Why We Should Thank Ellen DeGeneres for Convincing Will Smith to make an Instagram account

I remember the first time I heard Will Smith had created an Instagram account.  I was going through my stories and a couple of people I followed were giving him a shout out and saying, “Go follow my uncle, Will.” I honestly thought he had, had one this entire time, I just didn’t follow him and I don’t know about you, but my Instagram timeline got a thousand times better once Will Smith joined the app.

He made his debut on December 14, 2017 while on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Ellen taught Will the know all of the social media app. She taught him how to take selfies with a duck face and make mirror selfies.  Ellen also taught him how to do a throwback in which they then recreated the 90’s NBC sitcom, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air opening credits scene.

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Although, he’s still fairly new to Instagram, Will has accumulated over 19.8 million followers, knows how to make highlights, do stories, videos, hashtags and overall great content.

I personally, just want to thank Ellen for teaching Will about Instagram, because he is the best person to follow for sure, whether it’s a video of him recreating his son, Jaden’s video, a video of his family, a video of him dancing or just Will experiencing life, it’s pretty much brightens my day!

The Good Reads

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“The Sacrifice,” by Joyce Carol Oates is a ficitional retelling of the Brawley story, set in the invented Red Rock neighborhood of Pascayne, NJ.

book 2A young adult novel, Hate List, is a novel about Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, who opened fire on their school cafeteria.  Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

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Lily Wilder, a young Manhattan lawyer, is having serious doubts about getting married. Unlike most of those brides, she warms her cold feet in one bed, office and bar bathroom after another. Lily really, really likes sex with lots of different people, however a week before her weeding to Will, a responsible archaeologist, is threatening to end all of her fun.

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Diving in Stilettos First by Shauntay Dunbar.  I actually had the pleasure of meeting the beauty behind this book down at Essence Festival and just hearing her talk about the premise of the book made me purchase it. I felt like it related to my life so much (that is until I actually started reading the book, she was once married and I’ve never been married outside of that, we twinkies).  Basically she talks about her living the single life in New York City and the different guys she dated!

5 Black Web Series to Watch

  1. Giants: The Series. A series about a coming of adulthood drama that follows the lives of three black millennial each battling their own inner giants as they approach age thirty.
  2. Dumped. When Mya unexpectedly gets dumped by Mike, she falls into a downward spiral that leads her to edge of her imagination and pushes her into a world she never knew existed.
  3. Leimert Park. Is about gentrification and Black friendship.  The web series centers around three friends sharing a house in South LA’s Leimert Park, a once before black neighborhood, as they navigate the space of self-love and shamelessly fulfilling their sexual desires in an environment that is changing slowly, but surely.
  4. Makeup x Breakup. Brooke blindslides Blake and ends their two year relationship leaving Blake to jump back into the New York data scene, instantly finding a new love interest and regaining his confidence.  But as soon as things gets serious, Brooke comes back to claim what was once hers.  Blake now finds himself stuck between a rock and hard place.
  5. Professional Black Girl. A webseries that celebrates everyday Black Girl culture covering topics like hairstyles and hair care, personal fashion and style, the show celebrates the simple joys of being a Black Girl.

Man Crush Monday

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In light of recent news, I wanted to make this week’s Man Crush Monday none other than Aubrey Drake Graham. I knew I had a crush on Aubrey since Degrassi and Replacement Girl days.  I remember like it was yesterday when I first discovered the song Replacement Girl, thinking damn who is this fine light-skin? To only realize it was none other than Aubrey Drake Graham from Degrassi. I also did not realize how much I actually LOVED this man until I found some old tweets of mine where I professed my love for him. In September of 2010, I tweeted “ahhh drake = <3.” The same month and year, just a couple of days later, I tweeted, “#aintnothingsexyabout Drake’s eyebrows …i still love the bit tho.” First and foremost, I love Drake’s eyebrows now, idk something sexy about a man with bushy eyebrows, secondly, who was I “bit”? Hahaha. In December of 2010, I tweeted, “dammmmnnnnnnn drake fine ass.” I have no idea what I was watching and/or doing to tweet this, but Lord knows, my young self knew what I was talking about though, LOL. I didn’t find another tweet of me professing my love for the man until August of 2011 where I tweeted, “#20peopleidmarry 6.) Drake.” Another more recent tweet from 2012, I tweeted, “Aubrey Drake Graam! along with blushing, kissy faces, heart eyes, and heart emojis.” I think it’s safe to say your girls celebrity crush was definitely Drake.  I think my crush on Drake so profound that my first boyfriend in college, could damn near go for a Drake look alike.

