legit halfway through episode five of Dear White People I was like ‘all these wide shots of characters in the dead ass center of the frame remind me of Moonlight’ AND NOW I REALIZE BARRY JENKINS DIRECTED THAT EPISODE NO WONDER
Cameron Ezike Giles (born February 4, 1976), better known by his stage name Cam'ron (formerly Killa Cam), is an American rapper and actor from Harlem, New York City, NY. He is the de facto leader of East Coast Hip-hop groups The Diplomats (also known as Dipset), and The U.N. (Us Now).
Cameron Giles was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He went to school at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, where he would meet his long time friends Mase and Jim Jones. He was a promising basketball player alongside Mase, however, he was unable to take advantage of scholarship offers due to his poor academic standing. He instead enrolled in a college in Texas, even without graduating from high school, but soon dropped out and returned to Harlem where he began selling drugs before starting his rap career. He began his musical career in the mid 1990s, rapping alongside Big L, Mase and his cousin Bloodshed in a group called Children of the Corn. However, after Bloodshed’s death in a car accident in 1997, the group disbanded and the remaining members continued solo careers.
Two years before Big L’s murder in 1999, Cam'ron was introduced to The Notorious B.I.G. by Mase who was signed to Bad Boy Records at the time. Biggie was so impressed by Cam'ron that he introduced him to his partner Lance “Un” Rivera who signed Cam'ron to his Untertainment label, distributed by Epic Records. His debut album, Confessions of Fire, was released in a year later, July 1998 and included singles such as “3-5-7” (which was also featured in the movie Woo), and “Horse and Carriage” featuring Mase which reached the R&B Top Ten and just missed out on reaching the pop Top 40. The album achieved gold status and made the Top 10 of both the pop and R&B charts.
In 2003 Cam'ron teamed up with his fellow Diplomats Members Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zeeky to release the Diplomats’ debut double disc album, Diplomatic Immunity, in 2003 under Roc-A-Fella/Diplomat Records, which was quickly certified gold by the RIAA. The album featured the lead single “Dipset Anthem,” a remix to Cam'rons hit “Hey Ma” and the (street anthem) single “I Really Mean It,” as well as boasting production from Kanye West, Just Blaze, and The Heatmakerz. A year later, the Diplomats released their second album, Diplomatic Immunity 2. Although not as successful as their debut, it still was boosted to gold status. Around this time in the height of his mainstream fame, Cam'ron was known for popularizing the color pink. During this period, Cam'ron was always seen wearing pink clothing and even bought an all pink Range Rover which can be seen in his video for “Killa Cam”. Cam'ron’s fourth studio album, Purple Haze, was released on December 7, 2004 on Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella Records. It featured collaborations withKanye West, Jaheim, Twista, Juelz Santana, and various other artists and ultimately reached gold status. The album was also a critical success, being ranked 114th on Pitchfork Media’s Top 200 Albums of the first decade of the 21st century List, and 10th on Rhapsody’s Hip Hop’s Best Albums Of The Decade List. However, after feeling that the album was poorly promoted and that his projects were not receiving the attention they deserved, Cam'ron requested his release from Roc-A-Fella Records.
On April 28, 2005, Cam'Ron officially joined the Warner Music Group under the Asylum Records imprint. He began work on what would be his first project for the new label. Cam'ron’s fifth studio album, entitled Killa Season, was released on May 16, 2006 featuring production from long term collaborators The Heatmakerz, Charlmagne and Ty Fyffe, as well as others such as Alchemist and I.N.F.O.. Along with the album, Cam'ron released his first film, in which he wrote, directed and starred in, also titled “Killa Season”. Despite selling 112,000 units in the first week and debuting at #2 on the charts, Killa Season failed to have the same sales strength as his two previous releases and failed to reach gold or platinum status quickly, Eventually, Killa Season became certified gold.
