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The King & I by Ryan Fu (RIP Michael Jackson)

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Driving around in L.A. I haven’t got anything good for the last couple of weeks wondering if I lost my touch. Then a call comes in and I know it’s a tip for a celebrity but this one was different. It was a tip for the Michael Jackson. I loose my shit and put the metal to the pedal, running through red lights definitely breaking a couple of traffic laws. I had to drive like a maniac because this wasn’t a regular celebrity I was about to shoot. This was King of Pop.

The media hasn’t seen him since his last court tribulations, so I wondered how this is going to turn out. I never thought I would shoot an icon like Michael but you get to do and meet interesting people when you do this profession. And yes, it is a profession. Even though a lot people would say…

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Wisdom Wednesdays – Always Be You (Happy Birthday Yeezus)

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Unicorn by Ryan Fu (RIP Prince)

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I was totally over it.

Standing in front of Kitson with the rest of the assholes waiting for Kim with her sisters to come out of the store so we could shoot them for the thousandth time this week. I was starting to hate the job, shooting basically the same people over and over again, feeling a bit burnt from the job. I needed to change it up or do something else because starting to lose my taste for the job. Kim along with her sisters come out of the store to the waiting flashes of photogs as we shoot her once again. I was starting to lose my mind, I needed a frappuccino to calm my nerves down. 

After the gangbang I decided to go to Starbucks at the Farmer’s Market near the Grove. I park my whip walking inside the market feeling a bit depressed about my current position in life. That’s when it happened, the event that sparked my interest once again for the job.

I spotted the myth, the legend, the artists that was formerly called Prince at the fruit section of the Farmer’s Market.

I know what you’re thinking no fucking way, but there he was looking at cantaloupes in his matching white bell bottom pants with a silk shirt and a Liberace ruffled jacket looking, so fresh and clean that dust didn’t want to touch him. His hair was also on point looking luxurious as always as he seemingly looked like he woke up like that because I couldn’t imagine Prince having bed head when he gets up in the morning. I don’t even think he needs sleep like the rest of us because he wasn’t human. He was something more, he was too special to be from this Earth.

But he was trying so hard to look normal that it looked strange as fuck. I’m guessing he was tired of being treated like an alien from a different planet. Like all super famous people they occasionally wanted to be treated like normal people even though they were very far from it with their extra ordinary talents. They wanted to do normal things without the prying eyes of the media chronicling and filming their every move.

But here we were the Prince and I, on very different sides of the entertainment field. My hand on my “Soul Catcher” about to capture this magical moment between us but I couldn’t pull the trigger, not because I couldn’t but because I didn’t want to. 

As he finally notices me about to shoot him as he stands perfectly still like beautiful unicorn in the magical forest waiting for me to do something, which was nothing.

I remember someone once said, “beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” 

We stand there not as cat and mouse but as equals. I didn’t want to capture this moment between Prince and I because wanted to be in the moment not wanting to share it with anyone. We stay in those precious moments for a couple more seconds then he disappears into the mundane leaving me baffled but amazed at the same time wondering what the fuck just happened. That was the first and last time I saw Prince but the desire for this job was back.

A part of me wanted to travel back time, not to tell myself to shoot it but to experience it again all over and maybe have the courage to act normal. To not stare at him like he was a freak but as a normal dude, doing normal ass things. Regardless of what I wanted to happen, I was still happy that it did happen because I needed to experience something different.

I needed to remember how to act like a normal human being again. As once again I had the fire in my belly to be a paparazzi again but more over I wanted to be inspired as I continue on this magical adventure called life trying to find another unicorn.


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Not long after that, a friend took me to see Prince at the famous Forum in Los Angeles, when he had a residency there for a couple of weeks. I knew that he was a talented musician but I wasn’t a true fan of his not until I witnessed what I saw that night. From beginning to end, Prince blew my mind along with everyone else in the building. This man played every instrument imaginable and never missed a beat as the huge crowd stood up longer than I’ve ever seen in a concert giving him a standing ovation, which was well-deserved because we were not seeing a concert, we were witnessing history. RIP Prince, you will be missed.

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Killing Yourself Twice – Magic! by Re-Open (BLW Contributor) – What was your favorite Nirvana song?

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You can’t kill yourself twice.

According to Anton Brookes, who was working with the Nirvana on their British press interviews as a publicist at the time, “I went up an hour beforehand to touch base with everyone and check whether everything was okay. [Today] it wasn’t. There was obviously a massive altercation going on between Kurt and Courtney. You don’t want to get involved in a husband and wife dispute…You could hear  odd things being smashed…I had to keep going between the rooms and the lobby, telling the journalists ‘It’ll happen, but everything’s kind of running late,’” Brookes told The Fly. Come the afternoon, “We realized we should go in. We went rushing into the bathroom and slumped behind the toilet was Kurt with a syringe in his arm, blue.

See….when someone overdoses with heroin (injecting) most of the time they are found with the needle still in their arm (or injection site) There are some graphic examples of this on google image searches, and I won’t post those here, but remembering back to February 2014. Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose in his bathroom. Needle still in his arm.  Other addicts will wake up after injecting, and the needle will still be in their arm. Luckily they wake up right?

Before Kurt was murdered, apparently he too was found by Anton Brookes with the needle still in his arm.

So…hypothetically here. Kurt Cobain wants to commit suicide. Instead of taking a massive dose of heroin and going to sleep, never to wake up, he decided to take heroin (a lethal dose of it) and THEN shoot himself?

