Wednesday, July 31, 2013

School Daze Sequel?! YES!!

*Check out the full interview done by Black&Sexy TV above (10 minute mark)*

Now after learning that the "Fly Girl" trilogy by Omar Tyree would be turned into a movie. .
The legendary Spike Lee confirms that he already has the script for the sequel to his beloved classic "School Daze"!!

Spike Lee said the sequel would take place 25 years later and he hopes to get actor Laurence Fishburne to play his role as “Dap.” Lee said, “I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze, a contemporary version, same school, 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president now of the school. It would deal with issues in HSBCUs today, some of the same stuff from the last film, like the pledging process. But also lots of new stuff like homophobia,it’s a big subject in it. Class issues, color, hair texture, but it’s stuff happening today.”

I don't know about you but a few people I would like to see on the campus of "Mission College" would be MYSELF ;") Nicole Baharie, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lance Gross, Pooch Hall, Taylour Paige, Jason Newsome, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, and of course the return of Tisha Campbell-Martin, Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, and Giancarlo Esposito (Dean Big Brother ALL MighTY!!)

Ha!! The new school G Phi G and Gamma Rays are probably going to be NO joke especially from the way things go down now on a lot of campuses across the country (not just HBCU's).

It will be refreshing and open up a new wave of fans for Spike Lee!!

Here is one of MY FAVorite scenes!! The Talent Show!! 
They weren't playing around with that "Black & Silver"!!  LoL!!

Mr. Lee hit me UP!!


In case you had not heard. .VH1 will be bringing the story of the Multi-Platinum. .Best Selling Female group of all time to a television screen near you this FALL. That's right the story of TLC!!
I can admit I was a little shocked by the young women who were casted (no hatred at all) but after viewing this trailer. .they truly did each character justice!! They look almost identical to the ladies. I'm really excited to see Lil Mama bring to life the late and great Left-Eye!!

Don't know about you but I was a HUGE TLC fan!! What girl wasn't?! Child I wanted hair like Chilli's, rocked the Crossed Colors fits, wore the band~aid on my face, and everything!! LoL!!

I will be ready to #TuneIN and you should too!!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dose of Soul. .

Ahhhhhh. .
All from the set of the "Raheem DeVaughn Show" Saxophonist Boney James (whom I LOVE too) tells how the collaboration with Raheem came about. .and of course they perform the hit single "Maker of Love"!!

Something smooth and SOULful for your Sunday afternoon. .
Love the lyrics ;")

Purchase a copy of Boney James latest album "The Beat" feat "Maker of Love":

Do NOT forget to tune in EVERY Sunday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm(est) 
to the "Raheem DeVaughn Show"!!

Be on the LOOKOUT for his new album. .Coming SOON


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Breathe. .and EXHALE

In case you aren't familiar with Aspire it is a Black cable network owned by none other than Magic Johnson. The aim of Aspire TV is to bring quality and family oriented television back into the lives of Black families via a network that is geared specifically towards us. Honestly there isn't much that comes on the network that you and your family can't sit back, relax, and enjoy together. Showcasing movies from ABFF, episodes of the Flip Wilson Show, our favorite and first prime time black female character "Julia", and a new sensational talk show EXHALE!!

Aspire has heard the voices of Black women and they are giving us what we TRULY want. Exhale is a new prime time talk show geared towards black women focusing on everything from health, dating, staying fit & fabulous, and living your best life possible. It features the "Who's Who" of Sistahs as the host of the show.

Check them out. .

*Malinda Williams (A lot of people call me her twin. .Love her!! Always stays true to herself and such an inspiration)

Armed with a license in cosmetology and a few small acting roles, Malinda Williams left her home state of New Jersey and ambitiously set her sights on Hollywood. Originally intent on servicing the entertainment industry by opening her own hair salon, Malinda quickly found her beauty industry career giving way to her undeniable acting talent.

