Your .02

page lipsWhere’ve you been this time?  Schedule got hectic and WP gives me the greatest problems when it comes to pre-scheduling posts.  Thank you for your patience!

Will there be another issue of GENEROUS?  Yes, we’re accepting submissions right now and expect to publish during the first week in January 2017

I sent you information on how to optimize your site but haven’t responded.  Yeah…those go to spam because I know the SEO/SEM keyword game well and it’s here that I produce quality content and not black hat techniques or traffic that doesn’t know about this here.


WTF? Leave Your Lips Alone People!

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Okay, I’m watching TV while working and see a long commercial for lip pumping.  This has never been my concern but I’m still not amused. In other words…WHY?

As much as I hate to use the K word, it seems this new set of madness started with them and their manufactured media worship. But nothing is real. Friendships and alliances on social media are about getting attention.

Check out the vid below for more tea about putting your mouth in a shot glass or whatever. Pretty scary even though I don’t agree with everything said. There is nothing wrong with having needle lips. Thin lips do not cause cancer nor is there a potential to stop your heart from beating.

Will be back soon!

Why You Should Watch MichaeLA for AM News

*not a sponsored post*

If you want to see real news about real people, both infamous and not, MichaeLA is that show that gives the real without watering down the facts or showing the same content as everyone else.  From the rich and powerful, to those in underserved communities, as well as overlooked intersections, she is about telling America what people of ALL races and backgrounds are really doing.

I used to not watch morning news.  Up until about a decade ago, my source of morning entertainment was a certain shock jock from Long Island (don’t hate me).  It worked out because they went into a subscription service and I have better things to do with my money.

So my now ex, turned me onto the local news (KTLA) where it’s not only fun…but diverse.  Men in suits laugh at things that are actually funny, women can sometimes be themselves and the regular cast of characters included more than one person of color.

Michaela Pereira was the first to catch my attention because she is part of a growing demographic that is being taken seriously….large and beautiful.  She was front and center with her own style of news and interviews with people of interest.  Before Tamron Hall and Robin Roberts became household names, newscasters of color were restricted to the field, given gimmick segments (no disrespect to Gail Anderson), or forced to look like supermodels.   I know Oprah started in news but she was the lone figure for a long time.

A few years ago, she moved from L.A. to NYC to be part of the Tribune affiliate, CNN.  She co-hosted a couple of morning programs until earlier this year when I guess she decided that sun is better snow any day!

So, as an Angeleno, I’m glad she’s back here and that others will continue to support average looking women in the media.  This includes yours truly! 😀

The R Word

screen-shot-2016-08-18-at-11-16-10-am-png.png (598×598)As you probably know, this 1999 crime has been the talk for the past month or so.  I’m learning new facts weekly and these don’t change my opinion that Parker should be castrated.  Though I’m a woman of color and a rape survivor, I’m also sensitive to other issues, such as mental health.  According to Ebony magazine, Nate Parker is too (I’m sure his publicity team, for what it’s worth at this point, had some encouragement in this also).

Now, my understanding is that Parker and his victim had a casual sex relationship prior to the attack.  This is not uncommon but does not take away from his violent actions, which included attempting to force a train, harassing his accuser, and downplaying the incident in earlier interviews.  Even when addressed about her suicide in 2012, Parker waxed poetically and made it about his poor widdle feelings.

In short, who has sex with someone not in their right mind?  Do you really enjoy sex with an inebriated person?  I sure didn’t!

My 19/20 y.o. self did many things I’m not proud of today and smashing someone I wasn’t in a committed relationship with is in the Top 3.  Not far behind was being in public places intoxicated, sometimes getting behind the wheel or letting someone I barely knew inside my vehicle.  To top it off, I would be in a strange part of town where police brutality is strong and I have no real friends or relatives within immediate reach.

This scenario is worse than that of Parker’s accuser.  I’m sure women have done much worse since but it doesn’t justify being attacked.

Yes, there is opportunity and a person can get away with it almost as easily as snatching their cash on-hand.  However, no person should be worshiped, or better, there should be no debate about someone who commits any act of violence because they are an athlete, a possible force to be reckoned with on the screen, or they are considered handsome.  (L.A.Times)

Traumatic events can really mess with someone’s head.  One day a person can feel good but one attack or visual, can change things overnight.  They are not themselves, as they view the world as a dark place.  Parker’s accuser eventually got married and had a child but ending up dropping out of school, as a result of organizing a group of students to taunt her on campus.  A cure does not come in a prescription bottle…in fact, it can make things worse.

