Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stylish tips for New Year's Eve - How to accessorize your little black dress - Happy 2010!!

The perfect fashion canvas for any New Year's eve celebration is the little black dress. The little black dress is versatile and great for a recessionista's budget because one can mix and match accessories to create different looks, depending on the occasion. There are several stylish and affordable little black dresses for under $25 at Forever 21. Below are three dress looks and accessory styling options for each dress.

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Other fashion stories:

Best dressed celebrities of 2009: Carrie Underwood (view photos and watch video)

Best dressed celebrities of 2009: Michelle Obama (view photos and watch video)

Best dressed celebrities of 2009: Rihanna (view photos and watch video)

New year's eve style tips

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fashion-forward Rihanna and Michelle Obama are Glamour Magazine's 'Women of the Year' - Pictures

Fashion-forward Rihanna and Michelle Obama are Glamour Magazine's 'Women of the Year' - Pictures

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Joker Of The Week Nods

Hello folks!

There have been soooo many worthy Joker nominees during my hiatus. I'm not going to name them now--but they will get a shoutout in the Joker of the Year nominations! But on to this week's nods......

  • Anti-Obama Nuts - I have to give a nod to all of those people who are anti-Obama just because he is African American. I'm not talking about people who criticize him--everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I'm talking about the people LITERALLY crying because they did not want him to speak to their children in schools. I'm talking about the Tea Party folks marching on Washington with signs of Obama as a witch doctor. I'm talking about those people whose faces contort with hatred, rage and indignation while yelling at health care rallies. And I'm talking about those radio and news anchors who fan these flames of hatred.
  • Kanye West - He has to be at the top of any one's list this week after his stunt at the VMAs. Grown Woman aptly said---he's going around looking like a sad puppy now, but he did what he did and there are consequences.

  • Serena Williams - Serena is my girl. (Even though my husband has said that if he wasn't with me, he'd be with Serena. Good luck with that. Pssh, he may have to get a nod for that one. LOL). I watched the entire U.S. Open--rooting for her and she seemed pretty unstoppable until the semi-final match. I understand her frustration at being called on a foot fault at the end of such a big match. However, you can't say to a line judge, "I swear to God I'm [expletive] going to take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat, you hear that? I swear to God." So for that, I have to give her a nod.

  • Joe Wilson - For yelling out "You lie" during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress and generally being unrepentant. I mean really--is this how elected officials should conduct themselves? He wasn't some nut at a health care rally--but an elected official sitting before the President of the United States. Unbelievable.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

The VMAs - Wow

I've been on hiatus for a minute, but the VMAs last night brought me out of my leave of absence. There are moments when I consider the person who invented the dvr to be my own personal hero and last night was one of them. Because when Kanye stepped on stage during Taylor Swift's speech and said he thought Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time, I actually squealed because I couldn't believe what he was doing and had to rewind it immediately. While I know that he has ranted and raved when HE'S lost an award--now he's extending it to being outraged on behalf of his friends? It really is all about his ego. Because he thinks he is the most important thing in music, he thinks his opinion matters more than everyone else's opinion--which is why he felt completely comfortable going on stage and sharing his thoughts with the rest of the world. Hey, we all liked Single Ladies--that's why it went on to win Video of the Year--but that doesn't mean that Beyonce had to win every single award of the night. Kanye ruined Swift's big moment as she just stood there, completely humiliated and unable to finish her speech. Beyonce also couldn't thank anyone in her speech because she had to bring Taylor Swift up and let her finish her speech, so Beyonce wouldn't be tarnished in this mess. One day Kanye's antics will begin to override his talent and maybe then he'll learn a little something about humility.

Also--Did anyone see Lil' Mama hop on stage during Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' performance? At first I thought it was planned, until I saw the look of shock on Jigga's face and the way he completely ignored her. While I appreciate her enthusiasm for her state, she played herself. That was a big star moment and neither recording her song "Lip Gloss" or being a judge on America's Best Dance Crew put her in that league. What a clown!

