Episode 10: Founders of Cre8tive Tribe Media Garrick Wade and Justin Jenkins Interview: Available on Podcast Platforms

Director, producer & founder Garrick Wade and writer, producer, and co-founder Justin Jenkins were a pleasure to have on this week’s episode of The Gold Spot Podcast. Their company Cre8tive Tribe Media produces web series and short films, such as The Reading, which was recently released this month on Amazon Prime! Make sure you watch it!!

We last spoke in 2019, but this time I had to check in with them to see how they’ve kept themselves busy during the pandemic, the variety of films that have hit the streaming sites recently, who they would love to work with, their views on making race-related content, their plans for 2021 plus a whole lot more.

Our 2019 interview HERE

Make sure you visit their website: https://www.cre8tivetribemedia.com/

Follow them both on Instagram: @JustinJWrites and @GarrickApproved Follow them both on Twitter: @JustinJWrites and @GarrickApproved

The Reading on Amazon Prime

Judas and The Black Messiah Review

Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton (played by Daniel Kaluuya), the Deputy Chairman of the Illinois Chicago Black Panther Party and the “placed” comrade and informant William O’Neal (played by LaKeith Stanfield). To “other” races and officials, Hampton looked like a threat and terrorist but to black people, he was a man looking for social change. He, along with the Black Panther Party, believed in fighting back and holding the police accountable. Even though slavery had “ended” in 1865, Black people could not vote equally until 1965 and don’t get me started on black women.

Fred Hampton wanted unity and equally; he also wasn’t no dummy when it came to politics. During this time, the 1960’s, Dr. Martin Luther King has been assassinated and everyone knew the government had something to do with it. Fred was a threat to the police and even the government because he was fearless, direct but not a terrorist. The FBI hated him so much that they assassinated him, with the help of William O’Neal—a black man who was facing felony charges and wanted out.

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Informant, snitch, backstabber O’Neal was a car thief amongst other things. When he got caught stealing a car, the FBI—specifically Roy Mitchell offered him a deal. The deal was to get close to Fred Hampton, report back all his findings to Mitchell, in exchange for money and no prison time. O’Neal did just that and that included telling the were abouts of Hampton, drawing up floor plans of the Chicago Headquarters and even Hampton’s home. When O’Neal gave pushback to Mitchell, he was reminded that he is facing prison time and if he runs, he will be found.

O’Neal went as far as drugging Hampton the day he was assassinated because he knew that he was going to get killed and he wanted Hampton to not feel his death. On the night of December 4, 1969, the Cook County police raided Fred Hampton’s apartment, injuring several other members and shooting Hampton twice in the head. His fiancée Deborah Johnson was 9 months pregnant at the time with his son and was just feet away from his assassination.

O’Neal was interviewed in 1990 explaining why and how he became an informant and disloyal “member” to the Black Panther Party. The interview aired on April 13, 1989; he committed suicide by walking into traffic on January 15, 1990.

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Kaluuya and Stanfield played these roles well compared to the actual footage of Fred Hampton and William O’Neal. Both actors have a great range of acting jobs. LaKeith playing a romance role in The Photograph; or a free-spirit spacey friend in the FX show Atlanta, or a proper black guy in the sunken place in Get Out. Daniel playing a regular guy trying to escape white people in Get Out; or a Marvel character who serves as the King’s right hand man in Black Panther.

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Overall, the film was informative and a history lesson. If you don’t know the truth about Fred Hampton and had any misconceptions, I’m sure they are clear now. Witnesses, including Deborah Johnson can attest to his bravery and leadership. What are your thoughts on the film?

Episode 9: EXCLUSIVE Teenear Interview Episode Available

Sweet and talented Slip n Slide RnB Recording Artist Teenear graced The Gold Spot Podcast on this episode. She opened up about how she maneuvered through the pandemic from shooting videos in her room to having a very small staff of people on set with her. Teenear talked about her singles she dropped last year and her most popular one that has been a Tik-Tok fav “Special Attention. She opened up about being private, keeping her private life off social media, and who she would love to collab with this year.

We chatted it up back in August of 2019 when her single “I Like It” featuring Lil Baby was released. Here’s the story HERE

Follow her on IG: @TeenearR

Website: https://teenear.com/

Check out the episode on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more!

Special Attention video

Episode 8: Tre-G Interview Available

I had to catch up with Tre G to see what he’s been up to since the release of his EP As I Am and mannnn has he been busy! He didn’t let the pandemic get the best of him. Tre was busy allllll 2020 from in-person performances, to virtual performances, writing a play, releasing a single and video plus more. It was such a pleasure to catch up with him. Make sure you check out this interview and his new single “The Feeling” AND the dope video for it. Tre G is an artist you want to keep an eye on. From his nostalgia sound to his creative videos, you may see him on a stage near you OR on TV.

