Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Okay Adam...Okay - Tia

I really didn't have any kind of shine for Adam Lambert. And before you even ask, I couldn't care less who he sleeps with. His sexuality is moo. As you know I have ZERO tolerance for extraness. (Looking at you Gaga.) And if it's possible, I have even LESS tolerance for people who are extra AND have talent. In my opinion, if you have talent then you don't need to where a coat made of the pelts of forgotten puppets of Sesame Street circa 1978. You don't need grab a man's genitals and then almost choke him to death with your tongue in the middle of your song if you can actually carry a note well. So while I could never take away the fact Adam Lambert could sing, he always managed to get on each and every last one of my nerves when he was on Idol because rather than just singing he always felt the need to do the absolute MOST!!!!

Confession: I did like that "If I Had You" song. It was fun and catchy. But beyond that I was not checking for Adam Lambert. That is until the other day...I was riding around some random city...I forget where I was...and heard Adam's current single "Better Than I Know Myself." I didn't know who it was initially. The voice sounded familiar, but I couldn't quite place it. Thanks to the magic of technology, I was able to Shazaam the song at the next stop sign. I think I looked at the screen for a good 10 seconds. I loved an Adam Lambert song. Yes, after just one listen I was in love with the song.

I'm always going to love an angsty pop song. But an angsty, well executed pop song will trump all of the other garbage on the radio every time. Adam Lambert can sing. Period. And whoever wrote this song managed to compose a song that not only showcases his vocals but makes you want to immediately sing along. I think it's just so anthemy (You like how I add a "Y" to nouns to make them adjectives don't you?) It is the last resort cry of a desperate partner. "I know I suck sometimes...but you love me beyond my shortcomings. I won't leave and you can't either." Yeah...I will be car karaoking this until further notice. Okay Adam...okay....I see you boo.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekend Roundup

Wait...Is Ferris Bueller coming back?

Apparently JoJo forgot that she can sing and she think she has to hoe it up like her contemporaries. No sweet girl..NO...you're better than this. - Popoholic

I usually have no shine for Adam Lambert. He's is the epitome of EXTRANESS. It has nothing to do with his sexuality. I just can't stand folks who have talent yet insist on doing THE MOST instead of just SINGING. But I have to be honest, I can not stop listening to Adam's current single "Better Than I Know Myself." I wish I could download the live version of this because he is SANGING!! - Ellen 

I'm not going to clown Demi Moore. If she's doing whip-its (the easy high of bored suburban teenagers) and sustaining herself on Red Bull then she's clearly got issues and it's unfortunate that those issues have to be splashed all over the internet. - TMZ 

Presented without shade or comment and with only a slight gas face - Christina singing "At Last" at Etta James' funeral - WSJ Blog

I hate Timeline. Facebook doesn't care. We're all getting it whether we like it or not. This may help curb my FB addiction. If you haven't already switched (like me), here are a few things you should know. - PC Mag

Why must the hot ones be so damaged? - Daily Mail

Friday, January 27, 2012

BGLU Approved: "...Bougie Black Girls Say"

We have been laughing at this video for weeks now and I just realized that we never posted it!  This hilarious video may as well have been named "Ish Tia, Toya and Most of Their Black Girlfriends Say" because I have never ever seen anything so telling in my life! And why did I get salty at "Groupon!"?  I have about twelve in my email right now just ready to be used. I love a Groupon!

Very Smart Brothas did an awesome job with this. Check out their blog at http://www.verysmartbrothas.com/

Do you and your friends ever say any of the phrases in this video?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Music and Me: Welcome Back D'Angelo

I have had a craptaculous day/week/month. 2012 has been so rough and January isn't even over yet!However, a glimmer of hope shone through today when Okayplayer reported that D'Angelo was back and has kicked off a series of shows overseas. The first stop is tonight in Stockholm, Sweden and lo and behold there is video! 8 funky fresh minutes of "Chicken Grease" from his first show in over 11 years.

