THE Glamorous Diahann Carroll has Passed on at age 84

Another Great Icon has left this world; AMERICAN ACTRESS DIAHANN CARROLL a.k.a JULIA left us Friday, Oct 4th 2019 at age 84!

The 90’s or millennials may not have a clue whom we are talking about here; Let me refresh your memory, Carroll is the gorgeous Diva nurse JULIA ,the leading STAR of groundbreaking sitcom in late 60’s/early 70’s; as a Middle class Black hardworking widow with a son Corey.(played by MARC COPAGE) who is now a JAZZ Musician.

When I was growing up as a young kid in Africa, we all used to make sure we left whatever outdoor games (no distracting cell phones then) or visits, running home in time to catch the current episodes. And God forbid, anyone was sick with cough….yeah it was that good, there was no way of rewinding what was said, so ” coughers” must hush and sit all the way at back, lol, unwritten rule!… Also, we fervently prayed the electricity would not be interrupted by infamous “NEPA”!(National Electric Power Authority) whose main power really, was to mess with our heads and mind every time we watching important, news, beauty pageants, soccer world series, or fav soaps).

CARROLL got her big break as at age 19 playing in Broadway musical “House of Flowers”.

She sang in Broadway, acted in several noteworthy Films, and collaborated with hundreds of important Celebs, including, SYDNEY POITIER, SAMMY DAVIS, SINATRA and so on. Some of her notables, are: “SHOWSTOPPERS“, and films like.”PARIS BLUES” with Poitier”CARMEN JONES“, “PORGY AND BESS“, She won a TONY award for the musical “NO STRINGS”, and in 1978 ,a tribute dedicated to ETHEL WATERS “THE TIME OF MY LIFE”.

She left her beautiful fragrance and mark everywhere! Many will remember the beautiful soft- spoken Icon who, became more famous in her challenging role as the devious conniving Dominique Deveraux; the Mid 80’s star-packed DYNASTY, alongside devilishly handsome JOHN FORSYTHE and, the original Divas, LINDA EVANS, and JOAN COLLINS. Those where the good ol’ days, now, we have “Reality Shows” . (pluck my eyes quick, someone)!

Even the distinguished trailblazer had her own share of struggling to get decent parts in HOLLYWOOD, like all minorities or women in mid ages. Once when asked why she wasn’t on the screens as much? she responded with this profound statement; ” I am sometimes amazed at how few people realize what it takes for a Black woman to survive in this business”.CARROLL is right, Actresses KERRY WASHINGTON (Scandal), How to get a way with murder VIOLA DAVIS, Oprah, ANGELA BASSETT (whats love got to do with it) , TYLER PERRY and, IDRIS ELBA and many others have all addressed this sensitive yet important matter, in recent times.

She gave Us the Best of TIME OF HER LIFE and we are forever grateful! For the many years of laughs, songs that seared our souls, the fashionable style lessons, motivational speeches that boost self Image and esteem. But most of all; a good role model especially for all women, teaching us not to sell short our standards or settling for mediocrity.

Below are some beautiful words people are saying about the Legend on social media:

“Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats. She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll.” — Ava DuVernay on Twitter.

“I never forgot about her even though she’s been quiet. She was a great actress and a class act. She made us all proud and I hope if she sees my Mama, they can hug because my Mama worshipped her. — Terry McMillian on twitter.




SHE has what it takes; knowledgeable, courageous spirit, and a caring heart for the people! At 16, she has been making big Organizations, Politicians, World Leaders and Citizens take notice of the environmental threats for years! Fed up with the poor management of Global warming and Climate change issues, Thunberg from Sweden, decided to take matters into her own hands and invited other young followers to stage rallies that has the world talking and paying close attention!” This is not a drill”, she tells her listeners on Friday, in NYC after the rally at Battery park , NYC. Hundreds of thousands boycotted school, work and other activities to lend their voices and raise placards spelling out their concerns.

A young voice cried out, “just because we are not old enough to vote does not mean we have no voices”.


