“Something In The Water” Recap

For those of you who missed out on Something In The Water, check out my review/recap here at TheOriginalChatman.com!

Virginia has already been on the map, but Something in The Water made it official.

“It is beautiful to see that everyone realizes that this was always supposed to be more than a music festival,” shared Pharrell in an interview with The Virginian-Pilot. Now that Something In The Water has came and went–I speak for myself and other VA locals when I say this—we’re ready for next year! Pharrell’s festival creation will be back on the Oceanfront for 2020. Check out the source here.

“If you know, you know.” These prophetic words from Pusha T (one-half of the Virginia Beach rap duo The Clipse) were best said on his recent body of work, Daytona. Virginia natives (such as myself) have long recognized Virginia as a hotbed of musical and cultural relevance before the epic scale of Something In The Water. Hampton Roads is up to its neck in talent. It’s no coincidence Something In The Water (SITW) fell under the same weekend as College Beach Week; nor is it a coincidence Pharrell brought us SITW at the right time.

friday 4/26/19

That Friday was supposed to set the weekend tone; unfortunately,
Mother Nature wasn’t letting anyone be great! Rain and thunderstorms prevented the day from running its course. While several people scrambled to various Oceanfront restaurants to take cover, I found myself hiding inside an arcade off 14th and Atlantic. The sun beamed through clouds a few times; nevertheless, the entire festival was shutdown that day.

In the eyes of some, Friday’s rainy forecast washed away high hopes of the festival being a success. I knew better, and I felt it too. Waking up Saturday morning with my optimism still in tact, day 2 of SITW was going to be different. Those words Pharrell echoed to the press, “more than a festival” were sustained by the various activities and community conversations offered throughout the weekend. Furthermore, the vast amount of food vendors, local and beyond Hampton Roads, was enough to keep me distracted from Friday’s fiasco.

More Than A Music Festival

For example, corporate sponsors Adidas and Timberland brought forth forward-fashion (free customizable tote bags and Adidas slides) mixed with grass-root community efforts that reach a global scale(Timberland presented festival-goers the chance to plant traceable trees that will revitalize Haiti’s ecosystem while also handing out free swag). American Express presented an Hampton Roads-themed/SITW Art-Walk scattered throughout the Oceanfront. Pharrell called on Chad Hugo and several other famous guests to join them for a live taping of OTHERtone, Pharrell’s Beats 1 Apple Music radio show. I firmly believe Pharrell took a page from other festivals, applied his own spin for SITW, and created a wave for the next few years.

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Saturday’s line-up was like THAAAAAAAAT. A$AP Ferg, SZA, Kaytranada, Travis Scott, and Pharrell and Friends.

Kaytranada

Kaytranada is a name everyone should know. He’s worked with names like Syd, Ty Dolla Sign, and his live DJ sets will get you moving no matter who you are! Unfortunately, not everyone was jamming as hard as they should’ve been. I know the word “vibe” is used a lot but it was nothing but tons of those during his DJ set.

SZA

If you’ve ever followed me on any social media over the past few years, you’re aware of my love for Solana Imani Rowe, better known by her stage name SZA. (For the record, I’ve been a fan since before her 2017 debut album Ctrl). Her signature free-flowing frolic dance and soulful smooth crooning are staples of her artist brand. There was no one/nothing that could stop me from witnessing her beauty and grace up close and personal for the first time. As powerful as that sounds, it’s a half-truth
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . SZA does make very relatable music; however, her music is mainly from a female perspective. (insert photos/videos here)

Imagine how hard it was for someone over 6-feet tryna stay lowkey while singing songs like songs like “Go Gina”, “Say It Like That”, “Drew Barrymore” and “Love Galore”. Willing to risk any stares I received (and I did get some wild ones), I kept my cool even loudly whispering, “That’s my wife! I love you SZA!” After her set ended, I turned around to look for my dispersed friends. On the journey back to them, I met a random kid with a Ctrl 2017 Tour shirt. When asked about his t-shirt, he told me he was proud to wear it and even prouder to call himself a SZA fan. We dapped each other up and then I left. That small interaction with him made me feel less crazy for admiring her as a fan.

Pharrell & Friends

No Pharrell Williams slander will be tolerated as long as I’m alive. DON’T YOU. DO. IT! Who do know you has enough juice to bring out Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Tyler the Creator, Missy Elliot, Diddy, and Busta Rhymes on the stage.. on the same night!? P warmed up the crowd rapping some notable hits he’s produced/sang on over the years such as “Hot In Hurrr”, “Alright” and “Mr. Me Too.”

