The traffic in Atlanta was particularly nightmarish due to rain on cold winter Thursday February 20 th. And the day had started rough. On the way to work, I realize I had forgotten my phone and, needed it to communicate with my good friend ,Dr.Connie who generously invited me to the JAZZ Concert . At the time, I had no clue who GREGORY PORTER is, nor had I listened to any of his songs. (strange, cos I am such a big JAZZ enthusiast. ) I had heard a few songs by his opening act LEDISI, but never seen her perform. I was more interested in Connie’s company, no matter where we go, even if it was a fast food place (like we had to stop at Wendy’s to get some bite that evening, no time for proper restaurant ) I knew we were going to share so much laughs about relationships faux pas or, hilarious jokes about body parts sliding down south with mid -age . Anyway, I digress, I wasn’t expecting my mind to be blown away, by JAZZ that night, I hardly knew the artists, I thought, at the time...(smile).
It took an hour in traffic to Cobb energy performing Arts Center, another half, locating a parking space , even if we prepaid parking,( which we didn’t) we still had to survive the bumper to bumper grind, despite heavy presence of Law enforcement officers directing traffic). Finally, got the third to last available space in the 1000 car parking lot. Woohoo! we were the lucky 998 (if you play this number in lottery, and win, remember to cut me my slice wink-wink).we were as deliriously happy as the last two would be!.
LEDISI ANIBADE YOUNG – Grammy Nom, SOUL TRAIN AND BET AWARD WINNER, the indefatigable American R& B SINGER /ACTRESS
Her style is sentimental, sultry, silky-smooth, intimately soul- stirring and sexy! ( yes ,a lot of S’s to describe this phenomenal woman). All similar attributes to one of her “biggest fan”, Legend American singer, and activist, Nina Simone. whom she paid tribute by doing a a philosophical version of her song titled; ” BALTIMORE” . A song that reflects, hardships, murders, and starvation of people in the city. She earned my respect with that and several renditions.
She has been singing two decades now, since late 90’s she told the audience, ” I was told I would not survive long in this industry, because I was not Pretty enough, did not look like the others so called successful.” But the 47 years old crooner didn’t let her doubters destroy her dreams or confidence, she forged ahead anyways, and with her Mom always speaking words of encouragement and affirmations, she made it.” Now not only am I still standing, I am a CEO who owns her own recording LABEL! And now, my mom wants 15%” she laughs.” I am unapologetically strong black woman.You have to be careful, whom you surround yourself with, who speaks in your ears.”
Turns out she has a great sense of humor too, teasing us , once while doing a provocative dance, she pause, and said;” I am wearing shorts underneath” (in other words , don’t allow your imagination get the best of you) Lol. Also, she jokes about how women bodies go through changes, saying how the body have a mind of it’s own, and often you need to push some parts back, or “poke them,” and if you got none, “just hold strong” with a strong arm”
LEDISI is an African Yoruba name meaning “to bring forth“. A brilliant recording artist, song writer and also actress. some of her popular songs borders on relationships ups and down, unconditional love and dysfunctional relationships such as : “ So into you”(2011), Alright-Everything is Everything! “I blame you“, ( 2014 )” Pieces of me“,(2011) ” Stay together“(2011) and” All the way” (2017) “, Goin thru Changes”– the turn me loose if you are not gonna love me the way I should song (2009) . The movies include Selma, The Tale of Four and leave it on the Floor.
GREGORY PORTER -44, Nicknames include ” STINKY”,( when he and his bother were playing in young days, and he fell into um…something Stinky) ” G-Force” (when he played American football back in the day).But I like to nickname this hunk Human Teddy (as in Teddy Bear ). The GRAMMY Award winning Jazz Singer lives in California with with his wife and 7 year old son Demyan.
He has been played in popular cities all around the world. The versatile artist who rose from streets to wealthy place of prestige, becoming a Grammy winner against all odds, once told his audience how he learned to sew quilts inspired by women in Mississippi Delta . “The quilts were made by children of slaves.” No doubt , this is a place where inspiration for the song “INSANITY– take me to the Alley came from. He sings this with so much compassion and heart from deep inside his guts, it was impossible not to shed a few tears. some of the lyrics are “take me to the alley, to the afflicted ones, the lonely ones, who have somehow lost their ways. Let them hear me say , I am your friend, come and meet the King, and eat at my table, brother, sister, you will have a pardon”. It had a level of spiritual connectivity that stroke a cord and you just know you want to be part of this positive change too.
