Reality Snapbacks

Scared Famous or Famously Scared??

VH1 has started a new series called “Scared Famous” which airs on Monday evenings at 9pm eastern time.

It’s hosted by Redman himself, with a cast of ten well known reality celebrities! A handful are models while the other are from Mob Wives and Love & Hip Hop.

Cast: Safaree Samuals, Yung Joc, Erica Mena, Tiffany (New York) Pollard, Drita D’Avanzo, Eva Marcille, Don Benjamin, Alaska Thunderfuck, the only and only Sky from Black Inc Crew, and Miss Nikki Baby (eliminated)

This Monday will be airing episode 4 of the series. The next episode will be picking up during the elimination round between Erica Mena and Yung Joc.

Without giving too much away, I really hope that Erica Mena goes home. I’m not a fan of hers at all. She was messy during her air time on LHHNY and she’s just as messy now. Plus, she completely went bonkers during the previous episode and turned her back on Yung Joc, another LHH cast member as well as a partner in her alliance. Joc didn’t even vote to throw Erica in the elimination round, he voted for Sky! So I would like to see karma get her.

I personally think she went after him due to jealousy. She was mad at him and Safaree for messing around with Tiffany… hashtag petty ???

Enough about that though. Let me give you the overall idea of the show!

When I first watched it, I thought it was corny, because the cast is staying in the ‘haunted’ Louisiana house with constant paranormal activity. But when you watch it, you can see how staged all the activity is. But after the second episode, it finally clicked. It’s more like a haunted house attraction. The cast must know that it’s set up, but given the stories that the place is haunted, when things start to happen, it legit causes fear. Just like when I go to a haunted attraction every year for Halloween, I know it’s fake, but I still get scared.

It makes for GREAT TV! It’s legitimately hilarious to watch them scream and freak out! Joc got to me the most because his opening scenes were him saying he’s a big man and isn’t scared of anything but then he’s running through the house screaming! I swear it’s worth the watch. It’s so damn comical.

Don’t get the wrong idea about the show though. It’s a strategy & elimination game. The cast has to do these challenges together to build money for their charities, but also have to make sure they’re not being the weakest during the challenges, because at the end, everyone must vote on who they think was the weakest, and that person must choose who they want to battle against in the elimination round. So we all know this makes good drama, due to backstabbing and flakey individuals!

As I stated above, all the money they make goes towards their charities that they’re representing, which I think is amazing.

I do believe they got the idea from MTV because they began doing that last year with The Challenge series. So there’s a little tea for you.

If you’re also interested in MTV’s The Challenge charity series, the new season airs Tuesday, November 21st!

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LBGT Rainbows

A Transgender’s Horrid High School Story

At the bottom of this page, you will find a link to a story about a transgender man names Casey Hoke, who went through some horrid harassment during his time at DuPont Manual High School, right here in the heart of Louisville Metro.

He was a senior back in 2015 when his principal, Jerry Mayes, saw him coming out of the men’s bathroom, confronted him, and began questioning him about things that were honestly none of the principals business!

The article is gut wrenching, if I do say so myself. I instantly became full of anger. First of all, if you see a ‘problem’ with a student, you take it up with the students parents, you don’t take matters into your own hands and begin questioning things in their personal life, I don’t care how old the student is.

But it doesn’t stop there. He did more than ask the student what procedures he’s had on his genitalia, — yeah you heard me correctly, he asked those kinds of questions— he also had multiple meetings with his teachers regarding the subject, even though they were already aware of Casey’s situation, due to the fact that an article about his story was posted in the school board a couple of years prior.

When asked by Casey, why any of this would concern him, all he was able to mumble out was “if I get into trouble because of you…”

excuse my French, but how fucking disgusting are we trying to be in the year 2017? Or even 2015??? Plus, if everyone literally knew about it since his freshman year and hasn’t complained, then where would the problem be? Besides in your own small minded brain? …

Anyways, In this article, you will also see that the principal also called teachers “cute” little pet names, even after they asked him not to, which made said teachers feel very uncomfortable. And let’s not even dig into the fact that he strongly opposed Manual’s Black Student Union & Gay Straight Transgender Alliance, but made sure to take full credit for.

