Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Movie Trailer: THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: Angel of Death In Theaters Friday

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Video Throwback: Toni Braxton and Trey Songz Perform 'Yesterday' Live at the 2009 Soul Train Awards

Congrats: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Welcome a Second Bundle of Joy [12.27.14]

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Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, Alicia Keys and her husband, mega music producer/rapper, Swizz Beatz, welcomed the birth of their second son, Exodus Ali Dean on Saturday.


   


 Baby Exodus entered the world weighing 6 pounds and 5 ounces.

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Exodus joins big brother, Egypt Daoud. Congrats to the happy parents!


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Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick Welcomed Baby No. 3 on 12.14.14 + Scott Purchases New Home One Hour From Residence

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Kourtney Kardashain and Scott Disick welcomed their third baby, son, Reign Disick, on December 14. Baby Reign joins, sister, Penelope, aged 2, and brother, Mason, aged five. Congrats to the expanding family!

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  ***SCOTT DISICK BUYS NEW HOME***

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Even though he just welcomed a new baby with long-time girlfriend, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick recently purchased a new $3.7m home in Beverly Hills. Scott already shares a $5.8m home with Kourtney Kardashian in Calabasas.

So are the two on the rocks or is Scott just investing in real estate? Only time will tell.

Scott has been through alot recently, including losing both his parents and drinking heavily.

Definitely a difficult time.

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Via Trulia

Movie Trailer: THE LOFT (James Marsden) In Theaters 1.30.15

Movie Trailer: ENTOURAGE In Theaters 6.5.15

Movie Trailer: GET HARD [Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell] In Theaters 3.27.15

Happy New Year's Eve!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Music Pick: WINTER LOVERSLAND By Tamar Braxton

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Tamar Braxton's WINTER LOVERSLAND Christmas album is another holiday album to have in your collection.

Download it today and enjoy it with your holiday festivities. Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Chocolate Chick Special Edition: Favorite Christmas Holiday Movies [18 Faves]

A FEW FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIES:

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"



"This Christmas"



"A Christmas Story"





"Gremlins"




"It's A Wonderful Life"




"The Best Man Holiday"


"A Christmas Carol" 1984 Version w/ George C. Scott [Couldn't find a trailer, but here is a clip instead. A superb film!]



"Black Christmas" 1974 Original [Both versions are good]



"Black Christmas" 2006 Version



"Home Alone"


"Christmas With The Kranks"



"Christmas Cupid" [2010]




"A Diva's Christmas Carol" [Made for tv movie]



"Silent Night, Bloody Night"




"Miracle On 34th Street"



"Silent Night" (2012)




"Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas"


"You've Got Mail"

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Song of the Day: O HOLY NIGHT By Mariah Carey (Merry Christmas Album)

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Mariah Carey's MERRY CHRISTMAS album is one of the best holiday albums...ever. Don't have it? Purchase it from iTunes or Amazon.


 

[Video] - Sugar Cookie Recipe + Royal Icing Recipe - Perfect for Christmas Cookies



 Royal Icing:





Via Dishin with Di YT Channel

MUST HAVE NEW RELEASE: TOMMY GABRINI 4: Dapper Tom Begin Again (Gabrini Men # 8) By Mallory Monroe

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Chile! Mallory Monroe ain't playin! The novels are rolling out like fire...and they are EPIC reads.
The fourth installment in Tommy Gabrini's story released a few days ago. The turn of events in the relationship of Tommy and Grace were shocking and now the next chapter begins for Tommy.

In TOMMY GABRINI 4: Dapper Tom Begin Again, the explosive ride that is that of Tommy Gabrini's life continues, and you can bet it will be well worth the read.

I've purchased my copy and added it to my kindle library...Download your copy of TOMMY GABRINI 4 today as well.

As always...happy reading!


Amazon Link: TOMMY GABRINI 4 Link


 Synopsis via Amazon:
Tommy Gabrini is divorced and back in what he calls the meat market. But he’s only tasting. His days of buying are over. When he meets Liz Logan, a smart, successful, African-American bombshell who is playing the field just as eagerly as he is, he feels as if he has finally found his open relationship soul mate. And he’s realistic about this new coupling.

By virtue of his strong physical reaction to her, he’s certain she will eventually become his go-to person when he needs that sexual release. Given the way she does him in bed, he’s absolutely fine with that. But what he isn’t banking on is the emotional connection. What he comes to realize is that whenever she’s away from him, he cannot bear it. He cannot get her off of his mind. And when she comes through for him in a mighty way, and they both begin to realize just how much they truly need each other, sparks fly for Tommy once again, but on a level so profoundly different that it nearly costs him everything.

