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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

BGN Video



I made a little 45 second video with Windows Live Movie Maker about us.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Crush On Gambit




I used to be a HUGE X-Men and Excalibur fan.  I was once an avid collector of comic books and I owned nearly every issue of both X-Men and Excalibur.  I even collected the Marvel comic cards.  As a young black girl most would assume that Storm was my favorite character, but actually I loved Nightcrawler.  He was my favorite.  He was witty, funny, and always getting into trouble.  I also loved Jean Grey and her metamorphosis to Phoenix as Rachel Summers.

Perhaps I liked Nightcrawler because his special powers of teleportation and I always felt myself that I wanted to disappear and reappear at will.  He also had an undying love for Megan who was in a relationship with Captain Britain and Megan couldn't quite reciprocate those feelings.  I know what that's like for sure.  Nightcrawler was the MAN in my book and I was fascinated with his story.

However, a new MAN came into my comic-driven life when I was introduced to Gambit.  It actually started in the early 90's on the TV series X-Men Adventures.  He was cool, suave, and had tons of swagger.  He also has this awesome Cajun accent that just made my heart flutter.  If this post isn't nerdy enough---I actually developed a crush on the guy.  Yes I had a total crush on a fictional cartoon character!  Does that make me a geek or just plain weird?  Either way, Gambit had it all---good looks, a sexy accent, charisma, and he was a bachelor.  I speak in past tense, because this was a couple of decades ago when I felt this way, but I still remember like it was yesterday when I had an obsession with comic books.

I was little jealous of Rogue, because she was the apple of Gambit's eye, but Rogue was never really into Gambit as much as he was into her.  I also had a thing for Wolverine---now I'm probably not alone here when I drop his name, because there are several girls who may agree that Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine was the best casting decision ever.   I can't think of any other actor who can embody the hotness that is---Wolverine like Mr. Hugh Jackman himself.

Gambit needs his own movie.  Currently actor Taylor Kitsch plays Remy Lebeau (aka Gambit) but I'm not feelin his accent.  He actually LOOKS the part, but I need that Cajun accent.  The actor who played Rene on True Blood definitely has the Cajun voice down.    :::Swoon:::

Here is an example of what I an talking about.  Michael Raymond-James as Rene on True Blood (kinda ironic that Anna Paquin who plays Rogue is in this scene):






 Here is the actual cartoon character I swooned over when I first got hooked on X-Men:


 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Proud Black Nerdette


As an army brat I moved a lot as a child.  When you spend a lot of time as the new kid in school you come up with ways to cope.  For me, my safe haven at every new school was the library.  It was not  only consistently a safe place to study, it was a gateway to other worlds.  There I became a fan of science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, history and science.

I've always loved to learn so I was an A student and teacher's pet which really made me popular (not!).  I'm not going to tell my age, but devaluing education was just as much a part of our culture then as it is now.  By my senior year of high school, I no longer cared about fitting in and decided that education and technology were my tickets out of bitter city. 

Bitter city is not a place, it is a state of mind that I believe holds us back as a people.  Those who don't like the cards life has dealt them and are too bitter to ask for help or find ways to lift themselves up, so they try to hold down the rest of us by dissing intelligence or the use of proper English.  Crabs in a barrel.  Still, I love all of my people and one of my goals in life is to find a way to make being a nerd cool for the next generation. 

In my spare time I write, work on digital art projects, watch and read sci fi, build websites for family and friends (focusing on getting my own site up now), capture the world with my camera and spend quality time with my man, a fellow Black nerd (whom I met via technology, naturally).

I'm glad I stumbled upon this group.  For years I was often one of a few, if not the only Black woman at tech, sci fi and comic book conventions but that has begun to change.  I've been looking for a way to connect with other Black geeks and I was pleasantly surprised to find out about the Black Nerds Network after watching Brooklyn Boheme on Showtime this month.  I'm looking forward to learning and growing with you.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscar Night




I am a movie geek freak.  Today is my Superbowl Sunday when it comes to Oscar night.  My favorite part are the red carpet entrances 2 hours prior to the show's premiere.  Who's the best dressed and who's the worst dressed which is always fun to see.

