This summer my family decided to try someplace different for vacation. We went to Hilton Head,South Carolina. A beautiful island off the coast of South Carolina!
I think the thing I loved most was that everybody rode bikes everywhere!!
This summer my family decided to try someplace different for vacation. We went to Hilton Head,South Carolina. A beautiful island off the coast of South Carolina!
I think the thing I loved most was that everybody rode bikes everywhere!!
Fun night!! And the food at Infuse was too bomb!
I saw Straight Outta Compton Monday morning around 11:00 AM. It was sold out. Yes a Monday morning movie was sold out. So I knew this was something big.
And I also knew that drama would soon follow.
Maybe I’m reaching here (because I’ve honestly mostly read positive reviews)but I have noticed a few people (in the comments section mostly) talk about how the group disrespects women in their lyrics (true!!) and how they were only used as sexual props in the movie (Untrue)
SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
Stop reading if you haven’t seen the movie!!!!
So there is one scene I’ll refer to as the “Bye Felicia” scene. Women are walking around naked, having sex etc. etc.
Pause for a moment. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t part of the “feminist” movement sexual freedom? Meaning being able to do as you please sexually without judgment. So I’m confused why this scene bothers so many feminist. Aren’t these women just exploring their sexual freedom?
Or is it because they are doing so with black men which mean that it’s automatically disrespect? Or is it because they’re black women?
I’ve stated long ago that we as black women are not included in the “American feminist” conversation. I’m honestly okay with that because as sad as it is: Our issues and the issues of white women are not the same.
We are overly sexualized in pop culture. We are told not to bring up race when discussing gender equality, but how can we not!? When our race plays such a huge part in our lives?
I know I’m rambling, but to get back to the point lol I don’t agree with all of NWA’s lyrics but I have to respect the influence they had on Hip Hop culture and on Pop culture in general.
Now on to their lyrics. Of course their lyrics make me uncomfortable!! Of course! I feel like that goes without saying. But Ice Cube brought up a great point in his recent interview with Rolling Stone. “If you’re a ho, you probably don’t like us. If you’re not a ho or a bitch, don’t be jumping to the defense of these despicable females.” This is true. I think this is the reason why I never became downright outraged at some of their lyrics. And if you’re still confused, listen to Tupac’s “Wonder why they call you Bitch” for further clarification.
Lastly, Dr. Dre
Never really been a Dr. Dre fan because of the domestic abuse allegations against him.
Okay so after doing my research, there were only two women accusing him of violence not many like I originally thought. These incidents occurred in the early nineties so why are these women doing interviews and talking negatively about the NWA movie?? I’m sorry. This movie was not about Dr. Dre’s life so what did you expect exactly?
2ndly (and this is just my personal opinion) if you received money instead of pressing criminal charges, you aren’t a victim anymore. You got your money years ago, why are you brining this up now like you never received justice? I wasn’t there so I can’t say what happened or didn’t happen. All I know is what the media reports.
Regardless of how you feel about the group or even the individuals, you cannot deny that this was a great movie and a story that needed to be told.
So I’m going to jump right into it. I am not PLEASED AT ALL with the recent tactics of the orgnization Black Lives Matter. While I do agree that more “forward” tactics are needed, rushing stages and being outright rude is not the way.
You know how I like my list to keep my thoughts organized so here goes…
Yes there has to be change in our communities. But we have to have a plan and this hunty isn’t working for me….
Okay so if I even make it to 75 books by the end of my challenge it will be a miracle! I’m only at 37!!!! I have been slacking so hard ya’ll 😦
But it’s the summer time!! I’m out enjoying myself! Who has time for books!! lol Anyhoo yet again this past month was filled with books that really weren’t that great! I’ve been trying to get into more AA authors and I’m just over urban fiction. I should just stick to mystery/crime/zombies and keep it moving. Here are the 3 books I read in July…
3. Addicted With a Twist by Zane
“From the Queen of Erotica, Zane’s “Addicted with a Twist “is the sequel to “Addicted,” her wildly popular novel about a married woman whose life spirals out of control when her three affairs lead her down a dark and twisted path, now a major motion picture distributed by Lionsgate.
