Saturday, June 17, 2017

My Day 2nd & 3rd Day at BlogHer: Experts Among Us

My day 2nd & 3rd Day at Blogher16: Experts Among Us started off a little bit rocky because the hotel I choose to patronize thought it was ok to have one working elevator without notifying anyone and have us all waiting and wondering what was the problem like we didn't have ish to do. business cards weren't ready at the agreed upon time so I had to arrange another pick up plan but that's another post. 

Anywho, my 2nd morning consisted of a yummy continental breakfast compliments of Merck for Mothers, an organization that is committed to making pregnancy and childbirth a safer, healthier experience. I attended their panel discussion regarding Maternal Mortality. The discussion was an eye-opener. The statistics are staggering and more than double in the United States with black and non-Hispanic women ranking the highest.  

This was my 1st time attending Blogher and I was totally astounded at discovering so many new things and reminders of things to implement that I had heard or seen before and never put into motion. I realized what I am lacking in my blogging business and where I need to use my nerve, creativity and talent (thanks Ru!) to tweak things here and there to take it to the level it should be. There were definitely invaluable gems to be had. #imwoke

Here are some pics I took while surveying the scene in the exhibit hall.
I made sure to also spend time in the exhibit hall perusing the vendor booths and just walking up and down each aisle to see what everyone had to offer and what info I could garner that would be beneficial to me and my blogs ( and A few of the booths I visited were Jamba Juice, CLR, Babybel Cheese, EndoMEtrosis, Embassy Suites...there were so many it was a bring-some-extra-bags-to-carry-swag-home-in extravaganza. I still have stuff to go thru. I mean I have went thru the items and even used some of them; however, the bottom of my bag is a treasure trove of items that I have yet to use. 

The speakers wow'd the crowd of course, including Kim K. Yes, Kim K was a keynote speaker. She spoke of a pending reality show she is working on. She talked about her emoji's including the one of her ugly cry face. She talked about rumors about herself that she thought was totally bogus and the one she spoke of was a rumor that she wasn't ever pregnant with Saint at all because he hadn't been seen in pictures at that point in time. Since then we've all since his lil cocoa cherub face so we know he does exist. Afterwards she posed for pictures with the convention attendees and was quoted all over the place, of course. Kim K says being considered "talentless"  is a big misconception. It takes a lot of creative energy to keep your name trending more often than not and at the top of every social media outlet on a daily basis. I'll say. Women lie. Men lie. Numbers don't lie. #whogoncheckmeboo


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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Are you ready for The Dark Tower?

I have watched the trailer for The Dark Tower several times and get more excited about seeing it each time. August 4th is a loooonnnnnggg time to wait for a movie to come out but alas....what am I to do. So I did a little research and found more info including the fact that this movie is based on eight novels, 30 comic book series entitled the Dark Tower written by best-selling author Stephen King.

Now as far as adaptations go I have read plenty of comments by plenty of fans who are bracing themselves for the worse most likely because the idea of eight books and 30 comics being condensed into a two hour movie has got to have fans wondering how are they going do it? And what is going to be left out?

A movie that combines the old west with magical finesse, of course, with science fiction, horror and dark fantasy with inspirational nuances taken from King Arthur and Lord of the Rings (a fav of mine) as well as some of Kings other novels and some of the characters from these other novels that we have grown to know and maybe love or hate whichever your preference. The point is The Dark Tower movie will have to be a massive cumulative compilation of eight novels, 30 comics, multiple genres, new and previously seen characters, with enough to satisfy the legion of fans it already has and to capture the minds and money of new fans. That's a hefty order. #challengeaccepted

One of the main things I have read that is bothering some fans, not all, is the fact that Idris Elba was cast as Roland who appears in all illustrations and characterizations as blue-eyed white male basically a Clint Eastwood dobble-ganger. Now in case you don't know, Idris has that melanin poppin. He's English. He portrayed Stringer Bell in The Wire and he has been K. Michelle's muse via an ill-fated #situationship that ended badly. Based on what I've seen in these trailers...he's killing this part!!

A few commenters mentioned the fact that Idris wasn't cast as the first black James Bond so this was the politically correct thing to do. Cast him as the black version of Roland Deschain, the movie's main character the last of a line of gunslingers who is trapped in an eternal feud with a man described as worse than the devil himself The Man in Black played by Matthew McConaughey who the gunslinger must keep from tumbling the Tower. Now based on some of the descriptions I have read, sans the color of his skin, Idris is indeed a great choice especially with that scruffy beard but hey what do I know. I know he has the acting chops and he's already gotten the role so the proof will be in the pudding so enough.

I am eager to see this movie and am planning to run to my local library to grab the books so I can read them prior to see the movie. I will probably make an updated post at that time with more insight. #librarycardondeck

Are you excited to see The Dark Tower? What is your favorite movie adaptation? What is your least favorite movie adaptation?

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Essence Fest, the NO and Me

Once again I am gearing up to attend the Essence Festival 2017 held in New Orleans, Louisiana this summer!! I am so excited. I've booked my room and am now working on my itinerary of fun thangs to do once I touch down. I will be meeting up with friends and family while I am there so that'll make it double the fun. #wherethepartyat?

Check out the lineup. Which day are you attending the concert? Friday, Saturday, Sunday...all 3?!

The line-up is like whoa...and Xscape just got added! I'm am blown away at that. Just so super ready to get there. In my search of things to do thus far I have found a few interesting things to check out. I have compiled a few fliers below...check them out.

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