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It’s Gucci

Originally posted on lipstickzngunz:
I’ll be honest with you guys, I put Gucci in a category. I just knew this book was gonna be hood as the West End Mall. I was thinking I’d need a translator to cypher through the slang. Pre judgment at it finest. I’m only human. I was sorta surprised when I notice Gucci himself was the author; after the first few chapters I quickly learned why. Well duh Lipstickzngunz its La Flare is a hustler. Thats the long and short of it. Period. Neil Martinez-Belkin former music editor at XXL magazine lent his expert touch as well. I mean since he’s written a ton about hip-hop why wouldn’t he. The rollercoaster ride of Mr. Burrrrrr starts out with humble well sorta humble beginnings deep in Alabama before we end up at the Texaco or Sun Valley, and long before Gucci becomes Atlanta Trap God. We meet his family and learn the meaning behind the name. After all none of us calls him Radric. I learned a bunch. So many Atlanta…

A Visit To The Theatre To See ‘Hamilton’

Originally posted on Charlotte Hoather:
? On Thursday I had the opportunity of going to see ‘Hamilton’ at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London. I went with my brother and his friends to the Matinee viewing at 14:30. It was exciting as I was a jump-in for the ticket, so I didn’t know much about the show other than it had been well received in the media. This musical theatre show is about one of the founding fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton, whose drive and ambition lead him to become an American war hero and George Washington’s right-hand man. It was quite an empowering story to watch because it demonstrated what successes can be achieved if you keep working hard and persevere. However, the show also demonstrates the personal costs that this lifestyle can incur. The Hip-Hop musical highlights explain that he was born out of wedlock, then orphaned as a child, and despite these challenges sought higher education when he was in New York beginning to make his connections to the American…

My Top 5 Favorite Romance Films

Originally posted on Hunida's Blog:
Getting into the mood for Valentine’s Day in just THREE days, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Romance films!! I absolutely LOVE love so I’ve seen a shit ton, to be honest… I could go on and on but I had to narrow it down to My Top Five Favorites! (*These are in no specific order*): (via IMDb) He’s Just Not That Into You Synopsis: “A group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life, trying to read the signs of the opposite sex–and hoping to be the exceptions to the “no-exceptions” rule. Gigi just wants a man who says he’ll call–and does–while Alex advises her to stop sitting by the phone. Beth wonders if she should call it off after years of committed singlehood with her boyfriend, Neil, but he doesn’t think there’s a single thing wrong with their unmarried life. Janine’s not sure if she can trust her…

Tested Tricks on Tackling Writer’s Block

Originally posted on The Musing Quill:
Whether writer’s block is real or not – totally depends on what you believe. Here was the article that debated what a writer thinks about writer’s block and it gained much popularity amongst readers back in December last year. I believe, that there are such stretches of time when you strive to scribe. Motivation plays a paltry role. It feels as though the pool of imagination inside you has dried out and you are merely scraping the bottom to no fruition. That may or may not be writer’s block or call it by any name you fancy, the fact remains that when the storm comes, we need not give in or seek escape. Tonight, thus, we talk of possible effective ways of tackling writer’s block. In my journey so far, I have always learnt new things and have gladly shared them with the writing fraternity through my blogs. But as a writer, where do I get my motivation? How do I look deeper into my perspectives? I realised, even…

Oathbringer

Originally posted on Life of Chaz:
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson Amazon – Oathbringer GoodReads – Oathbringer Author – Brandon Sanderson Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified. Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together–and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past–even the restoration…

Where ‘The Good Place’ Goes Bad

Originally posted on The Uppity Negro:
In a crowded television market with networks not just competing with traditional line-in cable programming but with the ever-increasingly might of streaming services that are offering original programming that network television shows will never air, a network-based TV show that gets renewed past one season is becoming the new high bar jump. One such show is “The Good Place” on NBC. I stumbled on the show in the midst of its first season trying to find something worth binge watching like most millennials my age. A full day of work deserves a certain level of vegging out; either cooked dinner, left overs or take out, a glass of wine and you look to see what’s on your home streaming device. For the uninitiated, the show centers around Kristen Bell who plays the tragicomic Eleanor Shellstrop, a morally bankrupt individual who works at a company who sells fake medicine to needy people, a who just died and arrives in The Good Place run by the seemingly benevolent Michael played by Ted…

Solo, A Star Wars Story: I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This

Originally posted on The Collective:
If you didn’t watch the Superbowl (read: me), and you somehow missed the only trailer for the soon-to-be-released Solo: A Star Wars Story, then no fear, I got you covered. Behold…a trailer. So, to recap: The Falcon is under Empire control? No indication of plot but uh, Solo wants to be a pilot? Chewbacca is there. Daenerys still has the fiercest outfits in the galaxy. If you sense my hesitancy about the latest Star Wars installment, you can bet your landspeeder that I’m hesitant. I’ve been hesitant since the news that former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were leaving the film, because, historically speaking, films that change directors don’t always become hits and please audiences (must we mention The Brothers Grimm and Fantastic Four?). I’m a bit of a Star Wars junkie, and the trailer isn’t well put together (the editing…what’s up with that) nor compelling enough to make me psyched to see the film. My sense of obligation to the film comes only from the words “Star Wars”, and if the studio begins banking…

Books to Read For Black History Month

Originally posted on cup of tea with that book, please:
February is Black History Month, the time we celebrate all the achievements and accomplishments of black men and women. We should always celebrate the important acts of many African-Americans but this is time we really take the time to reflect on them. But unfortunately, many figures and events are missing from the history textbooks. Fortunately, there are great books out there, including the list here, that delve more into black history and open our eyes to the history makers we did not know exist. Discover the defining moments that made Black History Month such an important month to celebrate. Children Books The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference. ? ? Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans by Kadir Nelson Told through the unique point of…

10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018: Eddie’s Take

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Annihilation looks set to be a stunning sci-fi experience List compiled by Eddie on 15/01/2018 Bring on 2018 I say! 2017 wasn’t a particularly memorable year for film, so surely we are well past due for a standout movie year? There is of course an abundance of high profile sequels, comic book adaptations and high budget affairs coming our way, as is the case every other year, but after scouring the world wide web I believe these 10 films listed below could truly make 2018 a fantastic year for filmgoers. There’s particularly a lot on offer for the Sci-Fi movie loving crowd and some new exciting projects from some of the industry’s brightest filmmakers such as Damian Chazelle and the long awaited return of Steve McQueen and while it’s hard to say for sure that these directors will hit it out of the ball park, you’d be a brave man to suggest that they won’t. Here’s to a great 2018 of film everyone. Happy reading and happy…

Crochet for Zen

Originally posted on Reverse Retrograde:
It really helps me to relax. This pattern is called the Virus and it has many expanding circles. You can find it to crochet for yourself here. I found it a little difficult at first, but now it’s muscle-memory and easy. I find that the counting and repetitive motions really calm the nerves. It would be even better if I had some helpful herbs to relax with like lemonbalm or catmint. What do you do to find Zen?