Sunday FAV TV Recap! Power, GOT, and Insecure

All of my favorites shows are on Sunday. You have Power, Game of Thrones, and Insecure all in the same damn night and it’s a beautiful couch potato experience. I finish up everything I need to do before 8 and then grab food and relax. Plus it takes my mind off of what I need to do starting Monday morning.

Highlight of the night for me as with other GOT fans was the infamous battle and the fact that Arya finally made it back to Winterfell after she’s been assumed dead for so long. Her reconciliation with her family and her home was brilliant and I cannot wait to see what tricks she has up her sleeve for Littlefinger. Her fight scene with ¬†Brienne was all kinds girl power dope-ness! Especially when Brienne it was visible that Brienne was feeling the pressure and gave little Arya a stiff kick (which btw looked like a men’s size 15! I was like damn Gina… look at those feet!) and when it looked as though Arya was defeated by the kick, she hoped up as only Arya can to finish the job.

Another little suggestion the scene gave us may be Arya’s next victim. She’s definitely going to have drama with Littlefinger, which seemed all types of impressed by Arya’s display of swordsmanship. I cannot wait for that fight! Well fight may be too strong of a word because Arya uses her brain and skills learned from the Many Faced God to defeat her opponents. Also notice how Arya mentioned her list and then the brother mentioned that Cersei was on the list of kills Sansa had nothing to say? They’ve been hinting throughout the entire season that Sansa has some weird admiration for Cersei and my prediction for that story line is that Sansa is going to go Rouge and somehow align herself with Cersei which is why Bran has little to say to her being that he’s all knowing now. His interaction with Arya was more engaging then his interaction with Sansa since he’s been back.
Now on to Power. I’m so glad that they finally concluded Fifty Cents role in that series although they did leave his return an option I’m so happy he’s done for now. He was really like a cat with his 9 lives on the show. I don’t like how they’re playing Tariq’s character out to be a complete traitor to his family after discovering that all of the adults in his life has some dirt on them he still chooses to side with Kanan’s character when he says he’s not afraid of him. That will somehow be Kanan’s way back into the show now that they’re making Tariq all strung out on drugs.
As for the lawyer Joe Proctor, I hope they keep him on as a long lived character. I like him and his life story adds a bit of unsuspected drama as he now is an accomplice in a murder and his wife is a junkie and he’s way over his head but he’s definitely handling it well in spite of all the pressure.
Mike is just becoming too reckless with him trying to kill any and everyone who suspects him. He’s going to get caught up soon especially now that all of the DA’s are aware that he planted the gun. I’m not feeling Tasha’s new found love interest. He was a bit of a shake from the beginning and adding him in as a love interest is just not siting well for me. He definitely would not be able to handle Tasha and I feel they’re trying to make her too susceptible to her lust for any man which comes across as a weakness. Which I feel is a conflict in the character because Tasha is far from weak and wouldn’t just bed hop if she was really that strong of a woman which her character seems to be.
Insecure was okay. I wish it were a full hour though. I love Issa and her girls. Again I don’t like that they’re making her out to be so pressed for sex right now but I guess it’s believable. But who the hell goes on Tinder to find a man if you’re heterosexual??? That’s just not believable to me. I thought it was a horrible choice. Why not just have her hook up with an ex or someone random on her Facebook that she actually knows. Really do women use Tinder to find hook-ups??? Seems a bit desperate and for women it’s not normally that hard to find a man who you actually are familiar with to casually hook-up with or is that just me and my circle?
On another note I like Tasha from Insecure. She likes Lawrence but she’s not down to take his shit as gospeleither. This reflection of how women can get too invested into the wrong dude is a realistic representation in my opinion but luckily they’re not making out to be a dummy who falls for any ole thing either. As for Molly I would love to see her have a boyfriend who matches her hustle. That’s the ideal man for her with his life goals. ūüôā

Who Doesn’t love Free Stuff

Nothing taste the same anymore. I don’t normally eat breakfast but today I was in the mood for a few french toast sticks from Burger King so I picked up the 3 french toast for $1, just to satisfy the craving and I grabbed an orange juice and I swear the OJ taste like medicine that I was forced to take as a child. Only difference is now I’m paying for the gross mess and it’s camouflaged as orange juice. I’ve never tasted an orange that taste like medicine but for some odd reason people allow themselves to drink that potion of chemicals because the box says it’s orange juice. I’m never getting that mess again. I’d rather eat an orange.

