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September 25, 2009

Reality TV Takeover

Filed under: Chat 'bout — Felicia @ 4:02 pm

It’s officially over for you if you get hooked and reeled in. I was recently in a meeting, a very important one at that, and about 45 minutes into different slide shows and presentations I found myself singing “Don’t Be Tardy For The Party”. If you have no idea what song I’m referring to, then pat yourself on the back for not becoming a victim of reality TV.

Watching these programs aren’t reflective of your taste in entertainment, inamateurhour fact it seems Reality TV has bodied regular TV programs a lot in the past few years. Unscripted television really kick started in the late 40’s with shows like Candid Camera  and Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour. Today’s MTV generation got their kicks with shows like The Real World which is up to its 22 season and still going strong. Then over the years VH1 jumped on the bandwagon along with BET, BRAVO and others. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good “reality” beat down just like the next person, but some of these shows are utterly ridiculous. It’s to the point now where it’s clearly staged and a lot of the situations aren’t real at all, yet they’re still very much entertaining.

These days it seems like any and everybody are being given a show. Eddie Griffith, Monica, Fantasia, Antonio Sabato, Jr, and other random celebrities are being followed by cameras to allow us a glimpse into their grueling lives filled with big houses, big cars and big silicone enhancements. RHOAOne of my favorites by far is The Real Housewives  series. Particularly New Jersey and Atlanta.

Recently Atlanta “housewife” Kim Zolciak released a track produced by her co-star Kandi Burruss (formerly of R&B group Xscape) titled “Don’t Be Tardy For The Party”. If you follow the show you know Kim can’t sing a lick, but Kandi really put golden touch on this song and turned it into a pretty dare I say, decent song! (more…)

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Muammar Gaddafi Interview

Filed under: BBC News — Felicia @ 3:14 pm

gaddafi_08I found this really good interview conduceted by Time’s Michael Elliott and Romesh Ratnesar on September 24, 2009. If you’re not familiar with Libyan President Muamma Gaddafi, get to know him.

Originally posted on Time.com

Given your experience in dealing what the United States offered in return for giving up your [nuclear] program, what advice would you give to a country like Iran? And what advice would you give to the United States in dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions?
America has the responsibility to reward and encourage such countries who take such decisions, so that they will be able to use nuclear energy or nuclear power in peaceful means.

Upon the advice of our American friends, and others, when they told us to maybe get in touch with Pyongyang and Iran, and encourage them and talk to them so that they would not go to the use of nuclear energy for military purposes, divert the potentials of the capability they have for peaceful means, the actions or the answers from those such countries was, What did Libya gain in the trade?

Are you saying that Iranians and North Koreans don’t think that Libya got enough benefits for giving up its program?
Indeed that’s what they said to us. Indeed.

Libya spoke to both the Iranians and the North Koreans on this topic?
Yes, indeed. Of course, I mean we have conveyed to them the wish of the friends, that they got in touch with us, mainly in the interest, the wish that they would take the peaceful road.

You’re chairman of the African Union at the moment. You referred to President Obama in your speech yesterday as the “son of Africa.” Do you feel a kinship with President Obama? And what would you like the United States to do in Africa? (more…)

Carl’s Emotional

Filed under: Uncategorized — Felicia @ 2:44 pm

EmotionalSong: “Emotional”

Album: Emotional (2000)

Label: Bad Boy

One of my favorite fallen Bad Boy artist Carl Thomas released his much hpyed debut Emotional back in 2000. The remix with Faith Evans, another Bad Boy alum was probably Carl’s most memorable song in his catalog. He had so much potential to be bigger than he was, but you know how that goes. To me his was a combination of Donnell Jones and Musiq Soulchild at the time. Unfortunately Donnell’s career also went left while Musiq continued on.

Carl went on to release a couple more albums throughout the years. “Emotional” was one of my favorite tracks though; and still is in more ways than one. Check a live performance he did last year. I’ll try to find a more official video to replace this horrid one.

September 22, 2009

September Album Releases: Sean Kingston, Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado

Filed under: Island Vibes,New Music — Felicia @ 11:50 am

TomorrowSean Kingston Tomorrow (Epic)

The Jamaican-born teen star is back with his sophomore release Tomorrow on shelves today. I’ve honestly never heard his first album and will most likely not be rushing to get a copy of this one. His song “Beautiful Girls” from the last album was pretty catchy, and it seems as though his music does really well with the MTV generation. Still not really my cup of tea.

Mariah Carey Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (Island)Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

Mrs. Cannon’s album is not out until next Tuesday, but still wanted to give her an early mention. “Obsessed” has really grown on me over the past several weeks.  I know this song takes a stab at Eminem and the video must follow suit, but I could have done without it because the video makes it uninteresting. On the album MC also did a remake of Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is”, classic 80’s ballad.

I haven’t heard too much from this album since its been pushed back a couple times. I’m sure more singles will be leaked as the week continues.

