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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).
 

Friday, July 27, 2007

FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM 2: Another One Bites The Dust- Queen 1980



Can someone please tell me why Freddie Mercury looks more masculine in this video than supposedly hetero Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger ever looked in their entire careers?

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: Mint Condition-U Send Me Swingin' 1993




Fuck Pretty Brown Eyes,THIS is my favorite Mint Condition song! Ah, such memories, that was a good year for me.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

ECCENTRIC DIVO- Benny Sings

















From a musical standpoint, it takes a lot to get my attention. I’m just so underwhelmed by what’s currently being played. I recently discovered Benny Sings…. he has released 3 cd’s to date and within 2 weeks I’ve ordered one cd and I’m downloading tracks from the other two. His light, airy voice is not perfect but what he lacks vocally he makes up in lyrical content and musical composition. His songs are fresh, fun, and quirky..just the way I like my music. I have been listening to the track "Unconditional Love" from his “Champagne People” cd repeatedly..it’s an earworm for me now, just stuck in my damn head. Benny Sings is from the Netherlands (hell yeah!) and the story is he's a well-known hip hop beat maker who decided to try his hand at singing. I would best describe his music as 70’s pop with a smidgen of hip hop, which makes the sound current and new. His musical style, lyrical content and voice remind a lot of another one of my Eccentric Divos, Harry Nilsson. Michael Franks also comes into mind when I listen to him, Franks being another one of my favorite male singers. Below is the video to a track from the “Benny At Home” cd, titled “Let Me In”. The video is very cool and unusual. Benny Sings rocks!


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Monday, July 23, 2007

DAMN, EVEN ROVER CAN'T CATCH A BREAK!

Black Listed: The Truth about Big Black Dogs
Everyone who loves dogs knows that in shelters, certain breeds of dogs often end up on “doggie death row.” It’s the breeds with the bad reps: The Rottweilers, the Staffordshire Terriers, the crosses, etc.
But there’s something the general dog-loving public probably doesn’t know: Big black dogs (BBDs) are as hard, or harder, to place as these breeds — even if they’re friendly, well trained, and in perfect health!
Black listed
And why should this be? Well, white and black, good and bad, can it really be as simple as that? Animal shelter workers and behaviorists alike don’t care to do more than venture answers to this question, because the why isn’t the point.
It’s the what that really matters: What they do know is that big black dogs are stigmatized and frequently passed up for adoption for prettier, lighter-colored dogs; they often spend years waiting to be adopted as a result.
Black-coated canines
One rescue worker who tried valiantly to place a friendly black Labrador Retriever found out firsthand what BBDs are up against. In the process, she discovered that shelters across the country are over-flowing with black-coated dogs like Newfoundlands, Chows, Labs, and Rottweilers.
Rescue groups plead on their Web sites, “Please don’t overlook our black dogs.” The more Tamara Delaney, the rescue worker trying to place Jake, the black Lab, learned, the more determined she was to play a part in changing the fate of the BBD in America. She began by adopting Jake — but that was only the beginning.
Contrary to Ordinary
Delaney created a site she calls, Contrary to Ordinary: The Black Pearls of the Dog World. She uses it to act as middleman between rescue organizations and shelters, by posting the pictures and stories of black dogs who have been passed up for adoption in favor of lighter-coated dogs.
Her purpose, first and foremost, is to get black dogs off death row, but she also aims to create awareness of the BBD stigma; a plight so many who love animals aren’t aware exists.
Black is back
Most big black dogs in shelters don’t have a chance unless they have shelter staff, Delaney, or others who champion their cause pulling hard for them.
Many shelters try to increase the desirability of their big black dogs by putting colorful bandanas on them, highlighting their personalities, teaching them tricks, never putting a bunch of black dogs near each other in the kennel, and more — all in the name of steering potential adopters their way, and making them take a second look.
But even so, each year shelters must turn away BBDs because they simply can’t fill the shelters with them. Jill Wimmer, a shelter manager at a no-kill shelter in Atlanta, says she can easily adopt out three dogs in the time it takes to find a home for one big black dog.
Beautiful black dogs
Delaney’s site, filled with facts about black dogs, brims with great information and resources that highlight just how overlooked and underadopted big black dogs really are.
She and shelter workers across the country are making a difference, and continue to be advocates, working hard for the BBDs in American shelters and foster homes — one beautiful big black dog at a time.
Please visit http://www.blackpearldogs.com/ for more information, or to help big black dogs in need.

