Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

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Have a fun and safe New Year's Eve. Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mike Tyson's Ride on a Hoverboard Ends Painfully [Video]

Chile...that had to hurt like hell! Bless his heart.

Movie Trailer: AMITYVILLE: The Awakening In Theaters 4.15.16

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Cleveland Officer Won't Face Charges for Killing Tamir Rice

On Monday, Cuyohoga County Prosecutor, Timothy McGinty, announced that a grand jury would not indict officer Timothy Loehmann, the man who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, or his partner, officer Frank Garmback. 

McGinty also recommended that no charges be filed against the officers.

This is yet another appalling error in seeking justice for questionable and concerning circumstances surrounding the death of a black child at the hands of a police officer.

Sending prayers to Tamir Rice's family. The fact that no charges were filed in this case is completely insane.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chocolate Chick's Favorite Holiday Movies [21 Films]

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I simply love the holiday season. I am always uber giddy about Christmas and everything about it. Of course I never lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, nor should anyone else.

With all that being said, one of the many traditions I look forward to is watching Christmas movies with my family. Especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I also have to have a little eggnog...kicked up a notch with french vanilla icecream and rum added. Amen!

Listed below are a few of my favorite holiday movies.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

This Christmas

A Christmas Story


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

The Preacher's Wife

Miracle On 34th Street

Silent Night (2012)

The Perfect Holiday

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

You've Got Mail

The Holiday

Patti LaBelle and James Wright Chanel Make Patti's Dishes on Patti's Holiday Special [Video]

Patti's holiday special was a must see special which included deliciously scrumptious dishes. Youtube sensation, James Wright Chanel, joins Patti LaBelle for the special.

If you missed Patti LaBelle's Holiday Pies: Patti LaBelle's Place special on the Cooking Channel, check listing for encore airings.

 For more information, visit the official website:

Patti LaBelle's Holiday Special  

Patti LaBelle and James Wright Chanel - STEVE HARVEY SHOW

Saturday, December 19, 2015

DVR Alert: The Third Democratic Debate Airs Tonight

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The third Democratic debate airs live tonight on ABC. You can also stream the debate live on
ABC's Website

I won't be able to catch it live, but I will definitely set my DVR to watch Sunday.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mariah Carey's A CHRISTMAS MELODY + MERRIEST CHRISTMAS Special Premieres Saturday

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Mariah Carey makes her directorial debut with the upcoming holiday movie A Christmas Melody, airing Saturday on the Hallmark channel.

The festive romantic film will also star Hallmark movie faves, Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott.

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Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas special will air after the movie. It all starts at 8PM. Tune in or set your DVR.

THE BRAXTONS Perform Holiday Music on THE REAL Today

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Today on The Real, the uber talented Braxton family perform songs from their holiday album Braxton Family Christmas.

Tune in and continue the holiday spirit.

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STAR WARS: The Force Awakens in Theaters Now

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The seventh installment in the epic Star Wars franchise unleashed tonight. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now!

This is the first film in the sequel trilogy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


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Today is International Tea Day. Speaking of tea... *SipsTea*

The tea that could be spilled about some major Hollywood scandals, hasn't...due to perhaps coalitions, agreements, etc...whatever the entire tea factory would be needed to keep up with the demand, because the tea that could be spilled is hella shocking.

But, that ain't none of my business.

The Fifth GOP Debate Airs Tonight at 8:30PM on CNN

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It is time yet again for the most unqualified, hypocritical and divisive clan of GOP presidential hopefuls to gather and spew more of their dangerous and false propaganda.

The fifth Republican Presidential debate airs tonight on CNN. The prime time debate starts at 8:30PM.

While you watch the debate tonight, let it sink in that one of the folks on the stage will be the presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

Prepare to run like hell (WITH PROPER I.D.) to the polls in 2016 and encourage everyone you know to vote!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A New Season of TAMAR & VINCE Premieres Tonight + A Braxton Family Christmas Special airs at 8PM on WETv

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Tonight is a Braxton Family Takeover on WETv. Get ready for a new season of the Tamar & Vince.

