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Monday, May 23, 2011

New Blog

Sorry I haven't updated this blog in a while, I've been busy with my other blog "According to Kia".  You should check it out http://accordingtokia.blogspot.com and all of my current contact info is on the blog also.

Thanks, 
Kia

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Giving Back to the Community

People are quick to tell someone else what they're doing, or what they're not doing. How often do people evaluate themselves, and try to find room for improvement? I'm also guilty of this. I feel as if i'm an upstanding citizen, but sometimes it's not enough. I haven't done community service since I was in high school, and even then our school had a mandatory 40 hours of community service to graduate rule, so it's not like I did it out of the kindness of my heart. It's time I evaluate myself, and my grade is a "D".  I didn't give myself a "F" because I'm a good citizen.  I don't start trouble, I donate to the homeless, and I help others when I can.  Even though my grade isn't a "F", I still have tons of room for improvement.
Things i used to say: I want to walk/run a marathon for Breast Cancer Awareness. (Even though I've shown my support for the cause by buying everything from (BCA) t-shirts, tote bags, and an umbrella, it doesn't take away from the fact that I haven't walked the marathon.  I wanted to talk to inner-city kids about how important the decisions they make now can impact their future.  But of course this never became a reality.  I visited my old elementary school last year when I just moved back to Chicago from Las Vegas, and had a talk with the principal, who said she needed me to speak to the students because they were just out of hand.  At the time I was just concerned with finding employment that I put it on the back burner.  Now I regret it.  Especially seeing children around the city, and how they talk and act, and how little respect they have for adults and authority.  My words of wisdom can't save the world, but it could of done something.
I will work harder at being a better me, a more helpful, caring, sharing, motivating individual who's not self-centered and doesn't just care about things that affect me. What I'm trying to say is that I don't want to be 90 years old and realize that I didn't give anything to the world.  Just a user of the world's resources.

Friday, August 20, 2010

You Should Attend....

Friday, July 2, 2010

My photo's from the Taste of Chicago

I know I'm late, but I've just been feeling a little lazy.

My friends Tameka, Danielle and I hit up the Taste of Chicago last week to check out Rob Base, Slick Rick, Salt-N-Pepa, Doug E. Fresh and Bev Biv Dovoe, and it was not a disappointment.  The crowd was insane, people were acting stupid, but overall I had a great time.






Places I want to go

Kicking off the new "places I want to go" segment with restaurants I want to go to.


The Terrance at the Trump. Beautiful isn't it?  The view is amazing.


The Park Cafe.  I'm always downtown, and I always pass this place, but never had the time to check it out. Hopefully soon.


Photo's from ChicagoTribune.com

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Smh...


Elin reportally gets $750mil of Tigers reported $900mil net worth? #wheretheydothatat

Image from: Google Images.

I'm Back!

Sorry I've been away for a while.  Summertime Chi is in full effect.  So my days have consisted of enjoying the weather, hanging out with friends, celebrating birthdays, barbeque's, and attending events.  If you want to keep up with my daily activities click here. But anyways, a lot has happened while I was away.

Drizzy Drake sold over 446,000 copies of "Thank Me Later" in it's first week.. Some people felt as if he should of sold over a million copies, but that's just outrageous. No artist has sold a million copies with their debut album. If the music industry keeps tanking, I'm predicting that no album will ever sell over a million copies in it's first week ever again.  Jay-Z is supposed to be the best in the game and he hasn't even sold a million copies in his first week, of any album he's ever released.  Actually at the end of 2009 the "Blueprint 3" had only sold 1.5 million copies to date.  So the Drake haters need to get a life...thanks!.  Also, congrats on the B.E.T. Award.


I usually don't watch B.E.T. You know why, but anyway, when I saw the awards line up, I decided to check it out. My comments on the B.E.T Awards are as follows...

When Queen Latifah opened the show, with the Trey Songz and Drake raps, she sucked.  It was horrible.  But she redeemed herself when she rapped over "Forever"..that was pretty cool.



My favorite moment of the 2010 B.E.T. Awards. CHRIS BREEZY!! He smashed the stage, I can careless what anyone says. People forget what true entertainment is... I was completely entertained. Some people feel that he faked his crying, and a lot of blogs are entertaining the idea.  I personally thought it was genuine, but hey! if it wasn't Beyonce should of been front row taking acting notes.

Diddy/Dirty Money/Nicki Minaj  ugh! Sorry, I hated the smoke machines, it sucked when you did the same performance on American Idol, and it still sucks now.  Diddy's rhymes aren't even complicated, why does he lip sync? And i'm guessing he convinced Nicki to do it also.  I know people said she mentioned something on twitter about how the audio was off...blah blah blah. #notbuying.  I hate when talented people are easily convinced by others who's music career is one step from being over.  SMH.

