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!

This Week in the News-Celebrity Edition

Happy Friday, folks!!   A lot is going on this week that has caught my attention.  “Grey’s Anatomy” was GREAT last night, Boris Kodjoe doesn’t want to be a sex symbol anymore, and Roman Polanski‘s accuser wants the charges dropped after 30+ years. 

If you aren’t familiar, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to the 1977 charge of engaging in unlawful sex with a minor.  Polanski, fearing the judge in his case would provide a harsher sentence than what was agreed upon in his plea deal, fled the U.S. and has been a fugitive for over 30 years.   Said minor was 13 year old Samantha Geimer, who was on “Larry King Live” last night stating that she wants the charges to be dropped.   When Polanski went to Switzerland last year, he was arrested on a fugitive U.S. warrant.  Geimer fears the media circus that will continue to grow in her backyard if Polanski were brought back to the U.S.  (Um, what does she think will happen now that she’s appeared on Larry King???)  I’ll let you read more of her story here, but if I must say, “This is a load of bullcrap!”  If this were John Singleton or Spike Lee, or let’s take it back to the 70’s and say Melvin Van Peebles, they would be UNDER the jail!!!  I try not to be one of these black people that brings race into everything, but let’s be real here.  I know for a fact that if this were a minority director, regardless of his success in Hollywood, this case would not have dragged out like it has.  His butt would’ve been brought back to California (in 1977), he would have been sentenced, and would probably still be in jail.  I dare somebody to tell me they disagree. 

Next up, Boris Kodjoe tells BlackVoices he’s no longer interested in just being a sex symbol; he wants to be considered a serious actor.  Ummm, call me crazy, but can’t you do both?  People take Brad Pitt as a serious actor…you know, let me use someone else.   People think Will Smith is a serious actor and a sex symbol.  Of course Will had to pay his dues, and that’s what Boris is going through.  I mean, he started his career modeling…c’mon, dude.   But I guess he has matured as he’s gotten older, so who can blame him?  But if he really didn’t want to be considered a sex symbol, he’d let that six-pack go and get a keg. 

Once again, Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy.   Potentially having debt totaling close to $50 million, Toni is reportedly only (I know, only) worth $1 to $10 million.  I’m not sure what is going on with Ms. Braxton, but I hope she gets her finances in order. 

I’ve never met her in life and wouldn’t know her if she came up and slapped me in my face, but I heart Shonda Rhimes.  The “Grey’s Anatomy” creator has a WILD imagination.  I got hooked on Grey’s last year and catch re-runs on “Lifetime”.  I really don’t have any news about Ms. Rhimes, I just want to say I love that show.   Last night’s episode was great, and one of my girlhood on-again/off-again crushes Omar Gooding had a guest role.

Ok, people, what else is going on Hollywood…or those who think they are Hollywood?  I know you guys saw the season premiere of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta“!  These girls are a trip, and this season is going to wild!  I didn’t talk about Mario hitting his mama last week, but ya’ll just pray for him.  Ashanti and Nelly continue to deny their relationship.  I think I’m with my “aunt” Madeline who said, “They’re probably already married.”  And…my Jaguars won last week!!! God bless Josh Scobee and his kicking abilities!!! Let’s see how my boys play against the Bills on Sunday.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Lastly, don’t forget about Mitrice