Twice nominated for an NAACP Image Award for "outstanding actress in a drama series", the determined young beauty made a name for herself, grabbing lead roles in films such as The Wood , High School High, Tyler Perry's Daddy’s Little Girls and First Sunday. Having just completed one of four film projects in 2011 which include Percentage with Ving Rhames and Macy Gray, Russ Parr’s The Undershephard and GMC’s A Cross to Bear, Malinda will appear next, alongside Chris Rock, in Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, which will premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. If you ask this talented actress some of her career goals, she will tell you, I just want to portray African-American women accurately, because that is all I represent; not necessarily positively or negatively, just correctly.

*Angela Burt-Murray (LOVE this woman!! I've followed her for years with Essence Magazine and she is the epitome of a Savvy and Sophisticated woman about her business and people!!)

Angela Burt-Murray is the co-founder and editorial director of Cocoa Media Group, a new digital media company that launched and CocoaFab.TV to feature entertainment, style and original web series for young women of color.

Prior to launching CMG, she was the editor-in-chief of ESSENCE magazine, where she oversaw the editorial direction for ESSENCE magazine—the premier lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women—as well as—the leading daily online destination to serve that audience. As steward of ESSENCE’s editorial content from 2005- 2010, Burt-Murray increased circulation by 20 percent and defined the cultural discussion for the Black community and empowered the brand's audience–which encompassed 8.3 million readers of the monthly magazine and over 1.5 million monthly unique users of the website.

*Erin Jackson (Funny, Fun, and outgoing!! Love her!!)

"Washington has been the home of a number of very good comics and a few great ones (Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, Martin Lawrence). Erin Jackson could be next in line." – The Washington Post

Armed with a megawatt smile and a pocket full of dreams, Erin Jackson is poised to conquer the world of stand-up. In fact, she’d probably be well on her way to superstardom by now if her friends and family hadn’t spent so many years hating on her dreams and stealing her joy.

Since first making a name for herself at colleges and east coast comedy clubs, Erin's warm, conversational style and relatable humor have helped to propel her onto the national stage. She has performed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and Comedy Central’s "Live at Gotham," and was a semifinalist on season 6 of NBC’s "Last Comic Standing." Erin has also appeared on VH-1 and worked with both HBO and BET on live comedy and awards specials. She's been a panelist on pop-culture countdown shows such as "40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the 90's" and "Best Movie Kisses" and was featured most recently on TV Guide Network's "StandUp in Stilettos." Erin is currently touring the country as part of the "Pumps & Punchlines" theatre tour.

*Issa Rae (A young she-roe and inspiration I admire her zeal and ambition. .and absolutely LOVE Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl)

Issa Rae, the multitalented CEO and Owner of Issa Rae Productions, is a pioneer in the fight against the narrow, mainstream portrayal of people of color in the media. With a dedicated and passionate team, and supportive fan base, Issa Rae Productions lends a voice to a demographic that largely goes unheard. The wide-spread success of Issa Rae’s webseries, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, has unanimously placed Issa Rae at the forefront of the digital web revolution.

Issa Rae, as Director, Writer, Editor, and Actress, is a rising force that has finally put in to action the change many have been waiting to see. A Los Angeles native, Issa received her B.A. from Stanford University, producing and directing four theatrical productions, including two stage adaptations of Spike Lee films throughout her time in college. Because film is her true passion, Issa took time off from Stanford to attend the New York Film Academy where she honed her filmmaking skills. Upon graduating from Stanford, Issa continued to follow her passion. Through various music videos, shorts, and a range of successful webseries, Issa Rae Productions pulls from the everyday struggles of the twenty-something year old, and incorporates a sense of humor that makes each original plot and character, relatable and appealing.

*Rene' Syler (Confident and Sophisticated!! Truly about women loving and embracing who they truly are. .and I love her hair!!)

René Syler knew she wanted a career in television. Unfortunately she did not come to that realization until after she had spent thousands of dollars on a degree in psychology. She forged ahead and after reporter/anchor jobs in Reno, Birmingham and Dallas, landed a plum assignment as one of the anchors of The Early Show on CBS.

