Thursday, February 27, 2014

SCANDAL.IS.BACK.DAMMIT! - [S3/Ep.11] 'Ride Sally Ride' Airs Tonight at 10PM EST on ABC

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There really is nothing left to say after the words... SCANDAL IS BACK.

It was a long wait.....but the wait is over.

Thank ya, lawd!

The wine is chilled and folks know to leave me the hell alone for one hour. Doesn't even matter that I record each's the freaking principle! LOL



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Congrats: SCANDAL and Kerry Washington Win Big at the NAACP Image Awards [Complete List of Winners]

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Earlier today, I watched the NAACP Image Awards, which aired live on TVOne last night. As always, the NAACP Image Awards are one of the most anticipated award shows of the year.

Congrats to Steve McQueen, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo for their wins.

Congrats to Brandy, who won 'Best Supporting Actress', for her role on 'The Game'. (Some of the awards were announced the night before at a dinner.)

The hit show 'Scandal' won big with Kerry Washington taking home the statue for 'Best Actress' in a Drama Series, and the show won for 'Best Drama Series'.

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It was beautiful to see Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn on the Red Carpet together glowing and shit, That's how you do it. That. Is. All.

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Congrats to all the nominees and winners! Check out the complete list of winners.

Via LaTimes.Com:

Complete list of winners: Winners of the 45th NAACP Image Awards (some presented at a ceremony Saturday night in Pasadena, others announced the previous night):

Motion Picture: “12 Years a Slave”
Directing: Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Actor: Forest Whitaker for “Lee Daniels’ the Butler”
Actress: Angela Bassett for “Black Nativity”
Supporting actor: David Oyelowo for “Lee Daniels’ the Butler”
Supporting actress: Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”
Writing (motion picture -- theatrical or television): John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
Independent motion picture: “Fruitvale Station”
International motion picture: “War Witch”
Documentary: “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”
Entertainer of the year: Kevin Hart


Drama series: “Scandal”
Actress in a drama series: Kerry Washington for “Scandal”
Actor in a drama series: LL Cool J for “NCIS: Los Angeles”
Supporting actress in a drama series: Taraji P. Henson for “Person of Interest”
Supporting actor in a drama series: Joe Morton for “Scandal”
Directing in a dramatic series: Regina King, “Southland”
Writing in a dramatic series: Janine Sherman Barrois for “Criminal Minds”
Comedy series: “Real Husbands of Hollywood”
Actress in a comedy series: Wendy Raquel Robinson for “The Game”
Actor in a comedy series: Kevin Hart for “Real Husbands of Hollywood”
Supporting actress in a comedy series: Brandy Norwood for “The Game”
Supporting actor in a comedy series: Morris Chestnut for “Nurse Jackie”
Directing in a comedy series: Millicent Shelton, “The Hustle”
Writing in a comedy series: Vincent Brown for “A.N.T. Farm”
Television movie, mini-series or dramatic special: “Being Mary Jane”
Actress in a television movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Gabrielle Union for “Being Mary Jane” Actor in a television movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Idris Elba for “Luther”
Actress in a daytime drama series: Tatyana Ali for “The Young and the Restless”
Actor in a daytime drama series: Kristoff St. John for “The Young and the Restless”
Talk series: “Steve Harvey”
Documentary: "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic"
News/information (series or special): “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.”
Reality series: “Iyanla: Fix My Life”
Variety series or special: “Black Girls Rock!”
Children’s program: “Wynton Marsalis: A Young Arts Master Class”
Performance by a youth in a youth/children’s program (series or special): China Anne McClain for “A.N.T. Farm”


New artist: K. Michelle
Male artist: John Legend
Female artist: Beyoncé
Duo, group or collaboration: “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Jazz album: “The Songs of Stevie Wonder,” SFJAZZ
Collective Gospel album: (traditional or contemporary): “Best Days Deluxe Edition,” Tamela Mann World music album: “Natalie Cole en Español,” Natalie Cole
Music video: “Q.U.E.E.N.,” Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu
Song: “All of Me,” John Legend
Album: “Love, Charlie,” Charlie Wilson


Fiction: “Anybody’s Daughter,” Pamela Samuels
Young Nonfiction: “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery,” Deborah Willis, Barbara Krauthamer
Debut author: “Nine Years Under,” Sheri Booker
Biography/autobiography: “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” Jeanne Theoharis
Instructional: “The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life,” Robin Quivers
Poetry: “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers,” Frank X Walker
Children: “Nelson Mandela,” Kadir Nelson
Youth/Teens: “Courage Has No Color, the True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers,” Tanya Lee Stone  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Pick: PRIVATE L.A. [Private Series #7] By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan

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I'm a huge fan of James Patterson's novels, especially the 'Alex Cross' series. Previously, several of James Patterson's novels were chosen as Book of the Month picks.

His 'Private' series continues to receive mixed reviews. To date, I haven't read any of the novels in the 'Private' series.

However, I will begin reading the series, starting with the seventh and most recent installment titled, 'Private L.A.' - The plot seems quite interesting.

 As always... Happy reading!

 Synopsis Via Amazon.Com:
Private Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood.

Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people.

When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth.

But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast--and the world's golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn't begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Song of the Day: ROLLER COASTER By Toni Braxton and Babyface

Movie Trailer: THINK LIKE A MAN TOO In Theaters 6.20.14

Happy Valentine's Day

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 Well...I like to think of it as another official day for CHOCOLATE!


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Book Of The Month: [February 2014] - The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross By Henry Louis Gates Jr., Donald Yacovone

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Celebrate the rich history of African-Americans, with the hardcover gem 'The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross' by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Donald Yacovone.

The riveting documentary series of the same name recently aired on the PBS channel and was hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Revisit the powerful and remarkable history of African-Americans or for some...learn and embrace the history about yourself, because some... are sorely in need of some knowledge.

