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Yes! Just like the rest of the million viewers, I got hooked on The Masked Singer since the pilot episode in the first season where the Hippo competed against the Peacock. I lived when Antonio Brown would be unmasked at the end of the very first episode.

The Masked Singer isn’t like the rest of the singing competitions, because first and foremost, it stars celebrities and they compete with one another without knowing who’s under the mask. The clue packages also would get you hooked to figure out which celebrity would be crazy enough to take a chance on a show that was not guaranteed to suffice with the rest of the fall schedule for television, let alone Fox.

What we discovered though, was a brilliant marketing for various celebrities at different stages in their career and I was able to pride myself for guessing seven of the twelve contestants in the first season (Joey Fatone/Rabbit, Terry Bradshaw/Deer, Tori Spelling/Unicorn, Ricki Lake/Raven, LaToya Jackson/Alien, Donny Osmond/Peacock, Gladys Knight/Bee).

I have my work cut out for me for the second season though with the first three weeks unmasking celebrities I wouldn’t even consider for the show, let alone, four more contestants to make it a total of 16.

Currently, as I write this blog, five celebrities have already been unmasked for The Masked Singer (Ninja/Ice Cream, Johnny Weir/Egg, Laila Ali/Panda, Dr. Drew Pincky/Eagle, Paul Shaffer/Skeleton), and I had no clue or figured any of these individuals out. As, well as, having only a guess for seven (out of a total of 16) other contestants still in the run. If I get all seven right, I will be tied for my guesses for last season, but my goal is to beat my seven, so I really need to tune into the clues more on the masked singers I am struggling with. Hopefully be the end of the episode tomorrow night, I can get some new guesses out later this week.

Here are my seven guesses currently for season two of The Masked Singer:

Chris Daughtry as The Rottweiler

 

Seal as The Leopard

 

Michelle Williams as The Butterfly

 

Patti LaBelle as The Flower

 

Victor Oladipo as Thingamajig

 

Kelly Clarkson as Black Widow

 

Kelly Osbourne as the Ladybug

MV5BMjIwMjE1Nzc4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDg4OTA1NzM@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_.jpgFirst and foremost, if you are expecting the new rendition of The Lion King to be parallel to the 1994 edition, don’t.

I went into watching it, making that mistake. To the expectations of James Earl Jones going word for word in his 1994 role of Mufasa, and the uneasy role of Scar being replicated to Jeremy Irons role. I had to erase those expectations after I started getting disappointed left and right.

After stopping the film, mentally erasing those expectations, taking a day or two, and hit restart, it became very clear. Director Jon Favreau made sure to make this version its own identity and on that level, he succeeded.

The realistic animation of the animals involved in the film and the color palette hit it on the head for the production crew. So, congratulations for the production department for executing that aspect of the film successfully.

Again, I had to adjust to the acting and dialogue of this film, and I think a lot of critics would agree. As for the music, I personally enjoyed the renditions of the songs, but that’s just my forte, since even Elton John would differ in that department. Who knows, he is more of a professional musician than I am, so I won’t bark up that tree, myself.

Overall, even though I did enjoy the remake, and would use this film as a reference for a color palette lesson, I also would still prefer the original animation in itself, unlike that of the predecessor of the newly live-action films under Jon Favreau’s brand, The Jungle Book.

2db2aa9b-ca54-43e2-8fe5-0bdf3df5cce6A special someone in my life told me last night that, “We can’t heal alone…” and that’s been sticking with me all day. He is right, so for those who sincerely been loving and supporting me, if it seems I am taking you for granted, I deeply apologize. I promise, I am not.

Survival mode is a pain to climb out of after decades of fighting demons alone. Figured I switch up and express my gratitude, instead of allowing my mind to resort to the worse case scenario in my position. You are appreciated beyond words.

…and for those who are trying to take efforts beyond measures to ensue my accomplishments and success, I am trying to open myself, but the leap of faith is my current biggest fear in my life, especially of having crashed and burned by someone I took a leap of faith on fairly recently. I’m still healing…

As I recover from the pain from my very first kickboxing training session, I think about if I am materialist or idealist when it comes to life. Well what is pain? Is it a feeling? Is it reality? The “pain” I have is a feeling in my tense and sore muscles caused from getting physical (feel) by learning kicking and punching techniques, as well as pushing my limit with working out on Sunday. It’s not so much of a bad feeling; it just means that I am gaining improvement on something in my life, in reality. 

So what is reality? Materialists believe reality is based off of your five senses (physical) is primary reality and emotions and mind is secondary, whereas, the idealists who believe the main leverage of reality is based off of emotions and mentality and secondary is matter. (Novack)So who is right? Is anyone really wrong?

If you think about it, if it wasn’t for our mental state, our body wouldn’t really have the ability or function to feel, taste, smell, see or hear. Our mind is a wondrous thing with how it operates and allows our bodies to function as they do. Even if one is blind, their other senses are spiked, so to speak, to replace the lack of the sense of vision. Just because they are blind, doesn’t mean that their reality is gone. They are still in the here and now, functioning almost as normal with some of the five senses.

A lot of debates about reality are about what about after we die? Then what? Materialists say that our body just shuts down and rots in the ground, idealists lean towards the “sixth sense” basis and says our spirits/mind leaves our body and moves on with life. No one really knows, but speculates when individuals do have near-death experiences.  That is more proof that mind truly is over matter for idealists even though materialists still contradict it with the excuse of the brain and functions shutting down. Nothing more or nothing less.

So this most classic debate in Philosophy may just be one of those arguments that will remain until the very end of life, whether it’s your life, my life, or all human lives. The truth about the reality seems to be more than what just meets the eye for most. It’s a feeling or emotion they have within their heart like hope or faith that keeps them as idealists or maybe the higher power (if there is one) is hiding the truth better to some than most. 

 

Work Cited


          Novack, George, The Origins of Materialism, New York: Pathfinder Press. 1979. Print.

(Originally written in September 2012, edited in May 2014)

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Dreams out weigh my harsh reality
From my visions,
I wish you could see me in my sleep
So why would I want to wake up
To the ugliness of this world, fuck.
I’d rather stay under my rock
and keep delivering you this art hop.
“Cold World, High Hopes”
My definition, my motto.
I don’t always think before I talk,
But I surely think before I write,
Pen, Pencil, or Chalk
Learning my goals, morals,
and ethical virtue as I draw words
that form into my walks.
Words never come empty though
Some come with pure emotions,
Causing my bipolar expressions,
Irony is this shit keeps me stable
When people try to tear me down
When people try to turn my existence
into a fable,
I reverse the power to my persona
and remain able to keep dreaming.

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