Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Enough is Enough DOGgone it!

I despise these animal cruelty Ads like the one below and like the ASPCA Ads with Sarah Mclachlan waling throughout the commercial. I almost feel like they are insulting my intelligence. How are they going to put captions of what the animals are thinking. We have no idea what they are thinking and they darn sure can't ponder their own mortality as is suggested in the last caption where the cat is supposedly wondering "Will I die today?". I like animals. I grew up with a great dog. But what is important to note is that she was a dog. A member of the family yes but she was a dog and did not take precedence over human beings. There is no shortage of starving and abused people in the world but no one wants to focus on them. People love animals and babies because you can decide for yourself what they are thinking, create a personality for them and tell yourself that they are feeling or thinking what you want them to feel as opposed to actual children or adults who can speak for themselves and disappoint you with their words or actions. This trend of putting dogs and other animals on the same level or above people has to stop. What they did to Michael Vick over those dogs is ridiculous. He got more jail time than some child molesters. If you have a pet you should care for it properly, not abuse it but pets are not people and I don't appreciate being expected to treat them like they are. I also don't appreciate dog walkers taking up the entire sidewalk with their long ass leashes. And why would you walk your dog on a main street in the city like Broadway. Take that to the side streets. But no, everyone expects that the world wants to cuddle and coo over their dogs and we don't!! It's this kind of thinking that has the upper east side of Manhattan smelling like dog poo. People pay too much rent for it to smell like that.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Don't Worry, Be Happy

I am tired of people asking if someone is happy or proclaiming they are happy or not happy and all this talk about happy happy happy is driving me nuts. and frankly I'm not happy about it. Mostly I am annoyed because people discuss happiness as if its some place you get to or gift you receive at some projected date in the future and they don't realize that this is it. We are living it now. So find some joy in your life or bust. Obviously we should work to improve any situation that we don't like but we should not wait around for some happiness that may be dropped on our heads as a gift package some day. Those who are not married and don't have kids think that is happy. And those who are married with kids think a moment of solitude would be happy. But no situation comes with a daily happiness guarantee. I think we have been brainwashed to think we are supposed to be happy all the time and if we aren't then we are depressed right? and then we have to turn to drinking or drugs (prescription or illegal) or eating or hoarding or whatever other program about defective human behavior you can find on A&E. Many kids think you shouldn't do any job that doesn't make you happy and there is just too much focus on constant joy. What percentage of real people are actually doing a job they LOVE? Most artists don't get to do it for a living but we have kids thinking that everyone can be P. Shitty. And they are actually not embarrassed to say they want to be a rapper. They think life has wronged them somehow if they aren't constantly happy.
First of all its an American thing, we think its un-american to not be totally happy with every effin thing and to not have every single thing we want.. That kind of thinking has everyone's perspective warped or non-existent. But I think happiness can be found in the small things that we experience everyday. Here are some of mine.

1. They suspended parking rules AND meters today so I don't have to move my car
2. My apartment is warm and cozy and I don't have to leave it
3. My niece got a toy phone for Christmas and when my nephew went to play with it I was the first person he fake called
4. A great book
5. A good movie.. or a bad movie and a friend to trash it with
6. Shout outs for my blog
7. Buy one get one free cereal at CVS
8. Any awesome sale or discount
9. My bf was here to shovel out a parking spot for me last night
10. A new TV in my bedroom to watch Intervention, Hoarders, Celebrity Rehab, The Real Housewives of ATL, The First 48 and other embarrassing TV

I could go on but I think you get the point. Life is here today right now. I hope you aren't waiting for a happy package to arrive. And we all have bad moods and bad days. its ok. Have a drink, or a pill or some french fries.. I won't tell.  

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Review of "Decoded" by Jay-Z

If you are a Jay-Z fan then “Decoded” is a good and easy read that will confirm a lot of what you already knew and shed some light on things that you may not have known about his life and career. It will be especially enjoyable if you didn’t follow his earlier work because you will get a great idea about where he comes from musically and lyrically. If you aren’t a fan you may not care at all.

