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Friday, April 20, 2012

Community: Doing TV Diversity Right




I came to the conclusion last night while watching the latest episode of Community that the show is probably the epitome of diverse casting on a TV show. You've got range in age, gender, and race. This comes on the heels of discussions about the lack of actors of color on Mad Men (which I've touched on before) and the lack of actors of color on the new HBO drama, Girls

The difference between those two shows and Community is that the story-line of Community lends itself to great diversity. I can't think of a greater location in life outside of a grocery store where you are apt to find diversity like you would in a community college.

When I watched the pilot episode of Girls, it didn't even occur to me that there wasn't a character of color. It didn't seem foreign for the lives of the girls we were getting to know. I don't feel the need to force diversity into places where it wouldn't be naturally. Not every segment of society has diversity, and when a show is reflecting one of those segments, I don't mind it being true.  
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

3 Reasons to get a personal trainer




I had gotten into a real rut in the gym where everything felt repetitive, and I didn't enjoy going anymore. So I switched gyms and got a personal trainer and now I actually look forward to going to the gym again. I believe that since I got a personal trainer my effectiveness at the gym has probably doubled. Here are 3 reasons to get a personal trainer: 

Accountability: When you have a personal trainer, it won't only be you who knows if you skip a workout day. When you are scheduled to meet with a trainer, you are less likely to skip a gym day than if you were just planning to be alone. Not wanting to disappoint your trainer can be a great motivator on a day when you really don't want to workout. 

Personal Attention: Having a personal trainer gives you one-on-one attention when it comes to your exercise regimen. It is nice to have an hour out of the day where the focus is on you, and you don't have to feel guilty about it. 

Expertise: A personal trainer is more knowledgeable than most of us on the most effective exercise plan for our bodies. They will be able to help you maximize your time in the gym, and keep your workout diverse, which is very important. 

Do you go to the gym? Do you have a personal trainer? What keeps your trips to the gym "fresh?"
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Introducing Monica Leonelle, author of "Socialpunk"



I was given the great pleasure to have a quick interview with author Monica Leonelle, about her newest project, "Socialpunk." Here is the official Socialpunk blurb:

Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

LaNeshe: If you had to give Socialpunk a specific genre, what genre would you put it in?

Monica: Socialpunk is a cyberpunk, which is a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on high-technology paired with low quality of life. While I think the Socialpunk's world has a lot of sexiness to it, they do live in a world that is controlled by large companies rather than the government. The companies own them. It would be like if Mark Zuckerburg were both president and grand dictator of the United States.

LaNeshe: What inspired you to write Socialpunk?

Monica:  Socialpunk is inspired by Chicago winters, technology and digital media, and the Terminator series.

LaNeshe: Please tell us in one sentence why we should read Socialpunk.

Monica: Socialpunk is a quick read and a page turner, perfect for reluctant readers or for anyone who wants to be entertained for a few hours.

LaNeshe: What motivated you to start writing?

Monica:  I've been writing forever! I write a ton almost every day, as it turns out. Writing is the way I express myself, so I just fell into it naturally.

LaNeshe: Just for fun, what are your top 3 favorite TV shows?

Monica: At the moment: Revenge, The Vampire Diaries, and Game of Thrones. But I have about a million shows I watch. Smallville is one of my favorite shows of all time.
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If you are interested in reading Socialpunk, check the links below for various downloadable formats of the first 10 chapters:




You can purchase the full book on Amazon or through Barnes and Noble


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Potential is Never Self Reliant



As I was taking notes during the sermon on Sunday I realized they would make a good blog post :-). 

The general message was Potential is never self reliant. What this means is, your ability to achieve things is directly tied to the people, places, and things you surround yourself with. In a Christian sense this is two-fold. The first half is that as a saved individual, you can do all things through your connection with Christ. The second half, which is valid even for people who don't believe in a higher power, is that the people you chose to connect yourself with can either enhance or decrease your capability for success. You must be careful who you allow yourself to be surrounded with. Choose individuals who will lift you up, not tare your down. 

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Love & Beauty Unconference - I'm a panelist!



I am very happy to announce that I have been asked to join the blogging/natural hair panel, "Natural Life Online" for the Love & Beauty Unconference taking place in Philly on June 2nd!

Natural Hair Parade is creating the UNCONFERENCE of the year bringing you TWO FLOORS and NINE hours of programming geared to helping you upgrade your sexy in your career, your business, your beauty, your style and your relationships.