I like the monologues delivered by the TV host and the comedy sketches done in between.  Billy Crystal is hosting this year, (although I wish it were Eddie Murphy) so the classy humor in Oscar history will be revived tonight.  I love the moments during the awards ceremony when they compose movie montage packages and squeeze together within 5 minutes or less some of the greatest historical moments in movie history for all of us to see.

The acceptance speeches are also very interesting to me and I like to see who's going to make a faux pas speech on stage and who's going to get cut off by the TV producers when they blast the music in the background and cut the camera back to the show host.

I'm rooting for my two girls Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer tonight.  I actually read the book "The Help" before watching the movie.  The book was so good I finished it in 3 days.  Their performances were stunning and I hope to see them BOTH walking away tonight with a golden statuette in hand.  Despite what some black critics (i.e., Tavis Smiley) may say about their depiction of playing maids, I still found that the story was one that had character, meaning, and substance---and both actresses are more than worthy for their nominations.

Good luck tonight girls!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Gotta Get This Off My Chest...





I want to say that I absolutely love and appreciate the support the blog is receiving from fellow nerds like me.  It's not surprising that a number of nerdy girls are attracted to a niche blog like this since we are so underrepresented in the media whether it be in the form of TV sitcoms, movies, magazines, or even in cyberspace.  The very first post on this blog briefly explains why this blog got started.

I "Googled" the term Black Girl Nerds and found nothing.  The only term that actually came up was "Black Nerd" "Girl Nerds" and "Black Girl".  That is when I created the blog.   However, I did find a site called Black Nerds Network and thought---oh cool!  A network of nerds like me!  It would be awesome to tell other nerds about the new blog.  I actually posted the Facebook Fan Page on their Facebook Group Page to introduce their niche to the blog.

Apparently there is a site within a site---which I'm not sure where to locate it, but I did find a Twitter page called Black Nerd Girls.  Now first of all this was exciting to me because I had no idea this site even existed and thought it would be cool to know what they were all about.  I even sent a "Tweet" saying "We support you!"  Well instead I got accused of imitation and not being "original" with my blog and its title.

Let's set this straight.  The term Black Girl Nerds is not a newly conceptualized idea that I studied and researched in a quiet room and methodically thought up.  I've been called a "Black Girl Nerd" most of my life, so the term is basically not only a part of my vernacular, but its not exactly a foreign concept to me.  I noticed the BNN website also has T-shirts, merchandising and the like on their site---its appears to be more business-oriented in their mission more than anything else.  That's totally cool and nothing is wrong with that, but that's not my mission with this blog.  It's simply to be a voice to girls like me who felt ashamed to be and say who they truly are---which is why I encourage other nerdy girls to be a part of this blog.

Yes I have ads on the blog to help cover the cost of the domain fees I have setup under the .com URL.  Now I really don't have to explain any of this to my readers, and who knows, maybe most of you don't even care, but a major part of my Achilles Heel as a nerdy black girl is when people say things that simply are not true.

I would think that we should all unite together as Black Nerds rather than use terms like "pirating" and have a negative perspective.  We are an underrepresented niche of individuals that need a voice and the more blogsites and websites out there about us THE BETTER!  Perhaps there will be a higher representation of us in the media.

So I end this post by first of all saying to BNN that I respect your opinion about me and the blog.  It's your opinion and you are 100% completely entitled to it.  In the meantime I will keep on keepin' on with my rants and raves about who I am as a nerdy black girl.  I've said my pe@ce and love you dearly anyway.