Okay… now after my rant about my messed up breakfast I have some good news to share. Tomorrow Saturday July 29th is National Lipstick Day and MAC is giving away FREE LIPSTICK! OMG… let me say it again. MAC is giving away a free lipstick to all who stop by either a counter or a free standing store while supplies last so get there in the morning as soon as Nordstrom’s or Macy’s opens their doors. The selections is from MAC’s basic line of lipsticks but still that’s no issue because who couldn’t use a matte color nude to add to their arsenal especially if it’s FREE! Just in case you’re not sure which to choose go for a color that you were debating because of brightness because this is the time to commit. You won’t feel that you’ve wasted money on a whim because it’s free and if you’re looking for recommendations then my favorite colors that I feel looks great on everyone no matter your skintone are Ruby Woo and Candy Yum Yum. Both of which are super bright but ohhhh soooo cute on and goes with anything. Ruby Woo is a matte red and has been my absolute favorite lipstick for years. Candy Yum Yum is a bright bold pink and it too is a great bold color that transitions well with varying styles. I’ve had this debate with people often who doubt their ability to wear a bright red lipstick without looking clownish and when they’ve tried it they loved it.

The picture here is my desk and my make-up bag with Ruby Woo which is always in my bag. Even if I’m not carrying a make-up bag I still carry a bold lipstick and black mascara and liner because you can create a look with eyes and lips no matter what. True story… my sister-inlaw who may read this (heyyy SIS) doubted for about a good year if she could wear Ruby Woo because it was “too bright” to which my reply was always for her to just try it out. It’s a matte so it’s not as dramatic as you would think and still she would say no. Well about a year later while scrolling through Facebook, I saw a picture of you know who wearing a bright bold red lipstick a immediately I commented with “RUBY WOO” and she replied “YESSS”. Only took about a year of convincing though but she loves it and I’m sure if you’re one of those girls on the fence about a bright red you’ll love it too. It looks excellent with denim and can carry you from the office to happy hour and if applied right you wont even need a lip liner so go for it if you’re in doubt tomorrow. Either way hope you all are able to score your free lipstick and make sure you share and post your picture as a reply to this post.

Cleaning House

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Be careful where you plant roots because places like people have energy and vibrations associated with them. Energy is at the core of everything around us which includes your space and also your body. However we all¬†radiate at different levels which in turn is labeled our vibration. We tend to absorb the energy levels of those¬†we’re around and structural spaces are no different. We are all collectors of energy and vibrate off of those we encounter therefore if you’re space has a negative vibration you will be impacted by those negative vibrations as well. Have you ever been in a room and the “Debbie downer” walks in and changes the entire feeling? Or a better scenario would be your work environment. Every work space has a collective vibe and when you’re immersed in it your energy is either in sync with it or you’re completely out of tune which in turns makes you not really feel welcomed. Now you know it’s not you but actually your vibration that’s not in sync which either makes you alter your vibration to fit in or you continue on but you’re never really comfortable being there.

You can’t really control or alter the energy at work because it’s a collective experience¬†in which you can only add but when it comes to places you can control like your home you can cleanse the space of all negative energy and start anew. The same can be said for ourselves.If you want a change in your life you can cleanse your vibration and redirect your path in doing so. Meditation is a good way to cleanse our personal vibration and redirect your energy to a more positive level. It’s also beneficial to practice raising your vibration to assist in redistributing that higher vibration to your personal space so that you’re at peace when in your home. However I would suggest that you cleanse your personal space with a good smudging.

Smudging literally takes about 30-45 minutes of your time but it really does alter the entire vibe of your home for the better. You can also use that same smudge stick to cleanse your personal aura as well during the same time because again… you’re vibrating energy and the smoke from smudging cleanses the energy around us. If you’re new to it and interested in trying it doesn’t cost much at all. A smudge stick set if 3 is literally about $7 on Amazon which isn’t bad. When smudge it’s suggested to clear your home first of unnecessary clutter then conduct your smudging making sure that you’re allowing smoke to get into the corners of each room and don’t forget closets and bathrooms as well. I don’t personally have a preference in direction when I’m smudging but some suggest to move counter-clockwise in a circular motion when performing the ritual if you’re trying to remove old energy and if you’re trying to invoke new life and experiences then it’s suggested to move clockwise but I just make sure that the smoke completely fills and touches all corners of the room and then move to the next room repeating the process. You can say a prayer asking for good energy to fill your space with love, good health, prosperity and guidance as well if you prefer as this is something that I definitely do. Also keep in mind to have something to catch the ashes because the ash flakes are rather large when burning your sage sticks.

