Nov 30, 2009

It Aint For Everybody! :Single Ladies Remixed

I'm telling you now this next song is mad different. My friend pointed me in the direction of this duo who re-did (the only person I Stan for) Bey's, Single Ladies. No, they unfortunately did not rock leotards but did a mad cool re-make. They remind me so much of one of my favorite bands, The Bird and the Bee. Check the video below. So frickin' cool... But I must warn... It aint for everybody!

Remember... Claudette??




Yes, Claudette! Claudette was the chick in the group City High which also had our friend from Sister Act in it as well. Remember? City High was dropping tracks like What Would You Do? and Carmel during the early 2k's (about 2001). They had a respectable amount of buzz with those two tracks. In fact, their album went double platinum! That does not happen that often these days. But anyway, back to Claudette. Claudette did a track with Wyclef in about 2002 and it was my absolute favorite track back then! I was listening to it this morning and I couldn't help but think about City High and Claudette when they were on top. Claudette was spotted in early 2009 doing a joint concert with Mya and I have not heard anymore from her since. Check my fave song.






Two Wrongs - Wyclef Jean featuring Claudette Ortiz of City High


Good day my loves!

Nov 29, 2009

A Love Affair: The Threesome

Hey! I am currently in the process of this crazy crazy threesome... with these three artist! Who? Solange, Res and Sia! A strange trio, right? I have been listening to all of their music and it's being coming together in my head in this weird mixture of wonderfulness! All of their music seems to come from a depth of an intense love of music that I feel a lot of artists these days are missing. I just dont know how to explain but it I am vibing so hard with these three right now! Now THAT would be an awesome super group!! Join the fun..below!

Check The Res here 
Check Sia here 
Check Solange here

Oh Shiz...

6 Months after the fact... I realized... oh shiz, I graduated. wth? Hilarity.

Today I was watching this documentary that won an award at the 2008 Sundance Musical Festival. The doc is called "American Teen" (you can watch that here ) and it essentially follows five seniors through their last year of high school. It was that final scene when they all graduate and they played that classic graduation song that made me say to myself "Oh shiz, I graduated". Strange but not uncommon. Anyway, the closing credits has one of my fave songs in the background, MGMT-Kids. Check it below.



Toodles... Now I gotta go think and ish. :)

Nov 28, 2009

IDK. Last Thoughts.

I have a "Last Song" every night but tonight I had a  mixture of last song/last thoughts.

I posted on my friend's wall like 5 seconds ago:

"2 things.

1.) Saw John Mayer interviewing today and like fell in love. (I never wanted to like him as much as I love his music but he got me today)
2.) That Rih album is siiiick musically. wow.

and a bonus- Bey had a special on ABC last night (clips from her new DVD)... Every time I see her, I'm reminded why I love her.... Nobody's checking her right now. (GaGa's is the closest but does Ga have longevity? I'm not sure yet.)

oh yeah, second bonus- Talib and Mos def were on Fallon the other night w/ Dirty Projectors backing them up. Hottness. Blackstar Reunites!"

that sums up my thoughts. Not that exciting, I know.(this blog is mostly a memory journal. my memory sux.)

Nov 27, 2009

ObXession: Paper Heart

So, when I have an abundance of free time (as in 2 or more hours) I like to watch a good movie. I can't really describe what kind of movies I like these days but my current favorite movies include "Away We Go", "Once" and "The Reader". Kinda makes sense. Kinda doesn't. But anyway, my friend mentioned "Paper Heart" to me in passing and I decided to watch it last week. Loved it! It's like a documentary/real-life/scripted... yeah, all of that. It's essentially about this girl who goes around the country looking to discover what love is. She does this through interviewing mostly (white) couples across the United States. It's amazing to see and hear what people from different walks of life define as love. Does she ever discover what love is? It's up to the viewer. For a great copy of the movie online check here.




picture courtesy of The Warren Report

Rihanna: Rated R




Well, well, well.... Rih has done it! (or shall I say her producers have done it.) The new Rih album is hooooot. As much as her voice reminds me of something.... different (think: slow dying cats/ a person with severe congestion), to deny the beauty of the album would be ridiculous. It is indeed her best album yet.. I think... or so people say. In all honesty I have never listened to a Rihanna album in its entirety so I do not have a complete view on that. But anyway, the new album is definitely worth a listen. My favorite track off of the album is "Cold Case Love" (below) and ."Fire Bomb". I must also add that Rih's voice is well mastered on the tracks and she sounds her best. Will we be able to say the same about her live? Ummm.. Probs Not. No shade and such.

Check the entire album below






Good day my loves!




 

Nov 25, 2009

Priscilla Renea: Jukebox!



 Prisiclla Renea came on the scene via youtube a couple years ago. She started by posting videos of her singing her original songs and covering songs fans requested. Some of my favorites include 22 and Hello My Apple (which was on her EP that dropped earlier this year).

Today I listened to her new album and I have to say I Love LOVE the vibe of the album!  She does an amazing job of amalgamating pop and r&b with catchy lyrics and complex musical backdrops. She covers everything from teenage love and insecurity to infidelity and the death of a lover. My favorite songs on the album would have to be "Lovesick", "Pretty Girl" and "Fixing My Hair". She can sing well, which makes me beyond happy and proud to have found her some months and months ago before her EP and LP even dropped. She's has also wrote all but one of the songs on her album. It is records like this that make you wonder how it is even possible for sub par artists to make it as big as they do. Love the album. It drops December 1st!