After the release of Killa Season and his feud with 50 Cent in 2007, Cam'ron took a three year hiatus from music after his mother suffered three strokes which left her paralyzed on her left side. He moved to Florida with her to set up her rehabilitation and therapy, and stayed there until she had fully recovered. Cam'ron’s 2009 album, Crime Pays was released on Asylum/Diplomat Records, featuring the majority of the production handled by Skitzo and AraabMuzik. Although none of the singles managed to chart, the album still reached Number 3 on the Billboard 200 but only sold 150,000 units, making this the lowest selling album of his career. In 2009 Cam'ron formed a new label, Dipset West, and new group, The U.N..
In late 2009/early 2010, Cam'ron released a series of mixtapes hosted by DJ Drama called “Boss of All Boses” which featured his new upcoming artist Vado. He has also released an album with Vado entitled Cam'ron & The U.N. Presents: “Heat in Here Vol 1; the first single off the album was "Speaking Tongues” which peaked at number 82 on the U.S. R&B charts. Cam'ron announced that he would be releasing a joint album with his new group The U.N.. called “Gunz n’ Butta”. After 3 years Cam'ron & Jim Jones have decided to start working on a third installment of the Diplomatic Immunity album along with other Diplomat artists such as Juelz Santana & Freekey Zekey. Cam'ron announced that the Diplomat album’s release will take place around Christmas 2010. The first single featuring the reunited Diplomat members is called “Salute”. Produced by upcoming Diplomat producer AraabMuzik, the track was rumored to appear on Jim Jones next album Capo. He was featured on the song “The Bluff” off Wiz Khalifa’s second studio album ONIFC. His next studio album Killa Season 2 will be released in 2013. The album will feature guest appearances from Dipset, T.I., Nicki Minaj, and Wiz Khalifa. Prior to that he released a mixtape titled, Ghetto Heaven Vol 1 on October 1, 2013.
In 2003, Cam'ron went on to appear in the Damon Dash produced film, Paid in Full, in which he played one of three main characters alongside Mehki Phifer and Wood Harris. In 2006 started shooting his movie for his album entitled Killa Season, the film would mark both Cam'ron’s screenwriting and directorial debuts, as well as his return to acting. Killa Season was released to DVD on April 25, 2006, after a special two-day theatrical release.
Although there had been rumors of a beef between the two emcees, Cam'ron went public first with a track on “Killa Season” called “You Gotta Love It (Jay-Z Diss)” featuring ex-Dipset member Max B. In the song, Cam'ron takes jabs at Jay-Z’s age, his alleged “biting” (stealing) of lyrics, and his current girlfriend. He references Jay-Z using The Notorious B.I.G.’s rhymes, rapping “You ain’t the only one with big wallets got it my shit’s brolick but ya publishing should go to Miss Wallace.” He then released another song “Swagger Jacker (Biter Not a Writer)” to highlight the many songs Jay-Z has borrowed lines from. In the next issue of XXL, Cam'ron explained the beef originated when Jay-Z became CEO and President of Roc A Fella Records. In 2010 Cam'ron stated he does not have any issues with Jay-Z anymore.
On February 1, 2007, Cam'ron and 50 Cent had a live argument on The Angie Martinez Show on Hot 9 radio. 50 Cent commented that Koch Entertainment was a “graveyard”, meaning major record labels would not work with their artists. Cam'ron then ridiculed the record sales of G-Unit members Lloyd Banks and Mobb Deep by stating that Jim Jones outsold their albums despite being signed to an independent label and that his group, The Diplomats, had a distribution deal from several labels. Both rappers released “diss” songs with videos on YouTube. 50 Cent suggested in “Funeral Music” that Cam'ron is no longer able to lead The Diplomats and that Jim Jones should take his place. Cam'ron responded with “Curtis” and “Curtis Pt. II”, in which he makes fun of 50 Cent’s appearance, calling him “a gorilla, with rabbit teeth”. 50 Cent responded by releasing “Hold On” with Young Buck. Since 2009, the feud between the two has seemed to calm down.
