Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Anyway, the thing that always stand out is how BAD hairstyles were in the 80s and early 90s. Remember these?
Jump rope braids
I'm not mad at weave. Ladies, if you purchase the hair, it's yours, whether or not it actually grew out of your scalp. But one thing I never liked were those big, thick braids sisters used to wear back in the early 90s. You know, the ones that look like the ropes they use on boxing rings. Didn't they hurt? I know they had to be heavy.
The giant box
I must admit, I always wanted a high-top fade, or 'the box' as we called 'em in Va. And I thank the good Lord that my mother refused to let me have one. Remember Kid from Kid 'n Play? I think there's a direct correlation between him looking like a human eraser and the fact that he's basically invisible these days.
Even though I wanted a high-top fade as a naïve child, I certainly recognized the wackness of Bobby Brown's infamous cut. It's like he wanted a fade but was afraid to commit so he did the next best thing - created a half fade. Ugh. Why didn't Whitney see that haircut as a signal of Bobby's commitment problems? Oh yeah, the drugs.
In our quest for equal opportunity in the realm of crappy haircuts, black folks said, "hey, why can't we have a mullet too?" Thus, the rattail was born.
I've never met Jheri, but I bet I know how he created the curl (and yes, Jheri HAS to be a man, only a dude would come up with such a thing). He was running late on his way to Harpo's Juke Joint when he caught out in the rain. But when he stepped in the party he was the hottest thing on the floor. Shug couldn't keep her eyes off him.
Don't front, you know you rocked a couple of these styles. What are some of your most memorable hair scares?
Monday, September 29, 2008
And last week, filmmaker Spike Lee revealed he has a script for a sequel to 1988 musical School Daze and that he wanted Kanye and Alicia Keys to be a part of the film.
According to Spike: "The film takes place at the same college but 25 years later, but the powers that be didn't want to tell that story. It was gonna have Kanye in it and Alicia Keys."
I bet Kanye would have loved to be part of this. Film is probably the next frontier for him to conquer and you know he can't wait to start bragging about Academy Award nominations. Can't you imagine him rushing the stage Oscar night, shoving down presenters George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, screaming that he deserved the award over "some dead guy who wore clown makeup?" Pure class.
But Kanye's dreams will have to be put on hold. It seems no one in Hollywood wants to fund a School Daze sequel. And I can't blame them. The original film was not good. At all. The only vivid memory I have of that movie is that there were a ton of people in it who went on to star in A Different World.
Nostalgia is a brain-distorting drug. We like to fool ourselves into thinking that those late 80s-early 90s flicks were good. Yeah, they were entertaining, but I wouldn't call them good. Do The Right Thing? Higher Learning? New Jack City? Try to sit through one of those movies now without rolling your eyes or cracking up at the bad dialogue.
Here’s the test - if a main character's death causes the viewer to laugh, that's the sign of a badly written movie.
The best thing about those movies is that they broke down doors for black actors and directors, which not only added diversity in Hollywood, but later led to movies that were actually good, like Malcolm X and even lighter fare like The Best Man.
I think Kanye dodged a bullet (because you know there's no way he would have turned that role down). I hope Spike goes back to the drawing board and comes out with something compelling instead of rehashing old stuff.
What are some of your favorite movies from that time period? And if anyone tries to say Girl 6 was good, I'm outta here.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Did you start watching Grey's largely because of your dream to become a doctor?
When you were watching the show back in medical school, did you hope and think your intern experience would be like theirs?
I wanted the bonding that ocurred between the group of residents more so the drama that surrounds them. I also like the connection the residents have with their patients.
So how has your first year been so far?
So how is your experience different from the Grey's crew?
There is a lot more time with the attendings in teaching situations and we definitely don't go out drinking with them.
Have you found a little Grey's Anatomy-esque group of friends?
Our entire class is fairly tight. We try to hang out as much as possible. We also are very intertwined with the second and third year class. Everyone is very supportive of one another and love getting together every chance we get to relieve the stress. Most of us aren't from Miami so we become each others families.
So where's the medical intern hangout spot in Miami?
What is a pain killer #3? Sounds illegal.
It's some sort of alcoholic beverage. Very potent. Probably should be illegal.
Do you ever sleep at the hospital?
So since you're a pediatric intern I guess you won't be falling in love with any of your patients like Izzie did with Denny and Alex with Rebecca.
I hope not. I can't say I won't fall in love with one and want to adopt them though.
Tell us about something that's happened to you at the hospital that you think would make a great sitcom episode.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
WTF! McDreamy! Please tell me Meredith is dreaming!!
Sigh. OK. That's better.
Is anyone else glad she's not Meredith's friend? Or Cristina's?
McDreamy or McSteamy who's hotter?
