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I Need More Hours In the Day

If you frequent my blog you've noticed that my recent updates have been few and far between, I do apologize. So much has been happening in my world these past couple of weeks. Between preparing for the holidays, working, the growing demands of my family I just have not found the time to update as needed. Thank you for your visits anyway and continue to check back fro updates.

I've been Tagged- Honest Scrap Award

Tammie who's a talk show host and fellow blogger talkingwithtami.com/blog tagged me on yesterday with the Honest Scrap Award. At first I was like what is this about, but after reading her post I was totally inspired and thankful that she chose me to keep things moving along with the tagging tradition for other brilliant bloggers. 

So here are the Instructions after being tagged.
1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.
2) Share “ten honest things” about myself.
3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.
4) Tell those 7 people that they’ve been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it.
So here it goes, 10 Honest Things about me:

1. I am a shopaholic, there I said and yes I need help but after Christmas :-)
2. I love writing especially blogging and I have withdrawals when I don’t get a chance to.
3. I have a 2 yr old son, and would love to have another child within next 2 years.
4. The JayZ Blueprint 3 CD has been in my car CD player since I got it October 3rd on repeat.
5. I cry sometimes because I miss my mom. (she's in Atlanta) *don’t judge me*
6. I often check my twitter, Gmail and Facebook before I get out of bed in the morning.
7. I play bejeweled on my phone almost every night before I go to sleep.
8. I'm addicted to Cocoa Pebbles cereal.
9. My ultimate dream would to be great like Maya Angelou (writer, poet, published author)
10. I've never been a collector of anything other than shoes clothes and purses.

 7 +1 bloggers I'm tagging

New Music & Video Beyonce Featuring Lady GaGa "Video Phone"

Beyonce Featuring Lady GaGa "Video Phone

Beyonce is one of the baddest out here when it comes to performing and giving us hot and fresh music on a consistent basis. Beyonce can’t pay me to believe she leave all of that Sasha Fierceness on set, go home and be normal with her husband.

I Missed You Guys

So these last two weeks have been very eventful, a lot to catch you up on. Anywho I really missed you guys I am working on updates now.

New Video Letoya Luckett featuring Ludacris "Regrets"

Letoya Luckett featuring Ludacris "Regrets"

Accessories Under $20

Charlotte Rousse Holiday 2009 Accessories

I'm a lover of accessories, especially since I have hardly any room for shoes or clothes in my closet. They are a great and affordable way for me to freshen up my wardrobe from past seasons and give some of my favorite outfits a different look just by switching up the accessories.

Over the weekend I went to the Charlotte Rousse Outlet in Gonzales, Louisiana and they had a great sale; you pick 2 mix and match accessories for $8. Not only did they had a huge selection, to my surprise they had some really stylish pieces that were reminiscent of higher priced pieces I had seen in Bebe, Express, and Guess. I got this really cute ribbon and pearl 3 layered gold necklace, a set of 3 oversized antique stoned rose studs and a set of gold and black toned stacked bangles. If I had my camera (my son lost it) I would have uploaded pictures. Don't worry that's' the first thing on my list for black Friday.

Charlotte Rousse Holiday 2009 Accessories

 Even though I'm currently without a camera, I came across some pictures of Charlotte Rousse  preview of there Holiday 2009 collection. They have some great pieces with prices ranging from  $4.00 to $19.99.

Photo Source:Missomnimedia.com

The 10 Friends You Need to Make Before 30

I saw this article on on of my favorite websiste thefriskly.com that I wanted to share with you writen by editor Amelia Mcdonell-Parry Enjoy!

From the time you were in pre-school and your mom picked your playdates, you’ve been building relationships with people. And sometimes, when you have things in common and get along with one another, you become friends. You might think that you have enough friends in your life, but really, can you ever have too many? Plus, you never know when you’re going to need a hand saw, so you better have someone in your cell phone who owns one.

