Thursday, November 11, 2010

For Colored Girls!

This is a must see.  I loved this movie.  I am really proud of Tyler Perry.  I was nervous that this would not be as good as it was. After seeing it last Saturday I immediately saw there was nothing to be nervous about. Each actress bough their A game and the way Tyler was able to weave their stories together was genius.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I Voted! But Did It Help?

I voted this past Tuesday, (November 2, 2010), but those damn Republicans still found a way to take over the House! I am just glad we voted in a Democrat for California Governor. I don't know how well Jerry Brown is going to do his second go around, but at least he's not Meg Whitman. The way she threw her illegal immigrant housekeeper under the bus, five minutes before she entered the race was shameful to me. I'm glad she lost.  And the Carly Fiorina ads just creeped me out. They alone made me cast my vote for Barbabra Boxer. President Obama endorsed Boxer too, so she definitely got my vote. His word goes a long way with me.  I know my vote counted, but I just hate that it really didn't change the outcome in my favor across the board.  I am still glad I made it to the polls though. I didn't want to be one of those people who complains, but won't even get up off the couch to vote. Not happening. Especially, when my ancestors marched to actually have the right to vote.  It would be like a slap in their face to not cast my ballot.  I'm just saying!  I love our president, but I do hope he gets some much needed help. I feel like President Obama is all alone out there, desperately trying to clean up the eight year mess that Bush left.  I feel he needs four or five young thirty-somethings out there as his PR. Folx who believe in his policies and can articulate his message on TV and defend him to all of these news pundits. The young vote got him in, so I think he should have them speaking on his behalf. He just can't do it alone.  As horrible as Bush was he always had people defending him. President Obama needs the same thing. I will forever be pulling for him! Yes WE CAN!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

In Memory of Whitney's Father, John Houston....

This is a tribute I did for Whitney's father John Houston. I love Whitney and I was so sad that I couldn't send her my personal condolences when he passed back in 2003. So, since I couldn't send a card or anything I decided to put together this video tribute. I feel it is better than any card I could have ever sent her anyway. The loss of a loved one never completely goes away. I still miss my grandma (did a video for her too) even though it's been 15 years since she passed. I pray Whitney sees this and loves this, and knows it is definitely from my heart to hers.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Whitney And Cissy Look Fabulous!

Rick Sanchez Gets The Boot!

It's so amazing that someone who reports the news can quickly become the news. Rick Sanchez gets the boot! Yay! I'm not a fan of his. But I do have to admit, I can't believe he got fired for what he said about John Stewart. Maybe he got the can for talking about CNN? Either way I am not that broken up about it. I tried to become a fan of Rick Sanchez but never succeeded. He repeatedly interrupted people, talked down to some guests, and even used the word cotton picking and president in the same sentence. And he obviously was not good at taking a joke on The Daily Show. John Stewart pokes fun at everyone, including himself. Nice work Sanchez, you just gave John Stewart some new material.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I Love The Lord!

The Newest ipod Touch!

I LOVE the newest ipod Touch! I just got it a few weeks ago. I can now record HD video, take photos, and oh yeah listen to music. It is so nice.  Now I don't feel bad about not owning an ipad. I can even download imovie to my touch and edit videos I record. The future is now. Throw away your old ipods and get the new TOUCH. It is definitely what's up.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dr. Laura's Caller "Jade" Responds....LOVE HER!

I love how she responded. In my opinion Dr. Laura is not sincere in her apology, she just got caught. I am still so glad this happened. Now anyone else who feels the same way Dr. Laura does will think twice before unloading the n word and other hurtful words just because. Say whatever you want to say, but know there will be people to make you accountable.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I am outraged by Dr. Laura's Ni%&$ Rant!

Dr. Laura should be reprimanded for how she handled this call. Completely inappropriate!

The following are all the things that Dr. Laura said during her ignorant rant that outraged me:

The N word said 11 times by Dr. Laura (It was as if you enjoyed saying it. I really felt like you thought you could get away with it because you kept saying that's what the comics say on HBO. You didn't need to say the N word to make whatever point you were trying to make.  I think you knew that Dr. Laura but really didn't care. You feel like many folx feel, you all [blacks] say it, why can't I? I'll be damned, I can say it too, and you did. Here's the deal Dr. Laura, all black people do not say this word, and no you can't say it without outrage from those who know how much historic hate attached to the word inflicted by whites.  And newsflash #1- you're only sorry the media jumped over this. We who heard this rant could tell this is what you meant to say. Join arms with Rush Limbaugh, John Mayer, and Don Imus who are all sorry too.)