Here’s the link to our interview from 2019:

https://daniigold.com/2019/06/19/st-louis-artist-tre-g-drop-new-ep-on-6-21/

Follow Tre G! Instagram: TreG_Music Twitter: TreG_Music Website: TreGMusic.com

Check the episode below.

American Skin: Harsh Reality of Being Black in America

Nate Parker did it again. He wrote and directed yet another great film–American Skin. Like Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker premiered American Skin at a film festival in 2019 and it was released over the weekend on Apple TV.

This film portrayed the story of Lincoln Jefferson, a black man and father who was wrongly pulled over by the police with his son. The officer asked for his license, insurance and registration; asked if he lived in the neighborhood where he was coming from. The officer told Linc that his insurance was expired and proceeded to ask him if he was on parole or had any warrants–not relevant to him being pulled over but that’ll be addressed later. The officer asked him to get out the car and he complied. As he was doing so, his son Kajani was getting his phone out to start recording. The second officer felt threatened and told him to put his phone away and get out the car.. Kajani did get out the car but did not put his phone away. He proceeded to get out of the officer’s way and he was shot and killed in front of his father, Linc.

A little background information on Kajani, he was a non-troubled teenager. He started attending a better school due to his father getting them a pass due to him getting a job at the school. Kajani learns that you can resist arrest from police officer but what Linc had to teach him is that it only applied to people who aren’t black. Kajani didn’t understand but he heard his father .

A year later, a few college students hear about this story and decided to reach out to Linc to do a documentary. While they are following Linc and his family around, a verdict is finally reached and the officer is found not guilty and is able to return to work. Linc being a hurt father and a black man wants his pain to be felt amongst others, so he kidnaps the police captain of the department and rallies up some close family and friends to hold the police department hostage with workers and officers inside, including the one who killed his son.

Linc decided to hold a trial of his own by selecting the jury as inmates at the jail, which is a jury that doesn’t consist of “peers” like a normal trial would have, along with other non-officer hostages. The hostage officers watched the process and gave their input of what goes on situations like this, race and black people in general. The trial starts with officer Randall recalling the night of the murder. He states that he and his partner saw Linc’s car speeding down the street and that’s what prompted them to pull him and son over. Officer Randall says he didn’t clock them but he used to judgement to pull them over. While Linc was asked to get out the car, Kajani started recording the incident on his phone; Randall states that since Kajani didn’t stop recording, he pulled him out of the car and even was prompted to kill him.

The “trial” got intense when the officers started to talk freely about “getting the bad guys” and the statistics of black on black crimes being more crucial then black people getting killed by the police, which IS NOT relevant to the case. A police officer killed an unarmed teenager. PERIOD. Randall claims that if the insurance was not expired, then he would have let them go, but when Linc wanted to get an the updated insurance card from the glove compartment, Randall and his partner wouldn’t let him. After much antagonizing, Randall says he profiled Linc and Kajani because they were in a nice area with a beat up car. This is a normal act for officers–profiling.

The jury deliberated and found Officer Randall guilty of murder. Instead of being sentenced, Linc decided that the consequences would be shooting him. The room was in a frenzy as Linc aimed the gun at Randall, and when he pulled the trigger, no shot was let out. It was an experiment to show Randall what his life has been like since the killing of his son, waiting on a jury to determine Randall’s faith and just the overall anxiety of it. Luckily, all of this was still captured on film by the college students. Once it was done, Linc decided to let everyone go and even walk out with Randall.

While walking out, Randall announced that Linc was unarmed and to not shoot but the SWAT team decided to shoot him anyway. Partial moral of the story: being unarmed will still get you killed. Another unfortunate reality is the reports of situations like this. The news claimed that Linc had PTSD, dealing with Islamic extremists, and that he possibly committed suicide—then went on to a sports segment to talk about a black basketball player. There was no sensibility at all and it is the harsh reality of America, being American and having black American Skin.

What are your thought on the film??

Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales” : Double Standards & Accountability

Jazmine Sullivan is a talented soul that is often overlooked because she doesn’t put out music as often…until now. She released her fourth album on Friday January 8 and it was everything–from honest to controversal to acceptance.

The album title is exactly what the songs are about, hoe tales & hoes escapades. The skits are the best parts of the album. Jazmine starts the song off with an intro of a night not memorable–drinking too much and going home with a random guy. It goes into woman explaining that men can’t handle women who own up to their shit and that women who do have the same reckless behavior as them. The perfect transition was “Pick Up Your Feelings.” Men seem to feel a kind of way when you “pull a you on you,” meaning you pulled a move that they normally would do, but you pull their move on them. Women have been taking back the control, men aren’t the only ones who can be “hoes” and have sex with whomever they want.

The next tale/skit was from singer Ari Lennox who bowed down to a man because he had good dick. She was willing to submit and accept unacceptable behavior all because he “put it down” in the bedroom; which transitions into the next song “Put It Down”. The record explains that you’ll do anything for a man because it has good dick, from giving him money to paying his rent, to tricking off on him period. Jazmine brought our good sis Ari in for “On it.” It’s about sitting on it and spitting on “it;” I’ll let y’all figure out what IT is, but the track was the BEST one on the album.

