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Missing Mondays: Athena Joy Curry (ATLANTA)

November 2nd, just a few days shy from her 21st birthday, Athena Curry should be making plans for one of her biggest party nights in her life.  All her friends and family should be thinking of ways to help her … Continue reading

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Tyler Perry and Kim Kardashian… movie match made in heaven?

*sigh*

Welp.  Where do I begin?  I’m not the biggest Tyler Perry fan.  His body of work is a little suspect to me.  His movies that are not so Meet-The-Browns-ish are the ones I can stomach but anything else I avoid like the plague.

His latest installment, “The Marriage Counselor”, has landed reality “star” Kim Kardashian a role.  Kardashian will play Ava, a friend and coworker of the titular counselor (played by Jurnee Smollett of “The Defenders”, “Eve’s Bayou” and “Friday Night Lights”), whose marriage takes a turn when she gets bored dispensing good advice and decides to sleep with a suave client, according to Deadline. But not to worry, Ava is there to give the counselor a big-city makeover when her life is in the dumps.

The one thing about Tyler’s movies that I like is most of his casting.  Getting someone like Jurnee Smollett, who’s been around for ages but never really getting the respect she deserves, is good for movies.  But I’m not feeling Kim Kardashian in ANY movie.  Just because she’s a hot commodity doesn’t mean it’s good for EVERYTHING.  I guess I’ll be waiting for the DVD *shrugs*

Bombshells of the Month: Spelman students win AT&T Mobile App Competition

Maybe I’m out the loop. I tend to think I try to stay on top of things that are IMPORTANT or recognize things that should be RECOGNIZED. I”m constantly hearing about young kids creating iTunes apps, or the high school kid who ILLEGALLY broke into a iPhone and made it usable on a T-Mobile network, or the MIT student who hacked into federal officials emails.  So I was shocked and thoroughly excited to hear that two Spelman College students recently won a mobile app competition last October. Shocked because I didn’t even hear a buzz about it last year and I LIVE in Atlanta and excited because of the obvious.

Jazmine Miller and Jonecia Keels, creators of the “HBCU Buddy App” are the 2010 winners of the AT&T Wireless Big Mobile on Campus Challenge beating out last year’s winners from Harvard. Students across the nation enter this competition for a chance to  win a $10,000 scholarship, a mobile device of their choice and to present their app at the EduCause Annual Conference in California.

From Blackweb2.0: HBCU Buddy is an iPhone app created to educate and inform users, including both prospective and current college students, about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the United States. It is a fully fledged mobile service application that provides detailed information about each and every HBCU in the nation and integrates all facets of college life. Chris Hill, Vice President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions stated that “HBCU Buddy is an outstanding mobile application, embodying everything this contest is about: providing a platform for higher education students to develop their innovative ideas into practical and useful e-learning mobile applications.

Congratulations Jazmine Miller and Jonecia Keels of Spelman College in Atlanta!

HIGHS and lows of 2010

I remember entering the “Dub Dime” like it was yesterday.  “Dub Dime”, for all my non urbanites, is 2010.  But it flew by us like a purse snatcher at night with his fingers clinched to my bag.  At some points of the year, it didn’t fly by fast enough.  There were moments I wanted to crawl under a rock and wait for it to be over, like anytime Sarah Palin spoke.  There were also moments where I didn’t want it to end.  So here are some of 6FootBombshell’s memorable moments of 2010.

  • We started 2010 with the death of Teddy Pendergrass on January 13th.  Oh how I wish I was around in the 70’s to see that man perform on stage.  SMH.!  But then it was followed up with more great losses like Lena Horne, Dorothy Height, Manute Bol, Guru, Tony Curtis and more.
  • There were a few foolish people who talked about a “post racial” America because a black man was elected President.  Then there was the state of Arizona who made sure to remind us, well them, how foolish they were to think such a thing in THIS country.  Remember the SB 1070?  That was the law that was passed that told all immigrants they better not get caught walking down the street without their papers because if they “look” like an illegal immigrant, the police can stop them for any reason.  What the hell does an illegal immigrant look like??  What a FAIL.

  • Speaking of my man O, 2010 was a big year for him.  Although most of his naysayers will say that he hasn’t done anything, I seem to remember health care reform being taken care of, a repeal in that stupid ass “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law that Clinton put into place AND the passing of the Fair Sentencing Act which addresses why someone caught with just 5 grams of crack cocaine gets the SAME felony sentence as someone holding 500 grams of powder cocaine.  Go Obama!

  • 33 men trapped in a collapsed mine in Chile for over 2 months.  All survived and rescued.  Sounds like the making of a movie, huh?  Well don’t forget about the part where the mistress of one of the miners shows up to the rescue as the wife sits at home.  LOL.

  • Toy Story 3 is the biggest block buster movie of 2010.  It must have been a slow year for movies.  *shrugs*

  • Bishop Eddie LooonnnngggStroke, the leader of mega church New Birth, in Atlanta, was accused of sexual coercion by 4 young male members of his congregation.  He wined them, dined them, showed them the finer things in life.  He bought them cars.  Took them around the world. The irony of this foolery is Bishop Long has vehemently bashed gays publicly.  Now he’s bashing gays literally.  Ok, ok, ok low blow…literally.  Ok, ok, ok that wasn’t nice either.  The jury is still out regarding his innocence or guilt so I’ll try to remain as unbiased as possible but if it quacks like a duck, then damn it it’s a duck.

