It’s time to take another look back at this past week as we get ready to wrap up this month. Here are some of the crazy things that have happened thus far.
As the blizzard dumped mountains of cold, white powder on my fair city I could not help being as excited as a kid on a snow day to get outside to snap a few quick images before cuddling up to wait out mother nature.
Also featured was a sweet surprise from the hubby, (pun intended) from Desserts by Michael Allan. For any fans of the family owned business formerly of Bed-Stuy they have recently taken up residence at 1149 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225. If you’re looking for sweet treats, a new brunch spot or a unique gift, check them out. They are truly amazing!
- In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday, I shared a post about his legacy and how it helped shape America’s history through the Civil Rights Movement.
- This week I introduced a new element to the blog, #WorkItWednesday which featured a health and wellness post. Future posts will cover all things health and fitness, as well as work related posts and answers to commonly asked questions.
- Also featured on the blog in place of this week’s #FunFactFriday, was yet another new element, Go.See.Do, which features fun things to go, see and do around the city.
- The scripted science-fiction television series returns for it’s X-Files returns for it’s 10th season on the small screen. If it’s been a while for you like it has for me here’s to an X-Files marathon.
- VH1’s hit series Hit The Floor Returns for it’s 3rd Season after a year’s hiatus, and was ushered in by a weekend long marathon of episodes to help jog you memory in anticipation of the new season. Missed the marathon, catch up online at the channel’s website.
- Toni Braxton’s autobiography produced by the artist and Lifetime Television also hit the small screen and did not seem to doas well as anticipated. The network saw numbers and responses similar to it’s attempt at the Aliyah bio pic it created with Wendy Williams. Maybe they should have asked Angela Bassett to direct because her Whitney Houston bio was amazing.
- Netflix members will soon have to choose between quality and their pockets as the inevitable price hike. Subscribers who’ve been getting by with the “grandfathered” rate of $7.99 a month, will soon be asked to shell out $9.99 a month, or they’ll lose their high-definition streaming capabilities. i.e. Keep the lower rate and get downgraded to standard-definition streaming only, or pay the same as new customers ($9.99) and get the same “high-definition” benefits.
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s new single, White Privilege, hit home as the artist continues to use his platform to start conversations about social issues. If you’ve heard the freshman album, The Heist, you know the artist does not shy away from the tough stuff raising topics like racism and race relations in America, as well as questions about LGBTQ rights.
- Chandelier singer Sia’s new album, This is Acting hits stores this week on the 29th. If you haven’t already heard any of the music off the new album I suggest you take a gander at the video for the single, Alive.
- Rihanna teases Anti album on twitter ahead of the start of her new promotional tour sponsored by Samsung.
- In tribute to the late, great Martin Luther King Jr. several of Black media’s bug names and activist were in attendance at the #MLKNow event. Put together by the Campaign For Black Achievement and Blackout for Human Rights, at the Riverside Church in Harlem, and hosted by film-maker Ryan Coogler (Creed/Fruitvale Station) who also one of the event’s co-ordinators, served as an opportunity for necessary discourse, a celebration of the civil rights legacies of some of the greats, and paying homage to Dr. King’s vision and commitment.Featuring musical performances from Bilal, Saul Williams, and , celebrity speakers as well as panelists like Rahiel Tesfamariam, Linda Sarsour, Dante Barry, Gina Belafonte, and Leon Ford Jr., and actors Michael B. Jordan, who delivered an impassioned recital of Fred Hampton’s “Power Anywhere There’s People,” and his Creed co-star Tessa Thompson’s recital of Angela Davis’s “Victory Speech.” Also on hand were Broadway veterans Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anika Noni Rose also gave their respective takes on the historical words of Martin Luther King Jr., and Sojourner Truth— along with Andre Holland’s take on Malcolm X, and Condola Rashad who delivered Shirley Chisolm’s 1972 presidential campaign announcement.
Actor Chris Rock recited James Baldwin’s famous 1963 letter to his teenage nephew, “My Dungeon Shook” and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer gave a thought provoking delivery of King’s famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech—his last ever given, in a mind-awakening tribute to the history of the movement.
- The Oscar nominations have been released and in true fashion there were ofcourse a few noticeable issues – for one yet another year of film nominations lacking diversity, recall #OscarsSoWhite. To add insult to injury despite nominating some of the past year’s successful Black films, like Creed and Straight Outta Compton, it was not the stellar Black actors/actresses or faces behind the magic who received the nods rather their caucasian writers, producers or co-stars. This has resulted in some much needed discussion and/or debate with some stars, for example the Smiths, and Spike Lee, who is set to receive and honorary award, boycotting the event altogether. There has even been a call by some fans and fellow actors for this year’s host Chris Rock to not do the event!
- With their final year in the White House winding down the Obamas are having a roller coaster year, from gun control reform, to a wide range of other social issues, to the impending graduation of the eldest first daughter. To add to their achievements come the autobiographical film, South Side With You, which chronicles the beginning of a friendship turned love story over the course of time and allows the audience a glimpse of the very private relationship of the Obamas. The film which debuted this past week the Sundance Film Festival stars Tika Sumpter – who also worked as a producer for the project written and directed by Richard Tanne- as Michelle and Parker Sawyers as President Barack Obama. No word yet on plans for the film just yet, but in the mean time, check out the trailer.
