Sunday, October 10, 2010

Day 20 in L.A. (Suck it up Brother...)

(Day 20 = Saturday, October 9, 2010)

I couldn't help but smile when I saw the comment left by my friend Jermaine Smith in day 19's post.

"Motown, this is not the time to go on a roller coaster. Suck it up brother and stay on the move...You are bigger than your hair... You are what you believe in your heart. If you believe you will still be successful, you will. I believe in you brother. I also know how it is to get your hair jacked up. Go home, have a nice cry and keep it moving. Love you bro."

Those are powerful words. Its no wonder why everyone always ask him when is he going to become a pastor, (Thanks brother). Yes, I took a hit from the situation, but all I know how to do is keep it moving. With or without the hair, I have to continue to thrive. A portion of the day was spent thinking about the movie I saw last night, "The Social Network." I loved it. I love to see how things start, grow and evolve.

The story is amazing. Mark Zuckerberg literally became a billionaire by accident. When I was watching it I didn't want it to end. It made me wish I was there when it all started in 2003. I would of loved to be a part of his great vision. Throughout the first season of "The Motown Maurice Show," I recalled having multiple conversations with my partner Reggie Smiley. So often I told him, "I love what I'm doing and I'm giving my all to make this happen but I'm not doing it to be famous. Fame and fortune doesn't drive me. I ultimately want to be a part of something that can evolve into something big;; a collective effort that involves great vision, passion and determination and can impact the lives of many. I've created and accomplished so much in Tampa, then one day my creations reached a point where it couldn't grow anymore, which is obviously why I left my hometown.

I'm not writing this because I'm having doubt, I'm writing this because I'm a deep thinker and the movie brought back some old thoughts.  I know a few of you believe my quest is fun and wish you were doing the same, but looks can be deceiving. There are some good moments but you are not allowed to miss a beat. Since I'm such a deep thinker, oftentimes, I don't take the time out to enjoy the moments as I should. For those of you thinking about beginning a quest like this, be aware that it requires a great deal of super human abilities. Some might call it will ambition, determination, drive, etc, I like to call it "super human abilities." I'll explain it in a book or another blog one day.

Speaking of human abilities, I had dusted off some I haven't used in a while. Okay, maybe it's not exactly "super human abilities." but its been a long time since I've cooked a real meal.  Ma, this one is especially for you. Check out my new cooking show.

It's been years since I cooked spaghetti, so I have to give myself some credit for that excellent meal. This is a "come up" for me. Since I've been in L.A. rice and tuna fish is a frequent meal for me.

Bon Appetit. Rice and tuna anyone?

As I'm writing this post I checked my email and I noticed the owner of the barbershop responded to my message I sent him on Facebook. He stated he was saddened by dissatisfaction, offered to refund my $40 and still wants to give me a complementary hair cut when I return. The response was well written and I respect the effort from the owner. More than likely I'm going to get my money back but I'm going to have to think about the free hair cut. Let's say I return and I get a great cut. It would make sense to come back again and support the business. I don't know what the future holds but it's going to be a long time before I can afford $40 haircuts. Maybe when I get invited to Dancing with the Stars I'll then be able to afford it but for now I don't think so. I'm going to tell him exactly whats up and and we'll see how he responds next time.

As the quests continues...

Motown Maurice


  1. Maurice, alot has happened since you've been out there. Why not consider turning that into a reality show; using that as a self promoting vehicle may be just what you need. I hope your taping footage. If life gives you lemon, make lemonade and serve it up...................

    Linda / Tampa, FL

  2. Oh Motown...Lol. How did that taste? lol

  3. I agree with Linda. You should look into the reality show idea.

  4. Yeah $40 is a bit much, but when you make it big you wont have to worry about a $40 cut. You can bless your hometown barber and hire him as your personal barber... If you like tuna and rice you will love salmon patties and rice. It's not hard to make either.

  5. I have a suggestion: why not just grow an afro? That way, you can let your hair grow out and you can save money in the process. Not only that, but you would also be staying within the "Motown" theme. (Don't you already have a pic of your with one on your brochures?) hmmmm. I'm just sayin'. Oh, and I concur with the reality show theme....this blog is already like a (written) reality show...might as well youtube it, until it gets picked up and you can earn a paycheck in the process if/when you have a lot of viewers! :) Keep going, my brotha! May God bless you on your quest!

  6. Hi Motown, am thrilled that you finally turn to a new menu, that I recognized is much healthier, than tuna and rice. I enjoyed your cooking show and tune on to it over and over. Motown you're truly a fabulous cook, I know that you can do it, so, take good care of Motown so you can handle your goals in a prosperous and healthy way. Am a mother of a son that is gifted and talented in every area of his life. Motown has wisdom from above. Continue the good work and be bless.


Your comments fuel this blog. Thank you in advance for leaving one or two or three. :-)

Like The Future of Late Night Campaign