Three years after the end of “Addicted,” Zoe and Jason Reynard are still married and raising their family together. But Zoe has a new “dirty little secret” that leaves her torn between being honest with her therapist, Dr. Marcella Spencer, and her mother–or continuing her forbidden hotel rendezvous with a man who calls himself “Orpheus.”
Has Zoe truly overcome her sexual addiction through the strength of her love for her husband and continued therapy? Or is she still jeopardizing everything and everyone she holds dear in order to satisfy her fantasies?”
Okay I love Zane! I always have! She writes erotica and always has a great story behind it. Meaning if you take out all of the sex in most of her stories you will still have a great story. Addicted was one of her most popular books and it is one of my favs by her (2nd only to nervous). But this joint right here? Waste of time! Thats really all I have to say about it lol
2. Something On the Side (Big Girls) by Carl Weber
“Meet Tammy, Egypt, Isis, Nikki, Coco, and Tiny-the bodacious women of the Big Girls Book Club. There’s only one rule to being a member. You must be at least a size 14…
BGBC president Tammy loves everything about her life-especially taking care of business for her husband, Tim. This year, she intends to top all his past birthdays by having a threesome with her best friend, Egypt. Now, if only Egypt will agree …
And then there’s Coco, who has a habit of messing around with married men. But now that she’s hooked up with a man who makes his living being every woman’s fantasy, all she cares about is making sure he doesn’t stray.
As insatiable about books as they are about love, these friends are about to discover how tough it is to keep it real when they all have something on the side.”
DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA…unrealsitic drama. lol But it’s Carl Weber what did I expect!
1.Broken Stories (Broken World 0.5) by Kate L. Mary
“Broken Stories is a compilation of Short Stories and Novelettes that accompanies the Broken World Series. From California to Oklahoma, South Carolina and Colorado, readers will get a glimpse at what other people went through before, during and after the zombie virus outbreak.
Some of the characters featured in these stories have close ties to the main characters in the Broken World series, while others are brand new. It’s an emotional, intense and exciting look at how the zombie apocalypse has changed the world.”
Pretty good, not great because of the all of misplaced words. I mean was this book even proof read!? That’s how bad it was! It really took away from what could have been a good 4 star book.
Thats it folks! To see what i’m currently reading or about to read, check out my good read page here…
This past saturday my family and I
ran walked our first 5k! We wanted to do something fun so we decided to try out one of those color runs we see everybody doing.
My dad being the goof troop he is decided he was going to wear this sheer white jumpsuit that people wear when they are painting houses. lol The temperature during the day was around 95 degrees so needless to say he decided to not run in his jumpsuit lol
He eventually decided on an unwanted polo and and unwanted hat
Once the race started, it got dark pretty fast. It was a night run so our run time was 8:30 Pm.
My over achieving boyfriend and his best friend finished the race in less than 20 minutes!
Overall it was so much fun and I can’t wait to do another one!
Okay I read the interview where Miguel had made the comment that he made better music than Frank Ocean. I believe this was in response to Frank Ocean winning that Grammy over him last year. Correct me if I’m wrong.
So I saw somebody ask who was better between Frank Ocean and Miguel. While scrolling through the comments I saw someone throw The Weeknd’s name into the ring as well. I initially didn’t participate because I honestly didn’t know. I decided to pose this question on my Facebook page and got a lot of different responses. I enjoy this because listening to other people’s points and opinions gives me much to think about when trying to decide whose music I actually enjoy more.
It seems like the general opinion likes Miguel, but I think this mostly because he just released an album last week. Which isn’t exactly fair because Frank Ocean and The Weeknd are supposedly putting out new albums this summer…
But I’ll work with what I have to try and figure out who exactly I like the most….
