Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hump Day Headlines

Wednesdays are generally pretty slow for me. It's the end of the work week [my weekend falls on Thursday and Friday] and it's usually a day I use to do anything you would put in the "other" column. With that said, I've picked out some interesting headlines that'll keep you 9-to-5'ers entertained until the weekend hits. Enjoy and Stay Classy!

  • It's an American Classic gone wrong. A chef at Wall Street Burger Shoppe in Lower Manhattan just added a $175 burger to the menu. Word? I’m not a huge burger fan [although Five Guys is pretty good] but for some reason this just sounds a little over priced. The ambitious chef says it's worth the money because it's made of Kobe beef and topped with a few things you can barely pronounce. It seems like the word Kobe and beef are always synonymous with one another. But what do I know…I’m just a writer.

  • Boys with Boob jobs. If that sentence didn't grab your attention, I don't know what will! Apparently obesity is a serious problem in our country...who knew? As a result young boys are turning to plastic surgery to fix their "man boobs." Hmmm...

  • $15 to check baggage on American Airlines? This story just boggles my mind. Why should I have to pay to put my luggage on a flight? Who cares if oil prices are going up?! If I bring a carry-on...I can't pack any liquids! Dude, this is no bueno!

  • and if you thought NFL players performing on ABC's Dancing with the Stars was borderline...check this out, Classic! Thanks D!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Glow in The Dark Tour

Good thing I brought my umbrella-ella-ella, eh, eh...
because Mother Nature brought torrential downpour to Hartford. No worries though, Chicago's finest was in town - Kanye West.

Glow in the Dark lineup: Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D, Rihanna and Kanye West

Lupe and N.E.R.D was awesome
Well, that's what my friend Paula text me as I arrived at the concert. I was a little fashionably late. Ok, so I was an hour late..but I had to get diva-fied. It's a process that can never be rushed.

Ri-Ri's pants were painted on
The good girl gone bad put on a great show. It was like a shot of Espresso. She started with a little reggae, took it back with her rendition of Lauryn Hill's "That Thing," and the crowd sang along as she belted out the crowd favorite - "Umbrella." A few cornballs actually opened there umbrella's during the song. Don't tell anyone, but I kinda wanted to open mine too. Oh yeah, and midway through her set, Rihanna tore off her rip-away skirt to reveal some pants so tight, they looked like they were painted on. [Um, does yo mama know about those pants?]

Kanye was a one man show
All respect is due to the Louis Vuitton Don. Kanye West's stage show was somewhere between a sci-fi flick and a one-man Broadway production set to hip-hop. A rough idea of the story line is: West sets out into space in search of inspiration. He then crash-lands on an unknown planet, and has to find his way back to Earth. It's through this journey where West takes you from "Good Morning," where he wakes up on the unknown planet….to "Touch the Sky," where he finally makes it back to Earth. His spaceship named Jane talks him through the journey. A touching moment came when 'Ye performed "Hey Mama" as the crowd waved their cell phones to the beat. The only time Kanye actually sat down was during a surprising portion of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." From there 'Ye "repairs" his spaceship and rallied the crowd with his hit, "Stronger."

In the Dark
So I bet you're wondering what I didn't like about the concert. Honestly, Kanye's performance was flawless, however there were a few audio issues where his mic was super low and the band was over modulated. Now, if you ask the people who sat on the grass during the show, I’m sure they'd say they didn't like being soaked during a 4-hour concert. A poncho can only do so much.

Glowing in the Dark
Kanye deserves a standing ovation for creativity. The set and storyline was creative. This has never been done in hip-hop people. Truly one of the most fascinating concerts I've ever seen. At the end of the concert 'Ye gave a special shoutout to all the columnists out there who write about his shows. He said, "this is real music…it isn't something that you can grade." I agree. Kanye is one of the Hottest Mc's in the game.

The Afterparty
Ok, why did The Emperor [a club in Hartford] think it was okay to charge $50 for the Glow in the Dark Tour afterparty? I wanna know who actually paid that much money to get in a club where you will sweat out your hair and outfit just by stepping in the place. This is not New York! Needless to say, I didn't go. High level, not eye level people.

