Welcome to my first blog post of the year!!
2021, please be good to us because we’re all rooting for you!
I hope your New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day festivities were fun and safe. Here’s my roundups for the month of December 2020.
I’ve been all over the place this month when it came to T.V. shows. I’ve started many and finished few. It’s the indecisiveness and short attention span for me. I’ve been watching a few throwback shows in addition to the ones below.
I first started the month watching ‘Border Security’ which is a Canadian TV show that came out in 2016. I was flabbergasted at the weird things people tried to sneak in at the airport like human bones, live insects, ingested cocaine, and more. I gave it 5 stars because I love crime shows and it reminded me of the show COPS back in the day.
Next, I honestly wasn’t too fond of the new Selena Netflix series but I finished it anyway. I thought it was unnecessary because J. Lo already did the best biographical representation in the movie version. Because of this, I gave the TV series one star.
The third show, ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ is your average teen murder drama show full of scandals, lies and the fight to be the “top dog” in a prestigious ballet academy. It’s predictable and stereotypical, not sure if I will finish it. I’m still trying to give it a chance so I gave it 2 stars for effort. I guess I only decided to watch it because I’m a fan of mess and drama.
Next up is: ‘Bridgerton’. A seductive drama produced by Shonda Rhimes and is based on the bestselling romance novels by Julia Quinn (that I’ve never read). I didn’t expect to like this show just from reading the shows description but by the end of watching the first episode, I was intrigued. I kind of knew what was going to happen based on the events leading up to the end of the episode so, I’ll have to take away one point for the predictable plot. But overall, I really like the style of this show, there’s a unique fresh feel to it. Also, can we talk about how fine ‘Rege-Jean Page’ is?! He plays Simon- the Duke of Hastings. I really love seeing people of color in roles like this other than as servants and slaves.
Last but not least, the twisted dark remake of the classic ‘Sabrina- The Teenage Witch’ is back with a Part 4 season of the ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’. Just released on December 31st, 2020 (NYE) so I haven’t gotten too deep into the season yet but I’m sure it won’t disappoint like the other seasons. Ya know I’m a heaux for witchy, magical things.
- Border Security: America’s Frontline (Netflix). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Selena: The Series (Netflix). ⭐️
- Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix). ⭐️⭐️
- Bridgerton (Netflix). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Part 4 (Netflix). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*side note: I always make sure to add links to everything that I mention in my monthly favorites post so don’t be scared to click on them.
Action movies have been the highlight genre of the month for December. It’s not my top favorite genre but I was impressed with the selections I’ve been finding. Peppermint and AVA, were my favorite action movies centered on women as the main characters.
Peppermint stars Jennifer Garner as a wife and mother who’s family is murdered senselessly. She becomes a vigilante while revenging their deaths. The ending was a cliff hanger but I don’t know if there’s going to be a part two. This movie actually came out in 2018.
AVA is basically an elite assassin who struggles to keep her work and personal life separated, it all goes wrong when an assassination job doesn’t go as planned. The movie also features rapper- Common.
I had to check out Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom movie since it was Chadwick Boseman’s last movie before he passed. Ugh, the emotions. I think Viola Davis gave a great performance, she literally bodied her role so much that she looked completely unrecognizable. The entire movie was set at the recording studio which I didn’t expect. There was lot’s of dialogue so it lost me a little bit. I thought it was going to be a more in depth movie of her life but it was okay nevertheless. I think the 2015 movie– Bessie touched more on Ma Rainey’s story than this Netflix one did.
Lastly, Sylvie’s Love. A sweet romantic story of black love set back in the 1950’s/1960’s. Focuses on the sacrifices of love and the struggles the couple goes through to be together. It’s like meeting the right person at the wrong time. Those types of loves are intense and passionate.
- Peppermint (Netflix). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- AVA (Netflix). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix). ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Sylvie’s Love (Prime Video). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*my rating system: 5 stars= loved it, 4 stars= good, 3 stars= it was okay, 2 stars= not that bad, 1 star= bad.
