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On Writing…and Evolve

Friends,

Writing characters who are the feminists of their fictional time in one of the books of my upcoming fantasy series, THE ELEMENTS, proves to be a challenge to me. I’m not a feminist as I understand feminism, by any stretch of the imagination & I’m always thinking in terms of balance when it comes to gender, as it relates to our daily affairs. Perhaps feminists have an undeserved, bad reputation, or I still have simply been ignorant, but I tend to see feminism as an extreme. I literally have had to study, read (as I would for anything else) and then subdue instinctual reflexes in character development. It’s a very interesting process…

Also,

I wanted to share you the new episode II of Evolve

That is all……..

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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Fictional Writing, Videos

 

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EVOLVE: A New Sci-Fi Series For Teens & Adults!

Friends,

I’m so very excited about this new sci-fi series on the web (You Tube) called Evolve,which is written, directed & produced by Kia Barbee (Elmhurst Entertainment). It is the story of a teen girl Donia Reyes (portrayed by Jasiah Lovell) who inherits supernatural abilities that she can’t control nor wants, as she approaches her 16th birthday. She struggles to strike a balance between what she craves & what she’s destined to become. This mini-series airs every Tuesday on YouTube  at 7:45pmEDT from June 25th – July 23rd. Please do watch the trailer & Episode I below, subscribe to the channel, become a fan on Facebook, follow on Twitter & share, share, share!

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Entertainment, Film Reviews, Pop Culture, Videos

 

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Channon Christian & Christopher Newsom RIP

Channon_christian_Christopher_newsomI have been following the re-trial of two of the murderers of Channon Christian & Christopher Newsom. They were a young white couple headed to a party in Knoxville, TN when they were carjacked, kidnapped, raped, sodomized, tortured, beaten & ultimately killed by four black men & one black woman on January 7th, 2007. All were convicted however, due to misconduct of the original judge (who has since been disbarred) two of them are being re-tried. This is the second & last re-trial tied to that disgraceful judge. The victims’ families have been present at every single court hearing & my heart goes out to them. It’s one thing to lose a loved one, but to know that they were tortured so brutally & in the case of the female victim, she slowly suffocated to death in a trash can after being tortured, burned with cigarettes, raped in every way possible & having bleach poured down her throat for hours. I don’t mean to be graphic, but it’s important for people to know how heinous this crime was and remember how much Christian & Newsom suffered before their lives were taken from them.

All five of the monsters had prior records. Even though we know of some of the most horrific, inhumane treatment of humans possible in history – the Holocaust, the lynchings of black people in the South, the Rwandan genocide..etc, we still have so much evil in the world. This case got no national attention and it has to be one of the most brutal murders in modern day America. I just don’t understand how five people can carjack, abduct, rape in every way possible, burn with cigarettes, beat, pour bleach down their throats while still alive, sodomize, shoot & suffocate slowly – two people, just on their way to a party, minding their own business, and get zero national coverage, even though the victims & monsters were different races. If it were reversed & the victims were black persons, we’d never stop hearing about it. It’s a glaring double standard in this country, which only serves to exacerbate racial tensions in America.

I’m in no way saying we shouldn’t hear about cases where the victims are black people, but we should at least have some balance. Where are the hate crime police here? If being white (in & of itself) when you commit a crime against a black person is a hate crime (according to some past accusations) then why isn’t the opposite true? Folks, there are monsters of the worst kind in every race, but when the media highlights some & ignores others, it gives the false impression that one race is more culpable & evil than others. Corporate media outlets take advantage of historical precedents in order to keep us at each other’s throats. At the same time, I don’t have any interest in using cases like this (as some have) to start a dialogue on hate crimes, because I do respect the feelings of the victims’ families, who probably don’t care about legislation, because it won’t bring their loved ones back. I pray that one day we collectively see through this game they play. RIP Channon Christian & Christopher Newsom. God please comfort their families, who six years later have to hear all of these testimonies & details again. I also pray for their killers, even though I don’t want to, because they need salvation from my perspective, but of course they still have to suffer the consequences of their evil actions. The earthly punishment is just not sufficient to me if I’m being honest but I pray that this puts race relations into perspective for America, in the wake of the enormous amount of coverage the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman fiasco received.

http://www.wbir.com/news/article/273990/2/Last-re-trial-in-Christian-Newsom-case-begins-Monday

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Breaking News, In The News, Society, Videos

 

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Danger Word film: we have a TRAILER!

*Here it is!* This is the trailer for the short film DANGER WORD which I have been promoting & talking about with you all for weeks now. It is based on a scene from the novel DEVIL’S WAKE which, along with the screenplay is written by Steven Barnes & Tananarive Due & directed by Luchina Fisher! It really exceeds my expectations (and they were high). I can’t wait to see the entire short film! This film features veteren actor Frankie Faison (Silence of the Lambs, The Wire), newcomer Saoirse Scott (One Life To Live), Michael Power (The Dark Knight Rises) & newcomer Nicki Barnes! Great job #DangerWordCrew

Danger Word film: we have a TRAILER!

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Film Reviews, Videos

 

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Help Me Support Danger Word Film!

I rarely ask people to donate funds for anything, but this project, Danger Word Film is very dear to my heart & it is important to me, so I wanted to remind everyone about this community funded project I’ve have asked you all to be a part of, throughout social media. It’s from husband-wife writing team Steven Barnes Tananarive Due . Steven is the author of 27 novels & has written for television shows such as The Outer Limits, Andromeda & the (new) Twilight Zone. The episode he wrote “A Stitch In Time” on The Outer Limits won an Emmy Award as well.

