Happy Juneteenth – What Is Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans were informed of their freedom by Union troops in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth is set aside to celebrate the end of slavery or to be more exact, chattel slavery.

Juneteenth is about sharing in traditions that are often disregarded. The African American community celebrates this event and has been for some time, however it is largely unknown to the public.

This year people are sharing in the legacy of Juneteenth. This is happening because of those who understand the importance of removing marginalized history over the event and promote the spirit and legacy of Juneteenth.

We are here to celebrate a country’s story. Notably, we are here to promote a narrative about a people’s voyage to freedom and independence. It is the legacy of faith and unifying in a period of undefined times.  

I am happy to be able to celebrate another Juneteenth with my family.

Brad Pitt Slams GOP, Trump Impeachment Trial at the Oscars — Variety

Brad Pitt continued his awards season (and acceptance speech) domination on Sunday night, winning the supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” During his speech, he also got political, calling out the Senate for blocking John Bolton’s testimony during the Trump impeachment trial.…

Brad Pitt Slams GOP, Trump Impeachment Trial at the Oscars — Variety

Aspire To Love Yourself Amid Merciless Social Pressures

Be fearless about the love you have for yourself and inspire that love. Protect it from social pressures that come to deceive it. Fearless is different things to different people. Loving yourself, well that also means something different to each of us. Lucille Ball once said, ” “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” You must be daring when it comes to matters of self. Indeed, protect your sacred space rather physical, mental, or environmental. Equally, receive the respect you deserve and not let anyone manipulate those spaces.

Learn to love yourself without any boundaries and be candid in that love.Jerry Corsten said, “Loving yourself starts with liking yourself, which starts with respecting yourself, which starts with thinking of yourself in positive ways.”

Know Yourself Enough To Be Aware Of Unexpected Merciless Influences

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Loving yourself goes together with knowing yourself. Notably, there are movements and messages of empowerment flowing from multiple direction encouraging you to love you. Equally, there are subliminal messages that may make you feel less than a person in your current existence.  Moreover, these activities suggest you should look like this or look like that physically. And, if you do not fit the current mainstream standard, you might see yourself as a mess. You might feel like you do not fit. Truth be told, many of times the current social standards are brutal and hasty.

With an abundance of social activities in your face, the challenge is finding forthright, but smart passion of how you should love and know you. You should never let social media marketing fully persuade your self-discovery. Furthermore, do not let it determine how much you should or should not love and appreciate yourself. Consequently, if you do, your approach to mental, physical, and spiritual style will fluctuate with the latest trends.

On Purpose Selection Is Better Than Unbeknownst Manipulation

In reality, you will more likely gravitated to things if others do the same. For example, you might think that if the masses do it, then it must be proper. For this reason, you should open your eyes and be aware that some social corners market fear of not fitting in. Avoid the manipulation by truly understanding what is pertinent to your existing self. Ask yourself:

  • What do you like, what makes you happy?
  • How does this improve you in the short run and long run?
  • Will this cost me more than I am willing to pay?
  • What will I lose and am I okay with taking the lost?

While, there is nothing wrong with improving yourself, make sure you do it for the right reasons. Significantly, you want to be able to build on any layer you lay on the foundation of oneself. In other words, make it an on purpose selection and a conscious selection. What this means is, the more you love you, the more you know and understand who you are. You will know how to add value to your physical, mental, and spiritual self without social pressures being the dominant factor.

Seek the appropriate influence. You will recognize it when you see it, when you authentically love and know your diverse self.

As a result of loving yourself, this in no form means you should be irresponsible in your acts and attitudes. It means understanding that if you take loving yourself to a point where it is disruptive, disrespectful, and public demeaning your execution requires guidance. There must be a delicate balance between loving yourself while on the journey of self-discovery.

