Christmas is about possessing a spirit of compassion–to give away richly. Got spirit?
It’s Christmas time in the City of Angels, California USA. I’m so excited I’m here for that. It’s a Christmas miracle that I am (long story!).
The moment I most associate with a Christmas feeling in the Entertainment Capitol of the World this year is perhaps Ben Lummis singing They Can’t Take That Away live in 2006. Lummis has vocal quality few American male stars that have been manufactured in the last five years show. He’s the real deal singing star. He’s more like Usher in terms of true vocal quality as a live performer than someone like T-Pain for example.
Ben’s winning performance of when he got discovered is a Hollywood-worthy moment to me as it reflects how trends created in California can and do cross cultures, effortlessly across the world too, (more…)
‘As a young, black woman, it’s sad to say, I didn’t always have a real positive image of what a black man was,’ Ms. H Berry tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“My father left when I was young and it was a very abusive situation,” confesses Halle Berry for the one hundreth time across her career. This time though for a worthy cause.
“To see a man like Sidney [Poitier], with such grace and dignity, inspired me. I held myself to a higher standard than I would have without him.”
Aw. She’s so sweet.
Cover Awards notes: Hollywood reporter features Halle and Bahamian-American actor Sidney together on the cover of their annual “Legends” issue. In the past only covers stars who are over 80 receive the honor of appearing on this special issue. Halle, 44, is the exception to date because she was the first African American woman to win an Oscar in a leading role. Spring chickens, Debbie Reynolds (78), James Earl Jones (79) and Larry Hagman (79) also received props in this issue too.
What a poignant cover. Too cool.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.10~
For educational purposes –here’s some waiata light (songlight) from Hollywood today–in Te Reo Rangatira, the Maori language.
Gorgeous poetic lyrics.
So uplifting – an ornament of grace for the spirit in a diverse world.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.6.10~
NEWS WIRE – PRESIDENT OBAMA PARDONS NINE PEOPLE AND VINTAGE ANDRAE CROUCH FOOTAGE, SINGNG FOR JAMES CLEVELAND
Andrae Crouch is as Hollywood as Michael Jackson was and Jackson’s star still is in music and entertainment. In this video clip Crouch speaks at James Cleveland‘s funeral, where he met the legend at a BBQ.
I saw Andre perform when I was about five years-old at the Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand. I saw him perform with the Jones family and the Smith family as well as Bonnie Houston of Rarotonga, New Zealand and Australia, then engaged to be married. All families along with my own, were involved in racial persecution of one person–who could not stand the fact we were colored (part Polynesian). As an ambassador of America to New Zealand in the 70′s, Mr Couch was like an angel singing before our eyes on his piano and with his siblings who pardoned us all for being in the world. He rocks.
Andrae Crouch is one of the most gifted music arrangers in American music history–often copied and imitated without credit all across his career because of Andrae’s religious beliefs that didn’t mesh well with corporates in the corporate world whose artists would incorporate Andre’s unique gospel riffs into secular hit music.
Andrae Crouch overcame these oppressors as well as a life of cocaine addiction to songwrite many well known gospel songs and to arrange the exquisite vocals on the song Man in the Mirror–an American pop anthem that became a world anthem–because of its honest message of seeing the world through another’s eyes–particularly the least, in living lives beyond the disease of entitlement. Michael Jackson–had no qualms in crediting Andrae Crouch as a talented American great on his albums as the world’s no.1 best selling solo artist.
In an act of forgiveness we effectively forgive ourself. Those we pardon become the mirror image of grace where we can see the world more honestly, as being made up of a world of imperfect people, learning from flaws, scars and mistakes as wisdom to become better–Horiwood on Pardons.
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–President Barack Obama chose to bless people convicted of mutilating coins, using cocaine and writing bad checks with his first presidential pardons.
In all, Obama pardoned nine people Friday for crimes dating as far back as the 1960s. Those pardoned had been sentenced to as little as one year of probation to up two years in confinement. Fines and damages for the offenders ranged from as little as $20 to $71,000.
