Louis Picasso Presents “The GOLD Experience” Listening Party

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Artists love to use their imagination and let their minds run free at the expense of their fans.  And to his fans delight, Louis Picasso happens to work in this particular head-space. In the heart of Ypsilanti at Friends Closet, Picasso hosted a listening party for his new project “Gold.” Gold is the long-awaited project that Picasso has promoted on social media for months. Artwork from local talent hung on the walls, merchandise was sold, and the event was being catered by Ypsilanti’s own, Tot’s Spot. Picasso is known for his high-energy and business acumen but just for tonight, the artist let his dreads down and celebrated with friends, family, and his lovely muse CJ Rene. In the midst of the event, Picasso premiered a one-minute snippet of his new video for the single “GOLD” and played the entire project throughout the night.

GOLD will be released on April 1, 2017.

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Are you being served?: An Experience with Waitressing

AS children we are taught early on the importance of being polite, and courteous towards other people. We were groomed in social etiquette and chastised when we exhibited rude behavior.  Therefore, if someone exhibits rude or disrespectful behavior towards us or even another person we become offended because we’ve always been taught that it’s not ok. So, then, can someone please explain to me why it’s ok to be rude and disrespectful to someone at their job?

Let me explain…

To support myself and my son I waitress at a mom and pop BBQ restaurant, it’s nothing too fancy but the food is good and so is the service. This past weekend was Father’s Day so we had a steady stream of customers coming in, but one table in particular stands out. A dad, a mom and toddlers (both boys) walk in and I welcome them in and go to grab a high chair for the youngest boy. The older boy wants to sit next to his younger brother so his father grabs another high chair and pretty much creates an obstruction in the aisle to appease his screaming child. Ok, fine. I take the drink orders and food orders. When the food is ready I bring it out and I check on them frequently, make sure their drinks stay full, and even made small talk (I hate small talk). Mind you, the whole time both kids are throwing food ALL OVER THE FLOOR, I know I’m gonna have to clean it up so I don’t stress about it. Their bill comes out to about $37 bucks, the dad pays with a card. I notice he doesn’t write anything on the tip line, so I look to see if he leaves anything on the table. He does.

$1.25

Yes, you read that right. A buck twenty-five. I cried in the bathroom. I work hard and I am good waitress and he left me $1.25. Who does that? Who comes in to your place of business and makes a huge mess and then only leave you $1.25 knowing you’re gonna have to clean it up after waiting on them hand and foot? RUDE PEOPLE. Rude people who don’t think about the fact I have to pay my bills. Or that I have worked 16 hours straight and haven’t gotten to sit down at all. Waitresses and waiters all have common stories and gripes so what follows are ways to not be a rude asshole to your serve Continue Reading

THE WEEKEND PT 2: Wednesday is when it all began

I honestly had a long ass weekend. The festivities for me started in the middle of last week. It was like Wednesday was Friday, Thursday was Friday Plus and Friday was Super Friday. Or whatever. I’m sure you understand the idea.

Okay so I was in limbo for literally two weeks about going out. I live my life as a hermit so getting out of the house can sometimes be rare. I’m that friend that says I’m busy when I’m clipping my toenails in front of my computer screen. I’ll think about it literally translates into but I need a nap. We’ll see is another of way of saying I’ll probably forget and accidentally plan something less eventful in its place. Yeah, terrible but I’m becoming more sociable.


My first stop of the week was an event named Art Babes. Art and Babes, yes. Beautiful art and the creative women behind each piece. All flaunting and supporting each other. It was such a joyous event. Everyone came out for it even the lil babies. Everything (the art, refreshments, music) was provided by women and the ability to work together as a unit was represented quite well. Once all the adults left, aside from the beautifully aged couple ball rooming their hearts away, a party started. One I wasn’t expecting but appreciated soon after! Continue Reading

When AO and Snax n’ The City collide

This is the perfect example of two people putting together a bomb ass party. Sort of spur of the moment. Those two people just so happen to be the foodies (@wonda_glenda and @JBdoesitbetter on twitter) behind the food blog SnaxNtheCity.com…for when bitches be hungry. 

