Thursday, March 14, 2013

Why, Why, Why?

Why is Hollywood making a film version of the 1970’s hit Good Times? Yes we all loved the television series but some things are best left as they were. I understand Hollywood’s desire to have a guaranteed built-in audience but da-yum let’s make some original movies with casts of color.

There is a new crop of young, hungry actors/film-makers who are writing new material, pulling the money together and making their own films like my God-son Corey L. Gaddis (he’s wearing the orange tee in the photo) and his crew of dream-makers making the web-series How Men Become Dogs. Right now the trailer can be seen on the Issa Rae channel on YouTube @

The first episode will re-premiere on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 on:

I’m not saying making films is easy or cheap but come on successful African-American actors, directors and producers, pool your resources and make some films. Nobody is asking for a $120 million-big-budget-CPG-filled event. I would be happy with some small, spirit-moving, good-feeling films that show blackfolks loving and living on the big-screen just like we do everyday.

I love going to the movies and have always been able to find me on the screen in characters who look nothing like me. So how about a novel idea: make some films where all versions of blackfolks can traipse across the screen and just tell a story. I’m not asking much.

Black Hollywood make some shit happen!

Until we meet again I hope this has been Tasty and Informative like Cupcakes & Travel Magazines....

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Okay I’ve signed up for the Oprah & Deepak 21-day Meditation Challenge and no I have never really meditated before, well not traditional meditation. If you saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love and you remember the scene where Julia closes her eyes and thinks she has done serious, soul searching meditation but discovers that only 60 measly seconds have passed then you know the extent of my participation and expertise in the art of meditation.

But this time I am hanging with the program, going with the flow and swatting those distracting thoughts as they sail in and out of my mind while concentrating on the daily mantra. Today’s was Yum, Yum, Yum. And I just loved it. I loved the way the word Yum rolled off my tongue. I loved the way it rumbled through my body and spirit. Thank goodness I liked it because I had to keep returning to it because yes my thoughts were rambling and ricocheting all over the place. But I was kind and gentle to myself. No yelling internally or getting mad because I haven’t gotten it yet. I just Yummed myself back to the center of me.

So I’m going to complete this challenge and hopefully by the end the 21 days I won’t have as many stray thoughts to swat away and the time spent meditating will continue to fly by like it has so far. If nothing else I will have spent 21 days giving myself 16 minutes and 36 seconds a day to just breathe, think and chant and in the end that can only be a good thing. At least that is the way I am choosing to see it.

Yum, Yum, Yum and more Yum!

Until we meet again I hope this has been tasty and informative like Cupcakes & Travel Magazines....

Friday, March 1, 2013

Just Look.....

Sometimes words are not needed – just look at the pretty pictures and enjoy….

I hope this post has been Tasty & Informative like Cupcakes & Travel Magazines....Valerie