  • The rise of the Teabaggers was pure comedy.  Because of this Tea Party, we most likely will see that fool Sarah Palin, run for president in 2012.  FAIL.

  • This is more of a personal High, but Jay-Z’s world tour was the ish.  ESPECIALLY since he performed on my birthday in Atlanta!  ALL BLACK EVERYTHING!

  • Lebron James going to Miami had a little bit of highs and lows.  The lows were the media coverage of “The Decision” like they were reporting the coming of the lord and the reaction by some of the idiot residents of Cleveland and beyond.  Another low was the comments made by certain conglomerates of the franchise.  You would have thought Lebron James was an escaped slave.  What was funny was that an almost nameless Chris Bosh instantly became a household name and Miami Heat has barely made a fizzle this season.  Me and my Celtics are not worried about them. *Yawn*

  • And speaking of sports, Michael Vick.  His comeback this year is WONDERFUL.  He’s looking real good in that Eagles uniform.  Green is your color boo!  Go Vick!

  • Terry Jones and his “National Burn a Qur’an Day” has got to be the low of lows.  His tribute to 9/11 was to bring people together and burn a holy book because Islam is a “religion of evil”.  Uuummmmm last time I checked, historically more people have died worldwide behind CHRISTIANITY than any religion.  Do us all a favor and KILL YOURSELF!

  • Since we’re on 9/11, the controversy about a Mosque being built on ground zero was pure foolery.  But wait, it’s actually not a Mosque and it’s actually not on ground zero but it’s a Community Center that’s location is 3 blocks away from Ground Zero.  Get a grip!

  • “Hide your mother, hide your wife, hide your kids!  Even hide your husbands cuz they raping everybody out here!” How can we not forget those infamous words from the infamous Antoine Dodson?  To most, he is a 2010 low but I disagree.  Here we have a young man protecting the women in his family.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, he could have taken off the “doo-rag” but at the end of the day he stood up to some pathetic prick ravishing through his community when most of you scared negroes are running and hiding.  I support this Antoine Dodson message!

There were so many things that stood out in my head like Mel Gibson beating up his girlfriend; Oprah’s last season; Montanna Fishburne, daughter of Laurence Fishburne, sex tape; Bristol Palin on Dancing With The Stars; Shirley Sherrod being fired; Black Farmers being paid for racial discrimination; Brett Favre; a Post Office being named in honor of Civil Rights giant Dorothy Height; Lindsay Lohan; Iraq; Apple; Bernie Madoff’s son committing suicide; the ‘birther’ movement and that god awful Sarah Palin.  But I’m done looking at the past.   Time to move on to the future.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide…

When the Rainbow is Enuf’s origination is a 1970’s play whose Broadway production was nominated for a Tony Award.   This play’s vicissitude over the last 20 years is now on the big screen thanks to Hollywood giant, Tyler Perry.  For Colored Girls release over the weekend came in third, grossing $19.7 million.  This is the third weakest opening of any of his films which is surprising to me since this is his BEST film. 

A whole day after seeing For Colored Girls, I’m still in awe.  The many interrelated facets of these 9 women lives was beautifully woven together.  9 women, who for the most part are not connected, are actually deeply connected through their pain, their struggles and even their joy.  The casting was nothing less than phenomenal.  Kimberly Elise, who I believe is our modern-day Ruby Dee, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge and Angela Bassett, rolled up in one, took my breath away.  But as a whole, all of their performances shined.  These are the actresses we need Hollywood to recognize.  Each lady representing a different color and a different poem, I wanted to give birth to the child actress Kerry Washington couldn’t have; I wanted to take the punches actress Kimberly Elise took just so that she could have gotten away before the unthinkable happened; I wanted to be Whoopi Goldberg so that I could hold my daughter Thandie Newton and let her know things will be ok;  I wish I was the women’s intuition inside Janet Jackson because I would have been strong enough to make her leave before accepting the sentence she was given in the guise of a husband.  

There were lines in this movie that I hope others paid close attention to because it gives a glimpse of some of the internal struggle black women are mourning over.  Yes, MOURNING.  Loretta Devine said she felt there was no room to be “sorry and colored at the same time.”  Thandie opening up to her baby sister revealed “being alive, being a woman and being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven’t conquered yet.”  Phylicia Rashad telling Kimberly “when are you going to take some responsibility?  You had a chance to protect them way before he got to the window.”   These are common tears that stream a lot of our faces. 

Disregard the baseless claims of “another male bashing” movie.  Hill Harper’s role was anything but that.  Yes, we do need to see more black movies where the storyline isn’t so heavy, depressing and sad but even with all that in For Colored Girls, I still saw inspiration, love, change, hope, power and forgiveness.  Tyler Perry nailed it.  Finally.