Monthly Archives December 2020

Shondaland’s New Netflix Series Bridgerton Has Me Obsessed!

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I finally finished watching the new Netflix period romance drama Bridgerton and I am obsessed! I’m obsessed with the wardrobe, the accents, the rules, the fact that the duke is a Black man…. I’m just obsessed with it all.

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Credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

The series offers viewers a glimpse at what early 1800s England could have looked like if Black people were in power, and the choices that characters grapple with as they seek to live their authentic selves.

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Watching the Duke and Daphne’s romance evolve, fall apart and come back together had me crying at the end of the 1st season when she gave birth to a son.

Lady Danbury is my best-friend in my head. She’s fierce and don’t play!

Bridgerton
Credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

Then there is Lady Whistledown and her Society Papers that spills the tea on everything that goes on in high society…

the series follows Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.

I have only one question….. When do we get the 2nd season?

Can We Say Bye Bye 2020!

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I am so ready to say Bye Bye 2020…….

It’s okay if you can’t handle everything!

I’ve had to tell myself those words over and over again this year.

#2020 was rough for me period and I’m not even about to front!

Social distancing  for almost a year due to a pandemic has had me fighting depression.

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Hearing weekly about someone passing away due to covid_19 has had my anxiety so high that I haven’t been inside a church, grocery store or department store since March. (Curbside pickup and @krogerco delivery service has been my best friend)

Then there was Thanksgiving when my anxiety was so bad that I literally sat in the corner at my mothers house praying that nobody would get close to me.

Then there are the random coughs that had me every other day looking at folks like,” you better not get me sick!”

I’ve been thru 2 @lancearmstrong treadmills since March because I read that as long as I keep taking my vitamins, eating the right power foods, and keeping my heart in shape I would be good.. so I did what I know to do… run and walk! I stayed on the treadmill so much that I burned the motors up. 🤦🏾‍♀️

bye bye 2020

I’ve had crying spells, moments of yelling at the TV when the new numbers would come out, and looking at folks side ways when I thought they weren’t following the #cdcguidelines (just selfish)

2020 has had me restless, worried and fearful. The fear has been so strong that it began to interfere with my daily routine.

Then one day while sitting still the words…. “it’s okay if you can’t handle everything” came to me and I released… Released all the anxiety, fear and worry that 2020 brought. #bye2020 #hello2021

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Tyrese Gibson “Black Marriages Are Under Attack” As He Announce Divorce

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Tyrese Gibson and wife Samantha Lee announced Tuesday evening that their divorcing after four years of marriage.

Tyrese Gibson and Samantha Lee

The couple posted joint statements on their social media pages with the singer/actor proclaiming that Black marriages are under attack.

Black families and marriages are under attack…

Pain got me back in the holy grail… [ the studio ] No there’s no album coming this was inspired by the love of my life Samantha…. Thank you for the years I hope you know that I did the very best I could… I truly did… 

I’ve wrestled with this question… How can we naturally know how to BE something we were never raised by?
Most of us were raised in broken homes with NO examples of what being a husband, wife or FATHER is….
I repeat…. How can we naturally know how to BE something we were never raised by?

I had major hope for them, especially after watching their spiritual journey under Creflo Dollar….Praying for them both.

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Queen Latifah Tracey Edmonds & Millicent Shelton Team Up For Netflix Movie

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Queen Latifah Tracey Edmonds & Millicent Shelton are giving us major Black girl magic with their new venture together.

Queen Latifah Tracey Edmonds & Millicent Shelton

The ladies have teamed up to direct and produce the upcoming Netflix drama “End of the Road,” which Latifah also will star.

The logline reads:

After losing her job, recently widowed Brenda drives her family cross-country to start a new life. In the New Mexico desert, cut off from help, they must learn to fight back when they become the targets of a mysterious killer.  

No word yet on a release date.

Netflix Pieces Of A Woman Releases January 7th

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Netflix Pieces Of A Woman is the upcoming childbirth drama starring Vanessa Kirby that deals with the aftermath of a miscarriage.

Releasing on the streaming service January 7th, the film follows Boston couple Martha (Kirby) and Sean Carson (Shia LaBeouf) after their devastating home birth experience at the hands of a flustered midwife.  

During the film, Martha has to navigate her grief while dealing with the midwife’s trial over charges of criminal negligence, the public scrutiny, and her troubled relationships with her husband and her domineering mother.

PIECES OF A WOMAN is a deeply personal, searing, and ultimately transcendent story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

Sylvie’s Love Is A Must See Black Romance!

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I finally sat down to watch Sylvie’s Love  on Amazon Prime Video and all I can say is everything about this black romance was bomb!

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Ladies Tessa Thompson’s  character Sylvie is all of us at some point in our lives. From trying to be the “perfect” wife to the wrong man while effortlessly giving our all to the right one.

And girllllll Kerry Washington husband Nnamdi Asomugha…. I’ll just say I see why she keeps him hidden… he’s real easy on the eyes. His character Robert had me when he told Sylvie he just wanted her to be happy even if he couldn’t be a part of her life. #whewchile

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And when Sylvie went to interview for a job as an asst. producer and the Black female producer asked her why she should hire her Sylvie replied,
“Because I didn’t know that a negro woman television producer even existed.” all I could do was scream YES Girl!!!!!!

