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And now we come to…the end of an era

Today, oddly enough was supposed to be the pay off FINALLY for a number of posts about relationships that I thought might be better than all my previous ruthless on relationships post. And indeed I’ll get to that later.

 

Instead,

Today is a day I bring us to a place I knew could happen, but was happy every time it didn’t. Today we end the hour for the last time. What do I mean? Today is the beginning of a goodbye party. For this blog. Oh it will continue to exist, but a transition is afoot. And so with all transitions, some things remain the same, while other change or are left behind.

If you would have told me 3 years ago as I was studying for the bar that we would be here I would be shocked. But if you would have told me that we would get here after 450 thousand views I’d also be shocked so much attention happened. Words Don’t Do It Justice started as an idea, a bit of fun, and a lot of me. I have buried hatchets with enemies because of this blog, reconnected with old friends, and made new ones because of this blog, found meaning in the midst of my own personal depression because of this place. I have consumed it, and let it consume me. I love it. But loving this blog means knowing what to do. And taking a good long look I know the thing to do is let it go.

But I said this was transition not destruction.

And indeed it is. I’ll be taking Words Don’t Do It Justice away from our blogging past into a show based future. For me, the question was one of logistics. Was it better to end everything and walk away from these years of effort, or find a way to keep the place alive in the hearts of all of you who have supported us? I choose to believe that you will keep supporting us, and I chose to keep this place alive in a new way.

That means giving you what we planned. Give No Quarter, The Wrath of Ruthless, and Words Don’t Do It Justice are the three pillars of Ruthless Radio. 3 shows with different formats that bring you many of the topics you might see written about here, but in a new form and with some new and old faces/voices. Over the next few weeks as we ready to for the relaunch of Words Don’t Do It Justice as a podcast, you’ll get to read some farewells from various alums, and hear from the incoming folks for these shows. You’ll also see the Words Don’t Do It Justice site itself undergo various changes. With plenty of hard work, luck, and you listening in, I hope to earn your trust for these new shows, and continue to hold our interest.

SO! What about Weekend’s Don’t Do It Justice?

Well I’m happy to say our little casual interest site is growing well. And it is going to continue. We had a nice response to the sample chapter from Project 13, and now that game of thrones is done you’ll see a lot of other reviews, news, and related content there. Our gamers are doing their thing, and if Vantinel’s CEO appearance is any indication of commitment, we will only continue to grow over there.

As I end for now I just want to say thank you, and of course to keep watching what we do. But more than that, thank you for being a force for us. We continued to push because you were there with us. 100,000 visitors, 450,000 views, and 3 years of growth, While things must change, I am glad to have made it to this point. A point that let’s me look back and say that YOU made us more than I imagined. And though Words Don’t Do It Justice…Thank you.

 

“THE Ruthless Wonder” Matthew Elisha Williams

Founder of Words Don’t Do It Justice

Fear: A Great Motivator

Fear. False Evidence Appearing Real. I’m afraid for the future. I’m afraid of the kinds of changes we’re going through. I’m afraid I’m never going to get Shadow obedience trained. I’m afraid that the Zombie Apocalypse is going to be a real thing and that too many stupid people will survive because all the smart people are going about their lives unwilling to consider the possibilities. I’m afraid I’ll never achieve this “together” level that I’m supposed to be getting life. I’m afraid that I’ll never be satisfied. I’m afraid of being afraid.

The bombings in Brussels yesterday changed the color of this piece. See, the thing about Media Loves Isisterrorists and terrorism is that it’s primary purpose is to strike fear into the hearts of men. So as afraid as I am of so many things, when these attacks happen, my defiant nature kicks in and instead of staying afraid, I want to prove to those people that their antics didn’t work on me. I want to take a train blindfolded with my headphones on and sit right next to a suspicious bag. I want to fly out to Afghanistan with all of my femininity and girldom wearing a tank top, form fitting jeans, and flip flops, rent a car and drive through residential areas blasting old Beatles, Michael Jackson, and whichever local revolutionary underground rapper they’d want to silence. I want to tell the TSA and the NSA and the alphabet soup of agencies to find new jobs because their services are no longer needed and we won’t be letting acts of terrorism direct how we live our lives and treat our people. Much like how my negative experiences with racists hasn’t made me hate white people, I refuse to let these extremists scare me out of living. The only fear I have now is of being fearful… and zombies… because F*ck zombies.