And this is why my hardcore love affair with music continues. Music never lets me down (I said music, not mess) and I can never let it down. Long live great music and welcome back D'Angelo.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BGLU Approved: Elliott Yamin "3 Words"

Elliott Yeeeaaah Maaaan! It's good to finally have some new music from one of BGLU's faves for quite some time now.  "3 Words" is Elliott Yamin's first single off of his upcoming release Let's Get Back to What's Real, slated to drop on March 27. Tell us what you think about it.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weekend Roundup

I know it's been a minute since we did a roundup. But we're trying to be more consistent around here. So we'll do our best to post a roundup once a week. 

I really need Seal and Heidi to not be breaking up. - E! Online

I feel really dirty for wanting to see the Magic Mike. But C'MON...Adam Rodriguez AND Matt Bomer AND Channing Tatum. Are you kidding me? - EW.com

Red Tails was #2 at the box office this weekend. YAY!! - Box Office Mojo

The Spice Girls may be reuniting. I'm still mad at the Olympic Ticket committee for not giving me the option to buy tickets...But whatever. - Popsugar

Gas is on the rise again. Water is wet. The sun is hot. - Yahoo Finance

People always ask me why I don't have my last name, high school/college graduation year, phone number, place of employment, or use my mother's maiden name as a test question on Facebook. Here's why - HuffPo Tech

I know this is only a concept phone but I really hope the new iPhone/iPad has something like this - YouTube

The Hunger Games will be out in 2 months. (EEEEEKKK!!!!) Rue is by far one of my favorite characters - Publishers Weekly

Shonda Rhimes BETTER NOT bring Izzy back to Grey's. If she does decide to bring her back, Shonda should a.) Kill her off in some glorious fashion that we've come to know and love from Grey's and Private Practice and b.) Bring back Isaiah Washington just to piss Heigl off. Besides, it's not looking like Christina and Owen are going to make it anyway...soooo - Just Jared

Friday, January 20, 2012

As If You Really Need to Be Convinced to Go See Red Tails This Weekend- Toya

I could go into this entire spiel about how we need to go support Red Tails for very obvious reasons. One this true story about the Tuskegee Airmen needs to be remembered, respected, and told especially to the younger generation. Two, with the poor way that blacks are depicted in entertainment nowadays, we vote for what we want to see with our dollars. Three, George Lucas let it be known that Hollywood didn't want this movie to be made because they don't believe that this is what the average movie goer wants to see. Thus he foot the entire bill himself.  I will admit that Red Tails isn't even my kind of movie.  I'm not an avid movie goer and pretty much only do romantic comedies. But with all that being said, I will be putting my money forth for all of the aforementioned reasons and also for one big reason:

These...men...are... FOIN!!!!

And for Nate Parker we bless GOD! \o/!!!!

He is an android. That's not a real person.  I won't believe it. 

Not pictured but also in the film are my boyfriend in my head Ne-Yo and Method Man.  I mean, do we really need to discuss this further? 

Red Tails opens in theaters today. I look forward to discussing it with y'all next week.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Thank you Dr. King

I (Tia) always get really emotional on MLK day. I'm a pretty tough chick. I will fight if I need to. I mean physically come to fist-a-cuffs if the situation need be. And I think I have a pretty thick skin. But every January on the 3rd Monday, I remember that any adversity that I've come up against in my life pales in comparison to what previous generations endured all for the simple desire to be free and treated as equals with their fellow man.

I complain if the line at Starbucks is too long. But had it not been for the civil rights movement I wouldn't even be able to walk in the door of Starbucks. Some of our parents and grandparents endured physical violence, imprisonment and even death for the right to do some of the mundane day-to-day activities that I take for granted.

