This Week’s #WCW – Cameron Diaz and Nicki Minaj

This Week's #WCW - Cameron Diaz and Nicki Minaj

With her upcoming “chick flick” with a bite movie, The Other Woman that opens this Friday, her new book, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body (yes, that is the ENTIRE title) and her own body of work in general (including the upcoming Annie remake and my favorites being There’s Something About MaryIn Her ShoesBad Teacher and the Charlie’s Angels franchise), Cameron Diaz definitely fits my criteria for #WCW.20140423-121935.jpg

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And then I thought about Ms. Diaz’s co-star, rapper dynamo and fashion maverick, Nicki Minaj. While she has been off the official music radar for much of this year (it’s only April), she is re-emerged through social media and finally at the MTV Movie Awards as a more natural and smoldering beauty. Her body conscious wardrobe and subtle makeup reveals the woman behind the persona(s) she creates in her album Pink Friday and her contributions to her Young Money projects.  So I couldn’t leave her out in this week’s #WCW.



Stream Iggy Azalea’s Debut Album “The New Classic” (NEW MUSIC)

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I tried downloading the album off of iTunes early this morning and there were already more than 800 reviews from fans from all over the globe who LOVE the album. Is that enough of an incentive to at least listen to it on your own?

Originally posted on Global Grind:

Iggy Azalea the new classic album cover “No money, no family, 16 in the middle of Miami.”

It’s been a long time coming, but Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’sdebut album, The New Classic, is finally here.

The “Fancy” rapper’s album has received mixed reviews, but we’re giving fans the opportunity to judge for themselves. The 15-track record features collaborations by Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Mavado, T.I., and the candid song about her failed romance with A$AP Rocky, “Rolex.”

Iggy is taking her fancy show on the road with “The New Classic” tour, which kicks off later on this week. The New Classic is available for purchase on iTunes and at a music retailer near you. Stream Iggy’s debut album below.

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EXCLUSIVE: Columbus Short Responds to TJMS Interview: “I Was Not Drunk Or High’

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Here is the follow-up for Friday’s bizarre interview with Columbus Short on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. I just hope this apology is sincere so he can really move forward (and not end up like Chris Brown).

Originally posted on Black America Web:

Columbus Short wants to set the record straight. A fter his interview last Friday with the Tom Joyner Morning Show didn’t go wasn’t exactly as he may have planned and including his use of the “n” word, he has come forward to explain exclusively to and the Tom Joyner Morning Show his state of mind. Via his publicist, Short has issued a statement directly to the show.

Last Friday [Good Friday], as Scandal fans know, was the night right after the season finale. Short’s character Harrison Wright’s fate was in jeopardy after a confrontation with B613 mastermind Rowan Pope, Olivia Pope’s shady father. The show ended before viewers knew whether or not Harrison had been shot.

Short has been going through some changes in his personal life as well. His currently estranged wife, Tanee McCall, recently filed for divorce for the third time, alleging domestic violence on at least…

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Thousands Of Homeless Fed Over Easter Weekend

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Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiam/AP) — Thousands of Miami’s poorest have been fed over Easter weekend.

The Miami Rescue Mission gave those in need a hot meal and medical care to celebrate Easter.

They served over 2,500 Thanksgiving meals at parties in three different South Florida locations on Good Friday.

Participants were also given haircuts, access to showers and foot care from podiatry students at Barry University. Students also volunteered to wash participants’ feet.

Over 500 Easter baskets were also given to the children who attended.

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Don’t Speak — Sing! Gwen Stefani Tapped for Judge’s Chair on ‘The Voice’


Oh snap! My 15 year old self is GEEKED out! 😆😆

Originally posted on Deepak verma:

Gwen Stefani is about to hollaback at her favorite contestants on NBC’s The Voice.
The No Doubt frontwoman has signed on to be a judge on the singing competition while Christina Aguilera goes on maternity leave, according to TMZ, which first reported the deal. Season 7 starts taping in June.
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Heat Hit Practice Ahead Of First Playoff Game

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Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Heat hit the practice floor Friday ahead of Sunday’s playoff game against the Charlotte Bobcats—a team which the Heat has beat 16 times in a row.

