Hi there once again my friends,
Its me Eric again with another Journal/Poem for you to enjoy. Well hop that you all enjoy your mom's day holiday like i did with mine and also thank you once again for the great comments about my last journal about the situation in Baltimore and while it was a rough week for the proud people in that city i'm glad to say that things are getting right back to normal again in the charm city and begining to heal and rebuild itself, like I said last time we all get angry sometimes but when we start destroying our own businesses and even homes because of our own anger of injustice then Nobody wins and no one's to blame but us! we must live and work together as one so this can be a world of racial harmony and peace under God's eyes. Well since I last wrote we lost quite a few more legends in 2015 including three legends that are now singing in Soul Heaven right now in my great poem earlier this year and other is a true Golf legend in his own right. First the PGA Hall of famer Calvin Peete (1943-2015) who was long before Tiger Woods was the most successful black golf player in Golfing History winning twelve championships in his career including the Phoenix Open and the Players Championships in 1985 and even introduced into the African-American Ethic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, not bad for a great guy growing up in Detroit, Michigan who broke his elbow as a kid that never fully recovered but his one of a kind style of accuracy of the tee was something to behold and even gaining the love and respect of his peers including Jack Nicolaus, Lee trevelo, and Arnold Palmer, thanks to him along with other Black golf player pionneers Charlie Sifford who died earlier this year,Pete Brown and Lee Elder he helped opened the doors for other minorities to the sport. Mr. Peete is survived by his wife and seven children, Rip mr.peete may you always hit holes in ones in heaven. Now for the three great soulmen who all of them have left a mark in Music History first Percy Sledge( 1941-2015) who grew up in his homestate of Alabama working in several jobs before hearing his calling into music and on 1966 recorded and scored a number one song that became now only his greatest hit ever but an anthem to lonely and sad men everywhere who had just broke up with his girl. the song "When a man loves a woman" is one of the most requested and remaded love songs in music history and while sledge had several more hits in his career the when a man loves a woman was indeed his cornerstone to his fame. He kept touring thru out the 1970's, 80's and 90's and rewarded with several acolades as welll including enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2005. Mr. Sledge is surived by his second wife and twelve children as well. Then Second the first of the two legendary singing kings who past away recently, Ben E.King (1938- 2015) who was born in Henderson, North Carolina then later raised in Harlem, New York was first the lead singer of the Drifters where he sang on some of their biggest hits "There goes my baby'', "Save the last Dance for me'' and I count the tears before going on to his solo career where He scored solo smashes on his own Spanish Harlem and Supernatural Thing but it was the song that made him a legend for all time that was a top ten hit in two different decades #1 in 1961 and at #9 in 1986. in fact its been remaded over 400 times including by the likes of Otts Redding and John Lennon the song of course is indeed the Timeless classic"Stand By me.'' He also became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as an member of the Drifters. He passed away in april and is survived by his loving wife for over 50 years, betty. Finally last but definitely not least, is the King of the blues himself Mr.Riley King(1925-2015) who we all know him as simply B.B.! the proud native son of Mississippi starting singing in the church at the age of twelve when he bought his first guitar and the legend was indeed born. He had several memorable hits in his nearly 50 year career including four number one hits but his most famous and remembered one '' The thrill is Gone" hit #3 in 1970 that even won him a grammy as well and with his trustly beloved guitar Lucielle by his side his worldwind tours have brought him such universal love and respect by all people of all colors and by all the other of the other artists in the music genre as well not just Jazz and blues but also Rock,Pop, R&B, Country, Folk and Gospel as well. He also have a share of countless awards for his career and even an member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1987 and the Blues Hall of fame in 1980! He is no doubt one of the most influental musicians of all time and truly leaves behind a great legacy for that so many of his Offsprings can enjoy. RIP Percy, Ben E and BB, I know that the three of you are already jamming in Soul Heaven belting out your greatest hits singing with Brother Ray, Revered Satchmo, Sir Duke, Marvin, The King and Queen of Pop, Michael and Whitney and all the other great ones in God's choir. Speaking of which I also saw the Bessie Smith movie on HBO Over the weekend and Queen Latifah was great as the legendary Blues queen who had overcome a rough life to get to the top and Oscar winner Mo'nique was great as well as Bessie's mentor as well. Love the movie!