Listen to the entire album here for free-zies!!

Check her doing tracks live from the new album and other wonderfulness on her you tube page here.


My favorite cover she has done to date:





LOOOOVE this chick! Will definitely be copping the new album.

Rih Rih Does GMA

Today as I laid in bed recovering (someone on)Twitter reported to me that Rihanna had performed on GMA and "sounded a mess as expected". I went to go check it out for myself and well, I really liked her jacket! It was cute! But yeah, she sounded a mess. sad face. I promise I'm rooting for Rih. I want her to be great..her voice doesn't. Check the video below. She was also on Angie Martinez today and gave a great interview! She has sooo much  personality these days. Check that here !




nice jacket, right?

Good day my loves!

Sooo..

Typically, I like to post everyday but I was sicky today.. sad face. Stayed home. Slept for hours. Dreamed about Bey's I AM.....Yours DVD. Wondered if I could make it to the store and back in one piece. Knew that was impossible. I'm definitely going to get that DVD tomorrow and I know I will feel 100% better.

1.Listening to Priscilla Renea's album dropping next week. Will review soon after.
2. Rihanna was on GMA today and tried very hard. May review that.
3. Alicia Keys was on The Today Show and she also tried very very hard.

Ok, Laters!!

Nov 23, 2009

I Spit Hot Fire! : Dylan Returns

Please tell me you remember this foolish ole self-destructive ninja from "Making The Band". OMG!
Who Is The Best 5 Rappers alive? (according to Dylan)
1. Dylan
2. Dylan
3. Dylan
4. Dylan
5. Dylan

A Mess! Check the vid below!

Soooo... The AMA's. Deep Sigh.

So basically I wasted 3 hours of my life yesterday. I was pretty geeked about the AMA's as I always am... I mean where else can you see the best acts across a wide range of genre's? (Besides the Grammy's of course). I was all prepared to sit in front of a TV Screen for 3 hours because I knew that I was about to be visually and acoustically wow'd ... or so I thought. (I'll only post the ones worth watching)I'm just going to bullet point my thoughts. It's easier to break down that way.

1. First of all...I love Janet but please explain to me why she was rocking those ultimate harem pants. Um... no. And why I know it's not fair to want to see her perform like she use to, I still wished she had of. Wasn't impressed.

2. Rih Rih had on nice shoulder pads. That's all.

3. Please explain to me why Paula (Abdul) decided it was appropriate to pop some pills before she took the stage. Soo confused about that.

4. J. Lo never could really sing so I was not expecting anything from her. And even though she did pull a Michelle Williams (think BET, eating dust and Kelly giving her the side eye) she played it off well. She was kinda exciting. I guess.

5. Alicia ...idk... A for effort. Her doing the tootsie roll on the brick wall was wack but she tries. She is not Beyonce and she should accept that she should just continue doing her whole sitting at the piano thing. The piano flying in the air was kinda hott though. AND THAT JACKET SHE WAS ROCKING WAS HOTT!

6. Whitney Houston. Because I respect her so much as a legend and her past vocal prowess I will abstain from talking about how utterly disappointed I am in her. (Crack not only kills people, it can kill your gift. Saddens me. No shade)

7. GaGa was just about as crazy as you would expect. Her playing and singing with the burning piano was hott so she gets best performance of the night for me.



8. Timbo looked like he was about to explode at any moment and splatter little bits of leather and sausage all over the screen. Just saying.

9. Black Eyed Peas. Music was way too low. Fergie gets on my nerves with how she usually just screams when the performance needs a little boost. If she did her lil sing-scream in the correct key, we might be okay.

10. Jay and AK were of course wonderful! Second best performance of the night.




11. Mary J. She never did really do it for me so I'll refrain from commenting too much but she was decent.

Conclusions- They needed Bey to come on stage and give that whole show life and Kanye needed to be on standby in London to interrupt Tay's ridiculous amount of wins.

Deeply Disappointing!

Good days my love!

Nov 22, 2009

It Aint For Everybody!

I was listening to Gloriana today and I must say... They're pretty epic for a country quartet. They remind me of a mix between Carolina Liar, The Script and something else I can't quite put my finger on. I dig them. If you're ever in the mood for big, full, lively music.. they're a winner! It aint for everybody though! I'm a strange musical creature.





Good day my loves!

Last Song: Samson

Heading to dreamland and closing out the night with a Regina Spektor classic, Samson.

The Bathroom Chronicles: Brandy

If you do not know..people (or singers) if not near a studio or mic will sing in the bathroom because it pretty much has the best and cheapest acoustics. Brandy decided to do a couple bathroom selections and straight KILLED it! She posted a video singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" a couple months ago and people and other celebrity singers were raving about it. She recently posted another video which set my soul free...again. You hear stuff like this and you wonder why she's not selling out arenas and Rih is. No shade. Just saying.







Killed!

Nov 21, 2009

A Proud Gleek!

So today I was caching up on my missed episodes of "Glee" when I came across one of their best re-makes yet! I mean I LOVED this song in the movie (think Joe Clark and bat) but Mercedes (Amber Riley) from "Glee" just took this song to a completely new level. Wooooooow!! She took it to church! My God! Please, I beg of you, check it below!