“They’re not coming in here just to roll over,” said Chris Bosh. “They’re coming here to win a series. They’re coming here to beat us. And we know that they have confidence in their game.”

Since LeBron James came to Miami three years ago, the Heat have reached the NBA Finals every season, and have won the last two titles.

They weren’t the best team in this year’s regular season, but it seemed much of the year was a ramp-up for the playoffs.

“I don’t need any motivation. I don’t extra motivation, I’m motivated enough,” said LeBron. “This is the best part of the season; it’s the best time of the year, I’m happy to be here once again.”


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JACQUE REID: Suicide Of Blogger Karyn Washington And Mental Health Issues

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As a fellow blogger, I found this story disheartening but its message is deeply important for all of us. Check on your loved ones this weekend.

Originally posted on Black America Web:

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Jacque Reid chats with Terrie Williams, mental health advocate, author and longtime publicist  to discuss the mental issues and suicide of popular Blogger Karyn Washington.

“She was someone who had purpose, she was a freedom fighter…the reality is that many of us think of not being on the planet anymore. Don’t be afraid to ask for help,” Williams said.

Read the rest of the interview below:

TOM JOYNER:  Okay, let’s put some purpose in this party on a Friday and go Inside Her Story with Jacque Reid.

JACQUE REID:  Good morning, Tom, Sybil and Jay.  You know, the segment that I’m doing today is really urgent.  The death by suicide of 22 year old Morgan State student Karen Washington has many black women concerned about each other in our state of mental health.  Karen was a founder of the very successful For Brown Girls organization, which…

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An Unofficial Guide for #ThrowbackThursday Etiquette

Originally posted on Deepak verma:

Weekly Internet trends have taken over, and your baby pics are cool as ever because of it.
Hashtags provide a number of useful ways to track topics and trends on social media, including the ability to fuel our obsession with nostalgia. Throwback Thursday, better known as #TBT, is a weekly reminiscen
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Happy #JackieRobinsonDay! Could Othello Have Been His Relative?

Rude am I in my speech, And little blest with the soft phrase of peace . . .

The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,

by William Shakespeare, Act I, Scene iii, Lines 81-83

In a lot of ways, Jackie Robinson and Othello could have been ancestral relatives. Both were “representing” a minority group in a community where their decisions and actions were constantly judged unfairly. But luckily for us (and history), Jackie Robinson learned the lesson that Othello could not – how to withstand the blatant racist discrimination (and intimidation) with courage, grace and restraint.

“Introduction to Poetry” by Poet Laureate Billy Collins


I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they wanto do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.


Jennifer Lopez, ‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Laverne Cox Celebrated at GLAAD Media Awards

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This is so fitting given this week here in Miami Beach for Gay Pride Week!

Originally posted on Variety:

Jennifer Lopez toplined a night for equality at the 25th anni GLAAD Media Awards Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, as the multi-hyphenate accepted the org’s Vanguard Award.

“If I do anything that makes one child out there feel empowered, then I’ve done my job,” Lopez said during her acceptance speech. “Being in the media, being in the public eye is a bitch sometimes,” Lopez added, “But I decided to listen to my heart that day.” Lopez exec produces the LGBT-themed ABC Family show “The Fosters,” which won the GLAAD award for best drama series.

Rita Moreno presented the award to Lopez saying, “It’s ironic that Jennifer Lopez had been so successful as a judge on ‘American Idol’ because she doesn’t judge.”

Making her first comments after coming out, Ellen Page presented “Orange Is the New Black’s” transgender actress Laverne Cox with the Stephen F. Kolzak kudo. Cox’s mother also surprised her on stage.


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Nas Brings Out Jay Z During Coachella 2014 Performance (VIDEO)

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Oh yeah . . .

Originally posted on

(AllHipHop News) Nas and Jay Z will forever be linked together in Hip Hop history thanks to the legendary rap battle that saw two of the culture’s greatest artists facing off. Thankfully, the two titans settled their issues years ago so that the music world can be blessed with iconic moments like the one that happened at the Coachella Festival this year.

