Man Down

Shia LeBouf….you are famous!

Absolut Bey LEMONADE

I watched LEMONADE at least 10 times, each time I saw something different but then I noticed this! Did you catch it?!? Of course you did. I’m slow, must be the Absolut.

I thought I knew where I was going with my 2cents about LEMONADE but I’m drawing a blank after catching the name of the bat. Stores were selling out of Louisiana Hot and Tabasco everywhere after hearing Formation and here we find out she’s really talking about being ready to beat a side chick down? Bust the windows out his car? Alrighty then.

Added a little Lemonade to my workout playlist….I’m pumped!

Ok back to my interpretation…

During my first look at LEMONADE, I was in complete shock and caught a little off guard. My kids weren’t home, I was alone but looking around like do you see this?!?? I tried to keep up with Twitter. I needed to know I wasn’t the only one shaking and rocking back n forth.

WTHeck is going on?

Are we being told something?  Pray You Catch Me “you can taste the dishonesty, it’s all over your breath” 

Are we finding out more than we needed to know about her marriage? Hold Up hold up they don’t love you like I love you, slow down they don’t love you like I love you” 

 (they? as in more than one woman?)

“What worse looking jealous or crazy?”

(I pick crazy)

Don’t Hurt Yourself “you aint married to no average b*^tch boy”

Prose interlude: They have that jewelry box music in a lot of scary movies. Freaks me out but adds to the eariness so nicely….“Ashes to Ashes, dust to side chicks”

Can somebody find out if Jay Z is still alive? Sorry ” I ain’t thinkin’ boutchu….middle fingers up, tell him boy bye” Do we need to call Tyrone to come get Becky? she may be in danger

I’m not quite sure. I needed a moment to think when it was over.

So now that I’ve taken a moment to sort out my own emotions and to check Twitter, I’m ready to watch again.

Through fresh eyes and a little more Absolut, I’m seeing things a little differently. Another 36 min + and I would have needed popcorn and a large coke. I was seeing….Oculus, the Ring…Eve’s Bayou….The Princess and the Frog….just to name a few.

I was getting Def Poetry Jam, mood lighting, snaps instead of claps…

I could feel the emotion in the journey through each phase….Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgivenesses, Resurrection, Hope and Redemption.

When you’ve personally taken this journey, you are familiar with its origin..a place so deep, so dark and painful. There are eleven layers portrayed, however, when someone you love to your core hurts you, there are so many more possible layers that one can uncover.

Sooooo, I expected a music video, maybe a documentary of some sort but what I witnessed was a cinematically stunning work of visual musical art, flawless. With a killer emotional outline, it flowed like a well written term paper. A+

The jury is still out.

Did she open up Pandora’s box?

Do we now know? Or do we think we know?

I’m not sure and frankly I don’t care….

I respect an artist that’s not afraid to share a part of themself that leaves them exposed and vulnerable to the world. If it provokes a movement, conversation, and/or change, then mission accomplished.

Like a Picasso or Van Gogh, she collaborated with other artists and together they painted a musical portrait with raw emotions as canvas and prose as color to create significant and powerful images that will forever be etched in history. #blackgirlmagic

I honor the creation.

(and I’m getting into shape, score!)

***As I move through my own stages of grief about Prince, I’m at Anger. How dare you make yourself a mortal man? How dare you leave this way? How in the heck did cremation and parting gifts happen so fast? Nothing makes sense and I refuse to acknowledge Prince’s so called transition. I need more time. In the meantime, I can’t blame a project that was in the works long before Prince recent news. I can appreciate the creativity of other artists***

Bravo Beyoncé!

PRINCE: No R I P from me…

 1. Denial/Isolation

The first reaction to learning of terminal illness or death of a cherished loved one is to deny the reality of the situation. It is a normal reaction to rationalize overwhelming emotions. It is a defense mechanism that buffers the immediate shock. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response that carries us through the first wave of pain.

I’m perfectly happy with staying right here at stage 1. To acknowledge that Prince Rogers Nelson has….what everyone is saying, what his so called publicist announced, “passed away”, I would first have to admit or allow my brain to process that he was/is a mortal, mere flesh and blood and that does not make any sense whatsoever. Nope, no way…He transcends this musical world.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Prince is a capital G god but more like a little g, musical god and like the Greek mythical gods of Mount Music Olympus, they’re/he’s invincible. Now before you say these are the rantings of a crazy grief stricken fan, that I need help, I may agree, but that’s what I believe.


Prince along with his musical life partner, Michael Jackson, musically raised me…do you understand what that means?!? The complete soundtrack of MY LIFE here people!!! My whole musical childhood!! Hello!!!

