Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Music from Mariah

Here is a video for one of Mariah Carey's recent song, "Up Out Of My Face":

I don't even know where to begin with this. It features Nicki Minaj and I am yet to discover the appeal of this "rapper" Besides her elementary lyrics and bobble-head like movements, the girl doesn't seem to be doing much. It seems as though she is trying to play innocent sexy doll, but all that she emotes is confused and robotic.

Anywho, the whole thing looks like a skanky Target commercial and though I wanna say Mariah Carey should know better, hey, I understand....she's trying to remain relevant. It's unfortunate relevancy in today's music seems to require a lot less talent.

I won't lie, though. Mariah stays in shape. She's rocking those minis and skin tight dresses like nobody's business!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mechad Brooks on The Deep End

ABC has this new show, The Deep End, which is about first year junior associates straight out of law school who work at a prestigious law firm in Los Angeles. Very Grey's Anatomy-esque.

I will tell you, I only decided to watch the show because Mehcad Brooks is in it and homeboy is so fione.

He may be better known from True Blood as Eggs or from Desperate Housewives as the son in the only black family on Wisteria Lane(why they had to be crazy as hell, I still don't understand) Mehcad is a gorgeous man and a truly talented actor, whom I can't wait to see him from. Unfortunately, he didn't show up on The Deep End until about 3/4ths of the way through the pilot episode and he received-at most 45 seconds of screen time. Womp.

I hope next week his character is utilized fully and that the writers make him a dynamically fascinating character, because the show isn't that great to begin with, and I don't know if Mehcad can carry the show all by his beautiful self.

Boogie Town: Somebody Has To Be Kidding Me, Right?

After a Wiki-spasm(basically where you go on Wikipedia to look up one thing and after a couple dozen clicks end up reading about something totally different) I ended upon the Wiki page for a movie called Boogie Town. Here's the description:

"The film is set in in a futuristic New York City in the year 2015, when battle dancing is permanently banned because Chief Salisbury's son was murdered during a battle in 2009 when battle dancing was at its height. Ever since then, with help of the secret government agency SG7, Chief Salisbury has made it his own personal mission to permanently put an end to battle dancing."

Are you thinking WTF yet?

"The film centers on the dancers, Micah (Marques Houston), Natalie (Brenda Song) and Jay (Mykal Anthony Bean). Micah is a very skilled dancer and is the leader of dance crew, "The Trojans" while his former best friend Jay is the leader of "The Warriors". Micah, Jay and their crews have been rivals for a very long time and because of the ban on battle dancing, the crews have created an underground world named "Boogie Town" in order to continue battle dancing. Micah then meets Jay's beautiful young sister, Natalie at a popular restaurant who has just arrived home from college. Natalie, unaware that this is her brother's rival invites him to dinner and he accepts. Soon after the dinner, the two become a romantic couple and after Natalie realizes that her boyfriend is her brother's biggest rival, she tries her best to keep their relationship a secret with the help of Micah. Natalie and Micah become a modern day Romeo and Juliet and are aware of the consequences of being seen having a romantic relationship but are deeply in love with each other. Both Micah and Jay have several mysterious and supernatural powers such as "jerking" and "jooking". Chief Salisbury and the SG7 created a special unit in the police department called the “Boogie Police”, a unit that are specially trained to track down and capture anyone who is caught dance battling in New York. The SG7 is after Micah and Jay because they want to use their blood to create super soldiers for an upcoming war (World War III). ...."

There was more, but at that point, I was thinking to myself that this movie couldn't be real. It must have been some fake wiki page that somebody made up. Who would come up with such an utterly ridiculous movie plot?

Of course I had to find out more about this movie; lo and behold there's a trailer for this mess:

Are they serious? I absolutely cannot believe this is a real movie!! How low can Marques Houston fall? Supernatural dance powers? WTF?!