J.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Night Ramblings

Like everyone else here, I’m a nerd. I’ve known from about…11 or 12 that I’m a wee bit different from the other girls of color. They were starting to worry about boyfriends and I was wondering when the next new season of Sailor Moon coming out. They were social butterflies and I was a social caterpillar. That’s kinda how I viewed myself, ugly, hairy, and without any real pizzazz or grace. These feelings put me into a depression (though not clinically diagnosed) that has plagued me most of my life. And it still does now. So…my little blurb will be focused on self-acceptance and how I’m trying to find myself as a black girl nerd.

I see so many awesome, beautiful, proud black girl nerds. There’s Aisha Tyler, Vanessa Veasley, and all you lovely ladies out there. I have my own quirks that list me in the black girl nerd world. I love science, science fiction, anime and manga, literature, and comic books to name a few. However, I don’t feel beautiful. I don’t have any fashion sense, I can’t do makeup or my hair, and I just view myself as plain. But I know I have all this coolness in me that I’d like to just to…explode out. It doesn’t help that black girl nerds are so highly scrutinized. But that is another blurb within itself.

As I said before, I’ve wrestled with my depression and self-acceptance a while. One of the most difficult things any person will ever do in their life is learning how to love themselves. In the words of the great RuPaul, “If you can’t love yourself, how they hell can you love somebody else? Can I get an amen?” Amen! It’s hard enough to love yourself but I think it becomes even more difficult when you’re not fitting in with the box society expects you to fit in. Even if I wrestle with my beauty, I’ve come to love the fact I’m a black girl nerd. Let’s face it, we’re awesome. We come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, and countries but we are own little family of sisters at the end of the day. We accept each other for the hot, odd commodities we are and support one another. This is the family and community that I’ve longed for. Black guy nerds are great for talking to about some things, and even though I have a biological sister, there’s nothing like the black girl nerd sisterhood. You all have let me know that I am accepted and I'm really not alone in this world.

So I know this may have gone a little off kilter. It’s a Friday night and the plans I had failed so I’m in a bit of a funk but thank you all for “listening”. If you have makeup/fashion tips, please share. I need them desperately. I promise my next blurb will be on a more positive, coherent note <3

10 Pictures That Perfectly Captures The 80s

So there is this website called BuzzFeed.com that posted an article called 48 Pictures That Perfectly Captured the 90s.  The pictures and captions for each are hilarious and totally brought me back down to memory lane.  You may want to take a look at the link for the article first before reading below.

Check out the BGN version of 10 Pictures that Perfectly Capture The 80s.  What can I say?  I have a thing for the 80s okay?



1. The off-the-shoulder look 




 2. Hot Pink Jellies!

3. Nintendo.


4.  C Thomas Howell playing a white guy who clearly looks like a white guy pretending to be a black guy in Soul Man





5.  Alfonso Ribeiro Moonwalking with Michael Jackson




6. Bamboo Earrings (we all had a pair).


 7. Rae Dawn Chong in like every single movie that decade.




8. Black Girls with Gumby haircuts.






9.  This music video among countless others that thought using a fog machine in a video was cool.





10. The obligatory Debbie Gibson/Tiffany-friendly photos that surfaced after their "alleged" feud.





Fashion Friday








Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hairnorexic




Hairnorexic....is that even a word?  Or is that even a good pun?  Let me clarify.  My hair is suffering right now from the love and affection it deserves.  For those of you that may not know, I used to live in New York City.  It's the place where trendy style is the status quo and every girl's fantasy is fulfilled in good food, good shoes, and bad boys.  I left the big city (for reasons I will tell you at another time) and moved to the smaller city of Wilmington, NC.  Yes I know---a complete 180.

This preface brings me to my point about the term "Hairnorexic".  When I lived in Manhattan, my hairstylist "Nana" was my savior.  I mean it...next to Jesus Himself she had dominion over my hair.  She would cut, press, braid, relax, sow, clip, and curl my hair into a work of pure art.  There was never a day I stepped out of my apartment looking "a hot mess".  I was confident and knew I was a beautiful fine black woman ready to conquer the world...why? Because my hair said so!

