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  • How AI can help with your Dreams

    A lot of artists are scared Artificial Intelligence will replace them but as an Artist, I have found it to be a useful tool. I’m a writer and when I was younger, I’d draw characters and scenes for my stories to inspire me and help create the plot. Lately I’ve been using AI to draw my characters and sometimes it comes up with wild ideas and I incorporate this in my stories. I invite every artist to not be afraid of A.I., but to see it as partner in helping you become a better artist, I even created an AI instagram model to help promote my company. I’m also a filmmaker and working with AI to create a movie using AI and human actors. We should realize AI is not going anywhere and we can use the potential of it to help chase our dreams and make them become reality, The photo is me and my AI instagram model Jac

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  • Different Shades of Black

    Being a Black Man and an Actor and Filmmaker, people sometimes tell me I should be happy when I see a Black person in a movie cause I am being “Represented.” Yet, I try to explain that I am not. My Family is from the South, particularly Louisiana and although I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, I have more of the personality and attitude of someone from Louisiana. Which means I do not see myself as less than a White person and nor do I listen to whatever music I am told is preferred by Blacks. I date women of all backgrounds and won’t mention my crazy ex who was Blonde and Jewish cause that is a whole ‘nother story. I’ve yet to see myself in any movie or film or TV show. A Black man in a Cinema has to be poor and struggling or a criminal or even if he is a good guy, he is locked in a box that people believe is Black. Recently a White friend of mine told me, I should not speak with an accent when doing business presentations. It is sad when you are constantly told what music to listen to, how to speak and that you need to act “BLACK.” People refuse to acknowledge that there are “Different Shades of Black” and just because you see someone Black in movies and TV, that does not mean We are being Represented.

    Alex P. Michaels

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    • This is so true. It’s kind of sad because a lot of people think we’re represented because they focus on one part of an area or make us attach ourselves to a representation of a whole different culture from what we may come from. I’ve seen it happen with movies, such as Black Panther and Woman King. and what’s crazy is that back in the days? W…read more

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  • Sometimes saying “I Love You,” is meaningless.

    I’m a writer and words have meaning. My Dad was a Marine and for him Action is what matters. I don’t expect him to say I love you, because that is not the generation he grew up in where Men expressed emotions. Yet I know he loves me when he took care of his family and bought me action figures (Star Trek or Superheroes) even when I broke the last ones. I learn from my Dad to be more of a Man who may not always say what he feels but shows it. I’m not going to ever hear my Dad gush with emotions and I don’t need to.

    He didn’t say it when I was a little boy who wanted to make movies and he’s not going to say it now.

    Paradoxically, I do use the words, “I love you,” but only if I mean them and I have did some action to show it is how I feel. I’m not going too much into my personal life though. I do that by writing characters and using fiction as a basis for truths I have found in life.

    I have found some use “I love you” to manipulate others and their actions are the total opposite of Love. In writing and researching crime stories, I find Women and Men who have been abused verbally and physically by people who constantly say “I love you.”

    So as the son of a Marine, I will say, if someone really and truly loves you, they won’t have to say it. You will know it.

    Alex P. Michaels

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    • @prelude2cinema this is so true Alex. But sometimes the words are nice to here. You really should check out @telina27 letter. She talks about some similar feelings and emotions in regards to her relationship with her mother. Here is her article. https://theunsealed.com/activity/p/1710/

      My mother’s parents (my grandparents) also weren’t very good…read more

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    • I feel like saying I love isn’t meaningless to certain people I think it’s only meaningless to the person who doesn’t feel the meaning behind the words truly. I’ve said I love you to many people but I’ve always felt forced and never really meant it. I don’t think I myself am a lovey-dovey person. I’ve only ever felt real meaning towards the word…read more

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    • I love it, because I’m right there with you. Growing up, my parents, nor my siblings we never said I love you to each other, and I thought there was something wrong with us, or we didn’t love each other, because people on television said it to each other all the time. But of course once I got older, I grew to know we did truly love each other,…read more

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  • Fearless or Friendly

    Oddly enough one of my friends likes to compliment me in what can be called paradoxically jealous. He said, I was fearless.

    The circumstances was I went and talked to someone while he didn’t. Often times I strike up conversations with people I find intriguing. I didn’t want anything but just to say hello.

    My Friend, on the other hand, puts a lot of thought into how things benefit him and tries to make calculations on whether it is worth it to meet someone new.
    I didn’t see it as being “fearless,” but just being friendly. I explained this to my Friend who didn’t get the benefit of saying hello to a stranger. Although I just decided to take the compliment and keep being fearless (friendly).

    I told my Friend, sometimes you just have to do nice things and not want anything in return.

    I told him a story from a movie “The Fisher King.”

    ly saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the king “What ails you friend?” The king replied “I’m thirsty. I need some water to cool my throat”. So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water and handed it to the king. As the king began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands and there was the holy grail, that which he sought all of his life. And he turned to the fool and said with amazement, “How can you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?” And the fool replied “I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty”

    Alex P. Michaels

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    • For the title of your story friendly or fearless, I believe that you are both. Not many can go up to people and start a conversation with someone you have never met before. I was just like your friend. I never said good morning to anyone on the street or talked to anyone because I found it very weird to just talk to people I never knew or had to…read more

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    • So love it, and so true, and to me you’re both. Your friend didn’t want to take a chance, you do and it pays off and he feels it’s fearless. What he’s doing is taking away from himself, he’s missing out. You can’t do anything in life, or have great friends in your life, if you don’t make the first move. That doesn’t have to be a person that’s…read more

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  • Dear Lauren,
    I know I don’t say it often enough but you inspire me. I know a lot of people are afraid to share their personal pain and even so to make something positive of it. I write crime stories and have heard how horrific sexual assault can be. It takes a lot of strength to discuss it and the law seems to be unkind to listen or respond. Yet, whatever we go through, it is important to find the joys in life. Bring your friend is a joy and seeing how you let others tell their stories if pain and joy is inspiration that is much needed in these critical days. I’m working on my movies but I am always here for you and would love to talk to anyone in the community and hopefully be a friend . Keep doing the good things that you do. Much love to you.
    Alex

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    • Aww thanks Alex. You are too sweet and I am so glad we got to know each other over the past few years. And thank you so much for supporting @theunsealed It means THE WORLD to me.

      Anyways, not sure if you read what I wrote, but to break the ice share the best compliment you have ever received. I shared a few of mine.

      I like this challenge because…read more

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