Note: I know it says coming out in 2009, but this movie definitely has not been released yet. Could it be shame that is keeping production from releasing this film? I hope so.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

President Clinton and President Bush Call on Americans to Give Towards Relief in Haiti

As much as I'm still upset with Bush and his shiteous job as President, I am glad he has joined with my 2nd favorite President to raise funds towards the relief. Check the video and the click here to get more information and donate.

Pretty Heels

Because I haven't posted on jaw-droppingly fabulous shoes lately....
Here's a delectable pair of heels…..

Photographed backstage at Fendi Spring 2010

Hottie of the Moment

While trying to find something to watch online yesterday, I stumbled across Grey’s Anatomy. Now I haven’t seen the show since Izzie started having sex with ghosts, so I can’t really say what was going on, but I do know there were some new doctors in town. One being a really sexy new intern(maybe):

I’ve seen him in Beyond the Break and cozying up with Alexis Bledel on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I must say: he is making Grey’s Anatomy seem tolerable again. I wonder what his nickname is…McSexy maybe, ooh or McFinenessok ok I don’t know what his name/nickname on the show is, but McDamnYouLookGood almost made me start watching the show again.

But then the screen went to someone whining about their life choices or some doctor-couple who don’t go together(Christina & that soldier/doctor dude) discussing their relationship in the workplace(totally unprofessional)—and I had to change to Parks and Recreation.

Sigh. Jesse Williams really is good looking though.

The Devastation in Haiti

Exactly one week ago, an earthquake hit the already devastated nation of Haiti. Thousands of people are feared dead after 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. The presidential palace and the UN mission in the capital Port-au-Prince are among the buildings destroyed. People all over the world are turning their thoughts, prayers and donations towards Haiti, and wanting to know all about what is going on.

Haiti is a incredibly poor country and this earthquake has precipitated the crippling of its infrastructure and economy. But I believe in all tragic circumstances, God provides us with hope and mercy. As a worldwide spotlight has been shown on this small country that occupies half of an island, one can hope that some good will come of this tragedy that could have happened to any of us.

As people begin to research ways they can help the people of Haiti, they will stumble upon organizations that have claimed to help Haiti for decades. But what relief could these organizations truly have brought if the country has remained virtually unchanged these past years?

With news coverage at such a high in Haiti, I hope people will begin to demand to see proof of aid that many organizations claim to bring to impoverished nations.

Additionally, the issue of adoption has become a widely discussed topic. I believe--and hope--that in the next few months to years, we see an increase in the adoption of Haitian children.

This earthquake shook the infrastructure and removed what little stability was left of a nation. With the spotlight now focused on this amazing country with a rich heritage and history, hopefully, we can globally work to rebuild and strengthen the country.

Searching for the Perfect Fro'Hawk

For the past few days, I’ve been fascinated with frohawks. Shaved, Braided, Slicked down. I really want to do my hair in this style. Unfortunately, my sister-the hair braiding guru- has left which would mean, I would have to braid up the sides of my head. It wouldn’t be too difficult, but it would take an insanely long time, in comparison to how fast my sis could do it.

Sigh. These college breaks end so quickly.

Anyway, I'm really excited about putting my hair in a frohawk and at one time, was seriously considering shaving the sides. Dramatic, I know...but that's just how I feel about my hair right now.

My hair(as gorgeous as it is) has begun to bore me. I would love to chop it all off and go blond à la Amber Rose, but too many people have cautioned me against it. *Sigh* and since I'm still trying to get a job, I guess I'll save that for another life crisis.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dear John Movie Trailer

Nicholas Sparks has done it again. Here is the preview for the latest movie based on one of his romance novels.

Yummm....Channing Tatum. I'm glad that Amanda Seyfried is getting some lead parts too. She's such an enjoyable actress to watch. I will def be watching this movie...can't wait til Feb 5th :)

Melaleuca and Me

Yesterday, my friend invited me to a presentation about a business opportunity that she was "very excited" about. She offered to drive me there and since I wasn't up to much, I said "yes".

