We’re moving closer to the official start of summer, but this is going to be the hottest weekend in the Quad Cities since last September. I’ll definitely be floating in the pool with a cold beverage!
Great response and feedback to last week’s “Random Friday Thoughts”, so let’s jump right into this week’s edition.
WHITNEY HOUSTON RUMOR CONFIRMED (?)
It’s been more than four years since superstar Whitney Houston died, but in his new book, “Every Little Step”, ex-husband Bobby Brown confirms a longstanding rumor about Houston.
As I wrote in a blog in early 2013, there was always speculation that Whitney was in an intimate relationship with her personal assistant, Robyn Crawford.
In that blog, Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston denied it.
However, in his new book, Brown says that Whitney was bisexual and that she and Crawford were in a longtime relationship.
Brown writes, “I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today.” He goes on to say that Whitney didn’t have any close friends after Crawford.
It’s sad to think that if that’s true and she had been accepted for who she was, she might still be with us.
You can read my blog about her mother’s views on Whitney’s sexuality and relationship with Crawford by clicking this link. (It’ll open in a new window and you won’t lose your place in today’s blog.)
One last thing — Bobby Brown, please don’t continue to mine Whitney and Bobbi Kristina’s deaths for your personal financial gain. Let them R.I.P. after this.
Those 115-thousand-plus Hillary retweets and likes were just in the first hour!
On the other hand, Donald Trump’s comment had 100-thousand less retweets and only 26-thousand likes in the same time period!
BERNIE SANDERS, THANK YOU!
While things didn’t work out for Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic race for president and he did get testy and borderline rude toward the end of the primary and caucus season, I commend him on the fight and the awareness of the broken system he brought to this year’s race for the White House.
After meeting with President Obama Thursday, Sanders told reporters he would “work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States”, which he said would be a “disaster”.
He also said, “I look forward to meeting with (Clinton) in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%.”
Here’s to unity and the political demise of Trump!
PAUL RYAN CALLED DONALD TRUMP WHAT?
House Speaker Paul Ryan (Mitt Romney’s 2012 vice presidential running mate) this week said that 2016 Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump made “a textbook definition of a racist comment” about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
Trump claims that because Curiel is of Mexican heritage he can’t preside over Trump’s case fairly because the likely GOP presidential candidate wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
But, Ryan still says he’ll be voting for Trump in November.
Nicely played, GOP!
GOODBYE BRETAGNE, YOU BEAUTIFUL GIRL
Bretagne (pronounced “Brittany”), a 16-year-old golden retriever, crossed the “rainbow bridge” earlier this week in Houston, Texas.
She’s the last known surviving canine hero who searched the rubble of “Ground Zero” after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
“The Daily Golden” reports that her owner and handler noticed that Bretagne wasn’t eating (her favorite thing) and she knew something was wrong.
On Monday, members of the Texas Task Force 1 and the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department greeted Bretagne as she entered the veterinarian’s office for the last time.
She was later brought out draped in an American flag while her admirers still stood saluting.
An autopsy is being conducted since the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation is conducting a study of all 9/11 search and rescue dogs.
I don’t often tear up when writing my blogs, but I did with this entry.
GORILLA KILLING FOLLOW-UP
Last week, I talked about the Cincinnati Zoo incident that led to the shooting death of a 17-year-old silverback gorilla after a 3-year-old child crawled into the animal’s exhibit.
Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced earlier this week that no charges would be brought against the little boy’s mother stating she “did not act in any way where she presented this child to some harm. She had three other children with her and turned her back.”
Deters added, “The zoo lost a beautiful animal and one that many people in this area have enjoyed watching for some time.” But, he continued, “it’s still an animal”.
He stated that zoo officials are “heartsick” and “on so many levels, this is a tragedy.”
TODRICK HALL IS A GENIUS!
If you’re a big YouTuber or an avid “American Idol” fan, you might know 31-year-old singer-dancer-choreographer-actor-director Todrick Hall.
If not, let me share with you a soon to be masterpiece. Hall blends together two of my favorites into seven minutes of pure bliss — Britney Spears and “Beauty and the Beast”.
So, until Britney drops her new single “Make Me (Oooh)” in July and the album this fall and the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” arrives in theaters next spring (more on that below), this will be on repeat on my computer.
THE PUBLIC RESTROOM DEBATE
Confused over the whole controversy of allowing transgender Americans to use the bathroom of their gender identity and not their sex?
If you haven’t been following the story, North Carolina put into place “House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” which bans people from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex in late March 2016.
