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Random Thoughts — Weekend of January 26, 2019

The snowy and bitterly cold weather this weekend is keeping many inside hibernating, so if you need something to watch, I have a few suggestions.

I was going to keep my random thoughts to entertainment and leave heavier topics, like politics, the government shutdown, and Chris Brown out of it, but I digress!


I’m not commenting on the allegations, but about his name being “tarnished”!  Seriously????

Trust me, he took care of that 10 years ago!  As a matter of fact, we’re just a couple of weeks away from that Grammy Awards weekend shocker!

And, one more!


Will my recommendations make the childhood Anthony smile or will they bring on the “you gotta be kidding me” and “there’s no way I’m going to smile” look? 🙂



I absolutely love Gillian Anderson and she’s incredible in this Netflix series.

She plays Dr. Jean Milburn, a sex therapist with a 16-year-old son, Otis (Asa Butterfield), who suffers from solo performance anxiety.

While dealing with his own sexually repressed issues, Otis and a classmate start a “clinic” (for pay) offering sex advice to fellow students.

Otis’ best friend, Eric, is out and proud, but he endures an encounter that makes him re-think his life and his friendship with Otis.

While a comedy, the story lines are real and dramatic, too.

I’m hoping that “Sex Education” is renewed for a second season.  With Gillian Anderson involved, I’m sure it will be! 🙂



I loved “Manifest” on NBC when it started, but once it came back from its holiday break, it didn’t hold my attention and I abandoned it!

I’m still enjoying “How To Get Away With Murder” as it heads toward the end of its fifth season (February 28, 2019).

A part of me thinks this will be the last season because of dwindling ratings.

However, it’s still a strong show and it still needs another 13 episodes to reach the new “standard” of 88 episodes for syndication!  ABC, bring it back for season six!

I also hope that “Madam Secretary” is renewed for a sixth season.


And, I absolutely loved the premiere episode of Comedy Central’s “The Other Two”.   It’s only 30 minutes long, so check it out!

It’s about a 13-year-old who becomes an overnight viral sensation and how it affects his struggling millennial siblings!

I absolutely fell in love with Drew Tarver (Cary)!

My favorite scene, other than the “Survivor” make out scene, was when Cary’s boss at his server job told him and a co-worker that he and his wife watched “Brokeback Mountain”, but didn’t care for it.

The reaction was priceless, “You are… an ally.  We’ll see you at Pride!” 🙂

Molly Shannon and Helene Yorke also star.



This Ben Stiller-directed, seven-episode limited series on Showtime is based on the 2015 escape at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

Patricia Arquette stars as Tilly Mitchell, a supervisor in the facility that helped inmates Richard Matt (Benicio del Toro) and David Sweat (Paul Dano) escape.

Arquette picked up Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Television awards for her performance.

While the acting is superb, the story that Stiller told in seven episodes could very well have been done in six tighter episodes!



I’m very excited that “Boy Erased” and “The Wife” with Oscar nominee Glenn Close are both coming to Redbox next Tuesday (January 29th)!

Sadly, “Boy Erased” didn’t come to theaters where I live.

It’s a heartbreaking story about “gay conversion therapy” that I wish more people knew about.  Yes, it’s appalling and it’s still happening in the U.S!

It stars two of absolute favorites, Nicole Kidman and Lucas Hedges!

For “The Wife”, Glenn Close picked up an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.  This is her seventh Oscar nomination without a single win in the first six tries!

While she’s up against Lady Gaga (and before seeing either performance), my money is on Close.

Close has already won a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice for this role, along with many film festival awards.


The next movie I’m looking forward to seeing in theaters is “Hotel Mumbai”, which is based on a November 2008 true event that rocked India.

It stars Oscar nominee Dev Patel (“Lion”, my favorite 2017 movie), and Golden Globe Award nominee and my future husband Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name”).

It hits theaters March 29, 2019.


I highly recommend “The Americans”, which just wrapped up last summer.

It took me no time to binge watch all 75 episodes of the Emmy and Golden Globes winning series with the incredible Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.

For six seasons, Russell and Rhys played Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, Soviet spies in Washington D.C. in the early-1980s at the height of the “Cold War”.

It’s intense, sexy, violent and thought-provoking!

The sixth and final season just won the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series – Drama, an Emmy Award for Rhys and won three Critics’ Choice Television Awards!

And, let me tell you without spoilers, the series finale was one of the best finales I’ve watched!

