Showing posts from June, 2018

Grown-ish Season 1 review

I have decided to make my last blog for the month of June very special and different for you guys. I'm doing a review on a TV show called grown-ish. Grown-ish is the spinoff to the ABC series black-ish starring Anthony Anderson.

 It was created by the creator of black-ish' Kenya Barris and premiered on Freeform on January 3, 2018. Anthony Anderson is also the  The show follows Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) as she heads to college, but when she finally gets there, things doesn't go as planned.

 The cast of Grown-ish also stars Trevor Jackson as Aaron,

 Francia Raisa as Ana,

 Emily Arlook as Nomi,

 Luka Sabbat as Luca,

 Jordan Buhat as Vivek,

 and Chloe & Halle Bailey as twin sisters Jazlyn and Skylar.

 So, I watched all 13 episodes of Grown-ish on Hulu and I immediately fell in love with this show. It all started with the first episode when Zoey Johnson begins to transition into college at Cal U, which is something that her dad Dre (Anthony Anderson) doesn't approve …

Music Alert: Ariana Grande's God Is A Woman Confirmed For July 20th!

After many rumors and speculations on Twitter, Ariana Grande has announced that the next single off of Sweetener is, in fact, God Is A Woman. The song was first teased in the music video for "No Tears Left To Cry" in what appeared to be an entire track list for Gtande's upcoming studio album, although it was not in any particular order. She confirmed the track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 1, 2018. On May 17, Ariana was featured on the cover TIME magazine and also did an interview. Here is the link for her TIME interview:
 In the interview, she talked about the song again. She described it as "an anthemic and sultry banger". On June 25, 2018, Grande said on Twitter that the song is about "sexual female empowerment & how women are literally everything & the universe is inside of us". She also confirmed that it's going to be the second single fr…

Happy 25th Birthday, Ariana Grande!

Aww, who is this cute little baby girl? Well, that is singer and actress Ariana Grande when she was a baby. Actually 25 years ago, Ariana Grande-Butera was born on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida. She started her career as a actress in the Broadway musical 13 in 2008 when she was 15 years old. She played the role of Charlotte, one of the cheerleaders in the musical. She also won a National Youth Theatre Association Award for her role.

In 2010, Grande got the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious starring Victoria Justice. She played that role from 2010 until 2013 when the show ended after just three seasons. She went on to reprised her role as Cat on the Nickelodeon spinoff show called Sam & Cat along with Jennette McCurdy from iCarly in that same year. The show ended after one season in 2014.

On December 12, 2011, Grande released on her lead single titled Put Your Hearts Up. This was the first song that I had ever listened to by Ariana Grande. I didn&…

How to: Unplug & Enjoy Life

In the world we live in today, everybody is either glued to their cell phones, the TV, the computer and tablets like Android or an IPad. What ever happened to making eye contact with your friends instead of texting the person who is right in front of you? Or going outside and getting some fresh air for yourself? I once watched an episode of Grown-ish starring Yara Shahidi called "Erase Your Social" and in that particular episode, everybody was obsessed with their gadgets. And yes, even Zoey Johnson was one of them. It's like they couldn't put their phones down for one minute. They were trying to see which one could get the most likes on social media or which one was more active on social media. Now, I'm not saying that you can't talk on the phone or text or get on the computer at all. That is not what I'm telling you guys to do. You can still do all of that stuff, but you need to be balanced with it. It's time for all of us, including me, to take a b…

Beyonce:15 Years of Dangerously In Love

On June 23, 2003, singer Beyonce released her debut solo studio album titled Dangerous In Love. The album had spawned hit singles like Me, Myself And I, Baby Boy featuring Sean Paul and Crazy In Love featuring Jay-Z. 15 years later, Dangerously In Love still remains as one of BeyoncĂ©'s best albums to date. It was best known for establishing her career as a solo artist after each member of the music group Destiny's Child decided to take a hiatus and release solo albums of their own. Beyonce went on to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with her album, sell 11 million copies worldwide, win five Grammy awards in 2004 and have two back-to-back number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After Dangerously In Love, the singer released more studio albums through the years like B' Day (2006), I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), 4 (2011), Beyonce (2013) and Lemonade (2016). She most recently released a collaborative album with husband Jay-Z titled Everything Is Love on…

Ariana Grande The Light Is Coming featuring Nicki Minaj review

The Light Is Coming (stylized as the light is coming in lowercase) is the first promotional single that was released on June 20, 2018 through Republic Records along with the pre-order for Grande's forthcoming album Sweetener. It features rapper Nicki Minaj. It was also produced by singer Pharrell Williams. Grande performed a preview of this song at the Wango Tango on June 2, 2018. You can watch the video of her performance below.