If you ask me, I think this so called principal should be let go. He overstepped many boundaries within a single year of holding his position. He doesn’t deserve the title. He clearly has some issues he needs to work out before taking on such a big responsibility of making sure a building full of students and teachers are all well taken care of.

I’m very happy to help spread Casey’s word and to help bring light to the situations we face here in Louisville.

I had my own incidents in middle and high school, so I know it’s bigger than one school or one person. Time for Louisville to step into the new millennium.

http://dearjcps.com/manual-alumnus-using-my-voice-to-help-others/

Product Living

iPhone: Plus Size or X?!

I’m pretty sure I do these comparisons every year because I am most definitely an apple guy!

I am actually going to be getting a new phone soon, & of course I will be sticking with apple, but I struggle between the two new models that just dropped, so I figured we could make this a fun exercise were we go through to compare & contrast them together!

I am all about big phones. The first big model I got was clearly the 6 Plus, then I upgraded to the 6S Plus, which is why I am only looking at the 8 Plus and the X models.

Looks wise, the iPhone X just takes my breath away. It’s literally all glass, but that’s also its downfall, it shatters so easily, as reports have said. Of course I would get the most fabulous phone case to put it in, but I’m also the kind of person who likes to take it out every now & then just to enjoy it in its natural form, so this could be very concerning for me.

iPhone X & The 8/8 Plus models

Another cool thing about the X model is that it has a 5.8” super retina HD display screen, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus model only has a .5” retina HD display screen. What is the difference? There is no home button on the X model!

But for the 8 Plus model, it’s actually larger than the X model. The 8P is 6.24” by 3.07” whereas the X model is 5.65” by 2.79”. So the 8P model is winning in that department.

iPhone X

The X model only comes in two colors at this time: Silver & space grey. I’m not a fan. I’ve had a white & gold phone ever since I switched to apple. The 8P comes in silver, space grey, & gold. Again, the 8P is winning.

Both models are installed with 12MP wide angle and telephoto cameras, along with the dual optical image stabilization, so no matter which route I take, my selfie game will still be strong! But there is a difference in terms of the front facing cameras. For the X model, it’s a TrueDepth camera, & for the 8P, it’s just the FaceTime HD Camera. The front camera for the X also has portrait mode, lighting, and Animoji, whereas the 8P does not.

As far as the ID installments, the 8P model has the touch ID with passcode, but the X model has the Face ID with passcode… I’m not sure how I feel about the face recognition. I’m in the middle about it. It’s cool from a technology standpoint, but also very abrasive in the privacy department.

iPhone 8 Plus

I have been waiting for years with this one right here! Both models are equipped for wireless charging! My friend has Samsung, and his phone was equipped with this back in 2015, & I’ve been in love with it ever since. About damn time, Apple.

The capacity for both models only come in 64GB and 256GB, so either way, I’ll be getting a tremendous upgrade from my typical 16GB storage!

GAAAAH!! It really is hard to decide between the two! Which model sticks out the most to you guys?! Let me know!

News & Politics

Hartford not so Innocent

I’m sure everyone has heard about the poor young woman who was constantly terrorized at her university dorm.

It happened just a couple of days ago and it has already taken the internet by storm!

Imagine going to school to further your life and future career with other young adults who have the same ambitions, & end up being so disrespected, discriminated, and degraded solely based on the color of your skin. That’s what happened to poor Chennel Rowe.

Every day, her racist ass roommate, Brianna Brochu, terrorized her by wiping her used tampons on her belongings, unleashing her bodily fluids on her belongings, etc., and was even stupid enough (thank god) to post it all over her Instagram page.

