I just got back from my trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and let me tell you…I needed it! Between going to work, being in school and working an internship, I never have time to focus on me.
I was gone from Friday until Monday night (yesterday) and I didn’t even think about work or school. It’s like it never existed lol. I think this is part of that self care that everyone is talking about; take care of you!
Even though I didn’t sleep much and relax long, I had fun just kicking it; drinking, eating, and exploring, just living my best life!
I realized that taking vacations, short or long, far or close, are sometimes needed just to take your mind off of the stresses in your life and not being in close proximity of them. Sometimes taking a vacation can mean just sleeping your day away, stuffing your face and getting drunk and going back to sleep. Yes, you can do that at home BUUUUUT sometimes you don’t want to be in city limits of what you’re trying to temporarily get away from.
I’m already planning my next trip and it’ll simply be a celebration for me graduating and of course A TURN UP. But a short synopsis of my Cabo trip:
I went with a group of 50 or more people.
No special occasion, just a quick, semi-cheap trip to take
Day 1: meet & greet (it was about 60 of us) anddd a lot of drinking lol.
Day 2: ATV riding and Cabo nightlife. The Cabo club definitely love St.Louis folks!!
Day 3: Regrouping from the nightlife lol and Boat Party And Chill day, OH and we saw a whale!!
Day 4: Leaving Cabo, blahhhhhhhhhhh!
I enjoyed myself but I would’ve loved to site see Cabo San Lucas a lil more but overall, it was a fun trip. Shout out to our travel agent Miki Jones—AMJ Getaways , for putting together a lit trip!
I know this is a random post since I don’t blog about art but I’m currently in school and I’m taking digital art design classes and I’m doing a project on Andy Warhol. Ironically enough, today is his death anniversary!
Today marks 31 years(1987) that Andy Warhol passed away from complications of from surgery to remove his gallbladder. He was famously known for Pop Art but early in his career, after he graduated from art school, he went straight into commercial art working with Glamour magazine. He illustrated shoes for them and then branched off into Esquire magazine, which tailored to men shoes.
It wasn’t until 1962 when he created the concept of Pop Art, which was the mass production of commercial good, creating his first BIG piece, The Campbell’s Soup Can: 32 canvas. He DID NOT create the original label instead reinvented it as a piece of art.
Another famous painting by him was the painting of the Coca Cola bottle:
And a famous Marilyn Monroe painting, but it was created after she died.
Along with other paintings such as 8 Elvises, Big Electric Chair and many others. In the 1970’s, Andy went on to publish books and went into film, producing 60 films, including some being silent. He was a band manager for the group Velvet Underground,
He has painted and photographed celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Michael Jackson, Bette Midler, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Jones, AND Jean Michel Basquiat. He collaborated with Basquiat on a photoshoot of the two called Paintings. Even though the art piece did not become successful, the two had developed a close friendship and can be scene in countless photos together.
Andy lived a successful life and will forever be recognized for his contribution to Pop Art, a creative producer, a writer and a friend.
Talk about GREATNESS! Did you know that Black Panther made $218 MILLION over the weekend all over the country? Andddd it’s Black History Month! That some Black Excellence. I’m so proud of the movie’s debut success!
I went to see Black Panther on Friday, just like every other black person did this weekend and I enjoyed it of course. I will be the first to say that I’m not a Marvel fan….at all!! I’m not into superhero movies like that but I just HAD to see this film because:
Spoiler Alert: I LOVED the story line and it made me think—maybe there is a whole different galaxy or planet or even a different country that has the advancements of technology that Wakanda had. The movie seemed more present day, especially with the settings of being in South Korea and London. I LOVED that there was a family tie between T’Challa (Boseman) and Killmonger (M.B. Jordan) and fighting for the throw because of a bad grudge being held.
Also, I loved that Black Women played a significant part in the movie, from his sister being helpful with her technology knowledge by helping him drive a car while she was still stationed in Wakanda, to T’Challa being in South Korea. Also, Okoye being his right hand (wo)-man by helping him fight and using her sword power (like she did in Walking Dead). Also, Nakia was his eye candy but also a great spy working along to save others lives before T’Challa walked back into her life.
You hear a lot of one-man band superheroes but never a lot of black women superheros. There are Black Women Superheroes from the Marvel series like Storm from X-Men, Misty Knight, and Monica Rambeau, and maybe this movie will be the start of trying to make movies about them.
I’m just sooooo excited that black people mainly, but all races in general came out to A) support a Black Film, B) a Black director, C) a Marvel film that brings people from all races out…to support a black film–Black Panther.
Fun Facts about the director: Ryan Coogler:
He directed his first film at age 27, which was Fruitvale Station
He directed his second film at age 29, which was Creed
Third film he directed was Black Panther, at age 31.
If you haven’t seen the movie….see it! If you have seen it…see it just ONE MORE TIME lol–for the culture–for the young directors like Ryan Coogler making a come up!!
Happy 30th birthday to the successful singer and businesswoman.
Rihanna had a successful year last year when she launched her Fenty makeup line in September 2017 and racked up $72 million in the first month!! Fenty was also named one of the best inventions of 2017, by TIME magazine.
