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Fall Soon-To-Be Favorites

It's that time of the year when your TV literally hugs you, outstretching cups of coffee! Favorites shows come on from the dregg that is Summer TV, not including OITNB. New shows compete to win your heart. From then on, it's a slippery slope to drinking egg-nogs in front of a flaring fire.

Contenders for my Fall TV love-fest, even though I have cancelled cable. But who cares, include:

Madam Secretary: Heck yeah, hell yeah, are you kidding me, yes! My fingers keep clenching and un-clenching in anticipation. Story line reads: "unexpectedly thrust into the position of Secretary of State, ex-CIA operative and college professor Elizabeth McCord must drive international diplomacy and wrangle office politics, all while balancing a complex family life. She's tough, fair and smart driving international diplomacy and wrangling office politics. But when she goes home for dinner with her husband and teenage children, politics takes on a whole new meaning."

#GenderbendingFriday

Hit me five minutes ago that today is Friday and I have to put up a post. It has been a crazy week, back to school week. I went through yesterday not cognitively realizing that it was Thursday. It was not until my day was over that it clicked.

Somehow, I suspect next week would be different. For today's #GenderbendingFriday, I wanted to find a piece from Monday's Emmy Awards. Didn't work out as planned. But, not to worry, Natalie Dormer's Mockingjay poster overcompensates. While her character in the book might not be likable, somehow Natalie Dormer makes Cressida bad-ass!


Oh, Liam Hemsworth and Mahershala Ali have their posters out too. But, they look bland compared to Natalie Dormer's.

#GenderbendingFriday

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011

Love the sequenced tux and the structured Harem pants! I'm not a sequence wearer, but I definitely would wear this.

The gods Who

Shall I tell the tales of the gods, who came in the midst of the night? Sought to own, luring with unspoken words that glimmer and glister with knowledge unbound. Shall I tell you of their appearance, not shinny as I expect? One had a threadbare red robe, with holes gnashed into by unseen mice. Surely, there must have been. Another with cankerous teeth, gap-wide and protruding enough that he might be the mouse itself. 

They sat unbidden in front of me, seeking audience. Ignoble, I asked why they tatter their wear. "Your God" one managed to squeak. He said no more. I read the rest. My God had displaced them, winning over humans who would have sewn new clothes or offered them food to eat. Surely, they starve. Yet, they don't look it. I flowed: 

"woe be me if I think you worthy. You've been screwing with me since. You hold no interest of mine." With tails tuckered in, they spoofed off as I sat, thinking about the visit. I should have told them they need to resig…

Amazon Fights Publishers, Removes Their Books – Ethical Issue?

Summary Amazon is involved in a tug of war with publishers and authors. It has been holding certain books hostage by delaying shipping, and limiting customers’ ability to access and order them. The books are those from publishers such as UK’s Hachette, the fourth-largest publisher, Germany’s Bonnier Media Group and Macmillan. Amazon also removed its book discount from titles published by the above, returning the books to list price. In the process, increasing US price to twice what it is asking from UK customers.
Amazon started its business to help customers get access to cheaper books and a large database at their fingertips. It reduced the list price of books which made Amazon become the giant corporation it is now. This also edged out brick-and-mortar bookstores whose books were more expensive of rent tariffs. Amazon’s substantial market share has been giving authors and publishers concerns, as they fear that Amazon could abuse its considerable power – 65 percent of online book sale…

Ethical Issue Surrounding FCC's Net Neutrality Controversial Proposal

Summary In January of this year, District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, in favor of Verizon, struck down one of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) auxiliary rules that requires internet service providers to treat internet traffic equally. Now, in June, the FCC has opened its net neutrality law for review. This new amendment will allow internet service providers (ISPs) to make some internet connection stronger and faster than others. Also, it will make it legal for internet service providers to strike deals with companies that stream data while undercutting other companies who do not pay extra for smooth streaming.
At present, ISPs collect money from both data-streaming providers and consumers. Neflix and other streaming companies pay for bandwidth and high quality feeds. And, the average internet user pays for fast connection. Yet, consumers still get network issues. When you add the new FCC proposal to the present mix, it is easy to see why this proposal has people i…

Jill Abramson and The New York Times - Ethical issue

Summary Jill Abramson hired a lawyer to discuss with the management of New York Times (NYT) the discrepancies between her salary and that of her predecessor, Bill Keller. Weeks later, with no scandal or journalistic disaster, and a recent win of four Pulitzers at once – a huge deal for the paper, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., NYT’s publisher, fired Abramson abruptly. Under Abramson’s executive editorial leadership, the paper won eight Pulitzers, strengthened its journalistic clout, increased its readership and doubled its stock price. One of the reasons she was fired was because Dean Banquet, her managing editor and successor, felt she was an insensitive executive. Banquet and Abramson had competed for the executive editor position, but Abramson was given the job. Recently, Abramson sought to hire Janine Gibson as digital editor, after Sulzberger and the board already signed up on it. She set up a meeting for Gibson and Banquet to meet together and discuss the Times’ future. But, Banquet felt…

#‎genderbendingFriday‬

You could definitely peachnify your look up. 

Creatives, Do we torture ourselves?

Or does the world pour sssss-sizzling coals over open seepin' sores, dragging fiery flickers across our chests, nature's tribal marks drafting territories? The dread-ry, life within art. Brad, Holden, Sabrina, Wade, Rory, cursed. Amaka, Chima, Nedu, Shade, Lema, darkness enclosed within smiles and rolling eyes. 

