UPTOWN FUNK – MARK RONSON/ BRUNO MARS (with lyrics)

I LOVE OLD SKOOL MUSIC! It’s no secret. It’s been a very long time since we’ve heard something that seriously makes us want to get up and move. There is no way you can listen to this and not want to dance. When I first heard it many artists came to mind from the late 70s and 80s. I believe many would agree that you hear “The Time” “Prince” “James Brown” “Earth Wind & Fire Horn Section” and just that classic old skool funk sound.  I caught them on SNL and ran to ITunes the next day to download and I have it on my phone and tablet.  I’m in love with his song. DON’T BELIEVE ME — JUST WATCH!

LYRICS
UPTOWN FUNK (complete lyrics)

This hit, that ice cold
Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold
This one for them hood girls
Them good girls straight masterpiece
Stylin’, whilen, livin’ it up in the city
Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent
Gotta kiss myself, I’m so pretty

I’m too hot (hot damn)
Call the police and a fireman
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Make a dragon wanna retire man
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Say my name you know who I am
I’m too hot (hot damn)
And my band ’bout that money, break it down

Girl sent you hallelujah (whoo)
Girl sent you hallelujah (whoo)
Girl sent you hallelujah (whoo)
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch (come on)

Don’t believe me just watch

Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, come

Stop, wait a minute
Fill my cup, put some liquor in it
Take a sip, sign the check
Julio, get the stretch
Ride to Harlem, Hollywood
Jackson, Mississippi
If we show up, we gon’ show out
Smoother than a fresh jar of skippy

I’m too hot (hot damn)
Call the police and a fireman
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Make a dragon wanna retire man
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Bitch say my name you know who I am
I’m too hot (hot damn)
And my band ’bout that money
Break it down

Girl sent you hallelujah (whoo)
Girl sent you hallelujah (whoo)
Girl sent you hallelujah (whoo)
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch (come on)

Don’t believe me just watch

Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh

[Before we leave
Lemmi tell y’all a lil’ something]
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
I said uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up

Come on, dance, jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
If you freaky then own it
Don’t brag about it, come show me

Come on, dance
Jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
Well it’s Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch come on!

Don’t believe me just watch

Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, Oh

Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (say what?)
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (come on)
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (say what?)
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (come on)
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (say what?)
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (say what?)
Uptown funk you up

Songwriters
Mars, Bruno

Addicted (Movie Review)

Addicted official movie trailer - Oct 2014
Addicted official movie poster – Oct 2014

BEFORE E.L. JAMES PUT PEN TO PAPER, THERE WAS ZANE!

Kristina Laferne Roberts aka Zane is a gifted writer of erotica. Her first officially published book was “Addicted” and was released October 2001. I happened upon the book one day when visiting Barnes & Noble. I’ve been a fan of her work ever since. When I learned the book was being made into a major motion picture I was excited and a little on edge.  If you’ve ever read any of Zane’s books you can understand my feelings.  Zane put the “E” in erotica.

The critics masequered this movie. Lucky for me, I don’t listen to critics and prefer to draw my own conclusions. This movie was very entertaining.  Before I rant about the movie, let me give you a little background from the book:

For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex.

Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment—and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her “fatal attraction”—as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman’s mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage…and her life.

ADDICTED THE MOVIE

AddictedGalleryKudos to the casting agent for this movie. Sharon Leal, who is best known as the wife to Tyler Perry’s character in the “Why Did I Get Married” films plays the lead, Zoe Reynard. Boris Kodjoe was delicious as ever in his role as Zoe’s husband, Jason Reynard. William Levy (Quinton Canosa) and Tyson Beckford (Corey) serve as two of Zoe’s main sexual addictions.  Note: in the book there were many more but for the movie they focused on these two. Both actors delivered in my opinion. There was lots of rock hard abs and steamy erotic scenes that were believable. William Levy has so much sex appeal and the chemistry between him and Sharon Leal was phenomenal.   As a sidebar, he would have been a strong contender for the lead in the E.L. James movie 50 Shades of Grey.   Actress Tasha Smith did an excellent job as Zoe’s therapist. It was refreshing to see Tasha in a role where she was calm. LOL!

There was nothing preachy about this movie, which has been written by so called critics. Yes, there were a few changes in the screenplay from the book but when you only have 106 minutes to shoot a movie that happens.  I felt the movie did the book justice.

Emayatzy CorinealdiKat Graham
Emayatzy Corinealdi                                                               Kat Graham

Small but important roles were played by Emayatzy Corinealdi as Zoe’s (Zoe & Company’s) assistant and best friend Brina. Kat Graham, who in the book, Zane also had an affair with plays Quinton’s other lover Diamond.