1. The Style Guru
Everyone needs someone who can help them figure out which dress is appropriate “black-tie optional” weddings, and whether you can get away with wearing a green sweater with a red belt. (The answer to the latter is “probably not,” unless you are a Christmas Elf.)

2. The Mr./Ms. Fix-it
You bought a new bike online, but the instructions for putting it together appear to be written in a language you do not speak. It’s time to call the friend who has a knack for building things and owns all the right tools.

3. The Good Time Gal
If you’re feeling antsy with nothing to do on a Friday night, call this friend, who is generally up for doing anything at any time. She’ll cook up plans that involve dancing on banquets or singing Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” in the time it takes you to change out of your work clothes and slap on
a fresh coat of mascara.

4. The Health Nut
During the times when you suddenly decide to start working out or eating food other than take-out and delicacies from the frozen-food aisle, it’s good to have someone who reads every health and fitness magazine and loves to dispense instructions for proper squat form and pass along recipes for protein-rich meals.

5. The Ear
You had a sucky day at work and hate everything in your closet. What do you do? Call the friend who will calmly listen to all of your problems and then, at the appropriate time, give you a few pearls of wisdom.

6. The Do-it-herselfer
Hemming vintage dresses or whipping up a crème brûlée might not come naturally to you, but with the help of a skillful friend, you’ll develop new talents in no time.

7. The Culture Guru
If you like the idea of going to see that new up-and-coming band perform, befriend someone who knows who’s playing and what exhibits are on display.

8. The Healthcare Professional
Make friends with a doctor or nurse. Then, when you wake up with ginormous swollen glands, you won’t have to wait for an appointment to get medicine to cure what ails you.

9. The Legal Adviser
We all make mistakes. A need for speed can lead to you getting pulled over, and a lively party might end with a noise violation. If you have a friend who’s a lawyer, at least you won’t be alone when you have to appear in front of a judge.

10. The Travel Buddy
There are those who like to stay in the same place and find solace in their homes. And there are others who need to get out and explore the world. If you’ve caught the travel bug, find a friend who has it, too. It’s way more fun (and much safer) when you share adventures with someone else.

I had 4 of the 10 when I was in Atlanta but now that I'm Baton Rouge I guess have to somewhat start over. I should be able to knock this list out in the next 2 years before I'm 30.

Dress Of The Year

My mouth dropped when I saw this picture of Rihanna in this dress, she looks amazing. The dress is by designer Stephanie Rolland and Rihanna wore it to the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards on yesterday. Got RiRi!

Check Out Rihanna below as she accepts the Glamour woman of the year award:

Why Did I Get Married Too Trailer

Why Did I Get Married Too Coming to Theatres April 2010

Plot Summary: Reuniting the same charismatic cast and characters from his hit comedy/drama, "Why Did I Get Married," Tyler Perry brings us the next chapter in the lives of eight college friends struggling with the challenges of marital life in "Why Did I Get Married Too?"

Gathered together in the Bahamas for their annual one-week reunion, four close couples eagerly reconnect, sharing news about their lives and relationships. But their intimate week in paradise is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Sheila's ex-husband, Mike, who hopes to break up her new marriage with Troy and win her back. The others soon realize they too are not immune to the challenges of commitment and fidelity. Angela doesn't believe her husband, Marcus, can be faithful now that he's a celebrity television newscaster. Dianne and Terry's relationship is feeling the strain of raising children. And Patricia, a successful self-help psychologist, must finally reveal the deep flaws in her seemingly perfect marriage to Gavin. With their relationships hanging in the balance when they return home, each couple must choose between blame and forgiveness, doubt and faith, with life-altering consequences...

http://www.whydidigetmarriedtoomovie.com/ For more info

Text source www.comingsoon.net

Music Monday Robin Thicke 'Meiple" featuring Jay Z

Robin Thicke is trying something new for his next album Sex Therapy that is set for release on December 15th. I think this song is cute, it's sexy and fun, but I'm hoping that this is not the direction the entire album is going. Word is “Shakin’ It For Daddy” (featuring Nicki Minaj) is set to be the second single from the album but I have not heard it yet. I’m looking forward to hear more from Robin, and congrats to him & Paula Patton on their pregnancy.