It was heartbreaking, but the perfect ending to an almost perfect series.



With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!


Movies For A Rainy Day

Unseasonably cool weather has taken over the Midwest the last few days and with rain Friday night and for much of Saturday, here are a few movies suggestions if you’re in the mood to rent movies and just listen to the falling rain.


“The Imitation Game” was a fantastic lesson of one of the true heroes of World War 2 that few know.

It’s tragic how pathetic British laws were back in the 1950s persecuting people for just being themselves. Benedict Cumberbatch was very touching as a tormented genius that helped to bring the Germans down.

While definitely an Oscar worthy performance from Cumberbatch because I couldn’t take my eyes off him, I still think that Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything” deserved the Best Actor Oscar and I’ve seen 4-of-the-5 performances.



Speaking of the Oscars and Eddie Redmayne, I’ve seen four of the five Best Actor nominees from last year.

Without seeing Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper” and as much as I love Cumberbatch, Eddie deserved his Oscars hands down playing ALS-stricken theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

Eddie was so believable as Hawking as he met the love of his life that would become his wife and then find out that the debilitating disease would, in just years, take his life.

The most heartbreaking scene in the movie for me was a dinner scene with Hawking, his wife, and close friends, but I won’t spoil it for you by describing it.

Redmayne succeeds and Hawking was a winner in real life.



When this musical drama came out in theaters late last year, I didn’t have any desire to movie house prices to see it.  I guess America didn’t either.  The $7 million dollar movie earned only $14.6 million at the box office.

However, I definitely wanted to see it on DVD and what a pleasurable movie it is.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who earned rave reviews in the 2013 period piece, “Belle”, was excellent as pop star Noni Jean, who just won a Billboard Music Award and is getting ready to release her debut album.

But, an incident on a hotel balcony railroads her path to success.

“Beyond The Lights” has great music, a good storyline, a hot love interest played by hunky Nate Parker, and an incredible performance by Minnie Driver as an obsessive stage mom.

If you’re like me, it’ll be hard to watch some of the movie and not see Rihanna (and Chris Brown).



2014 was a great year for Julianne Moore.

She won rave reviews, her first Oscar, and a Golden Globes award for “Still Alice”.  She also won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for another Golden Globes award for “Maps To The Stars”.

In this satirical drama (although Moore was nominated in the “comedy” category for the Golden Globes) from acclaimed director David Cronenberg, Moore plays an aging actress, who’s trying to win the dream role of playing her late mother (a famous actress) in a movie remake.

Needless to say, Moore’s Havana Segrand is messed up and out of touch with real life.  I’m not saying all in Hollywood are. 🙂

But, she’s calm and collected compared to Agatha Weiss, played with perfection by Mia Wasikowska (who also played Moore’s daughter in 2010’s “The Kids Are All Right”).  She has many issues, as does most everyone in this movie.

“Maps To The Stars” is a very strange, but riveting movie.



New Year’s Eve may not be the best time to release a movie if you want people to see it.

This drama takes place in early 1981 New York City during a very violent period when several oil trucks were being hijacked.

Oscar Isaac, who was amazing in the much better “Inside Llewyn Davis” that I wrote about earlier this year, is the owner of Standard Oil, an up and coming oil company.  Several of his trucks are taken and one of his drivers is almost beaten to death.

The movie follows his quest to find out who’s behind the violence.  At the same time, he’s being investigated for price-fixing, tax evasion, and other charges by the city’s assistant district attorney.

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globes winner Jessica Chastain, played his powerful, domineering, and heartless wife, Anna, the daughter of a mob boss.  She’s incredible and needed to be in the movie more.



My 13-year-old daughter has seen this Disney musical, from the man who brought us the Oscar-winning 2002 musical, “Chicago”, several times and she loves it.

I, on the other hand, did not care for it.

It was too long and tried to serve too many children’s stories without much cohesiveness.

When Meryl Streep was on-screen as “The Witch”, the movie soared.

But, I don’t know everything.  The $50 million production has now grossed more than $204 million worldwide.



I was excited to see “Nightcrawler” with Jake Gyllenhaal, but I had to suspend belief while watching it since I’m in the news business.

A casual viewer would rate the movie higher.

However, I know it’s IMPOSSIBLE to just walk into the news studio of the #2 market in the country saying you have video and seeing the news director working with the editor on how to put a story together.

The movie paints the news business as very unscrupulous (and some stations and networks are, hi Fox News!).