In the latest installment of the Gabrini Men series, Tommy finds love and happiness once again, but at what price?


FULL LISTING OF THE BOOKS, SERIES IN ORDER:


MOB BOSS SERIES IN ORDER:

ROMANCING THE MOB BOSS 1
MOB BOSS 2: THE HEART OF THE MATTER
MOB BOSS 3: LOVE AND RETRIBUTION
MOB BOSS 4: ROMANCING TRINA GABRINI
A MOB BOSS CHRISTMAS: THE PREGNANCY [5]
MOB BOSS 6: THE HEART OF RENO GABRINI
RENO'S GIFT: MOB BOSS 7
RENO GABRINI: A MAN IN FULL [8]
RENO AND TRINA: GETTING BACK TO LOVE [9]
RENO AND SON: DON'T MESS WITH JIM [10]
MOB BOSS 11: THE WRONG ONE

THE GABRINI MEN SERIES IN ORDER:

ROMANCING TOMMY GABRINI
ROMANCING SAL GABRINI
TOMMY GABRINI 2: A PLACE IN HIS HEART    
SAL GABRINI 2: A WOMAN'S TOUCH      
TOMMY GABRINI 3: GRACE UNDER FIRE
SAL GABRINI 3: HARD LOVE
SAL GABRINI 4: I'LL TAKE YOU THERE
TOMMY GABRINI 4: DAPPER TOM BEGIN AGAIN --Released on 12.18.14
                                                                                                                   
THE SINATRAS OF JERICHO COUNTY SERIES IN ORDER:
                                   
BIG DADDY SINATRA: THERE WAS A RUTHLESS MAN [Book One]
BIG DADDY SINATRA 2: IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU --Released on 11.21.14


Visit Mallory Monroe's official website for more information on all of her titles.

Link ---->; Official Website

Movie Trailer: IT FOLLOWS [Horror] Releases on 3.27.15

SONY Decides to Release THE INTERVIEW



Video Via Screen Slam


Side Note: Even if you're not interested in seeing the film, The Interview, you should be happy about the decision by Sony Entertainment to release the film. This decision sends a loud message that we (the U.S.) will not be forced into censoring creative content because of threats, especially threats coming from that of a dictator.

12.20.14: Two NYPD Officers Killed in Brooklyn




The murders of New York Police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, was a horrific act of atrocious violence by killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Brinsley also shot his girlfriend, Shaneka Thompson, who is in critical condition, and later killed himself; after killing officer Ramos and officer Liu.

Prayers and condolences go out to the families of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu during this difficult time.

I have to speak on the dangerous narrative that is coming from many after these devastating murders. Folks are trying to blame Mayor Bill de Blasio, Al Sharpton, and the peaceful nationwide protests that have been going on in the hope of stopping police brutality...in the wake of the no indictment decisions in both the Michael Brown case and Eric Garner case.

It is irresponsible for people in key positions to take the tone that has been unleashed. There is only one person responsible for this horrible crime and that is the disturbed man who pulled the trigger. No one else.

DeBlasio and Bratton Press Conference:

(Video) - 12.19.14: President Obama's Year End Press Conference

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Series Installment: FOR THE RECORD [Record Series #3] By K.A. Linde Is Available

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Alrighty folks...the must read RECORD SERIES by K.A. Linde just continues to get better. Well I mean that for a couple of reasons. First off, book two in the series, ON THE RECORD, worked my nerves, because it took Liz and Brady too long to get their ish together...and the book focused on another relationship that I will not get into now...as to not reveal too many spoilers. But, I was happy with the ending.

Secondly, the fact that book three in the series, FOR THE RECORD, released last month, is good news...Finally, readers will be able to see what obstacles Liz and Brady will face now that the two are officially a couple and the media ride begins.

I haven't read book three as of yet, but, it has been sitting patiently in my kindle library and I'm about to start reading it in a few minutes.

So "get your life" and purchase/download FOR THE RECORD by K.A. Linde now if you haven't done so.

Amazon Link ---> FOR THE RECORD Link

As always...Happy reading!

FOR THE RECORD [Book 3] - Released on 11.18.14


 Synopsis via Amazon:
With Congressman Brady Maxwell up for reelection and journalist Liz Dougherty about to graduate into a promising career, the ambitious couple’s future is brighter than ever. They share a passion for their work…and for each other. But when Brady holds a press conference to officially introduce Liz as his girlfriend, reporters hungry for a scandal bombard her.