The band was sync in their elements; drummer, pianist, guitarist, however, the saxophonist took us to heaven and back ! Some of the moving songs where “Liquid Spirit”, and “holding on“, but my favorite (tough decision, I must say) is the up coming song from a peek into upcoming album ALL RISE “ If Love is Overated, Let me be the one that is naive“!” It is a love song in a negative environment such as the world is in, ” he tells us, ” Love is the energy that excites the heart and the head !” what a pulsating ride of musical ecstasy. And , when they played the jazzy version of Temptations’s “papa was a rolling stone”, you could put a fork in me, cause I was literally done! As for my hearing?, well, my friend, Connie and fellow screamers and whistlers, made it perfectly clear, I may be in need of ear drops soon !Lol.
BY MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
REMEMBER YOUR IMAGE MATTERS SO LIVE EXCELLENTLY!
Superbowl LIV 02022020! What a magnificent play.🏈🏆💯👏🥇
The Kansas City Chiefs for the first time since 1969 wins the Superbowl 2020.
Initially, I was rooting for 49ners just because of the excitement of Fred Warner and San Francisco team, so infectious was their enthusiasm. And they did play quite well, the defense was good. But awesome was more of what 24 year old -shoelover QB Patrick Mahomes specializes in! (Built a Custom room to hold his 180 pair of sneakers).Watching him run made me dizzy, every minute he had a turn over! His expertise at ball passing, tireless runs on full tank speed was exhilarating! The dude was on fire, 🔥 No wonder he was named MVP of this Superbowl. The Chiefs brought heat to Miami more than JLO and Shakira combo in their romp shaking, revealing mesmerizing outfit .The ballers served the main course, leaving no leftovers! Adidas , the sneaker giants dubbed him “the youngest QB Champ and Big -Game MVP in History!
Also feeling victorious, are the Latina’s who showed support and pride for the Stunning performances of the singing super stars JENNIFER LOPEZ (JLO) and; SHAKIRA during entertainment time at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami ,FL. They have been showing love and support via Instagram , Facebook, and Twitter and other social medial platforms.
The energy was electrifying as the “Whenever-Wherever” SHAKIRA in sparkling gold and the more seasoned JLO “Lets Get Loud”, favoring sexy silver skimpy jumpsuit, stunned millions of fans in Miami during Pepsi sponsored half time by doing all of that , and more ….if there was a roof, it would have been on Fire!
By Millicent Olaghere-Blast.
Remember, Your Image matters, so Live excellently!.
Apollo 11 marked 50 whooping years since man landed on space!what a fantastic accomplishment.
This has been the year of Triumphant strides for the indefatigable successful writer and businessman Tyler Perry (MADEA FAME).PERRY was awarded his ” walk of fame’ square in Hollywood, with close Celeb friends and family in support, like Kerry Washington, IDris Elba .In same year gets his own street/exit in his home town ATL, and introduces two instant hit drama series:the Oval and Sistas on BET.Talk about Celebrating his 50th Birthday with Extravagant Pomp ,Style, and above all, seeing your dreams come to pass. Awesome!
Jennifer Lopez (JLO) and KeKe Palmer challenged themselves in their roles as strip-pole dancers and hustlers who swindled wealthy clients of millions of dollars in HUSTLERS (The movie was a model of real live daring stories that occurred in NYC around the span of 2008-2011).The movie grossed $105 million in US and over $156m worldwide.
Glamorous, beautiful American actress Soul Diahann Carroll of 80’s DYNASTY Fame , and in JULIA (American sitcom , she was a widow raising her son “CORY” in positive manner). Passed on at age of 84. She worked in an era of racial, social and gender inequality, yet, she maintained her uncompromising Standards, dignity and, Class.
Donald Trump becomes the 3rd US president to face Impeachment.(Others are Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton,president Nixon did face some formal charges also during his term. Though, none has been removed while in office because, it’s how the government was set up. Dec 10th 2019, the Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi ‘arch enemy ‘ of the president (no love lost between those two, obvious from their social media bantering) got her ‘ pound of flesh’, dripping with blood, as she slammed two articles of impeachment; one for “misuse and abuse of power” for pressuring Ukraine government to investigate his political competitors, while withholding $400m in security funds. The other article of impeachment was for Trumps disregard and “obstructing investigations” into his probe ;deliberating falsifying and refusing to cooperate with congress!