That’s one thing I love about these stupid criminals, they always out themselves… isn’t God great?! Karma always wins.

It’s sad that poor Chennel couldn’t defend herself, but that’s also the beauty. She didn’t have to jeopardize her future for some dumb, immature, racist little girl. Karma handled that situation for her.

I sincerely hope that miss Chennel knows that there are thousands of people who are on her side! I am one that stands with you! Don’t let this dummy derail you from your goals! You do you girl!

I hope little miss racist gets her full sentence. She deserves everything that comes her way.

Posted below are some screenshots and more information regarding the topic.

Let me know what you think!

LBGT Rainbows · Product Living

Gone Home: Console Edition

This one is for the gamers out there. This game is phenomenal!

The game “Gone Home” was originally a PC only game, but, to my knowledge, became a console edition not too long ago, and became available for free download via gold membership on the Xbox console.

Prior to seeing it on the free download screen, I’ve never heard of it before, so I figured I would download it and play, because the picture made it look as if it were a scary game, and we all know I love some horror.

I did not know, however, that it is literally a 15 minute game play. Very short for how amazing this game is, and kind of disappointing, because you’re left with wanting so much more.

The set up is kind of like “Slender: The Arrival”. You may not have played that game before, but if you follow my blog then you know about it because I wrote on it in the past. It has that eerie feel to it, and it’s first person, lights out, limited actions, but completely astounding.

So, given that it resembled the slender-man game, I was totally expecting some real horror. I was a little scared, I’m not even going to lie. There are even clues throughout the house about ghosts and paranormal activities, so for the third time, I was EXPECTING TO BE SCARED…

But it’s nothing like that. (SPOILER ALERT)

It’s about two sisters, one returning home from school and traveling, and the other, who has disappeared. The goal of the game is to search the entire house, which is quite large, for clues as to what happened.

With every key clue that you find, there is a special voice diaries attached. These voice diaries are of her sister, talking to her about what she’s going through, throughout the two year separation. It literally pulls at your heart strings.

And the music! The music is amazing in the game. It’s my second favorite thing about it.

But my first favorite, is the fact that her sister is gay! These stories that she tells her throughout the game, are of her coming out process and falling for one of her classmates, along with how their relationship blossoms and so forth. I won’t give it all away, in case someone out there decides to play it, but it’s truly remarkable and very worth the time to play!

The ending is so very sad, though! But I will also keep that to myself! Just make sure you check it out.

If you’re an Xbox gold member, it’s still free in the membership section of the store for 12 more days! Get it while you can! But even if it’s no longer available, it’s like 10 bucks, which isn’t bad. You get 1000 gamer score for completing all the achievements, and you probably put in about an hour total to collect them all. It’s definitely worthy of a few bucks.

I have seen people playing it on PlayStation as well, so if you’re a PSN player, you can check it out. I just don’t carry any information at this time for PS because I’m currently an Xbox owner only.

I’ll be getting a PlayStation this year though, so in the future, when I go gaming blogs, I’ll be able to broaden my information on the consoles!

If you have played this game, let me know what you think of it! I welcome it all! The good, the bad, and the ugly!

Personal

The Greyhound Experience

I would like to take some time out to talk about my experience riding the greyhound for the very first time.

My dad and I had to return to Jersey for a short time to get our place in order. We were going to fly, but due to the fact that it was last minute, our plane tickets would’ve ran us at $800+ a ticket, which was a definite no for us. We checked out the bus fare, and it was only $350 for both round trip tickets, way cheaper by all means, also, I love riding or cruising, because I love seeing the country for what it is, so we went with the obvious winner.

Now, the fun stuff. We left around 6pm on a Wednesday afternoon. Within 10 minutes of being in the Louisville station, this homeless man got up in these young girls’ faces and started screaming at them, begging for money because they didn’t understand full English. During this process, me and this random guy made eye contact, he stood up and took his shirt off while I grabbed my pepper spray… Yeah, we thought it was going to go down. The homeless guy began to back up, walked over to another guy, asked him for his soda, got rejected, and left the station.