I'm A Sucker For Harmonies.

Instantly fell in love with this song just because of the intense harmonies. You can seriously sing anything and do it in eight part harmony and I will pretty much fall over myself with glee. It's sick. Check my new jam here.

Blog Plug: Le Blog de Big Beauty

I happened upon this blog randomly one evening as I was going through my daily internet journey. The title on top is actually the name of the blog. When I first happened upon the blog name I was like "Ugh. Here is some semi-fly big American chick trying to be different, writing in French and ish." But turns out the chick is actually French and the whole blog is in French! Also, she's not semi-fly, bish is super fly! I basically go to this blog daily just to get style inspirations. Real talk. Below are some of my fave outfits to date. Check the blog here.


 Mostly, I'm just crazy about this sequined jacket she's rocking. I need some sequins in my life ASAP!



Peep the gloves! She is straight super star status right here!



One of the cas outfits she rocked. Crazy about the jacket and scarf combo!

Sigh. She's soooooo fly. Gotta love it.
Check her blog for more pics!

Good day my loves!



pics courtesy of L eBlog de Big Beauty

Mash-ups and Such: Biggie and Miley

I just heard this mash-up on Twitter (via @packofstrays). It's kinda hott. Check it! Check it!




Last Song: Something's Missing

I usually like to listen to one last song before I shut my eyes. I've been feeling this song sooo deep these last two days since my friend randomly played it yesterday. (She like...does not do this "kind of music".). Made me remember how much I love this song. TC, whom I posted about last week, produced this track. Playing this right now...




Hot!

Night my loves!

Nov 20, 2009

Rih Rih Keeps The Faith!

Rihanna has also been pretty busy as of late. She performed in London the other evening with Nokia as the sponsor. That's all I can say without sounding like a hater. Click the Link below to check out some of the footage. I can't lie, I'm still not convinced.





The old Rih Rih for memory's sake.

Good day my loves!

Dont Get Too Close To The Stage: CB Get's Busy

Our resident-recovering-woman beater has been quite busy as of late... He has been busy dropping his new singles and videos for Transform Ya and Crawl and touring with his Fan Appreciation Tour (read: Please buy my albums! Please Like Me! My fist just got out of hand. Promise.- Tour) Anyway, some pre-teen was lucky enough to sit far enough away where she wasn't in danger but close enough so she was able to bless (i kid) the world with the video below. C. Beater did his thing in the video though. He payed homage to MJ.




Good, right?
Oh, CB, if only you would have kept your hands on the wheel. sigh.

Good day my loves!

Nov 19, 2009

Beyonce Crowd Surfs.

Yeah, you read right. Our Queen decided to crowd surf during a recent performance in London. The best part is that she HIT EVERY NOTE while doing so. She is just beyond sick. She is super extra most of the time and that outfit she's rocking in the video below is questionable but she delivers.

Peep the video below. Bananas.



Good day my loves!

But Real Talk...

Do you remember that "Confessions" album??? I was thinking this morning about how utterly amazing that album was. He has not gotten back to that place in quite some time. Here's to hoping his recent divorce will mean great music for the masses....

I had to listen to this when i woke up this morning.


My fave tracks on this album would have to be .. oh hell, I cant decide. I just love the whole album.



oh yeah, and here's his new single Papers .

Good day my loves!

(Past) ObXession: Bleeding Love +

I remember when I saw this chick, Leona Lewis, on X-Factor and was beyond impressed with her vocals. She was like old Mariah (because God knows new Mariah is struggling) and I liked it. A lot. She of course won the whole thing as I knew she would and everything from there just happened quickly. She got to the studio right away and released her album in Europe and the U.S. to great success. One of her first singles off her first albums was "Bleeding Love". I can just remember when this song dropped how I was like super super obxessed. I'm talking it was the only song I needed to download on my phone and would listen to it thirty times a day obxessed. sick. She is also amazing live which helps me love her even more.I love love LOVE the Euro version of the video (which is below). She looks hot! But anyway, Bleeding Love..


Recently, she dropped her new single off of her forthcoming album and it's titled Happy. It's no "Bleeding Love" but it gets the job done...

Leona Lewis- Happy

Good day my loves!

Nov 18, 2009

She Speex! : Music as Life

By she.. I mean me, AuthenticQueen! Hehehehe. Anyway, I just had a random thought (or series of thoughts) and I wanted to write it down on here so I wouldn't forget. Also, others might fell similarly so I wanted to share. I was thinking about how much my life would suck if muzik did not exist. (Ugh. I kinda hate when people write muzik like <- that. stopping now.) I love music and I was thinking today about how different life would be without it. I would, first of all have one of the most boring life's ever. Like, I would walk around extremely unhappy and wear ash gray and brown all the time. I can just think about how much I listen to music everyday. I'm talking I wake up every morning with a song in my head. Every single morning. I then usually get my morning fix of music before I go to work. If I dont get a chance to listen to music before I leave.. I am guaranteed to be in a bad mood...until I can get to work and listen to whatever is in my head. Then, throughout the day whenever I have a brief moment, I immediately turn on a song. It's sick. After work, I come home and I listen to music until I go to bed for the night. I can guarantee you that I'm singing something in my head then too. (Right now I'm literally humming in my head ...Grizzly Bear- Two Weeks)

I mean.... like music is my life. If I could listen to it every second of everyday I would. Just think about it. There is a song or a soundtrack to every moment in your life. What I mean is that their is a song that can be played to perfectly express every single moment of your life. At least there is for mine. I'm just so grateful to people who do music. Who love music. Who live music.

