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25

Jul

Top 10 Movie List Has Begun!— 10. Remember the Titans

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On top of an awesome cast that includes Denzel Washington—who is never anything short of THE MAN—and a goofy Ryan Gosling before he acquired copious amounts of swag and inexplicable sex appeal, Remember the Titans has heart and soul. I’m not a huge sports fan; I’m more of a sometimes-if-I- feel-like-it sports watcher, but I quite enjoy sports films. They make you feel good, often showing the championship of the human spirit. The way they highlight the ability of people from diverse backgrounds to forget their differences and come together on the field (and off) for a common goal is inspiring. It’s the perfect vehicle for a film about racial tensions and segregation.

The way these young players, taught to hate each other because of the color of their skin, are able to pull together as a family touches me deeply. But their experience as a football team leaves them in a social bubble where the outside world is just as segregated as the day they all met. I love the way Remember the Titans shows how sports can bring people together, especially in a time when it was so desperately needed. Somehow it transcends football. It transcends our racial differences. It’s about our community.

Ok, ok, there’s another reason I adore this movie so: “Sunshine.” My heart skipped a beat and did a triple back-flip when I first saw Kip Pardue who plays quarterback Ronny “Sunshine” Bass! Not sure if it was the role or the man but my 12-year-old-self was having all sorts of emotions about him. Oh, jeeze! I can’t even go there because that would be an entire post in and of itself, and would probably implicate me as a down-low creep. I like to keep that side of me hidden. *winks*

image                         Kip Pardue—look at his cutie face.

20

Jul

This Bloody Photo Shoot

Let me just say that after this experience I officially NEED to do a horror film! Write one, direct one, or be in one! This bloody stuff is way too much fun! Had the time of my life. Now I see why guys like this so much when they get to work with it on a movie.

Since I’ve been making movie posters for family birthdays, my mom thought it would only be right if I had my own movie poster, too. I liked the idea of having one but not so much the idea of having to do the work to make it. Anyway, mom and I worked it out, and I got over myself. I am usually the photographer for the photo shoots we do at home, but I couldn’t very well take my own photos, so mom took the camera and I got to be the model. AWKWARD. I am so not as comfortable in front of a camera as I should be. Not this type of camera, at least; I feel more at home on video.

With direction from mi madre, I took some photos for a very cool,
and hopefully creepy, movie poster idea that I conceptualized. It involves a retro pin-up/Susie Homemaker and blood. My sister Serita would be proud. Glamour and bloody makeup were her areas of expertise as a makeup artist. In fact, the blood used in this shoot belonged to her. We still have all of her makeup and tools. I wish she could have been a part of this. I know she would have loved it. I always thought we would work on movies and things like this together one day…now I do it all in memory of her.

Please enjoy these candids from my shoot, complements of my baby brother and iPhone.

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The blood we used is Ben Nye “Stage Blood.” It is seriously the best fake blood ever! It doesn’t stain and it washes off easily with water. It has a sticky, thick consistency but drips and runs naturally. Oh, and it tastes like mint! ha!

…Poster coming soon!

18

Jul

afro-art-chick:

"When a young person comes up to me and says they pursued something because of something I did, that I had an influence on their thinking. That’s a very nice feeling."

Happy 79th Birthday to legendary television, film & stage actress and singer Diahann Carroll, born Carol Diann Johnson (July 17, 1935)

She was always beautiful. In fact, I think she got even more gorgeous with age.

15

Jul

Coming Soon…

Gonna do a top 10 movie list soon. It is decidedly so… Because I know that you all are dying to know what my top 10 films are. Just DYING…

*hint: some of them might be pictured above…

11

Jul

After coming across a photo of him on Tumblr (and saving it to my iPhone/using it as my background wallpaper), I set out on a quest to find out who this guy is. I did. My mystery man, I recently found out, is named Austin Davis! Awesome! He’s signed with NEXT Models…MIAMI and lives in South Florida like me! What are the odds! Even better, right? Then I found out that he’s 19…yes that is a reference to the number of years he’s been on the planet. 19 YEARS. He’s a 19 year old boy! And while he will be 20 this year, to put this in perspective for you, 10 years ago when I was 16 and starting college (yes, started early) he was 10 years old and in middle school or elementary! Just ain’t right. Dreams: crushed. Still, allow me to indulge a moment while my dreams slowly die a sad and lonely death. *tear*

05

Jul

Helloooo nurse!

Helloooo nurse!

(Source: turrible)

01

Jun

kawaiigod:

if i get rich my mom gettin paid first thing

Correction: Replace “If” with “When.”

(Source: zootedboy)

31

May

This is what time it is.

This is what time it is.

21

May

That moment.

That moment when you’re trying to be productive and then end up on Tumblr.

jazzygangsta:

c0tt0ncandi:

Can they just put this on DVD already so I can relive my childhood?

I would always turn when Bug Juice came on

^^^LOLOL. Obviously we’re the same person.

(Source: stacyfamouspeople)

20

May

I’m a lazy writer.

I’m always wanting to write, and I have about a million things buzzing through my head to write about, but when it comes to putting pen to paper…ahem I mean fingers to keyboard—or better still, thumbs to iPhone—most of the time, I can’t seem to get there. An unfortunate conundrum for someone trying to make a living as a writer. I never know where to start. I stew over an idea so long I no longer find it interesting, or I simply don’t have access to pen and paper (or appropriate alternative) at the moment my urge to write is strongest, so I decide to store it in memory til later…later almost never comes…

17

May

ultrafacts:

10 Things we will all miss from our childhood..

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My childhood. In a nutshell.