We’re off to a good start, aren’t we?

Cut to our 12 hour bus ride to Cleveland, Ohio where we had to wait for 2 hours for our next bus that took us to Newark. Up to his point, I was sitting with my dad, so even though the bus is uncomfortable, it was a little more comfortable sitting with him. But when we had our transfer in Cleveland, we got separated due to being previously crowded. So I had to sit next to this guy, who constantly overtook his seat, as well as part of mine. I was NOT happy. But my dad was next to me, just across the aisle, so it wasn’t completely terrible. 8 hours later we finally made it to Newark, New Jersey. The bus ride there took 19 hours, mind you, by car, it only takes 12! I was tired as all get out!

But the real fun is all in our returning trip, so strap in, because here we go.

Our departing trip back to Louisville began at 6 pm as well. We departed from Pennsylvania Station, which we’ve never been in. We literally traveled up three flights of stairs with 5 things of luggage, walked through the entire station, before realizing that the area we needed was right where we entered the first time… Oh boy, perfect start yet again.

Thankfully, we were first in line for our bus, so we were able to sit together, which eased my anxiety. I will go ahead and mention now that we rode side by side during this entire trip back to Louisville.

Now, we were supposed to reach Cleveland at 4 am, with a two hour wait, meaning our next bus was departing at 6 am. But, the worst damn thing happened during our trip. We were literally in dead, stand still traffic on the Pennsylvania highway, for literally two damn hours. We didn’t reach Cleveland until 6:30 am. Yep, we missed our bus. The next bus to Louisville wasn’t due until 2:30 in the damn afternoon! I was so not happy. But my dad and I made the best of it, because we took the time to go and explore Cleveland, which is a very pretty and innovative city. But that will be in a YouTube video so I won’t disclose those details just yet. But the best part of Cleveland was, as soon as we landed, dad went in line to get our tickets revised, and during the time, my ass went outside to smoke. From the 5 seconds it took me to walk out those doors, 4 people walked up to me and asked for money. I’m not lying when I tell you all that two of them were hookers, and the man was just released from prison. I had no time or patience. But the ex-prisoner was very respectful, which was relieving.

Our bus finally arrived and we had a nice, chill ride to Cincinnati. Along the way, we met these lovely and hysterically funny New York women. We literally sat in front of them, so our time was smoothed out with great conversation.

When we got to Cincinnati, we had another 2 hour wait, which I was so not happy about because we got to Cincinnati at 7 pm, which is 6 hours later than the time we were originally supposed to be in Louisville – our original bus, that we missed due to Pennsylvania traffic, would’ve had us in Louisville at 1 pm, but the new bus was scheduled to have us there at 11 pm – but during our two hour wait, we had three more people come up and beg for money. I ignored every single one, because again, I was not in the mood. We stayed with the New York ladies because we all just clicked so well. We were filling each other in on our personal lives and what not, and I even know where they live in New York, so we plan on visiting when we return!

The time ticked away, and we finally got on our bus. I’m not sure how I feel about the bus driver… This older man, who was clearly special, in the most respectful way, was trying to get to his location, and the bus driver just kind of shunned him away. But our bus was indeed our bus. So when we took off, literally 2 minutes from the station, the older gentleman was telling the driver that his luggage isn’t on the bus. No joke, the driver pulled over, kicked the guy off the bus, and told him he couldn’t get back on. This literally tore my heart. The gentleman had to walk back to the compound in the dead of night.

I was giddy from here on out, because I know the route of Cincinnati to Louisville like the back of my hand. So I was able to reminisce during the final parts of our trip.

We hit Louisville a little after midnight, just 28 hours after we left Jersey, and I ran as fast as I could out of those Louisville station doors!

It’s safe to say that, I do not plan on returning to any greyhound station again.

