Archive | July 2013

Try Something New for 30 Days – UPDATE

I can’t believe that we’ve made it to the end of the 30 Day Challenge. The challenge made us try something new, everyday for 30 days. For me that meant practicing spanish. I successfully completely the challenge by practicing spanish ever single day this month!

I’ve tried a lot of new ways of practicing spanish.

  • Online study lessons
  • Native spanish speaking partners through Skype
  • Reading elementary level spanish books
  • Writing, texting and IMing in spanish
  • Watching spanish television programs
  • Playing spanish learning games

Now that the challenge is over, I kind of feel obligated to practice spanish everyday in some form. So, the challenge proved correct in that I now am more motivated than ever to continue practicing spanish even with the 30 Day challenge coming to an end.

You can learn more about my language learning tips from an earlier blog post.

What did you do (or not do) for the 30 Day Challenge? Was it a successful 30 Days? 


B.B. King & Solange Knowles Live – The Thrill Is Gone

I discovered this live performance of B.B. King and Solange Knowles years ago. At times the video would disappear or there wouldn’t be a clear version, but I decided to check last night and I found the clearest version yet. 

There is no denying that B.B King and his music is so smooth and you add that in with the lovely voice of songstress Solange Knowles  and magic is created. 

To make your Tuesday more musical I would like to introduce you to Mr. B.B King and Ms. Solange Knowles….


What did you think of this live performance?

Indie Film Alert: Pariah

This past weekend I watched the Independent Film, Pariah. It stars Adepero OduyePernell WalkerCharles Parnell and Kim Wayans. This film received amazing reviews and after watching it I now know why everyone was talking about it. It was a raw, gritty shot film that focused on the message of discovering who you and living that life. 

So many people will be able to relate to this story because it deals with accepting yourself, and for the main character Alike (Oduye) is struggling with living her truth as a lesbian. Those struggles as a teen is then doubled with her mother (Wayans) not accepting her daughter. Add in more family drama thanks to her father (Walker) and you have a great film.

The film was shot to make the scenes appear real and in your face. The actors were all amazing and delivered flawless performances. Not to mention, the soundtrack during the film will pull you in as well. The theme of the movie can be concluded with this quote from the film, “I am not broken, I am free.”

This film won awards for a reason and I think this will make for great discussion on the topic of acceptance.


Pariah Summary:

Pariah is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film Pariah. Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur and younger sister Sharonda in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. Alike juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. 

What movie did you watch this weekend?

Speech of the Week: First Lady Michelle Obama High School Commencement Address

This past May, First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement address at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering at the Historic Pearl High in Nashville, TN.

If you’ve seen the First Lady deliver a speech then you know that she delivers with grace and confidence. She and her husband, you may know him from this speech, are great public speakers. 

When she arrived in college she discovered that she needed a different set of skill and it was these skills that she focused on for her speech. She offered three good points for the high school graduates to remember as they embark on their next journey in college and beyond.

  1. Importance of Community
    • It’s important to form a community of people outside of your family. These are the people who will serve as your “family.”
    • Join clubs, volunteer, join a sports team, make friends in the dorms – Just be sure to find your community because you can’t do it alone.
  2. Failure
    • When something doesn’t go your way, you have to adjust. This is how you find out who you are as a person.
    • Commit to achieving your goals.
  3. Find Your Passion
    • Discover what you really want in life. Ask yourself what you really want.
    • Don’t waste a moment living someone else’s dream.
    • It takes a lot finding what you love, but you have to look inside yourself to find your passion.
    • Be curios and take risk.

The First Lady ended with the school’s slogan: “Act Like a Royal, but Think Like a Boss.”


What do you really want for your own life?

Tatyana Ali Discovers Her Roots in Panama with NUVOtv


You may have heard about the relaunching of NUVOtv because of Jennifer Lopez involvement with the network. I occasionally watch the channel and I checked out the website for the first time this week and was pleasantly surprised at what I found: Pastport: Panama – Tatyana Ali.

Pastport is a 50 minute show that follows a celebrity as they travel back to the country of their hispanic/latino roots. In Tatyana’s case she traveled back to Panama with her sister. The sisters mother is from Panama, while their father is from Trinidad.

The episode was very fun and informative. Cameras follow Tatyana as she not only learns more about her roots, but rediscovers her passion for music with Los Rabanes. She also gets to practice speaking spanish at the same time.  

This show just fuels my passion to continue to travel the world and one day live/volunteer in a spanish speaking country. Below is a clip from the show, but I encourage you all to watch the full episode


Are you a Tatyana Ali fan?