Diddy diddy-bopped and hit us with a smooth, crisp dance number shared along with his three sons. Timbaland gave the crowd nostalgic You Got Served vibes doing “Breathe In, Breathe Out” with fellow VA native and (often-forgotten) veteran artist Magoo. Snoop and Charlie chimed in to help Pharrell serenade the crowd with “Beautiful.” The stars were aligned on the beach.

You know that feeling when you reach the highest of highs, and excitement becomes an out-of-body experience? That’s exactly how I felt when JayZ slyly positioned himself next to Pharrell for his verse on “Frontin'”.

Any ounce of cool I *thought* had in that moment was lost when Jay popped up and continued doing hits like “Izzo”, “I Just Wanna Love You” and my personal favorite “PSA(Public Service Announcement)”.

Allow me to reintroduce myself…my name is Hov!

Sunday 4/28/19


  By the time Sunday arrived, my voice, body, and mind were drained from the whylin’ out I put on for Saturday’s line-up. Nevertheless I kept that same energy from Saturday for Sunday. Chris Brown, Teddy Riley and Anderson . Paak were the last few artists I were ready to give my energy to.

In similar fashion to Pharrell and Friends, Teddy Riley snuck in some surprises throughout his set. 🎶 Doooon’t let me goooooo! 🎶I like the way you work it–No Diggity!🎶

Next thing I know, Coko of the ’90s girl group SWV came thru with her silky summertime voice to perform “Weak” and “Right Here (Human Nature Remix).” Somewhere between “No Diggity” and “Don’t Let Me Go”, Teddy transitions his keyboard playing into “Curious” by Midnight Star, the sample behind Lil Duval’s “Livin’ My Best Life.” Lil Duval jump-skip-hops along the stage and everyone goes nuts!

Chris Brown

Light rain came thru and reared its ugly head before Chris’s set causing him to hop on stage 20 minutes later than his 9:10 showtime. To be honest, I’m not even mad he was lip-synching for the most part. He danced so vividly I couldn’t believe the moves I was watching on stage. They were done so smoothly and effortlessly!

Anderson . Paak

Prior to me writing this, one of my friends recently just got hip to Anderson .Paak and I’m sad to inform y’all this person is no longer my friend! 😔

I kid, of course!😜 Without discrediting the legacy of the late soul singer James Brown, I can honestly say Anderson . Paak is the modern day James Brown with a modern approach. When the Chris Brown crowd left, I discretely inched closer towards the stage in an effort to catch the groovy vibe he and his band The Free Nationals gave off to wrap up Sunday night.

Something in the water was…

Overall one of the greatest experiences I’ve been a part of in a while! It’s about time people stop sleeping on Virginia and what we have going on in our hometown. Something is truly in the water, alright.

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“Boomerang” Ep. 5 Review: “The Let Out”

Check out a spoiler-free review of #BoomerangonBET here at TheOriginalChatman.com

“The Let Out” is by far the best episode of season one! Imagine getting lit on Saturday with your crew, then appearing in church the next morning in those same clothes. We’ve all done it before…well..at least once or twice anyways!

Bryson, David, Simone, Tia, and Rocky(Tia’s girlfriend) enjoy a night out on the town. They all get in free at the club— courtesy of Ari’s (Leland B. Martin) party promoter connection. Ari is kicking game to a young, fly, beautiful woman. The stranger asks him why he’s posted outside the club and he simply replies: “the let out.” The “let out” is the after party that usually takes place in the parking lot of particular establishments. Imagine this: Dudes shooting their shot. Ladies flexing in their rental cars. Car speakers blasting music in the parking lot after hours.

Always looking to uproot Tia’s brand, Simone used the opportunity of the crew’s night out to convince the local DJ to play Tia’s song. When he flexed on her, she used the opportunity to go around her roadblock. Never one to accept defeat, Simone hustles until she gets her way. You’ve got to admire her work ethic even when she’s in play mode!

Things heat up a little bit as Simone gives Bryson a little twerk action at the “let out”…I see you boi! Simone + Bryson = Bimone? Sryson? Are pet names still a thing or nah?
Tia debuting her new single at the “let out” as the crowd turns up with her. Spoiler alert…issa bop!

