Friday, October 31, 2008

Beyzilla! Tokyo's Not Safe


"Everybody knows that face/Even when her head's low you still know that shape.
When she comes through the club people take their place/
Chicks throwing handcuffs 'cause they know that their man ain't safe."
-Beyoncé "Back Up"

Bionic Bey in Tokyo
That silhouette...
Those damn SHOES!!!

Enough said...

Singles Ladies/If I Were a Boy...
A taste of honey.
Bring on the hive...

November 18th...

I am..Sasha Fierce
[I still hear the buzzing...]

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Co-Pilot

I need a co-pilot.
All I get is bitchy passengers who only get on board for the nuts.

I need a direct flight, first class...
These dudes kill me talking about they need a layover.
No time for playing around. I've got somewhere to be.
I'll send u a postcard.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I've Cast My Vote!!!!

I finally went to vote! The feeling was incomparable. I caught a quick pic via camera phone which probably broke some kind of rule but who cares!! I had to capture my piece of history.

Anyway, there was an applause for a first time voter that was there. That was cute.
I left the parking lot playing my Obama playlist in my car. John Legend's "If You're Out There" never sounded so good!!

CHANGE IN '08!!!

And for the heck of it... Here's a (sort of) funny picture I was sent. hehe


Jeez.... People... Compose yourselves.

Obama Causes an Uprising of Hatemongers

We all know that the political climate out there is pretty nasty right now. It's actually getting pretty scary with the new threats against Obama emerging. The racial tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife.

Footage from a Palin Rally in Grand Junction, Colorado

Fave Quote:
To Obama, "Change your policies or quit, because the uprising of America is here...". This was said as a McCain-Palin supporter vowed to come after Obama.



Anger, Fear and Racism Follow Palin Rally
"Vote McCain! Not Hussein!"



Funny segment a guy compiled called "Why Whitey Can't Vote"



More Hate from a Palin rally



This is all a bit disconcerting to me. As soon as you think we have moved on, people remind us how much we haven't. Most political leaders in the past that pushed for change were rewarded with a bullet, even through non-violent activism.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Abraham Lincoln
John F. Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy
Harvey Milk
Ghandi
Malcolm X

I'm in no way displaying these videos to say that whites are the only people who are hateful. It's just the subject of these videos.
Please, let us break the cycle...
Change in '08

Video: Vote However You Like

You can vote however you like!!!
These kids are great.



Thanks Brita for the heads up. :-)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Michelle Obama on Jay Leno

Here's footage from Michelle Obama's appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. She spoke candidly about everything from campaigning and Barack's ailing grandma to Palin's wardrobe and her daughters' role in all of the political stress.

I love her, I do.

Part 1



Part 2

Barack Obsession???

A friend of mine expressed some concern that I was too invested in this political process and becoming obsessed with Barack Obama to the point it was unhealthy...





Little Obama and I beg to differ. I'm just FIRED UP!!! LOL

Wendell, Chanel, and Marcus walked into a bar...

Way ahead of you Wendell...
Way ahead of you.

The above pic was taken for the promotion of rednewyork.blogspot.com which showcases models of Red Model Management who manages brother Wendell as well as Marcus Lloyd.

Below are some recent candid shots of Wendell Lissimore.
Thanks to TheAgentMan of rednewyork.blogspot.com


More from the Trinity...

Chanel Iman for Victoria's Secret

She's everywhere!! She has the power to make me find a camp somewhere to get "changed". haha

Marcus Lloyd for Bleu Magazine

Anyone else want a milk mustache?...

Beyoncé Fever Continues



I must admit that whoever is behind the camera is awesome. The lighting and stuff is nice. HOWEVER, the dancers suck!!!! The middle one is chunky and the two on his sides are overgrown _____ (insert slur for dirty homosexual here).

Please, young men, Compose yourselves... Try another take. Better yet, sit down!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Aretha wants to be touched

Aretha Franklin singing Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body"...
Wow...
Sex+Aretha=Vomit
lol
Aretha....Honey, Compose yourself

I gotta admit though...she's pretty cute

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Daily Tea: Soul Searching

"Only the shallow know themselves."
-Oscar Wilde, Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, 1882
Reminds me of the phrase "not all those who wander are not lost".
Sometimes it's a good thing to be finding yourself. Someone who is comfortable with themselves all of the time is either too complacent or lacks depth.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Daily Tea: Independence

"Mama may have/Papa have/But God bless the child that's got his own."
-God Bless the Child Billie Holiday

I'm trying to get there. I'll never do better on Mama's dime.
Here's to financial independence!

