Eat, Pray, Bounce

 

 So I mentioned last week I was starting a journey called "Eat, Pray, Bounce." Not as deep as Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller, but I'm just a girl, with a dream, wait that's the wrong Julia Robert's movie.

Eat, Pray Bounce is my take on leaving home for adventure, to reflect on life, meet new people, see new things and do dope stuff. So I'm going to be traveling, eating, yummy delicious things, praying and getting in touch with my soul in ways I couldn't while in my "own" space, then I'm bouncing to the next adventure!

How Sway? Well, I have some amazing friends who are thoughtful, generous and bold enough to support me on this journey. I'm also balling on a budget and cashing in every gift card, coupon and discount code in my inbox to make this happen.

First stop? New York City! My FAVORITE place, my home in my head and heart. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of (you're singing it aren't you?)



For over a year I've been going on about Hamilton: An American Musical. A story about a man on a mission, who came from nothing and used his voice to fight his way out of despair. Sound familiar?  I know I'm not alone, we all have our stuff and I'm here to tell you, don't throw away your shot sitting in your feelings and playing it safe.


So I hopped on a bus (yep a bus, balling on a budget, y'all) and came to New York to see Hamilton with a new cast and all I can say is WOW! Get your life! Get the soundtrack, get it together!

Before the show, we hung out in Times Square trying to look as un-touristy as possible.

We had lunch at Havanna Central. The empanadas and rice and beans were fantastic!

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For dessert I had a pina colada cake and let me tell you, it tasted like heaven. Look at it, don't you want some?



After stuffing my face, I made my way to the theatre a good 2.5 hours before the show. I saw so many members of the cast walk by and I tried to play it cool. I saw Brandon Victor Dixon who plays Aaron Burr.  He was nice enough to take a photo.



Thirty minutes after that, my Broadway dreams came true. Lin-Manuel Miranda was at the theatre, doing what I don't know. Maybe collecting his check for his cut of this week's profits, or perhaps working on a skit for his SNL gig next week? Don't know but I know when I saw that man, my heart stopped! He's the very REASON I'm in NYC and he's in my face? What!!! Class act, super kind and knows how to work and iPhone. He took mine from my trembling hands and took a few shots (get it) of us outside the theatre.

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That. just. happened.

The play was on point. The new cast DID THAT THING and it was great seeing OG's Anthony Ramos and Oak. I will go into more details on my blog but here are a few snaps for the kids!



Life is good y'all. Things are getting better. I feel better and I'm so grateful! Just as I left North Carolina, I made a couple t-shirts that were a hit and they are back in stock. Get one now! 

BYE, MCCRORY

 


Ok loves, I gotta bounce. I am about to hit the town and have some fun in the greatest city in the world!

Love,
Deidre

 

#LemonadeSyllabus

After watching Beyonce's visual album Lemonade, I recorded an episode of DeeTales almost immediately. We had to. There was so much to say. And I needed to be around the right type of people. I didn't have time for the "I'm not a fan but" girls. I did't have time to explain it to my beloveds who don't understand symbolism and I wasn't ready to get caught up in Ashy Amber alert for Becky with the good hair. 

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How to Support Your Friend While She's Building Her Empire

I don't have kids. My business is my baby. For real. I think about it non-stop. My money goes to supporting it. My personal and social needs are no longer priorities in my life. Sleep is a luxury. Some days I forget to shower and dinner has become throwing random items in a pot, drenching it with hot sauce like some dark episode of Janky Top Chef. And guess what? I wouldn't have it any other way.  

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Living In America: Another Day, Another Shooting

“Stage 1 is the shooting; Stage 2 is national mourning; 3, president cries at podium; 4, a weekend of half-assed gun control debate in the media; and then finally we all go back to keeping up with the Kardashians,” Williams said.

Sad, but true. Watch the video below.

“Stage 1 is the shooting; Stage 2 is national mourning; 3, president cries at podium; 4, a weekend of half-assed gun control debate in the media; and then finally we all go back to keeping up with the Kardashians,” Williams said.

Sad, but true. Watch the video below.

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Halle Berry is how old?

They say black don't crack and Halle Berry is proving that she's the pyrex of pretty! Miss Halle turned 49 this week and she looks better than ever! 

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She's married to a hot French man, just had a son and is on one of my favorite tv shows, Extant on CBS also known as Halle Berry Space Baby Show to DeeTalers. 

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Say what you want about her personal life, she seems healthy and happy and I'm trying to know all her secrets. It can't be Revlon alone. How Halle? HOW?

Be sure to check out our Halle Berry segment on the How Sway episode of DeeTales Podcast and join us as we live tweet Extant on Wednesday night! Follow me @mydeetales



Update:Beyonce' makes history with Vogue cover new photos

Beyonce' is gracing the cover of Vogue magazine's most prestigious issue of the year.

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Queen Bey is making history as the first African American artist to cover the September issue and the third black woman to make the cover alone.

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The Vogue September cover is the most coveted in the fashion industry. No information on when this issue will hit stands but you know I'm going to be the first in line to get a copy or two!

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Janet Jackson "No Sleeep Video"

Mother returns. I'm not gonna lie, I was hoping for an upbeat dance track from Janet. Her videos are known for choreography that would break the ankles and spirits of lessors. 

The moment I saw Janet's face and heard her voice which sounded like sweet honey in "No Sleeep, " I began nodding my head. Longtime friends and producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis don't disappoint. No Sleep is sleek, the bass line is reminiscent of the team's older slow jams and I'm here for all of it!  

You know J-Cole is somewhere pinching himself wondering if this was all a dream. Having a verse on Janet Jackson's long awaited album and screen time in her first video in years? Oh and listen for the Michael Jackson "Butterflies" reference. I see you Cole! It kind of reminded me of Janet's 1997 'Got Till It's Gone" with Q-Tip.

So what did you think of the video? Are you like me googling juices and berries trying to figure out how she looks so damn good when chicks 1/2 her age are walking around looking like overcooked Rice Krispy Treats?  I can't wait to hear the rest of this album and I am getting my bank account right so I can cop some tickets and keep my cable on. The things we do for our faves...

Bow Down: Serena Williams stuns at the Wimbeldon Champions Ball

A beast on the court and a belle at the ball. Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon on Saturday and her 21st Grand Slam overall. 

If she wins next month's U.S. Open, she will be the third woman in history to win the calendar Slam and tie Steffi Graff for the most Grand Slam titles of all time. The 33-year old beauty wore a floor length cream gown and went for a sleek and straight hair-do.  

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