Delayed rage. I've been there.
Does anyone else hear Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" playing in your head when Callie and Erica are on screen?
It's only 9:15 and someone's dead already?!
I think Cristina likes G.I. Joe.
Her memory resets every 30 seconds. She's like a goldfish.
What kind of crimes would you commit if you found out your husband and best friend were sleeping together?
OK, I think I have a crush on Army Surgeon Badass too.
I'm not sure how I feel about Alex and Izzie getting together. What do you think?
Women should always know what's going on with their money even if they're married and have a joint account! But I'll get off my soap box now.
McSteamy is a jerk, huh? He's still hot, though.
Have I mentioned that I'm glad Meredith isn't my friend?
WTF!!!!???? OMG!! Cristina! Meredith go get help, now! Oh, wait, she can't hear me.
Aww, G.I. Joe is back.
OK, Rose, you're being a little psycho right now.
Your best friend is impelled and you're asking her about your love life. Seriously?
Alex is such an ass.
Callie! What do you mean you don't know?! Oh wait, she can't hear me either.
I was certain that woman was gonna get slapped after she confessed to the affair.
You took out my icicle. Am I the only one who thinks that sounds dirty?
Chill out, Chief!
Well, I made it through an hour and a half before crying.
Yep, I definitely have a crush on G.I. Joe.
Will G.I. Joe stay in Seattle? Will Lexi confess her love for George? Will I ever stop crying?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan's debut album "Fearless" drops today. Sullivan has been compared to Lauryn Hill (pre-nervous breakdown) and even Amy Winehouse (minus the drugs) and with good reason. But I believe she certainly has a style of her own. We were all singing "Need U Bad" all summer long and "Bust Your Windows" is about to be your new favorite song. Trust me.
You can check out the "Need U Bad" video above and you can visit Sullivan's website and MySpace page to hear other songs, including "Bust Your Windows." Let me know what you think. Our resident music guru will share his thoughts on the album later this week.
In the meantime, tell me about the artists you're loving these days.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Kelly: When you say teenage, how old are we talking?
Interview dude's face goes blank and he replies: Girls who are teenagers.
Interview dude: 19 and younger.
Kelly: I have some 19-year-old friends, but I don't like anybody illegal if that's what we're talking about, underage.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Contributed by: Karie
This weekend, I found myself giving relationship advice to one of my best gal pals. The irony of the situation is that I'm usually "very single" and she has a surplus of relationships. I've learned that life's lessons on love do not have numeric quantifiers; instead, I've gleaned these lessons through observation and experience. I am not an expert on men, but here are a few of the basic lessons:
- Don't be quick to give "boyfriend" status. The purpose of dating or "hanging out" is to get to know each other. In today's world, many mistake "boyfriend" status as a green light for physical intimacy.
- Listen. It's important to listen to the ideas and volitions of your potential mate.
- Check for consistency. Days and months later, check to see if his actions match the ideals and principles he first shared with you. If these things do not match, RUN!
- Ignore text messages. If text messaging is the primary mode of major conversation, there's a reason why he can't pick up a phone (i.e., he has a wife or girlfriend).
- Ignore his call…if he's married or in another relationship. Better yet, save his number as "Do not answer" to help resist temptation.
- Don't force a relationship. Trust your instincts. If you discover that your goals and the goals of your potential mate do not blend, don't force fit a relationship. The time and energy spent forcing a relationship could be put into executing your life’s dreams.
- Stand up for yourself. Be leery about a man who cannot apologize for hurting you emotionally.
- Remember the flying rule -- Put your air mask on first, before helping your mate. Take care of your needs before catering to the needs of your mate.
- Have faith that "the one" is out there. Enjoy your life and fulfill your dreams until he comes along.
About the contributor
Karie (pronounced like Marie with a “K) is new to the blogging world. She is a single, 20-something living in the DC Metropolitan area. Professionally, she is a technical writer. Outside of the office, she enjoys graphic design, creative writing, reading, and tennis. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So in an effort to keep me from being a grumpy face all season I'm going to make like blogger Jen MacNeil and do one new thing each of the 90 days of fall. That's right. I want to do one thing I've never done before everyday from Sept. 22 (which is Monday, by the way) until Dec. 20.
I've asked readers of my Velocity column and blog to give me suggestions and I've gotten plenty. A few that I've added to my list include: host a sex toy party, try a flamenco class and learn to change oil in a car. And one suggestion that did not make the cut: attend a zoning board meeting.
My 90-day adventure even got MacNeil's attention and she recommended that I try the following:
Use a chainsaw
Learn another country's national anthem
Build furniture without looking at the instructions
Get certified in CPR
I've been CPR certified before and I'm not eating insects unless someone is paying me, but the other suggestions will probably make the list.