News & Politics

A Sunday Breach

Yesterday, two things happens across the globe.

The fist was a beautiful march in London, where thousands of muslims marched to denounce Islam and terrorism.

What really moves me is that, this in fact shows that just because a small group of people in an organization is bat shit crazy, doesn’t mean everyone in said organization is crazy. But what also saddens me is, the fact that this can be viewed by the entire world, seeing thousands of muslims who clearly stand on our side and are against terrorism, yet the entire world will still view all muslims as terrorists.

Which brings me to the horrific part of Sunday. Here in the USA, in Las Vegas, Nevada, a WHITE middle aged man went on a massive killing spree during a Jason Aldean concert. Jason Aldean is a famous country singer for those of you who are unaware.

What’s crazy and heartbreaking about this whole scenario, apart from the 50+ lives taken and the 100+ injured, is that this man, a long with all the other WHITE TERRORISTS in the past, won’t actually be seen or labeled as a terrorist, but instead will be called crazy, or mentally challenged, or some BS title to protect them due to their white skin. It absolutely sickens me how this world works.

Thousands of Muslims can march on our side – still labeled terrorists.

White men go on killing sprees – never a terrorist.

🤔🤔🤔 someone please tell me that I’m not crazy. Thoughts on this topic?

News & Politics

Hurricane Harvey

On August 25th of 2017, hurricane Harvey, the first major atlantic hurricane of the season, touched the Texas land as a category 4 tropical storm. It has caused massive devastation to the city of Houston, as well as other surrounding cities along the southeastern coast, such as Galveston & Corpus Christi. It will even travel to parts of Louisiana, such as Lafayette. But thankfully, I think it will be safe to say that New Orleans will dodge this one.
12 years ago, Louisiana saw major devastation when hurricane Katrina hit, & now we are seeing the same destruction in Texas. Much like Louisiana, specifically New Orleans, Houston is low-lying with a lot of bayous & prone to flooding.
There’s been so much focus on the city of Houston, that it sincerely bothers me because other cities got hit first. A part from Corpus Christi & Galveston, Missouri City, Rockport, Edna, & Victoria were also hit. There are thousands of Texans without power along the coast. There are at least 15 deaths so far in the USA, as well as 1 in Guyana. God be with everyone who has been devastated by this tropical storm.
A good friend of mine, Cassandra, lives in San Antonio, & thankfully she has stated that there has been very little rain so far, & that their biggest issue was medium to high winds.
Harvey started developing on August 17th, to the east of the Lesser Antilles, which began crossing through the Windward Islands, passing just south of Barbados & Saint Vincent. It just passed Columbia to the north when it entered the Caribbean Sea. It then became the category 4 tropical hurricane, before hitting Rockport, Texas on the 25th.
In Honduras, a green alert was issued for the Atlántida, Islas de la Bahía, Colón, Cortés, Gracias a Dios, Olancho, and Yoro departments. About 7.87 in of precipitation was expected along the coast, while inland areas were forecast to receive 2.76 to 3.15 in of rain. This matters to me because this is where my dad’s family is located.
A wide range of the eastern world has dealt with the wrath of Harvey. I again, hope and pray that everyone remain safe while the devastation continues, & may the ones that lost their lives rest easy in peace.

News & Politics

White Washing Nazi

On Saturday, August the 12th, the world would meet its rip in history. This day held the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was a white nationalist movement. Within minutes of the noon start time, police had the rally dispersed, but it didn’t end quickly enough, as there were many clashes between rally-goers and counter-protestors, & we mustn’t forget about the torch lit pre-rally march, which was held Friday night, that descended into violence.

During this white nationalist march, a Nazi sympathizer drove a car into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing one and injuring nineteen.

The woman killed in the crash was a 32 year old paralegal, named Heather Heyer. It’s very interesting that a woman who spends every day of her life standing up for people who can’t be heard, was at a rally, counter-protesting for all of the Americans who continue to go unheard. I hope she rests in heavenly peace.
Her murderer, you know, the 20 year old scum from Ohio that rammed his car into a crowd of people, James Alex, was charged with second degree murder.