Whew. That is all. End Scene. :)

 




Photo courtesy of Song Cacher Girl

Looking For Some New Muzik??

Check Complex. I'm listening to the songs on here like right now and My GAWD! Greatness in this piece. Check it.






picture courtesy of Complex

I Heart My Hair: Natural Paintings


I know. I know. I've said "I heart my hair" a couple times already but this post has less to do about my actual hair and more to do about the amazing art I just discovered. I peeped this artist a couple days ago and have been going back daily to look at her pieces again and again. I'm in love with the artists simplicity, bold colors and of course the way in which natural hair inspires each of her pieces. She is herself a natural haired gal...


Beautiful, right?

Her name is Andrea Pippins and she runs the blog Fly. She recently launched her website where she is selling her prints. Go check the website I Love My Hair and get a glimpse of her amazing art! My faves are below.


 
It says "The only regret I have with going natural is that I didn't do it sooner"
Great message. Lovesss it.


I dig the whole fro-hawk as that is my signature style.

If you would like to see more of her work skip on over to I Love My Hair.

Good day my loves!


(p.s. I would sooo not be mad if this showed up on my doorstep for my b-day in 3 weeks. ha.)

photos and prints courtesy of I Love My Hair and Fly.

ObXession: Jazzy Does Kiss By A Rose

Anybody who actually knows me knows that beside my intense love of Sia, Kanye West and Beyonce, Jazmine Sullivan stands right at the front of the list. I'm just psycho in love with this chick. I'll be writing a more in depth piece on her and my intense love for her very very soon but I'll give you a little Jazzy now. I have a long standing love for Jazzy...long before she ever got signed (the 2nd time) and became as big as she is steadily getting. If you're not into my girl Jazzy get to know her immediately. My Gawd. Below is a song/cover that I've been obxessing over off and on for the last say...5 months and the last two weeks it has just been playing in my head like everyday. Anyway, I give you "Kiss By A Rose" the Jazmine Sullivan rendition... Enjoy!



Good day my loves!

Nov 17, 2009

Go Hard or Go Home: AK-47

It's hard to deny that Alicia Keys is a phenomenal artist but in light of her current home-wrecking ways I've been staying two feet away from her and her music. I'm having a similar dilemma with her that I had/am having with CB. How does the way people rock in real life affect the way you listen to to their music? Is it even fair to discredit their music when they do super triflin' things? Though I must say AK's issue is not equal to CB's craziness. But anyway, AK is a home-wrecker.  (refer to this for more info on that nonsense) AK is also a great artist and musician. I'm for sure going to forgive AK....in time.  She's dropping her new album in December and has dropped a couple singles off of the new album. Her first song flopped.. In my opinion it was definitely not special enough and was pretty bland....even for AK. I'm not asking for a "Single Ladies" or anything but dang. Her latest song and video is definitely a better try... Check it below..




Good day my loves!

I Just Died A Million Deaths. Part Two

Now that I've watched Queen Bey's new video an embarrassing number of times I think I should offer a little more than "OMG". I still stand by my 3 trillion "OMG's" but I also have some further insights to offer about the video. LOL. First of all the video was beyond exciting,full of vibrant colors, fierce make-up and banging choreography. One part that had me laughing hysterically was GaGa. Why? Because Bey had her looking.... mad regular. Bey told old girl "Excuse me King LaLa ,GaGa or whatever they call you.. My name is Bey-once. I am the Queen of all time. You will not come up in my video with your skull masks, rabbit skin and weird choreo. You will wear this white bodysuit, shoot this Nerf gun and do MY choreography. Thank you." And handed her ish to her in a plastic bag like any good Southern girl would do. And GaGa took that ish like the man she is. She WORQED it! The other funny part was also Bey prancing around in that West Coast "sexy-gangster" outfit. I love Bey but really, a sequined shirt and rag? LOL. All in all. The video was beyond entertaining and worth the wait...


Go Ahead.. You know you want to.. Go watch it Again.. Videphone- Bey f/GaGa

Good day my loves!

Sub-Xession: She Is Love

Sooo... what's a sub-xession? It's something I'm only partially obxessed with. That means that I play it a good amount but the memory of it will most likely fade and I will not be reminded of it very often. I love this song though.. I'm just not ObXessed with it. Enjoy!


 
 



Good day my loves!
 

Nov 16, 2009

I Just Died A Million Deaths.

OMFRICKING!!! I just watched the new "Videophone" video and I just died a million deaths!!! OMG!!! Bey! GAGA!! CRAZY!!!




OMG. THAT JUST CHANGED MY LIFE. NOW, TO WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN...

OMG.

Oh. My Gawd. OMG!

This is just sick. I actually just watched a 30 second clip of the "Videophone" vid like multiple times. Just sick. Oh My GAWD!! I'm soooo excited! 30 second clip of Videophone Remix (Beyonce f/ GaGa) below...



