Took A Break, But I’m Not Done Yet!

Hey everybody!

First and foremost, Happy Sunday! Secondly, I send all my love and prayers to everyone in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. ♥

Recently, a few of you have asked what happened to my YouTube and blog content  (both under the stage name “TheOriginalChatman”). Simply put, I still have the burning desire to create original content for both creative outlets, I’ve just been busy “adulting” meanwhile still chasing my dream as a music journalist.

I don’t like making promises I can’t keep; however, I promise to get back to both as soon as possible so I can give you give guys the very best content I can give all my energy too.

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Thank you for understanding!

Jamal aka TheOriginalChatman

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Big Boi Blesses A 5-Year-Old Paralyzed Child With A Gift

Big Boi Blesses A 5-Year-Old Paralyzed Child With A Gift

Antwan Big Boi” Patton, one-half of legendary rap duo Outkast, has done a good deed that is enough to warm anyone’s heart.

Back in April, five-year-old Abriya Ellison was shot by an unknown shooter while playing in her bouncy castle. Although Ellison survived the tragic incident, it left her paralyzed from the waist down. Once hearing of the Georgia native’s story, Big Boi began to reach out to Ellison and her family.

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Image via Channel 2 News/WSBTV Atlanta

Abriya was gifted with a bulldog puppy that will be trained to be her service dog, courtesy of Big Boi’s Pitfall Kennels.

WSB Atlanta asked what she’d name her new puppy enthusiastically shouting, “King!”

The Atlanta news outlet also mentions Big Boi and his brother James will cover the animal’s vet care. Meanwhile, Patton will pay Ellison’s GoFundMe needs while also giving her a handicapped-accessible bathroom.

Despite what happened to her, the rapper took note of Abriya’s positive spirit and energy in an on-camera interview with WSB Atlanta.“She’s been through a lot and to see how strong she is now, that was just like ‘Oh my goodness.’ She’s definitely inspiring and it just touched our heart, so we’re just trying to do what we can do to help.”

Check out video of the interview here.

Source: WSB Atlanta, HipHopDX, AJC.com

Hollywood never loses…or does it? (May 2015)

Jamal Chatman

13 May 2015

Editorial/Entertainment story

 

Hollywood never loses…or does it?

The formula for modern Hollywood films include capitalizing on millions to make a film, then hoping it grosses in the million-dollar range. Box office sales, promotional tours, movie merchandise and more contribute to a film’s success. However, there has been a pattern in Hollywood in which producers, directors and film companies remake or reboot movie ideas.

What happens when audiences grow tired of stagnant rehashed plots and refuse to watch these films? Although disregarded by casual moviegoers, movie aficionados recognize originality is no longer a factor in film making. You win some, you lose some.

Remakes and reboots are two separate entities. Chud.com (an acronym for Cinematic Happenings Under Development) explains the difference as follows: “A remake is a straight re-telling of a story for the purpose of updating it for a contemporary audience, or making it accessible to a different culture or region.” Meanwhile, a reboot is a restart of an entire film franchise.

In 2012, Hollywood grossed $10.8 billion among six major film studios. Among these films, the top three grossing were “The Avengers,” “The Hunger Games,” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” which made between $400 and $600 million individually.

An overlooked reason for Hollywood lacking creativity is due to the craft of screenwriting and how it’s viewed. Screenwriters are hired to pen intricate details of a beautiful plot. Additionally, their job is to know what people want to see, hear and experience during the viewing of a film. Most plots still tell stories; however, some are readjusted to remain as high-concept films. High-concept films are films with simple-minded plots containing a lack of character development. In reality, the film producers are responsible for “writing” a film’s foundation through a secure financial backing.

The film industry remains true to entertaining, yet continues to strive for profit as the primary incentive. Self-proclaimed movie critics and enthusiasts depend on intuition to distinguish a good film from a bad one. This group won’t continue to entertain recycled films due to expanding interests in the salvation of movie plots. Meanwhile, causal movie goers tolerate remakes and reboots as these formats bring an aura of familiarity and limited taste in movies.

Original plots or not, Hollywood wins even when it loses.

 

When work and play make the best day (July 2015)

When work and play make the best day

July 27, 2015

By Jamal Chatman

At 22 years young, I’ve had a handful of enjoyable experiences I’ve prematurely dubbed as “the best time of my life.” None of those previous experiences prepared me for the epic event which Hampton Road residents know as Shaggfest, which happened Sat., July 25. However, up until last summer, Shaggfest wasn’t on my radar.

Last year, I attended Shaggfest as a casual concert goer. This year became the come-up as myself and nine others contributed to the overall success of Shaggfest as Z104 promotional assistants. On our end, promoting meant plastering “Z” banners all over Farm Bureau Live.

Around 3 p.m., Farm Bureau event staff opened the floodgates to let the crowd inside. The promo team and I had a “Z” table and tent stationed near the front entrance. We were tasked with greeting people as they walked in, and also snapping photos of fans with a life-sized Trey Songz cardboard cutout.

The cutout seemed so realistic that one woman nearly had an out-of-body experience when she thought Trey was that easily accessible. Once she realized the cutout wasn’t Songz in the flesh, she halfheartedly took the photo despite “Mr. Steal Your Girl” not physically being in front of her. This was only the beginning. As the Shaggfest crowd dramatically increased, I witnessed a flock of single women gesture themselves in the most provocative yet funniest of poses…all for a cardboard cutout!

Now imagine what would have happened if Trey was standing between us and the entrance of the venue. Not only would my team and I have been viciously mauled by the Trey’s Angels fan base, but Songz himself would have to fight off the countless women ready to throw themselves at him…and I thought I had the best job in the world!

Super-producer Timbaland and his protégé Tink, rapper-actor Rotimi from the series Power, Ma$e, and the “Classic Man” himself Jidenna all had powerhouse performances. Timbaland kept the crowd rocking when he performed his greatest hits with various artists from Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliot and late R&B starlet Aaliyah.

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Time has flown and by the time Timbaland finishes his set, it’s a little after 9:30. Before “The Prince of VA” graced his presence on stage, Z104’s Shaggy himself laid down some rapping skills to some classic ‘90s hip-hop hits while DJ Babey Drew provided the music. Shaggy killed it! Who knows? Maybe one year, Shaggy could headline his own music festival.

Finally. The music is dramatically cut down. Only a slew of stage lights remain lit. The Jumbotron screen facing the upstage center wall blares out a random visual pattern. The time is 9:56 p.m. Screams and shrieks erupt from fans from the pit area to the lawn seats. Trey opens up with his most recent radio hit “Slow Motion.”

He did songs reaching as far back as his debut album I Gotta Make It to his most recent Trigga: Reloaded. Originally, I was reluctant to enjoy a male R&B artist whom caters his songs mainly to women. My main focus was on his all-female backup dancers. My mind changed when I heard some of my favorite Trigga cuts “Can’t Be Friends” and “I Invented Sex.” Eventually, I loosened up and sang along to all the songs I knew. Forget Coachella and Bonnaroo, Shaggfest is where I want to be every summer!