Friday, December 26, 2008
So almost a month ago, I wrote here...and I didn't look back...literally. This blogging thing had gotten the better of me...and then the day after my birthday, I woke up and all I could think about was Black Daria. I talked to my friend about it, and then I began to read her some of the posts from this blog, to give her an idea of my writing style.
That's when I saw two comments here! (I get happy over things like this). I felt slightly guilty for abandoning my post, feeling that maybe this wasn't my thing, even though I hadn't given it a fair shot...so when I started Black Daria, in a sense I was starting over...but then I thought, how can I turn my back on this? Even if I only have 32 posts the whole year, should I just walk away from PG and move forward with Black Daria?
And then I thought of the missions of both blogs...while both tap into my humorous side, Black Daria allows me a sense of creativity, while Priceless CandyGirl brings me back to the roots of where this whole thing began.
And so, until I really figure things out, I will probably post "real-talk" here, while immersing myself in Black Daria on the other side of the web (hmmmm, are there sides of the web?)
That said, I'd like to take a moment of silence for Eartha Kitt.
I remember when I was in high school, I started taking a great liking to black dancers, and was fueling my thirst at Alvin Ailey after school on a partial scholarship. I decided to go to the library one day, and I found an awesome book of black performers, people like Carmen de Lavallade, Geoffrey Holder and Lena Horne. I remember getting to Eartha Kitt's page thinking to myself, "One day..."
I loved her elegance, grace...her ability to be a chameleon in a world that often made people walk through kitchens before performances...her presence was felt, and I never met the woman.
RIP Eartha Kitt...you were and ALWAYS WILL BE the standard for black performers. Rest in peace.
Photo: Carl Van Vechten, 1952
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Last Supper
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Lindsay thinks we are still "Colored", $3.00 for the train (NO), and other things you may have missed in the last day or two...
I went to my usual Starbucks on 45th Street and later during a trip to the cafeteria, realized I didn't have the card. My initial thought was I left it in a coat I'd had on earlier that morning to pick up my dry cleaning, but I realized that I hadn't after I cursed out the dude at the cleaners (he should not have said he had the card; of course I didn't realize that until I called my friends at Starbucks). Apparently a good samaritan found the card outside of the store and brought it in to them!
Viva la Obama Effect! Now, onto the hot topics:
$3.00 PER TRIP = HIGHWAY (OR UNDERGROUND) ROBBERY
You know, I am fully aware of the state of this economy, but this is a bit much...how can one propose a full dollar hike after only one year? Again, things are bad, but seriously, as one of my facebook buddies said, I will walk EVERYWHERE when I can to avoid paying extra money for the wrongs of the NYC MTA officials...this is insane and I hope the Straphanger folks are going to get all up in the MTA's ass for this one.
PULL YOUR PANTS UP FOR YOUR CLOSE UP...
Occasionally when I am with my mom, she ALWAYS hits me on my arm when she sees a young man like the one in this story who is getting arrested because they thought that they were robbing a grandpa, but dude ended up turning out to be Mr. Miyagi. You can indulge yourself here...get a freaking belt!
SUICIDE @ PAULA'S HOUSE
No joking matter, but geez...read here.
FOR "COLORED" FOLKS WHO THINK LINDSEY LOHAN IS TOO MUCH
Can someone get her a teacher on the road please? I believe we've been referring to ourselves as African-Americans for about 30 years now...get it together. Read more here.
JADA AND WILL IN ESSENCE...AGAIN
I feel like they have been on the December cover for 3 years straight already...they are about to be up there with Mo'Nique, who's been on their cover for 8 years (sorry I love Essence, minus the fact that size 8 and below no longer exists to their readers, at least they don't seem to think so...)
Anyways, I think the interview is cool, because you learn alot about how they've made their relationship work after 11 blissful years of marriage. I know, I know...I hear all your rumors starting, but still a lot to learn from this one. However, you'll have to pick up the December issue to check it out...but there are some cool things to view on Essence.com, like the interview with Celebrity Harstylist, Ursula Stephens. Scroll down to the Essence TV portion of the site.
