Joy in the Morning: Beyonce and Jay-Z On The Run Tour

Sup?

So I've been threatening to come out of web-tirement for a few months now but, life kept getting in the way and we will get to that later!

I was having a really rough morning. I was work-a-cidal meaning I was dying to get home. No shade to my job, it was just difficult returning to work after spending a wonderful weekend with my loved ones plus I was sleepy and hangry. Not to mention, it's been a craptastic week in pop culture. Between shower rod sex, housewives fighting and racist team owners, I needed some good news. And at 8:10 my Lord delivered.





For real, for real, I wept. Real tears when I heard about Beyonce and Jay-Z touring together. For those of you who aren't down with the Carters, follow the ushers and they will show you to the exits to the left, to the left.

 If you know me, you know I've been waiting for this since Skippy was a puppy. This is my Super Bowl. These are my Olympics, this is the mother trucking CARTER FAMILY ON TOUR!!!

My friend/co-worker told me the news and my response was too colorful to repost (my momma reads this) but let's just say I lost every ounce of chill the I was blessed with.

 
Y'all just don't know. When the rumors started circulating, I threw some change in my Bey Bank and I am so glad I did! Tickets are on sale tomorrow for Beehive stans like myself and I am throwing all my coins at Queen Bey. And let's face it, they don't need my change, when Blue Ivy is walking around like this:

Point is, I'm over the moon and I'm ready for this concert! I've seen them separately but never together. I thought about posting the tour schedule on here but I don't need no competition when I'm placing my order. Y'all are on ya own!

Until then, just know that I am going to do whatever it takes to get to this show. If you know anyone looking for part time help, a kidney, some lady eggs, just holla at me ok? 

And to quote Nettie Harris from The Color Purple, when it comes to the On The Run Tour: 




Have a BEYutiful day!!

Beast Mode Part 1


Hello Dee-talers! Heads up, I'm writing this on the fly from my phone so we might have a gang of typos and I'm gonna need for you to get past that and focus on the bigger picture here ok?



You ever been sick and tired of being sick and tired? I realized I have been in a physical funk and after losing a good amount of weight and living a healthy lifestyle, I was back on Team Fluffikins.

Sipping wine, eating cookie butter, watching Series 3 of Downton Abbey like it was my job. Man I was up to no good! But who wants to work out??? Why do I have to sweat!? Pass the cookie butter and leave me be!




Then this happened...





Dang Superbowl Halftime Show. Dang Destiny's Child Reunion. Dang Beyonce's  gyrating. And Dang Kelly Rowland's ridiculously cut arms!!





Wake up call!!  I called myself learning the break it down part to End of Time and almost collapsed a lung. Not cool!

 
So fine. I will never be a member of Destiny's Child. I will never wear a python onesie in front of 100 million people, but can I get my lungs to hold enough air to get me through a song please God? Can I live!!??

Ok I'm being dramatic (again) point is its time to get off Team Fluffikins and work my way up to being a starter on Team Fly As A Mugg. I've been easing into things. A class here and there, waling and eating better but it's time to get turnt up!

So today I am attempting to kick start my efforts by doing 4 yes 4 workouts in one day.

Now listen I ain't stupid. This won't be an everyday thing, but I'm looking at it as my Get it Right Inauguration. I Deidre James hereby do solemnly swear to dedicate my time and efforts into being well, fly as a mugg!

So I'm going to keep track of every activity and hopefully I can complete all 4. No skipping ahead alright? Ok let's go!





photo by Level 5 Studio


Workout #1: All Them Mocha Lattes You Gotta Do Pilates

12:15 PM
I went to Level 5 Studios for my very 1st Pilates class.
I met my instructor who was tall blonde  beautiful and very kind. The class had 4 other Pilates Pros and I was the thickest most out of shape newbie in the bunch.

The class was challenging but I felt comfortable in the company of the other class mates. The instructor modified the moves for me, took time to correct my poses and even challenged me to do some advanced moves.
I will say at one point when we were in children's pose. I thought I was going suffocate myself with my breasteses!
At the end of the class, everyone congratulated me on not giving up and I took a bow. I have a loooong way to go before I'm anywhere close to being as good as my classmates, but I still give the experience an A!



Tips: wear light weight breathable clothing, if you're busty, lock those chesticles down and wear a crew neck shirt. No v-necks! Also make sure your feet don't look like a smashed up bag of Fritos. No shoes, no socks, so grease up those ankles!
Invest in a comfy mat. You will spend a lot of time on it and you will sweat!

Work Out #2 Show Me What You're Twerkin With

Confession, I can't dance like I used to. I mean I can dance as in I still know the moves to Janet Jackson videos and I can bust out the routine to Bell Biv Devoe's Poison but umm as far as the dances that are popular today, I'm a straight up old lady. So I googled YouTube video tutorials on some of today's moves like the Dougie, Twerkin, the REAL Harlem Shake and the Cat Daddy.