I feel like the suggestions of adding security checks before people even get to the airport plays right into their agenda… Whoever “they” really are. I remember the scenes in Swordfish with John Travolta’s character explaining how  perpetrating acts of Fear... and Spidersterrorism is important ad necessary to the world… or at least maintaining the American way of life. He justifies killing tens, hundreds and thousands of children in the name of maintaining the American status quo. The objective is to keep people afraid to keep us in line. Fear: a Great motivator. Have you ever heard someone say “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” but then they turn around and freak out over a spider? That’s what is being done to us. Drumpf is out there pointing at imaginary spiders. The terrorists are out there breeding wolf spiders, sending them to highly populated areas, and detonating their egg sacks and dispersing thousands of tiny spiders like miniature eight-legged fear bombs. They spread all kinds of fear for all kinds of reasons and we give in to it. They do it to keep us in line, they do it to keep us distracted, they do it to get us to let them do things to us that we’d otherwise revolt for. They’ve been doing it for centuries. The Romans did it with public executions. Slave owners did it to their “white” slaves. Bush did it with his infamous, imaginary “weapons of mass destruction”… and we the people fall for it every time. We the people ignore the voices of reason in our heads and give into the proverbial spiders. Every. Time.

Supposedly, the worst thing that could happen is death. Last time I checked, all of the religious sects Underdoghave happy places to go for the good people and unpleasant places to go for the bad ones. Well, if they’re right, and I’m considered good, what do we have to worry about? If I’m considered bad, with all there is to be afraid of here, going to any version of hell would be just like being here, so what are we afraid of? And if I’m right, and heaven and hell are created here on earth, then death might just be a welcomed release from all the damn stress, anxiety, and of course: fear. Further, to put the icing on the proverbial cake, death is the great equalizer; it will happen to all of us eventually… so get scared for wha?

I’m choosing to ignore my fear in favor of hope. Bravery is being afraid and choosing to act anyway. Let’s be brave. Let’s #feeltheBern. Let’s protect the future by doing what we need to do today to protect it. Let’s vote so the fear mongers of the world don’t get to lead us into another unnecessary war here or abroad. Let’s stand together again in favor of continuing to effect the change we believed in when we voted for Obama. Send me links and ideas to get Shadow to o back to being the obedient little pup-panion that’s I’ve come to depend on. Let’s pay attention to all of the possibilities… Let’s not allow ourselves to become like zombies; mindlessly dragging ourselves around giving in to our baser instincts and our penchant for instant gratification. I know that if we can do these things, we’ll all have a better chance at achieving that “together” thing that we have all claimed to be working towards and that even if I am never satisfied, I might at least be able to get close.

…oh, and let’s Do More & Require Better.

The WRATH of Ruthless: On birthdays, I double up

Two that’s right TWO episodes of The Wrath of Ruthless podcast. First up, an episode on Trump, Journalists, Clinton, the nanny state, and film.

 

Second

An episode on Blackface, gay rumors, and identity culture.

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And now… at the end of the hour

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This week we debuted a brand new podcast with a livestream. We said goodbye to one of the founders. We tackled coons, and hoteps. As well as assault, and the HIV & AIDS treatment drug Truvada.

 

 

I skipped a couple lines to let that sink in.

When this started I literally just wanted to take my usual facebook ranting to a website. I figured it would be like the old days of my Xanga page. Now, now I deal with potential sponsors, have production meetings, worry about our average listening and reading time, and look for brand expansion.

I remind you, I was so bored in the last semester of law school I decided to make a blog to archive the things I would normally rant about on Facebook.

 

So you can understand that having gone from that place to now is rather…amazing if I’m honest. I had no idea. We’ve added and lost people over that time. But more than their contributions or mine, we’ve gotten to know a lot of you. As of this writing, 92,000 of you have come to get to know us over these 3 years of Words Don’t Do It Justice. And you must like it here, because you’ve dropped in 302,000 times.

300000

That is astounding. That is epic. And to think that it has all come before we put up a single ad, before we shilled a single product, without a marketing team, and mostly from the effort of our authors, and their friends and family who have additionally believed in us and shared us with other people.  I can’t tell you enough thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do. It really has made the difference.

What that means is even what I’ve done in the past year isn’t enough. I have to do more. And I am. While we lost a podcast co-host today, I’m proud to say we gained 2 new ones for our show Give No Quarter. While we have Reason on break for a while, I’m happy to say we will be launching Weekends Don’t Do It Justice as its own site (www.wkndlife.com www.weekendsdontdoitjustice.net www.weekendsdontdoitjustice.com). Look for a review of a hilariously bad movie coming over there soon from me.

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I’m also happy to say that I’m teaming with Mr. 9 to 5 gamer himself Bami O to open a new gaming site and channel called “Save State Society” (www.savestatesociety.com www.savestatesociety.net) here soon as well. And we’re open with some great games and reviews. But that is going to take a lot to talk about, and I’ve got work to do there.

