Claudine

Claudine is a 1974 African American romance comedy and drama starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. It’s a movie about a Black woman who finds love while trying to raise her six kids in Harlem, New York. The cast is dynamic and the acting by Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones is simply spectacular. Diahann Carroll was actually nominated for an Oscar for her role in Claudine.

What I liked the most about this movie was the soundtrack. Each song went well with each scene it played out in. Seeing how the soundtrack was composed by the late Curtis Mayfield and performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips, it’s not much of surprise. I’m going to share two of my favorite songs from the motion picture soundtrack in just a few.

If you have never seen Claudine, you are missing out. This movie is one of those movies that will stay with you long after you watched it. Check it out when you have the time. Click here and here for two of my favorite songs from the motion picture soundtrack. Soul, that sweet, sweet soul. Man, I miss this kind of music.

Until next time…

Proud of My Poor Roots

Yes, you read my blog title right. BookingAnita is proud of her poor roots. Not too many people will admit that, but I’m one of the few who will. Before things got better for me and my family, things were really tough and I do mean tough. We had some rough patches for a time, but during those rough times, I learned some of life’s most important lessons. The biggest being on how to stretch a dollar and how to take care of the things I already have so they will last.

We were all raised to appreciate the little things and to see value in the smallest of things. When you can appreciate the littlest of things, your life takes on a whole new meaning when you are able to acquire the bigger things. Happiness for me (because we are all different) is collecting flowers, rocks or stones for jewelry. Happiness for me is sitting by a river and watching the ripples pass me by. Happiness for me is spending long hours at the beach collecting sea shells and looking for sand flowers. Yes happiness for me is simplicity.

Some people who come into money tend to look down on the very people they themselves once were. Others tend to forget where they came from. Me, I’ll never forget because that is an important part of me and my familial history. I’ve received many expensive gifts over the years and even now because the men who come from money think that such things will make me happy. I guess I can’t blame them because that’s probably how they were raised. Truth be told, it’s the gifts that don’t come with a hefty price tag that BookingAnita values the most. ❀️

Yes, BookingAnita grew up poor, but you know what? I’m not ashamed of it one bit because it has shaped me into the keen woman that I am and will forever be.

Until next time…

No Excuse! – Words of Wisdom

I came across a disturbing Instagram post where a man literally head stomped a man during a fight. This triggered me because I used to fight in such a disturbing manner. To see it made me even more ashamed of how I fought in the past. Yes, I became ashamed at myself all over again. I know we all get angry from time to time, but there is absolutely no excuse to lose your temper in such a way.

Imagine the guilt you’ll end up feeling if that person would have died or suffered a serious injury. I still feel guilty for some of the injuries I caused in the past. When you begin to realize how stupid and immature it is to react in such a way, you’ll do everything within your power to change. Keep in mind, that other person has family and friends that love them too.

I haven’t fought in well over ten years and I don’t plan to again. I will distance myself from situations that have the potential to trigger me. I will walk away from arguments that have the potential to get physical. I will pray wholeheartedly that I’ll be able to keep my hands to myself if someone hits me. Worst case scenario, if I have to defend myself again, I will try my very best not to cause someone else serious damage.

It’s always best to walk away from confrontations and if you find it hard to, pray to God to give you the strength to. After all, He is much mightier than us all. The woman writing this post is loving the peace she has acquired from the change she made over ten years ago. Hopefully the man in that video will do the same.

Happy Friday Good People! πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ€—β€οΈ

Until next time…

Motivational Speaker in the House!

I’ve been invited to speak at an upcoming conference and I’m super excited. I’ve never been one to hold back on the things I’m passionate about. It’s not possible with me. Especially when speaking out against racism, prejudice and other injustices. Speaking up for those who are afraid to is what I do best. πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

You have to understand one thing: I come from a family where I was raised to stand my ground and not only that, I was raised to NEVER allow anyone to muffle my voice when it comes to speaking up and speaking out. My friends have often said that one day I’m going to be known for my books and my speeches. I think they might be right. I just started taking advantage of such opportunities a little late in life. Better late than never.

Stand me in front of a crowd of people who need encouraging / motivated and I’ll show you a crowd of people who’ll leave with a new attitude on life. The world needs more people who aren’t afraid to lend their voice for the betterment of others. If this keeps up, I’m going to have to add motivational speaker to my list of skills. I’m all for it! πŸ€—πŸ˜‰

In a world where people try to make you feel guilty for speaking up or speaking out, I embrace it because I can handle it and then some….

Until next time…

It Will Happen

What am I referring to? That dream of yours. It will come true if you stay positive, focused and see it through. There may be setbacks and disappointments along the way, but that is sometimes part of the process. Never look at such roadblocks as a reason for you to stop or to give up. If you can dream it, you can very well achieve it.

To all the writers out there, keep on penning because soon enough, you will be winning.

Until next time…

Two

I was asked, when do I see myself being able to write full-time? Honestly, I would say in two years if I play my cards right. I’m not trying to rush or make any quick judgments because anything can happen between now and then. At the moment, I have a number of different stories I’m working on and I can’t wait to share them with you.

After quite a bit of urging, I’m going to submit The Chronicles of Neffie to a few more book competitions over the next couple of weeks. If I win in just one of those competitions, I’m going to be beyond over the moon so stay tuned. Some winners will be announced later this year, others early next year. Let the anticipation begin! I want more stickers and awards added to the cover.

Until next time, rise, shine and always make good use of your time. Most importantly, don’t forget to stay humble.

Pam Grier

Warning: This is a lengthy post.

Pam Grier is an African American actress who is widely known for her Blaxploitation films. Born to parents who were of African American, Hispanic, Chinese and Native American ancestry, Pam had a somewhat stable childhood. At the age of six, she was gang raped by two teenage boys when she was left alone at one of her aunt’s house. That unfortunate experience would later alter the person she would become.

Pam stated that for years, her family blamed themselves for her rape and at times she even blamed herself. Why? Because she was raped again years later. Pam became angry and promiscuous as she tried her best to cope and heal from her rapes. Pam would eventually channel some of that anger into her films; films that were highly explicit and violent towards men in particular.

Pam was known for her nude scenes which made her extremely popular during the height of Blaxploitation films. It was a given that no matter what movie she appeared in, she’d end up showing her body. I personally think a lot of that had to do with her being raped multiple times. Now, Pam is the opposite of the person she once was and the characters she often portrayed on the big screen. She’s a homebody who loves to read, write and cook. She’s an author too!

Pam came close to marrying late actors / comedians Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze at different points in her life, but due to their drug issues at the time she refused to marry them. It would’ve made her complicated life more complicated.

Pam has endured traumatic rapes, frequent sexual harassment and she almost fell into a dangerous life of drug and alcohol abuse. Despite all that, she’s thriving now and living her best life and you know what? Good for her. She’s finally found her peace.

Until next time…