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‘They’

Posted by ebonywood on January 9, 2009

Who are ‘They’? Why are ’They’ always to blame?   

I find myself doing it all the time. I hear other people doing it all the time.

‘They’ did it to us?’

‘They wanna keep us down, so we won’t know the truth’

‘They’ don’t care about us decent, law abiding citizens. ‘They’ just walk all over us.

‘We won’t get nowhere because ‘They’ have a glass ceiling there.

 

They know what they’re doing.   Who’s ‘They’?

 

I think I’ve just decided I hate the word ‘They’ more than the other word I used to moan about. Yeah, I know.  I still haven’t told you why the Dictionary has the definition of that word all wrong. We’ll get there.

 

Try a ‘ting, right.  The next time the word ‘They’ is said without a proper reference point in your conversation, break it down! Put pressure on the word, reveal what’s behind it. And I bet you’ll start finding more solutions rather than creating more problems.

 

I should be a f***ing Life Doctor. And take my own advice. Anyway, I was thinking –

 

They should get together, twenty, thirty maybe forty of them, in a hall or a large conference room. And under the heading of  ‘Moving Forward’, the chosen chair person should say, Right, from now on, 20% out of every ticket that is sold to members, customers, sponsors, coming through our doors, will be put into an account. It don’t matter which Bank it is. It could be Natty West, or anyone of them. But after the Banks chosen, the only valid question they should then come up with is, “what we gonna do with all this money?”

Then they should say, “We’ll take all this money and pay something towards a bright boy or girl’s school fees, allocate a family and pay off all their debts (if they believe they have the ability to maintain good credit and thrive). Find a package deal and send a group of  ‘knife and gun crime youths’ around the world for a while…….

 

…..Wait, wait, wait! Just hold on Ebonywood. Who are ‘They’?

 

‘They’ are the DJ’s, the respected Community Radio Stations, The Club Owners and Entertainment Promoters.

 ‘They’ know who they are……

 

Ebonywood has Orwellian thoughts.

Ebonywood has Orwellian thoughts.

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How big is your potential? Final chapter.

Posted by ebonywood on January 5, 2009

The Caroll Family

The Caroll Family

……….Right. You will be doing two things: The first is proving there is demand, so we know we can command. The second thing you’ll be doing is letting Ebonywood Studios know that you are actively behind us and are on the journey too. (It is a fact and a very important one to keep in mind, that most Black British people do not write into TV stations like the BBC and other commercial channels. Maybe it’s because you’re thinking what’s the point, no-one’s gonna listen. But you would be dead wrong. In the ratio of how ratings are worked out, one letter represents a thousand people. But that’s another discussion, for another time).

Right now it’s important that you go into HMV and ask for the film, Jingle Blues Jingle Bells. If they don’t have it in stock, order it. If the shop assisants give you an excuse not order it. Complain, because there is no reason why you can’t have it. None. Pay for it and reserve it. It will come to you and what you give will come to us. Some Shop Assistances in some branches have been quite negative towards our product. They can make it seem like HMV’s Head Office forgot to tell some of the branches that there’s a new Black British family film in the mainstream.

We know it’s not impossible to achieve our goal…….But it will be so much easier with you.

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How big is your potential? Part 3

Posted by ebonywood on January 4, 2009

Remember what I said about the Pound? Remember what I said about actions speaking louder than words? Well here’s the real deal for Ebonywood Studio Productions and the mission to serve our friends and families.

 

First, I want to ask you, do you want a Feature Film Production Company, making big commercial films that represent you? 

 

Secondly, do you want to see more images and stories, for longer periods of screen time that reflect your life/existence? 

 

Would you want to be a part of a huge, diverse and powerful organisation that is run/owned by Black British people, that excludes no-one?

 

By the way, when you watch our film Jingle Blues Jingle Bells, tell us if you think the cast is fairly balanced, even though all the leading characters are Black.

 

Trust me. If we can prove there is demand, then your colour will and can command!

 

We know ‘Jingle Blues Jingle Bells’ is a seasonal film. But, it is a historical move, which we should all be a part of. It will take continuity and consistency to ensure the company’s success.

 

We need you to focus your energies (£), here to back and support our move smoothly into our next feature film.

 

By buying a copy of Jingle Blues Jingle Bells, your  ‘symbol of support’, will be doing two things…………..

 

My Mother’s just called, she really needs my help. I’ll back as soon as I can. Please don’t go too far away. This is very important.

 

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How big is your potential? Part 2

Posted by ebonywood on January 1, 2009

The largest mountain in the world
The largest mountain in the world

The way to answer this question is not to try to know the answer but to understand the question itself.

