The AshNerdStar Report Returns in 2014

Hey guys!

As you know, I decided to take a break from the blog, to recharge my batteries for the new year. With that being said, I will be starting back with new blog posts for the upcoming new year!

Start date and additional info will be posted in the next few weeks.

Hope you all have an awesome and safe 2014 ^_^.

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WondaGurl: Super Girl with the Super Beats

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16 year-old Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (Toronto) native Ebony Oshunrinde aka WondaGurl makes beats.  In 2012, the Nigerian-Canadian won the “Battle of the Beatmakers” competition that was held in Toronto, Canada. WondaGurl beat out over 32 up and coming producers. She was the only girl who participated in the competition. Probably one of her biggest accomplishments to date was one of the beats she crafted was used by hip-hop icon Jay-Z. “Crown” was featured on Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” The 2013, 4th of July release, was the 12th album Hov has put out. WondaGurl had a pretty dope summer this year.
Ebony aka WondaGurl has been making beats since she was 9 year-old. Ironically enough her interest of making music began when she found a video of mega producer Timbaland working in the studio with Jay-Z on “The Black Album” in 2003. WondaGurl says in an interview with HollywoodReporter.com about her music making discovery, “I always love the background music in songs, not the lyrics. I didn’t know who did that, so I did my research and I fell in love with the beats that Timbaland was making.” Making beats at 9 years old?!?! That’s crazy!
So you want to know how one of her beats was featured on “Magna Carta Holy Grail?” I shall tell you. After WondaGurl won the “Battle of the Beatmakers” in 2011, she was signed to Black Box Management Company. She emailed a beat to Houston rapper (G.O.O.D. Music/Grand Hustle artist) Travi$ Scott who listened to one of her tracks. According to OkayAfrica.com, Travi$ contacted her a few days later saying these exact words, “I’m about to change your life.” He played WondaGurl’s track to Jay-Z. Then she got the phone call that her beat was going to be on “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” And that track on the album was called, “Crown.” The track described by RookieMag.com, states that the producing phenom used “the snarling bass sample” of Reggae artist Sizzla’s “Solid as a Rock.”  In a XXL.com interview, WondaGurl explains how “Crown” was crafted: “I took it and I cut it up and I put it in the software FL Studio and I started building around it, just adding 808s and the more I built, I knew what I wanted.” Initially the track was made for Travi$ Scott or Pusha T to use but Jay-Z liked it. And the rest was history.
“Crown” is considered one of the best tracks on the album. This makes WondaGurl, according to HollywoodReporter.com, one of the youngest female producers to have a credit on platinum selling hip-hop album. Pretty cool huh? Since her success with “Crown,” WondaGirl has been a busy young lady. She has worked on beats for fellow Canadian Drake on his September 2013 release for “Nothing is the Same”. She is also slated to work with Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, her favorite producer Timbaland, and Keri Hilson. She is also behind the beat on Travi$ Scott’s track “Uptown.”
So How does WondaGurl make those super dope beats? WondaGurl explains in TheFader.com interview,
I made my first beats on this really small Casio keyboard. There was these little tiny circle drum pads, these turbo drums on it, so I’d just make drum sounds and loops. It was kind of weird how it popped up and I just started. My mom was surprised, because when I was smaller I didn’t like music and I always went away when someone was playing music loud.”  
So this talented lady transition from making beats on a Casio keyboard to now crafting them on professional production equipment. Pretty impressive.
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Here are some facts about WondaGirl:
#1: She doesn’t always make bangers. She says in TheFader.com interview, “I started off making like, techno. Then I went on to house, R&B and hip-hop. Now I try to mix everything into one. Or I try to do something that no one else is doing. Or I do something that someone else is doing and do it 100 times better. That’s it.”
#2: Not only she started making beats when she was 9, but she also liked fixing computers. I am taking that she still likes to fix computers.
#3: Her beat making was self-taught.
#4: The software that WondaGurl used to craft her beats were Mixcraft and then FL Studio.
#5: Mainly WondaGurl keeps to herself. She is active on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and SoundCloud.
#6: She loves Bollywood music.
#7:Another favorite producer of hers is Ryan Leslie.
#8: She wants to take piano lessons to help her beats be better and more melodic.
#9: In 2010, she entered in the “Battle of the Beatmakers” competition. She almost wasn’t able to compete because she was only 14 years old at the time. The age limit was changed from 19 and up to all ages. She didn’t win that year (made it to the quarterfinals).
Despite the fact that WondaGurl is making a name for herself in the producer world, she is still in high school. She is the 11th grade. Education is still a top priority. Her mom, Jozie Oshunrinde makes sure that studies come first. WondaGurl states in OkayAfrica.com, “I just make sure I get my credits cause I know if I don’t, my mother will not be okay with that at all, and possibly take all my music stuff away.” Even though she may create a little bit of mass hysteria in high school, WondaGurl still stays focused. Making sure that she gets her studies in.
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WondaGurl’s talents have gotten her many fans including actor Jonah Hill, fellow Canadian beat maker Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels (she met at the first time she entered the “Battle of the Beatmakers” in 2010), R&B singer Jill Scott, and many others. Ms. Scott gave WondaGurl some good advice while she met her a NAACP brunch. “She told me that I needed to stand up for myself as a woman in the industry,” she shared in a HollywoodReport.com interview.
The 16 year-old futher explains:
I notice that a lot of people will go on my Twitter and say, ‘Wow I really respect her because she is a female.’ Before all of the beat battle stuff I thought there were a lot of female producers. Now that I am in the industry, I see that there are none. It would be great to see more females in the game. You are never too young to just do it.”
Not only she is extremely talented and smart individual but also full of wisdom.
WondaGurl is a true role model for young girls as well as anyone who wants to still pursue their dreams. Her love of crafting dope beats makes her music reach the masses. Transcending age, race or gender. The music speaks for itself. After she graduates from high school, WondaGurl wants to attend college and get her degree at some point. But she will continually perfect her craft and be the awesome wonder that she is. An awesome producer.
 

