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Philly Born and Dallas Raised. Music Lover. Mother Of A Beautiful Daughter and Son. Natural Sista. Pursuing A Dream.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you guys started the New Year off right, I know I did! I attended a black and gold themed house party with my homegirl and we had a great time! It was good seeing old high school friends and catching up, all while vibin to mix from the DJ. It’s always funny when you run into people from high school. Some look and act pretty much exactly the same, some people changed (that would be me), and some people got SUPA FINE (the DJ lol). I didn’t really do much dancin, just posted up with a drank in my hand and did a lot of head bobbin lol. Of course there’s always a little ratchetness that occurs at a house party but it’s all good. A girl seemed to be upset with someone and a fight almost happened. Crazy thing is the drama was happening right in front of me, but I couldn’t tell you who she was mad at for the life of me. I kept looking around but didn’t see anybody else as upset as her. Anywho like I said I had a good time and I look forward to joining everyone again next year.

 A new year for a lot of people is the beginning of a new journey. We start reflecting on the past year, preparing ourselves for change, and making New Year’s resolutions. My resolutions are usually the same as most peoples…let go of some things, lose weight so I can be summertime fine, be healthier, and just continue to strive to be a better person inside and out. But this year I want to go a little more in depth and be a little more specific so I decided that I’m going to do a vision board. It’s a great idea to help you stay motivated and stay on track of things. I’ve provided some example below that I found from pintrest if you’re interested in creating your own.

In my opinion there is nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself. Although I think change can be done at any time not just at the beginning of the year, I don’t criticize or judge people for making New Year’s resolutions. As much as I love social media it’s sad how many discouraging remarks I saw in regards to people wanting to change. There was one meme in particular that was circulating all over the internet. It symbolized a black woman wanting to leave all of her problems in the past and start brand new for the New Year. When I say people on Instagram can take somethin good and tear it to pieces smh, I mean they recreated the meme over and over again to be so negative. I just kept thinking I don’t see anything wrong with this picture and what’s really sad is it was the black men more than anybody that was tearing the sista down. Hey we gotta do better people…but when you know better, you do better. Peep the pics and video below…

 

P.S. Why did I receive a text from an Ex that I hadn’t talked to in over 3 months on New Year’s Eve? That’s what I’m NOT gonna do for the year 2015! Ain’t nobody got time fa dat!

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Those drinks were good!

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Elle Varner and Adrian Marcel @ House Of Blues Dallas

Technical difficulties was the theme for Elle Varner and Adrian Marcel’s show at the House of Blues this past Sunday, but the beautiful LA native and the sexy Bay Area heartthrob pushed through it like soldiers. Not only was Elle having the most difficult time with the sound and mics but she was also struggling with a cold coughing away from the mic several times during the show. Even with everything that was going on, by the end of the show the crowd seemed pleased with both performances.

The doors opened at 7:00, the show was set to start at 8 o clock, and we made it to the line outside at 7:30. When we first walked up we were under the impression that there weren’t that many people that had already arrived. Mainly because they had us waiting outside for a while and the line was pretty short so in my head I was thinking I would get a good spot right in front of the stage. HOB had two events going on at the same time so there was a little confusion as to which line to stand in. Once we got inside my heart dropped when we saw a gang of people had already made it and there was no way we would get close to the stage. I could still see from where I was standing but I was just very disappointed and mad at myself for not getting there earlier. I wanted to be able to touch Adrian lol. Anywho tickets were standing only and the crowd did seem to be a little bothered by the wait. It seemed like a long time, probably especially to the women in heels, but it really wasn’t. Adrian’s DJ came out sometime around 8:30 I think and played some throwbacks mixed with some of today’s hottest tracks. In the meantime I was tweeting Adrian Marcel like I knew him personally lol. I was letting him know I made it to his show since he previously tweeted me telling me to come to a show, after I asked him how long was his set on Keyshia Cole’s tour.

Adrian smoothly came on the stage around 8:45 and took us on a west coast ride opening up his set with “Nite & Day” which is an Al B. Sure cover. He continued with about 4 songs off of his mixtapes “7 Days Of Weak” and “Weak After Next” and his new single “Spending The Night Alone”. Adrian Marcel in my opinion brings back the good R&B that I feel we are missing so make sure you download his mixtapes and take a listen, I promise you won’t be disappointed. He also covered Floetry’s “Say Yes” and R. Kelly’s “Bump N Grind” and closed the show with his hit single “2 AM”. During his performance you could tell there were some people that were looking like who is this dude, but by the end they were bobbin their heads and rockin with him. He engaged with the crowd very well and even took a girls phone and sang directly to it. Why couldn’t that have been my phone *sigh*. I purposely am not uploading the video of my favorite song from his mixtape “Waiting” because I gotta be honest, it wasn’t a good performance. All the rest of them were on point but that one, smh nah and its mainly because the sound and feedback was off. But that’s definitely not gonna stop me from seeing him next time he comes in town and I damn sure am gonna make sure I get there early. If you’re reading this I’m gonna get my picture with you one day Adrian! LOL.