[ALSO READ: Footage Of OutKast’s Full Coachella Set Hits The Net (VIDEO)]

God’s Son and HOV were on stage together once again. During Nas’ set he brought out his former rival for a performance of “Dead Presidents.” Jay then went into his track “Where I’m From” off the In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 album.

Besides the historic union of the two New York rap kings, Nas also ran through cuts from his classic debut album Illmatic. He later brought out another Hip Hop legend when Diddy hit the stage…

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Back In Sandle – Adventures in Substituting Teaching


So today marked my first day back into the educational arena in South Florida. While I will not disclose the identity of this school, I will tell you that the First Lady has come to the school very recently.

It’s been so long I almost forgot how early school starts (and was naturally late my first day . . . excellent). Also, this is the week before the FCAT (Florida’s standardized exam for all levels of education except college) is going to be administered so it is really the calm before the tempest of testing.

So the first period started at 7:20AM! Yep, that early! But luckily, I was greeted by a wonderful group of 11th graders in the AP/Capstone Research Project class. They were courteous, helpful and very respectful.

In their classroom, there was WiFi (hooray for this blogger) and students were allowed to use their laptops, tablets, and cellphones for their assignments which was so refreshing to see. They were able to work independently with little direction from me which was nice to see. It made me feel oddly very comfortable. I felt more like I was an educator at a college seminar than a glorified babysitter (but I had to do some minor wrangling when voice levels got too high but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle).

Here is a sample response to this week’s #WCW from one of those students in Period 2:

This Week’s #WCW – Jennifer Lopez April 9, 2014

For years, Jennifer Lopez has been the queen of international pop. Born in Puerto Rico, Lopez’s voluptous body and sexual physique show exactly why she is the woman to beat in pop music. Not only is she a phenomenal singer, winning multiple Grammys, Lopez contributes to the filming business as well. Lopez has played various roles, including one in Monster In Law as a female protagonist whose mother-in-law is a total jerk. JLo is now a global icon and performs at headline shows.

Not bad at all . . .

For Period 3, I had to “cover” a Regular English class for another group of 11th graders. That classroom was very different in some ways but also very similar in others. Outdated Literature textbooks and novels were everywhere. The WiFi was unavailable and there was no real assignment available for the students. So I improvised . . . and luckily, these students went with it all.

Here is another written response from a student in that period:

I think Jennifer Lopez is such an inspiration to everyone. She still is the same girl from the block in the Bronx.  From her lucscious curves to her well- talked-about butt, Jennifer Lopez is the full package. Listening to her new song, “I Luv Ya Papi” from her new upcoming album, she still knows how to rock. She is still an empire today.

Good job!

I definitely learned a lot from them and maybe they learned a little more from me too. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

Remember Baby Got Back? Well now it’s getting a classical makeover…

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This Week’s #TBT – Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Classic “Baby Got Back”! And YES, I can recite every word to the song.

Originally posted on Metro:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - AUGUST 2: Sir Mix-A-Lot backstage at KMEL Summer Jam 1992 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 2, 1992 in Mountain View California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Sir Mix-A-Lot (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

When Sir Mix-a-Lot penned Baby Got Back in the 1990s, it’s likely he didn’t expect it to be getting a classical makeover more than twenty years later. But it’s 1992 hit Baby Got Back (So, fellas! Yeah! Fellas! Yeah!) that has inspired the Seattle Symphony orchestra for their next composition. Two musical worlds will collide as Sir Mix-a-Lot himself joins the Seattle Symphony orchestra on stage this summer as they perform the new work by composer Gabriel Prokofiev – a London-based composer, DJ and grandson of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.   Now let’s relive Baby Got Back again, just because:   Explaining where his inspiration came from, Prokofiev tells The Quietus: ‘All the most famous people had been done. But when I got the list, the one person who hadn’t been done who I thought was really interesting was Sir Mix-A-Lot. ‘He’s a Nineties…

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This Week’s #WCW – Jennifer Lopez

More Than Just Sexy - JLo is an EMPIRE!