David lands more screen time this episode. This episode goes back and forth between Saturday night and Sunday morning at David’s church(he’s a preacher in case y’all forgot!). David preaches about self-defeat in the pursuit of being perfect. As much as I laughed thru episode..I had to stop and recognize that David’s sermon hit home. Millennials strive for perfection in all we do. When we fall short of it, we bow our heads in defeat often leaving us discouraged. He ended the sermon on a high note giving the congregation clarity and peace of mind.

Finally, what I enjoyed most about this episode are the pivotal church scenes. The Black church has always played a turning point for some of our favorite characters in our favorite shows and movies of decades past. Hopefully the show will dabble in that a little bit.

Catch Boomerang Tuesdays at 10 and I’ll be back here next week with a fresh review! -TheOriginalChatman

“Boomerang” Season 1, Episode 4 Review: “Call A Spade”

TheOriginalChatman gives a spoiler-free review of season 1, episode 4 of #BoomerangOnBet. Check it out here!

Boomerang continues the momentum it garnered in its first three episodes; however, the ladies of the show haven’t had their solo shine until now. “Call A Spade” puts the ladies in focus for an episode; meanwhile, the fellas take a break from the plot’s focus.

Simone and Tia are now roommates, courtesy of Simone’s generosity. To keep it a hunnit, Simone recruits Tia as her roommate since she’s behind on her rent. The episode opens with Simone slightly gawking over Tia’s Instagram page. (Remember, Tia is now an “artist” and Simone is her manager.) The show has previously established Tia’s sexuality, but the way she glances over Tia’s IG…does she have eyes for her friend?

Anyways…a blocked caller reaches out to Simone. She answers and on the other end is her god-sister Tay Tay (played by Chicago rapper Dreezy). Apparently Tay-Tay got into a drunken argument with her boyfriend which lead her to being detained by the police. Tay’s bail is $2,000…aka money that no one in the crew has. Ouch! Simone rallies up the troops to rescue Tay Tay: Tia, Crystal, and Rocky (Tia’s girlfriend that constantly beefs with Simone).

Day turns into night. Eventually, Simone, Tia, Crystal, and Rocky find themselves at a random house party. While all on the same mission, the only one concerned about Tay is Simone. Tia and Rocky team up for spades, leaving Crystal to flirt with some random guy she seems interested in. Never shying away from a guilt trip, Simone reminds Crystal that it’s fine to check in her feelings regarding the significance of the day(this day marks a year of divorce from David). Crystal insists she is fine, but the truth of the matter is Simone projected her fear of romance and intimacy on Crystal due to her complicated relationship with Bryson. “Call a spade a spade.”

I’ll be reviewing episode 5, catch y’all next time! – TheOriginalChatman

“Boomerang” Season 1, Episode 3 Review: “Stand in Your Power”

Check out the season 1, episode 3 review of #BoomerangOnBET here at TheOriginalChatman!

This week was about reclaiming one’s “power” which ironically happens to be the episode’s theme. How many of us feel or have felt powerless at work, in our love lives, or within other areas? * slowly raises my hand* For most people, power and control become synonymous ideals leading to our destiny.

Bryson still yearns for Simone’s heart, yet he’s still having trouble articulating his feelings for her—-in efforts to not destroy their friendship. Furthermore, his work superiors can’t properly understand the visions he has for the company. Bryson seeks guidance from his therapist. During this therapy session, he revealed that his power struggles began with his mother’s emotional neglect vs. her relentless work ethic.


Poor Bryson.

Although these two power struggles collide, Bryson stands in his power towards the episode’s end.

Elsewhere, Simone is struggling to make her marketing skills flourish without The Graham Agency’s support(she was fired from the company with her name on it back in episode 1!).

At the agency, Bryson creeps his way to being back in control. His boss Victoria gently dismantles his project idea, but allows the young protege to follow his plan with confidence. All is well until Simone appears before him. Their chance encounter leads them working together on a project: but can he do his job without catching feelings?

In the midst of the project, Tia, Simone’s friend who she reached out to for rebuilding her brand image, is used as a pawn for Simone to pull on Bryson’s heartstrings. She’s used to getting her way but Bryson sticks up for himself by making an opinionated choice with logic instead of feelings, yes..those some feelings which got him here in the first place.

Let this be a lesson that being in your feelings can and WILL get you caught up. Don’t be afraid to boss up and be your best self ladies and gents!

Catch next week’s episode of #BoomerangOnBET at 10. See y’all then!