The Department of Justice alerted the state’s Governor and the University of North Carolina system that this is a violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act.
In just the first month after “House Bill 2” was announced, tourism and hospitality took a $77 million hit in investments and visitor spending with cancelled concerts, TV and movie production, and many state and city governments refusing to travel to North Carolina.
THE INCREDIBLE DOLLY PARTON SPEAKS OUT
You don’t have to be a country music fan to think the world of Dolly Parton because of her open-mindedness and honesty.
While Dolly didn’t cancel the opening night of her “Pure & Simple Tour” in Greensboro, North Carolina last Friday night, she definitely has something to say about the transgender community and the controversy.
This appeared on CNN Money’s Facebook page last Friday.
Pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Broadway and movie star Harvey Fierstein, and the cast of Broadway’s “Kinky Boots” have an entertaining and thought-provoking look at the whole bathroom debate with “Just Pee”.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
“THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN”
We’re already six months into the year and I still haven’t gone to the movies yet. I had planned on seeing “Money Monster”, but that never materialized.
Last year, it was December before Ray and I finally went to the theater and we saw “Krampus”.
This will all change October 7th when “The Girl on the Train” hit multiplexes with Emily Blunt.
If you’re not familiar with it, get on board and read the thriller.
In Paula Hawkins’ 2015 worldwide best seller, “Rachel is an alcoholic, divorced woman who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees on a regular basis from the train she takes into London. One day, she sees something strange that will trigger a series of events that will have you feverishly turning the pages to see what’s real, what’s not, and what really happened. It’s a page turner until the end!” (That’s what I had to say about the book last July.)
Here’s the movie trailer.
After finishing the book last summer, here’s a blog I posted with my dream cast. Needless to say, Hollywood didn’t listen. But, I do love Emily Blunt.
A TALE AS OLD AS TIME….
“Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite Disney movie ever! I absolutely adore Belle!
I honestly grew up in Kentucky as the male “Belle”. In Mayfield, where I was born and raised, I felt like Belle in the “poor provincial town” — just waiting to get out there and I’ve been gone 26 years now!
I’ve been very protective of the 1991 “Best Picture” Oscar-nominated original. I haven’t seen the musical, but I’d like to one day.
When the direct-to-video sequel, “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” arrived in 1997, I bought it only because it was Christmas-themed. It was enjoyable.
Two summers ago, a live-action version of the film was announced for a March 2017 release date starring Emma Watson of the “Harry Potter” series and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”.
I was elated and scared at the the same time. Now, after seeing the first trailer, I can’t wait until March 17, 2017 arrives!
The trailer has been viewed almost 16 million times already in just over two weeks!
American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor blasted on the music scene with her chart-topping single, “All About That Bass”. That song stayed #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and was downloaded more than 9 million times in the U.S. alone!
“Bass” also won two Billboard Music Awards in 2015 and in 2016, Trainor picked up a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist”.
She’s now added three more Top Ten hits on the Hot 100 (“Lips Are Movin”, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (with John Legend), and “No”).
While I thought her music was cute, I didn’t jump on the “Bass” band wagon.
However, I do like “Marvin Gaye”, a duet with Charlie Puth.
I fell in love with Meghan after her smoking hot performance of her new song on Jimmy Fallon’s show. I probably wouldn’t have noticed it if she hadn’t fallen off her high heels after the incredible performance.
But, it was the style and class she exhibited when she fell that endeared her to me. And, the song, “Me Too”, is now one of my favorites. It’s such a fun “Song of the Year” contender.
“Me Too” is already a Top Ten hit in Australia and Canada and is currently one of the twenty most played songs on American Top 40 radio.
“SONG OF THE SUMMER”
There’s already speculation as to what will be 2016’s “Song of the Summer” (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Justin Timberlake’s “Trolls” movie song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”, is a front-runner.
“Billboard” magazine just released its Top Ten songs of each summer dating back to 1985.
Flashing back thirty years to 1986, Madonna had the “Song of the Summer” with “Papa Don’t Preach”. I remember so well getting ready on Saturday nights and heading out to “Club DV8” jamming to this song.
BEN WHISHAW…JUST BECAUSE
I have nothing new to report on the talented English actor!
However, if you haven’t checked out the mini-series “London Spy” or the movie, “Lilting”, stop wasting time and do so now!
Well, this has been fun and I already have some thoughts for next week. I didn’t want you to have to read all day!
As always, thank you for checking out my thoughts and I always welcome yours — as long as you’re diplomatic if we disagree.
Until next week, peace, love and understanding!