Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Think Tank Tuesday 1/2/13: Why Are Black Women Single?

Why are so many black women single? Are their standards too high for black men? Is there a shortage of good black men? This topic was discussed back in 2009 on various media outlets:



Here we are 4 years later and it seems things have only gotten worse, but there's hope:



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Monday, December 30, 2013

Motivational Monday 12/30/13: Shoot For The Moon

The holidays have passed and it's time to get back on track. As you head back to the weekly grind take a few moments to listen to a powerful message by motivational speak/teacher Les Brown:


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Friday, December 27, 2013

Foodies Friday 12/27/13: Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes, Apple Almond Endive Salad, Orange Cranberry Oats...

Recipe of the Day: Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Indie Webseries Thursday 12/26/13: The Heat, Missing Something, Style...

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hump Day Music 12/25/13: Rain 910, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Sarom...



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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Foodies Fridays 12/20/13: Smoky Sweet Potato Burger, Kebabs, Persimmon Salsa...

Recipe of the Day: Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers w/ Roasted Garlic Cream & Avocado

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Indie Webseries Thursday 12/19/13: Election Day, The Clan, Oishi High School Battle...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WTH Files 12/18/13: Man Claims To Be A CIA Agent To Get Out Of Work

And the award for best call out of work lie goes to....... this guy:



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Delta's Offensive 'H8GAYS' Confirmation Code

Delta has some serious explaining to do:

[A Delta Air Lines customer flying from Pensacola, Fla. to Albany, N.Y. says he was shocked earlier this month to find that the confirmation code on his boarding pass read as an anti-gay slur: "H8GAYS." 

Jeff White, a student at the University of West Florida, told the Washington Post that he was initially shocked when he first read the confirmation code. “At first I didn’t think I read it right,” he said, according to The Telegraph. 

“I was worried that another customer might think I somehow picked that code. If I were a gay male, I might have thought that a Delta worker purposely gave me that code, and that would have made me extremely uncomfortable.”]source: huffingtonpost.com

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Officer Restores Faith In Airport Security

This airport security officer definitely gets cool guy of the day for this:



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Hump Day Music 12/18/13: Automatik Greatness, Jass Bianchi, AraabMusik...



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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WTH Files: Better Not Wash Your Car In Garden City

Who would guess that the act of washing your car in your driveway was against the law? I guess the people in Garden City, NY would guess...Crazy right? The act of washing vehicles and furniture in public view actually against a village ordinance in Garden City.





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Chick-fil-A's "Stealth Health" Mission

If you're a fast food lover trying to eat healthy you may be pleased to know that fast food chain Chick-fil-A has been trying to make its food healthier:

[In what Chick-fil-A is calling "stealth health," it's quietly making its food better for consumers without telling them. "If customers ask, we'll tell them," Chick-fil-A senior nutrition consultant Jodie Worrell tells Nation's Restaurant News. 

"But it's almost like you're forcing them to notice a change if you tell them." The chain has been working on eliminating artificial food dyes, high-fructose corn syrup, and some preservatives. It just doesn't want to shout it from the rooftops until it knows that customers can't taste the difference.]source: dailyfinance.com

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WTH Files: Damn You UPS...It's a Gift Not Trash

I can understand trying to be smart about hiding places for a package to prevent it from being stolen, but why someone would think to put a package in a stinky trash can is beyond my comprehension. Check out this story (it gets worse):



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Prank Reveals Dark Truth

There are some sickos in this world and this prank put together by Youtuber Vitaly is proof. Based on to catch a predator, Vitaly and his crew put their own little spin on things and whipped up this prank. The prank consists of an actress posing as a 15 year old girl, and two fellas dressed in black suits and of course a hidden camera to catch all these dirty bastards.

The prank's synopsis is simple... A young underage girl is left stranded by friends and asks for $50 to get back home and what happens next is mindblowing. On one hand you get a good laugh watching these sick bastards try to escape from being busted, but on the other hand it's a sad truth that this small handful of pervs represents only a small sample of a larger population of pervs roaming around in society. Check the video out below:



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Think Tank Tuesday 12/17/13: More Respect For Death Than Life?