We are expected to believe he could still function after taking that lethal dose.  That dose would have rendered him unconscious in a matter of seconds. That means he wouldn’t have been able to even finish pushing the syringe to empty it. He would have been found with the needle in his arm. YET…

He put the caps back on the  syringes, and the syringes were put back in the cigar box, so was the spoon. He rolled down his sleeves. Picked up a shot-gun, positioned it, and pulled the trigger. He would have had to do all of this in less than 30 seconds. REMEMBER – he would have been unconscious by 15-30 seconds but how would he start to feel just 8 seconds after that amount of heroin? Woozy? Blurred vision? Lack of coordination? He also still had Valium(Diazepam) in his system.

Think about this. Have you ever had surgery? Were you given anything by IV or straight into a port (in your vein) to calm you down, or make you relaxed before surgery? I have. I had a little port in my left arm (at the elbow where most addicts like to inject) I was given Valium. Within 10 seconds I was light-headed. The amount they gave me wasn’t anything like heroin or as strong. The amount of heroin found in Kurt’s system was more than what any seasoned addict could withstand. How fast would that incapacitate him?

He’s found unconscious with a syringe still in his arm from overdosing before his alleged suicide.

He was found without a needle in his arm, everything in place, and shot himself after the dose in April 1994.

…….Doesn’t make sense does it?

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Narcissists aka The ‘Kanye Complex’ by Stop & Focus (BLW Contributor)

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It has come to my attention that there seems to be a rampant streak of narcissistic people who have been in the news as of late. Politics always has them. The music industry? Uh. yeah! Actors? Well, where do you think the term ‘HollyWeird ‘ came from, they’re top tier nut jobs over there. And we all have known one, or at least will in our lifetime. But let’s get to some prime examples, shall we?

Case in point (don’t pretend to be shocked): Mr. Donald “I’ll do as I damn please because I had to “struggle” and make it on my own with a loan of a Million dollars my dad gave me, and that was tough, ya know? Oh, and I went to an elite boarding school for rich kid douche bags like me which had some military like structure, so that means I served and know what it’s like to serve in the military because it’s basically the same thing as going to Vietnam, ya know?” Trump.

Yeah, that shit heel is — I know you’ll be shocked — a classic narcissist.

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If this sounds like anyone you know: Run! Run for the hills like Julie Andrews is waiting at the top for you!

I know, right! Shocking.

Now, before you go and jump on me and say, “Hey, keep your PhD to yourself, college!” I am not an expert on people with personality disorders, like Mr. Trump here. I do however have a brain with a stem attached and can see bullshit from, roughly, 10 football fields away… roughly. So that is why I can say with confidence, that yes, he’s a flaming, terminal narcissist as well  having a myriad of other personality disorders.

Now if you don’t believe lil’ old me then perhaps you’ll take some fine professionals opinions. Some professionals who were so taken by the host of, shall we call them ‘symptoms’ that he displayed, they actually had to comment on it. An excerpt:

A striking number of leading mental health experts are concerned enough about the possibility of a Trump presidency that they’re willing to speak out, publicly, about the candidate’s “Textbook narcissistic personality disorder.”

During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, developmental psychologist Howard Gardnera professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, referred to Trump as “remarkably narcissistic,” while clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis  used the term “Textbook narcissistic personality disorder,” to describe Trump.

Yeah, I know… but wait, there’s more!

Michaelis went on to explain,

“In the field we use clusters of personality disorders. Narcissism is in cluster B, which means it has similarities with histrionic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. There are similarities between them.”

Going on, Michaelis described Trump’s constant belittling of other people as a ‘symptom’ of a deeper problem.

“To degrade people is really part of a cluster-B personality disorder: it’s antisocial and shows a lack of remorse for other people. The way to make it O.K. to attack someone verbally, psychologically, or physically is to lower them. That’s what he’s doing.”

Yeah, I’d say he’s a real cluster-B, too. 😉

Now for sure this can’t be news to people but I am still struck by the seemingly overwhelming amount of morons who don’t seem to see this in any way as worrying.

I’m not so worried that a man who wants to be President has a clinical personality disorder (well, I am but there have been many probably, and will be many more) I’m concerned that people just continue to laugh at the antics – and they are antics – of someone who, even in politics, is seen as a malignant narcissist.

Don’t think that’s a really bad thing (you probably are one) or just don’t know what a narcissist is really all about? Well here are some key characteristics to give you a better grasp of the mess you’re dealing with:

A person with narcissistic personality disorder:

  • Reacts to criticism with anger, shame or humiliation
  • Takes advantage of others to reach his or her own goals
  • Exaggerates own importance
  • Exaggerates achievements and talents
  • Entertains unrealistic fantasies about success, power, beauty, intelligence or romance
  • Has unreasonable expectation of favorable treatment
  • Requires constant attention and positive reinforcement from others
  • Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy
  • Has obsessive self-interest
  • Pursues mainly selfish goals

Sounds like a real peach, don’t you think? Or for some Class-A rapid morons: “Our next President!”

I won’t go on as there is too much to go into and not enough time on this Earth to do it all in. I will throw in one other persons name to the list real quick, however. Someone who I referenced earlier: Kanye.

Yes, him. I apologize profusely! First Trump, now Kanye… I’m so sorry.

Anyway, there is another case of someone who may greatly benefit from serious, serious, Serious counseling. So that’s why I started throwing around the ‘Kanye Complex’. I’m hoping someone in the field of psychiatry will pick it up then maybe they’ll get funding and who knows, in 10, 20 years… Kanye may be cured of what ails him.

I don’t believe it for a second, but one can hope, right?

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