Kevin Hart booked two sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, which became the backdrop for the performance used in “Let Me Explain”. Hart is short and silly, but comes from a very relatable place if you’re a parent, spouse, ex-spouse, man or woman. What he lacks in height, he makes up with personality. His audience is diverse and the documentary portion of the film takes the time to show us that as well by highlighting some of his recent travels and sold out shows. “Let Me Explain” is Hart’s response to some of the rumors that have been in blogs about him, his relationship with his father, his life and his divorce. You can’t help but admire how transparently Hart discusses his experiences on stage. Like many great comedians before him, Hart has discussions with his audience as opposed to simply telling jokes.
Hart was born on July 3, 1980, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised by his single mother, Nancy, and has one older brother, Robert Hart. His father, Harry, a now ex-cocaine addict, was in and out of jail throughout most of Kevin’s childhood. Hart used his natural ability to make people laugh as a coping mechanism to deal with his family struggles and to stay out of trouble. After high school he moved to New York City to attend a community college where he graduated two years later. He then moved to Massachusetts and found work as a shoe salesman. He began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy after performing on amateur night at a club in Philadelphia.
It took time for Hart to develop a unique comedic style. After an early period of attempting to imitate comedians like Chris Tucker, he finally found his own rhythm by delving into his insecurities and life experiences. “Because of what I do, it has to be an open book, he has said. “But right now this is a book that is being written.” Hart learned that in order to really be successful at this he had to learn to get colorful and master living life in High Definition (HD).
Imagine a visual so clear it puts the viewer right in the middle of the television experience. Envision the type of clarity that has such high resolution that it unlocks vivid color spectrum and a powerful display. When people sit down to watch a program, they prefer to do so with the richest replication possible. This was the driving force behind high definition technology. Pioneered in the early 1930’s by the United States and Britain, HD has gone through many evolutions. Today it exists as the only real way to enjoy television. We did it with technology, but in life, how does one subscribe to a service that will allow them to see things with crystal clear precision?
French impressionist painter Camille Pissarro said of perception, “Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” This means life is much more than what happens to people but how they see or perceive what happens to them. Amazingly, when three people are asked to explain their take on an accident that just happened, the results are always three fold; there are three different versions. This happens because people view and process information based on their past. Think about it, people are actually determining their future from information that is outdated. Everything is filtered and given meaning from within. Experience has shown that this method seldom, if ever, works to anyone’s favor.
The truth is, people don’t see life as it is, they see it as they are. So although people have eyes fixed in their heads, life is really seen through the heart, where perception lives. This is why someone who’s suffered a failure in their business or relationship feels unable to trust anyone new. They are looking through the filtered view of perception and, as a result, have already judged the situation. A life in HD will give vision that cuts through the clutter that’s obstructing your highest resolution.
High Definition simply means providing a visual that is substantially higher than that of standard vision. With that said who really sets out to live a standard, ordinary life? No one, all humanity craves the mountain top experiences that give their lives true meaning. But the question remains, how? Here are some tips:
- The first thing one has to do is make the switch: Remember a few years ago when there were commercials warning everyone that as of a certain date, analog television would no longer be available? This means life will sometimes force people into a shift, ready or not. They lived with antiquated vision long enough, things have changed.
- In order to adjust one’s vision, they may need new equipment: Some television units did not have the capabilities to handle this switch. Most electronic stores offered an inexpensive converter box that would transmit the signal for viewing. When life has changed, people must quickly adjust and re-tool ourselves to handle it. This may mean getting better life skills from other professionals and perhaps, a better circle of friends.
- Don’t mourn the loss, embrace the new: New technology can be intimidating. Now there are signs everywhere that boast, “Now in HD”. No one can afford to spend their time frustrated that they’ve lost a good TV set that they loved. Rather view it as an opportunity to see the same shows with a different, more vibrant lens. The only way one can really set their life up on another level is by looking with fresh eyes at the same struggles but with higher definition.
Without getting too technical, this is not referring to the number of mega pixels one currently has, or if they are working with a 52 or 74 inch screen. More importantly the concern is with the amount of truth and passion that’s allowed to shine through one’s life at any given time. Things get hard, people disappoint and great business ideas fail. What keeps folk going and seeing things for what they really are is the choice to live in high definition.
Kevin Hart has learned the art of living in HD. “When you talk about your flaws, people gravitate towards you,” Hart said in an interview with Rolling Stones magazine. He started his career in an analog role in the movie, “Paper Soldiers” but look at him now. In 2012, Hart won a Best Actor Award at the BET Awards for his high definition performance in the box-office hit movie, “Think Like A Man”. Hart’s new stand up, “Let Me Explain” does not disappoint. At 5 feet, 4 inches tall he may be small in stature, but a giant in life. The sky is no limit for Mr. Hart.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia Beach, VA)