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.
Great game 7!!!
Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs for making the NBA finals. They were very worthy opponents.
Congratulations to the Miami HEAT for winning back to back NBA titles!
Congratulations to LeBron James, for stepping up and doing in game 7, what true superstars are suppose to do--MVP!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO 'REAL' FATHERS EVERYWHERE! THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!
What is a real father?
A real father takes the responsibility for raising his children and does not allow the world, streets, government, schools or the amoral secular movement do such. A real father 'regularly' spends 'quality time' with and fully 'participates' in the lives of his children. A real father is the family spiritual leader. A real father is a positive role model. A real father disciplines his children.
If you're Godless, your children will likely be the same. If you're a drunk, your children will likely be the same. If you're a liar, your children will likely do the same. If you cheat on your spouse, your children will likely do the same. If you're violent, your children will likely do the same. If you're impatient, your children will likely be the same. If you're unkind, your children will likely be the same. If you're impolite, your children will likely be the same.
Remember, your children are watching and absorbing. Will you be to them, a blessing or a curse?
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.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO MOTHERS EVERYWHERE! THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!
Mothers, your (world's most important job), though full of joy, is also never-ending, tiresome, stressful, worrying, often times thankless and seemingly under appreciated. It is also now more complex and critical than ever!
As the world spirals towards majority comatose, denial, apathy, immorality and amorality, lubricated by Wall Streets, Madison Avenues, Hollywood's, celebrities, television networks and too many of your political leaders, just to name a few, force feeding the world, and more-so, it's precious, innocent children, the Satan inspired and empowered deception and perversion of tolerating, accepting, embracing and even celebrating so much of what All Mighty God--The Creator and Judge, has declared as sin and an abomination.
Mothers, for your children's sake, give them THE weapon for victory in this all to real battle! Make God the center of their lives. His TRUTH will protect them from the deceiver, his coma inducing fog, from following, from wasting time and will help them make good choices, so they may have the best possible life here and in Heaven.
Life Through My Lens
God is great! Life can be too. It boils, largely, down to the choices we make, as they all have consequences, good and/or bad, that we will 'absolutely' have to live with, sooner or later!
For me, a simple life is the best and most desirable. Today began at 6AM. I woke, thanked God for another day, stretched, and then had oatmeal with blueberries topped with a splash of vanilla flavored protein drink. 45 minutes later, I hit the gym for 90 minutes.
Fully awake, grateful, happy, inspired and ever overflowing with ambition, I eagerly and aggressively attack the days task that lay ahead...
I hope that your day is blessed, joyful and productive! :)
I was in Miami last week, handlin biniss and chillin! ;)
I broke routine, which for those who know me, is rare, and I indulged at The Cheesecake Factory. Romano chicken, pasta with marinara sauce and a glass of red wine. I finished with their original cheesecake, topped with strawberries.
Feeling relaxed, full and happy, I shopped a bit and then headed back to my spot. As I walked, I noticed, perhaps 200 meters in the distance, a man, shaking from head to toe and struggling to walk. He was on the median at a busy intersection. I saw a sign around his neck. I assumed it read 'homeless' or something of the like.
At about 20 meters, I clearly saw that the sign did indeed read 'homeless.' Already having planned to make a contribution, I had readied currency. As I crossed the street, and was 20 feet away, the man shouted "Parkinson's is not contagious. Please don't be afraid."
I walked to the man, looked him dead in the eyes and said, do I look scared? I then smiled and opened my right hand, which contained a bill, with which frequency, he was agreeable. I patiently, while looking him in the eyes, allowed him to remove the cash from my hand. I treated the man, God's child, with the compassion, humanity and dignity he needed, wanted and deserved, and equally, as I'd like to be treated.
When the transaction was over, I said, God bless you, be safe and take good care of yourself. The man, with a big smile, responded with "God bless you sir," to me.
As I floated away, feeling the unique, organic joy and deep satisfaction of caring, giving and helping, I looked upward and said, thank you Father for the opportunity!
***I LOVE what being a Christian has done to and for me!
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.