Dear White People

The Atlanta Film Festival literally, in my opinion, saved the best film for last. Directed by Justin Simien, Dear White People takes a comedic approach to serious issues regarding racial identity, sexual preference and relationships.

The feature script for Dear White People follows the events leading up to a race riot a prestigious predominately white university through the perspectives of four very different Black students.

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“A satire about being a Black face in a white place.”
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Cutie and the boxer

A friend of mine posted an intriguing photo about a new documentary. She said it was a love story so of course I looked it up. After seeing a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I knew it would be a must-see. Cutie and the Boxer chronicles the difficulties in life and love of two creative individuals. Married to each other and to their crafts, boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara sacrifice everything for their art.

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4 Reasons Why I Love the Movie Hitch

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Recently, I met up and had dinner with a friend. We caught up on each other’s lives, and eventually we got on the topic of why things never worked out between us. I kept it real with him and said it was because he never pursued me. He’d often check on me but never made any plans. To me, a pursuit involves more persistence than that. I’m sure he knew this. And living in Atlanta where there’s a million women to one man, it’s so easy to bounce from one babe to the next without much effort.

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The breakfast club

Last night I watched the classic, The Breakfast Club. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I hadn’t seen it before then. And maybe because I was barely paying attention but for the first half of the movie, I really questioned why it was even made. The plot seemed uninteresting and slow. But as I continued to watch the characters develop, I quickly retracted my statements.

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In living technicolor

My first experience with a Technicolor film was the Wizard of Oz. I remember watching the movie in amazement, wondering what kind of funky business was happening on my television screen. My eyes were having a color party. It wasn’t like the films that we see today. The Wizard of Oz was one part sepia-toned black and white and another part color. But…a weird color. Vibrant but also subdued hues. It was dreamy and almost aggressively saturated.

Recently, I decided to look up some popular films using this medium from that time. First, here’s the skinny on Technicolor:

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Weekend at a glance: guess who’s coming to dinner #47

Man, living for the weekends have become the highlight of my life. So essentially, I try to make the most of each and every minute.

Saturday, I attended an event at The High Museum of Art. They called it Culture Shock: Homegrown. Wow. What an amazing event. A night filled with music, art, food and culture. Approaching the museum, people on the lawn watching a screening of Micah Stansell’s  “The Water and the Blood”. Inside, we listened to sweet sounds of hip hop and bluegrass by Ashanti “The Mad Violinist” ft the Symphony Crack Orchestra (DOPE!!) and The Whiskey Gentry.

Yeah, there was food and booze. And yeah, there was all of the exhibits. But omg, we got to paint mason jars!!! I felt like a proper Southern girl. Except my friend decided to outdo my balls jar. Grrr.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve visited The High. I never tire from it. There’s always a new exhibition to see. Check out these pieces. Shattered glass and an illusion mirror.

Sunday, I waited until the very last-minute to catch Kenny Leon’s adaptation of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” I’m so glad I did. It is one of my favorite movies and Leon did not disappoint. I was so pleased to see my pretend aunty Phylicia Rashad performing ever so gracefully. That woman is amazing.

This weekend, I will be spending time with family in South Florida. More fun pictures to come!

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Breakfast at tiffany’s on the green

Last night, my girls and I attended the screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Chastain Park. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you already know how much I’m obsessed with all things Audrey Hepburn. It only made sense for me to watch the classic film for the millionth time. Surprisingly, I heard lines that I’ve never previously heard. I guess you can hear better from a large projector screen.

Also, my friends and I were discussing the film and we came to the conclusion that Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a pretty racy film material-wise for 1961.  I mean, Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, was basically a gold digger. And her friend, Paul, was getting paid to have sex with a married woman. But I digress, LOL.

My favorite part of the whole film is the ending when Paul is basically through chasing after Holly.

You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.
[takes out the ring and throws it in Holly’s lap]
Here. I’ve been carrying this thing around for months. I don’t want it anymore.

Uh….that’s me. Welp.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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Pretty woman

I saw a skirt at F21 that immediately reminded of the scene when Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman goes to the Kentucky Derby. One of my favorite movies, by the way. I absolutely loved the dress and that hat.

One of my favorite style bloggers (Kansas Couture) happened to buy the same skirt (this happens a lot when you shop at Forever 21). I love when that happens!

I put my own 2012 spin to the classic 90s dress.

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I love target

For the first time, I had President’s Day off from work. Sleep in, rolled around in bed, watched tv. Totally bummed it. Later on, my friend and I went to see The Vow. Ummmm…LOVED IT!

  1. I heart Romantic Comedies
  2. CHANNING TATUM is ridiculously gorgeous
  3. Rachel McAdams is one of my girl crushes

After that, we went to Target.

It’s no secret how I feel about Target. I love it. I’m there at least twice a week. Sometimes because I need something and other times because the bull’s eye lured me in. And yes, I’m aware of the marketing and advertising ploy at Target to lure consumers in. Leave me alone with my demon. I’ll seek help later.

Anywho. I got to the journals section and went completely ham. I have a HUGE stash of notebooks/journals/sticky notes etc at home. I can’t get enough of them. So I bought some more. On sale of course. I’ve also fallen back in love with pencils. Not the mechanical ones. Don’t be jealous.

Can I say how IN LOVE I am with the new display at Target?! AWESOME.

Get excited!!!

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My 2011 christmas playlist

I cannot believe that 2011 is almost over. We’re already well into December, although I don’t feel much Christmas cheer yet. My favorite part of Christmas is the music. I was on Words of Williams’  blog and came across their holiday playlist and decided on making my own list of favorite tunes. These aren’t in any particular order except for the first one.

Lucy’s Playlist

  1. “Ave Maria” sung by Celine Dion THE BEST SINGER OF ALL TIME!
  2. “Angels We Have Heard on High”
  3. “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
  4. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
  5. “O Come All Ye Faithful”
  6. “Silent Night”
  7. “The First Noel”
  8. “O Come O Come Emmanuel”
  9. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Please sure your favorite holiday songs so I can look them up. I’d love to create a new playlist.

P.S. Who’s going caroling this year?????

Happy holidays!

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