Now for the more fun part of the journal I have not one but Two movie reviews for you this time. First Avengers 2: Age of Ultron it wasn't as good as the first flim but it was still a good one with all the gang being back again, Captain America(Chris Evans), Iron Man(Robert Downey jr.), Thor(Chris Hemsworth) Hulk(Mark Ruffalo) Black widow(scarlet Johannsen) Hawkeye(Jeremy Renner) and course Nick Fury(Samuel L. Jackson) this time starting off the movie fighting off H.Y.D.R.A,the Evil doppleganger of S.H.I.E.L.D and its was breathtaking see all six of them in action, after their defeated Hydra. Tony stark and Bruce banner the two brains of the group decided to create a 24/7 machine to help stop evil everywhere so they can relax and get on there normal lives and the project was called Ultron. but unfortunately the project backfired on them as the new villain Ultron played by great characteristic suave and Coolness by James Spalder begin to have a mind of his own and plans to conquer the world by his new evil genius!
We also saw the newest Avengers in action in Quicksliver and The Scarlet witch played by Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olson respectly the two actors that was in Last summer's Godzilla as well and I must say that they both acted well in the flim as tormented twins without a family growing up but each other and at first believed in Ultron in fighting against the Avengers before finding out about the evil machine's true colors later that led to the death of one of them at the end and we even saw a Third new avenger as well in Ultron's creation the Vision played by Paul Bettany and he had his share of moments as well lncluding picking up Thor's hammer as well and helping the heroes out as well. We also saw the return of Maria Hill(Cobie Simmons), Iron man's buddy War Machine(Don Cheadle) Cap's Buddy Sam Wilson/The Falcon(Anthony Mackie), Thor's friend Erik Selvig(Stella skargard) Heimdall, Guardian of Asgard(idris Elda) , Cap's lady love Peggy Carter( Hayley Atwell) and of course the man himself Stan Lee with another memorable walk on performance. the movie's has its moments like thrilling battle between the heroes and the many ultrons as well as the almost romance between Natasha and Bruce and meeting Clint's family as well. the movie wasn't bad and I'll give it a B+ dispited of its muddled and rushed storyplot. Now for my second one and its in my opinion the best movie of the summer so far Mad Max: Fury Road yes it the reboot of the series that made Mel Gibson a star way back in 1979. Now I like the last Mad max movie 30 years ago Beyond Thunderdome with Gibson and the ageless beauty rock and roll legend Tina Turner but this new one clearly took my breath away nonstop! I thought that Tom Henry did a good job as the new Mad Max trying to escape the madness and craziness of the new post adpolyse world being ruled by the Evil Inmortal Joe played by hugh keays byrne and was a slave before eventually got free and later meets and join forces with the real star of the movie and fan favorite the Bionic wonder woman of the Desert, Imperator Furiosa played the very beautiful and talented Charlize Theron( one of my favorite actresses!) as the two try to help the five wives of Joe to escape from their master and into freedom as well. its was also cool to see Max and Furiosa get some help from four of the slave ladies who are not just some pretty fashion models in the movie but also some Old lady bikers with guns as well who remember about Furiosa's past as well. Like I said this movie 's like a bone crushing roller coaster that won't let you breath for a second but you'll be entertained by it. Now on the grading level I give this one a A-plus because it won't let you go and even though some calling it a feminist movie of action I say that I do mind seeing badass beautiful babes and even feisty gun trolling kickass older biker ones in action as well! see them both if you haven't already, WHAT A LOVELY DAY!
