The barrage of emotions I experienced after watching ABC’s Scandal S3 Episode 15, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang were as follows:
I couldn’t believe that Jake went straight “Goodfellas” on those unsuspecting reporters and Publilius. Gunned down in cold and calculated blood. I am well aware that Jake is command of B6-13, however I wasn’t quite prepared to actually see him be the one to carry out killings! His predecessor had ordered the deaths of 183 individuals during his reign as B6-13 commander, but he never carried out killing orders himself. Before Jake took command of B6-13 there was a real sympathy factor woven into his role. He totally embodied the “wounded soldier”. I felt sorry for him that Papa Pope had thrown him into the hole and tortured him. Now that Jake successfully “saved the republic”, it’s impossible to view his character in the same way. The point of no return. How is he going to perch himself lovingly next to Novak in order to “walk him through” his last wretched minutes of life so he wouldn’t have to die alone” ? It didn’t come across as caring and considerate. It came across as extremely twisted. I wanted to be rocked as I lay in the fetal position after that scene. Jake has now been filed away under “damaged goods”.
Two words. Joe Morton. The man redeﬁnes the craft of acting every time he is on screen. It’s the scenes between Morton and Washington where he is the most powerful. Daddy Pope (and Momma Pope) are the type of folks that decrease the temperature of any room that they walk into. The type of people that make you “clutch your pearls” and gasp out loud in fear.
I’m totally grossed out by spitting. I live in NYC and this city is notorious for the crudest, most imaginative, and frequent spitting in the streets. Spitting on someone is a whole other ballgame altogether. I don’t know about you all, but spitting in another person’s face is one of the most disrespectful assaults. It’s so vile. I had to work hard to numb the pain in my mind with happy thoughts so that I could suppress the thin veil of nausea I experienced after watched Quinn and Huck’s “love scene” (insert air quotes). I thought the episode where Huck licked Quinn’s face traipsing on the verge of torture porn- little did I know what Ms. Rhimes had in store for us in episode 15. My disgust is so real that I can’t even acknowledge these two characters by their names. From now on they are Kwwin and HuuK. I can acknowledge them again with correct spelling once they start “flying right”.
Jeff Perry (Cyrus Been) is a formidable actor. He showed us this past week that he has an amazing propensity for conveying gut-wrenching emotion. Before this episode, I thought that Cyrus was just driven and sarcastic with twist of narcissism, but in this episode he gave us sorrow, grief, and mourning in such a profound way. I wanted to grab Cyrus and rock him in my arms the way a loving mother would as an attempt at consolation after his press conference breakdown.
After my weekly Scandal Chat with my girl Rashmi, I came to the conclusion that my sweeping range of emotions were indeed a testament to the brilliance of Shonda Rhimes. As a serial optimist I cannot delude myself into thinking that I can ﬁnd elements of “hope, peace, and love” in a show that focuses on the salacious lives of the D.C elite. I watch the show because it continues to showcase brilliant acting and writing. I’ll just turn to my “feel good” shows for my positive mental attitude.
This afternoon my internet travels led me down a random path to discover that before there was Fleetwood Mac, there was Buckingham & Nicks.
According to Wikipedia, “Buckingham Nicks is the debut and sole studio album by the American rock duo Buckingham Nicks. Produced by Keith Olsen, the album was released in September 1973 by Polydor Records”.
You can listen to the entire album on YT. http://youtu.be/UKBft-I4UdU
Word on the web is that the album didn’t do so well. Can’t image why.
Favorites thus far: an amazing instrumental, “Stephanie”, and “Frozen Love”. Buckingham and Nicks were some dynamic duo. That photo says it all doesn’t it. A delightful throwback.
Don’t allow the Enemy to steal your JOY! Once your joy goes, it’s all downhill from there.
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Check out Solange Knowles’ latest fashion project. Knowles lent her style sensibility as Art Director for PUMA’s Girls of Blaze Disc collection.
In November of 2013 PUMA announced that Knowles joined the team as a creative consultant. Knowles said, “Working with PUMA has allowed me to express my love for not only design but the conception of creative ideas, and the execution of them by curating amazingly talented teams,” said Solange. “I’ve had so much fun producing special content, events, and working alongside the PUMA team with some of my favorite emerging artists, photographers and graphic designers to create activations that really celebrate both mine and PUMA’s approach and philosophies.”
“PUMA couldn’t be happier to work with someone as talented as Solange,” said Tara McRae, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Brand Management for PUMA North America. “Her signature fashion sense along with her keen eye for design is unmatched. We are thrilled to bring her vision to life with this collection.”
The PUMA Disc Blaze was first introduced in 1992 as the world’s first laceless running shoe, just turn the Disc’s dial and the internal wires tighten the upper to maximize fit and comfort. In the 90’s, the Disc proved to be head-turning and record breaking on the track. Today, the Disc is back and making an impact on the lifestyle side with clean lines, and street style. This season marks the first time it is available for women.
Although it appears that PUMA did not make significant changes to the construction or design to the DISC perhaps Knowles’ celebrity fashion sense could be enough to draw enough “buzz”, and perhaps drive sales.