Even ol Rover is being passed up for his Blackness?!?!?! The "Man" just doesn't discriminate I guess. The irony of this story just slays me. I actually think Black dogs and cats are beautiful, I personally would own one. *holds up a "Free Rover" sign*.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: Find A Way- A Tribe Called Quest 1998



My absolute favorite ATCQ tune. With all these bogus reunions going on *side eyes SWV*, this is the group I wish would get back into the studio.

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: Doing Time- Sublime 1996



Great song and video featuring a posthumous Brad Nowell. R.I.P Brad.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

ANOTHER DOSE OF MY MUSE-PATRICK HERNANDEZ

I'm truly addicted to Patrick Hernandez. His zest and theatrics are not to be played with. I've found additional videos to further tickle my soul. Patrick, you surely are one of a kind I swear, I wish I knew how to quit you.


Here we have Patrick at first performing "Born To Be Alive" with his magic stick in tow. The music changes and the fun really begins when an equally zesty bearded friend joins him for a duet and a mean two-step.


This is Patrick performing a little ditty called "Disco Queen". Was he trying to tell us something? I wished he would've used his magic stick to inject some rhythm into the people in the club scene.



This video features a more recent performance of "Born To Be Alive". And you guessed it, Patrick has his magic stick! He looks great too!




Last, but not least...some creative genius took an episode of Spongebob Squarepants and dubbed "Born To Be Alive" over the original soundtrack. The creator of this video hit the nail on the head because BTBA is the gayest song ever and Spongebob Squarepants is the gayest show on TV. I will be glad when Spongebob makes the switch from Nickelodeon to LOGO where it belongs..I would watch it more often.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

DO YOU BLAME HIM?!?!?

Man Calls 911 to Save Him From Police
LARGO, Fla. — A 38-year-old man was arrested after he called 911 and told a dispatcher he was surrounded by police officers and needed help, authorities said.

Police officers met Dana Farrell Shelton after being called to investigate a disturbance at a bar on Sunday but had found no problems and told him to move along.

Shelton, who officers said appeared intoxicated, then called 911 to report he was "surrounded by Largo police," according to an arrest affidavit.

"Our officers were standing there scratching their heads. He called, standing there in their presence," Largo Sgt. Melanie Holley said. "It's one of our 'truth is stranger than fiction' cases."

Shelton was charged with misdemeanor misuse of 911. The charge carries maximum penalties of one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

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Information from: St. Petersburg Times, http://www.sptimes.com

The Eccentric Diva has never spent any amount of time with the popo and doesn't plan to any time soon. The very thought of it makes my ovaries shrivel up and turn to dust. This poor fucker was surrounded by them, oy vey! I may have a better chance at survival with KKK on a dark stretch of road in the middle of a deserted corn field. The police are some scary mofos, but you best believe if I need them I won't hesitate to call 911......*woop, woop, woop* lol

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Friday, July 13, 2007

PATRICK HERNANDEZ- Born To Be Alive




I was gonna post this video as one of my Friday Flashback Jams but it deserves a post of its own. I ran across the video this morning and I have been watching it all day.... it gets funnier each time I watch it. I actually love this song, it would probably make my Top 50 Songs of All Time. Patrick's zest and raw emotions are slaying me. I really want to know why he looks so angry while singing such a fun song? That damn cane is a hoot too. He looks to be wearing more blush than I am right now and his White man's 'fro is the business. Thank you Mr. Hernandez, you have made my day.

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM 2: Stereo MC's- Connected 1992



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FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: Dennis Edwards- Don't Look Any Further 1984



This is quite possibly the WORST video I have ever seen for a mainstream song. This looks like it was filmed at one of those pseudo-recording studios in the mall. Damn, was Dennis that broke after leaving The Temptations? This shitastic video doesn't ruin the song though, it's still my cut.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