What it turned out to be was a recruiting session in which successful members of this business, Meleluca, tried to sell to everyday people, me, a "opportunity" to make money without doing much. It was my first time dealing with these multi-level marketing businesses and I must say, I was a little put off.

My friend who invited me was actually great and didn't try and push me at all; however, the same could not be said about the other recruiters there. At one point, a lady led me to a contract, put a pen in my hand, and held my hand to the paper saying "Go ahead. It just makes sense."

"Umm no. This pushy sales pitch makes no sense at all", I thought.

I absolutely did not sign up to this company, and although I would have liked to purchase a few things just to help my friend out, Melaleuca requires that you make a minimum $60 purchase monthly. And I certainly don't have money to put down on random purchases.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Avatar Movie....AMAZING!!!

I must say, I was sooo impressed by James Cameron's Avatar.

The acting, stellar. The visual effects, stunning. The action, gut wrenching. The plot, predictable. But that was OK because everything else seemed to make up for it.

I loved the gorgeous landscape of Pandora, the planet where the 12 feet tall Na'vi people live. The grass lit up with every step a character took and who hasn't heard about the infamous floating mountains?

Avatar is the story of an injured Marine, transformed into a giant blue alien avatar and sent to a distant planet where he is embroiled in a fight between aliens and humans over natural resources.

It is one of the most expensive movies ever made costing $237 million to make and another $150 million to market. Nonetheless, it continues to bring in revenue both stateside and overseas, it's even close enough to have a chance at breaking Titanic's record as the highest grossing movie of all time!

If you know the story of Pocahontas or Dances With The Wolves, it's a pretty predictable movie plot, but that's not really why I went to see it. I heard the visual effects were amazing and the people didn't lie! I was truly amazed. I saw it in 3D and I could have done without the additional $3.50 technology fee AKA the 3D glasses. I feel like it would have been just as breathtaking in regular 2D. To be honest, the 3D gave me a raging headache and I was a little lot creeped out by the interspecies lovemaking....but besides that FABULOUS movie. It had everything I like: action, sci-fi, a moral message, and of course romance.

I would highly recommend this film!! You will be touched by the characters, and if not them, then surely experiencing the gorgeous land of Pandora atop a soaring alien bird, will entice you.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Top 7 Things I Wish We Could Leave in 2009

I don't know about you, but here are 7 things I'd like to say "dos dedos" to. It's over... Can we just let them rest in peace please?

7. Shaved Heads
You've heard me rant about this before. Too many celebrities trying to rock a look that just was never cute. No girl looks good with half their head shaved...either shave the whole thing off or keep it. But please, not this mess:

Let's leave it in 2009.

6. Facebook Updates
Dang facebook! Can you stop upgrading every 10 minutes?! News Feeds, Status Updates, I Like.... In 2009, this social media site underwent a complete face lift. Not all were fans of the changes and hundreds of Facebook groups emerged expressing their frustration with the changes. With its new look, Facebook has taken on a new personality as well. Be careful what you say there because nowadays everybody from your mother to your boss to you stalker ex-boyfriend can find your photo comments and status updates.

5. Black Celebrity Scandal
Chris "BeatHerDown" Brown. Michael Jackson's death, the charges of manslaughter brought against his doctor, the question of paternity of his children, and his whole screwed up family(why do the Jackson 4 now have a reality show?). Kanye "Yo Taylor, Imma Let You Finish..." West. Tiger Woods, how many whores did you cheat on your wife with?!

Basically, black celebrities need to get their mess together and hold it down in 2010. Hmm..funny they're all men...

4. Teen Vampires

Yuck. I'm so sick of pale white dudes being considered sexy. Edward seems like such a creep and Bella is such a whack female lead. She's boring, dull, average-looking, uninspiring, and quite frankly, she doesn't deserve the vampire or the werewolf.

