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Movie Review: "Dope"

Dope is a new coming of age film written and directed by Rick Famuyima. Famuyima co-wrote and directed the film The Wood , and co-wrote the sensational Talk to Me , starring Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor (definitely check that one out). Dope  is one of the most fantastic films I've seen this year. Filled with humor, drama and a real danger, you would be remiss to pass it up if it comes to your neck of the woods. Shameik Moore (I guess best known for Cartoon Network's sketch show,  Incredible Crew ) stars as Malcolm, a self proclaimed geek who lives in "the Bottom," a rough neighborhood in LA, where every corner poses a threat to him and his two best friends, Diggy (Kiersey Clemons from Transparent ), a lesbian who dresses like a boy, and Jib (Tony Revolori from The Grand Budapest Hotel ). All three love comic books, skateboarding, playing original music in their punk band, getting good grades, and 1990s hip hop. Malcolm fashions his hair like Kid from Kid 'n Pl

Keep On Keepin On

The past couple of weeks I've been doing some soul searching about what I want to do next regarding writing. I began one novel, about a teenage girl with CF who loves comics and winds up having to escort a boy on crutches around school as punishment for some stupid behavior. I wrote 30 pages before it got too hard. Not because I didn't know where the story was going. In fact, I have every detail of that story in my head. No, it's getting intimate with their girl's battle with CF that sticks a dagger in my spirit. I'm sure I'll return to this story when I'm in the right frame of mind, which really bums me out because it's the original story I wanted to do before I wound up writing Legendary . After I put that one aside I jumped back on to a script I was writing. The third act. That's all it needs. The third frickin act. Didn't happen. So I waited. Sometimes inspiration comes from nothing, and I found a post-it I wrote five years ago with a title f