It’s about time, don’t you think so?
It’s has been announced that “How To Get Away With Murder” is ending after this upcoming  6 season. And guess what  y’all . . . “I ain’t surprised. Nope, not at all.” As Deadline reports, the ABC show that furthered heightened the talent of Viola Davis which landed her an Emmy for Best Lead Role in a Drama series is closing its doors for good.
 “HTGAWM’s final chapter also brings to an end TGIT as a three-hour Shondaland programming block taking over ABC’s Thursday night primetime.”
And as creator Peter Nowalk of this series states . . .
“Deciding to end this series was a brutal decision, but ultimately, the story tells you what to do – as it did here. For me, Annalise Keating’s journey has always had a clear ending. Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings, is a gift rarely given to a series creator and I’m grateful to ABC and ABC Studios for the opportunity and creative freedom. I am so thankful to the brilliant cast, writers and crew for dedicating themselves to the most rewarding experience of my career over the last six years. I also want to thank our fans. The only reason this show exists is because of your loyalty and enthusiasm. I can’t wait for you all to see how it ends, with twists and turns and all the craziness we love to create every Thursday night. Buckle up.”
Honestly, I never got into the series although I tried. But once Scandal was over, ABC dropped off my radar. Yep. Now, for those fans that continued with the show and will experience significant loss once it’s over, I’m sure something else will come around soon to fill that painful void. And if not, then read a book. What . . . I’m just offering a suggestion. And Happy Friday!!!
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Black Twitter, Black Panther, Orange is the New Black, a Black President, little Black Dress, Black face.

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What do all these things have in common? Have you guessed it yet, I know you did because as my reader you are smart. They all share and pull from the strength, the sheer power of the color Black. But what is Black? Black by definition is a color void of light or a human of dark-coloring or a color of coal (Merriam-Webster). These definitions don’t show/say what black really is. Black is powerful, all –assuming and all encompassing. Black is powerful and beautiful, black is the outline by which the world has led its life.

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Think about it, when a child opens a coloring book what is it comprised of, its pages and pages of black lines detailing and outlining an image that allows the child to make beautiful artwork. As a “black” person I feel the power of being seen as black, as African-American but I don’t think as a Nationality we know our power.

When banded together we are powerful, and we can and do move mountains. WE got a man, a black man, an ethnic man, nominated and later confirmed as the President of the United States. As a people we’ve had many times over the years when we’ve banded together and made our voices heard. We ended slavery, We ended oppression, We caused a decades-old organizations to consider their biases. We have the power to make changes and we do, but we don’t do it enough.

Black people like the color have defined what life can be for everyone in the world; it wasn’t always an advantage for certain but without us, there would not have been the levels of success  and wealth  throughout America. Now please understand that I am not making light of anything, I am not saying that other colors or nationalities don’t hold power. I am pointing out that Black is and has always been the deciding factor to all things.

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Yes, that is a powerful statement to make, but I dare you to dispute it. Why is the LBD (little black dress) the ideal go-to dress for an event, because it’s works so well against all colors, skin tones and bodies. Why was Black Face so taboo, because if there is nothing to envy about us, why imitate us at all?  If when we gather we all must be hoodlums, then why was the Black Panther movement so scary and powerful during its time? If black truly isn’t the ideal image of adversity, triumph, and power, then why do people do everything they can to tear us down.

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Again think about a coloring book, here you have this blank page, and you wish to portray an image…where do you start. You start by creating Black lines.

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Because Black is POWERFUL!

I have to give personal thanks to The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable for inspiring this particular piece of work.  I was watching my newest guilty pleasure and was inspired by the beauty, power and talent around the table, having informal conversation about their desires and trails within their industry. In this episode, it struck me hard that Viola Davis and Taraji P Henson are the epitome of beauty in Black. Their life’s work is the epitome of the point of view of this blog. They created their own path in the midst of poverty, indecision, adversity and strife. They created their world, which then permanently opened and defined a path for others like KeKe Palmer, and Amandla Stenberg to follow.

Black is Beautiful, Black is Strong, Black = Pride

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Today I celebrate Black!