That was until I moved to Wilmington, NC.  It went all downhill from there.  I wouldn't say I let myself go per se---but I definitely was not keeping my "tresses in check" as I had prior to living in the Big Apple.  First of all I'm just going to be honest and blunt here....there are little to no black salons here.  There are a few but either they're not very good or they're really good and always overbooked.  God forbid you have a bad emergency hair day and need help getting your hair done ASAP.  That's how I met Nana.  I was walking down 145th St, desperately in dire need of a relaxer, and I walked into her salon.  She saved the day.  It's not like that here.  If you walk into a salon without an appointment the beautician looks at you like you're from another planet.

I've been told that it's a bit of a faux pas in some social circles to walk-in without an appointment, but why should that be?  Anyways, that's how it is here in Wilmington and since the population of African Americans are not nearly as many as there are on island of Manhattan, good black hair salons are hard to come by.

In the meantime my hair is starving and is suffering from a major eating disorder.  I'm in the process of counseling each strand by going to friends and co-workers for hair guidance, but there is NO ONE like my Nana.  I think my hair is resenting me right now for leaving her.  It was through no fault of my own, but hopefully one day I will meet someone who is at least similar and trick my hair into thinking she's reunited with Nana.

Maybe...one can only hope.

J.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BGN Girl:Shonda Rhimes




Shonda Rhimes is the head writer and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning shows Grey's Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice.  In 2007, Shonda was listed among one of Time Magazine's "100 People Who Have Shaped The World".

Shonda was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1970.  She spent her time as a candy striper in high school and was inspired to tell stories at that time. The critically acclaimed medical drama Grey's Anatomy was the inspiration for her days as a candy striper.  She received her bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College and shortly after graduation she landed a job in advertising in San Francisco.   A few years later she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting.  She worked many day jobs while struggling as an unemployed writer in Hollywood.  Her first film called "Blossoms and Veils" was a short starring Jeffrey Wright and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

In 2003, Shonda was able to woo producers with her TV pilot called "Grey's Anatomy.  The show was greenlit in 2004 and currently the series is in its 8th season.  Shonda Rhimes won the Golden Globe Award in 2007 for Best TV series drama for Grey's Anatomy.

She's had some hiccups along the way.  She actually won a Razzie Award (an award infamous for bad acting, writing, and films) for the Britney Spears film "Crossroads".  That minor setback certainly has not stunted her career.  Her Grey's spinoff Private Practice (starring Taye Diggs and Audra McDonald) is one of the most highly rated shows in primetime and is currently in its 5th season.  She is currently developing a new show for ABC called "Scandal" which will begin midseason.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Since I'm In A Soapy Mood...


First of all I'm filing this post under the "Sadness" label because the TV soap opera has pretty much been laid to rest.  I think there are only a handful of daytime soaps on the air and primetime soaps died a brutal death a long time ago.

Here are some of my personal favorite TV soap opera openings.  Now I am fully aware that many of these openings have changed based on the year of its release.  These specific openings are just my personal favs and may not necessarily be the original theme song.

*Nerdy Fact* -- I once kept a VHS recording of all of these TV openings because I loved them so much.  Thankfully YouTube never lets me down.


DAYTIME Guiding Light Opening circa 1991

 

 All My Children circa 1980s (short and succinct)

 


 One Life To Live circa 1988 Peabo Bryson style

 

Young & The Restless relatively the same theme since its inception






What are your favorite Primetime soap opera openings?



Remember the TV Soap "Generations"?



If you're an 80's baby like me or a tinge older, than you know what I'm talking about.  The short lived TV soap opera Generations was the first daytime soap that featured a predominantly Black cast.  The show was about two families that spawned back from three generations--the Whitmore and Marhsall families.  The show starred unknown talent at the time like Vivica A. Fox, Kristoff St. John, and Lela Rochon just to name a few.

The soap opera series was short lived.  It only lasted for 13 months and was cancelled due to low ratings.  There was some anger in the African-American community towards the show's early demise and despite the fact the show was well received by critics, in the end not enough viewers tuned in to keep the series going.