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Elle Varner graced the stage shortly afterwards and opened up with “Cold Case” which will be on her upcoming album “4 Letter Word” that is set to be released sometime next year. She let us into her Perfectly Imperfect world and let us know that sometimes you gotta role with the punches. Although even with a cold I think she did a phenomenal job and hit those notes like a pro, I won’t be showing some of the full video footage, only clips. When I played them back it was hard to watch again because of the technical difficulties. I don’t think it would be fair to show what probably would look like a bad performance/show to those who weren’t there. She talked about the ups and downs of love and sang about 10 songs which included “Only Wanna Give It To You”, “Refill”, a new song “Nothing”, “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, and “F*ck It All”. She also did a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On” clearly regarding the current news coverage on police brutality. Her fans also got two impromptu performances out of her of “Welcome Home” and “WTF”. Elle’s quirky and funny personality made me love her even more as I watched her interact with her fans. At the end of the show Elle brought a lucky fan who came all the way from Denver up on stage and gifted them with a nice watch. The show ended around 11:00 pm.

All in all minus the technical difficulties, not being close to the stage, and my feet hurting, I enjoyed the show and recommend everyone to see them next time they’re in town. The ticket was only $25 and it was well worth it. Don’t forget to like and share! Peep the links, pics, and videos below…

P.S. excuse the shakiness, my arms were tired from holding my phone high for so long.

http://www.ellevarner.com/

http://www.adrianmarcel.com/

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B.O.B @ Winstons Supperclub in Dallas TX

Oh What A Night! (In My Missy Elliot Voice) B.O.B aka Bobby Ray had the club going up this past Saturday at Winston’s Supper Club in Uptown Dallas. This was my second time at Winston’s and I swear it gets LIVE! When they have someone there performing it feels like a huge house party. Me and my girl made sure we were front in center and it definitely paid off! Get into these details lol…

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So we originally was set to go to the Kwanzaa Fest at Fair Park but by the time we were ready to go we looked online to see what the crowd was like and it was already too packed at noon. It was to the point where we probably wouldn’t have been able to see anything. We had heard the main person we wanted to see, which was B.O.B, would be at Winston’s later that night. So we were like scratch Kwanzaa fest, let’s go turn up at the club lol. We met up at Winston’s around 10:30 and it was pretty empty. And it pretty much stayed empty for a good minute, I don’t think people really started pouring in until 11:30. Several selfies and three drinks later, one of which included a free Pineapple Ciroc from the club and it was bomb, the place was packed and B.O.B walked right by me around 12:45 and I automatically yelled out “OH SH!T”. LOL I have never been star struck but I promise I was that night. My grown 31 year old ass felt like a teenager at an Immature concert. Yes I said Immature.

He came in there with his entourage along with Teyana Taylor who also performed at the Kwanzaa Fest earlier that day. Teyana Taylor was such a sweetheart. Every time I took a pic of her she looked and smiled for the camera and not once did I even call her name. She also took a pic with my homegirl but unfortunately due to all the movement around me the pic came out a little blurry. Once B.O.B got situated he hopped on the mic and got the party started by passing out shots to everybody. If I’m not mistaken the theme was Birthday Celebration and Teyana Taylor’s birthday did just pass. His big gold chain was swangin and his hat sliding off as he performed “Headband”, “Paranoid”, and “We Still In This B*tch” and even got down in the crowd to rock with us. I was always a fan of B.O.B’s but he has gained a die-hard fan now. He done messed up and made me feel special by making eye contact at least about 5 times. I guess it wasn’t hard to do being as though I was right in front of him. I had to go home and stalk his Instagram smh. But man oh man when he waved at my homegirl though she damn near died on the floor lol. Oh let me not forget to mention the hoopla and madness he created Friday after posting a pic of him and sweatpants with the hashtag #eggplantfriday. I’m not sure if he created that trend but Instagram went wild. I caught a few people starrin at his crotch lol.

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My only complaint about the whole night is this blower thing that Winston’s uses. It’s like a mist with confetti in it, like a confetti cannon. Unfortunately I seemed to be directly in front of it. I mean I guess it would be cool for people who were hot, which I wasn’t, but it was just a bit much for me. Also sometime after his performance when everybody was just dancing, I looked over at my friend and she was like “SAVE ME SAVE ME!” This guy was hunchin, yes hunchin on her so I slowly pulled her away and kinda backed him up off her. Tell me why this fool proceeds to hunch on me lol. I mean he was really like a horny little dog that hunches on your leg. So then she pulled me away and we moved on the other side, far away from him lol. All in all I had THE best time and it was only $10 to get in and enjoy this unforgettable experience. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to like and share please 🙂 Peep the links, pics, and videos below….

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Concert Review: Usher and August Alsina @ American Airlines Center/URXTour

You know what…there honestly isn’t a whole lot I have to say about this show. It was phenomenal, Usher killed it, August Alsina did his thang (except for the long unnecessary runs), the visual effects were awesome, the band and dancers were great, and I feel like I got my money’s worth for sure. I have a lot of pics and videos that speak for themselves so I don’t know what else to tell you guys lol.