During this time Cam'ron was not speaking to his fellow Diplomat members Juelz Santana and Jim Jones, leading to speculation that the group had broken up. However, despite admitting that he did not want to contact Jim Jones, he said that he had no hard feelings towards him. In an interview with Miss Info, Cam'ron said: “I still haven’t spoken to Jim. But Jim ran with me for over 10 years, he worked hard, and I wish him the best of luck. Everybody thinks I’m mad at Jim. Why am I mad? I told people for years that Jimmy was gonna be a star. So its better on my resume. I wish him the best.” But After three years of not speaking, Cam'ron and Jim Jones mended their differences in April 2010. In late 2011, both appeared together on Wolfgang Gartner’s album Weekend in America, on the track “Circus Freaks.”
After it was evident to the fans that The Diplomats had separated and were no longer on speaking terms, Cam'ron explained in an interview that he was scared for Juelz Santana stating he was “addicted to the drink Sizzurp” and even talked to his mother about his possible “addiction”. Juelz Santana responded back by asking why Cam'ron would say false accusations. Additionally, with The Diplomats seeming to be broken up and diminished, Cam'ron decided to sell Juelz Santana’s contract from Diplomat Records to Def Jam Records for $2,000,000. However, Juelz Santana said there were no hard feelings between the two and that they have since reconciled.
Both Cam'ron and Jim Jones took out their frustrations on former label-mate Kanye West in defense of former CEO Dame Dash by releasing a song entitled “Toast” rhyming over Kanye West’s song “Runaway”. Saying “And Kanye, you a sucker nigga / Dissed Dame, so my attitude is "fuck a nigga” / Sucka Jigga how you gone live with that / Took ya beat now come get it back". Despite this diss-track, when asked in an interview on Hot 97 with Funkmaster Flex of his take on the subject, Kanye responded by saying “Man, you don’t understand how much I love Dipset. But it’s so necessary; Dipset is so necessary. ”Additionally, Kanye said he understands that people do not agree with the way he does certain things and he, himself, does not even agree with some of the stuff he’s done. Currently, neither Cam'ron nor Jim Jones have responded back. The feud has later ended, since Cam'ron, Jim Jones, and Kanye West collaborated on a song called “Christmas in Harlem”.
On October 23, 2005, Cam'ron was leaving a nightclub in Washington D.C., having performed the day before at Howard University. While stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of New York and New Jersey Avenue shortly after midnight, a passenger of a nearby car threatened Cam'ron to “give up” his 2006 Lamborghini. Cam'ron resisted, and the man then shot him. Cam'ron was struck at least once as he was holding the steering wheel, but he was able to drive, going the wrong way on streets and flashing his lights, until a fan drove him to Howard University Hospital. The gunman and passenger fled and crashed into a parked car and fled the scene. D.C. Metro Police recovered a cell phone from the scene of the crash, which they tried to use to trace the suspects. He stated that he does not know who shot him.
On April 22, 2007, Cam'ron was interviewed on 60 Minutes as part of a piece on the Stop Snitchin' movement. He also stated that he would “not help the police” try to locate the shooter saying he is “not a snitch” and helping the police would probably hurt his record sales. He stated in the interview, “Because with the type of business I’m in, it would definitely hurt my business. And the way that I was raised, I just don’t do that. I was raised differently, not to tell…It’s about business but it’s still also a code of ethics”“ When asked by Anderson Cooper if he would tell the police if a serial killer was living next to him, Cam'ron replied "I would probably move,” but would not inform the police.
After the 60 Minutes interview aired, Cam'ron received a lot of media criticism for his statements.
Cam'ron later issued an apology for his comments, calling it an “error in judgement”: "Where I come from, once word gets out that you’ve cooperated with the police that only makes you a bigger target of criminal violence. That is a dark reality in so many neighborhoods like mine across America. I’m not saying its right, but its reality. And it’s not unfounded. There’s a harsh reality around violence and criminal justice in our inner cities.“ Cam'ron has had contact with the police in the past. According to The Smoking Gun, New York Police Department records indicate that Giles filed a police report with police after he was assaulted at a park in Harlem in 1999.
MY OWN HC FOR MM: What if RFA kinda knew MC from before?
Goddammit. You’re his all-time crush who he’s eyeing at lectures.
But boy, that shy boy didn’t have courage to talk to you.