Alicia Keys did great, both times she hit the stage. T.I. was okay... I just wasn't feeling the song. Luda was mediocre (I expected more), Patti smashed (as always) Drizzy and Jezzy killed it. John Legend's hairline was confused, Kayne West should of stayed home (his comeback attempt okay, but not great), and Melanie Fiona's lace wig was a complete mess..smh. Eminem was his usual self. Not too bad, but he never puts in too much effort in his performances anyway.  I guess it was just me, but I thought America was over the "I put any and every drug up my nose and down my throat" phase.  But I guess America is still addicted to the drug addict.  I can't hate too hard, he did move a lot of units this week.

Now.... Trey Songz will be performing at the Taste of Chicago today (well in about an hour).... guess who won't be there? MEEE!!!!  I tried to win backstage passes through WGCI's twitter account, but I lost.  I wanted to win, just so I can asked him how he felt about ruining Purple Rain.

What's up with rumors that Jay-Z, Beyonce and Rihanna boycotted the awards this year? I hate when people with money do stupid things.  I remember last year when they prevent Letoya Luckett and Chris Brown from performing.  I hate when people pay for bodyguards, but turn around and act tough..smh.


Sit down somewhere, would you please? I'm getting so tired of him, always has his hands in something.  Nothing you do will make Rhianna sell records. People just don't like her. OKAY?

Still my favorite singer, I just wish you were smarter at times.  Oh well...can't win them all.

Enjoy your moment, it won't last.  By the end of 2010 you need to put of the best single anybody has ever heard, or your career is officially finished!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Better Late Than Never

I had a pretty decent weekend, filled with ups and downs, but here are the highlights.

Saturday morning my friend and I visited Michael Jacksons childhood home in Gary Indiana. Before I say anything else, I need to mention Gary Indiana. OMG!!! That picture above is exactly what it felt leaving Chicago and going to Gary.  It was the turning point.  I thought the south side of Chicago looked bad, but oh noooo, I was wrong.  We drove up and down the streets of Gary and literally 80% of the homes on any given block were abandon, had broken windows, bullet holes through the doors and windows, etc.  Plus everyone sat on their porches or on the sidewalk, and as we drove down the street they would all just stare into the car, like they weren't used to people being in the area. The whole thing was just creepy.  But anyway, we finally made it to 2300 Jackson St. just to see a crew working on the old Jackson family home.  We took pictures, walked around, visited the school (behind the house).  When we returned to the house, and more tourist were present, talking and taking pictures. Then someone said "Who do you think gave out more beatings....Joe Jackson or Ike Turner?. I laughed, but one of my good friends and MJ's #1 fan didn't think it was funny.. (which weirdly made it more funny to us) . We were notified by the crew working on the house that on June 25th (death anniversary) there will be a B.B.Q on the property, the statue will be revealed, and it will be a day full of activities on Jackson St.  I'll be there..lol.  Then I noticed that the light post in front of the home was covered in signatures.  Since the home is now fenced, I was mad that I couldn't go in and sign it, until I noticed people signed the "One Way" sign in front of the street. YAY!  So what did I do? I found a Empty spot (well two actually) and signed away! (sidenote: I was kinda ghetto and signed using my twitter name, lol) pictures below.


Later that night the girsl and I celebrated one of my friend b-day at the Between Lounge.  Everything that could go wrong, went wrong.  The b-day girl's ride didn't show, so we had to drive across town to get her (I was already #wasted so I was still in a good mood). So once all 5 of us were crammed in the car we hit the express way and the car died. So we had to drive back across town, pick up a spare, hit the gas station (get some air) and then headed to the party.  Was it worth it? Sure was... I had a blast.


I woke up around 11:30 the next morning and rushed down to Navy Pier for the Health Expo. I had a lot of fun. I got to see Bob (trainer from the biggest loser), Michael (winner of the biggest loser) and his mom.  I also participated in trainer Andrea Metcalf's mini exercise session (pictures below). We walked around, talked with a lot of people (it was so much going on). I got to do the (fake) weather for NBC News (which I sucked at).  There was also Rock climbing, chef's cooking, exercise stations, product tastings, bikers, cars, and so much more.  So much positive energy in the room, it felt good just being there.  We even took one of those fake coaster rides (pictured below). I have no idea what it's called, but showed the beginning and ending of a heart attack. I had a good time, but after three hours later I was exhausted.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

.Mine kicked off Thursday with a friendly bowling match at Dolton Bowl.  We arrived around 10 p.m and the place was EMPTY.  No more than 6 lanes were in use, and I was in complete shock, until I was told that it was a shooting up there the week before.  Now who wants to bet me that by next week the bowling alley will be packed again?.  Too bad I didn't take any pictures, but I did kick some butt...lol. But I still had fun. On Friday I was supposed to see Sex and the City 2, and hit the streets later that night.  Well... Friday came and left and I didn't get to do either.


So Saturday I made the matinĂ©e screening of Sex and the City 2.  It received very bad reviews, but I loved the TV show, like the first movie, and I liked the second one as well. I guess people expected the movie to be full of drama, drama and more drama.  The movie had some really good moments, and the 2.5 hours zipped by, which means I enjoyed myself lol.

