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.