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Archive for December, 2008

On Christmas morning, the sensual “Santa Baby” was in rotation on my holiday playlist.  By Christmas evening, I learned that the ageless seductress who made “Santa Baby” famous had died on the same holiday for which that timeless song was written.

On Christmas Day Eartha Kitt died at the age of 81.  The actress, singer, and dancer became a cultural icon for her puuurrrrfect portrayal of Catwoman in the 1960s Batman TV series.  But for people closer to my age, she was best known for her role as Lady Eloise in the 90s classic Boomerang.

But accolades and accomplishments aside, the thing that I’ve always most admired about Eartha Kitt was that she was a complete original.  She wasn’t Dorothy Dandridge, she wasn’t Lena Horne—-she was Eartha Kitt.  And that’s why the world loves her.  Her authenticity inspires us all to find out exactly who we are, and to be no one else but that person.

She once said, “I’ve always accepted applause as making me feel worthwhile. I hope I die being applauded. Just put a chaise longue under me and let me go.”

Please join me in applauding the life of the inimitable Eartha Kitt.

T

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She Has Influence

Doubt the influence of Beyonce?  I bet you that 2 out of every 5 females you know are going to be calling themselves “divas” now.

Just watch.

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Opening Lines…

“My youth began when I was twenty-one.  

At least, that’s when I decided it began.  

That was when I started to think that all those shiny things in life—-some of them might possibly be for me.”

—-Opening lines of  20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo, pictured below.

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The Verdict

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So I went to go see Seven Pounds starring Will Smith last night, and I’d give it a 3 out of 5.  Smith plays a depressed IRS agent who seeks redemption for a past mistake by performing good deeds for seven strangers.  This role is a huge departure from most of his past roles, and although it takes a while to really take off, Seven Pounds is definitely worth checking out.  I recommend it.

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I’m Intrigued…

I don’t know what to expect from Will Smith’s new movie Seven Pounds, which hits theaters tomorrow.  The trailer tells me nothing about whether this will fit my tastes, and the vague description that I found—“An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers”—doesn’t tip me off either.  I don’t know ish about this film.

And that’s exactly why I’ll be checking it out tomorrow. My curiosity has been peaked, and I’m forced to use my imagination. Besides, when has Will Smith ever produced a really bad film? 

I’ll let you know what I discover. In the meantime, check out the scene above.

–Tj

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Swagger of a College Kid…

Check out these old-school Kodak photos of Barack Obama when he was a freshman in college.

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Click here to see the full slideshow on TIME magazine’s site.

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Quotable: Being Present

“Be here. 

Be present.

Wherever you are, be there.”

—Willie Nelson

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