AT Capitol Hill hearing, she submitted an IPCC special report on Global warming, released October 8,2018 in place of her personal testimony, because; ” I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the Scientists, then I want you to unite behind Science and then, I want you to take real Action!”


Louisiana Rep Garret Graves threw her a hypothetical question; “If you are sailing on a boat and picking up trash along the way, and for everyone piece you pick up, there’s another boat dumping five pieces of trash, how will that make you feel? “Greta did not stutter, Immediately responding with this impressive reply; If you use that Logic, then I am also dumping a lot of trash in the Ocean, I will stop dumping and tell the other boat to stop dumping their trash as well! (A brilliant reply, indicating that the way to change is to lead by example)! He probably expected her to say, “that would be frustrating”, or ” I will be mad” but she proved smarter!

Florida -D Rep Kathy Castor threw her another curve ball, with this; “Some people say that the U.S should not dramatically reduce our emissions because China and other Countries are not doing enough to reduce theirs .” Again, young Greta’s response (which got a lot of chuckles incidentally ) was full of wit and wisdom beyond her age .”I am from Sweden, a small country and there’s the same argument that ‘ why should we do anything, just look at U.S,’ they say, so that also has been used against you as well “. she added with a grin.

In a publication written by Jon Queally for CommonDreams. Org December 19,2018 , the teen described how “at the age of eleven, several years after learning about the concept of climate change for the first time, she fell into a depression and became ill. “I stopped talking. I stopped eating,” she explains. “In two months, I lost about ten kilos of weight. Later on I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD, and selective mutism—that basically means I only speak when I think it’s necessary.”

To those who mock her illness and cause, she responds in mature reasoning , “they feel threatened by this movement, that means we’re making a difference! And this is only the beginning. ” warns the fearless teen.She may suffer some health disabilities, but this teenager is SHARP, ARTICULATE, QUICK , KNOWS THE PROBLEMS AND HAS SOLUTIONS , ALL SHE NEEDS NOW IS ACTION!

Above : Activist Greta and her Swedish Opera singer -Mom Malena and Dad Svante Thunberg author ,(our house is on fire), arts manager and producer (Scenes from the heart).

The environmental activist emphasized on importance of transparencies about the global warming and climate issues: “As it is now, people in general do not seem to be aware about the actual science and how severe the crisis is, so I think we need to inform them, and start treating this crisis like the existential crisis it is , and then, I think, People will start doing something about it!”

In less than a week, they have had organized #climatechange rallies in over” 163 countries ” and reportedly have had “4,638 events”. Some adults have also been quite supportive , especially Student groups, Labor and environmental organizations, humanitarians and other activists. I have no doubt we will be hearing from, and seeing more of Greta Thunberg!

From all I have observed , and researched so far , about her intellect, background, character, passion and personality, I will say this young lady can be president if she wanted to run someday! I WILL SAY FIRST RUN FOR CONGRESS GRETA, YOU CAN COUNT ON MY VOTE!.




Hustlers ! Just what we need to take our minds of the current Politicking and debates!
Actress Jennifer Lopez Jlo and keke Palmer recently sprung a surprise on their fans in the city; Time square atop a regular double – docker in NYC recently, while promoting the star packed movie, Hustlers is out this week.
Based on true story (first told in an article published in New York magazine by Jessica Pressler) , about , some street-smart Manhattan club strippers who pulled a fast one on unsuspecting Wall Street clients and, defrauded them. The buzz is on high alert that, this one is Oscar worthy !
And why not! A mixture of raw sex, sticky fingers, blazing stinking money, Fashion extravaganza , Greed, Clandestine maneuvers, throw in Raw Power and Dirty Dancing in sweaty silky lingeries whilst romancing the Poles and Viola!! what do you come up with? Like Jay-Jay would bell out with a clap of the hands; Dynomite!!!!!
The movie features an all Star cast including the Gorgeous ageless actress/music artist and Business woman Jennifer Lopez -Jlo as Ramona (leading the strippers), Actress Keke Palmer as Mercedes, Lili Reinhart-Annabelle,Julia Stiles as Jennifer, Constance Wu-as Destiny, and wait for it………yes Cardi -double- breasted B, is in the mix! what a sizzler! she plays Diamond, quite appropriate I’ll say. Another crowd favorite is Artist LIZZO who will definitely be Juicing up at the Theater!