This whole franchise just needs to come to an end, because all this teen love is so played out.

3. Swine Flu

Please people enough with the swine flu epidemic. Public health officials have instilled enough fear in us about how the H1N1 was an "imminent" global epidemic and how we were all going to catch the swine flu and die without a vaccine. The media just added fuel to the fear-flame with their wildly inconsistent coverage of cases and the severity of the situation.

2. Leotards

Beyonce with her sequined leotard in the "Single Ladies" video seemed to wear that leotard all year long. This revealing trend exploded through the year and somehow, the the leotards seemed to get shorter. Celebrities began wearing them in their videos...and then all of a sudden on the streets! Madonna, Gaga, Ciara, Britney....

However, I knew the moment I saw a pudgy girl in the club with her own pleather version of a studded leotard, that this style had gone too far.

Everyone but ballet dancers need to put away these one pieces. Leotards are NOT pants. They are NOT even a bathing suit and you are NOT on the beach. Stop walking around like it's OK!

1. Job Losses

The U.S. economy really needs to pull it together this year. Enough Americans have lost their jobs, and with an unemployment rate of 10%, it's getting a little ridiculous. The economy has lost 7.2 million jobs since the start of 2008. Losses for 2009 alone came to 4.2 million jobs, the most in one year since the government started tracking payrolls in 1939!!

We need recovery ASAP!

Drop It Low by Ester Dean Ft. Chris Brown

Check out this video from Ester Dean. I love this song!!! I jam to it every time it comes on the radio...especially the version with Lil Wayne.

Who is this Ester Dean that she's rollin with all these celebrities. Peep Nelly, Keri Hilson, Soulja Boy.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hello? Still Waiting for Economic Relief Over Here!!

During my internship today, I found out two of my favorite people there had been laid off. Today was their last day :(

They said because of budget cuts, people just had to be let sad.

The work this Victim Services Agency does is so important to the community, which is why it is incredibly hard to hear that people within the organization are suffering.

It's just so upsetting that the economy is still in such a pitiful state. I don't even know how I'm supposed to get a job when I'm competing against people like these two wonderful women with years of experience. I guess it's just by the grace of God that I will find something. All I can do is thank God for the job I do have and and continue my search for another.

George Bush really screwed us all over.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Just Another Day at the Salon

We had our first transgendered client(or so I thought) in to get his hair done in our signature twists. It is Atlanta, so I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner.

Each stylist and client seemed to have a different reaction to the guy. Some were curious, others tried futilely to hide averse feelings. I for one was quite curious because I couldn't help wondering why this guy doing a girl's hairdo had a mustache and beard.

Man by day, woman by night, perhaps?

Having booked his appointment, I was expecting a he/she to walk in very flamboyant and ready to be kinkified(b/c our hairdos are kinky and sexy); however he had a low-key demeanor and actually seemed a bit nervous. I guess it must always be a tough situation when you, as a man, go into a salon to get your hair done.

But anyway, after awhile, I realized that he was not doing the style I thought--he was getting extensions for a mohawk. So I guess he wasn't transgendered....?

Umm...Should Work Be This Boring?

Bored at work. Who can't relate. I'm at my internship and they have me organizing pamphlets and vcitim resources for our soon-to-be-created resources library.

They have me doing busy-work. You know, nothing very stimulating, but enough to hopefully distract you for a couple of hours. However, I have fallen asleep twice already!

Luckily, someone brought in homemade cupcakes. Yummm! I grabbed one without even thinking about it and before remebering that I still have 20 pounds to lose, I had taken two bites.


Why can't cupcakes, cookies, and french fries keep you thin, while lima beans, whole grains, and skim milk make you fat?

I ended up only eating half of the cupcake and I threw the other half away.

Back to work...morning nap # 3

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Five Days Going Strong!

So far so good.

I have been keeping to my new years resolution(knock on wood) and I am looking forward to seeing positive results.

