Gerard Spinks as The Underground Millionaire

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ILove You Babygirl

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My daughter is my heart. People who know me, know this. Not going to get all sentimental on here but I’m away from her for a minute but God has seen to it that we are back together soon. I’m one of those cats who really loves my child. I take my child to school. I take my child to the movies. I take my child to Lenox Square Mall. I take my child to Coldstone Creamery in Atlantic Station where we live in Atlanta.

My heart and love, my child

My heart and love, my child

I saw my friend on Twitter going full in on men and saying how she had an issue with men. I believe it starts right here at the age of 7 with my child. The more we are not in our daughter’s lives, the more they develop resentment and anger. My friend on Twitter just wants a good dude. Understood completely. It starts at home.

Gerard Spinks, father, first and foremost to anything.

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October 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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The Blueprint of a Reality TV Star

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Back in the day, my friend Mohammed Bilal was on MTV’s The Real World. This was literally in the beginning of reality TV. I got a chance to meet the producers of The Real World, Jonathan Murray and Mary Bunim before she died. I also got a chance to see first hand how a reality tv star is made via a character on the show named Puck. This dude Puck was outrageous and really set the tone for today’s reality tv star.

Puck from MTV Real World San Francisco - Blueprint of Reality TV Star

Puck from MTV Real World San Francisco - Blueprint of Reality TV Star

I saw an ad today for a reality tv series being shot in Atlanta and it made me think of the groundbreaking buffoonery that this dude Puck did on MTV’s The Real World San Francisco back in 1994. Today’s ad in Atlanta on Craigslist was saying that they were having auditions and they needed people with BIG personalities. If you were boring, stay at home. It immediately made me think of this dude Puck from back in the day.

The real Puck was a quiet bike messenger in San Francisco. No one told him how to act but he pioneered buffoonery and how to take over a reality series. He had all eyes on him and had the cameras fiending to follow him around all the time. Although in real life he was quiet and reserved, he became a character on the show. He became the BIG personality that we see in today’s reality tv star. He knew that he had to become more than himself. Back in 1994, they offered nobody any money to be on the show and they even went as far as stopping you from even writing a book and making any money on you being on their program.
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Puck made a strategy as soon as he got selected after the audition. He formulated a plan to be larger than life. To yell, scream, kick, and hate everyone in the room. He would literally walk in the room and just start talking about anyone and everyone. At the time, this was over the top and not too many reality stars knew to do this as a plan. Most people cast for these shows just wanted their normal lives to be captured on television. Puck had a different plan. He wanted to take over the show and the only way to do this is to act like a fool and buffoon.

Today’s reality tv stars pale in comparison to Puck but he created the blueprint for them. This is why people like Nene Leakes know to act ignorant and foolish because she knows the key to survival and long money is to act like a straight up fool and come in the building hating on everyone for no apparent reason. This is what having a BIG personality means in today’s reality tv world. Act ignorant, hateful, and hurtful and you will definitely stand out in a crowd. The blueprint is here.

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September 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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Social Media Specialist

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I just read a Craigslist job posting with this as the job. This is a joke, right?! What is a social media specialist? There is NO such thing as this. That’s like saying back in the day that I need a Vibe Chat Specialist or a Black Voices Chat Room specialist! What the hell. Anyone that’s been on the Internet for the last ten years knows there is no specialist in social media. In fact, why is it even called social media?

Social Media and Twitter Specialist Job

Social Media and Twitter Specialist Job

Twitter and Facebook both knows that the chatrooms were once popular and bangin. Black Planet, Black Voices, and the Vibe chat rooms were all social media rooms where people just sat around and talked smack all day while at work. They could never monetize these and pretty much all of them failed. So, to me, a Twitter specialist is someone that sits at their desk tweeting about the sun shine all day or talking about social events. Do you really need to be a specialist?

In fact, my true argument is that social media is only crazy popular due to the unemployment rate. If everyone was back at work circa 1999 there would be no Twitter in the form that it is today. They would exist but Twitter and Facebook would not be so popular because people would be at the job instead of at the house. With record numbers of people unemployed and getting their Comcast Cable TV shut off, why not log on to Twitter and talk all day? That’s what truly makes a social media expert.

So, here’s the qualifications as I see it: 1). unemployed. 2). unemployed with nothing to do. 3). watch TV and have the laptop in front of you so you can have ideas to Tweet about. 4). Link your Twitter to your Facebook so you don’t have to say it twice. 5). Watch all Reality shows and Tweet about them and gain followers. 6). Watch the news and ESPN and Tweet about everything the announcers say.

BAM! You are a social media specialist and expert. Now, how to get paid? This is the ever elusive question. People want to hire you to be a social media specialist but NOT pay you until someone clicks on the link in the Tweet and fills out the form. The promise is that you will get paid $50 for every person who fills out the form. Easy money! Yeah right.