In closing, C.G. Jung once wrote, “until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

The End Of A Decade And I Am Sharing My Favorite Movies And Television Shows

I have enjoyed film over the past decade. The way technology has catapult how we watch movies is magnificent. Let me tell you the ways and means of the accessibility of being able to access my favorite shows or movies is nothing less than remarkable. Streaming services ensure that ever possible movie and film is available in the palm of our hands. Frankly, I could not be more happier.

Truth be told, there were a lot of movies and T.V. shows available. There were quite a few that only went for one or two seasons. Nonetheless, they were still entertaining. Below are list of movies and t.v. shows that I have watched and loved over the past 10 years. These are listed in no particular order.

My Favorite Movies Of The Decade (2009 – 2019) I Watched In Their Entirety And Was Entertained

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  • Drag Me To Hell
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Avatar
  • Harry Potter Universe
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Underworld Universe
  • Star Trek Universe
  • Inglorious Bastards
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • The Book of Eli
  • The Help
  • Marvel Universe
  • Hidden Figures
  • Blackkklansman
  • Dracula Untold
  • Selma
  • The Conjuring Universe
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • Red Tails
  • A Quiet Place
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • From Paris with Love
  • Eat Pray Love
  • The Best Man Holiday
  • Skyfall
  • End of Watch
  • Sex and the City 2
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Beast of the Southern Wild
  • Girls Trip
  • Mudbound
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

My Favorite TV Shows Of The Decade (2009 – 2019) I Watched In Their Entirety And Was Entertained

  • Game of Thrones
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  • Spartacus
  • Justified
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Vampire Diaries
  • The Originals
  • Lucifer
  • Snowfall
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  • Atlanta
  • Queen Sugar
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Mayans M.C.
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  • Scandal
  • Stranger Things
  • American Horror Story
  • Heartland
  • Grimm
  • Hart of Dixie
  • Hell on Wheels
  • Euphoria
  • The Mandalorian
  • When They See Us
  • The Witcher
  • Carnival Row
  • Trueblood
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • East Los High
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  • Power
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Versailles
  • Scream Queens

You’re In The Great Holiday Season Now

Listen, the hardcore phase of the holiday season is here. To clarify, Thanksgiving is a wrap! Obviously, if you celebrated, you just participated in the last Thanksgiving of this decade. You made it through! Be grateful. It’s another Black Friday. Love it or hate it, if you managed your money right throughout the year, today can be rewarding. It must be said, there is so much more goods and services on sale than televisions.

Real quick, the holidays are sentimental, exciting, joyous, or depressing depending on the person or family member. There are events that only occur this time of the year that you can’t get any other time. The arts never disappoint and will regale you with plays that are only available, you guess it, now! You should appreciate a community theater or ballet that works diligently to pull off the Nutcracker, Grinch, or A Christmas Carol. These are the classics and they are in season.

Demystifying The Holiday Season

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Truth be told, the title of this section is pushing sarcasm. Unquestionably, a lot folk use this time of the year to relax. Indeed, if you are one of those people, then enjoy the fireside, quiet, and your favorite beverage. Clearly, it’s been a long year. Additionally, the new year is on the way. Don’t let the morose mood sneak up on you and swallow you whole, especially if you spend this time of year alone.

You have to do things on purpose this time of year to repel the sullen and gloomy disposition. Food pantries and kitchen welcome volunteer services. Buy toys and give them out at a children’s hospital in your area. Do your research. No excuses. You, a good friend or family member are responsible to pull yourself out of your funky disposition.

It should be noted, this is a visual, audible, and olfactory time of the year. What this means is Christmas time is in your face and ears. You can smell Christmas in the air and taste it in your mouth on your tongue. Attitude is everything and it can drive you where you want to go and don’t. Moreover, you want to stay clear of being deemed the proverbial Grinch.

In short, you have to find balance during this season. Don’t let it consume you and deplete any of your joy.

