185. Sex, Money, Power, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets Of The Week!

Best Movie Awards Of The Week

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Venice Kicks Off The European Film Awards!
Toronto Kicks Of The North American Film Festivals!
Telluride Shouts Out La La Land, A Third Gosling/Stone Collaboration!

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La La Land, a musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, kicked off September and the Venice Film Festival. Gosling is a jazz pianist who falls for Stone, an aspiring actress. There is kissing, dancing, and music…sometimes between Gosling and Stone. Creators hope La La Land is on its way to an Academy Award nomination. This week in Toronto, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), La La Land shared must see status with Moonlight, a three part coming of age movie of an African boy.

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More award shows will follow as the front runners take on new audiences from New York to Chicago to Aspen to Los Angeles. Rolling Stone Magazine has a nice write-up of the 25 movies leading the charge at area film festivals and the 25 movies that will appear on the big screen leading into the holiday season. The lists and annotations can be found using: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/25-movies-we-cant-wait-to-see-at-toronto-film-festival-2016-w431501. Rolling Stone Magazine has a list for every occasion and every top ten search imaginable. You could spend all day reading Rolling Stone Magazine’s lists and extensive annotations. Stone’s lists are light year’s better than the end of the year New Year’s lists on books, movies, and travel.

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Best Drug Deals Of The Week
Willie Nelson And Whoopi Goldberg Lead The Charge!

If you don’t make enough money with your music and acting careers, the drug field is the perfect stop for you…so say Willie Nelson and Whoopi Goldberg. Nelson and Goldberg are leading a host of big names in their industries into growing and lending their names to packaging and labeling promotions for prescription marijuana. The profits from the marijuana business have no down side. If it is good for the local drug dealer, it is good for your favorite music and television stars.

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A quarter of a million medical marijuana prescriptions have been issued in the past three years and over ten thousand licenses to grow and dispense marijuana in the seven states (Colorado +) where it is approved. This makes marijuana one of the largest growing industries in the United States. Stiff legal challenges are on the horizon. The U.S. Postal System is preventing drug advertising through the mails in the latest court case. Are colleges and elementary schools the next to join the drug industry? Just think of the profits Dean Gold?

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Best Book Of The Week
The Da Vinci Code For Young Adults!

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GoodReads Sparkles With Books For The Very Young And Somewhat Older!
You Are A Sign-up Away From A Great Reading Experience!
A Must Share Site For All Book Lovers! (www.goodreads.com)!

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If you are a teacher, parent, student, book lover, just a lover, or soccer player, GoodReads has ten selections that will tickle your mind and enhance your day. Their book, ebook, and audio books cover 80 categories. Their newsletter is outstanding and worth an email type. Each month GoodReads has special features for all readers from tots to teens to adults. In depth author-illustrator talks are a GoodReads’ forte.

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This month’s multiple features for young adult readers highlighted a pared down version of The DaVinci Code…advanced themes through easier reading. Multiple copies through a grant would be great for any school’s literature or writing program. It sounds like every library should have six of the young adult DaVinci books, also.

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Best Office Fashion Question Of The Week
Scroll Down Slowly To Answer The Question Before Seeing The Results!

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Please remember someone always thinks of the stupidest things to stump everyone in our office. We have time on our hands…too much time! Fashion sense is the last thing you would see or expect from our employees. This question came out of nowhere!

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This week’s question was: Should a man’s belt color match his shirt or pants?

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The answer is the belt should match the shoes first and then the pants…Never the shirt! Sorry, shirt voters! You are wrong, once again!

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2. Television…Sex, Drugs, Power, Rock n’ Roll, And Money!
What’s Not To Want Or Like!

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If you like sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, power and money or any one of the five, you will enjoy these three selections. We culled them from ten nominations this week for your viewing enjoyment. Even though, of the shows are on pay-for-view stations, they all can be found on free re-watch channels, On Demand, and the Yidio free movie site that we will feature in our next issue. All shows are in their second or their third year. Therefore, year one’s are readily available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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The circumstances surrounding the selection of Empire/Power/Sex+ (nudity, language, and lots of death) for the general audience revolves around an interview with one of the writers. She said: the viewing audience is entranced by all the aspects of the criminal element and they can’t get enough of their involvement with sex, drugs, money, and power. The shows Empire (Fox), Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll (FX),  and Power (Starz) certainly satisfy these needs with a few extra evil needs and deeds thrown into the mix.

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Empire takes place in Atlantic City and New York. Terence Howard (Lucious) is the head of a entertainment and music company. His sons Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), Jamal (Jussie Smollet), Andre (Trai Beyers), and his ex-wife are vying for control of his business due to his illness (ALS). Cookie (Taraji Henson), his ex has just spent 17 years in prison and someone will pay and owe. The world of hip-hop music is featured in between family and business battles. The battles might not remind you of your family battles…or maybe they will! Family and music business wars make good watching!

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Sex, Drugs, & Rock n’ Roll (FX) was canceled at the beginning of this week after two seasons. It is the story of an aging rock star (Denis Leary) who missed the big time after one album and truckloads of excess. Leary (Johnny) has a chance to revive his band thirty years later through his daughter (Elizabeth Gillies) who renames his band and will take his lead while Leary writes. Leary is joined by John Corbett, Elaine Hendrix, Bobby Kelly, and John Ales in various stages of their careers and love lives. Corbett excels at everything he does acting-wise. The interplay between he, Leary, and the girls is worth a sneak peek. Maybe we can get the show re-funded through Quick or Crowd Funding. If not, two years of music, kissing, and squabbles will have to do.

