Showing posts from December, 2007

A Person of Faith

So, I started this new daily devotional and I will attempt to post my thoughts on a daily basis. It just so happens that this devotional is dealing with one of my toughest areas. I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do no doubt ... you can say to this mountain "Go and throw yourself into the sea," and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. -Mathew 21:21-22 NIV Here is the thing. I have faith. I believe in the power of God, no doubt. I just have a hard time letting go. I have a hard time allowing God to do His work. I am a jump in a fix it type of person. My instincts are to jump in and fix it. I do not know how to be still and wait for God. This is something that I pray about on a regular basis because there are so many areas in my life that need His healing touch. So, what do I do? I test myself even in the smallest things. I remind myself everyday to leave it to God. If I say that I am always successful , I would be lying.

Why Christian Gradient?

Why Christian Gradient? I have no idea LOL. If it is a question of the name ... well, it is because I believe that we, in the flesh, tend to see ourselves that way like we are on some type of level of measurement. I know when I think about all my faults that I find I am sorely lacking. I have to keep reminding myself that God does not see me like that. He loves me for loving him enough to want to be with him by accepting Jesus into my life. Sometimes, I cannot understand that. Now, why now? I feel that God has wanted me to do something for a long time and I have been purposely ignoring him. However, there is a point when you just can't keep ignoring God. He makes sure of it. I am at that point. It took a lot of hurt, anger, pain, and time to realize that, but it is crystal clear to me. This is just one of the ways that I am trying to stay true to his calling. Let me be honest, I have no idea what that means. He has just pointed me in a direction and this time, I am choosing not to

Parlez Entertainment on Haitus

I have never done this. I started Parlez Entertainment in June 2003 for fun because I am sort of an entertainment junky . Since then it has morphed into many different forms. A defunct -one-issue magazine, a website, a blog, and a radio show (over 40,000 downloads now). It has been forever changing but always there. Well, Parlez Entertainment will still be here. I may come in and do a radio show now and then or post a quick thought, but that would be about it. There are other areas in my life that need focus. I realize that I am being called into another direction that I have been avoiding for years and I can no longer avoid it. I have no idea where this path is going to lead me but I am going to follow it because I no longer have a choice. Along with that, I have to prioritize certain things in my life, and as much I love Parlez Entertainment and everything in entertainment, they will have to take a back seat for a little while. Lord, help me! I don't even know if I can do it.

News Roll Call 12/13/07

Model Claims Tony Parker Cheated on Eva Longoria With FOX News - 14 hours agoAP A fashion model told a celebrity gossip Web site that basketball star Tony Parker cheated on his wife Eva Longoria with her in September. Queen Latifah produced, narrates "The Perfect Holiday" CNN International - Dec 12, 2007By A. Pawlowski ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Christmas songs call this the most wonderful time of the year. That may be especially true for Queen Latifah this season -- in many ways. QUEEN LATIFAH SAYS WHAT WEDDING?: Entertainer laughs at rumors suggesting she will wed longtime girlfriend. *Chicago radio personality Kendra G. of Power 92 says she got a direct answer from Queen Latifah regarding rumors that she planned to announce an engagement to her personal trainer/girlfriend. IOC strips Marion Jones' Sydney Olympics medals Reuters - Dec 12, 2007LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday stripped American sprinter Marion Jones of her

Wyclef Jean Makes a Strong Return with Carnival Vol. 2

No one should doubt that Wyclef Jean is on top of his game. His latest album Carnival Vol 2: Memoirs of an Immigrant does not only satisfy his loyal Caribbean fans but also goes back to his Fugees roots while demonstrating his command on a variety of styles. Musically and lyrically Wyclef Jean demands to be heard. "Riot" starts with an electric guitar riff that meets his rapping styling head on. This is perfect for the times, as it seems like we are in a very tenuous state with the war, state of the economy, and socio-cultural issues that plague the United States. "Riot" will appeal to all types of music lovers. Wyclef's first single released from the album had me at the first beat then he went and put Lil' Wayne on the album and I was done. The catchy chorus sung by Akon is one that cannot be denied. Everyone knows about the struggles with cash flow especially right now. Even still, he appeals to people struggling to make ends meet with a catchy beat that p

News Roll Call 12-11-07

Ohio atty. found in Ga. tells police she made up kidnapping Akron Beacon Journal - 56 minutes agoBy JOHN SEEWER AP Writer A pregnant Ohio attorney who admitted that she fabricated her kidnapping left her family behind because she "experienced a meltdown," her husband said Tuesday. Gunman Planned to Kill More, Officials Say Washington Post - 11 hours agoBy Karl Vick and William Branigin COLORADO SPRINGS, Dec. 10 -- A heavily armed man who killed four young people at a missionary training center and a church Sunday apparently intended to gun down many more victims before he was shot by a church ... Michael Vick gets 23 months in prison Los Angeles Times, CA - 9 hours agoSuspended Falcons quarterback will miss a minimum of two seasons after sentencing in federal dogfighting case. Agent says time is on his side for a second ... ‘Compass’ Can’t Cure What Ails Box Office New York Times, United States - Dec 9, 2007By BROOKS BARNES LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 — Hollywood is counting on the i