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I bought my ticket about two weeks ago for $177. I was in the first balcony level and had a very good seat and view. I honestly think it’s better than having floor seats because you can see everything without having to rely on watching the screens or worrying about someone tall blocking your view. I had a choice between going to see Usher or Trey Songz and Chris Brown, because my funds wouldn’t allow me to do both I picked Usher and he surely didn’t disappoint. Neither did August Alsina. At first I didn’t care too much to see August, not because I didn’t like his music, but because his personality in a couple interviews had just turned me off. I know that shouldn’t have an effect on me buying an album but it kinda did. Instead of buying the whole album I only bought about three songs of his. But after the show I’m going to go download his album. As far as Usher I’ve been a fan of his since the “Can U Get Wit It” days and I was super excited to see him.

I got to the American Airlines Center around 7:00 and the show was set to start at 7:30. The place wasn’t packed yet and as far as I know it wasn’t a sold out show, so I was wondering if people were gonna pour in later on. DJ Cassidy opened the show with a string of hits. I barely paid attention though because I started chatting it up with the friendly woman next to me. We both came by ourselves. It wasn’t a long wait before the lights dimmed and August Alsina made his way on stage. During his performance of “Make It Home” he asked the crowd to put their lights up for Mike Brown and for anybody that has lost their life to the streets and police brutality. He also talked about pursuing your dreams and how he was homeless two years ago. I honestly didn’t think August was gonna even make the tour after he fainted and fell off stage and was in a coma a couple months ago. Usher didn’t touch on the recent events but he did talk about loving one another. August teased the crowd at the end of his performance by raising his shirt up and also slowly pulling his pants down suuuper low, which literally had me stuck drooling with my mouth open. Unfortunately I didn’t get it on video but after that I am definitely on #teamaugust now. Two of my friends who also attended stated that they was ready for him to get off stage, one of them even said she got up and left on his performance. I’m not sure why. I don’t know if it was because they’re not really fans of his or they didn’t like his performance. Nonetheless I think he did a good job. The lady next to me was calling him skinny when he had his shirt up but hey I like tall skinny guys with tattoos. August had me ready to go make a call after the show smh. He performed about 7 songs and closed it with his first single “Luv This Shit”

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The break between August and Usher’s performance was pretty quick. He came on stage sometime before 9:30 and he performed hit after hit opening up with “My Way”. It was at least about three times when I thought the show was about to end but he turned around and came back with some more songs. I mean he had 8 albums to choose from so he performed a lot of songs, at least about 16 songs. He didn’t end the show until around 11:15. There was something special he did for the song “Lil Freak” with the special effects but I’m not gonna spill the tea on that nor am I gonna show the video lol. You’ll just have to go to the show for that. Before his “Good Kisser” performance he gave a taste of what he can do on the drums for a good minute. Oh yeah and the fire on the stage, we could feel the heat from where we were sitting. I can only imagine how they felt on stage. The only disappointment I have about Usher is that not once did he take his shirt off lol. He did however lift up his shirt one time. He must be really in love. He never pulled anyone up on stage or anything either. Nothing crazy happened during or after the show. I think a lot of people was ready to turn up. Other than that like I said the show was great, everybody did a great job. Peep the pics, links, and videos below…

P.S. After the show I saw the crazy girl I knew from high school that was at the Luke James concert but she wasn’t drunk this time lol. And aren’t y’all glad I got a new phone lol, me too.

Links…

www.usherworld.com

www.augustalsina.com

Pics…

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Jagged Edge @ Medusa in Dallas

Weird. Weird. Weird….

Ok so I got inside the club around 9:30, met up with my homegirl, grabbed a drink and then moved close to the dance floor. Tell me why everyone was standing around the dance floor but no one would go out there and dance. I mean it was this big ass circle around the dance floor and people were just two stepping where they were standing. My homegirl was like “what is this high school prom?” It was a hot mess. The DJ was really trying to throw out songs that make people get on the dance floor but these people wouldn’t budge. Next thing I know it was 10:00 which was when I was told the show would start and I saw people setting things up on the stage, so I told my homegirl “man let’s just go on out there and get our spot”. SOOOOON as we got on the dance floor everybody came flooding in like a stampede. We just looked at each other like REALLY…REALLY?

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Jagged Edge came on stage around 10:30 and I couldn’t even tell you what song they started out with. I don’t know. I have no clue. I will say they looked great, and besides a few muffled moments here and there, they sounded great too. A lot of times when you see artist now who came out back in the 90’s they look all out of shape and sometimes it’s a drastic difference in the way they look now compared to back then. But these guys looked good. Although I’m not into beards so I wasn’t feeling that beard Kyle was rockin. Anywho the fellas are promoting their new album J.E. Heartbreak II with the first single called “Hope” which they did sing at the concert. It took me listening to it a second time to like it and appreciate it. The first J.E. Heartbreak was/is the shiznit so I’m sure this one will be too. It will be available October 27th and I will be downloading because I’ve already heard snippets on their Facebook page and I liiike. Other songs they did at the concert was “Wednesday Lover”, “Promise”, “Let’s Get Married”, “He Can’t Love You”, and “Nice and Slow” by Usher which the twins co-wrote (Who knew that? lol). They ended the show with “Where The Party At” sometime around 11:00. During the show I wound up moving further away from the stage because being right on the stage made it hard for me to get all of them in the video. So I let two women get in front of me. If I would rate the show from 1-10 I would give it a 7. Here’s why…

