Thursday, October 30, 2008
Compton, Cali in the house. These guys are the creators of the Obama peace foam fingers. The vendors "came up", in Denver. Compton was seriously in the house. I went all the way to Denver and met so many people from Compton. Craziness!
Omg, Mark made our day. If it were not for Mark, things could've turned out a bit different for Lashan and myself. The 2nd day of our trip we were told we would have 4 tickets to attend Barack's speech. All good, 4 was exactly what we needed.. Well, the day of the event, our 3rd day in Denver, we learned there was a serious misunderstanding and that tickets would not be available to us. Ohhh gosh, it was too early in the morning and I was operating on 5 minutes of sleep when I learned of the news. Ok, what do we do, who do we call? I was so out of my element, I didn't know how to resolve an admittance problem for a political event. Making a long story short, our travel buddy Danna connected with some Delegates from California and Alabama and secured 3 tickets, and the last one came from a total stranger by the name of Mark. Lashan and I approached Mark, a gentleman who just happened to be walking behind us as we entered the hotel to pick up our 3rd ticket. At this point, I told Shan, "we're gonna just have to ask total strangers". We turned around to Mark........and the rest is part of history. Thanks Mark!!
Posing w/ one of the many pleasant police officers near Invesco Field . The city of Denver, and its surrounding cities' law enforcement kept things running smoothly. The officers were like none I've witnessed before; just pleasant. They gave out water and passed out these really cute "stay positive" signs. . Protesters were in full -effect. The protest took place outside of Invesco Field.
More protestors outside of Invesco Field in Denver.
Finally, I made it inside of Invesco Field. I still can't believe I'm in this photo. How great!. When one has an idea, mixed with some planning, teamwork, follow through and creativity, win win situations are created. I'm referring to the trip experience I had with my friends. An unbelievable blessing! Everything from each one of us having our very own row on the airplane (a big deal since we were in coach) to arriving safely into the city, upgrading from a compact car to a roomy SUV, w/no extra charge or strings attached, and to lodging at one of the most amazing residences in the Denver area. We were operating off of favor for real. My 2 hours of sleep smile. This is just before the Senator gave his acceptance speech.
At the Obama/will i am after party.
All of the parties were fab, but this one was really nice because it followed Mr. Obama's moving acceptance speech. Attending the DNC's after parties was an experience that tripped my mind out. I was tripped out because there was NO!! drama getting in. There were NO issues. And those oh so famous "girls & guys at the door and velvet rope , with the guest lists", we've all experienced them at many parties, they were very pleasant to interact with. Everyone was so nice. We RSVP'd while we were in L.A., and once we arrived to Denver, we received daily text messages confirming our attendance approval and party details. A super shout out to Kenny Johnson, The Richmond Group and Perennial Strategies for putting together the entertainment activities. I've attended one too many parties with guest list confusion, but the parties during the DNC for sure fall into the "one of the best" category.
Obama girls, Tiff & Danna K, Barackin' the dag on Vote! We were seriously on our way out of the venue by the time this photo was taken. Lack of sleep and trying to party-not a great mix. It was really cool to see the political and entertainment worlds collide.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
My BFF for almost 10years. I love my friends.
Happy Birthday Chaz & Lashan
(copied and pasted from Stephena.com)
The right-wing mocks him as “The Messiah” while Democrats far-and-wide treat him like one. Conservatives question the legitimacy of Barack Obama, claiming a large segment of this nation is ignorant to what this Junior Senator from Illinois really represents. Meanwhile, liberals stand in unison, basking in the glow of his ascension, waiting to benefit from this unfathomable run that’s expected to end with a black man finally becoming the President of the United States of America.
And foolishly, too many African-Americans are joining the parade, treating this likelihood as if it’s a job finished. Instead of a job that’s just getting started.
If African-Americans truly want to assist Obama, helping him get elected is just the beginning. If we fail to educate ourselves about what his job really entails, if we refuse to make the sacrifices necessary to help America prosper – if far too many of us continue to perpetuate ignorance, a flagrant naiveté to what’s really going on, and choose instead to lean on excuses that continue to hinder our growth as individuals and as a community – an Obama Presidency will be in vain. Particularly for the majority of African-Americans who vigorously support him.
It’s time for us to wake up!
Backdrop: The Ladies Locker Room
So, I decide to workout early, early this morning. I make my way to the locker room to see how challenged my cuteness was at that hour. Upon entering the locker room, I walk into the middle of a very loud conversation!! The excited loudness was coming from this elderly white lady (think Golden Girls, the oldest lady on the show), very short and feisty with her expressison; real cute.
The lady seemed to be having a discussion with anyone who would listen. Since I'd just walked into the locker room, I didn't really pay much attention, I did however continue to ear hustle. As I tried to shake my sleep, I kept hearing the lady state, "we need a change, we just need a change". She grabs her bag to exit, and with sass, turns around to address the women in the locker room, "if you all do not vote for Barack Obama, I'm kickin' yo ass when I see you again". Whoa, talk about a morning wake up call. After I recovered from my confused laughter, I got the the lady's attention and told her to look at my shirt, it read, "Women for Obama". High fives, high fives. Whew, I was safe from her wrath.
I still didn't confirm my morning cuteness, but that was ok, I could care less what I looked like after that experience- because truly I was smiling, thanks to that lady.