More Than Just Sexy – JLo is an EMPIRE!

From her days as a Fly Girl in FOX’s “In Living Color,” this lady “from the block” has definitely made good. Jennifer Lopez is a “business, man” (in the words of the incomparable Jay Z).

If you have not heard her music on the Pop, Dance, and Latin charts, seen her movies in the theaters, seen her developed TV shows that she produces for ABC Family and Univision, bought her clothes and perfume at Kohl’s or any department store, you are living under a rock (and you need to reevaluate your existence).

My (Re-Issued) #MCM – Agent Derek Morgan aka the Delicious Shermar Moore


In honor of Mr. Shemar F. Moore’s Birthday yesterday, I am re-issuing an older post for this week’s #MCM with his own soundtrack for the occassion:

Ok, I already know that he is playing a character on CBS’ s Criminal Minds but Derek Morgan is pretty impressive (only fans of the show know what I’m talking about).





Smart, sexy, compassionate, and breaking down stereotypes of being an actor and a “pretty boy”, Shermar Moore proves that smart can be sexy on TV.

Decadence, Indifference, and Sacrifice – Baz Luhrmann’s Masterpiece “The Great Gatsby” Descends thanks to R+J (Part One)


To write this review with the journalistic integrity I would expect from any writer in The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and Entertainment Weekly, I can’t just jump right into describing the latest Baz Luhrmann production. That approach is almost too “elementary” (Sherlock Holmes would agree with me, I think).

I have a very unique perspective that will hopefully propel my scribblings into a larger stratosphere – I was a teenager when I saw “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” after reading the play for the FIRST TIME at MAST Academy in Key Biscayne, FL that same year.

You’re probably wondering “What does THAT have to with ‘Gatsby’?

Let me explain . . .

Because my awesome DNA, I inherited my mother’s intelligence and developed my love of reading in the Gifted Program during elementary/middle school. My mother was my educational advocate and found my county’s most prestigious magnet PUBLIC school for high school in 1994 (and ever since, in my humble opinion) – Maritime Atmospheric & Science Technology (MAST) Academy.

There my English teacher, Mrs. Fairchild, challenged her ninth graders with our first play from the Bard that tapped into our collective frustration of parental obligations, platonic loyalties, exposure to community violence, and obsession with the dating world as hormone factories of emotion.


I remember getting to “act out” preselected scenes in class. As luck would have it, I had to perform the famous balcony scene with a male classmate who DEFINITELY did not like in the same way Juliet liked her Romeo.  But because it was a grade, I became the award-winning actress to get my A.

By Spring, I remember seeing teasers on TV of this new film by a director with a weird and foreign-sounding name. I didn’t even had enough time to scribble it down to even look it up online (yes, kiddies, I had the Internet when I was 15).

As  school was coming to an end, I finally saw the entire trailer and (more importantly) the “players” of the play adaptation – Teenaged Leonardo DiCaprio (even his name sounds like he’s from Verona) and “My So-Called Life” Claire Danes!

Holy S@$&!!!

So naturally, I bought my ticket that summer (and its TWO soundtracks after seeing the movie).

What I saw in that movie theater transformed  who I was and how I would watch films for the rest of my life.

Baz Luhrmann validated my weirdness as a Broadway/theater geek (before Ryan Murphy knew to create Fox’s GLEE), my literary aptitude of classic literature and my embarrassing love of pop/alternative music – all in one two-hour plus movie.

It wasn’t until a few years  later that I could cultivate a language that could fully articulate this admiration. THANKS, Honors English III!

TO BE CONTINUED …PART II coming momentarily

Laurean D. Robinson, MA

Today’s Group Assignment for English II – What is LOVE?


From my experience, poetry in general can be a little intimidating to non-English majors/self-described non-writers. It ranges from having archaic and overly developed vocabulary that requires a dictionary to understand every line to deeply metaphoric description and symbolism that “makes no sense” without doing a mini-history lesson.