"Too happy," scrawled, punctuated, across novelty pieces. Petals opened, not shattered enough. Broken, synonymous to experienced. Four years later, four accidents -- two totals, one fender bender, one pedestrian hit -- later, breaking, falling mind walls and living puberty at 23. I revel in the brokenness of my chosen art, unraveling onion scale leaf. Are new pieces good? Don't ask me. First John yes-es. I also must progress, he says. Shall I torture myself further? Isn't my alcoholism, cynical outlook and restless spirit enough? 

Last night, I stayed three hours awoke past my close-eyed time. The pain shooting from my chest like shafters of death unbeg…

#genderbendingFriday

Three months later, this International Watch Company's commercial shoot, starring Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt and Zhou Xun still makes me giddy.





The Nigerian Immigrant Road and The Darling That Is @UzoAduba

On Monday, the 4th of August, The Daily Beast published an article that Uzo Aduba wrote about her journey to playing Suzanne on Orange is the New Black. You can read my review on Orange is the New Black by clicking the link.

Uzo's My Road to ‘Orange Is the New Black’ makes you smile as it tackles frustration pursuing a non-traditional career, reaching the breaking point and getting ready to drop it all. A tale I am quite familiar with, and I assume many others are familiar with too. While Uzo's status as an American citizen, since she was born here, might be different from many others, her story still resonates. The lines that gets me jumping up and down most is:
My uncle once told me, “Your parents didn’t leave Nigeria for you to just be standing still, Uzo.” These words resonated with me long after I had first heard them, and I took them to heart.

Book Report: Cross Current by Christine Kling

Seychelle Sullivan on her way to tow and then pump water off Miss Agnes, a Bahamian Cruiser, gets waylaid by a big sport fisherman and alters her course so that it could pass in front of her tub. As she is trying to get on course, she sights something which peaks her curiosity. Upon investigation, she finds a little boat with a little girl and a bloated body of a woman floating face down next to the child. She immediately connects with the little girl and desires to protect and help her. She tows the boat back, calls her friend Jeannie Black, who is also a lawyer, to assess the situation before notifying the authorities about the whole incident. She stalls reporting when she finds them because she knew that the authorities would not be sympathetic to the plight of the little girl. Solange, the little girl, is taken to the hospital since she is not in a healthy condition. However, Solange is attacked in the hospital and appears lifeless like a zombie. This opens up a wave of voodoo or…

Sherlock Holmes: A Tad Bit Unrealistic

One the blessed day after the glorious 4th of July, I watched three episodes of BBC One's Sherlock Holmes. And, boy was I disappointed! Buzzfeed had been Benedict Cumberbatch loving, and my dear friend Koyn had over-mentioned it. Yet, I always kept passing it each time it showed up on my Neflix feed. I should have kept scrolling. You see, I barely opened my eyes through the first three episodes. And, no I was not sleepy. But, I got bored so much, I did skip a lot of scenes before I switched my TV and DVD off and went to sleep.

So, what was so terrible about Sherlock Holmes? First, some disclaimers. I do love English TV. Yesterday, I watched The Politician's Husband. First episode, it had promise. Because, hello, Emily Watson. But, my hopes were pretty much damped. It was just impossible to suspend my disbelief. I tried, oh boy, I tried. However, I found out that Americans are not the only one who mess up adaptations. I need to re-watch The Politician's Wife.

 So, I adm…

Embassy by Tolu Oloruntoba

I.

Guards, relax,
I’m not about to bomb the guardians
of America the Beautiful
I’m only fleeing my sinking ship.

We come like to the Lord-
Frightened, greedy, sick, halt, eager,
in disguise bishop collars…
We come- poor, tired and huddling
Wanting to run away wanting our tumours removed.
we want to see light

#‎genderbendingFriday‬

Started this a while back on Facebook. But, like most favorite pastimes of mine, I let it go into a long hole of lapse-ness, in my bid to make my life as clustered as possible. For, there's a special level of grace provided in such situations. And honestly, I am addicted to the high that comes with it, the feeling of being a goddamn bawse, being able to do anything and everything. But, the thing though is, something(s) always suffer(s).

Also, I have been thinking a lot about how much I let my blogging duties go. I do write scribbles of words, add a new paragraph or scene to the few stories I am writing in a cute little brown-skinned book a lovely gentleman named Damon Lord gave me. But without a question, I need to improve my blogging commitment.

To restart it, I will be blogging pictures of women in suits as part of my #genderbendingFriday series. What can I say? A good suit and a decent watch mess with the wiring of my brain. To begin the inauguration, here's the first #gend…

#Suits' Jessica Pearson, HBIC of Pearson Specter

Disclosure: you might want to check some of Jessica Pearson's GIFs before starting your read. 
Currently, Suits’ Jessica Pearson is the high-powered attorney and managing partner of Pearson Specter, a major law firm headquartered in New York. Suits airs on the USA Network on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET. Jessica Pearson is portrayed by Gina Torres. At first, she was a results-only leader. Now, she has become a competent leader.

The firm through the four seasons has gone through numerous takeovers, threats, and consequent name changes. First the firm was Gordon Schmidt Van Dyke. It became Pearson Hardman, then Pearson Darby, then Pearson Darby Specter, and now Pearson Specter. Jessica first became the managing partner when the firm was named Pearson Hardman. She found out that Daniel Hardman, her co-founder and managing partner, was stealing the firm’s money to fund an affair while his wife was dying of cancer. Armed with the knowledge, Jessica, with Harvey Specter’s help, forced…

Jessica Pearson's GIFs

I admit that I may be in the process of turning my fangirling into an art, my art, whatever that means. If you're interested in seeing how much I can fangirl with my words, read my leadership class paper I wrote on Jessica Pearson's leadership. Really easy, just click the link. Now, let's fangirl with pictures, GIFs and videos. Because, why not?