The book is broken out into four parts. Part 1. One Eye Open, Part 2. I Will Not Lose, Part 3. Politics As Usual and Part 4. Come and Get Me. Each section takes you chronologically through a different stage in his life and career.

While he doesn’t use the book as a tell all about his personal life, you get great insight into his motivations, his life story, his thoughts and his sentiments about himself and the world around him by following along as he explains the lyrics to some of his most popular songs and inserting autobiographical information along the way. I find that I enjoyed the autobiographical parts more than I enjoyed reading actual lyrics.

Some have expressed that they thought there would be “more”. I’m not sure what else people were looking for but I think that if you listen close enough and pay attention to his lyrics we may know all we really need to know about him. Even before the book.

A true fan will probably be able to think of a few songs that were not featured in the book that they would have loved to see. For me that would be “Rap Game/ Crack Game” and “You Must Love Me”

But I was also glad to see “Regrets”, “Soon You’ll Understand” and “Can I Live” dissected and decoded. I am kind of a biased fan of the earlier Jay stuff but I was glad to see very little focus on the tragic “Blueprint 2” album. The only Jay album I refused to buy.

After reading this I think critics would be inaccurate if they tried to categorize Jay-Z as a superficial bling and bitches type of rapper. He actually addresses his conflicting images and his comparison to more conscious rappers such as Common and Talib Kweli. The book is interesting but not heavy, and it humanizes Jay in a way that reminds us why we liked him in the first place.

P.S. He even addresses the fact that black people are brain washed to think that lighter skin and fairer features are more attractive and he admits he was one of those people too when he was younger.. but how many of us weren’t at some point right? This was far from a major focus in the book but I was still pleased to see it. You go Jay! Ge-ge-geyeahhh!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A boy needs his father.. his mother.... he needs PARENTS!

A few days ago I was sent an article / web post asking the question “Are black women destroying black boys”. I try not to buy into headlines and topics that are baseless and specifically designed to get people to read them and pay attention to whoever the writer is. I also think some people make certain generalizations and blanket statements just to be overly provocative and controversial. Controversy can be good, but some controversy is not meant to inform or educate or provide an intelligent alternative view point. Some is just for attention. The article was like a four year old jumping up and down saying “look at me, look at me I had a thought today and wrote it down”. Okay I get it.  I will pay attention and I will say the question is ridiculous.

Are some parents of all races bad parents YES. We all have mommy and daddy issues of some kind no matter how mild or severe. But are black women the major problem with black boys? NO. Most times we are what is right about black men. Not what is wrong with them. Most black boys would be orphans without a black women (and that’s not me talking that’s the fact, the statistic) so for better or for worse they aren’t single handedly ruining their sons. The article calls out a specific woman that this person knew (so he says) and comments that the woman drove the father away and then ruined her son with lack of discipline, beauty shop talk, neck rolling and other stereotypical Shonequa, Bonquisha, Shenene type behavior. The young man ended up a drug addicted criminal and it’s all his mother’s fault. First let me say no one can drive you away from your child if you want to be with him. No one!! Not even an evil bitch of a baby momma (I’m sorry Ms. Jackson…Forever-ever?!). That’s what courts are for. But what the article doesn’t mention is that the absent parent can usually do even more damage than the one who is actually there doing their best. It doesn’t account for the fact that kids sometimes “act up” or “act out” as a result of their feelings of anger, hurt or rejection from missing their dad. The article implies that the missing parent is absolved of responsibility because he simply wasn’t there to ruin the kid. This point is so beyond ridiculous I am kind of annoyed that I am even commenting. But I do want to say that in the black community, we have gotten so accustomed to black men not being around and not being real fathers that the mother is automatically to blame if something goes wrong. And it is considered the norm that she should be able to do the job of both parents to perfection. And like in this case, if the child turns out to be a less than productive member of society it was because she ruined him by making him watch reality TV or taking him to the hair salon or something. (Oh and being around a lot of women can’t make a boy gay.. stop it!)

