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Dear Life........

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In a few hours 2014 will be in the rear-view and a new year will begin. I’m actually anticipating the arrival of 2015 because honestly this past year has been pretty difficult for me. Life is a combination of highs and lows but I was experiencing a lot more lows than highs despite the picture that my social media pages painted. We like to advertise to the world our joys but we silently hide our pain. I guess you can call it growing pains because as you get older it’s inevitable not to get hit by one of life’s curve-balls. The feeling of being carefree is one of the things I miss the most about childhood because you really don’t have to deal with the problems that come along with life, and it’s not that problems aren't there but as a child you get a period of immunity from them.

One problem that I have struggled with is letting go of past hurts. 
It’s crazy how you can create your own unhappiness and depression by holding on to things that are no longer a part of your life. I’m an ov…

Try Again: The Aaliyah Movie Recap

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Try Again, the title of a hit track by the late singer Aaliyah ironically also describes the internet reactions from many of the fans who watched the movie that premiered on Lifetime Saturday night. As an Aaliyah fan, I was very disappointed by what I saw, but based on all of the controversy surrounding the movie from the beginning of filming, I didn't have high expectations for the film.

I just don’t know where to begin with everything that went wrong with the movie. A huge issue that a lot of the fans had was the casting choices for the film. Originally Disney star Zendaya Coleman was cast to play Aaliyah. She caught hell from outraged fans who felt she looked nothing like the late star. Of course the race card was brought up and the media twisted the story to imply that fans felt that Zendaya wasn't “black enough” to play Aaliyah despite her being biracial. I shared the sentiments of most fans who felt it was Zendaya’s lack of resemblance to Aaliyah rather than her skin comp…

His Past Ain't Pretty

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I feel sorry for any show that comes on television between 8 pm and 11 pm on Thursday nights because Shonda Rhimes has taken that time slot hostage!  Her hit shows Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy are in their 4th and 11th seasons, and two weeks ago she premiered a brand new series called How to Get Away With Murder. The new show has become my instant fave, replacing my love for Scandal; but that might change once Scandal’s storyline picks up. Last week’s episode of How to Get Away With Murder addressed a topic that was so interesting that I had to call some of my girls to get their input.  In the last episode, law student Michaela Pratt found out her fiancĂ© slept with one of her classmates when he was in high school. You might think, Ok that was years ago and everyone has a past BUT the tea is that her classmate is a man. That changes the situation completely. She found out they slept together through the classmate who joked that he could have been the fiancĂ©. Confused by his comment, Mich…

A Little Taste of Hollywood

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Around this time last year I was walking onto the movie set of the 

James Brown biopic Get onUp.  When I found out the movie 

would be filmed in my home state and that a casting company was 

searching for locals to play extras, I just couldn't turn down the 

opportunity to submit for a role even if it was small. I mean how 

many people can look back on their life and say they were in a 

movie especially about a man who was so influential to music 

history.

I was selected to be an extra in 3 scenes; a church scene, a concert
scene, and a club scene. The experience was so exciting and the 

best part was being transformed into a person from a different time 

period. Each day started off with wardrobe, makeup and hair 

styling, and from there the extras were taken to the set for a long 

day of filming. Filming could start at 10 am and not end until 1 am 

the next day. Each scene was filmed from different angles so that 

alone took a few hours. In my concert scene, I had to be a young 

concert goer wh…

Yonce Taught Me

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I had to write a piece to give props to Mrs. Carter. I want to make it clear that I AM NOT a Beystan so I’m writing this without being bias. I’m not in love with Beyonce nor do I dislike her. I like a lot of her music and I’ve seen her in concert twice. I don’t think she is the greatest singer or dancer of all time, but I think she is a very talented artist that has mastered the art of entertaining. One thing that I admire the most about Bey is her work ethic. She has been on her grind in the music industry since she was a kid, and she doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon. I feel like these past 3 years have been a Beyonce takeover. From her having a baby, to endorsement deals, going on back to back tours, performing at the superbowl and award shows, and dropping a surprise album. She isn't giving her competition or her fans a chance to breathe but can you blame her? She is living in her moment.  Bey definitely has worked extremely hard to get to where she is today.…

Mr. "Black-Ice" Bell

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It is hard to believe the year is halfway over. How many of us have actually followed through on the goals and resolutions we made at the beginning of the year?  Most of us repeat the same cycle; we go to sleep on Sunday night, dreading Monday morning, and we wait anxiously for Wednesday to get here because we know it means there are only 2 days left until the weekend. The weekend flies by, and we’re back to another Monday.  It’s a never ending cycle; the majority of us work 40 hours or more a week at a job that overworks and underpays us, and we have absolutely no passion for what we do. Now I don’t hate my job. I actually enjoy what I do, but there is no room for growth where I work. I refuse to get too comfortable because when you become too comfortable, you become stuck; when you become stuck, you will look around and realize that 2 years have turned into 20 years and you’re still in the exact same spot.


One of my biggest inspirations for not settling in life and for going after m…