During the show one of the twins was constantly looking at his phone majority of the time. I can’t tell you which one it was, I can only describe him as the thicker/heavier twin. I noticed as soon as he came on the stage he had the mic in one hand and his phone in the other. I was thinking maybe he was going to take a pic or video of the crowd but that wasn’t it. He kept looking at it all throughout the show and all I could think was is something wrong. I’m sure not many people noticed it, but for someone like me who blogs about concerts it’s my job to pay attention to detail. So because I noticed it, it was hard for me to really turn up like everyone else and really focus on just the performance. Then there was a moment where he stood back by the DJ while the others sang up closer to the audience. Even the DJ was looking at him like bro you alright? Then they had like this intermission where the DJ engaged with the crowd (a part of the show that I could’ve went without) but this same twin left off the stage while the other three remained. Once the intermission was over they kinda stalled before singing the next song until he came back on the stage. I honestly don’t know what to make of all this. Maybe he was waiting on a phone call IDK. It’s very clear to see in the videos (excuse the base I’m still working on that) exactly what I’m talking about. Theeen a couple times I felt like when it came to the ad libs they were singing over each other. It was a lot of “wooo yeah” Jodeci style that I didn’t care for either. Kyle seemed to be into the choreography more than anyone lol. In one of my videos you can see one of the twins stumble on another person but hey the stage is small so I don’t count that.

*sigh* IDK… for a $30 ticket I ain’t trippin. Would I go see them again, maybe. If I do I won’t be focused on trying to record so maybe it will be better. Peep the links and videos below. The first two videos will show you what I’m talkin about. Don’t forget to like and share 🙂

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https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficialJE

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Concert Review: Luke James @ The House Of Blues/Dallas TX

First off let me say the video I was able to record doesn’t do this show any justice. All the artist did such a great job and it honestly felt like I was at a big house party. I hardly think anyone left out of there disappointed. Anywho let’s get into the review…

Although he should be, Luke James is one of those artists that unfortunately isn’t well known yet so I was a little surprised that the concert was going to be at the House Of Blues. Based on the couple of times that I have been to the House Of Blues it was for artist with a larger fan base. I mean even though he has a lot of fans there still are times when I mention him to people and they don’t know who I’m talking about.  Once I got inside it made a lot more sense to me. I got there at around 8:15 but didn’t go inside til around 8:30 because of some confusion outside, and they guided us upstairs to a lounge like area with a stage and a bar. There were some people there already but not many. After I got my drink people started moving closer to the stage since the concert was set to start at 9:00. I wanted to get a good view too so I decided to move close to the stage as well. While waiting I looked around at the crowd, which was cliqued up or coupled up, and I spotted an old co-worker by herself and motioned for her to join me. We chatted up until the opening act came out. Hell I didn’t even know there was going to be an opening act so it was a nice surprise.

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Alsace Carcione and Diva-Sol hopped on the stage around 9:30 and set the mood just right. Alsace is a femcee who is originally from Virginia but has been living in Dallas for the past 10 years. It’s hard to describe they’re unique style but I would say that this duo was giving Floetry, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and throwback hip hop all mixed together. I’m not quite sure if they are a permanent duo or if they are separate artist just temporarily working with each other. Nonetheless the both moved the crowd. The lyrics were on point and the sound was most definitely feel good music. Later on after the show I made sure to get Alsace Carcione’s info so I could follow her journey as an artist. I’m always interested in underground music. Miss Diva-Sol sang her ass off! I was recording and trying to hold my composer because I wanted to just yell YAAASSSS GIRL YOU BETTA SANG! But I didn’t want to mess up my video lol. I look forward to hearing more from these two. Their set lasted I’ll say a good 30 mins and Luke James came on not too long afterwards.

UPDATE: The artists are two solo artist and not a group but they have been working with each other for well over 5 years.

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Luke James stepped on the stage and the crowd went nuts (by now it was a lot of people there) and he started the show off with the first song on his self-titled album “Love XYZ”. During the beginning of the show he asked that we let loose and feel, stating that he sensed some of the people in the crowd were a little uptight. He told us to leave our cares behind and worry about the here and now and have a good time tonight. He continued with his singles “Exit Wounds”, “Options” (which if you didn’t know was a song about the option to abort a baby. Awesome lyrics), and “Dancing in the Dark”. The Grammy nominated singer also performed some of his older released singles and songs off of his mix tape Whispers In The Dark. When he performed “Make Love to Me” I felt like I was in the Good Times photo at someones basement house party. The crowd grooved from side to side as we all absorbed the good vibes. Luke James had plenty of energy as he took us from sexual healing, to feeling gangsta/hood and turning up, to comedy, and to church with a few Hallelujahs’. Halfway through the show (you may notice this in the videos) my feet were hurting so bad and then I also started getting cramps in my side, so I had lose my place and go sit down on one of the nearby couches. I had been standing there feeling hot too and once I started feeling nauseated I knew it was time to move. I sat down for about 5 mins and enjoyed the sound of his voice as he performed his version of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” and then stood back up to record and watch the rest of the show. He closed out the show with his single “I Want You” and provided us with those high pitch vocals that we LIVE for.