AHHHHHHHHH!!! Super excited!

Good day my loves!

Who Brought the Magic?: Window -Busting And Such.

So, the other day my friend sent me a text out of the blue (which I love! Only real friends can text you out of the blue and it all make sense.) and said "So. Do you think Amber's version of windows is better than Jasmine's? I'm torn". I have to say that I avoided a straight forward response and was promptly called out on it. But wait, let me unpack this more for those of us who are 1.) Non- Gleeks or 2.) Just confused. Amber stars in one of my favorite shows on TV right now, Glee, where they cover a good number of songs every week. (check how they made Rih Rih's song 80x better Take a Bow.) A few episodes ago they decided to re-do one of Jazmine Sullivan's hits "Bust Your Windows" and my girl Amber did an amaaaazing job! But the thing is... I love LOVE LOOOOVE Jazmine Sullivan so deciding who rocked it better is hard because I'm incredibly biased. So anyway, what are people votes? Check both videos below.

The Original


The Cover



So, which one?

Good day my loves!

Nov 15, 2009

You Gotta Have Faith!: Forever 21 Plus


So the other day I was in downtown Chicago with one of my "Forever 21 size" friends (I was about to say one of my skinny friends but I thought it sounded too hater)and we decided to do a little Forever 21 visit. I dig Forever 21 just as long as whatever I'm wearing from them is not on 30 other people in the same room as me. (which happens all too often.) Forever 21 is wonderful for people with limited funds but looking to up their cuteness/fashionable-ness. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, Fashion is cool but style rules! If you rock with Forever but also infuse your own personal style into it, then it's a go. Unfortunately, too many people rock Forever from head to toe and lack little style. Ugh. So anyway, I usually buy various accessories or every once in a while I find something there that can work for me. The other day I made my way upstairs and stumbled upon their new plus size line, Faith 21. Ummmm, ok. I had heard about this line earlier this year and had been looking forward to it. I was unimpressed.

They had ish like this:




And this:




That belt is soooo nasty!


So yeah, I was disappointed. Needless to say, the in store merchandise was just as unimpressive. Sigh. I'll continue watching and hoping though. Keep the FAITH!

A little George Michael to make you feel better after that...

George Michael- Faith


Good day my loves!

My GAWD!: TC

So I have no idea how I came across the gem I'm about to introduce to you all but I must say, He is The TRUTH! TC, songwriter/music lover extraordinaire, recently produced/created some tracks for Brandy's Human album and he is just soooo amaaaazing. I just so love and adore this kid. I first peeped his amazing ability some months back through all the Brandy tracks. Check those here plus some other TC classics. You will melt with excitement! Recently he knocked me over with his remix to Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" .... I have been seriously listening to it on repeat. WOW.





Yeah?

Good day my loves!

How Precious!: My Favorite Color Is Fluorescent Beige.

That, my friends, is a quote from the movie "Precious" starring Monique, Paula Patton and Gabourey Sibide as Precious.That quote stands out to me in particular because of the many times comedic relief breaks were the only reasons your body allowed you to keep watching. It was like constantly soothing a burn only to get burned again. The movie left so much to be pulled, talked about, prodded and changed. The story of Precious is special in the way that it impacts every person that takes it in. To leave feeling neutral or untouched is impossible. I know. Watching the movie impacts people in varying degrees and in a variety of ways. Some say it reminds them of something or someone they know while others mourn their not knowing, their ignorance to other people's lives. However it affects you (or me for that matter), my only hope is that people are able to walk away with emotions and thoughts that are productive. Whether that is having an extensive conversation with someone or giving to a "cause", it's important. Precious was a great movie, even if it's only purpose is to get us thinking silently to ourselves. We are all different and important parts of the colorful threads of life. I mean... imagine living a world where the only inspiring color was fluorescent beige. ugh.

Here's a great New York Times article on the movie:Check it!

And here's the trailer:

Nov 14, 2009

Get Stung: Queen Bey

Happy Friday The Thirteenth and all that jazz! Do people say that?? Who knows...

Anyway, I cannot even begin to go into my OBXESSION with Beyonce. I'm saving all my energy to do an "Obxession" blog post on her super soon and quite honestly there will most likely be 3 million parts posted throughout the life of this blog. Bey and GaGa have been teaming up and doing some records together and November 23rd is a big day for them and specifically for the love of my life, Bey. November 23rd means the drop of her long awaited "I Am...Yours" DVD and the drop of her and GaGa's video for "VideoPhone". This may sound strange but I definitely have that day marked in my planner. No lie. The re-mix FINALLY dropped today after they (Bey's label) tricked all of the Bey stans (forever fans) last week and decided not to premiere the "VideoPhone" video at the last minute. Uggghh! Best believe I was super heated! Below is the "VideoPhone" remix and "Telephone" remix that is going to be on GaGa's new album, The Fame Monster.




Not crazy about GaGa's part but it does not matter... I bet that video is going to be SICK!!!



This is also an interesting song. I guess the thing is that both of them have very distinctive voices and it just sounds kinda strange together. But all in all, putting two of the biggest stars together equals a sky full of awesomeness. Mostly, I am just beyond excited to peep the video for both of their songs. You know Bey's going to bring the fierce and GaGa is going to bring the crazy. Looove it!

Good day my Loves!

