Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast

I know, sounds amazing.  Well, it is.

The star
Pinch o' salt
Cinnamon Toast Crunch

1. Mix your eggs and milk as you would any traditional french toast mixture.  Put a lil pinch of salt into your egg mixture

2. Take a few handfuls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and crush to smithereens.  

3. Dredge your bread into your egg mixture.  (I used brioche cut up into small pieces)

4. Now, coat your bread in the Cinnamon Toast Crunch-ies

5. Butter your pan

6. Put your bread in the pan & cook until each side turns golden brown

And there you have it.  French toast-y.  Cinnamon-y.  Crunch-y.  Perfection. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Recently, Black Twitter has been a-buzz about something OTHER than a reality show. (I know, surprising).  Of course, I'm talking about Scandal, the latest drama from Shonda Rhimes of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice fame.

Scandal is one of the few shows on television that has Black people in starring roles.  The fooine Columbus Short and Kerry Washington.  Now, I think the show is pretty amazing.  It has a GREAT storyline, got TWO Blacks, not just one; the writing is bit over the top for me, but I think Shonda Rhimes likes it that way.

But there is one thing that bugs me about Scandal:

Kerry Washington's upper lip

Every time she talks, I can't stop staring at it.  Looking at that lip feels like nails on a chalkboard to me.   Looking at that lip smells like yogurt to me.  I just really don't like that lip.

But the show is good; you should definitely watch the show.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

KIMye killed hip hop

Well, I think I'm gonna go ahead and call it...

RIP Hip Hop 1980s - 2012

Aight, this dress is kinda hot...but I still can't stand her.
As I'm sure you've all heard by now, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are dating.  Let me tell yall why this whole situation is ridiculous:

  • Hip hop is supposed to be about telling the story of the marginalized and disenfranchised.  Kim K is the farthest thing from hip hop.  Well, unless you count her vagina, then she is the closest thing to hip hop. *rim shot* 
  • Kanye is crazy.  He's a crazy musical genius, but he's crazy nonetheless.
  • Kim has proved that she has great taste in relationships and that she doesn't jump into them to fast. Oh, wait.
  • I wasn't a fan of Kanye's "808s and Heartbreak" album.  Musically, I can't go on another emotional rollercoaster with Kanye.
  • Both Kim K. and Kanye are attention whores.  Surely rivalry and/or jealousy is gonna be the end of this relationship.
Ok, maybe Kim and Kanye didn't kill hip hop, I'm pretty sure Soulja Boy did that, but they damn sure aren't helping.

Monday, May 21, 2012

I'ma put you to bed, Malik


I just wanted to remind everyone of this great moment in TV history.  For those that don't know, before The Game came to BET and DIED, it used to be a pretty witty and clever show on the CW.  This is a scene from one of the earlier seasons.  This scene is memorable for a few reasons:

1) It deals with homophobia and closeted gay men in the Black community.
2) It was the end of J. Holiday's career.

The song "Bed" by J. Holiday was a pretty popular song.  J. Holiday was on his way up until this scene in The Game.  You see, now anyone who ever hears the song "Bed" by J. Holiday automatically thinks "I'ma put you to bed, Malik."  Thus signalling the end of J. Holiday's career.  Don't worry J. Holiday, from the sounds of it, The Game is on it's way out as well.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Can Men and Women be Friends?

So my BFF of over 10 years now is a guy and we've been thick as thieves since our first year of college.  We're very similar in a lot of ways: we're both Black, very driven, extremely intelligent, and would you believe, he is even funnier than me.  We're also different in a lot of ways: I'm suburban, he's city.  I'm a free spirit, he's a corporate kid.  But you know what is really great about us?  We've always been just friends.

Now, you'd think because my BFF is a guy that I would think men and women can be friends, but I'm not so sure.  See, as you get older, your relationships and your reason for the relationship change.  In your 20s when you meet a new guy, you don't think "I wonder if we'll be friends forever" you think "I wonder what our kids will look like."  Our relationships are no longer innocent and built on just being friends, it seems there are always ulterior motives.  Somebody is always catching feelings.

