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Purple Tramble also known as "Purple Reels The Go Getter" is an Independent Filmmaker an alumni of Howard University where she studied Communications - [TV/Film Production]. Tramble is passionate about working with small businesses, bands, artists etc. by giving them a tool to market themselves through video promotion. She is also passionate about the progression of the modern filmmaker by providing them with new ideas to keep them ahead of the game. Tramble is an Activist and Advocate of Educating and Empowering the next generation by providing them with positive images that destroy racial stereotypes and sexist or demeaning behavior in regards to young women. Her mission is to provide hope to the hopeless, a voice to the voiceless, and support others on a mission to bring peace, spread love, and make a positive change. "Protect and effect the minds of the youth and save a nation." ~ Purple Reels ~

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Review of "The Soloist"

After seeing “The Soloist” I can solemnly say that I was sincerely touched. This film was real life. I mean it was based on a true story but the way that it was put together was phenomenal. The two actors Robert Downey Jr. (Lopez) and Jamie Foxx (Nathanial) portray their very energy with such detail that you fall into their character and forget where you are and reality. My favorite scene consists of the visual portrayal of sound and more importantly the sound of a symphony portrayed with the fusion of color and audiovisual masterpieces. It pleased me greatly to have witnessed such a great story because that is what it is all about… telling each others stories… one person writes the story… another person has an idea or a vision about how to tell the story… then that person brings it to someone who can get the people together to carry out that vision. That, my friends is the essence of film. I recommend that anyone who is able to go and witness this film in all of its greatness. I have yet to see the movie “Obsessed” however that is the next thing on my to do list.

As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE!

"Purple Reels The Go Getter"

Saturday, April 25, 2009

"Ideas and Dreams Deferred"

When I started to realize that my dreams actually meant something I started to keep a notebook and a pen by my bedside. I just couldn’t stand the thought of actually forgetting one of my ideas. Most of the time my dreams would cause me to think about certain events in my life and some part of the dream always ended up coming to life. The other kinds of dreams I have are “Ideas” that are God-given. I know this because every time I take note of them and run with them I never fail. The thing about it is that if God has given you something he will always give you instructions about what to do with that idea. The problem arises in between that time when we are waiting to hear those instructions. I know how frustrating that can be. Take for instance my acceptance into Howard University. It was always my dream to attend Howard but the dream was deferred because my family ended up moving back to Seattle, WA and my acceptance letter went to our California address.That was one of the most stressful situations in my life because everyone around me was like “Well maybe it just wasn’t meant to be…” I refused to believe that and had many discussions with my family about my decision to either wait or continue on and go to another school. After my parents and I talked with a recruiter from Washington State University I chose to continue on and go ahead and go to "Washington State University" while I made my game plan for Howard. For some reason it seemed like I was destined to be at Howard I just didn’t know why. So I made a mental note that I was going to transfer in to Howard and if I got in then I was definitely going. I didn’t tell anyone until I knew for sure that I was in. I contacted the recruiter I had met while in California and then we were rolling. Now the day I found out about my acceptance into Howard was amazing. My recruiter called me and said that he was in a meeting and my name came up… they looked at my grades and were like “how could she have grades like this and not get in?” He was like "Hey! That's my recruit I've been working with her since 2004." Things moved pretty quickly after that. I applied once again to Howard at the end of my freshman year at Washington State University in 2004 and got in as a Transfer student. I then told my family who had mixed feelings because of the distance. but I could understand because it was like going across the country. My family's support meant a lot to me because if it weren't for them I wouldn't have made it this far. The greatest test however would come around August. It was three weeks before I was supposed to move to DC. Something told me to call Howard Residence Life. So because of the time difference I got up at 6am Pacific Time to call them when they opened at 9am Eastern Time. There were many early mornings of calling... calling... calling! Three weeks before my plane was supposed to leave for DC they told me I had no housing! This would be one of the MANY roadblocks I would have to deal with involving Howard but I never lived on campus again because of that. I just didn't trust them at ALL! Then someone told me about this website and I went on a search for what seemed like a dead end. My friends and family were all very concerned. So you can imagine how I was beginning to doubt if this was really a good idea. However a door opened up right on time! I remember that faithful day, August 15, 2005 when I packed my three black suitcases… with my purple bible, some clothes, my teddy bear, passion and a dream! I had no job lined up and no idea how I was going to get by but I knew I was supposed to be there. Before I got on the plane I tried not to shed any tears but I looked back and saw my mother and father... standing strong behind me... waving goodbye... and I could not look back anymore. I thought about all of the times I thought about giving up... and all of the times they didn't give up on me... that plane ride was an emotional one that I will never forget. Yes there is a very inspiring story to be told of how I made it through but I can’t just give you the whole story now that wouldn’t be fair. So now here I stand about to graduate from Howard University and go on to Cannes, France and intern with a major motion picture company… I do not have a job secured yet but I know because of how God has worked in the past he has something lined up! So keep that notebook and pen by your bedside because you never know where those "God Ideas"could lead you. Stay tuned for more from the story of the dream deferred “Purple Reels The Go Getter.” I am working on a book at the moment and that was just an excerpt. Have a great day people.