28 & Counting

Yesterday was my birthday and I am so glad to have made another year. I never imagined turning 28; I think I stopped counting after 25 because the time was flying by so fast. Over the past year I’ve done a lot of growing, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect, a lot of time to rest and I’m so better prepared for the start of this new year. This week has also been one of the busiest weeks of the year for me; I started working at my part time job last Sunday, which I will be only working at on weekends. I also started a fulltime position last Monday, although it is temporary, I’m so happy to be getting out the house everyday again.

I have not created my “list” of things to accomplish by 30 but a few things have come to mind. Let’s just say these next two years will be eventful, so you will want to stick around. Thank everyone for my birthday wishes, my entire weekend was great. Although I worked on my birthday, I came home to a delicious home cooked meal, my honey baked me a cake, the house was clean, Gavin was bathed; All I had to do was kick back.

If only everyday could be this simple, now it’s back to reality, Monday all over again, I’ll be off to work in a few hours to do it all over again. This has been a positive start to a new year to say the least I’m happy to have you here with me.

Succeed VS. Try Again Little Kim EMA Arrival Getup

I'm not quite sure how I feel about this getup seen on Little Kim on the Red Carpet at MTV's EMA's over the weekend. I love all of the pieces indivdually, but together at an awards show, I'm very torn.It was raining so...I dont know, what do you guys think?  Neverless, I am steadily anticipating the return of KIM.

Succeed VS. Try Again? You be the judge on this one

One Month and Counting

Mall of Louisiana Boulevard one of my favorite places

So today officially makes a month since I moved from Atlanta to Baton Rouge, and I can honestly say so far so good. Although the culture here is slightly different from what I’m used to, I’m actually enjoying most of the quirkiness of this town. The food is excellent most people are polite and friendly, and it is reminds me a little of where I’m from Newark NJ, where I’ve lived San Antonio TX, and Atlanta.

Alot like Newark, Baton Rouge has its good established neighborhoods, and the “not so good” areas where you might not want to be caught out after dark in. They even have corner stores and people hanging around “up to no good” of course a lot like my hometown. But you will definitely only see that in select neighborhoods.

There is also tons of rejuvenation citywide, a lot like what Newark is doing. Newark used to be very industrial and that was mainly what Baton Rouge has been built on; plants, refineries. Since Hurricane Katrina, the economic climate has dramatically changed and it boast a lot more different types of businesses than it used to.

Like San Antonio, Baton Rouge is a very sports oriented and family oriented town. This is definitely Tiger town, LSU runs this town. In San Antonio they were a lot of Spurs and high school football fanatics. I understood the excitement of professional sports but I’ve never seen a whole entire city rally behind a football team quite like Baton Rouge.

 Southern University is another popular school that many people support. I had the privilege of attending the homecoming game a couple of weeks ago and let me tell you we had to park like 7-10 miles away from the stadium, cars filled the streets like "freaknic 98", and people were tailgating having a good time. I really enjoyed myself, college football is not so bad afterall.  Earlier that day I took Gavin to his first homecoming parade, he had the best time.

There next big sporting event coming up is the Bayou Classic that will be played in the New Orleans superdome Thanksgiving weekend; it’s a annual tradition game they play against Grambling University. I will be attending this event so I will let you know how it goes. Hopefully I will have a new camera by then so I can take some pictures.

So moving here from Atlanta, a place where I lived for the past 9 years, a city that I’ve seen grow and change so much so fast will be missed; but I think we made the right move. From my first visit to Baton Rouge back in 2006 there has been a quick population boost and influx of businesses, retail and tourist attractions to accommodate the residents and visitors. It’s a vibrant city with a thriving film and production scene, shopping and dining scene. They recently opened a 23 acre production studio and lot this summer to accomodate all of the movies that are being filmed here now.

