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It’s cancelling season. Which T.V. Shows got cancelled?
By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine
Summer is right around the corner. Schools are about to go on a three-month break. Senior students are about to embark on a new journey after school. Now that all of the shows you love are going off television for a break; there are some shows that won’t be back on air forever. Right around this time is where networks make decisions on extending or terminating contracts of your favorite shows. The network does an evaluation on a show through audience count and budget. Most importantly ratings. For those who do not the process, here is how it goes. A content is presented to the network for which the network can decide rather to add the content to their platform. The content is not produce by the network. A production company pays for the content and produces the content. Later, they submit an episode to the network as a demo. If the network loves the demo, they will pick up four to five episodes after review. Once those episodes are order, it is up to the viewers to determine the fate of the content. If there is a large sum of audience from one demographic area watching the show; the network evaluates the next step. If the production price is a reasonable, the network evaluates the next step. If the ratings are great and not good, the network buys additional more episodes after evaluation.
These shows had a great run while there on air. However, they did not have a consistent audience to keep it alive. Some were too expensive to move forward whereas ratings were low to continue moving forward. As I predicted about the Get Down show on Netflix. The show was too expensive and the director abandon the show. The direction of the show was too difficult to move forward with. Even though, the show had good reviews, and draw in some fans. However, the fate of the show rested on the director, and the storyline. When we look back at these shows, you have to wonder where did these shows failed. Rosewood was a show that follow before Empire on Fox. The show grew in the time line of Empire. What cause this show and Sleepy Hollow to fall was the new time slot. Fridays were the perfect slot for shows and now has become a graveyard for shows. Rosewood and Sleepy Hollow both got cancelled on the Friday time slot. The network move both shows from it’s original time slot to a different time slot which is why it was difficult for these shows to remain on the network.
These are the shows that are cancelled reported from Variety.
- Scream Queens
- Sleepy Hollow
- Son of Zorn
- Making History
- Last Man Standing
- Time After Time
- American Crime
- Secrets and Lies
- Imaginary Mary
- Dr. Ken
- The Real O’Neals
- The Catch
- Chicago Justice
- Emerald City
- The Blacklist: Redemption
- No Tomorrow
- The Odd Couple
- Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
- The Great Indoors
- 2 Broke Girls
- Pure Genius
- Girl Meets World
- The Knick
- Man Seeking Woman
- Baby Daddy
- The Get Down
These are your shows that got the pink slip from their respective network. Some may come as a shocker while some lack the audience as the rest. Check out the article on Variety and let me know what you think about these shows. Leave a comment and discuss it.
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Interview with All Def Poet Moody Black
By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine
If you have not heard of Moody Black, you will soon enough. Rather you never heard of his poems or heard him speak; Moody is on a different level. Moody Black a South Carolina native, a visionary, an artist, an actor, a story teller, and photographer is art. To be feature on All Def Poetry giving the history of the platform from the days of Def Poetry Jam where Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, David Banner, Alicia Keys, and more have grace their presence to the platform. A platform where poets have come through and made a name for themselves. Moody Black performance itself has grace 2,167 views with 197 likes on All Def Poetry YouTube channel. The comments have been all but positive about “In the Field” performance. His performance can be seen on Neon Renaissance Magazine video section and also on All Def Poetry YouTube Channel.
So, I got a chance to chat with him over twitter to talk about his performances and issues of today. It was an honor and privilege to sit down with someone who will one day be highly recognize in conversations of great artist and poet. In the conversation, I had with Moody Black, I wanted to know a bit about him. Particularly what made him get involve with poetry. He said to me “my mom, she was a single parent. She would work during the day. Then, take college courses at night. She would bring her literature books home.” He continues “having to know Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes was a rite of passage.” He later explains what made him finally write poetry. “My mom had this book my father got her for their first anniversary (before the divorce) entitled “This Time Called Life” by Walter Rinder. It had poems about being young and free. That really pushed me to write.” It was that point his desire for poetry grew.