When her younger co actor Keke Palmer asked JLO how she does it all and how it feels to know she is such a big influence to a lot of people? JLO modestly responded, “I just work hard everyday, and try not to mess up too much”, she laughed.

Then she revealed something that PALMER probably was unaware until then.” I played a big part in deciding who was going to play your role.You probably don’t know, but when they asked me who I thought would be right for that part, I immediately said your name, I said get that girl , KEKE. and it was done girl!” And Just like that, thanks to JLO’s magnanimity , KEKE PALMER got the ROLE as Mercedes.On hearing this details, PALMER did look a little surprise , but obviously appreciative of the recommendation, from the American idol Judge. I however, wondered though, if perhaps that was the right place or moment to disclose information of that nature.

While speaking to a magazine rep earlier, JLO talked briefly of preparing for the role of RAMONA and Pole dancing. She lets in that it’s not as easy as it looks.

“It takes so much upper body strength and leg strength and core strength,.you are spinning around so much, it requires skill.”she added.

I think there’s nothing ‘ Jenny from the Block ‘ cannot achieve when she sets her mind to do it; that is how she danced and sang her way up to win 315 awards and over 415 nominations, including MTV, Billboard, and Amercan Music awards, and 2 Guiness records!!! Not to mention being a pioneer AMERICAN IDOL judge.



Demi Lovato Celebrates her bodyimage ,no more photoshops or edits#CELLULIT!!!!!

The 27 year American singer, songwriter, actress,and T.V judge ( Demetria DevonnLovato) went on Instagram and unashamedly posted an unedited photo of herself in two piece bikini and, bravely declares this is the real Demi while encouraging others to appreciate who and what they represent.

“This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what? It’s CELLULIT!!!! I am Literally Soooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (Yes the other bikini pics were edited and I hate that I did that, but it’s the truth). So that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is. But it’s just not me. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am.

Rather than being judged based on other peoples standard of what beautiful is , she wrote: “So here’s me unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day”.Anyway here’s to RAW, REAL, and I love me….I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today#nationalcelluliteday.#CELLULIT!!!!@ddlovato(Instagram).

I personally applaud this bold move by Demi ,( Demetria Devonne Lovato). Considering, that last year, 2018 the singer suffered a near death experience ; when she was found unresponsive after an apparent drug over-dose. She was hospitalized over a week! Demi thankful to be alive, willingly checked into a rehab center for some time .She has always been open and apologetic to her fans for her fragile human errors, as a result of struggling with the demons of ” acceptance,” and having a “perfect body image” or size, she once tweeted after an emotional concert in Lisbon Portugal , June ,2018 “Tonight I took the stage a new person with a new life.Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this journey, it will never be forgotten@ddlovato. The singer and actress as a young child started acting in Barneys and friends, then on to Disney channel, some of her work included Camp Rock 1 and 2, and as musical artist produced successful songs including,” Sorry, Not Sorry,” “Give your heart a break” and “ confident“.Seems to be , Demi is living out her songs without apologies!

I am also applauding her need to unmask and reveal the authentic Demi; the one who, though a celebrity, isn’t perfect,because she’s like the rest of us, Just human! Like all imperfect, uniquely created individuals, she should be allowed to be herself , without anyone judging, or social media pressures nor criticisms!

Why do we feel the compulsion to push people to such close to cliff-edge limits , with unnecessary , unfair demands of “perfection” and “conditional affection” . What qualifies any person to make such call? No body is perfect and we need to redirect our energy to positively ending unnecessary world starvation, sicknesses and diseases, providing shelter for homeless, making education affordable, preserving natural resources through recycling and breathable air , and not just “making America great again”, but generally making the world a better place to Live.

By Millicent Olaghere Blast


Does the 45th President need an Intervention?

