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The Musings of an Eccentric Diva

Welcome to the Musings of an Eccentric Diva. My motto is: Giving Hollyweird movies the finger one movie at a time. Enter at your own risk (insert evil Vincent Price laughter here).
 

Monday, April 30, 2007

RANDOM PRODUCT ENDORSEMENT

























I am loving this stuff so much I had to share, the company needs to pay me for this free endorsement lol. It's Oil Of Olay's In-Shower Body Lotion. You apply it to your skin after you wash with soap in the shower, then rinse. It smells great and leaves your skin really soft. I grabbed a bottle of this stuff relatively cheap thanks to the crackhead booster at my beauty shop. The crackhead swore by it and I took her word for it, maybe her customers give her compliments on her skin, hell I don't know. I know when I go back to my *hur did, I will be looking for sistagirl to get more of this.


*hair

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Friday, April 27, 2007

FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM 2- S.O.S Band- Tell Me You Still Care- 1983

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: The Bucketheads-The Bomb 1995



This song makes me wanna go out and act a damn donkey tonight!

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

HOORAY FOR THE "BAY"!
























Scored this shoe on EBAY for $3.25 brand new! The retail price was $65. EBAY is my crack I swear. I immediately start shaking like a junkie when the Fedex dude rings my bell.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

THE RANDOM TEN: Guilty Pleasures
















1. Omarion *swoon*

2. Baby Phat jeans (best fitting jeans ever, I own 7 pair and counting)

3. Maury Povich Paternity Shows (You are NOT the father..insert fancy dance moves here)

4. Rapper Trina

5. Skateboarders

6. The smell of gasoline

7. Chitlins (yes, I eat them at least once a year)

8. Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccinos

9. Watching drunken White people dance

10. The tv show "Cops"

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RANDOM UGLY SHOE














Ah yes, the Jesus of Nazareth Meets Manhattan sandal. Originally this sandal was designed for the rugged terrain of a wilderness path. They are mostly worn by city dwellers and accompanied by thick wool socks. We all know that concrete is a bitch to navigate on, gotta protect those precious tootsies. This ugly shoe is usually paired up with the devil incarnate itself, the diabolical fanny pack. The fanny pack is hell bent on destroying the world, one bag at a time...you've been warned. Who's grand idea was it to create a SANDAL to wear for hiking anyway? Seems like having exposed feet would pose some kind of danger. SMH

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Monday, April 23, 2007

MS CICELY TYSON




























Recent photo of Cicely Tyson at the TV Land Awards 2007. She and the rest of the cast of "Roots" were there to celebrate the mini-series' 30th anniversary. This is further evidence that Black don't crack. She looks amazing.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM Part 2: Master P- Bout It, Bout It 1996

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: Deon Estus-Heaven Help Me 1988



What the hell is up with that wig and Mad Hatter hat homeboy is wearing? Beautiful song with back ground vocals by George Michael.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

BORROWED TIME AND MUSIC

A co-worker and I were having a musical discussion this morning. He was very surprised to discover that I am an old-school rock head and a lover of all music that's a little different...it's evident that I never gave him the link to my blog lol. I think he almost peed his pants when I told him I was a Frank Zappa fan. Not only did he give me the password to his Sirrus satellite account, he left his Ipod with me since he was leaving for the rest of the day. I promised to guard it with my life, plugged it in and took a listen to the 600+ tracks he downloaded on it. First of all, my ass has never TOUCHED an Ipod ever, I have an MP3 player but it's nothing fancy. The first song was Lenny Kravitz's "Dig In". The shit was so loud I swear it loosened the wax in my ears and I could not figure out how to adjust the volume. I have the patience level of an ant so I almost turned the damn thing off. I figured out how to turn it down and skipped through a couple of tracks...I see he's a big Jimmy Buffet fan...mmmm, yeah ok. Next on the list, a dance music medley that included the songs "Short Dick Man" and "Lick It".....rotflmao! I cannot imagine Mr. Button Down Shirt listening to this stuff while dropping it like it's hot...I'm side-eyeing his ass from now on. Next on the list, Outkast "I Like The Way You Move", yessir..I can get with this. I fast-forwarded past a sea of Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighter and various country music tracks to discover "Fantastic Voyage" by Lakeside but it was labeled as The Gap Band being the actual artist...someone doesn't know their music lol. After being in musical bliss for a few tracks I got ran over by "Everybody" from The Backstreet Boys...I'm clowning his ass for this one BOOOOOOO!. Right after that fiasco there is an excellent hip hop mix featuring DMX and Jay-Z. Right after the storm, he brings back the calm with "Il Cantro" by Pavarotti..great choice. Next up, "West End Girls" by the Pet Shop Boys...INDEED, he may not get clowned so hard afterall! Ruff Ryders Anthem huh...I'm cracking up imagining this dude get his swagger on and barking like DMX. Next up after Ruff Ryders Anthem, Barry Manilow's "I Write The Songs", oy vey! I can't clown him too hard on this choice because I like Barry too, but don't tell anyone. Next track, a live version of "Wonderwall" by Oasis *swoon*. Alice in Chain's "Heaven Beside You", I need to download this myself. This guy has very eclectic tastes with everyone from Michael Jackson to Frank Sinatra, I'm very impressed. His selections are very commercial for my tastes but he has something from damn near every musical genre and that's very cool. I'm very thankful that he was gracious enough to let me peek into his musical world. This Ipod thingy is not so bad after all..he may have a hard time getting it back from me. Now I'm seriously considering investing in one or something like it.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