It was there René capitalized on her natural curiosity. She interviewed former First Lady Laura Bush, both in studio and at The White House. She spoke with politicians such as Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, and countless authors, Jeffrey Deaver and Walter Mosely among her many favorites. In her four years at The Early Show, she delved into the lives of Russell Crowe, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Selleck, Antonio Banderas, Denzel Washington, Beyonce and Will Smith to name a few. She danced with American Idol winner Fantasia, even giving her the blue shoes off her own feet after Fantasia complimented her on them! Alas she was not particularly adept at the cooking segments, which will come as no surprise to those who know her.

As you can see the host are DYNAMIC and they have covered some wonderful topics so far; HIV/Aids, Heart Health (Whoop!!), Why Black Women are Single (aka not having healthy and lasting relationships), and more!! Some special guest have been A.J. Johnson (Actress, Trainer/Life Coach), Tichina Arnold ( Actress), Judge Lynn Toler, and  Lance Gross (Yes Lawd!!).

We definitely need to support this show, these ladies, and the network!!

Exhale airs every Wednesday 8:00 pm est!! You can also catch the episode from the previous week at 9:00 pm est.

Follow and show them all support on Twitter:

Don't forget to tell all your girlfriends. .your mama. .to tell her friends. .and SUPPORT!!


Flyy Girl

I'm sure you saw the title of the post and thought I was going to start talking about myself. .LoL!! Sorry!! Anywhoo. .over the weekend I heard some of the BEST news a book-lover could ever hear. .That one of your FAVorite characters will be coming to the big screen.

Picked up by "Codeblack Films" a subsidiary of Lionsgate they will bring to life one of the most known urban book characters "Tracy Ellison" of Omar Tyree's book trilogy that all started with "Flyy Girl".

I have been reading Omar Tyree's books since I was 17 and he is honestly one of my FAVorite authors.

A little on Mr. Tyree. .

(Woo. .Isn't he Handsome!!)

A child of the 70's Tyree was born and raised in Philadelphia (he let it be known that he is a "100% Philadelphian) with a strong stepfather who was a role model and a disciplinary that gave him the freedom to explore and put him in line anytime he strayed. Tyree became a fan of classic films, including kung-fu movies and was known amongst his middle and high school peers for his incredible memorization skills and story-telling abilities. After transferring from the University of Pittsburgh to Howard University Tyree began his writing career selling books out of the back of his car, from his college apartment which had more books than furniture, and simultaneously freelanced with local newspapers to meet ends meet.

After developing a cult like following in the mid-atlantic Tyree continued to write a book every year and soon developed a national following by word of mouth leading to publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster signing the young talent to a multiple book deal worth millions of dollars.

Tyree is a popular speaker and enjoys doing readings for his fans across book stores nationwide.
(taken from )

Let me give you the deets on the Trilogy. .

This unremarkable African American coming-of-age story tracks Tracy Ellison from her sixth birthday party in 1977 to her 17th birthday. Tracy grows up in the middle-class Philadelphia suburb of Germantown. The daughter of a pharmacist and a dietitian, she is pretty and intelligent, armed with solid self-esteem and a sassy mouth. Like most of her friends, she's also boy crazy, and readers watch as her physical maturation leads to increasing sexual activity. While experiencing the indulgent, hip-hop 1980s and the insidious effects of the cocaine economy that flourishes in black communities, Tracy must also come to terms with her parents' separation.