If you want to hear some of WondaGurl’s music check out her SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/wondagurlbeats

Also check out her website:  http://wondagurl.com/ where she has all her links to her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.

Sources:

Beat Construction: WondaGurl (October 2, 2013) http://www.thefader.com/2013/10/02/wondagurl-interview/
Meet WondaGirl, The 16 Year-Old Producer Behind Travi$ Scott’s “Uptown” (June 5, 2013) http://www.complex.com/music/2013/06/wondagurl-producer-travis-scott-uptown
16 Year-Old Ebony Oshunrinde aka WondGirl Crafts Beats for Jay-Z (July 9,2013) http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/07/09/jay-z-magna-carta-holy-grail-wondagurl/
Saturday Links: WondaGirl the Wonder Girl Edition (July 6, 2013)  http://rookiemag.com/2013/07/saturday-links-40/
Sixteen-Year-Old Producer, WondaGirl Explains, Crafting Jay-Z’s “Crown” (July 6, 2013) http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/07/16-year-old-producer-wondagurl-explains-crafting-jay-zs-crown/
16 Year-Old ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Producer ‘Wondagirl’ Now Working on Beats for Drake (August 13, 2013) – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/16-year-old-magna-carta-604250

Curse of Chucky – Movie Review by DahliaRose

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Hey Homies ^_^. One of my good friends by the name of DahliaRose will be doing movie reviews from time to time.  She reviewed the straight to DVD movie, “Curse of Chucky.” Please read and enjoy!!!

Hi Horror fans, this Dahliarose!! I recently view this tongue in cheek revival of the child’s play series. This little gem has been recently added to the franchise. What makes it unique is the fact that horror has returned (FINALLY!). I am a die-hard horror fan and I was so psyched to view this film. Sadly, I gave this film a 3 in a half star review. It is worth the watch. The movie is direct to video for those who do not like theaters (overpriced jerks!).

At first this film starts off slow (sorry a big no-no in my book). If anyone plans to kick start a horror franchise you never move the story so slowly. Also I am not loving the small portion of special effects. Either the effects is very vague or unconvincing (check out the gripes you’ll understand). Because of the location the film does not venture far of the location and the pace of film might bore you a bit.

Now for the highlights of the film. The location (yes I nagged about it) but the inside was beautiful, damp, dark, and down-right creepy. I had some chills just watching the characters living there (good suspense). It is not as gory, but just enough to satisfy any blood lust. Chucky is scary and still a bit funny, but quite wicked with his slick tongue.

