2010 Done Right

We all know there are some people who had an AMAZING year (heck, we might be those people), and we hope that they continue to grow, flourish, and prosper in the new year.  So let’s get started.

1. Michael Vick– Let’s face it-this guy has the comeback story of 2010.  When people doubted him and still weren’t feeling him, Mike Vick came back and showed us all that people can change.  He’s had an amazing year, and even though the Eagles lost last night to the Vikings, Vick’s still on cloud 9.  Everybody wants to ride the Michael Vick train now…well, maybe not everybody…

2. The Tea Party- Let’s face it, this right-wing extremists have convinced the nation that President Obama is messing up the country and people to vote for them during mid-term elections.  Even the newly-elected South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, is a member of the Tea Party, even though she is an Indian American and it is “rumored” they can be racist.  And although the Tea Party is not officially a national political party, the movement has caused quite a stir and they have been very successful with getting their followers elected this past November.  It will be interesting to see what occurs in 2011.

3. R. Kelly and Roman Polanski– Let’s face it; these “Chester the Molester”s (as I’ve nicknamed them) got off pretty easy in 2010.  Although Roman Polanski, the Polish-French director, pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 1977, he fled the US the next year before he could be official sentenced by the judge.  After months of being under house arrest after being detained in Switzerland in 2009, Polanski was found to be a free man after the Swiss authorities declared him to be a “free man”.  The US and the state of California have been trying forever to get Polanski back so he can be sentenced and charged with all 6 counts on the original indictment.  And R. Kelly is definitely another comeback kid.  Although found innocent at trial, in the court of public opinion (and those who saw the tape), R. Kelly was with that girl.  But this dude was able to dust himself off, write some new material, and comeback with a bang.  I have to admit the man is talented, but I won’t be buying any R. Kelly albums.

4. The cast of “The Game”- Ok, so technically new episodes of “The Game” don’t come on until Jan. 11, 2011, but I, along with every other fan of this show, is so GEEKED we finally get to see what happened after the Season 3 finale.  This was one show that had a predominant black cast, had substance, had a following, and went off the air, leaving us with major cliffhangers.  For almost 2 years, fans have been pressuring BET (or somebody) to pick this show back up.  All that hard work paid off.  I am VERY excited to see this show come back in 2011.  I just hope BET does it justice.

Who do you think had a great 2010?  What are you looking forward to in the new year?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

2010 Do-Over

Let’s be honest.  We all wish we could go back in time and change something-the nerd we were mean to in grade school who grew up to be cute AND smart and the day we fell in the mud with our white tennis skirt on.  Well, there are some people who wish they could do 2010 ALL over again.  I’ll share them with you below:

1. Kwame Kilpatrick– The former mayor of Detroit thought he was in the clear after serving 99 days of a 4 month sentence.  But after probation violation, where he missed restitution payments, Kilpatrick was sent back to prison and sentenced to serve 18 months to 5 years in a federal prison.  And to add insult to injury, just 2 weeks ago, he was indicted on corruption charges.  The indictment includes 38 new charges that have been called “a pattern of extortion, bribery, and fraud” by a federal prosecutor.  It seems Kwame can’t catch a break…

 2. The Democratic Party- Let’s face it; the Dems couldn’t get their act together, and as such, the Tea Partiers and GOP won the House.  And I know what you’re thinking-that’s typical when a Democrat is in the White House, but for the Dems, this is a big loss.   And they can’t get along.  And by that I mean they don’t agree with each other or the President.  I hope they get their act, the few that are left, to hopefully get some things accomplished.

3. Amber Portwood– The reality star from “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” was arrested for domestic violence and child endangerment.   GOOD FOR HER!  I saw the episode where she beat up Gary, her daughter’s father.  Amber was so abusive, and I’m glad that she was arrested.  Hopefully she’ll serve time and get help for anger management.  Maybe then she’ll be able to be a better mother to her daughter.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars– Now, you all know I love my football team, but I truly believe the Jags wish they could re-do this 2010 season, most specifically this game last Sunday.  Trailing behind the entire 4 quarters, the Jaguars managed to tie the game and go into overtime.  Not only that, they win the coin toss and have first possession.  Then what happens??? David Garrard throws the ball for an interception, the Redskins have possession, kick a field goal, and win the game. 😦 This loss dashed any hopes that the Jags had of going to the playoffs.  Although the Jags started out having a great season and were even # 1 in the AFC South for a few weeks, they weren’t able to hold on.  I’m hoping that Jacksonville has a great season in 2011.  I’m ready for them to go to the playoffs again.

5. The family of Mitrice Richardson- If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I have been keeping up with the story of Mitrice Richardson, the 24 year old former honor student and beauty queen whose remains were found 11 months after she disappeared.  Last week, her mother, Latice Sutton, asked the coroner’s office to exhume her body and examine her clothing.  I hope this will help the authorities get closer to finding out who her killer is, because I do believe she was murdered.  

Who do you think needs a do-over of 2010?  Maybe you or someone you know.  What are your thoughts on the stories I’ve shared?  On tomorrow’s post, I’ll share with you some people who had a pretty amazing 2010.   Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Christmas is Over

My cousins and I being silly on Christmas

I hope you all had a great holiday! I did.  Christmas always makes me happy and brings joy to my life, but sadly, that joy is over.  My transportation back to DC got cancelled last night (not sure why since the weather wasn’t that bad), and I’ve been working non-stop to try to figure out how to get back.   (Thank God I’ll be back in the morning.)  And it doesn’t help matters when you feel like you have to repeat yourself numerous times or when what you’re doing isn’t good enough (by others’ standards anyway).  I kinda just want to be left alone, and that’s hard to do when you’re home…and someone else is there. 

It doesn’t help that I’m reading “Bitch is the New Black” by Helena Andrews, and I’m at the part where she talks about her sorority sister committing suicide and the aftermath.  It’s putting me in even more of a depressed state. 

So, to not bore or depress you anymore, I’ll end here.  Hopefully my post tomorrow (or Wednesday) will be WAY happier than this, and I’ll be in a better mood.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

Christmas Break

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  You’re favorite Southern girl is getting ready to travel to be with the family for the holidays and is taking a break! I want you all to be safe (if you’re travelling) and enjoy your family and friends.  Don’t forget that Jesus is the reason for the season!  Don’t fret, I won’t be gone long; I’ll be back next week with celebration updates and my “2010-Year in Review” posts.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

My Favorite Christmas Songs

In case you don’t know, Christmas is my favorite holiday (well, besides my birthday!).  Today I’ll share with you some of my favorite Christmas songs.  Hopefully these will get you in the spirit and ready for the holiday!

1. “Carol of the Bells”- Destiny’s Child

2. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”- The Jackson 5

3. “Someday at Christmas”- Stevie Wonder

4. “Silent Night”- The Temptations

5. “This Christmas”- Donny Hathaway (and Chris Brown)

6. “The Christmas Song”- Nat King Cole

7. “What Child Is This?”- Vanessa Williams

8. ” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”- The Temptations

9. “Let It Snow”- Boyz II Men

10. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”- The Jackson 5

11. “Little Drummer Boy”- (Almost anyone can sing this song, and I’ll love it!)

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?  Feel free to mention any I’ve missed!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!