Rowdy and predictable, this sequel to Flyy Girl, the tale of a streetwise, boy-crazy Philadelphia teen who learns some hard lessons, revisits the life and times of Tracy Ellison Grant, now 28 and a successful author (of a novel called Flyy Girl), TV and screenwriter, and rising movie actress, as she takes a closer look at her fame, fortune and heart. Tracy's old flame, Victor Hinson, has been doing a stretch in jail; once released, he changes his name and marries someone else. Tracy tries not to let his defection stop her from enjoying her notoriety. But she is still vulnerable as she makes a visit to her old stomping grounds, Philadelphia's Germantown: she feels exposed and fake speaking at her old high school, and on a radio chat show she's disturbed to hear rumors that she's a lesbian. She stays in touch with her old crew, but she is disillusioned on that front, too. Her friend, Kiwana, formerly Afrocentric and militant, disappoints Tracy when she marries a white man, and fast-talking Mercedes audaciously tries to scam Tracy for money. Tracy's heart still retains a soft spot for the reformed Victor, now a Muslim businessman, and the embers of their old affair flare up in a situation that resolves itself in several surprises.

Everybody's favorite flyy girl is a little bit older, a whole lot wiser, and just as sassy as ever. After a series of triumphs in the world of letters and acting, Tracy takes on the dazzling world of Hollywood's A-list players to film a project close to her heart. Told from the point of view of Tracy's cousin and personal assistant, Vanessa, Boss Lady chronicles the trials and tribulations of adapting the story of Tracy Ellison's life. In this novel, Flyy Girl is becoming a major motion picture and Tracy is prepared to do anything and everything to tell her story and to make sure it's done right, from screenwriting to producing to designing. In the meantime, she's also juggling the highs and lows of her famously turbulent love life. Is it better to remain single and committed to her career? Or is she ready to take the plunge and embrace the married-with-children life?

I can't wait to see what the result will be and I'm sure Mr. Tyree will be giving his input for a few twist and unexpected turns which will make an AWESOME project.

(I was excited as well when I heard sometime last year that it was a possibility "Leslie" would be made into a movie as well. Let's keep our fingers crossed for that one too!!)

Please support an excellent author!! Purchase your copy of any of the above mentioned titles at

Also follow him on Twitter @OmarTyree

We need to have Mr. Tyree come to "Pearls, Books, and Tea" in Tennessee and chat with us about "Flyy Girl"!!


*Sidenote: I would love to be in the Leslie movie and play one of Leslie's friends!! Hey or even Kiwana "Tracy's BFF". .Just putting that out there. .Ya never know what will happen!! LoL!!*

Dirty Laundry

Kelly Rowland just released the most anticipated video for and next single "Dirty Laundry" off her  latest album "Talk A Good Game". 

Of course when everyone first heard the track there was a lot of talk about "Why discuss her issues now?" or "What was the purpose of the song?". My opinion is that being an artist is a form of "artistry" and through this form of art they can release and talk about certain experiences freely through their music. I feel that with this album overall Kelly has truly introduced us to the REAL Kelly and now more of her fans can relate to her more than ever. I'm not going to throw any shade to Beyonce' but Kelly has always been a favorite of mine (even with the old DC I liked everyone of the girls except Beyonce'. I'm just not a fan. Sorry SophistiKats!!) and I am glad to see her step truly out of the shadows and show everyone what she is working with. Kelly is BaDD and I can't wait to see her continue to walk in every blessing that God will continue to send her way. Keep on shining Beautiful Brown Sistah!!

Check out the video and don't forget to pick up a copy of "Talk A Good Game"!!


Oh. .San FrancisCO!!

I've been waiting. .watching. .and Whoop here they are!!
OPI comes back to the states for their Fall/Winter 2013 collection. .San Francisco!!

Those who know me. .know that I LOVE My OPI!!

With colors like "Dining at Frisco", "Alcatraz Rocks", and "First Date at the Golden Gate" they are definitely a reflection of the color trends for the upcoming seasons. .edgy and bold.

I don't know about you but I am ready for the Fall and to ROCK my OPI!!

Don't forget to pick up or order a few of your favorites from and post to let me know what you think.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

12 Years A Slave

Coming soon. .12 years a Slave.
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. An extraordinary true story directed by Steve McQueen stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Solomon Northup) and Alfred Woodard!!