My best guy friend is white. My new running buddy is Asian. The guy who will forever be the best kisser of my high school career is Hispanic. My Benetton ad list of friends is something that I hardly ever think about. It's just what it is. But when I take a moment to think about my mother who was sent to one of the first integrated high schools in Knoxville, when I think of Medger Evers shot and killed in front of his own home, when I think of Dr. King giving the almost eerily prophetic Mountaintop Speech only to be gunned down the next day, I can't help but be moved to tears. I'm so grateful for every man, woman and child, who fought, bled and died for the liberties that we have today.

My hope is that we as a people, regardless of race, continue to follow in the steps of Dr. King's dream. I pray that we all will seek to extend equality to our fellow man and to love one another as Christ instructed us to. Because love extended to your brother is what Dr King dreamed about.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I need you to calm down - Tia

This post was going to be about something COMPLETELY different. But I've decided to take the high road and not talk about someone who DESERVES to be on full blast on the internet. But just know, that current happenings are such that I will probably be moving not only out of my house but out of the state. But that's another post for when I've calmed down and don't feel the need to have every other word be a curse word. So...moving on.

Unless you've been under a rock, or in space, or North Korea, or some other place with little to no internet service, then you've probably seen at least one of the Sh!t (insert race/gender/group here) Say videos. The original "Sh!t Girls Say" has over 10 million views and has spawned numerous clones. My current favorites are "Relaxed Girls Say to Natural Girls", "Mixed Kids", "Spanish Girls 1" and "Nobody." Most of "Say" videos I've seen are hilarious and play to the most skewed stereotype of the noted group.

As it is a PARODY, I found myself wondering why people were taking offense to some of the videos. It's a joke. And if you don't get it, it's probably because the joke is about you. That being said, I could not for the life of me understand why people were moving beyond moderately angry to genuinely pissed about one of the current Sh!t say videos.

From HuffPo to some random site I just happened to click on, women, both black and white, were taking offense to "Sh!T White Girls Say to Black Girls." Some called it racist and insensitive. Some called it inaccurate. There were cries of reverse racism. And people were ademently villifying, the comedian who made the video. "She's so wrong!" one post read. I counter with SHE'S SO RIGHT!

While this video in no way speaks for ALL white women, you're lying to yourself if you think that it doesn't speak for some. Not the majority by any means. But some. I can go almost line by line and remember someone saying or doing something from the video.

The following are lines pulled directly from the video and my responses and/or thoughts to them when they were said to me...YES...I have heard ALL of these at some point in my life.

- "Not to sound racist..." - usually followed by a backhanded racist comment
- "My best friend is black" - If you have to define him/her by their race, y'all probably aren't the besties you think you are.
- "Why isn't there a "White Entertainment Television" - 1. I'm pretty sure I heard this at least once a year for about 2 decades. 2. It's not as if the other 10000 stations are littered with minorities. 3. White Entertainment Television would be called W.E.T. That sounds like a porn station.
- "Is it bad to do black face?" - I remember having to explain why this was not okay to a white friend. In his defense he'd grown up his whole life not knowing ANY black people.
- "You can say the N-word but I can't...?" - I understand your confusion but no one should be using the word. PERIOD. Not me...not you. NO ONE!!!
- "OMG I'm practically black" - I spend a lot of time at the pool/beach with my white friends. I have quite literally lost count of how many times I've heard one of them say this after a day in the sun.
- Ghetto any thing...Brown skin DOES NOT EQUAL knowledge of all things ghetto. And "ghetto" behavior is not strictly a brown people thing. I know some REAL GHETTO white guys.
- "Can I touch your hair?" - Real talk, that happened to me YESTERDAY.
- "Do you know (Insert Ethnic Sounding Name Here)" - Do you know Bob White? No...okay, so you don't know everyone of your race either? Just checking.
- "Girlfriend" - STOP! No seriously, everyone REGARDLESS OF RACE stop using the word "girlfriend"...unless you're referring to the show. #bringitback
- "I don't really like rap" - Me either
- "It's almost like you're not black" - Go read this...*sigh*

I'm neither overly sensitive or overly militant. So for the most part I usually let things like the statements in the "Say" video roll right off my back. I believe that in general when things like this are said, the person saying them meant no harm. I will say that I was usually inclined to correct someone who said something like that and EXPLAIN why their statements could be construed as insensitive. While I was not offended the next person of color might not be as gracious.