A child is not a crime, like if you weren’t there then you didn’t do it. You had an alibi. It doesn’t work that way. As for the men who are actually there, they need to understand that they are supposed to be as much of a parent as the mother is. Not like a bonus parent when they are in the mood. Jerks!

And if someone is a bird, a chicken head or a hood rat of a mother, then she too had some parents that failed her along the way. No incident is isolated. Both parents need to work together to break a negative cycle. Everyone is responsible for little Ray-Ray snatchin’ chains on the F train or worse. And get little man in check because I ride the F train and I don’t want to see him playing music out loud from his phone, throwing garbage on the floor, taking up 3 seats or cursing loud or any of that non-sense.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" Album Review

It's hot. Go Cop it!

There aren't really any wack songs. I can listen to this album straight through. He is certainly darker and more eccentric than Kanye used to be hence the title of the album. However, I like how Kanye is able to evolve his sound and his lyrics and deliver great music without really making you just wish he was the old Kanye. And isn't that what we often feel once some artists get past their second album? It might be what you were thinking when you heard "808's and Heartbreaks". But this is his fifth album and I'm into it.

"Monster" is my favorite track right now. But by the time I get tired of it I know there will be other tracks for me to re-discover and obsess over the way I am with "Monster". Rick Ross is totally unnecessary on this song. It's like if you forgot your drink in the kitchen you can go get it while Rick Ross' verse starts then make it back really quick before Kanye comes in. Or maybe that is too harsh. Maybe he is a nice warm up for everyone else. Jay-Z is hard. Nicki Minaj comes tough, it's almost like she had no choice. It's pretty awesome. By the way, does anyone know what a sarcophagus is? Kanye says "Put the pu**y in a sarcophagus." I just had to look it up. According to it's "a stone coffin, esp. one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc.," So I guess he isn't just making stuff up here.

"Gorgeous" is exciting because Raekwon is on it. And just hearing his voice takes me back to the 90's. I love the track on "Devil in a New Dress", maybe Rick Ross is more necessary on this one. Give the whole album a listen. On the ugotthejuicenow blogspot scale I give it 4 out of 5 cups of juice. On "All of the Lights" as soon as Rihanna comes in she reminds me of the SNL "Shy Ronnie" skit. Too funny! check it out.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Where is Lil' Mama now?

Do you remember this craziness? Where is she now? Is she still judging on America's Best Dance Crew? Did Jay-Z kill her career after this or did Nicki Minaj put the nail in the coffin?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Self Destruction

The Daily News ran an article today stating that 67% of murder victims in NYC are black. Are we surprised? Should we be? How much can we blame on negatively slanted propaganda? It was kind of painful to hear despite the fact that NYC is a lot safer than it used to be and there were only 476 murders this year. To know most of the victims were black I guess we can assume most of the murderers were black too and it is plain old disturbing. Most of these crimes are drug related. The article also offered these awesome tid bits:

* The deadliest day of the week: Saturday (89 murders).  
* The safest: Tuesday (58 murders). 
 * The deadliest time of day: 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. (41 murders).
*The deadliest weapon: Guns, used in 62% of all killings.  
*The deadliest precinct: Brooklyn's 75th, with 30 murders. 

