Green Book

I love movies that are inspirational and inspired by true events. That is what the movie Green Book is about. It’s centered around the unlikely friendship of Jamaican pianist Don Shirley and Italian bouncer Tony Lip. When I first saw the preview for Green Book, I knew I had to go see it with a group of my friends.

The trailer for Green Book made me smile as I watched a friendship between the two begin to form. I just wish Don Shirley and Tony Lip were still around to see it. They both passed away in 2013, but I have no doubt they would have been thrilled to know a movie set to win a slew of awards is about their friendship.

I Count On Me, penned and performed by Aloe Blacc for the movie’s soundtrack, is both beautiful and inspiring. It was developed from the mindset so many Black people have to have in order to deal with racism, prejudice and discrimination. Yet, with that being said, I think everyone could still benefit from such a beautiful song.

Click here to give it a listen. To see the trailer for Green Book, click here. Go ahead and get your tickets!

Until next time…

Hot Jamz – Music for the Weekend

As an 80’s baby, I must say that most of the music nowadays is trash. Wack beats, auto-tune, lame dance moves and lyrics are everywhere it seems. Artists during my time when I was growing up (late 80’s through the early 2000’s) were popping! If you were to play their music now, it’ll still hype you up and I got the proof.

I’m going to post ten of my favorites starting with none other than MC Hammer. If you could keep up with MC Hammer, then you were doing good. The man could move! When you click the link you’ll see. πŸ‘€ I remember when myself and everyone I knew could dance like MC Hammer and his backup girls.

Want some real music for the weekend? Click on each artist’s hyperlink below. These songs are all over 10 years old, but they sound better than most of the music today. If you aren’t into R&B or Hip-hop, skip this post because you won’t like any of the music below.

MC Hammer

LL Cool J

Outkast

Q-Tip

Uncle Luke

Sean Paul

Smilez and Southstar

Total

Mary J. Blige

Sunshine

Until next time…

Car Wash

I just recently watched a documentary on the African American cult comedy Car Wash and it was both interesting and hilarious. Released in 1976 (way before I was born) and directed by African American director Michael Schultz, Car Wash was full of interesting characters and heavy hitters like Richard Pryor and Antonio Fargas. I have to give kudos to Michael Schultz for creating a movie that almost didn’t get made because Car Wash is one of those movies that you won’t forget after watching it.

Car Wash catapulted R&B group Rose Royce to fame due to their songs (click on the hyperlink to listen) I Wanna Get Next To You and Car Wash. Thanks to them and writer / producer Norman Whitfield, Car Wash won a Grammy for the Best Score Soundtrack album in 1977. If you ever watched Car Wash you’ll see why. I loved the diverse cast and the fact of how director Michael Schultz included some of the people who actually lived and worked in the area where the movie was filmed. T.C.’s afro was on point!

If you want to see a good Old School movie, Car Wash is a good movie to add to your must watch list.

Until next time…

What’s Wrong With (Some) Black People

Warning: This is going to be a lengthy blog post. You have been warned.

As a Black woman, it irks me to no end when I see or hear some Black people call each other N*gga. Some foolishly think it’s okay because some Black actors and rappers made it seem “cool” to use such a demeaning word in their movies and music. Newsflash! Just because you drop the –ER– and add an – A– at the end, that doesn’t make it any better. πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

Truth be told, when Black people call each other this derogatory word, they look so ignorant. Millions of other Black people agree with me. Some of the same Black people who freely use the word N*gga will get mad if a person from another race calls them a N*gga. Why? Because they see that as offensive. Whew Chile! The plum foolery! Calling each other that word should be offensive regardless of who says it. πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

If you are a self-respecting Black person who doesn’t want to be called a N*gger, why or earth would you think it’s okay to be called a N*gga? Think about that for a second. Seriously, some Black people need to educate themselves before jumping on the band wagon with everyone else. Some of you are seriously out here looking silly. Get your mind right and get it together!

If I refuse to allow a person to call me a N*gger to my face, what makes you think I will allow a Black person to call me a N*gga to my face? πŸ€” You better say it behind my back or under your breath so I can’t hear you. Some Black people are purposefully giving power to a word that was used for many years to disrespect and demean their ancestors, grandparents and parents. Why on earth would you want to do something so hurtful and dumb?

Knowledge is power. Some of you really need to get some because you are walking around here looking mentally weak and foolish. From one Black person to another, do better because you should know better. Yes, I said it. All of it!