Flight Training #1: Checking Baggage

The text read "As of today, you are terminated....You're priorities are elsewhere..."
I never thought I would get fired from my church job. She was right. My priorites are elsewhere. I have school, work, and family issues right now. I don't need church to be a job. I need it to be a sanctuary in the true sense. I want it to serve as solace and comfort for me. Guidance and growth. Anything less has no room in my life.

This seems to be the culmination of my first step of flying. Checking in my baggage. I need to cut off all of the things/people that don't ultimately contribute to my growth. I loved that church and many of the people. It was just time to move on.

It's time to move on from anyone who I feel like offers little reciprocity.
I have friends that also serve no purpose. Not friends, associates.
I went through a period in my life at which I felt the need to be social and collect every friend imaginable.
Eventually the same people who I have always been friends with rose to the top.
The others sort of fell by the way side.

I'm growing.
I'm getting older. I have been in a weird transition for years. I have finally(!) decided what I want to do professionally. I finally know what I want out of love. I don't feel the need to hurry either. I will work toward them, but not force those goals.

One can not fly if one is weighed down.

A story

[I pulled a heavy cart piled with luggage through a terminal to reach the ticket counter. The woman at the counter was playing "Bag Lady" by Erykah Badu on a small radio.
"I guess nobody every told you all you must hold on to is you. One day all them bags gon' get in your way."
She sang along until she noticed me standing there]

Woman at ticket counter: Hi. How many bags are you checking?
George: [points to a pile of bags behind him] All of those.
Woman: Are you crazy? That is over the limit. What's all that?
George: Things that I need.
Woman: Umm. What do you need with that bag of boys that hurt your feelings?
George: Well, I may need them someday.
Woman: For what? On this journey you will meet somebody better. You gotta make room for your blessings baby.

The ticket lady then proceeded to throw things away.
Old club buddies, phone numbers, and other sources of tension.
She reduced my bags to four.

One contained my goals.
One contained a cotton t-shirt, some skinny jeans, a Beyoncé cd, and a photo album with family and friends.
One had one item- a Bible.
The last was empty. It was for the love that would soon come into my life. It was to be so fulfilling I would have no room for the past.
She declared that was all I needed for my flight.

I nodded and boarded the plane.
Then I took a deep breath and closed my eyes...
This is going to be a looooong flight.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Music: Beyoncé's "At Last"



I first heard the song At Last on Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" album. It was only later that I found it that it was originally sung by the legendary blues/jazz singer Etta James. This December, Beyoncé Knowles will follow her Golden Globe nominated showcase as Deena Jones with a starring role in the film Cadillac Records, also starring Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright.

Knowles will star as Etta James. Here is her singing At Last, as will appear on the film's soundtrack. The film is due in theaters December 5th.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Boy Does Single Ladies

I previously posted a video of a boy re-enacting "Freakum Dress". It was awful. lol
In contrast, here is a video of this guy I found on lovebscott.com.

I think Beyoncé will pick him up for the tour.
All I can say is wow....



He's Tyler Moore, He's Mary...
A boy...for the first time here.

Flick Pick: Angeline Jolie in Eastwood's "Changeling"

I'm pissed! I still haven't seen Oliver Stone's 'W'.
Anyway, Oscar season is getting under way and the more serious movies (finally) are coming up....I mean really? Transformers? Yuck
Here is one that will be a must see. After last year's Atonement (wow), There Will Be Blood, Sweeney Todd, etc. this year will have a big act to follow. Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood who is an Academy Award winner and favorite, stars Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie. I don't really care for Clint. The Academy rides his nuts. Nevertheless, it looks like a haunting and sad tale.
And I love those!!!
I see Mrs. Jolie-Pitt wants another golden statue.
I can't wait. :-)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Slave States vs. Red States

Here is an electoral map from the early 2000s depicting the Red states versus the Blue states which indicate Republican and Democrat backings in the Presidential race.
The map says it's from around 2003 but who knows. The trend is typical of Presidential races. The Democratic party typically carries the New England area and West coast as well as the Midwest. The Republican party carries the South and the plains states, which contain mostly rural voters.