Just my luck, they both threw me a birthday party filled with a shit ton of deliciousness. I smelled the happiness in the air the moment I walked in. I can admit that I became teary eyed because I was a bit overwhelmed. But I was more so impressed by what was presented. Shrimp stuffed with herb goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto. I wasn’t expecting that or the homemade pizza, topped with bacon and fresh basil with a roasted garlic sauce. Oh, and there was also a yummy spinach artichoke dip. We were also accompanied by some wine. Their website is filled with recipes and reviews. So I’m sure one of these days a recipe will be published.

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What’s a birthday without cake, right? Well how about getting two! Both Wonda and Jazzmine baked two wonderful cakes, from scratch. I underestimated their baking skills. I wasn’t ready for a strawberry cake and a butter pecan cake. I’ve actually never had butter pecan cake so of course I was excited. What I admired about the two is that they weren’t painfully sweet. I didn’t cringe because I felt the need to rush to the dentist because of some childish icing.
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Transitioning from Summer to Winter?

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Yes, I’m upset about the Summer sneaking by ever so quickly but I’m even more upset about not being able to enjoy the Fall since Winter, for me, is only a couple of weeks away. According to Google, Winter should grace us on the 21st of December but most of my mid-west/east coast neighbors can vouch for me with an effortless “Nah”. I’ve seen snow visit well before my birthday (November 21st) so how will I make my Fall worth while?

Here’s a helpful review so you can make it your mission to enjoy the autumn leaves before they’re buried under pissy old snow.

Fashion

I think we all look forward to fall fashion. What other time can you wear a skirt, some knee highs and a nice lengthy sweater. Or just blindly layer a bunch of shit on top of each other and is certain that you look great! Plenty of personality comes out around this time of year and honestly this is when I feel the most “fashionable”. Thrift your life away or wear your mans clothes. I’ve been guilty of purchasing the same styled long sleeves in different colors because they complement my oversized vest! Get creative! Even if you want to stay up with the trends for most, overalls, bomber jackets and Cut n Sew clothing has reigned supreme for 2015. Need cute accessories? Pretty much anything suede such as purses and even jewelry will give great texture to any fit! And if you need some colors to pop on your nails check out this article for the perfect polishes!

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Activities

There’s so much to look forward to. The leaves are changing colors, the sun is out even though it’s breezy, Fall always held a nice calm energy to me. Even though this is the perfect time to be a homebody there are so many activities that we can all enjoy. I’m not talking about Halloween either even though it’s in my top three favorite holidays of all time. Do some research on your community and find out that there’s more things going on from festivals and food competitions to the always enjoyable apple orchards/cider mills. Oh, you don’t wanna spend money? Cool. Jump in a pile of leaves, carve a pumpkin or enjoy the scenery at a nearby park. Continue Reading

Hummus from the ROOT

Going grocery shopping in stores that are tucked away in apartments seems to be a new hobby of mine since staying in NY. After basking in the sun at the Maria Hernandez Park (it’s a neighborhood park) I decided to walk my happy ass to a small, seemingly healthy grocery store. The store is like a giant international aisle without the Taco Bell desserts and 82 different pickled fruits/veggies. There are plants everywhere and cozy wooden accents. I love it.

Meanwhile there’s a woman in a cool hat giving out samples of hummus. Normally I would stop for any type of edible sample because of my greedy nature but in this case…hummus? Nah. I don’t hate, I just don’t care for it. So I kept walking until I realized my guy wasn’t by my side. He was checking out the samples which was odd because he’s the one that HATES hummus. Anyway. I sampled it…

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I purchased a tub along with some sushi and some round blue chips.

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MUFF’S GO TO SNACKIES

I always have such a hard time figuring out what I’m going to munch on after I smoke a bit of oowee (old head term for WEED). Many times I wonder aimlessly throughout a convenient store confused as to what my taste buds would fancy or I would know EXACTLY what I want, grab it, and then buy a shit ton of whatever else. Burning my already starving pockets. That shit happens EVERY TIME. The extra snacks, 9 times out of 10, are foods that I wouldn’t dare to eat sober. Crazy what weed would do. But there are a few snacks that I keep dear to my heart which makes, making a decision, SO much easier.

 

Allow me to share…

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