Halloween = Hocus Pocus

Happy Halloween!!!

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When you think of Halloween, the first thing you think of is Hocus Pocus. As a kid (and adult)  I enjoyed watching this. The movie just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary; it debuted July 16, 1993. That’s older than my little big brother lol.

Bette Midler was the head huncho, buck-toothed witch/sister, who was mean but also entertaining lol. 

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Then there’s the middle sister, played by Kathy Najimy ,who is kind of sweet but runs behind her older sister and tries to keep her calm, she kind of has a dingy-ness to her

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BUT not as dingy as the baby sister, played by Sarah Jessica Parker. She is the seductive witch who is just an airhead but it’s comedic. 

 

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Hocus Pocus reminds me of my youth, which is always fun and sad at the same time. Since I’ve grown to LOVE fall, and Halloween, this movie is one of my top 20 favorite Disney films.

I don’t know what makes this movie so entertaining to me; maybe it’s the theme song 

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Or the introductions

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Or just the small lines.

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What is your favorite line from this movie or favorite Halloween movie?

Comment below and let me know!!

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Crooklyn Anniversary

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Yesterday was the 24th anniversary of Spike Lee’s movie Crooklyn. I loved this movie as kid; just seeing what it was like growing up in a different culture and during a different time. The setting was 1973 in Bed-Stuy New York, but of course it was filmed in 1993. 

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This film was Spike Lee’s second film and just image, he’s created other films and they were just as good and even better than this one, depending on what you like. 

I love how Troy was a tough cookie. She was had three older brothers and a little one and had to adapt to how rough they were. She wasn’t all girly like some of the girls on her block and she even stood up to bullies on her block that were wayyyy older than her.

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She dealt with the normal pre-teen problems—wanting to grow boobies. When I was that age, I wanted boob so bad and then BOOM! I was blessed with a big booty. yay     Image result for side eye emoji

From dealing with arguing parents, to experiencing a culture shock down south with her cousin to losing her mother..

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Too eventually having to be the mother figure in the house and many more. 

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Happy Anniversary to one of my favorite childhood movies. What’s your favorite Crooklyn  scene?

 

The Players Club 20th Anniversary

Today, 20 years ago, the Players Club was released and it’s still relevant today. Looking back, there were a lot of big names actors in the film such as:

Bernie Mac

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Terrence Howard, Charlie Murphy and John Amos

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Jamie Foxx & Ice Cube

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Of course there were many more but that’s just to name a few. Many of the movies quotes are still used today such as

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Danii Gold out!

 

Oscars 2018 Fashion

I want to dedicate this post to the lovely Black Women who came and slayed the 2018 Oscars this year.

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Oh, the men looked fine too!!

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I loved these looks from the stars and SHOUT OUT TO Tiffany Haddish honoring her father by showing homage to her roots of Eirtrean gown on the red carpet…

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AND for wearing her dress for the white Alexander McQueen gown a third time at the Oscars lol. She had originally said she paid $4k for the dress so she’s going to keep wearing it lol.

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Danii Gold Out!

Black Panther Greatness

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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:

  • Black director, Ryan Coogler
  •  Black film
  • Dope cast; Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’O, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett
  • And last but not least–Michael B Jordan.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

Danii Gold out!

Monique, Are You Done?

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 GameSoul 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.

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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.

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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.”

 

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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.

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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.

I love y’all…forreal!

 

Danii Gold out!