My biggest takeaway from #sylvieslove was forget who you are expected to be and become who you are meant to be… You’ll find freedom and your authentic self there!

Anyway too bad we couldn’t watch this at the movies, because this is definitely a great date night film.

David and Tamela Mann Launch New Digital Series

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David and Tamela Mann are giving fans a look into what goes on at their dinner table.

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The family that loves to laugh together is keeping it real on their new digital series, Mann Family Dinner. Part reality show and part “mukbang,” the series features David, Tamela, their son, David Mann Jr., and daughters Tia Mann, Porcia Morrison, Tiffany Mann, and Sonya Hurd, around the family dinner table discussing life, love, and other hot topics, with their trademark sense of humor and honesty– nothing is off limits at the table.

The Mann family candidly covers topics like relationships, marriage, blended families, black stereotypes, COVID-19, gun ownership, love and sex, all in a round-table, ‘muckbang’ format, a trending livestream video style where someone prepares a meal and/or eats on camera. The show is the latest series produced by the Manns’ production company, Tillymann Entertainment.

You can watch all the hilarious episodes on the Mann’s Youtube channel.

David and Tamela Mann

Watch: Coming 2 America Official Trailer

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Amazon Prime released the Coming 2 America official trailer last week and I’m just now getting to post about it.

Coming 2 America official trailer

In the sequel to the beloved original 1988 comedy, King Jaffe (James Earl Jones) is on his deathbed and advises son Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) that he will soon take over the throne. But as the line of succession is poised to change, new information arises about the prince’s past.

“Akeem, it appears you have a son who must be found,” the king tells him. And so it’s back to America for another adventure.

“Oh hell no, your majesty,” replies his sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall).

Back in New York, the duo encounters some new faces: actors Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Teyanna Taylor and KiKi Layne.

For all the new faces, there are still plenty of old ones: namely, the many faces of Murphy. In a reprise of his iconic multi-character scene, Akeem returns to the same barbershop he visited more than 30 years ago, again greeted by multiple characters played by the comedian himself.

The sequel starts streaming on Amazon Prime March 5, 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY8gUtyeAKE

Megan Thee Stallion and COACH Partner To Bless Women In Houston

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Megan Thee Stallion and COACH partner over the Christmas holiday to give coats and care packages to women at a Houston area YWCA.

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Meg who is an ambassador for the luxury brand posted a pic on her Instagram page dressed in all black carrying a bunch of boxes.

Proud to partner with @coach and the YWCA for the senior gifting program for women in my city of HOUSTON 🤘🏾 We’re gifting coats and care packages to everyone that needs them 💙 Happy HotGirl Holidays.

Always in the giving spirit, last week the rapper announced that she was teaming up with Cash App to give away $1 million in Bitcoin and before that she offered 2 $10,000 scholarships to women of color pursuing a degree in any field of interest. #GivingMeg

Vaseline Illuminate Me: For Black Women By 3 Influential Black Women

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Vaseline Illuminate Me is a new skincare line for Black women that was co-created by three dope women from sports, beauty and the arts.

Pro tennis player Sloane Stephens, Beauty blogger Shalom Blac (check out her IG it is beyond dope!) and artist Christina Martinez all worked together to create the new line.

Vaseline Illuminate Me

I have to admit when I first saw it on the shelves at Walmart, I had no clue what it was, until I saw a Tweet from Vaseline and instantly started doing my research.

There’s something for everyone in this product and especially for Black women who look for moisture and they look for hydration and they look for something that smells good. – Sloane Stephens

VASELINE ILLUMINATE ME

There are two products in the line so far, a whipped body butter and a shimmering body oil. The products work together to keep your skin supple and shinning year-round. The body butter contains pure shea butter, glycerin, and triple-purified jelly for ultra-hydration while the body oil is infused with pure sweet almond oil and mineral shimmer.

You can purchase the skincare line at your neighborhood Walmart.

Alicia Keys New Skincare Line Is All About Self Care

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Alicia Keys new skincare line “Keys Soulcare” is out to do more than just help us care for our skin.

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Keys Soulcare

“Keys Soulcare,” which also includes a sage oat milk candle that retails for $38 is all about self love and self care rituals…… it’s giving me self care Saturday vibes. Light your candle, put on some self love music and get to caring for your mind, body and soul.

Transform your everyday self-care routine into a soulcare ritual — a moment to re-ground, re-center, and be present.

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The full collection (out next year) was inspired by Alicia’s personal skincare journey/ritual and is dermatologist-developed , clean and cruelty-free, according to the site.

Right now you can purchase the lightweight skin transformation cream for $30, her candle for $$38 and a facial roller for $25

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It’s not just the products that I use, it’s also the space I give myself. To slow down. To meditate. To do a face mask or to light my favorite candle. It’s these moments — these rituals — that nurture me and make me feel connected body, mind, and spirit. It’s my one wish that every soul experiences these moments of self-love and acceptance so that we can all shine brighter together.

Be on the lookout for the full “Keys Soulcare” collection next year.