Send her back? Back to where? It’s all over the news outlets, and social media, everyone is talking about the raucous during the president’s recent campaign rally in, N.C of which, I am absolutely disappointed at the 45th handling of the situation.The chant “Send her back” was referring to Trumps tweet on Sunday (though no mentioned names at the time) to certain congress women, he tweeted;

go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came, then come back and show us how it’s done”. He claimed he did not agree to the chants, yet ,it  was he who began with this inciteful remarks;”They don’t love our country, they hate our country, you know what? If they don’t love it, tell them to leave it”!

A news reporter from NBC-news states; “racial resentment isn’t just a part of President Donald Trump’s re-election strategy for 2020. It is the heart of that Strategy‘.(Jonathan Allen.July 18, 2019).

The reverberating chants “send her back” was similar to the humiliating, chant”Lock her up! “Lock her up” during the heated 2016 Election campaign against Presidential aspirant Hilary Clinton).

MinnesotaRep. Ilhan Omar

Photo Credit / Reuters

I believe he’s a fascist”Minnesota Democrat Rep Ilhan Omar responded .In an Impromptu news conference she addressed the crowd of reporters and cameramen. ” I am not scared ,not for her safety she explained. “What I am scared for is , the safety for people who share my identity, this is not about me. This is about fighting for what this country should be, and what it deserves to be.” (curtesy THE HILL.COM)

It is no secret that the President has been verbally insulting to many journalists and the media organization and even his members of cabinet. It’s no wonder the high turn-over.He loves the limelight and attention, but when they publicize what he does wrong, he calls it “fake news”, and goes on a Tweeting rampage! like when he disagrees with anything written abut him or his handling of the Government as Chief of staff. He has been verbally insulting to CNN Anchor man Don Lemon who he called in his tweets “dumb as a rock” and “Sour Don Lemon”. And mocking former V.P Biden’s exit of 2008 race due to low score in Iowa, he called him “1 percent Biden”.And with former adviser Omarosa who decided to write a” tell all” he tweets that she’s “Wacky and deranged” and a “crazed, crying lowlife “(the 12/26/2018-Trumps most memorable insults) .To speaker of house Nancy Pelosi he refers as  “Crazy Nancy” who responded that Trump needs an #intervention!

I believe what is best for this Great country of “Ours” is a Leader who strongly believes in the equality of all persons and in inclusiveness , not divisiveness.Also lead by example. Slow to speak, using wisdom and weighing your words, not quick to fight back but accept criticism as a catalyst for positive change. Lets show our children and this generation, that we can disagree without going to war on each other. Lets be more tolerant and learn to deal with the Elephant in the room and not choose to ignore it’s existence.



The Naughtiest Queen -Bachelorette Hannah Brown Lives Her fantasy!

Though she was already bearing the titles; American model , reigning Alabama Beauty pageant , the 24 years young woman who was recently introduced to the rest of the world by ABC BACHELOR show host Chris Harrison , appeared extremely shy, awkward even, unable to make coherent sentences once it was announced to her via facetime that she was going to be the Bachelorette for season 15. She blamed it on excitement, nerves , and stress from previous Bachelor season , where she felt she and the bachelor had something strong going , but alas, Colton Underwood’s heart was elsewhere! He literally jumped the fence for Cassie , who ironically was not even sharing the same feelings at the time)

In the “women tell all ” during Underwood season, AlabamaHannah (Instagram nickname) spoke with ET:”I was genuine about how I felt, I stayed true to myself and allowed everyone to kind of see every part of me…..the good and the bad”I really believe in this process and I do think I can fall in love here and find that person, then she adds, I think it will be damn entertaining.”

