It’s hard to ignore the parallels between We the Party and American Pie (1999). After all, the latter revolved around a quartet of horny, high school students competing to lose their virginity before graduation, and we find the testosterone-driven quintet at the center of We the Party in pursuit of the same rite of passage shortly before their senior prom.
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Black Business Secrets:
500 Tips, Strategies, and Resources for the African-American Entrepreneur
by Dante Lee
Foreword by Randal Pinkett
310 pages, Illustrated
“Black Business Secrets is dedicated to transforming the devastating statistics that African-Americans are much more likely to fail in business than their white, Asian, or Hispanic counterparts due to a lack of fundamental business education, insufficient economic development, and resources… [The book] offers business tips that will help you get the ball rolling—from consulting to franchises to preparing to enter emerging markets…
Contributions from experienced businesspeople have been central to compiling this wealth of information. They generously gave of their time to provide this warehouse of knowledge… to ensure that your business will shine throughout the 21st Century.”
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. 10)
During these dire economic times when the overall unemployment rate in the U.S. is at 9.8 %, you can be sure that that figure is at least double in the African-American community. And after the Democrats took what President Obama referred to as a “shellacking” on Election Day, they appear prepared to capitulate to the Republican demand that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy be extended.
If you’re presently out of work, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the supposedly-stimulative effect of that windfall for the rich to trickle-down to you in the form of a job. Instead, may I suggest perusing a copy of “Black Business Secrets: 500 Tips, Strategies, and Resources for the African-American Entrepreneur.”
This invaluable how-to tome designed with ambitious self-starters in mind was written by Dante Lee, a bona fide success story in his own right. He is the CEO of Diversity City Media, the umbrella organization for a number of marquee internet sites including BlackNews.com, BlackPR.com, HBCUconnect.com and BlackHistory.com. Mr. Lee founded the company in 2000 while still in college, and it has mushroomed over the course of the past decade into the largest network of premier African-American web properties.
In Black Business Secrets, the author shares a cornucopia of practical advice based on his experiences about what’s involved in getting a profitable money-making operation off the ground. But Dante doesn’t rely only on his own anecdotal evidence here, for he also conducted informative tete-a-tetes with such sepia captains of industry as chocolate chip cookie magnate Famous Amos, BET Network founder Bob Johnson, “Reallionaire” Farrah Gray, and reigning wunderkind Ephren Taylor, who is the youngest CEO of a publicly-traded company.
DVD Has Hollywood Screenwriters Sharing Secrets of Success
For some reason, screenwriters are the low men (and women) on the totem pole in terms of
the Hollywood pecking order. This disrespect persists despite the fact that the script is the blueprint upon which the whole production is based. For one way to think of a scriptwriter is as the architect whose words a director follows in fashioning a vision into a feature film.
Nonetheless, screenwriters “don’t get no respect,” even those whose movies have been big hits. At least that’s the prevailing complaint repeated throughout Tales from the Script, a revealing documentary featuring interviews with dozens of the best in the business, including Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), John Carpenter (Halloween) and Shane Black (Lethal Weapon).
This is a flick which ought to be mandatory for any aspiring writer considering heading to Hollywood to take a shot at punching up treatments, since the showbiz-hardened veterans featured here have a lot of sage advice to share about the pitfalls of the profession.
Top Ten DVD List for July 20th 2010
The Most Dangerous Man in America
Sesame Street: 20 Years and Still Counting
1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition with Jay Leno
DVD Sequel Features Profiles of Prominent African-Americans
Film critic Elvis Mitchell and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders collaborated on another series of fascinating interviews with a mix of African-American artists, activists, academics and athletes. Many are instantly-recognizable icons who need no introduction, such as Tyler Perry, Laurence Fishburne, Melvin Van Peebles, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Angela Davis.
Others are a little less known, like Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, comedienne Maya Rudolph, country singer Charlie Pride, gangsta’ rapper RZA, painter Kara Walker, clothes designer Patrick Robinson and Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Suzanne De Passe. And then there are those who have met with success away from the limelight, including Episcopal Bishop Barbara C. Harris, community organizer Mahora Carter and Dean of Meharry School of Medicine Dr. Valerie Montgomery-Rice.
What all 15 share, nonetheless, is the toll exacted on their psyches and souls by being black in America, something they weigh-in on honestly, each from a unique point of view. Walker talks about how weird it felt to be criticized by a college professor for painting a still life instead of a subject reflecting the black experience.
Paul Mooney Concert Flick Shot at Strip Club
For this hilarious concert flick, comedian Paul Mooney brought his irreverent standup act to The Lodge, a gentleman’s club located in Dallas, Texas. With so many scantily-clad strippers and waitresses walking around, this made for a very distracting backdrop to the goings-on onstage. In fact, the DVD includes a 10-minute featurette entitled “The Ladies of the Lodge” devoted to a parade of topless entertainers.
But I digress. The real reason to check out this film is for Mooney’s unique brand of humor. While the content is funny, it often feels a little stale, since it was obviously taped a while ago. So, jokes about Hilary Clinton’s campaign antics, Janet Jackson’s bad breakup, Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism and an explanation why Brad Pitt will never leave Angelina Jolie feel outdated.