Today I’m happy to tell part of my story and let women know to not give up their power when possible because the road to justice is a long one (my attacker was convicted because I was a minor at the time).  In the meantime, Parker’s presence on some decent films was refreshing compared to the many faces of Kevin Hart, Tyler Perry Productions, or the juvenile vibe of the Wayans brothers.  However, I don’t see him overcoming this one. I just hope one of his five daughters does not suffer too much.

Why Drs. Today Need Watching

Hell, people in general need watching but that’s another post.  Not long ago, I contracted sinusitis.  My instructor insisted on hacking during lecture instead of taking her sloppy butt to the restroom, coughing that mess out and having a hot drink.  I even suggested it because I could feel myself getting weaker but for the last two weeks of class, she arrived with a cold, sugary drink…every night!  Thought it was a cold until I realized that I’d gone through about 10 packs of Mucinex over a 4-month period 🙁

So I go to the clinic where I got a 10-day supply of antibiotics and some meds.  The female doc explains that the chemo has left my immune system below average and this will probably go on for the rest of my life.  Anyway, besides the sinusitis, she predicted that post-nasal drip that comes from my being outside and around unsanitary elements (for those who don’t know, I’m in L.A.) cause me to hack incessantly. I get a prescription for Bausch & Lomb nasal spray and citirizine, which are little pills for allergies.

I grew up taking allergy pills and there’s nothing worse for an overweight kid than to be sleepy all the damn time.  From what I can recall, when I adjusted my diet (Weight Watchers), I had less need for 1970s go-to-sleep-in-the-afternoon medicine.  So fast forward, the spray works okay though I have to taste it in the back of my mouth for it to work.  

One day, the hacking was real bad.  I think I did stress my system more than normal so I took the citirizine.  I was super-sleepy and my sleep pattern was ruined for a couple of days but I survived.  The second time left me all messed up.  I was wide awake nights and nodding throughout the day.  I was also backed up, nothing was passing through.  One thing I found is that extreme constipation can raise the numbers on the scale because body fluid just builds around the intestinal obstruction, eventually causing swelling in the extremities. Continue reading “Why Drs. Today Need Watching”

The Next Time You Think Your Life Sucks…

….check out this young lady that’s taken time to make lemon puree.

Dealing with a tumor is probably one of the biggest challenges any person can deal with, especially when it is visible. Facial tumors can present just as many problems as internal growths because it’s near other major organs. Normally, I don’t care about makeup tutorials but this woman has found her inside beauty as well.

While it may be easy to hide in the house, it takes a special kind of person to deal with haters the way she does, both online and in public.

We’re Still Here Folks!

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Things have been a little crazy but peep me this weekend, as there has been a lot on my mind in the past couple of weeks.  The Facebook page is updated every Friday and as you can see, there are a lot of opinions about the elections, Rio, and our economic state.  This page also celebrates women who are doing the damn thing.

A couple of people have asked me why we don’t do the who political thing, especially since a woman has finally made to the primaries.  Truth, we’ve always been kind of lightweight when it comes to politics, meaning it’s out of our scope.  Personally, I would rather remain mute than get into something where I don’t know all the facts.  What I do know is that while I am not with HER, I definitely am not with some evil, orange-haired wildebeest running my country.  However, like anyone else, I welcome change in my everyday ways and views.  So this the option I’m considering for the November elections.  It will make many firsts and hopefully our country will progress instead of going back into time.

The GENEROUS zine will be on sale for the remainder of August but the regular price will go into effect in September and free trials will only be available to new subscribers.  Got more content than ever but for less than $2, they are a something different to add to your media collection

Happy B-Day Lucy!

Today, Ms. Ball would have been 105 and the series with then-husband is still a hoot today.  Sometimes people question why I love this show since ol’ girl couldn’t handle working in a candy factory and relied on her husband for money and opportunity to get into the business. Here’s the thing.  She (the Lucy Ricardo character) knew her shortcomings, such as not being able to sing or play an instrument.  However, if the opportunity is there, why not go for it?  In her real life, dealing with a cheating husband did bring some financial rewards.  If you know about licensing and syndication, then you know that the Desilu estate will remain paid.


If that sounds crazy, here’s another fun fact.  The commercial below shows Ms. Ball accommodating her husband’s need to have only the “finest” cigarette as a gesture of love.  Too bad that offering someone a smoke (unless it’s green) is really doing the opposite, as both would later suffer health complications related to smoking.