**** just respect my mind
And this is how I'm eatin' now, so respect my grind"
-Young Jeezy

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