Just another page of the Classifieds. Stay Classy.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Sports Section

He's worn the numbers: 24, 30, and now 3.
He's hit 597 homeruns - just three bombs shy of reaching the epic 600 mark.
His name is Ken Griffey, Jr.
His Team is the Cincinnati Reds.

But now - the word on the street is, he could soon be a Seattle Mariner again!

[*music to my ears*]

John Hickey with the Seattle PI wrote:

Reports out of New York say that Duane Shaffer, in his first season as a special assistant to Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi, was in Shea Stadium Sunday to have a look at Griffey.

The Mariners need two things - someone to get the fans' interest revved up after a horrid start to the season and someone to provide some power to a lineup devoid of many run-producers.

I've been a fan of the Mariners ever since 1994! My father, a loyal M's fan, is the reason why I grew to love them so much. Between watching games on TV with the sound turned to the highest decibel allowed, to watching a game in the stands; It was rare that I missed a game.

Griffey's legacy stretched from 1989 to 1999, but we still love him like he's never left. There's no doubt in my mind that Seattle fans would love to see "the kid" back in a M's uniform rocking the #24! I know Griffey is getting old and more injury prone, but the fact he's on the verge of hitting his 600th homer would be great PR for Seattle's franchise. Not to mention he hit the majority of those homers in the great northwest!!

Let's be real - he put Seattle on the map for MLB.

Right now the M's are sitting at 15-25.

*Ahem* [clearing my throat]

They are pretty much scraping the bottom of the AL West. But at least we got San Diego beat! My point here is, while Griffey may not single-handily get us to the playoffs, at least it will bring that euphoria back to Seattle. Oh yeah, don't forget that "The Kid" is a lefty. We could use that balance in our lineup! [Preach!]

As a fan it's hard to understand all the corporate decisions that are made, but at the end of the day - it's all about money! Griffey is the one person M's execs know will pack the stands.

Look at it this way - his return might be the only thing that saves Safeco Field from turning into the Kingdome.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Another Again

Do you ever feel like life just repeats itself? I do! It's like we struggle, and conquer. Love and hate. Cry, and laugh. Make-up, then break-up. It's a never-ending cycle.

I'm not a huge John Legend fan, but a few of his songs do something to me. I heard his ballad, Another Again today on the way to work. Great song. It's borderline classic.

I'm not sure if it's the words, or his voice. Either way, I literally lose myself when I hear this song. If you've never heard this song, I suggest you take a listen. I feel that good music should be a reflection of life. It should talk about the good, bad and ugly of what's really going on in the world. This song talks about the ebbs and flows in love. Somethings we can all relate to.

This is for all my friends, family, and loyal readers going through Another Again.....Enjoy!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mother's Day Tribute

It's a day to celebrate not only your mother, but ALL women -Mother's day.

It's interesting what inspires me to blog sometimes. This time, my inspiration is special.

Last night, I wrote an email to a gentlemen I met at the NABJ conference in Vegas. It was a simple email…

"Hey, long time no hear from. How are you?

His response left me shaken. It was a long, detailed email explaining why he had been under the radar.

"My mother passed away."

The news left me sunk like the Titanic. Then, I started thinking about what it would be like if my mother passed away. I tried to shake the thought, but I suddenly slipped into a daze.

I pictured…
Her laugh,
Her smile,
Her eyes,
And her signature macaroni & cheese and yams.

[I'm literally tearing up as I write this]

What would I be without the woman who brought me in this world? She's my rock. My friend. My mentor. My role model. I've always wanted to be just like her. I can't imagine not having her shoulder to lean on.

As I'm writing this blog, I'm realizing how tough it must be for my friend to cope with the loss of his mother. It must take the epitome of faith and strength to move ahead with your life. It's for this reason that I admire him. Even though he may admire others for having a parent or both of their parents, I admire him for being able to acknowledge his pain, yet carry the torch and press on.

This Mother's Day, take the time to carry the torch. Show your mother how much she means to you, because tomorrow is not promised. Thank her for lighting the torch in your life so that you could shine like no other.

Remember, you don't have to bear a child to be acknowledged on Mother's day.

So to all the women reading this: I lift you up, I pray for you, and I encourage you to do the same for other women in your life too.

Happy Mother's Day! [I love you Mom]

Oh and enjoy this great song by Raheem DeVaughn, appropriately titled, "Woman." Check it out -