Final Note: I'm back on the scene--I took a break because of the wedding (will post pics soon!) and because TravelDiva is very pregnant with her first child so blogging was low on the list of priorities. But I figure that I'll have more time to blog when I go on maternity leave in a couple of months. What's up blogspot fam????!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thank You For The Memories Mike

As you know, I've expressed my love of Michael Jackson's musical genius on CITC in the past. So when a friend called yesterday and told me he went into cardiac arrest and TMZ was reporting that he was dead, I did not want to believe it. But when the LA Times reported it--I did something I've never done before--cry over a celebrity passing away.

Michael Jackson's music and talent have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I can remember as a child sitting around the television with my mom, my dad and my older brother watching Motown's anniversary and all of us going completely insane when Michael did the moonwalk. I remember going to the Capital Centre with my parents and my brother to see MJ in the Bad tour and being overwhelmed by the screams and MJ popping up out of the stage in a wolf mask during his performance of Thriller. Even through all of his problems, his loneliness and private demons, I have loved Michael Jackson's music for the joy it has brought to my life.

I pray for his mom, his children and his family. And I hope that he will best be remembered for the countless hits, his dance, his spirit and the revolution he created in music. CITC salutes you Michael.

Monday, June 15, 2009


So, the rumors were true.... Usher filed for divorce after 22 months of marriage.
I actually feel bad for Tameka because like most of the world, "Twitterville" gives this woman much grief. During the past month or so, she has been engaged in a tweet war with various folks. It's crazy because many people called her out on her various tweets about her "hubby" and how happy they were. Many people said it was a front and that Usher had already moved on. I guess they were right. Oh well, at least old girl knocked out two babies which means... you guessed it... a way to get around that pesky prenup. So, Tameka will be just fine. I know Mama Raymond is doing the happy 'I told ya so' dance.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I've been bit by the Twitterbug...have you?

So, I am absolutely hooked on Twitter. It's just a fun way to connect with your friends and just express random thoughts throughout the day. So...if you have time come check me out on Twitter (grownwoman01).


Yesterday, Mike Tyson's 4 year old daughter, Exodus Tyson, died as a result of a "freak" accident. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Tyson family!



Ok, so for the past couple of months, I told myself almost DAILY that I should blog but I must admit that....I've been bit by the "Twitterbug" so I have been "tweeting" instead of blogging. Shame on me!!! But, now I will attempt to do both!! HA! let's see how that goes. STAY TUNED!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pause On The Blog - TD

Hey guys,

With work, wedding planning and other personal drama, I can't blog for awhile--probably not until late summer. I'm sorry--I know you'll miss my sarcastic wit. LOL. But I will try to circle around to my favorite blogs by Smarty, Nadja, Diva's Thoughts, 12Kyle, Demon Hunter et al. Plus Sassy, Grown Woman and Tilshop are more than welcome to increase their posting. (hint hint).

But I shall see you in the blog world chicas and chicos! Luv ya!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Joker Of The Week Nods

Hola bloggers,

Well, we've got an interesting list this week. Happy voting!

BeBe Winans - For being arrested for domestic violence yesterday. BeBe! How many wanna bet Oprah won't be asking him to sing on her show any time soon after this one?

Lil' Kim - For shouting out her prison buddies on Dancing With the Stars. Demonstrating yet again, that you can pay for school but you can't buy class.

Michael Steele - For apologizing to Rush Limbaugh (of all people) for offending the "great one" when he called Limbaugh's stance "ugly" and "incendiary" on D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. Man up Steele. You were right to call him that and to say that he was not the de facto leader of the republican party. But by turning around and bowing and scraping when Limbaugh went off on you, you kind of made it look like Limbaugh IS the leader. You are not off to an auspicious start as the head of the RNC.

Bernard Madoff - For stealing billions from people and pleading guilty yesterday to multiple counts of securities fraud. I hope he gets 150 years. That kind of callous greed is a disgrace and unconscionable.
Joaquin Phoenix - For allegedly quitting acting, becoming a rapper, performing, jumping off stage to confront a heckler and then being removed by security in Miami. Oh Emperor, how you have fallen.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Random Tidbits

Interesting quotes:

Donald Trump (on Rihanna) - “She better get the hell out. If she goes back, she’s a loser and she doesn’t deserve to have any future success.” Dang Donald. You don't need to curse her.