I truly believe that there's something inherent in most, if not all, of us that is at the very least intrigued by things that are different from ourselves. I saw it every day in the preschoolers I used to teach. They noticed the differences in one another but didn't let what made them different separate them. So when white friends said things that noted our racial differences I always viewed them as more acknowledgement rather than insult.

So for the people who are getting completely bent out of shape over a satirical video, I invite you to calm down and take a seat. If you can't find the humor in something that has a grain of truth to it then that's your fault. No one is calling you racist. No one is saying that the video represents ALL white women. What is true for some is not true for all. Calm yourself please.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Let's Talk About It!!!! Live Commentary on The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl Episode 12: The Decision


The latest episode of ABG aired today but it wasn't without a hitch.   Due to some technical issues, the show was released today after it was originally supposed to air last night.   Hey, they're new at this thing.  I can't be mad at them.  The whole team works hard and mistakes happen.   What matters is that it is available now and I definitely think that the finished product was worth the wait.   So without further ado, check out my live commentary of what went down.

*If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, do not read the rest of this post! You've been warned.*

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I do not speak boy - Tia

I used to pride myself on being able to easily relate to Y-chromosome carriers. They seemed to make sense to me. I have brothers. I've always kept a bestie with testes. Despite my need to be girlie in recent years, I'm still a tomboy. But despite all of that, I've recently discovered that while I may have thought I had more of an understanding of men than some girls, I still just don't understand guys.

For instance, on numerous occasions Toya and I have heard some variation of "You're too intimidating to talk to." Or "You just seem like you have everything together." Or my all time favorite in reference to Toya and I together, "You too just seemed like you were having so much fun." HUH?!?!? So you don't want to have fun and that's why you didn't approach us? Wait...WHAT???

I never understood that train of thinking. If I were guy I would be on the lookout for a girl who could hold her own against me. I'd be looking for an equal. Like Robin Thicke said on "When I Get You Alone" from his FIRST album A Beautiful World, "Baby girl you the s#!t, that makes you my equivalent." If I were looking for a partner and I saw some girl who seemed to have her situation in order and seemed fine with life and not desperate for someone to be in her life, THAT would be the girl that I would want to talk to. But more than once I've had guys explain to me that they want a project. A girl who's a mess will love you more if you come riding in on your white horse and fix her life for her. Guys like to fix things...or something like that...as I stated before...I don't know.

And then there's this...remember the guy from Match? Well, in a slightly tipsy state of false bravado I decided that I needed an answer. I wanted to know why he'd pulled a fizzle, fizzle, fade or FFF going forward. I had been through this once before with Ben Covington. Holy Blast from the past, Batman. (If you are unfamiliar with the Ben Covington story, read this and follow the other links within...or just search Ben Covington on the blog.) And even though Ben and I are friends on Facebook, I've still never gotten a reason for why he FFF out of my life the way he did. We were friends before we were anything else. And as a friend I figured I could have at the very least gotten an explanation. If you're wondering why I haven't just asked him..it was like 8 years ago. At this point it's like a cow's opinion...it's moo.

So I sent Match Boy an email. It basically just asked what happened. The response was interesting. He informed me that he'd gotten busy with finals. (He's a teacher.) And that he'd meant to call. (mm-hmm) but then he realized that he'd called last. (He hadn't) And I wasn't calling him either. (Because he wasn't calling me.) And then he started thinking about all that was wrong, "Is she not calling because she's not interested? Did I say something wrong? Is it because we live so far apart? (About 5 hours) How would this even work?" And by the time he'd rationalized calling a couple of weeks had gone by. And since I hadn't called/texted/emailed in that time either he figured the moment had passed.