Maaaaan that was just sad. I don't think my Lord and Savior wants me to be Twerk Team Captain because I swear on my last jar of cookie butter you will never see me twerking in public. The movements, the sounds, the facial expressions. I quit this workout before I could burn a single calorie. I don't want to dance like this. Didn't break any kind of sweat, but I did break my own heart. That was just sad. I give that an F!!


Ok this post is getting long and I have to get ready for my other work outs. Do I have it in me or will I stay on team Fluffikins?

To be continued...

I'm baaaaack!

Hey, ya!


Not much has been going on with me since my last post. I've been focusing on getting better, watching tons of TV, and listening to new music.


My meds had me tripping big time and my dreams were ridiculous. I had one dream that had me living with Beyonce and Jay-Z and they were out of toilet paper and I was too embarrassed to tell Jigga man I needed some Charmin so I just sat on the toilet until I woke up.  I know dream sharing is only interesting for the dreamer so I will just leave it at that for now.






But seriously, being sick sucked big time. My mom deserves a medal for putting up with this all week....
Thank you mom I love you the most you duck!




I'm really enjoying the new Kings of Leon album Come Around Sundown. If you're expecting this album to be a repeat of Only By Night, you need not purchase Sundown. Do yourself a favor and grab Aha Heartbreak, and Because of the Times. The latest album is a throwback to Youth and Young Manhood which features some of my favorite KOL songs, Molly's Chambers and Trani.


The highlights from Sundown include Birthday, Radioactive, Celebration, Pony Up, and The End.


 I was lucky enough to see KOL live last month and the show was amazing! Here are some pics and a video  from the show taken by my buddy Alicia.










I loved it when the crowd sang along to Use Somebody








Is anyone watching Project Runway? My favorite designer Michael Costello was sent home after a triumphing over a gang of bully designers who felt he wasn't worthy of being there. I loved Micheal's personality from the start, and he's truly this season's underdog. Seriously the guy is talented and charming.






For some reason, PR is letting 10 designers show at fashion week, not the top 3 as it has been in the past. Here is a sneak peek at some of Michael's designs from the finale.















Fierceness!  I'm hoping that blue feathered skirt comes in a size bigger than an extra medium because I would so buy one. I'm trying to get an interview with him, so if you have any questions please send them my way.


So I have one more doctor's visit with the pulmonary specialist to  make sure I'm all healed and healthy, then I'm heading to DC for Jon Stewart's Rally To Restore Sanity. I can't wait to catch up with some old friends and some of the people who lived with me during the 2008 presidential campaign, happy times!!


The other night I met up with some friends to make signs for the rally. I wasn't able to get pics of the end result but we had a blast making them, it was a two day process, but I'll be sure to grab some this weekend!


Please forgive me for not updating sooner! I promise now that I'm better I will post more.




Until next time,
Deidre



















Dee Sick!!!

We got a situation here in Greensboro. I don't know if it is the ever changing weather, pollen, pollution, or what but my allergies attacked me like I tried to steal something!  Coughing, sneezy, itchy eyes, sore throat, I was a pure-t mess! I feel like I need to apologize to my listeners for sounding like a cross between Bea Arthur and Timbaland this morning on the air (five hour show y'all). I won't put you guys through that tomorrow, I promise.

So, I'm kinda stuck in the house tonight, sipping on tea and resting my voice. I was about to go out to Panera for chicken soup but my good friend Kerry prevented the neighbors from seeing me in my jammies, by going to get it for me, she also got the latest copy of O magazine. So tonight, it's just me, tea, soup and my O magazine. What up Oprah?








I have been trying to find reasons to smile because when I'm sick I tend to get grumpy but I am happy to say we got great news at work today. We got our ratings in radio world and our show was #1! That's great news for me and my crew and it definitely helped me grind through today's show. Other things that made me smile today included this hilarious photo spread NC native  Zach Galifanakis did for  Vanity Fair.






And Willow Smith finally released the video for her single "Whip My Hair." It's really different, but I gotta tell you, I love this video.  Check it out below:




And if that wasn't enough Whip action for you, check out 12 yr old Chang-Chang on The Ellen Show dancing to Willow's jam. 




This is a warning to all the adult performers out there. It is time to step it up, these kids are killing it! And I will drop my $1.29 on i Tunes for Willow's girl anthem before I throw it away on that foolish mess Katy Perry is signing about these days. Peacocks and skin tight jeans? Yea, I'm off that, grow up or at least be different!  Ooh I better get going, it's time for my next dose of Mucinex! Good times right?
 





















History of Hip Hop from Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake




You know how I talk about having friends in my head aka FMIH? I know a lot of people heard this term on The Wendy Williams Show, but I swear I've been using it since I was 19 and saw Titanic in the theatre. On my way home sobbing in the car, belting out My Heart Will Go On, I swore up and down I'd become friends with Kate Winslet, if only in my head, hence FIMH. I know that makes me sound a little cray-cray, but that's real talk, that's how my mind works!