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Once complete you can choose to air out the rooms by opening the windows but make sure to light a white tealight candle to fill your space with white light. I didn’t perform this part after my rituals but I’ve been told that it’s helpful by an around the way psychic that use to give me readings and I’ve read it as well but I felt the prayer worked just as well personally.

Power, Insecure and GOT Chat

Sunday night television is my absolute FAVORITE night now that all my shows are on during the same evening. Last nights premier of season 2 of Insecure was GOOD. It was great to catch up on the Issa / Lawrence saga as we’ve all been through it at one point or another so viewers can relate to it for now. Hopefully they don’t play it out the entire season leaving it as another cliff hanger because that would be corny and I would completely loose interest but let me not jump the gun. It’s just the girly side of me that wishes to see everything happen all at once pertaining to how their relationship will play out. None-the-less I loved the show and I love her friends. Sooo cute they were and the most relevant part for me was when Molly found out that her male co-worker made more than her. As a woman in corporate America I was all in my feelings about this mess. I’ve worked with a few men which were not worth the space and were being paid insanely simply because they were in the boys club but really will that ever change? For me it’s even more baffling because I’ve primarily worked in the beauty industry where the consumers are primarily women but surprisingly the higher up you go on the food chain women in power are less and less. It’s really a shame because I’ve witnessed men feel threatened by women in higher positions before and just recently I witness a man go the extra mile to get a woman fired. We as women just need to keep on pressing on with the good fight because eventually the tides will change as more and more women out perform men in industries.

The Game of Thrones episode was a bit slow last night but still overall good towards the end. I’m not going to spoil it too much if you haven’t seen it yet but let me just say a dog never changes it’s spots. Once a coward always a coward but really what would you have done in that situation? I like how they’re lining up Jon to meet with Daenerys but he should’ve killed Littlefinger because that’s going to be a huge problem for him. In my opinion they’re going to have Littlefinger get into Sansa’s head and being that they hinted at her admiration for Cersai, I think they’re going to join forces somehow as Sansa tries to keep the kingdom for herself forcing Jon to align with Daenerys although that’s going to occur no matter how they play it out. Just my thoughts though because they’re making Sansa a little Cersai clone and I don’t think it’s accidental. If you read my recaps then you’ll know that Arya is my favorite character and I think she may be the one to kill her sister BUT that’s a big reach. It will definitely have to be something huge to drive her to kill Sansa but we all know Arya is about that life!!! Love her! However I didn’t get the reason they brought back her wolf last night. ¬†That wolf was huge too but it turned it’s back on her but didn’t eat her so that’s a plus. LOL

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Game of Thrones Chat

Season 7 of the Game of Thrones started out with a huge bang and I loved every minute of it. ¬†My daughter thinks that I’m crazy because I love Arya Stark is my absolute favorite character and is the main reason why I watch the show. She’s only suppose to be 17 in season 7 but she’s grown to full on bad ass and I love it!

Loyalty to those who are loyal to you is an asset that many don’t possess and to see her undying loyalty to her family and her fallen friends is beyond unwavering and that’s why I love her. Unlike her sister is just in awe of people in power and super girly. When Jon said to her that she sounds like she’s in awe of Cersei Lannister he hit the nail on the head because she’s always been hypnotized by the Lannister family and let us not forget that she’s actually still married to Tyrion Lannister so technically she is a Lannister which I hope doesn’t play into this seasons mess. I don’t really want her to die but I don’t really like her character at all and I do feel that she’s going to somehow be at odds with her family when they all reconnect.

As a special bonus was anyone else shocked when they saw Ed Sheeran on the season 7 premier with my favorite character? I wonder how they’re going to lead in with his character during this season. The way he was introduced seemed as though he would just be a plug in character for this scene but I doubt that’s going to be the last that we see of him.

Patiently Awaiting Insecure’s Return

With all BS shows that’s been on lately with the exception of Power I am patiently awaiting the return of Insecure on HBO. Actually I’m awaiting both Insecure and Game of Thrones to give me LIFE this month.