She also raised over $2 billion for Senegal. Her album Anti, released in 2016, has beat Katy Perry for the most #1 singles in a Dance Club songs. She’s even got a street named after her in her home town of Barbados!!
She is pawpin!!! (poppin) and can only go up from here. Happy Birthday Ri Ri Boo!
To look on the bright side, there are things you can do for yourself on this day, likeeeee treat yourself to a mani pedi, take a solo lunch date, maybe even a solo movie, get ya nails did, but wait….I do all those things anyway. So really today is just a normal day lol!
But uhhh, YAYYYY, to everyone who’s celebrating and has someone special to share the love with!
Meanwhile, I’ll be working and probably watching bae…
Hey My loves……When will Monique stop? I’m not going to discredit the woman but geezzzzz, she has an issue with EVERYONE. Just a week ago, she was complaining about movie director Will Packer trying to intimidate and ruin her career. Then, the big trending topic was her wanting everyone to boycott Netflix for offering her only $500,000 for a comedy special.
Now, Before I start my rant, I’ll give her her credit.
Growing up, I watched her in shows and films such as; The Parkers, 3 Strikes, Two Can Play That Game, Soul Plane and even Precious. She’s even won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a SAG award and many others for her role in Precious. She was even considered a Queen of Comedy in 2001 as she featured in the comedy special. BUT if we’re being honest, she hasn’t had a big comedy role in a movie since Soul Plane and that’s debatable since she didn’t have a big role. I WILL say that she was funny is The Parkers. The role that she won the most awards for was Precious and we ALL know that that film was far from a comedy film. Yes, I think she can be funny buuuuuuut she’s not that funny to get $11 million, BUT that’s just my opinion.
As I said before, Monique wants everyone to boycott Netflix because they offered her $500,000 for a comedy special. She explains that Amy Schumer was offered $11 million and even negotiated $2 million more. Amy came out with a movie last spring titles Snatched, that grossed $60 million. In 2015, her movie TrainWreck grossed $140 million. In those two movies, she was the leading lady and that alone shows that she has a huge following and with her fan base, they would bring their attention to her Netflix comedy special. Monique’s last movie, Almost Christmas, brought in $42 million, which is GREAT, but Monique wasn’t one of the main characters. She was probably the 5th or 6th main character. Her film before that was Bessie, another film in which she’s wasn’t a a leading lady BUT the film aired on HBO and brought in over 1 million viewers.
Now, Monique claims that Netflix is being Gender-bias and even Color-bias; but let’s call a spade a spade, Netflix offered Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock $20 Million and they are both BLACK MEN! I understand that there aren’t any comedy specials with black women, but that’s probably because Tiffany Haddish is busy living her life and getting endorsement deals with Groupon. I can guarantee that if Tiffany was offered a comedy special with Netflix, she would probably get close to what Amy Schumer got paid.
Now, let’s talk about all the issues she’s had with major people in the industry. First, when she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Precious, Oprah vouched for her and of course the film since she partially produced it; so her and Monique had a good relationship. Things got sour when Monique’s brother, who molested her as a child, wanted to come on The Oprah Show to talk about the abuse. Oprah asked for Monique’s permission and she accepted and even invited her on the show, but she declined. Things took a turn in their friendship when Monique’s mom accompanied her brother on the show. Monique didn’t know that her mother was going to be on the show and if she did, she says she would’ve shut that shit down.
She’s also had issues with Lee Daniels, the creator of Empire & Star, and Tyler Perry. She says she was blackballed by the two, plus Oprah. I’m not saying she wasn’t but what I am saying is that she seems to have problems with major people/companies in the entertainment industry. To take it a step further, Roland Martin from TvOne News even called Monique out, but she came for him first stating that hasn’t fought for equality for Black people…which is a lie. Even I know that he’s spoken out about inequality and injustice on her show. But he definitely clapped back at Monique saying she’s treated crew members of movie sets horrible and even created an issue when she was shooting for the cover of Ebony mag. He went on to say that “How we treat others, impacts how we get paid.”
Like I said before, she had some words for movie producer Will Packer; stating that he tried to threaten her and blah blah blah. Well his friend, comedian Gary Owens, (the one we traded for Stacey Dash), called out Monique pretty much saying don’t down talk his friend. Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllllll OF COURSE she clapped back saying she hopes he fights for his black wife and daughter as hard as he fights for his best friend–Will Packer.
Dis tew much!
So, to sum it up, Monique is funny, a good actress, buuuuut the timing of her wanting her own comedy special for an amount equaling to Amy Schumer, when she hasn’t played a lead comedy role in a while is not likely. Should she have gotten more than $500,000? YES. Should she have gotten $11 million? Honestly no. In this day in age, it’s about relevancy. If you have 500 followers on Instagram and you want fashion Nova to pay you, for you to promote their brand, they will say no. If you have 2 million followers and a bigger platform and following, Fashion Nova will likely pay you. Again, It’s about relevancy. If Monique wasn’t please with the offer she got, she could’ve went to a different network, like Comedy Central, HBO, Starz, etc.
Monique, you cool and all but simmer simmer and humble yourself. Take your talents to another network and make some more moolah.