Monday, March 31, 2008

My date with B.Scott!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get in to THIS Love Muffins!

From the moment B.Scott enters the room, you know something divine is in store and you nor the room will be the same. As a self made, animated, unorthodox pop culture expert, B.Scott has become a worldwide Internet phenomenon...and its just beginning.

Upon landing in Los Angeles, I hopped in the rental and headed over to West Hollywood to the very quaint eatery, The Spanish Kitchen. While I suggested going to the ever trendy Ivy, B. suggested this establishment. When I walked in I could see why; The Spanish Kitchen's soothing elegance and old Spanish architecture is a far cry from many of LA's more pretentious eateries. Great service and incredible food make this the place be!

B. and I discussed so much! From his growing up in North Carolina to SGL (same gender loving)relationships to love of God to HIV/AIDS in the gay community and even some of the crazy fan requests he's received! Nothing was off limits! B. definitely proved to be one of those people with that special "it". Confident, joyous, courteous, and smart, his healing aura only inspires greatness in those who encounter him.

One of my favorite moments was when two gentlemen approached our table to compliment B. and tell them how much they love him. They even mimicked his signature "double kisses" video closing. B. was so touched by their excitement, he appeared to be overwhelmed how his popularity has soared as well as its social impact. With that, however, comes those who express very disparaging attitudes towards him. He doesn't do the hate thing and through it all B.Scott remains B.Scott- lover of life, promoter of truth, and unconventional warrior.

B.'s spiritual enlightenment and inner strength are nothing short of astonishing! How many people are really truly honest and true to themselves? How many are truly happy? Many of us waste far too much time consumed with hate and fear when life is so not about all. B. shows us a much better way.

Take a look at the video from a brief part of our evening(to be posted sometime tomorrow due to technical difficulties). Some lights flicker, others shine, still others truly illuminate. B. Scott? His light is powerfully blinding! Everyone has a gift to share for good. Spend time with B.Scott and experience what true self worth and happiness are. Enjoy 'Love Muffins'!

I want to thank B., his assistant Denzell, and Living Out Loud With Darian for their professionalism, coordination and time. Dreams do come true!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Shopping in Beijing can wear you OUT!

You often hear people talk about the great deals they get when shopping in China. Lord knows I always get a huge stack of shopping lists whenever I mention I am headed there (which is why I no longer mention it ahead of time). LOL. Deals are to be had but as you can see in these three videos, it takes lots of work. Keep in mind this process took about 30 minutes and this was just one stop. We still had shoes, sunglasses and clothes to purchase! All in all though, it is so much fun. Of course in George Bush's America the value of the dollar is slipping so the deals are not what they used to be.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Harmonica Sunbeam (s) on ATL

Legendary comedian Harmonica Sunbeam has thrilled NYC audiences for more than 10 years with his outrageous and hilarious routines. A professional actor/comedian who performs in drag, he recently performed as a guest in "Princess Charles' Fashionistas" show in Atlanta. Harmonica delighted the crowd with those famous one liners, sing-along and fashions inspired by, uh...House of Derion?

What I love about Harmonica is his ability to totally put himself out there and use his talent and light to lift others. His loyal audiences know they can count on letting the pressures and drama of life go and simply surrender to hilarious joy. No judgement. No fear. Only the healing presence of laughter takes his audiences higher. Are you using your life to uplift and encourage others? All it takes is a positive word, compliment, smile or other small act of appreciation. Let Harmonica's example be a lesson to all of us!

If you have never seen his show, do yourself a favor and make it a top priority. If you are not in New York City to catch one of his regular outings, check his website for tour dates In the meantime treat yourself to the DVD now available!

In addition to Harmonica's guest appearance, several other Atlanta performers including host Princess Charles, dazzled guests with musical routines and elaborate costumes.

Here's a snippet of his sing-along. WARNING: LANGUAGE

Friday, March 21, 2008

Japan ichiban!

I have such an affinity for Asian culture, especially Japan. These pics are from my recent visit to the city of Nagoya, Japan. The Japanese are so orderly, its amazing. And service? They have that covered unlike most others. Great food. Very courteous people (i just love all the smiling and bowing), clean cities, and my favorite...heated toilet seats! YES! Its the simple things that make life so grand! I'm still trying to figure our how America lost the concept of the bidet? LOL.

Nagoya is not a major tourist destination, but is a great place to visit. Toyota is a heavy manufacturer here. It just cracks me up how we treat Lexus as a status symbol and they treat is as a car. I also found it east to get around the city because there are signs in English, though it is not widely spoken outside of the hotels.

As always, I stuck out like a sore thumb....but in a good way. It is always so amusing to get the double takes as my and my locs walk down the street. People were smiling, walking and cycling all over the place. There didn't seem to be the mad rush like in many other cities.

The Japanese inspire me! Technologically advanced, well disciplined (no wonder Janet is so huge here), at ease in their journey, they show prosperity and joy do go hand in hand.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Clinton & Obama-- Enough already?