"I don't think that's racist" ( When did we make an old white women the authority on what is racist or not.  Poor caller, why did you call this lady for advice?!)

"A lot of blacks voted for Obama simply because he was half black. Didn't matter what he was going to do in office.  It was a black thing.  You gotta know this "(And you gotta know this Dr. Laura, a lot of blacks didn't vote for Obama, they are called Republicans.)

"We gotta black man as president and we have more complaining about racism than ever. I think that's hilarious." ( Oh so since their is a black president there is no more racism?? That is so ignorant that it can't be funny Dr. Laura. If the president were a women would that end all of the sexism in America?? Come on, let's get real.)

"Hypersensitivity which is being bred by black activist" (Ignorance which is being bred by Dr. Laura)

"White men can't jump. I want you to be on my team" (Tell that to Paul Gasol of The Lakers Champions)

[It's okay to say the N word] Depend on how [the N word] it is said (Since when did Dr. Laura become the authority on the N word and when it can be said in the correct way.  News flash- there is no correct way.  It should not be said)

"Black comics on HBO say N*&!@ all the time"  (What does that have to do with anything? Since comics use the word then that gives everyone the green light for blacks or whites to use it.  Puhhlease!! Many people use the word, and????? That does not make it right.  Dr. Laura knows this.  She just needed justification to repeat the word a million times. )

"Don't NAACP me" (Dr. Laura, exactly what does that mean?)

"If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor don't marry out of your race." (Are you serious Dr. Laura..amazing that this caller didn't cuss you out. I sure would have.) 

I love what Keith Oberman had to say about Dr. Laura and I love him giving her the prize as "Worst Person In The World." The fact that Dr. Laura apologized after the outrage is not to be commended.  I don't believe she was or is sorry one bit. She would say it again if this did not make news as being outrageous and wrong.  I love that this happened because this was no slip up. This just revealed who she really is as it relates to race.  I love it when the wind blows the sheets off people and they no longer get to look at you and hide. It's wonderful when you get to see who people really are versus who they pretend to be.  Because then you can deal with them effectively.  I would have been horrified if I was a friend of Dr. Laura's or worse an employee.  She could not clean this up with me.  It's like finding out your boyfriend is married. He can never go back to being the nice single guy you thought he was.  The only thing missing from  Dr. Laura's apology was her saying "I am not a racist.  One of my best friend's is black." I can just hear her and many other people say, "How could I be racist and have a black friend?" You are and you can. Especially, when you're black friend is your maid or your bodyguard. And the fact they had no idea you all were friends! lol!

I do think that it was crazy that Jade, (the black caller married to a white husband) even called Dr. Laura for any advice in the first place.  My mama always used to say consider the source when you get such bad advice.  In this case Jade should have never went to this source.  But because she did, it gave me another opportunity to see Al Sharpton on Anderson Cooper 360.  Seeing Sharpton with that perm on CNN never gets old to me.  Get'em Al!

Overall, I am glad that this happened.  Things Dr. Laura said on the radio to the caller needed to be showcased in a national conversation.  It needed to be featured on CNN's Rick's list just like it was. A lot of people agree with Dr. Laura and they need to be refuted just like she was.  Dr. Laura gave us another opportunity to be reminded how some folk still ignorantly think about black people and the N word.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Whitney!!!

The Voice turns 47 today! She looks good for any age, but 47....you betta go girl! Word on the street is that she is in the Bahamas with Bobbi Kristina celebrating. Wherever you are in the world today Whitney, may you have a wonderful birthday.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy Birthday To My Best Friend!