Frank Ocean (The Tortured Soul)
I am literally listening to channel orange right now! I LOVE THIS ALBUM!! He is a genius!! This man is so talented! Pyramids is one of my favorite songs of all time. The thing I like about Frank is his songs are so different. He is not afraid to sing about him falling in love with a man, or a girl, or whatever the hell he’s talking about. You can tell he is speaking his truth and that just resonates with me… Rumors have it, he’s releasing a new album sometime this month. It’s supposedly titled “Boys don’t cry”
Miguel (New R&B)
Out of the three of these artists, I think Miguel is the closest to a traditional R&B artist. He does have the best voice and his music is so catchy! Not to mention the lyrics! He has mastered the art of being raunchy without coming off as disrespectful! *Ques Pussy is mine* His second album Kaleidoscope Dream is everything!! EVERYTHING! Sadly I am not feeling his latest album as much but these things often grow on me so we’ll see.
The Weeknd (Emo R&B)
Okay so it took me a minute to get into The Weeknd but once I did I was hooked!! There is not a single song by him that I have not loved! And that’s saying a lot! Miguel is clearly the “sexy music” but I cannot lie and say the Weeknd’s music doesn’t take you there as well! Earned it, Wicked Games….whew Enough said! His style is so original and different that it’s hypnotizing. If that makes sense. Sadly though I have heard that he is not the greatest live performer. I guess I’ll find out at Made in America in September. His new album is titled “Beauty Behind The Madness” and babaaaeeee I can’t wait! August 28th!
See I say all of that to say I still don’t know who my favorite is lol Currently I think I would have to go with The Weeknd (at least until Frank drops another album and I give Miguel’s another listen) But nonetheless my summer will be amazing! Given that all 3 will have new albums out by September!
We’ll revisit this then lol
What do you think?
Okay you guys don’t be mad at me! I needed a break! From writing and reading but i’m back!
Needless to say JUNE SUCKED!!
I only read two books and they both sucked!! Which is probably why I decided to take a break in the first place….
2. Abandon by Blake Crouch
“On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins; and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so that they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer—as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.
HORRIBLE!!! ugh I’m getting mad just thinking about the time I wasted on this damn book. I really enjoyed the Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch so I figured I’d give this book a shot. Thank God that is over!!!!! omg!! It took me forever to finish that book! so many unneccesary details and fluff. By the end I was just skimming the pages thinking “ok ok get on with it already” sheesh! I rated it one star on my goodreads page.
1. Bread or Death: Memories of My Childhood During and After the Holocaust by Milton Mendel Kleinberg
“The war brought about scarcities of just about everything…except misery.
“Alle raise,” (everybody out), the German soldiers screamed as they pounded on our door with the butts of their rifles. And thus began a 4,500-mile journey from Poland through Russia and Siberia and eventually to Uzbekistan in Central Asia, as the author’s family used bribery and darkness of night to flee as the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939.
Young Mendel, from age four to fourteen, tells in vivid detail the wretched journey in cramped cattle cars through frigid Russia, the indignities of being forced labor, the shame of begging for bread just to survive, and death of those closest to him. The family s plight includes abandonment, hunger, and separation (and later remarkable twists of fate and reunion) quite unlike other Holocaust stories.
This coming-of-age, Holocaust memoir is the author’s personal account of how through great sacrifices by his mother he managed to survive the worst atrocities in human history and his uncertain days in a Polish Children’s Home, scrabbling for fallen fruit, and surviving kidnapping and murder on the Black Road, and return to German Displaced Persons camps at war’s end. But to what fate?
Originally written as a memoir just for his grandchildren, Milton Kleinberg gives a moving account of his family s hardships and eventual immigration with a lump-in-the-throat passage to America past the Statue of Liberty and into a land of opportunity tinged with bigotry yet with a promise to future generations.”
This was an average read. I was trying to step outside the box and read something a little different. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. And despite what I originally thought, this book didn’t provoke a lot of emotion from me. It is a great historical piece. I rated it 3 stars on Goodreads.
Man this last month started out rough! These books were average at best! I almost wanted to take a break from my challenge but I decided to keep on in hopes of finding some better material in June. Anyway here goes May.