I have yet to check out the music and entrepreneur circuit, but I am looking forward to see what it’s all about. Shopping, ok, all I’m going to say is they have a 2story Forever 21 store, and I got a brand new Rooms To Go 5x8 area rug from a thrift store for 64.95. That’s all for now, I’ll update you guys more real soon.

New Video Trey Songz "I Invented S*X"

This is one of my favorite songs off Trey Songz latest album and the video makes me love it even more. This video is hot and steamy All I can say is I think he Invented S*X. Ok Trey.

Throwback Thursday's R Kelly "Step In The Name of Love"

The Atlanta Awards..I Meant Soul Train Awards Red Carpet

photo from @kandiconnection via twitpic

The RHOA crew took over the red carpet at the Soul Train Awards; they were taped in Atlanta last night. Everyone looked great from what I can see and the tweets from people inside of the show seemed like it was a good show. Shout out to freddyo.com for uploading pics the same night.

Happy Anniversary Honey

Today marks 4 years since me & my honey have been together (not counting the break ups... tee hee) This is the day we officially became an item, it is also my late Grandmothers birthday, so it's a very special day for me.

Thank you honey for loving me and accepting me for who I am; flaws and all. Thank you for supporting my business and personal goals and dreams. Thank you for giving me guidance when I needed it, thank you for listening to my rants and most importantly thank you for being my friend. You are a terrific father to our son, a great provider, protector and leader in our home. We will always have ups and down but it's nice to have you to go through the motions with. Happy Anniversary!!!!! Wishing us many more.

RIP Quentzeline Norris, you are trully missed.

Coupled Up on the Carpet

It's been a busy week in the event world and it's only Wednesday. I love love and here are a few pics of celebs this week on the red carpet showing some love. 

Mary & Kendu

Monique & Sidney

Forrest Whitaker & Keisha

Paula Patton & Robin Thicke

No Test, No Testimony

When Diddy coined the phrase “ No B**cha**ness” I used to laugh & think to my self “what a phrase;” but now I truly know the meaning. Yesterday I made a constructive "harmless" comment on a social networking site about an avatar directly to the avatar owner only to receive indirect twitter responses that grew rather disrespectful as time went on. Very unnecessary, might I add.

I’m not a negative person; I am opinionated but not negative. So like a woman I addressed this person in a private email to express my concern with the tactless comments they made and went on with my day.

This incident reminded me of a converstaion I had with some one not to long ago. They  said you have to be careful about the people we allow in our lives, people who speak into our lives down to the music we listen to & TV programs we look at; furthermore the people we converse with or “follow” on social networking sites.

I’m glad I keep good company in real life, but now I will be more cautious of the company I keep & tweet on social networking sites. No one is worth compromising my character for, I’ll be 28 in a few days and its certain things that come with age, and grace is one of them. Now I know what your thinking... that picture is not gracefulful; it's not but it sums up my exact thoughts. I'm still 27 Don't judge me :-) Enjoy your day.

New Video from Chrisette Michelle ft. Wale "Fragile"

Chrisette Michelle ft. Wale "Fragile"

The Evolution of Lil KIm

In this picture I see Kimberly Jones who most of us know as Lil Kim. When I saw these fabulous pictures of her over at allthatsfab.com I wanted to share with you. Go Kim, I'm rooting for Kim to take things to the next level and walk into the success she deserves. I hear she is currently overseas on a tour and working on a new album with Polow Da Don, Akon, and Timbaland. I definitely think it is time for an evolution and from the look of these pictures she seems to be on the right track lets just hope the music follows suit. Shout out to the stylist & photographer for this shoot they did an amazing job.

Nov 14th Jimmy Choo for H&M

Over A months ago I showed you some still shots from the Jimmy Choo collection for H&M.

To build up further anticipation for the launch the official video promo for the collection has been released. I'm jealous because there is not an H&M in site in Louisiana so I'm hoping some or at least one of my Georgia gal pals pick me up something. My birthday is on Sunday so this would be almost perfect timing. Better late than never.

