The REAL thoughts, Musings and Movements of Lauren Michele~One[1]L in REAL TIME. Enjoy the ride!

b on the run

I am NOT a JayZ fan, and while I don’t hate on Beyonce, I wouldn’t consider myself apart of the BeyHive by a long shot. But they cool. I’m kinda indifferent, about them.

I rarely purchase rap songs/albums, but upon sampling  “Magna Carta Holy Grail” I stumbled upon this track, which jams so hard I can’t get the beat and chorus out of my head. I’ve literally had it on heavy rotation for about 3-5 days now. Part 2(On The Run) is quite literally part 2 of their duet “03 Bonnie and Clyde.” While that song was cool, this is WAAAY better(to me)…by far my favorite song on Jay’s album — I’m not disputing or discussing the entire album or where it ranks because, again, I’m not really a Jay Z connoisseur– but if this was the only good track on the album, I’d be good.

Note: This is NOT the official video, nor did I create this video



let kev explain

My laughter was on the tip of my tongue but didn’t quite make it out of my mouth.

While I was trying to just keep it moving I can’t let this go without voicing what was missing from Kevin Hart’s latest box office effort LET ME EXPLAIN. It was cool, it wasn’t side-splitting but I expected to actually laugh more. What I found was happening was I was saying “Oh, uh uh this fool crazy” or “oh no he didn’t” to myself a lot but I wasn’t ACTUALLY laughing.

One thing that didn’t help was this one part where he was telling this joke that was supposed to be hilarious once he go to the punchline. The problem: he starts laughing uncontrollably before arriving to the punchline. While he did ultimately get it out, the thrill was gone. Him laughing at the joke was actually funnier than the joke itself…to me.

That part and the last joke had me wondering if he actually wrote his jokes/stories this time around because he usually doesn’t laugh super hard at his own joke like he’s never heard it before. Like, that’s like when I’m trying to tell a funny story over the phone and I have to actively calm myself down so that I don’t laugh the punchline out…and I get on MY OWN nerves when I do that…so imagine paying for a ticket to the comedy show and the comedian is laughing his jokes out(like Mike Epps does). You’d be annoyed. That and how short it is, like his set feels as though it abruptly ends, like he was tired of telling jokes so decided to just go home. It was odd. I mean coming off of “LAUGH AT MY PAIN” I expected something on the same level at the very least.

Honestly, the vibe and overall takeaway I got from the movie which I gather would be the same takeaway i’d get from a live show, was that he KNOWS he’s funny now. Not saying he didn’t know before, but it’s almost like he’s more aware of how funny he is which ultimately makes him come across less funny. Some might say: “he’s Hollywood now.” I’m trying to stop short of going that far, because to me he was always famous, he isn’t some new cat on the scene who suddenly got famous and is looking and acting like new money. He’s been doing this for a minute and put in work to get here-which I’m certainly not mad at- so I wouldn’t call it “Hollywood,” because folks who turn “Hollywood” on somebody start acting brand new, this isn’t the case here.

Here, Kevin Hart has clearly arrived, I just wish his stand-up was still waiting on its flight because maybe then I’d have laughed at “LET ME EXPLAIN” as I have all of his other stand up performances.

My point: while I really wanted it to be funny, almost funny is as far as I could get, but as Brandy so plainly points out, “Almost Doesn’t Count.” Perhaps he could explain, what was up with that

I really tried to stay out of this. I was trying to just leave it at a few tweets but last night’s episode of Anderson Cooper 360 that featured one of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman, Juror B37, was so outrageous I just had to say something because my tweets weren’t getting it done.

Now this video ended up being an entire commercial free show so allow me to note the time code points of note for you to view first….then from there watch the complete video at your leisure.

Notable points/timecodes

:30-3:14 Title question posed: “Can We Live?” and review of the Trayvon Martin situation/Zimmerman Case

3:15-12:35 The verdict. My Reaction and thoughts on the verdict and case

12:38- 40:00 Enter Juror B37 on Anderson Cooper 360 and her Shenanigans- key quotes and foolish points from Juror b37 -and my thoughts.

20:20-21:55 Racism, someone accused me of being “racists” in my twitter mentions for tweeting how this case IS in fact about Race

22:46 Enter Anderson’s Legal Panel Weighs in

25:50-31:12 Not every black person is always trying to make every situation racial but this case is about race via Sonny, Mark Geragos and my points.

26:11-27:37 My initial thoughts when I heard about this Trayvon Martin story on Michael Baisden. “What was he doing?”