You’re always surrounded by your group of friends while he’s the forever alone loser.
Poor boy don’t even know your name.
One day, “MC enters chatroom”.
Chats/flirts with you in chat room without knowing who you are.
But it’s not like he’s dense. He did notice that he no longer saw his crush at school.
Thought he was too distracted in love with chatroom you to care about his school crush.
That happiness and shock when you both met at the party. Starts thinking that it’s fate.
Bonus fact: You’re actually also his all-time rival in LOLOL. (You’re just as good as he is.)
You’re the manager of one of his co-actors that often worked with Zen.
He took notice of you because of your diligence and hard work
Not to mention you’re cute af and so his type
Very capable at handling fan crowds and time management but a little clumsy so you’re often scolded by co-actor
Not to mention you’re polite and a saint
He hates how the co-actor is too self-centered and treat you horribly. But his own agency couldn’t afford a manager for him.
When “MC enters chatroom”, he thought your name was familiar but didn’t think much of it.
Noticed co-actor lost his manager and asked the actor why.
Co-actor shit-talked about how you just quit and disappeared without warning. Zen was pissed as hell as he don’t believe you to be someone liddat.
When he first met you, he felt so blessed by God and that God made a mistake when creating him and also gave him real good luck.
Seems like Zen has a new gf and a new capable manager. Best thing? You’re stuck by his side with him almost 24/7.
You were the assistant of his business partner.
Didn’t give you a second look when he first saw you.
Realized you’re capable af. Almost as capable as his assistant kang.
What caught his attention was your refusal at his father’s advances.
“Mr. Han, we’re proper business partners here. Please refrain from unprofessional behaviour. Thank you very much.” With a perfect business don’t fuck with me smile.
Was amazed how his father actually behaved himself throughout the whole meeting. Probably also secretly happy you didn’t give into his father’s advances
Wanted to ask you to work with him but didn’t because he didn’t want to seem unprofessional.
You left an impression on him but not deep enough to make him remember your name. So he didn’t know it was you when you enter the chatroom.
Chat with you despite being a stranger, and love you and your understanding side.
When he finally met you, he remembered that business meeting and hoho. Guess who has a new private secretary to help him with cat businesses
Now he didn’t have to put you in a cage to keep you safe. His secretary must be with him 24/7
Was actually from the same church as him and Rika and V.
The only other girl that spoke to him when they were young.
He couldn’t remember you because his mind is full of saeran.
But once when he was hit by his drunk mother and had a cut on his cheek, you gave him your favourite handkerchief.
You didnt forget him because he’s your first love. Come on who wouldn’t love precious 707 when he’s young.
When you guys finally have your happy ending, you found that old handkerchief that you loved so much still kept in his room together with the floppy disk. Aww. (One and only one because that awkward rocket embroidery was done by you.)
Seems like the wedding at the space station is confirmed.
Bonus: he can’t stop making fun of you because of that awkward ugly rocket stitching but only to realized his drawing skills is almost as bad as yours.
Yay. I hope people like this because it’s my first time writing something like this. It might be OOC but it’s just my headcanons. Didn’t do the rest of RFA because I haven’t try their routes so don’t blame me! Yes. I’ve recently back to playing MM and am obsessed 🙈 anyway enjoy!
River Phoenix Ranks Acting Below Animal Rights and Music, NY Times, 1989.
When River Phoenix learned he had just won the National Board of Review’s award as best supporting actor of 1988 for his performance in “Running on Empty,” his first response was to ask what the society was.
A few months past his 18th birthday, Mr. Phoenix is not yet into glittering prizes. If the awards ceremony conflicts with an anti-fur concert at which he has agreed to play his guitar, the popular young actor says he will keep his commitment to the animal-rights group. He does not wear animal skin on his back, at his waist or, most of the time, on his feet. And he has been a vegetarian since he was 8 years old.
During his most recent trip to Hollywood from his home in Florida, he picked at some vegetables mixed with tofu and talked about the immorality of eating meat.