The Braxton Family Christmas Special airs tonight at 8PM on WETv. A new season of Tamar & Vince premieres tonight at 9PM after the Christmas special.

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Tune in!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Taraji and Terrence's WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS Music Special Airs Tonight

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Tune in to Taraji and Terrence's Holiday Special, 'White Hot Holidays' tonight at 9PM on FOX. Musical guests include Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Chris Brown, John Legend and more.  

Monday, December 7, 2015


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Folks I have been going crazy over the french macarons for a minute. They are definitely wildly popular here in the states. However, for some reason, many are intimidated about making the delicate cookies at home. There are a plethora of websites, books and videos dedicated to macarons that demonstrate how easy it is to make the treats. Yet, although there are just a few ingredients, there are precise steps that must be used to ensure your macarons turn out correctly.

Note: You can use Almond Flour or Almond Meal as a substitute for ground almonds. In addition, you will need to have a kitchen food scale.

Below are a couple of great videos showing you how to make French Macarons.

Note: In the above video, it was stated that the macarons could automatically go into the oven after placed on the baking sheet. I would suggest to still allow the macarons to rest before placing them in the oven.

Need a kitchen scale? Check out the following scales at Amazon.

If you don't feel like making your own macarons from scratch, you can just purchase them.

A few fab places to purchase macarons are Macaron Cafe, Dana's Bakery and Bottega Louie.  Order online.

The GRAMMY Award Nominations Were Announced Today, [Full List]

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Today the Recording Academy announced the highly anticipated list of Grammy nominations. Artists nominated include J Cole, Drake, Kanye West, The Weekend, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Tamar Braxton, Fetty Wap, Jazmin Sullivan, Wiz Khalifa, Taylor Swift, and Kendrick Lamar, who lead with 11 nominations.

Congrats to all of the nominees.

For the full list of nominations, visit the official Grammy Award website.

GRAMMY AWARD Nominations [Full List]

The 58th Grammy Awards will air 2.15.16 at 8PM on CBS. 

The Wests Announce the Name of Their Baby Boy!

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West released the name of their new bundle of joy. Kim posted an Instagram photo that showed four emojis that represented the West family.

The caption read simply...SAINT WEST.

Within 15 minutes of the post, which also posted to Twitter, Saint West became the number one trending topic.

Again...congrats to the happy parents!

The official announcement of the baby's name was revealed on her official website. Additional details about the baby were included.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Movie Trailer: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice In Theaters 3.25.16 [Trailer #2]

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OMG...I can't wait to see the freaking EPICNESS of it all!

Engaged: Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are Getting Married!

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Former Dancing With the Stars pro and entrepreneur, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and current Dancing With the Stars pro, Peta Murgatroyd are getting married.

Maksim proposed to his longtime girlfriend last night in Miami. The couple were performing in the popular production, SWAY: A Dance Trilogy, at the Olympia Theater.

Peta said yes as the two were surrounded by well wishers.

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Congrats to the happy couple!

This will be the first marriage for both Maksim, 35, and Peta, 29.

Maksim's Official Website

Peta's Official Website

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Congrats: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Baby Boy Arrives Early

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Kim Kardashian announced the birth of her baby boy via her website Saturday morning. Kim and hubby, Kanye West, are also the proud parents to their adorable two year old daughter North West.

Congrats to the happy parents!

Kim Kardashian's Official Website

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Friday, December 4, 2015

KRAMPUS [Horror, Comedy] In Theaters Today

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Book of the Month: [December 2015] - HELL HOUSE: Reality TV Drama [Book #1] By Brenda Hampton

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Folks, the month of December arrived with a quickness. Still enjoying my favorite time of the year. My birthday and Thanksgiving were both in November. This month of course is Christmas, but, I actually love the build up to Christmas. I adore everything about the holiday season. This also includes the weather, because I love fall/winter fashion.