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Once the crowd started leaving I went to find my old co-worker who was waiting for Luke James to come back out. I was confused because I thought the show was over but low and behold he reappeared and performed one last song. Problem is I could not tell you what the heck it was. It had a Prince sound to it and was about a forever kind of love. After the song he let the crowd know that he would be taking pictures with whoever had the album downloaded from iTunes on their phone. Being as though I don’t have an Iphone and my feet was still killing me, I hugged my co-worker goodbye and made my exit. She later text me telling me that he kissed her on the cheek and she got her pic. Overall I would say besides me getting sick, this was one of the best concerts that I’ve been to so far. Definitely got my $30 worth and would love to see him again. Peep all the links and videos below…

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Sidenote: Let’s get into the ratchetness that occurs at the end of the show. During pretty much the whole show I could hear someone to my right being loud as hell, which is expected at a concert. But I’ve felt like once the music is lowered and the artist is talking, not involving the audience, but just trying to be sensual, this is not the time to turn up and interrupt the artist. So during the last performance of the Prince type song, I hear a loud mouth yelling “SHUT UP BOY! SHUT UP BOY! YOU AIN’T PRINCE! SHUT UP!” I turn my head to see wtf is going on and it was an old classmate of mine from high school. OMG I covered my face with my hand as if I was embarrassed and couldn’t believe it. So not cool. This girl has always claimed to be classy so I was a little shocked by her behavior and I wondered was she drunk and if she was the one I had been hearing all night. IDK but I hope that I’m never in a small setting like that with her again after that.

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Links:

http://www.reverbnation.com/alsacecarcione

http://www.officiallukejames.com/

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Alsace Carcione and Diva Sol

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DMA Late Night Block Party

If you enjoy live music, a big crowd, good food, and art this is where you need to be every 3rd Friday of the month! It’s for all ages from 6pm-Midnight and it’s FREE! Well everything but the food and parking. You can enjoy the exhibits and programs inside the museum or hang out and socialize outside and just enjoy the atmosphere and live music. The Klyde Warren Park is a nearby hang out spot also.

I suggest getting there early because I got there around 7:45 and all the decent priced close parking lots were full. I wound up paying $15 and had to walk like a block or two. Plus I missed the Dallas Mavericks street team and cheerleaders and the drummers. So I’m assuming that whatever big thing they have going on every month will be in the beginning. What I liked most about the atmosphere is that it reminded me a little bit of back home in Philly. In Philly they throw block parties all the time, except this one here was on a larger scale. No craziness or fighting, just good vibes all around. It’s something to do when you just want to get out of the house and have a good time without spending a bunch of money.

All of the food smelled so good it was hard for me to pick what I wanted to eat, but I wound up stopping at this food truck named Rock’ Rick’s. Let me tell y’all…THAT JAMAICAN BURGER WAS THE BOMB! I’m not even a big burger person but it was nice and juicy and messy lol. The pineapple gave it that special touch. (Peep the pics below). My daughter got a Philly Cheesesteak which was ok but I’m a tough critic on those because it’s rare that I find a place (besides my brothers’ shop) here in Dallas that makes them like back home. I’ll place a link below so you can get an idea of the prices. My total for food and drinks was $17. They do have a Café inside the museum but I wanted to try the food truck.

The other thing that I liked is inside the museum they had a section where people could create art if they wanted to or observe others making art. There were two sections that I found the most interesting. One was this display that held cards with questions and answers on it from visitors. You were to take a card and read the question, then answer it however you wanted and doodle on it too if you wanted to, and then place it on the wall for everyone to see. The other section was a display of art made by visitors and you could take a piece of art already made and replace it with the one you made. Plus it’s always interesting to see ancient artifacts and learn a little about different cultures. We explored Decorative Art, Pre-Columbian, African, Asian, and others. Seeing the Peruvian counting system was a trip. It makes you really appreciate evolution.

PREPARE TO HAVE ON WALKING SHOES! We walked around that place, up and down stairs, and thru what seemed to be a maze for a good hour AND STILL DIDN’T FINISH SEEING IT ALL. Which was fine by us because we plan to go next month. By the time we were done I was ret to go because my dogs was barkin. I think next time I won’t be takin the kiddo though cause I wanna get my drink on. None the less we all had a great time and I look forward to next month. Links below for more info…

Late Nights Info…

http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/programs/late-nights

Rock’ Rick’s Website…

https://squareup.com/market/rock-ricks

Klyde Warren Park Info…

http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/

Pics My homegirl took…

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Domestic Violence: My Take On It

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Years and years ago I was in a physically and verbally abusive relationship. It’s something that I still get very emotional about whenever I talk about it to people, especially people who are insensitive to the subject. A lot of times I read on social media or have conversations with people who say things like “if she keeps going back to him then it’s her fault she keeps getting beat up” or “well she’s stupid as hell for taking him back” or “some women get in a man’s face and talk a bunch of ish and they deserve to be hit”. It’s crazy the things I hear and read and I can’t help but to think, where is the compassion for the victim? Unless you’ve lived the nightmare before how can you be so opinionated about it?

