Tina Turner Wins Grammy!

14329541.f9d4f355.500If you are anything like me then you got excited when you found out that Tina Turner won a Lifetime achievement award.  However, were you upset like me when there was no big “taDoo?”  Well, get ready because this summer there will be a special award presentation for the honorees!  Get ready to roll on the river.

For even more Information:

https://www.google.com/amp/wtvr.com/2018/01/28/queen-tina-turner-grammy-honorees/amp/

Mascara.

Hey everyone!  Thanks for joining me again.  For the record, this will not be about makeup tips or fabulous finds.  Mascara is one of my favorite songs by the amazing Jazmine Sullivan.  I love music for more than the feeling and movement that songs evoke, but I live for lyrics!

This particular song is not very new, but I keep it in my playlist because I love the way it tells a story.  I think women should especially check it out because it points out some hard truths about our society.  Themes like competitiveness among women, living a gold digger lifestyle, and valuing one’s self with material things are all explored in this song.  It resonates with me.  It says more than the surface value of the words sung.

I love dressing up and getting cute.  I think makeup is fun and desiring the fine things in life is admirable.  So, what I am about to say is not to insult anyone that gets glamorous on a regular.

I want to be loved and adored when I “glow up” like Mary J. and when I am as fresh faced as a teenager.  I feel comfortable in both skins.  I am grateful that my husband says the same “I love you” when my eyebrows are unruly and I wear frumpy clothes as he did on our wedding day.

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It is a blessing to have the freedom to dress and glamourize yourself as the mood rises.  For some people, they are in the mood 24/7 and I love it.  However, ladies of you are not financially or physically in the mood to keep up with celebrities that have glam squads, do not put undue pressure on yourself.  Take inventory on why you get cute.  I pray is it not a chore, forced activity, or security blanket for issues you THINK you see.  You are beautiful just the way you were made.  If you simply enjoy the freedom of changing your look, feel free!

Listen to Mascara and the album it is featured on, Reality Show By Jazmine Sullivan (2015).

 

The Quad!

Anika_Noni_Rose_Peabody_2010_(cropped)Disclaimer:  Ok, OK! So I am almost a year late since it premiered. I know, but I am a working Mom and some of us binge watch when we can!

I just wanted to share that I really like this show.  Real talk…I was nervous because some times BET has great intentions, but overacting, predictable storylines or casting errors make me grab the remote quickly! Anika Noni Rose is already our first black Disney princess, now she is a flyy HBCU president. Yassss!

I am really enjoying actors cast for this series.  Like a modern day, edgy Different World, I see the potential for lots of people to get roles.  Mainstream Hollywood often shuffles the same small group of black faces.  I do not want to give too much away.  On one episode, I was shocked to see Directed by Eriq LaSalle, just to name one name you may be surprised to see.  Basically, I can tell The Quad is going to bring us the goods.

Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, January 23rd on BET (see your local listing for times).  Check it out if you haven’t already.  If you have seen season 1, leave your comments below.  Xoxo

Thank You Kendrick!

This week the internet has been buzzing about rapper, Kendrick Lamar.  I enjoy this brother’s vibe.  He is unapologetically true to himself and his community.  Even though the world we live in is so shallow and people are so venomous.

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In case you have been under a rock this week, let me explain….So, tell me….if you were graduating from high school and your big brother bought you a 2017 Toyota Camry would you be stoked or expect a luxury car?  I guess because the “Humble” artist is famous, the masses expect him to buy his sister a more expensive car? Why does anyone care?

A moment that should have been precious and celebrated by anyone in earshot was tarnished by internet trolls that probably are just hatin’ on her Camry!

Thank you Kendrick for a responsible, smart and normal gesture of love. I am sorry people have such little substance.  I bet they would be giving him props if he bought the car for them.

#IJS #JMO