When asked why Obama chose the group for his first pardons, Reid Cherlin, a spokesman for the White House, said, “The president was moved by the strength of the applicants’ post-conviction efforts at atonement, as well as their superior citizenship and individual achievements in the years since their convictions.”
Ronald Lee Foster of Beaver Falls, Pa., was among those pardoned. He was sentenced in North Carolina in 1963 to one year of probation and a $20 fine for “Mutilation of coins.” The statute he was charged under says it’s unlawful to, among other things, alter, deface, mutilate, impair, diminish, falsify, scale or lighten any U.S. coins.
Bronagh Key (New Zealand’s First Lady) sports her yellow ribbon of mourning and hope when paying tribute to Conrad Adams one of 29 lost mining brothers of Mawhera, Greymouth in Aotearoa New Zealand. John Key, Prime Minister is pictured too at the commemorative service at Omoto race track where 10,000 people turned up in support of the families of the brotherhood (and sisterhood) of this resilient mining community township.
The event was an outpouring of love.
“Bright Shining as The Sun”–10,000 people pay tribute to blast and miners–The Scottish Sun & Greystar.
US Media, New Zealand and India media outlets covering the Remembrance service of NZ Miners are: Wall Street Journal. CNN.Com. Monsters & Critics. Yahoo Ca. Hindustan Times. MyFoxBoston. Samarchar India. CBS News. TVNZ. Star Tribune – Minneapolis, St Paul Minnesota. One India. NPR. My Fox NYC. News Indi. My Fox Tampa Bay. News Web India. Beehive News. My Fox DC. Radio New Zealand. Local 15 TV Alabama. Lared Sun. Tweet MM. ESL. Miami Herald. Oregon Live. & Times Online Sri Lanka.
With thanks for sharing in global family’s love, loss and hope of life forward together. Go America!
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news you loved and voted worldwide, here’s our top ten blog posts today. Nice one. Go you fun-loving girls & guys of the world!
10. TIE A: Kim Kardashian
10. TIE C: Pray – Justin Bieber‘s music video premiere
Special thanks to these media outlets worldwide covering the Commemorative service of Community healing from mine blasts at Mawhera. Your concern is reciprocal and deeply loved from Hollywood. Media outlets are: The Guardian UK. People Forum China. BBC – In Pictures. Sina. CBC News Canada. News.Com Australia. In Sing. Earth Times. News Carrentals – UK. Malta Today. France 24. Chron.Com. The Peninsula. EinNews. The Guardian Prince Edward Island Canada. Daily Reporter. Canada East. News 1130. Xinhuanet China. Herald, Ireland. Buzz Box. CNTV UK. English People Daily. Sulekah. The Western Star – Canada. Leathbridge Herald. UK Wired News. Zimbio. CTV Canada. ABC Net Australia. Amherst Daily. The Street. The Argus Ireland. Z-DNet UK. Derbyshire Times. Denbireshire Visitor. St Catharine’s Standard Canada. The Daily Telegraph Australia. Nerve – Ireland. Yorkshire Post. HS. Wolverhampton UK. Times of Malta. Capebrent Post Canada. East Day. Bristol Wired. Nine MSN. Ghana MMA. Twitter BBC. Nigeria Channels. Fife Today UK. Independent Ireland. New Statesmen.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.2.10~
Today, I celebrated new leadership in the world’s furthermost Supercity south of Los Angeles, (Auckland, New Zealand) as a new Mayor got elected. I also obsessed about relationships, marriage, splits, polygamist families in media images on tabloid magazines at the check out, for all Americans to see.
In the middle of the deep and the shallow and different moments of my day, Bob – The Author appeared out of the blue, so that along with his good family, he could save my could-have-been-homeless-blogging-in-Hollywood-Maori-persona today. I had work to hand in, so it was a paycheck I am thankful for.
We went to Toyota, where a headlight got fixed and coffee was had while waiting. Bob’s book is a hit with the Borders bookstore team he visited in San Diego. He’s on a roll. Then on the way out the door, I met a next-door-neighbor, who said “what a coincedence you’re at my job.” Okay, then. It must be a slow week in Hollywood, because I missed the marvel factor, on that one!