True Jackson had 4.8 million viewers last weekend in its debut spot (via the Daily News)...make sure you catch it on Saturdays a@ 8:30 PM...I know you are too old, but no you are not! :)
P.S. How can I forget today's sponsors? NY Daily News, Essence Magazine, Associated Press, Wikipedia & Starbucks...ain't nothing like a tall Caramel Macchiato to start the day off right! :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Obamas in the New House, DHL will affect your holiday online shopping...and other things you should know...
OBAMAS HIT THE WHITE HOUSE
The Obamas met with the Bushes to see what their new digs look like, as well as talk about how many policies Obama will overturn once Bush moseys his arse along...you can read about that here.
BUSH IS A FUNNY DUDE
So, he's basically now wants America to know that sometimes he said things that were...just stupid.Sorry I couldn't find a better word. He also talks about his future plans for life after the White House (countdown, baby) and other just tear-jerking sentiments...check it out at CNN.com.
DHL SHUTS IT DOWN...AND YES, THIS AFFECTS YOU, TOO
Only because you may need to think about those cyber purchases earlier...it's also a blow to an already dilapaded city...read more here.JURY IS STILLOUT ON "HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA"...
However, I learned a new fact: Lisa, the housewife married to NFL Player Ed Hartwell (quoted as former but still playing on the show, at least to the episode I am up to) was married to Keith Sweat. Now, following mom's rules to always try to say something nice or nothing at all, I say "Gee, she turned out just fine." Read more about that here.
BOY BANDS...FROM THE JAIL CELL AND BEYOND
Remember Lou Pearlman? He's the dude that I would like to credit as the first to initiate the whole "Boy Band" reality show effect via ABC in early 2000...then he got into a couple of messes, and ended up in the slammer, where he sits currently. Well, apparently, you can run a business from jail (I know, you probably didn't know that, and I happen to know some ppl who do). His business? Boy bands! Read about that here.
AND THE NEXT KARATE KID IS...
Jaden Smith! Yep, that's right...Will is getting them immersed early! Read about that here.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
I thought long and hard about this one, because it isn't easy picking ONE song out of a million...but I thought to myself that like this blog, I must return to my roots. This song is poinant in my journey...enjoy!
*I've edited this post because it's important to be fair and smart...you never know how the tables can turn...I will leave it at that.
~PG(I know, but I really like Gossip Girl, so yes, I bit that)
Sponsors today: NY Daily News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN.com...and the other ones I may have forgotten...oh yes, You Tube :)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Without going into to much of "my story" because I want to keep your attention span, I will say that I always felt bad when I couldn't get to my blog everyday, and that soon turned into feeling "inadequate" in the blog world, aspiring the fame some other blogs seemed to have gained with lots of effort and hard work, and certainly not phenoms overnight.
And neither is Obama. This man slept in an alleyway his first night in NYC as a Columbia student. Some phenoms don't happen overnight...they take time to blossom.
The alleyway Obama slept in on 109th Street, Harlem... (Source: NY Daily News)
With that, the rebirth of the Priceless Candygirl view begins...again! It never really ended, I've just had enough time to observe the landscape further and figure out my place in this blog world. My intent is to ensure that with determination, I'll reach the goal of daily blogging...and make it "whatever I like!"
AMERICA WATCHED BARACK GET HIS....EVEN THE RACISTS!
According to Nielsen ratings, over 71.4 million people watched the results, compared to 59.2 million in 2004 when Bush and Florida robbed Gore for the win. Yes, I said robbed...
What will the Obama dollar look like? And what's the dog's name going to be? Since Obama is Renegade, Michelle is Renaissance, and Sasha and Malia are both Rosebud and Radiance...will the dog be...Redemer? All we know is one of the little ladies is allergic, so it will likely be a terrier, or a dog that has long hair that doesn't shed.
And how cute is it that Barack and Michelle went on a date this Saturday? I heart them...don't nobody talk bad about the OBAMAS.