30:27-30:50 I discuss David Leonard’ “Dear White Folks” piece on more

31:15- 35:00 The Jury quote that TOOK IT ALL. Question: “Does Juror B37 feel sorry for Trayvon Martin?”; She’s scared of Trayvon and Sympathizes with Zimmerman.

34:13-35:30 Jeffery Toobin took the words out of the mouth of everybody watching in America. Zimmerman was merely “inconvenienced.”

Paula Deen Story

So, I’m not going to spend too much time on this because bigots are not really worth my energy. But this bombshell about Paula Deen and her racist jokes and comments is truly a trip. Well it’s a trip to America, i’ll get to why i’m not surprised in a second.

I must admit that at first I took this info with a grain of salt because the story originated on RadarOnline which I hardly count as a viable source after the blatant lie they spread about Casey Anthony appearing on The Jerry Springer Show back in my days as a Jr. Publicist there, summer 2011 (Note: They eventually called us and tried to get it right but the damage of their reliable news judgement was already done for me…but I digress).

Since today’s salacious story came from a deposition that The National Enquirer scooped up, I’ll take it to be true.  So with that I say: I’m NOT surprised by any of this information.

Once the story of her Diabetes came out and her publicist quit because she was hypocritically switching sides (selling fatty food, to now pushing diabetes medication) I was DONE with Paula Deen. #Fraud

Although I was never really a super fan of hers to begin with, the bridge is safely burnt down now. While I did secretly want to go to her restaurant if and when I ever visited Savannah, Georgia as classmates and friends RAVED about  the food, i’m good. I’m not into cooking shows or cooking personalities, so I was never going to have any interaction with Paula Deen or her products; which further makes this information of her “White Only Pies” tendencies as useless to me as the weather forecast in Alaska.

But the real story to me is the reaction on twitter and the comedy that has ensued at the creation of catchy hashtag #PaulasBestDishes.

Shoutout to blogger @Luvvie of for the photo at the top and this brilliant post capturing the hilarity this brilliant hashtag.

Caught Out There seems like an accurate theme:

If The Shoe Fits…

Or I’d like to propose if it doesn’t fit, gone ahead and take that thang off.

See, no matter how good it looks or how much we might want it to work, if the shoe doesn’t fit squeezing your foot into it won’t do anything but make your feet hurt.

This same philosophy holds true for your career, relationships and just life in general. IF something isn’t working out, take a minute to evaluate the issue and if it turns out you are oval shaped peg trying to fit in a rectangle hole, that’s not going to work so let’s move on and find that oval opening that’s just for you.

I think too many times people get caught up in the surrounding circumstances that cause you to stay somewhere you probably you were never supposed to be in the first place.

For example: you’ve been working in a customer service position for the past 3 years, as a result of your time there, the pay has become pretty decent. The issue: you KNOW you can’t stand people. You can barely stand to hear their voices and if ONE MORE PERSON asks you to repeat yourself you’re liable to clock on EVERYBODY. BUT you’re comfortable in your position, the hours aren’t horrible and you figure: “hey, everybody else hates their job, why should I be any different?”

But my question is:  just because everyone around you is unhappy, why do you have to be that way too? I say, if people want to be miserable and stay and swim in their own miserable swamp that’s on them but I will not be a party. The old cliche question holds true, if everybody jumped off a bridge, would you? I think not. JUST DO YOU. Be the trendsetter, do something different and actually be happy in every aspect of your life.

The minute you stop worrying about “what others might say” the happier you’re going to be. Folk are going to “hate” on you regardless, so you might as well be happy while they’re doing it. Find the place that’s right for you, without regard for what others have to say. If the shoe doesn’t fit, take that thang off…because I’m sure there’s a perfect pair just a few paces down that are awaiting your foot like Cinderella’s glass slipper.

Take a Cue from Cheri Dennis

fantasia without meHWaleey, “Bad, Without Me” could actually be its own song title (which I sure already is somewhere)…

I haven’t done a heavy rotation in a while, and these two songs happened to creep into my playlist by pure happenstance that I turned on the radio for the first time in weeks.

Wale’s song was so…catchy and thought-provoking I made a whole video about it, with my hair looking real good and crazy (I went swimming two days in a row, don’t judge me) which I never do. Towards the end I mentioned how this song “Bad” featuring Tiara Thomas along with Fantasia’s “Without Me” has been on “heavy rotation” and thus a blog post was born.

Editor’s Note: This video is now deleted.


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