Actually, the real coincidence, was Bob playing Super LA dad today. He’s 89 and Bob still gives a damn to write words in a book about peace’s potential in the Middle East, as well as further an American-Maori in this town.
When I got home, I noticed that Darlene Etienne‘s survival story of being discovered in Haiti’s rubble and rescued from it after 15 days is rating on this blog. Her story touched the world’s heart for her strength of spirit, in a similar way that the Chilean miners story has too. In this moment we see how strong spirit is.
In a weird way, as you were looking for news on Darlene, it was a jolt to the brain that perhaps I feel a little bit like Darlene Etienne today too, in a minor leagues way. Thanks Team Bob. This economy and recession has got mean teeth. And not in a sexy way. We are at war. The enemy is not a person, it’s an invisible system eroding spirt, soul, life – ironically, it’s occurring dollar by dollar. Reprieves are few and far between from an invisible enemies strangling grip.
But it’s moments like today, when good people step up to bat, that makes you stand on grace and feel gratitude, that’s like oxygen allowing you to breathe, some more.
That’s how it was today. No longer potentially homeless in The Entertainment Capitol of the World. This month. The crushing feeling, that made me one with people fighting off foreclosures the world over – lifted. I had chosen just to accept it and own it, for whichever way the cookie was going to crumble. I am no different to many beautiful Americans fighting for a dream. However, today I could breathe freely again. Sheltered by grace. Thank you for extending spirit this hori’s way. :)
True fact: I live in an affluent nation. Today like Haiti survivors, like rescued Chile miners, weirdly in Hollywood, I too knew a nation’s grace. Many thanks.
Yesterday, while going for an iced chocolate at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on Sunset, to cool off (the heat in L.A was more scorching, than the inside of an oven yesterday, I swear); I looked up and noticed this billboard on Sunset.
So, for every culture that has ever sat under a palm tree as a gathering place in a desert or tropical island paradise and shared stories of life and community, here’s Sheryl Crow‘s 100 Miles from Memphis billboard. Fun. Crow’s new album is available at Target.
Always look up for inspiration and grace.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California. 7.22.2010~
I wonder what my Maori mom, is doing right now in Israel. Too cute. Way too much… I’m sure.
Hey mom, hope you’re loving your trip in “the Holy land.”
Hope you’re having fun. Kihi nui.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.17.2010 and The Maori Rose of Sharon, New Zealand 7.18.2010. Image of Aretha Franklin‘s star Hollywood Walk of Fame. Music by Ree, Do Right Woman, with the message from America, Courage To Love Arabs and Muslims, people just like ourselves too. True Love is unconditional, not based on skin color, or the language you speak, or pen one’s handwriting in. Because this is our conviction of Liberty, which relies outside of laws of ink alone, and that does not come from the hand of man or the hand of woman either; neither is love confined to the believed borders of nationalism, the constructs of race, or the limitations of religion outside of love relationship with all God’s children. True Liberty as walked in love, neither comes from the constrictions of current world leaders blindsided political models of leadership, that become mere afterthoughts of hindsight in the canons of history as reflective, sobering lessons learned from ‘history’s past mistakes.’ Love is more active than that in the present. We live in times, where recent political mistakes have cost too many lives–and we can no longer be passive global citizens with consciences that we claim are alive, but we need to act too in Love for those, our own nations may deem ‘enemies.’ So, as people who choose to live in the light of Love’s truth which is timeless and not bound by either current events or history, we have a lot of work to do ahead of us, right now in supporting our leaders, not to miss what Love is. May unconditional love define action as we all grow up and see beyond borders of hatred, into the hearts of people just like you and me. May we let Love be Love, and yield to it with all inclusive humility. Let’s wurck~
While watching Uncle Emile reading his play he’d written as actor Danny J. Evans works at his Hollywood tan, baking in the sun; Teddy of Go.Daddy.Com calls. In this household of blokes, it’s nice to hear a woman’s melodic voice, for a change.