Happy Holidays Or Merry Christmas

My Top 10 HBO Series Ranked By My Viewing Favorites Compared To IMDb’s List By Rating

I love good writing and acting. I love the art and science behind motion pictures. I’m a fan of great directors, actors, and cinematographers that steal your breath and plant possibilities deep in your thoughts. I’m a sucker for intense betrayal and raging twist plunged in storytelling. My favors are not driven by the Nielsen ratings or IMDb, though some of my favorites are probably proportional in ranking to those listings. Great shows rank high for a reason, because viewers keep coming back season after season for the plot, story, and a infectious storytelling that’s relatable or believable.

Below Is My Top 10 HBO Series Of All Time. I Hope You Agree, These Are Some Of The Best Of HBO.

1. Game of Thrones

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2. The Wire

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3. The Sopranos

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4. Sex And The City

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5. True Blood

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6. Entourage

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7. Boardwalk Empire

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8. Big Love

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9. Girls

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10. Oz

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IMDb’s Best 10 HBO Series By Ratings

IMDb’s list is rank by ratings. In essence what I like, in some cases, are proportional to their list. You can’t deny that Game of Thrones is a ratings favorite and The Wire and The Sopranos and next in line. Good fantasy and crime drama are attention holders.

  1. Game of Thrones – 9.5
  2. The Wire – 9.3
  3. The Sopranos – 9.2
  4. True Detective – 9
  5. Rome – 8.8
  6. Deadwood – 8.7
  7. Curb Your Enthusiasm – 8.7
  8. Six Feet Under – 8.7
  9. Oz – 8.7
  10. Boardwalk Empire – 8.6

How Does Your List Compare?

April 14, 2019 – Game Of Thrones, Season 8 Is Here – Check Out Past Moments From Season 6 And 7

HBO has been airing all the previous seasons of Game of Thrones over the past week. Season 7 Episode 7 will flow into the last hour before the start of S8 at 9pm. S8 is all about The Great War. The war between the living and the dead has arrive. The enemy in the south is still active as well, let’s not forget. In the meanwhile, let’s look back because GOT had some of the best power movements in S6 and S7. I’ve shared a few of my favorites.

Here Are Some Of My Favorite Powerful Moments From S6 And S7 Of Game Of Thrones

Arya Finally Bested And Killed The Waif

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Arya Kills Lord Walder Frey And His Male Heirs

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Cersei Becomes Queen

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Daenerys Targaryen Has Her Dragons And Her Armada Of Ships And She Showed Her Muscle In S6 And S7

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Bran And Arya’s Return To Winterfell

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Sansa, Bran, And Arya Stark Uniting To Carry Out The Quick Trial And Death Of Petyr Baelish

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Daenerys Targaryen Has To Go North North And Final Comes Face To Face With The Army Of The Dead

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We Are One Day Away From Game Of Thrones Season 8, If You Are A Fan It’s Probably Like Christmas Time

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for Season 8 (S#) of Game of Throne. It’s been well over a year since Season 7, Episode 7 last aired on August 27, 2017. Me and most of my family and friends have re-watched every season at least twice. The madness is real! The anticipation and discussions on social media about plausible outcomes for S8 have been intense. Who will live and who will die, spearheads the discussions topics. Yes, there will be deaths and probably outcomes that will surprise the fans.

Game of Thrones has never disappointed with delivering shocking endings and I don’t expect to change with S8. I suspect that some fans will be mad and others will deem the outcome as reasonable. There has been so much material delivered in each of the previous seasons. I promise there are messages that were missed. It’s the reason people have watched season over and over again.

There Are Certain Deaths Or A Death That Must Happen In Season 8 To Appease The Fans

To the many watchers it’s probably obvious who must die. If it’s not, then allow me to tell you. Cersei has to go! If anyone has earned a cruel death it’s her. Cersei is the daugher of Tywin. She married King Robert Baratheon when she was a younger woman. She also maintains a constant sexual relationship with her twin brother, whom she her three children by. In other words none of her kids belong to King Robert.