Well thanks once again for all the great support that you gave me in DEV ART and excuse me if I sound so down right now but last week for us people in the nation's capital was arguebly the WORST WEEK IN DC SPORTS ever as first my hometown Hockey team the Capitals went down in overtime in the deciding Game seven of the series against The New York Rangers last wednesday, well ArwinandCole, Congrats to your team in advancing to the ECF of the NHL and you do have the best goalie in Hockey in King Henry Lindquist overcoming a 3-1 deficit to win the series 4-3 and i'm truly a great sportsfan with great sportsmanship as well. Then last Friday my beloved basketball team The Wizards were knocked out of the playoffs by the top seed in the East the Atlanta Hawks four games to two when Paul Pierce's last second three-pointer was waved off because its was too late after the horn have sounded. I was indeed crushed by it and I know that I probadly hear a lot a trash talk from so many of my family members in Georgia especially in the ATL over the summer about the series and the Hawks won now i can just say that if our all star point guard John wall haven't broke his hand in the series we would have won but make no excuses about it The Hawks was the better team at the end and congrats to them for their still history making season going on. like my friend IN DA, Skyscralper84 told me last week and he's DC native like me and told me that Don't worry WASHINGTON WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR! and both the Wiz and Caps are in good position to win championships in the many years to come as well as my baseball team the Nationals who have woken up for their early season slumber and now back playing like the world series championship contenders that we know and love and watch out baseball world, Bryce Harper has finally arrived and he's a legit MVP candidate now., wow, nine home runs in the last eleven games!, Well I always will remember two Saturdays ago that I went to game three of the Wiz/Hawks series when I saw the Paul pierce buzzer beater that DID Count at the end and Verizon center erupted in cheers but it was after the Wiz almost blew a 20 point lead late to let the Hawks tie the game before the truth heroics at the end and the wildest thing about it is that it was a half hour after Harper hit a walk off winning home run at nearby Nationals Park against another team from Atlanta, the baseball Braves. I guess you can say that on the eve of Mother's Day 2015 that D.C. burned down Atlanta twice on walk off winners by the youth and the truth(ha-ha!) Now as for my once great now suffering football team the Redskins I say that they finally on the right track and on the road to recovery as well since we now got a real GM that knows all about the football business and how to build winners and champions as well it may take a few years but the future looks promising as well. so they you have it my Personal vent on D.C. sports for 2015 and know that it will be nothing but better in 2016! before I go here's a poem for our proud men and women in the service since we are heading into Memorial Day this weekend. hope that you will enjoy it.
BALLAD OF THE MILlTARY FORCES
This goes out to all the brave men and women that served this Proud Country
Their great leadership and courage they showed went down in American History
They're the big four military services that each has its own purpose protecting this strong nation
Who all have gone thru their legendary battles and wars and their stories passed to each generation
They marched thru islands, Crossed the deepest Jungles, Protected the heavenly blue skies and sailed thru the seven seas
They're the awesome foursome of the Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy
The people that swore to protect us are our own fathers, brothers and sons
Men who served their respected uniforms with dignity and sacifice their lives for freedom and never quitting nor leaving their injured comrade in the battlefield until Victory's won
We must remember that they are also our mothers, sisters and daughters
Women that also bought pride and honor to the country and like their male counterparts not afraid to go into the slaughter
They knew what they were signed up for fighting the good fight and Knowing the fear factor, that many of them will die
they should be saluted as great warriors and their patrionage will not go in Vain and while they can everyone in this world at least they always try
We must give thanks and our prayers to the soldiers, sailors pilots and troopers who left loved ones at home to go behind and beyond enemy lines
they don't deserve to be treated like scum when they comeback home from their tour of duty and won't have to look for love and respect being hungry and homeless nor carrying protest signs
So this ballad to all the services who sacifices their limbs and paid the price for us showing that freedom isn't at all free
from the the very bottom of my heart which that I say that God bless and I love all of you Marines, Air Force, Navy and Army
until next time, Same bat time same bat channel
"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you"- B.B. KING
Rest in peace BB, you are now riding with the King of kings in heaven singing your songs!