The film takes place I believe four years after “Seed of Chucky”. Yes this film is about unfinished business. Its the reason why Charles Lee Ray became a family killer (well in the first few films he a notorious strangler and crook). Now I won’t go the story any further as I am not a spoiler. All I can say is go watch the other Chucky films and if you haven’t yet watch them. All four films in total are about 8 hours of your life that you won’t get back (LOL).

Oh also watch the end credits. It is a special treat for those who haven’t seen a special someone in a long time.

Hope y’all enjoyed her movie review!!! If you are a old or new fan of Chucky go check “Curse of Chucky” out now on DVD. Just in time for Halloween folks. Thanks DahliaRose for this awesome movie review ^_^.

Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.

The Ever so Ambitious, Mr. Daniel Trinh

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to share an epic tale. About a guy from New York with a dream. Now of course, we all have dreams. We all have aspirations of being something more bigger than ourselves. But if we don’t work hard to pursue our dreams they are just dreams. They continue to become figments of our imagination that remain in constant limbo. Daniel Trinh’s love and passion of acting of becoming an actor wasn’t just a dream. He made that dream come to life.
Since Daniel started his acting career in 2007, his body of work has gained him both national and international recognition. Daniel’s past film and TV works include: Lonely Joe (2009), a guest role on the IFC comedy sketch comedy television show, “The Whitest Kids U’ Know (2009),” a supporting role in Chino y Nacho ft. Don Omar music video for “Dentro de Mi (Within Me),” Real Men Wear Pink (2011), Won Tong Baby! (2012), Community Service: The Movie (2012) and a New York State public service announcement commercial just to name a few.
Daniel’s goals are not only to be recognized on a global level for his acting talent and win numerous awards, but to also break Asian stereotypes that are set in TV and movies. He wants to show he can play any role that is given to him and not be only defined by his ethnic background.
I talked with Daniel to learn more about his work ethic, goals, and much more. So take a journey with me if you will into a mind of a very dedicated and talented individual.
#1:  When did the acting bug bit you and you started to gain a strong interest in acting?
I always had an  interest in it, but I give the most credit when I was getting my masters degree (Daniel went to SUNY Albany in New York). I grew up very poor. So I’ve always kind of like worked really hard. Well basically I’ve always wanted to do it but I didn’t know anybody. Growing up poor, you know what I mean, its not the smartest thing to do when you got nothing to back you up. Like if I didn’t make it I can’t exactly rely on my parents or anything like that. So I kind of ignored it, but when I was trying to get my masters degree, I was struggling really bad. I was a good student. I wasn’t like the smartest guy but I did my homework. I did what I was supposed to do and I got decent grades overall.
My masters [degree program] was kicking me in the ass. I was like: “Oh my God! How the hell am I gonna make it through this?” And I was busting my ass for so long. When I was going to school, I was working and everything. So just picture yourself really trying to make it in life without resorting to stealing or drug dealing. You are trying to do it the right way. You are struggling. Then I can just remember going outside of my campus and looking out in front of the library going: “Oh my God!” you know? I put all this work in and I’m not going to be happy no matter what I do. So I busted my ass for years and years. Working, saving money, not doing anything stupid, and always being a mature guy about everything.  I knew that at the end of the day, I was still not going to be happy getting a job and basically trying to make a living just doing things that I don’t want to do.
 
I took a long look and I realized that I had this hidden passion. And despite where I came from, despite not having a lot, I didn’t want to make excuses about why I didn’t want to pursue my goals. I was just like: “You know what? Fuck it! I’m going to give it a shot!” Because I am not going to spend my whole life working my ass off, doing more work than anyone I know, just so that I can grow up and be unhappy. 
 
So I was like I am going to make it happen somehow. That’s when it really hit me. When I realized that dreams are worth fighting for. If you ever read my bio, I pretty much write: “Dreams are worth pursuing for and fighting for.” So I am living proof of that. 
#2:  Every actor has a process to get them into each character they do to bring out the best of the person he or she is trying to portray. What is the process you go into to completely immerse yourself into each character you present to the audience?
 