The show aired March 27, 1989 – January 25, 1991. The series was aired in syndication on BET and ran on the network until 1993.

Final Episode (Part 1 of 5):






Opening Titles:



Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Favorite Interracial Couples


Photo Courtesy: http://mylazythoughts.tumblr.com


I love interracial couples.  It has been recently reported that 1 in 12 couples are now interracial.  It is a beautiful thing for me to see two people grow to love, appreciate, and respect one another's cultural differences and ethnic backgrounds.  Cultural diversity for me is like the impact of white light. When the white light is broken down by a prism it illuminates a divine spectrum of several colors which represents the colors of the rainbow.  Perhaps that is why one of the most alluring visions to the human eye is that of a rainbow in the sky.  Yes, I know I'm sounding very poetic right now...but that's my truth and how I see it.

Here are photos below of my favorite couples:



David Pope and Joy Bryant

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke

Sam Watters and Tamyra Gray 


Jacob Fishel and Rutina Wesley

Troy Garity and Simone Brent


David Bowie and Iman

*Garcelle Nilon-Beauvais and Mike Nilon

Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez


Brian Musso and Heather Headley


Keisha Chambers and Justin Chambers

*Garcelle Beauvais and her spouse are no longer together :(

Saturday, February 18, 2012

O'Head Memories

O'Head = old head. Yeah, I'm showing my age experience today.


A couple of weeks ago, I was overwhelmed with memories of 1984.  This was back when MTV actually played music, and competed with VH1 for video supremacy.  McDonalds was considered a treat for good behavior.  I watched “Dynasty,” “Dallas,” “The Cosby Show,” & “Family Ties,” along with other classics.  I sported a jheri-curl, Jordache jeans, Keds (affectionally called “white girl” shoes) a Members Only jacket, multiple pairs of socks, and round coke-bottle glasses.  Yellow was my favorite color, but I owned a red Swatch watch and rocked gummy bracelets and twister beads.  My whip was a blue ten-speed, and I could double-dutch, hopscotch, and hoola-hoop like a champ.  The “big” gift for Christmas that year was a Crayola Caddy.  I was at the outer edges of my tomboyishness; breasts were starting to sprout and cause problems.  I was a skinny, goofy-looking awkward pre-teen with spectacles and no rhythm, likely busting the hell out of 98 pounds, but a PYT nonetheless.  I read so many books that year that I can’t even recall a favorite, but I do remember my favorite song.  

“Roxanne, Roxanne” was written by B-Fine of Full Force and performed by UTFO.  It played all the time, on just about every radio station. The video ran damn near 24/7.  The song spawned at least 15 get-back tracks and changed the landscape of rap as we knew it then.  It was the first rap I knew all the words to, and my mother bought me the cassette tape (yeah, I said “tape;" I still have that bad boy) and I wore that damn thing out listening to it every day and night.  This was back when you could listen to an album and not have to skip tracks, and every rap album had a slow cut and a song that paid homage to the DJ.  The songs were fun and didn’t need to be edited for radio play.  There was no profanity or disrespect, and I don’t recall my mother telling me not to listen to UTFO or calling their music garbage.  Every last member of UTFO could rap.  They were skilled lyricists, and as a word-nerd, I recognized the layers and depth of their delivery and adored them for it. There was an intelligence and a cleverness to their songs that is lacking in today’s dreary music landscape. This can be generalized to rap and hip-hop as a whole; I’m not an o’head for nothing.  Music used to be real, but now it’s on life support.  I supplemented my trip back down memory lane by watching UTFO videos on YouTube and reminiscing about the time when all I wanted was to marry the group’s DJ.  There are moments when I long for the simplicity of those days.

*sigh*

And now I return you to your presently scheduled blog postings.

Friday, February 17, 2012

"Only One" music video



If you guys haven't realized already, I have a thing for Jon B.  The "thing" has been going on long and strong since 1995.  Well right now I'm geekin out over here because Jon's new album just dropped this week, not to mention he's got a new video uploaded on YouTube.