 

It is not enough to say “the question has no answer”, because that disrespects your will, your passion and your hunger to learn. And with that kind of attitude, you will witness your own drive denying challenges that would make your life a growing and worthwhile experience.

 

Anyway…..The question is meant to take you to the very limit of your understanding.  To make you admit (if you’re honest to yourself), that you don’t know and could never know. Will never know (on earth anyway), the answer. 

 

The question is intended to make you and your intellect (no matter how high it is), bow down in humble submission to THAT QUESTION (call it what you wish), THAT QUESTION is greater than yourself.

 

Your intellect and logic will tell you, the Almighty means Almighty and nothing is impossible, but the question seems to deny the Almighty is all powerful.

 

So you say, “How can the Almighty create a rock that The Almighty cannot lift? How? How? How?

 

THAT – is beyond you. You know the Almighty exists, because the question does, but the answer.  HOW?, is beyond you and remains with the Almighty. It is not your business, or your life’s mission to know how.

 

Your job is to BE.

 

How does all this apply to where we’re going?

 

Pursue your goals without fear and in total confidence. There is no dream or vision big enough to exclude you, us.

 

Know whatever you want to do, is possible, but will require action. What action, depending on your own level of ambition, could at times feel like a grey area, but keep yourself open and be willing to take some.

 

How? Is not your business, but faith is, and will determine how soon you will arrive. But enjoy the journey.

 

At this point in time, we (Ebonywood Studio Productions) have placed our faith and focus on the community.

 

There are now many of you tuning into these blogs.

 

Please think about what has been written here the past few weeks and watch this space closely over the next few weeks of this New Year.

 

Let us see if we can achieve a miracle. Smile. 🙂

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How big is your potential?

Posted by ebonywood on December 30, 2008

The largest mountain in the world

The largest mountain in the world

After I asked the question about God and his Son, a fish bone got stuck in my throat. It could’ve killed me. My wife said, “Good!” What was that about?

The fact that I asked that kind of question? Or the fact that I was eating too fast?

There is nothing wrong with asking questions. No matter what it’s about? Only you set the boundaries to your curiosity. In fact, the bigger the question is the bigger your potential. And here is a question I have asked myself continually, ever since I heard it……

“If the Almighty is the Almighty and nothing is impossible for Thy power, can the Almighty then create a Rock that the Almighty cannot lift?”

I’ll say it again for clarity, and not because I think you’re stupid.

“If the Almighty is the Almighty and nothing is impossible for Thy Power, can the Almighty then create a Rock that the Almighty cannot lift?”

This is all leading somewhere. To where actions speak louder than words, because I believe in SOLUTIONS and not PROBLEMS. So for that very reason alone, I will give you a small gift. The answer to the question on New Years Day.

I like a bit of suspense.   Do you?                              

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What they have said about Jingle Blues Jingle Bells

Posted by ebonywood on December 3, 2008

jingle_blues_banner1About Jingle Blues Jingle Bells they said:

“… yeah where is the sequel?” Geoffrey Okol

 

“Love the film”  Sara Jane Carey-Baxter

 

 

“I don’t criticise.  I just support”. Kwame Kwei-Armah

 

“ Very funny, witty and kept me guessing all the way to the end.  It is refreshing to see a film like this”     Marianne Jean-Baptise (BAFTA and Academy Award nominee)

 

 “Very good film, good production values and very funny”    Eddie Nestor – BBC London Presenter 94.9fm

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Welcome to the blog of Ebonywood!

Posted by ebonywood on December 2, 2008

Welcome to the blog of Ebonywood Studio Productions.                                   Ebonywood logo

For those of you who are new to us.  Ebonywood Studio Productions based in East London, is a new UK based film company which endeavors to produce representative entertainment with high production values.

Ebonywood Studio Productions company director Sylvester Williams grew up in Hackney.  Since leaving EastEnders he has taken active steps to regenerate inner city London by starting a drama school and an actor’s agency that encourages arts and positive creative action in deprived areas that has also extended to other cities around England.

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The Secret Chef

Posted by ebonywood on August 2, 2010

Well…what’s cooking got to do with filmaking? Nothing, but the Secret Chef has as asked my opinion. His cooking is absolutely, brilliant. The chicken just falls off the bone. so sweet. and you can check it out for yourself at D’carib Undagroun’. To get into the club you got to go through…The Secret Chef awaits you…

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The reality of Capitalism. Economics 1.1

Posted by ebonywood on December 26, 2008

The value of a £

The value of a £

I woke up late this afternoon because Santa spent the whole night with my wife.  Making up, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I thought, “Christmas is almost here again. And it feels like it was only yesterday.” But hey, I’m not gonna go off on one again. Let’s stick to economics.