I just started reading an old throwback book that I gifted my mom for Christmas last year called: The Sisters of APF; The Indoctrination of Soror Ride Dick by: Zane. Me and my mom are both huge bookworms and we love hot steamy black erotica books and Zane is like, the OG of this genre.
I now have a GoodReads profile, you can follow me @ blaque929 to keep up with all the books I’m reading, reviews, and more. My goal is to again- read 10 books this year. I fell short by 5 books in 2020 because I choose to read several books at once which slows me down a lot.
- Jill Scott Presents: J.ill the Podcast – Let’s talk about how we talk about sexual assault, episode 3. An episode men and women need to hear.
- Optimal Living Daily – The 7 types of rest, episode 1821. What kind of rest do you need: physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, creative, sensory, or social rest?
- Run That Prank – I left my medicine at your house. This is one of my favorite prank call episodes by Nephew Tommy from the Steve Harvey Morning Show. These are great for listening to in the car on your way to work or when you just need a good laugh. Most episodes are no more than 10 minutes long. Imagine someone telling you that they left their medication at your house after they broke in and now they’re coming back over, HILARIOUS.
I want to check out Jack Harlow, Playboi Carti, and Kid Cudi’s new albums but my music palette hasn’t been in the mood for much rap music lately. I’ve been in my R&B, South African house, alternative, and jazz music bag.
Top Favorite New Albums:
DMV native Rico Nasty does not disappoint with her 5th studio album bringing in all the punk rap flavor. I always feel super hyped and unfuckwitable while listening to her music. Yung Baby Tate‘s fourth album is probably my favorite album of hers so far. I think she’s very underrated. She raps and sings. I love her fun colorful style and her play with words.
Blxst is an artist I just got put onto that I really vibe with. He brings an R&B feel to hip-hop, his voice is like crisp honey snaps, and he reminds me of 6LACK. Steve Lacy brings an eclectic funk and R&B sound with his third studio album. I find him very quirky and cool, he’s similar to artists like Thundercat and The Internet. Elujay and J. Robb team up for a nice mellow R&B album. The song “Wasting my time” takes me to another realm. Savon delivers an EP of urban house sounds.
Tom Misch & Yussef teams up for a joint jazz album, an orgasm to my ears. Amine releases a deluxe version to his Limbo album and it’s honestly my favorite hip-hop album of 2020, I really love every single song. Budgie gives us some hip-hop praise and worship music and James Blake covers a few classic songs. His cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Never dreamed you’d leave in Summer’ makes me melt in my seat. Last but not least, Lianne La Havas releases an EP which is basically a live version of a few songs from her debut album titled ‘Lianne La Havas’. She’s a south Londoner with a 70s soul and funk sound mixed with pop. She’s definitely someone to watch.
- Rico Nasty – Nightmare Vacation.
- Yung Baby Tate – After the Rain.
- Blxst – No Love Lost (Deluxe).
- Steve Lacy – The Lo-Fi’s.
- Elujay & J. Robb – GEMS IN THE CORNERSTORE.
- Savon – West District (EP).
- Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes – What Kinda Music.
- Amine – Limbo (Deluxe).
- Budgie – Holy Ghost Zone II.
- James Blake – Covers (EP).
- Lianne La Havas – Live At The Roundhouse (EP).
Honorable mention: Alicia Keys – ALICIA. I didn’t get a chance to listen to it in it’s entirety unfortunately.
Top Favorite/Most Played Singles:
My favorite singles include: a hip-hop tune by Saba and Tobi Lou that I’ve played a million times, the chorus really pulls me in. A new single by Phony Ppl makes me want to be “on my shit” at all times. The remix to blinding lights sounds just as great as the original. Robert Glasper delivers an intoxicating new jazz single, it’s honestly better than I imagined (get it?). The dialogue by Meshell towards the end of the song adds the perfect touch.