How is it possible this man looks exactly the same as he did when he first came out?

Check out "Mr. Fine Wine" below:


Fashion Friday

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Addicted To Pinterest





What is Pinterest?  For those of you who may not know, Pinterest is an online scrapbooking community where people pin and share photos of randomness such as people, places, or things.  I have my own Pinterest Pin Board that I've grown an obsession over within a relatively short period of time.

According to the Wall Street Journal (yes I read it daily), people are flocking to the website. Pinterest last month attracted more than 11 million unique visitors, more than double the 4.9 million who visited the site in November, according to comScore. Those who visited spent nearly 100 minutes on the site in January, compared with 19 minutes on professional social-networking site LinkedIn, it said.  The Wall St article focused more on the fact that Pinterest has not yet created a business model to make revnue like that of other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.  The startup company is based in Palo Alto, CA.

The research firm said roughly 68% of Pinterest's users are women and many are in the Midwest. Users must be invited to join.

Let me know if you would like an invite to the community.  I'll be more than happy to help send you a request.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

BGN Girl: Phillis Wheatley





Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American poet ever as well as the first African-American woman to publish her own writing.  She was born in Gambia, Africa in 1753.  She was sold into slavery at the age of eight  to John and Susanna Wheatley in Boston on July 11, 1761.  Her first name was apparently derived from the ship that carried her to America, The Phillis.

The publication of Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773) brought her fame, both in England, and the Thirteen Colonies; figures such as George Washington praised her work.  She was especially fond of writing in the elegiac poetry style, perhaps mirroring the genre of oration taught to her through the women in her African American tribal group.

Phillis' popularity as a poet both in the United States and England ultimately brought her freedom from slavery on October 18, 1773.   She even appeared before General Washington in March, 1776 for her poetry and  was a strong supporter of independence during the Revolutionary War.  She wrote over 100 poems, but at least 30 poems were evidently lost. Her long physical frailty, hard life and poverty led to her death at 31, with her third child dying shortly after.

Here is one of her popular poems:

"On Virtue"


O Thou bright jewel in my aim I strive
To comprehend thee. Thine own words declare
Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach.
I cease to wonder, and no more attempt
Thine height t' explore, or fathom thy profound.
But, O my soul, sink not into despair,
Virtue is near thee, and with gentle hand
Would now embrace thee, hovers o'er thine head.
Fain would the heav'n-born soul with her converse,
Then seek, then court her for her promis'd bliss.
Auspicious queen, thine heav'nly pinions spread,
And lead celestial Chastity along;
Lo! now her sacred retinue descends,
Array'd in glory from the orbs above.
Attend me, Virtue, thro' my youthful years!
O leave me not to the false joys of time!
But guide my steps to endless life and bliss.
Greatness, or Goodness, say what I shall call thee,
To give me an higher appellation still,
Teach me a better strain, a nobler lay,
O thou, enthron'd with Cherubs in the realms of day.



Courtesy of: Women In History and PoemHunter

My Private Awkward Situation




So yesterday I met with a friend downtown for coffee and the day started out just like any other day downtown with the exception of the crazy construction happening within the area which caused me to be tardy.  The day would have almost been perfect---except for the fact that I thought my car was stolen!

Can anyone relate to this or is this just me?  When you find yourself in a situation when you are completely out of your element (for me this would be venturing downtown) and you lose all sense of direction and focus?   I parked my car in a parking garage before meeting with my friend.  I had some sense of where it was parked but not completely.  As a result, and the end of the day as I ventured back to where I thought I parked, I realized my car was gone!

