Watch it Wednesday #Beyoncélogues

While it seems the whole world is talking about the drama behind Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage, I’ve been more obsessed with the #Beyoncelogues.

Nina Millin said that she came up with the idea of recreating Beyoncé’s biggest hits as dramatic monologues when she was attempting to conquer Beyoncé’s tunes at karaoke. Let’s be honest – who can really successfully sing a Beyoncé song?

Anyway, if you’d like to see even more drama brought to Beyoncé’s biggest hits, check our Nina Millin’s YouTube page. I personally recommend that you start off with “Single Ladies” then explore the rest of her dramatic adaptations.

Happy watching!

New Tunes Tuesday

This isn’t exactly a “new” tune, but my good friend emailed me this amazing cover of SiA’s hit song Chandelier performed by Sara Bareilles. She has been performing it on her latest tour and she definitely brings a refreshing twist to the song.  I fell in love with it the second I heard, so hopefully you will do the same.

Enjoy!

Lyrics to Go:
“I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier. I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist, like it doesn’t exist. I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry. I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier, but I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes. Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight. Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes. Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight…”

Manic Monday

Today one of my oldest friends is starting a new job and I wish only the absolute best for her.

We actually started out our careers together and now we are both in a sort of transition phase.  In so many ways, it’s somewhat comforting to know that we are still in “this” together.

Good luck, old friend :-)

 

 

 

 

Don’t be good, be great.

In the last ten years, I’ve seen Jay Z in concert 16 times.

I can still remember the very first time I saw him at Madison Square Garden.  I had just turned twenty-five which is an interesting time in any young person’s life.  You’re on the verge of adulthood (or supposed to be, at least), but can still taste the delicious potential of youth and adolescence.  I honestly hadn’t been to too many “rap” concerts prior to that.  I mean, I grew up on rap and hip hop music, but it was something I listened to in my room or with my headphones on.  I was never one to sneak out and see Wu-Tang, Biggie or Tribe perform when I was a teenager.  Yes, I did religiously listen to HOT 97 all throughout high school and every single year wished that I was at Summer Jam – so much so that I can still recite the number to call in for your chance to win tickets (1-800-223-9797, in case you’re wondering) almost 20 years later.

I remember so vividly being rendered speechless by Jay Z.  I had always been a fan, but I can remember the exact moment where I became a “mega fan.”  It was when he performed “U Don’t Know.”  It was a song that wasn’t a radio smash; it wasn’t Izzo (H.O.V.A.) or Big Pimpin’.  It was a track off of the Blueprint album that perfectly captured who Jay Z was becoming as a rapper, a man and most importantly – a business man. It was not a club song, but it was in that moment where I watched the entire Garden crowd, illuminated by the deep red lights of the stage, put up the ROC and praise the man standing up in front of them.  It was in that moment that Jay Z became Mr. Carter – the business man, at least to me.  It was also in that moment I truly understood and believed in Jay Z’s genius.  He really was the best rapper alive.

Over these years, I’ve seen Jay Z’s career change and flourish into what it is today.  The ‘Jay Z’ I saw in 2004 was the hustler Jay Z slowly becoming bigger than a rapper and securing his way into being a brand.  He had the Garden eating out of the palm of his hands (or his ROC) and you could absolutely feel the movement beginning.  Seeing Jay Z at a sold out Madison Square Garden with floor seats at an age where I could finally buy my own tickets was simply inspirational.  This was a guy from Brooklyn, like me!  He wasn’t Biggie, who was my generation’s first hope out of Brooklyn, but he was Shawn Carter.  He didn’t have to be Biggie… and, truth be told – I don’t believe Biggie would’ve ever became what Jay Z is today, not with Puffy by his side.

Jay Z along the way somehow represented potential for me, a simple girl from Brooklyn.  It really is quite genius, overall.  He found a way to walk that very fine line of having credibility while he raps about his previous life and still looks like the family man on his wife’s Instagram page.  Granted, it doesn’t hurt when your wife is Beyoncé (A.K.A. the hottest chick in the game wearing his chain).

Recently, Jay Z said that everyone has genius-level talent within themselves and they just need the opportunity to express it.  Everyone was born with the potential to be amazing – no one was given a special hand at birth.  We just have to find what we are great at (not good, but great) and find the drive to pursue it.

