Guilty pleasures don’t define a black man.

Sam Jackson as Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction.
Sam Jackson as Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction.
Pulp Fiction © Miramax

Editor’s note: This is Chapter 1 of a serialized version of my political satire/memoir “Dungeons ’n’ Durags: One Black Nerd’s Epic Quest of Self-discovery, Racial Identity, and Crisis of Faith in Trump’s America.” You can continue to read this book FREE on Medium through Chapter 35. I feel confident it’ll make you laugh and think. Or, if you’re feeling bold and want to read the ENTIRE manuscript (40+ chapters and all), you can get it cheap at DnDBook.com. Either way, enjoy the ride and… “Hold on to your butts!”

I’m currently in the middle of yet another one of my mind-numbingly frustrating, and seemingly nonsensical debates with Samuel L. Jackson. Yes, THAT Samuel L. Jackson. Well, technically, it’s not really Sam Jackson. It’s his character Jules from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. And to be honest, it’s not even really Jules. He’s something else. …


How I got to 54,000 words with a purpose, a rock, and an eclectic soundtrack

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Writing in my retro bungalow apartment; bamboo curtains, kidney-shaped pool, and all. Photo courtesy of the author.

As of this writing, we’re less than a week out from a big event. No, I’m not talking about the 2020 United States presidential election. I’m talking about National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo).

Every year, thousands of writers all over the world commit the month of November to write a minimum of 50,000 words. For some, it will be their first time. For others, their umpteenth. I did it two years ago and it was the burst of inspiration I need to write my book “Dungeons ’n’ Durags” (for which I recently landed a traditional publisher). …


Ironically, one of the most beautiful aspects of Christianity probably holds the answer.

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Photo by ahmed zid on Unsplash

Note: there is a NON-SPOILER reference to the TV show “The Good Place” in this article. If you prefer to know NOTHING about the show, then proceed with caution (I promise that what I reveal does not spoil anything of major import). If you comment about the show, please do so in a NON-SPOILER way.

As of this writing, I’m currently halfway through season 3 of the 4-season story arc of “The Good Place.” As a fan of pop culture film and television, I can say with all confidence it is by far one of the most creative and funny television shows I’ve seen in my half-century of existence on this planet. It’s witty, hilarious, and surprisingly touching. …


And other reasons for supporting Trump.

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Church window depicting a stoning. Pixabay

So many Christians are against abortion and I frankly don’t understand why. The Bible has tons of verses that make killing children, or those who don’t believe the right way, not only acceptable, but mandated.

Abraham was told to kill Isaac. Nothing suggested to Abraham this was out of the ordinary, so we must assume that it was, like, a thing. Deuteronomy tells us that if your rambunctious and disobedient teen gets out of line, take him to the town to be stoned. God orders the Israelites to kill every man, woman, and child among the Amalekites. …


Please return by the appointed time with all the original packaging.

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Clip from Taylor Swift’s performance of “Homecoming,” er, I mean “Me” at last year’s Billboard Music Awards.

The various heads of the President’s Security Council, chairpersons of Senate and House investigative committees, and ambassadors from around the world, all sit around the war room as interstellar linguist Dr. Framke Johannestein re-reads the translated message:

People of Earth. This is a friendly reminder that your free trial of the “human” you know as Taylor Swift (hereafter "the Product") expires next Saturday at exactly Stardate β3.245.456 GMT (galactic meridian time), which is approximately 4:54 pm CST (give or take a quantum Tirulian second). Let us remind you that your original trial period of three-quarters of a Berulean Leap Year originally lapsed well over thirty-four hepta-quarsecs ago. If you do not return her by the appointed time, we will have no choice but to extract from your atmosphere payment in full. Such payment shall be equal to or greater than the combined amount of carbon dioxide emitted by Swifties during the Product's time on Earth, multiplied by 1.21 gigawatts. …


The fact I even have to write this title is sheer insanity.

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Photo by Life Matters on Pexels

I was dumbfounded a month or so ago when I met a Black man online who shared a video by a Black pastor who was claiming that the #BlackLivesMatter movement was that of professed witches. The Black man who shared this video is a Christian. I believe he believes that he’s doing “God’s work” by helping to expose the “evils” of the leaders of Black Lives Matter.

The number of people I’m encountering online who believe in this kind of nonsense is baffling. These are the same kinds of people who fall into the camp that the BLM founders and followers are Marxists. How is it that we live in a world like this? …


Money is not the only value you can get from doing a job

Rear view of a man sitting down with headphones on, with a microphone and laptop on the desk
Rear view of a man sitting down with headphones on, with a microphone and laptop on the desk
Photo by Jeremy Enns on Unsplash

Whether or not you do free work is a very controversial topic. “Get paid what you’re worth,” that’s what most professional creatives believe (including myself).

If you earn a living as a professional creative, you put way too much time, energy, heart, and soul into what you do just to give it away. And one of the biggest mistakes I see professional creatives make (especially in the pro video world), is not charging enough for their work.

So it may seem confusing, contradictory, or even hypocritical when I tell you that giving away your work should be part of your marketing strategy. The question is: when, why, and how to do it in a manner that supports your brand and actually yields the results you want. …


A critical step in helping your video-embedded pages rank in search engine results pages

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Illustrated image of a video sitemap
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One essential part of helping to improve your video search results is to use a video sitemap.

What Is a Sitemap?

Sitemaps in general are XML files usually located at the root level of your site. They are useful because they tell search engines like Google where to find key content on your site. Having sitemaps and then adding page links to those sitemaps can help in your overall SEO.

A video sitemap is a sitemap that is specifically geared towards telling search engines where your videos are located. More specifically, it’s telling the engines which page is to be considered the “home” of the video. If you Google that video specifically, that is the page the search engine would link to. …


And a plethora of decidedly more effective ideas.

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Photo by Michael Muthee on Unsplash

On Joe Rogan’s popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, his interview with Ben Shapiro has been viewed over 7.5 million times on YouTube. A highlight of the interview is a discussion of race and systemic racism. Surprisingly, Joe does a pretty decent job of pushing back on Ben’s typical response to solving the plight of Black Americans. Ben believes that the solution to changing the path of so many Black Americans who fall into crime is for them to take personal agency if you’re in a gang-infested community. “Don’t pick up a gun and shoot someone.” …


From the actors you use to the equipment you choose

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Improvised scenes in filmmaking is nothing new. Christopher Guest (the filmmaker behind such comedic classics as A Mighty Wind, This is Spinal Tap, and Best in Show) is one of the best known filmmakers for producing improvised work.

When you have the right cast, the right story, and the right script, you end up with an overall experience that is transcendent. I highly recommend filmmakers explore this aspect of the craft.

Guest and long-time collaborator (and recent Emmy winner) Eugene Levy commented that a significant aspect of these films is creating a structure that the actors can follow. …

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Ron Dawson

Content marketer @ bladeronner.media. Satirical author @ DnDBook.com. Opinions my own & (mostly) correct. Get free insights & inspiration @ bit.ly/substack-ron

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