Nov 13, 2009

Flying Solo: Solange

Solange. Solange. Love this chick. I cannot lie. I know people would imagine that because I'm the biggest Beyonce fan ever that I would ignore and create some imaginary beef with Solange. What's important to realize though is before Beyonce ever came into my world I was first a lover of music. With that being said, I cannot but help appreciate Solange's take on music. It is soothing, refreshing and groove's me to another level. I'm so so happy Solange stopped dancing backup for Bey and dropped a sophomore project that definitely had me wanting some more. My fave songs off of the Sophmore album, Sol-Angel and The Hadley Street Dreams is definitely..



This song is already hott and Bilal just takes this to another power... cosmic. Gawd.



Also, one of my all time faves of Solange. Girl, you betta sing! She is saaaagin' on this live version!

And real talk, low key I was sooo feeling this song off of The Fighting Temptations soundtrack.

Solange recently dropped a new song that's a mash-up between Dirty Projector's Stillness Is The Move and Dr. Dre's Explosive.
Check it at Concrete Loop. Solange is delivering on this one, baby! Solange- Stillness Is The Move

Good day my loves!

Nov 12, 2009

ConfeXion: I Love It When You Talk Dirty!

Here's the thing, friends... did not want to admit this. I have a reputation to uphold... but the truth of the matter is... I am madly in love with that color green especially if it's dirty! What I mean is I'm going straight bonkers over the latest video/song drop by the (if nothing else)sickeningly fly group, Dirty Money. This song takes me higher every time! Going bonkers! Check it!




So, what did you think?? Good day my loves!!!

Nov 11, 2009

I Like Ya But Ya Crazy!: Going GaGa

One of my friends from back in the day use to always say to me "I like ya but ya crazy!" in this hilarious voice. This exactly what I think every time I see GaGa's crazy behind. I'm still on the fence about whether the psycho is genuine or manufactured to make people look at her and scratch their heads the entire time... Whatever the case may be, it's working and she's getting hecka spins and making lots of money. Get yo paper Boo Boo!

So anyway, like last week she was on that interesting station by the name of BET on 106 & Park where she was spreading as much crazy around as is humanly possible. After watching the video I liked GaGa a little more and felt sorry for Rocsi. sigh.Who would have known that malnourishment can pretty much make your interviewing skills the pits..hmmm..

Anyway, here's GaGa scantily clad and the hosts being all BET like.



Somebody please explain to me how one can respond "That's a good look" after a person says their father had heart surgery... Part 2, around the 2:00 mark.




And also check GaGa's latest psycho video.. Bad Romance.

Rih Get's Hard: Really Rih?

I'm all for expressing yourself and coming stronger and better than ever.. but is this Rih's final answer? She's like taking it to a complete next level these days.. Hmmm... At the very least I dig this newest song way better than the other two she's released from the album. But real talk, how exactly does that outfit look in the front? Her cooch better not be out! Imma be real mad! lol. Check the photo!





Also check out the actual song below:






photo spotted at Just Jared

ObXession: This Must Be The Place

Sooooo... you know how you spend so much time with one person that their faves start becoming your faves?? Well, this is what has happened to me!! Ahh! My one friend absolutely adores this song and it has therefore, been etched into my mind since forever. Good thing it's actually an absolutely wonderful song and not some trash! I will not keep you waiting... I present to you, Talking Heads- This Must Be The Place!




Also check out Once In A Lifetime 

Good day My Loves!

Nov 10, 2009

Royal Mail: STAMPED!


OH. MY. GAWD.

Last night was the Glamour Women of the Year Awards and the ladies brought that fierceness!

All day I have been seeing this dress. It is like it has risen off the screen and attacked my brain. The flow, the peace, the sway, the hue. This dress. Classic. Beautiful. Chic. It get's my Royal Stamp of Approval!


loved. LOVED this dress. And that belt just takes it to a whole new level!

I've also been daydreaming about both of the dresses Rih Rih wore.




 My Gawd! Do you see those cascading pleats? Love it!

 
This is the best picture I could find of Rih Rih in her second frock. A delight, right???

Love LOVE Looooove it!

I'm a fuchsia/magenta kind of girl myself but I'm seriously considering getting with that pale/powder pick color. Fab!



pictures courtesy of The YBF


Winter Accesorizing: That's Tight!

Winter. Winter. WINTER! It is upon us as I announced not to long ago with my fave song, Winter Song .
How does one accessorize when you are wearing layers and layers of clothes?? One way is with TIGHTS!! Yaaas! I have been feigning for some warm but cool tights for like weeks and finally got the chance to scratch that itch. This resulted in me, of course, spending a little too much money on this all important winter accessory. (Clearly I have my priorities straight. No meat. No juice. TIGHTS! ha!) But anyway, tights are super important because first and foremost they can winterize dresses, pants that are too thin and even shorts. Yes, shorts. Secondly, because they can take an outfit to the next level. I'm personally a fan of textured tights especially for people who do not think they can pull of the crazy patterns and bold colors. I own a little of all of the options. One way that I like to rock highly patterned or bold colored tights is with black or specifically, a black dress or skirt. This gives the fly tights a chance to shine. I was perusing the internet and came across some wonderful tights options....

