‘Why Did I Get Married Too?’: A Rushed Movie with Little to No Conclusion:

Timing is key in any movie. Let me just say this, I love Tyler Perry and applaud his efforts on sharing a representation of the African American Community in film, but I believe creating quality is more important than just spitting out a movie every other month and missing components of what a movie should contain. I am a fan of Tyler Perry’s stage plays, and I believe that’s where he shines. As far as movies go, he’s got to clean it up a bit.  Although, he did a solid job with ‘A Family That Preys.’ Perry has so much potential, so I’m not writing this because I dislike him; if anything I respect him.  I only want to see a better proportion of the quality of writing and acting. The movie began a bit slow because there wasn’t much dialogue, and there were too many long pauses and breaks between lines. *Note: that’s one indication that the movie was rushed. When it actually did get to the meat of the story, it became too convoluted, and at one point, I thought there was actually going to be some type of esemplastic moment, but there wasn’t. Some say that this was Janet’s movie, which, in essence it was, but as far as acting capabilities go, Jill Scott took that. However, I will give a slight disclaimer: Janet was at a vulnerable state, since the movie was filmed soon after her late GREAT brother, Michael Jackson, passed away. So I give her kudos for even doing the film. Without giving away too much for those who are reading and plan on seeing the film, the story bounces from one event to another without giving a full explanation or conclusion to any of them. For instance, Jill Scott’s character finds herself helping Richard T. Jones’ character. Now, from the looks of it, you’d think there was going to be a cataclysmic result. In turn, there was none, which baffled me and the rest of my analytical crew.

I must say the characters played by Tasha Smith and Michael Jai-White were definitely the comedic relief. I thought their timing was pretty good and quite funnier this time around. We were introduced to their foolery characters in ‘Why Did I Get Married,’ which was a far better film.

The ending was the second indication that this movie was built on just events and no conclusion. It was poorly scripted and needed lots of revisions. I know that Perry can redeem himself, and when he does, I will give my two cents! My only question is why the rush?

Published in: on April 22, 2010 at 2:41 AM  Leave a Comment  

Convergence: No Longer a Theory…

Of course we know the way people access their news has changed. That’s the reality of our industry. But I think there is also an underlining fear that social media is the demise of some newsmakers. I beg to differ only because I believe versatility is needed to remain relevant in this business, as well as to protect the future of journalism. Ethics or writing quality does not have to be compromised because news hole is shrinking. Instead, convergence, no longer just a theory, has become a reality, thus creating opportunity to enhance mediums, including TV.

Last year, I decided instead of holding on to what I didn’t know in the industry, I decided to create an outlet of my own, such as my online radio show, where it gives me a chance to talk about topics that go unnoticed. I even went as far as to landing an unofficial internship with WAMU radio in Washington D.C. I learned how short and accurate I needed to be in creating news worthy stories for online. I’ve taken skills from WAMU and since working at WPGC , it has allowed me to be versatile. I help write and edit copy.

Recently, the Washington DC metro area has dealt with tragic shootings. It has plagued Southeast DC, so to get the community involved, I like to post topics or articles on those type of social outlets just to see how the masses feel. In addition, I’ve recently been asked to do some social media consulting for The Greater Washington Urban League in Washington DC, where I’m developing ways to get vital information about the league on the web, where a lot of communication is happening. It’s a non-profit organization that focuses on housing, education and tends to focus on community engagement. So as a social media consultant, I will make sure people know about grants, the latest information on unemployment and community events. I use Twitter and Facebook to share information as well as to engage people.

Because the organization has a huge conference this summer, I plan on doing an online survey to find out how many people know about the league and ask if they are members of the organization. This is to monitor the engagement and to see how many people really know about the national organization.

Someone in social media should understand that social media has become a major component in news. Most network Television stations now have a Twitter, Facebook as well as Flickr page. In addition, this person should understand the demographics, which is highly important because what the person uses and says to drive the masses interaction will be determined by who are tuning in. Someone working in social media should have a broad idea of news that can be distinguished.

According to David Berkowitz, Senior Director of Emerging Media and Innovation at digital marketing agency 360i, it maybe efficient for a marketer to post the same information on different sites, but is that effective for those viewing it? While he was speaking in terms of marketing, I believe some parts of that pertain to producers.  He’s right, and that’s why it’s important to know your audience. He also noted social media gurus must plan ahead. If they don’t, they risk losing their flow once drastic changes arise, and with social media, everything is always changing. But as I pointed out before, that’s just the reality of the industry.

Specifically, my duty is to be quick when accessing information. In order to make sure I’m efficient, I have to know the news. Those are two essential things I always do. Next, I will keep a log of the latest social media sites, and do research on those in the developmental stages. I will engage in conversation with the audience in reference to breaking news or news that affect the community such as that of the shootings in Southeast DC. Another component, which I’m not sure it would be a duty, but passion about the community is a must. I’m not from DC, but I sympathize with those who live in an area where violence appears to be normal. I then become compassionate about resolving it even if I’m just a small portion of making the difference. I am relevant. I believe I am the person who could take the job and really create something timely, relevant and interesting. All it takes is someone taking that chance.


Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 2:00 AM  Leave a Comment