The day includes: 

  • Daytime programming full of digital marketing and money making resource greatness
  • Showcasing the hottest lifestyle bloggers on the planet in makeup, natural hair, and fashion
  • Bringing the finest brothers on the block speaking about how to bring it as a gentleman and offering tips on how to win their hearts
  • Featuring some of the illest female writers and authors out there showing you how to keep it hot and what's not
  • Natural Hair Parade level dedicated to programming ONLY about natural Hair, brands, and blogging
  • Breakout sessions, demonstrations and makeovers
  • Not just a ladies event, so fellas come out
  • Includes refreshments, cocktails, exhibitors, speed dating and facilitated networking sessions.
 I am really, really, excited to have my love for natural hair and blogging come together in this capacity!

CLICK HERE for more info/tickets

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Friday, April 6, 2012

“Discovering Sagacity": Women Playwrights on the Trials and Truths of Being Female



I am very excited to announce the next acting project I have coming up. As part of the Shubin Theater's 25th anniversary, they are having two weeks worth of events. On April 27th at 8pm they will present “Discovering Sagacity: Women Playwrights on the Trials and Truths of Being Female.” I will be acting in two of the short plays presented that evening. 

Excerpts from the press release

“The Craving” by Joy Cutler is directed by Debra Leigh Scott and stars Chris Davis and LaNeshe Miller. Iris is pregnant and her husband, Denny is excessively attentive to her needs. He knows pregnant women are prone to outlandish cravings and he’s desperate to satisfy her impossible wishes, but the harder he tries the more frustrated she becomes. He anxiously looks forward to the birth of their first child, but Iris’ pregnant belly is only another one of her tricks to restore her husband back to the man she used to love before his bizarre accident that day on the baseball field. 

“Mother’s Day With Irma” by Bonnie MacAllister is directed by Denise Shubin and stars Chris Davis, LaNeshe Miller and Denise Shubin. Somehow an artist’s child grows up to be a financier. A feminist take on meeting the parent, “Mother’s Day With Irma” shows the constant dance of love and resentment that can take place between a mother and daughter. 
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If you are in the Philadelphia area I  definitely suggest you come out to this, and other shows during the festival. It will definitely be a showcase of Philadelphia's talented theater community. 

Tickets HERE
More info on the festival HERE

Happy Friday :-D 
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Artist Bad Habits



I've noticed recently an interesting habit among theater artists. By theater artists I mean actors, directors, playwrights, sound/light technicians, etc. What I've noticed is people essentially paying people to see their work. Covering the ticket cost of their show for their friends and family. On the surface this could seem like just a nice gesture, but think about it. Do you know a lawyer who pays a client to take their case? A doctor who pays their patients to see them? A football player who pays people to come to their games? Theater artists have careers too, and it seems absurd to me to pay someone else for your work. Someone who can't afford to see a production is one thing, but having to coax someone into your audience by buying their ticket, especially someone who is supposed to support you, seems wrong to me. 

It all goes back to the value of the arts, which I wrote about here. For some reason it is often assumed that theater artists will offer their services for free. Adding to that this habit of paying for people's tickets is bad. These practices continue to devalue the arts. Audiences must understand that a lot of money and work go into putting up a production. Hollywood isn't paying people to go to the theaters and see their movies, and we shouldn't be paying for people to come see us. Until we work harder for people to hold real value in the live arts the art sector will continue to struggle. 

 
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My favorite #naturalhair products Part 1



This is my product cabinet. It's insane, I know. I have a lot of products. I like products, I can't help it! What you see is ONLY hair products. I don't have quite a large body product/lotion collection lol Of all these glorious products I wanted to share some my favorite ones, my must-haves if you will. 















Shea Moisture Purification Masque - I've gotten into the habit of using shampoo very, very sparingly, probably once a month. Most shampoos are very drying to my hair so I stick to co-washing (washing with conditioner) and this is my absolute favorite thing to co-wash with. I love the smell, it gives me nice slip to detangle my hair, leaves my hair and scalp clean, and IT'S ONLY $10 at Walgreens!! Win all over the place. 














Kynx i am Pure...monoi de tahiti oil - I actually won this product in a giveaway and I love it. It's one of my favorite products to seal my ends after I've applied leave-in conditioner or spritzed my hair with water.















Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditiner - This conditioner works great as a leave in or rinse out/detangling conditioner and I find the smell pleasant. 



Oyin Handmade's Burnt Sugar Pomade - This stuff smells GREAT, adds a nice shine, and it's a good sealant. 


















Oyin Handmade's Honey Hemp Conditioner - Another great smelling conditioner for rinse out or leave in. 

There you have it, some of my favorite hair products. :-D
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