So what do you do? You address one of its most popular topics of the ages – LOVE! It has toppled empires, caused wars, heightened family feuds, severed relationships and marriages, enraged gods, empowered  lonely starlets and their fans to want more from life, and changed the social class of fair maidens everywhere.

  • Why would people go through so much destruction, pain, and frustration in their pursuit of LOVE?
  •  What is the reward? What do people get in return?
  •  Is there an age requirement for being in love? Are adults the ONLY people who can REALLY fall in love? Why?
  • What other emotions do you experience when you are in love?

We are going to explore that today with today’s group assignment.

Take a look below at the collage I created on this post.  Notice the pictures, listen to the music lyrics playing and read the quotations. Then, in a group of three, you will brainstorm on the definition of love in your journal/separate sheet of paper.  EVERYONE needs to have his/her own completed assignment (10 ideas at least) to get full credit for classwork today.

You have 20 minutes to complete this assignment.  Let’s treat this like a Writing Challenge to all my blog followers. 


Feel free to respond in your comments. :)


Eldercare: The Forgotten Feminist Issue.

Originally posted on hoodfeminism:

(This was written late last year; I pitched it a few places but received little interest. I’m posting it here because, well, it’s an important conversation.)
One of my favorite pictures of my mom.

Mom, back in the day.

As I write this my mother is fast asleep in a nursing home, her third stint in 15 months. It is a heartbreaking thing, watching your parent slowly succumb to her mortality. You try to prepare yourself for the call you’ll get in the middle of the night from a nurse reluctant to give you the news you’ve been dreading for years. But no amount of preparation will ready you for that call. No amount of alcohol will lessen the pain. Even writing about it is hard because it forces you to deal with an absolute, inescapable truth. She is dying, and you are powerless to stop it.

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Vine Star Brittany Furlan Signs With Endemol Network

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Originally posted on Variety:

Endemol Beyond USA, Endemol’s premium content network, has signed Vine celebrity Brittany Furlan to develop new content for YouTube and other platforms.

With 5.8 million followers on Vine, Furlan has used the six-second video app to introduce her various characters, including Natalie Nature, “Martha” and “The Beekeeper.” After posting collections of her Vine videos on YouTube, Furlan racked up 1.6 million views in two months. She also stars in the network’s first original digital comedy “Super Happy Fun Time Yay!” set to launch this month on beyondCOMEDY hub.

“Furlan’s unique brand of humor makes her a perfect fit for our beyondCOMEDY vertical,” Endemol Beyond USA president Will Keenan said in a statement. “Her potential to extend beyond the Vine platform became clear instantly because it is impossible to watch only one of her short-form pieces of hilarious content.  We are eager to introduce her star status and her talents to other…

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Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o Named People Mag’s ‘Most Beautiful’ For 2014

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Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Fresh off her win at the Academy Awards, Lupita Nyong’o has been named People magazine’s “World’s Most Beautiful” for 2014.

The 31-year-old actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” tops the magazine’s list, announced Wednesday.

Commenting on being selected for this year’s cover, Nyong’o says: “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen.”

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Others featured in the “Most Beautiful” issue include Kerry Washington, Molly Sims and Mindy Kaling.

The issue hits newsstands on Friday.

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HBO Just Made a Brilliant Move to Hook Younger Viewers

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HBO and Amazon aren’t only targeting their shared enemy, Netflix, with their major content licensing deal announced Wednesday. They’re going right after me and my friends, millennials aged 18-25, because we’re vaguely aware The Sopranos and The Wire were pretty great shows, but we were way too young to catch ‘em on their first go.

The Sopranos, the most influential show included in a deal that will bring older HBO content to Amazon Prime subscribers even if they don’t separately subscribe to HBO, ran from 1999-2007. That means when Tony Soprano was first beamed into HBO subscribers’ homes, I was eleven years old, more interested in Nickelodeon offerings like Spongebob Squarepants or Rocket Power, both of which premiered in the same year.

My generation’s tastes changed as we grew older, but it’s tough to fight society’s demands that we spend our time watching whatever’s hot at any given moment, lest…

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