Friday, December 31, 2010

Year in Review....So LONG 2010!!!!

Below photos highlight some of my memorable moments from 2010.
Couldn't find pics that pertained to Jan & Feb...not sure what happened, so we will start with March!


Bre getting the hang of her bike!


Bre hated to sit on her only used her training potty until June, then she was on the big girl potty!


Bre was in her first wedding on a yacht...she wasn't too cooperative...

My lovely sister-girlfriend Janice, got married on a yacht. It was beautiful!

Spring Retreat in French Valley, Temecula

The girls that attended the retreat...was great! Wonderful memories!
Started doing the $1 skating at Stardust in the was a great workout! Doin the "Stanky Leg" was pretty hard on wheels!

My girlfriend got this busted ass pair of skates...LOL!
Bre turned 3 years old, Petals the Clown was a guest of honor...

Lovin this pic..

Bre truly started lovin the beach this year...that Princess Tiana bathing suit...she was only able to wear it maybe 3 times...she grew sooo much this year!

July (the bestest' month!)

The best bday memorable! All my closest friends and family was there to share it with me. (The lines on my face are from the mirrors in the limo..makes me look sickly...not a good look!). fault for taking my glasses off my face. glasses somehow jumped off the table...and someone stepped on them...I now have a supply of contacts on back up for party nights! It was a good thing I was on vacation that week! LOL! Good times!

Gettin ready to hop in our chariot!

A pic from one of our few pics to Disneyland...


Bre's 1st trip to Barnum Bailey's Circus, Ontario, Ca

L.A. County Fair....expensive as hell...ruh-dik-uh-luss!

Bre on the carousel at Castle Park, Riverside, Ca.


Me & My Cuzzo in attendance at the Laker Game...Go LAKERS!

Bre in attendance at the Nick Jr Live Show

Wonder Pets, Ni Hao Kai Lan, Backyardigans & Dora

We joined Keisha & Jalen to watch Disney on Ice


Bre helping me make our first Friendship bread...that I kept making over and over and OVER again!

Made my first Stateline Turnaround trip with Janice & Mama Berthas Red Hatters. My Bestie Rasheedah came with me on the trip, very nice trip!

Bre was getting her certificate at her Tumbling Teddies, for her 3rd quarterly enrollment...

Discovered a new technique! Made this mini album out of a paper towel roll! (Empty of course!)

Bre met snoopy for the first time at Knotts. We got in for free using our "county" employee status.

All smiles!!! LOVE HER!!!

Bre meeting Santa for the first time! She was SOOOO excited!!!

The reason I am THANKFUL for everything I have today!
Thank you Jesus for seeing and believing in me. Carrying me Lord when you know I was about to fall and ball up in fetal position...
Thank you for instilling FAITH within me and reminding me that you are a faithful God! You created me, Lord and you have created my blue print. Everything that has happened was not by mistake or chance. It was all apart of your masterplan.
I know we are not to question why certain things happen, but I already have my faith in you so there is no need to ask "why?"
This year I will increase my faith greatly.
Sometimes I question myself, how am I in the position I am in now? How have I been able to survive over the last year and a half? How have I made it!?
Nothin but you God...I know it is you!
You will continue to guide me, bless me, carry me...
Thank you Lord for EVERYTHING you have blessed me with! My beautiful daughter, family, home, job, car, finances, health, the list can go on.
Thank you
Love you unconditionally as you love me!
Make 2011 better than my 2010!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Glance of Christmas Morning....

It was a blessed are a VERY few pics to give you a sample of what Christmas morning was like at mom and dads house!

Here is a before picture: Before all the chaos...before folks woke up...
This was only one shot of the room...the aftermath..all that pink foo-foo stuff you see...that was a tu-tu Bre got that was in her Treasure Chest of dress up clothes...

She was a little overwhelmed...
Everyone lookin in their stockings...
Folks gettin all sister tryna fool somebody...puttin my Eric Benet & Jazmin Sullivan CD's in this used box...she has jokes!
Bre got a new robe for Christmas...her Grandma taught her how to pose...taught her how to "Look over your shoulder and put your hand on your hip" I think she has it down!
Simply gorgeous!
He He! That game was the bomb! If youhaven't tried it..."The Micheal Jackson Experience" ya betta ask aunt and cousins got it for their Wii...
Still unwrapping...she was in a weird mood...thats what happens when a diva gets woke up out of her sleep. Lol!
Rams Biggest Fan! Dad got some Rams stuff...a reversible Rams Jacket, Rams Toothbrush and cool ass card table from his girls..he also got some Laker gear and a super nice Laker Book that highlighted the last 50 years.
Hope your Christmas was blessed!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Entertainment News Year End review for 2010

As we look back on the year 2010, we remember those we lost. We said goodbye to trailblazers and legends. We started the year with the passing of Teddy Pendergrass and ended it with the death of Teena Marie. The music industry suffered a great loss with these two giants. In between, we remember Bernie Wilson of The Bluenotes, Legendary Broadcaster Malcolm Poindexter, Robert Wilson of The Gap Band, CBS News Reporter Harold Dow, Music Pioneer Weldon McDougall, Actress and Jazz Singer Abby Lincoln, Music Producer Harvey Fuqua, Ali Ollie Woodson of The Temptations, Ron Banks of The Dramatics, Marvin Isley of Isley Jasper Isley and The Isley Bothers, Actress Vonetta McGee, Legendary Broadcaster Reggie Bryant, Eunice Johnson of Johnson Publishing, Lena Horne, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Gospel Great Albertina Walker, Actor Gary Coleman, Music Pioneer Dick Griffey, Garry Shider, the longtime musical director of Parliament Funkadelic and Malinda Sapp, the wife of Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp.