Her phone call is about Aunt Elvira‘s Funeral Poem and its website domain name, we gave the poem when we posted the poem yesterday to celebrate her “2nd graduation day” and share the meaning of her life of love, for others.
Teddy asks me our plans for the domain name as its very interesting to her. (Plans? What plans? I think silently to myself). She suggests that the website, should become a blog where others can share their funeral poems too, or, the domain name should host a collection of freshly written poems each day, about celebrating life in death–for others to benefit from–when grief and loss, has their souls gripped and sore. Funeral poems on Elvira’s poem’s website could comfort them, says Teddy.
As I’ve never had a phone call like this before, from any website hosting service, the calmness that is Teddy’s voice intrigues. She should be a Hollywood producer. Needless to say, anything to do with Aunt Elvis, is always going to fascinate people, across the U.S. Elvira had that kind of allure, sweetness and charm–as Teddy’s phone call showed me today. I shouldn’t be pleasantly surprised by Teddy’s phone call, really–but I still am.
Thanks Teddy. Teddy @ GoDaddy should be a Hollywood TV producer, commissioning new ideas for TV. She’s good. Teddy only watches pre-recorded TV programs, doesn’t Twitter, Facebook or MySpace, never goes to see a movie, and loves reading books instead for her recreation and downtime. Teddy also doesn’t have a blog, which is why I’m cutting her into my blog today. That and the fact, that Teddy tells me she loves the Kiwi New Zealand accent in America. Thanks Teddy. If ever you buy a domain name, call (USA) 1.480.505.8859, press option 1, and ask for Teddy. She’s okay. :)
What follows are two Emily Dickinson‘s funeral poems, that Teddy loves the most for her friends and family members at funerals. Hearing Teddy’s voice come down Aunt Elvira’s phone line, is a surreal trip today. National interest. I like Teddy’s love of poetry and her inquisitive questions, a lot.
[Music, Elvis Presley King of Rock N' Roll singing music from his deep, American gospel music roots. In particular, Elvis sings, Amazing Grace, a song originally written by John Newton, a slave trader, who penned this song, when he had an epiphany of what love meant and is. Amazing Grace will always be hot, because it comes from this reference point and turning point of reality. Given this history, having the courage to live beyond enslaving others, and to set love free, is more often than not, 0ur constant challenge in America. We need courage to live beyond the costly lessons we've learned from history, in order to be a better future. Aunty Elvira's life was always about this. Even peoples bad habits, she challenged them as individuals, to live life free from them. She always believed the best in her America. I have a feeling that John Newton, would have admired her spirit of amazing grace too.]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.16.2010~
Love and grace, are always such darn attractive qualities. Set to poetry, even better. Here’s footage of Che Guevara to make you smile.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.15.2010~
… I poked your face, apologies: I spoke of the cathartic me, in order to be the honest manuka honey from the ha-bi-bee tree in your… Recovery.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.14.2010~
~A father is both a protector and a wise, trusted friend. When your dreams appear sunk beyond all recognition, a dad has the power to breathe Peace into your spirit and restore and heal your dreams.~
Happy father’s day. Special thanks to Papa Elie, Bob in America. Dad. More recently Uncle Emile whose example as a good brother, fathers me. And, of course a’chorus’ of angels of L.A and N.Z (without gender) who in a plethora of ways, both seen and unknown, have stood on my behalf to all provide united (sometimes jagged) and strong pieces of a rock in America I could stand on to ride out the fiery arrows and slew of storms.
Your graces have been sufficient for me.
For your Love – I Love You & Thank You. To all of you who read this blog, sorry for the grumpy days when I’ve been a ‘bad daddy’ blogger. Lol! May the air we breathe get sweeter at the top and may hope, peace and love–never die in America. Up! :)
[Mood: Black & White. Music: Gospel. Song: breathe into me by singer/ songwriter, Israel Houghton].
[Image of Ted Kennedy's bad *ss, father's day present one year, courtesy of Boston.Com]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.20.2010~
~Charlies Angels Remixed: We are who we are today because people chose to become our angels, both seen and unseen, and dared to act for us and touch our lives. At the very least, their grace shared is sufficient to allow us to do the same for others. Thanks Aunt Elvira and R Ellis~
Angelina Jolie shares love inside the <3′s of the beautiful people of Ecuador for World’s Refugee Day, which occurs US Father’s Day on Sunday this year.
