What’s Wrong with Elle-The Movie Edition

We all love a good bargain.  And so today I took advantage of a deal that’s happening on Living Social where you can buy 2 movie tickets for $9 at Fandango.com. (Go here to get yours!)  While celebrating my purchase, I was trying to decide what movie I wanted to go see.  We all know “supporting Black cinema” is one of my personal mantras, and I sadly realized that there are no Black movies coming out this year. 

Now, let me define how I view Black cinema.  I view Black cinema as a movie that has a Black director and/or (mainly and) has Black people as main characters.  Some examples include “The Best Man”, “Jungle Fever”, “Mahogany”, and “Jumping the Broom”.  Movies that could be included due to them having a Black director include “Summer of Sam” and “25th Hour”.  Now, if we use the criteria of having  Black people as the main characters, then we can use “The Color Purple” and “Bird”.  Following that criteria, the only remaining movie that comes out in 2011 that qualifies is “The Help”.  “The Help” is a movie set in 1960s Mississippi and follows the relationship of Black maids with the white families they work for and the mayhem that arises when the maids decide to share all of the secrets they see.  I’ve heard the book is good and the trailer makes the movie seem interesting, but I don’t want this to be my only option for a major motion picture in Black cinema this summer.  And it’s sad to note that there appears to be at least 3 Black people listed as stars…and even one of them is suspect in her billing. 

I’m saying all this to say that I’m disappointed there aren’t more Black films coming out this summer. I guess since one Madea movie and “Jumping the Broom” came out in 2011 I should be satisfied.  Well, I’m not.  One good thing about the summer is the movie festivals.  I hope that there are some great Black films that debut, and they will get picked up by a major studio for nationwide distribution.  Maybe I should just stock up on my DVD collection and have “Black Movie Night” each week at my house.  (Actually…that’s not a half-bad idea.)  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

Coors Light Coldest Artist Live Show

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On Thursday, June 2, the city of Baltimore, MD was able to experience musicianship at it’s finest.  At Sonar, Coors Light hosted a show featuring new artists, seasoned vets, and of course, some cold brew at the Coors Light® Search for the Coldest National Tour featuring N.E.R.D. and Pac Div.

During the Spring of 2011, Coors Light hosted the Coldest Artist, a competition where they were looking for new, raw talent.  The winners of the West and Midwest competitions were able to meet and perform in Baltimore; they also served as the pre-show to one of hip-hop’s greatest musical acts, N.E.R.D.

The first performer, Billa Camp, hails from Chicago.  Billa has a nice flow and is a great lyricist.  He’s a combination of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Lil’ Wayne.  If these three artists were to ever think about collaborating, they only need to research this rapper to see how it will turn out, and they would be pleased.   None of the 3 songs he performed were dance tunes, but they will easily be club tunes that you would hear on the radio.

Seattle, WA native Joe Ed from Eclectic Approach performed two songs.  The first song, “Brother”, was dedicated to his brother, and he chose Sonar as the venue to perform this song for the first time.  The song deals with substance abuse and how one’s addication not only affects that person, but also their loved ones.  “Cool”, the song that brought him into the competition, was very rock and is reminiscent of Maroon 5.  The great thing about this song is that it highlights the uniqueness of Joe Ed.

Pac Div is a hip-hop trio from Los Angeles, and they are opening for N.E.R.D. on their summer tour.  All three members are hype men and feed off of each other’s energy while performing.  The great thing is that they were able to keep the audience engaged the entire time they were onstage.  This group will definitely go far in the music industry. 

The main event for the evening, N.E.R.D., did not disappoint.  Performing old and new songs, Pharrell was stunned into silence once when he began performing and the audience sang along with him.  Chad was very laid back, as usual, but frontman Pharrell Williams had enough energy for them both.  Shay Haley was able to hold his own against Pharell.  The members of N.E.R.D. are able to feed off of each others’ strengths during their live performances and allow each man to have his light.  And live instrumentation is always appreciated during shows.   The audience sang along to almost every track and probably surprised themselves with how many songs they knew.

Coors Light has created a great event with the Coldest Artist Live Shows.  They are to be commended for putting together a great show with artists who are creative, unique, and are able to appeal to the masses.  Thanks to Gypsy Soul & Soulcial Grind PR for allowing your fave Southern Girl to attend.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

*To see all photos taken at the event, go here.*

The Ridiculousness of it All

Today’s post will be short and to the point (I hope). 

First, let’s talk about Khloe’ Kardashian Odom’s “nip slip”.  She knew what she was doing-it was no accident.  She even stated on her blog that her stylist told her to wear a bra before her Fox & Friends appearance, but Khloe’ decided to go commando anyway.  Why?  Because she’s an attention whore.  You all know I love “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, but let’s call a spade a spade.  The whole family is full of nothing but attention seekers.  People seem to be making a big deal out of the fact that Khloe’ admitted she likes nipples.  I’m more surprised at the fact that she showed hers on live television…well, maybe not. 