The Aura of Love by Kathy Marsh

You know I am all about promoting reading so check out this book trailer. I actually read The Aura of Love and enjoyed the story and intrigue. Since I am also all about the romance, the love story is a really good one. This trailer is definitely apporpriate.

Movies Coming Soon

The Perfect Holiday (Wide)A young girl asks a department store Santa Claus for just one Christmas wish--the perfect new husband for her divorced mother. Okay, I am pretty sure that this will be one of those frivolous chick flick movies but I want to see it. I don't really care about all of the big names in there. It just looks like a cute chick flick movie (minus the bratty kids) and I like those. Alvin and the Chipmunks (Wide)Chipmunk brothers Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back, making music and mischief in their first live-action big screen adventure. As a child of the 80s, I still am not interested in seeing this. I will catch it on video because right not it is looking stupid. I Am Legend (Wide)Will Smith stars in a post-apocalyptic thriller as the last human survivor on earth after a terrible mutating virus wipes out humanity. See my last post for Will Smith's I am Legend

Carnival Vol. 2: Memoirs of an Immigrant

I will have a full review published later; however, right off the bat, I love this album. It is a tad bit more on the pop side musically but far from that lyrically. Carnival Vol. 2" Memoirs of an Immigrant gets 5/5 stars from me. Wyclef in the news Wyclef Jean Focuses on bringing hope to his homeland, FL - BY JACQUELINE CHARLES Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean is greeted by cooks during the inauguration of a food center 12 November 2007 in the Cite de ... The Haitian Hip-Hop Artist Shares the Inspiration Behind His Music ABC News - Dec 8, 2007 Hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean speaks during a press conference in Port-au-Prince during November. Jean arrived in Haiti for his first visit since President ... MUSIC REVIEWS: Wyclef Jean, Jordin Sparks, Celine Dion, Pitbull ... Kansas City Star, MO - Dec 5, 2007 Wyclef Jean has always been all about the collaboration: On his first four solo albums, he worked with artists including the Neville Brothers, Celia Cruz, ... Ot

Amazon DVD Bestsellers

There are quite a few have-to-have DVDs out right now. Some of them, we have even recommended and some of them not. I do not get to the movies nearly as much as I would like to, so I watch a lot of DVDs. Still, I wish I could squeeze more time out to just vegetate and watch television. Of course, that is not realistic with two kids but a girl can fantasize.

The Bourne Ultimatum

This movie was absolutely exhilarating. I have to say that I have enjoyed all three Bourne movies. Of course the Bourne Identity was the best one. I was a little disappointed by the second one but Bourne Ultimatum brought it home. If you have not checked it out, go ahead. It is worth it.

High School Musical 2

Since I am a fan of teeniebopper movies, I had to watch this. It was not as good as the first one. It was more contrived. I am sure that a 13-year old would not notice, so it was still a decent watch.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Two-Disc Special Edition)

So, I cannot say that I have watched this; however, all the others that I have watched have been really good. I am sure fans of Potter will no doubt be interested.

My Friends Tigger & Pooh

Being that I have children, I would watch these type of things. This Christmas movie is perfect for young boys and girls.

Wednesday 12/5/07: General Hospital, Private Practice, Gossip Girl

After thoughts on Writers Strike General Hospital's Girls' Night Out Private Practice Dale drama Gossip Girl Kitchen Nightmares

Who is Tasha Smith?

Tasha Smith definitely made a lasting impression in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? With such an unassuming name like Tasha Smith, who would think that this chick is a breakout star. Like anyone else that seems to have "all of a sudden" broken out, Tasha Smith (36) has been in the business for quite some time now. She has had minor roles in a number of blockbuster movies and appearances on television show after television show after television show. Her filmography dates back to 1994. Her portrayal of a dead beat mother in Daddy's Little Girl was so on point that I really hated her character. A little trivia about her is that there's two of her. Okay, that sounds more dramatic than it really is. She has an identical twin sister. She is not only doing the acting thing but helping others do it to ... for a small fee of course (get your business on). Tasha Smith currently has three movies in the works and a couple of acting workshops coming up in the near fu

Heroes Finale a Dissapointment

Was I the only one a little disappointed with the finale? It just didn't do it for me. The only thing that I really liked was Hiro locking Adam away in that coffin and Vanessa Bell playing the psychotic, electrifying daughter. Peter was such a dolt. Although he was great eye candy, I did not enjoy watching stay in the dark for so long. Syler is back and I am not even thrilled about that. He was a person that should have stayed dead. He is annoying to say the least. Still I will tune in to watch in 2008 because I want to see what happens and it wasn't terrible. Check out Buddy TV's Heroes page for a full recap.