There were 4 other parking garages within the same 20 block radius where I was, and I knew my car had to be parked in at least ONE of them!  I think I spent at least 2 hours looking for my car.  Finally I sat down on the curb, took some time to sort my thoughts, calmed myself down, said a quick prayer, and just waited.  A man walks by and asks me "what's the matter?"  I told him of my dilemma and I gave him an ambiguous description of where my car might be.  He told me he knew exactly where it was.  I walked with him---thinking to myself, this is crazy that I'm allowing a complete stranger to lead me to where my car is and also being led to an empty car garage at that!  However, I felt that somehow I would be protected and this man would do me no harm.

I had my keys in hand, and I do have a button on my key for an alarm and pressed down on it as we walked up each level of the garage.  I heard a loud honking noise and saw flashing lights and by golly yes...IT WAS MY CAR!  I was so thrilled and happy to be reunited with my vehicle again.  The man was--for me anyway--an angel in disguise.

I said "thank you" and he disappeared around the corner.  Yes, it was a moronic situation to forget where you parked your car.  I could have kept my parking receipt in my wallet rather than in the dashboard of the vehicle. I could have wrote down what cross streets were nearby before leaving to venture downtown.  I could have done a lot of things.  However, somehow this weird awkward experience happened to me yesterday and I am now sharing it with all of you.  A nerdy awkward girl who gets into embarrassing situations more often than she would care to admit.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!




Happy Valentine's Day to everyone out there!  This is a day for the expression of love to everyone-- and its not just for couples!  If you're a single girl without a Valentine...don't worry, I don't have a Valentine either so I'm extending a personal invitation for YOU to be my Valentine!

BE MINE

Love you all!
Huggz,
J.




POP QUIZ: Are You A Nerd?

Photo courtesy of prettyblackgirlsinglasses.tumblr.com

The term nerd according the Webster's Dictionary is: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits.  Okay I agree with every part of that statement except the unattractive part.  C'mon now.  I think I'm a pretty good-looking nerd.

Yes, I'm not very stylish.  I agree I'm a wallflower at any social event, and I totally have high expectations in the area of academics .  So yes I guess 3 out of 4 ain't bad.  I hope that you agree that being a nerd is a beautiful thing to be.  It needs to be embraced, adored, revered and appreciated.  Do you think you're a nerd?  Take the quiz below and score your answers.  At the bottom of the quiz, check to see what nerdy category you fit into.  Share this quiz with your girlfriends and see if they are just as nerdy as you are!!

Click on the link below to see how NERDY you are!


Are You A Nerd?




Sunday, February 12, 2012

BGN Girl: Esperanza Spalding






Esperanza Spalding is a Grammy award winning artist who is best known for her angelic vocals and complex instrumental compositions.  Her name means "hope" and the name fits this amazing beauty very well.  Esperanza  has been blessed with a God-given gift to not only perform on a number of different types of instruments, but she has a vocal range and sound that could fill a dark room with an amazing bright light.


Spalding was born and raised on what she calls “the other side of the tracks” in a multi-lingual household and neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in a single-parent home amid economically adverse circumstances, she learned early lessons in the meaning of perseverance and moral character from the role model whom she holds in the highest regard to this day – her mother.

The talented artist taught herself to play the violin and was later appointed into The Chamber Music Society of Oregon, a community orchestra that was open to both children and adult musicians. She stayed with the group for ten years, and by age 15, she had been elevated to a concertmaster position.

On Februrary 13th 2011 in Los Angeles, Esperanza shocked the world by receiving one of the music industry’s most prestigious prizes, the Grammy for Best New Artist.  It was quite the controversy since she was  in the same category as Justin Beiber and many fans and critics anticipated his win.  As Esperanza later said, she was surprised and also grateful to receive this award. The day not only was a special win for the artist, but it put her on the forefront of the public eye and she was officially introduced into the music world as an established artist.




Courtesy of esperanzaspalding.com

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston 1963-2012





News have been announced all over the world through our fast streaming information highway that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.  There has yet been a report released as to the cause of her death, but I suspect that its more likely either drug related from an overdose or a pre-existing condition from the result of a long period of drug use.  Either way its sad that one the greatest singers of our time has now left this planet.