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Power’s landscape is the New York drug world and the New York nightclub world.  Omari Hardwick (Ghost/James) is the seemingly the king of both worlds. His brutality and business acumen with drugs has him recruiting every aspect of the drug world into his business…the Russians, the Puerto Ricans, the Italians, and the Chinese.

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Omar is black. His best friend and partner since high school, Joseph Sikora, is white. This gives them a double edged and two pronged attack with all the city’s drug dealing enterprises from the street to corporate building. Keeping dozens of workers in line involves weekly murders and maiming. Joseph is in charge of both with Ghost’s help. Power is produced by rapper 50 Cent Jackson who, also, stars in the show. He wants Ghost’s business after being released from a long prison term where Ghost is the blame.

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Hardwick’s wife Naturi Naughton (Tasha) is joined by FBI agent Lela Loren (Angela), a high school girlfriend, in the usual, but very unusual love triangle. While trying to clean his drug money, Ghost creates a must be seen there nightclub (Truth) to launder his money. The club becomes so successful that Hardwick sees it as a way out of the drug business. The I got out and they pulled me back in interplay is extremely violent, sex filled, and twist and turn’s challenging. Kill or be killed is a theme throughout, so beware! Power has already been renewed for two more seasons.

Author’s note: The music in all three shows is not that bad bordering on very good in some instances. It rivals the killings, sex, and be it crazed interplay.

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3. Music…Florence And The Machine (Florence Welch)!
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful!
This Girl Has Pipes! Plus Red Hair! Plus Support From Isabella Summers!

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If you have not heard of Florence and the Machine, you are missing out on music Valhalla, exceptional video stories, flowing red hair, and world-wide performances in 25 countries. In Florence + The Machine’s seven years of performing and recording, FTM has had number one hits in 20 countries and top ten songs and albums in thirty countries.

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If she is not being nominated for eight Grammy Awards, out on tour and dressed up for the US’s Zombie Jamboree, or in the recording studio, then, she is recording soundtracks for the top movies and television series in the United States, Canada and Europe. Her soundtrack portfolio numbers fifteen and includes: Snow White And The Huntsmen, Wild Child, Eat Pray Love, The Twilight Saga, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Great Gatsby. Florence + Machine has had a very, very busy seven years.

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The office votes are in after everyone ranked, in their opinion, Florence and the Machine’s top ten songs. One to ten points were tallied with the top five and ties below:

Rabbit Heart….Raise It Up (Love Child Scenario Brings Back Memories)
Howl (Best Dance To Song)
Breath Of Life (Best Soundtrack, Snow White And The Huntsman)
You’ve Got the Love (Most Weeks In Top 100/85 Weeks)
Ship To Wreck (Band Is Great, Great Story)
Never Let Me Go (40 Million Video Views)

These six songs are a good start for embracing the magic of Florence’s music.

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4. Poetry…Michael Lee Boss, Multiple Award Winner For Writing/Poetry!
What Variations Will You Create From Michael’s Poems And Thoughts?

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If you are looking for a poet, you should search the local coffee shop or your local library. We found Michael Lee Boss and his thought provoking poetry at the local library. Here is the mini-biography Michael shared with us. He has won more awards than our whole writing staff. If you are in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, his college courses sound like winners. Attend one! We will meet you there and we will bring the coffee.

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Michael Lee Bross is a graduate of the MFA in Poetry program at Drew University. Michael is an active writer of both poetry and fiction. He is the recipient of the Martha E. Martin Awards for Poetry and Fiction, as well as the Jane Coil Cole Poetry Scholarship. His work has been published in such periodicals as Lifeboat and Mobius Poetry Magazine. His poetry chapbook, “Meditations on an Empty Stomach” also won the 2015 Arts by the People Chapbook Award. Michael currently teaches English at Montclair State University and the University of Scranton.

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Here are two of Michael’s creative poems for your enjoyment:

A Playground Metaphor

We struggle
like a see-saw
like tag
We fly
like a swing
like a jungle-gym
We sing
like blacktop—
Then retreat
like recess


First Steps

We all teeter on the lip of tragedy
tether the balance with which we manage this world
as a broken kite spun by the mercy of the wind
shake each foot in the presence of ground and gravity
that pulls us into the dirt
or casts us out without notice
So on impact, baby
may we crack the earth
rise and cry in the face of calamity
and in the same direction
stumble towards joy.

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Michael Lee Bross
Professor, Montclair University
Professor, University of Scranton
My LinkedIn

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5. Here Is Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Weekly Call-Out For Articles!
We Can Help To Introduce/Feature Your Next Project!

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Now that your summer travels are over, do you have a destination you can share to enlighten a worldwide reading audience? Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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2 Responses to 185. Sex, Money, Power, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll

  1. Sheila Marcus says:

    Hi Tom,

    So good to get your posts! I wish you would add the designations for FB,LI, and Twitter so I could share with my sphere of influence. Sheila L. Marcus, M.Ed.,SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist Better Homes Realty Team, Southampton,PA marcusslam@aol.com 215-421-4071 (cell) Your former student for a weekend or two! You were one of my favorite instructors, and I used my projects, for READING, for many years!


    • tjpalumbo says:

      Sheila, It goes out the 6000 people on Linked in and also to Twitter. I retired from Facebook. I couldn’t control the posts. Tom

      Tom Palumbo 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com tjpalumbo@aol.com thomasjpalumbo.wordpress.com

      Don’t miss Tom’s new Video Driven Storybook Amelia Earhart, Once Again. A free preview is now available using an ITune’s Store search.


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