Let me ask the age old question.. Who is bringing the guns into the country and into the neighborhoods anyway? I feel like I should have more to say on this but I’m not sure I do. It is what it is I guess.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pink Friday Album Review

Like many of us born before the mid 1980’s I instinctively did not want to like Nicki Minaj. But as time went on and as the radio banged her into my head constantly I realized that I may need to set aside my jadedness about the state of hip hop and main stream radio and give this girl a real listen. I mean she is a female rapper from Queens, making money. Respect Due! I started to like certain songs (mainly her guest appearances like Ludacris’ “My Chick Bad”) although I didn’t want to like them and certain lyrics made me realize the girl has some skills when you push past all the sing songy-ness and the random foreign accents and chicken head twang. Although I’m a notorious hater it’s objective hate like Star and Bucwild so I will say I think she can rap. Is she the greatest? No. but when she is just rapping, I like it. I like the energy that we haven’t seen from female rappers in ages. She isn’t Rah Digga or Lauren Hill but she found an opening and she took it. It’s her time and I think it works for her.

Pink Friday is cool. It’s not great, I don’t love it but I don’t dislike it the way I thought I would.  Most of what I already heard on the radio is not impressive like “Your Love” and “Right Thru Me”. Too much singing and I guess these are supposed to appeal to the girls since it’s singing about liking boys but I’ll pass on those. My favorites on the album are “I’m the Best” and “Dear Old Nicki” In both of those songs she is rapping which is exactly what I needed. She comes more honest and raw in these 2 tracks. She addresses the former underground mix-tape Nicki which true hip hop fans respect. But we also understand that mix-tape Nicki won’t get rich (pour out some liquor or donate a dollar for broke mix-tape rappers). “I’m the best” is a nice introduction to the album. She talks about how before she couldn’t buy her mother a couch and now she is sitting at the closing buying her mother a house.. How even when her Dad was on Crack she was Crack. Its straight up, it’s a look-at-me-now story and I respect it. “Dear Old Nicki” is a letter to her former self and a plea for that old girl to still be there waiting for her when she needs her. She is pleading with her to “please call back”. Who can’t relate to feeling like they miss the person they once were for any number of reasons. And it is also relatable to hip hop fans who miss the former Nicki Minaj almost as much as she might. I also like “Did it on em” where she basically closes any unnecessary debate about her current position in the game by simply stating  “she aint a Nicki fan then the bitch deaf, dumb”. “Romans Revenge” is the track featuring Eminem and it’s exciting because Eminem is on it and he brings a certain energy to everything he does. We get an extra bonus because he has 2 verses on this song. But Nicki shoulda come harder for an Eminem collaboration (assuming she can actually come harder). Even Jay Z learned that lesson on “Renegade”. But I like when she goes at Lil Kim “Word, that bitch mad ’cause I took the spot? Well, bitch, if you ain’t shittin’, then get off the pot” Who can argue with that? Special honorable mention to “Check it out” featuring Will I Am. It has a different vibe and unique feel that separates it from the rest of the album so I like it for that reason. Everything else is just ok. I find that I wanted to like “Blazin” more than I actually do just because it featured Kanye West. On the ugotthejuicenow blogspot rating scale I give Pink Friday 2.5 out of 5 cups of juice.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This is NOT about Relationships or being single

I just want to say that this is not a blog about relationships. And this is not the Why do men do this? and Why can't black men do that? or Why? Why? oh lord Why? Help me please! help me! tell me please! Blog.
I need to say this because I am sick and tired of every single gal having a blog about how hard it is to find a man because they are too cute or too smart or too educated or intimidating or just generally too awesome to find someone.
Here's the thing. That is like going on a job interview and when asked what your weaknesses are you say "I work too hard" or "I am obsessed with my work" or "I am too ambitious". OH yea sure, we're all really impressed. Let's be clear, most of us may not be as awesome as we think we are and that goes for men and women. And it is difficult to find a good man but it is NOT because you are too wonderful and no one can handle your overwhelming magnificence. And another thing, I am also tired of reading articles or seeing news reports or TV show segments on how doomed the black woman is and how she'll never get married and how the situation is so bleek. (and don't think eHarmony or don't use that propaganda as a marketing tool by starting to show black women with white men in their commercials, which is fine, but don't think I don't notice that you Advertising geniuses). We get it. It ain't easy being you (being us) but if you are as over-educated as you say you are and if you do possess this superior intelligence then stop letting the media victimize you, stop feeling helpless or hopeless because of the reports and statistics and find some other topics to discuss, what with your vast knowledge and life experience and all.

