PEOPLE MAGAZINE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON 2014
Congratulations to the well-deserving Lupita Nyong'o for being named People Magazine's 2014 Most Beautiful Person.
I brought in 2014 on Miami Beach's palatial Star Island at the estate of Sean "Diddy" Combs. Having arrived early, I was privy to seeing the grounds during set-up for the private party.
Combs was very hands-on, in sweats, working along with a large staff, meticulously arranging furniture, checking and double checking details, and did so until nearly 10:30. He then went inside and shortly returned dressed in a tux.
Celebrities at the very exclusive event included Beyonce, Jay Z, Drake, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Fat Joe, Scott Storch, Damon Dash, Rick Ross and Robin Thicke, to name a few.
I had a great time celebrating and socializing until the sun came up.
"The Butler" is important and was quite captivating. Certainly, it should be nominated for many awards. Sadly, too many under the age of 30 are grossly undereducated, if not completely oblivious, as to the reality, weight, gravity, and unfortunately, still present residue of the shameful times.
Along with "Roots," I believe that "The Butler" should be school mandated formative years viewing. Ignorance is not bliss, and the truth will set many minds free!
I indulged my sweet-tooth during my very enjoyable birthday (June 23) weekend, at Miami Beach's Serendipity 3.
Serena Williams - 2013 French Open Champion - Best Female Tennis Player Ever!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love tennis!
What tennis and sports fans in general have been blessed to witness today, and over the past year, is 31 year old Serena Williams--the oldest #1 ranked female ever, overcome numerous physical and other obstacles, embrace, and finally 'pursue' her legacy--as the best ever, dominate on every surface and appear as if there is no slowing down in the near term.
Serena's-like, Jordan, Gretzky and Ali, etc., will not soon be seen again. So, 'appreciate' and enjoy her gift of tennis brilliance, as she is mortal, and the end, nearing.
What differentiates Christianity from religion and other practices, is the fact that Jesus Christ died (for our sins), rose (to demonstrate his power over death), and will come again. Additionally, a reference book, road map and answer to 'all' of life's questions exists and is profoundly accurate with regard to past, present and future. All one has to do is turn off the computer and television, put down the video games, cellphone and other mobile devices, set aside for a moment, the other book/s that consume them, and actually 'open' the Bible and educate themselves with that which is powerful, illuminating, nurturing, healing, uplifting, righteous, pure, honest, wholesome and life-saving.
Doubters suggest that it has been over 2000 years since Jesus walked the earth, thus their intellect tells them, that it's all a hoax and/or a desperate outreach by those seeking answers and comfort. God states, however, that 1000 years to us is but one day to Him.
My belief, hope and faith remains with God!
Happy and blessed resurrection celebration to all!
As a self proclaimed amateur movie critic, I generally attend the cinema weekly, rent several at a time from Blockbuster and voraciously consume on demand titles. I grade 1 -10. Nothing has ever garnered, nor will any film likely receive a 10 from me, because nothing is perfect.
Godfather I and II and Ray received 9's. The Sound of Music, Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, To Sir With Love, Valley of the Dolls, Chaplin, Crash, I Am Sam, August Rush, The Descendants and A Beautiful Mind were in the 8ish range.
Best trilogies, and all in the 8ish range, are Rocky I, II and III, along with Jason Bourne and the Swedish version The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series.
Of my more recent viewings, I gave Silver Linings Playbook an 8. Argo and Beasts of the Southern Wild and Side Effects received 7's and Lincoln a 6. Of course, there are dozens of deserving titles that I did not mention due to time.
BEN AFFLECK'S MOVIE ARGO
Oscar win for Ben Affleck and his film Argo. Good for him! Nice guy's can and should finish first! His humility and genuine regular guy, nice person, unaffected by fame, money and success "behavior," should be celebrated as much as his film!
JENNIFER HUDSON & KELLY CLARKSON
Amazing Oscar performance by Jennifer Hudson! What a voice!!! Kelly Clarkson was equally impressive at the Grammys. American Idol alums representing nicely.
SERENA WILLIAMS IS BACK
Serena Williams is back to #1 in the WTA rankings on Monday! At 31, she's the oldest #1 in women's tennis history. She's focused, getting more fit, grateful and hungry for legacy. How this tennis enthusiast has longed for these factors, without interruption, to align, thus propelling her to the all-time greatest stature she was born and bread to attain.