-TheOriginalChatman

“Boomerang” Season 1, Episode 2 Review

Check out the second episode review of #BoomerangonBET here at TheOriginalChatman.com

Boomerang’s second episode, Game Night  is light-hearted and fun, yet two of the main characters are left in their feelings towards the end. Simone (Tetona Jackson) and Bryson (Tequan Richmond) take a break from conquering the world as their friends David (RJ Walker), Crystal (Brittany Inge), Ari (Leland Martin), and Tia (Instagram star Lala Milan) play board games hosted at Bryson’s place. This episode establishes more of their friends character development, motif, etc.

(Speaking of character development,I respect Lena Waithe and BET for representing the black LGBT community. Bryson and David’s friend Ari is gay and it doesn’t seem to throw off their chemistry as friends.)

While most twenty-somethings choose the club as an outlet for fun, Bryson made it a tradition to opt from club-hopping and stay at home with drinks, snacks, and the good energy of some great friends playing board games. Simone and her girls arrive at Bryson’s crib but not before swapping stories about their sex life. The door swoops open and the gentlemen’s faces beam with schoolboy joy. It’s a battle of the sexes. Let the games begin!

Excluding Ari and Tia, this episode establishes the crew’s history of friendship dating back to elementary school. Bryson has always had eyes for Crystal yet remained in the friend zone; meanwhile a shared beer and a couple laughs between David and Crystal reveal that David’s position as an aspiring preacher possibly lead to their falling out as a couple.

While David and Crystal’s relationship seems like a lost cause, he advises Bryson that maybe the timing isn’t right for him to be with Simone, or that they have things to work out before being together. As someone whose been in the friend zone a few times, I feel you bruh! Game Night chronicles a topic our generation spends a lot of time obsessing over: love and what we think love truly is.

Tune in next Tuesday to see what happens with Bryson, Simone, and the rest of the gang next Tuesday at 10.

-TheOriginalChatman

“Boomerang” Season 1, Episode 1 Review

"Being young, black, and gifted is cool but it's exhausting."

Although the millennial generation is often misunderstood thru the eyes of those before us, lately we’ve been made more relatable with hit TV shows such as Atlanta or Insecure. (Shout out to Donald Glover and Issa Rae!) The same thing can be said for  BET’s new series Boomerang—  a continuation of the titular-film-turned series with an updated story.

The series premiere follows the children of Marcus Graham and Jacqueline Boyer—-Simone and Bryson—vying to break from free their parents’ shadows. Their parents built The Graham Agency which is Atlanta’s top-notch ad agency. It’s already established Simone and Bryson are young, black, and successful. What more could they ask for?

There’s a strong connection between the movie and its series successor; however, the level of comedy in this rom-com doesn’t hit right away. Nevertheless, the series does seem promising based off one scene in particular. The business-savvy Marcus has the opportunity to create an ad for a energy drink client. This energy drink is geared towards millennials, and when Marcus sees the opportunity to pitch a different direction for the commercial he takes it–that’s until the pesky yet determined Simone swoops in.

Overall, the show may be geared towards the younger generation but for older fans of the movie, I believe everyone can find something enjoyable in the series. Be sure to check out Boomerang on BET Tuesday nights at 10.

-TheOriginalChatman

Lena Waithe and Halle Berry Team Up For A ‘Boomerang’ “Sequel”

Who remembers the ’90s classic movie “Boomerang”? Apparently there’s gonna be a SEQUEL–but not like you think! Read more at TheOriginalChatman.com!

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Photo of Lena Waithe via her Facebook page.

Without a doubt, most films and TV shows from previous eras are untouchable and don’t deserve a remake. Lena Waithe and Halle Berry aim to change this perspective with a spin on a classic ’90s romantic comedy.

Both women serve as executive producers to the sequel of  Boomerang. The original film follows womanizer Marcus (Eddie Murphy) meeting his match in the form of Jacqueline Boyer (Robin Givens) before falling in love with the under-looked love interest Angela Graham (Berry’s breakout role in the movie). Instead of going the movie route, Waithe and Berry steered themselves into cable TV territory. Berry tells Variety, the update is “less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story.”

Most people recognize Waithe behind her writing role in the “Thanksgiving” episode for Netflix’s “Master of None.” Consequently, Lena continued creative efforts for Showtime’s “The Chi” while landing onscreen roles in “This Is Us”, “Ready Player One”, and more.

The new series follows the lives of Jacqueline’s son and Marcus and Angela’s daughter as they step out of their parents’ shadows to create a lasting legacy of their own.

BET  has picked up Boomerang as a 10-episode series. With no date in sight, the network continues to helm new projects that expand on original programming content.

Will you be tuning in when it airs?

-TheOriginalChatman©-