Yes...folks like Porsha Williams.

 Description Via Amazon:
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is the companion book to the six-part, six-hour documentary of the same name. The series is the first to air since 1968 that chronicles the full sweep of 500 years of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to Barack Obama’s second term as president, when the United States still remains deeply divided by race and class.

The book explores these topics in even more detail than possible in the television series, and examines many other fascinating matters as well, guiding readers on an engaging journey through the Black Atlantic world—from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States—to shed new light on what it has meant, and means, to be an African American. By highlighting the complex internal debates and class differences within the black experience in this country, readers will learn that the African American community, which black abolitionist Martin R. Delany described as a “nation within a nation,” has never been a truly uniform entity, and that its members have been debating their differences of opinion and belief from their very first days in this country.

The road to freedom for black people in America has not been linear; rather, much like the course of a river, it has been full of loops and eddies, slowing and occasionally reversing current. Ultimately, this book emphasizes the idea that African American history encompasses multiple continents and venues, and must be viewed through a transnational perspective to be fully understood.

[Video] - Durham Academy Administrator's Weather Announcement Goes Viral

Via Durham Academy Youtube Channel:
Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark announce that school will be closed Feb. 13, 2014.

Side Note: Well...that's one interesting way to announce a school closing!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Movie Trailer: SABOTAGE In Theaters 3.28.14

Movie Trailer: DIVERGENT In Theaters 3.21.14 [Theatrical Trailer]

New Video: LET HER DOWN EASY By George Michael

The soulful George Michael is back with new music. His new single, 'Let Her Down Easy', was originally recorded by Terrence Trent D'arby.

His new album, SYMPHONICA, releases on 3.17.14.

New Video: CAN'T REMEMBER To FORGET YOU By Shakira f/ Rihanna

TV FIND: CENTRAL PARK WEST [Tom Verica, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Michele] FULL Episodes

'Central Park West', was a soapy nighttime drama, that aired from 1995-1996, for two seasons. The show was hella good and to this day, I feel the show should have been renewed.

Anywho, the show isn't on DVD and trust and believe, folks are searching for it. Well, a 'fairy-godmother', aka "a Youtuber", has uploaded full episodes of the show. So, when you have some time, start enjoying 'Central Park West' all over again, or get hooked, if you've never watched it before.

The cast was stellar and included Tom Verica, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Michele, Lauren Hutton, John Barrowman, Madchen Amick and Rob Liebman. The show went through a slight change in casting later on. But, you'll get the point, and the show flows..

 Show Synopsis Via Wikipedia:
Central Park West centered around the glamorous and exciting life of the staff of trendy magazine Communique, owned by Allen Rush (Ron Leibman), "the Darth Vader of publishing".

Mariel Hemingway played the role of Stephanie Wells, the newly appointed editor-in-chief of Communique. Central to the plot is the rivalry between Stephanie and Allen's stepdaughter Carrie Fairchild (Mädchen Amick), a scheming young woman who does her best to seduce Stephanie's writer husband Mark Merrill (Tom Verica).

The series followed several other ambitious New Yorkers, their love, treachery, hopes and dreams through thick and thin. One of the most notable being the evil and deceitful Australian bombshell Rachel Dennis (Kylie Travis), the new fashion editor at Communique.
Below are the first four episodes of the show. For additional episodes, head to youtube.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

VANITY FAIR Releases The Cover Photo of Their 2014 'Hollywood Issue', Includes Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o & more!

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VANITY FAIR gets it right.

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Diversity is shown on the cover of the annual, 'Hollywood Issue'.

This year, six black actors/actresses are on the cover. Now that's a historic moment.

Cover includes Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chadwick Boseman, Naomie Harris, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Jared Leto, Brie Larson, Margot Robbie and Lea Seydoux.

The digital issue will be available, 2.5.14. The magazine hit newsstands, 2.11.14. Be sure to get your copy!

Movie Trailer: CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Winter Soldier In Theaters 4.4.14

Movie Trailer: THE ROVER [Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson] In Theaters 2014

[Video] - 1.3.14: UNBELIEVABLE: Barbara Walters Defends Woody Allen on 'The View'

I was completed disgusted today, when watching a clip from today's episode of, 'The View'. The panel discussed the op-ed piece, Mia Farrow's daughter, Dylan Farrow, wrote in the New York Times.

Dylan wrote about being sexually molested by Hollywood director, Woody Allen.

During the segment, Barbara Walters actually DEFENDED Woody Allen. I was shocked. I couldn't believe that Barbara Walters, could be so callous and flippantly dismiss the claims and the deep hurt of Dylan Farrow.

Link to the full NY Times Op-Ed Piece:

It is awful what happened to Dylan and disgusting that Woody Allen's celebrity friends, still stand by him.

Now while Woody Allen, has stated he didn't do what Dylan claims, please keep in mind, this is the same man who started having sex with the young girl, Soon-Yi, his then girl-friend, Mia Farrow's other adopted daughter. So at the time, Woody was also Soon-Yi's father-figure.

That's sick. Disgusting. To add insult to injury, the two later married and have children.

There is a special place in hell for Woody Allen.


Super Bowl Champs: The Seahawks Destroy the Broncos, Final Score 43 - 8

Side Note: Peyton Manning and crew, didn't know what hit them. The Seahawks stunned right out the gate. It was embarrassing for awhile. At some point, the Broncos were able to score.

Big ups, to the Seahawks, on their Super Bowl win!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

GAME DAY: Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos


The most anticipated game of the year is on and poppin!

Time to watch for the soon-to-be infamous and uber expensive commercials, a great game and of course the half-time performance. This year, Bruno Mars, is set to hit the stage.

Watch it live on FOX.