Why do married men (really anyone) involve themselves in sexting?  And why do public figures send these inappropriate pics to women who are not their wives?   Are they stupid?  Crazy?  Deranged?  Or do they just not give a f*ck???  No matter what we think about Anthony Weiner’s actions, it’s so easy to say what we would if we were in that situation.  In regards to Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin-please leave these people alone and let them live their lives.  If she chooses to stay in her marriage, that’s her decision.  Who are we-strangers-to suggest what she should do?  Yes, we should hold our elected politicians to higher standards, but unfortunately, some have a tendency to disappoint. 

So how many more teachers are going to sleep with students?  What about a child is sexually pleasing?  I don’t understand how these grown women can manipulate these young boys.  It’s really, really sick.  This goes to show that women can be sexual predators and prey on children, too.  And now the latest woman to sleep with a student, Rene Chantel Frank, is bringing children into the world???

Even though he didn’t mention a name, megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar told his congregation from the pulpit on Sunday that a certain preacher, who was a “friend”, had a “wreck” and should be forgiven.  (Check out the story here.)  Ok, let’s be real.  As my Auntie Madeline and I discussed, this man premeditated his actions.  And he’s a hypocrite.  You can’t speak out against homosexuality and BE a homosexual.  Yes, as Creflo Dollar stated, everyone deserves to be forgiven, but what would I look like having a predator, manipulator, and abuser as the head of my spiritual life? 

That’s all the ridiculousness I have today.  I’m sure this won’t be the last time I share some with you guys.  Feel free to share some of your own or your thoughts on the ridiculousness I’ve shared.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

Witty Wednesday-“The Sissy Boy Experiment”

Last night, “Anderson Cooper 360” covered the story of “The Sissy Boy Experiment”, which was a study done at UCLA in the 1970s to change the behavior of children who behaved like the opposite sex, i.e. boys playing with dolls and girls behaving as “tomboys”.  The subject of this story, Kirk Murphy, ended up committing suicide in 2003 at the age of 38.  His family blames it on the after-effects of the treatment he received during his time as a study of doctoral student George Rekers. 

Now, before I state my opinion, let me put some disclaimers out.

  • I am not, nor have I ever been or claimed to be, a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist. 
  • I do not have firsthand knowledge of feeling like I was born in the wrong body (meaning I don’t feel that way).

First, what happened to letting children be children?  Now, I don’t have children, but if my son wanted to play with Barbie growing up, I can’t say that I would allow it.  I definitely don’t think that I would allow him to dress in my clothes.  But, I definitely WOULD NOT send my child to a doctor to “enhance” his masculine behavior.  My belief is that no matter what one does, if a child is born to behave a certain way, that child will behave that way.  It doesn’t matter if the child reverts back to it as a teenager or as a 40 year old, but eventually the child’s true feelings will come out.  Case in point, Kirk Murphy ended up being a gay man.  Sadly, according to his family, he was never truly happy again after his treatment. 

Another point that Murphy’s brother, Mark, brought up in the interview is that Kirk learned what to say to the doctors to convince them he was “cured” and that nothing was wrong with him.  He wasn’t allowed to be who he was because he knew in doing so he could re-live the shame, hurt, and punishments he endured when he was younger.  I would not be surprised to learn that most of the students in this “study” did just that.  And isn’t that human nature-to tell people what they want to hear, especially if the opposite will have negative reprecussions for us??? 

The moral of my post today?  Let people (children) be who they want to be.  As long as they are not hurting anyone, we should embrace them for who they are.   Of course when children are born, their parents have these hopes, dreams, and desires for them, but children are not born to fulfill their parents’ dreams-they need to fulfill their own.  Yes, their life may be hard if they decide to live as a homosexual or as a transgendered person, but as their family, it is our responsiblity to let them know they have our love and support.  Making them feel ashamed of who they are could have dire consequences. 

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city. 

P.S. And let me not forget to mention that last year Dr. Rekers travelled overseas with a male escort.  Dr. Rekers stated he did not realize that his attendant was someone who took money in exchange for sex (yeah, right.).  Dr. Rekers stated he hired this man to carry his bags.  Funny, since the good doctor was pictured pushing the luggage cart with his luggage on it in the airport in Miami when he returned home from said trip…

Summer Soul Session Vol. 2

On Friday, June 24, three artists are hitting the stage for a performance you don’t want to miss.  LivSuite Presents Summer Soul Session Vol. 2, featuring Lauren White, Chris Turner, and Ife’.  These artists are an eclectic mix of R&B, Neo-Soul, Jazz, and Funk. 

Lauren White has performed with great acts, such as Chante Moore, Anthony Hamilton, and Will Downing.  Her first solo album, “The Biography”, debuted in November 2009, and her next album is set to be released later this summer.  This Washington, DC native has been described as dynamic and commanding and her performances are “guaranteed to keep the listener entertained, engaged, feeling like they are a part of the experience.”