As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE!

"Purple Reels The Go Getter"

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Light

"My journey towards a college degree is about to come to a close... and I just felt like I should share a part of my journey with you all. Below is an essay that I wrote for acceptance into the Creative Minds in Cannes program... hopefully this will shed some light on my background for your convenience..." P.Reels

In the beginning it was love. I was introduced to the art form called film and I fell in love. It was the year 1999 and my family and I had just moved to California (from Seattle) and once again I was the new kid. Then it happened. I remember it vividly. My teacher announced an extra credit opportunity filming the football team games and editing the highlights. I was very curious and decided to take on the position. That was middle school. The rest is history. The next few years I didn’t think much of it but in high school I joined a program that directly involved the art of the field of communications.

I remember creating a project about the Harlem Renaissance that was very special to me. I was able to learn about my
history, which I felt was not something addressed in as much detail as I would like. They always told us little bits and pieces of information about Black History but my thirst for knowledge prompted my interest. My high school years birthed my passion for human rights, politics and knowledge. Film helps me to be able to tell stories, the stories of real people, the forgotten, which may have gone to the grave without my creative juices to cater to the fulfillment thereof.
I interned during the summer for National Youth Congress creating films for the purpose of preventing kids from doing drugs and educating the community on Lead Poisoning. More recently I interned at HRC (Human Rights Campaign) where I immersed myself in the knowledge of hands on experience in the studio. That experience opened my eyes to a whole new world.

I am a fighter and that is what attracted me to Howard University. Every obstacle that came up during my time here at Howard I turned it into a triumph. Howard is it's own community... a family... and even though we get frustrated sometimes with certain things we still won't go for anyone else bad mouthing our University. My passion for women’s rights landed me the Paul Robeson Award in 2007 for the short film “The Road Not Taken” adapted from Robert Frost’s poem with the same name. That film was special to me because it was a personal triumph over something in my past.

Film has been my refuge and the light at the end of the tunnel and the air that I breathe. Just like the poem I took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference. More recently, in April 2009 the documentary "The Revolution Will Be Televised" was nominated for Best Production and Best Documentary for the Paul Robeson Awards which took place at the AFI Silver Theatre April 9th. The Revolution Will Be Televised received honorable mention for Best Documentary at The Paul Robeson Awards this year and is in competition for other film festivals throughout the nation. I am very proud and thankful that God intrusted me with such a gift to share with the world and will be forever indebted to people like my family who gave up many of their dreams to pour life into mine. I have been one of the fortunate few and can only hope that in the future I can give back to my community what they have given to me.

"It takes a village to raise a child..."

As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE!

"Purple Reels The Go Getter"

Monday, April 13, 2009


So I have a new outlook on life now I should say... I now understand that things don't always work out like you've planned but yet and still it is good to plan. I am sitting here in the Dean's office at Howard University waiting for some paperwork to be completed for funding for the Cannes Film Festival... or more importantly the Creative Minds in Cannes Program. I am realizing that the money is out there for whatever it is that you want to do... you just have to be a "Go Getter" and Go Get it!. So more importantly as a young independent woman it is important to keep that Go Getter spirit alive.

