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Jill Scott and Maxwell Touring This Summer

In Music on February 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Grammy winners Maxwell and Jill Scott will kick off a 20-city U.S. arena tour this summer starting in Cleveland on May 21 with additional dates to be announced through June.

Maxwell’s 2009 Grammy winning, platinum release “BLACKsummersnight” won Best Male R&B performance for “Pretty Wings” and Best R&B album in February. The singer will release the follow-up this summer and 2011 respectively.

Jill Scott will perform songs from her 10-year career including those from “The Light Of The Sun” due this summer.

The LiveNation tour will make stops in Atlanta, St.Louis, Detroit, Miami, Chicago, Houston, D.C, Oakland, Los Angeles and Seattle. Venue and ticket information will be available soon via LiveNation.com.

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The Health Care Rant *Updated*

In Health on February 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Yesterday, I was all prepared for the live health care discussion. I had pre-read (skimmed) over the 11 page document that was posted on the White House website. After a few hours, I turned the channel feeling no different from before I tuned in. Nervous. I really don’t know what is going to happen from this point. I thought both sides had great ideas, but overall I am so afraid that nothing will happen and it will remain what it is a “discussion”. I am trying to remain hopeful, but with so many people without health care when does discussion turn into execution?

I haven’t had health care since I was little girl. As an adult, I have no idea what is like to co-pay and deal with medical expenses. For me to go to the doctor I would have to literally be on my death bed, six breathes away from dying and even then knowing me I will debate whether to go or not.

As I am getting older and my body is changing there is a definite need for it. In my past lines of work, I could have bought insurance. There was also the need for me to have lights, car, food and other necessities. I am only one woman and couldn’t do everything alone.

It’s scary  to think as I age, I will have to wait to receive Medicare or Medicaid to go to the doctor. I have had two discussions with senior citizens about how happy they were to receive Medicare. Just the other day at my mom’s birthday party, my mom and aunt were showing each other their membership cards. Gloating. Is that going to be me? Hoping all my health problems can wait till I am 65?  By that time, who knows what the state of the already super-messed-up-health care system will be.

I have been fortunate enough not to have been majorly sick and even more blessed with excellent research skills. Any symptoms I may have I Google, diagnose myself, and buy the according medicine. Is it dangerous? Of course. Could I be wrong? Absolutely. What choice do I have? Go to the doctor? Not an option. Besides, I have learned more about natural remedies, herbs, spices, juices and berries in the past few years that I wouldn’t have known other wise. And besides, after seeing Michael Moore’s movie “Sicko”, I refuse to choose which fingers I like best or use the most. They are my fingers, I want them all!

What baffles me even more, is the opponents. I have heard people who DON’T have health care argue against it . What?  Mumbling about the deficit. Here’s an honest statement. No one cares about the deficit. It has been skyrocketing for years and no one loses a nights sleep over it. Seriously.

However, you will lose a night sleep trying to diagnose your aches and pains yourself. At least I have. I hope this health care “discussion” turns into an actual executed plan or else I am buying stock in every search engine in the world. Why not? It helps me be my own doctor.

The Power of Technology

In Technology, Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Technology has changed lives. Now, it’s so hard to imagine life without a Mac, Facebook, Twitter, iPhone or Blackberry. Need I even mention the times when cell phones were a luxury? Technology has changed items from  luxury to necessity. I lost my blackberry and somehow I am not the same. I don’t even like to use the phone anymore. Really.

Applications like Twitter have let celebrities become their own public relations machines.  Twitter lets you peek into the personal lives of celebrities in the most intimate way. At times, it can seem like an intimate conversation. Intimate in the voyeur-peeking- through- the- window, kinda way.I must admit, I am not that much of a tweeter, but I do have celebs that I follow. Kim Kardashian, June Ambrose and Erykah Badu just to name a few. I can’t help it. Looking at someone else’s life can be very interesting.

With the technology advances of the past few years, you don’t have to physically talk to someone to have a conversation. Conversations, meetings and agreements can be held via email and text messaging. Even more so, the music we know and love can be done digitally.

Erykah Badu’s 2008 album, “New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War” was completed on a Apple Macbook using the popular program GarageBand. She recorded the vocals using iChat and sent them to the album’s producers. They traded tracks and vocals for four months until the album was complete.

As recent as yesterday, she used Twitter to clear a  Paul McCartney sample for her forthcoming album. Badu’s 89,000 followers watched as she settled music business  in 140 characters or less.

Badu's Twitter Page

This makes me wonder, what’s next? I often think we will be teleporting ourselves to where we need to be. It’s absolutely amazing how far we have come. Things aren’t left to wonder anymore. It is happening  and it is now. It’s  wonderfully scary and I am definately along for the ride tweeting all the way on my blackberry.

“Brooklyn’s Finest”

In TV and Movies on February 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I was fortunate enough to attend the screening of “Brooklyn’s Finest”, starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes.

Following the lives of three men with personal and work pressures bearing down on them, each faces daily tests of judgment and honor in one of the world’s most difficult jobs. Each man makes different choices and the consequences vary greatly for each.

Of course, we have seen the plot before but it is very emotional and one of the best movies I have seen. “Training Day”  director Antoine Fuqua really hit it out of the park with this one. I would definitely recommend it!

In theaters March 5, 2010

Thursday Night TV

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Ummm… Thursday night. An array of television programming. NBA action, Grey’s Anatomy, Celebrity Rehab and my favorite, America’s Best Dance Crew better known as ABDC.

I am really excited about ABDC this season because of the groups from Atlanta. Being a Georgia Peach, it’s hard not to feel a since of pride when there is a group going hard for the city.

In this case, it’s Jungle Boogie.

They are the best on the show! With their energetic moves, swag and athletics they are sure to keep the other crews on their toes. Personally, I think they should give them the title right now.

Thursdays, MTV, 10 PM