When I was little, I always had a fascination of trying to understand people. So I spent my life trying to figure out how people think as kind of like a defense mechanism. There is a long story in why I did that but basically I always wanted to understand how people think. So I kind of did my own psychological observation on how people react. As I got older and smarter, I discovered that this was in fact true. To a certain point people live by patterns. You know what I mean? You know how there are certain stereotypes and some of those stereotypes are basically true. I really focus on that. I try to pick a pattern. 
 
So whenever I am doing a character, they [casting director] tell me to describe a certain person, I try to picture somebody who that reminds me of. And I basically mimic that person to the best of my ability. I pick up body movements, the way they think, their goals in life, what they do day by day; their strengths and weaknesses. I really try to picture them in making myself the character, at the same time too, I also try to do a little something for the camera to make it look more appealing. So its a combination of mimicking somebody that I think fits the bill of what they are talking about and doing what I think looks good on camera. 
 
#3:  So far you have done commercial, comedic, and dramatic acting. Is there a particular kind of acting that is your favorite or do you hold all of them as great opportunities in showing your talent?
 
Well I do have preference. Ideally I like to do all of them because I want to be known as someone who is very versatile and be respected in my ability to portray different characters. You know a really good actor that can do what he can do. At the same time my biggest draw out of every category would be drama. Mainly because as you think about it, if I asked you who’s the best Asian drama male  actor, I guarantee you that the general public is not going to be able to name one easily. Because there really isn’t any. I want to fill that void. Its a role that you don’t typically see an Asian person do in unless if you are watching obviously oversea dramas which I’m not counting that. Its something that is unknown. Its something that is a great challenge if I really believe that I can do something. I can’t  think of a better goal to reach for than to be respected in that category. Its a way of showing diversity. Its a way to fight stereotypes. Its a way to give a new dimension to the word “Asian.” 
 
That holds really dear to me because its like I’m always about showing people that its not about where you come from, its not about what people think you are, its about how you define yourself. I just want to be treated like an equal person. So the drama thing really draws me. If you think about an Asian male role typically its martial arts or comedy. Its not anything else. So drama is like  that one category no one hits. I really want to do my best to be that person who really spearheads it. That’s why drama means so much to me. It shows people that I can act. Drama acting it takes a lot of talent. It can also break stereotypes. It is a tougher goal to reach. So its a combination of many reasons why I prefer drama. 
 
#4:  Do you have a role so far in your acting career  that you would consider a memorable piece of work?
 
Yes.  I believe it was my first film and acting role ever (Daniel played a Deputy in the Drama/Horror/Mystery film “Lonely Joe” in 2009).  This would be my biggest accomplishment that I would never forget.  
 
 
The reason being I wasn’t really expecting to be able to get a film role starting my first year of acting. I started my acting career in 2007. Lonely Joe was a film that I really didn’t think was a big budget — well its not a big budget film. But for a indie film it had a good budget. I didn’t think something like that existed only a couple of hours away from me. 
 
When I applied for it, I was learning the business, and then I discovered what the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) was. That movie was done under the the Screen Actors Guild. It was a union film. So it was kind of a big deal. It didn’t have a lot of famous people. It had a couple people who had worked on bigger projects. The role itself had some Asian people in it, but there was only one Asian role. There was no speaking line and the rest of them were like extras.  If you are a real actor, eventually extra roles aren’t considered real acting roles. They really are just more like a supplement for your income or just to get the experience. But a real actor doesn’t go extra anymore. 
 
I was thinking: “Okay ,well I was probably going to get the Asian role” because I don’t think they were going to give me any other role. I remember auditioning and really kind of impressing the people there for whatever reason. The one that I really wanted to get was the lead role. At the time I knew I wasn’t going to get it, because I felt like they were going to get someone famous and a girl. That’s what ended up happening. The person was more famous , she was female, and she was attractive. 
 
I wanted to get a role that wasn’t Asian. Not that I’m ashamed of being Asian. But its just kind of like: “Oh you got the role because you were Asian.” I really wanted to show off my skills. Some people would be happy getting any role but they don’t care why. I wanted to do it the respectable way. I wanted to be like I did it, I got it because I am a talented guy and I worked my ass off. I remember going to the first audition it was this improv and I made an impression. They called me back and I did the second audition. The role I believe basically implied that it was a deputy role. The way I saw it I felt it was a white guy that was like a younger cop kind of deal pulling over the main actor. The word “deputy” kind of implied that you are from a small town. So it would make sense to me to be a white guy. It made sense that somebody would be in their 20’s or early 30’s. Maybe even middle-age. If you think about it a cop can be anybody. But for a deputy or a sheriff you typically think white guy. 
 