*As usual, they are listed from my least favorite to my most favorite*
7. Acts of Contrition by Jennifer Handford
“Mary Morrissey is living the life of her dreams. She has a loving husband of ten years, Tom, two daughters, and twin boys. Her parents are just down the road. Her three sisters are nearby. Perfect—some might even say she is living the American Dream.
But beneath the shiny veneer, Mary hasn’t taken a calm breath in years. She lives in a constant state of panic, afraid that the secret she’s kept hidden for so long will be revealed, that it will shatter the life she’s worked so hard to build.
When Mary’s handsome and addictively charismatic ex-boyfriend Landon James reappears during his high profile Senate campaign, she feels the truth bubbling to the surface and knows she’s powerless to stop it. Mary has spent years trying to forget him, and now he’s on every TV she sees.
A conditional Catholic, Mary bargains with God, negotiating deals that will keep her happy life undisturbed for another day. She prays for strength and confesses her sins—anything that might let her sleep at night under the weight of the guilt she carries from lying to her husband and family for the entirety of her marriage.
When Tom learns what Mary’s been hiding, what once seemed unfathomable—a deep, heartbreaking divide between them—is now their new normal. Can they find a way to rebuild their life together? Is forgiveness possible?
Acts of Contrition is a richly drawn story of faith, family loyalty, and forgiveness, even in the face of moral ambiguity, guilt, and shattered trust.”
My biggest problem with this book is the main character Mary. I do not understand her obsession with her ex boyfriend. At a certain point I really thought that she had some type of mental illness. Or maybe the author didn’t do a good enough job developing his character. He came off as a regular guy. Nothing that he did came off as especially bad. So it didn’t make sense that she had this love/hate thing with him.
Also I felt like her religion was more a distraction than an important part of the story. This book just wasn’t my cup of tea. I rated 1 star on goodreads.
6. Hidden (Bone Secrets #1) by Kendra Elliot
“Eleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.
Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical ExEleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.
Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical Examiner, Lacey is devastated when she arrives at a crime scene and identifies the skeletal remains as her college friend’s.
The remains are discovered on the land of ex-cop Jack Harper. Sparks fly between him and Lacey, even as they realize that the prosecution’s witnesses from a decade ago are now being murdered one by one. All the evidence points to the Co-ed Slayer as the culprit—only, he’s long since dead. So who’s the new killer? And is Lacey next in line to die?
Golden Heart finalist Kendra Elliot combines chilling suspense and steamy romance in a gripping tale, uniting in-depth forensic knowledge with a passion for thrillers. Set in the snowy winter of Oregon, ‘Hidden’ creates spine-tingling chills.”
This book is a one star. It is. I gave it 2 because it tricked me. In the first few chapters it made me believe that this was truly a murder thriller story. And then it turned into an unreal love story. I mean seriously. If a serial killer is after you who has time to think of sex??!!? Not to mention when Jack comes to save her, she’s on the verge on death, and the 1st thing she says is how hot he is??? come on! Yeah unless I am dealthy bored, I am pretty sure I will not be reading the next book. I rated it 2 stars on goodreads
5. Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch
“Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels?off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact? He may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.”
I didn’t know that this would be a TV Mini series when I first began reading. This book started out good (5 stars) then lost me completly (2 stars) then wrapped it up nicely and still left me wondering some things. Which is why I will def be watching the show and reading the next book.
4. Lost World (Broken World #4) by Kate L. Mary
“Lost World, the fourth book in the Broken World series, continues following a group of survivors after a super-virus has destroyed the world and the dead have come back to claim it as their own…
With their shelter destroyed and their sense of security shattered, Vivian, Axl and the group set off in search of a safe place. But the group’s morale is at an all-time low, and they now know it’s not just the dead they have to fear. Weeks of wandering brings sickness, death and loss to the survivors, and Vivian soon finds herself losing hope of ever discovering a safe place to live. To make matters worse, two members of the group go missing, leaving the others to wonder not only what happened to them, but if they will ever see their friends alive again.
After what happened in Vegas, Hadley feels like a stranger in her own body. When she and Jon get separated from the rest of the group, she finds herself confronted not only with the scars left behind by her ordeal, but facing the possibility of a new beginning with Jon at her side.