Now, her every move is under a vicious magnifying glass, and her life feels like it’s falling apart. On the road to reelection, the passionate bond between the congressman and the journalist gets tested at every stop. Threatened by shameless media sensationalism and jealous exes, Brady and Liz now have to learn to trust each other despite what they read in the papers.

In the finale to USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s sexy Record trilogy, Liz and Brady may be setting off fireworks along the campaign trail, but can their love transcend politics as usual?



In addition, if you are not familiar with the series, start with book one, OFF THE RECORD and book two, ON THE RECORD 



 OFF THE RECORD [Book 1]



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Synopsis:




Liz Dougherty has no idea that a single question is about to change her life. Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference.
Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.

But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozying up to a reporter. And Liz isn’t sure sneaking around is enough for her—especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.

K.A. Linde’s Record series begins with a sleek, sexy, and smart venture into a high-stakes political campaign and an even higher-stakes affair that, in the end, will leave you wanting more with one of Linde’s gripping cliffhangers. 


ON THE RECORD [Book 2]



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 Synopsis:
For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger...
The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde’s Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on...or to pick up right where you left off.

A Netflix Pick: AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR Is Now Available on Netflix

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[Video] - Patti LaBelle: Mac and Cheese Recipe





Via Patti LaBelle Foods on Youtube

Side Note: This particular recipe includes Shrimp and Lobster. You can leave those two ingredients out of the recipe to make the traditional homemade mac and cheese.

Movie Trailer: YOUR MOVE [Directorial Debut From Luke Goss]

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Actor, writer, producer and now...director, Luke Goss, has released the trailer for his upcoming film, Your Move.

Your Move is the directorial debut from Goss and will definitely be a film to keep on your radar.

Follow and Like the official Facebook page for Your Move to receive instant updates. Link ---> YOUR MOVE FACEBOOK PAGE


 


Beyonce, Jay Z and Others HelpTaylor Swift Celebrate Her 25th Birthday



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What beef? Beyonce and Jay Z, along with a few other celebs...joined Taylor Swift on her 25th birthday and helped her celebrate.




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Friday, December 12, 2014

A Holiday Staple: How to Make GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES [Video]



 Via Allrecipes

Side Note: The above recipe does not include the traditional use of molasses as one of the ingredients in this gingerbread recipe; I like to use molasses.

A Unique Talent: FKA Twigs is More Than Just Robert Pattinson's Girlfriend

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Music artist and dancer, FKA Twigs, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, has a unique artistic style to her music and is poised to be recognizable based solely on her name and music alone;  not on who she is dating.

While that particular topic is a popular discussion piece at the moment, FKA Twigs' relationship with Robert Pattinson seems to still be on point, despite racist BS she has had to deal with from the crazy side of the 'Twilight' fandom.

The good news is that FKA Twigs is able to focus on her music and is currently promoting her new album, LP1.  She recently performed live on  Jimmy Fallon  and has released several music videos that reflect her different artistry, yet, emphasizes her hella cool take on the craft.




TWO WEEKS Official Video:


 


Purchase FKA Twigs' album, LP1: AMAZON LINK


#throughglass


 




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In September, FKA Twigs, tweeted about the racism she has received due to dating Robert Pattinson:




She has also stated in a recent interview, that despite some of the other things that come with dating Robert, (the racism from some fans) she is able to deal with it because she loves him.



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Side Note: Folks should be ashamed of spewing their hatred and ignorance at this couple. Stop the hate.

Movie Trailer: The Divergent Series: INSURGENT In Theaters 3.20.15

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Movie Trailer: THE HOBBIT: The Battle of the Five Armies In Theaters 12.17.14

Movie Trailer: Chris Rock's TOP FIVE In Theaters Now [Red Band Trailer]

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STARRING: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, Jay Pharoah, Brian Regan



Monday, December 8, 2014

Family Affair: Beyonce and Jay Z Attend the ANNIE Premiere With Daughter Blue Ivy

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Blue Ivy attended the ANNIE movie premiere with her parents, Beyonce and Jay Z, on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Manhattan's Ziegfeld Theatre.


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The famous duo and their adorable daughter were color coordinated and looked flawless.
ANNIE stars Quvenzhane Wallis,11, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne. The film hits theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.

MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU [Nicole Beharie, Ken Duken] Is Now Available on DVD/Digital Download/Streaming

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Movie Trailer:






Nicole Beharie's performance of the title track from the film:



 

The film, My Last Day Without You, is must see film and is now available on /DVD and digital streaming and download. 

Nicole Beharie and Ken Duken have amazing chemistry, and the concept of the film is simplistic, endearing and hits the mark for an adorable romantic drama. 


Amazon Link ----->  My Last Day WIthout You DVD Link

Digital Download / Streaming Link (One Week Rental $4.99 / Digital Download $14.99) ----->
My Last Day Without You Digital Download/Streaming Link

Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran's Breakup Spills Over to Social Media

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On-again, off-again lovebirds, Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran split again. Chris made his single status known several days ago, during a live performance. But, the breakup drama between Chris Brown and his long-time girlfriend, Karreuche Tran became even more publicized when it spilled over onto social media.

Karrueche Tran and Chris Brown posted very personal entries on Instagram. However, Chris Brown went IN on his post and caused folks on social media, blogs and entertainment sites to go into overload.


The original posts are listed below:

 Karrueche's post:


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 Chris' post


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 Earlier today, Chris Brown posted an apology to Karrueche Tran:


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Side Note: While the above breakup was ugly and messy, relationships are messy and can sometimes get ugly. But, folks must learn to keep their personal drama off of social media. It was good to see Chris apologize publicly. The gesture showed he definitely felt some type of regret for posting the brutal post.

Beyonce Becomes Most Grammy-Nominated Woman In History



Note: As pointed out by Billboard, Beyonce surpassed Dolly Parton last year. Most are not including Beyonce's Producer credit nomination on the Dreamgirl's soundtrack. However, Beyonce remains the most Grammy-nominated woman of all time and has now surpassed David Foster in nominations and is the sixth most Grammy-nominated artist in history.

Congrats!

12.5.14: 57th Annual Grammy Nominations

The 57th annual Grammy nominations were announced on Dec. 5, 2014. The award ceremony will air live February 8, in Los Angeles from the Staples Center.

Beyonce, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams grab Grammy nominations.

Congrats to all the nominees!


 





ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Morning Phase - Beck
Beyonce - Beyonce
X - Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
Girl - Pharrell Williams


For a full listing of all the nominees, visit the official Grammy website ---->
 List of the 2015 Grammy Nominations

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Of The Month: [December 2014] - REVIVAL By Stephen King

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Last month Stephen King's newest and highly anticipated novel, REVIVAL, was released. At the time of the release, I immediately knew that I would be reading it in December and therefore, wanted REVIVAL to be the next book of the month choice.

As a major Stephen King fan, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a new copy of his newest terrifying tale. I look forward to one interesting read.

With that being said, REVIVAL by Stephen King, is the December 2014 book of the month pick.

Below is a link to purchase a copy to add to your kindle library or your bookshelf.


Link to REVIVAL on Amazon:

REVIVAL By Stephen King Amazon Link



As always...happy reading!



Synopsis via Amazon:




A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

CONGRATS: Tyler Perry and Gelila Bekele Welcome a Baby Boy!

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Congrats to Tyler Perry and Gelila Bekele!

The couple are the proud new parents of a baby boy. Tyler Perry, 45, and his longtime girlfriend, Gelila, named their bundle of joy, Aman.

Aman Tyler Perry was born last Sunday.

Again, congrats to the happy couple!


 

Movie Trailer: TERMINATOR: Genisys In Theaters 7.1.15

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12.3.14: No Indictment in Eric Garner Chokehold Case

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Today a grand jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the NYC officer who killed Eric Garner while locking him in a chokehold. Even though there was videotaped evidence of the entire incident, the officer was not indicted. Even more disturbing is the fact that the death was ruled a homicide. This just doesn't make sense. Coming right on the heels of officer, Darren Wilson, being free of any wrong doing when a St. Louis grand jury failed to indict him for killing Michael Brown.

Time and time again, Black men are being murdered by police and even trigger happy "community watch" stalkers such as George Zimmerman. This violence on Black men has to stop.

Sending prayers out to Eric Garner's family and hope Eric Garner continues to rest in peace. The fight will continue, as stated by his family, to find some type of actual justice for this horrific killing that didn't have to happen.

 


President Obama spoke about the Eric Garner Case today:



Side Note: President Obama announced this week a plan to get cameras to officers around the country in an effort to help bridge the divide between the police and the communities they're sworn to protect. Well after today's events, even videotaped evidence against an officer using police brutality, doesn't ensure justice.