Lil' Kim (before dancing on DWTS last night) - "This is for everyone in Rikers Island!" I am so mad she dedicated her dance to her cell block. I'm all for keepin' it real, but....

No They Did Not!

From WUSA 9 News:

"A Southern Maryland woman was seriously injured in a mishap involving a sex toy over the weekend.

The case was first reported on, and Saint Mary's county public safety sources confirm the information to 9NEWS NOW.

The accident was reported to local fire and rescue personnel about 1:30 a.m. on March 7, from an address on Rogers Drive. The man who made the 911 call said he had placed a sex toy over a saber saw blade, and then used the power tool on his partner, but the blade cut through the sex toy and injured the woman.

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, was reportedly injured and bleeding. She was flown to Prince George's hospital center by Maryland State Police. County law enforcement officials who were familiar with the media report about this case said although they were not initially called to investigate the incident, they would likely follow up to determine it was just an accident and involved consentual behavior.

I'm all for spicing up the boudoir but a saw blade?? Seriously?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009



This past summer, I heard the most powerful sermon. The preacher was discussing how we allow our fears to hold us back and instead, we need to ask ourselves "what would I do if I knew I wouldn't fail"? It was so powerful and I've been asking myself that question ever since.
As I child, I loved to read books and write stories. I always dreamed of becoming a writer but convinced myself that success as a writer was too "speculative" and perhaps, I should try something "safe". But, now at 32, I'm finally ready to step out of my comfort zone and follow my dream. If I knew I wouldn't fail, I would become a writer. SO, obviously that's my passion and I'm following it. I still have some unanswered what am I going to write about? should I write a novel or articles? Hey, I don't have all of the answers but it'll be a fun ride... and I may even write about it!!!

So, what's the one thing you would do if you knew you wouldn't fail?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009




What changes have you made in light of the recession?

I don't think there is anyone out here who isn't affected in some way by this recession. So, I'm looking for helpful "tips" for surviving in these difficult financial times. I know for one, I'm learning to budget more wisely and to ask whether I need to buy an item or simply "want" it. The biggest change I've made is I am not as wasteful with my wardrobe and therefore I actually WEAR what is in my closet!!! Pre-recession, I used any and every excuse to purchase a new outfit. Now, I actually go into my closet and find cute things to wear for different occasions.
I'm also buying (gulp) non-brand products where possible. I was in Target the other day and saved a rack of money by buying the Target brand of items such as trash bags, paper towels, liquid soap, etc.

How about you?


Ok, since the whole world is talking about the Chrianna reconciliation, I suppose I should chime in also. I heard on the radio this morning that Rhianna's fans were upset that she has chosen to reunite with Chris and that many speculate that her image will be damaged. After news broke about the alleged beating from Brown, the media penned Rhianna as the "face of domestic violence" and probably had already written her upcoming PSA's. Therefore, many people are disappointed by her decision to reunite with him. Some say that if he whips her again, she deserves it. That's ridiculous to me. I personally believe that "we" are being too hard on her. Before you fall out of your chair, I am not condoning violence against women nor am I "excited" that she decided to forgive him. BUT, I do believe that it is unfair to expect a 21 year old to walk away from an abusive relationship with ease when millions of women are unable to do so. The only difference between Rhianna and other battered women is that she's famous. Perhaps, we should stop thinking of "celebrities" as super humans and realize that they have the same fears, insecurities and issues as the rest of us. The good thing about the Chrianna situation coming to light is that perhaps people will stop believing that only poor or ugly women stay in abusive relationships. Obviously, there is a deeper issue here. Perhaps, Rhianna witnessed abuse as a child. Maybe she never felt loved. She may never have been taught about a healthy relationship.
Or, like many women out here, maybe she simply feels that he'll change THIS TIME.

Prayerfully, she'll emerge from this situation as a stronger person. And, can look back years from now and realize that at 31, she would not make the same decision.


As an attorney, I understand that whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing BUT I'm just not ready to see CBreezy chillin' in Miami cheesing as if we didn't all see Rhi-Rhi's bruises last week on TMZ. Who is his publicist? He/she needs to be fired! This is not the first image people need to see of an "alleged" batterer who is seeking pastoral counseling and in anger management.
I'm just not ready......

