Fine, I’ll Just Blog My Crazy…

*SPOILER ALERT*  If you did not see last night’s “Scandal”, you may want to skip this post… But it may not even matter since a new episode isn’t coming back until April 25. -_-

After last night’s episode of “Scandal”, creator and Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes basically told fans that she does not make the decision of when the show airs; it’s up to ABC.  The ultimate disrespect came when she put the hash tag “#donttweetmeyourcrazy”.  Ok, Shonda, I won’t tweet you my crazy-I’ll just blog it.  Now, if we, the tried and true, loyal fans can’t come to you with our complaints/concerns about the show, who do we go to?  The cast and crew are always quick to want fans to tweet them during the show when things are good, but when you get some push back and you feel a little pressure, you don’t want to hear from us.  Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.  If you want the good, you have to take the bad, too.   As a friend mentioned last night on Facebook, ABC might not want to get too comfortable spreading these shows out.  You see, one of your competitors has this new show that premiered last night-during the same time as “Scandal”-and it’s also a one hour drama-and I heard it was pretty good.  Two weeks is a long time to get addicted to something new… #IJS  Anywho, onto last night’s show.

At the end of the night, I was so confused.  Who’s the mole?  Who was in Olivia’s apartment?  Who is Jake REALLY working for?  Is Jake really a good guy or is he a dirtbag that can’t be trusted?  Is he even really in the Navy??? (Ok, that’s not a real question-of course he is; he works at the Pentagon and has a uniform.)  What is Fitz’s angle?  Why is he really following Liv?  Why wasn’t Fitz concerned when Cyrus didn’t bat an eye when he told him he killed Verna?  Why didn’t Cyrus lose his mind when Fitz confessed to murder?  Is Charlie working for Jake and Byron from “A Different World”? (Sorry, I don’t know his name on the show.)  See, it’s too much going on.  And I have to wait 20 days to start getting answers to my questions.

So, the moral of today’s post?  ABC is on that bull.  I’ve never EVER heard of a network only showing, on average, 2 episodes per month of a show.  And, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think “Scandal” has got to be THE most popular show on its channel.  And didn’t “Scandal” get picked up for a full season, meaning 22 episodes???  So does this mean the season finale is going to be in July instead of May?  It’s too much.  You all enjoy your weekend; I’ll definitely enjoy mine.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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Scandal…and Other Happenings

If you follow me on Twitter or we’re friends IRL (or at least on Facebook), then you know that I have been OBSESSED with “Scandal” since it premiered earlier this year.  First, I’m a fan of Kerry Washington.  I love EVERYTHING that she does, from “Lift” to “She Hate Me” to “For Colored Girls”.  Kerry is an amazing actress, and I think her starring in a Shonda Rhimes show is fantastic.

If you have not been watching “Scandal”, you are missing out.  Lucky for you, it’s still early in its existence, so you can catch up before next week’s episode.  Last night’s episode was by far my favorite. And I said the same thing two weeks ago, which proves this show is getting better and better.  Even Southern Mom is a fan!

I just had to share with you all that you really should be watching this show.  You have NO idea what you’re missing.  It’s probably the best show on television right now.

Lastly, Benevole, the non-profit I work with in DC, is hosting “Be a Hero” on Veterans’ Day, November 12, which is this Monday.  The event benefits Heroes Place, which is a non-profit that works with low-income and homeless veterans.  From 12-4 pm, we will be at Heroes Place (1204 Queen St. NE) collecting business suits (for men and women) and toiletries to assist their clients.  Veterans have given so much for our country, and there is no reason why they should struggle once they’ve served.  I, and the Benevole team, hope you will come out on Monday and drop off a few items.  I know some of you need to clean out your closets.  So go ahead and bring your suits!  And if you are unable to come but would like to donate, you may do so here.  I hope you all have an awesome weekend, and until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Pre-Screening of “Scandal”

I’ve mentioned on the blog before how excited I am about the new ABC show “Scandal”, which stars one of my favorite actresses Kerry Washington, premiering soon!  Well, this week is the week!  But more importantly, the Black Public Relations Society of Washington, DC, along with ABC and Howard University, are hosting a screening of the show TONIGHT!  To say I’m beyond excited is an understatement! 

If you plan on attending, you may RSVP here.  And if you’re interested in becoming a member, you can do so when you sign up to attend.  Get there early, because you want to make sure you have a prime seat!  And if you’re not able to attend tonight’s screening, don’t fret; just tune in on Thursday night.  🙂  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Where My Girls At??? (Part Two)

I will attempt to convey my thoughts in this post that I originally tried to do two weeks ago. 🙂

Long story short, I want to see sitcoms (because let’s face it, a drama may be far-fetched) of my peers on network television.   Based on the shows that I mentioned in Part One, I had friends that mirrored and shared some similarities with the characters on our television screen.  And those characters transcended race. 

Growing up, I could look to Whitley Gilbert, Khadijah James, Claire Huxtable, and Joan Clayton as women who inspired me to do great things and to aspire to become someone wonderful.  Who do the girls have to look up to today?  Snooki, Evelyn, and NeNe? If so, we are in a world of trouble.  I think it’s important for all of us to realize we must reach the children in our families and neighborhoods.  It’s up to us to serve as the positive role models that this generation can look up to.  And to show them positive images of women that they believe they can emulate or even transcend, even if it’s the women behind the scenes, like Shonda Rhimes and Mara Brock Akil. 

I really think I want to get into more writing and creating characters that all women, young or old, Black or White, can look at and say, “I want to be like her” or “That is SO me!” or “She reminds me of my best friend”.  I challenge all of you to make a decision on what you will do to conscientously make a positive impact on the lives of young women in your community.  And share with us here on the blog.  Feel free to recruit others and to bounce ideas off each other.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

It’s Season Finale Week!

Happy Monday!  Despite having a busy weekend, it was actually pretty good!  You all know I’m a TV buff, and it appears that a few of my favorite shows will have their season finale this week.  😦

First, “Gossip Girl“.  GG is my guilty pleasure.  While I missed most of the episodes this season, I’m pretty much caught up on the fact that Blair is engaged to a prince, Serena’s crazy cousin is in town, and Nate has a new squeeze that used to belong to Chuck.  Sadly, I will miss tonight’s finale as I will be watching “Freedom Riders“.  I’m sure I’ll have numerous opportunities this summer to catch up. 

On Wednesday, my FAVORITE show still on the air, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit“, will end it’s 12th season.  This show, by far, is the best L&O series in the franchise and has been renewed for a 13th season.   Based on the commercials that have shown, I think Captain Cragen is going to get shot.  And it looks like it’ll be a great episode, like last week’s. 

I started watching “Grey’s Anatomy” when I moved to DC two years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I’ve never been big on hospital dramas, but I must say GA has been able to keep my attention.  Last year’s finale was AMAZING, and I gave kudos to creator Shonda Rhimes via Twitter…not sure if she saw my tweet though. 

Growing up as a latchkey kid and not liking the outdoors made television my best friend.  Even as an adult, it’s never let me down.  When I want to unwind, or get away from it all, or simply want to be entertained, my remote is just a reach away.  I highly suggest you watch all of the aforementioned shows this week.  And if you’re a new fan, don’t worry-you can get caught up on the past season this summer; a plethora of re-runs will show, I’m sure.  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