Monday, June 2, 2014
To entertain my great interests in, as a friend so astutely stated, "snobby British culture and mixed-race people", I attended the recently- released Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the real-life Dido Elizabeth Belle, a biracial English aristocrat who must navigate her way through the duel mazes of upper-class social parameters and late 18th-century racial relations, as being the daughter of a slave, she is relegated to near-second class status although she was to the manor born. Subsequently, I read the richly engaging book, which gave deeper details to the events and era covered in the film. I much enjoyed both because although I can't speak to being an aristocrat, I greatly appreciate stories of those with a similar cultural background to my own and those who fight for moral justice for the human family. This powerful story brought me great pride and I'm grateful it was brought to the screen and its book form published.
Friday, March 14, 2014
As a biracial woman whose diverse family tree includes ancestors from the Emerald Isle, I was thrilled to come across the amazing Laura Izibor. The daughter of an Irish mother and a Nigerian father, the 26 year-old Dublin-born-and-raised Izibor won a national talent competition at 15 and at 17 began the process of recording her album The Truth Be Told. Over the 4 year period she was recording, she also performed live and in 2009 debuted The Truth Be Told. Her deep and soulful vocals have earned her the rightful nickname The Soul of Ireland. In the years to come, this gifted artist will undoubtedly bring us more funky rhythms and awesome vocals.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Dear readers, I'm adding yet another regular feature to this blog, Winner of the Internet. These will be humorous or impactful videos that I feel are worthy of attention. The series' first video is one that was shared amongst some of my Facebook friends and which has been spreading across the web. Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen delivered a response to all the hoopla surrounding University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, an NFL prospect who recently came out. Thank you Mr. Hansen, for being fair, honest, reasonable and funny.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Although the outcome of the Super Bowl wasn't as I would've liked, there were some bright spots amongst the disaster. The halftime show brought the cool with the funky Bruno Mars and the always-awesome Red Hot Chili Peppers and the oft-anticipated Super Bowl commercials kept me guessing, from Maserati's clever Quevhazane Wallis ad (yep, you fooled everyone, sneaky, sneaky!) to the nostalgic Radio Shack spot, ( hell yes for the 80s!) to the Cheerios Family. Yep, the family who brought so much chatter to the internet last year returned in a humorous ad that featured adorable 6-year old Grace Colbert slyly negotiating her way into a puppy after discovering impending big sisterhood. Once again, bravo Cheerios!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
As Americans were set to gather with friends and family to munch on their favorite foods and root for their team of choice, the acting world lost a giant of the craft. 46-year old thespian Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away in his home in New York City of a drug overdose and left a gaping hole in the world of acting. From his engaging role as Dusty in the otherwise-cheesy Twister to Ben Stiller's ridiculous sidekick in Along Came Polly to his stunning Oscar-winning turn as author Truman Capote in Capote, Mr. Hoffman was a rare jewel in the complex exercise of the performing arts and he will be sorely, sorely missed. Philip Seymour Hoffman leaves behind his longtime companion costume designer Mimi O'Donnell and his three young children