Anyway, fast forward to today, I still do believe that Aubrey is a fine man, however it’s different.  It’s not a crush, but more so of a I have respect for this man and his art.  He went from Jimmy in the Wheelchair, to Drake, the top artist dominating the charts. Whether y’all like this man or not, you can’t help but realize that he makes bops, he fan base is HUGE, damn near bigger than Beyonce’s and he is definitely easy on the eye still.

I’m also patiently, impatiently waiting for my guy to drop Scorpion and to say something, because he been GHOST af since this unnecessary Pusha T beef.

Also, a dream of mine is to be Head of Social Media for OVO or on his PR Team. A girl can only dream right?

xoxo

Jas ❤

Would You Rather?

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Would you rather see 10 minutes into your future or 10 minutes into someone else’s? I think I would rather see 10 minutes into my future.  That way I can always be 10 steps ahead of everyone else.  Also, I’d like to see into my future, so that if I’m making a dumb mistake, I can stop myself from making it or if I know something important is coming up, I’ll know how to better prep myself for that event.

Would you rather go to jail for 4 years for something you didn’t do or get away with something horrible that you did do but always live in fear of getting caught? I would much rather go to jail for 4 years I something I didn’t do, because after the four years, I’ll get the shit done and over year, but if I were to do something horrible, get away with, I would have to basically ALWAYS live in fear, like always and who wants to have that bad conscious on them at all times?

Would you rather have hands that kept growing as you got older or feet that kept growing as you got older? Hmm…this is a hard one.  I don’t know, LOL.  I think I would want feet that kept growing as I got older.  As long as they grew half a cm or something lol.

Would you rather accidentally be responsible for the death of a child or accidentally be responsible for the death of 3 adults? Man, this was a tough one and I honestly don’t know how to answer this one. I would NEVER want to be responsible for the accidentally death of anyone, but if I had to choose, I would rather be responsible for the death of 3 adults.  Those adults have lived life, give the child a chance to live some.

Would you rather live in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or the real world where all your wishes are granted? I prefer to be in the real world.  I think in a virtual reality, you would get so lost and caught in the fake, but in the real world, you’re still facing real life and reality.

Would you rather never be able to use a touch screen or never be able to use keyboard/mouse? Never be able to use a keyboard/mouse.  Every TV Show and/or movie I’ve seen that’s been set in the future have all been involved with touch screen and I think that’s something we’re moving towards anyway.

Would you rather go back to age 5 with everything you know now or know now everything your future self will learn? Personally, I would rather go back to age 5 with everything I know now.  A lot of things could be changed, a lot of people could be saved and a lot of different decisions would be made.

Would you rather have unlimited international first class flight tickets or never have to pay for food at any restaurants? LMAO, I barely travel now and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE food, so my guy I would have to choose to never have to pay for food at any restaurants.

 

3 Netflix Shows to Binge Watch

  1. On My Block.  This is a show about five teenagers, mostly made up of African-American and Hispanic heritage, who are getting ready to start their freshmen year of high school, who goes through triumph, pain and newness along the way.  They confront the challenges of adolescence and life in their neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. I personally loved the show, some things were expected and unexpected and I was literally yelling at the TV on somethings! I recommend you guys go and watch this show.
  2. Seven Seconds.  “When 15-ear old black cyclist Brenton Butler dies in a hit-and-run accident, with a white police officer behind the wheel of the vehicle, Jersey City explodes with racial tension.” The shows explores the aftermath of the accident, the corruption within the police force and a volatile trail.  I shed tears, angry and happiness all while watching this show.
  3. Everything Sucks. Based in the 1990s in Boring, Oregon, a group of outcast in Boring High School’s AV and drama clubs are trying to brave the ups and downs of teenage life in a simpler world without smartphones and other 21st century technology.

Happy Binge Watching!

Top 10 Songs of the Week

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  1. DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Future | Top Off
  2. Keke Palmer | Bossy
  3. A1, PC | Toot That Whoa Whoa
  4. Chloe x Halle | Too Much Sauce
  5. LaBritney, Kash Doll | Actin’ Funny
  6. BJ The Chicago Kid | Roses
  7. BlocBoy JB, Drake | Look Alive
  8. Vince Staples | Get The Fuck Off My Dick
  9. Kendrick Lamar, SZA | All The Stars
  10. Rae Sremmurd | T’d Up

What are you currently listening too this week?