You’re here reading because this is about Words Don’t Do it Justice. The granddaddy of them all. Okay, the origin of them all. Three years in, and even though health wise I’ve dealt with issues. Professional life wise, I’ve had great forward steps but also set backs. Heck life in general being strange. After all that I’m proud of where we are. Where you’ve brought us. And so for the third time we come to the end of the hour. Where I say thank you without any reservations. Where for the third time ever, I get to step out of my role as Head Blogger, Editor, Podcast host, Lucremo, THE Ruthless Wonder, and everything that comes with it, and instead just talk to you as Matt Williams. We have a few reflection pieces and some alumni coming back to give us a piece. And we are going to celebrate all the way to my personal birthday on March 14th. But right now I’m just going to end by saying thank you all for bringing me and us from where we were to where we are and pushing us forward to where we are going next. As always Words Don’t Do YOU Justice.

“THE Ruthless Wonder” Matthew Elisha Williams

The WRATH of Ruthless: A Double Dose of this Podcast

Double Dose of Ruthless Radio

Sometimes an episode gets lost in the shuffle of schedules and audio issues. Last week it happened again, so we shortened this week’s podcast in order to make sure we could bring you TWO count them TWO full episodes of The Wrath Of Ruthless. Below you’ll find our newest episode on Alimony Equality, and then below it our episode that should have aired last week on who should be telling the stories of a culture in the aftermath of FOX Searchlight’s purchase of Nate Parker’s Birth Of A Nation.

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Notes From your Favorite Super Villain: “F*%K The Oscars!” You sure about that?

In a world where films matter more than people dying

In a place where black lives still matter unless Flint Michigan’s water is poisoning people.

One man dares talk about the trail of idiocy from this year’s Oscar nominations after already getting to it on his podcast.

In 2016 THE Ruthless Wonder is…

LEX LUTHOR

…of the internet.

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You truly long time readers remember me and black people in films. And of course podcast listeners to The WRATH of Ruthless already have experienced my opinion about the Oscars this year. And you may think that between the podcast last week, the dem nominee debate Sunday night, the Rep nominee friday, and literally a small fuck ton of happenings that it is odd I’m going back to the Oscar well. Well…your wrong. This piece is not about how shockingly white the Oscars are this year. This isn’t even about our WDDIJ bets on Leo losing again and thus making our #LeoAtTheOscars contest even funnier. This is about the reaction of you dolts to the nominations.

Back in the first year of this wonderful world of Ruthlessness and Wonder I talked about making a territory of the US for black people. Mostly to make fun of the hoteps and pro blacks out there who lack a fundamental understanding of the flexibility of governance in the US as well as the stupid idea of any back to Africa based movement that includes making a new place. But if you took from that piece that I’m against fighting the power of something by coming up with an alternative you’ve not been paying attention then, or right now.

Every year since I’ve been aware enough to know and understand what exactly the Oscars were I’ve wondered about the place of black people in them. But deeper than that I wondered how they became so important. And then I realized something. Like most things in America’s cultural past. And indeed like many modern customs and traditions. The power exists because it is so ubiquitous in a place or among a people that it has normalized there. The Academy Awards are not different. Not at all. But this isn’t about the awards it is about the reaction.

When you see the lack of communities of color in the nominations, it speaks to that internal notion of injustice. And it is right for you to experience that. But allow me to take your energy and turn it into something positive. Something better. While admittedly, also taking a shot at a bastion of the civil rights movement. Where is the community of color version of the Oscars? I don’t mean a Latino only award show. And I DEFINITELY don’t mean the NAACP Image Awards. Look, I’m an NAACP member. I’m a former teen president of an NAACP chapter, I’ve done their ACT-SO competition, I’ve volunteered with them for multiple protests as recently as 2014 in St. Louis. I have no beef with the NAACP except for the Image Awards.

Why? Because it is possibly the biggest waste of time in award show season. Why? Lack of focus. And even more, lack of positioning. What do I mean? The Image Awards certainly could have been the alternative to the Oscars. When the first one occurred, the intention was to honor black people in specific areas. It was more about fixing who should have gotten an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, or Tony nomination than truly making itself stand apart. And even now it is littered with the same sentiment. Because it is easy to hover in that space. So, what then? What do you do?

Well thank you for asking the question. It should have a very obvious answer but I guess I need to break this down. In America you cannot topple every long standing tradition. This is why the AFL became the AFC and is a part of the NFL not the other way around. But I don’t want the Image Awards folded into the Oscars either. Instead, Leave literally all of these awards alone in their structure. Instead, take the Image awards and move them to the first of the year, before the Golden Globes. Announce the nominees before the Globes, BAFTAs, and Oscars. And otherwise let it be what it is. A showcase of well known black talent. Why move it? Because It should start award season. It needs to be televised on a major channel in order for ever other awards voter to see who’s got some buzz going into the nominations.

