After the circus that was the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, you know who made the following comments:
“It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,”
I could lecture from here to eternity about the reality of the world we live in when it comes to who has the power in this world and who does not have the power. But instead of getting on my soapbox, I will let Lynzy Lab sing about it instead.
The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. We have a problem in our culture. Women are undervalued and often seen as sexual objects without brains, ambitions or abilities. This brilliant song shines a light on the problem and allows all of us to start on the difficult journey of fixing the problem.
For some, the opportunity to achieve success in the entertainment industry comes via reality television and a competition program.
Since 2011, The Voice has aired on NBC. The Voice is reality show/music competition program that follows the format of other programs of a similar nature.
The premise of the show is as follows: wannabe professional singers audition for the judges/coaches who have succeeded in the music industry. As the show goes along, the number of contestants are whittled down until the winner is announced.
Unlike that other music competition program, The Voice feels like a mentoring program. The judges/coaches genuinely want to see one of their men-tees win and want to work with them to get them to the finish line. It also helps that the judges/coaches love to tease each other while on set. It breaks the tension and makes both the audience the contestants laugh.
The Voice is currently on its 15th season. It airs on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8pm on NBC.
I recommend it.
A year ago today, hundreds of fans gathered for a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas.
A concert is normally an event to savor. It is a few hours to sing along with your favorite artist(s) with thousands of other fans.
Most concerts end with fans going home tired, but happy to have seen their favorite artist(s) perform live. This concert ended with the death of innocent people.
Even though it is a year later, nothing has changed. Our gun laws are still being debated. Innocent people are still being killed. The school shooting in Parkland, Florida happened only months after the shooting in Las Vegas.
To the rest of us, one year is just 365 days. We lived through that night. For those who survived and those who lost loved ones, one year may still feel like one day.
May the memory those who were needlessly killed be a blessing to those who knew and loved them.
It’s not usual for those in the spotlight to make unusual or highly political statements. But sometimes, one of those statements can go just a little too far.
If his actions during this weekend’s season opener of Saturday Night Live were not enough to raise a few eyebrows, Kanye West made a statement on twitter in regards to abolishing the 13th Amendment.
Personally, I am not a fan of his music. But that is another topic for another blog post.
However, his comments about abolishing the 13th amendment make me wonder if he is not all there, or if he is just shooting off his mouth simply to sell more copies of his new album.
If he is not all there, then he should be receiving help. However, if this is just another publicity stunt to sell his album, then it makes me wonder if he is truly aware of the history of African-Americans in the United States. Before I go any further, I must state that I am not African-American and cannot see through the eyes/experiences of someone who is. But I am still offended never the less.
His statement bothers me for two reasons. The first reason is that he has young fans who are impressionable. The second reason is that this statement is utterly ignorant of American history. If slavery of African-Americans still existed, Kanye West, like his brethren, would be a slave. He would not be seen as a human being, but a material possession to be bought and sold at will. He would be denied all legal rights and would not even be counted as an individual when counted in the census.
There are some who use their fame for good. They want to make the world a better place. Kanye West is not one of these people.
Satire is often the only way to release stress and anxiety.
Speaking of satire, Randy Rainbow has released his new video.
Entitled “KAVANAUGH! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”, the song is a parody of the song Camelot from the musical of the same name.
The latest news in regards to Judge Kavanaugh is that a second accuser has come forward. Deborah Ramirez has stated that he exposed himself to her at a party when they were in college.
Granted, one could again say that at the time, Judge Kavanaugh was young, drunk and stupid. We all do stupid sh*t when we are young and drunk. However, this is the second woman to come forward. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if more women came out of the wood work, accusing the Judge of similar acts.
The Judge has two young daughters. I wonder what he and the other male Senator who are trying to push his confirmation through would say if their teenage daughters came to them and admitted that they were sexually assaulted by an underage male classmate who was clearly very far into his drink. If I was a betting woman, I would say that they would react differently than how they are reacting now.
There are certain events in history that are ingrained in our overall cultural memory. Those who were alive at that moment can easily recall where they where when that moment occurred and how it changed their life.
Tuesday is the 17th anniversary of 9/11.
My office is very close to where the Twin Towers once stood. Today, Lower Manhattan is as bustling and alive as it ever was. But it’s not hard to see that the scars of 9/11. While the Oculus is a beautiful building, anyone who enters or exits the building is aware that it is built on the ashes of the Twin Towers and those whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001.
May the lives of those lost that day be a blessing to us all and may we remember to love and appreciate the person next to us, even if they are different or if we disagree with them. If nothing else, 9/11 is a reminder of our shared humanity and at the end of day, we are our brothers and sisters keeper.
For some writers, using metaphors is a useful tool to advance the narrative and the character development in ways that the audience does not expect.
Between 1999 and 2001, So Weird was part of the lineup on the Disney channel. Fiona “Fi” Phillips (Cara DeLizia) is a preteen girl who has lost her father. Her widowed mother, Molly Phillips (Mackenzie Phillips) earns her living as a successful musician. Fi is obsessed with anything that is considered to be supernatural. While living on her mother’s tour bus, Fi has some really odd experiences and uses her laptop to discover the truth.
Granted this is a show aimed at young girls, but it’s not that bad. It’s charming enough to get by and the supernatural elements add to a twist to make it stand out from other programs of this ilk.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
It has often been said that first impressions do not represent a full picture of who someone is. But then again, I’m old enough and I’ve experienced enough to know a pompous, blowhard, two-bit snake oil, used car salesman when I see one.
Randy Rainbow released his new video today. Entitled “IF YOU EVER GOT IMPEACHED – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”, the song is based on “If I Ever Had A Brain” from the Wizard Of Oz.
Once again, Randy Rainbow hits it out of the park. We need more people like him. The more we speak out and speak the truth, the harder it will be for his lies and “alternative facts” to be taken as truth.
Randy Rainbow, G-d bless you. May we all have the courage to stand up for our country and our future.