So the moral of the story: Go to your gym's locker room, check on your cuteness, and look for an old lady and pray she makes you smile. Wearing a smile and being able to reference a smiling moment throughout the day is much cooler than being cute.
I hope I see her again before the election. I'll be sure to carry my camera phone in hopes of catching another one of her episodes. Loved her!
Speaking of the elderly, shout out to Cloris Leachman, the 82 year old Dancing with the Stars participant. She was kicked off the show yesterday, thanks to the hateration from judge Kari Ann Inaba. I love the elderly. They rock!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I went on an audition over the weekend for a television hosting gig. I would love to host and or produce a t.v. show relating to entertainment news, male/female relationships and politics. Co-hosting my monthly relationship forum, The Battle of the Sexes (we've been rockin' for 3 years...yeaaaahhh!!) and doing this blog truly serve as a source of inspiration. The audition was exhilarating and I would love to get "that" particular gig, but if don't, I enjoyed trying.
My BET Weekend....
I shifted my focus from CNN to BET to watch the repeat of the Hip Hop Awards. I know I'm late with show comments, but I gotta speak about the ladies of Hip Hop; weren't they HOT?!! I so loved their performance and those hip hop ciphers. Now, that's why I like hip hop! The rappers were flowin'. Jadakiss, Fab, Juelz, Hurricane Chris, and the new guys NICE. Jadakiss and a guy named Ace Hood. I am so feeling the flow of the lyrics, fellas. Jadakiss, "Mr. "I will stay in my lane, 'til it opens up". Love it.
Thanks for getting my attention.
Another thing on BET. Am I the last one to catch BET's new original show, The Somebodies? That's a pretty cool show. Hey now BET! As soon as this election is over, I will add more viewing channels to my selection.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Forget all of the other Presidential poll results, 7-Eleven's poll, based on the sale of Presidential candidate's coffee cups. Obama cups have out-sold McCain, 60% to 40%. According to 7-election.com, during the 2000 & 2004 elections, George W. Bush sold more cups than his opponents, Gore and Kerry. Hmmmm, 7-Eleven, I hope you're on to somethin'.
I support the cup campaign atleast 2 times a week. Everytime I walk into a 7-Eleven, I have to search deep to find an Obama cup. I think I have a taste for some hot chocolate....I know just where I would like to go.
Friday, October 17, 2008
During my quest to investigate how many artists use Auto-Tune (pitch correction technology) to adjust their vocals to make them sound better or for some other creative way of recording vocals (T-Pain) my ears have been so focused on the radio lately....I'll post my findings at another time. I will say this: the use of Auto-Tune is purely overkill, and featuring T-Pain or Lil' Wayne on a project, in my opinion does nothing for the artists featuring them, it actually adds more focus to T-Pain or Wayne.
Anyway, I digress, the purpose of this post is to talk about the super sexy D'angelo and his return to the music scene.
Check out "I Found My Smile Again", D'angelo's new single; I hope he's been working out too. :)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
The jury reached the verdict 13 years to the day O.J. Simpson was acquitted of two murders.
Simpson arrived at the Clark County Justice Center at around 10:50 p.m. (1:50 a.m. Saturday ET). The verdicts were expected to be read once all of the lawyers and defendants arrived in the courtroom.
The jury of nine men and three women, none of them African-American, began deliberations Friday after hearing from 22 witnesses over 12 days of testimony. Chief among the witnesses were seven of the nine people inside Room 1203 of the Palace Station Hotel and Casino for the September 13, 2007 confrontation. (continue)
The documentary, narrated by Chris Rock (his funny is effortless) is well produced and I'm certain fans will appreciate the journey back to the late 80's/early 90's. Those who rep L.A. will have an instant connection to the footage in film. And the youth, who probably didn't know Dr. Dre was a member of another group before there was an NWA, or an Aftermath, will receive a history lesson. After watching the documentary, I gained a better understanding of Eazy E, the businessman.
A panel discussion moderated by writer Cheo Hodari Coker with DJ Yella and Eazy E's son, Lil Eazy followed the screening. John Singleton was in the audience and told his story of having to pay Eazy E. 50 grand to use the title, Boyz In The Hood for his critically acclaimed film of the same title.
Tune in tonight at 11pm on VH-1.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I understand his urgent concern, because like me, he's a November Scorpio; our bday's will not be happy if Obama isn't declared the President. Check out Diddy Blog #24.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
10. Suspicious Russian tourists spotted across the Bering strait in Dezhnevo
9. Wrasslin' a bear
8. Learns Tina Fey will be watching
7. When taken on tour of White House by McCain handlers, is "inadvertently" locked in Cheney's man-sized safe
6. Schedule for memorizing state capitals thrown off by need for new schedule to memorize states
5. Speechless after finally looking up what "MILF" stands for
4. On deadline to finish her book, Namin' Your Baby the Alaskan Way
3. Needs more time to really nail those hilarious hair-plug zingers
2. No matter how hard she scrubs, she can't get Kissinger's moral stank off of her
1. Stuck in traffic on the Bridge to Nowhere
From Gilbert Arenas' blog:
You all want to hear about the big moment, huh?
It started off as a surprise birthday party for my girlfriend, Laura.
The party was on the 20th and her birthday is on the 21st. To set up the surprise party, I had to figure out how to surprise somebody who wants a surprise party? I mean, how do you do that?
Basically, you start off with a whole bunch of lies. That’s how you do it.