Now I'm asking my Georgia Mae readers for help. I want to fall in love with an album I never knew existed, try some new food, pick up a new hobby and much more. So tell me about your favorite bands, hobbies, recipes, etc. Tell me about stupid stuff you've done that you're so glad you tried and community service projects that made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Oh, and as I said in my column, buying something I've never owned before counts too, so if youre surfing the Web and you find a cute, but cheap skirt that you think would look great on me, hit me up.
As a way to thank you for being my muse, I'll share updates of my 90-day adventure on this blog in hopes of inspiring you to try something new this fall too.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I remember being in school - senior year I think - watching the little news progam they broadcasted before class began covering 2pac’s death. I had no idea he would die. The fool got shot all the time; I figured he'd make another song about it, threaten Biggie, as usual, then make another movie. But his death changed the music industry forever as he has become a strange hip-hop martyr.
Recently Blender magazine pissed off 2pac fanboys by ranking him the most overrated artist of all time list in their October issue.
I think most of Pac's mystique comes from the fact that he's probably the first 'conflicted rapper.' He loves his momma and wants to save the world, but he'll stab you in the eye and kill yo' ho if you look at him wrong. That's all well and good, but what about the music? Blender says Pac 'larded records with self-mythologizing, mediocre filler.' That sounds about right to me. The guy has like 300 albums, but can you name three albums that are as groundbreaking as people claim? Bet not.
I'm still not sure where talk of him being a 'revoluntionary' comes from. Yeah, he wrote a positive song or two, but DMX does that all the time and he’s probably passed out face-first in pile of cocaine right now. I'm kidding, X. I love that dude but I know he'll kill me.
And that's what I'm saying -DMX is one of my favorite rappers but I recognize he's not a saint. So why pretend Pac would have been running for president with Joe Biden if he was still around?
What do you think? If Pac was here would he have changed the world? Or would he have made a couple more movies and gotten shot again? Guess which one I'm pickin'.
Poor Amerie. I don't think there has been an artist who has consistently dropped smash singles - you couldn't escape 1 Thing back in '05, and don't forget Why Don't We Fall In Love in '02 - but hasn’t been able to break though the R&B glass ceiling.
Maybe that's why she released her third album, Because I Love It, overseas. Through the magic of Amazon.com, I acquired it the other day. See, the Internet is good for something other than blogs and facebook.
Unlike the rest of those tone-deaf tarts on the radio, Amerie actually takes her music in a different direction. The album blends 80s pop and early 90s R&B - picture Cyndi Lauper and early Mary J. Blige, minus the drugs. The results are really refreshing. And even her more traditional R&B tracks are very well-written and a throwback to the good ol' days.
Despite that, there are a few slight missteps. Her single 'Gotta Work' received a little airplay in the U.S. last year, and I have no idea why she chose that song. It's an inferior 1 Thing ripoff and doesn't measure up to most of the other tracks here. Also, Amerie is still plagued by her biggest flaw - she occasionally tries to hit high notes and often doesn't have the pipes to do it. She tries to sound like Mariah Carey, but winds up pulling a Drew Carey. But most of the time you’ll be too busy dancing to notice those imperfections.
But those nitpicks are few between. This is by far the best R&B album I've purchased this year. Stop pretending that Rihanna can sing and listen to some real talent. Go to Amazon and cop it.
Best tracks: Crush, When Loving U Was Easy, Paint Me Over
4.5 stars out of 5
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I created Georgia Mae to be a safe space on the Web where women can feel comfortable talking about the social issues that effect us most. But Georgia Mae is also a place where women can relax and chat about fashion, food, sex and much more. Georgia Mae is like that girlfriend of yours who is a pop-culture encyclopedia, but is also always ready to talk politics; that pal who loves to party but who always gives good advice; and that friend who will tell you if your outfit is just not working and can tell you where to snag designer gear for cheap.
Named for my late grandmother, Georgia Mae is meant to be personal, passionate and playful because my Granny was all those things and more. She was a woman who believed the personal was political. She was passionate about her God, her family and about freedom and justice. She was not only a strong matriarch but she also served in her church and was active in the Civil Rights movement in Alabama. But my Granny was also a playful woman with a great sense of humor who knew how to have a good time.
Georgia Mae is a blog for women, but that doesn't mean Y-chromosome carriers aren't welcome. In fact, Georgia Mae even has a resident “man blogger” by the name of Edward T. Bowser, a.k.a. the music guru, a.k.a. my saner half. Most of all, I want to build community here at Georgia Mae, so feel free to comment on any and every post and I would love to have you do some guest blogging too. If you’re interested in contributing to Georgia Mae, give me a shout at email@example.com.