Now here's the thing...I thought the EXACT same things. But I'm a GIRL. I'm a bit old fashioned and I'm not really an initiator. I will do more than my part to help sustain but I'm just not good at getting it started. So his puzzling, seemingly girl-like response threw me. I didn't understand. I was always under the impression that if a guy likes a girl he calls no matter what. I've seen He's Just Not That Into You.  Confused, I consulted my bestie with testes, Blaine. He explained the male mindset in this situation and while he did not excuse Match Boy for not calling he helped me understand his rationale for not doing so. Real talk, I like this guy. He's a Christian. He's childless, gainfully employed and our shared musical taste is scary. (No seriously...it is....he called me the other night just to tell me about a song he KNEW I would love. He was right...I LOVE it and will make myself hoarse doing it during car karaoke.) Because I liked him and because he was honest, I decided to give him another shot. Something I RARELY ever do. (It didn't hurt that he said that he missed talking to me...I hate being a girl sometimes.)

Fast forward to the present and we've talked/texted/emailed pretty consistently. He's fun and safe because I have my life and he has his. But I'm not crazy and I'd like for the two worlds to actually meet at some point. So the other night in another rare but this time non-intoxicated state of bravado, I informed him, "You need to come here." Now before you gasp in horror, his best friend and his wife live here. So he wouldn't solely be coming to see me. He replied, "I do need to come see you so we can hang out. And if you can stand me, I'll also introduce you to my best friend and his wife" He then proceeded to make NO plans or even vague suggestions to come to my neck of the woods. Now, going back to He's Just Not That Into You and men in general, if a guy wants to be around you...well...he'll be around you. So while he answered in the affirmative to my request that we at the very least need to be in the same area code at some point he made no move to rectify the situation. I followed up with Blaine and he told me I need to either throw the gauntlet down and suggest a time frame or cut my losses and move on as he's probably never going to get his a$$ off his shoulders. (Insert heavy sigh here)

I do not understand. You tell me I'm pretty. You randomly call me to tell me about songs that remind you of me. More than once you've told me I'm amazing. But you can't commit to a weekend? That's it. I give up. I fear I will never fully understand. (Insert another heavy sigh here)

If Match Boy decides to make an effort then good on him. But as it stands I am knee deep in quest for BAMFness. I have been diligently working on my Spanish. "El niño corre" (The male child runs) I think I may have a travel buddy to Italy in the spring. And I went to a boxing class last Saturday that handed me my...everything. It's Tuesday and I'm still a bit sore. So I'm working on my fitness, my health, my every thing. So while I may like a boy, I can't stop my life for a boy's indecision. Get at me now or forever wish you had. As Toya and I always say, "See me now or see me later...but you're gonna see me."

Laters BGLU!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fun Music Fridays: N'Sync - GIrlfriend ft Nelly

I need answers to the following things:
1. Why is JC not my boyfriend?
2. Why is JC tripping and not putting out music?
3. Where is Nelly these days?
4. Was Joey's "girlfriend" brown?
5. Would anyone be mad if Justin put out another album? Preferably with a guest spot by Jimmy Fallon?
6. Does anyone have JC's number for me?

And lest you forget that JC Chasez could sing circles around JT any day....

BGLU Beauty News: Get Your Brows on Point with Nitraab

For the past few years I have worn relatively natural looking makeup but recently I decided that I wanted to create a more polished stepped up look for 2012. Youtube has been invaluable when it comes to helping me on my recent natural hair journey so I turned to Youtube again to help me with my cosmetic journey. Enter Youtube Vlogger nitraab.

When I tell you I adore this little bubbly southern belle? A bonafide girly girl, Nitraab's videos have a wealth of info about everything from makeup and eyelashes to weaves and clothing. She's fun to watch and I find her basic tutorials pretty easy to learn from.  She also has some pretty advanced looks but she's easy to follow. You just have to remember that practice makes perfect.

