Monday, February 29, 2016

88th Academy Awards

This year's Oscar Awards was the topic of much controversy. Some in the industry felt that the award show was being racist towards black people because of the fact that there were no black nominees up for the coveted oscar trophy this year. This reality led people like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to call for a boycott of the ceremony. They vowed to not attend or even tune in. Jada went as far as to post a video explaining her disappointment in this year's nomination process and urging black actors to use the power that they have amassed and start something that acknowledges people of color.  Many believed that her displeasure was more so because of the fact that her husband (Will Smith) was not acknowledged for his work in the film 'Concussion'. 
This year, talented comedian Chris Rock was selected to host the show. Many thought that he would turn the gig down because of his ethnicity. Everyone wondered what he would do and how would he address the proverbial elephant in the room at the Oscars. Chris Rock indeed hosted the 88th Academy Awards and in my opinion was absolutely brilliant in the way he addressed the controversy. Take a look below.
What do you think of Chris Rock's opening monologue at the 88th Academy Awards and how he chose to address the controversy of racism towards blacks in hollywood?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Nobody In The World

It is amazing how on life journey, we happen upon unexpected things that touch our life in an immense way. Here I am at my desk at work penning this blog and marveling at how I just stumbled upon the video above. I did not go out in search of it mine you, it just happened to be one of the things I came across while I was surfing the internet. Yes it's 2016 and this video was released from 2014 but I'm now seeing it for the first time. I'm so moved by the message that it portrays. I'm absolutely touched to the core because it drudged up so many past feelings I had about myself as it relates to self esteem. It reminded me of how far I've come in my journey to self actualization and self love. I love myself and i'm proud of the person I have become. I am grateful for every person in my life, now and in the past because each one has/had a significance. I love this life God has given me and I will treasure every breath that I take and every step that I make. I hope this video is an inspiration to someone else. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

My First Time

By the time most persons are 21, they would have experienced their "first time"... But for me, It's a crying shame when you're in the middle of your thirties, birthed two kids and never before baked cookies. I've never had any interest in baking cookies even though I've experimented successfully with a variety of other pastries. This week I decided to lose my cookie baking virginity. I went to my go to site for all things stove related and found the perfect (I mean easiest) recipe for making chocolate chip cookies. 
With minimal ingredients needed and no experience necessary, this recipe is just what any one who has never "done it" before would need. 

These cookies are kid and hubby approved! So happy I took a chance and got my cookie baking on.