Acrostic Exercise [Meme]

Take five minutes and write a story based around the letters in your name.

Making a bowl from

A lump of clay, I ended up making a

Unicorn.  I didn’t know I had that in me.


I sat back in my

Chair and I stared at it.  And waited.

Eventually, it spoke to me.

Broaddus,” it said.  I thought it

Rude because we weren’t on a first name basis.

Oranges are good for you.”

And then it fell quiet.

Did you have anything else to tell me?” I asked.

Do you have a name?”

Unfortunately, the magic was gone.  And all I had left was


15 Movies That Stick With You [Meme]

Similar to the 15 Influential Albums, now we’re to list “fifteen films you’ve seen that will always stick with you.  List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.”  Mostly in no specific order:

1.  Do the Right Thing/Malcolm X

2.  Pulp Fiction/Kill Bill (Snatch and True Romance stick with me in similar ways, but not quite with the same impact these two did)

3.  Blazing Saddles (which may top my list of “movies they could never do today”)

4.  L.A. Confidential

5.  Big Fish

6.  Amelie

7. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly/A Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More/Unforgiven

8.  The Blues Brothers

9.  Glengarry GlenRoss

10.  Fight Club

11.  Fargo

12.  Crash

13.  Heathers

14. Momentum/Inception

15.  Menace II Society

*Bonus Movie:  The Five Deadly Venoms!

15 Influential Albums [Meme]

Ever since I was first tagged in this, I’ve been thinking about my personal 15 most influential albums.  And, yes, I kind of cheated since there are actually 21 albums here (and I didn’t even get to Pink or The Police who I also have much love for).  I defined “influential” a couple of ways:  either they taught me something about myself (for example, Public Enemy and Ice Cube), taught me what it means to take people on a personal journey (Lauryn Hill), I write to (Miles Davis and Annie Lennox), admire as genius (Prince and Stevie Wonder), move me (Sounds of Blackness), or simply are must haves (read: always loaded on my computer).  You’d be surprised how many of my novels/short stories sprang from the music on this list.  Or, maybe you wouldn’t.

1.  Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back / Fear of a Black Planet

2.  Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

3.  Annie Lennox – Diva

4.  Prince – Sign O’ the Times / Purple Rain

5.  Stevie Wonder – At the Close of a Century

6.  Sounds of Blackness – The Evolution of Gospel

7.  James Brown – Star Time

8.  Bob Marley – Songs of Freedom

9.  De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising

10.  Parliament – Tear the Roof Off / Funkadelic – The Best of Funkadelic

11.  Outkast – Stankonia / Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

12.  NWA – Straight Outta Compton

13.  Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

14.  Sly and the Family Stone – Anthology / Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix

15.  Ice Cube – Amerikkka’s Most Wanted / Death Certificate