The bottom line:  We go to the theatre to be entertained. If you’re looking for entertainment value I suggest you go see Addicted. The movie does a good job of exploring Sexual Addiction which in recent years has been widely publicized mainly because of celebrities. If you want a good read, pick up a copy of Addicted. I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down. It’s been 13 years since I read it. I’m planning on a re-read after seeing the movie.

ZANEAuthor – ZANE
Kristina Laferne Roberts, aka ZANE is an author of Erotica fiction novels.She is best known for her novel Addicted. In 1997, Zane began writing erotic stories to pass the time after her children went to bed. She was living in North Carolina and working as a sales representative. The stories developed a following on the Internet and she self-published The Sex Chronicles before landing a deal with Simon & Schuster.  She has since published 17 novels.  She is the Publisher of Strebor Books International, an imprint of ATRIA/Simon and Schuster. Under Strebor, Zane is responsible for acquiring dozens of titles per year and currently has nearly fifty authors under her imprint.

Her official website

A Spiritual Love (by request)

“We have to treat people like we want to be treated and not like we’ve been mistreated. “

There is no higher joy than giving without asking anything in return, especially when we give unconditional love.

Selfishness divides us and we claim superiority over one another in the name of love.  Why we have problems loving is because we make love too restrictive.  It has too many rules, regulations and expectations.  Spiritual love is not about tradition and sentiment.  Spiritual love is about truth, trust, acceptance and a willing faith.  It’s about seeing God through another person and allowing God to love us through another person.

 Love can escape the restrictive boxes in which we contain it.

 I can’t complete the picture for someone else. I’m not that strong or Godly.  The purpose of relationship is not to have another person complete you; but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.  Love is a passion which does not take into consideration any reward, utilization or return. It’s Spiritual, clothed in total acceptance

It can be difficult to let go of some of the baggage we carry around with us from one relationship to the next but we need to let it go. Otherwise we will be let go.  You can’t start the engine of a new vehicle with the key from your former vehicle.

A relationship needs a foundation and two willing builders. The outside of a person tells us nothing about what is inside.  We must begin to look at people from the inside out instead of the outside in.  That’s why so many people are living lonely lives.  Choosing love is not like choosing fruit.  The cantaloupe might be smooth on the outside but once you cut it open it’s bitter.  The cantaloupes that have the lumps and bumps are usually the ones that are the sweetest.  (read that again!)

Love blossoms where differences are respected and people are allowed to be themselves, rather than something that someone else wants or needs them to be. I can’t be everything for you because I have a hard enough time being enough for myself.  Sometimes we don’t have all the answers.  Sometimes we’re wrong. We must learn to give up the need to be right.  There is no right or wrong…it just is!  That is the essence of spiritual love.

We all have an inherent need to merge with those we love. But we simultaneously desire the comfort of detachment. Love requires a certain amount of freedom.  You don’t have to stop living just because you are sharing a life with another person. Spiritual love is not caged.

God is attempting to show us the essence of Spiritual Love.  It’s all around us if we would only open our hearts to it.  Sometimes we have to take risks.  We have to step out on faith.  How can we reach out to each other if we aren’t courageous enough to let others see who we really are and what we need?   

“……………but the greatest of these is LOVE”

1 Corinthians 13

(c) 2005

Thought Provoking #21

 

respect-youI discovered YouBetterPreach dot com from Facebook. It’s actually refreshing to find a man dispensing such valuable information for women.  What we deal with, and this goes for both men and women, is often tied to our own issues of self-worth.  If you’re not getting what you want in the relationship, don’t blame the other party, take a look in the mirror. I’ll continue to say it: “We teach people how to treat us.” (Dr. Phil gets the credit for the quote)  Isn’t it time to get off the clearance rack?

Thought Provoking #20

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Hello All, First let me say it’s good to be back to WordPress.  It’s been awhile and all I can say is LIFE HAPPENS!  I’m sure I’ll blog about it soon but for now i wanted to carry on with my Thought Provoking series.   I ran across a really cool Pinterest page called “We All Need Saving Sometimes”  Lots of thought provoking quotes there.  This one caught my attention and I don’t even need to elaborate on it.  The message is perfectly clear.

No Justice for Trayvon Martin

The Verdict is Read – George Zimmerman 7/13/13   (From CNN)

It took two days for the six women jury in the George Zimmerman case to return a verdict of  NOT GUILTY.   For a year and a half we’ve been immersed in this case, many times drawn along racial lines.  I won’t rehash the whole ordeal here because it’s not necessary. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard all about this case or have discussed it with someone you know.

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS FREE ( or is he?)

While Facebook lit up like nightfall in Las Vegas following the news of the verdict, with people posting their disdain, I shed tears for a Mother and Father who walked away with absolutely no justice.  I watched the press conferences where the defense almost gloated over their client’s acquittal while failing to utter any kind words for the loss these parents are feeling all over again.