The above map shows the correlation between the states that the Republicans carry and the states which formerly were slave states or allowed slavery. It's pretty interesting to me to see the connection. It explains a lot.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Daily Tea: Flaws and All

"I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle.
Can't handle me at my worst? Then you don't deserve my best.
"

What a read...
I don't know where this came from but
I saw it as someone's facebook status.

I love it!
Don't love anyone who doesn't love you for you.

Compose Yourself: Messy Jesse's at it again

And we all thought Jeremiah Wright was the black man Obama should be worried about...
There are plenty of black leaders that are not overjoyed by Barack's candidacy. Recently I have heard Angela Davis, Cornel West, Al Sharpton, etc express that they were not thrilled. Not angry about it but indifferent.

Jackson is different. While Sharpton to the approach of saying nothing rather than saying something against Obama (something rare for Sharpton), Jackson has repeatedly and publicly showed his discontent. There is nothing wrong with not supporting Obama. It's our right to rally behind who we believe in. However, Jackson is clearly bitter and has malicious intent. Jesse, we haven't forgotten that "cut his nuts off comment".

There is new controversy. Jesse Jackson bashed Obama's stance on his policy in terms of how we should handle Israel.

The McCain campaign is targeting Barack Obama over recent comments from the Rev. Jesse Jackson suggesting the Illinois senator would fundamentally change U.S. policy toward Israel.

"It should not surprise anyone that Obama’s supporters see what others, from the terrorist group Hamas to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, have seen: an Obama presidency would bring real change to America’s policy of support for Israel," said McCain senior foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann.

According to New York Post columnist Amir Taheri, Jackson reportedly said that under an Obama administration, the "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades" will come to an end and as would America's policy of "of putting Israel's interests first."

"Obama is about change," Jackson said. "And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it."

Officials from the Obama campaign immediately distanced themselves from the comments, noting Jackson is not an adviser to the campaign and does not speak for the Illinois senator.

The McCain campaign is now saying that this is proof that Obama is not a supporter of Israel. We all know that Jesse doesn't speak for Obama. I'm so sick of this we-have-to-accuse-guilt-by-association-because-we-are-out-of-ideas rhetoric that the McCain-Palin camp have been using lately.

Compose yourselves, McCain and Jesse. You're looking rather desperate.

Read the CNN article HERE

Shocker!!!! Barack Obama NOT a U.S. Citizen???

Of course he is a citizen... However, Pennsylvania attorney Philip Berg, a Democrat, is out to prove otherwise. He goes through a list of technicalities as to why Barack Obama shouldn't be able to run for President. True or false, it's all interesting.



I think it's funny that they choose to bring this up now. Obama has never been secretive about his background. I had already seen many documentaries that revealed the fact that he once carried his Indonesian step-father's last name and his religion was listed as Islam. This was all while he was a child for schooling purposes and is much more complicated than Berg tries to make it. All of this questioning about Obama's identity is crazy. And the talk of him being a Muslim is ludicrous. Even if Obama were a Muslim, would that really be that scary? The fact that people still equate Islam with terrorism baffles me.

I haven't seen anything about this in national news (yet) so I doubt this is even a serious issue. It's just funny.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chicago Possibly Opening a Gay-friendly School


"Public school officials in Chicago, Illinois, are recommending approval of a "gay-friendly" high school because harassment and violence are causing gay students to skip class and drop out at alarming rates.

School officials say the proposed school would offer a welcoming, harassment-free environment for gay students.

The School for Social Justice Pride Campus, which officials say will not be exclusive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, is aimed at being safe and welcoming for any student looking for another school option, said Josh Edelman, executive officer in the Chicago Public Schools' Office of New Schools."

I remember reading about a similar school in New York named for slain activist Harvey Milk. It was an article in Vibe Magazine of all places. You know, before Vibe became trash. When the Milk school opened in 1985 there were protests. The protesters called for the people to repent and turn from their "sodomite" behavior. Anyway, I think the concept of making a school to protect gay students is interesting. I never felt that type of harassment, though I know people that did. How would their life be different if they had a Milk school of Pride campus? Who knows?