Although I do think getting in someone’s face is provoking them, I still think at the end of the day we all have the choice in how we react to it. Everyone has the right to defend themselves when someone gets physical with them, but if they didn’t touch you, you shouldn’t touch them. Period. I understand sometimes it’s not that simple but that’s the way it should be.  From my experience and also from what I’ve witnessed verbal abuse and manipulation usually comes way before the physical violence which a lot of people fail to realize.

Before I met my ex-boyfriend I was happy, confident, ambitious, and sure of who I was and what I wanted. I was that strong minded girl who said I would never let a man put his hands on me. By the end of the relationship I was 40 lbs. heavier, miserable, insecure, lacked motivation, and didn’t recognize the person I saw in the mirror. I was completely opposite of what I was before.  Before, I was that girl who cared about her appearance before she walked out the door. Afterwards I could give a rat’s ass and just walked out the house looking any kind of way. I went days without even combing my hair. I was depressed and it took a while for it to become apparent to my mother but once it was she subtly made an intervention. Not everyone is so lucky. Prayer alone cannot help you out of that situation. Family and friends turn their backs and give up on people who keep going back because they don’t understand or know how to help. If you have no support and no one to help pull you through what do you do?

Here’s my story:

The first time I saw any signs of my ex being an abusive person, I ignored and justified it. I had witnessed him choke his ex-girlfriend during an altercation one time. I had witnessed her act crazy as well. She tried to run us off the rode on multiple occasions, once with her infant in the car. So my initial thought was well she ran up and hit him first and she was screaming that she was going to do something to me so he was just protecting me. Throughout the 3 years we were together a lot of our arguments would be because of the fact that he was still seeing this woman and lying to me, which was probably what was driving her crazy as well. His possessiveness and insecurity because of our big age difference also played a major role in our problems.

He had started his manipulation early on in the relationship.  He had a problem with the way I dressed and being the woman that I am and wanting to please my man, I stopped wearing anything that showed off my figure too much because I knew it would lead to an argument. He would even snap on men in the grocery store for looking at me. If I put on some body spray before leaving the house it was “who you trying to smell good for” then that caused and argument and he subsequently poured all my body sprays down the drain.  According to him all of my close friends were bad for me and he even tried to turn me against my mother so that I would have no one. Eventually it was hard being friends with people and either they cut me off or I cut them off. He would start arguments with me out of nowhere but then turn around and tell me how much he needed me and that he had no one but me. He would cry and tell me deep dark secrets and use them as excuses as to why he acted the way he did. So that made it hard to leave because I would feel sorry for him. I had been around his family and friends and yes he had burned those bridges so in a sense I felt like he did need me. All of these things I had put up with because I loved him but also I had eventually lost all self-love in the process.

The first time it got physical I blamed it on myself and my mouth. By now I had been doing the same thing he was doing to me which was cutting below the belt during arguments. I told myself well I should have walked away and that’s what I’ll do next time before it gets physical. Well next time came and he wouldn’t let me walk away. He would take my glasses and car keys so I wouldn’t drive off. He would pin me down so I wouldn’t leave. Even when he fell asleep I didn’t try to leave in the middle of the night because I feared what he might do to me if he caught me. He would always wake up begging and pleading for me not to leave him and apologize a million times. During all of this I also felt like I had nowhere to go. Even though my mother would have welcomed me with open arms to come back home, she had a husband that I didn’t get along with. I felt like I had no friends or family to turn to, nor did I want to be alone. By now because of the mean and hurtful things he would say and because of my appearance I felt like no one else would want me. There were even times I had gotten spit on, punch, choked, and kicked in front of his family and they did nothing to stop him. So I just felt like nobody cared and at some point I became financially dependent on him as well. I had gotten so used to this dysfunctional relationship that there were even a few times where I hauled off and hit him first because of something that he had done to me. In the beginning the sex was a big part of why I stayed too but toward the end I was so disgusted by him that I didn’t want him to touch me.

One time I almost passed out while he was choking me. It was then that I was determined to get on my feet financially and leave him when I got the chance. The final straw was the day I was scared for my daughter’s safety and that’s the day I left and never looked back. Some people are so drowned in what’s going on that they never get that rude awakening. My mother moved me on the other side of town which helped a lot because it was really hard to move on.

I say all this to say that there are so many layers to domestic violence. It’s not so cut and dry like most people think it is. Mentally after dealing with all the verbal and physical abuse you are messed up in the head, which is a big reason it’s so hard to leave. You’re confused, feel alone, financially unstable, insecure, and depressed. There’s barely any common sense or any light to hold on to. I hope that anyone reading this shares it and it opens your eyes to the complexity of it all. I hope that people can be more sensitive on the matter. I keep seeing people comment on the Ray Rice situation and they are being so cruel. People have even created these memes or pics poking fun at the situation when I feel it’s not a laughing matter. Women are losing their lives over stuff like this and yet so many people are quick to judge and blame the woman. It’s not so simple.