- January is national Cervical Health Awareness Month. This month focuses on raising awareness about gynecological illnesses and cancers that afflict women beyond breast cancer and also serve as a means for educational discourse about women’s sexual health. Note that the HPV vaccine is been given to pre-teen and teenaged boys and girls to help prevent HPV related cancers, the most common of which is cervical cancer. To learn more about how you can protect our teens and young adults, please check out the National Cervical Cancer Coalition’s website.
- Twitter stock surged this week as rumors of News Corp interest in aquisition set the financial world ablaze.
- Grace Coddington to step down as Creative Director of American Vogue effective immediately. she will however maintain her relationship with the publication and still has influence over it’s works as she remains contracted to produce at least four editorial spreads a year for the publication. Coddington will assume the role of creative director at large and will retain an office at Vogue’s offices at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. However this new title allows her to take on additional projects outside the magazine, including an upcoming fragrance with Comme des Garçons.
- The Birkin worth more than gold? Recent articles highlighted data that shows that “vintage”/”classic” luxury handbags are worth more than metals (gold, silver) and stones (diamonds rubies, sapphires.etc.) .i.e. they have a greater value than your great grand-mother’s heirlooms. So for all you ladies with your Birkins take special care because your investment may well be worth it’s weight in gold someday – literally.
- America’s Next Top Model lives another day – on a new network? It seems that despite Tyra Banks being done with the long running show recently cancelled by CW, the shows producer Ken Mok has rallied a new contract with VH1. No news yet on whether or not Banks will be involved with the project in any capacity but rumor has it she may make a surprise visit or two.
- It seems that things are quite awry in Michigan. First it was the city of Detroit declaring bankruptcy, then the cutting costs created the Flint water crisis, resulting in hundreds – possibly thousands, of citizens including children, ingesting toxic levels of lead due to the highly corrosive water running through their pipes – an avoidable problem that would only run the city $150 dollars a day- and yet again the city of Detroit is in the news for the deplorable condition in which their teachers and students have to work. It begs the question, what’s really going on in the state’s legislature – this surely cannot solely be a local issue. And why do these issues seem to fall upon communities with a large African American population?
- In other news, The Donald is back to hating his favorite news network. Trump who has since the start of his campaign maintained a love/hate relationship with Fox News Network, and anchor Megyn Kelly is calling for Kelly’s removal from the panel that will moderate the upcoming Republican debate, or threatens to boycott it. Well Fox has made it abundantly clear that no personnel changes will be made for the debate, so, Mr. Trump, the ball’s in your court.
- Winter Storm Jonas wreaked havoc over the weekend dumping several feet of snow as it bombarded the East Coast causing major city shutdowns.
- Banana Republic– extra 50% off sale
- Tobi – 50% off everything
- New York & Company – extra 40% everything including already reduced items
- Neiman Marcus – up 75% off, when you take an extra 20% off already reduced items
- Rent The Runway – Final 72 hours Clearance Sale
- Express – Buy 1 Get 1 $29.50 jeans
- Charlotte Russe – Free shipping plus 30% sitewide
Around the Web
- The fossilized bones of a group of 27 murdered humans dating back 10,000 years have been found at Nataruk, 30 kilometres west of Lake Turkana in Kenya. Found by the Cambridge University’s Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, contains 12 relatively complete skeletons, also found were the bones of at least eight women and six children. Radiocarbon dating was used to date the massacre to 9,500 to 10,500 years ago, around the beginning of the Holocene following the last ice age.
- North Korea’s official newspaper, the Pyongyang Times, has announced the nation’s latest creation: a liquor that doesn’t cause a hangover, no matter how much you drink. Manufactured by the Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory, Koryo Liquor allegedly contains ginseng and glutinous rice, “cultivated by an organic farming method in the country.” and the makers claim it is between 30 and 40 percent alcohol by volume.
A Look Ahead
- The Fifty Shades of Grey parody, Fifty Shades of Black starring Marlon Wayans as Mr. Black hits theatres this weekend, January 29th. While I usually reserve my expectations for Wayans’ films the trailers for the film seem pretty hilarious.
- Restaurant Week (winter session) is back and I can’t wait to check out some more of my favorites on the New York City Foodie circiut. Who can beat amazing ambience, with stellar lunch/dinner menus all prix-fixe!
- Broadway Week is back in town. The New York City Broadway Week is the perfect opportunity for anyone who’s interested in checking out some Broadway’s biggest hits without burning a gi-normous hole into their pockets. With 2-for-1 ticket deals get ready to catch shows like Hamilton, The Color Purple, Wicked and Disney’s The Lion King -hurry because tickets sell out fast! I can’t wait till the hubby and I have a day off to catch The Color Purple.
- Target has done it again with another amazing collaborative collection about to hit stores soon. This spring’s Target x Who What Wear collaboration is an amazing collective of trendy essentials styled and designed by the ladies of the blog Who What Wear! I anticipate another sold out collection – looks like I won’t be the only one sitting up for that midnight availability online.
Hope you guys had a great weekend. Let’s make this week a productive one and and the first month of 2016 with a bang.
Hugs and Sunshine,