Jon Stewart Calls Out Fox News Bias (by TheYoungTurks)
Let the damn Gays marry. Straights have enough shit to worry about, like paternity tests, divorce proceedings, seeing who is going to break Brittney Spears record for the shortest marriage, and watching republicans and church leaders put their best “I promise I’m not gay” foot forward.
People protest too damn much about silly shit. Mary J Blige singing on a damn burger king commercial is not oppression. Its called a paycheck, or as known to recent college grads, a unicorn.
American idol??? Still???
The Doritos Locos Taco. Finally a “Mexican” delight that even Mitt Romney can pretend to love.
Trayvon Martin gun targets. Congratulations White people, you are one step closer to being “The Race Who Shall Not Be Named.”
Wendell Tucker Hates The World is a hilarious one man show about the views and experiences of Writer/Producer, Wendell Tucker. In the span of one mindbombing hour, Wendell rages against the world, giving verbal chokeslams to everything in his path including love, working in the customer service industry, the American education system, health care, pop culture and even things seemingly harmless as Jello. Are these just the rantings of the world’s angriest playwright, or is there a deeper, more pervasive issue causing Wendell Tucker to Hate the World? Come find out… if you’ve got the brainballs.
*Let me say this first. I don’t give two shits if you don’t believe in new year resolutions. That’s cool. Some of us see this time as a benchmark and a finite point to catalyze positive change in their life. So let me save any of you new niggas poppin that “i dont need to wait for new year’s to change” shit the time. Shut the fuck up, do you and let us do us, crab.*
Usually, I have this big self reflective moment and try to decipher what I’ve done wrong over the past year. Then I create my new year’s resolution based off those things. This year is different. It’s not about what I didn’t do right. I’m not beating myself up over my mistakes, lord knows there are enough of you out there willing to do that for me. This year there is one goal, and one goal only.
HappinessNot that fake shit either. I’m taking about, smiling for no reason happiness. “how are you?” “i’m awesome (and i mean it)” happiness.
The Plan for Happiness
For me happiness will be improving my physical condition, improving my finances, producing new works and a more fulfilling social life. So how do I do it?
1) Keep my goals at the forefront of my mind. Goals fall off when we get so caught up in the details, that we forget about the bigger picture. So im putting my goals in writing every where I am, phone, ipad, background, work… everywhere.
1a) I’m sharing them and expecting anyone who gives a damn about me to keep me on them and call me out when I backslide.
2) Get organized. Its easy to come up with goals, but there has to be an action plan. A plan with benchmarks, structure and measurable rewards.
3) Recognize that somethings will take more than a year. simple as that.
What are the goals?
1) Work as hard on my appearance as I work on my character.
1a) Lose 80 lbs. (yes 80, see resolution #2a for reasoning.)
1b) Invest in professional dental work.
1c) Get a dermatologist and Chiropractor
2) Dramatically build my network.
2a) Take on more outside projects, including film, stage and print.
2b) Join professional organizations.
2c) Go out more.
3) Make (and save more money.)
3a) Downsize my living arrangement and bills.
3b) Remove middlemen from my ticket sales, by managing them directly.
3c) Increase production schedule.
3d) Dramatically reduce restaurant spending.
3e) Launch Theori Magazine and Theori Apparel.
3f) New day job.
4) Producing New Works
4a) I Still Love H.E.R. as a touring only production.
4b) Debut two new productions this year.
4c) Find monetarily viable venue for RejectPoetryProject
4d) Produce one outside stage production.
5c) Produce first Chi Theori concert.
So these are my resolutions. There is definitely more and I will be doing weekly Video Blogs about my progress. Pray for me, talk to me (i promise i dont bite), let’s make history.
Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with Major Depression. I’m 30, Black and from the South Side of Chicago. I know lots of people who show the signs, but I can literally count the people who have gotten help on one hand. Since my diagnosis, I’ve told a few people about it. The strange thing was how many of them told me that they already knew. I only recall one ever suggesting that I get help for my condition. As expected certain people looked down on me for it and I even caught them tweeting about it. I think what bothers me the most about it is that everyone expects you to be ok, but when you take steps to improve yourself, you’re scorned.