I don't know about you but I'm ready for this movie. .


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SophistiKat "JAM" Q.U.E.E.N.

So Janelle Monae continues to blaze a trail of her own. With her unique flair and confidence she is changing the game and making you listen up. .one hot track at a time!!

With this song she speaks to all the Q.U.E.E.N.S. by getting one of the hottest artist of our time Erykah Badu!! And we ALL LOVE us some Miss Badu honey!! (I need to find out what she is doing to keep her body BANGIN'!!  I want to be that BaDD)

This song is thought provoking and speaks to many conversations being had by sistahs in the community right now on how we have treated and continue to treat each other.

I am more than excited to use this song as a platform for an upcoming event and will definitely keep all my SophistiKats posted when the details are finalized.

Also be on the lookout for her upcoming album "Electric Lady" in stores and on iTunes Sept. 10!!
September is going to be a FABulous month!!

Until then ROCK ON OUT!!
Fist Pump. .#AllPower ;")


SophisitKat "Dessert of the Month"

Keeping with the fresh, healthy, and light way of eating for this summer heat I provide you with a yummy old school dessert but with a tad twist. Blueberries are beneficial and a healthy boost to any dessert or dish. Blueberries are a Cancer Blocker (the nthocyanins which give them their blue hue attack cancer-causing free radicals and can even block the growth of tumor cells), Bladder Aid (contain compounds that prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder walls, which helps ward off urinary-tract infections (UTI’s)), and a Skin Reviver (use in an exfoliating scrub).

Now see how dessert can be GOOD for you ;") MmmHmm

Strawberry~Blueberry Shortcake


2 cups of fresh strawberries
2 cups of fresh blueberries

1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup milk

Whipped Cream:
2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla

Slice strawberries
Place strawberries and blueberries in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Let them sit.

Heat oven to 400°.
Grease an 8-inch round layer-cake pan.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Cut in shortening with 2 forks until crumbly.
Stir in milk.
Pat dough into prepared pan
Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
Let cool and cut horizontally.

Whipped Cream:
Whip heavy cream until almost stiff.
Add sugar and vanilla.
Beat until cream holds peaks.

Once cake is cool. Take out of the pan.
Place on decorative dish (cake stand)
Place one shortcake down on the stand or dish. Apply whipped cream and berries.
Layer accordingly or until you run out of shortcake to layer with.
Top generously with berries and whipped cream.

Be sure to post back here if you try this recipe at home, tell me how it turned out , and of course if you liked it!!


Brandy. .A role model for many female FANS

I have LOVED Brandy since I was a young girl. It always amazed me to see a beautiful BROWN girl doing her own thing. .not only in the music industry but television and movies too. I remember first catching her on the 90's sitcom "Thea" (featuring one of my childhood actor crushes Jason Weaver!! Yes LAWD). Her self titled album Brandy was then released and from there, she went nowhere but UP!! I followed here career from then til now and can say she is truly someone for my generation and others to look to for inspiration.

Check this out. .Featuring quotes from Moi. .

This article originally ran in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on June 9, 2013
Writer: Karen Nazor-Hill
Photos: Chattanooga Times Free-Press

Lorean Mays has been a fan of Brandy since the 34-year-old singer hit the music scene at 14 years old.

A Grammy Award-winning rhythm and blues singer, Brandy, who also has a lucrative career in TV and film, will perform at Riverbend on the Coke Stage tonight.

"I started listening to Brandy when I was around 11 or 12," says Mays, 29, of Chattanooga. "I even wanted braids like hers, by my mother said no."

"She has been very transparent with her career, and I like that about her. She's never pretended to be someone she isn't and always seems to keep it real," Mays says.

Brandy (full name Brandy Rayana Norwood) is also loyal to her fans, says WJTT-FM Power 94 radio personality Eric Foster, who notes that she has a huge fan base locally.

