Sunday, March 7, 2021


It was Toni Morrison who said something to the effect of, "You would make one think that I am not mainstream." She said this in response to being asked why there isn't significant white representation in her stories.  Surely, her white counterparts have never been asked why they don't include noteworthy black people in their stories.

As a black person, I find it insane to imagine that ANYONE would put our beloved Toni Morrison in a category, otherwise, but the same can be said for anything black, including businesses.

Mainstream /mān,strēm/ (noun) is the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are regarded as NORMAL or conventional; the dominant trend in opinion, fashion, or the arts.

It is time we normalize even the thought of frequenting a black-owned business.  There are many black-owned businesses, and since the world's recent challenges, there are a plethora of black-owned businesses being created.

Check out this blog post by Sophia Conti detailing black-owned business links! Blogger Sophia Conti Support Black-Owned Businesses: 181 Places to Start Online

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Power of the Monologue: Nicholas G. Sims (Actor)

I love Instagram!  There.  I said it.  It's not about the likes or the views or even the follows, though.  It is about the relationships I would not, otherwise, have the opportunity to nurture. In the industry of entertainment, it really is about who you know. My DM is where I met Nicholas G. Sims.


I have to be honest, I don't know much about him outside of the fact that I was impressed with his monologues. I was also inspired by his belief in himself and that he was not afraid to connect and network. It is my opinion that if you are not helping someone, you are not living. That is what Filmmakers Lab is all about.

Nicholas fearlessly linked me with two very powerful monologues, in their own right, that would intimidate the best of actors. The first monologue was Bel-Air x 1994, Sims take on the scene made famous by Will Smith when his character's father (Ben Vereen) came back into his life for a moment and left just as fast. Sims did a great job of bringing forth some of the raw emotions felt in the original scene. He was very present and lured me into a scene that I knew very well.  I expected a lot and received much. My only critique would be Sims' emotions overshadowed the words and at times his enunciation was difficult to understand.  Otherwise, the performance was solid.


Did I mention, the projects were self-directed?  Sims is the kind of filmmaker other filmmakers wish they were because he has taken the time to craft his monologues in a professional and cinematically sound way, not asking for permission or waiting for someone to cast him.  He has taken control of his own destiny and is doing the work.


Now, let's talk about Sims' rendition of Horde's character in the film, Split.  Being totally transparent, I had no idea what this monologue was about or where it came from.  After doing some research, I realized it was an M. Night Shyamalan film that deals with the split personalities of Kevin Wendell (James McAvoy).  I was impressed at Sims' ability to take me through a gamut of emotions in this one scene.  Sims held my attention the whole way through and I understood every word.  Actress Chloe Broeker did an awesome job emoting a genuinely horrifying sense of terror.


When I think about why Sims would choose this monologue, I understand how this would show his range.  Recreating a scene such as this is no easy feat.  The mind must go dark, to reach the depths of where your soul has to go, to achieve a great performance in this scene.  This was just one scene.  Imagine how spent James McAvoy must have been filming this movie.

Big props and handclaps to my new friend Nicholas G. Sims for producing two great monologues.  I am anxious to see some more from him.  Stay focused and keep up the great work!


Actors continue to work on your craft and create monologues.  When you don't have an extensive IMDB page or just want to continue honing your skills, the best thing is a high-quality monologue.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


I know, I know, it has been way too long. I'm sorry.  The universe has had me trapped in my apartment stuck to my chair and computer.  I have been creating like a maniac! I love being creative and I am learning to stay where my wheelhouse takes me.  I can't do it all even though I have tried.

My book, about the reason why copyrights are not really effective in protecting your work is coming soon. Very soon! Thank you for all the support thus far.  Also, look for my next book My Nine Eleven, my story about my experience in Manhattan when the Twin Towers fell and how it still haunts me after all these years.

Also, look for posts for the movie I script supervised called His, Hers and the Truth coming to theaters.  The cast is on a media tour and screening the film. If you live in Atlanta or surrounding areas I will post when screenings are coming.

I rocked out in 2018 and now I have time to create my own.  This year started phenomenally and it has not quit!

I appreciate all my friends and family that have supported me thus far.  I pray that I make you all proud!  Stay up and write on!!!