Gyllenhaal is so creepy in the movie, it could have been called “NightCreeper” or “CreepyCrawler”.

GRADE: C- (to a non-news person: C+)


Here’s a fantastic flashback if you can find it.  It only took me more than four years to finally see it.

This little seen 2010 movie directed by the incredible John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Shortbus”) stars Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and a younger Miles Teller (“Whiplash”).

The drama follows the lives of husband and wife, Howie and Becca (Eckhart and Kidman) after their 4-year-old son was struck and killed by a car when he ran out into the street chasing their dog.

Kidman earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her sad and incredible performance.

Not a happy movie, but very powerful.


Enjoy your weekend!


Random Friday Thoughts — June 27, 2014

Happy Friday!  This is the kickoff to the last weekend of June.  I cannot believe that one-half of 2014 is already behind us and the Fourth of July is next week!

We have nothing planned this weekend and that’s perfectly fine with me.  Thank you for checking out my random thoughts.

I hope you have a great one.


A couple of weeks ago, former President George H. W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by jumping out of a plane.

Before the jump, he tweeted, “It’s a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump.”

Bush Jumping on 90th

I commend him for doing something that I’d never do.  He also took parachute jumps on his 80th and 85th birthdays.

George H.W. Bush becomes the fifth U.S. President to reach 90-years-old and he’s the fifth longest living President.  He joins the ranks of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, John Adams, and Herbert Hoover.

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter

God-willing, on October 1st of this year, my favorite President, Jimmy Carter, will become the sixth President to live to 90!


I recently read “Tammy Wynette:  A Daughter Recalls Her Mother’s Tragic Life and Death” by Jackie Daly, the country legend’s second oldest daughter.

A Daughter Recalls

Tammy Wynette died in April of 1998 at the age of 55.  While she had health issues, numerous major surgeries, and an addiction to painkillers over the course of her life, the circumstances surrounding her death were very questionable.

This book is pretty one-sided since it’s told by a daughter that went to great lengths to prove that there was a cover-up in her mother’s death.  However, it definitely makes you realize that celebrity deaths are handled much differently than the deaths of average people.  And, even moreso, when there are millions of dollars at stake.

Jackie Daly (with Tom Carter) makes a good argument that it’s very suspicious that Wynette’s husband, George Richey, called his wife’s personal physician in Pennsylvania, hundreds of miles away, to inform him of the singer’s death before the local medical examiner was contacted.

Tammy’s four daughters would go on to file a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Wallis Marsh of Pittsburgh, who had prescribed the drug, Versed, to Wynette.  That drug has been proven that it could cause death if not administered by professionals and under supervision.

Richey was also named in the lawsuit for administering the drug, but he was later dropped.  The pharmacy, Care Solutions of Nashville, was also named in the lawsuit for delivering the painkiller.

Four years after Wynette’s death, a confidential out-of-court settlement was reached between Marsh and the four daughters.


I could care less about Chris Brown’s court appearances and Justin Bieber’s latest run-ins with the law.  Also, “Entertainment Weekly”, move on from “Game of Thrones” and “Mad Men”.  There are other things happening in the world of television, movies, music, and books!


Now that Ray and I are wrapping up the fifth and final season of “Fringe”, (R.I.P. Walter, Olivia, and Peter), we’re debating what series to watch next.  It’s between “Breaking Bad” and “True Blood”.


I think we’re leaning toward “Breaking Bad” since the seventh and final season of “True Blood” is now underway.

Also, the second season of “Under The Dome” starts Monday night, June 30th, on CBS!

Under The Dome


Christian pop singer Amy Grant is ready to make a comeback on the pop charts and in the dance clubs.

Amy Grant

On August 19th, “In Motion: The Remixes” is released and it’ll feature remixes of some of her biggest hits by some of today’s hottest DJs, including Chris Cox, Tony Moran, Moto Blanco, Ralph Rosario, and Hex Hector.

“Baby Baby”, remixed by Dave Aude, is ready to blast its way into the dance clubs.

Since her first Christian hit in 1977, she’s hit the top of that chart 16 times and she’s also crossed over to the pop chart.

Amy has a total of ten Top 40 hits of the Billboard Hot 100, including five from her 1991 album, “Heart in Motion”, that sold more than five million copies in the U.S.