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Movie Quote Trivia

If you love movies as much as I do, maybe you can guess the movies these lines come from. Whoever gets the most answers right, will be crowned Movie Champion Of the World!!!!!!!! (Okay, that's a little dramatical, but that's how my older brother and I competed in everything when we were growing up. We had Wheel of Fortune, Connect Four, Uno championships, etc. for all of the marbles. It was actually pretty serious to win--sooo good luck and no googling!!).

  1. I've been in love with you since I was eleven, and the s**t won't go away.

  2. The details of your incompetence do not interest me.

  3. Why is he alive? It vexes me... I'm terribly vexed.

  4. Don't you think I realize what's going on here, miss? Who do you think I am, huh? Don't you think I know that if I was some hotshot from out of town that pulled inside here and you guys made a reservation mistake, I'd be the first one to get a room and I'd be upstairs relaxing right now. But I'm not some hotshot from out of town, I'm a small reporter from "Rolling Stone" magazine that's in town to do an exclusive interview with Michael Jackson that's gonna be picked up by every major magazine in the country. I was gonna call the article "Michael Jackson Is Sitting On Top of the World," but now I think I might as well just call it "Michael Jackson Can Sit On Top of the World Just As Long As He Doesn't Sit in the Beverly Palm Hotel 'Cause There's No N***ers Allowed in There!"

  5. Actually we've got a nice little Saturday planned. We're going to Home Depot to pick out some wallpaper, then maybe well hit Bed Bath and Beyond... I dont know! I dont know if we'll have enough time!
  6. In thirty seconds you'll be dead, and I'll blow this place up and be home in time for Corn Flakes.

  7. Haven't you seen Boyz N The Hood? Now one of us is going to get shot.

  8. Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

  9. And what else? Why don't you just jump off the roof, right here and now? That's what you really want, isn't it? Yes, you do. You smoke crack, don't you, boy? Don't you smoke crack? Yeah, I thought so. And you know what that does to you? You don't? It kills your brain cells, son. It kills your brain cells! Now when you're destroying your brain cells, you're doing the same thing as killing yourself. You're just doing it slower! Now, I say if your wanna kill yourself, don't f**k around with it, do it expeditiously! Go on and jump! JUMP!
  10. Who am I? Well, they call me Brother to the night. And right now I'm the blues in your left thigh... trying to become the funk in your right. Is that all right?

  11. Poor people are crazy, Jack. I'm eccentric.

  12. Wait'll they get a load of ME!

  13. Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have f**ked with? That's me.

  14. Mr. Musgrave, please don't interrupt me when I'm asking rhetorical questions.

  15. I was married at your age. You don't even want to learn how to cook dahl!

  16. A Jedi Knight? Jeez, I'm out of it for a little while, everyone gets delusions of grandeur!

  17. As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion. The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is... I collect your f**king head. Just like this f**ker here. Now, if any of you sons of b***hes got anything else to say, now's the f**king time!

  18. I don't give a d*mn if Marvin Gaye 'gonna be there, you wont!

  19. After stomping on Ilena's cousin like that, I knew I was gonna have to deal with that fool someday. D*mn! I never thought he'd come back like this, blasting. Like I said, it was funny like that in the hood sometimes. I mean you never knew what was gonna happen or when. I've done too much to turn back, and I've done too much to go on. I guess in the end it all catches up with you. My grandpa asked me one time if I care whether I live or die. Yeah, I do. Now it's too late.

  20. I will be watching you and if I find that you are trying to corrupt my first born child, I will bring you down, baby. I will bring you down to Chinatown.

  21. Well, here's my first question. Do you think it's kind of dangerous handing out guns at a bank?

  22. Money talks, and bulls**t runs a marathon. So, see ya and I wouldn't want to be ya.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Joker Of The Week Nods

Hello bloggers,

This week will leave you scratching your head as to who to vote for. So many contenders and so little time....

  • NY Post - For publishing that tacky, racist cartoon regarding Obama, a chimp and the stimulus bill. (See Post Below).

  • Chris Brown - IF that picture of Rihanna's battered face pic from is real then he needs to do more than give a general apology and talk about his pastor....I know he's young, but that picture of a battered Rihanna just saddened me and there is no excuse for that kind of violence. None.