 

I was talking to a lady that works in the Finance Department of one of our Borough Councils. She told me that some research was carried out, and out of the Jewish Community, The Asian (Indian) Community, the Afro Caribbean/African (Black British) Community and the animals, and guess who was at the bottom. You’re right, the animals. But guess who only just beat the Animals. You got it . The Black British Community. Why?

 

It was found that the  in the Jewish Community, a  pound would circulate at least four times in their Community before it would come out to benefit the other communities.

 

In the Asian (Indian) Community, a pound would circulate at least three times in their community before it would come out and benefit the other communities.

 

Now, in the Black British Community, forget about two times around. We were lucky if it circled once around the community before it went out and benefited the other communities. And that had nothing to do with the system keeping us down.

 

For some reason we just don’t back our own businesses…. enough.

 

To know this as a Filmmaker is really depressing. To make the films we want to see, educate and inspire through the media, which is the modern day mirror of us, someone once said, we need backing.

 

Now here’s the thing…The indigenous Anglo Saxon, White Europeans, were not even featured in the research. Why? Because, this Community, the largest in Britain, ARE the pound. And you may be asking, “Where do the animals come into all of this? Well, the animals are heavily subsidised by the pound and have no need to worry, because the pound is an ardent animal lover.  Think about it.

 

………..By the way, if ‘God so loved the world’, why did he never come himself? Why’d he send his only Son?

 

Time for a nice late lunch, I think. Some fish, bread and wine, hmmm.

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That word!

Posted by ebonywood on December 23, 2008

The last time we talked was Sunday.

 

The day the visitors disturbed us. I wish I’d stayed with you guys. I love my family, but some of them are as thick as my dick. No thoughts of their own, just responses. I think the only good thing is that they are my wife’s side of the family. They didn’t stay for long. I tried to share with them the same experiences I was sharing with you. But when they said, That’s really interesting… I couldn’t help it. I just let off on them…..I couldn’t stop myself. I said, “Don’t say that f**king word!!!  It’s just another word for ‘let me sit on the fence’! Anyone who has the ability to /do/ positive actions will hate that word. Because it’s full of nothing! It’s full of, 

 

“it’s good, but I don’t know what to say or do about it”

 

That stupid word is deceptive, because it makes you wait in anticipation and gives the user of that stupid word the power and ability to waste your time waiting, or listening to them saying what amounts to nothing!

 

There’s more…..A lot more…..But after I said just that to them….I was on my own again. Even my wife went out.  Was I wrong? Was I over the top?

 

Anyway, I’ve said too much about that. I didn’t even want to talk about that. My aim for today, was to share with you, a simple lesson in economics. Carrying on from where we left off last time. But right now I have to go and un-confuse my poor little daughter – she packing her little suitcase.

She thinks just because her mum hasn’t come back home since Sunday, she has to go too.

 

Ah Bless.

 

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7 jiving Santas and an elf

Posted by ebonywood on December 19, 2008

Witness the cast and crew on the streets of London promoting the film Jingle Blues Jingle Bells

 

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The Sunday Sermon

Posted by ebonywood on December 16, 2008

When I start to preach, you will say, “Amen!”


I chose today, Sunday, because I wanted a traditional church setting. Just picture me in the pulpit with you in the congregation.

 


Right now some of you may be thinking this is interesting, but, please don’t say that word, ‘interesting’ to me. It makes me want to slap you in the face with a big wet fish. And I’ll say, “Amen” if you let me. Now, that would be interesting. Yeah, I know. I said the word. But look at it this way, I wouldn’t be a good preacher if I didn’t have double standards, would I?….now where was I?…Yeah…..If -you- let- me. I’m trying to turn that darkness into light. So please read carefully.
  
  • How many things do we ‘let’ happen?
  • How many times have you ‘let’ yourself be blind and shut your eyes to your light?

I’m a film maker and right now I’m one in the company helping the good people around me promote Jingle Blues Jingle Bells.


The other day I was walking through the market handing out my flyers (marketing requires consistence and persistence), and while walking, I stopped outside PAK COSMETICS and with all the people going into that shop to buy hair and all those kind of things, I saw that my flyers were well suited to the customers going in there.

 

I suddenly thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to have a shop called BLAK COSMETICS.

 

 

But as long as I only thought about it., it’s not going to happen. 

It’s just like stories. Who’s gonna tell our stories? Promote our images? Make our films? If we don’t take the first step. No, fuck it! Go all the way! Do it!

 The answer is simple….Oh damn….that’s my door. I got visitors. Sorry. We’ll pick this up again later……..Amen guys.

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