Of those pop hits, two have topped the Hot 100, “The Next Time I Fall”, a duet with Peter Cetera in 1986, and a solo hit, “Baby Baby”, for two weeks in the spring of 1991.

This is one release I’m looking forward to this fall.


The last comedy that really made me laugh out loud was “This Is The End” last year and that ended up being my fifth favorite movie I saw in 2013.

Now, I can add the box office bomb, “Walk of Shame” to that list of funny movies.  Yes, critics hated it and it was panned by the few movie goers that saw it.  For whatever reason, it was only released in 51 theaters for a week!  Nevertheless, Ray and I thought it was funny.

Elizabeth Banks plays Meghan Miles, a Los Angeles television news anchor, who is dumped by her fiance.  Her two friends force her to go on the town.  After getting drunk and hooking up with the very hunky Gordon, played by James Marsden, she leaves his place when he falls asleep and checks her messages.  The network is coming to see her show for a promotion to do the national news.

When she leaves Gordon’s place, her car is being towed away with her purse in it.  In her quest to get the car back, she runs into altercations with local drug dealer, prostitutes, the police, and that’s only part of the drama and the chaos.

So, it may not be Oscar-worthy material, but I laughed many times and I plan on buying the DVD.

Many of us have done the “walk of shame” and this is one I’d definitely do again!



Since I talked about Tammy Wynette earlier in the blog, I’ll feature her in this weekly segment.

In her long career, Tammy scored 44 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Country chart.  Of those, 31 reached the Top Ten and 25 of them made the Top 5.

Tammy topped the country music chart 17 times and for a stretch from 1967 to 1969, she had seven consecutive number one songs.  Some of her number ones include “I Don’t Want To Play House”, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”, and “Stand By Your Man”

“‘Til I Can Make It on My Own” is one of my favorite Tammy Wynette songs.  It hit #1 in the spring of 1976.

In addition to her solo hits (and a #1 duet with David Houston in 1967), Tammy also scored 13 Top 40 hits with George Jones.  Of those, eight reached the Top Ten and three topped the Country charts including “Golden Ring” and “We’re Gonna Hold On”.


With all the country success, only “Stand By Your Man”, her #1 1968 country hit crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100.  It peaked at #19.

However, that would not be her last appearance.  In late 1991, the British duo, KLF, called up the “Queen of Country Music” to lend her vocals to their hit, “Justified & Ancient (Stand by the JAMs)”.

That song made it all the way up to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #2 on the Billboard Dance charts.

But, it hit #1 in Austria for five weeks and #1 in Sweden for three weeks.  It also topped the charts in Finland and New Zealand and almost hit the top in the U.K. peaking at #2.



Thank you for checking out my random thoughts.   Here’s hoping that we all have a great weekend.


They Said What??? Cher, Chris Brown, Rihanna, & The Westboro Baptist Church


(on why their cult is going to picket Taylor Swift’s upcoming concert in Kansas City, Missouri):  “This girl is a whore. Who else is gonna say that if it’s not the church of the Lord Jesus?  She’s coming into our backyard. We’re gonna go preach to her.”


(in a press release bashing country/pop sweetheart Taylor Swift):  “”@TaylorSwift13 works her ‘girl next door’ country-singer shtick, while hopping from one young man to the next and strutting across the world stage like a proud whore”


(speaking on Amanda Bynes bizarre behavior):  “You know what, when people are going through something, when people are going through changes, they’ve just got to get through them and people have to kind of back off and let them. You act out when something hurts you or something’s not working for you. It’s like Britney Spears, I mean that child was acting out like crazy, and then she got through it, and now everything’s cool. It’s a snapshot in time. It’s not time.”


(on whether the word ‘tranny’ is offensive):  “Depends on who’s saying it… You know, people with senses of humor—if it bothers someone, then you don’t say it. But I have friends who call themselves that, and so, it depends on the person. It depends on how the person feels about who they are, and if that appeals to them, then that’s fine. If it doesn’t, then it’s respectful to treat the person they wanted to be treated.”


(in a tweet responding to allegations that he was involved in a misdemeanor hit & run in California in May):  “It’s not a hit and run if u get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars). This is really ridiculous.”


(posting a story with this headline on the Daily Mail’s website about pop singer Rihanna):  “Pop’s poisonous princess: Glorying in drugs, guns and sleaze, Rihanna’s toxic role model for her army of young fans.”


(responding with a very unflattering picture of Jones and this caption about the reporter):  “sad sloppy menopausal mess.”

