Monday, December 21, 2009

My Birthday Wish.....

Is to have a relaxing good time.... and I am having a ball! For starters, my sister, Regina, took me out to dinner at Luciano's. We sat in the lovely Tuscan Lounge near the fireplace. It was quite cozy. I enjoyed a glass of Pinot Grigio with my meal; Pappardelle Taormina. Everything was delicious.

Then she wisked me down to the NJPAC, where we enjoyed Oprah presents The Color Purple Musical about Love.

This soul-stirring musical is based on Alice
Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Oscar-nominated film adaptation by
Steven Spielberg. The Color Purple tells
the unforgettable and inspiring story of Celie, a woman who triumphs over
tremendous odds to find joy in life and her true inner beauty. Nominated for 11
Tony Awards, this landmark theatrical event is fueled by a roof-raising score
that melds jazz, gospel and blues. “The Color Purple is a
soaring, epic tale that made a joyful noise in my heart,” says Time.
This is an exclusive Metro area engagement!
I truly had an amazing time. The play was absolutley wonderful.... probably one of the best I've ever seen. It was colorful, lively, filled with talent and joy. WOW!

Regina, thank you so much for starting out the celebration with such a bang. I really, really enjoyed myself! Thank sis!
My actual birthday is on the 26th.. and I am expecting a few more 'surprises' I'm psyched!
That Girl,


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hey Y'all! SADE is BACK!!! - Feb 8, 2010 - Soldier of Love

Yes, after nearly another decade... the title track is the 1st song on my playlist. Enjoy the soulful, voice that rocks all ages!

Hey SADE! We LOVE you Gurl!

That girl,


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mimi Toria's Designs Blog 100th Post Giveaway!

100th Post Giveaway Ready At Last

Wannna win something cool? Check out Mimi - Toria's Designs 100th post give-away! It's a great piece.. heck I hope I get it!

All you have to do is follow the below directions from Mimi's blog

When and how do I enter?

You may enter only ONCE, but the entry requirement is two-fold:

First you have to become a follower of my blog. This means going to the side bar of my blog page part way down on the right where it says FOLLOWERS and adding your name to that list. You just click on become a follower and it will take you to another page.

Second you have to leave a comment on THIS post before midnight, Friday 12/4/09. The winner will be selected via the old fashioned way with drawing names out of a hat, and will be posted before midnight, Saturday 12/5/09. The winner will be mailed the gift they win by Tuesday 12/8/09. Remember, I have to be able to contact you either via blog or email address so make sure one or the other is in the comment you leave!

In order to get 1 additional entry into this giveaway if you post this on your blog and link back to my page, you will get an additional name put in the drawing.

You don’t need to be a blogger to enter. Here’s how you do it if you aren't already a blogger, or if you are just leave a comment like you normally do.

Click on the link “Comments". Scroll down through the comments until you find a blank box. Then just type your comments in that box.

Click on “Select a Profile”. When the window drops down, choose “Anonymous”.

Type your comment. Leave an email address so I can contact you in case you win.

Click “Post Comment”.

Type in the word verification word provided.

Click “Post Comment” once more. That’s it!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Black in Style Pt 1 (Written 11/8/08)

Throughout the years I can remember a times when black folk were in & out of style... (now walk with me in this...) I was born in the 70's so I can only speak on so much from experience.. but let's have some fun...

Remember in the late 60's-70's? Blaxplotation was quite the Phenomenon. It ruled the the box office is urban cities across the nation.. and Japan... LOL Movies like Cotton Comes To Harlem, Sweet, Sweetback's Bad Ass Song, Lady Sings The Blues, Mahogany, Truck Turner, Shaft & Blacula (in my opinion the scariest movie ever). And then there were the sitcoms, The Jeffersons which were a spinoff of Archie Bunker (yeah it was!) and Ja'Net DuBois who wrote and sung Moving On Up for The Jefferson's played Willona (I always thought it was Balonia) on Good Times! Then there was What's Happening, That's My Momma, Baby I'm Back, Sandford & Son and Get Christy Love! There were the made for TV movies like Roots that broke records that still exist today!, the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and The Marva Collins Story. Who could forget (what we had in the NYC Tri-State area) the Big Apple Movies like Claudine?

In the 80's Bill Cosby dominated NBC with the Cosby Show. Never before has America seen such a satisfying picture of an African American family. Yeah, it was important for American to see... but it was far more important for Black Americans to see! We needed to see positive role models of ourselves front and center. We needed to see that there was more to life than sports and music... sports and music is fine in themselves... but they are not the only pathways to success. The 80's was also when King of Pop shed his brothers and burst out onto the scene in a mighty way.. I mean come on, the Thriller Album was a best of... LOL.. was there any song that didn't make the top 20? Ahh I still remember it like it was yesterday. My dad bought home 2 jackets.. One red & one black! Michael danced.. and so did I... In addition to Moon Walking.... we popped & we locked... We watched Beat Street (the whole movie) and Krush Groove(a snippet).