RANDOM VIDEO: Amber- 311

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Friday, April 13, 2007

FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM PART 2- Pump It Up-MC Hammer 1987



Not too many can compete with MC Hammer when it comes to pure entertainment to this day. My best friend and I spent a lot of late nights together believing we were Cleveland's answer to Oaktown 357 lol. Get out of your seat and do the Running Man to ward off those evil Friday The 13th vibes, hell it works for me.

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: Abracadabra-Steve Miller Band 1982




Gosh I forgot just how ultra cheesy this video was. Banging track, bad 80's video! No wonder super-cool Steve Miller decided not to be in it.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

GOOGLE GOT JOKES!

The Mini Eccentric Diva showed me a hilarious "trick" using the Google Maps featuring. This was the source of our amusement last night. Below are the driving directions from New York to England. Please read the directions, then pay close attention to direction #23.


New York, NY
Change destination

Drive: 4,044 mi (about 29 days 12 hours)

1. Head southwest on Broadway toward Warren St 0.2 mi
1 min

2. Turn left at Park Row 0.1 mi
1 min

3. Slight right at Frankfort St 0.3 mi
1 min

4. Turn left at Pearl St 56 ft

5. Turn right onto the F.D.R. Dr N ramp 0.4 mi
1 min

6. Merge onto FDR Dr N 7.7 mi
12 mins

7. Take exit 17 on the left for Triboro Bridge/Grand Central Pkwy toward I-278/Bruckner Expy 0.4 mi
2 mins

8. Merge onto Triborough Bridge
Partial toll road 0.4 mi
1 min

9. Merge onto I-278 E via the ramp to I-87 N/Bronx/Upstate N Y/New England 0.6 mi
1 min

10. Take exit 47 to merge onto Bruckner Expy/I-278 E toward New Haven 1.9 mi
2 mins

11. Take the I-278 E exit toward New Haven 0.3 mi

12. Merge onto Bruckner Expy 5.0 mi
6 mins

13. Continue on I-95 N
Partial toll road
Entering Connecticut 62.1 mi
1 hour 12 mins

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14. Take exit 48 on the left to merge onto I-91 N toward Hartford 36.8 mi
37 mins

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15. Take exit 29 for US-5 N/CT-15 toward I-84/E Hartford/Boston 0.4 mi

16. Merge onto CT-15 N 1.7 mi
2 mins

17. Merge onto I-84 E
Partial toll road
Entering Massachusetts 40.7 mi
38 mins

...
18. Take the exit onto I-90 E/Mass Pike/Massachusetts Turnpike toward N.H.-Maine/Boston
Partial toll road 56.0 mi
56 mins

...
19. Take exit 24 A-B-C on the left toward I-93 N/Concord NH/S Station/I-93 S/Quincy 0.4 mi
1 min

20. Merge onto Atlantic Ave 0.8 mi
3 mins

21. Turn right at Central St 0.1 mi

22. Turn right at Long Wharf 0.1 mi

23. Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 3,462 mi
29 days 0 hours

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24. Slight right at E05 0.5 mi
2 mins

25. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto E05/Pont Vauban 0.1 mi

26. Turn right at E05 5.7 mi
10 mins

27. Take the exit onto A29/E44 toward Amiens
Toll road 27.8 mi
23 mins

...
28. Take the exit toward Dieppe/Amiens/Calais/A151/Rouen
Toll road 1.1 mi
1 min

29. Merge onto A29/E44
Toll road 22.6 mi
19 mins

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30. Take the exit onto A28/E402 45.6 mi
37 mins

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31. Take the exit onto A16/E402 toward Boulogne/Calais
Toll road 44.3 mi
38 mins

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32. Take exit 29 toward Boulogne-Centre/Outreau/Le Portel 0.6 mi
1 min