(to Jones):  “Call it what ya want!! Toxic was cute, Poisonous Pop Princess had a nice ring to it, just a lil wordy!”


They Said What??? Patti Davis, Michael Reagan, & Chris Brown


“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey.  if you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders.”


“Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here.”


“It’s not right that professional sports, and especially the professional sports media, have created an environment where gay players are willing to hide essential components of themselves as human beings in order to pursue their dreams, in order to not be a distraction. It’s not right that our insatiable lust for sports coverage creates an atmosphere where someone would willingly subordinate his life to a backward and bigoted worldview in order to stay employed.”


(commenting on Justin Bieber’s recent problems and that people think Lil Twist, Bieb’s best friend was hosted the marijuana party at Justin’s home):  “I just feel like [the mainstream media] are gonna target the little black boys around him and say, ‘Hey, so this is why he’s doing it.’ … So I pray for [Justin], I pray for myself. I think we both go through it because we’re great artists. He’s a big artist to his fans and everybody, you know? He’s like Baby Elvis out here.”


“It’s ultimately about changing the culture of the entire country; it inevitably will lead to teaching our public school kids that gay marriage is a perfectly fine alternative and no different than traditional marriage. There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder.”


“I don’t think he would’ve stand in the way of [gay marriage] at all…I don’t think he think he would stand in the way of two people wanting to make a commitment to one another.”


“[Reagan] did not believe that gayness was a choice, [but] as a straight man and an old-fashioned man, it’s not like he understood it.”


They Said What??? Ke$ha, Chris Brown, & Rihanna


(about getting writing help from her Mom on some of her risque songs like “Gold Trans Am” from the new “Warrior” album):  “We write songs about boys and sex together.  That may not be normal to the average psychiatrist out there but I think it’s pretty cool.”


(mother of country singer Mindy McCready, who recently committed suicide):  “Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless. I know she wanted to be healed. We talked about this. She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand.”

SINGER CHRIS BROWN(in the U.K. “Mirror” about assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.  The couple are back together.):  “That night was the deepest regret of my life. But she loves me – what can I say? I’m forgiven… but yes, I worked hard for it.”


(recently told “Rolling Stone”):  “Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake.  It’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about sh*t. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.”


Most Popular Blog Entries In My First Year — Part One

The weekend is here and I hope you have a great one.  Monday marks my blog’s first birthday.  In the past year, I’ve covered highs and lows in many topics about love, hate, politics, death, entertainment, the future, and countless others.

WordPress sent me an email on New Year’s Eve telling me that my blog has been viewed in 180 countries around the world.  As we approach my blog’s anniversary, I want to recap the stories that have been viewed the most.  And, let me tell you now that the #1 viewed blog was viewed more than 25,000 times!  I’m not sure what sites shared it to get that many views, but it’s pretty cool.  What’s even funnier is that it’s one that I didn’t put much time in when writing it.

Today, I’m featuring #20 to #11 and tomorrow, you’ll see the Top Ten most viewed blogs.

If you missed them the first time, here’s your chance to see which blog entries were the most popular.  All you have to do is click on the link.


President Reagan, I No Longer Hate You

Posted:  July 5, 2012

Views: 556


Have Your Reception Here Unless You’re Gay

Posted:  June 22, 2012

Views:  582


New Kitchen = Endless Culinary Possibilities — Bon Appétit!

Posted:  July 1, 2012

Views:  614


Marriage Equality: Is It Simply Black & White?

Posted:  May 24, 2012

Views:  615


Marriage Expert Bristol Palin Weighs in on Marriage Equality

Posted:  May 10, 2012

Views:  659

#15 Movie

ABBA: My Best Friend

Posted:  February 3, 2012

Views:  783

#14 Movie

Gay Rumors — A Humorous Look

Posted:  May 11, 2012

Views:  910


Hot Shorts & Push-up Bras — It Must Be Summer

Posted:  June 20, 2012

Views:  952

#12 Movie

Advice To Chris Brown, (Yes, That One)

Posted:  July 3, 2012

Views:  979

#11 Movie

Hard Bodies Need Only Apply!

Posted:  June 29, 2012

Views:  1,239

Thanks for checking out #20 to #11.  Have a great Saturday and I’ll have the Top Ten tomorrow.


They Said What??? Dolly Parton, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, & Sally Field


(tweeting his support of Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” bill):  “American liberals are upset that Ugandan Pres is leading his nation in repentance — afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God.”