The above video contains basic instructions on how to enhance your brows using pretty inexpensive products and brushes. I've watched this video several times and even took to a downtown MAC store to get an in person lesson to make sure what I was doing was right. Here is my progress so far (I'm on the right):

I'm still working on my basic makeup looks but so far so good I think.  Do you have any fashion or beauty changes you are looking to make in 2012?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

You Should Know: Friendly Fires - Tia

I know I have said it a million times before, but I need to live in the UK. They have the best accents, some brutally hot men and the music is killer. The only reason I don't live there is because of the weather. But I may have to just invest in one of those sun lamps and get over there if for no other reason than to discover more bands like Friendly Fires and actually be able to see them in concert. (If any of our British male readers want to get married so that I can have citizenship, feel free to shoot me an email.)

I got the following text yesterday from my musical soulmate Brandon regarding FF, "It's like George Michael and Duran Duran had band of British babies who love Prince." I was SO sold. I popped right on over to Youtube to look for a single and found "Hurting." I looked down at the timer...it had taken me 41 seconds to fall in love with this band.

Wait...New Wave, Angsty White Boy, British music????? Yes Please!! This music is so fun. It's infectious and clever. The kind of songs you just lose yourself in and dance til you can't dance anymore. Their current album Pala makes me wish it was summer and I was in LA. I would just drive up and down the PCH blasting this album on repeat.

But lest your dance yourself into a frenzy, FF was kind enough to throw in the body roll worthy track "Pala" and the "You can't help but feel sexy and dance kind of slow with a drink in your hand" track "Helpless." (Oh, am I the only one who feels like that when I listen to that song...just me? Okay.)

Friendly Fires is the kind of band that I like. They make the kind of music that makes you feel something beyond the 3:30 minutes the song is playing. I found myself wanting to listen and really hear. Yeah, the songs are dance worthy. But they're also worth listening to. These days it feels like a lot of songs are one or the other.

I love the flow and tempo of the album as a whole. "True Love" is so Prince influenced I can barely stand it. And any band who honors His Royal Badness can run through my playlist any day. Overall, Pala is more than just worth a listen. If you grew up in the 80s (there is something so New Wave throwback about this album) or if you just like good music, you're going to want to add this to your library. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for these guys this year. With bands like Foster the People getting mainstream shine, my hope is that the labels will recognize that people want to hear something other that Gaga (WACK!!) and lame pseudo-dubstep on the radio. I need good music like the Friendly Fires are making to survive. I need the art form to not be reduced to a few million dollar artists who move units but sound suspiciously similar. God save The Queen and us from crappy repetitive music.

Now run along to Spotify and listen to Friendly Fires.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Confessions of a (former) non-runner - Tia

I've never been much of a runner. I think the reason I never really excelled at basketball even though I played for years was because I hated all of the conditioning. All of the running back and forth and the suicides...my Lord...the suicides (the one and only time I was ever so physically exerted to the point of throwing up was during suicide drills in junior high.) I just didn't like running. I ran track for a while because it was expected of me. And even though I didn't like it, I was fairly quick during sprints even though I was not gazelle lithe like a lot of the other girls. My legs were thick and strong...and fast...for short distances.

I remember laughing at the cross country kids. They always had to run FOREVER regardless of the weather. Basketball practice would have long since ended and I would still see the CC kids trudging through the hills just beyond the school grounds. As my bus pulled away I would think to myself, "SUCKERS."

I eventually switched to swimming because there was far less running involved. I would swim for hours every day and never get tired of it. And since there was no running involved (for the most part) I put my heart into and did well.

Fast forward a couple of decades and I find myself at a desk job with long hours and a heavy traveling per diem. LONG gone are the days of eating whole pizzas after practice. The reality of lifestyle, age and a slightly slower metabolism necessitate that I work out or be a Jabba.

Now while I have been intermittently active most of my adult life, I've come to the realization in the last  several months that to get/be/stay in the shape I want I'm going to have to put in work and put in work CONSISTENTLY. And since I don't have the time or resources to swim on the regular (black girl hair) I have to do what works. And as much as I hate to admit it, running works miracles on my body.