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If you have 200 followers and you send out a Tweet you can expect roughly 2 people to click on it. You are fighting a number of factors happening on Twitter. Out of your 200 people at any given time, only 20 may even be online at the time of your tweet. Out of the 20 people that see your tweet, you will be extremely lucky if you get 2 of them to click on it and you will be super lucky if they fill out the form. What to do? Use Twitter to promote the mess out of your own company or just talk to your friends. If anything, set up yourself to make money and not give it to some other person who claims they will make you money. Brand YOU first while you’re on Twitter.

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September 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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Mortgage Crisis Turns Deadly for California Family

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Sunday, September 27, 2009 was a beautiful sun drenched day in Northern California. It was 98 degrees. No clouds in the sky. A breeze whipping off of the Bay. Couldn’t possibly get any better than that. I pick up a newspaper that I would normally throw in the trash and open it up to read what’s inside. I start reading a story about a Bay Area California family whose son requires both a kidney transplant and a heart transplant. But the real news was that Bank of America wants them to pay their mortgage or get out of their house.

The story is the same all over. Bank of America receives billions of dollars in help from the United States and turns around and forces the consumer to pay or get out of their home even if they legitimately cannot pay. This should be considered a crime in America. The big corporation wins and extorts the consumer like a pimp does to a prostitute. There is literally no difference at all.

Elizabeth and Mark Tanner live in Brentwood, California. They are the proud parents of 4 kids. Their youngest son, Aaron Tanner at the age of 4, requires both a heart transplant and a kidney transplant. Bank of America could care less. Like the rest of America, the Tanner’s have had difficulties paying a high mortgage payment based upon a valuation of their home from years ago when Bay Area home values averaged over $600,000.

Aaron Tanner requires a heart and kidney transplant

Aaron Tanner requires a heart and kidney transplant

Mark and Elizabeth Tanner had the mortgage reduced to a payment that they could afford while battling through their sons illness. But what they didn’t factor in was the property taxes that are now in arrears in an amount that exceeds $20,000. Bank of America says that the couple must pay them or get foreclosed on. What a bank! They really love their customers!

When the Tanners first got their mortgage re-modified last year through Bank of America, their property taxes were not factored into the monthly payment. Many customers have their property taxes put into an escrow account and paid every month with the mortgage. But because the initial mortgage payments were rolled into the initial loan re-modification and not due for six months, the Tanners were unaware of the situation and continued to pay the re-modified mortgage amount of $2,900.

They found out that they were in arrears at a rate of $4,000 per month according to Bank of America. The bank sent them a letter stating that unless they pay in full, they will be foreclosed on. This comes at a time when their son is in desperate need of the heart and kidney transplant. To worry about losing their home during this difficult time is enough to drive anyone crazy.

To find out more about the Tanner’s situation you can visit the site about little Aaron Tanner at Save A Broken Heart.

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September 28, 2009 at 7:16 am

My Brother, My Keeper

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Reflections on my birthday. I was born some time ago, today, September 26. I didn’t have the greatest of personal upbringings due to being in a single parent household but today I give glory for that household and the people who raised me. The bible begs the question “Am I my brothers keeper?” The answer to this question is very personal for people and one that dives deep into religion and philosophy.

Hollywood Actor Jeronimo Spinx to appear on CBS' Criminal Minds

Hollywood Actor Jeronimo Spinx to appear on CBS' Criminal Minds

I was the youngest boy growing up in my household. I have two brothers and one sister. My oldest brother James Lee Spinks was much older than my other two siblings as my mother had him 16 years before her next child, Jeronimo Spinx. My brother Jeronimo and I did everything together. He was a few years older than me but really served as my leader, my big bro, and in a role as my father even though he wasn’t too much older than me.

My mother put him in this role to lead our family due to personal reasons that I am writing in a movie script and book deal. Jeronimo was it. He had to do the grocery shopping, sign the checks because my mother couldn’t read and write, he had to speak to the teachers regarding me sometimes, and overall keep me in check at school and protect me in my neighborhood in Peoria, Illinois.

Jeronimo Spinx was my defacto leader and I learned everything from him. He taught me frisbee, electric football, and how to play football. He was a power lifter in high school and won trophies that inspired me to then follow him into powerlifting meets. He was friends with two kid leaders that would also become my inspiration and lift me up: Brad Blakey and Mike McLaughlin. Because my brother knew them, the seniors in high school didn’t haze me as bad when I was a sophomore.

My brother Jeronimo has gone on to have an illustrious career as an actor in Hollywood California and starred on the FOX hit series 24 and is starring this October 2009 on CBS’s Criminal Minds. But more than that for me, this cat was my leader and my hero. Without him, I would not have made it to where I am today. He did not have to be my keeper yet he did despite feeling crazy himself in a whirlwind household steeped in depression, loneliness, and erratic mood swinging behavior from our moms.

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