  • Roland Burris - For accepting the Senate nomination from shady Blagojevich and now having his "dirt" come out of the closet (i.e. he tried to fund raise for Blago right around the time it was clear Senator Obama would become President Obama and leave a vacant seat in the Senate). Old and shady.

  • Luther Campbell - For being arrested for being a deadbeat dad and owing $10,266.36 in back child support. Pay for your kids Me So Horny!

Last Minute Honorable Mention - Terrence Howard - For saying in response to the Chrianna debacle - "It's just life, man. Chris is a great guy. He'll be alright. And Rihanna knows he loves her, you know? They'll be alright." Maybe he should have just kept his mouth shut since he was arrested for assaulting his estranged wife back in '01....

(Per Smarty Jones' suggestion, I've removed the Rihanna pic. I think it's news that should be covered, buuuut I don't want to further victimize Rih Rih.)

On a more positive note, this week's winners? The fab ladies who attended the Essence Ladies Luncheon.

See more pics here!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Random Question Of The Day: NY Post Cartoon

There has been quite an uproar over the last day or so about the NY Post cartoon above. Do you think that it is an innocent joke by the author expressing the opinion that a monkey must have written the stimulus bill because it is so bad? Or, was there a more sinister, racist motive behind the cartoon with a black president being the monkey?
Given the cops, the monkey, the association of persons of African descent with monkeys, Obama being synonymous with the bill, and the ultra conservative NY Post, I'm leaning towards the latter. What say you?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Early Joker Nod - Burris

You know, I never liked the fact that Roland Burris accepted that bozo Rod Blagojevich's nomination for the U.S. Senate. It just seemed shady and desperate to me. Why accept something from someone so tainted? Did he want to be a senator that badly? Now, word is Burris did have some suspect contacts with Blago's people. Apparently, Burris admitted in an affidavit that he had spoken with Rod's brother about fundraising for Rod and he actually made some calls on his behalf seeking thousands of bucks around the time of the election. Now, he may be accused of perjury. UN-FRIGGIN-BELIEVABLE. If you KNEW you tried to fund raise for Rod when you knew he was going to nominate someone to replace Barack Obama, why would you turn around and accept the seat? Even if this was somehow completely legitimate, it still stinks to high heaven. Disappointing brother. Disappointing.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY BLOGGERS! In the spirit of all things love-related, we will not have a Joker of the Week poll this week. So Chris Brown, A Rod and MIA's stylist are LUCKY. D*MN LUCKY. But, I may hold their names for next week's poll though...

On a positive note, I'll give a shout out to Jennifer Hudson and Muhammed Ali. Hudson's moving musical tribute to the champ and his sad state as a result of the Parkinson's disease moved me to tears last night during the NAACP Image Awards. I thought about all that she had been through and the class and grace and sheer talent that she performed with last night in the midst of it all. It was incredibly inspiring. Kudos to Jennifer, Yolanda Ali, who gave a wonderful speech, and the entire Ali family.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Joker Of The Week Nods

The Joker of the Week polls are BACK folks. This week's list is actually a little tough....

  1. Christian Bale - For cursing out the director of photography on the set of Terminator 4 for four minutes! While it was funny, I don't care how big of a star you are, you should not treat people that way.
  2. Etta James - For her sour grapes over not singing "At Last" at the Neighborhood Ball to the first couple. She said, “You guys know your president, right?” You know the one with big ears? Yeah, wait a minute. He ain’t my president.” Classy 'till the bitter end Etta.
  3. Michael Phelps - For smoking weed in front of someone with a camera and being suspended from USA swimming.
  4. Tom Daschle - For knowing that he wanted to be in Obama's cabinet for MONTHS, not paying his taxes and then withdrawing from the process at the last minute.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

25 Random Things

(Smarty Jones tagged me on Facebook--I might as well kill two birds with one stone. :-)