In the audition, there was a bunch of older white guys reading for that part. What made it even more challenging, they came from the area that typically had deputies or something along that line. So these guys had the right look and age for it. And here’s this one guy, who is an Asian guy, auditioning for the same role. I honestly didn’t think I could get it.  I seen them act and I talked to them.  I really deep down was like: “I don’t think they are going to pull it off. I really don’t think they have the skills to pull it off.” I read it and its like to me you really had to be a asshole. I’ve gotten pulled over enough [by police] to know how to be an asshole. I’m just like, I don’t think these guys can be assholes. They were giving bad acting. They were just overdoing it or they weren’t giving that fear that I felt the role needed.
 
When I auditioned for it I was just like: “You know what? I can’t change their mind, but I am going to give them the best damn performance ever!” And I went in there, I did my thing, thinking, “I’m probably going to get the Asian role.” But I know for a fact that I was the best out of all those guys. I was fighting hard to get the white role because I wanted to say, “Look, I’m so talented that I am going to be able to break their mind and make them hire an Asian guy for a white guy’s role.” Not saying I have anything against white guys, but you know its just something respectable of getting a role that they didn’t originally want your race to play. 
 
I got nervous for a while. I was going through all sorts of emotion. And then I got the phone call saying, “Yeah, you got the role.” I got an email to confirm it. I was just so happy because it was a paying role, my first film role—I want to say its my first acting role, and I got a white guy’s role that I beat everybody who had a better look. I went in there, did what I had to do, and ended up getting that role. It was such a wonderful experience because I worked on a legitimate film set. Its something that I hold dear to me. It wasn’t a comedy. I got to play more of a dramatic role. It wasn’t the most dramatic role possible but I played it straight. I wasn’t doing a lot per se, but you could see the performance on the subtleties of what I did. And everyone who watched that clip was impressed. Its very touching to know that people were impressed by watching that two minute clip. 
 
#5: What is the most important thing you’ve learned as an actor that will help you as you continue your career? I know you talked about having a strong work ethic which is one of them but is there another additional thing or—
 
I learned — Well— I don’t know — I can’t say as an actor per se, but as a person who is trying to pursue their dreams and goals I’ve learned through life that: 
 
A. If someone doesn’t have a passion towards something, don’t expect their best work. It sickens me when everyone says: “Well I work — I did my best.” I really hate when people say that because I guarantee you most of the people who say it have not done their best. They try. I’m not saying they didn’t try but to say “your best,” saying that’s what you are capable of? That is a very strong word. I think people really underestimate that. What I’ve learned is you can’t do your best unless your heart is in the game. You have to treat yourself like your life is secondary compared to your goals. That’s what I honestly believe in. If your heart is in the game, that goal is more important to you than your life.  That really helps me understand how people think. This is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in life. So usually when someone says, “Oh hey! We should work together!” or “I need you to help me out,” I look for that. If their heart is not in the game, I question how well the project is going to turn out because they are not fighting for it. They are not willing to take a bullet for it. And that tells me something about the end product. 
 
I also learned that life isn’t always the way people portray it to be. There are a lot of images and perceptions. What I learned that about life is pretty much not what you see, but what makes sense. I don’t fall for image anymore. I don’t fall for the bullshit. I see it for what it is. By doing that I take a lot of drama out of my life.  I learned that sometimes you have to see things for what it is and not for what you want it to be. You have to really understand how to look at things in an objective way and not in an emotional way. Those are some things I have learned from my experiences in life that I will never forget. 
 
#6:  Name five facts about you that people are surprised to know. 
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#1: I grew up with a really hard life in a very unhappy environment.  If you met me in person, I am really down to earth. People would be surprised that growing up in an unhappy environment in the past effects me now. 
 