As someone who also loves reading...the cold weather is like icing on the cake. It makes for a great recipe, concocted to lure readers to curl up with a good book, along with a cup of coffee, a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of wine.

Reading is an obvious joy that gets even better when you crack open a book or turn on your kindle and start devouring an excellent read of any genre. With that being said...ushering in a new month, comes with announcing a new book of the month installment.

The book of the month pick for December 2015 is a novel based on a very uniquely interesting plot dynamic. The novel, Hell House: Reality TV Drama by Brenda Hampton, is the first book in the Hell House series.

Hampton brings together several characters from her previous books. In this series, the author places them all in one house while filming a reality show. As one can imagine, based on the current popularity of reality shows, Hell House, creates a dilemma that will surely lead to drama and mayhem.

I can't wait to start reading this month's selection on Sunday. It sounds like a fun and entertaining read.

Grab or download a copy of Brenda Hampton's Hell House: Reality TV Drama [Book One] today.

As always...happy reading!


In this ingenious novel that brings reality TV to the printed page, drama levels go through the roof as six outrageous characters fiercely compete to win $100,000.

The most controversial characters from Brenda Hampton’s bestselling novels come together in a house that could unite— or destroy—them all. Roc Dawson from Full Figured, Chase Jenkins from Don’t Even Go There, Sylvia McMillan from SLICK, Jada Mahoney from How Can I Be Down?, Jamal “Prince” Perkins from Street Soldier, and Jaylin Rogers from the Naughty Series attempt to put aside their overwhelming differences and calm their unique personalities.

Without supervision, though, anything could happen inside Hell House—especially when there’s $100,000 at stake. And these six cutthroat contestants are determined to have it all. Overflowing with drama, raunchiness, and manipulation, survival by any means necessary is their primary focus, but only those with tough skin will make it to the next round.

Who will be the last woman or man standing, and who will walk out, slamming the door behind them and screaming at the top of their lungs?

[Video] - Mariah Carey Discusses Her New Children's Christmas Book, Directorial Debut + Movie Trailer

Mariah Carey's directorial debut, A Christmas Melody, will air on Hallmark 12.19.15 at 8PM.

 Set your DVRs.

Mariah Carey Children's Book All I Want For Christmas is You is available now:

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"All we want for Christmas is this!" - USA Today

"All we want for Christmas is Mariah Carey's new book!" - People Magazine

"All I Want For Christmas Is You is the gift that keeps on giving." - Entertainment Weekly

“ [A] beautifully illustrated new picture book which brings Mariah’s holiday classic to life." - Buzzfeed

"Marvelous . . . Oh, Santa! It's a vision of love." -

"A pleasingly multiethnic cast of characters . . . the mood of the pictures matches the song's overall pep." - Kirkus

Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You, one of the bestselling and most beloved songs of all time, brings Christmas joy to countless listeners of all ages every year. And now its classic lyrics will bring that same holiday spirit to readers of all ages in this one-of-a-kind picture book about a young girl whose greatest Christmas wish is for a new puppy!

Full of festive December moments with family, friends, presents, and of course, Santa Claus—and featuring lively yuletide illustrations alongside the complete song lyrics—All I Want for Christmas Is You will become a cherished part of your family's Christmas traditions for many years to come.

Includes a special Christmas letter from Mariah to her fans!

Brandy Talks New Show, Broadway, Ray J and more on the Wendy Williams Show [Video]

Brandy will be back on television in a new sitcom premiering in January. Zoe Ever After premieres 1.5.16 on BET at 10PM.

Mark your calendars and tune in.

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The highly anticipated show will also include Dorian Missick, Tory Devon Smith, Hannefah Wood, Ignacio Serricchio (General Hospital alum) and Jaylon Gordon. Zoe Ever After Executive Producers include Debra Martin-Chase, Erica Nontolfo-Bura, Danny Rose and Brandy.