 

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Chrisette Michelle @ Medusa in Dallas TX

 
 
OK so I’ll be the first to say that although I liked some of Chrisette Michele’s music before last night I wasn’t the biggest fan, and I don’t mean this in a negative way. Even though she is considered an RnB artist, her music is very much influenced by Jazz. I like some Jazz (Boney James, Sade, Pieces Of A Dream) but it’s very seldom that I actually buy an album. Despite the fact that I love and buy all of Chrisette Michele’s singles, the only album I’ve ever bought was the first one titled I Am.  What I’ve realized about myself, especially after last night, is that I tend to like the more up-tempo jazz music better live than the record. In all honesty what made me buy a ticket for her show was seeing her on the TV One show RnB Divas. Her personality, style, and the peek into how she is behind the music scene is what made me want to go. Plus a friend of mine is one of her photographers and I knew he’d be there and I wanted to catch up with him. Needless to say I was completely blown away by her performance. Get into these details….
 
I decided to get there early because of what happened at the Donell Jones concert. I will say I got in there quicker than I did last time. Evidently they found a better and faster way to check tickets. I strolled up into Medusa around 9:15 and chopped it up with my friend by the bar for a while. Then while he made his way backstage I moved closer to the stage to make sure I had a good spot. I must say out of all of the concerts I’ve been to that had DJ’s mixing this one did his thang. DJ Phil really was JAMMIN! I didn’t drop it like it’s hot this time though lol. The crowd was mostly people that looked to be in their 30’s and it was a sprinkle of some older folks and couples. Sometime after 10:30 the radio personality from 105.7 came on stage, hyped up the crowd, and then introduced Chrisette Michele but she didn’t come on stage. Everyone was just standing there like umm ok where is she??? So the DJ went back to playing music then around 11:00 she finally graced the stage looking GORGEOUS. She opened up with her song “Epiphany” and immediately the crowd started singing along. I must admit I don’t know why but I thought she was only going to be very poised with very little movement during the show much like how she was in her video for “If I Had My Way”. But honey I was wrong! Bae Bae Ms. Chrisette grooved across that stage all night. And I swear like three times I thought she looked right at me lol, I don’t know maybe I was trippin. She also performed songs “Golden”, “Charades”, “Let’s Rock”, “What You Do”, and “Mr. Radio”. One of the songs I really liked that I hadn’t heard before that had me like oooh I gotta go download that was “Supa”. I think what impressed me the most about the whole performance was how she was able to capture my attention, how she connected and interacted with the audience, and how she was able to bring about certain emotions within me. Cause when she sang “Blame It On Me” and “Better” I promise I was all up in my feelings! Especially when she got to preachin. When she was saying “I deserve someone that will love me and make me feel better” inside I was just like YAAASSS I DO! Where is my Mr. Right? Yes all in my feelings smh. At some point she introduced all the members of her band and they each did a quick solo and I gotta say homegirl picked some great musicians because they were BAD! (in good way)I am a sucka for a great band. Halfway through the show she hooked us up with her version of Erykah Badu’s song “On and On” which I’ll have posted below. The Grammy Award winner and 10 times nominated artist for multiple awards closed the show with her single “A Couple Of Forevers”. The show ended around 12:30. Her music is so relatable and I think like most people I personally had gotten used to liking commercial music that didn’t have much depth or meaning to it. Going to this concert allowed me to take a step back and recognize good music again.
 
 
 
 
Overall the show was great and I most definitely wouldn’t mind seeing her again. I really don’t have much bad things to say about the show. Sometimes the music seemed to be louder than her and you had to listen hard to understand what she was saying but that didn’t happen a lot during the show. I feel like I got more than my money’s worth (ticket was $30). She also made sure to mention Mike Brown and how we need to love one another and the police brutality needs to stop. If you’ve been under a rock somewhere and don’t know about the Mike Brown controversy I heavily suggest you Google it. She also promoted her new website richhipster.biz which is a website that showcases art, music, fashion, and more. Be sure to go and check that out. After the show was over I linked back up with my friend and we went to eat at a place down in Deep Ellum called Buzzbrews. If you haven’t been I suggest you go if you’re ever in the area and get their chicken quesadillas cause it was the bomb.com. Anywho I had a great time. Chrisette Michele is a dope artist, her voice is truly and instrument, and I look forward to her future project The Lyricist Opus. Peep the links and my personal videos below and don’t forget to share my blog 🙂 …
 

Sidenote: Why halfway through the show I realized I needed to wipe my camera lens and I figured out a way to make the video clearer. Unfortunately some of the video footage I have the music is too loud so I didn’t bother posting. :-/

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Here are my videos from the show…

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Beyonce & JayZ On The Run Tour/AT&T Stadium

First off I have to say I will be forever grateful for my brother getting me a ticket and giving me the opportunity to experience Beyonce and JayZ live in concert. Everybody close to me knows how much I’m a huge Beyonce fan. I mean I don’t have posters of her on my walls, her t-shirts, key chains and stuff like that with her name on it LOL. But I’m pretty damn close to being that type of fan. So much that I actually get upset when people say they don’t like her and they are automatically a hater in my book. Cause I mean what’s not to love about Bey. And likewise I have been a fan of JayZ since…well I won’t say since the beginning, more like since The Hard Knock Life days. I think most people were annoyed with all of my Beyonce and Jayz video post that I made on my Facebook page the day before LOL. I was too turnt. Anywho this review is going to be different from the other ones because I’m not going to go from start to finish.
 