  1. I was born in Washington, D.C. at Washington Hospital Center. I'm a true D.C. native.
  2. I've been to hip hop clubs in Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon and Albufeira. Barcelona is like the United Nations of Hip Hop. Imagine being in a club with people from every country of the world yelling "Now west side walk it oooout, now east side walk it ouuuuut." That is a wild thing to see.
  3. I LOOOOOVE to read. When I was a kid, I used check out 20 books from the library at once (usually Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew and Sweet Dreams), read them in two weeks and then check out 20 more. I just finished the Brief Wondrous Life of Benjamin Wao--a book about several generations of a family from the Dominican Republic. It was a great read.
  4. I have a weird fascination with vampire culture. (Not in a sick twisted way--I guess....). But I enjoy vampire stories - movies (Underworld, Interview with a Vampire, etc.); tv (True Blood, Buffy); Books (L.A. Banks series).
  5. I am getting married in July and either I am the most relaxed bride in history or the biggest procrastinator who doesn't understand the scope of her responsibility....
  6. I've been to Las Vegas ten times and stayed at 7 different hotels (Circus Circus, Bellagio, Luxor, New York New York, Mandalay Bay, The Signature at the MGM Grand, & The Hilton). I usually do pretty well and actually hit the jackpots. But the last time I went, I was at The Mirage, and I hit for $300, cashed out and moved on to the next machine. Five minutes later, a middle-aged lady sat down at the machine I hit on, and hit the upper progressive for $15,000. I was disgusted. As the machine played "We're in the money" for the next 30 minutes I was almost sick. I did end up winning $1,000 that night, but my heart still hurt.
  7. I have two brothers. My older one is a character and my younger one is super smart, about to graduate from Princeton. Yeah, I'm bragging. LOL.
  8. I work to live, not live to work. There is a big difference.
  9. I love movies. I think it's an extension of my love of reading. Stories--it's all stories. The latest flicks that I've taken in? Slumdog Millionaire, Gran Turino, Taken and Notorious.
  10. We're going to Maui and Oahu for our honeymoon. I would like to leave right now.
  11. I have a group of lawyer friends. There are 4 of us and we call ourselves The Committee. We got the name because we talk on e-mail everyday about everything, and one of the boyfriends jokingly remarked "Oh yeah, I know you have to run it by the Committee." It stuck.
  12. I started calling people who do something stupid or something that annoys me "jokers." I even have a weekly "Joker of the Week" on my blog Now everyone around me uses the word--my mom, my grandmother, friends. Unfortunately, I called my fiancé a joker once and my three year old nephew latched on. He subsequently called my grandmother, my mother and his father a joker; and he routinely asks me if my fiancé is still a joker? Thus, I unintentionally have gotten that kid into a lot of trouble.
  13. Barack Obama was the first political candidate that I ever gave money to. It was money well spent.
  14. I (gasp) like line dancing. Not necessarily the electric slide--but let the cupid shuffle come on--I'm hitting the floor!
  15. I had a jheri curl when I was in the 5th and 6th grade. (You've probably seen the photos former classmates/new frenemies have posted on FB). At the time it seemed like a good idea... And it did make my hair grow. LOL.
  16. I met Stanford from Sex and the City in the Hilton gift shop. The weird thing was, at first I didn't recognize him. I thought he was somebody that worked at my law firm, but then I said "Sex and the City!" He nodded and was actually pretty friendly.
  17. I love to go to Europe because people think my friends and I are celebrities. I'm dead serious. A black American--walking around on vacation, shopping, looking fab, staying at 5 stars in Portugal or Spain? Of course we have to be famous. Psssh, I put on my big sunglasses as soon as I get to Dulles Airport just to get ready for my landing abroad. Although the staring can be annoying, particularly when you're eating, I generally enjoy the fanfare and the yells of "guapa", "bella".
  18. I used to play soccer when I was younger, even went to a week long soccer camp when I was 14.
  19. I was semi-kidnapped once in the Bahamas. We were staying at Atlantis on Paradise Island. I decided to venture out a couple of times by myself to clubs in Nassau. Saturday night--went out, had a good time. Sunday when I went out--the club that I wanted to go to was closed. I told the cab driver he could just take me home. He said no--He had a place that he could take me. He proceeded to drop off another passenger and then took me to a dancehall in the hood. I was like "CRAP"--although it was not crap. He said I didn't have to pay, "he just wanted to party with me." I'm not against cabbies, but he wasn't even hot. I went in the dancehall---did not see one other tourist--realized I could be stabbed up and through there, and rolled out. I got a guy to hail me another cab (miraculously) and just as I was about to flee the scene, the cab driver (having parked a mile away and walked back to the club to meet me), stopped me from closing the door and said, "what happened?" I said, "It was just not my scene." Then I closed the door. I think if he could have slapped me, he would have. LOL. I took my butt back to Atlantis and shot craps that night. During the ride home, my new cab driver said he loved me, the toll ticket guy said I was beautiful, and as I was walking back towards the hotel entrance, another cabbie, grabbed me, looked at my chest and said he'd like to give me the royal treatment. Only in the Caribbean man! HA!
  20. When I was in Key West for a wedding, I ended up going to a clothing optional club--I can't remember the name of it--but I know the rooftop was called the Garden of Eden. Oddly, only people who should remain in their clothes at all time chose to disrobe. It was NASTY. One guy actually came up to me and was talking to me, asking questions, like he wasn't butt naked!
  21. Sometimes I get sucked into watching stupid reality shows when they run a marathon. (i.e. From Gs to Gents and I love New York). It's a source of shame.
  22. I've driven to work for the last 7 years. But now, the parking lot at my building is so small, I just don't want to risk dents in the car. So, in March, I'm thinking about getting back on the subway. The problem is, I hate people. Well, I guess hate is a strong word. All of the crowds, the pushing to get on the train, people standing over me if I'm lucky enough to get a seat. What a nuisance. I like the quiet comfort of my own vehicle. (SIGH). I need to pray on it.
  23. I think my mother is the best mother in the world. Ever. In the history of motherhood. Dramatical? Yes. True? YES!
  24. I've known my best friend for almost 26 years. Knowing anyone for that long makes me feel old.
  25. I am a fan of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. I even read The Rock Says. In my defense, it was Christmas present.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Batman Going Off!