The girls are finally back! Insecure had me feeling all types of ways during their season finale last summer and I’ve been eagerly anticipating if Lawrence is going to stick it out with his rebound Tasha, forgive Issa or try to juggle both.¬†¬†Hell if Lawrence is laying down peen like he did that final episode Tasha may not want to let ole Lawrence be a drive by and she just may be in it for the long haul. ¬†From the looks of the sneak peek seems that they’re going to drag out their reconciliation if there is one because they suggest that Daniel is still a possibility so it may not go how we envision. Either way I’m here for it and I’ll be watching with my popcorn for my 30 minute fix. I wish they made it an hour long but I’ll take those 30 minutes with a smile.

For those of you like me who want a little teaser of what this next season will bring catch the sneak peak below and catch the first episode of season two on July 23rd at 10:30.

http://www.hbo.com/data/content/global/videos/embed/data/1465180.html?width=640&height=360

Insecure S2 Trailer

Game of Thrones will also be returning this Sunday for a short 7 weeks as they stretch out the final 2 seasons but Winter is definitely HERE! I’m sure the entire season will be action packed with lots of deaths of the remaining cast because someone has to sit upon that iron throne. Although I really couldn’t stand Sansa Stark she’s grown on me in this last season because she’s growing as a character but I wouldn’t mind Arya Stark harboring resentment towards her older sister who wasn’t really that caring to her when they were together. Little Arya Stark is by far my favorite character because she’s grown to be a stone-cold killer with her little sword and tricks. She has an ax to grind and she’s putting in work to avenge her family!

I’m not really sure how they’re going to keep Olenna Tyrell in the equation being that her entire family has been killed off and she’s old. I see her giving her allegiance to Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion to kill Cersei but really what does Cersei have to loose now outside of her kingdom. She’s been heartless but she did love her children which are all dead too so what’s her motivation? Jaime will be split between Tyrion and Cersei so my guess is he may finally be forced to kill one of them to keep his position of power. My guess is that he’s drive the stake through Cersei’s heart sometime in the near future because she’ll blame him for not protecting their children and he won’t have a major role in her kingdom.

Then there is Jon Snow! How oh how will they play the Jon Snow and Daenerys situation out? Are they actually related? Will they join forces? Will they marry??? All possibilities and either way I think I’ll be happy because they are undoubtedly the two main characters of the series but who will be the rightful heir to the throne? My bets on Jon. How about you?

 

No Pass for Wendy Williams

I love Wendy Williams SOMETIME but at times I think she’s the epitome of a sellout to the culture that has made her famous. There has been countless times that I’ve watched her and has seen contradictory behavior that she is trying to masterfully use to keep a hybrid audience but it’s a bit too much when she belittles those from the culture that has gotten her to the platform.

Watching the segment of her discuss Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna had me a bit upset at her trying to make it seem as though the Kardashian’s are somehow above Blac Chyna. They are ALL cut from the same cloth that is hoe-dom. The Kardashian’s became famous due to Kim’s sex tape and they’ve been exploiting sexual deviant behavior ever sense and have become rich off of it and they get a pass? Not in my book! It’s the same sexual exploitation that Chyna was known for and it’s no different and they all live by the same code so trying to make it seem as though they are somehow not “thot-ish” themselves. She needs to have several seats with that backwards ass logic!

NYC Crazies!!!

My daughter and I were having a conversation about her hair stylist who moved to NYC from Texas and hates it and the conversation actually got me wondering if people from the NYC area are really desensitized by their environment? I’ve had my own crazy ass encounters in NYC but to be honest I didn’t really think too much of it because I figured it was normal. But hearing this young mans experiences made me really wonder if it’s us who are the abnormal ones? Let me explain.

¬†My daughter’s hair stylist is a man about to turn 30 and he stated that he never used the subway in NYC because he always seems to witness something disturbing or experienced it himself. Over the weekend he stated that his mother came from Texas to visit and they took the subway and immediately she witnessed a homeless man and another passenger get into a fist fight on the train and she was disturbed that no one attempted to break it up with the exception of herself. As the two men fought they said no one even acknowledged that there was a problem therefore she intervened tearfully to break up the fight and was so distraught that she left NYC early and vowed that she would never return. He also mentioned that none of his friends from Texas want to come here but they have visited him when he lived in California for a two year stint. In addition to that he himself was previously chased out of the subway by a homeless man who had asked him for money and after he denied the man he was verbally assaulted and chased. All of this was comical to me because I believe that native New Yorker’s can sense when you’re not from the city and will attempt to use that to their advantage and at times they become hostile until you’re aggressive back with them and for the most part it’s not exclusive to the homeless population. NYC has it’s share of crazy ass regular folks and millionaires as well. All awaiting the zombie apocalypse to turn them into flesh eaters. Some are already walking Zombies minus the flesh eating part.

 

I’ve also had situations in NY but I’ve chalked those up to they typical nut jobs that you encounter in the city. Once I was exiting a restaurant with a group of friends and this homeless man pointed me out and then immediately whipped out his Johnson and began to masturbate while attempting to tell me his fantasies. A few feet away there happen¬†to be a police van with two officers inside so I approached their van and asked them to intervene and without even cracking their window they told me to go about my business because I was the one creating the sense. I was more offended by their response then the homeless man jerking off a few feet away because of their dismissive attitude as though I was bothering them. Later I found a few women who also had the same experience with said homeless guy while exiting the same restaurant and we had a chuckle but still it was offensive.

A few years later I had a man trail me in his car as I walked down busy 7th Ave jerking off too and he became upset when I started yelling at him to stop. Let’s not forget the fact that there were tons of people also walking because this part of 7th Ave. is really close to Time Square and it was the middle of the day. But again these types of occurrences are actually normal in this area. You really never know what type of crazy you’ll experience at any given moment but I just assumed most people encounter crazies but I guess I was wrong with that assumption. I could go on and on with weirdo shit I’ve seen or experienced in the city but everyone that I know who frequently goes into NY or live in NY have all had their share of crazy experiences but there is no one that I know who has been emotionally scared due to any of them. Does that make us all a bit of crazy?? Maybe!

Jay Z 4:44 Review

I ¬†LOVE Jay’s new album. “what’s better than 1 billionaire? 2 Especially when they from the same HUE as YOU!!!”- Family Feud

He’s dropping all kinds of jewels on this album and it’s definitely the male equivalent to Beyonce’s Lemonade. “No body wins when the family Feud’s… we all hurting because we never had the tools” is just one line that speaks directly to African American community as he proceeds to outline how we can build our families by building ourselves up financially to promote growth within the culture for ourselves. He even when as far to say he’s trying to give you real financial advise for $9.99 while speaking on some of the mistakes he’s made in his career by not being more concerned early on about investing. He speaks of supporting black products when he says he drinks Ciroc by Puffy instead of supporting a business by people who don’t care to invest in the culture. It’s a hard lesson that African American’s are now being forced to learn because we’ve been programmed not to support each other for so long but it’s changing for the better.

He also spoke on things in small detail pertaining to the speculated indiscretions within his marriage, the infamous “Becky” and also Kanye. In the song titled Kill Jay Z he’s revealing his inner struggles of living up to a persona that is Jay Z and closes the song saying bye to that persona in search of becoming a better version of himself. He mentioned that he was hurt after and felt betrayed after the infamous Kanye rant. He even made a reference to the Future and the ordeal that played out with Ciara that was to close for comfort because of the possibility of him potentially loosing his own family and having to idly sit by watching another man play football with his son as in Ciara with Russell Wilson. Side note: isn’t is funny that everyone including other celebrities are just as wrapped up in watching other peoples drama unfold as we are? It’s astonishing how so many people had such strong opinions about Ciara allowing her son to bond with her now husband Russell Wilson.

He has a song dedicated to his mother titled Smile in which he referenced his mother’s gay union openly for the first time. The acknowledgement that he was just proud that his mother found true love after living her life hidden from society was accompanied by his mom closing the song with her reading a poem related to her life experiences as a lesbian. He speaks on black culture in Family Feud which is my favorite song because the family he’s referencing is the culture and it’s all FACTS. Take care of family first because that culture is really being attacked daily. We see it on the news damn near hourly about another disrespectful act to someone with black skin. Throughout the album he mentions multiple times how financial freedom is what we must strive to accomplish. He referenced Dumbo Brooklyn and how he was buying frivolous things early on in his career instead of ¬†things that would appreciate in value such as real estate.

You’ll also hear throughout the album not so subliminal messages to the culture which plays as the theme to this album and it’s one of the reasons why I feel this is one of his best works to date. He’s a man speaking about his views on family, the culture, finances and his awakening sense of pride and maturity and it’s a beautiful thing witness.

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