I ask about his first time being on stage doing poetry and what that feeling was like when he got on stage. He explains “every time seem like the first time…I was and still is nervous…hoping I don’t mess up. Hoping people receive my art.” Being on stage is not easy as it may seem when you watch many poets go on and speak from what they wrote or memorize. However, you would not think that of Moody Black “In the Field” performance. A very compelling and powerful poem about a slave taking from home to the field. It was a very intense and well receive poem. I ask him about the poem. I wanted to know what was going through his head when he performed it. “Of course, the thing is not to show that you’re nervous you know the old saying never let them see you sweat” He said. He continues by saying “I always pretend that I’m there and I act as I’m that person in the poem.I put myself in that position.” I watched the video several times and each time it was just as good the first time I saw it. I also wanted to know from him was there a message that the character in his poem was trying to bring to light. “Definitely. Being captured altered his purpose and changed the structure of his family. And being brought to a new land was confusing. However, he was determination to be free showed our resilience as humans” he said. I also asked him about today’s society among African Americans in regards of his character in the poem and how it relates today. “Very much so. African-Americans really don’t have an identity or connection to a culture. A feeling of loss and confusion” He explains. It was a very interesting point he made. Giving the climate of today’s society among African Americans is troubling especially with the unemployment rate, public schools, violence, and broken communities. There aren’t many black own businesses and programs to help produce more opportunities. Instead you have seen more incarcerations and police brutalities among African Americans. I ask him what is the remedy to repair that sense of loss and connection that African Americans struggle in this time. He basically said “education is the key, just gotta keep reaching and teaching.” I made a suggestion of the days of the Harlem Renaissance to reconnect the culture and identity which he agree would be great idea. Giving the circumstances, it would take more than just revamping the Harlem Renaissance to help unify African Americans. However, art has always unify African American communities culturally.
As we about to end our discussion, I ask some questions that relates to his style of poetry. His style of poetry has elements of hip hop in it. When you watch, and hear his “In the Field” performance, you will hear Trinidad James “Gold” style of rhyme within his performance. Who cannot forget that song. I had to ask him about today’s generation hip hop and what he listen to the most. “There’s a few I’m not really into. But Hip Hop, looked all music evolves. I embrace it. With the advancement of technology, I’m able to find the music I like. Right now, I still listen to Drake, Kendrick, Killer Mike, Brother Ali, phonte from little brother, and 2 Chainz.” He said. He mentions his musical influences as well such as Run DMC, De La, ATCQ, Outkast, Jungle Brothers. Public Enemy, and Rakim. I also wanted his thoughts on the success of black films in 2016 and rather the bar was raised from those movies going into 2017. He wasn’t overly impress with the films but he was slightly impress as he said “nothing wow-ed me yet.” He later said “the films were cool. I would like to see more biopics from black writers and directors.Not sure if any bars were raised, though.” Even though the bars were not raised from his point of view for 2017, one can only hope what would 2017 will bring for black filmmakers.
As Moody Black gets prepared to go on the road to continue his journey, his legacy will not be defined by one moment, but through many of his accomplishments. Gracing his presences on a platform such as All Def Poetry has not only spark the rise of many opportunities that may land his way. It has allowed him to reach audiences from all over to listen to his words and visualize his message that will spark the brain. Art is Moody Black. Mood Black is art. Even though that may confuse you, you have to think where would you be without art and what would you do without art. Moody Black innovation and vision of telling a story through a book or poem invites the mind to discover the world of Moody Black. As he prepares to go on the road, you may catch him at poetry nights in your community, or guest speak at your local events. His vision is to engage and inspire the minds in search of hope. Though I never mention in the conversation where we both share the same taste of music and the times of Right On! & Word Up! Magazine. I wanted you the reader to know about Moody Black and follow him throughout his journey. For he will be someone on a major platform that will encourage others to listen, love, and learn.
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You can also check out his website where you can purchase his cd’s, get the scoop on his next performance, or you can book him for your event.
He will also be in North Carolina this Saturday for Pemansip: out the box. The link is below to order tickets to the event.