I think it is a good concept but I don't know how it would work. In a way a gay-school, which the Chicago school will not be solely, would ostracize the teased students more and create a false sense of security. What will happen when they leave to face the real world? What are they going to do? Relocate them all to the Village in NYC or Castro in San Francisco? No.

I have the same problem with this as I do with HBCUs. We all need diversity. Living around people just like you does create a sense of pride but it's not the way the world is. Not that there isn't diversity within groups such as gays, blacks, whites, women, men... It's just more likely that you will have more viewpoints in a diverse setting. I think there just needs to be more legislation to protect GLBT from discrimination and harassment. Few states have laws that protect these rights.

In the meantime, it's nice to see that someone is making an effort to save these kids. We just need more long time protection put in place.

Read the CNN article HERE

Compose Yourself: Racism Satire

This guy had me cracking up. I love how he looks like he would be the least likely to be a threat yet in the skit she still reacted as if he were a big thug.

"Dumb b-tch!"

The Daily Tea: Turn adversity into wisdom

"I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strangely, I am ungrateful to those teachers."
-Kahlil Gibran

Compose Yourself: Beyoncé Won't lose any sleep

I promise that this blog will not become Beyoncé saturated. I can't help it though...
Wow...



Would she-who-shall-not-be-named be amused or mortified?
This guy made quite an effort. It's hilarious. But he's a mess.
He really needs to compose himself...
"Freakum! Freakum!!"

Just watch...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Barack "Osama"

This makes me sick to my stomach.

Three hundred absentee ballots in Rensselaer County, New York 'mistakingly' spelled Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's name “Osama”.

County Democratic Chairman Tom Wade said, “Of all the letters to hit by mistake, unfortunately it is a mistake which negatively impacts our Democratic candidate for president.”

Elections officials on both sides insist it was nothing more than a simple typographical error. Republican Commissioner Larry Bugbee added, “We have three different staff members who proof these things and somehow the typo got by us. We really apologize.”

Officials issued new ballots to all 300 voters since any corrections on a ballot nullifies a vote. The Obama campaign announced it was “glad officials are working to correct this error and we assume it won’t happen again”.
(Thanks to JDakar of concreteloop.com for the story.)

Typo??? Bullshit! The B key and the S key are hardly in close proximity. I just can't believe this is a mistake. This is just more of the same smear tactics those who do not support Obama have resorted to.

The McCain campaign is desperate and out of ideas. I don't even want to go into it...
I'm afraid for Obama's life. His candidacy has sparked a renewed hatred from small town whites. The McCain rallies have come to resemble Klan rallies with racial epithets spewing from the mouths of his supporters. "Arab!" "Terrorist!" "Black BOY!" "Barack HUSSEIN OBAMA!"

The media has been bragging about how Obama's candidacy is proof that this nation has moved beyond racism. With recent events it's evident that we still have a long way to go. People are veiling the fact that they wouldn't vote for a black man by calling him "Muslim". If Obama were a white man named John Smith and had the same ideals, he would be set for a landslide victory.

Martin died in vain apparently...
I'm going to go now.
I need to compose myself.
I'm reading Malcolm X.
I'm getting my black beret ready for the revolution.
Goodbye

She's Tyler Moore, She's Mary: Beyoncé does Fosse!!!

UPDATE: The video is back up...for now.

Somebody's been giving Beyoncé some culture.
A snippet of her video for Single Ladies has surfaced. I have one word for it- Fosse!!!
Get Me Bodied was patterned after Rich Man's Frug from Sweet Charity. Now Single Ladies is mirroring Mexican Breakfast, made famous by dance Gwen Verdon. The Verdon video was infamously set to the music of Unk's Walk it Out and became a youtube sensation. Check out the videos below before Single Ladies is yanked from youtube! (Thanks to thatgrapejuice.net for the video)



The Original



Get Me Bodied



The Original

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Bold and the Beautiful: Brit and Bey's Videos

Here is the smokin' hot new video by Britney Spears for Womanizer, her first single from her album 'Circus' due out in December.
Glad to have you back, Brit.


Also, here is the stunning new video for Beyoncé's single If I Were a Boy from her November album tentatively titled 'I Am'. It's her best video to date. No flashy effects and heavy makeup. Just a great concept. Perhaps, she's finally ready to make grown-up music. I love it.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mr. Wendell

One third of the Trinity, Mr. Wendell Lissimore...
Just watch and behold the greatness.