Despite this, it’s still worth it to get help. No one should have to live life in misery, because the people around them aren’t compassionate enough to understand that when a person is at their lowest is the time you should love them the most. Don’t let fair-weather friends, family and lovers shame you from getting well. Depression is a biological disorder that affects your mind and emotions. It’s not an “oh, get over it situation.” It is not a cold and it does not just go away. If you know someone who is suffering from depression and you care about them, then act like it. Encourage them, support them in getting well and don’t look down on them. It’s not about weakness, it’s about finding new levels of strength to lift you above everything you’ve been going through and to better carry the weight that life requires.
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Chicago’s Definitive Hip-Hop Musical Enters It’s Sixth Season
CHICAGO -It’s “Common” knowledge that Chicago is the birthplace of some of Hip- Hop’s greatest artist and some of the world’s ﬁnest works of theater. Theori Stages is showing what happens when you mix the best of both worlds with their ﬂagship musical, “I Still Love H.E.R. (atributetohiphop).”Regarded by the Chicago Redeye as “M.C. Masterpiece Theater”, “I Still Love H.E.R.” has become one of the underground hits of Chicago’s theater scene. Written and Directed by Southside native Wendell J. Tucker, “I Still Love H.E.R.” has taken the grittiness of Hip-Hop and combined it with the grace and spectacle of Broadway-style Theater to create a unique experience that has audiences from around the globe bobbing their heads. After rocking the National Black Theatre Festival this summer “ISLH” has found a new home at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport, Chicago Il. Opening night is Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 7pm. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at www.athenaeumtheatre.org, at the theater box office, or by phone at 773-935-6860.
About “I Still Love H.E.R. (atributetohiphop)
Since its opening night in August 2005, the underground sensation, “I Still Love H.E.R.” has exploded into a mainstream powerhouse, generating stellar reviews and sold-out performances. This sociological musical by Wendell Tucker and choreographer Jeremy Noah (Columbia College Alum and cousin of the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah) takes the audience on an insightful tour down memory lane, while taking time to examine conditions and events that gave birth to the cultural phenomena known as Hip-Hop.
“I Still Love H.E.R.” centers on the venerable Love 1, a revered Chicago on-air personality, who’s angst about the current state of Hip-Hop has caused him to retire and dedicate his ﬁnal broadcast to Hip-Hop as a memorial. In the midst of his farewell show, Hip-Hop, personiﬁed, arrives to tell her story “the way it really is.” Through the dialogue that follows, Love 1 and his listeners are told the story of Hip-Hop through her own words. Social issues such as feminism, parenting, racism, capitalist media domination and violence in the Hip-Hop community are examined throughout the show, with relevant Hip-Hop classics as the backdrop. By the end of his broadcast, Love 1 reconciles his love affair with his culture and realizes that he must “always take time to listen to the soundtrack of his life.”
“‘I Still Love H.E.R.’ is an important step towards the healing of an ailing generation,” said Tucker, who also directed the show. “Although this modern tale of cultural pride is definitely catered to the generation that actually grew up with Hip-Hop, age 25 and older, the positive messages will inspire young people, cause the older generation to think more about their effect on the youth and have anyone with even a casual affinity for Hip-Hop on their feet.”
Through honest dialogue, critical cultural analysis and classic Hip-Hop songs spanning from Cab Calloway to Common, the culture of Hip-Hop is examined and remedies for change are disclosed. Clean remixes, spectacular dance sequences and heated discussion blend seamlessly to create a unique, authentic and immersive hip-hop experience that is suitable for any age. Audience participation is highly encouraged during the show as the lively cast, which features area young people, encourages everyone to live the music they love. This is a must-see event for all interested in Hip-Hop and the development of today’s youth.
Special thank you’s to Ashley Stevenson, Reva Whitehead, Gabriel DuBois, Rachel West, Marilyn Spearman, Deborah Johnson, Cierra Lewis, Brittany Washington, Zada Johnson, Audrey Gilyard for supporting our fundraiser! You will never know how much this means to us! Www.IndieGoGo.com/theoristages