Nov 14th Jimmy Choo for H&M

Music Monday 50 Cent feat Neyo "Baby By Me"

50 Cent feat Neyo "Baby By Me" kelly Rowland is a lead in the Video, she looks amazing

Music Monday "Empire State Of Mind" Video

Jay Z & Alicia Keys Empire State Of Mind Video

An Obama Halloween at The Whitehouse

30 Things Every Woman Should Have Before 30

I found this really cute article over at Frisky, it caught my eye and muah will be turning 28 next weekend. I definitely got some catching up to do in the next 2 years according to the list. Happy Friday enjoy the list even if ur over 30.

Frisky's editor Amelia is turning 30 in a few short weeks and her essay on the subject really resonated with Frisky readers, both younger and older than 30. With that in mind, we’ll be reposting our “30 Before 30” series, which originally ran late last year, over the next few weeks. Enjoy!

1. Clothes that fit the size she is now, not the size she was five years ago
2. A weekly income that covers the rent (or mortgage payment)
3. An orgasm
4. Always enough toilet paper
5. A hair stylist she trusts
6. A favorite song, porn site, image, movie or fantasy that always gets her in the mood
7. Health insurance
8. A signature drink
9. A healthy relationship with her parents
10. Bras in the correct size
11. Enough alcohol in her home to offer drop-by guests a cocktail
12. An emergency hangover remedy
13. A voter registration card
14. A wardrobe that includes the perfectly flattering little black dress, a great pair of heels, jeans that make her ass look great, and a cute hat that hides a bad hair day
15. A yearly appointment with her gynecologist
16. The name of reliable movers to give her friends when they ask for help relocating
17. The gumption to ask a man out
18. A group of girlfriends who get it
19. A set of tools (and the ability to use them ... even if it’s just to hang a piece of art)
20. A balanced checkbook
21. No interest in men who just aren’t that into her
22. A vacation to look forward to at least once a year
23. A good bulls**t detector
24. The courage to stand up for herself and her beliefs
25. A favorite sex position
26. A set of hand towels so guests don’t have dry their hands on her bath towel (gross!)
27. Enough self-love to avoid and break off unhealthy friendships and relationships
28. A commitment to exercise
29. A retirement fund
30. A great vibrator

*And if you’re already past 30, it’s late, but not too late to tackle this list!
Article and picture source Frisky

Jay Z & Alicia Keys Performance at World Series

Empire State of Mind performance at 2009 World Series

Michelle Obama Covers Glamour

The First Lady looks darling in her Jason Wu dress. I hear she really opens up in this article and talks about how to deal with relationships issues and gives relationship advice and tips to us young ladies. I love that the Obama’s are breaking many old traditions and really trying to build relationships with Americans by being personable, so we together can make our nation better.

Around The World With 9 West for Spring

Shoenista's, I am happy to report Nine West is finally back to making cute shoes. There new 2010 spring collection will hit stores and appear online in March. This new wordly collection features a wide selection of materials (suede, leather, metallics, cloth), as well as color choices, beading, patchwork and cultural designs to choose from.  They previewed a few flast but since I'm a heels type of gal (5'1) those are most of what you will see featured on this site :-).

Previews from NineWest 2010 Spring Collection

I loved 9west since I can remember, but in recent seasons I've felt disconnected with there collections. I was a diehard Nine West shoe wearer for several years; especially senior year of high school thru junior year of college. It probably helped that I worked in their retails stores in San Antonio and Atlanta, so I got a great discount and I made good use of it.

Over the summer I visited the Mall of GA location several times only to walk out empty handed. Since seeing the spring 2010 collection, empty handed I will be no more. The powers that be developed some fun and classy shoes for the spring 2010 collection. I think these new shoes will definitely get some of there old customers like me back in the door.

This new collection did so well that Nordstrom will have an exclusive selection of Nine West shoes in there stores. That is a very big deal. Congrats to Nine West for stepping there shoe game back up. I wish the collection and future collections much success.