If you have not been following, you have missed a whole lot and will have to go on demand to catch up on previous episodes and be up to speed!. One thing I can confirm however, is , Hannah Brown who once confessed to Harrison, during the very first episode of her season 15, that she was so nervous she didn’t know what to do with her hands, has exceeded her promise to entertain viewers. Either she was trying to pull a wool over her audience then, or she is a super fast leaner, I can’t tell. But I haven’t missed a single episode this season. I make darn sure the phone is muted, and that I have eaten an early dinner. so minimal disturbance as I watch the two hours of unbelievable drama unfold; with intrigues, scheming, young sweaty hot dudes doing all sort of activities, games and stuff,to win the affection of the single most wanted lady so they can get “her Rose” . Of course , with over two dozen men under the same roof, there’s a lot of intriguing, conspiring , shenanigans, taking place. various contests, shows, one on one dates, allure of travelling and visiting different exotic and romantic cities, Lush high class restaurants and amusement lounges, is sufficient cause for rivalry, jealousy, especially on the side of shady Luke Parker, who everyone but, Hannah could see that he was up to no good. Luke P acted childish, self-centered, with temper tantrums, even capable of violent acts (sending one of the contestants to hospital with injury during a challenge, and manipulative behavior towards his fellow contestants.

I liked Peter Weber the pilot, I sensed he was emotionally stable. He always seemed so unruffled and charming. Though I have a feeling, she’s more carried away by his profession and not his personality, or chemistry. she appears to like the ‘bad boy’persona. Garret was also a worthy contender, the one with whom she plunged naked from hundreds of feet at exotic European city Riga in LATVIA. I had a feeling he also was there for the right reasons. I doubt Jed the struggling artist was there for her hand in marriage, (he had an unfinished episode, something to do with still having a girlfriend back home).That’s not to say, Cupid and Fate cannot work something magical and thrust those two together. Then again , the apparent lack of enthusiasm from Jed’s family especially his sister Lilly and their mom will sooner douse that flame!

Hannah shocked many of us by going bungee jumping naked ,tied to equally naked contestant Garret! I don’t particularly buy her reasoning; “Today Garret and I are taking a leap of faith for love!” it made me wonder about her so called faith. she compares it to falling in love. ” It’s like falling in love, you are terrified but , you’re also excited that you took the risks.” I guess since Colton Underwood jumped a high fence, what could top that , if not falling hundreds of feet from the sky butt-naked-strapped to equally naked man , you already knew was not the one! And the plot thickens! How far will they go for ratings!.

Speaking on taking chances and evolving she explains her actions to the ABC Video documentary session,” In the pasts, I have always let my fear of what people think of me control me ,now, I just want to live in the moment and do what feels right, No fear”.

In a preview of the up coming episode , ABC titled it; This is the episode that will exceed all your sexpectations : The 2018 ALABAMA Beauty pageant Queen has a showdown with boyfriend Luke P for daring to confront her on allegations that she has had sex with a contestant. Unabashedly , she retorted that even her husband would not ask her about such, then confirmed the allegation by admitted to having sex with a contestant in the windmill saying “I f-ked in a windmill, and guess what? we did it a second time! she added for those who may wonder about her professed faith “Jesus still loves me”!

I have no doubt it will take more than having sex with someone you barely know, to make Jesus stop loving you! Jesus is Love personified! But come on, Queen, you have young aspiring Queens watching the family show. it’s one thing to make a mistake, but another thing to boast about your indiscretion and pretend its only your business. Guess what?, It stopped being all about you since May 2019.

Photos of Garret and Hannah holding on tightly as they jumped from the copter in LATVIA in a spirit free-hair-raising adrenaline pumping plunge!(the average bungee jump is reported 720 ft)!

What amazes me is this, having gone through such a unique adventure with Garret in Riga LATVIA bungee-jumping in the nude strapped tightly together and all the soul searching conversations on trust and liberation, ,airing out , I was absolutely shocked that he didn’t get a rose during the rose ceremony that week. Instead, Luke P “the villain” gets a rose! Incredible spin! Which makes me wonder, does she really know what she wants, or is this just one big adventure ? could this really be a pathway which will help her find her soulmate? if so, which of the four left LUKE PARKER, PETER WEBER, JED WYATT and TYLER CAMERON will be the charming King for the ALABAMA Beauty Queen? (or did you think one little indiscretion will dethrone a Queen, this is not Vanessa Williams season, this is the modern times people!)