In a twist of fate, Vivian and Axl stumble upon a place that could be the group’s salvation, only to have hope slip through their fingers once again when they are met with the most devastating blow yet…”
I am dedicated to this series. My Fav Zombie books so far. And because of that I cannot rate it any lower than 4 stars. This book set up a lot but didn’t wrap them up for me in the end. So much was left open and unsaid that it frustrated me and I felt it was over too soon. I am awaiting the next book.
3. The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted by Andrew E. Kaufman
“SHE ONLY STEPPED OUTSIDE FOR A MINUTE…
But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley’s world upside down—a minute she’d regret for the rest of her life.
STEPPING INTO HER WORST NIGHTMARE…
Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again.
A NIGHTMARE THAT ONLY BECAME WORSE.
A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair.
CASE CLOSED. JUSTICE SERVED…OR WAS IT?Now, more than thirty years later, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother’s belongings—it paints her as the killer and her brother, a wealthy and powerful senator, as the one pulling the strings.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO NATHAN KINGSLEY?There’s a hole in the case a mile wide, and Patrick is determined to close it. But what he doesn’t know is that the closer he moves toward the truth, the more he’s putting his life on the line, that he’s become the hunted. Someone’s hiding a dark secret and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.
The clock is ticking, the walls are closing, and the stakes are getting higher as he races to find a killer—one who’s hot on his trail. One who’s out for his blood.”
Creepy Creepy Creepy. This book gave me nightmares. It wasn’t as complexed as I wanted it to be, but I still didn’t see the plot twist coming. Granted it was a good book, I just won’t ever read it again lol I rated it 4 stars.
2. The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch
“Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed.
But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond. It is a secret that has the entire population completely under the control of a madman and his army of followers, a secret that is about to come storming through the fence to wipe out this last, fragile remnant of humanity.
Blake Crouch’s electrifying conclusion to the Wayward Pines Series?now a Major Television Event Series debuting Summer 2014 on FOX?will have you glued to the page right down to the very last word.”
Wow! Really? You’re just going to end it like that huh? okay okay. Crouch knows he is wrong for that!! But honestly I was not expecting that. Can’t wait to see how the show plays all of this out. Great series! I rated the Wayward Pines Finale 5 stars
1. Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch
“Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden…except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture.
None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they’re trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.
Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He’s sheriff, and one of the few who knows the truth—Wayward Pines isn’t just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone’s imagining”
This book was everything the other 2 books weren’t. With series, the middle book(s) are almost always the worst! That is not the case at all with this one! Now i’m anxious for these events to happen on the show. I rated this book 5 stars on goodreads.
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALAERT!
If you are NOT caught up on Game of Thrones do not read!
You have been warned.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about it. This is not a recap, and I will not talk about all of the other random things that happened on Sunday’s episode. I am here to try to figure out how I feel about Sansa’s rape scene with Ramsay Bolton.
I am already conflicted about this sadistic character because I love Iwan Rheon
Especially when he was on misfits but I have to accept that, that show is over now and Ramsay is not Simon in any way.
Moving on, many people are upset about the rape scene. They say they are never watching again, too much has happened to Sansa, the writers are insensitive to rape, blah blah blah.
Okay first off and I’m sad that I even have to say this: It’s a television show. A fictional television show. It’s a fictional world with fictional characters. She was not raped in real life. Yes I already hear your rebuttal in my head “But so many women and girls are raped in real life”
Yes this is true, however, how many of these women have been forced into marriages to plot revenge against their slain family members so they can become the Queen of the North? Oh
Secondly, Sansa Stark has had a rough life. I agree. But ummm so much more has happened to so many other characters. Theon for example. If you’ve been watching then I don’t even have to go into details about his experiences with Ramsay.
Yes this show uses rape a lot. But in this uncivilized environment it’s not unrealistic. Not to mention that majority of these characters have some severe mental illnesses going on.
I personally believe Sansa will be okay. She is so much smarter now than she was when she was with Joffrey. And hopefully she will avenge her family, because the Stark family have not been having a good run on this show.