So what else right? This can’t just be about moving the Image awards. Oddly enough folks you’re right. This is about something else being drawn up from the bottom of my brain into the public space. The American Institute of Film. And The American Music Institute. And The American Institute for Television and Mass Media. Don’t worry if you have never of these. I’ve conjured them whole cloth from my genius brain. Why? Because the names are inoffensive, and don’t directly tell you who they serve. Why? Because this town needs no not an enema, it needs an enemy. Much as I am a neo-monarchist, I am as much a conqueror. And the challenge of taking down the high place the Oscars and the Academy have run to needs more than just an army of black people shouting “Black Actors Matter!” And this is the way to do it.

AIF does an awards show, but unlike the Oscars, makes it public who the initial voters are. Obviously the idea is to cater to all communities of color in America, with the same token representation for American’s ethnic classification majority aka White People as the Academy gives to Black people and women. Why? Because this is protest as much as it is honor. No racial quotes, no bigoted rhetoric, just very clearly an agenda, but one you can’t call out in public. After all turnabout is fair play. Age wise these voters come across age groups and that is where the balance is attempted. All of the 500 voters(I like numbers that are easy to segment), running from 18 to as old as possible to watch all these films, vote after a committee does the nominees. So you can already see the similarity to the Oscars. Same with the AMI, and to a degree with the AITMM. In this new media world honoring online talents is just as important.

Why do this? Why not make something that exists better? Oh we should. I was getting to that. The reason you need something brand new is that the way things are now makes it impossible to ignore the track record, impression, and internalized beliefs of what exists. Despite all he has done since Mike Vick is a dog fighter. But also, it seems like pandering to take something and start remolding it. Forcing change on the Oscars requires pressure. So what do you do with the new pressure on the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Grammys? You use it to get new voting members in. I spoke just a bit ago about having an army to fight with you. And it needing to be bigger than just black people. What is in the end stronger than every community of color developing, supporting, and championing awards that don’t just tangentially recognize the most famed in a particular part of entertainment as they are forced to take sub-optimal positions in majority culture?

This is about pressing together. And yes you need the film critics. You need a generational change in who is listened to. Well that takes the influence of those at the forefront. And at the same time, you have to work inside the system. Jada Pinkett-Smith said she was boycotting the Oscars. I was disappointed. I think there is nothing more powerful than every black actor, director, writer, and technical worker in the film industry showing up, mobbing the red carpet, doing the interviews, being there in the crowd, and clapping until the camera hits them. And trolling the Oscar coverage by stopping and scowling each time they are on camera. Maybe if bold enough, flashing a sign that says #NotMyAwards If Alejandro González Iñárritu wins for The Revanant and did that after? Everyone would ask about it. And then he’d say My Awards are the AIF’s (insert cool reference nickname). 

The bottom line is you can change things but it takes more than one tactic. It takes some “dirty pool” at times. Hell it takes some straight up old school bullying. Put that Alternative show 2 nights before the Oscars 1 weekend before, or After. Publically say voters for it have until after the Oscars to put in their votes. You have to put pressure where you can. And you have to work together as communities of color to make it happen. I could go on and on about this. And talk for a while about the AITMM idea. But as you good and damn  well know by now, Words Don’t Do It Justice!

THE Ruthless Wonder

The WRATH of Ruthless: Your musical permissions

The Wrath of Ruthless: Listen to what you want, #LeoAtTheOscars

Joined by Producer Princess Devy, Ronin and Ruthless talk about the recent death of David Bowie and the restrictions on the musical influences you could openly mention. As well as a political roundup. And finish with talking about the Oscars, including an impromptu contest called #LeoAtTheOscars

The Oscars are upon us and Leo is in the running once again! As result we have a cool movie-related prize for the winner of our ‪#‎LeoAtTheOscars‬ contest, so let’s flex those meme muscles! Send them as a message to this page, or to wordsdontdoitjustice@gmail.com You can also message Words Don’t Do It Justice, The Ruthless Wonder or The Justice League. The winner will be announced on February 29, 2016, so good luck everyone!

#LeoAtTheOscars

#LeoAtTheOscars

“Quick shout out to Apollonia. Someone get me a lunch with her, a 10 minute interview, dinner, drinks, a shot, something!” – THE Ruthless Wonder

It is not a secret this was my first crush on a celebrity. And I still am all about Apollonia.

It is not a secret this was my first crush on a celebrity. And I still am all about Apollonia.

Don’t Forget The MEMEStream

 

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