Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Don Cheadle's acceptance speech. It was simple, humble, and humorous.
Public Enemy paid tribute to soul legend James Brown at the BET Awards last night (June 26), with a performance of his hit 'Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud)' .Flavor Flav and Chuck D also performed a medley of their own material, featuring some of their most famous songs including 'Fight The Power' and '911 Is A Joke'. Bootsy Collins joined the pair for their tribute to Brown who passed away late last year.
I am really disappointed that James Brown was given a shorter, less in-depth tribute. He deserves much more. In addition, I disliked the audience participation with fists in the air and "I'm Black and I'm Proud". It was ridiculous, for the people in the audience that were Black, they certainly didn't look proud to be Black. They looked happy to be on TV... not proud in any sense.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Of course, I had the Curry Chicken Kabobs. I was impressed as the recipe tastes more like Trinidadian curry than the Jamaican style. And because it is a tapas restaurant, I also tasted the Jerk Spiced Chicken, Trio of Deviled Eggs, the Fondue, and the Rare BLT. I skipped the dessert menu. But my friend said the Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding was good.
If you are ever in Atlanta and interested in supporting one of the almost 2,000 Black-owned businesses, I recommend this restaurant. The service, drinks, and food were very good. It is in close proximity to clubs and entertainment, in fabulous Midtown. The web address is http://www.rareatl.com/ and ask for Tina.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has come to his defense. So has former President Jimmy Carter. So has the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Wilson's supporters have portrayed a young man with good grades, college aspirations and no criminal history, tripped up by a rigid law that criminalized adolescent recklessness. The severe sentence — mandated by a Georgia law since revised — has been dissected in national media and discussed in countless blog posts and e-mails, all denouncing a criminal justice system that would mete out 10 years in prison for teenage behavior that was foolish but hardly malevolent.
On the other side of this morality tale are prosecutors and legislators who insist that they are defending young girls who were misused by a gang of drug-addled, predatory young men. Douglas County District Attorney David McDade is furious that he has been painted as a racist, incensed over "disinformation" he says has mangled the facts of the case.
He notes that all the teens involved are black — "If I had turned a deaf ear to these young ladies and their families when they cried out for help, I would have been accused of turning a deaf ear to African-American victims." He further points out that five other defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to as much as six years in prison and status as sex offenders. McDade has contended that Wilson wants to be a "martyr."
A jury found that the only sex crime Wilson committed was on a technicality. He was found not guilty of raping a 17-year-old, who claimed she was too impaired to consent to intercourse. They did find him guilty, however, of aggravated child molestation against a 15-year-old, who willingly performed oral sex on him and others.
****Excerpts were taken from the ajc.com!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
'DENISE HUXTBALE' A.K.A. LISA BONET EXPECTING 3rd CHILD.Apparently, Lisa Bonet, 39, is expecting her third child! She was spotted out with daughter Zoe Kravitz, 18, in NYC earlier today (June 10), sporting quite the baby belly. She also has a son, Desikachar Kest, who is about 12 years old Dad is yoga instructor Brian Kest.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
PCOS is an unfortunate term because the word "ovarian" appears in the name of this syndrome. For years, many people automatically assumed that it is purely an ovarian disease. We now recognize that it is in fact, a systemic endocrine and metabolic disorder. Multiple factors are at work. It should really be called the "Poly-Cystic Ovary/Excess Androgen Production /Adrenal Hyperplasia / Insulin Resistant / Hyperpipidemic / Often Overweight / Anovulatory /Hirsute / Sometimes Acne" Syndrome.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Over the weekend, I washed my Sisterlocks for the first time. I found that the process didn't take that long. I bundled in sections and used the Sisterlocks shampoo, although I wish that I didn't have to bundle. I can't wait until my locs mature because I want to use my Aveda Sap Moss Shampoo.
My hair has returned to it's lion mane partially. I love that my thickness is starting to cover most of the parts in the scalp. I took this photo with my camera phone from the side. Sorry about the resolution. But I like that it is starting to look more like locs.; I think I might try some styles now that it's less fragile. I like hair accessories, but I don't like all my hair up. I think I might try braiding/banding in the front or bantu knots all over. As always, I welcome any tips and style suggestions.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
1. The Noisettes- I love, Shingai Shoniwa, the lead singer's gorgeous voice. I don't think there is anything she has sang that I didn't like! Plus, I love punk music. Check out their cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody".
2. Amy Winehouse- I feel like Ms. Winehouse is singing about my life right now. Carlos, I know you know what I mean. I listen to her album everyday after work. Let me know what you think or if you can relate after you watch the video. Laugh out Loud, Carlos!
3. Nina Simone- She is a legend whose voice is like an instrument itself. Besides, I love the lyrics to "I Put a Spell on You". The words along with her voice are spellbinding together. Check out what a wonderful, timeless, and Afrocentric performer. Nina is below:
4. Beenie Man- One of my favorite types of music is Dancehall. I listen to Beenie especially when I work out. I can't listen to this song without dancing. The video is OK, but the beat is banging. Enjoy!
5. Prince- I have a special friend right now, and I haven't heard from him in awhile. So, I listen to this because it's kind of how I feel about him. The other songs from Prince's B sides are good too. Among my favorites is "Erotic City" and "17 Days". You can click here for the first 30 seconds of "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore". Alicia Keys covered it, but I prefer his Purple Majesty's version.
Prince – How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore
Monday, June 4, 2007
3. I don't know if it's a Black, Southern thing; but I have gotten some opposition to my hair. Some of my family, friends and co-workers have expressed that if they had "good" hair that they would not loc it although they say they like natural hair. I think to myself, if I had naturally kinky hair, I would not have a relaxer. I also challenge their perception of good. I usually do this by asking if they believe in God. They typically say yes. I go on to ask if God is good. I usually get a yes also. I then say, if God is good, how can a gift from God be bad. I also gently tell them I like locs and have had them in the past.
I took out my ~100 locs because of my mother's disapproval. This time, regardless of the scolding she gave me, they are staying. I have to be who I am. The more I am myself, the more prepared I am for life. I feel encouraged and empowered. Besides I like not washing and styling or combing and brushing my hair everyday. I used one of my old brushes to clean the bathroom sinks this weekend. I love not using it on my hair. It's freedom!!!