MJ was my sensitive musical guardian, he gave me “Butterflies”. I remember laying in my bed nursing a broken heart while he told me over and over how I was the lady in his life. When I felt a little scared, he gave me advice on how to be “Bad”. I could go on and on and on but Prince…

Prince was “is” my realist musical guardian. He tells me like it T I iz.. He broke down this thing called Life. I may have been too young to understand but he explained the relationship between Darlin Nikki and him and I learned all about the doves and the bees.

Today, April 21, 2016, some unknown publicist, TMZ and CNN all trying to get me to believe that my musical guardian, who’s music formed and fashioned my very musical soul did something mortal and finite like “die”? Not possible.

Ok, so for what ever reason Prince needed to have this announcement made. He felt a little under the weather last week so he wanted more privacy….maybe? He’s taking a break? I don’t know but I believe he’s watching from an undisclosed location, not realizing or thinking about how painful his disappearance would be to the world and as much as he may want to show up at an unknown venue for an impromptu concert to let his fans know that he’s ok, he knows that it’s best that he transcend. That’s my story…(and I’m sticking to it like glue)

Social media feeds on a R.I.P. There is a fascination with this acronym that I will never understand. The news media goes into an instant frenzy, trying to be the first outlet to announce the R.I.P. and popping up memes and memorials so very quickly. But then, as quickly as the frenzy began, it fizzles. The media moves on to the next R.I.P. or the Kardashians.

Here it is a day later and I’m still waiting for purple clouds, rain or angels to confirm the transition of Prince. The frenzy has subsided. Social media seemed to reduce Prince’s little g status to that of grieving a simple mortal celebrity headline story. I REFUSE….

So instead Prince I will say I respect your privacy and your need to disappear. Thank you for raising me like the great musical guardian you are, you’ve done an awesome job! Adore…

The Liebster Award!!!


Hey Jillian!!!!

Jillian’s Blog 👇(just because I like that hand emoji)

The Pink Panther Snipes Again!

Heeey!! We go waaay back, all the way back to you nominating me for The Liebster Award! You completely Rock!


[grabs the mic, steps behind podium, Liebster in hand]

“I’d like to thank Jillian, your bad reviews are by far the baddest….
to Mr. or Mrs. Liebster….
to my last name being Reed, thus the blog title…
to #blogging101….
to movies, popcorn, icees and raisinets and gaining 5lbs….”

When I started, I never thought a little blog from Chicago would make it this far. I’m so grateful! It started with a dream…..
[cue music]

is the mic on? (tap, tap) I still have 11 more things to say…

I was born and raised in Chicago.
I’m a borderline coffee a-holic. I really can stop anytime I want.
I crochet hats and scarves but have not had time lately
I like long walks on the beach
I am a Gemini, I am a Gemini (sign of the twins)
I’m average weight
(this is not
Oh well…
my top 3 movies are Pretty Woman, Midnight in Paris and more recently The Theory of Everything
My favorite is purple/peach combo or orange. Peach may be more of a fruit.
I was recently on the Steve Harvey show. I was in the audience, not a guest but please no autographs at this time.
I heart key lime pie.
Is that 11?, one more?
I record multiple talk shows

Let’s see…
The last time I borrowed from the library or a friend was in 1989 or 1999? Ok maybe last summer. My printer hates me so I was in the local library to print. I checked out a book just to make sure my card still worked.

I do like online quizzes but I completely heart Cyndi Lauper. In my head, we’ve met and she hearts me too.

Books: anything from The Prey series by John Sanford. I like mystery and intrigue.

My favorite cake: Carmel or Carrot, mainly because they begin with C.

The post I wrote about the “Lets Be Cops” screening. I chuckled when I wrote it and someone said they liked it, so now it’s one of my favs.

I love to laugh, I hate when I can’t

I’m not heavily into You Tube so I can’t really think of a video that always make me laugh but I did watch the “All about that Bass” video a few times. The guy doing the split, hilarious!

Of course Scandal is the hottest thing on TV at the moment. However, The Mysteries of Laura is super cool. (Shameless plug because she retweeted me) 👈

I always get pumped when I hear songs by Chris Brown, I pretend I’m a background dancer but don’t tell anyone, please!!! #cougarcrush

I haven’t updated yet but I recommend “The Theory of Everything” because it’s a beautiful film.

Did I do this correctly?! Probably not…but this has been so fun! I really am grateful! Thank you again!

I guess I better get to nominating! Need to think of questions, then update….