“Love Child” Chris Turner decided at the tender age of 4 he wanted to be a singer, just like his father.  This Oakland, CA native has been performing most of his life.  Past affiliations include the SF Jazz High School All-Stars and GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensemble.  Chris has been on tour with Gwen Stefani, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, and Bilal Oliver.  Currently working on his first full album “LOVEchild”, Chris was selected in February of this year by BET Music Matters as an “Artist to Watch”. 

Not only is Seattle native Ife’ a singer and songwriter-she has also started her own company, Crescendo Entertainment.  Her hope for Crescendo is that it will be “the conduit through which I not only create and produce various projects that I’ve been wanting to bring to life, but also will allow me to use my creative expression to help uplift people in their lives.  It starts with music, but that’s really only the foundation; it’s my platform to share my gifts with the world.” 

As you can see, this show on the 24th is going to be filled with wonderful talent, and if you’re in the DMV, you definitely don’t want to miss it.  The venue for Summer Soul Session Vol. 2 is XII Restaurant and Lounge, located at 1123 H Street NE, Washington, DC.   Advanced tickets can be purchased now for $20; they will be $25 at the door.  Bring your man, bring your girl, or just come by yourself.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

 

This Week in the News

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Coors Light Coldest Artist Live Show featuring N.E.R.D & Pac Div in Baltimore.  GREAT performances, and I had a great view!  The official post about the event will be up by early next week.

Unfortunately, I have to start this post with some bad news.  This week, we’ve lost some iconic people-Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt, Dr. Jack Kervokian, and Gil Scott-Heron (last week).  My condolences go out to their families and loved ones. 

On some other sad news, former N.C. Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards has been indicted on charges he gave campaign money to his mistress.  *OUCH!!!*  It appears that Edwards can’t win for losing.   At one time, he was America’s Golden Boy.  Then things started taking an unfortunate turn of events-from his affair to his love child now this. 

And speaking of Presidential candidates…Mitt Romney is seeking to become the Republican nominee for President in the 2012 election.  It seems as if Romney may have the same problems he had 4 years ago-his Mormon background, his flip-flopping on the issues, and the universal healthcare bill he signed into Massachusetts law during his tenure.  In my humble opinion, I believe that Romney is the best choice in Republican nominee for the Presidency.  But it will remain to be seen how this campaign season plays out.

On a brighter note, one of my favorite rock stars, Pink, delivered a baby girl this week!  Willow Sage Hart, daughter of Pink and cutie Carey Hart, was born on Thursday morning.  Baby, mom, and dad are doing great!

I haven’t talked about Mitrice Richardson lately, but the latest news is that her parents have filed a lawsuit against the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.  Although there have been numerous requests for the FBI to examine Mitrice’s remains and determine a cause of death, I’m still not certain if that’s been done.  For her family’s sake and so she can rest in peace, I hope that one day we can find out what really happened to this woman.

What news is going on in your city?  Have an awesome weekend, and I’ll be back next week. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Random Things About Elle

I'm good for taking pictures of myself when I think I'm cute. #sueme

Today I was all set to do a re-cap post about my happy hour last week-my friends that came, the big announcement, a review of Jin-but decided I didn’t really want to take that route.  Instead, I’m going to share a little bit more about myself.  Some very personal things, some not so personal, and probably some things you really don’t care about knowing.  In any event, here goes.

  • Meagan Goode keeps popping up as someone I should follow on Twitter.  And that fact made me realize I haven’t really liked her since “Eve’s Bayou”.  She was ok in “Delivering Us From Eva”, but that was about the only movie where she wasn’t typecast and didn’t get on my nerves.
  • I’m EXTREMELY tense. So much so that as I sit at my desk and type this up my back is hurting.  What am I doing about that?  I made an appointment to get a massage on Sunday.  Hopefully I’ll get a confirmation phone call soon because I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this. 
  • I’m nervous about this business thing.  While I have the support of my friends, I’m very apprehensive about this.  But with a lot of prayer and hard work, I know I’ll be fine.
  • I told my mother I would give DC 5 years.  Which means that in 2015, if I do not have a career that I love or if my personal life bites, I’ll be moving.  But the way I feel right now, I may not wait until 2015.
  • When I get frustrated with someone (or something), I delete them (or it) from my life.  Case in point, my post yesterday about online dating (2 profiles deleted, 1 more to go!). 
  • I’m a big ol’ softy (I actually don’t think this is something that’s a surprise to people who know me).  I try to pretend that I have this hard outer shell, but on the inside I’m that little girl sitting in my mother’s kitchen playing with my rabbit, Grady. 
  • I have a quirky sense of humor that has a tendency to be biting at times.  Case in point, I offended a friend who’s decided she’s taking a break from speaking to me.  But I’ll be at her house next weekend for a party, so I think we’ll be fine.
  • I like closure.  I don’t like things hanging, hovering, or in gray areas.  I’m trying to get over that, but the “Having the Last Word” part of my brain won’t allow that.
  • I need a vacation.

So, what things do you want to share with me?  I’ve opened up a lot to you guys, so I think it’s only right you share some things with me. 🙂  It is therapeutic to get things off your chest.   Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!