Favorite Book Series: 'Worth Series' by Mara Jacobs
Favorite Song: You Are the One by Elliot Yamin
Ok, I'm a sucker for ballads, let's just say that. Trust me, I am surprised that I really like Elliot Yamin's album, lol. For one, Elliot was on American Idol; where I haven't been a fan of American Idol since Ruben Studdard was upstaged by the flamboyantly eccentric, Clay Aiken. Granted, back then, it seemed to be more Ruben's preference for Clay to be featured at EVERY one of his appearances; Ruben is a better vocalist than Clay, however Clay is more of a performer. My sister, Tamara, loves music, too-- but she and I have diverging musical tastes at times. She had owned this CD for years, but I never really listened to it. A few days this week, I had a hard time with my musical choices. I didn't "crave" any particular artists... So, that's when I like to explore new artists. When I discover a new artist I like, I get so excited to expand on my selection. This song, I love because of the flat notes Elliot hits (intentionally)-- It's unsuspected and when done right, pretty enjoyable.
Favorite Album: The Sea by Corinne Bailey Rae
Everyone knows I love a good British Artist... I've written in my blog before, that I feel that British artists tend to focus more on the art of music BEFORE their image. They actually have talent, versus a lot of American talent who tend to be gimmicky and do things for shock value. Don't get me wrong, one of my favorite artists, Amy Winehouse, was pretty shocking, and her Pinup Girl look was definitely a gimmicky signature for her-- BUT, she also had the talent to back it up. Anyway, Corinne Bailey Rae is another one of my favorite go-to Brits. Her second album is more romantic than her first, in a way. I really enjoyed it!
Favorite Accessory: Fake Nails
We've come a long long way from Lee's Press On nails, ladies! I'll have to admit, I lost interest in false nails especially when my sister became a Nail Tech Goddess! Acryllic nails are so bad for your nail beds, so I never get them. She does such a great job on my nails, that it seems a sin to muck up her handiwork with false nails... However, my co-worker came in with awesome zebra print nails that looked really natural, and being that I don't see my sister as often as I liked, I thought I'd try them. I always had an aversion to falsies, due to the movie I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, where the girl was pretty much fake inside & out... also, the fact that I have really great nails, naturally- it just seemed a bit of a bother to try and maneuver those double-sided stick'em strips and plastic nails that are a generic "one shape fits all" quality-- where we know this is not true. People have very different shapes. But with the new innovations done to the false nails, I gave them a go, and I love them! I think of all the countless times I've had to do a quick fix mani-pedi before a date or before going to some function. I will still have my mani-pedi done by my sister, but in the interim, I've definitely committed these nails to my memory for future nail emergencies. With the nail glue and new styles, who wouldn't try them? Right now, I'm rockin' a pretty sexy looking Blue Leopard french manicure!
Favorite Controversy: Marvin Winans Denies a Single mom a Baby Dedication
You can read the full article and video here, should you so be inclined... I just think it's a shame that there is so much legalism in some churches. It's all "religious acts" versus having a relationship with Christ. As a Christian, I know I'm not perfect-- I'm sure I do things everyday that aren't exactly "Christ-like"-- I'm sure there are things that other Christians deem as "unholy" that I don't have a problem with... We'll just have to agree to disagree on those. The bottomline is, it's not about calling yourself a Christian and living by a bunch of "rules", while looking down your nose at others. It's not about outward works, its about a heart condition. I understand why Pastor Winans decided this was the "policy" of their church, but it is from a place of "image" thinking. Him blessing a child at a dedication does not condone the single-mother's premarital coitus. Her sin is between her and God. God also says that if you ask for forgiveness & repent, that he forgets it, as far as the East is from the West. He was worried that he would be seen as "condoning" her having a child outside of wedlock. What would he say to those who haven't been caught up with a child? I know he'd say it was wrong, but would he be willing to ridicule everyone who's had pre-marital sex in the church? Having a child is just proof of the sin, it doesn't cover up the sin to not have a child a the result of a union, just as much as it would justify if the parents were to marry after the child was born.
I think a bigger message would be that she had the support of the church behind her...the proverbial village to help raise her son. I mean, that was what she was hoping for, right? He slipped up. If he was so worried about this, he coud've tactfully said something (although I wouldn't have felt the need) but I think, especially in the Black community, there is such a need for support of single mothers. And to add more fuel to that thought, not everyone is an unwed mother planned to be a single mother. Some unwed mothers are divorced, some abandoned, some widowed, possibly some unfortunately taken away in the penal system. There is a greater need to support single mothers, especially in the black community, than there is to stand in judgment of them. Apparently, there is tons of dirt on Marvin Winans, himself-- so it's purely hypocritical for him to subject this kind of judgment on someone else, when he, allegedly, is rolling around in just as much dirt. This is why people have to remember, pastors, deacons, ushers in the church & their counterparts are just as human & capable of sin, as the next. It's just a shame that others feel the need to chastise you for it on a continual basis. I hope this woman finds a church that will help her grow in her faith, and not be discouraged about something she can no longer change, and God has already forgiven her for.
Favorite Laugh: Can we claim the Government on our 2013 Taxes?
I'm not a fan of politics, in the least. I consider myself "Independent" because at the end of the day, when voting, I vote the issues. I take it for fact that both sides are manipulative & strategic in fulfilling their own agenda, be it patriotically or personally. I don't vote purely democratic or republican, because at the end of the day, there are views I agree & disagree with on BOTH sides. What I can say about politics that I love, are the Memes that often result during a political feud. This one is the best I've seen yet, as a result of the Government shut-down. They give me a bit of nostalgia, as it reminds me of the old-timey political cartoons that used to show up in Newspapers all the time. Most of those, I don't understand, because (as I said) I'm not into politics. But I love ones like this that pretty much unify us in the problem, instead of pointing fingers.
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