Nigerian artist- Rema, gives us a sweet, sweet Afro beat that makes me want to be on an island whinin’ my hips on somebody’s son or daughter. Little Dragon’s new single which I think is a remix to their single ‘Another Lover’. I’m not even sure what genre of music I would categorize Little Dragon in, they’re so unique and the music just sounds good.
SZA finally releases her Good Days single on Christmas Day. This song makes me feel like I’m transcending through space and time. Alycia Bella is a fairly new and unknown artist. She only has a few singles out right now but I like them all, she has a sultry voice. The new addition to the quality control label- Lakeyah, released her first album and I really like the single ‘Female Goat’ featuring the City Girls, it’s giving BIG girl power vibes.
The ‘1985’ single by Juls, Tay Iwar, and p-rallel will make you want to get up and dance. Ambré gives us two mash up singles about getting someone alone and wanting to catch up, I feel like she’s in her feels for sure. Lastly, Alternative soul artist- Brittany Howard gives us remixes of three songs from her debut ‘Jamie’ album that she released in 2019. The first remixed single ‘13th century metal’ is otherworldly and powerful.
- Saba & Tobi Lou – Areyoudown? Pt. 2.
- Phony Ppl ft. Joey Bada$$ –
- The Weeknd & ROSALIA – Blinding Lights (Remix).
- Robert Glasper ft. HER and Meshell Ndegeocello – Better Than I Imagined.
- Rema – Peace of Mind.
- Little Dragon & Moses Sunday – The Other Lover.
- SZA – Good Days.
- Alycia Bella – Link.
- Lakeyah ft. City Girls – Female Goat.
- Juls, Tay Iwar & p-rallel – 1985.
- Ambre – Alone/ The Catch Up.
- Brittany Howard – Jamie (The Remixes).
I added a new cleanser- Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Scrub and an exfoliator- Biore’s Daily Detox Organic Exfoliator with cannabis sativa seed oil and green tea extract to my skin care collection.
I plan to use them twice a week but I have only been using these two products for less than 2 weeks so I can’t form a solid opinion on them yet. So far they both smell refreshing, they have pore-refining properties, and includes salicylic acid to treat acne.
I’m very iffy about using scrubs because the tiny particles can tear the skin, which is why it’s not recommended to use the scrub daily. I’ve been having a few break outs on my cheeks lately most likely due to stress and diet so I needed something a little more intensive.
Next, Sensodyne Pronamel ‘Fresh Breath’ Toothpaste has been a favorite of mine. I always thought it was for old people with sensitive teeth but after reading the benefits and trying it for myself, my opinion has changed. I’m a coffee and wine drinker and I like my sweets from time to time so this toothpaste helps protect against acid erosion on the tooth’s enamel. It’s not too strong tasting like most toothpaste can be. There’s a clean fresh aftertaste.
Bonus: Christmas 2020 Recap
Christmas 2020 was actually pretty good even though it looked very different from the previous years. We weren’t able to celebrate in a larger group because the safety of our loved ones was more important, especially my grandparents who are very vulnerable to catching the virus.
We still made the best of our day: we exchanged gifts, had lots of laughs, enjoyed some R&B holiday tunes (DJ’ed by me of course), video chatted other family members, and shared a nice meal.
Life & Blog Updates
There’s a new blog logo below with a new outro signature of “love always” instead of “till next time” cause I’m a big romantic simp. I’m playing around and experimenting with my post layouts and I’ve added most of my social media and related posts links.
I think I will most likely be posting my monthly favorites on the last day of every month instead of the first Saturdays of the next month. It makes more sense that way but it also adds an additional post every month. I’m still considering a blog break, maybe. If I don’t post next Saturday, you’ll know why. I’ll be resting + content planning.
Feel free to drop some content suggestions that you would like to see from me.
Also, my spring semester classes starts January 13th and extends through May 11th. I don’t know how I’ll be able to juggle college and working full-time. I know we all like to say we work well under pressure and stress but bump that, I CRUMBLES when there’s too much on my plate. I’m not okay with being overwhelmed!