Question of The Week: What are you listening to?

This is a new feature to the site. Go ahead and answer in comments. What are you listening to? It could be the cd you are rocking right now or the single that you cannot get enough of. Why are you feeling it? Okay, there are a few cds that I am playing out right now. Alicia Keys' As I Am Common's Finding Forever Chrisette Michele's I am The single that has me jamming whenever I hear it is Enur's Calabria. I have no idea what she is saying. I checked out the video and it does nothing for me except make me wish I hit the gym a little more ... hold up, I don't go at all, so I guess it makes me want to work out. You will know why when you check it out. Enur's Calabria

Victoria's Secret 2007 Fashion Show Podcast

Listen to the show ... Seriously, it should have been called the Heidi Klum Fashion Show. I just wanted her to shut up. The podcast has other tid bits as well. Victoria ~Too Much Heidi ~Missing the awe factor General Hospital ~Girls' Night Out ~Leyla ~Emily dead? Can I possibly kill her again, please? Dennis Quaid sues for twins' overdose - US actor Dennis Quaid is suing the maker of the drugs his infant twins overdosed on, but there are no signs that he will take action against doctors. ... I knew this was going to happen.

News Roll Call: Akon, Sean Taylor, Pimp C & Don Imus

Akon Pleads Not Guilty in Fan-Tossing The Associated Press - A town justice told Akon that his lawyer can stand in for him at future court appearances and he does not have to appear. Akon did not comment as he left ... Three suspects in Taylor shooting denied bail AFP - MIAMI (AFP) — Three men charged in the shooting death of Sean Taylor were denied bail on Tuesday, a day after thousands paid their respects at the funeral ... Rapper Pimp C Found Dead in LA Hotel The Associated Press - LOS ANGELES Pimp C, who spun searing tales of Texas street life into a key role in the rise of Southern hip-hop, was found dead in an upscale hotel ... At this time, it appears to be natural causes but they are planning an autopsy. Can Black Cast Members Help Imus' Image? The Associated Press - Don Imus is an aging white man whose critics have assailed him for a racially charged on-air remark that got him fired. ... Uhhh, no. I do not want to say that people cannot learn from their mistakes. He just m

Usher is a Daddy Now

Usher Baby Statement, GA - Nov 28, 2007Usher and Tameka Raymond proudly announced today the birth of their first son, named Usher Raymond V. Born in Atlanta, Ga. on Monday, November 26, ... I am a little late on the congrats. Anyways, still the drama follows. Other Usher news of late ... Usher's wife takes aim at critics Ireland Online, Ireland - The mother of R&B star Usher's baby boy has lashed out at the singer's jealous fans, who have made her life a misery ever since the couple announced its ... Sometimes people just need to be left alone. What will happen will happen. If the boy is happy why bother. Now if he starts tripping and going all Lauryn Hill, then there's a problem. Really, I think it is because she is an unknown to most people so they are hating on her. No one has a problem with Demi and Ashton.

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Hey, be safe and wash those hands. With flu season, colds, and this MRSA thing heating up, hand washing is the best protection. Listen to Henry The Hand Following the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness you will be in virtual isolation regardless of the people around you. Direct contamination (inoculation) of your mucus membranes(eyes, nose or mouth) is how infectious disease enters your body. It is not wafting through the ventilation system in the building. Let's work together to minimize the fear factor of infectious disease pandemics or seasonal illness. Only you are responsible for giving yourself the flu or flu-like illness!

Heroes Finale? WTH?

Tonight is the big night where everything is supposed to go down with the virus, Adam, Hero, and Peter. Could I be the only one wondering if this is really true? I am really hoping that they will be gone until January and come back with a bang. I am not at all understanding how they can have a finale. Things seem rushed. I am hoping this is just a preemptive effort to deal with the writer strike and if everything works out they will be back for the spring. Anyway, check out some of my favorite television sites for a recap of last week's show. Previously on Heroes: Adam and Peter set out to change history, and Adam started by killing Kaito Nakamura, which Hiro witnessed. Niki injected herself with the Shanti Virus, Micah was hanging out in the Big Easy with some boring relatives, and Sylar and the Wonder Twins were STILL traveling to New York City. Mohinder shot HRG and Claire thought he died, but we know he's alive, hooked up to an IV of Claire's regenerative blood. More fr