Until next time…

B.R.A.G. Medallion Award

Good Evening wonderful people! This blogger / author is swimming in good news tonight. This is going to be a long post so I hope you are ready! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

My first novel series, The Chronicles of Neffie, was awarded the prestigious indieBRAG B.R.A.G. Medallion award for historical fiction this morning. Whether you are a published or self-published author, you know that the chances of your book being selected by them is pretty slim. Only 20-25% of books are actually selected from a multitude of entries! Grateful and thankful is all I can say because now, I’m officially an award winning author! πŸ˜πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ

When I quietly submitted my book several months ago, I had assumed that The Chronicles of Neffie wasn’t selected because I never heard back from anyone. Imagine my surprise when I opened my email and saw that my book was selected! I’ll go ahead and tell you that I had to read the email several times because I just couldn’t believe it. It seemed so unreal.

My happiness soon turned to tears because once again, I couldn’t share this good news with my father. My father, along with my amazing mother, told me not to stop at nothing when it comes to getting this book out there. Why? Because they both felt strongly that The Chronicles of Neffie is a literary jewel. As happy, honored, thrilled and grateful as I am, I’m a bit sad that I’m not going to get one of my father’s bear hugs πŸ’”.

I can hear my father now, ‘Dad is very proud of his baby girl. I knew you could do it. You always had it in you.’ That is exactly what my father would’ve said because he would say that every time I achieved something when the odds were not in my favor.

I encourage all of you not to cave into your self-doubts, but to instead, face them head on. You never know what wonderful opportunities await you when you do. If you are an independent writer like myself, I urge you to do some research on indieBRAG. An award from them can open you up to a whole new world of readers, literary opportunities, exposure and so much more. It’s no wonder why they’ve appeared in Huffpost and the like.

My beloved family and close friends have said many times (since I started my writing journey in 2014) that one day my name is going to be known by many; I’m starting to see that they were right. I said it once and I’ll say it again, make your name shine where it really counts! Not only that, remain humble along the way. πŸ˜ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸΎπŸ˜‰

If you can believe it, you can very well achieve it! πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ€—

Until next time…

S.O.S. Band

Good Evening Everyone! The weekend is almost over, but I hope you had a good weekend. As you can tell by my blog title, I recently saw a documentary on the S.O.S. Band.

The S.O.S. Band, for those of you who are unfamiliar with them, was a famous R&B and electrofunk group in the 80’s. Their music always made you want to get up and dance! I grew up listening to them amongst many other singers because me and my siblings were often woken up by the sound of music. I have to give my Mom much credit for introducing me to some amazing music!

One of their songs, Just Be Good To Me, is one of my favorites. When that 8 to 17 second mark hits, you better watch out because that funk is gonna hit you hard from then on out! Don’t blame me if you get hooked after listening to it here. πŸ˜πŸ˜œπŸ™ŒπŸΎ

My favorite song, which I will share in a few, is one of their misquoted title songs. I found it funny how many people thought the song was entitled ‘We Can Do It’ when it’s actually entitled “Take Your Time (Do It Right)”. Click here for this musical jewel that will also get you hooked.

Although the group didn’t release many hits over the years, they left a lasting impression in regards to some of the greatest R&B and electrofunk music of the 80’s. Man, I tell you, they don’t make music like this anymore. πŸ™„πŸ˜©

Until next time…

Just Foul

I rarely get on Youtube, but I happened to stumble across a video that blew my mind so much that I had to blog about it. It’s a video of a woman who destroyed a gas station because her EBT card aka Food Stamp card was declined. Whose fault is that? It’s not the clerk’s fault or the store owner’s fault that there were no more funds on it. Why tear up the store? You know I’m going to post the video so keep reading. The first word that came to my mind was foul and when you see the video, you’ll understand why I chose that word.

FS

This foul pathetic excuse of a woman ransacked a gas station and felt like she had a right to do it. I have relatives who own businesses and I can assure you she would’ve been thrown out with the quickness. She wouldn’t have the chance to do the damage she caused in this gas station because they would’ve removed her from the store the minute she started to knock stuff down. My family doesn’t play when it comes to their businesses. The same goes for many other business owners. If she had of refused to leave, the police would’ve definitely been called. Not all cops are bad cops. Some people need the cops called on them.

EBT

It’s behaviors like this that makes the honest hard working people who receive EBT / Food Stamps look bad. Not all people who are on welfare and / or EBT / Food Stamps act like this. Foolishness comes in all races, nationalities and colors. If it were up to me, she wouldn’t receive another dime, nickel or penny of EBT assistance for such despicable behavior. Sometimes you have to teach people a lesson so they’ll understand certain behaviors are not acceptable. Click here. You’ll be shaking your head as soon as it plays.

SMH

Until next time…