Category Archives: Entertainment

Travelin’ at the speed of “Say What?!”


Who can it be now?

Don’t have long…but I have just enough time to tell you this: early this morning, while watching a popular weekly TV show (now also in syndication), I saw a very successful actor in a guest role and thought, “I wonder if he’d give me an interview?”

Then I set out for the hunt.

After jumping through hoops, I was able to find his management team. They instructed me to email ‘so-and-so’ at ‘such-a-place’ – and in less than two hours, I had a hearty YES!

Say what?!

Seriously, I wanted to say, “Uh, does he realize it’s just ME? Juice?” Then I thought I’d play the ‘cool card’ and was like: “Okay, that’ll be great. Let’s talk and come up with an appropriate date for us to do that.”

This is big, folks. So watch for my upcoming announcement next week on my main blog, following scheduling negotiations.

I think you’ll be impressed…I know I am.

Have a great weekend!

JBlair Brown / aka “Juice”
Life = Not always manageable, but it sure ain’t boring!

 

Rebranding Juice


In case you’re wondering…I’ve been ‘away’. Kinda.

I’ve actually been rebranding “Juice.” (That’s me.) You see, I’ve not completely given up on this particular blog, but like in all businesses, there comes a time when you need a change. You need to refocus, to go back to the drawing board.

And that’s what I did. I’m restructuring, re-branding, re-focusing my energies toward my latest goal: radio host. Turns out I’m quite good at it. (You can listen to my show by following this link.)

My BlogTalkRadio show, Livin’ the Dream! with JBlair Brown, is an entertaining, informative talk show that features writers, authors, musicians, filmmakers – basically anyone in the entertainment and writing industries. So you can see how I might have re-directed my focus – for now.

At any rate, I’ll still continue to share my “rants” from time to time, but for now join me at BrandingJuice. Thanks for keeping up.

All the best,

JBlair Brown / my friends call me “Juice”
Still ranting after all these years.

Livin’ the Dream! with 2010 Award-winning Storyteller Eric James Wolf


Livin’ the Dream! with 2010 Award-winning Storyteller Eric James Wolf.

We’re switching gears for this one. This segment will focus on the art of communication – and what better method of communicating than through the lost art of storytelling? Eric James Wolf is a MASTER storyteller. He received the Oracle Award for Distinguished Service to the National Storytelling Community in 2010 – the highest award given to any member of the storytelling community. Learn how this master teller of tales battled dyslexia and today is Livin’ the Dream!

Shout out to my mentor: Ruby Dee


I was talking to someone the other day about people who are admired and those who are actually worthy of being admired (they’re NOT the same thing, believe me).

We determined that there really aren’t many people we admire for the right reasons. There are too-many-worth-mentioning so-so performers, musical acts, (un-)reality ‘stars’, and just plain ol’ losers that – for whatever reason – people look up to.

I’m not referring to the teachers who taught us how to read; the crossing guard who watched over us daily; the ministers who teach us about the Good Book – all great examples and those whom we should admire. I’m referring to those on the big screen, little screen, or even who might appear on your iPod.

I told my friend that, off-hand, I could find just one person in the industry who is note-worthy of my admiration. In fact, I said, “If I ever met her, I’d blubber like an idiot!”

Hence, I pay homage to the great Ruby Dee.

Class Act

“Ruby Dee? Really?” she asked.

“Absolutely,” I responded. “She represents all that there is [and still can be] of my performing years. Her life made my life possible,” I proudly proclaimed.

Indeed. I cherish Ruby Dee. This isn’t to say that I don’t admire Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, the late Ossie Davis (Ruby’s husband) and all the rest of those who came before me. It’s just that, point-for-point, for me at least Mrs. Davis personifies the struggles, pain, endurance and excelling virtue of many African Americans in the industry. In those early years it was nearly impossible for any one of us to be portrayed as someone other than ‘the help.’ We were slaves, maidservants, menservants and any other occupation associated with servitude. And that was just on the screen.

Off the screen, most Americans didn’t see us for anything other than that. That’s the reality. Just watch any film or TV series prior to the 1970’s. (NOTE: I-Spy and Julia do not count!)

But I digress. To get back to my point: at a time when we were actually living those days, there were the heroes, the dignified icons (like Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Poitier and so many others) who waded in it, breathed it in deeply (and daily), had it thrown on them with a shovel – so that those after them (like me) could accomplish my goals, my dreams, my desires of standing before an audience – not merely entertaining (as in minstrel shows) – but to stand proudly for one’s craft; the gifts we were given.

So this is a hearty shout out to Mrs. Ruby Dee Davis, my hero and mentor. While I never met you, I certainly have admired you…and you are worthy of (at least) that much.

With sincerest regards,

Judith Blair Brown, Harrisburg, PA

Ms. Brown is a freelance writer, PR and marketing consultant. Learn more about her rants at www.ajuicebreak.workpress.com and at her Web site at www.thejblairbrown.com.