My fave site on the web is We Love Colors . I LOOOOOVE this website! Why? Because they have over 50 color options AND they come in big sizes/plus sizes/ an abundance of sizes. Here are some of my faves:




 Love the color and this chick is rocking the heck out of them. Get it bish!



This color is also super fab and I'm sure the same chick is rocking them.



The wonder of these tights are a little harder to see but they're glitter tights. I love sparkle!

 
These are a little harder to pull of but still so very wonderful! Live on the wild side!


You can also check out TARGET for some tights options and AVENUE for some additional plus tights options.
Ok, my loves! Happy Shopping!




OMG! Your Skin's Sooo Soft!



So the other day I was sitting next to one of my friends at dinner who "accidentally" (ha!) rubbed up against me and exclaimed "OMG! Your skin's soooo soft!" I was thrown off but then I let out a hearty "Thank you!" and all was well in the world. Ha. JK. But really, my skin is at its healthiest right now and so I started to wonder what exactly am I doing different that I was not doing the last four years of my life. Hmmm. First, I think it's also important to point out that thankfully, due to wonderful genes (hey mama!), I was not a acne sufferer. Never have been. Always had clear skin until... college. Gawd! Pissed me off immensely. I got to college and my skin waged an all out war against me! The thing is though..it was not acne as much as it was just lots and lots of little bumps. They eventually subsided toward the end of my College career but still my skin was not back to it's old self. sigh.

Enter- Post College Life. Softer, clearer, teenage-years skin started to show itself. Yay! What have I been doing differently? Well, for one I get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Certainly a far ways off from the 4.5-6 hours I entertained during college. Up next on the list is the ridiculous amounts of water I drink everyday. I seriously consume at least 3 Nalgenes full. To non "private liberal art college" people this is about 96 ounces or almost 3 liters of water. I did not start drinking this much water because I was thinking about all the health benefits but because I'm cheap and water is free. I'm dead serious. I cannot bring myself to spend money on juices and pops and such. Another thing that I do now that I failed to do while in college is take vitamins. I take one multi-vitamin and one fish oil supplement pretty much everyday. I also moisturize, daily with cocoa butter lotion. Wonderfulness! And generally I'm just way less stressed than I was the last 4 years of my life. Also, as an added bonus I barely eat meat these days. Once again, not because I'm trying to be all healthy and such (I like meat a lot) but because it's cheaper to not eat it. Real talk. Yeah, that's about it. Inquiring minds wanted to know. It's especially important to start thinking about skin health as we transition to winter.

Another blog I read wrote an article about this the other day that you can also reference. Curly Nikki

Good day my loves!

 
P.S. My Nalgene is actually that color at the top. Ha!

Nov 8, 2009

Unexpected Fun: The Coat Check Girls





No, "The Coat Check Girls" is not some new group I'm obsessed with or some new blog I can't stop reading. It's actually a name my friend and I acquired one evening as we checked coats at a wedding. Two people who use to work for the organization we work for (well, one still works with the Org.) got married Saturday. (And yes, they totally met when they started working here!!) They needed some coat check girls as they thought it would be a cold November day. (which is was not!) So we offered up or services expecting to at least have fun with each other. (we were, after all, stuck in a closet.. hahaha!) And by have fun I mean crack jokes and entertain each other the entire evening. We had nooo expectations of being the source of so many others' entertainment! So, the thing was... that we knew a good number of people who were attending the wedding. This meant that they were concerned most of the night about our well being. Which also meant visitors, drinks, food and FUN! We had the BEST time ever as "The Coat Check Girls"! We literally checked maybe ten coats/jackets. So we had soo much time on our hands. There were a couple highlights of the evening. One being, when one of our co-workers husband smuggled a whole basket of bread out of the dinner to bring to us. Hilarious! Then when the same co-worker ran out to drag me into the reception hall to dance with her to Journey's "Dont Stop Believing". Mind you, when I say co-worker I mean like kinda my superior and like 40 yrs old. I LOVE her! One final great moment was, when toward the end of the night I went up and sang Aretha's "Respect" and everybody loved it! I shall never forget my mostly tipsy boss running up to me and screaming "OMG!!!! You were great! Woooooow!"..

It was such a great night! And the cute boy-friends we made sure helped! I just love love Unexpected FUN! Book "The Coat Check Girls" for your next event. We promise not to disappoint! Below, Respect by Aretha so it can get stuck in your head like it is in mine!

Nov 6, 2009

ObXession: Tar-jay

I know you're probably wondering wth (what the h*ll) is Tar-jay?? Let me explain... Tar-jay for those outside of the loop is..... Target. Yes, TARGET! Anybody who really knows me, knows that I have the most intense obXession with Target. I'm talking about.. it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to go into that store and walk out of it empty handed. It's kinda sad but it's makes me soooo HAPPY! I have a confession (or 2).. My freshmen year of college, each and every time I went to Target I spent at least.. $100.. no joke. Sad, huh? Mind you, I was a broke college student! (I'm not going to even tell you how often I went. It's sooo embarrassing.) I had to get that habit in check really quick though because it was definitely not sustainable. And even to this day, one of my first thoughts when I get paid is TAR-JAY!!! It's sick but oh so wonderful. I swear I could be rich and famous and the paparazzi would catch me every time at the local Target. Haha! So I was perusing the Target website today and I came upon some lovely items....