Well, actually her birthday was yesterday, but since we were too busy celebrating I didn't have time to post on the actual day.  Hopefully, since she was there, she understands.  We spent the day at Universal Studios and oh what fun we had.  Next time though, we must wear better shoes. Our dogs were barking, loudly! Standing in line for 35 minutes at a time and walking up hill after hill will do that to your little twinkle toes.  Oh and next time, we must ride the Jurassic Park water ride first, not last. We end up shivering all the way to the car and blasting heat in August. But besides that, we had a ball!  I think one of the highlights of the day was getting a guided tour by Whoopi Goldberg! Who knew Whoopi 
would take a day off from The View just for Tam!!! 
Now that's what I call birthday love! Nothing less for my BFF!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Chelsea Clinton's Wedding

Chelsea Clinton got married over the weekend. What I loved about the whole affair was that there was no real celebrities there (except for Ted Danson). No big deal if there were, but it's nice to see people who could have everyone and there mama there (and by that I mean Oprah) chose not to. People act like they could care less about the limelight, celebrities, and the paparazzi, but it's usually a lie. They proved that their privacy and their love was what mattered most. Bill Clinton even lost 15 pounds for his little girl. And what was all the hoopla about how much the Clinton wedding cost?? It's their money and their little girl, only child at that. I hoped they had a ball.

First TI and Tiny finally get hitched, now the Clintons! A summer to remember I tell ya!

Crushin on Pineapple.....Muah!

I just discovered Pineapple Crush in 2010. I do know that soda is bad for you, but this taste so good. I can't drink a lot or I will turn into a 13 yr. old with acne, but once or twice a week I drain a can or two. If you like pineapple then this is for you. Strawberry Crush used to be my favorite, but not since I tried this.  And sometimes it has the nerve not to be at the grocery store. Unlike Coke or Pepsi this is not that easy to find.  When I do manage to hubble me a 24 can case my eyes dance like Oprah looked at me and said...."You get a car!" Yes, I like it that much. Try it and you will see why.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Leah Remini on Mad TV! Hilarious....

Check out Leah Remini from King of Queens with a Mad TV cast member. I was cracking up. They took this to a whole notha level...you will get it when you watch it. Lol! 

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Lil Sis!

Happy Birthday to my younger sister, Quentyn! Yeah the whole Q thing is big in my family. No matter how old you get, you will always be my Lil' sis!

Toy Story 3

Took 2 of my nephews to see Toy Story 3 and they loved it! There was an animated short entitled Day & Night that came on before the movie actually started.  Even tough there was no dialogue my 5 yr old nephew Bryson loved the short just as much as the film itself. He laughed out loud ( a tell tale sign he's my nephew) like they were communicating just with him. I enjoyed his fun almost more than my own. The film delivered just as I anticipated. I have never been disappointed with a Toy Story film. My oldest nephew and I watched the first Toy Story so much that we both knew the dialogue backwards. So being at the third installment brought back memories.  I was so glad that it was in 3D and I had to wear glasses because I had so many tears at the end I felt quite embarrassed. I shouldn't be surprised I felt the same way with the other 2. This is a definite go see movie. I think little boys will like more than little girls but overall all will enjoy!

Martin Bashir MINDF!@*ing Diddy??!!!

At the 9:20 mark....

Bashir: What is Mindfucking?

Diddy: Mindfucking is [when you're] in control of a situation that the other person doesn't realize that you're in control of and uh they never really realize you were in control of it.

Bashir: Like this interview?

Diddy: This interview..naw you're one of the best mindfuckers in the game though I can tell you that

Bashir: Thank you very much, I'll take that as a compliment

Diddy: It is a compliment

Diddy didn't you see the interview Bashir did with MJ? It's the only reason he's on Nightline. No one knew this Bashir in the mainstream before then. You really should have been more prepared to KO this dude. Unfortunately, Bashir was minf*#!ing Diddy throughout the entire interview. I don't feel Bashir was racist like Diddy claimed for asking him why he bought his 16 yr. old son Justin a Maybach.  It was just all part of his successful mindf*%^ing of Diddy. Sad but true.  Next time Diddy, there is always next time. Cant stop....Won't stop...remember???? Let's go!

Chrisette Michele....Love Her!

Where have I been? Under a rock I guess! Chrisette Michele is a amazing. She is such a true artist. This diva writes, plays the keys, and sings from her soul.  The lyrics she sings are so real you think that she stole your diary. Love her!  Check out her killin Don't Speak by Gwen Stefani/No Doubt.

Loved this performance on Letterman! A new play list on my ipod belongs to Chrisette Michele. Yeah I know I am late, but still very thrilled I finally caught this train. Last year her album reached number one on billboard and she won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her song “Be OK.” In a world where President Obama is asked about Snooki (MTV's Jersey Shore), I really believe Chrisette Michele should be more famous!!!!  