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I had a sudden urge to watch Eve’s Bayou the other day after hearing the title in a book (Pearl Cleage’s, I Wish I had a Red Dress) I was listening to on the way home. (Audiobooks is a savior to my brain). So thanks to the power of Hulu and a glass of alcoholic beverage I settled in for the night and allowed myself to decompress. That’s when I noticed just how amazing a talent she is.

Mrs. Jurnee Smollett (Bell) has always been on my watch and see list, because much like another one of her peers Miss KeKe Palmer you had to be purposeful to deny that even as children, these girls were undeniably amazing. So here I am chillaxin, saying the lines I know by heart of the movie aloud (my husband wasn’t home to tease me) and I was taken aback by the fluent creole dialect Jurnee was able to speak.

I thought to myself, wow she is really convincing, it was waaaaay better than Taye Diggs playing a Jamaican anything. Accents are so easy to mess up and Creole is complex enough without trying to tech it to a child.  I wonder of her family is from there. Which led me to IMDB her and then Wiki her after that. Now mind you I am a person that is easily distracted, that I will admit but my pursuit of her truths had nothing to do with distraction and everything to do with writing this post.Full house

From the time Jurnee began acting, which was at the tender age of 5 and has been active ever since. Her credits include 22 television credits and 9 film credits. Now mind you I am not writing a piece on Jurnee Smollett, she is just the catalyst for my train of thought.

I realize that this is exactly what Viola Davis was speaking about when she gave her Oscar’s (hopeful thinking) sorry Emmy’s acceptance speech. There is nothing stopping any and all actors and actresses from being as big and as known as Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Robert Redford’s of the world except giving everyone regardless of nationality a fair shot at portraying a character.women-of-cable-jurnee-smollett_0

Instead roles are written with a race in my mind and anyone not of that race must convince the writer, director, whoever that the can are just as great and sometimes even better as the person or race they had in mind, if only they would open up their context of what’s good.

Why are people of other races and ethnicities having to work twice as hard to prove that they are deserving and just as good?

I mean really there are things that can be taught and many A- listers spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars working with dialect coach to prefect their craft and her you have a 10 maybe 11 year old girl that studied her lines, figured out what was needed of her and took ownership of that character and that role.

Now mind you, she wasn’t the only talent in that movie, but at 10 she surely did shine amongst the greatness of Samuel Jackson, Lynn Whitfield and Debbi Morgan. As you can see from my title, Meagan Goode was ok but (dammit Jim) Jurnee was better.selma

Talent can be cultivated and learned but passion is magical and wonderful and ought to be admired by all.

What’s your passion and are you living it?

Hey fam! So last week I celebrated a birthday. At first I was a little bummed about it because I couldn’t believe it.

Well I turned Fifty! The big 5-0! Weeks before it I could barely say it?! Now I’m feeling Fabulous and Fifty! The morning of my birthday I went on Facebook and found out that my cousin who was on the heart transplant list received it and was in surgery. That was the best gift ever. You would have thought that it was happening to me. It also made me realize that I have nothing to be down about. I needed to learn to be grateful and thankful.

We all hear that. Be grateful and thankful. It’s something that’s said in gospel songs. The question is do we really understand what it means. Sure you think about having a job to complain about and maybe even remembering to be thankful for your car. But are we truly grateful and thankful for the things in your life?

I asked a friend what she thinks of when someone says to be thankful and grateful. She said she thinks of family and loved ones. The fact is we need to treasure them while they are here. She added that when I asked her this question she reminded herself to contact her family member to check on them. Do you make a list of family members that you haven’t talked to and check on them? Or do you just call them when they pop in your head?

Have you ever just made a list of what you are truly thankful and grateful for? Well on my birthday I did a small list. It included my God; my Mom that is with me through thick and thin and I love with all my heart; my Dad, although he isn’t on this earth anymore, he was the man that taught me things about cars, comedy, sports, and was my first love; my family that love me unconditionally; my friends that will tell me the good, the bad and the ugly about myself; the ability to love and be loved; the ability to empathize and sympathize; the ability to laugh at myself (because if you can’t laugh at yourself you sure can’t laugh at somebody else. Well I guess you could but someone will bring it up that you did the same thing. And let’s face it, its soo much better when you get your laugh out first. LOL)

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       After making my list I realized that being in Club 50 wasn’t a bad club to be in. Let’s look at who else is in this club? My girl, Janet Jackson is in it. Look at her making her comeback when she doesn’t even have to with her Unbreakable tour. Now mind you, I’m not saying I’m Janet but dang it if I can’t be like her. I mean I’m a member now! Then there is Angela Bassett; Vanessa Williams; Madonna; Viola Davis; and Halle Berry and so many countless others. What an awesome club to be in!!LOL

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So with that being said be grateful for what you have! Thankful for who you have in your corner and embrace life! For those who are becoming fifty, Welcome to Club 50!!