#2: I am a sucker for cuteness. But I think people know that already. I prefer a small puppy versus a big dog or kitten over a cat. When I see a baby, I always have to stare at the baby. I think they are adorable. I’m not a very — what do you call it? You know a lot of guys like to show like they want a pitbull and stuff like that. I don’t want that. I prefer cute over machoness.  I am a guy but at the same time I am not a wimp. I can be a very tough guy but I have kind of like a split personality. If I am working out or taking care of business, I am a fierce warrior. But when I’m like being myself, I am a silly guy. I like cute little things. I go awwww a lot. I really do that in real life.
 
#3: I am a big thinker. I am really good at thinking of the bigger picture. I don’t usually show my smartness a lot. When there is a situation and stuff, I can think in a calm way to figure out the best strategy of handling a situation. Like if we were in a bank and the bank got robbed, I be focusing on how to take the bank robber down. That’s just the way I think. I wouldn’t be like the kind of guy that would get scared — I mean I would experience fear obviously. But I wouldn’t let that control me. So I would always try to handle the situation and eliminate the issue. I’m a problem solver kind of guy. You rob a bank, I am going to try to take you down! When there is an issue, I will be in leader mode more than being a follower. 
 
#4: I am a sucker for food. I eat a lot. People who ever seen me eat, I eat a lot. I prefer healthier foods, but I’m a big food person. You could put some amazing meal in front of me, I am going to eat seconds and thirds. I don’t have a sweet tooth. Another thing is that I don’t drink at all. I don’t have any urge to drink alcohol. I find it kind of a waste.
 
#5: I only took one acting class during my whole life. I got an A in the class. Everything that I learn about acting comes from  mimicking and self-study.  I did not go to school for acting in any way shape or form. 
 
#7:  Who are some of your favorite actors (old or new) that you are a fan of or want to work with in the near future?
 
Hugh Laurie. The way he portrays House is just amazing. And he’s British so the accent thing really impresses me. Hugh Laurie is definitely a strong actor that I feel like I wish I could perform at his level.  Ever since House came on, his performance got him recognized quite a bit. He’s good at what he does. He’s played the role that I want too. I would have loved to play House. I am good at what I do, but I got to say, do you think I can perform at his level as House? I don’t think so. I would do a good job, but I would not be the best guy. If I lost to him to an audition, I would respect that. 
 
Tony Shaloub. He plays Monk and I thought his performance was really good on that show. 
 
Tony Shaloub and Hugh Laurie would be two actors that I would love to work with. I like their performances, they are good at what they do, and to work with them I’m hoping some of that talent rubs off on me. 
 
#8: What inspires or motivates you to keep pursuing your dream?
 
I value my goals more than I value my own life. That’s pretty much it. So this isn’t a hobby. This isn’t something that I decided to do for fun. This is something that if I don’t accomplish it my life it has no meaning. 
 
#9: Where do you see yourself in 10 years in your acting career?
 
Winning awards, making a difference in society, and showing people that hard work pays off as long as you put your heart and soul into it. Making some really amazing changes by breaking down stereotypical breakdowns like all that crap about Asian people. Really just trying to help people see reality versus what they want to believe in. Within in 10 years, I would like to produce my movie that I want to show the world. I am currently writing still and it will take forever for me to finish. I would either like to start producing or have the script written down by then. I will do every single thing on set. This is a passion film. I’m still writing the story on it. It will have a AMBW (Asian Man/Black Woman) storyline to it. The movie is about what I learned about life. Its about life basically. Stories that I have heard about other people. What makes us strong, what makes us weak, the bullshit that we go through, the system versus what should be done, political, and religious. Its a very well thought out film. When you watch it you understand what life is all about. That’s the goal that I am trying to reach before I die. So in 10 years, I would like to at least finish the script for it or I would like to at least have the movie produced. Realistically, I think I am going to be an old man when I finish it. 
 

#10:  Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming projects to look out for?