33. Merge onto N416 1.1 mi
1 min

34. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto N1 0.4 mi
1 min

35. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on N1 0.1 mi
1 min

36. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on N1 0.9 mi
2 mins

37. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit 0.6 mi
1 min

38. Slight left at Rue Ferdinand Farjon 427 ft

39. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit 0.4 mi
1 min

40. Slight right at Dover - Boulougne-sur-Mer 30.1 mi
1 hour 50 mins

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41. Continue on Dover - Boulogne-sur-Mer 0.2 mi

42. Continue on Eastern Service Rd 0.3 mi
2 mins

43. Turn right at E Ramp 0.4 mi
2 mins

44. Slight right at Dock Exit Rd 0.1 mi

45. At Eastern Docks Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A20 0.6 mi
2 mins

46. Slight left to stay on A20 0.3 mi

47. At Prince of Wales Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A20/Limekiln St 0.2 mi
1 min

48. At Limekiln Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A20 0.3 mi
1 min

49. At Western Heights Roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on A20 7.0 mi
8 mins

50. Continue on M20 (signs for M20/London/Ashford) 49.7 mi
47 mins

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51. At junction 1, exit toward C.London/A2 1.3 mi
1 min

52. Merge onto M25 4.4 mi
4 mins

53. Continue on A282 (signs for A282/Dagenham/A13/M11/M1)
Partial toll road 3.2 mi
5 mins

54. Continue on M25 (signs for Watford/Southend/M11/M1/A127) 39.7 mi
38 mins

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55. At junction 21, exit onto M1 62.5 mi
1 hour 0 mins

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56. At junction 19, exit onto M6 toward Coventry (North)/Birmingham 10.7 mi
10 mins

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57. At junction 2, exit toward A46/M69/Coventry (E)/Leicester 0.6 mi
1 min

58. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto A4600/Hinckley Rd heading to Coventry (Cent) 0.3 mi
1 min

59. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on A4600/Hinckley Rd 0.3 mi
1 min

60. At the traffic circle, take the 4th exit onto Wigston Rd 0.8 mi
3 mins

61. Turn right at Woodway Ln 62 ft

62. Turn left at Ringwood Hwy 0.4 mi
1 min

63. Turn left at Deedmore Rd 394 ft

64. Turn right at Dutton Rd 0.2 mi
1 min


To: UK
Change destination


I guess Google expects you to get your dolphin on in order to make it to England from New York. Funny shit.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

MOVIE REVIEW: Grindhouse 2007

Hey there folks! Since this was a double feature, I must do two reviews so bear with a sista lol.


First Film: Planet Terror (Story by Robert Rodriguez)
After leaving work, go-go dancer Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan) accepts a ride from her estranged ex-boyfriend Wray (Freddie Rodriguez). In route their truck is hijacked by bloodthirsty zombies who snatch off Cherry's leg before her Wray can fight them off. A hospitalized Cherry is rescued again kung fu fighting Wray but discovers that she does not have a leg to stand on (enter drumroll here) to run from the zombies that have taken over the hospital. Wray creates a makeshift leg for her and together they flee. They meet up with other survivors in the town and prepare to square off with the undead. Coming along for the ride is bisexual doctor Dakota Block (Marley Shelton), who is fleeing from running from her undead psycho hubby, a couple of sheriffs, J. T., the owner of a gross bar-b-que joint (Jeff Fahey), and a set of crazy ass Mexican baby-sitters. After Cherry breaks her new makeshift leg, Wray hooks an AK-47 to her stump and she becomes a one-woman killing machine, complete with Matrix-style moves and blows some zombie ass to pieces. Will the motley crew survive the attack of the undead or will they all be eaten alive? No more spoiler's from me y'all!

Second Film: Death Proof (Story by Quentin Tarantino)
Three young ladies get together for an evening of fun and drinks. They are celebrating Jungle Julia's *hee hee* (Sydney Poitier) birthday. While in the bar, they are being observed by Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a Hollywood stuntman (duh) who has a taste for killing pretty girls in groups. Instead of a gun or a knife, his weapon of choice is a 1969 Dodge Charger which is virtually indestructible. The ladies leave the club and become Mike's latest road kill. Enter a new group of ladies whom Stuntman Mike has his eye on. Abernathy (Rosario Dawson) and her crew are celebrating the wrapping up of a film they were working on. Lanna (Monica Staggs) has her eye on buying a 1970 Dodge Challenger and asks the ladies to come along with her to check out an ad for a car she spotted in the paper. After viewing the vehicle, she convinces three ladies out of the group to help her coax the owner into letting her test-drive the vehicle but the real purpose is joyriding. Lanna is having a ball riding on the hood of the car until Stuntman Mike sees his marks and smashes his car into theirs over and over again. Will these ladies meet the same fate as the previous group or will they end Stuntman Mike's reign of terror? No more spoilers from me y'all!