Here in Hollywood, here’s how you stacked your top ten entertainment and celebrity news items of interest.
2. About Horiwood–>Willow Smith is the ‘ideal’ American child. Sweet!
5. Humor: Two Covers with Christian Bale
Bonus Posts: 11. Robert Pattinson is inspiring by Twilight
[Photo for REFUGEE DAY: Ellis Nahas of the Sierra Leone team douses himself with cold water during halftime of their match with Myanmar. Sierra Leone won 4-2, and advanced to the next round of the Refugee Day tournament on the hot day at Granite High. -As part of World Refugee Day, when Utah is celebrating its diversity, there will be a soccer tournament at Granite High School. Saturday, 6/21/08. Salt Lake Tribune file photo / Scott Sommerdorf]
Mood: fire. Music: Destiny’s Child, Charlies Angels Theme Live in Rotterdam. Hoop stars rock!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.17.2010~
Pass The Parcel Thought for Today: If I ever had to rename or rebrand this blog, I would call it Gracewood.
The people of America voted a song about a President-King’s love affair, as being the #1 fundraising song for the Hope for Haiti Now Telethon event.
When Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris sung Hallelujah the song became a number 1 hit this week and the most downloaded song of the telethon for Haiti.
What does this say about Haiti? or, the US? or pop culture in general at this time right now? If a King we knew (whether it be King of the Sports World, Tiger Woods or a leader of the world in any field) was found to be having an affair, would we find it in our hearts to forgive him?
Kanye West recieves 9 nominations for next month’s BET Awards.
Chris Brown has started his community service.
Whether we love these lads, loathe them, or love-loathe them, one thing is certain–both on and off music’s stage–these two men have brought some of the biggest stories in entertainment this year.
As Beyonce sings of her husband Jay-Z: “he’s gotta big ego, he walk like dis–but he can back it up.” Let’s hope these brothers learn from Jay-Z and become more like him. Humility, like Jay-Z is not being afraid to be known for who you really are–a great. But actions must follow proclamaitions about one’s sense of self. Kanye and Chris Brown can learn a lot from Jay-Z.
However, we all learn from our mistakes. Grace is a beautiful thing. It allows men, to restart and do things right. All the best Chris Brown on your road back to success and wholeness. Shout out from Hollywood today. Kanye, you still need a slap for what you did to Taylor Swift! Maybe the BET awards will redeem Mr West, by Kanye showing a different enthusiastic side to him. Let’s hope so.
[image: Splash News]
Ko wai e kite i te wahine e u ana tona pai? Ko tona utu hoki kei runga noa atu i to nga rupi.
Кто найдет добродетельную жену? цена ее выше жемчугов;
Who can find a virtuous woman?
For her worth is far above rubies.
E whitiki ana ia i tona hope ki te kaha, e mea ana i ona takakau kia pakari.
Препоясывает силою чресла свои и укрепляет мышцы свои.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
Ka wherahia tona ringa ki te ware; ae ra, ka totoro atu ona ringa ki te rawakore.
Длань свою она открывает бедному, и руку свою подает нуждающемуся.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
He kaha, he honore ona kakahu; a e kata ana ia ki nga ra o muri atu.
He nui ona whakaaro ina puaki tona mangai; kei tona arero te ture o te atawhai.
Крепость и красота–одежда ее, и весело смотрит она на будущее.
Уста свои открывает с мудростью, и кроткое наставление на языке ее.
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
He mea teka noa te manako, he mea horihori te ataahua: tena ko te wahine e wehi ana i a Ihowa, ko ia e whakamoemititia.
Миловидность обманчива и красота суетна; но жена, боящаяся Господа, достойна хвалы.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh, Magazine: Harper’s Bazaar, Text: Proverbs 31, Languages: Maori, Russian, English. Supermodels: Amber Valetta, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford.