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?

 

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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.

Solange and Yara’s BET Acceptance Speech

Two more honorees from last nights BET awards that I absolutely ADORE were Solange and Yara Shahidi. Cranes in The Sky was definitely a BANGER and so worthy of the award. I love how Solange has carved a lane for her creativity outside of the shadows of Beyonce as we’ve seen historically that it’s difficult to do when you have a sibling who is a mega star. I can only think of one younger sibling who successfully carved their own niche musically and wasn’t constantly compared to their sibling and that was Janet Jackson.

And my admiration for Yara is due to the fact that my daughters have a young girl who is intelligent to watch  who looks like them and isn’t controversial. I absolutely loved her acceptance speech and I love watching Black-ish with my girls.

Chance the Rapper’s Humanitarian Award

I’m not really into who’s who in the new era of Rap music but I have heard of Chance the Rapper primarily for his extraordinary contribution and charity work. He donated $1 million to Chicago’s public schools and he’s also raised another $2.2 million additional funds and have announced his plan to bring arts programs with his Chance Arts and Literature Fund for Chicago’s public schools.  All his hard work and efforts haven’t gone unnoticed and last night Chance was awarded the BET Humanitarian Award and surprised with a video from Michelle Obama who congratulated Chance for his unwavering support of Chicago’s youth. During the former first lady’s speech she noted that she and Barack have known Chance’s family for years as both families are from Chicago.

How great a feeling it must be to make such an impact at such a young age. In his acceptance speech Chance highlighted that he’s only 24 years old and he has no plans of stopping.  Congrats to him and his family who must be beaming with pride right now.

The Curry’s and Father’s Day

I’m not a sports fan but I did watch the final 4 minutes of the Playoff’s last night to see if the Golden State Warriors would win this year and I went to sleep happy. I remember last year believing it was all in the bag and then The Cavalier’s came back from a 3 game loss and took the ring. At least that’s what I recall but I may be wrong because again… I only watch the last few minutes of the last game to see who wins and I only care because I like the Curry family. I’ve always thought Steph seems to be a real great husband and father and I love Ayesha too. However the biggest star and the reason I have any interest at all is due to little Riley. Riley is sooo full of life every time she’s on screen I get a kick out of her and I love how close knit all of the in-laws appear to be as well. Just a great overall happy family and that’s a beautiful thing. Winning the Playoff’s is definitely a great way to start out Father’s Day for Steph.

Father’s day is coming up in a few days and I have absolutely no clue what to buy my husband so I’ll stick with the usual… clothes!  The weather here in NJ is finally starting to change after a long stint of cooler temperatures and my husband absolutely hates shopping for clothes so I do what I do best and that’s shop away. He needs some summer outfits and my youngest daughter would kill me if she didn’t have anything to give her dad so I hit the internet for some summer slides, sneakers, shorts and shirts. 3 whole new outfits to be exact and I made sure to try to get him casual stuff that will carry over to next year. We’ll see how that goes over plus I may book a weekend little overnight stay somewhere to get out the house. That’s usually my next go to hitter. LOL Hope your weekend is great and happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there.

Teen Vogue’s Editor Elaine Welteroth Leading By Example

I must admit that I definitely LOVE to see women shatter ceilings and excelling in their careers but I definitely cheer on women of color who shatter glass ceilings. I know first hand how difficult it could be in corporate America for a woman of color. I especially love to see any woman standing up to the establishment and not conforming to what’s expected of her so when I read in Page Six that Teen Vogue’s editor Elaine Welteroth decided to skip the Met Gala and attended an event labeled “Not the Met” I was immediately interested in discovering more about Ms. Welteroth. The Met is definitely an event full of what should be considered her peers especially being that it’s thrown by her colleague Anna Wintour of Vogue fame. I would definitely consider the two magazines sister brands with different demographics but sisters none the less.  One however is leading the way on highlighting social issues that will shape our tomorrow.

After doing a bit of digging online it became clear that Ms. Weltroth is indeed paving a path of her own which includes revamping the image of  Teen Vogue to include more socially conscious topics and stories that include more women of color. The magazine recently posted a piece on how to avoid Cultural Appropriation at Coachella which highlights the sensitivity that people feel when they see elements of their culture exploited and distorted in the form of a fashionable trend and then discarded. (You may read the article here: coachella-cultural-appropriation)

Teen Vogue is taking the lead in spearheading the change in mindset of teen girls. They are definitely doing their part in planting the activism seed within our youth so they are aware of how their actions and voice impacts our nation and social climate. Teen Vogue is definitely inspiring teens to be the change they want to see in life. Below is a clip from Teen Vogue’s YouTube channel where they address a multitude of cultural topics as well as the traditional fashion and pop-culture, spreading awareness to issues that plague the nation currently. Personally I applaud their effort and I’m personally inspired by the evolution of Teen Vogue and Elaine Welteroth.

Adrienne and Naturi hash out old beef

Naturi Naughton made an appearance on The Real and Adrienne Houghton apologized to her for their 3LW hostile past relationship. Being that the girls are from NJ it was definitely news worthy back then when the drama occurred during which Naturi claimed that she was constantly bullied to the point where she left the group because she felt they were hostile because she was the darker skinned member. She also claimed that she had a physical altercation with Kiely the other member of the group and that both Kiely and Adrienne would call her names and although she didn’t go into details during her present day interview, there are definitely tapes of her addressing the accusations back then. You can hear the full Wendy Williams interview below.

Well the current version is all water under the bridge for them but it did ultimately lead to 3LW dismantling and the remaining 2 becoming the Cheetah Girls for Disney but we can all agree that Naturi definitely landed on her feet in recent years. All hard works pays off because her character Tasha on the hit show Power which airs on Starz will further her career. She is now happy, pregnant and she recently purchased a $1million dollar apartment in NYC which is a big deal.

What do you think? Is it all water under the bridge or did you feel the tension through the screen?

Here’s the original radio interview from Wendy’s radio show on WBLS.

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