HBO’s The Wire has developed a cult following. I watched the show religiously from the very beginning. I remember staying up past midnight on Saturday so I could watch the newest segment on HBO On Demand at 12:01 am. I would then watch it again on Sunday night at 9PM. One of the more complex characters was Cutty Wise, affectionately known as “Cutty From The Cut.” Cutty got out of the game, and worked a few odd jobs until returning to his true passion – boxing.
Cutty raised money from local investors to refurbish an old boxing gym and buy new gear for kids. He recruited several hoppers on the corner and word quickly spread throughout neighborhood. In the meantime Cutty also taught the kids life lessons – heart, sticktoitiveness, and killer instinct. In one of The Wire’s most poignant scenes Cutty was also required to show heart. He had to tell Avon Barksdale and Slim Charles he was out the game:
Whatever it is in you that lets you flow like you flow and do that thang. It ain’t in me no more … I ain’t making myself clear. “The game” ain’t in me no more … None of it!
Who saw that coming? Cutty spoke truth to power and he was “a man today.” Cutty was a compelling figure and had a very interesting story line. Actor Chad Coleman, who played Cutty, did a wonderful job of portraying Cutty’s complexity. Coleman conveyed thoughts without speaking. The audience knew exactly what Cutty wanted to say or do without him having to utter a word, but just from his body language or facial expression. Great acting lies in the subtleties and Coleman was a master at it.
In a breaking news event Coleman will collab with “Shock Exchange” on Trump and the Global Economy town hall. As a host for the event Coleman will lay it out for the Shock Exchange to play it out. The event will take place February 6th from 6PM – 8PM at South Oxford Space in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Come early and bring friends.
Ralph Baker’s Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead also spoke truth to power. Why let Cutty have all the fun? It is the most-plagiarized book in the country – plagiarized by economists and politicians alike. Pursuant to economics, it might be the most-influential book since the Great Depression.
On Trump And The Global Economy
The second installment of Trump And The Global Economy town hall took place October 24th in Fort Greene. It Featured Professor Lance Brofman, Coconut Rob (Coconut Rob Smoothies), Wuyi Jacobs (AfroBeats Radio) and Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead. The first event took place June 27, 2017 and featured pollster John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates and activist Conrad Tillard.
This event was well-received by the community as well. We parsed through President Trump’s proposed tax plan and [i] how it was pure economic folly and [ii] high net worth individuals could potentially game the system by shifting income around. Apparently, Kansas Coach Bill Self did this when the state of Kansas cut taxes in the past. We discussed the pros and cons of technology on workers and the economy. How will the economy and country prosper under Trump’s leadership? What’s behind the verbal sparring with black athletes, ESPN’s Jemele Hill and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?