Small breaks keep dreams of a big break alive

By DAVE BAKKE (dave.bakke@sj-r.com)
Posted Jul 01, 2010 @ 11:30 PM
Last update Jul 02, 2010 @ 06:46 AM

It’s a familiar movie plot: Small-town girl with talent leaves home to become a star. She arrives in Hollywood, people bustling by, looks around and says, “Just wait, you will all know my name someday!”

Springfield’s Quencie Thomas is playing the lead, except this is no movie. It’s her real life. Quencie has been in Los Angeles for six years, looking for her big show business break and following her dream. She has had small breaks, but that big one is still out there somewhere.

“I’m a tough cookie,” Quencie says. “If I keep working hard, it’ll happen.”

Her latest project was submitting an audition tape to Oprah Winfrey’s new OWN Network. The network is looking for an unknown to host a talk show. “Do you have what it takes to shine? Share your passion with the world and win your OWN show on Oprah’s new network!” It’s an irresistible lure for someone with a dream.

“My show will feature celebrity interviews that focus on a person’s missteps that turned into stepping stones,” begins Quencie’s description of her show. She submitted it along with her video. It was there with the other 9,377 videos so the public could vote on which one they like.

Quencie has collected 33,600 votes. The leader has more than nine million votes. The voting ends tomorrow. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s over. A problem with the voting is being investigated, for one thing. For another, “They said all of the OWN executives would review each of the submissions,” Quencie says. “They’ll pick a few people that did not amass a great vote.”

Maybe they will pick her. Maybe not.

In the movies, the would-be star ends up waiting tables in a restaurant, waiting for that break or to be discovered by a producer with an eye for talent. Quencie hasn’t had to take any lunch orders yet.

“I was hoping my master’s degree would get me farther than that,” she says. “You’re right, though, there are a lot of people with advanced degrees waiting tables.”

Instead, Quencie has had legitimate show biz jobs.

“I worked on the ‘Tyra Banks Show,’” she says, “and ‘Divorce Court.’ I’ve produced on other people’s shows while I wait for my own.”

She returned to Springfield in May, when her brother, Kourtland, graduated from Lanphier High School, the same school from which Quencie graduated. While she was here, people from Dr. Phil’s show left a message at her home in Los Angeles, asking her to come in for an interview. By the time she returned, it was too late.

She recently interviewed for a producer’s spot on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. And now she waits to hear something.

“When I interviewed,” she says, “they said they had 1,000 resumes. They had whittled it down to 450. It was no small feat that I was even being interviewed.”

Everybody has a dream. The problem is that some of them are boring. In my 20s, I am embarrassed to say, I sent highly amateurish applications to The New York Times and Chicago Tribune. I submitted fiction to a literary agent. I still have the rejection letters he sent back.

But what if it had gone the other way and they noticed me? Then it wouldn’t have been boring at all.

“You’re just out there grinding,” Quencie says. “Once you get your foot in the door, it’s all about networking and relationships. If people like you and you work hard they recommend you. Sometimes it’s all about who recommended me.”

Quencie is one of thousands of people, from hundreds of towns all across the country, trying to get their break in Los Angeles. Quencie has had just enough success to keep her going.

“In each show I’ve worked on,” Quencie says, “I’ve learned something. I did some MTV stuff, then worked on a sitcom. When I first got here, I worked on a reality show that David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal” “Boston Legal”) had. It was going to be like ‘The Apprentice’ except with lawyers. It didn’t do well, but that was my first thing.

“Now I have a small suitcase full of things to show (prospective employers).”

She says she hasn’t set a “drop dead” date for when she will decide her future. She doesn’t think that way. She is in it for the long haul. It has already been six years.

But the longer she keeps at it, the more people she meets and the more doors that open, at least a crack.

In the movies, sometimes the small-town girl gets that break and ends up a star. Other times, she realizes everything she really needs is back home, so she goes back and marries the boy next door. Quencie’s story doesn’t yet have an ending.

This is also from the description of her proposed OWN talk show. It describes the guests she would interview: “You will hear how they overcame obstacles and persevered. My intention is for people to watch my show and say, ‘Hey, I am where he used to be and look where he is now.’”

That’s not just her talk show. It’s her real life.

Everybody has a story. The problem is that some of them are boring. If yours is not, contact Dave Bakke at 788-1541 or dave.bakke@sj-r.com. His column appears Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To read more, visit www.sj-r.com/bakke.
Copyright 2010 The State Journal-Register. Some rights reserved

Comments (6)

Great story! Quencie, you've taken all the right steps, lets hope you're break will come soon! Good luck!