In my honest opinion, George Zimmerman will soon wish he had gone to prison.   Life as he has known it is over.  He will live each and every waking hour of the rest of his life in fear.  What type of life is that?  He claims he acted in self defense and a jury of 6 women, five white and one Hispanic, agreed with him.  It’s done.  He may have walked out of that courtroom free but he will never be free.

Media sites and blogs are already referencing the Rodney King case.  If anyone is inciting any riots, it will be the media.  People of all races and backgrounds are outraged over this verdict, not just Black people.  George Zimmerman stated he was on his way to Target when he spotted Trayvon Martin on that fateful night.  My question has always been: Why did you have a loaded gun strapped to you in a holster to go to Target?

Did the Prosecution not present their best case?  Obviously the star witness Rachel Jeantel wasn’t prepped properly.  I will admit I was embarrassed for her.    She was not a credible witness.

It doesn’t matter where you stand on this case.  Lives are forever changed. Sabrina Fulton & Tracy Martin have lost their child.  George Zimmerman  will serve a life sentence of fear.   No one wins all because of some bad choices made on a rainy evening back in February 2012 in Sanford, Florida.

Thought Provoking #19

WRONG-PERSONIn 1983 Galway Kinnell won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. I’ve read a few of his collections in awe. I ran across these words from him and it really touched me.

I’ve written so many pieces about love and how right and wrong it can be. Mr. Kinnell’s words actually make a lot of sense to me. I love the line:  “If you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong.”

I’ve often written the words, we attract who we are. You may have been in relationships where you totally grew to hate or severely despise the other person. Why?  Because some of that very behavior we despise in another person is within us. We attract and are attracted to people who cause us to take a deeper look at ourselves. I’ve always maintained that God put certain men (and people) in my life to teach me some valuable lessons.  If you take the time to sit back and think on past relationships with honesty, you’ll realize that person showed you things about yourself that you needed to know.  It may have been painful but the lesson was there to learn.  For me, that’s what Mr. Kinnell means by wrong in some complimentary way.

In loving someone else we can only give what we have. Period! We can’t give them what we don’t have. We also can’t be for them what they aren’t.  The bible refers to it as being unevenly yoked.  I refer to it as loving equally. When it’s not equal there will always be someone who has more power. There will be someone who gives more.  The only place that leads — is to resentment.  So how do you know if you’re in an equal loving relationship?

When you know within your heart that everything you have and can do, your partner already has and can do for him or herself. 

No one comes without static cling.  We’re all flawed.  It’s literally impossible to find someone who has every single thing we desire in life.  I guess the idea in this piece from Mr. Kinnell is accurate, we find that special person who is wrong for us in just the right way and our scars fall in love.  If done with an open heart and complete honesty, we heal those scars through love.

What do his words mean to you? Please share.

Thought Provoking #18

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I don’t have daughters but I do have nieces and young women I mentor.  This quote by talk show host Steve Harvey is exactly what every young woman should be told over and over until it sinks in.

Young girls/women today have tons of peer pressure and the media telling them they have to dress provocative to get attention from a man.

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Caption reads:  “Just because you dress like a Slut doesn’t mean you’re a slut.  And just because I act like a rapist doesn’t mean I’m a Rapist.”

Often I see young girls and ask, “How did her mother let her out of the house like that?”

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This photo is tagged “Prom dress”  Prom dresses didn’t look like this when I went to the prom.  It’s unfortunate that young girls are starting to dress this way at a very early age.  Mothers, talk to your daughters. Fathers, talk to your daughters.   It’s important for young women to have healthy self-esteem.

DON’T SHOW ALL YOUR GOODS!

Thought Provoking #17

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A mentor once said to me, “You attract what you are!”   It was mind-blowing for me. I’d had a few failed relationships that I had a hard time reconciling in my 20s. Why? Why did he hurt me? What did I do?  The things I really didn’t like about myself were being mirrored in the relationships I was having.   To make a long story short – I grew from those experiences.  I learned to stop asking why and wondering for months on end what I did wrong.  It’s really a matter of self esteem. As my self esteem grew stronger, because let’s face it, your 20s are the biggest learning curve of your life, my needs, desires and wants grew stronger.

I’m not a big fan of Dr. Phil but I do hold firm to his phrase, “We teach people how to treat us.”  If you’re in a  no-win relationship step back and do some analysis.   The only reason you’re staying is because you’ve subconsciously convinced yourself  it’s what you deserve. It must be! You’re still in it but you’re still miserable waiting for things to change.  It might sound like a cliche but there is truth in: The only person you can change is you!  

If you subconsciously don’t believe that you deserve BETTER, you won’t get it.

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote:

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.  A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in.”

Happy Valentines Day

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