So a few months ago I decided to try doing a couch to 5K program. It was an easy way to transition into running. Initially, I hated it. "Why am I running? No one is chasing me?" But the more I did it, the more my competitive nature kicked in. I wanted to beat my last time. I wanted to run harder. I wanted to keep going. Wait...am I starting to *gasp* like running? What is happening? I remember texting my bestie with testes, Blaine, and admitting that I might have a problem. I was buying running magazines and looking at those GPS bracelets and thinking about the next time I could run. I was getting faster during my running intervals and my walking intervals were getting shorter...I was becoming a runner.

I almost cried the day the doctor told me that I had a mild stress fracture. I'd been having some pain but I'd pushed through it. But the pain was getting worse and I couldn't ignore it. He told me that I would have to do low impact workouts for the next month and a half. DUDE I'VE ONLY BEEN RUNNING FOR 2 MONTHS!!!! But my choices were stay off of it or be in one of those air casts. FINE!!!

My inner runner that I never knew existed up until a few months ago is chomping at the bit to get moving again. Who is this person? What happened to me? I'm already eyeing upcoming 5Ks and fully intend on participating in the Disneyland half marathon in September. (I have to scratch half marathon off of my bucket list.)

I signed up for 5K training with a friend this evening. The trainer had me amped up until he said, with excitement and enthusiasm mind you, "And we run in the rain, cold and wind!!" Insert Scooby Doo face here.

Excuse me...outside...in the elements...And at SEVEN AM on Saturdays to boot. I don't know why it never occurred to me that I would running outside. Is there a "black girl hair" make-up day? Because I don't care how excited I am about running, I am NOT running in the rain. Forget all of that.

But if I'm being super honest, I am excited about the challenge of running outside. Regardless of how I may see myself, I can't deny my inner competitive nature. It wants to know if I can really do this. It wants to succeed. Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman once said, "If you have a body, you are an athlete." Apparently my inner athlete is a runner. Who would have known that after avoiding running other than to obtain safety, I would be the girl who is longing to strap on my New Balance sneakers and pound the pavement just because...Yeah, I didn't see that coming.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tia's Best of 2011

I know most people do their best of, year end stuff...well...at the end of the year. But I have been procrastinating and traveling between parents for the last two weeks, so two days into the new year is when you get a list of random things from 2011.

Best New Music: BRKN RBTZ

I feel like the music industry is trying to make it hard for real music lovers to like music. A lot of the stuff that I hear on the radio just hurts my soul. I often find myself wondering, "Who thought this song was going to be a good idea?" So I'm sure my disdain with most of 2011 radio is what made me love BRKN RBTZ instantly. Well, my disdain and the fact that they are AWESOMESAUCE!

I completely fell in love with these boys from the first song and have never looked back. Between their harmonies and their songwriting I can't help be hope that 2012 brings a full album of BRKN RBTZ songs and nationwide tour. Who do I need to talk to about that?

Oh and if I ever get married, I fully intend to dance to this at my wedding.

Best Album: 21
*sigh* This broad...I really can't deal with this chick. So...so...so...you're just gonna be gorgeous AND write the most beautifully tragic break-up album of all time? You're just going to put "Someone Like You" out there so that all of us can cry along with you? How am I NOT supposed to play "Turning Tables" when dealing with some flaky man? And did you mean for me to do the gospel double clap EVERY time I listen to "One and Only"?

I can't with this broad. I really can't. 21 took me through all kinds of changes this year. I could not stop listening to it. And just when I was close to taking the CD out of my car Live At The Albert Hall came out. So I've basically been listening to Adele at least once a week since February.

If you don't already have it (what is wrong with you?) you need to go out and immediately purchase Live At The Royal Albert Hall.  I promise you will not be disappointed. Adele is funny, heart-warming and heartbreaking throughout the entire concert. I found myself laughing hysterically at some of her profanity laced stories only to later find myself crying with her at the overwhelming response she gets from the crowd during "Someone Like You." I may or may not have watched it 3 times in one week.