I knew when she was in my 7th grade music class that she would be a star! Good luck Quencie!

I'd think that beautiful smile, alone, would get her noticed. Best of luck!

Good luck young lady: you've got the sparkle.

Fantastic article!! Quencie is an amazing talent who will be on your TV very soon. She has the personality and confidence to achieve all things great! I am proud to know her and so happy for all of her achievements!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Looks Good!

In Vegas, Shit Happens!

I couldn't wait to see the Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden exhibit at the Mirage hotel in Vegas. Can you believe I paid to watch a lion take a dump? "Ughhhhhhhhhh!" as my little nephew would say! Besides a small roar at the crowd,  it's the only exciting thing this white lion did while I was there.  This must be where that bumper sticker originated from. This moment takes the saying what happens in Vegas, (should) stay in Vegas to an all new level.


I'm not a teen and I'm not a mom, but I love this show!

Inception....Visually AMAZING!!!

This movie had me on the edge of my seat! It was visually AMAZING. I mean it was a dream in a dream in a dream.  You definitely had to pay attention, so as to know that you were not lost in a dream following a different plot. I loved that, because it kept my mind active the whole time. You will love watching this flick. And I look forward to seeing the sequel, because yes it is definitely probably in the works.  If you liked the Matrix, you will love this. A go see for sure.

Wheww...Ellen Leaves Idol

My love for Ellen begins and ends on her talk show, so I am not sad she's leaving Idol.  Ellen is so funny and quick witted, but it never really resonated on Idol. I saw her also be critical, something that should be normal for a comedian, but didn't go over well for Ellen. Let's face it, no one can replace Paula's niceness on this show.  Ellen just didn't really fit and it showed.  I am glad she left, because I was starting not to like her as much as I used to, and I really used to like her a lot.  Now she can go back to what she is famous for-- her talk show. Kara Dioguardi didn't quit like Ellen, but was canned, and replaced by Jennifer Lopez.  I sure didn't see that coming. But Kara never felt right as a judge anyway.  She seemed like she was always auditioning for a record deal. You could count on her to bust out a note to make a point that wasn't necessary.  Randy Jackson will be the only original judge, unless there are more changes on the horizon.  I will stay tuned just to see how it all pans out.  But know this,  if Simon offers me an alternative programming choice....I'm taking it!

Friday, July 23, 2010

The iPad

 How dope is the new ipad. I want one, just to have. Maybe I will attract one to me via the secret! Since I don't own one I can't tell you anything about it really.  So, if you are interested in a learning all about it check out this review.  Steve Jobs is so creative. Apple continues to do it over and over again!

Obama Apologizes!

Thank you for apologizing Obama. You are exactly the guy I thought you were (Love him).  If more people could admit when they are wrong, we could move forward so much quicker. Am I right? Yeah, I'm right.

Shirley Sherrod on The View!

Shirley Sherrod appeared on The View and explained the whole story beginning to end. I loved how she handled herself.  She even had to check Elizabeth (below).  I think people from the White House were really watching this show because Obama called her yesterday and apologized.  This was a great teaching moment for everyone.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Re-instate Shirley Sherrod!

This is the entire video from Shirley Sherrod's speech for the NAACP back in March, 2010.  That conservative blogger should have posted the whole speech instead of just taking 2 minutes out of context to deceive people. Oh that would have then defeated his plan. Well since he got caught,  he should definitely apologize and be discredited for any future stories on his website.  The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has already offered Sherrod her old job back or a newly created position dealing with discrimination.  If they would have just watched the whole video instead of watching TV they would not have to be Moonwalking right now. Tsk, tsk, tsk a shame.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Whitney Houston Documentary

Even though this is very much dated, I still wish DoRo productions would release this complete documentary.  The trailer alone is magnificent. I don't know if it will ever come out, but I would be ecstatic if it did.  Whitney fans would  eat this up.  To get to see how the magic is made is a real privilege.  My favorite part of this trailer is at the 2:16 mark when Whitney is backstage changing and Bobby Brown, her husband at the time, is holding the mike to Whitney's mouth, while people prep her clothes and hair and she puts on lipstick.   Whitney is still singing to the audience while all this is happening. She never missed a beat or a note.  Amazing! The audience had no idea what she was doing while her voice came through the microphone and filled the arena. Okay, now that's a professional.  Imagine you singing to thousands while also making dinner for your family in your kitchen. I love it! This trailer gives fans like me an opportunity to see, feel, and observe all that goes into a living legend giving her best.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Today the oil flow has stopped after 87 days of nonstop leak into the Gulf of Mexico.  Even though this news is better than the Saints winning the Superbowl last year we are not out of the woods yet. BP won't know for a few days if the cap will hold.  At least for now, every second that goes by there is no oil gushing out.

