Goodbye, 2013! Hello, 2014!

To say that 2013 has been an interesting year is an understatement.  I’ve had some amazing things happen this year- the centennial celebration of my beloved sorority and the 10 year anniversary of my initiation into my sorority, I met my Godson for the first time during Easter weekend and his Christening, vacation and time well spent with family, my crowning as Ms. District of Columbia Exquisite and being 1st Runner-Up in the Exquisite International Pageant, becoming an official journalist, and most importantly, having my health, a job, and a roof over my head.  I have also been witness to the awesome things that have happened in the lives of my family and friends-entering graduate programs, weddings, births, and engagements (seriously, like at least 10 people that I know have gotten engaged  within the last 2 weeks).  God has truly blessed those around me.  There have also been some things that I would like to forget, so I won’t mention them. 🙂

As you know, I don’t do resolutions; I do goals for the new year.  Five years ago next month (well, really tomorrow) I set a goal for myself to move to Washington, DC by the end of the year.  By the end of the following month, Southern Mom and I were driving to Washington, DC so I could start my new job.  I have done a lot of growing and searching during my time in our nation’s capital-probably more than I could have done in Florida, or anywhere else for that matter.  The time has come for me to make some tough decisions regarding the next steps I want to take with my life.  And because I’m trying to work on my procrastination, I have already started.   I am so excited to see what 2014 has in store for me.  And for some fantastical things happen for me and those around me.

In short, I wish you all an amazing new year.  If you go out tonight, be safe!  And remember that God has some wonderful things in store for you.  Until next time (and year), I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

 

“Scandal” Re-Cap: YOLO

So, it has been a good little minute since I’ve written about “Scandal”.  The episode from 2 weeks ago was great.  Last night’s episode had a lot of nail-biting, bug-eyed, pass out moments.

First, can we just acknowledge the fact that I was right and called it WEEKS ago that Maya Lewis aka Marie Wallace is a terrorist?!?! I almost lightweight believed Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas when he told Charlie he doesn’t enjoy killing people.  Because he could have EASILY let Maya stay on that plane and get blown up…because I think there was a bomb on that plane, and Maya put it there.  But I am also slightly annoyed and find it highly unbelievable that after ALL this thinking back Olivia did that she remembered in the 11th hour that someone called the house asking for her mother by a different name… That’s whack.

Also, some people keep talking about how Liv was sitting like a bump on a log for a few minutes during the beginning of the episode.  Well how would you feel if your mother, a woman that you believed died in a plane crash over 20 years ago, just magically showed up at your home talking about, “Hey, Livvie!”  O_o Say what now???  So I can expect her to be a little shell shocked.

And I knew Huck was going to torture Quinn.  I was kinda anxious to see exactly what he was going to do, because I knew that he wasn’t going to kill her.  But to extract a tooth, leave for a little bit, and come back and do it AGAIN!!!  That’s just cruel.  But well deserved, because she should have never gotten caught up with the likes of Charlie.  And their love scene??? YUCK!!!  But she is not going to kill Eli/Rowan/Byron Douglas.  Liv needs him to get her momma back and to find out exactly why she’s been locked up for 22 years…besides the fact she’s someone that can eat her own flesh, kill a doctor, and escape from a maximum security prison.

I am REALLY surprised about James.  I thought he was smarter than that.  He figured out that Cyrus set him up; so why didn’t he also figure out that Cyrus had a way to get proof of Daniel-Douglas’ double life???  And to answer your question (and James’) on why Cyrus didn’t hire someone?  Too risky.  He knew from Mellie’s cocktail party that DD had an attraction to James.  Or they were at least connecting.  Even though I would NEVER condone setting your spouse up to cheat on you, James knows the type of man he married.

But the BIGGEST shocker of the night was Sally calling Cyrus saying, “I have committed a sin.”  Ma’am, is this the same man you just read and told him that he and his husband would spend the rest of their lives in purgatory because of their relationship???  And he is the FIRST person you think to call???  I can’t wait to see the flashback of this argument (because you know there will be one) and to see how Cyrus cleans this up and spins the story.  You know that he is going to make Sally agree to forget about running for President against Fitz and to get on the Grant bandwagon.  I’m sure he’ll make her sign an agreement, too.

Some other mentionables: Cyrus breaking down in the Oval Office.  Mellie totally looked like she wanted to say, “Awk-ward….”  I DIED when she turned and gave Cyrus a minute to compose himself!  Jake and Fitz will ALWAYS fight over Olivia.  Point blank and the period. They should just mud wrestle!  (Kidding! But isn’t that what dudes say about girls??? Anywho…)  Fitz let Jake know he can try to be her hero, but it’s not going to work.  Oh, another thing that I think is major-Olivia has not and does not tell ANYONE that she loves them.  At first, I just thought it was Fitz.  But in the flashback, Maya tells young Olivia, “I love you”, and Olivia does not respond… My co-worker said that she told Edison she loved him, but I don’t think that’s accurate?  (So who’s right???)