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Billboard Top 10 Albums
By Patrick Hill @Pathill17
We are five months in and we are hearing incredible music in 2017. Going into 2017, we witness The Weeknd rise to the top chart. Let’s not forget Disney “Moana” Soundtrack which was number three on the Billboard chart during The Weeknd number one status. Now, it gets more interesting due in fact Ed Sheeran, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Gorillaz, The Chainsmokers, and Kendrick Lamar all drop their albums after each other within one month a part. It’s interesting to see Mary J. Blige back in action with her new album “Strength of a woman” which is doing quite well as it is the number three album on the chart. The Chainsmokers have been doing amazing with several of their singles being number one on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. However, their album was number one for a week, and it is now number nine on the chart. Ed Sheeran who is always the delivery man when it comes to making a strong start. Ed Sheeran album “Divide” is number five on the chart. Mister Champaignpapi aka Drake has always been Billboards top charted with his new album “More Life.” It was once number one for four weeks than drop to number two. However, it has dropped down to number four on the chart. We all been waiting for Gorillaz since they arrive to the music scene late 90s or early 00s. Not sure but you get my point. Gorillaz are back and they sound better. They took the number two spot on the chart after the album “Humanz” drop last week. It’s only been one week and they are head of Drake (Oh’man). See what I just did there. The number one album on the chart needs no introduction. It is Kendrick Lamar aka Kung Fu Kenny with his album “DAMN.” Pretty much sums up his album. After dropping “Humble” and “DNA” from the album, one can only hope how the next track from the album could make you say “DAMN” again, again, and again. I know I forgot some honorable mention albums but here is the top 10 albums list.
- Damn. by Kendrick Lamar
- Humanz by Gorillaz
- Strength of a woman by Mary J. Blige
- More Life by Drake
- Divide by Ed Sheeran
- Epic AF (Pink/Yellow) by Various Artists
- 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Soundtrack by Various Artists
- Memories. .Do not open by The Chainsmokers
- God’s Problem Child by Willie Nelson
To see Bruno Mars and Willie Nelson on the chart is incredible. Who will take the number one spot the next time I post; Stay tune. Follow us on Twitter @NeonRenMagazine for updates on all things art related news. Let me know what you think about this chart by commenting below. You can listen to Billboards playlist on Spotify.
A REVIEW OF THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES THE GET DOWN
By Juan Carlos Diaz @Tearsofwardiaz
As an avid fan of hip-hop, I always yearned for a depiction of the early days within the realm of film, be it through a TV show or movie. Some might argue that Hollywood has already explored the early days of hip-hop with films such as Breaking and Beat Street, which were both released in the early 1980s. Despite showcasing hip-hop as its own musical genre, both fil focused on only on specific element of hip-hop, which was break dancing. Those of us who are fans of hip-hop, however, are aware that there are four elements that make up the foundation of this particular musical genre. The first layer that makes up hip-hop is the graffiti artist that would spray paint messages on bare walls and subway trains. The second layer of the foundation of hip-hop was the DJ, which would fabricate beats by using bits and pieces of existing musical recordings. The third layer was of course the MC, which would write and recite lyrics over the DJ’s beats. The final and fourth layer of this beautiful collage was break dancing.
Oddly enough, I can say that not one of the layers that have mentioned were ever properly depicted on film (at least in my opinion). That is until director Baz Luhrman released his masterpiece The Get Down on Netflix. Releasing in two parts, the first part of this series takes place in Bronx, New York, 1977. The show follows the characters Ezekiel Figure, a half African American and Puerto Rican teenager who has a deep love for writing poetry. This particular character is played by Justice Smith who is known for his corky role as Radar in the film Paper Towns. Mylene Cruz, Ezekiel’s love interest is played by newcomer Herizen Guardiola, as she tries to balance her desire for becoming a disco star and obeying the strict rule of her overbearing father; who is a Pentecostal church minister.
The audience will also be introduced by a host of different characters, like Boo Boo, Dizzy, and Rah Rah, who are Ezekiel’s closest friends. The group’s existence within the show is no coincidence, however. Each of Ezekiel’s friends represent archetypes within the hip-hop genre. For example, Boo Boo represents the bravado get money attitude that is present within hip-hop song sometimes. The character Dizzy represents the artistic free that a lot of graffiti artist carried with them at the time. Rah Rah, however, represents the social awareness that was present in a ton of hip-hop songs in the mid-seventies and early eighties Also, another vital character to the series is Shaolin Fantastic, which is the DJ of the crew.
However, what make the Get Down so fascinating to watch is that the show discusses the political and social climate of New York in 1977, depicting the landslide victory Ed Koch had over Mayor Beam and its effect on the African and the Puerto Rican communities. Also, depicted in the show were some of hip-hop’s historical figures, like Grand Master Flash, Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaattaa and the Zulu Nation; all of which help with the development of the show’s plot. In my opinion, it is because of these elements gives this show 4 out of 5 stars.
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