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Aug
25

Wow, keeping a blog updated regularly is a heart feat to accomplish! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) I have been busy with preparing for a move, working at my restaurant in hopes of piling up a little money, and spending as much time with friends and family in Philly before I hit New York City. In the process of all of that, I have neglected blogging and have heard many complaints because of it. Therefore I am back! with a vengeance! The next week or so is going to be full of even more busy days, but I hope I can take 10 mins out of my day that I usually reserve for BravoTV, to spend on blogging! So enjoy, because I have a LOT to say!

Jul
06

Tonight after a long day at Solaris Grille, Nick and I decided to make it a date night and see Up. We have wanted to see it since it came out so tonight was more like a gift to both of us than anything else! And what a gift it was! Up was a surprisingly great story about love, friendship, adventures, family and death. I loved every minute of it and was surprisingly on the end of my seat for the middle 40 mins or so. Because, me, 22 year old me, felt as if I was along for the adventure with the main characters Mr. Fredricksen and Russell. Although we didn’t see it in 3-D it was still amazing visually, especially the vibrant colors of the character Kevin and the realistic rendering of Mr.Fredricksen’s house. I would definitely suggest it as a great feel good movie with a great comic relief, no matter what age you are, this film will take you up, up and away!

 

up, up, and away!

up, up, and away!

Jul
06

I just want to congratulate myself for finishing my first book of the summer. Being the over-achiever that I am (more like over-estimator of what I can actually accomplish!) I told myself I would be able to read 5 books this summer. Unfortunately my laziness that came with being done with school for good, well at least for now, took hold and I have been slowly reading this one book, Sag Harbor. But luckily today with my many trips on the train to work and home, I FINISHED! And I am totally recommending it. Again, it’s called Sag Habor by Colson Whitehead. It takes you, literally, into the mind of a young African American man recalling the summers he spent in Sag Harbor in the 1980s. I say “literally” into his mind because the book works as if a mind does. What? Yes, because you are taken on many tangents as he recalls, certain smells of one particular summer, the friendships he had, his family dynamic, his job, and so on. It’s a great summer book because there is no story you must follow, just a bunch of a little stories to explain what a summer in “the sag” (as the author likes to call it) would be like. Read it! Especially if you haven’t had time to visit a beach this summer, this book will feel like a mini vacation!

 

Doesn't that sand look enticing...this book is a vacation for the mind.

Doesn't that sand look enticing...this book is a vacation for the mind.

Jul
06

A couple nights ago (sorry I’ve been so behind, other stuff going on!) I watched the film “Eyes Wide Shut.” I was really excited to watch it because I had recently watched a documentary on Stanley Kubrick (the director of the film) and seen how much effort he put into it. However, it was totally not what I was expecting. Of course it had the typical Kubrick creepiness that most of his films have, but it was seriously PURE genius. Starting and ending with the lighting. He has a great way of using ambient lighting as a source for his film and because he films a lot at night or in dark rooms, the viewer is able to feel the dream-like quality the film emotes. I think I need to see it again to understand some more of the film themes, however it would definitely be a treat to the eye because as I said, the lighting makes the film beautiful! I was not that fond of Nicole Kidman, but I never am so that wasn’t a surpise. I was surprised though by how much Tom Cruise did not annoy me and how I wanted to know what happened to him. Although the film moves a little slow, as it creeps a long you become intrigued by all of the different adventures it takes you on. So it’s worth it, try it out…but don’t be surprised by the mixed emotions you’ll feel during the film and the confusion you might encounter, the film would not be Kubrick if it didn’t do those things. 

 

Keep your eyes wide OPEN!

Keep your eyes wide OPEN!

Jul
06

I have always liked Russell Simmons. I don’t know if it’s because he’s accomplished so much or because I had a brief obsession with Kimora and he used to be married to her. Either way, he has always been involved in society in a very powerful way. Whether it is just for African American youth or for the world in general, his voice and purpose is really needed. Below is a link to an “open letter” he wrote to Mayor Bloomberg of NYC about the situation regarding the less fortunate. When I become successful and have millions (ha!) I want to be dedicate time and money to some of the causes he supports! Read…

 

He wants to change things...so should everyone!

He wants to change things...so should everyone!