9 West Nordstrom Exclusives

Photo Source: MissomniMedia.com

Throwback Thursday's Total ft. Da Brat "No One Else"

Total ft. Da Brat "No One Else"

MJB opens up The Mary J Blige Center in Yonkers

I love when celebrities use there star power and money to advocate for a cause bigger than themselves. Mary J Blige who is gearing up for up for her ninth studio album in December, just celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new facility in Yonkers New York for the non-profit that she and music executive Steve Stoute co founded in 2007. The organization is called Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), and it is dedicated to helping all women gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their full individual potential. The new center is a place where women can be educated, empowered and encouraged through tough times during their lives.

Thanks Getty Images :-) MJB, Steve Stoute, and Frida Giannini

Mary J Blige speaking to supporters of FFawn & Mary J Blige Center

This is a very personal cause to Blige who herself has struggled with domestic violence and drug abuse in the past. "As a child, I never saw a confident woman; I only saw women being abused," said Blige, a Yonkers native. "That's why I am here; that's why FFAWN exists. I want every girl and woman who walks through this door to know that she is loved, no matter who is telling her she isn't loved."

Congratulations and thank you to Mary J Blige, Gucci's Frida Giannini and the Westchester Jewish Community Services program for making this center possible.

For more info on FFAWN Click Here

Janelle Monae in vogue

Janelle Monae is featured in the November issue of Vogue wearing these shoes that I simply despise; I took a disliking to the shoes when I saw a photo of her at the Black Girls rock event a few weekends ago. Kudos to Janelle for making it in the magazine but I still don’t like those shoes. I guess George Esquivel is not the designer for me.

Songstress Janelle Monae and George Esquiville in Vogue

Janelle at Black Girls Rock event on Black Carpet wearing those shoes.

Discipline: Is Yelling The New Spanking?

I have a very active 2 year old son, and those of you who have met him know exactly the level of energy he has. I will admit I yell at him at times, and I notice he yells at me or at his imaginary friends while playing. I get embarrassed when he does that because I realize he is only mimicking me.

 Gavin Taylor at Chucky Cheese over the Summer

I've tried getting at eye level and talking to him calmly, I've tried time outs, I've tried spankings and he still does not behave the way I think he should. He gives his dad a little less problem, but nerveless he still has issues with him to when it comes to listening. I refer to him as a selective listener, because he listens when he want to.

It's so hard not to get frustrated at a child that you know is smart and understands exactly what you say, but chooses to do what he want to do. The Bible says "Spare the rod, spoil the child" and “Train him up the way he should be taught" but society says otherwise, so what is a parent to do? I recently came across this video on CNN, and posted it because I want to know what other parents think about discipline methods especially what is appropriate for a 2 ½ yr old.

Is Yelling The New Spanking Discussion on CNN

Disney May Owe You $15.99

If you've purchased a Baby Einstein DVD between June 2004 and September 2009 you may be eligible for a refund of 15.99. Disney is finally admitting that the so called educational DVDs that were marketed to parents as educational tools that would make your baby or toddler smarter is bologna.

Baby Eiinstein DVD Collection included in the suit

As a result of the Campaign For a Comercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) 2006 Federal Trade Commission complaint, Disney stopped claiming that Baby Einstein videos were educational for infants, but the company made no attempt to compensate parents who purchased the products. CCFC’s ongoing campaign to stop the false and deceptive marketing of baby videos finally persuaded the Walt Disney Company to offer a full refund to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein DVD in the last five years. The refund is only available for a limited time, so please spread the word. I have a few claims to make myself. Click here for refund guidelines

The Baton Rouge Film Boom

Atlanta has been fairly busy in the film/production industry, but Baton Rouge is not far behind. According to the Associated press: Raleigh Studios, the California-based film company managing the Celtic Media Centre, has reached an agreement with 1st Call Studio Equipment for that company to provide heavy equipment needed to make movies at Celtic’s Baton Rouge operation.

In recent years Louisiana has quickly become one of the most popular states for film and television production. Boosted by the state’s lucrative 30% investor tax credit, the industry has grown immensely and continues to spread its roots and deepen the depths of its crew base.