 The track is described as a "twitchy beat" with some elements of disco, R&B, hip hop and techno music. It's about relying on the positive side of things to get you through hard times. It also samples from a CNN archive clip of a man who was at a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania in 2009 shouting at former senator Arlen Specter in the intro saying, "You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead/ You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead". Minaj and Grande take turns exchanging their verses. Nicki begins on the first vers…

H.E.R: 1 Year of Vol. 2

On this day June 16th, the mysterious singer H.E.R. released her second extended play titled Vol. 2. It served as a follow-up to the Vol. 1 EP in 2016 and has spawned the singles like "Say It Again" and "Every Kind Of Way". Vol. 2 gave the fans more of H.E.R. from her slow R&B voice to her sultry tracks talking about love and heartbreak in a relationship, this singer has really made a name for herself when it comes to her music. I remember when I listened to Vol. 2 by H.E.R. for the first time on SoundCloud. I fell in love with Vol. 2 just like I did with Vol. 1. Listening to all eight of the EP's song just hit me all at once. The production and the lyrics were very moving to me. I have always love to listen to music, but when I listen to H.E.R., I took my love for music a step farther. If I hadn't discovered H.E.R. on October 25, 2017 on YouTube, I wouldn't be telling you guys about this artist like I'm doing right now. Those two songs "U…

H.E.R. Yeah I Said It (Remix) review

Yeah, I Said It (Remix) is a song by R&B singer H.E.R that was released on November 16, 2016. It is a remixed cover version of Rihanna's song of the same name from her eighth studio album ANTI. H.E.R. begins to sing the song's original lyrics with her sweet vocals on the second verse with, "Boy, I always like to show/ Get a little bit, come a little close, now/ Take it home on your camera phone/ Get a little bad, baby, watch me blow it down". She also adds a new verse to the track on the outro that she wrote herself with the lyrics, "All you gonna do is say, "Yes"/ I ain't worried about a label/ Going in like we ain't got no time left/ Pick me up and put your dinner on the table/ Don't stop, ah, won't stop/ 'Til I feel it in the right spot/ Now I'm on top/ Yeah, I said it/ Give it to you right, you won't forget it/ Boy, get out your feelings and forget 'em/ Oooh, yeah".
I thought H.E.R. did an excellent job on …

Troye Sivan "Dance To This featuring Ariana Grande" review

I'm doing a review on Troye Sivan's new song titled Dance To This featuring Ariana Grande. It is the fourth single from his upcoming second studio album Bloom. The track is described as a "mellow dance track" that talks about the experience of a couple who would rather stay at home to party than to go out to a nightclub. Sivan sings on the pre chorus, "Oh, yeah, under the kitchen lights/ You still look like dynamite/ And I wanna end up on you/ Oh, don't need no place to go/ Just put on the radio/ You know what I wanna to do", and then continues on the chorus with the lyrics, "We can just dance to this/ Don't take much to start me/ Push on my body, yeah/ You know we've already seen all of the parties/ We can just dance to this/ Dance to this/ Dance to this/ We can just dance to this". Ariana then begins to exchange her verse on the song singing, "Dear beloved/ Bring those 501s a bit closer, bit closer/ And dear, my lover/ Do that …

Happy Birthday, Prince!

Happy Birthday to singer and songwriter Prince. He would have been 60 years old today. I wish that he was here to celebrate his birthday with his fans and party like it's 1999. After I had finished my "Prince: A Music Legend Gone Too Soon" blog post, I went to YouTube and listened to some of Prince's music. And I watched a video of him perform Purple Rain from the movie of the same name. I was like, "Wow! I love this song." Now, I see why some people would say always that Purple Rain is their favorite song. Purple Rain peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and was considered a signature song for Prince. To me, when I watched this video, I felt like I wanted to take the light off of my cell phone (if I ever get one) and just waved it up in the air while Prince was singing this song. And the way he played that guitar at the end was just amazing. I was like the guitar was doing all of the singing for him. Listen, I know that you're all sad that …