2010 also brought us scandals and former American Idol Winner Fantasia led the pack. She got involved with a married man, got pregnant, tried to kill herself and her married boyfriend’s wife took her to court. In between, she won her court case released an album and went on tour.

Anita Baker almost went to jail for not cooperating with a divorce decree. She divorced her husband of 23 years Walter Bridgeforth, who was demanding money from her in royalties. She cried to the judge, said she didn’t understand and was spared a jail sentence.
DeShawn Snow got dumped from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta and lost her husband former Basketball Player Eric Snow. He got his girlfriend pregnant and dumped DeShawn, but it was DeShawn who got the last laugh. She got paid, and now she is getting a new reality show focusing on her new life as a single woman with kids.

Late Night Talk Show Host and Comedian George Lopez announced he was divorcing his wife Ann Serrano after getting her kidney and 17 years of marriage. Speaking of kidneys, Comedian/Actor Tracy Morgan got a new kidney a few weeks ago.

Elin Woods divorced Golfer Tiger Woods and got over $200 million plus the kids. She made Tiger pay for his cheating.

Former Football Great Lawrence Taylor found himself facing a third degree rape charge.

Beyonce’s dad Matthew Knowles had to admit The Kid Is His Son. His mistress was able to prove he fathered a child by her and for a while Matthew and his wife Tina Knowles separated.

Tiki Barber found himself in hot water when he dumped his pregnant wife Ginny Cha, who was carrying twins, for a 23-year old blonde intern. He lost his gig on The Today Show and definitely got the title of Cad Of The Year.

Morgan Freeman divorced his wife of 26 years and she got paid. Myrna Freeman got a nice settlement: $400 million in cash and real estate. She put up with his cheating for a while. The 73-year old Oscar winner had been linked to various women.

Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s political career got railroaded when he admitted to cheating on his wife, Sandi.

Bishop Eddie Long made headlines when several young men came forward claiming the Bishop coerced them into sexual situations in exchange for money, jewels, cars, clothing and trips around the world. Bishop Long never admitted to any wrongdoing, but he is makings plans to settle out of court with the men.

The I.R.S. wants its money. They came after various celebrities including Actor Wesley Snipes, who went to jail, Comedians Sinbad, Chris Tucker and Katt Williams, Singer Kelly Roland of Destiny’s Child, Basketball Star Derrick Coleman, Singer Toni Braxton, who filed for bankruptcy for a second time, Actor Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Singer Faith Evans and Actor Boris Kodjoe.

Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole is also in trouble with the I.R.S. The ex-Mrs. Murphy blew through a $15 million divorce settlement.

It was a good year for Talk Show Host and Comedienne Mo’Nique. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Precious.

Patti LaBelle returned to Broadway in Fela.

Maxwell teamed up with Jill Scott and hit the road for an amazing tour.

2010 also served as the year of the comebacks. After a ten year absence, Sade returned. After 13 years and a short prison stint, El DeBarge came back with Second Chance. Kem, R Kelly and Ron Isley, all of whom returned from legal and personal struggles with new projects. In the literary world, Terry McMillan returned with Getting To Happy, a sequel to Waiting To Exhale, and Iyanla Van Zandt bounced back from heartbreak and loss with a new book Peace From Broken Pieces.

The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin also made headlines. She went on tour with former U.S. Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice and performed at the Mann over the summer. Her oldest son Eddie was attacked in Detroit, and she had to be hospitalized for pancreatic cancer.

Singer Will Downing took a break from touring when he took ill. Downing is battling the muscle disorder polymyositis.

Let’s talk babies. Singer Alicia Keys got married and had a baby son with Producer Swizz Beatz, and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon announced they are expecting twins next year.

Several stars returned to TV including Holly Robinson Peete in the daytime talker The Talk, Terrence Howard and Regina Hall joined the cast of Law And Order: Los Angeles, Michael Ealy joined the CBS show The Good Wife and Blair Underwood plays the president in the show The Event.

Michael Jackson made news. He is the top earning dead celebrity. Through various business deals, the Michael Jackson estate grossed over $285 million. Despite all that money, the Jackson family, led by Michael’s parents Joe and Katherine, are still at odds over money.

Actress Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for The Blind Side, and was blindsided herself when her husband was caught cheating on her. She kicked hubby Jesse James to the curb and adopted a beautiful baby boy Louis Bardo Bullock.