Favorite New To Me T.V. Show: Battlestar Galactica
If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time you know that I am a complete nerd. That being said, I'm not sure how I missed B.G. during it's original airing. This show is all that I believe in: Sci-Fi, robots, space travel, hot men, strong BAMF (Google the acronym if you need to..sorry if the language offends you) women and a British guy. (Actually two because the guy who plays Apollo, Jamie Bamber, is English in real life but not on the show.) I think because I had no interest in the original series I figured I would feel the same about the reboot. I could not have been more wrong. I have been watching episodes on Netflix every day for about 3 weeks. This was just the show I needed to end 2011. I have watched this show so much that the other day when some woman cut me off and I thought, "Are you fraking kidding me?"I realized that I may need to ease up on the B.G. viewings just a bit. 

Favorite USA!USA!USA!moment
I must confess I don't watch fútbol (aka soccer) nearly as much as I should as a professed Anglophile. But when I do take the time to watch a match I usually love it. 

This summer I made every effort to watch the women's world cup. I really wanted our team to win. And while I was disappointed that Japan ultimately took the title, I was really proud of the way our women's team played. And the come from behind victory against Brazil had me screaming my head off. I love sports in general. But I love them even more when there's a little home country glory mixed in. USA! USA! USA!

Favorite New Hobby: Guns
One of my goals in 2012 is to be sexy bad-a$$ (sorry if the language offends.) Despite the stress fracture in my left ankle from running too much, I fully intent to resume running as soon as I'm healed and work on getting my physique in order on my way to overall BAMF-ness. I'm even taking up boxing this weekend in my quest to be the black Lara Croft. 

So you can imagine my joy when I finally got to shoot guns this year and not only found that I liked it but that I was good at it. I will be investing in my own firearm sometime in the coming weeks. And thanks to the best bestie in the world, I will have a place to practice my marksmanship. Look out world.

Seriously, don't I look AWESOME holding that gun? 

Best AHAHAHAHA moment: Dallas Winning the NBA Finals

I am so glad Dallas won the 2011 NBA finals. The Heat didn't deserve to win. After that spectacle they put on "Not 1, Not 2, Not 3" they deserved to go home empty handed and salty. What's that one scripture about pride coming before destruction? I didn't make that up...that's biblical. 

Best "Wait just a minute!!" Moment
I have said many a-times that I better never catch Trudy Styler slipping. Sting is one of those men that I would snatch up quick, fast and in a hurry. Even at 60 he could holla at me. It takes a lot for me to ignore Sting. But ignore him I did as I watched this clip. 

Wait...is that Robert Downy Jr...singing? Wait a minute....what is happening? CHILDREN, I WENT IN!!! RDJ has always been fine. But after watching this, I realized that he needed to be added to the list of "could holla no matter what." It's the combination of sexy and nonchalance with the hands in his pocket that gets me. One of my friends said, "He kept his hands in his pockets as if to say, 'Yes...I do this too.'" YES SIR!! And 1:28 had me feeling some kind of way. That little man...he...I...we....Jesus be a fence. 

Finest Man of 2011: Idris Elba

Between Thor, BBC America's airing of series 2 of Luther and his appearance on the EBT BET awards, Idris Elba was all over the place. And my soul rejoices because if it. That man is ignorantly fine. If I move back to Atlanta it's going to be my mission to meet him at least once. (He's in town a lot because his daughter and ex-wife live there.)  It will probably only be once because I already know that I will probably act all kinds of ignorant when I see him. And I'm okay with that. I know my weaknesses and this man is one of them. So when you're reading about some girl who ran up on Idris Elba at Atlantic Station and jumped on his back while screaming his name, just know that that was me. 

That's it for now. I have to go back to work tomorrow so I will bid you goodnight and happy 2012.