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Jamie should probably follow since he always supported her madness. I would like to give him the benefit by saying he’s not as smart as her and was probably manipulated with talks of family and loyalty along the way. She’s not as smart as she thinks she is and I believe her father, Tywin, said this to her on a episode. Cersei has brought into this thought that everyone is her enemy. After everything that she’s done, it’s the proper assessment. The fact that she has sex with her brother and all of her children have been by her and not the King Robert who she married, makes her the lowest person amongst the high born.

Honestly, I will be satisfied if this is the only death that comes out of S8. In reality, I suspect that there will be more. I’m prepared…at least I hope I’m ready.

My Favorite Characters From Previous Seasons Who Are Not Main Characters And They Are Still Alive…YES!

Game of Thrones has provided us with a multitude of characters in previous episodes. They have not always been main characters or have large pivotal moments like Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, Jamie Lannister, Arya Stark. But, they play second and even sometimes third to the main characters. If third is a possible position to play in film. The are above extras, but not main. Nevertheless, they have been dynamic in their roles and memorable. That’s just what great actors do in any position. So here are a few of my favorite characters from previous episodes and episodes to come.


Lady Mormont – The Lady Of Bear Island

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You must be as fierce and courageous as Lady Mormont. The Lady of Bear Island refuses to sit on the sidelines and let anyone else do her fighting. What do we know about her? When she was first introduced in S5, via a Raven, she was only ten. The raven Stannis had received from the Lady of Bear Island read “We only know one King in the North, and his name is Stark“. In other words, Stannis was a Baratheon of House Baratheon. I say was because …spoiler, if you have never seen Game of Thrones, Stannis was killed in S5 by Brienne Tarth. The Lady of Bear Island, in her words “Commands a small house, but a proud house”. She serves for a Northern house whose loyalty belongs to the King in the North. This means her people swore fealty to the Great House in the North, House Stark.


Ser Davos

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No matter what king Ser Davos serves, he is guaranteed to make you chuckle. He doesn’t try to be funny, but he is. The jump from serving Stannis, who in my opinion was proper fool to Jon Snow hopefully means his making better decisions, faster for a far better king.


Lady Brienne of Tarth

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Lady Brienne prefers not to be called a lady, but she is one by nobility. Brienne, like Arya Stark, prefers swords to dress. She prefers to be fighting in a battle versus being shield, in a room full of ladies during the battle. She is darn good with her sword.


Samwell Tarly

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Samwell Tarly of House Tarly is not like his brother Dickon, who is a swordsman. He’s not the most courageous like his father, Randyll Tarly. Hell, he’s not as courageous and handy with a sword like Brienne and Arya. Sam is smart. He knows the value of information and he came from the southern portion of Westeros. This area is known as the Reach. He may seem fidgety around women, but he know pretty girls.

Sam’s father sent him to the Night’s Watch at Castle Black in S1. In the end, if Sam survives the The Great Battle in S8, House Tarly is his, though his father took all his inheritance away because Sam is not a Military Man, he is the apple of his mother’s eye. Sam is smart, and with all the information hidden in the Citadel in Oldtown, the show needs smart if they are going to defeat the White Walkers and The Army of the Dead.


Missandei Former Slave

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Missandei was a slave during her time in Astapor. She served as an interpreter for her masters. Once Daenerys freed the slaves, as a free woman she stayed with Daenerys Targaryen and now freely servers as her trusted adviser. Missandei is beautiful, fluent in different languages, and smart. This can be accredited to the time she spent in the company of her masters. Missandei was born in Naath, located in the Summer Sea or Summer Islands. She was taken from her home when she was young girl. Now, she stands by side Daenerys. She has also, probably found love for the first time her in life and it is with Grey Worm who serves in the Unsullied Army.

These are a few of my favorite characters over the course of S1 – S7 of Game of Thrones. Each and everyone have small pivotal roles that they play to the people they serve and to their friends they made over time. If you have never watched an episode of GOT, it is not disappointing in any form.