It was quite a year for Legendary Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. An arson fire last February took part of their famed Philly International Records building. In May, they received doctorate degrees from Berklee College in Boston. And, in November, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers had a Philadelphia street named in their honor. Gamble And Huff Way is located on Broad Street’s Avenue Of The Arts between Spruce and Pine Streets.

Steve Harvey had an amazing year with another best selling book, Straight Talk No Chaser: How To Find, Understand And Keep A Man, and he’s the new host of the TV game show Family Feud.

The Dell East returned. The performance center at 33rd and Ridge had a two-year absence because of a huge renovation. We had quite a summer with Frankie Beverly And Maze, The Legends Of Funk, Marvin Sapp, Heads Of State Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Brian McKnight, The O’Jays, Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Sheila E, and Teena Marie’s final Dell East performance.

2010 also brought us instant celebs including General Larry Platt, a 63-year old civil rights activist who became an overnight sensation when he tried out for American Idol with the song Pants On The Ground.

The most watched youtube video was Antoine Dodson with The Intruder Song. He made headlines when he spoke out about a break in at his sister’s house. A pair of computer wizards put his news tape to audio and viral history was made.

Oprah Winfrey announced her next chapter and her plans to leave daytime TV. Oprah starts anew with her new network OWN in January 2011.

Two major tours are set to take place in 2011 including Prince with his Welcome To America tour, and Sade returns to America after an 11-year absence.

I have to say I love covering all aspects of entertainment, but covering death has to be the hardest part. The recent loss of Lady T, Teena Marie, still stings and oh how I miss Teddy…..Have a blessed New Year everybody…see you in the world of entertainment next year.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

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Bre, Santa....Santa, Bre!

The pics below chronicle the formal introduction of Santa. She was so excited, in line waiting on her turn to tell Santa what she wanted!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Another Bittersweet Holiday...

is upon me...

It has been almost 1 1/2 year since my separation, this is the 2nd Christmas without what I am use to. I understand that it is reality of what I am facing but I do know that God is in my corner. I have had a VERY emotional day it seems like everytime I think of it, I get teary eyes...yes I am being a punk today. That's okay I am entitled.

Because her dad was coming to pick her up this morning I had to wake Bre up which she despises and is beyond GRUMPY when I do. So, she spend the morning pouting and whining and Lord knows I don't like whiny girls! So, time passed and he came around 10am to pick up my girl and whisked her away with his family, who I use to entertain at my home jointly with my family. I guess that was the past. The holidays just are not the same for me anymore, and again I am getting teary eyes.

Bare with me, I just gotta get this out I guess. I hear the fam about to rev up the Micheal Jackson game on the i will join them in a minute. I'm hearing alot of "he he's" and "OW's!"...someone is havin difficulties putting the glove on...


I picked my girl up and from my father in laws house and she was still knocked out cold. This is the result of her tryna fight sleep being nosy tryna wait for Santa last night. It is 5:13pm and she is barely waking up... So maybe now we can just start all over and I can show her all of her wonderful gifts that she was blessed with.

I am SO thankful to have a loving family that supports me and is their for me for every bump in my road..getting teary eyed again. I have been through soooo much this year and I am so anticipating a better year for next year. So much on my plate and sometimes I feel like its just piled too damn high at times. But I must keep in mind that my God is an awesome God and he knows the perfect time when I need to be carried. Lord I thank you for the most powerful strength that you give me to get up out of bed everyday, take care of my daughter, thank you for my job that I get to go to everyday to make life possible. Without You Father nothing is possible. Through YOU...ALL things are possible. exhaling. I am staying strong. I thank all of my family and friends for continuously being in my corner. Keep me lifted in prayer because sometimes, a sista just wants to break down.

Stay up...Merry Christmas...
More Merry Christmasy stuff in a later post, didn't wanna mix..water and oil don't mix. Lol..

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Joke of the Day

A married Irishman went into the confessional and said to his priest, 'I almost had an affair with another woman.'

The priest said, 'What do you mean, almost?'

The Irishman said, 'Well, we got undressed and rubbed together, but then I stopped.'

The priest said, 'Rubbing is the same as putting it in. You're not to see that woman again.

For your penance, say five Hail Mary's and put $50 in the poor box.'

The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers, and then walked over to the poor box.

He paused for a moment and then started to leave.

The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him saying, 'I saw that. You didn't put any money in the poor box!'

The Irishman replied, 'Yeah, but I rubbed the $50 on the box, and according to you, that's the same as putting it in!'

Monday, December 20, 2010

Smiley Wipes!

Here are a few pics that me and baby girl took a few weeks ago...she helped decorate our tree behind us, thank God, no balls have broke...but everynow and then I see her at the tree rearranging balls. So it kinda looks off balance sometimes. =)


Lovin her smile! Its fake, but I still love it! LOL!

I asked her to do a funny face and this is what I got...

She has a hard time staying focused on the camera!

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