Jul
01

Today while scanning nytimes.com ( I need to get back into that habit because you find such gems) I  happened to fall upon this cool video and small editorial about people watching in New York. Although unfortunately I am still living in Philadelphia ( I’ll be a Brooklynite by early to mid Fall) I can still appreciate the art of people watching and how in Manhattan especially, you see some of the most interesting people. Not only that, but everyone is a people watcher, no matter what one says about themselves! This happens to put it out there that that is true! Oh, and also check out more work by Jeff Scher, the artist of the video, I definitely am! check out “The Parade” below, now everyone can feel OK about being a people watcher!

 

love, love, love people watching! you know you do too!

love, love, love people watching! you know you do too!

Jun
30

This morning I woke up knowing that something good was going to happen! Besides the fact that it was beautifully sunny out (yay! It’s finally summer) but I also knew that in terms of my life plan something would fall into place. And so it did…but it did in a mysteriously surprising way! After getting ready for an afternoon of soaking up the sun (Nick and I decided to take a blanket to Rittenhouse Square Park for me to catch up on reading, him on his sketches) I decided to call my internship boss/mentor Michelle to discuss what tasks I need to get done for Creatively Speaking (the film series in Brooklyn I’m interning for). After finding out there was little for me to do for the day, I decided to pluck her brain for information regarding my career. I discussed with her my visit to New York Film Academy and how I loved it but was weary of the $30,000 price tag when I have student loans heading my way soon. And then…it happened…she gave me the advice I needed to hear! She told me of a great class taught at the The New School in Manhattan where she happens to teach film studies, called “The Producer’s Role” which will give me all of the business side of producing I will need! She also told me about her connects for production assistant jobs, which I also really need for when I move to New York! So there it was a morning of great decisions on how to proceed with my life after college! One of my first posts was about the confusion that one feels when you’ve graduated with a degree and a semblance of an idea of what you want to do with your life but not sure how to get it started! Well today it happened, I have a great plan of how I can get educated on what I need to go far in Producing as well as the possiblity of a job so I can make money to pay back some of those loans, my bills in NYC, and of course fun activities around the city! BUT then of course after a meal at Whole Foods (love their prepared foods section!) and a great day at the park, I get accepted to New York Film Academy! Oh well,  a new plan’s in store!!

 

Sorry NYFA! I have other things in store! I might pass you a couple of times on my way to the Union Square Market though!

Sorry NYFA! I have other things in store! I might pass you a couple of times on my way to the Union Square Market though!

Jun
26

Yesterday Nick and I indulged in some middle of the day movie watching to see “The Hangover” for his first time, my second! And yes, it was so worth it…for the second time. Although Bradley Cooper was great as well as Ed Helms who plays Stu and is a regular on “The Office” as Andy, the real star of the film was Zach Gailifianakas who plays the groom’s brother-in-law Allan. He brings the laughs with every quip, every joke and just everything! It is totally worth seeing. Forget “Transformers 2”! Who cares about explosions and Megan Fox, it all comes down to good, original laughter! See “The Hangover”

"It's not a purse...It's a satchel!"

"It's not a purse...It's a satchel!"

Jun
26

I’ve decided that I need to just deal with the fact that I live with a man and give in to splitting my TV time between Real Housewives and Soapnet with some ESPN and other sports stuff! So tonight I gave in to watching the NBA Draft. Despite the fact I had a couple of beers (some more boy behavior, which I am actually willing to give into!) it wasn’t that bad. Sports can be interesting, not to sound Elle Woods or anything! Since I atleast knew Gerald Henderson from my high school days I was interested to see where he was going and always an excuse to watch cute basketball boys! Either way, Nick won out and it wasn’t that bad. There were a couple good draft picks and although Ricky Rubio surprisingly went to Minnesota I am excited to see if I remember any of the other names besides his, Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry in three years! GO NBA!!

There's that Ricky!!

There's that Ricky!!

Jun
26

A legend died today, well two, including Farrah Fawcett. However, Jackson was truly an impact in my childhood, more so than Fawcett. I am told by many family members of the multiple “Kia Dance Parties” to MJ’s “Thriller” so I can’t help but be upset about his passing. Many are discussing how sad they are on Facebook and Twitter. Yet there are some that are relaying their nonchalance about the whole thing as well. For those that don’t really care, it’s obvious they were not raised on “P.Y.T” or “Trhiller” or any other MJ. classics on repeat, so if anything I just feel bad for them. A legend died today, and yes many are mourning but I think The King of Pop would want us to celebrate his life through music, dance and love! So everyone throw on your favorite MJ song and JAM OUT!

This is how I will remember him...and I hope you will too!

This is how I will remember him...and I hope you will too!