Mi PlanNelly Furtado Mi Plan (Universal Latino)

I’m a big fan of Nelly Furtado, and her fourth album, Mi Plan was released last week bringing with it one problem for me; it was released in Spanish. It only poses a problem simply because I don’t know what she’s saying, needless to say I can definitely appreciate a great Latin ballad. The album is deemed as her best to date and it goes back to her pre-Timbaland music days. It would be great if there was an English-speaking album as well.

September 16, 2009

Whitney’s Interview w/ Oprah: Part 2 Summary

Filed under: Chat 'bout — Felicia @ 11:39 am

WhitneyThe second part of Oprah’s interview with Whitney Houston aired last night. Oprah hit Whitney with much more direct questions. Prior to finishing the Q&A, both Oprah and Whitney talked about how they each said a prayer prior to having their first interview together. Whitney and OprahThey each had similar prayers asking to be used as a vessel of open-ness.  Oprah also admitted to Whitney that she wondered if she had regretted anything she said, and Whitney quickly responded that she didn’t. She saw the interview not as a way to gain money or talk down about Bobby or her marriage, but simply as a way of release.

Oprah asked Whitney if she was now drug-free. Whitney said of course, but she still had desires for it which she prayed for the continued strength that she was given by the Lord. She also added that she may take a drink every now and then, but drinking was never a problem for her. She was also asked about her daughter Bobbi Christina and how it was for her growing up in an emotionally abusive, drug-charged home. Each time Whitney speaks about her daughter she visibly lights up. Her daughter may have also been a big part of Whitney’s recovery.

In the first interview, Whitney admitted to having been spit on by Bobby; in front of their daughter. Later Bobbi Christina asked her mom “did he just spit on you”? Whitney told he r daughter yes, but it’s ok. Her daughter responded saying that it wasn’t ok. Whitney told Oprah while she was still in her home with Bobby, her family was always there for both her and her daughter. After Whitney prayed for one single day of strength to leave, she told Bobby she was heading to the store for milk and sugar but instead jumped on a flight with a friend and went to Los Angeles. (more…)

Melanie Fiona ‘Gives It To You Right’

Filed under: Island Vibes,New Music — Felicia @ 10:13 am

Melanie FionaSinger-songwriter Melanie Fiona is shaping up to be the next “It” girl of R&B/Soul. She’s been making the rounds doing interviews and TV appearances with the lead single, “Give It To Me Right” from her upcoming album, The Bridge (SRC/Motown Universal Records). Melanie first made her presence known while opening for Kanye West during his 2008 European Tour. She was also featured on Reggae Gold 2008 with Supa Dup’s “Somebody Come Get Me” as well as KRS-One & Buckshot’s Survival Skills.

The Canadian-Guyanese vocalist credits Bob Marley, Sade and Patsy Cline as her musical influences. The 12-track album features production from Future Cut, J. Phoenix, Angela Hunte, Salaam RemiMelanie_Fiona_1 and others. She’s also tied to the Roc Nation family with Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith as her current managers.

She’s already been compared to the likes of Alicia Keys which is a probably a lot to live up to. After hearing a few singles from her, in my opinion that shouldn’t be too farfetched. Check her recent Carson Daly performance:

September 15, 2009

Whitney’s Interview w/ Oprah: Part 1 Summary

Filed under: Chat 'bout,Interviews — Felicia @ 11:47 am

Whitney and Oprah2For Oprah Winfrey’s 24th season premiere, she had the honor of being the first to interview “The First Black Princess”, as she described her, Whitney Houston. As you can recall a while back Wendy Williams spoke with Whitney by phone and dared to ask her the questions that everyone wished they’d had the opportunity to ask. Whitney clapped back at Wendy which was probably her most famous head-butting with any celebrity to date.

The interview which was held in the Town Hall Theater was very thorough yet empathetic. Whitney did not hold back with her answers and seemed to be very honest and willing to finally speak. Oprah mentioned labeling Whitney as “The Voice” earlier in her career, saying no other artist living at the moment packed a punch quite like Whitney’s talent. She gradually focused her questions on her relationship with Bobby and their whirlwind romance.

Whit and Bobby1Whitney didn’t deny that she and Bobby were very much in love, and he made her feel alive. Being in the entertainment industry for so long and traveling the world, she was made to be doll-like in the sense that she was always expected to steal the show on and off stage. She said Bobby approached her and simply asked, “If I asked you out on a date, would you say yes”? Whitney replied “yes”, and their relationship took off from there. (more…)

September 11, 2009

Remembering Our Lost Brothers and Sisters

Filed under: Uncategorized — Felicia @ 10:11 am

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the September 11th attacks which took the lives of close to 3,000 people. 9-11_firefighters_w_flagThe attacks which were brought on by terrorists left the world in shock as the image seemed appeared as something you would only see in a movie. 8 years later several people are still affected by this great tragedy that has caused a ripple effect of extra security measures along with various conspiracy theories.

Whether you have been affected directly or indirectly, my thoughts and prayers continue to reach out to you. Let’s use this September 11th and beyond to remember our loved ones and honor their memory, rather than reflect on the actual tragedy.

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