This year I am believing in positive thinking and expecting good things to happen.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort". ~Herm Albright

Can Friends With Benefits Work?

I don't know if I'm the only who doesn't get it, but I've never seen the appeal of a bootycall buddy. Maybe it has something to do with all the friends who call me to discuss their latest guy problems and how the guy isn't treating them right.

We discuss the guy for awhile, then I wonder to myself, "Wait a minute. Are you two even in a relationship?" Of course, I don't ask that out loud because I already know the answer: "No, we're just friends." Then why the hell are we even having this conversation?!

Sure, having a friend with benefits makes "getting some" a lot more convenient. It seems simple enough. A guy and girl agree to have casual sex while maintaining a friendship status, thus relieving both parties from any expectations or disappointments.

Friends with benefits. Jumpoffs. F*** Buddies. It has a lot of names but one definition. Basically, it's sex. Plain and simple, with no strings attached. Unfortunately, it seems, there are always strings attached.

I've never been in a FWB relationship so I can speak with absolutely no personal experience. But lucky for us, this is my blog so I can write about whatever I damn please. So I'm writing about a subject I've been hearing about a lot lately. Many women believe having FWBs is actually empowering and gives them control over the entire relationship; however, FWBs is a devaluing relationship that confuses the line of true friendship and makes it incredibly difficult for women to engage in future positive healthy romantic relationships.

It seems women are always looking for a sense of control when it comes to guys. They want to hold something over the guy. In an attempt not to get hurt or look like a fool, or invest themselves fully in another person, they enter into a FWBs relationship. However, the relationship does far more harm than good.

FWBs completely erodes at the definition of friendship. Friendship is mainly based on open communication. A FWB relationship completely lacks that. The communication channels are completely shut down and you usually end up talking to your friends about things you can't talk about with your "Friend" with Benefits.

Under the disguise of friendship, you begin to over analyze every single conversation, action, and detail with the person. The guy and the friendship just becomes added stress. Friendship begins to lose its meaning and value, and the relationship lacks any sort of romantic component--emotional intimacy has to be kept in check at all times.

So why is he a "friend". I'd like to argue that he's not, in fact he's just a guy you have sex with. If the two of you were friends before, you're sure as hell not friends anymore. Just two people having sex. How dirty does that sound? I guess we just like to put pretty titles to things that, when you look closer, are actually pretty ugly.

Women continue to fall into this FWB trap. Sure, it might turn into more--a real relationship--or both parties could be honest with each other and both truly only want sex from each other, but most of the times it's just us settling. And why settle for a bus ride, when you know you should be driving a Lexus?

A Throwback Video from 3LW

This video came out in 2000 and at first I though "Oh, that was wasn't too ago". Then I realized that was a whole 10 years ago!! Oh wow... how time flies. I remember watching this video on Disney Channel and MTV TRL....

So amusing! I wonder, how glad is Naturi Naughton that she was kicked out left 3LW, also known as The Cheetah Girls. On to better things for the Fame star, I guess.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hilarious Message on School's Answering Machine!

This is the message that the Maroochydore High School, Queensland, Australia staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.

The teachers and school is being sued by the parents who are upset that their child is failing after having missed too many classes.

The Aussies have the right idea! HILARIOUS!!! I'm sure many more teachers wish this was their school's message.

My favorite part: "If you want to hear this message in another language, move to a country that speaks it" WOW!

I don't know if this for real, but it definitely brighten my morning.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2 Down, 300 to Go

So far, so good. I have applied for my two jobs today and am looking forward to seeing where this all goes. It can't hurt to have my resume floating out there...

Two A Day?!!

So I just finished applying to one job. Why did it take two hours?!! My goodness, Cover letters, resumes, writing samples, seems simple until you have to personalize it for the job! Wheww! This two job apps a day thing might get pretty old pretty quick.


Unto the second one!