There's a phenomenon in the black community where death is respected more than life.
Check out this video by Youtuber Tommy Sotomayor as he gives his views on respecting the dead more than the living:



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Monday, December 16, 2013

Motivational Monday 12/16/13: Positive Affirmations for Well-Being

Let's get this week off to a good start by taking a few minutes to watch and repeat these empowering affirmations for well-being:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Foodies Friday 12/13/13: Hash Brown Wrapped Eggs, Potato Salad, Chewy Brownies...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hump Day Music 12/11/13: Juliette Ashby, Snowgoons, Mysterious...



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Monday, December 9, 2013

Motivational Monday 12/9/13: Be The Brand

Ready to get this week started? Then watch this powerful message by Eric Thomas:



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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Foodies Friday 12/6/13: Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes, Vermicelli Upma, Breakfast Bowl...

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Indie Web Series Thursday 12/5/13: The Haymaker, Oishi High School Battle, Tony and Cal...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Strip Club Queens Atlanta (NSFW)

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Finally got some free time to check out the web reality series "Strip Club Queens Atlanta" created by Delmond Newton. The show follows six strippers - Bebe, Boy Toy, Kat, Farrai, Sinna, and Ginger as they give us a glimpse into their lavish lifestyles afforded to them by exotic dancing.

As a reality show connoisseur junkie my interest was peaked when I saw the trailer, and not  because of the big ol' booties everywhere; but because right off the bat I noticed the production looked polished which made it stand out from other web based reality shows.


After checking out the trailer I grabbed a cold pop (Sweet Brown style) and watched all  four episodes. When the first episode started I was impressed by the aesthetics... cinematography, shot in HD, the music had my head bobbin', etc. I was enjoying the vibe. Suddenly, a woman who goes by the alias "Boy Toy" graces the screen -- she's attractive, articulate, and definitely about her paper.

The way she talked about how exotic dancing helped her take care of her family and allowed her to travel, almost had me convinced to make a career change... unfortunately no one wants to pay to see me dance. Moving right along... I noticed some scenes like the confessional shots  were well put together while others were so-so at best. For the most part most of the shots had me thinking I was watching a big budget reality show on the Bravo network or something. So far so good everything was coming together nicely, with the exception of a few things.

Strip Club Queens Atlanta broke some of my B.J.B.R.R -- Big Jye's Basic Reality Rules, but have no fear I come bearing gifts in the form of solutions to solve the problems caused by breaking the B.J.B.R.R:

Rule #1, Mix down the sound. The sound in some scenes was either too low so you couldn't hear what people were saying or it was way too loud so you didn't want to hear what they were saying. In one scene Farrari was talking to a group of women, and you could hardly hear what she was saying because of voices coming from somewhere off camera.

Solution: Use a boom mic and have all the ladies mic'd up.

Rule #2, Don't reveal the boogie man. The dinner party at Boy Toy's place is where I was shocked to see a camera man ...ahem... on camera. Definitely a big no-no. Reality buffs know that showing any people from the production crew on camera is just wrong. In the BJBRR handbook, it clearly states that camera people and other members of the production crew are like the boogie man -- never seen.

Solution: Edit that out. Leave the footage of the camera man on the editing floor.

Rule #3, Introduce the players before they start the game. I found myself a bit confused as Boy Toy and some of her friends went in on other castmates who hadn't even been introduced yet. Had me pressing rewind a few too many times.

Solution: Introduce all the ladies at key points and then dive deep into the drama.

Rule #4, Tell a story dammit. I watched all four episodes, but was only really drawn into the 4th episode because it began to tell a story which was about Boy Toy's child support issue.

Solution:  Start with each woman's back story before just diving into the drama. 

Rule #5, Develop the characters. The ladies seem one dimensional, yes we know they're strippers but I'm willing to bet there's more to them then just dancing. Each woman is basically a character on the show so develop that character into something the audience can identify with.

Solution: Allow the ladies to show more than one side of themselves, maybe sharing how they got into stripping, if it's their permanent career or merely a stepping stone helping them venture into other business opportunities. This is a chance for strippers to shoot down stereotypes, and give the audience a better understanding of their world. 

Overall Strip Club Queens Atlanta is entertaining and has a lot of potential. The people who put it together are without a doubt talented and will go on to do more big things. With the right tweaks here and there it can be quite a successful reality show. You can check out the Strip Club Queens Atlanta show over at UrbanClout.com

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hump Day Music 12/4/13: Scarfinger, Esmee Denters, The Cratez...



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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ThinkTank Tuesday 12/3/13: Are You Living or Merely Existing?

Youtuber Tommy Sotomayor raises some interesting points about how we live:



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