The scene in the white house is almost as disgusting as the weekend rally. It literally took Trump two days to say anything regarding the topic, & when he did, he didn’t even give condolences or even speak the name of the poor woman that lost her life. He did, however, blame the left just as much as the right, saying that the counter-protestors were the violent ones… Yeah, it made me stumble too.
His excuse for taking so long to even speak on the topic was that he wanted to gather all of the facts before making a remark about it, which is hysterically funny, since he has never waited to gather any facts or evidence before opening his nasty mouth.

When I watched the video of the rally, it really began to set in that this is happening on our own soil. It’s no longer watching videos to see the violence overseas, now it’s just as simple as stepping outside and witnessing it all in your backyard, and that’s quite scary, like, legitimately scary. I think we will have another civil war before we have WWIII.

A lot of celebrities and well known people, like New York City Housewife, Carole Radziwill, are very unhappy with the 45th, & are not holding back what they have to say. Even the Supreme Court had a few choice words. It really is sickening how the 45th acts, & people still respect him.

God be with us all.

LBGT Rainbows · Personal

My First Gay Wedding! 🌈

Today was a remarkable, unforgettable day for my best friend from high school. She married her best friend, her partner, her first love, her other half. I know it sounds corny, but trust me, it's factual af!

I tell them all the time that they're an inspiration and they're the type of "couple" goals that I want to achieve when in a relationship. I swear it's like something out of a Disney movie!

Their wedding was so beautiful. It was held at the Red Orchard Barn & Park, which is located in Shelbville, Kentucky. The scenery was so aesthetic, calming and peaceful. You had the horses in the background, eating the greenest of green grass that I have probably ever seen, the wind blowing just right, while bouncing off the mountainous hills in the distance.

I wish I had a ton of photos to show you all what I'm talking about, but I was real focused on actually being in the moment for my girl. It's something I really didn't want to miss.

The reception was just as lovely. It was located inside the barn! How many people can say that they held a kick a** party in a barn?… ok maybe a few, but I can tell you not many city folks can say that!

From the music, to the games, to the sweetest rainbow cake you have probably ever seen, you can tell their hearts where in it 110% there was so much love and laughter in that barn that it could've powered the world.

Let me just say, if you have yet to attend an LGBT wedding, then I highly suggest that you do, because you're not living right!

To be able to actually witness two people who love each other to finally be able to be together as one through holy matrimony and see their happiness fill the room as they get to share a moment like this that was once labeled as only for "straight" people, is something you can't gain from a television or a newspaper article.

#WalkerDownTheAisle 8/12/17 a successful love story! Congratulations to the both of you, my sweet darlings!
❤️🌈💙🌈💛🌈💚🌈💜🌈💖

If anyone has any free time, make sure to give them a shoutout somewhere! Just use that lovely hashtag: #WalkerDownTheAisle 😘😘😘

News & Politics

No Americans in North Korea

After confirmation was received about the death Otto Warmbier, who was a 22 year old university student that became a North Korean detainee and prisoner while visiting in January 2016, the Trump administration put a travel ban on all US citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to The Associated Press.

Mr. Warmbier died due to the conditions he was put through in the North Korean prison.

It was set to take place around the end of July.

A lot of people have mixed feelings about the ban, some being pleased with the rules set in place, while others feel as if it's a kind of control. But I personally think, and I can't believe I'm actually going to say this, that this is a good move from Trump.

He recognized what took place, what happened to a poor 22 year old boy, and set up fortifications to help protect his citizens.

Now, with that being said, with all of this back and forth going on between North Korea & every country, it's really going to be just a matter of time before WWIII kicks off.

It would be miraculous if someway, somehow, a truce could be called. But that would call for these two men who act like grown ass babies to really sit down and have an intellectual conversation.