In 1970, there was no internet, cell phone, VCR, DVD player, or cable television. All of these things factor into the equation of making it in Hollywood today. A philosophy for life on the road to success, rather than a blueprint to painting by numbers, HOW TO MAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD BEFORE YOU MAKE IT is a portrait of 10 emerging artists on the front lines of Hollywood, running the gamut from actors, writers, producers, dancers, singers and songwriters, all at different stages in their careers. The companion piece to Christopher C. Odom’s Award-Winning documentary, by the same name, the book offers more true life insight on what it takes to maintain in Hollywood on the path to success, as well extras like the documentary screenplay, production notes, interviews with Odom and the original festival press kit.
Holmes arrests Mo for extortion and illegal arms dealing. Mo pledges an oath of revenge. Mo walks free on a technicality when Mo’s lawyers draw ties to Holmes and a crime boss. Holmes resigns from the force. Flash forward 3 years later. Independence Day weekend. Mo now has the most powerful crime syndicate in Detroit. He’s Mo, ergo “Mo-Town.” Mo is promoting a huge Independence Day Celebration and “MoTown Review” on the waterfront. All of the heads of the other crime syndicates will be there. The crime bosses believe that Mo’s Independence Day Celebration is to give them their independence. Unbeknownst to them, Mo’s Independence Day Celebration is to celebrate his independence from them. At the end of the Motown Review, when all the fireworks go off, a small nuclear bomb will blow up all of Mo’s enemies at one time as well as thousands of innocent bystanders–Mo’s Independence Day Massacre.
“It is written that the first born son of a Ghetto King shall inherit the Source. And he shall walk among us, robed as a servant, with a satchel at his side. And when the time is come, the fire of the word shall ignite and dispel the darkness.” When Mellow Dee, a disgruntled postal worker, gets a message from an escaped convict, he must seek out the old Laserball player and Ghetto Knight, Elijah. In a world where the church has merged with the state, Mellow Dee is young and strong willed, but oblivious. Elijah reveals to Mellow Dee that King Ray-Ray, the imprisoned leader of the Ghetto Knights, is the father Mellow Dee never had. Elijah teaches Mellow Dee how “to go to the Source” and the ways of the Ghetto Knights. Together, Mellow Dee and Elijah have three days to steal a satellite crystal that will prove King Ray-Ray’s innocence, take down the Dark Overlord, and prevent World War IV.