She seems to be handling her critics with humor, just like her response to former bachelor NICKVIALL , NYC. Instagram posts on Wednesday July 10 (incidentally has had over 123,254 likes) where he jokingly writes; “Just had lunch in a windmill, said the season 21 bachelor, displaying a photo of him and a smiling Tyler Cameron. Hannah added a comment; ” Ahh yes, I highly recommend the windmill; its a great place for a mid-day snack.”

Can someone please tell the Beautiful Bachelorette, that a real lady will not feel the necessity to jump out and save herself each time someone throws a jive at her. ROLL TIDE, let it RIDE! Every storm has a season, this too shall pass.

Luckily for HANNAH, JESUS is also an expert at calming Storms.


Remember, Your Image Matters, So Live Excellently!

Was Tyler Perry Right or Wrong to Call out Billboard Attention- Seeker Racquel Bailey?

Auhhh….Sooooo here’s the deal; This is not the way to get my attention; If you’re looking for a role in one of my shows,please DON’T DO THIS,SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This is the third time that someone has done this; PLEASE STOP! To audition is free, I’m sure you can use that money for better purpose.“-TYLER PERRY.(there’s more, follow the link to read more of what Perry and others had to say.)

I am a huge fan! I never met anyone who did not enjoy his shows. Mr.Perry is a master of his crafts; excellent play writer, director , producer and promoter extraordinaire. One of my dreams, has been to shake hands with him and probably share one or two of my aspirations and, get his candid opinion. Ironically, we both call ATL home and, you’d think all this years, I could have met him. But alas, squash that notion, after seeing how he handled a doting admirer who’s dream was to be “the NEXT LEADING LADY” in his show, I think not!

Mr. Perry who portrays the famous Madea character has had much success acting , directing and producing on small screens , theaters and big screens. Over 32 movies and counting! Movies like these favorites “I can do Bad All by my self (featuring Taraji Henson): Good Deeds,(featuring Thandie Newton and Gabunionwade) Temptation (confession of a Marriage counselor) and Hit T.V series; Meet The Browns, The Haves and Have Nots on OWN network among others. The highly successful 49 year old actor and producer is worth approximately $600 million!

See this Instagram photo by @tylerperry:

RACQUEL BAILEY an actress aspiring for bigger opportunities, took a leap of faith and rented a Billboard in Atlanta, where she declared her intentions (apparently a selfie won’t do justice) to play his next “leading lady”.

I thought it was an ingenious move on the part of Ms. Bailey, calculating but harmless motivation, bold, and somewhat funny. It reveals a great deal of her character; determination! But Mr. Perry was not buying the whole idea. He disliked it and, made some remarks ,as well as , provided advice to future dreamers on how to get on his show , to audition just like everyone else, and ‘it’s free’!

The post which has gone viral, got thousands of views and commentaries on INSTAGRAM:

hairkandyatl said ” Well it looks like to me that she got your attention…mission accomplished lol@tylerperry.

Camsaidso agrees exactly, so I can’t be upset that she went above and beyond the politics to say’ here I am ‘, And he knows good and well he’s hired folk that never had to audition at all….

Here’s Ms BAILEY ‘s response to Mr. PERRY‘s Commentary.

I feel Mr. PERRY was overwhelmed at all the shenanigans and over the top attitude many have gone through to get his attention or approval. But it comes with the territory of being a super star! However, he mustn’t forget his own journey and the importance of keeping a dream alive. He should not have made a sarcastic remark at end; “God bless you day dreamer. I have no doubt you will make it one day!

What I see in the future for Ms BAILEY is; this will work out for her good, and one way or another, she has accomplished her goal ,even better because, not only did Mr.PERRY take notice, a lot of other creative producers and talent hunters did too! This will definitely put her in limelight and, create many better opportunities ; she will be overwhelmed! Remember I told you so!

Quote : Keep your Dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision , hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe-Gail Denvers.


Remember Your Image matters , So Live Excellently!