"One of the things that's cool about Brandy is that she keeps coming back to Chattanooga," says Foster. "We've supported her from the beginning of her career, and she's been to Chattanooga a number of times, including a visit for a celebrity basketball game and a meet-and-greet she did for us."

Foster says her most recent visit to Chattanooga was after she released her last album, "Two Eleven," in 2012.

"Brandy has done really well," he says. "She's also a good actress. She did a good job on the "Moesha" TV show, and a big highlight of her career was when she did 'Cinderella' with Whitney [Houston]."

The 1997 made-for-TV film starred Brandy as Cinderella, Houston as the fairy godmother and Bernadette Peters as the evil stepmother.

"Brandy playing Cinderella had an enormous impact on little girls," Mays says. "We felt like this beloved Disney character looks like us. She has inspired a lot of girls to pursue their dreams despite their odds by staying faithful to God and putting family first."

Brandy continues to be inspirational to all races, Mays says, particularly young black women.

"Never being a trend follower, Brandy has always had her own signature look," Mays says. "This is important to young African-American girls because the media is geared to make them believe they are not beautiful,."

Marquita Ector, 29, of Chattanooga has been a fan of Brandy's since the singer released her first album in 1994.

Ector says that, though she's a huge fan of Brandy's music, she's an equally big fan of her acting.

"Her latest film was Tyler Perry's 'Temptation,' " Ector says, and she and her friends saw the movie at least twice. "She did an awesome job with that role. She played a young woman who contracted HIV from her abusive and wealthy boyfriend, and she was on the run from him. It was so good."

Donna Elle, host of WRCB Channel 3's "Trends on 3," says she grew up listening to Brandy's "inspirational" music.

"I've followed her acting career on the 'Moesha' sitcom, and now on the BET television show 'The Game,'" Elle says. "Brandy is an amazing role model for young girls today. She's inspired me my entire radio and TV career."

Sidenote: Brandy ROCKED the stage and definitely put on show for the city of Chattanooga!! Looking forward to her returning!!


The Power of the Coconut

For the past year I have been making products at home (Yes in my own Kitchen) and testing them out to see what I like and how I can truly benefit from them in my day to day life. I also suffer from eczema so a lot of products on the market for hair, body care, and fragrances I cannot use.  One all natural product ( that we find in most African American products) I have not run into any problems with is raw, organic Coconut Oil.  I am not the only one that creates and uses homemade products. A lot of my Sisterfriends do the same, however this is a common and consistent product being used amongst most that I chatted with.

Here are a few of my FAVories. .

1. Massage Oil~ Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils (virgin olive oil, rosemary oil, or lavender oil) for a more relaxing a sensuous scent.

2. Stretch Marks~ (Every woman just about has one or two. .if not more of these Tiger Stripes somewhere) For prevention and softening marks from pregnancy, weight-loss or gain, etc. simply apply the coconut oil to the marks (preferably after a nice warm bath or shower) and massage in circular motions to make sure the affected area is covered. Try doing this once a day.

3. Face Masque/Scrub ~Mix Coconut oil with a teaspoon of baking soda, sugar (white), cinnamon, and raw oatmeal. Once mix dampen your face with a warm wash cloth, apply mixture, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove by splashing luke warm water on to the face until all the product is removed.  Then place a cool wash cloth on to your face to close pores and apply moisturizer of your choice.

4. Lip Balm~ There is nothing to this. Just apply a dab of raw coconut oil as needed to your dry and clean lips. .and GO!! This oil is the ultimate for hydrating and protecting your lips.

5. Eczema~ Apply drops of coconut oil to the affected areas. It will help reduce break outs, pain, on going flakiness, and dryness. Also it hydrates the skin to keep it smooth and soft without irritation. (Also a relief for those who suffer from Psoriasis and Dermatitis)

I decided to share a few of the benefits and unknown uses for it. I would also LOVE to hear back from some of you with your recipes and other ways you may enjoy using the product. 

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