“When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it,” he said. “It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.’‘
As Danny Pope, who has spent 15 years hiding behind false identities in ’'Running on Empty” and who must choose between betraying his parents or his future, Mr. Phoenix earned enviable reviews, as well as a nomination today as best supporting actor for the Golden Globes given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. But the film did poorly at the box office last fall, selling less than $3 million worth of tickets. In a quest for an Academy Award nomination for Mr. Phoenix, Warner Brothers re-released the movie at a theater in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and intends to reopen in New York in the middle of this month.
Mr. Phoenix’s reviews have been glowing since his first appearance as the sturdy 12-year-old leader of four young boys searching for the body of a dead boy in “Stand by Me.” He even got away relatively unscathed when critics mauled “Little Nikita,” in which he played the all-American son of Russian spies, and “The Mosquito Coast,” in which he played Harrison Ford’s son.
The young actor has just finished a cameo role in Steven Spielberg’s new movie, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” in which he plays Jones as a teen-age daredevil, “with lots of mad escapes.” He said he did not mimic Mr. Ford’s Indiana Jones, but “used him as a reference.”
“When Indiana Jones is in trouble,” Mr. Phoenix said, “he’ll give a real laugh and dart his eyes to the right or left and freeze a smile, a perpetual smirk.”
The new movie will reveal the origins of Jones’s phobia about snakes. “I had to do a scene where I’m at the bottom of a crate in a circus reptile car and I have to deal with thousands of snakes,” Mr. Phoenix said. 'Built-In Barometer’
Sidney Lumet, the director of “Running on Empty,” has said of Mr. Phoenix: “The talent is original and the personality is original. River doesn’t know how to do anything falsely. Give him a false direction and he’ll look up helplessly. Henry Fonda had that built-in barometer of truth.”
Still a little awkward about being interviewed, Mr. Phoenix concentrated on squashing bits of rice into the paper tablecloth. With crayons supplied by the restaurant, he drew a rainbow of lines that eventually turned into “either a spaceship or Flash Gordon’s pistol,” he said.
Mr. Phoenix already has to struggle against the image that strangers are drawing of him, including a paperback biography that he says “is so bogus it’s amazing.”
“They say I’m 155 pounds with the build of a football player,” he said. “I’m 137 pounds. And the image the teen magazines want to manufacture is goody-goody sticky-sweet.”
The actor is the oldest of five children: Rainbow is 16; Leaf, the only other son, who is also an actor, is 14; Liberty is 12, and Summer is 11. He had a childhood almost as strange as that of his character in “Running on Empty.” Street Guitarist at 5
In the film, Danny Pope’s parents had protested against the war in Vietnam by bombing a napalm laboratory when he was 2 years old. When River was 2, his parents joined the Children of God, a religious cult, and preached in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. By the time he was 5, he was playing his guitar in the streets of Caracas.
“That was my only reality,” Mr. Phoenix recalled. “I would sing at jails with my sister and stand on street corners passing out literature containing uplifting messages about Jesus. I was nearly 7 when my parents started to leave in the middle of the night.”
In 1977, Arlyn and John Phoenix walked away from the Children of God, although their decision stranded them in a foreign country with four children, no money and no place to live. “The group was being distorted by a leader who was getting very full of power and wealthy,” Mrs. Phoenix said. “We were serving God; we weren’t serving our leader. It took several years to get over our pain and loneliness.”
After a few months of living in a rat-infested beach hut, the family slipped out of Venezuela on a freighter taking a shipment of toys to Florida. 'Pure, Naive, Poor’
In Florida, Mr. Phoenix said: “Rich kids gave us their old clothes, which were the best clothes we had ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names, but it never bothered us because we didn’t know what the words meant.”
River and his sister Rainbow won so many local talent contests that they were written about in The St. Petersburg Times. A copy of the article found its way to the casting department at Paramount Pictures, and the family received a letter saying the children could be interviewed if they were ever in Los Angeles.