Wendell....sigh.
This is why he is the inspriration for Donovan Baker...
He will be cast immediately in my film version of The Man in Me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The First George

It was the evening of February eighteenth, year nineteen hundred twenty-six.The air outside was crisp and the wind was chilling.Inside a small wooden shotgun house lay Minty Lee with a newborn child, her fifth born son. The lamplight now burned low and shadows were cast upon the mother and child.Mattie, one of her eldest daughters, leaned closer and asked her mother "what you gon' call 'im?"Minty Lee turned to Mack, her aging husband, and said to him "i think i'll call 'im George. Don't he look like a George?"Her husband cracked a half smile and replied, "yeah, he look like a George."

I'm not sure if it happened exactly that way, but that George is my father.

To me, my dad is like the black Forrest Gump. Let me clarify...he's not dimwitted. Nor has anything in his life happened by chance or accident. He is just one of those people who seems to have seen/done everything. He was born near the start of the Great Depression. He saw both World Wars start and end. He fought in the Korean War, was wounded, and received a Purple Heart. He marched in the civil rights movement. Ran for political office in the late seventies. Lived everywhere from Denver, Colorado to Buffalo, NewYork. And this was all before he met my mother. He's an artist. A teacher. A carpenter. A singer. A preacher. He co-owned and operated both a restaurant and an auto-shop.


It's funny to hear him talk about the past because he is full or old stories, both fact or fiction- and some that are a little bit of both. Stories about girls he dated--and dumped haha...old times in the country, times in the juke-joints, and the many many stories about his brothers and sisters. It's like he has the wisdom of a granddad but he is my father. I'll never forget those times we rode back to his church in the country and he would show me the place where his house once stood. Then we would visit a bit with some relatives before stopping by the general store to get some crackers and hoop cheese for the ride home. Being a little over twenty years my mother's senior, she was often mistaken as his daughter and me as his grandson.

Though my father was
nearing most people's retirement age when he married my mother and they had me, i always felt like he was superman. He could build anything, do anything, and talk to anyone....Trust me. He will talk to ANYONE. And we cant go anywhere without someone knowing him. It's amazing how many friends I have whose parents my dad taught. It's always nice to see the look on his face when he stands in his yard and waves to someone who has ridden by and screamed from their car window "HEY MR DOWDY!!!"He has become a fixture of the Orange Mound community and i'm sure he'll never leave Pendleton St.

Someone asked me recently if my dad being older was a handicap or if it affected me? Truthfully, it didnt. Of course I noticed that most dads were in their thirties or even twenties when i was in elementary school and my dad had gray hair. Most of my first cousins on my dad's side are old enough to be my grandparents. But he never acted old, and still doesnt that much. He is a man of few words when it comes to personal matters which is where i got it from i guess. (along with the Dowdy nose) He is old fashioned but that's because he's old. Hahaha. So we dont agree on eveything but we have grown closer since he and my mother's divorce...Go figure.

Being his child, I feel a great honor. He may not have made a fortune in his lifetime but he touched/helped a lot of people and still is doing so even though we tell him to get somewhere and sit down cause he's old. He's the oldest living Dowdy around considering his eleven brothers and sisters preceded him in death, as did his in-laws. So it feels pretty special to be his son.

Lately, his age has become more apparent to me and his state of health frightens me. It's not easy to imagine a world without him. However, he has the most unshakable Abraham-like faith I've ever seen. So, one can't help but be optimistic.

It's funny when someone asks me "is that your grandfather?" and for the millionth time I reply "no, that's my dad". And I wouldn't have it any other way....

Film Picks: Got 'Milk"?

Here's the trailer for Milk, the film starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk. Nicknamed the 'Mayor of Castro', San Francisco's district most heavily populated with people of the GLBT persuasion, Milk became the first openly gay man elected to office and was later assassinated. Milk was to the Gay Rights movement what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the Civil Rights movement.



I can not wait for this film!!! I spolighted the documentary of Milk's life in an earlier post, but with Sean Penn involved this is sure to be pure magic!!!!

Don't miss this film! Thanks.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tickle Your Funny Bone

Brief, yet so delightfully funny...



