Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I Did That (October)

I’m late again, but so what. It’s not like anyone is waiting for me anyway. In September I was looking forward to:

- My B-Day (25 and still fly!)
- Ne-Yo's new album The Year of the Gentleman (Ms. Independent is about me, right?)
- My UGG boots (so comfy)
- My hairline to grow back (just say no to headbands!)
- Miracle at St. Anna
- The Secret Life of Bees

Well l had a good birthday. I’m learning not to put too much on landmark celebrations because it could A. not turn out the way I expected or B. I miss the small things leading up to the event. Sometimes it’s both. I received many Birthday Wishes, I had a successful event and I did exactly what I wanted, nothing! Twenty-five is going to be a good year. I feel like I am finally finding my swagger in regards to my personal style, my career and how I communicate. I am officially a ‘grown up’ that whole 18-24 thing is for the birds (just kidding).

Ne-Yo’s album is really good way better than the last one, but me and Ne-Yo aren’t getting along right now. I’ve always been a fan of Ne-Yo’s music and appreciated his honesty in his song writing and his interviews. Oh yeah, and I never questioned his sexuality even after the photo below, but after that whole “light skinned babies are the cutest” comment (YouTube it). I am officially repulsed. It’s 2008, right? Sure he wrote “She Got Her Own” about me and “Single” is my jam, but I am finished supporting self-hating negroes who don’t like “dark butts.”

BTW John Legend has a great CD too. I know JL doesn’t like dark butts either, but “Green Light” is my jam too. Ok I am no longer paying money to see these fools cause nobody really makes money off of album sales anymore.

My Uggs are still so comfy, but it hasn’t been cold enough to wear them just yet and my hair line never really left. I was just paranoid.

Miracle at St. Anna was a true WTF? movie. The cast was gorgeous (Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, and Laz Alonzo), but the movie was too long, one of the characters got on my first and last nerves, and what exactly was the miracle? I can see where Spike was going with this, but he missed the mark. With a little more character development and a lot of editing this could have been a good movie. I have nothing to say about the plot because um, yeah. Here is the official web site if you’re interested: http://miracleatstanna.movies.go.com/

The Secret Life of Bees was just like the book and the Queen did a fabulous job as matriarch. Jennifer Hudson did just as expected, poorly. I’m not a fan of J-Hud she is not a good actor at all she brought a sense of laziness to her character who was already written to be simple minded. I did not like the way that some of the characters were being portrayed as too prideful which led them to do things that I believe were stupid. There is a difference between standing up for yourself and doing things add fuel to the fire and getting yourself hurt for no reason. In one scene the sidekick negro spit tobacco on a white man’s shoe. The movie is set in the south during the early 1960’s. She then found herself beaten, bruised and running from the law. Did she know they could have killed her? Alicia Keys did not do a good job either. Can this whole singer/actor thing be put to an end? More about this movie can be found at: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thesecretlifeofbees/

Friday, December 19, 2008

If I Can Just Touch the Hem of His Garment

Poor Obama is all I can say. Everyone wants a piece of this man and believes he actually owes them something personally. He does, but we have to be realistic and honest. What did he say exactly about that issue that spoke to you? My greatest fear was that people were not listening to what he was saying and that they just jumped on the Obama bandwagon and/or just got caught up in Obamamania. Let’s be reality, it was not too long ago people were questioning his ‘blackness’ and experience and calling him a terrorist, the anti-Christ, an elitist, the list goes on . Most people jumped aboard after he beat Hilary.

Not me of course, I’ve supported Obama since 2004. My admiration began with “Dreams of My Father” and only grew with “The Audacity of Hope.” He had been telling us who he was and what he stood for quite candidly throughout his career. He said he dabbled with drugs, how he felt about his father, why he loved Michelle, and where he came from and even how he found his faith. Even in his campaign he had the gumption to say that he did not have a concrete answer, but obviously he knew what direction he would take.

No doubt Obama has done an unbelievable job in bringing the country together. There were young people, old people, Asians, Black people, white people and everyone else who believed in change shedding tears November 4, 2008. More people than in the history of elections showed up to the polls to cast their ballot. The bad thing about everyone having the right to vote is that everyone can vote, including idiots. There were people who never listened to the man or read a policy, but who wanted to be a part of history, felt pressure from their peers or whatever who did not know anything about this man except that he had a swagger and a charisma that was of the charts, that they heard he would cure AIDS and erase racism and that Oprah, Daddy, George Clooney, and whoever liked him. Obama was and still is, cool.

So to the point, people expect too much of him for no reason. Great example, recently Obama announced that Rick Warren will be participating in the Inauguration. This is the man who wrote the bestseller “The Purpose Driven Life” and now the GLBGT community is pissed because Pastor Warren does not condone gay marriage. Um, neither does Obama. When did he say that gays can get married?

A few weeks before that protesters held up signs asking Obama to help with affordable housing for people living with the alphabets (HIV/AIDS). Why aren’t any gay in the new cabinet? Where are the Latinos? He didn’t promise a rainbow. Some people believe the troops are coming home next month and that the economy will be booming by spring 2009. Get real. When did he make all these promises?

He has not even taken office yet. Barack is going to piss some people off. I am sure he will piss me off, but I understand he is human, not the messiah and therefore not the answer to all my prayers. Throughout his campaign he pushed for a collaborative effort in making the government work and the American Dream a possibility. He said “Yes WE can” not “Yes I can.”