Happy Holidays

Creative Challenge Reminder
Don't forget about the "Holiday Moments" creative challenge. The deadline is 1/3/08. The picture above is one of my submissions. Remember, anything goes. It can be cellphone or camera pics to graphics, songs (Omar), poems, writings, etc. Now I know that most of you have a few days off, so there is no excuse. lol

Angels In a Winterwonderland Ball
This is from the Angels In a Winterwonderland Ball on Sunday hosted by my church (Rehoboth Temple). My church has been doing a lot of work with gay youth who have been ostracized from their family. This particular group live in a kind of shelter house that requires them to attend classes in business and other areas. So for the holidays they wanted to have a ball and we let them use the space. It was actually quite nice.

Anyway, I have to say I don't know why but I really like Berlin (the one with the crazy hair) in this video but I do. BTW, she won this category of Best Runway Walk. See if anyone can catch the shade. LOL But she handles it well. More videos are coming.

My Saturday (Pt II)

I almost forgot to mention another highlight of my Saturday. I made it out to go see Dirty Laundry. The film was written and directed by Maurice Jamal and stars Loretta Devine, Rockmond Dunbar, Jenifer Lewis, Terri J. Vaughn, Sommore and many others in this hilarious family drama. You can read more about it .here.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and am glad to see more and more mainstream actors/actresses not afraid to play in gay/gay-friendly roles. I am evern more glad to see so many gospel artists that are playing in these movies. I wonder if there will be a big coming out of the closet for some many of the big gospel artists? And no, I don't mean come out just to try to bash the lifestyle, trying to save face and money. (Did I say Donnie out loud?!? Oh, I didn't .... well!!!

Anyway, let's go and support this movie and make sure that it doesn't leave the theatre too soon

My Saturday

Before I forget, don't forget about the next creative challenge. You can find details here. Now onto my Saturday events.

Let me start off by saying that Luis came over on Friday night and stayed over. Yeah, I know... everyone is like "Wasn't he the one looking for someone to take care of him?" Yeah, but I still think of him as a friend and he is a cool person. I just ain't supporting him. Don't judge me!!! lol Well, Saturday we woke up early and went to have coffee and danishes. He had NEVER even heard of Starbucks. I thought they were everywhere now, including Honduras. Oh well.

Then we went to a drawing session at the LGBT Center. I have been attending for the last few weeks and thoroughly enjoy it. It is a great creative break. I don't pretend to be a great fine artist but just enjoy it and Luis enjoyed it as well. Here is one of my better drawings from that day. Don't laugh, I am still learning.

If anyone is interested it is $10/wk and runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Yes, there are nude models for you bashful types but it is done in good taste.

Afterwards Luis had to go to work and I went to the Chelsea Art Tour. This event is held once a month and your paid admission ($15) gives you access to several Chelsea Art galleries and a guide who highlights notable pieces. Sometimes you even stumble on the artist there at the gallery to have a little discourse. I usually go to the LGBT one but went to the "Best Of" this time, which is pretty much the same just without a focus on the LGBT artists. I have to say that every time that I go, I usually find one or two pieces that just blow me away. I will start with that one.

I don't remember the name to this piece but I loved how just the anticipation to visualation process of this piece. As you can see from the pics that it is an installation piece. It takes up a huge area of around 30 X 30. How you walked upon the piece is from another room and all that you saw were little lines of color on the ceiling. As you followed them around, you came into this space as seen in the pictures. You can't see from the pics but it is made up of thousands of little plastic men that make up a tornado. Where the tornado touches the ground is one single plastic man.

I like this tour because open up the floor for what each groups gets from the piece. My group came up with two. One is that one man can make a change that ripples throughout the world. The other is that we all came from one man and have developed into many different cultures, races, etc as seen by the different color plastic men towards the top of the tornado.

The piece with the waterfall, towards the bottom, had the most controversy. I thought that was weird considering the next set that I will talk about. People were highly disturbed by this piece because all that the artist did was search the internet and "appropriate" other people's pictures and blow them up to about 6-8 feet tall, making them all pixelated and is charging thousands of dollars for each piece. Hmmm, I am in the wrong field. What do you think?

The bright pics that are very cartoon-ish was the next set that caused a ruckus. The white blotches that you see common throughout this set looks very much like sperm. As you can see from some of the pics that it is going into some of the guys mouth and they are playing in it and couples are having sex. Yeah, I said having sex, see if you can find them. This is all while the world is in chaos and destruction. The group's thoughts were that we live in a time where death and disease are so rampant but yet, life, love and a sense of being care-free still continues.

Ok, so that this post won't be too long, I have posted all of the pics in case people just want to see them. Mind you, the pics don't do any justice to the pieces.

Brilliant?!? Y Violin Andino-Negro del Peru

The rich diversity of musical traditions of Peru reflects its mixed indigenous, Spanish, and African heritages as well as the extremely varied geography of its territory.

Mr. J (a.k.a. Fuzzy) just submitted his creative challenge for fall colours. Thanks for the support Mr. J. Here is his piece:

News On My Car

First off, don't forget about the next creative challenge. You can find details here.

As some of you know, my car was stolen two weeks ago and I have been mass trans'ing it since then. It has been ok except when I go to work. A 40 minute drive turns into a 2 hour commute. God, I hate working further in Jersey. Well, I had a phone message after I left from church. It was the police department and they said that they have found my car. I called the police station and after being pass around like a ho at a sex buffet I was told that their computer systems are down and I will have to call tomorrow. Oh yeah, you know I was pleased with that. Now I have to take a day off from work and prolong getting my car back for another day. I really hope that their is no damage to it and hopefully they caught the a**holes that stole it.

By the way, this happened after my pastor said that we need to write down what we would like God to do for us in 2008. I wrote the following:

A spiritual revival
To find a GOOD job in the city
and God to have His way with my car situation.