Thanks Kanye

The Daily Tea: A Whole Pot of James Baldwin

  • "The American ideal of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American ideal of masculinity. This idea has created cowboys and Indians, good guys and bad guys, punks and studs, tough guys and softies, butch and faggot, black and white. It is an ideal so paralytically infantile that it is virtually forbidden -- as an unpatriotic act -- that the American boy evolve into the complexity of manhood."
  • "People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned."
  • "I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."
  • "Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up."
-James Baldwin, American writer

Change in '08: Mac is Whack

  • John McCain refused to call for the removal of a Confederate flag from South Carolina's Capitol.
  • In 1983, McCain voted against a motion to pass a bill to make the third Monday of every January a federal holiday in honor of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • In 1990, McCain voted against a bill designed to address employer discrimination at least 4 times. According to the Washington Post, the “Civil Rights Act of 1990 is designed to overturn several recent Supreme Court rulings that made it much more difficult for individual employees to prove discrimination. The legislation, being fought by business, also would impose new penalties on employers convicted of job discrimination.”
Wow...
He was pretty scary even before Palin Power hit us.
McCain is as good of a match for the U.S. as Bobby was for Whitney...

Vote for Change in '08.
No way. No How. No McCain.
Or as Whitney would say, "Mac is whack!"

That's Progressive Alright...

Just when we thought the New Yorker cover's portayal of Obama and wife as terrorists was the most controversial yet....

I saw this magazine...
I HAD to buy it! lol

The Progressive was founded in 1909 and is known for their anti-war views and support of civil rights. A primarily leftist magazine, the publication is non-profit so they haven't officially endorsed a candidate. However, columnists that write for the magazine are able to voice their opinions. The publication is in not affiliated with GLBT interests.

I think it's hilarious. THAT's gonna be my t-shirt!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Frequent Flyer Miles


“The peacock struts around showing his [feathers] because he cannot fly. Be an eagle, not a peacock. FLY!”-Cornel West

I heard Cornel West utter these words when I went to a MLKing 40th Anniversary panel discussion this past April. West talked about how young people these days show off their ‘bling’ and emphasize image/appearance to make up for their lack of substance. Those words stuck with me.

I’m changing. No, not in the Effie Dreamgirls sort of way. However, I am looking at life much differently than I did even as recently as months ago. I don’t value the same things. I attributed it to me getting old before, but mostly it’s about staying true to myself.

When I was younger I was short and mostly overlooked. I got older and started to realize that my mother and father blessed me with good genes. I have attractive friends. I started noticing more in pop culture in terms of being fashion forward. Beyoncé became a beacon to me. In other words, I found myself becoming a little superficial. Not to mention other parts of my life/lifestyle promote perpetual beauty and/or narcissism. I took more pictures and emulated models, only making up for my insecurities. I still like pretty pics, but I don't take them as seriously.

My father has lived a great life and done many things. I never understood why he still wants to live in a little house in Orange Mound. I’m like ‘dad you have money. Move!’ But he is happy. The simple things in life can be the most beautiful. The last time I went to Atlanta I was shocked that the nightlife no longer appealed to me. I had more fun chilling at home with the Golden Wonder or going to an impromptu cookout with friends. The highlight of my trip was also seeing family.

I went to see Sex and the City when it came out and I thought to myself how great it would be to live a fabulous life in New York. Then I realized that couldn’t be farther from what I want.
I have the fashion clippings on my wall and I love Diana, Audrey, and Frank. But I think life is more than that. There is nothing wrong with dressing like Kanye West, but one should be able to quote Cornel West as well. Wear Ralph Lauren and listen to Ralph Vaughn Williams. I have always said that the person who looks good in only a cotton t-shirt and jeans is the person I should spend my life with.

The bottom line: I love looking good when I go out. I love having nice things. But there is a danger in only focusing on what came down the Prada runway or what is in the latest issue of Vogue. I would rather sit under a tree and read sometimes. Langston Hughes and Oscar Wilde offer more satisfaction than Project Runway. I don’t want to be a peacock. I don’t want to wow the room in my tailored suit and oversized sunglasses with a Louis V tote. I want to wow people with my personality. With my depth.

What’s the use of having a pretty package if there’s nothing underneath?