What the YUCK!

Why are we as Americans or human beings so fat? I don't mean fat in poundage. I mean fat in our thinking. Corporations are always thinking up new ways to make our food fatter and our fat-minded asses are always willing to try it. I call some of these things "made up food" meaning it is food that didn't exist in the combination it's being marketed in or in any form a few decades ago. One of the earliest examples that I know of is McDonald's attempt at selling people the pineapple burger. This was for Catholics who didn't eat meat on Fridays during Lent and it was before they came up with the Filet-o-Fish. Now C'mon, you know you woulda tried this non-sense (grilled pineapple slice and a slice of cheese in between 2 buns.. YUM). But anyway here are some of my recent faves:

- Dunkin Donuts Sausage Pancake Bites - Because sausage and pancakes aren't fat enough on their own. Here are the ingredients in case your mouth isn't watering yet. Move over pigs-in-a-blanket. We got pigs in a pancake cocoon of fatness.

- The McDonald's McGriddle - Because the egg McMuffin isn't fat enough for us fattys. Bread is boring. Let's bake some maple flavoring into the pancake (instead of pouring maple flavored high fructose corn syrup on top) AND get half the calories you need for the entire day before noon..Awesome! Care to know what this is made of? go ahead? click here take a look.. I didn't think you would.

ok ok no more picking on breakfast. on to my next fave!

- The KFC Double Down - because plain old bread isn't fat enough. Let's just skip the fluff and sandwich some bacon and cheese and mystery sauce 'tween two ginormous hormone injected chicken breasts, get the fried version for extra all American fatness.

The list of made up food is endless. Enjoy! And don't forget to give thanks tomorrow. By EATING.

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Not Your Grandmother's Holiday Anymore

When did the return of the gingerbread latte become the most exciting thing about the holidays? When did the Starbucks holiday cup replace Santa Clause and Christmas trees as my most meaningful holiday symbol? I don’t know. But it’s starting to seem like you have to be really old or really young to keep some perspective and appreciate the tiny little things about the holidays. And those of us who fall somewhere in the middle are focused on the money we don’t have for gifts or travel at this time of year, the lack of enthusiasm that comes with the realization that half of your family now lives elsewhere or we are preoccupied with thoughts of the coming new year and what we need to do better or bigger in 2011.
When I was a kid I would be waiting for the JC Penney Christmas Catalog to come out right about now so my brother and I could make an excel spreadsheet style chart using rulers, pens and plain white paper to input the item numbers, page numbers and product names of all the toys we wanted (Just so there was no confusion for Mom or Santa or whoever would do the shopping). For some of us Snowy Christmases have turned into strangely warm Christmases in the South and it just somehow doesn’t feel “right” and certainly not the “same”. Maybe we all need a trip to 5th avenue or Rockefeller Center or The Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall to get our Christmas Mojo back. But can any of us really go to see the Christmas Window display at Macy’s without dreading the crowds on 34th street and cursing the tourists? Or maybe you have to have kids to recapture the joys and miracles again and enable you to take the attention off of yourself and not dwell on the fact that it’s not the “same” and allow you to focus on building new traditions, instead of selfishly clinging to old ones. I guess the key takeaway here is that like hip hop, house parties, playing outside, kids riding without car seats, riding bikes without helmets, record stores and scripted television shows, Holidays can’t remain the same. I guess we have to adjust.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I Love My Boo