Yep, you guess it. It’s “Quick Shout-out Moment Time“, so let’s get ready to RUMBLE!!!

Here we go . . .

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“Quick Shout-out” goes to the “Glitter Poop” pill that’s being sold on Etsy. Now I don’t know if this is a great “marketing” gimmick (Well it is, if I’m talking about); or just a bad gift.  It’s important that I mention (Although it’s said throughout the sellers sites) that these pills aren’t for body consumption at ALL! It’s used as gag gifts and/or party favorites. No matter what the purpose(s) is for this gift or how it’s being used, the idea of my “poop” glittering is freakin’ AWESOME. As a matter of fact, if you take enough “drugs”, you can also see “pigs flying”, “talking horses” or the Kardashians finally disappearing from the public eye.

 

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Picture from “Sparkle Caps” Etsy store.

 

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“Quick Shout-out” goes T.I. who publicly cut off his professional ties with Iggy Azalea. I guess my question would be to him is, “what took you so long dawg?” I like T.I. and that says a lot since I don’t like much rappers and/or the music that’s out there. But I must say, I have much respect for  T.I.  in the way he handled this announcement. He did provide a clear and cut explanation (Disrespecting the history and culture of HipHop; example feud with Q-Tip), but at the same time, not throwing Iggy Azalea under the bus . . . Or did he? It appears that Iggy got the memo along with everyone else, and was shocked. She posted the following tweet and statement.

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“Personally, I dont think the radio is the place to talk about your personal issues with someone thats part of your team… He seems to think theres nothing wrong with what he said, everybody else seems to disagree.”

Whatever happens in this situation, I hope these kids well.

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“Quick Shout-out” goes to “The Big Bang Theory” for having a boring . . . yes boring Season 9 show opener. What can I say about this year’s first episode? Well . . . . it’s time for y’all to get off the air, as far as I’m concerned.  Y’all (The Writers) messed up so many “seasons” ago trying to make Sheldon human, as well as ignoring the only minority (Raj), by putting him in silly sideline stories that basically turn me off from this show for awhile. It took two seasons later to finally give him (Raj) someone, but for how long? And . . . I’m so so tired of y’all trying to put Leonard and Penny together. Really? Honesty, since this Penny chic got married in real life, the chemistry between her and Leonard just aint there no mo’.

Sheldon is still funny (As usual he and Amy are the show), but his way of dealing with the break-up between him and Amy became annoying within 5 minutes of this particular episode. I also thought his delivering lines towards her (Amy) was rude and/or harsh (Oh, I still laughed; although I felt a little sad inside).

If there were any positives to take away from this first episode it would be Amy. She finally had enough of Sheldon’s selfishness and told to him to kick rocks.

I hope the other shows that I plan to watch, such as “Minority Report”, “Rosewood”, “The Middle”, “blackish”, “Once Upon A Time ” and of course “Scandal”  will help lift my humdrum spirit.

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Quick Shout-out” goes to “Usher” who secretly wed. Well. . . alrighty now Mr. Usher. Hey, when the feeling is right, then it’s right. It was reported that the happy couple honeymooned in Cuba and from the photo posted, they enjoyed themselves and married life . . . so far.

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Pictures taken from ET Online

And Finally . . .

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Quick Shout-out” goes to Viola Davis on her Emmy win for the first African American woman to win in the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama” category (WOW! That was a mouth full).  Not only did Viola look fabulous but her speech about diversity especially in regards to women of color in movies, TV and media was on point; I’m sure it ruffled a few feathers, but WHO CARES! She RULES!  BRAVO! Mrs. Davis . . . BRAVO!

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