Earlier this year Celtic Media finished  Phase 1 of the 23-acre film lot with purpose-built spaces for each phase of filmmaking: planning, producing, shooting, editing, post-production, eating and waiting as well. This month the Celtic Media Center hosts the cast and crew of Battle: Los Angeles, a sci-fi action film from Columbia Pictures that stars Aaron Eckhart as a Marine leading the human resistance against an alien invasion. Battle is the first big-budget studio film that Celtic has attracted to its new campus.

 For more info on Celtic Media Center visit http://www.thecelticmediacentre.com/

Poetic Moments: Jill Scott "Crossed My Mind"

Semi-Throwback Jill Scott "Crossed My Mind"

Succeed Vs. Try Again Halloween Edition

Octomom is a Pregnant Nun & the Octuplets are Little Devils hmm...interesting costume choices. The Octuplets Succeed Nadia needs to Try Again

Full Interview of Tyler Perry on 60 Minutes

Tyler Perry was on 60 Minutes last night, where he discusses the success of his entertainment empire, his audience, his abuse as a child, response to the criticism of Spike Lee referring to Madea & Mr. Brown as a coon and much more. Check it out

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New Music Jodeci & H-Town "Knocking Your Heels"

Jodeci & H-Town "Knocking Your Heels"

Where are Our News Stories? Please Read & Share

A few weeks ago I posted a story on missing California woman Miltrice Richardson who was released from a detention center in the middle of the night and never seen again. It has been over a month and to my knowledge this young lady has yet to be found. In early October her parents were asking for the FBI to get involved with this case, as of post time I did not find any official documents that said they had taken on the case.

I’m saddened because we have allowed our media, yes “OUR” because we shape what they cover; no complaints and they will continue to disregard our news stories that are not sports or entertainment related when it comes to “African Americans.” This is disgraceful, when Lacy Peterson, Casey Anthony, Sommer Johnson, Natalie Holloway, Balloon Boy went missing we are bombarded with story after story of news coverage on every station. As if these people lives or more valuable than the black children and adults that go missing daily.

Did you know there where 10 black women missing or dead, in Rocky Mount NC, me either until I read a story on Newsweek on Friday. If we don’t stand up for something what will we stand up for. When it’s your family of friend you are going to want equal coverage as well, so we can not just sit around and wait until that day comes. We only have 2 AA stations BET & Tvone and neither of them have a daily full coverage news program regretfully. I know there is more going on in Black America than a “Black in America” Special on CNN once a year.

We have specific health issues, financial matters, missing people, crimes, grants and programs, education, business, politics, entertainment, concerns just as the rest of the world. If Telemundo and the 42 other Hispanic channels can have several news programs and we don’t have 1 as a people we should truly be ashamed. Where are our priorities my people?

I’m frustrated as you can probably tell with my writing so I’m going to ring this in. We really need to analyze what we stand for in our country. We have a black President, a Latino Supreme Court Justice, Top Athletes & Entertainers, Top Movie producers and Execs and this is what we are settling for. Wendy Williams, Tyra Banks, Oprah, & Monique Congrats to you sisters, but the bus should not just stop there.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Miltrice Richardson is asked to call the LAPD Missing Persons Unit, Detective Kristin Merrill at (213) 485-5381. After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text “crimes” with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on web tips. When using a cell phone all messages should begin with “LAPD.” Tipsters may remain anonymous

In Case You Missed It: First Lady Michelle Obama on Jay Leno Friday

Michelle's Glam squad is the bomb. Her makeup is flawless, and she is such a classy lady. I think the Obama's are true examples of Americans, and I am so glad to be under their leadership. It would be great if more young people would aspire to obtain the class and stature of women like this than the likes of a models or entertainers. It only takes one.

For more info on the First Lady's PSA for volunteering for Miltary Families visit http://www.iparticipate.org/

Music Monday Jaheim "Never"

Jaheim "Never" This is a Perfect First Dance Song 

I know this is not new music, but I love this song. It's never too late for good music, enjoy. Jaheim recently released a new single  “Ain’t Leavin Without You”, which is the first single from his upcoming fifth studio album, due February. I'll have that for you later.