I'm about to introduce you to some of my other FIMH. You might know them, umm, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake? Yea, we go way back. I've been jocking JT since he had that platinum blond s-curl do' in his N*Sync days. Jimmy Fallon won me over on SNL's  Weekend Updates with Tina Fey. The bond was solidified the first time Justin hosted SNL and he and Jimmy Fallon debuted the Barry Gibb Talk Show skit.  H-I-larious! Me and my roommate at the time, Nahdia almost broke our DVR rewinding this skit.



Now as much as I love Barry and Robin, I must admit the latest Justin/Jimmy collaboration is pretty awesome, maybe better. Here they are performing a rather dope tribute to the history of rap.




Seriously how can you look at that and not get hype? Loves it!

Until next time!
Deidre







7- Year Old Rapper P-Nut: Hip Hop is Back!

As a lover of hip-hop music, it pains me to say I am losing faith in the genre. Every time I  tune in to my local hip-hop station, all I hear is nonsensical mutterings by inarticulate MC's.

After Tupac and Biggie died, I hoped and prayed for someone to come along who could carry the torch that some thought would burn out after their deaths.

Hope came via a reality television competition. Sean P. Diddy Combs searched the country for an all star hip hop group on MTV's Making the Band.  He found, a star, he found and artist, yes, I am talking about the great Dylan John. What I loved most about Dylan was his modesty. Here he is being portrayed by Dave Chappelle.




Sadly, Dylan's career didn't last long. The game ended for him after just one LP. I have heard you can still find him spitting fire every third Saturday on the corner of 159th W and 118th St in Harlem.


Then there was Eli Porter. Some like to clown him for freezing up on the mic, but I know better. What you don't realize is Eli was just giving us all a second to digest his well thought out rhymes. Note how he jumps back in and finishes off his opponent in one of the greatest rap battles of all time.



But, like the others who were supposed to be greats, Eli has yet to release an album, and I still don't have a hip-hop idol.

But today, my faith has been restored. Hip-hop has a new golden child and his name is P-Nut. He looks like the offspring of Ice Cube and Queen Latifah. Look at the hair!  I hope that's natural look and his momma didn't sit him down and force him to get a jheri curl. But I digress, allow me to introduce you to the future of hip-hop, P-Nut!



Hip hop is back baby! And if you don't know now you know....




Separated at Birth: Bad Girls Edition



The Bad Girls Club on Oxygen is a guilty pleasure of mine. Basically, the producers have thrown a bunch of high maintenance, boozing, horny chicks in a house and filmed them as they hook up, and drink up each week.

This season, the girls are extra rough. Not the cutest crew of girls, and  they are all pretty hot headed. The biggest fool in the house is none other than Brandi. Brandi is a bi-sexual stripper from Cali who has the hots for her roommate Lea. Brandi loves to fight, and throw things. The most random act can send her into a psychotic rage. She throws glasses, tables, even a bucket containing vomit from a hungover house guest.

For weeks I've been tossing and turning at night, trying to figure out if I've ever seen Brandi before. Did she go to school around here? Was she on another reality tv show? Where and when did our paths cross. Then it hit me. I didn't see Brandi before her stint on the Bad Girl's Club, but I think I know her long lost brother. (Where is Maury Povich when you need him?)  Brandi must be the twin sister of  Mr. Antoine Dodson!!!!


The resemblance is striking right? I found this picture of Brandi and did a side by side comparison of the two and you can't tell me they aren't related!


See more of the delightful Brandi below. The sweet spot comes around the 35 second mark.




Ahh Good times! The Bad Girls Club is on Tuesday nights at 9 on Oxygen. And you can run and tell that, HOMEBOY!

Until next time :)
Dee








Nobody Puts Bolton In A Corner



Umm.... So yea the new cast of Dancing With The Stars was announced and I must say, this is a hot juicy mess. It is too close to my bed time so I can't get into the foolishness that is this cast.



Singer and Sex God Michael Bolton
 


NBA star turned Actor Rick Fox


David Damn Hasselhoff



Kyle Massey


NFL Player Kurt Warner
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

Actress and comedienne Margret Cho

R&B singer Brandy Norwood

Bristol Palin (no comment)

Audrina Patridge from The Hills

Brady mom Florence Henderson

Baby from Dirty Dancing  aka Jennifer Grey


Every season I say I won't watch, but I get sucked in every damn time! I am no Palin fan I am not looking forward to seeing Sexy Sarah with her flag pin and updo in the audience preaching family values while Bristol does the sexy samba all glittered up grinding against her partner.  I'm totally rooting for The Situation, I hope he takes that glittered disco ball trophy back to the shores of New Jersey.

The new season starts September 20th on ABC.