Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Little Boxes in Agrestic

Return of the Nubian Princess

To say that Tonye Patano who plays the shit out of the character, "Heylia James" is a brassy, bold actress with more fire in her pinky finger than Julia Roberts or Gwyneth Paltrow is an understatement. For some time, I've begrudged the fact that actresses in the states never receive a nod or "it girl" status unless they fit three categories (in this order): Hollywood thin, a non-person of color (translate here: White Anglo Saxon), and lastly: young. There are so many talented actresses who are not of color (duh!) such as Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore and the incomprobable Laura Linney. These women receive kudos and respect but not as much as they deserve. Kerry Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Sandra Oh, Delores Del Rio, Maria Conchita Alonso, and more...never fully achieve "it girl" status or Academy reccognition. It's funny that Tonye Patano will never really get the rain to sunshine bloom she fully deserves and has acted her ass off for. Actresses are basically given a raw deal anyway (see "Searching for Debra Winger" documentary by the fab Roseanna Arquette).

I'm rambling...that's what Showtime's "Weeds" will do me (or you if you dare...)...

I'm having an awesome day to be honest....it's late and I'm a bit buzzed from my post birthday celebration. I've been hoisting my 30th birthday to rediculous "Beatles" status for quite some time. But, cut me some slack, it's been about 19 days so I'm just getting fresh and started.

A strange homeless man bought my groceries the day I cashed my last birthday check from my girlfriend's parents. It was amazing. I repeatedly refused but the more I persisted in paying my own way, the more he told me I was an angel and did enough good in the world that I shouldn't have to work so hard. It was one of the most breathtaking experiences. I believe it was my father. He has appeared to me as many times as I have visited his grave which is under five and everytime it has been a magical and monumental situation...when I've needed him most, he busts his fists with persistence to be there for me....even in death.

I have to thank the tao for this one, good karma and paying it forward....my girlfriend thinks I'm a gorgeous lucky charm and I think she is a Sagittarius.

good night