Another interesting tale/ skit was addressed and that was tricking; women tricking to get what they want even from their husband or a guy they are just having sex with. That song transitions into “Pricetags.”

“Rashida’s Tale” leads into a beautiful transition to “Lost Ones” which is about losing someone you loved and it being your fault. You want the individual back but you know it’s a lose cause.

Everyone can relate to “The Other Side”— working hard, never getting a break and wanting to be on the other side, the side of financial freedom. That may entail meeting a millionaire or a rapper who can buy you a booty, diamonds, cars, etc, but overall just wanting to live a life free of worrying about money.

The last track featuring H.E.R. titled “Girl Like Me” is about wanting to be enough for a man and hope that he doesn’t cheat. Instead, men cheat with hoes and in the end, the hoes be winning. Knowing that, it makes women want to turn into a “hoe” and leave their good girl behavior in the past, because their good girl ways doesn’t get them anywhere but cheated on.

Our sis Jazmine did THAT on this album and if she wasn’t on people’s radar before, she is now.

What did y’all think of the relatable album?

Power Book II: Ghost Season Finale Review

50 Cent and Courtney Kemp did the damn thing with this show. From beginning to end the show was an attention grabber. It shows the transformation of Tariq’s character from the original Power series to now.

Tariq, played by Michael Rainey Jr., somehow balanced going to school, doing Zeke’s homework, hustling to pay for a lawyer by creating an app and more. He lived a double life, working for the Tejada family and proving his loyalty to them all while keeping his personal life away from them. Tariq proved his wit by starting an app to sell drugs on and hiring his roommate/friend to help him. Tariq showed so much compassion by trying to get Tasha out of jail.

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We were introduced to the Tejada family. Monet, played by Mary J. Blige is the mother and HBIC of the drug cartel. She is holding things down while her husband Lorenzo is locked up. She shows nothing but tough love when it comes to her three children and calling the shot when someone needs to be put down. She is not to be fucked with. In the last episode, she flat out said told Tasha that Tariq was hers now and she can’t have him back because he’s making them money. Monet even saved Tariq’s life before Tommy could get to him (yup, he’s back.) Monet cut off her own son and even threatened him because he was messing up the family business—but that’s how she raised him.

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Zeke, Daniel Bellomy, is the Monet’s nephew who does a horrible acting job when he’s frustrated or scared–but he’s fine. He really doesn’t know too much about the family business. He just plays basketball and minds his business.

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One of Monet’s sons is Dru (Lovell Adams-Gray). He’s the the third in charge, next to his brother. He is gay and starts dealing with one of Zeke’s team mates. He doesn’t get his hands too dirty but he still handles family business. He is the calm before the storm (Cane). He gets shot by the plug but survives. Mama bear Monet gets her revenge and handles like a true HBIC.

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Diana is Monet’s only daughter (LaTonya Tonodeo) and has an odd role. Monet wants her to stay in the family business and not go to college to make something of herself and even play basketball. She has some street smarts and had some likings with Tariq and counted some money but that was really it. She legit plays the little sister and is around for watching purposes.

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The craziest of Monet’s kids is Cane, played by the talented handsome Woody McClain. He is the killer, the muscle and the runner up to taking over the family business. He is crazy for sure amd is jealous when it came to Tariq sliding into the family business. He killed Monet’s lover and has attempted to kill Tariq on several occasions and even was kicked out by his family for his zealous behavior. His own daddy in prison even got him jumped for disrespecting his mother and disobeying her orders. It looks like he’s being replaced.

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Now that you have the recap of the characters, here’s the season finale breakdown: Tasha agrees to name Tommy as Ghost’s killer so she can get released from prison. She was hesitant but she agrees and with that comes with Tommy’s return. He attempts to kill her several times. She agreed to be put in witness protection but really she wants to run away with Tariq. In addition to that, Tariq pays Tommy a visit and they all work together to get Tommy off Tasha’s back and off the hook since the feds find out that he’s in town. Once their work together was done, Tommy still attempts to seek Tasha, which pushed Tariq to put Tasha in witness protection while he stays where he’s at. While all this is going on, Tariq has a nosey teacher who finds out that he’s selling drugs and has been researching his story regarding his family background and wants to write a book about him. Once he tells Tariq and asks for his permission, Tariq is forced to kill him.

The series showed that Tariq is more like his father than he wants to be. He hustles, he lies, he’s not a cheater but he deals with a few women in a PG-13 kind of way, and he has a legitimate LLC to covers up his drug hustle. The fact that he’s doing all this to pay for Tasha’s lawyer Davis, played by the fine Method Man, for Tasha to get released from jail for a crime that Tariq committed shows that he definitely goes hard for his family, can’t say the same for Ghost.

What did y’all think of the season finale and the season overall?