Tananarive is the award winning novelist of 10 horror novels such as the African Immortal series which started with MY SOUL TO KEEP & she is the Spelman College Cosby Chair in the Humanities.

I have met them both, been informally mentored as a person and writer & they are wonderful, down-to-earth, exceptional human beings. Both of their novels have influenced me as a writer as well. Please visit www.dangerwordfilm.wordpress.com to learn how you can be a part of/support this project! I will be donating myself & NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL (OR BIG hehe!) Amounts can be donated anywhere from $1 & up, simply click the “donate” button once you’re on their website! They have acknowledgements for all levels of donations and some fantastic incentives available. Recently, they announced that the part of “Grandpa Joe” will be played by veteran actor Frankie Faison, well known for his roles on television show “The Wire” and The Silence of The Lambs. Faison is currently co-starring in Alan Ball’s series “Banshee” on Cinemax. Steven & Tananarive share more here:

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Thanks so much to those who have donated already! It is greatly appreciated.

-Talitha “TK” McEachin

 

 
 

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Sean Hannity & the Black Conservative Race Card

I saw the Hannity show with an audience of black conservatives & for me, for the most part, it was just more of the same. I respect the black conservative audience members & many of them are personal or Facebook friends of mine (or both). I agree with some points made, but I’m tired of black conservatives speaking of black liberals as being on a plantation. It does very little to advance the dialogue. I may not agree with liberals on a number of things but I don’t think they are stupid slaves of liberalism who can’t think for themselves. As much as I disagree with most of the tenets of liberalism as outlined here, I think one can subscribe to the ideology & argue in favor of it, just as intellectually as I can for conservatism.

On the show, there was too much time spent whining about how black conservatives are called names & maligned.Too much “woe is me as a black conservative” & too little problem solving regarding the many ills that plague our communities. I was quite disappointed to be honest. You don’t have to belittle your “opponent” in order to “win” – that goes for black liberals and conservatives. I wish policy would have been discussed more & I’m wondering if Hannity, in his role as race-baitor (I mean moderator) does not think of his guests as capable of discussing things other than race. Only one person had the guts to disagree with the “liberal plantation” references & other slavery metaphors. I’m really not sure what Hannity was trying to prove, but the show did very little to get the important points across. Thumbs down for me but you can judge for yourself. I agree with Christian conservative Hassan Nurullah on his thoughts of the show:

Hassan Narullah“If Fox is truly interested in defeating the marginalization of black conservatives, they ought to stop marginalizing black conservatives themselves. And we as black conservatives need to stop allowing ourselves to be marginalized. If the only reason they want you to come on is to bewail your status as a persecuted conservative, or even just to malign to a leftist position—say no, call me when you have something substantive to hash out.”

To read Hassan’s entire blog please click HERE.

Here is the video of the Hannity show in question & as I said, you can judge for yourself:

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in In The News, Politics, Videos

 

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Actor Nick Searcy, A Conservative…in Hollywood!

Friends,

Nick SearcyPlease check out the episodes of “Acting School” a new show by my friend Nick Searcy, a Peabody award winning, international film star below who stars on the hit FX show “Justified” & is also a fellow Conservative! Nick Searcy, a consistent presence in American film and television for almost twenty years, has starred in independent films as well as studio blockbuster hits, including The Ugly Truth, The Last Song, Castaway, The Fugitive, Head of State, Runaway Jury, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Blood Done Sign My Name, The Dead Girl, An American Crime, and Fried Green Tomatoes among others. On television, Nick was a series regular on five different shows: 7 DAYS, AMERICAN GOTHIC, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, RODNEY, and EASY MONEY, and has guested on many shows such as THE WEST WING, BOSTON LEGAL, and CSI. He also has shocked horror fans in the features DEADLY END, COLD STORAGE, and TIMBER FALLS. His newest release is a role in the hit MONEYBALL  from Sony Pictures, in theatres now.  He is currently filming Season 3 of the FX Network’s JUSTIFIED, portraying Chief Deputy Art Mullen.

We have to support our conservatives in Hollywood (the few that there are)! Nick was also on the Rush Limbaugh show today so please check that out as well! Here are both links, be sure to “like” the fanpage (1st link):

Nick Searcy, a consistent presence in American film and television for almost twenty years, has starred in independent films as well as studio blockbuster hits, including The Ugly Truth, The Last Song, Castaway, The Fugitive, Head of State, Runaway Jury, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Blood Done Sign My Name, The Dead Girl, An American Crime, and Fried Green Tomatoes among others. On television, Nick was a series regular on five different shows: 7 DAYS, AMERICAN GOTHIC, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, RODNEY, and EASY MONEY, and has guested on many shows such as THE WEST WING, BOSTON LEGAL, and CSI. He also has shocked horror fans in the features DEADLY END, COLD STORAGE, and TIMBER FALLS. His newest release is a role in the hit MONEYBALL  from Sony Pictures, in theatres now.  He is currently filming Season 3 of the FX Network’s JUSTIFIED, portraying Chief Deputy Art Mullen.

NICK SEARCY’S ACTING SCHOOL EPISODE I

NICK SEARCY ON RUSH LIMBAUGH

Everyone have a blessed, wonderful productive weekend!

-Talitha, www.theelementsbooks.com

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Politics, Pop Culture, Radio Appearances, Society, Videos

 

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