I’m going to start off with the good things first. The concert was supposed to start at 8:00 pm but my brothers fiancé and I didn’t get to our seats until around 8:30, so it was a good thing that they weren’t on time. (we expected that anyway) The concert started at 9:00 AND THE PLACE WAS PACKED! Whoever said they weren’t selling tickets, well I don’t know where they got that info. There was no opening act. Les Twins showed up and showed out as expected. Those guys are definitely two of the most talented dancers I’ve ever seen. If you don’t know them Google them, they used to dance for Michael Jackson. Of course her other dancers and musicians did an awesome job as well. Bey (my cousin in my head) looked FAB in her outfits and even hit us with some popular new dances like the Nae Nae. Half of the songs she did were songs off of her latest self-titled album, and the other half were songs from previous albums. She sang “Pretty Hurts”, “Bow Down/Flawless”,  “Single Ladies”, and one of my favorites “Resentment” just to name a few. Every time she sings Resentment I tear up. I FEEL YOU GIRL! JayZ moved across the stage like the cool and smooth dude that he is performing “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” and “Tom Ford” off of his latest album Magna Carta…Holy Grail. He also performed the oldies but goodies “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” and “Big Pimpin” where he paid tribute to late great rapper Pimp C by rapping his verse. They basically took turns performing and there was no intermission. I thought it was cute that they played on the rumors of them splitting but ended it by basically saying at the end of the day Love is what’s most important. Beyonce also performed a cover of Lauryn Hill’s song “Ex-Factor” and I thought it was great. Let’s see what else was good… ah the lighting and special effects, the good company I was in, and my margarita drink. This was my brothers fiancé and I first time spending a significant amount of time together alone and I feel like we bonded a little. The other good thing I will say is when it came to parking, we parked down the street from the stadium for $20. It didn’t take us that long to get back to the car, even though it seemed like it did cause we were tired, but we got out of the traffic a lot sooner than the people that were parked in the stadium parking lot.
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Now on to the bad things… *sigh*… I’m gonna choose my words carefully because the last thing I want to do is sound ungrateful. Whenever someone does something for you, especially from the heart, the last thing you wanna do is say something bad about it. But I have to be honest to my readers. The view from our seats wasn’t good. I was in section 445, row 4, and seat 10. I will post pics below so you can get an idea of where I was. I would not have minded the location of the seats if they had showed the concert on the jumbotron which was the big screen that was directly in front of us. But unfortunately they didn’t. It came on at the beginning of the concert to show a clip of the On The Run film and then didn’t come back on until later throughout the show. At first we were thinking maybe there was some malfunction but we soon realized the only time they were going to turn it on was to show clips of the film. I was highly annoyed and disappointed by this because even though there was a screen down below next to the stage I had to lean a little onto my neighbor to get a decent picture and better view. Also at the beginning of the show there was no sound in our section. We could hear sound in the distance from other areas but not ours. At some point I noticed a guy who looked like he worked for the stadium come by and about 20 minutes later the sound was on and we could hear. Even though now we could hear, there still remained a bad echo throughout the entire performance. Had I not known the beats and every Beyonce song I would not have known what song was playing because I couldn’t understand what she was saying half of the time.  As for JayZ we seemed to be able to hear him a little better but because I couldn’t understand what he was saying some of the time either, there were I think 3 songs he did that I have no idea what they were. My phone was no help either. I got a new one with a better camera and every time I tried to zoom in it got even fuzzier. Then when I tried to take pics of the screen below the light was too bright and it wasn’t showing the image correctly on my phone. A lot of the pics and videos I took I ended up deleting. Beyonce sang a song called “Haunted” and even though I like the song I feel like she should’ve chose a different song to sing than that one. Not because she sounded bad but I just felt like she had plenty of other upbeat songs she could’ve chosen from. So for future reference, anybody that is considering buying the nose bleeds seats, I would say to be sure you are in clear view of the screen below and to make sure you bring a good camera because they may not turn on the jumbotron. The only performance that they showed on the jumbotron was the very last performance of them singing and rapping “On The Run” and also showing videos of precious little Blue Ivy. Although the visuals and special effects were awesome a lot of smoke came up from the sides of the stage, and if your view is from the sides of the stage your view is blocked from seeing them on stage sometimes. The show ended I believe a little before 12 am.
Beyonce & JayZ On The Run Tour/AT&T Stadium
At the end of the day I feel blessed to have had the experience and to say I’ve been to a JayZ and Beyonce concert…for free at that. Even with all the negative things and the disappointment I still had a good time and from what I did catch on the screen below they put on a good show. Please like and share the review because I would really love to know what other peoples experience was.
 
Sidenote: Why were a lot of women wearing heels and skin tight freakum dresses? Looking like a fool wobbling back to their car smh. There was one particular lady that stood up the whoooole entire time dancing and we kept laughing at her but at the same time was worried she would fall over the balcony. She was turned up for real. I don’t know if she was drunk or just a huge Beyonce fan, nonetheless her boyfriend was completely unbothered by her and the show.

Peep the pics and the videos below (some including videos from other shows)…..

Videos I recorded…

The best zoomed in pic I have of Bey

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