Economic Outlook for Baton Rouge

(Article Excerpts Source the Associated Press)

America's strongest economies have one thing in common -- home prices that never got too hot or too cold. Home prices in metros such as San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Little Rock, Ark., and Baton Rouge, La., remained steady through boom and bust. Although no metropolitan area entirely avoided the economic downturn, the most resilient metros were protected by a potent mix of recession-resistant jobs.

BusinessWeek.com used data and analysis from the Brookings Institution's new MetroMonitor to come up with the nation's 40 strongest economies. The MetroMonitor, which measures the nation's health on a quarterly basis, ranks the top 100 metros based on job growth, unemployment, gross metropolitan product, and home prices.

A relative boom in Baton Rouge
"No place has been untouched by this recession. This is a change from previous recessions," said Alan Berube, a senior fellow and research director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. "But there's a big difference in losing one-tenth of a percentage and losing 15% of jobs."

Baton Rouge, which was ranked No. 6, "grew jobs every month until August 2009 and in August it only lost nine-tenths of a percent, compared to 5.1% nationally," said Lauren C. Scott, professor emeritus of economics at Louisiana State University.

Scott said $5.1 billion of construction projects have been announced or are under construction in the Baton Rouge metro, including a new plant for French chemical company SNF and the expansion of an ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM - News) chemical plant. <--Thats where my honey works.

That's Good To know :-)

Gabourey Sidibe on the Cover of NY Times Magazine

Precious star, Gabourey Sidibe is on the cover of the New York Times Magazine. To think this young lady was not even going to audition for the role, now look at her. I'm looking forward to see Precious on Nov 6th.

In Precious, Sidibe plays a teen who is enrolling in an alternative high school. Her character is repeatedly raped and has been impregnated twice by her father. The film also stars, Monique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey to name a few. The film won numerous awards, including the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award. She will also star in the upcoming film What Would You Do (2010 film) Directed By Tavaris Bailey, Produced By Tyler Perry. Go Gabourey! Hopefully this wont be her last magazine cover, I wish her all the best with her career. To see the trailer Click Here

The Obama Family Portrait

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009.
(Official White House Photo)

Shout Out to the Obama Family for all of there hard work, dedication, sincerity and leadership they have shown us. They are our real life Cosby show; they are paving the way for so many generations behind them and setting a good example of how powerful any black family can be.

It's moments like this in history we must not forget, or take for granted because for so long our history has been taken away from us, or belittled, but this is a major development of our history coming full circle. We always have and always will be able to accomplish anything we want to in life. We just have to get out of our own way. If you have children remind them of their history and why they should be proud to be an African American, educate them instill in the history of there ancestors so when they go to school they can walk with there heads held high. Let them know they come from a victorious heritage, the same heritage that you too belong to.

Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office

Students show their excitement at meeting President Barack Obama during his visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, La., Oct. 15, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Bedroom Boots

What is it with us women and shoes? No matter how many pairs we own, there is always room for a new pair. Sometimes you have to get a little creative when you want your mate to buy you expensive things. $365 for pair of boots is pricey for me, especially since we are on a save money tip. I’m am praying that the powers that be at Aldo, Steve Madden or Nine West come out with a similar version of these boots quick, so I can afford and sneak in the house on my own. If not I think I have an idea.

Ok ladies, you can show your significant other these sexy boots and tell him you would like to wear them in the bedroom, that’s right, now he’s focusing on the image of you wearing the boots and not the price tag and now you’ve just got you a new pair of boots thanks to me. These Dolce Vita Marilyn Boots are officially on my Nov 8th Birthday with list, hoping the universe and the powers that be make this happen. I will also be pitching this bedroom boots idea at home, its going to be a little harder for me because I own over 75 pair of shoes and boots already and we just agreed that no more shoes are boots are coming in this house just last. And then I found these…long sigh.