This dress is classic and timeless. You can wear this during the upcoming holiday season or next year. Also comes in black, fuchsia and red. Love it!

 
A chair? Yes, a chair. I totally dig this chair. It could be a great accent piece in a bedroom or living room and it comes in many many more patterns!



A good eyeshadow (that shows up on darker skin) is HARD to come by. Target, my friends, partners with top cosmetic companies to bring us the best. Pixi is one of those. The perfect palette for a good winter smokey eye. Get some!



The winter boot! I know. I know. It has a heel but a small one! I've had the pleasure of experiencing this boot and let me tell you, it is even MORE fabulous in person. This picture does it no justice! Great, classic winter boot.

That's all now my lovelies! Happy Shopping!
(maybe I'll start doing a "This Week at Target" post every week)

Nov 5, 2009

C. Breezy: To Get Caught Up In The Whirlwind or Not... Part Dos

Uh Oh. Seems like the plot has just thickened, my friends. Today, I was doing my daily trip through the blogosphere and everybody was talking about the same thing..... The Rih Rih/ ABC Interview. OH. MY. GAWD. C. Breezy's comeback may have just gotten slashed and burned.

Personally I have been waiting and waiting for Rih to say something about the attack. To be an advocate. To use the experience to help somebody else. Finally, after all this time, she speaks out. And boy did she speak! Just from the small clip I was able to view today I am seriously starting to wonder if a full comeback is possible for C. Breezy. Honestly, this snippet is kinda...sobering. Makes me ponder even more so if I should give CB a second chance.. peep the vid below..



Or If that's not working try Rih Rih Interview

Nov 4, 2009

Being Au Natural: Imaginary Fist Pounds and All....


Excuse me for a moment. I do not mean to be rude. But being natural is in fact the next best thing since say... sliced bread or ...the Bulls winning championships. ha! What exactly do I mean by being natural? I mean having natural hair. Inhabiting the utmost flyness that can only be acquired through natural hair. Being cool. Being Fierce. Being....natural. Ahhh. This is not to say that girls rocking a different 'do cannot be fly (the same way I would never say a skinny girl could not be fab) but I have to say natural hair is FTW (for the win) and beyond FAB! Try to get big hair with a perm. Possible, but it can and will never reach the heights of the stretch of the natural hair. Fact. I must also say this is coming from a girl who lived for straight hair. I'm talking about.. I made sure my permed hair was always looking straight, shiny and ummmmm flat (??). I must also say that my hair was as healthy as it could possibly be with a perm. Every new hairstylists I went to said so. So, no shade.

But on to the main point, going and being natural is fly. I think about the times I oscillated between rocking the perm and rocking the curl/kink/natural. I thought about transitioning to natural hair for a good 1-2 years. No joke. Finally deciding (or my hair deciding for me) it was definitely what I wanted to do. Everyday I am soooo happy I finally made the decision to let go of the creamy crack (perm). I'm not saying my life magically got better because I went natural but I am saying that going natural was the best thing for ME! Now, wherever I'm out and one of my natural girls and I spot each other... We give each other "the look" and hand out an imaginary fist pound. (think Pres. Obama and First Lady). And that, my friends, never happened to me when I was on the creamy crack team. Just saying.




photo courtesy of the afroclud- nneka by selena

Nov 3, 2009

Remembering.. That Time I Accepted Death.

Accepting death is an interesting place to be. Hmm. Let me explain. Today I was reading this New York Times Article entitled Happy Days and it made me reflect on one of the most eventful plane rides of my life....

I was in South Africa studying abroad during my junior year of college when a good friend and I decided to take a trip to Johannesburg. We were studying at Stellenbosch University, a university not too far from Capetown in the town of Stellenbosch (surprise! surprise!). We had heard horror stories about Johhanesburg so naturally we were pretty rattled before we even stepped foot off of the plane. People kept telling us about how absolutely dangerous it was. Our stay in Johannesburg, thankfully, turned out to be amazing and crime free. The excitement began as soon as we strapped in and took off on our plane toward home....

It was storming and I remember our pilot alerting us to this right before we took off. I had flown many many time in all kind of weather so I was not alarmed in any way. I actually love to fly.So anyway, we took off and was in the sky for all of 5 minutes when the turbulence started. It went from 0 to 80 in matters of seconds. I had felt turbulence before but this was downright SCARY! It becomes a little mixed up and confusing in my head after this but what I do remember is the plane essentially nose-diving, my friend and I grabbing each others arms and me quickly reflecting on my life, ultimately ACCEPTING DEATH. I can remember thinking "Wow, my life is about to end. At least I'll die in South Africa. OMG, sex. I hope when I crash I die right away and that I do not burn...slowly". I seriously remember having every single one of those thoughts. I remember my friend telling me to pray. And I did. I said a quick prayer and waited to go to Jesus. No joke....


Our stewardess broke her leg in the process and the turbulence eventually lessened but it was enough that every single person on the plane was frazzled. I'll never forget the screams from people and cries from babies.. as we well, "crashed" I can like still see it now. Thankfully, my friend and I both lived to tell the tale but geeez were we shaken up. Every time I think about those moments that day on that plane I have to take a moment to reflect. There must be a reason we lived and I'm glad that reason exists. Love you Rogeeee! Whew. Happy living!