Within the first 15-20 minutes of the film Liza performed Beyonce's "Single Ladies". A lot of people didn't like it, but I thought it was cute (and Samantha's little dance rendition was cute too). Did anybody get the slight Beyonce diss after the song ended?.  Charlotte stated that she didn't like weddings because she didn't want to hear (or dance... I can't remember the quote exactly) that song.  Does anybody remember that Beyonce actually was casted in Jennifer Hudson's role in the first Sex and the City film?, but she got boot because she had to many demands (she wanted all her clothes to be Dereon, etc)?  #justwondering.  The pictures below are ridiculous pictures of me at my grandmothers house after I left the movies...Gotta luv gramz.. She has the best view EVER.  (best seen at night though)

Sunday I went to a BBQ on my old block... hung out with some old friends, enjoyed some food and conversation. Overall, it was a pretty decent weekend.

Sidenote: On Monday I decided to stay in the house (because of the heavy rain) and make it a movie day. I decided to watch "My Sister's Keeper" and I thought it was a really good movie. I remembered when the movie first came out that people were outraged at the ending (completely different from the book). So I read the original ending online and it was SOOO sad.  I think if I would of read the book, I would of cried, but I wouldn't be mad that the ending was changed. The book ending....now that's some good writing.

Sex and the City poster from  filmofilia.com
Liza pic from projectqatlanta.com

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chicagoans Rule American Idol & Biggest Loser Finales

Mike takes home the Biggest Loser crown. My jaws literally dropped when Mike came on stage.  He had a long journey and a hard one at that.  Plus he's a Chicago boy...so that's a plus.I wanted him to win over Ashley and Daris, but not over Koli. Sadly Koli wasn't voted into the top 3, but Koli (pictured below) did take home to $100,000 "at home" prize.  Sidenote: Was anyone feeling Koli's Kayne West inspired outfit?

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One of my good friends and I decided to walk/run the trails downtown last night (to get away from the boredom of the gym that I've been experiencing lately), so I had to DVR Idol last night.  When I returned home I fast forward through all the performances (which I'll go back and watch today) to see who won.  I was so glad to hear Lee's name called.  It was a well deserved win (I honestly feel Crystal's antics and bad attitude ruined her chances), but anyway!!!! GO LEE.  When he performed his final song you could see the excitement in his eyes...Congrats!!!!

Chicagoans run this........"Obama Included" LOL

Updated to say: Biggest Loser trainer: BOB will be in Chicago at Navy Pier June 6th, 2010 @  noon.  See you there.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chicago News

Coach sues Chicago.  Knock-offs have been around for years, you can find a knock off of any designer and in any city.  So why did Coach decide to sue Chicago? They state that Chicago is supporting the sell of counterfeit purses (@ the maxwell market) because they allow the vendors to sell them.  What's outrageous is that Coach is demanding $2 million dollars for every fake purse purchased.  Really Coach?....REALLY??  Your purses are only worth $200-300 bucks and you want two million for every FAKE purse sold?...now that's reaching. And the icing on the cake is that they want the city of Chicago to collect and pass over the money (from the vendors they sue)...lol.  I guess they don't know how things work in Chicago.  Money might be collected (no way near $2 million) but there's no way they are passing it over (well at least all of what they collect).  I have a good feeling that certain people (you know who..lol) are putting in their requests for vacation as we speak.

Story from fox news
Newsworthy

Obama believes LeBron belongs in chicago ==[NBC]==

Supreme Courts rules for Chicago's black fire fighters ==[breakingchicagonews]==

Funeral arrangements set for slain police officer ==[chicagobreakingnews]==



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Biggest Loser: Save Koli

For those who personally know me, you know that I just started working out, and trying to get healthy. It's partly due to the Biggest Loser team Sam & Koli.  Two cousins who played the game fairly, respected their peers and motivated the other contestants. Sam is already eliminated (because of the contestant below) but Koli and Darius are up for elimination, and we need to help save Koli. 



To hear Koli's plea click here
To Vote for Koli click here or call 1 (866) 492-6802

                                                             

This is Darius, the contest Koli is competing against. During the season he was mostly in the background, didn't talk much. As the season continued, he showed his true character when he teamed up with Mike and Ashley to have Sam sent home (because Sam lost more weight than anyone else).  The contestants went home for 30 days and then had to weigh in. Koli lost 13 pounds, while Darius gained 2 pounds.  He doesn't want this bad enough. Then both contestants had to plea to viewers on why they should make it to the season finale next week While Koli's plea was heart felt (but with no tears), Darius decided to take another approach.  He faked cried....SMH!.  No tears, but he kept wiping his eyes.. (hilarious). It was so fake that he started wiping his eyelids instead of under his eyes....I just laughed, it was so PATHETIC   


To watch his awful plea click here
Info and pictures from nbc.com

So who are you voting for?