Well I am all for Gay rights and Gay marriage and Gay couples adopting if they want to and I’m all about everyone doing what makes them happy in life so I am in full support of the Gays. I thought I was pretty liberal. With that said, I do NOT get this Ad. If you are fortunate enough to ride the New York City Subways like I am, you may have seen these Ads. The “I Love My Boo” campaign. Apparently it started in the bathrooms of Gay bars and if I understand it correctly it’s all about Gay pride but um… I don’t get it. What is it trying to tell me? Or sell me? I think it’s over kill. We all love our boos but why the Ad? Why do I need to see you loving him? I mean if you do ride the subways or hang out in NYC you see Gays live and in living color everyday and mostly who cares? I don’t think New Yorkers especially need this campaign. We get it. It is geared towards Gay men of color (not sure why, I won’t try to give an explanation here today) so you will only see black or Hispanic men in the Ads. And it is supposed to support pride in the wake of recent attacks on Gay men and apparently it is also supposed to promote safe sex.. But if you are homophobic this Ad won’t help and if you don’t support Gay rights the Ad won’t change your mind.
And I am not one that thinks that kids will be influenced to be gay just by seeing gay people but I STILL wouldn’t want to be going anywhere with my nephew or my godson and have to try to explain this. Is it overkill? Or am I not as liberal as I thought I was. I don’t know. Maybe I need a few more days to mull this over.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


So I have hated Diddy for a long time and there are tons of blogs that will tell you all about how he does artists wrong etc. but this is my list and the cheated artists are only 1 reason. And yes he is a successful black man blah blah blah…. Can’t stand him.

The Top 10 reasons I hate Diddy.. and one more

1. His name is Diddy.. And he keeps changing it.. who cares. I mean really.

2. He needs Rosetta Stone… For ENGLISH. He is so inarticulate I cringe when he speaks and I close my eyes until its over. Make it stop! Make it stop! (Has anyone seen the Pro Activ commercial? “I aint want no bumps on my face”

3. He thinks people take him seriously. They don’t. They can’t. Maybe they take his money seriously but Caucasians everywhere laugh behind his back when he leaves meetings. Oh and black people too. I would.

4. He’s an eternal baby daddy… Really Diddy? Really? Give Kim Porter a ring. Please! She’s been through enough (sigh).

5. “Butta Wavy’s” We all know Diddy loves the Butta Wavy’s. A term I heard him use on some interview somewhere to describe the “better” looking fair skin-long hair-anything-that-doesn’t-look fully-black features of his favorite flavor of woman. But here’s the thing.. his twin daughters aren’t “Butta” or “Wavy” and even sadder for them I think they look like Diddy. I could write 8 posts on this topic but I won’t. not today.

6. I was going to list the M.I.A. Bad Boy Artists of the last decade plus. But why bother.. see them all here.. no one can list them all.. not even Diddy.. who I hate by the way.

7. He thinks he is funnier than he is. No one has the heart to tell him otherwise

8. Why isn’t he tired of the limelight yet? Does he really still need to be on stage? There are tons of things for him to do behind the scenes and still make money and leave room to feature actual artists.. Or here is a wild idea, take some time off and spend with all them damn kids. This is why rich people’s daughters end up in porn and on ecstasy and coke. They do it because they hate you DADDY!! I mean Puffy, I mean Diddy..

9. Al B Sure’s look alike ain’t your son! How you gon act like Al B Sure is dead, throw a super sweet 16 (yes for a boy) and then call it “Stuntin like my daddy” You ain’t his daddy.. if you marry his mom you can be his Step daddy.. but let’s not get crazy here, Diddy ain't marryin that girl

10. Ciroc would sell better if he wasn’t in the commercials

11. He Butchered "A Raisin in the Sun". I feel bad for Phylicia Rashad and all real actors that had to share the stage with his fool ass just because he has A.D.D and wants to do every single thing that may get him some attention.

A Closed Mouth...