HE'S BRINGING SEXY BACK


























Look at this hot and sexy piece of male specimen right here lol. This had me CRYING on the way to work one recent morning. Obviously this cat is not married. Certainly if he was his wife would've beat him over the head with a cast iron skillet if he tried leaving the house like this. First of all, he may as well go barefoot, his toes are playing cliffhanger in these sandals..... fuck cliffhanger, them shits have jumped off. He has about a 2 inch gap in the back of the sandals. Once he reaches his destination, his toes will be skinless from scraping the ground. Well at least he started the day with clean socks *sigh*. Yeah I know, someone is gonna kick my ass if they catch me taking their pic.....good luck catching me..I'm getting pretty good at it.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Watermelon Man 1970
Jeff Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge) has a loving wife Althea (Estella Parsons), two beautiful children and a lovely home in a nice neighborhood. He is a bit of a health nut and a big fan of self-tanning. Jeff gets his excitement by purposely chasing the bus every morning that takes him to his insurance salesman job, where most of his coworkers dread his very existence. Yep, he seems very content in his close-minded, bigoted world. All that changes when he wakes up one morning to discover that he has transformed into…gaspA BLACK MAN! Uh oh, not only does he have dark skin, he has nappy hair as well. Once Jeff realizes that he can’t remove his Blackness, he must learn how to accept and cope with his new ‘race’. No more spoilers from me y’all!

I kept this review short because after Jeff turns into Soul Brother #1 the rest of the film deals with his transition. After 37 years, this film has lost none of its zing. I watched it with my 17 year old daughter and she laughed her ass off with me, I was pleasantly surprised. I have seen this film many times and I find something new each with each viewing. Directed by Melvin Van Peebles, this film was made before his pivotal Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song. Although I like Sweetback for its artistic merit and the back story behind the film, I enjoyed The Watermelon Man much more. It pretty much has the same message without all the violence and sex of the aforementioned. The Watermelon Man is much more aesthetically pleasing from a cinematic standpoint and the transfer to DVD is excellent. Godfrey Cambridge was my man! I adore him much more than the Magical Negro that is Sidney Poitier and never understood why he did not get more films roles before he passed away. Although the very dark complexioned Godfrey did not pass for a White man, he did a great job with the material given. The pasty, peach-colored makeup and blond wig are hilarious. This is his movie and he certainly seems to be enjoying every second of it. His long-suffering wife Althea played by Estella Parsons is a great window dressing for the Jeff character. I’m sure in 1970 it was highly controversial for a White woman to kiss a Black man onscreen. One of the funniest scenes in the film is when Jeff goes to the “Black” store to buy beauty products such as Afro Sheen and Ambii, haha! Jeff’s journey is not all comical either, some of the issues he faced teaches him humility, something he once lacked. If you enjoy films similar to Bamboozled and Drop Squad, you will certainly dig this one. You can certainly watch this film with your older children, as I mentioned before, my 17 year old LOVED it.


VERDICT:
3 1/2 Soul Claps

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Friday, July 06, 2007

RANDOM UGLY SHOE


















When a bitch is too lazy to untie her shoes, she should just give up on life and footwear altogether, fuck it... just go barefoot. Here we have the shoe of choice for bored soccer moms across the US. The purpose of sneakers is to KEEP THEM ON YOUR FEET! Why even bother with shoelaces when you can just slide right out of these shits? I don't know what evil genius thought it would be a good idea to merge the clog with the sneaker, I guess we could call this a "cleaker".

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK 2: Queen Latifiah-Ladies First 1989



Vintage Queen La!

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK JAM: Odyssey- Inside Out 1982



I love this woman's voice!

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

MY NEW TOY















My baby hooked me up with a great gift for my birthday. It's the T-Mobile Sidekick ID. I'm in LOVE with this device, it makes texting so much easier. I haven't put it down since I got it. I have no technical-savvy whatsoever and was a little intimidated by it at first but once I got the hang of it, there's no stopping me. I wish I would've invested in this device a long time ago. I text an awful lot, on average about 4,000 texts a month (yeah I know, banoodles) and I was beginning to get hand cramps! My Sidekick takes away the pain and I no longer worry about developing arthritis in my hands once my Golden years approach. Hooray for me!

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Monday, July 02, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
















Today is my birthday and I am so thrilled to be getting older (sarcasm). I guess I should be thankful that I am still around to celebrate another year and besides, I look damn good for my age haha. The day was uneventful but I did spend the day with my baby *swoon* and that's the most important thing. I want to give a special shout out to all my fellow Cancerians who have already or will be celebrating a birthday soon.

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