Soooo, remember when Christian Bale's mom and sister accused him of attacking them? Uuuuh, maybe they were telling the truth. Bale may have some serious anger issues. He went OFF on the director of photography on the set of the new Terminator movie. And I do mean OFF. The director apparently walked behind someone during a scene and Bale went ballistic. On the one hand, I feel bad for the director of photography. On the other hand--HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! It was almost like a scene from a movie. If you have not heard it, take a listen.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Joker of the Week

I know I said I was nominating Rod the loser, but I have to give this week's title to Lil' Kim. (Polls will return next week). In any event, Grown Woman alerted me to the fact that Lil' Kim is apparently distraught about her portrayal as a jump off in the movie Notorious. Apparently, she also complained about the actress who played her and claimed that she was "too dark." She allegedly wanted Christina Milian to play her. Pause. Think about it. Guffaw. Yes it ridiculous, laughable and sad all at the same time.

Biggie's mom said, “Do you know why the character was too dark for her? Because she’s a white woman trapped in a black woman’s body, and you can tell the world I said it, because those are Lil’ Kim’s words. She should be ashamed of herself...Tell Lil’ Kim to go find herself, go drink a cup of green tea and get a life! This movie is not about Lil’ Kim. She felt we used her character to promote [but] this movie is about my son. … Lil’ Kim needs to go sit down.”

Ha! I have to say Mama Wallace is right. The movie was about Biggie's life--everyone else was a side character. On who played her, Ms. Naturi Naughton is roughly Lil Kim's old complexion and petite. Ms. Kim does not look a darn thing like Milian. But you be the judge....

She needs therapy, the Lord and some unconditional love.

HONORABLE MENTION: Traveldiva. Yeah, I'm giving myself a nod. Michelle Obama was having lunch at Georgia Brown's, the restaurant right outside my building. I actually saw crowds of people excited about something, but I thought it was some kind of protest, so I was like, just move so I can eat my Cosi salad. DARN IT! I could have gotten a pic!