THE PARTIES LEADING TO THE DEBATE
I need to take a minute to talk about the mess that was last's week's Russell Simmons' HSAN "I AM C.H.A.N.G.E." event. I am not sure if by writing this, it will get me banned in the future, but oh well...after three different e-mails with a final confirmation, I got to the red carpet with a person who's name will not be mentioned, to madness.
Thank goodness L. Londell McMillian (he just bought The Source if you haven't heard) was there...but there was another publicist whose name will also go unmentioned (Starts with a B and ends with a C, if you know what I mean) who also said "this is madness, people keep calling my name to get them in and I can't help them..."
To test his theory, I said his name, and sure enough...he ignored me! Nonetheless, we made it across the red carpet just in time, as I heard Russell's handlers talk about he was on his way, so make sure things were ready...
And ready, they were not...who picks Home for any type of fundraising or community organization to do an event? Then the tables were in the fishbowl view, so Spike's wife (oh Lee, sorry, can't act like you know people, they get their feelings hurt) felt it necessary to let us all know that was her husband, even though I just wanted to introduce the person whom I was "media escorting" for the night...along with his new "publicist" who didn't know about this event, but whom I was also responsible for getting into the event...fun times.
I'd also like to state that this event also let me know how done I am with this fake world...here's a newsflash:
-start of newsflash-
You are blessed...be humble, approachable, and stop acting like you are Obama, please :)
-end of newsflash-
If you want to see pictures, check the other blogs. I don't feel like wasting time looking for the pictures for the mess that event was...I know it wasn't anyone's fault in particular, but is it ever?
CHEESESTEAKS FOR OBAMA
So I came up with an idea to donate my time after an eager DJ approached me wanting to do an event in NYC...of course, like many DJs he wanted to be paid, but a friend approached me with a great opportunity to do future "paid" events if we were to pull this one off first for free. So the Obama Cheesesteak jump-off sounded cool!
By the end of the week, this lamer decided that by Saturday, he'd call to cancel...because he got a paid event...I was confused because initially none of us were looking to get paid, and we all knew the payoff...but instead, some of us just come up with loser tatics, like cancelling at the last minute.
So after I deleted his number, I hit Bazooka Joe, who was down for the cause. We had a fun night, but unfortunately, I can't say too much more because I refuse to give the artist, who the event was engaged around, any shine, as he came 40 minutes before the event ended...I love the old school rappers who thinks everyone is waiting for them...yeah, you too.
TRUE JACKSON, VP SHINES FOR KEKE PALMER
Well, of course I have to represent Nickelodeon...did you guys watch True Jackson this weekend? I know, you may be too old, but she's a cute 15-year old who gets a job as a VP of Youth Apparel after being "discovered" selling sandwiches in the hallway of Mad Style (her new place of employment). The critics are buzzing, and I feel like this is so huge for an African-American female lead...so watch! It comes on Saturdays @ 8:30 PM, and the repeat will be on today at 8:30 PM as well.
That's all for now...toodles! Oh, why I named today's blog "Be the Change" is because someone gave me a notebook last Christmas, and I looked at it recently, thinking about Barack...this post became my first entry...
Today's blog is sponsored by the NY Daily News, the LA Times, and anyone else I had to grab a story from...is that OK for me to say?
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
What a day! It's been peace walking around and seeing my fellow brothers and sisters in black and knowing why :) I honestly became emotional at one point.
What am I talking about? The Jena 6...please look this up if you haven't already, because the media has been extremely scarce in their reporting of this insane incident.
In celebration of just hearing on Wendy Williams that Mychal Bell will be released tomorrow (he's part of the Jena 6), I'd like to put a video up...a song I listened to this morning on my way to work:
It's not a game anymore folks...please be aware that we are in a police state. I walked from lunch with a friend today to see police (being assholes I might add...I wonder if that's part of the job description) with AK-47's on Broadway and 45th...we asked why and they gave some smart ass answer...I have to remember that most of them are not educated, but you know, I try to not let that factor in my thoughts of a person.
Anyways, hoping you wore black today...I was an avid protester in college and I fully believe in standing for the rights of those whom have been silenced due to the politics of America. Stand up people...the time is now.