When the Barclay’s center in Brooklyn first opened, he sold out eight consecutive shows and ended each one with a simple request: “Don’t be good Brooklyn, be great.”

How can you not find inspiration in that?

So, why did I suddenly bring up Jay Z and dedicate a whole blog entry him?  Well, I naturally adore the man (I have seen him 16 times!!) and consider his music some of the best there is.  I am also embarking on a new chapter of my life and while it’s somewhat scary (let’s be honest – it’s SUPER scary), it’s also giving me the opportunity to let go of just being good.  I want to be great… and I can guarantee you that I’ll be listening to tons of Jay Z along the way.

So, thank you, Mr. Carter.

Flashback Friday

Earlier this summer, I fulfilled one of my childhood dreams by seeing New Edition live in concert. There was something so perfect about seeing Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant on stage together on stage performing all of their greatest hits, especially “Candy Girl.”

“Candy Girl” was released in 1983 and was the first single from New Edition’s debut album. While Bobby Brown has excused himself from the tour, it still seemed somewhat fitting to kick off this Flashback Friday with one of the best songs of the 80’s and one that screams childhood and summertime memories!

Happy Friday!

Lyrics to Go:
“Candy Girl, you are my world. You look so sweet. You’re a special treat.  Candy girl, all I want to say, “When you’re with me, you brighten up my day…”

Turn it on Thursdays

Believe it or not, tonight at 9pm ET/PT the 13th season of Project Runway debuts on Lifetime! Yes, the 13th season!

Once again, one past designer will have the chance to come back to the workroom and compete in Season 13 with the addition of #RunwayRedemption. The options were former contestants: Ken Laurence & Alexander Pope from Season 12 or Amanda Valentine from Season 11. The winning designer will be revealed tonight and will compete against 18 other contestants.

Known for its shocking twists and “surprises,” in tonight’s episode, the designers will discover there is one final audition before being granted a spot on the show and 3 designers will be sent packing before ever being able to truly “make it work.”

Guest judges this season include Julie Bowen, Elisabeth Moss, Shay Mitchell, Christian Siriano and Amanda de Cadenet.

Happy watching!

Watch it Wednesday #THEMINDYPROJECT

One of the best things about the summer for an avid television watcher like myself is that it allows me the opportunity to catch up with shows that I may have missed out on during the regular season.

The very first show I caught up on this summer was “The Mindy Project”

OMG, is it natural to go from complete oblivion to totally obsessed within a span of one long weekend? I started watching “The Mindy Project” around Memorial Day and am a little ashamed (yet weirdly proud) to admit that I’ve watched the entire series two complete times since then. Now, I shouldn’t say that I was in “complete” oblivion when it comes to the Mindy Project. I remember vividly setting up my DVR to record the series when it was announced that Mindy Kaling was debuting her own show on FOX back in September of 2012. However, I also remember just as vividly something being in conflict of it (well, two shows being in conflict with it) and sadly, I just let the show go and said, “I would catch it when I could.”

Stupid, stupid girl.

Everything about “The Mindy Project” simply screams that it’s a show I would love. It’s a Candie show, plain and simple. It has AMAZING guest stars, spanning from B.J. Novak and James Franco to Seth Meyers and Bill Hader (not to mention Kris Humphries, seriously!). It’s about a woman obsessed with romantic comedies simply trying to live her own rom-com in New York City. She loves pop culture, she’s stylish, funny and geeky. After just a few episodes, not only do you want to be Mindy Lahiri, but you slowly start to see yourself in her. She is every woman – she’s insecure, but confidant; tries to exercise more, but lacks any real motivation; makes stupid mistakes, but learns amazing (and pretty funny) lessons; is an extremely hard worker, but plays just as hard. Mindy is relatable… and, most importantly she’s also very watchable.

So, please watch “The Mindy Project” over the summer. FOX is re-airing episodes throughout the summer and if you’re like me and have a tendency to binge watch, HULU has 46 episodes ready for viewing.

Check out what you’re missing:

And, I should add that every good show needs a couple to root for, so therefore — #mindyanddannyforever. Chris Messina as Danny Castellano is pretty much perfection and the addition of Adam Pally to the cast as Peter Prentice is pure brilliance and makes my “Happy Endings” loving heart so very happy!

Laughter Lines:
Danny: I haven’t seen you smile this much since you found out that you’re younger than Katie Holmes.
Mindy: That old bag.