Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Television: It's Still A Good Thing!

Part of my TV viewing pleasure is to watch episodes of VH1’s “Behind The Music” and TV One’s “Unsung”.

Last night, I settled in to watch Billy Preston’s Unsung. I was looking forward to it because I like his music and realized that I really didn’t know much about his life.

Unsung fans know how the show tends to take viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I have found myself laughing, crying, celebrating and crying about the outcomes. Last night was no different.

I learned so much about Billy Preston and about life in general. Sometimes it’s just not fair. I learned that Billy Preston was a gifted musician. He had passion for his craft (music) so much that he didn’t care about the business side and was often taken advantage of by people he trusted to manage his business affairs. Billy had some childhood issues that ultimately became baggage too heavy to carry. He was even referred to as a “Genius with Baggage”.

I found myself watching and listening intently to Billy Preston’s story and realizing that the abuse he suffered as a child damaged him for life. The VH1 Behind the Music episodes featuring Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige and Billy Preston (Unsung) had one common thread: Missy, Mary and Billy’s childhood had been tainted by actions of another that either made them feel worthless and filling their emotional suitcases with baggage that would ultimately become too heavy for them to carry. This baggage forced Mary J. and Billy Preston to seek artificial comfort and relief by abusing drugs or alcohol. Mary J. recorded music about the baggage of her life.

I found inspiration watching Missy and Mary’s stories as they showed proof that despite the luggage tossed at you, this journey of life can re-routed and lived successfully without shame and unwanted, outdated luggage.

It saddened my heart to hear that Billy Preston’s last words were “I Can’t”.

I am not a licensed therapist or counselor but I am a person who has lived life and God-willing, I will be 42 next week. I am not here to judge anyone’s life but to encourage you to seek the help you need to unpack those bags and to start living.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Who Makes My Day? YouTube Family and Lisa3876

I am on a 30 Day Video Challenge inspired by Erin of Scandalous Beauty Video #10 is dedicated to my YouTube friends who enjoyed my YouTube Tips video series and my all time favorite teacher, Lisa3876.

This week, I uploaded 3 YouTube Tips videos. I was actually planning to save them for weekly installments but since I'm still on the Scandalous Beauty 30 Day Video Challenge, I decided to upload the videos early, as a series. The response was so great that I did not want to keep you waiting for the information.

Many of you told me how much you appreciated my videos and how they were helpful to you. That really makes my day.

This is video is dedicated to someone else who makes my day. Lisa from She is in my other channels box as napturallycurly. Before I knew her as napturallycurly, she was Lisa3876.

Many commented that they enjoyed the videos but you didn't have aspirations to become a YouTube partner. Neither did I until I stumbled upon Lisa's YouTube channel and she was her talking about Google Adsense earnings.

What is AdSense?
"AdSense is an advertising program operated by Google. Web site owners can the program to enable text and image advertisements on their sites. These ads are administered by Google and generate revenue on a per-click basis. Google utilizes its search technology to serve ads based on website content, the user's geographical location, and other factors. Those wanting to advertise with Google's targeted ad system may sign up through AdWords."

To be honest, I did not know who or what Google Adsense was. I subscribed to her channel and was amazed and thankful for the information that she freely shared. You know how some people are; they won't share the good tips and real how-to with you because they fear you might advance ahead of them. (((Like crabs in a bucket.))) Well Lisa is not a crab in a bucket. She really shares good information on her channel on how to earn money online.

She was the inspiration for me to open my eyes and to take advantage of legitimate opportunities that are available. The first time that I deposited a Google Adsense check, I knew it was because of the knowledge and education that I gained from her.

She has that Oprah Effect. She is very positive and inspirational and brings out your best.

She is like a navigational system. If you don't know where you're trying to go, she can help you get there. Even if you already know the way to your destination, she is there to remind you that you are on the right path or how to avoid delays.

She does not teach you to imitate her but to be an original and to find your own path to what you're good at and make it work for you to earn money online.

Making this video was very important to me as I'm sure many of us knew people in our community or had teachers in school or college who made a difference in our lives that perhaps, we never took the opportunity to say thank you.

I'm still a WORK IN PROGRESS but this video is my thank you to Lisa3876 from for sharing her knowledge.

Thank you Lisa!

The video is posted below.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse | How Her Death Impacted My Life

Amy Winehouse's death and the impact on my life.

Just like the rest of the world, I woke up this Saturday morning to find out that Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home. Of course, I did not know her personally but I did enjoy her music. Because I love buying hair products and frequently get called a Product Junkie I really loved the song "Rehab".

People are speculating about the cause of death. When anyone dies, that is always the first thing people ask. I don't know if it's out of sheer nosiness or habit. To me, the cause of death is never as important as the FINALITY of DEATH.

Even at 27 and dead today, Amy Winehouse lived her life. Like it or not, Amy Winehouse lived her life the way she wanted.
She obtained what many people desire:
a career doing what she loved. Amy Winehouse was a celebrity musician with money.

While the media circus is all abuzz about The Death of Amy Winehouse,
what if it were you? Yes You! There would probably
not be a media frenzy unless you died doing something crazy like going on a killing spree and went running from the police in a high speed chase and ending up on the national news. But really, if you died today, what would happen? Your family and friends would start making the arrangements to bury you. You might get a blurb in the local newspaper's obituary section. A celebrity's death, including Amy Winehouse's, makes global news.
But for the everyday average Joe & Josephine, there is not much fanfare.
That does NOT diminish the value of their lives. I've been to many funerals of people who had lived their lives with such service and accomplishment that I left feeling inspired rather than sad.

This brings me to something that I always think about when DEATH occurs:

Are you living the life YOU want to live? Are you doing the things you intended to do? If not, what are you waiting for?

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