(on “ex-gay” reparative therapy):  “I have not found enough published data supporting positive results with gay reparative therapy, and I have concerns about the potentially dangerous effects when the therapy fails, especially when minors are forced into treatments.


(who has a gay son):  “It’s important to have a parent speak about raising a magnificent, proud, intelligent, funny, lovable, sexy gay son.  And there are so many parents who are frightened of that and who don’t embrace their children as they struggle. Those children are struggling to embrace who they are, who nature — what nature intended them to be.”


(responding to Steven Tyler of Aerosmith’s “racist” comments): “Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet.  I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven’t done anything to you. That’s a racist comment. You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f–k yourself and worry about yourself babe.”

(in a Twitter exchange with comedy writer Jenny Johnson before deleting his account):  “I look old as f–k! I’m only 23…”.  Johnson then replied with, “I know! Being a worthless piece of s–t can really age a person.”


(commenting on how Chris Brown fans are reacting to him deleting his Twitter account):  “It’s alarming how many death threats I’m receiving via @ replies.  I encourage everyone, including @Twitter to look through them. Not cool.”


(opening up about her relation with DJ Samantha Ronson):  “Two toxic people cannot be together. End of story. We’re friends now. That’s how it started so I think that’s how it was meant to be.  I was bold enough to say, ‘Yeah I like a girl. And?’ That put her in a situation where she was being attacked every day. That’s not fair. And what am I left with? Heartbreak. That was three years ago. It was my last serious relationship.”


(on the support for LGBT fans):  “Even when I felt I couldn’t stand, they held me up and supported me. I think we can each related to each other and I am forever indebted.”


(slamming the newspaper, the “UK Mirror”, for misquoting her):  “I have never had anorexia nor did I ever say ‘no one should be as famous as me.  I said in the interview, when asked about fame, that I have no desire to be as famous as Britney [Spears] or Madonna. I said that kind of fame was too much for any person and that I have experienced a portion of what they deal with and that I didn’t handle that well and I’m happy where I’m at in my career. Nice job Mirror.”

(on threats from the Ku Klux Klan for having “Gay Days” at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee):  “When it first started there were people giving us threats, I still get threats. But like I said, I’m in business. I just don’t feel like I have to explain myself. I love everybody.”



(on entering a drag queen look-a-like contest that she lost):  “They had a bunch of Chers and Dollys that year, so I just over-exaggerated — made my beauty mark bigger, the eyes bigger, the hair bigger, everything.  All these beautiful drag queens had worked for weeks and months getting their clothes. So I just got in the line and I just walked across, and they just thought I was some little short gay guy.. but I got the least applause.”


(on gay rumors that have dogged her for years over her longtime friend, Judy Ogle):  “Like Gayle, her friend, Judy, my friend, they just think that you just can’t be that close to somebody. Judy and I have been best friends since we were like in the third and fourth grade… We still just have a great friendship and relationship and I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world, but we’re not romantically involved.”




Advice To Chris Brown, (Yes, That One)

UPDATE:  November 26, 2012

If controversy sells, Chris Brown will be cashing in this holiday season.

It’s been reported that he and his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, who he physically abused almost four years ago, spent the Thanksgiving holiday together in Berlin.  Now, he’s deleted his Twitter account after an outrageous vulgar and sexist string of tweets with Houston comedy writer Jenny Johnson.  That has prompted some of Brown’s fans to tweet death threats toward Johnson.

This past weekend, had his latest CD, “Fortune” for only $5 and I contemplated buying one of his earlier disc because I do love some of his music.  However, after reading more about this whole Twitter exchange with Johnson, I’m glad I didn’t give him any of my money!

Here is the blog I wrote about Brown almost five months ago.  Now, more than in July, I seriously think Chris Brown should take a long, long hiatus and come back a better man!!!



ORIGINAL POST:  July 3, 2012

Singer Chris Brown has a new album out today called “Fortune”, the follow-up to last year’s “F.A.M.E.”, which won a Grammy Award for Best R&B album.  And, just the other night, Brown won the Best Male R&B Artist at the BET Awards.  As much fun as it is watching him on stage and however enjoyable much of his music is on the radio or YouTube, Chris Brown doesn’t come across as a likeable person.

