We teased him a lot, cause we had him on the spot…

14 Apr

This reminds me of when I was little, watching Nick at Night on my bed just before I fell asleep. Sigh… the good ol’ days.


WEN products on natural hair.

5 Aug

I love WEN hair products!! You can’t imagine how soft they make your hair. The interesting thing is, they work for ALL hair types, and in my opinion, are especially good for African-American hair. WEN “shampoo” is actually a co-wash conditioning cleanser; you use it alone. The $30, 30 day trial (which will last us longer than thirty days because we don’t wash our hair everyday) contains the conditioning cleanser, the moist intensive hair treatment, the hair balm stick (very cool!), the hair creme, and a wooden comb (great for distributing moisture)! I did a blow-out, braid-out with the products and it turned out great. This was my process:

Leave your hair wet when you put the styling creme on. Also, I used the “shampoo” as a leave in. Yep, you can do that…

Blow your hair out just a little. Not so that it’s floppy, but so that it sticks out.

My hair can get very dry, so I made a glycerine mix. I used 25% glycerine and the rest water. I usually put in 40% glycerine but my hair was already really moisturized by the WEN.

I used the balm to braid it.

And here we are! Nice length, REALLY soft.

You can do a lot with it. Even put it up! ūüėČ

Great product!

These Are A Few Of My Favorite… Albums ‚ôę

26 Jul

Not in any particular order…

Radiohead OK Computer: My favorite album of all time, hands down. Beautiful, otherworldly, absolutely perfect.

Interpol Antics: Incredible post punk sound, a la 2004. Great lyrics, sexy vocals. Nothing is lacking.

Interpol¬†Untitled: This album, their first, made me fall in love with them. I’d never heard this sound before, like mist. It was really exiting.

Belle and Sebastian¬†If You’re Feeling Sinister… So pretty! The sweetest little album you’ll ever own, but not too twee. An album full of happiness and a bit o’ sarcasm.

Alanis Morrissette Jagged Little Pill I am woman, here me roar. The songs on this album are really powerful and so is her voice. This is what feminism was to me at age 10.

The Strokes¬†Is This It? You know that feeling you get when you’re about to go down a big hill on a roller¬†coaster? Yeah. If Lou Reed sang lead for The Beetles, this’d be it.

Blink 182¬†Enema Of The State One of the first albums I ever purchased. I was ten and loved fart jokes, but I also had good taste in music. That’s what this album is. A quality fart joke.

Erykah Badu Baduizm What can I say? Pure neo-soul heaven. Beautiful and clever lyrics. My mom bought us the tape when I was like 9. We wore that thing out.

Amel Larrieux¬†Infinite Possibilities Beautifully arranged songs with a voice as sweet as honey singing them. I don’t find many sopranos singing neo-soul, and it works well.

Jewel¬†Pieces Of You I got this album for Christmas when I was 11. Folk by a young, sensitive Alaskan. You can’t go wrong! It’s good, trust me ūüėČ

No Doubt Tragic Kingdom My mother and I yelling the words to “Spiderwebs” while she drove me to school in the morning is a vivid and cherished memory of mine. This album is so fun! Ska punk at its best.

Lauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill This is one of those albums that you can let play all the way through without skipping. Her genius is undeniable. Heartfelt. This is real poetry.

Weezer¬†Weezer (The Blue Album) I was absolutely obsessed with this album. Every song is gold. GOLD, I TELL YOU!! ¬†Rivers whines for most of the album, but he is a skilled whiner. It’s as if emo and power pop had a baby. A glorious, angst ridden baby.

The Mars Volta¬†De-Loused In The Comatorium Omar Rodriguez Lopez’s guitar playing alone makes this album one of my favorites. The production is very heavy handed, but as a psychedelic wall of noise with incomprehensible lyrics, it works. The arrangements are really good.

Danny Elfman¬†Nightmare Before Christmas This soundtrack can never be overrated. Danny Elfman’s voice is like silk and the songs are absolutely fantastic!! A perfect musical.

Donnie McClurkin¬†Live In London And More This man is blessed and his songs reflect that. Smooth, powerful voice singing the best praise songs I’ve heard compiled on one album.

Portishead¬†Dummy Ethereal, sexy, and a bit sinister. Beth Gibbons’ haunting voice and the “Bond film” influenced trip-hop beats make you feel like your in a crime underworld!

Kirk Franklin¬†The Nu Nation Project Don’t act funny, you know you used to jam to some Kirk Franklin. As cheesy as his interjections may be (Come on, yall! Uh huh, what what!), the man is musically gifted, and this album was a huge breakthrough in gospel. Songs of praise and guidance that you could do the bounce to!

Smashing Pumpkins¬†Siamese Dream This album has made me cry. It’s apparent that Billy Corgan has an almost spiritual connection to his music. [Tear inducing song: “Luna”]

Smashing Pumpkins¬†Gish This is their debut album; a really good rough cut of what was to come. For an album by a band that hadn’t fully developed their sound yet, it’s pretty amazing.

Sade¬†The Best Of Sade Sade is¬†such a talented and uncompromising artist. She’s also a tortured soul who’s endured a life of love and loss. Her songs are soothing but sometimes so heart wrenching that they’re almost unbearable. Don’t drink while listening…

Sarah McLachlanSurfacing There are few albums that make me feel at home, and this is one of them. Mommy would put this on when it was “calm down” time. Makes me miss her ‚ô•¬†The songs are so gracefully written and the production so light that it can put you in a coma-like sleep.

Let Love In, Secret Heart.

16 Jul

‚ô•Secret Heart (NPR World Cafe)-Fiest ‚ô•

Click to hear, right click to download

Secret heart
What are you made of
What are you so afraid of
Could it be
Three simple words
Or the fear of being overheard
What’s wrong

Let em’ in on your secret heart

Secret Heart
Why so mysterious
Why so sacred
Why so serious
Maybe you’re
Just acting tough
Maybe you’re just not man enough
What’s wrong

Let em’ in on your secret heart

This very secret
That you’re trying to conceal
Is the very same one
That You’re dying to reveal
Go tell him how you feel

Secret heart come out and share it
This loneliness, few can bear it
Could it have something to do with
Admitting that you just can’t go through it alone?

Let em’ in on your secret heart

This very secret
That you’re trying to conceal
Is the very same one
That you’re dying to reveal
Go tell him how you feel
This very secret heart

Go out and share it
This very secret heart

SNL Digital Short: Great Day

14 Jul

“That was like three days ago… OR WAS IT?!”

Rebel Diaz: Way Too Long

12 Jul

R.I.P. Oscar Grant

God Sees Us.

10 Jul

Things sometimes seem hopeless, but God is just. Know that you know that you know that your prayers are answered. The Jews suffered in Egypt before they were freed, and we’ll be free too. God CANNOT abandon us because He IS us. He is poor, He is black, He is a woman, He is a prisoner, He is the sick and dying and hopeless. He sees everything that is happening. He sees it and is destroying it as we speak. So Praise the Lord! and take heart because, ¬†“The last will be first and the first will be last”* and God always keeps His promises.

*Matthew 20:16