We are all hoping that as BP works on a permanent solution, this temporary one will stay in the success only zone.  This environmental catastrophe is going to affect us all for years to come.  I remember as a teenager I used to think, "Oh it happened over there, that's not my concern." I've grown up. I know better now. What affects one of us, affects all of us. We are all connected. It doesn't have to happen in  my backyard for it to be my problem.  I just want to know why BP hasn't reacted like they feel the  same way as me? Why has it taken this long for BP to stop the leak?  Why didn't they have this cap procedure ready to go immediately?  This company stands for Bad Players and not Being Prepared. To not have something in place for a possible accident of this magnitude illustrates that the company was more interested in profits than in safety.  Why couldn't profits and safety hold the same importance?  No really, why?  If CNN's Anderson Cooper couldn't get any answers I don't know why I think I will.

I am just thrilled that the cap is currently working.  Regardless of BP's slow reaction and constant lies to the public of how much oil was actually being leaked into the gulf, I am just thankful that at least for right now there is no leaking.  Everyday I was sickened at what those gallons of oil are doing to our environment.  And not to mention how the explosion itself killed 11 workers.  I don't feel the media gave enough attention to those that lost their lives to this catastrophe.  Tragedies happen, but how we react to them determines more than what can ever be said.   The biggest spill in US history and BP along with the government appears to take their sweet time. In my humble opinion, this was not Katrina, but the slow reaction was so eerily similar that I see why people have made the comparison.

The clean up for this oil spill is going to be hard and long.  I pray that cap stays on and that other oil companies take note from BP's horrible reaction and prepare to do a way better job if needed.  I mean the best seafood in the world comes from these waters. The animals, plant life, and fisherman that are directly affected is heartbreaking.  I hope that the government holds BP accountable criminally,  and we, yes me and you, hold them accountable in the court of public opinion. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bakke: A would-be star, looking for her break - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

The only attention I thought I would get when I visited home was from the noisemakers I shook at my little brother's high school graduation.  So, imagine my surprise when I found out that a columnist was trying to get in touch with me to do an article on me.  I was shocked and flattered, but mostly shocked. One of my high school classmates had gotten in touch with me via Facebook.  Don't you just love social media?  Anyway she told me awhile back that she suggested the columnist do a story about my submission to Oprah's contest seeking the next big TV star.  I thought, "Oh how kind," but didn't believe anything would come from her suggestion.  Glad I was wrong!  I was so thrilled to see such a wonderful  article appear in the Friday June 2, 2010 edition of The State Journal Register. But don't take my word for it. Go ahead and read the article on me.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monique WINS The Oscar!

I am so happy Monique won the Academy Award for Precious. She so deserved it. I especially loved how she made sure to thank her husband Sydney Hicks and the late great Hattie McDaniel. She was the first African-American to win an Oscar. Monique has just been awesome. I can't wait to see what great work we get from her in the future. I can see her doing more dramatic roles. To see her win the statue was my second great moment of the night. The first was when Oprah spoke about Gabourey Sidibe. It moved me to tears. I love black on black love. It's the best.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Celebrating My Grandma Luella!

