The Fundamentals of Our Favorite Independent Films
Every decade has its list of favorite and fantastic independent movies. As fans, we marvel at the filmmakers who seem to get optimum mileage out of their efforts. We know the stories of these determined artists trying to make their films. They’ve become folklore — as much as the films themselves, their legacy of an insurmountable journey.Read full story
AC/DC’s “Back In Black”: For Bon Scott, or by Bon Scott?
Is there thievery and a cover-up behind the classic rock masterpiece?. The collaboration between Bon Scott and AC/DC on their epic album, Back In Black, remains an intriguing riddle. Still unclear and unsolved to this day. How much did Bon Scott inspire this iconic, heavy metal monster? Not from the grave, but before it — as a rock and roll songwriter.Read full story
9/11–20 Years Later
With the 20-year commemoration of the 2001 Terrorist Attacks upon us, I’d rather focus on the national strides we’ve made as a whole. Instead of dwelling on the falling skies of the newborn 20s, I’d rather incorporate an optimistic outlook. That includes going forward.Read full story
BCCLS: A Unique Lending System For Bergen County Residents Through Their Free Public Library
A library card is all one needs to join the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS), known as Buckles. Every public library in Bergen County is a BCCLS partner, along with 15 libraries from Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties. To date, there are 77 free public libraries that comprise the network.Read full story
The Police Force of Tomorrow
Calls to defund, dismantle, and restructure our police departments have entered the national narrative. The issue has also been drafted by both platforms in the 2020 Election. Countless state and local governments have announced that police reform will be a priority on their future agendas.Read full story
Roger Maris: Baseball’s Forgotten Home Run King
The steroid-free player who broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. In 1961, Roger Maris, a right fielder for the New York Yankees, broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. In 1927, Ruth hit 60 dingers. The Babe’s record stood for 34 years until Maris hit his 61st in the fourth inning of the last game of the ’61 season.Read full story
The ABA— Basketball With Spirit, Flair, and Game
A pioneer league that changed the face and essence of pro basketball. As the 2021 NBA Finals arrive, it’d be remiss not to give the ABA — the American Basketball Association, a shoutout. A thank you and homage to an old-school style of basketball with its funk and style in full bloom.Read full story
The MAGA Conundrum
For every right-wing podcast and pro-Trump rally crying election fraud, multitudes of Trump voters remain grounded in reality. They know the 2020 Presidential Election wasn’t rigged. Disappointed Trump lost, but remain grateful that our institutions held up.Read full story
The Dark Side of the Web
Online accusations, Internet assault, and trial by algorithms are here to stay. In a recent workshop on low-budget film production, the moderator asked the class if anyone had Googled his name. I did, and what I discovered concerned me. Gary had recently been sued for breach of contract and stealing a writer’s screenplay.Read full story
Is Blaming The NRA Hurting or Helping Gun Control?
On the eve of President Biden's quest to tackle firearms reform. Despite one’s view of gun control and ownership rights, the NRA is either a parasite or an advocate. Not much in-between, but since the NRA doesn’t pass legislation, why are they always the focal point of the firearms debate?Read full story
How Did We Get So Tribal?
Turning social discourse into bloodsport fails our fellow man, our humanity, and our path to a better world. Instead of viewing social and political issues with open minds and various vantage points, our new pastime is picking sides. And it’s expected. In our haste, we prune the facts that support our position.Read full story
Attacking the Artist Creates More Hate and Casualties, Not Better Art
Why are the PC Police infiltrating the arts and marginalizing creative endeavors? Trolling the Internet, social media, and TV for artists and film productions to target?. The end results are artists and producers accused of being racist and sexist. Bashing actors for characters they have been cast to portray. Not to mention, a disturbing trend and dangerous precedent.Read full story
Being 'In The Moment' Isn’t Just For Actors
After a few small roles in independent, short films, and an epic flop at producing my own feature, I figured acting wasn’t in the cards. I let failure and the lack of progress derail and define me. I continued to write fiction and nonfiction, concentrating less on acting.Read full story
Jimi Hendrix: A Classic Unicorn
A lesson and reminder to remain authentic and true to ourselves. In 1966, at a rock club in New Jersey, a 23-year-old guitarist auditioned for a spot in the venue’s lineup. Like most who had listened to Jimi Hendrix for the first time, management was floored.Read full story
The Grand Reopening
A Mutating Virus and Fear of Lawsuits are Keeping Small Business Owners on Edge. With employees returning to work and consumers looking for goods and services, questions abound over employee and customer safety. We all share the anxiety of Covid-19’s damage, threat, and ominous lifespan.Read full story
The Conundrum Of Colin Kaepernick
Is the beleaguered athlete a victim, a pariah, or an obsolete quarterback?. Following the George Floyd tragedy and BLM marches, the plight of Colin Kaepernick returned to the sports and cultural spotlight. Since the Jacob Blake incident and recent boycotts by pro athletes, hope resurfaced that Kaepernick could enjoy his great comeback to the NFL.Read full story
Ending Racism Through Education
Black History and Juneteenth can save our youth, our future, and our humanity. How can we create a better future? The answer might reside in our present — the children who will inherit our legacy.Read full story
Homelessness and the ‘Postal Paradox’
Among the many obstacles facing today’s homeless is the ability to receive mail. While out in the street, one of the deterrents of getting the help these people need arrives through the post office.Read full story
Is It Time to Change Youth Football?
Over the last half-century, the popularity of American football has exploded. These days, the sport appears to have replaced baseball as the country’s favorite pastime. Both the NFL and the NCAA have watched their reach and bottom lines expand exponentially. From the creation of streaming platforms to online gambling. Television coverage and added programming on national, regional, and cable channels continue to grow each year. Factor in the fantasy leagues, podcasts, and digital media landscape, the sport’s popularity, and personal engagement appears boundless, if not infinitive.Read full story
UFOs, Classified Aircraft, or Hoax?
Unidentified Aerial PhenomononDept. of the U.S. Navy. The latest UAP — Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. The cockpit images and videos of flying objects recorded by U.S. Navy pilots seem to have more questions than answers. Extra-terrestrial, military technology, or prank?Read full story