Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beyonce Serves "Becky" Ice Cold Lemonade, and in the words of Shaggy, "It Wasn't Me!"



They say revenge is best served cold.

If we are to believe that Beyonce's latest "video/biography" "Lemonade" is based on truth, which I do, then I'd say revenge is best served as cold lemonade.

I was very impressed with Queen Bey's latest.  It's art like we've not seen from her or anyone in a while.  Made me think about the '70s and Gil Scott Heron.

And if the album itself wasn't enough to set tongues wagging about her marriage, her dad, Blu Ivy and everything in between, how about when Rachel Roy thought it would be really funny to tag her instagram post with "Good Hair Don't Care."  Not only did the joke backfire on Roy and cause her to have to shut down her Instagram for a time, it may have also been career suicide to a large extent for this quite talented designer.

Of course, never to be outdone, or to let us have anything of our own, I'm standing by for the deluge of tee-shirts, mugs and the like which steal from Beyonce's most recent hit with hashtags of #becky, #lemonade, #goodhair and on it goes. 

What Beyonce did with this piece of work was not only make great music and art - she reclaimed any power that the haters in the general public may have thought they had over her success.  

Yes, as Queen Bey most aptly coined, "The best revenge is your paper."

Salute!

LINA - Live at "The Mint" in Los Angeles, One Night Only, Friday, April 29, 2016 (presented by Jadar Entertainment)





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The Mint


Doors open @ 7:30 - Show starts @ 9:00



Lina is a gifted international singer, songwriter and actress with the voice of an angel.   Her unique style is an effortless blend of neo soul, jazz, r&b, classical, and opera.   Follow Lina on Twitter https://twitter.com/officiallylina

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rest In Peace, Prince


  • June 7, 1958
  • April 21, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Whatever Happened to a Good Old-Fashioned Fist Fight? The death of former New Orleans Saints' Player Will Smith

 
William Raymond Smith III (July 4, 1981 – April 9, 2016)

There was a line that Warren Beatty read in the movie "Bullworth," which said in part, "If you don't put down that malt liquor and chicken wings. . ."

I'd like to add to that and say "If black men don't put down their guns and start using their heads, our race will soon be extinct."  Maybe that's an exaggeration.  Maybe it isn't.

The death this past weekend of beloved ex-New Orleans Saints' player Will Smith by another black man, after what appears to be an incident of "road rage" brought that movie to my mind.

"Bullworth" came out in 1998.  It's now 2016.  18 years later and we're still dealing with the same issues.

There used to be a time when real men didn't need guns to settle their differences.  At worst, there was a "fist fight" and the best man won.  I don't condone violence of any sort, but when did black men become so "hard on the outside, yet soft on the inside," that they couldn't handle themselves without lethal weapons?

Blame it on the rap music, blame it on the white man, blame it on the boogie.  Bottom line - we need to have a serious conversation about where this ends.

Prior to the last couple of years, I've really not had a particular stance on gun control.  Now, I do.  It's obvious that people feel empowered to do things while "carrying heat" that they wouldn't feel empowered to do if they weren't.  

Gun control may not happen overnight and it may not be the only solution.  But what we're doing now isn't working.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

"The Perfect Find" by Tia Williams (edited by Victoria Christoper Murray) - Free e-Book Giveaway


It's here.  "The Perfect Find" by Tia Williams ("The Accidental Diva").  And you can read it for free.  I'm giving away, in conjunction with DreamRelationspr.com, an e-copy of Tia Williams' latest novel.

All you have to do is send me an email, HERE!

Will a forty-year-old woman with everything on the line – her high-stakes career, ticking biological clock, bank account – risk it all for an intensely lusty secret romance with the one person who could destroy her comeback, for good?


Jenna Jones, former It-girl fashion editor, is broke and desperate for a second chance. When she’s dumped by her longtime fiancĂ© and fired from Darling magazine, she begs for a job from her old arch nemesis, Darcy Vale. The beyond-bitchy publisher of StyleZine.com, Darcy agrees to hire her rival – only because her fashion site needs a jolt from Jenna’s old school cred. But Jenna soon realizes she’s in over her head. She’s working with digital-savvy millennials half her age, has never even “Twittered,” and pretends to still be a Fashion Somebody while living a style lie (she sold her designer wardrobe to afford her sketched-out studio, and now quietly wears Walmart’s finest). Worse? The twenty-two-year-old videographer assigned to shoot her web series is driving her crazy. Wildly sexy with a smile Jenna feels in her thighs, Eric Combs is way off-limits – but almost too delicious too resist. 


Written by the bestselling author of The Accidental Diva, The Perfect Find is a scandalously sexy, laugh-out-loud funny, utterly quotable saga about star-crossed love and starting over.


GIVEAWAY ENDS AT MIDNIGHT EST on April 15, 2016.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"Ghost Town to Havana" - Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 14th Oakland International Film Festival

 
"Ghost Town to Havana"

 A life rampant, street level story of mentorship and everyday heroism in tough circumstances. An inner city coach's son, estranged in his youth from his father, spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches, Roscoe in Oakland and Nicolas in Havana. The coaches meet on videotape and two years of red tape later, Coach Roscoe and nine Oakland players travel to Havana to play Coach Nicolas' team. For one week, the players and coaches eat, dance, swim, argue and play baseball together. But when the parent of an Oakland player is murdered back home, it brings back the inescapable reality and challenges of life in an American inner city. (Written by Anonymous from IMDB)

See the film's trailer here




Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

 

Ghost Town to Havana will open the 14th Oakland International Film Festival at Holy Names University on April 5th, 2016. For the past 11 years, the Oakland Film Society has presented the annual Oakland International Film Festival. Plans are on the way to grow the festival each year to promote the independent film industry in Oakland and around the world.
Click HERE to purchase tickets 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

18th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Awards, Friday, April 8, 2016, San Francisco






 National Coalition of 100 Black Women (OBAC)
presents
18th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Business
& Community Awards Luncheon


For ticket and sponsor information, click here!