When I wake up in the morning I have to actually set my mind to do what I need to do. You don't just wake up with this kind of Go Getter attitude you must cultivate it daily. It is a day by day process like pruning of a tree. Being a student is a world full of stress that may lead to doubt at times but YOU have to be the one to stop those negative thoughts from actually blooming and embedding themselves into your conscience. I know that I have something special to share with the world but it is up to me to go out and show them and make myself visible.

I particularly like what Spike Lee said in his promotion for the Babelgum online film festival "Young people need vehicles ... there's a lot of talent out there... you can have a great film ... but if nobody can see it, it's not going to do that much good!"
I believe that this is absolutely true that we have to be the vehicle or the promotion tool to get our stuff out there! No one is going to do it for you because NO ONE is more passionate about what you do than YOU! So get up and get out there and DO YOU! Do It! There are NO EXCUSES! I have developed this NO EXCUSES attitude due to the passing of many people close to me in the past few years... it's like this... once you realize that you are about to die you start trying to do everything that you've ever wanted to do in life! The thing is we all know we are going to die someday... but you don't know when! SO why not take the risk NOW ... TODAY! Why not? It is up to you... that is what I am doing and plan to do from this moment on! I am a Go Getter with a Go Getter Attitude! So develop it and let it be known! That is my motto... Purple Reels on the MOVE! My first step is major ... I will soon be distributing "The Revolution Will Be Televised" online on which will be available for purchase and viewing ON Demand!

As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE!

"Purple Reels The Go Getter"

Saturday, April 11, 2009





I wrote this piece a couple of days ago... hope you enjoy...


Amazing I cannot breathe But then again I’m floating How did I get my wings I am not worthy of these things Yet and still I’m flying Over the same rivers and streams That brought me pain and grief Over the laughter of my enemies Over the stains of my past Amazing I cannot breathe Having a great feast With the author of my dreams He let me know he planned all of these things It was a set up for my destiny If you didn’t pass the test … How would you ever get your wings? I can still hear my mother saying “Testing… Testing…” Inside I would be screaming but I didn’t want to lose my blessing always remembering Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life. Amazing I cannot breathe Floating on the agape Through the clouds I see My story … remembering all I’ve been through The secrets finally erased Because you have forgiven me Behold old things have passed away All things have become new And it’s amazing I cannot breathe Overwhelmed by your anointing Just like fire shut up in my bones I can’t help but tell it That was the premise of my story To go through all of these things So that I might travel and tell the world How I got my wings

Written by “Purple” 3:01pmEST Washington, DC
© 2009

Tight Rope

I was inspired this morning to write this piece... not sure yet if I want it to be a song or just a poem but it is how I feel right now... like I am teetering on a tight rope... this is a feeling I do not do too well with... the feeling of uncertainty... so I hope you enjoy... writing is sort of like healing for me... or a better word might be "therapy"... so I present "Tight Rope"


It’s hard not to look down below
When you’re flying up this high
It’s so hard not to lose control
When you see what I see tonight
See I’m trying to keep my focus
Trying not to sink below the ocean
but this fear is trying to cripple me
So I come to you humbly asking you please

can you show me something
show me a sign give me an answer
Lord as I walk this tight rope
give me your hand don’t let me fall lord
I’m trying to keep my focus
Can you show me something

Sometimes we try to figure you out lord
But were only human you knew we would do this
Even though they laugh in the crowd lord
I keep my devotion, I can’t lose focus
When I tried to move the mountain on my own
It left me frustrated with nothing to show
So now I put my faith back in what I know
Give me your hand I can’t do this alone
Before fear cripples me on this tight rope
Please can you show me…

Can you show me something
Show me a sign give me an answer
Lord as I walk this tight rope
Give me your hand don’t let me fall lord
I’m trying to keep my focus
Can you show me something

© 2009 Written by “Purple” Washington, DC