OK there are certain things I pay big money for like organic fruits and vegetables and good furniture and more recently hair products but that's basically it. Getting a good deal or a good coupon code for something just makes me giddy with excitement and I want to tell everyone I know and don't know. So here goes, did you know that at Jetblue (and maybe other airlines too but I'm not sure) if you find your flight for less money they will credit you back the difference towards a future flight? so I booked a trip for December and barely a week later it was almost $100 less, got my credit back. I checked today and its $16 less.. got my credit back. I'm not playing and I will be checking every week until my trip. My goal is to have enough credits for an entire new round trip ticket to who-knows-where. And the way I found out is because I called Jet Blue customer support ready to beef and demand my money back but there was no beef needed, apparently its their policy. I would have never known if I didn't ask. And let this be a lesson, most of us are too ready to accept things for what they are or hang onto the idea that we have no real control over the things that are done to us by corporations or the government or other people. but we do.. sometimes.

I hope Jet Blue has the gingerbread biscotti again this year.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Welcome to my blog.. Me.. Can you believe it?

So I'm not a big blogger or even a big blog reader. and I do not have a facebook or twitter account so yes, I am an internet recluse and I am inclined to ask myself, "who cares what you have to say?" and then not knowing the answer to that question would lead me to think I didn't need a blog. So I am starting with that true confession. But I do have a lot to say on random or not so random topics so I am very well practiced at talking, commenting and pontificating on whatever. I was inspired or motivated to do this because my best friend- boyfriend -homieloverfriend told me I might be good at it. So here goes. One basic rule for now (but I reserve the right to add more later), I don't really have the patience for really long posts so I'm going to try to get to the point as briefly as possible for the most part. No essays here. I mean I'm a reader and all, I am not too slow to read lengthy content, I just can't be bothered sometimes ya know!? Enjoy!

P.S. I love the movie "Juice" hence the name of this blog. That's really the only explanation I have. I didn't want to over think it. Like I do with every other thing in my world. And if you didn't see "Juice" exit this site immediately. You won't get me at all! Patner!

For Colored Girls.. who are sick of men trying to make it about them

Now I’m going to keep this brief because I had no intention on writing a review for this movie or even giving my opinion. I liked it, I enjoyed it just like I liked the play and the book when I read it in college. And I don’t feel like getting into the issues about black women and why they are great or why they suck and what about black men blah blah blah.

But then a male friend told me that some people feel the movie left you with nothing positive about black men so here I am. (sigh) I didn’t want to have to do this.
a) The movie doesn’t have to say anything positive about black men. Get over it. You got Hill Harper, he was a nice guy right? Geez!
b) It was based on a book / play from however many years ago. So the movie didn’t try to completely re-invent the play (as it shouldn’t have) and add more nice things about black men to make everyone feel better.
c) Isn’t every article and blog these days about how black women are so troubled or horrible or angry or whatever and how they are going to be single forever..? So why I ask, if there is a movie just to empower black women is this such a threat?

Ok that’s all. I got it out. Thanks for listening and do not feel compelled to answer my last question. It was rhetorical. (P.S. I like Michael Ealy so I’m only putting a pic of him as a visual representation of this entry despite what he did to dem babies in the movie.. how’s that for supporting black men? Again... Don’t answer that)

Pumpkin Mania 2010 Style

Ok I am completely guilty of diving into pumpkin mania head first for the last few years. I have purchased pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes (pumpkin lattes might as well be crystal pepsi compared to gingerbread lattes which Starbucks finally brought back last week), pumpkin scones, pumpkin ravioli (don’t ask), pumpkin loaf, pumpkin bread, and I tried a recipe for pumpkin soup. And this season, I was kinda over it. But then I realized I might be over pumpkin consumption but I am NOT over pumpkin for beauty purposes. I was intrigued when I read about some pumpkin puree treatment hair masque from healthysexyhair. Apparently pumpkin has tons of healthy stuff for your hair. I went online and found me a leave in conditioner too!! I’m so excited. I’ll let you know how it goes. And P.S. ordered from, I found a coupon code for free shipping and it came super fast and the prices were lower than Amazon and other sites. No more plugs til they offer me some advertising dollars. Happy Pumpkin product picking!