What I think is really at fault is people not being honest.  If you meet a new guy and you like him but he just wants to be friends, you need to re-evaluate whether you hang around or not.  There's nothing worse than one person hanging on to a "friendship" hoping it turns into something more. 

So, can men & women be friends? At our age?  Ehhhh, I'ma say no.  Unless you're me & my BFF, then the answer is yes!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pomp and Circumstance

Ever since I was 5 years old, Pomp and Circumstance has been my favorite song.  The overachiever in me loves graduating; the feeling of putting on a cap & gown, marching down the aisle, and having your name called.  It's a rush!  God has blessed me to receive my 2nd Masters degree, this time in Sociology and Education, from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Well today, I'm putting on a cap & gown, once again, marching down the aisle, once again, to hear my name called, once again.

Congrats to the Class of 2012!  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Mom is cooler than your Mom

Christmas 2011

Before Michelle Obama. Before Claire Huxtable. There was my mommy ... or Cheryl as I like to call her.

What can I say about my mom? 
She's a loving wife, daughter, and mom.
She's smart.
She's an amazing cook and party-planner.
She's funny ... most of the time.
She's God-fearing.
She's a wonderful friend and amazing advice-giver.
She'll always tell you what she really thinks.  

My mother and I are similar in a lot of ways.  So as you can imagine, we butted heads quite a bit when I was growing up.  My teenage years were not so fun for her.  Not that I was out doing drugs or going to wild parties, but I had a mouth on me (can you believe it) and am stubborn as a mule.  My mother often tells me she hopes I have a child just like me.  I welcome it. 

Over the years, my mother and I have gotten very close.  We're actually on a first name basis now.  When I went to college and actually left my parent's house was when I really grew to appreciate my mom.  As she's always told me, being a parent doesn't come with a guidebook, so you pretty much just do the best you can while making some stuff up along the way.  Well, I'd say she did a pretty terrific job!

Today, I celebrate my mommy who made me the woman that I am today, and for that you should all be grateful.

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Day in the Park

Last weekend, my friends & I had a girls weekend/sleepover.  Our plan was to brunch it up (as only NYCers can), watch the Knicks, go to the movies (Think Like A Man was actually pretty funny), get dinner, party all night long, then stay up all night doing each others hair & make-up and eating ice cream sundaes.  Well, we aren't as young as we used to be.  We got through about 3/4ths of our schedule and were all tuckered out by midnight.  

But the next day, we were back at it again.  We went to one of our favorite brunch spots in Harlem, Hudson River Cafe, then afterward headed to the West Harlem Piers Park.  The Park overlooks the Hudson River and New Jersey...the weather was simply gorgeous so we decided to have a mini-photo shoot.  

I love this gold-foil lips tank, so I paired it with my always ready Black blazer.  And I wore my gi-normous shades, of course.  You'll be hard pressed to find me without shades on in the Summer...hell, even in Winter.

Aye, Divas gotta stay photo shoot fresh!


Blazer & Jeans - Forever 21  ::  Shirt - Torrid  ::  Shades - Target  ::  Bag - Aldo

Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Review: Bossypants

This book, written by my fellow hilarious Wahoo Tina Fey, is about her childhood, middle/awkward years, mommyhood, and rise to fame.  Tina is one of a few woman in a mostly male-dominated world and in Bossypants, she hilariously shares her life lessons and essentially, how to be a boss.  The best thing about Tina is she is a great story teller and can laugh at herself.

While I wasn't laughing out loud like I did at Chelsea Handler's sometimes crude humor, Tina definitely keeps you entertained.  Her humor is more elevated ... I mean, she IS a comedy writer and I guess that's a bi-product of her being from UVA.  (If you couldn't tell by now, I also went to UVA.)  If you love her Liz Lemon character on 30 Rock, you'll definitely love this book.

Next up: Assata, an Autobiography by Assata Shakur
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