Just when my gag reflex began to go into overdrive with the deluge of coverage on the two Democratic candidates, I found this comic relief during an evening stroll in Chicago. These displays were featured at an novelty store and Art Gallery on Chicago's north side.

Like many, I started out very excited to see the record number of Americans becoming engaged in the political process, but recently the relentless coverage began to grate on my nerves. I went from enthusiastic support to complete irritation. As a result, today I almost missed Obama's oratory on race, a rant my good friend so aptly described as a brilliant combination of "truth and bullshit." Long overdue, I'm glad he called America, Black folks AND White folks on their 'stuff.'

Is Obama too brilliant for America? Let's hope not. Is Clinton? Let's hope not. Is McCain? Poor thing, don't you just feel sorry for him? Anyway, I hope you enjoy these window displays; I found them to be hysterical.

At the end of the day, whether you are amused or annoyed by these displays, it is critical we all participate in the political process. We like to hate on George Bush and his administration, but in truth, they are merely a reflection of our collective consciousness. Come on America, it is clear that the time has come to pull our head out of our anal orifice.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Celebs step up to stop the hate!

Musicians Ashanti, Andre 3000 and Janet Jackson joined other celebs in this powerful anti-hate public service announcement. Produced by the Logo Network, this ad was in response to the murder of teen Lawrence King of Oxnard, California. Lawrence was murdered by one of his classmates, it is believed, because of his sexual orientation.

Hate in any form is highly toxic and most detrimental to the individuals who harbor it. Are you standing in your true light? If so, then hate cannot thrive. We must celebrate our similarities as well as our differences. Don't ever be afraid to live in your truth! The one who hates on you is usually exercising something they likely hate about themselves....hmmmmm.

Thank you to the Logo cable network for producing this announcement.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Saturday in South Florida

Thank you for all the kind notes you've sent regarding my blog. I really appreciate your feedback and am honored to share. I hope you are having a great weekend. One in which you have zero tolerance for drama and are celebrating the dynamic you! I'm in South Florida so you know what that means! LOL For those who don't it means, nice temps, wild drivers and beautiful people!

I caught up with one of my true spiritual brothers who lives here. Another good friend flew in this same weekend and we spent the day hanging out. Nothing like true friends. Always treasure them! They really let you know that you are on the right path in life.

If you don't have any close friends, or you have friends that are always bringing you down, know they are merely a reflection of your level of consciousness. So if you are surrounded by know what you have to do! Step up your own game and demand the perfection you deserve!

Ok, off to have some green tea! Luv u much and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lunchin' & Shopping on the Magnificent Mile.

One of my crazy, cool friends from ATL was in Chicago for the day so we met up with another and hung out for a bit. Lunch and shopping. Very rich white girl! Lovin this life! I could do without the cold, though this day was actually nice....for Chicago.

March 5, 2008.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Janet Jackson proves 'Discipline' pays off!

Janet Jackson's tenth studio album "Discipline" debuts at #1 on the Billboard album charts. While her most recent outings debuted at #2, they were considered flops. By contrast Erikah Badu debuts this week at #2 and she's getting positive press, which she should. Erikah is no joke either! Fortunately she did not suffer sexist, racist, Bush-bashing backlash and blacklisting like Janet. In spite of that Janet and the promotion team at Island Def Jam Records deserve major kudos for the excellent music, promotional blitz and number one debut! If you haven't had a chance to purchase both Janet and Erikah, do so today! You won't be disappointed!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Rocky Mountain 'high'! 2/27-3-2, 2008

This week I had the opportunity to spend a few very relaxing days in the Rocky Mountains. Now like many Black folk, I do not ski and am not terribly fond of the cold and snow. Despite this, I must admit I loved being here in the mountains! How incredible it is to see the Creator's gifts in action! The horses, the deer, the mountains, the snow all made for some spectacular views.

Just like any other part of America, the 'haves' and the 'have nots' co-exist here in disguised harmony. Look up the hill at Beaver Creek and you find multi-million dollar mansions commonplace. Down the hill you see mainly Hispanic (among other) construction workers headed home to more meager accommodations. One can't help but wonder if the booming construction is a result of affordable labor? Hmmm... Aren't these the same property owners screaming for immigration reform? Oh, the duplicity! I will say though, the people on both sides of the line seemed quite pleasant and easy going here in this calm, picturesque setting.

The resorts were filled with immigrants here taking advantage of the U.S.'s disappearing dollar. I was amazed at the many languages I heard and the varied cultures I witnessed. That was amazing to see! While I saw people from around the world, I counted a total of three individuals who's skin looked like mine. Make that five....I did see two brothas working at Wal-Mart. While I was never made to feel out of place or unwelcome, I know there should be more of 'us' up there enjoying this.

Looking past the political infrastructure that's in your face, Colorado's real beauty lies its natural elements! These gifts are freely given by the Creator of this magnificent planet. True love...don't cost a thing!