I am in talks with a person about doing behind the scenes work on a major movie. The movie has to get funded first, but basically I am going to be a Production Supervisor on it. Its actually the guy that I got the Lonely Joe film role from. I developed a relationship with him. I helped him out with some of the aspects of the project. He wants someone he can count on. Someone who knows what he’s doing. A person that knows how to get the job done. He contacted me about getting involved. As soon as the film is done, I am going to be working on a major movie that will have a big budget. So this is going to be like a really big break for me. If the movie does well, it will be like a trilogy. Most likely I will be involved in working on the trilogy. So that’s something in the works. I don’t know when its going to land, but I really believe that the film is going to get funded at some point. And I am definitely going to get a role in that film. That will definitely get me closer to that goal to get my name out there more.  
I would like to thank Daniel for allowing me to interview him. It was a pleasure. I wish him much love, success, and happiness in the future. Dreams can’t run unless you put them into motion people. If you have a strong mindset and the willpower you can do anything you want to do. I need to take mental notes of what I just typed right now. I have dreams you know. I want to put into action. I just have to stay consistent with it.
If you want to check out Daniel’s acting work, here is the link to his YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/jackiedan7 (Please Subscribe)
Hope y’all enjoyed this interview. I know I did.
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^
Source: Daniel Trinh’s “IMDb Profile” http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2869091/

July 13th – July 14th 2013: Sad & Crazy News Day

Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th 2013 were a crazy days in the news.  There was a lot going on. It kind of made me think about some things that happened over the past couple weeks. So I decided to share my own insight about these three news stories that took place on this particular day. Don’t worry. I won’t offend you with what I have to say. I hope I don’t.

Zimmerman Verdict Trayvon Martin Murder Case/Stand Your Ground Law

Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman

After the jurors deliberated for like a day and half they found George Zimmerman not guilty with the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. Now you may say, “Ashley why are talking about this?” Everyone has talked about this.” Now I have heard both sides of the case. Those who thought that Zimmerman was without a shadow of a doubt is guilty of shooting Trayvon. Most people who are in support for Trayvon Martin and his family think the verdict of Zimmerman being set free is completely bogus. Trayvon was unarmed with just a can of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles. They might have felt that Zimmerman claiming “self-defense” was kind of cowardly. Trayvon was unarmed. Also the fact Zimmerman didn’t testify himself in the trial was kind of sketchy too. The evidence points to him in killing Trayvon. And here is the kicker which I totally agree upon: If the 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman to stay in the car and not pursue in the individual, why in the hell would he get out of your car and pursue the person? I would not pursue someone who I thought looked suspicious or not. That’s just pure common sense.

Then there are those who completely agree that Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense. There wasn’t any sufficient evidence to prove that Zimmerman was a murderer. Then the two charges that he was tried for: second-degree murder and manslaughter was pretty much thrown out due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.  The Stand Your Ground law simply states that you have the right to defend yourself without running away from a dangerous situation. And of course Zimmerman showed images of him being injured by Trayvon Martin on the night of that tragic incident occurred. His family even confirmed that it was Zimmerman’s voice crying for help when they played the 911 tape of the call from that night. There are some many other things I can add to this but I will stop right there. So basically they let a killer free because he “stood his ground?” That just sounds fishy to me. But people think Zimmerman’s verdict was the best choice that the jurors made.

They labeled Trayvon as thug, a problem child, a stealer, and a juvenile delinquent.  But what did his parents see? What do Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin see? Parents who have lost a child they both loved dearly. What does Jahvaris Fulton see?  Brother’s bond gone within minutes, only leaving loving memories. People who were on Zimmerman’s side saw only the bad in Trayvon.  And not what  Trayvon’s  parents or his brother or others saw in him.

Did you know there are 30 states including Florida that have the “Stand Your Ground” Law?  So in cases where the law worked for others didn’t work out for some. Did the law worked for Michael Dunn who killed 17 year-old Jordan Davis after an argument at a Florida gas station? The reason why he shot him?  Jordan’s music was too loud in his car.  And the funny thing was Jordan didn’t even have any weapons in his car. Did it work for 76 year-old John Spooner? He shot and killed 13 year-old Darius Simmons in Milwaukee. Why? Mr. Spooner was teaching Darius a lesson about stealing when all he was doing was taking out the trash. Mind you Darius was Mr. Spooner’s next door neighbor. The law didn’t work for him. He was found guilty of Intentional Homicide. Did it work for Marissa Alexander? She was trying to flee from her husband who was trying to abuse her. She picked up a gun and a shot into the wall. They charged her with aggravated assault and sentenced her 20 to life. So Ms. Alexander tried to use the “Stand Your Ground Law” and the jury reached their verdict within 12 minutes of deliberations. What is going on with this world we are living in?