The family loaded the old station wagon and drove to California, but Paramount wasn’t interested. Mrs. Phoenix found herself a job as a temporary employee at NBC. Then River’s musical skills won him a role in the television series “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
He has not been in a regular school since fifth grade. “Whatever I missed, I exchanged for something else, and it was worth it,” he said. “I love thinking and writing and researching stuff, going to the library and looking at microfilm. Environmental concerns are top on my list. If we don’t heal the earth, we’re gone.” In Support of Chickens
His attitudes and ethics obviously echo the 60’s sensibilities of his parents, but it was the 8-year-old River who persuaded his parents to give up milk and eggs. “The chickens that lay eggs are so frustrated,” he said. “There’s no sunlight in egg farms. It’s like a concentration camp. Just the squealing of thousands of birds.”
Although the movie industry is usually a quick cure for naivete, Mr. Phoenix has not yet lost an artless trust in the kindness of strangers. Despite the superficial similarities between his childhood and that of Danny Pope, the actor said he used nothing from his own life in “Running on Empty.”
“It takes away from my character’s identity if I cross my past with his,” Mr. Phoenix said. “He needs to have his own life. I find it funny that so many actors are so self-centered about everything.”
The family retreated from Southern California to Florida a year ago. “They moved for the kids,” Mr. Phoenix said. “The kind of people you attract in Hollywood don’t have their heads in the right place.”
At the end of last month he and a band made up of Rainbow and teen-age friends rented a local theater for $65 and gave a concert of the progressive folk-rock music he composes. The first 65 people donated $1 each. Everyone else got in free. Music has always been his first love. Now, Mr. Phoenix said, acting is starting to catch up.
— By ALJEAN HARMETZ, Special to the New York Times | Published: January 5, 1989.
The Bush Center welcomes actor Christopher Jackson, Tony Award-nominated for originating the role of George Washington in Broadway’s Hamilton, for a lively conversation on the phenomenon that has propelled Alexander Hamilton and our Founding Fathers into the pop culture mainstream. Jackson will be joined onstage by filmmaker Alex Horwitz, director of the PBS special Hamilton’s America, and Yale historian and Hamilton expert Joanne Freeman.
This is an imagine requested by : @imagine-peterparker
One where Tom Holland dates the reader, who is in musical theatre!!!
“I can’t stand you, Jackson! Leave me alone, you creep!” you yelled at the boy opposite you. You stormed off to the left wing, leaving the actor standing center stage, alone. When the lights dimmed to black, the audience erupted with praise. The red curtain closed and the cast stumbled to get in rows for final bows. When the curtain opened again, everyone made their bows. The named characters stepped forward to receive extra applause. Finally, you and your best friend/crush/coworker, Tom Holland, stepped forward as the two mains in the play. The crowd went ecstatic and you couldn’t help but smile.
When the show had officially ended, and everyone had moved from the stage to the back room, people began congratulating each other, hugging, and thanking each other. Tom stood by your side in silence watching the whole room converse. You hadn’t noticed until then, but he had placed his hand in yours. You smiled and placed your head on his chest. “Would you like to go out with me, (Y/N)? On an actual date. Like, dinner and hand holding and all that?” You giggled into his chest and sighed. “I’d love to. If you’re lucky you might even get a kiss!” He chuckled and kissed your hair. “I’m already lucky. A kiss would be a bonus.”
BUT YOU GUYS!!! Stacy Wolf went after Fiyero’s character you CANNOT BELIEVE oh my god she describes his part as “not even quite large enough to consider him a principal.”
“Musically, Fiyero fails to register as a significant force in Wicked (…) [his] one solo in the show quickly moves into an ensemble number at the dance, and then is taken over by the women in their “mating” dance” i mEAN then goes on and says that “the women always emerge as the real couple.”
Calls the fucking shit out of I’m Not That Girl that it is a “slightly nauseating and conservative, male-centered choice in a show that otherwise privileges women and their strength and autonomy” and since both Glinda and Elphaba sing this song, again, they are linked together musically.
Calls As Long As Your Mine a “typical pop love song with unspecific lyrics” and just to rub it in even more so tells us that since the actors are mid-center staged kneeling and then seated is a “location and position [that] are visually weak” and that “placing the heterosexual couple on the floor diminishes the power and believability of their importance.”