15 years ago today my Grandma passed away. I believe she went to heaven to get her wings. I miss her so much. I think about her all the time and say her name almost if not each and every day. She had such a great impact on me. My mom said I remind her of Luella a lot. If you knew her then you know that is a big compliment. Today when I spoke to my mom she re-told me about the moment she found out her mother had passed away. She was at work and knew my grandma was dying from this thing called Cancer. During her lunch break it was snowing and she remembers asking God how was she going to live without her mother? Not too long after that the sun came out and it was like GOD was telling her that it was going to be alright. 30 minutes later she got the phone call that her mother had passed. Instead of rushing over to her mother's last resting place she took my youngest brother to the doctor, all while dreading telling this heartbreaking news via a phone call to her sisters. "I had to get them both on the phone," she said "Because I couldn't say my mom had died more than once." I hear the emotion in her voice as she tells me the story. I wish I could be in the room with her so I can reach out and give her a hug. But I don't interrupt with that thought, because I don't want to miss a word. I want to hear everything she has to say about this day. I never get tired of hearing anything about my grandma. I am thankful that she is even comfortable enough with me that she can share her memories, even if they are painful. After speaking with my mom about my grandma, I wanted to celebrate my grandma's presence in my life on the day she physically left it. Mainly, I just want to thank my grandma for her love. I asked my mother what does she still miss about her mother. "Just the dependability. Knowing someone is there for you. I miss calling her and saying mom can you believe this?" To me it sounds like she misses not just a mother, but a good friend. I recognize that what she misses about her mother is what I treasure most about my relationship with her. What I still miss most is the protective feeling I had when around my grandma. Being the oldest child, I chose to be very responsible most of the time. I hardly ever felt like a kid when I was a kid. I always found myself mustering up courage to deal with something adult. But around my grandmother that was never the case. With my mom, I always wanted to help. With my grandmother, I knew she didn't need me. She had it covered and that always gave me a feeling of relief. If I wanted to help, fine. But it wasn't required or necessary. I treasured that feeling. It made me feel free. Grandma's house equaled cartoons, pancakes and donuts in the morning, sleeping on the floor and the couch with blankets, exploring the neighborhood with friends, starting up pretend businesses, and always feeling safe. My grandmother's phone number was the first one I knew by heart. I still remember it..523-3459. Grandma's house represented strength, love, safety,and fun. No other place did I feel such security. I knew I would be alright whenever I was in her house or in her presence. I have a place in my past, in my childhood, that I always felt safe. One person created that for me-my grandma. I am so grateful for that. It was such a gift. I love you Lady Lu, Big Sis, G-Pimp, Mrs. Logan, grandma. And I miss you, not today......everyday.

Whitney Houston HONORED at BET HONORS!

The third annual BET Honors show premiered last night and for me it was all about Whitney Houston. Sure there were other extraordinary people honored on the show, such as Queen Latifah, Diddy, Keith Black, and Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, but I was only interested in the tribute to Whitney. Can you tell I am a super fan? Let’s get right to it. As soon as Ne-Yo introduced surprise guest, and gospel great Kim Burrell, Whitney yelled out “No!” in shock, and immediately jumped up out of her seat, and rushed to the stage. This was the first time I ever saw Whitney react as a fan. It was surreal to watch her be moved in the same way she moves us. Whitney was in tears before Kim Burrell even took the mike. The emotion that was etched on Whitney’s face made me feel pure joy. And when I finally heard this woman sing, excuse me saaaaang, you knew exactly why Whitney jumped up. Her own unique version of Whitney’s “I Believe In You and Me” taken from the Preacher’s Wife soundtrack sounded like a smooth mixture of gospel and jazz. Burrell dusted off Whitney’s old platinum hit and bedazzled it. The entire performance felt so personal. She changed a few of the words and it seemed like she spoke directly to Whitney’s heart. You couldn’t help but feel like you were peeking in on a private moment between great friends. I could tell Kim Burrell had not only been there for Whitney in song, but in life.
Kim Burrell’s amazing performance tore the house down. So it was only natural for Jennifer Hudson to finish up by blowing what was left - away. Her rendition of Whitney’s signature version of “I will Always Love You” was so crisp I thought she skipped HD and was singing in Blue Ray. You could hear Whitney’s influence in JHud’s delivery. It was obvious that she had grown up listening to Whitney. I loved how she began A cappella just like the record. Hudson didn’t disappoint. She hit every note and then some. Whitney’s emotion was so palpable that she stayed standing, with tissue in hand, yelling out, “Sing the song, baby!” Everyone in the room couldn’t help but feel love for Whitney after those soul-stirring performances. “It’s nice to be looked at and not judged,” Whitney said when looking out to the crowd accepting her statue. My heart sank as I watched her mother, Cissy Houston, wipe tears from her eyes. I love Whitney so much, and finally JUST her accomplishments were on display not her personal life. Regardless of anyone’s cynical opinion, Whitney Houston is an icon. Everyone on this show was great, but my reason for watching was to see Whitney get nothing but love. She needed it, she's earned it, and I am happy to report that's exactly what she got.