Death is no joke. Losing a life due to something senseless is sad. Of course you can bad mouth people and say they did so many negative things. But at the end of the day, they were a human being. They had families and friends who loved them. I don’t know if people can see the lesson here. It has been stated over and over again. We need to be unified and loving to one another.  To put our differences and opinions aside to help make this world a better place. I know all the problems cannot be solved in a day. But just taking action one day at a time would be a good start.

♥Rest In Heaven Trayvon♥

Cory Monteith’s Death

Cory Moneith

Later on that night, they announced  Corey Monteith, who played the loveable Finn Hudson on Glee, passed away on July 13, 2013. Monteith was found in room in a Vancouver, Canada hotel room.  Apparently the 31 year-old Glee actor died as a result from a mix of heroin and alcohol. CNN reports, Monteith revealed in an interview in Parade Magazine, stating that he begun using drugs when he was 13 years old. When he was 19, he entered into rehab.  In March 2013, Monteith checked into a drug alcohol facility to do another stint of rehab.  His death shocked fans, fellow Glee cast mates, family, and friends. People wonder how Glee can survive without Finn. I know I read an article on CNN.com did about the future of Glee.  It said that they would start production on the show in early August. So the season premiere date for Season 5 will be Thursday, September 26th. I am pretty sure that they are going to do an episode tribute to him. They need to.

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YouKnowWhatReallyGrindsMyGears #1: How the World reacted to Kim & Kanye’s Baby Name

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

On June 15th, 2013, Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl. Apparently the name for the child alone has caused more additional media coverage along with the pregnancy. Now you may be saying: “Ashley, why are you adding more attention to this matter?” I am so glad you asked that question. Well as the history of celebrity and the media have proven there is one thing that happens quite often. When a celebrity has a baby, the child’s name that they give them is so unique it causes a huge media frenzy over it.

We have heard various unique or strange celebrity baby names:

Apple

Moses

Kal-El

Pliot Inspekctor

Rainbow Ahora

Blue Ivy (Everyone knows whose child this is)

Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altatune Florence (This child has five names)

FiFi Trixibelle

Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily

Out of this small list of baby names I have presented to you all, these names cannot compare to the one Kim Kardashian and her baby daddy Kanye West named their daughter. Ladies and gentlemen the name that they chose for their daughter is: North West.

Now this is what pretty much grinds my gears. The previous name that they both had picked out for the child was Kaidence Donda West. Now the meaning of the name Kaidence comes from Latin American orgin. Kaidence  means “rhythm.” Donda of course is the name of Kanye’s late mother who passed away in 2007. Now this would be considered a pretty name for a girl. But oh no! Kim and Kanye wanted to choose a name that was a popular name for boys in the United States in 1885. I ask you why in the hell would you name a girl a boy’s name?!?! And what also is bad is that the nickname they supposedly gave to the child.The nickname is even better than the name for the child itself. The nickname for baby girl North is Nuri. In Japanese, Nuri means “belief” or “Law.” It also carries an Arabic meaning of “bright” and “luminous.” The meaning of North carries two meanings. One it states a particular geographical location. Two, you say North West together, and the child is named after a popular airline chain.

Of course many people have made jokes about Kim and Kanye’s name choice. I understand that when North or Nuri is old enough she could change her name into something that is more suitable for her. She may even keep the name. Use as a main staple if her dream is to become an entertainer like her father. But honestly, if my parents gave me this name, I would file for emancipation papers. If you ask me that name is kind of bogus. Celebrities do some of the most off the wall things only due to the fact that they have money, fame, and power.

So for all you expecting parents out there trying to find the perfect name for your child or children be smart. Think carefully. I know you want a unique name that carries some kind of significant meaning. If you love your soon-to-be born child, pick a name that resembles the love and care you will give them for the next 18 years of their life. On that note, I wish Kim and Kanye congrats on their beautiful bundle of joy. But that name though. Yikes!

Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.

Sources:

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Chose Baby Name North West. Stop Laughing.

By Nardine Saad (LA Times, June 21, 2013)

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-kim-kardashian-baby-name-north-west-kanye-west-20130621,0,4050711.story

North West (And Other Unique Celebrity Baby Names )

By Leslie Messer (ABC News, June 21, 2013)

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/unique-celebrity-baby-names/story?id=19457120#7

Image Source:   http://www.people.com/people/article/0„20660780,00.html