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What I learned from the movies - 'Date Night'

First and foremost, I am a HUGE Steve Carell. He is a comic genius. Second, this is my first blog post on this subject title. So, the format will most likely change over the next couple of months. Lastly, I strongly believe a film has done its job if it can entertain and enlighten at the same time. Now, on to the commentary.

My husband and I saw the film Date Night this weekend. If I didn't say it before, let me now, I AM A HUGE STEVE CARELL FAN!. COMIC GENUIS!

Date Night is about a married couple trying to relight the flame of passion and intimacy in their ritualistic daily lives. Their normal weekly date night is just as boring as the other parts of their lives. They decide to try something different. Everything goes wrong for them and this is were the lessons are learned.

Ten Things I Learned From The Movie DATE NIGHT

  1. Your husband can come up with a good plan every now and then
  2. Just becuase your girlfriend is unhappy, don't bring her drama into your marriage
  3. Steve Carell is a comic genius
  4. Your never too old to share a plate of food(with one spoon or fork) with your spouse
  5. Always know someone like Marky Mark (Sorry, Mark Wahlberg) to help you get out of bad situations
  6. Steve Carell is a comic genius
  7. You can't just make a marriage work. You have to work at the marriage.
  8. Counting to 3 or 5 or 10 work for adults as well as kids
  9. Steve Carell is a comic genius
  10. You know your spouse is a keeper when they go to things they HATE becuase they want to shoe there support for you.

Okay, I owe you three more:

  1. Just becuase marriage is a compromise, don't compromise on who you are
  2. Men love it when you dress up for them
  3. Never take someone reservation. That's just wrong. Nothing but bad karma will come from that

And that is what I learned from the movies.

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Teachers/Mentors Edition of Up in the Attic Hip Hop Movie

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Teachers, Parents and Mentors use the Up in the Attic teen movie to open up dialogue with our youth on subjects such as sex, drugs, peer pressure, abuse and more!For more information or to contact Director Kamal Imani for group discussions and lectures go to http://www.upintheatticmovie.comcipherkam@gmail.comCall Mr. Kevin Barksdale 201-923-9213

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Two words: OSCAR BOUND."From director Clint Eastwood, 'Invictus' tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africas rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africas underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match."The poem 'INVICTUS' by William Ernest Henley, from which Nelson Mandela drew strength while in prison."Out of the night that covers me,Black as the Pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may beFor my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstanceI have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody, but unbowed.Beyond this place of wrath and tearsLooms but the Horror of the shade,And yet the menace of the yearsFinds, and shall find, me unafraid.It matters not how strait the gate,How charged with punishments the scroll.I am the master of my fate:I am the captain of my soul."
Nelson Mandela Inspires and Creates History
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The “Up in the Attic” MovieAn Important Educational Tool for the Hip Hop Generation“Let’s talk about Sex, Drugs & Hip Hop”Written & Directed by Kamal Imani“Many of us have spoken about the youth, but not with the youth”The new movie entitled “Up in the Attic” is the perfect conversation piece for engaging dialogue between today’s youth and their elders. Parents, educators, social workers, clergy and other professionals will find themes common to today’s youth such as; sex, drugs, violence, hip hop, peer pressure and other relevant subject matter.Up in the Attic has a comedic but realistic feel to it. Its backdrop is the 1980’s hip hop era in the Teaneck New Jersey (A Suburb of New York City) which is also near the urban areas of Paterson and Newark New Jersey. The DVD, which is now available on and major DVD websites, can be used for personal one on one discussion or in group or community settings.You can also invite the author and director Kamal Imani to your venue to speak with your youth or organization. In addition to his street smarts and notoriety as an established Spoken Word Performance Poet, Actor and community activist, Kamal has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the New York Institute of Technology and has attended Morehouse College, Bergen Community College, Teaneck High School, Computer Career Training Center and Kovat’s Real Estate School and is a husband and father residing in Englewood New Jersey.For more information or to have Kamal speak at your event or with your youth organization, contact Mr. Kevin Barksdale at 201-923-9213. For more information on the movie please visit http://www.upintheatticmovie.comJoin our social network at http://www.upintheattic.ning.comAdd us on MySpace at Kamal Imani

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Get ready for the New Hip Hop 1980’s Throwback Movie "Up in the Attic". There’s a lot of joy, pain and teenagers doing what teenagers do in the NJ suburbs of NYC back in the day. The fly guys and fly girls ran mad episodes and many lessons were learned Available on DVD October 1, 2009. Check out the clips and join the movement on and

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One of my clients co wrote this movie in Memphis and they filmed here as well.For Immediate ReleasePRESS RELEASEAugust 28, 2008Memphis native self-finances first feature filmN-Secure Films Shoots in MemphisMemphis, TN - Memphis native and concert promoter Julius Lewis finances his first feature film, “N-Secure.” He co-wrote the film with Christie Taylor, motivational speaker and former afternoon drive personality of 95.7 – Hallelujah FM.“N-Secure” is set for production with a five-week shoot September 9, 2008 through October 7, 2008 under the direction of David Matthews. Mr. Matthews’ resume’ includes writing and producing TV shows such as “Mad About You”, “The Nanny”, “Cybil”, “Half and Half” and won an Enemy for “Young and the Restless”. N-Secure was cast by Kevin Scott whose credits include casting for “West Wing”, “ER” and “My Wife and Kids”. The film will be shot solely in Memphis at various locations.The movie centers around main character David Washington played by Cordell Moore, known for his work on-stage in both Tyler Perry’s plays “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Why Did I Get Married?” Washington’s controlling ways and insecurities cause him to spiral out of control with love gone wrong, unraveling events where envy, jealousy, and betrayal lead to murder. His destructive descent undoubtedly affects the lives of those around him.The all-star cast includes Essence Atkins, formerly Dee Dee Thorne on UPN’s “Half and Half”; Tempestt Bledsoe from “The Cosby Show” and VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club”; Lamman Rucker, known for his roles in Tyler Perry’s hit movies “Why Did I Get Married” as Sheriff Troy and “Meet the Browns.” Memphian Elise Neal, known for her critically acclaimed role in “Hustle and Flow” and as Comedian/actor D.L. Hughley’s wife in “The Hughleys” stars in the movie along with Denise Boutte from “Why Did I Get Married”; actress Toni Trucks, whose played a series of recurring roles in “Barbershop” and UPN’s “All of Us”; and “Lincoln Heights” Caryn Ward from the “Game” also star in this sexy and suspenseful movie. R&B superstar Tank will make his on screen debut.
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