Then it was the 90's. We had the Good: The end Of Apartheid in South Africa & election of Nelson Mandela. We had the very Bad: The Rwandan Genocide where approx 1,000,000 people were killed over a course of about 100 hundred days. We also had the the 1st Congo War that ended the 32 reign of president Mobutu. 1998 was also the start of the 2nd Congo War, which aftermath left 5.4 million dead; mainly due to disease and starvation. Then there was the Ugly: The Anita Hill & Clarence Thomas Hearing, the infamous Rodney King beating & LA Riot aftermath and of course O.J. Simpson trial. (need I say more).

The 90's entertainment scene was as diverse as the news stories. We were New Jacks in Old Schools; Spoken Word Artists & Gangsta Rappers; Bad Comedies and Great Dramas. The 1990's not only bought us more of Denzel, Samuel, Forrest and Lawrence... It introduced us to Morris, Taye, Omar, Mehki & Malik... not to be outdone by, Whitney (as-if in the acting department), Angela, Nia, and Sanaa. Not too mention how Jada, Queen, Kimberly & Vivica Set it Off! Martin made us laugh on & off of the camera.. while Mary J... kept it rolling... "were all of her songs hits?!" Kirk showed us that we could keep our religion and still praise the Lord.. While MaryMary showed us how to do it with lady-like style. We have experience victory and defeat. We have been from soup to nuts and all in between. ALL of the years we have experienced cycles of exposure on many fronts: Political, News, Sports, Fashion, Education, Entertainment, Religion, Science, Business, Military, etc.

Being a Black woman, wife, mom, citizen I never really feel out of style.. but there are times when I and really proud and uplifted.. Like when a really good movie is created, or a great speech is given, or a great stride made that reflects good on my race.. it's good for me, it's good for us, it's good for all.

I never finished this piece but alas I had it in draft for over a year. I wrote it after the election win for now, President, Barack Obama. So much has happened since then, the passing of Eartha Kitt, Pres Obama taking office, more recession, death of a king: Michael Jackson to say the least... I will continue this in Part 2 at a later date)

That Girl,

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Why I Like Being Called "Ma"

Although I love being a mother, this post is NOT about "MA! I'm hungry!" or better yet, it's not about "Hey MA! Tell 'so & so" to stop hitting me!" This is about the more sensual side of being called "Ma". When the grown and sexy use it between each other.

Look, every ethnic group has their terms of endearments. We all do it... some more than others (smirk). Some I think are cute like "Hey Mommy!" or "Aye Poppy" LOL. However there are others I loathe like "My old lady/man" blah!

It's wonderful (to me) to hear grown man call his woman "Boo"... "Hey Boo, just called to see if you need anything" or " I missed you Boo"

My all time favorite is "Ma".I 1st recalled hearing it when a dear childhood friend responded on Facebook to this picture that my husband had taken of me.

He said "Looking good Ma". Honestly, I had never been called that by a grown man, and my husband calls me Boo (which I adore).... but this was new. It evoked feelings of sexiness (no, not toward my friend) but just in general. I was warm and satisfying and I liked it.

I even had a girlfriend call me "Ma" and it was cute in a "honey-child" "girlfriend" sort of way.

Some of my other favorite warm and fuzzy words:

Heavenly Father
The Obamas
Financially Secured (hahaha)

What word evokes pleasure in you? What do you like to be called? What gets you going and why?

That Girl, Ang

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Who Loves You Baby? Why I Do. SPLASH!

Well I admit, I have been pretty lame lately. Too lazy to clean and organize the house... let alone write a blog. However, I would LOVE to get both accomplish as I truly love organization and creative information. So THANKS to my good blog buddy Sue to help me get a move on (....well atleast with the blog aspect). LOL
(Beautiful necklace made from "Junk" by VintageSue)
So, if you love Creative, Eclectic, Whimsical and Wildly Wonderful ways to recycle, reuse, relove and adore.. then you will LOVE her blog.... vintagesue! She is such a SMART writer. I love her style. She's a Great pick me up in the middle of my day! Hey Sue! Who Loves You Baby?! That's right... I Do!

Anywho, Sue gifted me with the SPLASH AWARD on October 21, 2009. I was truly honored as She has SO many followers.. I appreciate the fact that she reads my blog (when I post) LOL

The rules state that:

1. To choose nine blogs to forward the award.
2. Post the award and the links on your blog and
3. Link back to my blog.

So my top 9 blogs for Creative Soulful & Sexy AND Tomboy Around Town (the 2 blogs I write) are:

1. vintagesue
2. Swagger 360
3. Lemoncholy's flight of fancy
4. Faces & Places of Antwerp
5. Outsapop Trashion
6. Style Bubble
7. Junk Dreams
8. The Impossible Cool
9. Got Art

I must admit I ran out of space as I can add on another 11 names.. atleast! Seriously. You all have been ainpiring.. SO I honor you!

That girl,

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

6/25/2009 R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Creatively Soulful Necklace

I created this beautiful eclectic necklace piece for sale but wanted to show it here... I think it's absolutely gorgeous. If the eyes are the windows to the soul.. then what are eyeglasses? LOL

Anywho Enjoy!

That Girl, Ang