Some of my co-workers wanted me to share a few things on my blog, so here goes: One, was Maya trying to insult Olivia when she told her she didnt’ see any laughter in her life and that she was more like her father than her?  I just thought it was an innocent comment and Maya meant that in terms of who Olivia THINKS her mother is.  What say you?  And my other c0-worker thinks Olivia is in a particular sorority.  What do you guys think-IF Olivia was Greek, what would be her organization??? Just a thought and hopefully we can share some laughs, because last night’s episode was intense.

I am anxiously awaiting next week’s winter finale.  What did you think of the episode?  Who’s really the bad guy?  Who can be trusted?  Is Cyrus going to help Sally?  And will James leave or stay?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Southern Girl Movie Review: “The Best Man Holiday”

The first time I saw this movie I cried like a baby for about 5 minutes. (Yes, I saw it twice, and yes, the New Potential took me to see it the 2nd time. :)) As you know I had extremely high hopes for this film and was super excited to see it.  Now, I gave you all an extra week to see it.  So if you haven’t seen it, you might want to skip this post, because there are going to be spoilers galore.  I’m just forewarning you, so don’t be mad at me!  Now, I will say I was much more engrossed in the film when I saw it the first time, maybe because I knew what was going to happen the second time around.  So I’ll give you my perspective from my fresh eyes on opening night.

I definitely saw the growth of each character and even in the storyteller.  Malcom D. Lee did an amazing job writing this sequel.  Harper means well, but you truly see him for what he is-sneaky.  And it’s not that he means to be.  But because he’s not forthright with his actions and his intent, it comes off all wrong.  You almost feel bad for him.  But when you think about him keeping secrets (not telling Robin that he was fired from NYU, not asking Lance if he could write his biography), you realize that he kinda dug his own hole.  I’m happy to say Robin did not get on my nerves in this movie like she did in the original.  I love Sanaa Lathan, almost as much as I love Kerry Washington, but Robin was ANNOYING in “The Best Man”.  Anywho, I honestly don’t think her character had a lot of airtime, but the time she was in the film interacting with Harper, she made valid points.  And she made me laugh.

I will say that Lance’s anger towards Harper was valid-he slept with his girl and kept it a secret-but he wrote about it in his book.  But Lance forgot someone else that should have felt a little bit of his wrath-Mia.  IMHO, I think Lance didn’t address Mia’s guilty part of the whole thing because of his views on gender roles.  If you remember from the first movie, he didn’t want his wife to work; he just wanted her to stay home and have his babies (which Mia did-four of them, but we’ll talk about the babies later.)  My thinking is that if a man believes a woman should be submissive, it probably means that he doesn’t think she has a mind of her own and can think for herself.  Or maybe he just didn’t want to address that his good girl wasn’t so good.  My girl Mia had to be the strongest person in this whole movie.  I knew at the second dinner that she was sick.  I whispered to my homegirl, “She looks really skinny”.  Monica Calhoun did a bang up job in this film, and this was probably her best role to date…seriously.

Now, Jordan is going to always be Jordan.  She’s strong, she’s tenacious, she’s a go-getter, she’s every woman’s woman.  I enjoyed seeing her be vulnerable with Brian McDaniels, or whatever his name was.  Even though Eddie Cibrian may be a dog in real life, he is one fine man to look at.  I’m glad she finally found love.  But it’s sad that it took her best friend getting sick for her to realize that life isn’t all about work.

Murch was SO wrong for showing Quentin the video of Candy. He was also wrong for sharing it with the guys while they were playing pool (something I totally missed the first time).  He definitely should have addressed it with Candy BEFORE they went to Lance and Mia’s home.  And especially before crazy Shelby was able to find the tape.  Now I do not condone violence, but Shelby kinda deserved to get swung on.  But I am mad that the fighting and name calling and cursing took place in front of the babies.  That was a little outrageous and over the top.  And I SO felt bad for Shelby’s daughter Kennedy.  Shelby’s old mean self…Speaking of, I’m glad they explained why Shelby was there, because I was giving her the side eye.

Anywho, last certainly not least, my boy Quentin.  He always speaks the truth, no matter how crazy his message comes out.  But why do he and Shelby always have to end up in bed together??? It’s slightly nauseating.

Side-eye worthy moments: When Lance threw up the hook and said, “Frienship is Essential to the Soul”.  If you’re not a member of a BGLO (black Greek lettered organization), you may not understand. While names were not mentioned, it was pretty clear that Lance is a member of Omega Psi Phi and Mia (and by default Shelby) was a member of Delta Sigma Theta (Shout out to our centennial year!!!).  Morris Chestnut is a not an Omega; he’s a member a different fraternity.  And I’ll leave that there.  Also, the Sullivan children. LJ and Hope (the two oldest) look like they could actually be Lance and Mia’s children.  But the youngest two (August and Faith) look like the casting director said, “I’m finished.  Put whomever you want in those roles” because those children look NOTHING like their fictional parents.  And I know it’s a movie, but sheesh.

The moments I cried: When Harper caught Mia coughing.  When Jordan cried.  When Mia sang with the girls.  When Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton sang “As”.  When Lance broke down at the gravesite.

So, yes, this was mighty lengthy, but I had a lot to say about this film.  I give this a 9.5 out of 10.  And as I said in a previous post, there does not need to be a Part 3.

What did you all think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Loved the story?  Did you cry, too?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!