Since his first single, the #1 smash “Run It”, was released about this time seven years, Brown has scored 28 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with 11 of those reaching the top ten, and two topping the chart.  He’s had even more success on the R&B charts.  Obviously, radio loves him.  He’s also won the aforementioned Grammy Award, two NAACP Image Awards, three American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and eleven BET Awards.  He’s also an actor that’s been in four movies and he’s been on several television shows.  Chris Brown definitely has something going for him and it’s not all good and it can overshadow his music.

With all the success, the money, the entourages, and the hits singles, the past three years have been rough on Chris Brown.

You have one hit after another, you have albums to promote, tours to perform, an image to uphold, and a beautiful girlfriend.  And, you have all of this while being a teenager.  While most of us have never had the success that Chris Brown has, it most definitely didn’t happen to us as teenagers.

And, something else that most likely didn’t happen to us, or most teenagers, is to be charged with felony assault and making criminal threats as a 19-year-old.  By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three years, you’ve heard about the domestic abuse incident where Chris Brown beat his then-girlfriend and fellow music superstar, Rihanna.

We saw the pictures from the Los Angeles Police Department of Rihanna’s bruised and bloodied face.  (Incidentally, prosecutors have now decided not to pursue charges against the two police officers that allegedly leaked the pictures to TMZ!)  I debated on whether to show that picture and decided to because it’s important to the story and there are reports that Rihanna and Chris Brown have been seen together and are communicating, so I figured it was fair game.  Also, a simple Google search would have yielded it if I hadn’t posted it.

Brown was charged with the crime in March 2009  and on June 22, 2009, he pleaded guilty and in a plea deal was sentenced to five years of probation and to six months of community service.

While Rihanna has gone on to become an ever bigger star with her recent hit, “We Found Love” becoming her 11th number one song and spending ten weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, the three years post-Rihanna assualt have not been as good for Chris Brown, especially his image.

He may still be winning awards left and right and radio is playing his music, but his album sales have suffered.  His first two albums combined (pre-Rihanna incident) sold more than four million copies in the United States.  His last two albums after the domestic abuse incident have only sold 1.2 million copies combined.  His last album, the Grammy-winning “F.A.M.E.’ has only sold 872,000 copies here at home.

I love some of Chris Brown’s music, but I don’t own any of his albums and I don’t plan on buying them.  “Forever” is my favorite Chris Brown song, but I didn’t buy the album.  And, at that time, he was a good-looking fresh-faced kid making a name for himself in the music business.

Now, with the tarnished image of being the guy that beat Rihanna, more and more people are reluctant to buy his albums and that is their prerogative.  Many cringe at just hearing his name.  This brings me around to my initial comment, “Chris Brown doesn’t come across as a likeable person”.

I wasn’t there the night that he beat Rihanna.  I don’t know the facts of what precipitated the event.  Did Brown start the fight or did Rihanna?  Did it escalate from a war of words or was the fight one-sided?  It really doesn’t matter too much at this point.  Being the victim myself of domestic abuse in Chicago back in 1994 and 1995 (and then stalked), the bottom line is that something bad happened to Rihanna in that car in February 2009 at the hands of Chris Brown.

Regardless of how it started, we saw how it ended.  My problem with Chris Brown is no matter what transpired that night, he could have been angry at Rihanna without beating her.  He could have made her get out the car.  He’s a big enough guy that IF, and I stress the word “IF”, Rihanna tried to hit him first, he could have grabbed her arms and stopped her.

Another  problem I have with Chris Brown is that in the three years since the incident, he’s really shown very little remorse.  Saying sorry in a press release or a YouTube video doesn’t cut it for me.

Whether he’s working to maintain street cred in the rap and R&B music world, getting pissed off at Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts in March 2011 for asking about the Rihanna incident and then throwing a chair in the dressing room and shattering a window, tweeting a picture of your very impressive penis, or and having your entourage get into a brawl with singer Drake’s people in a New York City bar a few weeks ago speaks volume for Chris Brown’s character in the post-Rihanna era.

I will never forget what Chris Brown did to Rihanna.  When you hear either name, you think of the other.

I really wish that Brown would focus on his music and entertaining fans and not working on a bad boy image.  That may have scored him many hits, much success, and plenty of ladies, but it’s not doing much for him now.

Do I still like some of his songs?  Yes.  He can make fun, dance music that makes you feel good and for a few minutes, it helps you forget the ugly side of Chris Brown.

“Forever”, from 2008, is still my favorite Chris Brown song.

“Turn Up The Music” is another favorite.