Pic Source - Milian, Lil Kim, Comparisons

Monday, January 26, 2009

Early Joker Nod

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is a real piece of work. He's on tape saying all kinds of horrible, illegal things and he has the absolute nerve to act like he is a victim. Now this bozo had the audacity to compare himself to Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King --other public figures wrongly persecuted. Seriously Rod? Seriously? You attempting to secure a cushy job for your wife is equivalent to Mandela in prison for over 20 years? You attempting to sell a senate seat for your own personal gain is equivalent to MLK marching, being threatened, jailed and ultimately killed for his civil rights work? Give me and the people of Illinois a serious break.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration Pics

Hey guys, I'm still tired. I'll give a recap soon, but here are some pics!

Friday, January 16, 2009


FINALLY! I am soooooo excited. There is so much happening in D.C. this weekend that I just can't STAND IT! I know most locals are staying home because of the hassle. But I cannot be around the corner from history and not try to participate. I'll report back on the haps! Tomorrow, I'm hitting Ibiza for Vibe's Icons Ball with Mary J. Blige and Common; Sunday, I'm headed to a gospel concert at my church (oddly hosted by Vivica Fox) featuring Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Tye Tribbet, Marvin Sapp, etc.; and Tuesday, I'll be headed downtown for the swearing-in and possibly staying for the parade. WOOOOHOOO!

And who knows what else I'll do as the city is jumping with activities! I'm contemplating going to the opening events on Sunday, but I don't want to get stuck downtown and not be able to make my evening concert. I briefly contemplated going to see Jigga at the Warner Theater, but tickets were $500 each. I'd like an evening with Jay Z, but unless that includes a limo ride, dinner with him and Beyonce, two dozen roses and a personal concert--it's not really worth all of that.
Happy four day weekend!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hot New Blog

Hola Bloggers!

I had to post about two fantastic new travel blogs by TriniDiva. One is and the other is These sites include hilarious recaps of TriniDiva's travels, pictures, great travel tips and other great information. I can vouch for Trini because I have travelled extensively with her, and I can tell you that in addition to great sights, there is always some craziness. I'll give you an example:

In 2006, Trini, Lily and I were in Rome over Thanksgiving. One Saturday night we were hanging out in Campo De Fiori, a little square full of bars, restaurants, etc. where people go to chill, drink and people watch. We had had a great time--met lots of attractive italian men, met some random folks from other countries, etc. Around 4 or 5 am, we were talking to three guys and just chillin' when a couple of women came up to me and said, "Oh My God! We know you, you are a singer!" I was like, "Umm, no, no I'm not." And they said, "Yes, Yes we know you!" Just as I was about to deny it again, my friend Lily leaned over and said, "Ssssh, we're on vacanza." And then they laughed and squealed and said, "We knew it! We LOVE you. Please sing something for us." Now, I knew that if I broke out into song, the jig would definitely be up. So I said, "I'm sorry, I don't sing when I'm on holiday." HAAA! They then begged and asked me to please sing something for them. I told them I wouldn't sing, but I'd take a picture with them. They were elated and jumped right in for a photo. (See below). As I said goodbye to my fans, they blew me kisses and said, "We love you sooo much. We love you." Now, to this day, I have NO CLUE who the h*ll they thought I was. But when they rounded the corner, Lily, TriniDiva and I literally collapsed in one of those fits of laughter that literally caused stomach pain, tears and had us leaning on a wall for support.

I said all of that to say, our travels never have a dull moment and TriniDiva's new blogs will definitely bring a smile to your face and get you ready to hop on a plane. So take a read.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Joker of the Year Award Winners

Thanks to all who voted and to those of you who just wrote "LOL". I'm guessing the categories were just too tough to decide. LOL. Here are the results:

1. Right Wing Republican You Most Want To Slap Into Next Week (If it wouldn't result in you landing in Guantanamo Bay....) Award - Sarah Palin

2. Bonehead Politician Award - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

3. S/He Said What? Award - Bob Johnson

4. Entertainer Who Shows That You Can Pay For School But You Can't Buy Class Award -Papoose

5. Person Who Wishes The Most That He Or She NEVER Heard The Name Barack Obama - Jesse Jackson, Sr.

6. WTH? Moment Award - No winner - Joe the plumber, gas prices, stock market crash and Jesse's on mic comments all tied.

7. JOKERS OF THE YEAR - McCain/Palin.

And now it begins all over again....I hear Charles "DUI" Barkley is looking for a nod...