In remembrance of Whitney here is a clip below of one my favorite songs by this talented artist:



Growing Up Nerdy

I’m a nerd.  If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably like, “Duh?!”  I’ve been a nerd my whole life, and as a grown woman, I really appreciate it now.  So let’s do a checklist:

Amaya.  AKA "Pink"

1.     1. Glasses:  Check.  Since age eight; new ones every two to three years.  I still wear them; I currently rock a lovely pair of pink Versaces.  I refuse to get Lasik and rarely wear my contacts. My glasses have always been a part of me, same as my poor eyesight; so for me to try and streamline my appearance by not wearing them makes me feel like an imposter. 

2.      2. Books:  Check.  I’ve been reading since I was two years out of the womb and I can’t imagine life without them.  I always had a book in my hand and averaged one a day when I was in school.  I read anything and everything because books are the cheapest vacation one can take.  Even with the advent of eBooks, I still prefer my hardback novels.

3.      3. Superpower: Check.  WORDS!!!!  I’m an author; therefore I am a wordsmith and wordplay is what I do.  I used to eviscerate my classroom opponents in language arts, and I entertained myself by writing and illustrating books.  I used to read the dictionary (a good old beat to shit Webster’s) and encyclopedias (a good old beat to shit set of World Books circa 1970) for comfort.  There was one year when all I wanted was a new dictionary and new encyclopedias for Christmas.   I remember when a door-to-door salesman came to my house and tried to sell a gorgeous brand-new set of World Books to my mother.  I fell in love with them on sight and I knew she wanted me to have them, but we couldn’t afford it.

4.      4. Awkwardness:  Check.  I was never truly comfortable in my own skin.  When you’re young, you want to fit in.  You want to feel less awkward.  My particular academic gifts set me apart from my classmates and put me in situations I wasn’t socially prepared for.  I wanted to be popular, but I never quite made it.  I was always springing random bits of information on everybody, not because I wanted to feel smarter, but because I’d learned a new thing and wanted to share it.  It didn’t endear me to many people.  So I dumbed myself down—to an extent.  I couldn’t bring home anything less than a B, and that was only in math.

5.     5. Fangirlism: Check.  Science, science-fiction, fantasy, mythology, comic books, literature, any subject that took me away from my existence.  Commander Spock from Star Trek and Bruce Lee were my first loves.

 Now this isn’t by any means an exhaustive list of nerd traits, but you get the idea.  I grew out of my awkwardness and into the bombshell that I am now (*wink*), but I still wear my glasses, books are the utter foundation of my existence, and I am a bona-fide fangirl.  I stopped dumbing myself down in 10th grade when my mother took my library card from me because I made a C on my first trig test.  Now for you young bucks out there, taking away my library card was akin to taking away the cell phone.  I was distraught, but you best believe I got my grade up to standard by midterm and I never got my library privilege revoked again.

 I love me.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made; therefore I embrace my nerdiness.  Who I am is no mistake.   I was designed and destined to follow a different path: nerds are born and then they’re made.   My little idiosyncrasies did nothing but shape me into the marvelous creature I am now and gave me the experience I need to guide other nerds like me to where they want to be.  Back in the day, nerds used to get clowned.  Now we are the new sexy.  So to all my sistah nerds, unite!  And let’s represent.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Baby Blue Ivy Carter...awwz



I'm sure you guys have seen this photo already.  I must say...baby Blue Ivy Carter is absolutely adorable!  She looks like a baby doll!  However, pretty baby Blue is not the most fascinating sight to see in this photo.  Now if I'm not mistaken, it looks like this photo was taken shortly after Beyonce gave birth.  If that's the case...look at that hair!  Can I have my hair looking like after I go through several hours of labor?  Not to mention my makeup perfectly in tact?  I mean seriously...look at those tresses.  Not a single one out of place.

Maybe she had a hair and makeup crew on standby before the photo op.  Yea, I'm sure that's it.


Adorableness

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