You should be presentable and carry yourself well. There’s no harm in looking put together. I will always try to dress well. However, I want to live up to my name. Walk in my father’s shoes and live with humility. My middle name ‘Arnett’ is of Old French and English origin and means ‘little eagle’. It’s time I live up to that.

From this day forward I will live my life not trying to be impressive, but be expressive.
It's all about balance.

I walk to be happy with the simple things in life and focus on being a better person. Not just looking like one. It’s time to fly. I’m earning my wings…

The Trinity: Marcus, Wendell, and Chanel Once Again

The President: WENDELL LISSIMORE
Here are a series of shots from a shoot by photographer David Waage in Brooklyn. Mister Wendell sizzles.



The Prime Minister: MARCUS LLOYD
Marcus (pictured left), along with others pose in an ad below for the Prada Fall '08 campaign. The shots are by Kevin Amato for Flaunt Magazine.



Here are more shots of Marcus from Bleu Magazine's issue titled "BLACK BOYS ARE BEAUTIFUL. Indeed they are... The shots are by Johnny Rodriguez


The First Lady: CHANEL IMAN

Peep the refreshing Chanel below in her cover shot for Korean Vogue as well as a shot from the inside story.


Also, here she is sexing it up in a D-Squared runway show. Love it.


Once again, the Trinity is alive and well...

The Daily Tea: Witness, Don't Judge

"The person you are being critical of could have reasons for their actions. Mercy is more powerful than judgement. Don't cast the first stone. Anyone can do that." -Joel Osteen

She's Tyler Moore, She's Mary: Ciara, You Go Girl...

Pics from Ciara's video for her single 'Go Girl' from her upcoming album.
I hated Ciara when she debuted with 'Goodies' but she won me over with the second album.



The song doesn't overwhelm me but, from the looks of things, the video will. Check out the track below.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Daily Tea: Rest Your Mouth

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." Proverbs 17:28
In other words, like the saying goes, "It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
Also, "an empty wagon makes a lot of noise."

BritBrit Gives First Formal Interview in Ages

It's nice to see Britney Spears back to her old self. She stopped by New York's z100 radio station earlier in the week to give an impromptu interview. She discussed her recent VMA wins, tour plans, and promoted her new catchy single 'Womanizer'.

Hasselbeck: Palin's Biggest Fan/Debate Thoughts

Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View is at it again. I really don't get her. I despise everything that comes out of her mouth. She's a lemming. She doesn't know why she believes what she believes. For her to have such strong opinions, that's dangerous. I have friends that are conservative and plan on voting McCain in this election but I respect them because they have hard evidence as to why they think McCain would be best down to each issue. HasselSLUT is a mindless puppet.

Here is a clip of her on The View. (Thanks Kort) The ladies are providing commentary on Palin's VP potential or lack thereof and Elisabeth is eventually asked by Barbara Walters to explain why she can NEVER admit when Palin or any other conservative figure makes a mistake. Also, Walters asks her to explain why she is such an avid supporter of Palin. She failed at both. She doesn't give a straight answer!!! No wonder she supports Poptart Palin!!



This moves me to speculate on what to expect from the debate. I don't expect a total blowout. Biden himself has been known to fumble over his words and put his foot in his mouth. However, his goofs are mostly due to his temperamental nature. He's the 'attack dog'. Palin on the other hand just doesn't seem to be politically conscious at all. Biden will have to be careful. He can't seem weak, but he can't attack Palin too much because she's a woman. We don't want cries of bullying and sexism. I don't see him avoiding that though. I don't see how it's possible to not be patronizing or condescending when speaking to Palin. Her political know-how could fit in a thimble.

On the other handm, Palin tends to do pretty well on the debate front. She is charming so she is typically fine when allowed to be prepped and given structured material. Should they deviate from the planned subject matter, she will be in trouble. She can't focus on McCain's record to much because Biden probably knows more about that than she does. Biden should focus on her lack of insight and prudence rather than lack of experience given the right's attack on Obama's experience. Palin had better quit the age jokes considering she's on the ticket with the oldest non-incumbent Presidential candidate in history. Overall, I think this debate will be much more interesting than the Oxford Presidiential debate.

Will Biden give concise answers or verbose clumsy attacks? Will Palin shine with prepped answers or crash and burn on the issues?