And to all of this, Trump dubs : “the greatest witch hunting in the history of united states”. And this : “greatest Hoax”,! What the future holds politically for this grandiose speaking, 45th president remains to be seen. One thing that’s for sure, time is no more on his side, literarily!
THE BEAUTIFUL ONES ARE BORN
It was an eventful , interesting year 2019! The good, the bad,the Sad , the ugly, and the incredulous. Not all could be mentioned due to space constraint.
We hope for a better year 2020 with more positive news , less drama in the white house, Judiciary , legislative and law-making institutes. More productiveness, and affirmative actions in environmental climate change, reclaiming the ocean , waste reduction, recycling and re-newing our mindset.
Remember your Image matters, So live excellently!
Millicent Olaghere Blast
The Gifts or The Gift Card which would you really prefer? Christmas Holidays are around the corner, many, especially men, worry and get panicky over selecting the best or perfect gifts for that special somebody,children;spouse, siblings, colleague, neighbor, teacher and so forth. In the past, I was sentimental about gifts; I didn’t care if it’s from 1$ store , Walmart, Nordstrom or online i.e China, LoL😀. To me it was “the thought that matters”! That was then!😂Now I know better!!! My time is precious, not wasting time looking, queuing to buy something, only for that someone to return / exchange follow week. What about you, what are your plans this year? A piece of advice, No gift is perfect, just like no perfect humans out there, so relax, and if in doubt ask someone close to the one you are buying a gift for, or ask them what they will prefer, after all, its almost 2020 nothing surprises us anymore!.CHEERS !!🎄🛒🛍️🎁📱👗👔👖👞💍
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What ever you decide remember, there is someone out there, who wishes they were in your SHOES! So forget about the past, be in an Attitude of Gratitude, you made it this far, count your Blessings, sing along with others the Christmas carols. Try some thing new on the menu, make a new friend, be one, and most importantly, Keep HOPE alive!
BY MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
REMEMBER, YOUR IMAGE MATTERS SO LIVE EXCELLENTLY!
YOU TUBE ! A phenomenal internet sensation, where hottest music , gaming videos can be streamed, up to the minute worldwide news ,life- impacting documentaries , bloggers platforms, businesses and diverse markets showcase their products and services, and even matchmaking agencies can connect consenting individuals where cupid has failed! Without YOU TUBE AND GOOGLE, I can assure you LIFE will be utterly meaningless to billions, including my humble self !Can you picture a world without either ? I think NOT!
How in the world could one exist otherwise. Yet it seems, if we do not read the fine prints carefully, one can still die from suffocation,condemnation,or worse ; Ignorance of the Law, in this case not abiding to the Rules and terms of engagement. This could be costly and should not be entered lightly, and if you already entered a contract then it will serve you well to re-read again, and pay attention to not just written warnings, but also what is left unsaid, in other words, read between the lines of the fine prints! Don’t allow your self to get locked up for being IGNORANT! This also goes to uneducated and semi-illiterates, especially in an age where reading is now considered burdensome and the only serious reading we do is T.V close captions, Box of cereal (trying to decipher what new flavor is added, or Game programs like;”who wants to be a millionaire”?, “Family feuds”, and “Jeopardy”!Pleading Ignorance will be met vehemently by this rejoinder” we sent you our Terms and services, and you acknowledged every single paragraph, so ignorance is not an excuse.!”
14 years ago, Feb 14 2015 three brilliant PayPal nerds in their mid -20’s Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim and Steve Chen, founded the phenomenal hot sensation known as YOU TUBE . The Trio later sold to GOOGLE in 2016, for a whopping sum of $1.65 billion. Naturally, terms and conditions of services have changed since then, and it will do you good to be aware.
FOUNDERS OF YOU-TUBE JAWED KARIM,(40) CHAD HURLEY(42) AND STEVE CHEN(41)
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MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
Remember Your Image Matters, SO Live Excellently!
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.
BY MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
YOUR IMAGE MATTERS , SO LIVE IT EXCELLENTLY!
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”.
WHAT GRETA THUNBERG WANTS FROM LAWMAKERS!
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!”
GRETA HANDLES TOUGH QUESTIONS WITHOUT FLINCHING!
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!.
BY MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
REMEMBER , YOUR IMAGE IS EVERYTHING, SO LIVE EXCELLENTLY!
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.
BY MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
REMEMBER, YOUR IMAGE MATTERS, SO LIVE IT EXCELLENTLY!