What a rollercoaster ride!!! I had the pleasure of viewing this film in a theater in New York City, and let me tell you, NYC folks are wild and crazy! It was the most fun I had at the movies in quite a while, I did not even mind the talking, it felt right at home with the sheer madness of these films. I think my date got a little bored after the second movie though *sorry luv*...in all fairness, this movie does clock in at 3 hours long! I didn't even mind the old dude snoring in the seat behind us, I was a little worried about the item he had in his mouth though, it looked like a ping-pong ball or something...a bitch was not in the mood to administer CPR at 1am! The first film, Planet Terror was a slam-bang, in your face style gore fest. Rose McGowan is almost unrecognizable from her "Charmed" days.... further proof that plastic surgery is the devil but she looked cute for a chick with a machine gun leg. Freddy Rodriguez as her vertically challenged ass-kicking ex-boyfriend was the hotness!!! Bruce Willis' cameo as the Zombie Leader was totally unexpected and he was not billed in the credits as appearing in this film. The action was nonstop and there was no room for boredom. Enter the second film, Death Proof. Let me start by saying that Kurt Russell looks fantastic for his age and he did a great job as psycho killer Stuntman Mike. The first group of ladies led by Sidney Poitier's daughter, Sydney Poitier *tres orginal* were very dull and I truly could have cared less about their fate. The second set of ladies were more interesting but the amount of useless dialogue made the movie drag. When the action heated up, it was worth the wait. Those chicks were badass! Besides the two films, there were hilarious fake movie trailers thrown in between films that were spoofs of 70's Grindhouse films such as Ilsa The Shewolf and Don't Look In The Basement...great touch! One of the trailers even had UDO KIER in it..my man! The setup was supposed to make the viewer feel like they were revisiting a sleazy 70's movie theater all over again. This opus was an ode to the fanboy or fangirl who has a love and appreciation of 70's schlock films....I'm sure a lot of people did not "get it" because they didn't understand. I got the message loud and clear because I'm a 70's sleaze fanatic, as you can see by some of the shit I review on this blog. I had a kick-ass time viewing this film and I will be purchasing this when it is released. This is without a doubt not for the kiddies so keep them at home and rent Happy Feet for them or something. This is Jungle Julia, the Eccentric Diva, signing off for now lol.

VERDICT: 4 Soul Claps!

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Friday, April 06, 2007

FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: Supercat ft. Notorious B.I.G-Dolly My Baby 1992

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

MOVIE REVIEW: One Week 2000

Varon Thomas (Kenny Young) is on top of the world. He will soon marry his long-time love Kiya(Saadiqa Muhammad)and may be in the running to receive a prized promotion at work. His world is forever changed when he is notified by a public health center that he is on the "partner notification" list for potentially carrying HIV. A former lover has contracted the disease and has possibly passed it along to him. Not only is he on the list, but his best friend and roommate Tyco (Eric Lane) is on the list as well. Complicating the matters is a another former lover keeps showing up on Varon's doorstep at any given moment. Varon and Tyco go on a quest to find out exactly who has put them on the partner notification list. In the meantime, Varon's world continues to spiral out of control while an unsuspecting Kiya continues with wedding plans. Will Varon get the runaway bride treatment after Kiya finds out he has "The Package" or will the wedding go on as planned? No more spoilers from me y'all.

Shot on a shoestring budget around the Windy City...I thought this movie was great. A perfect example of an independent Black film done correctly, regardless of the small budget. Yes, it's full of plot holes but I've watched big budget movies that were full of holes so I won't hold it against this film. I think this film would work well as a PSA regarding HIV testing on college campuses, it may be a bit too mature for high school audiences. The acting was good, not Academy Award level but decent enough to pull off the message they were trying to convey. There are also a few funny moments thrown in here and there. Originally I caught this film on B.lack E.mbarrassment T.elevision and I never saw it again and decided to rent it. It was great the second time around. This film features strong language, a lil bit of violence, and a great message. I would suggest if you have teenagers at home, you watch this film with them.


VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MINI ECCENTRIC DIVA!!


















On this day 17 years ago, I was basking in the glow of new motherhood. The baby girl I held in my arms was the most beautiful child I had ever seen. She is still the most beautiful girl in the world to me. Not only is she beautiful, she's strong, fiercely independent, and has a great sense of humor. I could not ask for a more perfect daughter. She is approaching adulthood and I get weepy thinking about her going off to college soon but I know I must let her fly *sniff, sniff*. She would die if she knew I posted her pic on the web like this but oh well, she'll live lol. Happy birthday, TJH.. Mini Eccentric Diva! Mommy loves you so much!

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Monday, April 02, 2007

RANDOM VIDEO: Make You Feel That Way-Blackalicious





The Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious is simply the best rapper alive. I have been listening to this song all morning and I feel great because of it I tell ya. I decided I should share the good feeling. The entire "Blazing Arrow" cd is amazing and so very uplifting.

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