Zoe Ever After Promo:

Lupita Nyong'o Covers ESSENCE Magazine's January 2016 Issue

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Oscar winning actress and fashion trendsetter, Lupita Nyong'o covers the January issue of Essence magazine. The talented star talks career, fame and more.

The issue hit newsstands today.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

UPDATE: THE WIZ Live Scores Huge Ratings! - THE WIZ Live Airs Tonight at 8PM on NBC

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The Wiz Live airs tonight st 8PM on NBC. Tune in with your family!

UPDATE: The Wiz Live scored huge ratings!

The musical extravaganza pulled in 11.1 million viewers, beating the live production of Peter Pan. Congrats to the entire cast, director, crew, producers and everyone involved with the spectacular production.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A New Episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Hotel Airs Tonight at 10PM on FX

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Tune in for a new episode of the hit series, American Horror Story: Hotel, tonight at 10PM on FX.

The Fall Finale of EMPIRE Airs Tonight at 9PM on FOX

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The fall finale of the mega must see hit drama, Empire, airs tonight at 9PM.

14 People Killed in Mass Shooting, President Obama Speaks Briefly about the Tragic Shooting

Wednesday morning  was the moment multiple gunmen entered the conference center at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, and opened fire in the busy center. Fourteen people were gunned down and others wounded. The police are actively searching for multiple gunmen.

This story will continue to develop. President Obama was briefed on the horrific shooting and spoke earlier today about the mass shooting with CBS News.

Prayers to all the families that lost loved ones.

Movie Trailer: THE BOSS [Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell] In Theaters 4.8.16

Sending Prayers to Kevin Simmons and his Family During this Difficult Time

I wanted to send prayers to Kevin Simmons and his family. I just learned that his family home caught fire recently. Thankfully everyone was able to make it out of the home safely. Kevin is the host of the popular Skorpion Show on Youtube which he co-hosts with Makael. Both are hilarious and entertaining.

However, now is the time to send prayers to Kevin and his family. Kevin has set up a Go Fund Me account seeking donations to assist with helping his family during this difficult time. If you aren't able to make a donation, send prayers.

The following is the link for his GoFundMe account:

Kevin Simmons Family Fire Fund

Sandra Bullock Adopts a Second Child

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Congrats! Sandra Bullock is a Mom for a second time!

The Oscar winning actress introduced her adorable three year old daughter, Laila, to the world, via People magazine. Bullock adopted Laila from foster care. Sandra adopted son, Louis, in 2010 when he was just a baby.

Louis joins his Mom and new little sister on the cover of People magazine. Pick up a copy to find out more on Sandra Bullock's expanding family.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

12.1.15: President Obama's Press Conference in Paris While attending COP21 in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France.

2015 Paris Climate Conference

Mark Zuckerberg and Wife Welcome New Daughter, Pledge Billions to Charity

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Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan pledge 99 percent ($45B) of their Facebook shares to charity.

Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan welcomed their adorable newborn daughter, Max, a week ago. (Photo via MZ FB) -

Sixty Years Ago, Rosa Parks' Brave Stance Launched a Movement Against Racial Injustice

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Sixty years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks was arrested and her brave fight against racial injustice helped launch a civil rights movement.

Many stood with Parks including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was initiated and lasted 385 days. History was made. Rosa Parks' powerful legacy continues to teach and inspire.

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President Obama released a statement on the significance of Rosa Parks' legacy in the civil rights movement and history.

President Obama's Full Statement

New Video: FINE BY ME - Chris Brown, Pre-Order New Album and Download New Mixtape

Chris Brown's new album, Royalty, releases 12.18.15. Pre-order now!

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Chris Brown released a mixtape and it includes new music with Rihanna, Wiz Khalifah, Wale and more. Download it today.

Download and Stream: BEFORE THE PARTY Mixtape